Justin Hanvey

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  1. Comic Con Trailer So I'm hoping this will be fun, it -looks- a lot of fun, but also it looks badly lighted and not very colorful. Also just perhaps a complete assault on the senses of pop culture icons fighting other pop culture icons. Could just be the trailer is not very well made since it is just for Comic Con. Felt somewhat Zach Snyder meets Michael Bay for a minute or two. But I'm trying to hold out hope it has good story and plotting and isn't just cgi assault since it's Spielberg. Don't flop this Spielberg, please
  2. Laureline was way better than Valerian, but Bubble was best. And yes definitely made to see in theater. Truly an awe inspiring special effects experience.
  3. Although one could argue Del Toro hasn't made a great movie since Pan's Labyrinth (Crimson Peak was good, but kinda fell apart in its last act) The Shape of Water looks like a nice return to form, and since it reunites Del Toro and Doug Jones I'm truly excited to see it. Actually now that I remember Jones was also in Crimson Peak as the ghosts, honestly the best parts of that film. The trailer may give away more than you'd like to know, so just a short summary of the story. "In 1963, in a hidden, high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment," Doug Jones plays the experiment, a very Abe-Sapien like underwater creature who Elisa bonds with. Sally Hawkins is Elisa, Michael Shannon is the head of the laboratory, Michael Stuhlbarg is a doctor, and Octavia Spencer plays Elisa's friend Zelda. A great cast, and looks like will be a good movie.
  4. Yeah I'd forgotten about Hellboy 2 when I posted that, meant to edit. Also not sure how I completely forgot Del Toro directed Pacific Rim. Good catch. I stand corrected. I also intend to give Crimson Peak another try eventually, I might find I like it better on second viewing. I think my expectations were too high.
  5. That was a brilliant one, pretty funny. I love Honest Trailers. Have managed to watch every single one.
  6. I can understand if disagreeing for biblical reasons, I used to think that way as well.
  7. Well count me as one of the rave reviews. I'm still sitting in the afterglow of this one that left me speechless much like walking out of Arrival last year. Really i feel the best review of this film would be one done in sign language because it's truly at its best in its subtitled moments when face capture or the incredibly talented Amiah Miller (as the human war orphan Nova, a name which is homage to the similarly mute human woman Heston's Taylor meets in the original first film) say SO MUCH with just facial expression. To the actors who played Maurice (yet another homage, first name of actor who played the orangutan scientist Dr. Zaius in the original films) and Rocket and Luca and even freakin Steve Zahn as Bad Ape who manages to turn some hard moments into a respite of laughter. But really as everyone says the star of the show is Andy Serkis, who creates a character that is so real and vital and yes even human that we can't help but feel his every emotion as he feels them. And with just that, as it kinda felt the second film Dawn was, it's still an incredible film. But on top of that we are offered some of the most humanistic morals of the whole film with mercy and forgiveness winning out over revenge and hate. I could should will say more but behind a spoiler gate. Suffice to say I share Jeffrey Overstreets thoughts on zombie films that I feel this one treats similar situations with a lot more grace. And it truly is Caesar's trilogy, we see him grow from a young ape in the care of humans to a ape leader who tries to be better than humans to an aged wise war weary king who realizes that there is really very little difference between apes and humans and both come with flaw and beauty. And those last moments really evoke something like Ben Hur or The Ten Commandments. Even just the lighting and setting feels like you're watching an old biblical epic. But my second favorite part of this film is Nova. If they make more movies the next one, or trilogy, should be her story. It's a shame Amiah Miller probably won't come back to play her again but man can that girl act. I didn't hate -anything- about this film, at one point I found myself interested at the juxtaposition of the somewhat patriarchal culture of the apes and the novelty of seeing female soldiers in The Colonel's army. But then I realized first they're apes with different instincts towards family structure than humans, and two they're a species in the midst of social evolvement, give em a couple hundred years to grow up. That's really another thing, these movies truly seem about social evolvement. We see them as cynical since it's apes vs humans, but if we also see our own origins in the apes (I mean we evolved from apes so...) We are in a way seeing our own history playing out perhaps up against the extinction of say, the dinosaurs. If science tells us anything this cycle is natural, species evolve and sometimes die out and other species rise to dominate. To consider ourselves the center of the universe and think it won't ever happen to us is hubris at best. But that Reeves manages to make the Apes act so human is humanistic. That Caesar makes human mistakes and uses human terminology like "wife" is in a way watching a mirror of ourselves but on the face of an animal. I mean it's hard to anthropomorphize in order to garner empathy without making the animal basically a caricature of humanity but Reeves raises it to an art form and Serkis and the other actors are brilliant. So truly an epic film and a need to see. My favorite of 2017 so far. And one of my most favorite movies ever seen.
  8. Film Crit Hulk had some glowing words. https://mobile.twitter.com/FilmCritHULK/status/885018540557950977
  9. It's sad how it seems like we have taken to much stronger feelings about what constitutes valid resistance and what doesn't. It wasn't that long ago we had films like John Q and episodes of Deep Space Nine showing what resistance could be (without having to resort to lethal violence), but now we consider things like broken windows, burnt cars and buildings and punched Nazi's a step too far. But I guess that's a debate for its own thread, and one I probably wouldn't want to get into anyways. I'm against lethal violence. I consider all other resistance on the table even if I probably wouldn't do some of it my own self. But back to the movie, i loved it. I do agree ALF could have been presented as more flawed. Really the only one who even makes a wrong choice is Steven Yeun's character. Films like The East do a better job at portraying the good and bad of such organizations. I do think it compares favorably to My Neighbor Totoro, as well as representing what Pete's Dragon remake could have been (which I still really liked anyways).
  10. Well said.
  11. Writing poetry is not the same as reciting it. I have written hundreds of poems I couldn't tell you the words to if you held a gun to my head. Poetry is catharsis for some of us, just a way to let the steam of life out in one flawed imperfect attempt at at least making some beauty out of it. Sometimes we never return to that poem again, and the words fade like smoke into the air. Course if you make a book of poems and recite them over and over for fans, I suppose you'd come to remember the words a bit. I'd kinda hate doing that myself. Maybe that's why I'm not a -poet- but just a guy who writes poetry sometimes.
  12. I will admit Willow is one of my most favorite movies and my most favorite Val Kilmer role lol
  13. I don't know what Ron Howard's idea of a science fiction universe really looks like...or what kind of individual aesthetic he'll bring to the film, but it seems to me it will be "serious Star Wars", and honestly I don't want Star Wars to just be serious, or epic, I'd also enjoy a couple films that are just fun space romps like Guardians of the Galaxy, which I'd kinda hoped Lord and Miller could bring to the table, even with Kasdan doing the script. There are some elements of that in original trilogy, and Force Awakens, but I think it would have been cool to see Lord and Miller's more comedic touch on the films.
  14. Honestly I feel like if any Star Wars film needed comedic elements it would be a Han Solo movie. He's basically Star Lord or something like that. Lord and Miller were good choices. Hope it's not too serious come re edits.
  15. I wonder what the creative differences were? I like their aesthetic
  16. According to his spokeswoman in a statement to Variety it is, but you never know...maybe he changes his mind eventually. Of course he could be like Sean Connery, who actually kept his retirement surprisingly.
  17. Daniel Day Lewis' last movie?
  18. Based on a little googling I can confirm that yeah it is Trevorrow writing the script with Derek Connelly too, not Johnson. And yes they did start over after Fisher died as he had intended her to be at the center of the film but now it looks like Episode 9 won't even have her in the film. Maybe they'll shoot a death somehow for her in Episode 8 or something, but if Luke dies too that is gonna be heavy. Lastly he is talking about making Episode 9 more a movie for the kids...so...kind of still following the aesthetic of the original trilogy in a way. Course that could come out feeling like Phantom Menace too...yikes... *crossing fingers*
  19. Is it sad I barely remember the original enough to know if this feels like a reboot or a sequel? I need to watch that film again apparently
  20. Can one believe in the beauty and wonder of seeing the world like a child...I remember how I saw the world and honestly miss it sometimes, and also get something out of that in my interactions with children and also understand that children aren't perfect little angel beings and some are even capable of murder?
  21. It wasn't better than Jurassic Park...on par with Lost World and definitely better than JP3. But I'm in the minority of even liking those two films so yeah...
  22. Strong Finding Neverland vibe. Not sure if that's a good thing.
  23. That would be pretty cool. I wouldn't mind Duncan Jones either, despite what happened with WarCraft I think he has a better track record for science fiction. Or Denis Viilleneuve. or Joss Whedon? Neill Blomkamp? Alex Garland? Heck even Gareth Edwards... Well, we can hope Trevorrow directing a Rian Johnson script will look good. If anything he's good at keeping continuity of aesthetic, so he probably won't go too far off the track of Abrams/Johnson look
  24. I'm sure Rian Johnson can write a better script than Gregg Hurwitz and still have time to eat breakfast and go for a morning jog any day, and Colin Trevorrow directs well, I doubt that's the problem with this film. If it is, well...everyone has gotta have their Fan4tstick/Warcraft But really I am not worried at all about Star Wars Episode 9. (Maybe I'm just in the minority for thinking Safety Not Guaranteed is a brilliant film) Also I could tell from the trailer that this film was a mess...schmaltzy kids movie meets dark revenge flick?
  25. In her society walking around like that with a sword was normal. Just because she doesn't understand a different cultures customs or folkways is not the same thing as naive and innocent. Also let's not assume she's never had any sexual experiences. Maybe not with a man but that certainly doesn't translate to automatically naive about sex. Honestly I read that whole scene as her kinda laughing at him for being embarrassed of his attraction to her and not thinking he could control himself while sleeping by her. I think we have different definitions of self sacrifice, but okay. I do remember them having some fairly compelling evidence that the guy she tried to kill was Ares, even though for us in the audience of course we knew it was the other guy all along. And I don't think we can blame Diana so much for being taught wrong, that's not her fault.