MattBlackLamb

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I'm giving Deadpool 10/10. Just lovely :)

 

I liked the dexterity that he was given :) And I got the Ferris Bueller post credits scene :D

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Took my kids to see Kung-Fu Panda 3 today.  8/10

 

Better than 2, about as good as 1.

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Just a few I especially like, in no particular order:

 

 

City of Ember

 

Grave of the Fireflies

 

Man on Fire

 

Thank You for Smoking

 

Memento

 

They Live!

 

-c-

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Less than a week to go :D

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I saw a quote by JJ Abrams about Star Wars Episode VII and posted a thread on Reddit about it.  It, uh...kind of blew up.

 

(Warning: it's Reddit, so there will be some language and cynicism there.)

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Forgot to mention how Captain America: Civil War was.... 7/10.
 
It was ok, felt more like just plain plot progression in preparation for Infinity War and other upcoming movies.
Fight scenes were great and (spoilers about the new guys) were the most exciting part of it... Black Panther was cool looking.

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Dr. Strange was better than I expected. 8/10

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Me Before You - disease-of-the-week format is buoyed by the charismatic lead Emilia Clarke (aka Kahleesi from GoT). A tear-jerker with unsuspected depth and poignancy. 8/10.

 

Warcraft - Couldn't help the feeling I was dropped into this story half-way through. Characters are often miscast and introduced poorly, making the first viewing muddled at best. The Orcs though are fantastic! With eye popping CGI the battle scenes are brilliant and magic (for once) is particularly well handled. 6/10.

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I'm a big fan of hollywood movies. But I prefer to watch Netflix US. I travel a lot and I started to use VPN network to watch Nettflix US content without any geo-restrictions that are implemented in different countries. Very convenient. So my fav movies now are The Age of Adaline, The Unknown (2011) and Suicide Squad. All of them are worth watching.

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Okay, Rogue One was pretty good. Title worthy of being called a Star Wars story.

It wasn't as epic as TFA but then again this was a full story instead of being a part of a trilogy.

I wish I had a VHS player to watch New Hope right now :P

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8 hours ago, Zagna said:

I wish I had a VHS player to watch New Hope right now

The original version (non-"special edition") of 'A New Hope' was released on DVD about 10 years ago. Those specific DVDs are hard to find these days, though.

I wish they'd release the original versions in HD.

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On 12/14/2016 at 7:27 AM, Zagna said:

Okay, Rogue One was pretty good. Title worthy of being called a Star Wars story.

 

I agree.

 

I was worried during the first quarter of the movie as there were too many quick cuts. But, it smoothed out and became really interesting. 

K-2SO was one of the better robots in the entire series. 

Guy Henry/CGI was amazing as Grand Moff Tarkin. I thought I was looking at Peter Cushing. Some people thought it looked fake--I thought the CGI was amazing.

There were some rough spots in an otherwise great movie: 

Darth Vader didn't walk right. Can't explain it other to say that something seemed "off". EDIT: people on the Rogue One board at IMDb are calling it the "The Vader sashay". 

A certain cameo at the end of the movie looked computer generated and really fake. The eyes were right but the mouth was all wrong. 

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Did some nosing around and found out that one of the guys in Anakin's suit played a Minotaur in "Clash of the Titans.' Might have affected the "imposing" walk?

 

And yeah, that cameo's a LITTLE too Uncanny Valley.

 

 

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Hidden Figures (2016) 8.5/10 

I am so glad there are inspiring movies like this that I can show my children someday. My African American daughter is too young for it now but hopefully she can see it one day and be inspired to do great things. 

 

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IMDb.com is going to shut down their message board on February 20, 2017.  Source

 

This is not going over well at the IMDb.com forums, as you can probably guess.

 

Many people have tried to guess why they would destroy their own community, including one former employee:

 

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On the Contributors Help board,an admin did a post which has now been "deleted by mods",thankfully I was able to copy it:

"This is no surprise whatsoever. I've worked at IMDb (the worst and most discouraging experience of my professional life ) and believe me, the company is a soulless, empty corporate shell that has one goal: to sell advertising. It's not about movies, TV, or being 'guardians of data' - everything is about making money. The entire site is setup to sell advertising, and movie data is simply a means to achieve that. End of story. 

The reason IMDb is getting rid of the message boards is simple: they can't be monetised. If IMDb could make money out of the boards, they'd be staying, but there's no cash in it for them, so they're getting axed. The sell-outs who run IMDb will have looked at the 'metrics' (a risible corporate buzzword the Data Team loves so much) and decided that traffic is not high enough for them to make any real money. 

It really is that simple. I've experienced first-hand the obsession with metrics, and making money (at the expense of customer satisfaction), and it really is pathetic to behold. No decision is made at IMDb without greed being factored into the equation, and believe me, they will also shut down certain data sections at some point if they get in the way of making money. Forget the fact that the site has compiled 20+ years worth of important data - if one of the sections can no longer be monetised effectively (Literature, for example), they'll just get rid of it. 

In financial terms, keeping the message boards live costs IMDb basically nothing, bar the human cost of maintenance, which - when considered in the context of the site's huge annual profit margin - is less than miniscule. 

There's no point complaining about it, making suggestions, or suggesting alternate, viable solutions - the hacks at IMDb don't give a toss. There's no money in it for them, so they're not interested. They'll fob you off with the usual hollow platitudes, but make no mistake, the IMDb that people love died years ago. Now, the site is just a shiny, corporate plaything, pimped out by Amazon for the purposes of making money, with greed - not customer focus - being its primary driving force. 

One final note: it probably burns IMDb that the majority (over one third) of their users come from China, the audience for which is far less valuable to advertisers than, say, the USA and the UK. Only about 5% of IMDb's users come from the UK, which is ironic considering the site originated in England. But, I digress - this post will, of course, be deleted, but what the hell. I don't care!"

 

A sad commentary on the state of web sites today.  I think their site is simply too large to manage.

 

Thanks, Rick, for paying the bills every month to keep the lights on around here!

 

Here is my response to IMDb:

 

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I have visited this site multiple times per day, every day, for YEARS.

 

To my many friends that I've interacted with on these boards, I'll miss you.

 

To TPTB, you are destroying the one thing that makes your site unique.

 

RT has movie reviews, Googling "movies (my zip code)" gives me movie show times, FB has celebrity news, YouTube has previews, and Wikipedia has way more movie information than IMDb ever did.  What IMDb has (had?) was discussion about every movie where we could get together and trade ideas and theories.

 

You are killing the one thing that made your site unique... your community.

 

Good luck with that.

 

Without the discussions, I really don't see the point in visiting your site.

 

The real disappointing thing is that you never considered promoting normal users into volunteer moderators to keep the discussions on track and free of spam.  I'm sure there are many people who would volunteer.  (In fact, I volunteer at two different communities to moderate message boards--without pay, I just love the communities)  You could have even had a system like stackoverflow.com where trusted members are automatically promoted into moderator positions. But, you chose the nuclear option instead.

 

I hope that once you see the results of destroying the community you'll come to your senses and build a message system that is self-sustainable... I only hope it's not too late.

 

 

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Now that the IMDB message boards are gone, I think I'll be posting more on this thread.

 

Hell or High Water - 6/10

 

Not sure what all the fuss is about. Didn't seem like Oscar material to me. Looked more like a watered down version of No Country for Old Men.

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Okay, John Wick: Chapter 2 is a beautiful sequel to John Wick: Chapter 1. The fight scenes have been greatly polished and will leave you shocked.

Logan on the other hand is exactly like reviews said it was, unlike any other superhero movie before. Hard to describe.

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Saw 'Criminal' with Kevin Costner, sci-fi? Started off bad (for me) but got much better. Never seen Costner as so violent in a flick before, , , ,

 

-c-

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Moana 8/10

 

 

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I'm not normally in for love stories, but The Age of Adaline is one with a twist and so I took a dive. Blake Lively has been doing groovy flicks, I think (have a go at The Shallows if you're after something gorier and action-packed a la shark attack).
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I was a fan of The Equalizer TV series back in the second half of the 80s when I was a child-almost-teen, starring the late Edward Woodward as Robert McCall —a retired intelligence agent turned Samaritan (in case you're unfamiliar with the plot), role for which he won a Golden Globe in 1987—. I quite like the 2014 remake for the big screen starring Denzel Washington. Perhaps I like it too much because I've seen it more than twice... a little over four times actually :P and it seems there's a sequel due in 2018. Here I leave a fragment of the ending scenes of the 2014 movie in case you're interested and haven't seen it yet:

 

 

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Passengers 8/10

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On 3/21/2017 at 1:35 PM, BoltBait said:

Passengers 8/10

 

Hmm ... I would give it a 6/10. I thought some of the emotional responses were way too dramatic and forced.

 

Cool story idea, really good visual presentation, but it seemed like someone said "You know what would make this movie better? Dumbing it down for teenagers with some poorly developed emotions and love stuff." And by "better" they meant "sell better". (I understand the business rationale. That doesn't mean I have to enjoy the result :) )

 

Also, here's a BIG HINT to anyone who may want to watch this: DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER. Just go watch the movie. Go in with zero knowledge and expectations. The trailer spoils some important aspects of the story's development.

 

Despite my criticism of it, it was worth the $5 rental on Amazon Prime.

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