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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    edited April 2019
    kojack said:
    The Dark Crystal is a classic Jim Henson movie. It's basically children's horror, it's a pretty dark movie, but also great. It certainly has a different look and feel to Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. His next movie, Labyrinth, continued the dark theme, but was a bit more kid friendly (some comedy, some cute characters and singing, compared to The Dark Crystal's serious and kind of grotesque designs) .
    I saw The Dark Crystal when I was about 10 or 11 and parts of it scared me, but I loved it.

    If you haven't seen Labyrinth, try that one too. David Bowie rocks as the goblin king.
    I've seen Labyrinth a few times, have the DVD - it's also out in a new glorious 4K HDR version: 

    Image result for labyrinth 4k version

    Not sure I'll buy many of these old movies again, somehow feels like buying very old wine in brand new bottles. This user review from IMDB convinced me to buy The Dark Crystal - and the review more or less sold the movie to my 11 year old son  :D

    "The Dark Crystal is a fantastic film made by Jim Henson. It truly is one of those movies that prove what a genius he was, and that his genius stretched past Kermit and Big Bird. However…I always have mixed feelings about this movie.

    [...]

    This movie is a visual feast. It is absolutely amazing what Henson managed to do with the muppets and the worlds he created. As many have said it is even more amazing to see it in comparison to today's CGI and advanced special effects, and appear superior. The plot is also solid, with lots of meaning and spirit. However…I personally always found the film difficult to enjoy. As a child this movie gave me horrible nightmares, as it did for many other people. This is probably high on the list of traumatizing children's movies! So parents be forewarned, this shouldn't be shown to children under age 8, or even those a bit older who scare easily. In fact, adults can still find many aspects of this film disturbing, including scary characters, music, voices, and actions. One of the most disturbing aspects is how the skeksies would suck the "essence" (soul) out of podlings, drink it to prolong their own youth, and then make the podlings into slaves. As an adult I can look past the scary parts to recognize how well the film is made and written, but I still find it difficult to enjoy. That aside, it's definitely worth a watch."
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  • kojackkojack Posts: 6,014 Volunteer Moderator
    The Black Hole is another one of the dark kids movies I used to love, but watching it on DVD actually hurts the experience. For anybody that doesn't know it, it's a Disney scifi movie that has a lot of stuff that really isn't suitable for children. But when I was 6 I had coloring books of it, sticker books, a 33rpm record of the movie audio, etc.
    The problem is that the DVD and above have such a clear picture that the wire work used for the flying robots and anti grav stuff becomes glaringly obvious.
    Otherwise still an awesome scifi movie. It's gotten a bit of a resurgence on places like Imgur due to the recent black hole photo.

    Maximilian is still the scariest robot in any scifi movie. Well, the Saturn 3 robot was pretty messed up, but Maximilian wins.

  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    edited April 2019
    kojack said:
    The Black Hole is another one of the dark kids movies I used to love, but watching it on DVD actually hurts the experience. For anybody that doesn't know it, it's a Disney scifi movie that has a lot of stuff that really isn't suitable for children. But when I was 6 I had coloring books of it, sticker books, a 33rpm record of the movie audio, etc.
    The problem is that the DVD and above have such a clear picture that the wire work used for the flying robots and anti grav stuff becomes glaringly obvious.
    Otherwise still an awesome scifi movie. It's gotten a bit of a resurgence on places like Imgur due to the recent black hole photo.

    Maximilian is still the scariest robot in any scifi movie. Well, the Saturn 3 robot was pretty messed up, but Maximilian wins.

    Dr. Reinhardt and Maximilian are awesome, I've got the DVD - saw that movie in my childhood too and always loved it. Even got the comics, like:

    Image result for black hole disney comics 
    Image result for black hole disney comics

    That movie would be great to have in 4K + HDR, havent checked if it's available or coming... 

    Update: Just checked, seems like only the DVD is available. 
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  • kojackkojack Posts: 6,014 Volunteer Moderator

    My 33 album. :)

    Oh, I just had an idea... hang on a minute...

    Ok, I just found a Maximilian mesh on the net and converted it to Oculus Home format. Scale is roughly right (he's about 1.93m apparently).




  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,300 Valuable Player
    Wasn't sure where to post this but technically it's a film so here is good enough, it's fucking hilarious lololol



     :D:D:D

    Makes me want to go out and film random buildings.
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    Zenbane said:
    Here's some Avengers: End Game hype!




    Seems like some of the old comic art collectors also went to see the movie - here's a quote from the ComicArt-L e-mail discussion list  :D

    "Don’t know if this was already mentioned but don’t wait through the credits this time. No extra bits at the end. Oh, and make sure you go to the bathroom before, this is a long one."
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    kojack said:

    My 33 album. :)

    Oh, I just had an idea... hang on a minute...

    Ok, I just found a Maximilian mesh on the net and converted it to Oculus Home format. Scale is roughly right (he's about 1.93m apparently).





    BTW, if you want to know how the story continues you need the comic books - did you know of the ultra-rare #4?  (There're 4 books in total published in 1980, I think the first two contain the same story as the movie) B)


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  • kojackkojack Posts: 6,014 Volunteer Moderator
    Hmm, I see two things in that pic that didn't survive the movie.
  • kojackkojack Posts: 6,014 Volunteer Moderator
    A 4K restoration of The Shining is on the way.
    It's going to be at Cannes in a couple of weeks, then probably a release sometime later.

  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,889 Valuable Player
    RuneSR2 said:
    Seems like some of the old comic art collectors also went to see the movie - here's a quote from the ComicArt-L e-mail discussion list  :D

    "Don’t know if this was already mentioned but don’t wait through the credits this time. No extra bits at the end. Oh, and make sure you go to the bathroom before, this is a long one."

    It was epic. That's all I will say for now.

    I saw it Sunday morning and then watched the Game of Thrones epic Battle at Winterfell Sunday night. I am literally emotionally drained from these two film experiences! lol

    A very rare moment in film history to get a truly legendary experience from two massive franchises in the same timeframe. I highly recommend that anyone who likes these franchises experience both films in the same 24 hour period.
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    RedRizla said:
    If you like your Zombie films, I just watched Train to Busan. I don't usually like films with subtitles that's why I've never watched it up until now. I'm glad I did though because it's an all action Zombie movie and has great reviews.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Train-Busan-English-Subtitled-Gong/dp/B01MS6I4YJ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Train+to+Busan&qid=1555914261&s=gateway&sr=8-1



    It just arrived from Amazon UK - seems like the zombies took a bite or two first, but luckily the disc is in perfect shape  :D



    Looking forward to see it later tonight!
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    Ok, Train to Busan wasn't 10/10 in my book, but it wasn't bad either. I'm thinking 6/10 would be fine - I never really felt much excitement, similar to Black Summer. Train to Busan seemed too nice - it needs more gore and gruesome happenings. The plot was quite intelligent though (but South Korea does have highest IQ in the world - IQ average about 107 - that why the have Samsung and HTC  B) ), and maybe the movie would be better for teenagers, like my 15 year old stepson. 
    I did connect with the father trying to get his daughter to Busan, and the actors did perform great - but having seen The House That Jack Built, Train to Busan felt more like a nice walk in the park  :D  
    Upscaled from 2K bd to 4K using the Marvell Qdeo video chip the image quality felt like true 4K - actually even better than American Made (the 4K disc version) which I saw just before seeing Train To Busan. Sound was great too. All in all a nice movie that just needed some more gore and truly horrifying ultra-violence  ;)
    I'm thinking an American version could be awesome - like "Train To Bakersfield" (starting in L. A.)  :D
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  • kojackkojack Posts: 6,014 Volunteer Moderator
    The best zombie movies are still Return of the Living Dead 1 & 2. :)
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,300 Valuable Player
    I might have to give that a watch tomorrow, saw it on the US Netflix the other day.

    I watched Bird Box on Netflix s few days ago and really enjoyed it, trailer here:



    I also watched Circle the other day which was awesome, loved it:



     B) 
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  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,949 Valuable Player
    @RuneSR2 - Yes, I'd go with a 6/10 for Train to Busan. It's really difficult finding a movie that is 10/10 because there's so many crappy movies about now. I liked some episodes of Black Summer and think the best was episode 2 that was mainly in a car. The guy driving that car really made me laugh at times and he was my fav character in it.

    I think it takes an age between films before I come across a good one. The House That Jack Built was a good film and a refreshing change due to the fact it made me wince :D

    I'm trying to think of another film I really enjoyed and something like Schindler's List springs to mind. Have you seen that film? It's an old one made in 1993 and at first I thought I'd be put off because it's made in Black & White. After watching it though I thought it was better in Black & White rather then done in colour. I think I've seen most movies in this thred, but going to have a look in case I've missed any.

    What films have you seen that you would rate a 10/10?

  • kojackkojack Posts: 6,014 Volunteer Moderator
    RedRizla said:

    What films have you seen that you would rate a 10/10?
    Redline (the anime, not the crap american one)
    Robocop
    Top Secret
    Alien
    Aliens

    Just off the top of my head.
  • RedRizlaRedRizla Posts: 6,949 Valuable Player
    @kojack - Yeah, I really liked Alien I think it's the only Movie I've watched about eight times. I really like war films too and Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, The Deer Hunter & Apocalypse Now stood out as the best imo. Talking about Alien though, I also really enjoyed the movie Pitch Black and the follow on movies to it.
  • kojackkojack Posts: 6,014 Volunteer Moderator
    edited May 2019
    RedRizla said:
    Talking about Alien though, I also really enjoyed the movie Pitch Black and the follow on movies to it.

    I'm a big Riddick fan. I've got:
    - Pitch Black
    - Chronicles of Riddick
    - Chronicles of Riddick : Dark Fury (animated, by the creator of Aeon Flux)
    - Riddick
    - Escape From Butcher Bay (game)
    - Assault on Dark Athena (game)

    Plus I've got a pair of Ulaks. :)


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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,300 Valuable Player
    There's not many 10/10 films for me:

    Monty Python's Life Of Brian
    Monty Python's Holy Grail
    A Fish Called Wanda
    Star Wars
    Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
    Airplane
    Muppets Christmas Carol
    The Wizard Of Oz
    Alien

    That's about it for me I think.
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    edited May 2019
    Hmmm, 10/10, not sure I'd rate any movie that high - but my favorites may be:

    Alien(s)
    ET
    Blade Runner
    Der Untergang (Downfall)
    The Shining
    The Thing
    Her
    The Exorcist
    Predator
    Lord of the Rings trilogy
    The Deer Hunter
    Gladiator
    No Country for Old Men
    Jaws

    Runners-up: Matrix trilogy, Avatar, Ghost in the Shell (anime), Guardians of the Galaxy and There Will Be Blood. Going to see Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse this weekend, I have high hopes for that movie. Eyes Wide Shut is one of my favorites too - because I think most of us watch that movie with our eyes wide shut  ;)


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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    RedRizla said:
    @RuneSR2 - Yes, I'd go with a 6/10 for Train to Busan. It's really difficult finding a movie that is 10/10 because there's so many crappy movies about now. I liked some episodes of Black Summer and think the best was episode 2 that was mainly in a car. The guy driving that car really made me laugh at times and he was my fav character in it.

    I think it takes an age between films before I come across a good one. The House That Jack Built was a good film and a refreshing change due to the fact it made me wince :D

    I'm trying to think of another film I really enjoyed and something like Schindler's List springs to mind. Have you seen that film? It's an old one made in 1993 and at first I thought I'd be put off because it's made in Black & White. After watching it though I thought it was better in Black & White rather then done in colour. I think I've seen most movies in this thred, but going to have a look in case I've missed any.

    What films have you seen that you would rate a 10/10?


    Did see Schindler's List, but I wasn't that thrilled about it, although it's not bad at all - but I think Der Undergang (Downfall) is much better when it comes to WW2 movies. Black Summer E2 was the best episode - if only they'd kept that energy going :) Bird Box and A Quiet Place were great too.  
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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,300 Valuable Player
    Have just watched The Invitation about a guy and his girlfriend being invited to dinner after his ex has been away for a couple of years following the death of their son. It was excellent.
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  • AfflosparkAfflospark Posts: 5
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    Here is 10/10 list of my watched movies on Netflix
    1. the shawshank redemption
    2. now you see me
    3.  the dark night
    4. Avenger endgame

    You feel trouble to find new movies on Netflix then you can follow this decent article How To Find New Movies On Netflix

    Gladiator is also a good movie but I can't give 10/10 to that.
    Thanks...


  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    edited May 2019
    Saw Spider-verse this weekend, even in 4K HDR with all the bells and whistles. I love the books, but somehow this movie didn't really catch my interest a lot - it never got really exciting, but also it wasn't boring, sound was great though (Atmos). Not sure if it's 6/10 or 7/10 to me - but definitely not 9/10...



    First I thought that I somehow got a bad copy - felt like I was watching the 3D version without glasses, but apparently that's how the movie looks. 
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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,300 Valuable Player
    Here is 10/10 list of my watched movies on Netflix
    1. the shawshank redemption
    2. now you see me
    3.  the dark night
    4. Avenger endgame

    You feel trouble to find new movies on Netflix then you can follow this decent article How To Find New Movies On Netflix

    Gladiator is also a good movie but I can't give 10/10 to that.
    Thanks...



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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    Just saw this one with the family:

    Image result for bumblebee 4k
    Not bad, but definitely not "the best Transformers so far", I'll probably rate it 7/10. Image quality is quite crisp even though it's fake 4K and you get really close to 22-year-old Hailee Steinfeld :blush: - so you can see every pore in her skin ;)
    Special effects were nice, but I miss Michael Bay. It isn't really Transformers without Michael. The story was fine for kids, my 7-year-old son could watch it and liked it a lot. It's a nice prequel for Bay's movies, but little more than that. 
    I'd rate it 7/10, probably 6/10 if it isn't 4K. HDR effects weren't stricking in this movie. 

    This review of image quality is spot on:

    "Bumblebee was digitally photographed, reportedly at a resolution of 3.4K, and finished at 2K. The image offers a noticeable, if not fairly standard, UHD boost to textures and colors over the excellent Blu-ray that make this the definitive home video version of the film, but not necessarily a top-end reference image or a significant leap from 1080p. Human skin details -- pores, hairs -- are more complexly visible, tactile, more easily and readily defined. Environments are appreciably more dense and detailed as well, including the wooded area seen during the paintball exercise that opens the film's story on Earth, Charlie's home, the carnival grounds, or the garage where Charlie spends much of her free time. The scrap yard area is of particular note, where rusted old cars and boats yield a heathy increase in detail over the 1080p image. The digital effects are polished, too, with the upscaled 4K resolution showcasing the various moving parts with a clarity and precision the Blu-ray cannot quite find. The increase in total image sharpness yields a wonderful presentation that plays very well at the larger aspect ratio, effectively pulling the viewer into the film's 1980s man vs. machine world. "
    https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Bumblebee-4K-Blu-ray/222812/

    Sound (Dolby Atmos) was great - I liked hearing some of the old tunes from the 1980s again. 
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    edited June 2019
    Found this one on sale for $16 and saw it yesterday:

    Image result for dark tower 4k

    First half was awesome, maybe even 9/10 in my book, but last half I'd rate 6/10 - total of 7/10 - but also due to awesome photograph-like image quality, life-like colors and HDR in 4K. Seems like they lacked the funding to make a truly great ending. The movie reminded me of The Never Ending Story and maybe also of  Harry Potter. My 11-year-old son rated the movie 8.5/10.  None of us have read the book. The movie is 5.7/10 on IMDB, but I think this dude got it right :-)

    Critics Got This Wrong
    gt223506 August 2017
    My wife and I went to see this movie last night. This is probably the only review I've done in the past 30 years and that's because I believe this was "UNFAIRLY REVIEWED BY CRITICS", so I'm hoping you'll give this movie a shot after reading what I have to say. 

    I almost didn't go because the movie review in USA Today newspaper only gave it one star. Some of the user reviews here didn't seem very enthusiastic about the movie either. I'm 67, retired, and a King fan (I've red The Dark Tower books). My wife is 70, retired and not a King fan (she hasn't read any of the Dark Tower books). Just to provide some additional perspective some of the movies we've seen so far this year and how we rated (in chronological order) The Founder 5, A Dog's Purpose 5, John Wick Chapter 2 5, Logan 6, Kong; Skull Island 7, Beauty and the Beast 7, Power Rangers 5, The Fate of the Furious 8, Guardians of the Galaxy 2nd Vol 8, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Wonder Woman 9, The Mummy 5, Spider Man 6, War for the Planet of the Apes 8, and The Dark Tower 8.

    I was worried standing in line to see the movie so when the previous show got out I started asking people (must have been close to 20) if the liked the show. (Would have asked more except my wife was feeling a little embarrassed.) Everyone said a hearty "Yes" except for one couple who shook their heads and said, "It wasn't like the books" and gave it a thumbs down. After that I was encouraged and looked forward to seeing the movie. I figured most of the critics were slamming it because it didn't follow the books closely. Frankly, from what I've seen, King books have always had a tough time being translated to the big screen. 

    Although this movie didn't follow the books "right on" the main gist of the plot and characters were there so I wasn't disappointed. Contrary to what some other critical and user reviews have said, the plot was cohesive, well thought out, and had similarities to the book. The acting was very well done all around, the action was excellent and was not jittery or blurry. It's easy to connect to the characters and the emotional points of the plot.

    I started with a list of movies we've seen and how we rated so you can compare how similar, or not, your ratings were to put in perspective how likely you'd be to enjoy this movie. I wonder if critics and some users go to movies for reasons different from ours. We just want to see fun, entertaining, well acted movies that have been filmed and directed by good professionals. The ONLY ding we could give this movie was that it wasn't done in a manner similar to "Lord of the Rings" where it's carried out over 3 films with greater detail and depth. That might have been better, but maybe not. Regardless, I wish critics would at least rate movies like this with 2 stars as long as they're fun, well done and entertaining. There's no way this was a one-star film.

    Unless you really need the movie to follow all the outline and plot of the books, I'm extremely confident you'll enjoy this movie. It's well worth going to the show to see. You'll like it!

    This movie was actually real 4K - I just checked - I'm so happy, because I didn't know for sure when we saw it, but I was extremely impressed with the image quality. Seems like I'm starting to be able to really see real 4K vs. fake 4K, and that's often no easy task  B)

    Again the movie nerd* *cough!* movie enthusiasts say it better than I can:

    "The Dark Tower's UHD release supports Dolby Vision. Unfortunately, we are not currently capable of reviewing Dolby Vision but are researching equipment options and will be upgrading in the near future. As for the basic 2160p/HDR10 component, it's a winner. Big time. The image boasts serious upgrades over the Blu-ray, particularly in terms of its textural excellence. The movie was reportedly shot at resolutions of both 3.4K and 6K and finished at 4K, so this is a "true" 4K release rather than another generic upscale. There are moments, and chapter 14 serves as a very good example, where the image matches, if not surpasses, most everything else on the market, whether shot digitally or on film. Facial definition is off the charts intimate and complex, and while some might make a case that there are times it appears a tad overly sharp, there's no mistaking its inherent richness and density. Viewers will see every single bump, pore, scar, and bead of sweat with definition that really cannot be beat. Even considering the digital photography, the movie plays with a very filmic quality about it. It feels big and bold as textural intricacies become commonplace, sharpness abounds, and the movie becomes a wonder of 4K excellence. Even Jake's hair looks amazing, both considering its shapely density and its individual strand detail. Environments are sharp as a tack and revealing of every small surface detail, whether inside Jake's apartment or, late in the movie, a gun shop. The HDR color palette offers a modest boost to overall saturation. Colors enjoy a slight, but crucial, uptick in density and vibrancy, appearing more real and occasionally even leaving otherwise pleasing and even punchy shades on the Blu-ray looking a bit dull by comparison. Black levels are strong and flesh tones appear perfect across the spectrum. No noticeable encode or source anomalies are present, and even noise is muted. This is a fantastic UHD picture that's amongst the finest the format has seen, if not right there at the very top."
     https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Dark-Tower-4K-Blu-ray/184297/


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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,300 Valuable Player
    After watching Joshua get battered I've taken my pills and started to watch The Perfection on Netflix.

    Am almost 40 minutes in and it's horrific lol :open_mouth::D

    I don't mean that as it's a bad film, I mean that as it's going to give me bloody nightmares lmfao. I'm usually pretty good with horror films but this one is pretty gross lololol  :D
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 4,631 Valuable Player
    snowdog said:
    After watching Joshua get battered I've taken my pills and started to watch The Perfection on Netflix.

    Am almost 40 minutes in and it's horrific lol :open_mouth::D

    I don't mean that as it's a bad film, I mean that as it's going to give me bloody nightmares lmfao. I'm usually pretty good with horror films but this one is pretty gross lololol  :D

     Awesome - I'll  watch that tonight - can't be worse than a house built by a dude named Jack :D - In fact I'm not even going to watch the trailer below - no spoilers  o:)  

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  • vannagirlvannagirl Posts: 2,006 Valuable Player
    snowdog said:
    After watching Joshua get battered I've taken my pills and started to watch The Perfection on Netflix.

    Yes never sleep on a Mexican

    umm

    never mind”
    Look, man. I only need to know one thing: where they are. 
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