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    It (2017)

    I rather liked this. It looks really good with a fantastic eighties feel about it. A few jump scares and some creepy stuff will please the horrorphiles. There is some well placed low key humour as well.
    But there is an issue: its so eighties it feels like a horror film from that decade. It uses so many horror cliches ( abandoned old house, party getting split up, going upstairs instead of out the door etc etc) that instead of being scary, I was laughing at it rather a lot, something not intended by the film makers.
    There is unsettling horror here - evil child abuse dad being one, but for me it was over shadowed by silly cliches. Maybe I'm not the intended audience, maybe this is a horror film for the new generation who haven't seen any of the silly tat eighties horror films.
    Hopefully part two will be more unsettling. "Wanna balloon Georgie? They float down here. They all do....."

    Watch (with a pinch of salt)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy E View Post
    I watched the new series of MST3k- The Return! with Jonah.

    I was suitably amused for most of the movies. Starcrash is like my arch-nemesis as I have tried to watch it 7 times but only failed to fall asleep once. Even the MST3K version of it was barely enough to keep me going. That movie is brutal!

    The Christmas that Almost Wasn't and Yongary were surprisingly tepid episodes as well.

    Otherwise, bang-up job and I hope they do another season! I was suitably amused! A bit of a surprise ending for the over-arching story too.
    Hmmm, still on the fence if I should give the new series a go. But maybe it's fun....

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    Looney Tunes: Back in Action

    A lot of big names.

    The best scene was a throw-away of Scooby and Shaggy reaming Matthew Lillard for his performance as Shaggy in Scooby-Doo.

    This is a movie that likes to make fun of Hollywood.

    There was also a Ro-man cameo which is a plus!
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    Monster time!

    Godzilla (2014)
    Hollywoods re-reboot of the big G. This is a serious Godzilla film, dumping the pointless humour of the last hollywood godzilla which is a good step. On the way them seem to have also dumped characters you care about. Every character is a silly clichéd cardboard cut out. Brian Cranston does the best he can (by far the best performance in this film) but he gets the chop too early, leaving the rest of the cast to carry the film, but who you want to get smashed by the lizard instead.
    It looks and sounds great, and the monsters look fine. City destruction is satisfying too. I rather like the setting up of a cinematic universe, but its not shoved into your face like Universals 'dark universe' - see my Mummy review earlier.
    If you like Godzilla, you'll like this. It'll work as an action / adventure film for others too.

    Watch - on rental, with a beer.


    Kong: Skull island (2016)

    Speaking of a new monster cinematic universe, here's the second entry.
    This is pitched as serious, but its bloody stupid in a fun way. There's not much to say about this apart from its a silly adventure romp with another set of cliché characters, many of whom come to a sticky end.
    As with Godzilla, it looks and sounds great, the monsters are very good. This ramps up the shared universe started in Godzilla and the after credits scene hints at possible monsters to come (mothra, king ghidora etc).
    Its stupid, you will laugh.

    watch (on rental, most definitely with beer)



    Shin Godzilla (2016)

    Meanwhile, at Toho studios, the home of Godzilla, we have another reboot. This is a serious Godzilla film, all the camp and humour removed, and bought up to date.
    This one changes the Godzilla origin slightly and focusses on the attempts of puny humans to deal with the threat, and the political machinations in the background.
    The version I watched may have had slightly iffy subtitles, as occasionally I was left scratching my head. I will say I thought the film a little slow, not enough action and too much talking. However this is in the vein of the original film, building suspense. Godzilla is also scary in this film, so a welcome return to his roots.
    It looks good, with only a few wobbly special effects.
    A little slow, one for Godzilla purists only I think. Its not one for a fun film night in.

    watch (but only if you're a Godzilla fanboy)

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    Spiderman : Homecoming
    Okay, so I recalled watching *something* a day or two ago but I had to really think very hard before I managed to recall what it was.
    Surprisingly forgettable, entertaining to watch but ultimately doesn't do anything particularly unusual or exceptional.

    3/5
    Marvel's Spiderman is decent and it'll be interesting to see where they go with it.

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    Thor: Ragnarok- Guardians of the Galaxy 3: No Guardians of the Galaxy this time!




    Despite my snark, the movie was fun enough to watch, but it was nothing great. Hela was really fun and Cate Blanchett plays it up well. Grandmaster is a hoot, but Jeff Goldblum can always ham it up. Skrouge and Loki are a bit wasted.

    This movie is full of jokes. Depsite that, the theatre I was in almost never laughed. It was wierd.

    Finally, this is the most "Metal" of all the Marvel movies! There were a few shots that looked like they came right off the cover of an Amon Amarath album. The director also really understands that this is a movie informed by drawn artwork and has some really striking almost frozen shots that look like they could have been ripped staright from a frame.

    I would recommend people rent it.
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    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
    Luc Besson has a go at putting a thousand ideas into a short film to pad it out to over a couple of hours.
    A few of them are rather good, most are not.

    Watchable
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    Justice League

    It was fun... and then the whole movie became about Superman and it was less fun.

    The DC Movie Universe has a Superman problem.
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    Star Wars : Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
    It's okay.

    You've got 2 years to watch it before the next one comes out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RanaldLoec View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by theunwantedbeing View Post
    Star Wars : Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
    It's okay.

    You've got 2 years to watch it before the next one comes out.
    I saw it and quite enjoyed it. Some beautifilly shot scenes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthSte View Post
    I saw it and quite enjoyed it. Some beautifilly shot scenes.
    Speaking of beautifully shot scenes....

    Blade Runner 2049
    Slow paced gorgeous movie from start to finish.
    5/5
    Definitely worth watching
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    Batman vs Two Face (2017)

    A return for the animated adventures of 60's Batman. This follows on from batman return of the caped crusaders and is in the same style and vein.
    Its humorous, has lots of lovely in jokes and is very well done. As I said in my review of the caped crusaders, this isn't one for followers of the dark knight. However, its essential for fans of the Bright Knight. Rest well AW, your journey is now done.

    Watch with beer.


    Batman and Harley Quinn (2017)

    2017's other animated Batman offering is a bit of a mixed bag. Its a fusion of the 90's animated series and the 60's camp tv series, with many elements of both, varnished with some adult themes.
    The plot is a bit messy and the ending is a bit unsatisfying, but there is certainly some good laughs here as it pokes fun at 60's batman and the justice league cartoons. We also have a foot tapping musical number thrown in.
    Harley herself is best thing here as we see how difficult it is for a villain to reform and the depths she has sunk to just trying to get by. The noble sheen of the heroes is shown as a little pretentious in comparison.
    Batman on the other hand seems weirdly out of character in places - essentially starting a bar fight for fun (and smiling about it) and the implication that he's willing to deliberately burn the main villain to death, even though its presented as humorous.
    This is one for the adults, but it resorts to fart jokes at one point. I do think this needed a producer holding a tighter rein, to give it focus. It is a short run time though, so doesn't outstay its welcome.

    watch with two beers

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    The Last Jedi

    This will be up there as one of the movies I will love to hate because I vehemently disagree with the values the movie is pushing. I think I could ramble on for hours, but I won't.
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    I watched Star Wars - The Last Jedi (2017).

    It's perfectly fine. Just like 8 was. Disney figured out this formula for making superficially satisfying films for everybody. And I liked it of course, because how could you not.

    Two funny things: First I wasn't sure if the lady with the purple hair really was Laura Linney, because she was so goddamned skinny. Thought it was Laura Dern at first. When Benicio del Toro popped up I was CERTAIN (after a flash moment of "Brad Pitt??") it was Karl Urban made up to look like Benicio del Toro. Weird.

    The Hamster chicken were less annoying than I had thought, but they had NO business being in the film.

    Okay, the whole sequence with the rich people and the horses in space Monaco was irrelevant. However, I liked the anti-obscenely-rich-people attitude of those scenes. The Rebellion should have more of that. Speaking of the Rebels, I did like how they keep the look of the rebels to look just like people. I also liked all the basically WW2 stuff with the bombers and the periscopes and all of that. Good stuff.

    The salt-over-red-sand setting of the battle on that last planet was an amazing idea for visuals. Great, great idea. I'M sure they could have done more with that.

    Don't like the ball robot. Didn't like the big bad guy's bodyguards. They looked like something thrown in to make action figures of.

    Overall it's perfectly harmless. I don't get how people who liked 7 claim not to like 8, because it's the same bloody thing.

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