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JEDI

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Expanse (Season 4): 8/10

it took 4 years but it got better.
1) Klaes Ashford, The pirate turned 2nd in command of the Behemoth:
Why did he do something as dangerous as boarding Marco Inaros's ship instead of blasting it with torpedoes?
and only 3 people vs god knows how many onboard???
for a grizzled old guy with decades of experience, this made no sense!

2) Instead of Tow cable, why not just xfer energy from the Roci to the Belter ship?

3) the Miller arc at the end was WTFbbq!?!
seemed like the change was shoehorned in there and made no sense.
Expanse (Season 5, eps 5): 9.5/10

The best episode so far of the series.
Intense!

But you knew when they made a comment about the strong guy in prison that he'll be seen later on in the episode.

Season 5 (so far):
The main bad guy is holding all the cards.

but Mars econ and military moral deterioting so rapidly 6 months after the war?
to the point where the military senior officers selling off entire war ships on the black market?!

That's like USA or England's naval officers illegally selling it's smaller warships to terrorist's in the Middle East 6 months after an economic recession hit.
a bit too far fetched
 
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DigDog

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I'm back on Godfather Of Harlem, S02E07, Forrest Witthaker is such an excellent actor, who deeply understands his character, and a real pleasure to just see him work.
 
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MrSquished

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Children of Men - 7.5/10 - Re-watched this movie after a long while. It's a classic but this time around I felt the first 1/3 of the movie was a bit rushed. They could have added another 20 minutes in the beginning to flesh out the situation, the setting, and a bit more of Theo and Julian's characters. And then of course there are some of those epic one cam/shot scenes including the 8 minute or so chase/fight scene. On a nice tv and soundsystem, it really gets you right into the thick of it. Always recommend this flick.
 

sportage

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I recommend the new release THE NIGHT HOUSE. Like reading a mystery with so many twists and turns you can't imagine or predict the outcome. Several times I thought I had figured it out but all of my predictions were wrong. I love when a story/director tries something different from the norm especially with a horror film.th.jpg
 

DigDog

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purbeast0

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Sep 13, 2001
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Watched Mortal Kombat again last night and liked it even more the second time. I gave it a 10/10 last time but after reflecting on it last time I think I'd change it to 9/10 for 2 reasons.

1. There was no actual Mortal Kombat tournament. That said, I still liked the story and thought it was awesome.

2. Making a new character in Cole when there was really way more than enough lore already in the MK world that did not warrant the need for a new character. His arcana was also pretty lame. But again, I enjoyed it still and liked the story with him.

Also note worthy is I bought the bluray and holy shit the sound was light years better than watching it on HBO Max (expected). I blasted it and the soundtrack in the movie is really f'ing good.
 

Exterous

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Nobody
I really enjoyed the movie but can't figure out how to rate it. I want to say something like 9.5/10 but I can't tell if that is just because there is so much garbage being released on Netflix, Amazon Prime etc right now or not. I was actually starting to wonder if I was developing ADHD because I couldn't sit through movies without fast forwarding or dicking around on my phone. But this movie held my attention completely

Watched Mortal Kombat again last night and liked it even more the second time. I gave it a 10/10 last time but after reflecting on it last time I think I'd change it to 9/10 for 2 reasons.

1. There was no actual Mortal Kombat tournament. That said, I still liked the story and thought it was awesome.

2. Making a new character in Cole when there was really way more than enough lore already in the MK world that did not warrant the need for a new character. His arcana was also pretty lame. But again, I enjoyed it still and liked the story with him.

Also note worthy is I bought the bluray and holy shit the sound was light years better than watching it on HBO Max (expected). I blasted it and the soundtrack in the movie is really f'ing good.
Good to know because I really enjoyed the soundtrack even when watching on HBO Max
 

purbeast0

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Nobody
I really enjoyed the movie but can't figure out how to rate it. I want to say something like 9.5/10 but I can't tell if that is just because there is so much garbage being released on Netflix, Amazon Prime etc right now or not. I was actually starting to wonder if I was developing ADHD because I couldn't sit through movies without fast forwarding or dicking around on my phone. But this movie held my attention completely



Good to know because I really enjoyed the soundtrack even when watching on HBO Max
It was just very muffled on there and the bass track was lacking hard. I had it set to like +5 or +10 and i NEVER watch movies at anything past like -10, maybe I'll go to -7.5 depending on the movie, because it's just too loud.

I watched Nobody last weekend and also thought it was really good.
 

Ajay

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Jan 8, 2001
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Watched World War Z again. 8/10
My favorite Zombie movie for some reason, can't pin it down. The globe trotting mystery is probably a significant draw for me.
 

JEDI

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Sep 25, 2001
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Watched World War Z again. 8/10
My favorite Zombie movie for some reason, can't pin it down. The globe trotting mystery is probably a significant draw for me.
Meh.
Fast moving smart zombies as the norm.
That's like wizards carrying swords.
Breaks with the mythos. (And one of the reasons I didn't like Lord of the rings)
 

DownTheSky

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Watched To Your Eternity
First episode is a masterpiece. An easy 10/10. For the rest, 8.5/10
You can watch the first episode here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/to-your-eternity/episode-1-the-last-one-811147?

Exactly the opposite is Vivy https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13851958/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Starts average but it picks up fast and turns into a crackin anime. It reminds me of Ghost In The Shell in many ways. 9/10
The only minus I could find it's the virus AI speaks way too fast and it's hard to read the subtitle and follow what's going on screen at same time.
 
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MrSquished

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Meh.
Fast moving smart zombies as the norm.
That's like wizards carrying swords.
Breaks with the mythos. (And one of the reasons I didn't like Lord of the rings)
Especially if you read the book, world war z is super meh
 

MrSquished

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It was just very muffled on there and the bass track was lacking hard. I had it set to like +5 or +10 and i NEVER watch movies at anything past like -10, maybe I'll go to -7.5 depending on the movie, because it's just too loud.

I watched Nobody last weekend and also thought it was really good.
Nobody is good? I just checked the trailer and it looks like Saul becoming an action star with a couple really bad lines, at least in the trailer.
 

MrSquished

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Just wrapping up Nobody
Nobody has to just be poking fun at all action movies.

Made me think about action movies. Now Heat. That's a great action movie.
 

purbeast0

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I wouldn't even call Heat an action movie. It is a slow burn movie with a couple great action scenes in it. I mean it's 3 hours, and there are what, like 3-4 action scenes in it?
 

MrSquished

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I wouldn't even call Heat an action movie. It is a slow burn movie with a couple great action scenes in it. I mean it's 3 hours, and there are what, like 3-4 action scenes in it?
That's true, compared to an action movie that is 75% action, it is not. However, the bigger shootout/heist scene is still considered one of the best action/shootout sequences of all time. And it has other action. It's like an action movie with a brain. The characters had actual development, the movie felt like a story, not just a vehicle to insert action into and disregarding any other movie element except that.
 

deustroop

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....... And it has other action. It's like an action movie with a brain. The characters had actual development, the movie felt like a story, not just a vehicle to insert action into and disregarding any other movie element except that.
That's your problem right there. You wanted a story with character development and "other movie elements". What are you thinking of here ? You perhaps did not know the film has the same writer and producer as the John Wick series.
So BAM BAM BAM.
But not just that. What sets Nobody apart even in its genre from Wick and endless other similar efforts of righteous retribution is Bob Odenkirk 's enthusiasm for his work, for what other lead characters would consider inherent difficulties.Where Wick's character goes, damn I have to kill half of Manhattan to get my dog back, Odenkirk's says, I'm just begging one of you 8 guys behind me to make a move, and when they do, he, like Mohommed Ali, delivers on his promise. Never seen such fun in the midst of such violence (except in vodeo games).
AFAIK it's never been done quite like this before either. This is not a PC film and action is not avoided, as if the message is, we all are animals at heart and this too is life.
 
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DigDog

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.. this has been a long time coming ..

Terminator 2 - Judgement Day - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103064/reference

rating on IMDb: 8.5/10

We know James Cameron knows how to make a film, but something must have change between Terminator (1984) and Judgement Day (1991). Maybe the issue is that with Terminator, he didn't have much money. Or maybe he wasn't thinking "cinematography".

The introduction scene has Schwarzy show up with his peepee in the air at a biker bar and politely ask for their clothes. A brief demostration of violence ensues, after which Bad To The Bone starts playing and we immediately know the tone of this film has nothing to do with the previous film. There is no humour in Terminator.

There's a brief scene with exo-only T800s which is kind of stupid, as these were explained in T1 to be infiltration models, while Skynet fights its above-ground battles using "normal", tank-like and helicopter-like machines, the H-K's. Still, it's a decent scene, so no complaints there. I also understand they want to call back to T1 so obviously they will try to cram in the exo. A nerd would still disagree, though.

The brief introduction of the snotty, annoying kid co-protagonist comes with its own soundtrack and we reeeally need to stop doing this.

Sarah Connor is introduced as being in a mental institution. Ok. Let's forget that a terminator ripped through an entire police station and that its carcass was left behind in a press, and that there is plenty of evidence to prove as much. Government coverup n' all that. I actually quite like this part, and the lead up to the first confrontation between the two terminators.
The new character of Sarah Connor is believable and Linda Hamilton does a good job. Also Cameron's own audio track really helps when he's not forced to blare out Guns & Roses.
There's some minor film tricks here, "how does one terminator know which way they went" but this is standard filmmaking stuff and the suspension of disbelief takes care of these.
(lol @ stuntman in obvious Arnold mask when he does the bike jump)

Then you have the long chase scene in the waterway. The big explosion that the T1000 walks away from is not great, because you are now looking at an antagonist that is indestructable, which - do i really need to explain this? - dampens the effect of any future scenes of combat they might be in.

Up until now i was on board with this film, but from here onwards, it starts to annoy me.

Edward Furlong as John Connor is terrible. His lack of acting aside, and his direction by Cameron, are irrelevant compared to the very fact that his lines are structures as those of a protagonist. WE, the audience, are now expected to identify with this 13yo kid. He does a cringy "we are buddies now" thing and Arnold escorts him away. There's the "your parents are dead" scene, which could be annoying from a canon point of view, because the "two" terminators sent back were sent, in T1, from an experiemental facility, which was later captured by the resistance. Even if we accept two were sent, this would have been in rapid succession. So while a second terminator already breaks canon, what's more annoying is that the T1000 has far more indepth knowledge of the 20th century, and far too good mimicry, for having access to the same exact information that the T800 has.

This is a big point, because Terminator 1 is a film that "ends". There is no material for a sequel, because the very plot of this film is "let's make that no other terminators exist". So obviously they had to walk back some things, and break canon. Up to a point, i am inclined to forgive this.

Anyway, Sarah breaks out of the mental institution, at the same time that both terminators arrive. John does his "swear to not kill anyone" speech. And i don't get it.

John Connor at this time is a fringe criminal. He hates his own mother and steals money from people's bank accounts. He despises his foster parents and clearly gets into a lot of trouble. It would totally be this character's fantasy to have a bigass terminator to kill everyone he doesn't like, and in his position he has nothing to gain by asking the T800 to not kill people. And you know the reason why? No, it's not character writing. It's not because the story demands it. It's because Terminator 2 was rated PG-13. This is why we have a scene with a 13yo child teaching his big friendly giant terminator how to say Hasta La Vista Baby.

T1 has nothing of this and that's why it is such a pure film. It draws from the crime films of the early 80s, it's dark, seedy, without salvation.

T2 is not a bad film, in itself it has a lot of really great things. The nuclear explosion scene with skeleton reveal is absolutely epic, but the scenes where the T800 fires a minigun and an assortment of grenades into the police and hits NOBODY are A-Team levels of cringe.
Cameron is a really talented director and skilled in all aspects of filmmaking, but he has decided to got for a casual film, here; a film here where THE HEROES are hiding behind a desk from a hail of bullets, and nobody's getting hit because they are THE HEROES. There is no drama, no crying here, or if there is, it's for show - the stupid protagonist will soon again be chirping like a fucking bird who found a cookie.

This, together with the absurd invincibility of the antagonist makes for a film that can't be taken too seriously.

Here is a comprehensive list of what really, really makes it impossible for me to like T2.

1. John Connor's character and Furlong's acting, his dialogue and screeching voice.
2. the absurd liquid-metal technobabble. The T800 is scary because it feels real, the T1000 is in superheroland.
3. twice the heroes manage to escape the terminator, and twice again they put themselves in its way.
4. the ending scene where the T800 "sacrifices itself", together with all attempts to humanize Arnold's character. THIS IS THE MAIN POINT OF THE TERMINATOR.
The fucking tag line, "a machine, cold, calculating, unstoppable".

The appeal of T1 was that the terminator is just a dumb machine, and it will keep trying to kill you, it cannot be distracted, it doesn't take time off, it's direct, dumb and brutal. Not only does T2's T800 fail by trying to be more sympathetic, but the same way the T1000 fails by being too clever. There is something of a beautiful agony in knowing that you are just barely escaping a T800 just because it's too stupid, but at the same time you are not really escaping, just delaying the inevitable.

T2 is a boom boom shooty film for kids.

T1 is a hellhole. Sarah Connor is just a waitress girl who one day gets abducted and knows she's about to be raped and/or murdered. Only after witnessing the impossible she barely starts to accept the reality of Kyle Rees and even then she fucks up and brings the Terminator back on her track by trying to call her mother. The Terminator casually murders anything in its way, where the important word is CASUALLY. It doesn't kill a dog out of spite, or a truck driver because they were annoying, it has one.single.purpose.

Arnold in T1 is mesmerizing. He still had some of the machnie like body movement in T2, but in T1 he truly looks like a machine, behaves like a machine. T1 is solid, grounded, realistic, and scary, and while T2 is not a terrible film, the two are miles apart.


My vote, Terminator 2 - Judgement Day: 7.5/10 - minus 1 if you have watched The Terminator
My vote, The Terminator: 8.5/10
 
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Mai72

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World War Z. 8/10

Good movie. I like Brad Pitt. I've heard that a part2 might be in the works?
 

MrSquished

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That's your problem right there. You wanted a story with character development and "other movie elements". What are you thinking of here ? You perhaps did not know the film has the same writer and producer as the John Wick series.
So BAM BAM BAM.
But not just that. What sets Nobody apart even in its genre from Wick and endless other similar efforts of righteous retribution is Bob Odenkirk 's enthusiasm for his work, for what other lead characters would consider inherent difficulties.Where Wick's character goes, damn I have to kill half of Manhattan to get my dog back, Odenkirk's says, I'm just begging one of you 8 guys behind me to make a move, and when they do, he, like Mohommed Ali, delivers on his promise. Never seen such fun in the midst of such violence (except in vodeo games).
AFAIK it's never been done quite like this before either. This is not a PC film and action is not avoided, as if the message is, we all are animals at heart and this too is life.
who cares about it being PC or not, I certainly didn't. It was just a goofy action film with your standard caricature characters, from the group of 'high-end' thugs that got on the bus to harass a young girl, to the evil Russian sociopath mobster collecting art - everything was a generic trope that's been done a million times before and they were pretty good ones, I'll admit. But then I mean Christopher Lloyd getting in on the action with his shotgun, it was so stupid my brain hurt.

Heat is a movie. Nobody is a generic entertainment flick.
 
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DigDog

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absolutely agree.
John Wick KNOWS it's a stupid stabby punchy shooty action film.
Nobody *thinks* it's a clever and profound human drama, while it's actually just a stabby punchy shooty film.
 

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