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papanesta

Last Movie You've Seen

Crokey

Please post more than just the title. 

 

We don't need a War and Peace essay on the film, but at least give a couple of sentences of good and bad points and even throw in a rating if you want to, as long as you give some rationale.

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Leftist Bastard

Gonna watch that tonight, cheers for the recommendation.

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darthYENIK

This will probably be my shortest review on here. Finally watched the Assassins Creed movie. I am a giant Assassins Creed fanboy. Ive played every game countless times. This movie could have been better. I didnt hate it, but it just doesnt do much. And the timelines dont add up, for Assassins Creed canon. I wont get into that. I wont get into asking why they cut off his finger when Altair, three hundred years earlier, as the Mentor of the Assassins brotherhood, deemed that to be unnecessary. I wont get into how unless theres another Apple of Eden, Christopher Columbus wouldnt have been buried with it, when the Apple was in hiding in Rome, until it was found by Desmond. (There was another Apple hidden in Altairs library, but that was hidden there for at least another five or so years after Columbus death).

 

As a movie, and being objective, as I said in the topic for the movie a year ago. Nobody should understand this movie unless youve played the Assassins Creed games. And thats not great. They do a bad job of setting up the world. They do an okay job of showing who the Assassins are. They do a bad job of showing who the Templars and Abstergo are.

 

Its a fun side story to the franchise, but nothing more really. Its hard to compare a two hour movie, to a 20+ hour video game. And what the f*ck was up with the weird crane animus?

 

The acting was great, with an excellent cast, and the photography wasnt ugly. The stunts and fight choreography are middle of the road. Great to see a lot of practical stunts and effects.

 

The story is just too convoluted for a movie. I can see people having no idea what the Apple of Eden is, because we never see it work. It glows a little, but we (as in an audience who isnt knowledgeable in Assassins Creed) dont know what it is. Why does it control free will? How?

 

Anyway. I feel like the movie was made for people who kind of know about Assassins Creed, but dont really know as much as a fanboy like me.

 

Maybe this isnt that short of a review.

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Leftist Bastard

IMO it was terrible as a fan and as a movie goer. They do so little to with the great cast and all the characters - and the fights made my head hurt. Unbelievable how all those sh*tty transitions come from the same guy that did MacBeth.

 

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Femme Fatale

IT, I wasn't disappointed. Although I feel like the filmmakers should be arrested for sexualizing that underage girl, lol. I'm super stoked for the sequel. :)

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Shadowfennekin

Spider-Man Homecoming again

Michelle is insufferable the second time you watch this. I really hope they don't try to make her Peter's next love interest. She's even more annoying than this portrayal of Flash.

Otherwise this movie is perfect, and the best Spider-Man movie.

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The Mascara Snake

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Don't let niegh-sayers convince you otherwise, this is the Citizen Kane of animated features. You better rein in your friends and gallop to the theaters, because it would behoove you to see it as soon as possible.

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highspeed

The biopic on Tupac Shakur's life, the movie All Eyez on Me.

 

As someone who has been waiting on this movie for over a decade, it was amazing to watch. Couldn't care less about what people say about, for me it was the bomb.

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darthYENIK

Bill & Teds Bogus Journey.

 

The greatest thing this movie does is propose a world where Rock and Roll can bring about world peace. Its a fantasy, to be sure, but its such a great idea. If only it could really happen.

 

THAT is my shortest review. STATION!

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Dragon_Of_Tragedy

Watched a good copy of American made last night. Great movie.

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Mister Pink

The Big Sick.

 

It's a great comedy-drama based on the real life story of a stand-up comic's rocky road to meeting his future wife. It's not a laugh-out-loud sort of film but it has some humour. Wouldn't be for everyone but if you like indie sort of comedy-dramas then you'd probably enjoy it. 98% of critics rated it positively on RT.

 

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Kiffster

The Laughing Policeman

 

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Great movie! Love those '70s police action flicks and Laughing Policeman is on of the better ones. Some really nice action, drama and terrible blood effects. Brilliant!

 

Also made me realize how much I miss Walter Matthau : [

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Craigsters

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Pretty good film, may watch it again tonight or tomorrow

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Leftist Bastard

The Laughing Policeman

 

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Great movie! Love those '70s police action flicks and Laughing Policeman is on of the better ones. Some really nice action, drama and terrible blood effects. Brilliant!

 

Also made me realize how much I miss Walter Matthau : [

i love those old timey posters that make every movie sound like the best ever made

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Richard Power Colt

I saw this old animated film called Heavy Metal. It's a sort of collection of short stories made by different animators and writers and they all involve this evil green ball that can travel across timelines and sh*t. It's got good rock music, lots of naked ladies and it's pretty damn weird and crazy. Not really a great film, but a charming cult classic.

 

The opening sequence is quite something:

 

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Femme Fatale

The Purge and its sequels, it was part of a halloween-related marathon. I'm definitely looking forward for the fourth movie. :]

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Tycek

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

...what's the difference, fantasy, reality, dreams, memories. It's all the same, just noise.

This movie had two problems with getting my love from the beginning. I'm great fan of original GiTS, whether this will be manga, anime or Stand Alone Complex TV-series. I love the world Masamure Shirow created and it's probably my third favourite imaginary reality, right after System Shock and Fallout. I like how in GiTS, people are still moving forward despite additional two world wars, how they are inventing new technologies and progressing beyond their limitations despite the fact that parts of the world are severely crippled.

I'm also not a fan of the remakes, especially these made with no other idea than quick income. If you don't have anything new to say in the matter covered by the old film, or you cannot approach the problem from the other side, don't do it. If you are going only to upgrade the outdated visuals don't do it. The only remake that could be considered superior to its predecessor is Scarface, but it barely has anything to do with the original movie, except crime story. And while the makers of the new GiTS tried to cover the fact it's a remake with stating it's an adaptation of Masamune Shirow's manga, it's didn't help save the image of the final product. Since they've ripped as many as possible from the original, including whole scenes, it's the same kind of remake as Total Recall was, although made with a bit wider imagination.

Despite these two problems I decided to give it a fair chance, watch it and rate it by its merits, without the burden of the manga or previous images in the series.
The story depicted in the Ghost in the Shell is quite simple as we got young lady - Mira Kilian, whose brain was transplanted into cybernetic body after she was barely saved from the boat sunken by terrorists. She is assigned to Public Security Section 9 - special unit answering directly to the Prime Minister of Japan, to test her abilities in actual duty. She very soon had the chance to do it as someone is killing scientists working in Hanka Robotics - company manufacturing cyber implants, which also produced Mira Kilian's new body.

 

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City full of colours.

The story is a simple as it is stupid unfortunately. Kira is constantly called Major through the movie, but any kind of military expertise is not mentioned at all. Furthermore we know that she was quite recently converted into full-fledged cyborg and she's basically a rookie in the Section 9. but she's getting the most difficult tasks out there. We may assumeof course she was properly trained in the meantime and her body allows her to pull stunts like these, but it's just jarring to hear her being called Major every time like it's her nickname and to see her being put above experienced members of the squad like Batou or Ishikawa.

Problems mentioned above are unfortunately quite small in comparison to the biggest issue of this movie. It's so extremely obvious in everything it tries to say or show, that main antagonist is clearly introduced in the first scene. Everything else had to be clearly explained changing the dialogues into streams of slogans. "What we do is what defines us." "I don't think of her as a machine. She's a weapon. And the future of my company." "I'll find them and I'll killthem, that's what I was build for." And similar yadayada that would fit some Avengers movie instead of film that tries to be something better than cheap fun. I completely understand that the story had to be simplified for the world to understand it, but the result which considers potential viewer as an idiot is not much better. Whole topic of difference between man and machine was turned into a joke, when Ishikawa states he got his cyber liver so he can drink more. Really? Why not get cyber eyes to watch chicks' underwear while you're at it?
Due to simplicity of the story, shallowness of the topic and clear explanation of every even a bit complicated idea, movie is very predictable up to the very finale of this boring trip.

 

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At least she know who they are. It's something.

The positive sides are definitely visuals, as the city looks very nice despite being quite generic, even with these tacky holographic adverts everywhere. Acting of particular people is also worth mentioning. Scarlett Johansson looks nice and like her in the role of Mira Kilian despite my initial reservations about lack of Asian looking actress. Takeshi Kitano portraying Daisuke Aramaki - chief of Section 9 wasn't bad in his role, but it was a bit jarring that he was only one character speaking Japanese, even in the conversations performed in English language. I really have to praise Pilou Asbaek though. I've never heard of this guy, but his Batou was really cool and caring, yet bad ass guy even with or without cybernetic eyes. Scenario gave him a little to play, but actor managed to do it well anyway.

Other aspects of Ghost in the Shell aren't exceeding the line drawn by the other recent sci-fi flicks and it will be probably forgotten in couple of years. I've heard some opinions from people who said that after watching this movie they wanted to see the 1995 version or the Stand Alone Complex series. If that's the truth then I'm quite happy this remake was made after all, because more people will know about the originals. For me however GiTS (2017) is not worth more than 4/10.

 

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Batou is shoving off one of the few Asian characters. White Power?

 

Comparisons with the originals ahead. Be aware.

 

 

And if we get into comparisons, which are really hard to omit in this case, almost everything is wrong with the GiTS (2017), beginning with the title and ending with the final credits.

I don't understand is why the makers decided to go against original story. World of Ghost in the Shell is quite vast and many of the important events are covered rather briefly or simply mentioned during the course of the manga. Furthermore the original source covers various cases taken by the Section 9. It was the perfect chance for writers to show new material that would fit into the tracks already laid by the previous iterations and at the same time could give viewers engaging story. Unfortunately we get strange mix made from Mamoru Oshii's movie and two seasons of Stand Alone Complex series.

Many of the scenes and the whole layout of the story is taken directly from the 1995 version, but instead of network resident omnipresent Puppet Master we got some strange freak named after character from 2nd GiG, trying to talk in exactly the same manner as SHODAN from System Shock game. The story we got is neither interesting nor new for both potential new viewers and old fans of the series.

Second problem lies in the changed Major's background. In the original series she's experienced and war hardened soldier with the rank of Major, deeply respected by the members of Section 9 for her actions and field knowledge. She also hand picked many of them, knowing they will give as much as possible to complete any mission they face. For example she was the one Saito lost eye to, which made him respect her after their fight. The youngest member of the team is Togusa, with almost no modifications, expect for cyberbrain, who was picked by Major from the police force. Motoko is also fully cybernetized, with only a small portion of her brain being natural to keep her ghost. This fact causes a deep uncertainty whether she's still a human or maybe an android with someone else's memories to make her believe she was once fully organic. This is also where the title of the original is coming from. In the new movie we got more like a brain in a jar, which makes Mira fully human despite being turned into machine as there is no doubt that's she's was once and still is human.

Another problem is new character called Ladriya. She's new member of Section 9, not depicted anywhere else, but she's really redundant and unnecessary for the action of the film. The only thing she does is to throw some statements during the interrogation scene, which could be said by anyone else and to give Batou a weapon in the club. That action could be also performed by any original member of the squad for example Pazu, without the necessity to create a new character solely for that event. The movie is not very long (the original was even shorter though) and some of the section members got likeone second of the action (Borma for example), so it would be more natural to use already established character to give them some more time.

The whole depth insight into borders separating human from the machine are gone as well, and the movie turns into simple story about vengeance of unloved child of ghastly experiment, we've seen not once and not twice already.

There are two nice details however, first one is basset hound dog - trademark of Mamoru Oshii and the second one is Togusa's weapon - it's not Mateba 2006M, but Chappia Rhino, yet it was fitting to see him using not that usual revolver even for that short scene.

Since I'm a fan of the original like I stated in the beginning I have to lower the note to the 3/10 and that's my final verdict.

 

 

 

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Chappia with his Togusa. Or was it the other way?

 

Pros:
+Visuals
+Action
+Some little details

 

Cons:
-Boring and predictable story
-Tackiness of the dialogues

-Doesn't really excel in any category

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Caysle

Baby Driver. OST is fabulous, didn't expect this much greatness

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Negan009

Just watched Looper (2012).

 

One of my favorite films of all time, I love anything to do with time travel.

 

The writing and Direction of the film is just amazing. Can't wait to see what Rian Johnson's work in The Last Jedi.

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Craigsters

The Dark Tower based on Stephen King's novel, I'll watch anything from Stephen King and probably seen ever film connected to his name

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The Time Ranger

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Behemoth is a documentary about the Chinese mining and iron works in Mongolia and the toll it takes on the landscape and workers. It is mainly filmed with a static camera with some slow camera panning on occasion. There is no soundtrack or score to heighten emotion, just the sights and sounds as they are, they speak for themselves. Occasional narration which consists of short snippets of poetry lamenting the destruction this industry has brought punctuates the natural ambient sounds.

 

There are some powerful images which stay with you, the one that struck me the most was the vials of black gunk taken from the lungs of seasoned miners, now struggling tor breath hooked up to breathing machines. Another was the green pastures where farmers and sheepherders make their livilihood being reduced day after day by dump trucks dropping tonnes of stone and dirt from a man made hill onto the pastures, reducing their farmland by several feet each day.

 

If you look at the poster I attached above that is a sculpture the mine owner erected after allegedly being troubled by dreams caused by a deity chastising him for the damage he is causing to the landscape. His way of making peace with the goddess who plagued his dreams.

 

It was a difficult and sobering watch at times but i'm glad I perservered.

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darthYENIK

Colossal.

 

I havent been sucked into a movie from just hearing a synopsis, like I did with this, in a long time.

 

It is about a woman (Anne Hathaway) who has trouble with drinking, who is kicked out of her New York apartment by her boyfriend, and moved back to her childhood home, where she meets up with a childhood friend (Jason Sudekis) who owns a bar. After a night of drinking she cuts through a playground on her way home. At that very moment in Seoul, South Korea, a giant monster (kaiju-like) smashes through the city. Hathaway sees this and like anyone feels horrified. The next morning after drinking again, she walks through the park again, this time stopping to call her boyfriend to see if she can reconcile. He hangs up and she throws her phone. After sleeping off her booze, she sees the news and finds out the monster came back. But this time it looked like it was miming like it was on the phone, and then threw it. She then realizes that the first time it showed up it looked like it was miming carrying a large bag over its shoulder like she did at that same moment. She figured out that the playground is where she made the call and goes back the next morning. At 8:05am exactly, she enters the playground, and raises her arm. Then raises both arms, and leaves the park, runs home, and looks on the TV. The monster does the exact same thing.

 

Thats where Ill end. The rest of the movie involves her coming to terms with the destruction she caused as the monster, and Sudekis' character also having to deal with his own issues much closer tied to hers.

 

Its just such an original idea, I wish more movies were like this.

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Craigsters


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Awesome film, a real mind f*cker and very suspenseful, I thought Toni Collette was Annie Lennox and looked for Annie Lennox name in the credits, only after reading a review did I find the real actors name Toni Collette

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SonOfLiberty

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darthYENIK
Okay, guys, once again, you need to post more than an image of the poster or title. You need to say at least one complete sentence about the movie. Did you like it? Did you hate it? Have you seen it before? Have you seen it a million times? Just one sentence, at the least.
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SonOfLiberty

Okay, guys, once again, you need to post more than an image of the poster or title. You need to say at least one complete sentence about the movie. Did you like it? Did you hate it? Have you seen it before? Have you seen it a million times? Just one sentence, at the least.

Oh sorry. Was typing on mobile.

 

Anyway I have seen A Bronx Tale before and liked it. As a fan of Goodfellas and well most mob flicks actually this one is another fine addition to the genre.:)

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ciel

drag me to hell, I seriously love this movie. Anything from sam raimi I love tbh

 

I first watched it on bootleg, the quality was obviously not the best but I still enjoyed it. It's one of those movies you just own on blu ray.

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BöömBäpper

Cabin fever 2. 1/10. First one was stupid but ok but this just sucks.

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SonOfLiberty

Don’t know where else to put this, but has anyone seen Jigsaw yet? I’ve always liked the series, but I hope it’s not just a cash in.

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