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@TheLoveBandit

The original film is required viewing, particularly since you took the time to watch the various Sniper sequels. The world building in Blade Runner is perfect. It is a very specific dystopian future, which (considering the sheer number of sci-fi films being produced these days) is quite an accomplishment. It has a lot going for it, but I still find it underwhelming. I used to focus more on artistic merit than enjoyment. Ideally, I think, there should be a balance. I've seen enough films and read enough novels. It is very unlikely something is going to change my mind at this point. It happens, but that's not what I'm looking for in a story. I want escapism. I specifically don't want overt political messages in my entertainment. I also don't really want art. Blade Runner is too bleak but it is a beautiful experiment. Blade Runner 2049, on the other hand, is just garbage. YMMV.
 

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Mean Girls (2004) - 5 stars - I've probably seen this movie like 10 times since it came out (I was under 12 - the rating in the UK - so my cousin snuck me in to see it at the cinema) and I love it just as much every time. Let's be honest, teen comedies are often shit. But even if you hate those movies, you'll like this. I've actually never spoke to anybody that didn't like this movie.
I think everybody knows the plot?

TQ's:

Little Redneck Kid: And on the third day, God invented the Remington bolt-action Rifle, so man could fight the dinosaurs. And the homosexuals.

Karen: You're from Africa...so why are you white?
Gretchen: Oh my God, Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white!

Student: Nice wig, Janice. What's it made out of?
Janice: YOUR MOM'S CHEST HAIR!

Damian: She doesn't even go here

Student: One time Regina George punched me in the face. It was awesome!

Coach Carr: Don't have sex, because you will get pregnant and die! Don't have sex in the missionary position, don't have sex standing up, just don't do it, OK, promise? OK, now everybody take some rubbers.
[later]
Coach Carr: At your age, you're going to have a lot of urges. You're going to want to take off your clothes, and touch each other. But if you do touch each other, you *will* get chlamydia... and die.

Bethany: Somebody wrote in that book that I'm lying about being a virgin, 'cause I use super-jumbo tampons, but I can't help it if I've got a heavy flow and a wide-set vagina!
 

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I don't think I've ever actually watched Blade Runner in it's entirety. Perhaps I'll check out the original, then the more recent.

What a day. Job gave today and Monday as holidays, so I was pretty free and relaxed and did what I used to be able to do a lot more....watch films.

Blade Runner (1982) - actually watched Blade Runner: Final Cut (2007)

The 'Final Cut' is the version Ridley Scott wanted to make but couldn't. The Director's Cut was an attempt at that but not directly remade by Scott, so, not exactly the Director's Cut. Still, the meat is what was filmed in 1982 and while there was some remastering done, it appears primarily as that dark and gritty 1982 film folks speak of with a cult following. I'm ashamed to have waited decades later, because my mind has been filled with years of movies spawned from this original. Having grown up in the 80's, I can appreciate how cutting edge this would have come across. If I'd have watched it back then I could appreciate all the years that followed oh, so much more. I didn't. My loss. Loved this, though, getting to watch the whole thing through on a widescreen. I loved the commercial placement of brands, and laughed at all the failures of those companies...something the trivia confirmed for me when I read it after the film. I liked all the future infrastructure, how much predicted the future, and how much was oh, so wrong. Payphones? Ha! A call for $1.25? Ha! Scott did a great job in making this, the eye candy alone was worth it and set a standard for others to follow. The 80's had a lot of sci-fi films, but I can see how this one is the template for a lot of what I watched in subsequent decades. Actors were all on point, even Rutger Hauer as our prime villain and his always 'just off' acting ability. The story was great, especially at the time when computers and AI were starting to bud, and questions over what that means were abound. If I could get myself to reading again, I would read the book upon which this was based. Being very much a fan of film, this will suffice for now. I do very much regret not seeing this earlier, but damn, what I solid film in so many ways. 9/10.


Because I still had time....

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Hoo Boy! I can see how some may not like this as much, it may not live up to the mystique and statement making level of the original when it was released. But, watching both for my first time, doing so back to back, it def flowed well enough and built upon the original without milking a franchise. It can likely stand well enough on it's own, but back to back was very well executed for my afternoon. I really got into the story a lot more, still had similar dark and bleak futuristic visuals, carried a lot of the same themes, but built it's own storyline that Ryan G pulled off very well. Jumping a generation forward, with replicants being redesigned, relaunched, and following along on Ryan's exploration of the mystery, of himself, and being pulled hard when he makes a self-realization, that is then twisted for the third act. I thought all of it was very well done. Enjoyable story, more female nudity (always good in my book), strong visuals, solid acting, but above all...and enjoyable story. 8.5/10.
 

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Umm... Uh... I never watch movies, i never watch television. Unless TV is on somewhere where i have happened to end up.

I think last movie i saw was at some point during the summer of 2020. I smoked some weed with a friend. The movie was so lousy that it went through the scale and suddenly it was great. Same philosophy applies to jokes. Yes, i am strange.

The VelociPastor​


"After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas."

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The VelociPastor

Great film. I honestly can't believe Alyssa Kempinski (Carol, the hooker) lost the Best Actress Oscar to Frances McDormand.

The last film I saw was Hairspray. My God why in the living fuck do people keep casting John Travolta? Now they're casting him in female roles? You'd think since he was in Grease and Saturday Night Fever he'd be able to dance and sing better... but it's not the musical numbers that bothered me. Throughout the entire film Travolta butchers his accent, which is bizarre considering he is American to begin with and nobody else in the entire film is even attempting to do a Baltimore accent.

Michelle Pfeiffer (holy shit is that really how you spell her name) did a good job of reminding me why I don't see her much any more.

The songs were generic and forgettable.

The political message was confusing. At one point there is a parade of black people marching down the street, demanding equality on television. The main character - Travolta's daughter - hits a policeman in the head with a placard. Later Queen Latifah's character refers to her as a hero.

The young black guy says he doesn't like everybody reducing him to his skin colour, then he sings a song about skin colour.

This is a white film with mostly white actors about race inequality in Baltimore. I'm not one to nit-pick in this department, but in this case I can't help but think that the story should have been told from a black perspective.
 
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Great film. I honestly can't believe Alyssa Kempinski (Carol, the hooker) lost the Best Actress Oscar to Frances McDormand.

The last film I saw was Hairspray. My God why in the living fuck do people keep casting John Travolta? Now they're casting him in female roles? You'd think since he was in Grease and Saturday Night Fever he'd be able to dance and sing better... but it's not the musical numbers that bothered me. Throughout the entire film Travolta butchers his accent, which is bizarre considering he is American to begin with and nobody else in the entire film is even attempting to do a Baltimore accent.

Michelle Pfeiffer (holy shit is that really how you spell her name) did a good job of reminding me why I don't see her much any more.

The songs were generic and forgettable.

The political message was confusing. At one point there is a parade of black people marching down the street, demanding equality on television. The main character - Travolta's daughter - hits a policeman in the head with a placard. Later Queen Latifah's character refers to her as a hero.

The young black guy says he doesn't like everybody reducing him to his skin colour, then he sings a song about skin colour.

This is a white film with mostly white actors about race inequality in Baltimore. I'm not one to nit-pick in this department, but in this case I can't help but think that the story should have been told from a black perspective.
My favorite John Waters film is by far Serial Mom. If you haven’t seen it, please do!

Hairspray is a purposefully whitewashed social satire about the 50’s-60’s. That is what many people (like me) find endearing about the film. Waters did not make a mistake doing his film this way. Here, listen to him about this:


Other than Serial Mom, watch Pecker!

John Waters is an old creepy queen from Baltimore that I have really enjoyed throughout the years.

Serial Mom:


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Great film. I honestly can't believe Alyssa Kempinski (Carol, the hooker) lost the Best Actress Oscar to Frances McDormand.
Politics man...
GIF i am all woman burn after reading frances mcdormand - animated GIF on  GIFER
 

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@The Wizard of the Creek

I actually love John Waters and have seen most of his films. I didn't realize that he did the original Hairspray (it is the one of his films I haven't seen) but it makes sense I guess looking at the remake. I'd be interested to see if the original was better. I loved Cry-Baby. There is something missing in the 2007 version. The Waters magic isn't there. It doesn't have that crude raw appeal, although I know understand why they cast John Travolta since Divine (from Pink Flamingos) played Edna in the original.
 
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@The Wizard of the Creek

I actually love John Waters and have seen most of his films. I didn't realize that he did the original Hairspray (it is the one of his films I haven't seen) but it makes sense I guess looking at the remake. I'd be interested to see if the original was better. I loved Cry-Baby. There is something missing in the 2007 version. The Waters magic isn't there. It doesn't have that crude raw appeal, although I know understand why they cast John Travolta since Divine (from Pink Flamingos) played Edna in the original.
I haven’t seen the new Hairspray? Frankly, I didn’t even know that it was remade! I am very curious to check it out now.

*edit* I just looked up the newer 2007 version of Hairspray and it says that it is based off of John Waters 1988 film Hairspray, but John Waters did not involve himself in the remake.

Yeah, please watch Waters’ 1988 Hairspray! It is Waters’ most celebrated film and his first blockbuster success. I absolutely love Ricky Lake’s performance in the original movie. I am now reading some pretty terrible reviews from the newest 07’ version of Hairspray. No thanks.

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Hi again. Uh... So during a normal movie year, i watch maybe 4 movies. None so far, 2021. So not exactly a movie enthusiast writing here. I am a music video freak. Or just music, but video is always a bonus. However, i want to mention movies which i like, or which have one way or another made some kind of an influence on me. Some of these were smashed by the critics i think, and not appreciated in general. I don't care, so here, lovely bluelighters, i LOVE these movies:

-Cubic (in some countries, known as "Equilibrium"
-The day after tomorrow
-Avatar
-Matrix. (ONLY the first one of them)
-All Lord of the rings and all The hobbit movies, extended director's cut versions

There ya go.
 

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Wow! Only 4 movies per year generally? None so far in 2021? We are already halfway through this year as it is so far… and none seen as of yet to report about?
Yeah, Wizard. It is not the fault of movies. Or TV. It is my poor attention span. The length of a TV show is fine, let's say 45 minutes. But then i would have to watch the whole season to get the idea. Movies are way too long in length. I lose myself somewhere, and forget the movie then, not even half through :)
 
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Yeah, Wizard. It is not the fault of movies. Or TV. It is my poor attention span. The length of a TV show is fine, let's say 45 minutes. But then i would have to watch the whole season to get the idea. Movies are way too long in length. I lose myself somewhere, and forget the movie then, not even half through :)
Alright, no judgments from me. I just happen to watch a lot of movies (at least 4 a day. No kidding!) i use to spend all my money on buying VHS tapes, then DVDs/Blue Rays. Now I have all of these streaming services and that fills my days watching movies. I don’t really get into TV series so much anymore, unless they are critically acclaimed or are somehow award winning or noteworthy?

I minored in film studies getting my bachelors degree and just love the art of making film and storytelling.

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The Wizard of the Creek said:
at least 4 a day. No kidding!

You average at least 4 movies a day? That's honestly crazier than 4 movies a year. I don't know how you even have the time for 4 movies a day. Average movies are like 100 minutes long. That's half a day, every day! I guess I just don't like movies enough to sustain that kind of habit. I also try to avoid re-watching stuff as much as possible. It ruins movies if you watch them too many times in short succession. You need to leave the brain time enough time to forget or you lose the magic. The longer the better. I use this technique with home photos and videos too. I didn't watch my wedding video during my entire first marriage because I figured it would be more impactful years later. Then, eventually, we got divorced. Now, ten years later, I still haven't seen it. I know when I do it will provoke an emotional reaction, just not the one I was hoping for back then.

I don't know if movies have gotten a lot shitter in the past 10/20 years, or if I'm jaded... but there's just not a lot of films being produced that work for me. I think I'm probably jaded. I don't like action scenes. I know so many people that shit on pro wrestling because it's fake but they love watching Hollywood fight scenes. Most comedies fucking suck. I hate it when people go see stand up comedy routines and laugh obnoxiously loud at everything. The sort of people that keep looking nervously at their friends every five seconds to make sure everyone is having a good time. It's just not that funny. Political correctness and the #metoo movement and all this BLM shit is killing cinema. Artists perform better when society gives them the freedom to be wild.

I also miss the days of the video store. Australia has very limited streaming services. My local video store used to stock 20,000 titles. I know because my brother worked there. Fifteen years later, Netflix has less than 4,000. Amazon has 9,000. I don't know how many films Disney Plus has, but you shouldn't have to combine the might of the three largest streaming services in the country to match what a local suburban video store had in stock fifteen years ago.

I'd say I average between 50 and 100 movies a year.
 
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