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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by REPO Man Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:20 pm

Commando Ninja, a decent indie '80s throwback that's free on YouTube. I followed that with rewatched Kung Fury.

And first film of 2019...

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How have I waited so long to see this? I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by Ack Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:25 pm

So what did you like about it? I'd like a paragraph with your thoughts. You want to make film, so break this one down for me.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by Arenegeth Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:13 pm

For the last few years (starting in 2013), I have a tradition of watching a Studio Ghibli film as the new year is about to hit.

This year it was the turn of 'Only Yesterday'.

I have to admit, I found the movie boring for most of its run, it seemed to be a story about a 90's hipster nostalgically musing about her childhood without any real point. Though I ended up enjoying the ending and the main, mostly nostalgic message about the film and the inner childhood we all carry inside of us.

Ultimately, it was hard for me to relate to the main character in the film, for not only being female, growing up at a completely different time (60's, 70's) and place (Japan) but also because it lacked any real urgency to its plot (nothing was ever really at stake).

Still, I'm glad it managed to hit a chord with me by the end, since if it hadn't, I would rank it as my worst Ghibli film ever, and that position is still retained by Ponyo.

Disclaimer: I don't really like movies much. What I mean by that is that I don't like movies as a format. Books, games or TV series are far better at telling a story, since good plot needs time to be nuanced and not to be condensed in a 2:30 hour format at best. That is not to say that some stories can't be told in a short time frame, but the type of world building narratives I generally enjoy need their breadth.

As such, I may not be posting in this topic very often, despite having a small backlog of films to watch, some which I set up as early as 2013, and despite forcing myself to watch some, mostly 80's horror films last year, mainly the entire Hellraiser series, The Fly and Videodrome. I'm generally lucky if I watch five films in an entire year (and I rarely watch new stuff).
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by REPO Man Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:44 pm

Recently rewatched "Jason X". In it, a cryogenically frozen Jason ends up in the 25th century on a spaceship where he pursues a group of students on a ship. Basically like the first 2/3rds of Jason Takes Manhattan, but in space. While many of the deaths are intricate and gory as one could expect a Friday the 13th series entry to be, it's also very plodding, very thematically flaccid and while the Jason's makeover by way of body-repairing futuristic nanites is quite formidable and badass, it's too little, too late.

And I also recently rewatched "Jesus Christ Superstar: Live Arena Tour" on Blu-Ray, a live production of Jesus Christ Superstar from 2013. It details the final days of Jesus, albeit set against a 2010s-styled backdrop, which fits into a statement mentioned during the number "Superstar", stating that Jesus could have reached more people in the present-day. Though ironically it demonstrates that in the end, Jesus' statement that "everything is fixed and you can't change it" rings truer, since everything ends the same no matter the fact that this production, like a previous made-for-TV adaptation from 2000, takes place in the present-day.

I also just finished "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday", which is New Line's first Friday the 13th film, though many argue that it jumped the shark and tried to add an unnecessary wrinkle into the mythos by having Jason...

being an unkillable creature that can be reborn via another Vorhees, but can also be killed by one as well. It's also interesting to mention that despite not having the rights to Evil Dead, they instead heavily inferred that Jason was resurrected by the Necronomicon and is now a Deadite. But considering the events of Freddy vs Jason and Jason X, it's safe to say that even this can't kill Jason for good, though Jason was technically resurrected by Freddy in Freddy vs Jason.


But considering how all the New Line-era Friday the 13th films turn out, remake included, it's possible that even when the rights to the series are sorted out by Victor Miller and Sean S. Cunningham, we might not see a halfway decent Ft13 film ever again.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by salt_and_pepper Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:57 am

Johnny English Strikes Again. Good classic humor, sometimes embarrassing though. But the film is very light, no worries before and after view. If you need something to relax and qualitatively kill the time - that's it.
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