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RR529

Cloud Atlas (Netflix) - Really interesting movie that tells six very different stories across six different time periods (the 1850's, 1930's, 1970's, modern day [2012], and two future dates I won't spoil), but as you watch on you'll find out they're all connected in one way or another. It's a bit of a commitment at nearly 3 hours long, but well worth it, IMO. Most of the main cast plays a role in each story, and while they may be the main in one, they'll be a villian in another, or one off side character in another (the costuming is brilliant too, as while I noticed some of their different appearances, I had no idea of the majority until they were revealed in the credits).

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Ralizah

The Hitman's Bodyguard: A FANTASTIC action movie. It's almost like a throwback to the star-studded buddy cop action-comedies that were so common in the 80's and early 90's. Like those films, it's a wonderful mix of brutal, visceral, and very stylish violence (so much more satisfying than the bloodless firefights that predominate in most modern PG-13 action movies), heart-warming, if very formulaic, male bonding scenes (Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson have such a lovely chemistry in this movie, and, as usual, a desperate fight for survival also becomes a kind of spiritual odyssey where the men can share lessons about life and love), and witty character banter that allows the characters to develop a sense of rapport through the act of continuously annoying one-another for the audience's amusement. Of course, there's no real substance of gravity to the events in this film, but there's not meant to be: it's like eating a bowl of Lucky Charms where you pick out all of the actual cereal and are left with a bowl full of stiff marshmallows and sweetened milk. It's not nutritious, but you'll eat it anyway, because it's delicious and sometimes it's OK to eat something just because it's tasty.

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wackojacko

@booshy89 PR is a good shout. It's fun, silly, a bit self referential and a good laugh. Lots of injokes for those of us that watched it as kids in the 90s, too.

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Quintumply

Watched Atomic Blonde a little while back, really enjoyed it! Extremely stylish. Thought the action was well done, with all combatants in a scrap really feeling like they were doling out powerful blows. It was refreshing in a way to see bad guys that didn't die from one punch to the face or one bullet. One action scene in particular was desperate and visceral and more memorable for it.

I also watched Rear Window last week! The original Hitchcock movie from the 50s. One of my other half's favourites, and I could understand why. Such a clever film, and what an elaborate set for the time. Loved that the soundtrack was entirely diegetic (I think?) and that it was all filmed from the main character's perspective. We were just as clueless as he was, just as paranoid, just as obsessed. Really liked this film.

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WanderingBullet

Just curious, but for 4K Blu-ray movies like for example Spider-Man Homecoming 4K (Blu-ray + 4K + Ultraviolet), am I right to assume that it'll contain three separate discs? Never bought a 4K movie before.

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crippyd

@WanderingBullet The Ultraviolet is a download code but from how you word it, it'll contain 2 discs.

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crippyd

@WanderingBullet Ah, sorry. But, yeah, when they are worded like that it is the Blu-ray and the 4K disc separately, like how it was with the DVD/Blu-ray ones when Blu-ray first came out.

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Ralizah

Watched some movies on TV this weekend.

Enough: Jennifer Lopez stars as a battered wife trying desperately to herself and her daughter away from her abusive husband. A classic of the feminist revenge fantasy genre. Like other forms of exploitative cinema, it's designed around building up anger and violence throughout the film until the climax is reached and the woman, finally having enough, brutally kills the man that has been tormenting her throughout. This piling up of humilitations and transgressions is used to narratively justify an act of extreme violence such as murder on the part of the protagonist. Granted, the revenge here is less extreme than Lifetime channel classic "The Burning Bed" where the movie tries to convince us that the wife is morally justified in burning her abusive husband alive in his bed at the end, but it still follows the same format.

Now, certainly, in the context of this particular film, Lopez murdering the father of her child is justified because, like any competent piece of revenge porn, it goes out of its way to make the husband as hideously evil as possible to justify her actions. Lopez's character attempts to escape her husband by going on the run, changing her identity, etc. etc. The husband, a classic movie monster who apparently has the forces of the entire patriarchy at his beck and call, never stops hunting her down, beating her and threatening violence on her friends.

Anyway, it's OK if you can stomach this sort of film.

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National Security: A buddy cop movie where a cop with a hair-trigger temper (Steven Zahn) has to team up with the security guard (Martin Lawrence) who had him sent to prison for police brutality to take down a smuggling operation.

I didn't like it, primarily because Lawrence's character is the central focus of the film, and I HATED him with a passion. Hated how incompetent he was. Hated how sexist he was. Hated the miserable, constant racist humor (I know Lawrence was known for this sort of comedy, but he really took it up to 11 here). The writing was also pretty terrible, with no convincing character development and improbable scenarios popping up throughout.

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Bug: A William Friedkin-directed film about a mentally unstable gulf war vet and a vulnerable, lonely woman he's introduced to who are both dragged into deep, psychotic madness. It's an interesting film. Its stage origins are fairy evident, as the film is highly dependent on manic, stylized dialogue and intense performances. Moreover, Friedkin's skill at creating a menancing and evocative atmosphere is on full display here (in this sense, it reminds me a lot of his 1973 classic "The Exorcist"), and a sense of paranoia and doom builds up throughout. The pacing is very strange, though: the majority of the movie is a slow-burn and driven by extensive dialogues between characters, but things very rapidly go to hell in its final thirty minutes.

A flawed but unique film that I feel was unfairly panned upon release.

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Defending Your Life: A 90's rom-com starring Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep with a twist... the romance starts after both people have died and been sent to a version of purgatory to await judgment! I wanted to like this film, but it was just bad: the leads had no romantic chemistry; the romance in general was poorly written; the judgment scenes were unsatisfactory (we're told the person will go through to heaven if they conquered their "fear," but during much of the film, they just seemed to be judging Brooks' character for honest mistakes he made, so the messaging was VERY confused); the attempts at humor were obnoxious; finally, I felt like the romance aspects and judgment scenes weren't well-integrated... it felt like they had two entirely different film premises and were trying desperately to mash them together.

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RR529

Blame! (Netflix Original) - CGI anime sci-fi film set in a post apocalyptic "machine uprising" world. It was very visually accomplished, with great detail, neat world design, and some engaging action, but not much else. (the only downside to the animation is that due to being CGI, the human characters often appear stiff)

The plot was okay, but nothing new, and as it's more of a side story (from what I understand), it feels like you're either already supposed to know who the characters are, or they're meant to be throwaway, so I never felt particularly attached to them.

Maybe worth a once over for fans of sci-fi anime, but I've seen better.

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dryrain

Watched Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2. Loved the first move thought the 2nd was garbage aimed soley at kids. The full Disney influence. Will not be watching the 3rd movie when it comes out. Worried about the star wars movies now with directors obviously not being given freedom how they want to tell the story. Disney has a very set formula for how it tells its stories.

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Rudy_Manchego

@dryrain Really? I thought GOTG2 had the least 'exec' interference I've since in a Marvel movie for a while. The story was standalone, some of the concepts were quite out there and limited forced tie ins to other films. Each to their own of course, I quite liked it though would agree that the story was very flawed and was really just made up of some cool scenes and a little bit of character repurposing.

I would agree with Star Wars though, of a total of six planned movies (now five), they have replaced or bypassed directors on four of them!

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Th3solution

@dryrain @Rudy_Manchego I recently re-watched Guardians 2 also and I have to admit I enjoyed it. Not as much as the first, but it had a lot of laugh out loud moments and some decent action and special effects. I did think they spammed the cutesy little baby groot thing a bit too much, probably to appeal to the kids and casual audiences. You gotta admit, though, the whole sequence where groot has to take the bomb into the core and can't seem to remember which button to push and Rocket gets so frustrated was pretty funny. Not to mention Drax and Mantis's relationship also made me laugh.

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dryrain

@th3solution there were moments I enjoyed just not enough of them. Maybe my expectations were too high after the first movie. The baby groot sequence was his best part in the movie towards the end. The other parts he played in the movie could have been largly removed without losing anything from the story.

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Th3solution

@dryrain You're right — as a whole, the movie was weaker than the first. And the last baby groot sequence had to be set up by the scene with him, Rocket and Yondu trying to describe how to get Yondu's fin from the drawer . Without that set up, the pay off of the end part is not near as funny. But yes, most of the other baby groot scenes are just to show how cute he is and make the audience fall in love with him and buy T-shirts and products with his stuff on them, and adds very little to the plot.
I think my biggest problem with it was how Yondu goes from the villain to the hero so quickly at the end. I was fine with the transition and realization of Quill that Yondu was actually his father figure growing up (albeit an abusive one) but to have the whole Ravager ceremony honoring him at the end was a little much and did feel a bit like emotional manipulation.
That said, I still enjoyed it and look forward to getting the Guardians involved in the next crossover Avengers movie, just to see Quill and Tony Stark interact would be interesting.

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ApostateMage

Saw IT on Monday and thought it was a really good remake. The cast of kids were all well played and it genuinely felt like they were all good buddies. Skarsgard made Pennywise his own in this one and a lot more creepier than Tim Curry's, though TC is still THE Pennywise for me. I just loved the way the movie felt like a proper 80's flick. I'm looking forward to chapter 2.

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