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    Just wonderfully well done. It's a musical/fantasy as much as a biopic. Equal parts Tommy/The Wall and...the Buddy Holly story/Bohemian Rhapsody. Eggsy is terrific in being Elton while branding it as his own. Jamie Bell is equally good as Taupin, despite oversimplified writing. And the music, especially the use and arrangement, is really showcased. Feels a little long at times(t.w.s.s) but it's a pretty damned good movie. Cannot wait till the touring version cause this is ready made for theater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post


    Just wonderfully well done. It's a musical/fantasy as much as a biopic. Equal parts Tommy/The Wall and...the Buddy Holly story/Bohemian Rhapsody. Eggsy is terrific in being Elton while branding it as his own. Jamie Bell is equally good as Taupin, despite oversimplified writing. And the music, especially the use and arrangement, is really showcased. Feels a little long at times(t.w.s.s) but it's a pretty damned good movie. Cannot wait till the touring version cause this is ready made for theater.
    There was something rock opera about it JD, good call but I got more of an “What’s Love Got To Do With It” storytelling vibe. Visually interesting cinematography transitioning into heartfelt scenes from his songs all the while moving the story forward and I too thought how it would translate perfectly to musical theater. Good times.



    My friends cried their eyes out at most of the issues in the movie: daddy issues, mommy issues, jerk boyfriend issues, booze, drugs, friendships strained, all of it; at a certain point I didn’t think we were watching the same movie. Lol. So, if you go with sensitive people, you’ve been warned. All I wanted to talk about after was all the fun costumes and how cute the boys were, pfft, jerks ruining it with their feelings. I would see it again but without the… ahem, “extra”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by What party? View Post
    There was something rock opera about it JD, good call but I got more of an “What’s Love Got To Do With It” storytelling vibe. Visually interesting cinematography transitioning into heartfelt scenes from his songs all the while moving the story forward and I too thought how it would translate perfectly to musical theater. Good times.



    My friends cried their eyes out at most of the issues in the movie: daddy issues, mommy issues, jerk boyfriend issues, booze, drugs, friendships strained, all of it; at a certain point I didn’t think we were watching the same movie. Lol. So, if you go with sensitive people, you’ve been warned. All I wanted to talk about after was all the fun costumes and how cute the boys were, pfft, jerks ruining it with their feelings. I would see it again but without the… ahem, “extra”.
    I was a little weepy, gotta admit. It is pretty relentless, almost indulgently so, and I couldn't help but feel empathy that such a brilliant talent was so abysmally and profoundly sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    I was a little weepy, gotta admit. It is pretty relentless, almost indulgently so, and I couldn't help but feel empathy that such a brilliant talent was so abysmally and profoundly sad.
    Awe. Yup, superficially a fun time but if you process Elton the person, hard to watch. Things got misty for me when they revealed the genesis of "your song". *Tear*

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    Booksmart

    Funny and frenetic. Sort of like After Hours meets Idiotsitter. Built on character, atmosphere and heart, some of my favorite moments are little things or lines that could easily go undetected. Really enjoyed this one.




    Dark Phoenix

    I thought this was going to terrible, yet it was far worse than my already low expectations. On the bright side, I was able to get one of the best seats in my favorite theater in the city an hour before an opening weekend showtime with no difficulty whatsoever. At the end of the film, I was sort of offended that Sophie Turner got 5th billing in a film that is all about the character she portrays; but, in retrospect, that might be a good thing.




    Rocketman

    I agree with what's already been covered here. Imaginative jukebox musical. Yeah, it's begging to be adapted to stage. I felt like the execution could have been a little bit smoother and richer, but mostly that's wanting something that's really good to just be completely perfect.




    Echo in the Canyon

    This is a documentary about the Laurel Canyon music scene of the mid-1960s, particularly about 1964–67. A few critics have lamented the omission of Love and Joni Mitchell. The reason for Joni, it seems, is that she arrived on the scene in '67, but there doesn't seem to be a good reason to exclude Love. The whole thing is hosted by Jakob Dylan and is as much about him re-recording some of the famous songs from that scene as it is about the scene itself. It's forgivable, as the covers are good, but still the best parts of the movie come from interviews with some of the artists themselves: Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Michelle Phillips. There are also interviews with Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Graham Nash, who were among those who would drop in on the scene and who played both influencer and influenced to the artists involved. This was one of two films that I figured wouldn't be in theaters long, so I ended up seeing this before Rocketman, and there turned out be a funny crossover there. So, it's a far from complete look at the era but still worth a watch to anyone interested in artists of this area and that time.




    The Tomorrow Man

    I expected to like this one a little more, but I found it lacking. Can't even remember it particularly well, except that I thought Blythe Danner and John Lithgow both lived up to expectations for good performance. This was another indie I prioritized because I didn't think it would be in theaters long. Hm, now that I think about it, there is a little something there, but somehow it simply didn't grab me.




    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    There were a few moments in this I particularly loved, mainly because I love to watch giant monsters fighting each other. I do appreciate some of the affection the filmmakers show to these Toho legends. On the whole, though, I was disappointed. And I am among those who absolutely loved Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla. That movie had a real sense of perspective and a genuine flow (even though, granted, that perspective left us hungry for more giant monsters). This new one is the opposite: tons of big monster effects but lacking a definitive perspective. I'm still going to watch it again, you know, because big things hitting each other.




    Brightburn

    The Superman story reexamined as a horror story, and I think it fails on both counts. Great premise wasted. By (perhaps unfair) comparison, Super twists the superhero origin tale much more effectively on every level. Disappointed.




    The Biggest Little Farm

    There is a cynical part of me that acknowledges that this documentary is about self promotion as much as anything else, but that part of me gets squashed very quickly when watching this footage. It's moving and wonderful. What I didn't realize going in is that the farmers/filmmakers of Apricot Lane Farms (which is in freakin' Moorpark, BTW) have been presenting segments the past couple of years on an Oprah show. Much of the footage from these segments is also used in the feature documentary and can be seen on their Web site, if you're curious. The feature doc endeavors to tell the overall story of how and why they made the farm they have today. The cynic in me did not win in this case. Really love this movie and found myself inspired by it.




    Aladdin

    Doesn't really justify its own existence, although the Speechless(?) song is very good. Aladdin, Jasmine and the Sultan, were really good. The rest of the performances are fine, except that Jafar completely lacks menace. The first person who should have been removed from the set, though, was not Jafar but director Guy Ritchie, who should never be allowed to direct another musical. I probably had to see it, and I probably never need to see it again.




    John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

    Yasssssss! More of what is to be expected from this franchise and then some more on top of that. I know someone who hated this film because it's just a nonstop barrage of crazy violence and because they found the early fights hard to top. I can see that point of view. Didn't affect my enjoyment of the film, though. Also, Dan Laustsen might be my favorite director of photography of recent note. He was nominated for an Oscar for The Shape of Water, but I thought his work in the same year on John Wick: Chapter 2 was equally good. So is his work in this one. Plus Boban Marjanovic and Mark Dacascos in it? Sold.

    P.S. Tobias Harris needs to come after Wick in the next one. For revenge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LetTigerIn View Post

    John Wick: Chapter 3 ? Parabellum

    I know someone who hated this film because it's just a nonstop barrage of crazy violence
    And yet this is also a reason to love the film. And it seriously is nonstop from start to finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    And yet this is also a reason to love the film. And it seriously is nonstop from start to finish.
    Zactly.

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    First time I saw it was in 70mm at Cinerama Dome. Then digital...third time was at The New Beverly, 35 mm, digital the other day...etc.

    Didn't like it at first. Well, I liked half of it. A lot. It's an odd movie. All the Tarantino beats are there. But...it's an odd movie.

    Trying to go spoiler free...imagine a whimsical Quentin Tarantino movie.

    It took some adjusting to, but...it's a helluva movie.



    B.t.w. typical.

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    Meh. Not particularly over the top. It's fairly pedestrian. A few instances that, had the joke gone just a little farther, could have been epic. But it just keeps pulling punches. I don't need children put in lewd or offensive situations but if you are going to make a movie like this...go for it. No more half measures.



    This was a surprise. Kinda reminded me of Losers with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Clearly low budge, and high a/f concept. But performances by surprisingly a-List actors elevate it above the dicier logic hiccups. Just enough surprises in a fairly predictable story win you over by the end. Told Kingsqueen it was a real video store flick. Those kinda flicks that if we played them in store people would want to rent them.

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    Hurm.

    Ok, look, I make no apologies. I thought the original miniseries was better. After seeing part 2, I realize just how streamlined that adaptation was. The current 2 part version is certainly a LOT more faithful to the structure of the book. Especially this part 2. That being said, a decision they made in part one, as far as what NOT to include handicapped them in relation to the resolution. And, for me, the changes did not enhance the story. I will save spoilers for a little later, if we are still talking once folks get a chance to see. But 2 particular events, while difficult to present in a coherent way, were removed. And the story substitutions presented...worked even less well. As far as judging this, there were a lot of things to like. Bill Hader and James Ransome were very very good. The other characters did not fare as well. Whether poorly cast(Ben Hanscomb) or just thinly designed(Bill & Beverly) were particularly lacking. Pennywise, while formidable, in his original form was a little one note. Where the real nightmares came through was in the work with his alternate personas. Some extremely effective frights to be had here. But, the movie is needlessly cruel. Unpleasant is not a replacement for scary. The second half feels terribly overlong, and the infamous ending of King's story, long lamented, is at first ridiculed openly in an almost Deadpool like way, including a cameo that seems a little too on the nose. But then, it is given a BIGGER, LOUDER, LONGER treatment which, while impressive, was just as problematic. The fourth wall wink-wink approach, and a subtle-as-a-hammer Thing reference, are very distracting. Taking you out of the movie instead of enhancing. I get it. It is a repackaging for a newer, younger audience. And I would suppose that it works in that regard. But for me...I'll stick with the original.
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