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Surprisingly The Last Movie You Saw Didn't Suck Pt. 2


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#4921 evildeadjedi

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 12:35 AM

I get caught on movie watching this time of year, since the TV shows I like are done or on a break.

The Watch - It was interesting and different than I thought it would be. Overall, I was entertained.

Snow White and The Huntsman - Very beautiful cinematography and a decent amount of action. It was good.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter - It kept me entertained throughout the film. A good one indeed.

A Cabin in the Woods - Interesting film it had some elements of Cube, EvilDead, a few others. However, it felt wholly original. I liked it and was entertained through the whole film.

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#4922 dmaul1114

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:50 AM

Django Unchained.

Thought it was fantastic. Probably my 2nd favorite Tarantino movie after Pulp Fiction. Great dialogue, great performances from Fox, Waltz and DiCaprio. Perfect blend of spaghetti western, 70's blaxploitation and Tarantino's touch.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:22 AM

Few of my recent watches:

Django Unchained 3.5/5 - I enjoyed it, but I don't think it even cracks Tarantino's top 5. It lacked the overall tension that Basterds and Pulp Fiction had, and I was largely bored with Jamie Foxx until the last hour of the film. Waltz and DiCaprio were fantastic, though.

Batman: Year One 3/5 - If it wasn't for Gordon voiced by Bryan Cranston, this film would've been pretty bad. Whoever voiced Batman was awful.

Justice League Doom 3/5 - Solid animation, but there are way too many characters in the movie. For such a thin plot, the voicework was tremendous.

Superman vs The Elite 4.5/5 - My second favorite DC Animated film behind All Star Superman. Loved the dialogue and the narrative. I found myself wanting more and more of Superman being awesome.
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#4924 whoknows

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:17 AM

End of Watch - I was expecting it to be good, but it turned out to be really good.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:55 AM

2012....expected it to be a pointless disaster movie, but actually had some serious moral dilemmas. not the greatest film ever, but not bad

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#4926 detectiveconan16

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:55 PM

Aliens. Now that was a fucking awesome movie! If I thought Alien was better than Prometheus, this just sent the latter down to Davy Jones' locker! I guess I liked this sequel more because I nearly crapped myself watching the first one for being soo damn scary.

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#4927 moon_knight

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:15 PM

I like Aliens, but it's very overrated imo.



#4928 dohdough

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

I like Aliens, but it's very overrated imo.


This isn't really a discussion thread, but I'd like to know how?

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:40 PM

I liked Django Unchained, except for one thing. I expected the movie to end
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, that felt like where the movie should have ended, and most probably would have in other films. Tarantino has this thing thing about screwing with the pace (right word?) of a movie it seems. Right when you think it's over and the credits are about to roll, another 30 minutes of film.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:45 PM

Aliens is one of many fun 80s action films, especially considering the original was a blend of sci-fi and horror. You didn't know if Ripley was going to survive, and you sure as hell didn't know how she was going to do it without any weapons. For the sequel, Cameron gave her a lot of stuff, so you do get that visceral feeling of satisfaction when she destroys an entire nest, and when she kicks that Queen into space. I can understand why it does seem overrated.

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#4931 moon_knight

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:49 PM

This isn't really a discussion thread, but I'd like to know how?

This should become more of discussion thread.

Aliens just felt like a standard action movie with an Alien skin. The plot is straightforward and the characters aside from the main ones were lame. Also people praise for blending horror and action, but the only thing that had horror was the atmosphere.



#4932 DestroVega

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:08 PM

Yeah Alien might be one of my top 3 movies and I really borderline hate Aliens. If someone were to turn a dark sci-fi/horror film today into an action fest sequel, it would be destroyed by fans. Somehow since it was made in the 80's, and at least has the Aliens still being badass, it gets by and not called out.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:17 PM

I liked Django Unchained, except for one thing. I expected the movie to end

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, that felt like where the movie should have ended, and most probably would have in other films. Tarantino has this thing thing about screwing with the pace (right word?) of a movie it seems. Right when you think it's over and the credits are about to roll, another 30 minutes of film.

I didn't have that feeling, but I also didn't expect
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. Then again, without the "added" stuff, we wouldn't have seen
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. Although considering the length of the movie and how different it is, I can see why they didn't go a Kill Bill route with a two-parter...too much of a risk.

This should become more of discussion thread.

Aliens just felt like a standard action movie with an Alien skin. The plot is straightforward and the characters aside from the main ones were lame. Also people praise for blending horror and action, but the only thing that had horror was the atmosphere.

At the time, it was as different as you can get, but having a horror atmosphere is the point of calling it action horror flick? I'm not saying it's the best movie ever, but I think you're selling it a little short.

#4934 whoknows

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:20 PM

Yeah Alien might be one of my top 3 movies and I really borderline hate Aliens. If someone were to turn a dark sci-fi/horror film today into an action fest sequel, it would be destroyed by fans. Somehow since it was made in the 80's, and at least has the Aliens still being badass, it gets by and not called out.


I feel indifferent on both, but I think I prefer Aliens.

I completely respect and give props to what Alien did back when it came out, but by today's standards (and even when I watched it for the first time about 10 years ago) I didn't really find it even a little scary. I can see how it was back then though.

Maybe I'm just really desensitized.

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#4935 moon_knight

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:24 PM

At the time, it was as different as you can get, but having a horror atmosphere is the point of calling it action horror flick? I'm not saying it's the best movie ever, but I think you're selling it a little short.

I don't think atmosphere alone is enough to make it part of the genre, but what I meant is people who praise it make it seem like theres more horror than just that. Also I don't agree with the for its time argument, we shouldn't give a movie more praise based on when it came out.



#4936 Mr Unoriginal

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:32 PM

Also I don't agree with the for its time argument, we shouldn't give a movie more praise based on when it came out.


That there is literally crazy talk.

Its too bad you're still a prick with a stupid gimmick.


#4937 moon_knight

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

Saying x movie was scary for its time, doesn't mean its scary now.



#4938 dmaul1114

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:46 PM

Just a matter of whether you care about film history and understanding what a film did for its time, how it affected form history etc. or not. It may not scare you now (I find it scary/tense personally). But one can still respect what it did for the time, same for things like The Exorcist that people don't find scary today because they've been desensitized by the prevalence of violence and gore etc. in modern movies.

If one is just watching movies as entertainment, then the film history stuff doesn't matter and older movies can be harder to enjoy at times.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:46 PM

Saying x movie was scary for its time, doesn't mean its scary now.


If a movie does something first, then it should get more praise than a movie that comes along later and copies it.

Its too bad you're still a prick with a stupid gimmick.


#4940 dohdough

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:51 PM

I don't think atmosphere alone is enough to make it part of the genre, but what I meant is people who praise it make it seem like theres more horror than just that. Also I don't agree with the for its time argument, we shouldn't give a movie more praise based on when it came out.

Well, it's not really just an action movie either. It pretty much created the "space marine" genre...literally...as in they were literally space marines. It was never meant to be a pure horror movie. Most of the praise I hear is about the chemistry between the cast, production, design, atmosphere, action, soundtrack, and how it was a solid, well put-together film; none of which includes it fitting solidly in the horror genre when it isn't strictly a horror movie.

If you don't think a movie deserves more praise cause it's old, you're crazy. Aliens did it far better than a vast majority of the movies that tried to do it after. That's the reason why it's so well regarded. But hey, you're free to like whatever movie you like.

#4941 moon_knight

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:51 PM

I respect classic movies, but if a movie takes something from a classic and refines or does it better I'll give more praise to that one. Just because a movie did something first doesn't mean its better than anything now. Also I don't hate all classics, its just that some aren't as great as people say imo.



#4942 Halo05

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:14 PM

Regarding Aliens - I think it deserves the praise it receives because it logically incorporated the more action-y stuff that makes up the film.

With Alien, everything was a surprise. The crew of the Nostromo didn't know what was on the planet, they didn't know how the Aliens acted, etc. They spent the whole movie reacting, never able to take the initiative because the Alien was so unstoppable.

With Aliens, you have at least a slim knowledge base to start from. You know you're going to a planet with dangerous Aliens, you know that something has happened because the comms have stopped, and you have someone with firsthand knowledge of what dealing with the Aliens is like. It makes perfect sense to send space marines and thus, their presence and actions in the movie, works great (for me).

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#4943 dmaul1114

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:11 AM

I like Aliens a lot too.

Alien is one of my favorite horror movies (admittedly not one of my favorite genres) and Aliens is one of my favorite action movies. I have no problems calling it action-horror as there are still scary scenes in it IMO--like the Aliens crawling through the ceiling etc.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:37 AM

Just got back from The Hobbit. It was a lot better than I expected. Love LotR but I was hesitant about them making this into 3 movies. Only went because my sister needed someone to watch the kids. Martin Freeman is very charming as Bilbo. I am now excited for the rest. Peter Jackson is really a directing genius.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:45 AM

Judge Dredd was...interesting. Not a bad movie at all and wasn't an authoritarian love story, which was nice. It was nice to see a more diverse cast in the movie.

Total Recall was ok too. Lot's of callbacks to the original. Three boob lady really felt out of place though. Found it kinda odd that most of the people in the background were Asian, but gotta give the film credit for having a diverse cast like Dredd too.

#4946 dmaul1114

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:47 AM

Total Recall. It was ok. Had some issues with audio drop outs and getting out of sync. Seems too be a widespread issue with the Bluray as several reviews and forum posts mention it. Just a word of caution to any thinking of buying rather than renting. Had issues on both my Sony BDPS590 and my PS3.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:34 PM

Django Unchained - Really good. I loved the over the top violence. It's pretty amazing that Tarantino always gets the best performances out of the actors he puts in his movies.

#4948 DestroVega

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

Also I don't agree with the for its time argument, we shouldn't give a movie more praise based on when it came out.


I really don't agree with this because when you look at a movie like "The Wizard of OZ" and consider it came out in 1939. That's pretty amazing. I think some movies deserve that extra amount of awe.

#4949 moon_knight

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

^Its okay to when talking about the movie itself, but when comparing movies or talking about them as a whole, they shouldn't be sealed off in a little bubble of how they were at the time. I respect a movie like The Exorcist, but I wouldn't put it in my top horror movies, because it wasn't scary to me no matter how scared people were back 1973.



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Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:16 PM

It pretty much created the "space marine" genre...literally...as in they were literally space marines.

Wait, what? Isn't that more Heinlein territory?

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