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Discussion in 'Audio/Video/Books' started by finalsight, 24 September 2012.

  1. Cendaquenta

    Cendaquenta Honorary Pony

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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - A profoundly daft movie (lava doesn't work that way, neither does blood) but very entertaining. Much better than the first. Has flaws - the Claire/Owen romance is still being shoehorned in even though it really doesn't work, and there's a bizarre plot twist at the end involving one of the new characters which comes out of nowhere and is glanced over waaaayyy too quickly. Would recommend the movie, just try not to get frustrated at the weird plot and focus on enjoying the dinosaurs. :D
    There's an after-credits scene (well, a 5-second clip), but don't bother staying for it, it's really nothing.
     
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  2. Golden Star

    Golden Star Formerly ChrisDilke

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    Incredibles 2 - 9/10

    The 14-year wait was worth it! With excellent animation, great humour and characters, this isn't quite as fantastic as the first, but it's certainly a very worthy and enjoyable sequel. And be sure to get to the cinema in time for the short film "Bao", a quite different and really moving story.

    I also think it should be noted that our version has been modified from the US release; after the health concerns they caused, the strobe lighting effects have been toned down in our version.
     
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    Coraline (on the plane). 6.5/10
    What I liked. This was all about the atmosphere, since really all this film does is take you to the same 3 places 3 times, each time with a crazy difference. I think the film succeeded with its simple mission, since the evil dimension was generally genuinely affecting (although the first part of the movie was kinda slow as a result). Also. Those. Freaking. Buttons D:
    What I didn't. The message. In the latest pony ep we had an overly simplistic message and no genuine character autonomy, and Coraline is pretty much exactly the same with its protagonist stumbling through the boring and later interesting landscape without being presented with any meaningful choices (apart from the juicy decision of whether or not to friggin sow scary buttons into her eyes, which apparently was tempting to the other kiddies... because of course). That decision should have been the kiddie staple of whether to follow one's conscience or whether to have fun, but that totally did not come across. It seemed like a straightforward decision between boredom and fun, and if I was a kid I'd have chosen fun.
    The world-building. Nothing made sense. Ok so it was a soft magic, mysterious sort of kiddie film, which is fine... but some idea of what/who/why would have been nice. Even a lil hint. Maybe just a little story-book opening, like Pony S1 started with; the opening could have said something about demons nicking children and that would have been enough. The fact that I didn't know anything at all about the magic left me wondering:
    • "Why button eyes if demon-spider can make literally everything else in her dimension non-creepy - does it just have a button fetish?"
    • "Why does it need to sew buttons into children's eyes? If children go into its lair can't it just lock them in? If spider-demon just needs them to 'love' it then why not just keep on being nice to them?"
    • "How does spidey befriend rats and bugs if it never comes out and how does it keep an eye on them? Does it have little rat dolls?"
    • "Is it actually a spider?"
    • "Does it power its magic using kiddie souls? If so, how did it capture that first kid?"
    • "What happened to those kids? Did they just get to die?"
    • "What's up with that cat? If it's so good why didn't it stop 3 other kids dying? Why not capture the rats in the first place and stop Coraline going in there?"
    • "Did Coraline go into the evil dimension in her sleep the first times? If not, was it just hiding from her parents? If the spider-demon can make it disappear at will then why not close it off when she wants to keep Coraline there?"
    • "Why did the spider-demon let Coraline return at first if she just wanted to keep her? If it's because she needed Coraline's love then why bother trying to keep Coraline once she'd refused her lovely button-eyes?" etc etc
    Maybe these questions are answered somewhere, but not understanding this basic stuff on first watch diminished the impact of the story for me.
     
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  4. Robshi

    Robshi Young Dragon

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    Ponyo 8/10

    This was a rather adorable film, although it did have some strange parts, such as the army of mini Ponyos throughout the movie. Ponyo herself also looked rather freaky at parts, mainly in her mid transformation. Still, she was rather cute, and I liked her obsession with ham.

    I just wish the conclusion of the film had been a little more dramatic. Sosuke wasn't really tested much at all. It was more of a case of "Oh, you accept her, so everything is fine!" A bit more tension would have been better. Still, this was rather fun to watch, and I've been singing a bit of the end credits song to myself over the past day.
     
  5. sean retro

    sean retro Honorary Pony

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    my hero academia: two heroes
    Plus Ultra

    When I went to VUE they showed the sub version, I thought they the dub version not that it maters it was still great.
     
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    SRainboom The Girl With The Most Cake

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    The Crimes Of Grindlewald

    1/10

    it's so ehhhhhhhhhhhhh....
     
  7. Robshi

    Robshi Young Dragon

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    Watership Down 10/10

    I've never really seen or read anything to do with this before, but with the BBC putting a modern version out I thought I'd watch and was truly gripped. The only slight criticism I can even say is that the animation in one of the fight scenes looked a little off, but that really is splitting hairs. I was feeling rather emotional at the end of the film.
     
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  8. Thomas+Ponies

    Thomas+Ponies I'm HowToBasic!

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    "splitting hairs" Was that a pun?
     
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  9. Robshi

    Robshi Young Dragon

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    Not an intentional one, but now that you mention it... :confused::p
     
  10. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    Very interesting! You're about the first person who I've noticed watching it who didn't already know the story backwards. Very glad you enjoyed it so much! :)

    FWIW I also watched it, but as I'm a huge fan of the original I was doing so in a slightly different way. My review is more mixed, and a bit long to put here, so it's on the blog:

    http://louderyay.blogspot.com/2018/12/non-pony-watership-down-bbcnetflix.html

    I didn't score it there, but probably 7/10 overall.
     
  11. Somerset Cider

    Somerset Cider Old Pony

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    The new Watership Down?
    If you don't know the story it was probably ok, but I am a huge fan of the book and the original film and am some what unhappy with the way that huge chunks have been changed, the dog in the wood scene was left out , a very important part. Pipkin was left out, Strawberry seems to have changed sex. The punt down the river was left out, an important part of the escape. The animation was ok, but nothing special and some of the scripting was 'off' (being polite)
    Just some of the more irritating changes.
    There was one mistake that was in the first film, they used Ladle hill ( the next down over) rather than Watership Down because there is no large tree on top of the latter and I'm none to happy with some of the other scenery animation I know that area of Berkshire/Hampshire very well
    5/10 Just a bit disappointed.

    Oh , and the final scene with Hazel and the Black Rabbit........
    THERE ARE NO LARGE BODIES OF STANDING WATER ON TOP OF A B***** CHALK DOWN!
    The odd small dew pond may be...
     
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  12. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    Do not get me started on this next time we meet. Pipkin is my favourite character in the book, so you will never hear the last of it. :D
     
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    Spider Man: Into the spider-verse
    9/10

    Well done Sony you made a really good movie again, keep it up.
     
  14. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    Aladdin (the 1992 Disney cartoon). Probably 8/10. The usual good hand-drawn animation from that era of Disney, and a serviceable if not very thrilling story. Oh look, the villain has an English accent. How original. :p Robin Williams is of course excellent as the Genie of the Lamp. I was a little disappointed in the songs -- "A Whole New World" is good if a little sugary, but the others are mostly rather forgettable. They fit the story okay, but I don't think I could sing you a line of one now. The Jungle Book (1967 version) destroys Aladdin on that front. So... well worth an hour and a half of your time, but I wouldn't class it in the very top tier of Disney -- the likes of The Lion King and Zootopia/Zootropolis are certainly ahead in my book.

    I'm aware that a live-action Aladdin is on the way later this year. I imagine the "By Allah!" lines will be cut out, but beyond that I know almost nothing about it. I'm generally sceptical of these remakes, but to be fair I did enjoy the new Jungle Book, so we'll see.
     
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    Bumblebee
    So much better than the Bayformers, keep Bay off the director seat for now on.
     
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    The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
    9/10
    Thoroughly enjoyed, and not that far off the level of the first movie (which I adore). I'm definitely planning on going to see it a second time. New characters were great, animation was top notch, and good music too. Plus there were a few moments that did pull on the heart strings.

    The comedy didn't quite have the same consistency or strength as the first movie. And this one took a bit of time to really start showing it's brilliance.
     
  17. Golden Star

    Golden Star Formerly ChrisDilke

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    How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World - 9/10
    Maybe not quite as good as the first two, but still a wonderful if bittersweet conclusion to a terrific trilogy.

    Alita: Battle Angel - 7/10

    An intriguing and enjoyable film with great action and visual effects, but setting itself up for a planned but not yet guaranteed sequel makes it anticlimactic to a fault. I hope it does well enough to get a second film greenlit though as I do want to see where the story goes next.

    The Lego Movie 2 - 8/10

    Another very entertaining film with top-notch animation, great characters, and clever writing and direction. Not quite as fresh or surprising as the first, but for entertainment value, I think it's on par with it and better than Lego Ninjago (Lego Batman is still my favourite though). And they're not wrong about a certain catchy song - it really is gonna get stuck inside your head!
     
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    Oilyvalves Railway Pony

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    How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    8/10
    This is a movie best experienced on the big screen; some stunning visuals and a fantastic background soundtrack. I saw it in 3D and I'm glad I did. If you're going to see any film in 3D in the near future, it might as well be this one. There were also some really fun entertaining scenes, and the new villain was pretty cool. The story did feel quite similar to the 2nd movie, but the ending did provide a satisfying conclusion.
     
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