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Anarchist

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #550 on: October 18, 2021, 02:59:09 AM »
Watched this last night...





A fantastic slow-burn mystery. Taylor Sheridan is a talented storyteller. And Renner and Olsen are great, as usual. I've now watched it twice. I'll surely watch it again at some point.

Currently on Netflix.
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Jeff Tanyard

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #551 on: October 18, 2021, 03:28:15 PM »
I haven't seen any of the Hobbit movies, nor will I.  As soon as I heard it was going to be a trilogy, I knew it was going to wildly diverge from the book.  The internet confirmed my suspicions.
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j tanner

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #552 on: October 18, 2021, 04:04:02 PM »
I haven't seen any of the Hobbit movies, nor will I.  As soon as I heard it was going to be a trilogy, I knew it was going to wildly diverge from the book.  The internet confirmed my suspicions.

Wise decision. It's mind-boggling that the same people who made so many smart decisions with LotR made so many awful ones with these.
 

Vijaya

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #553 on: October 19, 2021, 01:26:47 AM »
Wind River was hauntingly beautiful.


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Lynn

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #554 on: October 21, 2021, 02:12:01 AM »
Watched this last night...





A fantastic slow-burn mystery. Taylor Sheridan is a talented storyteller. And Renner and Olsen are great, as usual. I've now watched it twice. I'll surely watch it again at some point.

Currently on Netflix.

That movie was a powerhouse of emotion. I couldn't forget it for days after watching. It was great.
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Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #555 on: October 21, 2021, 07:51:28 AM »
The Song of Lunch, TV movie with Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson.

AR narrates a poem about a jaded, middle-aged man, meeting his lost love for lunch after 15 years. His narration is brilliant as always and the few lines of dialogue they both have are brilliantly executed.

This is not normally the kind of thing I would watch because poetry puts me to sleep after only a few lines but Rickman and Thompson make the whole thing watchable.

My favorite performance of AR is Revolutionary Witness: The Preacher. This reminds me of that.



           
 

j tanner

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #556 on: October 21, 2021, 08:10:36 AM »
That’s a bummer. Casino Royale and Skyfall were so good, the sequence was one good one bad and repeat so i thought they might go out on a high note.

There's consensus that it's better than SPECTRE. I think it's marginally so, while many others think it's significant. So there's a reasonable chance it'll be worth a watch for you. For comparison, I think Casino Royale is the best overall even with a weakish ending while Skyfall is the best filmmaking, the best ending, and a strong start, but an exceptionally dumb second act that can't quite sink it. NTTD would be a distant third for me, but I'll avoid the why beyond what I've said already for spoilery reasons.
 

j tanner

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #557 on: October 21, 2021, 08:24:12 AM »
News of the World - Fairly routine Western but enjoyable. Pushes no boundaries, takes no chances.

Red River. Just showed up on Kanopy so I gave it a shot. It's revered as Howard Hawks masterpiece and one of the best westerns ever. Sadly, it didn't hold up for me. I can't even figure out what the appeal was at the time. All due to Wayne's somewhat unexpected character arc, perhaps? Not sure.
 

Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #558 on: October 21, 2021, 09:33:04 AM »
News of the World - Fairly routine Western but enjoyable. Pushes no boundaries, takes no chances.

Red River. Just showed up on Kanopy so I gave it a shot. It's revered as Howard Hawks masterpiece and one of the best westerns ever. Sadly, it didn't hold up for me. I can't even figure out what the appeal was at the time. All due to Wayne's somewhat unexpected character arc, perhaps? Not sure.

Sorry you didn't like Red River. It was made in 1948 but I probably didn't see it until the late 50s early 60s. And I probably watched it with my dad who had most likely seen it on the big screen. It's been one of my favorites ever since.

           
 

j tanner

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #559 on: October 21, 2021, 10:17:07 AM »
Sorry you didn't like Red River. It was made in 1948 but I probably didn't see it until the late 50s early 60s. And I probably watched it with my dad who had most likely seen it on the big screen. It's been one of my favorites ever since.

Certainly not your fault. It's been on my list to catch up with since well before you mentioned it. I figured you saw it fairly young. I'm mildly interested in what in particular stood out for you vs other westerns, but won't press. You don't need to defend it or anything. :)

Through today's lens, it portrays its female characters rather poorly, basically as insane props who exist only to lust for their chosen man who mostly couldn't care less about them. And the emotional resolution of the conflict was unintentionally rushed/funny which made it rather unsatisfying. (To be fair, the treatment of non-white characters was better than average for the time, the cattle drive setting is unique, and the Wayne character arc is atypical for him.)
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Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #560 on: October 21, 2021, 12:11:07 PM »
Sorry you didn't like Red River. It was made in 1948 but I probably didn't see it until the late 50s early 60s. And I probably watched it with my dad who had most likely seen it on the big screen. It's been one of my favorites ever since.

Certainly not your fault. It's been on my list to catch up with since well before you mentioned it. I figured you saw it fairly young. I'm mildly interested in what in particular stood out for you vs other westerns, but won't press. You don't need to defend it or anything. :)

Through today's lens, it portrays its female characters rather poorly, basically as insane props who exist only to lust for their chosen man who mostly couldn't care less about them. And the emotional resolution of the conflict was unintentionally rushed/funny which made it rather unsatisfying. (To be fair, the treatment of non-white characters was better than average for the time, the cattle drive setting is unique, and the Wayne character arc is atypical for him.)

"The girl Dunson left behind" was quite strong. On the other hand, Joanne Dru's character (Millay) I could have done without. She thinks she's strong, but she's just jaded and cynical.

"Howard Hawks claimed the problem with the one scene that invites criticism, the ending, was not the scene itself but the way Joanne Dru played it. " I have to agree with that.

I would be hard put to pinpoint just what I like about the movie so much. I like the characters, although I agree with you that Dunson is an atypical character for Wayne. I like the vastness of the setting and the history of the Abilene Trail, even though we know that Hollywood has little regard for historical accuracy. I doubt that if it had been filmed in color I would have liked it so much. I think black-and-white adds to the drama.

I found it interesting that "Writer Borden Chase readily admitted that the storyline was Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) with saddles and stirrups."
           
 

j tanner

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #561 on: October 21, 2021, 12:29:26 PM »
I found it interesting that "Writer Borden Chase readily admitted that the storyline was Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) with saddles and stirrups."

Ah, interesting. When I explained the plot to someone I said Moby Dick as a cattle drive but MotB is a better fit.

I disagree with Hawks about blaming his actress. (Aside from the fact that as director, if he wasn't happy with how she played it, he's in a pretty good position to, you know, ask her to do something else.) I didn't buy character A, B, or C in that scene, particularly them ignoring what happened to character D moments before, and then wrapping it up in two seconds with a "whelp, folks, that's a happy ending for ya!" Still, that was my second biggest "I shouldn't be laughing" moment. A character getting shot with an arrow, and then continuing making goo-goo eyes at another character, while shot with an arrow! really took the cake.  :hehe

Anyway, thanks for sharing. Sometimes a movie just catches you in the right way. There are plenty of movies I love despite agreeing with much of the criticism lobbed at them.
 

Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #562 on: October 21, 2021, 11:51:49 PM »
I wasn't in the mood to watch a whole movie last night but I remembered Galaxy Quest, 20th Anniversary Special: The Mockumentary. It's on YouTube and poor quality but I enjoyed it. The only disappointment was that Tony Shaloub was not on on it.

This is entirely different from the actual documentary on Amazon prime.
           
 

Jeff Tanyard

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #563 on: October 24, 2021, 06:40:22 PM »
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Vijaya

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #564 on: October 25, 2021, 12:32:59 AM »
My son went to see it with a bunch of friends and immediately told me that we must see it. I've never seen a Dune movie but read the book in high school... so I'm looking forward to it. We watched My Own Country--about Abraham Verghese's time as infectious disease chief at a small hospital in TN when AIDS was a death sentence. Well done.


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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #565 on: October 25, 2021, 02:19:01 AM »


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Anarchist

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #566 on: October 25, 2021, 02:47:29 AM »


Great story. Good directing. A few scenes reminded me of Wes Anderson's work. I think the story stumbled a few times, including at the end. But overall, worth a watch.

Carey Mulligan was terrific. Nailed the part.

Currently on HBO Max.

"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.” – Thomas Sowell

"The State is an institution run by gangs of murderers, plunderers and thieves, surrounded by willing executioners, propagandists, sycophants, crooks, liars, clowns, charlatans, dupes and useful idiots—an institution that dirties and taints everything it touches.” - Hans Hoppe

Nothing that requires the labor of others is a basic human right.

I keep a stiff upper lip and shoot from the hip. - AC/DC
 

Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #567 on: October 25, 2021, 03:07:02 AM »
Undefeated     

Post-Civil War Western with John Wayne and Rock Hudson. There was something off about Wayne in this movie. It was almost like he had back problems while filming something about the way he sat a horse and even something about the way he walked. It was like he phoned in his performance. I skipped to the end.

I think I'll cleanse my palate with The Magnificent Seven, the original version.
           
 

Lynn

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #568 on: October 25, 2021, 04:35:42 AM »
Mission Possible. Korean, with subtitles on Viki. I liked it. Funny spy flick. :)
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LBL

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #569 on: November 03, 2021, 10:39:08 PM »
Blood Red Sky

A bunch of hijackers on an overseas flight don't realize one of the passengers also happens to be a vampire.

Love the premise. The movie doesn't quite live up to it, IMO.

It's on Netflix.
 
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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #570 on: November 05, 2021, 12:49:01 PM »
Blood Red Sky

A bunch of hijackers on an overseas flight don't realize one of the passengers also happens to be a vampire.

Love the premise. The movie doesn't quite live up to it, IMO.

It's on Netflix.

Was just about to watch this. Maybe I'll wait a bit and watch something else instead :D
Don't rush me.