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Old 20 February 2019, 05:04 PM
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I watched Quartet on Netflix. Starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, and Michael Gambon, it's your standard formulaic "Let's put on a show to save [x]!" It's set at a retirement home for performers and they need to sell out their annual show for Verdi's birthday to keep the home open. I thought it was well done but fairly trite. I liked that it focused on seniors and showed them as full, developed people who still have thoughts and feelings. Perfect for watching with the in-laws.
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Old 21 February 2019, 09:54 PM
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We saw The Wandering Earth. It is an epic space opera in Chinese with subtitles. I had written off getting to see it in a theater out here in the boondocks but one cinema had it for a week. The visuals were stunning. I totally do not mind subtitles but I kept getting caught up in the scenes involving the planets and missing lines. I just saw something about it being on Netflix so I'll happily watch it again. There are so many sci fi and adventure movie tropes but I did get into the characters eventually. Do not overthink the physics. See it in a theater or on a big screen if you can.
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Old 22 February 2019, 12:18 PM
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We saw The Wandering Earth. It is an epic space opera in Chinese with subtitles. I had written off getting to see it in a theater out here in the boondocks but one cinema had it for a week.
News item popped up on my phone this morning that Netflix has grabbed it, so it will be available to a somewhat wider audience now. Never heard of it until I saw that bit, and now I'm pretty excited about it, especially after your post.
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Old 03 March 2019, 12:25 AM
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United Skates. Not a subculture that I knew anything about, but it still struck a nerve and was sad. I wonder if the film itself will revive enough interest to bring back a few rinks in major cities.
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Old 10 March 2019, 04:00 PM
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The Apollo 11 documentary was the best film I've seen in a long time. The editing was impressively and masterfully done, the score was stunning and immersive, and overall it was just a really memorable and brilliant experience.
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Old 10 March 2019, 06:38 PM
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Captain Marvel. It was okay. About on par with Iron Man 3. So, not world shatteringly awesome, but okay, and it did what it needed to do:

1) Introduce Captain Marvel
2) Explain why Captain Marvel hasn’t shown up in the intervening years. Oh, and how SHIELD got its hands on the blue cube thingy.

And one last thing, more of a musing, really. There was this really annoying toddler in the theater who just wouldn’t shut up. Among his unrestrained comments at the beginning of the film, on seeing “Vers” and her team in uniform was “Are those the bad guys, mommy?” She said “No, those are the good guys.” And I remember thinking “Bit early to be making that kind of judgement, isn’t it? I mean, clearly they have the hero in their midst, but we know next to nothing about the current geopolitical situation or their motivations.” Yep, nailed it.
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Old 11 March 2019, 06:22 AM
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Lady and the Tramp: I hadn’t seen this one since the glory days of VHS, so I finally decided to crack open my Blu-Ray and attempt to expose my nephew to the glory of pre-Black Cauldron Disney. He didn’t take to it, but I enjoyed noticing little things like how little we saw of Jim Dear and Darling’s faces (as opposed to Aunt Sarah and the two cooks at the restaurant). And, well, the Siamese Cat Song, racist though it is, is just so catchy.
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Old 13 March 2019, 01:39 PM
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Just watched Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. I liked it, even though I’m not really familiar with the various comics (save Spider-Gwen and Miles both appearing in The Unbelievable Gwenpool, which I loved). The animation style, however, did give me a headache, especially when it went haywire at the climax.
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Old 17 March 2019, 12:11 PM
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I was in JB looking for Skippy when I found Ginger Meggs on DVD. It was OK, I guess. Mostly I just marvelled at the 1940s setting coupled with some oddly fitting 1980s music. Also, Drew Forsythe, who I best know from his parts in Essgee’s productions of The Mikado and HMS Pinafore, was Tiger Kelly. Garry MacDonald (best known as Arthur from Mother and Son and Norman Gunston) was Ginger’s dad, John Wood (Sgt. Croydon from Blue Heelers) was a police constable and Hugh Keays-Byrne (Toecutter and Immortan Joe from the Mad Max movies) had a small role as a seedy circus trainer. I will however say that the kid who played Ginge really looked the part. Mum was made to listen and didn’t enjoy it, but she says she was never a fan of the strip.
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Old 18 March 2019, 01:40 PM
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After technical problems kept me from seeing Captain Marvel opening weekend, we saw it yesterday. It's not the worst MCU movie, but it's pretty close.

So, so boring. We saw it in DBox, which are the seats that move with the action. We both almost fell asleep. And it was so dark. I thought that there was a problem with the projector for a while, but then they did a bright outdoor scene and it was fine, so the movie was just that dark. And it became clear that the reason it was so dark is that Brie Larson cannot do the fight choreography - they kept going to the camera tricks that hide what is actually going on.

But, on the plus side, Larson was great, and I liked her banter with Jackson. Any time they weren't in a fight, I enjoyed watching the two of them. I hope this means that most of the problems are on the director, and she will be a good character in Endgame. I also liked Ben Mendelsohn in it.

Finally, the cat. Everyone completely over sold the cat. It was a cat. It was slightly surprising when it first showed how it wasn't precisely a cat, but the cat was a long way from a breakout star. It was just a cat.
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Old 18 March 2019, 02:06 PM
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Finally, the cat. Everyone completely over sold the cat. It was a cat. It was slightly surprising when it first showed how it wasn't precisely a cat, but the cat was a long way from a breakout star. It was just a cat.
That's just, like, your opinion, man.
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Old 19 March 2019, 04:10 AM
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It's not the worst MCU movie, but it's pretty close.
Not to pick on you, but considering your absolute hatred for Civil War (one of my top five favorite MCU movies), Iím not surprised we disagree on Captain Marvel.

Okay, so I didnít think CM was great, but I liked it more than you did. It started out slow, but the payoff was worth it. I loved the subversions: (spoilers) that the Skrulls turned out to be the good guys, the ďCairo swordsmanĒ approach to the final fist fight, and how her origin is presented in snippets throughout the movie (instead of the usual straightforward origin story thatís been done to death). I do wish it had more humor, or at least some snappier dialogue. For a comic book movie about shapeshifting aliens, I think it took itself too seriously. Itís not one of my favorite MCU movies, but I donít think itís one of the worst. I rank it at #10 out of the 21 current movies.

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Finally, the cat. Everyone completely over sold the cat. It was a cat. It was slightly surprising when it first showed how it wasn't precisely a cat, but the cat was a long way from a breakout star. It was just a cat.
I do share your disappointment over the cat. People who saw it before me kept saying ďthe cat steals the showĒ, but Goose didnít get nearly as much screen time as I was led to believe. He isnít even introduced until about halfway through the movie. Itís not the movieís fault; I just got the wrong impression from other viewers.
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Old 19 March 2019, 04:15 AM
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You know which Marvel movie I just can’t make it through? Winter Solider. What a snooze fest! Doctor Strange, too.
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Old 19 March 2019, 05:15 AM
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I like Doctor Strange a lot, but I'm with you on Winter Soldier.
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Old 19 March 2019, 11:44 AM
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Saw Captain Marvel last Friday. Mr S and I both enjoyed it a lot. It was nice to have a movie without so many long pointless fight scenes and more actual story.

I agree about Doctor Strange. I've tried to watch it twice and still haven't stayed awake. Too much airy-fairy stuff.
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Old 19 March 2019, 02:19 PM
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FTR, of the Marvel movies I've seen, Dr. Strange is the worst. Then it's either Ant Man or Captain Marvel - I'd have to see Ant Man again to know for sure, but I'm not ever going to do so. I knew Dr. Strange was going to be bad, but I liked his character in Infinity War, so I decided to watch it, and confirmed just how bad it was. Civil War slightly edges all of those movies out to be about #16 on the list, and I have not and will not see Ant Man and the Wasp.

Honestly, the only truly good movies in the MCU are Avengers 1 and 3, GotG 1 and 2, Iron Man, Thor 3, and Spider-Man. I almost put Black Panther on the list, then I remembered how the movie ended with two CGI blobs throwing each other around. And that means that the DCEU, with all of the faults of Zack Snyder, is actually doing as well or better than the MCU. Each has about 1/3rd of their movies being good - Aquaman and Wonder Woman are both legitimately good movies. They each have about 1/3rd being legitimately bad, and the remaining third being meh. I fully expect to see the DCEU edging out the MCU in average quality after Shazam comes out.
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Old 19 March 2019, 03:34 PM
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You're the first person I've seen say that they thought GotG 2 was a good movie.
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Old 19 March 2019, 04:15 PM
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My family and I thought it was OK - not nearly as good as the first one. It seemed to me that there was a struggle between the effort to go deeper with the emotional content and to maintain the goofy tone established in the first movie, and a lot of the wackiness seemed forced. (Although I loved "I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!")
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Old 19 March 2019, 04:18 PM
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You're the first person I've seen say that they thought GotG 2 was a good movie.
OK - then it can go in the meh column, and DCEU has a better track record. But everyone I know that I have talked movies with liked GotG 2 better than most MCU movies, although not as much as GotG.
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Old 19 March 2019, 07:54 PM
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You're the first person I've seen say that they thought GotG 2 was a good movie.
I adore GOTG 2. so there!
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