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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by dhex » 13 Jan 2017, 09:34

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Hugh Akston wrote:I will always be baffled by the overlap between libertarians and NASA fanboys.
Libertarians like sci-fi. Sci-fi stories often happen in space. NASA does space exploration.

And Kevin Bacon was in Apollo 13.
Is that what NASA does? I thought they just loaded money onto rockets and shot it into orbit.
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 20 Jan 2017, 20:45

The Founder is better than most movies released this time of year and, I think, saved by Keaton's performance. I'm a Keaton fan, so you might want to ratchet that criterion down a bit if you're not. Somewhere in the C+ to B- range.

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Post by Warren » 20 Jan 2017, 20:49

D.A. Ridgely wrote:The Founder is better than most movies released this time of year and, I think, saved by Keaton's performance. I'm a Keaton fan, so you might want to ratchet that criterion down a bit if you're not. Somewhere in the C+ to B- range.
Have been looking forward to this one. I like Keaton too. He owns Dogberry.
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Post by JD » 03 Mar 2017, 11:11

I saw Get Out last night. Highly recommended. I was a little skeptical when I saw that Jordan Peele was making a horror movie, but it's really good. Some people have called it a horror-comedy, and there definitely are strong comedic elements, but it works because of the horror story.

(One silly nitpick: if you're going to kidnap people off the street and drag them into your car to take them away, a Porsche coupe seems like a really bad choice of vehicle...)

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Post by Hugh Akston » 03 Mar 2017, 22:25

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That shit was bleak though
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 03 Mar 2017, 23:49

Yeah, Logan is probably the best serious superhero movie since maybe forever. And the kid deserves an Academy nomination.

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Post by Aresen » 03 Mar 2017, 23:51

D.A. Ridgely wrote:Yeah, Logan is probably the best serious superhero movie since maybe forever. And the kid deserves an Academy nomination.
I was just checking this thread to see if any of the gryll had seen it yet. With a Ridgely endorsement, I will add it to my 'go' list.
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Post by lunchstealer » 08 Mar 2017, 02:49

I didn't love it. I mean, I enjoyed Professor X in zero fucks mode, and Stephen Merchant did well, but overall it was just a particularly violent road movie with unclear motivations for everyone.

Also with Richard E Grant as Dr. Rice, I couldn't help thinking Boyd should be played by Sandra Bernhart, and that was distracting.
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Post by thoreau » 15 Mar 2017, 18:27

Saw Get Out last night. It was a lot of fun, and they did a great job of firing Chekhov's many rifles.

For about the first half it seems like it's trying to be An Important Movie About Race, but it becomes clear that the concept isn't actually meant to be taken seriously enough to be Important. Yeah, they definitely use race and white liberals for their concept, but they ultimately want to have fun with the concept rather than Send A Message.
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Post by lunchstealer » 20 Mar 2017, 16:40

A Cracked reviewer feels let down by the gayness in Beauty and the Beast.

I ended up seeing it as part of the marital bargain. Probably pretty good as these things go, but I have difficulty appreciating musical theater. I had seen it a couple years ago in the touring production of the live show. Some of the numbers benefited from some truly lux visuals, in other cases they distracted and made things harder to follow.

And yeah, really should've been gayer.
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Post by JasonL » 20 Mar 2017, 17:25

I have a friend who felt that way about Doc Strange.

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Post by Hugh Akston » 31 Mar 2017, 20:46

Ghost in the Shell was plodding, sterile, CGI garbage with nothing interesting to say.
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Post by JasonL » 31 Mar 2017, 20:51

I have a sad.

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Post by dbcooper » 31 Mar 2017, 20:59

How was it ever going to be not terrible?
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Post by Painboy » 31 Mar 2017, 22:34

Yeah I watched the first 5 minutes they released a couple days ago. It was the same first scene in the anime movie, except that it was much less exciting despite obviously costing a far larger amount of money.

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Post by dbcooper » 31 Mar 2017, 22:36

Hopefully this will kill any plans to remake Akira, he says desperately.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 01 Apr 2017, 05:22

Yeah the odds were never good, but every once in a while that kind of movie transcends genre conventions and turns out to be something great. But I could tell within the first ten minutes that it was going to suuuuck.
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 05 May 2017, 22:09

Guardians of the Galaxy II gets around a B, maybe B+ at best and I could see many here giving it a much lower grade. Lots of good chemistry and humor in the first half but then it goes off the rails with a near-endless battle scene which, let's face it, unless your name is Michael Bay, you're probably bored with after five or ten minutes, max.

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Post by Hugh Akston » 19 May 2017, 21:57

Covenant was better than Prometheus, though that's an admittedly low bar to clear. Some great shots reminding us that Ridley Scott is a masterful visual artist, if not always a great storyteller. But on the plus side, the plot was not driven by stupidity, and people actually made some good decisions (hey, let's seal some hatches behind us!). The ending would have been much better if handled more subtly, but Ridley and subtlety haven't spoken for years. Overall it was okay as an action movie, but not something I will need to see again.

BTW I was wrong about there being nothing new to say about the Aliens universe. This movie did present an interesting twist on it, and one that resonates with some of Ridley's big themes. Whether it needed that twist is an open question.
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Post by dbcooper » 19 May 2017, 22:22

How was Kenny Powers?
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Hugh Akston » 19 May 2017, 23:05

I haven't seen much of his work because I don't really care for him, but I don't think this was a typical McBride performance.

EDIT: Besides which, most of his screentime was in two-shots with Callie Hernandez, so I wasn't really paying attention to him.
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Post by JD » 22 May 2017, 15:13

Hugh Akston wrote:Covenant was better than Prometheus, though that's an admittedly low bar to clear.
Agreed. It looked beautiful, and for the most part it was very well-done. I think there was still a bit of "stupid people doing stupid things", but not too bad. For the (presumably) chosen and trained crew of an interstellar spacecraft, they sure seemed emotional and panicky. But there was a nice blend of squick horror and more intellectual horror in the movie.

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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Hugh Akston » 30 Jun 2017, 23:03

There are better crime movies, and there are better wheelman movies, but I am hard pressed to think of a better soundtrack movie than Baby Driver. Except for a couple of pedestrian transitions, Edgar Wright's direction is virtuosity as usual. The characters are all kind of quirky/flat, but that's the price for dialogue that's so stylized and direction that's so stylish. The shootouts in particular are remarkable.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Hugh Akston » 15 Jul 2017, 04:38

War for the Planet of the Apes was really good. Well-established tone, excellent production design, really great performances by the monkeys. It dragged some in the third act, but generally it did a good job of driving the plot via character. Good references not only to the OG movie, but also to the various other films that influenced it.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by nicole » 21 Jul 2017, 09:40

Christopher Nolan is super not into Netflix's anti-theater distribution policy: http://www.indiewire.com/2017/07/christ ... 201857101/

I hardly ever go to theaters but am fundamentally on his side; disruption is not inherently good and tech investors are stupid; media matter.
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