The Latest Movies (Non-Anime) You Are Watching Right Now

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The Latest Movies (Non-Anime) You Are Watching Right Now

Post by kndy » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:56 am

So, what movies are you watching right now? Non-Anime....

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Post by llj » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:22 am

I saw The Goonies for the first time during the weekend. I know, I know, being an 80s kid myself, it's pretty shameful that I had never seen it before. I remember my friends used to talk about it all the time. I guess I always saw it as looking like a kids' movie...even though I WAS a kid! By this time, I was already watching stuff like Commando...

Anyway, it was reasonably fun, if kind of loud (let's face it, it's a movie about 5-6 kids freaking out or yelling every 5 minutes). I don't have any nostalgia for this, so I guess I had to watch it when I was 8 to really get it.

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Post by kndy » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:14 pm

llj wrote:I saw The Goonies for the first time during the weekend. I know, I know, being an 80s kid myself, it's pretty shameful that I had never seen it before. I remember my friends used to talk about it all the time. I guess I always saw it as looking like a kids' movie...even though I WAS a kid! By this time, I was already watching stuff like Commando...

Anyway, it was reasonably fun, if kind of loud (let's face it, it's a movie about 5-6 kids freaking out or yelling every 5 minutes). I don't have any nostalgia for this, so I guess I had to watch it when I was 8 to really get it.
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Post by llj » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:22 am

Honestly, I can see myself loving it if I had seen it when I was 7 or 8. Nostalgia is a powerful thing.

I wasn't a huge Star Wars fan either. I mean, obviously I was *aware* of it being popular, and I liked the franchise well enough, but it wasn't a "thing" for me. I do have a soft spot for Return of the Jedi since it was my first memory of actually being in a movie theatre and watching a movie from start to finish (I'm sure my parents brought me to a movie theatre prior to this, but I don't remember it), but even now I acknowledge it's not exactly the best movie in the series.

If I had to list the movies from the 80s that I have the strongest nostalgic feelings for, it would probably be something like: Commando, Back to the Future Part 1 (I really like the other 2 as well, but this is the one I tend to be most fond of), Ghostbusters, Transformers the Movie.

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Post by davemerrill » Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:30 pm

Movies I've seen recently are, um, we saw the Star Trek. Sat next to two old Scottish ladies and they certainly enjoyed Simon Pegg. Haven't seen any of the other big must-see summer blockbusters. I may be waiting for video on a lot of 'em.

I think I was a little too old for The Goonies when it came out. I saw it, and I guess I liked it OK, but I was hoping for something a little more adventurey, I suppose. Star Trek II is an 80s movie I have a lot of nostalgia for- I'm not a big Star Trek fan, but we got the whole gang of nerdy 13 year olds to see it together, and we all really enjoyed it and saw it repeatedly over the course of that summer. Other 80s films that bring back fond memories are Ghostbusters, Empire Strikes Back (got out of school to see that one), Flash Gordon (I liked it when I was 10, hated it when I was 17, loved it again as an adult and found out what "camp" was), Superman II, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Secret Of NIMH (I'd read the book beforehand), Strange Brew (big SCTV fan at that age), Return Of The Jedi (ditched school for that one too), Buckaroo Banzai (the movie's hit or miss but jeez, it was pitched directly at me and my friends), Red Dawn (again, aimed straight at my demographic), and the John Hughes movies like Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller were made for me, I think.

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Post by _D_ » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:38 pm

Saw World War Z the other night. Okay for a PG-13 zombie flick. Not gory and the first 2/3 of the movie is a taut thriller. Was sick this past week so I haven't had time to check out new films. Will report later...

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Post by greg » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:03 am

_D_ wrote:Saw World War Z the other night. Okay for a PG-13 zombie flick. Not gory and the first 2/3 of the movie is a taut thriller. Was sick this past week so I haven't had time to check out new films. Will report later...
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Post by kndy » Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:53 am

Watched "Dead Man Down". As much as I enjoyed Niels Arden Opley's version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "Dead Man Down" wasn't as great. Also, finally watched "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", which I enjoyed but my wife despised any scenes with the ape (towards the end).

Also, watched "Green Lantern", I don't watch superhero films all that much (unless I have to review them) but I'll need to watch "Thor" and "Captain America" (the newer one not the old one, which I did watch on BD a few months ago)

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Post by llj » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:53 am

WWZ is directed by Marc Forster, who in my opinion directed the absolute worst James Bond film of all time. The man can't cut or direct an action scene to save his life. Somebody go and watch the first action sequence in Quantum of Solace and tell me it was even remotely visually coherent. Go ahead, I dare you.

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Post by _D_ » Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:23 pm

Just came back from Despicable Me 2. Couldn't get into it. But my friends and their son loved it. Should do great box office business and great DVD sales. Pacific Rim is what I'm really waiting for though...

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