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

Keanu Reeves is a slightly smoother Shatner. Imagine Reeves playing captain alongside Leonard Nimoy.

Regarding Elysium, I have to admit to my mancrush on Matt Damon. Didn't see We Bought a Zoo, but I've seen just about everything else and at least enjoyed most of it. I know nothing of Neill Blomkamp, but if he can manifest the same kind of disparate grit as in District 9, look out.

I'm pretty sure my wife is f*cking Matt Damon.

muraii wrote:

Keanu Reeves is a slightly smoother Shatner. Imagine Reeves playing captain alongside Leonard Nimoy.

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One of our guilty pleasures is The Replacements. My wife thinks that is the only role she has seen Keanu in which she buys that he is interested in the girl.

LouZiffer wrote:
muraii wrote:

Keanu Reeves is a slightly smoother Shatner. Imagine Reeves playing captain alongside Leonard Nimoy.

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Probably should have seen that coming somewhere in this discussion.

Saw the new Woody Allen movie Blue Jasmine this weekend. It was pretty darn fantastic.

Cate Blanchett will be getting Best Lead nominations come awards season. It's a lock.

Aaron D. wrote:

Saw the new Woody Allen movie Blue Jasmine this weekend. It was pretty darn fantastic.

Cate Blanchett will be getting Best Lead nominations come awards season. It's a lock.

Soon as it gets here im there!

Got back from seeing Kick-Ass 2, which at times felt less bloody and violent than the first, and other times more so (as well as some other crude potty humor that was well executed).

I liked it on the whole. It took where the first movie left off and built off of it really well, and the primary characters of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl (or more their alter egos, Dave and Mindy) developed quite a bit in a post-Big-Daddy world. It does and does not have the same feel of the first film, but the tone is primarily the same. Dark Comedy, basically.

Props to the cast, though. In addition to Jim Carrey in what is still the most surprising role he's pulled off in his career (I mean my roommate knew Jim Carrey was in this film, and gave up trying to figure out who he was playing. He couldn't believe it when I told him at the end), but they also have Turk from Scrubs, John Leguizamo, and even a small part from the guy who plays Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones. I wouldn't be surprised if I missed one or two other smaller but excellent actors.

My three friends I saw it with had never seen the first film, and they were really surprised at how much they enjoyed this one. As a fan of the first one, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it turned out as well. I was worried it would take more from the Mark Millar angle of the comic than the Jane Goldman angle of the first one's screenplay, but it just worked out really well on the whole.

Also: best "fighting on a speeding vehicle" sequence since an Indiana Jones flick.

Giving me hope.

Rotten Tomatoes has it at 27% right now, so I was wary.

Hrm, they have the original Kick-Ass at 77%.

I really don't know what to tell you about that gap, except the possibility that Kick-Ass 2 doesn't feel quite so heartfelt. I mean, in the end the first Kick-Ass still felt a bit serious about the story of David and Mindy, but Kick-Ass 2 seems....I dunno.

Know what? I can't explain except maybe people perceive this one as being more senselessly violent, more crude (again, the well done potty humor in one part of the movie), or more silly (people becoming super heroes/villains at the drop of a hat).

I just got back from taking my son and his friend to a matinee of the Sea of Monsters. 1 popcorn and 1 soda later I ended up shelling out $41 for that piece of crap. The reviews I had read did no justice to the steaming pile of crappiness that movie achieved. Why base a movie on a book if you are not going to use the same beginning, middle or end found in that book?

Awwww, that's too bad. I like those books. They're like Harry Potter with more swords and death.

Yeah I was disappointed when I saw the low RT score for it the other day. Really enjoyed the main 5 books.

Haven't explored any of the offshoot stuff.

Was generally ok with the changes made from the 1st book/movie... increasing their age, and not getting into too much backstory (only necessary if sequels made), changing a pearl location, etc.

I did hate them not using the oracle after I read the book. Oracle and prophecy is such a key to all great Greek myths, the movie seems lacking for not including that.

I'd like to see some YA fiction adaptations that didn't have that fascist undercurrent they all end up having because they hew to Campbell so literally--you know, the protagonist discovers they're special, explaining why they've always felt so separate from those regular people out there, those bovines unable to glimpse into the special people world the protagonist can now see into because they were born better. Find some new tropes, y'all.

Well I thought in the case of Percy Jackson, the author's son had dyslexia, so that was some of his inspiration. Make Percy have dyslexia because really he's a Greek hero and his brain is wired to read Ancient Greek, not these silly current languages.

Stele wrote:

Well I thought in the case of Percy Jackson, the author's son had dyslexia, so that was some of his inspiration. Make Percy have dyslexia because really he's a Greek hero and his brain is wired to read Ancient Greek, not these silly current languages. ;)

...that...that's now how it works, right? I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to dyslexia but that just sounds...just...

Awful.

ccesarano wrote:

Hrm, they have the original Kick-Ass at 77%.

I really don't know what to tell you about that gap, except the possibility that Kick-Ass 2 doesn't feel quite so heartfelt. I mean, in the end the first Kick-Ass still felt a bit serious about the story of David and Mindy, but Kick-Ass 2 seems....I dunno.

Lack of Hipster Cred? Kick-Ass debuted at SXSW, is from an independent comic book maker (though he is a mega douche), hip British director in Kick Ass, some jerk from a flyover state in 2. Since Kick Ass made money, and a sequel, the sequel is not good.

I call it the Scott Pilgrim effect.

I liked Kick-Ass 2 but the ending didn't sit right with me. You can't not leave it open for another then not leave it open for another. It really couldn't make up its mind, I felt.

Hrm...

I think they could certainly have another, but wanted to try and make sure that if this was the last one, then it would be the last one. That Kick-Ass got a sequel is still a surprise to me, and considering the ratings this one got, well, I expect a third will be out of the question.

I'm satisfied with how the film ended.

Oh, also, did you stay through the credits?

No, I did not.

Spoiler:

Chris/The Motherf*cker is in the hospital in a full body cast, some of his limbs missing, bitching and complaining. Basically setting the stage for a sort of Deformed Mad Scientist villain type later.

Just want to leave this here...

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That's pure win. Unfortunately, I don't think I could ever watch that movie in my house.

Seriously Japan...WTF!

Ego Man wrote:

I just got back from taking my son and his friend to a matinee of the Sea of Monsters. 1 popcorn and 1 soda later I ended up shelling out $41 for that piece of crap. The reviews I had read did no justice to the steaming pile of crappiness that movie achieved. Why base a movie on a book if you are not going to use the same beginning, middle or end found in that book?

The 1st one was the same way. Totally disliked it because they changed so much from the book. The Potter movies made changes to but they kept to the overall story. The first Percy changed characters and plot stuff.

cartoonin99 wrote:

Seriously Japan...WTF!

The ability to take any concept and laugh at it. I'd call that a special charm that Japan has in its entertainment.

Sam Rockwell… William H. Macy? Yea I’ll dabble. I found if a movie contains murder, guns, and money I’ll likely enjoy it.

It always messes with my head how much Sam Rockwell looks like Dana Carvey though… Party on Garth.

So Jesse has grown up?

Stele wrote:

Yeah I was disappointed when I saw the low RT score for it the other day. Really enjoyed the main 5 books.

Haven't explored any of the offshoot stuff.

Was generally ok with the changes made from the 1st book/movie... increasing their age, and not getting into too much backstory (only necessary if sequels made), changing a pearl location, etc.

I did hate them not using the oracle after I read the book. Oracle and prophecy is such a key to all great Greek myths, the movie seems lacking for not including that.

Didn't see this til now. The others aren't offshoot books. They're a continuation of the story that incorporates the Roman gods as well as Greek gods in a fairly interesting way.

groan wrote:

So Jesse has grown up?

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