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Kingfisher
The pacing isn't that slow. But I guess if you compare it to today's adrenaline-filled movies, it would seem that way. The premise is excellent. Androids returning to their creator demanding an extension to their life; much like humans asking God for more years on Earth. The plotting of the film, IMO, seemed to be done as well as possible and even managed to create a mystery about whether or not the protagonist is actually a replicant himself.

I admit the film has a very 80s vibe to it. How can it not when you see advertisements for Atari and neon signs light up a futuristic Los Angeles. Plus, you have the Vangelis soundtrack which really throws it into 80s overdrive. However, I think the soundtrack and the film itself hold up very well after all these years.

P.S. - If you dislike the 80s, you'll probably be disappointed with Scarface which also has an unmistakable 80s soundtrack.

The pacing was slow in the sense of the plot advancement, not due to the lack of action; there are plenty of "slow" movies that are excellent due to plot alone. I guess the premise was pretty interesting but its execution seemed off. Just wasn't as interesting or philosophical as it was made out to be imo.


I cant stand any movies made in the last 20 years. 90s and 80s movies were the peak of cinema so far. Anything is possible in the future, but in recent years maybe 2-3 movies were worth watching and the rest were garbage.

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?year=1994&title_type=feature&ref_=tt_ov_inf

Check out the link, 1994 highest rated movies, imdb - Pulp Fiction, Shawshank redemption, Leon, Forest Gump, Legends of the Fall, Dumb and Dumber, The Lion King etc. Even the cheesy movies are better than the best ones out in the last 5 years.



Lets check out 1985. Back to the future, Goonies, Breakfast club, Rocky IV!!, Legend, Brazil (in my top 5), Commando, etc.

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?year=1985&title_type=feature&ref_=tt_ov_inf



It used to be really easy to look by year in imdb but I think people started doing that and realizing how awful movies are. Check out any year in the 80s or 90s, it will have more excellent movies than 5-10 years in the 00s or 10s.


https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?...01-01,2018-12-31&sort=boxoffice_gross_us,desc

2018, Top movie, Black Panther, Avengers, Incredibles 2, Jurassic Park Reboot, Aquaman, Antman 2, Venom.

Its just a collection of bad kids movies that adult losers consume. I liked comic books too, back in 1992 when I was a kid. In the mid-90s Image comics came out and was sweet, along with Valiant comics. 30 years later I am not interested in kids stuff.


My local video rental store in the midwest was hit hard by covid, no renting for months. Movies are basically free there now, even new releases. Its $0.99 for a 5 day rental, any movies. I went, all garbage. I wanted to see Parasite, they had 1 copy and it was rented out. They had 15 copies of junk action stuff, all there. No one wanted to rent them.


Remember art is a reflection of society for the most part and what we see now is the kind of junk people scrape off their shoes. None of these movies would even be considered 20-30 years ago they are so bad. Yet they are the 'Top Grossing Movies of The Year!!!' in the 2010;s.

I do agree the peak of cinema was in the 90s, but there are a lot of great films that have come out in the past two decades. No Country for Old Men, Under the Skin, Annihilation, Hot Fuzz, A History of Violence, Arrival, Interstellar, Inglorious Basterds, Wind River, Wolf of Wall St, and many more.

The last decade has in particular oversaturated by all these garbage comic book movies and its easy to miss the hidden gems.
 

R.G.Camara

Kingfisher
As a silly fun adult action movie from the 90's, Blade is great. Wesley Snipes hunting vampires as a part-vampire ninja.

There's even a theme of degeneracy/hedonism (vampires) versus chastity/self-denial (Blade) going on---Blade continually resists his urges to feed on human blood and lives the life of a quiet loner who meditates, while the vampires are all shown having sex/clubbing/having wild parties. You could almost picture Blade teaming up with Rorschach (from Watchmen) since they both hate such things and execute with extreme prejudice.

Some 90's special effects are bad (the final scene's CGI looks awful today) but they can be overlooked, and the gore is not minimized, but still, very likeable film. And Snipes has some great action movie one-liners: "Some mothaF**** are always trying to ice skate uphill" is quite frankly, brilliant.
 

Mr Freedom

Sparrow
MSM film critics losing their shit after rumours of Tom Hardy being the next James Bond:


Of course a masculine looking white guy is not what they want. They want a limp wristed Gay Bond or if not that then Idris Elba who they have been trying to push for years. BTW the current Bond (Craig) is utter shit, lacks charisma and I don't understand all the hype he get's. Casino Royale was the only film he was good in and matched his portrayal of the character.
 

Salinger

Woodpecker
MSM film critics losing their shit after rumours of Tom Hardy being the next James Bond:


Of course a masculine looking white guy is not what they want. They want a limp wristed Gay Bond or if not that then Idris Elba who they have been trying to push for years. BTW the current Bond (Craig) is utter shit, lacks charisma and I don't understand all the hype he get's. Casino Royale was the only film he was good in and matched his portrayal of the character.

Not my first choice but at least he can act.

Looks like all those rumors about the next Bond being a black woman were bogus. Apparently, that was never going to happen as the producers don't like the idea of Bond being a woman.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson — half-siblings who oversee the "James Bond" films, described as having "an iron grip on the franchise" — recently discussed the future of the character in an interview with Variety.

"He can be of any color, but he is male," Broccoli said.

Source: https://www.insider.com/james-bond-never-female-woman-broccolis-variety-interview-2020-1
 

Kurgan

Kingfisher

It's been a while since I posted because I've been busy with life. I think this scene would be probably be censored or Ernest would be cancelled in today's cancel culture with the stuff he does in his scene.
 

Tom Slick

Robin
Something about this great TV movie gets at the core of men. "I love Brian Piccolo..."

Leonard Maltin's review:

Exceptional film relating real-life relationship between Chicago Bears football players Brian Piccolo (Caan) and Gale Sayers (Williams), and tragedy which affects entire team when Piccolo develops cancer. Outstanding teleplay by William Blinn from Sayers' I Am Third. Beautiful score by Michel Legrand. A milestone of excellence in made-for-TV movies.
 
MSM film critics losing their shit after rumours of Tom Hardy being the next James Bond:


Of course a masculine looking white guy is not what they want. They want a limp wristed Gay Bond or if not that then Idris Elba who they have been trying to push for years. BTW the current Bond (Craig) is utter shit, lacks charisma and I don't understand all the hype he get's. Casino Royale was the only film he was good in and matched his portrayal of the character.
Seeing pics of Hardy in a suit makes me think he would be a great Bond, however I think casting him now is a bit too late since hes pretty old for if they planned to keep him around as long as they did with Craig. Casting a woman or non white would be stupid, just obvious demoralization since Bond is one of the last remaining masculine white icons.

I agree Craig is super overrated. I liked Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace was okay, and I already thought Skyfall was also overrated. I skipped Spectre and will also skip the newest one for obvious reasons.
 
Not my first choice but at least he can act.

Looks like all those rumors about the next Bond being a black woman were bogus. Apparently, that was never going to happen as the producers don't like the idea of Bond being a woman.



Source: https://www.insider.com/james-bond-never-female-woman-broccolis-variety-interview-2020-1
They have to be optical with how they will subvert and destroy the franchise. They will still have a white Bond to get people to see the movie, but they will get around this by doing stuff like the new movie where they give him an ugly poc female sidekick whos more competent than him and is immune to his charms.

If the franchise is ever handed over to someone else, it will go the route of Star Wars.
 
About Blade Runner, I finally got around to reading the book. Worth a read definitely.

I liked the Blade Runner sequel as well.

Are there any other recent films which are apolitical like that?
 

Salinger

Woodpecker
I saw The Company Men recently and really loved it. It's about the economic meltdown from 10 years ago and how each of these men deal with the fallout. The film's got a star-studded cast with Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones which results in some great acting. A very relatable movie, especially during these tough times.

 

Bigblabla

Pigeon
I watched The Tax Collector today. It was bad. Rotten tomatoes gave it 17% critic score and 72% audience score so that is one reason I watched it. It's interesting when a few people love a film when most hate it. I thought it was stupid and laughably cliche. The dialog was hard to believe since it was so corny.
I wanted to watch it also because the unhinged Shia Lebeouf got this humongous tattoo of a lady and a clown on his torso for the movie - then in the movie he does almost no action at all and i must have missed any scene where he showed this permanent thing he put on his torso. He says a lot of muttered tough guy things. It was pathetic, but a lot of reviewers say it was the high point of the movie. I think not.

It seems like the actors were all unskilled and the director let them ad lib a lot. They repeat already stupid lines quite a bit.

There were decent action scenes. There were a few interesting gimmicks. Worth my five bucks renting the stream but yea, I'd give it two out of five and even that is generous.
 

Hypno

Crow
I just watched Blade Runner and The Godfather for the first time...

Liked the latter, disliked the former. I can't stand 80s films... except for a few gems like Alien and the Shining.

The Godfather was pretty good. May need repeated viewings to appreciate it. It felt very timeless, like it could've came out within the past 10 years. I'm curious to see the sequels... after that, Scarface and Goodfellas are next. Not sure how the fuck I've gone the first 30 years of my life without seeing these classics...

Scarface is just the Godfather retold and set in Miami after the Mariel boat lift. It was vert powerful at the time, but seems over the top in retrospect. But I grew up on South Florida, and lots of that over the top stuff is taken from the headlines. Machine gun shootouts in mall parking lots were not uncommon, even into the late 80s. Goodfellas holds up better.

Another gem from the 80s is Body Heat. Its film noir, suspense type flick. Has a young (sexy) Kathleen Turner and Richard Hurt. Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke have small roles.

Another would be Platoon. Was revolutionary for its realism at the time, this was long before Saving Private Ryan. Also revolutionary for its cynical tone - most war films had been rah rah until then. Has an incredible cast.

Some other classics
Princess Bride
Coming to America
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Karate Kid
Rocky III
The Breakfast Club
When Harry Met Sally
ET
Caddyshack
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Beuler's Day Off
Airplane
Back to the Future
Say Anything
Trading Places
Dirty Dancing
Poltergeist
 
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