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RogerRoger

@LN78 Yep, pretty much.

I like Batman Begins quite a bit, actually. It's a nice, complete take on Batman's origins but works better as a standalone. The Dark Knight is massively overrated; there's no denying that some of the performances are solid, but it makes bizarre decisions, lacks charm and feels like one-and-a-half films carelessly mashed together (Two-Face is wasted potential and rushed, whereas the Joker is all over the place). I believe the faults of The Dark Knight Rises have been well-documented by, well... everybody. One of the rare moments where I agree with the masses. It's just a mess.

My biggest problem with it is Christian Bale. I find him unsympathetic and arrogant, and not in the subtle ways that Bruce Wayne is supposed to be. I actually kinda want him to lose. I cheer him on for the sake of his allies (who, as I said, are all excellent, but thanks to their casting more than the script).

Justice League, meanwhile, knows what it is. Don't take it seriously, watch things explode, and it doesn't take up too much of your time (perfect length for its tone, whereas Batman V Superman demanded three hours for its weight and complexity). It's also a strong argument for ignoring behind-the-scenes production stories; I know they're interesting, but if I hadn't have known half the stuff I knew about Justice League going in, I'd have enjoyed it even more. Helps that I watched it late, I reckon; missed it in theatres, just got the Blu-Ray once all the outcry had subsided (with the added benefit that, when I subsequently enjoyed it, all the tie-in LEGO was going cheap, too).

It's not a perfect film, but it's just good fun. I like good fun!

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RogerRoger

@LN78 Glad I could help, and hope you're okay.

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Foxy-Goddess-Scotchy

Welllp... It's a bit early as it isn't exactly Halloween yet but after watching Oz the past few days I needed something a bit more cheerier... So decided to watch the Halloween Masterpiece that is...

Hocus-Pocus

Campy and hammy as hell but oh so enjoyable too.

Plus the voice of Thackery Binx (Yup the actor is dubbed over for some reason) is also the voice of Haku in the english dub of Spirited Away, Boone in Fallout: New Vegas, a bunch of people in Skyrim and Noel Kreiss in FFXIII-2!

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"Well that was fun. Horrible, but fun!" Fargus The Jester - Pandemonium (After a summoning a monster that destroyed his home town)

"Words don't make changes. Wounds do." Agent Black - Iconoclasts

WanderingBullet

Anybody watched Parasite (Korean movie)? It's getting rave reviews. I'm a big fan of the main actor Song Kang-ho so I'm hoping it'll be on Netflix eventually.

Huntin' monsters erryday.

RogerRoger

As before, I've left extensive ramblings about Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in the dedicated Trekkie topic, bringing that six-part journey to an end. Not sure what I'll watch next, but I think I've lost my Jurassic Park mood, alas.

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RR529

Alien (Blu-Ray) - Although I've seen bits & pieces of it in the past, this is the first time I've fully watched this sci-fi classic.

Pros:

  • It's a marvel in practical effects work. I mean, sure there were times when something showed it's age, but man was everything meticulously put together for the most part. The eggs & facehugger in particular gave me a believably squeamish reaction.
  • Tense & moody atmosphere that made it a perfect evening watch, with a genuine narrative twist or two. I never expected Ash would be an android.

Cons:

  • A small complaint in the grand scheme of things, but I didn't care for the incessant strobe light effect during the climax.

I can definitely see why this is a classic. It certainly holds up.

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JohnnyShoulder

@RR529 My all time fave! One of my earliest memories of a film scaring me.

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Arugula

Stuber. I'd been looking forward to this so there was a certain level of expectation that I'm happy to say it met. Very funny, a little humility, good action and decent acting provide a very watchable experience.

Arugula

jacobia

@RR529 Wow, cool, glad you enjoyed it. So, will you be watching the sequels now?

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RR529

Since Alien was the last film in my last batch, I've ordered my next set of Blu-Rays.

  • A View to a Kill - the next Bond movie in line. I was going to get Never Say Never Again next (even though it's apparently not proper Bond), but it must not have had a rerelease in awhile. Walmart only has it through a 3rd party seller offering it for over $150! Heck, even the DVD was $60 or something like that. Needless to say I'm not spending that much on a movie, so I'm skipping it.
  • Godzilla VS King Ghidorah - the 90's version, comes in a double pack with the 90's Godzilla VS Mothra. I was going to get Godzilla VS Biollante, as it was next in-line after 1984/5 (which I last watched), but apparently Walmart only has it as an in-store purchase only, so I'll have to look for it next time I go.
  • Godzilla VS Mothra - Look above.
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High - I tend to enjoy 80's teen films (and have seen parts of it before), so I've decided to get it.
  • Starship Troopers - A violent sci-fi epic with a more humorous tone (a satire of nationalist militarism), I've always liked it.

@JohnnyShoulder, @jacobia, yeah, I'll definitely check out Aliens (which I've heard is good as well, and have also seen some of). Not sure about the others though, as I haven't heard much about them (maybe Prometheus, which I caught on TV a few years ago, and is connected if I'm not mistaken).

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jacobia

@RR529 Yeah, I love the Alien franchise and Aliens is a top notch sequel. You’re mileage may vary with Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection though. Prometheus and it’s sequel Alien: Covenant are prequels to the first Alien film...again, mileage may vary. Enjoy 😊

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JohnnyShoulder

@RR529 Aliens is my second favourite film! It's a different beast to the first one, much more action orientated. The films don't get any better than the first two. I didn't mind the third film, but it had a troubled production. Part of me wishes they had stuck with the wooden planet idea. Alien Resurrection is a mess of a movie. The two prequel movies are not that bad, just not very good Alien movies. I didn't like all the religious stuff very much in those films. I won't even go there with the AVP films.

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RogerRoger

@RR529 Wow, massive price tag on Never Say Never Again there! Be grateful; you just dodged a potentially painful bullet. Hope you enjoy A View to a Kill when you watch it!

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RR529

@RogerRoger, I don't remember Never Say Never Again being THAT different in quality in relation to the official Bond films last time I saw it, so I'd like to buy it one of these days.

Hopefully it's not too long before it gets another release.

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RogerRoger

@RR529 I've just had a look on our Amazon and yeah, the Collector's Edition of the Blu-Ray with an English cover is £113.33 for some reason?! But they're also selling one with a German cover for £10.13 (which is region-free and still has English audio). That is absolutely mad.

Hopefully you can track one down someday. If not, that region-free option from Germany is there, depending on where they'll ship it to. Just in case, here's the link.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/JAMES-BOND-SAG-NIEMALS-NIE/dp/B00B7X...

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Gremio108

I watched Toy Story 4 the other day. I'd rate it as not quite as good as the first one or the third one, but better than the second one. Which basically still means it's a masterpiece.

I'd love to say I've watched some actual, grown up films. But no. Just Toy Story 4. Unless anyone is interested in my opinions on Thunder and the House of Magic.

Good job, Parappa. You can go on to the next stage now.

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RogerRoger

@Gremio108 Pfft, grown-up films can do one. Toy Story 4 is out on Blu-Ray now, isn't it? I should probably go track down a copy. Am curious to see what they dragged everybody back for, following the perfect ending of the third film.

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JohnnyShoulder

Alita: Battle Angel. Technically impressive but the rest of the film was pretty average i thought. I never really cared for any of the characters and the story was quite formulaic. And the design of the main character was really off putting. I understand they were trying stick to it's manga roots, but it just looked out place in the world. Awful sequel baiting ending too.

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Gremio108

@RogerRoger This was my approach going in, although I was still very keen to watch it, being a massive Pixar geek. The fourth film certainly has an 'epilogue' feel, given that Toy Story 3 has one of the best trilogy endings ever, in my humble opinion, but it definitely does enough to justify its existence, even if it sometimes feels like you're watching an extended short.

Good job, Parappa. You can go on to the next stage now.

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RogerRoger

@Gremio108 Ah, good, you were of the same mind. Thank you; I now have hope!

The second and third were my favourites, though. The first is a wonderful piece of cinema history, but last time I watched it I got genuinely creeped out by its darker elements.

Didn't they make some shorts in recent years? One for Halloween, another for Christmas or something?

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