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World War Z

 

Second time I've seen this and I think it's a shame that so many people hate on it because it's so different to the book. I don't even think it is that different from the book, as in it's mainly boring to pretty average but has a few really excellent bits. The book just turned out overrated and this turned out as literally worse than Hitler. 

The human element of this movie is handled really well. The rule with Zombie movies is that the humans are the real villains right? All the classics have these stories where you are generally safe until some dickhead comes along and ruins it. That wasn't really the case here but the way they used people was interesting. The movie has 6 big zombie bits. Three of them feature crowds of humans as well as zombies and the other three just have zombies. The bits with people are great, so claustrophobic and you can't tell who is the zombie and who is the person until it's too late. The scene in Jerusalem especially is horrifying and really shows just how unstoppable the zombies are. Again something the movie has in common with the book since it wasn't until I read the Battle of Yonkers that I ever really bought the idea of a zombie apocalypse being possible. I've always loved them but thought nah, slow zombies would absolutely eat shit before it could get out of hand.

So you compare those three scenes of the opening, Jerusalem and the bit on the plane to the other three scenes where there are basically no other humans and dude they fucking suck. Its so boring just watching a few people run away from zombies and the tension is completely gone. The last scene is a bit different because it is so out of place. More fitting to Resident Evil than the rest of the film but even then there is just nothing to get invested in.

I know the movie had its troubles during production so maybe it was hard to focus on what was working and what wasn't but if it had stuck to those bigger, more frantic scenes I think this could have been a real classic. As it is I will still defend it because I think it gets a bit of a hard time. The the scene in Jerusalem I watch semi regularly on YouTube because it's so sick.

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A... The book is not overrated.

B... The movie sucks ass and deserves the hate it gets.

 

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I suppose it depends on whether you think, "different to the book" is a valid criticism. It needed a series to be a faithful recreation of the book so blame Max Brooks for shilling it out so quickly. If he'd waited until now HBO would be snapping that shit up. Very concise counter points though so that's good. 

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I'm not gonna argue about it, it took one of the best pieces of zombie fiction and turned it in to a fucking atrocious film in my opinion.

 

Fast zombies automatically equal wank in any case. 

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No arguments here, baby. I just like opinions. Until you disrespected fast zombies and now you've made the list. 

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That's the fundamental shit film feature that they changed the utterly core premise upon which the book's zombies were based. They could have changed the locales, the characters, the events but they changed the zombies and therefore the global story. So the film bears no real relationship to the book. As for Max Brooks who knows? Once you sell the rights you no longer have control or any say over the unfolding disaster.

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I haven’t seen world war z since it came out but I remember thinking it was very middle of the road.  It not shit, but not something you’d ever want to come back to. It didn’t review terribly iirc?

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Yeah it reviewed pretty well considering the genre. They added a bunch of stuff to the home release, mainly blood and guts. 

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On 03/07/2019 at 00:25, Hendo said:

New ginge in hot pants looks ace.

 

Fucking spot on!

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Saw Midsommar.

 

A bit disappointed. I really liked Hereditary. I get that it's a bit divisive but the theme of that film really got me

 

This tho, just a bit boring and obvious

 

Spoiler

The main character finds her "real" family at the end and leaves her dysfunctional (and dead) family and unsupportive boyfriend behind. I think it's about that anyway, being lost and isolated and stuff. Trying to find a support group to help you through a trauma. But I found it dull

 

Not at all scary either. Booo ?

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Just seen Toy Story 4. 3 was pretty much the perfect ending, so 4 felt kind of unnecessary. But they managed to pull it off once again. Pretty funny in places, and certainly an emotional ending.

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Watched a film called Freehold tonight, really enjoyed it. It's about a sleazy estate agent who fucks someone over so the guy surreptitiously lives in the estate agents flat and starts ruining his life. It's on Amazon and is a decent film, which is a novelty 

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Lion King (2019)

 

It irrationally irritates me that they keep calling it 'the live action remake' when it's not a fully costumed production like the excellent stage show, but a CGI packed graphical extravaganza.

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I watched Toy Story 4 in the cinema yesterday. It was good. I don’t really remember Toy Story 1 or 2, but it definitely wasn’t as good as Toy Story 3, Wall-E or Coco. It was still enjoyable though, and quite poignant.

 

I loved the final lines of the film, if felt like a perfect way to end the Toy Story saga.

 

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Where the new toy asks Forkie “why am I alive?” and he replies “I don’t know.” It reminded me of the final line of Breath of the Wild where Zelda asks Link “Do you remember me?”

 

Also, it was quite touching when the “in memory of Don Rickles” came up at the end. I’ve become a big fan of his from watching videos of him on YouTube. 

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Into the Spider-Verse

 

Amazing. Spectacular. The Ultimate Spider-Man. Kind of perfect honestly. 

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With the current CG Lion King release likely to make a crap ton of money just for being The Lion King, some food for thought on its history:

 

 

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Creed 2.

 

Watched Rocky II, III, and IV for the first time yesterday in preparation for it and I'm so glad I did, I feel like I got much more out of it.

 

It's a pretty great movie. Not as good as Creed, the middle slows down a little too much, but the final fight is genuinely superb.

 

I think I'm going to skip V and put Rocky Balboa now. 

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