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Biggest surprises the last 10+ years (2010-present)?

Drive (2011)…one of my most watched movies since it came out. Gosling and Brooks were amazing. And, now obsessed with NWR.
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No one, I mean no one expected a sequel to a movie from 1986 would become a massive hit and actually be really good.

This was my biggest surprise.
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Absolutely!
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I’d also say the last two Avengers movies. Ultron didn’t give me hope. But I love these both to pieces.
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Re: Biggest surprises the last 10+ years (2010-present)?

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No one, I mean no one expected a sequel to a movie from 1986 would become a massive hit and actually be really good.

This was my biggest surprise.
Canít argue with this. The movie was basically the butt of jokes for several years. When they finally released trailers for it, people took notice. The movie itself is the best time Iíve had at the theater in at least 20 years! Itís just a hell of a fun movie.
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Re: Biggest surprises the last 10+ years (2010-present)?

That a bunch of movies based on comic book characters that the general public had pretty much never heard of would become the biggest franchise in history.
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John Wick - a franchise is born
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That people of power in Hollywood started facing consequences for their behaviour and actions.
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I thought Spielberg was really off his rocker trying to remake West Side Story, but his version is pretty damn good.
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Oh, and Rob Zombie was responsible for the worst horror movies time and time again. I just had no interest in his "white trash" horror, and his compulsion to put his untalented wife in everything. Shit, guy even screwed up when making a fake trailer for Grindhouse.
So yeah, it was indeed a big surprise when he (and his wife) made a solid little horror film with The Lords of Salem.
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Drive (2011)Öone of my most watched movies since it came out. Gosling and Brooks were amazing. And, now obsessed with NWR.
I also love Drive, but definitely read your last sentence as NRW, which the film got me super into. It's how I discovered Kavinsky, The Weeknd, and basically the entire retrowave/darkwave/chillwave genres.

Refn himself I'm a little split on, depending on the film, but generally enjoy his work.
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I didn't expect the John Wick movies to be as good as they are or create a new iconic character for Keanu Reeves.
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That a bunch of movies based on comic book characters that the general public had pretty much never heard of would become the biggest franchise in history.
Yeah, not personally a huge fan of them, but it's still amazing thing to see.


Personally, stuff like:
Mad Max Fury Road
Logan (not just a superhero movie, but one that dared to go a little bit grimdark)
Blade Runner 2049
Knives Out (never been a big fan of murder mysteries, but this was so fun to watch)
New Planet of the Apes trilogy (I would never have expected a goofy franchise like this to become so big again)

And all five Disney Star Wars movies should be on here, and I'll say I was absolutely gobsmacked surprised that they happened, but considering the good to bad ratio of them, the only one I'll name is Rogue One for being so abso-fucking-lutely amazing.
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Re: Biggest surprises the last 10+ years (2010-present)?

The films of the sons of two directors

Brandon Cronenberg and Panos Cosmatos.
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The Batman...i was not keen on the idea of yet another reboot, nor did i remotely want to see it. i've seen it 3x now and love it!
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I also love Drive, but definitely read your last sentence as NRW, which the film got me super into. It's how I discovered Kavinsky, The Weeknd, and basically the entire retrowave/darkwave/chillwave genres.

Refn himself I'm a little split on, depending on the film, but generally enjoy his work.
i downloaded and love the soundtrack for this one. even just the electronica music with no voice they used is incredible. i just heard "A Real Hero" the other day in my car.
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I hadn't really been paying attention to the DCEU films, but I really loved both Shazaam and Zach Snyder's Justice League.
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Re: Biggest surprises the last 10+ years (2010-present)?

Probably The Grand Budapest Hotel. Not because I wasn't already a Wes Anderson fan (I was); he's made several really good to downright excellent movies (except Isle of Dogs).

But TGBH is a masterpiece of such outstanding craftmanship and poignancy, I was stunned. It's flawless. Timeless, even. One that profoundly affected me in a way I haven't felt since probably Pan's Labyrinth. And while Anderson's films have always worn their emotions on their sleeves, those are usually overshadowed by the technical, cerebral, our "auteurist" flourishes. And these had all of them too, but watching Ralph Fiennes's character struggle to maintain decency, civility, and elegance in a society decaying internally from fascism was magnificent.

So yeah I kinda was surprised by that flick.
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i downloaded and love the soundtrack for this one. even just the electronica music with no voice they used is incredible. i just heard "A Real Hero" the other day in my car.
You should check out the rest of Kavinsky's (the opening titles guy). He's a prominent French musician.
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Up to that point, my only knowledge of Taika Waititi was Thor: Ragnarok, which I thought was mildly fun but didnít knock my socks off like it did others.

When I first heard about it, the idea of a movie about a little boy whoís imaginary friend was Hitler was stupid at best and downright offensive at worst.

But Jojo Rabbit blew me away! I loved everything about. Itís a wonderfully moving movie! It was a huge surprise.
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That a bunch of movies based on comic book characters that the general public had pretty much never heard of would become the biggest franchise in history.
Guardians has to take the cake, though. Vin Diesel saying one word, Bradley Cooper as just a voice, Andy from Parks and Rec, a wrestler and the new Uhuru join forces. I mean I love Abnett and Lanning's Guardians but those characters are still really really really obscure.

I'll also say the fact that the Lego Movie wasn't terrible but was actually really good is amazing in and of itself.
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When I saw the first teaser for Lightyear back in December of 2020, I think, I remember saying to myself, "There's a movie I'll never see." I don't have much interest in Pixar movies. i saw the first Toy Story in 95, and Toy Story 3 in 2010 or whenever it was it came out. Lightyear blew me away with what a fun, pulp-sci-fi movie it was. It had a story that kept developing as it went along, it was filled with giant robots. I enjoyed it as much as I do the original Star Wars movies. I went to the theatre to see it three times, and as I was walking to the theatre, I found myself thinking about specific scenes I was looking forward to seeing again. Although I could argue Everything Everywhere All At Once is a more important movie, Lightyear is clearly my favorite movie this year.

Pretty good for something I was never going to see.
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Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE (2010) - one of the best train movies I've ever seen.

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Guardians has to take the cake, though. Vin Diesel saying one word, Bradley Cooper as just a voice, Andy from Parks and Rec, a wrestler and the new Uhuru join forces. I mean I love Abnett and Lanning's Guardians but those characters are still really really really obscure.
The idea that James Gunn could take something so obscure and insane, and craft it into a box office monster, just goes to show the power of something original and entertaining and fun to draw audiences. Then he turns around and pulls The Suicide Squad out of its dismal creative swamp, where the ONLY good thing was Margot Robbie, and makes that property into something entertaining and fun.
The geniuses at WB Discovery need to make a complete break with Zach Snyder's tone with the DCEU, and they should throw a fortune at Gunn and Edgar Wright to collaborate in charge of the DCEU.
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The idea that James Gunn could take something so obscure and insane, and craft it into a box office monster, just goes to show the power of something original and entertaining and fun to draw audiences. Then he turns around and pulls The Suicide Squad out of its dismal creative swamp, where the ONLY good thing was Margot Robbie, and makes that property into something entertaining and fun.
The geniuses at WB Discovery need to make a complete break with Zach Snyder's tone with the DCEU, and they should throw a fortune at Gunn and Edgar Wright to collaborate in charge of the DCEU.
I disagree. Snyder's tone isn't right for everything and neither is Gunn's. Both can coexist (the comics have tons of tonal shifts from title to title) but neither is fit for every DCEU feature.
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