Rate the latest movie you've seen.

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Hydra009

#6450
Quote from: Blackleaf on December 13, 2021, 08:10:17 PMThe first Spider-Man was...meh. The second one, I loved.
You mean Homecoming?  It had that iconic ferry scene, imho the most relatable villain in the MCU, the most intimidating villain-threatens-the-hero scene ever, and a pretty okay climax.

It's my third favorite Spider-Man movie after Spiderverse and Far From Home.  That's a high bar to reach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB5HTcFhCso

Chills.

Blackleaf

#6451
Quote from: Hydra009 on December 13, 2021, 09:41:18 PM
You mean Homecoming?  It had that iconic ferry scene, imho the most relatable villain in the MCU, the most intimidating villain-threatens-the-hero scene ever, and a pretty okay climax.

It's my third favorite Spider-Man movie after Spiderverse and Far From Home.  That's a high bar to reach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB5HTcFhCso

Chills.

Yeah, Homecoming. Since that was ANOTHER Spider-Man reboot in such a relatively short amount of time, I was simultaneously excited to have Spider-Man officially in the MCU and also kind of burnt out on the reboots. Granted, they kinda just skipped over this version's origin story, since they figured we'd be familiar with it already. We don't see the spider bite. We don't see Uncle Ben die. But in some ways, not having that stuff was kind of distracting, because it left me thinking, "Okay, but how DID this version of Spider-Man get his powers? Where is Uncle Ben? Is he already dead? Did he ever exist in this universe? Did he leave an impact on this version of Peter?" And then there were all of the changes. MJ looking and acting nothing like the source material, Aunt May being super young and constantly getting hit on. It was also a little weird that this version of Spider-Man was such a small time hero, being taken under Iron Man's wing.

It just took some adjusting to get used to this new version of Spider-Man, I think. The second movie won me over, but the first just didn't click with me. There's nothing really wrong with it, but it didn't feel like the same character I was so invested in back during the Raimi trilogy. Funnily enough, I think I care more about the new MJ than I do the new Spider-Man.
"Oh, wearisome condition of humanity,
Born under one law, to another bound;
Vainly begot, and yet forbidden vanity,
Created sick, commanded to be sound."
--Fulke Greville

Gawdzilla Sama

We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
PZ Myers

Hydra009

Quote from: Gawdzilla Sama on December 14, 2021, 07:01:41 AM
Whinerman has never amused me.
Dude's a teenage orphan, what did you expect?

And on top of that, every other day, some mentor of his is trying to killing his gf.  Dude can't sit down at Starbucks without having a car thrown at him.

Gawdzilla Sama

Quote from: Hydra009 on December 14, 2021, 03:16:54 PM
Dude's a teenage orphan, what did you expect?

And on top of that, every other day, some mentor of his is trying to killing his gf.  Dude can't sit down at Starbucks without having a car thrown at him.
He's also a superhero.  A whiney superhero. I have no sympathy for him, not since 1964 anyway.
We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
PZ Myers

Shiranu

Das Leben der Anderen ("The Lives of Others") 2006, Germany

Follows a Stasi operation in 1986 Berlin as they spy on a well-renowned playwright who has secretly grown disillusioned with the East German authority. Does a really good job of depicting the absolutely mental lengths the Stasi went to collect and store information on anyone and everyone; likewise does a very good job of humanizing, for better and for worse, the various operatives and informants. From terrified victims ratting out their neighbors and strait-laced operators who simply do their job as told, to Partymen who want to exploit this information for their own political and selfish gain, all of the characters feel real and not like caricatures. Very strong ending act, and the entire film does an amazing job of conveying the oppressive weight that fell upon the East during Soviet rule.

Winner of 7 Deutscher Filmpreis', a BAFTA, European Film Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe nomination and I think it's fully deserved; it beat "Pan's Labyrinth" for the Academy Award, and I think that's honestly a fair assessment.
Every day is a good day to *remove from server* an autocrat.

the_antithesis


Blackleaf

Quote from: Gawdzilla Sama on December 14, 2021, 05:00:32 PM
He's also a superhero.  A whiney superhero. I have no sympathy for him, not since 1964 anyway.

Spider-Man was originally created to be a super hero with relatable problems. He wasn't an alien with unlimited powers, like Superman. He wasn't one of the richest men alive, who could basically buy all of the super powers he wanted, like Batman. Peter's an ordinary guy who happens to live a double life as a super hero. He struggles to pay bills, because his hero work doesn't pay. He struggles to make time for his friends, family, and partners, because there always seems to be some problem for Spider-Man to fix. That's something I've always liked about his character.

On another note, I wonder how Flash will react to finding out that Peter is Spider-Man. If he gets screen time, that is. He hates Peter, but he's also Spider-Man's biggest fan. Finding out that they're the same person would definitely be confusing for him. I expect he'll change his opinion of Peter rather than the other way around, and he'll be one of the few people coming to his defense when he's accused of murdering Mysterio. In the comics, Flash joins the army and loses his legs, but he ends up merging with the white symbiote and becoming the hero Anti-Venom. He's also had the black symbiote at some point and played the role of Agent Venom. Either one would be cool to see, but they probably won't be in the next movie, unless there's an end-credits scene or something.
"Oh, wearisome condition of humanity,
Born under one law, to another bound;
Vainly begot, and yet forbidden vanity,
Created sick, commanded to be sound."
--Fulke Greville

Gawdzilla Sama

I can relate to being an orphan who was responsible for his uncle's death. Sounds just like my life.
We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
PZ Myers

Blackleaf

Quote from: Gawdzilla Sama on December 15, 2021, 05:43:23 AM
I can relate to being an orphan who was responsible for his uncle's death. Sounds just like my life.

It doesn't matter if it's something you personally went through. Traditional super heroes are like gods. Hell, some of them literally are gods, like Thor. And that's fine, but they're not really relatable. Spider-Man is a low-income young adult trying to get through life. His problems are real problems, and those problems are usually exacerbated by his status as a super hero. The irony of him secretly working for one of his biggest critics is also pretty interesting. Even though he's doing good things, that doesn't stop people from hating him. Because, as in real life, you can't please everybody, and people have to be divided on everything. He does eventually earn the city's trust, and even finds an ally in J. Jonah Jameson, but he has to work for that.

My favorite super heroes are like Spider-Man. Daredevil is another one. He has a job as a lawyer, fighting for justice in the day. But at night, he literally fights crime with his fists. Like Spider-Man, his double life gives him problems, and the risk of exposure makes him vulnerable. He can't just fly away like Superman, if somebody sees him without his glasses. It's also really interesting that he works in the justice system, because he believes in it, and yet when that fails, he goes out and delivers some vigilante justice. He's kind of a hypocrite, when you think about it.
"Oh, wearisome condition of humanity,
Born under one law, to another bound;
Vainly begot, and yet forbidden vanity,
Created sick, commanded to be sound."
--Fulke Greville

Hydra009

#6460
Iron Man had a really good character arc where Tony Stark nearly died and was essentially bedridden for a while, so he had to pilot the Iron Man suit remotely via headset.

Tony's lying in a hospital bed, struggling to move his hand to grab a ball and simultaneously, his Iron Man suit is pinned down by debris and struggling to reach out and grab a bomb or something.  Talk about parallelism.

There's a pretty funny part where Venom literally bites Iron Man's head off only to find out there's no one in there.  Pranked!

Gawdzilla Sama

Quote from: Blackleaf on December 15, 2021, 01:49:30 PM
It doesn't matter if it's something you personally went through.
I said that sardonically.
We 'new atheists' have a reputation for being militant, but make no mistake  we didn't start this war. If you want to place blame put it on the the religious zealots who have been poisoning the minds of the  young for a long long time."
PZ Myers

aitm

Watched Shang chi.  The ten ring thing….yikes!  That was awful…but you wanted to see how “awfuller” it got…..it got awfuller…..
A humans desire to live is exceeded only by their willingness to die for another. Even god cannot equal this magnificent sacrifice. No god has the right to judge them.-first tenant of the Panotheust

SGOS

The Card Counter included a lot of card playing and casino scenes, but the whole card counting thing was more like an environment to play out the real story, which was actually interesting, and had a slightly different Hollywood formula.  For the first time, I actually understood the theory behind card counting.  It's explained in a scene that lasts less than two minutes, so I'm hardly ready to head for Las Vegas right at this moment.  Besides for me personally, I can think of better ways to earn money.  I first noticed Oscar Isaac in Ex Machina, which was a movie good enough to get anyone's attention, so I've been kind of interested in him as an actor, and I think he's a pretty good one, although he's been around for 15 years.

SGOS

#6464
Quote from: aitm on December 16, 2021, 07:46:15 AM
Watched Shang chi.  The ten ring thing….yikes!  That was awful…but you wanted to see how “awfuller” it got…..it got awfuller…..
I didn't think it was awful, but I had low expectations.  In spite of the reviews and hype behind the film, the whole concept of kung fu, its generally wide interest not withstanding, rates really low as a genre on my list.  I've never seen a kung fu film that didn't strike me as ridiculous.  But after I saw a few, I've avoided them like the plague, so I'm hardly an expert.  I waited for this to make it to the Redbox, because I wasn't about to waste my money at the theater.  And then, the only reason I bothered renting it was because it claimed to be a Marvel movie.

I thought a few of the parts were clever, actually very clever, so I was surprised.  Take all the kung fu out of the film, and I may have enjoyed it a lot more.