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I've just watched <name of the movie>

Edit: Series too.

Since I've got nothing better to do, I decided to come up with this totally awesome and completely innovative idea for a thread.

Just post a movie you've just finished watching, maybe talk a bit about it, recommend it or not, post a trailer, etc, you know the drill.

Why you ask? Why not?
And before you say why, I've already explained I've got nothing better to do.

So let's begin, shall we?

I've just watched Self/Less (wiki page because the trailer is spoilery)

Yeahhhhh, I'm with the majority of the critics on this. Good ideas, poor execution. You have a nice idea and you do nothing with it. Hollywood amirite?
Also, everything seems to develop into action. There's fighting, shooting, car crashes. The only thing that is missing it's explosions. The more dramatic scenes are your usual "you need to feel and care about this character now".
Ryan Reynolds meh.
Sir Ben Kingsley, only thing that motivated me to watch the movie in the first place. Sadly his participation is meh aswell. Which I'm pretty sure it's a crime against film making.
The movie is so pedestrian that I couldn't care less about the rest of the cast.

In short: "MEH"
Post edited June 18, 2016 by neurasthenya
Naruto - Anime series.

Naruto trying to convince a giant frog he summoned to become his master by standing on his head, is priceless.

I also particularly liked Sasuke's battle with Orochimaru for the first time. Sakura's first fight when she uses substitution jutsu twice in a row, then the third is really her. Rock Lee opening the gate of pain. The demon ninja of the village hidden in the Wind. Generally Kakashi. The Chunin exams.

It can have a few too many flashbacks, melodrama and get quite sidetracked at times.

Verdict: Excellent
Post edited May 22, 2016 by bad_fur_day1
I just watched the original Superman movie from 1978. I first saw it in a theatre when it came out, I would have been 5 or 6 at the time. I remember getting a glow-in-the-dark piece of Kryptonite at the theatre. I probably saw it once or twice more on HBO in the 80s, so it's likely been 25 or 30 years since I last saw it.

The first 30-45 minutes of the movie were really pretty dull and just dragged. It was the backstory from before he became a superhero to Earth, but it could've been done so much better. It gave very little detail on what everyday life was like on his home planet. Although they did a perfect job of subtly setting the plot for next Superman movie by showing the vanquish of 3 treasonous mutineers, it also raised a serious question...why did they need a military force (of which Zod was a General) in the first place? There was no other mention of any other alien species or global strife between nations (like we have here on Earth). Along similar lines, why would a society that openly stated they are "thousands of years ahead of Earth as a society" still treat their women as subservient to their husbands? Jor-El (Superman's dad) was making all the decisions about Kal-El (the future Superman) while Lara (Superman's mom) voiced hesitation, only to be ignored by Jor-El.

Well, whatever.

All the action & superheroism was fun & exciting, as it should have been for a movie of this magnitude. No complaints there. And Christopher Reeve was masterful in portraying Superman as a confident, caring hero who masqueraded as the mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent. Remember, Superman is who he really is, while Clark Kent is just the image Superman portrays to maintain his privacy. He's not like The Incredible Hulk who is Dr. Banner, but then occasionally gets angry and becomes this alter-ego.

But then there was Clark/Kal-El/Superman simply deciding he was in love with Lois Lane for no apparent reason. Seriously, he just decides in an almost caveman-like mentality "I will make her mine" and gets super flirty (no pun intended) with her to the point he considers revealing his true identity to her....really? Ain't even kissed her or had a second date with her, and already he's considering trusting her with his biggest secret? He even goes so far by the end (I ain't gonna spoil how he does it) that he breaks one of his own rules outright to ensure her safety.

I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars, because overall it was a very fun movie. But I deduct 1 star for the lack of explanation and detail on those few things.
Post edited May 22, 2016 by ChaunceyK
The 5th Wave (yesterday)

very very meh
The Hunger Games (2012)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)


They just showed these first two Hunger Games movies on the TV (free TV channels) over the weekend. I was meant to watch these ever since my brother mentioned the first movie back in 2012 when he was going to go watch it with his daughter (who had obviously read the book I guess).

I must say I apparently had a bit too high expectations, even though it later dawned to me that the books and the movies are apparently aimed mainly at teenage girls (so I am not part of the target audience anyway). The stories were too simple, the good/evil is too black and white, oh and of course it must have that obligatory "two love interests, the manly and brave hunk, and the softer boy-next-door, both wanting your heart". Same as in e.g. Red Riding Hood (2011) etc. Chicks just love that "boys are jealous and fight over me!" crap.

Meh. At least I didn't pay anything to see them. No idea about the books, but I am not interested to read them either, sorry. I'll use that time for PC gaming instead.
Post edited May 25, 2016 by timppu
I like this idea! And I did just watch a movie so...

Hot Pursuit Trailer

In short, surprisingly fun. A lot less stupid than I expected but with some good stupid in there from time to time. Fairly smart characters and writing and not just poor archetypes and stereotypes. (The movie even delves in to this from time to time too)

The surprise for me though was that it actually had a story and wasn't just things happening to laugh at strung together. Rose is a slightly high-strung rookie cop trying to live up to her father that she grew up riding along with nearly 24/7, she gets a chance to redeem her recent mistake by escorting a high ranking cartel member and his wife. Things don't quite go that way though. It actually becomes more of a buddy cop movie.

Nothing new for a cop movie story, but I've always liked under-dog stories and actually having enough depth to care for the characters and what happens to them was great imo.

If you just want something to enjoy and aren't looking for a moving deep movie that will forever change you and the Trailer didn't turn you off then I'd say go for it.
Post edited May 22, 2016 by Ruubet
"You played it for her, you can play it for me," and "If she can stand it, I can! Play it!"

For the umteenth time.
What movie?
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Tauto: "You played it for her, you can play it for me," and "If she can stand it, I can! Play it!"

For the umteenth time.
What movie?
"Oh, I can't remember it, Miss Ilsa. I'm a little rusty on it."
[Casablanca]
I watched part of Mad Max: Fury Road, not sure I want to finish it. So far I consider it a boring but well done movie. I just watch it, think 'I'll watch a little more' then think 'why did I watch that?'
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ChaunceyK: I just watched the original Superman movie from 1978.
I watched it recently. There was thing I found interesting enough to remember, and that's when Clark decides to start acting as Superman and rescues a cat for a kid, and the kid's mother doesn't believe her, tells her not to tell lies, and you can hear a slap.

As for Clark/Superman, I agree and disagree. He does act, but he is Clark. He was raised Clark and he's the son of his adoptive parents. That duality is an ingrained part of him. Superman doesn't need to act like Clark, it's Clark who needs to act like Clark, needs to interact with people as a normal person, not a super hero.
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Tauto: "You played it for her, you can play it for me," and "If she can stand it, I can! Play it!"

For the umteenth time.
What movie?
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Hickory: "Oh, I can't remember it, Miss Ilsa. I'm a little rusty on it."
[Casablanca]
Correct.
I just watched Bronson. It's about a dude who is known as the "most violent criminal in the UK", starring that dude that played Mad Max in Fury Road. I wasn't expecting much, was very surprised. Definitely worth my time.
District 9

It was different. I liked the parts where it tried to innovate. However, the plot did not escape the clichés, turned into an action movie very quickly and left me with many questions.
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samuraigaiden: I just watched Bronson. It's about a dude who is known as the "most violent criminal in the UK", starring that dude that played Mad Max in Fury Road. I wasn't expecting much, was very surprised. Definitely worth my time.
Oh everyday I'm seeing this on Netflix, and it's giving me the funny looks. I might watch it today.

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Gede: District 9

It was different. I liked the parts where it tried to innovate. However, the plot did not escape the clichés, turned into an action movie very quickly and left me with many questions.
Yeah, the consensus is that the action movie cliche detracts from everything, but I still like this movie a lot.
But what sort of questions do you have?
Well I just saw X-Men Apocalypse today. It's not good. Definately the wort Bryan Singer directed X-Men movie.

The first problem is the new cast- Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Jean. Especially Jean. The other two are just bland and forgettable, but Jean is just horrible. Let's be honest here- she could not act her way out of a wet paper bag. Also, Jennifer Lawrence is still bad, and she can't even bo bothered to look like Mystique 90% of the time.

The story is dirt simple- big bad wants to destroy the world, good guys stop him. That's not terrible in a superhero movie by definition, but the problem is, the series, even at it's worst (X-Men 3) was always about the conflict between mutants and humans, and internal conflicts within those groups on how to handle it. I'm not saying those were incredibly deep movies, but they had some ambition, to be at the least a thinking man's action movies, to have the action be motivated by issues that matter. Here it's pretty much entirely abandoned for a "big bad villain" storyline. And the result is just kind of bland and "meh". The action scenes never live up to the previous movies either. There is nothing creative or clever about them, it's very pain-by-numbers. Even Quicksilvers big scene, nice as it is, is really just a rehash of his famous scene from the previous movie.

The movie, frankly, is also too long and drags at times, for a story this simple a lot of time is wasted before anything really starts happening. Also, and this is only going to be a problem in Poland (and maybe some of our neighbours who speak a similar enough language)- the scenes with Magneto in Poland, and there is quite a few of those, are just hilarious. Poor Fassbender, I know he tries, but his polish hilarious, and so is everyone elses. I get that Fassbender is doing his best here, but could they really not have just hired a bunch of polish actors for those other roles? What sould be the most dramatic and emotional scenes had the entire audience laughing laudly.

I guess Wolverine's cameo is going to get a lot of talk. It's problematic, to say the least. It's fun for the fans, I know, but really the whole thing with X-Men getting captured and taken to the base where they meet Wolverine serves no purpose other than having that cameo. If they just cut all that out and went straight to Kairo nothing of value for the story would be lost.
Post edited May 22, 2016 by Breja
The Martian, and it was good! : )

It remembered me a bit of Apollo13, a kind of scifi-thriller.