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Fantastic beasts - Nothing happened!
Brief, but accurate.

To elaborate a little, it really felt similar to the new Star Wars trilogy in that each film appears to want to undo what was stated in the previous one. One film makes a huge reveal, the other states it wasn't a big deal after all. One film introduces pointless character without doing much with them, the next film offs the character without much ado. One film shows a main character making an important choice, the next film decides undoes the choice without dwelling with the implications.

I think Ryan George of "Pitch Meetings" summarized this style of filmmaking the best. To paraphrase: "they wanted to have a lot of impactful scenes, but didn't want to deal with the actual impact."
 

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Earlier in the week I saw an early (for the UK) screening of Everything Everywhere All At Once in IMAX. I'd seen a lot of hype surrounding this movie since it's State-side release so I was pretty eager to see it. I think it takes a little while to get going but once things start to pick up it's an absolutely wild ride, it's hilarious, emotional and the action sequences are inventive and exciting. The cast do an incredible job, just seeing Jamie Lee Curtis in a film like this is surreal and this is easily Michelle Yeoh's best performance. Highly recommend and be prepared for things to get weird.


Then today it was time for more multi-verse action, this time from Marvel, Doctor Strange 2. I liked it but it's not great. I'm not a huge fan of Raimi's style and at times it felt a bit too old school and not in a good way. I'm surprised Marvel/Disney were willing for things to get as gory and "scary" as it does. There's a scene that sticks out for me more than the rest of the film and I think it's worth seeing just for that portion of the film (if you like Marvel films).
Like most Marvel films there is a mid-credit and post-credit scene.
 

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Doctor Strange 2:

Honestly, I had high hopes for this one. With all the recent 'multiverse' stuff that's been going on in the previous marvel films and TV shows , I felt like these were all building up to this film however I was fairly let down. One of the huge issues I had with this film was that if you haven't got Disney+ and weren't able to watch WandaVision, you'll likely be at a loss as to what's going on. There was a certain scene from this film as well that really made me roll my eyes....
there's another book!?…..of course there is, otherwise the story would be at a loss :rolleyes:

I did like the introduction of the new character 'America' however. The chemistry between her and Strange really hit off and made the film a bit more enjoyable. Also....some good cameos but I won't say which.

The Batman:

Hmm, tough one. I really liked the set up of this film, the atmosphere and Pattinson's batman were pretty decent. But the storyline...not a fan. The whole film just felt like one long detective case and whilst I get what this film was trying to, I felt like it wasn't leading in any new direction. The main villain started off as creepy but then started to get a tad annoying, and then at one point I was cringing with how forced the acting seemed.

I don't think it helps when I've seen the likes of The Dark Knight trilogy however. Those films, in my opinion, are near perfection.

Fantastic Beats - Secrets of Dumbledore:

I kind of wish they never started making the fantastic beasts films as each one seems to get worse. Whilst I do agree that Mads Mikkelsen did a great job at playing Grindewald, I found that the whole film had a weird feeling to it after knowing about the whole Johnny Depp fiasco. Guess it couldn't be helped but it was no reason for the poor storyline.
 

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The Lost City

Not great. I like a bit of a mindless "find the lost treasure" kind of action film, but this one basically had little to no plot. There was really none of the usual follow-the-silly-clues story. It seemed to be solved instantly and stupidly. It had its moments in terms of the comedy aspect of it; there was a handful of good jokes in there, but that was it.
 

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Everything Everywhere All at Once

I'm so undecided on this one. I knew nothing about it going in, and what you think the film is going to be from the first 15 minutes or so is not what the film is at all.

I found myself getting quite bored of it by about two thirds of the way through, though. It's pretty long, and I tend to get bored with relentless action sequences, hence my less than enthusiastic attitude towards most Marvel films.

Michelle Yeoh is a definite high point. She's always so watchable, but this was so different for her and she was excellent.
 

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Everything Everywhere All At Once:

Like Gavin, I knew nothing about this film or what to expect (apart from that it was to do with the multiverse).

But I was pleasantly surprised! After seeing Doctor Strange 2, I was pretty unsure whether I'd like this one as I haven't really been impressed with the whole multiversal stories so far. The acting in it was great, loved all the supporting actors too. The story line was pretty basic when you think about it, but there was also so much going on which made it more interesting for me. There were several moments where it had me laughing and almost seemed to be a parody of other films, which I quite enjoyed!

Solid 9/10 from me - this film honestly puts Doctor Strange 2 to absolute shame in my opinion.
 

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Top Gun: Maverick

It's like the old movie but it still doesn't feel like a copy. It isn't excellent but it got some great plane shots, especially of F-18s and SU-57s. Overall decent.
 

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Death on the Nile

I don't know what it was missing, but it was really missing something. It had a decent cast, was put together well enough and the plot is a good one. It just wasn't any fun maybe. The version from the '70s was just a much more entertaining watch I guess.

Top Gun: Maverick

This wasn't one I was going to bother with, but a friend had another friend who couldn't go at the last minute, so I went along. I ended up quite liking it. There's very little plot to speak of, and the script is terrible - so cheesy and full of every cliché - but it was all quite entertaining.
 

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Senior Year

It was great to see Rebel Wilson play such a different role in such a massively different film to those she usually does.

Oh wait, no, it was the same old s**t as always.

Jurassic World Dominion

It's not great. The desperate nostalgia grab of casting the actors from the original is just pointless and adds nothing of any value.

Who gives a f**k about locusts?
 

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Top Gun Maverick - I really enjoyed this, pure 80s/90s action blockbuster cheese. The flight sequences were insane, loved the direction/editing of it all. I thought the way it handled
Iceman
was really well handled and was quite touching. Even all the nostalgia points felt like they fit in and while super cheesy it all worked. If you're going to see one big blockbuster on the screen at the mo, this is it.

Jurassic World Dominion - I'd heard bad things before going in but I wasn't expecting it to be such a long, tedious bore. There are some bits that are really good but the film spends so much time trying to figure out what type of film it even is, the whole Bond-esque sequence felt like a completely different film. The way a lot of the film is shot and edited is appalling, no clear sense of scale or where things are happening, even some of the CGI is a little off. I did think some sequences were quite good in terms of horror jump scares but mainly helped by the extremely loud soundtrack. I loved the shots in the pond sequence though, that was certainly a highlight of the film. Disappointing.
 

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Some Like It Rare

I enjoyed this one. I guess it would fall under the "comedy-horror" banner. It's French, but for some reason got a fairly big cinema release here. It's about a married couple of butchers who kill vegans and sell them as meat.

Fire Island

This was alright. I didn't know anything about it, and thought I was being very clever by noticing how similar it was to Pride and Prejudice, not realising that that was the whole premise.
 

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Decided to catch Top Gun: Maverick on the big screen before it vanished.
It was alright. Was never a fan of the original to be honest, and I certainly enjoyed the sequel a lot more, but it's not the action masterpiece that some folks made it out to be.
Best bit: the MI:7 trailer.

Thor: Love and Thunder on the other hand, is a hoot. Really enjoyed this one. I mean, it's generally very silly, tonally it's all over the place and I'm sure it's gonna strongly divide opinion, but say what you like about Taiki Watiti, at least he doesn't stick to the same, tired old MCU formula and does things his own way. Refreshingly different from some of the other entries, but might be too comical for some.
Best bit: the familar, Marvel intro music getting the 'Wyld Stallyns' treatment.
 

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Thor: Love and Thunder (Thor four) - I love Ragnarok and everything Taika Waititi has made but this felt a little like too much of his comedy quips and not enough of the actual story? It's fun and some of the sequences are shot in a really cool and in a unique way but I wasn't as impressed. I also didn't get on with the inclusion of the Guardians of the Galaxy (I felt the same way in the Avengers films tbh). Yeah, felt quite meh about this, maybe I'll enjoy it more on a re-watch at another time.

Minions: Rise of Gru - This was really funny, I really enjoyed the little mini adventures the minions get themselves into. They might work better as a series of just smaller adventures than big film outings.

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Rather than double post. I ended up seeing Brian and Charles today. It was great, such a weird little film about an odd man in Wales building himself a robot. Go and check it out if you can because it's really good. Cabbages!
 
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Elvis - I'm not really a big Elvis fan and didn't know much about him, but that didn't stop from really enjoying this one. Austin Butler play's the part so well that you actually forget it's not the real Elvis. Was a really interesting film and the story (of his life, basically) was captivated tremendously in such a short space of time.

Would highly recommend!
 

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Ah, forgot to write about 2 other films I saw at the end of June. Thanks @Scott Lannigan for writing about Elvis and jogging my brain!

Elvis - I really liked this, some of the editing felt a little erratic (especially near the start of the film) but I thought Austin Butler did a great job picking up the mannerisms of Elvis. I wasn't really sold on the accent Tom Hanks was using. I usually find films that try and tell someone's life story miss huge chunks of important bits, feel too rushed or just plain boring - this film managed to tread that thin line and while it felt like it was going really fast it worked really well. If you haven't had a chance to watch it yet, go check it out.

Lightyear - Pixar know how to make their films look incredible but this was a very mediocre film. I did enjoy pretty much everything the robot cat said/did and the plot twist is decent but I still left feeling a bit meh about the film.
 

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Prey - Finally, a decent Predator movie. Not amazing, wouldn't call it an absolute must-see, but easily the best one since the original Ah-Nuld classic.
Some questionable dialogue in places, a few dodgy CGI animals but otherwise a fairly enjoyable, suspenseful little monster mash.
 

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NOPE - Been a big fan of Jordan Peele's other two movies (Us & Get Out) so when I seen the trailer for this, I knew I had to see it.

Without going into spoilers, I will say that this was not what I expected it to be at all. Whilst there were some moments of the film that didn't feel quite as 'horror' as I would have liked, there was some scenes that more than made up for it (a few moments actually made me feel genuinely uncomfortable watching it, but that's what this kind of film is for).

It is probably 25% and 75% sci-fi but it totally worked. It's a solid 8.5/10 for me, could have been a little better and more scarier in some parts but overall, I thought it was great.

Out of Nope, Us and Get Out, I'd definitely say this is my least favourite (not that it's a bad thing however!)
 

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Bullet Train - I had a really good time, it's very stupid but exactly what I wanted to see. Everything about it is ridiculous and for me that worked to its advantage. I was surprised how it kept on going though and one of the plot twists was perfect.

Nope - I liked this, some of the scenes are really horrifying and brutal, there are many moments I'd love to talk about but its best left to go see it for yourselves and leave as much as a surprise as possible. Like Scott this is probably my least favourite of Peele's films but thats just because he's made some absolutely great films.

Bodies Bodies Bodies - Saw this at an early preview last night. I was not a fan. There are some very funny moments in here and I appreciated a lot of the intense build ups but overall it left me feeling meh. I want a phone with their battery power though!
 

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Orphan: First Kill

I love the first film and I don't care. This was entertaining enough. It seemed to deliberately lean into the ridiculousness and camp that was mostly accidental in the original.
 
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