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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

INCREDIBLES 2 gets a Ok. Don't really have any feelings about it. **15/16 Well made & the raccoon stuff I liked. After 14 years it seemed like the same old stuff. The production started in 2015, before the election. I wonder if the ambassador was supposed to be Hillary Clinton & they had to change her from a president to an ambassador. I thought I saw Obama in the press conference for a second.---Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE--FALLOUT (#6) was great. Best action movie of a weak summer. Everything worked. I had to sit thru the trailer about 10 time, and it's really funny how they cut it different than the movie. Makes events a surprise when you see the film. You can say what you want about Cruise....he's gay...a religious nut...too nice in person...but his stunt work is unbelievable. Does everything & it's him. Shows the shot of the leap where he breaks his ankle...and he jumps up & runs on it. He run in this one again....and he is the best runner in the history of leading men. Plot is very complicated but it works. That part is settled about 3/4 of the way thru the movie & then it's all action. Actually it's like 90% action & still the get the storyline, dialog, timing, and characters over. All the actors had major stuff to do. With the two women, it had me crying at the end. Very very well made film, that give you everything you wanted in a movie like that. Very little CG. It's the best M.I. movie. ****1/4. Hope it makes movie.----Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny thing I'm hearing on the TV right now:

Tom Cruise right now is 5 years older than Wilfred Brimley when he was in Cocoon.

Brimley:
DOB: September 27, 1934
Cocoon release: June 21, 1985 (under 51)

Cruise:
DOB: July 3, 1962
MI6 release: July 27, 2018 (just over 56)

That is fucking insane.

All credit to Cruise for keeping it together.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can fake a lot of shit in movies, but he can really still run. He runs in every movie. Seems to take pride in it.--Yohe
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jdw wrote:
Funny thing I'm hearing on the TV right now:

Tom Cruise right now is 5 years older than Wilfred Brimley when he was in Cocoon.

I read something similar on Twitter this week. I just looked it up and it was a topic on the Dan Le Batard Show. What was the other reason Wilford Brimley's name came up recently? There was a Twitter thread and the question was something like, "Name an actor or actress who looks like you would expect given their name?" Wilford Brimley looks like a Wilford Brimley to lots of people.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was watching / listening to Le Batard this morning while browsing the web. :)

But when looking for photos of Brimley, there were a number of Cruise-Brimley ones... so it's a meme that seems to be going around, which Le Batard's team picked up on.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mainly for Steve, but worth watching for anyone who liked the movie:

Just Write: What Writers Should Learn From Mad Max Fury Road

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In reading about MISSION IMPOSSIBLE #6 I read that that the character White Widow, played by Vanessa Kirby (the next big star out of England) was supposed to be the daughter of Max (played by Vanessa Redgrave) in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE #1. The latest version of MI had something the other films didn't have....a history of the past.

I didn't remember #1 very well, and I didn't remember the female villain named Max. I don't remember my review but I think I looked down on the film because of the director Brian De Palma. His early films were steals from Hitchcock and place style over story, which bugged me, but I admit he's made good films & is a major guy. I had #1 & #2 on DVD, so I decided to watch them again.

#1 is really a good movie. I liked it a lot, but I can see why I thought bad about it at the time. It was coming off the TV show & they turned it from a group movie to a Tom Cruise star thing. Like John in the last few years went over with me...I didn't like Cruise much. I thought he was in the closet & too young. (Now I think he makes good movies & I don't care about anything else.) But killing off the old TV team was too disrespectful at the time. Watching it now, it's real good. It all works...classily movie.

Redgrave's bad guy Max was the gun runner that wanted to sell the list of spys that Hunt stoled from the CIA. She is kind of a fun bad guy, who's old but hits on Cruise's Hunt. I think they let her go at the end. She doesn't die. In #6 the White Widow talks, in her speech, like she had passed. I can see why the English actress Kirby would want to be connected to Redgrave.

MI 1 is nothing like the other MI films. It's all plote & story. Hunt doesn't shoot his gun. The only people he kills are Phelps & the other French bad guy in the tunnel chase. And it's kind of their own fault.

The only real action scene is the helicopter in the tunnel with the train. I didn't like that scene the first watching. I think i thought it had too much CG & that was the early days for CG & I wasn't acceplting it then. But now I see blue screen, but no over done CG. It's a great chase that makes the movie.

The start of #1 has Hunt as just one of the guys. When everything falls apart....he seems lost with out his team...and seems to be panicing...until he meets the boss next to the fish tank. Then he becomes the Hunt we know. He plays the part with a crazy look in his eyes. I guess he had that look back then. Maybe that's why chicks thought he was sexly.

It is one of the best MI movies, & I do like the series now.

Then I watched #2 & it is the worst. Terrible movie. John Woo and all the slow motion gun fights & car stuff is terrible & really out of fashion today. It's this film that Woo turns Cruise's Hunt into a James Bond superhero spy. Really it's just Woo's normal hero from most of his action crap. Really bad film. The only thing that stands out is Thandie Newton, who became (at least with me) a star from stealing the film.

The talk about SICARIO 2 got me thinking about the first SICARIO movie. I liked #1 but didn't remember it well. I got a blue-ray copy last night ($5) & watched it. The two films plots are very close. Whatever the agency is, it's pulling off a simular mission in both films. Both have them messing with the Mexican drug gangs to start a war between themselves. Whatever the agency is, that Brolin is apart of, I think it's called the DOD, it is a secret.. run by Washington using contractors to work almost outside the law. It seems like the CIA. Brolin is a former special forces guy who has turned Del Toro into working with him. Del Toro's wife & daughter was killed by a top Mexican gang leader....and he took it personal.

In #1, the FBI agent Emily Blunt becomes part of Brolin's group, and we see thru her eyes. She & her fellow FBI agent Daniel Kaluuya think Brolin's group of Delta agents are as bad as the Mexico gangs, and she never really understands what is going on. When forced to tell her the plan, Del Toro tells her that killing the bad gang boss would save as many lifes as stopping a major epidemic. When she goes to tell her FBI bosses about Brolin being outside the law, she is told his work comes from the top....and she was on the inside, not the outside. She still doesn't get it. It turns out that she was only being used by them, because the tunnell they are going to attack starts on the USA side of the border. They are like the CIA & they need a FBI agent to pretent to run the show to make everything legal. She still doesn't get it. All she has to do is stay in the car, while they go in....but she can't do that...and she ends up almost screwing everything up. The end of #1 has her refusing to sign a paper that states the mission was legal. Del Toro has a gun to her head & it seems he is a bad guy who will shoot if she wouldn't sign. The tention builts until she says she can't. He just walks out..because he is the good guy. I'm sure the audiance is behind Emily Blunt in this movie....like she was the hero figure...but she was just the problem to the guys doing a dirty job of saving lives in Mexico. That's what the writer was trying to say. It wasn't about Blunt.

Alot of people are probaby saying that the problem with 2nd movie was leaving out the female star Emily Blunt. But the serous writer, Taylor Sheridan couldn't & keep the 2nd movie creditable. No way those professional guys would ever work with that FBI agent again.

#2 is a great movie. I loved it. Filled with great dialog. At one point, one of the heads of the CIA tells Brolin to give up the mission & clean the area. Which means killing Del Toro...a guy Brolin had turned & worked with for years. This was the dialog:

Brolin: You know how much it took to turn him.

Catherine Keener (the CIA boss): I could throw a stick over the border and hit 50 grieving fathers. Never mind, I'll get another team to do it.

Brolin: No...I'll go...otherwise he'll come back, and kill you.

They made the movie for 35 mil....it seemed like it could make some money...now it will be lucky to break even. I think it's a great film. I can only hope people keep making good movies.---Steve Yohe
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THE MAG is another movie made for China using a American (well English) Star, a Hollywood monster with a number of Chinese actor thru out. I wish the giant shark had eaten every one in the cast, because it's terrible. Yes Jason Stathan has a fight with the 70 foot shark & kills him. It's in the running for worst picture of the year. The leading lady's name is Bingbing Li. Another CG mess that cost someone 150 mil. *1/15. I don't mind a Chinese movie, but if it's crap ...it's crap. I hope it loose a ton of money.----Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John didn't review INCREDIBLES 2. That seems strange. Wonder what he is thinking?---Yohe
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ALPHA is a good movie. It's about a cave boy, who is really more of a Native American, who gets lost, makes friends with a wild dog, and finds his way home. Nothing over the top & very well made. Has a genuine feel to it. Very visual & the dialog seems to be Indian & has some subtitles. Not a action movie with monster jumping out at you. A little like THE REVENANT, but not near as violent & the world created seem dangerous but not an evil place. It's a good family film and a dog movie. The stuff with the boy & the dog is well done & nothing over the top. It is predictable, which isn't a bad thing for me, and takes it's time telling the story. It has integrity. They weren't going for the money. The studio delayed it's release a few times, so they didn't know what to do with it. I would have marketed it as a big time family film....that doesn't suck. The violence isn't over done & it's view is positive ***1/3. The negative is the fight with a sabretooth tiger is kind of short. The dog is great & so is the kid. The CG is well used, and seems like a major film. Happy ending. I liked it. You wish it well. Can't see it making money.---Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched the extended version of HOBBIT 3 last night. Do you think there is any chance that Donny Trump ever watched that movie? Could it be possible he might learn something from Thorin's problems.

I read something about there being a TV version of THE LORD OF THE RINGS being produced. And the whole first season will be about Aragorn! It's going to be on Amazon. Could this be something John Williams will like???? I don't like the idea. Everyone is now looking to make the next GAME OF THRONES.---Yohe
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MI6 is a decent action movie in the same range as the prior "good" ones in the series. It remains the most overrated action series in recent memory as the good ones aren't really Great Movies, but rather just Professionally Done Action Movies.

Their biggest flaw?

If you ever slow down to think about them, they are dumb as all fuck.

Example?

The most obvious one is the whole Chopper Chase that climaxes the movie.

We as action movie fans are conditioned to buy that at some point in his career that Ethan would have learned to fly a chopper. Regular people can take chopper lessons and learn to fly them. Ethan is a pro, so even though they have never said he can fly one, we're willing to accept in a goofy action movie he must have learned at some point. This sort of shit happens regularly in other action movies.

So what to they do? They make a big point that Ethan *doesn't* know how to fly a chopper.

So despite not knowing how to fly a chopper, and having to fight to take over the chopper from the pilot, he's able to figure it out quick enough the first time he flies that he's able to chase down a chopper flown by a real pilot after first having the fight, then fucking up and nearly crashing, oh and being weight down by that Big Round Bag of Something Or Other... and getting shot at by Superman... and... and...

Aw fuck it... the whole thing was fucking ridiculous. It's as if they didn't think they could do a good enough chopper chase without making Ethan a novice, then not bothering to think it through to realize that it doesn't make a fucking bit of sense.

The movie was littered with things like that. Most of them you just accept because it's an action movie and these guys are Super Heroes, so turn off your brain and go with it. Occasionally they pop up to be ridiculous like the chopper. Or that Superman has the chance sitting in the back seat of the car to kill Ethan and Benji and make off with Lane, but decides not to because it would ruin a couple of chases that Cruise and McQuarrie had planned. No... I'm serious - there is no reason that he doesn't shoot Benji and then Ethan through the back of the chair. It's not explained, there's no higher goal for Superman as he has Lane right fucking there and has no real need of anything more out of Ethan & Co. But Superman can't do it because he's read the script and sees there's chases and Ilsa and other this, so fuck it... he has to be dumb.

The whole Superman is the Heel is so telegraphed that they don't even bother to fake you out that he's not the heel. On some level we should be blessed that they're not trying to work a multi layered fake that someone else is Lark since that shit is so overplayed in movies to the point of being Vince Russo "you didn't see that coming!!!!" bullshit. But the whole Lark stuff is pretty lazy here.

White Widow is a waste. Lane isn't terribly interesting. Ilsa is modestly interesting, until Julia shows up and is more interesting, until we get the bullshit at the end that everyone is happy with Ethan getting Ilsa and we live happily ever after... at least until Cruise and McQuarrie decide they need to refrigerator Ilsa to motivate Ethan.

There is just no "there" to this movie, just as there hasn't been to any of these. None of these are Skyfall, which I'm not even sure is a truly great Action Movie but is a great Professionally Done Action Movie out of a series that otherwise is long of tooth. MI is long of tooth. It's just that the last two have been very well Professionally Done Action Movie. But 30 minutes after your out of the theater, you're not at all thinking two wits about the themes of the movie. You might be thinking about how "well done" it is, and how some of the stunts and action were kinda sorta start of the art. But the themes in these movies are little morn than 70s porn movie level of bullshit to get us to the next action/fuck scene.

I will say this: Cruise acts his ass off in this movie. Get past all the action shit that is suppose to get our attention, and he's really trying to emote the fuck out of the role and all the shit he's dealing with.

Problem?

There are a few two many times where Tom's desire to show emotion is kind of fucking up the fact that Ethan would be trying to have a poker face and not give away that something is impacting him. This is especially obvious when he's dealing with Widow. A better actor and director would find ways for Cruise to emote when it's not directly in the face of Widow. It's a bit like Heels Cheating in front of The Ref. The good ones don't do that except when they have prepped it to be the spot where they are caught. I know Steve fucking hated it when wrestling got lazy about heels cheating in front of Refs and the Refs having to pretend they didn't see it. Well... Cruise does that too fucking much in this movie. He wasn't to show he's a fucking good actor, which he frankly is, rather than show he gets the fucking blocking of the screen and that someone is right there who shouldn't be seeing how he's reacting. Lazy blocking.

There is a lot of other stuff in this movie that is like that, and if you slow down to see it, you're in the eye rolling zone. I did my best to try to ignore loads of it, and just roll with it, which is why I say it's a good Professionally Done Action Movie. But it really isn't a great movie, or really even a good one beyond it's niche. This ain't Fury Road, or remotely close to it.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On Steve's earlier question, Incredibles 2 is disappointing. I would say it is a Professionally Done Animated Movie, but it's not a great or even good movie. More later... I've been sitting on my thoughts about it for 2+ months, which shows how unenthused I am about it.

I liked Infinity Wars a great deal, especially in terms of (i) juggling 800 characters, (ii) making the Heel the lead, and (iii) having the balls to give a brutally bleak finish to the biggest Marvel movie of all-time. Granted Avengers 4 isn't likely to be as bleak and will set the clock back on the Dusted Characters. But that was a brutal ending.

Ant-man was quite fun.

More on all of those later at some point.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You didn't have to over look stuff in FURY ROAD? No holes in that movie?

MI isn't a serious movie & they were winking at you about a lot of stuff. "Same old Ethan!" When asked now much time was left, Hunt says "same as always!" & everyone goes "Oh shit!" Picking one life over millions...is a good thing?

This has been a bad summer. Disappointing all a round...and every one of them you find stuff to "over look".

Agree with the INCREDIBLES 2 review. I gave it ** 15/16. Just didn't feel anything.--Yohe
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