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KALofKRYPTON

@FullbringIchigo That's because Dalton is the man! 😁

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FullbringIchigo

Jeremy Brett is still the DEFINITIVE Sherlock

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it may be multiplatform now but Final Fantasy & PlayStation will always go hand in hand

Th3solution

@KALofKRYPTON Lol, fair enough. I can’t say that I can be a good judge of societal norms through the ages, but just follow the trends I notice in cinema and the media. I haven’t been around to see or notice progress first hand.
And yes, I need to get my quiz answers in. I glanced through the questions briefly but just getting around to it. 😅

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Ralizah

Just got back from the new Halloween. I'm... disappointed. Don't get me wrong: it's not a terrible film, which pretty much instantly makes it a top five Halloween film by default, but that's not really saying much. Despite it positioning itself as a sequel to the original Halloween, this is essentially a remake of H20. Same story: Laurie Strode is a PTSD-ridden mess after the events of the original film, and this has made life hard for her child and others in her life. The interpretation is different (Laurie is merely traumatized in H20, versus being a paranoid gun nut in the new film; in both, she's taken refuge in alcoholism).

Like H20, this film deflates any sense of tension or gravity it might have built up with inappropriate instances of humor. This film messes up in certain ways that H20 was better about, however. For one thing, we see WAY too much of Michael Myers in this movie. Several of his murder scenes are filmed in full daylight, and, in the first half of the movie, without his mask. That's not to say Michael Myers can't be presented in a frightening fashion whatever the time of day (the original has some amazingly spooky sequences that take place during daylight hours), but there's no sense of mystery here. He's just an evil crazy guy who is running around randomly killing people. Even when night drops, this is still a problem: there's no build-up to the kills at all. We just see him casually stroll into peoples' homes, brutally murder them, and then casually walk out. He was frightening in the original precisely because of how little we actually saw of him. He seemed to be everywhere at once, a phantom perpetually haunting the shadows of night and outer edges of waking life.

For another, there are way too many characters and subplots going on in this film. Halloween and H20 both benefited from having a tight focus on a limited number of characters. The film abandons or discards most of this by the end to focus on the core family unit, but it really hurts the film overall.

The film's insistence on throwing character gags into the fray, even as it's building up to its climax, is constantly annoying. H20 had exactly one comical character, and he didn't intrude on that film's atmosphere nearly as much as others did here. Sadly, some of these humorous moments are among the film's best. Jibrail Nantambu, in particular, plays a child who is being watched by a babysitting, and his dry wit and the way he delivers his lines are hilarious and steals the scene he's in. But it also brings way too much levity to the fray.

There are some really, really bad scenes that go a long way to undermine the film. The opening scene, for example, where a journalist who is researching Michael Myers and his crimes in the past confronts him in the psychiatric prison and holds out the mask he wore on the night of the killings (apparently this still being held as important evidence of... something by the Attorney General forty years after the fact). This causes other inmates to coo and holler like animals as the journalist tries increasingly hard to provoke Michael with it, to the point where he's yelling like a deranged lunatic. It's a remarkably stupid scene, which left a sour taste in my mouth. THE OPENING SCENE.

There's a scene in the second half of the movie, long after we're supposed to be feeling scared about Michael, where some random cops are sitting in a car having a pseudo-Pulp Fiction-ish conversation about some sort of foreign sandwich. Again... stupid, stupid, stupid!

There's a psychiatrist character who is useless, and when the writers revealed his actual character motivation, I felt intense annoyance. Terrible character writing that doesn't add at all to the movie.

The ending, which takes place in Laurie Strode's newly outfitted house, is an embarrassment. Laurie sees Michael outside of her house and squats by some windows on her door... you can imagine what happens. When she escapes, she locks herself and her family in a safe room... and then proceeds to blind fire at Michael Myers as he walks past it, revealing her location. Then, instead of waiting down there for Michael to enter the room (there's only one entrance, and it's packed with guns she's collected over the years), where she could very easily shoot him as he's walking down the stairs, she proceeds to TURN OFF THE LIGHTS AND CREEP AROUND HER DARK HOUSE, NOT KNOWING WHERE HE IS! Finally, at the end, she traps him in the safe room and reveals that it was actually a trap for Myers. She lights the house on fire and leaves, when she could have easily blown his brains out with a shotgun and insured his death. Instead, she leaves to give him an obvious way to return for another sequel. Say what you want about H20, but Laurie Strode meant business in that movie, up to and including decapitating her terrorizer.

It's probably worth mentioning that this film does some things right over H20. The eyes in the mask look blank and hollow, like in the original (in H20, you can constantly see Michael's eyes through the mask, which drove me nuts; he's pure evil. You shouldn't be able to see the eyes!). The mask, in general, is a lot creepier than the one in H20. And, unlike in H20, he's treated as a pure monster: there's no attempt to humanize him at all.

All-in-all, it was a disappointing film, although definitely not aggressively bad like most of the sequels. It's definitely not the return to form I was hoping for, though.

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Ralizah

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Rogerthat

Speaking of " Especially with the fact that the PS4 has Netflix"

@Kyroki You got some taste in the movies, mate.

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Rogerthat

Tasuki wrote:

Any movie lovers out there? I don't know about you guys but besides video games one of my biggest down time things to do is watch movies. Especially with the fact that the PS4 has Netflix, Crackle, and plays DVDs/Blu rays. I figure this could be a great idea for a thread where we can share a discussion on movies. What we have seen recently what we are looking forward to, what we thought of the movie etc.

So I will start. I recently watched Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters on Netflix stream and I have to say I did enjoy it. It did seem kinda short but they did leave the ending open for another one. Still if you like action, horror, steampunk type of stuff you will like this one I think.

So anyone else see anything lately?

Speaking of "Especially with the fact that the PS4 has Netflix"
There's a good VPN for Playstation console, and this, PureVPN for Ps4

Rogerthat

jacobia

Don’t know much about much, or VPN’s, but I thought this should be added: https://thebestvpn.com/reviews/purevpn/
On topic, I missed Hereditary at the cinema but bought it the other day on blu-ray. Once I’ve watched it, and if it makes a great impression on me, I’ll probably post my thoughts on it.

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WanderingBullet

Wonder Woman 1984 has been pushed back seven months to 2020.

Wow, there's also a Terminator 6 movie which I didn't know about till today. Just like the Predator, I really wished they would stop milking this franchise. The first two Terminator movies were great (especially Terminator 2) and then it went all downhill after that.

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Huntin' monsters erryday.

JohnnyShoulder

@WanderingBullet The same with Alien films. The first two are awesome, and although I didn't hate the last two as some people, I'm getting a bit fed up of how average they are.

JohnnyShoulder

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Ralizah

Alien 3 was a decent movie. Not up to the standards of the first two, though.

WanderingBullet wrote:

The first two Terminator 6 movies were great (especially Terminator 2) and then it went all downhill after that.

In fairness, that's probably what happens when you make multiple Terminator 6 movies.

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Ralizah

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Tjuz

I'm planning to see A Simple Favor on Saturday. It stars Anna Kendrick, who I've enjoyed in the Pitch Perfect movies, and is directed by Paul Feig, who also directed the fantastic Spy. Trailer seemed like it's got a promising mystery, and it's been getting great reviews. Hope it's as good as I'm expecting it to be! Anyone who has seen the movie here and would like to share their experience?

Tjuz

KALofKRYPTON

@Tjuz Honestly - I'd rather put piins in my eyes than watch another Paul Feig film.

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Tjuz

@KALofKRYPTON Really? I've only seen Spy and I thought that was a very enjoyable movie. I'm guessing you had a very different experience with the film, or possibly some of his other movies. Care to elaborate?

Tjuz

KALofKRYPTON

@Tjuz firstly, I really can't stand Melissa McCarthy, so that doesn't help.

For Spy specifically, there was only one joke that brought out a real laugh - something between her and Statham about hitting him I think. The rest of it was just, there.

Then we get to Ghistbusters, which is an awful film on many levels. In fairness, I wanted to hate it just for the fact of the shameless cash in it represents - and it did quite literally nothing to make me think otherwise. It was base, boring, intellectually deficient, the story was awful, not a single moment manages to be witty, scary, clever or satirical.

I did delve into as much of the behind the scenes stuff as I could and found out exactly why. Fieg is essentially a con artist.
The script as written apparently wasn't that great to start with, but rather than actually help craft a performance or story - Fieg just rolls hours of film getting actors to ad-lib until he thinks something is funny.

He's also a bit of a coward, several times he's quite open about having no idea how to make a Ghostbusters sequel, so it became what it is.

I'm all for a 'check your brain at the door' comedy romp, but only if it's actually funny.

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Tjuz

@KALofKRYPTON Fair enough. I do enjoy Melissa McCarthy in the places I've seen her, although that's not all that many. I haven't seen Ghostbusters, so I can't debate with you on that one.

I did end up watching A Simple Favor, and it was actually a really good movie. It went far beyond the comedy aspects you'd expect and delivered an often thrilling mystery too. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively both steal the show, but it really is Kendrick's movie. The soundtrack and costume design throughout the movie is worthy of some recognition too, particularly Lively's wardrobe. Feig and his cast managed to elevate an already great script to one of the best movies I've seen this year, which to be fair, only puts it at 2/9 (behind A Star is Born). It does have some faults with the movie dragging at certain points or twists being revealed in too fast a fashion to really catch on, but both of these end up being fairly inconsequential when looking at the movie as a whole. It was a great mix of the comedy and thriller genres, and I'm looking forward to what Feig/Kendrick/Lively cook up next. Definitely worth a watch if you're at all interested.

Tjuz

RR529

Just finished watching A Nightmare on Elm Street for my Halloween night movie. The original one, and it's the first time I've watched it.

I really didn't find it scary (even watched it alone with the lights off, lol), but I still enjoyed watching it. It had an interesting premise, and I'll admit to being surprised by the ending (I generally like going back and watching 80's movies too, so that probably helped as well).

Also watched Deadpool 2 recently which was pretty good.

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Ralizah

Just finished rewatching Halloween II (the 1981 film, not the Rob Zombie... thing). Even as one of the superior Halloween sequels, it's still startling how inferior it is to the original. Granted, the original is a masterpiece and makes almost every other slasher look bad in comparison, but it really is a formless, plodding experience. If nothing else, at least it tries to re-create the sense of tension and build-up from the original (and mostly fails). It also has a poor soundtrack: it ruins pretty much every track it remixes. It does, at least, demonstrate how central the spare synth music was to the original, as the scenes it recreates from the end of the first film are scored with the new music, and it's... not nearly as compelling.

I don't think anything will disabuse me of the view that H20 is the best Halloween sequel ever made at this point.

Also watched Halloween III for the first time recently. It, quite famously, has nothing to do with the original Halloween mythos, opting instead for some weird science-horror fable about ancient occult rituals, Celtic mysticism, and halloween masks. It's weird, and the music is kind of annoying in spots, but I thought it was fun. Not much of a horror movie, though.

@RR529 A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of my all-time favorite films. I've watched it pretty religiously on home video since I was a small child (apparently my parents taught me how to use the VCR because I kept wanting to re-watch it). It's pretty cheesy in spots, but the premise is still fundamentally creepy, and the film is chock full of surrealistic imagery.

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Ralizah

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beemo

Ant-Man and the Wasp. I really enjoyed it. Like all Marvel movies it's not to be taken too seriously but just simply experienced. Good acting, awesome special effects and plenty of solid humour all combine to make a really fun movie. Don't think too hard about the story and you, like me, will have a good time with it.

beemo

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