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  1. That breakfast scene was better than anything in the first film by miles. Unfortunately everything else looks just like the first. Hopefully Woody Harrelson will go maximum ham & cheese to at least make it watchable.
  2. April Movies Sound of Metal - 9/10 - So powerful, hit me in the feels. Riz Ahmed kills it. I love how it looks, how it's edited, how it's told. Sound design in fantastic. The film feels so raw. Palm Springs - 9/10 - Funniest film I've seen in a while. Warms your heart. Plot is fairly predictable but that doesn't matter. Leads are fantastic especially Milloti, wonderful chemistry. Cast Away - 9/10 Nomadland - 8/10 - Very intimate, and understated. Really felt like it captured an essence of a lifestyle. Almost documentary like in how it's constructed at times; the anecdotal nature of it and the editing style. Heathers - 8/10 - Sharp, funny, fantastic premise. Winona Ryder is great in this. Lego Movie 2 - 8/10 Love and Monsters - 7/10 - Sweet, charming, good acton, I like the leads. Nice little movie. Backdraft - 7/10 - Some cheesy dialogue, spectacular fire sequences. The practical work is outstanding. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 6/10 - Great ending, rest of the film is kinda meh. Enjoyed the realistic elements and was quite funny at times. Re-Animator - 6/10 - Schlocky, gory fun. Without Remorse - 5/10 - Action set pieces were surprisingly quite good. The film works best when Jordan is being relentless. Unfortunately the majority of the film is really flat, stilted dialogue, generic plot, horrible sequel set-up. Godzilla vs Kong - 5/10 - Last hour is entertaining enough. Human side is awful. Mortal Kombat - 5/10 - Story/dialogue pretty bad. Editing/Pace pretty bad. Action with Scorpion and Sub Zero pretty damn good (bad for the rest), gore and finishers were great. Kano was hilarious, he's the only thing making the dialogue/plot scenes bearable. The Nun - 4/10 The Losers - 3/10 - Action sucks, film tries hard to be edgy. Cast chemistry is good but not enough to save the film. TV Invincible S1 - 9/10 - Just incredible, go watch it. I enjoy the show even when it's not the main plot. But those last two episodes, oh man. Easily one of the best superhero shows out there. What We Do in the Shadows S2 - 9/10 - Still great. Matt Berry has been sent from heaven to bless us with his comedy. The Expanse S1 - 8/10 - Some characters are a little generic but love the scale of the plot. Has the interconnectedness of GOT. Shadow and Bone S1 - 7/10 - Full of YA tropes but I was also pretty entertained by it. The cast is charismatic, the show moves at a really good pace and it makes use of it's budget unlike The Witcher. The Flight Attendant - 6/10 - Airport novel, throwaway type fun. I had fun with it. Kaley Cuoco is electric and I genuinely enjoyed some of the turns the story takes. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - 5/10 - The inconsistency of this show annoys me so much. The initial set-up for the main storylines is good, the show takes a huge nose dive in Ep.3, editing gets choppier. Action is choppy for the majority. Isiah Bradley scenes are incredible, Sams character arc lands, Walker was so interesting and compelling until the rushed redemption. Bucky gets sidelined. I found a majority of the banter and chemistry stilted. Mixed bag.
  3. I'm completely on board with a blockbuster resurgence. I definitely think we're gonna see that swing back after such a lack of big movies. I just don't know if Dune has what it takes to get into BP for the reasons listed before. Is it going to feel like a complete film? Is it going to be too contemplative for Academy voters? It's all just "if's" and 'is it?' at this point though. But I just don't know. I'm down the middle with it. I mean out of all the blockbusters releasing Dune, No Time to Die and Eternals are the likely ones to get in right? Dune seems like it should come out ahead of those on paper. I just wont know where the academy might land on it until I actually sit in a theatre and get to see it.
  4. @titanic2187 @lorddemaxus I'm just listing what's on my radar from this far out guys. I'm pretty sure at least half of these will get knocked out and probably end up being underwhelming (A couple will probably fall flat on their face) but all I can do at this point is look at a wikipedia list of films releasing in 2021 and pick the ones that sound 'Oscary' to me. 🤷‍♂️ I think like most years, once some festivals happen and the films that don't get buzz years in advance start actually getting buzz we can get an actual idea.
  5. Soggy Bottom - Paul Thomas Anderson The Tragedy of Macbeth - Joel Coen Untitled David O. Russell Project The French Dispatch - Wes Anderson House of Gucci - Ridley Scott West Side Story - Steven Spielberg Don’t Look Up - Adam McKay Next Goal Wins - Taika Waititi The Power of the Dog - Jane Campion Nightmare Alley - Guillermo Del Toro From this far out these are the ones on my radar. Biggest problem I have is that it's an extremely white male line up so I'm expecting some smaller films to hopefully punch their way through. I reckon Nightmare Alley is the 'niche' pick that wins out over the others; The Northman, Last Night in Soho, 'Don't Worry, Darling', The Green Knight, Annette etc. I think there's only room for one and from here I've gotta go with Del Toro. West Side Story will win the battle of the musicals; 'Tick, Tick, Boom', In the Heights. Mostly because Spielberg's direction and release date will help dominate the others. House of Gucci is already generating buzz and I think will capture a certain zeitgeist with the description of 'big budget soap opera'. It'll win the Ridley Scott battle. Amazing year coming up for Adam Driver, after dominating 2019 he's set to do it again. Annette, The Last Duel, House of Gucci. Could see dual nominations for supporting and best with the Ridley Scott films. Same goes for Timothée Chalamet who's appearing in Dune, The French Dispatch and Don't Look Up. I'm not too sure about Dune's oscar chances, I reckon it's going to be too somber and too unresolved narratively to be considered but I'd love to be proven wrong. People have been predicting a swing the other way. After a year of small films that a lot of people didn't see the return of blockbusters to the cinema is a cause for celebration, so we might see some bigger films get nominated which would be interesting.
  6. It feels like Bill Pope is being brought down by the MCU's chosen style a little bit. Especially in the lighting/grading. Maybe it's more that he works best with big/brash directors who have a strong visual style like Raimi/Wright/Rodriguez/Wachowskis. But that being said the hand-to-hand action looks well shot as I'd hope from him, definitely looks like it should be the best for the MCU so far. Not too keen on the slo-mo though. That Crouching Tiger-esque sequence looks like it could be great. Not enough of a sense of what Shang-Chi is like as a character from this trailer, very stoic throughout.
  7. Looks so much more cinematic than the last two. The fight scenes seem like they're gonna be really well done. Glad to have Justin Lin back. It feels like Fast and Furious. My only peeve is how much CG there is. I remember him talking about how with Fast Five he made a real effort to use practical effects after the criticisms of the 4th one. Between 5 and 6 the only egregious CG is that mid air jump with Dom/Letty. Whereas the next two had a lot of CG heavy sequences that I didn't care for. So I'm a little bit disappointed he's stuck with that. I think 6 was the last to shoot on film as well which is a shame. That being said it looks like so much fun and I'll be there opening weekend.
  8. Exactly like that! I want to say Rian Johnson brought up Rashomon when discussing those scenes, definitely a touchstone.
  9. Watched it twice now Mixed feelings on the film. The first half is rough. But I was mostly entertained by the second half. A definite step up from KOTM. Characters Script/Plot The Action Directing and Technicals Start the film 51:20 in and you've got an entertaining hour on your hands. 5/10 Series Ranking Godzilla (2014) Kong Skull Island Godzilla vs. Kong Godzilla: King of the Monsters
  10. I'm mixed on the film, I enjoyed most of the last half though (which is much more monster focused). Overall an improvement on KOTM, Wingard has a better grasp than Dougherty on directing the CG fight sequences. I don't think that quite makes up for everything else in the film though. I'll probably watch once more before my rental expires and make up my mind.
  11. Kind of insane amount because I tried to make the most of a free week of NOWTV March The League of Extraordinary Gentleman: 3/10 - I kind of like Sean Connery in this, he's always charming and some of the practical effects are nice too look at. Captain Nemo has the odd moment of decently shot action. Outside of that the film is a mess in every way. Coming 2 America: 4/10 Crimson Tide: 8/10 - This movie is a lot of fun. Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington going toe to toe on a submarine. It's such a great premise and Tony Scott's direction gives it a dynamic energy. The Mule: 7/10 - A fairly solid outing for Eastwood, just not exceptional. Sorry to Bother You: 8/10 - This film is insane, I love the rollercoaster it takes you on and is one of the most original/fresh films I've seen. It's also exemplary of a really well laid out character arc. Timecop: 6/10 - The time travel makes no sense, but do I care. No. Entertaining 90's flick, surprisingly good looking film, quite fond of the lighting. Action is sometimes good, sometimes cut to shit. O Brother, Where Art Thou?: 8/10 - George Clooney is one charming man. Under the Shadow: 9/10 - Similar to the Babadook, much more of a drama, the horror elements are very understated. Excellent themes. Highlander: 6/10 - I love the premise, the Queen soundtrack, the beheadings and watching Sean Connery pretend to be a Spaniard is hilarious. Execution and action is all over the place. Christopher Lambert is Tommy Wiseau levels of performance in this film. Goodfellas: 10/10 - This film has such an infectious energy to it, everyone kills it. Scorsese, the cast, Thelma. A stone cold classic. Zack Snyder's Justice League: 7/10 - Surprised how much I enjoyed this Manhunter: 8/10 - The first adaption of Red Dragon but the last one for me to see. Michael Mann's direction elevates this film. A much better Will Graham than the Ratner version but I preferred Ralph Fiennes in that one. Overall as a film it's much stronger though. The Untouchables: 9/10 - More Connery, this was fantastic. The Crow: 7/10 - I'm quite fond of this film, Brandon Lee is genuinely charming in it, I felt like he had move star potential. Reservoir Dogs: 9/10 - Lean/mean and everything you love about Tarantino The Way Back: 7/10 The Hunt for Red October: 8/10 - Yes that's right another Connery film and the best Jack Ryan film. Batman Forever: 3/10 - This was somehow worse than I remember but I also learned to appreciate Jim Carrey in it. He's really hamming it up. Jackie Brown: 8/10 Never Rarely Sometimes Always: 8/10 - This film is such an uncomfortable watch. The little encounters the characters have with male figures had me squirming, I can't imagine what it's like in reality. The film feels like such a honest, understated portrayal of what it's like to get an abortion in America whilst finding some sweetness along the way. V for Vendetta: 9/10 - I forgot how little action is in this but the film still keeps you gripped. The Color Purple: 7/10 - The scene where Celie stands up for herself had me cheering. Crank: 7/10 - This film is pure insanity, it's like an direct injection of madness into your veins. Best watched drunk and with friends. Dirty Harry: 8/10 Underwater: 5/10 Richard Jewell: 9/10 - One of Eastwood's best in a long time. It really hit me emotionally and the film highlights injustice in a way that's heartbreaking. Urban Legend: 5/10 - Not as fun of a whodunnit and you want it to be. Uninventive kills and feels a bit like Scream lite. Nice to see Jared Leto kind of normal though. Chinatown: 10/10 Gemini Man: 4/10 The Last Black Man in San Francisco: 9/10 - When that play hits it's a whirlwind of emotions. Beautiful cinematography and incredible performances. I am Legend w/Alternate Ending: 8/10 - I would say the normal version is like a 7/10, this ending bumped it up a notch. The film is stronger when Will Smith is on his own. Bloodshot: 2/10 Crank 2: 6/10 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: 3/10 Red Sparrow: 8/10
  12. Team Godzilla It's gonna be be a digital rental for me, we've still got 1.5 months until cinemas open and I can't wait that long.
  13. Another huge Godzilla 2014 supporter. I think it's absolutely magnificent. The level of filmmaking on display is just incredible, it has me yearning for another Gareth Edwards blockbuster. It's Spielberg influenced in the best way possible (I quite enjoy all the callbacks/homages as well). The films reserved nature gives it impact (As opposed to constant noise/crash/bang/wallop of KOTM), there's images, audio and scenes that will be stuck in my head for a very long time. The construction is so well thought out, especially the whole airport/hawaii section which is one the best set-pieces in any modern blockbuster for my books. The camera blocking is just insane, even little things like how the camera moves to reveal Bryan Cranston being released from the police station. Showing a helicopter through a wing mirror than pulling back to have Cranston/ATJ step into frame. It's the stuff that takes it to the next level for me. The sound design as well, the rumble of the MUTO's is just sofa shaking, and none of it gets drowned out and is so distinct. The score and action both manage to have impact. Alexandre Desplat's score is *chefs kiss* Even with that said, I just love this film so much, the craftsmanship of it is something to behold.
  14. Alexandre Desplat's score for the first one was incredible, wish some of those tracks would find their way back in.
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