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    Tonight, I will be watching The Sixth Sense. It was released twenty years ago today in theatres, and remains of my favourites. So much to appreciate about this film. I think the cinematography by Tak Fujimoto & the score by James Newton Howard really helped make this film what it is.

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    Saw "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" this weekend. Loved it.

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    Pretty sure MNS peaked at Unbreakable... Both that and Sixth Sense were great movies but the rest of his catalog has been pretty smelly.

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    Went to Jaws last night... Still a fantastic movie!!!
    Well, gentlemen, by all means, I think we ought to have an introspective moment of silence for poor old Tin-Tin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boydo View Post
    Pretty sure MNS peaked at Unbreakable... Both that and Sixth Sense were great movies but the rest of his catalog has been pretty smelly.

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    Went to Jaws last night... Still a fantastic movie!!!
    MOST of MNS's catalogue sucks. Sixth Sense was good.

    Jaws is a classic. Amazing film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boydo View Post
    Pretty sure MNS peaked at Unbreakable... Both that and Sixth Sense were great movies but the rest of his catalog has been pretty smelly.
    Agree. Although I'm a fan, so I like most of his films. I like some of his approaches. I know Lady In The Water got panned, but I liked the fairy tale concept behind the story. Many scenes were purposely shot at a lower angle to give the viewer the perspective of a child.
    I tried to convince myself that I liked After Earth, but couldn't bring myself to do it. The Happening was an absolute disaster. I thought he wrote a good screenplay with Devil and both The Visit and Split were nice directorial rebounds. This year's Glass was another return to the terrible though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boydo View Post
    Pretty sure MNS peaked at Unbreakable... Both that and Sixth Sense were great movies but the rest of his catalog has been pretty smelly.
    I recently watched Split and Glass, and liked them. I think they did a good job of completing the story of Unbreakable and follow a similar mood (James McAvoy chews the scenes in Split, even if the psychiatrist in me cringes at the terrible and inaccurate stereotypes of mental illness). Not as strong as Sixth Sense, but better than a lot of his other movies. I think he tries too hard to have a twist at the end of his movies that it often comes across as way too predictable, and/or it unravels the story he was trying to tell.

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    Recently watch Shazam. Marvel movies have generally had the upper hand on DC movies as they tend to be more "fun", adding in elements of humor with the action which my kids (and the big kid in me) find more entertaining, as opposed to the dark, brooding, or "gritty" elements that have been more common in the DC movies. But Shazam is a shift from a lot of the other DC movies, incorporating humor and fun into the storyline. I enjoyed it, and my kids loved it.

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    The little man and I just watched Shazam as well and I concur...funny and light! I'm vaguely familiar with the character from my younger days but didn't go into it with very high expectations. Was no Endgame by any means but it has it's place.
    Well, gentlemen, by all means, I think we ought to have an introspective moment of silence for poor old Tin-Tin.

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    Went to see this on the weekend. Good fun, creepy and atmospheric. Not my typical type of horror movie, but if you've got some pre-teens at home that are looking for some good scares, it's an excellent introduction into real horror movies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugoagogo View Post
    Agree. Although I'm a fan, so I like most of his films. I like some of his approaches. I know Lady In The Water got panned, but I liked the fairy tale concept behind the story. Many scenes were purposely shot at a lower angle to give the viewer the perspective of a child.
    I tried to convince myself that I liked After Earth, but couldn't bring myself to do it. The Happening was an absolute disaster. I thought he wrote a good screenplay with Devil and both The Visit and Split were nice directorial rebounds. This year's Glass was another return to the terrible though.
    Couldn't agree more with all your comments. I still like most his movies, enjoyed Signs, The Village and even Lady in the Water to a lesser extent. The Happening is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. He meandered for a bit after that, but I loved The Visit and Split but haven't got around to Glass yet after the disaster reviews and didn't realize I missed a movie with After Earth.

    That said, I also agree with NFF, sometimes he seems to get too caught up in having the big reveal at the end and sacrifices the overall storytelling, but there are still some good stories coming out of his movies and his cinematography is usually top notch.

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    I actually like The Happening. I mean, the ending is stupid, but the idea was terrifying. Also love The Village. Bryce Dallas Howard is amazing in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelus View Post
    I actually like The Happening. I mean, the ending is stupid, but the idea was terrifying. Also love The Village. Bryce Dallas Howard is amazing in it.
    Absolutely the premise was scary as f.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelus View Post
    I actually like The Happening. I mean, the ending is stupid, but the idea was terrifying. Also love The Village. Bryce Dallas Howard is amazing in it.
    I forgot about the Village. I actually liked that one as well. Hated the Happening.

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    My curiosity got the best of me and I went and saw Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker.

    I won't give any spoilers, but I'll say that it was a 6/10. So much of it seems like a response to the criticisms of The Last Jedi. Even a scene where I felt like JJ Abrams was directly giving the finger to Rian Johnson.

    How they addressed all of these issues give the whole trilogy a "make it up as you go along" feel. A whole bunch of those plot developments are fairly silly. Some good action and effects, though.

    It's a hot mess. The sequel trilogy has been a huge disappointment.

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    I finally saw Joker. Man, did I ever enjoy this. What a great movie.
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    Star Wars: I know lots of people are going to be analyzing this film frame by frame to point out all the faults, but why? This film is what Star Wars always has been: a kids movie. Even the original film didn't have Academy award winning acting or a complex story. It was made to wow 8-year-olds. That the story didn't somehow "mature" over 42 years isn't the fault of the movie or the writers. Take your kid or your grandkid, and you'll see that they are still doing what they did when we were kids: wowing 8-year-olds.

    The first movie was a simple story and mediocre acting, albeit with groundbreaking special effects for the time. While the rest of the industry has caught up in the special effects department (but their job bringing Carrie Fisher back to life was amazing), this movie isn't really that much different. To the people on IMDB giving this 1 or 2 stars, I'm not sure what they were really expecting, but it certainly says more about their overblown expectations than the movie itself.

    This was one last ride for the 8-year-old in me, to hang out with some old friends, as well as new acquaintances that have been picked up along the way. It was a satisfying conclusion to a 42-year journey. 8/10

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    Quote Originally Posted by nafnikufesin View Post
    Star Wars: I know lots of people are going to be analyzing this film frame by frame to point out all the faults, but why? This film is what Star Wars always has been: a kids movie. Even the original film didn't have Academy award winning acting or a complex story. It was made to wow 8-year-olds. That the story didn't somehow "mature" over 42 years isn't the fault of the movie or the writers. Take your kid or your grandkid, and you'll see that they are still doing what they did when we were kids: wowing 8-year-olds.

    The first movie was a simple story and mediocre acting, albeit with groundbreaking special effects for the time. While the rest of the industry has caught up in the special effects department (but their job bringing Carrie Fisher back to life was amazing), this movie isn't really that much different. To the people on IMDB giving this 1 or 2 stars, I'm not sure what they were really expecting, but it certainly says more about their overblown expectations than the movie itself.

    This was one last ride for the 8-year-old in me, to hang out with some old friends, as well as new acquaintances that have been picked up along the way. It was a satisfying conclusion to a 42-year journey. 8/10
    Other than the fact that the original trilogy made sense and told a fairly limited story and the new trilogy making no sense whatsoever, I agree with you. The original story had a roadmap from start to finish. The sequels were a battle between JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson and fans and Kathleen Kennedy and the movies suffered for it. They had no plan for the overarching 3 movie story that much is plainly obvious. Rise of Skywalker is 90% damage control for Last Jedi. The explanations for the retcons are "cuz Star Wars". It's flimsy. Yes, it's ALL fantasy, but this new trilogy sucks plain and simple. I could list 100 reasons why, but I don't want to spoil anything.

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    Finally saw Ad Astra. Heard some negative reviews of this one, but I actually liked it a lot. 7/10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deathsdoorstep View Post
    Finally saw Ad Astra. Heard some negative reviews of this one, but I actually liked it a lot. 7/10.
    I liked it as well. I think some people were thinking space/sci-fi/action. A bit more cerebral than many expected. I likened it to Gravity (Sandra Bullock), or Moon (Sam Rockwell).
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    Rise of Skywalker? Any reviews?

    Doesn't matter I guess. Good or bad, I'll see it eventually.

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    Was super disappointed with the Rise of Skywalker. Granted my 9 year old loved it but I’m not nine anymore. For a kids movie it was good though.
    Well, gentlemen, by all means, I think we ought to have an introspective moment of silence for poor old Tin-Tin.

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    Took my kids to see Frozen 2 yesterday. Pretty good kids movie. What I couldn’t believe was that it was released over a month ago and the theater was crammed full!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bobby View Post
    Rise of Skywalker? Any reviews?

    Doesn't matter I guess. Good or bad, I'll see it eventually.
    See post 5594

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bobby View Post
    Rise of Skywalker? Any reviews?

    Doesn't matter I guess. Good or bad, I'll see it eventually.
    See post 5594

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    I watched the 2020 theatrical reboot of Fantasy Island last night. Didn't know much about it going in, other than Blumhouse produced it, so I was expecting a horror spin to it. It had a very unusual take on things, lots of twists and turns. Unfortunately the acting was very uneven. A couple of major characters were acted so poorly, they made their "reveal" absolutely unbelievable. There were also a lot of unanswered questions through it all. Although I appreciate the attempt and enjoyed it, I can't recommend this to anyone. 6/10

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    We streamed Trolls: World Tour for the kid the other night. (I wanted to watch Onward...) Needless to say, I hadn't seen the first one so I didn't have a clue what was going on. There were funny moments here and there but the auto tune was so blatantly bad that it was distracting. Even the kid thought it was bad. TW wound up playing on her phone for most of the movie. $20 well spent! Ugh.
    Well, gentlemen, by all means, I think we ought to have an introspective moment of silence for poor old Tin-Tin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boydo View Post
    We streamed Trolls: World Tour for the kid the other night. (I wanted to watch Onward...) Needless to say, I hadn't seen the first one so I didn't have a clue what was going on. There were funny moments here and there but the auto tune was so blatantly bad that it was distracting. Even the kid thought it was bad. TW wound up playing on her phone for most of the movie. $20 well spent! Ugh.
    My brother, his wife and their two girls (7 & 5) really enjoyed Onward; Pixar rarely does it wrong.
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    Finally watched Joker with the TW the other night. Needless to say, even though it was free on Crave...I feel like I paid too much to watch it. Maybe if it had a different name and didn't have anything to do with DC it might have been good. Just didn't like it. Sort of like the Miami Vice movie...if they had called it Florida Undercover or something else I would have liked it more but because of the natural association with the source material it was hard to get into. I do believe Phoenix did a hell of a job, but it wasn't Joker. It was a good example of how mental illness/depression etc. can be pushed and pushed and then it can break.
    Just my two cents though and I'm no intellectual by any stretch of the imagination. A lot of people really enjoyed it and I gave it a chance, but it wasn't my cup of tea.
    Well, gentlemen, by all means, I think we ought to have an introspective moment of silence for poor old Tin-Tin.

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    As far as new steaming/buy/rental releases, it's been a soft spring. I'm guessing some of the bigger movies got bumped in the release schedule with hopes for a theatrical win down the road. Most of the movies I've watched in the past couple months have been horror, thriller or sci-fi themed. I'd say the best couple have been "The Hunt" and "Jumanji: The Next Level"

    The Hunt: 7/10 very unexpected moments wrapped up in a Dems vs Republicans thriller.
    Jumanji - The Next Level: 7/10 Entertaining family movie, and a very enjoyable twist, especially if you've seen the previous film.
    Fantasy Island: 7/10 I only give it that score for the nostalgia factor. The acting was very uneven and there were some confusing plot holes. Should have been better.
    Gretel & Hansel: 6/10 A dark take on the fairy tale. Not for everyone.
    Underwater: 6/10 Felt a little like Alien, a little like the Abyss.
    The Turning: 4/10 Just a terrible take on the novel, "The Turn of the Screw" (Note: Mike Flanagan is doing an adaptation called "The Haunting of Bly House" in the fall for Netflix. He previously directed "The Haunting of Hill House")
    Jay & Silent Bob Reboot: I'm not going to give a rating; I don't want to offend the Kevin Smith fans out there.

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    Brahms - the Boy II: 5/10 Wanted to add this one as I have a friend who got one of his first Production Assistant credits for a theatrical release. I didn't really love the first film. I don't recommend this sequel at all, but for me, it was worth the watch solely to support him.
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    The Gentlemen was fantastic! 8/10

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