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    So many of Netflix’s original films are mediocre, but the quantity is more important than quality because they need to pad the lineup.
     
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    They are literally pumping them out like Catholic babies.
     
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    Watched "Bohemian Rhapsody" yesterday. Pretty fun movie actually. I'd recommend it. However, you might get some songs on your head... I cant count how many times ive played "Radio Ga Ga" today.
     
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    NO SPOILERS AHEAD.

    Not a review, but a word of advise for anyone about to see Avengers: Endgame: to maximize your viewing experience, it would be good to first re-watch some of the older films in the Avengers MCU - Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man, GOTG.

    Also, I'd advise reading any type of review online as many might turn out to be unintentionally spoiler-laden.

    For me, it was a good film, but also fairly disappointing one. Partly because my expectations for it were ridiculously high.
    One of the better films in the MCU universe, but falling short of the standards of Infinity War.
     
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    Went to see the reboot of PET SEMATARY the other day. I was left with one puzzling question: WHY?
    • Why remake a film that was a modest but memorable & satisfying horror classic?
    • Why rewrite the screenplay, driving it even further from King's novel than the 1st film?
    • Why bother with any of it?
    This isn't a terrible film. But it's also nothing special. It aspires to very little in the scheme of things. Both films fall short of the strikingly good Stephen King novel--not unusual by itself (screenplays often fail to fully capture the source fiction), but made even more obvious by the new film's lack of distinctive direction, cinematography, and characterization.

    IMO this compelling tale would have been better served by producing a multi-part video interpretation, no less than 4 hours, in the manner of SALEM'S LOT. Longer length and slower pace could well equate to a more satisfying (and possibly, more creative) depiction of this novel's very unsettling character nuance & subtexts--a disturbing meditation on volatile family dynamics, childhood terror, and an aversion to death that creates cyclical death & destruction.
     
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    Speaking of Salem's Lot...

    That's the King book next on the adaptation chopping block.

    Produced by James Wan of course. Because The Conjuring was like the best horror film ever or something.
     
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    I like The Conjuring series but that’s partly my love of 70’s pastiche (this is also why Days of Future Past and GotG are my favorite Marvel movies).

    The It remake didn’t live up to the hype either, I thought the younger characters and more naive time period of the book (and miniseries) better suited the subject, it was like Stand By Me with a supernatural clown. The adult half of that miniseries though, so bad lol.
     
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    I was lucky enough to see Avengers Endgame this morning. There will be NO SPOILERS here so don't worry.

    I'm not a huge Marvel fan. I casually enjoy the movies and they're not high on my list of priorities when it comes to movie watching.

    BUT...

    What they manage to accomplish with Endgame was nothing short of astonishing. Easily eclipsing every MCU film before it. Even Infinity War.

    Context is needed. In terms of modern blockbuster filmmaking, I feel as if it was the absolute pinnacle of what modern filmmaking is capable of. This is no small feat but somehow they manage to do it.

    It's not perfect. The middle section in particular drags and there are alot of subplots going on simultaneously with quite a few emotional beats... it became somewhat tiring. But the first and last third of this movie were extraordinary. I usually watch these movies in a passive manner, but the last third made me sit up and notice... took me back a bit to my younger days when blockbusters like The Matrix and Terminator 2 thrilled me. It's something I havent felt in a long time and Endgame managed to do it. I can't imagine what it will do to actual fans of the MCU. They will probably shit themselves.

    I was skeptical of the 3 hour run time, but seeing such a massive spectacle with all that was required, the length feels justified.

    It's one hell of a ride. Highly recommend.
     
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    I haven't seen it yet (so no worry about spoilers)

    It seems like there's enough here to make either 2 'normal' length movies or one mega-movie. Since there was already Infinity, many would likely be upset if having to wait for yet another installment, so the decision seems sound. As long as they kept it moving, which you're saying it (mostly) does. I am relieved...I too was a bet hesitant hearing that it's 3-ish hours long. There's actually an article letting you know 'when to go to the bathroom during Endgame'
    https://www.cnet.com/how-to/when-to-pee-during-avengers-endgame-bathroom-break-run-for-it/
     
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    I made the conscious decision to drink nothing during the film and pee before it started. So I had no urge to go.

    You definitely don't want to leave during the last third of the movie, TRUST ME. Lots of great moments and one in particular you will kill yourself for missing.
     
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    This reminds me. A couple weeks ago I saw US. Had been anticipating it for weeks, finally went. I ended up leaving after 30-40 minutes.

    Part of it was a migraine...my bad, thought I could handle it. But the plain fact is I would've left at that point anyway (confrontation between normal vs bizarro families in vaca house) because by then, I seriously did not like this film. And honestly, I never saw that coming.

    I'm a fan of Jordan Peele's TV work, must see GET OUT at some point. Also a huge fan of Lupita Nyong'o, a true beauty & major acting talent IMO. I love the idea of a film with primarily black characters & little thematic commentary about race (ie, black characters are people, and here they are)--unusual & welcome in this culture to say the very least. All in all I was primed to love this film, the central idea of which also fascinates me. But the actual film annoyed rather than thrilled.

    It was a slow start. Despite the spooky, well-done flashback to LN's childhood trauma at the beach, the rest failed to jell into something real for me. Couldn't stand the husband character (maybe we were meant to dislike his fatuous, self-satisfied vibe). But the worst happened after the appearance of the bizarro/alternate family. Genuinely scary. Then what? Both families end up sitting opposite each other in the house, talking. Talk, talk, talk. I'm sorry, but when a horror movie really works, it's because terrible things are happening, just happened, or are about to happen.

    IMO, the whole emotional thrust of this film was pretty much gone 1/3 in.

    Yes, my comments can be criticized because I didn't see the rest of the film. Maybe I'm missing all the brilliance that happened later. But still, I've had plenty of chances to go back (sans migraine) and finish watching. Just can't see myself doing that...
     
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    Our movie theaters have potty seats. Don't yours?
     
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    Home theater or cineplex?
     
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    Well, every chair in my home is a potty chair. It's the latest thing in home decor.

    Actually, I was speaking about the cineplex (es). They all have potty chairs...don't they?

    Wait, they don't? You mean...I've been...omigod!
     
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    US was seriously compromised by all the exposition. I half expected her to pull out a flow chart.

    This actually isn't Jordan's fault from what I hear. Apparently the film test screened more stripped down, without all the explaining, but the audience found it confusing and the studio made him flesh it out more? Put in more backstory, which I feel was a huge mistake. And given the clout Peele had after Get Out I'm surprised he was forced. Or maybe it was his idea? Not totally sure.
     
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    A friend got spoiled by avengers endgame by simply going to work. Luckily he didn't mind much and didn't spoil me.

    Saw The Curse of La Larona last week. It was pretty bad but watching it in a packed theater made it fun. Lots of the nervous laughing kept happening at the dumb jump scares. Had a few things that didn't make sense but it also had the actor who played Tuco in breaking bad who is obviously getting a spinoff movie in the franchise.
     
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    Linda Cardellini is a cutie.
     
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    I feel I should add one more thing about Endgame. I was not a fan of the Captain Marvel movie. And I was glad to see she had very little presence in Endgame. She has a couple ra-ra moments but she's surprisingly absent for most of the film. When she is onscreen she is just as boring and cringey as I remember. I have serious reservations about her spearheading the MCU. I feel alot of it boils down to casting. Larson can act, I just feel like she's not a good fit.
     
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    As a kind of a PSA, apparently there are douchebags who are shouting spoilers about Endgame inside the theater right before the actual movie starts. My viewing was fortunately spoiler-free, but a friend who watched it earlier in the day unfortunately got spoiled.

    Re: the actual movie, what I will say is that while all Marvel movies have lots of plotholes, this one bugged me a bit more than most of the other MCU entires. That said it was very cool, definitely worth a watch, even if you only have passing familiarity with the franchise, and ought to be seen without spoilers if possible.
     
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    How are people not getting their ass kicked for shit like that??
     
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