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    We watched Red Notice the other day and were thoroughly entertained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve 2.0 View Post
    We watched Red Notice the other day and were thoroughly entertained.
    Mrs. Gregg watched it with our 10 year old Grandson and enjoyed it very much.

    So much so that she suggested we watch it last Monday. I too was thoroughly entertained. Lots of fun.

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    Watched Shang Chi and the......10 Rings or whatever it's called on Disney+. That one was fucking awesome. As good as the top tier Marvel movies. Loved it very muchly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revo View Post
    Finally saw "No Time to Die" with my kids yesterday. While it was overly long (almost 3 hours!) and much darker than usual (a child used as a hostage, little of Bond's trademark dry humor), it was a somewhat enjoyable end to Daniel Craig's tenure as Bond. While there are a couple of very large shocks, the film stays true to the Bond formula, is pretty much a sequel to 2015's SPECTRE, and is more like the mid 1960s Bonds than any other in recent memory -- a disfigured villain and his henchmen trying to kill the world, for no apparent reason, from a remote island lair, a double agent, Blofeld & SPECTRE, and the usual key Bond props (a tricked out Aston Martin returns, a Q-designed secret weapon, a plane/sub), even a key phrase borrowed straight from 1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." But it was missing a few key elements, like little in the way of the beautiful Bond girls, no memorable villain deaths or even a memorable key henchman/woman, and the usual amazing opening scene disappeared. Much of the film was a (now very) common shoot 'em out, and this film had far more killing than any Bond I can remember.

    And to borrow the right's phrase, you can smell the "wokeness" -- no more casual sex, a new black female 007, a black Miss Moneypenny, and Q is gay? I certainly can appreciate some diversity, as much of the canon has lacked it, but it seems a little jammed down your throat here. I wonder if this diversity is leading to a major change, probably to Bond himself (or herself?)

    And despite the long length, my kids liked it and didn't get too fidgety.

    I'd give it a 7.25 out of 10.
    My wife once said that a Black man could never be a spy in real life because Black men are the most highly scrutinized group, but I also hear her saying things like "there's no way any Black or Asian people would live in this place or time, but I'm happy with the diverse casting regardless." So it goes both ways.

    I think you need to realize this new "wokeness" isn't a passing trend, and we either accept and embrace it, or be passed by. I'd rather just accept that diversity is a truer depiction of reality than the former Hollywood straight+white dominated industry. As much as our perception is that all the leads should be white, or all the Black's in the horror movies die, or whatever racist/sexist stereotypes we've become familiar with have really caused a lot of damage. So even if I think the level of diversity casting or woke hat-tips are unrealistic, I'm okay with films paying that price of admission. There are clever or meaningful ways to interweave diverse casting with storyline, and there are clumsy ways to shoehorn it in. I expect most mainstream big budget Hollywood movies to perform quite poorly at making these woke elements seem organic to the story for several years until they get the hang of it.
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    I enjoyed Belfast save for the last 15 minutes or so. I'd love to hear Johnny's take.

    Eternals was great.

    Ghostbusters was fun but they could've made the final showdown a bit more dramatic.
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    We just finished the most excellent 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner.

    James Stewart, Margaret Sullivan and Frank Morgan.

    Very entertaining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teenwolf View Post
    My wife once said that a Black man could never be a spy in real life because Black men are the most highly scrutinized group, but I also hear her saying things like "there's no way any Black or Asian people would live in this place or time, but I'm happy with the diverse casting regardless." So it goes both ways.
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