What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

February 17th, 2018 at 7:40:49 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Overhyping can ruin expectations. But if it's good, it will keep bringing people in anyway.


It seems like the Marvel Comic book characters initially took some time before the foreign box office got used to them, then they did very well on the sequels.

But now the brand is getting more and more popular. Black Panther may be the first film to clear half a billion dollars in foreign box office FOR A NEW CHARACTER.


Foreign box office in millions
$128.6 The Incredible Hulk
$193.9 Captain America: The First Avenger
$266.8 Iron Man
$268.3 Thor
$339.1 Ant-Man
$440.2 Guardians of the Galaxy
$445.1 Doctor Strange
... sequels
$311.5 Iron Man 2
$438.2 Thor: The Dark World
$454.5 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
$473.9 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
$538.8 Thor: Ragnarok
$546.0 Spider-Man: Homecoming
$745.2 Captain America: Civil War
$805.8 Iron Man 3
$895.5 Marvel's The Avengers
$946.4 Avengers: Age of Ultron

Foreign Box Office for Blade films
$61.1 Blade 1998
$72.7 Blade II 2002
$76.5 Blade: Trinity 2004
February 20th, 2018 at 3:28:30 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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"15:17 to Paris" - This "incredible true story" looks especially interesting since it stars the actual folks involved in the real incident. Will it be more of a documentary than action film?
Reviewers seem to think it is neither. Just as The Godfather was the 'home movies of a crime family', Eastwood's latest film is a hodgepodge of bland events in the very ordinary life of someone who progresses thru Adult Day Care For Losers. He is not really depicted as being destined for greatness or as the film phrases it 'catapulted to greatness'. The story is not of thoroughly likeable, capable and competent young chaps who go to Europe, become innocently involved in intrigue and acquit themselves well, its a story of meandering losers who are caught up in a situation wherein their training and experience force them into actions that others just happen to find expedient to term heroic and gloss over the fact that they are still directionless losers who got lucky.
February 21st, 2018 at 7:31:35 PM permalink
terapined
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This looks like a pretty cool movie coming out in a couple days
The few reviews on the internet are raving about this movie
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February 21st, 2018 at 9:07:26 PM permalink
Ayecarumba
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Reviewers seem to think it is neither. Just as The Godfather was the 'home movies of a crime family', Eastwood's latest film is a hodgepodge of bland events in the very ordinary life of someone who progresses thru Adult Day Care For Losers. He is not really depicted as being destined for greatness or as the film phrases it 'catapulted to greatness'. The story is not of thoroughly likeable, capable and competent young chaps who go to Europe, become innocently involved in intrigue and acquit themselves well, its a story of meandering losers who are caught up in a situation wherein their training and experience force them into actions that others just happen to find expedient to term heroic and gloss over the fact that they are still directionless losers who got lucky.


I don't know if "losers" is the right word for the three Americans. They were depicted as pretty typical tourists, no different than thousands of others backpacking around Europe, staying in hostels and enjoying a holiday full of selfies and beer. However, when the time came to be a hero or cower behind a seat, one guy stepped up. The reality, is that they performed heroically. No doubt about that, putting their lives on the line. Unfortunately, the set up to the action on the train was aimless, and in a sense, pointless, since the information was communicated in ten minutes, but took 30 on screen. One interesting thing about this film is that there is a fourth individual who was recognized for heroism (as well as a couple of staffers from the train company). The fourth guy, a European, also played himself in the film.
February 21st, 2018 at 9:25:26 PM permalink
Ayecarumba
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The story I gleaned from the trailer seems like a cross between "Cloverfield" and "Arrival". There's the novelty of an all female team with firearms, and the music seems engaging, but the "shimmer" and the spoiler with the crocodile seem to give a whole bunch of the fun parts away.

For a fun coming attraction, there's a movie about a family scratching out a living in the woods where they have to use extreme measures to remain silent in order to keep the bad creature(s) from tearing them up. It will be interesting to see how the use of silence in a public theatre, contrasted with bursts of sound works out for, "A Quiet Place". If the lady sitting two rows in front of me during, "Hostiles" who took a full five minutes to open a crinkly plastic wrapped something or the other is there, it won't be fun for anyone.
February 21st, 2018 at 10:27:58 PM permalink
rxwine
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If the lady sitting two rows in front of me during, "Hostiles" who took a full five minutes to open a crinkly plastic wrapped something or the other is there, it won't be fun for anyone.


Hey, I've had that same package. Yeah, it's always some place quiet, and it has some plasticized armor you can't tear.
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February 24th, 2018 at 1:24:22 PM permalink
rxwine
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here's an interview and some info on the movie.

Quote:
The future is a very strange, unsettling place in your creative world. You're a fan of B-movies like "Soylent Green," "Logan's Run" and "Planet of the Apes." How did they inform your take on sci-fi?


https://www.cnet.com/news/annihilation-director-alex-garland-talks-ex-machina-sci-fi-ai-vr/?google_editors_picks=true
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February 24th, 2018 at 2:17:10 PM permalink
Nareed
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Whoa, hold it. "Soylent Green" and "Logan's Run" are not B movies. They tackle serious themes in a serious manner.
Fresh out of clues. Did you really expect anything?
February 24th, 2018 at 3:11:23 PM permalink
rxwine
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Whoa, hold it. "Soylent Green" and "Logan's Run" are not B movies. They tackle serious themes in a serious manner.


The interviewer is probably (and mistakenly) only referring to technical aspects of improvement in movie making.
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February 27th, 2018 at 6:55:52 PM permalink
Ayecarumba
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This looks like a pretty cool movie coming out in a couple days
The few reviews on the internet are raving about this movie

Saw this film, and was pleased with the score, which uses acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, that’s about all I would recommend about it. The pace is achingly slow, the plot is very unrealistic, and the money was all spent on the crocodile and Natalie Portman, leaving very little for alien costumes and sets. If you did drugs before watching the “Laserium” show at your local observatory, you might have flashbacks, and really enjoy it. However, most will probably not.
The “shimmer” prevents radio communication in or out of the affected area. However, electronic devices, like video cameras, work fine. That being the case, why not take a phone with a long cord? This obvious strategy makes the decision to send multiple teams into Area X, even though no one comes back, seem really dumb.
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I give it 4 phosphorus grenades out of 10.