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I've seen two films this week that I have no doubt will be in my top ten come the end of the year.

First, Rocketman is just wonderful. I've always liked Elton John's music anyway but the use of his songs here elevated every scene, not to mention the extraordinary central performance from Taron Egerton.

Secondly, Booksmart. This is the kind of film I love. Well rounded characters with a really sweet friendship at the heart of the film that you really get behind, and because you're so invested the jokes land so much better than in a lot of comedies. I look forward to seeing what Olivia Wilde directs next!

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Love me or leave me with Doris Day and James Cagney. A musical telling the real story of the singer Ruth Etting.

I didn't even know this singer...A superb musical as I'm fond of, with excellent songs.

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El ultimo cuple, with Sarita Montiel.

Another musical that I enjoyed too, though it's not the same kind of musicals as the American ones I like so much, but being half Spanish, it made me feel my roots while listening to some of the songs. Sad ending...

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Us - Second only to John Wick 3 when it comes to best movies of the year. Simply fantastic. It caters exactly to my horror needs: unique weirdness, twists, spookiness. I loved this film from start to finish. I did find that it had some unnecessary comedy that took away from the film's central horror themes but it's easily forgiven when everything else is this good. Lupita Nyong'o kills it. I'm genuinely eager to watch this one again.

Booksmart - While this isn't the "female Superbad" I've seen it advertised as, it is a cute coming of age film that's well written, acted and directed. There aren't a lot of big belly laughs but it's not really that time of film. Fun, well-paced and endearing as hell. I enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I would.

The Perfection - Garbage. Utter garbage. Self-indulgent nonsense revolving around child rape. It tries to be a lofty revenge flick and falls flat on its face. Oh and this is NOT the "body horror" so many reviews are claiming it is. There is literally one piece of "body horror" in the entire film. The rest is a lame attempt at twists and turns. While some of them are convincing, it doesn't add to the film. Shame really, since the two leads are actually very good actresses. All in all, a complete waste of time.

 

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1 hour ago, Drunken Monk said:

The Perfection - Garbage. Utter garbage. Self-indulgent nonsense revolving around child rape. It tries to be a lofty revenge flick and falls flat on its face. Oh and this is NOT the "body horror" so many reviews are claiming it is. There is literally one piece of "body horror" in the entire film. The rest is a lame attempt at twists and turns. While some of them are convincing, it doesn't add to the film. Shame really, since the two leads are actually very good actresses. All in all, a complete waste of time.

Was considering watching. Not gonna bother now. Good call. Thank you, sir.

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I haven't been active lately on the forums, I apologize. So here's some movies I checked out within the end of last month and now.

Avengers Endgame - I was really skeptical at first, because I already knew the spoilers and didn't like them. Surprisingly, it worked better in the movie than it looks on paper. My favorite Marvel superhero, Captain America, was an absolute beast in this film! I love how they used him. If you didn't like Captain Marvel the movie (like I did) or just don't like her, then don't worry, because she's used to a bare minimal but has a big, but not crucial role in here. My biggest complaint was how the Incredible Hulk was treated in here. He was still the same destroyed thing he was in 

Breakthrough - Thought this movie was gonna suck, but I walked out amazed. They did a phenomenal job with this movie and it's not your typical faith film. I pretty much was lip syncing all the songs that were being sung in here. I know it's bad to add this, but I started laughing when Mike Colter didn't drink coffee in this movie (if you don't get the reference then nvm)

Aladdin - The visuals on this are spectacular. I went in on opening night, and I swear, more adults were screaming during this movie. It's not up to par with the '92 animated film or the Broadway musical (which I highly recommend most of you seeing), but it was still great. I have my complaints but we'll get to that later. Will Smith saved the film as usual, and could really pack emotion in his role. Now Jafar sucked hardcore in here. He was no where near the caliber of menacing as Jonathan Freeman. Fun Fact: he also plays Jafar in the Broadway musical.

 

On 5/25/2019 at 8:35 PM, DarthKato said:

2- "Man of Steel" (2013) It was pretty good! Henry Cavill is awesome as Superman. 

3- "Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016) Was actually surprised how good this was, after hearing all negative things from people about it. Ben Affleck was great as Batman.

4- "Wonder Woman" (2017) Gal Gadot is the best Wonder Woman since Lynda Carter! Really like the update on her costume. It looks bad-ass. 

5- "Justice League" (2017) I know a lot of folks didn't like it, but I thought it was pretty cool. 

6- "Suicide Squad" (2016) I an a HUGE fan of Harley Quinn, so this movie was a dream to finally see. She really stole the show in this this, pretty decent, movie. 

 

Glad I'm not the only one here that enjoys tf out of the DCEU. I highly recommend you check out the extended cuts of BvS and Suicide Squad, they're worth it. 

Also, I am in need of a physical copy of Aquaman lmao.

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1 hour ago, Drunken Monk said:

Us - Second only to John Wick 3 when it comes to best movies of the year. Simply fantastic. It caters exactly to my horror needs: unique weirdness, twists, spookiness. I loved this film from start to finish. I did find that it had some unnecessary comedy that took away from the film's central horror themes but it's easily forgiven when everything else is this good. Lupita Nyong'o kills it. I'm genuinely eager to watch this one again.

Did you like "Get out" the same? I didn't want to watch "Us" because I strongly disliked "Get Out", which was not horror (and I'm an hardcore horror fan) movie to me, just a minor over-hyped, overrated thriller with PC propaganda. Is "Us" really horror this time ?

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22 minutes ago, Rodolphe Dux said:

Did you like "Get out" the same? I didn't want to watch "Us" because I strongly disliked "Get Out", which was not horror (and I'm an hardcore horror fan) movie to me, just a minor over-hyped, overrated thriller with PC propaganda. Is "Us" really horror this time ?

Us is far more of a horror than Get Out is. Us is almost Clive Barker like in its plot, which I love. Admittedly, I do like Get Out. A lot. But it's nothing compared to Us, in my eyes. The latter is a FAR better film. It's more focused as far as the idea of "horror" goes. As I said earlier, there are a number of awkward comedic moments but, for the most parts, it really pulls off what it's trying to pull off. I highly recommend it.

In regards to political themes, there are far fewer in Us

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9 minutes ago, Drunken Monk said:

Us is far more of a horror than Get Out is. Us is almost Clive Barker like in its plot, which I love. Admittedly, I do like Get Out. A lot. But it's nothing compared to Us, in my eyes. The latter is a FAR better film. It's more focused as far as the idea of "horror" goes. As I said earlier, there are a number of awkward comedic moments but, for the most parts, it really pulls off what it's trying to pull off. I highly recommend it.

In regards to political themes, there are far fewer in Us

Nice to know, I will give it a shot. Thanks!

Regarding horror, the last excellent one I watched was Mandy, the second film of Panos Cosmatos after the excellent "Beyond the black" rainbow.

 

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4 minutes ago, Rodolphe Dux said:

Nice to know, I will give it a shot. Thanks!

Regarding horror, the last excellent one I watched was Mandy, the second film of Panos Cosmatos after the excellent "Beyond the black" rainbow.

 

See, I couldn't make it through Mandy. Just as you found Get Out overly PC, I found Mandy to me pretentious twaddle.

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28 minutes ago, Drunken Monk said:

See, I couldn't make it through Mandy. Just as you found Get Out overly PC, I found Mandy to me pretentious twaddle.

I understand that very easily, it’s a twisted movie, to each his own! Talking about Nick Cage, I kinda liked Mom and Dad. The Halloween sequel was a nice treat, in an old school style. I liked Cam too, that’s very similar to Get out in a way.

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2 minutes ago, Rodolphe Dux said:

I understand that very easily, it’s a twisted movie, to each his own! Talking about Nick Cage, I kinda liked Mom and Dad. The halloween sequel was a nice treat, in an old school style. I liked Cam too, that’s very similar to Get out in a way.

I enjoyed Cam too. I didn't know what to expect going in but I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. Same with Mom and Dad. I didn't love it, but it was an awful lot of fun.

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8 minutes ago, Drunken Monk said:

I enjoyed Cam too. I didn't know what to expect going in but I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. Same with Mom and Dad. I didn't love it, but it was an awful lot of fun.

For sure,  Mom and dad is a dumb movie but that fits perfectly the overacting style of Nick Cage. In the same vein I liked Pool Party Massacre, fun silly indie slasher.

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7 hours ago, Ah_Tao said:

Breakthrough - Thought this movie was gonna suck, but I walked out amazed. They did a phenomenal job with this movie and it's not your typical faith film. I pretty much was lip syncing all the songs that were being sung in here. I know it's bad to add this, but I started laughing when Mike Colter didn't drink coffee in this movie (if you don't get the reference then nvm)

I also want to point out that this is directed by Star Trek alumni Roxann Dawson. She’s directed a lot of television and is very talented. I hope this opens up more opportunities for her to do more movies.  I haven’t seen it yet, but I certainly plan to.  Oh yeah, I forgot Luke Cage was in this.  Nice. 

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22 hours ago, Ah_Tao said:

I haven't been active lately on the forums, I apologize. So here's some movies I checked out within the end of last month and now.

Avengers Endgame - I was really skeptical at first, because I already knew the spoilers and didn't like them. Surprisingly, it worked better in the movie than it looks on paper. My favorite Marvel superhero, Captain America, was an absolute beast in this film! I love how they used him. If you didn't like Captain Marvel the movie (like I did) or just don't like her, then don't worry, because she's used to a bare minimal but has a big, but not crucial role in here. My biggest complaint was how the Incredible Hulk was treated in here. He was still the same destroyed thing he was in 

Breakthrough - Thought this movie was gonna suck, but I walked out amazed. They did a phenomenal job with this movie and it's not your typical faith film. I pretty much was lip syncing all the songs that were being sung in here. I know it's bad to add this, but I started laughing when Mike Colter didn't drink coffee in this movie (if you don't get the reference then nvm)

Aladdin - The visuals on this are spectacular. I went in on opening night, and I swear, more adults were screaming during this movie. It's not up to par with the '92 animated film or the Broadway musical (which I highly recommend most of you seeing), but it was still great. I have my complaints but we'll get to that later. Will Smith saved the film as usual, and could really pack emotion in his role. Now Jafar sucked hardcore in here. He was no where near the caliber of menacing as Jonathan Freeman. Fun Fact: he also plays Jafar in the Broadway musical.

 

Glad I'm not the only one here that enjoys tf out of the DCEU. I highly recommend you check out the extended cuts of BvS and Suicide Squad, they're worth it. 

Also, I am in need of a physical copy of Aquaman lmao.

Yup! I thought I was the only one that liked them also. lol XD 

But yeah, I'll check those Extended Cuts out if I can find them. Shouldn't be too hard to find online. 

Same here. I'm going to go pick up a copy of "Aquaman" when I get paid! 

22 hours ago, Drunken Monk said:

I, too, am a huge DCEU fan. In fact, I'd go as far as to say Man of Steel is vastly superior to many Marvel universe films.

I 100% agree. 

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22 hours ago, Rodolphe Dux said:

I didn't want to watch "Us" because I strongly disliked "Get Out"

Agreed, I also stronly disliked Get Out. Not to mention that "Us" looks just as cheap to me. 

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Halloween 4 (USA, 1988) [DVD] - 3/5
Watchable but mind bogglingly stupid sequel plays the slasher concept as an action film. I couldn't quite decide if it was entertaining or just dumb until the last scene... which is fucking brilliant! Almost earns the film a 5 star rating.

Halloween 5 (USA, 1989) [DVD] - 2/5
A bit of break for the teens as Michael spends the entire film trying to kill a little child. Who the hell thought that was a good idea? Though actress Danielle Harris, 11 or 12 at the time, appears to have been fine with it, it still feels distasteful on both sides of the camera. There's also some nauseating camerawork and a terrible attempts at making the film trendy and modern (dear god at the opening credits). On the positive side, Dr. Loomis is completely insane in this one! I'm being generous with the rating, mainly because the film is at least not boring

Halloween (USA, 2018) [DCP] - 3/5
Functional, entertaining and old fashioned sequel with very little in the way of modernizing the series - which is great. There are small things to nag about - forgettable kills, no boobs, occasional stupidity (long barrel rifle for close range combat?) but it's atmospheric, kind of interesting and fun to watch. And the score still sounds great. The Japanese release was late as usual - hit the theatres just on time for... Easter!

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I share a Danielle Harris connection with @Takuma For some random reason I decided to watch Sylvester Stallone's Daylight last night. I was shocked to discover it's one of Sly's better films! In fact, I may put it in his top five. It has great character development, solid action set-pieces and even some overt religious imagery. What more do you want!?
In my old age, I've discovered I like a good disaster film and honestly? This one is up there for me. I think it's overly long by a smidgen but that's a mild gripe. Now I want to watch Cliffhanger again.

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The Yellow Sea (South Korea, 2010) [Netflix] - 3/5
Gripping, but uneven thriller told in an overly complicated fashion. It works better when the politics are put aside and the focus is on the sad protagonist, a man from a Chinese / North Korean border town sent to Seoul to kill a man. There are two major chase sequences, the first one of which is brilliant but the second one a shaky cam mess. The closing scene is great, but the ultra-violent last hour is otherwise too over-the-top to be taken seriously. Feels much like director Na Hong-jin ‘s first film, The Chaser.

Moebius (South-Korea, 2013) [Netflix] - 2/5
Kim Ki-duk's film about lost dicks. Shocking, but repetitive with one dimensional characters. The film had quite a bit of censorship trouble in Asian countries, including Japan where the film was cut to shreds. The film could only secure an 18 rating in Japan after 5 minutes of censorship cuts to remove "child pornography" (the actor playing “the son” was 15 at the time of filming). Western censors, BBFC included, had no similar objections. How ironic.

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I am Vengeance by Ross Boyask with Stu Bennett (and Gary Daniels) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5885106/

I liked it, the pace is good, the cinematography is nice. But you have to dig cheap b-movie style. It is obviously a very low budget movie, but the charisma of Stu Bennett and Gary Daniels makes it very pleasent and badass.

In the end, I'll take anything with a WWE superstar, that's definitely an awesome school for action star.

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In honor of Superman's 81st birthday (the character debuted in Action Comics #1, cover dated June 1938), I watched some Superman-related media this weekend.

 

From the DVD set Superman The Animated Series - Volume Two

Superman TAS Volume 2.jpg

"Identity Crisis" (Season 2, Episode 6) (1997)

There are now TWO Supermen in Metropolis. And after the real one confronts his imitator, it turns out said imitator is a clone - a clone that's decaying and ends up becoming a white-skinned, poorly spoken freak dubbed "Bizarro".

"Action Figures" (Season 2, Episode 9) (1997)

Now amnesiac and in his robotic form, Metallo reemerges from the ocean where his last encounter with Superman had sent him. On the volcanic island he lands on, he befriends two kids and performs some good deeds, drawing Lois Lane's and Superman's attention. And as the volcano comes closer to erupting, Metallo slowly regains his memories and his real personality...

 

Superman: A little piece of Home (literally called "souvenir from Krypton" in French), a single-DVD collection of four Superman The Animated Series episodes.

Superman- Souvenir de Krypton.jpg

"A little piece of Home" (Season 1, Episode 5) (1996)

A piece of rock displayed in the new Luthor Museum turns out to affect Superman, causing the Man of Steel to become very weak. Naturally Lex tries to use the mysterious rock in question against Superman while Superman/Clark Kent and Lois investigate the mineral that turns out to be a radioactive element from Superman's home planet Krypton.

"Speed Demons" (Season 2, Episode 4) (1997)

In this team-up episode, Superman and The Flash are racing to decide which one is the faster. But a mad criminal calling himself the Weather Wizard is using his brother's latest invention to alter the weather in various areas for nefarious purposes.

"The late Mr. Kent" (Season 2, Episode 22) (1997)

Investigating on the case of a deathrow inmate he believes innocent take a turn to the worst when Clark Kent is reportedly dead after his car is bombed and sent into the ocean. Can Superman and Lois save an innocent from the death penalty in time ? How will Superman explain Clark's forecoming reappearance ?

"Where there's smoke" (Season 3, Episode 1) (1998)

A pyrokinetic villainess named Volcana is wrecking havoc in Metropolis and Superman's investigation on her leads him to find a secret organization is also interested in the fiery character.

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Finally, Venom (2018). I liked it, Tom Hardy entertained me, almost saved the movie from mediocrity. The first half is great, but the end of the movie let me down, Venom’s motivations are kind of stupid and the characters are stereotypes. The movie is full of technical flaws, but then again Tom Hardy makes me like it.

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Lets see....

1- "Fight Club" (1999) Didn't like it at all. 

2- " 'The Little Princess" (1939) Probably my favorite Shirley Temple film. 

3- " The Replacement Killers" (1998) Very good movie. 

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