Film Reviews - what have you seen lately, what did you think?

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  1. TLB

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    Last one threw me off, left me in a Bogart mood, so....

    The African Queen (1951)

    Bogart plays a riverboat captain (one man boat) in Africa around the time WW I starts up. On the river he is serving the Boers, and others, including a small African village led by a missionary man and his sister (Hepburn). Bogart is playing all sides, being Canadian (ha...he sounds as American as ever, but ok). When war breaks out in Europe the German controlled part of Africa experiences some effect, the German soldiers there go about enslaving all the Africans, burning their villages so they can't return home - of course, they burn the missionary villiage which drives the reverend over the edge and he dies. Bogart feels bad for Hepburn (she's from England by the way, like her brother, and lacks any accent whatsoever besides American), so he offers to take her to safety which is pretty much hiding in the jungle and hoping the war goes away. Through conversation, he shares that the Germans control a major lake with a battleship (steam powered, big guns of 6lb shot) they brought overland in pieces which prevents the Brits from coming in that direction. She then talks him into using his one man riverboat to blow up the battleship, which means going downriver to the lake, past a German fort and through a lot of whitewater. Apologies, if I've given away too much.

    There's a funny scene up front where Bogart is having tea with the reverend and his sister but his stomach is growling obnoxiously, then a few good scenes on the river between them - most notably the way she continues to manipulate him (through her own naive way of thinking things can be done or intentionally, we can't tell). It's understandable why this film is held up as one of the better ones from that era, as the story carries on the performance of these two solid performers. There is the lack of appropriate accents (he never sounds Canadian, nor her English, and the German soldiers...HA), as well as some horrendous editing of wild animals and river views. We see them attacked by a swarm of (mosquitoes?), as shown by a screen full of black blurries while they pretend to swat themselves. But the story, it carries, and delivers in the end with a gritty finish. No boobs, despite a young Hepburn getting in and out of the river quite a bit, not even a wet t-shirt type shot. 7/10.

    I'll probably see where I have my copy of the Maltese Falcon and/or Casablanca soon.
     
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    Casablanca was on Sunday when I got home from the Buc's game...Bogie was a great actor.

    Major Strasser(to Rick): What nationality are you?
    Bogie: I'm a drunkard!

    Epic. He was an original member of the rat pack too.
     
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    Nerd Alert

    Justice League: Doom - so Syfy channel is showing al lot of the animated movies leading up to the release of the movie Friday. This one is from back in the mid 2000s and features a lot of the voice cast from the cartoon justice league from around that time.

    This one is fine for kids. There is blood, but not lots of killing or sex.

    Basically Vandall Savage is the bad guy with one bad guy from each of the good guys past. Typical end of the world to start new race type of thing.

    The other side of the plot is more interesting. They hacked into the bat computer and stole files he had that showed how to take out each member if they ever turned bad. Batman has to race and save everyone from these things.

    It’s a pretty good one that is safe to watch with kids I would say starting around age 7 or 8 if you don’t mind a little blood in the punches.

    7/10
     
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    Valerian and the city of a 1000 planets. 2017 - Not bad at all. Starring Cara Delevingne (picture below for scale) and some dude named Valerian. Interesting plot. The international space station has become the intergalactic space station with visitors from other worlds docking up to the point that the station has to be pushed out into space were eventually it has become one big planet sized city with aliens from 1000 planets (get it?). Anyway Cara (picture below for scale) and Valerian are agents in the galactic police force or whatever. A peaceful (aren't they all) paradise planet has been accidentally destroyed which drives the plot to it's conclusion. The aliens are kinda Avatar looking so there are lots of bloobs if you are into that kind of thing - and who isn't? :giggity:But Cara (picture below for scale) is the real eye candy in this sci-fi movie full of cotton candy and gum drop visuals. Oh yeah, Cara (picture below for scale) and Valerian have a love story sub plot and Rhianna shows off her acting chops assets about half way through. Many bloobs, no boobs. Gratuitous slime-fu. I laughed, I cried. Joe Bob says check it out.

    Cara Delevinge (for scale)
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    Extra credit (Bloobs!)
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    The House - Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. Has a few other people you recognize and a couple big name people in small rolls that only get a few minutes of screen time.

    So they are expecting their daughter to go to college on a scholorship she earned from the town, but the mayor decides to build a swimming pool instead. They try to find the money, but have little savings and can't get a loan. They are like many middle class families these days with money being stretched everywhere, but they could somehow afford what is probably a million dollar home. Anyway back to the movie, they decide to open a casino in their friends house to earn the money and help him with some of his finances as well. Towards the end hi-jinks ensues.

    There are two parts to the plot. The first has to do with what you would do for your child, even if in the most absurd ways. The second has to do with parents finding themselves again when their child moves out.

    It has some laughs, but is your typical Ferrell movie. Some of it is played out and doesn't hit home like his early stuff. Solid date night movie, but doesn't set the world on fire. 6/10
     
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    Justice League - Snuck off like 222 to see this today. Was the most packed I've scene a theater for a 10 AM show in a long time. Gonna get a little detailed on this so hang tight.

    the plot is ok. an ancient bad guy (steppenwolf) comes to turn earth into a image of his own planet and enslave humanity. A long time ago he was stopped by an alliance of about everyone and holds a grudge. he has to find these three weapon to make it happen. Most the movie is him collecting these and he's a one track mind kind of guy. not much depth to him. hopefully in the future we get the real big bad he works for in the comics with some more depth to it. so the justice league does something drastic to get help to stop him and turn the tide. That is about it plot wise. The movie moves really fast as well. Without giving away anything I think most people can guess who helps turn the tide in the good guys favor and that was actually fun to watch, although how he got there was way to quick. It is a lot less serious than the other DC movies which was refreshing even if still not as funny as Thor 3 and in my opinion Wonder Woman is still the best DC movie in this universe. Back story really isn't visited much for most of these characters so I assume they will in any stand alone movies.

    The cast had its ups and downs so here is their breakdown.

    Wonder Woman - I could stare at her all day. She doesn't have to talk at all, but she still plays this part perfect.

    Aquaman - Hard character to do. Not much backstory, just here he is type of thing. His future wife is smoking hot though. Played like his later comic appearances.

    Batman - Affleck appears to of had the stick he had up his butt in the previous movie removed and actually plays it a lot better this go around. Brings a little bit of fun to it as well as the realism that he's just a regular guy and can get hurt.

    Cyborg - This is based on the more serious portrayals in the comics and not his funny Teen Titans time. It was solid and not sure anyone else would have brought more out. Not exactly a character people line up to see. He talks briefly about his back story.

    Flash - portrayed the way he should be portrayed. A sarcastic smart ass that at times is the best part of the movie. The only issue with him is at time the special affects for his speed power is a little clunky and odd looking. That's not his fault, but weren't as fun as the scenes from the last two Xmen movies with Quicksilver.

    Unnamed character - still plays this part really wooden, but starts to lighten up toward the end. So far to me there is still only one perfect portrayal of this character to date.

    It has a few Easter eggs in it that foreshadow superheroes that could be there in the future and some are pretty easy to see.

    Stay till the end though. There are two credit scenes. The first is an inside joke between two characters that has been going on for years. The second is a setup for future movies involving bad guys joining forces. One is an actor I would love to not return to this series. The other is a character that is long overdue showing up in a Batman film as the main villain and I look forward to seeing.

    It's a solid movie, but I doubt would break into many's top 10 list of these types of movies. No boobs, but a some superheroes cleavage. If you are trying to choose between this or Thor 3 go see thor. 6/10
     
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    Atomic Blonde 2017 - Good not great but worth the $5.99 on Amazon. Charlize Theron :naughty: and others. This was advertised as your typical glossy super human secret agent movie but turned out to be a gritty spy movie. Fight scenes are unique in that they are done as continuous tracking shots. So none of those 2 second clips all mashed together so that you can't tell what's going on. Great hand to hand combat and when people get hit they actually sustain damage. There is a long scene near the end where Charlize has to fight her way out that is one of the best fight scenes I've ever seen on film. Plot: Theron is an MI6 agent sent to Berlin circa 1989 to retrieve "the list" of all allied spies in the hands of a baddy who wants to sell it. She's also tasked at finding a double agent believed to be in Berlin. Her contact in Berlin is another MI6 agent who has gone rouge. Along the way she makes contact with a french female agent and they bump clams. Woot woot. The conclusion is a twist as is usual in spy movies. The one negative is that the script is a bit weak which is probably why the movie hasn't gotten good reviews but who cares! Charlize Theron full backal nudity! Many b-cup boobs. American boobs, english boobs, french boobs. Come for the boobs stay for the fights. Gratuitous contusion-fu. Joe Bob says check it out!

    Charlize and friend discussing the sociopolitical implications of post cold-war Berlin.
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    #887 ThreatMatrix, Nov 17, 2017 at 7:24 PM
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    Maybe the last person to see Hatefull 8 but that was boring.

    Baby Driver was good but not good enough to pay for.
     
    #888 ThreatMatrix, Nov 20, 2017 at 12:21 PM
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    1911 (2011)

    Jackie Chan, but not a Jackie Chan film. This is commemorating the 100 yr anniversary of the Chinese revolution. Chan plays one main lead for the revolutionary fighters, while Winston Chao plays the other lead who travels to America to raise funds for the revolution, then travels to Europe to prevent funding of the Qing dynasty, and eventually returns to be the first (interim) president of China's new found republic. The film offered a 90 min film (not documentary) presentation of events, shifts in politics and military, international bullying, etc. I would say it was reasonably well done as a film, given the following of our two main characters, the adherence to Chinese history, and the war scenes. However, it was overall fairly thin, and ultimately not worth your time. The history you could get better from 20 min of reading wiki. There was a side boob shot in the opening as a woman is walked to her death through throngs of townspeople and one of them was nursing a baby. Meh. 4/10
     

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