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Black Panther.

So I enjoyed the film for what it was, but felt it was also a bit of a missed oppurtunity. As much as Wakanda was important to the film, it felt like we learned very little of substance about it. Do they have a legal system? A Constitution? A series of tradiations everyone adheres to until they feel like they don't have to? I have no clue even after the credit rolled. It's a nation that has no real world counterpart and yet I'm still not sure what their actual culture is. It seems cribbed from all over Africa despite being incredibly isolationist and yet everyone seems to speak very good english despite never being colonized(Switching back and forth between English and their Native Language kinda blows up the "Translation Convention" explanation).

THe other thing that bothered me was the fact it felt like the MCU's version of the Hidden Elf Village. Somehow managed to remain incredibly ahead of the rest of the world yet so isolated nobody even suspects they might have anything worth caring about. It's stated they don't trade or accept aid, but they can be completely self sufficient both in resources and infastrutuce because....they have a metric butt ton of worlds magical space metal and apparently are really good at not letting their tech leak out into the rest of the world, so their "War Dog" sleeper cells are apparently very efficient at cleaning up after themselves and ensuring their all their advanced tech gets returned.

So yeah, good film but feel disappointed that my knowledge of Wakanada is still "Black Panther is their king/Prince. Lots of Magical space metal. Hidden African Elf Village".

Rating:
Triforce/"Snake? Snaaaaaaaaakeeee!"

I watched Steven Speilberg's Lincoln recently and this is something I potentially wanna talk about in the R/P forum but in regards to the movie.

I feel the movie doesn't properly introduces the audiance to the backdrop of the US Civi War. I feel its the case of Show don't Tell that is at fault with this movie. There is a scene where in the movie where they were in a telegram room discussing the outcome of two crucial battles where the Union army had taken Confederate Forts, but at a massive cost of casualties on both sides. To me I feel they should have shown that battle actually playing out in front of our eyes and see how horrible the war is going on.

And another case is that since this entire Civil War is about ending the slavery of black people, it doesn't represent that Black communities stake in the war enough imo. Like Frederick Douglas is not even mentioned in this movie at all.

I feel the problem with this movie is that its story is too big to tell in the timeframe that they choose because watching this movie without knowing the full story of the US Civil War besides the absolute basics, you are gonna get lost easily.

Heck I mostly forgotten whose charcater is who except for the big stars that were Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Fields, and Tommy Lee Jones.

And last but not least, I feel it was indeed a cop out to not show Lincoln's assassionation by John Wilkes Booth. Spielberg could have made the be all, end all depication of that assassination and would be visually referenced by many historians.

So in the end I think this movie was too lacking. It had a good foundation, but I feel this movie needed more than what we have. Heck the whole story of Lincoln and the Civil War would have been made better as a series than one movie. In the end it feels like a movie meant for people who already know about the Civil War's history.

Samtemdo8:
Spielberg could have made the be all, end all depication of that assassination

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G_5kX4Mmpk

Already made. :P

Hawki:

Samtemdo8:
Spielberg could have made the be all, end all depication of that assassination

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G_5kX4Mmpk

Already made. :P

What hasn't the Simpsons done?

A Quiet Place

3/10

So many things wrong with this. The movie blatantly doesn't follow its own rules. The major moment in the film happens in a way that it completely flies in the face of the entire movie. Its entire premise gets wadded up and thrown into the bin because we're running out of time so let's get stuff moving. I go into more detail here if you want it spoiled for yourself.

Also, I know people think so little of teenagers that they write them as idiots all the time. I hate with a passion the "Teens will always be stupid, even in a horror movie" Trope. The teen in this movie SEEN WITH HER VERY EYES what happens out in the real world. But nope! She just goes off and does whatever she wants because of... reasons?

Peppermint -

Jennifer Garner is alright, but the rest of it is so bland, standard and by-the-numbers revenge flick with choppy editing and poor pacing.

4/10

The Predator (?/10)

I like the effortless energy of the movie, how it genuinely feels like an early 90s action movie. There's really no pretense anymore of making a horror movie out of it and for all its bloodletting The Predator is 100% comedy driven. Comedy, meta humor, JK randomness is all very hit and miss but works in its endearingness. Some cute nods. Plot is a mess. Characters are likable but make little to no sense, as does everything else. Really does feel like this was either heavily chopped or made on-the-go, winging it Indiana Jones style. Probably both. I guess I'm a little disappointed by the 180? turn towards comedy.

Don't have time to go in-depth, but of what I've seen recently:

Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (4/10)

...

...

...well it's slightly less bad than its predecessor.

Crazy Rich Asians (7/10)

Good thing its title wasn't "Crazy Rich Asian People." Otherwise, instead of "CRA" as an acronym, we'd have...well, y'know...

But yeah, I liked it. It's a rom-com with the cliches you'd expect, but the characters are given enough depth that you remain engaged despite said cliches.

Hawki:

Crazy Rich Asians (7/10)

Good thing its title wasn't "Crazy Rich Asian People." Otherwise, instead of "CRA" as an acronym, we'd have...well, y'know...

Mandy

The second movie by Panos Cosmatos who's made his debut 8 years ago with a flick named "Beyond the Black Rainbow". Black Rainbow was a movie I admired much more than I enjoyed it, I felt it was a fantastic 40 minutes short film trapped in a 2 hour movie. Thematically it wasn't nearly rich enough to pull that slow, contemplative Tarkovsky shit. Still, it looked and sounded fantastic and showed quite clearly that the director was extremely talented.

If this hadn't been the year that also has Orson Welles' Other Side of the Wind and, fingers crossed, Gilliam's Man who Killed Don Quixote coming out, Mandy would have been my most anticipated movie.

I wasn't dissapointed, Mandy was the movie I hoped Cosmatos would one day make after I saw Black Rainbow. It's either the most exploitative artmovie or the artsiest exploitation movie I've ever seen. All artistic flourishes aside, Mandy is a movie where a bloodsoaked Nicholas Cage is hunting down demonic bikers and evil cultists with a crossbow and a fire forged battle axe. It still takes a bit to get going but once it does it's genuinely engaging. It's a gory, viscerally violent action movie held together by an intense performance by Cage.

Thematically, I'm not sure if there's much to it, it may or may not have something to say about religion, the fallout of the hippie era and the deep darkness at the heart of rural America but... you know, what it all comes down to is bloodsoaked Nicholas Cage with a silver battle axe and a crossbow. At one point he duels a guy with a chainsaw.

Mandy is a crazy, drug fueled melange of pulpy 80s occultism, part Ken Russell, part Tobe Hooper and part Wes Craven, a neonlit trip through the shared nightmare of Reagan's America that cements Cosmatos as what I already assumed he was: The good version of Nicholas Winding Ren.

Sicario 2. Pretty good on it's own but pales in comparison to it's predecessor. As a sequel it's kind of redundant as all of the movie's thematic elements were done way better in the first film.

Also finally seen Hereditary. Absolutely amazing and together with It Follows I consider this a modern classic. There is so much suspense building and things I didn't see coming. Very strong performances as well.

Hawki:
Don't have time to go in-depth, but of what I've seen recently:

Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (4/10)

...

...

...well it's slightly less bad than its predecessor.

But is it better than the one from this year?

trunkage:

Hawki:
Don't have time to go in-depth, but of what I've seen recently:

Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (4/10)

...

...

...well it's slightly less bad than its predecessor.

But is it better than the one from this year?

Hell no!

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (3/10)

Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (4/10)

Tomb Raider 2018 (7/10)

The Predator (4/10) -

I usually love Shane Black films, but was disappointed in it. A lot of it felt like studio inference or production problems. Its well shot, the acting is good for the most part, the classic Predator suit looks nice and a couple lines were funny. However, its hurt by a really weak script, tonally jarring with 3 or so subplots that feel like different films meshed together. Really incoherent too. The editing is incredibly choppy with scenes missing or too quick cut to tell what's going on. The humor was more miss than hit personally.

Sadly gets worse around the third act. I know it was reshot and rewritten due to poor test audiences, but its really terrible and dumb.

Overall this is more like a fun bad movie, but really didn't do much for me.

Terminal
Having avoided the lauded Margot Robbie for long enough due to a primal aversion (stereotype) towards the typically "Hollywood" attractive actors for reasons not entirely unfounded, I decided to break the cycle using this film, maybe aided slightly with the promise of Simon Pegg and Mike Myers cast in supporting roles.
Having known nothing about this beforehand, it was a pleasant surprise. A stylistically shot Brit neo-noir with it's focus on a small cast and few locations. It felt all rather cosy, like a fluffy blanket on a cold winter's night. And Margot Robbie is indeed confirmed as "good". Can see where the appeal of her as Harley Quinn would surface.
The strangest choice this film takes is to foist what appears to be a plot twist upon you somewhere near the end, but it has no bearing nor forshadowing beforehand and affects pretty much nothing anyway, so it's more a detail it decides to hide from you for no particular reason, other than to go "aHA! Bet you didn't know about this, did ya?" Well...I suppose I didn't, you're right. But I don't think you did either.
It doesn't help that the specific nature of said "twist" ("revelation" might be more accurate) is usually brandished by other films as a method of explaining various ongoing mysteries. But here, somebody forgot to add any applicable mysteries for it to explain.
All rather odd.
Other than that, is alright. Inoffensive comfort food to pass the time while the mind demons are kept at bay.

Was fairly surprised to see reviews for this as low as they are. It's not anything groundbreaking or life-affirming, but it was an above average experience. The people I usually check out haven't checked it out either, so it's possible I just got a case of the low standards.

A Quiet Place - 5,31/10

Not scary or even tense, this movie felt more like a family drama/home invasion movie with the occasional alien monster. It felt like Signs, only the aliens aren't vulnerable to water, they're vulnerable to some... radio frequency/interference or whatever? The cast is good and it looks great, but the world doesn't make much sense, like the kids playing monopoly with some gas lamp nearby, so they can break it and make some noise. Why? They clearly have power coming from somewhere. Not to mention some little things they do are clearly louder than others, and yet it's treated like it's the opposite. And if you're going to bring a loud baby into this world, and you know the waterfall is safe because it's so loud, why not build a little shack/hut or something around that area? It's safe enough that you can scream like an idiot, so I'm assuming it'd be safe enough to build something simple, so you can raise your baby there. There's more examples.

I usually don't mind this kind of stuff in movies because who cares, it's a movie, but since this one apparently tries to portray the characters being smart, it's hard not to notice the little things that make you go "wait, that makes sense how...?", like the parents leaving the city in the first minutes of the movie. If you have 3 kids, why would the parents let two of the kids walk behind them? Have mom keep an eye on them from the back or something.

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