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I kind of agree with @G ☆ that Moana was missing something. I thought the lack of a real villain and the ending was pretty anticlimactic. There are a lot of songs I like, and the visuals are beautiful, but the plot was neither here nor there. Of course obviously I loved Shiny which is pretty much the best thing from the movie in my opinion, since I was already a big fan of Jemaine Clement.

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Between it and Kubo and the Two Strings it's hard to pick my favorite Laika film so far. It's also insane to think that back in 2012 we had three stop-motion films running for the same category in the Oscars.

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14 hours ago, Maq said:

I kind of agree with @G ☆ that Moana was missing something. I thought the lack of a real villain and the ending was pretty anticlimactic. There are a lot of songs I like, and the visuals are beautiful, but the plot was neither here nor there. Of course obviously I loved Shiny which is pretty much the best thing from the movie in my opinion, since I was already a big fan of Jemaine Clement.

I've already alluded to this in my last post, but I really wasn't a fan of "Shiny", which again, is painful to say since I love Jemaine Clement and his voice for Tamatoa alone made that entire sequence. Objectively, I don't think it's a bad song, and again, I have more fun listening to it on its own than say, "How Far I'll Go", but my issue with it is mostly how it doesn't quite "flow" (for lack of a better word) with the film unlike the rest of the soundtrack. In fact, Tamatoa's inclusion in the film to begin with felt pretty forced, and the same could be said about the coconut pirates and Te Ka (to an extent) when the film has a standard "point A to point B" story after the first act, most of which consists of Moana and Maui bickering on the boat without a lot of inbetween events like those mentioned before. It reminded me a bit of a watered down (no pun intended) version of Life of Pi in that aspect, though I don't know if that's quite the best comparison. 

Like I said in my last ppst, my biggest nitpick with the movie was it felt too "short" and somewhat uneventful on top of being a fairly standard family movie. I don't mind a film using basic tropes provided they can execute them very well, and Moana had that aspect down...for the most part. The opening act is obviously probably my favorite example of this, while the rest of the movie was a bit hit or miss, and being so taken in by the visuals and sound design while watching it, I really have trouble defending or critiquing the movie since I know defending certain aspects of it would be a stretch since it really is a family movie at its core.

Tldr, I get that Moana's a movie meant to look and sound pretty, and since that's all I was really expecting when I went to see it, I guess I was satisfied, but I also thought the movie was kind of inconsistent with its atmosphere and pacing with both ranging from being well executed and fantastic to kind of lacking. 

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Arrival. It was suspenseful and touching, at times even scary. I loved the soundtrack too.

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Saw Rogue One back when it first premiered and again yesterday with my dad.

I'll admit I wasn't quite as hyped for this compared to The Force Awakens, but yeah this is a great, well-made Star Wars film. The third act alone is pretty phenomenal.

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I just recently saw The Secret Life of Pets.

I don't know what to think of it. It is what it is. I mean - animation: very good - plot: it actually broke the mold of most kids films a little. For an hour and twenty long movie, it did pretty well of breaking the stereotypical nature one would see in a kids film. Also, a lot of stuff happened throughout most of it.

However, it doesn't fully escape and deviate from standard kids films. There is an element of some stereotypicalness in it (I.e. At the beginning when Duke first moves in)

But can I enjoy it? Yeah it's a pretty good film. It truly is - the voices were amazing - and something I would recommended to others.

If I could nitpick the shit out of something, it would be the "Sing!" poster on the bus at the climax. That really irked me and became a big eye sore for that minute long bus scene. If this is Illumination Entertainment's BIGGEST FILM EVAR then it better be.

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The Emperor's New Groove

Still one of my favorite movies, and Kronk is still the best character

I also watched The Lion King 1 1/2 a while back and I actually enjoyed it. I know a lot of people have kind of mixed reviews of it but the breaking the 4th wall humor (and obvious MST3K influence) was funny to me.

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2 hours ago, Maq said:

mixed reviews

That's expected, since it has 1/2 in the title.

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This Is Spinal Tap

As great as this film as, my favorite line from the film seems to be one that isn't quoted that often. That being "you can't dust for vomit". 

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13 hours ago, appdirect said:

That's expected, since it has 1/2 in the title.

I've only ever known it to have a 3 in the title (As it was called The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata outside of America), but when you make the stars of the film the two characters from the series to not only have a relatively minor role in both prior movies but also to have their own spin-off series on Disney Channel which has barely anything to do with the series in question, I can see why some people would be a tad confused when trying to compare it to the first two films.

OT: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

While The Force Awakens was a good film on its own, I felt like it borrowed a bit too much from Episode IV in regards to its plot. Rogue One thankfully avoids this problem with a completely original story that actually works really damn well, and the main cast was pretty likable to boot. K2S0 in particular comes to mind with his witty remarks, and I enjoyed whenever he had just about anything to say about his current situation or even regarding his thoughts towards the others around him. Also, unlike a certain gold-tinted tin robot, he's actually quite capable on his own too. Overall, a good example as to how to make a spin-off film.

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The fact that we have yet to receive a proper film adaptation of Rosencratz And Guildenstern Are Dead perfectly justifies The Lion King 1 1/2's existence.

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16 hours ago, Maq said:

Still one of my favorite movies, and Kronk is still the best character

He can't head a good movie, though.

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Yellow Submarine, big shock.

Even though the 2012 restoration looks great overall, I'll have to say that things look pretty odd as well, as if they edited the movie digitally despite claiming that it was handmade. Being a movie which animation relies heavily on panning, it looks like those were recorded with a much higher framerate than the ones animated traditionally and sometimes it looks jarring. That, and the sound mixing is odd on certain occasions. Perhaps it has to do with the TV set I used to watch the film, so I'll see if I get similar results on my desktop PC. Still, the whole thing looks sharp and more colorful than my VHS copy of the film, and that makes me happy. I'll have to be picky on this part, but I kind of wish this restoration also had the original U.S. release with the Hey Bulldog scene excluded, you know, just for an added extra, but I won't complain, since I can still find that version on the Internet, with the old United Artists logo and everything, something that I also wish they retained in this rerelease but alas, copyright infringements.

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Grand Prix

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Rogue One - everything nice that has ever been said about this movie, I share those sentiments.

Moana - Infinitely better than Frozen, I'll gladly take Maui's tattoo over Sven any day. Also, dem visuals

Star Trek Infinity - I'm not a big Trekkie (my grandmother is though) but I thought it was fun

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This air pilot was so traumatized by the crash that he was actually green with it by the end of it.

 

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Yellow Submarine

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La La Land

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it was the Oscar bait-iest thing I had ever seen, and to an extent that partially rings true now that I've watched it. Despite that, I can easily see it going down as one of the most charming, feel good movies of the decade, and I will definitely be seeing it again.

I think the story arc of Ryan Gosling's character trying to open his own jazz club and his deep passion for "traditional" jazz in general was the perfect analogy for the movie itself. La La Land is an unabashed homage to the Technicolor movie musical of yesteryear - a genre that you don't see much of anymore - and that quality truly makes it stand out on its own, especially in a box office climate full of mindless action movies, umpteenth sequels, and superhero movies. It probably won't bring back of resurgence of movies in the same genre despite its financial and critical success, but it took a risk, stuck to its roots, and will be looked back and revered because of it.

(Also Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are super cute together so yeah)

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