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May Movies: Aladdin, Godzilla, John Wick & Rocketman

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1 hour ago, Lurker said:

 

What does that have to do with your comment "...Political messaging and social awareness has become more important in movie making, than artistic vision and talent."

 

The only awards that matters in Hollywood are Box Office receipts.

The point is that the movies with political messaging and so forth, are the ones that are recognized and glamorized for being "cutting edge" and "thought provoking" and hailed as "the greatest ever made".

 

Hollywood loves to reward movies that are in step with their ideology. How else does a movie like "Argo" win tons of awards or "Get Out" gets a best picture nomination.

 

Yes, the big budget movies get all the box office receipts, but they are viewed as frivolous and not viewed as serious awards material. If they did, then movies like "The Dark Knight" would have gotten a best picture nomination.

 

The Box Office receipts keep Holly wood rolling, but the year end awards do matter to them as well.

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7 hours ago, Doc Brown said:

I haven't bothered with the John Wick movies yet.  Are they that much different from series like Taken or The Equalizer to be worth the time?

 

 

Wick movies have a totally different tone than those. They're much more entertaining, being that they're shoot-em-up films.

 

Keanu Reeves' training for Wick was intense. Does most of the stunts himself. At least all the fighting stuff.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, Mark Vader said:

The point is that the movies with political messaging and so forth, are the ones that are recognized and glamorized for being "cutting edge" and "thought provoking" and hailed as "the greatest ever made".

 

By whom?    The 8,000+ members of the AMPAS?   The couple dozen national film critics that remain relevant?    The PR flacks cranking up the 'buzz' during awards season? 

 

The art house movies that studios produce are like farts in the wind.   Often forgotten after one awards cycle and hardly ever thought of as "the greatest ever made."     Their box office receipts certainly don't reflect that attitude among the general public...

 

 

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12 hours ago, Joe in Winslow said:

Saw Wick. DEFINITELY worth the price of admission, then again I'm a fan of the franchise

 

That movie kicked so much ass. Hard to believe Keanu is 54.

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5 hours ago, njbuff said:

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I still say you gotta have a bigger head and a neck to be Godzilla.

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30 minutes ago, Rico said:

 

I still say you gotta have a bigger head and a neck to be Godzilla.

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They have remade Godzilla so much over the years that it's difficult to keep up with his look.

 

But King Ghidorah looks bad azz for this movie.

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2 minutes ago, njbuff said:

 

They have remade Godzilla so much over the years that it's difficult to keep up with his look.

 

But King Ghidorah looks bad azz for this movie.

No doubt about that.

Don't get me wrong, I am definitely going. :thumbsup:

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13 minutes ago, Rico said:

No doubt about that.

Don't get me wrong, I am definitely going. :thumbsup:

 

I wish Godzilla was a heel though. He is much more powerful as a heel and is impossible to deal with as a heel.

 

But, as long as the movie doesn't disappoint............. as monster movies tend to do, as there is too much of the human element, which destroys monster movies.

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2 minutes ago, njbuff said:

 

I wish Godzilla was a heel though. He is much more powerful as a heel and is impossible to deal with as a heel.

 

But, as long as the movie doesn't disappoint............. as monster movies tend to do, as there is too much of the human element, which destroys monster movies.

I'm good so long as this guy doesn't make an appearance.

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:doh:

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2 minutes ago, Rico said:

I'm good so long as this guy doesn't make an appearance.

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:doh:

 

What's worse, that or this......

 

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3 minutes ago, njbuff said:

 

What's worse, that or this......

 

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That. :lol:

These two didn't bother me as much. Maybe if I was a more of a Mothra fan, they would be more annoying.

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2 hours ago, Rico said:

That. :lol:

These two didn't bother me as much. Maybe if I was a more of a Mothra fan, they would be more annoying.

 

Whenever they sang that darn Mothra song, it made me sick to my stomach.

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3 hours ago, njbuff said:

 

What's worse, that or this......

 

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Idk about you, but I'd rather look at some cute Asian chicks....

 

Maybe the new Godzilla will feature a K-pop montage??

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Aladdin was merely "Okay".

 

It's almost a scene by scene remake of the original, with a very notable exception,  The added #metoo Jasmine scenes. It was so out of place, that many people got confused what was going on. The Jasmine story-line was changed to appease the far-left, which seems pointless since they already boycotted the movie because the leads weren't Arabic enough. (too indian).

 

Definite rental movie.

 

Although, I was told the CGI looked a lot better in 3D than 2D. They were probably the worst I've seen years.

 

 

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On 5/21/2019 at 6:35 AM, Joe in Winslow said:

Saw Wick. DEFINITELY worth the price of admission, then again I'm a fan of the franchise

 

 

That’s funny, my wife picked that one yesterday as she thought I might like it better than the other options. We had ZERO idea what the whole franchise was about. Don’t recall even hearing about it before. Almost suggested leaving 10-15 minutes in. Glad we stayed, I guess, but I felt like I had paid to watch a kid playing a video game. If I had known what we were getting into, it might have felt different. I wanted to fast forward thru some of the predictable, monotonous, ridiculous fight scenes. There is an arcade one floor below the theater that has similar action for a few quarters. 

 

The other people there seemed to know more about what to expect and they enjoyed it. Once my wife mentioned “video game”, that’s all I could think of. 

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On 5/20/2019 at 9:19 AM, Lurker said:

 

Lol.  The Marvel/Star Wars/Fast & Furious/comic book universe says hello...

 

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?p=.htm&yr=2018

 

LOL  Because Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame had no political or social messaging.

 

Hell, I still haven't seen Captain Marvel because I was told not to culturally appropriate the feminist experience.  :wacko:

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2 hours ago, Augie said:

 

That’s funny, my wife picked that one yesterday as she thought I might like it better than the other options. We had ZERO idea what the whole franchise was about. Don’t recall even hearing about it before. Almost suggested leaving 10-15 minutes in. Glad we stayed, I guess, but I felt like I had paid to watch a kid playing a video game. If I had known what we were getting into, it might have felt different. I wanted to fast forward thru some of the predictable, monotonous, ridiculous fight scenes. There is an arcade one floor below the theater that has similar action for a few quarters. 

 

The other people there seemed to know more about what to expect and they enjoyed it. Once my wife mentioned “video game”, that’s all I could think of. 

No one to blame but yourself on that one.

That's like going to see a fast and furious movie and complaining about predictable, monotonous, ridiculous car scenes.

John Wick is basically a Chuck Norris meme.

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1 minute ago, unbillievable said:

No one to blame but yourself on that one.

That's like going to see a fast and furious movie and complaining about too many car scenes.

 

I don’t disagree. Didn’t know what it was, but just happy to have a nice afternoon with my wife. She picked one trying to make me happy. She gets points for that. She would have gone to Aladdin . It was more about the time than the movie. 

 

 

I just never saw a movie that looked like a video game before. 

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Just now, Augie said:

 

I don’t disagree. Didn’t know what it was, but just happy to have a nice afternoon with my wife. She picked one trying to make me happy. She gets points for that. She would have gone to Aladdin . It was more about the time than the movie. 

I know someone who picked Avengers Endgame as their first marvel movie. She was so confused and bored.

I told her not to go, but she insisted because she wanted to know what all the fuss was about..

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2 hours ago, unbillievable said:

Aladdin was merely "Okay".

 

It's almost a scene by scene remake of the original, with a very notable exception,  The added #metoo Jasmine scenes. It was so out of place, that many people got confused what was going on. The Jasmine story-line was changed to appease the far-left, which seems pointless since they already boycotted the movie because the leads weren't Arabic enough. (too indian).

 

Definite rental movie.

 

Although, I was told the CGI looked a lot better in 3D than 2D. They were probably the worst I've seen years.

 

 

It was demo-worthy in Dolby Cinema, wow. Eye and ear candy, which bumped it up a little for me. 

2 hours ago, Augie said:

 

That’s funny, my wife picked that one yesterday as she thought I might like it better than the other options. We had ZERO idea what the whole franchise was about. Don’t recall even hearing about it before. Almost suggested leaving 10-15 minutes in. Glad we stayed, I guess, but I felt like I had paid to watch a kid playing a video game. If I had known what we were getting into, it might have felt different. I wanted to fast forward thru some of the predictable, monotonous, ridiculous fight scenes. There is an arcade one floor below the theater that has similar action for a few quarters. 

 

The other people there seemed to know more about what to expect and they enjoyed it. Once my wife mentioned “video game”, that’s all I could think of. 

I think it might’ve helped if you saw the 1st 2 movies.

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4 minutes ago, unbillievable said:

I know someone who picked Avengers Endgame as their first marvel movie. She was so confused and bored.

I told her not to go, but she insisted because she wanted to know what all the fuss was about..

 

I had raisinettes, a Coke Zero and my wife next to me. It was all good. (Little sugar rush I shook off, but survived.)  

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3 minutes ago, Rico said:

It was demo-worthy in Dolby Cinema, wow. Eye and ear candy, which bumped it up a little for me. 

I paid for the matinee, which was in a small theater, so that might have contributed to it. The Genie really looked fake, I don't think his resolution matched the rest of the film; Like they photoshopped a 1080p character into a 720p picture.

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8 minutes ago, unbillievable said:

I paid for the matinee, which was in a small theater, so that might have contributed to it. The Genie really looked fake, I don't think his resolution matched the rest of the film; Like they photoshopped a 1080p character into a 720p picture.

I’ve seen just about all the Dolby Cinema movies at my local AMC since I got A-List over a year ago (other than a few like Madea :doh:), this was pretty close to the top for PQ/AQ (Wick 3 was damn good too). 

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Critics complaining there are too many monster fights in Godzilla.

 

If that’s the case, sign me the frig up,

 

The whole point of a monster movie IS monster fights. Too much of the human element in monster movies drags the movie the hell down.

 

I would be worried if these braindead movie critics liked the movie.

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