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Finally watched American Sniper. Good story, but only ok as a movie. I dunno.

I thought Bradley Cooper knocked his performance out of the park. Other than that and the direction, it was nothing special. As far as Iraq/Afghanistan war movies go, it's behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker.

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I thought Bradley Cooper knocked his performance out of the park. Other than that and the direction, it was nothing special. As far as Iraq/Afghanistan war movies go, it's behind Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker.

I don't even know if Cooper knocked the performance out of the park. He just talked with a Texas accent to me. Yeah, he did the blank stare several times while he was home and experiencing PTSD, and he had a couple of emotional scenes, but it didn't grab me as a performance. However, I didn't realize he lead missions on the ground as well, I thought he mostly provided support for the boots on the ground. I thought it was going to be 2 hours of him picking off bad guys, so that was interesting that he got down and lead door-to-doors.

The movie itself felt disjointed though. I know it was a lot to fit into one movie, but it was like a series of segments instead of a cohesive movie.

Agree that ZDT and THL are superior films in this genre.

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Jeremy Irons and Brendan Gleason join the cast of Assassin's Creed. At the very least they seem to seriously want to make this a good movie by putting together an incredibly talented cast.

I'm hoping this movie allows studios to see the potential in video game movies again if you treat them seriously and don't just use the name.

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Popular video games are as good as any other source of intellectual property to turn into two hours of things happening on a screen and hopefully a nine figure opening weekend worldwide, the problem is a AAA movie about a video game is almost necessarily going to be a negotiation between keeping with the source material and making something accessible and explodey, and it's safer to lean towards the latter while merely pandering to fans with references and the promise of sequels that will make more references.

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Not that that's a fresh observation or anything, but it's worth keeping in mind that if "this is the one," the success it breeds probably won't be the kind that makes people buy into video games as things that should be regarded as artistic expressions

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I don't play video games anymore, haven't touched a controller for like 2 years, but I do think there are a ton of games that can make great movies.

I've complained about this a million times, but I don't understand the mindset that studios/writers/directors have when it comes to adaptation. Changing things around for budgetary reasons is understandable, but don't change the story and don't change the ******* characters. I read or played this story that I loved, and now I want to see that transferred into live action.

The problem with every video game movie to date is that nobody who made or wrote the games is ever involved. At least Ubisoft is heavily involved in the writing process for this movie, even if it is not an actual adaptation. Although it probably is a rejected game idea that's being repurposed.

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Honestly I think the studios figure it's better to put out something vanilla and see what sticks rather than chase fans who are probably going to watch regardless of what it actually turns out to be as long as it's decent entertainment and at least acknowledges their nostalgia. You have to be able to sell the idea of any number of sequels packaged into the first movie even if the video games take a turn that more or less rules out using any of that storyline past a certain point. To be able to use intellectual property without being tethered to any specific element of what characterizes that property is exactly what makes them so valuable and so tempting to rely on when putting together a summer blockbuster.

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It is funny however that in a movie that is partially going to be set in Spain during the Inquisition that there has yet to be a single Spanish or even Latin person cast.

You've got a German lead actor, a French lead actress, and an Englishman and Irishman as co-stars.

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It is a little older but I finally got around to watching all of Lincoln. Overall it was a good movie and pretty accurate for Hollywood standards. The cast was fantastic,

Daniel Day Lewis >>>>>>>>>>>

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Just watched Fury. **** good war movie. Good performance by the Bouf, and Brad Pitt was great as always.

Shia Labeouf is an incredible actor. If he wasn't such a gigantic shitgoon he'd be one of the most sought after guys in Hollywood right now. Charlie Countryman is a pretty great movie if you can find it, not sure if it's still on Netflix, but that's where I saw it.

Speaking of Netflix, I checked out Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation and enjoyed the first half of it for the most part. Beautifully shot and scored, but gratuitously dark and violent which seriously upset my best friend's girlfriend who started yelling at us to turn it off and asked "Why the **** are you two watching this what is wrong with you guys???"

We didn't of course, because both of us are bigger than her and she was holding a baby so she wasn't gon' do **** anyways, but it did get me to thinking how much was too much. There is a scene in this movie that was too much for me. Not too much that I turned off the TV and refused to finish, but too much that it made me not like the movie anymore from that point.

It felt disgustingly manipulative and done for pure shock value. Not doubting that **** like this happens, but it didn't serve the story in any way other than eliciting a feeling of total revulsion.

I don't even know if I'd feel comfortable recommending it, other than the possibility that it's a story everyone should know and see to wake them up to the horrors of the world, but since it takes place in an unnamed African country, it almost feels detached from the humanity that it's trying to portray, and serves to give the various forms of violence that aforementioned gratuitous feeling.

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Shia Labeouf is an incredible actor. If he wasn't such a gigantic shitgoon he'd be one of the most sought after guys in Hollywood right now. Charlie Countryman is a pretty great movie if you can find it, not sure if it's still on Netflix, but that's where I saw it.

Speaking of Netflix, I checked out Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation and enjoyed the first half of it for the most part. Beautifully shot and scored, but gratuitously dark and violent which seriously upset my best friend's girlfriend who started yelling at us to turn it off and asked "Why the **** are you two watching this what is wrong with you guys???"

We didn't of course, because both of us are bigger than her and she was holding a baby so she wasn't gon' do **** anyways, but it did get me to thinking how much was too much. There is a scene in this movie that was too much for me. Not too much that I turned off the TV and refused to finish, but too much that it made me not like the movie anymore from that point.

It felt disgustingly manipulative and done for pure shock value. Not doubting that **** like this happens, but it didn't serve the story in any way other than eliciting a feeling of total revulsion.

I don't even know if I'd feel comfortable recommending it, other than the possibility that it's a story everyone should know and see to wake them up to the horrors of the world, but since it takes place in an unnamed African country, it almost feels detached from the humanity that it's trying to portray, and serves to give the various forms of violence that aforementioned gratuitous feeling.

I've seen a lot about BONN but forgot Fukunaga directed it. I doubt I'll watch it.

I posted it in the other thread, but I watched Inherent Vice, and I will be buying it. It's the most Big Lebowski-esque movie since, well, the Big Lebowski. I loved it.

Watched Silver Linings Playbook with Mrs. Mdrake34. It's a surprisingly good rom-com, it was deserving of the praise it received, fantastic performances by Cooper, Lawrence, Deniro, and Chris Tucker was great. Also, Lawrence spends 90% of the film in work out clothes, which made my soul, and my dong, hurt.

I bought Mad Max Fury Road after renting it initially. Will be watching it again soon.

I recorded Birdman, will check it out next.

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Silver Linings Playbook was a great movie. Jennifer Lawrence won my soul forever with her role in it. Deniro and Cooper were their normally great selves, but Lawrence stole the ******* show.

Still haven't watched Inherent Vice, and have tried to watch Birdman twice now. I've got to really try to find a time when I'm in the mood to sit down and commit to that movie, because the previous two times I have been bored to tears.

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Ftr, Birdman is as accessible as a movie that deals specifically with art and self-knowledge can get. It's wonderful and it's not an exhausting experience like the first time you watch Persona or Inland Empire.

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Very late to the party, but I finally watched Fargo after many years of putting it off. I enjoyed the **** out of it. I feel like a turd, and rightfully so, for not watching it.

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That looks awesome and has one **** of a cast with Kate Winslett, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofore, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul and Gal Gadot.

Yeah, definitely seeing this one in the theater.

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