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2021-04-19 8:14:53 AM  
(Theo James, from the "Divergent" trilog..

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And Space Sweepers is a ripped-off the setting from Planetes.
 
2021-04-19 8:15:21 AM  
is a

/coffee
 
2021-04-19 9:16:31 AM  

Bslim: (Theo James, from the "Divergent" trilog..

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And Space Sweepers is a ripped-off the setting from Planetes.


Space Sweepers was fun enough. Haven't seen the others.

Thunderforce, the latest attempt to make Melissa McCarthy happen, was meh. I like her, but I've yet to like anything she's in.
 
2021-04-19 9:29:11 AM  
Reading the descriptions, I doubt I'd be interested in any of them.  They sound like movies you're supposed to like because someone who considers him, her, or itself your intellectual superior says you should like them because they're good for you.

Kind of like celluloid kale salad.
 
2021-04-19 9:32:39 AM  
"Space Sweepers" is about as shiatty as a title can get without including "vs." If it's actually worth watching, whoever named it needs to never be allowed to name anything ever again.

And I farking know that Skyliners isn't worth watching, because I watched it. It's a scrappy production where you want to give the filmmakers credit for getting it made at all, but it is not actually good in any way.
 
2021-04-19 9:33:47 AM  

dittybopper: Reading the descriptions, I doubt I'd be interested in any of them.  They sound like movies you're supposed to like because someone who considers him, her, or itself your intellectual superior says you should like them because they're good for you.

Kind of like celluloid kale salad.


I see you've read my blog.
 
2021-04-19 9:34:14 AM  
Loved Space Sweepers.
 
2021-04-19 9:34:43 AM  
List fails without 'Deathbed: The Bed That Eats People"
 
2021-04-19 9:38:48 AM  

dittybopper: Reading the descriptions, I doubt I'd be interested in any of them.  They sound like movies you're supposed to like because someone who considers him, her, or itself your intellectual superior says you should like them because they're good for you.


So not like NPR, more like someone who uses NPR as a status symbol?
 
2021-04-19 9:38:58 AM  

dittybopper: Reading the descriptions, I doubt I'd be interested in any of them.  They sound like movies you're supposed to like because someone who considers him, her, or itself your intellectual superior says you should like them because they're good for you.

Kind of like celluloid kale salad.


Huh. Weird take. I thought they mostly sounded like sci-fi comfort food.
 
2021-04-19 9:43:04 AM  

Zik-Zak: dittybopper: Reading the descriptions, I doubt I'd be interested in any of them.  They sound like movies you're supposed to like because someone who considers him, her, or itself your intellectual superior says you should like them because they're good for you.

So not like NPR, more like someone who uses NPR as a status symbol?


Hey, I like NPR. Of course, I'm probably smarter, and have an important adult job, unlike you.
 
2021-04-19 9:57:28 AM  
Thank you, Subby for reminding me why I don't pay attention to the pretentious douchebags & hipster of the NYT arts section.

/I mean, they went hook, line, & sinker for Andy Warhol's grifting.  But how soon we forget.
 
2021-04-19 10:01:57 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Zik-Zak: dittybopper: Reading the descriptions, I doubt I'd be interested in any of them.  They sound like movies you're supposed to like because someone who considers him, her, or itself your intellectual superior says you should like them because they're good for you.

So not like NPR, more like someone who uses NPR as a status symbol?

Hey, I like NPR. Of course, I'm probably smarter, and have an important adult job, unlike you.


I bet you even have a tote bag, don't you?
 
2021-04-19 10:12:49 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Zik-Zak: dittybopper: Reading the descriptions, I doubt I'd be interested in any of them.  They sound like movies you're supposed to like because someone who considers him, her, or itself your intellectual superior says you should like them because they're good for you.

So not like NPR, more like someone who uses NPR as a status symbol?

Hey, I like NPR. Of course, I'm probably smarter, and have an important adult job, unlike you.


Look, just because I'm dumb as hell doesn't mean...oh wait hang on
 
2021-04-19 10:22:07 AM  
We liked Space Sweepers.  It was interesting to see a Korean movie that didn't glorify heroic death.

But to be fair, we are less critical of movies in general than the Fark edgelords.
 
2021-04-19 10:37:52 AM  
Can anyone post the list?
 
2021-04-19 10:38:37 AM  

danny_kay: Can anyone post the list?


Open in private tab and you can read it.
 
2021-04-19 10:43:58 AM  

danny_kay: Can anyone post the list?


Archive - Amazon
Space Sweepers - Netflix
Skylines - Netflix
El Ascensor - Amazon
Time Hunt - Netflix
 
2021-04-19 10:44:26 AM  

sid244: danny_kay: Can anyone post the list?

Archive - Amazon
Space Sweepers - Netflix
Skylines - Netflix
El Ascensor - Amazon
Time To Hunt - Netflix


FTFM
 
2021-04-19 10:52:47 AM  
No love for Prospect on Netflix (or Kanopy)? Seriously?

Brilliant concept, visuals, music, dialogue, acting. Pedro Pascal doesn't hurt the cause either.
 
2021-04-19 11:00:06 AM  
Space Sweepers is what happens when you put Firefly, the Fifth Element, and a dash of Cowboy Bebop into a blender and then don't do enough script revisions to make sure it actually holds together as a movie. (It's fine, but I was disappointed because it could have been a farking fantastic movie with one more script pass to clean up character beats)
 
2021-04-19 11:30:44 AM  

Boudyro: Thunderforce, the latest attempt to make Melissa McCarthy happen, was meh. I like her, but I've yet to like anything she's in.


The bits with Jason Bateman were good.  The rest was meh.
 
2021-04-19 12:10:34 PM  

Boudyro: Bslim: (Theo James, from the "Divergent" trilog..

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And Space Sweepers is a ripped-off the setting from Planetes.

Space Sweepers was fun enough. Haven't seen the others.

Thunderforce, the latest attempt to make Melissa McCarthy happen, was meh. I like her, but I've yet to like anything she's in.


I'm not a big fan of her; she's funny enough but the SNL habits are still there, which don't often translate to big screen well.  That said, I did enjoy two of hers.  Spy and Tammy.  Tammy was good because it wasn't really a comedy but rather had comedic aspects into a more serious story.  Surprised me as it wasn't the type of movie I'd normally watch but happened to stumble on a scene that grabbed me one night & ended up watching the rest.
 
2021-04-19 12:18:21 PM  

zeroflight222: Boudyro: Bslim: (Theo James, from the "Divergent" trilog..

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And Space Sweepers is a ripped-off the setting from Planetes.

Space Sweepers was fun enough. Haven't seen the others.

Thunderforce, the latest attempt to make Melissa McCarthy happen, was meh. I like her, but I've yet to like anything she's in.

I'm not a big fan of her; she's funny enough but the SNL habits are still there, which don't often translate to big screen well.  That said, I did enjoy two of hers.  Spy and Tammy.  Tammy was good because it wasn't really a comedy but rather had comedic aspects into a more serious story.  Surprised me as it wasn't the type of movie I'd normally watch but happened to stumble on a scene that grabbed me one night & ended up watching the rest.


Mom, which allman brother did you sleep with, Dwayne?  You couldn't even sleep with Greg the good allman?

My favorite part of Tammy.

The joke being Dwayne was the good one not Greg.
 
2021-04-19 12:55:03 PM  

zeroflight222: Boudyro: Bslim: (Theo James, from the "Divergent" trilog..

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And Space Sweepers is a ripped-off the setting from Planetes.

Space Sweepers was fun enough. Haven't seen the others.

Thunderforce, the latest attempt to make Melissa McCarthy happen, was meh. I like her, but I've yet to like anything she's in.

I'm not a big fan of her; she's funny enough but the SNL habits are still there, which don't often translate to big screen well.  That said, I did enjoy two of hers.  Spy and Tammy.  Tammy was good because it wasn't really a comedy but rather had comedic aspects into a more serious story.  Surprised me as it wasn't the type of movie I'd normally watch but happened to stumble on a scene that grabbed me one night & ended up watching the rest.


Spy wasn't bad, it just felt . . . forced which a lot of her stuff does.

The humor in her films comes from the writers or her ad-libbing and it comes across as trying to hard. The humor from classics like Blues Brothers, Caddyshack, or even original Ghostbusters is the humor grows organically out of the characters and plot. It's why The Hangover is a great modern comedy, they didn't force it.

A lot of modern comedies suffer from this disease so I put it mostly on the writers.

I haven't seen Tammy, I'll give it a shot.
 
2021-04-19 5:09:45 PM  

Boudyro: The humor from classics like Blues Brothers, Caddyshack, or even original Ghostbusters is the humor grows organically out of the characters and plot.


It's weird that you choose three movies which were notoriously ad-libbed and where the characters were all paper thin but were performed by comedy greats at the height of their games and with all the cocaine the budget could handle. Blue Brothers especially is one where the humor grows very not-organically from just piling on more and more absurd set pieces with the flimsiest excuses possible- it's really a series of sketches held together by charisma. And Caddyshack was built entirely in the editing booth- the original movie was a coming of age comedy and the stuff that you see in the film was originally shot as framing and filler. I agree that Ghostbusters was pretty tightly written, but even there, I wouldn't call the script "organic"- it's just floated by very funny people being very funny.

Here's the problem with modern comedies: Anchorman. Not that Anchorman itself was bad, but Anchorman followed the basic formula of Caddyshack: put funny people in a room, tell them to be funny, and point a camera at it. Edit it down to a tight runtime, and just structure the scenes so that there's a vague sense of progress. And that works, when the cast is really funny and the editors have a good sense of comic timing and the stars align. Failing that, you end up with feeling like you're watching an improv house team at a low-rent theater in Pittsburgh where they can't sell beer because they don't have a liquor license but can give you some for a "donation".

And that's the problem. Anchorman was made this way, and Anchorman made gazillions of dollars, and this is a really cheap way to make movies, especially in the digital era. So boom: everybody just does that, and hopes that the cast and the editing can make it funny enough to make gazillions of dollars. And that's how you get Ghostbusters (2016).
 
2021-04-19 7:30:26 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: "Space Sweepers" is about as shiatty as a title can get without including "vs." If it's actually worth watching, whoever named it needs to never be allowed to name anything ever again.


It sounds like part of a tongue twister. Space sweepers sweep space so space is swept.
 
2021-04-19 7:50:21 PM  

sid244: danny_kay: Can anyone post the list?

Archive - Amazon


Watched this today and gave it a 4 on IMDB. A sad ripoff of Ex Machina with a wannabe Black Mirror ending.
 
2021-04-19 8:29:11 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: "Space Sweepers" is about as shiatty as a title can get without including "vs." If it's actually worth watching, whoever named it needs to never be allowed to name anything ever again.

It sounds like part of a tongue twister. Space sweepers sweep space so space is swept.


From the trailer I expected a lot more space sweeping rather than one short scene.
 
2021-04-20 2:09:30 AM  
I went into Space Sweepers thinking it was probably going to be pretty terrible but genuinely enjoyed it.
it's actually a lot of fun and worth a watch.
 
2021-04-20 8:14:31 AM  

t3knomanser: Boudyro: The humor from classics like Blues Brothers, Caddyshack, or even original Ghostbusters is the humor grows organically out of the characters and plot.

It's weird that you choose three movies which were notoriously ad-libbed and where the characters were all paper thin but were performed by comedy greats at the height of their games and with all the cocaine the budget could handle. Blue Brothers especially is one where the humor grows very not-organically from just piling on more and more absurd set pieces with the flimsiest excuses possible- it's really a series of sketches held together by charisma. And Caddyshack was built entirely in the editing booth- the original movie was a coming of age comedy and the stuff that you see in the film was originally shot as framing and filler. I agree that Ghostbusters was pretty tightly written, but even there, I wouldn't call the script "organic"- it's just floated by very funny people being very funny.

Here's the problem with modern comedies: Anchorman. Not that Anchorman itself was bad, but Anchorman followed the basic formula of Caddyshack: put funny people in a room, tell them to be funny, and point a camera at it. Edit it down to a tight runtime, and just structure the scenes so that there's a vague sense of progress. And that works, when the cast is really funny and the editors have a good sense of comic timing and the stars align. Failing that, you end up with feeling like you're watching an improv house team at a low-rent theater in Pittsburgh where they can't sell beer because they don't have a liquor license but can give you some for a "donation".

And that's the problem. Anchorman was made this way, and Anchorman made gazillions of dollars, and this is a really cheap way to make movies, especially in the digital era. So boom: everybody just does that, and hopes that the cast and the editing can make it funny enough to make gazillions of dollars. And that's how you get Ghostbusters (2016).


Well, that escalated quickly.
 
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