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24 Nov 2019 02:59:39
The Lion King

A really short one. To be honest, I didn't finish watching it. Great visuals; basically they just swapped the animation with insanely realistic CGI. And that really turned me off. No more cuteness, and I felt the humours weren't effective because of the visuals. They didn't add much new things either. I know it isn't fair for me to judge the entire film based on just less than half an hour of viewing.

Its hard to explain, but although Beauty and the Beast is almost the same (animation to live-action, same story few changes), but it still felt fresh to me.

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24 Nov 2019 20:41:20
I think Disneys ran out of creativity hence either buying up the competition (Pixar, Marvel, Lucas Arts) or remaking all the old cartoons like Aladdin, Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. Aladdin looks cheesy as, Lion King looks visually good but as you say looks to lack the charm of the original. Although I've seen neither film and am going off the trailers. I've seen B & B and whilst it sticks close to the original it still lacked something compared to the cartoon.

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16 Nov 2019 03:45:23
Terminator Dark Fate

Well. As with all Terminator films (apart from Salvation), they were all about time-travelling machines.

Spoiler Alert! John Connor is dead, and whatever he and his mother did in T2 didn't really stop the Judgement Day; they changed the future yes, but it ended up the same. New name for Skynet, new future leader, and of course new Terminators as well.

Putting the story aside - in which I started to feel bored about the same old storyline but just slightly different twists - I did enjoy this film and felt it is far better than Salvation and Genisys. Though there were some silly subplots (especially the T800 adapting to normal human life with a human name Carl), the action setpieces are quite good and entertaining. They tried to add some touching scenes, but they just didn't work as much as in T2.

I am with Miller on this. Salvation and Genisys made most of the fans lost their interest on the franchise (T3 wasnt great, but for me it wasnt as bad either), and with this Dark Fate, fans just had enough of all of these. I am feeling the same. Somehow I enjoyed it a bit, but I think I have had enough of it. Maybe it's time for them to stop once and for all.

Probably the title itself was purposely chosen because they themselves felt that it's exactly the fate of the Terminator franchise.

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24 Nov 2019 21:13:23
I think its the law of diminishing returns. The Jurassic park franchise shares the same problem. The first was great but it does lock everything creatively into a set template. Time travelling assassination cyborgs in one and out of control cloned dinosaurs on the other. And their stuck of ways to keep making films because all the can do is rehash it.

I liked T3. It showed that Judgement Day couldn't be stopped. It was always going to happen. Because their trapped in a temporal paradox. Connor has to send Reese back in time to become his father which leads to the creation of Skynet and Judgement Day from the remains of the terminator. Future attempts to stop Judgement Day can only delay it because of the paradox.

Salvation did attempt to break out of the tine travel fix they'd backed themselves into. It didn't quite work.

Genysys went back to time travel but again tried to shake it up.

Problem is that creatively their stuck in a rut. Maybe its time to just step back and leave it.

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28 Nov 2019 12:55:13
I somehow felt that the choice of actors is one of the problems as well. Nick Stahl as Connor in T3 was a bad choice, but the story was simple enough that it was still enjoyable if not great. Great actors in Salvation, but Bale was exaggerating at times, the other characters just didn't fit in, the script was bad, different story but badly directed. I have no idea how McG who made those two crap Charlie Angels movies can be given the mantel to make Salvation. Genisys with bad casting for both Sarah and Reese, even John Connor should be given to someone else, ok story, hate the twists, but the actors made it worst.

That is one of the reason I feel to compare to Jurassic Park is not really that relevant. At least Jurassic World have interesting casts, the humours fit in well and carried well by the actors, though the story is a bit "same old same old".

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01 Dec 2019 22:57:08
The comparison with Jurassic park is that both franchises are built on a hugely successful idea for the first film which works fine as a stand alone film, maybe with a sequel but not as a multi film franchise as the idea just becomes progressively weaker. Both franchises are bound creatively by that idea. All franchises really are but its more apparent in these two. No reflection on the casts etc.

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02 Dec 2019 05:35:04
Ok I get it Mort. Thanks.

What do you think about the casts part that I pointed out?

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27 Oct 2019 21:56:53
Crawl,

A huge hurricane was about to hit the town. A girl got worried for not able to reach her father. She went out to look for him, and found her father injured and trapped under the crawl space of his house. Alligators are everywhere, lots of them. I'm sure you guys can figure out what the rest of the film is all about.

I'm a fan of monster movies, but not really into creatures or giant creatures like sharks or crocs etc. The film rated at 82% in Rotten, and that's a lot. It's even produced by Sam Raimi. So I thought maybe I should try to watch this one. Turned out to be, in my opinion, it's just a typical creature film. Man-eating animals. Easily killed the smaller characters, but somehow struggled to kill the main characters. And maybe some other ridiculous stuffs as well.

However, apart from that, it is still nice to look at. The creature effects, the visuals are clearly a notch above most of other creature films. But I don't think the film deserves that 82%. More of 1 and half star, and that's 25 to 30% for me.

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26 Oct 2019 22:39:42
If anyone was thinkng to go see Joker then do it. A brilliant film. Phoenix is excellent in it. Future classic fer sure.

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23 Sep 2019 19:44:41
A sad day, Sid Haig passed away at 80 years old.
I love him in House of 1000 Corpses and Devils Rejects. Thought he really played the role of Captain Spaulding excellently.
clip of Captain Spaulding

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23 Sep 2019 14:47:16
Just finished watching Kin. It was about a guy with his adopted younger brother on the run, chased by a gang which he robbed after a heist. Earlier, the younger brother found a strange futuristic gun that only he can use (some sort like a Judge Dredd gun). There are some sci-fi twist especially towards the end of the film.

I like the idea of the story, but somehow it felt messy or out of sort during the entire film. Loads of big name actors in it as well, but the film was badly written, or directed. Not a film to recommend though. It can be an interesting film, but instead have gone wasted.

{Ed001's Note - never even heard of it to be honest.}

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16 Sep 2019 14:38:05
I watched Dark Phoenix on Saturday, I did enjoy it (Sophie Turner fan). It was decent enough but a bit rushed in parts. If you like Xmen then I think you will like it. Well worth a watch.

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10 Sep 2019 14:30:39
What do you guys think of Face/Off?

It was, in my opinion, a classic. Classic 90s action flicks, lots of gunfights, explosions and car chases (but it was boat chase in this one). The only thing I didn't like was, it was overlong.

I just read a news that a reboot is in development. They already have a writer, but not yet the casts and a director. What do you guys think about this news?

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11 Sep 2019 03:13:25
It was ok, but nothing special. A reboot of it just doesn't make sense tbh.

{Ed001's Note - same here. I don't get this. Average film at best with a crap story why bother?}

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11 Sep 2019 11:11:13
Glad u both feel the same, even though I for one really like the film.

Too many reboots and remakes are going on. Most of the times they ended up making them worst and not better.

{Ed001's Note - I hate reboots and remakes, which is why I can't stand Tarantino as 'homages' are just poor copies. Though sometimes they can make a better version, 99% of them are just trash. Though Bollywood would be in trouble if reboots and remakes were banned!}

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11 Sep 2019 17:53:26
Its an alright film. We all know Ed loves Nic Cage. Its another one of those that has an interesting idea but you wonder at the casting.

{Ed001's Note - I prefer Cage to Travolta. That man makes my skin crawl.}

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11 Sep 2019 18:52:24
Travolta makes a decent villain. He's the best thing in broken arrow. Face/off would've been better with another actor in the Cage role.

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12 Sep 2019 11:22:23
I also think he was good as the bad guy in Broken Arrow. Thing is, most of his other films are crap. The recent one, and I haven't watch it yet, titled Speed Kills. That's a really crap title.

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15 Sep 2019 22:10:56
He's made some really bad films. Wasn't he told to do some of them by that scientology cult he's in?

{Ed001's Note - I think it is more he wanted to do them for the cult as he hero worships L Ron Hubbard.}

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02 Sep 2019 13:54:10
Anyone looking forward to the Joker movie? we have seen some great adaptations (some not so great), my personal favourite being Mark Hamill in the Arkham games, closely followed by Leger. I'm looking forward to see how the character is portrayed in the movie, but from the trailers it looks promising.

{Ed001's Note - I was until all the reviews raved about it and that usually is not a good sign! I am liking they went down the darker route, as one thing I have noticed from the DC TV shows is that the frothy, light ones like Arrow and Flash are crap, while the darker ones, such as Titans, Doom Patrol and Pennyworth are good shows. It has a really high bar with the Dark Knight trilogy to aim at, just hope it doesn't undershoot by as much as Suicide Squad did.}

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02 Sep 2019 15:46:36
Suicide squad & justice league struggled because they had a lot of character development to do in a short time whilst also trying to develop the plot. it's the reason why Avengers works is because all the character work is done prior.
I'll be honest other then batman (and associated characters) I don't really care for DC, although I did watch Aquaman and think it's the best one they've done (Only counting movies from their shared universe attempts). If this movie came before JL it would of immediately made it better. Unfortunately DC were playing catch up and decided to rush the whole thing.
I agree though, darker is the way forward for DC it makes them different from marvel that way. And with them now being part of the house of mouse, I think any chance of marvel creating dark movies is remote.

{Ed001's Note - JL and SS didn't work because they were crap, crap stories and crap characters. They didn't develop them, they just threw them in together and hoped it would work.}

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04 Sep 2019 15:09:47
I am really looking forward for it too. I really like how it looks in the trailers.

I read it somewhere it is meant to be a standalone film though. Does it mean they won't connect it with the Batman character? That part really is a big question mark for me.

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11 Sep 2019 18:58:58
I'll admit I'm more of a marvel fan. I grew up with iron man, Spiderman and the x-men and fantastic four. Both the comics and cartoons, especially the cartoons. There wasn't much DC fare in the 80s, only the campy 60s batman series and the awful superman films. I was never a fan of superman it was too American. Then came Batman 89.

I've not seen many of the new DC films as they do look mostly terrible based on the trailers.

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07 Oct 2019 18:34:52
I've really been enjoying titans think things are progressing too quick could have made trigon a bit longer gave a bit more detail to him

in hero films it's not the hero that makes a good film it's the villain and that is where dc are failing I think they have some really amazing villains the joker has always been my favourite

The joker film looks good and I've read contrasts in opinion some rave reviews and some saying biggest flop of 2019

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29 Oct 2019 15:23:17
I went to see this over the weekend. I reckon it's one of the best films I've seen, period.

It was dark for sure, I didn't feel like a two hour movie it flew by. When he gets his suit on and the Gary Glitter tune comes on it really comes to life. Controversial but oh so good !!!

cant wait to watch it again.

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02 Aug 2019 15:35:41
Watched Godzilla: King of the Monsters last night.

All I'm going to say is, Godzilla got very angry.

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03 Aug 2019 13:35:49
I never saw the fascination with Godzilla and other monster films.

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09 Aug 2019 00:53:28
The first from Edwards, quite some unhappy on the fact that Godzilla was more like a supporting character than the main. Lack of monster actions. You can't complain on that on this one. Plenty of them in it.

I read quite a few complain about its story. Maybe I kind of agree with them. But I came for the actions and monsters, and I get exactly that. So I would say I'm satisfied with it. I like it for what it is, for what I was looking for.

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21 Aug 2019 09:46:07
Watched it on Sunday, quite enjoyed it, typical Godzilla movie, I'd say it's worth a watch for sure.

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