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Watched Dune the other day. So--unexpectedly--good, just like with The Batman! :o I was only seeing it because of Chalamet (love him), but I didn't really expect to like it since it looked Star Wars-esque. Not really my thing. Imagine my surprise, I really got into this. I loved the score--looking up the details and finding Hans Zimmer of TLK fame (of so many things) did this, I wasn't a bit surprised, he's always great, imo! :P

Even with the nearly 3-hour running time, it felt like the plot was still going a little too fast. I've never heard of the original novel (or the previous films), so this was a completely new experience for me. The spice, Bene Gesserit, and the voice were the most intriguing things about this for me--Tim Brayton's review called the Bene Gesserit "space nuns" ( :lol: ) and that feels incredibly accurate. The Harkonenn Baron made me think of Jabba the Hut. Speaking of similarities, the warring house drama made me think of Game of Thrones. I liked most of the characters (however sparse their personalities were), which is probably down to the actors doing the heavy-lifting.

Zendaya was what I was most dreading about this--and the reason I expected not to enjoy this--but she was ultimately in maybe 2 minutes of the film, to this film's benefit. That's the only thing that makes me not completely look forward to the sequel...since she can't help but have a larger role in it. :huh:
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So good to hear Dune was so good! I'll think of checking it out! My mom loves the books, I think. I saw Emma (2020) recently, and was very surprised how emotional it got me and how good it was! I mainly wanted to see it for the costumes!
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I saw The Batman because of recommendations, and...did Batman really save the city by stopping all those shooters? I guess. It was just kind of a downer. Wasn't very uplifting like I expect Batman to be.
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Jurassic World Dominion out of theatre reaction: https://youtube.com/shorts/nUpksnw7OBU?feature=share
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Saw Nope twice last week, but couldn't review it due to the forum outage. If you weren't able to figure out by the trailer, this is an alien horror movie, and another type of movie in disguise, that which I will not spoil. What makes this film particularly special for me is that this film is both a nuanced take of the subject relating to timeless themes, and it's a loving patch quilt of homages to other great films that I didn't realize it was paying tribute to till the 2nd time I watched it. My first viewing of the movie unfortunately had a very obnoxious audience that was laughing too much over the dialogue, that I wasn't able to hear what they found funny, and their laughter was unwarranted at scenes I didn't find particularly funny.

Seeing the movie again in a better theater with stage surround sound, and most importantly, an audience that was far more composed and considerate to not let their reactions affect other's enjoyment is what helped solidify the film as a great movie for me and proof that you need to watch a film more than once to appreciate it. 1st viewing I thought the movie was a slow burn that lead to an explosive finale. I argue that sentiment still remains true, but with hindsight, you're able to notice all the pieces to the puzzle that make this picture, and that is ingenious to me. :D
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I'm looking forward to seeing Nope since I enjoyed Us, although I'm skeptical about it. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I've seen a load of films since the forum was online that I'm trying to remember them all--a lot of things I had backed up that I finally got around to: The Current War, Rocketman, Sunset Boulevard, Watership Down, Spies in Disguise, Respect, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Beginners. I actually would say I enjoyed all of those except for Beginners, King Arthur, and Rocketman, although even those two had some good moments. I mean, Rocketman wasn't bad, it was just too focused on the family and relationship drama to me and I hate that they didn't show any of Elton's current husband. I think even the best biographical films are always a little boring anyway. What finally inspired me to put it on was I saw Taron Egerton on Jimmy Kimmel's show as a guest when Chelsea Handler was co-hosting. He had such a cute personality, I wanted to see what he was like in the movie. I remember somebody suggesting him for Hercules, and I think he'd be great if they did pick him. He has that sweetness in the eyes / face that suits the character.

I had bought the Respect soundtrack ages ago, but only finally got a chance to see the movie recently. TBH, I liked this one better than Rocketman or Bohemian Rhapsody, even though I wish it had shown more of her later career. I'm so looking forward to seeing the Whitney and Elvis movies.

I'd never seen Watership Down before and recorded it when it aired a while back on TMC. It was pretty good, although different than I expected. I thought it would be really dark... I mean, it was dark, but not quite to the degree I thought it was based on its reputation; I wouldn't say it was much darker than The Secret of NIMH, for example.

King Arthur started off alright, but really petered out. I felt like the film didn't really have a middle. Disappointing, as so many Arthur adaptations end up being, surprisingly.

Spies in Disguise was the most surprising of those for me. I did not expect to like that one, another one like Abominable that looked like a hard no and ended up having a lot of bright spots. I'm not a James Bond or spy film fan and the idea of the character turning into a pigeon sounded more annoying than anything. That said, I liked the relationship between the main two characters--I didn't expect that. Walter is the reason I liked the movie though; what an adorkable character.
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I've been watching different things. Almost 2/3rds through Xena: Warrior Princess. I'm enjoying it for what it is, very campy. I wish they'd air the Hercules show, so I could watch them in tandem; it'll air someday, I'm sure. The Jennifer Hudson Show debuted the past week. I usually skim through fluff talkshows like this one even in the best case scenario and only watch interviews or anything that looks worth stopping for, but I did watch her first week anyway. I think she's doing alright, I hope the show survives a couple of years. I recently watched an old Joan Crawford film that I liked, Queen Bee. I sort of wonder if the only reason I watched it (and enjoyed it) was because I associate that type of character with the real Crawford thanks to Feud. :P

I've also been watching Touched by An Angel. It's a show I grew up with, but haven't watched in years, I just had a desire to watch it with adult eyes. Della Reese was always my favorite part of that show. I wish I could afford to watch all of One Piece, but I have watched at least one full arc now (the Fishman Island arc). I'll see it all someday. It's standard anime boilerplate, but I find those pretty fun. I have several movies stored up again to watch--Elvis, the two new Channing Tatum comedies, Sonic 2, House of Gucci, etc. I go in moods though, I wait to watch certain things when I'm feeling it.

Really I just wanted to say I was disappointed Pat Carroll wasn't shown during the Emmy's when they highlighted everyone who's passed this year. :( I didn't understand it since she was known for a lot of game show and TV series cameos. They did include Gilbert Gottfried though and I don't associate him with TV at all, so I don't get it.
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If you liked the first Sonic movie, I think you'll love the 2nd. It's really good, really fun.

That's really the only newer movie I've seen lately besides Lightyear.
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blackcauldron85 wrote: Tue Sep 20, 2022 10:28 am If you liked the first Sonic movie, I think you'll love the 2nd. It's really good, really fun.
Good to know! I guess I worried the first one might have been a fluke. I don't know, I have this weird thing these days where I have to work myself up to watching movies sometimes. I look at the 2+ hour length of most movies and wonder if I have the willpower for that kind of time investment at the moment. :lol: I generally prefer TV shows and spending a lot of time with the same characters.
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I can understand that for sure. There are pros and cons to tv and movies (movies usually tie up a full story in a short amount of time, but it's not broken up like a TV show, and tv shows give you more time with each character but you have a long time to wait for some storylines).
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Is anyone going to see Bros? I hear it’s a bomb 💣.
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I just watched A Boy Called Christmas on Netflix. One of the best movies I've seen. It's not all sunshine and rainbows (it deals with some serious issues), but it's mostly a feel -good movie that is about hope and joy. I highly recommend it.
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