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007: No Time to Die

7.5/10

Good movie, nice ending to the Daniel Craig era
 

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I wonder how these streaming services justify big budget films or shows. Do they see a subscription jump?
Netflix pays for content, whether they sponsor the movie themselves or pay Warner Bros, Disney, Time Warner, etc for the content. So I assume they justify it if the content is getting watched. In theory, if a customer is regularly using your service they won't cancel, so frequent viewership probably corresponds with regular subscription renewal.
 

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Shang Chi and the Seven Rings- 7.250/10

Was enjoyable enough. Typical Marvel fare. Lots of jokes. Nice pace. Don't have to think, just sit back and enjoy, but enough little things to make you think if you wanted to. Wonder why Abomination and Wong are working together. Anyway, I thought Disney tried to do a little Cruella/Maleficent by making Mandarin sympathetic, but it wasn't the over the top 'they are just misunderstood!' BS they did with those other characters. That Awkwafina lady is annoying. I'm not sure why she had to be the one to save the Super Village People; I guess they recommend in that later? Maybe she has luck powers? Only way it makes sense that she pulled the whole 'Western savior' thing.

I love how Shang Chi defeated his dad the same way his mom did- seducing him with dance fighting.

I also liked how they quietly introduced Pokemon, too- and don't try and tell me those weren't Pokemon, I know Alolan Ninetales, Cobalian, Arcanine and Entei when I see them. And Shang Chi riding a shiny Gyarados to defeat that Soul Eater from Harry Potter? Most badass crossover/multiverse reference yet! I'm guessing the Jurassic Park crossover comes in a future movie.
 

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I also liked how they quietly introduced Pokemon, too- and don't try and tell me those weren't Pokemon, I know Alolan Ninetales, Cobalian, Arcanine and Entei when I see them. And Shang Chi riding a shiny Gyarados to defeat that Soul Eater from Harry Potter? Most badass crossover/multiverse reference yet! I'm guessing the Jurassic Park crossover comes in a future movie.
Now I'm going to have to rewatch that part.
 

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I also liked how they quietly introduced Pokemon, too- and don't try and tell me those weren't Pokemon, I know Alolan Ninetales, Cobalian, Arcanine and Entei when I see them. And Shang Chi riding a shiny Gyarados to defeat that Soul Eater from Harry Potter? Most badass crossover/multiverse reference yet! I'm guessing the Jurassic Park crossover comes in a future movie.
You know there's going to be a movie based in the Savage Land at some point.
 

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Now I'm going to have to rewatch that part.
I took some liberties, of course, and many Pokemon are based on Asian myths and legends, but both my kid and gf exclaim 'Pokemon!!' when they rolled out of the future Disney ride bamboo forest maze. Thems was Pokemon with some artistic license taken.
You know there's going to be a movie based in the Savage Land at some point.
Is that where Turok the Dinosaur Hunter is from? Turok was a bad ass. I only knew him from the N64 video game and the Cypress Hill song (Rock) Superstar.
 

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Agree about Awkwafina. Her voice is so grating to me.
I told my wife that I thought she was too old to be the love interest.

Imagine my surprise when I found out she was only 33. She sounds like she's been smoking for 50 years. Awful.
 

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I told my wife that I thought she was too old to be the love interest.

Imagine my surprise when I found out she was only 33. She sounds like she's been smoking for 50 years. Awful.
She was the love interest?? They just struck me as platonic besties, I honestly just assumed they were both gay.
 

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Just watched Dune. Never read the books. I was, however, excited to watch it based on the commercials. Maybe I had too much hype going in, but it was a massive disappointment. Like... wow I don't understand how people loved it so much; especially anybody who didn't read the books/know the backstory going in.

  1. Before even starting the movie I said "This better not be one of those where there is a prophecy and then you know the fate of the main character the entire time because of it"... yep... one of those stories. Gee, I wonder if the kid that everyone is calling "The One" will have some stupid Jesus-Superhero powers and end up being praised!
  2. None of the politics were explained so I had no idea on why stuff was happening. Who is the emperor? How are these houses related to one another? Why does the emperor want Leto/Paul's house dead? What the fuck is the Imperium? If the Harkonnens are mad and want the planet back so they can mine it, then why are they blowing up all of the structures there? Why did they even agree to leave in the first place if they don't want to give it up?
  3. Minor character (Dr. Yeuh) who has only had 2 minutes of screen time up to this point singlehandedly takes out all defenses without anybody knowing.
  4. Way too many dream scenes that had basically no payoff by the end of the movie. Wow, great, you met Zendaya in the end just like your dreams... cool. Glad we got to see 100 shots of Zendaya in slow motion only for her to have no tangible impact on the story in the end (literally anybody could have given Paul a blade). They were climbing through caverns and shit in his dreams... that never happened in the film. Will it happen in the sequel? Will I have to re-watch the first movie along side the second movie so when something happens in the second movie I'll know if Paul already dreamed it or not?
  5. They make a deliberate point to say the sun is so dangerous... except it's really not and people are frequently outside during the day without repercussion.
  6. Jason Mamoa can take 15 dudes at once! Oh, he can also kill 3 enemies and the other enemies who watched it will just let him hop in a dragonfly and leave. OH, and he can also just locate Kynes and Paul/Jessica in the middle of the desert telepathically or something and fly right to them.
  7. When the fuck did Paul/Jessica set up that tent? Was I not paying attention? All of the sudden they were inside some place for like 20 minutes and I had no idea it was a tent until Paul said something about it a minute before they left it.
  8. The Fremen pop out of the ground to protect Paul/Jessica/Kynes and surprise attack the dudes who dropped through the ceiling... but I guess somehow the Fremen all died in that attack and Mamoa had to defend that door? They never showed them losing that conflict, but I guess I'm just supposed to accept that they did.
  9. I could probably think of more, but I'll stop here...

And don't tell me "Oh, X isn't a problem because it is explained in the book". Movies should stand alone. If I have to go read other material to understand something that was presented to me then it was presented poorly.

Awaiting the CinemaSins video for this one.
 
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Just watched Dune. Never read the books. I was, however, excited to watch it based on the commercials. Maybe I had too much hype going in, but it was a massive disappointment. Like... wow I don't understand how people loved it so much; especially anybody who didn't read the books/know the backstory going in.

  1. Before even starting the movie I said "This better not be one of those where there is a prophecy and then you know the fate of the main character the entire time because of it"... yep... one of those stories. Gee, I wonder if the kid that everyone is calling "The One" will have some stupid Jesus-Superhero powers and end up being praised!
  2. None of the politics were explained so I had no idea on why stuff was happening. Who is the emperor? How are these houses related to one another? Why does the emperor want Leto/Paul's house dead? What the fuck is the Imperium? If the Harkonnens are mad and want the planet back so they can mine it, then why are they blowing up all of the structures there? Why did they even agree to leave in the first place if they don't want to give it up?
  3. Minor character (Dr. Yeuh) who has only had 2 minutes of screen time up to this point singlehandedly takes out all defenses without anybody knowing.
  4. Way too many dream scenes that had basically no payoff by the end of the movie. Wow, great, you met Zendaya in the end just like your dreams... cool. Glad we got to see 100 shots of Zendaya in slow motion only for her to have no tangible impact on the story in the end (literally anybody could have given Paul a blade). They were climbing through caverns and shit in his dreams... that never happened in the film. Will it happen in the sequel? Will I have to re-watch the first movie along side the second movie so when something happens in the second movie I'll know if Paul already dreamed it or not?
  5. They make a deliberate point to say the sun is so dangerous... except it's really not and people are frequently outside during the day without repercussion.
  6. Jason Mamoa can take 15 dudes at once! Oh, he can also kill 3 enemies and the other enemies who watched it will just let him hop in a dragonfly and leave. OH, and he can also just locate Kynes and Paul/Jessica in the middle of the desert telepathically or something and fly right to them.
  7. When the fuck did Paul/Jessica set up that tent? Was I not paying attention? All of the sudden they were inside some place for like 20 minutes and I had no idea it was a tent until Paul said something about it a minute before they left it.
  8. The Fremen pop out of the ground to protect Paul/Jessica/Kynes and surprise attack the dudes who dropped through the ceiling... but I guess somehow the Fremen all died in that attack and Mamoa had to defend that door? They never showed them losing that conflict, but I guess I'm just supposed to accept that they did.
  9. I could probably think of more, but I'll stop here...

And don't tell me "Oh, X isn't a problem because it is explained in the book". Movies should stand alone. If I have to go read other material to understand something that was presented to me then it was presented poorly.

Awaiting the CinemaSins video for this one.


#1- Fair if that's not your thing, but that's what the series is about. So maybe not for you.
#2- I agree here that it thrusts you into the movie without explaining much. Apparently the book is the same way.
#3- I'd guess he's the one who betrays them in the book too
#4- I don't really understand this complaint
#5- The sun is dangerous if you're out for a long time and not in one of those suits that recycles your water
#6- Duncan located them because Dr Yueh put a tracker in the bag so if anyone escaped the invasion, they'd be able to find them. Pretty sure Duncan then flew them to the village or whatever that he lived in when he was sent to scout Arrakis alone. This was said in the movie
#7- Again, in the bag that Dr Yueh packed for them. Set it up after they escaped the initial chopper
#8- Yes you are supposed to assume the Sardukars fuck up the fremen
 

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Agree about Awkwafina. Her voice is so grating to me.

She has an unquestioned fan base who love her comedy. My wife liked her stand up work and then got into her show Nora from Queens. Along with bringing in rising British star Florence Pugh for Black Widow, I see Marvel snatching up any rising female comedy prospect instead of just the hottest looking actress, hoping to widen their audience.

Anyways, saw Ghostbusters: Afterlife last night. Strong 8/10, openly shed a tear at one point. They figured out how to bridge a dormant franchise into the future correctly. Credit for to Bron and the studios for backing a reboot that could churn out three or four sequels.
 

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