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    Here's the place to do everything from talking about the Jaeger-kaiju fights in PACIFIC RIM to considering whether HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS will be a cultural game-changer.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2013
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    I so need Pacific Rim to be good.

    I'm going to be distraught if it sucks.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2013 edited
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    Seconded. I'm actually going to leave the house and go to an IMAX theater to see it, because of giant punchy-punchy.

    But the last movie I did that for was /Watchmen/....that was bitter, bitter...
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2013
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    I trust Del Toro much more than I trust Zack Snyder...so there's that.
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2013
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    I trust Zack Snyder. To be spectacularly boring. And also to follow Singer badly.
    Okay, so Superman Returns had its flaws... But Man of Steel was balls. Still, I see the makings of a blockbuster behemoth in it, though. It feels like the Iron Mans and The Incredible Hulk but without the humor. I don't particularly like them but I have a feeling Man of Steel will do well.

    Then again, who am I to judge? I liked Superman Returns AND the Ang Lee Hulk.
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2013
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    It feels like the Iron Mans and The Incredible Hulk but without the humor.

    Someone pointed out that back in the day, DC produced the silly, child like comics, and Marvel comics were the angsty, self-effacing books, and now in the movie world, Marvel produces the funny, humorous films, and DC is producing angsty, dour movies. Flip flop.
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    gonna watch 'a field in england' this weekend, last night i watched 'sightseers' and 'smashed' very different movies and i enjoyed both
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    I saw Monsters U today. I had low expectations (maybe because of the lack of hype?), but liked it better than Monsters Inc. The Blue Umbrella short was good too. Worth seeing.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2013
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    I thought Monsters U was a bit more predictable and less original than Monsters Inc., but it was visually brilliant, with good characterization and great pacing. I really, really liked that they...

    ...actually went through with Mike & Sully getting kicked out of school. Having them work their way up through the ranks was a great way to end things.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2013
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    I, too, trust Del Toro more than Zack Snyder, and I'll probably go to see Pacific Rim. I can't believe I used to think Watchmen was an OK film. Take away the fact it's based on a graphic novel I love and It's just...not right. Crap. Wrong. The fight-scenes now make me cringe.

    Enough negativity from me; we need the good stuff!
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    Yeah I can't name one zach snyder film that I walked away from glad I watched it. But I have seen every Del Toro movie multiple times.
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    Monsters University was fun, but didn't have the heartbreaking moment that you can find in the best Pixar films (e.g. Jessie's story from "Toy Story 2"). Even though I never saw Monsters, Inc., it didn't stop my ability to enjoy the film. I got clued in on Randall and Roz later.

    How To Make Money Selling Drugs, though, is definitely a must-see. It's a documentary done with stylistic nods to video games that takes you up the career ladder for selling drugs from the streets to heading up your own international cartel. There are interviews with both law enforcement personnel and successful dealers ranging from a Beverly Hills coke dealer to a pot smuggler who put one over on the DEA.

    Yet beneath its in-your-face title, director Matthew Cooke offers a sobering look at how America's so-called War on Drugs has been a spectacular failure. "The Wire"'s David Simon tells for instance how American police departments are more concerned nowadays with making enough drug busts to get more federal grant money. Unimportant crimes such as rape or murder not associated with drugs, on the other hand, get back burnered.
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2013
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    I actually didn't hate the new superman movie, but I have sworn never to watch anything by Zack Snyder ever again. I don't know why that man has a reputation for being a super fan when he always seems to ruin every work he is trusted with.
    I'm cautiously optimistic about Pacific Rim. I certainly want to like it, anyway.

    I'm trying to catch up with movie watching at the moment, having not really watched anything but the biggest blockbusters for the last couple of years. Rather than working through that list of classic movies that I have never seen however, my selection is a little frenetic and swings wildly from absolute trash to the sublime:

    Good:
    The Raid: unadulteratedly awesome.
    Senna: A sports documentary about Ayrton Senna which, surprisingly, was also unadulteratedly awesome.

    Very bad:
    Expendables 2: The affecting story of a forbidden love between "manly" man Jason Statham and "manlier" man Sylvester Stallone as they go on a murder spree and meet other "manly" men in unlikely situations whilst often wearing matching outfits and saying "manly" things. Also a top contender for worst script in movie making history.
    Best of the best: In which James Earl Jones is the worst coach ever to a team of degenerate UFC fighters headed by Eric Roberts, training for an unspecified championship against Korea. I say unspecified - they repeatedly say that it's a karate competition, imdb calls it taekwondo and I'm not sure I saw any of either. Either way they kick and cry a lot and there are at least three montages. This is also a top contender for worst script in movie making history.

    Suggestions for actually good action movies on a postcard please...
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    @ badbear - god damn do I love "Raid: Redemption". I can always watch that movie. I might have to rewatch it again this weekend.

    I just watch the documentary "The Queen of Versailles" it's fucking bananas! Definitely a schadenfreude filled viewing experience.
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2013
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    @william joseph dunn

    That scene
    with the fridge.


    So good. I think about it a lot. Best fictional movie I have seen in a very, very long time.
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    yeah that's a great scene. I like how the timing of the action scenes have an almost comedic timing to them.
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    I just saw Pacific Rim in 3D and really, really dug it. The movie had more character "types" than deep characterization (kind of Stormship Troopers-ish in a way), but it was fun. Obviously there was a ton of destruction, but it wasn't a bummer like Man of Steel. I'm going to see again in 2D.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2013
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    @oldhat - yeah, why was that necessary? Because some people are dipshits and can't read subtitles? Looks like it's going to be as weak and the American Le Femme Nikita remake.

    Bad casting choice too. The cool thing about the original Oldboy, is that they got a guy who was unassuming and pushed to becoming a killing machine. Josh Brolin looks like he can kick your ass to begin with.
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2013
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    Drunk Fat Min-sik Choi at the start makes everything afterwards even more wonderful. Here Brolin alread has muscle tone.

    I guess Lee is going to do an adaptation of the manga over a direct remake of the film, the problem being the manga was really boring and the central reveal was really underwhelming (I know it was suppose to be but still). Park Chan-wook completely made a movie that was better than the source material.