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  1. This is actually in the movie.

    I'm as concerned as anyone about crass commercialization and product placement in films. Still, there's something I admire about how naked and brazen this is. Plus the Unicorns are kind of awesome. And the sweet little girl befriending the big scary beastie. This pushes several buttons for me, actually. 

    Nothing will top "Bud Light" in that transformers film though. <Chef's kiss>  

  2. I just finished season 3 of Lower Decks. Y'know, I grown to really like this show.

    Yea it's a comedy and, yes, it's meant to be a parody, but it does it in a way that isn't nasty or mean spirited. It's actually pretty respectful and demonstrates a pretty deep knowledge of ST lore. It's also pretty funny, and I like the animation.

    I like that T'Lyn joined the crew. I loved the episode showing the various "lower decks" crews on different ships. 

    I'm giving serious thought to checking out the animated kids show. I've heard good things. 

  3. 6 hours ago, DMC said:

    Is it supposed to be some kind of penetrating insight that just because these people meet the horrible expectations of being ridiculously hypocritical and hateful media we're not supposed to criticize them for doing so?

    I'd say, "surpassed expectations", a long time ago. Like the slick asshole on a recent panel discussion who joked about hanging  Archie over the balcony like Michael Jackson. And the similarly pasty ghouls who chuckled at the notion. Congratufuckinglations, you're a grown man scoring points off a 3 year old boy. I wouldn't shed a tear if they all got cancer of the eyes. 

    And I'll say again, this is not some vague environmental phenomenon. There are maybe a handful of organization and a dozen public personas who have made a professional sport out of going after this family. 

  4. 6 hours ago, BigFatCoward said:

    I loved the sopranos but how many times can you do 'someone gets released from prison and causes a problem' before you just go 'meh'.  

    The wire on the other hand, all the pieces matter and all the seasons were different.  

    Well remembered.

    Yeah, The Wire was a far superior show IMO. I liked The Sopranos but it felt like it went on for a season too long. The final season was good though.  

  5. 1 hour ago, Werthead said:

    The Marvel movies have mostly been okay with it. The Russos are probably the best at it (in Winter Soldier especially but they also did a great job with the mega-scale scenes in Infinity War/Endgame which could have gone full Bay very easily). GotG2 I think was one of the worst films for that issue.

    Whedon too for that matter. Avengers was great in this regard. 

    Although, the Marvel films had this annoying tendency of breaking the tension by having "this" or "that" characters closeup or a mildly funny banter or a sight gag every 60-120 seconds. I get that a good bit of that is dictated by the studio, but it gets tiring after a while. 

    It's like when I saw Basic Instinct in the cinema all those years ago. More than once, I'd say to myself, "Oh hey, this is turning into an interesting suspense... Aaand, they're fucking again. Fantastic."

  6. 18 minutes ago, Werthead said:

    Cameron still delivers massive action spectacle incredibly well. It's an underrated skill to make important information read in battles and vfx sequences and not just have a confusing morass of bullshit hurtling across the screen, and Cameron is one of the very best at action choreography. The worldbuilding continues to be very decent, and the cast are all pretty good.

    Yeah, this. Probably my single biggest complaint (about a movie I like) is the action sequence at the end of GotG Vol.2, which is kind of what you're talking about here.

    Not that I mind spectacle. I love spectacle. but action sequences should have a dramatic arc of their own and Cameron excels at that.

  7. Clearly the IP is a big deal in this case. There's "doing well" and then there's this. Mario had a monster opening weekend, internationally and domestically. It either broke or came close to breaking records. 

    There also seems to be a pretty steep divide between critics and audiences. The critical reception is somewhat mixed (56% on RT) and some of the negative reviews are not charitable at all. But audiences love it.  

    Anyway, my nephews loved it. I don't know if they have any awareness of Rotten tomatoes. 

  8. 36 minutes ago, BigFatCoward said:

    Who are the people making Super Mario such a huge box office success? 

    My nephews dragged their parents to an early screening. In 3D. They are 9 and 7. The 9 year old is a Mario fanatic. 

    ETA: the real question is, who are the people making this a box office success when they conspicuously didn't show up in droves for several animated films in 2022?

  9. On 4/7/2023 at 3:36 PM, Tywin et al. said:

    The movie is awful. Save yourself an hour and watch The Prince of Egypt.

    Or just watch The Ten Commandments. 

    It's so fucking grey. Were they burning coal in ancient Egypt?

    On 4/7/2023 at 5:05 PM, williamjm said:

    I watched Guy Ritchie's latest, the awkwardly titled Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre on Amazon Prime. It does feel that streaming services are addicted to this kind of globe-trotting action movie with a bunch of recognisable actors and an unchallenging script. There's not much substance to it and nothing too memorable but it's fun enough while it is on. Hugh Grant seems to be having fun chewing the scenery as the arm dealer villain, and Aubrey Plaza brought a bit of quirkiness which made it a bit less bland.

    I caught a little of it. The thing that stood out to me is that it didn't feel like a Guy Richie movie.

    2 hours ago, Argonath Diver said:

    The conversation in the Star Wars thread regarding theatre experiences made me recall my 2nd all time favorite theatre-going experience: Going to Starship Troopers with my high school buddies opening night, and the entire theater was cheering throughout. I was too naive back then to realize 2/3rds of them had to have been drunk or stoned. I recall leading a chant of "PLASMA SHIT! PLASMA SHIT!" when the giant beetles started firing off explosive turds into space.

    Anyway I'm rewatching it for the first time in ages and I feel 16 again. I forgot how hilariously horny this movie is; I still remember all of us kids completely awestruck at the first unnecessary topless scene, and how unhappy we were that Denise Richards didn't ever follow suit. Then again, Wild Things came out like a year later and of course that was the one I took my girlfriend to. I had to act offended by the gratuitous nudity in that one to avoid an early end to that date.

    Half the veteran actors in Starship Troopers seem to be having a hard time laughing out loud as they chew up the scenery, but Casper Van Dien is definitely trying to act his ass off. I wonder if the film would have actually suffered if they'd chosen a vaguely capable lead. In his defense, he is as pretty as Richards is and neither were hired for any gravitas.

    Did I prompt this? Anyway, SW: ANH in '97 was an amazing theater experience.

    Also noteworthy:

    Revenge of the Sith: the first and last time my boss came to me on a Friday afternoon and said, "Hey, some of us are taking off this afternoon to see this. You wanna come?" Um, yes. Yes I do. 

    Seeing The Exorcist ('91-'92) at a theater that showed classic films every weekend. I also saw Blade Runner and Alien there back in the late '90's. The difference is that the reels for The Exorcist had probably been sitting in that theaters broom closet since 1973. They'd dust them off once in a while and show the film. Scratches, cracks, emulsion flakes, Bits of hair and scotch tape whizzing by. The soundtrack on reel two was all fucked up. I'd never seen a movie that was that rough. At one point, I kid you not, the film got stuck and melted. Classic.

    Gremlins 2. A bonkers film in the best way with the best 4th wall gag ever. If you'd seen it in a theater you'd know the one I'm talking about.

    The Back to the Future films. Because they're so damn good. 

    I could go on.

    Verhoven is a genius. 


  10. On 4/8/2023 at 12:22 AM, IlyaP said:

    Oh man, it has that intangible sludge look to its colors. What is this, a Marvel movie? :D

    Bigger question is, what's that "dude" doing working at the museum in Athens? He seems awfully "Southern California" for someone who should have a Greek accent. 

    I dunno. I do intend on seeing this sometime, but I'm afraid whatever virtues or flaws this movie has will always be overshadowed by its failure at the box office. It's a now virtual certainty that this thing will not reach Morbius' cume, which is less than DC: League of Super Pets (which I liked), and less than half of Black Adam. Yikes. 

    And this is in the same month where other sequels have set franchise records and Mario Brothers is having a huge opening. There have to be people at WB who're scratching their heads over this. Marvel Studios too for that matter. 

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