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Godzilla 2: King Of The Monsters (2019)

Godzilla 2: King Of The Monsters (2019)

If it weren't for the Transformer sound effects, that atmospheric disturbance that rolls in as soon some heavy CGI battle is taking place (you really can't camouflage it like that guys), the shaky came, Madison, and a somewhat superficial plot... this was awesome.

The battles are awesome. The creatures are awesome.

Godzilla's a weird kind of hero, weird not only because he's an unorthodox one - he really doesn't look like the hero-type either. But he's good that he is, cause he's the only one with the power to really save the world, with the help of the humans and their Godzilla-boosting weaponry this time around.

I'm disappointed with the effects though, and I feel like they didn't catch the size ratio as well as they could have. There's so much shaky came and close-up footage that you never capture the contrasts when there's something going on, and when they pan out to give that awe-inspiring feeling of holy-shit-the-Titans-are-big, then there's always stormy weather, ice, water vapor or other natural ambience in the way - and though the city fights no doubt required a huuuge amount of work to set up, I'm still disappointed in their simplicity. The surface textures on the skyscrapers sometimes come off blank and artificial. They don't capture reflections. They don't detail debris. The atmospheric distortion is cool too, but it's so clearly a veil for a detail level they either didn't have a budget for, were too lazy for, or for some reason chose to leave out.

I'm also not super into the final song. It was good, but not the polished piece of instrumental mastery it feels like greatness such as this deserves. Much like the movie itself. I love it but... maybe there was just too much hype after all. I bug down on details. It's just not polished enough; I don't see the shine I hoped to.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

X-Men 9 - Dark Phoenix (2019)

X-Men 9 - Dark Phoenix (2019)

Now this was DARK. So dark. So different from what I'd envisioned after I saw the trailer too. Allegiances get switched-up - I'll say that much. The trailer doesn't give you the full picture, and in this case (and in most cases) I really appreciate that.

I really appreciate the special effects too. Amazing special effects. And as with all X-Men movies I appreciate the somber tone. It's so serious, the filming's professional, the mood is dark and the emotions are just all over the place, and that's why I love it.

Compared to the main universe that Marvel manages this is just such a different beast. There's no comedy here. No wit. No small jokes scattered around the canvas. It's so different I forget that Marvel's really behind this one too, and it shows what a breadth of greatness they're really capable of.

I still feel like some things are just a tad bit too predictable, and some emotional moments so clearly scripted but... everything else I love.

I watched Men In Black (the International one) right after this, and it was good with some comedy, cause this: it's dark. It's X-Men, sure, but they keep surpassing my expectations there. Great watch.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

Men In Black: International (2019)

Men In Black: International (2019)

How about some family friendly sci-fi a la Spielberg, with a somewhat darker tone than the earlier ones! And a strong female lead. And a Hemsworth like the one in Ghostbusters.

I'm not a big fan of that last bit, but at least they didn't really go all the way with this one. They kept it tasteful.

I'm all for strong female leads too, but when it's at the expense of man... feels like feminism is taking over. I'm not a fan. That's not how I like my action movie served.

I'm also not a fan of how they're adding in more and more of these aliens more for cuteness or comedy than for anything else.

Where's the creativity gone? Where's the homage to nature, in all it's great unpredictability, both in terms of beautiful and in terms of disturbing? There's too little of the latter. Everything feels either intentionally disfigured or intentionally aestheticized - but I guess when females aren't allowed to look sexy enough they'll opt for that instead. Something has to look good. Switch up the audience. Lose your fanbase. Go future.

I may be sounding bitter and chauvinistic here, but I feel like:

A.) Movie preferences differ depending on gender, and the gender-preferences of this particular movie franchise seem to have switched according to gender preference, and
B.) I don't like the male belittling that's going on in popular culture these days. Too often.

The thing is: movies like this aren't even directed by females, and as such I don't think this is what the majority of either gender really wants - it's a stereotype desire by the male director trying to appeal to the opposite gender, and I think it'll all go as wrong with this trend as things did with PlayGirl when they totally flipped their intended audience - despite complaints from the (in their case) board of female directors.

The ending's somewhat predictable too, but pompous, and for a moment also inexplicably eerie. That thing about the repeating thing about the repeating thing.

Despite all that ranting above: I like this. I love the creepy vibe this has going compared to the old ones, the super-cool-high-tech weaponry, the aliens (of course - why else would I be watching), and the chemistry the main two have going on.

I love it all. I just feel like they could tone certain things down a bit, and not just jump on bandwagons that'll hurt them in the long run.

Compared to the earliest segments I don't see this one ever becoming a cult classic. And that's why. It's not because it wasn't a great movie in all other areas.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Death Wish (2018)

Death Wish (2018)

Sway in the morning cameo! And not just the one! Hey!

I'm not a big fan of the new wave of old movies that's been making its way to the movies lately, but this one was alright. It took me a while to be convinced, but with the Sway In The Morning cameo (gotta get your act together though Sway - you seem kinda different there!) and Bruce Willis trying to be all Bronson-like humble... I finally settled into it.

They took the old idea and made something new of it, and I'm glad. If they'd tried to make it just like the old one I might have been disappointed - even though that's what I really came here hoping to see. More ACTION. More RAGE. More death.

There wasn't as much of it here as you might be expecting if you came here from the classic.

And though that might feel like the stereotype route to take: toning the killing spree to a more modern and moderate dosage, it works out. That's not all it's about this time, and I like how it ends. In a humble way. With family. It's a way I wasn't hoping for, but one I'm happy it took after all.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

One Punch Man Season 2 EP 12

At the brink of death, in an epic battle against Bang and his brother, Garou's picked up by a bird - saved by the talons of the monster association.

Before that that we get a rattling glimpse of his raising, at the injustices he's faced, and a preview of what might be coming next. And then One Punch Man stops by to save the day!

What a great place to take a break before I leave for summer! With Centurion blasted to smithereens, and the quite different monster duo riding off into the sunset... can't wait to get back to this when I get back.

No cliffhangers here. If you're looking for a pause: this is the place.

To be continued.

A Fire Week

A yellow house turned black beside us.

The smoke billowed.

The flames roared - you could hear but not see.

The firetruck came and doused it in either salvaging foam, or water - I'm not sure. But they got it under control. The smoke subsided, the windows were left open, and from the street the garden's now surrounded by warning tape and an ominous scorched darkness.

Looking through the windows it's like you're peering into an abyss. Into a house with no soul.

I wrote a song while the smoke still blew. Air ducts closed. Hot in the room. Have a listen.

I've got beats en masse at the moment but for some reason I just keep putting out these a capella recordings instead of the important stuff. Because I suck at prioritizing, at being spontaneous, and at not putting undue pressure anything I want to turn out better than the usual stuff because... well I'm just like that. Right now.

I need summer more than ever. I use it more and more to kickstart myself again, and start aiming the right way. Shed unhealthy habits, tiredness, weak muscle and apathy and just get going. Once again.

Engine slowing down. Need tune-up. Tired. Need motivation. Need relaxation. Need sun. Need air. Need grounding. Need barefoot feet-kneading. Need water. Need movement. Need a moment.

But that thing about a capella things: this one's not an a capella, so check it out. Summer looms. I'm trying to do things; will speak to you soon.

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