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Word on the street is that Snyder’s cut of Justice League was “unwatchable” to the point that all hell broke loose in post production on top of the Snyder tragedy, so don’t expect to see much of an original/extended cut. Also speaking of reshoots, Affleck was unfortunately a low point in the film after his refreshingly great performance in BvS. It was clear he was a shell of himself and he looked like he went through hell:
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Ranking the Road to Justice League

1. Wonder Woman - 8/10
2. Man of Steel - 8/10
3. Justice League - 6/10
4. Suicide Squad - 5.5/10
5. Batman v Superman (Ultimate Edition) - 5/10

Based on a list by Weapon X

LelekPL at 10:18 AM Nov 23

Switch WW and MoS and my ranking's exactly the same

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 15 hours ago

Word on the street is that Snyder’s cut of Justice League was “unwatchable” to the point that all hell broke loose in post production on top of the Snyder tragedy, so don’t expect to see much of an original/extended cut. Also speaking of reshoots, Affleck was unfortunately a low point in the film after his refreshingly great performance in BvS. It was clear he was a shell of himself and he looked like he went through hell:
HAIL_TO_THE_KING at 07:47 PM Nov 22

sounds like a royal clusterfuck

Weapon X
Weapon X at 08:17 PM Nov 22

I find the whole "unwatchable" rumor hard to swallow. Two years ago the word was the studio heads gave an early cut of BvS a "standing ovation", then right before release they ordered 30 minutes to be chopped out. Wonder Woman notwithstanding, every move they've made since has been a kneejerk to one movie's bad reception. Repeatedly second-guessing their own directors is exactly what's landed the DCEU in its current hot water.

Also, I thought the picture on the right was the original footage and the left was the reshoot, but looking over that Comic Con sizzle reel from last year, it appears it's exactly the opposite. Shows what I know.

Cochise at 03:45 AM Nov 23

oh wow looks like Affleck put on some weight... I wonder why the hell they would have to reshoot that Aquaman meeting scene at all though... weird.

Also, I don't know. I could see some execs not liking it or something, but I find it almost completely impossible to believe that Zack Snyder would ever put together anything that's actually 'unwatchable'. And I'm not saying anything about how I feel about him as a director (hit or miss, in case you were wondering) but just his experience and proven talent. For him to all of a sudden turn in something worse than an Uwe Boll movie just seems like b.s. lol

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 1 day ago

A lot of scenes in JL were edited completely out of place and this is what I would’ve done: The opening cell phone footage was so off putting and so flat that it killed the momentum of the movie from the start and would be cut. We really should've gotten a LOTR style prologue with the battle for the mother boxes put as the very first thing we saw. Complete with a voiceover from Gadot or Connie Nielsen. It really would've set the stage for what was about to come while also eliminating the confusion about what the fuck was going on. THEN we get a current year title card and it should've fast forwarded to Themyscaria and the heist of the first Mother Box, setting the stage for the torch lighting and introduction of Wonder Woman which would then bring us to present day.
JohnLocke2342 at 07:44 PM Nov 21

@ ericodarko - the whole family barricading stuff was so corny and a complete waste of time, and it felt like a Whedon thing. He loves to showcase random civilians to give them a more personal side that’s never, ever needed. It was just a waste of time.

LelekPL at 08:04 PM Nov 21

I liked the cellphone opening. It was really one of only two scenes that humanized Superman in this film.

My problem with the structure is the constant jumping from character to character without any semblance of plot or connective tissue. Like the first time we see batfleck is in that cool opening sequence in Gotham... and then he's suddenly looking for Aquaman wihout any explanation into why and how. And there's more stuff like that.

It's structurely as bad as it possibly culd have been.

Scotch at 04:46 AM Nov 22

Honestly I totally forgot about that opening scene. Thinking back to it, it was strange. I get what LelekPL is saying about more emphasis on humanizing Superman. But I think they could have done that simply with the "I'll take that as a yes" scene from the trailers. A dream sequence by Lois. Reminding us that Clark was indeed a guy beyond the suit. It also would have momentarily teased the audience that possibly Superman isn't coming back in this film and that this minor scene is all we were getting from him in Justice League. Whatever they could have done to create more impact on the MoS's return would have been better.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

All of the attention for Henry Cavill is sadly on his horribly CGI’d upper lip instead of the fact that he gave us a brilliant, pitch perfect live action Superman that finally came together. He was regal, strong, full of humor and best of all felt like a true leader amongst others. That’s the thing with Superman - he is a literal God but he carries himself with a twinkle in his eye and a respect for every man as his equal. I got that in spades with Cavill’s performance and we FINALLY got the Superman these movies have been talking about for years. The one who inspires hope and heart and strength in everyone. Amazing.
oscarxp25 at 02:08 PM Nov 21

I have been a fan of his version of Superman since Man of Steel but it was actually nice to see him smile and be happy in this one

LelekPL at 04:54 PM Nov 21

I had my issues with his portrayal of Superman, especially after his awakening! But the opening scene and the after credits scene were really solid.

I still need to see him being Clark Kent before I give him any more credit in the role. Both Reeves and Routh have nailed the part. Cavill not yet. Although he LOOKS like Superman the most.

timmyd at 04:06 AM Nov 22

The first time I thought he was solid in the role .

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

Pretty excited about Branagh returning for Death on the Nile tbh. I was a fan of Murder on the Orient Express gloriously shot on location on 65mm film.
Weapon X
Weapon X at 03:10 AM Nov 21

My grandmother is a big fan of the old Poirot series, and her face lit up when I suggested we go see the movie. I’m gonna see about that this week.

LelekPL at 04:50 PM Nov 21

I really didn’t care for the new Murder... but since I don’t know this new story, I think I’ll like it a lot more

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

The fact that a Justice League movie came and went opening weekend with merely a whimper and a debate between fans calling it “terrible” or “not that bad” is proof enough that somenthing is very, very wrong with the situation at Warner Brothers and DC
Scotch at 12:45 AM Nov 21

When expectations are consistently low, things become the norm. I enjoyed JL but again realize I'm in the minority on this. I've said it before and I'll say it again...let's hope DC and WB can turn the ship around with the next film to help get the general population on board.

JohnLocke2342 at 02:05 AM Nov 21

^ Amen brotha. I enjoyed a bunch of it too.

timmyd at 02:22 AM Nov 21

I went for a second helping of RAGNAROK , but it was sold out . Interestingly enough , there were plenty of seats for Justice League left , with ten minutes until showtime . It wasn't horrible , but it was a major letdown for what should have been an amazing tale featuring some of the genre's most memorable characters . Outside of Wonder Woman , this is how I've felt after pretty much every DC flick .

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 4 days ago

I’m ultimately going with a 6/10 for Justice League. I truly had a blast with certain moments and unlike BvS this movie made me WANT to see more of this cinematic universe.. although I’m worried the rest of the movie will drag down that idea. When the film works - it works! The team is great together, the jokes land, Supes is WONDERFUL and flash steals the show! When the film doesn’t - Jesus Christ it’s bad. Generic stock villain, mindless CGI action and a hurried, choppy pace that needed at least 20 more minutes to breathe. The passage of time is something that has no bearing in this movie because of it and I’m not sure how many days or weeks or even hours the film takes place in. All in all this is another ultimate failure for DC and Warner Bros. by what they did to the movie in post production even though they listened to focus groups and the fans in other areas. I’d like to say it will be better next time but at this point who knows?
JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 4 days ago

At the end of the day it feels like Snyder’s plan for Justice League was completely scrapped about halfway through production and it makes sense. I know BvS has its fans around here but the last thing anyone on earth wants is for the DC heroes to be fighting, killing and hating each other as a bunch of miserable assholes. From what I recall Snyder’s movie was another dark, dour downer (you can see in the first trailer that some of those scenes were reshot in daylight) that had an evil Superman fighting the team for half the flick until it ended on a cliffhanger and we got Part 2. Pivoting away from that idea is smart but they should’ve canned the entire production after BvS, sat back and really mapped out where they wanted the universe to head instead of switching it up on the fly. Then the death of Snyder’s child should’ve really ended the production but instead it created even more of a fractured hodgepodge on screen. Just a shame.
JohnLocke2342 at 06:26 PM Nov 19

That’s true, those are great movies, and I liked a decent portion of Justice League. I’m just.. I don’t know man. I’m kind of depressed tbh. I can’t watch JL and think that Warner Brothers seriously knows how to make a movie. This cast and these characters deserve so much more than a “flawed but fun” scenario.

Cochise at 03:27 AM Nov 20

I think the evil-black-suited-bearded Superman would've been much better. Have Steppenwolf resurrect him and try to use him along with the Parademons to take over Earth... that's why Batman has to form the league, and together they have to take Superman down, turn him around and then the full team goes in the final act to destroy Steppenwolf. That's how I wish it was... granted I haven't seen it yet but I wish the first Avengers had that classic storyline as well (having to turn an evil Hulk good again by teaming up)

Weapon X
Weapon X at 03:41 AM Nov 20

The teaser scene at the end of Incredible Hulk hinted at that, but they just wound up retconning that bit as the actual Avengers film took shape.

And speaking of bearded Superman, Screen Rant brought up a good point recently; instead of trying to remove Cavill's mustache, they should have just added in a full beard.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 4 days ago

Justice League is... a movie that exists. Characters show up we’ve seen before but are now completely different. The worst comic-book movie villain of ALL TIME is here to terraform the planet? I still don’t know. The visual effects are so stunningly, shockingly awful that they need to be seen to be believed and at its core it feels like a fractured, pivoted, thankless 90’s blockbuster with zero stakes, heart or emotion. I did not care for any action happening in front of my eyes and the movie’s grand finale is so quiet I literally went “wait that’s it?” in the theater. Except we have the best live action version of Superman since Reeves, an amazingly fun Flash character and a Bruce Wayne I can get behind. I laughed and enjoyed a ton of moments but the majority is pure, CGI blandness that I’ve seen 1,000 times before. I need 9,000 words to describe this.
JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 4 days ago

Holy fucking shit - Justice League had a 300 million dollar budget and the visual effects of an Asylum movie. I truly cannot believe this hasn’t been more of a news story and I hope to god expectations of cgi aren’t this low that people find this normal. Literally INEXCUSABLY BAD CGI. The green screens were garbage, Cyborg was so bad in one scene that his head looked like a paper Mario 2D printout, Steppenwolf was a PS2 video game cutscene come to life and Cavill’s CGI’d mustache was so bad and so awful I couldn’t look at him in a few scenes. A visual abomination on every single level from an effects standpoint.
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the hash slinging slasher at 09:01 AM Nov 20

The CGI was Tron:Legacy Bad!

LelekPL at 05:02 PM Nov 20

And yet, that wasn’t the biggest problem with the movie

timmyd at 02:46 AM Nov 21

Completely fucked the movie for me . A fuck-ton of dollars and this is what you come up with ? And think is perfectly acceptable to release ? Christ .

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 5 days ago

Heading out to see the League unite...
Weapon X
Weapon X at 12:06 AM Nov 19

Best of luck, bruv.

JohnLocke2342 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 6 days ago

Jurassic World


Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Written by: Rick Jaffa
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D'Onofrio, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong, Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Chris Pratt, Idris Elba
Studio: Universal
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science-Fiction
Official Site:
Plot: CGI dinosaurs chasing CGI cars in a CGI rendered jungle


In a lot of ways Jurassic World is a harmless blockbuster that exists as empty calories packaged in a factory to satisfy as many demographics as possible. Yet a lot of ways it's also everything wrong with blockbuster filmmaking of a studio IP that deserves to be raked through the coals again and again...[more]...

Other reviews of this film: KcMsterpce (6/10) , cerealkiller182 (6/10) > Display all
Cochise at 12:06 AM Nov 18

nice review. I watched it again recently and while I don't dislike it, the effects are still shockingly noticeable for such a gigantically budgeted movie... ruins it for me

timmyd at 02:05 AM Nov 18

I actually had a great time with it . The only thing that really fucked it up was that idiotic Raptors as soldiers sub-plot that felt shoehorned in and really fucking sucked .

JohnLocke2342 at 09:00 PM Nov 18

@Cochise - you’re right actually dude, the cgi is poor for a 250 million dollar movie

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 6 days ago

Gyllenhaal would be a phenomenal fucking Batman if they really have to replace Affleck, tho I wish he’d just go along for the ride
cerealkiller182 at 07:17 PM Nov 17


LelekPL at 11:07 PM Nov 17

Coming out of Justice League, I'm even more certain affleck is out. He felt bored to death in this movie.

timmyd at 02:09 AM Nov 18

oh HELL yes .

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 7 days ago

Holy shit only FOUR WEEKS UNTIL THE LAST JEDI!! I still haven’t watched the trailer or seen tv spots and of course I spent 30 dollars to see the “special fan event” in imax which includes popcorn, soda special content and some posters.
ericodarko at 07:37 PM Nov 16

Still haven't seen any trailer or TV spots and got my tickets for the 9:30 screening on Thursday (none of my friends wanted to spend the 30$ haha) AND a ticket for a private screening the next morning with my wife's work (an event they do for every new Star Wars movie!)

sLaShEr84 at 08:46 PM Nov 16

Can't wait.

Cochise at 11:33 PM Nov 16

haven't seen anything either aside from the first teaser I think, hope it's good!

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JohnLocke2342 posted a BLOG item 8 days ago

Rotten Tomatoes rant


The fact that there’s now a Rotten Tomatoes show that reveals a movie’s review percentage during a live panel is further proof that the system is not only broken but horribly prioritized. That so many people use a fucking collection of scores that do nothing but sample broad data down to a “yes or no” as their decision to see a movie or not is an embarrassment to the film community. A 90% doesn’t mean the movie is an A, a 90% means 90% of people gave it a yay instead of a nay. That’s it. Why this has now become the end all/be all social staple of a movie being labeled “good” or not is an absolute joke. Can it be used as a barometer to get a general consensus from critics? Sure, but that’s not what’s happening in the last few years. I get it - movies are expensive, crowds are less and less respectful of their surroundings and media is way easier to consume in the comfort of your own home. So yes, sometimes it can help you know what you should spend your money on but movies being written off due to an imaginary score is a real shame.

And for reference, some good movies with “bad” Rotten Tomatoes scores: Spaceballs, Natural Born Killers, The Rock, Ace Ventura, The Life Aquatic, Event Horizon, Blade, Hook, Super Troopers, Die Hard with a Vengeance and the immortal Jingle all the Way. Any system that can’t give a positive score to a movie where Arnold fucking Schwarzenegger screams at Phil Hartman to put down his wife’s cookies is a system I want no part of. The general public needs to stop being sheep and choose their own stories.

Mood: Chillin'

razgriz21 at 10:26 PM Nov 15

When I saw the scores for Natural Born Killers, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Spaceballs, I swore off that site.

JohnLocke2342 at 10:48 PM Nov 15

@OKC/Lelek agreed 100%. It’s sort of how Fantasy sports becoming so popular has skewed how people see real life value in a player relative to their sport now (not the best example but it works).

LelekPL at 10:55 PM Nov 15

^ oh, the modern Fantasy leagues and overreliance on advanced stats in sports really bug me as well. I mean advanced stats are useful in telling coaches what shots are better and worse, etc.

But you cannot just cut something as complicated and often unpredictable to just numbers. Effort, skill, hustle plays.

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