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On 4/10/2018 at 2:05 PM, brideck said:

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.

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.

What did you think of A QUIET PLACE? I thought it was very solid and well done. I likely didn’t like it as much as yoda did. It was intense, of course, but still a bit paint by numbers in a lot of places (imo). Bottom line, it’s a lot of fun and worth your time. But it’s not GET OUT (which I have seen it compared to).

Planning to see ISLE OF DOGS. I have heard that it can be fun for both adults and children. Trying to figure out whether it would be appropriate for a six year old. 

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4 hours ago, Shelton said:

What did you think of A QUIET PLACE? I thought it was very solid and well done. I likely didn’t like it as much as yoda did. It was intense, of course, but still a bit paint by numbers in a lot of places (imo). Bottom line, it’s a lot of fun and worth your time. But it’s not GET OUT (which I have seen it compared to).

Planning to see ISLE OF DOGS. I have heard that it can be fun for both adults and children. Trying to figure out whether it would be appropriate for a six year old. 

I thought A Quiet Place really excelled with its audio/visual tone -- effectively building suspense in the right places.  I'll agree that the story was a little too simple -- it set things up only to immediately knock them down.  As a spin on War of the Worlds and its ilk, I'll take it over Spielberg's redux from ~10 years ago.  I thought both kids were very good.  I didn't see Wonderstruck, so I haven't seen Millicent Simmonds before.  Noah Jupe is great in Wonder, even though that's possibly the most manipulative/sentimental movie I've seen in a long time.

Isle of Dogs + six-year olds -- Yeah, that's tough.  It's definitely very funny, but there's also a fair amount of death (both human and dog) and fighting in it.

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29 minutes ago, brideck said:

I thought A Quiet Place really excelled with its audio/visual tone -- effectively building suspense in the right places.  I'll agree that the story was a little too simple -- it set things up only to immediately knock them down.  As a spin on War of the Worlds and its ilk, I'll take it over Spielberg's redux from ~10 years ago.  I thought both kids were very good.  I didn't see Wonderstruck, so I haven't seen Millicent Simmonds before.  Noah Jupe is great in Wonder, even though that's possibly the most manipulative/sentimental movie I've seen in a long time.

Isle of Dogs + six-year olds -- Yeah, that's tough.  It's definitely very funny, but there's also a fair amount of death (both human and dog) and fighting in it.

I think Spielberg’s WAR OF THE WORLDS is very underrated. I loved it.

thanks for the insight on ISLE OF DOGS. I’ll probably see that without the kids, then. 

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2 hours ago, Shelton said:

I think Spielberg’s WAR OF THE WORLDS is very underrated. I loved it.

Huh.  I'll need to watch it again someday; I do normally enjoy Spielberg's movies.  I saw it in the theater, but don't remember very much about it -- thought it was just okay.  It's possible I was biased against Tom Cruise at the time or something.

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Infinity War was ridiculously good. They did a great job of bringing all of those characters in and mixing them up together. Thor and Rocket together was fantastic.

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4 minutes ago, Tigertown Rats said:

Infinity War was ridiculously good. They did a great job of bringing all of those characters in and mixing them up together. Thor and Rocket together was fantastic.

Agreed. Probably one of the best cliffhangers I can think of, too. 

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On 4/12/2018 at 10:02 PM, brideck said:

Huh.  I'll need to watch it again someday; I do normally enjoy Spielberg's movies.  I saw it in the theater, but don't remember very much about it -- thought it was just okay.  It's possible I was biased against Tom Cruise at the time or something.

I liked Spielbergs War of the Worlds also.  I have watched it more than a couple times.

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4 hours ago, Tigertown Rats said:

Infinity War was ridiculously good. They did a great job of bringing all of those characters in and mixing them up together. Thor and Rocket together was fantastic.

I agree. Epic movie. I mean, I expected epic but this was EPIC!

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“Isle of Dogs” was great.  It seemed more like an art house film than something you would see in a regular theater which is where I saw it. There were nitpicking critiques of the film for not “respecting Japanese culture,” that completely ignore the countless nods and winks in the film’s subtext that only people familiar with Japanese culture would understand.

“The Death of Stalin” was really funny and actually insightful, definitely not a kids movie.  Historically inaccurate in places in terms of timelines and certain events but it’s a work of art more than a documentary.  There is a very satisfying revenge killing in the film that I took great pleasure in viewing. 

“A Quiet Place” was very tense. Mercifully short given how tense it was.  Whatever flaws it had are forgivable. 

 

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The twitter war outrage over Richard Brody’s snarky New Yorker review of “Infinity Wars” is hilarious and mostly well deserved.

I saw the film and liked it for what it was and intended to be. Anthony Lane of the New Yorker was also dismissive though less stupid about it.  A couple thousand people, many of whom have probably never read the New Yorker, promised to never read it.  I’m sure the magazine is shaking in its wingtips.

Brody was annoyed that the film expected him to know anything in advance about the MCU and its characters and accused Marvel of not providing back story because they wanted to make more money.   

Not without reason fans compared his criticism to someone watching the last episode of Breaking Bad and wondering what was going on and why they should care about these characters.

He also insulted the audience and told them that they were intellectually worthless. 

I always find it annoying when reviewers with intellectual pretensions critique films for not attempting to offer insights into the tragedy of the human condition when that was never the film’s intent.  This is not something I see a Marvel film for and it would never occur to me to criticize it in this way.   

The Brody review actually contained a critique of the film on its own terms and how those self-imposed terms were not met, and not merely upon his unrealistic terms alone, but it was buried at the end of the review and most people never even made it that far. I can’t blame them  

Marvel films are great at making powerless people feel a little more powerful and satisfied simply by watching heroes doing things that they themselves cannot.  I am one of these people and I get it. 

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16 minutes ago, IdahoBert said:

The twitter war outrage over Richard Brody’s snarky New Yorker review of “Infinity Wars” is hilarious and mostly well deserved.

I saw the film and liked it for what it was and intended to be. Anthony Lane of the New Yorker was also dismissive though less stupid about it.  A couple thousand people, many of whom have probably never read the New Yorker, promised to never read it.  I’m sure the magazine is shaking in its wingtips.

Brody was annoyed that the film expected him to know anything in advance about the MCU and its characters and accused Marvel of not providing back story because they wanted to make more money.   

He also insulted the audience and told them that they were pretty much  intellectually and morally worthless. 

I always find it annoying when reviewers with intellectual pretensions critique films for not attempting to offer insights into the tragedy of the human condition when that was never their intent.  This is not something I see a Marvel film for and it would never occur to me to criticize it in this way.   

The Brody review actually contained a critique of the film on its own terms, and not on his unrealistic terms alone, but it was buried at the end of the review and most people never even made it that far. I can’t blame them  

Marvel films are great at making powerless people feel a little more powerful and satisfied simply by watching heroes doing things that they themselves cannot.  I am one of these people and I get it. 

The criticism that you needed to have seen the earlier films to enjoy Infinity War is ridiculous. For one thing, it’s not true. For another, the movie is a damn sequel.

I remember going to see the first avengers movie and I’m pretty sure I hadn’t seen any of the previous films. It’s not hard to follow. 

Either way, the movie did include a modicum of exposition to fill in the gaps for people who may not have been up to speed on all of the details. Of course, it’s better to have all of the backstory, but it still works without it. 

 

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I agree. I have seen, I believe, 13 or 14 of the 18 films in the series and even though I at times had a hard time remembering or keeping everything straight, it did not keep me from enjoying or following the film. 

People should just read the tweets  denouncing the review. It’s really very entertaining. 

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11 minutes ago, IdahoBert said:

I agree. I have seen, I believe, 13 or 14 of the 18 films in the series and even though I at times had a hard time remembering or keeping everything straight, it did not keep me from enjoying or following the film. 

People should just read the tweets  denouncing the review. It’s really very entertaining. 

Got a link?

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14 minutes ago, IdahoBert said:

 I can’t figure out how to link directly to Twitter from my iPhone but here’s an article about it 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mashable.com/2018/04/29/new-yorker-avengers-infinity-war.amp

Thanks. 

The comparisons to Harry Potter and lord of the rings are apt. People comparing it to game of thrones or breaking bad are proving his point, though. 

I suppose it is fair to point out that it doesn’t work great as a standalone film. That’s fine. But making that out to be a “problem” is misguided. This isn’t the first film to be one of a series of films (similar to a television show) and it won’t be the last. 

I think it’s funny to criticize that characters just “show up.” That happens in standalone films, too. John Wick, Taken, Raiders. Not every hero-based film includes an origin story or traditional character arc. 

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TV shows are indeed different and intended to be serialized.  But as Guardians director James Gunn notes, audiences no longer adhere to distinctions between film and TV the way they once did. Still,  after all the film sequels for years on end, I can’t imagine any other reason for the New Yorker to share this review in the manner they did than to stir the pot. The bold headline and all asked for responses they knew they would get. 

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Right now I’m looking forward to Deadpool 2 and Solo (but to a much lesser extent). I have a feeling that Solo is weak. None of the previews have stirred me in the least.

 

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I am a lot more interested in solo as the previews have come out. I was always going to see it, but I am more confident that it will actually be good.

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Hello all!  I normally spend my time in the Tigers' forum, but decided to venture out a bit more.

I've been into comics as long as I could read and have enjoyed all of the MCU movies.  I understand that the movies won't always capture the spirit of their source material, but unlike the recent Star Wars movies, I think the MCU has done a phenomenal job in casting.  The actors and actresses feel perfect for the roles they play in (especially Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange).

Regarding the recent Star Wars movies, I appreciate the focus on strong women and minority characters.  I feel that the producers and directors believed that in order to make characters like Rey, Holdo, Finn, and Poe look and act amazing, they had to radically change the characters of Han, Luke, etc.  Obviously, the theme of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was to ham-fist the point home of letting the past die, buy why at the expense of making the original characters do things out of their nature?  Ultimately though, besides John Boyega, I don't really feel that the actors and actresses in the Star Wars sequel movies 'get it'.

I really liked Rouge One and wish the producers would build stories off the original six Star Wars movies instead of tacking on the previous Star Wars movies.  

I'll definitely watch Solo and am hoping that the drama I've read about in making the movie doesn't translate to film.

~K

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They radically changed Han and Luke? I mean, I guess they aren’t breathing anymore. That is a pretty big change. 

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5 hours ago, Shelton said:

They radically changed Han and Luke? I mean, I guess they aren’t breathing anymore. That is a pretty big change. 

Does Luke's Jeddi astral projection (or whatever it is) count as 'breathing'?

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5 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

Does Luke's Jeddi astral projection (or whatever it is) count as 'breathing'?

He was very much breathing when he did it. I would probably say the projection itself wasn’t breathing. 

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21 hours ago, Shelton said:

They radically changed Han and Luke? I mean, I guess they aren’t breathing anymore. That is a pretty big change. 

I think Luke reverted back to his whiny act from A New Hope. He was so confident in TESB and ROTJ.

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On 5/2/2018 at 12:56 PM, IdahoBert said:

Right now I’m looking forward to Deadpool 2 and Solo (but to a much lesser extent). I have a feeling that Solo is weak. None of the previews have stirred me in the least.

 

Saw Deadpool 2 last night. I haven't laughed that hard in a theater since Dumb and Dumber. 

This morning I found myself thinking about it and laughing some more. 

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