Discussion in 'Serial Thread Archives' started by Kyriakos, Aug 4, 2019.
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is set in the 1950s with a plot based on ancient aliens.
People were more open minded than
No I do not mean they were eating Your brains
Back then peoples in general were more focused on quality, geez these days Star wars or pointless superhero movie XIVV gets more viewers than quality does.
I suggested a couple exceptional movies here, and overall very little interest..why bother?
Consider that they were only exceptional to you.
Find my posts in this thread for quality. This is one of the very few threads, as Synsensa will vindictively agree, where I prefer quality to quantity.
what does that even mean
The lore around the fall of man was somewhat similar, especially in tone and general vibe. There were also some parallels in how society re-developed after the fall. In H:ZD, there is effectively a sky city that is the local, oppressive hegemon over the impoverished locals as there is in Alita. Nothing fundamentally similar though. Really more of a general vibe.
Haven't been well enough to go to as many early screenings or general releases lately, but here's a quick two-month rundown:
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - Actually liked this better than the original. Had more of a fairy tale feel, which I'm a sucker for.
Joker - Wasn't too bad, but not exactly my type of movie. Though not the main character, I was struck with what a jerk Thomas Wayne was.
Frozen II - No where near as good as the original. Everything from the story to the musical compositions felt like a pale reflection from the first movie. I heard there was alot of drama behind the scenes as well. The kids enjoyed it though.
Jumanji: The Next Level - Just as good as the first one. All the actors in game do an admirable job of reflecting their real-life counterparts. Another one the kids enjoyed, grandma not so much.
Midway - About what you'd expect with a Roland Emmerich film. Light on drama, heavy on action/effects. Still enjoyable if you have some knowledge of the actual events, otherwise it might be tough to keep up.
1917 - Highly recommended! I can't see this not winning some awards. Everything from the acting to the cinematography was just brilliant. Telling the story through a first person, single shot medium was so immersive and engaging.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Better than expected, but fraught with pacing and story issues originating from an attempt to correct the wrongs of TLJ, while simultaneously trying to adequately resolve the many disparate threads from the ST and the entire Skywalker Saga. It was infinitely better than it's predecessor in it's adherence to the larger SW mythos and concepts, but largely a disappointment in it's execution.
A few movies I caught this past week while resting:
The Last Airbender - Actually only watched the first 30 minutes. Acting and dialogue were simply atrocious.
The Commuter - Nothing overly spectacular, but I can't help enjoying Liam Neeson whatever he's in.
Pet Sematary (2019) - Not really a genre I enjoy, but it was on Epix so I gave it a shot. Response... Meh.
Annihilation - Saw this at a screening back in '18 and wanted to watch it again. Never read the novel it's based on, but after two years it's still a visceral, thought-provoker. Still not sure about what the ending means, but I do know the scene with the bear still creeps me out.
The books (or audiobooks) of this trilogy are amazing. I will say that if you read them expecting to get clarity or an explanation, you will be disappointed. It is the kind of story where the mystery of the thing is the whole point.
I saw The Wandering Earth on Netflix. It turns out this movie is based on a book by Liu Cixin, who wrote The Three Body Problem trilogy. You can definitely tell it is one of his works because it has some of his favorite themes:
Earth is endangered by a cosmic threat
All of humanity pulls together to face it, with extremely difficult choices being made
The scale of the movie is enormous - the basic plot is about moving the Earth out of the solar system - Cixin doesn't do small science fiction
It was pretty good. The science was very fictional, even more so than The Three Body Problem. The movie is Chinese but is dubbed in English. However, the subtitles do not match the dubbed words at all. The subtitles actually read like a rough draft translation of the script, while the dub is nicely localized.
The special effects were pretty cool and I liked the story. Definitely worth a watch but not ground breaking. @Birdjaguar for awareness - I had no idea they were making Cixin movies
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*sigh* I miss being able to read as much as want, for as long as I want. So many books I want to check out, but my eyes don't seem to want to cooperate anymore. It's taken me three weeks to just get through 2/3 of the Golden compass.
I saw that it was available a couple weeks back. I read the description and thought it sounded kind of silly so I passed. May take a second look now time permitting.
It is a bit silly of a premise, to be honest. But it's not bad. I didn't take it very seriously, it was an epic science fiction action movie at its heart and I approached it as such rather than as a serious drama.
Oh I forgot that there was some poorly edited scenes that were difficult to follow. They have to escape a building at one point and that entire 10 minute sequence did not make a lot of sense because of all of the jumping around that the cameras did.
But overall the plot is actually coherent if you pay attention to it.
The dubbed English was crucial though. I passed on the movie before because I didn't want to be forced to read subtitles and I didn't realize it was dubbed. They did a pretty ok job with the dub.
I'm here for you after this traumatic experience. What do you need?
OMG the Airbender movie was such garbage... especially in comparison the cartoon miniseries which was absolutely superb... what a disappointment the movie was
A couple Valium and some NSA Strawberry Froyo from Menchie's would do the trick.
One double ‘valium’ coming up.
Haha! Love that movie, but don't think my family would appreciate me running around the house sans clothes a la Alan Tudyk.
I watched it a while back and didn't realize it was based on a Cixin story. Now I have to go back a take another look. But, I suspect that.... to be continued.
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