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  1. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that I'm totally into the X-Force we've got set up--Colossus, Cable, Yukioh, Negasonic, Domino, I want to see more of all of these people. That's a movie I'll pay to see. As an aside, my biggest nitpick is actually that no self-aware mention was made of the dozens upon dozens of civilians who were absolutely violently killed during the big truck setpiece near the end.
  2. I'm surprised by this reaction. I went into it cautiously optimistic; the trailers were fine, the first movie was solid but I'm of the mind its freshness kind of made it feel better than it actually was. It's a constant risk with this character to get sucked into the one-liners and profanity and end up writing a big long meme instead of a film. But you know, I loved it. It took everything that I liked about the first movie and made it better, and my first impression is that it's my favorite non-Logan superhero movie in a very long time. There were some misses (most notably the dubstep bit, which really didn't need to be revisited at least three times), but by and large the movie was funnier than the first. The action was significantly better, packed with so much creative, brutal violence I imagine if I see it again there will be plenty I missed. And what really puts it over the top is the damndest thing: for all the winks at the audience, preposterous humor, and meta commentary, the story carries a strong emotional weight that's been absent from every corporate universe bullshit blockbuster from the past ten years. Not every single emotional beat works; I didn't terribly care about Cable's already dead family or Russell for much of the movie (I half expected it to be building to a punchline where Wade goes "fuck it, kill him"). But the important elements did make me care: I cared about Wade and Vanessa (the first movie established that), I cared about Wade's pain and desire to die, i cared about his reunion with Vanessa the end and they even got me caring about Russell by the end. There are definitely conventional aspects of film here and there that can be criticized like the weird pacing of the story, but when everything works on as many levels as they did here, who cares?
  3. If Godzilla 2014 had a good script I'm confident it would be really well regarded. I thought Edwards did an incredible job with they movie from a visual standpoint.
  4. Fuck yes! One of my favorite working directors. You're Next and especially The Guest are the epitomization of so much of what I love about movies. While I'd gladly watch him make smaller films with Simon Barrett forever, I'm thrilled he's getting a big payday and a chance to show the world what he's got. Here's hoping he isn't let down by a subpar script (cough Blair Witch coughcoughcoughcough). The Guest is also low-key one of my favorite directing performances I've seen. The plot is standard genre homage, but it's so densely packed with marvelous camera, performances, and use of music. There's like ten shots I have a near photographic memory of just in the last twenty minutes.
  5. I was pretty cynical going in, but I really liked it. I don't know that I'd call it great in any conventional sense, but it was all very effective and it lacked the wonkiness of Prometheus. What largely surprised me was how much better the Prometheus sequel was than the Alien reboot. I think at this point what I'd really like to see (but isn't going to happen, now) is Ridley Scott doing more Prometheus movies while somebody fresh (Jeremy Saulnier would be a dream, I'd also be fascinated to see what Adam Wingard could do) makes a proper Alien sequel, which as good as Aliens is and as much as I like Alien 3, we've never gotten. I just want somebody (other than the Creative Assembly, who made easily my second favorite Alien property in Alien: Isolation) who gets what made Alien such a fucking classic and captures it with something fresh. James Cameron wasn't up to the challenge and made a James Cameron popcorn flick, which is great if you're into that, but I think it really derailed the potential for the franchise before it even got going. Back to Covenant: The cast is strong all around and the dialogue is solid, and that goes a long way in keeping the audience invested when things get hairy. Even obvious red shirts I found myself kind of rooting for. The lead actress is a strong choice and I hope she doesn't Rapace'd between now and the next film, and I was shocked at how straight Danny McBride's character was played (not that I was surprised by how good he was in that regard, he's displayed that versatility before in his Jody Hill collaborations). Fassbender is terrific and David remains a fascinating character and a much scarier villain than any of the xenomorphs in this movie (though I will say those pseudo-xenos that do most of the damage are pretty freaky in their own right). I'll give it a very strong 7/10. Pretty much all of the best aspects of Prometheus (aside from the cinematography) with none of the goofy crap, with a mediocre Alien movie occasionally slipping to the cracks. I hope Scott figures out how to better blend the two styles together in the future--please, no dumbass "the Alien interrupts a sex scene!" gags that belong in Friday the 13th and not Alien or Prometheus. I'll also say that I liked the David twist purely for how obvious it is. It's completely telegraphed, and then so much time is spent committing to it, it's a pretty fun stinger when he slips to reveal himself right after it's too late.
  6. I can confirm that viewing the movie a second time after having listened to the soundtrack and learning the lyrics is much kinder to the early musical numbers, especially "Another Day of Sun". When the lyrics aren't easy to understand, there's really no context for any of it.
  7. My disdain for musicals fell to my adoration of Whiplash and Ryan Gosling and got me to see this. It starts... people start getting out of their cars and dancing and singing... fuck, this isn't for me. At least I tried. Well, hey, it actually is pretty impressive how much work must have gone into choreographing all of this, but, alas... Then, another number. The interplay between Mia and her roommates is kind of charming. Wow, this quiet section with everything slowed down is actually rather breathtaking! Then, two hours later, I'm dancing out of the theater to the end credits and ordering the soundtrack for ride home. What a delightful movie. I think the moment where I really got past the strangeness of characters breaking into song was the first instance of Mia and Sebastian's Theme when Seb plays it in the restaurant. From that moment on, the music (which is really wonderful, by the way) was totally engrossing and felt absolutely in place in a way I didn't register initially. I'd credit that to the context--a beautifully shot scene of Sebastian playing the piano or a visually popping montage or a scene with Seb and Mia dancing alone worked in a way that a bunch strangers dancing and singing directly to the camera didn't at first. Also, Damien Chazelle. Whiplash, and now this? This guy's got no fucking ceiling. Maybe the most exciting rising director I can think of (Gareth Edwards, Dan Gilroy, and Sam Esmail are all sound competition, though). A And if the lack of camera cuts during his scenes didn't give it away, yes, that was Ryan Gosling playing the piano. And no, he's not an experienced pianist, but rather he got that good in just the three month rehearsal period. As if more proof was needed that he's the perfect human.
  8. It probably wouldn't have helped the box office any (it's hard to say) but I'm pretty confident it would've been much better received by critics. It still would've been pretty mixed, but I think it'd be more 50-70 on RT than down in the dumps where it is now. But the movie was always Blair Witch in reality, it's the entire reason for its existence. If you changed the name, people would've thought it was weird that they just lifted the premise from TBWP. Those early teasers implied it could've been anything in the woods. Now, if you're asking if it would've been better received if we simply got that movie, I'd say yes. I imagine Barrett would've turned in a much better script if the movie wasn't a sequel to something else.
  9. Holy yikes. Wingard and Barrett can't catch a break at the box-office. You're Next tragically clunked for reasons completely lost on me, The Guest didn't even receive a wide release, and now this, seemingly their mainstream breakout, is a huge disappointment at the box-office and this time there aren't even rave reviews to ease the burn. If Death Note bombs (and let's face it, it's a live-action anime adaptation, the odds are high) Wingard might start having a hard time getting work. This sucks.
  10. From what I know of the original, if you hated it I think it's likely you'd enjoy this one more. It's a very conventional found footage horror movie. On the other hand, if you loved the original, this one won't live up to it at all.
  11. Having not seen the first movie to compare it to, it was good. Wingard clearly had a blast adding his touch to the found footage genre, the intensity was sufficiently ramped up in last third, and the lead female was delightful in the part once the terror got cranked up. There's a real hint of self-awareness that goes a long way, especially in the set-up: by my count, we've got six earpiece cams, one or maybe two professional grade digital cameras, a drone, an old high-end camcorder that uses tape, and a set-up low-quality camera to monitor the campsite. It's the kind of thing that you can't really play straight, because this is all too obviously to give Wingard a bit of a playground to direct in, but it does pay off. There was quite a manner of creative sequences reliant on this--from a tense tree-climbing sequence to having multiple creative angles in the climactic "corner" scene to my personal favorite moment of the film, a pair of ultra-close-ups of the two main characters as they try to calm one another that I found entrancing. But clever direction can only take you so far. Barrett's script is tragically mundane and ultimately keeps the film from rising above being a cleverly-directed take on the found footage gimmick. The same guy who wrote instantly memorable protagonists like Anna and Luke Peterson from The Guest or Erin from You're Next failed to do as much here. None of the characters are bad, but the only one who's remotely interesting is Valorie Curry's character, and she's barely present once the action starts. Everyone else is your standard bland character that you've seen several times in horror movies before. Again, this never ventures to being outright bad--slasher movie decision making is kept to a minimum and the dialogue rarely feels at all stilted or fake--but the only thing to get you invested in any of the characters is seeing them put through hell. My main takeaway from this is that Simon Barrett needs to stick to writing fun movies. I don't know that somebody else writing this would've offered anything better and they in fact probably delivered much worse, but Barrett's a clever and funny guy and that's where his strength as a writer is. The Guest and You're Next are both movies with numerous laugh-out-loud moments and this is (appropriately) humorless. His best characters would've been woefully out of place in this movie. Ultimately, I'd recommend it, if only for what Wingard brings to the table. Don't expect greatness nor anything too smart, nor a worthy follow-up effort to The Guest. Just a solid gimmicky horror movie.
  12. I actually dug it. It isn't You're Next and it sure as hell isn't The Guest, but as far as found footage films go, I think it holds up better than most. Adam Wingard really directs the hell out of the movie--there's one moment about two-thirds of the way through with this extended, still close-up that was breathtaking. The acting by and large is serviceable if completely bland; Valorie Curry (who I dug in the otherwise terrible The Following) is very good, and I'd go so far as to call the female lead great. The real issue, it pains me to say, is Simon Barrett's script. It's hard to believe this is the same guy who wrote David Collins, the Peterson family, and Erin. The writing is never bad, it's just... nothing at all, usually. There were moments of self-awareness that I enjoyed but they were few and far between, as they should be in this type of film. But when they aren't there, and you're just watching the characters interact, it's just pretty trite found footage horror set-up. He clearly needs characters he can have fun with. But all in all I'd call it a good horror film and a serviceable film all-in-all. It's worth watching for Wingard's work. A caveat that I did not see the first Blair Witch, so I don't have a more original and intelligent version of the same movie to compare it to, which I have to imagine goes a long way.
  13. Goddammit, I knew I was right to be disappointed they were making a Blair Witch sequel. And on deck for them, Death Note and I Saw the Devil. I really hope they aren't two more wastes of talent. It'd be a real shame for such a promising career to be derailed by a string of unneeded adaptations. I have faith that they can do I Saw the Devil justice. Death Note is a total mystery to me though. Has there ever been a great North American live-action Manga adaptation?
  14. What do you mean below 50%? It's above 50%. And given the average rating, it's likely to stay right near where it is.
  15. As the biggest fan of Wingard and Barrett on here (I made the thread when the movie was still called The Woods, and I never post threads in this forum), this isn't horribly surprising to me. The original film was one of the most divisive horror movies of all-time, and it's a very specific film that making a sequel that's true to the first movie, scary, and completely original is a tall, tall order. Now, I would've preferred if the movie just wasn't a Blair Witch Project sequel and was rather just scary and original, rather than worrying about faithfulness, and that movie would probably have been better received than this one. But as long as it's been known that it is in fact a Blair Witch sequel, this was the reception it was bound to get. And it's not even poor reception. It's just mixed. Which isn't bad. When was the last found-footage horror film to get universally glowing reviews? Even the first Paranormal Activity had plenty of detractors. The recent trend in critically-acclaimed horror is a result of a much higher standard of filmmaking in movies like It Follows and The Babadook. Unless they completely reinvent the wheel, you aren't getting that in a shaky-cam movie that takes place in the woods.
  16. While I don't care what a couple of jamokes on YouTube and message boards have to say when the actual reviews are glowing, I do think this will probably be Wingard and Barrett's lowest rated film since A Horrible Way to Die. Not because I think it won't be as good as their prior output, but because this is their first straight horror film that isn't doused with satire and dark humor. It's a lot easier to get a 90%+ RT rating with a self-aware genre picture than it is a serious horror film, unless it's something that transcends the genre like The Babadook or It Follows. This could be the consensus best horror movie of the year and still end up with a decent portion of mixed reviews. I do think it'll be much better than Evil Dead though. That movie was brilliantly directed, but had a pretty thoroughly mediocre script that shouldn't be the case with a Barrett-penned movie.
  17. And I just noticed on Fandango that September 16 is listed as a "limited" release and won't play anywhere near me. What the hell is this? If I have to wait to see this movie I've been pimping out since it was just The Woods while everyone else raves about it online there will be hell to pay.
  18. 100% on RT with an 8.2 average rating through the first eight reviews. Hardly surprising given the track record of Wingard and Barrett, but encouraging nonetheless.
  19. I'm still not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, nothing about the movie that had me excited has changed. On the other, I don't know, I was really looking forward to The Woods. I like things being original. The Woods was going to be for me. Now it's for everybody. But the same people are still the ones who made it, and the reviews are initially glowing. Worst case scenario, it isn't as good as The Guest or You're Next but it's still pretty good and Barrett and Wingard get a big well-deserved paycheck because those movies didn't get anything approaching the attention they deserved (especially The Guest). Another thing: with this, then Death Note, and then possibly the Halloween reboot... it may be a while before we get another original property from these guys.
  20. Maybe "too big a threat" was the wrong phrasing. Too important, too big of a character. With the hype surrounding him, with his legacy as THE villain in this universe, with the scope of the conflict he represents--I think it'd be hard to introduce, develop, and kill that character in the span of a single movie and do it justice. Sure, they could've done a much better job than they did, but I think to truly accomplish the full potential afforded by this story, a six-act story would've been much better. And while I agree that if anything were cut from the movie we have to allocate runtime elsewhere, it'd be the entire Wolverine sequence, I do understand the reason putting it in the movie beyond getting Jackman on screen. The big cliffhanger at the end of DOFP was "what's going on with Mystique and Logan", it'd be pretty jarring and borderline continuity-breaking for it to not even be addressed in the next movie. Which is why I'd have just given it more significant screen time in Part One.
  21. The more I've thought about it, if any movie ever warranted being split into two parts, it's this one. Apocalypse is simply too major a threat to contain into one movie without it feeling anti-climactic and forgettable when they kill him, especially when you're cramming so many other plots in there. Make this movie about his rise and assembly of his horsemen, while we get to know the new team members and students and we can also deal a bit more in depth with what's happened to Wolverine after DOFP without it feeling like an awkward extended cameo. The movie ends with either the Horsemen turning on Apocalypse to help the X-Men escape before he kills them all, or with him claiming some sort of shocking victory, killing off a main cast member or destroying much of the world with the nukes like I suggested earlier. Then, in the next movie, we deal with the fallout of the first's finale and eventually lead up to the real final battle, which will feel much more important when the story's actually had time to breath, characters have had time to grow, and we've really gotten a real look at how dangerous Apocalypse is. Because as it stands, the final battle begins after about an hour and a half of build-up, with a ton of different stuff crammed in. Apocalypse is a much better villain than, say, Ronin, but he certainly didn't feel like much more important with how little build-up there was to his death.
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