I think the Simpsons movie is pretty good. 1st act is great. 2nd act is a slog with few funny moments. 3rd is okay.
And all of this is without even bringing up how fucked up the cosmology of Coco is and how fine everyone is with living out the exact same shitty lives they had in life in this literal skeleton hell while celebrities live in luxury, praise and comfort for eternity while everyone else suffers a slow and meaningless extended life. Hell with that kind of logic, Hitler, Stalin and every mass murder in history including @SofaKing must be living it up. The Third Reich and Communist Russia must have the German and Russian parts of this skeleton hell as literal paradise for themselves. And let's not kid ourselves with the movie's main villain getting his "comeuppance" when getting smashed by a bell since that does nothing to him, neither does vandalizing his statue and writing "Forget you" on it. The guy will be remembered forever as the ultimate conman and in the end, its the word of some sketchy and questionable undated letter against the common perception of the Mexican population. The guy will live his afterlife comfortably until Mexico implodes in on itself while our redeemed and idiotic skeleton hero is forgotten as soon as his little village gets gunned down by the cartel or is unable to sustain itself through modernization. And this is without mentioning the fucked up bureaucracy/government of this Land of the Muertos that's seems to be a lame allegory for Border Control, yet none of these Mexican dead guys dare do anything to change the status quo of this miserable system despite that this land of the dead should be filled with many Mexican revolutionaries who would fight for some rights and demand change in this limbo devoid of a keeper, because clearly the highest authorities here aren't divines or spirits, its a netherworld for the forsaken and materialistic ruled over by a bunch of rich dead celebrities and dead government bureaucrats out to make the afterlife a hell for everyone else with their cruel elimination process that only benefits the rich, famous and corrupt. Meanwhile in Book of Life, the afterlives have some form of clear management that, while following a similar system that relies on memory, still treats all its souls fairly during their time remembered, and in the end all the characters, including the spirits in charge actively rebel against the status quo of their world order and turn their afterlife into a legitimately fair and equal place for everyone in a true revolutionary fashion while getting rid of the dumber and outdated parts of the tradition to make way for new ones that honor the better parts of said traditions that still value the original elements of ancient mexican lore (which as I said before holds a deal of more accuracy than Coco's depiction of the mexican underworld) but in a way that incorporates new traditions mixed in with the old and a new system that's fair to everyone, not just for the souls of the dead (who no longer have to fear from an unfair and biased system) but for the spirits in charge too (specifically the film's incarnation of Xibalba) who now realize there was no need to restrict themselves or their souls and no reason to keep each other or their love apart while now understanding how to live (or die) together as well as how to take care of the souls they watch over. In the end, that's the highlight of the Book of Life. The main character keeps being forced into these situations that keep trying to screw him over and tell him that he has no option. But he doesn't care. He makes his own options and changes things for the better through his own effort but in a way that doesn't come off as disrespectful to those he's rebelling against or their ways, like his family, best friends, tradition, his faith and the spirits, because in the end, despite his rebellious nature, he still has nothing but love, respect and gratitude for them and these values, simply choosing and doing everything he can to have more options for not just himself but for everyone.In 2018, news outlets discovered that Disney Pixar had failed to disclose that producers for Coco had based the character of "Mama Coco" on María de la Salud Ramírez Caballero from the Purépecha village of Santa Fe de la Laguna, "a town of Purépecha potters in Quiroga, Michoacán." In a news interview, Salud stated that the producers "offered me so many things, but nothing came of it. They only came and took my picture and took it with them. They asked me what I need. Well, look at how I live and alone. My daughters live here, behind the house. And I'm here alone, that's what I have." In a report by Telemundo, residents and artisans of Santa Fe da la Laguna recognized that the attention Salud has received by people throughout the world has increased tourism for the town. Gabriela Gabriel Fabián, a potter of the town, noted that "It has benefited us because many more tourists come. This town is known because of the lady's fame, they buy our artwork, everything we do and figures of her."
While the production team at Disney Pixar have recognized that they "based the Rivera family – a multigenerational matriarchy headed by Miguel’s formidable abuelita, or grandmother – on real-world families with whom they embedded while visiting the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guanajuato between 2011 and 2013," they have not acknowledged Salud's contribution to the film. Co-director Adrian Molina stated, "not only is [Coco] based in a real place, in Mexico, but it’s based in real traditions, so we knew it was very important to do the research, to get every detail recorded, so that when we get back to Pixar and we start deciding what is this town going to look like, what is this grandmother going to wear, what kind of dancing and music are they going to listen to, it can all come from an informed place." However, Salud remains unmentioned in all reports Disney Pixar have made regarding inspiration for the film.
Salud reported that since the release of the film, many people, even internationally, have visited her and will refer to her as "Mama Coco." In response, she replied, "Yes, but ["Mama Coco's"] not my name. [The producers] chose that name. And now all the people who come and visit tell us that's my name. But I tell them no, it's not my name. My name is María de la Salud." Prior to the film's release, Salud was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and now she has to use oxygen tanks to breathe." The family however has expressed that they "aren't looking to receive royalties, or money, despite her grandmother's need to recharge her oxygen tank every two days." They are, however, asking "that the company acknowledge her contribution" to the film, which has yet to occur.
I don't think Coco would've gotten nearly as much positive attention as it did if was the same plot but set in the US, or Europe (not Spain), or maybe even Asia. People just lapped it up because it was about brown people and thus progressive and good. Which is also the exact reason why there was a lot of vocal outrage about the accompanying Frozen short. All I ever heard about that Frozen short is that they paired the pure brown people with evil whitey, and that was bad.I'm going to get so much hate, but fuck it.
Coco. It was just a less inspired version of the Book of Life, and said film honestly felt more true to the holiday and its beliefs unlike Coco, where it feels like they just borrowed the superficial elements and copied them over while pretending they were being true to form, when really they just skimmed ideas, took some from Mexican villagers who they didn't credit directly and brought in "experts" to help them. Meanwhile Book of Life comes off as more creative and more mexican while being made from the heart and personal experiences of its director, an actual Mexican, Jorge Gutierrez, unlike Lee Unkrich who was just desperate for a non-sequel success. Gutierrez even goes further and included a more accurate depiction of the Mexican limbo/underworld and even a personification of Xibalba that added an unexpected twist and all the while still adding his own recognizable charm and creativity to it all. The fact that the film also didn't use the typical Dreamworks/Pixar looks and had a unique mexican puppet aesthetic made it all the more memorable and unique.
Yet people give Coco countless accolades for having an all Mexican cast and being "true to Mexico" while Book of Life was made from the heart with no corporate faggotry by an actual Mexican who made it as his personal goal with his own experience in mind, unlike the fucks at Pixar whose motivations are another matter entirely which involves a lot of scumminess on their part from behind the scenes.
Let’s be serious, Colonel Quaritch did nothing wrong. He was the only good character in the film who was just trying to save humanity.Everyone and their mom has already said it but Avatar. Good visuals but the most uninspired story if ever there was one. I really hate stock "Evil humans vs. nature" stories, especially when movies like Princess Mononoke proved that you can do this kind of story without demonizing anyone. Everyone wanted to live in Pandora and be blue cat people after this movie came out and I actually think the design of the aliens is creepy and uncanny valley with the wide foreheads, dreds, and human-teeth. Truefax, it was my ex's all-time favorite movie and pretending like it was good so as not to hurt their feelings was a Herculean struggle.
If someone tells you that Avatar is the height of cinematic accomplishment, you have every right to never talk to them again.
My sister and @darkhorse816 had me watch this, and I made them stop the movie when Russell Brand's character said "I'm just trying to help you!" after making Jonah Hill's character smuggle drugs in his asshole through an airport. I read that Brand's character eventually realizes he's been an absolute jerk, but I was not in the mood to finish the film at the time.Get Him to the Greek, rotten tomatoes of 72%, a metascore of 65, I truly found the movie awful from the bad acting of Russell Brand to the awful comedy, one of the jokes is a hot chick raping Jonah Hill, not saying rape couldn't be funny in a movie but there's really nothing else in the scene to make it funny.
Doesn't help the movies try to portray the party that runs the purge as cartoonishly evil supervillains which further hurts the suspension of disbelief.The Purge series.
I love violent and gory movies, but The Purge has a disconnect with me in that it brings up politics and an absurd excuse for allowing the entire USA to engage in lawless violence. This is where the threshold for tasteless and pushing my suspension of disbelief is too far for me too.
It was also promoted so much to where it prompted me to install adblockers. Fuck that movie series.
The basic set-up does work, just as long as you swap out Brand for Peter O'Toole and call it My Favorite Year.Get Him to the Greek, rotten tomatoes of 72%, a metascore of 65, I truly found the movie awful from the bad acting of Russell Brand to the awful comedy, one of the jokes is a hot chick raping Jonah Hill, not saying rape couldn't be funny in a movie but there's really nothing else in the scene to make it funny.
I can't think of anything other than a religious or ideological reason why the Purge would be enacted. Who wouldn't just gather with their friends and family - or in a protected building run by some kind of community-led, mutual-aid agency - and wait out the Purge with weapons? Who (other than violent gang members) would be motivated to murder people in their own neighborhoods? And if the government wanted to cull the population of undesirables, wouldn't it do it itself so that it wouldn't accidentally kill the people who support it?Doesn't help the movies try to portray the party that runs the purge as cartoonishly evil supervillains which further hurts the suspension of disbelief.
Even someone who makes alternate history videos for fun can't think of a logical reason it'd stay: