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35 minutes ago, KruleBear said:

I finally watched John Carter. Not nearly as bad as the hype that surrounded it when it came out....now I need to dig the books out and re-read the series. 

 

I actually liked the movie. I've seen a lot worse that weren't slammed like it was.

 

Watched the Great Wall. It was an ok fantasy movie. Liked the chinese costumes. Also started watching the Happytime Murders. My kids are teenagers and I thought it'd be ok with them. I'm not sure I'm old enough to watch it. :blink: Puppet porno kind of shocked us all. I may never look at a cow the same way again. I'll finish it someday when the kids aren't around.

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Finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.  Not sure what to think of it, to say the least. 

 

Certain company's product placement was pretty epic though... 

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Yeah, I thought John Carter was fairly decent too.

 

Speaking of movies that are disliked for reasons I don't understand, watched Nutcracker and the Four Realms over the weekend.  Not sure why it got so panned at release, seemed like a good children's fantasy movie to me.

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AAAAWWWWWWWWW 

 

YYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHHH

 

The whole safe-chase thing was ridiculous tho.

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I watched Geostorm, mostly due the the review from one of my favourite critics- 

 

"It's a film so ridiculous that it made me stupider merely by watching it. And the more stupid I became, the more I enjoyed the film"

 

Y'know, he was totally correct ::o:

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I forgot to check in last week, but yes I did survive my LotR extended marathon without any blood clots or inadvertent naps! Biggest surprise for me was that I only took 1 bathroom break during the actual movies! (We did have breaks during the extended credits.) I totally enjoyed myself and the films.

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13 minutes ago, Chrome said:

I did survive my LotR extended marathon without any blood clots or inadvertent naps! Biggest surprise for me was that I only took 1 bathroom break during the actual movies

 

Did it happen during the never-ending epilogue scene during Return of the King? I remember being in the theater thinking "this is the scene that will not end!!" My bladder was not happy.

 

I recently watched Kickboxer: Retaliation on Netflix, the 2nd installment of the Kickboxer franchise reboot. It took me five nights to get through it. I love me some Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the first film wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but this one was a bit of a struggle. Unless you are a JCVD fan (or a Christopher Lambert fan, or a fan of the guy who played the Mountain on GoT), proceed with caution.

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19 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

 

Did it happen during the never-ending epilogue scene during Return of the King? I remember being in the theater thinking "this is the scene that will not end!!" My bladder was not happy.

No, it was actually during Fellowship, I skipped out right as they decided to take the mountain pass, so that I could get back in time to see them enter Moria. Didn't want to miss that! Honestly, by the time we got to Two Towers and RotK I was enjoying myself so much that those two movies sped right by. It was the first 2 hours of Fellowship that really seemed to drag on. 

 

It helped that while I've seen the extended versions of Fellowship and 2 Towers a few times each, I'd only seen RotK once and it has the most added content. So there were big chunks of that one that I didn't remember at all.

 

Edit - and speaking of RotK's epilogue; I'm still pissed that Jackson didn't end it right when the hobbits returned to the Shire. :down:

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We went to see John Wick 3, and it was pretty much what we expected- beautifully choreographed ultraviolence with a side order of world building. Really enjoyable, even if I cringed a bit at the first couple of fights. 

 

Will be going to see the new Godzilla film tomorrow, so I'll report back on how it goes. Hopefully it'll be better than the last one. The big fella looked great, but really wasn't in it  enough.

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On 5/19/2019 at 2:40 PM, Pingo said:

I just saw Sonnenallee, a 1999 German comedy set before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

 

On a tiny, incredibly bleak and shabby street right up against the Berlin Wall, a high school boy falls in love, dreams of being a Western style rock musician, and deals with the secret police, constant surveillance, smugglers, death and the betrayal of friends.

 

A laff riot, you might say.

Been hanging around your daughter, have you? :lol: (Remembering her description for Of Mice and Men. ::P: )

 

The Auld Grump - Becca's dad has brought us some weird bacon-thing.... I can only have a sliver -  sodium....

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Double spy feature last night! 

 

We watched Atomic Blonde and Red Sparrow last night. Two very different spy flicks, but both enjoyable. Atomic Blonde was an action flick with an amazing sound track and cinematography that harkened back to the story's comic book roots. Red Sparrow was a psychological thriller that was very reminiscent of similar films from the 70s and 80s. 

 

Of the two, I enjoyed Atomic Blonde more, but that may be down to it having more actors that I really enjoy watching. And that stellar soundtrack. 

 

Might have to grab that soundtrack, especially if it has that remix of 99 Red Ballons.

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On 5/19/2019 at 8:54 PM, KruleBear said:

I finally watched John Carter. Not nearly as bad as the hype that surrounded it when it came out....now I need to dig the books out and re-read the series. 

John Carter was horribly mismarketed.

 

I do not know what market that the advertising was aimed at, but it set false expectations about the film.

 

I, for one, really liked the film.

 

The Auld Grump

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21 hours ago, Kuroneko said:

We went to see John Wick 3, and it was pretty much what we expected- beautifully choreographed ultraviolence with a side order of world building. Really enjoyable, even if I cringed a bit at the first couple of fights. 

 

 We saw this last week, and I agree with your assessment.  I felt it unecessarily graphic in spots, unlike the first movie in this one they went out of the way to show some gruesome murders.  Some of the fight scenes felt tiresome, and didn't add much to the movie.  We also noticed a change in the second half of the movie, like maybe the director or production editor changed.  The first half of the movie doesn't seem to be going anywhere, then suddenly the story tightens up and you're watching the movie you came to see. 

 

Wasn't as happy with it as #1 or #2, but will probably go see #4 just to see how they wrap it up. 

 

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11 minutes ago, Inarah said:

 

Wasn't as happy with it as #1 or #2, but will probably go see #4 just to see how they wrap it up. 

 

There's going to be a 4th one?

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Recently watched I Am Vengeance. Which is pretty much exactly what's on the label: Big (the protagonist, Stu Bennett is ex-WWE), dumb (oh, so very dumb), and fun. Bennett, who wrestled under (among other names) Bad News Barrett, is fairly adept at selling the ultra-violence and not a terrible actor (he had years of experience in the WWE, after all).

 

I think it would be a mistake to call it a "suspense movie", since it doesn't really try to raise the stakes much. And I never had a feeling that the hero would have any trouble winning. But as an action movie of its type, it worked pretty well for me.

 

Keep your expectations low enough and it's a fun 90 minutes.

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