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  1. Thank Kali it isn't JJ Abrams reviving another LucasFilm property!
  2. 100 years ago today the Grand daddy of all horror films was released http://theconversation.com/100-years-of-the-cabinet-of-dr-caligari-the-film-that-inspired-virginia-woolf-david-bowie-and-tim-burton-131899 The article gets very spoilerish at the end. If you never seen it
  3. https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/26/rian-johnson-apple-movie-villains-use-iphones-on-came/ This of course only applies to movies where they have product placement. I imagine you could use any brand in a movie without product placement as some sort of fair use?
  4. To my shock, my girlfriend had never seen any of them. So I took it upon myself to rectify this injustice. I hadn't watched the movies in full in years, so it was fun to go back and see them in sequence. Here's what I thought: Batman Begins - This feels the most different of the three movies because of the smaller budget, but it's actually not as small as I thought. This movie cost $150 million to make, whereas TDK was $185 and around $230 for TDKR. But it felt quite a bit smaller to me, I think because I felt there were way more close-ups and medium shots than the sequels. While it was the pinnacle of superhero movies for a long time for me and many others, I do feel plenty have surpassed it. Its action sequences need a lot of work as the claustrophobic feeling works for scenes involving frightened henchmen but not so much the climax of the movie. And the beginning still feels like it drags a bit, though it's needed for payoffs later. That stuff out of the way, this is still not just a good movie, but also a great starting point that wonderfully sets up the stakes and characters during the Dark Knight Trilogy: Bruce - Wants vengeance and is in conflict with Rachel's ideas. Learns that justice is a larger concept than his feelings. Still has deep feelings for Rachel at the end of the movie (all of these have fantastic continuations in TDK). Has to develop a front as an aloof billionaire playboy so people don't connect him to Batman and his friends are protected. Gordon - One of the good cops who is ambitious and a valuable member of the GPD. Always wants to thank Batman, something that's revisited the next two movies. Rachel - Idealist in the district attorney's office. She's disappointed in Bruce's billionaire playboy personality and disappointed in his quest for vengeance against Chill. Natural admiration, then, for Harvey when he shows up in TDK. I always love watching the scene at Bruce's birthday party; no music plays until the reveal, but even before that, it does a lovely job foreshadowing what's to come. It also leads to another great scene of Bruce putting on a front as some drunk at his own party. "I never got to thank you." "And you'll never have to." Great final lines. The Dark Knight - I forgot how much quicker the pace is for this movie compared to the others. You don't get a break from Joker pushing the city to its limits, and considering his goals, it's fitting that the pace matches the villain. While Ra's was a spiritual villain, Joker is the anarchist. Every time he's nearing a scene, you hear those dissonant chords; you feel his presence. There's that great scene as the funeral for the commissioner where Bruce finds the uniformed men tied up and blindfolded. Those high-pitched strings begin to play, and Bruce finds out that the people who gagged them stole their guns and uniforms. A few seconds later, the mayor stops speaking and the men on the street get ready to shoot their guns in the air. Before they even started, heck I think before the mayor even stopped speaking, I heard my girlfriend say, "Oh no." It's SUCH a great freaking scene and riveting foreshadowing. The entire sequence when the commissioner and judge die and Joker enters is edited to perfection, with the music coming to a climax when Joker's shotgun goes off. You just admire the craft of the movie so much on a repeat viewing. The IMAX scenes look lovely in 1080p, so I can't imagine what all this looks like on an Ultra-HD Blu-Ray. And can we talk about the ending for a bit? I said for Begins that the movie set up plot points that would be explored in detail later. The payoffs for Bruce's relationship with Rachel and his no-killing policy are so rewarding, especially for a big-budget movie like this. The woman who scolded Bruce for his quest for vengeance dies at the ends of a psychopathic terrorist. The terrorist is falling to his death, Batman has every reason to let him die, but he still saves the man who murdered his love interest who inspired him not to kill. And then Joker, who doesn't even value his own life, is disappointed that he was saved and isolated that no one on the ferry became a mass murderer. Joker always is caught off guard or feels put down when called a freak, likely because he was an outcast all his life, but you see him in control for so much of the movie. That look of disappointment and surprise at midnight when the ferries don't blow up is powerful. It's fucking gold. This movie remains the best superhero film for me for so many reasons, and I didn't even get into Harvey, who I think was fantastic, and Bruce, who I think was underrated in this film ("Trying to catch the light?" "Why, who was in it?"). That look he gives Mr. Reese gets me each time. The Dark Knight Rises - I loved the film when it released and I still do. I do think TDK is the most cohesive of all the trilogy, and I think TDKR does have the issue Begins does where the beginning feels quite a bit slower, even though it's establishing important points that will be tackled later in the movie. Yes, even though Google should exist in this universe, it does feel very exposition-y that Alfred seems to get info from there. However, man, do I love this film. First, Ra's was spiritual and Joker was an anarchist, but in this, Bane is the militant villain. Each villain feels significantly different than the previous. Bane also reminds me of the political climate now, tbh: you have an angry populace who has seen Gotham's corruption their whole lives. In Begins, you witness widespread poverty in the Narrows. Gotham's police department is full of crooked cops and members of the League of Shadows to the point that two of them kill their own District Attorney. In The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent is cleaning up the mess but is captured because of cops being paid by the mob. The very corruption he sought to eliminate found their way back to Gordon's unit and led to moles on the inside. So when it's revealed that the Dent Act was also based on a lie -- a DA turned murderer -- Bane is able to take advantage of that and take over the city, forcing the rich and powerful out of their homes and into trials that lead to a certain death. He's clearly not someone who actually wants to improve Gotham, but he's able to use that populist anger in a spectacular uprising. Another thing I noticed were clues that were left in the movie about Miranda's turn. I always noticed that when she takes over as Wayne Enterprises, Bane says that everything is going as planned, which it did. But my girlfriend also noticed, "Wait, if Bane's face was mangled in the pit, when did it happen? He looks like he got out unscathed." Because it wasn't Bane who got out. And when Gordon and Blake corresponded with those three men -- I think they were from the military -- gunfire erupted and Blake said they were ratted out. It didn't even occur to me on my first viewing that Miranda was the one who did that. That also explains why Bane removed her from the group with Gordon who were sent to exile. Despite its size, this is probably Bruce/Batman's most personal movie. His quest to save Gotham ("Not everything. Not yet,") and his anger at those who want to destroy it, his depression over losing Rachel and the defeat in his eyes learning that Rachel chose Dent, and even his complete struggle and defeat during his first fight with Bane (Bane slowly climbs the steps and towers over Batman in the shot while Batman struggles out of breath to catch up with him). Their second fight nearly repeated that shot, but Batman was more focused and knew Bane's weakness behind the mask. I also love the music when Bane goes to pummel Batman and takes off part of the building. It was once again sad to watch the trilogy conclude, but as far as the character, it was rewarding to see Bruce's goal of Batman becoming an incorruptible and immortal symbol continue via Blake/Robin, and it was gratifying to see Bruce finally happy and with a love interest in the end. If you haven't seen them for a while, reward yourself by revisiting this lovely trilogy.
  5. https://variety.com/2020/film/news/borderlands-movie-eli-roth-lionsgate-1203509333/ I'm sure this will have a strong deadpool vibe.
  6. https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2490451/tom-holland-reveals-which-uncharted-game-especially-inspired-the-movie
  7. This was such a great scene, and unexpected because when I saw the trailer, I thought the, "You're kidding," from Buzz was edited from somewhere else and had no idea that there was actually a full sequence of bad ideas.
  8. https://screenrant.com/aladdin-sequel-announced-original-story-script/
  9. While it may well suck, I must admit I am looking forward to seeing this one...what is shocking is that I just checked on my AMC app and 4 of the showing for Friday are already sold out!
  10. Kirk Douglas, last of Hollywood's great matinee idols, dead at 103
  11. They're still making Saw movies? This is from Chris Rock?
  12. I finally watched the live action (lol) version and its hot garbage. I really didnt think it was going to be as bad as others said, but it was worse! Even if the original didnt exist, this would still be bad. no emotion, fight scenes werent even good when that should have been one thing that was awesome. smh so hard.
  13. Disney is going to release Hamilton as a feature film on October 15, 2021. The film is being described as a “leap forward in the art of ‘live capture.'” It explains the live capture method as “combining the best elements of live theater and film,” resulting in “a cinematic stage performance that is a wholly new way to experience Hamilton.” The original Broadway cast filmed the production in 2016. As someone that really enjoys musical theater but hasn't been able to see the show, I'm happy to finally get a chance that doesn't require hundreds of dollars per seat.
  14. For some reason I've been seeing this go around twitter, so let's give it a go: It is actually a bit harder than I expected. I think part of the reason for me is that I just don't see a lot of movies that everyone hates. I've got so little time and I keep up with film news so much that I always have a bunch of really well loved films to watch. The other thing I found is that a bunch of "unpopular" movies that I really love end up having an RT score ~50-60%, so movies like Man of Steel, Cloud Atlas, Spring Breakers, Mother, and Watchmen don't quite make the cut. Then I thought of a bunch that I'd seen recently, but weren't released in my adult life post 2000, Dune, Mouse Hunt, Rat Race, and The Princess and The Cobbler didn't count. So I could only think of four movies that actually fit the bill, and only two of them actually had audience scores that were also below 50%. So here are mine in chronological order: Speed Racer - 40% I feel like this is almost cheating, as it seems the general consensus on this movie has come back around. With an audience score of 60%, I suspect that it's even more popular on this board. Pain and Gain - 50% Yeah, it's not "under 50%," but I'm still going to count it. With an audience score of 47%, I'm at least in the minority of this one, even if it's just barely. I feel like it's Bay's most thoughtful work, even if he didn't mean it to be. It was certainly the film that made me want to see him move away from total bombast. American Ultra - 43% I think the tonal shifts earned this film its poor ratings, but I think it kinda works. It's supposed to be a shock to the system, and it's very well cast. Warcraft - 28% It seems audiences (or at least online commentators), liked Warcraft well enough to leave a 76% positive rating, but reviewers weren't on the same page. I totally get why anyone wouldn't like Warcraft, and I probably have some attachment given how much Warcraft I, II, III, and WoW I've played, but I actually think it does more right than wrong. So, what movies do you guys like that fit the bill?
  15. This follows the discovery of a full length version of the Novel that inspired the original film. I actually didn't mind the 2010 prequel and I LOVE Blumhouse, but Carpenter's film is one of my all time favorites. I LOVE that movie.
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