Rate the latest movie you've seen.

Started by GalacticBusDriver, February 16, 2013, 12:37:09 AM

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Hermione can be played by any oppressed minority because the racism of that world is based on the ability of using magic or not, which is thought to be a genetic trait. But creating Hermonie and her parents as white (it's also a vanilla family, parents are rule/law abiding dentists) from the beginning has more gain to the story, because kids seeing a white kid being discriminated and bullied the way happens to their minority friends in reality very important for obvious reasons. They see the reverse all the time everywhere from RL to media, movies and it is normalised in a specific way. It's saying, this can happen to anyone-any group, if you do not take stance against it.

The 'Mudblood' slur is used for mixed 'race' people in this sense and can be used for everyone who has the ability of using magic without coming from only wizarding families, regardless of their skin colour, any different physical traits. Of course, because of the extreme inbreeding among some wizarding families, they would have similar physical traits. And it would be fitting to make them white.

This is the cautionary tale of the Harry Potter story. Rowling created a world based on a fantasy kind of point to racism, any kind of discrimination as a metaphor, so kids could clearly understand that besides being evil how moronic and pointless it is. Hermonie is a brilliant, talented kid but most importantly, she is very driven and hard working child with good conscience.

There are also "Squibs" in the wizarding world as opposed to "Mudbloods", who are nonmagical pople born to magical parent(s). So squib is another slur word, if you think about it.  And technically, the two squibs I remember from the books who are both white can also be portrayed by any oppressed minorities too. That's pretty worse as a circumstance than the other, if you think about it, but not widely discussed as far as I'm aware. (Tells a lot about human culture in RL.) Imagine that all your family and almost everyone in the society you live have magical ability, but you. Hard life. (Not surprisingly, we have one bad squib, one good one. The matter of making choices. You can be a footman to a one Voldermort minion and support him, or fight against fascism.)

The protagonist, Harry Potter character himself has a similar position in the equation. He is badly treated in his aunt's home, seen inferior to his cousin. He is actually an abused child and an outsider in his own home, he didn't know any other. In the wizarding world, he has been seen as a hero since he was orphaned. He is "the boy who lived" against Hitler himself. So when he changes worlds, he travels between opposite stations in life. When he arrives to Hogwarts, he is a celebrity and there is more than enough room for him to act like traditional kind of douchebag, esp. thinking his life is/has been hell back home. But he chooses to act completely the opposite. Without any idea of that world, Harry doesn't like Malfoy from the first moment from the way he acts and talks. I think, there was a conversation about being a 'true' wizard there too.

So, Rowling has created a world where kids can see many different kinds and versions of discrimination through mixed and entertwined positions and situations, different angles to carry kids around through them so they could get aware this is not one way road, but problem is always the same. And she is telling them noone can take their choice away, which is the only thing truely belongs to them in life; the only real thing about who they are. Because life is not about being chosen (to be bestowed with some super power, a name station at birth, the family and the place they were born in), but about making choices.

Well, it's been a long time, but I loved reading those books. I used to pre-order and cancel everything for a week when the book arrived. You know, eating a favourite snack and talking to yourself with loud gasps aind sighs. :D I'll always be a kid that way. I even thought about buying a few merhcandise.

I understand that the hype, esp with movies repelled a lot of people. The trick with involving child content like this is avoding all that. I don't know if it is true, but apparently the book series have more adult fans than children. It wouldn't surprise me. I wish more adults have read it, esp in the current sewage we are wading through. The shit is getting thicker and thicker. I wish we could get a new series like this one too. It doesn't have to be in the same genre. I just want a rich world with light, humourus telling and a strong flow. Sigh.

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USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)

The real story is so sad and interesting..and this flick just is not, somehow. A few bright spots maybe.


Your Highness. It's satire, absurd comedy...it is making fun of myths and legends. It's entertaining and juvenile, and underrated I guess. LOL
"I believe you find life such a problem because you think there are good people and bad people. You're wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides." Havelock Vetinari


Not a movie, but new series. Barry. Kinda awkward and weirdly a black comedy of mayhem and normal odd ball life. Fun watch.
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Took Boss Lady to see "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore." This one should "save" the whole series.
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I saw Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. I liked it. It's different than a typical Marvel film, but I appreciate it for that reason. It's darker, creepier, bloodier. As you probably got from the title, it involves hopping through the multiverse, almost Rick and Morty style. When travelling to a new universe, you never know what to expect. What customs might be different, how differently events played out, what characters might exist that aren't in the main universe. It allows them to treat much of the cast as expendable. After all, if they die in this universe, they still exist in another universe, right?

I could tell that some people made the mistake of bringing their little kids to this. They see the name "Marvel" and assume it's family friendly. Do not bring little kids to this. While it isn't overly gory, it's just the right amount of blood, loud noses, and disturbing imagery to give them nightmares. So viewers beware.

That being said, if you like MCU stuff, you'll probably enjoy this. As with many of their movies and shows, having a thorough experience with previous MCU content will enhance your experience. Otherwise, you may miss out on some of the context. In particular, I recommend watching Wandavision before this.

That's pretty much all I can say without getting into spoilers.
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I was disappointed with Madness of the Multiverse, partly because unlike most others, hands down, Dr. Strange was my favorite Marvel movie, and I went in with high hopes.  This second film was kind of like watching a movie written and directed at Salvador Dali. Things happened like they happen in a dream, with visual images lacking continuity.  While the surreal dream like quality of the film appealed to me, I found the story disjointed and not very compelling.  What made Marvel the new breath of life to a lack luster movie industry over the last 10 or 12 years, was that Marvel excelled brilliantly at telling stories and created relatable characters, even though they might be outrageously zany. This was more like watching a Walt Disney film.  While Disney does a good thing, no Disney movie ever packed the intensity and the wallop that Marvel put out most of the time.  I think Disney has a formula they go by. It's successful one, but they can't duplicate what seems to come almost naturally for Marvel. I give it a 6 out of 10.


The new Doctor Strange is actually incredibly good and I'm not sure why it's getting "meh" reviews - I love that it mixed almost campy old-school horror with modern horror + had a lot of references to old school horror movies, some of the action was just unexpected as fuck, the "mind-fuck" scenes were exactly that... it was just overall a really well directed film that managed to fuse Marvel comic book movie action with respect for classics like Nightmare, Shining, and of course films like "The Evil Dead" which Raimi directed.

It is 100% not a movie I would recommend taking your children to, some of the action is actually really dark and creepy. Other than that, Wanda was always my favorite going back to Ultron and I'm curious to see what becomes of the character, I love that they have incorporated her story more the last few years... and holy shit, does this movie set up some really interesting future plot lines if Marvel wants to stay creative and switch things up from their previous formula. It seems like a lot of the newer Marvel IPs have been going that route, so interesting to see if they can kinda find that magic again like Guardians did for the universe.

Tl;dr - I really liked it, and I don't get the criticisms being harsher on this movie than 99% of Marvel movies that share the same "flaws".

Edit - Hadn't read the previous 2 posts when I posted that.

QuoteWhat made Marvel the new breath of life to a lack luster movie industry over the last 10 or 12 years, was that Marvel excelled brilliantly at telling stories and created relatable characters, even though they might be outrageously zany.

For what it's worth, I really enjoy what they have done with Wanda because in some ways she feels like the most relatable character for me - her, Starlord and Thor in their own ways.
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Rewatching Chronicles of Riddick.

I know, I know, not everyone's cup of tea, especially people who loved Pitch Black.

I admit, the first 30 minutes are kinda lackluster - confusing scenes,  a couple expo dumps, a seeming lack of focus, etc.  Oh and the first couple of fight scenes have an unfortunate strobe light effect - disorienting and annoying the audience.

The first quarter of the film kinda sucked, which is a shame since that's when most people decide to either stick with it or tune out.

After that stumbling start, it gets much, much better.  Strong fight scenes.  Intriguing lore.  Quippy, quotable dialogue.  It's a big dumb action movie, but it's a very good dumb action movie.

Some stuff doesn't completely make sense, but this movie runs on Rule of Cool, so that's acceptable.

The set design is positively stunning.  The statuesque scifi-roman Necromonger aesthetic.  That three-headed mask.  The Used Future spaceships.  The force guns.  Those freaky half-dead telepath interrogators.  Even the mercs have their own strange fashion and culture, which makes for a hell of a juxtaposition with the orderly and disciplined Necromongers.

I quite like the actors, too.  Keith Urban, who went on to be the face of Billy Butcher in The Boys. Thandiwe Newton, who went on to great fame playing Maeve in Westworld.  Linus Roache, who went on to play King Eckbert in Vikings. And Colm Feore, who just kinda went on. He had fantastic villain chops, so that's unfortunate.


Quote from: aitm on May 03, 2022, 03:41:29 PMNot a movie, but new series. Barry. Kinda awkward and weirdly a black comedy of mayhem and normal odd ball life. Fun watch.
I´ve watched the first season.
Loved it. The car scene with his warbuddy really made everything click. That episode was pure gold.

Also, being a theatergeek myself, added another layer of self-depricating humor.

Will watch season 2. And 3 when it comes.
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Riddick quote: "20 mile buffer zone, 30 klicks (km) to the hangar"

Are you guys metric or not??!


 LOL, I always forget Pitch Black is supposed to be a part of some series. I just can't do it, I can't connect them. I think it will always be just a stand alone movie for me.
"I believe you find life such a problem because you think there are good people and bad people. You're wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides." Havelock Vetinari


I told my brother that I'm excited for that new Elvis movie and that I particularly liked the focus on Elvis being broken up about MLK Jr's death in the trailer.

He shhhed me and told me that I was spoiling the movie.  And not in a sarcastic way.

He's genuinely mildly upset that I "spoiled" something that happened decades ago.  Smh.


Ok, so yesterday I watched that 1999 South Park movie on YouTube, and it was pretty good.

I liked its message about how parents are willing to blame everything (tv, movies, etc) for their children's bad behavior but themselves.

I thought the singing in the film was pretty good, a decent parody of the singing in a lot of '90s Disney films.

I'm not a big South Park fan or anything, but I did enjoy this movie quite a bit.



I remember this scene from when I was a kid but had no idea what it was from. Turns out it was C.C. & Company, the Joe Namath starring vehicle which he made shortly after winning at that sporting ball game he plays.