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  1. I don’t think I’d watch it again.

     

    Just so folk know where I’m coming from, I’m someone who’s seen the Lynch version probably half a dozen or so times and loved it enough to seek out fan edits of more complete versions which in turn was what finally pushed me into reading and adoring the book. 

     

    To sum it up in a sentence, I don’t think the story is very well suited for an action forward approach. Imagine the sci-fi version of game of thrones writ large on an imax screen, but where there might have been scenes of careful political manoeuvring, cloak and dagger palace intrigue and perhaps a few plain old quiet moments of thoughtful introspection, in its place is now the all mighty and near overwhelming pomp and bombast of a modern blockbusters expectations. Perhaps this was always going to be the case, it being a movie as expensive and as risky but this was an exhausting movie to sit through. It felt like it hardly ever let up in its pace, just to give me a moment to breathe or to simply enjoy and get properly invested in what ever was going on at any one time. As soon as one story beat had started it’s over and we’re on to the next thing and it got to the point where I honesty started to get quite bored about half way through. By jamming more of the book into its running time than ever before, I felt it’s eyes were too big for its stomach because it ultimately lacked what it needed for these moments to feel anyway significant to the developing story. It’s a failing of the screenplay ultimately because as much as the movie is beautiful, both visually and audibly engrossing, the plotting is very much from the school of “and then, and then, and then” way of story telling. Sitting there watching characters I’ve known and loved in multiple iterations from both the book and the previous 1984 movie, whose motivations, inner thoughts, fears and desires are now all either removed or heavily cut down and mentioned in a brief moment before all hell breaks loose again, it was hugely disappointing.

     

    Id say also that as the depth of all the characters are reduced down to make way for the action to take centre stage, despite how much death, havoc and destruction is brought down on everyone the whole experience still felt anaemic to me. It also wasn’t helped that the main cast (minus Jason Mamoa - who felt like he was in a different movie) were all wet blankets. The actor who plays Paul is mostly just there in his scenes. There is very little for him to do here, mostly a passive observer to the movies great juggernaut of machinery to find time to act like a human and emote a little. Say what you want about the lynch movie but he really nailed the brief and touching moments of humanity in his characters. Paul greats his friends with a warmth and humanity that feels completely natural and charismatic. The scene where Thurfir Hawat, the Atreides master of spies meets Paul before they leave for Arakis there is palpable warmth to their interaction, they share friendly banter and while the main reason they need to talk is a serious one, it never escapes your attention that these two characters see one another as their close and dear friend. I really missed this closeness of characters in this movie which I think was the movies main reason why it failed for me. They were nearly entirely lacking in personality. Also no offence to Stephen McKinley but he’s no Freddie Jones. 
     

    I also couldn’t shake the fact that the soundtrack got pretty generic as the movie marched relentlessly on and while it sounded better in the movie than in the trailers it’s used in, the all too familiar ethnic moans and yells felt like they were on a loop for most of it, it just rubbed me the wrong way.
     

    Sorry for the dump

     

    I think this is Villeneuves weakest film to date and while I’ve not seen Incendies yet it would have to do a hell of a lot of things wrong to outshine this for the top position.

  2. Perhaps this was in part a reaction by the studio to Bladerunners 2049s disappointing box office returns but this trailer looks like it is trying its best to cover up for an incredibly generic and broad looking movie to me.  

     

    To quote Mechagameszillas review of the 1984 version "Dune is a 1960s novel based around "mind expanding" spice. Either you go weird with it, or you strip everything interesting about it away and do the guy saves the day in space by being The One story. Ho hum." and that is all I can see being here quite honestly.

     

    Also i'm starting to think Hans Zimmer has been going back to the same well a few too many times now to put it lightly. It is such a shame we lost Jóhann Jóhannsson. His music with Hildur Guðnadóttir gave movies like Sicario and Arrival something incredibly powerful and unique to its worlds. 

     

     

     

     

     

  3. Well that was great. Totally redeemed and made sense of the last few wishy washy episodes to my eyes. 

     

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    The fight in the Pathfinder and the reveal of its solution however was so utterly contrived. Total TV bullshit writing. Why wouldn't he tell his crew that he had changed his mind and run the risk of getting his head blown off and potentially killing the whole crew along with him? Being rendered suddenly suicidal only to reveal his crew were right and he was wrong by firing the missile anyway was not a satisfying moment but a trick on the crew and a trick on the audience, one that made absolutely no sense in the story it was telling. It actually left me quite a bit deflated from what had been a great and tense scene up until then. A total Wargames, "Turn your key, Sir" moment. 

     

    I also thought the marine who was killed infront of Tracy, it might have made for a more poignant moment if for instance we knew of more of a personal connection to him. If he and Tracy had shared more scenes together (other than collegial and that he respected her flying) that some sort of relationship had occurred before Gordo had arrived on the station perhaps. 

     

    It is still an incredibly uneven show and I need to keep reminding myself not to try and pull on the many threads it leaves behind as imo it continues to fly in the face of its real world/hard sci-fi affectations. Yes, the very idea that a PR stunt can have that much of an effect politically, that the Russians wouldn't only stand down and withdraw from Jamestown and presumably give up on the contested mining rights the Americans had staked a claim over is so unbelievable as to be silly but it can also be damn enjoyable. 

     

      

  4. I gave up after episode 3. 

     

    Its frustrating because it really starts itself off with an air of Season 1 of True Detective but in actual fact, its clearly far closer to an episode of Goosebumps.

     

    Its hard to write that because True Detective s1 is a hard summit to even get near let alone achieve. Everyone involved in this show should be congratulated.  It was something where everything worked perfectly. The music, the acting the directing,  the cop endlessly orbiting round some of the worst human instincts imaginable, but is then propelled into a mystery of uncovering the truth of the crime itself. It all here. Until its not. 


    I don't get it quite honestly. I don't get Stephen Kings story telling or having the elements hes chosen to run together, run together to be frank. I've not read The Outsider but i'm guessing it reads like a stream of consciousness where if at any point he writes himself into a corner there can always be a spooky thing to pop up and throw all the pieces in the air again. I don't get the thought process. Its just "and then, and then, and then" type storytelling,  it wastes the viewers time and when the story plot points finally do start to come together, in this utterly grounded and realistic world of investigative police methodology and procedure, it ultimately defeats itself to serve as nothing more than interesting backdrop in the face of

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    "a spook did it". 

     

    I love the x-files so i don't know why that works and this doesn't. Stephen king is like the author equivalent of the "i'm not saying it was aliens but it was totally aliens" guy. He writes utterly believable worlds but is happy to just demolish them for schlock entertainment. 

     

     

    Disappointing and disingenuous to the subject matter but really at the end of the day its just boring.

     

     

     

  5. I guess films like this serves to getting more people interested in ww1? Thats perhaps one positive I think of. If it creates more people to read about the conflict and to watch more documentaries and so forth, then that's great, but what the film itself doesn't perhaps do that well is depicting the true reality of the conflict which was basically a time when the individual was reduced to absolute meaninglessness.

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    Quite the opposite as its telling a story of one man practically saving the day while attempting to make it through the various set pieces people normally associate with the conflict (immaculately done I might add) but hardly any of what made it what it truly was, which, as Forgotten Weapons said  "the first inhuman mechanised juggernaut of a conflict" and the idea of one man having any kind of influence or control what so ever is an incredibly movie-esk thing to pull. 

     

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    Quite honestly, after the scene previously, where the captain tells our protagonist that he should have witnesses before delivering his message, I was half expecting for his pleas to be ignored. Maybe also then to be forced in participating in the very same charge he was sent to stop - one he knows will be a total a failure. Theres yer ww1!

     

  6. I thought this was great :lol:

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    Sure it didn't make a lick of sense in terms of the greater story GRRM was probably building to but I thought it was an excellent and had really well thought out drama that captured some powerful emotional moments during a siege, evocative of something authentic and brutal such as The Battle of Berlin for instance. It was full of pathos and emotional poignancy, exactly what was completely missing from the Battle of Winterfell as well as the follow up episode.

     

    I can accept and tolerate bad writing to a certain degree but its when that emotional storytelling goes is when i really I need to call something out for being shit, and this wasn't shit. Far from it. 

     

     

  7. Just got out the cinema from a 3:30 showing. 

     

    You know you're in trouble when you're stiffing a laugh at sequences intended to be dramatic and emotionally fulfilling or cringing with embarrassment at moments of earnestness a second later. Its tonally all over the place, the story comes from the school of just throwing everything you can think of at the wall and seeing what sticks attitude, it feels like a movie made by committee with no clear goal or objective in mind other than doing a literal translation of wars that happen to be in space. Ultimately its just boring. Disappointing and  heartbreakingly boring.

     

    Seriously there was moments when I was reminded of the prequels. 

     

     

     

     

  8. I think it has a similar feel to Drink The Sea by The Glitch Mob. Their latest album isn't half as good though.

    Does anyone else have any recommendations for similar artists/albums?

    Thanks for the mention of Glitch Mob! Beasting drums! Track 2 was a neighbour killer!

    The vids one big massive tribute to the same director, his most famous one was called Gonin so I started there. Its where most of the shootouts and club scenes are from - plus its got a bit part from Beat Takashi :D

    I really want to find out where the Cronenbergesk stuff with the pistol melting through the guys head comes from but im not there yet :)

  9. I absolutely adore everything about this one. Insanely energetic and the videos so well put together - and not even remotely safe for work.

    Early 90s, late 80s Japanese films, man :)

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    A related track

    Miami Vice vibes up the swanny!

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    Oh shit, part of this album is actually on the Hotline Miami 2 soundtrack :)

  10. This is as Stars show so it follows there should be every kind of debauchery on show but I feel Michael Bays influence is looming too large for this to be read as anything but fodder quite honestly. Unlike Spartacus, the setting and environment atleast permitted for this kind of hedonism; well bred upper class rulers indulging themselves in every kind of whim was atleast in keeping with what the story was setting out to tell, but Black Sails is trying to do the same but for low life pirates.

    In my mind it just doesn't follow how the female bar owner on this island of thieves and murders is practically running the show. Sexy female 20 something models getting together with other sexy female 20 something models, perhaps initially intended as a progressive comment on the freedom of expression life on the high seas allows but visually its blatantly only for express purpose of us seeing them getting together. Specific camera shots making sure to draw attention to their naked bodies as they writhe about, and its making this whole setup seem laughable. Just as the male leads here, not brutalised into a life of exhibition and sport, who must adhere to certain atheistic, but are all the same still ripped to hell and back. There was a wide shot from the last episode where everyone was standing around and you could instantly tell them apart from the slovenly looking extras (who are actually more suited to the life styles they're portraying) is making this look a bit silly.

    Its basically Pirates, that porn movie with Stoya and company but somehow with more even tits.

  11. Quite a modest teaser trailer for such a extravagant series.

    Personally, Expendables 2 made the original, a mixed experience at best into something approaching flipping Shakespeare. I don’t see how a third outing and all those who sail with her is going to get anything but pelters honestly. There are plenty of older actors out there who still give each role their best but the expendables series seems adept in rounding up all those who just don't give one solitary shit any more. The premise of seeing everyones favourite action stars together to shoot bad guys and invoke the care free times of yesteryear is an awesome one but if nothing else The Expendables serve to highlight just how well the earlier films they're trying so desperately to emulate were made.

    Why be an ageing and famous movie star if you’re phoning in every performance you give? To paraphrase Redletter Medias Mike Stoklasa for a sec, “what do you need more money for? Buying a more expensive head stone?” Ben Kingsley for example in IronMan 3 was brilliant fun, puts a big smile on my face every time I watch it. A true testament to making the most of a relatively throwaway role, but if Fords latest output is anything to go by, last seen bored off his nut in Endersgame, his appearance in this is just going to serve as further damage to his reputation.

    These films bring out the cynic in me and serve to make me question why I liked these actors in the first place. It turns into a bunch of whoring pensioners after a while and just makes me sad.

  12. After so much mucking around, buying pre-amps and analog to digital converters to fit my shitty amp, ive finally hooked my deck up so I can sit and actually listen to some music.

    By jove it was worth it.

    Call me converted to this vinyl lark. Listening to Tears for Fears - Songs from the big chair just now on my pair of headphones I practically emptied my bank account to afford. A little slice of heaven. Such a great album, practically jam packed with one incredible track after the next.

    I just want to sit and listen for hours.

    Also thanks to this thread I ended up buying the 2013 reissue of the Bladerunner soundtrack. Its a red bin lid. Its such a mad thing that you can get music of this. Ah its like Christmas :)

    I didn't know I could smile this wide.

  13. I just want to add to the praises getting sung about this gem. Such a rare thing, an enjoyable blockbuster. God it's been a while.

    Not since Dredd have I seen such a believable and beutifully presented "lived in" future.

    Blomkamp is such a talent, giving him free reign and having something important like the Alien franchise, the bladerunner sequel or hell, even the star wars franchise under his control id be so happy to see.

    I will say it is bit sledgehammer with its political perspective but it's such a believable presentation it almost doesn't matter. Before the main story kicks in and youwatching characters living and interacting in this world, it's almost enough to make a whole movie out of. The space opera nods and the guns and drama could never appear and you'd still be in love with it.

    Also you could argue it "borrows" a lot of themes and possiblly even some scenes from District 9, but whose caring when there was such a treasure trove of themes to take from in that.

    I excitedly look forward to his next project. :)

  14. Ah this is great news. I hope that's Carmack upped sticks and moved properly for this. Oculus are so promising, their product is maybe even my most anticipated development in gaming as a whole today. Honestly its got me excited again and having the brain of ID Software come into their fold is just nothing but good vibes as i see it. Especially after the rumoured distancing both parties had over the strife with Oculus Rifts Doom 3 BFG support.

    Also I can finally stop torturing myself with trying to make up seemingly endless, blindly but well intentioned excuses on why I should keep looking forward to more and more Dooms and Quakes now. Feeling slight freedom is over me after reading this :)

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