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My Little Pony: A New Generation (7/10)

This is a good film. What irks me is that up until the last 10 minutes, I'd call it a great film. And okay, sure, this is coming from someone who already likes MLP, but if anything, if you're familiar with MLP before seeing this, you'll arguably have a slightly worse time, because if you're a lore-hound, you'll be busy asking questions that are never answered.

So, anyway, this takes place in the same continuity as Generation 4, but way, WAY in the future (despite there being no technological progress). At this point, the three tribes have separated, and all fear each other. How and why this happened is never explained, nor is it explained why the windigoes haven't returned as a result (see what I mean about the lore issues?) Nor is it explained where every other non-pony species went, nor are any of them mentioned. This doesn't bother me too much, but if you're looking at this from a pure canon-based standpoint, there's a hundred questions that are never answered. It's arguably to the film's detriment that it's in the same continuity as G4, because it could have kept the premise, and arguably been just as strong, if not stronger for it.

Still, anyway, judging this as a film in of itself, it's good. Good characters, good dialogue (actually burst out laughing quite a few times), and good, if simple themes. It's kind of like Zootopia (if not as good) in terms of theme and how it presents them, but never in a preachy manner - prejudice is bad, prejudice begets paranoia, paranoia begets more prejudice, so on, and so forth. Not quite the same thing, but point is, it's a case of how you can have a "kid's film" that touches on such themes without talking down to them.

Going to touch on some issues with the above though, namely that not all character development is equal. Of the Mane 5, Pipp easily gets the least character development, and sure, she's the last one to be introduced, but even so, there's still a noticable gap. Furthermore, the songs. The songs in of themselves are good, I can't complain, but in a musical, ideally songs should develop plot and/or character. To be frank, not all of the songs do that, or if they do, go on a bit too long.

So, one last thing, the final ten minutes. We're at this weird point where the film presents us a supposed McGuffin, attempts to subvert the McGuffin, but is still using the McGuffin in a sense. Basically, magic (and friendship) can be returned with three crystals (crystals that were never in G4, so this is another example of the links between the two weakening this film), but that doesn't work, but hey, maybe the true friendship wasn't in the crystals, but rather, the friends we made along the way? Right? Well, yeah...except the crystals activate anyway, and do restore magic, and friendship is therefore restored (centuries/millennia of prejudice can apparently be overcome overnight, didn't ya know?), and all's right in the world. Oh, and Sunny's an alicorn now, because apparently alicorns have become to G4 what super saiyans became to DBZ - a dime a dozen.

Actually, in fairness, I can sort of understand the alicorn 'thing,' but I still dislike it in this case.

One last thing, the references to G4 that do work IMO are the ones where you'll blink and you miss. Such as when they go through the ruined station and find the Wonderbolts poster (in the context of shattered glass and old advertisments), and the single tree that they find in the field? My guess is that it's the Tree of Harmony. Which indicates that so much time has passed that the Everfree Forest has become grassland, and that the Tree of Harmony is now standing alone as just a normal tree works as a visual metaphor.

So, yeah. Good. Could have been better. But still good.
 

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Frequencies

A pretty decent film, if rather esoteric in nature
I feel I have to put the trailer in to explain the film somewhat to begin with


The film explores the ideas of what if Luck were just a thing you could measure and it's impact on the idea of pre-destination and if luck is measurable and a frequency of the world could it be changed by other frequencies with ideas about being able to change your world by changing your self. It actually takes a surprisingly dark turn into ideas of autonomic suggestion and how bad that is / would be if it were more effective. It then also explores the idea of propaganda and control all of it culminating in the question of "Well if there is destiny and our actions are not truly our own does it matter so long as we're happy?". All this played out as a love story between a high frequency girl and a low frequency boy. High being very lucky, low being very unlucky and when they meet it causes a things to happen to try and keep them apart. Also following his attempts to change his frequency.

The story oddly is told in 3 parts. One from his perspective, one from her perspective and one from the perspective of his best friend who is trying to help him.

It's worth saying it kind of comes off probably unintentional but seemingly a somewhat worryingly presenting Frequency as position on the Autism spectrum with Marie the girl being high frequency but suffering from alexithymia such that she claims to not feel any emotions really and operate life a machine. While being able to apply both her Luck from her frequency and intelligence to achieve things while Zack despite being a genius, he suffers because of his low frequency causing him to have bad luck but also struggle to connect with people who are higher frequency. It could be seen as a somewhat subversion of what is seen as the world at present where austistic individuals are seen as the ones with problems being offered to be sent to special school while in the film Zack being low frequency gets offered to be sent to a different school to better suite him because of the perceived impact his frequency will have on his life.
 
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The Many Saints of Newark

There's way too much to unpack after one viewing. For the most part it feels either like the pilot for a show or a whole show condensed in 2 hours. And the movie doesn't seem to be sure who it's about. With a little editing one way you could make it about young Tony, with a little the other way it's about the McBrayer character. The closest to a lead is Dickie Moltisanti, who connects all three together, and is given the most screen time, but goes through the least change of the three.

There're some decent send-ups - guys playing Paulie, Silvio and Pussy are all pretty good - but are rarely given anything to do. Johnny Boy's barely in the movie. Livia and Junior are great. Some cameos you wouldn't even be able to spot without reading the name off the cast list. They go unnamed mostly and a lot of the time I was guessing who was that supposed to be.

There's a shit ton of references, to the point of overindulgence, but I was ok with them. I'm a sucker for the show and don't feel the least bit protective of it. Just wish the story were more focused. The show had the benefit of lettting scenes breathe and enjoy quiet moments where the mood would sink in and a thought or an idea would develop. The movie doesn't have time for that. It jumps jumps jumps forward assuming you're sold from the very first minute. Maybe fans will be, if they're open minded about messing around with the mythology of the show, but I see this as very alienating to a random viewer.
 

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When posting what film you liked, please post where you saw it, thanks.
So, way back in the early 2000s, with small kids, cartoons had a huge importance to me. They were what I was watching. 2002 was Lilo & Stitch.


On Disney + to this day, I cannot believe how good the writing is. (Stitch steals a space cop car and someone on the bridge notes that it is the red one... unnecessary but awesome attention to detail in the writing). 9/10
 

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Guyver: Dark Hero (1994) - Based on the long running manga that has been on hiatus since 2013. The sequel to that awful live action first film, with a sequel that is sooooo much better in every way. Better actor for the main lead (David Hayter. Yes, the very same.), better action and fight scenes, and better acting. Though there's still come cheesiness and very comic book type lines peppered through the last 20 minutes of film. Despite the more consistent and darker tone that matched the manga.

Picking up a year after the first film, Sean Barker is stuck in a rut trying to find out more about the suit that gives him power. The titular Guyver. After destroying Chronos (only the LA division, they're a worldwide company), he sets out to find some answers. He keeps getting visions/nightmares and wants to know why. He finds out about archeological dig that might help the answers he seeks. I won't spoil those who are interested, but I have to say, this is one of the better anime/manga super hero adaptions done in America. I put it up there with Battle Angel Alita. The movie does have its own flaws. The budget is lower and some the acting is a little stiff with some of the extra or side characters, but it is fine overall. The movie more than makes up for the flaws with its fights, monster suit designs, and just better camera work. The movie won't change your life, but you'll find yourself a hidden gem that is better than most superhero movies from the 90s and some of the early 2000s. Hell, it at least stands out from the usual Marvel or DC fair in that you don't get movies like this anymore, unless you like the usual Toku affair. But even then, most of the modern Toku superhero movies are nowhere near this gory nor dark.

What works is that while the film is dark, it never goes in to overly, edge-lord, territory. There is some minor self awareness, but respect for the source material. The director, Steven Yang, really is a big fan of the manga series and it shows. Another bonus to this movie, is that you don't even need to see the first movie to enjoy it, thank Christ! It's sad that third movie was never made, but at least the movie ends on story that is mostly self contained. The ending is bittersweet, yet fitting.

 
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The Green Knight. I feel it did well with the Arthurian weird magic stuff, like castles just appearing in weird places and the characters accepting very strange things as though they're normal, but that also meant I couldn't tell what the hell was going on for most of it.
 
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The Green Knight. I feel it did well with the Arthurian weird magic stuff, like castles just appearing in weird places and the characters accepting very strange things as though they're normal, but that also meant I couldn't tell what the hell was going on for most of it.
Lots of explanation videos out there. I hope to catch it streaming sometime.
 
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Guyver: Dark Hero (1994) - Based on the long running manga that has been on hiatus since 2013. The sequel to that awful live action first film, with a sequel that is sooooo much better in every way. Better actor for the main lead (David Hayter. Yes, the very same.), better action and fight scenes, and better acting. Though there's still come cheesiness and very comic book type lines peppered through the last 20 minutes of film. Despite the more consistent and darker tone that matched the manga.

Picking up a year after the first film, Sean Barker is stuck in a rut trying to find out more about the suit that gives him power. The titular Guyver. After destroying Chronos (only the LA division, they're a worldwide company), he sets out to find some answers. He keeps getting visions/nightmares and wants to know why. He finds out about archeological dig that might help the answers he seeks. I won't spoil those who are interested, but I have to say, this is one of the better anime/manga super hero adaptions done in America. I put it up there with Battle Angel Alita. The movie does have its own flaws. The budget is lower and some the acting is a little stiff with some of the extra or side characters, but is fine overall. The movie more than makes up for it with its fight, monster suits and designs, just better camera work. The movie won't change your life, you'll find yourself a hidden gem that is better than most superhero movies from the 90s and some of the early 2000s. Hell, it at least stands out from the usual Marvel or DC fair in that you don't get movies like this anymore, unless you like the usual Toku affair. But even then, most of the modern Toku superhero movies are nowhere near this gory nor dark.

What works is that while the film is dark, it never goes in to overly, edge-lord, territory. There is some minor self awareness, but respect for the source material. The director, Steven Yang, really is a big fan of the manga series and it shows. Another bonus to this movie, is that you don't even need to see the first movie to enjoy it, thank Christ! It's sad that third movie was never made, but at least the movie ends on story that is mostly self contained. The ending is bittersweet, yet fitting.

I remember renting that sucker. I remember liking it a lot but wishing the Guyver suit was in it more. But budgets are a thing.
 
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Spectre, aka the 4th Craig James Bond movie.

My TV was already set to night mode and as such the picture was warmer, but Jesus Christ, these people really wanna make foreign countries come off as dusty and faded huh? Mexico and Tangiers look fucking ridiculous.

Anyway, boring movie. Blofeld is such a fucking dumb villain. He has absolutely NO motivation to be a villain on the scale that he is, instead of just a personal one to Bond. And even that just boils down to daddy issues. The "it was me along!" twist does not work at all and just feels super out of place. The action scenes all seem way too vehicle focused, which I find really uninteresting. Bond's love for Madeleine feels forced when he fucked some random chick whose husband he'd just murdered in the same movie.

Probably should have just watched any of the previous three movies. Definitely won't be paying to see No Time to Die, if it ever comes out.
I do remember Spectre being a bit shit.

The Craig Bond movies so far have been Good/Bad/Good/Bad - so following this pattern, No Time To Die should be a good one.

Incidentally, I also watched Casino Royale a couple of nights ago, which is Craig's first Bond movie, and I really do like that movie.

Im curious to watch Skyfall again, though. I haven't seen it in years, and im curious to see how I feel about it.
 

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I remember renting that sucker. I remember liking it a lot but wishing the Guyver suit was in it more. But budgets are a thing.
I did not mind. I'm glad they didn't overuse the suit too much. While I would have liked it seen it more of myself, David Hayter's performance more than makes up for it. Plus, all the action in the last half pleases me greatly.
 
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I'd say prequel. The name change can be explained away easily.
There are many fans that like to connect Commando, Predator, Aliens, and Terminator this way. Explaining that either Dutch or John Matrix are just aliases. And that the T-800 models are based off of him. Though according to actual Terminator lore, those models are built on an assembly line; based on a soldier that served in the US, that looks like Arnold. I don't remember the name of the soldier for that specific in-universe, but most fans theorize it's just another alias.
 

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The Father Who Moves Mountains: Ok / Great

Romanian film about a father whose son goes missing on mountain during a routine hiking expedition, and he tasks himself with finding him. A very pointless film; it never goes beyond its premise. If you read that first sentence, you've seen the movie.

The Starling: Good / Great

Film about a married couple who lost their child, and the husband ends up in a psychiatric hospital while the wife tries to maintain their life in the outside world. I'm not much for dramas, but this one is pretty good. It's a decent mixture of drama and comedy that keeps you engaged. Doesn't hurt that it stars Mellissa McCarthy and a territorial bird that refuses to allow her the catharsis of tending her own garden.
 

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I do remember Spectre being a bit shit.

The Craig Bond movies so far have been Good/Bad/Good/Bad - so following this pattern, No Time To Die should be a good one.

Incidentally, I also watched Casino Royale a couple of nights ago, which is Craig's first Bond movie, and I really do like that movie.

Im curious to watch Skyfall again, though. I haven't seen it in years, and im curious to see how I feel about it.
Casino Royale is quite great indeed, and I honestly don't even mind Quantum of Solace. It was poorly written and weirdly paced, but writer's strike and all that. At least it's exciting, unlike Spectre.

Skyfall I watched quite a few times. It went through this weird period of everyone saying it was the greatest ever, then totally overrated, and back again, etc. I think it was quite good. All I ask from a Bond movie is decent action and Skyfall more than delivers. It does suffer though from feeling like the last movie in a trilogy despite being the third in a pentalogy(?)
 
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Casino Royale is quite great indeed, and I honestly don't even mind Quantum of Solace. It was poorly written and weirdly paced, but writer's strike and all that. At least it's exciting, unlike Spectre.
I could forgive all that, but the action is just bad. It try so hard to take from The Bourne Identity. It's a Bond film that doesn't want to be a Bond film. Ironic, because fans of the original novel say that this movie has Bond act more like his novel incarnation then then most of his movies. That's really not much of a win.


Skyfall I watched quite a few times. It went through this weird period of everyone saying it was the greatest ever, then totally overrated, and back again, etc. I think it was quite good. All I ask from a Bond movie is decent action and Skyfall more than delivers. It does suffer though from feeling like the last movie in a trilogy
Skyfall I found just as great as Casino Royale. It's just a great Bond movie. I don't know what caused your multiple shifts in attitude. Everyone's different though. I've had my own moments as well, but not to that extent. My thoughts on that movie are the same as it was back then.
 

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I watched Kate, and just like with Birds of Prey I implore the powers that be to please put Mary Elizabeth Winstead in a good action movie, she deserves it. She makes for a badass action hero, and I was getting major Sigourney Weaver vibes from her in Kate.

The movie itself is very forgettable, with one or two pretty cool moments here and there. Kate cutting her hair off along with the fingers of the guy who was holding it was a particular delight.

Setting it in Japan, but having no japanese character play a significant role came across a little iffy to me. It just feels like wanting to use Japan, or more precisely Tokyo, as a backdrop because it's seen as cool, crazy, and colorful, but still wanting white people to play the main characters. Even that one guy Kate has a one-night stand with the filmmakers apparently couldn't effort to be japanese. And the teenaged girl side-kick you could also tell was not really from Japan. I know there's sort of a little moment were the yakuza boss talks about cultural appropriation, but this rings a bit hollow when only the minor characters are allowed to be japanese in this movie set in Japan.

But anyway, get Mary Elizabeth Winstead in better action movies.
 
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When posting what film you liked, please post where you saw it, thanks.
So, way back in the early 2000s, with small kids, cartoons had a huge importance to me. They were what I was watching. 2002 was Lilo & Stitch.


On Disney + to this day, I cannot believe how good the writing is. (Stitch steals a space cop car and someone on the bridge notes that it is the red one... unnecessary but awesome attention to detail in the writing). 9/10
Sorry should have said for my one that it was Amazon Prime in the UK
 
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I do remember Spectre being a bit shit.

The Craig Bond movies so far have been Good/Bad/Good/Bad - so following this pattern, No Time To Die should be a good one.

Incidentally, I also watched Casino Royale a couple of nights ago, which is Craig's first Bond movie, and I really do like that movie.

Im curious to watch Skyfall again, though. I haven't seen it in years, and im curious to see how I feel about it.
I actually really like Quantum of Solace. It’s not as good as Casino Royale or Skyfall - though it’s theme tune is pretty groovy - but I feel in the grand pantheon of Bond movies it’s in the middle of the pack.

Spectre was okay but made two major missteps.
 

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Candyman 2021

Needed a break from my current anxiety filled reality so I went and checked out the new Candyman today. It was pretty solid if very depressing contextually speaking. It turns out this is a direct sequel to the original. I hadn't seen the original in at least 30 years. The movie works fine on its own but is apparently religiously faithful to the original so it's a big bonus for fans.

The film is more focused this time around on defining Candyman as the racial injustice version of The Crow or Ghostriders. He's not a singular villain so much as individuals inhabiting his form to cause havoc after an unjust death. That's where it gets a little depressing. We live in an era where technology is revealing systematic racism at an exponential rate. It feels like a week can't go by without some non-white kid getting killed simply for being outside after dark and even if that weren't happening the movie obliquely references indisputable atrocities like George Stinneys electrocution at the age of 14 (youngest American ever) because some white kids wrongly accused him of rape. The movie doesn't lecture you. This is all told through very abstract vignettes because the protagonist is an artist but I got all the references and it really put a damper on my afternoon.

The film isn't a slasher flick it resolves around a painter focused on the black experience seeking inspiration from a low-income housing complex being torn down and replaced with high-rises, only to unwittingly revive a connection to Candyman.

The crew does a good job of using disturbing imagery to provide the horror aspects over slasher gore, sadly this then kind of let down when Candyman is on screen because for me guy with a hook covered in bees just isn't that nail-biting. They still do a decent job of making Candyman himself creepy, but I would have liked them to make him a little more otherworldly.

Overall solid 8/10. Would recommend, as long as you can handle being told racism exists.
 
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Porco Russo, the Italian seaplane Ghibli Movie.

Gorgeous animation and great sound effects as usual, but also the creepiest Ghibli movie I've seen yet. Just wayyyy too many dudes, from pretty old to fucking ancient, being enamored with a 17 year old girl. Eugh. Its hilarious that the main character is just a man turned into a pig, which is never explained and almost no one comments on it. It was a fairly funny movie, but I wish they had taken a few things more seriously. It's thankfully short at 1.5 hours, so I'd say its worth a watch if you're willing the stomach all of the creep.
 
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