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    The Big Sick. Pretty solid, if a bit cliched at times.
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    Megan Leavey, an okay story about a Marine canine handler. Kate Mara's performance was decent. A solid B.

    Boss Baby. Eh, Alec Baldwin was genius casting and there were some clever cultural references, but the story itself was a bit overdone. B-.
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    Baby Driver. Loved it, definitely recommend. Kudos to John Hamm in a way different role. Couldn't help thinking about Kevin Spacey's pervy-predator behavior in RL.

    Kong: Skull Island. Stupid plot in oh so many ways, even for a film about a 400 foot gorilla. Poorly directed. Wasted cast with solid talent. Don't bother.

    Alien Covenant. Solid acting and direction. Felt rushed. Did not like the story much - sort of wrapped up the Alien origin with a neat, very unsatisfying what-the-what bow. Did not do justice to the franchise. I found the ending disturbing.

    The Founder. I liked it. Michael Keaton's great. Worth watching. Nice job of not demonizing the guy.
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    Alien Covenant - solid acting? Only if you completely ignore the actual deeds. Basically, the two last Alien movies were only sustained by the protagonists acting like utter and absolute morons.

    Quarantine protocols? Keeping your hazmat gear on at ALL times? Decontamination?

    I mean, just take Covenant: You arrive on an alien planet and observe that the flora seems to have evolved similarly to Earth's. And not one of them thinks for a nanosecond: "Wait, if this stuff is similar to Earth's, what else could be similar?"
    And when two of their guys obviously deal from a fast-acting disease, not one of them shows alarm over that there might be something infectious lurking around.

    The first Alien movie dealt with that perfectly: Ripley wanted to uphold quarantine but was actually betrayed (as it turned out).

    None of the action in the last two movies made any sense and it's actually an insult to anyone with half a brain. It's always the same with these big-budget SciFi movies: They spend the big bucks on animation, setting, actors. And not one cent goes into plugging story holes you could drive the Titanic through.
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    He said "acting", you're talking about the writing
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    Good job acting like absolute morons then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khendraja'aro View Post
    Good job acting like absolute morons then.
    Exactly, it takes great skill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    Exactly, it takes great skill.
    I rather doubt that. Basically, playing a role in such stinkers isn't a great idea, career-wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khendraja'aro View Post
    I rather doubt that. Basically, playing a role in such stinkers isn't a great idea, career-wise.
    Khen, I agree with your criticisms of the plot for sure. The idea they would go down to that planet and just walk out in the open without any thought of biological hazard is stupidly absurd. But no performance in the movie was bad, so far as I recall.

    EDIT: I think that's why the actor who played the lead role in the last film did not return for this one. And while it wasn't a great film, I thought the last one was much better than this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EyeKhan View Post
    Baby Driver. Loved it, definitely recommend. Kudos to John Hamm in a way different role. .
    I caught this on friday. I thought this was a wasted opportunity.
    I liked the premise. I like the way it started out, certainly had the makings of a good movie.

    Baby seemed well cast; brooding and sullen.

    But then it all started to unravel, more and moreso as the movie built toward the ending. All of Spacey's crew seemed to have it in for Baby, for little discernible reason. They went out of their way to make life difficult for him and to try to catch him out - made no sense to me when he was just the driver - they had much more important things to concern themselves with.

    Then there was the love interest, which was just so much cliché. I half felt that it was intended to be, a nod to classic crime capers from an earlier era, but then it just felt predictable and uninteresting.

    John Hamm was terribly cast. Maybe we're just too used to Don Draper, I don't know, but he seemed utterly ridiculous here.

    Even one of my superstars and all time favourite actors, Jamie Foxx, couldn't lift this.

    Disappointed, had heard good things.
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    It's actually the original French billion, which is bi-million, which is a million to the power of 2. We adopted the word, and then they changed it, presumably as revenge for Crecy and Agincourt, and then the treasonous Americans adopted the new French usage and spread it all over the world. And now we have to use it.

    And that's Why I'm Voting Leave.

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    Saw Lady Bird with the lady the other night. I liked it, though I'm not sure that I loved it. I think the central story - about a mopey teenager with an inferiority complex - is less than enthralling. What makes it special, though, is the characters surrounding the lead - the fun and insightful nun, the depressed priest, the gay kid from a good Catholic family, the fat best friend who has far more reason to be mopey, the parents - a lot of these characters are interesting and so innately believable that you could imagine that the conversations they're having could be real. Ronan and Metcalf both turned in solid performances (and I must admit I haven't seen Ronan in anything before and now I want to). Gerwig did a pretty good job, I think - the story seemed very vaguely autobiographical, but it was almost lyrical in some manner, especially in its treatment of Sacramento.

    I'd say it's definitely worth a watch, at least if you're okay with movies that don't have much of a plot.
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    The Last Jedi

    I was a little skeptical but it was a blast Hugs was basically Draco Malfoy. The final showdown more than made up for some clumsy delivery and scene upon scene of old people lounging around looking old.
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    I saw Episode 8 this weekend. Overall I thought it was okay - I see why people liked it, but there were also a lot of flaws that have been overlooked a bit. Serious spoilers to follow, so you have been warned.

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    My biggest problem with the movie was that most of it didn't matter. The entire Finn storyline was irrelevant - best laid plans failed miserably and didn't contribute one iota to the final result. The love story was cute enough, if a bit cliched, but it didn't fit in with anything else. The only events that moved the plot forward involved Rey, Ben and Luke, with minor contributions from Leia and Poe. Maybe the Finn storyline existed to open up the discussion about the underclass of Galactic society and have that become the nucleus of a broad based revolt in Episode 9. But it was pretty weakly done.

    More broadly, while Episode 7 was clearly a rehash of Episode 4, it didn't take a genius to see painfully obvious parallels between Episode 8 and a mishmash of Episodes 5 and 6 - everything from the Hoth battle sequence to the throne room confrontation. Yes, they changed enough things to distinguish them, but I'd like to see them tell a new story instead of just recycling old ones.

    There was also an issue with character chemistry. While Ben's character becomes a little less awful, most of the 'good' guys just don't have the magic chemistry that was a real highlight of the original trilogy, especially Empire: things like "Who's scruffy?" and "I know" just didn't have the same resonance here. Individually the characters were good enough and competently executed, but they didn't have the same interplay that made the first movies so much fun. The vast majority of the gags and entertainment were references to old Star Wars jokes, not something new and interesting.

    I also was tired of how many different times they teased the audience with almost killing Leia - we were all waiting for some plot device to kill her off, and they put her in mortal danger so many times it was almost ridiculous.

    A few detailed complaints:

    Snoke (sp?) doesn't seem to know about this newfangled hyperspace tracking device, which is super weird if it's such a big technological leap. What gives?

    The space battle tactics are just ridiculous. I had assumed that they kept on using directed energy weapons in space because relativistic or FTL kinetic weapons wouldn't work for some reason, but the hyperspace ramming of the cruiser clearly indicates this is wrong. So why don't they use high mass projectiles at hyperspeed to take out large and ungaily targets like star destroyers? It would fundamentally alter the strategy for space battles, likely favoring numerous small, maneuverable ships over lumbering behemoths with big guns. Oh, and since the Order fleet didn't have a fuel problem, it really makes no sense why they didn't interdict the rebel ships by hyperjumping ahead of them with a blocking force. In short, space battle tactics leave much to be desired, but I guess that's nothing new.

    There were some good things buried in all of my complaints - the movies were visually stunning, had great production value and did a nice homage to the source material (even if they were derivative). There were some moments of genuine humor. I thought the 'mineral planet' battle scene was simply beautiful to see. They did some things with lightsabers that I'd been waiting for someone to do for a while. And I thought the way they wrote out Hamill was actually not bad.
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    Saw it on saturday too.

    Overall, I really enjoyed it. Manifold times better than the The Force Awakens, but still not as good as Rogue One.

    Ren was much better, more the conflicted man, less the sullen teenager. Rey was better too, she seemed to have more purpose, was more believable in what she was doing, in what she wanted to do.

    General Hux remains my favourite character, from both films. He's just so apoplectically angry all the time. Superb.

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    The moments of humour were very well done, particularly Po's pretending to be on hold and not hearing Hux when 'calling' the Dreadnaught, as a time-delaying tactic.

    Agree with most of your points though, Wigs. The Force Awakens was a dreadful rehash of A New Hope. And I was struck by the similarities to the attack on Hoth with that on the abandoned rebel base here - with At-Ats closing in on the Empire/First Order side, and ground-level speeders on the rebel side. Still visually dramatic, but I really wish they could come up with new stuff, when they have such a massive amount of material they could draw on.


    I really need a second and third viewing to take in points I missed. Having a few glasses of wine before and during the movie dulled my in-take and memory of certain subtleties.
    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Glint View Post
    It's actually the original French billion, which is bi-million, which is a million to the power of 2. We adopted the word, and then they changed it, presumably as revenge for Crecy and Agincourt, and then the treasonous Americans adopted the new French usage and spread it all over the world. And now we have to use it.

    And that's Why I'm Voting Leave.

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    I watched it (star wars 8) and I find it an utter failure, I don't know how to use the spoiler feature but I don't think there are actual any spoilers in the coming rant:

    1) I am amazed that the cast of actors so utterly devoid of charisma could be found let alone that it would be found for such a high budget film, I suppose that after 7 nothing much could be done but I kept hoping some of the heroes would get killed so that a better actor could be brought forward. Alas only characters that do have charisma seem to be get killed in the new trilogy.

    2) I don't understand why rehashing the same stories is seen as a thing. SW7 was pretty much a remake of SW4 and SW8 is a sort of SW5 and 6 jammed in to one with some boring crap thrown in the mix. Frankly they would have been better of just doing the story 3000 years latter or 3000 prior to move away from the old trilogy material completely. Hell they could have used the pc games old republic story as inspiration, it was certainly way better then this movie.

    3) The planets were poorly developed the nuns were completely out of place in the L. SW planet. the one planet (casino) that could have been the saving grace of the movie was rushed through crammed with images but little actual story as if they could not wait to get back to the grey images repetitive images of the space chase.

    4) This is a minor point I am quite willing to suspend disbelief for the sci-fi/fantasy genre but the idea that space ships the size of the major city are running on fuel that can run out (let alone run out some 24 hours after the ship took of off the planet)!!! is completely ridiculous!! I am expecting to see space gas station in the 9th.

    5) oh yeah the main villain appears and gets eliminated without one yo-ta of explanation as to who the hell he is, that is some great story telling.

    It says a lot for the movie that the gimmicks such as the stupid bird were some of the best highlights of the film, despite the fact that they would have been a low point in the original trilogy and pissed me off similar to how jar jar did in the prequel. One thing it did is show me how good the previous 6 movies really were, yes even the prequels.

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    Critics didn't like Bright, the new Will Smith movie from Netflix, but I did. It's not top quality cinema, but it was enjoyable for what it was, and I liked all the world building. I heard they've already greenlit a sequel, and I'm happy about that - I want to explore that world some more.

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    Watching Die Hard. I watch it every year and yet this is the first time I've noticed this: "Based on the novel by Roderick Thorpe."
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    Miss Sloane

    Enjoyable yarn about government lobbyists. Am not a huge fan of Jessica Chastain but I thought this was a reasonably powerful performance from her. Backed up by some veterans like Sam Waterston gave this the required credibility.

    Involved me to the end and kept me guessing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Glint View Post
    It's actually the original French billion, which is bi-million, which is a million to the power of 2. We adopted the word, and then they changed it, presumably as revenge for Crecy and Agincourt, and then the treasonous Americans adopted the new French usage and spread it all over the world. And now we have to use it.

    And that's Why I'm Voting Leave.

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    The first Jumanji is one of my favorite 90s movies, and the new Jumanji is a worthy successor. Solid lighthearted action comedy for people who're young at heart.
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    The Greatest Showman

    Saw it with my mum and my wife. Our tastes our very different but we all liked it because it's just really easy to like. Standard musical fare, but well-executed. Some of the songs were really lip-syncy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuk2 View Post
    I caught this on friday. I thought this was a wasted opportunity.
    I liked the premise. I like the way it started out, certainly had the makings of a good movie.

    Baby seemed well cast; brooding and sullen.

    But then it all started to unravel, more and moreso as the movie built toward the ending. All of Spacey's crew seemed to have it in for Baby, for little discernible reason. They went out of their way to make life difficult for him and to try to catch him out - made no sense to me when he was just the driver - they had much more important things to concern themselves with.

    Then there was the love interest, which was just so much cliché. I half felt that it was intended to be, a nod to classic crime capers from an earlier era, but then it just felt predictable and uninteresting.

    John Hamm was terribly cast. Maybe we're just too used to Don Draper, I don't know, but he seemed utterly ridiculous here.

    Even one of my superstars and all time favourite actors, Jamie Foxx, couldn't lift this.

    Disappointed, had heard good things.
    I watched it again after reading your post and didn't like it as much. Thanks a lot asshole.
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    my most sincere apologies sir
    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Glint View Post
    It's actually the original French billion, which is bi-million, which is a million to the power of 2. We adopted the word, and then they changed it, presumably as revenge for Crecy and Agincourt, and then the treasonous Americans adopted the new French usage and spread it all over the world. And now we have to use it.

    And that's Why I'm Voting Leave.

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    The Road. Damn, what a well made, utterly depressing movie. Wouldn't have watched it without Viggo

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    Yep it was good. Pretty true to the book.
    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Glint View Post
    It's actually the original French billion, which is bi-million, which is a million to the power of 2. We adopted the word, and then they changed it, presumably as revenge for Crecy and Agincourt, and then the treasonous Americans adopted the new French usage and spread it all over the world. And now we have to use it.

    And that's Why I'm Voting Leave.

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    Shin Godzilla - with subtitles.

    Wow. This was the strangest godzilla movie I've ever seen, which says a lot, if you're unfamiliar with the franchise.

    The monster itself and the signature destructive rampage was far less prominent than in any other godzilla movie I've seen. The story was more focused on representing, with what felt like reasonable accuracy, the government bureaucracy identifying and attempting to respond to the appearance of the monster around and eventually in Tokyo, and the political wrangling over what to do and how to do it. There are cabinet meetings, press conferences, laws passed authorizing the Japanese SDF to act, attacks nixed at the last minute to protect civilians to avoid political repercussions.

    And woven through it all is this nationalist theme chaffing at the political dominance over Japan of the US, with complaints of how long the country should continue to be punished for WW2. Eventually bold new leadership does an end-run at the UN around the US president to avoid a US-backed plan to nuke Tokyo as the one sure way to kill the monster. It's striking how nuclear weapons haunts the Japanese psyche to this day.

    The scenes of the SDF attacking godzilla were the most realistic I've ever seen - which, if you're unfamiliar with the franchise, doesn't say a lot. But there were no jet fighters or helicopters flying close enough for godzilla to grab them out of the sky, and there was liberal use of indirect artillery, which I've never seen before.

    This movie would be SO boring for kids, the typical audience for godzilla films. I'm not even sure I liked it, to be honest. But for some reason, I got drawn into the extended array of scenes with various arms of the government discussing and posturing and pushing agendas, struggling with the logistics and political concerns of dealing with the monster and dealing with heavy-handed, disrespectful US influence.
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    Conman type caper, with Will Smith. Lots of silliness and plotholes. Too many contrived twists in various poorly disguised attempts to keep the viewer guessing. Who is actually playing who, etc.

    Gets a half-point for Margot Robbie eye candy, and a point for a slick soundtrack.

    Lifting this from a 3/10 to a 4.5/10


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Glint View Post
    It's actually the original French billion, which is bi-million, which is a million to the power of 2. We adopted the word, and then they changed it, presumably as revenge for Crecy and Agincourt, and then the treasonous Americans adopted the new French usage and spread it all over the world. And now we have to use it.

    And that's Why I'm Voting Leave.

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    They have good chemistry but would've benefited from a better less clichéd script.
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    Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.

    I wound up seeing this because it was the first movie to start on the list presented to me by the ticket vending machine. I absolutely LOVED it. If I ever get round to make a top ten of my favorite movies of all time, this one definetely is a contender.
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    Yeppers I really want to see that - def looks good.
    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Glint View Post
    It's actually the original French billion, which is bi-million, which is a million to the power of 2. We adopted the word, and then they changed it, presumably as revenge for Crecy and Agincourt, and then the treasonous Americans adopted the new French usage and spread it all over the world. And now we have to use it.

    And that's Why I'm Voting Leave.

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    Oh my God, I'd completely missed this movie looks like they're showing it here, and I have a lot of time off this week.
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