[short-fuse 💣] Will I leave A24’s Civil War saying “that’s the best movie I’ve seen all year”?
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@Nikos thanks! Maybe the trailer is just throwing me off, but I’m not getting the same vibe as ex-machina/annihilation. I’m hoping that it’s a pressure cooker, which Annihilation wasn’t quite, but did build on the intrigue as the movie went on. I loved How To Blow Up a Pipeline (2022) and gave it a 4.5/5. This could be really different, but these reviews have kept my expectations pretty high [image][image][image]
Apr 4
@Bayesian Nvm just checked out the cast list and people should probably buy YES up to 90%+ this one's a lock (sry for spoilers) [image]
Apr 4
Monkey Man was good, but Dune was better. This is currently Civil War vs. Dune [image]
Apr 7
Tonight’s the night! I’m nearly certain I’m seeing the pre-screening, so this should Resolve today!
Apr 8
Last call! [image]
Apr 9

I see a lot of movies (Civil War is set to be my 23rd film I’ll see in theatres in 2024), and rate and rank everything I see.

Civil War is certainly my most anticipated film of the spring, and I really enjoyed Ex Machina (4/5) and Annihilation (4/5), both by the same writer/director as Civil War.

When I leave the movie theatre will I regard Civil War as the best 2024 movie that I have seen (up to that point)?

I obviously won’t be betting here, as this is completely subjective.

Here’s a bunch of info that may affect your betting

Right now, my top film of 2024 is Dune: Part Two, at a medium 4/5. I really enjoyed the visuals and direction, but felt that the story and characters were very straightforward and the plot lacked twists. I should see Monkey Man before Civil War, so CW needs to be better than that film as well as anything new I may catch on streaming!

I have two tickets to see Civil War (an IMAX prerelease ticket on Monday, April 8th, and an opening night ticket on Thursday, April 11th). This Resolves after the first screening that I see, based on my immediate reaction.

My current top 10 for the year (only counting 2024 feature-length releases) is as follows:

In 2023, my top 10 list featured 7 movies with a strictly higher rating than 4 stars (my current top rating for 2024):

I’m happy to answer any questions about why I rated things a certain way, or include any other past ratings!

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Honestly, the two are so utterly different that it’s really weird to compare Dune and Civil War. CW has an extremely strong anti-war message while Dune is about as pro-violence as a movie has been in recent history.

Civil War has a lot of edge-of-your-seat action (skewed towards the ending of the movie), but it’s way more heart-wrenching than Dune’s action. You know that anyone could die at any point.

Dune was slightly better in my subjective opinion.

@mattyb I'm sure neither was as good as Winnie the Pooh: Blood & Honey 2 though

@mattyb 😭

bought Ṁ80 NO

You'll probably like it, but it won't beat Dune 2 imo

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Last call!

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Tonight’s the night! I’m nearly certain I’m seeing the pre-screening, so this should Resolve today!

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Monkey Man was good, but Dune was better. This is currently Civil War vs. Dune

I’d normally say for base rate 47% is too high (lots of noise in movie making, even highly anticipated ones usually fall a bit short of a high bar like this). But based on trailer + some review headlines (admittedly have mostly tried to avoid reading anything about it), my best guess for comparisons are tense/suspenseful war flicks, and so based on the 1917/Dunkirk comps I’d probs buy YES if it dropped much.

(outlining my reasoning since it’s an interesting question, haven’t given it much thought before)

opened a Ṁ50 YES at 40% order

if anyone doubts ziddletwix's wisdom take my limit order on YES at 40%

@Bayesian Nvm just checked out the cast list and people should probably buy YES up to 90%+ this one's a lock (sry for spoilers)

@Ziddletwix OMFG WHAT?!?!?

context for the underinformed

@Ziddletwix with the context i can't tell if this is sarcastic

@Bayesian i do love Marianne, but I’m a pretty objective person when it comes to loving movies. Very very few of my scores have rosy lenses. Take that how you will

Fun market! I appreciate all the extra detail you give about what you like/how things have been going. It gives me a lot to go off of!

Maybe the trailer is just throwing me off, but I’m not getting the same vibe as ex-machina/annihilation.

@Nikos thanks!

Maybe the trailer is just throwing me off, but I’m not getting the same vibe as ex-machina/annihilation.

I’m hoping that it’s a pressure cooker, which Annihilation wasn’t quite, but did build on the intrigue as the movie went on.

I loved How To Blow Up a Pipeline (2022) and gave it a 4.5/5. This could be really different, but these reviews have kept my expectations pretty high

bought Ṁ15 YES from 40% to 45%

@mattyb Huh! Those reviews do paint a different picture. How intriguing!

While this has nothing to do with Civil War, I do have a history of being disappointed by my most anticipated films:

  • Napoleon (2023) - 3/5, not awful but certainly a let down from my expectations. Really just mid and forgettable.

  • Beau Is Afraid (2023) - 2.5/5, a huge letdown and a disappointment

  • Babylon (2022) - 2.5/5, such a disappointment from Chazelle

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