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Post by BleuPanda » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:52 pm

Hey everyone, I started working on a few films projects recently. My New Year's Resolution was to try and see 2 new movies a week and write reviews, and I've been pretty good at it so far. I also found the energy to start making videos again! I made my first in 6 months, covering Hausu (that odd film I got into our 70s film list - check it out to see why you need to watch this movie)!

Figured I'd share it here, but maybe we could use a current movie discussion topic? This board seems limited to just projects, and providing a couple weekly reviews could help keep discussion active.

Here are my reviews so far (I'll be seeing How To Train Your Dragon 3 and Cold War this week):
https://foolfantastic.com/musings-on-media/

And my Hausu video:

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Post by letmeintomyzone » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:42 pm

What is your opinion on the Oscar contenders, BP? My ranking

PICTURE

ROMA (deserves win)
The Favourite (worthy nominee)
A Star is Born (worthy nominee)
Black Klansman (worthy nominee)
Black Panther (meh nominee)
Green Book (awful nominee)
Vice (awful nominee)
Bohemian Rhapsody (one of the worst Picture nominees of the last 10 years)

DIRECTOR

Cuaron (deserves win)
Yorgos (good surprise)
Lee (feels too little, too late)
Pavel (not a fan)
McKay (awful 2nd nod)

ACTOR

Dafoe (good surprise nod)
Cooper (solid performance)
Bale (did best with awkward material)
Malek (genuinely one of the worst winners of the last 20 years)
Mortensen (you're breaking mah balls x200)

ACTRESS

Aparico (deserves win)
Colman (deserves win)
McCarthy (terrific performance)
Close (overdue, meh film)
Gaga (good performance)

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Grant (deserves win)
Driver (decent nod, won't give him win)
Elliott (same feelings as Driver)
Ali (if he deserves a win, it'll be for putting up with Nick)
Rockwell (filler nod)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Weisz (deserves win)
King (deserves win)
Stone (solid performance, but already has Oscar)
DeTavira (no real feelings)
Adams (scenery-chewing x100)

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Post by BleuPanda » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:01 pm

Sorry for somehow missing this. Well, for the best picture category, I think I'm going to do a ranking of my top 25 favorite films for my next set of videos, so I'll save it for that. Now that the ceremony has finished, I do have a few thoughts:

Green Book winning is a travesty but not as bad as if Bohemian Rhapsody took it. Green Book still falls in line with Academy taste, as merely decent as it is, it's just annoying how 'safe' of a choice it is. Bohemian Rhapsody really doesn't seem to have deserved any of the awards it received.

Colman and Spider-Man winning were the highlights of the night for me (perhaps along with Gaga's "Shallow" performance). Colman's acceptance speech was one of those beautiful things, someone who seemed genuinely shocked to be there. It was fantastic to see her in contrast to the character she played, how down to earth she is. Additionally, thank god they avoided awarding Close because they 'had to' or something. Spider-Man was just nice to see a film that pushed the boundaries get something.

In the end, a lot of my favorites for the year weren't there - Ethan Hawke and Toni Collette easily gave my favorite lead performances of the year (Colman really should have been in supporting) for First Reformed and Hereditary, and those got nothing. Eighth Grade was also my favorite original screenplay but not even a nod.

Everything else was about as expected. Green Book really soured an otherwise strong, diverse ceremony.

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Post by BleuPanda » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:07 pm

Oh, I also wrote two new reviews this weekend:

Cold War:
https://foolfantastic.com/2019/02/24/re ... -war-2018/


And I decided to try out my new mic for my camera and do a video review for HTTYD 3:

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Post by BleuPanda » Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:29 pm

Here's my top 10 for last year:

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Post by bootsy » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:21 am

BleuPanda wrote:Here's my top 10 for last year:
Good list. Is that you narrating?

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Post by BleuPanda » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:34 am

bootsy wrote:
BleuPanda wrote:Here's my top 10 for last year:
Good list. Is that you narrating?

Yep.

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Post by Setherex » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:17 pm

Nifty review videos, Bleu. My main opinion, regarding your Best of 2018 video specifically, is that the editing cuts are pretty fast-paced and choppy compared to your narration, which is far slower overall. Not saying one speed is better than the other, but I think a smoother cooperation between the two would service the pace. Obviously, the list itself is excellent. And your commentary is on-point, could service from a deeper dive too!

I made this little list earlier this month for fun. Being in LA, I watch far too many films for my own good, but it's the city's fault for providing me with such a diverse catalog. Trying to do one of these on a seasonal basis.

https://twitter.com/STorrelio/status/11 ... 5501462529

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Post by BleuPanda » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:36 pm

Setherex wrote:Nifty review videos, Bleu. My main opinion, regarding your Best of 2018 video specifically, is that the editing cuts are pretty fast-paced and choppy compared to your narration, which is far slower overall. Not saying one speed is better than the other, but I think a smoother cooperation between the two would service the pace. Obviously, the list itself is excellent. And your commentary is on-point, could service from a deeper dive too!

Editing has been tough. For the Best of 2018 video, I was using the trailers and they didn't actually provide enough material...should have done video introductions before diving into footage, but I'll know that for next time.

The other issue with editing is that you can only show so much of a clip before youtube automatically detects and blocks things. What I'm doing is protected under fair use, but companies have up to a month to respond if something is flagged. Unfortunately, that means a lot of awkward chopping...


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Post by BleuPanda » Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:07 am

Here's my review of Us:

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Post by bootsy » Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:53 am

BleuPanda wrote:Here's my review of Us:
Good review. You really should do a deep dive into this movie with spoilers. This movie you almost have to.


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Post by BleuPanda » Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:52 pm

My video on Ratatouille has finally been freed from Youtube's copyright claim system!

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Post by BleuPanda » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:13 pm

I checked out Pet Sematary and Shazam this week!

Pet Sematary:
https://letterboxd.com/foolfantastic/fi ... tary-2019/

Shazam:
https://letterboxd.com/foolfantastic/film/shazam/

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Post by BleuPanda » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:28 pm

Hellboy, which was a disgrace to its source material:
https://letterboxd.com/foolfantastic/film/hellboy-2019/

Missing Link, which deserves to be doing much better at the box office, even if a bit lighter than Laika's usual fare:
https://letterboxd.com/foolfantastic/fi ... link-2019/

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Post by Cold Butterfly » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:40 am

Just saw Avengers: Endgame with some friends and i'm telling you man, it's one of the best superhero films i've seen and one of the year's best films so far. I would go deeper but I don't wanna be that guy to spoil it for people who haven't seen it yet :whistle:
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Post by Pauler » Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:13 am

Cold Butterfly wrote:Just saw Avengers: Endgame with some friends and i'm telling you man, it's one of the best superhero films i've seen and one of the year's best films so far. I would go deeper but I don't wanna be that guy to spoil it for people who haven't seen it yet :whistle:
Some plot holes aside, I find Endgame very satisfying! Great character-driven moments are something MCU excels at and I was genuinely moved by all of Natasha's scenes.

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Post by Jackson » Mon May 06, 2019 9:20 pm

I was not a fan of Endgame. For a three hour movie concluding an epic series, it was surprisingly light on action sequences and interesting set pieces (the most-used setting is a generic modern office building). I also found the time travel dynamics to be confusing and not well-thought out. I enjoyed Infinity War far more, which made better use of its expansive cast and scope to deliver an entertaining movie with multiple plotlines. When I see the ecsatic reception Endgame is receiving, I feel like I watched a different movie.

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Post by prosecutorgodot » Thu May 09, 2019 6:09 am

I understand people's gripes about Endgame being confusing, not making sense, messy, ruined Thanos' character, etc. As a film, it's not the best. Though I do think critiquing time-space travel in fiction is like beating a dead horse.
As for me, I really enjoyed it. It's just a really fun popcorn movie. Comedy hits hard, emotional scenes hit hard. My least favorite part of the film was actually the ending action scene, where I was kinda just waiting for the movie to end. I see Endgame as the capstone to the past ten years of the MCU, and a great send off for the original Avengers. From this perspective, Endgame is a darn good final piece of the puzzle.
Hopefully it beats Avatar's box office intake, because I like this movie more than that one.

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Post by bootsy » Fri May 10, 2019 12:45 am

For what it's worth I prefer Infinity War to Endgame. I enjoyed Endgame but I'm a sucker for the good guys not always winning or some conflict with the good guys. Which does everyone prefer: Infinity War or Endgame. Also where does everyone rank this compared to the entire MCU movies.

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Post by Pauler » Fri May 10, 2019 6:34 am

I prefer the fight scenes in Infinity War. Those fight sequences with the Black Order are fantastic and Ebony Maw, for once, seems like a formidable opponent for the Avengers.

Best MCU movie: Winter Soldier

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Post by bootsy » Sat May 11, 2019 3:59 am

Pauler wrote:I prefer the fight scenes in Infinity War. Those fight sequences with the Black Order are fantastic and Ebony Maw, for once, seems like a formidable opponent for the Avengers.

Best MCU movie: Winter Soldier
Agreed here.

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Post by Smith35 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:48 am

My favorite movie clip of all time:
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jxn8oIPT444[/youtube]

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