Movies and TV, Anyone?

I don’t think Multiverse of Madness was awful but I did think it wasn’t one of the best MCU films, nor one of Raimi’s best. But I also think there’s still other, worse films in the collection.

There were moments I quite liked but I think it was a step down from Derrickson’s Doctor Strange. I think part of it is that Disney exerts so much control that a lot of the directors now have less freedoms and control than the directors had during some of the earlier films.

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That’s quite possibly true. I really enjoyed it, but I don’t claim it to be perfect. I really loved the lean into the horror aspect of the character. It’s nowhere near as bad as the “great unwashed” would have you believe though.

At any rate, I’m going to leave this particular conversation here, not because of anything you’ve said but rather because my Mindfulness Alarm ™ is blasting at me to do so.

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Planning to watch halo series season 2. Has anyone watched it yet?

Definitely one of the things I really liked.

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Movie of the year!

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Madame Web - Review Thread

I wasn’t planning on watching this but with the below review snippet, how can you not be compelled?

A genuine Chernobyl-level disaster that seems to get exponentially more radioactive as it goes along, this detour to one of the dustier corners of Marvel’s content farm is a dead-end from start to finish. It is the Cats: The Movie of superhero movies.
~ David Fear, Rolling Stone
‘Madame Web’ Isn’t As Bad As You’ve Heard. It’s So Much Worse

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My curiosity has been morbid but that won’t stop me from maybe seeing it

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Because I have the comics.

The problem with movies like this - and, by extension, reviews such as this that describe not-in-the-mainstrean parts of a cult interest as “dusty” when in fact it’s very far from it - is that it gives a negative impression of the source material.

I’ve no interest in seeing Hollywood take an interesting, long running character/ concept and bastardising it to the point of almost non recognition. If they were actually going to do something interesting with the concept, sure, but all of Sony’s wider Spidey universe films have been nothing but uninspired cash grabs.

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What I don’t understand is why they couldn’t just add Madame Webb as an interesting side character to a mainline film, more as a cameo than having their own film. I feel the same about this that I would if they made a film only on The Ancient One headlining their own film.

Some characters are better off as strictly side characters.

In terms of seeing the film, I will likely wait for it to come out digitally.


That guitar riff, man. Gives me chills every time!

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No one will update Madame Web’s Wikipedia page so I can’t find out what’s gunna happen in this hog slop.

Time to go back to the golden age of the 90s!

Ghosts look like a really funny show. But it seems that the British version is superior based off your post.

I’ve not watched the American version TBH, but history would suggest that the original (British) would be superior. The Office is probably the only America remake that was actually any good, and even it dragged on much longer than it should have. But then, for me, American comedy is much more miss than hit.

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I watched Wildling last night and found it to be a really interesting and rather unique take on the whole werewolf theme. While it’s classed as a horror film I’d say it’s more…thriller maybe? It wasn’t scary as such, but I found it quite intriguing. The horror aspect was also lessened somewhat by the fact I’d just sigh whistfully whenever Liv Tyler was on screen. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

As an extension; can anyone recommend some less obvious horror films? Alien/s, Friday 13th, Texas Chainsaw, and other famous ones I’ve seen but I’d love to explore some lesser known horror films.

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I watched Sean Baker’s Red Rocket last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the look of a Sean Baker film and while he is in no way a young director (dude is in his 50s), he visually feels like a new Terrence Malick. The color grading helps create these gorgeous shots that balance delicately between the real and the surreal. This form is function as the story examines the beautiful/ugly world of Mikey Davies, failed pornstar. He is wonderfully charming which is often juxtaposed with him being awful. The audience has to reconcile their feelings about this man being so likable and unlikable at the same time*- a reconciliation that makes the whole movie engaging. I could say a lot more about everything I think is interesting about Red Rocket, but I will just encourage you, dear reader, to check it out. It is funny, heartwarming, disgusting, and thought-provoking. Worth a watch!

One thing to note for those familiar with the oeuvre of Sean Baker, I like the ending of the Florida Project! Use that information to color your reading of my review.

*I overall dislike this man for reasons that are obvious to any viewers

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Interesting take on that being the one really good remake. Also I know so many people that make rewatching the office an annual tradiiton.

It’s hardly a “take.” Almost an established fact by this point. The list of failed American remakes is long and terrible;

  • Inbetweeners
  • IT Crowd
  • Red Dwarf
  • Men Behaving Badly
  • Fawly Towers (three times!)
  • Kath & Kim
  • The Slap

I could go on. After all that is it any wonder that people groan when they hear Americans are trying to remake something from their country?

To be fair though, the British remake of Sweden’s Real Humans was pretty terrible as well.

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There was an American Kath and Kim? I had no idea.

I watched a bit of the US Wilfred, that one was ok.

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