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  1. TFA had the whole BRAND NEW STAR WARS IN AGES thing going for it, which made the first watch acceptable. But I could not finish watching it a second time. Dreadfully boring. TLJ was uneven, exciting, fun, with some tremendous sequences. It's also very rewatchable. TROS is TFA all over again, except that it closes a saga and thus is doubly disappointing. You could not imagine a more listless and limp way to end a 9-movie saga. The PT at the very least served some form of (self-fulfiling) purpose, but how this newest trilogy ends makes the last three movies pointless. It is the most charmless and witless of all SW movies, and that includes the PT movies.
  2. It wasn't bad and it wasn't... good either. I'd say on par with T3. The first 30-40 mins of T2, T3, and this share a similar template -- terminators arrive, a fight ensues, and a bike/car/truck chase follows. All 3 movies are terrifically entertaining up to this point, but only T2 manages to sustain it to the end. This ups the CGI grandeur from thereon to the finale, and slowly but surely also peters out in term of quality. In fact I'll put this behind T3 solely because the CGI here is dreadful. Seeing a terminator do an obviously-CG parkour jump up a railing has to rank as one of the worst moments in the franchise.
  3. 1. Pulp Fiction 2. Inglorious Basterds 3. Django Unchained 4. Kill Bill vol. 1 5. Jackie Brown 6. Kill Bill vol. 2 7. The Hateful Eight 8. Reservoir Dogs 9. Death Proof 10. Once Upon A Time in Hollywood 1-7 may not all be masterpieces, but all of them are mostly at least riotously entertaining. Death Proof was quite terrible if not for the terrific car chase. Hollywood is a bore from start to end. Impossible to fathom this was made by Tarantino. And yes, I count Kill Bill as two movies.
  4. Parasite. Great. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Terrible.
  5. I thought it was mostly a retread of past glories and the one interesting existential theme they introduced in this one... well it was interesting at first it soon becomes clear they never intended to tackle that in any depth and before long it's abandoned. Toy Story 1 is clearly the best. 2 is a lot of fun too. I loved 3 when it first came out but trying to watch it again just shows the magic was no longer there. Same applies here. Still, decent animated fun I suppose.
  6. Ok I finally watched the last season over the last few days. Some thoughts (may well have been covered in these few pages here too): - after all the furore surrounding episode 3 onwards, I actually did not think ep 3 to 5 were bad. They were problematic, to be sure, but to my mind the show had been tapering off in quality ever since somewhere in season 4 or 5. The problems of the last season mostly stemmed from an acceleration toward the finale, without sufficient breathing space, coupled with some annoyingly unrefined writing. Examples of the latter have probably been discussed to death: the dragon being killed so easily in ep 4, Dany and Tyrion walking up to Cersei's army unguarded and coming out unscathed, etc. Annoying yes, but not season destroying. - Most of the character arcs were fine -- the series always hinted at Dany's tyranny. It was fated to be, really. The only other choice was to have her killed before she went mad. That kind of decision (to kill her off) would have been quite the norm in the first 4-5 seasons, but not in the last stretch. The one thing that defined GoT at the start was how no one was safe, how you could never guess where the characters headed to. It felt organic, as characters grew out naturally, whether it be life or death. The series could afford that back then, and it was all the better for it. But as it draws towards the conclusion, it becomes extremely challenging to continue that trend, as that kind of chaos means character arcs can't be completed and loose ends remain loose. The writing begins to take sides and homes into the eventual fate of each character. With more time and episodes the writing could have been refined but with just a measly six episodes events begin to feel unnatural or unearned. - I feel the quality of the series started declining with the added emphasis on the white walkers. Before that it was glorious politics and backstabbing. But when the white walkers became a focal point the series lost steam. The white walkers and the night king are terrifying, of course, but they are also soulless and empty when compared to any of the other layered characters. To have the focus shifted to them really took away a lot from the show. At the same time, everyone knew that the white walkers were almost certainly only part of the agenda; the other was the tussle for the iron throne. So the last season had a lot to contend with -- dealing with the night king, and concluding, you know, the game of throne. The writers dealt with it by placing the battle with the dead early into the season. And while many found it underwhelming, I thought the conclusion to that story was fine -- having Arya deal the killing blow made sense to her arc, and the fashion in which it happened was cool as fuck. I think people bemoaned the fact that the night king fell so easily, with nary a sword fight, but honestly, another sword fight...? That would have been boring. And more zombies? Boring. The whole white walker stuff was misguided from the start to my mind, so I'm glad that was out of the way. - Once the night king was defeated, the show had to revert to its original charms of politics, allegiances, and backstabbing. And yet, because the show devoted so much time to the white walkers, much of the momentum was lost. When the show suddenly shifted gears in ep 4, it almost felt like a retread of the earlier, superior seasons. There was a sense of "we're back to this again?" to the proceedings. It was still entertaining, but the magic was lost. And compounding the problem was the scarcity of airtime left, which made the writing hurried. - Cersei's demise was very weak. After all that pouting and show of might, to just utterly fail at doing anything during the battle was underwhelming. Dany's demise too was underwhelming. Again the arcs were fine. I don't think anyone expected any less than deaths for these characters. But because of how hurried the writing was, it neither felt earned or satisfying. Then again, the show had written itself into a corner by this point. You could prolong the number of episodes, but the unfolding drama would feel repetitive and pale in comparison to earlier seasons. Essentially, the drama and characters expanded so wonderfully and organically early on that bringing all them to a close was always going to be in one way or another disappointing. - But all that stuff after Dany's death? Holy shit that was utterly horrendous. Nothing could excuse that.
  7. I caught the finale of the 2014 movie on TV again. One thing I really noticed is how slow both Godzilla and the MUTOs moved during battle. It lent an incredible amount of weight and heft to them. They felt real. All other CGI fights these days, including in KotM, make the movements of the CGI beings really fast and consequently, weightless. I seem to recall Rodan's maiden flight was handled really well though. It was the one sequence in the whole movie that left an impression on me. The music helped too.
  8. Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Decent for what it is - an monster bash action extravaganza. But nothing more. And the action, while certainly entertaining, is largely devoid of any creativity. It is 100% brawn. If that's not your cup of tea, don't bother. The 2014 movie did everything in this one better, save for one -- quantity of Godzilla. It certainly feel like they upped his screentime in this one. I for one didn't think there was too little of Godzilla in the first one, although a couple of deliberate cutaways were annoying. Overall though, this sequel is almost the opposite of the first. Where the first showed restraint and took its time to build scenes, this one drops in the action thick and fast. One complaint people had with the first is the allegedly underdeveloped human element. I thought halfway through when it was clear the world was facing skyscraper sized beings, the movie deliberately dropped any human development because, well... it was pointless. The point was that humans are powerless and insignificant against the MUTOs and Godzilla. Humans onscreen were nothing more than a vessel for the audience to observe the monsters and nothing more. The bridge attack showcased how massive and powerful Godzilla was against the army, Godzilla could just walk through the bridge as if it wasn't there. But they staged and built the sequence masterfully so that you could feel the scale of Godzilla and his might. You don't get that kind of staging and atmosphere in KotM. So if you want a better balance of brains and brawn in terms of action execution, 2014 is way superior. If you want pure muscle on muscle brawn for action, this one is it.
  9. Yes, the 2014 Godzilla is majestic. A rare diamond in the realm of stupid blockbusters. A movie that succeeds despite the unmemorable human characters, which are mostly beside the point of the spectacle on screen anyway. Personally I thought there were moments when it was too obvious the director deliberately wanted to cut away from a Godzilla fight, but it didn't really matter because he gave us a proper kickass showdown in the finale, replete with beautiful imagery. Even in the first 2/3 of the movie where there supposedly wasn't enough Godzilla, I wasn't left wanting because it still had a number of brilliantly mounted and executed sequences involving the MUTOs. The new one sounds like the usual dumb blockbuster. I'll probably still see it as I have free tickets. If the action scenes are good I'm all for it.
  10. Godzilla (2014). Perhaps the best monster blockbuster since... Jurassic Park? Extremely well paced, with a slew of nods and winks to JP, and some stunning set-pieces -- the opening sequence, the first MUTO awakening (closest thing we will ever get to the T-Rex escape), the bridge attack, and a wholly satisfying monster-on-monster carnage in the final battle, culminating in possibly the coolest monster kill in the history of cinema. It really helps that they filmed this almost entirely from the eye level of a bystander. It's one of the very few monster movies which captures the scale and size of the creatures. The human characters didn't bother me. They are there to simply anchor the point that we are powerless. About the only negative I can think of is Bryan Cranston, who really overacts here. Oh and killer opening titles too with fantastic music. I remember thinking it was Giacchino in Cloverfield mode... 4.5/5
  11. "Thor puts the ass in Asguardians of the Galaxy" I bet you Quill says that in GotG3. So that Endgame is still rated PG-13 when they show up in the final battle.
  12. I agree that there's no point overthinking the time travel stuff. No good will come of it. Anyway, I rewatched Infinity War and it's remarkable how similar certain beats of the stories between IW and Endgame -- Two characters go to Vormir and one is sacrificed to get the Soul Stone There's a big battle between the good and evil armies in the end (duh) Thor flies in to destroy the bad guys' massive warships in IW, Capt Marvel flies in to destroy the bad guys' warships in Endgame Whole purpose of the end battle is to keep Thanks from snapping his fingers There's a part in both movies where the female heroes team up, only it's done in such cringey manner in Endgame I suppose it's intentional on the part of the writers to have them so similar, as in to have the heroes correct their mistakes this time. But I'm not sure it really works on screen.
  13. I think I've seen all MCU movies except Captain Marvel. 1. Avengers Infinity War 2. Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Thor: Ragnarok 4. Captain America: the First Avenger The first Cap America had a cool retro-futurisric sheen that is quite pleasing to me. Gives it some character that most others lack. For that and for its earnest title character I included in my list of MCU movies I'm willing to watch more than once. The rest... Nah. Once is enough. I'll get around to watching Endgame a second time some day to see how it ages. But I just rewatched Infinity War yesterday and it is just a more satisfying movie than Endgame.
  14. I think he did spend his time with the girl in another reality. But after she passes of old age (or divorce?) he then time travels back to the same timeline.
  15. I don't think the plot necessarily references the other movies. You will still understand the whole middle section, plot-wise, without watching them. But you will lose some context that diminishes the impact of those scenes. There will be one or two scenes that may not make sense. But you should still be able to make sense of the general plot. Just watch Infinity War. I'm actually watching IW as I type as it's really quite a blast. Stands up even on a rewatch. I mean, it's bonkers. Peter Dinklage is cast as a giant. Thor restarts a sun. A reference to Aliens, of all movies...
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