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    What is the stupidest movie ever made?

    I do think that movie is one of the great cinematic atrocities of all time, but it is in no way the stupidest film ever made. It's far too meta and self-aware (not in a good way) and avant garde to really warrant that label. It's an infinitely more interesting film to talk about than watch, but...
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    Discuss and Rate the Last Film You Watched

    Zack Snyder's Watchmen, the 3-hour director's cut. 8/10. Still probably his best film alongside Dawn of the Dead '04. Although it's screamingly obvious that Snyder just does not understand the point of the source material, and all his trademark traits are pretty rampant here, it's still a very...
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    What is the stupidest movie ever made?

    If we're talking purely by stupidity, I'm sure it's a Neil Breen movie or something akin to that. The incoherence in his work is genuinely next level, but so is the entertainment factor, and because of that I can't fault his movies for that. But if we're talking what movie aggravated me the...
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    The Wheel of Time

    I remember starting the first book some years ago. Despite never having read that much fantasy, or books in general, and it supposedly being one of the all-time most influential series in the genre, I still felt like I'd read that story a zillion billion times. As far as I'm concerned, taking...
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    Kentaro Miura, creator of Berserk, has died at 54

    Last one to have been helmed by Miura himself, no doubt. But I can't escape the feeling that we might be skipping a massive chunk to speedrun right to the end. Even if it's sudden, even if it's rushed and but a skeleton of what it was meant to be, I still want to see the ending to Berserk...
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    Movie, TV, Web Series, and Music Hot Take(s).

    I can't believe it's taken me this long to bust this one out, but here we go: Neon Genesis Evangelion is a maddeningly overrated, incoherent, hypocritical, badly told, confused mess, and the only version of its main storyline that's even close to competent is the manga. The only reason it's...
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    Discuss and Rate the Last Film You Watched

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010), 5/10 I totally get why people love this movie. It's really well made for a genre where not giving a shit is the standard. All the acting is really great, the dialogue is snappy, it's funny for both kids and adults without feeling pandering to either, the tone is...
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    Movie, TV, Web Series, and Music Hot Take(s).

    Aw, that's unfortunate. Because Pitch Meeting is a legitimately well written and funny series IMO. It really shows what good writing can do when it's literally just one guy talking to "himself". "Pitch Meeting's thumbnails are TIGHT."
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    Movie, TV, Web Series, and Music Hot Take(s).

    Quentin Tarantino's entire career is built on making film critics and film nerds of his ilk soyface at the random references and homages in his films and therefore making them think his films are any good. From my experience (which doesn't include Jackie Brown, Hateful Eight or Once Upon a Time...
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    Discuss and Rate the Last Film You Watched

    You know it's a good bad movie when I didn't even mention Jeremy Irons swallowing the scenery whole and spitting it back out. It's a performance for the ages for all the wrong reasons, and a joy to watch.
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    Discuss and Rate the Last Film You Watched

    Some more movies I saw recently: Dungeons & Dragons (2000), goodbad/10 Watched this as part of a bad movie night, and boy is it a treat in that regard! I could just say that Marlon Wayans plays one of the main characters and leave it at that, but it's got many other enjoyable aspects as well...
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    Discuss and Rate the Last Film You Watched

    Chiming in on this a bit, Ultron is best summarised in one word as "unfortunate" IMO. It had to both follow the first Avengers which was an unprecedented hit in cinema history, and also introduce a whole roster of new characters. It had to be also setting up future films, hence the really...
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    Discuss and Rate the Last Film You Watched

    Downfall aka Der Untergang from 2004, 8/10. Saw this movie like a decade ago the last time, so it was due for a revisit. And hoo boy is it a tough watch. It's non-stop stress, misery and tension for close to 2,5 hours. Not a movie you can just casually put on: you have to know what you're...
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    Invincible confirmed for Season two and three

    I know you wrote this like 3 weeks ago and your opinion may have changed, but I don't think it's a fair assessment to call this just another "Superman bad" story. To compare it to its most obvious contemporary, The Boys, there's key differences established over the course of the series: 1. In...
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    Discuss and Rate the Last Film You Watched

    Army of the Dead on Netflix. 3/10. Granted, I watched it more as a background movie while drinking and talking with my friends so maybe I missed something brilliant. But the fact that the annoyances bubbled up even in that context should be a dire enough mark against the movie. It's about as...