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  • Originally posted by Glassary View Post
    They Shall Not Grow Old 10/10
    Tonight I went to a showing of the Peter Jackson & the Imperial War Museum documentary "They Shall
    Not Grow Old". What an amazing piece of filmmaking, simply outstanding.

    PJ and the people at Park Road Post Productions have taken hundred year old archival film footage and with their technical magic made it look close to contemporary. What is normally jerky newsreels now appears fluid and graceful.
    Not to mention the gentle touch of colorization adding a lifelike quality to the soldiers and landscape.
    The audio commentary is from actual interviews conducted over 50 years ago with those that survived the battle of the Somme.

    You feel you understand the soldiers rush to enlist and the numbing realization when they get to the front
    that war is hell. The life of the troops in the trenches at the front is shown in all its detail. The good, the bad and the downright horrifying. They don't shy away from showing the horrors of war in all its colorized glory.
    There comes a point when you suddenly remember that you are watching actual footage from war and not a reenactment. That the hundreds of young men at the front who you have seen smiling, chatting to the camera,
    bumming cigarettes, only a few of them made it back. Those that did were forever changed by this war both physically and emotionally.

    I went to the 3D showing and would recommend this format, it looks amazing.
    Also stay after the credits to see the mini documentary on how they created this film.
    The theater where I went was sold out and not one person left until the lights came up.
    This is brilliant and powerful filmmaking.
    Highly recommend.

    https://youtu.be/IrabKK9Bhds
    Loved your review!!!!! I look forward to seeing this.

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    • Alita Battle Angel 7/10
      First off I haven't read the Alita manga so I came into this totally blind. My total knowledge of this film was the trailers and of course seeing the Weta figures.

      The good:
      Visually the world was fabulous, complex and amazing. I completely bought into this being 600 years into the future.
      The action sequences were fantastic. The were very fluid and felt natural. Well as natural as a bunch of cyborgs can be. Needless to say there was tons of CGI, but I didn't notice any glaring moments when it was obvious and kicked you out of the moment. Also appreciated the fact that the action pieces were paced where you could see the action. Too many movies toss everything in just because they can (Transformers I'm looking at you) and the audience only sees a blur.
      There was a bit of humor which surprised me. Christoph Waltz as always was compelling.

      The bad:
      O.K. There was nothing bad but a few things that were bothersome that pulled down the ranking.
      Love story...meh, not necessary but I get why it was there.
      Jennifer Connelly ...boring.
      Most of the supporting cast seemed interesting but their characters went nowhere, not fleshed out.
      The plot was good but at times it seemed like they left out information. My assumption is
      that if you read the manga you would understand. But mainly it felt like they held back on details and some character development for the sequel. You could tell in the last quarter they were setting up for plots to carry over to the next film.

      My major irritation...we are 600 years in the future but what happened with wardrobe? It seems like 20% of the cast were dressed in something a bit more futuristic and the rest (crowd scenes) looked like the filmed this today. Seriously about 5 minutes in there is a guy in shorts, tee shirt and a messenger bag looking down over a railing. It gave me the feeling that whomever showed up as extras they didn't bother to dress, just pushed out on set. Seriously couldn't James Cameron bust into that Titanic/Avatar money and spring for a few items?

      But what I loved about the movie vastly outweighed any faults. It's a great popcorn movie. You can root for the good guys uhh girl, who seriously kicks ass.

      Saw in 3D and it works well in this format. Just don't sit on the sides it gets wonky.

      Last edited by Glassary; 15th February 2019, 17:28.

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      • Originally posted by Glassary View Post
        Alita Battle Angel 7/10
        First off I haven't read the Alita manga so I came into this totally blind. My total knowledge of this film was the trailers and of course seeing the Weta figures.

        The good:
        Visually the world was fabulous, complex and amazing. I completely bought into this being 600 years into the future.
        The action sequences were fantastic. The were very fluid and felt natural. Well as natural as a bunch of cyborgs can be. Needless to say there was tons of CGI, but I didn't notice any glaring moments when it was obvious and kicked you out of the moment. Also appreciated the fact that the action pieces were paced where you could see the action. Too many movies toss everything in just because they can (Transformers I'm looking at you) and the audience only sees a blur.
        There was a bit of humor which surprised me. Christoph Waltz as always was compelling.

        The bad:
        O.K. There was nothing bad but a few things that were bothersome that pulled down the ranking.
        Love story...meh, not necessary but I get why it was there.
        Jennifer Connelly ...boring.
        Most of the supporting cast seemed interesting but their characters went nowhere, not fleshed out.
        The plot was good but at times it seemed like they left out information. My assumption is
        that if you read the manga you would understand. But mainly it felt like they held back on details and some character development for the sequel. You could tell in the last quarter they were setting up for plots to carry over to the next film.

        My major irritation...we are 600 years in the future but what happened with wardrobe? It seems like 20% of the cast were dressed in something a bit more futuristic and the rest (crowd scenes) looked like the filmed this today. Seriously about 5 minutes in there is a guy in shorts, tee shirt and a messenger bag looking down over a railing. It gave me the feeling that whomever showed up as extras they didn't bother to dress, just pushed out on set. Seriously couldn't James Cameron bust into that Titanic/Avatar money and spring for a few items?

        But what I loved about the movie vastly outweighed any faults. It's a great popcorn movie. You can root for the good guys uhh girl, who seriously kicks ass.

        Saw in 3D and it works well in this format. Just don't sit on the sides it gets wonky.
        Alita

        I also saw it in 3D...and blind to any other version of this character. The plot was a bit choppy. Think they'd cut some scenes to make the length. I'd like to see the director's cut. There was a slight cartoon element to the animation but the compositing was flawless. IMO, This is where the money went.

        The animation was up to the Weta Digi standard.
        I thought the costuming was OK. The people down below were wearing clothing indicative of their station. The higher-ups were obviously much more fashionable. The technology was the feature and the gender equality. There was humour...in the most unlikely places.

        Last edited by Annabel; 15th February 2019, 21:24.

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        • Caught up on some movies:

          Venom 8/10
          Simple movie, but great fun. That 'turd in thr wind' line - priceless!

          Incredibles 2 9/10
          Love it! Easily as good as the first one.

          How to Train Your Dragon 3 7/10
          Not as good as the second part, both visually and story-wise, but still a good film to enjoy.

          Alita: Battle Angel 9/10
          Pure cinematic bliss. Go, watch it! I want to see a sequel.

          Haven't watched so many great fun movies in a row for a long time.
          Last edited by Homunculus1916; 19th February 2019, 11:25.
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          • Watched

            Mortal Engines - 7.5\10 I have no idea why it did so bad but I loved it.... the special effects are out of this world.... not a single thing looks out of place as everything is so so real....my only question is how someone reads this book and thinks to himself that its doable into a movie.... you have to have the bits the size of coconuts cause the story\world\everything is so so complex Well done

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            • Originally posted by Eti View Post
              Watched

              Mortal Engines - 7.5\10 I have no idea why it did so bad but I loved it.... the special effects are out of this world.... not a single thing looks out of place as everything is so so real....my only question is how someone reads this book and thinks to himself that its doable into a movie.... you have to have the bits the size of coconuts cause the story\world\everything is so so complex Well done
              I watched it too and do not understand why everybody says it is a cliché movie (yes there are clichés... ) I have a feeling people who are complaining about the story in this movie, are loving every Marvel movie with pretty much the same issuess... Mortal Engines is not a fantastic movie, but it is a nice movie to watch once.

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              • The Wandering Earth 7-8/10

                Went tonight to see The Wandering Earth and really enjoyed it.
                Film is in Mandarin with English subtitles.

                Being a sci-fi space adventure I had to let go of parts of the plot that seemed a bit preposterous (flying the entire planet out of the solar system) and simply enjoy the action and story as it played out.
                It had a little bit of everything, humor, action, dramatic moments and a few emotional scenes.
                Followed the traditional arc that most space adventures have but had its own twists too.

                There is an ensemble cast so didn't get to flesh out too many characters but that didn't matter overall. Performances were strong and believable. My only minor issue was the teenage heroine. But that could be just me and I'm tired of the that type of character in recent films.

                The action sequences were great and the set design was excellent. Just the right blend of looking very advanced and high tech but also a bit shabby as it's been used and looks it.
                Did notice that a few times it looked like they went old school with matte backgrounds.
                The effects all worked well and the few minor flaws could be overlooked.
                Fyi the Weta designed spacesuits were very kewl.

                Overall I'm waffling between 7-8 as I'm a sucker for a good space romp.
                So if you can't speak Mandarin and don't mind subtitles I would recommend.
                Break out the popcorn and a tissue or two.

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