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Post by bomaye on Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:45 pm

Blade (1998)

Figured I was gonna do both a personal comic movie retrospective and a personal comic movie catch-up. I've watched Phase 1 Marvel and Amazing Spider-Man fairly recently so I'm probably not gonna do those, and I watched Spider-Man 1 and 2 so much in the past that I'm not gonna do those either. I was thinking of skipping the Batman Begins trilogy but I might give those a hard rewatch since I didn't quite like things that everyone else praised about them the first time. Everything else has either been long enough that I can give it a fresh revisit, or I just plain haven't seen (older and newer Marvel movies, most DC movies etc)

Blade is still a pretty fun, by-the-book action movie. Things I didn't notice then but do now

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- I didn't notice that they mashed together a bunch of B-Movie kung-fu and blaxploitation stuff as a kid, probably because I didn't know what those were. I've never seen Shaft before but now I'm at least familiar with the trope, the pitch for this movie must've sounded something like "Imagine if Shaft was a half Vampire and had kung-fu ninja gunfights with other Vampires who go to nightclubs and look a lot like The Matrix except The Matrix hasn't come out yet."
- Also did not notice the subtle "weird" stuff back then. Frost caressing his Vampire master, implying that they're a gay couple, and Blade's mom being a little incesty with him when talking about giving in to being a Vampire.
- Frost slipping in the line about Blade being an "Uncle Tom" flew right by me as a kid. I was kinda like "Wowwwww, why did they even go ther... ohhhhh, it's a hidden blaxploitation movie, this badass black guy is kicking the crap out of a whole bunch of white dudes who use people as cattle. Frost even has a thing for black women."
- Frost bullet-timing Blade's gunshots in the park standoff feels iconic to me for some reason.
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Post by Datelessman on Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:23 pm

The last movie I saw in theaters was "WONDER WOMAN", which I thought was excellent. Considering I was mostly horrified by "BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: YAWN OF JUSTICE", I was concerned, but "WONDER WOMAN" proved to be great. Gal Gadot was much better as Diana this time around and Patty Jenkins' direction was terrific. Chris Pine was a great Steve Trevor and I thought Lucy Davis' Etta all but stole the flick. Robin Wright's Antiope also came close to stealing the film, she was utterly transformed into the role.

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Honestly the only issues I had with the film were aspects to the franchise that were either attached by Zack Synder do to its inclusion in the same "world" as MAN OF STEEL and BVS, or likely insisted by DC Entertainment exec Geoff Johns as part of the then-current "New 52" retcon origin (which, by now, Greg Rucka spent the last year removing). Y'know, the stuff about being Zeus' daughter rather than a clay child, Diana being able to shoot lightening, her personal connection to Ares (who is Zeus' son here rather than brother, which is too close to Marvel's Loki for me), that sort of thing. I was a little iffy about it being mostly set in World War I if only because Diana's supporting cast is essential, and dating it that far back hinders its ability to stay consistent. Imagine if Superman was cast as a period piece (because, hey, he debuted in 1938) and that meant the sequels set in modern day would prevent Lois, Perry, Jimmy, etc. from showing up because by then they'd all be dead or extremely elderly. WONDER WOMAN has this problem. Even without Trevor's noble "sacrifice", this still means barring some sort of magic, we can't see Etta again. This is troublesome because part of why Wonder Woman hasn't gotten as deeply entrenched into public memory is because her cast changes a lot. People in huts know who Alfred the butler is, after all.

Beyond that, though, the WWI setting worked out better than I expected. The scenes on Paradise Island worked, and the "no man's land" bit is easily a highlight. Above all they got Diana's character pitch perfect, which is the main thing. It also had a far lighter tone mixed in with the seriousness which helped it remain entertaining. Easily the best of the DCEU era.

In terms of movies I've watched on DVD, the last one was "BATMAN: THE MOVIE" from 1966 as part of my revisit of the Adam West era.
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Post by bomaye on Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:31 am

Blade 2 (2002)

FUCK, this movie is so cool. And definitely existing in that immediate post-Matrix world where every action movie needed crazy acrobatics and bullet-time even if they needed now-badly aging CGI to do it

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- I still lol at The Cat from Red Dwarf being a serious Vampire Ninja. Both characters have the fangs.
- For some reason I remembered Whistler being the bad guy and not the other nerd. I also remembered Whistler not coming back for the second movie, so maybe I was thinking of the third movie? I guess I'll see when I get there.
- Guillermo Del Toro must be a big fan of the Alien movies.
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Post by BlackBart on Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:32 pm

So, today I went to see The Hitman's Bodyguard (no relation to either game series or Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston flick), and it was...fun. As fun as you can expect from a "buddy action comedy" genre. Lot of LOL moments, good chemistry between Reynolds and Jackson, and good action.

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Post by bomaye on Wed May 22, 2019 6:39 pm

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I've never seen any of these movies or read any of the books and the Space Channel had a marathon the other weekend so I DVR'ed them all. Only thing I knew going in was the Snape/Dumbledore meme spoiler (I didn't 100% know for certain that I could identify either character on first look but I have seen them before), it involved some magic school and they played a sport on their broomsticks

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- Probably the most English movie I've ever see in my life, legit shocked that it wasn't called 'Arry Potter
- Maximum level nerdy as fuck. I think I'd be less embarrassed to be caught watching anime
- Felt very Mickey Mouse/Disney, or almost like an '80s classic movie
- Also Felt more like a collection of world-building short stories than a beginning-to-end movie
- I appreciated them rolling out and building up the world slowly, in media res is not one of my favourite things
- I figured Quirrel was a bad guy but figured he was a Snape flunky and not the legit villain. The meme spoiler had me figuring Snape was a baddy from the start. Lame way to take him down.
- All the background adult stuff with Snape and Voldemort was probably more interesting than anything the kids were getting up to, but if I was like 7 or 8 years old the kid stuff would've worked on me.
- Weakkkkk ending overall. Imagine preventing the biggest baddy in history from reincarnating with a new body and maybe-eternal-life and only getting 60 points for it, Dumbledore's a fucking cheapskate
- And also a huge prick, imagine letting one group of children win knowing that you're about to yank the carpet and the win out from under them
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Post by bomaye on Wed May 22, 2019 10:01 pm

'Arry Potta and the Chamber of Secrets

Goodass movie

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- I liked the mystery and all the red herrings. Draco Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Lockhart, eventually I started believing that even the magic car could've been the big bad because everyone else could've been the one who opened the Chamber/was the secret petrifyer/was the mystery heir of Slytherin
- Tom Riddle being Voldemort was a pretty badass reveal. Like this guy is so powerful that his sweaty teenage diary can kill you
- I also really liked how they made Harry and Tom so similar, even down to hiding things from Dumbledore despite Dumbledore being able to see right through them. Kinda having some "Luke, I am your father" vibes with Voldermort and HArry even though we saw Harry's father in that magic mirror in the last movie. He did very specifically mention Harry's "mudblood mother" and never really mentioned the father too. Even the scar/curse "transferring some of his power" might make more sense if Harry was a whisked-away baby to escape from Voldemort and he didn't know it.
- Just imagine for a sec that you solved a 1000 year old mystery, killed a Basilisk, saved a few people's lives and defeated the evil diary of the biggest baddy and history and you don't even get 60 points for it. Presumably Snape kills Dumbledore after snapping from cheap this mother fucker is.
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Post by Enail on Wed May 22, 2019 10:23 pm

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It's interesting hearing about the movies from someone who hasn't read the books! A lot of the "fucking house points" kind of moments are reactions I remember having from the first time I read them, once something becomes familiar you forget how you first reacted, it's almost nostalgic. The world is definitely the best thing about the series, and the first couple of movies does a good job with the feel, but they miss out on so many of the daily life moments that really build it.

Most fans consider the Chamber of Secrets movie bad, and I'll admit there were some truly terrible bits (and some issues with the book too imo), but it also had the fucking best character moments. Every moment of Lucius Malfoy, Snape having to interact with Lockhart, Dumbledore acting like a loon to secretly convey things to invisibility cloaked kids and then Hagrid doing an even worse job of it, "why couldn't it have been follow the butterflies?"
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Post by bomaye on Wed May 22, 2019 10:32 pm

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Ron's said a few things I was thinking while it was happening ("Who could be the anti-Muggle heir of Slytherin?" Me: "Come on, it's probably fucking Malfoy" Ron: "Come on, it's probably fucking Malfoy"), feels like he's supposed to be the voice of the viewer in all this.

Also I like to think that Ron's dad and Lucius have those verbal jousting sessions every time they see each other. Like Mr Weasley's sitting in the break room at the magic ministry and Lucius saunters in, overdramatically wipes sweat of hiss brow and goes "It's rather MUGGY in here. Oh goodness, I didn't see you there, Weasley." and then they just go into for 20 minutes while everyone else in the office just groans internally
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Post by Enail on Wed May 22, 2019 11:21 pm

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I love Ron. He gets completely shafted in the next movie, though (I hated the next movie altogether for how they handled both him and Hermione, and ruined one of my favourite scenes, so be warned you're really not getting a fair picture in that one). And that is 100% Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy. Heart  
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Post by bomaye on Fri May 24, 2019 12:03 am

'Arry Potta And the Prisoner of Azkaban

Was aight

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- TBH Voldemort should probs just reincarnate in Dudley and get it over with already

- As soon as they say Remus Lupin, it's like "Oh, Werewolf." I didn't see Neville hanging from the ceiling and Hermione fix 'Arry's broken spectacles, but at least a Professor in the Defence of the Dark Arts didn't last a full year again

- This movie got to the point a lot quicker than the previous two, I was immediately more interested in the plot in the first 20 mins.

- Though it also seemed to focus a lot less on school life than the other two. Felt like Draco and Quidditch and Hagrid and stuff like that was more present in the previous two movies while they just made cameo appearances in this one, though Snape did feel very present

- The Dementors are cool shit, I have a soft spot for freaky Ringwraiths

- J.K. Rowling's pretty good at the red herrings, was questioning who Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew were the whole time (even with the wanted poster I was wondering if Lupin was somehow one or the other) and didn't get it right again

- I wasn't as into the Sirius and Pettigrew reveals as I was the Tom Riddle one. The Time Travel stuff was an interesting element to introduce to the series (and really fits Hermione's character, I like how they're not outright spelling out that she's a maximum level tryhard because both of her parents are Muggles) , I'm assuming we're gonna see more of that in the future (or in the past, as it were, pun intended).

- Sirius and Remus almost looked like they were kissing when they embraced

- I think I missed why Harry thought it was his father who chased the Dementors away, was it supposed to be because his dad had the GOAT Patronus spell or something like that?

- So they made a point of showing Hermione press up to Ron and grab his hand when afraid, and those two are always staying behind to look after each other while Harry goes on ahead into some danger. Can't tell which one she's gonna fuck tbh

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Post by Enail on Fri May 24, 2019 12:14 am

bomaye wrote:
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- I think I missed why Harry thought it was his father who chased the Dementors away, was it supposed to be because his dad had the GOAT Patronus spell or something like that?

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I'm not sure if they made it properly clear in the movies, they skim over a lot of these kinds of plot details, but Harry saw a stag patronus chase away the Dementors, so since Harry's father's animagus form was a stag, he assumed it was him. I kind of think, but don't remember for sure, that he might even have seen a glimpse of his other-time self casting the patronus, which he took for his father, too.
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Post by bomaye on Fri May 24, 2019 4:57 pm

'Arry Potta And the Goblet of Fire

Another goodass movie

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- That's been the best combination of school life and larger metastory so far
- Moody was best teacher. I did catch on that he was the villain but didn't catch on that he was a polymorphed Barty Crouch Jr, that was so smart how that mystery and all the signs of it were primarily all in the background and based on small character traits (Moody always drinking, torturing the spider in front of Neville whose parents were tortured by the same curse etc)
- I wasn't into the tournament when they first announced it was going to happen but the challenges were pretty cool (dat Dragon chase), and I do like my heroes being heroes so Harry making sure to save everyone was a touch I liked
- TBH they probably could've just made "Harry Potter and the School Dance" and that would've been good enough. That whole mini-arc where these nerds can't ask girls out then "Hermione, you're a girl, right" and getting cockblocked by Snape and "He kinda shouted it at her" and standing there on the sidelines while everyone else is dancing and having fun and finally finishing off with Hermione getting mad that Ron didn't nut up and give her the Weasel already was entertaining as hell
- The Magic Ministry Court scene where they revealed that Snape was a reformed Death Eater was so awesome. I love the whole "is he a bad guy or isn't he?" build-up with Snape
- Also it was super interesting when Voldemort summoned all his lackeys and Lucius (and I think Draco's flunky's parents?) were all summoned Death Eaters, but no Snape
- So Harry's mom was a muggle but still used ancient mother's love magic to reverse curse Voldemort even when he was Quirrel, eh?
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Post by Enail on Fri May 24, 2019 5:28 pm

bomaye wrote:
Spoiler:

- So Harry's mom was a muggle but still used ancient mother's love magic to reverse curse Voldemort even when he was Quirrel, eh?

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She wasn't a Muggle, she was a Muggle-born witch (like Hermione, her parents were Muggles so she didn't have a wizarding world upbringing before she went to Hogwarts, but she was as much a witch as someone born to two magical parents). And I think it's less a specific mother's love spell or something like that and more like the loving self-sacrifice in itself had an enduring power to protect him (though probably still based in her being a powerful witch, I assume the same wouldn't happen with a muggle's parental sacrifice)
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Post by bomaye on Fri May 24, 2019 7:54 pm

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Emo 'Arry Potta and the Order of the Phoenix

Holy shit

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I lol'ed at Malfoy joining the Hitler Youth (how is it Lucius hasn't been tattled on by Harry?) and shit got super interesting when Harry jumped into Snape's memories and saw Harry's dad as a bully (I can't tell how or why Snape is going to kill Dumbledore, dude's a prick but otherwise has all the chances in the world to help Voldemort achieve his ends and instead helps the good guys, and I'm also assuming that if Harry's dad isn't Voldemort then he's gotta be some kind of baddy) but for most of this movie, it felt like taking the training montage but without the montage and just making sure you saw all the training instead (Hermione saying "Voldemort" by name was p. cool).

And then suddenly Sirius Black died and then Dumbledore and Voldemort fucking threw down out of nowhere and holy shit. That fucking shattered glass spell Voldemort used Shiny/thrilled

I think I misheard the prophecy too, I took it to mean that both of them neither of them could live without the other and therefore both of them had to die to ensure the demise of the other, but everyone in the show is taking it to mean that Harry has to kill Voldemort.
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Post by Enail on Fri May 24, 2019 8:49 pm

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The line was "Either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can live while the other survives"
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Post by bomaye on Fri May 24, 2019 11:35 pm

Yeah, I def misheard it

'Arry Potta And the Half-Blood Prince

So I know Deathly Hallows is one book that was split into 2 movies. Was it just one long-ass movie that they split into two parts like the name suggests or are they shot like two separate movies?

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- God dammit Ron and Hermione, just fuck already (That "Oh, shut up" line from Hermione was totally for the viewer). I did lol at the misadventures of Ron and women.
- Speaking of Ron, Harry pretending he slipped Ron a Liquid Luck Roofie just to give him placebo confidence was a total bro move Happy tears
- Hermione's parents are dentists and none of the Wizards know what that is Laughing
- Ginny and Harry feels a bit out of left field (though she was shy around Harry in one of the earlier movies so not entirely), but it's aight I guess. Cho kind of got discarded after she had a pretty miserable time.
- Snape made the Unbreakable Vow to finish what Draco started if he failed and it was like "Oh, there it is." I think Snape's actually still a good guy and the argument him and Dumbledore had was about going through with whatever the wider plot was regardless just so he can go deep-cover and/or prevent Draco from doing something that would drive him further down the dark path.  Espec if he's a Half-Blood, because wasn't this whole deal in the first place about wiping out Mudbloods?
- Great showing by Draco too. His consistent cowardice, inability to succeed and jealousy makes for a surprisingly good weak villain. That bathroom fight where he's about to sob because he's been found out and then Harry fucks him up with one Snape's spells was great, and his face when he has his wand pointed at Dumbledore.
- Feeding that potion to Dumbledore, fuckkkkkk Sad
- I'm assuming Harry's somehow part Horcrux (or at least his scar is) and maybe one of the reasons Snape is so far undercover is to figure out how to undo it without killing Harry
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Post by Enail on Sat May 25, 2019 12:38 am

Tbh, I can't remember how much they separated it into two movies or made them stand alone, I think about as much as LOTR, but I'm not sure (and I seem to recall you haven't seen them anyway possibly)
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Post by bomaye on Sat May 25, 2019 2:13 am

Yeah I haven't seen any of these movies, I was just wondering more because I may only have time to watch one on the weekend and seeing if I should wait to do'em both at once or not
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Post by Enail on Sat May 25, 2019 1:40 pm

I'd lean towards wait and do them both, but they were released a year apart originally, so presumably they intended for them to stand alone that much.
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Post by bomaye on Tue May 28, 2019 12:32 am

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

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- I liked it as a slow decline of magic society (I don't know why but the English have a way with dystopian fiction, like I don't think 1984 could've come from even Germany, there's something about Airstrip One) combined with the trio falling into despair and barely being able to resist Voldemort's locket preying on their fears and negative emotions. Good build-up, would've been really unsettling if I was a child considering the tone of the rest of the series

- I still think Snape's a secret good guy. Even the bad guys were really nervous while that ex-Muggle teacher was being tortured in front of them and Snape was trying too hard to appear indifferent to it.

- Was kind of getting mad at them pivoting to Harry x Hermione but thankfully (hopefully?) redder heads prevailed

- Totally got choked up when Ron came back and didn't succumb to Voldemort-induced jealousy

- That thief who stole the Elder Wand laughing in "Tom's" face that he doesn't have it anymore, why didn't they recruit this badass

- Draco wouldn't give up Harry even though it was obviously him. I was expecting him to be the big bad in the end, but maybe he's the series Gollum

- Killed Dobby, JK Rowling is a savage

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Post by bomaye on Tue May 28, 2019 5:24 am

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

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- The Multiplication Spell in the Vault was such a cool play on the Dianoga/Star Wars Garbage Monster thing
- Harry steps out of the lined up students and McGonagall immediately has a go at Snape, what a badass
- Probs just split it into two movies so they could use the budget from the first movie to do and elaborate hour-long war in Part 2 and I'm all for it Nod
- Crabbe turned into a black kid
- Did fucking Goyle burn to death? Jesus christ
- Ron and Hermione finally fucked, Vancouver-riot style, after wiping out the Horcrux in the Chamber of Secrets. That's my story and I'm sticking to it
- I was right about a few things Shiny/thrilled. Snape was a deep-cover good guy ;_; (tbh fuck James Potter, Sirius Black and Remus Wolfman), Dumbledore did set everything up to play out in the fashion it was meant to (did they set up Draco getting the Elder Wand because they knew he was a fuck-up?), Harry being a Human Horcrux.
- Imagine you're Neville Longbottom, the newly crowned King in the North, and despite your overbite, unfortunate last name and penchant for getting hung from high places, you just used a legendary wizard-sword to kill the last Horcrux of the biggest baddy in history and you're manspreading and the kooky hippy blonde that you're hot for just sat down beside you and you don't even rest the hilt of the sword on your dick

Goodass movie series. I was about to say "My favourite movie of the series is..." but then I mentally started making cases for Chamber of Secrets, Goblet of Fire, the end battle in Order of the Phoenix (Dumbledore vs Voldemort is my favourite battle), and then the whole Snape/Horcrux set-up and the Draco showing in Half-Blood Prince, and the outcomes of all that set-up in Deathly Hallows 2. That's crazy that I can make cases for half of the 8 movies being my favourite in the series and another in consideration because of how it ended.
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Post by Enail on Tue May 28, 2019 12:48 pm

Wow, I'm a little surprised that they went over that well, as a book fan I was both biased in favour of them (because they did do a lot right, especially most of the casting), and super-critical.
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Post by bomaye on Tue May 28, 2019 4:16 pm

I've had all the books on my bookshelf for years with the intent of reading them all and watching all the movies one day, but I always wasn't sure which I should do first. It kinda feels like it was better to do the movies first because that's more the abridged version, and then the books will be the more heavily detailed unabridged versions to really dive into at some point
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Post by bomaye on Fri May 31, 2019 4:13 am

Assassin's Creed

Huh, that was actually a really good video game adaption. Actually felt it could've been a bit longer just to get more of the Spanish Inquisition setting and flavour in there, but I'm also used to the games drawing you into the past setting too, it may not have played as well in the movie.

Ghost Rider

Was expecting this to be as bad as Hulk, but it ended up being aight. Generic '00s Horror-Action movie, cool motorcycle shit, Ghost Rider always looks cool, accidental comedy because Nic Cage can't act. I'm not sure I'd ever watch this again, but I wouldn't be against watching it again either.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

This one was bad as Hulk. Barely any motorcycle shit, retconned the first movie, Ghost Rider was a silly laughing demon for some reason, they wrote in goofy shit for Nic Cage so it came off as forced Nic-Cage bad acting. Only thing that was better than the first was the CGI.
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Post by bomaye on Fri May 31, 2019 11:04 pm

Alien

Has to have been at least 15 years since I've seen this. When I was younger, I'd always get impatient and bored because there wasn't shooting and space marines like Aliens. I still did get impatient through this one, but I did appreciate the slow rollout and the logic used to introduce the alien. A lot of the special effects on the Alien and a few moments with the Ash didn't age well, but it's probably not as bad as it could've been because you see the Alien so little. Pretty GOAT liquid movie, though. Everyone's constantly drenched in sweat, the Alien's stickyness, dripping saliva and acid blood, the milky insides of the robot (that's such a great twist now that I think about it, a movie called "Alien" having a robot in it), that one scene where Brett's letting water leak down on him to build tension.

Something I never really thought about before, I really like how the Alien drags off the bodies without massacring them and you're never really told what happens to them. You can presume what's going on based on how the Alien is born and how future movies show you the Queen and such, but never really see it.

Also kinda miss the grimyness of late '70s/early '80s sci-fi. The modern world has made technology so slick and presentable and Apple and small and convenient, it's a little nostalgic to see submarine boards and picture-tube monitors and an entire room dedicated to housing a basic computer simulator

But ye, some things are better since I'm older now, some things are worse because time and special effects moved on, some things are nostalgic because got-old, and a lot of it was realy wet.
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