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Aquaman: Quick Thoughts

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies, Reviews Jan 10 2019 · 69 views
Aquaman, DC, DC Comics, DCU
:kaukau: Well, I watched it a couple of days ago. So here we go:
  • This is one of the only movies I've ever immediately bought a ticket to rewatch it after leaving the theatre. It really excited me.
  • At various points, it reminded me in the best possible way of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: James Cameron Edition, the Sam Raimi Spider-Man, Mad Max: Fury Road, TRON: Legacy, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Finding Nemo, Jules Vern, old pulp serials about pirates, the Disney Renaissance, WWE wrestling, and even Lord of the Rings. I can't believe that they actually fit all that in there.
  • This movie literally surprised me more than The Avengers. With that one, while putting together all its elements was difficult and unlikely for lack of precedent, it was still fairly easy to imagine how it should go down. Besides, the MCU had a good track record leading up to it. This? It included everything that I could ever want in an Aquaman movie, everything that I thought should be in an Aquaman movie, and yet never expected. I mean, you really did have to essentially combine everything that I mentioned in the above bullet point, and what were the chances of a studio seeing that? And furthermore, even if that was what they went for, how was I to expect that a director could do all that justice? There's a reason why genuinely iconic movies like those are rare.
  • If it could use one major improvement, I do think that there needed to be one slow scene that existed slowly for the feels, so that we could bond and identity with Arthur Curry.
  • Other than that, the movie had so much in it to content me that the only possible thing that I could think to add would be that I wish they brought in David Peterson to write a fictional language. Jason Momoa already has experience with those.
  • Amber Heard as Mera was great.
  • I thought that Nicole Kidman as Atlana would be distracting, but it wasn't. I was even sold on the Hallmark-style romance between her and Tom Curry. I think that they are the main reason why you root for Arthur. Given that, I understand why there's such a large chunk of the audience that are mothers, and why some of its highest ratings are with mothers.
  • I'm totally going to watch this again, and drag my father along. If I have the chance to watch this with my mother before it's out of theatres, I'll do that as well.

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The Mule Review

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies, Reviews Jan 01 2019 · 43 views
Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper and 2 more...
The Mule Review :kaukau: Clint Eastwood. Living legend. One of my coworkers, an ex-military guy, was really looking forward to this movie above all others this time of year. So was I. The people who are interested in this movie know who they are, so I don't need to pitch it to them too much. For those who aren't paying much attention, I will try to sum it up as best as I can.

Mr. Eastwood produces, directs, and stars in The Mule, his latest drama. He plays 90-year-old Earl Stone, a gardener who loses his business because he hasn't kept up with the times. He's estranged from his family because he devoted almost all of his time to his business and business relations because he felt like he was better "out there, instead of the failure he was at home." Driven by his obsession to provide for others, he doesn't ask too many questions when a drug cartel takes note of his perfect record on the roads. When he does realize what he's been pulled into, it's too late. Several runs in, and he's become their most valuable mule, and also the most uncertain variable in their business. The cartel grows increasingly insecure in the trust they must place in him.

The tension of this story does not lie in whether or not he survives the drug cartel, but in his emotional journey as he debates whether or not he can look his family in the eye. From a distance, he provided for them, as well as friends, but never sticks around because he feels that he's burnt too many bridges. Gradually, he comes to accept his broken family dynamic. There's no pivotal action scene that changes his mind -- in fact I should emphasize that there is no action in this movie at all. Rather, I'd characterize the overall tenor of the film as slow, dying, and melancholy, with a style recognizable as Eastwood's.

Something tells me that this movie was a bit personal for him, since he cast his own daughter as Stone's daughter, whom he estranged by never showing up to any of her life events. Like any other human being, the themes of spending time with family must certainly weigh on the mind of a busy man like Eastwood. With that in mind, I'd encourage everyone to stop for a moment during this slower time of year to make sure that they spend more time with their loved ones.

Happy New Year.

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Into the Spiderverse: Quick Thoughts

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies, Reviews Dec 15 2018 · 54 views
Spider-Man, Miles Morales and 3 more...
:kaukau: I will probably create a more formal review elsewhere. Until then, I just wanted to jot down my thoughts. I tried doing that last Thursday, but I literally did not have the time until now.
  • First thing's first: I think that they did a very good job of advancing something altogether new while honoring the past. I think that a lot of times when studios do a new continuity, they want to distance themselves from an old continuity as possible, but what I really liked about this is that there were a few universes that actually had a lot in common with the Sam Raimi Spider-Man. That's awesome!
  • They actually said "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" a couple of times, which was great, and I also appreciated the references to Uncle Ben, which the MCU avoided as being redundant, but I always thought was important enough that it warranted direct and recurring mention.
  • Miles is great. And I do think that what makes him work is this whole multiverse thing, and the idea that we're introduced to several version of Spider-Man. It's enough that we're ready to move on to an entirely new character who is inspired by him. Having multiple Peters as his mentor, I think, really helped pas the torch, and I also think that they did a very good job of making him relatable.
  • The death of Peter Parker on the one universe is a bit jarring. Peter dying in Infinity War didn't strike me much, but this was much more real. It played a pretty big role for Miles, and they treated it with an appropriate amount of gravity.
  • They did a very good job with the origin story. It did feel like a proper origin story done right. It had a really complete sense of beginning, character development, and resolution that rung emotionally true.
  • The movie knew just how self-aware it should be, and just how much humor to have, without detracting from is serious side.
  • This movie was BEAUTIFUL. I haven't seen something this beautiful since Blade Runner 2049 last year. I do hope that this gets nominated for an Animation Oscar. The last few years, the Academy has been disappointing me in this category and I hope that they and I agree for the first time in a while.
  • The Stan Lee cameo for this movie, considering his recent passing, was...perfect.

Verdict: It's really difficult to tell which superhero movie is the best of 2018 now. At one point it was Black Panther, then it was Infinity War, and now I almost want to say that it's Into the Spiderverse. I know, that sounds pretty extreme, but you have to see this for yourself. I would actually say that this one is closer to what I thought of as being a quintessential superhero movie when I was growing up.

In other words, go see it!

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Like a turd in the wind

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies Oct 10 2018 · 131 views
Venom, MCU, Spider-Man, movies
:kaukau: Let me be clear. No, I will not watch Venom. No interest. Zero. None. He's a pretty cool villain, but I want his origins done right. I want him to show up in a storyline with Peter Parker. Peter Parker must be a well-developed character who has gone through multiple character arcs. The symbiote should be the stimulus that takes him to a new level. After all, it messes with his personality. It's a cool way to take a character that's normally light-hearted and make him a little more serious. I couldn't care less about Eddie Brock.

Also, the only appropriate way to introduce the symbiote is to have a storyline where Spider-Man visits another planet. Which would naturally be quite a ways into his mythology. Unless you're in the MCU. See, this is one of those characters that I want the MCU to have. I know that I've said that Disney has a pretty big monopoly and I want too fight out against that, but I Venom works better in the MCU than in a small pocket universe that Sony cooked up in a side project.

As such, no desire to see it. Plus, the trailers looked pretty bad.

Tempted to photoshop SPIRIT's avatar over Venom's face, though...

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[Perfectly Sane] Rich Asians

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Reviews, Movies Sep 10 2018 · 100 views
Crazy Rich Asians, movie, review and 2 more...
[Perfectly Sane] Rich Asians :kaukau: Before I watched Slenderman, I watched Crazy Rich Asians two or three weeks ago. I'd give a spoiler-free consumer review, but since you can tell from the trailer that this is basically My Big Fat Greek Wedding mixed with the plot of every single Hallmark Original Channel movie ever, there's really nothing to spoil. You know exactly what the plot of this movie is. They're rich. They're Asian. They're somewhat crazy, although in my opinions pretty calm and rational. But that last part is just my opinion. Just saying, everything that the mother stands for makes sense to me, and she seems exceptionally level-headed. As is most everyone in the movie, with the exception of a few friends.

Okay, so here are the basics on the quality and style of the movie:
  • Its main selling point is that the cast feels fresh and unique and charming. They are all well-acted and all of the characters are very likable. I can't think of a single character that I didn't enjoy. I could hang out with any one of these people.
  • While the characters are good, the story does have that much dramatic tension. You never feel that the stakes are exceptionally high and the central "will they make their relationship work out" question never gets particularly emotionally strenuous.
  • It does not have one of those moments that's almost obligatory in romantic comedies where there's a giant, long, painstaking miscommunication and/or lie that gets incredibly awkward and makes you feel embarrassed for the main character. This is a staple of romantic comedies, and it ducks the trend.
  • It does not dive exceptionally deep into Asian culture. Not just the street-level culture, but even the affluent culture. This isn't a case study in the same way that Pride and Prejudice is. It is primarily a comedy.
  • With that having been said, it still does offer some insight on how Asians differ from Americans, particularly when it comes to family values.
There are some talking points to be made with this movie. I watched it with a Christian friend and we actually had quite a bit to say. There are several people that I would recommend this to, particularly because of the talking point surrounding how much emphasis people put on family cohesiveness versus individualism, and what types of happiness are the most worth pursuing. There are also people like my grandmother who I would re-watch this movie with in a heartbeat, because she loves those Hallmark Channel original movies (for the record, this is produced, directed, written, and acted significantly better than a Hallmark Channel movie, so don't let that comparison turn you off).

While I said that the movie doesn't have much suspense or sense of stakes, I would attribute that to the lack of a contrived misunderstanding. You know, the one that makes you squirm in your seat and watch the movie through your fingers because it's just so embarrassing to watch. That does tend to increase suspense and stakes, but I'd rather have an easygoing movie without that trope. The other reason why suspense wasn't overly present was because, again in defiance of tropes, the guy's Asian family is actually pretty level-headed and reasonable. They have different values, but they're not completely oblivious and without appreciation of Westernization and Modernization. They aren't quite Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof. They are definitely aware that there's a lot that they can work out, just as you have to do with any marriage. I think that it was even played in the movie as "What if they absolutely hate me?" and then it turns out that they're only as suspicious of her as any other potential in-laws would be. The tension does go up a little in the third act, but at no point did I find the family unreasonable. Of course, that's my subjective experience.

On a side note (and I read TMD's blog about this, too), I found it really interesting to hear Chinese and actually recognize what was being said. I'd wager that TMD understood more than me, considering that I just know a few pages out of the phrasebook, but that was certainly an interesting experience and I definitely got personal enjoyment from the movie on those grounds.

Overall assessment: great movie for a date night, or even a casual outing with friends. Opens up some doors for interesting casual discussions, or serious, if you so desire. I do not consider the movie particularly challenging, in the sense that it isn't suspenseful, but I've already had Infinity War, Fallen Kingdom, Skyscraper, and The Incredibles 2, so this is a relaxing change of pace. I can only go on a roller coaster ride before I want to spend some time chilling on the lazy river, which as a little known fact is actually the best ride in the whole water park. That bit of advice was free. Unless you're crazy rich, then please cough up.


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Slenderspirit

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies, Reviews Sep 06 2018 · 112 views
Slenderman, movie, review
Slenderspirit :infected: In other news...the movie consisted of some jump scares. It didn't really advance the myth in any meaningful way and I was right that this is one of those things that doesn't easily translate to film. He works far better as a campfire story and as a figure from modern folklore. It's something of a lost art these days, but it's amazing when someone shares a good folk horror story by a fire, or while walking at night in the woods. I've had that experience a few times, and they all stand out to me, especially the time I was at the Omaha Tribe Reservation. Well, that's just me. I don't necessarily regret watching that movie, though. I mean, he is a pretty cool specimen and there's a reason why we're fascinated with him. Personally, I was hoping that he would infect someone to murder her loved ones, but that didn't happen. Turning into a tree, though, that was cool. I will give credit to the idea that he permanently cocoons children alive within trees some points I also liked that he could stalk people over the internet. So long as it gives some people ideas, people can all add their own favorite elements to the lore when they share their version at midnight. Therefore, I don't discourage seeing it, but not for the horror of the film itself. Namely, it should help you develop your own horror stories once you've left the theaters, horror stories that are even better.

Such as this one. I honestly think that I've perfected the myth with this right here. It just gives me the shivers.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 3

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies Jul 26 2018 · 106 views
MCU, Marvel, GotG, Avengers and 1 more...
:kaukau: Well, James Gunn is out, for reasons we shan't discuss...but we can talk about who's going to be in it.

Alrighty then. Here we go. Should I still use spoiler tags? I'm going to use spoiler tags.

Spoiler


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Avengers: Infinity Plotholes

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies Jun 05 2018 · 155 views
Avengers, Infinity War, Marvel and 1 more...
:kaukau: I've been meaning to type this up for a while.

Spoiler



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About Doctor Strange...

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies May 17 2018 · 94 views

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Maybe the deaths ARE for real...

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Movies May 09 2018 · 129 views

Spoiler


:kaukau: My goodness, I hope that this is true.

Unless you're Luke Skywalkering me. Please don't Luke Skywalker me. The Last Jedi went exactly how we thought it would go. Basically, like Empire Strikes Back. Bad guys gain an upper hand, but the movie ends with a glimmer of hope as someone looks out into the stars. Of course, Rey wasn't necessarily genre savvy, so she didn't know that, and Luke's criticism was pretty valid in that context, just not necessarily when it's directed toward the audience via the trailer.

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