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WanderingBullet

@JohnnyShoulder I see... I just read people saying the samething about him in Good Times.

@Ralizah I've seen him in Jurassic World and The Get Down. Not a big fan to be honest.

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So: John Wick Chapter 3. It's a lot of fun. I wasn't a huge fan of Chapter 2, which I felt wasn't sure what it wanted to be and had some boring action setpieces, but this film fully embraces the more cartoonish and camp aspects of the franchise. Any attempt at telling a serious story is firmly in the past now, and what we're left with is a charmingly self-aware and ultra-violent action spectacle. And boy, what a spectacle! It gets ridiculous enough that I was reminded of Kill Bill vol. 1 at points. Everything is incredibly well-choreographed, of course. Loved the motorcycle stunts, increasingly improbable kills, the ninja battle, Halle Berry's death-squad of wall-climbing dogs, etc. The script also doubles down on the mythological and more fantastical aspects of the setting, which helps with the almost apocalyptic tone this film adopts at points.

I really appreciate the internal consistency of the action. So many action movies treat gun clips like they're limitless. I absolutely adore the awkward moments when combatants run out of bullets and race to see who can reload their guns the fastest. Or how much of an obstacle baddies clad from head-to-toe in bullet-proof armor really are for someone armed with non-armor piercing rounds.

Fair warning, though: this movie is darn violent. Moreso than previous films. There are a lot of kills that inspired shocked reactions from the audience I saw it with.

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KALofKRYPTON

@Ralizah Cool.
I'll get to it at some point. I wasn't all that keen on Chapter 2 either (when compared to the first), so I'm in no rush to see 3.
I'm only prioritising seeing Rocketman and Godzilla over the next couple of weeks.

Pedant alert!
Also, most weapons in films like these will be loaded with magazines, not clips. Sorry, couldn't not say it.

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Ralizah

@KALofKRYPTON You're probably right. I know next to nothing about guns beyond them being machines designed to propel sharp pieces of metal.

I have no real interest in Rocketman, but I'm incredibly excited about Godzilla. Everything I've heard makes it sound like a proper kaiju movie. Next movie of note for me is Brightburn.

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PSA: Rocketman is excellent!

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Hana-Bi (Amazon Prime Video) - 90's Japanese film about a police detective, Nishi (played by Takeshi Kitano), who, after a series of events throw his life into disarray, decides to throw everything away and make the most of things while he can. I really got into it, and say it now outranks Sonatine as my favorite Kitano film.

Weird Science (Amazon Prime Video) - 80's Teen Comedy that sees a couple of high school nerds that, while trying to create a female AI to practice interacting with women, somehow manage to create a real life bombshell beauty, who both listens to their every whim, while also having the power to alter reality itself. It's goofy 80's schlock (and of course the boys learn some self confidence & that people will like them for who they are by film's end), but I definitely enjoy these kinds of films from time to time, and like seeing what they were able to get away with, with a PG-13 rating at the time (it almost reminds me of a Shonen anime/manga, in the sense that it's definitely not a film aimed at adults, yet there is some sexual innuendo, and even a few very brief moments of female nudity, that you wouldn't get in a Hollywood film made today for the same demographic).

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I'm between television shows at the moment, so the other day I watched Skyfall and later today, I'm either gonna watch SPECTRE or Aquaman… haven't decided which yet.

It's a good sign that Skyfall has me wanting to watch SPECTRE again, though. I'd been holding back on Daniel Craig's outings after my recent marathon of the previous twenty Bond films, but a big part of that delay was probably because I've seen Casino Royale a lot. I mean, a heck of a lot, and it's a long film that crucially feels long. When I sat down the other evening, I just thought "y'know what, I don't think I've got the energy for that" and so it also made sense to skip Quantum of Solace, given that it's a direct sequel. Personally, I don't have anything against either film. I know the latter gets blasted for being a rushed, over-directed mess but frankly, I feel that's a bum rap. It isn't quite as cohesive or as sensitive as Casino Royale, but it does the job.

Skyfall is on a whole other level, though. When I'm in the right mood for it, I adore this film (in the same kinda way that I can't just pop Batman V Superman in for a laugh, yet still find it a powerful, beautiful experience whenever my head's in the space to do so). The decision to split the story's focus and give equal weight to M's character is genius, especially when you've got Judi Dench in the role and it's her last hurrah (proving herself wrong when she says "I suppose it's too late to make a run for it"). Craig does a great job balancing the darker, more emotional aspects of playing a broken Bond whilst finally injecting a little humour into his interpretation of Double-Oh Seven, although there are one or two moments where a one-liner feels a little forced. But since the previous milestone anniversary film was the comparatively-childish, tongue-in-cheek and seemingly Haribo-fuelled Die Another Day, this 50th Anniversary celebration (and soft reboot) is wise to take things at a slower pace. There are fewer standout stunts, the action is more straightforward and raw, and people are given reaction shots that last long enough for their performance to shine.

It doesn't make you gasp like the spiral jump from The Man With The Golden Gun, or applaud like the Union Jack parachute from The Spy Who Loved Me, but it made me get all misty-eyed in a few places. It's a unique kind of Bond film, one that I really appreciate.

Although the presence of the Aston Martin DB5 still confuses the heck out of me.

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KratosMD

With May the Fourth earlier this month, I decided to start watching through the Star Wars movies having never seen them before. I decided to watch them in release order and I've now watched through 4, 5 and half of 6. Even though these movies are decades old, I think they still hold up rather well most of the times. It's hard not to laugh at some cheesy moments though. Also, it's cool to finally see the origin of all the references made in other movies/TV shows.

I got the prequel trilogy lined up as well after I've finished the original trilogy. Hopefully I'll get the motivation to watch them soon.

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WanderingBullet

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - 47 out of 100 on Metacritic currently.

Still going to watch it, though.

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KALofKRYPTON

@RogerRoger Love Casino Royale, also quite like Quantum of Solace. That's where Craig's outings drop off for me though. Skyfall is better on latter viewings, but it's still not great. Spectre is plain awful though

@WanderingBullet Meta also has the 2014 film sat higher at 62/100. No follow up that's actually focused on the kaiju as opposed to the 8 minutes of Godzilla on screen from crap perspectives could be worse than that!
Also,it has Rodan - so I'm in regardless!

@KratosMD I've often wondered what I would think of the original trilogy getting a first viewing as an adult. You also have the benefit of coming to Star Wars in an era where the prequel trilogy are not the worst films in the franchise (that would be The Last Jedi). Also, don't forget to watch Rogue One (after Revenge of the Sith), it's excellent!

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Also, just read that WB has a New Gods movie in development! I don't think I was aware of that... Colour me excited!

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KratosMD

@KALofKRYPTON Good shout, I'll keep that in mind. It's sometimes hard to know what you should watch when there are so many movies and they are all in different chronological orders as well, lol.

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KALofKRYPTON

@KratosMD I think watching them in release order for the trilogies is a good shout to be honest.

You could watch Rogue One whenever really, as it's essentially in 'side story' territory. But being set just before A New Hope, watching after ROTS would work. Also, I think tonally it works well after ROTS and does an amazing job of shifting to a very 70's aesthetic in places.

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@KALofKRYPTON Oh, I really like SPECTRE… or at least, I think I do. I got sidetracked the other day because I'm not feeling well, so I've switched to watching the Naked Gun films to cheer me up.

@KratosMD Yeah, I reckon KAL is right on the money there; watching Star Wars in release order, rather than numerical order, makes sense because the prequels give lots of nods and hints towards the future that fans / audiences wouldn't have otherwise picked up on. There are numerous moments George Lucas could just have a single, wordless reaction shot or play a piece of music over something which would've otherwise required exposition, and you just go "aah, of course..." and it all ties beautifully together. At least, I think so.

Rogue One and Solo are great fun, but definitely for once you've got a handle on the "core" six films. They actually fit rather nicely after the prequels.

To be seeing all of them again for the first time... well, I'm a little jealous. Enjoy!

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@KratosMD I’m on a bit of a series rewatching binge lately, and I will probably do Star Wars soon. I actually feel like Rogue One is a good place to start, and then do episodes 4, 5, 6 then 1, 2, 3 then Solo, then 7, 8. But you’ve already made it through the originals, so putting it after epi 3 is reasonable. The only thing is that you’ll be really tempted to watch episode 4 again after seeing Rogue One.

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KALofKRYPTON

@RogerRoger In fairness, it could have been the best film ever made and Sam Smith still would've ruined it anyway.
It's just such a weak film. Never really gets away from the 'Quantum was just a placeholder until we sorted out the rights' thing either...

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FullbringIchigo

@KratosMD @RogerRoger you could also watch them in this order

A New Hope
Empire Strikes Back
Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith
Return of the Jedi

that way it frames the events of those films like a flashback, then you can move onto the Disney films if you want to

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Ralizah

WanderingBullet wrote:

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - 47 out of 100 on Metacritic currently.

Still going to watch it, though.

Critics are trash and give lots of fun films bad ratings. Impressions I've heard from people who are kaiju fans and have actually seen the film are borderline ecstatic. Nobody is going in to a Godzilla film expecting a life-changing script.

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@Ralizah unlike games which are both a major monetary expense and take up time and books which usually take me a while to get through. Films are done within 3 hours and you can watch them much later for a pittance or free. I pay zero attention to music or film reviews. Life is far too short.

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