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18 Responses to “BYO Oh-Oh-Oh”

  1. Pete B. says:

    So sad. Not just from a religious perspective, but a historical and architectural one as well.

  2. Js partisan says:

    We never got to see the other six wonders of all time, because they were all destroyed. How this thing survived this fucking long, is freaking amazing. The stone still stands, and the rest can be rebuilt. Fucking fire. I’d love to have seen the colossus at Rhodes, but fucking fire.

  3. leahnz says:

    nothing lasts forever

  4. Stella's Boy says:

    Was really hoping to disagree with the Pet Sematary consensus here, but cannot. It’s just not very good. I like the adult cast but they are given little to do and none is particularly good. Unfortunate that all Rachel gets to do is ask if her husband is OK. The girl is pretty bad and one of the main reasons the movie totally fails to sell the grief of the characters. It looks ugly and cheap. A few effective sequences/boo scares, but overall not much works. Disappointing. Those raves out of SXSW have to be due to the festival high.

    Took my kids to Missing Link. We all had a good time. Very enjoyable. Strong voice cast. Some solid laughs. Moves quickly. Really sucks that it tanked.

  5. Sideshow Bill says:

    Hellboy is a really really bad movie that I somehow enjoyed in the same way I enjoy something like Punisher: Warzone. The monsters were fun, the violence and vulgarity endless, the dialogue mostly exposition or bad jokes. Yet the 2 hours flew by and I laughed and got my $5 worth.

    Some of the visuals were like a Danzig album cover and I appreciated the unapologetic nature of everything. It’s a mess but it’s not boring. Unlike Pet Semetary I think it mostly achieves what it wanted to.

    However, I’ll have completely forgotten by the weekend

  6. Stella's Boy says:

    Nothing wrong with feeling like you got $5 worth. I plan to see Hellboy next week and will be just fine with that.

  7. Bulldog68 says:

    Saw Pet Semetary last night, and sadly agree that it was disappointing. Liked John Lithgow though. Does no one know how to end a horror anymore or has Jordan Peele now cornered that market?

    Totally agree with SB regarding the annoying wife. Amazing that they absolutely failed to capture any sense of loss, and that ending felt like they ran out of toner so they said “awww fuck it.”

    I actually didn’t mind the look of the movie and felt that they could’ve used its smallness to heighten the feeling of claustrophobia which in turn would have heightened the scares. Don’t Breathe of 2016 utilized its basically one location setting to great effect and remains one the last thrillers that I thought was an effective one.

    How people raved about Pet Semetary is puzzling.

  8. leahnz says:

    “that ending felt like they ran out of toner ”

    lao showing your years man, and also accurate (my kid’s at home over the uni break and heard me chuckle, guess what? HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TONER IS)

  9. Bulldog68 says:

    Sadly I can’t help dating myself. Pushing 51 this May and with each passing day I’m getting more and more comfortable with being the old guy in the room who just doesn’t give a flying fuck. My last job my supervisor was 24. Less than half my fucking age. I’ve recently made the decision to remove myself from the corporate world and work independently because my patience seems to be wearing very thin. I’m growing into a pudgy old man with an edge, and I like it.

  10. leahnz says:

    bulldogs are stout, a bit fierce and cuddly so you’re just embracing the aesthetic of your moniker

  11. Bulldog68 says:

    My dad gave me that nickname. He was a wise man.

  12. Sideshow Bill says:

    Pet Semetary feels like they had some neat ideas but forgot to integrate them into a well told story. I had so much hope for it. Even with its flaws the original is better. Lithgow was wasted. This movie makes me kind of angry because I clamored for a remake. Be careful what you wish for.

  13. Stella's Boy says:

    PS was a remake I was excited about, too. But yeah it pales in comparison to the original in just about every way.

    I really liked Destroyer. It’s an overly familiar story and the cliches pile up quickly but that didn’t stop me from liking it. I love Karyn Kusama and Kidman is great and while it’s grim I also found it to be a rewarding watch. It looks fantastic, the supporting cast is solid, and it’s highly engaging despite the familiarity. Not at all surprised it tanked though.

  14. Hcat says:

    Could Destroyer have had more working against it? Kidman really hasn’t been on the A list for a decade or so now, the subject matter is pretty rough, and it was put out in the most competitive week of the year by a new and small distributer (alongside a project with more commercial potential).

    Its certainly on my list to see but given the uphill climb it had I am actually impressed it made as much as it did.

    So is Shazam just the number one movie until Avengers?

  15. Stella's Boy says:

    That’s fair Hcat. It never played near me while at the time of its release movies with a much lower profile did. Does La Llorona have a chance to beat Shazam this weekend? Seems like it does. Horror is hot. Wan connection helps.

  16. Hcat says:

    For some reason I thought Llorona was next week, but I guess that is Endgame already.

    Any wild predictions?

    I’m betting that thanks to the timestone Cap finally gets that dance.

  17. leahnz says:

    never forget: ripley’s report on the xenomorph for the colonial marines was ALSO on disk

    (‘destroyer’ has been on my must-see list for ages and i’ve somehow managed to miss it at every turn, this shall not stand)

  18. palmtree says:

    I think Destroyer is worth seeing, but I thought it should have been much better than it was. Seemed more concerned with style than substance. I really want Karyn Kusama to succeed and really liked The Invitation too, and I even saw the movie with her in attendance. My hope is she’s building her chops toward another project that will be the masterpiece she’s truly capable of.

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