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Old 15 October 2018, 04:02 AM
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The worst thing about TLJ was that all the discussions about its legitimate flaws (such as poor pacing, the bombers In Space, or the issues with leadership portrayal among the Resistance) got massively overshadowed by whining about women having lead roles or Luke not being as badass as he was in the complainer's fanfics.
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Old 15 October 2018, 07:22 AM
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After finding that absolutely nobody had any information on whether or not Gypsy was appropriate for my nephew, I figured that the only objectionable part was Gypsy’s actual career (you know, the part where she becomes Gypsy Rose Lee). Also, what exactly are Mazeppa, Electra and Tessie Tura? They say they’re strippers, but Gypsy is the only one who even can remove her clothes.
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Old 24 October 2018, 11:12 PM
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Nobody been to seen A Star is Born? The version I know best is the Judy Garland one.

I thought it was really well done, especially Jack's addiction. It didn't seem like it was there for the plot, but a natural part of his life, especially given his early life. And while the ending can be guessed by pretty much everybody, I was expecting him to get on his motorcycle and crash, echoing the questionable death of James Mason's version. The motorcycle seemed to be foreshadowed by Ally telling him she'd never ride with him if he had been drinking. Of course, him hanging himself was foreshadowed as he'd tried that earlier in his life. I also thought it interesting that Ally's "selling out" was basically when she performed as Lady Gaga would.

The one thing I didn't like was that the romance felt rushed. I think they had the runtime as they (wisely) didn't have the subplot about Jack not being able to find Ally. It seemed a classic "love at first sight" romance when the rest of the movie seemed to be a very realistic view of what goes on in the entertainment world.

ETA: Andrew Dice Clay is a decent actor, I'm not sure I would have recognized him if I hadn't already heard that he was in the movie. Also, the people next to us in the theatre blamed Rez Gavron for then ending. I don't think that was fair to the character. He was doing what he could to protect his client (and investment), he wasn't trying to cause what happened.

Nice shoutout to how Jack's brother was working for Willie (Nelson) as Willie Nelson's son was Bradley Cooper's teacher and his band was Jack's band in the movie.
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Old 24 October 2018, 11:45 PM
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I will admit to referring to Gavron's character as "evil MFer manager" in a text to a friend.
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Old 30 October 2018, 01:53 AM
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The Beyond, on Netflix. Documentary-style SF movie, best comparable to the 2016 movie Arrival. At 92 minutes, it's not actually a long movie, but the style forces a somewhat glacial pace, and I thought it felt rather longer than in actuality ("I spent a week in Pittsburgh last Saturday"). Still, while the execution was somewhat lacking, the concept was interesting, and a fan of Arrival might enjoy The Beyond.

Cleared the last movie off of my Netflix instant queue! What's left are ongoing shows with upcoming new seasons.
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Old 30 October 2018, 02:52 AM
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Nobody been to seen A Star is Born? The version I know best is the Judy Garland one.
I’ve been contemplating seeing the new one, but I’m having a hard time convincing myself to saddle up for another self-serving "hooray for the entertainment industry" drama. I personally prefer the 1937 A Star is Born over the Garland version. The Garland version is just too... kitschy.

If they’re going to keep remaking it, at the very least they could give some relative unknown a chance at a breakout with the lead role for the emotional impact. As it is, it’s just people who have already made it giving themselves a pat on the back with a few million dollars more thrown in for padding. Who cares? They go on and on about diversity, but then keep carving out roles for themselves.

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Vincent Has No Scales, a French... well... superhero movie, of sorts. Quiet, understated, virtually no SFX whatsoever, minimal dialogue. Vincent has incredible super-strength in water, including wet clothes or a quick splash from a water bottle. A chance intervention during a fight at his workplace reveals him to the authorities. Complications ensue. I enjoyed it, found it pretty well paced, and liked the minimalist approach. Found this on the Roku Channel, not sure where else it might be lurking.
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Old 12 November 2018, 02:27 PM
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I bought the Blu-Ray for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Once you get past the obvious discrepancies between this movie and the last one (like that bit where a decade just seems to vanish, leaving Donna and the Dynamos just looking weird) this becomes enjoyable. However, I felt half the songs sounded crowbarred in (“When I Kissed The Teacher” just jumped out) and I was really distracted by the background music, which didn’t seem to do much other than just be random ABBA songs.

That said, the end is brilliant, and Pierce Brosnan seems to have taken some voice lessons.
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Old 17 November 2018, 04:59 PM
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I gave Grease 2 a re-watch. It has some seriously bizarre moments, but some of the songs are catchy at least. I do however have a couple of questions:

Michael does some serious jumps while wrecking the Cycle Lords, and is somehow a better rider than the T-Birds. Did they really not think he could make THAT jump?
And is it just me or do the people clear the auditorium amazingly quickly before “Cool Rider” is sung?
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