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Re: Movie/film thread: resurrected
« Reply #2220 on: March 29, 2018, 05:45:31 AM »
I saw the reboot of Tomb Raider in the theater on Monday.  It had potential which it just couldn't quite figure out how to achieve.  It wasn't exactly bad, but instead was sort of in the middle and missed out on the possibility of being a really good flick.  Maybe we'll get luckier if they make a sequel.
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Re: Movie/film thread: resurrected
« Reply #2221 on: April 28, 2018, 11:50:48 PM »
Coin Locker Girl - 차이나타운 - (2015)

Kim Go-Eun (from Guardian) is Il Young, a kid originally abandoned as a newborn infant in a subway coin locker, found and raised by beggars, then sold to "Mother" (Kim Hye-soo, Signal), a sociopathic people smuggler and organ harvester. In time she comes of age in the business. Korean family drama ensues.

Imperfect, but good.


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Re: Movie/film thread: resurrected
« Reply #2222 on: May 01, 2018, 02:30:02 AM »
Downsizing (2017).  Get irreversibly shrunk down to 5 inches tall!  It's good for the environment and you can buy a fabulous mansion for a tiny price.

Since it was a movie, it just barely got started with some of the more interesting aspects of a situation like this - the potential political and economic frictions between the full sized and small humans.  In some ways, it would have been better to try to cover less ground than to just begin to touch on so many things.

Matt Damon needs to have his agent screen his contracts better.  Once Hong Chau's character showed up, she stole every scene from him.  ahahahahah
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Re: Movie/film thread: resurrected
« Reply #2223 on: May 05, 2018, 12:25:23 AM »
Black Panther (2018)

I found it shallow? And characters poorly fleshed out? And kept hearing odd pockets of hackneyed white expression - "This never gets old", "Now more than ever"? And - spoiler - for a technologically advanced society of plenty, the top level of Wakanda was way too quick to drop into civil war. Something weird going on with the story there, an unexpressed tension within the society that wasn't explored properly? Is it going to be weird to say my perspective isn't the right one?

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Re: Movie/film thread: resurrected
« Reply #2224 on: June 03, 2018, 12:38:28 PM »
Tomb Raider (2018)

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Re: Movie/film thread: resurrected
« Reply #2225 on: June 04, 2018, 04:42:58 AM »
A Quiet Place (2018)

The only good thing I can say is that the actors tried their best to overcome a bad script built on a bad concept.


SPOILER ALERT - I can't rip this one to shreds without giving most of the story away.

The origin of the monsters isn't stated.  They may be aliens or might be a genetics experiment gone wrong.  Either way, anyone bright enough to take advantage of their "scary?" limitation of being blind and tracking exclusively by sound could easily deal with them.  Will Smith already dealt with bigger, scarier blind monsters in "After Earth" (Sadly, that movie shares the same big flaw - a monster that can't see you and which can be drawn in a predictable direction by a non-visual stimulus would be pathetically easy to trap or kill.)

1.  The family has a daughter who is only capable of hearing with a rather high end hearing aid which includes a bone conduction speaker (and and the new one her father makes far too conveniently messes with the monsters).  When being hunted by creatures listening for sounds, being proficient in sign language is a great advantage, but not enough without using some brains.

2.  The father seems skilled in electricity and electronics.  The farm they live on had lights, and separately wired red lights to warn of an emergency.  Oddly enough, the father who build all of this over a period of about 2 years wasn't smart enough to put in a few ropes to ring bells outside the house.  This means if one comes in, you've got to be super quiet and have no way to distract the beast to go hunting outside.

3.  A special crib/box with an oxygen mask is ready for an anticipated baby.  No one was bright enough to think of something as simple as a padded emergency box to hide in if one of the monsters entered the house.

4.  Blind monster who runs at incredible speeds towards any sound.  It also can't detect a quiet person standing right in front of it.  So, no significant echo location abilities and much of this is in the woods.  Funny that these things never run into trees.  Also, how hard to set up a bell suspended over the edge of a significant drop?  If no convenient cliffs are handy, any building more than a few floors high with even as little concrete as a parking space could be rigged with few remotely operated bells to lure one up the stairs out off the roof/out a window.

5.  Although these things are strong, I think a typical jail cell even the simple rolldown bars in some stores should be capable of containing them.  Oddly enough, there's no sign of our "heroic" survivor family or anyone else trying to trap or kill one.

6.  The family evidently makes outings to town for supplies.  With multiple children in tow, they have no fixed plan and allow the youngest boy to lag behind.  Let's just say that this pathetic lack of planning means there's one less child to worry about.

7.  The monsters have such good hearing that everyone goes barefoot, even when they are wearing knit caps.  There's some indication the mother can do needlework, plus there's a town.  How bloody hard is it to strap a few potholders on the bottom of shoes?  I guess it's even harder than noticing a bent over nail on a regularly used stairwell, just waiting to snag something so it can be pulled upright.  Naturally, only a human would step on the nail while a blind monster can go up and down the stairs all it likes without having any problems.

8.  Why doesn't everyone keep a few coins/marbles in a pocket?  Each could be separately wrapped in tissue paper or cloth to avoid any sound.  Having one to toss at the proper moment could be the difference between life and death.

9.  The father is standing within a few steps of a box of large tools, including a pitchfork.  He's got to draw the monster away or he's going to lose 2 more children.  Which of these is the stupidest choice?

A.  Stand firmly rooted to the spot and yell loudly.
B.  Step towards the tools while yelling.  Grab the pitchfork and at least see if you can inflict some damage as you die.
C.  Step towards the tools while yelling.  Grab the pitchfork and some non-useful item.  Stop yelling and throw the useless item to the side, preferably in front of anything which would be painful for a blind monster to slam in to.  Then decide whether it would be better to try to stab the creature in the back or to slink away very quietly.

Which does he chose?  Let's just say the fact he lived as long as he did while being so bad at making decisions is amazing.

10.  If the deaf daughter keeps cranking up the speakers (why would there be HUGE speakers on a radio when you don't want monsters to hear you?) to amplify the feedback her mutant hearing aid causes from the noises the monsters make, she's going to blow a circuit somewhere.  One way or the other, that lame attempt at a final heroic scene was going to end with a lot of human blood all over the floor.
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Re: Movie/film thread: resurrected
« Reply #2226 on: June 21, 2018, 11:24:59 PM »
Last Jedi, as we know, was maybe three different story ideas mashed only semi-coherently together, and a number of legacy characters... "developed" in a not-entirely-canon way. In particular, Leia Poppins. If you don't know who Princess Leia "Poppins" Organa is or how she got that way, then look away, because someone fixed that moment in the movie...

http://www.ign.com/videos/2018/06/07/star-wars-the-last-jedi-fixed-by-the-internet

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Re: Movie/film thread: resurrected
« Reply #2227 on: June 22, 2018, 02:52:06 AM »
Definitely a vast improvement! agagagagag
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