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PaperThinWalls

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  1. I saw the movie last night, too. I didn’t like Halloween (2018) very much at all, so I went into this one with some reservations. Well, I watched the film and I came out with pretty much same feelings I had for H18 which I posted in this topic:

    On 10/9/2019 at 12:37 AM, PaperThinWalls said:

    “It, much like the inferior sequels, fell into all the bad tropes and cliches: obnoxious, dumb characters, bad comedic moments, poor acting, and a busy plot with needless complications and contrivances…”

    The last part I would amend to just to “silly plot” cause I wouldn’t say the plot was all that busy with contrivances and whatnot — but everything else still applies here. I really do not like the filmmaking here. It may be more glossy-looking and its themes are more delicately, deliberately crafted than the sequels that preceded it but at its heart the filmmaking and many of the creative choices are not that different from its predecessors. These films don’t understand that one of the things that made the original so great is its minimalism. They always fall in same trapping of going bigger and they always stumble. When will they learn? If you truly want to be different, then go small and simple.

    The one thing I would say that Halloween Kills and H18 continue to do better than the previous sequels is its concept and characterization of Michael as The Shape. They understand the playful nature of him and that he isn’t simply a killing machine. There’s a perversity to the way he plays with his victims and their corpses. They also understand underlying uncanniness of him. That he’s a force of nature. A void. A blank slate with an unknownable motive. He’s a mystery. So they’re still doing pretty well there. I like it when Laurie

     

    realizes that Michael isn’t going after her. That he actually doesn’t care about her. Yup, that’s the Michael I like. So good on them for continuing that thread.

    One thing that I didn’t like in terms of Michael, though, is

     

    the addition of him apparently being a creepy kid who tended to stare out his sister’s window. While I like the creepiness and the imagery that conjures up — to me, what is more is unsettling is there no build up to what happened that faithful Halloween night. No signs at all of strange behavior from the kid. Just him suddenly and randomly becoming murderous. I find that more chilling and haunting than a kid who was showing odd behavior beforehand.


  2. I’m watching both WWE and AEW main shows and the Roman stuff overall is best thing going on between the two companies atm which at its best is… just enjoyable. Nothing groundbreaking just good enough to keep my interest. There’s been a lot of talk about how great wrestling is right now (which let’s be honest people really just mean AEW), but I ain’t seeing it. Almost everything across these two companies just feels shallow and empty. There’s been very little that feels truly meaningful or substantive to me. So I’m not going to disagree with Roman saying his shit is best stuff right now cause to me it probably is. But at the same time, it ain’t the greatest shit either. Wrestling (among these two promotions at least) is just very meh for me right now which is probably a pretty unpopular online opinion.


  3. But this isn’t Dark, no? It’s the “Buy In.” And the reason they’re doing all of this because they’re trying to create buzz for these weekend shows as well as attract viewers away from their competitor (who are also doing their own things to create buzz). This is not the norm. This all came to be because of live sports.


  4. 1 hour ago, Counting Lights said:

    But that comes with balancing fiction with reality. It's not like "Hangman having a child and wanting to go home and support his family" was a story point that was made, it was just life. The Hangman/Omega angle had to hit pause after being very obviously built for All Out, and the Casino Ladder Match was an admittedly convenient  yet very exciting way to reintroduce Hangman into the picture. The match may have come out of nowhere, but it was the anniversary show for Dynamite and it was already being built as a stacked card. The match didn't seem out of place.

     Now if Hangman had a regular return and had to work his way back up all over again, the complaint would be "Ugh they're pushing this feud off again?? But we know it's gonna be Kenny vs Page anyway!", a complaint that was already being thrown out earlier this year during Page vs Cage. We don't need Hangman working his way up, we've already had that. We just need to get him right back in the thick of things. This was best case scenario for Hangman's return honestly.

    Real world came into play, but the response to that doesn’t necessarily have to entail a convenient plot-device to magically whisk him back to exactly where he was before. That’s good storytelling? That’s cheap and low-effort to me. If that happened in some other work that’s very plot-driven I’ll most likely scoff at that. It’s so cheap and shallow. Now I’ll grant you, the fans have accepted this just fine and AEW will still achieve what they wanted. But that still doesn’t make it good storytelling to me (nor do I think him running a 5-month gauntlet of stars is necessary either).


  5. I don’t really consider coming up with a random gimmick match out-of-the-blue to get someone a title match great booking. Like you said, it’s convenient. If it was something more established like the RR or an annual tournament, ok. But a ladder match they threw on Dynamite with minimum build? That’s not satisfying storytelling to me. It’ll probably get them where they want to be quick and efficiently — I’m not going to deny that. However, I’m not to going applaud them either.


  6. 6 hours ago, Mani-Man said:

    There is a difference in the scale of Gimmick matches, of course there shouldnt be every match a HIAC during a HIAC PPV, but there shouldnt be a PPV called HIAC to begin with.
    I mean the idea is neat that you have the HIAC up the whole PPV, even if the matches are normal matches...because if people can stare at a UFC cage for 5-6 fights, they can have the stamina to look at a HIAC for 4 hours or what...but yeah, there doesnt need to be a HIAC named PPV.

    It comes down to the kind of Gimmick Match.

    "Extreme Rules" isnt that kind of Gimmick Match that needs a PPV named after it in the first place, but when you use such a name, go with the Theme.
    They could easily made every match a ER and kept it unique without bloating anything.
    You could have done a 4 corners match, a tables match, falls count anywhere...even if just by the name.
    But doing nothing at all, just sucks.

    Extreme Rules is not a MITB,RR,HIAC,War Games kind of Gimmick Match that can drain people far more due to its Gimmick.
    So you can easily do 5-6 of them.

    I wouldn’t want a dumb concept to be even dumber with more needless, arbitrary gimmick matches inserted into feuds that never called for such a thing anyway. It’s so backwards. It’s not even about draining people as you put it. It’s about if the feud naturally calls for it.


  7. 4 hours ago, Fight Me. said:

    It's called EXTREME RULES. Change the name if you aren't going to deliver that lol

    But they did deliver an Extreme Rules match. You think every match at HIAC should be in a HIAC? Or every match at War Games should be War Games?

    I agree, though. Get rid of the PPV. It's a terrible name and concept.


  8. 3 hours ago, Counting Lights said:

    To each their own I suppose. I enjoy stories as much as the next guy, but that match made Sami look incredibly weak, like he and Bryan didn't belong in the same ring as one another. And as chickenshit as a heel might be, I don't think that should ever be the point.

    At that point in his run that's what he had been, though. He should have looked weak. He was gone for awhile due to two shoulder surgeries. Came back as a heel and lost a lot. Then he began working as a manager for Nakamura and Cesaro. Eventually got back in the ring but had to rely on his goons to get him wins (his IC win was a fantastic example of this). So it made sense that he was booked in that manner because he was in a weakened state and had been for some time. He shouldn't have been workrate Sami. That's not what the match called for. That's not what the feud called for. That's not who he was. He was a chickenshit and he excelled at that role, especially in that match. You don't need to have super competitive matches with tons of moves to have a good match. That's a bunch of bull to me. Maybe in Dave and many others' books. But not in my book. What he did in that match was exactly what he needed to do and then some. Same for Bryan. They played their roles exceptionally well and I applaud them for that.


  9. 1 hour ago, Counting Lights said:

    Bryan/Zayn from Mania, seriously? I remember that match for the fact that Sami... didn't do anything. It was basically just Bryan hitting some of his biggest spots, then Zayn catching him with a distraction-boot to win. It was a gigantic letdown for how good both guys are. It told a story, but not a very entertaining one.

    Yeah. I like Zayn being a dodgy weasel. He was a fantastic heel in that match. The mannerisms. The psychology. The heel tactics. It was story that engaged me and I thought the work from all those involved was stellar. They worked a great match even with the lack of fans. I don’t care what moves Zayn didn’t do. I care about him playing the role that was right for him for that match.


  10. 20 hours ago, Mani-Man said:

    Eh i dont know, did he had this many really incredible Wrestling matches in terms of Wrestling itself?
    I mean was his Match against Cena or the WM match that good because of the Wrestling or because of the story?
    I really cant remember a Daniel Bryan match in WWE i would consider 5 star worthy to be honest.

    Some recent ones: Bryan/AJ IC tournament final from last year and the SD Bryan/Cole match were both better than Bryan/Omega. And I’d take Bryan/Zayn from WM over the Omega match. Are these matches “5 star worthy,” I don’t know but these matches were definitely better than Bryan/Omega for me which was not even close at being “5 stars.”


  11. Omega/Bryan only kicked in near the end when Bryan was being worked but for the most of the match I was pretty numb. I just wasn’t feeling it. Things felt… arbitrary? Idk. To me it wasn’t a classic. Cody’s match engaged me more with its story and work but it got a little sloppy and maybe they could have come up with a better finish? The main event was underwhelming and I felt like the crowd didn’t care much for Ruby. This whole cheering for Britt (the heel) is really working against her babyface opponents. I think it’s a bad idea. CM Punk’s promo was the best thing on the show. Loved his intensity. Loved his expressions. Loved the organic flow. Jericho cut a good promo, too.

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