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  • I really liked Skull Island, until the face rippers, or whatever they are called showed up. Strong start, but it fizzles a bit as it goes. Still good fun.
  • The Wicker Man (1973) - lots of weird imagery in this that sticks with you. reminds me of a lynch movie. some of the musical bits dragged, but i liked it.

    3:10 to Yuma - more action than i'd like, and the deuteragonist felt superhuman in a really boring way. okay. great performance by ben foster though.

    The Blackcoat's Daughter - the weirdest girl in the world is cast as the weirdest girl in the world. fucking nailed it. good movie.


  • @westsw. We rented Skull Island last weekend. It was much better than I expected. It does get a tad dull towards the back end but overall it's not a terrible film. I don't see Hiddleston as a action hero though. It just doesn't fit his image.
  • Warner Bros. news just keeps on getting better and better. 

    Skip to around the 14 minute mark to see what whacky Warner is up to now!

  • Alien: Covenant
    Been in bed all day with an infected jawbone so I'm hopped up on pain meds and decided to rent a film on my Xbox, and my choice was Alien Covenant and I actually really liked it! The Alien franchise is my favourite series of horror films and when I heard they were doing a prequel series I was a little hesitant but curious none the less. So, I went to see Prometheus opening weekend and loved it, no issues there.

    Then this one showed off an OG Xenomorph in the trailer (would have made such a good surprise if the trailers didn't spoil it) and seeing the dumb-dumb captain of the ship approach one of the eggs and stick his face over it filled me with excitement seeing him become infected and birth one of my glorious babies.

    I really enjoyed this! I enjoyed it more than Prometheus and I think my only complaint comes from most of the cast you don't really give two shits about. The only stand-out characters were Tennessee played by the amazing Danny McBride and of course, Michael Fassbender playing the synthetics David and Walter. It was good stuff all around, but man I wish the actual Xenomorph reveal was a surprise for the film.

    8/10

  • Netflix - Death Note (2017)

    What the absolute fuck did they do to the source material. Willem Dafoe is great as Ryuk though.

    4/10
  • The Bad Batch -- 1/10

    I'll try to keep this short, but this is a movie entirely devoid of good qualities. The acting is awkward, poorly done accents, and stilted dialogue. The movie attempts to imbue attitude early with a ton of music, but without anything having happened up until that point, it serves no aesthetic purpose. The violence is grisly and without point or virtue. The character arcs make no sense, and there is nobody to cheer for, except the protagonist, who happens to be so painfully stupid that it doesn't matter. It is a meandering film of gore and depravity, aiming for shock and attitude, and instead faltering in every regard, with no purpose, no internal logic, and nothing at all to keep you watching.
  • The Girl With All The Gifts -- 9/10

    A really, really good zombie flick that has a gutsier last 15 minutes or so than about 99% of white dude directors ever will. I can't really divulge what this movie is about without spoiling it, but there are a lot of feints and sleight-of-hands, but it really, really is not about "who is the monster us or the zombies waaaah" that so permeates the genre. The lead actress Sennia Nanua is fantastic, and most of the cast is great. The biggest criticisms are mostly nitpicks; Glenn Close's character has some expository moments that telegraph what's going to happen and feel inserted because the movie didn't know how else to explain things. These are distracting, but hardly gamebreaking. It's not a particularly scary movie, and yeah, if you're burnt out on zombie movies, you might not dig this. I kind of intentionally avoid most of them out of boredom, so this didn't feel quite as usual. Really, though, it's the acting and the final message this film delivers, a brutal, exquisite hot take, that make it.
  • The Founder - 8/10

    Michael Keaton is superb playing the asshole Ray Kroc who essentially fucked over the true founders of McDonalds.
  • I dunno, they tried to franchise and failed.  They got a bunch of money, but yeah, Croc totally fucked them on that final hand shake.  They were much richer for being fucked.  Capitalism is weird.

    Wind River

    It is good.  Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch looking for bad guys on the rez.  Taylor Sheridan wrote both Sicario and Hell or High Water, so I was totally going to see this.  I figure Taylor will one day write:  Big Bucket of Really Hairy Testicles.  Anyway, Hell or High Water is his best movie so far, and you should totally see that.  This is good, but more flawed.  Sheridan can write him some manly dialogue.  The no luck out here speech is the best one in this movie.  Sheridan also understands that if you give the male protagonist a foundation in love, then all his bad assery is even more bad ass, so Hawkeye gets many a tender, if unspoken moment.  Man that sitting together at the end is pretty great.  Hell or High Water does all that shit a bit better.

    On the downside, Sheridan directed this, and the gun play is adequate, but Sicario was way way better on the choreography.  Mexican standoffs are like multiple personality disorder, way overused in cinema and often stupid.  There is really no mystery in this mystery, the thriller element is untapped.  Oh yeah, and nobody who uses firearms in a dangerous situation chooses a lever action Winchester.  I know it is cowboy as cowboy can be, but seriously?  Good movie, go see Hell or High Water.

    On a side note, they are making a sequel to Sicario, but why?  He fucking got him.  He dead now.  I am also really worried about the Blade Runner sequel.  Blade Runner is my favorite movie of all time.  They simply cannot live up to what I need.  BTW, original cut, all the way.
  • The voice over in the original cut bugs me too much now. Voiceovers are noir but man it just feels like Ford's heart wasn't in it.

    The sequel can't possibly be as good and I am preparing for that but I hope it's a really good movie in its own right. 
  • Really the last 3 months or so of this year have a fantastic major release lineup. Blade Runner, Star Wars, Mother!, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Call Me By Your Name. Thor if you're a Marvel guy. Probably the most optimistic I've been about Q4 in some time, just in terms of overall potential. Hopefully they all pan out.
  • Logan Lucky

    It is fun, worth seeing, but nowhere near as good as a 92% Rotten Tomatoe score would have you believe.  Soderbergh always gets the benefit of the doubt, but he did not edit this one real tight.  It meanders and gets a little in love with itself.  I had a little trouble settling in because so many of the Southern accents were just bad.  I grew up in the South, and do not have an accent, but when it is wrong, it's like the sky the is the wrong shade of blue.  I imagine poorly done Cockney accents bug British folks who are glad to not actually sound like that.  I let that go once the heist got under way.  It is way Ocean's heist.  No vault job with half this many moving parts has ever worked in reality, ever.  I am more into The Score, or Mamet's Heist, but this not that kind of movie.  It is a slapstick bank job, and several characters are enjoyable.  Daniel Craig gets the best part.  the cast is way better than the material.  They gave Hilary Swank nothing to do.  I will say this movie is totally worth seeing just for the Game of Thrones joke alone.  I missed most of the next scene, laughing.

    Some good movies on the way.  Never going to see Mother!.  Aronofsky has a weakness for making shallow crap that mistakes upsetting people for art.  It is Rosemary's Baby, or a Rosemary's Baby red herring.  Either way, big yawn, have fun with all the shallow emoting.  I think Justice League will totally suck, but it probably cannot suck as bad as Murder Man V Mopey Man.  That one was special.  I hope I can have a little character, and not give them my money for Justice League, but I want it to be good so bad.  I like the voiceovers in Blade Runner.  The city speak one is memorable.  Only about a dozen quotes in all.  Even if you do not especially like them, the huge thematic ham stringing that the director's cut makes by just settling matters that were much better left ambiguous is way worse, IMHO.

    My guilty pleasure of artistic garbage has been Rifftracks on Amazon.  The new MST3Ks have disappointed me, probably because I do not smoke pot 24/7 the way I did in college.  Okay, that is not MST3K's fault, per se, but I have a grown up jobby job and tiny people with seemingly no common sense to keep from dying (No you can't climb in the dryer!  Bad baby!) . Anyway, Rifftracks ups the ante by using higher end terrible cinema.  Stone Cold with duh Bozz and Ice Cold with Vanilla Ice both made me want to stop, collaborate, and listen.  I keep meaning to try and do the Rifftrack sync up with Revenge of the Sith.
  • Alien Covenant

    Well Ridley, you did it. Just when I thought the Alien franchise couldn't get more fucked, you pull this movie out of your arse. Alien Covenant is garbage. It looks like an Alien movie, but it's not. There are a hundred things I could nitpick about this movie but I think I'll start and end with just one: the alien is not an alien. Boom! Thanks Ridley! Thanks for retroactively ruining even the old Alien movies! You can take your seat next to George Lucas now. So there you have it, after all these years, turns out the mysterious origins of the Alien have been revealed- it was engineered by a robot with daddy issues.

    1/10 (4/10 if you love Michael Fassbender as much as Ridley obviously does).
  • Yeah I stopped watching Alien movies. They are now bad. The first two are classics. The rest are a horrible market function.
  • Not that I particularly care about what critics have to say, but, holy crap, the early reviews coming in for Blade Runner 2049 are pretty much universally praise worthy.
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  • Blade Runner

    Getting ready for Thursday, so I rewatched it for the umpteenth time.  Not really a review, just noticing some new things and marveling at the masterwork once more.  It is a film with no weak aspect.  You have to look pretty hard for flaws.  The camera work at the end had moments of laziness.  Harrison drops his weasel accent for a line during his attempt to fool Zhora.  Little crap like that, proof it was made by humans.

    It's strongest aspect remains the visuals.  The stunning cyberpunk world.  Old buildings are not torn down, they just get new wiring and gizmos.  The future has gone to the stars and is simultaneously in decay.  Mankind living in three centuries at the same time.  So many shots have a gritty alley at the bottom and an advertising blimp at the top.  I always thought Neuromancer invented this future built inside the rotting hulks of the past, but that was published two years after Blade Runner.  Fucking crazy.  Speaking of crazy, the attention to detail in set dressing is nuts.  The graffiti on the screen of the video phone when he calls Rachel is perfect, for instance.  

    I wonder how they got that eye glow on the replicants?  The replicants clearly have a tapetun lucidum.  Some animal eyes glow when the light hits them right.  The reflective layer bounces light back, giving the retina a second chance to "see".  Humans do not have this.  The replicants are optimized critters.  It is so mind boggling they decided to simulate this animal trait in replicants. Details people, details.  OK, I looked it up.  They used beam splitting to give the replicants fake red eye.  Mystery solved, but mind still blown.

    I noticed Leon more this time around.  He is hard to pay attention to, when Roy is on the screen.  I like Leon's autistic take on replicants.  Trying to use photos to prop up a past he does not have.  So limited, so maimed.  Pris is a toy, a puppet, a shattered marionette that thrashes inhumanly in death.  Roy jolts back and forth from transcendent Christ to feral animal, trying to encompass the entire spectrum of humanity, while never actually feeling human.  The feral climax with Deckard is so perfect.  It is not a fight.  It is a test.  Deckard must demonstrate how desperately he wants to live to Roy, if he wants to live.  He cannot docilely accept death like Chew or Sebastian.  Deckard lives because he allows Roy to feel the preciousness of existence, right up to his own end.  I want to see the Tannhauser gate.

    I forgot how awful Deckard is.  Harrison Ford is one of the seven most charismatic humans to have ever lived.  He could make Hitler sympathetic.  Deckard straight up shoots an unarmed woman is the back and rapes Rachel.  You could not write that in a popcorn movie today.  The only other example I can think of is that nobody seems to remember that John Travolta rapes the love interest in Saturaday Night Fever... and his friend commits suicide.  Late seventies early eighties had some ballsy films.

    Well the new Blade Runner ain't gonna be this amazeballs.  I hope is a good movie.  The buzz is positive.  The talent is weapons grade.  Here's hoping, see you Thursday.  Too bad she won't live, but then again, who does?
    Noobied by 1Littleg
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: 4/10

    Why do I subject myself to Wes Anderson still? I do not know. It is like hitting myself with a hot frying pan, realizing it sucks, and then coming back months later to do it again. I am amazed this guy isn't raked across the coals more considering he does so many things that blowhard pundits rake millennials/hipsters/whatever for. It is faux-irony; dubious, forced "quirkiness," stilted pacing, none of it ever works and it's like a 13 year old who is trying so hard to be silly and random and quirky and subversive. And none of it makes sense, none of it really is evocative, none of it has a point or a cohesive aesthetic or message. And through it all, early Wes just hates women. Or at least he hates them as characters. Every movie involves men calling them sluts and whores and bitches and cunts, they are killed off, or given small parts, or no agency, or whatever. The only thing that saves The Life Aquatic at times is Bill Murray's deadpan delivery and some genuinely funny moments. Otherwise, this belongs in the trash with Rushmore too.

    The Handmaiden: Blech

    Act 1 is ravishing, it is visually delightful, the soundtrack is absolutely on point, it generates drama and conflict and is sleek and sexy and devious. And then... it all falls apart. It falls apart so fast it's kind of amazing. It's like Park-chan Wook decided that Act 1 was enough breaking out of his mold, so he had to get back to grossness and plodding, sexual dialogue. Act 2 is a trainwreck. It is a drawn out erotic reading scene with shot after shot of hot and bothered men, painful dialogue... and then it gets worse, there's just endless, endless talking, men talking about who wants them, who they could bed, what they like. I'm fine with sex and sexiness, Act 1 had it in spades, both through dialogue and actual sex scenes, but the plot and characters moved and developed with it. Act 2 just feels like a boy's high school locker room, except exceptionally posh and dragged out for an hour. And oh god the dialogue. It's so, so bad. I don't know what happened. Maybe that's how the original work is too, I've never read the book. But that doesn't excuse it. Everything stops, all the drama, all the character arcs, just to try to be... something erotic and phallus-inclined or something, yet it misses the mark badly. This is no longer interesting. This scene is just 20 minutes of two guys talking about who they want to fuck, all while being insufferably wealthy and powerful.
  • I would agree that Wes Anderson is overrated. He is inconsistent and can make smarmy bullshit. That said, I really like The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
  • Blade Runner (Final Cut) 10/10

    westsw beat me to the punch. It's stunningly visual and meaningful.

    Seeing the sequel at 8pm on Friday in IMAX. Here's hoping.
  • Ok, back in September I decided I wanted to do this think where I try and watch 31 scary movies by the end of October. I know I probably wont get all the way to 31 but I will get as far as I can. I also started like the 3rd week of September so I wouldn't have to watch 1 movie a night in October. Anyway I've watched 6 movies so far and here they are:

    The Skull (1965) Staring Peter Cushing, Patrick Wymark, and Christopher Lee. This was a super fun movie with some neat camera angles and a skull flying on wires. I do love Peter Cushing.

    Hellraiser (1987) I've not seen this before but have been wanting to for years. It was good. I really liked the Cenobites but they weren't in it for very much of the film. I still think I liked The Nightbreed better.

    The Lair of the White Worm (1988) by Ken Russell. Staring Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, and Peter Capaldi. This was a super fun Horror Comedy with a giant snake god and Snake vampires, it is an adaption from one of Bram Stoker's novels.

    The Return of Count Yorga (1971) Another fun horror comedy, with Robert Quarry as Dracula and I'm pretty sure this was Craig T. Nelson's first film appearance. He was pretty funny in this movie. It has a big 70s vibe to it.

    Blood the Last Vampire (2000) So I rewatched this movie because they finally removed Blood+ from Netflix and I felt like watching this again. Its very short, but I still really enjoy this movie.

    and lastly (so far)

    The Void (2016) This was funded thru Indigogo, and its got a huge Lovecraft feel to it, and uses practical effects to effect. The creatures in this movie were amazing! Think something out of John Carpenter's The Thing, but bigger and more numerous. I really did love this film and I really think it is my favorite out of all the movies I've watched during this challenge so far. And that's saying a lot considering how much I love Peter Cushing.

    That is it so far. Hopefully I will have some more to add to this list before the end of the month. :)
  • *whispers* I liked The Grand Budapest Hotel too.
  • Blade Runner 2049

    It is very good, but obviously not as good as Blade Runner.  For me, Blade Runner (2019) is not a reproducible experience.  I had been in Taipei for three days, culture shocking like a mofo, and went in the late afternoon to see it at an Mtv.  When I came out, a night market had sprung up and I was in Blade Runner.  So much neon I could not read.  I wondered where my gun was.  It was even more disconcerting than the movie, because you can't smell cho dofu in Blade Runner.  Also, I have not been nineteen in decades.

    Anyway I like the bravery of Blade Runner 2049.  It tells a definite story that is trying to start where we left off, not reproduce the same story.  Unlike Force Awakens, this does feel like its own film.  I like that Blade Runner 2049 takes great pains to contrast highly with Blade Runner (2019) without betraying it in any way.  Where the original had eclectic, overwhelming visuals; this one often has huge visuals that are monotonous or sparse.  Don't get me wrong, there a ton of great shots, but the philosophy is wonderfully different.  The pyramid was redesigned by Steve Jobs.  There is nothing the fuck in it.  Kind of the opposite of The Bradbury.  Many of the things that were ambiguous in the first movie are explicit here.  This film is not afraid to have its own ideas and really goes after the idea of memory.  It makes bold decisions about themes and setting.  We get some cyber punk downtowns, but mostly the dystopia has spiraled down to the point where things just look perilous.  The world is in active decay, and it is hard to imagine the colonies are the paradise these desperate folks imagine.

    By far, the biggest flaw is pacing.  This movie is slow.  Too slow.  It says it clocks in at 164 minutes, but it feels like four hours.  Even Kurosawa would try to make this faster.  It is watchable, but it is quite demanding that you contemplate the fuck out of everything.  I do not think I will rewatch it bunch, because who watches the four hour version of Seven Samurai again?  Maybe we will get a new cut, that would follow Blade Runner, but every scene is just designed to last too long.  I am not sure you can actually trim it.  I suppose I admire Hollywood for making scifi that feels so art house.  Great sequel, it is original and makes actual decisions about what happens next without overshadowing the original.  Not life altering, but everybody who ever liked Blade Runner should give it a look.  
  • Now we know how old westsw is, yesssssssssssssss

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