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The Last Movie(s) You Watched... (quick one or two sentence reviews)
(02-13-2019, 02:06 PM)Sinbad Wrote: Free Solo

Finally got  the chance to see this after it not appearing at any cinemas near home. Every bit as good as I hoped, it spends a good hour getting into the the psyche of Alex Honnold and his meticulous planning before the main event, but when it comes even knowing the outcome I was still on the edge of my seat. A great companion piece to Man on Wire.

Yes, I recently saw it in IMAX. I loved it as well. I can’t remember if I posted my thoughts here or not. But yes, I was a ball of anxiety for about an hour after watching of course knowing the outcome going in.
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(02-13-2019, 02:43 PM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote:
(02-13-2019, 02:06 PM)Sinbad Wrote: Free Solo

Finally got  the chance to see this after it not appearing at any cinemas near home. Every bit as good as I hoped, it spends a good hour getting into the the psyche of Alex Honnold and his meticulous planning before the main event, but when it comes even knowing the outcome I was still on the edge of my seat. A great companion piece to Man on Wire.

Yes, I recently saw it in IMAX. I loved it as well. I can’t remember if I posted my thoughts here or not. But yes, I was a ball of anxiety for about an hour after watching of course knowing the outcome going in.
I think you did yes and recommended The Dawn Wall too, I will check that out and also 'Meru' too by the makers of ''Free Solo'.  I'm completely in awe of his achievement.
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(02-13-2019, 02:51 PM)Sinbad Wrote:  I'm completely in awe of his achievement.

I’ve climbed what is considered one of his earlier benchmarks: the Moonlight Buttress in Zion. Of course I did it as a two day aid climb. I can’t even fathom soloing that, let alone El Cap.  I thought the movie did a great job of presenting him as someone not with a Death wish or even a thrill seeker. I’m just curious if that message resonates with non-climbers.
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(02-13-2019, 02:20 PM)suspiciouscoffee Wrote: i didnt watch bohemian rhapsody on account of it being directed by an actual monster

Initially I chose not to see it because I wasn't interested, I heard about certain inaccuracies and it kinda turned me off. Then upon reading something on Twitter, I realized who directed it, and decided that I'm DEFINITELY not gonna watch it. 

Now, I'm able to go back and watch the first two X-Men movies and put myself in the mindset of before I found out about everything, that's one thing, but I can't bring myself to watch something that he's directed after the fact (or after I learned at least). It probably doesn't make complete sense, my logic, but I'm sticking by it. 

By this point, I've gone too far, and this probably isn't a topic to talk about here. My apologies. 
I'll change the topic. 
Saturday night, I watched Blade Runner again, this time opting for the Final Cut. I still prefer ADigitalMan'extended edition though. I mainly put this on to have something familiar in the background that I wouldn't have to pay full attention to while I was drawing. I was saddened though, to find that in the past couple weeks I've been misquoting a certain line.
Mega Man is best game.
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(02-13-2019, 03:13 PM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote:
(02-13-2019, 02:51 PM)Sinbad Wrote:  I'm completely in awe of his achievement.

I’ve climbed what is considered one of his earlier benchmarks: the Moonlight Buttress in Zion. Of course I did it as a two day aid climb. I can’t even fathom soloing that, let alone El Cap.  I thought the movie did a great job of presenting him as someone not with a Death wish or even a thrill seeker. I’m just curious if that message resonates with non-climbers.

If I'm honest I wondered whether he was on the autistic spectrum his attention to every minute detail (which was obviously required) seemed superhuman. I understood his motives and why his relationships had suffered in the past as a result. The result of his MRI were fascinating bit I didn't feel at all that he had a death wish it felt more like obsessive compulsion coupled with an autistic like disconnect with the worst case scenario.
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(02-13-2019, 02:20 PM)suspiciouscoffee Wrote: i didnt watch bohemian rhapsody on account of it being directed by an actual monster

If it assuages that feeling any, the film was completed by the talented Director Dexter Fletcher (after the other guy got sh*t canned part way through filming) so the finished product is Fletcher's. Due to DGA rules only Singer is credited.



Fletcher's is doing the Elton John biopic next, which I hope is as much fun as his Queen film:

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(02-13-2019, 03:42 PM)Sinbad Wrote:
(02-13-2019, 03:13 PM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote:
(02-13-2019, 02:51 PM)Sinbad Wrote:  I'm completely in awe of his achievement.

I’ve climbed what is considered one of his earlier benchmarks: the Moonlight Buttress in Zion. Of course I did it as a two day aid climb. I can’t even fathom soloing that, let alone El Cap.  I thought the movie did a great job of presenting him as someone not with a Death wish or even a thrill seeker. I’m just curious if that message resonates with non-climbers.

If I'm honest I wondered whether he was on the autistic spectrum his attention to every minute detail (which was obviously required) seemed superhuman. I understood his motives and why his relationships had suffered in the past as a result. The result of his MRI were fascinating bit I didn't feel at all that he had a death wish it felt more like obsessive compulsion coupled with an autistic like disconnect with the worst case scenario.

Yeah I may have mentioned it earlier, but he just seems to have the perfect combination of brain chemistry, drive, talent, and temperament for something like this. He’s not a thrill seeker. He says if he’s got an adrenaline rush there’s something very wrong. I can’t say that about guys like Dean Potter or Dan Osman. Probably the closest to Honnold would be Peter Croft, who I was happy to see in the movie.
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(02-13-2019, 11:18 AM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote:
(02-13-2019, 01:55 AM)ArtisDead Wrote:
(02-13-2019, 01:31 AM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote: Bohemian Rhapsody. 

Did not like. Spoilers for why. 


The rise of the band happens with little to no excitement. It just... happens. And all of the sudden the band is a family and we never see what bonds them. They’re just this huge band and everyone loves each other. There’s just not much character development. And the most annoying part of the movie is the 4th Wall breaking moment where Mike Myers’ character says kids in cars will never bang their heads to Bohemian Rhapsody. Terrible.  Where the story should offer context and provide insight and depth to an enigmatic figure, it feels like a TV movie paint-by-numbers intended to offend no one and merely satisfy everyone. This becomes especially problematic when it deals with issues larger than just Mercury or the band. The character moments between Freddie and Mary are the best parts of the movie. Unfortunately they are few and far between.

Where to start with this? I agree with most of what you stated in your spoiler review. However, I think that you may have missed the point. I will start by confessing that I believe that Queen was one of the four greatest rock bands of all time. I also believe that Freddie Mercury was the greatest frontman and vocalist of all time. No one even comes close. He also was a genius composer.


The movie was really about their monumental comeback performance at Live Aid. An aging rock legend who knew that he was dying, who had been the subject of much media backlash (much of it because he was outed and reputed to have AIDS), who put everything he was into his one last hurrah...

The rest was hastily done backstory to get you to the final twenty magnificent minutes. Albeit, with much cheese. And in some places it was too much to handle. I personally thought that the huge teeth were a little over the top. Freddie had deformed teeth...it was what made him distinctive along with that one-of-a-kind voice but those chompers...made him look like a horse.

I was a teenager when Live Aid took place. I remember that it was a huge event. I remember that there were a lot of big names performing. Queen is the only band that I remember performing. And perform they did. They WERE Live Aid. Don't take my word for it...ask Bob Geldof.

Nonetheless, there will never be another like him. May we all bow and say goodbye to another once in a lifetime legend who felt life far too intensely to live it and whose candle burned so bright that it inevitable burned out far too quick.

No, I got it. Obviously some like it and my opinion is worth no more or less than those that do. But had I known I was going to be watching a two hour Hallmark Channel movie leadingnup to a recreation of Live Aid, I would’ve saved myself some time and just watched the actual concert footage. 

As a Queen superfan you must also be aware of the altered timelines and how loose with the truth they were to make that concert more dramatically impactful. A few liberties are fine, IMO, but they went too far here. 

For example:


Live Aid was in 1985. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987.

https://www.thewrap.com/bohemian-rhapsod...-live-aid/


There’s a good movie to be made from Freddie Mercury’s life. For me, this was not it.

I knew about most of that. Certainly the timeline on his illness, as well as the solo project and comeback inaccuracies.

And for the most part...I agreed with your original post and everything in your second post.
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The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)
1988 fantastical quest movie from Vincent Ward, the New Zealand Director who is probably most famous as the guy who wrote the cancelled "wooden Monastery space station' script for 'Alien 3'. Peasants fearing the plague, tunnel through the Earth's core from 14th Century North of England, to 1980s New Zealand. Ward really manages to capture how a modern city would seem terrifying, unfathomable and supernatural to these arcane travelers.



Fyre (2018)
Music festival disaster Documentary Directed by the same guy who did the excellent 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond'. It's like "Schadenfreude: The Movie", watching vain, social-media obsessed people with more money than sense get scammed. You still feel sorry for the people who were clearly working hard in good faith on the project.

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I watched Fyre a few weeks ago.  Hilarious.

My favorite part was how


the guy is out on bail and decides to run another scam company to pass the time, and gets arrested again.
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