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Movie Monday Free Talk

Tilderinos, have you watched any movies recently you want to discuss? Any movies that you want to recommend or are hyped about? Feel free to discuss anything here.

Please just try to provide fair warning of spoilers as you can.


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17 comments

  1. [2]
    vivaria Link
    I watched Grave of the Fireflies the other day, and had a different reaction than I was expecting. Most descriptions I had come across focused on how sad it was, and how likely it is that you're...

    I watched Grave of the Fireflies the other day, and had a different reaction than I was expecting. Most descriptions I had come across focused on how sad it was, and how likely it is that you're going to cry watching it. But, my reaction was more... devastated?

    Like, I was less moved to tears and more paralyzed with horror. I think it was the closest I had come to understanding the atrocities of war, more so than what I remember from grade school history class. People doing awful things to one another in an awful situation. It was an hopeless, ugly, empty feeling. 'Sad' doesn't even begin to cover it.

    The whole movie has this creeping inevitability of doom and there's nothing to do but sit frozen for the ride.

    4 votes
    1. dubteedub (edited ) Link Parent
      I have yet to see GotF, but have seen plenty of online discussions of it and that seems on par with what my expectations would be. I never got the impression that it was just a sad movie, but that...

      I watched Grave of the Fireflies the other day, and had a different reaction than I was expecting. Most descriptions I had come across focused on how sad it was, and how likely it is that you're going to cry watching it. But, my reaction was more... devastated?

      I have yet to see GotF, but have seen plenty of online discussions of it and that seems on par with what my expectations would be. I never got the impression that it was just a sad movie, but that it was more on level with something like Requiem for a Dream in how emotionally crippling it can be.

      2 votes
  2. [8]
    dubteedub Link
    Has anyone seen John Wick 3 yet? I am interested in any takes on it.

    Has anyone seen John Wick 3 yet? I am interested in any takes on it.

    3 votes
    1. [4]
      kayelcio Link Parent
      Saw it Friday and probably will go back in a few weeks to see it again A few thoughts: Pretty much non-stop action from beginning to end Not a ton of plot, more world building than anything Very...

      Saw it Friday and probably will go back in a few weeks to see it again

      A few thoughts:

      • Pretty much non-stop action from beginning to end
      • Not a ton of plot, more world building than anything
      • Very strong first half, tails off in the second half. Very much a "chapter" in the overall story, and less a standalone story itself
      • I suspect it would be most enjoyable if you watch 1 and 2 before going to see 3 as they very much are one story, though that is not what I did
      • I would recommend seeing it in the newest theater available to you if only for the cinematography and sound design

      Overall, definitely a enjoyable action flick. If you like the first two you'll likely enjoy this one. Looking forward to what they have in store for the future.

      4 votes
      1. [3]
        dubteedub Link Parent
        Was this supposed to be the final entry in the series, or did it seem like they are just setting this as another perpetual franchise like Fast and Furious?

        Was this supposed to be the final entry in the series, or did it seem like they are just setting this as another perpetual franchise like Fast and Furious?

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          While1islessthan2 Link Parent
          I expected a trilogy going in, but it seems at least one more is on the way.

          I expected a trilogy going in, but it seems at least one more is on the way.

          1 vote
          1. NecrophiliaChocolate Link Parent
            I agree, but there could be a whole 'universe' thing going on as well. There is at least one character here who could have their own movie.

            I agree, but there could be a whole 'universe' thing going on as well. There is at least one character here who could have their own movie.

            2 votes
    2. [2]
      alyaza Link Parent
      one of my friends went to see it and thought it was pretty good, although somewhat suffering from sequelitis and not as good as the first two. pretty similar to john wick 2, apparently.

      one of my friends went to see it and thought it was pretty good, although somewhat suffering from sequelitis and not as good as the first two. pretty similar to john wick 2, apparently.

      2 votes
      1. dubteedub Link Parent
        Yeah, that was my concern with the 2nd one as well. The first Wick movie was so tight and wrapped things up nicely, it didn't feel like it really needed a sequel. It was just a simple action movie...

        Yeah, that was my concern with the 2nd one as well.

        The first Wick movie was so tight and wrapped things up nicely, it didn't feel like it really needed a sequel. It was just a simple action movie with some allusions to broader lore and story. I am not sure we really need them to dig into all of these other points and flesh that stuff out.

        2 votes
    3. NecrophiliaChocolate Link Parent
      I really enjoyed it, thought it was the best out of the three. The action really goes further than before. In my opinion it is the most interesting action movie I have seen in a long time....

      I really enjoyed it, thought it was the best out of the three. The action really goes further than before. In my opinion it is the most interesting action movie I have seen in a long time. Probably my favorite action sequences in a movie since 2010s. I liked it a bit more than raid.
      The story is pretty coherent, obviously its not complex and you have a good time. It stretches reality a bit, but I don't think you go to this movie for realism.

      Also lemme emphasize for action sequences in a movie. TV goes to Daredevil season 1, everyone knows what scene I am talking about.

      2 votes
  3. dubteedub Link
    I saw Detective Pikachu last week and thought it was pretty medicore. The pokemon designs were pretty cool and Ryan Reynolds was pretty funny doing his voice for Pikachu, but the overall plot was...

    I saw Detective Pikachu last week and thought it was pretty medicore. The pokemon designs were pretty cool and Ryan Reynolds was pretty funny doing his voice for Pikachu, but the overall plot was a slog to get through. The movie was just over an hour and a half and felt like it dragged the whole way to me. I would say unless you are a diehard pokemon fan, I would pass on it.

    2 votes
  4. DanBC Link
    I watched Sightseers which was funny and shocking in a low key British indie movie kind of way. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2023690/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 I really enjoy watching Steve Oram, and he...

    I watched Sightseers which was funny and shocking in a low key British indie movie kind of way. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2023690/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 I really enjoy watching Steve Oram, and he does this kind of character really well.

    See you yesterday is good of its kind, but there are so many of these backyard time-travel movies.

    I also watched Instant Family which made me angry, and I'm not sure why but there's something really awful in there about attitudes to drug-using parents, and I found it really hard to cope with the US system - I really hope it isn't much like how it gets depicted. It's mildly funny, but it misses its mark too much.

    2 votes
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    Icarus Link
    I am going to see Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind for the first time in theaters tonight. I am fortunate enough to live around enough theaters that do the Studio Ghibli fest as the movies are...

    I am going to see Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind for the first time in theaters tonight. I am fortunate enough to live around enough theaters that do the Studio Ghibli fest as the movies are so good on the big screen.

    1 vote
    1. Staross Link Parent
      Read the manga if you like it, it's better than the movie.

      Read the manga if you like it, it's better than the movie.

      1 vote
  6. Staross Link
    I've watched Mandy the other day. It's a psychedelic horror movie by the guy that did Beyond the Dark Rainbow. It wasn't very good, the psychedelic/moody parts were fantastic but the horror ones,...

    I've watched Mandy the other day. It's a psychedelic horror movie by the guy that did Beyond the Dark Rainbow. It wasn't very good, the psychedelic/moody parts were fantastic but the horror ones, not so much. Disappointing given how good his first movie was.

    1 vote
  7. zmk5 Link
    Watched Suspiria the other day. It was absolutely fantastic. I really don't understand all the hate it got though, but I guess it was a pretty divisive film

    Watched Suspiria the other day. It was absolutely fantastic. I really don't understand all the hate it got though, but I guess it was a pretty divisive film

    1 vote
  8. TimesThreeTheHighest Link
    Yesterday watched Nuts (1987) when I got home from work. Barbra Streisand stars as a high class prostitute (really!) accused of manslaughter. Richard Dreyfuss costars as her lawyer. It's one of...

    Yesterday watched Nuts (1987) when I got home from work. Barbra Streisand stars as a high class prostitute (really!) accused of manslaughter. Richard Dreyfuss costars as her lawyer. It's one of the worst movies I've ever seen, and as it progressed I felt more and more sorry for Richard Dreyfuss. The worst part by far is when Streisand describes the sexual services she offers clients. Super cringe.

    But after that I saw Wall Street (also 1987), which turned out to be a great movie so it all evened out.

    1 vote