Movie opinions thread (what have you seen, what did you think?)

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Split Second (1992)

I would have believed this was made in 1982, but I believe it was a budget title for the time. None of it seems to work. The setting, the characters, the plot. It feels like something written by grade school kids. Rutger Hauer plays the role, but I think there's too much grit. They sprinkle in scenes of emotion, but it's the wrong kind of emotion. Kim Cattrall does a good job while looking amazing. She's almost too good for what's happening in the movie.

There's no mistaking the famous runner from Shadowrun (Snes, PC), Jake Armitage, is based on Rutgers character from this film.

It would have been better if the antagonist was not supernatural. It takes it from a B-movie to C movie territory when they start talking about astrological alignment.
 

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Godzilla vs. Biollante- Well I was a little underwhelmed by this one. I can see why it's highly regarded by fans as it's a definite step up in terms of production values from the previous movies and honestly some of the set pieces and effects are pretty impressive. It's just so convoluted, there's so much super science and psychic nonsense (even by the standards of the franchise) it gets pretty bogged down. And as impressive as the monster fights are they're too short and too infrequent. Also the ending was a pretty big letdown. It's still a good Godzilla movie but I was expecting a bit more.
 
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Godzilla vs. Biollante- Well I was a little underwhelmed by this one. I can see why it's highly regarded by fans as it's a definite step up in terms of production values from the previous movies and honestly some of the set pieces and effects are pretty impressive. It's just so convoluted, there's so much super science and psychic nonsense (even by the standards of the franchise) it gets pretty bogged down. And as impressive as the monster fights are they're too short and too infrequent. Also the ending is also a pretty big letdown. It's still a good Godzilla movie but I was expecting a bit more.
vs. Biolante is the Citizen Kane of Godzilla. Don't go for the story. Go to appreciate the technical acheivement. They did some in-camera effect stuff that is great even against modern movies. This is probably a case where the story told in the documentary (very much worth watching) is better than the story in the movie.

Although, personally, I like the psychic girl character, who continues to show up in the following movies of this series up until Godzilla dies and they reboot in 1999.
 

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vs. Biolante is the Citizen Kane of Godzilla. Don't go for the story. Go to appreciate the technical acheivement. They did some in-camera effect stuff that is great even against modern movies. This is probably a case where the story told in the documentary (very much worth watching) is better than the story in the movie.

Although, personally, I like the psychic girl character, who continues to show up in the following movies of this series up until Godzilla dies and they reboot in 1999.
I think the problem is that I have essentially watched the series backwards (aside from the Showa stuff I saw growing up) so having already seen the later movies as well as the Gamera trilogy kind of spoiled me.

The psychic stuff I don't mind too much plus it's an excuse to have a cute chick in there. It's the super-science babble that gets me. If you're just making shit up then you don't need to get so bogged down in all the details. I know it's always been a trait of the series and it's necessary time filler but I think in the later movies they kind of figured it out and they just don't drag as much. There are also too many characters that don't really matter and they take up a lot of time as well. It's still a top tier G movie, just didn't have the impact I thought it would.
 

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I think the problem is that I have essentially watched the series backwards (aside from the Showa stuff I saw growing up) so having already seen the later movies as well as the Gamera trilogy kind of spoiled me.

The psychic stuff I don't mind too much plus it's an excuse to have a cute chick in there. It's the super-science babble that gets me. If you're just making shit up then you don't need to get so bogged down in all the details. I know it's always been a trait of the series and it's necessary time filler but I think in the later movies they kind of figured it out and they just don't drag as much. There are also too many characters that don't really matter and they take up a lot of time as well. It's still a top tier G movie, just didn't have the impact I thought it would.
The Heisei series kind of should be watched in order, since there's more of a continuity than in Showa or Millenium and newer. But the problem with that is I think all the Heisei movies are a step down after Biolante. They replace the convoluted craziness of Biolante with silliness in vs. Mothra, vs. Ghidorah, and especially in vs. Space Godzilla. The final movie with Destoroyah pulls back on the silliness, but kind of drags for me in the middle with the blatant Aliens ripoff (still better than the Raiders ripoff in Mothra and the Terminator ripoff in Ghidorah, though). The movie is under 2 hours but feels like 3. Still, the big ear psychic girl shows up one last time, and I really like Junior in that movie.
 

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An interesting teaser for fans of Mr. Lynch. Announcement coming on June Five. 👀

Oh boy! But that could be anything. Not necessarily a movie. Could be a short film on his website. Could be another music video.

Movie would be nice, though. I thought he was done. But if it was a movie, I have a feeling it would have debuted at Cannes last week. The french fucking love him nearly 80% of how much I do.
 

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The Idea of You - knew nothing about it beforehand, wife wanted to watch it. In the end it's just a disposable romance movie but I enjoyed the two hours with it. I was surprised that it got an R rating, no nudity and no cussing. Another thing that surprised me after it was over was seeing Michael Showalter directed it. I liked The State and Stella when I was in high school so seeing him direct this was a shock. Good to see he's still getting work after The Baxter.
 

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Is this that NFT movie he was going to release in 7 parts or did that dumb shit already happen?
 

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I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

A slow burn with no payoff. It’s a gothic horror about a gothic horror writer living in a haunted house. Very few scares, obnoxious narration, and completely forgettable. The Blackcoat’s daughter (same director) was far better and I’m looking forward to his new one, Longlegs, but this one’s a stinker.
 

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The Wicker Man- Not the one with Nic Cage, the original one from 1972. A puritan detective goes to a privately owned isle off of Scotland to investigate the alleged disappearance of a young girl. What he thought was a supposedly quaint old fashioned village turns out to be something far more sinister and the townspeople are most definitely hiding something. The whole movie has a very bizarre and unnerving vibe that builds up quite effectively. Lots of nudity (most notably Britt Ekland), pagan rituals and even more folk music. More of an occult thriller than a traditional horror movie. Highly influential and rightly regarded as a cult classic.
 

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“I believe in the life eternal, as promised to us by our Lord, Jesus Christ”

I have soft spot for That movie.
 

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Furiosa

Hot damn this did not disappoint in the slightest and is a perfect companion piece to Fury Road.

I read some spoiler free reviews and people said it wasn't as frantic as Fury Road (it isn't) and that it had more of a story (it is revenge tale) so I was a bit worried the action scenes wouldn't be as good, but they definitely are just as nuts and look just as good. There are just some absolutely bonkers stunts here and god bless all those stunt people that deserve way more credit than they get.

It was great seeing the old Fury Road cast (RIP Immortan Joe) in a new way and they all did as good of a job as before. The new faces are all great too with a personal favorite being the unflappable Praetorian Jack, who was very damn cool with his calm and collected badassery. Anya Taylor-Joy did a great job too, but no surprise there since she is always great. But the biggest surprise was Chris Hemsworth who by far and away stole the entire fucking show. He is somehow incredibly dumb, goofy, smart, cunning, and evil all at the same time. I don't even know how he managed to balance all of that, but the clever bastard did.
 

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The Third Man- Carol Reed's off-kilter (literally) post war noir masterpiece. Stellar acting, locations and cinematography. I understand why they went with the zither score but god damn, it also didn't help that the version I watched on Prime had absolutely abysmal sound mixing. Honestly I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had half muted it and turned on subtitles. Still, an incredible movie regardless.
 
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You'll probably be waiting longer than that. Fury Road was only a marginal box office success in the first place, and Furiosa is a colossal bomb.
Because idiots would rather support bad adaptations of a Herbert novel than something original with actual vision.

The Third Man- Carol Reed's off-kilter (literally) post war noir masterpiece. Stellar acting, locations and cinematography. I understand why they went with the zither score but god damn, it also didn't help that the version I watched on Prime had absolutely abysmal sound mixing. Honestly I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had half muted it and turned on subtitles. Still, an incredible movie regardless.
Yeah, Third Man holds up in a way Citizen Kane dreams about.
 

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Because idiots would rather support bad adaptations of a Herbert novel than something original with actual vision.
Fury Road was the least successful movie in the franchise. So they decided to do a spin off of it, with a higher budget, with the titular character of the franchise having 3 seconds of screen time being portrayed by a stunt double, and the titular character of the film having been recast.

I'm glad they did, but this had bomb written all over it from the moment it was announced. To make money this would've had to significantly out-gross the movie it spun out of. They took a movie that barely made money with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, cut out both actors and the main character of the franchise, upped the budget, then expected it to make more money.
 

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I can’t be arsed to Google it, especially with some of the well informed movie buffs in this thread.

-Did Rikki-Oh: The Story of Rikki get a sequel &/or prequel?

-Did the Director of Rikki ever do any other movies?
 

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I don't think there's any other Rikki-Oh stuff aside from the manga. The director did a bunch of other movies but they're mostly supernatural Wu-Xia it would seem.

Body Double- This one might actually out 80's Scarface. It's extremely predictable and honestly quite unoriginal, basically Rear Window meets Vertigo. But man is it stylish and entertaining. The Frankie Goes To Hollywood number is awesome, the locations, fashion... everything is just fantastically 80's. I honestly don't even mind the lack of originality, everything is just so well executed. Loved the ending, the wrap around to the opening and the way it plays during the credits is very fun. Highly recommended but be aware there is a lot of sex and nudity.
 

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I can’t be arsed to Google it, especially with some of the well informed movie buffs in this thread.

-Did Rikki-Oh: The Story of Rikki get a sequel &/or prequel?

-Did the Director of Rikki ever do any other movies?
There is a Japanese OVA of Riki-oh, but it's still just the manga adapted to anime and I've never seen it so I can't comment on it.

He's actually made a bunch of films and most of them are quite insane.

He did one called The Seventh Curse, which is on Tubi and is both fucking insane and fucking awesome.
 
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