Spiderverse was great.
I liked Bone Tomahawk a lot more than CB 99, both pretty different. Thanks for the write up. I missed seeing DAC last month cos work was extremely busy, hope to have the time to hit it up before it disappears from theaters.Can't say I've seen many films these past few years that I would genuinely recommend friends and family, but that being said I recently saw the crime thriller Dragged Across Concrete (directed by S. Craig Zahler of Brawl in Cell Block 99 and Bone Tomahawk fame) and it was quite a fun ride. Pacing is slow (intentionally) but it builds up to such a crazy rollercoaster that it really pays off towards the climax and resolution of the film. I'm torn between this or Cell Block 99 as my favorite film of his, but I think Zahler is on a roll and am looking forward to what he does next. Definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Heat or films of that ilk.
I really liked Green Room. I was just down for evil Patrick Stewart and ended up getting quite a bit more, hehe. One of the best low-budget movies I've seen in some time. I really admired how much they did with such a limited set. I still need to sit down for Blue Ruin.Ever watch Green Room or Blue Ruin?
I have not. :( I will definitely check those out sooner rather than later. I've heard good things about both. And yeah, if you enjoyed Bone Tomahawk, DAC might be up your alley. Not as gory as BT and definitely not reinventing the wheel, but still an enjoyable watch.I liked Bone Tomahawk a lot more than CB 99, both pretty different. Thanks for the write up. I missed seeing DAC last month cos work was extremely busy, hope to have the time to hit it up before it disappears from theaters.
Ever watch Green Room or Blue Ruin?
Can never go wrong with The Thing. Something about 80s movies haha.I've rewatched "The Thing" recently. And i'm talking about the one from 1982. The special effects and the way the monster looks still looks amazing too this day!
Glad you enjoyed yourself, and even though it was messier and more indulgent than the relatively focused and restrained Infinity War, it took the time because it could and actually used it, had the better moments and emotional resonance, and indeed earned this. It was also fun and inventive in addition to paying all this off and maybe breaking every box office record. So, kudos to Marvel.Was pleasantly surprised by Avengers: Endgame. As someone who thought Infinity War was a boring, predictable slogfest, nearly everything they did in this movie abated my concerns with its first half.
It's because of what is conveyed about Tony.Did Peter Parker show up before the movie to say "Hey, we'll play the trailer for the new Spiderman film after the movie ... so as not to spoil folks."? I thought that was weird haha. I mean, what's the point. We know there's another movie with the same actor in it.
He was good, great shit-eating grin, but Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell were my jam in this one. Pretty much everyone was in good form, though. I'm still torn on this one, I like and enhoy it, but it's weird that it's basically a worse version of The Thing. Just goes to show again how influential yet criminally underrated John Carpenter is.I enjoyed The Hateful Eight because of Walton Goggins (Chris Mannix).
My comment on Dark Phoenix is hopefully I never, ever see it! Though, I'd like to hear what you think of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, all the more because it's curiously absent from your list.Dark Phoenix - no comment. I'd love to hear what Griffith has to say about this one
I was kicking myself for not having the time to watch it on the big screen. Life's been a bit hectic this year (wait, I just made a post about playing Breath of the Wild for 70+ hours!! That doesn't count, does it? Haha). I still need to hit this one up and The Irishman and JokerMy comment on Dark Phoenix is hopefully I never, ever see it! Though, I'd like to hear what you think of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, all the more because it's curiously absent from your list.
I find your lack of priorities disturbing.I still need to hit this one up and The Irishman and Joker
Frozen 2 - Watched this last week
It is truly insufferable that saying "TLJ is the best SW film" quickly became and remains to this day a prime means of virtual signaling. It was absolutely mediocre, as was the previous one (can't even remember the title), and as will be the next one.I notice TLJ stans got upset that even the cast and crew of these movies acknowledged TLJ maybe wasn't the best Star Wars experience. I don't know why liking or disliking these dumb movies is so politicized, except for the politicizers having weak reasons for their positions.
Well, THAT happened 20 years ago, but I'm referring to THIS going from an outlier to the norm:The future is now as far as I am concerned.
Yeah, I mean it's maybe not as bad as the Terminator movies (yet), but I'm frankly surprised these movies still have as much sway as they do. But by definition as more of them get made their special status will erode.Well, THAT happened 20 years ago, but I'm referring to THIS going from an outlier to the norm:
Imagine a world where Star Wars becomes like the Terminator franchise, or to your point maybe it already is but just hasn't faced the full repercussions yet.
Haha, yeah that whole pop culture industry just sucks. I steer clear of it as much as I can.Speaking of the TLJ nonsense, this pops right up in my google when I'm going to Box Office Mojo:
'The Rise of Skywalker' takes off after the rise of the 'Star Wars' trolls, after the backlash generated by 'The Last Jedi'amp.cnn.com
These fucking media mavens quoting each other about this "serious issue," namely people being rude to them personally on the internet (you'd think people were dying in armed melees in the street by the concern in these articles, rather than just being mad online about movies). I've heard just about every fanbase be referred to as toxic now, or fandom itself, which is true insofar as it's a stupid thing to so define yourself by, but otherwise, give it a rest with this story, stop constantly reading your replies, or logoff, there's nothing to see here. Worry about the people who actually vote in elections with this mentality, not dopes watching TV/movies; the conflation of which is another, much bigger, problem (people treating politics like entertainment or their entertainment like a substitute for politics). Welcome to the Internet, "media experts." Don't read the comments.
They're definitely better made, and more reverently for better or worse. BUT, I decided to think way too much about this and the parallels are more direct than you might think:Yeah, I mean it's maybe not as bad as the Terminator movies (yet)
The thing that's been off to me since the post-Lucas films started is how truly average they are as action adventure movies. Outside of maybe the Holdo Maneuver I can't really think of something that makes them stand out or pushes the envelope following 30 years of action movies since Jedi; it's all pretty typical stuff we've seen many times over, and not even among the best quality. Marvel has tons of weightless CGI action, but the ideas are still WAY bigger and bolder than anything we see in these movies (it's weird to me that Star Wars is somehow worse than the Fast & Furious franchise). Even the prequels were trying more, ahem, avant garde stuff. =) Yet it's all still treated like something special because... Star Wars! To people viewing these movies objectively, like in China where they repeatedly underperform, it must seem like we're collectively delusional about Star Wars as a special film property, because we are.I'm frankly surprised these movies still have as much sway as they do. But by definition as more of them get made their special status will erode.
Problem is I actually like and wish I could partake in more heavy analysis, the problem is I end reading all the dumb, pandering bullshit too., yeah that whole pop culture industry just sucks. I steer clear of it as much as I can.
I agree in principle... but Lucas really shat the bed with the prequels...It's like, do I care about Terminator not made by Jim Cameron? Is there a compelling argument for it? Not really. I think the same is proving true with Star Wars, it just took a while because everybody was happy to kick Lucas to the curb after the prequels, but at this point I'd rather experience George's bad ideas than Disney's endless lack of them. Even if they sucked, at least they'd be interesting and have some sense of authenticity.
This is true, but it also highlights a truth people seem to have trouble facing: the reason Star Wars was so impactful back then is because its special effects were insane for the time. The original movie worked because it had a super simple fairy tale story (peasant boy becomes knight like his dad and ends up being the chosen one, defeating the dark knight, saving the kingdom and kissing the princess), aped great cinematic shots from old movies, and had crazy SFX. That's the foundation for Star Wars' popularity, and it's really quite basic. I guess I also should mention great actors that gave life to the characters and made them relatable. Then The Empire Strikes Back managed to do a good job of following up on it and giving it more depth (it still isn't quite as great of a movie as everyone seems to think it is IMHO), and Return of the Jedi provided a decent ending. All that put together established that saga as a cultural milestone.The thing that's been off to me since the post-Lucas films started is how truly average they are as action adventure movies. Outside of maybe the Holdo Maneuver I can't really think of something that makes them stand out or pushes the envelope following 30 years of action movies since Jedi; it's all pretty typical stuff we've seen many times over, and not even among the best quality.
Sure, but then that should have been that, or he should be contracting it out like the EU for years, but this weird arrangement where even he thinks the direction it's gone is beyond the pale, and actually has a point, is sure a strange turn.I agree in principle... but Lucas really shat the bed with the prequels...
Put another way, the movies went from genuinely being transcendent experiences to below average movies.All that put together established that saga as a cultural milestone.
Where I'm going with this is that Star Wars at its core was 1) endearing characters 2) amazing SFX 3) decent story. And there's only so much you can get out of that.
Yeah, there was an opportunity with TFA to create likable new characters to take the torch from the old ones, but for some reason they tried to accelerate the process immediately and make a longterm problem, you can't keep running back the same old faces forever, into an immediate crisis. It's inexplicable to me they didn't error on the side of exploiting the shit out of Mark Hamill. Now even their purported new stars want nothing to do with it either... and nobody cares!For example what Star Wars never had is a rich universe. There's no depth to it, it's just there because it needs to be. So the opportunity to do prequels and sequels was always about the characters. And they've done those, and have ruined it in both cases. For different reasons, but either way it's been ruined. And honestly... I don't see what else they can do with it now.
This has always been the Star Wars EU's problem; the only civilian occupation/creed is smuggler or bounty hunter. I'm strangely fine with that on this program because it's just scrawling in the margins to give me the old school, low stakes Star Wars adventure of the week rather than rehashing the already settled SKYWALKER SAGA and Palpatine for the umpteenth and least interesting time, likely with disastrously bad results. The problem with The Mandalorian is going to be when fans and suits insist on the Baby Yoda trilogy and then what works for me as a cute, novelty character is suddenly supposed to be the center of the galaxy, and then it just becomes another lazy, uninspired rehash.Everything they've produced feels so derivative and hollow. I watched a couple episodes of The Mandarolian, and so basically, Bobba Fett is a species, and Yoda is a species. It's the same creatively bankrupt shit that's always gone on with Star Wars. Han Solo was a smuggler? Well there's like a whole industry of smuggling in Star Wars now, and every smuggler is a Han Solo lookalike. Yoda was a small alien and the greatest Jedi master? Well he's part of a race that's naturally super strong with the force. Bobba Fett? Yeah there's a whole race of bounty hunters that look just like him. It's frankly pathetic and borderline insulting to the viewer's intelligence. It also just retroactively dilutes what made these characters unique and interesting, because they're now just one specimen among thousands of others.