Open Thread: Movies

(by chris the cynic)

What’s the most recent good movie you’ve watched? ¬†Failing that, wax poetic about movies.


7 thoughts on “Open Thread: Movies

  1. Firedrake October 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Some recent-ish films that cause me to have a faint glimmer of hope for the industry as a whole:

    Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
    The Cabin in the Woods
    Europa Report

  2. Silver Tyger (@SilvercatTyger) October 3, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Pacific Rim! Oh, god, Pacific Rim!

  3. chris the cynic October 3, 2013 at 10:04 am

    The most important question in Pacific Rim: Why did only Series 3 have escape pods.

    If Series 4 had kept the escape pods then none of the Series 4 pilots in the movie would have died. If Series 5 had kept the escape pods then the only pilot who would have died would be the one who was going to die anyway because piloting a robot again was deadly to him.

    Instead of having only one pilot die we have only three pilots live (the two Series 3 pilots in their escape pods and the one who had to sit the final battle out because he was injured.)

    Of all of the things you’re going to throw out when moving on to the bigger and better version why the HELL would the escape pods be one of them?

  4. Lonespark October 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Can I anticipate the delighted rapture of the next Hobbit movie?

    Pacific Rim, yes, good. I think that was the last one I saw. Also I have read nice fanfiction with genderswapped (white guy character. I can’t even remember his name! Raley, or something?).

  5. elliemurasaki October 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm


    Raleigh, is the dude. Do you have a link?

  6. froborr October 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Am I the only person that didn’t like Pacific Rim? It was just another boring action movie where “heroes” and “villains” indistinguishably kill millions of bystanders that no one ever seems to care about, cliched characters, and no original ideas. I really don’t understand what it is that other people see in it.

    I am dreading the next Hobbit movie after how awful the first one was. It was an utter mess of poor pacing, schizoid tone, and inability to choose between being an EPIC ACTION ADVENTURE ™ and staying fateful to the (rather crap to begin with) book.

    But Cabin in the Woods was really good. More recently, I rather liked Iron Man 3? I mean, it wasn’t genius, but it made a nod toward caring about the people caught in the crossfire between hero and villain, and was generally fairly funny, as well as dealing with PTSD in a mostly sympathetic and empathetic way. Also, I have to love a movie made in the U.S. in 2013 that has “You need to get over what happened in New York” as a recurring theme.

  7. Firedrake October 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I wasn’t super enthused by Pacific Rim. While I’m a fan of del Toro in general I found the action muddy and confused and the script and characterisation excessively simplistic.

    I’ve seen the trailer for Hobbit 2. It reminds me that there was once a book of that name. Someone should make a film of it some day.

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