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The Last Movie(s) You Watched... (quick one or two sentence reviews)
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019)
Martin Scorsese takes a ton of amazing footage shot for Bob Dylan's little seen 1978 tour film 'Renaldo and Clara' and turns it into a seemingly more conventional 2.5-hour Netflix Documentary. Dylan's performances of songs like 'Isis', 'Simple Twist of Fate' and 'Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door' are stunning, he's singing with real fire in his belly. We also get to hear poetry from Allen Ginsberg and a paralytic Patti Smith.


It was only after I'd finished watching that I read many of the stories from the tour that we hear are entirely fictional, backed up by faked photos and actors. Your experience of viewing the film will be altered and arguably enhanced by not knowing this beforehand. Scorsese and Dylan obviously haven't lost their taste for mischief in their old age.



The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018)
I love a good flashback-flashforward structure but it doesn't work for this film, it's feels random and compromises the pacing at the end. It was a terrific idea, take a b-movie schlock premise and play it like you seriously want the Academy Award. Sam Elliott gives his all in the sympathetic title role but the disjointed film doesn't back him up. The gaping holes in the logic of the 2nd half of the plot don't help either.

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Okay so TM2YC and Gaith one of the subjects of my little cousin’s English exam was Alan Turing, so I thought it was a great opportunity to watch The Imitation Game, perfect for her to learn history and be readier for the exam, and for me to see what all the fuss was about. I personally really enjoyed the movie and didn’t mind the historical inaccuracies. Sure it was a bit of an embellishment. But I appreciate it if it is in contribution to the themes and story. I found them to be interesting and thought provoking connecting to the themes of secrecy, deception, and the “imitation game” of war. I don’t know the real story of Turing in such deep detail but for me the embellishments added to the story and worth discussing the deviations after the movie. I dunno. I really liked it. Also I did not think the dialogue was jaw dropping at all, I don’t get where you got that?
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Shazam! (2019)
A welcomed shift in the DC catalog. This movie felt like a nod to the fans and movie goers in its parody of the DC films. It could have and probably should have been PG as it's obviously aimed at the young audience. Perhaps a slight trim of the more grotesque moments to make it such is in the future. For all of its ridiculousness, I still found myself laughing outloud more than a few times and enjoying the absurdity. Not on the same level as Ragnarok, but I can't really see why I'd give anything less than a 7/10.
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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Not sure how I feel about this one. It wasn't great, but it certainly wasn't bad. They really messed with the traditional Spider-Man in this one. I wish it wouldn't have taken the turn it did so that we could have more clarity on future directions between Sony and Disney Spider-Man. The credits scene cameo was fun, but I ultimately wasn't a fan with where this takes the character. While Tom Holland may slightly edge out Toby Maguire's portrayal of Peter Parker, this new iteration is yet to reach the levels of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2's story telling and faithfulness. An ultimately lackluster villain with missed opportunities to take this to a new realm that ultimately felt like an extension of Disney Spider-Man's origin story. As a result I give it a conflicted 7/10.
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(12-15-2019, 06:32 AM)DigModiFicaTion Wrote: Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Not sure how I feel about this one. It wasn't great, but it certainly wasn't bad. They really messed with the traditional Spider-Man in this one. I wish it wouldn't have taken the turn it did so that we could have more clarity on future directions between Sony and Disney Spider-Man. The credits scene cameo was fun, but I ultimately wasn't a fan with where this takes the character. While Tom Holland may slightly edge out Toby Maguire's portrayal of Peter Parker, this new iteration is yet to reach the levels of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2's story telling and faithfulness. An ultimately lackluster villain with missed opportunities to take this to a new realm that ultimately felt like an extension of Disney Spider-Man's origin story. As a result I give it a conflicted 7/10.

7/10 sounds about right to me.  It's funny, I pretty much agree with everything you're saying, but I find myself mentally defending all these decisions.  I think this probably has more to do with the generation we're in (I'm "Gen-X") and with expectations.

For instance, when Marvel got Spidey back, everyone my age was like "ugggh, another Spider-Man reboot?!  I'm so over it!  Do another hero!"  There was a big push to do something different, take one of the new Spidey spin-offs where the character is female or a minority, for example.

So Marvel didn't give us another origin story.  They did give us the original Spidey, but possibly the most faithful to the spirit of the original, where he's really young, and he looks up to the established heroes and wants to impress them but is insecure (the Fantastic Four originally).  They also make him more relevant to the comics of the past decade by showing the mentorship with Tony Stark and the influence of that tech on Peter, really playing up that angle.  So can we blame them for not repeating themselves and for making this Spider-Man relevant to today's stories?

I also feel like if you showed this to someone who just watched Homecoming and the last 2 Avengers films and didn't see any trailers and hadn't read any comics, then the big reveal works just fine.  Of course no comics fans have any doubt about that story element, and a savvy movie-goer would get too much from the trailers not to be suspicious, but I really have to just judge the film on its own merits.  I thought it was done quite well, and a nice update on a classic character.  

These aren't really the Spider-Man movies I was expecting to see, but they basically gave me what I wanted with Spider-Man 1, at the time.  I can accept these new movies for being the "Spidey in the context of the great MCU" films, which is something very cool I never got to see before.  So there's that anyway.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - 7/10

Overwrought 1990s EU energy. Dumb on paper, but I felt the vibe so it worked for me, but I get why this one doesn’t work for a lot of people. But I love The Last Jedi so much that I went in with the mindset that this was essentially a bonus track for me anyway.
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(12-21-2019, 02:26 PM)suspiciouscoffee Wrote: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - 7/10

Overwrought 1990s EU energy. Dumb on paper, but I felt the vibe so it worked for me, but I get why this one doesn’t work for a lot of people. But I love The Last Jedi so much that I went in with the mindset that this was essentially a bonus track for me anyway.

That's so funny, because as someone who grew up with 90s EU books it felt like they were taking the dumbest ideas from the old stories and mashing them all together as much as possible. If anything, the EU was more consistent overall, somehow.  Rolleyes
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Battlefield Earth (2000)

It stinks.

3/10
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(12-23-2019, 01:23 AM)Duragizer Wrote: Battlefield Earth (2000)

It stinks.

3/10

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(12-23-2019, 01:36 AM)Moe_Syzlak Wrote:
(12-23-2019, 01:23 AM)Duragizer Wrote: Battlefield Earth (2000)

It stinks.

3/10

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My OCD compels me to seek out and rewatch every single movie, short film, miniseries, and TV episode I last watched before 15 June 2016. It can be quite the pain in the ass, especially when it comes to watching crud like this.
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