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My only worry about Newmanji, is that all the jokes were in the trailer.


A lot were, but not all. And I th8nk I only saw the trailer once, and didn’t retain many fine details.
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I watched Jumanji. It was fun and funny. I liked it.

The ending of the movie didn't make a lot of sense, and that was the only part I didn't like.

The characters all had one basic archetype that they stuck with and I expected it to get annoying, but they all did a good job of making it come off as sincere and they didn't just use the same gag repeatedly.

There was one that did get repeated, but it was actually a plot point so it didn't feel unnecessary.

The existential tension between their avatars and genuine selves is what overcame that tedium and created real character conflict, which was a really good writing choice. That made the characters more interesting, but it also helped raise the stakes with drama because the fantastic scenario could never serve as a believable conflict or have any consequences.

The movie also has a simple story and doesn't try to be cynical or force a moral message, which is pretty rare even for an action comedy.

And I said a lot more than I had planned on.
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^^I think I know what you mean about the ending (see spoiler text):

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Taral-DLOS wrote:
^^I think I know what you mean about the ending (see spoiler text):

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We're actually spoiler tagging Jumanji Confused...
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And making him a well known actor in essentially a cameo was immersion breaking for me. I could suspend disbelief about the other big actors because they were supposed to be simulations and they also had developed characters, not just a couple minutes of screen time.
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To go a different direction, I watched *The Killing of a Sacred Deer* last night. I don’t know if I liked that or not.
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*nods* Jumanji sounds like a fun movie. I think I might actually watch it sometime. Thanks.

While my wife and son have been visiting my in-laws, I watched 2 movies: War for the Planet of the Apes and Despicable Me 3. I liked them both.


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Here's my best and worst list. No surprises. I saw like a hundred movies this year and I can't remember any of them.

I don't think I saw any "serious" movies this year, but I guess they released a bunch of oscar bait in the last few months, and I was kind of checked out by then. There wasn't even any stupidly bad movies. Mostly everything was just formulaic and mediocre.

Liked
1. Blade Runner 2
2. Get Out
3. Life
4. War of Apes
5. Monster Trucks. That's not a joke.

Hated
1. mother!
2. A Cure For Wellness
3. Alien: Covenant
4. The Last Jedi
5. Nothing was as offensive as the above, so I guess I’ll just say Ghost In the Shell. Although I didn’t actually watch it. lol

Actually, the best movie that I saw this year was one that I think is one of the best movies I've ever seen, but it's from the 80's. It's the Belarusian WWII film "Come And See". I never posted my review here, so maybe I will still do that.
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I'll drop a top 5 best list. I kinda like this idea.

1. mother!
2. Blade Runer 2049
3. Lady Bird
4. War for the Planet of the Apes
5. Personal Shopper

It's weird for me that this year's Star Wars movie isn't in my top 5. I would place it more in the middle of my film list for the year and that kind of frustrates me a bit.
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My Top 5 would be:
1. Wonder Woman
2. War for the Planet of the Apes
3. It
4. Blade Runner 2049
5. Coco

Biggest disappointments:
1. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (I managed to enjoy it for what it was, but man, this wasn't the King Arthur movie we need...)
2. The Great Wall (I love Zhang Yimou, but this movie was a mess)
3. Dunkirk (A fine movie, but underwhelming coming from Christopher Nolan)
4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Dog-Poop_Walker wrote:
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...for more than just mother!?
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Caedus_16 wrote:
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...for more than just mother!?


lol, I wasn't even thinking of that. I was talking about Personal Shopper.

I don't even think the film is explicitly about voyeurism, that's just one aspect of it. But I find that to be interesting because I guess I'm a pervert, or an artist. Same thing.

I didn't actually see the movie, just read about it. I don't like Kristen Stewart anymore because of her support for Woody Allen, speaking of perverts.
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It's actually a really good movie. I grew up knowing Polanski was a monster but that he made great films so I've kind of learned to enjoy the art without condoning the artist. Woody Allen is disgusting but he's made some wonderful films. I won't knock Kristen Stewart for her performances. I think it's deplorable that she defends Woody Allen (although I don't think she really is, I think she just said he's a great director which is true) but she's turned into an amazing actress.
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Saw 12 Strong over the weekend and I liked it. Partly it's a war movie with some action and battles, but it's also got a nice character focus.

Saw Three Bilboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri today and that was really good. Fantastic film. Terrific acting and great writing. I loved how the characters played out. Highly recommend checking that one out.
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Alex Garland said that he would like to do a Swamp Thing movie!!!

It's not even a plan, and I'm too hype. I'm trying to temper expectations for Annihilation, I really don't want to get let down. I heard it was really good though from a test screener. Cool
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