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Quantum Neutrino Field

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« Reply #640 on: 08-08-2014 00:21 »

Frozen, on the other hand, is a decent little film. I can't begin to understand why it's so popular over the likes of the superior The Princess and the Frog and Wreck-It Ralph, but for whatever reason, it has struck a cord with people.

It's the song. People always get excited about one thing like a song or one moment in a movie or some dance moves in a song, which becomes a meme then, which is a popular thing to be nowadays.

I just wanted to say that unnecessary and obvious point, carry on.
AdrenalinDragon

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« Reply #641 on: 08-08-2014 00:27 »
« Last Edit on: 08-08-2014 00:28 »

I never got the huge praise for Guardians of the Galaxy either. It was good, but not outstanding. I'd say both Captain America movies were the most balanced and best written outside The Avengers. I'd probably rate both Iron Man sequels as the weakest of all the Marvel movies so far. Here are my ratings for all of them below:

Iron Man - B
The Incredible Hulk - B-
Iron Man 2 - C-
Thor - C+
Captain America: The First Avenger - B
The Avengers - A-
Iron Man 3 - C
Thor: The Dark World - B-
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - B+
Guardians of the Galaxy - C+


I also finally saw Transformers: Age of Extinction today. All I can say is... Jesus Christ! That was easily the worst movie of the year for me. A big F for that one, no contest!
JoshTheater

Space Pope
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« Reply #642 on: 08-08-2014 06:55 »
« Last Edit on: 08-08-2014 07:57 »

I can see why people would disagree with me or others on Guardians being the best Marvel film...I did say it pretty definitively in my review, but obviously I was being subjective. I guess I'd defend my opinion by saying I thought it captured the best elements of other Marvel movies all in one...the humor of Iron Man 1, the crazy action and ensemble cast fun of The Avengers, the other-worldy feel of Thor, and the heart of the Captain America movies. Not only that, but I liked that it used characters that are fairly unknown to the mainstream and hence wasn't at all restricted by expectations. Everyone in the cast got their chance to shine..in fact, I thought Dave Bautista, whose character Drax was the last one I expected to care about, was a surprise standout. I do agree that the buildup for and then underuse of The Collector was a disappointing flaw. But overall, the consistency of how fun the movie was throughout and how much I liked the characters was more than I can say of any of the other Marvel outings, and I stand by that. Also I may have just been a sucker for the music.

I'm not going to score the Marvel movies, but I'll try to rank them how I enjoy them personally:
1) Guardians Of The Galaxy
2) The Avengers
3) Iron Man
4) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5) Iron Man 3
6) Captain America: The First Avenger
7) Thor: The Dark World
8) The Incredible Hulk
9) Thor
10) Iron Man 2

It's been a while since I've seen some of them. I'm sure if I watched them all again the bottom half of this list would be slightly rearranged.
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #643 on: 08-08-2014 07:00 »

Well, everyone else is doing it.

1) Iron Man
2) The Avengers
3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4) Thor: The Dark World
5) Thor
6) Captain America: The First Avenger
7) Iron Man 3
8) Iron Man 2

I'll go see GOTG tomorrow afternoon, and I haven't actually seen The Incredible Hulk. shifty
cyber_turnip

Urban Legend
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« Reply #644 on: 08-08-2014 13:42 »

Frozen, on the other hand, is a decent little film. I can't begin to understand why it's so popular over the likes of the superior The Princess and the Frog and Wreck-It Ralph, but for whatever reason, it has struck a cord with people.

It's the song. People always get excited about one thing like a song or one moment in a movie or some dance moves in a song, which becomes a meme then, which is a popular thing to be nowadays.

I just wanted to say that unnecessary and obvious point, carry on.

I don't get it. It's probably the best stand-alone song in the film, but I think in terms of creating a nice sequence within the film, some of the other songs play a lot better.

And I like it, but it's not that good a song. It's alright.

You're probably right, though. The amount of "xyz sings Let it Go in a funny way" videos that have been popping up on my Facebook newsfeed since the film was released is sickening.
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #645 on: 08-08-2014 13:55 »

The amount of "xyz sings Let it Go in a funny way" videos that have been popping up on my Facebook newsfeed since the film was released is sickening.

At least it means stuff like this exists. big grin
totalnerduk

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« Reply #646 on: 08-08-2014 15:29 »

I think that a lot of tnuk's complaints about the animation are off. I agree that the colours and water movements don't always follow how they should look in reality, but it's an animated film. It should embrace artistic choices that defy how things look in real life, otherwise they'll reach a point where animated films don't look any different from live-action films.

There's a clear difference between an artistic choice to stylise something, and an error, oversight, or poor rendering of something which was obviously intended to look pretty real. In comparing Frozen to Tangled, for example, it can be seen that colours, reflections, and natural-looking flow of water are something that the studio has done well before. In comparing Frozen to Toy Story, we can see a disconnect between the seamless fluidity of motion evident in the first film, and the (frankly, rather odd) motion choices made at certain points (particularly for Elsa, and to some extent for Sven and other characters) in the film which seem... ... well... less polished.

I could forgive these things if they seemed to be deliberate artistic choices - things like that deserve to be lauded, and are bold choices to make in the current era. But they seem more like mistakes, considering that there are portions of the film in which these mistakes aren't made, and they seem all the more jarring for that. I think it's indicative of corners being cut during production, which does not bode well for future releases by the studio.
cyber_turnip

Urban Legend
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« Reply #647 on: 08-08-2014 17:46 »

I think the colours surrounding the snow and ice, in particular, are very much down to artistic choices rather than any real attempt to portray reality. They just look nice.

And I also noticed how unrealistic some of the water's movement seemed at times, but I'm also pretty sure that they really wanted to exaggerate aspects of its motion rather than just portraying it in a real sense.
ShepherdofShark

Space Pope
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« Reply #648 on: 08-09-2014 00:07 »

I preferred Ang Lee's Hulk movie to the other one.
Spacedal11

Space Pope
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« Reply #649 on: 08-09-2014 01:40 »
« Last Edit on: 08-09-2014 19:40 »

I guess I'm the only one who actually likes The Incredible Hulk to a genuine extent? I'd rather watch it over Thor.  

Anyway, while I've had fun watching Guardians twice I don't think it's the best. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a much better film to come out from Marvel but I'm happy both have done so well.

Iron Man - A-
The Incredible Hulk - B
Iron Man 2 - C-
Thor - C
Captain America: The First Avenger - A-
The Avengers - A
Iron Man 3 - B-
Thor: The Dark World - C+
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - A
Guardians of the Galaxy - B+


The "+"s for the Thor movies all belong to Tom Hiddleston.
winna

Avatar Czar
DOOP Secretary
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« Reply #650 on: 08-09-2014 02:53 »

13 Sins

The new world order forces people to read poetry at banquets with humorous self shaming results.  Coffee is often purchased at diners, and you won't even realize who the father is!  Ron Perlman guest stars as your friendly detective, and you'll have enough reminders to take your pill!  Children cry for the amusement of the 1%

A or a B/ 10 golden toads
UnrealLegend

Urban Legend
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« Reply #651 on: 08-09-2014 10:59 »
« Last Edit on: 08-09-2014 13:02 »

Guardians of the Galaxy

Finally had a chance to see it, and boy was I impressed. It had just the right balance of seriousness, goofiness and action. The chemistry between the main characters was absolutely beautiful.


Rocket definitely stole the show. I love the fact that not only is he a raccoon that kicks ass, but everyone around him seems to shrug it off like it's nothing. big grin

The villain wasn't amazing, though I liked Merle's Michael Rooker's character.

1) Iron Man
2) The Avengers
3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4) Thor: The Dark World
5) Thor
6) Captain America: The First Avenger
7) Iron Man 3
8) Iron Man 2

I think I'll stick it between The Avengers and The Winter Soldier for now.
cyber_turnip

Urban Legend
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« Reply #652 on: 08-09-2014 21:03 »

I guess I'm the only one who actually likes The Incredible Hulk to a genuine extent? I'd rather watch it over Thor.
No, as I said in my post, I have a real soft spot for it. I'm not sure why, exactly, but I really like it. On a personal level, I prefer it to Guardians of the Galaxy.

Also, Ang Lee's Hulk was absolutely dire.
winna

Avatar Czar
DOOP Secretary
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« Reply #653 on: 08-09-2014 21:56 »

Is that the one without Edward Norton?  Because the Edward Norton version seems the same blasse affair of superhero movie where the villain is a mimicry of the hero bla bla bla easily predictable drivel without any true character interaction or growth.
cartoonlover27

Starship Captain
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« Reply #654 on: 08-09-2014 22:40 »

Anchorman 2

I know this is kind of old, but I just got around to watching it. Meh. The first one had more plot, and the second installment felt kind of like every line was delivered in the hopes of getting a laugh. My main issue with Anchorman 2 is that when it tries for emotional, it fails. A lot of laughs and a lot of fun, but very little substance. Good performances from Ferrell, Carell and Wiig.

7.5/10

Fever Pitch

Fav. 9.5/10

Tammy

The most recent movie I've seen. It's definitely the least engaging of all the Melissa McCarthy movies so far, but it was a pretty funny movie. Okay at best.

7/10

Scrappylive

Starship Captain
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« Reply #655 on: 08-10-2014 01:23 »

I was just gonna ask for a review of Anchorman 2. I see you beat me to the punch. Hats off to you, sir/madam!
AdrenalinDragon

Bending Unit
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« Reply #656 on: 08-14-2014 17:31 »

I preferred Ang Lee's Hulk movie to the other one.

Wow tongue
cartoonlover27

Starship Captain
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« Reply #657 on: 08-19-2014 16:34 »

I was just gonna ask for a review of Anchorman 2. I see you beat me to the punch. Hats off to you, sir/madam!

I'm not wearing one. But imaginary hats off to you as well, sir/madam!
DannyJC13

Space Pope
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« Reply #658 on: 08-22-2014 10:23 »
« Last Edit on: 08-27-2014 13:54 »

Since we're discussing Marvel in here, Nibbler and Bender as Rocket and Groot.

*edit*

Yesterday I saw Luc Besson's Lucy, and I reaaaally enjoyed it. The concept of the film is a little silly in a scientific sense, but if you just roll with it and enjoy the visuals/action scenes/Johansson's acting it's a very entertaining film. The ending might be predictable to some, but it's worth a watch imo. It echoes films like 2001, The Matrix and Transcendence. Some even argue it's a superhero film.

Also, Damon Albarn wrote a track for the film that plays in the credits which I highly approve of because Damon Albarn.

8/10
~FazeShift~

Moderator
DOOP Ubersecretary
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« Reply #659 on: 08-28-2014 00:28 »
« Last Edit on: 08-31-2014 01:31 »

Lucy
I'm a fan of some Besson films, and this was ok but not his best, a bit predictable after the first act which was interesting, how she got into the predicament.

Maybe if I hadn't watched Limitless about a week ago I might have enjoyed it a bit better.

My favourite parts were actually the brief time travel bits, why isn't there a decent time travel movie out where they skip through time and explore different eras?
Shit Hollywood, get on it, Indiana Jones meets The Time Machine, without the fucking Morlocks!

C+

Red Eye
A woman boards a red eye flight to Miami but is seated next to a sinister man who coerces her to help an assassination attempt.
Well crafted thriller, it kept me interested and has some tense moments, Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy were pretty good.
B
homerjaysimpson

Space Pope
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« Reply #660 on: 08-31-2014 01:50 »

Oculus:

It was an ok horror movie. The only good parts in it were the gore, also glass is delicious!

You better off watching this Reader Digest version here:


C+

Spacedal11

Space Pope
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« Reply #661 on: 08-31-2014 07:58 »

I love Red Eye! It's short and sweet and to the point. One of those movies I could watch any time.
Nutmeg1729

Urban Legend
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« Reply #662 on: 09-01-2014 22:34 »

Guardians of the Galaxy

THE best Marvel movie so far...easily. Hell, this is one of the best sci-fi action movies of the past decade or so period, and one of its best qualities is that it can stand completely on its own to a viewer with no other knowledge of the MCU (while still tying into the MCU in incredibly important ways). The cast is amazing, the action is clever, it's completely hilarious and pokes fun at its own clichés, and it has heart without being sappy and is overall feel-good. I was entertained every second of the way. The score is excellent too, and the soundtrack has a fetish for groovy 70s source music that I was not at all complaining about.

Not to mention that the movie is beautifully shot. Every frame has incredible detail, and I don't think I've ever made this recommendation wholeheartedly before but see this in 3D if you can! It's the best use of the technique I've seen so far. There was barely ever a point where I felt like I couldn't see everything that was in the shot totally clearly, and the movie's brilliant use of colors more than compensates for the inevitable slightly darkened shade that 3D glasses give movies which I've always hated.

See this damn movie.

A

I agree with everything you said. Thus far, along with the first Iron Man, it's my favourite of the lot. It's definitely the best put together IMO since that one, with Avengers being up there as well.

The only bad thing I thought was that the "bad guy" was just a tad weak. Sure he had motives, but I didn't really care about them. They might as well have had him being a jerk just for the sake of it, rather than trying to say he was pissed about the treaty because the Xandarians murdered his father. And I despise Karen Gillan but she wasn't as bad as I thought she'd be. At least she wasn't playing Gamorra like people had lead me to believe before I recognised Zoe Saldana in the trailer.

Drax is fucking badass, and honourable mention to Groot.
tyraniak

Urban Legend
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« Reply #663 on: 09-02-2014 01:59 »

Yeah, Ronan was kind of a lamer villain, but I'm guessing that was done to build up thanos
homerjaysimpson

Space Pope
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« Reply #664 on: 09-05-2014 07:49 »

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Like most internet celebrity movies, this was also unfunny and pointless. Some jokes were older than my mom. I'm glad I watched this movie for free and never gave to the Indiegogo.

Fuckin' horrible out of 10

 
tyraniak

Urban Legend
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« Reply #665 on: 09-05-2014 13:49 »

Yeah, I stopped watching avgn a long time ago so I have no desire to see his movie
Tachyon

Space Pope
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« Reply #666 on: 09-05-2014 15:23 »


Gravity (3D)

All the hype over Gravity had made me very wary about it, to the point where I couldn't imagine it living up to all of the praise.  Yes, it blew me away.  The microgravity scenes were so well done that it looks like it was shot on location.  Maybe an astronaut could tell that it was fake, but it was totally convincing to me.

-1 point for the cheesy non-technical dialogue in the beginning, even though it may have been necessary for non space geeks. -1 point for the single slightly over-the-top 3D gimmick shot, in a film that was otherwise mercifully free of them. -1 point for the improbability of some of the orbital mechanics.

The end of the film resonated very powerfully with me, emotionally and physically: my body could feel the gravity, like the feeling you get when you're lying in the bath, as the water slowly drains out.

97/100 - Go see this film, on as large a screen as possible, and in 3D if you can.

JoshTheater

Space Pope
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« Reply #667 on: 09-05-2014 20:12 »

Did you see it on a 3D TV, or is a theater near you still showing it?
cyber_turnip

Urban Legend
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« Reply #668 on: 09-05-2014 20:32 »

I don't understand the high-praise for Gravity.

To me, it felt like a feature-length version of a ride at Universal Studios. There's nothing wrong with that, but I don't see how that's worth more than a 7/10, regardless of how incredibly well crafted it is from a technical stand-point.
JoshTheater

Space Pope
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« Reply #669 on: 09-05-2014 21:30 »
« Last Edit on: 09-05-2014 21:32 »

It depends by exactly what factors you judge, I guess. Some might give it extra points for being a groundbreaking technical accomplishment. And while the story wasn't groundbreaking (which I assume is why you wouldn't grade it as high), it did at least have a nice emotional character element that was well-executed. I'd say it's gotten applause for sheer immersion and lack of significant flaws.
Tachyon

Space Pope
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« Reply #670 on: 09-05-2014 22:17 »
« Last Edit on: 09-05-2014 22:18 »


I watched it on my brother's Samsung plasma.  Gravity is a simple, straightforward film that appealed to me for a couple of reasons.  One being that I am an empath, and feel (deeply) the emotions that I infer that other people are feeling (or portraying).  The larger reason is that I have wanted to go into space ever since the Space Race started heating up, when my test pilot dad would talk about all things aerospace and the inevitability of humans orbiting the Earth and reaching the Moon and planets. Like a lot of kids, I played inside aeroplanes made from cardboard boxes when I was four, but I connected untwisted coat hangers to the flaps to serve as my elevators and ailerons smile Yes, I was a rather odd kid.

'Immersion' is the perfect word choice, Josh: watching Gravity made me feel as though I was really in low Earth orbit observing the events portrayed in the film.

JoshTheater

Space Pope
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« Reply #671 on: 09-05-2014 22:24 »

You didn't answer about the 3D...the Samsung was 3D capable? Or are you just assuming it's worth seeing in 3D (as I've heard it is)?
cyber_turnip

Urban Legend
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« Reply #672 on: 09-05-2014 22:46 »

I saw it in 3D in the cinema and I can't imagine it having nearly as much impact if I hadn't.

I did enjoy it, it's just that, as I said, it didn't really have much in the way of story or characterisation or emotion or depth. It was just a 90-minute thrill-ride. That's fine, but people were acting like it's some kind of intelligent, art-house cinema as opposed to a popcorn-friendly action movie.
Tachyon

Space Pope
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« Reply #673 on: 09-05-2014 22:46 »
« Last Edit on: 09-05-2014 22:49 »

You didn't answer about the 3D...the Samsung was 3D capable? Or are you just assuming it's worth seeing in 3D (as I've heard it is)?

Sorry: yes, the Samsung was 3D.  And prior to watching Gravity on it, I had zero desire to ever own a 3D-capable TV.  Mind = changed smile

JoshTheater

Space Pope
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« Reply #674 on: 09-05-2014 23:04 »

So, you recommend seeing it in 3D based on that experience, but were also convinced not to own a 3D TV based on the experience? Am I missing something?
Spacedal11

Space Pope
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« Reply #675 on: 09-06-2014 00:48 »

I agree with you Tachy, I guess I'm prone to empathy even in the most conventional ways because Gravity made me bawl my eyes out. In addition to being a fantastically made movie, where I found myself holding my breath for periods of time, I really liked it.
JoshTheater

Space Pope
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« Reply #676 on: 09-06-2014 01:32 »
« Last Edit on: 09-06-2014 01:49 »

I think empathy when it comes to entertainment has a lot to do with being exposed to emotional ideas you're not too used to. While I thought Gravity was touching and very emotionally competent, I think cyber_turnip and I have maybe seen a lot of movies or TV shows with similar emotional themes (most notably moving on from trauma) to the point of being overly familiar with them, hence we don't relate to them as strongly on further exposure. I don't think it's necessarily a matter of being more or less empathetic.

This is a somewhat shallow analogy, but emotions are similar to physical pain. The first time you hurt yourself a certain way, like stubbing your toe, is going to hurt a lot more than any following time you do it because of the shock of a new sensation.

To be fair, I thought Gravity used its emotional concepts in a new enough context as to still be impactful, but the concepts themselves weren't particularly original for a movie. I was much more affected by its ability to immerse me in its environment, which was definitely an achievement I don't think any other movie has quite reached before.
Tachyon

Space Pope
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« Reply #677 on: 09-06-2014 02:06 »


Sorry to be unclear, Josh.  My old HD flatscreen CRT TV died during the 2012 Presidential debates.  No surprise there.  I went without a TV until about a month ago.  Starting around the beginning of this year I browsed store displays and did a lot of research on brands and technologies and features and so forth to figure out what I wanted to get.  3D was not a feature that I had any interest in.

Last week I saw Gravity for the first time.  I watched in 3D 'cause my brother suggested it, rather strongly. Now I realize that 3D done right can be awesome, and the next TV I purchase (in perhaps 18-24 months) will be 3D-capable, and my current TV will go into the bedroom.

I haven't seen the 2D version of Gravity, but *strongly* recommend seeing the 3D version smile

I agree with you Tachy, I guess I'm prone to empathy even in the most conventional ways because Gravity made me bawl my eyes out. In addition to being a fantastically made movie, where I found myself holding my breath for periods of time, I really liked it.

 o/*\o  (empath high-five) smile    And I know that everyone's surely seen it at least once by now, but just in case...


JoshTheater

Space Pope
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« Reply #678 on: 09-06-2014 03:22 »

Sorry to be unclear, Josh.

You weren't...I'm just an idiot and read the "prior to" that you wrote as meaning "following" instead, which of course confused me.

For the record, I've only seen it in 2D and am pissed I missed the chance to see it in 3D. I'd love to get a 3D TV but I doubt that will happen anytime in the near future.
Spacedal11

Space Pope
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« Reply #679 on: 09-06-2014 04:11 »


To be fair, I thought Gravity used its emotional concepts in a new enough context as to still be impactful, but the concepts themselves weren't particularly original for a movie. I was much more affected by its ability to immerse me in its environment, which was definitely an achievement I don't think any other movie has quite reached before.

I'm not saying its the most original movie. It just worked for me.
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