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  1. Comment on Nominate for Movie of the Week in July - Blockbusters in ~movies

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    You don’t have to listen to this, but I’ll go ahead and throw in A Star is Born and 1917 as atypical blockbusters (that you haven’t seen).

    You don’t have to listen to this, but I’ll go ahead and throw in A Star is Born and 1917 as atypical blockbusters (that you haven’t seen).

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  2. Comment on Why ‘Blade’ can’t cut through development hell in ~movies

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    MCU’s Blade was announced to be rated R a while back. After Disney acquired Fox Bob Iger said something like “I think it’s alright if Disney releases R rated film” to the board.

    MCU’s Blade was announced to be rated R a while back. After Disney acquired Fox Bob Iger said something like “I think it’s alright if Disney releases R rated film” to the board.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on I don’t know James Rolfe in ~movies

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    I don’t think either Rolfe or Walker are super interested in art. Olson even has a joke in his nostalgia critic video where he says Walker’s whole ideas can be summed up by “what if Batman met...

    I don’t think either Rolfe or Walker are super interested in art. Olson even has a joke in his nostalgia critic video where he says Walker’s whole ideas can be summed up by “what if Batman met Mario.”

    While Rolfe likes horror movies, he still doesn’t really broaden his taste. I would describe both Rolfe and Walker as being basic in their tastes.

    I would honestly put them on the same level in terms of the content they create.

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  4. Comment on Midweek Movie Free Talk in ~movies

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    Bad Boys: Ride or Die I think Bad Boys 2 is a masterpiece and I liked Bad Boys for Life back in 2020. So I was looking forward to this. I didn’t like it. I thought it somehow looked cheaper than...

    Bad Boys: Ride or Die

    I think Bad Boys 2 is a masterpiece and I liked Bad Boys for Life back in 2020. So I was looking forward to this.

    I didn’t like it. I thought it somehow looked cheaper than the 2020 film, VFX and all. I thought all the performances were worse. And the jokes didn’t hit as hard. Bad Boys For Life was much better written and none of the jokes here hit as hard as the “I’m trying to penetrate his soul with my heart” from For Life. Ride or Die is also a messier script, with weaker character motivations.

    People are loving this though, even the Letterboxd crowd, but I just don’t see it.

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  5. Comment on Nominate for Movie of the Week in July - Blockbusters in ~movies

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    So, I know there's not hard rules for this. But for a while to get labeled a "blockbuster" you had to gross at least 300M WW. Although the new Golden Globe for Box Office Achievement has a minimum...

    So, I know there's not hard rules for this. But for a while to get labeled a "blockbuster" you had to gross at least 300M WW. Although the new Golden Globe for Box Office Achievement has a minimum of 100M WW to be considered a "blockbuster." And some people would say 500M+ or 700M+ are the true cut offs for blockbusters.

    So with that in mind, and I hope others maybe have that in mind as well when suggesting movies, I'll go ahead and suggest Mission Impossible: Fallout which I consider to be one of the best blockbusters of the 2010s.

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  6. Comment on Movie of the Week #34 - X in ~movies

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    I didn't really care for X the first time I watched it, and I liked Pearl enough. But over the past two years they've really grown on me. I love the idea they had in shooting two movies like this...

    I didn't really care for X the first time I watched it, and I liked Pearl enough. But over the past two years they've really grown on me.

    I love the idea they had in shooting two movies like this back to back. One an evocation of 70s grindhouse films and another a dark character study in the clothes of a technicolor film. I do still think Pearl is the better of the two, but I think X has a lot to offer.

    I like the soundtrack of X, specifically their use of In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry and Act Naturally by Loretta Lynn. And I disagree about the look of the film, I think it looks like a grindhouse film while being more subtle about it than say Planet Terror. And I think Goth gives an outstanding performance both Maxine and Pearl in both films.

    I do feel that without Pearl, X would have been forgotten though. Pearl is really where everything shines, and it really shows West's technical proficiency as a filmmaker. Martin Scorsese ended up writing a positive review of Pearl, something he hasn't done for a movie since. That must have made West go crazy, and then to top it off he got an invite into The Academy's director branch.

    Pearl also features a supporting performance from our next Superman, so that's also something.

    TikTok has gone crazy for these films in the years since their release. With Pearl occupying a similar "literally me" space for women that characters like Tyler Durden and Patrick Bateman do for men.

    I'm looking forward to MaXXXine's giallo aesthetic. An inspired horror trilogy to try mimicking different style of horror with each one.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Movie of the Week #34 - X in ~movies

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    I think it works well the way they released it. One of the things I liked was the set up pay off of why Pearl doesn’t like Blondes. Pearl was also given a premiere at Venice, and I think they all...

    Maybe the other way around would have been better.

    I think it works well the way they released it. One of the things I liked was the set up pay off of why Pearl doesn’t like Blondes. Pearl was also given a premiere at Venice, and I think they all knew Pearl was the better of the two and wanted that flashy premiere.

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  8. Comment on ‘Inside Out 2’ shatters box office expectations with $155 million, biggest debut since ‘Barbie’ in ~movies

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    I remember one of the criticisms of the first Inside Out is that Riley doesn’t feel like a real person because she’s being operated like a machine. I think that’s a bigger problem here, because...

    I remember one of the criticisms of the first Inside Out is that Riley doesn’t feel like a real person because she’s being operated like a machine. I think that’s a bigger problem here, because she will literally fight back the actions Anxiety wants her to do, but then Anxiety will override her. Just kind of odd.

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  9. Comment on ‘Inside Out 2’ shatters box office expectations with $155 million, biggest debut since ‘Barbie’ in ~movies

  10. Comment on ‘Inside Out 2’ shatters box office expectations with $155 million, biggest debut since ‘Barbie’ in ~movies

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    This is also the second biggest opening weekend for an animated film not adjusted for inflation. After the weak performance of all the May films, June has given theaters some relief. Bad Boys Ride...

    This is also the second biggest opening weekend for an animated film not adjusted for inflation.

    After the weak performance of all the May films, June has given theaters some relief. Bad Boys Ride or Die opened up last weekend to good numbers and is holding on as well.

    Theres a tendency for box office forums to go through a cycle of “it’s over” to “we’re so back.” But I don’t think movie theaters can survive only on these huge movies every once in a while. And I don’t think studios are fine with most of the movies bombing either.

    Something that surprised me was how female skewing the audience for this was. I didn’t realize the first Inside Out was so big among women, but I guess it makes sense. I’m hoping that this doesn’t effect Beetlejuice, which I also expect to be female skewing, as women go to the theater much less than men.

    14 votes
  11. Comment on Recommendations for less mass-produced and more artistic tv in ~tv

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    Might as well watch Louie as well. I loved that show when I was in high school, it wasn’t afraid to delve into the surreal. It’s like Woody Allen meets David Lynch (Lynch even has a small part in...

    If you want to watch something really under the radar and don't mind Louie CK, he made a 10 episode series called Horace and Pete

    Might as well watch Louie as well. I loved that show when I was in high school, it wasn’t afraid to delve into the surreal. It’s like Woody Allen meets David Lynch (Lynch even has a small part in the show).

  12. Comment on Midweek Movie Free Talk in ~movies

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    Inside Out 2 I never liked the idea of this, I know some people talked about how it could be a good idea cause it could examine emotions in a 20 year old and whatever. But the first Inside Out...

    Inside Out 2

    I never liked the idea of this, I know some people talked about how it could be a good idea cause it could examine emotions in a 20 year old and whatever. But the first Inside Out came from such a personal place, it spawned from a father trying to explain to his daughter the different emotions that she has and how it's okay to experience them. And a sequel to that never felt right. And the trailers never did anything for me.

    I liked this more than I thought I would, but I wouldn't say that's a grand statement. It reminds me a lot of Finding Dory. It's basically a retread of the original just done weaker. It's the type of film that will not be remembered in a few years. To me, the existence of Finding Dory is still surreal, like my brain can not solidify it as a real movie despite me having watched it in theaters and even enjoying it. This occupies a similar space in my mind.

    The simplest way of explaining the difference between the original Inside Out and this film is by comparing the openings. The opening of the first Inside Out is gorgeous, it's so simple, quiet, and warm. And that sets up the tone for the rest of the film. This one opens up broad and loud. While the film's visuals look expensive, the writing felt cheap. It felt like a Disney+ special or something. Poehler also gives a much weaker performance here than she did in the first film, maybe she was phoning it in because Joy was given a reset and has to learn the same things. At least Maya Hawke is pretty good in the role of Anxiety. The score by Giaccino from the first Inside Out is also sorely missed here, the score for this one lacks identity.

    I don't hate the film, and thought that it was overall entertaining. But it's whatever. I don't think anyone expected it to have the emotional depth of the first film.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Movie of the Week #33 - Ravenous in ~movies

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    This was.. fine. I like the idea a lot. A horror film set during this time period. A studio making what is essentially a b-movie. But the acclaim I saw in the letterboxd reviews pumped up my...

    This was.. fine.

    I like the idea a lot. A horror film set during this time period. A studio making what is essentially a b-movie. But the acclaim I saw in the letterboxd reviews pumped up my expectations too much.

    I think it's kind of slow, it takes 40 minutes for the meat (ha) of the film to get going. But it never rose to the level of schlock that I wanted it to, it wasn't as violent as I wanted it to be. It felt like there was a lot being held back. This feels like the type of film that I should have liked a lot more, as I am a fan of exploitation films. I think maybe part of the reason the letterboxd scores are so high is because people go in expecting less and get a pretty decent movie, whereas I had the opposite happen to me.

    I will admit though, the score is legitimately one of the craziest film scores I've ever heard, it's like different scores for different films cobbled up together.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Sony Pictures acquires Alamo Drafthouse cinema in landmark deal that puts studios back in theater game in ~movies

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    Well Sony benefits from this in a way since their model is reliant on theatrical. They’ve been the studio most committed to releasing their films theatrically, and it’s been profitable for them...

    Well Sony benefits from this in a way since their model is reliant on theatrical. They’ve been the studio most committed to releasing their films theatrically, and it’s been profitable for them especially in the ancillary market with PVOD and Netflix turning even small money losers like No Hard Feelings into profitable films. This strategy also makes it so their films become incredibly popular and last however many weeks in the Top 10 on Netflix.

    Disney currently has a theater in LA called El Capitan. And it’s super nice, they have an ice cream parlor next to it where they sell Disney merchandise. With how good Disney is at quality control I wouldn’t mind Disney having a theater chain with a similar quality to Capitan. Though I hope they’d at least play movies other than Disney releases.

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  15. Comment on Sony Pictures acquires Alamo Drafthouse cinema in landmark deal that puts studios back in theater game in ~movies

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    Six Alamo franchisee theaters recently closed, so hopefully this means Sony buys those back to re-open them. Sony's head Tom Rothman recently decried the price of movie tickets and said theaters...

    Six Alamo franchisee theaters recently closed, so hopefully this means Sony buys those back to re-open them.

    Sony's head Tom Rothman recently decried the price of movie tickets and said theaters should offer Discount Tuesday prices year round. So maybe that will start happening with Alamo. It'd be an interesting experiment to see if lowering prices actually increases admissions.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Sony Pictures acquires Alamo Drafthouse cinema in landmark deal that puts studios back in theater game in ~movies

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    Sony is the first studio to purchase a theater chain since the repeal of the Paramount Decree back in 2020. It's actually surprising how long it's taken for a studio to do this.

    Sony is the first studio to purchase a theater chain since the repeal of the Paramount Decree back in 2020. It's actually surprising how long it's taken for a studio to do this.

    21 votes