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PostSun May 05, 2019 12:18 pm 
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Say what you will about Avengers:  End Game, but this is a MONSTER at the box office.  Over $600 million domestic after just 2 weekends and $2 billion worldwide.  $2 billion!  That's probably more than the GDP of some small countries.  Basically nobody is going to see any movie other than Avengers since it was released.
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I wasn't even going to watch it, but my brother convinced me to give "Free Solo" a try.  It was well done, but so nerve wracking.  I have very mixed emotions about it.  What he did is absolutely amazing...and yet utterly pointless really.  Granted I'm sure I've made some bad choices and exposed myself to unnecessary risk, but that's an entirely different scale.

Nice cameo by Peter Croft.  Seems like a really cool dude.
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Monos - at SIFF winner at Sundance and Berlin film festivals, Columbia 2019. Concerns a group of teenage guerrillas in the mountains and jungle of Columbia and their American hostage. Unique in that there is absolutely no political or social context. Part Lord of the Flies part Apocalypse Now part Teenagers partying. Gripping though one never knows what they are fighting for. up.gif  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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Avengers 4.  I liked it.  It certainly didn't seem Three hours long.  I was disappointed in the lack of Captain Marvel participation.  She rescues Iron man and delvers him and the ship to Earth and there was zero interaction between her and the Avengers crew!  Shouldn't the Avengers group have had a million questions for her?  Nothing.  Then after she leads them to Thanos and they kill him shes gone until the very end of the film.  Also, I would have liked to have seen Peggys face when Steve shows up out of nowhere, instead of just the two of them dancing... Etc etc.  All in all, I enjoyed it.

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Dammit, I had a long post and I got timed out and lost all of it.  I guess I'll do one at a time.  I have a free month of Netflix streaming so I've been plowing thru a bunch of movies.

I'll start with one I just watched, much better than I expected.  "People You May Know."  I didn't know anything about it, it had Halston Sage in the thumbnail so that was good enough.  A number of things going on but basically about how bizarre the world has become with the saturation of social media, especially for people who grew up without it but now have it as such a central part of their life.  Kind of sad and beautiful.  I didn't know any of the rest of the cast but I thought they all did well.  Highly recommend.
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PostMon May 27, 2019 11:47 pm 
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"Anon" was pretty intriguing, sci fi but also noirish.  Starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried.  He's a detective, but police work has gotten really easy because everybody is neurally linked and everything they see and do is recorded, police can tap into feeds, any crime is quickly and easily solved.  Except for a few rebels who are outside the system.  There is a murder spree going on, the police have to do old school, real detective work to catch the killer.  Quite well done I thought.
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"Polar" was pretty crazy, kind of a John Wick knock off only bloodier, weirder and kinkier.  Starring Mads Mikklesen.  Not quite sure I would recommend it.
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A couple low budget, slow paced sci fi dramas.  One was streaming and one was DVD.

"IO," earth is ruined, everybody left the planet except a few stragglers wrestling with metaphysical dilemmas.  Essentially a 2 person cast w/ Margaret Qualley (Andi MacDowell's daughter) and Anthony Mackie.  Fortunately they were both intriguing and likable.

"Prospect" kept my interest but I had higher expectations.  I think someone said before it's more of a Western than a sci fi.  Also the young lead actress--Sophie Thatcher--did a great job.
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"Close" was a solid action thriller but didn't really quite make sense.  Sophie Nelisse (the main character from "The Book Thief"--she's grown up a lot since then) is a bratty rich young heiress, Noomi Rapace is a personal protection specialist tasked with guarding her.  They end up on the run somewhere in the Middle East with seemingly everybody trying to kidnap or kill them.
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"Spectral" is another solid action thriller.  Definitely suspend all disbelief at the door and things will go smoothly.  U.S. troops in a policing action in Moldova after a regime change that is going poorly.  But that backdrop quickly becomes not of primary importance because the soldiers are getting wiped out by some kind of non human hostiles.  Some solid character actors in James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer and Bruce Greenwood.
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Also saw the latest in the "How To Train Your Dragon" series on DVD.  Decent finale (hopefully), but the magic is long gone from the first one.
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up.gif Spectral is a fun one! Definitely one of Netflix's better original films.

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Detective Pikachu was definitely worth seeing - for me it was enjoyable on three levels: the overall interesting and well told story, the entertaining performance by Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu (the rest of the cast is great as well), and the nostalgia factor of seeing Pokemon animated so realistically on the big screen!

From age 7 - 12 I couldn't get enough of Pokemon. I never did play the game, or even watch the TV show very much (though I did watch and re-watch all of the movies to an extent that I could just about repeat them word for word even today). Mostly I loved the little creatures themselves, and would spend hours going on imaginary pokemon based adventures, or having epic pokemon battles with my brothers. It's safe to say this influenced my experience watching the Detective Pikachu movie!

Even if you didn't grow up with Pokemon, I would recommend Detective Pikachu. There are some truly hilarious scenes, great action sequences, and a surprisingly good story to enjoy. I will say that I was mildly disappointed by the way things turned out, but up until the last 2 minutes the movie is pretty much perfect IMHO, so my little gripe is quite a minor nitpick.

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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
I wasn't even going to watch it, but my brother convinced me to give "Free Solo" a try.  It was well done, but so nerve wracking.  I have very mixed emotions about it.  What he did is absolutely amazing...and yet utterly pointless really.  Granted I'm sure I've made some bad choices and exposed myself to unnecessary risk, but that's an entirely different scale.

Nice cameo by Peter Croft.  Seems like a really cool dude.

I enjoy watching Valley Uprising, then Free Solo. Honnold's love for (addiction to?) Yosemite seems to have kept him in the valley through several generations of climbing in Yosemite, and his obsession seems to keep him authentic - a dirtbag in that little van the whole time. The rest of the Stonemasters and Stone Monkeys have moved on from Yosemite in one way or another. There's something melancholy about watching one of the last pieces of the past in action, even if he's in his prime and making history right now.
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