Spiderverse was great.
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.
Ever watch Green Room or Blue Ruin?
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?
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!
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.
I enjoyed The Hateful Eight because of Walton Goggins (Chris Mannix).
Dark Phoenix - no comment. I'd love to hear what Griffith has to say about this one
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.
I still need to hit this one up and The Irishman and Joker
Frozen 2 - Watched this last week
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.
The future is now as far as I am concerned.
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.
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.
Yeah, I mean it's maybe not as bad as the Terminator movies (yet)
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.
, yeah that whole pop culture industry just sucks. I steer clear of it as much as I can.
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.
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.
I agree in principle... but Lucas really shat the bed with the prequels...
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.
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.
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.