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Offline Squidward von Squidderson

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« Reply #150 on: September 27, 2021, 07:56:31 pm »
Apparently, in the comics, Thanos wants to wipe out half of all life because he has a romantic crush on "Death" and wants to impress her.

Also a very relatable motivation! 

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« Reply #151 on: October 08, 2021, 12:49:04 pm »
Bit late to the thread here, but I just thought I'd address this...It is true that there are some common elements in many super hero movies. (For example, all the Marvel movies with 1-off villains, battles with hoards of CGI monsters, snappy one liners, etc.)

But, for all that, there is also a significant amount of variety as well. Captain America: The First Avenger has elements of a historic movie. Guardians of the Galaxy is a sci-fi space thriller. Ant-Man is a heist movie. Captain America: Winter Soldier has elements of a spy movie.

And you can also find variety if you look at the main characters: Tony Stark is an egotistical snarky tech genius. Steve Rogers is an individual dedicated to the public good. Peter Parker is a teenager trying to figure out his place in the world. Bruce Banner may be a genius like Stark, but he lacks the ego (but instead substitutes concern over his condition).

Claiming that they are "all formulaic" is like claiming all westerns are the same because "they all have horses and guys with six-shooters".
You're right. Here's the thing: sometimes you want a Big Mac, and it's satisfying, but most of the time it's just completely unfulfilling compared to a real meal.

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« Reply #152 on: October 08, 2021, 12:56:24 pm »
Did I mention I liked FREE GUY ?

Is that Superhero ?
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« Reply #153 on: October 13, 2021, 04:36:01 pm »
Did I mention I liked FREE GUY ?

Is that Superhero ?
The definition of 'super hero' movie is actually kind of vague.

I think we can all agree that Superman is a 'super hero movie'. But you also have movies like Guardians of the Galaxy... which is a space movie (with aliens and whatnot) that originated in comic books. But if you accept Guardians of the Galaxy as a super movie, does that also mean that Star Wars is (since you have people using super powers, i.e. "the force")?
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« Reply #154 on: October 13, 2021, 06:43:13 pm »
But if you accept Guardians of the Galaxy as a super movie, does that also mean that Star Wars is (since you have people using super powers, i.e. "the force")?
Yes. And it's a sub-genre of science fiction. Also include Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes (?). Superman started the sub-sub genre where they wear long underwear.
As super villains go, Darth Vader is Dr. Doom in space.
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« Reply #155 on: October 16, 2021, 02:27:25 am »
For me seeing Mad Max: Fury Road in the theatre was one of my favorite movie experiences, ever.  I went to see it with friends in 2-d, I went to see it by myself in 3-d, I bought it on Blu-Ray.

After giving myself a few weeks to calm down and get it out of my system, I feel like this year's  The Suicide Squad movie was as close to the visceral thrill I got from Fury Road as I've been since.

I feel like people are often too inclined to grade a movie based on what is in their heads as opposed to in their hearts or in their stomachs.  I think that Fury Road, if you grade it based on your head is about 4/10, but if you grade it on your heart or stomach it's 10/10. I felt similarly about The Suicide Squad.

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« Reply #156 on: March 29, 2022, 02:23:29 am »
I went to see the new Batman movie on Saturday.  I hadn't planned to, wasn't interested in going... but Lindsey's niece and her BFF were visiting her this weekend, and they're huge Robert Pattinson fans because of the Twilight movies. So we went to see The Batman.

I actually REALLY LIKED IT.

It has a beautiful visual feel and incredible atmosphere.  It looks and sounds perfect.  From a purely aesthetic standpoint, it's a masterpiece.

This Batman movie is an unsettling serial killer mystery, as Batman tries to track down a very creepy reimagining of the Riddler before he kills more people. This isn't a happy laughing dude in green tights covered with question marks. This Riddler isn't funny, he's just plain scary.  I think the closest movie comparison I can think of for the mood of The Batman is "Se7en".

I was skeptical of Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, but I really liked him in this. Other incarnations of the character have been middle-aged and more sure of their mission.  The Robert Pattinson Bruce Wayne is younger and still trying to figure out his place in the world, both as Batman and as the heir to the Wayne family legacy.  He has a lot to learn about Gotham, and his father, and himself. He is still trying to chart a course in the world, and when we first meet him... dressing up in a costume and beating up criminals is the only thing that makes sense to him. Early in the film he tells one of his targets "I am vengeance" but by the end of the movie he realizes how stupid those words are.

My complaint with the movie, and it's a big one, is that it's very long. Nearly 3 hours. It didn't need to be this long, and drags at some points.  Still, this is really good.

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« Reply #157 on: March 29, 2022, 06:27:53 am »
I'll tell you in a couple of decades bubba  :P

I liked Deadpool, but Deadpool is fourth-wall breaking, self-referential, genre-skewering silliness.  I feel like to really enjoy Deadpool you have to like the genre enough to laugh along at the genre tropes they're making fun of.  I picture MH watching Deadpool pointing at the screen and shouting "I KNOW, RIGHT?!" and "THIS, but UNIRONICALLY!"

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A lot of people liked it.  I was curious, but chose Licorice Pizza instead.

Great film.

I am now four Batman reboots old.

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« Reply #158 on: March 29, 2022, 07:18:27 am »
I count seven, unless you weren't around for Adam West (to Michael Keaton to Val Kilmer to George Clooney to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck to Robert Pattinson).

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« Reply #159 on: March 29, 2022, 10:37:21 am »
I count seven, unless you weren't around for Adam West (to Michael Keaton to Val Kilmer to George Clooney to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck to Robert Pattinson).

Val and George and Ben weren't reboots just new movies. 

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« Reply #160 on: March 29, 2022, 11:43:48 am »
Batman is now a pale sexy romantic vampire.

Haven't seen it, looks decent.  I chose Jackass Forever over The Batman and have no regrets.
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« Reply #161 on: March 29, 2022, 11:50:35 am »
Batman is now a pale sexy romantic vampire.

Haven't seen it, looks decent.  I chose Jackass Forever over The Batman and have no regrets.

Batman Reboot 1: Camp comedy on Colour TV - ABC's Batman Series
Batman Reboot 2: Michael Keaton stars as Batman in a Tim Burton directed gothic blockbuster with Jack Nicholson as the Villain
Batman Reboot 3: After the Blockbuster series wanes, Christian Bale emerges as a darker, more real Batman
Batman Reboot 4: Batman with Robert Pattison, the return of The Detective Batman

I won't watch it but I liked Pattison in The Lighthouse

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« Reply #162 on: March 29, 2022, 12:11:29 pm »
Fair enough. The same actor played Alfred in all four of the blockbusters, so I guess it was the same universe but with different actors playing Batman. But Michael Caine was Alfred in the Dark Knight trilogy and Jeremy Irons was in Justice League. So by the Rule of Alfred, Ben Affleck was a rebooted Batman that never had a standalone movie.
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« Reply #163 on: March 29, 2022, 03:54:29 pm »
It would be cool if Batman had to retire and Alfred became a superhero.  Like some kind of Iron Man-type suit that made old people awesome and powerful.  This will bring the old white spunker demographic back to the theatre, where most haven't been since Titanic.
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« Reply #164 on: March 29, 2022, 11:03:03 pm »
It would be cool if Batman had to retire and Alfred became a superhero.  Like some kind of Iron Man-type suit that made old people awesome and powerful.
Already done.

In the Harley Quinn animated series, Alfred saves Batman's life when he makes an appearance as a superhero vigilante "the Macaroni" (where he takes the persona of your typical 18th century aristocrat (with the huge wig, containing weapons).
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