What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

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Unread post by Markgway » 11 Aug 2019, 00:29

Pump Up the Volume (1990) ***
Teenage nerd adopts shock jock radio personality to expose high school hypocrisy.
Imperfect, to be sure, but ballsy, potent, and relevant still.
Made when Christian Slater was the coolest new talent on the block.
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Unread post by grim_tales » 16 Aug 2019, 16:42

The Lion King (2019): 4/5

Visually stunning CGI recreation of the original (the opening sequence is incredible), but that's just it in a way, it's beautiful to look at but doesn't add anything to the story even though the cast are so good (James Earl Jones is back as Mufasa) and the memorable music is all there. That said, perhaps some scenes seem more intense in this version? And it's difficult not to watch with nostalgic, misty eyes.

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Unread post by Markgway » 19 Aug 2019, 14:58

Doctor Strange (2016) **½
Follows the Marvel template and adheres to its universe rules, which may be a good thing or bad depending on your point of view.
If you like large scale visual effects, and have a tolerance for pretentious mumbo-jumbo, there's plenty of imagination and ideas on display.
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Unread post by Markgway » 19 Aug 2019, 15:24

Batman (1989) **

The first 35 minutes are superb... smart and stylish with a wonderful Gothic aesthetic and menacing air. And then something horrible happens. The Joker appears and with that it seems as though all of the talented people who made the opening act were replaced by muddled incompetents. The early sharp wit is lost, replaced by silliness and camp that would shame Adam West (The Joker's not at all scary, he's a preening buffoon). Characterisation goes bananas, changing from scene to scene (Bruce Wayne - as opposed to Batman - comes off really badly in this regard). The plot makes no sense whatsoever (if Jack Napier was a well known crime figure, how come it took Bruce this long to realise it was he who murdered his parents?). The Prince songs shoehorned onto the soundtrack are a travesty. I've always had reservations about Batman, but can't remember the last time I was this disappointed in a revisit. I need to lie down.
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Unread post by Ivan Drago » Yesterday, 07:21

I love it for shameless nostalgic reasons, but yeah, it's a mess.

On the hand, I prefer Jack Nicholson as the Joker then as Jack Napier. I feel if we are to see The Joker pre-transformation, he should be a nondescript loser ala The Killing Joke. As the film is, there is no real transformation.
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And one of my all time fave movie scenes is where the Joker nonsensically survives a full-on assult from the Batwing and proceeds to blow it up with a ludicrously long pistol!
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Unread post by Markgway » Yesterday, 14:15

I feel the polar opposite.

I really like Nicholson's Jack, loathe his Joker. :D

Even though I don't care for The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger was a much better Joker.

Don't get me started on the pistol thing! Yeesh!
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Unread post by grim_tales » Yesterday, 16:32

Toy Story 4 (2019): 4.5/5

Though this is an excellent third sequel and much better than I thought it would be, I think that should be the end now

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Unread post by Ivan Drago » Yesterday, 19:11

Markgway wrote:
Yesterday, 14:15
I feel the polar opposite.

I really like Nicholson's Jack, loathe his Joker. :D

Even though I don't care for The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger was a much better Joker.

Don't get me started on the pistol thing! Yeesh!
I feel Nicholson suits the 1940s comic book Joker very well, as did Ceasar Romero (who could be surprisingly sinister). Ledger's not playing the comic book Joker, but what he does is indeed very effective.
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