The thread for movies that aren't going to get their own thread but are still in theaters

Nevin73 wrote:

I would say that your dissertation topic might be a fair candidate for a thread on its own. There is much about WW2 that many Americans don't realize that could tarnish it's image as a "good war".

I would be wary of starting such a thread because I wouldn't want to come across as a Brit telling the Americans how it "really" was.

Well, it's no Mallick, but Fast and Furious 6 does seek to answer a philosophical question that has long plagued our existence: "How did you know there would be a car there to break our fall?"

Also, it's great.

Fast 5 was one of the most pleasant surprises I've ever had. If 6 wasn't sold out yesterday I'd have gone.

Instead I went to Olympus Has Fallen.

The guys behind Die Hard must be kicking themselves for not thinking of Die Hard: White House first. I enjoyed. A typical dumb, fun action flick.

MrDeVil909 wrote:

Fast 5 was one of the most pleasant surprises I've ever had.

I heartily agree with this - I was frankly shocked at how much I enjoyed Fast 5. I'm hoping the sixth outing will be surprisingly good too, but the previews were not encouraging to me.

I went to see Fast and the Furious 6. I haven't seen 1-5.

It was pretty rad! And real dumb. There was less car-porn than I expected. I thought I'd come home and want to pop in Need for Speed: Most Wanted, but the movie wasn't really about that. I'm guessing the pre-5 ones were?

If I have one complaint, it's that the movie doesn't do much to fill in who is who. I guess they expect they're preaching to the choir at this point. I had no idea til I looked up the casting that Mia was Dom's sister, and I didn't know until the second-to-last scene that the prettiest gal's name was Gisele.

My old roommate, who has all the films, tells me I should just watch 1 and 5. I guess I'll see about doing so.

At this point the Fast movies literally start where the last movie ended. It's pretty awesome if you like them, but does leave you a bit out of the loop.

Blind_Evil wrote:

I went to see Fast and the Furious 6. I haven't seen 1-5.

It was pretty rad! And real dumb. There was less car-porn than I expected. I thought I'd come home and want to pop in Need for Speed: Most Wanted, but the movie wasn't really about that. I'm guessing the pre-5 ones were?

If I have one complaint, it's that the movie doesn't do much to fill in who is who. I guess they expect they're preaching to the choir at this point. I had no idea til I looked up the casting that Mia was Dom's sister, and I didn't know until the second-to-last scene that the prettiest gal's name was Gisele.

My old roommate, who has all the films, tells me I should just watch 1 and 5. I guess I'll see about doing so.

Starting with Fast 5, they have moved away from the car pron to the more adventure plot so they can keep churning movies out forever :)!

Just saw a trailer for Red 2. I'm in.

The first one was fun. this looks the same.

Red is another one of those movies I watched having no idea what I was getting into. Basically it was the movie I wanted The Expendables to be. Helen Mirren was amazing, as was most of the cast. I'm totally on board for Red 2.

As for the F+F movies. For those who have never seen them: 1 was a crime movie, but really car porn. 2 had Paul Walker, but no Vin Diesel I can't remember it. 3 Tokyo Drift, all new cast, made it 15 minutes in and gave up. 4 I have no idea. 5 a return to the original cast and suddenly it's a full-on heist movie.

I actually know nothing about 6, but I'll still go watch it assuming it's in a similar vein to 5.

So I'd agree with anyone who says to watch 1 and 5 and skip the rest. Unless you're really bored over a weekend.

And I do have a special fondness for heist movies, hence my delight when I just watched Fast 5 when it was on TV and I didn't feel like playing a game.

As an aside, I do appreciate a thread where people can just own up to watching and enjoying dumb movies.

Speaking of dumb movies, the previews for Fast 6 contained a couple gems:

R.I.P.D. - Ryan Reynolds is a cop that dies and then becomes a member of the Rest in Peace Department. These cops police the souls of the dead. It costars Jeff Bridges as rip-roaringly redneck partner. Imagine Men in Black but somehow dumber.

White House Down - Take the basic premise of Olympus Has Fallen but make Jamie Foxx the president, and Channing Tatum is the ass-kicker instead of Gerard Butler. And give it a weird buddy cop feel. Sure does look dumb, Roland Emmerich.

I say watch "Fast and Furious" (the name of the 4th movie). It basically follows 1 in terms of the main story and then leads directly into 5.

Walking in now. It's time to live life a quarter mile at a time.

I recently barreled through nearly all of the Fasts and Furiouses, wheels smoking, my giant Detroit muscle car on two wheels the whole time. The first one is Point Break--not being facetious, it is Point Break almost beat for beat. Hilarious. 2F2F sucked, but introduced Tyrese and Ludacris. I skipped Tokyo Drift. The fourth one isn't good, but has a stupendous villain death, and is clearly where the seeds of later greatness are planted, and it does tie directly into 6. Fast 5 is where those seeds bloom and our glorious harvest begins.

DSGamer wrote:

Walking in now. It's time to live life a quarter mile at a time.

Winner.

I want to be interested in RIPD, but no amount of Jeff Bridges can really make me believe that film looks entertaining.

onewild wrote:
Nevin73 wrote:

I won't call your opinion wrong. I must just be a more simple person than you are. I can't translate seeing images of a dude's wife on a swing into a good war film.

To be fair, I have a slight advantage in that I did my undergraduate dissertation on Post 1990s Second World War films and to what extent they sacrifice historical fact to represent the war as the 'Good War', so I was just recalling that. I most likely have passages about the importance of his wife in there too. Also it was better than some of the other films I had to sit through like Pearl Harbor and Windtalkers.

I think thats what the book accomplishes, but as a film i totally disagree.

ccesarano wrote:

I want to be interested in RIPD, but no amount of Jeff Bridges can really make me believe that film looks entertaining.

It looked like a Men in Black clone.

Also Fast 6 is ridiculous and great. The part after the trailers is amazing.

Red 2 is going to be like Red...awesomely campy.

And Bruce Willis is the perfect person to star in this movie.

Furious 6 knew exactly what it was supposed to be. It was exactly that.

BadKen wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

Fast 5 was one of the most pleasant surprises I've ever had.

I heartily agree with this - I was frankly shocked at how much I enjoyed Fast 5. I'm hoping the sixth outing will be surprisingly good too, but the previews were not encouraging to me.

Furious 6 is a retarded superhero soapopera where cars are magic and the the supporting cast outshines everyone that isn't The Rock.

It's ridiculous trash. I enjoyed the hell out of it. It isn't up to the standard of Fast 5 though. It isn't as homoerotic for one, but then I guess you can't have Vin Diesel and The Rock brawling every movie.

Furious 5 is silly fun, but that bit with dragging the safe was like punching reality in the face.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Furious 5 is silly fun, but that bit with dragging the safe was like punching reality in the face. :D

Reality had it coming.

I'd like to punch reality in the face most days, sadly I need Paul Walker to do it for me.

I will happily be the lone voice in support of FF3: Tokyo Drift. A typical heroes journey film, really fun soundtrack, and Yakuza! To this day I still think it's the best movie in the series, with FF1 and Fast Five coming in right behind it. I plan to see 6 sometime this week, I've been looking forward to that movie for a while.

I got to see the new Star Trek yesterday, and though it probably has its own thread I don't really fell it deserves one other than to say it was a darn good follow up to the previous movie.

mr_n00b wrote:

I will happily be the lone voice in support of FF3: Tokyo Drift. A typical heroes journey film, really fun soundtrack, and Yakuza! To this day I still think it's the best movie in the series, with FF1 and Fast Five coming in right behind it. I plan to see 6 sometime this week, I've been looking forward to that movie for a while.

I got to see the new Star Trek yesterday, and though it probably has its own thread I don't really fell it deserves one other than to say it was a darn good follow up to the previous movie.

After Earth is sitting at 12% on rottentomatoes. Shyamalan and all who choose to associate with him deserve every horrible reception. Sorry, Gary. Choose your friends more wisely.

Blind_Evil wrote:

After Earth is sitting at 12% on rottentomatoes. Shyamalan and all who choose to associate with him deserve every horrible reception. Sorry, Gary. Choose your friends more wisely.

Only seen the previews but I get the feeling that AE is primarily an excuse for Will Smith to get his kid some more screen time. It does not look good to me at all, and I'm normally a huge Will Smith fan.

With the exception of The Happening and Last Airbender, I've liked all of Shyamalan's films. I think After Earth looks interesting. I'm willing to give it a shot.

But I'm kind of more interested in "Now You See Me", to be honest.

I thought the Sixth Sense was good, Signs was okay, but everything else has been bad. And The Last Airbender is just an affront to everything I hold dear. I can't tell you how distressed I was leaving that movie theater.

Now You See Me was a possibility for the weekend, but What Maisie Knew showed up in my theater so that's the plan now.

ccesarano wrote:

With the exception of The Happening and Last Airbender, I've liked all of Shyamalan's films. I think After Earth looks interesting. I'm willing to give it a shot.

Lady in the Water was okay but wird, Signs was just hard to get into because the aliens' behavior made no sense, The Village was just bleh. Never saw Devil.

Though M. Night has made a few other entertaining flicks, I think The Sixth Sense has been the high point so far in his career.

EDIT: Damn you, CollegeHumor. I couldn't have foreseen that you turned off embedding in this video. What an unexpected twist.

I like Lady in the Water least because it's basically him giving everyone that criticizes his work for being predictable the middle finger, but it's still kind of amusing in how he does it.

Maybe there's just something about his direction that I really like. I figured out the twist for The Village before even stepping into the theater, but I was able to enjoy the film all the same. Maybe there's some expectation other people have that I don't? I dunno.

I mean, The Last Airbender was mostly a mess because 1) the script was bad, 2) the actors were bad. Typically his other films are not guilty of #2, so there's that at least.

Also, I still like Signs and don't give a f*ck if the aliens made sense or not.