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Anarchist

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #500 on: September 13, 2020, 02:54:48 AM »
Speaking of Man of Steel, Zack Snyder is one of those directors that I really want to like, especially after Watchmen (loved it). But he keeps swinging and missing.

I feel the same, though the jabs at Joss Whedon during this whole Snyder Cut affair tarnish it some for me.

But he's got a great eye. Watchmen missed the mark a little for me because he seemed to overlook the far from subtle subtext of the source, but Dawn of the Dead and 300 both kind of blew me away. Even Sucker Punch had some unforgettable imagery, but boy did it expose his weaknesses as a storyteller that have dogged everything he's made since.

I remember thinking during the Snyder-Whedon kerfuffle "Dude, you've got chops, but your dressing down Whedon is like Shia LaBeouf dressing down Denzel Washington."

You're right about Snyder ignoring some important themes in Watchmen. I was just so happy to finally see it on the big screen (longtime Alan Moore fan) that I was ready to applaud anything that got it half-right.

I forgot Snyder did Dawn of the Dead. That WAS a good flick (thanks to you and PJ Post for the reminder).

Funny that you mention Sucker Punch. I've debated watching it several times. Part of me wants to just to give Snyder another chance. But I keep hearing bad things about the film. Your comment certainly doesn't get me excited about watching it. lol

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PJ Post

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #501 on: September 13, 2020, 08:12:13 AM »
Sucker Punch is misunderstood by lots of folks, many of whom tend to be quite vocal about it. It's like Inception, multiple levels and the literary toolbox is blown wide open - Chekhov's everything. You really have to pay attention. The narrative is there, but it's not a typical Hollywood story - it's complicated and kind of messy. It's more social commentary than anything else.

Don't get me wrong, people can understand it just fine and still hate it, that's the nature of the beast, but you can usually tell when someone doesn't as soon as they start talking.

It's definitely worth the watch. I liked it. While we're on the subject, I liked Watchmen too.

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notthatamanda

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #502 on: September 13, 2020, 10:08:04 PM »
Last night we watched "Broken Flowers" with Bill Murray. It was free, had good ratings, we like Bill Murray and we recently watched "Rock the Casbah" which we laughed a lot at. This movie, wow, just so bad. They didn't solve the mystery at the end which was the only reason we hung in there. One scene was just Bill sitting in his living room. As opposed to several other scenes of him sitting there watching TV. Scenes of him driving, sitting on a plane. They actually hired an actress (I recognized her from the end of the movie "Hitch" to sit next to him, pretending to sleep, for one scene on the plane.) A couple of times when he was sitting on the plane he dreamed about things that already happened. Lots of him driving alone and playing the CD of Ethiopian music his friend had given him. My husband got really sick of the music but he didn't mind the full frontal and full back-al nudity that contributed absolutely nothing to the plot other than "Hey boobs!"
 

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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #503 on: September 14, 2020, 12:17:20 AM »


A terrific little gem. It's tragicomedy released on a micro-budget ($200K). It's uncomfortable, but mesmerizing.

Currently on Amazon Prime.

"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
 

notthatamanda

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #504 on: November 24, 2020, 09:39:42 PM »
https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/21/us/holiday-dream-job-trnd/index.html

Thought someone here might like this. I'm not sure if I will apply or not. Not like I don't have the time, but it seems like a big commitment.
 

Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #505 on: November 24, 2020, 11:42:25 PM »
Laura - 1944

Dana Andrews. Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Andrews

My favorite film noir.

           
 

notthatamanda

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #506 on: November 25, 2020, 12:17:05 AM »
Oh I love Julie Andrews. I should see if our library has that. We watched Hawaii (well I did) after I read her autobiography. Tried to get Cynthia (Liz Taylor) recently, but my library system doesn't have it.
 

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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #507 on: November 25, 2020, 01:02:20 AM »
Netflix short series: The Queen's Gambit

Highly recommended.

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j tanner

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #508 on: November 25, 2020, 02:26:33 AM »
RE: Thunder Road

A terrific little gem.

Agreed. I watched it recently too and really enjoyed it. Jim Cummings followup is Wolf of Snow Hollow which I've heard is very different in tone, but equally good. I've got it on my Netflix DVD list for when it releases next month and you can rent it now. I expect eventually it'll make Prime, but I'm not waiting. :)
 
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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #509 on: November 25, 2020, 02:39:57 AM »
RE: Thunder Road

A terrific little gem.

Agreed. I watched it recently too and really enjoyed it. Jim Cummings followup is Wolf of Snow Hollow which I've heard is very different in tone, but equally good. I've got it on my Netflix DVD list for when it releases next month and you can rent it now. I expect eventually it'll make Prime, but I'm not waiting. :)

I heard about Wolf of Snow Hollow a couple days ago. I'm excited to check it out!
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Jeff Tanyard

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #510 on: March 24, 2021, 07:05:10 AM »
Re-watched Alien in memory of the late Yaphet Kotto.

As usual, I rolled my eyes at the "molecular acid" line.   :icon_rolleyes:

In spite of its few flaws, it's still an awesome movie.
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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #511 on: March 24, 2021, 08:07:29 AM »
The Mrs. and I have been streaming the Marvel Series in the correct order. (Story chronological, not movie release date.)

As someone who dabbles in screenwriting, how they connected so many threads while producing the movies out of order, is fun to watch.

Also, never, skip the trailers.

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Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #512 on: March 24, 2021, 08:38:03 AM »
Charles Dickens: The Man Who Invented Christmas with Christopher Plummer as the inspiration for Scrooge.
           
 

Jeff Tanyard

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #513 on: March 24, 2021, 12:44:55 PM »
Also, never, skip the trailers.


Some trailers are works of art in and of themselves.  Back in the day, I only needed to see one summer commercial for the upcoming Firefly series.  I never a commercial for it again.  But that one viewing hooked me, and I made a mental note to look for the show when the fall lineup started.  As a result, I was one of the few who saw the whole show as each episode aired.

Others are terrible.  I'll never forgive the people who made the trailer for The Matrix.  I saw the commercial on tv, and my impression was that the movie was just a special effects show with lots of action and Keanu-isms but little or no plot.  The result was that I missed seeing in the theater what would later turn out to be one of my favorite movies.
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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #514 on: March 24, 2021, 05:53:32 PM »
Others are terrible.  I'll never forgive the people who made the trailer for The Matrix.

I'm guessing you're in the minority there. I thought it was a spectacular trailer. All the plot is in there (upon review after seeing it) but it's cut together in such a way that it's disguised by the "what is the matrix?"/"You can't be told; you have to see it for yourself." theme. It's such a strong mystery hook, it's JJ Abrams porn.

Back on topic the last three have all been very good...

Death of Dick Long -- not as weird/indie as expected. It's rather restrained actually. A solid character unraveling plot.

My Octopus Teacher -- super engaging nature doc about a guy who visits an octopus in the wild every day for a year.

The Guilty -- A 911 operator gets a very unusual call. You spend the entire movie with the operator. The tension and reveals they wring out of this single character/set setup are staggering. This actor should have gotten awards attention.

And catching up a bit, but since it was mentioned in a prior post...

Wolf of Snow Hollow -- See Thunder Road first to see if Jim Cummings is your bag or not. If you're in, you'll like this too. It's a bit of a tweener though. It doesn't really work as well as Thunder Road for the family drama and the drama puts a drag on the horror side plot/pacing. It's a balancing act that's interesting, but maybe not all that effective.
 

Jeff Tanyard

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #515 on: March 24, 2021, 06:08:34 PM »
Others are terrible.  I'll never forgive the people who made the trailer for The Matrix.

I'm guessing you're in the minority there.


That's entirely possible.


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I thought it was a spectacular trailer. All the plot is in there (upon review after seeing it) but it's cut together in such a way that it's disguised by the "what is the matrix?"/"You can't be told; you have to see it for yourself." theme. It's such a strong mystery hook, it's JJ Abrams porn.


Doesn't work for me at all, though.  My response to "What is the Matrix?" would be "Why should I care?"  The trailer failed to make me care.   :shrug
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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #516 on: March 24, 2021, 11:53:16 PM »
The End of the Affair. Well done. Now I want to read the book.


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