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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3350 on: March 31, 2017, 03:37:09 PM »
I saw Ghost in the Shell about an hour ago. Overall, I liked it. Some of the changes were interesting. I'd say if nothing else, it's a relatively good introduction to the concepts in GitS. Oh, and if you've seen the '95 movie and are wondering about *the* song, it plays over the first few minutes of the closing credits.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3351 on: March 31, 2017, 11:28:26 PM »
The live action Ghost in the Shell did not disappoint.  It was a solid adaptation of the '95 movie with a good bit from both seasons of Stand Alone Complex thrown into the mix.  The only complaint I have is more of a nitpick, and that is that the other members of Section 9 didn't really get that much to do.  Aramaki being a total badass almost made up for, but it still needed more Togusa and Saito (and the other two who's names escape me at the moment).  I wouldn't mind a sequel that gives the other members of Section 9 more to do.

Some random comments:
-Super nitpicky but I think calling the spider tank a spider tank was a little too on the nose, I think I like the term"multiped tank" from SAC more. 
-That graveyard near the end was freaking huge. 
-All those 3D holographic ads must be super distracting for drivers (or anyone who sees the 3D version of the movie).



Also saw Life, it was good, almost like a mashup of Alien and Gravity.  I liked the design of the "Calvin" creature.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3352 on: April 01, 2017, 02:03:50 AM »
I actually did go to a 3D screening. It was barely there in my opinion, so I didn't find the holographic ads terribly distracting.

You are right, though. The rest of Section 9 wasn't really given that much to do. If this had been an hour longer, maybe we would have seen more than we did.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3353 on: April 08, 2017, 09:56:28 PM »
Got back from seeing Life. Liked it for catching a movie, only saw it to see what the hype was. For a sci-fi horror movie it really falls short of that, I believe. I say it's about 6.5/10. VFX, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ryan Reynolds, and Jake Gyllenhaal, and a plot twist at the end brings it up to 6.5. Predictability and an unimaginative "life sample" killed the rest.

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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3354 on: April 23, 2017, 05:58:19 PM »
I got out of Fast 8 about an hour ago. Nice follow up to 7.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3355 on: May 07, 2017, 05:31:36 PM »
I saw Guardians 2 about a half an hour ago. It was a good way to follow up on the "Who's Peter's Dad?" question from the first one. I call the stakes somewhat higher here than in the first one because of the answer. Otherwise, stay through the credits. They must have been going for a record this time around. Some are relevant for later, others just fun.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3356 on: May 21, 2017, 03:58:37 PM »
Just got back from seeing Alien: Covenant. Came out underwhelmed borderline slightly disappointed. Good visuals, vfx and cgi. First half of the movie was of the Covenant and it's crew, then landing on the planet. The other half felt rushed with action plus story line plus philosophical/engineer/neomorph/xenomorph story line. Blood and gore was good, but not enough of it to be frightened out of my wits. There was no room left for suspense to be maintained like in the original Alien movies.

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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3357 on: May 30, 2017, 01:32:11 PM »
Saw Alien: Covenant a few days ago.  While I liked it for the most part there were a few annoyances I had with it, which are mostly horror cliches (people making bad/incredibly stupid decisions, predictable twists).

More specifically HUGE SPOILERS: When an obviously insane android is going on about his 'perfect organisms' and ask you to take a look inside an egg, you don't look in the freaking egg!  And of course David switched places with Walter, because you have to have a twist ending these days.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3358 on: June 04, 2017, 04:57:44 PM »
I just got back from Wonder Woman. If you've had doubts about the DCEU, this will set them aside.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3359 on: June 10, 2017, 11:06:06 PM »
just watched Wonder Woman. Not a fan of superhero movies as of late but this was better than what I expected.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3360 on: June 15, 2017, 02:16:51 PM »
I got back from the Mummy about 15-20 minutes ago. It's not as bad as the critics make it sound. They've set things up for more quite nicely.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3361 on: June 27, 2017, 07:02:18 PM »
To my extreme surprise, I'm in Vegas and I went with my Dad who doesn't tend to take me, I got to watch Transformers 5 about 20 or so minutes ago. Don't listen to anybody that gets paid to review movies. This one was very well done and not terribly difficult to follow. I think the one (new) character that stood out for me, and just about everybody else in the theater, would be Cogman. He's ... Very odd.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3362 on: July 14, 2017, 07:33:24 PM »
I just came out of War for the Planet of the Apes. It lives up to the other 2. It also ended the trilogy the way it needed to. Of the new characters, I'd say Bad Ape is the stand out here. There's very little that he did that didn't get a laugh.
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« Reply #3363 on: July 23, 2017, 05:42:57 PM »
I just got back from seeing War for the Planet of the Apes.  Good movie, I agree with FLO about Bad Ape. SPOILERS Granted we don't know how long between when the Col. picked up that doll and when the attack happened, but it seemed like a day at most.  Damn that's a fast acting disease.

I also saw Spiderman: Homecoming.  While I'm bummed about them rebooting the Spiderman movies for a second time (more specifically I would have liked to see a continuation of the Amazing Spiderman movies), It's a pretty good movie.  And we didn't have to see Uncle Ben die for a third time, so that earns it a few points.  It has an obscure Trek Easter Egg in it.  As a side note, there doesn't really seem to be a good reason for the movie to be titled Spiderman: Homecoming other than the fact that the homecoming dance at Peter's school was shown.  His fancy tech-enhanced suit reminded me of the fancy batsuit in Batman Beyond.  And I do like the idea of a black market of reverse engineered alien tech emerging in the wake of the events of The Avengers.  Although, the movie might futz with the timeline of the MCU some.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3364 on: July 23, 2017, 05:55:42 PM »
Apes: That's the funny thing about that. Time depends on the individual.

Homecoming: That's a neat Easter egg.
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« Reply #3365 on: July 30, 2017, 05:01:09 PM »
I saw Homecoming about an hour ago. Tom really understands Peter and Spider Man.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3366 on: August 06, 2017, 08:38:24 PM »
I just watched "King Charles III". HOLY FUCKING SHIT THAT WAS SO FUCKING GOOD.

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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3367 on: August 13, 2017, 04:11:45 PM »
I saw The Dark Tower about an hour ago. I went with someone who had read at least the first 3 books. We both liked it. It doesn't matter if you have read any of them or not, you'll still get what's going on. As a bonus if you are familiar with King's other works even in the slightest there are tons of shout outs.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3368 on: October 07, 2017, 06:40:29 PM »
Just got back from town from watching Blade Runner 2049. This incarnation was really good, quite an awesome movie. However it was really long movie with some scenes that were unnecessarily long drawn out.

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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3369 on: October 08, 2017, 07:06:42 PM »
I saw Blade Runner 2049 a little over an hour ago. If you have seen the first, but not this one, go see it. If you haven't seen the first one, pick a cut (there are 5 official cuts), watch it, then go watch 2049.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3370 on: November 05, 2017, 06:24:36 PM »
Thor: Ragnarok. This is really something else. It's also a game changer, so take that into account.
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« Reply #3371 on: November 19, 2017, 06:36:24 PM »
I saw Justice League about a half an hour ago. They learned from Wonder Woman.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3372 on: December 17, 2017, 03:41:23 PM »
(I didn't see an appropriate thread in the Star Wars forum and didn't want to start one myself.)

I got out of The Last Jedi about 40 minutes ago, you know in the trailers how there's a scene with Luke saying "This isn't going to go the way you think"? ... Yeah.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3373 on: December 23, 2017, 06:49:28 PM »
SPOILERS!!!!!!






Seriously. Like, all the spoilers.




The Last Jedi is only slightly better than the prequels.




I didn't like it and I nearly walked out at the Leia/frozen/force scene, which seemed completely stupid to me. They should have killed her off as a gut punch right at the beginning. Instead, we get to see her turn into an ice cube, unfreeze, and then force fly back to the ship.

Other problems:

At its core, most of the movie is a badly paced chase film. The New order couldn't call in reinforcements to cut off the escaping rebels, or have one of those SD's hyperspace ahead of them for a second to cut them off? That big new flying wing destroyer can't do more than the SD's than just shoot at the fleeing rebels.

Because Leia is in a coma and General Jurrasic Park won't tell them anything, Poe and Finn have to find stuff to do...all of which could have been averted had they just been let in on the plan. "We need to find this code breaker. Oh no, we're caught and thrown in a cell with a codebreaker who can do exactly what we need him to do, also lets free some sporting animals that will likely just be recaught in the morning."

The whole casino, which would have been a perfect opportunity to throw in a Lando cameo, was entirely too CGI. With as much effort as Abrams put in to use practical effects, this one felt like they were trying to be the prequels and just CGI as much as possible.

Klyo/Snoke's big new flying wing, can't really do any more than a Star Destroyer, except maybe shoot a bit further. In the grand scheme of things, it served no real purpose other than to look really nice when they sliced it in half.

The two biggest questions left by The Force Awakens, get terrible answers. Snoke is just killed with no explanation of who he is/was and Rey's parents are nobody. And I'm calling it right now because her parents are nobody if Kylo wasn't just lying to her, the next trilogy which isn't supposed to be about the Skywalkers or the Solo's will be about her. She's neither, so they can bring her back. The only real question they spent time on trying to answer was why Luke had gone to the island.

Grumpy grandpa...aka Luke. He came to the island to die and be left alone but left a map in part with R2D2 so he could be found. OK, whatever but if he's thinking about killing his padawans before they become too powerful, maybe he shouldn't be teaching them anything, to begin with. Also, if he can't handle or gets scared when he feels the presence of a significant force user than maybe he's not the best person to be teaching people to be Jedi.

Furthermore, why didn't any of the other rebel ships try to make that suicide run against Kylo's wing ship before they ran out of fuel? Granted, they were smaller, but it still could have done a lot of damage considering that main cruiser blew straight through the thing.

Snoke is so powerful in the force and can manipulate Kylo completely and Rey to an extent but can't see into Kylo's mind that he's about to kill him. When Kylo and Rey teamed up to fight the imperial guards, that was cool, but it was ruined by Kylo's "Join me and we can rule the galaxy together." Kylo also should have just killed Huxx in that momentary aftermath. Having Klyo join Rey, after everything he's done, that would have been the bolder decision to make. Instead, they just fell back on a "classic."

Again, Chewie gets the shaft. He's become the surrogate father figure of Rey to an extent, at least to the point of trusting her as much as he trusted Han, but we get not of that emotional development between them or between Chewie and anyone really.

They've painted themselves into a corner now. With Luke dead, and Leia still alive, they have to "write her out" of the next one. They should have just killed her at the start of the movie instead of showing that stupid frozen force rescue.

Lukes force projection was cool and made for a good fight scene with Kylo, though it would have meant more if Luke had physically been then...pulled his X-wing out of the water and flown it that planet to face Kylo himself.
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Re: General Media News and Review Thread
« Reply #3374 on: December 24, 2017, 12:46:38 AM »
Apparently, Mark Hamill hated the movie, too.

I've always felt Star Wars was overrated. I haven't seen Last Jedi yet, but if its anything like the last two films, then Star Wars is in a flaming tailspin, and about to hit an orphanage.
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