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    I bought Snowpiercer, the INSTANT I saw Amazon had it. Gonna watch that **** in line with Smytheking and Kingsqueen.

    I'll start with the SPOILER ALERT conversation as far as Snowpiercer. LOVED it because of the tremendous 'world creating' and Carpentarian ending. What exactly brought it down? Acting was great, technically impressive with a hell of a sound design. Not sure I understand the almost 'meh' opinions.

    And as far as Dawn...well I was reluctant, I wanted good movies with old school prosthetics. Burton was half right. But then Rise? came out. Good re-establishment of the mythology. Was worried about the sequel, original director bolts, locked in date with months already wasted, not a good recipe. But it's to the credit of everyone that this movie has a horse riding talking ape barebacking a horse(yeah. Awesome enough to mention twice) thru flames while firing twin machine guns...and it isn't nearly as ridiculous as it sounds. Well done and the franchise is in great hands. Good soundtrack too, btw, Academy...you getter get on the right side of the mo-cap performance argument.
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    I didn't think Snowpiercer was 'meh.' I liked it a lot! Could even say I loved it. I include it in my favorites of the year, but just would not put it head and shoulders above my other favorites for the year so far. Some of them, in no particular order:

    Snowpiercer
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (This was awesome. I might like Rise a little more. Maybe.)
    Cap 2
    Lego
    Godzilla (Granted, I probably liked this more than most people did)
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Cheap Thrills
    The Wind Rises
    Under the Skin
    Spidey Reboot 2 (just kidding. Completely terrible movie)

    and that's just what's been out so far. Guardians, Lucy and (hopefully) Queen of the Desert still to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    I bought Snowpiercer, the INSTANT I saw Amazon had it. Gonna watch that **** in line with Smytheking and Kingsqueen.

    I'll start with the SPOILER ALERT conversation as far as Snowpiercer. LOVED it because of the tremendous 'world creating' and Carpentarian ending. What exactly brought it down? Acting was great, technically impressive with a hell of a sound design. Not sure I understand the almost 'meh' opinions.
    SPOILERS FOR SNOWPIERCER
    My opinion wasn't meh, it just wasn't as great as I'd been expecting. Honestly, everything up to the end was a blast and I was completely in love with it, but for some reason the ending just didn't have the emotional impact it seemed to have for many others. Maybe because it made me think of the end of the goddamn Matrix series, even though it wasn't entirely the same.

    That's really my only "complaint". I enjoyed the movie immensely.
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    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Review - Dread Central

    There’s an ongoing debate as to whether Andy Serkis, truly the Lon Chaney of the digital age, deserves Oscar consideration for his motion capture performances. Many argue that the extensive computer-generated enhancements in post-production are too much to qualify him for acting awards. To those people I say, "See this movie!" because Serkis isn’t the only one that deserves serious consideration. Absolutely Serkis breathes life into Caesar, making him such a commanding screen presence: thoughtful, merciful, frequently smoldering with primal fury, conveying more with the way he stands and the look in his eyes than any number of human actors could with dialogue.

    Beneath the digital paint of Koba is actor Toby Kebbell. Credit to the effects artists for making Koba such a terrifying visual presence; however, there’s still only so much you can do with special effects. It takes a human touch to so exquisitely portray a spiritual downward spiral showcasing how even justifiable anger can completely corrupt the soul. The writers have tinged most of the characters, human and ape, with a moral gray area, making it easy to sympathize with their point of view even when you know they’re completely wrong. With Koba, we get that gray area’s breaking point, making for one of the best screen villains in a long time...

    ...Apes on horseback with machine guns, mixed monkey arts battles for dominance, Malcolm’s teenage son reading a graphic novel with kindly orangutan educator Maurice, Caesar’s newborn playfully climbing about Malcolm and his family with none of the fear or disdain so many of his kind have been taught to feel for humankind... so many moments great and small I could go on about but will just stop here and leave it for you to discover why this is one of the year’s best. With so many summer blockbusters reduced to sound and fury signifying nothing more than more sound and fury, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is often quiet, thoughtful, and heartfelt, making the moments when it turns frightful and furious all the more daunting.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Review - Dread Central

    … Andy Serkis, truly the Lon Chaney of the digital age…

    Love this description.


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