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6ch6ris6

The Witch
entertaining movie overall but the ending is just boring.

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Wonder Woman was amazing!

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RR529

Sand Castle (Netflix Original) - Film about a disillusioned US soldier during the invasion of Iraq in the early 00's. It focuses on how he and his fellow soldiers are sent out to provide water to various villages (and to fix their broken piping system), and have to watch out for insurgent fighters all the while. I thought it was alright. Not one of the better war films I've seen, but I also don't watch much based on the fight in the middle east, so it was at least a bit different.

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Halo: Legends (Netflix) - Anime anthology film, consisting of 8 short stories set in the Halo universe (each animated by a different studio). The first two were just basic series backstory as narrated by Cortana, and while that's fine, the other six are where things really start getting interesting. I really enjoyed it all the way through (the only thing I didn't care for was the art direction in part 3, though it had perhaps the most unique story/narrative). Really great watch if you're into Halo or sci-fi/anime in general, IMO.

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RR529

Disney's Moana (Netflix) - This was a good time. It really had that fantasy adventure feel to it that the Disney films of my childhood had (Frozen came close, but I feel this was better) which I appreciated, it had some absolutely beautiful visuals, I got a few laughs out of it, and most surprisingly I nearly teared up in a few places. Combined with Big Hero Six & Zootopia, I think it might be safe to say core Disney may be hitting a new renaissance.

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DiscoDriver44

Independence Day Ressurection 4/10 Boring movie...just a dumber, lamer, and Will Smith less verison of the original with none of the cheesy campy charm of the original and effects that look like they came from 2002. We see so many summer blockbusters with pretty effects nowadays. What makes this one special?

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Vinny

John Wick (2014): Great action movie. Just straight to the point action, no impossible physics, unnecessary explosions, annoying shaky camera. And John Wick actually reloads his guns!
I also really liked the concept of the assassin society. Overall, awesome action action movie.

The years keep coming and they don't stop coming.

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skywake

Not about a movie so much as something happened to me today relating to a movie. I needed a haircut and I was walking towards the hairdressers. Then over the shopping centre PA "Stuck in the Middle with You" comes on. So being a fan of Tarantino I decided that I didn't need a haircut afterall.....

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@RR529 If you liked Starship Troopers, DO NOT watch the sequels, they are all kinds of awful

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Davidv

Most recent film I saw on the cinema was Baby Driver, really enjoyed it. Edgar Wright is one of my favourite directors and his usual attention to detail shows in the use of music and sound effects synchronising with it. Some fantastic car chases too.

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RR529

Star Wars: the Force Awakens (DVD) - I'm not a huge SW fan, but I've seen all the films at some point or another, and like sci-fi in general, so it was a fun time. Great effects, action, and world building/design, with a few familiar faces thrown in. Also, it's a very nice break after all the superhero fare out there in terms of blockbusters. Not yet sold on the villains though (Kylo Ren is sort of dorky looking, and the big bad, can't remember his name, seems like a rehash of Palpatine. In comparison, at least Kylo Ren has a reason to ape the whole Darth Vader shtick).

Police Academy (Netflix) - Never saw this before, so I decided to check it out. Decently fun time, but not something I could see myself running back to.

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MegaTen

Even though I grew up the the latter, I prefer Star Wars : Episode I - III over Star Wars : Episode IV - VI by a long shot. This wasn't always the case, but over the years they just grew more and more on me. The sound-design, world-building, soundtrack, and story are so much more sophisticated in my opinion. They have aged so much better too. A brilliant, but tragic story. Guess I am one of the few of the "older generation of fans" who holds this opinion.

Done with gaming. Farewell people!

DiscoDriver44

Transformers 5 makes Transformers 4 look like The Rock.

What a convoluted mess.

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6ch6ris6

Silver Linings

my girlfriend thinks it's really good. i don't.

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Peek-a-boo

@6ch6ris6 It’s a great book, but doesn’t translate its themes very well into the film.

I liked the performances by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, but Robert De Niro character was much, much softer than the father in the book to the point that he plays an altogether different person. A lot of women I know seem to like Silver Linings Playbook for some reason though.

@Davidv I went into Baby Driver completely blind and OMG! If it isn’t just about the best film I have seen this year! The way the soundtrack is in sync with the action on-screen is absolutely fantastic, and every time Jamie Foxx is lurking, it was butt clenching tense. I wish he would go on to play more bad roles.

Loved the musical inspired opening when we see Baby singing along with the audience in his car while the heist is going on off-screen, almost in a breaking-the-fourth-wall kind of way. The car chases are indeed brilliant however, I actually prefer the on-foot chase in the last third to the song ‘Hocus Pocus’ by Focus.

Although I still think Hot Fuzz is Edgar Wright’s finest hour, Baby Driver is cruising just behind.

My top ten favourite films of the year so far:

1. My Life as a Courgette (or Zucchini in the US)
2. Get Out
3. Baby Driver
4. A Man Called Ove
5. The LEGO Batman Movie
6. Logan
7. War for the Planet of the Apes
8. Split
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming
10. Wonder Woman (the film went downhill after the No Man’s Land scene)

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Octane

Baby Driver was indeed a good one. Probably my favourite of the year so far, maybe. I liked Logan too, despite not being a fan of the other Marvel films.

Alien was balls.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to Dunkirk later this week. I'm curious to see what Nolan can do with a historical war film. The Prestige and the Batman films are one of my favourites, and I'm a big fan of Memento too, so I hope Dunkirk follows too.

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Davidv

@Peek-a-boo it's a shame what happened with Ant Man but it meant he could focus on getting Baby Driver made so not all bad. I agree, that opening was brilliant especially with all the little touches like lyrics to the song on the wall as graffiti.

I watched the Noir version of Logan for the first time the other night, gives it a slightly different feel. Definitely one of the better superhero films of late, did enjoy Spiderman: Homecoming but did still come off as a little by numbers at times.

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Peek-a-boo

@Octane I have already got tickets to see Dunkirk on the IMAX this Friday, hooray!

I am a big fan of Memento and the Prestige however, the rest of Nolan’s filmography is pretty ho-hum for me. Interstellar was a very pretty looking mess, The Dark Knight Rises was a rather forgettable conclusion to the Dark Knight Trilogy, and I personally thought that Inception got worse as the film went on; it ended up being a James Bond movie by the end of it all.

I’m well aware that he is a popular and much admired director though.

And urgh, thanks for reminding me about Alien Covenant. Such a disappointment after the initial teaser trailer that seemed to get what Alien is all about. I would be a happy man if I never had to see or hear anything about that film again.

I’ve seen fifteen films at the cinema so far this year (Dunkirk will be the sixteenth), and the bottom five consisted of The Mummy (a friend dragged me along to see this...), Pirates of the Caribbean (the first PotC film is still the best), Alien: Covenant, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and John Wick: Chapter 2.

@Davidv I actually thought Ant Man was really good! Yes, it would have been nice to see Wright’s version, but I don’t think the supposedly aforementioned bad outcome came to be. I am glad we got Baby Driver instead.

I will see the noir version of Logan when the film has gradually faded from my mind, seeing as I am not one to rewatch films more than once. The black and white version of Mad Max: Fury Road was more appealing to watch than the colour showing so, I shall look forward to watching Logan again in B&W.

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Octane

@Peek-a-boo IMAX is always a bit of a hassle, it's a 45 minute drive from where I live and I pass two big cinemas on my way, so I rarely go there. I don't know why, but I did go to IMAX for Ghost in the Shell.

Well, nothing beats The Dark Knight IMO, I still thought The Dark Knight Rises wasn't bad at all. I only saw it a few years ago, because I knew it wasn't going to live up to the TDK. Interception and Interstellar were a bit disappointing too (compared to some of his other stuff). I'm pretty picky when it comes to sci-fi stuff. I facepalmed when the fourth dimension was some kind of weird library. It just didn't make any sense at all. I liked Dr. Strange better in that regard.

Pirates was alright. The first one is my favourite too (or the first three for that matter). This one felt like a reboot of the third and the fourth. It's getting a bit samey. That's a shame I think, because I like the setting, the lore, and the concept of the films, and I think Johnny Depp is a good actor. However it wouldn't bother me at all if they stopped producing any Pirates films after this one.

Same applies to Alien, unless they radically change the direction they're going in. Seriously, how can these people be so stupid?

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Ralizah

I think I'll briefly discuss the new movies I've seen this year. These are in no particular order.

Movies I Liked

War for the Planet of the Apes (The Ten Commandments if it was framed as a sci-fi war movie. Grueling, intense, and maybe a bit overlong, but this is still easily the best film in the superb Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy. The set design is masterful but, as always, the star of the show is the nuanced, brilliantly emotional performance of Andy Serkis' Caesar.)

Wonder Woman (Despite the uninspired final act and a seemingly tacked-on romantic subplot, this film, thanks in great part to the superb casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, does justice to one of the more unfairly neglected DC superheroes. It's also nice to see a good DC movie after Man of Steel, Suicide Squad, and Batman vs Superman all turned out to be incredibly flawed.)

Kong: Skull Island (An inspired, ridiculous, pulpy bit of cinema. Jackson's performance as the obsessed Preston Packard is the highlight of the film.)

It Comes at Night (This film wants to immerse the audience in a nightmarish vision of a post-apocalyptic America, and it fully succeeds. One of the most sickeningly tense yet masterfully constructed bits of horror cinema that I have ever seen.

Get Out (Some pretty biting racial satire in this engaging sci-fi horror film, even if I wasn't nearly as infatuated as so many professional critics seemed to be.)

Split (Was not looking forward to this, as trailers made it seem like a ridiculous bit of scare-mongering about people suffering from DID: I'm still... uncertain how I feel about the films treatment of its subject matter, but I can't deny that it's a total return to form for Shyamalan after 2015's surprisingly decent film The Visit. Suspenseful and I absolutely loved the twist at the end.)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Charming, almost deconstructive take on the iconic teen superhero. Unlike other recent Marvel films, Homecoming does a wonderful job narrowing down the scope of the conflict and providing an almost personal superhero film. I thought it was a delight.)

The LEGO Batman Movie (While it's not as sharply written as The Lego Movie, I still loved this absurd film that is all about the self-centered Lego Batman. The way it frames Batman and the Joker's rivalry as a homoerotic relationship is funny, but it's hammered home one too many times.)

Mixed

Life (Good, not great sci-fi horror film. If you've seen Alien, then you've seen a much better version of this. Not a bad time at all, but it adds nothing to the genre.)

Despicable Me 3 (Not a great movie, but it gets credit for downplaying the minions and trying to have an actual story, even if it is one about a "long lost brother")

A Cure for Wellness (A gorgeous, weird gothic horror film that I wanted to love: unfortunately, under all of its pretensions at artistry, it has a fairly pedestrian core whose reveal doesn't justify the monumental build-up. On that note, the film is about an hour too long and loses focus too many times. I don't regret seeing it, but I do think it's a shame that such a lovingly produced film is so uninspired.)

The Boss Baby (It's stupid, but that shouldn't surprise anyone. It's kind of cute if you can roll with the neverending silliness of the material.)

Alien: Covenant (Goes way downhill after the first hour or so. The set design is great, though, and that first hour really is enjoyable.)

Before I Fall (Another young adult mash-up: this time, it's chic lit meets Groundhog Day. It's all horribly predictable, to be honest. Not necessarily a bad film, but not worth paying much to see, either.)

The Circle (Another "I wanted to like this" film. It's somewhat timely. The film's ultimate failings are that it never takes a firm moral stance on continued technological evolution, the main character is horribly written (and horribly acted by Emma Watson; please stop giving roles to this woman), and it falls apart at the climax.)

Didn't Like

Monster Trucks (A miserable experience from beginning to end.)

The Space Between Us (I appreciate the creators trying to liven up the teen romance formula with hard sci-fi elements, but it just didn't work for me. Maybe it'll work for the intended demographic, but it's certainly nothing that rises above the trappings of its own genre.)

The Girl with All the Gifts (The Last of Us, but with worse writing and a truly ridiculous finale.)

Beauty and the Beast (The biggest disappointment of the year. Emma Watson is ghoulish as Belle. The songs, plot, writing, etc. are all underwhelming. Takes one of my all-time favorite cinematic stories and makes it boring and obvious.)

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