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I saw The Last Black Man in San Francisco in the Alamo Drafthouse theatre. I think it’s mostly that I’m not local why I didn’t get it, but I saw/heard some local people really enjoying it!

 

I got that it was about the San Francisco housing crisis and the racism related to that, but for me it didn’t connect at all.

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On 6/17/2019 at 2:25 PM, I_smell said:

Everyone's talking about Chernobyl, but I just feel like... it must be really, very sad, right? I don't wanna watch a whole show about something so terribly sad!

 

I've had a blu-ray of Get Out on my table for weeks and I finally watched it. I purposely avoided spoilers for this.

It was a good concept, it's very contemporary, I respect it and I bet it really clicked with a lot of people. It's big on sub-text, and really invites you to look into it. It's a very cliche thriller though! I didn't expect how straight-forward the film was, it's a new idea applied to the very familiar frame of a movie where a spooky killer is getting everyone. That's fun, but I guess I expected it to be something more surprising.

 

Oh well! I still liked watching it. It's not pretentious, the film speaks its' message loudly, and couches it in a nice popcorn flick deliberately. I can see why people were excited to check out Us next.

I've been avoiding spoilers for Us like you avoided spoilers for Get Out but my impression is that Us is much less of a straightforward movie than Get Out.

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Booksmart is maybe the best movie of this year so far. The way it avoids cliches and stays funny throughout is almost miraculous.

 

Also, a recommendation to NOT see: Midsommar. What potential this movie had, but ended up being quite shit.

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Can you tell us (with spoiler tags if necessary!) why?

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Sure. Firstly, the casting choices. If you know Chidi from The Good Place, they actually cast the actor to play basically the same character here. All the characters are very one-dimensional and I didn’t really get their motivations to do certain things.

 

Secondly, even though they are going for a very overexposed look knowingly, it still comes off as cheap amateur cinematography at times, as if someone got the camera settings wrong. And the visual effects during some trippy sequences are super lame IMHO.

 

Thirdly, there is no tension or increasing creepiness. From very early on, we know that SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG and until the end the feeling remains the same.

 

Patrick thinks similarly in more detail

 

[edit] Regarding the last point, this may be one of the cases where having seen the trailer ruins the movie experience. I think because the trailer gave a very specific expectation of where this story was going and then besides some details the movie followed it pretty closely. So if you haven’t seen the trailer and don’t want your expectations ruined, don’t read the spoiler:

 

I was pretty much expecting The Wicker Man + Hereditary and I think that’s what it mostly was although I won’t spoil whether the ending matched.

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Interesting, thanks!

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Also just remembered... somewhere in the movie a local man points to a person in a corner as the keeper of some tradition. One of the main characters (a visitor) responds with a surprise by asking "The disabled?" (the person had a disfigured face)

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Watched a few movies on the plane to/from China recently

 

Aquaman

Better than I was expecting.  Some really good action set pieces.  The plot's kind of loose but good character portrayals for the most part.

 

Hellboy

David Harbor did a good job but everything else was lacking.  The plot is all over the place, it lacks the whimsy of the Guillermo Del Toro films, and I really couldn't care about any of the characters.

 

Captain Marvel

It was fine.  I don't have a lot to say that's not just diving into the MCU.

 

Into the Spider-Verse

Really enjoyable, though the art made my eyes hurt a couple times.  Not that it's bad, it's just hard to focus on.

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One thing I learned today that I thought was pretty wild, was that in Into The Spider-Verse they animate Miles at 12 fps at first, as he learns to handle his powers. As he becomes more confident, thay start animating him in 24 fps to give a better sense of his newfound grace and power. Such neat animation storytelling!

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