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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #50 on: 27 May 2014, 13:55 »

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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #51 on: 27 May 2014, 16:40 »

Teeheehee!

Also, totally not a spoiler. Share the glory with everyone, don't hide it!
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #52 on: 27 May 2014, 17:58 »

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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #53 on: 27 May 2014, 19:38 »

And I didn't know that until you said so, but I know my X-Men storylines, so it's still not a spoiler for me. Otherwise it's just him saying stuff similar to things he's said before in other films.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #54 on: 27 May 2014, 19:49 »

To be fair, I said it in a spoiler tag. Also, wait, if you hadn't seen it, why'd you look?
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #55 on: 28 May 2014, 03:31 »

Because I don't care about spoilers usually, especially if I know the source material.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #56 on: 28 May 2014, 05:36 »

That's fair, but I'm not going to assume the same of everyone else.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #57 on: 29 May 2014, 03:38 »

Saw X-Men last night. It was okay but not even nearly as good as I'd hoped it'd be. It felt like a mishmash of scenes from two or three different movies that, instead of synergizing with each other and making me go WOOOOOW and WOOHOO and Oooooh... just left me kinda unsatisfied.

Few of the actors and characters were given the space, script and direction needed to really shine. The interaction between eg. the Xaviers and the Magnetos and Mystique were not as natural or as thrilling as they have been previously, which was a bit of a bummer because most of the movie is about them whining at each other. There was way too much melodrama and forced emotion.

X the Younger was overacted and at times very poorly written. Very little about his character-arc seemed natural. Magneto the Younger was cool, but, after a strong start as a compelling anti-hero, he just turned into an annoying dick. To his credit, he did manage to be kinda menacing some of the time. Mystique, after another compelling opening, transformed into an uninteresting mopey crybaby called Raven :o okay, I'm exaggerating a little, and she did redeem herself, but, all in all, I am surprised to find that I prefer Rebecca Romijn's version when it comes to costume, script and even acting. Jackman has grown into his role as Wolverine and he did pretty well, esp. when interacting with Xavier. Dinklage, to no-one's surprise, did a surprisingly good job with his character :P

The other mutants were given way too little screen-time, or were not particularly awesome. Beast woulda been excellent, but looked like he was lifted straight outta the original Hulk TV-series and his action sequences were a mixed bag of awesome and meh. Several of the others I'd been looking forward to seeing on-screen had a few seconds to display their mutant powers and then were shelved for the rest of the movie. The future mutants received better treatment in this respect, but only marginally. Shame, because they were pretty cool. The best of the lot was Pietro, who rocked all his scenes :)

The future was pretty cool, the past much less so (not nearly as enjoyable as it was in First Class, and I esp. hated one of the "surprising revelations"). I was kinda ambivalent about what they'd done with the Sentinels, but overall I think I'm okay with it because they delivered most of the non-sucky action in the movie.

With all that said, I can't say you shouldn't go see it. It was, at times, really cool. In terms of production quality, visuals etc, it was pretty solid (don't see it in 3D! The 3D in this movie is really not worth the extra $$$). The scenes from the future were mostly cool. I liked the ending! And, guys... the post-credits scene wasn't entirely sucky ;)

I was surprised by my negative reaction to this movie, but I wasn't unhappy while watching it.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #58 on: 29 May 2014, 05:38 »

(don't see it in 3D! The 3D in this movie is really not worth the extra $$$)
Does this ever not apply to movies that were converted to 3D in post?
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #59 on: 29 May 2014, 07:43 »

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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #60 on: 29 May 2014, 08:34 »

I'm not really sure the exact reference here, since I haven't see the movie yet. But 'the future' in this case is only supposed to be about 10-20 years from current day I believe. Which given that the story was originally written in what, late 80s, early 90s should mean that we should be neck deep in Sentinels by now... Which would put most of the X-men in their 40s, maybe some in their early 50s. It would be unusual if many of them had gone grey in that time. Wolverine on the other hand is ancient, depending on who you talk to. Certainly around and looking much the same as he does in current day during WWII. In the original comic, Future Wolvie had gone grey. So may it was a call back to that?
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #61 on: 29 May 2014, 12:37 »

Beast woulda been excellent, but looked like he was lifted straight outta the original Hulk TV-series and his action sequences were a mixed bag of awesome and meh.

Am I the only one who thought Beast looked downright horrible? I can respect that they wanna use special effects and makeup instead of just CGi-ing everything, but.. He just didn't look good. And his action scenes were like something from a Werewolf b-movie from 1970. His jumping and throwing was so obviously acted with lifting wires I'm slightly shocked something can look that bad in a 2014, $200M movie. On the other hand, the Sentinels looked amazing, especially the 70's ones!

Dinklage, to no-one's surprise, did a surprisingly good job with his character :P

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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #62 on: 30 May 2014, 04:04 »

(don't see it in 3D! The 3D in this movie is really not worth the extra $$$)
Does this ever not apply to movies in 3D?

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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #63 on: 30 May 2014, 06:48 »

You got me. The last time I saw a movie in 3D was Tron Legacy. It was fine in there, but I didn't find it all that noticeable. I certainly don't feel like I'm losing anything watching my DVD of it. I can't watch most 3D movies though. I'm one of those people that gets splitting headaches and nausea watching 3D.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #64 on: 30 May 2014, 07:02 »

As a glasses wearer and someone whose eyes are not level on my face I loathe 3D anyway, but even if neither of those was a factor I think I'd hate it.

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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #65 on: 30 May 2014, 07:07 »

3D movies are lost on me. Then again, that may be the deuteranopia talking.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #66 on: 30 May 2014, 09:58 »

The cinema that I usually go to only charges 1 extra for 3D.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #67 on: 30 May 2014, 11:14 »

So do ours, but regular tickets are half price on weekdays if you buy a special card :)

I don't like 3D, and I hate the fact that some movies are shown ONLY in 3D in this town, but I generally find it palatable. I have comfortable 3D glasses and I can usually wear contacts. But sometimes the 3D is extra shitty and annoying and significantly detracts from the experience (beyond the muted colours etc). This was one of those times. Several of the action sequences were worse because of the 3D-effects. Much anger.

To be fair, some of my crankiness probably stems from missing the trailers because my movie-nemesis--an obnoxious clueless incompetent young idiot of a man :x--was responsible for this showing and so naturally it started almost 15 mins late and he skipped over the trailers choosing instead to hold a little speech about cleaning up and making jokes.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #68 on: 30 May 2014, 13:11 »

He skipped the trailers? Couldn't the theatre get in trouble for that?
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #69 on: 30 May 2014, 17:03 »

3D is only really good when it's animated movies, but even than I'm not to sure about it.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #70 on: 30 May 2014, 17:09 »

Or when it's actually filmed with a 3D camera, like Avatar. Too bad nothing else about Avatar was particularly interesting.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #71 on: 30 May 2014, 20:40 »

Or when it's actually filmed with a 3D camera, like Avatar. Too bad nothing else about Avatar was particularly interesting.
Avatar was an accomplishment in film-making. Yes, plot, characters, development and all that fancy stuff was severely lacking, and still I sat glued to the screen. Visuals can be oh so important if done so well!
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« Reply #72 on: 31 May 2014, 02:48 »

Or when it's actually filmed with a 3D camera, like Avatar. Too bad nothing else about Avatar was particularly interesting.

Avatar basically WAS an animated film.

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« Reply #73 on: 31 May 2014, 10:31 »

Or when it's actually filmed with a 3D camera, like Avatar. Too bad nothing else about Avatar was particularly interesting.
Avatar was an accomplishment in film-making. Yes, plot, characters, development and all that fancy stuff was severely lacking, and still I sat glued to the screen. Visuals can be oh so important if done so well!
Oh, yeah, I enjoyed it plenty because of the visuals, but the idea that it was actually a contender to win Best Picture is absurd.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #74 on: 31 May 2014, 18:02 »

That I can agree with!
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #75 on: 01 Jun 2014, 16:01 »

Because the awards ceremonies, especially the Oscars, are absolute bullshit.

See the many preposterously snubbed pictures. See Return Of The King sweeping the Oscars despite being by far the weakest of the three films, simply as a way of saying 'well, shit, we probably should've just nominated the other two.'

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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #76 on: 01 Jun 2014, 16:02 »

See, that's not always the case. They do occasionally give it to the best film, like when No Country won it for 2007. To be fair, there were a few excellent films made that year that would've deserved it any other year, but that definitely needed to win because holy shit.
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« Reply #77 on: 01 Jun 2014, 16:04 »

I'm talking about multiple awards rather than just Best Picture, and I'm not saying that deserving things never win or that only undeserving things win. I'm just saying that the Oscar committee have notable prejudices, very obvious ones that are frequently reflected in their nominations (sure have been a lot of Oscar winning movies that are about movies the last few years, haven't there?).

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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #78 on: 01 Jun 2014, 18:10 »

Hugo, the movie with no target audience except nostalgic old film people.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #79 on: 01 Jun 2014, 18:21 »

I really liked Hugo, honestly.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #80 on: 01 Jun 2014, 18:41 »

It was a good movie, by all means, but who was it for? While good, it's not really a movie I'd go out and watch. And little kids would be so bored. It's charming and well made, but ultimately pretty boring.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #81 on: 01 Jun 2014, 18:46 »

It's a movie you did go out and watch though. Although yeah, it's clearly not for little kids.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #82 on: 01 Jun 2014, 23:16 »

I watched it because my mom rented it because it had been nominated. While it was charming, I don't feel like it was really worthy of its nomination. Yes, it was good, but the best of the best?

Then again there are years where I think every movie nominated is not worth it.
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« Reply #83 on: 02 Jun 2014, 04:37 »

It's a movie you did go out and watch though. Although yeah, it's clearly not for little kids.

Nah, I watched that courtesy of a certain Bay!  :police: And I only watched it because Martin Scorsese, and a little bit because of how it literally drowned in Oscars.
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #84 on: 02 Jun 2014, 05:17 »

Confession: Didn't realize he was talking about Hugo and not the new X-Men. It'd been a long day, ha. Although I don't really get the question "who is it for?" If a movie is good, does it have to have a target audience?
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Re: X-Men: Days of Future's Past
« Reply #85 on: 02 Jun 2014, 06:47 »

Unfortunately, a lot of the Oscars are more about movie politics and image than actually rewarding the best. Also, I really liked Hugo. Slower paced than my usual movie selection of course, but cute and charming.
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