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  • Yeah it had promise but it never really got a hold of itself.

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    • Originally posted by French Rage View Post
      Yeah it had promise but it never really got a hold of itself.
      If they hadn't spent the first 2/3 of the movie playing stupid horror games, it would have been a lot better. Instead of the stupid crocodile scene, just cut to the flower deer and get the point across. Instead of Portman searching the jungle for what seemed like 15 minutes, they could have told what they needed to in 30 seconds.

      It just felt like they had a couple of really well-developed sections of the plot, but couldn't figure out how to fill in the rest of the movie. If this were a short film, like 40-50 minutes, it could have been really good.
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      • I have some of the same thoughts on Annihilation. A lot of potential and it was visually stunning, but it was self-indulgent to a fault and in the end fell flat. Not all that different in how I felt about Midnight Sky.

        I Care a Lot. No idea why this seems to be the sleeper hit of late. I thought the editing was clunky, and I didn't buy Rosamund Pike nor really even Peter Dinklage's characters, although to their credit they both did ok with the given material. As a time killer I'll half-heartedly recommend, but don't bump anything down in your queue for it.

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        • Originally posted by Slap Shot View Post
          I Care a Lot. No idea why this seems to be the sleeper hit of late. I thought the editing was clunky, and I didn't buy Rosamund Pike nor really even Peter Dinklage's characters, although to their credit they both did ok with the given material. As a time killer I'll half-heartedly recommend, but don't bump anything down in your queue for it.
          I saw it last night. My wife really got into it, but I thought most of it was pretty much by-the-numbers suspense movie. The only part that I didn't really expect was the Who at the end of the movie.
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          • Originally posted by St. Clown View Post

            I saw it last night. My wife really got into it, but I thought most of it was pretty much by-the-numbers suspense movie. The only part that I didn't really expect was the Who at the end of the movie.
            Yeah, my wife and I watched it last night as well. Got suckered in by the "#1 in U.S." ranking again.

            Here is the thing. I thought it was a great premise. I just thought they worked too hard at making it a "dark comedy" and ended up missing the mark. I almost think it would have been better had they played it straight up.
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            • cc to mookie: I need to watch Lost In Translation this weekend. Perennial favorite of mine.

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              • I also plan on watching Force Awakens and The Last Jedi this weekend with muted expectations. Does that make sense?
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                • Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post
                  I also plan on watching Force Awakens and The Last Jedi this weekend with muted expectations. Does that make sense?
                  Yup. VII is rehash of the original, more or less. There are a number of differences in the feel, IMO, but it's a fair cop to say it's a rehash. IIX is very different from every Star Wars movie that has come before it, and that upset everybody who wanted something completely from Star Wars...because most of them really wanted more of the same or it had to be different in the exact ways they expected it to be different.
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                  • Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post
                    cc to mookie: I need to watch Lost In Translation this weekend. Perennial favorite of mine.

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                    • Originally posted by St. Clown View Post

                      Yup. VII is rehash of the original, more or less. There are a number of differences in the feel, IMO, but it's a fair cop to say it's a rehash. IIX is very different from every Star Wars movie that has come before it, and that upset everybody who wanted something completely from Star Wars...because most of them really wanted more of the same or it had to be different in the exact ways they expected it to be different.
                      Not to rehash a really dumb argument (that I have had too many times) but most of us didn't want the same thing, in fact we were excited that this could be something different. It was the choices that were made that upset us. Johnson took VII and basically threw it out...literally nothing that happens in VIII makes sense when lined up with VII. And they marginalized most of the decent characters for a couple of storylines that just never worked. (plus they completely destroyed everything cool about Rey) John Boyega served no purpose in the film, Kylo was a joke (that stupid love drama was cringy bad), the stupid casino planet was AOTC level awful and the end with "Luke" was just maddening. The OJ chase and the "lightspeed attack" were so hilariously dumb it was almost satirical. Hell some of the things happening honestly had me believing they didn't have a complete script. My problem wasn't that they tried something, it was that it totally didn't work. Good attempt but there is a reason it is as divisive a film as it is and it isn't just that a bunch of nerds wanted another Empire Strikes Back. ;^) (of which there are some vocal ones...but they would complain if they got that too they just want to complain)

                      I applaud Johnson for trying, I really do. (as do most fans I know) It didn't connect though and that was the problem. He would have been better off doing his own trilogy like the original plan. In truth though the blame goes to Kathleen Kennedy and Di$ney who had no idea what they were doing. They had no plan for this trilogy (or universe) except "MAKE ALL THE MONEY!!!". They made every mistake with Star Wars Feige never let them make with Marvel.
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                      • Originally posted by Handyman View Post

                        Not to rehash a really dumb argument (that I have had too many times) but most of us didn't want the same thing, in fact we were excited that this could be something different. It was the choices that were made that upset us. Johnson took VII and basically threw it out...literally nothing that happens in VIII makes sense when lined up with VII. And they marginalized most of the decent characters for a couple of storylines that just never worked. (plus they completely destroyed everything cool about Rey) John Boyega served no purpose in the film, Kylo was a joke (that stupid love drama was cringy bad), the stupid casino planet was AOTC level awful and the end with "Luke" was just maddening. The OJ chase and the "lightspeed attack" were so hilariously dumb it was almost satirical. Hell some of the things happening honestly had me believing they didn't have a complete script. My problem wasn't that they tried something, it was that it totally didn't work. Good attempt but there is a reason it is as divisive a film as it is and it isn't just that a bunch of nerds wanted another Empire Strikes Back. ;^) (of which there are some vocal ones...but they would complain if they got that too they just want to complain)

                        I applaud Johnson for trying, I really do. (as do most fans I know) It didn't connect though and that was the problem. He would have been better off doing his own trilogy like the original plan. In truth though the blame goes to Kathleen Kennedy and Di$ney who had no idea what they were doing. They had no plan for this trilogy (or universe) except "MAKE ALL THE MONEY!!!". They made every mistake with Star Wars Feige never let them make with Marvel.
                        I can't argue any of what you said, and they already had a guy on the Star Wars staff who could've given them a solid trilogy, but he was the Exec. Producer and show runner for their Star Wars: Rebels cartoon. He could've delivered a Star Wars feel and story arc that kept with what had been the established mythology of the universe. Hire whichever directors and writers you want, but like Feige at Marvel, have that one person, or small group of people, who've provided the outlines.
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                        • Thanks. I know my problem is I haven't seen all of them, and while I thought Rise of Skywalker was fun, it didn't make much sense.
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                          • It still won't :^D
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                            • Originally posted by Handyman View Post
                              It still won't :^D
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                              • Mookie just finished up the taken trilogy!

                                nice way to waste 6 hrs.... and fitting that they close it up by “jumping the shark” with mills taking stewart’s jet out by ramming a Porsche into it during lift off :^)

                                surprisingly 2 is the tightest with the time spent in the conflict. However having the daughter hurl grenades out into the city is a bit whacked!
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