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Just finished part 2 of Masters of the Universe Revalation, its pretty great!

The ending tho'. I need She-Ra in this universe! Hope for a season 2 announcement soon!
 

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Yeah, I read a few after watching and all of them are exactly what you have described. Many people fail to understand that the 2016 reboot was badmouthed because it is a bad Ghostbuster movie, instead of anything relating to masculinity or hate towards women.

Some also bring up the point that Afterlife is too "fan servicey" and it is a negative... I mean, the original movies are like 30 something years ago, and considering what this movie really is meant to be to the franchise, they should include references to the originals. And honestly? Most of them are very minor and new audience won't even know some of these things or lines are references. These reviews are ridiculous.
Getting back to this topic, a new review popped-up on my twitter feed for the film (from rogerebert.com), and I really have to laugh, even considering I'm yet to watch the film: it's another 1 star review, from a woman that spent a big portion of the review writing the following, which I now quote:

«This is sort of a sequel and sort of a reboot, but it’s definitely an erasure of the 2016 “Ghostbusters” starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, which caused such a stir because it dared to feature women busting ghosts. That’s men’s work! Women are allowed to answer the phone at Ghostbusters headquarters, and they can be possessed by an ancient demon from another dimension as long as they still look sexy, but that’s about it. Come on, guys. When Ray Parker Jr. sang that busting made him feel good, we all knew what he was really talking about. (And yes, that catchy theme song is in here, too, playing over the end credits. It’s truly bizarre in retrospect to realize that it was a massive radio and MTV hit in 1984.)»


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I really have no words.
It seems a big batch of "critics" are now unable to watch the film, a "popcorn" flick that apparently has been well received with audiences, and see it as anything other than an attack on women.

Absolutely ridiculous.
 

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Getting back to this topic, a new review popped-up on my twitter feed for the film (from rogerebert.com), and I really have to laugh, even considering I'm yet to watch the film: it's another 1 star review, from a woman that spent a big portion of the review writing the following, which I now quote:

«This is sort of a sequel and sort of a reboot, but it’s definitely an erasure of the 2016 “Ghostbusters” starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, which caused such a stir because it dared to feature women busting ghosts. That’s men’s work! Women are allowed to answer the phone at Ghostbusters headquarters, and they can be possessed by an ancient demon from another dimension as long as they still look sexy, but that’s about it. Come on, guys. When Ray Parker Jr. sang that busting made him feel good, we all knew what he was really talking about. (And yes, that catchy theme song is in here, too, playing over the end credits. It’s truly bizarre in retrospect to realize that it was a massive radio and MTV hit in 1984.)»
The new Ghostbusters in Afterlife has girls. The rhetoric they try to push is complete nonsense.
 
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The new Ghostbusters in Afterlife has girls. The rhetoric they try to push is complete nonsense.
I'm yet to watch the film, but even I know there's 2 girls (in a group of 4) in the main cast, plus the mother of the kids, and the main character is Egon's granddaughter.

This attempt to pass the idea that people hated the previous film not because it was absolutely lousy (with Kate McKinnon being the saving grace, but even her had to do with a script that was a pile of crap), but because it had girls, while this one somehow takes away girls altogether is absolutely ridiculous.

Again, I'm yet to even watch the film, so I may not end up liking it, but I really don't understand these "reviews" that don't review the film, but simply insult and attack a fan base, just because these "critics" somehow think the film is an attack on women.

People these days are less interested in the quality of a film, how's the script, and how well it's shot, and apparently all that matters is counting how many women are in the cast, how many people of a certain "minority" are in the cast, and so on.
Frankly, it's exhausting. I was someone who went to the cinema sometimes multiple times a week, and now I go a couple of times in a year.
 
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People these days are less interested in the quality of a film, how's the script, and how well it's shot, and apparently all that matters is counting how many women are in the cast, how many people of a certain "minority" are in the cast, and so on.
Frankly, it's exhausting. I was someone who went to the cinema sometimes multiple times a week, and now I got a couple of times in a year.
Being an Asian I find this kind of representation push is pointless and annoying as well. Not every cast has to have one woman, one black and one Asian. What characters are needed should entirely depend on when the story takes place and what kind of a story that the talents behind want to tell.
 
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Being an Asian I find this kind of representation push is pointless and annoying as well. Not every cast has to have one woman, one black and one Asian. What characters are needed should entirely depend on when the story takes place and what kind of a story that the talents behind want to tell.
Never once did I watch a Spike Lee film and said to myself "I need to see some white people in there". Never once did I see one of Barry Levinson's Baltimore films, taking place in Jewish neighbourhoods and families, and said to myself "it needed to have some Christians in there".
Not to mention, I always watched a lot of Asian cinema (particularly from Hong Kong, genre efforts like The Seventh Curse, which I absolutely adore), and I can't say I ever wanted to see those films, but with caucasian people.

This "statistical" representation that most big Hollywood studios push for, and these supposed film "critics" so much care about, is not done out of actually caring for people feeling represented, but it's a pure, cynical, marketing move, nothing more.
All my life, I watched cinema from all over the world. European, American (North and South), Asian, Australian, African, (...). I always liked to see other cultures represented, by their own accord, in their own productions. And I lamented the fact that most of these films never reached wider audiences in Western countries, particularly in the US, because none would get a cinema release, or would end up cut, and dubbed to English.

But, this crap about doing the same old stuff (be it superhero films, action efforts, ...), keeping the exact same scripts and tone, and just switching a male white lead character for a women, or a black/asian actor, I'm not sure what kind of "representation" that is.
 

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I always loved Italian cinema, but in recent years, that love expanded to Italian TV content.

I'm quite "disenchanted" with most US series I see on TV (come on, how many Walking Dead seasons and spin-offs, or super-hero series can be shown during the course of a week? :grinning-face-with-smiling-eyes:), I really have no patience for CGI fests, the same plastic looking people, and rapid cuts left and right, like the director suffers from ADD, because "god forbid" we get some character development and interactions, while taking away some precious seconds for more TV commercials. :disapproval-blob:

Anyway, excuse the ramblings of an old fart. :LOL:

I basically wanted to profess my love for some of the Italian TV series I've been watching, and suggest people who want to check something a bit different from most US TV content to check out some Italian TV series.
They have some awesome shows. I've spent the last 20+ years watching Il Commissario Montalbano, and I can't recommend it enough. I'll speak in more detail about it some other time.

The last series I watched, and had an awesome time doing so, was Rocco Schiavone. It's a tv series about a very flawed, but just, cop, wonderfully shot, with lovely locations, lovely women, and a very paced, and at times melancholic tone. Each episode, like most Italian TV series I've been watching, is feature length, so the story has time to build.
I know the series is in some streaming services, and cable channels worldwide, so if you get the chance to watch this show, consider doing so, it's well worth a look.

The first series is directed by Michele Soavi, who horror fans may know as being a Dario Argento protégé, and director of films like Dellamorte Dellamore (aka Cemetery Man), Stage Fright, The Church, and The Sect.

Here's a couple of subtitled trailers from different countries, with different tones, which hopefully may pick your interest:

 
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Last article about Ghostbusters: Afterlife, I promise. :)

I mean, I can't resist posting a hilarious text that is titled "We Should Have Cherished the 2016 Ghostbusters When We Had the Chance", that has pearls like the following:
«when the movie from director Paul Feig and starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and McKinnon dropped over five years ago, we didn’t give ourselves a chance to bask in its comedic brilliance»



I mean, the author can't be serious, right? Surely, it has to be a joke article? :thinking-face:
 

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McKenna Grace alone on Afterlife > the 4 leads of the 2016 one.
I'm going to (finally) watch the new film later today (it released later in Europe than the US) in about 4 hours, and like I mentioned before I may even end up not liking it, but all these articles from a bunch of "critics" that review the new film by purely attacking it, while lauding the previous one, because they perceive the new film as an attack on women, are truly bizarre, and as a film fan infuriating. This is not film criticism. This is a bunch of hipsters mistaking film criticism, with social media posting.

I'm a big fan of the franchise, and pretty open-minded. I mean, Extreme Ghostbusters was a good lesson on that front: I reacted poorly to the news of a new animation series that mostly excluded the original characters, replacing them for some teens with "edgy" designs, and you know what, when I finally watched the series, I really enjoyed it. So, I went to watch the previous film hoping for the best (on my birthday!), and giving it a fair chance. I ended up annoyed, and bored to tears. It was painfully dull, mediocre, with barely any redeeming qualities. It didn't work as a Ghostbusters film, and it didn't work as a comedy either.

How that turd gets now lauded for its "comedic brilliance" is utterly perplexing.
I've even seen plenty of people saying the 2016 film is better than the originals!
I'm getting old. :grinning-face-with-smiling-eyes:
 
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Just came back from watching Ghostbusters: Afterlife. My first time at the cinema in nearly two years (the last time was December 2019).

And you know what? I dug it a lot. I had a really great time.
It's part "80's child adventure film" in the vein of what Amblin Entertainment and others used to put out, part heart-warming tribute to Egon/Harold Ramis, and more importantly, it breathes some new life into the franchise.

If indeed the film continues to do well at the box office, there's potential for sequels/spin-offs that could go into different directions.

If anyone is going to watch the film, don't leave until the credits are finished. You will seriously regret it, since there's 2 scenes, one at the end of the first section of the credits, and another after the credits are finished, and the last one is particularly "big", and interesting.

The mid-credits sequence is great because

it's a rare occasion to see the "old" Bill Murray back, smiling and genuinely appearing to have fun, with none other than Sigourney Weaver. :cat-heart-blob:

The scene after the end credits is rather interesting, and surprisingly "big" for such placement, since

it gives Ernie Hudson his due, making his character a much bigger deal than what came before, and it hints at various possibilities for the franchise. Will we see a new film with (at least some of) the old cast back? Will we see Winston Zeddemore reviving the Ghostbusters brand, and acting as a bit of mentor to a new team? The scene, besides showing a few familiar locations, actually shows that there's some interesting possibilities to move the franchise forward. :thumbsupblob:
 
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Just came home from watching Ghostbusters, loved it! Had to wait a few days because I was sick but worth the wait. It such a perfect example to compare to the 2016 version and you can see when a movie is made with heart and when a movie isn't.
 
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Anyone know what happened with the new Jon Steward show? They released 4 episodes and then just stopped... it's been almost a month since the last one.
 

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Trailer 2.0


I stopped watching about halfway through as i'd rather watch the film and i thought they were getting close to "Trailer explains the whole film" territory which i hate.
 
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I watched that FYRE festival documentary on Netflix.

I remember when it happened I kind of just laughed it off and didn't pay attention to any details.

But omg these stupid idiots actually wanted to put 6,000 people on an island for days without properly housing them and providing no way to use toilets etc. There was no plumbing anywhere either and mosquitos all over the place lmfao :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

What a disaster this was and somehow it kept getting worse and worse. And closer + closer to the festival they just kept digging a hole that was impossible to climb out of. So many twists and turns. All the people working on that grift are interviewed and providing all this stuff in the documentary too.

Strong recommend to anyone who wants to watch such a stupid scam blowing up in everyones face.
 

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Don't have Netflix but probably for the best as everything i would be interested in gets cancelled super quick. Oh well.
I thought the characterisations looked decent but apparently it's bad? I just hope i get to hear Yoko Kanno's OST for it at some point.
 
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Kind of disappointing about Bebop.

I only watched 3 episodes but it was kind of fun. The cast was good. There was a style to it that worked imo.

I never watched the anime tho so I don't know how faithful it is but its still surprising they canned it. It seemed pretty big on the popular list too this past month.

Also reviews for Witcher season 2 are rolling out and it seems very positive. Much better reviews than S1 so far.
 
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I thought the characterisations looked decent but apparently it's bad?
I feel bad for John Cho since he is a good actor (he was great in Searching), and he definitely put on the work as Spike, but it didn't change the fact that this Hollywood adaptation is a pale imitation of the original. Think of it like FFVII R.
I never watched the anime tho so I don't know how faithful it is but its still surprising they canned it.
I definitely recommend watching the original, it is a timeless anime that tackles the theme of existentialism without making things too bleak, unlike many western media with the same aim.
 

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Think I am going to rewatch the Matrix trilogy in preparation for the new one!
I'm watching The Matrix now and wow, how Keanu Reeves looks in the first movie.
I rewatched the first Matrix a few days ago, too. Great movie. The premise is so ahead of its time.
 
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I think reactions for the Matrix are going to start coming out now as I see GetJaby channel has watched it and have shared their thoughts (ignore clickbait screengrab they have a better discussion, also there is spoilers in the review even though they say there isn't).
 

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I've been watching quite a lot of things these past couple of months, by my standards at least.

Watched the 2 seasons of Ted Lasso and enjoyed it, although I could never get past the uncanny valley plot point of having a team managed by someone who doesn't understand a single thing about football.
Saw Squid Game and it was fine, I didn't think it was that amazing although it had it's moments. In my opinion the last episode shat the bed super hard, it's like they threw away all the character building they had been doing for 8 episodes for a little shocking plot twists, which were super predictable mind you.
Saw 2 episodes of the live action cowboy bebop and said fuck it. They killed Jet and I won't stand for it, his whole character was butched and it wasn't even funny. Couldn't stand what they did to Julia either.
I'm about to finish Losing Alice which is weird and non-conforming but at the same time intriguing and captivating, like a mix of Dostoyevsky with Sex in the City. Recommended if you like weird stuff.
Finally, I watched the first season of The Boys, in fact finished it about 10min ago, and it was awesome. It has been a long time since a show grabbed me like this and I can't wait to find out how season 2 is goone disappoint me (because of course it will...).
 

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Lol, someone at work has just tried to tell me that the Matrix films aren't Sci fi.
"They're more action than Sci fi"
 
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The Witcher show is so dreadful. It really blows my mind, it's like they read the books in detail, and decided to do everything exactly opposite. The ultimate Anti-Adaptation.

And yet, it could still work as a standalone thing, but it is so badly written, cast and directed, that it fails anyway.
 

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Only 3 episodes in and the new season of Witcher is really fucking good. The cast is great. Everyone seems more bought in than they were in the 1st season. Direction has been better too.

Don't know about Vesemir tho. All I see is the funny guy from Killing Eve :LOL: so not sold on him yet.
 
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The Witcher S2 is ok, pretty light on content, too much set up, S3 better be unbelievably good, or people will drop it really fast.
 
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Majorly late to the party, but I finally finished Arcane. Normally I do not comment on shows I have seen, but I feel the need to counterbalance some of the hype.

The art style and graphics were really good. The story and characters though? Ehh.... not so much. I thought the story was fairly predictable and hamfisted with its delivery. There was really no moment in the entire show that I was surprised or wondering what would happen next. It felt like it took way too long for the story to become interesting and no sooner than it became interesting it felt like the show ended. Which brings me to the characters, I think they were serviceable, but I really disliked Jinx and Vi by the end, and I loved them as LoL characters. Caitlyn and Jayce were a bit more enjoyable, but still wayyyy too one note and sort of boring. Only Viktor remained interesting and yet I feel like he gets the least screen time. There were additional side characters from LoL, but I feel like they were hardly given enough time to develop much interest and/or maybe a spoiler to list.

The part of the show I liked the most was the world building, but I feel like the world building was too narrow and chose one of the least interesting backdrops in LoL lore (I guess it seems marginally more interesting than Demacia) and even then focused on some of the most boring characters from that region.

Overall, the show was good and worth a watch. I just personally think it is far from the best show ever and I have my fair share of gripes.
 
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Just finished Matrix 3. Somehow I have never watched 2 and 3 before, and I am surprised to find out that they are more anime than anime :LOL:

Had a great time, anyway. Not sure if I will go watch Resurrection soon. Let's see.
 

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Just have your expectations in check and you enjoy it very much, its not a revolutonary cinematic moment, its a Matrix movie in 2021.
Considering how revolutionary the original matrix was, isn't it the same thing?
 

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Considering how revolutionary the original matrix was, isn't it the same thing?
no, because theres nothing new or revolutary in this movie, there is the same stuff that the originals had.
 
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Sadly I have to say I was pretty disappointed with matrix. It was way too self referring and the action was just not that good. Never thought I would see shaky cam in a matrix movie so the action was a blurry mess. But I actually loved the « real world » stuff.
 
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Somehow I have never watched 2 and 3 before, and I am surprised to find out that they are more anime than anime
Have you seen the Animatrix? I recommend it, especially The Second Renaissance. It's a pretty good companion piece to Revolution/Reloaded.

 

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Have you seen the Animatrix? I recommend it, especially The Second Renaissance. It's a pretty good companion piece to Revolution/Reloaded.

Nope. Thanks for the suggestion. Gonna find it later today.
 
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Resurrections was awful. Easily the worst in the franchise... And that's saying a lot given how bad Revolutions was. I can't think of a film has ever let me down so badly as this one considering how excited I was to see the franchise revived. Maybe Whedon's JL? Insane that it's nearly two and half hours long given how paper thin the plot is. The acting is bad all around. It's almost like they were trying to make a parody film.
 
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