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Heading out to see the League unite...
Weapon X
Weapon X at 06:06 PM Nov 18

Best of luck, bruv.

JohnLocke2342 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 1 day ago

Jurassic World



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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
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Plot: CGI dinosaurs chasing CGI cars in a CGI rendered jungle

Review:

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
Cochise at 06:06 PM Nov 17

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
timmyd at 08:05 PM Nov 17

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
JohnLocke2342 at 03:00 PM Nov 18

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

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 1 day 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
cerealkiller182 at 01:17 PM Nov 17

Agreed

LelekPL
LelekPL at 05:07 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
timmyd at 08:09 PM Nov 17

oh HELL yes .

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 3 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
ericodarko at 01:37 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
sLaShEr84 at 02:46 PM Nov 16

Can't wait.

Cochise
Cochise at 05:33 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 3 days ago

Rotten Tomatoes rant

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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
razgriz21 at 04:26 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
JohnLocke2342 at 04:48 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
LelekPL at 04:55 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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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 3 days ago

It’s bit of a shame that “overall it’s a mess but it’s fun!” Has become the bar to say if a movie is good or not. What the fuck happened? Why is the bar so low with audiences now?
jimmydevito
jimmydevito at 03:48 PM Nov 15

man the majority of people have made their mind up before they've seen the film. I also think a huge chunk of moviegoers don't pay attention to films anymore due to phone addiction or just a lack of awareness.

LelekPL
LelekPL at 04:26 PM Nov 15

It's not a high bar but fun is fun. I guess if you had fun, the movie did its job.

I have my doubts that JL will be even that, though, but hey, who knows.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 4 days ago

Justice League reviews are a fucking mess and some of the snippets I read are depressing but once again that’s not gonna stop me from checking this baby out on Saturday #ALLIN
LelekPL
LelekPL at 11:30 AM Nov 15

^ Or maybe... it’s just their taste

Weapon X
Weapon X at 11:46 AM Nov 15

"Justice League is a big, ugly mess and Zack Snyder is to blame." - actual review headline

I find that rather lacking in taste.

jimmydevito
jimmydevito at 12:20 PM Nov 15

I'm hoping I enjoy it but the chances of it being a "good" film are pretty low. It feels like a lot of people going through the motions but we shall see.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 5 days ago

I’m feeling very cynical about this Amazon-LOTR deal. It feels more like a cash grab than anything else to me. 250 mill from amazon to acquire the rights from the continuously standoffish Tolkien estate for them to launch their streaming service with a game of thrones inspired series? I don’t know. Middle-Earth is ripe with storytelling but original storytelling completely outside of Tolkien? I’ll need more info before I can properly assess my feelings on this. Excited and scared.
JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 6 days ago

I’ve somehow still avoided every trailer and TV spot for The Last Jedi. The last two theater trips I went to I took headphones to blast music when it came on screen. So you can imagine my surprise when I’m walking past a theater standee last night and Luke is on BOTH THE LIGHT AND DARK SIDE OF THE POSTER
Scotch
Scotch at 12:51 PM Nov 12

That's serious dedication. Unfortunately in our world, unless you live with Viggo and his family from Captain Fantastic, you can't avoid 100% of anything.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 6 days ago

Movie catchup: The Big Sick - nice little dramedy that falls flat when it leaves the core family relationships (IE the friends are terrible) but makes a real cultural impact in these times - 7/10. Murder on the Orient Express - solid adaptation with real tension fueled camera work (people are always in the background looking shady) with a killer cast. Depp, Branagh and Pfieffer steal the show - 7/10. Ragnarok: Marvel finally breaks the cookie cutter formula of its last few flicks with an upside down 80’s sci-fi space opus on cocaine jam packed with the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Loved it. 8.5/10.
Weapon X
Weapon X at 05:11 PM Nov 12

Thor has gone from "When you betray me again, I will kill you" in The Dark World to "You're betraying me again? Oh, you wascally wabbit!" in Ragnarok and that shift is still just not sitting well with me.

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 09:44 AM Nov 13

^ We are in 100% agreement on the tone being concerning for the MCU which was my biggest problem. I wondered how this entry was going to work as a piece of a larger puzzle when the entire thing was played like a spoof movie. However for me that tone just WORKED as a whole and they seemed to get the characters right.

For instance the whole Thor and Loki relationship - it’s basically like a much, much tamer version of Batman vs Joker or even Batman vs Selina. “We’re doomed to do this forever”, etc.

So how do they iron that out? They can have Thor go through a moment of growth and self reflection. Losing their father together sort of made them both look at each other in a different light. They’re all the family they have left. Having Thor not only call out Loki’s bluff but be two steps ahead of him was an amazing long time coming piece for the character. It felt natural and I literally shouted “FINALLY!” in the theater. Having them more or less come to an understanding that they’ll always be different but at the same time they’ll always love and respect each other was a refreshing touch.

Same for Thor realizing he can’t punch his way out of every problem. Sacrificing his own planet and turning his people into literal space refugees (yay social commentary!) was a ballsy movie that paid off for the character’s 5th in screen appearance.

Weapon X
Weapon X at 12:49 PM Nov 13

Okay, excellent point on the Thor/Loki dynamic. I hadn't considered all that before, although Thor getting ahead of Loki's tricks for once was a great moment that I appreciated in-theater. Brings us full circle to that Avengers line, "Are you ever NOT going to fall for that?"

And also agreed on sacrificing Asgard to stop the villain and save its people. BUT THEN KORG had to open his damn mouth. He seems to be everybody's favorite part, but he came off to me like the Kat Dennings of the movie.

I dunno. Maybe my eventual rewatch will reveal everything I missed. I'm glad you dug it though.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 22 days ago

Can’t help being excited for Justice League. Loved WW. Loved MoS. Hated BvS. Mixed on SS. Hyped beyond hyped for JL.
Weapon X
Weapon X at 01:57 PM Oct 27

Seeing as I've at very least liked everything in the DC line so far, count me in as well for the "Beyond Hyped" club.

Also, goddamn that poster is some sweet business. Thank goodness for Mondo.

LelekPL
LelekPL at 03:33 PM Oct 27

As a longtime fan I'd love to be with you on this. Alas, I can't.

I've only liked MOS. I'm indifferent on WW and SS but much like you, I hated BvS.

I actually like their Superman and WW, and Aquaman looks like fun, but since the only character from DC I really care about is Batman and he's fucked up, I still can't get excited for this.

I'll probably see this for free as a reviewer but if I had to pay for it, I wouldn't want to give them my money.

Scotch
Scotch at 08:15 PM Oct 27

There are some great comic book films on the horizon but this is the one I am most excited about. I plan on going to see it first for enjoyment and then again to try and spot all of Snyder's easter eggs.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 23 days ago

When season 2 of Stranger Things drops but you’re working all day
XSsoCX
XSsoCX at 10:34 AM Oct 27

I have to probably wait until Monday after work to start it since I have Halloween off.

LelekPL
LelekPL at 10:42 AM Oct 27

I won't spoil anyhting, don't worry ;)

But Barb's back and more annoying than ever!

Just kidding ;) I'm still at episode 1.

JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 24 days ago

I’m four episodes into Mindhunter on Netflix and this is peak David Fincher. It’s Mad Men meets Zodiac with a side of Seven. Moody, well shot and full of surprisingly funny interactions - this is one I’m stoked to finish.
oscarxp25
oscarxp25 at 12:16 PM Oct 26

It is on the list of shows I have to check out. I am good with movies but absolutely terrible with tv shows. I still haven't watched the last season of Thrones. Since it is Fincher, I will definitely try my best to check it out ASAP

dsloy
dsloy at 05:37 PM Oct 26

very well-crafted and acted

HTX0811
HTX0811 at 06:43 AM Oct 28

I've been wanting to try this.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: 24 days ago

Gareth Evans directing a Deathstroke flick would be fucking INSANITY. It speaks volumes that DC is directing these types of genre directors to do their own thing with their own style. Kinda dope.
LelekPL
LelekPL at 05:47 PM Oct 26

I agree but there's some caveat to this as well.

Patty Jenkins had the most creative freedom by far! But with JL drama, she also is the exception.

Wan completed the film on his own. He's easily the best filmmaker they hired thus far (until Evans) so that should have been a given but still you're right. However, Ayer also completed his film. He just wasn't able to assemble it. Let's see what the backlash from JL will be and whether they'll force changes on Wan as well.

I just hope they'll use that Flashpoint movie to reboot everything and stop building their universe on rotten foundation because I can't get excited for any film they do, no matter who they get. And I'm a HUUGE fan of Evans and his Raid films.

Ironically, I think WW's success was a disservice to DC. Had it failed, they'd be forced to reboot but now, I don't think they even know what to do. Because they want to keep Gadot, and probably Momoa from the reaction the fans have to his appearance in the trailers, but the rest, including their two most iconic characters, are at shambles.

The idea they have of self-contained movies seems like a perfect solution to this and these are the only ones I'm actually excited for.

JohnLocke2342
JohnLocke2342 at 10:06 AM Oct 27

^ Great points dude - especially about Flashpoint and rebooting half the universe. Do you think that’s going to happen?

LelekPL
LelekPL at 10:35 AM Oct 27

It's more of a dream of mine than reality, I fear. I think they might explain a change of actors for Batman with Flashpoint... because by now I'm pretty sure Ben isn't coming back. But I don't think the general audience would buy a "half-reboot" where some characters don't change and some do. It's normal in the comics, but I'm not sure WB would go with it in their film universe.

Self-conatined movies are the best we can hope for right now.

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JohnLocke2342 updated his STATUS: about 1 month ago

“You merely adopted the dark.. I was born in it.. molded by it”
BATeMAN
BATeMAN at 07:05 PM Oct 18

^ There are loads, but - https://www169.lunapic.com/editor/
is a good one.

timmyd
timmyd at 08:22 PM Oct 18

great stuff , amigo .

writer19
writer19 at 10:57 PM Oct 20

amazingness

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