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Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
« Reply #105 on: January 05, 2019, 11:42:30 AM »
Just watched Netflix's Bird Box because of all the hype. I thought it was okay. I wouldn't call this a horror movie, though it certainly had a lot of the same elements, including the same type of characters. But unlike most horror movies, I didn't find the characters infuriating to a fault. One character was fully self-aware of how soft and useless she was. And the a**h*** of the film was someone I actually rooted for, because it was his assholery that kept them alive. There was some good tension in the film, but it never strained credibility (like, oh, why are you walking alone in a dark hallway). The ending was something I should've seen coming, and almost blindingly obvious in hindsight, but it was still a surprise.

But I am getting tired of these kind of movies. I'll hide the rest in a spoilers tag to explain what I mean.
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Overall, I think this movie was just not in my taste, though I can understand why people do like it though.


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Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
« Reply #106 on: January 07, 2019, 11:59:43 AM »
Question for folks that saw BirdBox:

I definitely missed it but
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Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
« Reply #107 on: January 09, 2019, 01:12:54 PM »
I liked it. Little gore, more intense thriller with supernatural overtones. I was thinking it would be a great fit in the LOST universe.
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It would be nice to get another movie or two set in this same idea that eventually kinda leads up to a conclusion.

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Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
« Reply #108 on: January 09, 2019, 06:30:48 PM »
I'm looking at going to either The Upside or Replicas on Friday.
has anyone heard any thing good/bad about either one ??

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Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
« Reply #109 on: January 10, 2019, 01:27:33 AM »
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login Regarding your speculation of what people would do, that's what exactly happened in the book, and what the protagonists found at the end, where
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. So it was much more of a depressing ending to the book than the movie. I believe it was the director who decided to change the ending to the one we saw.

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« Reply #110 on: January 10, 2019, 12:19:41 PM »
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You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login Regarding your speculation of what people would do, that's what exactly happened in the book, and what the protagonists found at the end, where
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. So it was much more of a depressing ending to the book than the movie. I believe it was the director who decided to change the ending to the one we saw.
Very true: she (the director) wanted the film to have a
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.  I haven't read the book, so I don't know which ending I would prefer.  In the book was there an explanation on
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I don't know what I thought about BIRD BOX.  It wasn't great, it wasn't horrible.  I fell more on the "it's a benign thing I'll forget about in a week for the most part" side, though the compelling performances of the two biggest actors in the movie are notable.  I can't decide if I think this movie feels more like "a mash-up of a whole bunch of genre films: the isolated post-apocalypse journey of THE ROAD + the loss-of-senses in order to survive an extraterrestrial element ala QUIET PLACE + the 'run away from nothing' dopey vibe of THE HAPPENING, the isolated bickering of a small group of survivors trying to work out what they're going to do ala THE MIST or NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, etc.  Or maybe it's a fascinating metaphor for the current US immigration/asylum-seeking situation: a mom trying to take her small children to escape a devastating, life-threatening event in her 'homeland' going on vague-ish things she's heard about a better life in an unknown place where she will be dependent on strangers for help.  IDK.  The movie felt like it had a low budget or something: a sort of cheap vibe.  I'm 100% OK with not showing the creatures, especially when it was revealed what they were supposed to look like for the movie (think a long thing with a literal baby-face), but the whole movie just felt like a lot of "meh."  Like there are good story ideas within the film (like the crazy blind fanatics in particular) but the script seems undeveloped a bit: like it's developed in the "check the boxes of plot contrivances and tropes" but not so much else.  I didn't mind the non-linear story, and I actually mostly liked not showing the evil...thing(s?): I thought, though, visually they didn't handle that well: were they fog (again with the MIST comparisons), or maybe some sort of light (see IT for the 'death lights')?  We don't know, and that seems problematic.  This could'e been better done visually, but I suspect anything explicit would've been very problematic from a logistical sense (light clearly comes in through the insanely thin newspaper, so any 'death lights' could've easily circumvented thin paper) and so they went intentionally vague to the detriment of story-logic.  Nothing has to make sense in a movie world compared to our actual world: it just has to make perfect sense within the established 'rules' of a given movie/book/whatever.  And I think the filmmakers dropped the ball in order to spotlight human-tension - something we've seen before (see "The Walking Dead" series).

So I guess this is a pretty mediocre movie with a few strong performances that struggles with its antagonists/rules of their world.  I can buy the logic of traversing a rolling river blindfolded, or the goofiness of a GPS map being perfectly in sync with where you're at/landscape around you (I actually though for as dopey as real-world logic is with GPS apps being non-perfect, the tension was effective with the "just a curb" and whatnot).  But problems within the established rules (or in this case not established at times) of the movie world and under-cooked/developed story points really bring down what could be a really interesting premise into a one-note/one-idea movie that doesn't really evolve past its most basic premise

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Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
« Reply #111 on: January 11, 2019, 07:31:57 PM »
I saw The Upside this afternoon- what a fun, enjoyable movie. the two leads, Cranston & Hart have real chemistry & put in great performances, Kidman did good too. ;) But the star of the show is the interplay between Cranston & Hart.

this isn't my usual type of movie but this is a smart, well crafted and written movie
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