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« Reply #705 on: March 25, 2016, 12:10:40 PM »

LADY IN THE VAN (2015): Dramatization of playwright Allan Bennett's memoir about an eccentric homeless woman (portrayed by Maggie Smith) who parked her van in his driveway in Camden Town and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years. Intelligently written but accessible, and humane without being sappy, this movie is a good reminder that the most interesting people are the ones we go out of our way to avoid talking to. 4/5.
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« Reply #706 on: March 30, 2016, 08:51:33 AM »

ONLY YESTERDAY (1991): An office worker's trip to the countryside sparks memories of her life as a 5th grader in 1966: first crushes, math homework, school plays, etc. Japanese animation is not only confusing cyber-science fiction, Miyazaki fantasy epics and tentacle porn; they can also do boring dramas. From Isao (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA) Takahata, this never before released in the U.S. (I can understand why---it has a tiny audience) was given a new dub by Disney as they have finally milked the Studio Ghibli catalog dry. 2.5/5.
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« Reply #707 on: April 06, 2016, 10:23:28 AM »

EYE IN THE SKY (2015): An anti-terrorism operation turns into a tense ethical quandary when the military requests permission to bomb a house containing suspected suicide bombers, despite the presence of innocent civilians in the blast radius. James Bond never worries about protocols, legalities and chain of command when it comes to blowing stuff up; come to think of it, he never worries about the possibility of killing innocent civilians. 4/5.
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« Reply #708 on: April 23, 2016, 05:21:56 PM »

Finally, saw "The Jungle Book." The previous time I tried to see it, it was sold out, which says something about its popularity, and it's even doing better in China, where they seem to take to talking animals. Doing even better than "Zootopia," as popular as that was.

Some nice foreshadowing.

Some other nice moments.
--Nice action
--Nice emotional resonance.
--Nice villains or not so nice.

Actually, it covered quite well all manners of villainy.
--The repulsive villainy of the snake. The seductive villainy of the tiger.
--The open villainy of the tiger. The secretive villainy of the snake and ape.
--The mostly brain of the snake. The mostly brawn of the tiger. And the brain and brawn of the ape.
--The funeral pyre. All villainy leads to death. At least in films, it does.

There does not seem to have been a straight adaptation of Kipling's "Jungle Book," but . . .?! This one probably comes closer than the others. Pointing out the humanity of animals, who are sometimes more human than humans.

Success breeds success. The critics have pointed out all the talent before and behind the camera, and this will likely continue, with them dominating both the domestic and international box office, as talent gravitates to where a successful product is being offered, which is what is happening so far. Of course, no word as to how long this will last, as nothing lasts forever, but with . . .

Animation
Marvel
Pixar
Star Wars
and now the franchise of converting their animated films into live action, which will continue with . . .

"Alice Through the Looking Glass"
"Beauty and the Beast"
"The Little Mermaid"
"Maleficent 2"
etc.

They have another hit film franchise going. Plus they have the platforms to which showcase their films with . . .

TV Shows
Theme parks
Ice shows
Cruise ships
Broadway shows,
etc.

Which are just ways to expand on their success. But . . .?!

We will see what we shall see with the next up "The Huntsman : the Winter's War."

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« Reply #709 on: April 27, 2016, 08:49:30 AM »

BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT (2016): On the south side of Chicago, barbers and stylists at the local co-ed barbershop struggle to maintain a normal life while gang violence disrupts the neighborhood. Malcolm D. Lee mainstreams his cousin Spike's impressive CHI-RAQ; the plot is predictable, but the ensemble cast is pleasant and the movie's heart is in the right place. Nicki Minaj as actress >> Nicki Minaj as musician. 2.5/5.
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« Reply #710 on: April 30, 2016, 01:51:25 PM »

The Huntsman : Winter's War

I certainly can understand why so many people dislike it.
--the script. Could have been a whole lot better
--the acting. Could have been better. Though, I don't know whether to put that down to . . .
----the actors
----the director
----the script.

Sill, there was a lot to like, or, at least, a lot for me to like.
--the action
--the costumes
--the emotions
--the foreshadowing
--the humor
--the music
--the scenery
--the sets
--the SFX

An uninteresting . . .
--cinematography
--ending. Which I disliked more than I thought I would.

Still, there was a number of interesting features.
--both . . . where most films are either a prequel or a sequel. This was both a prequel and a sequel.
--a look at the other side.
--the secondary characters. Which I actually liked more than the main characters.
--that she's smart enough to keep a boot knife in her boot.
--use of children.

Similar to . . .
--Frozen. Of course
--Cinderella. The captain of the guard was black in both films.
--Golden Compass. The polar bear as transportation.
--Hunger Games. Maybe it was the children's archery that reminded me of this film.

Trailers ere the film
--Magnificent Seven
--Legend of Tarzan
--Alice Thru the Looking Glass

All of which I plan to see. Maybe even "War craft," which I had no plans to see, till I saw this one. Maybe it's looking to be a better year for films that I thought.

Next time: we'll see what May has to offer.
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« Reply #711 on: May 11, 2016, 09:30:39 AM »

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016): The Avengers are split when Tony Stark and his allies accept a deal to bring the team under the authority of the U.N., while Captain America leads a breakaway team to investigate a terrorist bombing without any oversight. Fun enough for fans, but I guess I'm the only one who thinks that too many superheroes spoil the plot. Plus, I missed two of the 19 movies Marvel released last year so I have no idea who half the players were and what the hell was going on. 3/5.
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« Reply #712 on: May 11, 2016, 05:43:05 PM »

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016): The Avengers are split when Tony Stark and his allies accept a deal to bring the team under the authority of the U.N., while Captain America leads a breakaway team to investigate a terrorist bombing without any oversight. Fun enough for fans, but I guess I'm the only one who thinks that too many superheroes spoil the plot. Plus, I missed two of the 19 movies Marvel released last year so I have no idea who half the players were and what the hell was going on. 3/5.

"The business of business is business."

2015 - the year of Universal
$1 billion domestic gross in . . .
165 days

2016 - the year of Dis.
$1 billion domestic gross in . . .
127 days
And at that rate . . .
$3 billion domestic gross by the end of the year.
+ with American films making as much or more internationally, one is looking at not $5 billion total box office gross, as previously thought, but . . .?! $6 billion total box office gross for the year. And this is 1 of the reasons why.

2017 - the year of . . .?!
Ah, that is the rub.

"Ya'll ain't see nuthin' yet!"

Not a dozen Marvel characters, as here, but . . . 67 Marvel characters in . . .

Avengers : Infinity War - Part I in . . .
2018

Avengers : Infinity War - Part II in . . .
2019

ant-man
black widow -- black panther
captain America -- captain marvel
doctor strange
the falcon
hawk eye -- the hulk
iron man
loki
scarlet witch -- spider man
thanos -- thor
the wasp

That's 67 - 16 = 51.

+ the question is how many from "Guardians of the Galaxy."
At least . . .

star-lord
rocket
groot
gamora
drax

51-5=46 more to go.

The blowout to end all blowouts, or, why Hollywood is coming out of the woodwork and falling all over itself to appear in these films, as they are that Hollywood rarity--a regular paycheck for the next 2 to 3 years. And even an 1-time appearance in 1 of these films can earn 1 a paycheck of $1 to $4 million for lest than a month's work.

While, at first, I was leaning against seeing this, having read the graphic novel upon which this film was based "Avengers : Civil War" and lord, it hurt and it hurt bad, now I am leaning toward seeing it.

And we'll see what we'll see!




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« Reply #713 on: May 19, 2016, 09:49:07 AM »

HARMONY (2015): A wave of mass suicides threatens the existence of a future utopia where health and compassion are enforced though a combination of ideology and technology; one rebellious agent finds suspicious similarities to events from her teenage years. HARMONY'S provocative meditation on humanity's growing capicity to shape our own consciousness makes it an instant classic in anime's mindbending adult sci-fi subgenre, with more philosophical rigor---and ethical ambiguity---than normal. No Hollywood movie would ever depict the World Health Organization as potential villains, or self-harm as a potential act of defiance. 4.5/5.

I saw this almost by chance as I missed a movie I intended to see and noticed this was playing for one night only. I'm not the hugest anime fan but I think I got lucky here. Some will find it too talky but when the ideas are this fascinating I don't care.
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« Reply #714 on: May 23, 2016, 02:25:55 PM »

Captain America : Civil War

I finally got around to seeing this one. I wasn't going to see it, as I had read the comic book series upon which it was based, and--Lord--did that hurt, and it hurt bad. Yet . . .?! While this one did have some hurts, it did not hurt as bad as that, and--frankly--it was far funnier than the comic book series. Which should be no surprise, as I do prefer visual humor to verbal humor. What did surprise me was the . . .

Action
I have seen a lot of action scenes in my time. Some good. Some not so good, but . . .?! I don't (IMHO) think I have seen action scenes as good as the ones in this film. Which should be the casebook on how to do an action scene.

"No one does it better." Unless it is Marvel, as they succeeded where the Bond films have failed recently, and that is in interjecting some much needed and effective humor into the action scene. (IMHO)

And if the action scenes took me by surprise, what was even a greater surprise was the tete a tetes between the characters which tied the action scenes together, and which was  effective in schussing out the characters.

Actors
The old guys and gals have really grown into their parts.

The new guys. I think their appearance in this film effectively answers with an yes any question whether the actor who plays the Black Panther can carry off the role in the upcoming 2018 film. And even more surprising, as he is the 1st actor to play the Black Panther in a film, it is the actor who plays Spiderman in this film, who may be the best Spiderman yet, even though there have been others before him. While I have been inconsistent in my Spiderman film watching, I may see Columbia's next attempt at it in 2017. If only because it seems that Marvel is taking a bigger role in the film. Thus, it may succeed, where other films have failed.

All the others. From Ironman's parents and the MIT university prof to the CIA official to William Hurt and Alfre Woodward, much of the strength (IMHO) of this film lies in its acting.

Also . . .
The film raises that age old question: "What do you do with a man who wants to die? Thus killing him gives him what he wants."

Stan Lee. When are they going to do an Alfred Hitchcock and put his cameo at the start of the film? One spends much of one's time now scoping out the film watching for his cameo.

Not 1 but 2 after credit sequences. One does wonder whether the 1st sequence will have any part in the upcoming Black Panther film in 2018.

Dislikes
A couple of things I disliked about the film. 1st that the big airport fight, which I thought should be the last fight in the film, because it was so big, should have been the last fight in the film, and it was not. And more seriously, 2nd, at least in comparison to how the comic book series ended, I did not like the way the film ended. Though, we will have to see how the ending plays out in The Avengers : Infinity War - Part I in 2018 and Avengers : Infinity War - Part II in 2019, which is the next time the Avengers appear in a film.

Trailers
TAL (Trailers always lie) Still . . .?! Saw the trailers for "Doctor Strange," which we'll talk about later, and "Rogue One : a Star Wars Story," which looks interesting, as it contains almost, except for Mon Mothma's appearance, all new characters.

Next up: Most likely "Alice Thru the Looking Glass"
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