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      CommentAuthorLSH
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2019
    LSH wrote
    THE LION KING dir. John Favreau

    Just came out of a screening and I’m utterly overwhelmed by how mixed my feelings are.

    I’ll come back and edit this post when I’ve collected my thoughts. But overall, this is an upsettingly mixed bag.


    Quite simply... I was so utterly engrossed with how spectacular it looked. However, as most have said so far, there’s a strange coldness around the animals. I suppose it’s difficult to animate emotion into creatures that are so ridiculously photorealistic without making it weird. They went about as far as they could, I expect. I will admit, though, all the moments without talking, it was beautiful to look at. I even enjoyed the songs; the original was the first film I ever saw in a cinema so I did get a little bit emotional in parts (the first three minutes had me bawling my eyes out).

    Overall, despite being a technical marvel, I fear this isn’t the best vehicle for an actual narrative. Particularly one in which the characters sing. Favreau’s The Jungle Book definitely works better... perhaps because there is a single real human character that everything is centred around?
  1. Southall wrote
    The Meg

    I don't know why I watched this. I wish I hadn't.


    It was ridiculous. I wouldn't watch it again, but I might not consider watching once a waste of time. Maybe.

    LSH wrote
    THE LION KING dir. John Favreau

    Just came out of a screening and I’m utterly overwhelmed by how mixed my feelings are.

    I’ll come back and edit this post when I’ve collected my thoughts. But overall, this is an upsettingly mixed bag.


    I'm hesitant to see this one. The original is my favorite Disney animation, so I can't imagine it will hold up for me. I haven't really liked any of these remakes, so that's another strike against it. I'm sure I'll see it when it's out of the theaters, but I'm not holding my breath.

    Steven wrote
    Stranger Things 3

    Beautifully shot, fantastic CGI (the best I've ever seen in a TV show), wonderfully creepy monster designs.... but thematically disjointed. And basically the same schtick again: Monster terrorises town, kids inexplicably figure everything out, fight monster, Millie Bobbie Whatever yet again proves she's one of the most overrated child actors, send monster back to upside down world, cliffhanger for a set up for the exact same formula in season 4.

    It goes from heady sci-fi/horror to a farce a little too abrubtly at times. And the whole 80s nostalgia, for me, is the least interesting part of the show. Every time it's shoe-horned in it takes me out of the story. The whole Russian-Terminator guy was a reference too far. We get it, he's the terminator. Winona Ryder continues to be one-note perpetually-flustered mum. And that cringe Neverending Story song scene gave me grey hairs... but of course everyone on social media loves it.

    I think I hate everything.


    The show is getting pretty samey, but I enjoyed season 3. For the most part I enjoy the 80s stuff, but the whole conversation about New Coke was really weird - like super obvious product placement for a product that no longer exists. The Neverending Story scene was awful. I actually thought this season featured Millie Bobbie Brown's best acting, but some margin.

    FalkirkBairn wrote
    The ending was almost as drawn out as Return of the King.


    Yes. Yes it was. They basically made us watch the ending twice.
  2. I saw SHAZAM! over the weekend. The DCEU films have been pretty terrible for me. WONDER WOMAN was okay. I think SHAZAM is my favorite of theirs so far. There are some serious tonal inconsistencies, but for the most part I thought it was really fun. And Wallfisch's score worked really well.
  3. I was pleasantly surprised how fun and refreshing Shazam! was. Not an amazing film but a nice antidote to the doom and gloom and overbearing spectacle of previous DCEU entries.

    LSH, this isn't necessarily aimed at you specifically, but everyone keeps saying how amazing the new Lion King looks...and, from the trailers (have no intention of encouraging all of Disney's worst habits by giving them my ticket money on these remakes), I don't see it? I mean yeah, technically the CGI of the animals is great and the fur is super detailed and whatnot, but everything is kinda just...brown. The original 1994 Lion King is gorgeous and colorful, this just looks like a nature documentary except the animals are fake (and even then, the African savannah doesn't look this drab and joyless in most documentaries I've seen).
    • CommentAuthorJules
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2019
    Edmund Meinerts wrote
    I was pleasantly surprised how fun and refreshing Shazam! was. Not an amazing film but a nice antidote to the doom and gloom and overbearing spectacle of previous DCEU entries.

    LSH, this isn't necessarily aimed at you specifically, but everyone keeps saying how amazing the new Lion King looks...and, from the trailers (have no intention of encouraging all of Disney's worst habits by giving them my ticket money on these remakes), I don't see it? I mean yeah, technically the CGI of the animals is great and the fur is super detailed and whatnot, but everything is kinda just...brown. The original 1994 Lion King is gorgeous and colorful, this just looks like a nature documentary except the animals are fake (and even then, the African savannah doesn't look this drab and joyless in most documentaries I've seen).


    Personally thought it was really bad. Takes all the fun and creativity out of the original, save for maybe the new Timon and Pumbaa. A glorified tech demo
  4. I saw Danny Boyle's Yesterday this week and thought it was wonderfully original and refreshingly heartwarming. And Kate McKinnon was absolutely hilarious in it.
  5. As Thomas requested, I have now seen The Goonies (1985).

    The Famous Five meet the Olsen Gang. smile It works. Spielberg and Donner give a big nod to childhood fantasies. Grusin's score works great in context. Fine family entertainment.

    Volker
    Bach's music is vibrant and inspired.
  6. Captain Future wrote
    As Thomas requested, I have now seen The Goonies (1985).

    The Famous Five meet the Olsen Gang. smile It works. Spielberg and Donner give a big nod to childhood fantasies. Grusin's score works great in context. Fine family entertainment.

    Volker


    Excellent, as it's a film from my childhood, I never get tired seeing such enthusiasm on screen. That with that typical 80's vibe makes it one of my all time favorites beer
    waaaaaahhhhhhhh!!! Where's my nut? arrrghhhhhhh
  7. RW: The Night Manager

    Fantastic mini-series based on a John Le Carré spy thriller about a night manager working in an Egyptian hotel who gets sucked into the world of arms dealers and political intrigue.

    The night manager is played by Tom Hiddleston. If he's never going to be James Bond, this is the closest he will ever get to playing him. The arms dealer is played by Hugh Laurie, who manages to be his most diabolical self. Those two are simply brilliant in the way they play off each other. Now add a very pregnant Olivia Coleman to the mix as a British ex-spy who fights international arms deals business now, as well as several perfectly cast Bond girls (including Elizabeth Debicki who gives a mesmerizing performance as Laurie's girlfriend), a gripping, Emmy-winning score by Victor Reyes that cannot deny its roots either, and you get a six-hour thriller well worth your time.

    It's a lot more talking and less action than Bond, though. No car, boat, or skiing chases, but the settings are all there. The series does a lot of global hopping and always looks spectacular. If you're fine with simply watching brilliant actors doing what they do best for six hours while you quietly bite away your fingernails, this is for you.

    Trailer: youtu.be/g-ZcaKdvML8
    Score Sample: youtu.be/JwTFs7Tue10

    We've watched it on Amazon Prime. You may have to look elsewhere for it depending on where you live.