[Movies] Talk about the last movie you saw 2: Electric Threadaloo

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Ghostwatch
So I signed up for a month of Shudder just to see this and Channel Zero, and so far it was worth it. It's purportedly a live BBC documentary on a haunting (viewers at the time knew it wasn't, but it's pretty well done). It's creepy, and they don't feel the need to point and shout at all of the things happening that shouldn't be. No jump scares, just a good, long, unsettling watch.
Don't forget Channel Zero is getting another "season" in October on Syfy. 5 night event, starting Oct. 26th.
 
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Don't forget Channel Zero is getting another "season" in October on Syfy. 5 night event, starting Oct. 26th.
I've only seen Candle Cove, which I loved. The second season is supposed to on now, but it's still listed as available for purchase. I'm giving them a day or two.

In the meantime: Beyond the Black Rainbow.
Watched this because I listen to the soundtrack a lot. It's...odd. Super slow. Very surreal. Good movie to run in the background if you're doing something else I guess.
 
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Ghostwatch
So I signed up for a month of Shudder just to see this and Channel Zero, and so far it was worth it. It's purportedly a live BBC documentary on a haunting (viewers at the time knew it wasn't, but it's pretty well done). It's creepy, and they don't feel the need to point and shout at all of the things happening that shouldn't be. No jump scares, just a good, long, unsettling watch.
Oh man, I watched this "live" back in the day. The fact that a bunch of idiots thought it was real and complained meaning the BBC has never repeated it (and took 10 years to allow a DVD / VHS release) is a real crime. This really should have become a semi-regular Halloween tradition.
 
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

This is a great add-on to the anime. It's fun, it's action packed, and it probably makes Midorya/Ochaco shippers scream in rage. So win/win. :p
 

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Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Good movie and the very first Stan Lee sighting that I actually liked.

edit: I wrote that when the movie had ended but I hadn't yet watched the mid-credits scene. HOLY FUCKNUTS!!
 
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Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Good movie and the very first Stan Lee sighting that I actually liked.

edit: I wrote that when the movie had ended but I hadn't yet watched the mid-credits scene. HOLY FUCKNUTS!!
The spider Man video game is now my favorite Stan Lee cameo
 
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Venom was terrible but I went into it knowing if would be and had fun at least.

Like when you accept it's gonna be garbage and just have fun, it was worth a watch. I feel like I'd have enjoyed it more of it came out in 2003 and I was still an angsty teen though.
 
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Venom was terrible but I went into it knowing if would be and had fun at least.
Like when you accept it's gonna be garbage and just have fun, it was worth a watch. I feel like I'd have enjoyed it more of it came out in 2003 and I was still an angsty teen though.
Isn't it just Spawn: 2020?

--Patrick
 
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Venom was terrible but I went into it knowing if would be and had fun at least.

Like when you accept it's gonna be garbage and just have fun, it was worth a watch. I feel like I'd have enjoyed it more of it came out in 2003 and I was still an angsty teen though.
This is what I hear a lot about Venom. That it is like a movie from the early 2000 fallen out of time.
 
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This is what I hear a lot about Venom. That it is like a movie from the early 2000 fallen out of time.
And yet it's made 80 million during it's opening weekend on a movie they probably didn't spend all that much on. It's probably going to make some money.
 
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And yet it's made 80 million during it's opening weekend on a movie they probably didn't spend all that much on. It's probably going to make some money.
...which is a shame, because Sony will only learn the worst things from this experience and shovel more shit into theaters.
 
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It's like someone told WB and Sony, "Hey, people love superheroes and nostalgia! Let's make all our graphics look like they were cutting edge 15-20 years ago!"

...no, guys, just no. That's the wrong take away from this.
 
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It's like someone told WB and Sony, "Hey, people love superheroes and nostalgia! Let's make all our graphics look like they were cutting edge 15-20 years ago!"

...no, guys, just no. That's the wrong take away from this.
I think the real take away from this is if people tell you that they'll go to a movie about their favorite character, you should probably believe them. Venom doesn't have the broad appeal of a lot of comic book franchises (especially this version of the character) but there was clearly a hardcore sect of people waiting for this movie. It certainly helps that it's really not running against anything major ether.
 
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It's opening weekend was good but I'll put a dollar on it having no legs thanks to rotten word of mouth.
 
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Ant Man and the Wasp

It was good, but I feel like a much bigger deal was made of it than it warranted. Just couldn't really get into it.
Marvel released its movies in order of quality this year for sure. Black Panther> Infinity War> Ant Man and the Wasp.
 

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Bad Times at the El Royale

I liked it. Lots of stories intertwining, which made for a lot of kind of jarring moments--but not in a bad way imo. It was a story about the stars aligning for a bunch of people, but for worse instead of better. The cast was small, which made it feel tense and claustrophopic. Enough humor to break the tension. Good night.
 
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I finally saw Man of Steel.

Now, I went in with expectations well, well, well below zero. This probably helped. That said, and knowing I'll get some flack for this...I....quite liked it?

The movie is definitely darker and more grim than you'd hope a Superman movie to be. But Superman himself isn't, really. He's new at it and has never been a hero, has never had to make this kind of decisions; he's a simple farmhand trying to make the best of things and occasionally failing.
This is far from a great movie, but I really can't burn it down and dismiss it as being as terrible as I was led to believe.
I do agree the treatment of Pa Kent is horrible - Clark pretty much becomes a hero despite him instead of because of him. I can sort of see where they were going - self-sacrifice is important, you have to be careful with who you are, be a good person, etc - but the way it was handled was pretty horrible. It's Jor-El who gets to be the "inspiring father figure", telling him to be a hero. Heck, it's some random priest (I'm sure he's identifiable for someone who knows the Superman mythos, but I couldn't tell anyway) who tells Clark to take a leap of faith and trust people - definitely something dad should've told him.
As for the damage to the city and innocent bystanders - there's definitely some that falls on Superman himself; especially in his first big fight where he takes Zod to the town himself. That's stupid, and I can't think of a good reason other than wanting to show off some sponsorships (IHOP, Sears,...). And, I guess, a battle in the empty desert being less visually impressive. The final showdown, though, it's the bad guys who choose the location and destroy half the city before he even gets there (since he's literally on the other side of the world). Afterwards, Zod makes it abundantly clear he's going to try to kill as many people as possible and cause as much damage and death as possible - Superman can try to draw him away, but Zod will keep coming back to city centers. I'm sure he could've done more and a fully fledged Superman probably would have done more - but this Clark is very much still reacting to disaster and circumstance, rather than taking control and pushing the narrative.
The final neck-snap...To me, it felt more-or-less earned. Jailing Zod seemed a non-starter, capturing him impossible. Again, yes, a fully grown and evolved Superman would've found an alternative solution - but as an inexperienced tool being pushed to the limit, being confronted with the right-here-right-now moral choice "kill this madman or let 5 innocent people die" (who really could've and should've just run away, idiots), he made the best of it. It worked as a formative moment - he's grown, he's evolving, he's learning what type of hero he wants to be - and saving innocent bystanders' lives is his number one choice, no matter what else he has sacrifice to do that, even his own morals. This is the kill that pushes him towards his no-killing ways, the moment he decides he has to do better, be better, learn, grow.
The world is darker, less forgiving, less accepting of aliens with power - sadly, this is pretty much spot-on. This is a bit of an elsewhere story - what if Superman came now, in the world of Trump and anti-immigration sentiment and aggression and a generally bleak atmosphere, rather than 1950/60's positive yes-we-can America. Frankly, to make the point more strongly, this would've been a chance to make Superman black. Instead we get two black generals who are afraid of him.
There were definitely a whole bunch of plot holes and issues, though. If this is "one of hundreds" of Genesis ships sent out - why does it matter so much if Superman destroys this one? Zod can go find another one. If they've got a terraforming device - why would Zod need to terraform Earth, instead of finding just about any other plant fit for conversion and let the humans live? If they've already taken some of Superman's blood - why do they need his corpse, they've got the Codex right there. Really, going off to reboot Krypton on Alpha Centauri or whatever would've been a perfectly fine way for Zod to follow his programming and Clark would pretty much happily have given them a pint of his blood to help start a new Krypton over there.

Again, this definitely isn't a great movie...But going in expecting an absolute train wreck beyond any hope of redemption, it turned out better than I expected. Batman vs Superman is on TV next week, I'm curious what I'll think of that.
 
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For what it's worth, I thought BvS was a much bigger trainwreck than MoS, partly due to BvS having so many more rails to go off of (ie, more tangents and storylines and distractions and weird stuff and...).
 
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I finally saw Man of Steel.

Now, I went in with expectations well, well, well below zero. This probably helped. That said, and knowing I'll get some flack for this...I....quite liked it?

The movie is definitely darker and more grim than you'd hope a Superman movie to be. But Superman himself isn't, really. He's new at it and has never been a hero, has never had to make this kind of decisions; he's a simple farmhand trying to make the best of things and occasionally failing.
This is far from a great movie, but I really can't burn it down and dismiss it as being as terrible as I was led to believe.
I do agree the treatment of Pa Kent is horrible - Clark pretty much becomes a hero despite him instead of because of him. I can sort of see where they were going - self-sacrifice is important, you have to be careful with who you are, be a good person, etc - but the way it was handled was pretty horrible. It's Jor-El who gets to be the "inspiring father figure", telling him to be a hero. Heck, it's some random priest (I'm sure he's identifiable for someone who knows the Superman mythos, but I couldn't tell anyway) who tells Clark to take a leap of faith and trust people - definitely something dad should've told him.
As for the damage to the city and innocent bystanders - there's definitely some that falls on Superman himself; especially in his first big fight where he takes Zod to the town himself. That's stupid, and I can't think of a good reason other than wanting to show off some sponsorships (IHOP, Sears,...). And, I guess, a battle in the empty desert being less visually impressive. The final showdown, though, it's the bad guys who choose the location and destroy half the city before he even gets there (since he's literally on the other side of the world). Afterwards, Zod makes it abundantly clear he's going to try to kill as many people as possible and cause as much damage and death as possible - Superman can try to draw him away, but Zod will keep coming back to city centers. I'm sure he could've done more and a fully fledged Superman probably would have done more - but this Clark is very much still reacting to disaster and circumstance, rather than taking control and pushing the narrative.
The final neck-snap...To me, it felt more-or-less earned. Jailing Zod seemed a non-starter, capturing him impossible. Again, yes, a fully grown and evolved Superman would've found an alternative solution - but as an inexperienced tool being pushed to the limit, being confronted with the right-here-right-now moral choice "kill this madman or let 5 innocent people die" (who really could've and should've just run away, idiots), he made the best of it. It worked as a formative moment - he's grown, he's evolving, he's learning what type of hero he wants to be - and saving innocent bystanders' lives is his number one choice, no matter what else he has sacrifice to do that, even his own morals. This is the kill that pushes him towards his no-killing ways, the moment he decides he has to do better, be better, learn, grow.
The world is darker, less forgiving, less accepting of aliens with power - sadly, this is pretty much spot-on. This is a bit of an elsewhere story - what if Superman came now, in the world of Trump and anti-immigration sentiment and aggression and a generally bleak atmosphere, rather than 1950/60's positive yes-we-can America. Frankly, to make the point more strongly, this would've been a chance to make Superman black. Instead we get two black generals who are afraid of him.
There were definitely a whole bunch of plot holes and issues, though. If this is "one of hundreds" of Genesis ships sent out - why does it matter so much if Superman destroys this one? Zod can go find another one. If they've got a terraforming device - why would Zod need to terraform Earth, instead of finding just about any other plant fit for conversion and let the humans live? If they've already taken some of Superman's blood - why do they need his corpse, they've got the Codex right there. Really, going off to reboot Krypton on Alpha Centauri or whatever would've been a perfectly fine way for Zod to follow his programming and Clark would pretty much happily have given them a pint of his blood to help start a new Krypton over there.

Again, this definitely isn't a great movie...But going in expecting an absolute train wreck beyond any hope of redemption, it turned out better than I expected. Batman vs Superman is on TV next week, I'm curious what I'll think of that.
Most people I know, myself included, consider MoS an alright movie, just a terrible Superman movie.
 
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I liked MoS too. Fear not my feathered friend. I really like Michael Shannon a bunch. It was way, way better than Brian SInger's version, IMO. I totally understand the criticism for MoS though. I never finished BvS.
 
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Nightbreed
Having finished season 2 of Channel Zero in a day, I continue using my month of Shudder to watch movies I've seen mentioned over and over but somehow have never watched.
This one...is a total shitshow. Like, I have a half hour left, and I can't imagine going back to finish it.
 
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Nightbreed
Having finished season 2 of Channel Zero in a day, I continue using my month of Shudder to watch movies I've seen mentioned over and over but somehow have never watched.
This one...is a total shitshow. Like, I have a half hour left, and I can't imagine going back to finish it.
It IS a total shitshow. Like... complete. But it's VISUALLY INTERESTING at least.
 
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I liked MoS too. Fear not my feathered friend. I really like Michael Shannon a bunch. It was way, way better than Brian SInger's version, IMO. I totally understand the criticism for MoS though. I never finished BvS.
I was about to say "at least Singer included one scene of Supes being Supes," but I just remembered the oil rig scene in MoS.
 
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The Babadook

Surprisingly creepy. I didn't know anything about it going in so I had no idea the theme would be so heavy. The ending is a mixed bag for me, as it works with the story as a metaphor. But if the story is taken literally it seems a bit silly. Nonetheless, on the hole I was surprised and impressed with this tiny budget Aussie film. And it was done without an R rating, without jump scares, and without the monster ever act ually being fully revealed.

Also, on the subject of horror movies:

Drag me to Hell

This is Sam Raimi at the Sam Raimiest he's ever been outside of the Evil Dead franchise. A lot of the scenes seemed straight out of Evil Dead actually. And it wouldn't surprise me to learn Raimi originally wrote this as a new Evil Dead movie and changed a few things to get it made, or took storyboard cards he had drawn for Evil Dead sequences that weren't working and repurposed them here.
The fights with the Gypsy in the parking garage and the shed, the hankerchief, the goat, could very well have originally all been dead items vs Ash. It was fun.
 
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I can't believe Venom had a rap theme exactly like the kind that Deadpool made fun of. It's such a shitty barely movie with incredibly bad pacing but that theme in the credits by Eminem made me laugh out loud.

Best part of Venom was that it has like a 3 minute Into the Spiderverse scene as it's post credits stinger that has literally nothing to do with the movie Venom.
 
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