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56 minutes ago, chasfh said:

Saw "Black Panther" yesterday.

Speaking as a guy who cheerfully professes his dislike for superhero movies, this is probably the most interesting one, to my taste, that I've seen. The world building of Wakanda fascinated me, particularly the idea of being a country on Earth in the present day hidden in plain sight from the historically colonizing world. The CGI of the capital city, especially, as the air ship buzzes through the mountains to get to it ("This never gets old") is a viscerally visual delight. I would have liked to see them do more street scenes than the one-street part they did a couple times, but it can't be easy or fast or cheap to do multiple-neighborhood on-the-ground scenes strictly in CGI.

The characters and the story seem to me, a non-connoisseur, to be what I would guess is a kind of boilerplate type for the genre, although I could be argued out of that. There was nothing about the structure or the execution of the story itself that made me say, wow, I've never seen anything like that before. I think the value of the movie lies in the sumptuous visuals and the performances of the actors.

I think my favorite character was the sly wiseacre sister of the king/Black Panther, as the head of science and technology for the country. She was the one that led me to pay extra attention whenever she came onto the screen. 

There were a few decent out loud laughs, nothing that doubled me over, of course, but that's not the point of the movie. I would guess that snarky joking is very common in the genre, and this movie delivered well on it.

They set up a sequel pretty well in the last scene set in Oakland, too, and I wonder whether the kid who encountered the king would show up in the next one.

And, not for nothing, Lupita Nyong'o looks as good in this as she has in anything else. I was having trouble following her dialogue, I was gazing so intently at her, especially her remarkably flawless skin.

Your taste in movies in not idiotic.

IMO, she stole just about every scene she was in. I hope she has more of a lead role in the next one. 

And totally agree on Lupita. She's fantastic. As a side note, my buddy and co-worker Carlos Torres was commissioned by Marvel to design her tattoos, but they didn't end up using them, opting for more of a tribal look. That would have been pretty cool. 

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11 minutes ago, Yoda said:

IMO, she stole just about every scene she was in. I hope she has more of a lead role in the next one. 

And totally agree on Lupita. She's fantastic. As a side note, my buddy and co-worker Carlos Torres was commissioned by Marvel to design her tattoos, but they didn't end up using them, opting for more of a tribal look. That would have been pretty cool. 

I loved what she call the new shoes she'd invented for her brother. First good laugh of the movie!

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Saw black panther this weekend. I thought it was amazing. 

I think Killmonger was one of the best movie villains in a long time. 

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1 hour ago, Shelton said:

Saw black panther this weekend. I thought it was amazing. 

I think Killmonger was one of the best movie villains in a long time. 

Agreed. Great actor with an actually believable character. 

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Del Toro cleaned up! Best Director and Best Picture for The Shape of Water. Much deserved. 

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Took my son to see Ready Player One last night. It was fun, but not a great movie. Enjoyed the 80's nostalgia, and one extended movie sequence in particular, but I would have preferred it if they had kept the challenges focused on 80's pop culture like the book instead of the inventor's personal life. They changed a lot from the book, which I expected (and it's not like the book was some great literary work of it's own), but more than I thought they would. I still enjoyed it. I just didn't necessarily need to run out and see it opening night...

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1 minute ago, Tigertown Rats said:

Took my son to see Ready Player One last night. It was fun, but not a great movie. Enjoyed the 80's nostalgia, and one extended movie sequence in particular, but I would have preferred it if they had kept the challenges focused on 80's pop culture like the book instead of the inventor's personal life. They changed a lot from the book, which I expected (and it's not like the book was some great literary work of it's own), but more than I thought they would. I still enjoyed it. I just didn't necessarily need to run out and see it opening night...

That’s a bummer, but the buzz seemed to indicate this wasn’t going to be good. I really liked the book and I will still see the movie, of course. 

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1 minute ago, Shelton said:

That’s a bummer, but the buzz seemed to indicate this wasn’t going to be good. I really liked the book and I will still see the movie, of course. 

And the theater was remarkably empty. It was a 7:00 show last night (non-3D), and the theater was not even half full.

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On ‎2‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 8:29 AM, Shelton said:

Saw black panther this weekend. I thought it was amazing. 

I think Killmonger was one of the best movie villains in a long time. 

Yup, that was key. Marvel villains that aren't on Netflix are just so bad all the time. He really made it all come together. 

 

 

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On 3/29/2018 at 8:27 AM, Tigertown Rats said:

And the theater was remarkably empty. It was a 7:00 show last night (non-3D), and the theater was not even half full.

I saw it, and I have to say that I found it to be a lot of fun. No complaints from me on this one. 

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I saw A Quiet Place last night. Absolutely incredible. Felt like a 30-minute movie. Not one wasted minute. **** of a directoral debut for John Krazinski. 

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11 hours ago, Yoda said:

I saw A Quiet Place last night. Absolutely incredible. Felt like a 30-minute movie. Not one wasted minute. **** of a directoral debut for John Krazinski. 

That looks really good. However my wife cannot handle any movie where something might happen to kids so I'll be either seeing it alone or renting it to watch by myself.

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Finally saw Black Panther. I don't get the hype. It was extremely predictable. Maybe it's Michonne, maybe she's just drawn to blahzay writing. 

 

Should've waited for the DVD. 

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2 hours ago, Biff Mayhem said:

Finally saw Black Panther. I don't get the hype. It was extremely predictable. Maybe it's Michonne, maybe she's just drawn to blahzay writing. 

 

Should've waited for the DVD. 

Yeah. The predictableness is the only thing to take away from that movie. 

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In all seriousness, it will be the first superhero movie nominated for Best Picture. You may have to chalk that into the "I just didn't get it" department. I have lots of those. 

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37 minutes ago, Yoda said:

In all seriousness, it will be the first superhero movie nominated for Best Picture. You may have to chalk that into the "I just didn't get it" department. I have lots of those. 

I don't think so

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1 hour ago, Yoda said:

In all seriousness, it will be the first superhero movie nominated for Best Picture. You may have to chalk that into the "I just didn't get it" department. I have lots of those. 

As stated before, I am not a fan of superhero movies so maybe I didn't get it. It wasnt a good movie IMO. 

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10 minutes ago, Biff Mayhem said:

As stated before, I am not a fan of superhero movies so maybe I didn't get it. It wasnt a good movie IMO. 

Neither am I, but I've liked a couple of them. I'll only go see one if it gets irregularly high reviews. BP has a 97% on rotten tomatoes, for example. I don't care for horror either, but A Quiet Place has a 98% so I went to see it. 

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8 hours ago, Biff Mayhem said:

As stated before, I am not a fan of superhero movies so maybe I didn't get it. It wasnt a good movie IMO. 

What types of films or shows would you say you are a fan of? I guess I could see if I disliked an entire genre in general that even one of the best of that genre would not be appealing. I can’t really think of any particular genre that I would say I disliked or wasn’t a fan of, though. I’m not sure there is a particular genre that I would say I like more than others, actually. 

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So, not 2018 movies, but they are movies that I watched in 2018 and this is the current thread so whatever. 

Tracktown (on Hulu) was a nice surprise. I heard about it listening to a podcast that had Paul Thomas Anderson on it, and he mentioned that he had recently watched it. That was a good enough reason for me to check it out, and it was worth it in my opinion. 

The Florida Project (on amazon prime) was very good. Not exactly a feel good movie. 

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1 hour ago, Shelton said:

So, not 2018 movies, but they are movies that I watched in 2018 and this is the current thread so whatever. 

Tracktown (on Hulu) was a nice surprise. I heard about it listening to a podcast that had Paul Thomas Anderson on it, and he mentioned that he had recently watched it. That was a good enough reason for me to check it out, and it was worth it in my opinion. 

The Florida Project (on amazon prime) was very good. Not exactly a feel good movie. 

Willem DaFoe has a knack for that, doesn't he?      Try watching Antichrist.   Okay, don't.    But happy ending movies ain't his thing,  and I like that.   I hate when movies wrap it all up neatly.    

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1 hour ago, Shelton said:

What types of films or shows would you say you are a fan of? I guess I could see if I disliked an entire genre in general that even one of the best of that genre would not be appealing. I can’t really think of any particular genre that I would say I disliked or wasn’t a fan of, though. I’m not sure there is a particular genre that I would say I like more than others, actually. 

Ironically I have enjoyed all of the Netflix Marvel shows except Iron Fist so go figger.

I like movies like Fight Club, The Big Lebowski and all the Tarrantino movies.

Superhero movies I've liked:

Both Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, Wonder Woman, Thor Rangarok, the very first two Spider-Man and the Batman with Heath Ledger. 

Stuff like Iron Man, the Avengers, Superman, all the Batman movies, save for Ledger's - didn't like them. Some of them were turned off halfway through. 

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On 4/6/2018 at 9:57 PM, Yoda said:

I saw A Quiet Place last night. Absolutely incredible. Felt like a 30-minute movie. Not one wasted minute. **** of a directoral debut for John Krazinski. 

Going to see this tonight.  I don't see a lot of horror, but I make exceptions for top-notch stuff like Get Out or Cabin in the Woods.

On 4/8/2018 at 5:54 AM, Shelton said:

The Florida Project (on amazon prime) was very good. Not exactly a feel good movie. 

I saw this in the theater and it was a really interesting experience.  The audience laughed a lot in places where it didn't seem appropriate at all.  A child services officer falling down the stairs?  Hilarious.  I have to hope that everyone was just really uncomfortable with what was going on and awkward laughter was the only response they could think of.  Otherwise, my faith in humanity has been diminished a bit.  I agree that this is a fantastic movie.

I've seen Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs and the dark comedy The Death of Stalin recently.  Both very good and very funny.  If you've ever loved a dog, you should find something to like in the former.  If you've ever wondered if Soviet death squads can be successfully played for laughs (answer: yes), then the latter is for you.

I'm also going to see Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here this weekend.  I'm expecting it to be brutal and beautiful, like all of Ramsay's work.  This one got a lot of buzz at Cannes last year.

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On 2/23/2018 at 10:59 AM, chasfh said:

Saw "Black Panther" yesterday.

Speaking as a guy who cheerfully professes his dislike for superhero movies, this is probably the most interesting one, to my taste, that I've seen. The world building of Wakanda fascinated me, particularly the idea of being a country on Earth in the present day hidden in plain sight from the historically colonizing world. The CGI of the capital city, especially, as the air ship buzzes through the mountains to get to it ("This never gets old") is a viscerally visual delight. I would have liked to see them do more street scenes than the one-street part they did a couple times, but it can't be easy or fast or cheap to do multiple-neighborhood on-the-ground scenes strictly in CGI.

The characters and the story seem to me, a non-connoisseur, to be what I would guess is a kind of boilerplate type for the genre, although I could be argued out of that. There was nothing about the structure or the execution of the story itself that made me say, wow, I've never seen anything like that before. I think the value of the movie lies in the sumptuous visuals and the performances of the actors.

I think my favorite character was the sly wiseacre sister of the king/Black Panther, as the head of science and technology for the country. She was the one that led me to pay extra attention whenever she came onto the screen. 

There were a few decent out loud laughs, nothing that doubled me over, of course, but that's not the point of the movie. I would guess that snarky joking is very common in the genre, and this movie delivered well on it.

They set up a sequel pretty well in the last scene set in Oakland, too, and I wonder whether the kid who encountered the king would show up in the next one.

And, not for nothing, Lupita Nyong'o looks as good in this as she has in anything else. I was having trouble following her dialogue, I was gazing so intently at her, especially her remarkably flawless skin.

Your taste in movies in not idiotic.

Saw it...also in superhero fatigue.  it was definitely different and interesting from multiple angles (cultural and political) and for that I give it a positive review.  

The Black Jeopardy SNL sketch with the star of this movie is pretty sad/amusing/poignant (if Black Jeopardy sketch can be that).

Michael Jordan was Wallace on The Wire...sheesh, kid dun growed up.

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