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Movies and TV Shows / Re: Trailers! Trailers!
« Last post by perc2100 on December 01, 2022, 01:19:03 PM »
Transformers: Rise of the Beast

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Between Thanksgiving break & Black Friday streaming deals I was able to catch up on a whole slew of current & older movies that made me excited to share!

THE BLACK PHONE - this is on Peacock currently, released this past summer in theaters.  This horror film from Scott Derrickson & C Robert Cargill (DOCTOR STRANGE, SINISTER, etc) is an adaptation of a horror short story from Joe Hill.  It stars Ethan Hawke as one of the creepiest bad guy serial killers in awhile, called The Grabber my locals & police, in this late 1970's period horror film.  The Grabber has been kidnapping and murdering HS-aged kids, most recently Finney whom is being locked in a soundproof basement.  Finney keeps getting calls from a black phone from other teens that were murdered by The Grabber, giving him tips on how to stay alive and try to escape.  Meanwhile Finney's sister has dreams that are seemingly premonitions or visions of The Grabber and his house/crimes and she strives to solve the mystery of where Finney is being held before it's too late.  It's kind of a simple "Stranger Danger" story with good acting and an incredibly tense situation thanks to Hawke's really creepy vibe.  Watching Finney turn from bully-victim to survivor is cliched but works really well thanks to the writing, directing, and acting.  I'm not familiar with the short story, but the decision of Derrickson & Cargill to portray the HS victims' conversations with Finney is a really good choice.

HALLOWEEN ENDS The Halloween movie franchise is a wildly interesting one.  HALLOWEEN ENDS, exclusively on Peacock, marks the end of the recent trilogy (HALLOWEEN, a direct sequel to the 1979 original HALLOWEEN that ignores all other sequels; HALLOWEEN KILLS, the direct sequel to the 2018 HALLOWEEN that kicked off immediately after and took a direction of 'how screwed up is the town that's been impacted by Michael Myers' murder spree' and finally HALLOWEEN ENDS), the 'part 4' of a story line albeit part 13 of the franchise.  ENDS took a WILDLY different turn from the other movies, and while it will work for some and miss for others, I have to give credit to director David Gordon Green and his writing team for being (REALLY) different from other films of the franchise.  ENDS sees us a few years after KILLS, focusing on a previously unknown character, Corey, who accidentally kills a kid while babysitting, is found not guilty of the crime (since it was ruled accidentally), but has become the town pariah: bullied by peers, chastised by adults, etc.  Lori Strode has gotten some therapy and is living with her granddaughter, Allyson (not that both of her parents have been murdered by Myers, she's a nurse who's found somewhat of a kindred, albeit broke, spirit in Corey and the two are dating), and writing a book about her experience with Michael Myers.  Myers, on the other hand, has been missing since he disappeared at the end of KILLS.  The film centers on Corey, posing the question if 'evil' is a trait one is born with, or can a seemingly good-natured kid be grinded down to a murderous evil person due to circumstance, as Corey goes from picked-on victim to psychopath.  After Corey gets jumped by some bullies, he finds himself in a sewer tunnel where Myers is hanging out with bums these days.  Corey seemingly takes inspiration from the Haddonfield Boogieman and goes on a Halloween night murder spree, getting his revenge on all who seemingly wronged him.  His murder spree coincides with Myers' return to Haddonfield, and the film ends exactly the way Halloween fans hope it does.
This was definitely a very different Halloween film, and I liked it, warts and all.  It doesn't exactly work like gangbusters, but I liked it well enough to feel like it's a satisfying conclusion to the 3-film trilogy (one where it felt like the films had diminishing returns as they went).

THE FABLEMANS Spielberg's latest theatrical film is almost certainly his most personal one: a story that's semi-autobiographical about him growing up and finding his love of filmmaking.  As a movie nerd, I adore this film, though I honestly can't tell ya if this is a 'mainstream wide-audience' kind of movie.  The film centers on Sammy Fableman, the Spielberg avatar, growing up with some sisters and wildly opposite parents: a stogy computer engineer dad, and footloose & fancy free pro pianist/artist mom.  The film starts with his parents taking Sammy to the movies for the first time, and Sammy immediately becomes entranced with the entire concept of motion picture story telling.  He uses his dad's camera to make his own original films, coming up with his own 'special effect' techniques and editing tricks to make the movies as realistic as possible: just as Spielberg did as a kid.  There's marriage problems, and as Sammy gets to HS and his family movies from AZ to Northern CA, there are typical social issues Sammy traverses while still maintaining his inner-need to make movies.  It's a very charming film, a character study, that has a good 'cameo' by Judd Hirsh and a scene-stealing final sequence that features legendary director David Lynch as...well...legendary director John Ford in what I've read is an incredibly accurate recreation of when Spielberg met Ford on a movie studio lot & received some advice on framing.
I really like this film, though again I'm not sure the average person would.

GLASS ONION I'm an unabashed writer/director Rian Johnson fan; I haven't seen a movie of his yet that I haven't really liked, if not loved.  His first film post-SW was KNIVES OUT, and incredibly fun 'murder mystery' with an incredible cast anchored by star Daniel Craig as the Foghorn Leghorn-accented private detective, that seemingly resonated with a lot of people.  For me, KNIVES OUT is a wildly entertaining mystery/character showcase that's an absolute blast, and set the bar HIGH for a follow-up.  Well, GLASS ONION at worst met my expectations, and maybe exceeds it, with an equally entertaining cast & story.  I won't go into too many details, as part of the fun of these mysteries is the twists and turns, but needless to say billionaire tech bro Edward Norton and his 'disruptor' buddies feel like characters written in August based on Elon Musk yet somehow Johnson presciently crafted a film that 100% speaks to _now_ in a wildly funny way.  The setting this time is a private Greek island with a cast of suspects that all had a motive.  Throw in some funny cameos (Angela Lansbury's final film performance, I think, is one) and you have a really entertaining couple of hours.  The film is in theaters only until tonight before hitting Netflix the Friday before Christmas in a head-scratching move (this film could EASILY clear $100m + in a week or two of wide-release, yet is being yanked against theater owner wishes after a mere week in theaters).
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WonderCon / Re: WonderCon 2023: March 24-26, Anaheim
« Last post by Old Man Grey on December 01, 2022, 09:36:11 AM »
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If you can book a cancelable reservation, do it now. You can always pick up a WC hotel block room later, if you want.
I agree. I saw a couple of good rates, but they were nonrefundable. March is a long way off and no telling what might happen. I did make a reservation at a nearby hotel but I'm still going to look around. Prices are definitely much higher this year.
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I wonder why no email about new merchandise. Maybe there will be more put up. I would like a new ornament.
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Off-Topic Chat / Re: In Memoriam
« Last post by perc2100 on December 01, 2022, 09:19:22 AM »
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Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac passed away.  She was 79.

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What a bummer.  I love the story about the Fleetwood Mac song “You Make Loving Fun” that she wrote:
she was having martial problems, and having an affair with Fleetwood Mac's lighting designer (who was their main lighting designer through 2019!).  She wrote “You Make Loving Fun” about how happy having sex with the lighting guy made her, and when her husband asked she said the song was written about how  happy her dog makes her.  They divorced shortly after, the song was a it, and the band played it nearly every night  :P
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Interesting how the "ugly sweater" is actually a sweatshirt. I'm not sure I like that.  ???
Yeah on one hand it more practical for casual wear, but on the other if it was an actual sweater I would 100% buy this to wear to work :-X
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WonderCon / Re: WonderCon 2023: March 24-26, Anaheim
« Last post by Transmute Jun on December 01, 2022, 06:20:48 AM »
If you can book a cancelable reservation, do it now. You can always pick up a WC hotel block room later, if you want.
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WonderCon / Re: WonderCon 2023: March 24-26, Anaheim
« Last post by rv65 on December 01, 2022, 06:11:44 AM »
Hotel that I normally stay at has gone up in price by a lot. Not sure if I should book now or wait for the WonderCon hotel list. Maybe I should try another hotel.
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SDCC Exclusives, Floor, and Limited Editions / Re: New SDCC Holiday Merchandise Dec 2022
« Last post by SteveD on December 01, 2022, 05:54:57 AM »
Interesting how the "ugly sweater" is actually a sweatshirt. I'm not sure I like that.  ???
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SDCC Exclusives, Floor, and Limited Editions / New SDCC Holiday Merchandise Dec 2022
« Last post by marcia29 on November 30, 2022, 09:30:44 PM »
Just saw about half a dozen new holiday shirts, etc up on the CCI website.
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