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Honestly, as far as good Disney sequels, Lion King 1 1/2 (known as Lion King 3 in some regions) is the only watchable version of The Lion King for me.
I also enjoy Return of Jafar, and I really need to watch Aladin 3.
I like An Extremely Goofy Movie. I haven't seen the original, but I know people who prefer the sequel.
I also know someone who prefers Rescuers Down Under to the original. I have not seen either of them.

But yes, for the most part, Disney sequels are inferior. But I also haven't watched many.
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"Alice in Wonderland 2 - Through The Looking Glass" is better than the first live action Tim Burton movie.
(but, at this point, anyone can make a better movie than Tim Burton...)
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I still really want to see Through the Looking Glass. I loved Burton's Alice in Wonderland, but haven't seen it since theaters, and that was 10 years ago, I was very young.
I keep forgetting that there is a sequel, and I'm interested in rewatching the first and checking this one out.
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(11-30-2019, 11:06 AM)TMBTM Wrote: "Alice in Wonderland 2 - Through The Looking Glass" is better than the first live action Tim Burton movie.
(but, at this point, anyone can make a better movie than Tim Burton...)

This is the most positive thing I've heard about the sequel, if you really think it's better I might have to check it out now.
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(11-30-2019, 04:41 AM)Masirimso17 Wrote: The Toy Story sequels are all better than the first one in my opinion, the whole series is phenomenal. But it’s Pixar anyway so it doesn’t count (although their other sequels despite being pretty good aren’t as good as their originals, and Cars 2 is garbage)

Winnie the Pooh is always great. The Muppets was also great, loved it almost as much as the Muppet Movie (regrettably the only other Muppet movie I’ve seen)

I was actually thinking of "mainstream" Disney, which for some reason I always forget Pooh is a part of, so good point.  I've never been a huge fan of the Muppet movies, so I'll take your word on them.  I'd give you that of Pixar sequels, Toy Story 2 and 3 are AS good as the original.  I guess it's not cheating to call them Disney, even though it feels light years away to compare them to something like Aladdin 2 or The Rescuers Down Under or any of their recent live action cash grabs....uh, I mean, re-envisionings.
 
(11-30-2019, 06:10 AM)TM2YC Wrote: Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
A thing I noticed this time is that it's a Christmas movie... no no, hear me out. The sex orgy, drug overdoses and constant nudity have probably distracted you from realizing it Big Grin . Obviously it's set at Christmas, features a Christmas party, fancy dress, the wrapping of presents, toy shopping and of course the whole film is lit like a colourful Xmas tree but it’s also thematically a Christmas film.

Literally a few days ago, I put this on my list for movies to watch at Christmas!  I'm always looking for "alternative Christmas" movies I haven't seen, so if anyone is interested, the others this year include: Silent Night Deadly Night, Tangerine, The Bishop's Wife, The Family Man, White Reindeer, 101 Reykyavik, The Ref, The Ice Harvest, Smart People, Mean Girls, and Bridget Jones' Diary.
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Don’t Breathe (2016)

A good analogy for this film is playing a video game on "Easy" mode.  Every item or door that will be important is zoomed in on and highlighted just before you need it.  Everything a character says is going to "surprisingly" become relevant later.  There is no depth, no development, everything is on rails.  The big difference is a video game still requires you to use a bit of intelligence to navigate it, whereas this film requires that you NOT think.
 
There are so many stupid turns in the story that I had to start playing on my phone halfway through to stop from pulling it apart too much.  I was getting dumber watching these bumbling criminals with no semblance of a plan attempt to outwit a blind man who somehow thinks a gun is his best weapon.  This film would be an insult to any true veterans who watched it.
 
Perhaps the worst thing is that there's really no one to root for.  Initially, I was on the side of the disabled man defending his home from 3 scumbags.  So of course the writers have to add a dirty secret so that the robbers don't look so bad by comparison.  But really, they still don't have any admirable qualities compared to him.  The trailer is amazing because it edits out all the bits that show what stupid, horrible people the thieves are.  Ugg.  Screw this movie.
 
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
 
Another flick I watched for Veteran's Day, this one was the original suicide squad.  Like the director's other films, I think this one is a bit long and indulgent.  I think there's a great fan-edit to be made here by trimming lots of takes to make it move faster, and cutting parts of the beginning and ending.  It's a really interesting movie though, that essentially is an idealogical battle between different parts of the US military.  I knew a guy who had grown up the biggest military nut you could imagine... could identify the sounds of different plane engines, joined ROTC, took apart and cleaned his own guns, subscribed to Soldier of Fortune magazine.  He joined the Marine Corps and couldn't stand it.  He said that their whole mission was to break you down and turn you into somebody who didn't think and just followed the stupid ideas of everyone higher up.  These are the kind of guys we're following in The Dirty Dozen.

One of the surprises of the film for me was finding out about Clint Walker.  Apparently famous for the western series Cheyenne, I didn't know he was supposed to be playing a Native American in this until I just watched that trailer I linked!  Dude was a real life superhero though, built like a greek god and more interested in outdoors stuff than acting.  He was fascinating to read about...had a ski accident where his heart was pierced by a ski pole and he was pronounced dead... then he came back and lived another 20+ years!  What a legend.

Very little of the film is action, mostly it's a battle for the souls of these men who were thrown away by the military.  Each of them cracked under the military's rules, and committed various offences.  Some of them more or less justified, but the ideological battle plays out between the higher-ups as well, about the value of discipline and cleanliness and following orders versus using men's own resources, their creativity and innovation, and finding what will personally motivate them rather than demanding they do everything a set way.  It's a good film for teachers, too!  Ha ha!  

One thing that's hard to appreciate watching it for the first time now is how many tropes it was following versus how many it possibly created.  There are a lot here, from the "they gotta become a team" to the rapist being obviously creepy (rather than say, a charming well-dressed frat boy) to one member being a persistent @$$#ole the whole story to random bad guys coming out of nowhere at the end.  Plus the ending scene here is famously homaged in Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds.  It's also clear that this is just before the end of the Hays Code, as they're sure not to actually show some of the things the soldiers were up to, and that only "good" guys survive.  Despite that annoying framing of the story, standout performances by Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson anchor this film enough to make it hold up today.
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The Laundromat (2019)
Based on the 'Panama Papers' scandal, this Netflix films rips off the style of 'The Big Short', a more successful star-studded film about a different financial scandal. Gary Oldman plays Mossack and Antonio Banderas plays Fonseca, the two dubious lawyers break the 4th wall to explain what money is and what tax is (things that didn't need explaining). Oldman can be good but when he is bad, wow he is bad, the camp Germanic accent he is doing is very odd. Meryl Streep plays one of their victims and another character in a comedy wig, big nose and sunglasses (for reasons that you'll probably have guessed long before the "surprise" reveal). Other fine actors like Jeffrey Wright are wasted playing cameos that don't seem to really connect to the main plot strands, nothing much connects in fact. I was pretty shocked (because I'd forgotten) when the film ended and it said "Directed by Steven Soderbergh". It entertains for 95-mins but this is classic "dumped on Netflix" fare.

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(11-30-2019, 09:14 AM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: Honestly, as far as good Disney sequels, Lion King 1 1/2 (known as Lion King 3 in some regions) is the only watchable version of The Lion King for me.
I also enjoy Return of Jafar, and I really need to watch Aladin 3.
I like An Extremely Goofy Movie. I haven't seen the original, but I know people who prefer the sequel.
I also know someone who prefers Rescuers Down Under to the original. I have not seen either of them.

But yes, for the most part, Disney sequels are inferior. But I also haven't watched many.

Wait, wait.... did I understand correctly that you're saying The Lion King...the best Disney movie of all time....is unwatchable?!  Surely I've misunderstood.
And Aladdin 2 is a really good movie??
Have you watched any of these in adulthood?  Because I know we all can have very different experiences when we watch films as kids...
 
(11-30-2019, 11:06 AM)TMBTM Wrote: "Alice in Wonderland 2 - Through The Looking Glass" is better than the first live action Tim Burton movie.
(but, at this point, anyone can make a better movie than Tim Burton...)

I was so let down (from already low expectations) by the first one that I had no interest in seeing the 2nd.  It looked like even more Depp-Hatter and even farther away from Carroll's characters...
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Oh please, I haven't reached adulthood yet.

I last watched Aladin 2 a couple years ago. The others it's been a long time.
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(11-30-2019, 11:06 AM)TMBTM Wrote: "Alice in Wonderland 2 - Through The Looking Glass" is better than the first live action Tim Burton movie.
(but, at this point, anyone can make a better movie than Tim Burton...)
 
(11-30-2019, 11:38 AM)addiesin Wrote:
(11-30-2019, 11:06 AM)TMBTM Wrote: "Alice in Wonderland 2 - Through The Looking Glass" is better than the first live action Tim Burton movie.
(but, at this point, anyone can make a better movie than Tim Burton...)

This is the most positive thing I've heard about the sequel, if you really think it's better I might have to check it out now.

Well, it's not a masterpiece either... but I was pleasantly surprised.
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