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

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There needs to be a “Who killed Hannibal” version.
Or, y’know, just go with the ol’ Billy Joel one.

—Patrick
 
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So, my spoiler-free thoughts on John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum?

Frigging awesome. Each set piece had a unique feel to them. There's probably all kinds of Greek mythology symbolism like the others that could be studied. But damn it was great.

Criticism: Actions scenes ran WAY too long at times.

Don't get me wrong. The action is great as always. The cinematography, choreography, wide shots, little editing, and seemingly long takes all blend together to make some of the best sequences in an action movie in YEARS.

But killing waves of goons kinda got old at times.

For every excellently put together brutal kill, there were dozens of quick, meaningless kills of endless canon fodder. One hand-to-hand scene towards the end repeated the same thing several times and I'm just like "Okay, okay, move on with the plots, guys."

But damn if these movies don't have fantastic shots, with the characters in pitch-perfect center frame. The choreography seems to be done in LONG takes. If they aren't, it sure feels like it. If they are, I tip my hat to everyone involved, especially Keanu Reeves.

The other thing I've always appreciated about these moves is the world-building. It's a FASCINATING underground world of assassins. How they operate, their checks and balances, their entire system. They lean HARD into that with Chapter 3 and I loved every minute of it.

One particular new antagonist throughout this movie steals the scene every time they're there. I almost want to know more about them and then some.

So yeah, if you dug the hell out of the first two like I did, you'll dig the hell out of this one.
 
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I loved JW 1

Two was good but the whole "assassin's talking in high society code" bit got old fast. Like the sommelier scene was groan worthy by the end. Do they keep playing that part up?
 
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Fuck yes and it's great.
It was just....it was so terrible. It was on the level of a customer who says an item must be free if it doesn't scan at the checkout. But it was saying that it must be free because it didn't scan at the checkout for like 10 minutes strait.
 
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They are fucking fantastic. Really next level action set pieces. Even if the plot might be a little thin, they make up for it with exquisite world-building and mythological underpinnings and they manage to set the stage for the sequels without interrupting the flow of the story.
 
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I'm just sitting down to watch Avengers: Endgame for the first time, a matinee showing at a cheap theatre that would have been state of the art in 1995.

I have actually managed to avoid any sort of real spoiler.
 
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I'm just sitting down to watch Avengers: Endgame for the first time, a matinee showing at a cheap theatre that would have been state of the art in 1995.

I have actually managed to avoid any sort of real spoiler.
I still haven't seen it, and will likely miss the theatrical release. It's too damned long to fit it in (that's what she said) to our schedules.
 
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I'm just sitting down to watch Avengers: Endgame for the first time, a matinee showing at a cheap theatre that would have been state of the art in 1995.

I have actually managed to avoid any sort of real spoiler.
It turns out I managed to avoid even the most minor of spoilers, too.

Like, the trailer for Dark Phoenix showed me more of that movie than I knew going into Endgame.
 
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Wife and I got her parents to babysit yesterday while we spent the day the the theatre.

Watched John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellem and Avengers End Game.

Enjoyed both. I do think JW3 is the weakest of the series so far, but the action is just so freaking well done. Some of the big set pieces are wildly inventive.

I think I know which antagonist Nick is talking about and I agree completely.

Actually, I agree with his whole review there. It's honestly just a paraphrase of the conversations my wife and I had after the movie.

End Game: I don't want to go into it too much but, yes. It's good. It's next level fan service and I mean that in a good way I swear.
 
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Older, important mentor figures who help set the protagonist on their journey, and their deaths are a defining moment of tragic climax to the story and a pivotal moment in the life of the burgeoning protagonist(s).
I mean, I agree that ep VII is extremely derivative of ep IV, but what you've just described is just a a key component of the Hero's Journey.
 
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Brightburn was a great B horror movie full of James Gunn's favourite people. Loved the little Easter eggs at the end too.

It's also got some of the squickiest gore I've seen since The Evil Dead remake, so if that kind of thing bothers you, beware. The folks behind me at the theater were confused why this super hero movie was rated 18A (Canadian R). Ha ha ha ha.
 
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Brightburn was a great B horror movie full of James Gunn's favourite people. Loved the little Easter eggs at the end too.

It's also got some of the squickiest gore I've seen since The Evil Dead remake, so if that kind of thing bothers you, beware. The folks behind me at the theater were confused why this super hero movie was rated 18A (Canadian R). Ha ha ha ha.
I haven't seen it, but I am super excited about it.

Re: Canadian rating system:

It's slightly more complicated than that. For one thing, there is no Canadian equivalent of the MPAA. It's all handled provincially. So a movie may have one rating in Alberta and a totally different rating in Ontario. (Indeed, this is the case with Brightburn).
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For another, the Canadian rating system has SIX ratings, compared to the MPAA's 5. Which means while the ratings are roughly analogous to the US, they don't overlap 100%.

And then there's Quebec, which of course has to be different. They havetheir own ratings system with four ratings.

In Ontario, it's pretty hard to get slapped with an 18A. Ratings here are super lax. I saw South Park the movie in theatre as a 12 year old, with my friend (also 12),and friends' 2 younger brothers in tow (8 and 6), because we went with my friend's sister, who was 14.
 
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I haven't seen it, but I am super excited about it.

Re: Canadian rating system:

It's slightly more complicated than that. For one thing, there is no Canadian equivalent of the MPAA. It's all handled provincially. So a movie may have one rating in Alberta and a totally different rating in Ontario. (Indeed, this is the case with Brightburn).
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For another, the Canadian rating system has SIX ratings, compared to the MPAA's 5. Which means while the ratings are roughly analogous to the US, they don't overlap 100%.

And then there's Quebec, which of course has to be different. They havetheir own ratings system with four ratings.

In Ontario, it's pretty hard to get slapped with an 18A. Ratings here are super lax. I saw South Park the movie in theatre as a 12 year old, with my friend (also 12),and friends' 2 younger brothers in tow (8 and 6), because we went with my friend's sister, who was 14.
I know all this, I just didn't think it was worth needing to tell the Americans et Europeans etc.. how complex our system was. 18A being roughly analogous to R was easy.
 
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I know all this, I just didn't think it was worth needing to tell the Americans et Europeans etc.. how complex our system was. 18A being roughly analogous to R was easy.
Yeah I just like explaining our weird Canadianisms. I figured you (and the other Canadian members) know.
 
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Just saw Friday 13th part 3. As a horror buff, I skipped these before because I don't like slasher movies, but I figured I should see them as they are embedded into our collective pop culture consciousness.

That said: pretty silly so far. Also, what is that dude's problem. I mean, I get counselors, but these were just dumb kids. Kind of a dick move, Jason.
 
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Just saw Friday 13th part 3. As a horror buff, I skipped these before because I don't like slasher movies, but I figured I should see them as they are embedded into our collective pop culture consciousness.

That said: pretty silly so far. Also, what is that dude's problem. I mean, I get counselors, but these were just dumb kids. Kind of a dick move, Jason.
 
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I saw Brightburn last night. I dug it. Solid 7/10ish, in a B-movie drive-in horror flick kind of way. Some surprisingly graphic gore (but very well done; not sure much was practical) and they manage to do a lot with a six million dollar budget.

It was a slower burn movie than I expected, but very well played.

Also watched Venom today while re-organizing my books and comics. It was okay. Probably not something I'll ever feel like watching again, but I liked it well enough. Some really great special effects and the car chase sequence was fantastic. Final action sequence was less inspiring, as it just looked like too blobs of CG mashing against each other (sometimes literally).
 
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Saw John Wick: A Wick-le in time.

Weakest of the 3 but not crossing the threshold to being bad.

I.... Have almost no idea what was happening. I don't remember Lawrence Fishburn's character much and what that organization was about.

So he uses a "ticket" with some Russians who aren't the Russians from the first movie. Goes to meet Halle Berry who is the manager of the Casablanca Hotel. Then she takes him to meet Bronn who is.... The district manager? And he tells him to go out into the desert to meet the... CEO? King of Assassins? The one who sits above the table? Is their organization called The Table? Is that just so they can say that this all happens under the table?

Ok so then he's back in...but only if he kills the New York dude because the New York dude gave Wick a head start. But the king won't lift the ban in Wick first before he does this.

And a bunch of Japanese dudes take several opportunities to NOT kill Wick even though they have him dead to rights a few times.

Some of the action kinda started to fall off a bit too. John Wick was able to walk away from a bit more than he does in the other movies. His plot armor is starting to show. 3 people all fall through the same roof, two are down for the count and the third walks directly into another 5 minutes fight. Some of the blows felt like they didn't actually have weight to them. Almost felt like watching wrestling.


Man now that I think about it I may not have actually liked this movie. Oh well.
 
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If you don't like the whole Assassin World thing then the movie definitely wasn't going to be for you.
I like it, I just thought certain bits in 2 were played out too long.

I probably should have seen 2 as a refresher before seeing this one.
 

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Finally saw Captain Marvel. Good movie. Not sure how I feel about a few things, but all in all it works. Why aliens have Australian accents, though, that's another story...
 
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Finally saw Captain Marvel. Good movie. Not sure how I feel about a few things, but all in all it works. Why aliens have Australian accents, though, that's another story...
Why do they generally have American, or British, etc. That's just a limitation of the medium.
 
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Watched Into the Spider-verse on my flight. Very good movie. Beautifully animated, and there was so much stuff for comic fans and Spidey fans to spot.

Also, Gwen is hot.
 
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