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03-25-2017 06:26 PM
Roger the Dodger
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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Zodiac 8/10

This is a slightly overlooked Fincher film that was very tense and totally engrossed me all the way through. For a serial killer mystery movie, what's so thrilling about it is that it defies all the typical Hollywood cliches for its genre, such as chases and blood & gore and sticks to the grounded reality tone with all the police investigative procedural work. It's a type of movie that feels like that it could actually happen in real life, which the movie indeed is based on for the subject manner and that's what makes it so scary
Zodiac was indeed quite terrifying. Even the color schemes toward the end were truly frightening.

Can't believe it got less than 8 in IMDb
03-18-2017 04:45 PM
George Stobbart
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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Don't believe the Michael Bay hate hype that was still coming off from the Transformers franchise. Everything excessive about Michael Bay's directing style works well here in his dark comedic take of the character's disillusioned perception to the American Dream. Everything about this movie seems "idealised" from characters viewpoint of living the "high life". So you got the typical Bay-ism exploitation such as hot babes, patriotism, fast cars, the camera spinning shots and the explosions.

If you like The Wolf of Wall Street (which came out the same year), then you'll like this.
I doubt it
03-18-2017 04:06 PM
Sicario
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Summertime Switch (1994) - 7.2/10 - I think this is a very underrated comedy. Sadly, it's very tough to find. I remember watching a few times in my school time, so I was very happy to find it on TV the other day and remember the movie.

Assassin's Creed (2016) - 5.5/10 - Not bad, but not special either. As usual with movies coming from good videogames, the movie is not nearlt as good as the game. Why they didn't use Ezio as the main character?

Blair Witch (2016) - 6.8/10 - I remember watching "The Blair Witch Project" in 2000 and getting really disappointed. As a teenager, I was a big fan of scary movies at that time and I was expecting way more. But I found this one on Netflix yesterday and decided to give it a shot. Not a great movie, but I didn't get as disappointed as I got with the old movie. It has his moments.
03-03-2017 08:41 AM
TheBigFourFTW
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 9/10

This is as good of a post-apocalyptic movie that explores every facet of the human condition as it can be. I really like the ratio of screen-time that we get for the humans and apes because it helps to not alienate and be bias to the audience (human) by considering the ongoing equilibrium struggle of two races. I also really like the outlook that when the chips are down and all morality and humanity is lost, both sides are driven by their inner-most "primitive instincts" to survive. Like I said before, it's the exploration of the human condition in its most pure, naked form.

The CGI on the apes is phenomenal and I never felt like they were "unreal" during those ape scenes. Ironically, the performance and characterization of Caesar is one of the best and humane I've seen for a movie in recent years.

Zodiac 8/10

This is a slightly overlooked Fincher film that was very tense and totally engrossed me all the way through. For a serial killer mystery movie, what's so thrilling about it is that it defies all the typical Hollywood cliches for its genre, such as chases and blood & gore and sticks to the grounded reality tone with all the police investigative procedural work. It's a type of movie that feels like that it could actually happen in real life, which the movie indeed is based on for the subject manner and that's what makes it so scary for me.

Pain & Gain 8/10

Don't believe the Michael Bay hate hype that was still coming off from the Transformers franchise. Everything excessive about Michael Bay's directing style works well here in his dark comedic take of the character's disillusioned perception to the American Dream. Everything about this movie seems "idealised" from characters viewpoint of living the "high life". So you got the typical Bay-ism exploitation such as hot babes, patriotism, fast cars, the camera spinning shots and the explosions.

If you like The Wolf of Wall Street (which came out the same year), then you'll like this.
03-02-2017 08:40 PM
acacacacademy
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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Where would you place it amongst his other works? In other words, how great is it?
It's not as good as Down Terrace, Sightseers or A Field in England*. Of those, Down Terrace is my favourite (by far), if that gives you an indication of my taste.

I'd put it on a par with Kill List — these are two flawed and messy films, but they both have a lot going for them. More than enough to compensate for the flaws, I think. In the Q&A after the film, Wheatley conceptualised this as his "action film". He talked about car chases, and the limitations thereof. He said that, rather than having a car chase, with the limited generic set pieces that come with it, he decided that his action sequences would consist of wounded men crawling across the floor and trying to get the first shot. I liked that part of it. The dialogue (mostly written by Amy Jump) is often funny, and the characters are all monumental fuckups, going from bad to worse with their misjudgements. If you like botched action films which point towards the barrenness of violent escalations, and which make fun of the whole process, you'll probably enjoy this. That's my drunken day-after analysis, anyway.

*I haven't seen High Rise.
03-02-2017 06:52 PM
Droog
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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Free Fire, the new Ben Wheatley film. Bizarre and funny. There was a Q&A after the screening, and Ben Wheatley was wearing a Zardoz t-shirt
Where would you place it amongst his other works? In other words, how great is it?
03-02-2017 11:23 AM
Sicario
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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I actually think Lights Out is better than Don't Breathe. Both good horror movies though. 2016 has been a horror movie resurgence. Also Arrival is much better than Interstellar so I'm glad you enjoyed it. Nolan always has problems with executing ideas into his movies by having too many expository dialogue that feels very inhuman.
I will watch Lights Out and Hush soon. Also I will try Blair Witch Project reboot, just to compare with the 99 version.

I like it Interstellar too, I don't remember the grade I give it here, but it was high too.
03-02-2017 07:38 AM
HoorayBeer
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates 6/10

Sometimes funny comedy with a few decent gags. Zac Efron and Aubrey Plaza who are pretty good here definitely make the best of a weak script.
03-02-2017 06:49 AM
Police of Mind
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

How Green Was My Valley

8/10
03-02-2017 12:59 AM
TheBigFourFTW
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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Arrival (2016) - 9.2/10 - Amazing, decided to start my yearly watch of the best picture nominations with this one and I have a feeling this is gonna be my favorite at all.

Don't Breathe (2016) - 8.8/10 - Best horror/crime thriller I watched in ages.
I actually think Lights Out is better than Don't Breathe. Both good horror movies though. 2016 has been a horror movie resurgence. Also Arrival is much better than Interstellar so I'm glad you enjoyed it. Nolan always has problems with executing ideas into his movies by having too many expository dialogue that feels very inhuman.
03-01-2017 10:26 PM
acacacacademy
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Free Fire, the new Ben Wheatley film. Bizarre and funny. There was a Q&A after the screening, and Ben Wheatley was wearing a Zardoz t-shirt
03-01-2017 09:56 PM
T.C
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 9/10

When I first saw this for the first time last year, I was blown away by all of the slick action and set-pieces especially the Dubai Burj Khalifa building. That whole sequence alone gave me an adrenaline like no other and I still maintain it's the single best sequence of the entire Mission Impossible series.

Rewatching it now?

It reinforced my belief on how this is the best Mission Impossible movie when it comes to the character-team dynamic between Ethan Hunt, Benji and etc. Yet...it easily has the worst story since the villain is as generic as I remember. However, I liked the pacing of the jokes (and its purpose) as well as the Jeremy Renner character more this time. The latter kind of serves as an antithesis of Ethan Hunt's direct, confrontational, head-strong attitude to all his missions; and a critique to most action films in not being logical, cautious amidst of all these ridiculous scenarios they find themselves in. Good thing I noticed about the movie upon the 2nd time is how all the cool gadgets can compensate in explaining how all the characters do these implausible stuff.

Regardless, I think everyone on MTF that watches the Mission Impossible movies can make a good argument on why either the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th movie are the best of the series. The 2nd one...sucks. Period. But it's cool how every Mission Impossible is directed by different people; so they have their own take of the genre.
I agree with you about Ghost Protocol, not just for the reasons you gave, but also because of how much Tom Cruise's climbing had improved over that intro scene from MI 2 (which was cringe inducing).
03-01-2017 09:16 PM
Sicario
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Arrival (2016) - 9.2/10 - Amazing, decided to start my yearly watch of the best picture nominations with this one and I have a feeling this is gonna be my favorite at all.

Don't Breathe (2016) - 8.8/10 - Best horror/crime thriller I watched in ages.
02-22-2017 08:27 AM
FlameOn
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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Stuart Little. This is one of the most underrated kids movies I've seen alongside Spy Kids.
Spy Kids was my jam when I was like 10 . Nowadays I'd pick Stuart Little. I agree for a kiddies it's not bad.
02-22-2017 06:16 AM
TheBigFourFTW
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 9/10

When I first saw this for the first time last year, I was blown away by all of the slick action and set-pieces especially the Dubai Burj Khalifa building. That whole sequence alone gave me an adrenaline like no other and I still maintain it's the single best sequence of the entire Mission Impossible series.

Rewatching it now?

It reinforced my belief on how this is the best Mission Impossible movie when it comes to the character-team dynamic between Ethan Hunt, Benji and etc. Yet...it easily has the worst story since the villain is as generic as I remember. However, I liked the pacing of the jokes (and its purpose) as well as the Jeremy Renner character more this time. The latter kind of serves as an antithesis of Ethan Hunt's direct, confrontational, head-strong attitude to all his missions; and a critique to most action films in not being logical, cautious amidst of all these ridiculous scenarios they find themselves in. Good thing I noticed about the movie upon the 2nd time is how all the cool gadgets can compensate in explaining how all the characters do these implausible stuff.

Regardless, I think everyone on MTF that watches the Mission Impossible movies can make a good argument on why either the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th movie are the best of the series. The 2nd one...sucks. Period. But it's cool how every Mission Impossible is directed by different people; so they have their own take of the genre.
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