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I reckon the marketing team for most Reynolds movies have the best job in the world. Especially Deadpool where you can do whatever the hell you want and it somehow still works.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: August 21, 2021, 06:30:00 PM »
I too loved Free Guy. You definitely get more out of it if you know how the gaming industry works, but there were great nods and easter eggs all the way through, and yes that climax was wonderful BnM, yes the Avengers theme did play when the shield appeared, as did the Star Wars theme when the lightsabre appeared. A shame it was Fallen Order lightsabre and not a real one because dude didn't seem to care at all.

Realistically though I think it's Ryan's best work. Enjoyed it far more than both the Deadpool movies. But it's more Ryan Reynolds. If you like Ryan you'll have a fun time with this even if you know nothing about video games.

Looking forward to a home release so I can see it with subtitles.

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I have only ever watched one Fast and Furious movie. That was the fourth one. And on that cursed day I swore a vow to the universe that I would never watch this franchise ever again. I just hated it. I mean, I don't expect exact realism when you're going for a dumb movie like this, but at the same time I expect the directors and producers to at least have the slightest idea how a car works, and the physics therein. Nope, not for me.

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I have zero interest in The Suicide Squad. I 'm just not a fan of James Gunn's style. I did like the first GotG because it came out of nowhere, but the shtick didn't work twice in my opinion. I have never watched GotG2 since the first viewing and I quite likely never will. Suicide Squad trailers just looked like it was just another GotG with different characters but with more blood and swearing. Pass.

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Disney really need to stop with this terrible practice of releasing half the movie in clips and trailers before hand. I just watch the trailers. That's it.

I am super hyped for Shang-Chi. Before this movie was announced I'd never heard of him but it's by far my most anticipated project this year. Less than two weeks to go. And to answer a previous question, I'll be there on opening night. Marvel movies must be seen in theatres for me. None of this home streaming nonsense for my first viewing thanks very much.

My interest in Eternals has really heightened after seeing the final trailer. The first looks didn't have me terribly excited  (outside of being a Marvel movie of course) but the latest one where we've seen some action have really helped.


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Movies & TV / Re: SPOILER ALERT: MCU Thread (Livin' La Vida Loki)
« on: August 21, 2021, 06:12:54 PM »
I've enjoyed What If far more than I expected to. Definitely more than Loki, and up there with F&WS and WV in terms of enjoyment. It's just wonderful seeing how much fun they're having with the show. Not to mention the animation is beautiful, and the fight scenes (especially in the first episode) were .....brilliant.

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Movies & TV / Re: SPOILER ALERT: MCU Thread (Livin' La Vida Loki)
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:15:10 PM »
It was how episode two concluded. Sylvie rigged all the bombs she'd been stealing off the TVA teams to travel through to all different points in time and detonate. It resulted in the time graph going bananas. This just seemed to be completely dropped, rather we follow Loki through the portal chasing Sylvie and watched them bicker and sing on a train for half an hour. Felt like a whole episode's worth of content or more was just left out. You'd think that blowing all those timelines would have been quite a significant (and very interesting) event.

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Movies & TV / Re: SPOILER ALERT: MCU Thread (Livin' La Vida Loki)
« on: July 28, 2021, 04:01:44 AM »
Especially knowing that the show will continue another season at least, I kinda wish we got more. More episodes of Loki and Mobius playing cop/detectives for a while. Maybe make that all of S1 and then the twist at the end of S1 is the full reveal that things are a farce at the TVA or some such thing, then let Loki go on the run a while and lead into the showdown at the void at the end of S2. This would give enough time for Loki to stew on his "Prime Life" and experience similar parallel character developments to Prime.

I have an idea for a story for this. How about if someone grabbed a heap of those pruning bombs/time bombs and set them all to travel to different points in time and detonate? They could have buddy copped around to explore and fixed that. I have a feeling I might have drawn inspiration from that idea from somewhere.....can't recall where though
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I'm still in the #LokiLives camp for Prime Loki. Nothing shown in the show is a shoe-in for his life being over, just implied. And with all the other smoke and mirrors the MCU D+ shows and this one in particular have been throwing around I think that is still in the cards. They've teased the possibility with Classic Loki sharing the survivor story. The series could very well conclude with TVA Loki warning Prime Loki or taking his place to die at Thanos' hands or some other switch-a-roo so that story hasn't wrapped yet.

I was actually fully expecting Loki Prime to be the main man pulling the TVA strings. Would have been a very interesting twist if they could satisfactorily explain how he lived through the events of Infinity War.

However I think this Loki is done. I was actually happy when he was bumped off in Infinity War. I'm just getting tired of him. I was hoping he'd get killed off again at the end of this series.

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Movies & TV / Re: SPOILER ALERT: MCU Thread (Livin' La Vida Loki)
« on: July 26, 2021, 05:38:23 PM »
>I refuse to accept that this Loki had such a turn around in something like a week.

I think we're supposed to believe that this Loki watching Prime Loki's life play out, which included his role in the death of his mother and Ragnarok, combined with making a "real" connection to another (another?) person in Sylvie, he manag  change similar to how Prime Loki did.

Yeah I acknowledge that, but still not enough for me. Don't get me wrong, I would certainly expect some change and growth, but nowhere near the extent we saw here. If anything I would believe Loki would be all for watching the anarchy from "the others" if Mr Remains was killed. The resulting chaos would be right in his wheelhouse.


Also, I was under the impression Loki was at the TVA for an indiscriminate amount of time. Since time flows differently there, Variant Loki could have been there for a week, a few months etc.

Yeah I did think of that, but no effort at all was made to really drive that point home. The closest they came was when they sent him to go a few rounds with Lady Sif, but the episode doesn't indicate he was down there for long at all since all that passed in the TVA world were a couple of conversations before they went and pulled him out. At the very least I guess they could have just done a Spongebob and put some text on the screen at some point saying "An indeterminate amount of time later....." to at least indicate that events aren't taking place as quickly as it seems.

Also the show ending without a resolution to that series was allegedly a last minute tweak that was not in the original plan.

If this is true it wouldn't at all surprise me. I'd love to know what the ending was supposed to be.

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Movies & TV / Re: SPOILER ALERT: MCU Thread (Livin' La Vida Loki)
« on: July 24, 2021, 07:28:10 PM »
I was quite underwhelmed with Loki and rank it a distant third of the three series thus far, the finale of which was the worst episode in my opinion.

A couple of standout points which didn't work for me:

1. I refuse to accept that this Loki had such a turn around in something like a week. Remember this Loki a few days prior was invading to subjugate earth. He drilled out someone's eye mercilessly. He tried to kill his brother. Loki is the god of mischief. He has been spending countless centuries causing chaos and reveling in it. It's his life purpose. And in a week we're suppose to believe that he has completely repudiated his deeply entrenched life purpose and was willing to sacrifice himself for the betterment of humanity? Not buying it. If this was Loki prime (who died in Infinity War) then I would be on board, but not this one.

2. On average the writing was excellent. So why did they ruin the episodes with combat? The choreography was awful. Once again coming back to the theme, this is Loki. He is the God of Mischief. These conflicts could have been resolved by wit and cunning which would allow the writers more opportunities to get clever. Instead we have cheap fisticuffs which looked terrible. When Loki and Sylvie were standing on guard when Mr Remains' door was opening I was laughing because of how bad it looked. Especially since Loki uses daggers, not a machete or whatever that thing was.

3. It felt completely flat and unsatisfying. It certainly left things very exciting for the remainder of phase four, but provided absolutely no resolution to the series. I was gobsmacked when the end credits came up. I thought we were only half way through the episode. Marvel have traditionally been quite good at making each project have it's own standalone resolution but leaving further story tendrils for future projects. Not the case here.

This point is a bit different, but I was also disappointed in the fact that the end of episode two with the time bombs just stopped. That was a really interesting premise and we never saw it again, rather just Loki and Sylvie arguing with each other for half an hour.

I still enjoyed it and very much look forward to what it now means for the MCU.

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Movies & TV / Re: SPOILER ALERT: MCU Thread (Livin' La Vida Loki)
« on: June 12, 2021, 08:32:40 PM »
I'm hoping for the opposite.

While I did enjoy the Loki character I think it's time for him (at least this portrayal) to be retired. I was pleased when Thanos bumped him off in Endgame. After all he is a mass murderer and I think he got off far too lightly for leading a murderous army and trying to subjugate a planet. What I did like is that the show didn't handwave this to get the most milkage of the fanbase. They brought it up front and centre and discussed it.

Having said that I am still hoping this is his last appearance in the MCU. The fact he is reportedly not in Love and Thunder lends a bit of credence to this (still won't be surprised if he turns up though). I think he's had his run and would like more time in another villain in future projects.

Am still watching this show with great interest though. Still promises to tell a very interesting story and will contribute with some significant world building.

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I have absolutely zero in interest in the movie.

All I got from it when watching was Guardians, but with more blood and expletives. I guess that was his pitch to WB. I personally feel that GotG is by far the weakest in the Marvel stable. GotG 2 remains the only MCU movie I have never rewatched and have no desire to ever do so. Applying that same template to DC characters (majority of which I've never heard of) holds no draw to me at all.

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Damn - episode 5 is a cracker.

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I thought the trailer was awful. Looks like another GoTG movie (which is not good for me because I hated GotG2) - with more blood and swearing. Personally I have zero interest in this. Hard pass.

I just think I'm not a fit for Gunn's work.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: March 24, 2021, 04:55:29 PM »
Yeah that pretty well summed up my thoughts on Uprising too broodwars.

Not having the proper theme song was just sacrilege. I think the opening to the original movie was one of the best movie openings I've ever seen - the theme song cranking whilst loading up a Jaeger. Yeah it was a dumb movie, but it knew it was dumb and embraced it and consequently we were given one of the best scenes ever depicted in cinema - that being a ship used as a bludgeoning weapon. I don't know who thought of that but they need to be knighted immediately.

Anyway - speaking of monster movies
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Saw Godzilla vs Kong last night. Holy hell it was just magnificent. They have finally listened to the viewers and realised that viewers watch these movies for monster battles, not human family drama. Not only is there plenty of monster fighting but it doesn't cut away every two seconds, you can see what's happening and there is some really creative combat. Godzilla can move now. I assume the previous two movies kept him a slow, lumbering tank for CGI or technical reasons or something but they've completely changed that. He moves damn quick and is far more agile.

I also found it unexpectedly emotional in some portions. Not sure if that was just me but an element to Kong is revealed in this one that hit very close to home. Won't reveal it here.

There is also some jaw dropping cinematography. Go and watch it on the biggest screen you find.

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Cinema for me thanks. Having the home release is certainly a nice option but I prefer the atmosphere at the cinema. Watching Endgame on opening night was one of the best experiences of my life.

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The other thing that has to be said is Joss Whedon got that movie down to 2 hours.

This is something that I feel is going unsaid. We have to remember that Whedon was instructed by WB to have it under two hours and the tone has to be lighter. Whedon did a phenomenal job under those constraints. True - the movie wasn't great but it was an impossible job. There was no way to make a coherent story that introduced several new characters in that time frame. He was in a no win situation but he still jumped in and did it. The finished product is far closer to Snyder's "vision" than the Snyder fanboys would ever admit.

Whedon has handled it like a champ. He's been maligned to hell, watching the internet ragging on his work and blaming him for everything and he's said absolutely nothing to defend himself despite having damn good reasons. Now he's been vindicated. Snyder should be publicly thanking him and sending him a carton of his choice. I think it's very safe to say that had Snyder stayed on and worked under those same constraints the theatrical release would have been far, far worse.

I would also like to add that I say the above as completely separate to all the nonsense going on about him lately (although now I'm less inclined to believe it) - rather focusing on the product he created four years ago exclusively.

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I don't think the overall story was bad, just boring.  What I want to know is does the additional hour + flesh out the characters and make it interesting.  And are the fight scenes better?

There's no question it's a better movie. As Perm mentioned it's got a lot more in it, more context, story and motivation. It feels more meaningful. But when all is said and done it's the same movie. The plot is the same. The story beats are identical. The resolution is the same. Despite the extra meat to the characters though I still didn't give a damn about them.

The fight scenes are generally better - but he bogged them down with so much pointless slow motion. The exception to that is the battle with the Amazons on Themyscira at the start. It was woefully bad. It looked like a schoolyard brawl - or even worse, and Arrowverse fight scene. Thankfully they improved after that.

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I've only watched the two actual trailers. I don't bother with all the TV spots and the "mid season trailers". No need to see all that extra stuff. I've seen enough and looking forward to it.

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Justice League fan remake is ....fine.

The biggest thing I can warn you about is that this is the same as the theatrical release with more fluff thrown in. The story beats are all the same so if you're going in expecting something new (which would be completely understandable as that's how this movie is being promoted) then you're going to be disappointed.

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That fight scene probably had a budget larger than an entire seasonal arc of any particular Arrowverse show. But yes, they should probably still feel ashamed. I agree.


No doubt. But I was referring more to the entire show than just that fight scene. The writing was infinitely better. And I didn't yell at the TV once like I used to do when watching the Arrowverse shows.

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That Vision v Vision fight scene was just wonderful. Very exciting with a very interesting power set to dual. The only complaint I had was that they fell into that stupid trope again where you have the two beams hitting each other from either end with one eventually being overpowered.

I hope anyone that's had absolutely anything to do with the Arrowverse was watching this and feeling woefully inadequate and embarrassed.

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And Wanda's new duds look amazing. Can't wait to see more of those.

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Loved The Office opening credits this week. Finally a sitcom I recognise.

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I found the Direct quite lackluster unfortunately. This announcement was the only one that I am interested in - but the interest is very conditional. I will happily admit to being one of the ones who hated the original release. However not because of the game, but the controls only. (Mind you, those three fights on the forbidden monster thing with the toes got old in a screaming hurry).

By the end of the game I was in a rage because the stupid controls just didn't do what I wanted them to. The end boss had me yelling at the TV. When I finally finished it I vowed never to touch the game again until they release a proper version that ran on button and not motion. It seems like we finally have it, but I can't help feeling that this new control system is going to be terrible and I won't be buying it until we get some real world feedback on how the controls feel.

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I think there was also some light Gilmore Girls influence too - the park where the party was happening with the maze. Have the gazebo there right in the middle.

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Evan Peters was a better quicksilver than ATJ

Each to their own of course.

I just thought they made made the character nothing but a joke in X-Men. Don't get me wrong, I found them amusing - but that's all it was. Just someone they whipped out at an appropriate moment for a funny scene then he never did anything else with him.

Johnson's rendition was more of a real character than Peters', despite being in several more movies.

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