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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #555 on: February 23, 2018, 12:42:37 PM »
Social importance cast aside, Black Panther is still a really good movie.

The writing and performances are stellar. It skates on the edges of the Marvel format enough to feel familiar yet find it's own voice. The Wakanda setting does for Black Panther what the outer space setting does for the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, allows it to find it's own language, voice, and sense of rhythm. The production design is out of this world. Wakanda is such a wonderfully bright and fully realized world, and the tribal politics of it all is really fascinating.

All the textual "messaging" about colonialism, The Void, and African diaspora abroad is baked into the character motivations in a way that isn't preachy or distracting. There's a ton more of it in the sub-text of you want it. However, if you just want a straight up super-hero yarn with one of the best villains since Heath Ledger's Joker, you'll get it. Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger is one of the best villains ever. His motivations test the very foundations of T'Challa's faith in his country and the choices he must make as a new King.

I'm not going to go through the plot because it's best to just take the ride, but basically it's about a young man forced into a leadership role a bit before he feels he's ready. He learns hard lessons about the mistakes those who ruled before him have made. It's about legacy, tradition, and how those things must evolve, and how the choices that seem right in the present may have horrifying ramifications for the future.

It's great. It's a refreshing shot in the arm for the superhero movie. Ryan Coogler has done incredible work three times now so I'm willing to call him a great director.
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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #556 on: February 23, 2018, 02:36:22 PM »
Can't wait to steal it! LOL.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #557 on: February 23, 2018, 02:50:48 PM »
Colonizer!

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #558 on: March 03, 2018, 08:27:03 AM »
Justice League is terrible. I think the big trouble is that all these movies are shows are now deeply interconnected so you actually had to be paying very particular attention to every hour of every awful movie to get the plot.

This movie also makes me realize that I will watch anything with Gal Gadot.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #559 on: March 03, 2018, 07:04:43 PM »
Did I even write anything about Justice League after I watched it? In the BvS thread maybe?

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #560 on: March 03, 2018, 07:32:21 PM »
Did I even write anything about Justice League after I watched it? In the BvS thread maybe?

Unless you posted a pic of Gal Gadot, I'm not sure I can be bothered to check.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #561 on: March 13, 2018, 01:07:22 PM »
It's a train wreck of epic proportions.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #562 on: March 16, 2018, 10:23:48 AM »
So that Black Panther and Guardians of the Galaxy effect is that when Marvel allows their characters to occupy their own worlds, it make their giant team-up movies look that much more stupid.

Also, snoozy villains = snoozy movie and unless Thanos has major pathos, he's a shitty villain.


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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #563 on: April 10, 2018, 08:09:09 AM »
Either of you want to go see Infinity Wars on Sunday the 29th?  I can come down to Bethesda.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #564 on: April 10, 2018, 10:18:18 AM »
I'm going with my sister and her crew that day.

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« Reply #565 on: April 10, 2018, 11:04:45 AM »
I have a strict policy of not going to four hour crossover events.

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #566 on: August 08, 2018, 12:48:22 PM »
I finally sat down and watched Infinity War and, generally, was angry at all the death and destruction choices they were making that sort of cheapened the other franchises (killing the Asgard refugees, killing Zoe Saldana, etc.).

That, of course, has been at the center of all the talk about Infinity War, with friends saying "You have to watch it" instead of talking about it.

So I expected all this, and it had been built up in my mind as some sort of sea-change reboot. No one said "It's part one of two" and, so, part two, with Captain Marvel at the helm, will simply undo everything. I can see it a mile (and years) away: We'll sit through six hours of noisy, over-crowded movie just to have an "it was all a dream" resolution.

Despite all that, though, Infinity War is the best Avengers movie so far. But the bar's pretty low for me there...

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #567 on: September 18, 2018, 01:10:10 PM »
Dude...this works! (It's also the female superhero vibe I was hoping Doctor Who would adopt...)


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« Reply #568 on: September 18, 2018, 03:28:00 PM »
I think so too!!

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Re: Superhero Movies
« Reply #569 on: October 02, 2018, 12:08:33 PM »
So...Ant-Man and the Wasp is fun and all, but... It demands that you pay very close attention to Ant-Man's actions in the various Avengers movies. It's so deeply embedded in the consequences of Ant-Man's actions as a cameo in other movies that Ant-Man and the Wasp even needs to spend long exposition scenes explaining the background to those of us who may not have bene paying attention. This happens not only with Michael Douglas catching us up to speed, but also Lawrence Fishbourne AND Randall Park.

Now, if you can't tell your story on its own merit...I don't know. Why are you the one telling this story, then?