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Sorcerer Supreme NamelessI read a strong Kinja take where it operates well as an Adam Wingard movie and that it would appeal to me, a west coast guy who was annoyed by all the weebs in highschool reading Death Note. I understand this movie's existence from the angle where it's not at all a remake but an interpretation of Death Note's impact on western audiences. Anime is extremely young in Western culture, like, 1995 was the big emergence and Death Note was 2004. Death Note was when anime became "cool", like, kids were walking around with mangas and whatnot like it ain't no thang. Fucking normies, I was buying Chobits when I was 12! Aesthetically, this looks like a movie about "alternative" kids in my high school getting the Death Note

If you're a fan of Windgard you'll enjoy the movie. I am pretty detached from the manga/anime so I didn't care too much about changes made. Always thought it was overrated by how much people praised it at my school.
Aug 28, 2017 10:14 PM

I agree with basically everything you said. I did buy the Light/Mia thing a bit since Light was so alone and never really had friends or even a maternal figure anymore. He was so desperate for someone to notice him. His dad tries his best to talk to him but Light seems to not care too much what his father has to say. L was definitely a highlight. Wish we would've had more time to see his character developed. That can be said for the majority of the characters really. I overall enjoyed the film and would give it a light B- or a C+. The score and cinematography really carried the movie at times and I respect Adam Windgard for trying. This would have made a good mini series.
Aug 27, 2017 4:22 AM
Honestly thought it was fine. An entertaining thriller with some cool cinematography and great music. I like Adam Wingard and you can really tell he put his personality in the movie. The throwback soundtrack, the comedic elements, and the gore all worked for me. I feel like it would've been better as a mini series though. The movie feels very bloated and skips over some important stuff. Not a big fan of the source material so curious how the fans feel.
Aug 26, 2017 5:46 AM
ERotICThe prequels > Rogue One

I'd rank episode III above it honestly.
Aug 24, 2017 6:29 PM
I'll give it a chance. Need more information to form a full opinion though.
Aug 24, 2017 1:39 AM
IMDB is much worse. Way to easy to skew scores of a film. IMDB also allows people to post a review months before a film is even released.
Aug 19, 2017 12:19 AM
I love Dardevil and Jessica Jones. Luke Cage and Iron Fist just didn't work for me, but i'm still looking forward to this show. I imagine the banter and dialogue will be top notch. The villain also seems good.
Aug 13, 2017 5:43 AM
I have low expectations. I imagine it'll be better than the TV movie though. My guess is 65%-75% critics and 70% audiences. I don't think it'll be bad, just mediocre at best.
Aug 13, 2017 5:39 AM
jasper de largePssst! Some of you guys are too far detached from reality to be effective trolls anymore... Gravity as a documentary is more plausible than you guys being sincere...

The movie is a nigh-unanimous hit with critics, rating high with audiences, user reviews are very good across RT, Metacritic and IMDb. It's performing well at the box office...

What are you on about again? Character development? LOL

Some things transcend "Meet Todd. He's an uptight pencil pusher. Now he's a carrot. He's about to find out..."

So many of the greatest movies ever made are utterly devoid of character development. They scarcely have characters at all. Just bodies moving about. It is not who they are underneath but what they do that defines them.

That's why we call it the movies, not the sities or the thinkies. Some movies can actually tell incredible stories without a lot of dialogue and introspection and soul searching. This is one such movie about an incredible event on a colossal scale told mostly from POV on three intersecting timelines.

I don't think it's a perfect movie, nor the one I would make about the Dunkirk evacuation. But it is remarkable and unconventional, and given it's design and intentions, it pretty much nails its target. It moves fast, provides three cohesive threads with minimal exposition, which all dovetail rather brilliantly. It is stunning and loud, but also subdued and restrained where the vast majority of movies would typically overdose on dramatic contrivances.

A disservice to the men who were there? You wot m8?

First off, it wasn't just men who sacrificed their lives at Dunkirk, but women also, which the movie shows. Enlisted women and civilian. One member of my family across country said the audience applauded at the end. My grandma lived through the German blitzkrieg. I had known the Luftwaffe dropped bombs on her neighborhood.

She almost never goes to the movies anymore. She's only gone out to see two movies in the last two decades.

Well we convinced her to go with us and I think while the movie almost deafened her, she still cheered near the end when Ferrier knocks that bomber off course which was about to annihilate the sinking British vessel. It probably takes some sand for someone at her age to relive this kind of terror. She had a lot to share after the movie about her experience as a young girl in England while Germany was bombing them. I never knew about her father's bloodied face after he was dealing with a dude bomb which was burning with heat and needing to be hauled and buried. A bomb actually landed inside her house, which if it was not a dud could very well mean I'd not be here to carry on this story.

Anyhow, everyone is entitled to their opinions. I'm sure not every veteran or survivor of the Dunkirk evacuation thinks the movie is great either. It just seems pretty clear that the overall reception has been very good. Who applauds at movies anyway, unless they are at a screening with people a part of the production? This is very rare. I'd call that a triumph.

Very well put.
Aug 9, 2017 1:25 AM
The film Brick also has some nice nods to Cowboy Bebop.
Aug 7, 2017 11:43 PM
I've heard the anime film "Paprika" was used as partial inspiration for "Inception". I like when directors do little nods to anime. There are some cool easter eggs in Kong:Skull Island for Akira.
Aug 7, 2017 11:43 PM
After months of waiting it finally seems that the OST will get a release! :D I have to give composer Lorne Balfe a lot of credit. He has been extremely supportive of the film and to it's fan base. Updated us about what was happening when paramount wouldn't. Times like these make me happy to be a film fan. Shows that when we come together we can cause change. Lorne posted the teaser for the release on his youtube page.
Aug 5, 2017 12:41 AM
Popcorn Reviews
Michael GustafsonI feel many people are hating on the film because they have a general distaste for Christopher Nolan and feel he's lost his touch.

I'm not one of those people. I wanted to like this film. However, I disliked it not because of a vendetta towards Nolan or something like that, but because I actually didn't think it was a good film. If someone else had directed it, I still would've disliked it.

I can respect that.
Aug 3, 2017 7:27 PM
This thread is a little crazy lol. Was it Nolans best. Probably not. Was it his worst? No. Dunkirk was masterfully directed and really showed how talented Nolan is. There was barely any dialogue in the film but I felt for the situation each soldier was in. It's not really a war film, it's a film about survival. The score reflects this with it's constant ticking. It keeps you engaged and on your toes. There were times in the film where I didn't want to blink because of how cinematic everything was. The movie is truly unique and I love what Nolan did with it. I don't think it's his best work, but it definitely is worthy of praise. Only thing that bothered me a bit was the fact that it was PG-13. The explosions just knocked people around. It didn't ruin the film but was a tad bit distracting at times. I feel many people are hating on the film because they have a general distaste for Christopher Nolan and feel he's lost his touch. TDR and Interstellar may not be up to par with a lot of his other films, but they are generally better than most blockbusters that come out these days. At least he tries to always bring us something different. He's one of the few directors who can sell a movie based on his name and that's pretty cool.
Aug 3, 2017 6:03 PM
Such a cinematic spectacle. Loved the camera work and the score. A non-stop thrill ride I'm glad I saw in a theater.
Aug 2, 2017 2:41 AM
SpikeSpiegalFantastic film. Looks like Nolan has finally outgrown Exposition and lets the camera tell the story.

Oh yeah....I could have watched Tom Hardy in his Spitfire for an entire movie.

Couldn't agree more.
Aug 2, 2017 2:39 AM
From what I've heard, Whedon is not getting a director credit on the film.?
Jul 26, 2017 12:04 AM
Baadrone
Michael GustafsonI liked the trailer and hope the movie is well received. I love Zack and I feel so sorry for what he must be dealing with. Amazing how many people will use a tragedy to kick someone while they're down. Whedon has stepped in, but this is still Zack's vision and I hope audiences like it. Trailer was much better than the last and has me hyped to see these characters interact and grow. The casting is excellent.

The DGA is giving Whedon a co-director credit on the film. So that means the reshoots are more extensive than we`ve been led to believe. It's now a Whedon/Snyder film. Whedon has been rewriting scenes for several months now so who knows how much of this is Snyder at this point. I think it's pretty obvious all the Flash humour in the trailer seems to fit Whedon's style more than it does for Snyder.

The story arc and character arcs are still Snyders vision. I know Whedon is doing a lot on the film and I value what he brings to the table.
Jul 24, 2017 10:56 PM
I liked the trailer and hope the movie is well received. I love Zack and I feel so sorry for what he must be dealing with. Amazing how many people will use a tragedy to kick someone while they're down. Whedon has stepped in, but this is still Zack's vision and I hope audiences like it. Trailer was much better than the last and has me hyped to see these characters interact and grow. The casting is excellent.
Jul 23, 2017 10:38 PM