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Its time we started a new movies thread to discuss the movies we're watching.

Today I'll start with a biggie. I was fortunate enough to score a free ticket to the new Star Wars movie - The Rise of Skywalker. Without spoiling anything I can give this mini review...

They should call this movie Star Wars Bill & Ted Edition or maybe Finn and Rey's Excellent Adventure. I say this because every time someone was saved only seconds from dying, or every time they needed to find someone or something, whatever they needed was there just when and where they needed it right in the nick of time. I was reminded of the scene in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure where they pull keys and guns out of thin air by saying that in the future they would go back in time and place those items right when and where they needed them. It happens so often I lost count.

There was loads of action, even by Star Wars standards. I think the script writer must have ADHD or something because the movie jumps from one intense scene to the other so quickly you hardly have time to comprehend it all. The plot is very thin and there are not too many surprises but that said it was fun and entertaining. It is funny and sad and corny and all the usual Star Wars things, including inconsistent and improbable. Best not to think too hard about how and why a lot of things happen otherwise you will find a lot of plot holes in everything. It ties up a lot of loose ends and hopefully they can leave it be now, though that is probably asking too much of the suits at Disney.

I give it a 3 out of 5.

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19 December 2019 - 6:20am
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Testing out the new button to hide your spoilers. Use the eyeball button in the comment toolbar if you're going to post spoilers in here. Like so:

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Probably no surprise to some but this movie has plot similarities to Return of the Jedi. There are even ewoks in this movie.

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My son and I are really jealous of you! We've got tickets for tomorrow after he gets out of school, and he's so geeked.

I can't wait to discuss with you!

I'll say that for a movie I got to watch recently was Joker. I freaking loved it. It's so dark, and you get to see the descent into what turned a disturbed man into a criminal. Not a lot of action, but its so good, as its a psychological deal.

I also used this Bigscreen VR app to watch Ghost in the Shell (the new one). That app is cool, as you can buy a movie ticket in this VR cinema, and you can watch with other people or choose to watch in your own room or an empty theater.

The experience was cool, as the movie was in 3D. Since you're wearing a headset, you don't have the stupid glasses to put on. The 3D effects look a lot better in VR, and it really made the experience great for me. I watched with my brother and we both dug it. If they can get new movie releases in the set, I think they may have something that could get popular.

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I'll say that for a movie I got to watch recently was Joker. I freaking loved it. It's so dark, and you get to see the descent into what turned a disturbed man into a criminal. Not a lot of action, but its so good, as its a psychological deal.

I've heard good things about it as well, thanks for the review slim, definitely worth watching then.

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19 December 2019 - 6:53pm
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Testing out the new button to hide your spoilers. Use the eyeball button in the comment toolbar if you're going to post spoilers in here. Like so:

Enjoy.

Yeah I was going to ask you about this Ed, thanks for the explanation.

Nice job👍

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Although I'm still not sure there what's the point in that feature..😛

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It is useful for hiding things that people who have not seen a movie might not want to know about before watching it themselves. Its just polite to use I guess.

I've got Joker on my list to watch. It will be hard to top the Heath Ledger joker as he was incredible in The Dark Knight.

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It is useful for hiding things that people who have not seen a movie might not want to know about before watching it themselves. Its just polite to use I guess.

Yeah, I didn't thought of that from that perspective...it make sense now.

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It is useful for hiding things that people who have not seen a movie might not want to know about before watching it themselves. Its just polite to use I guess.

I've got Joker on my list to watch. It will be hard to top the Heath Ledger joker as he was incredible in The Dark Knight.

I loved the Heath Ledger version, but man... this one may be better. They're obviously two very different Jokers in the story, but this one gets so deep in that it's fascinating.

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It is useful for hiding things that people who have not seen a movie might not want to know about before watching it themselves. Its just polite to use I guess.

I've got Joker on my list to watch. It will be hard to top the Heath Ledger joker as he was incredible in The Dark Knight.

belive me phoenix kicks ledger's ass so hard...for me it is his best performance so far !
but i bet joker is far from what you expect....

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Last movies I saw in a theater were Bohemian Rhapsody and Judy.Renee will take the Oscar in 2020.

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Last movies I saw in a theater were Bohemian Rhapsody and Judy.Renee will take the Oscar in 2020.

bohemian rhapsody was great

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mucho gusto! my friends
i am a movie nerd since i saw my first film in a movie theater at the age
of four the movie was pete's dragon...since a few years now i am watching
less movies and more and more tv shows. it has become quite rare that I say:
i can't wait to see this movie...but joker with joaquin phoenix as joker was
one of those films that i was really excited about.

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if you expect to whatch a pice of marvels superhero popcorn blockbuster
universe then please forget about that...this flic is a drama thoroughly
but stay tuned because this is a masterpiece

joaquin phoenix is a great actor and i love to watch him play. in joker he play's
the roll of arthur fleck. arthur fleck is a person who stands on the margins of society
he is very depressed and has a kind of intellectual disability. he earns his money
as a clown that anyone can book for all kinds of events and he dreams of coming
out big as a stand up comedian.
but arthur fleck is disregarded by the society and has to take one deep blow after another...and then comes the day that changes everything but unfortunately not
for the better.

i never expected a film like this from writer and director todd phillips
who previously made films like hangover
the film is set in the 70s but it is scary what you can draw to today's society. it is
socially critical and sometimes acts as a warning of how our society is developing in a negative direction. this film is intense, disturbing, oppressive, sad but also funny
in the short term...it is a masterpiece and joaquin phoenix plays as if there was no
tomorrow ... and without having seen many of the oscar candidates (best actor),
phoenix is at the top of the list with his performance for me.

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Great review vomvom12, I am even more keen to see it now. I am so sick of the Marvel stuff.

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thanks Ed i like your star wars review too...
i mean i never liked the marvel superhero stuff but now it is an absolut sellout..
maybe i'm too demanding when it comes to films...anyway i am going to watch
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So what did you guys think of the new Star Wars?

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sometimes you can even find one of the new film releases in good quality
on the internet as a stream. and i don't mean those filmed on the screen
where you can hear the background noise from the cinema on the soundtrack.
you really can't do that to yourself.
at first glance the new star wars looked like one of these good copies
but streamed on the large display of my tv i could not watch it longer then 2 minutes
befor i quit it...damn it and I was so looking forward to it
so now i have to wait or go to the cinma after christmas

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I haven't yeat seen the new Star Wars but all I'm hearing from other people is great disappointment. On another note, lately I've been obsessing with Crime/Detective documentaries or docuseries, anything you could recommend me guys?

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I haven't yeat seen the new Star Wars but all I'm hearing from other people is great disappointment. On another note, lately I've been obsessing with Crime/Detective documentaries or docuseries, anything you could recommend me guys?

this one is worth watching: making a murderer

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Yes and also check out The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Its about this multimillionaire son of a New York real estate tycoon who is suspected of killing three people. The case is so bizarre it is hard to believe it could be true and almost impossible that he could be innocent.

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Yes and also check out The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Its about this multimillionaire son of a New York real estate tycoon who is suspected of killing three people. The case is so bizarre it is hard to believe it could be true and almost impossible that he could be innocent.

yeah Ed i saw his one as well...realy strange stuff
btw: i saw star wars yesterday...or should i say i started star wars
yesterday...i held out for 45 minutes then unfortunately i had to switch off that misery ... didn't want to mess up with star wars completely
in the past few month i saw rogue one 2 times again and then the first
8 episods of the andalorian and both are realy good parts of the hole thing imo...
but then whatching the new film was like a punch in the face...
the cast is so bad...

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I know what you mean. The first 20 minutes is so all over the place with such speed that it is like watching three different movies at once. No character development or anything, just jumping from one action scene to the next. It seemed like they were trying to to tick off all the fan demands as quickly as possible.

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I don't know if you got that far into it but it would have been far better if they had actually had the balls to let Chewbacca actually die when you thought he did. Same goes for Princess Leia in the last movie before she did that awful Mary Poppins in space manoeuvre. If you didn't, he is captured and put in a transport ship that Rey accidentally destroys while it is taking off, but later on we find out there was a second transport. As we walked out of the cinema my son says "why did Rey think Chewie was dead when a little later she could sense he was alive far away on a huge spaceship." Good point, I told him that there are a lot of things like that in Star Wars and if you think about it all it kind of unravels.

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I havent been to the theater in so long, and didnt really care to either . But after reading some of the excitement above I feel compelled to go catch a flick. Love the spoiler button deal, it's awesome.

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I know what you mean. The first 20 minutes is so all over the place with such speed that it is like watching three different movies at once. No character development or anything, just jumping from one action scene to the next. It seemed like they were trying to to tick off all the fan demands as quickly as possible.

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I don't know if you got that far into it but it would have been far better if they had actually had the balls to let Chewbacca actually die when you thought he did. Same goes for Princess Leia in the last movie before she did that awful Mary Poppins in space manoeuvre. If you didn't, he is captured and put in a transport ship that Rey accidentally destroys while it is taking off, but later on we find out there was a second transport. As we walked out of the cinema my son says "why did Rey think Chewie was dead when a little later she could sense he was alive far away on a huge spaceship." Good point, I told him that there are a lot of things like that in Star Wars and if you think about it all it kind of unravels.

no I didn't make it this far...
but I know myself when I have calmed down again I will definitely try again
and maybe this time I'll make it to the end

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clearly they are too cowardly to let a popular figure like chewbacca die...!

this is also a reason why I like rogue one so much. no new heroes are built up here and all sympathizers die in the end

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So, I was a fan of the new Star Wars. I always gauge the movies as: Did I have fun? The answer here is yes. Sure, there are some huge plot holes, and the action is all over the place. Still, the movie was a lot of fun, and I liked seeing it all wrapped up.

The only two movies I didn't like in the saga were Episodes 1 and 2. 3 wasn't great, and neither was 8, but still thought had redeeming properties to them (save Leia doing her Mary Poppins).

I'm a huge fan of the OT, but even that has holes and what have you that can be criticized if you look hard enough. I think for a lot of people, they grew up on the OT and give it a break in that respect.

The Mandalorian itches that old-school itch for me though. I finished the season last week and can't wait for the new one to come out. Fall 2020 can't come fast enough!

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Agreed, The Mandalorian is way ahead of the recent movies in almost every respect. It helps having a longer running series so the writers can properly and slowly tell a story rather than just shoot and blow stuff up every 5 minutes.

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I can't wait for season 2. I want to see where the two of them go. I also like the Cara Dune character a lot. Let's see her in a slave Leia bikini in her own series.

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Is the new Star Wars really that bad? I'm gonna watch it soon but all I've heard is disappointment from people.

Offtopic- I saw the new show called Spinning Out- I have never been a fan of figure scating but that show is so great, filled with intense drama. It's one of the best shows I've seen in a while!

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Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood haunted me for days. I am not one to cry, but this movie had a profound effect on me. The more you know about the Manson family history and Sharon Tate's situation and last moments, and her mother's fight to keep these monster's behind bars, the more this movie will stay with you. Once Upon a Time. If only everyone could live Happily Ever After. Worth a watch!

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Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood haunted me for days. I am not one to cry, but this movie had a profound effect on me. The more you know about the Manson family history and Sharon Tate's situation and last moments, and her mother's fight to keep these monster's behind bars, the more this movie will stay with you. Once Upon a Time. If only everyone could live Happily Ever After. Worth a watch!

Oh that's a really nice suggestion! I recently saw a documentary where they touch-based on the Manson murders and it's insane how it became an actual cult.

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I saw the new Jumanji movie with my son on the weekend. Now I haven't seen the previous new one so if you have you may think there are no surprises and that its all the same again (which was what my son said). I thought it was great, it was a fun movie, very funny, good for families, and they could get away with all the ridiculous and unbelievable stunts because it is all set inside a video game.

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I saw the new Jumanji movie with my son on the weekend. Now I haven't seen the previous new one so if you have you may think there are no surprises and that its all the same again (which was what my son said). I thought it was great, it was a fun movie, very funny, good for families, and they could get away with all the ridiculous and unbelievable stunts because it is all set inside a video game.

The original was surprisingly good as well. I definitely recommend it as a good watch with the kids.

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Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood haunted me for days. I am not one to cry, but this movie had a profound effect on me. The more you know about the Manson family history and Sharon Tate's situation and last moments, and her mother's fight to keep these monster's behind bars, the more this movie will stay with you. Once Upon a Time. If only everyone could live Happily Ever After. Worth a watch!

This one is on my list, Hope. I have a long flight coming up, and I think I'm gonna download that one to watch on the way.

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Is the new Star Wars really that bad? I'm gonna watch it soon but all I've heard is disappointment from people.

The new Star Wars is good, blck. It's all about expectations. If you want a fun movie, you're going to get a fun movie. If you're going in with the expectations that the thing is going to be super deep, you're going to be disappointed.

Those critiquing the hell out of this movie are the same ones who overlook that Luke passionately kissed his sister twice (TWICE!) in the OT, and that somehow Anakin is the most powerful Jedi ever and the technology in the galaxy is so advanced that they have lightspeed travel, but they couldn't tell that his pregnant wife was carrying twins.

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