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Aug 2, 2015 8:02pm
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Terminator Salvation:

 

The first 30 mins were boring.  After that, it was ok.  This movie had a more realistic and darker feel to it.  I mean the stunts were more realistic.

 

I like how they paid homage to the previous movies, with "Come with me if you want to live", and "I'll be back".

 

The movie was the right length to tell the story, not too long, not too short.

 

I also give them credit for not making the same movie again, as this told a different story than the previous movies, and it wasn't just Terminator vs. John O'Connor again.

Aug 2, 2015 8:13pm
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TMNT 1, 2, 3 (not the 2014 reboot):

 

I'd seen the first one in theaters.  The 2nd at a friend's house on rental.  Never saw the 3rd.

 

Wanted to watch the first 3.

 

TMNT 1:  First one was darker, and had a lot more fighting.  There were a lot of gag stunts (where they'd spend 10 seconds doing an aerial move, then finish it with a gag hit).  But there was also some actual fighting with weapons too.  And some of the amount of fighting was also due to how many Foot Soldiers they had to defeat.

 

April getting hit by the Foot Soldiers, was shocking, for a kids movie.

 

It was funny to see their portrayal of a gang hangout was one with arcades; pool tables; and poker.  Lol.

 

TMNT 2:  2nd movie was more about gag fights.  They also didn't really fight Shredder or Tatsu at the end.  All they did was play music from speakers so loud, that it made Shredder fly across the room, and into the docks.

 

But the Ninja Rap with Vanilla Ice . . . wow.  I had remembered the song, but didn't remember he was in this movie.  It was a perfect comedic scene for a kids movie, with a memorable song.

 

The actor who played Keno was the stunt double for Donatello in the first movie, and he was so good, they cast him as a main character in the 2nd movie.

 

Overall, this kept the spirit of the first movie.

 

TMNT 3:  They chose a bad plot for this one.  It was part history (with English-Japanese trading relations); part sci-fi with the time travel; part fantasy with the villagers believing the Turtles were kappa.  Splinter barely had a role.  April wasn't the tough investigative reporter, but rather a victim.  Barely any pizza, only one scene.

 

They lost focus of how to make a good kids movie.

 

The plot should be simple.  There should be a villain.  They could have had a plot where they were trying to stop Shredder's ancestor.  They could have introduced Krang.

 

If they wanted to go the comedy route, they could have had the Turtles introduce a lot of future things to feudal Japan, and gotten the villagers to really like the Turtles.  Then they could have shown that the Turtles didn't want to go back to the present, because they liked being out in the open, in a place where they were loved.  That would have been a fine plot too.

 

So I can't recommend this one.  Watch it, only if you want to watch the complete series.

 

I added the 2014 reboot to my DVR's wishlist.

 

 

Aug 2, 2015 8:14pm
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I'm in the middle of Raiders Of The Lost Ark right now.  Never seen the Temple Of Doom either.

 

I saw the Last Crusade in theaters, so that was a long time ago.  And I saw the one a few years ago too.

Aug 2, 2015 10:55pm
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I prefer 2-headed Shark Attack to it's sequel 3-headed Shark Attack. I'm sorry but the extra head added nothing to the plot and even when Danny Trejo cut one head off with a machete, It grew back three heads and became five heads. I mean, I like Danny, but. this was a waste of a role for him and won't advance his career. All it takes are two heads to rip a bikini girl in half. More heads are wasted on me. Sorry. I tell it like I see it. I hope that Trejo gets control of his career and doesn't take another role with an insufferable character name like Mike.Burns. Total bullshit. I look forward to his return to form in Machete Kills In Space. Out.
Aug 2, 2015 11:58pm
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Aug 3, 2015 12:27am
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JGlanton wrote:
I prefer 2-headed Shark Attack to it's sequel 3-headed Shark Attack. I'm sorry but the extra head added nothing to the plot and even when Danny Trejo cut one head off with a machete, It grew back three heads and became five heads. I mean, I like Danny, but. this was a waste of a role for him and won't advance his career. All it takes are two heads to rip a bikini girl in half. More heads are wasted on me. Sorry. I tell it like I see it. I hope that Trejo gets control of his career and doesn't take another role with an insufferable character name like Mike.Burns. Total bullshit. I look forward to his return to form in Machete Kills In Space. Out.

Have you watched Sharknado 1, 2 and 3? I tried watching 1 and quickly lost interest.

Aug 3, 2015 8:38am
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Sharknado 1 was the best. They got stoopider after that. 3 had Mark Cuban. Tuck. Wasn't funny at all. Better to just watch Sharktopus v. Whale Wolf.
Aug 15, 2015 11:00pm
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I'm a few mins into Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  Haven't seen it since it was in theaters. 

 

Just wanted to recap a few other movies though.

 

* Raiders Of The Lost Ark:

 

It's hard to watch this with fresh eyes.  A few of the best scenes have already been spoiled for me, without me knowing it.  They're just too prevalent in pop culture.  Here's one of them:

 

 

Also Jones complaining about snakes, I'd seen that before somewhere.

 

Other than that, pretty good movie.  It was funny how Jones kept annoying Marion.

 

* Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom:

 

The opening scene with Jones escaping from the Chinese, was very intricate and complicated.  The use of the lazy Susan at the table was funny.

 

Very good scene.

 

However, there were parts of the movie that were too extreme from me. 

 

Ok, Jones jumps out of a plane; inflates a raft mid-air, slides down a snow-topped mountain, and lands into a raging river?  That's just too extreme.

 

And what was with that dinner scene?  It was disgusting.  And there's nothing about Indian culture which says they eat eyeballs; insects; brains; etc.  It was extreme, and disgusting.  I don't know why they came up with that.

 

Same with the human sacrifice.  And with Mola Ram literally ripping a victim's heart out. I guess you could say it's extremists that are doing it, but still.  Just too far out there.

 

Also, during the mine cart chase scene, not only was the mine cart in tight areas, but people were jumping from one moving cart to another?  Really?

 

I did like Short Round, he was a good character.  And I did like how Short Round called Jones his friend.

 

I did like how they paid homage to the first movie with this scene:

 

 

Overall, there were too many scenes which I look at negatively in this movie, for me to like it.

Aug 15, 2015 11:04pm
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Mission Impossible:  Rogue Nation:

 

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The scene where a chained Hunt escapes from his captors, by sliding up the pole, then knocking his assailants out was pretty cool.

 

The troubles of swapping the security profile underwater, was also memorable.

 

Overall, it was a good spy movie which had nods to the previous movies, but also came up with memorable scenes and sequences of their own, that are common with this Mission Impossible series. I believe Hunt worked more with a team in this movie, than with the prevoius movies, and I liked that.

 

The opera scenes also had some good directing.

Aug 15, 2015 11:08pm
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Also, about Alien 3, from a few months ago:

 

* The makeup in that movie was amazing.  Afterwards, I read wiki, and I was glad to see that were nominated for makeup.  One of the best movies I've ever seen with regards to makeup.

 

* The other characters in this movie made it feel like it wasn't the same movie as the others.  Which is good to see.  The setting was unique enough.  The setting, being inhabited by many other people, gave it a different vibe, as opposed to the other movies, which was basically Ripley vs. the hidden Alien.

Aug 16, 2015 3:07pm
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Saw Mission Impossible yesterday. While there were good parts to it, I still would only rank it third best in the series. 

Aug 16, 2015 5:21pm
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elecam wrote:

Saw Mission Impossible yesterday. While there were good parts to it, I still would only rank it third best in the series. 

How would you rank the series, and why?

Aug 16, 2015 7:36pm
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My favorite was Ghost Protocol - One of the more imaginative action films in a long time. Brad Bird did an amazing job directing it. 

2nd favorite was 3. Had some real character development and JJ did a great job. Was really exciting. 

3rd was Rouge Nation - Good action, but the bad guy didn't feel like the threat he should have been. 

4th was 2 - Second half was non stop action, but the first half was extremely boring.

5th was the first one - There was almost nothing I liked about this one. Big surprise that such a weak start to a franchise ended up with several good movies in it. 

 

 

Aug 17, 2015 12:01am
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The first one was the only one I enjoyed.  lol

Aug 17, 2015 11:20am
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elecam wrote:

My favorite was Ghost Protocol - One of the more imaginative action films in a long time. Brad Bird did an amazing job directing it. 

2nd favorite was 3. Had some real character development and JJ did a great job. Was really exciting. 

3rd was Rouge Nation - Good action, but the bad guy didn't feel like the threat he should have been. 

4th was 2 - Second half was non stop action, but the first half was extremely boring.

5th was the first one - There was almost nothing I liked about this one. Big surprise that such a weak start to a franchise ended up with several good movies in it. 

 

 

 

Thanks.

Aug 17, 2015 11:20am
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Dyce wrote:

The first one was the only one I enjoyed.  lol

 

What didn't you like about the others?

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nuraman00 wrote:

Dyce wrote:

The first one was the only one I enjoyed.  lol

 

What didn't you like about the others?

I haven't seen Rogue Nation, but the plots for 2 and 3 were pretty forgettable.  Ghost Protocol was alright I guess.

Aug 21, 2015 10:37pm
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SamIAm19 wrote:

I just saw He Got Game with Ray Allen... I want those 80 minutes back :-(

 

What did you dislike about it?

Aug 21, 2015 10:37pm
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ClipperSisyphus:  What were your thoughts on the Mission Impossible series as a whole, and the new movie?

Aug 21, 2015 10:56pm
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Jurassic Park:  Jurassic World:

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If you haven't seen the original movie, Jurassic World offers high production value.  Good special effects, and decent acting.  It's similar to the 1st movie.  The 2nd and 3rd ones weren't as good.  They were short and there wasn't much to them.

 

But if you're looking for plot advancement, that doesn't happen.  It's basically the same plot as the 1st.  I think they even did a disservice, by not explaining how Jurassic World came about.  Wouldn't the survivors of the 1st movie have objections or concerns about Jurassic World?

 

To compare it to other series, Terminator or the Bourne series has some plot advancement between the movies.  The Indiana Jones series has a different geographical setting for every movie, which makes each one feel somewhat different.

 

But a movie like Jaws, basically tells the same plot.  That's what this movie is like.  Same plot, same setting.

 

I didn't like the dinosaur fight at the end.  It was boring, and kind of random how one just got tossed into the water.

 

The interactions between the siblings, Zach and Gray, were interesting to me.

 

Aug 22, 2015 9:17am
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I think original Jurassic Park has aged terrribly. Visual effects were obviously very good for the time but are unremarkable compared to newer movies and without the effects as the main attraction there isn't anything to distract you from how weak the rest of movie is. I think a lot young people who really like Avatar will have a similar experience when they are older.

Of course Lost World was terrible even when it was new and effects where still impressive. The high bar routine raptor knockout might be dumbest thing I've ever seen in a movie.  At least in Gymkata the guy has done martial arts training to supplement his gymnastics.

In general people in the Jurassic Park universe really need to reassess the quality and quantity of the mercenaries they hire to fight dinosaurs and make sure anyone they hire brings adequate weapons.

Aug 22, 2015 11:24am
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mannycoon wrote:

I think original Jurassic Park has aged terrribly. Visual effects were obviously very good for the time but are unremarkable compared to newer movies and without the effects as the main attraction there isn't anything to distract you from how weak the rest of movie is. I think a lot young people who really like Avatar will have a similar experience when they are older.

Of course Lost World was terrible even when it was new and effects where still impressive. The high bar routine raptor knockout might be dumbest thing I've ever seen in a movie.  At least in Gymkata the guy has done martial arts training to supplement his gymnastics.

In general people in the Jurassic Park universe really need to reassess the quality and quantity of the mercenaries they hire to fight dinosaurs and make sure anyone they hire brings adequate weapons.

I read the book at least 3-4 times.

 

Only saw the movie 1.5 times.  Just wasn't having fun with the movie the 2nd time through, even though it was only about a year after it came out.  It was the first and only movie I've ever bought too (VHS letterbox edition).

 

Probably the most iconic scene for me was the water vibrating.

 

I thought the new movie would pay homage to that scene, but they didn't.

 

Here's a behind-the-scenes explanation of the water cup scene.

 

Aug 22, 2015 11:51am
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mannycoon wrote:

I think original Jurassic Park has aged terrribly. Visual effects were obviously very good for the time but are unremarkable compared to newer movies and without the effects as the main attraction there isn't anything to distract you from how weak the rest of movie is. I think a lot young people who really like Avatar will have a similar experience when they are older.

Of course Lost World was terrible even when it was new and effects where still impressive. The high bar routine raptor knockout might be dumbest thing I've ever seen in a movie.  At least in Gymkata the guy has done martial arts training to supplement his gymnastics.

In general people in the Jurassic Park universe really need to reassess the quality and quantity of the mercenaries they hire to fight dinosaurs and make sure anyone they hire brings adequate weapons.

Can you post a clip of the high bar routine raptor knockout?

Aug 22, 2015 12:22pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h8rH8zxA64

 

It starts at about 2:15 in this video.

Aug 22, 2015 1:01pm
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nuraman00 wrote:

Jurassic Park:  Jurassic World:

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If you haven't seen the original movie, Jurassic World offers high production value.  Good special effects, and decent acting.  It's similar to the 1st movie.  The 2nd and 3rd ones weren't as good.  They were short and there wasn't much to them.

 

But if you're looking for plot advancement, that doesn't happen.  It's basically the same plot as the 1st.  I think they even did a disservice, by not explaining how Jurassic World came about.  Wouldn't the survivors of the 1st movie have objections or concerns about Jurassic World?

 

To compare it to other series, Terminator or the Bourne series has some plot advancement between the movies.  The Indiana Jones series has a different geographical setting for every movie, which makes each one feel somewhat different.

 

But a movie like Jaws, basically tells the same plot.  That's what this movie is like.  Same plot, same setting.

 

I didn't like the dinosaur fight at the end.  It was boring, and kind of random how one just got tossed into the water.

 

The interactions between the siblings, Zach and Gray, were interesting to me.

 

Jurassic World is the highest grossing movie this year with over $638 million in domestic box office and I HATED this movie!

I agree with Nuraman that the plot is a rehash of the first one. This was basically a reboot for a younger generation, the same as what happened with Batman, Spiderman, Hulk and Superman. This is unfortunate for older viewers like myself. If you enjoyed the original movie, the filmmakers offered no reason to see the reboot.

Aug 22, 2015 1:15pm
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ClipperSisyphus wrote:

]This was basically a reboot for a younger generation, the same as what happened with Batman, Spiderman, Hulk and Superman. This is unfortunate for older viewers like myself. If you enjoyed the original movie, the filmmakers offered no reason to see the reboot.

I don't like how when they do reboots of a lot of superhero movies they feel the need to tell the origin story over and over again.  I know who Spiderman or Batman is already and so does pretty much anyone watching those movies and the people that don't know probably don't care.

Aug 22, 2015 1:16pm
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nuraman00 wrote:

ClipperSisyphus:  What were your thoughts on the Mission Impossible series as a whole, and the new movie?

I like the new one and all of the movies in the series. I am impressed that Tom Cruise is able to bring in top notch directors to the series like Brian DePalma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird. To me, it keeps the series fresh.

I'd put the MI series in the "thinking man's action film" category with the Bond, Bourne and Jack Ryan series. My rankings:

1. Jason Bourne -- great action in the Matt Damon films. I forgot the plot of the Jeremy Renner film.

2. Ethan Hunt -- I liked all 5.

3. James Bond -- every guy wants to be him and every woman wants to be with him. The Daniel Craig films are very good. There are a lot of clunkers in this series.

4. Jack Ryan -- I loved Alec Baldwin's and Harrison Ford's films. The series really fell apart after that.

 

Aug 22, 2015 6:22pm
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ClipperSisyphus wrote:

nuraman00 wrote:

Jurassic Park:  Jurassic World:

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If you haven't seen the original movie, Jurassic World offers high production value.  Good special effects, and decent acting.  It's similar to the 1st movie.  The 2nd and 3rd ones weren't as good.  They were short and there wasn't much to them.

 

But if you're looking for plot advancement, that doesn't happen.  It's basically the same plot as the 1st.  I think they even did a disservice, by not explaining how Jurassic World came about.  Wouldn't the survivors of the 1st movie have objections or concerns about Jurassic World?

 

To compare it to other series, Terminator or the Bourne series has some plot advancement between the movies.  The Indiana Jones series has a different geographical setting for every movie, which makes each one feel somewhat different.

 

But a movie like Jaws, basically tells the same plot.  That's what this movie is like.  Same plot, same setting.

 

I didn't like the dinosaur fight at the end.  It was boring, and kind of random how one just got tossed into the water.

 

The interactions between the siblings, Zach and Gray, were interesting to me.

 

Jurassic World is the highest grossing movie this year with over $638 million in domestic box office and I HATED this movie!

I agree with Nuraman that the plot is a rehash of the first one. This was basically a reboot for a younger generation, the same as what happened with Batman, Spiderman, Hulk and Superman. This is unfortunate for older viewers like myself. If you enjoyed the original movie, the filmmakers offered no reason to see the reboot.

 

Wow.  It's not one of the best movies of the past several years, to have earned that much.

Aug 22, 2015 6:26pm
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ClipperSisyphus wrote:

nuraman00 wrote:

ClipperSisyphus:  What were your thoughts on the Mission Impossible series as a whole, and the new movie?

I like the new one and all of the movies in the series. I am impressed that Tom Cruise is able to bring in top notch directors to the series like Brian DePalma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird. To me, it keeps the series fresh.

I'd put the MI series in the "thinking man's action film" category with the Bond, Bourne and Jack Ryan series. My rankings:

1. Jason Bourne -- great action in the Matt Damon films. I forgot the plot of the Jeremy Renner film.

2. Ethan Hunt -- I liked all 5.

3. James Bond -- every guy wants to be him and every woman wants to be with him. The Daniel Craig films are very good. There are a lot of clunkers in this series.

4. Jack Ryan -- I loved Alec Baldwin's and Harrison Ford's films. The series really fell apart after that.

 

 

I think I've only seen one of these.  Never gotten around to seeing more, but no reason why I haven't.

 

I agree there were some bad Bond movies.  I haven't seen all, nor even half.  But some of them were cheesy.  I think of the ones I've seen, I liked the Moore ones less.

 

 

Aug 22, 2015 6:29pm
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mannycoon wrote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h8rH8zxA64

 

It starts at about 2:15 in this video.

 

Thanks.  That seemed as random, and as much of a letdown, as the way the dinosaurs ended in the new movie.

 

The high bar routine would have been better as a mid-fight element, not as a finisher.

 

Or, if it was a kids movie and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle did it.  Then it's expected to be less serious / realistic.

Aug 22, 2015 8:52pm
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How would you make the Jurassic Park franchise, so it's not the same plot as the movies?  (I.E. Dinosaurs run wild in an amusement park)?

 

Comparing it to a different franchise, the Star Trek movies had very different plots in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th movies.

 

Can the plot of the movies be different, or are they destined to be the same, like those of slasher movies for a franchise?  But even in slasher movies, directing makes a big difference.  For example, having seen the Nightmare On Elm Street series over the past few years, the last movie before the reboot, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, was fantastically directed.  It had a much darker and more serious tone, and didn't have the cheese the previous 3 movies had.  Most slasher movies within a franchise end up being the same, but I'll give a big nod to New Nightmare, because the way it was directed made it so different.

 

Are there other disaster movie franchises like Jurassic Park, that have been able to have different plots, settings, or directing, to keep the movies fresh?

Aug 22, 2015 8:54pm
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Let's take the Home Alone franchise.  Even though the first 2 movies had the same plot, the setting was different, and the traps to catch the robbers were different, so it kept the movies fresh.

 

 

Aug 23, 2015 11:51am
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The Alien franchise is a series with the same basic plot  and they were able to squeeze out four movies by focusing on Sigourney Weaver's character, Ripley, and her effort to eradicate the Aliens despite the big corporation continually wanting to harvest the Aliens as potential weapons. It helps that they used wildly different directors who created completely different looks for each film (Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. (the last director also directed Amelie).

 

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ClipperSisyphus wrote:

The Alien franchise is a series with the same basic plot  and they were able to squeeze out four movies by focusing on Sigourney Weaver's character, Ripley, and her effort to eradicate the Aliens despite the big corporation continually wanting to harvest the Aliens as potential weapons. It helps that they used wildly different directors who created completely different looks for each film (Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. (the last director also directed Amelie).

 

 

Good comparison.  That franchise is a sci-fi / disaster movie, like Jurassic Park.

 

And agree that the directing was very different.  I've seen the first 3 movies so far.

 

I forgot to post about the 3rd one, which I saw in June.  The makeup in that movie was amazing.  One of the best makeup jobs I've seen in any movie.  That crew rightfully got nominations at least.

 

Also, the setting was a little different in the 3rd, as Ripley wasn't exploring a new ship, but instead there were a bunch of hard prisoners with her.  As did the fact that there was an Alien growing inside of her (instead of someone else).  So the other Alien didn't want to kill Ripley, during that later scene, because it sensed what was growing inside of her. 

 

To me, these things kept it different.

 

 

Aug 23, 2015 8:07pm
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Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade:

 

I hadn't seen it since it was in theaters.

 

I loved the interaction between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.

 

This was the best one yet, in terms of the action stunts, and character interactions.  Connery and Ford should have been in the series from the beginning.

 

Donnie Brasco:

 

I loved the quiet tone to the movie.  Nothing was exaggerated in the movie, had a good tone to it.  Sad at what was going to happen to Lefty off-screen.

 

Great movie.

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I took supermodel to see Man From UNCLE tonight.  She loved it, I liked it. It was a standard superspy story, but with lots of humor which is the reason I wanted to go. And because I used to watch the show. Maybe it's not fair, but I liked Robert Vaughn better than Henry Cavill as Solo.  Vaughn had flair, could carry the dry humor with a twinkle in his eye and wry smile. Cavill was more flat. Dry jokes with a deadpan face. The movie was full of dry, smart, passive-aggressive humor. Which I like. But to be honest, I got tired of chuckling. I needed a change of jokes. The movie also had some clever directing and editing that give it a unique style.  Probably a movie the some will love, some will not, depending on your sense of humor.

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JGlanton wrote:

I took supermodel to see Man From UNCLE tonight.  She loved it, I liked it. It was a standard superspy story, but with lots of humor which is the reason I wanted to go. And because I used to watch the show. Maybe it's not fair, but I liked Robert Vaughn better than Henry Cavill as Solo.  Vaughn had flair, could carry the dry humor with a twinkle in his eye and wry smile. Cavill was more flat. Dry jokes with a deadpan face. The movie was full of dry, smart, passive-aggressive humor. Which I like. But to be honest, I got tired of chuckling. I needed a change of jokes. The movie also had some clever directing and editing that give it a unique style.  Probably a movie the some will love, some will not, depending on your sense of humor.

 

Thanks.

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What do you like best about the Grapefruit Sculpin?

Aug 24, 2015 3:49pm
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Favorite movies of 2015, so far:

Wild Tales
What We Do in the Shadows
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Vacation
The DUFF
Ex Machina
Straight Outta Compton
Best of Enemies
She's Funny That Way

I won't say any of these movies are great or classics. They all were able to surpass my expectations. Wild Tales is my favorite on the list and the only one on my hard drive. I will probably see She's Funny That Way again when it comes out on dvd.

 

Aug 24, 2015 4:23pm
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I liked:

These Final Hours

The Road Warrior:  Fury Road

Fast and Furious part 7

Ex Machina

It Follows

Mission Impossible:  Rogue Nation

Man From Uncle

Aug 30, 2015 10:04pm
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Alien Resurrection:

 

I don't understand how if they cloned Ripley, how could they also implant an embryo inside of cloned Ripley?  If the last remaining embryo died with Ripley in Alien 3, how could they clone am embryo?

 

Is it because the blood samples they took before Ripley's death, also contained DNA of the Alien embryo?  Not sure I understand how that can happen.  The DNA has sample has to belong either to Ripley, or the Alien embryo, not both, right?

Aug 30, 2015 10:20pm
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I liked how Ripley's character was so different from the previous movies.  It gave the movie a different vibe, and made it more unpredictable.  I even thought near the end something would happen to make her more like the Ripley from the other movies.  That's how much I was guessing, with regards to what to expect.

 

However, overall, something about the movie bored me.  I just didn't feel excitement, or wasn't hooked into the story.

 

The basketball scene was good.

Aug 31, 2015 8:21pm
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mannycoon , I need your thoughts on Alien:  Resurrection, since you're familiar with those movies. 

Sep 7, 2015 10:33am
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Has anyone seen "the gift" starring Jason Bateman? I usually wait until these types of  movies make it to HBO but the high rotten tomato rating really got me intrigued. 

Anyway, the movie was great. It's a very well written thriller, that has certain twists that distinguish it from other movies within this sub genre. If you liked "Gone Girl", this movie will be sure to exceed your expectations.

Sep 7, 2015 11:00am
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I saw the Gift last week, thought it was great. Don't want to say too much about about it, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

 

On the other hand, I thought Gone Girl was terrible, a massive disappointment. The actions people take in Gone Girl are only there to serve a convoluted plot and are completely out of character and lacking logic. The movie had huge plot holes as well. 

 

Sep 7, 2015 12:38pm
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OGClipsFan32 wrote:

Has anyone seen "the gift" starring Jason Bateman? I usually wait until these types of  movies make it to HBO but the high rotten tomato rating really got me intrigued. 

Anyway, the movie was great. It's a very well written thriller, that has certain twists that distinguish it from other movies within this sub genre. If you liked "Gone Girl", this movie will be sure to exceed your expectations.

yes, see it. Theater would likely be the best place to see it, do to audience reaction.  I haven't seen a movie in a while where the audience, ohhs and awws.  Rest would be a spoiler.

Sep 7, 2015 1:03pm
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elecam wrote:

I saw the Gift last week, thought it was great. Don't want to say too much about about it, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

 

On the other hand, I thought Gone Girl was terrible, a massive disappointment. The actions people take in Gone Girl are only there to serve a convoluted plot and are completely out of character and lacking logic. The movie had huge plot holes as well. 

 

I totally agree about Gone Girl. It was completely over-hyped, meanwhile a movie like The Gift gets no love. The plot for Gone Girl never worked for for me either. 

Sep 8, 2015 10:58am
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OGClipsFan32 wrote:

elecam wrote:

I saw the Gift last week, thought it was great. Don't want to say too much about about it, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

 

On the other hand, I thought Gone Girl was terrible, a massive disappointment. The actions people take in Gone Girl are only there to serve a convoluted plot and are completely out of character and lacking logic. The movie had huge plot holes as well. 

 

I totally agree about Gone Girl. It was completely over-hyped, meanwhile a movie like The Gift gets no love. The plot for Gone Girl never worked for for me either. 

I liked both movies. I wouldn't put either in my top 10 list though.

I just finished binge watching Narcos on Netflix. While not at the Breaking Bad level of quality, it was interesting to see the story of Pablo Escobar and how his power rivaled that of the Columbian government. It seems El Chapo has reached a similar level of power in Mexico.

Sep 8, 2015 2:53pm
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I just finished Narcos as well. I felt it got better as it went on. Some of the early episodes seemed more like a history lesson on Pablo and Colombia, since I'm already pretty familiar with his story, that stuff seemed to drag. The last couple episodes were really good though.

 

***Spoiler***** I'm not sure how they will handle a second season, there really isn't a lot of his life story left to tell from the point he left the Catadral compared to how much of it they covered in the first season. They might focus on the power struggle after his death, which was more violent than when he was in charge.

Sep 13, 2015 7:29am
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Monster's Ball:

So when Hank said he has always hated Sonny, do you think he meant it?

Or do you think he only meant it when he said it, but after Sonny died, he reflected and changed his mind about how he felt about Sonny? When Hank said what he said, was he parroting his father's views about what a son should be, and since Sonny didn't fit what Buck wanted a man to be, that Hank also hated Sonny? But later when Hank changed his racist ways, then Hank realized the good person that Sonny was?

Do you think there will be a future confrontation about Hank being the corrections officer for Leticia's husband? Do you think Leticia will have gradually accepted it, and seen the good that Hank has done for her? As well as the fact that Leticia's husband was sentenced to death because of things he did. It's not like her husband was wrongfully executed.

 

Bad Santa:

 

I don't like cheesy or predictable comedies. 

 

This movie had interesting characters.  It found a good mix between comedy (because of the characters), but also some heart because of Thurman and is fondness for Santa/Willie.  The comedy was also understated, which I usually prefer.  The characters weren't so unusual that they seemed forced or that they were trying too hard.  They just seemed like they were acting as themselves.  The characters and tone had a Napoleon Dynamite feel to it.  So I liked that tone.

 

I don't understand though how Willie's suicide letter cleared his name?  What about the last attempted robbery, which lead to the shootout?  Even if the police looked bad / were at fault for shooting an unarmed Santa, what about the robbery that he was in the middle of, with breaking into the safe, when the police surrounded him at the mall?  How did he get out of that?   How would the suicide letter have cleared him?