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A Bad Moms Christmas
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justine posted:
The Mule

Was that any good?
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DukeofNuke posted:
justine posted:
The Mule

Was that any good?

It was kinda long and drawn out without any action. It was ok at best. It was pretty much just the same stuff over and over.
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kinda like Clint's career, then ...
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DukeofNuke posted:
kinda like Clint's career, then ...

:lol:

There really wasnt a lot to the movie. Everything you need to know, you already know.
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In the Tall Grass (NETFLIX): based on a Stephen King short story. Sort of like Children of the Corn meets a weird Doctor Who episode, or maybe one of those Outer Limits that doesn't make any sense. If you need closure, this is not the movie for you, but otherwise its amusingly brilliant as it is stupid if you just want some gore and elemental spiritist nonsense. Nice photography, can't say I loved it.

Insidious (NETFLIX): another horror movie by James Wan who created the Saw series (which I despise, but this was highly rated). Anyway, this is a ghost story, essentially a Poltergeist remake, the main gimmick being virtually no gore or effects, all the scares are done using normal practical shots. Amusing and effective for the most part, but another movie (like the previous) where you have to put your brain on pause to believe the characters would act the way they do. Apparently there are three dubious sequels.

SPECTRE (the last James Bond Movie): I missed this one as it didn't get the hype of Skyfall and got some savage reviews, but I really enjoyed it. It's a bit more formulaic with a return to the stunts and humor, but I find this helps Daniel Craig's bond loosen up a bit. Anyway, I think it's silly to try to change the James Bond formula.

The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017): Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson. Basically what you get when you combine The James Bond franchise with The Odd Couple. Excessively violent and ridiculous, but the leads are pretty funny. Another big dumb fun if you turn off your brain movie.

So....are there currently any intelligent thrill ride movies available? I hunger for brilliance, but I don't want to watch any 3 hour art movies.
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Brightburn

I knew this even before the movie came out so I suppose it's not a spoiler

Something falls from the sky near a farm. The couple that lives there go find out what it was and find a kid in a spaceship and decide to raise him as their own. BUT, this kid is not like Superman at all, but quite the opposite...
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Frozen II
Not bad. Probably not as good as I.
Elsa has a Gandalf-esque transformation. Anna steps up. And Kristof's song about being "lost in the woods" as a metaphor for indecision in one of those life changing moments plays like an '80s music video. That was an unexpected chuckle.
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What year was Frozen released? I had successfully avoided it until now. OMG, Olaf is the least charismatic and entertaining of any Disney sidekick to date.
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What year was Frozen released? I had successfully avoided it until now. OMG, Olaf is the least charismatic and entertaining of any Disney sidekick to date.


You inspired me to watch it.
I thought it was very entertaining. Olaf had a Jerry Lewis thing going on which I liked.
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Metacell posted:
So....are there currently any intelligent thrill ride movies available? I hunger for brilliance, but I don't want to watch any 3 hour art movies.

OK, found it. Get Out (F/X on demand). Fantastic movie, finally caught it. Now I am satisfied. I love how this movie probably makes everybody watching it uncomfortable, but we've all been there one way or another and it is HILARIOUS.

Just to balance out the brilliance:

Step-Brothers (2008, on Netflix): I'm not an automatic Will Ferrell fan. Some of his stuff is good, other times its just stupid. This one kind of straddles the fence, but it's not too bad thanks to John. C. Reilly (Dewey Cox from Walk Hard) and the parents. I'm sure this would have most 15 year olds rolling on the floor, but its not quite witty enough for adults.

And finally, Nightmare Shark (SYFY on demand): It was a choice between this and 5-Headed Shark...and I picked this. This is probably the stupidest movie I've ever seen in my life. However, I completely enjoyed it.
Noises Off (1992) Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve, Marilu Henner, John Ritter, Nicollette Sheridan, Julie Haggerty, Mark Linn-Baker and Denholm Elliott in his last movie.

Loads of fun about a group of ridiculous theatre actors.
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The Irishman
Not all that good imho.
There are interesting stories being told, but they aren't being told all that well. Kind of a retread of the same ground Scorsese keeps going back to.

That said Pacino did a good job of chewing scenery, and I thought Pesci was excellent.
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I agree that Pesci was excellent in The Irishman. I think his was the role he'd been waiting for after years of playing explosive and erratic wise guys.

These were not great performances from DeNiro and Pacino, however. While the filmmakers were able to de-age their faces, their body language betrayed them as the seniors they are. The scene where DeNiro kicks the crap out of the baker was badly acted, and frankly, should have been done by a stunt double. Overall, this movie was pretty unsatisfying.
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Shazam!

It's ok, for kids, if you don't mind that he fights the seven deadly sins, but other than that there's no other religious references


I forgot about this one until you posted about it. News sites were saying Dwayne Johnson was playing Black Adam, but I guess that's for the sequel.

I thought it was going to be more kid friendly since Billy is a preteen in the comics, but there's minor swearing and monsters biting people's heads off.
"Captain Marvel Jr." was annoying as human waste.

They should scratch off "wisdom of Solomon" from Shazam since he forgets he has lightning powers when the main villain shows up and spends most of the movie being a moron. The Superman "cameo" at the end was a nice touch.
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Replicas, with Keanu Reeves. Very bad. Worse than I had imagined it could have been. Avoid.

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Annihilation

I liked it, I really did, but I don't think I liked the ending. I'm not the kind of person that needs everything explained to enjoy a movie, but the ending felt... rushed? extremely stereotypical? and "let's have an open ending in hope we can make a sequel". I mean, they say that the journey is more important than the destination, but, really? the movie ends like that? ok.
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Robert B. posted:
What year was Frozen released? I had successfully avoided it until now. OMG, Olaf is the least charismatic and entertaining of any Disney sidekick to date.



Which Disney sidekick is more charismatic or entertaining?

Jiminy Cricket? I suppose, any others?
Timon and Pumbaa

the crab from The Little Mermaid

most of the others from Toy Story
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Mr Potato Head was pretty awesome!
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Genie, Abu the monkey, Iago the parrot, Thumper, Tinkerbell, Timothy Q. Mouse, Piglet, Baloo, Cinderella's mice, The 3 Fairys, The 7 Dwarves.
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Meh, I don't see any of them as much better at all.
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Die Hard. It is the Xmas season, after all.
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jumanji

the reboot thingy with the rock and karen gillan and company

quite fun, i enjoyed it, i'm motivated to check out the sequel
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Iron Fists And Kung-Fu Kicks

A documentary about martial arts in movies, tv, and pop culture.

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The Favourite (2018) Brilliant dark comedy about two cousins of competing to be Queen Anne's favourite. Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. Deserved its accolades. Highly recommended.
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Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (NETFLIX)

I enjoyed this because I find the most insidious faction of modern new age Orientalism is the commercialization of yoga. High priced yoga studios are cropping up everywhere and people are shelling out serious zennies for yoga fashion and accessories. Now, as a Hindu-Buddhist Westerner, it's only natural that I practice yoga myself, although in California I only ever attended dhana (donation, free to try) groups and sessions that individuals advertised through my sangha (congregation). Here in Reno, I do my yoga online at home. Bikram on the other hand, was like the evangelical megachurch of yoga, charging $$$thousands for the privilege of the life-changing power of remaking yourself with all kinds of celebrity endorsement.

Now of course we recognize Christian charlatans left and right for the con-games we've seen them playing all our lives, Holy Rolling for cash. It's funny that when we put an Eastern label on something and maybe a little yin-yang motif, that suddenly it can do no wrong and must be unsullied by the type of corruption we find in Western religion. This is of course patently ridiculous, because India's been doing the religion game for possibly thousands of years longer than Christians have, and trust me, they all know these con-games as well as any of us. They have a specific term for Holymen for Payola: God Men.

That's basically Bikram's story, except that he's also a sexual predator extraordinaire.

Interesting. One of the takeaways though is that his yoga was apparently completely legitimate and his former teacher was even angry that he applied his own name to the method which by tradition rightfully belongs to the original teacher.
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A Bad Moms Christmas. Again.
Buck Privates (1942) An Abbott & Costello classic.
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Love Actually.

My wife made me. I didn't hate it. In fact, I thought it was very touching.

But I don't need to see it again for a long time, if ever again.
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sin city 1 & 2

first way better than the second, despite the constant appearance of eva green's breasts

visually they still hold up fairly well
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Pithecanthropus posted:
Love Actually.

My wife made me. I didn't hate it. In fact, I thought it was very touching.

But I don't need to see it again for a long time, if ever again.

One of my favorite Xmas flicks! :)
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Saw the Rise of Skywalker in the theater this morning.
Jut watched Die Hard.

1. No idea why i never saw it before
2. Definitely a Christmas Movie
The Swimmer (1968) Burt Lancaster. A middle aged man decides to swim his way home via his affluent friends and neighbour's pools. Excellent film about privilege and denial.
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Rise of Skywalker
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ukimalefu posted:
Shazam!

It's ok, for kids, if you don't mind that he fights the seven deadly sins, but other than that there's no other religious references


I forgot about this one until you posted about it. News sites were saying Dwayne Johnson was playing Black Adam, but I guess that's for the sequel.

I thought it was going to be more kid friendly since Billy is a preteen in the comics, but there's minor swearing and monsters biting people's heads off.
"Captain Marvel Jr." was annoying as human waste.

They should scratch off "wisdom of Solomon" from Shazam since he forgets he has lightning powers when the main villain shows up and spends most of the movie being a moron. The Superman "cameo" at the end was a nice touch.

But the movie did deserve its PG-13 rating.

Sure, the subplot of Billy Batson looking for his mother was minor, and him finding her did not take up much time, but I did admire that the writers did not fill their reunion scene with ANY schmaltz that practically EVERY other movie nowadays would have done (which also allowed Billy to remain with his new foster family).

The sequence which featured Shazam trying to figure out his superpowers along with Billy's foster brother Freddy Freeman was a bit confusing. It sort of makes sense that they might post (anonymously?) videos of their experiments on their world's version of YouTube, but in a world filled with smartphones how long could ANY secret identity remain secret? Even one which involved mid-teen Billy being physically transformed into the more-adult Shazam, much less Clark Kent <-> Superman.

There is a short sequence featuring their arch-nemesis, Dr. Silvana (who does NOT get any sort of costume), within the ending credits setting up the sequel BUT it does show Silvana scribbling on the walls of his padded cell attempting to recreate the sequence of arcane symbols which could take him to "Shazam! HQ". C'mon! He had spent his entire lifetime since being around 12-years-old--Silvana appears to be in his mid-30s if not even older in the present, so let's call it between 20 to 35 years--trying to find and recreate that sequence of symbols, so how could he forget that?

And, again in a world with ubiquitous smartphones, how long could that sequence remain secret?
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Ribtor posted:
The Swimmer (1968) Burt Lancaster. A middle aged man decides to swim his way home via his affluent friends and neighbour's pools. Excellent film about privilege and denial.



I've wanted to see that for a while. I remember first reading about it maybe 20 years ago and something about it intrigued me. Obviously not enough to get me to you know, actually see it.
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