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  1. Watch, Watched, Watching: The Theatrical Release

    The Revenant. Considering how hyped this movie has been during the award ceremoniesand still kind of is I was a bit dissappointed. The first act was great, and the cinematography in this was absolutely brilliant, with some of the nicest shots and environments I've seen in a long time. But I felt like act 2 and act 3 was very thin, both on the story and what we got out from it. There was barely any real story there, just one nice shot after another, with nothing really weighing behind what the characters do. With a little deeper characters and some more focus on the story, this could have been a great movie. I liked Birdman but this was pretty mediocre, and started to feel a bit cliche. It was like the writers just said "how can we get Leo in one more bad situation after another, with some really nice shots at it" and they didn't really work out what the movie was supposed to be about, other then kind of baiting at being something like an art movie.And Leo is a great actor, but Ithink I agree with others who've said that this wasn't really the movie he should have gotten an Oscar for. Vinyl (HBO) This is getting better and better every episode I feel like. I've heard some criticism against this, but I actually feel it's a series well worth a look. The Scorsese vibe is there, the stories are entertaining and the choice of music is great. The main character may not be the best or most interesting, but there's a lot of other stuff in the show weighing up that. It may not be a top tier show, but with some more development in season 2 it could even take some more steps quality wise. I have felt like the writing in season 1 has been very like Terence Winter, so it may be a big change in season 2 since he's leaving the show.
  2. Watch, Watched, Watching: The Director's Cut

    Yeah, I was thinking more if it's in the genre of sci-fi or not, since it's easier searching for a movie knowing its genre.But I'm kind of getting the feeling that it was low sci-fi in that case and I don't have any suggestions what movie it could be right now.
  3. Watch, Watched, Watching: The Director's Cut

    Cloud Atlas share some themes, but I guess that's not within a year or two. Do you remember if it was a sci-fi or not? Knowing that would probably narrow it down a little.
  4. Suicide Squad -- A David Ayer Film

    Ok. And since when is a trailer representative of a whole movie? I definitely think they will be going for some serious moments in the movie, but maybe they won't. What I more was going at was that I thought that DC in general would be going in a different direction then Marvel, being more serious and more gritty, but with humor sprinkled in. This looked kind of like their version of Guardians of the Galaxy. But I'm not gonna judge it before I see it. And of course I don't mean being realistic in a regular sense of speaking, but I was thinking that in terms of superhero stories that DC would be going for more grounded and a bit toned down compared to Marvel. Or maybe Suicide Squad will be doing a differenttone compared to other DC movies.
  5. Video Games Thread: For the Love of Zeus, Give Me One!

    I was tempted to buy Batman: Arkham Knight since I've played the other two but after looking at the Steam reviews I didn't. Apparently the port is quite bad. Looks like it'll be a buy on a console to play that, because the other two Arkham games I've played were great games.
  6. Wonder Woman -- 100th reply unlocks Invisible Plane photo

    Well, that footage was not much to brag about. I had hopes that DC could succeed and make a pretty good movie universe, more serious and mature then Marvel and with some original ideas. But the more you get from it and the more you see from trailers I don't know really, but my hopes are a bit lowered I guess. I guess pretty much hangs on how Batman vs Superman is and I guess we'll see when Suicide Squad comes.
  7. Suicide Squad -- A David Ayer Film

    The latest trailer brought my expectations down a bit for this movie. As another poster said, it looks like they don't really know what tone they want for the movie. Is it realistic or over the top, is it gritty or not, is it fun or more serious? Looks like they try to get a bit in of all of that and it might be too much actually. And they could have given Margot Robbie a better costume. I'm sure she'll be good in the role, but seriously, what is that outfit they've given her.
  8. The Hateful Eight- Tarantino's New Movie

    He doesn't count the movies he'sonly written the screenplay forand he only counts the ones he has directed. Kill Bill is counted as one movie, so Hateful Eight is definitely the eight one. Anyway, I've had some time to melt the movie and it's actually growing a bit more on me. At first one of my criticisms was that it only takes place at one location and that it feels like the story didn't really progress. But thinking a bit more on it, I kind of liked what we got, even though I think it had more potential. The story was about these hateful characters in this unusual setting, and as always we got some memorable dialogue. It's not one of Tarantinos best movies, but not the worst either (that title will have to go to Death Proof). It's definitely one of the best movies this year, and it's kind of weird that it didn't get a nomination for Best Screenplay this year.
  9. Serial Season 2: Deserter Storm

    I agree with Nestor on this season. When the first season came out there was like 8 episodes already when I found itand I think I listened to 7 episodes in one evening just because the story of it all grabbed me so much. I listened to the first episode of Season 2 and just thought that Bowe just leaving his post is just insane andit's not really a surprise that it's classed as desertion. It's more a foolish things made by a person than it is an interesting mystery. Sure, there is discussion potential about why he did it, and he is certainly right in how many leaders in the army are incompetent and bad leaders. that's not new. But leaving your post in enemy territory to go on a hike and thinking you'll get people's attention by itis just like giving yourself to the enemy. It's been some time since I listened to it. But the thing is, if Adnan was at track practice isn't really that relevant for the case. He had plenty of time to make the murder and then go to track practice, as you say. So him being or not being at track practice isn't really what needs to be certain there. Even if he was at practice or not, he's still able to commit the murder within the time frame. Edit: Although a googling will bring you to a reddit thread where they discuss this, and it seems like the coach actually remember him being at the practice that day, so there's that.
  10. Just saw Exodus: Gods and Kings and it was pretty badactually. It felt uninspired and the movie dragged way too much and felt pretty colorless, both storywise and characterwise. It would have needed a much better script to make it work, and maybe a different approach to how they laid up the movie with regards to the historical time period. And even Bale, who used to be one of my favorite actors, was bland in this. I dunno, I was bored after one hour of the movie and I almost never turn off movies, but I was tempted with this one. It had a very uninspired portrayal of the villain, Ramses too. I remember seeing Princeof Egypt when Iwas younger and liking that, so maybe it's better to see that movie if you're interested in the source material. I keep hearing that Creed is good so I really need to see that one, was a Rocky fan when I was younger but has been a time since I saw the movies. As for Ridley not making a good movie in a while, how long do you you mean by a while? Exodus was bad and Robin Hood was mediocre but I thinkAmerican Gangster was a pretty good movie, and Prometheus was an okay movie, which I thought had great visuals and cinematography. Haven't seen Counselor yet but I hear it's been pretty panned and maybe you're not a fan of Prometheus, but I found it to be a pretty ok sci-fi movie.
  11. The Best Films of the Year - The 2015 Version

    Just came back from Hateful Eight, and I'd put it as third on my list, behind Sicario and Ex Machina. Good acting, and good dialogue but I just felt it was a bit thin storywise. It's definitely not one of Tarantinos best. But still, a mediocre Tarantino movie is still better then most of what Hollywood puts out. It was some interesting characters, and I liked the introduction with the stagecoach. But for 2 hours after that, the story almost goes nowhere. And some scenes are dragged out for way too long. And yeah, Tarantino is a master of dialogue, no one is arguing that, but I felt like he did this movie because he knows that and just wanted to build a movie around his written dialogue. I think with a little more story progression and if the movie didn't only take place on one location, it could have been much better. But that would have been a different movie though, and I'm quite sure this is exactly how Tarantino wanted the movie. This probably wouldn't make my top 5 Tarantino films, but it's still a solid movie, but it had more potential in my opinion. The actors were good though and Goggins definitely shows thathe's a great actor for film, although that's no surprise considering his work on The Shield. Tarantinos narration also felt a bit unnecessary and kind of drags you out of the movie a bit. Anyway, now that he's gotten this out of the way I hope he'll go back more to his 90's roots and maybe give us a crime drama or something similar. I have some more movies from 2015 to see though so I don't think this will manage to stay at the top 5 when I see some of them.
  12. The Best Films of the Year - The 2015 Version

    That movie is on my watchlist too. I have heard some great things about it. Ok. Although I saw the movie more as a fantasy with real life inspiration, but if someone wanted uber-realism with this movie, I can see how that might affect their opinion and feel the movie was bad. And yeah, I can agree that there wasn't a big message throughout the movie, but there are some pretty subtle themes there that I enjoyed. I especially liked the ending, it's probably the ending that made it my favorite movie of the year so far, that and Del Toro's performance. But let's agree to disagree about the movie then, at least I got an explanation from you so now I see your point of view. I can understand why someone wouldn't like this movie, but it just hit the strings with what I like about a movieand is just the kind of movie I enjoy. Dark, with a tense plot and interesting characters, and especially pretty unique. It isn't groundbreaking but it felt pretty fresh from the way they did the movie. Villeneuve is gonna do the Blade Runner sequel and considering Sicario and his other movies I definitely feel that he can make a worthy successor to the movie. We'll see though, because it isn't the first movie you think about when mentioning movies that should have sequels.
  13. The Best Films of the Year - The 2015 Version

    A lot of movies from that list that I'm gonna watch. Your lists are always good for recommendations. But may I ask why you didn't like Sicario? I thought it was brilliant. I'm gonna watch Hateful Eight tomorrow so we'll see wehere I rank that. The Assassin is on my watchlist too, as a fan of Asian cinema it feels like a given. I can agree that this year is no way near 2014 in terms of the movies released.
  14. The Best Films of the Year - The 2015 Version

    I did, and I meant it. I feel every one of theprequels is better then TFA. And there's not even a contest between Revenge of the Sith and TFA, because Revenge of the Sith is a pretty good movie, in my opinion. But I've already been over this in the Star Wars thread so I don't feel the need to explain why I feel that way again.
  15. The Best Films of the Year - The 2015 Version

    My top 5 so far: Sicario Ex Machina Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Kingsman Ant-Man I still have more movies too see so that list will definitely change when I've seen some more movies I'm anticipating. There's a big jump from position 2 to 3, since I consider the top 2 movies great movies, but the other ones are more ok or good. So the list will definitely change up. Movies I still need too see: The Martian, The Revenant, Hateful Eight, Spotlight, The Big Short, The Assassin, Creed I probably need to explain why Mad Max and Star Wars aren't on my list even though I've seen them.But Mad Max I feel the same as an above poster about. I don't feel that it had an interesting story to tell, and there was basically nothing gripping in the movie for me. Just a 2 hour chase scene with cliched writingand at the end I was just like, is that it? Is that all it got good reception about, because it was just a mediocre and bland movieto me. Star Wars was a big letdown for me too, it was way too cliched and just a big rip-off of the original trilogy with no clue about Star Wars mythology.