learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim...It felt the same as Joker to me, all inspiration/reference, but no substance. Even the end felt like a teenager being like "wouldn't be so badass to end a Batman movie just like Tool's Aenima?"
I can't tell if you're being sarcastic. I haven't seen The Witch in a while, but both The Northman and The Lighthouse are absolutely laden with themes, meaning and subtext.You know what's great about Egger's films- there is ZERO subtext, meta, irony, or meaning. It's just f'n badass shit. The Witch is about a Witch, the Lighthouse is about a lighthouse, the Northman is about a northman, and crazy shit happens, and it's intense and wonderful. Good stuff.
Yeah, Joaquin Phoenix was great it in, but I just didn't care for the movie much.learn to swim, learn to swim, learn to swim...
Man, that is so perfect. Tool's music is exactly the kind of thing I felt defined by teenage white boy personality but I quickly grew out of. Well, the lyrics, I guess (I still like the music 'cause it rocks).
I enjoyed the Joker because Joaquin Phoenix truly is one of our generation's great actors, and that goes a long way to me. I also liked that Deniro played the role that Jerry Lewis played when Deniro played Phoenix's role in The King of Comedy. Because, yeah, Joker to me is a remake of that movie and I love that movie.
I did, I've read every Bond book written by Fleming except The Spy Who Loved Me.You should read the book. Movie Bond is practically a saint in comparison.
Yeah, great film, the bank shootout is one of the bestest actions scenes ever.Heat: Great / Great
A career criminal who doesn't know anything else faces a career cop who doesn't know anything else. Classic unstoppable force meeting an immovable object.
I haven't watched it in years, and a couple decades later, it's still as confusing as ever, but still captivating. Maybe it's the sheer star power: Pacino, De Niro, Kilmer, etc., but you can't look away. The story itself is quite convoluted as they jump from subplot to subplot with abandon, and they're apparently interrelated, but by the end, it's just "an unshakeable cop tracks down an insatiable criminal." Also, the movie will forever be a fond one for me as the ending scene famously features Moby's "God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters" which dragged me into the electronic music scene where I've been for over 25 years.
I also watched it, it felt like something was missing. I don't know what. There was also way too much death.Dr Strange 2. Even watching the day after premiere, barely anyone in the theater. The perks of still being a student I guess, man I'll miss it.
Anyway, it was good. But plenty of things keeping it from being great. But mostly, America Chavez. She, to put it simply, sucks. Her acting sucks, which honestly feels like both the actor's fault and the director's. I hate Captain Marvel because she comes off like Brie Larsen was told explicitly to act "like an MCU character". The same is for America and her actor. Doesn't help that her origin story, arc, and dialogue are garbage. As she is the main character alongside Strange, she really drags this whole movie down with her.
But what I did enjoy about the movie was how obviously Sam Raimi it was. I could genuinely believe that the New York in this movie is the same New York from his Spider-man trilogy. Felt like a completely different New York in the MCU, which is funny when we've seen New York twice last year. The same could be said for the action sequences. There are plenty of generic ones, and they still do rely way too much on the awful glowing lines martial arts bullshit, but there are a few that are easily the most creative sequences in the MCU. The horror stuff wasn't scary to me, but it was shocking? If that makes sense. Definitely the goriest MCU movie out there.
The multiverse concept itself is a mixed bag. What we did get was pretty cool. But they blew all their load on the multiverse concept in one go, so you are kind of left thinking "was that it?".
I'm still hoping that the MCU can put out a movie again that I can love with no reservations. There hasn't really been one since Far From Home, which was like three years ago. Maybe I've just changed as a person, maybe I'm just had too much of the MCU. But Thor 4 looks like good fun, and I'm glad to be watching movies back in theaters again, so here's hoping Taika hits it out of the park.
I'm sure the movie won't be great but the little kid in my still wants to go see it because the only reason (allegedly) Cruise signed on was if they flew the planes again for realsies for the external shots. And as much as the original is peak 80's, Regan era flag waving, watching the actual F-14s zip around the sky is so fuckin' cool.They also showed a Top Gun trailer before the movie, which was hilarious because they didn't even bother to remove the "Coming in 2020" stuff from it.
You forgot the part where raping Pussy Galore changes her sexual orientation.Goldfinger
Peak Bond. The movie checks all the marks: open with some mission wrapping up, provocative title sequence with a semi-naked lady, the MI6 trifecta (Bond gets berated by M, flirts with Moneypenny and gets on Q's nerves while collecting his gadgets), meet a villain obsessed about one particular thing and a badass henchman with a gimmick; introduce one or two Bond girls (first one always dies), get captured and tortured in a novel way, etc. The name's Bond (James Bond), takes his martinis shaken (not stirred) and he's finally quipping witty remarks whenever he kills someone. Coming from the more Hitchcockian Fom Russia With Love, this one is both a return to form (Dr. No was a milder version of this, slower and more uneven) as well as a blueprint for the rest of the movies to come, going all in on 60s slick sexy spy flick appeal (Dr. No feels more like a dull mad scientist movie from the 50s).
Having said all that... boy does Bond come across as a mysogynist in this movie. Dr. No and From Russia also treated Bond like a relentless stud too but at least he seemed to revere and enjoy the ladies with a bemused, this-is-all-a-dream detachment. In Goldfinger he flat out despises women, treating them as hurdles in the way of "man talk", carelessly getting two of them killed and essentially raping the third one. The worst part (well, maybe not the worst, but the irony stood out) is that raping Pussy Galore ends up being a crucial step into foiling Goldfinger, not that Bond planned it that way or that it makes any sense that it would work out that way either.
I think the deaths are due to many of these actors not wanting to keep being in the MCU after this one. That one universe certainly looked like it would fall apart after they died.I also watched it, it felt like something was missing. I don't know what. There was also way too much death.
I think I've heard that the early screening audience liked it? I mean, it looks good. Just so happens to have Tom Cruise in it and I'm pretty tired of his brand of acting.I'm sure the movie won't be great but the little kid in my still wants to go see it because the only reason (allegedly) Cruise signed on was if they flew the planes again for realsies for the external shots. And as much as the original is peak 80's, Regan era flag waving, watching the actual F-14s zip around the sky is so fuckin' cool.
Definitely my biggest problem. I already talked about Chavez, but good Lord Wanda's kids fucking suuuuucked. Which is weird, because they were totally fine in their previous appearances, as far as I can remember. At least considering they are child actors. The scene you mentioned as well as the climax of the film with Wanda had me in shock at how shitty this pivotal moment was shot, directed, and acted.Some of the moments were also just... awful. Weird scenes, weird character interactions, weird lines and delivery, and sometimes the editing looked like it was done 20 years ago. Utter, painful cringe at some points. Honestly. The worst things my eyes had seen/my ears had heard.
More than that, it changes her moral compass to the point she decides not to gas 60,000 people (if I heard the movie correctly). Not that Bond was even asking.You forgot the part where raping Pussy Galore changes her sexual orientation.
This film truly will only be measured by individual enjoyment because it’s too ga-ga for anything else. I personally had a great time with it even if it wasn’t what I expected all up. However I did feel I was two movies or so out of the loop on shit, and I’m still trying to parse the logic of making Ryouji Kaji the film’s patron saint of selflessness.Evangelion 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon a Time, 5/10 (god what a fucking awful title)
With this an almost decade and a half of madness and production issues come to a close. Is it worth it? That answer will depend entirely on how you invested are in this franchise. For me the foremost reason was morbid curiosity, because I wanted to see how they could salvage the series from the astronomical disaster that was the third film. Do they manage it? In some parts yes, but mostly no. I feel this could prove to be one of those annoying critique-proof movies, because for every issue I have with it I can see some fanboy going "Umm, that's the point, duh", or seeing this as one gigantic troll on the audience. In which case mission accomplished I guess, but it doesn't make the movie better or more enjoyable to watch. I'd say this movie is about 25% actually interesting stuff, 35% shameless retread, and 40% complete nonsense and gibberish that's also a shameless retread. If you'd hoped this would be the Evangelion product that finally took the franchise in a new and interesting direction, I have some bad news for you.
This movie is just chock-full of memberberries moments. 'member Rei learning how to be human? I 'member! 'member how Asuka is an abusive *****? I 'member! 'member how Gendo decided to genocide the entire planet instead of going to therapy or getting an autism diagnosis? I 'member! And on and on this movie goes for most of its massive 2,5 hour runtime. I was getting serious Rise of Skywalker vibes from this movie, both in terms of how it clunkily tries to fix the misteps of the previous film, and how relentlessly it bombards you with familiar imagery and straight up recreations of iconic scenes from End of Evangelion. It's not quite as bad as R of Skywalker though, it's more of a remix in that regard. But it's still so boring and done to death! And I can just hear the fanboys nagging "duh! It's a timeloop story! It's supposed to feel familiar". Well isn't that convenient then, having an excuse to retread the same concepts, images, characters and plotlines, just slightly differently this time.
And by God do they repeat the missteps of the previous movie! I think this movie throws double digits worth of new concepts, terms and plot elements at you at such a ridiculous rate and in such clunky ways that it has to be an intentional troll. The plot itself simple as sin, but delivered in the most deliberately obtuse, wordy and incomprehensible way that trying to parse it even remotely will drive you nuts. I feel like there's at least 20 minutes worth of technobabble and brainless mecha action so devoid of context, stakes or reasons to care that you could cut it out wholesale and probably improve the movie in the process. I was seriously zoning out for sizeable stretches. Shit blows up, characters spout gibberish, some more shit blows up, rinse and repeat, and I just do not care. To the movie's credit there is slightly more worldbuilding and a sense of stakes this time around, but it still manages to lose most of it by the end. Much of this movie feels like it was made with the attitude of "Who knows, who cares?"
I feel like I'm just shitting on this movie, so let it be said that it is overall a massive improvement on the last film. It's still mostly removed from any sense of relatable stakes or humanity, but at least the first act gives some grounding to it. At first I was rolling my eyes like "oh yeah, we're doing full on slice of life fanfiction now", but over time I warmed up to it, thanks in large part to this movie cutting down on the Shinji angst a lot. It has a nice, serene and even optimistic feel to it, and there's some interesting dynamics seeing these characters grown up where Shinji is still stuck in the past (gee, are you getting the metaphor!?!?!?!??!) Therefore it's a shame that they abandon essentially everything built in the first act when the spaceship is reintroduced, and go back to the same old mindless bullshit. The movie introduces an entire cast of characters in the first act, and then does literally nothing with them for the rest of the movie.
If you can get past the absolute slog that is the second act this movie gets genuinely interesting in its finale. Though basically just a recreation of the Instrumentality sequence from End of Evangelion, there's some great visuals and atmosphere to be had. The more abstract and experimental the film got, the more interested I became, because it finally felt the movie was committing to something. Seeing Shinji's introspection recreated from EoE except this time it's Gendo's internal monologue was interesting at least partly, even if it ends up as just another retread.
The overall issue with this movie is how it refuses to pick a lane. It goes for a whole slew of different ideas and concepts, but like Yahtzee once said: "one does not put Kola Kubes, live bait, and mini Babybels in the same pick-and-mix bag." Is it a fanficcy slice of life reimagining, a shameless retread of old stuff you've seen before, a sequel, a remake, a contemplative abstract art film or a mindless action extravaganza? Yes to all of those. The result is an incoherent mish-mash that drunkenly stumbles between different ideas, and ends up passing out with one limb in each of them.
If this movie made me think anything from its onslaught of overstimulation and information overload, it's that the manga version is still the only iteration of this story worth anyone's time or attention.
Volpe: But of course! I forgot your ego, Mr. Bond. James Bond, who only has to make love to a woman and she starts to hear heavenly choirs singing. She repents, then immediately returns to the side of right and virtue. But not this one. What a blow it must have been, you having a failure.
Bond: Well, you can't win them all.