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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 26 May 2020 at 7:26pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL

The previous movie tied up all of the loose ends pretty well. So I was wondering how they were going to justify the situation happening all over again.

The answer: They Don't. The "hero", clearly knowing how dangerous the virtual world was the first time around, painstakingly undoes the first movie for the dumbest of reasons. And then the movie hits almost the same exact beats as the first, with some variation to try make it seem less obvious, except that it isn't.

This was even worse than ROBOCOP 2/GHOSTBUSTERS 2. At least in the case of the latter, Peter Venkman didn't willingly unleash the ghosts from the original movie just so they could have another adventure.


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John Byrne

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Posted: 27 May 2020 at 6:28am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Completely disagree, Vinny.
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 27 May 2020 at 7:21am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I enjoyed Jumanji: The next level

But it does follow the trope that many, many sequels do
- and that is - the couple that was a large factor of
the first film, that got together at the end of the last
film, splits up in between the two films.

Pretty much every flipping time (there are exceptions
but for the most part, this is SOP). It's as ubiquitous
as a lorry going by being mandated to sound its horn.

If 'Hollywood' has taught us anything, it is that once
the couple get together and the film ends, promising
they live happily ever after, THEY WON'T. They will
split up and live in misery.

Just once, I'd like a sequel to a big movie have the
couple from the first film be together for the second
film. That way, the sequel can focus on something other
than a rehash of getting the couple together again.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 27 May 2020 at 7:58am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Getting the couple back together seemed like a minor element of THE NEXT LEVEL to me.
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 27 May 2020 at 9:32am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I agree, which is why I enjoyed it - there was a lot more
going on than just that. Which does invalidate my final
sentence in the post with regards to Jumanji

But it does seem to be an ethos in many sequels.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 27 May 2020 at 9:50am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

True! I did moan a bit when NEXT LEVEL started with that, but I was relieved when other, more important elements took over.

Incidentally, ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP did not start with the previous movie's lovebirds having broken up, tho that did become something of an element later.

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Tim O Neill
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Posted: 27 May 2020 at 1:14pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply


I have seen JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE several times and it gets
better and better each time - its hilarious and a great story. I'd heard mixed
reviews about the sequel an d skipped it, but it's good to hear something
positive. I will give it a try!

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Bob Simko
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Posted: 27 May 2020 at 7:12pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

The JMANJI relaunch/reboot is brilliant, and the casting is fantastic
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 28 May 2020 at 12:26am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Ah, I missed the beginning of Double Tap when I saw it in the cinema.
By the time I got there, they had broken up & I thought it had happened
off screen.

I was really late to the showing
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John Byrne

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TOPPER (1937)

Delightful, tho it breaks all my rules about fidelity to the source material!

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Peter Martin
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Posted: 28 May 2020 at 11:29am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Comic Book Confidential (1988). Not brilliant, though anything with footage of Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Will Eisner is worth attention. Bit frustrating really, though, because of how little time is given to them (you are lucky enough to be pointing a camera at living legends, you morons!) in favour of underground artists. Should have a section on underground artists, but the documentary really tries its best to skim over superheroes, which is a mistake given how that genre (like it or not) dominates the medium.

Also features a youngish Frank Miller, which was pretty cool.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 29 May 2020 at 8:30pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply


VERTIGO (1958)

Ironically enough, for what's generally regarded as Alfred Hitchcock's supposed masterpiece, it might be my least favorite of his films.

My eldest daughter picked this one (she loves Jimmy Stewart and has enjoyed other Hitchcock films), and she was a little flummoxed by the end of it, and I'm interested in picking her brain about what else she might like or dislike about it...

For me, I have a hard time watching it with each new viewing... is it supposed to be about male chauvinism, sexism, arrogance and obsessiveness?  Maybe.  But I also find the whole production to be quite smarmy and creepy overall, perhaps in other ways not intended, while also stretching general plausibility and coincidence to the breaking point.



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