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Joker: 8/10

 

From the director of Road Trip and The Hangover trilogy comes a mostly serious Joker origin movie. With the way people talked this up recently I was expecting something awful but I quite enjoyed it. Now I don't know much about the Jokers from the comics but the movie certainly paints a picture of a life of abuse and torment that many people could relate to in some form or another. Kids destroying your sign and your boss asking you to reimburse the business for it, coworkers acting like they're doing your a favor but actually throwing you under the bus, the list goes on. All of this leading to a "down with the wealthy" type of message that has only gained popularity IRL. it feels like the perfect antithesis to a Batman movie where you're supposed to sympathize with Batman. Maybe he was the bad guy all along. One might laugh at Joaquin Phoenix being in this movie but he totally sells it. I think the only issue I had with the movie was that the thing with the mom kind of undermines the idea of the movie. But other than that I was pleasantly surprised with how the movie turned out.

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Queen for Seven Days (7일의 왕비): 8/10

 

Generally I'm not into historic dramas but after watching this I feel like I know more about Korean history than @thewhyteboar

It takes place in the Joseon era and the real life story of two brothers and a woman who becomes the Queen for seven days before she is deposed. Lee Yung, the older brother, is king. But his father created an order for him to abdicate the throne for his younger brother, Lee Yeok, when he becomes old enough. However, the king is an insecure and tyrannical ruler and has no plans to let anyone else take over the throne so instead he'd rather assassinate his brother. Very Crusader Kings type stuff here. So the show is a lot of the younger brother trying to get his older brother out of power which seems a lot harder than it seems, especially with crooked advisors pulling the strings behind the scenes. Park Min-young play's the love interest, supposed to be an ugly ducking sort of person but I'm not buying it. She's so beautiful I'd slap @Greatoneshere across the face with a wet fish just to wave hello to her. In any case she's really the only person who can reason with the king but is obviously in love with the prince. It's a very dramatic show, there are double crosses and crisscross on top of zigzags or whatever. One would think going in this was a romantic show but it's pretty sorrowful through the whole thing. Not that it's a bad thing but don't think going in you're going to have a fun filled time.

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A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop: 6/10

 

From Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero / House of Flying Daggers) comes a wacky adaptation of Blood Simple. The film opens with four goofballs buying a weapon from a Persian trader. The woman (known as Wang's Wife) buys a gun from the trader because she has a desire to have powerful weapons. The real reason turns up later in the movie. In any case this scene establishes a few plot points. The Persian fires a cannon which attracts the "police" to investigate and then we are introduced to a very good detective. In any case the owner of the shop, Wang, abuses his wife regularly but suspects his wife of cheating and asks the detective to kill the pair and if you've seen Blood Simple you know a comedy of errors is to follow. I would say its a mostly accurate retelling of Blood Simple except with the weird silly characters and whatnot. This didn't turn me off of the movie as much as some people but it does set up weird expectations early on. Beyond that the film does have a very striking visual style which is awesome but only makes the silly tone more odd.

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10 hours ago, Keyser_Soze said:

From Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero / House of Flying Daggers) comes a wacky adaptation of Blood Simple. The film opens with four goofballs buying a weapon from a Persian trader. The woman (known as Wang's Wife) buys a gun from the trader because she has a desire to have powerful weapons. The real reason turns up later in the movie. In any case this scene establishes a few plot points. The Persian fires a cannon which attracts the "police" to investigate and then we are introduced to a very good detective. In any case the owner of the shop, Wang, abuses his wife regularly but suspects his wife of cheating and asks the detective to kill the pair and if you've seen Blood Simple you know a comedy of errors is to follow. I would say its a mostly accurate retelling of Blood Simple except with the weird silly characters and whatnot. This didn't turn me off of the movie as much as some people but it does set up weird expectations early on. Beyond that the film does have a very striking visual style which is awesome but only makes the silly tone more odd.

 

This is definitely one of Zhang's weaker films but most of his older movies are definitely worth going back and watching. I'd just start from the beginning of his filmography with Red Sorghum and go from there. 

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Alien 3 - doing a full Fincher rewatch along with the Blank Check podcast leading up to The Killer. This is pretty clearly his worst movie, but considering how much the deck was stacked against him, it’s not that bad. If nothing else, it’s impressive that a major studio franchise movie starts off this incredibly bleak and never really lets up. 

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5 hours ago, TheLeon said:

Alien 3 - doing a full Fincher rewatch along with the Blank Check podcast leading up to The Killer. This is pretty clearly his worst movie, but considering how much the deck was stacked against him, it’s not that bad. If nothing else, it’s impressive that a major studio franchise movie starts off this incredibly bleak and never really lets up. 

 

Curious if you watched the Fincher work print version that's available or just the straight up butchered theatrical version (or the extended cut, which is still butchered)?

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45 minutes ago, Greatoneshere said:

 

Curious if you watched the Fincher work print version that's available or just the straight up butchered theatrical version (or the extended cut, which is still butchered)?

I knew that was gonna be your question when I saw you quoted this. :p My cheap DVD set just has the theatrical. I’m aware of the changes made for the Assembly Cut, and I’m sure it’s a lot better, but I understand there was still only so much Fincher could do with that script and the time/budget he was given. I’ll seek it out at some point, probably whenever I do a full Alien franchise rewatch next. 

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3 hours ago, TheLeon said:

I knew that was gonna be your question when I saw you quoted this. :p My cheap DVD set just has the theatrical. I’m aware of the changes made for the Assembly Cut, and I’m sure it’s a lot better, but I understand there was still only so much Fincher could do with that script and the time/budget he was given. I’ll seek it out at some point, probably whenever I do a full Alien franchise rewatch next. 

 

These are very important questions! :nerd::p Whenever you do another rewatch I definitely recommend it. It's the best version of the film (that can probably be created out of the footage shot based on the shooting script Fincher had to shoot) even if the transfer is understandably rough at times. Note that the assembly cut is not an approved version by Fincher, it is literally the assembly cut he presented to producers and the studio back in the day before further/additional requests and changes. So the work print version is inherently compromised as well, but at least less so. 

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R100: 6/10

 

Strange doesn't even begin to describe this movie. It follows a middle aged man who visits a bondage company (literally called Bondage) and signs a year long contract that allows a dominatrix to show up anywhere he's at to humiliate him. So it's like a dominatrix version of The Game and girls show up randomly at his work or while he's eating and force him to eat smashed sushi. Every time it happens he's pleased with the results, there is some unexplained face morph thing to convey his euphoria. In any case, he decides he wants to cancel, which he can't do, and after an accident the stakes get deadlier, and also weirder.

I guess this is supposed to be a comedy but it really doesn't do anything humorous, it's just strange in a lot of ways and if a movie getting weird is supposed to be funny, well it's not that funny. The first half the plot plays out pretty normally, but it feels like they got bored halfway through and just said escalate the strangeness. It's interesting to see where it goes but doesn't necessarily make for a good movie.

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One Piece (Season 1): 8/10

 

I've mentioned some of this in the other thread so I don't want to repeat myself too much here but I enjoyed the Once Piece live action version. I don't have too much familiarity with the manga/anime beyond the look and maybe a quick rundown of the story so I can't get into any specifics of what they left out or what they got wrong but to me it feels like a very faithful adaptation. While overall I'm really not a fan of manga/anime turned into live action that's mostly because it feels unneeded and that a live action version is unable to capture the magic of an anime. While things like Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Beebop missed the mark in many ways I feel like One Piece landed in a lot of ways.

This show embraces being an anime instead of trying to turn it into something normal. They poured a lot of money into the show and I think it paid off because the overall aesthetic resembles the source material even capturing the small details like the snail phones and the birds that carry the bags and whatnot. Even accurate hair colors for the characters. I think the biggest takeaway from the show is that even though the story is over 25 years old a lot of the story and plot points feel fresh even today so even if you've never followed the source material you will still be compelled by what's happening in the show. So yeah I enjoyed it and I welcome more episodes, whenever those show up. Maybe even inspired to watch the anime too... :s

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19 hours ago, Keyser_Soze said:

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One Piece (Season 1): 8/10

 

I've mentioned some of this in the other thread so I don't want to repeat myself too much here but I enjoyed the Once Piece live action version. I don't have too much familiarity with the manga/anime beyond the look and maybe a quick rundown of the story so I can't get into any specifics of what they left out or what they got wrong but to me it feels like a very faithful adaptation. While overall I'm really not a fan of manga/anime turned into live action that's mostly because it feels unneeded and that a live action version is unable to capture the magic of an anime. While things like Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Beebop missed the mark in many ways I feel like One Piece landed in a lot of ways.

This show embraces being an anime instead of trying to turn it into something normal. They poured a lot of money into the show and I think it paid off because the overall aesthetic resembles the source material even capturing the small details like the snail phones and the birds that carry the bags and whatnot. Even accurate hair colors for the characters. I think the biggest takeaway from the show is that even though the story is over 25 years old a lot of the story and plot points feel fresh even today so even if you've never followed the source material you will still be compelled by what's happening in the show. So yeah I enjoyed it and I welcome more episodes, whenever those show up. Maybe even inspired to watch the anime too... :s

 

Im right there with you with your thoughts and potentially watching the anime at some point. Although I liked it even more than you and would have bumped it up to a 9. Some effects came off looking a bit cheap which is maybe why I deducted the point, but I loved that everyone played their role. I loved that they really had their own personality, beliefs, darkness and dreams to follow. Plus the backstory setups of characters were probably my favourite moments of the show. Too bad the next season is going to take forever to get here with the strike happening

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On 9/19/2023 at 3:01 AM, Keyser_Soze said:

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One Piece (Season 1): 8/10

 

I've mentioned some of this in the other thread so I don't want to repeat myself too much here but I enjoyed the Once Piece live action version. I don't have too much familiarity with the manga/anime beyond the look and maybe a quick rundown of the story so I can't get into any specifics of what they left out or what they got wrong but to me it feels like a very faithful adaptation. While overall I'm really not a fan of manga/anime turned into live action that's mostly because it feels unneeded and that a live action version is unable to capture the magic of an anime. While things like Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Beebop missed the mark in many ways I feel like One Piece landed in a lot of ways.

This show embraces being an anime instead of trying to turn it into something normal. They poured a lot of money into the show and I think it paid off because the overall aesthetic resembles the source material even capturing the small details like the snail phones and the birds that carry the bags and whatnot. Even accurate hair colors for the characters. I think the biggest takeaway from the show is that even though the story is over 25 years old a lot of the story and plot points feel fresh even today so even if you've never followed the source material you will still be compelled by what's happening in the show. So yeah I enjoyed it and I welcome more episodes, whenever those show up. Maybe even inspired to watch the anime too... :s

 

I enjoyed the hell out of it. As for watching the anime...I actually think in some ways it's superior to the anime as the anime really drags some stuff out waaaaaaaay to long.

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THE FLASH (4K/ATMOS) 4/5

This is a very comic book type of movie. Yes the opening rescue is odd but gave me Justice League cartoon bribes of what that Flash would do in battle. Yes some of the CGI is pretty glaringly bad (running on water bing my standout moment) I liked how they played off the Speed Force with it all being a stand still running in one spot but seeing the ripples occur with each choice made. Plus it was great seeing Keaton back as Batman and I fucking love his Glider. They have cameos throughout and enjoyed several of them but some were, again, some ok CGI version of them. The disc looks overall great and HDR comes in nicely with all them lightning effects. Plus I really thought the Atmos was consistently engaged and always felt like I was in the scene with the atmosphere it created. It’s too bad Ezra has their mental health issues become the story before the movie release. Plus killing off the entire DC Snyderverse before this was release didn’t help either. Sadly it’s probably the best of the entire series and tons of people are gonna keep on ignoring it.

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Anastasia: 7/10

 

Don Bluth, ever heard of this guy? The interesting thing about his productions are they are like a Disney movie but with some ugliness to it. Anastasia is a lot like that. It's a beautifully animated musical with a cute puppy and a cool bat, but also about a real duchess murdered in a Russian revolution. This movie is like a what if story. It begins in 1916 right before Rasputin curses the Romanov family and the revolution splits up the family. Anastasia's grandmother escapes on a train to Paris while Anastasia gets amnesia and grows up in an orphanage, her only clue to her past is her necklace given to her by her grandmother. She then goes on a quest to discover her past, meeting some folks along the way that will help take her to Paris. Rasputin is still alive though and attempts to put a wrench into her plans (aka murder her).

 

As a story it is fine, nothing too shocking happens. As a kid's movie seems kind of iffy. Like I said there are cute characters but the whole idea of making a children's movie about trying to murder a family is maybe not too kid friendly. That and Rasputin's limbs falling off, his skin being sucked from his body. Only the cool kids saw this right? It's got a lot of songs but I really only enjoyed a handful of them, I think the versions in the credits were actually better. In any case it's an alright movie, with some fun characters, an actually good cast, and nice animation (and good CG for the time).

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Dog & Scissors: 6/10

 

This is a show about a guy, Kazuhito Harumi, who loves reading books especially a series of books from his favorite author, Shinobu Akiyama. He declares he can't die until he reads the final novel of a series written by her. But tragically he's murdered in a cafe trying to protect a woman, Kirihime Natsuno. He's given a second chance as he is re-incarnated as a dog and the woman that he helped protect adopts him. Turns out though that she's a scissor wielding masochist and loves to punish others by cutting them up. It also turns out that Shiobu Akiyama is the pen name of Kirihime Natsuno. Now as far as storytelling goes that's about it. There really is no overarching story, it's kind of a series of mini tales, mostly nonsense.

 

There is an eccentric cast of characters that appear on the show. Natsuno's rival and opposite is Maxi, a pop idol and author who wears a lot of white and "shines". There's Natsuno's editor who's a masochist who loves being abused by her. A maid that dances in the park and her broom doubles as a bladed weapon. The characters are probably the highlight of the show as odd as they are. The show usually involves one of these characters in some way but it really never comes together to make a compelling story. As for the cover art it's at total jebait. There's no fan service like that on the show. Kazuhito says he's not attracted to women and is more interested in books. To top everything off an ongoing joke on the show is that Natsuno is flat-chested so that puts a damper on any kind of raunchy activity. But overall the biggest flaw of the show is there really is no story, it's like they had a concept but never put it into a compelling story.

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