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Rewatched "The Matrix" this morning, just didn't feel like getting out of bed and I didn't mind a refresher with the new one coming out.

imminently rewatchable as always. It's up there with films like Independence Day and Jurassic Park or John wick where it's like "oh hey thats on" and you can just sit down and enjoy it because something is always happening. The exposition is interwoven into the action, you're not sitting around waiting while someone explains the Matrix, "It must be shown". Its a very compact story with a compact ending. Gives you lots to ponder and wanting more, but also not needing it. I'm a software/hardware/internet engineer it's surprising to say the way things are laid out "works" for me.

The technology is left opaque to where it's not contradicting, I may not know how the exits and things work, but as someone who understands what a socket is, how the OSI model works and Layer 5-7 firewalls function I can go "I don't know how that works, but its also not showing me enough that I could debate it. In theory it could work" and I think thats how to successfully "suspend disbelief" in scifi and allow an audience to feel connected to a film and its characters. Things like "along with a type of fusion reaction" work because Fusion reaction is not along enough that I can argue and I probably would have argued that maintaining a comatose human might end up making the cost differential kind of weak. I like when films do that. I don't need things explained to me, just small little windows for logic to function. I think as far as "The One" and the commentary on predestination goes, I can guess what my boss is doing at home right now today with a 75% accuracy based on established patterns and repetitive predictable outcomes. I like that the science in the scifi allows for the likelyhood that a Neo would occur, someone with enough of an understanding of the underlying architecture of the matrix to allow them a plethora of backdoors, visualized as super powers, and the people looking for him are the one who are most likely to find him.

It'll be interesting to see if they reflect on the 2&3rd movies or just kind of gloss over them for the 4rth movie. I'm hoping its the latter. This kind of scifi always works better when you keep the exposition to a minimum. It could be argued, all you need to know is that Neo forced a truce of sorts, and he and trinity maybe died. You could just ignore reloaded and revolutions altogether while keeping them canon.

Prospect (prime?)
Aesthetically Retro Space Hijinks involving father and daughter going onto, a getting stuck on a planet in search of meat trees they can cut open to extract giant sperm harbouring fancy space diamonds within. I'd like to leave it just there, and I think I will. Though Pedro Pascal was so reminiscent of a charismatic friend from a long while ago, actually had to double check.
I have a big crush on Prospect. I'm really into set design and Prospect kinda blew me away with its attention to detail. I think every movie goer is different and people care about different things, but I loved that nothing looked fancy in Prospect. These are impoverish miners who can barely afford space travel so the design of their hodge podge technology was just perfect to provide that sense of realism. I think thats a big part of what made Star Wars great, Ralph McQuaries "lived in universe". Space travel would never look flashy or shiny as much as we might dream it does. It would look cheap and dingy. I liked how they were able to use film effects to make generic fields look alien. I think so far I'm the only person the planet that noticed that, similar to Star Wars, they made a unique written language for Prospect. You only really notice it on consoles and when she writing in her journal thing. I also thought Pedro Pascal as Space Mark Twain was Magnificent. Again to each his own I know to some people it just looked like low-budget scifi, but I loved it. I actually got to talk to the set designer on Reddit and he/she confirmed all my thoughts and talked about putting some of the guns and things together. I'd kill to get the film makers to autograph a poster or something.
 
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I have a big crush on Prospect. I'm really into set design and Prospect kinda blew me away with its attention to detail. I think every movie goer is different and people care about different things, but I loved that nothing looked fancy in Prospect. These are impoverish miners who can barely afford space travel so the design of their hodge podge technology was just perfect to provide that sense of realism. I think thats a big part of what made Star Wars great, Ralph McQuaries "lived in universe". Space travel would never look flashy or shiny as much as we might dream it does. It would look cheap and dingy. I liked how they were able to use film effects to make generic fields look alien. I think so far I'm the only person the planet that noticed that, similar to Star Wars, they made a unique written language for Prospect. You only really notice it on consoles and when she writing in her journal thing. I also thought Pedro Pascal as Space Mark Twain was Magnificent. Again to each his own I know to some people it just looked like low-budget scifi, but I loved it. I actually got to talk to the set designer on Reddit and he/she confirmed all my thoughts and talked about putting some of the guns and things together. I'd kill to get the film makers to autograph a poster or something.
Yeah, definitely agreed, the reliance on practical effects and precise shots did a lot to help make the world feel that little more real and touchable alongside the care put into to the nuggets of world creation, it's on the upper scale of quality for low-budget sci-fi for sure. The flaws often associated with low budget are mostly sufficiently compensated for, aside from the overly familiar plant life and odd moment of marginally unconvincing stage effects. Great to hear you got to talk and learn off an insider too. The guns were certainly neat looking!
 
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Went and saw shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings after work today. It's going to be a long time before it hits streaming, I heard it was good and when I checked my local theater was empty.

It was filmed 21:9 which makes me a tad disappointed that I saw it in Standard rather Than Dolby or Imax. Definitely recommend watching in Ultra wide if you can. As for the movie itself *shrug*. It was decent. The story is solid and very unique for a Marvel film. I liked the protagonist. I liked the martial arts in the beginning. Very much an homage to Jackie Chan and rumble in the bronx. Awkwafina is toned down to the point of being non-existent. Shes not irritating, but not particularly funny or compelling. I think they shouldn't have bought into the hype and gone with someone more talented. Mandarin and the rings are a minor let down. They remind me of a couple different super heroes, but the only one that comes to mind immediately is "Mister Terrific" from Dc comics, you know basically the Rings can kind of become an extension of your will, but still be rings. Kind of a shield, kind of weapon etc, not particularly fantastical.

I have to admit I don't particularly like modern chinese operatic kungfu films. I don't care for all the swinging and spinning around on wires. It just feels weightless and more. I like meaningful impact stuff. If you have to do Chinese stuff gimme like "man of Tai Chi". In that context the fighting for the second half of the film switches to that CG flipping around on wires stuff and I just find it kind of uninteresting. The movie totally lost me in the final act, its just a typical Chinese CGI boss battle whatever. I couldn't even tell what was going on half the time.

I'm kind of deflated. I heard more than one critic call it one of the best Marvel films. I think they based that largely on the fact that it's very different from any other marvel film. Critics do that, like they loved the TLJ because it was different. To it's credit atmospherically its quite different. It's one of those classical chinese opera kung-fu movies with a marvel logo wrapped around it so you get all the references and dad jokes.

It's ok, just didn't blow my mind. I think if Marvel doesn't want diminishing returns to really start to accumulate they need to start taking some risks.
 

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I've been marathoning what they call The DC Animated Movie Universe, And these are the movies relevant to the continuity.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Justice League: War
Son of Batman
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Batman vs. Robin
Batman: Bad Blood
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
Justice League Dark
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie
The Death of Superman
Reign of the Supermen
Batman: Hush
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
And Justice League Dark: Apokolips War


I'm at Death of Superman at the moment. And so far I think Justice League: Throne of Atlantis was the best one. Followed by two Teen Titans movies.

Weakest one so far for me was Batman: Bad Blood
 

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I've been marathoning what they call The DC Animated Movie Universe, And these are the movies relevant to the continuity.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Justice League: War
Son of Batman
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Batman vs. Robin
Batman: Bad Blood
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
Justice League Dark
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie
The Death of Superman
Reign of the Supermen
Batman: Hush
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
And Justice League Dark: Apokolips War


I'm at Death of Superman at the moment. And so far I think Justice League: Throne of Atlantis was the best one. Followed by two Teen Titans movies.

Weakest one so far for me was Batman: Bad Blood
If you're okay with the out of continuity ones, check out Batman: Soul of the Dragon.
 

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Hard to believe how spoiled we all were to think that Ironman 3 was only meh. Now we are exposed to far lesser fair like Shang Chi that failed, IMHO to make me think much of the main character while there was so much to love in Ironman 3, including a very balsy main character. Writer Director Shane Black gave us far more than we deserved. 85/100
 

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Dune

Do you like sand? It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. The characters all behave so physically yet formally (it's the polar opposite of how us Finns behave: informal and non-physical) and it's all a bit crazy and off in other ways. Hans Zimmer's music is too loud in the theater. Other sounds are alright and so are most of the visuals, though I wish there were some longer shots too.

Now of course showing and not telling must be balanced with some exposition in sci-fi, and it is really well done in Dune. The main characters are all very good too and Zendaya thankfully only has a few lines. All in all it is not as heavy to watch as Blade Runner 2049, because we do get some adventure movie vibes, some dramatic moments are purposefully diminished, and of course it's not set in a dystopia. A LOT of Arrival vibes, however. 8/10, because the overly loud music shaves off a point.
 
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Watched Labyrinth for the first time. It's probably one of the most plotless movies I've ever seen. Awesome puppetry and set design though.
Most 80's kids movies while iconic aren't that great plotwise. I don't think it was till the Disney renaissance that things started to pick up a bit.
 

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but I feel like a certain group of those people have spent so long telling themselves Dario Argento is a genius (despite him shitting out films like Dracula 3D and Mother of Tears)
Well, to be fair, almost every director has their turkeys. But you are right that Argento is overrated. There are certain things he had a certain style and flair for, but his shortcomings always left the final product a little underwhelming in my view.

Likewise I quite enjoyed the remake, but maybe not as much as you did.
 

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Kate - Another female John Wick movie that doesn't quite get to those heights but is still pretty good.

Very visceral and well choreographed, with some cool shots and believable stunts. Mary Elizabeth Winstead really makes you wonder why the fuck we've been casting the likes of ScarJo and Gadot for the biggest female-led action movies of the past decade. She also looks twice as old as she did in Birds of Prey, which is kinda scary.

But yeah, not everything is great. I already knew the whole plot from the first 3 minutes of the movie. The child actress they got isn't bad, but has very little to do and whoever wrote her dialogue must not have interacted with a teenager in years. The Japan setting was fun, but the Yakuza and how they're glorified feel really played out at this point.

Oh, and there was a car chase that looked so bad, you could snip it out of the movie and put it into Tokyo Drift and no one would notice.

Worth a watch if you just want to chill.
 
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The Day Shall Come

Chris Morris's previous film Four Lions was about people who weren't cut out to be terrorists attempting to commit a terrorist attack. The Day Shall Come is about a small black cult who aren't terrorists at all trying to be entrapped into doing some terrorism by the FBI so they can be arrested. However, the FBI underestimate how determined the cult's leader Moses is not to become a terrorist and hilarity ensues. It's not as out and out funny as Four Lions but this is a solid satire of how the FBI chases arrests that don't actually make America safe.
 
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Lars von Trier's Melancholia. With Charlotte Gainsbourg again, and Kirten Dunst. I've watched a few of Gainsbourg's movies the last month, dating back to when she was thirteen or fourteen.

This is a great movie. About inevitable destruction and how two sisters deal with it. (Also part of the reason Majora's Mask is one of my favorite Nintendo games ever. I wish they explored darker material in their kid-friendly games still.) Kirsten Dunst plays the depressive one who embraces it. Charlotte Gainsbourg's character is the more hopeful one who can't. Both played very well. First we get to know their characters in an hour long wedding reception and some eerie nightmare visuals. I've long wondered what an event like this would be like. It made me think of some things I hadn't considered. I did watch my other rental, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, after to lighten my mood.
 
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Now we are exposed to far lesser fair like Shang Chi that failed
Failed at what? I get not liking it, but the movie is no failure. Only to your specific expectations. I love Shang-Chi, and I am not ashamed.



With that said, Iron Man 3 I found a B+ movie. The 3rd entry got way too much from the hardcore Marvel Comics fans (not specifically the MCU only fans) and on the Internet. Certainly better than Iron Man 2. Shane Black is known for the Lethal Weapon movies, so he usually knows how to old-school style action films and applies what to modern films.
 
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Kate - Another female John Wick movie that doesn't quite get to those heights but is still pretty good.
Seriously, how many more Wick clones are we gonna get at this point? I like old-school style action or action that is of the non-shaky variety, but get your own material people!
 

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(AKA that film where Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter runs round with guns bolted to his hands)

Rating: Ok and watchable enough

I can best describe the film as some-one looking at the film Last Action Hero and going "Lets do that idea but also lets do kind of a n anti version of the film Nerve". It's a hugely nihilistic film misanthropic film that seems to want to say a lot but probably should have had a few re-write to make at least one of it's ideas more of a core theme in the film.

So Daniel Radcliff plays Miles a video game developer at a massive corporation working on a shitty exploitative free to play game rather than anything creative. He's still not over his ex Nova a Tattoo artist who aspires to be a comic artist and writer. He spends his free time basically being a "White Knight" or "Fighting bad trolls online" while getting drunk. Eventually he finds the underground fight to the death show called Skizm which pits criminals against one another online for the public amusement with the fight playing out throughout the city with the resident reigning female champion Nix a mental patient whose recently escaped from hospital.

While trolling the bad trolls on the skizm livestream chat Miles pisses enough people off to get noticed and ends up pissing off some of the people behind Skizm who decide to teach him a lesson by making him the next contestant to take on Nix.

Not to spoil to much but there's more to Nix's story and why she was in a mental hospital, and Miles has to find a way to survive and potentially turn the game round on those running it.

What the film seems to want to say theme wise but couldn't figure out what it wanted as a core theme:

  • Most of the cool action chicks people would love would be barely functional borderline psychopaths in reality and are only badass due to people confusing their serious mental trauma for toughness
  • Humanity is terrible, it's a film about people watching and making commentary video on a live death sport game basically.
  • All the good competent cops will end up getting betrayed
  • "White Knight" trolls fighting "The bad guys" by trying to piss them off online need to 'man up' because they're just the same and just as sad as the "awful trolls" they claim to fight. Shown by a sequence where Miles despite being Vegan has to eat an animal meat hotdog.
  • It isn't like in the movies - best exemplified by a line near the end "Your ex seeing you pistol whip some-one to death doesn't give her a Lady Boner and desire to get back with you, it gives her a case of PTSD"
  • Exploitative mobile game development companies are trash often run by assholes.
The film seems kinda very confused too as it want's to seemingly condemn the violent nature of humanity and it's love of seeing violence but then the action scenes kick in and the film does Sniper Elite esc sequences where you follow a bullet from the gun into an enemies skill as blood gratuitously sprays out or a fight sequence where they literally do the Mortal Kombat Xray sequence look to show a persons bones being broken. It's kind of a real case of Ludonarrative dissonance going on

Should you watch?:

If you're after a film that kind of boils down to dumb fun and a lot of style on show in a "Yes we watched Hardcore Henry and John Wick and the Borne films and we're gonna try and outdo them" way. Sometimes this can leave fight scenes a bit incoherent as the action switches camera angles so often but also does a lot of weirdly showy camera stuff like having the camera spin as characters spin or some strange tracking shows that also pan round the characters rather than showing what they're shooting sometimes. It's fun enough but if you were looking for a film that really tries to say something then you're better off looking up the film Nerve
 

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Hard to believe how spoiled we all were to think that Ironman 3 was only meh. Now we are exposed to far lesser fair like Shang Chi that failed, IMHO to make me think much of the main character while there was so much to love in Ironman 3, including a very balsy main character. Writer Director Shane Black gave us far more than we deserved. 85/100
Iron Man 3 robbed the world of the spectacle of Sir Ben Kingsley beating the shit out of Robert Downey Jr with magic space Kung Fu. I know who failed in this instance sir, and it wasn’t Shang Chi
 

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Failed at what? I get not liking it, but the movie is no failure. Only to your specific expectations. I love Shang-Chi, and I am not ashamed.



With that said, Iron Man 3 I found a B+ movie. The 3rd entry got way too much from the hardcore Marvel Comics fans (not specifically the MCU only fans) and on the Internet. Certainly better than Iron Man 2. Shane Black is known for the Lethal Weapon movies, so he usually knows how to old-school style action films and applies what to modern films.
Iron Man 3 robbed the world of the spectacle of Sir Ben Kingsley beating the shit out of Robert Downey Jr with magic space Kung Fu. I know who failed in this instance sir, and it wasn’t Shang Chi
I felt like I was at the very tip of excitement, wanting Shang Chi to break out and be the bad ass he is in the comics. He failed to impress me (the bus scene was very, very close though). He seemed almost an afterthought in his own titular movie! He seemed to react to things, rather than assess the situation and resolutely plan his response.

And be careful what you wish for. I asked myself how this movie could differentiate itself from your run of the mill martial arts picture. In the end, the martial arts is what I liked best (that bus scene). The CGI ending bored me.

I'm sure I'll see Eternals next... hope to love it.
 

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Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome (5/10)

Treating this as a movie, as while it was a web series originally, it's cut together as a movie on the DVD, and as far as editing, pacing, and structure goes, that's without issue. However, what IS an issue is that this really isn't that good. The visuals are lacklustre - the CGI is lacking, almost everything is using some kind of green screen or blue screen, and it shows. And that might not be a problem if other elements made up for it (see Babylon 5), but what we have here is...eh? It's simultaniously too simple, and too complicated. Too simple, because Will Adama goes through your standard hero's journey, from cockey pilot to seasoned veteran. On the other, the overall plan of uploading false data to the cylons through a mole that you know is a mole, but you're going to pretend you don't know is a mole, with mole apparently being in touch with the cylons, yet the cylons having multiple engagements that could kill their own double agent...gah.

I'd say it's worth it if you're a fan of the series, but even then, this doesn't really add anything. It's easily missible.