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The Last Movie(s) You Watched... (quick one or two sentence reviews)
I liked the theatrical cut of Days of Future Past but I agree that the Rogue Cut does a better job integrating the two time frames.
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Last night I watched Olympus has fallen (2013) in which terrorists take over Nakatomi Plaza the White House and it's up to Detective John McClane former presidential bodyguard Mike Banning to save the day. It has a few good set pieces but ultimately is a pale shadow of the films it is emulating.

Try Hard.
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(07-02-2020, 12:05 PM)asterixsmeagol Wrote: I liked the theatrical cut of Days of Future Past but I agree that the Rogue Cut does a better job integrating the two time frames.

Oh, I loved the theatrical cut, don't get me wrong.  This is just even better.
 
(07-03-2020, 12:18 AM)Malthus Wrote: Try Hard.

Ha!

Jaws 3-D (1983)
This earns its reputation as a horrible film.  I mean, there are worse for sure, but in the days before i-phone films when a studio had to put real money into a theatrical release: yeah, this is a horrible follow-up.  Further thoughts: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/film/jaws-3-d/
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Once upon a time in Hollywood (2019) is a well acted, well shot series of vignettes that meanders its way to an ending of sorts. Moments of excellence are undermined by ponderously long and largely irrelevant scenes which pad the runtime of this bloated love letter to Hollywood.
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I watched Jaws 2 a few days ago. It was pretty good. Not as good as the original obviously, but it's good enough. It could've easily been a complete rehash of the first movie, but it's different enough for me to enjoy it. I noticed how much Brody's character seemed to be changed and impacted from the first movie. Unfortunately no Hooper, Hooper is the best Jaws character.

I watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind for the first time a couple days after. So that's where Hooper went. It was pretty great.

I watched Jurassic Park at some point. It was terribly disappointing. I really don't get the love.

I watched Ju-On: The Grudge...Two days in a row. I loved it, it was pretty great. I'm gonna have to watch the rest of the franchise sometime.

I almost forgot, Teen Titans vs Teen Titans Go!. This movie completely slipped past my radar. It was very enjoyable. I'm not a worshipper of the 2000s Teen Titans cartoon, I don't hold it as sacred, and I don't mind Teen Titans Go!. I'm not sure how a big fan of the original would react, but in any case, I really liked it and could definitely watch it again.
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(07-04-2020, 01:22 AM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: I watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind for the first time a couple days after. So that's where Hooper went. It was pretty great.
I watched Jurassic Park at some point. It was terribly disappointing. I really don't get the love.
I watched Ju-On: The Grudge...Two days in a row. I loved it, it was pretty great. I'm gonna have to watch the rest of the franchise sometime.

Now see, I am one of those who loves JP but can't get on board with Close Encounters.  The movie just doesn't make a big deal out of a guy abandoning his family to satisfy his craving knowledge.  To me, he's a villain, but he's portrayed as a hero.

The Ju-On series has drastically diminishing returns in my opinion, as do pretty much all Japanese film series.  But maybe you'll find the thrills rewarding enough.

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
This one felt quite dated to me, and Hitchcock suspense techniques couldn't save it from a script that felt like it had been through 5 different rewrites...one of which had a love story between the uncle and niece.  Read more on the creepiness: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/fil...f-a-doubt/
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(07-04-2020, 10:45 PM)mnkykungfu Wrote: Now see, I am one of those who loves JP but can't get on board with Close Encounters.  The movie just doesn't make a big deal out of a guy abandoning his family to satisfy his craving knowledge.  To me, he's a villain, but he's portrayed as a hero.

The Ju-On series has drastically diminishing returns in my opinion, as do pretty much all Japanese film series.  But maybe you'll find the thrills rewarding enough.

Too many people I know love Jurassic Park. It's not terrible, the acting is all good, I like Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern, the plot was okay, special effects were good, baby dinosaurs were cute. The kid characters were awful. There was some needless gross out such as the dinosaur sneezing on the girl, and the inclusion of dinosaur feces. I don't overall care about the characters. Some of the science stuff went right over my head. Overall it was just uninteresting, and felt like nothing special. I'm sure it was special in the context of the time, I'm sure some people are satisfied just seeing dinosaurs. Revisiting Jaws a few days prior, seeing how amazing Spielberg can make a movie, how well he can do characters, how well everything is shot... Jurassic Park is just really disappointing.

As for Close Encounters, it's definitely no Jaws I admit, and the main character isn't perfect. It doesn't make a big deal about him leaving his family, but it's also never glorified, he's absolutely no hero, I found his character interesting. He's obsessed with this thing, and him leaving his family just shows how much it's taking over his life. It was interesting to me, and unique, which doesn't necessarily mean good, but I also think it's good. It's also very well made, the way it's shot, the special effects, its beautiful and it feels so real and special. Speaking of beautiful, I really like Richard Dreyfus. You're not the first person I've talked to who didn't care for the movie, and I don't expect to change your mind on it. It was just.. So much better than I could've expected.

Anyways, Ju-On. I've read a couple mixed reviews on some of the sequels. I'm very curious. I know they probably won't be good, but I'm known for liking movies often seen as bad. Who knows. Are the American adaptations any good in your opinion, if you've seen them?
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(07-05-2020, 03:34 PM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: The kid characters were awful... Overall it was just uninteresting, and felt like nothing special.... Revisiting Jaws a few days prior, seeing how amazing Spielberg can make a movie, how well he can do characters, how well everything is shot... Jurassic Park is just really disappointing.
I found them much less annoying than the ones in the rest of the series, much less films in general.  (Despite my apparent comparison to Close Encounters) I don't think it has to be an either/or with JP and Jaws.  I mean, Jaws is so good at what it's trying to do that it's kind of unfair to compare another film and find it falling short.  I think JP is trying to instill a sense of childlike wonder, though, which it really communicated to me.  MUCH better than the sequels...how the hell is Jurassic World a thing?!
 
Quote:As for Close Encounters... It doesn't make a big deal about him leaving his family, but it's also never glorified, he's absolutely no hero, I found his character interesting.
I'm with you, he is interesting.  I think the film makes a hero out of him, though.  Like he's one of the few that has the perseverance to stick with it and not let anyone shut him down.  He's determined to find out the answers.  It just really bothers me, but yeah, art is subjective.  If it didn't bother you, I'm not trying to ruin the film for ya.
 
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(07-05-2020, 03:34 PM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: Are the American adaptations any good in your opinion, if you've seen them?
It's a different kettle of fish.  I did like the first one, with Sarah Michelle Gellar.  It definitely plays better if you haven't already seen the Japanese original, though.  Like with most Japanese->Hollywood adaptations, the effects are better and more convincing.
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(07-05-2020, 08:27 PM)mnkykungfu Wrote:
(07-05-2020, 03:34 PM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: The kid characters were awful... Overall it was just uninteresting, and felt like nothing special.... Revisiting Jaws a few days prior, seeing how amazing Spielberg can make a movie, how well he can do characters, how well everything is shot... Jurassic Park is just really disappointing.
I found them much less annoying than the ones in the rest of the series, much less films in general.  (Despite my apparent comparison to Close Encounters) I don't think it has to be an either/or with JP and Jaws.  I mean, Jaws is so good at what it's trying to do that it's kind of unfair to compare another film and find it falling short.  I think JP is trying to instill a sense of childlike wonder, though, which it really communicated to me.  MUCH better than the sequels...how the hell is Jurassic World a thing?!

I agree that JP and Jaws are completely different. I only meant to compare them in the sense that here he made the characters compelling, and here he didn't. Or something like that. How it's made rather than comparing the plots. As far as it succeeding at what it's trying to do, instilling a sense of childlike wonder didn't really work for me. But yeah, it's really just subjective.
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Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010)
I love this movie and anyone who doesn't just doesn't make my personal cool list.  (It's not a very exclusive list, actually.)  The fanedit "...vs The Editor" makes it even more phenomenal.  More: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/fil...the-world/
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