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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #480 on: August 03, 2016, 11:56:58 AM »
Man, Suicide Squad is crashing and burning with the critics. What a show!

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #481 on: August 03, 2016, 12:12:32 PM »
I'll probably see it this weekend with a Jason Bourne double feature.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #482 on: August 29, 2016, 12:03:49 PM »
This is better than the last three Marvel movies combined.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #483 on: August 29, 2016, 12:43:36 PM »
Man, that's gone super meme today!

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #484 on: August 29, 2016, 01:30:00 PM »
Because it's better than the last three Marvel movies combined.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #485 on: August 29, 2016, 02:03:04 PM »
I've actually stopped bothering with superhero movies. I didn't watch the new X-Men or Civil War. What else has come out? I've given up on Gotham and avoid all the other superhero TV shows.

Been watching vintage Incredible Hulk and, you know, the story telling on even the average episodes is miles better than these superhero movies or modern superhero TV. I feel more interested and engaged in this trashy 70s approach, and Ferrigno is so much more convincing than the CGI Hulk.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #486 on: August 29, 2016, 04:13:01 PM »
Civil War is worth seeing. Did I not write a forum review of it?

I skipped the new X-Men movie because Days of Future Past was that series' shark jumping moment. I haven't seen Suicide Squad either.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #487 on: September 05, 2016, 10:13:13 AM »
Just got Civil War. Maybe I'll drink bottomless mimosas and liveblog it. Though, to be honest, I'm having a hard time even clicking on the file...

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #488 on: September 06, 2016, 02:44:02 PM »
I should try to swing by and watch it with you.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #489 on: September 06, 2016, 05:54:58 PM »
I should try to swing by and watch it with you.

Well? Where are you, bitch?

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #490 on: September 06, 2016, 06:56:12 PM »
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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #491 on: September 07, 2016, 11:32:00 AM »
Missus RC and I did Suicide Squad last night. I thought it was fine. Better than BvS certainly. This may be low expectations coming into play because it was painfully obvious the studio execs had monkeyed with it considerably in the edit.

There's way too many characters but if you don't know that going in, well, why are you going in? It makes no sense, but do any of these superhero movies anymore? Harley Quinn and the the Enchantress are fun to look at, and Robbie actually manages to pull off an intriguing performance with what's really a one note character. (People's obsession with how much this is or isn't Harley Quinn is fucking stupid. There really was very little meat to the character to begin with.) Will Smith never quite realizes he's better then the movie he's in and keeps it light and fun while still managing to be the film's emotional heart. Leto's Joker is again, fine, though somehow doesn't feel like the Joker. Ledger was better. Hell, Cesar Romero was better.

The story, motivations, and plot devices make no sense. Some magic lady/creature is discovered and the government wants to use it as a Superman contingency plan. They then proceed to lose control of said magic being. Their answer to the magical problem they created is to send in a bunch of thugs with guns and knives. It's the dumbest plan ever. Yet once you're on the "band of misfits going after bad guy" train, it's easy to switch your brain into numbness mode and enjoy it.

Also on the plus side, it's got an end of the world MacGuffin happening, but it's strangely insular. Other than the flashbacks (of which there are many), the whole movie seems to take place over the same ten hour period in the same city which grounds it in a way that made it easy to just stare, drool, and connect the dots.

It's not great. It's probably not even good. But it's far from offensive, and the sad truth about superhero movies these days is somehow that's enough.
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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #492 on: September 07, 2016, 11:53:30 AM »
So...as my days grow shorter and my twilight years are upon me, I'd rather turn my brain off and go numb watching things like Star Trek reruns. It just seems like so many wasted hours trying to suffer through these fucking movies unless you're doing it for entertainment liveblog/drinking game purposes.


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« Reply #493 on: September 07, 2016, 11:59:33 AM »
So...as my days grow shorter and my twilight years are upon me, I'd rather turn my brain off and go numb watching things like Star Trek reruns. It just seems like so many wasted hours trying to suffer through these fucking movies unless you're doing it for entertainment liveblog/drinking game purposes.

This movie is definitely best enjoyed by going into it in exactly the state I was yesterday, so physically and mentally exhausted that you just don't care what you're watching as long as it's a distraction. Or if you're just watching to perv out over Margot Robbie and the chick playing the Enchantress, because holy wank worthy!

I have the same feeling as you except I grew up on comic books. Therefore superhero movies sort of *are* my Star Trek/cultural comfort food. But the film/blockbuster culture that's grown up around them has all but prevented anything good from being made. It's become systemic and more about P/R and franchise building than crafting good stories. It makes me sad because the stories were what I loved about comic books in the first place.
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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #494 on: September 08, 2016, 02:47:39 PM »
Okay... So Civil War's premise is that people are upset about what we complain about in this thread all the time: Over the course of the modern superhero movies, we've basically scene the apocalypse descend on us with untold millions of casualties. Therefore, the UN is going to take over and regulate them.

And Captain America and Co. don't want regulation and want to remain vigilante genocidal monsters. And we're supposed to understand their position, I guess?

The moment they hang a lampshade on the utter world-ending destruction these people have caused in the movie's universe (something the universe has carefully been avoiding), I'm immediately in the camp that says we should put all the superheros on ice and get Peter Dinklidge to develop superhero murdering androids like right now.