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The Fall Guy (2024)

The Fall Guy (2024)

This one was fascinating. I watched it with a buddy, at the movies, in a room that'd seat 512 people, yet we were probably no more than ten people in the room, tops...

I really hope we were just there at an odd time, or that this movie's been drawing in killer audiences until we watched it - cause it deserves more!

They had a cinema exclusive message at the start of the film too, with Gosling and the real director (I say real because... well you'll see) thanking the viewers and talking a bit about the film, all the while immaturely texting each other secret messages the audience could see, in a way where it was supposedly clear they were not really intended for us. I love it!

I've seen the message thing done on a couple movies last year, Sista Resan and Ett Sista Race in particular, and their directorial talks were great too, but this was even better. And this was international!

I hope they do more of those on other movies. It's a cool thing.

As for the actual movie?

Well it's a movie within a movie! Where they both script and film a movie in real time, all the while a nefarious scheme is a brewing in the background.
The main actor's mysteriously gone, and the stunt guy needs to get him back... and then when it's all over (more on that soon) we get some actual behind the scenes of 'behind the scenes' scenes in the movie itself!

There are so many layers to it all!

And they get creative with both the filming and the scripting.

They show the details they want you to see, but when it's over we see how they really saw it. Within the movie we see scenes both with and without CGI, as they're filming them, but really only as they are post production.
We just see what they want us to see, because it's all still a part of the movie, and what irony that Ryan Gosling - the guy who plays the stunt guy (the 'Fall Guy' - there are layers to that choice of title too) actually has a stunt guy do his stunts.

Then in the end Momoa - who has a history in stunts also - takes over the lead role, as an actual stunt guy who plays the lead role the lead role was a stunt double for!

I love the way it all connects, and builds. I love the fights, and the stunts, but even more so I love how wholesome and full-circle the story itself is!

It's exciting, witty, romantic, ruthless... with good music, with a fascinating glimpse of the craft behind the film within the film, and it pays homage to the most underappreciated working man there is in this world - the stunt guy! They get their time to shine too. Just you wait.

A hopeless romantic I may be, but this is just best way in the possible savage. Whatever that means.

The actors did a great job too. Respect.

You'd almost think Ryan was the stunt guy, and there's not a single person here who doesn't put on a good show when a situation calls for it.

I wonder if there's more to this that I'm still missing.

I wonder if some of the other actors were legit stunt performers too.

I wonder if there are layers beyond the layers I know and recognize; if I'm still just seeing what they want me to see. It's almost like The Matrix huh. But not really. But like Inception. But like you know what I'm saying right? Like with Jocko's merch ( there are layers to this shizzle.

I love the actual montage they have of stunts at the beginning of the film too. I recognized the Atomic Blonde, John Wick, Mr. Nobody and Fast & Furious scenes at least - probably more - I forget which others they included.

And I love what they did with the Baywatch stunt. How they actually got the actual cast to cameo at the end too, and though the focus is very very much on the stunt work itself (which btw is top tier - find yourself a montage of just all of those falls somewhere) they get in some fantastic visual effects too! Party scene. Very tastefully done I must say. :)

Though I wonder if the horse was real or no, I wonder if they combined SFX and VFX, I need more behind the scenes...

I love how certain glimpses of the (hopefully actual) script flash by during the intro too. Since I watched this in theatre I didn't have the opportunity to pause and read those, they flimmer and fade fast - but I definitely will some day!

I definitely will see this one again, no doubt about it.

It's in essence a rom com action movie that pays homage to that most noble profession related to film, and if you ever happen to read this you guys who somehow got involved with the making of this, you did such a good job. Not just in paying homage but in making one of the most wholesome and memorable movies I've seen in a long time.

I came home in a fantastic mood around midnight yesterday, and though I didn't get as much sleep as I needed that mood's still with me today.

Can't wait to revisit this again once it's out on other mediums, but I'm glad I caught it at the theatre too, with that exclusive message no less.

Stuff like this gives me hope cinema may live forever; that we someone manage to rekindle the appreciation of film that we used to have.

We watch movies sure, but the market's all too saturated now, the pace is all too high, everything looks great and yet somehow... I feel like we've been missing something when I see something like this.

This and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Real blockbusters. Real Hollywood. Or Bollywood - they're cool too. They do crazy stunts too. They still have the passion and dance with a fashion too.

I did hope there'd be some HK action footage included in that montage of homages the movie starts with, but I guess it does aim itself at a more American audience.

HK had the maybe craziest stunts of all though back in the day - and maybe still do. Thailand too. Indonesia. I'm probably missing a bundle. Keep on innovating y'all, and props on keeping the craft alive!

Appreciate this. This was amazing.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Best Death Scene Ever

More info on this particular masterpiece of a movie glimpse. XD

The scene's available without the scream, too, though apparently said scream may have really been in the original film, just not in the restored version of the movie.

Take this with a grain of salt.

Aquaman X3

Aquaman X3

Did I ever tell you the story about how I ended up watching the same movie a full three times at the cinema, even though I wasn't necessarily that big a fan of it, and actually found it somewhat sub-par compared to the prequel? No? Though it did grow on me with each subsequent going...

Well that's a story for another time. :)

The other double? That too.

Fallout At The Movies!

I got into the Fallout games again just recently (first experience was so so), but they've been around a looong time! This time I enjoyed 'em, and I've grown to appreciate the depth of lore that's associated with them too. And how flexible the world is. How countless the opportunities that present themselves really are. So I'm hyped for this!

Though cautiously optimistic too. The trailer's promising, but with a game that consists of so countless opportunities, I wonder how things will play out in a so much more linear, and comparatively short-form media form. Hollywood rarely does a good game justice too...

Hope this one's an exception.

Elevator Game (2023)

Elevator Game (2023)

Supernatural horror, based on the eponymous online phenomenon, a ritual conducted in an elevator, in which players attempt to travel to another dimension using a set of rules that can be found online.

Contortionists have really become a thing huh? All scary movies use the same song and dance now - though admittedly it's a little scarier with this one!

They found a good elevator, they found a good cast, they have the story, they have the atmosphere, they have a catchy outro song after it's all over too - which I REALLY appreciate when it is. But the shock value's just... overplayed. I don't see horror movies the same way these days. When the threat is TOO perceptible it ruins the scare for me. Ghosts aren't real. Except when they are. Except when they really aren't there...

I love the play with lights, the humming, the numbers, the slow build, the red world. But then it just speeds up and loses me. Why they gotta do a good movie like that. This could've been... friggin' amazing.

It still is pretty solid horror.

The effects are good too.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

City Hall (1996)

City Hall (1996)

Another patriotic American movie. Narrative a la Al Pacino, and politics... was what I thought initially.

It was a thorough one though - and narrated by John Cusack more than Al. Which might give you some hints about how things'd turn out in the movie.

It starts with a murder, and you think it's just a starting point, not as central a piece of the plot as it turns out to be. The corruption runs deep though. As do the feelings. The intrigue. The hazards and gambles of a government job - but also the glamor and high-talking that leads it all along...

I'm really not into politics in real life, but it's fascinating how captivated this movie kept me. The dialog, the characters... it's in the way they interact, and in what they say, more than what actually happens - even though there certainly is a lot of scandal and corruption a brewing too, in what starts off a seemingly simple murder case.

They speak so political I don't understand half of what they're saying, but I do love the way they say it. And I wonder what happened to the mayor, as well as the widow wife...

So there are certain loose ends, but it's an impressive movie, and ditto glimpse into City Hall N.Y.

It just may be the most realistic one they'll ever let you see.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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