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  1. I loved Sam Rockwell's work in JJR, also. The two lead kids are great. I laughed at Waititi as Hitler but expected him to be knock-it-out-of-the-park hilarious but that just didn't happen. It's difficult to make Adolf funny. I don't see this as a serious Oscar contender. Despite the subject matter, it just feels too lightweight and surprisingly safe. But I felt similarly about Green Book, so what do I know?
  2. Love or hate the film, there's little debate that the melding of music to movie in JOKER was perfection.
  3. I noted in my initial take after an early screening (about 200 pages ago!) that while I liked the movie for what it was, I wondered how much repeat business it would draw. I just couldn't see the GA being especially drawn to this depressing, joyless movie, no matter how well-written, -acted, and -directed it was. Clearly I was mistaken.
  4. I saw it last night and the changes from the book are numerous and significant, especially in the third act, Overall, it was an enjoyable horror flick. It has some pacing issues - even though some key scenes from the book don't appear in the film, I still felt like it would've been better served cutting back on about 20 of its 150 minutes. The screening audience with whom I saw it chuckled during a couple scenes that weren't intended to be funny - never a good sign, especially for a scary movie. It did get some applause at the end, though. There were a few scares and at least one scene that's genuinely disturbing and uncomfortable to watch - if you read the book, you can probably guess what that is. McGregor does solid work as Dan; the young actress playing Abra is great; Rebecca Ferguson is suitably sexy/scary as Rose The Hat. I'd give it a 7/10. Really hard to guess the box office - is the general audience aware that this is a direct sequel to The Shining? King fans obviously are. I'd like to see it do well, but $100 mil domestic seems like the absolute ceiling to me - I recommend it to King fans, but I'm not sure I'd send hard-core horror fans to see Doctor Sleep. Honestly, it's just not that scary.
  5. I've been pleasantly surprised by Joker's holds so far. I didn't love the film - it's just not in my wheelhouse - but it's certainly well crafted and Phoenix is amazing. And it's great to see yet another film prove that "Comic Book Movie Fatigue" is still not close to being a thing!
  6. The screening I saw was in IMAX, and I'd say it's worth it for the booming soundtrack. It's like a warped echo of the Dark Knight soundtrack. Very effective throughout.
  7. Saw Joker last night and I'm just not sure how this is going to play among the majority of movie-goers. This is not a crowd-pleasing film by any stretch - my packed screening was silent when the credits started rolling. I didn't get the sense, listening to folks giving their opinions to the studio reps afterward, that their overall response was super positive. I heard a few "it's definitely not for everyone," with which I wholeheartedly agree. It's disturbing and difficult to watch. Nothing about it particularly shocked me; you can pretty much tell the tone from the trailers - it's bleak. I was somewhat surprised by the amount of Wayne involvement there is in the plot, after hearing for months that there's little to no connection to the DC universe. Thomas Wayne's presence is felt early and often. Phoenix is amazing - definitely not a surprise. But there's no joy in it whatsoever. I just don't see this going over big among the masses. I see a strong opening and a pretty big drop afterward.
  8. As a huge Spidey/MCU fan, I do take it a little personally, sure. But I'm also somewhat baffled from a business standpoint that Sony and Disney haven't been able to work out a deal. The result of their cooperation with the character has been a just-about-universal success, using whatever criteria you want to use (box office, critics, fans...). It seems crazy to me that both sides aren't doing whatever is humanly possible to continue such a successful collaboration. It seems to be a classic case of both sides cutting off their noses to spite their face. I'm holding out a sliver of hope that both sides realize this soon and work things out...
  9. We Spidey fans really don't want to return to the days of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Homecoming and Far From Home may not have been A+ films, but they were miles ahead of either of the Garfield flicks. I'm starting to think a deal could still happen. Wishful thinking, probably...
  10. I hope so. As much as I love the Raimi movies, I'd like to see FFH take the top spot domestically in the Spider-Man franchise.
  11. Everyone's got their level of "suspending disbelief" that they'll accept, but is Endgame's time-travel conceit any wackier than Infinity War's "six stones can be used to LITERALLY DO WHATEVER THE HELL YOU WANT!... oh, but you have to physically snap your fingers to activate them!" logic??? I bought Endgame's time traveling because, at least until the Cap goofiness at the end, it was pretty consistent with how it was handled. It was no more ludicrous to me than the concept of a hammer that controls the weather (but only "good" beings can operate it!), a talking, genetically modified raccoon, mystical sling-rings that can teleport you from one side of the planet (universe, even!) to another... As long as rules are established and followed, I'm usually down for it. I grew up loving Marvel Comics and Endgame was the most Marvel-Comics-y film of them all.
  12. I loved the shocking scene where Thor whacked off Thanos' head. I think the Mad Titan got what he deserved in both instances.
  13. New Academy of MP Arts and Sciences president David Rubin "seemed amused when [Deadline's Pete Hammond] asked if he was rooting for The Avengers: Endgame to be a Best Picture nominee. The record will note that he didn’t take the bait. " https://deadline.com/2019/08/academy-president-david-rubin-shorter-oscar-season-expelling-members-praising-praising-movie-theatres-1202667518/ I'm taking this as a clear indication that Endgame will firmly be in the BP conversation in a few months!
  14. A classic “this aged well!” post. If you were worried that Marvel was arrogant before, imagine what having the Number One Movie Of All Time is going to do to their egos! 😄
  15. I thought so, too, while watching it. But after reviewing the timeline, I'm kinda convinced it was a flashback, but probably not a 100% "factual" one. The film takes place in the summer of '69, while The Green Hornet was cancelled during the summer of '67. It's still entirely possible that it's a fantasy/flashback from the perspective of an unreliable narrator, which is how I look at it. Cliff Booth did meet up with Bruce Lee, and they had a confrontation of some sort, but the details may have been greatly embellished by Booth!
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