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  # 1661238 31-Oct-2016 09:34
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Hell or High Water.

 

Outstanding. My film of the year (so far).


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  # 1661339 31-Oct-2016 12:26
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swiss army man ... quirkyish, contrived, too long ...  6/10

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1664389 5-Nov-2016 21:38
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I watched True Grit (2010) last night. Really enjoyed the movie. Jeff Bridges was amazing there. The story was good and the dialogues were great. Although I didn't watched True Grit (1969) and also I didn't read the novel, but I think I don't want to anymore. Cause none of them can give me the pleasure as this movie did.




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  # 1664623 6-Nov-2016 17:48
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I watched Doctor Strange at IMAX in Auckland for Ignite. What a revelation. That screen and projector are insanely impressive. I understand it's one of the only true laser projection systems in the world, and the quality difference is evident! Probably going to have to make a few more trips to Auckland during the year as new films come out. Rogue One and Episode VIII are two definites for an IMAX visit.

Dr Strange was great. Such awesome visuals and original/creative action sequences. Good mix of humour. Although it's a run of the mill origin story, I felt it hit the right notes and introduced a likeable character that I want to see more, and I can't wait until he interacts with the rest of the MCU.

Also watched Jason Bourne last night. I don't know, I guess I'm over the spy action film trope. Going from punching to shooting to driving to punching to falling to shooting to punching to driving again is a bit over done for me at this stage. There was nothing really wrong with the film (except in the opening few minutes when a hacker says "use SQL to corrupt their database!". I just wasn't into it.

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  # 1664709 6-Nov-2016 22:21
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Dr Strange.

 

Was OK, but too odd at times. Also a bit too much like Inception with superheroes in.

 

Hint - stay for the end credits to get a pointer for the next instalment!








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  # 1664880 7-Nov-2016 11:12
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Geektastic:

 

a bit too much like Inception with superheroes in.

 

 

I'd say Inception was a bit too much like Doctor Strange but without the superheroes, given Doctor Strange came decades before Inception :P  But really there was only one scene near the very beginning that was anything like Inception, and only because of the buildings folding over on themselves.  The rest was absolutely nothing like it. 




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  # 1664892 7-Nov-2016 11:37
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^and again, it's one scene, about 2 minutes worth of footage, and only because you see some buildings fold in on themselves.  What they do in that scene and beyond is nothing like Inception.  


 
 
 
 


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  # 1665417 7-Nov-2016 23:49
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There's also a nice continuity error where he has a bit of a strop and brushes his Surface Pro onto the floor - and in the next scene it is remarkably back on the table!






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  # 1665600 8-Nov-2016 11:06
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The Accountant - actually not too bad.





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  # 1665645 8-Nov-2016 12:23
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Geektastic:

 

There's also a nice continuity error where he has a bit of a strop and brushes his Surface Pro onto the floor - and in the next scene it is remarkably back on the table!

 

 

I have to believe that was done on purpose for some reason.  I can't bring myself to accept that they'd be that stupid as to miss that in post production - it was OBVIOUS.  

 

I'm going to trick my brain into thinking it was some kind of portent to his ability to manipulate time :D


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  # 1670320 13-Nov-2016 22:34
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Arrival.

 

Rarely has a film with aliens bored me so witless. By half way I was wishing I had brought my Kindle...






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  # 1670336 13-Nov-2016 23:06
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On plane rides to Europe and Back again I watched a lot of movies!

 

The Nice Guys - Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Awful. Way worse than I expected 5/10

 

Zootopia - Not too bad, watch it with your kids, great characters 7/10

 

 

 

I'll update this with the others later!


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  # 1670461 14-Nov-2016 09:04
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Doctor Strange (2D) 7/10

 

I thought it was a pretty enjoyable film, and I enjoyed it a lot more than Ant Man, the last "fringe" Marvel film I watched.  But I have to disagree with those who claimed it to be an origin story on a par with Iron Man.  I get the parallels that were drawn between the two, but I think Iron Man is in a league of its own.  When I first saw Iron Man I watched it on DVD on a laptop while taking the train down to Wellington.  When I got home, I immediately said to my wife "you have to watch this!"  As good as Doctor Strange was, I didn't feel compelled to re-watch it immediately.  Some of that may be due to the shine wearing off superhero films, I suppose.

 

Benedict Cumberbatch did a good job, and there was some nice comedic touches (his interactions with Wong, the librarian, the levitating coat, etc).  Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One was great, and was far less stuffy than I was expecting.  The plot was serviceable, but where it possibly suffered is the thinness of the characters overall.  Going back to the Iron Man comparison, there was good character development for Tony Stark, Rhodey, Pepper Potts, Obadiah Staine, even Coulson.  In Doctor Strange, the only characters I felt we even got close to knowing were Stephen Strange and The Ancient One.  I'd struggle to name any of the other characters.

 

I'm looking forward to more films in this series, but despite the positive reviews I'm wondering if we starting to see more evidence of the superhero genre fatigue...


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  # 1670463 14-Nov-2016 09:09
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Geektastic:

 

Arrival.

 

Rarely has a film with aliens bored me so witless. By half way I was wishing I had brought my Kindle...

 

I can't say I was bored with Arrival; Yes it was a strange film - definitely NOT an action thriller; much more of a reflective "thinky" drama.  I enjoyed it.

 

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  # 1670470 14-Nov-2016 09:51
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Hacksaw Ridge 7/10

 

Enjoyable, despite Hollywood (aka Mel Gibson) "enhancing" an amazing story into an unbelievable story. What could have been a great movie was diminished by cliches (boot camp, recruits become tough soldiers, last *second* reprieve from court martial, etc) and impossible situations overcome (the cargo net thing). http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/hacksaw-ridge/ confirms that these are all exaggerations of Mel Gibson's imagination.

 

Extremely gory scenes of people getting killed, limbs blown off, etc. I think the gore here is acceptable... war movies should be realistic about this kind of stuff.

 

Cinematography is great.

 

 


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