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Re: I just watched [movie x here]
« Reply #2500 on: 31 Mar 2021, 01:17 »

Most Tim Burton movies can be boiled down to style over substance
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« Reply #2501 on: 05 Apr 2021, 17:35 »

I saw "Earwig and the Witch." It was interesting and reminded me of the kind of novel you'd read in late Elementary school or in Middle School (it is based on a book apparently). Its about an orphan that gets adopted by a cruel witch that puts her to work in her shop. The ending felt a bit rushed after so much build up and it leaves you with questions and wanting  more. Its my 2nd Studio Ghibli movie and it was alright. I think I liked it better than "Ponyo" but I didn't feel satisfied with it. The film seemed like a pilot for a show or the first installment for a movie series. Again I liked it but wished it was 20-30 minutes longer.

I also recently saw "Gnomeo and Juliet." An animated movie adaptation of Romeo and Juliet but with lawn gnomes. Its was cute, had an ensemble cast, and packed full of Shakespearean references and Easter eggs. If you're familiar with Shakespeare you'll probably get more out of it than if you didn't. I liked that Ozzy Osbourne was a ceramic reindeer that kept nudging and goading Tybalt (Jason Statham) to beat up their rivals. And yes those 2 scenes with "the voice" IS Hulk Hogan. The movie isn't going to win any awards (but did win a sequel) but it was bit of fun. Something to watch on a Sunday while you're folding laundry.
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Re: I just watched [movie x here]
« Reply #2502 on: 06 Apr 2021, 05:44 »

I saw "Earwig and the Witch." It was interesting and reminded me of the kind of novel you'd read in late Elementary school or in Middle School (it is based on a book apparently). Its about an orphan that gets adopted by a cruel witch that puts her to work in her shop. The ending felt a bit rushed after so much build up and it leaves you with questions and wanting  more. Its my 2nd Studio Ghibli movie and it was alright. I think I liked it better than "Ponyo" but I didn't feel satisfied with it. The film seemed like a pilot for a show or the first installment for a movie series. Again I liked it but wished it was 20-30 minutes longer.

I forget whether I posted this already, and I'm not in the mood to search ... but the group I saw the film with all gasped "WHAT" at the suddenness of the ending. We all agreed that it abruptly ended just as it was getting good. The end credits were really nice, but they felt like the storyboards for the rest of the film that they ran out of funding to create.

I will add to your review that the animation overall simply wasn't up the high standard we should expect from Studio Ghibli (neither was the story, IMO). There were nice moments like the kids dressed as ghosts playing in the night, but some of the animation felt unfinished.

Coincidentally, I recently watched My Neighbour Totoro. It is wonderful and you should see it if you can.
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« Reply #2503 on: 06 Apr 2021, 09:57 »

Seconded. I recently starting (re-) watching studio ghibli movies and had almost forgotten how wonderful Totoro is even after all these years. Same for Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa, and Kiki's delivery service. Will be rewatching the more recent Ghibili movies soon (after year 2000).

I recommend their movies to any parent who will listen as required watching for their kids :D
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« Reply #2504 on: 06 Apr 2021, 14:15 »

I have some Studio Ghibli movies in my 'to watch' list. I'll make sure to prioritize them.
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« Reply #2505 on: 06 Apr 2021, 17:44 »

Of course, wasnít Nausicaa technically pre-Ghibli?
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« Reply #2506 on: 07 Apr 2021, 15:41 »

I re-watched "A Monster in Paris." Its still really good. Its like Beauty and the Beast set in 1910 Paris. "Belle" character is a cabaret performer, the "Gaston" character is the city commissioner, and the "Beast" monster just really likes music.  The story mostly follows a delivery driver, his friend the theater projectionist, and the Belle character as they try to help the "Beast" and protect him from the commissioner that wants to kill the Beast to make himself look good politically. The cabaret performance with the Belle and Beast is really great!
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« Reply #2507 on: 08 Apr 2021, 01:42 »

I own it cause I heard it was good but I still haven't watched it. It's probably still on a streaming service too
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« Reply #2508 on: 10 Apr 2021, 19:39 »

I watched the best Judge Dredd movie and the worst one back to back
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« Reply #2509 on: 11 Apr 2021, 07:01 »

Of course, wasnít Nausicaa technically pre-Ghibli?

Yes.  But my bluray copy lists it as No 1 in "The Studio Ghibli Collection".  In fact Studio Ghibli was founded "on the back of" the success of Nausicaa.

It's actually not No 1 if you count Miyazaki's films either, as it's the second he directed (first was The Castle of Cagliostro).  And before that he'd directed the TV series Future Boy Conan.
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« Reply #2510 on: 11 Apr 2021, 23:39 »

Watched the Sonic the Hedgehog movie finally.

Yep, Jim Carrey is very over the top. And yep, I was right. This was definitely one of those adaptations that should have been a new I.P.
At least some of the concept artists were fans of the SatAM series (the scan drones).

The really annoying thing is that we start the movie off with Sonic being sought be one of the Echidna tribes. They could have served as perfectly functional antagonists and we could have finally had an adaptation that didn't end where it should have either started, or gotten to by at least halfway through. Just realized Stone is meant to be Snively.

The easter eggs are fun though. Sanic is obvious, but we see a Skychase Zone airplane badnik from Sonic 2 when Robotnik is selecting the road drown. But I wish they hadn't given the StH foot fetishists anything.

EDIT: Really wish Hollywood would stop doing this and expecting sequels, too.

EDIT 2 Wellb I've got egg on my face.
They're actually doing a second Sonic movie!

This might be a first for this sort of thing. Lord knows that Monster Hunter movie isn't getting a sequel.
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« Reply #2511 on: 26 Apr 2021, 19:37 »

I watched Kiki's Delivery Service. Its an enchanting coming of age movie. The plot is a bit weak (I am noticing a theme here for the 3 Ghibli movies I've seen), but its more about self discovery. It was great.
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« Reply #2512 on: 27 Apr 2021, 12:16 »

I liked that one a lot. But yes, I do find plot seems fairly incidental to the movies of theirs I've seen thus far.

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« Reply #2513 on: 27 Apr 2021, 14:35 »

Well, we do all love a certain webcomic thatís all about the characters.
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« Reply #2514 on: 26 May 2021, 05:14 »

I rewatched Psycho after watching the 90mins long documentary on the famous shower scene. This time I paid more attention to Hermann's music, my man! Whatta masterpiece!
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« Reply #2515 on: 19 Jun 2021, 11:33 »

I just watched Wish Dragon and Luca

Wish Dragon feels like a more modern Aladdin, but swap the middle eastern setting for China. Sony Pictures has really been on a roll lately with this and Mitchells vs. the Machines
Luca quite honestly feels like a Ghibli movie
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« Reply #2516 on: 20 Jun 2021, 04:04 »

I just watched Wish Dragon and Luca

Wish Dragon feels like a more modern Aladdin, but swap the middle eastern setting for China. Sony Pictures has really been on a roll lately with this and Mitchells vs. the Machines
Luca quite honestly feels like a Ghibli movie

Does it count as ironic that the original story of Aladdin is actually set in China?
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« Reply #2517 on: 20 Jun 2021, 11:42 »

I just watched Wish Dragon and Luca

Wish Dragon feels like a more modern Aladdin, but swap the middle eastern setting for China. Sony Pictures has really been on a roll lately with this and Mitchells vs. the Machines
Luca quite honestly feels like a Ghibli movie

Does it count as ironic that the original story of Aladdin is actually set in China?

I'm gonna need a source on that. I'm only seeing middle eastern folktale origins. I like tracing stories. Its fun. It's also worth noting that different cultures can have similar stories but not be connected in anyway. Like Native American stories that resemble Cinderella, and Hawaiian Night Marchers being similar to North European Wild Hunt. Its what prompted Karl Jung to believe there may be a collective unconscious.
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« Reply #2518 on: 20 Jun 2021, 16:21 »

I just watched Wish Dragon and Luca

Wish Dragon feels like a more modern Aladdin, but swap the middle eastern setting for China. Sony Pictures has really been on a roll lately with this and Mitchells vs. the Machines
Luca quite honestly feels like a Ghibli movie

Does it count as ironic that the original story of Aladdin is actually set in China?

I'm gonna need a source on that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aladdin#Plot_summary
(beginning of the second paragraph of the summary)

Admittedly, the setting is China-in-name-only (the article does mention that), but technically it counts.
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Re: I just watched [movie x here]
« Reply #2519 on: 21 Jun 2021, 03:57 »

I just watched Wish Dragon and Luca

Wish Dragon feels like a more modern Aladdin, but swap the middle eastern setting for China. Sony Pictures has really been on a roll lately with this and Mitchells vs. the Machines
Luca quite honestly feels like a Ghibli movie

Does it count as ironic that the original story of Aladdin is actually set in China?

I'm gonna need a source on that. I'm only seeing middle eastern folktale origins. I like tracing stories. Its fun. It's also worth noting that different cultures can have similar stories but not be connected in anyway. Like Native American stories that resemble Cinderella, and Hawaiian Night Marchers being similar to North European Wild Hunt. Its what prompted Karl Jung to believe there may be a collective unconscious.

I don't suppose you'll take the original story itself as a source?

"But far away in Africa the magician remembered Aladdin, and by his magic arts discovered that Aladdin, instead of perishing miserably in the cave, had escaped, and had married a princess, with whom he was living in great honor and wealth. He knew that the poor tailorís son could only have accomplished this by means of the lamp, and traveled night and day until he reached the capital of China, bent on Aladdinís ruin."
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« Reply #2520 on: 28 Jun 2021, 22:57 »

Watched Raya and the Last Dragon. The general consensus in my family was that it was visually beautiful, but overall didn't live up to the hype. The dialogue felt really stilted and oddly paced, almost like characters were reacting to what was being said before it was actually said. It also drove the plot too hard; every conversation was hitting you over the head with the point it was trying to make. That's present to some degree in a lot of Disney movies, but even more so in this one.

Seriously, though, the animation is ridiculous; they NAILED water physics. Look up a clip of it at some point.
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« Reply #2521 on: 29 Jun 2021, 00:59 »

Watched Raya and the Last Dragon. The general consensus in my family was that it was visually beautiful, but overall didn't live up to the hype. The dialogue felt really stilted and oddly paced, almost like characters were reacting to what was being said before it was actually said. It also drove the plot too hard; every conversation was hitting you over the head with the point it was trying to make. That's present to some degree in a lot of Disney movies, but even more so in this one.

Seriously, though, the animation is ridiculous; they NAILED water physics. Look up a clip of it at some point.

There's been hype?
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« Reply #2522 on: 30 Jun 2021, 15:27 »

95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
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« Reply #2523 on: 30 Jun 2021, 20:39 »

I hadn't realised! The word of mouth I've been getting on this film had been solidly mediocre.

Well, I guess I'm going to have to watch it now and decide for myself.

BTW I watched The Cat Returns on Netflix, which was a fun film.
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« Reply #2524 on: 01 Jul 2021, 21:42 »

I just came away from Raya feeling kind of bored by it, but I agree it was visually pleasing.
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« Reply #2525 on: 02 Jul 2021, 03:39 »

Raya feels like it could have used a couple more passes. The characters and setting are great, but they don't really use them
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« Reply #2526 on: 04 Jul 2021, 04:41 »

More cats ...

I watched A Whisker Away, which actually turned out to be a more interesting film than I was expecting.

And Kiki's Delivery Service. I don't think I've ever sat through a film with quite so huge a smile on my face.
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« Reply #2527 on: 14 Jul 2021, 12:44 »

God damm..... The expressions on the ape's faces in War for the Planet of the Apes is incredible!
Props to the CGI team and the facial capture actors!

EDIT: And those dream sequences Caesar has seeing Koba, dang.
EDIT2: Oh damn! I just realized the importance of the little mute girl being told "You are Nova." After she asked if she was an ape.
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« Reply #2528 on: 15 Jul 2021, 18:52 »

Oh dang!
If you like slow burns interspersed with action, watch The Equalizer 2 it's really good.


EDIT: a slowburn story, not a slowburn romance.
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« Reply #2529 on: Yesterday at 06:59 »

I watched "Blade Runner" for the first time (The Final Cut version). Wow, that was an amazing movie. And that ending too! I feel like it sucker punched me, but in a good way. I am surprised its taken me this long to finally see the movie. I feel like I need to watch it again. I know there is a sequel, but I am worried it may taint the intentional ambiguity of this ending. Is it weird that I feel like it should have been 30 minutes to an hour longer to develop the protagonists a bit more?
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« Reply #2530 on: Yesterday at 08:35 »

I know there is a sequel, but I am worried it may taint the intentional ambiguity of this ending.

The sequel did not ruin any part of the original movie for me, for what it's worth. It's in some ways even better than the original. And it doesn't make anything about the original film weird or dumb or obvious in hindsight.
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