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    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.
    It WAS Laura Dern
    And I had a brief "that's Brad Pitt" moment too!

    There are so many porgs because the island they were shooting the film at was overrun with puffins and apparently it was easier to CGI them into porgs than to remove them altogether.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnizipal View Post
    It WAS Laura Dern
    And I had a brief "that's Brad Pitt" moment too!

    There are so many porgs because the island they were shooting the film at was overrun with puffins and apparently it was easier to CGI them into porgs than to remove them altogether.


    Yikes, so it was her after all. Give the woman a nut roast or a bacon roll with cheese or something. She looked awfully thin. That's a funny fact about those puffin aliens. Weird.


    Zootopia (2016)

    It's about a bunny who is also a policewoman, a fox who is a kind of con man and prejudice (it's not really about race, is it). Oh, and a pop star. That's like really important. There's a pop star in that film. Never forget that, because she's really important to the film. Like really. Swearsies.

    Maybe I had heard too many good things about this one, but to me it was just kinda by-the-numbers. Sure, the morale of the film is sound, the thing about prejudice is good and all. It's also interesting how the film draws this picture of rural life (US-style) and big city life and NOTHING in between. The bunny's either a cop in the big city or sells carrots in the Middle of Nowhere, USA. There are funny concepts in the film and it's great to see alternative societies (well, within the ultra-tight corset of our society or how it views itself at least). Kinda like in Daybreakers. So more like our society put on top of different life forms.

    In the end it's a Disney film. Which since Frozen I have a problem of using as a disparaging phrase, but it really is a classic "you can be what ever you want to be if you try hard enough, follow your dream, be your own person, be nice"-thing. Which all are good things. But I think it's just a nudge too basic for what it could have done. Also: the twist in the end probably is a bit much for kids? I don't know, but it feels a bit complicated. I don't know, I just wasn't into it that much.

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    I also watched Nacktschnecken (2004) and Hotel Rock&Roll (2016), both of which (along with the excellent Contact High (2009)) make up the trilogy by Michael Glawogger. He tragically died of Malaria(!) in 2014 while shooting another documentary. If you're not familiar with them, watch at the very least his documentaries. Very strong stuff about life around the globe. Apart from that he did a bunch of feature films. In the trilogy mentioned above we follow the same characters through their weird existances. Nacktschnecken is about three young people around 30 who drift through life in a slightly aimless fashion. For some reason or another (presented in the film) they decide to make a porno film for sale. The film was written before 2004, mind you. Very interesting film. Rather raw and 'realistic' compared to the two sequels. Interesting character stuff, good comedy. I enjoyed it. The second film, Contact High, is one of my favourites. It's more of a druggy, out-there gangster comedy about getting a bag from Poland back to Vienna. Pretty colourful and crazy. Hotel Rock&Roll is the last of the trilogy (and was mostly finished after Glawogger's death). One of the main characters is replaced with Gerald Votawa (mostly of radio fame). One of the characters inherits an old hotel and a ton of debts to repay. They turn it into a 'sex, drugs and rock&roll' experience resort. It's meant to be reminiscent (in part) of 70s soft-sexploitation flicks with a bunch of music thrown in. It's not bad, and it was nice for me to meet these characters again. But to be frank, if I didn't have as much sympathy for them I possibly wouldn't have liked it much. It's nice, but quite superficial. Which fits the theme of course, so maybe I'm just wrong.

    The films are all available on DVD with English subtitles, although I'm not sure if the films work THAT well translated.



    The Polka King (2017)

    It's based on the true story of singer/entertainer Jan Lewan who in the early 2000s conned people (mostly elderly) for millions of dollars. He's played by Jack Black.

    Dang, I really, really like Jack Black. He's carrying this film easily. It's probably a bit more comedic than it should be, but what else could this film be. Otherwise it would be just rather dry. And it's not like Jack Black is making fun of the guy he's playing. He's wacky and has a zany stage act, but that's what small-time stage entertainers do for shows, especially in the US. He's got the charisma to also believably play the role of the conman who has this insane drive to 'make it big' in the US and thus slides into a bit of a problem about how things spiral out of his grasp. It's also interesting to see his generally sunny disposition slip into depression and anxiety.

    It's not a great film, but it's highly watchable.



    Foxcatcher (2014)

    It was perfectly fine.

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    Godzilla The netflix one, might be a series might not
    Low frame rate CGI. Humanity has left earth because Monsters attacked culminating with Godzilla, also there are aliens but they look just like people so it's not really important. The plot is just some remnants of humanity going to kill Godzilla.

    It's something to watch, it's nothing special.




    Justice League
    It's alright. The whole thing feels very rushed whenever anything is happening and then it slows right down for a scene or two for no reason.
    CGI is quite ugly at times. There are worse films to waste a couple of hours on.

    Watchable

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    Anyone willing to discuss Infinity War in here?
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    Anyone willing to discuss Infinity War in here?
    I just have to say one thing. They got Edinburgh spot on, you can almost follow the fight on a map. And I'm sure I've been to that pub the got kicked into!
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    I thought the sign that said "We Will Deep Fry Your Kebab" was hilarious
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    I have been going back an watching the Marvel movies formt he beginning. Hard to believe they started 10 years ago! My daughter has recently turned into a teenager, and she never saw some of these early ones. So it has been fun revisiting them with her.

    Iron Man
    Still a very solid tale of revenge/rehabilitation but in our modern day and age, Stark gets a bit grating.

    Incredible Hulk
    Wow, not very good. I see how they wanted to go the route of The Fugitive but they just can't really pull it off. Also, it was a bit too serious and the third act kind of derailed. It is lucky this one did not derail Marvel's master plan.

    Thor
    I had forgotten how enjoyable this one is. Thor has a clear and easy to follow redemptive character arc to learn humility. This is simalr in some ways to the redemptive arc of Iron Man. Plus, it was very visually appealing. Asgard makes Wakanda look a bit... plain.

    Overall, I can see why these have been outperforming D.C. movies in retrospect. Each one so far has a clear "redemptive" arc where the hero must learn to be humble and what being heroic even means in the first place. I do not think the D.C. movies have pulled that off as cleanly or effectively in their films.
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    Annihiliation (2018)
    Sci-fi psychological horror thing starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac.
    A team of people go into "the shimmer" a distorted area that so far nobody has returned from. Starts off fairly tame and just gets weirder and weirder.

    Definitely worth the watch!

    And another one
    Black panther
    Fairly average superhero movie where almost everyone happens to be black with African culture, some good but it does drag in parts and suffers a little from the way marvel often puts jokes in where they're not needed.

    Worth watching if only due to it being part of the marvel cinematic universe continuity.
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    Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom:
    I went into this with pretty low expectations and the film didn't even meet those.
    It's just one long cycle of badly thought-out plans and plot holes.
    There's one or two funny scenes (Claire meeting up with Owen in a bar), and I liked the twist at the end but that doesn't justify paying premium to see this.

    Avoid like the plague while in theatres, pick up from discount bin later on if you're a fan of the series.
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    oh dear, and i was considering going to see this. I took a chance on jurassic world (with low expectations) and it was fine for some silly fun. I expected this to be the same.

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    Pacific Rim: Uprising
    Category 3 to the originals Category 5.
    Worth watching, it's just not as good as the original.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelwing View Post
    oh dear, and i was considering going to see this. I took a chance on jurassic world (with low expectations) and it was fine for some silly fun. I expected this to be the same.
    Yeah me too. The first Jurassic World was basically a remake of the original Jurassic Park.
    It had some good bits, some funny scenes but nothing too grating in my opinion. The major downside was to lack of (original) plot.

    This new film is the exact opposite. It tries to come up with a (rather convoluted) plot but everything else suffers because of it.
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    Yeah, I saw the new Jurassic World last night. Wouldn’t recommend it at all. I thought the last one was a lot of silly fun this just tried to shoehorn in emotional gravitas that just wasn’t there. There wasn’t really enough dinosaurs in it either.
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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) cinema

    Crumbled, and went to see it. I went to a midweek evening showing, and there were only a dozen other patrons.
    This feels like a rerun of The Lost World : Jurassic park. Jeff Goldblum is even in it! The base plot is along similar lines (rescue dinosaurs from evil corporate money grabbing) but has rather too many plot holes, character stupidity and reality check fails. However, the whole thing moves along at such a brisk pace you might not even notice. Its silly, its fun, its got very nice looking dinosaurs, its got two attractive leads. Just don't look too closely at the plot details. I don't think its suitable for younger children - the indoraptor is quite sinister.

    As a summer blockbuster, this works fine. Anything serious the film tries to say gets a bit lost under the silly fun and the attempt to emote the dinosaurs doesn't work on a cold hearted longbeard like me so it doesn't quite work on that front. Citizen Kane / Godfather? No. Fun movie night with snacks and alcohol? Yes.

    Watch (with popcorn and your kids / mates and beer)

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    tThe Endless (2017)

    Two brothers return to a death cult they had previously run away from to get closure on their lives.
    Over a few days they start to unravel the mystery of the cult.

    I really liked this movie, it starts off slow and took a while for everything to click. It's got a slight cthulhu undertone which I see is making a rise in films and games at the moment. Very enjoyable.

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    Tau

    Film about AI and human relationship. The start of this movie really threw me off, the first 10 minutes seem like a blade runner/ghost in the shell/altered carbon style of film, but it's not. It is mainly set in a hi tec house which serves as a prison for the main character as she form a relationship with the AI of the house.
    Nothing crazy good but better than your average scifi filmettes.

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    Aeon Flux (2005)

    Enjoyable scifi tale that poses questions about immortality. Loads of eye candy action and interesting designs. I've not seen any of the animation its based on, so I can't compare.

    Watch


    Jurassic Games (2018)

    Jurassic park meets the running man meets the matrix. Its bad, but fun bad TV movie.

    Watch (but only with beer)


    Jurassic Women (1996)

    I love the b movies, so this seems up my alley. A tv B movie that uses the tried and tested 'astronauts crash land on planet of women' plot. Sadly, the movie poster had more budget than the film. This is awful. Two astronauts in janitor boiler suits, all the extras from the town martial arts classes and the 'spaceship' footage is NASA apollo launch film and voyager computer animations! The actors can't act, the set is a woodland and the science non existent. My favorite is the crash landing - the astronauts are in the cockpit, then they are lying next to each other in the grass. Thats it. The jurassic bit is the natives are dressed in animal hide bikinis. There are no dinosaurs - I doubt they could afford a plastic toy one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnizipal View Post
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    Avengers: Infinity War
    Feels very rushed in places and each little bit of story seems to needs it's own massive peril to make it seem exciting when it doesn't need that.
    A lot of the silly jokey humour early on doesn't land at all but it tones it down fairly quickly as it rushes to the next bit of story.
    As usual some really great heartfelt moments.

    4/5. Go watch it, it's really great and it'll get you excited for more marvel stuff if you were feeling fatigued about it all.

    Roll on part two next year!
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    A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1990)

    More b movie silliness with dinosaurs. Despite a tiny budget, its used well for prosthetics, stop motion and puppet mutant 'dinosaurs'. The plot is wafer thin of course but its enjoyable stupidity that you can have a good laugh at.

    Watch (with lots of beer)


    Star Wars episode 8 The Last Jedi (2017)

    Finally got round to watching this. I won't bother with the details as thats been discussed a lot before. I didn't find this a bad as many people are making out. Perhaps its because my expectation after Force awakens was very low, and I'd been exposed to much of the spoilers beforehand. I certainly didn't find anything offensive about it. I reckon the biggest beef was instead of an arsekicking jedi master we got a broken down, blue milk addict, couldn't give a toss tosser hermit.
    We do have plot holes and the seemingly pointless middle excursion, but really it has to be about characters potential flushed down the garbage compactor that lets this down. Pointless early deaths, no proper development or misused.
    However, it does all look fantastic and sounds great. I really liked R2 reminding Luke of his responsibility with the old hologram.

    The quote of the film is from Kylo Ren: 'Let the past die. Kill it if you have to'. Thats what the new trilogy is about - replacing the old fanbois with a new generation of cash paying customers. Whether Disney is going about this the right or wrong way is up to you.

    Watch (but only so you can have your own opinion).

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    The Cloverfield Paradox
    Fun Netflix sci-fi film about a space station trying to make a source of everlasting energy and it unsurprisingly goes wrong for them in an unexpected way and some weird stuff happens. It's not accurate sci-fi at all, it's just a series of set pieces where stuff happens that was potentially more interesting than it turned out as it got converted into a cloverfield movie very late on in development.
    It's not terrible but it's not amazing either.

    Watchable

    Tau
    Another Netflix film, this time about a lady who is kidknapped and trapped in the house of a psychotic tech developer and his house AI servant.
    It's got a few interesting ideas and after the first half hour it stops being boring.
    Another not terrible but not amazing film.

    Watchable

    Bright
    Entertaining if not well structured or written story about a modern world with orcs and elves and other token fantasy creatures we only see one of.
    Stars Will Smith.

    Watchable

    Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle
    CGI Anime Sequel to Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. Watch that before watching this one or it won't make any sense whatsoever and even then you'll probably forget that half the cast are actually aliens that just look human because they just do. They say "mechagodzilla" a whole bunch, but there isn't really a mechagodzilla in it and very little really happens.

    Don't bother until the third one comes out and even then only give it a watch if you watched the first one and didn't hate it.

    Orbiter 9
    Spanish Sci-fi film about a lone female colonist on a failing spaceship who falls for the engineer who comes to fix it.
    Pretty short, a little over 90 minutes but its paced pretty well and the small cast works.

    Worth Watching

    ARQ
    Small scale sci-fi thriller about the engineer of a time looping device coping with a home invasion.
    Another fairly short film at around 90 minutes but it's well paced, the whole thing ramps up in a way that makes sense and you're kept interested the whole way through as the whole story develops.

    Worth watching

    Synchronicity
    Blade runner looking sci-fi film about a scientist who invents a way to travel through time using a wormhole, then tries to find a way to prevent the technology being bought up by a corporation.
    It's well paced and interesting, the ending is a bit iffy but otherwise it's a really great little film.

    Definitely Worth Watching

    Paradox
    Nope.

    Just Awful

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    Kill Command
    Sci-Fi action horror sort of thing. A team of soldiers is sent on a training mission against a new batch of mobile robotic soldiers intended to replace them and it all goes sideways. It's got some decent if not amazing CGI in it, along with some pretty naff stuff and the general idea behind the story is an interesting one and plays out in an interesting if not unexpected way.

    Worth Watching, just don't expect too much

    Approaching the Unknown
    Mark Strong plays William D Stanaforth, an astronought who invented a way to get water from dirt who is attempting to be the first person on mars and help start a colony for the human race by making a solo one-way trip to the red planet.
    It's a very slow film, there's no real action or calamity as the focus is more on the individual nature of how being alone for a long time affects us.

    Watchable if you like really slow sci-fi just don't try to watch it tired because you will fall asleep

    I forgot the name but I'm not recommending it anyway (It's called "The Beyond")
    Documentary style film about how a space agency deals with a wormhole opening up above the earth that normal humans can't possibly survive going through. There's aliens of a sort involved but they take a back seat as the film instead decides to explore the concept of a full body prosthesis and having people voluntarily choose to have that done to them despite having a perfectly healthy body, also the military has actual soldiers like this but it's glossed over entirely. A lot of women seem to be making the decisions in this film which comes across as a little bit odd, also the full body prosthesis is janky as hell looking.

    Avoid

    Infinity Chamber
    Indie Sci-fi Thriller. A man wakes up detained in an advanced facility unaware of why he has been put there, he's forced to recall the memory of the day he was detained over and over and the plot develops from there as we uncover hidden truths. It's a very slow to start film, not a whole lot really happens and there's a fair bit of apparent backpeddling with the story as we learn something new and start all over again, but by the halfway mark you should be invested and want to see it through to it's ending.

    You might want to put subtitles on as the dialogue can be extremely quiet at times. Also some of the overdubbing doesn't quite match up or sound right.

    Well worth watching

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