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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah...he fights Wick in a library, like the first fight in the movie, and after a long good fight....gets killed. He does talk some. A lot of fun.--Yohe
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(spoilers maybe)

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS.....HOLY COW!!!!! One of the worst Movies...sequels...Godzilla movies ever made. And these films are famous for being shit. The writing is so bad, that the actors stand around making faces. Kyle Chandler is always terrible, some of the others should have known better....but I guess the money was good. I felt for Sally Hawking coming off of a best actress nomination, she could have won. Ken Watanabe volunteers for a death mission to get out of being in another sequel. Thomas Middleditch, star of SILLCON VALLEY, proves he can't act & isn't funny, & sure isn't cool. He may have killed his career with this & shity commercials. Bradley Whitford, a respectable character actor, seems to know he is in a stnker, and appers to write his own lines, which were mostly jokes about the Boston Red Soxs getting steped on. Ziyi Zhang steals the movie. All of them would have had better lines in a silent movie. Godzilla isn't in this movie anymore that he was in #!. Ghidorah kicks his ass three times. Terrible Movie. * I really don't know how bad it is. Everyone loves Godzilla...so maybe he'll get a pass. I know John loves him & I loved the first film. But I told John they would never make a good sequel & I was right. It also has a little girl who is smarter than anyone else in the movie. Vera Farmiga, after killing thousands of people, cries that she lost her little girl. Boston blows up in this one, so does Washington DC & Don Trump's house.

It is incoherent in many ways. Parts I don't understand. Rodan gets killed & then shows up fighting for the other side. Someone blows up & I don't know why. Major characters stand around & we aren't told why or what they are doing. I haven't seen a big budget movie (200 mil) so bad in years.

Charles Dance has a machine that controls Ghidorah, so you know he can boss King Kong around. So Kong = bad guys in the next, but he''ll end up friends with Godzilla, after a big fight...so think screw finish. I HATE the idea of Kong getting used in a movie like this.--Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know how you can make a movie set in 2016 to 2019 without mentioning Trump. Haven't see him in any movie yet. Hollywood is probably afraid of him how & they are waiting to see what happens.--Yohe
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DEADWOOD;THE MOVIE was good. Nice of HBO to give the series an ending. Would have been better if they had a full season to make it not seem rushed, but it was very good considering all the problems. ***2/3. Takes away some of the bad feelings the series left.--Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only movie I'm interested in this summer is "Once Upon A Time in America". --Yohe
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hollywood.

America was 1984, and West was 1968.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah Hollywood....and that's the only film I'm interested in.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve Yohe wrote:
DEADWOOD;THE MOVIE was good. Nice of HBO to give the series an ending. Would have been better if they had a full season to make it not seem rushed, but it was very good considering all the problems. ***2/3. Takes away some of the bad feelings the series left.--Steve Yohe


I liked it too. I wish they had made it two parts or at least a bit longer, because I agree it felt a bit rushed. Also, some of the characters were brought back with little or nothing to do. Specifically, Molly Parker as Alma Ellsworth was only really heavily featured in one scene, although her actions in that scene were vital to the plot of the entire film. I was surprised to see they even bothered to bring back Anna Gunn as Martha Bullock considering she had maybe two lines and her sole purpose seemed to be giving concerned looks to her husband.

I guess that is the problem with trying to do a two hour film spun off from a show that had such a massive ensemble cast - somebody is invariably going to get the short end of the stick when it comes to plot and screen time.

I was very surprised they brought back Jeffrey Jones in any capacity, considering his arrest for child pornography a few years ago. I thought he had become pretty much a showbiz pariah at this point. I know he basically had only a cameo, but I was really shocked HBO was willing to risk the bad publicity of having him there at all.

It was really nice to see the fun chemistry and dynamic between Timothy Olyphant as Seth Bullock and Ian McShane as Al Swearengen one last time. To me, that was always the heart of the show and at least we got one last ride with them. More importantly, it's nice that we got some sort of closure on a show that probably never should have been cancelled to begin with.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a guess, but it's likely 2 hours is all of a script that Milch could complete given his illness:

* diagnosed in 2015
* script greenlit in 2016
* two hour script delivered in either late 2016 or early 2017 (news broken in April 2017)
* production greenlit in November 2017

It's likely that HBO wouldn't have minded 3-4 hours if there were 3-4 hours. What is up on the screen is very likely all that Milch (and the people who likely helped him) could come up with and keep tightly focused. :/
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot that I didn't write anything on this...

Godzilla 2 was horrible. I won't go as far as Steve in saying it's the worst $200M+ budget movie in recent memory - Batman v Superman and Justice League were both worse, and pretty much every Transformers movie is down at the same level of being shitty.

That said...

Who knows where to start:

* Horrible dialogue.

* Meaningless death of Dr. Graham

Especially given they were going to kill off Dr. Serizawa.

* Military jobbers

Obviously the military are always jobbers in Godzilla movies. But they just got their asses kicked in the first movie, so they probably would have known they were just jerking off here trying to shoot up the monsters.

* Overkill

17 or so different monsters, none of which get much air time other than the Big 4. But it does allow them to destroy a bunch of cities off camera. Just a waste. In the end they distract from a focus on Mothra and Rodan. I get that they're trying to get across Ghidorah as a potential King of the Monsters controlling a bunch of monsters... but the numbers are too big to track or bother with.

* City destroying

Yeah... standard Godzilla stuff. But it had impact in the first movie. It doesn't here as it's more monster destruction porn rather building any tension.

* Heel turn

I don't think anyone gave a shit about Emma's heel turn. Just a "twist" for twists sake.

* Battles

They frankly were shot poorly. A lot of shit in the dark that's hard to track.

* Let's blow more shit up

So we're suppose to be in awe of Godzilla's secret hideout. Exactly what it is makes for an interesting question to chase in a later movie. So let's blow the fuck out of it with an A-Bomb. I get that we need to A-Bomb the Big Guy to wake his ass up. But... like it couldn't have been done in a more interesting way that doesn't blow his hideout up?

* Bad Acting

Good lord was it bad from top to bottom. I hate Bradley Whitford, but it felt like he was the only one who knew he was in a dog so he took a hammy character and hammed it up even more.

I could go on and on. Just a bad movie.

The first was actually quite good, working on several levels in addition to just love of Kaiju movies and Godzilla specifically. The Kong movie wasn't "good", but it kind of got the job done in getting over Kong and fitting into the series. This... good lord.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Booksmart is about half a really good movie, and half a pretty generic movie.

The Kaitlyn Dever part is the foundation of an even better movie. She's fantastic, as she often is. Her arc is interesting, she is interesting. It feels like Wilde and the writers are more in touch with what they're doing with her. I would have liked to see her be the clear lead, and 75% of the movie about here.

The Beanie Feldstein part was disappointing. Feldstein was spotty. Like if 15% of the movie was a tighter focus on her story, it would have played better.

The secondary characters... ehhh... more miss than hit, despite the praise the movie has gotten for them being better than a generic movie of this type. I don't quite agree. They end up being a bit more generic than they should. Jared was suppose to be annoying with a turn, but was too annoying with the turn not as sustained in a compelling way as it should have been. Gigi was somewhat similar, and looked to have a nice turn... but was there drunk on the piano at the end... just a waste. The teacher and VP weren't compelling even though they tried... felt like they wasted both.

The two supporting characters what I would have liked to see 10% of the movie devoted too while washing all the rest deeply into the background were Hope (Dever's connection) and Triple A (Feldstein's connection). It would have had a better payoff for what were two of the better scenes in the movie. The rest of the characters could all have been pushed into the background for me if half was Dever, and the other half was a tighter Feldstein and more developed Hope and Annabelle.

Good first effort from Wilde. Some of it was quite good, like the pool scene being shot extremely well. Frankly the bathroom scene was shot extremely well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had not watched The Sting in a decade or two. Good lord... it really holds up well. It's the same as it's always been - it's an awesome movie if you haven't seen it with all the twists and turned, and it's a very strongly plotted movie on a second (or 20th) viewing because to can see now how everything was laid out.

I think one of the things that we can't get now that would have been extremely impactful at the time is that Butch & Sundance was on the mind of people watching this in the theaters for the first time. And... Butch & Sundance died at the end... and the movie still was a massive hit that folks loved at the time. So when things go south here, there is a level of belief that it might just have gone south.

I was a kid when I first saw it, and it was not in the original theater run, but a bit later. It hadn't been spoiled for me. I don't recall if I'd seen Butch & Sundance by that point. I think the stuff with the FBI and Durning was so well done that I was buying it... so I did think things went south. Watching it again, I'm struck by how well they wrote and acted that stuff. It really works if you don't know.

Obviously a massive star piece as the two are huge on screen. But Shaw is awesome, and the cast is loaded with fine character actors.

Just a really good movie.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Godzilla 2 dropped 67.7% in it's 2nd weekend.

Not only were there too many monster, but there were too many human characters. There was nothing for all of them to do. They were bumping into each other. It's been a long time since I watched a big budget movie where the actors seemed ashamed of having taken the money.

Turned my stomach to see Godzilla raped up in the arms of a dragon, with all three heads chewing on him. Godzilla draws because he doesn't do jobs.

Then, to top the finish of #1, Godzilla eats the much bigger three headed dragon, and all you see is one head sticking out of his mouth. Was the director a teenager?

The first film was shot from the ground with the view point of the tiny humans running for cover.

Once again, a studio didn't understand what made the first film work.

I wonder what they are going to do to poor King Kong. Hey making him 800 foot tall has got to be better.--Yohe
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked the first Secret Life of Pets movie, because along with making jokes about what pets do when their owners aren't around, it had a coherent storyline that much of the jokes revolved around.

Secret Life of Pets 2, though, tries to have a bunch of storylines and have them converge together somehow, but it doesn't work well. There's the storyline about how a dog has to adapt to life around a kid, which could have been a really fun one to explore, but it gets rushed along because they wanted to get to this other theme they had in mind about... I guess it would be about pet safety... and it doesn't work.

There are some funny jokes, but the storyline issues are a problem. They didn't quite get how to take several arcs and tie them together. Should have just picked one arc and gone from there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched the first season of GETLEMAN JACK on HBO & liked it a lot. First class writing & acting. Suranne Jones as Anne Lister is great & at times powerful. ***1/3. They say there is a second season & I hope that's true. Been reading a lot of British history and this was an interest take of it. Music really helped it. Well done.---Steve Yohe
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