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imbenurnot

Member Since 24 Jul 2003
Offline Last Active Jan 18 2018 10:17 PM

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In Topic: What Was The Last Movie You Saw?

14 January 2018 - 11:41 AM

Blade Runner 2049 is one of my favorite movies of the year. When it was over, I had to drive home in silence and let myself just feel the movie. That finale with the crashing waves was superb movie making. Everything just felt...drowning.


In Topic: What Was The Last Movie You Saw?

26 November 2017 - 12:28 PM

Did anyone actually see Justice League?  Any good? 


I did! Objectively, it's pretty meh, but I still like it a lot. Full disclosure: I'm currently sitting within an arm's reach of...13 DC trades, so I have some love for the characters. It's better than BVS or Suicide Squad (I like the former even though it has HUGE problems, and think the latter is a dumpster fire), but it is not nearly as good as Wonder Woman.

It's basically the Avengers with a different set of characters and a different aesthetic. Fortunately, I prefer the aesthetic, but it still ends up being a much less fresh version of that movie.


In Topic: What do people watch on tv?

04 September 2017 - 10:27 PM

I'm still watching Game of Thrones! This season was...confusing. On one hand, the right things finally. started. happening. On the other hand, the writing to get there was not great. Still great TV, though!


In Topic: Planet Earth II

05 April 2017 - 05:56 PM

I've bought it, but I've only had time to watch the first three episodes. The rain forest one is incredible. The jaguar footage has been a clear highlight so far. Perfectly lovely.


In Topic: What Was The Last Movie You Saw?

19 March 2017 - 03:14 PM

I watched Kong: Skull Island yesterday. It was good, not great. The humans were better than those in 2014 Godzilla, but not by some extraordinary margin. The monster design was a little bit weaker, though. At first I liked the Skullcrawlers, but by the end of movie I wanted to see something a little more interesting. Plus, Kong is always better when he fights dinosaurs, as is any movie ever. Can you imagine Rocky if at the end he had to face off with a velociraptor? Yeah, I just ruined your life because it doesn't have that in it. I liked Peter Jackson's King Kong better, despite the great editor shortage of 2005 which clearly existed. Kong the character was simply more captivating, and its heightened 1930's setting had a bit more magic in it. Not that the Vietnam-era setting used here wasn't creative or well served. The temporal setting was one of the highlights of Skull Island. Now I really want to watch the original King Kong again. I think I was just out of high school when I watched it before, and I would love to revisit it.

Later that night, I think I watched what could truly be described as the opposite: "Lagaan: Once a Time in India". It's a Bollywood movie from 2001 telling a completely fictional story of how an Indian village in 1890ish first learned of cricket, and used it to win a game against the oppressively-assholeish Brittish governor, and win a bet freeing them from 3 years worth of tax. It was very good, and quite refreshing to see a movie completely removed from the Hollywood system which clearly operates with its own cinematic language and expectations. And yeah, Bollywood songs are freaking ear-wormy. Throw in my friend's homemade chicken curry, and it was a damn good night.