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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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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I am so angry and disappointed with the reveal at the end of the latest episode. Since this is a spoiler thread I'm just dropping it out there.

WHY THE HELL DID THEY HAVE TO BRING EVAN PETERS INSTEAD OF THE PROPER AARON TAYLOR JOHNSON????????

I mean, it's intriguing as hell and the implication are huge. I just didn't think his Quicksilver was interesting at all and much preferred Johnson's iteration. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. I was bouncing on my couch of excitement before his face was revealed. Then everything just crashed.

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I was so happy to see Darcy back. I've dearly missed her. Now we just need a "meaw meaw" from her (no idea why that would happen here but I can dream) and it'd be complete.

Also great to see that Woo has mastered his magic tricks. I did love that little detail.

And what a cracker of an opening. Wasn't expecting to see anything around that time.

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Movies & TV / Re: Mandoverse: Disney's Other 'Cinematic Universe'
« on: January 26, 2021, 02:49:22 PM »
Thrawn never properly failed in his role and was always a step ahead of the Rebels; it was always his underlings who botched or ignored his orders and cost the win, other than the space whale ending which I disliked.

And sure, Mando S3 will most likely be the retaking of Mandalore, but that is one show out of at least three that will lead to something bigger with Thrawn at the center of it.

I completely agree with both points. I enjoyed Rebels more than Clone Wars. That B-Swing episode really stuck out to me and I just adore it. But that space whale ending let it down something fierce. Just came completely out of nowhere. However the bright side was that it removed Ezra from everything. I think he was by far the least interesting character in the show.

And yeah, the retaking of Mandalore will also be the catalyst to the helmet and armour coming off full time. He's now been exposed to the concept of the non-radical Mandalorians via Bo-Katan. They've been hinting at it for a while.

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Movies & TV / Re: Mandoverse: Disney's Other 'Cinematic Universe'
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:44:48 PM »
There's a way they could do it though. His flogging by Ezra (the least interesting Jedi character I've ever seen in video in my opinion) by the space whales causes him to become far more ruthless in his future endeavours.

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I believe Strucker was killed in AoU.
I think he was in that base Tony raised in the beginning

He was arrested in that opening raid. He's killed later offscreen by an Ultron goon. The report and aftermath of the murder is shown in the movie. If I recall correctly.
Whelp, my MCU knowledge seems to be getting rusty. Probably high time I re-watched some of the earlier stuff. Haven't seen AoU or Winter Soldier in a long while.

Though this is generally considered to be the "worst" of the Avengers movies it has one of the best fight scenes in the whole MCU in my opinion. That slow-mo sequence when the music ramps up is a joy to behold.

https://youtu.be/ab_XwyZsPxc?t=120

I was hoping for something like that in the Endgame final battle but it never came. (Not a complaint because it was still glorious, but still hoping.)

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Unfortunately I hated the movie. Saw it last Wednesday and it's just dire. Story is a complete mess, fights scenes are terrible and so many plotholes it's ridiculous. Music is so bland it's completely forgettable (Zimmer really phoned this one in). So disappointing coming from the love that I have for the first one. Looks like DC are back at their usual level of quality.

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