What movie have you seen recently?


#441

Doom would like a word with you.


#442

G Gundam is the most underrated Gundam show out there, and needs more love.
If I don’t see a the main protagonists dancing together in order to hardness the power of passion, and love then, it is nothing like G Gundam, and it will be very disappointing.


#443

A super hero is anyone that has a characteristic/characteristics that makes him/her super in the minds of his/her audience; and uses such a characteristics for benevolent purposes.
A super hero movie is a movie about the person described above.
But that is my opinion so, I might be wrong.


#444

Sadly, there is no Drift Tango in this movie

That said, I will recommend Pacific Rim: Uprising. It is a Hot mess of a movie, and falls into the bathos issue that a lot of marvel movies had, but it was still a super fun ride.

Unfortunately, the plot makes absolutely no sense, so if that bothers you a lot, you probably aren’t going to be able to watch this movie.

Spoilers

However, I really loved the mythos vibe that Newt had with his face turn. Honestly it was one of the only good plot beats in the trainwreck of a script. It was a really solid pillar to build the movie around, but they had about 5 different plots in that movie so it didn’t really get the time to shine.


#445

Ready Player One is cinematic cotton candy and that’s a big improvement cause the book as we all know is total dogshit. They change a really good amount from the source material so the plot feels condensed in the best way possible (But it’s still too long) Characters are still very flat, but the performances help such as Ben Mendelson is really fun as Sorrento and Mark Rylance gives Halliday a more tragic deposition. There’s still reference heavy dialogue and it can get rather cringey at times. Spielberg atleast made the connection between the OASIS and the real world and the bonds you form from the two a lot more believable. I’d see it as a matinee if you atleast thought the idea of the OASIS was interesting.


#446

Well, frankly, a large part of the problem with the book was that it was 95% tell, don’t show. Just by making it into a movie that isn’t just the lead character doing monologue after monologue into the camera about how many old video games he’s played and about his masturbatory habits(I 100% wish that was a joke, but it’s not), it would be a vast improvement.


#447

I’m amused that my friends who really really like Ready Player One are hating the movie, As someone who’s not a hater and not a lover of the book I’m thinking the movie will be up my alley :-p


#448

A lot of this also comes down to reading comprehension, literary experience, etc.

Most of the experience of reading a book resides in the reader’s imagination. A nerd that is reading something that has all their favorite words in it, like RP1, is likely to imagine things that make them feel really good. What they picture in their mind could be great, even if the book itself is awful.

This is the same thing we see when talking about tabletop RPGs. People have a good time playing an RPG as a result of their imaginations and creativity. They often falsely attribute this great experience to the game itself. As I’ve said many times before, we can have a great old time role playing a game of Monopoly, but that doesn’t mean monopoly is a role playing game, or a good one.

Movies leave significantly less up to the viewer’s imagination. Instead you are seeing what was in the imagination of the director, producer, screenwriter, etc. That is a lot less likely to line up with what some nerd was imagining when they read the book, and will therefore is probably going to be given a worse review by people who enjoyed reading the book.


#449

I didn’t expect to, but I legitimately enjoyed watching RPO. Thank you, Spielberg and Silvestri.


#450

Saw RPO over the weekend. Definitely a tear-down-rebuild of the book, but then it had to be. Thankfully they shortened the time between the distracted globe and the rest of the story. (in the book, the main character wallows in misery for a month.)


#451

I saw Won’t You Be My Neighbor? today. It’s good and worth a watch if you grew up watching Mr. Rogers. Most of the info in it you’d probably already know if you’ve read or watched anything about him outside of his shows but the interviews with people he worked with and behind the scenes clips are really good.


#452

I saw Cloud Atlas for the second time over the weekend. This is a long movie, nearly three hours, but I loved it. I hadn’t seen it since it was originally in theaters, so it was almost like watching it again for the first time, except that I knew the basic structure and what they were going for.

I don’t understand why this movie doesn’t get more love. It’s amazing and incredible.


#453

So on Saturday while I was walking around downtown Austin, needing to kill some time before my flight back to Seattle, I walked past the Alamo Drafthouse there and saw that Ready Player One was starting in like 10 minutes. I didn’t have any interest in seeing it having disliked the book, but I figured it was a better way of killing a few hours than walking around in the cold. I wouldn’t say that I like the movie version, but it isn’t that bad either. I like a lot of the changes they made, especially having the group of kids meeting up much earlier in the story than they do in the book. That being said, the characters are still boring, and literally everything that happens in the OASIS was not enjoyable for me. The real world shit ended up being more interesting and compelling, which says a lot about the quality of the setting you are trying to build.

Aside, this was my first experience with a full service theater, which the Drafthouse is well known for. I didn’t really take that much advantage of it since I’d already eaten, but it didn’t really bother me either, so it’s okay.


#454

Isle of Dogs is pretty frustrating and might be my least favorite of the Wes Anderson films I’ve seen. This film is the key example you could show to someone of cultural appropriation because it really wants to be a homage to Japanese cinema (especially Kurosawa) but every joke is at expense of Japanese culture. Not just the strange, pointless language barrier they insert but there’s jokes on wasabi being poison and haikus used as plot points. It’s riddled with story and narrative flaws as well.

The animation really bothered me too. Even though the set design/character design is very pretty, they constantly cut corners. You rarely see characters feet, characters move in shadow or do an awkward side-shuffle, characters barely emote other than having tears appear around their eyes. It was a noticeable step down from Fantastic Mr. Fox.


#455

Yeah its pretty good. Very similar to the origanal but very good. Watanabe is really good so is Shiori Kutsuna. Also cool because it shows the Ainu people in Hokkaido a bit as well. Well worth a watch I’d say.


#456

Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle turned out to be way more entertaining and funny than I was expecting, and I’d been told it was more entertaining and funny than it had any right to be. The cast (both casts) all had loads to work with. Dwayne TheRock Johnson smouldered perfectly. Also Jack Black was somehow bearable to watch, and it’s rare I can see him acting and not feel like punching myself and him in the face.

Also spotted: the creepy guy from Too Many Cooks.


#457

Ready Player 1. It was fine. Definitely better than the book. The sexism inherent in the novel’s narrative was still present here. Otherwise I’d call it better in every way. I may write a more complex opinion later.


#458

Got everything ready for “Infinity War” at the Air and Space IMAX screen in Northern Virginia for this Thursday.


#459

Wonder Woman was mostly very good… until the last 30 minutes or so, when it turned pants.


#460

That was the blandest final boss in a genre full of bland final bosses.