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07-17-2016 01:16 AM
B.kelly123
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Me Before You (2016)

6/10

There were some really likeable actors, and I thought it was going to be a nice feel-good kind of movie, if lacking in originality.
But it just crashed and burned by the end IMO.
07-16-2016 11:38 PM
JesusG
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

The Revenant (2015) - 3/10 -

Worst Leo Movie ever


Boring Western Male Masochism,50 Shades of Grey for Men
06-27-2016 08:38 AM
TheBigFourFTW
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Finding Dory (2016) -

I liked this more than Finding Nemo despite what the majority says. I loved everything about it except for the necessity of suspension of disbelief from a couple of scenes. But that in itself is what I admire about Finding Dory the most. It wasn't treading to the same territory like its predecessor and became a rehash. It took risks in its direction and the sequel ultimately had its own endearing identity while expanding the universe overall.

9/10
05-28-2016 11:15 AM
FlameOn
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Brooklyn (2015) -

It was perfectly OK but I find the acclaim a bit baffling. Best Picture nomination? I think the first romance was a tad rushed. The guy was sweet and all, but the way they did it was like...it's hard to explain but seeing as the movie's from her eyes I guess it felt a bit as a viewer like I was rushed into a marriage because the movie didn't tell me much about the guy. It was a bit weird since her relationship with this guy was supposed to be a central part of the plot.

It gets worse in the second part, because the second love interest has even less screen-time and development than the first guy, and we as an audience are meant to feel something about the fact that she might leave her husband behind and be with THIS guy instead. Erm?

I actually think an extra half-hour or so of running time just to focus on the men a bit more could've just done the trick. A slightly longer movie would've been for me a fine trade-off for being able to feel a bit more investment on the men's part for whatever decision she made. The best thing about it for me was I find the 50s setting really quite well done.

6.5/10
05-27-2016 08:37 PM
MariaV
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

The Nice Guys (2016) - One more confirmation why I'm a huge Russell Crowe tard, irrelevant of what he's like in private life, Ryan Gosling was also brilliant, the best comedy I've seen in a long time, absolutely enjoyed every minute of it! 9/10 Purely because it's not some serious drama or artsy stuff.
05-17-2016 04:15 AM
out_here_grindin
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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Originally Posted by FlameOn View Post
Ex Machina (2014) -

Rather glad I hired this, but I wouldn't buy it. Not a whole lot of meat on these bones TBH. In the end, the story's unfolding was rather unsurprising and rather reminiscent of many films with the 'man VS machine' aspect. Not a lot of real specifics to add except the film's setting was effectively claustrophobic and Oscar Isaac is bitchin' as usual.

7/10
The use of few characters and enclosed setting was very effective IMO. However you are correct in that the story did not accomplish a whole lot. It tried to be brainy and thought-provoking but really the only thing it effectively did was set a good atmosphere.
05-15-2016 08:49 AM
FlameOn
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016):

Oh God. Well, when I first heard this was being made I was like 'why'. Why would a film be made about a singer who couldn't sing or whatever?

Well, although she had more money than sense, the movie showed beautifully the reason her husband 'enabled' her for so many years and also the passion she had for the music community outside herself. I thought FFJ would've been kind of a crazy woman who wouldn't hear she couldn't sing. If the film's to be believed, it was more her husband's doing.

A couple of heartwrenching moments, especially of course when the penny finally drops.

I must say, Meryl is known for being great in otherwise 'meh' films, but here, I thought the film was good too as well as all the cast. I particularly enjoyed Simon Helberg as her pianist.

If I have any complaints, it's a scene where an obviously gay man boldly puts him arm flirtatiously round Cosme. I'm gay myself, but could never picture that going down in '44. Looked a bit anachronistic to me.

Anyway, brilliant. Fully engaged me the whole time and I was happy to be proven wrong about the whole FFJ story. Lots of awards coming for the main three cast I hope .

8/10
05-14-2016 06:00 AM
TheBigFourFTW
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

The Killer (1989):

A classic John Woo flick. The melodrama might be off-putting to some but I nevertheless found it passable because it still added depth to the story. But we all come to this movie for the action and even today, the gun-play cinematography is still matched by very few films.

8/10

Face/Off (1997):

I like this John Woo movie even better thanks to the outrageous performances by John Travolta and Nicholas Cage. Again, John Woo likes to have the internal human drama between the set-pieces and action within the story and it worked surprisingly well here. You actually care for the characters and for an action movie, that's an enormous praise. My biggest praise is that I had this emotional investment within a story-driven film since it certainly exploited its high-concept gimmick to the fullest.

9/10

Fargo (1996):


Aside from strong performances by McDormand and Macy into creating a quirky set of characters filled with rich, entertaining dialogue within them (Pulp Fiction had that same route), I thought it wasn't enough to sustain the overarching story of the movie. I just didn't really care about the plot.

7/10


Speed (1994):


My favourite Keanu Reeves movie. Ludicrous action, ludicrous plot, ludicrous villain, ludicrous dialogue. I mean what more could you want from an extravagant action flick? Reeves and Sandra Bullock make an entertaining pair and certainly displayed some good chemistry with their whole "underdog against overwhelming odds" persona. It's probably the best Die-Hard inspired movie out there.

9/10

I also saw Pan's Labyrinth, The Shining and The Thing (John Carpenter's version) and they're all good movies that deserve an 8/10 rating from me.
05-06-2016 08:54 AM
Droog
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Eden Lake (2008) - 7/10 It contains a lot of horror clichés but also features very solid acting and skilful use of location.
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) - 8.5/10 Achingly beautiful in both story and style.
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) - 6.5/10 It's an entertaining feel good film.
05-05-2016 07:56 PM
retister
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

The Dark Horse, 2014.
That was fucken strong, wow.
05-05-2016 03:08 PM
FlameOn
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) -

Yeah the Disney one. I like it. I don't think I've seen it in its entirety since the '90s, and I was only five when it came out. I enjoyed seeing all the adult themes in this that I missed as a kid unfold as if it were a whole new movie. In general I feel adults could appreciate this one as well. Quasimodo is also a character I can relate to very much, as lame as that sounds .

7/10
05-04-2016 12:55 PM
Ragnar Lothbrok
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

The Revenant (2015) - 7/10 - Finally I was able to watch. Good acting by DiCaprio, but not his best one by any means. The movie is decent, but it's too low paced, sometimes it seemed to move in slow motion, this could've been made in 1h40 without any considerable loss in the history.

After I finally was able to watch all the movies, I have to say it was an average year for the best picture nominations (2014 way better), the one I liked the most was "Room".

The Witch (2015) - 9/10 - Brilliant, best horror movie I saw in ages.
05-01-2016 07:29 PM
retister
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Where to Invade Next (2015).
Nice to see yet more people realizing that the sooner we revert back to matriarchalism (preferably with men reduced to house pets doubling as sperm banks), the better for all of us.
It'll come...
04-30-2016 01:04 PM
FlameOn
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Ex Machina (2014) -

Rather glad I hired this, but I wouldn't buy it. Not a whole lot of meat on these bones TBH. In the end, the story's unfolding was rather unsurprising and rather reminiscent of many films with the 'man VS machine' aspect. Not a lot of real specifics to add except the film's setting was effectively claustrophobic and Oscar Isaac is bitchin' as usual.

7/10
04-30-2016 12:15 PM
TheBigFourFTW
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Zootopia (2016):

As expected from an animated picture of Disney's caliber, I like it a lot. The animation and the different settings they showed throughout the movie were amazing; the chemistry between Judy and Nick was interesting enough. The anthropomorphic characters are entertaining because they're relatable and the film balances the human elements with the whole "animal world" very well. I think that's where the film shines the most and hence the high reviews it's getting. Usually for Disney films (and even Pixar) they only focus on one aspect; human condition or a fantasy premise. So you can say Zootopia is sort of breaking new ground by trying to do both. The only comparison I can think of that tries to match what Zootopia is doing is Pixar's Monsters Inc.

Of course, like most good Disney pictures where it can be appreciated by both kids and adults alike; but through other reasons, Zootopia's brilliance lies in the important message that the film offers. It's straight-forward since aspects of it such as the "under-dog" story is something you see in a lot of animated movies. However, I liked how the plot manages to develop beyond that into a/the bigger picture.

My only criticisms about the movie is the humor might not cut through enough to people as it's mostly witty banter and subversive. Besides that, I think a film like Zootopia, it would work MUCH BETTER as a Pixar film rather than a Disney film.

Pixar films like Inside Out and Wall-E manages to deal with important themes more intelligently than Disney films like Zootopia while at the same time making the film entertaining to watch as an animation. I'm not saying those 2 films are necessarily better than Zootopia; but I'm saying they (Pixar) handle the aspect of trying to get a real-life applicable point across better. Personally for me, I prefer it when the film doesn't info-dump you with stale exposition especially if it's within one scene and keep the subtext conveying subtle across the whole picture. It might sound contradictory to what my main point is compared to the end of my opening paragraph since relating to that, I know the film-makers were trying to mesh out both a dazzling and subversive animated flick but the 2nd half of the film greatly focuses on the latter aspect. So my first impression when I was watching the ending was it tried to "hammer in" too much on the human subtext and should've mix it up with the fun animated stuff like in the middle parts of the film. To sum up what I'm saying, the tone of the climax (of the film) could've been handled a bit better so that way Zootopia's themes can be addressed as a wider scope for an enhancing experience.

Overall, this film is on my top 10 list of my favourite animated movies and I enjoyed the technical merits more than my own personal enjoyment of the film since the humour didn't strike me that well at times. And to be honest, the funniest scene in Zootopia was already shown in the preview trailers (which I saw prior). I still found it hilarious the second time when watching the actual movie. So maybe that's actually a compliment to the execution of the film's humour despite what I said otherwise earlier?

Zootopia is quite possibly the best Disney movie of the last decade since The Lion King.

9/10
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