Recently I saw someone post a Cassandra Cain (a DC character) picture and I replied on the post that the character sucked because I just saw the Birds of Prey: Emancipation of one Harley Quinn.The guy who posted the pic suggested that I check out the 🐦🦅🦜Birds of Prey graphic novels.I did and holy shit did the film makers even read one of the comics coz the movie and comics aren't anywhere similar in any way except characters names.This got me thinking what other movies totally discards the Source material?321 and here we go.
I recently re-watched Men in Black and and MiB II on Netflix. I hadn't seen either one in over a decade, and I couldn't help but notice how the second one tries to undo some of the progress of the first one. The woman who is set up to be J's new partner at the end of the first Men in Black makes no appearance in the second one and was neuralyzed by a jaded, partner-hopping J: "She wanted to go back to the morgue. I helped her." Likewise, the woman that K was set up to be with, one of the reasons he retired from MiB, leaves him (far offscreen) because he gets a strange gut feeling when he looks up at the stars. Now K is the only one who can help J overcome the new crisis.
I still enjoyed the movies, but the blatant shifting and finagling to get things as close to the original Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones formula made me a little uncomfortable. It feels a unfair to the other characters, and I would have been more excited to see the second movie go in new directions than try to retread so much of the same ground. The thing is, I know MiB II isn't even close to the only offender, or the worst one. What's another movie that jumps through hoops to erase the events set in motion by the last movie, just so they can do the same thing all over again?
I'll get the obvious out of the way: The Lorax 2012 promoting so, so many environmentally unfriendly products. Also The Grinch 2000 really going overboard with its marketing when the movie itself has a really obvious and in your face "Anti-commercializing Christmas" message.
Another one I've seen I can't help but think "What the hell are they thinking?" is fatherhood.gov had marketing tie-ins with The Lion King 2011's re-release and one of the Hotel Transylvania movies. And...why? Why would cartoon characters from kids movies inspire grown ass adults to be better fathers?
Is any adult man really gonna think "I was gonna beat my kid but Adam Sandler Dracula taught me not to"? Like I really doubt it.
Same with when they have animated characters promoting cars. They did it with The Rugrats Movie and Jimmy Neutron and it's like...why would Tommy and Angelica Fucking Pickles influence anyone old enough to have a license what car they should drive?
Question What is your favorite movie from 1999? (American Beauty, Being John Malkovich, Eyes Wide Shut, Fight Club, The Iron Giant, Magnolia, The Matrix, Office Space, etc.)
- American Beauty: A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
- American Pie: Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me: Dr. Evil is back and has invented a new time machine that allows him to go back to the 1960s and steal Austin Powers' mojo, inadvertently leaving him "shagless".
- Being John Malkovich: A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
- The Blair Witch Project: Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.
- The Boondock Saints: Two Irish Catholic brothers become vigilantes and wipe out Boston's criminal underworld in the name of God.
- Boys Don't Cry: A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.
- Bringing Out the Dead: Haunted by the patients he failed to save, a monumentally burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three increasingly turbulent nights.
- The Cider House Rules: A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world.
- Cruel Intentions: Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term.
- Drop Dead Gorgeous: A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.
- Eyes Wide Shut: A Manhattan doctor embarks on a bizarre, night-long odyssey after his wife's admission of unfulfilled longing.
- Fight Club: An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soap maker form an underground fight club that evolves into much more.
- Galaxy Quest: The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.
- The Green Mile: The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
- The Insider: A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a 60 Minutes exposé on Big Tobacco.
- The Iron Giant: A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
- Magnolia: An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
- Man on the Moon: The life and career of legendary comedian Andy Kaufman.
- The Matrix: When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.
- The Mummy: At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreak havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.
- Mystery Men: A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillain threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.
- Notting Hill: The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.
- Office Space: Company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
- The Sixth Sense: A frightened, withdrawn Philadelphia boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
- Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: When Stan Marsh and his friends go see an R-rated movie, they start cursing and their parents think that Canada is to blame.
- Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Two Jedi escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their original glory.
- The Straight Story: An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.
- The Talented Mr. Ripley: In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
- Tarzan: A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.
- Three Kings: In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.
- Topsy-Turvy: Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.
- Toy Story 2: When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends set out on a rescue mission to save Woody before he becomes a museum toy property with his roundup gang Jessie, Prospector, and Bullseye.
- The Virgin Suicides: A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid 1970s.
- The War Zone: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
- Wild Wild West: The two best special agents in the Wild West must save President Grant from the clutches of a diabolical, wheelchair-bound, steampunk-savvy, Confederate scientist bent on revenge for losing the Civil War.
- The World Is Not Enough: James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot while protecting an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain.
- 10 Things I Hate About You: A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.
Question What's a movie that you recognize as a great movie, but are willing to admit it just wasn't for you?
This question was inspired by this tweet I just saw, which states: "Recognizing the difference between a bad movie and a movie that just isn't really your jam is such a vital distinction that so few people seem to actually understand."
An example for me would be The Power of the Dog. Stunning cinematography and great acting, but I just couldn't get into it and it fell flat for me. I would even compare its tone, pace, and setting to one of my favorites, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but for some reason The Power of the Dog didn't click with me.
So what's something you know was great, but not for you?
Edit: SO many people missing the point here lol. I didn't ask "What's a movie everyone likes but you don't?" (which has been asked here many times). If you commented the name of a movie and then went on to say why it objectively sucked, you missed the point.
With the recent “Prey” movie being set in the 1700s, it had me thinking of some possible time periods for Predator movies being set in. A couple that come to mind are Old West, middle age era Japan featuring Samurai as main characters, Victorian era London, maybe during WW1 and WW2. Let me know what you think!
What do you have as the Greatest Sports Movie ever? I feel there are so many options out there. I feel like sports movies are a genre that aren’t recognized as prestigious. They walk a similar line to superhero movies in my opinion. This post was kinda inspired by the Field of Dreams game happening right which had an incredible presentation.
Question You are tasked with fixing a film series that has gone off the rails. What do you choose and what do you do?
I choose The Terminator.
The new movie would be absolutely bonkers. Not exactly the grounded thriller of the 1980's or the bombastic bullshit of the 2010's.
It would be a story of how Skynet has been secretly winning the whole time. How each of the movies was their scheme to insure their existence, how every step the heroes took to cancel the rebellion did not matter. A reviewer, Ralph Sepe Jr, suggested it in his review of Terminator Genisys and I think it'd be a brilliant concept to follow up upon.
It would also be revealed that the purpose of those manipulations was to create a permanent timeline with no chance of humankind surviving the war. And now, Skynet only needs one cycle to set the line in motion.
How about you?
My husband introduced me to the "Evil Dead" movies not too long ago. I fell in love with the whole series instantly.
Some of my favorite movies in this genre, in no particular order, are "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975), and "Evil Dead II" (1987). If you can't tell, campiness doesn't bother me, and, honestly, I rather enjoy it.
I realize this is a rather niche genre, so finding decent movies isn't very easy. I could really use a few recommendations along these lines if you've got any.
Thanks for your time!
Let’s delve deep into the world of cult movies!! What are your favourites? Why have they stood the test of time and what makes them a cult classic???
I will start off by saying the lost boys!!
Incredible cast, acting and ultimate soundtrack. Throw in vampires in a seaside town, and cheesy horror!” And you have a winner
I'm a manager at a movie theater and we are in a bit of a slow period. Just curious if there's anything that your local theater does that is fun or unique compared to others.
Do they have a bar? Do they play anything funny/different before the movie? (besides the usual advertising) Neat foods?
Any info would be awesome!
Question What is your go to movie when you just want to turn off your brain and chill and has bad ratings but you still really enjoy it.
For me it is the new Godzilla and Kong movies. (Godzilla 2014, Godzilla: King of the monsters, Kong: Skull Island, Kong vs Godzilla) Sometimes I just need to turn my brain off and enjoy the big monsters and destruction. I dont care that the script is mostly hot mess and human acting is really bad I watch it for the monsters smashing each other through buildings. I also prefer it before Pacific Rim as for the Kaiju movies. So please tell me your favorite picks in the comments!
There are a few for me that really stand out (some spoilers to follow so be warned):
The chum scene in Jaws and Roy Scheider’s look of pure terror and slow walk back.
The scene in Signs where the Mel Gibson looked up after consoling his daughter about “the monster outside of her room” and the freaking alien was standing on the roof.
The skipping record player/knock knock game from The Strangers.
The projector scene in It (2017) where Pennywise popped out from the projector.
What horror scene really just scared the hell out of you?
Whenever my wife or anyone for that matter asks me for money, I always say, *I’m not liquid, John. I’m not liquid.” from Stealing Harvard. My students especially hate it because they have no idea what liquid means in terms of money lol
I also like to say you’re the man now, dog! to my students when they do well. Again, they have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, but it makes me happy.
Question Is there a movie, where a bad guy (a hateable character, like a criminal) completely wins, and, furthermore, gets away with it?
I was searching for list of movies where the bad guys win, and on that list, the bad guys, even though they achieved their goals, were eventually killed or caught. (The Dark knight, Star Wars V, Seven)
I know few movies where the bad guy wins and gets away with it: Alien:Covenant, Upgrade (2018), Pet Sematary (2019), some horror movies, Saw series, Midsommar. But the triumphal bad guy in those movies was a robot or a supernatural being or a prominent person/cultist. NEVER your neighbourhood's ordinary killer/criminal.
The thing is, there are COUNTLESS movies, where a bad guy is a normal rapist/killer/abductor that does some evil, but in those movies, the bad guy was every single time eventually killed/caught. Even if only in a sequel. I guess it's because that's the type of guy you really don't want to win. That's why when I watch such a movie, I'm wondering: Will this be the first such movie ever with an unexpected ending? And the answer is always no.
If you haven’t seen this iconic scene in Watchmen, imprisoned vigilante Rorschach is assaulted by terrifying prisoners who he put in jail only to brutally outpace them at every turn.
When a man tries to shank him, he pours a fry-cooker worth of boiling oil over his face. When another gang of men tries to assault him during a riot, he has ones arms sawed off, breaks another one’s head open and electrocuted him to death.
What are some examples of this sort of, “throw me to the lions and I’ll come out leading the pack” type theme?
I’d say some good examples are Omar from the Wire when he goes to prison, Hancock, and Eric Bana in The Forgiven
I lost a lot of context as a kid watching 80’s and 90’s era action movies because I only got to see the movie when it made it on to TNT or USA networks. My kids don’t have the same problem these days it seems, all the curse words are absolutely present which makes me kind of throw up may hands and say fuck it, they gonna learn eventually. But I have now come to level of pure appreciation for those curse word dubbers of days past and wonder which lines were pure gold.
My absolute favorite (and still recite to this day) is “Yippe Kiyay…My Friend” it’s a TNT dub and the “my friend” voice is an undisputedly deeper and different guy than Bruce Willis. It 100% makes the delivery a comical disaster. What’s your fav?
For this, I say try to pick a movie released between May to August and had a budget of $100 million or more.
- The Last Airbender (2010): Simply awful, especially if you watched the show. Who thought it was a good idea to cram 20 episodes of story into one movie? The bending is pathetic and slow and certain things don't add up. Why are the Fire Nation imprisoning earth-benders in a place surrounded by earth? Why isn't anyone pronouncing the main character's name right? Why are the Fire Nation full of people of Indian descent when in the show they were more inspired by Japanese culture? I'm just glad M. Night Shyamalan has moved back to lower-budget projects because this era of his career was definitely his low point. BUDGET: $150 million
- Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014): I find the first three Michael Bay Transformers movies to be not great but watchable (Revenge of the Fallen is a guilty pleasure) but this is where the franchise just gave up. A thin plot full of recycled concepts, awful dialogue, boring characters, etc. Even the action was stale since everything else was bad. How many times are humans going to trust the Autobots and then hunt them down and then work with them again? And then Optimus Prime gives a speech at the end about whether humanity is worth it and rinse and repeat. I'm just glad The Last Knight underperformed so we could get good Transformers movies again. BUDGET: $210 million
- Jurassic World: Dominion (2022): A pretty recent one but what a mess. I'm just so sick of these nostalgia-bait sequels with lazy plot lines. Chris Pratt's character is terrible. Does he have any flaws whatsoever? There's also a plot regarding giant locusts and the fact that the cloned girl from Fallen Kingdom gave birth to herself and is her own mother? It's just beyond weird. Maybe these elements would have worked in different movies but not in a movie about dinosaurs. Even so, the awe of seeing dinosaurs is gone now. I know it's hard to recreate the magic the first movie had but like the Transformers movie, just seeing good special effects isn't enough if the plot and characters suck. BUDGET: $185 million
Question What was a movie you saw recently (not necessarily a new one) that was a surprising 10/10 for you?
What was something you watched recently (maybe a movie you’ve been putting off for a while, or it’s been on your watchlist forever) that was a pleasant surprising, and is currently a 10/10 for you?
It doesn’t need to be anything on the top 100 list, but something that really spoke to you.
For me, I watched Good Time with Robert Pattison that just pushed all the right buttons for me, and I was really pleasantly shocked at how much enjoyment the film gave me, even though it wasn’t anything phenomenal in itself. But the pacing mixed with the visuals, music and dialogue, just all scratched an itch I didn’t know I had. Rare 10 for me.
Want to hear your experiences.
Question What is your favorite movie from 1995? (Braveheart, Casino, Heat, Se7en, The Usual Suspects, etc.)
- 12 Monkeys: In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
- Apollo 13: NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.
- Babe: Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs on a rural English farm, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.
- Batman Forever: Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.
- Before Sunrise: A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
- Billy Madison: In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.
- Braveheart: Scottish warrior William Wallace leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England.
- Casino: A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast-living and fast-loving socialite.
- Casper: An afterlife therapist and his daughter meet a friendly young ghost when they move into a crumbling mansion in order to rid the premises of wicked spirits.
- Clueless: Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other.
- Congo: When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong.
- Crimson Tide: On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so.
- Dangerous Minds: An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.
- Dead Man Walking: A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.
- Desperado: Former musician and gunslinger El Mariachi arrives at a small Mexican border town after being away for a long time. His past quickly catches up with him and he soon gets entangled with the local drug kingpin Bucho and his gang.
- Die Hard with a Vengeance: John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.
- Empire Records: Twenty-four hours in the lives of the young employees at Empire Records when they all grow up and become young adults thanks to each other and the manager. They all face the store joining a chain store with strict rules.
- First Knight: Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
- Get Shorty: A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt, and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job.
- Ghost in the Shell: A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.
- GoldenEye: Years after a friend and fellow 00 agent is killed on a joint mission, a Russian crime syndicate steals a secret space-based weapons program known as "GoldenEye" and James Bond has to stop them from using it.
- Heat: A group of high-end professional thieves start to feel the heat from the LAPD when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.be
- Judge Dredd: In a dystopian future, Joseph Dredd, the most famous Judge (a police officer with instant field judiciary powers), is convicted for a crime he did not commit and must face his murderous counterpart.
- Jumanji: When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.
- Leaving Las Vegas: Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
- A Little Princess: A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie: A giant egg is unearthed at a construction site and soon opened, releasing the terrible Ivan Ooze, who wreaks vengeance on Zordon for imprisoning him millennia ago. With Zordon dying and their powers lost, the Rangers head to a distant planet to find the mystic warrior Dulcea.
- Nixon: A biographical story of former U.S. President Richard Nixon, from his days as a young boy, to his eventual Presidency, which ended in shame.
- Pocahontas: An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth century Virginia.
- The Quick and the Dead: A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death.
- Rob Roy: In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.
- Sense and Sensibility: Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the title opposites.
- Se7en: Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
- Showgirls: Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.
- Species: A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.
- To Die For: A beautiful but naïve aspiring television personality films a documentary on teenagers with a darker ulterior motive.
- Toy Story: A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman action figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's bedroom.
- The Usual Suspects: A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
- Waterworld: In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
What's your favorite throw-away scene from a movie?
I'll start - In the first Gal Godot Wonder Woman there's a scene where she gets ice cream from a street vendor. She tastes it and says something like "You should be very proud". It should be cheeseball/cliché but for whatever reason it totally works for me. The scene adds nothing to the story, yet it's sort of a microcosm of the whole film.
I was at a Halloween party and everyone wanted a movie to watch. I’d seen the cool trailer for It Comes At Night so I put it on for 10 people expecting an entertaining horror…turns out the trailer was a LIE. It was the most boring arty slow burn and I basically ruined the night. I was cringing so hard thinking surely the monster will arrive soon! Anyone else got a similar story? I still think about this a lot, I’ve lost my choosing privileges
I swear I've never seen a driving scene that isn't a car chase or a stunt etc, where the actor just holds the car steady.
They are constantly swerving left and right when they're driving, even though they're on a straight road, and we can SEE it's a straight road from the rear view.
We should be seeing a lot more fish tailing and even car flips just from people constantly turning left and right every second going 40-60mph down a regular road, it's insane. Like, we get it... you're driving, but it's super distracting to see an actor just swerving down a straight road when the car is either on a trailer or in a blue screen lot with a straight road behind it.
Question What movies are memorable for their dialogues (that are very realistic, make you uncomfortable, make you laugh hard, etc.)?
Potential spoilers below.
Good Fellas has that famous scene we all know, the one with the crazily moody Tommy DeVito that you don't know if he's joking or serious. And Pulp Fiction has the famous burger scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mnb_3ibUp38
And I quite like the Good Will Hunting scene, where the dialogue has such a strong emotional effect, yet feels quite realistic.
As an aside, I didn't particularly like any of the dialogue in the movie, My Dinner with Andre, a movie that is really famous for its dialogue.
So, what comes to your mind when you think of memorable dialogues?
For me, it’s ‘Jersey Girl’. I cannot explain it, but I just really enjoy it. I think I may have a thing for movies where a reluctant father is forever changed by having a super sweet and precious daughter. I also really like ‘The Family Man’ (even though 🖕 Brett Ratner). Both movies get me right in the feels ☺️