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    Author of 101 WWE Matches To See Before You Die Samuel 'Plan's Avatar
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    Gutted to see Dark Phoenix bombing as hard as it has. That seems really unfair. Even if it isn't the best ever made (I loved it I should say) it certainly is by no means so bad it should perform worse than the F4 reboot they tried. It's better than that.

    MIBI has apparently performed extremely poorly too. Can't say I'm shocked. Did we really need a reboot of a franchise that ran it's course after the FIRST film?! It didn't seem very well marketed either now I think about it.

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    I donít know what the marketing was like here in the states, but I could almost imagine the studio thinking people would flock in to see it just because of Chris Hemsworth and his performances in Ragnarok, Infinity War and End Game.

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    Been in the news today that Endgame is getting 're-released' (it hasn't even left my regular cinema yet) with 'extra footage.' What a blatant effort to topple the Avatar-set box office record. Such a naked money grab.

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    Don't think I've been for a couple of weeks, need to find the time to get back out to the cinema again.

    "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

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    Been in the news today that Endgame is getting 're-released' (it hasn't even left my regular cinema yet) with 'extra footage.' What a blatant effort to topple the Avatar-set box office record. Such a naked money grab.
    I got no problem with it. Avatar was a shitty movie with good special effects that made its money from pricey 3D tickets.

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    I don't think 'Plan was making the point as a defence of Avatar, to be honest, but there we go.

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    Weird, anyways...


    I really loved Blinded by the Light. I’m a big Springsteen fan so I knew I would. It’s definitely a bit corny but such a great feel-good movie.

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    Author of 101 WWE Matches To See Before You Die Samuel 'Plan's Avatar
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    Prime is absolutely right. I'd never defend Avatar. I think it's rather rubbish. But a money grab is a money grab all the same!

    I saw Blinded by the Light this last weekend and, in a fitting moment, an elderly lady entered during the trailers and decided she needed her light on her phone to see where she was going, disrupting everyone. I know it was only the trailers, but I enjoy them damn it and it annoyed the hell out of me. Because those phone lights are damn bright!

    I enjoyed the film though. I'm no Springsteen fan, don't know diddly squat about his music, but the film was fun. I felt like it was straining to be a musical without fully embracing the notion, which was a bit distracting for me, and it certainly didn't spare the schmaltz, but fun is fun, right?

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    Sorry for the double post but I've been to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood today and felt compelled to share my thoughts. They aren't flattering.


    *************SPOILERS BELOW*************


    To begin with, as is the case with every Tarantino film not called Reservoir Dogs, it's far too long, and the unnecessary nature of its length is utterly self-evident. The number of shots of people driving around was bizarrely distracting, scenes that could've taken five minutes often take twenty and many of them aren't even necessary at all.

    The run-time is just the beginning of its problems for me, though. It was meandering, leering, ill disciplined and self-indulgent, but worst of all, it was utterly pointless. Lack of satisfying closure has been a blight on Tarantino's work for me for a long time, the man apparently more than happy to sacrifice a resolute ending for any combination of shock, gore or his most recent fashion for oddly rewriting history - a neat trick in Basterds, but here one that basically renders the entire exercise, and the presence of Margot Robbie, quite literally pointless. 'It's a film about the Manson murders!' in which no Manson murders anybody.

    But really it's not bout the Manson murders at all, I know that. It was, instead, another Quentin Tarantino film about what Quentin Tarantino knows about film. Its lack of diversity was quite apparent. The inexplicable tangent involving Bruce Lee, that ultimately added nothing of any worth to the film whatsoever, served only to flirt with an ugly sense of passive racism while Margot Robbie's Sharon Tate - by virtue of the ending that rendered the entire exercise pointless - existed in the film to be oggled and leered at by the camera; a giggling, dancing, air-headed damsel who grows in no way whatsoever and serves not as an object of adjulation or adoration as the director would have you believe, but as an object to be lusted after. Nor is she the only female character under-served this way. They all are, directed to lean and sit, walk and interact in the most provocative manner possible, with one shot in particular placing the woman's rear end in the foreground of the camera most unnecessarily - before going on to offer the gallant and honourable middle-aged white man a blowjob, only to fail to outsmart him. Obviously.

    It wasn't all bad. I liked the fact not everyone talked like Tarantino for once. In that sense, many of the characters felt like individuals instead of puppets on a string. Leo's central performance is a belter too - it's a shame the material decides that his character progression halfway through the film needs to be dispensed with almost immediately in order to explain his part in the story's conclusion.

    Sadly it wasn't anywhere near enough to save the film for me though. Characters fail to grow, plot threads are laid out without being followed up, scenes are drawn out, even included just to indulge and it all feels oddly, uncomfortably retrograde in its cultural tone. Some have called it Tarantino's love-letter to 1960s LA. The problem is, if that's true, he doesn't exactly present a great deal that's worth loving. It flirts with racism, with chauvinism, and all the usual hyper-violence you get with the director's work. Including plenty of shots of bare feet. Plenty and plenty and plenty of them. I could do without being repeatedly reminded about Tarantino's sexual kink, thanks.

    That's my issue really, that's why I'm ragging on it so hard. There's something ugly and adolescent about the whole thing, like a nerdy teenager fetishizing his fixations and then presenting them to the world as some weird tribute to an art form he spends his days learning all about. It's little more than a blustering ego trip. We get it, Quentin, you know a lot about film and, yes, it's all really rather impressive. But this isn't the 1960s, and while you're busy celebrating where film has come from - whether that's with love letters to kung fu movies or Spaghetti Western movies or WWII movies or to LA of the time - film itself has moved on; it just seems like you haven't quite realised that, yet.

    This isn't the 1960s anymore. And while we're at it, it isn't 1994 either, so stop giving Pulp Fiction a face-lift every few years and calling it 'something new,' because at this stage the only thing missing from this one Tarantino movie you give to us on rinse and repeat, but with varying degrees of indulgence depending on your mood, is the soundtrack of your own heavy breathing as you furiously masturbate over the sight of your own self-perceived 'genius.' Besides, Pulp Fiction isn't that good anyway!

    In case you it wasn't clear guys, I didn't just not like it; I actively disliked it, and by quite a great deal. So much so I'm one more of these films away from naming his most tragic character his own damn library of work.

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    Didnít see the point in starting a new thread for this just yet, so Iím dumping it here... The Matrix 4 has been green-lit. Lana Wachowski writing and directing solo this time. Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss will somehow be reprising their characters of Neo and Trinity, respectively. Production should be starting sometime early next year.

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    Though I'd just mention that I've decided to start trying to write semi-regular movie columns in the non-wrestling writing subforum so if anyone wants some reading material, there's some there! And also if anyone fancies writing more protracted opinions about movie stuff, why not start your own movie columns down there? Whole subforum's going to waste, so why the hell not, I figured!

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    Double-post it is!

    I went to see Inna De Yard yesterday, a documentary following the group's recording of an unplugged acoustic album and chronicling the history of reggae, Jamaica and their personal lives. I absolutely adored it, so much so it may even be my new favourite of the year. And I don't even really listen to or know anything about reggae music! But it was properly life-affirming, love-affirming, uplifting stuff. A real tonic for current events. Couldn't recommend it enough if anyone gets an opportunity to see it any time.

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    I'm not a big cinema goer, but I am 100% going to go and see Joker when it comes out. It looks terrific.

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    Cinema has been brutal lately. Barely anything on I want to see. Been considering going to see Hobbs and Shaw and Dora the fucking explorer just so I'm not losing money.

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    I've actually been quite tempted by Hobbs & Shaw, but then I can be quite a fan of big stupid action films with big stupid people doing big stupid things.

    Also, it has Idris Elba in it, and he's dreamy.

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