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  1. I don't mind the plot trajectories for Rey, Luke, and Kylo. I ended up liking The Last Jedi, but the pacing was off in places (like the Finn and Rose subplot to Canto Bight) and some of the humor was forced (like Luke tossing the lightsaber away after Rey gives it to him). The porgs were irritating, and why did we need to see Luke milking an alien cow? That was odd, very prequel-ish. It's nothing like The Empire Strikes Back and that's a relief. And Rian Johnson thankfully didn't write himself into the corner regarding Leia. I ended up enjoying the movie, but had the editing been tighter (like 10-20 minutes cut) it would've come off better. Cutting most of that silly nonsense about Luke's hermit ways on Ahch-To, for one.
  2. Danny Elfman's JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)

    I just got the CD. Some nice photos of the Abbey Road recording sessions in the liner notes, but no comments from Elfman or Whedon about the score. Just technical credits and such.
  3. I'm all for studios refreshing their properties or going in different directions, but a Trek movie directed by Quentin Tarantino would be a disaster -- especially with the mandated R-rating. If Tarantino is willing to hold back his ego... I could see a soft R Trek film working. But not with "fuck" in every other sentence or Kirk smearing enemy aliens' brains out on the Enterprise. But if this does happen, Tarantino seems to want the Nu-Trek cast (hence him meeting with J.J. Abrams). Now that would be interesting.
  4. DC Cinematic Universe Thread

    Aquaman, Shazam, and Wonder Woman 2 will come out as scheduled. James Wan has creative control on the first due to Furious 7's $1 billion success (and his Conjuring history at WB). David F. Sandberg made two profitable genre films at New Line (also with Wan's help), so they're letting him do Shazam. Warners would be stupid to mess with Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman sequel, she's their golden goose after the first made $800 million worldwide. The films after those three are a BIG question mark. Affleck will be out, no question.
  5. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Nope. A lot of bad films lose me in the first 10-15 minutes because I could only take so much. Troll 2 and Transylmania fit that bill. A good bad movie engages me throughout. Howling 2 is one such classic. The werewolves attacking the bikers in the first 10-15 minutes is good for unintentional physical comedy. Same for another werewolf attack at the cemetery later on. Anything involving the shaggy ape suit--- I mean, werewolves, are hysterical. The trailer shows you how crazy this flick is.
  6. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Troll 2 made my head hurt. Couldn't sit through the whole thing.
  7. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Howling 2: Your Sister is a Werewolf This is how you do a 'good' bad film, and while there are sections where you have to fast forward (any dialogue scenes with Annie McEnroe and Reb Brown), this movie defies belief. Apart from the hideous acting, the movie is full of holes, bad gore effects, and makes no sense most of the time. Being a cheap sequel, it reuses its four werewolf transformation scenes ad nauseum (and sometimes for no reason at all). The werewolves themselves look like Chewbacca got hit with the ugly stick. And there's a werewolf threesome and later orgy scene which has to be seen to be believed. And a lot of these scenes are hysterically funny. Sybil Danning is one of the key reasons to see it, while Christopher Lee looked bored and uncomfortable. Danning's acting is awful, without a doubt, but cuts a striking figure in that fetish outfit. (And after seeing the end credits, you'll be able to draw her tits from memory too.) Stephen Parsons gets a lot of mileage from that one song his band performs in the film, which appears in different iterations throughout the film. The camerawork is standard for the 1980s but miles above The Room's point-and-shoot method. And the "Home Improvement" scene wipes add to the kitsch value, while some of the editing makes no sense. This is a BAD film, but has more entertainment value than some of the recent comedies out there. A glorious trainwreck.
  8. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    The Room (2003) For a film to be dubbed one of the "best bad flicks of all time", it's just inept filmmaking. Some purple prose lines and line readings are hysterical (like the cancer reveal and the rooftop arguments), while the sex scenes are hilariously awkward. But the pacing is tortuous, I had to fast-forward through part of it. Tommy Wiseau's style defies belief, it's a mixture of various genres and none of it works. It's a shame. It doesn't have that crazy insanity that made Howling 2 a hysterically funny movie. Just a vanity project for a guy who had no business or experience making a movie in the first place.
  9. Wonder It is sentimental, but it's earnest, insightful and not too emotionally manipulative. Some scenes, like the middle school bullying, hit close to home for me. There's no weak acting here, everyone here is perfectly cast. It was nice seeing Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts inhabit their characters and play off each other, but Jacob Tremblay and Izabela Vidovic are the standouts here. Good movie with a positive message.
  10. Coco I really like the setting (Dia de Muertos is ripe for cinematic exploration), the animation is typically Pixar lush... but I felt a sense of deja vu with the story itself. The story of Miguel wanting to become a musician despite his parents and grandmother wanting him to stay in the shoemaking business... you've seen it done before. There are some poignant scenes, but I felt a sense of disconnect with the film. I really wanted to like this movie... nay, love it... but it just didn't click for me.
  11. The Post (2017) FILM Discussion

    Maybe you shouldn't watch it then. And another thing, good journalism report news truthfully and accurately. Good journalism doesn't care about the subjects' left or right political leanings (the recent sexual harassment and assault charges for instance). Good journalism doesn't traffic in innuendo and distortion like a lot of right-leaning "news" sites like Breitbart. Good journalism means that the reporters go the extra mile to verify their sources. Good journalism means shedding light on painful truths. You lost all credibility with that "fake news CNN docufiction" nonsense.
  12. Danny Elfman's JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)

    I had free tickets. Some folks like the Bayformers series, but the DCEU is my guilty pleasure. Plan 9 is one of the most overrated bad films. If you want something truly hysterical, The Howling 2 has more entertainment value than any comedy in the past three decades.
  13. Danny Elfman's JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017)

    Considering most of the faults with JL lie with Snyder and Terrio... no. Whedon has two $1 billion dollar films to his name, they sure as hell will let him make Batgirl or whatever DC property he likes. Highly doubt Justice League 2 is on the cards unless it holds well at the box office in the next few weeks. Wonder Woman 2, Aquaman, and Shazam are pretty much safe too. I've seen the film several times, and I never noticed that. Only one split second shot threw me off (mid-credits scene). His muscle suit in the reshot scenes stuck out more.
  14. The Post (2017) FILM Discussion

    I saw the trailer for this recently. A lot of Spielberg's recent Oscar bait based-on-true-events (Bridge of Spies, Lincoln, Munich) have put me to sleep. This looks no different, and it's a timely story. But Hanks and Streep? Zzzzz. The Beard can do these movies in his sleep. I think if he did something super low-budget (like Blumhouse) he could really do something special, but he won't. He's too comfortable where he is.
  15. Some reviewers are overly hyperbolic. Say what you want about JL, it is not a hot mess like Squad. JL is lighter and more family friendly, and I feel the audience word-of-mouth will be more positive than the critics'.