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Old June 11th, 2017, 3:22 am
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The Mummy
I think this movie was better than the general hate seems to play out. But I admit that I may be biased in that I wanted to like it.
One positive that can be said is that the trailers don't give away certain things...(That's pretty rare nowadays)
The actors did the job. It's the damn script and direction that needed to be better.
This movie is supposed to be the first in this "Dark Universe." Which means I think earlier monster movies don't get to play in this universe.
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The whole idea of the "Prodigium" is more of a lab/science place to study and eradicate any evil entities, led ostensibly by Dr. Jeckyll. (We do see him having his usual personality issue once that I recall...oh, and his employees are fully aware of it)
The whole of this "Prodigum" needed to be far more fleshed out. Instead we had to be satisfied with the camera panning back and forth among tables where there were items that looked very intriguing.
And then there's what happens in the end where our hero gets partially possessed by the Egyptian god of evil, Set. (Yes, I know...but in this Dark Universe Set is equated to Satan here...*eyeroll* He's also a god resurrection of some sort.)
So Tom Cruise's character is a potential walking bad mutha of a god at the end of the movie. I think that puts him atop the monster heap...
Oh, and there is a nod to the earlier Mummy movie when Jenny knocks out a guard using the Book of the Dead, the lock-key mechanism clearing visible on the cover

This could have been so much better had they fully fleshed out some ideas.
Overall I was entertained, but I see a hell of a missed opportunity for something really epic.


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Old June 12th, 2017, 6:33 pm
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I was never enthused about the concept. Not the Brendan Fraser stuff and I was mystified as to why Tom Cruise was spending his time on this. His pitch is that he loved the Dark Universe films as a kid and The Mummy in particular. Now, that might very well be true and it could explain his decision. Or it could be that he worked up a plausible humanizing story to cover anticipation of a series of huge paychecks for things that never interested him before. I'll hope for option 1.

Guardians 2 was excellent and I was astonished by how good Wonder Woman was. Makes me wonder what Patty Jenkins could have done to rescue Thor: The Dark World from itself. However, I'm impressed that she got absolutely everything she could have gotten out of Gal Gadot here.


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Old July 16th, 2017, 2:47 am
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War of the Planet of the Apes
Best movie I've seen this year. The script was brilliant. And when taken together with the prior two movies have to be the best written trilogy ever. (Not sure if that's saying much)
There are moments of startling poignancy in this rather grim movie that reminds us how human the apes have become.
Serkis still owns this. He wasn't a human playing an ape. He was an ape that had humanity.
Of course there are the special effects. But none so special as to how human they made the eyes of the apes. The subtlety seems rare considering the big budget sloppy stuff that other movies seem to have. And Reeves can make you feel wonder at the amount of emotion seen when he has the camera simply lock on the face of any of the apes for a moment.

A couple of scenes that got me:
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The big ape that put a flower in the little girls hair...he came across as so macho earlier...and his expression to the others seemed to pugnaciously say "What're you looking at?"
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The little girl crying over that ape's body...
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Caesar with the hatred clearly showing in his eyes, holding a gun to the Colonel's head...and that hatred draining away to be replaced by pity as he puts the gun down unfired. Both staring into each others eyes, one clearly a lost soul, the other...a soul redeemed. Moments earlier he had said he had too much of Koba in him...and then you saw his expression when he put the gun down.."Maybe not." And he was glad of it.


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Get Out - 9/10. Enjoyed it immensely. Proper horror, with every scene having a double meaning that you fully understand only after you've watched it twice. Superbly acted!


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Hidden Figures--really enjoyed this movie! Fantastic acting in a great story that should be more well known than it is, a real paen to every unsung hero of the space program as well as a moving civil rights and women's rights story.


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Wonder Woman--to preface, I haven't seen any of the other DCEU movies, so I can't compare it to anything in that series, but taken on it's own merits, this was a very good movie. The characters were well-developed, the acting was very well done, the action sequences were exciting and fast paced without being hard to follow. Diana had a great balance of ingenuousness and competence, and Gal Gadot did a fantastic job with that portrayal. Steve was highly competent, and I was pleased with how he was portrayed as being able to yield to Diana's superior abilities when the occasion demanded without ever being made to seem less capable. Chris Pine played the nuances of that very well. The supporting cast was interesting with stories of their own (and Robin Wright has come a long way since her Buttercup days!). Overall, I thought it was very well done.


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