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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by TLB, Jan 6, 2016.
This is how I felt about this movie... the special effects killed it.
The Little Things (HBO Max) - Denzel, Rami Malek and Jared Leto star. Denzel is a disgraced copy sent from the small town he works in to LA to corroborate on a possible serial killer that they have evidence on. Malek is the hotshot young detective he is to work with and against Captain's orders continues to work with Denzel who's last case caused him to burn out in every way possible. Leto plays the suspect they lock onto and a game comes along. They push their limits and the law and in the end they are left hoping they made the right choices. Not going to lie I was expecting so much more. It dragged on and in the end just left things open to interpretation of who is telling the truth and who isn't. Not only that so many stupid decisions are made it is baffling. I'm going to give this a 5/10 as it just doesn't live up to anything. Denzel also looks to have aged about 20 years since his last movie, but 4K must not be kind to some.
I rewatched the godfather this past weekend. In a day and era where movies are mass produced, plot lines are copied, and shock value, isms and racial/gender/wokeness is substituted for actual quality, it was a refreshing change and a real treat. Excellent movie. Gonna watch #2 this weekend probably.
Never heard of it... what's it about?
I watch it every time it comes on TV. Great movie
Just watched The Little Things...previews looked good and then just completely fell flat for me. Very underwhelming
good movie. Old man, patriarch, has some kids and is a godfather to a close friends son. Looks out for everyone, dies of old age. Youngest son carries on the family name and becomes a godfather to his nephew. A real edge of your seater....
I noticed you didn’t venture into Godfather III territory. You chose wisely
Space Sweepers (2021) <Netfilx> The title gives you an indication, doesn't it? Korean Sci Fi set in the future where earth is dying and the mega-corporation UTS has been building livable places in orbit with eyes for Mars. I'll try to keep the plot spoiling minimal, but it isn't real deep to begin with. Premise is several crews run space sweepers collecting space junk for minimal cash to survive while people on earth live out the planets dying days. We follow one such crew and the pilot Tae-Ho and his team consisting of a captain, an engineer, and an all around robot. Deep in debt, looking to score, the stumble across a lost android that looks like a 7y old girl. Turns out there is the terrorist Black Fox group as well as the Space Guard looking for her with warnings that she may blow up, nuclear style. The team navigates getting a ransom for her, and in the process form bonds. Not to go deeper, but there are several thin wrinkles along the way (Tae-Ho's own daughter, the backstory for each of the crew AND the little girl, and finally our villain who reminds of of Gates or Jobs). If I had to pick a similar storyline I'd point to The Fifth Element, but this carries itself well without feeling like you've seen it before. Story isn't super deep but they more than make up for it with top notch special (space) effects and decent action sequences. Plenty of laughs, without being a comedy. Plenty of tugs on your heart strings without getting sappy or corny. Overall a very good spend of 2h, and yes it took the full 2h. At 1:15 I thought we'd near reached the end, and there were a few scenes that could have been cut to shorten it a bit. But then the last 45 starts taking a few plot twists, nothing too deep but enough to keep you tuned in. Just went you thought 'this is the end' they play one or two more which might be stretching your patience but ties the film up nice enough. Definitely recommend 8.5/10, with the caveat being it was a multilingual cast so I was glued to the subs the entire time. Even when someone spoke a form of English, the accent made it undecipherable. Idunno, maybe some may see that as flavor for the film, others may see it as a challenge (we even have characters switching languages mid-statements). Still, watch it, if you're good with a subbed Korean Sci Fi.
I Am Wrath (2016) <Netflix> I've heard it described as a cross between John WIck and The Punisher (film). I'd say that's accurate, as we have John Travolta playing the role of husband and father, and an opening sequence where the wife picks him up at the airport and they have some guys jump them in the parking garage. Wife is killed (spoiler), and cops won't do anything, even after he IDs the killer in a lineup, so JT breaks open the wall in his house, calls up his buddy from his old CIA special ops days who happens to run a local barber shop (of course). The difference between this and John Wick is that Wick was a professional assassin, everything is slick and calculated and done on his own. JT has a buddy, which adds some funny lines and allows JT to be human once in awhile (as best as JT can act it). Plot goes a little deeper than simple revenge, story has some interesting characters but overall not so much, a good bit of action (with those funny moments sprinkled in). If you want a solid film, go see Wick. If you want a decent film that's not so serious, this is ok, not great or even good, just ok. 6.5/10.
Been catching up on some movies while also catching up on some of the DC Animated Films. They are for the most part good, but not focusing on them or the hallmark crap i watch with the wife. Here are some of the ones I have seen lately. Soul (Disney +) - Pixar's new film about a middle aged man who after finally getting his big break, dies, goes to the land of souls and has to find his way back. Not gonna lie. It's not Pixar's best in my opinion and I lost interest, pretty sure the kids did to. Basically the message is to enjoy every thing in life, because it could be over tomorrow. 5/10 The Call of the Wild (HBO Max) - Already been reviewed and I enjoyed it. It's amazing how accurate the dog's facial expressions were, but man I feel like Harrison Ford just mails it in and earns what is probably a ridiculous paycheck. 6/10 You Were Never Really Here (Prime) - stars Joquin Phoenix. This movie had so much promise and of course they had to make it all artsy and weird in the second act. The premise is that he is a veteran that works finding missing children. Once again, starts out promising, but then goes into this weird way to the end. Could have been such a good movie. 6/10 Most Wanted (Prime) - Josh Hartnet is not dead and stars in this as a reporter in Canada that uncovers a Canadian police drug deal overseas gone wrong. Rather than admit their mistake the leave the guy in prison and the reporter has to uncover everything to get him extradited. 6.5/10. Chick Fight (Prime) - Has a couple hot chicks and mails it in Alec Baldwin as the drunk trainer. Basically a down on her luck women starts to go to the all women fight club her mother once established. It follows, with sometime humorous interactions, the women as she gets her life back together. The funniest parts might come from her recently coming out as gay father played by Kevin Nash and his 5 foot tall Asian boyfriend. You go into this movie knowing what it is. I hoped for boobs and sadly the actresses did not provide those in this go around. 5/10 The King of Staten Island (HBO Max) - Run away. This movie was horrible and I couldn't make it past the halfway mark. I'm sure it will be critically praised for showing how cool it is to be a mid-twenties loser that is stoned all the time. 3/10 Geostorm (HBO Max) - Gerald Butler is starting to take over the role previously held by Bruce Willis as the guy that keeps making bad movies, but you can't turn them off because they are just so absurd they entertain. Global Warming movie that's only overshadowed by Al Gore's predictions. They build a satellite that can fight the weather and Butler has to go fix it when their is a conspiracy about who weaponized it. You also see Andy Garcia and Ed Harris, and of course American's and Republicans are evil. Its bad and you will most likely finish it. 4/10 Irresistible (HBO Max) - Steve Carrell and Rose Byrne. I like Carrell and Rose Byrne gets hotter with age so I checked it out. Directed by John Stewart and in the first few minutes I thought I knew where it was going, but then it changed course completely and was refreshing. Carrell play a democratic strategist who is distraught over Trump's win. He decides to go to a small town in Wisconsin to try and help win the mayor's race. It starts out with good intentions, but after inadvertently insulting the town at every turn he realizes it will be harder to connect with "fly over" country than he thought. It then gets into lobbyists, super pacs and big money donors coming to town and tries to highlight a lot of what is wrong in today's politics, but of course it just falls onto deaf ears of his constituents as no matter how much they think they can understand these simple people, everything is wrong. At the end it dawns on him that those people despise him and his type as much as his type despise him. Byrne floats around as his Republic opposite that is portrayed as just a deep pocket liar. This movie actually shows a great insight into how many in flyover country feel and why they do what they do in the movie. While Republicans are not portrayed well, this movie holds nothing back in skewering the democratic party and the media's involvement in our division to which all of them are tone deaf and refuse to change. The media in the end credits is one of the best parts as it highlights how they give their opinions as fact and not the actually story. The other funny part is that they always ask him where something is OK and he always replies with the large coastal elite cities, not realizing that small towns could give two craps. I'm actually a little shocked this movie was allowed to be made. 7/10.
Guns Akimbo (2019) (Amazon Prime) I'm afraid I probably didn't approach this with the right mindset. First half watched one evening while playing on my phone, second as I was distracted surfing sites like this one. It came off like a game, which makes sense given the context, but I wasn't able to enjoy the humor as much as I'm sure they intended (blame my distractedness). Samara Weaving was a nice watch, and Radcliffe as our lead held his own very well. But the rest...meh. I'd give the depth of story about a 3/10, but the action and explosions help raise the score. Being in a right mindframe and giving the film the attention it deserved would help it more. I'll end it with a 6.5/10 but not much more. Colorful, fun romp with a decent attempt at a storyline without making you invest a lot of yourself into any of it.
Tom & Jerrry (2021) HBOMax: This was something we watched as a family over the weekend. It's not the best or worst thing in the world, but it's entertaining enough. It starts with Tom and Jerry moving to New York and they run into each other, Jerry ruining Tom's "music career". Jerry takes up residence in a Hotel and Tom finds out. A few side human characters who move the story along. They cause a huge issue and then have to help the human's to fix their mess. I give it a 5/10 for what is supposed to be, kid enjoyed it and it was funny enough for adults. ThreatMatrix Matrix: No boobs/bush/or ass. The Predator (2018): I've been wanting a good predator movie and most of them are entertaining enough but in the end are straight garbage. Since the first one, and maybe the second one the rest have had promise, but end up flopping. This one is no different. It does expand on the current timeline, and has some characters who could have been real interesting, but then they focus on the characters as boring as Injun. Not enough action and a lot of unneeded dialog. I give this move a 4.5/10. ThreatMatrix Matrix: No Boobs/Bush/ass
Middle Men (2009) Netflix. Starring Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, James Caan, Kevin Pollack and a hooker you'd leave your wife for, Laura Ramsey. Loosely based on real life. Ribisi and Gabriel Macht play a couple of crazy entrepreneurs who discover how to make money on the internet distributing porn. They've become entangled with the Russian Mob. After R&M fail to pay the Mobsters James Caan hires Luke WIlson to fix the problem. Although Luke is a family man he can't turn down the money and becomes embroiled in the world of porn and mobsters. Hilarity ensues. Luke falls in lust with porn star Laura Ramsey (she IS cute). A Russian henchman is killed and Luke must find a way to get out after his family is threatened. For free It's worth a watch. Lots of T&A though not the only reason to watch. Joe Bob says check it out. Wife leaving material:
I Care A Lot (Netflix) - Stars Rosemund Pike and Peter Dinklage. Rosemund and her girlfriend have a nursing home grift going. They have a doctor friend tell the state that her elderly patients need to be committed under her care as a state ward and she proceeds to clean them out financially while waiting on the whale. It finally comes along, but this old lady (Dianne West) has very powerful connections and a past not in her records. While she struggles to stay alive and get her money, she starts to wonder if she's in over her head as Dinklage's mob group is after her. Pike and her girlfriend Eiza Gonzalez are both smoking in this movie, but no boobs. It has a little of everything from humor to action, but is one of those movies where you really don't want anyone to win because everyone is a horrible person. 7/10 and one of the better Netflix movies.
Mum & Dad (2008 ) Plot seems based upon real life serial killers Fred & Rosemary West*. I'll admit, the film probably was better than I felt it was, because I watched while reading the wiki on them which is many times worse than the film. The movie itself follows a young polish immigrant girl, working janitorial duties at an England airport who misses the bus and a co-worker offers to let her crash for the night. Well, the co-worker (Birdie) and her silent brother (Elbie) take them home to mum & dad. Upon entering the home, our lead 'Angel' is drugged, then awakens to find herself restrained and catching glimpses of dad killing someone in an adjoining room. The film revolves around this dysfunctional family, and Angel's efforts to stay alive in abiding their rules while looking for escape. There's a few more good bits of gore, and a somewhat infamous Christmas scene, and an odd twist of a young girl we don't discover until late in the film. The entire film is pretty much in the house with the dynamics of Bridie wanting to be the favorite child, mum & dad with their sadistic approach to family and nonchalance of torture and murder, Elbie being the semi-reluctant participant, and Angel as our connected character enduring unexpected hell. For gore, it's got some good stuff, but never felt over the top (though Xmas does make some queasy in viewing), for tension I never felt much (most likely due to my reading the wiki simultaneously), and for depth of plot I have explained it all. I suppose the main selling point was the fear, unexpected hell so close to everyday life, like anyone could be a fly in this venus flytrap. It's solid in that respect, but not spectacular, IMO. I'll give it a good 6.5/10, could definitely have been better but probably lost a point from me because of my distraction. *Arrested on 10-12 murders, the horror and incest of the true West couple is astounding. Active roughly '67-87, but tracing back to West's own twisted childhood this is a reality beyond imagination. I won't get into the details. Those who have an interest in truly disturbing human actions can read up on the wiki and what they did. I'm not sure it could be made into a movie, certainly not without an X or XXX rating (and not just for the sex).
Sandlot (1993) : I hadn't seen this movie until two weeks ago. It's the story of a kid moving to the area, getting to know the kids in the neighborhood. The story is about their summer on the sandlot baseball field. I dismissed it when I was younger, but watched it with my daughter at the free movie in the park. I enjoyed it found myself truly enjoying a movie that I wasn't expecting to enjoy. I give it a solid 6.5/10. ThreatMatrix matrix: No boobs/ass/bush... but wouldn't have minded seeing the female lifeguards (as opposed to Injun who wants to see the dude).
You JUST saw it??? You're KILLING ME, Smalls!
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