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« Reply #975 on: May 15, 2019, 11:37:19 pm »
I could be wrong, but on its surface things like 47 Ronin and The Last Samurai with Westerners playing heroic roles in the middle of sacred Japanese cultural context just seem like the worst kind of cultural appropriation to me. And I can only assume 47 Ronin is at least as noxious as that turd The Last Samurai. I can't even remember how I wound up watching that one in the first place, as the very concept seemed awful when I saw the trailer.

That was my thought as well. On top of that, I can’t believe the Japanese actors even agreed to star in a movie that embellished Japanese history. 


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« Reply #976 on: May 16, 2019, 01:48:41 am »
Embellishment of history is it’s own sub genre in Asian cinema.

I used to watch a ton of Chinese movies and they were all period pieces with fantastical creatures.
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« Reply #977 on: May 16, 2019, 01:50:15 am »
And westernized protagonists is a thing in Asian cinema. If you watch anime you can note the good guys always have rounder eyes than the bad guys.
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« Reply #978 on: May 16, 2019, 02:18:36 am »
Because round eyes are better.  Blue round eyes are the best.

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« Reply #979 on: May 17, 2019, 06:40:15 pm »
Robert Pattinson as the new Batman

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« Reply #980 on: May 17, 2019, 06:49:20 pm »
Robert Pattinson as the new Batman

Batman being the only superhero franchise I'm remotely interested in, this is not good news; having said that, it's also not the worst possible news, as Pattinson showed some relevant qualities in Cosmopolis (2012). Wait and see, then.

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« Reply #981 on: May 17, 2019, 06:49:26 pm »
Robert Pattinson as the new Batman

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I'm conflicted. I think Pattinson is a capable actor but playing Batman might be a stretch. But then again, I remember when Daniel Craig was criticized when he got the role of James Bond in Casino Royale and turned out to be the best Bond ever. Pattinson would have to pack on some serious muscle for this role but I think his age might be a harder sell. Bruce Wayne has always struck me as an older captain of industry rather than some fresh faced young guy right outta college. Maybe Pattinson will surprise everyone.
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« Reply #982 on: May 19, 2019, 02:13:15 am »
Halle Berry. Whoa.
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« Reply #983 on: May 23, 2019, 03:28:45 pm »
@gaseousclay I've heard a rumour that the new Batman film is supposed to be set in the nineties, so it's a prequel featuring a younger Bruce Wayne.

In any case he's about the same age as Christian Bale was in Batman Begins, and that didn't turn out too badly.

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« Reply #984 on: May 23, 2019, 04:02:14 pm »
The trailer doesn't look great but, the people working behind the camera lead me to believe this could be alright.
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« Reply #985 on: May 23, 2019, 04:52:38 pm »
The Terminator franchise has basically been remaking the same film for years, and so far this one hasn't deviated from the template. I'm not sure how they could shake things up. Either expand the universe, as Blade Runner 2049 did, or go full mental like Mad Max Fury Road.

Of course, I'll go see it anyway. :D

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« Reply #986 on: May 23, 2019, 06:28:18 pm »
And westernized protagonists is a thing in Asian cinema. If you watch anime you can note the good guys always have rounder eyes than the bad guys.

Not sure about other cultures, but as far as Japan goes I'd argue that depends on genre, and may be specific to anime. Show me a Kurosawa film with a Western protagonist, for example. And looking outside Japan, films like Hard Boiled have, at least to my recollection, an entirely Asian cast.
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« Reply #988 on: May 26, 2019, 02:11:42 pm »
We watched the girl in the spider's web. We enjoyed it. There is a really original sniper scene that was well 'executed'...It brought a few nice new ideas to an otherwise exhausted genre.

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« Reply #989 on: May 30, 2019, 10:48:22 am »
Zombieland was great.  And I don't even especially like zombie movies.

It was written by the same guys who wrote Deadpool too

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