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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still waiting for a movie I want to see in a theater. So reviews have slowed.--Yohe
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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2021 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Understood
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found a movie I really want to see:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4244994/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY. Not quite the same as the original Space Jam, which was having fun with Michael Jordan playing baseball. However, I think they did a decent job finding a storyline about what matters more to a kid when he's got different ideas than his parent.

I liked Don Cheadle in his role, I didn't mind the jokes that tend to go back decades (remember the Looney Tunes always added jokes that only adults would get, but for kids, it's funny slapstick), and there was one cameo that made me laugh out loud.

Only complaint is I don't think LeBron played off the Looney Tunes as well as Jordan did.

You do have to be familiar with the first Space Jam to get some of the material, though.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to see THE GREEN KNIGHT yesterday thinking it was a sword movie, but it is not a action movie. It's a deep (?) art movie based on a 14th century poem about the time surrounding King Arthur. I liked it a lot. ***2/3. I know nothing about poems, but I know a little about King Arthur. I like all of it & I was never bored in any way. Actually I was impressed with all of it. But coming out, I didn't think I understood about 70% of the story, so I had to read up on it, and that was even more interesting. Like Morgan Le Fay played three parts in it & I did realize she had a part. A very powerful movie. I could explain it to you, but you might not enjoy it as much as watching it cold. If your a non-thinking meathead stay away. John would understand it because he, most likely, read the source .... but then ... hate it because they reversed the book's ending a little bit. It is a very good art movie, made by major people. THE GREEN KNIGHT.---Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2021 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read it when I was in either Jr. High School or the first year of High School because of who did a modern version/translation-equiv of it:



It's somewhat telling that among my rather large JRRT collection where I have multiple copies of quite a few books, including some of my brother's copies of JRRT books, that I didn't keep a copy of *that* book while making moves. As I'm currently packing up my apartment for a move, I was just working on the JRRT section of my bookshelves last weekend and there wasn't one.

So...

I'm not massively wedded to the poem / "book". The reviews of the movie were interesting.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2021 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw THE SUICIDE SQUAD yesterday & I liked it a lot. All the crazy characters & everything else worked. *** 3/4 One of the best comic book movie. Fun but one of the most violent movies of all time. You can't take a kid to see it because of all the over the top blood. For me, I loved it. For a Suicide Squad movie it was perfect. --- Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2021 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed with Steve that Suicide Squad was great.

On the surface, it looks like it's going to be packed too much with characters, but it actually focuses on a select few and does a good job with going into their backstories and what matters to them.

It's pretty much in line with what James Gunn does -- inject a lot of humor (some of it dark, some of it bantering) but make sure the characters have clear motivation and give them depth.

Plus he takes a lot of situations and makes them absurd, and in a good way. You're laughing because it really is funny.

They set up a Peacemaker movie in the future. John Cena was great in that role and I'll be interested to see what they do with him in that film.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed SHANG CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Some of the storyline beats are similar to Black Widow (complicated family relationships) but they take a different spin on them.

This one goes into the mystic side of the MCU, so yes, there are ties to another MCU franchise that delves into the mystical world (and it's done to great effect).

There's another past MCU character who makes an appearance, and it truly adds to the film.

It does take a while for all the elements to come together, but once they do, it's really great to see the payoff. It does get pretty intense in the finale, though.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knowing the time was right, I sold all my SHANG CHI: MASTER OF KUNG FU comics by Paul Gulacy last week. It was like the first 47 issues. I got $550 for them. Wanted to take John out to a big time dinner, but he has mover, and I have no way to find him. The next day I went & saw the movie.

I have nothing good to say about SHANG CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Typical Kung Fu crap. Should make a ton of money in China. Shows everything Chinese as wonderful. The evil bad guy is even kind of a good guy. Of course the Chinese culture is superior to everyone else. Gee you would think they'd be great in UFC. There are ton of Chinese movies playing in Monterey Park. And most are better than this junk. ** 1/3. Didn't have the guts to use Fu Manchu. Bad CG. Acting stunk. Don't want to talk about it. --- Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I double posted & I don't want to upset people twice....so I just want to say I miss John Williams so much. -- Yohe
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have actually called you a few times while dealing with my folks' health and moving. :)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well now may have lasted over two hours? Is that enough??--Yohe
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched THE PROFESSOR AND THE MAD MAN on Netflixs last night. It's a art film, very serious, and never meant to be a commercial success, that did bomb. It's a story about the creation of the The Oxford English Dictionary in the 1970's, staring Mel Gibson & Sean Penn, with support of Natalie Dormer, Jennifer Ehle, Stephen Dillane and Eddie Marsan .... all of who are wonderful. This is major film that was over looked by bias critics in 2019. Gibson & Penn should have gotten nominations, but they weren't black. In the years that come, it will be considered one of the classic movie to come out of this time period, and no one will understand why it failed. ****1/4. Anyone, who is serious about movies, who watches this . will feel the same way. I respect Mel Gibson & Sean Penn, for attempting this epic film. --- Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw THE CARD COUNTER. It's a Paul Schrader & Martin Scorsese film and it's just like all Paul Schrader & Scorsese films. I think the info on Casino gambling is interesting, but it's not presented as anything glamorous. It's kind of like a CAC dinner. The weak points are poor casting and a ending that doesn't stick out. Worth seeing, but nothing to remember. Needed a real movie star to carry it, if it was going to have a chance to be another TAXI DRIVER. Oscar Isaac plays a ex-Abu Ghraib torturer looking for redemption, and gets something else. *** but I was disappointed. Mostly talk but that's all it's got going for it.---Steve Yohe
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