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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #950 on: June 01, 2017, 09:47:23 AM »
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)

Superhero movies are the biggest and best summer blockbusters these days, though you didn't need me to tell you that much. Marvel has been leading the pack with DC Comics trailing well behind. DC has given creative control to Zack Snyder to get their "Extended Universe" franchise up to speed with Kevin Feige and Marvel. Wonder Woman will mark the fourth installment in the DC universe, and marks the first time it has produced content good enough to rival that of Marvel. The studios probably wouldn't admit it, but there is an arms race in comic book movies right now, with Marvel out to the huge, pioneering lead. DC struggles behind, but with a quality film like Wonder Woman, perhaps DC has found the direction they've been struggling to find over their first few films.

We first met Diana, or Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), when she appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That small tidbit ties into the bookends for this film, which show us Diana in present day France receiving a gift, the original negative of a picture of her from World War I, from Bruce Wayne. We then begin to learn her story. Raised by Amazons on a hidden island, Diana was the daughter of the queen (Connie Nielsen) and niece of its greatest warrior (Robin Wright). But when Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), an American soldier, mysterious appears on the island, Diana learns of the Great War happening in the rest of the world and is moved to help Steve with the task of taking down the evil Germans, whom she believes are being led by the evil god Ares, God of War.

The bar has not been set very high in comparing DC Extended Universe films. I have not liked Man of Steel or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and while I never saw Suicide Squad it received almost universal disdain, despite its Academy Award for Makeup & Hairstyling. That being said, Wonder Woman is the best of the bunch thus far and a legitimately good and entertaining film. It shows promise of what the DC Universe can and should look like by presenting a strong central character worthy of our adoration and with enough context and compassion to pull the audience in, avoiding the clunky CGI battlefest that has befallen the Batman and Superman installments of the franchise. Wonder Woman kicks ass, rest assured, but director Patty Jenkins also makes sure to take the time to sculpt the character with care.

What stands out most about the narrative to me is the feminine touch. While it may not fully pass the Bechdel test after the scenes on the island, there is a distinct feminine point of view throughout which goes past just simply having Diana be the lead character. There is a sense of humor throughout which points out the sexism of the time and helps highlight the both the strength and heart of Diana, the woman in the film. It's not perfect, but it is a great leap forward within the genre, and gives DC a leg up over Marvel in this department. Gadot embodies the character so well, with great strength, compassion and curiosity throughout, carrying the film as she should. She's a revelation in the role. And while the script is penned by a male, which is likely why the feminism is there, but not perfect (also why my perspective as a male is also imperfect), director Patty Jenkins shows women are more than capable helming a smart, female driven comic book movie.

As far as superhero origin stories go, Wonder Woman doesn't have some horrible ghost from her past motivating her, she's just a god who wants peace on Earth. With this film, we get a little bit of everything thrown into the formula, and while none of it really stands out, it's all done well. The action is strong and explosive, but never disorienting from CGI overload. The performances are convincing and good all around. The ragtag team around Diana is good, if not also forgettable. But the adventure and main story line provide plenty of enjoyment and excitement, making the more than two hour run time fly by without lull. And merging this superhero into a new era, and a war torn one at that (yes, this is World War I, not II for those wondering), creates a unique landscape for Diana's story to unfold. I applaud DC for producing a good movie like this. Now I just hope this becomes a trend instead of a one-off for the series.

*** - Very Good


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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #951 on: June 01, 2017, 09:51:05 AM »
I'm making my first trip to the theatre in two months for Wonder Woman this Saturday. More as a political statement than out of pure interest (which is high relative to comic book films but only moderate overall). Also I have a gift card to use up.

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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #952 on: June 01, 2017, 09:56:56 AM »
That's the kind of political statement I can get behind. Going Tuesday, more for interest reasons than political reasons.
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #953 on: June 01, 2017, 03:17:26 PM »
The Girl with All the Gifts
A zombie movie with really excellent storytelling.  I was completely captivated throughout.   There is this one moment when... well, I shouldn't talk about that.  Oh and when... no.  Well, just watch it.

4/5

I liked it overall, but it felt very "TV" a lot of the time. Which makes sense, because the director is best known for directing episodes of BBC's Sherlock series. On the other hand, "TV" is not an entirely appropriate word because the zombies themselves were not that great, nowhere near the level of The Walking Dead (a show I don't like much but at least does the zombie stuff really well).

I hate to be that guy -- and I'm not often that guy because I don't read many books anymore -- but I read this book first, and the movie felt pretty mild and just-okay-ish in comparison. I actually wish I'd seen the movie first. I would have liked it more, then liked the book even better. Still, some great moments in this film for sure. Glenn Close was used very well, and the actress playing the girl was fantastic. And Gemma Arterton wasn't as bland and forgettable as I usually find her. Paddy Considine was fine, though I pictured someone much bigger and tougher...the book made his character seem like Predator-era Jesse Ventura.

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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #954 on: June 01, 2017, 11:21:16 PM »
I heard Tremors 6 got the go ahead so I figured I'd get caught up with the series

Tremors 2: Aftershocks
I'd seen this one once before. It's not bad. I like that it features mostly older actors. Fred Ward and Michael Gross (Burt Gummer) return... but I guess Kevin Bacon got a little to big-time for this series. They could've used him though. He's so animated in that first film, it's a lot of fun. The sequel ups the ante (or tries to) by evolving the graboids into their next form. Land runners. Like giant chickens, and instead of sensing vibrations they sense by temperature. It's not a terrible change up. It forces the characters to adapt. Already the series feels like it's running on fumes though. I mean that first film was lightning in a bottle, how the hell can you expect to reproduce it?  You can't have the same character caught off gaurd twice by the graboids existence, that ship has sailed, so now all you can do is makes the graboids change form.

There is a hint of the old greatness here. An attention to detail that I've praised the original for in regards to it's sound design. More specifically, how it captures the sounds of a gunshot echoing around a canyon. In Tremors 2 there's also a nice little detail. Fred Ward fires a double barrel shotgun and when he breaks the barrel to eject the spent cartridges as he grabs them to pull them out he reacts to them as if they were very hot. In the film he's just fired the gun, so they would be hot. But in reality that's a actor putting some real thoughtfulness into his performance. I like to think that's not a stage direction but Fred Ward just knowing what he's about. What a pro.

All in all, this is nothing special though.

Tremors 3: Back to Perfection

How shit is this movie? 7 out of 10 shits at least. They keep trying to stick younger characters into this series in the form of mediocre 20-something actors. Stop it!

The graboids evolve from land runners to "ass-blasters"... this is the name they go with for the rest of the series, god help us. Why? Because they have fiery farts that make them fly. It sounds stupid. In fact it's even stupider than it sounds. If you saw how bad the CGI was you would make farts noises of your own.

The return of Miguel the shopkeep was welcome. I bet he's the nicest person in real life.

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins

A prequel. Prequels are an automatic 0/10, but even if that wasn't the case, this would still be a 0/10 because of how hard it sucks. Burt Gummer as an ancestor Hiram Gummer. A foreign dandy, who has nothing whatsoever to do with guns. They've run out of ways to evolve the graboids, now they're just spinning off characters. Graboid fart!

Tremors 5: Bloodlines

Ya know... we're 5 films in now, you'd this they could depict a graboid more accurately on the poster by now. I complained about this in like 2010. Graboids don't have teeth! They have beaks and tentacles.

This movie goes to South Africa where the Graboids supposedly originated from. They're bigger there. The movie give me no hope for Tremors 6.

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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #955 on: June 02, 2017, 02:07:47 AM »
 :))

How dedicated you are! But, is this a job for an intelligent man? ;)

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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #956 on: June 02, 2017, 02:10:09 AM »
Wait, so you'll binge Tremors, but nothing can persuade to watch more MCU movies?
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #957 on: June 02, 2017, 06:16:49 AM »
Watched this one some months ago.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Mike Nichols (1966)


It would be easy to write a screenplay (or just a regular play) of a couple hurling insults at each other for the duration of the movie. What Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? does is much more complicated. Along the trail of wreckage left behind by the maelstrom of atrocities the marital gladiators beget is the archaeological evidence that betrays the layers of tenderness, resentments, secrets and sheer history they share. All the complexity of a decades old jointed existence can be witnessed in the few hours of the unrelenting debauchery that is this movie. And what glorious debauchery it is. People are so horrid, so deliciously mean in it and one gazes in gleeful exaltation as they tear each other into shreds with as much gusto as bitterness. They are all loathsome and pathetic, in both senses of the word. As the night progresses the inconsistencies that had been left unexplained start to make more sense and a dark truth emerges that shrouds the film and makes it all the better for it. Richard Burton was very good but Elizabeth Taylor is apocalyptic.

8/10

One of the finds of the year. It might just warrant a 9.
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #958 on: June 02, 2017, 10:29:03 PM »
Wait, so you'll binge Tremors, but nothing can persuade to watch more MCU movies?


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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #959 on: June 02, 2017, 10:40:53 PM »
If Kurt Russel and Sylvester Stalone in GotG Vol. 2 can persuade smirnoff, nothing can.

 

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