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Lord Raa

Exporter of Juice Tins
Saw Mile 22 yesterday, and I thought it was pretty good. Iko Uwais was badass, as one would expect. Marky Mark Wahlberg was OK. One major criticism I would have is the hand-held fight scenes, they suffered from too many cuts in them.

The ending was pretty novel for a Hollywood movie, and that might have earned it a few extra points from me.
 

Lord Raa

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Caught The Predator the other day.

The action's pretty good, but I can understand why some people have problems with it since there are elements that make it feel like a throwback to the late 80's and early 90's.
 
It being a throwback would be fine with me.

My concern is the writing. The original film was reasonably well-written considering it was an 80s action film. How was the writing?
 

Zetas

Lurking upon the deep
The writing wasn't too bad, i just wish they had worked in more of the lore the comic books have been building over the last 30ish years. One of my minor complaints though have to do with how choppy some parts of the film felt, some parts of it were cut really weird and the scene transitions feel really off due to some of the missing footage between them. Another complaint which is minor in the scheme of things is the xenomorph tail spear and or decorative combistick from AVP, they don't even spare a sentence to say something about them, i mean if they want to keep the universes separate they shouldn't even have those sitting there as a blatant easter egg
 

Lord Raa

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Also, there's a plot point that is absolute bullshit. To say more would be a spoiler, but let's just say that [thing] isn't the next phase of human evolution.
 

Goldenfalls

Fic till you drop
Just saw Searching and I enjoyed it a lot. It's a mystery movie where a man's daughter goes missing and he has to work with the police and find out what happened. It seemed to go by really fast, the pacing was very good. Was a bit dramatic at times, especially with the music, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment. I also thought the concept of doing the whole movie solely through computer screens and the like was novel and very well executed. I'd watch it again, if only for seeing all the clues/foreshadowing in a new light now that I know the ending.
 
I'm hearing from a reviewer I trust that the writing for Predator is genuinely terrible, and the editing is at least as bad as Suicide Squad.
 

Lord Raa

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I'm hearing from a reviewer I trust that the writing for The Predator is genuinely terrible, and the editing is at least as bad as Suicide Squad.
That statement is not inaccurate. It's an objectively bad film and the worst standalone Predator movie.
 

Zetas

Lurking upon the deep
I would dare to say it made the first Alien vs Predator movie look good. And lets not get me started on the editing, its like they gave a 5 year old instructions on how to use editing software and told them to go wild.
 
That's... shockingly awful.

I actually liked both AvP films, but I completely agree that they were objectively not good.
 

Lord Raa

Exporter of Juice Tins
Caught Venom this afternoon.

In summary: It's OK. I've seen a lot better, but I've also seen worse. Better than Man of Steel, Batman V Superman and Justice League, but not as good as even Iron Man 3.

Don't see it in 3D as the final fight sequence will be too dark to make anything out.
 

Lord Raa

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This week, I caught the 30th anniversary showing of Beetlejuice and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Beetlejuice holds reasonably well, and Bohemian has some very good performances, though they've somewhat sanitised certain elements of Freddie's personal life for the PG-13/12A rating. Still worth seeing, though.
 
Finally saw Black Panther yesterday. It is by no means terrible, but frankly I'm really not a fan of films where much of the central plot only happens because central characters inexplicably do something senseless. Especially not when two different characters both do it.

First senseless thing is the lie about Prince N'jobu's death. T'Chakka ordered him to present himself to the council for judgment for his crimes - a clear indicator that they knew what he had done. His sudden death might have looked suspicious, but the king killed the prince to protect the life of the spy who had evidence of the prince's crimes; that's sufficient for a "self defense" claim on its own, and the evidence thus preserved would help T'Chakka's claim that he was executing a traitor if he chose to say that. They might have chosen to leave the young Kilmonger anyway, but there was no reason for the lie at all, and definitely no reason to leave the kid behind in service to the lie.

It would have been much more interesting if my proposed changes had been made, and they still left Kilmonger because T'Challa hadn't been born yet, and thus wouldn't be the presumptive heir. But that would require a different writing team.

The second senseless thing involves T'Challa and the rhino farmer guy. That guy really wants Klaue dead, and is hopeful when T'Challa sets out after him. T'Challa's team catches him, and Kilmonger helps him break out - and during this sequence, T'Challa becomes aware of Kilmonger's existence and of his father's inexplicable lie.

Upon return to Wakanda, rhino farmer guy asks about Klaue, and what does T'Challa say? Does he say "We caught him, and we were interrograting him when some armed men broke him free"?

No. He says "He slipped through our fingers." Rhino farmer guy gets pissed, and he gets pissed because what T'Challa says sounds like he just didn't try hard enough to catch Klaue. Such that when Kilmonger shows up with Klaue's body, rhino farmer guy is much more interested in what he has to say.

Which brings us to the final senseless thing: why, when Kilmonger shows up in the throne room, does T'Challa not derail him by asking "Why did you help Klaue escape my team in Korea?" It would be one thing if T'Challa didn't know that it was the same guy - but one of the biggest reasons he returns to Wakanda sans Klaue is because he wants to confront the spy about the guy wearing his grandfather's ring. Kilmonger is in possession of said ring. T'Challa knows its the same guy, and he could win back his lost rapport with rhino farmer guy by pointing out that Kilmonger helped Klaue escape in the first place.

Kilmonger might still have been able to challenge for the throne and win, but he would not have had anyone's enthusiastic support as king.
 
Follow-up: I watched Black Panther and then Dr. Strange so I could finally watch Infinity War.

Holy Fuck. Holy ever-loving Fuck. I've never seen a film studio take a risk like that. That's hands-down one of the best movies I've ever seen.

THAT IS THE KIND OF PAYOFF YOU GET FROM A DECADE OF WORLDBUILDING!
 

Lord Raa

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Yep, that's why the Avengers (Assemble) was a big hit and Justice League was not so successful.

I saw Overlord last night on a preview screening and it was OK. One thing felt off, but if we handwave that as just colourblind casting, which I think the makers intended, it's OK.

Besides, I don't think racially integrated combat units in WW2 is really the biggest historical inaccuracy in a film where Nazi scientists are creating supersoldiers with a magical substance that they found under a French village.
 
Follow-up: I watched Black Panther and then Dr. Strange so I could finally watch Infinity War.

Holy Fuck. Holy ever-loving Fuck. I've never seen a film studio take a risk like that. That's hands-down one of the best movies I've ever seen.

THAT IS THE KIND OF PAYOFF YOU GET FROM A DECADE OF WORLDBUILDING!
It's exactly the ending I was expecting, and that's a good thing.

They couldn't bring in Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet and not do that.
 
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