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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 16 December 2021, 04:56

Are you guys excited for Being the Ricardos? I’m kind of indifferent about it tbh.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby oldfriend » 25 December 2021, 18:53

Spoiler alert for the matrix 4.

Watched it yesterday.

- The inclusion of the Analyst as the primary antagonist was fascinating. The idea of a therapist within a virtual reality using psychoanalysis and psychotherapy to convince Neo he was not The One is endlessly fascinating. The Oracle understood people intuitively and the Architect understood them abstractly, but the Analyst combines their approaches and understands people perhaps a little to well. What he doesn't understand at all is truth, only perspective.
- The film seemed to have a lot to say about the subtle creep of postmodernism and the replacement of facts with feelings and personal truth. The Merovingian seemed aware of this and was particularly angered by the lack of quality discourse. A lot of others online have expressed disappointment about his use in the film, but I think it makes perfect sense for him to be bitter given his former role as a Renaissance style thinker and purveyor of fine information.
- Didn't like the heist part. Heist movies need to die.

Questions for the next film:

- Will the cycle repeat? The film ends with victory, but as we know appearances can be deceiving.
- Will IO be destroyed by the machines?
- What does the presence of two Ones mean for the stability of the matrix?

Who else has watched? What did you think?
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 26 December 2021, 17:37

Did you guys genuinely like Spider-Man: No Way Home? I felt it was mostly fan servicey stuff. A bit predictable and cringey at times. But maybe I’m missing something?
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby PopTart » 26 December 2021, 22:19

I've pretty much given up on the marvel cinematic universe. it seems to be a derelict, moribund carcas. It's all fan service, quite often cringe and dumb as rocks.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby Marmaduke » 29 December 2021, 20:36

oldfriend wrote:Spoiler alert for the matrix 4.

Watched it yesterday.

- The inclusion of the Analyst as the primary antagonist was fascinating. The idea of a therapist within a virtual reality using psychoanalysis and psychotherapy to convince Neo he was not The One is endlessly fascinating. The Oracle understood people intuitively and the Architect understood them abstractly, but the Analyst combines their approaches and understands people perhaps a little to well. What he doesn't understand at all is truth, only perspective.
- The film seemed to have a lot to say about the subtle creep of postmodernism and the replacement of facts with feelings and personal truth. The Merovingian seemed aware of this and was particularly angered by the lack of quality discourse. A lot of others online have expressed disappointment about his use in the film, but I think it makes perfect sense for him to be bitter given his former role as a Renaissance style thinker and purveyor of fine information.
- Didn't like the heist part. Heist movies need to die.

Questions for the next film:

- Will the cycle repeat? The film ends with victory, but as we know appearances can be deceiving.
- Will IO be destroyed by the machines?
- What does the presence of two Ones mean for the stability of the matrix?

Who else has watched? What did you think?

I went to see it this evening. It took so long to get going that I feel asleep I want to say about 30 minutes in, had a genuinely lovely nap, felt so refreshed after. I found the rest of the film quite boring, but that may be because I possibly slept through the basis of any excitement. I don’t understand why Lana Wachowski made this film, it did nothing to lift the franchise. I don’t know why the cast returned, the only character that got better was Trinity at the very end for reasons that weren’t obvious. The franchise has changed only from ending on an anti-climax to now ending on a throwaway saccharine moment I could’ve done without.

4/10 for the film, 10/10 for the nap.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby Josh » 29 December 2021, 23:13

oldfriend wrote:Who else has watched? What did you think?

I only got around to watching the Matrix films this year for the first time. Saw this one yesterday, and it has redeemable qualities, but not enough I don't think.

I get the repeated impression that these films take themselves too seriously for something that isn't as smart as it thinks it is. Or rather is more convoluted than it is complex.

What I did like was more Neo and Trinity. They're about the only heart and resonance this franchise really has, and this film was at its best when those two were on-screen together. If they insist on another film, give us more of those two being the power couple they truly are. Incidentally, I enjoyed the first 40 minutes best... when everything was a lot more meta, and character-focused. It quickly disappears up its backside with a bunch of characters I don't remotely care about - half of which are from previous films and it has to actually remind you of who they were. That speaks volumes.

Elsewhere the issue with all the sequels is that seeing these real cities outside the Matrix is a major let down. Whether it's Zion or Io, the aesthetics were dated in the Noughties, and it's no better now. We go from the slick city stuff, to a dark, grubby sci-fi setting that could be lifted out of any number of dumb, mediocre sci-fi flicks.

I saw Spider-Man on the same day, and much as I don't usually care much for comic book movies, am indifferent to most of Spider-Man, and don't particularly like the MCU, it was a much more enjoyable and pleasing movie - with performances that made me care more about some characters in minutes than Matrix managed in hours.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby Cymro93 » 30 December 2021, 08:50

I'm excited for the Matrix despite hearing pretty bad things about it. Can't muster enthusiasm for Spider-man, though. I feel like Marvel and Star Wars suffer from the same problem of becoming overly complicated and losing any stakes. Like, it genuinely doesn't matter if someone dies now. If they die, it's probably a good sign that they'll get their own Disney+ show or spin off film (Vision, Black Widow, Loki, Boba Fett). There are so many films and shows now that they've recreated the problem of the comics - they're impenetrable and totally trivial. If it goes badly for a given character, they'll either be resurrected with the new multiverse cheat code or rebooted. Sorry to be a downer haha. Just find it hard. And I really did want to care! :p
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby Brenden » 1 January 2022, 00:12

I watched The Green Knight on the plane. Strangest film I've seen in years.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby asianduck888 » 2 January 2022, 14:22

Don't Look Up. watch before new year.
I like science fiction about space, (but NO for star wars). I love Leo's movies it has very deep meaning behind it.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby Jacketh » 3 January 2022, 11:12

I've been massively binging Hugh Grant lately. I'm not a fan of romcoms. I feel like I've missed the boat on the whole fancy-Hugh Grant thing, he's 61. There's something about him though.

About a Boy was about one of the best films I've seen, and A Very English Scandal (okay, that's a TV series) was brilliant and gay themed about a bit of British political I had no idea existed :lol:

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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby Marmaduke » 3 January 2022, 16:15

I think it was Hugh Grant that kept me engaged in the Guy Ritchie film The Gentlemen. The rest of it was absolute dog dirt, but his character and the way he played it, I found oddly captivating. It was a very different role for him.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby PopTart » 4 January 2022, 21:37

Marmaduke wrote:
poolerboy0077 wrote:Just finished watching Dune in an IMAX theater and it was great. I loved the story. I didn’t even feel the length of the film because it kept my attention. Also, very importantly, Timothée Chalamet looked stunningly beautiful. I could watch of video of his simply chewing gum for an hour. They couldn’t have chosen a better messianic figure.

It felt kinda like a whole film that focused so hard on setting the foundation for a franchise than it kinda forgot to be it’s own thing at the same time.

I agree with Timothée though. I’ve never really found him attractive until this film. In this film? I was very much here for him.

Watched it last night and I have to agree with this. In the last half hour I felt like the film was just starting to hit it's stride and ... roll credits. :squint:

It looked amazing though.

Jury is still out on Timothee for me. On occassion he looks good, from certain angles. But he too often looks like a teenager.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby Lurker101 » 11 February 2022, 23:56

Bit of an old thread but I am always watching They Live, American History X, and The Thing (80s one)

Altho I loved the recent Spiderman film
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby gameboy1091 » 4 March 2022, 09:56

Currently Watching: The Watermelon Woman

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The Watermelon Woman is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama film written, directed, and edited by Cheryl Dunye. It stars Dunye as Cheryl, a young black lesbian working a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a black actress from the 1930s known for playing the stereotypical "mammy" roles relegated to black actresses during the period.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby Marmaduke » 12 March 2022, 21:32

The Batman

I’m an R-Patz convert, it’s a really good film. I think it’s better than Nolan’s effort. Visually, it deffo deserves some nods come awards season. The production design is so cohesive, so well done, especially considering the scope. The cinematography was amazing, the light sources they used to get some shots…*chef’s kiss*…the practical effects…*chef’s kiss*…the seamless CGI…*chef’s kiss*

It’s clearly setting the foundation for its own little universe, it’s own little trilogy, but it’s a really well done stand-alone story first. It’s well paced, there’s good character development, it doesn’t drop off in the middle and it draws to a satisfactory close.

Go watch it. It’s everything Marvel has been missing for ages.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby PopTart » 12 March 2022, 23:02

Marmaduke wrote:I’m an R-Patz convert

Eww. You're right. You are very Ekranoplan.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby PopTart » 13 March 2022, 21:54

The Adam project. It was actually good fun to watch.
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 21 April 2022, 03:41



You all have GOT to see this documentary! It’s about Abercrombie & Fitch’s discriminatory hiring practices, their brand image, their structure—everything scandalous. I laughed (but was not surprised) when I learned that there were homosexual masterminds behind the aesthetic. I knew it! :lol:

Part of me does miss this though:

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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby McTaggartfan » 21 April 2022, 14:04

poolerboy0077 wrote:


You all have GOT to see this documentary! It’s about Abercrombie & Fitch’s discriminatory hiring practices, their brand image, their structure—everything scandalous. I laughed (but was not surprised) when I learned that there were homosexual masterminds behind the aesthetic. I knew it! :lol:

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Ehhh, the idea sounds rather boring tbh.

Why are all of those men lined up like that? Are they waiting to be executed or something? :lol:
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Re: Film of the Moment

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 22 April 2022, 03:32

McTaggartfan wrote:Ehhh, the idea sounds rather boring tbh.

What idea? Watching the documentary?

McTaggartfan wrote:Why are all of those men lined up like that? Are they waiting to be executed or something? :lol:

I’d definitely point my meat rifle at them if I could.
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