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  1. Brett

    The Batman

    I understand people getting burnt out. Maybe it's just my inner Batman fanboy but even though I haven't liked a live action Batman since Dark Knight (at least the first few viewings), I still keep hoping for a great, well rounded Batman film. As it is, it seems most directors get certain elements right while dropping the ball on others. Maybe that's unavoidable, I don't know... but Batman Begins was pretty close, I think. You mentioned too many villains... I've never had a problem with it and have always wanted a more "inhabited" Gotham. Returns juggled three main antagonists fine (a stretch
  2. Brett

    The Batman

    It's weird... the trailer looks like what I thought the third Dark Knight trilogy film was going be before it came out. Meaning I thought Rises was going to go back to a more "stylistic" vision, something closer to a mix between the first two, instead of just a stock standard Nolan aesthetic. Looks like a new villain (maybe?) with several established Batman antagonists running around already, which is cool. Riddler, I assume... and that one dude looks like he could be Penguin... and Catwoman obviously. Yeah, I'm getting a pseudo Nolan sequel with elements of the Arkham games vibe. I hope it's
  3. Just watched this recently. Maybe I shouldn't even bother putting in my two cents since it's clear that Star Wars is not for me anymore... but ye gods, what exactly were people enjoying about this? I guess it's a masterpiece compared to Rise of Skywalker, but then most things are. It feels like watching somebody play Skyrim, mixed with a less humorous and charismatic Hercules the Legendary Journeys. The episode with the sentient (or remote controlled?) AT-ST is astoundingly bad, and some of the worst costume design I've ever seen in a high budget piece of entertainment. I think, what, half the
  4. I'm a big fan of both, but: Beatles. They were more versatile. I love Mick, he has a lot of flair and showmanship, but his actual singing voice is shit. Meaning, the Stones' few attempts at ballads were usually pretty tongue in cheek, bordering on cringey. And item 2: Their Satanic Majesties Request. Again, I love the album, but it's a giant fan love letter to Sgt. Peppers.
  5. Beating a dead horse at this point, but I finally watched it last week. I think it invented a new subgenre of bad. Everything about it is instantly forgettable. It's like watching tofu go by on a conveyor belt for two hours. List of things I liked: ewok cameo, the Luke/Leia training flashback, the scene where Rey kind of couldn't do something totally well, some of the background imagery was pleasant. The whole thing is embarrassingly risk-free. I'm honestly dumbfounded by how they learned nothing at all from the prequels. People don't act like normal people... almost every frame is clutte
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    Not bad... I don't know how well it'll hold up over time, but I at least had a smile on my face by the end. The plot beats of the first thirty or so minutes felt a bit too obvious, and it's overall thin on plot, but it goes on a fairly entertaining streak after that. It doesn't really seem to have anything particularly deep to say and doesn't tie in to the Batman mythos in any sensical way, but it's worth seeing. It's strange, I think there are two ways to view the movie: one is taking most everything that's happening as a reliable series of events (barring the one that's telegraphed) in whic
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    I'm a little surprised, a Joker movie that most posters are "meh" about. I agree, though. This looks like it'll be an okay Taxi Driver homage. But as a Joker film... the trailer makes him look like a hapless dope, which is fine, we've seen that in Killing Joke, but those were quick flashbacks. I'm not super enthused on watching "guy gets kicked around by society until he learns to throw it back in society's face" sorta thing. And I know people bitch about it all time but, as with Gotham (TV show), but I just don't give **** about periphery, origin-driven, Batman-sans-Batman stories. It always
  8. Yeah, me too... back when movie news was fun. And now it's "here's a thing that's getting made and it'll be out in five minutes", or so it feels. There was still so much possibility for Star Wars in 2002, ha. From there I got directed here, can't remember if that rumor site transformed into this, or if it was just linked to Nightly. Anyway, I've mostly lurked over the years, but this is the one remaining message board I post on, just to blurb my thoughts on tentpole sorta movies now and again.
  9. It was fine. I haven't been particularly wow'd by many of the Marvel films, they're all competent to me. I think it's on par with other solo outings like Ant Man and Doctor Strange. I liked that it at least had some new/interesting plot ideas, especially in the second half. The first half felt like cookie cutter Marvel and was a bit of a slog. Really picks up when she teams up with Nick Fury and that was fun, but I think they could have taken it in more of a MIB meets Last Starfighter sorta direction. I'll agree with a lot of the reviews saying she was a bit of a flat-line personality. Her ar
  10. great, we'll be getting transformers until jesus flies home.
  11. One movie can't save two mediocre-to-bad films. I'm not saying it's out of the realm of possibility for 9 to end up being a legitimately good film, but there's nothing it can do to retroactively color the others. And in order for it to be good it would have to be a standalone film, basically. I think Rian Johnson was trying to do that with Last Jedi, but seemed to be too fascinated with "subverting tropes" or whatever. So, he was still essentially tethered to the first film, which was too open ended. And now Abrams is tied to the bastardization of his own non-starter.
  12. I'm so far into a superhero malaise that I honestly can't discern the entertainment value of these movies with any real accuracy anymore. Uh, it was better than the first, for sure. Ant Man 1 was super milquetoast, this had a lot more depth and creativity; and the comic relief landed much more this time. My major complaint is that there's almost no character development with the Scott and Hope characters. One starts off as a good dad who's trying to get out of house arrest, and he ends the film the same. The other is trying to find her mom, and does so. Neither one seems to learn anything new
  13. Hmm, I enjoyed it a lot. I thought it was a lot better than the first, which I would have given a C+. This one... like a solid B. I thought they did a fine job with the tonal flow of it. The mixture of characters was well balanced. I thought having both Colossus and Cable would step on each other's toes, since they essentially serve as "straight man" foils for Deadpool, but they differentiated them enough. My favorite part was how goofy and irreverent the whole X-Force thing was. Shatterstar... lol. Domino ended up kind of stealing the show. And Brolin's Cable was excellent. My only complai
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    Snoke prequel

    The movies are there to tell a story. Snoke was clearly being set up as an important piece only to be killed off. The fact that there isn't/wasn't a point in the narrative where he was fleshed out in any way shape or form is a failure in the structure of the writing of the first two films as a whole. The Emperor didn't show up in any meaningful capacity until the third film. He's mentioned in Star Wars, a hologram in Empire, and a greater evil who acts as a means for Vader's redemption in Jedi. He serves a clear purpose, you understood his basic function. Snoke is nothing more than a generic f
  15. It was fine. It felt different enough and it's more interesting than the average origin/first solo Marvel movie. I like the sort of Shakespearean quality of it. The periphery characters were great. Black Panther as a character fell a bit flat for me. The actor is fine, but other than the usual "how shall I use my responsibility!?" angle he doesn't really have any defining aspect to his personality. Yes, he falls under the "boy scout" category, which is fine, but you have to push it into an interesting direction like Winter Soldier did. This didn't really accomplish that for me. I understand he
  16. Brett

    Snoke prequel

    Yes, making a standalone film to whitewash over poor storytelling would be a huge mistake. But since they don't seem to be following any actual plan for this trilogy (if they are I sure as **** can't see it) I assume Abrams is going to just bring him back in the next one. Clones are already established in Star Wars, just do that. Or since Snoke is seemingly so powerful just say that he was messing with Rey and Kylo's heads or something. Like, he was just "force projecting" (not sure how you would explain the body, or lack thereof, but who cares at this point) Otherwise this is will just go dow
  17. Lot of memories with those games. Jerec was awesome... I remember getting my ass handed to me in multiplayer... using the SPORK mods. Yeah. The Jedi lore and how it was integrated into those games was really cool. If anyone needs a prime example of "what makes Star Wars Star Wars" outside the original films, I say look at the Dark Forces and Jedi Knight games.
  18. I dunno, I felt the same way I did when missiles were introduced in AOTC. I just thought, where did this come from? And where did they go? I understand Y-Wings dropped ion "bombs" and Luke used a "torpedo" or whatever to shoot the exhaust port, but it just makes the "rules" of the universe feel less cohesive. Laura Dern using her ship as a weapon kind of felt like the crap cherry on top a storyline that felt too Battlestar Galactica-y to begin with. Sure, it makes for a visually stunning moment, but it begs a lot of questions... in contrast to Rogue One where ships were used as battering rams.
  19. This has somehow gotten even worse. Did Chris Carter write this while taking an extended crap one day? Even with no expectations this was still embarrassing.
  20. mmk... Empire Star Wars ROTJ ----- in a distant forth... Rogue One [tie] Last Jedi/Phantom Menace Force Awakens ----- in a very distant eighth and ninth... [tie] Attack of the Clones/Revenge of the Sith
  21. I don't know. I would have to think it through more, but at the bare minimum they could have created a more ambiguous ending. Hold the tension. At the end of ESB Luke doesn't really commit against Vader per se. He goes into denial and chooses death (potentially) instead. The conflict is held until Jedi. The door was still open, story-wise, for what path he would choose. This film should have at least had Rey and Kylo part ways with the question still up in the air. They nicely built an empathy between the two characters and then immediately had them ideologically separate again. It was a waste
  22. Boy oh boy... uh, where to start. "Mess" is an adequate descriptor. Hot mess. The first twenty to thirty minutes I was bored to tears. I thought it was prequel level incompetence. Then, not sure when exactly (maybe when Del Toro shows up), it takes a hard right turn into "entertaining" and then briefly peaks two or three times at "near brilliance" before pulling the rug and kicking me back in the nuts. Half an hour could have EASILY been chopped off the beginning. The Rose/Finn subplot and most of the space chase was boring and inconsequential. [Did anyone else wonder if the Cat Race Casino
  23. Uh, that teaser trailer... they are REALLY playing it safe. It looks like the exact same movie but with some elements lifted from Lost World. I guess when a movie makes a hundred-bajillion dollars you don't really have to venture outside the formula. IE Transformers series. But hey, look, it's Malcolm... great... wee. Another thing is that god damned hamster ball. Is this really something they want to make a feature of this series? If so, why?
  24. Wow, yeah. I'll admit I was really sour on this project since it was announced... somewhere I missed that Denis Villeneuve was involved, otherwise I would have anticipated this more. I really did not think it was possible to pull this off in such a balanced way... but they did it. It's a proper sequel that expands the meaning of the original without being slavish to the source. Tonally it doesn't pander to the audience and, like the original, trusts you will follow. When you think of all of the films either inspired by (or blatantly ripping off) the original it's incredible that this managed t
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