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Title: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 04, 2018, 01:52:36 AM
We're all storytellers, so I assume most of us enjoy watching films.

What did you watch recently? How would you rate it on a scale from 1 to 10?

I'll start...


(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/vJJUlGN0s0I/maxresdefault.jpg)


Rating: 8

Your turn.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: dgcasey on October 04, 2018, 02:01:02 AM
Just watched it last night. Again.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lex on October 04, 2018, 02:18:09 AM
I'm all about horror this time of year.

The Wailing (available on Netflix, FYI)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/910S9wUfEZL._RI_.jpg)

Rating: 9/10
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 04, 2018, 02:24:16 AM
I'm all about horror this time of year.

The Wailing (available on Netflix, FYI)

...

Rating: 9/10

That movie was awesome!

Speaking of horror, Train To Busan was also good (and also on Netflix).
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: The Doctor on October 04, 2018, 02:39:55 AM
A double-bill of The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, and The Limehouse Golem, starring Bill Nighy.

The former a semi-biographical account of writer Alan Bennett's encounters with a homeless woman over the decades.

The latter,  an entertaining Victorian Gothic tale about a London serial killer in the years before Jack the Ripper.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lex on October 04, 2018, 03:49:45 AM
That movie was awesome!

Speaking of horror, Train To Busan was also good (and also on Netflix).

Just watched that one, as well!
I highly recommend A Tale of Two Sisters if you like Korean Horror.  It's my favorite.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lex on October 04, 2018, 03:50:15 AM
The latter,  an entertaining Victorian Gothic tale about a London serial killer in the years before Jack the Ripper.

That sounds excellent!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 04, 2018, 03:57:40 AM

Just watched that one, as well!
I highly recommend A Tale of Two Sisters if you like Korean Horror.  It's my favorite.

Nice! I just added A Tale of Two Sisters to my Watch list. :)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 04, 2018, 03:59:54 AM
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Just watched this last night with my better half. Hadn't seen it in years. Not as good as I'd remembered. Still decent though.

I give it: 7/10.
She gives it: 10/10. (have to keep in mind though, Keanu is one of her movie boyfriends)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: oganalp on October 04, 2018, 04:01:49 AM
Just watched Avengers: Infinity Wars.

It was OK. I enjoyed watching it, but it was suffering from having too many characters, and not giving enough screen time to most.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 04, 2018, 04:52:55 AM
The last movie I watched was Jumanji. I wasn't going to watch it because how can you top Robin Williams.

I'm so glad they went in a different direction so I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. 9/10 because as the nuns always told me, nobody's perfect.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: The Doctor on October 04, 2018, 04:59:25 AM
The latter,  an entertaining Victorian Gothic tale about a London serial killer in the years before Jack the Ripper.

That sounds excellent!

It is. I was pleasantly surprised.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest642 on October 04, 2018, 05:35:21 AM
Ant-Man and the Wasp. Meh. It's a nice safe Marvel movie. 6/10 because I knew what to expect and it didn't disappoint, but it also didn't wow me in any way whatsoever.

For reference, here are my scores for other, recent Marvel movies:

Black Panther: 6/10 (It was aiiight, but man, what shoddy CGI!)
Avengers: Infinity War: 8/10 (Wow, that ending!)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Rick Partlow on October 04, 2018, 05:47:03 AM
If we're talking in the theater, the last one I saw was Ant Man and the Wasp, which I'd give a 7.5.  Great SFX, engaging characters.  A bit light on plot.
If on TV, I watched Infinity War again, for about the 12th time.  9 out of 10.
Before that, Wind River, which was also a 9 for different reasons.  Love that movie.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Kate Elizabeth on October 04, 2018, 07:38:19 AM
I just realized that it's been a couple of months since I've seen a movie.

Thor: Ragnarok.  All of the critics loved it.  I enjoyed the other two, but this one annoyed the crud out of me.  I was surprised that my husband and son didn't care for it, either.

5/10, and I'm being extremely generous.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 04, 2018, 07:48:39 AM
I don't watch a lot of new movies.  I mainly just re-watch stuff I have on DVD.  I think the last one I watched was Patton.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 04, 2018, 08:04:49 AM
Ant-Man and the Wasp. Meh. It's a nice safe Marvel movie. 6/10 because I knew what to expect and it didn't disappoint, but it also didn't wow me in any way whatsoever.

For reference, here are my scores for other, recent Marvel movies:

Black Panther: 6/10 (It was aiiight, but man, what shoddy CGI!)
Avengers: Infinity War: 8/10 (Wow, that ending!)

I feel the same about Ant-Man & the Wasp. 6/10 seems about right. I'd give Black Panther 5/10. I was surprised. I thought it'd be a lot better considering the reaction from critics.

The Infinity War ending was pretty cool. I'd give that flick a 7/10.

I just realized that it's been a couple of months since I've seen a movie.

Thor: Ragnarok.  All of the critics loved it.  I enjoyed the other two, but this one annoyed the crud out of me.  I was surprised that my husband and son didn't care for it, either.

5/10, and I'm being extremely generous.

Wow, it's amazing how tastes differ. I really enjoyed Thor Ragnarok...I'd give it 8/10.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 04, 2018, 08:28:32 AM
I'd give Black Panther 5/10. I was surprised. I thought it'd be a lot better considering the reaction from critics.

I'd give it a 3/10.

I couldn't wait for it to end. The only reason I watched the entire thing is because I heard it's part of the lead-in to Avengers: Infinity Wars.

I've read there was concern among some critics that they'd be accused of racism if they criticized Black Panther. South Park even made fun of it...





True? Untrue? I dunno. Black Panther was terrible either way.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 04, 2018, 09:13:13 AM
The Wife. 6/10. Glenn Close's performance was terrific, but the story felt ... conventional? Not complex enough? Not sure. Something about it left me blah.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 04, 2018, 10:51:19 AM
I've read there was concern among some critics that they'd be accused of racism if they criticized Black Panther. South Park even made fun of it...


Ugh. There's a lot of this happening in our movie culture at the moment. It's discouraging.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: RCoots on October 04, 2018, 11:13:18 AM
I am currently slogging my way through Black Panther in fits and starts. I wanted to like it I really did. I can't figure out if it's because I'm a writer that the story was so obvious to me, or if Marvel just telegraphed it that bad, but I really was disappointed in comparison to my expectations.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 04, 2018, 12:03:57 PM
I am currently slogging my way through Black Panther in fits and starts. I wanted to like it I really did. I can't figure out if it's because I'm a writer that the story was so obvious to me, or if Marvel just telegraphed it that bad, but I really was disappointed in comparison to my expectations.

Based on reviews, this was me sitting down to watch Black Panther...


(https://thumbs.gfycat.com/ComplexFlawedGemsbuck-size_restricted.gif)


... then, while watching Black Panther...


(https://i.giphy.com/media/mWMML2LQBsj8k/giphy.gif)


... and finally, right after the end credits...


(http://i.imgur.com/kgcVCEG.gif)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 04, 2018, 12:07:42 PM
On a positive note, I watched The Hurricane this past weekend (it's on Hulu).


(https://static.rogerebert.com/uploads/movie/movie_poster/the-hurricane-2000/large_uktjcxrB8mxmKqHGP4ftKO9KWuw.jpg)


Great movie. Solid storytelling and terrific acting.

Rating: 8

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 04, 2018, 12:12:53 PM
Anyone see Leave No Trace? Loved that one -- subtle, restrained, beautifully acted. 10/10.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 04, 2018, 12:18:47 PM
Anyone see Leave No Trace? Loved that one -- subtle, restrained, beautifully acted. 10/10.

That looks terrific. It's now on my Watch list. :)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 04, 2018, 12:31:39 PM
Anyone see Leave No Trace? Loved that one -- subtle, restrained, beautifully acted. 10/10.

That looks terrific. It's now on my Watch list. :)

It is so good!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 04, 2018, 12:32:49 PM
Then again, I really like Black Panther.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 04, 2018, 01:22:15 PM
Then again, I really like Black Panther.  :icon_mrgreen:

I'll stop dumping on it. :)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 04, 2018, 02:19:39 PM
Then again, I really like Black Panther.  :icon_mrgreen:

I'll stop dumping on it. :)

But I liked your gif essay! :)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest642 on October 04, 2018, 10:47:44 PM
I've read there was concern among some critics that they'd be accused of racism if they criticized Black Panther. South Park even made fun of it...


Ugh. There's a lot of this happening in our movie culture at the moment. It's discouraging.

A lot of it has to do with the fact many reviewers are also on social media 24-7, and it's almost imperative they stick to the "right opinions." I'm not saying what the "right" opinions are, I'm just saying... If you want to keep your job, it sometimes behooves you not to ruffle feathers in 2018.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lex on October 04, 2018, 10:57:40 PM
The last movie I watched was Jumanji. I wasn't going to watch it because how can you top Robin Williams.

I'm so glad they went in a different direction so I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. 9/10 because as the nuns always told me, nobody's perfect.

I was so ready to hate the new Jumanji. A remake of a 90s kids movie? Come on. But it was really fun. I'd agree with the 9/10.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 05, 2018, 01:03:01 AM

A lot of it has to do with the fact many reviewers are also on social media 24-7, and it's almost imperative they stick to the "right opinions." I'm not saying what the "right" opinions are, I'm just saying... If you want to keep your job, it sometimes behooves you not to ruffle feathers in 2018.

In other words, don't give your honest opinion, even if it's in no way racially/politically motivated and you're judging the art based on the merits of the art itself.  :shrug
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 05, 2018, 01:59:02 AM
The last movie I watched was Jumanji. I wasn't going to watch it because how can you top Robin Williams.

I'm so glad they went in a different direction so I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. 9/10 because as the nuns always told me, nobody's perfect.

I was so ready to hate the new Jumanji. A remake of a 90s kids movie? Come on. But it was really fun. I'd agree with the 9/10.

Anyone have a vote on whether that movie would be okay for a pair of eight-year-olds? Excuse me, eight-and-a-half-year-olds? I saw the trailers and thought maybe ...
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 05, 2018, 05:30:51 AM
The last movie I watched was Jumanji. I wasn't going to watch it because how can you top Robin Williams.

I'm so glad they went in a different direction so I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. 9/10 because as the nuns always told me, nobody's perfect.

I was so ready to hate the new Jumanji. A remake of a 90s kids movie? Come on. But it was really fun. I'd agree with the 9/10.



Anyone have a vote on whether that movie would be okay for a pair of eight-year-olds? Excuse me, eight-and-a-half-year-olds? I saw the trailers and thought maybe ...

Well there's the one scene with Jack Black where he's actually a girl who got turned into a man for the game and he discovers ... The Appendage. As an adult  :icon_rofl:

Overall, it might be too intense in some scenes for that age.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 05, 2018, 05:35:15 AM
I finished watching Taken starring Liam Neeson a few minutes ago. (It's on HBO.)


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Rating: 6
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 05, 2018, 05:42:37 AM
The last movie I watched was Jumanji. I wasn't going to watch it because how can you top Robin Williams.

I'm so glad they went in a different direction so I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. 9/10 because as the nuns always told me, nobody's perfect.

I was so ready to hate the new Jumanji. A remake of a 90s kids movie? Come on. But it was really fun. I'd agree with the 9/10.



Anyone have a vote on whether that movie would be okay for a pair of eight-year-olds? Excuse me, eight-and-a-half-year-olds? I saw the trailers and thought maybe ...

Well there's the one scene with Jack Black where he's actually a girl who got turned into a man for the game and he discovers ... The Appendage. As an adult  :icon_rofl:

Overall, it might be too intense in some scenes for that age.

Hmm. I *think* they'd find the appendage-discovery quite amusing ... maybe also sort of horrifying. Hello Freud.  Grin
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 05, 2018, 05:58:21 AM

Anyone have a vote on whether that movie would be okay for a pair of eight-year-olds? Excuse me, eight-and-a-half-year-olds? I saw the trailers and thought maybe ...

Becca, at first I was going to mention that 'Jumanji' does feature some intense action scenes and a bit of humor aimed more at adults, but then I remembered that I saw 'Blade Runner' when I was eight, so measuring based on that bit of anecdotal evidence, 'Jumanji' should be fine. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit, and I could see kids getting a kick out of it. Keep in mind though, I don't have kids of my own, so my barometer may be off on that.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 05, 2018, 05:59:04 AM
The last movie I watched was Jumanji. I wasn't going to watch it because how can you top Robin Williams.

I'm so glad they went in a different direction so I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. 9/10 because as the nuns always told me, nobody's perfect.

I was so ready to hate the new Jumanji. A remake of a 90s kids movie? Come on. But it was really fun. I'd agree with the 9/10.



Anyone have a vote on whether that movie would be okay for a pair of eight-year-olds? Excuse me, eight-and-a-half-year-olds? I saw the trailers and thought maybe ...

Well there's the one scene with Jack Black where he's actually a girl who got turned into a man for the game and he discovers ... The Appendage. As an adult  :icon_rofl:

Overall, it might be too intense in some scenes for that age.

Hmm. I *think* they'd find the appendage-discovery quite amusing ... maybe also sort of horrifying. Hello Freud.  Grin

Judge for yourself.


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 05, 2018, 06:21:45 AM

Anyone have a vote on whether that movie would be okay for a pair of eight-year-olds? Excuse me, eight-and-a-half-year-olds? I saw the trailers and thought maybe ...

Becca, at first I was going to mention that 'Jumanji' does feature some intense action scenes and a bit of humor aimed more at adults, but then I remembered that I saw 'Blade Runner' when I was eight, so measuring based on that bit of anecdotal evidence, 'Jumanji' should be fine. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit, and I could see kids getting a kick out of it. Keep in mind though, I don't have kids of my own, so my barometer may be off on that.

Sounds like it'd be okay -- thanks, abides. Stuff that's significantly raunchy, gory, or disturbing is a no-no, but general fantasy-type action/violence is fine. Like, Star Wars has been fine. Ant-Man and the Wasp is fine. The very first Jurassic Park, where the lawyer gets gulped down whole -- that's fine. The next one, where two dinos visibly pull someone apart between them, and there's stringy bits ... gonna wait a bit longer on that.

We took them to see Crazy Rich Asians, and they liked it. But at the beginning, one of them leaned over and whispered, "Is this a kissing movie?" Props for the unwitting Princess Bride reference, eh??  :cheers

Some of what gets to them is hard for adults to predict. You know that bit in Back to the Future where Michael J. Fox has a photo of himself and his siblings, and it's erasing from the bottom up as alterations to the past threaten to change the future? That bothered one them quite a bit. Never would've occurred to me beforehand as an issue.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 05, 2018, 06:49:47 AM

Sounds like it'd be okay -- thanks, abides. Stuff that's significantly raunchy, gory, or disturbing is a no-no, but general fantasy-type action/violence is fine. Like, Star Wars has been fine. Ant-Man and the Wasp is fine. The very first Jurassic Park, where the lawyer gets gulped down whole -- that's fine. The next one, where two dinos visibly pull someone apart between them, and there's stringy bits ... gonna wait a bit longer on that.

We took them to see Crazy Rich Asians, and they liked it. But at the beginning, one of them leaned over and whispered, "Is this a kissing movie?" Props for the unwitting Princess Bride reference, eh??  :cheers

Some of what gets to them is hard for adults to predict. You know that bit in Back to the Future where Michael J. Fox has a photo of himself and his siblings, and it's erasing from the bottom up as alterations to the past threaten to change the future? That bothered one them quite a bit. Never would've occurred to me beforehand as an issue.

Yes, if I recall correctly, 'Jumanji' is mostly, maybe even all, fantasy-type violence. That's funny about the 'Back to the Future' thing. You're right, I wouldn't have thought any part of that film would bother a child, but one's perception of certain concepts can be hard to predict. I remember being quite affected by Cameron's emotional moment staring into a painting at a gallery during a Smiths song in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', so I guess you never know. 'Jumanji' doesn't really have anything in it that's quite that nuanced or emotionally intense, as far as I can recall, so it should be pretty safe.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 05, 2018, 06:59:46 AM

Sounds like it'd be okay -- thanks, abides. Stuff that's significantly raunchy, gory, or disturbing is a no-no, but general fantasy-type action/violence is fine. Like, Star Wars has been fine. Ant-Man and the Wasp is fine. The very first Jurassic Park, where the lawyer gets gulped down whole -- that's fine. The next one, where two dinos visibly pull someone apart between them, and there's stringy bits ... gonna wait a bit longer on that.

We took them to see Crazy Rich Asians, and they liked it. But at the beginning, one of them leaned over and whispered, "Is this a kissing movie?" Props for the unwitting Princess Bride reference, eh??  :cheers

Some of what gets to them is hard for adults to predict. You know that bit in Back to the Future where Michael J. Fox has a photo of himself and his siblings, and it's erasing from the bottom up as alterations to the past threaten to change the future? That bothered one them quite a bit. Never would've occurred to me beforehand as an issue.

Yes, if I recall correctly, 'Jumanji' is mostly, maybe even all, fantasy-type violence. That's funny about the 'Back to the Future' thing. You're right, I wouldn't have thought any part of that film would bother a child, but one's perception of certain concepts can be hard to predict. I remember being quite affected by Cameron's emotional moment staring into a painting at a gallery during a Smiths song in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', so I guess you never know. 'Jumanji' doesn't really have anything in it that's quite that nuanced or emotionally intense, as far as I can recall, so it should be pretty safe.

Adding it to our list ... thanks!

Oddly, I don't even remember the moment you mention in Ferris Bueller. Interesting how artworks speak to different people differently, eh?
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 05, 2018, 07:21:13 AM

Adding it to our list ... thanks!

Oddly, I don't even remember the moment you mention in Ferris Bueller. Interesting how artworks speak to different people differently, eh?

Yeah, I think it was the combination of the melancholy of the song and Cameron's own internal battle/existential crisis (though I wouldn't have been able to articulate it as that as a kid) that he was reckoning with and contemplating during that moment of reflection staring into the painting that got to me emotionally. It's like he saw the turmoil in the child in the painting and recognized something similar in himself - a recognition of the loss of his own innocence or a yearning to be understood and recognizing that he never had - and you could read it on him, which was also conveyed in the way the scene was cut together as well.

Of course, like anything else, it's entirely possible I'm reading way too much into this.  :icon_redface:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 05, 2018, 07:30:45 AM

Adding it to our list ... thanks!

Oddly, I don't even remember the moment you mention in Ferris Bueller. Interesting how artworks speak to different people differently, eh?

Yeah, I think it was the combination of the melancholy of the song and Cameron's own internal battle/existential crisis (though I wouldn't have been able to articulate it as that as a kid) that he was reckoning with and contemplating during that moment of reflection staring into the painting that got to me emotionally. It's like he saw the turmoil in the child in the painting and recognized something similar in himself - a recognition of the loss of his own innocence or a yearning to be understood and recognizing that he never had - and you could read it on him, which was also conveyed in the way the scene was cut together as well.

Of course, like anything else, it's entirely possible I'm reading way too much into this.  :icon_redface:

No, I think you're right -- there's a lot going on there. (Just went and found it on YouTube.) Definitely seems like a moment of realization for the character.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 05, 2018, 10:15:05 AM

Adding it to our list ... thanks!

Oddly, I don't even remember the moment you mention in Ferris Bueller. Interesting how artworks speak to different people differently, eh?

Yeah, I think it was the combination of the melancholy of the song and Cameron's own internal battle/existential crisis (though I wouldn't have been able to articulate it as that as a kid) that he was reckoning with and contemplating during that moment of reflection staring into the painting that got to me emotionally. It's like he saw the turmoil in the child in the painting and recognized something similar in himself - a recognition of the loss of his own innocence or a yearning to be understood and recognizing that he never had - and you could read it on him, which was also conveyed in the way the scene was cut together as well.

Of course, like anything else, it's entirely possible I'm reading way too much into this.  :icon_redface:


Cameron was the conscience and the tragic hero of the movie.   :icon_cry:


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 07, 2018, 12:34:27 AM
Saw this movie for the third time.


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Cm8DaqfOL._RI_.jpg)


Rating: 9/10

Horror is tough to do right. This one nails it.

It's currently on HBO.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: My Dogs Servant on October 07, 2018, 02:56:36 AM
Saw a mention of  THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN THE WALLS. Had never heard of the book or the film, but it was Jack Black and Cate Blanchett and the trailer looked like fun and  it was a rainy afternoon and I was in the mood for a theatre movie so....

Blech. Two hours and ten bucks I'll never see again. I kept thinking about walking out but since I wasn't familiar with the book I wanted to know the end (it was even worse than I'd feared).
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: dgcasey on October 07, 2018, 03:16:28 AM
Saw a mention of  THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN THE WALLS. Had never heard of the book or the film, but it was Jack Black and Cate Blanchett and the trailer looked like fun and  it was a rainy afternoon and I was in the mood for a theatre movie so....

Blech. Two hours and ten bucks I'll never see again. I kept thinking about walking out but since I wasn't familiar with the book I wanted to know the end (it was even worse than I'd feared).

I don't know. I liked it. Of course, I like movies like that. Nanny McPhee and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children are the kind of movies I like and Clock fits right in there with them.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 07, 2018, 03:35:23 AM
Saw a mention of  THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN THE WALLS. Had never heard of the book or the film, but it was Jack Black and Cate Blanchett and the trailer looked like fun and  it was a rainy afternoon and I was in the mood for a theatre movie so....

Blech. Two hours and ten bucks I'll never see again. I kept thinking about walking out but since I wasn't familiar with the book I wanted to know the end (it was even worse than I'd feared).

I don't know. I liked it. Of course, I like movies like that. Nanny McPhee and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children are the kind of movies I like and Clock fits right in there with them.

Eli Roth, torture porn and cannibal horror auteur, directed a PG film?!


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Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest642 on October 07, 2018, 04:57:36 AM
Just saw MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT.

Good entry into the series. Nothing original or creative, but ticks all the right boxes for fans of the genre and series. It's like a good book series -- gives the reader everything they want, but doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. Everyone put in a good day's work, but that's about it.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 07, 2018, 06:59:39 AM
Just saw MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT.

Good entry into the series. Nothing original or creative, but ticks all the right boxes for fans of the genre and series. It's like a good book series -- gives the reader everything they want, but doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. Everyone put in a good day's work, but that's about it.

I think the bathroom scene is the best thing about that movie.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest642 on October 07, 2018, 01:35:11 PM
Just saw MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT.

Good entry into the series. Nothing original or creative, but ticks all the right boxes for fans of the genre and series. It's like a good book series -- gives the reader everything they want, but doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. Everyone put in a good day's work, but that's about it.

I think the bathroom scene is the best thing about that movie.

Probably because it's the most "realistic" sequence in the whole movie. Everything is was over-the-top and silly. That sequence belonged more in an indie action flick.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: dgcasey on October 07, 2018, 02:56:15 PM
I think the bathroom scene is the best thing about that movie.

Haven't see it yet, but I will. Most likely when it hits Redbox.

Bathroom scene? Anything like the one in True Lies?   Grin
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 07, 2018, 03:09:28 PM
On the subject of bathroom scenes, my favorite is the one from The Best of Times.  Always gets me in the feels, man, when Elly says, "I want you... to kill Bakersfield."


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on October 07, 2018, 04:29:36 PM
+1 on Train to Busan
+1 on Jumanji. A lot of fun.
+1 on Black Panther, Infinity War and Ragnarok. 10/10 on the superhero movie scale.

Others...

(https://news.newonnetflix.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/next-gen-poster.jpg)

But it's no Big Hero 6.


(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/PlFgJLVWI45mgKEoA-hR-fiu0arilBD0_0_6VdGGnmALVsbN5eN5gv8Ea8DrDCMqEOstYHjA-a9a)

A quality "zombie" outing, but not as epic as The Crazies.


(https://www.foxmovies.com/s3/dev-temp/en-US/__5b3f9f284b674.jpg)

Not as good the first one, but meta enough.


(https://www.sdentertainer.com/wp-content/uploads/lauracroft-660x367.jpg)

Evenly paced video-game excitement, but a bit jumpy.


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lysmata Debelius on October 07, 2018, 05:43:20 PM
Rampage, which was really silly but not terrible.

Ready Player One which I found disappointing. Unlike a lot of very vocal people, I enjoyed the book, and probably made a mistake watching the movie after reading the book, so I kept going "But why did they...ah, never mind."
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest14 on October 07, 2018, 09:25:17 PM
My list of forthcoming Netflix downloads for the next 30 days.

Circle
Hold The Dark
MARS
Stratton
The Beyond
The Angel
Marco Polo
Operation Finale
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 07, 2018, 11:44:08 PM
Watched this one last night...


(https://djqh0pophbxqy.cloudfront.net/wpdata/images/85857-m.jpg)


Rating: 3/10

Terrible directing. Terrible writing. Terrible acting.

Consider this a PSA.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 08, 2018, 04:39:20 AM
Yeah, agreed on 'The Commuter'...it was terrible.

Same can be said for 'Hold the Dark'...awful.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 08, 2018, 05:20:31 AM
Just saw MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT.

Good entry into the series. Nothing original or creative, but ticks all the right boxes for fans of the genre and series. It's like a good book series -- gives the reader everything they want, but doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. Everyone put in a good day's work, but that's about it.

I think the bathroom scene is the best thing about that movie.

Probably because it's the most "realistic" sequence in the whole movie. Everything is was over-the-top and silly. That sequence belonged more in an indie action flick.

It's a measure of just how over-the-top these flicks are that it seems even scare-quote "realistic" for people to get thrown into walls hard enough to rain down plaster and broken tiles and still be perfectly functional.

Totally enjoyed it. 8/10.  Grin
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 08, 2018, 07:24:26 AM
Watched this one last night...


I don't have a problem with Neeson as an actor, but he seems to have a way of gravitating towards mediocre or bad movies.  If a movie stars him, then that's a pretty safe bet the movie should be avoided, even if Neeson puts in a great performance.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Tom Wood on October 08, 2018, 07:46:22 AM
... Ready Player One which I found disappointing. Unlike a lot of very vocal people, I enjoyed the book, and probably made a mistake watching the movie after reading the book, so I kept going "But why did they...ah, never mind."

I was ready for a big change in the story, so the movie worked for me just as well as the book. I like both.

Spoiler: ShowHide
In the movie, they fixed the one thing I didn't like about the ending in the book. Wade absolutely had to be in double-jeopardy during the final battle - in VR and IRL. Ever since they did that at the end of the original Matrix, it seems to me to be a required setup for stories that have two worlds.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest642 on October 08, 2018, 07:55:20 AM
Just saw MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT.

Good entry into the series. Nothing original or creative, but ticks all the right boxes for fans of the genre and series. It's like a good book series -- gives the reader everything they want, but doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. Everyone put in a good day's work, but that's about it.

I think the bathroom scene is the best thing about that movie.

Probably because it's the most "realistic" sequence in the whole movie. Everything is was over-the-top and silly. That sequence belonged more in an indie action flick.

It's a measure of just how over-the-top these flicks are that it seems even scare-quote "realistic" for people to get thrown into walls hard enough to rain down plaster and broken tiles and still be perfectly functional.

Totally enjoyed it. 8/10.  Grin

Haha, for sure. The final 10 minutes or so, with the helicopters... God. I had to pick my eyeballs up from the floor after they fell out of their sockets from rolling around so much.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on October 08, 2018, 07:57:58 AM
I don't have a problem with Neeson as an actor, but he seems to have a way of gravitating towards mediocre or bad movies.  If a movie stars him, then that's a pretty safe bet the movie should be avoided, even if Neeson puts in a great performance.

He is an actor with a very particular set of skills, skills he's acquired over a very long career...including Jesus metaphors, a Jedi and the world's worst parent - three times! :tup3b

Yeah, agreed on 'The Commuter'...it was terrible.

Same can be said for 'Hold the Dark'...awful.

I assumed Commuter was going to be bad enough to avoid, thanks for the confirmation. On the other hand, I started watching Hold the Dark...and then remembered I could stop. So I did.

Hollywood and television have become a wasteland again. The bigger stuff is all reboots and sequels and spin-offs and remakes of crap we never asked for. Disney's Star Wars (the poster child for this sh*t) just sucks. Nearly 10 hours of new movies and not an original idea in sight, but we totally know how Han got his name. WTF? I heard someone call Solo a live action version of his Wiki page. I can't believe Amazon hasn't put it in the dungeon, you know, with the whole...um...sex toy, sentient, mechanical blow-up doll thing? Can you imagine having sex with Marvin...

Marvin, can you fondle Lando? Can I fondle Lando? Here I am, brain the size of a planet and they ask me to give Lando a chubby. Call that job satisfaction? Because, I don't.

:HB
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 08, 2018, 08:11:07 AM
Same can be said for 'Hold the Dark'...awful.

Thanks for the heads up. I'll definitely avoid it. :)


I don't have a problem with Neeson as an actor, but he seems to have a way of gravitating towards mediocre or bad movies.  If a movie stars him, then that's a pretty safe bet the movie should be avoided, even if Neeson puts in a great performance.

I get nostalgic whenever I see Neeson's name. For example, I watched The Commuter with the memory of Rob Roy, Michael Collins, and Schindler's List.

Man, talk about setting myself up for disappointment.


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 08, 2018, 09:52:00 AM
Just saw MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT.

Good entry into the series. Nothing original or creative, but ticks all the right boxes for fans of the genre and series. It's like a good book series -- gives the reader everything they want, but doesn't try to reinvent the wheel. Everyone put in a good day's work, but that's about it.

I think the bathroom scene is the best thing about that movie.

Probably because it's the most "realistic" sequence in the whole movie. Everything is was over-the-top and silly. That sequence belonged more in an indie action flick.

It's a measure of just how over-the-top these flicks are that it seems even scare-quote "realistic" for people to get thrown into walls hard enough to rain down plaster and broken tiles and still be perfectly functional.

Totally enjoyed it. 8/10.  Grin

Haha, for sure. The final 10 minutes or so, with the helicopters... God. I had to pick my eyeballs up from the floor after they fell out of their sockets from rolling around so much.

What, you didn't buy
Spoiler: ShowHide
that strap and hook holding up not one but two helicopters?
I can't imagine why.  :icon_think:

Still, it was pretty awesome.  Grin
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 08, 2018, 10:11:47 AM
A quick note of thanks to all for using the SPOILER feature.

As someone who's behind on the latest releases, I appreciate it. :)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 08, 2018, 10:21:39 AM
A quick note of thanks to all for using the SPOILER feature.

As someone who's behind on the latest releases, I appreciate it. :)

(https://i.imgur.com/uyKgrYk.gif)

BTW, anyone else out there as obsessed with Moana as I am?
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Tom Wood on October 08, 2018, 10:21:45 AM
A quick note of thanks to all for using the SPOILER feature.

As someone who's behind on the latest releases, I appreciate it. :)

I managed to spoil the movie Jacob's Ladder for someone recently, so I'm aware of the possibility. That movie is 28 years old, and still I was chastised. Not that there's anything to spoil...
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 08, 2018, 12:15:27 PM
A quick note of thanks to all for using the SPOILER feature.

As someone who's behind on the latest releases, I appreciate it. :)

I managed to spoil the movie Jacob's Ladder for someone recently, so I'm aware of the possibility. That movie is 28 years old, and still I was chastised. Not that there's anything to spoil...

I think there's definitely a statute of limitations on films. But I have no idea where to apply it.

I figure if I haven't seen a film that's been out a few months, that's my problem. :)

On another note, I just watched Mississippi Grind...


(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMjE3NTE3NzY2MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTY3NDIzNjE@._V1_.jpg)


Rating: 8/10

I love movies about gambling. This one was surprisingly good. (Having said that, for poker aficionados, it's tough to beat Rounders.)

Mississippi Grind is currently on Netflix.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 08, 2018, 01:03:40 PM
I must admit, I have no idea how to use the 'Spoiler' feature. Trial and error, I guess?

Also, I don't want to be the reason you don't watch 'Hold the Dark', because...well, you might like it...hard to say - tastes differ.

Having said that, I do have misgivings. Without giving away spoilers (at least I don't think I am), my main problem with the movie was the languid pace which I believe the filmmakers utilized on purpose as a superficial means of lending the story some kind of depth and meaning where none actually exists or I suppose to lend some kind of suspenseful moodiness to the whole thing, but for me that fell flat.

There's a lot of mystical mumbo-jumbo and plot points that seem to have been added just for the sake of trying to appear deep or give the movie a theme for the sake of doing so and to me it was totally transparent that's what was going on. The film induced a lot of eye-rolls and had me asking 'what was the point'?

And really, it's a shame, because the cast is pretty good and also, if they'd concentrated on a couple of other aspects of the story, IMO, you could've wound up with something along the lines of 'Wind River' or 'No Country for Old Men' (both of which I liked a lot) or hey...even '30 Days of Night' which is a guilty pleasure for me.

When it comes to Liam Neeson...can't forget he's in 'The Lego Movie'. I love that flick.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 08, 2018, 01:29:14 PM
When it comes to Liam Neeson...can't forget he's in 'The Lego Movie'. I love that flick.


A strong exception to the rule.  Or, rather, an awesome exception.   :banana:


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Tom Wood on October 08, 2018, 01:32:17 PM
I must admit, I have no idea how to use the 'Spoiler' feature. Trial and error, I guess? ...

Click on the Sp button to create the tags, then:

(https://agentsofdisrupt.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/spoilers.png)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on October 08, 2018, 01:37:34 PM
+1 on Jacob's ladder too. Super creepy.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 08, 2018, 01:41:19 PM
I must admit, I have no idea how to use the 'Spoiler' feature. Trial and error, I guess? ...

Click on the Sp button to create the tags, then:

(https://agentsofdisrupt.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/spoilers.png)

Thanks for this!

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Everything is cool when you're part of a team!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: The Doctor on October 08, 2018, 09:29:36 PM
Saw this movie for the third time.


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Cm8DaqfOL._RI_.jpg)


Rating: 9/10

Horror is tough to do right. This one nails it.

It's currently on HBO.


Brilliant movie! Which ending did you watch? The US or UK one?
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lysmata Debelius on October 09, 2018, 05:04:57 AM
Just saw the new Ghost in the Shell. I liked it! I saw the original so long ago I honestly hardly remember any of it. I liked the world building and the characters of this new one.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lysmata Debelius on October 09, 2018, 05:10:46 AM
... Ready Player One which I found disappointing. Unlike a lot of very vocal people, I enjoyed the book, and probably made a mistake watching the movie after reading the book, so I kept going "But why did they...ah, never mind."

I was ready for a big change in the story, so the movie worked for me just as well as the book. I like both.

Spoiler: ShowHide
In the movie, they fixed the one thing I didn't like about the ending in the book. Wade absolutely had to be in double-jeopardy during the final battle - in VR and IRL. Ever since they did that at the end of the original Matrix, it seems to me to be a required setup for stories that have two worlds.



Good point about the ending. I always struggle to be fair to a movie, if I have read the book. I actually really liked the actors, I thought Wade, H, ar3mis (can't remember the spelling!) were all great. A bit disappointed with Daito and Shoto who seemed a bit side lined in the movie version though.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 09, 2018, 05:28:44 AM
Brilliant movie! Which ending did you watch? The US or UK one?

I saw the U.S. version, but I've read about the UK version. It sounds like a great ending!

Which one do you prefer?
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Tom Wood on October 09, 2018, 05:41:26 AM
... Ready Player One which I found disappointing. Unlike a lot of very vocal people, I enjoyed the book, and probably made a mistake watching the movie after reading the book, so I kept going "But why did they...ah, never mind."

I was ready for a big change in the story, so the movie worked for me just as well as the book. I like both.

Spoiler: ShowHide
In the movie, they fixed the one thing I didn't like about the ending in the book. Wade absolutely had to be in double-jeopardy during the final battle - in VR and IRL. Ever since they did that at the end of the original Matrix, it seems to me to be a required setup for stories that have two worlds.



Good point about the ending. I always struggle to be fair to a movie, if I have read the book. I actually really liked the actors, I thought Wade, H, ar3mis (can't remember the spelling!) were all great. A bit disappointed with Daito and Shoto who seemed a bit side lined in the movie version though.

I really like Jenny Nicholson's thoughtful analysis of movies. Be prepared though, she kinda destroys the magic. Here's her take on RPO:

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 09, 2018, 07:25:30 AM
I had the displeasure of watching this one today...


(https://movies.celebritybio.org/movies/images/680_Casper-Van-Dien/680_Starship-Troopers-1997.jpg)


Rating: 4/10

Excerpt from Roger Ebert's review:

Quote
Heinlein intended his story for young boys, but wrote it more or less seriously. The one redeeming merit for director Paul Verhoeven's film is that by remaining faithful to Heinlein's material and period, it adds an element of sly satire. This is like the squarest but most technically advanced sci-fi movie of the 1950s, a film in which the sets and costumes look like a cross between Buck Rogers and the Archie comic books, and the characters look like they stepped out of Pepsodent ads.

Ebert had a way with words.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Tom Wood on October 09, 2018, 07:32:58 AM
Ebert, and pretty much every critic at the time, missed that it's a satire of the source material.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 09, 2018, 07:49:21 AM
Ebert, and pretty much every critic at the time, missed that it's a satire of the source material.


This.  "Faithful to Heinlein's material"?  Gimme a break.  Ebert obviously never read the book.  Neither did Verhoeven, if I recall correctly.

For the record, I'm one of the few that actually likes the movie better than the book.  In the movie, we actually see battles and stuff.  In the book, it's all telling, not showing, and all the cool stuff happens off-screen.  But that doesn't change the fact that Verhoeven completely dropped the ball on making a faithful adaptation.

I also think Anarchist's 4/10 rating is pretty fair.  I like the movie better than the book, but that's because I really don't like the book at all.  It really is an object lesson in showing versus telling.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: The Doctor on October 09, 2018, 08:32:28 AM
Brilliant movie! Which ending did you watch? The US or UK one?

I saw the U.S. version, but I've read about the UK version. It sounds like a great ending!

Which one do you prefer?

I've only seen the UK version but know how the US one ended. I do like my downbeat endings, so... the UK one. Although this is an interesting article about the two endings.

https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2015/03/10/collins-crypt-on-the-two-endings-of-the-descent (https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2015/03/10/collins-crypt-on-the-two-endings-of-the-descent)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on October 09, 2018, 01:41:10 PM
I've watched Starship Troopers more times than I can remember, love it....I'd buy that for a dollar!

I liked RPO too, but not nearly as much as Starship Troopers. I thought the book was more expansive, and a lot darker. The movie looked pretty nifty, though, even if the writing was on the weak side.

I really like Jenny Nicholson's thoughtful analysis of movies.

Funny, insightful and just a little mean. I like it.  grint

Here's the cinemasins video she mentions:

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 11, 2018, 02:26:48 AM
Recently watched this...

(https://news.newonnetflix.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/calibre-poster.jpg)


Rating: 8/10

It's a solid thriller that moves at a quick clip.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest120 on October 11, 2018, 04:31:44 AM
Recently watched this...

(https://news.newonnetflix.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/calibre-poster.jpg)


Rating: 8/10

It's a solid thriller that moves at a quick clip.

Will have to check that one out.

Also should mention...at the risk of being assailed with pitchforks and torches...recently re-watched 'Superman: The Movie' starring Christopher Reeve - hadn't seen it in decades.

It was...not good. 4/10. *runs for underground bunker*
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 11, 2018, 04:38:41 AM
Recently watched this...

(https://news.newonnetflix.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/calibre-poster.jpg)


Rating: 8/10

It's a solid thriller that moves at a quick clip.

Will have to check that one out.

The good news is, it's a Netflix Original. So there's no need to rush. It ain't going anywhere. :)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jo on October 11, 2018, 04:57:02 AM
Citizen X



Rating it 10 out of 10
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest14 on October 11, 2018, 05:11:00 AM

Also, I don't want to be the reason you don't watch 'Hold the Dark', because...well, you might like it...hard to say - tastes differ.


Well, that was an evening I will never get back.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 11, 2018, 06:00:09 AM
Recently watched this...

(https://news.newonnetflix.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/calibre-poster.jpg)


Rating: 8/10

It's a solid thriller that moves at a quick clip.

Will have to check that one out.

Also should mention...at the risk of being assailed with pitchforks and torches...recently re-watched 'Superman: The Movie' starring Christopher Reeve - hadn't seen it in decades.

It was...not good. 4/10. *runs for underground bunker*

It was good at the time. Probably pretty dated as far as superhero movies go now.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: fferyllt on October 11, 2018, 01:02:30 PM
A double-bill of The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, and The Limehouse Golem, starring Bill Nighy.

The former a semi-biographical account of writer Alan Bennett's encounters with a homeless woman over the decades.


Maggie Smith for the win! Anything she acts in, ever. :banana:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: fferyllt on October 11, 2018, 01:14:15 PM
Crazy Rich Asians! Total fun. Smart. Some excellent acting (Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina). Just a perfect break from too much reality. Saw it twice.

(https://www.warnerbros.com/sites/default/files/styles/key_art_270x400/public/movies/media/browser/CrazyRichAsians_2764x4096.jpg?itok=OS0fUSJT)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 11, 2018, 01:42:03 PM
Crazy Rich Asians! Total fun. Smart. Some excellent acting (Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina). Just a perfect break from too much reality. Saw it twice.

Totally enjoyed it. The widgets liked it too. :)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 11, 2018, 11:47:40 PM
Saw this recently (my third time)...


(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/22/The_Game_film_poster.jpg/220px-The_Game_film_poster.jpg)


Rating: 8/10

Disclaimer: I love everything Fincher does. Discount my rating accordingly.

The Game is currently on Netflix.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: The Doctor on October 12, 2018, 02:28:21 AM
Saw this recently (my third time)...


The Game is currently on Netflix.

I really like this movie. Thought it was quite clever when I watched it. Might rewatch this weekend.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 12, 2018, 07:14:13 AM
Saw this recently (my third time)...


The Game is currently on Netflix.

I really like this movie. Thought it was quite clever when I watched it. Might rewatch this weekend.

It ain't perfect. But it's a ton of fun. :)


On another note, I just watched The Cooler...


(https://media-cache.cinematerial.com/p/500x/nvalz62g/the-cooler-movie-poster.jpg)


It has a fantastic cast. I've grown accustomed to thinking of Alec Baldwin in the context of 30 Rock (the man can definitely do comedy). I almost forgot how good he can be in feature films.

Rating: 8/10

Here's the trailer...





The Cooler is currently on HBO.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Mark Gardner on October 13, 2018, 12:26:09 AM
My daughter celebrates Hallowe'en six months out of the year, so yesterday we watched haunted mansion to prepare our youngest for our upcoming trip to Disneyland.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 14, 2018, 10:47:07 PM
A double-bill of The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, and The Limehouse Golem, starring Bill Nighy.

...

The latter,  an entertaining Victorian Gothic tale about a London serial killer in the years before Jack the Ripper.

I watched The Limehouse Golem yesterday.


(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BNDU5YzgyOGYtNTFjMi00Mzg4LWFhODMtMjY3OWM0ZjM0YTVkXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzQwMTY2Nzk@._V1_.jpg)


Great storytelling. And Bill Nighy was awesome.

Rating: 8/10

The Limehouse Golem is currently on Hulu.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: KevinH on October 14, 2018, 10:51:02 PM
I watched a Netflic Original movie: Hold the Dark.  I thought the trailer was interesting and the basic premise drew me in: Deep in the Alaskan wilderness, a woman whose son has been killed by wolves asks a wolf expert to hunt down the animal responsible.  The actual film, however, is rather obtuse and leaves a horde of unamswered questions.  (Basically, it's not really clear why a number of the characters act the way they do.) There's at least one angle, though, that I'm pretty sure I 've figured out - despite it never being explicited stated in the movie.

All in all, I thought the film could have done with a little more "tell" instead of "show."
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: FreshCzar on October 15, 2018, 03:46:24 AM
Just watched Black Panther. Pretty good. I go through a movie every two days on my treadmill using my iPad Pro - thank the stars for Netflix and Amazon Prime!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on October 15, 2018, 03:48:57 AM
(https://assets1.ignimgs.com/thumbs/userUploaded/2018/6/9/sicariothumb-1528585248635.jpg)

A shallow-ish, yet engaging enough action thriller. Lots of pew pew and zoom zoom and boom boom. Strong gripping performances, although not as intense as the original.
:tup3b

(http://irishfilmcritic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Villainess.jpg)

Jesus! I have no idea how they even filmed some of these action sequences. One part John Wick, one part La Femme Nikita, and one part Kill Bill. Over the top amazing. It's a Korean film, so I'm sure some of the emotional depth is lost in translation (like Japanese horror), but it was still full up with story. For the anime style, super-action, how dark is dark? fan...

:tup3b :tup3b :tup3b
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: The Doctor on October 15, 2018, 03:56:05 AM
A double-bill of The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, and The Limehouse Golem, starring Bill Nighy.

...

The latter,  an entertaining Victorian Gothic tale about a London serial killer in the years before Jack the Ripper.

I watched The Limehouse Golem yesterday.


(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BNDU5YzgyOGYtNTFjMi00Mzg4LWFhODMtMjY3OWM0ZjM0YTVkXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzQwMTY2Nzk@._V1_.jpg)


Great storytelling. And Bill Nighy was awesome.

Rating: 8/10

The Limehouse Golem is currently on Hulu.

Fantastic!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: dgcasey on October 15, 2018, 07:19:19 AM
Been talking so much about Jack Black lately I pulled this one out of the DVD collection and ensconced myself in the bed covers.

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Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 15, 2018, 11:53:12 AM
Watched this last night...


(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/44/Minority_Report_Poster.jpg/220px-Minority_Report_Poster.jpg)


Rating: 9/10

Terrific direction with cinematography by the great Janusz Kamiński.

And that cast! I like Cruise, but Peter Stormare, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, and Samantha Morton?!

Yes, please, and thank you.


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 15, 2018, 12:20:23 PM
Watched this last night...


(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/44/Minority_Report_Poster.jpg/220px-Minority_Report_Poster.jpg)


Rating: 9/10

Terrific direction with cinematography by the great Janusz Kamiński.

And that cast! I like Cruise, but Peter Stormare, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, and Samantha Morton?!

Yes, please, and thank you.


I tried watching that once, but Ijust couldn't get into it.  Maybe I'll have to try again some time.

Oh... And Peter Stormare?





 :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 15, 2018, 01:12:15 PM
Oh... And Peter Stormare?




Haha I love Stormare. He may have been the best part of Armageddon.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jo on October 15, 2018, 07:30:14 PM
This was on TV yesterday and I discovered I like the original better than the series.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 17, 2018, 12:31:08 AM
I watched Disney's Tarzan yesterday.


(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/cinemorgue/images/2/2e/7efc379d88fe25e4cee52b7d9d2de2d4.jpg)


Rating: 9/10

A terrific story supported by brilliant animation.

Tarzan is currently on Netflix.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 17, 2018, 12:52:22 AM
I watched Disney's Tarzan yesterday.


(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/cinemorgue/images/2/2e/7efc379d88fe25e4cee52b7d9d2de2d4.jpg)


Rating: 9/10

A terrific story supported by brilliant animation.

Tarzan is currently on Netflix.

Love that movie. Thanks. I'll be watching it tonight.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 19, 2018, 05:22:03 PM
I watched a brief clip from a movie I haven't seen since I was a kid.  It includes a scene that scared my young self and lingered in my nightmares.  And it was a Disney movie!   :icon_eek:  I'm talking about when Maximilian the robot kills Durant in The Black Hole.





The idea of those spinning blades chopping me up was something I couldn't get out of my head.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 19, 2018, 11:14:22 PM
I watched this last night...


(https://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox_atomic/28weekslater/images/28weeks_home_top20070327.jpg)


In some ways, it's better than its predecessor (28 Days Later).

Rating: 8/10

28 Weeks Later is on Hulu through October 31st.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Rosie Scott on October 23, 2018, 11:11:34 AM
(http://irishfilmcritic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Villainess.jpg)

Jesus! I have no idea how they even filmed some of these action sequences. One part John Wick, one part La Femme Nikita, and one part Kill Bill. Over the top amazing. It's a Korean film, so I'm sure some of the emotional depth is lost in translation (like Japanese horror), but it was still full up with story. For the anime style, super-action, how dark is dark? fan...

Thank you so much for posting this. This movie looks amazing. One review on IMDB says it will appease fans of The Raid and The Raid 2. Have you seen those? The karambit fight and baseball bat assassin from The Raid 2 were just... *shivers* I've found myself gravitating toward foreign action films in recent years because the actions scenes tend to be bloodier, intense, and well-shot.

Speaking of The Raid and the always amazing Iko Uwais, I recently saw Man of Tai Chi on Netflix (Iko had a cameo) and loved it enough to buy it although I only own about a dozen movies. It's the directorial debut of Keanu Reeves. Lots of intense fighting scenes, surprisingly good music, and a glorious mix of fighting styles. I watched it again with my husband to introduce him to martial arts films one small step at a time; I'm trying to get him into them.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: dgcasey on October 23, 2018, 12:26:39 PM
Actually, I am almost ashamed to admit that I watched, for the very first time last night, The Big Lebowski.

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Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 24, 2018, 02:32:19 AM
Actually, I am almost ashamed to admit that I watched, for the very first time last night, The Big Lebowski.

Over the next few months, you will come to realize that 2.7% modern life = references to that one film. That's just, like, my opinion man.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Tom Wood on October 24, 2018, 02:55:55 AM
That's just, like, my opinion man.  :icon_mrgreen:

 :roll:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Kate Elizabeth on October 24, 2018, 02:59:41 AM
I wasn't feeling well Saturday, when my husband turned on So I Married an Axe Murderer.  We both have always loved the movie, and watch it every time it's on.  It still makes me laugh, and it did help me feel better.

8/10

One of these days, I'm going to watch The Big Lebowski.  One of these days...
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 24, 2018, 03:38:59 AM
I wasn't feeling well Saturday, when my husband turned on So I Married an Axe Murderer.  We both have always loved the movie, and watch it every time it's on.  It still makes me laugh, and it did help me feel better.

8/10


That movie's hilarious. An example for those who haven't seen it...



Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: spin52 on October 24, 2018, 04:01:04 AM
I just saw 'Ocean's Eight' because I'm a sucker for caper movies and I thought it would be fun to see an all-female version of the earlier films. Also because I was on a nine-hour flight, which is about the only time I can sit through an entire movie. And, I figured anything with Cate Blanchett couldn't be bad. So ... 7/10, I'd say. It wasn't as good as the Brad Pitt/George Clooney 'Ocean's Eleven', but better than the original Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin film, which I've never liked. Some genuinely funny moments and I loved the skateboarding pickpocket. Also very instructive if you plan on shoplifting from a high-rent store or conning your way into a free posh hotel room.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 24, 2018, 07:08:04 AM
Actually, I am almost ashamed to admit that I watched, for the very first time last night, The Big Lebowski.

Over the next few months, you will come to realize that 2.7% modern life = references to that one film. That's just, like, my opinion man.  :icon_mrgreen:


 :clap:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 24, 2018, 10:08:01 AM
I watched this a few days ago...


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61OUGpUfAyL._SY679_.jpg)


Great story and terrific effects. I was mesmerized. At 2 hours and 42 minutes, it flew by.

Rating: 9/10.

Avatar is on HBO through Oct. 31.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on October 25, 2018, 12:58:39 PM
I watched this a few days ago...


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61OUGpUfAyL._SY679_.jpg)


Great story and terrific effects. I was mesmerized. At 2 hours and 42 minutes, it flew by.

Rating: 9/10.

Avatar is on HBO through Oct. 31.


 :tup3b :tup3b :tup3b
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 27, 2018, 02:04:53 AM
Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. Since I seem to be on a Jane Austen kick, I think I'll try to find a good version of Emma next.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Robin on October 27, 2018, 03:25:14 AM
I watched Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil on Netflix last night, it was really good. It might not look it, but its actually quite funny in a dark way. Nice ending and very nicely made.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on October 27, 2018, 03:33:39 AM
Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. Since I seem to be on a Jane Austen kick, I think I'll try to find a good version of Emma next.

(https://ak1.ostkcdn.com/images/products/17126186/Clueless-Movie-Poster-With-Choice-of-Frame-24x36-91e43d22-f906-4361-81fe-1674038c97c9_600.jpg)

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 27, 2018, 03:56:49 AM
Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. Since I seem to be on a Jane Austen kick, I think I'll try to find a good version of Emma next.

(https://ak1.ostkcdn.com/images/products/17126186/Clueless-Movie-Poster-With-Choice-of-Frame-24x36-91e43d22-f906-4361-81fe-1674038c97c9_600.jpg)

Seconding! A terrific adaptation. :)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: dgcasey on October 27, 2018, 04:24:50 AM
Watched this again last night. They just don't make great movies like this anymore.
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Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 27, 2018, 05:25:44 AM
Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. Since I seem to be on a Jane Austen kick, I think I'll try to find a good version of Emma next.

(https://ak1.ostkcdn.com/images/products/17126186/Clueless-Movie-Poster-With-Choice-of-Frame-24x36-91e43d22-f906-4361-81fe-1674038c97c9_600.jpg)

Then there's Bride and Prejudice. Love Bollywood!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 27, 2018, 05:32:52 AM
I recently watched this film...


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Great story. And it's nice to see Harrison Ford without the damn earring.

Rating: 8/10

Side note: Lukas Haas really was a cute kid!


(http://www.teenidols4you.com/blink/Actors/lukas_haas/ti4u_lh_wit15.jpg)


Witness is on Amazon Prime through Oct. 31.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 27, 2018, 10:38:18 AM
I recently watched this film...


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Great story. And it's nice to see Harrison Ford without the damn earring.

Rating: 8/10

Side note: Lukas Haas really was a cute kid!


(http://www.teenidols4you.com/blink/Actors/lukas_haas/ti4u_lh_wit15.jpg)


Witness is on Amazon Prime through Oct. 31.

Love that movie. I'll have to watch it tomorrow. Or maybe even tonight. HF is one of my favorite actors, ever since he wasn't a scruffy looking nerf-herder.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 27, 2018, 10:47:27 AM
Witness is on Amazon Prime through Oct. 31.

Love that movie. I'll have to watch it tomorrow. Or maybe even tonight. HF is one of my favorite actors, ever since he wasn't a scruffy looking nerf-herder.

See if you can spot an actor who became a A-lister years later. This person is essentially an extra in Witness.  Grin
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 27, 2018, 11:29:41 AM
Witness is on Amazon Prime through Oct. 31.

Love that movie. I'll have to watch it tomorrow. Or maybe even tonight. HF is one of my favorite actors, ever since he wasn't a scruffy looking nerf-herder.

See if you can spot an actor who became a A-lister years later. This person is essentially an extra in Witness.  Grin

Okay ... fun!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 29, 2018, 05:05:33 AM
Saw this last night...


(https://static.rogerebert.com/uploads/movie/movie_poster/young-adult-2011/large_h6oOvsNVNO0hwHKzws3YKcxUJ9m.jpg)


Great cast, terrific dialogue, and a surprising arc.

It's directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, a potent duo. And in my opinion, Charlize Theron proves (again) why she's one of the best actors on the map.

Rating: 9/10

Young Adult is currently on Hulu.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 30, 2018, 01:18:50 AM
Witness is on Amazon Prime through Oct. 31.

Love that movie. I'll have to watch it tomorrow. Or maybe even tonight. HF is one of my favorite actors, ever since he wasn't a scruffy looking nerf-herder.

See if you can spot an actor who became a A-lister years later. This person is essentially an extra in Witness.  Grin

I'm much better at identifying actors by their voices than by their faces. Faces can change especially when the face you're most familiar with is covered in 2-3 days of beard surrounded by scraggly hair.

First thought I recognized him at the barn raising sitting next to Alexander Goudonov. Didn't know who he was at that point but there was something about his expressions. Then at the ice cream incident, he was only on for a few seconds but sometimes a quick flash is better to prod memory. Aragorn!

Surprisingly, he was named in the credits.

I might never have known if you hadn't said something but then once someone seems familiar I have to track them down. I'm not always right but I have to try.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 30, 2018, 03:04:48 AM
Witness is on Amazon Prime through Oct. 31.

Love that movie. I'll have to watch it tomorrow. Or maybe even tonight. HF is one of my favorite actors, ever since he wasn't a scruffy looking nerf-herder.

See if you can spot an actor who became a A-lister years later. This person is essentially an extra in Witness.  Grin

I'm much better at identifying actors by their voices than by their faces. Faces can change especially when the face you're most familiar with is covered in 2-3 days of beard surrounded by scraggly hair.

First thought I recognized him at the barn raising sitting next to Alexander Goudonov. Didn't know who he was at that point but there was something about his expressions. Then at the ice cream incident, he was only on for a few seconds but sometimes a quick flash is better to prod memory. Aragorn!

Surprisingly, he was named in the credits.

I might never have known if you hadn't said something but then once someone seems familiar I have to track them down. I'm not always right but I have to try.

You nailed it!

It's a little surreal, right? Kinda like watching Mystic Pizza ("Whoa! Is that Matt Damon?!")   Grin
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: The Doctor on October 30, 2018, 03:27:08 AM
Watched Drop Dead Fred on Netflix.

Ah, Rik Mayall...
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 30, 2018, 04:44:38 AM
Witness is on Amazon Prime through Oct. 31.

Love that movie. I'll have to watch it tomorrow. Or maybe even tonight. HF is one of my favorite actors, ever since he wasn't a scruffy looking nerf-herder.

See if you can spot an actor who became a A-lister years later. This person is essentially an extra in Witness.  Grin

I'm much better at identifying actors by their voices than by their faces. Faces can change especially when the face you're most familiar with is covered in 2-3 days of beard surrounded by scraggly hair.

First thought I recognized him at the barn raising sitting next to Alexander Goudonov. Didn't know who he was at that point but there was something about his expressions. Then at the ice cream incident, he was only on for a few seconds but sometimes a quick flash is better to prod memory. Aragorn!

Surprisingly, he was named in the credits.

I might never have known if you hadn't said something but then once someone seems familiar I have to track them down. I'm not always right but I have to try.

You nailed it!

It's a little surreal, right? Kinda like watching Mystic Pizza ("Whoa! Is that Matt Damon?!")   Grin

Especially when they look so young.

I'll take your word for Matt Damon. No, not really. I'll at least go to the IMDB page and look at the photos.

I love this game.  :banana:

Matt Damon - Mystic Pizza

(https://www.thewrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/mystic.jpg)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: dgcasey on October 30, 2018, 10:12:39 AM
I'm much better at identifying actors by their voices than by their faces. Faces can change especially when the face you're most familiar with is covered in 2-3 days of beard surrounded by scraggly hair.

Gary Oldman is one of those, as Mary Steenburgen said. That man has had so many looks over the years it's hard to figure him out sometimes. He is one actor I can watch all the time. Of course, in some roles he plays the kind of guy you could hang out with and then the very next role he plays someone you don't even want to be on the same planet with.

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Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 30, 2018, 12:14:18 PM
You forgot the most important Gary Oldman role.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/moviemorgue/images/a/a2/Sirius_Black.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20131112161610)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on October 30, 2018, 12:15:39 PM
You forgot the most important Gary Oldman role.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/moviemorgue/images/a/a2/Sirius_Black.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20131112161610)


And we shouldn't forget Elvis totin' a boom stick.


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Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 30, 2018, 01:04:21 PM
Also not to be forgotten ...

(https://www.hollywoodintoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Rosencrantz-Guildenstern-Are-Dead-Blu-ray-review.jpg)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 30, 2018, 01:22:52 PM
In the spirit of Halloween...


(https://i.imgur.com/f58BJdp.jpg)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on October 30, 2018, 03:24:46 PM
Hey, look what I found!

(http://www.filmandtvnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Gary-Oldman-Gif-images.jpg)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: dgcasey on October 30, 2018, 08:14:53 PM
You forgot the most important Gary Oldman role.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/moviemorgue/images/a/a2/Sirius_Black.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20131112161610)

I had a list of about ten different photos of Gary lined up, but then thought Tim would ban me for life if I posted it.   grint

And, not to disagree with your assessment of Mr. Oldman's best role, but I do have to disagree.

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Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on October 30, 2018, 09:33:58 PM
You forgot the most important Gary Oldman role.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/moviemorgue/images/a/a2/Sirius_Black.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20131112161610)

I had a list of about ten different photos of Gary lined up, but then thought Tim would ban me for life if I posted it.   grint

And, not to disagree with your assessment of Mr. Oldman's best role, but I do have to disagree.

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I didn't say best. I said most important. It was the third movie which Cuaron totally ruined. Oldman was one of the few (very few) saving graces of that movie.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on November 01, 2018, 11:19:19 PM
It was a twofer yesterday. In the afternoon...


(http://www.dimitritiomkin.com/web/wp-content/gallery/poster-art-h/0581-12-01-09.jpg)


Movies from 60+ years ago feel different. The narrative structure is (usually) less complex, the acting is (usually) inferior to today's standards, and the camerawork is (usually) uninspiring.

That said, I really liked High Noon. It had great pacing and solid work by Gary Cooper.

Rating: 8/10



In the evening...


(http://biareview.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Alien-Covenant.jpg)


Solid story, terrific cast, and eye-popping special effects. And great backstory on the aliens and engineers.

Rating: 9/10

Disclaimer: I'm a sucker for the Alien movies. Discount my rating accordingly.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: YouMeWe on November 02, 2018, 10:15:38 AM
The Book of Eli.

The only movie I've ever watched twice. It's the twist, folks, the twist!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on November 02, 2018, 10:28:27 AM
The Book of Eli.

The only movie I've ever watched twice. It's the twist, folks, the twist!

That movie has taken some flak. But I dug it.

It's post-apoc w/ Denzel. What's not to like?  Grin
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on November 02, 2018, 10:41:24 AM
Latest movie I saw was Häxan.  Very interesting.  Silly in places, but interesting from a historical perspective.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: YouMeWe on November 02, 2018, 10:46:10 PM
The Book of Eli.

The only movie I've ever watched twice. It's the twist, folks, the twist!

That movie has taken some flak. But I dug it.

It's post-apoc w/ Denzel. What's not to like?  Grin

I know, right?

I thought it was great, but the twist made it brilliant. Didn't see it coming. Sent me spinning right back to the start to watch it all over again with fresh eyes.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on November 03, 2018, 02:29:42 AM
Rating: 9/10

Disclaimer: I'm a sucker for the Alien movies. Discount my rating accordingly.

I still haven't forgiven the franchise for killing off Newt, Hicks and even Bishop. I get the reasoning for the future of the franchise, but it negates the whole ending of Aliens..and A3 wasn't worth the sacrifice. I think the reboot stuff is okay, some neat ideas but not enough to hang my hat on as it were. I like deep movies but these are working way too hard to be thinky. And Aliens is one of my all time favorite movies, so...heavy heart and all that. I liked the first AvP better.   grint

I've seen Book of Eli a few times...it's got Data in it. It reminds me of The Professional for some reason. Both are entertaining.

___

I watched this last night:

(https://crustula.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/hotel-artemis0.jpg?w=1038&h=576&crop=1)

Great cast. Great concept, even if it felt somewhat borrowed from John Wick. But it threw too much into the soup in search of drama and never found a through-line for the story. It was fun-ish, but the missed opportunity was frustrating. I give it a 5. Watchable - but I'd wait for it to be free.

___

+1 for Witness and The Majestic.   :littleclap
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on November 03, 2018, 03:02:17 AM
Next up...


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71t1C2Xv6ZL._SY550_.jpg)


I laughed all the way through.

Rating: 9/10

I feel odd recommending comedy because tastes vary. But if you enjoy vampires and your comedic preferences are slightly off-center, check this one out.

What We Do In The Shadows is currently on Amazon Prime.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on November 03, 2018, 04:49:00 AM
I didn't say best. I said most important. It was the third movie which Cuaron totally ruined. Oldman was one of the few (very few) saving graces of that movie.

Oh dear ... my absolute favorite of all the films ...  :icon_redface:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 03, 2018, 11:14:31 PM
I didn't say best. I said most important. It was the third movie which Cuaron totally ruined. Oldman was one of the few (very few) saving graces of that movie.

Oh dear ... my absolute favorite of all the films ...  :icon_redface:

It was my favorite of the books, probably because of Sirius.

I'm glad somebody liked the movie. Most of the Chamber of Secrets forum did not.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on November 04, 2018, 11:00:50 AM
I didn't say best. I said most important. It was the third movie which Cuaron totally ruined. Oldman was one of the few (very few) saving graces of that movie.

Oh dear ... my absolute favorite of all the films ...  :icon_redface:

It was my favorite of the books, probably because of Sirius.

I'm glad somebody liked the movie. Most of the Chamber of Secrets forum did not.

Yeah, it's my favorite of the books, too.

What's the main problem with the film, do you think?
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 04, 2018, 11:58:56 AM
First, too artsy with all that clock symbolism. I'm not saying that they should go back to the simplicity of the first two movies. They were appropriate for those two books. By the third book, things had started to get darker. But Cuaron didn't make it darker. He made it dirtier.

Cuaron sprinkled Mexican symbols all over the place. It's England, not Mexico.

Most importantly, none of the actors were up to par and to me, that's down to the director. "He was their friend and he betrayed them." That's an example of what could have been a great scene and Dan Radcliffe was even then a good actor, but he didn't come off as being emotional. It was very superficial. Evan Alan Rickman, one of my very favorite actors, seemed like he was reading the script and not feeling it at all.

And don't get me started on the shrunken heads, what Padfoot and Moony looked liked in their animal state, and the Quidditch match.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Kay Inglis on November 09, 2018, 03:07:55 AM
I finished watching Taken starring Liam Neeson a few minutes ago. (It's on HBO.)


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Rating: 6

I love this film.

And Taken 2

And Taken 3


Of course the first film was the best, but I like Liam Neeson enough to watch him doing the same thing over and over again in the same way that I enjoyed watching Bruce Willis in the Die Hards over and over again.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Kay Inglis on November 09, 2018, 03:20:22 AM
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The first Jurassic Park film is in my top ten favourite films and I simply have to watch the sequels, although I know that they will never match the original one.

Fallen Kingdom starts out well, nicely set up, and I always enjoy seeing the "remains" of the last disaster park or island as a background.

But this film is just too much. Too much everything. Too much plot. Too much action. Even too much dinosaur.

There is the making of a great film in there, but it needed the plot to be tighter and the action more relevant to the plot.

I'm actually a big fan of the third film, which has a well constructed plot and, by not trying to be too clever, gets close to the perfect pace of the original.

But I would still watch a sixth film if it were to be made!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on November 09, 2018, 03:41:22 AM
First, too artsy with all that clock symbolism. I'm not saying that they should go back to the simplicity of the first two movies. They were appropriate for those two books. By the third book, things had started to get darker. But Cuaron didn't make it darker. He made it dirtier.

Cuaron sprinkled Mexican symbols all over the place. It's England, not Mexico.

Most importantly, none of the actors were up to par and to me, that's down to the director. "He was their friend and he betrayed them." That's an example of what could have been a great scene and Dan Radcliffe was even then a good actor, but he didn't come off as being emotional. It was very superficial. Evan Alan Rickman, one of my very favorite actors, seemed like he was reading the script and not feeling it at all.

And don't get me started on the shrunken heads, what Padfoot and Moony looked liked in their animal state, and the Quidditch match.

Huh, interesting. I'm embarrassed to say the Mexican symbolism went 100% over my head -- I didn't get any of it. I will have to rewatch the movie and see if I catch anything, but it could be that I'm just too unfamiliar with Mexican culture to see it.  :icon_redface:

I agree that very emotional scene of Harry's was bad. The last time we watched it (with our kids), my husband glanced at me and said, "Ouch." The rest didn't strike me, though, so I guess I just chalked it up to Radcliffe's acting limitations at that age.

I think what I liked about it was that it felt like a coherent work of art in its own right, rather than an attempt to squeeze a maximum number of elements of the book into a movie-shaped box as faithfully as possible. I find I almost always prefer film adaptations that aren't too tightly constrained by their source material. It's also my favorite of the books, so I just love love love the story.  :heart:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on November 09, 2018, 03:46:29 AM
Even too much dinosaur.

(https://i1.wp.com/gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/joaquin-phoenix-shock-signs.gif?ssl=1)

 :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on November 09, 2018, 06:50:23 AM
Here are the films I've watched over the past week...


Megamind


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81cKrgcBfkL._RI_.jpg)


Terrific. Lots of laughs, great voice performances, and sympathetic characters.

Rating: 8/10




Kiss Kiss Bang Bang


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51zGZHTeZXL.jpg)


Good cast, but terrible writing. Shane Black, the screenwriter and director, has done good stuff in the past. But he was trying too hard to be clever.

Rating: 5/10




Cold In July


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91L2So2bwsL._SY445_.jpg)


Solid story and good performances marred by a few quirky twists.

Rating: 7/10




Columbus


(http://insessionfilm.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Columbus389-585x329.jpg)


This one has a 97% on RT and 89 on Metacritic. I thought it was slow and boring. That said, Haley Lu Richardson was fantastic.

Rating: 6/10




State of Play


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/710VokcUnvL._RI_.jpg)


Clever plot driven by a great cast.

Rating: 8/10

The biggest challenge in watching this film is getting past Russell Crowe's hair...


(https://secure.i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02833/BCYDRX_2833502b.jpg)




The Ritual


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81569jK6o7L._SY445_.jpg)


Really creepy. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Rating: 8/10




The Verdict


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/412KQ55D1DL._SY445_.jpg)


Awesome film. Written by Mamet, directed by Lumet, and starring Ol' Blue Eyes... what more can I ask for?

Rating: 9/10



* Sorry for the film dump. I've been lackadaisical about updating this thread because I wasn't sure anyone cared.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 09, 2018, 11:08:59 AM
Saw The Verdict years ago. Wonderful film. I've watched Megamind with the grandkids a few times. So much fun.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on November 10, 2018, 11:40:07 AM
(https://www.foxmovies.com/s3/5b285d5c8f6a3.jpg)

It had a bit of a made for TV vibe and played mostly in the shallow end of the pool. More of the same YA goes mutant, but doesn't do enough with it, a lot like The 5th Wave. 5/10.



(http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kmuw/files/styles/x_large/public/201806/Incredibles-2-Movie-Review.jpg)

Not nearly as good as the original, but then the first one was just about as perfect as a film can get. Still, II was really really fun.

 :tup3b



eta:

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom...too much dinosaur.

You know when your dino movie has too much dino, you've screwed up - rather egregiously. I totally agree. This new reboot looks great, but like TLJ, everything looks good anymore. Sadly, the rest of the team is having a tough time getting it together. Jesus, how do you f*ck up a Jurassic Park movie...twice?!

Trick question...we all know it's the writing.  :angel:

@Anarchist: I agree with your general assessment of those films, except Columbus and Ritual, haven't see them yet. For some reason, that list reminded me of Goodfellas, which I'm overdue watching again.

I find I almost always prefer film adaptations that aren't too tightly constrained by their source material.

I think I get where you're coming from, but unfortunately, this is how we got the train wreck known as John Carter. Genre defining content and story, one of the single greatest influences on twentieth century fiction, and yet Stanton thought he could be it better, update it for a modern audience.  :HB
What an asshat. Always trust the source material - or do a different movie. This goes double for anime - and why live-action remakes should steer clear of Akira.

I'm crossing my fingers for Alita.

(https://www.foxmovies.com/s3/dev-temp/en-US/__5bb5606234a5f.jpg)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on November 10, 2018, 12:27:02 PM
@Anarchist: I agree with your general assessment of those films, except Columbus and Ritual, haven't see them yet. For some reason, that list reminded me of Goodfellas, which I'm overdue watching again.

Goodfellas is one of the handful of movies I've given a 10/10. What a terrific film!


I'm crossing my fingers for Alita.

(https://www.foxmovies.com/s3/dev-temp/en-US/__5bb5606234a5f.jpg)

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by Cameron with a $150 billion budget... I'm optimistic!

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: notthatamanda on November 11, 2018, 01:50:30 AM
We watched Trumbo last night.  It was really well done and really interesting.  And funny (dark humor mostly).  Cranston was the dad in Malcolm in the Middle (TV Show) but it took a while for me to figure that out, he really transformed himself.   I knew about the black listing in Hollywood, but I didn't know about Kirk Douglas or John Wayne's involvement.

My husband stayed awake for the whole thing so it gets a "Two eyes open" rating, which is the highest we give.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lysmata Debelius on November 19, 2018, 03:02:30 PM
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We watched "Midnight Special" last night. It's an amazing movie. The story telling is fantastic.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Angela Haddon on November 19, 2018, 03:58:01 PM
The last film I saw was Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom. It was so terrible, I've been too afraid to watch another new movie. How could they mess up dinosaurs?  :icon_cry: :icon_cry: :icon_cry:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: dgcasey on November 19, 2018, 04:19:00 PM
Just a good, family movie.

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Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on November 19, 2018, 04:42:32 PM
Has anyone seen the new Fantastic Beasts? If so, what'd you think?
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Michelle Louring on November 19, 2018, 09:04:12 PM
Has anyone seen the new Fantastic Beasts? If so, what'd you think?

Lots of conflicting feelings. Visually, it was great, but I found the character development incredibly weak (sort of feels like they tried to cram too much into one movie) and I miss the charm and humor from the first movie. I don't mind sequels being darker, just not this much darker this soon.

...But the Zouwu was goddamn adorable!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 19, 2018, 10:43:37 PM
Has anyone seen the new Fantastic Beasts? If so, what'd you think?

Lots of conflicting feelings. Visually, it was great, but I found the character development incredibly weak (sort of feels like they tried to cram too much into one movie) and I miss the charm and humor from the first movie. I don't mind sequels being darker, just not this much darker this soon.

...But the Zouwu was goddamn adorable!

The characters were what I liked about the first movie. I'll go see this one anyway, but I'm afraid the HP movies are turning into Star Wars. You go to see it because it's HP, not because it's a good movie.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: notthatamanda on November 20, 2018, 08:45:14 AM
Has anyone seen the new Fantastic Beasts? If so, what'd you think?

Just saw it today.  Mixed feelings about it, it was very dark, but there were some laughs.   I don't think I'm spoiling anything to say it was a lead in for the next movie, and this one left me with less of a sense of completion than the first Fantastic Beasts.  At the end I'm watching, thinking "Oh, the story's not even close to over, but it's over for today."  It was annoying.  It's a different experience than watching the HP movies, when I just wanted to see the interpretation, but I already knew the story.  My thirteen year old claimed she liked it, but I had to explain a lot afterwards.  The nine year old said "That made no sense at all."
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on November 20, 2018, 06:00:47 PM
Thanks for the feedback on Fantastic Beasts, everyone. Sounds like I won't be taking the one widget who was interested in seeing it -- the first one was at the darkness limit for them.

We all saw The Nutcracker and the Four Realms today. It was a movie. 6/10.  :shrug
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on November 21, 2018, 12:50:58 AM
Recently saw this (my 3rd time)...


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Brilliant.

Rating: 10/10

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest957 on November 21, 2018, 05:55:36 AM
The Secret Life of Pets: 4/10

Annihilation: 4/10
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on November 21, 2018, 09:25:50 AM
I thought Adaptation was super self-indulgent, and couldn't get into the story at all.

Although Annihilation suffered from more of the same, it was out-there SF enough for me to like it. These movies always suffer from a lack of characterization, or from single-event-defining characterization. I like well-rounded real people, even though that doesn't always work for the Indie writer/director's angst.

+1 on the Fantastic Beasts feedback. I liked the first one, and like most, I'll see this next one because it's HP.

*crossing my fingers they don't ruin this one too*

+1 on Midnight Special - it managed to get past its Indie roots and do something really cool.

I like Deadpool's joke about Taken: at some point you have to wonder if he's just a bad parent.

___

(https://in.bmscdn.com/iedb/movies/images/mobile/listing/xxlarge/ant-man-and-the-wasp-et00069345-17-01-2018-11-20-37.jpg)

Low-impact aerobics, but a nice super-hero break after Infinity War - I need to recharge for part 2.
 :tup3b

(http://www.joblo.com/newsimages1/rsz-banner-for-web-13.jpg)

Not as intense as it tried to be, Walberg's character seemed oddly written, and they didn't get the unhinged they were going for. Lots of cool action, but no substance, so not quite a thumbs up. We don't know the characters enough to care if they make it or not. Otoh, if you liked Patriot's Day and Deepwater Horizon you'll probably like this one too. It was really close to almost good.

(https://9to5toys.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/08/The-Meg.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=1600)

This one was beyond stupid, beyond goofy, beyond lacking substance; it was ridiculously written - and yet...they had me at Jurassic-shark. Catch it for free, and I'm ashamed to admit it, but...
 :tup3b

And if you liked The Meg, I highly recommend this one:

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSAqTrhfE0Nmlilj78LUJXEsR2j01wqf6OrU1DW-2pPu4stEF1ZLA)

Yes, it's over the top cliche. Yes, everyone in it is too stupid to live. And your point is?

And as long as I'm on shark movies...

(https://miro.medium.com/max/960/1*8SuaB0XLeu-vFI5mEbzb6Q.jpeg)

 :tup3b :tup3b

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on November 21, 2018, 09:35:04 AM
I like Deadpool's joke about Taken: at some point you have to wonder if he's just a bad parent.

Haha. I forgot about that joke. I laughed then. I laughed now. :)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on November 21, 2018, 11:35:43 AM
This one was beyond stupid, beyond goofy, beyond lacking substance; it was ridiculously written - and yet...they had me at Jurassic-shark. Catch it for free, and I'm ashamed to admit it, but...
 :tup3b


It's always nice to see someone admit to having guilty pleasures.   :icon_mrgreen:

One of my own guilty pleasures is Death Race, the remake starring Jason Statham.  I know it's not a cinematic masterpiece.  And I don't even like Statham as an actor.  But it's like distilled adrenaline on celluloid, and I think I can actually feel my testosterone level spike when I watch it.   :icon_rofl:


***Warning: language and violence***   :cool:


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on November 21, 2018, 12:22:51 PM
What's a film you think is terrific (not just a guilty pleasure, but really high quality) that everyone else you know thinks is mediocre at best?

My biggie is Shyamalan's Unbreakable.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest957 on November 21, 2018, 02:55:11 PM
What's a film you think is terrific (not just a guilty pleasure, but really high quality) that everyone else you know thinks is mediocre at best?

My biggie is Shyamalan's Unbreakable.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Becca Mills on November 22, 2018, 04:00:07 AM
What's a film you think is terrific (not just a guilty pleasure, but really high quality) that everyone else you know thinks is mediocre at best?

My biggie is Shyamalan's Unbreakable.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

I'm embarrassed to say I haven't seen either of the Guardians movies ...
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest957 on November 22, 2018, 06:59:17 AM
What's a film you think is terrific (not just a guilty pleasure, but really high quality) that everyone else you know thinks is mediocre at best?

My biggie is Shyamalan's Unbreakable.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

I'm embarrassed to say I haven't seen either of the Guardians movies ...

Oh, I think they're both terrific. They're among my favorite movies of the past decade. Really fun.

To me, they're also a throwback to the 70s/80s when Hollywood creatives seemed less averse to telling fantastical stories imbued with emotion in an earnest way, without fear of being made fun of by the cool kids. Yes, both movies feature a lot of "cool" humor, but they also have a lot of heart. They embrace the cheese, and that's a welcome change in today's cynical, post-post, deconstructionist everything. They're definitely my favorite of all the Marvel films, and are more along the lines of what I'd wished Disney had done with the new Star Wars movies.

Of course, ymmv.  :icon_cool:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on November 22, 2018, 08:40:26 AM
To me, they're also a throwback to the 70s/80s when Hollywood creatives seemed less averse to telling fantastical stories imbued with emotion in an earnest way, without fear of being made fun of by the cool kids. Yes, both movies feature a lot of "cool" humor, but they also have a lot of heart. They embrace the cheese, and that's a welcome change in today's cynical, post-post, deconstructionist everything. They're definitely my favorite of all the Marvel films, and are more along the lines of what I'd wished Disney had done with the new Star Wars movies.

Of course, ymmv.  :icon_cool:


I hadn't thought about it this way before, but now that you mention it, I completely agree.  I've only seen the first movie, but I enjoyed it, and I think a big part of that is because of the more positive mood.   :cheers
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on November 23, 2018, 04:27:39 AM
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I really like the Guardians movies too, but then, so do most people - even the critics. RT has the movies rated at 91/92% and 83/88% respectively. So I'm not sure that qualifies for Becca's challenge - a movie everyone else thinks is mediocre at best.

Here are a few of mine (RT score: critics/audience):


(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTM0ODMxMzk2MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDQxNzQzMw@@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,644_AL_.jpg) 57/70

They had me at: "Will it hurt?"


(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/vBB7pMhYX0ArlfsJCcuUv8HaHTBf1P3HYV1oQuglxaqhIUdUXeB-3xTKyMClszEPCUGFruPe-id3) 23/47

This movie is widely misunderstood, which doesn't mean you'll like it if you get it, just that there's a lot going on here (literary stuff).


(https://s2-ssl.dmcdn.net/pp3Rs/x1080-KMA.jpg) 59/77

This movie follows in the best traditions of SF horror, exceptionally well done.


(http://horrorfuel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/RESIDENT-EVIL-Movie-1-e1495656567724.jpeg) 34/67

What's not to like about zombie Dobermans and a sociopathic AI?


And of course...

(https://starwarsblog.starwars.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/1-prequels.jpg)

Am I the only one who likes political intrigue in galaxies far, far away?


___

The critics hated these movies, but fans are s'okay to meh on them. Me...

 :tup3b :tup3b :tup3b
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on November 23, 2018, 05:50:34 AM
Saw this recently...


(https://occ-0-1009-999.1.nflxso.net/art/3735a/b5a525e65954d15611a92d2185c2193a0743735a.jpg)


Written and directed by Paul Greengrass, a talented storyteller (Bourne Supremacy, United 93, Bloody Sunday, etc.). It's a dramatization of the 2011 Norway attacks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Norway_attacks) and the events that followed them.


Rating: 8/10


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 23, 2018, 05:54:28 AM
I don't think Episodes I-III were as bad as the critics and most fans made out. I won't say I'll watch them again, but I might watch Ep I again. The problem with II and III for me was the absolutely horrible acting. HC, especially, but even NP. To me, that's down to the director.  (Yes, Becca, just like HP-3)

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest957 on November 23, 2018, 09:58:44 AM
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I really like the Guardians movies too, but then, so do most people - even the critics. RT has the movies rated at 91/92% and 83/88% respectively. So I'm not sure that qualifies for Becca's challenge - a movie everyone else thinks is mediocre at best.

Becca's question pertained to "everyone else you know". I don't know any of them thar fancy critics. But, of the people I know, i.e. my friends and family, most of whom held unfavorable opinions of Guardians, Vol. 2. I've tried to convince them it's a great movie, but to no avail.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Tom Wood on November 23, 2018, 10:18:40 AM
...


(https://s2-ssl.dmcdn.net/pp3Rs/x1080-KMA.jpg) 59/77

This movie follows in the best traditions of SF horror, exceptionally well done.


(http://horrorfuel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/RESIDENT-EVIL-Movie-1-e1495656567724.jpeg) 34/67

What's not to like about zombie Dobermans and a sociopathic AI?


...

Pitch Black is a wonderful movie! There are so many layers to the narrative, in addition to all the weird horror and sci-fi elements.

"Not for me! Not for me!"

Wow.

The breakout role for Vin Diesel.

Resident Evil - Just yeah, zombie Dobermans. The click click click of their nails on the floor from around the corner. Brilliant film-making!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on November 23, 2018, 02:01:37 PM
I watched The Wizard of Oz tonight while winding down after the family Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 23, 2018, 11:22:23 PM
The Christmas Chronicles on Netflix. Two kids have to save Christmas. A cut above the usual, especially the jail scene which had me practically rolling on the floor. Nice surprise at the very end.

I'll be spending most of the next month watching Christmas movies because I'm sappy that way.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lysmata Debelius on November 24, 2018, 12:24:10 AM
Saw this recently...


(https://occ-0-1009-999.1.nflxso.net/art/3735a/b5a525e65954d15611a92d2185c2193a0743735a.jpg)


Written and directed by Paul Greengrass, a talented storyteller (Bourne Supremacy, United 93, Bloody Sunday, etc.). It's a dramatization of the 2011 Norway attacks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Norway_attacks) and the events that followed them.


Rating: 8/10

I heard an interview with Paul Greengrass about this film. It sounds very interesting, if also quite frightening.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: WordWrassler on November 24, 2018, 03:35:39 AM
Recently watched Den of Thieves. Thought it was a great crime thriller that played homage to Heat, though with more guns and testosterone. The cast was really good and, after all the explosive action, the ending was clever.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/89/Den_of_Thieves_poster.jpg)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lysmata Debelius on November 24, 2018, 03:20:17 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e1/Sleepless_in_seattle.jpg)

Watched "Sleepless in Seattle" last night. I loved it when it first came out - I was in my early 20s.  I remember being particularly swept up by the whole "will they meet" thing at the end. This time round, while I enjoyed the movie, I didn't particularly care about the relationship / love angle at all. I found myself sympathising most with Meg Ryan's dumped boyfriend! Poor guy. She treated him pretty shabbily.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Captain Cranky on November 24, 2018, 07:30:22 PM
I just watched The Ballad of Buster Scruggs the other night and loved it. Bit sad in a few places, but I'm a Tom Waits fan and he was just fantastic.  :heart:

I agree that Pitch Black is an excellent movie, I periodically go back and watch  it  Grin
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on November 24, 2018, 11:55:26 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e1/Sleepless_in_seattle.jpg)

Watched "Sleepless in Seattle" last night. I loved it when it first came out - I was in my early 20s.  I remember being particularly swept up by the whole "will they meet" thing at the end. This time round, while I enjoyed the movie, I didn't particularly care about the relationship / love angle at all. I found myself sympathising most with Meg Ryan's dumped boyfriend! Poor guy. She treated him pretty shabbily.

Tastes change. Not to mention Tom Hanks haircut.
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Post by: Anarchist on November 25, 2018, 12:57:23 AM
Saw this a couple days ago (on Netflix)...


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81ufp0T0+OL._RI_.jpg)


It's the fifth Dirty Harry movie. A guilty pleasure for me. And it includes a bit part for a future A-Lister...

Spoiler: ShowHide
Jim Carrey


Rating: 8/10
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Post by: Lysmata Debelius on November 25, 2018, 05:20:47 AM
Just saw Nightcrawler. What a movie. I found it fascinating and disturbing. Don't watch if you are feeling vulnerable. And of course, it's the actor who played Donnie Darko. He is basically the devil, but everything he says is corporate-motivational-speak. Calm, reasonable, and completely insane.
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Post by: Anarchist on November 25, 2018, 06:12:07 AM
Just saw Nightcrawler. What a movie. I found it fascinating and disturbing. Don't watch if you are feeling vulnerable. And of course, it's the actor who played Donnie Darko. He is basically the devil, but everything he says is corporate-motivational-speak. Calm, reasonable, and completely insane.

I loved Nightcrawler. Great flick.
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Post by: Becca Mills on November 25, 2018, 06:39:53 AM
I don't think Episodes I-III were as bad as the critics and most fans made out. I won't say I'll watch them again, but I might watch Ep I again. The problem with II and III for me was the absolutely horrible acting. HC, especially, but even NP. To me, that's down to the director.  (Yes, Becca, just like HP-3)

I'm with you on that one, Maggie Ann. Ep. 2 was just ... I would rather clean all my baseboards with Q-Tips than endure those love story elements again. I know NP is a great actor, so I'm gonna blame it on the direction.  :shocked:

Joining the love for Pitch Black! Great film. Triumph of the KISS principle.

I think I'm going to make watching all the Marvel movies in order with the kids a summer project. I missed most of them, I think. Looking forward to the Guardians films most of all.
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Post by: Anarchist on November 26, 2018, 02:50:46 AM
Saw this last night...


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Mesmerizing. An epic tale with a wonderful soundtrack.

Rating: 8/10

Currently streaming on Hulu.
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Post by: dgcasey on November 26, 2018, 04:40:12 AM
Watched this last night. It never gets old.

(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMjEwOTMzNjYzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjczMTQyMQ@@._V1_.jpg)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 26, 2018, 10:32:34 AM
Just got back from Fantastic Beasts 2. Much better than the first movie. GD and I both liked it, but now I have questions. Off to youtube to see what's being said over there.

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Post by: Anarchist on November 27, 2018, 07:07:10 AM
Just watched this one...


(https://pisces.bbystatic.com/image2/BestBuy_US/images/products/6736/6736874_sa.jpg)


Rating: 8/10

Disclaimer: I love Tony Scott films, even the unintelligible stuff like Domino. So discount my rating accordingly.

Currently streaming on HBO.

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Post by: PJ Post on November 27, 2018, 01:10:15 PM
Just watched this one...


(https://pisces.bbystatic.com/image2/BestBuy_US/images/products/6736/6736874_sa.jpg)

Stylish, dark and moody. Part of the filmography that made Denzel Denzel.

 :tup3b

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And at the risk of being repetitive...I watched both of these for the umpteenth time this weekend...

(https://arabiangazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/jumanji-moview-review.jpg)

(https://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/big-hero-6-tv-625x350.jpg)

 :tup3b  :tup3b  :tup3b

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Post by: dgcasey on November 27, 2018, 05:41:32 PM

And at the risk of being repetitive...I watched both of these for the umpteenth time this weekend...

(https://arabiangazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/jumanji-moview-review.jpg)

(https://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/big-hero-6-tv-625x350.jpg)

 :tup3b  :tup3b  :tup3b

Nothing wrong with either one of those. Always worth a repeat viewing.

Honey Bunny and I just finished this one.

(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BNzJkNDY3YTAtZDY1Ni00ZDExLWEwMTEtMjcyOTc4MWViMWYxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM1OTMzNDA@._V1_.jpg)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 28, 2018, 03:10:33 AM
I was so reluctant to watch Jumanji. After all, what or who could beat the original. GD talked me into it and I was so glad she did. They didn't try to duplicate the original at all and I could enjoy the movie on it's own merits.

Still watching Christmas movies. Home for the Holidays last night. It was different and I really enjoyed it.

There were a couple I couldn't get past the first 15 minutes. They were worse than the ugliest Christmas sweaters.

I tried watching a second movie last night but I fell asleep so I'll rewatch it tonight.



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Post by: Anarchist on November 28, 2018, 04:04:57 AM
(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTI3MTE1NjAwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDM3MzMwMg@@._V1_.jpg)


Not much happens, but it's a mesmerizing film nonetheless. That's probably due largely to Michelle Williams. She's terrific (as usual).

Rating: 8/10

Currently streaming on Hulu.
 
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 30, 2018, 12:20:30 AM
Just watched The Man Who Invented Christmas. It's the story of how Charles Dickens came to write A Christmas Carol.

Definitely a fun movie, but more so from the writer's perspective. I had to laugh at his struggles to overcome blockage and I certainly understood when he said he couldn't get his characters to do what he wanted.

A lot of it was true to his life but it was the writing parts that I had to identify with. We all go through the same struggles but only a blessed few go on to be a Charles Dickens.

Christopher Plummer as Scrooge, Ian McNeice (Bert Large on Doc Martin) as one of his publishers, and Professor Sprout as Mrs. Fisk, the housekeeper.

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Post by: Lysmata Debelius on November 30, 2018, 12:52:36 AM
Next up...


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71t1C2Xv6ZL._SY550_.jpg)


I laughed all the way through.

Rating: 9/10

I feel odd recommending comedy because tastes vary. But if you enjoy vampires and your comedic preferences are slightly off-center, check this one out.

What We Do In The Shadows is currently on Amazon Prime.

I agree! This is a very funny movie. I particularly loved Peter in the basement!
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Post by: Becca Mills on November 30, 2018, 04:21:49 AM
Saw a Jim Jarmusch movie called Paterson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paterson_(film)) last night, based on or in dialogue with William Carlos Williams's epic poem of the same title. Really good, though off-beat, as Jarmusch's films tend to be. Very little plot arc, light magic-realist touches. Came out in 2016. My fave of his films so far. Recommend! 9/10



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Post by: Anarchist on November 30, 2018, 06:29:30 AM
Saw a Jim Jarmusch movie called Paterson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paterson_(film)) last night, based on or in dialogue with William Carlos Williams's epic poem of the same title. Really good, though off-beat, as Jarmusch's films tend to be. Very little plot arc, light magic-realist touches. Came out in 2016. My fave of his films so far. Recommend! 9/10

I was going to watch Paterson a few months ago, but my wife said she didn't like. So I passed on it.

But now that I'm thinking about it, she fell asleep while watching Aliens.

Paterson is back on the list! :)

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Post by: Becca Mills on November 30, 2018, 06:48:53 AM
Saw a Jim Jarmusch movie called Paterson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paterson_(film)) last night, based on or in dialogue with William Carlos Williams's epic poem of the same title. Really good, though off-beat, as Jarmusch's films tend to be. Very little plot arc, light magic-realist touches. Came out in 2016. My fave of his films so far. Recommend! 9/10

I was going to watch Paterson a few months ago, but my wife said she didn't like. So I passed on it.

But now that I'm thinking about it, she fell asleep while watching Aliens.

Paterson is back on the list! :)

Let us know what you think! It's definitely a "quiet" film. A meditation on creativity, place, relationships. I have a feeling there's a lot of intertextuality with the Williams poem, which I've never read. That might account for many of the symbolic elements.
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Post by: guest957 on November 30, 2018, 07:21:42 AM
she fell asleep while watching Aliens.

(https://i.postimg.cc/2Sm4TjQ0/aliens-hudson-gif.gif)
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on November 30, 2018, 12:30:07 PM
she fell asleep while watching Aliens.


(https://i.imgur.com/7TEGJeQ.gif)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on November 30, 2018, 12:58:29 PM
My Christmas movie for tonight was The Christmas Eve Miracle.
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Post by: JRTomlin on December 01, 2018, 07:32:17 AM
I watched Outlaw King (starring Chris Pine). I am incredibly picky about historical movies, but I gave this one a big:  :tup3b
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Post by: Maggie Ann on December 01, 2018, 08:05:08 AM
I watched Outlaw King (starring Chris Pine). I am incredibly picky about historical movies, but I have this one a big:  :tup3b


I'll have to squeeze this one into my busy smarmy Christmas movie schedule.  :tup3b
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Post by: Anarchist on December 01, 2018, 09:24:59 AM
I watched Outlaw King (starring Chris Pine). I am incredibly picky about historical movies, but I have this one a big:  :tup3b


I was wondering about that one. It's now on my list!
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Post by: JRTomlin on December 01, 2018, 11:52:04 AM
It has a few 'Hollywood moments' that got a few complaints, but relatively few of them. It stuck pretty close to at least the gist of what happened. The scenery is breathtaking and I thought Chris Pine did a fine job, even managing a respectable Scottish accent. The battle tactics, armor, and weapons were amazingly accurate which is just about a first that I have seen in a medieval movie.

It was particularly impressive to see them showing battle tactics that really were used.
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Post by: guest957 on December 01, 2018, 07:57:38 PM
Saw a Jim Jarmusch movie called Paterson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paterson_(film)) last night, based on or in dialogue with William Carlos Williams's epic poem of the same title. Really good, though off-beat, as Jarmusch's films tend to be. Very little plot arc, light magic-realist touches. Came out in 2016. My fave of his films so far. Recommend! 9/10

Watched this last night based on your positive review/description, and I loved it. Thanks!  :icon_cool:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on December 01, 2018, 11:47:39 PM
Last night's Christmas movie was A Christmas Calendar. It was a bit different from the usual fare. No one had to save Christmas or Santa Clause and no one had to wake up to an alternative life.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on December 21, 2018, 03:12:36 PM
I haven't seen any new movies in a while.  But in recent weeks, I've re-watched The Martian, The Matrix, and Ben-Hur.

That last one was my nephew's idea.  I had previously shown him a couple of scenes on YouTube because he's a twelve-year-old boy and I thought he'd get a kick out of the chariot race and the "ramming speed" of the galley slaves.  I didn't think he'd like the whole movie simply because it's so long and modern attention spans are what they are.  I put it on for him since he asked, but I expected him to get bored.  To my surprise, he enjoyed it.

There's a moral there, I guess.  Don't underestimate the kids.  Don't assume they can't sit still for a 3.5-hour epic.  They might surprise you.  ;)

(You might have to explain some things, though.  My nephew didn't know the first thing about leprosy.)

I still need to make time for Die Hard.  It's not Christmas until Hans fall off Nakatomi Plaza.  I need to watch Trading Places, too, another great Christmas tradition.
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Post by: dgcasey on December 22, 2018, 06:03:31 AM
Last night watched The Santa Clause and the night before rewatched last year's Dr. Who Christmas special. Tonight I think I'll watch The Ghost of Christmas Eve with the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on December 22, 2018, 07:00:41 AM
Last night watched The Santa Clause and the night before rewatched last year's Dr. Who Christmas special. Tonight I think I'll watch The Ghost of Christmas Eve with the Trans Siberian Orchestra.



Thank you. It wouldn't be Christmas without TSO!

 :dog1:
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Post by: Lysmata Debelius on December 22, 2018, 06:01:18 PM
Watched Into the Spiderverse and it is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND AWESOME.
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Post by: PJ Post on December 23, 2018, 06:42:28 AM
Watched Into the Spiderverse and it is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND AWESOME.

Good to hear. I'm super psyched.   :dance:

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I had high hopes, but it spent too much time trying to be clever rather than telling a story.


(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/IRsFc2gguEg/maxresdefault.jpg)

Umm.....the idea is beyond Terry Gilliam stupid, in fact, it's very nearly insulting. Pile a sh*t-ton of cliches and tired tropes on top of it and you end up with a...pretty nifty movie.
 :tup3brent it


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Not nearly as good as the first one. It's got lots of boom boom and pew pew, but not much heart to go with it. If you like Denzel kicking ass, you'll probably like this one too.


(https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/750x445/997064.jpg)

More of the same, Tom Cruise running all over the planet, combined with harrowing jumps, chases and scooby-doo de-maskings. About what you'd expect, including the impossible leaps of logic. The franchise is running out of steam. It has the same problem as Eq2, there's no depth or emotion, which means (writing advice warning) - there's no stakes.


(https://www.conservativebookclub.com/wp-content/uploads/Venom.jpg)

It had everything but a story. Hardy's character spends a lot of time hanging out on the edge of being unlikable, and I can't see a reason for it. But he has just enough charm to make it work. Venom's pretty fun though. It's almost good...sort of...maybe...???
 :tup3b very rentable

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All of these movies require turning your brain off, which kind of sucks. On the flip side - they all look amazing. I'm sensing a pattern...


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Throw-back recommendation:

(https://machinemeandotorg.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/finalgirls7.jpg)

If you like horror, this one is just a lot of fun.

 :tup3b
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Post by: dgcasey on December 23, 2018, 02:08:24 PM
(https://www.conservativebookclub.com/wp-content/uploads/Venom.jpg)

It had everything but a story. Hardy's character spends a lot of time hanging out on the edge of being unlikable, and I can't see a reason for it. But he has just enough charm to make it work. Venom's pretty fun though. It's almost good...sort of...maybe...???
 :tup3b very rentable

How dare you say that about Tom! Apologize!



 grint
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Post by: Becca Mills on December 23, 2018, 05:25:58 PM
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ... fantastic! The whole family loved it. 10/10
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Post by: Anarchist on December 24, 2018, 12:41:21 AM
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I couldn't get into it. The jokes landed flat. The acting seemed desperate. The script was dull.

Rating: 6/10
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Post by: prolificwriter on December 24, 2018, 05:51:00 AM
I was pleasantly surprised by Crazy Rich Asians. Wasn’t really looking forward to seeing it, but family chose it and I liked it a lot. It uses a pretty standard romantic comedy formula, but it does it very well. Plus, Gemma Chan!

I watched Mandy recently and I gotta say, that was a major disappointment. I like Nicolas Cage and I like weird movies, but this one just wasn’t that good on any level. It figures that the critics loved it!
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Post by: The Doctor on December 25, 2018, 04:59:41 AM
Watched Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa last night.

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Post by: LilyBLily on December 25, 2018, 05:30:45 AM
Mary Poppins Returns. Me and dozens of well-behaved young children.
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Post by: Tom Wood on December 25, 2018, 05:41:29 AM
Mary Poppins Returns. Me and dozens of well-behaved young children.

It doesn't count when you've tasered them all!  :hehe
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Post by: LilyBLily on December 25, 2018, 07:03:06 AM
Not an action movie. I brought no weapons.

Didn’t need them. The Alamo is very strict and will toss anyone out for rude behavior.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest1038 on December 25, 2018, 08:31:31 AM
Just caught Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse and Bumblebee this past weekend and both movies were really good. Definitely recommended.

Noticed during the end credits for Spider-verse the Story by credit goes to Phil Lord (who also co-wrote the screenplay). Significant because a Story by credit means you're the person who came up with the idea for the story (not meaning to state the obvious, btw, just in case folks weren't aware how it worked with the "Story" credit), how the plot should play out and all of that. He also co-produced the film with his usual directing partner Chris Miller. I thought the idea for the story in this movie was fantastic. Really creative and clever.

I point this out - as a Star Wars fan - because in my opinion the pair, Lord and Miller, have yet to attach their names to a bad movie (the Jump Street movies, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie) and they were the direction duo that Disney fired when they'd completed filming roughly 80% of the standalone Han Solo movie.

Apparently, one of the writers on the film, Lawrence Kasdan (no spring chicken, by the way) didn't understand their 'process' and what they were intending for the film and the head of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy agreed.

Reading about Lord and Miller's creative process, I think they have a different method than a lot of filmmakers and people who've been in that business a long time don't understand it and Disney's conservative nature and wanting to play it safe was their un-doing. It's too bad, because I'm pretty convinced after seeing Spider-verse and knowing Lord and Miller's previous works that their version of Solo would have been a true saving grace for the Star Wars franchise that currently has the fandom divided. Kathleen Kennedy and the rest should've been welcoming that kind of innovation with open arms, instead, they retreated for the perception of safety and continue to have a divided fanbase as a result.

All of that to say, I think Disney made a big mistake letting those two go, and - I think - this latest Spider-man movie drives that point home. Marvel does have some attachment to Sony's Spider-verse so hopefully Disney can reconnect with the duo that way. Good luck though convincing them to come back to work on a Star Wars film, though I guess, money talks. It's a shame because Lord and Miller seem to be among the very few people in Hollywood these days who are actually creative and know how to tell a great story. Can't wait to see what they work on next.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on December 30, 2018, 12:59:15 PM
GS saw Spiderverse yesterday and he and his friends also loved it.

I just watched Quartet on Netflix. Always a pleasure to see Maggie Smith. The Beecham House is a home for retired musicians and they must put on their annual gala to raise funds to keep the home going for another year. Except for the quartet themselves, the players are really retired musicians and singers and the music they put out is wonderful. At the end, they show a current photo of each of them beside a photo of them at a young age either singing or playing.

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Post by: guest1038 on December 30, 2018, 02:18:42 PM
Watched Black Mirror: Bandersnatch yesterday, Netflix's new interactive movie.

I thought it was a lot of fun. Made me wonder why we don't see more 'choose your own adventure' type novels for adults. I mean, I know they exist, but watching the film - which is based around a fake fantasy novel that mimics the CYOA style - it made me wonder why this isn't more of a thing.

Perhaps the interactive fiction format is just not that popular for adults? I get that LitRPG is popular, but I've never considered that to be the same as 'choose your own adventure'. Maybe it is? Maybe it's filling that void - if there's a void at all.
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Post by: PJ Post on December 31, 2018, 04:12:01 AM
I'm posting this more as a warning...

(https://wallpapercave.com/wp/wp3648736.jpg)

This movie was similar to The Last Jedi, it looked good, good cast, even a nifty bit here and there - but made no sense whatsoever. Terrible characterization, no consistency and the tone was all over the place.

This was a big-budget movie; I'm increasingly of the opinion that Hollywood writers have been replaced by accountants.


And from the Indie scene...

(https://store-images.s-microsoft.com/image/apps.64746.9007199266246365.6c12cf13-a140-4fae-87fa-f946a88e8929.9114f9dd-c0ba-4838-8b1c-1c895546d27a?mode=scale&q=90&h=1080&w=1920)

 :tup3b

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Throw-back movie of the week...

(http://cdn.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/895426/84067699.jpg)

This is still a good classic movie, but kind of a logical mess too. Considering this came out the year before Star Wars, the special effects are severely lacking, and just plain old bad in places. Rumor has it they ran out of money.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest1038 on December 31, 2018, 11:18:26 AM
I'm increasingly of the opinion that Hollywood writers have been replaced by accountants.

Ain't that the truth.
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Post by: Anarchist on December 31, 2018, 12:02:54 PM
Finished this one five minutes ago...


(https://www.moviemem.com/images/pictures/store/british-quad/CRIMESANDMISDEMEANORSQUAD.jpg)


I'm not a Woody Allen fan. But I really liked Crimes and Misdemeanors. It's darker than Allen's normal fare. Landau is terrific.

Rating: 8/10

It's on HBO through Dec. 31.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on January 01, 2019, 01:51:13 AM
Finished this one five minutes ago...


(https://www.moviemem.com/images/pictures/store/british-quad/CRIMESANDMISDEMEANORSQUAD.jpg)


I'm not a Woody Allen fan. But I really liked Crimes and Misdemeanors. It's darker than Allen's normal fare. Landau is terrific.

Rating: 8/10

It's on HBO through Dec. 31.

If you like Martin Landau, the original Mission Impossible series is free with Prime. I think I'll start watching that tomorrow.
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Post by: oganalp on January 01, 2019, 04:01:57 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWwncUGU8AExiBN.jpg)

I watched it the other day. It was a good movie with some gorgeous visuals. Thought-provoking as well. May not be the best movie (I haven't read the books), but it was still solid.

Spoiler: ShowHide
That bear scene...
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Post by: PJ Post on January 01, 2019, 06:46:56 AM
+1 on Annihilation

Arrival was another smart SF movie.
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Post by: cecilia_writer on January 14, 2019, 03:10:09 AM
Just back from seeing 'The Favourite'. It was extremely well acted but definitely NOT a comedy as I have heard from some sources. The idea was interesting because of the strong focus on three real women, with the men relegated to the background. My son said to me on the way out 'I don't know how much of it was real history' and I replied 'I think we can deduce the answer from the use of "OK"by one of the characters'. (There were other examples)
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Post by: dgcasey on January 14, 2019, 03:19:03 AM
(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMjUzNTg0MzM3NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDg3NTY5MjE@._V1_SY500_.jpg)
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Post by: Tom Wood on January 14, 2019, 04:02:23 AM
Re-watched this and it held up well:

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Post by: Anarchist on January 14, 2019, 04:47:13 AM
Re-watched this and it held up well:



Good to know. And great timing as I was planning to watch it tonight on HBO.


I watched this one last night...


(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BZmUwNGU2ZmItMmRiNC00MjhlLTg5YWUtODMyNzkxODYzMmZlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTIzOTk5ODM@._V1_.jpg)


Terrific cast, and it's written and directed by Christopher Nolan (I love everything he's done).

Rating: 9/10.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on January 14, 2019, 05:26:33 AM
Just back from seeing 'The Favourite'. It was extremely well acted but definitely NOT a comedy as I have heard from some sources. The idea was interesting because of the strong focus on three real women, with the men relegated to the background. My son said to me on the way out 'I don't know how much of it was real history' and I replied 'I think we can deduce the answer from the use of "OK"by one of the characters'. (There were other examples)

I had researched the origin of OK for one of my books and was surprised to find how long it had been in use. I don't know when The Favourite was set, but OK has been around since 1839. I never would have guessed it.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: cecilia_writer on January 14, 2019, 06:18:14 AM
I am often surprised too by how long some phrases have been around - however The Favourite is based on events (a lot of them completely fictitious) in Queen Anne's court (early 18th century). There were quite a few 21st century usages too. I think they were meant to add to the general edgy, modern feel of the film but they didn't help!
It was strange because just before we set out for the cinema I thought, I hope this isn't going to be like Burn After Reading, which was supposed to be hilarious but I didn't find even mildly amusing. This film wasn't as pointless as that one but it was quite annoying. The background music had a way of intruding into the foreground with a repetitive cello note, and my son, who makes films himself, didn't like the cinematography. It will be interesting to see if it wins any Oscars.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on January 14, 2019, 07:59:50 AM
I am often surprised too by how long some phrases have been around - however The Favourite is based on events (a lot of them completely fictitious) in Queen Anne's court (early 18th century). There were quite a few 21st century usages too. I think they were meant to add to the general edgy, modern feel of the film but they didn't help!
It was strange because just before we set out for the cinema I thought, I hope this isn't going to be like Burn After Reading, which was supposed to be hilarious but I didn't find even mildly amusing. This film wasn't as pointless as that one but it was quite annoying. The background music had a way of intruding into the foreground with a repetitive cello note, and my son, who makes films himself, didn't like the cinematography. It will be interesting to see if it wins any Oscars.

About a hundred years too soon to be OK!  :angel:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on January 14, 2019, 03:06:20 PM
...Burn After Reading, which was supposed to be hilarious but I didn't find even mildly amusing...


Same here.  For a long time, I thought I was the only one who didn't "get it."  Nice to see someone else with the same opinion.   :cheers
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest153 on January 14, 2019, 04:48:44 PM
I teach a class on Japanese film, so I'm watching (and rewatching) a lot of those lately. Just watched this one yesterday, showing it to my class this week:

(https://image.tmdb.org/t/p/w600_and_h900_bestv2/5edwcfe4szCQU6Mq8rPS667Yv7g.jpg)

It's directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, he's been making a lot of headlines lately since his latest film, Shoplifters, has won all sorts of awards on the festival circuit. Like the title says, it's about the afterlife, except when you die, you go to a processing center for one week where counselors help you select the best moment from your life, and that moment will be what you live in for the rest of eternity. It can be a bit slow, but it's really good.

As for the theater, last movie I saw there was Venom.

(https://image.tmdb.org/t/p/w600_and_h900_bestv2/2uNW4WbgBXL25BAbXGLnLqX71Sw.jpg)

It was entertaining. Far from the best superhero movie, but also far from the worst. Probably on the same level as the lower-tier Marvel films, but still better than anything DC has put out recently that wasn't Aquaman or Wonder Woman.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: cecilia_writer on January 14, 2019, 08:03:28 PM
...Burn After Reading, which was supposed to be hilarious but I didn't find even mildly amusing...


Same here.  For a long time, I thought I was the only one who didn't "get it."  Nice to see someone else with the same opinion.   :cheers

Fortunately I often go to the cinema with my younger son, who has a similar sense of humour to mine, so at least I know I'm not the only one who didn't find The Favourite as funny as Airplane [one of the UK film critics did].
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on January 21, 2019, 05:49:11 AM
So I finally got around to watching this...

(https://lumiere-a.akamaihd.net/v1/images/solo-banner-mobile-light_475e4331.jpeg?region=0%2C0%2C1920%2C1024)

I read that it was more like Han's Wookieepedia page than a movie - and they were right. It was a bad movie, never mind a bad Star Wars movie...and insulting to boot. It's no wonder the box office tanked. Someone needs to tell Disney that at some point, they're going to have to actually tell a story, preferably a new one. Flashy Easter eggs and pseudo-fan fiction are not movies.

Also...

(https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/io-netflix-ending-explained.jpg)

Well acted, but just another Indie movie where two people wander around, and, while talking about nothing, intentionally (and annoyingly) avoid certain specifics in order to create drama and tension - because there's no story.

The movie looks good, but most movies look good these days. That's not enough. But evens still, as shallow as it was...it wasn't bad.

However...

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/7Bq7aGFEJ7o/hqdefault.jpg)

It's not an original story by any means, but it's got some new twists on the trope. The story is tight and focused, and much better than average these days.

 :tup3b
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest153 on January 21, 2019, 08:41:06 AM
Showed this movie to my students for our class discussion this week:

(https://image.tmdb.org/t/p/original/sZv0rTfWLy9duqanhQtBzljTsPd.jpg)

It's the Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (Japanese title is Yurusarezaru Mono), set in Hokkaido in the late 1800s with Ken Watanabe in the Will Munny role. They did a really amazing job of adapting the story to Meiji-era Japan and even threw in some stuff about the Japanese treatment of the Ainu people. I'm really looking forward to the class discussion for this one.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Edward M. Grant on January 22, 2019, 03:57:47 AM
So I finally got around to watching this...

I thought about Solo when I saw it appear on Netflix the other day, but realized that I honestly just don't care after they made Han Solo a total loser in... whatever Star Wars movie that was a while back.

So I re-watched They Live and Society instead, which are two movies that are probably more relevant today than they were in the 80s.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on January 22, 2019, 08:07:57 AM
Spoiler: ShowHide
(https://cdn2.lamag.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2018/11/theylivelocations_jaredcowan-2.jpg)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on January 24, 2019, 10:12:48 AM
So I finally got around to watching this...

(https://lumiere-a.akamaihd.net/v1/images/solo-banner-mobile-light_475e4331.jpeg?region=0%2C0%2C1920%2C1024)

I read that it was more like Han's Wookieepedia page than a movie - and they were right. It was a bad movie, never mind a bad Star Wars movie...and insulting to boot. It's no wonder the box office tanked. Someone needs to tell Disney that at some point, they're going to have to actually tell a story, preferably a new one. Flashy Easter eggs and pseudo-fan fiction are not movies.

Thanks for saving me two hours (and change). I was debating watching it. The debate is now over. ;)


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: APP on January 24, 2019, 11:47:47 AM
Solo wasn't that great, but I still enjoyed it. I look upon such movies as Tongue & Cheek.

I also enjoyed "Close", which I wouldn't have seen had PJ Post not recommended it
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on January 24, 2019, 01:24:37 PM
Solo wasn't that great, but I still enjoyed it. I look upon such movies as Tongue & Cheek.

I also enjoyed "Close", which I wouldn't have seen had PJ Post not recommended it

I agree about Solo. I had to not think of him as the one and only Han Solo. That made it easier to watch. Woody Harrelson was very good. It was okay as a backstory.

Of all the new Star Wars movies, I liked Rogue One the best. There was a definite connection between it and New Hope and it felt like it belonged.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lysmata Debelius on January 24, 2019, 02:09:14 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/77/Bumblebee_%28film%29_poster.png/220px-Bumblebee_%28film%29_poster.png)
I watched Bumblebee yesterday. I enjoyed it. You have to sort of switch off a part of your brain (the bit that goes "but why?") but the story is well tole and the characters appealing.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: APP on January 25, 2019, 05:51:22 AM

I agree about Solo. I had to not think of him as the one and only Han Solo. That made it easier to watch. Woody Harrelson was very good. It was okay as a backstory.


Woody Harrelson was great. IMO: Without him, the movie wouldn't have had the necessary punch
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on January 25, 2019, 06:31:33 AM

I agree about Solo. I had to not think of him as the one and only Han Solo. That made it easier to watch. Woody Harrelson was very good. It was okay as a backstory.


Woody Harrelson was great. IMO: Without him, the movie wouldn't have had the necessary punch

 :tup3b
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest1038 on January 25, 2019, 08:12:36 PM
After watching A Quiet Place and BirdBox I've decided to write a series of novels where if you smell the monster you die. Then another series where you brutally murder others if you taste anything the monster touched.

No, better yet, a story about a substance the military's created that's so deadly you die just by uttering its name, or worse you're instantly killed once you even start talking abou
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: OfficialEthanJ on January 27, 2019, 09:02:15 AM
1 downvote for "Close". The director seemed very interested in the cinematography (well, somebody was, anyway) but the rest fell flat for me. Diff'rent strokes, YMMV, IANAL, etc.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on January 28, 2019, 04:08:17 AM
Saw this last night...


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/514mHdkzQXL.jpg)


A dark story. Macabre even. But it pulls you in. It's directed by Tom Tykwer whose films have a unique feel. The visuals of Perfume are awesome.

Rating: 9/10.

Perfume: A Story Of A Murderer is currently available on Amazon Prime.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on January 28, 2019, 05:43:23 AM
Saw this last night...


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/514mHdkzQXL.jpg)


A dark story. Macabre even. But it pulls you in. It's directed by Tom Tykwer whose films have a unique feel. The visuals of Perfume are awesome.

Rating: 9/10.

Perfume: A Story Of A Murderer is currently available on Amazon Prime.

I do so hate to miss an Alan Rickman movie, but I know I couldn't handle the macabre aspects of it.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: APP on January 28, 2019, 05:53:56 AM
Netflix puts out some excellent movies, but they also put out some horrible ones.

Last night, I watched a Netflix movie call Spectral. This is a military adventure set in the very near future. It takes place in Eastern Europe--with some sci-fi overtones. I found it to be excellent.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: sliderule on January 31, 2019, 10:28:03 PM
The Limehouse Golem, starring Bill Nighy.

I was sold at Bill Nighy.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 01, 2019, 01:18:57 AM
Night before last, I watched Jersey Boys. That's my era and I'm from NJ. I smiled just as much as when I watched it the first time.

Last night, I watched Chu Chu and the Philly Flash with Alan Arkin and Carol Burnett, 1981 I think. Great cast all around. It's just a favorite of mine.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on February 10, 2019, 01:01:16 AM
This movie...

(https://in.bmscdn.com/iedb/movies/images/mobile/listing/xxlarge/widows-et00069914-29-01-2018-10-12-06.jpg)

Sucks. A lot.

The trailer IS NOT the movie. It's a perfect example of a story not knowing what it is. This movie is drunk.

Is it a heist/caper film? A dark-underbelly political thriller? The exploration of a failing family dynasty? An exposé of urban poverty and gang violence? A homage to dark 70's dramas? A feel-good feminist empowerment story? Sort of, yeah, but no, not really...

It's so all over the place as to make zero sense. The writing is terrible, the pacing is bad - and the tone couldn't have been more consistently morose if it was directed by Zack Snyder. Oh...and any attempt at being socially relevant (woke) fails miserably because the characters are about as cliché as humanly possible. The film relies heavily on either the actor's previous roles, as was the case with Liam Neisen, or audience expectations for the grossly stereotypical character types presented, to fill in their back stories. Viola Davis...yes, THAT Viola Davis, would have been right at home saying, "I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere." She is so flat, wooden and single note that we have no choice but to blame the director, who is also responsible for how hamfistedly predictable the movie is. The scenes feel like they've been lifted from other, really good movies and rearranged into this f*cking mess. Yo...directors: before you go all Kubrik on our ass with camera angles and lighting and other clever sh*t, put together a decent story. K? K?? Guardians did it - twice!

This movie pissed me off because the premise sounded so cool. It promised one thing, but gave me something else, something I didn't want. (marketing tip)

AND...AND...they hurt a dog. Duh fuque?

 :rant
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on February 11, 2019, 02:27:53 AM
Saw this last night...


(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BYjcyYTk0N2YtMzc4ZC00Y2E0LWFkNDgtNjE1MzZmMGE1YjY1XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTMxODk2OTU@._V1_.jpg)


Great cast. Paul Rudd has so much charisma that it's impossible to dislike him. Evangeline Lilly owned her role. And the rest of the cast, from Michael Douglas and Laurence Fishburne to Michael Pena and Randall Park, totally chewed through their scenes.

The movie's a little corny, but offers lots of terrific action sequences and tons of laughs.

Rating: 8/10.

Disclaimer: I like most of the Marvel movies.

Ant-Man and The Wasp is currently available on Netflix.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 11, 2019, 03:06:11 AM
I started to watch The Last Laugh with Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss. CC was a theatrical agent and RD was his client until he quit to become a podiatrist. They meet up in assisted living and decide to go back into show business together. I quit about halfway through.

What is it with these movies about old people getting a do-over? The Quartet (Maggie Smith and Pauline Collins saved that one but just barely), The Kaminsky Method, another one with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.

I think I'll try Ant Man and the Wasp. Or maybe I'll cleanse my palate with Rogue One mentioned on another thread.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on February 11, 2019, 03:29:39 AM
I think I'll try Ant Man and the Wasp.

For what it's worth, it's helpful to have watched the first film (Ant-Man) beforehand. Unfortunately, Ant-Man not available on Netflix.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Vijaya on February 11, 2019, 04:16:22 AM
Two beautiful films: The Least of These (about missionary Graham Staines) and Peter Jackson's WWI restored footage (from the Imperial museum) with narration by the veterans themselves. Stunning. Moving. Brilliant.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 11, 2019, 05:30:49 AM
I think I'll try Ant Man and the Wasp.

For what it's worth, it's helpful to have watched the first film (Ant-Man) beforehand. Unfortunately, Ant-Man not available on Netflix.

I can rent Ant-Man from Amazon for $2.99. No sense watching the second one if I don't know what's going on.

Two beautiful films: The Least of These (about missionary Graham Staines) and Peter Jackson's WWI restored footage (from the Imperial museum) with narration by the veterans themselves. Stunning. Moving. Brilliant.

That Peter Jackson film sounds good. What is the name?
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest957 on February 11, 2019, 05:46:07 AM
Watched A Walk Among the Tombstones last night. Liam Neeson was good, but most of the cast came across as amateurish. Two stars out of five.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: APP on February 11, 2019, 05:52:12 AM
I think I'll try Ant Man and the Wasp.

For what it's worth, it's helpful to have watched the first film (Ant-Man) beforehand. Unfortunately, Ant-Man not available on Netflix.

Paul Rudd has so much charisma that it's impossible to dislike him. Evangeline Lilly owned her role. And the rest of the cast, from Michael Douglas and Laurence Fishburne to Michael Pena and Randall Park, totally chewed through their scenes.

Though I haven't seen Ant Man, I was able to easily follow the story line of Ant Man and the Wasp--and I quite enjoyed it. The cast was excellent.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on February 11, 2019, 06:46:52 AM
That Peter Jackson film sounds good. What is the name?


I'm pretty sure she's referring to They Shall Not Grow Old.  It really is an amazing piece of restoration by Jackson.  He cleaned up the lines and spots, slowed the speed down to normal, colorized it, used lip readers to figure out what the men were saying, and then used voice actors to provide the voices.  The background narration is provided by audio recordings made of actual veterans during the 1960s and 1970s.  Added sound effects, etc.  Really incredible stuff.





Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 11, 2019, 09:08:42 AM
That Peter Jackson film sounds good. What is the name?


I'm pretty sure she's referring to They Shall Not Grow Old.  It really is an amazing piece of restoration by Jackson.  He cleaned up the lines and spots, slowed the speed down to normal, colorized it, used lip readers to figure out what the men were saying, and then used voice actors to provide the voices.  The background narration is provided by audio recordings made of actual veterans during the 1960s and 1970s.  Added sound effects, etc.  Really incredible stuff.




It's playing not too far from me but only showing after 10pm. Piffle. I'll wait until it comes out on DVD. The DVD available on Amazon is for Region 2.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Vijaya on February 11, 2019, 11:45:36 AM
Thanks Jeff.

MaggieAnn, I don't know why the showings are so limited. I hope they increase their showings. I missed it the first time because of a Dr. appt. and was soooo happy to see it on the big screen. Peter Jackson is such a stickler for details. Loved the commentary after the film.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on February 11, 2019, 11:53:12 AM
Loved the commentary after the film.


I haven't seen the whole thing yet--just snippets on the internet--but from what I've read from those who have seen it, the post-credits commentary is an absolute must-see.


I don't know why the showings are so limited.


I think it's a rights issue.  I think it originally aired on the BBC, and there are contract stipulations and whatnot.   :shrug
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 11, 2019, 12:14:28 PM
Thanks Jeff.

MaggieAnn, I don't know why the showings are so limited. I hope they increase their showings. I missed it the first time because of a Dr. appt. and was soooo happy to see it on the big screen. Peter Jackson is such a stickler for details. Loved the commentary after the film.

The theater where it's showing is about 40 minutes away which would be fine for an afternoon viewing.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: guest957 on February 11, 2019, 01:28:52 PM
That Peter Jackson film sounds good. What is the name?


I'm pretty sure she's referring to They Shall Not Grow Old.  It really is an amazing piece of restoration by Jackson.  He cleaned up the lines and spots, slowed the speed down to normal, colorized it, used lip readers to figure out what the men were saying, and then used voice actors to provide the voices.  The background narration is provided by audio recordings made of actual veterans during the 1960s and 1970s.  Added sound effects, etc.  Really incredible stuff.




I'm not certain I could get through it. Just the trailer alone has me sniffling.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on February 11, 2019, 01:58:42 PM
That Peter Jackson film sounds good. What is the name?


I'm pretty sure she's referring to They Shall Not Grow Old.  It really is an amazing piece of restoration by Jackson.  He cleaned up the lines and spots, slowed the speed down to normal, colorized it, used lip readers to figure out what the men were saying, and then used voice actors to provide the voices.  The background narration is provided by audio recordings made of actual veterans during the 1960s and 1970s.  Added sound effects, etc.  Really incredible stuff.




I'm not certain I could get through it. Just the trailer alone has me sniffling.

Me, too.

Has anyone ever seen My Boy Jack starring Dan Radcliffe as Jack Kipling and David Haig as Rudyard Kipling. RK did everything he could to get his son Jack into the Great War. He was what they called a Jingoist and in the 60's a warmonger and I think now, a hawk. Jack had very bad eyesight and all the services turned him down. Kipling used his influence to get Jack into the Irish Guards when he was only seventeen.

One thing y'all may not know about that war is that it was the cause of the first global drug addiction among wounded soldiers. Morphine was used extensively to reduce pain and it was highly addictive. And it wasn't just Americans who were hooked on morphine. It was the British and French and probably even the Germans.


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Kay Inglis on February 16, 2019, 07:19:52 PM
10 Cloverfield Lane.

I'm really interested in survivalist/post-apocalypse and suchlike, so my daughter gave me this film as it is set in a bunker.

The starting point is when a young woman has been abducted/rescued by a man and taken into his very impressive bunker.

If you ever do find yourself in a post-apocalypse bunker Howard is not the companion you would pick. The young woman and viewer are both left uneasy about what his real motives are.

Plenty of twists and turns and some very scary moments and an unexpected ending.

Not knowing what is really going on is half the thrill of the film, so I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it.

But for fellow survivalists - what a bunker! I want it. But I'd rather choose my own companions!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on February 17, 2019, 02:31:06 AM
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+1

Also...

Re-watched this again...

(https://latimeshighschool.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/share-1.jpg)

Still...

 :tup3b :tup3b :tup3b

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: The Doctor on February 17, 2019, 05:44:21 AM
The last movie I watched was -



Really enjoyed it, despite the critical panning from some quarters of the media. I seem to have also developed a thing for the guy who plays John Deacon.... who turns out was the boy from the first Jurassic Park movie.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: The Doctor on February 17, 2019, 05:46:50 AM
This movie...

(https://in.bmscdn.com/iedb/movies/images/mobile/listing/xxlarge/widows-et00069914-29-01-2018-10-12-06.jpg)

Sucks. A lot.

The trailer IS NOT the movie. It's a perfect example of a story not knowing what it is. This movie is drunk.

Is it a heist/caper film? A dark-underbelly political thriller? The exploration of a failing family dynasty? An exposé of urban poverty and gang violence? A homage to dark 70's dramas? A feel-good feminist empowerment story? Sort of, yeah, but no, not really...

It's so all over the place as to make zero sense. The writing is terrible, the pacing is bad - and the tone couldn't have been more consistently morose if it was directed by Zack Snyder. Oh...and any attempt at being socially relevant (woke) fails miserably because the characters are about as cliché as humanly possible. The film relies heavily on either the actor's previous roles, as was the case with Liam Neisen, or audience expectations for the grossly stereotypical character types presented, to fill in their back stories. Viola Davis...yes, THAT Viola Davis, would have been right at home saying, "I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere." She is so flat, wooden and single note that we have no choice but to blame the director, who is also responsible for how hamfistedly predictable the movie is. The scenes feel like they've been lifted from other, really good movies and rearranged into this f*cking mess. Yo...directors: before you go all Kubrik on our ass with camera angles and lighting and other clever sh*t, put together a decent story. K? K?? Guardians did it - twice!

This movie pissed me off because the premise sounded so cool. It promised one thing, but gave me something else, something I didn't want. (marketing tip)

AND...AND...they hurt a dog. Duh fuque?

 :rant

Have you seen the original TV series on which the movie was based? I've not, so can't recommend it from experience, but you might enjoy it more than this version.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Edward M. Grant on February 22, 2019, 04:09:28 AM
Hunter-Killer, about a US sub sent to find out what happened to another one that went missing near the coast of Russia.

Not bad, not great, some decent war-pr0n. But it did leave me with one unanswered question.

Do submarines really have pipes running through them that seem to serve no purpose other than to spring a leak when depth-charged? Every submarine movie seems to have them, but it's hard to imagine what legitimate purpose they serve.

Also Harry Potter 5, just because it appeared on Netflix recently. It was pretty boring, to be honest, but perhaps some of that is because I've never seen #3 and #4.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Anarchist on February 22, 2019, 07:54:36 AM
Recently saw this:


(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BOTc1MjY0ODA4MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjQyNTQ3NjM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,666,1000_AL_.jpg)


It's being hailed as a masterpiece. I found it boring.

I've enjoyed everything Cuaron has written/directed (starting with Y Tu Mama Tambien). But I disliked Roma. I couldn't connect emotionally with any of the characters.

Rating: 4/10

Roma is currently on Netflix.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Tom Wood on February 22, 2019, 08:36:09 AM


It has a twisty plot if you're not familiar with the manga/anime, but after a while it reveals all the character relationships and their motivations. The budget is certainly up on the screen, but that might make it a challenge to get enough of a financial return to spawn the sequel they want. Like any science fiction, it requires some suspension of disbelief, so roll with it if you want to have fun. I may go see it again, next time in 3D.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Captain Cranky on February 24, 2019, 04:26:09 PM
Just watched the Breaker Upperers on Stan (think it's on Netflix too?) and there were quite a few LOL moments. It's a New Zealand film, and has some of the New Zealand quirk that I love, and just a bit of general all-round fun. Kind of reminded me a little of Bridesmaids with the humour, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 8 out of 10  grint



Before that I watched Slumber, which I purposely watched during the day so I wouldn't freak myself out before going to bed, but turns out that wasn't necessary. It was okay, nothing special, pretty average. Honestly I find a lot of horror doesn't do it for me nowadays, I much prefer horror from the 60's to the 80's  :shrug 6 out of 10.

Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Kay Inglis on February 24, 2019, 08:26:57 PM
First Man: I feel that this was a good film, but I made the mistake of expecting one thing and it was quite different, so this threw me out. I will certainly watch it again.

My expectation was that this would be like Apollo 13 (one of my favourite films) but about the Apollo 11 mission that reached the moon.

In fact it was much more like a biography of Neil Armstrong over his space programme years.

And whereas Apollo 13 – for all the disaster – was a feel-good film, this was really rather sober.

Space flight was made to look like an absolute misery – and maybe it was – a cross between being stuck inside a washing machine on the spin-cycle and in a vacuum cleaner.

And Neil Armstrong not portrayed as very likeable. The relationship with his wife was tense – she didn’t even appear to say goodbye or wish him luck as he set off on his historic moon mission.

Well worth a watch, but to be judged on its own merits – and don’t expect anything up-beat.
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Post by: Kay Inglis on February 24, 2019, 08:42:36 PM
Watched this one last night...


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Rating: 3/10

Terrible directing. Terrible writing. Terrible acting.


Consider this a PSA.

I'm sure your analysis is fair, but I watched it anyway as I just love Liam Neeson - that wonderful voice!

I have already appraised my OH that Liam Neeson is the only man I would be tempted by - unfaithful in thought, if not deed, anyway.

So I watched the film - twice.

It was actually set up well. But one's credulity was stretched by all the shenanigans in the middle. Then it ended with a bit of a bang - literally.

One for hardcore Liam Neeson fans, perhaps?
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Post by: Anarchist on February 26, 2019, 07:59:31 AM
Saw this a few nights ago...


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61UNXRy-zhL._SY606_.jpg)


Terrific story, great actors, and wonderful direction.

I didn't know Bradley Cooper was so talented (writing music, singing, directing, etc.). And Lady Gaga has serious acting chops.

Rating: 8/10

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Post by: Edward M. Grant on February 27, 2019, 02:22:24 AM
Space flight was made to look like an absolute misery – and maybe it was – a cross between being stuck inside a washing machine on the spin-cycle and in a vacuum cleaner.

Imagine driving in a mini-van for a week with two other guys and having to wash with wet towels, pee out the window, and poop in ziploc bags that you store in a box in the back until you get home. And only being able to go outside for one day half-way through the trip... while wearing SCUBA gear.

That'll give you a pretty good idea of what the Apollo missions were like. Fortunately the astronauts were too busy to worry about the conditions too much... and it was like a luxury vacation compared to Mercury and Gemini.

From what I gather, the space shuttle needed a darn good clean and airing after it got back, too.
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Post by: Edward M. Grant on February 27, 2019, 02:31:08 AM
As for movies, Stan Helsing. Not for any particularly good reason, it just happened to come up in my recommendations on one of the streaming apps on our our Apple TV box.

Had its moments, but overall fairly bad. Maybe a 4/10.

Best part was trying to figure out what movies they were spoofing.
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Post by: PJ Post on February 27, 2019, 10:32:07 AM
Stan Helsing reminded me of these two really good parody/satires.

(https://cdn-static.denofgeek.com/sites/denofgeek/files/styles/main_wide/public/images/319170.jpg?itok=vwTh83N8)

and

(http://paulstriptothemovies.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/TuckerDaleBanner.jpg)

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Post by: Edward M. Grant on February 28, 2019, 01:35:03 AM
I liked Tucker and Dale. I thought Cabin in the Woods was rather so-so, but don't remember enough about it to remember why :).

Watched Kong: Skull Island on Netflix. Not a bad idea but not such a great movie. Again, had it's moments, but fairly forgettable.

Rather like the later Jurassic Park movies but set in the Vietnam era with giant apes and lizards rather than dinosaurs.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on February 28, 2019, 05:44:16 AM
I thought Cabin in the Woods was rather so-so, but don't remember enough about it to remember why :).


I felt the same way about it, but it took me a while to figure out why.  Later, I was reading something somewhere about how traditional horror stories are morality tales, and then the pieces started falling into place. 

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The movie lampshades--and subverts--the character archetype thing, but it doesn't go into the purpose behind the archetypes, and that purpose is to allow the main character to learn some moral lesson(s) and become a better person for it.  In the movie, everyone dies.  There's no point in any moral lessons because no one has a chance to use any such newfound knowledge.  It's just nihilist and defeatist.  If one or more of the characters had survived and gone on to be wiser people, then the movie would have been much more satisfying, I think.  But that doesn't happen.  There's really no point to the plot at all other than to mock horror tropes, and the more I think about it, the more I think it's just a mean-spirited move on the part of the writers.  It's not a horror movie.  It's an anti-horror movie.


Anyway, just one guy's opinion.
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Post by: Kay Inglis on March 01, 2019, 03:44:40 AM
Space flight was made to look like an absolute misery – and maybe it was – a cross between being stuck inside a washing machine on the spin-cycle and in a vacuum cleaner.

Imagine driving in a mini-van for a week with two other guys and having to wash with wet towels, pee out the window, and poop in ziploc bags that you store in a box in the back until you get home. And only being able to go outside for one day half-way through the trip... while wearing SCUBA gear.


Pretty much did that in my student years! Minus the scuba gear. Toured Europe living and sleeping in a small car. Seemed like fun at the time. I've a nasty idea we didn't smell too lovely by the end of the trip.

But, yes, you are quite right, being in the those craft must have been pretty rough. Apart from anything else, you couldn't open a window or pop out for a breath of fresh air.

Not something for anyone who gets a bit claustrophobic.
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Post by: PJ Post on March 10, 2019, 03:44:50 AM
I'd really love to talk about this one in more depth, but pretty much every analysis ends up being a spoiler. Suffice to say, there's a lot of story going on here; the main theme being one of empowerment and identity. So, let's see here...socially relevant, a positive message (obliterating tired cliches and tropes left right and center), amazing visuals, as dark as a PG-13 rating allows, which turns out to be pretty dark...and super entertaining!

(https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/secondary/Alita-Battle-Angel-review-movie-james-cameron-rosa-salazar-1719172.jpg?r=1549054672624)

My only knock...which is kind of a big one, (it's by no means a perfect movie), is that Cameron is way way way better at filming emotion than Rodriguez. Well, two knocks. The movie needed to be at least 30 minutes longer. It felt a smidgen rushed. With that said...

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Post by: Tom Wood on March 10, 2019, 04:02:25 AM
It may also be that Cameron has the stronger influence (both professional and personal) to push actors to their emotional limits. From reading the interviews, it seems like some of the actors came away from The Abyss with a deep hatred for the way they were treated.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on March 10, 2019, 06:31:51 AM
It may also be that Cameron has the stronger influence (both professional and personal) to push actors to their emotional limits. From reading the interviews, it seems like some of the actors came away from The Abyss with a deep hatred for the way they were treated.


I wonder what the mouse would have said if it could have talked.   :icon_eek:
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Post by: LilyBLily on March 10, 2019, 08:34:56 AM
I saw Captain Marvel. It had its humorous moments, and most of the fight scenes were blessedly shorter than the interminable ones in Avengers and Guardians, and...all the rest. I'm eager to see Captain Marvel punch out Thanos in about a second. He's totally boring.
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Post by: bardsandsages on March 12, 2019, 06:37:00 AM
I saw Captain Marvel. It had its humorous moments, and most of the fight scenes were blessedly shorter than the interminable ones in Avengers and Guardians, and...all the rest. I'm eager to see Captain Marvel punch out Thanos in about a second. He's totally boring.

We saw Captain Marvel on Sunday. Enjoyed it a great deal, thought I thought she was too quick to just share information and interact with the locals (particularly in light of the earlier scene where they make a point saying not to interact with the locals during the initial mission). And there were a couple of points I would have liked to have seen fleshed out a little bit (mostly how certain people got to certain places as quickly as they did without attracting attention).

The tribute to Stan Lee made me cry a little. Ain't gonna lie.
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Post by: APP on March 14, 2019, 07:59:29 AM
Last night, I watched "The Predator 2018."

Background: I've seen all the Predator movies as they've come out through the years. Naturally, they've varied in quality. Though I enjoyed this current one, I can only give it three stars out of five. I like movies that tie everything up at the end--and this one definitely did not.
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Post by: dgcasey on March 14, 2019, 03:54:45 PM
Saw this one last night, when it came to the Redbox. Pretty good movie. I look forward to the next one.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on March 15, 2019, 12:03:44 AM
Saw this one last night, when it came to the Redbox. Pretty good movie. I look forward to the next one.

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I thought it was way better than the first one.
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Post by: PJ Post on March 17, 2019, 12:23:28 AM
(https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/triple-frontier-cast-where-seen-before.jpg)

A new Netflix movie. Not amazing, but reasonably entertaining. It's a heist movie with stuff to say about other stuff; one thumb up!

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Post by: APP on March 17, 2019, 02:59:30 AM
Given I have the flu, I'm not able to sit at my desk for a long period of time and write, hence I'm watching more movies and TV than usual.

Last night I watched Kill Command. IMO, an excellent movie. I streamed it from Netflix, and I give it 3.5 (possibly 4) stars out of five.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on March 17, 2019, 05:19:01 AM
Given I have the flu


Sorry to hear that.  Hope you get well soon.   :Healing:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: APP on March 17, 2019, 09:48:48 AM
Given I have the flu


Sorry to hear that.  Hope you get well soon.   :Healing:

Thanks, Jeff
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Post by: Lysmata Debelius on March 17, 2019, 07:17:52 PM
I watched Pacific Rim again. (first one. Not the sequel)  I enjoyed it much more this time round. It's a fun movie.
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Post by: dgcasey on March 18, 2019, 12:48:32 AM
Watched this one last night. it was a surprisingly good movie.

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Post by: PJ Post on March 23, 2019, 11:36:15 PM
(https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-dvd-blu-ray-release-date-1092884.jpg?r=1551210600886)

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Post by: Vijaya on March 24, 2019, 12:24:17 AM
I really enjoyed the new Spiderman too!
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Post by: dgcasey on March 26, 2019, 03:30:33 PM
Just re-visited a heart warming classic. I'll watch the sequel again in a few days, in preparation for the final chapter due out in May. Should be a good time.

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What do you need, John?
Guns. Lots of guns.
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Post by: Becca Mills on March 26, 2019, 04:47:51 PM
Big thumbs up for Jordan Peele's Us. 9/10. Thought provoking. Interestingly overdetermined.
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Post by: Lysmata Debelius on March 26, 2019, 05:16:23 PM
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I LOVED this movie.
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Post by: Edward M. Grant on March 27, 2019, 02:52:42 AM
Watched Time Barbarians, because... uh... it was a recommendation on the streaming app and looked bizarre enough that it might be entertaiing.

It was about as bad as the title would suggest.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: dgcasey on March 27, 2019, 03:02:30 AM
It was about as bad as the title would suggest.

It's pretty sad when you can tell how bad a movie is going to be just by its title.   :doh:
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Post by: Ronn Munsterman on March 27, 2019, 03:21:40 AM
We recently watched Castles in the Sky on Amazon Prime. 5-stars for us. Story of Robert Watson-Watt and his team in the mid to late 1930s who developed RADAR for Britain's air defense. Funny, maddening, brilliant.

IMDB info https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3311900/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl (http://IMDB info https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3311900/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl)
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Post by: Post-Crisis D on March 27, 2019, 04:13:50 AM
It was about as bad as the title would suggest.

You know it's bad when Wikipedia doesn't even have an entry for it.

Hey, wait . . .   None of my books have Wikipedia entries . . .  :icon_think:
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Post by: Vijaya on April 03, 2019, 03:36:21 AM
Saw Unplanned. Very well made. I'd read the book a few years ago and they did a good job of staying true to the story. I don't often cry watching movies, but I was bawling at the end.
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Post by: Edward M. Grant on April 03, 2019, 04:07:34 AM
Watched Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity. It's actually better than the title might imply, but the girls clearly weren't chosen for their acting ability.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: APP on April 19, 2019, 01:52:56 AM
I've recently seen two movies.

IMO, Bumblebee deserves 1.5 stars out of 5.

IMO, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald deserves 4 stars out of 5.
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Post by: dgcasey on April 19, 2019, 04:53:03 AM
New at the Redbox. I liked it.

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Post by: Tom Wood on April 19, 2019, 05:38:48 AM
Trapped in an inescapable family setting, I was recently coerced into watching Hacksaw Ridge. The movie is war-porn from start to finish. I kept my eyes closed most of the time. When considering the torture-porn in Passion of the Christ, it seems to me that Mel Gibson is f*cked up and that the fetish for violence among his fans is an indication that they need psychoanalysis.
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Post by: PJ Post on April 19, 2019, 10:56:26 AM
I liked Bumblebee.  grint
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Post by: dgcasey on April 19, 2019, 06:54:01 PM
I liked Bumblebee.  grint

I did, too. I think they were very faithful to the character that is Bumblebee. Crazy, a little immature and ready to fight.

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/vJarsq71itQ/maxresdefault.jpg)
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Post by: guest1291 on April 20, 2019, 05:20:59 AM
Trapped in an inescapable family setting, I was recently coerced into watching Hacksaw Ridge. The movie is war-porn from start to finish. I kept my eyes closed most of the time. When considering the torture-porn in Passion of the Christ, it seems to me that Mel Gibson is f*cked up and that the fetish for violence among his fans is an indication that they need psychoanalysis.

Guilty as charged.  :hehe

I didn't like Hacksaw nor The Passion, but I've enjoyed other movies he's directed like Braveheart and Apocalypto.
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Post by: Vijaya on April 20, 2019, 07:02:02 AM
Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ. The most violent and yet the most beautiful. We watch it every Good Friday.
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Post by: Tom Wood on April 22, 2019, 02:35:50 AM
Based on Ted Chiang's short story: Story of Your Life




And, based on the first book of Jeff VanderMeer's trilogy: The Southern Reach





Surreal and non-linear storytelling in both cases.
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Post by: PJ Post on April 27, 2019, 11:02:40 PM
(https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/36/590x/Avengers-Endgame-review-1117789.jpg?r=1556099235473)

One thumbs-up for every hour...so good!

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Post by: The Doctor on April 29, 2019, 05:43:33 AM
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One thumbs-up for every hour...so good!

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Kids and I watched it yesterday. Didn't feel like over three hours. It was good, but not the most amazing movie in the world, imho. 12 year old said he enjoyed it but preferred Infinity Wars.

Our wee local, family-run cinema had a very long queue for tickets. Had never seen a queue there before. I think every seat in the screen room was filled.
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Post by: APP on April 30, 2019, 11:53:27 AM
Watched Aquaman yesterday.

The movie started out nicely, but then it became real corny for a very long while--too long. I almost gave up on the movie at that point. However, I stuck with it, and the movie eventually became interesting again.

IMO, the movie deserves 2.5 to 3 stars out of 5.
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Post by: Rick Partlow on April 30, 2019, 09:38:53 PM
Watched Endgame last Thursday.  Just an incredible achievement.  I was so impressed how they really brought home 11 years and 22 movies worth of character arcs.
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Post by: notthatamanda on April 30, 2019, 09:50:12 PM
We watched "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot".  It wasn't a comedy like we expected, but there were some very funny lines.  We thought it was very good, YMMV, etc.  Mostly I'm posting because my husband did some research and found out that it became a movie because the author was interviewed about the book and mentioned that she would want Tina Fey to play her part in the movie.  Tina Fey heard about it and yada, yada, yada (Sorry Julia Louis Dreyfus there) it became a movie.

I would love for Emily Blunt and Rose Byrne to play Lauri and Alex in the movie based on my book.  Do you have any actors in mind for your characters?

Edit:  I almost forgot.  Meryl Streep for Lauri's mom.  That would be a small part, but gawd I love her.
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Post by: Post-Crisis D on May 01, 2019, 08:20:55 AM
Do you have any actors in mind for your characters?

For some, I do, but typically by the time I've finished something, they've aged out of their roles.   :icon_cry:
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Post by: Griffin + Gambol on May 01, 2019, 09:19:23 AM
I also watched Avengers Endgame, but I walked away a little disappointed. There were quite a few moments that took me out of the story, engaged my analytical brain. I have mixed feelings because some of the things that didn't make sense I liked on an emotional level. Like
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Captain America going back in time to stay with Peggy. So. Damn. Emotionally. Satisfying. However, him being there as an old man in their timeline after that decision didn't mesh with the rules of time travel they set up/split timelines.
There's probably plot holes in everything if you look hard enough, but I usually don't notice them while watching. Therefore, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is my favorite super hero movie this year. I know it came out in theaters last December but I didn't see it until the Blu-ray in March.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Tom Wood on May 01, 2019, 09:48:06 AM
I've watched only a few of the MCU movies. If the Wiki-pedia summary is engaging, then I'll consider watching the movie. Those Wiki-pedia summaries are brutally dry. I checked out as soon as I saw this for Endgame:

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Time travel. That means all bets are off and nothing that I am watching is likely to be real. Everything can be undone, so there is never any real loss. Nothing is at stake. f*ck that. It's like having the ads say there's a big twist at the end. Really? Then why should I invest any emotion at all in the story if you are going to change all the rules of the story?


Why does Wiki-pedia get turned into Wikipedia without the hyphen?
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: PJ Post on May 01, 2019, 12:17:29 PM
When Hulk Banner was explaining time travel in Endgame, I was reminded of this cartoon...

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/98/13/cc/9813cc8530a84e6972e86c011c1d5083.jpg)

Substitute 'Time travel' for 'Ginger'.  grint
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Post by: dgcasey on May 09, 2019, 06:40:19 PM
Went and saw this yesterday.

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It was everything I think I hoped for and expected. It was sad to see some of the characters die, but it brought the whole story line to a gratifying conclusion. I was happy to see Captain Marvel get so little screen time. She didn't earn much of a place in the story over the last eleven years and it was good to see the story center mostly around the characters we've watched for the last decade.

All in all, I give it a ten. I walked out of the theater sad for the deaths, but satisfied with the outcome.
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Post by: The Doctor on July 09, 2019, 05:08:47 AM
A Bridget Jones double-bill (the first two). Oh, Colin Firth.. :angel:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Sailor Stone on July 09, 2019, 09:10:33 AM
Trapped in an inescapable family setting, I was recently coerced into watching Hacksaw Ridge. The movie is war-porn from start to finish. I kept my eyes closed most of the time. When considering the torture-porn in Passion of the Christ, it seems to me that Mel Gibson is f*cked up and that the fetish for violence among his fans is an indication that they need psychoanalysis.

I love Mel Gibson movies. I think his themes are in sync/harmony with Renee Girard’s theories on scapegoating and revelation. I think both men get close to the heart of the human condition; anthropologically (real word?).

As far as a good movie that I just watched, I was pleasantly surprised by Hell or Highwater on Netflix. Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Gil Birmingham all played excellent roles in the movie.
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Post by: dgcasey on July 09, 2019, 04:34:16 PM
Picked this one up at the Redbox last night. It was surprisingly good. But, you will rarely go wrong with John Travolta and Morgan Freeman.

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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on July 09, 2019, 05:41:03 PM
Ready Player One.

It was good.  Not great, but good.  Would watch again.  As one born in the 1970s, I enjoyed the 1980s nostalgia.   :cool:
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Post by: Anarchist on July 10, 2019, 02:45:45 AM
Ready Player One.

It was good.  Not great, but good.  Would watch again.  As one born in the 1970s, I enjoyed the 1980s nostalgia.   :cool:

My sentiments exactly.
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Post by: PJ Post on July 10, 2019, 07:43:19 AM
Ditto.
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Post by: spin52 on July 11, 2019, 05:48:06 AM
The last movie I watched was -



Really enjoyed it, despite the critical panning from some quarters of the media. I seem to have also developed a thing for the guy who plays John Deacon.... who turns out was the boy from the first Jurassic Park movie.

I just saw this. I know, I'm always late to the party. I did enjoy it, although I could see what critics meant about sanitizing parts of Mercury's lifestyle. On the other hand, we don't need to see every detail to get the general idea. I thought Rami Malek was excellent as Mercury and of course, the music was fantastic. 
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Post by: Wonder on July 16, 2019, 05:49:36 AM
Went to a matinee showing of Crawl. Suprisingly great! I enjoy monster/creature movies, even the cheesy ones, but this one had unusually good pacing and had me jumping out of my seat on the regular.

Wonder
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Post by: notthatamanda on July 31, 2019, 10:43:30 PM
The last movie I watched was -



Really enjoyed it, despite the critical panning from some quarters of the media. I seem to have also developed a thing for the guy who plays John Deacon.... who turns out was the boy from the first Jurassic Park movie.

I just saw this. I know, I'm always late to the party. I did enjoy it, although I could see what critics meant about sanitizing parts of Mercury's lifestyle. On the other hand, we don't need to see every detail to get the general idea. I thought Rami Malek was excellent as Mercury and of course, the music was fantastic.
We saw this a couple of weeks ago and really enjoyed it.  I didn't know about the sanitizing complaints.  How much did people want to see?  When he told the band he was HIV positive and that he just wanted to make as much music as possible in the time he had left, I thought the movie honored that sentiment.  I really enjoyed the sequences where they were composing the songs.
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Post by: Vijaya on July 31, 2019, 11:55:55 PM
Went to a matinee showing of Crawl. Suprisingly great! I enjoy monster/creature movies, even the cheesy ones, but this one had unusually good pacing and had me jumping out of my seat on the regular.


Thanks Wonder. My kids want to see Crawl--we live in SC and they go to school in FL so it's right up our alley :) I'm a scaredy cat so on the fence. I still get nightmares and talk and walk about in my sleep...my husband says it's very disturbing.

We all went to see Yesterday and loved the tribute to the Beatles.
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Post by: dgcasey on August 01, 2019, 02:51:52 PM
Just a good kick-ass movie ...

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Post by: PJ Post on August 02, 2019, 09:56:32 AM
+1
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Post by: Sailor Stone on August 03, 2019, 11:18:51 PM
I just watched First Man on HBO and it was excellent. 
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Post by: Simon Haynes on August 09, 2019, 02:46:10 AM
I tried to watch a series called Another Life on Netflix and lasted about 30 mins. (I know it's not a movie, bear with me.)  I mean, they've gathered up half a dozen high schoolers, thrown them on a high tech spaceship and sent them off to bitch and backstab their way towards saving humanity. Ugh. It's not even 'so bad it's funny' bad. It's just flat-out terrible.

I went off to read some IMDB reviews to see whether I was just being picky, but no, it really is that bad.

On the plus side, one of the reviewers suggested 'I am Mother' instead (a low-budget aussie movie also on Netflix), and wow... that's much more like it. Deep, thoughful, tense, moving, clever... highly recommended.

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Post by: Vijaya on August 09, 2019, 03:49:55 AM
I am Mother is on my list. I think it's a movie all the family will enjoy. Last weekend we watched Becoming Jane (Austen). Beautiful!
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lynn on August 09, 2019, 05:13:48 AM
I am Mother was okay. I'm currently on episode  7 of Another Life and it's great. :-)
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Post by: Simon Haynes on August 10, 2019, 02:55:25 AM
I am Mother was okay. I'm currently on episode  7 of Another Life and it's great. :-)

This is why the same novel gets 1 and 5 star reviews ;-)
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Post by: Lynn on August 10, 2019, 03:10:45 AM
No kidding. I read some of the Another Life reviews and wondered if I was even watching the same show. Crazy. :-)

The funny thing is that a lot of the gripes of a lot of the reviewers are the exact reasons I like the show.
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Post by: Simon Haynes on August 10, 2019, 03:51:51 AM
No kidding. I read some of the Another Life reviews and wondered if I was even watching the same show. Crazy. :-)

The funny thing is that a lot of the gripes of a lot of the reviewers are the exact reasons I like the show.

I'm a huge fan of Buffy, so it's not like I can't watch TV with young 'uns. This one was just too jarring. (There was another show recently with the same problem, and I dumped that too.)

There was an ep of Stargate SG1 where they suggested all kinds of wacky ideas for a fictional TV show based on the actual TV show. One of them was millenials playing the SG1 team, and after a brief clip the real team just went... nope.  I can't watch a show like Another Life without remembering that ep, alas.



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Post by: Lynn on August 10, 2019, 04:41:39 AM
I'm a huge fan of Buffy, so it's not like I can't watch TV with young 'uns. This one was just too jarring. (There was another show recently with the same problem, and I dumped that too.)

There was an ep of Stargate SG1 where they suggested all kinds of wacky ideas for a fictional TV show based on the actual TV show. One of them was millenials playing the SG1 team, and after a brief clip the real team just went... nope.  I can't watch a show like Another Life without remembering that ep, alas.

Love SG. Still miss it. :)

There were definitely issues with the first episode and a few characters but the fast pace and the fun, exciting stuff totally overcame that for me. There's not much drama at all (another plus for me!) even if there are antagonistic relationships (another plus for me!) that develop. I quite liked it. I can't say it didn't have any problems, but I've never watched a show that doesn't have some stuff in it that annoys me. Not even my beloved SG. :)

You know what I think I most enjoyed?
Spoiler: ShowHide
The annoying characters getting their lunch handed to them with a side of mature woman kicking their asses. :)


I am Mother didn't really do a lot for me once the twists came. It felt kind of stupid to be honest, but I do know a lot of people really love that one and think it was deep and moving. I'm just contrary I guess. :) I did like the build up of suspense--that was really well done.
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Post by: Post-Crisis D on August 10, 2019, 05:04:04 AM
Love SG. Still miss it. :)

Ditto.  Also adds to the list of reasons to despise Syfy.  Grrr.  :evil2:

I kind of have mixed feelings.  On the one hand, I kind of like seeing the original creator's vision for a project, seeing the fictional world they envisioned coming to fruition.  And Stargate: SG-1 didn't have the creator's involvement.  And I liked it a lot.  So I feel a bit hypocritical in that regard, because they've talked about doing a reboot or continuation from the original movie by the original creator and I'm like, meh, I want a continuation of the TV series with the creators of the show.  It'd be interesting to see what the original creator envisioned, yes, but still I want more SG-1.  Or Atlantis or even Universe.  So a reboot or whatever, meh.
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Post by: Simon Haynes on August 10, 2019, 05:45:06 AM
I am Mother didn't really do a lot for me once the twists came. It felt kind of stupid to be honest, but I do know a lot of people really love that one and think it was deep and moving. I'm just contrary I guess. :) I did like the build up of suspense--that was really well done.

I certainly had a few questions about plot holes
Spoiler: ShowHide
(especially regarding the outsider)
, but it was shot on a tiny budget and they did wonders with what they had.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on August 10, 2019, 06:38:46 AM
No kidding. I read some of the Another Life reviews and wondered if I was even watching the same show. Crazy. :-)

The funny thing is that a lot of the gripes of a lot of the reviewers are the exact reasons I like the show.

I'm a huge fan of Buffy, so it's not like I can't watch TV with young 'uns. This one was just too jarring. (There was another show recently with the same problem, and I dumped that too.)

There was an ep of Stargate SG1 where they suggested all kinds of wacky ideas for a fictional TV show based on the actual TV show. One of them was millenials playing the SG1 team, and after a brief clip the real team just went... nope.  I can't watch a show like Another Life without remembering that ep, alas.


I remember that.  Wormhole X-Treme!   :icon_rofl:  My favorite part was the Farscape parody.


Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Lynn on August 10, 2019, 07:30:30 AM
Ditto.  Also adds to the list of reasons to despise Syfy.  Grrr.  :evil2:

I kind of have mixed feelings.  On the one hand, I kind of like seeing the original creator's vision for a project, seeing the fictional world they envisioned coming to fruition.  And Stargate: SG-1 didn't have the creator's involvement.  And I liked it a lot.  So I feel a bit hypocritical in that regard, because they've talked about doing a reboot or continuation from the original movie by the original creator and I'm like, meh, I want a continuation of the TV series with the creators of the show.  It'd be interesting to see what the original creator envisioned, yes, but still I want more SG-1.  Or Atlantis or even Universe.  So a reboot or whatever, meh.

Oh yes. I would love more SG, but probably not a straight-up reboot. That said, I'd still try to watch with an open mind in the beginning. I just don't know if I'd stick around if it didn't hit all the right notes. I really love SG-1 and Atlantis for the more lighthearted aspects of the show. Universe never really connected with me but I didn't hate it. Just didn't connect with the characters, although it was growing on me a bit as time went on. Ended up liking some of the actors much better in some other shows they appeared in. Travelers, for instance. I was so let down when that ended. There still seemed to be so much story there.

I happen to really enjoy reading fan fiction for lots of stuff, and I have to say I'm always amazed at how much I like some if it more than the creator's own version. On the one hand, I'd like to see some fan fiction written in my universes, but on the other, I think I wouldn't like it all if some of it turned out better than my own work in my own universes.  :icon_eek:  :icon_mrgreen:

I certainly had a few questions about plot holes
Spoiler: ShowHide
(especially regarding the outsider)
, but it was shot on a tiny budget and they did wonders with what they had.
I had a ton of questions about that. I've made up some answers, but even with that, the ending still fell flat for me. I just can't come up with a scenario that makes some of the stuff from the last 1/4 of the movie make sense to me. It was certainly compelling though and didn't look low budget to me. Just TV movie budget.
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Post by: Post-Crisis D on August 10, 2019, 07:42:27 AM
I was so let down when that ended. There still seemed to be so much story there.

Especially when it ended on a cliffhanger.  :evil2:

On SG-1, I liked the overall growth over time.  That is, it seems to me that too many scifi series with humans battling aliens tend to keep the status quo; that is, we're stuck battling aliens using our technology and whenever we get our hands on alien tech, it ends up being destroyed by the end of the episode and we're back to square one.  Whereas on SG-1, "we" studied and adapted alien technology and ended up building weapons and spaceships and so on.  So they weren't afraid to change things up and keep the show evolving.  They did that with the Jaffa too.  They started as cardboard minions, then you got to see how they were governed by the Goa'uld and pressed into service and then how different Jaffa treated each other based on their particular "god" and, once the System Lords were defeated, you saw how the Jaffa had to come together and form their own government and deal with the different factions and so on.  I think they did a really good job with evolving characters, tech, relationships and so on.  And even with that, it's not heavily serialized, so you can pretty much start watching at any point.


I happen to really enjoy reading fan fiction for lots of stuff, and I have to say I'm always amazed at how much I like some if it more than the creator's own version.

I've liked some of the Star Trek fan films and series much more than the post-Enterprise movies and series that have come out.  They later came out with official guidelines (Paramount and J.J. Abrams put them together, as I recall) for fans that limited stuff to 15 minutes and they had to use officially licensed merchandise and they couldn't involve people from the official shows and so on.  Sometimes I think they did that because the stuff the unofficial productions were putting out were far more interesting than the official materials.


On the one hand, I'd like to see some fan fiction written in my universes, but on the other, I think I wouldn't like it all if some of it turned out better than my own work in my own universes.  :icon_eek:  :icon_mrgreen:

LOL.  Yeah, I know.  I'd be worried about that too.
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Post by: Simon Haynes on August 10, 2019, 02:07:48 PM

I remember that.  Wormhole X-Treme!   :icon_rofl:  My favorite part was the Farscape parody.


Since I'm also a huge Farscape fan ... agreed!  I always liked that the main characters appeared in both shows.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on August 10, 2019, 05:30:16 PM

I remember that.  Wormhole X-Treme!   :icon_rofl:  My favorite part was the Farscape parody.


Since I'm also a huge Farscape fan ... agreed!  I always liked that the main characters appeared in both shows.





 :icon_mrgreen: :icon_mrgreen: :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Vijaya on August 11, 2019, 01:49:17 AM
Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood. I think this may be the best Tarantino movie ever. Loved it.
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Post by: Anarchist on August 11, 2019, 02:13:44 AM
Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood. I think this may be the best Tarantino movie ever. Loved it.

That's wonderful to hear.

I haven't seen it yet, but I'm looking forward to it!
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Post by: notthatamanda on August 11, 2019, 02:24:16 AM
We were in LA last summer and saw the street dressed for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.  Kids were all excited to see the movie (no).  My husband loves Tarantino but I can't deal with the violence.  I'll have to fast forward through it once we can get it on demand so I can show them the street.  We were walking down the street looking for the movie making and my husband said, "On the way back I want to look in that record store," but it was actually a shoe store.
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Post by: PJ Post on August 11, 2019, 03:26:15 AM
I've seen most of his movies, but found Hateful 8 too self-indulgent to finish. I don't get the hype. Apart from the random scene here or there, he peaked with Pulp. I'll give Hollywood a shot when it comes to cable, but with what I've already heard, my expectations are pretty low.
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Post by: Vijaya on August 11, 2019, 03:51:10 AM
NothatAmanda, I hate the violence--so much of it is gratuitous. When my kids told me they wanted to see it, I said "count me out." Then after I saw the trailer, I changed my mind. This is really, really good, I thought. And it was.
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Post by: notthatamanda on August 11, 2019, 04:29:36 AM
Even if the violence is necessary and a part of the plot and not gratuitous at all, it still upsets me and sticks with me too long to make it worthwhile for me to watch the movie.  We watched "Red Sparrow" a couple of weeks ago, I'm still having bad dreams from it, but thanks for the info.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on August 11, 2019, 06:27:48 AM
My favorite Tarantino scene:

"Okay, Pei Mei... Here I come."
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Post by: notthatamanda on August 11, 2019, 09:06:41 AM
My favorite Tarantino scene:

"Okay, Pei Mei... Here I come."
"They call him El."
"That means 'The'."
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on August 13, 2019, 06:25:39 PM
Just watched Excalibur again for the gazillionth time.  Man, what a masterpiece.  Boorman is a genius.  It seems like I discover something new in that movie every time I watch it.  I realized this time that when Percival pulls Excalibur from Mordred's body, the music is the same brass dum-dum from Siegfried's Funeral Music that we heard earlier when Arthur pulled the sword from the stone.  The movie begins and ends with Siegfried's Funeral Music, and the torch is passed, too, in the form of possession of Excalibur, via the same brass punctuation in that music.

The movie is full of themes and subtleties, and I love discovering new things about it.
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Post by: PJ Post on August 18, 2019, 12:18:14 AM
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+1
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 18, 2019, 02:30:16 AM
Just watched Excalibur again for the gazillionth time.  Man, what a masterpiece.  Boorman is a genius.  It seems like I discover something new in that movie every time I watch it.  I realized this time that when Percival pulls Excalibur from Mordred's body, the music is the same brass dum-dum from Siegfried's Funeral Music that we heard earlier when Arthur pulled the sword from the stone.  The movie begins and ends with Siegfried's Funeral Music, and the torch is passed, too, in the form of possession of Excalibur, via the same brass punctuation in that music.

The movie is full of themes and subtleties, and I love discovering new things about it.

The one from the 80's with Nigel Terry as Merlin?
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on August 18, 2019, 06:27:44 AM
Just watched Excalibur again for the gazillionth time.  Man, what a masterpiece.  Boorman is a genius.  It seems like I discover something new in that movie every time I watch it.  I realized this time that when Percival pulls Excalibur from Mordred's body, the music is the same brass dum-dum from Siegfried's Funeral Music that we heard earlier when Arthur pulled the sword from the stone.  The movie begins and ends with Siegfried's Funeral Music, and the torch is passed, too, in the form of possession of Excalibur, via the same brass punctuation in that music.

The movie is full of themes and subtleties, and I love discovering new things about it.

The one from the 80's with Nigel Terry as Merlin?


Yes, but Nigel Terry was Arthur.  Nicol Williamson was Merlin.

"Are you just a dream, Merlin?"

"A dream to some... a nightmare to others!"

Fun fact: John Boorman originally wanted to film The Lord of the Rings, but that plan proved unworkable, so he did Excalibur instead.  Chalk this up as one of those "things that should have been."  A Boorman LOTR would have been the bee's knees, in my opinion.

When I was a teenager, I thought the movie was just okay.  I thought the anachronistic armor made it kind of cheesy and campy.  And some things I just didn't get at all, like the animals gathering around Lancelot and Guinevere during the consummation of their affair.  Years later, though, I realized that it's not supposed to be historically accurate or realistic or whatever.  It's meant to represent a Romantic ideal.  Almost everything in it is symbolic.  Once I started watching the movie in that light, it all sort of clicked for me.


(https://www.filminquiry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Excalibur3.jpg)

+1


"I've often thought that in the hereafter of our lives, when I owe no more to the future and can be just a man... that we may meet. You'll come to me, claim me yours, and know that I am your husband. It is a dream I have."   :icon_cry:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on August 18, 2019, 08:09:40 AM
Just watched Excalibur again for the gazillionth time.  Man, what a masterpiece.  Boorman is a genius.  It seems like I discover something new in that movie every time I watch it.  I realized this time that when Percival pulls Excalibur from Mordred's body, the music is the same brass dum-dum from Siegfried's Funeral Music that we heard earlier when Arthur pulled the sword from the stone.  The movie begins and ends with Siegfried's Funeral Music, and the torch is passed, too, in the form of possession of Excalibur, via the same brass punctuation in that music.

The movie is full of themes and subtleties, and I love discovering new things about it.


The one from the 80's with Nigel Terry as Merlin?


Yes, but Nigel Terry was Arthur.  Nicol Williamson was Merlin.

"Are you just a dream, Merlin?"

"A dream to some... a nightmare to others!"

Fun fact: John Boorman originally wanted to film The Lord of the Rings, but that plan proved unworkable, so he did Excalibur instead.  Chalk this up as one of those "things that should have been."  A Boorman LOTR would have been the bee's knees, in my opinion.

When I was a teenager, I thought the movie was just okay.  I thought the anachronistic armor made it kind of cheesy and campy.  And some things I just didn't get at all, like the animals gathering around Lancelot and Guinevere during the consummation of their affair.  Years later, though, I realized that it's not supposed to be historically accurate or realistic or whatever.  It's meant to represent a Romantic ideal.  Almost everything in it is symbolic.  Once I started watching the movie in that light, it all sort of clicked for me.


(https://www.filminquiry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Excalibur3.jpg)

+1


"I've often thought that in the hereafter of our lives, when I owe no more to the future and can be just a man... that we may meet. You'll come to me, claim me yours, and know that I am your husband. It is a dream I have."   :icon_cry:

Ah, yes. Thanks. I haven't watched it in years.

It's available on Prime Video.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on September 03, 2019, 01:57:48 PM
Alita: Battle Angel

I really enjoyed this until the last five or ten minutes.  Some viewers say the big eyes gave them an uncanny valley sensation, but I didn't experience that at all.  We know from the start that she's a robot, so the big eyes don't seem unnatural to me; they're just part of the design.  In fact, I actually liked the big eyes.  I did get the uncanny valley thing during some of the fight scenes due to the laws of physics being violated, but that was a minor thing, all things considered.  I thought the father character was very well done.

The major problem for me was the ending.  It basically ruined what for me was an otherwise very good movie.   :icon_sad:
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Post by: dgcasey on September 04, 2019, 04:35:27 AM
Just wanted a mindless actioner, so I watched this ...

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Post by: dgcasey on September 04, 2019, 05:04:00 AM
Some viewers say the big eyes gave them an uncanny valley sensation, but I didn't experience that at all.  We know from the start that she's a robot, so the big eyes don't seem unnatural to me; they're just part of the design.  In fact, I actually liked the big eyes.

There's nothing wrong with big eyes.  :heart:

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Post by: Betty Blast on September 11, 2019, 01:26:35 AM
I've been watching the Aurora Teagarden mystery movies on Hallmark. They're based off of a cozy mystery series by Charlaine Harris. They're interesting and light-hearted.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: APP on September 17, 2019, 05:35:41 AM
This last weekend, I finally got around to seeing two movies on my to see list.

Avenger's Endgame. I enjoyed this movie and felt it was a nice closure to the Infinity War.  :tup3b

Captain Marvel. I enjoyed this movie and I look forward to more adventures with Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.   :tup3b
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on December 05, 2019, 08:06:34 AM
Some of you may have heard that the record for the Cannonball Run was broken recently.  The new record is 27 hours, 25 minutes, with an average speed--including fuel stops--of 103 mph and a top speed of 193 mph.   :eek:

https://www.ibtimes.com/three-men-shatter-cannonball-run-speed-record-heres-how-they-did-it-2879263

After hearing about this, I did a search for "Cannonball Run," and one of the first links to pop up was a Dailymotion link where someone had uploaded the whole 1981 movie.  I'd never seen it before, believe it or not, so I figured "why not?" and decided to watch it.

When it comes to taste, my sensibilities are almost always in line with the audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes, not the critics' scores.  On rare occasions, though, the opposite happens, and that's the case here.

This movie is bad.   :icon_sad:

On paper, it should have everything going for it, right?  It's about an illegal cross-country road race.  It stars several professional comedians.  It includes a martial arts scene featuring Jackie Chan.  It features beautiful women with exposed cleavage, including a braless Farrah Fawcett.  The cars include eye-candy vehicles: a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, and an Aston-Martin.  It takes place across the entire breadth of the country, so there should be lots of awesome scenery.  In every possible way for a movie to titillate an audience, this movie has it.  There's no built-in excuse for this movie to suck.

Yet suck it does.  We don't get to know any of the characters well enough to care about them.  The dialog is awkward at best and cringey at worst.  It's a movie about a race, but the movie's half over before the race even begins.  The "comedy" is rarely funny.  And the ending is anticlimactic and dumb.

The best part might just be the blooper reel that rolls during the end credits.   :icon_rolleyes:

Anyway, at least I can say I've seen it now.

And congratulations to the new record-holders of the real-life Cannonball Run.  That's quite a feat.   :cheers
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on December 05, 2019, 08:12:32 AM
Jeff, I think I'll stick to my sappy Christmas movies.

Bingeing them on Amazon Prime. Trying to stick to one a day and I've still got my classic Christmas movie DVDs.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on December 05, 2019, 08:16:59 AM
Jeff, I think I'll stick to my sappy Christmas movies.

Bingeing them on Amazon Prime. Trying to stick to one a day and I've still got my classic Christmas movie DVDs.


Good idea.  'tis the season, after all.

I have a few favorite Christmas movies that I try to watch every year to get me in the mood.  They're not really sappy, though.  They're Die Hard, Trading Places, and Death Race.   :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on December 05, 2019, 08:20:20 AM
Jeff, I think I'll stick to my sappy Christmas movies.

Bingeing them on Amazon Prime. Trying to stick to one a day and I've still got my classic Christmas movie DVDs.


Good idea.  'tis the season, after all.

I have a few favorite Christmas movies that I try to watch every year to get me in the mood.  They're not really sappy, though.  They're Die Hard, Trading Places, and Death Race.   :icon_mrgreen:

I've never seen Death Race, but Die Hard (Just hate seeing AR fall off that building) and Trading Places are two faves.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on December 05, 2019, 08:32:14 AM
I've never seen Death Race


It's not a great movie, but it's sort of a guilty pleasure for me.   :icon_redface:
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: dgcasey on December 05, 2019, 12:55:29 PM
A great example of what can be done with a couple of camcorders and a budget that includes a few cases of beer.

(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMzgxYTgzZjYtZDYxYi00OGJmLThiYzctNTY4NTBhY2ZmODBjXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjc0NDMzNDc@._V1_SX400_CR0,0,400,_AL_.jpg)
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Maggie Ann on December 05, 2019, 01:16:39 PM
A great example of what can be done with a couple of camcorders and a budget that includes a few cases of beer.

(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMzgxYTgzZjYtZDYxYi00OGJmLThiYzctNTY4NTBhY2ZmODBjXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjc0NDMzNDc@._V1_SX400_CR0,0,400,_AL_.jpg)

Very catchy title.
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: j tanner on December 05, 2019, 01:24:44 PM
I did a search for "Cannonball Run," and one of the first links to pop up was a Dailymotion link where someone had uploaded the whole 1981 movie.  I'd never seen it before, believe it or not, so I figured "why not?" and decided to watch it.

When it comes to taste, my sensibilities are almost always in line with the audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes, not the critics' scores.  On rare occasions, though, the opposite happens, and that's the case here.

This movie is bad.   :icon_sad:

It was a guilty pleasure at the time. I don't think anyone really thought it was good, but it was entertaining. Comedy can be pretty "of the time" and this was a middling one even then. (Similarly, I find old SNL episodes which were hysterical at the time rather interminable looking back.)

Knives Out. 5 :dizzy

No one attempts these kinds of whodunnits anymore and this one was a heap of fun to play along with.

Glass 2.5  :dizzy

I found Unbreakable to be decent, and Split entertaining, so the conclusion should have been right in my wheelhouse. It was not. It was cheap looking, poorly thought out, and took every comic book element that was subtext in the prior movies and commented on them directly. Just one bizarre decision piled on another. Big disappointment.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on December 05, 2019, 02:54:07 PM
It was a guilty pleasure at the time. I don't think anyone really thought it was good, but it was entertaining. Comedy can be pretty "of the time" and this was a middling one even then.


I absolutely agree.  I wasn't expecting world-class writing.  I'm susceptible to "guilty pleasure" movies, though, and I was hoping I'd like it for that reason.  It just didn't happen for me.   :shrug


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Knives Out.


Never heard of this one until now.  Cool cast, though.  Frank Oz!   :cool:

And Doug, I've never heard of Reset, either, but it looks interesting.  They put the whole thing on YouTube with this in the description:


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RESET is a non-commercial, feature-length film made by a dedicated cast and crew for the simple love of filmmaking and storytelling. This original story was made with a near-zero budget and relies on the strength of that story and the talents of everyone involved.

Please let us know what you think - show us your thumb and leave a comment.


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Post by: lea_owens on December 05, 2019, 05:11:41 PM
At lunch time today, I watched the 1956 sci-fi Forbidden Planet. It stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, and Leslie Nielsen and although corny in places, it was ground-breaking at the time. Plus, that classic robot that appears in so many movies and some episodes of Lost in Space (as an evil robot, I think) features in the movie.

Last month I watched movies that friends had a hand in. About 15 years ago, one of my students told me he wanted to work in movies, and I told him to dream big, work hard, and one day he'll send me a photo of himself with an Oscar. A few years ago he sent me a photo of him holding two Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge - he was on the small sound editing and editing team that won the Oscars. His team also worked on The Dressmaker and The Railwayman, so I watched them, too.  Other friends worked on or in Red Dog, Australia, Racing Stripes, War Horse, Charlotte's Web, Storm Boy, Tomorrow When the War Began, The Great Gatsby (not the Robert Redford one), and some others, so, even though I'd seen them all before, I had an enjoyable time watching movies that somehow involve friends. It seemed as good a theme as any.
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Post by: j tanner on December 06, 2019, 06:14:54 AM
I absolutely agree.  I wasn't expecting world-class writing.  I'm susceptible to "guilty pleasure" movies, though, and I was hoping I'd like it for that reason.  It just didn't happen for me.   :shrug

Happens. Even with classics. I have a feeling I'd love The Wild Bunch to this day if I'd first watched it in the eighties the way I still love Pale Rider or True Grit (original) but I didn't get to it until a couple years ago and I was too late to the party. And others will surprise you like The Apartment or African Queen. Never know.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on December 06, 2019, 07:25:46 AM
At lunch time today, I watched the 1956 sci-fi Forbidden Planet. It stars Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, and Leslie Nielsen and although corny in places, it was ground-breaking at the time. Plus, that classic robot that appears in so many movies and some episodes of Lost in Space (as an evil robot, I think) features in the movie.


Yeah, that movie still holds up pretty well, I think.  The Tempest in space!   :icon_mrgreen:

And Robby the Robot was definitely a nice achievement.  He wasn't just a machine.  He was a character with personality.

We were so optimistic about AI back then.  That lasted until HAL 9000 came along.  Then we got Ash from Alien, and Maximilian in The Black Hole, and The Terminator, and The Matrix, and so on.  We've basically convinced ourselves that AI will destroy us.  We're probably right.


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Last month I watched movies that friends had a hand in. About 15 years ago, one of my students told me he wanted to work in movies, and I told him to dream big, work hard, and one day he'll send me a photo of himself with an Oscar. A few years ago he sent me a photo of him holding two Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge - he was on the small sound editing and editing team that won the Oscars. His team also worked on The Dressmaker and The Railwayman, so I watched them, too.  Other friends worked on or in Red Dog, Australia, Racing Stripes, War Horse, Charlotte's Web, Storm Boy, Tomorrow When the War Began, The Great Gatsby (not the Robert Redford one), and some others, so, even though I'd seen them all before, I had an enjoyable time watching movies that somehow involve friends. It seemed as good a theme as any.


That's pretty neat.   :cheers


Happens. Even with classics. I have a feeling I'd love The Wild Bunch to this day if I'd first watched it in the eighties the way I still love Pale Rider or True Grit (original) but I didn't get to it until a couple years ago and I was too late to the party. And others will surprise you like The Apartment or African Queen. Never know.


There's nothing like a nice piece of hickory.   :cool:

I'll try to remember to catch The African Queen one of these days.  It's one of those things I keep meaning to get around to watching but keep putting off.
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Post by: lea_owens on December 06, 2019, 07:54:09 AM

We were so optimistic about AI back then.  That lasted until HAL 9000 came along.  Then we got Ash from Alien, and Maximilian in The Black Hole, and The Terminator, and The Matrix, and so on.  We've basically convinced ourselves that AI will destroy us.  We're probably right.



HAL still creeps the heck out of me, after all these years. I read the book before I saw the movie and they both terrified me in regards to decisions made by AI when they were initially programmed by humans who, by our very finiteness, are flawed as we can't consider all possibilities, factors, and consequences. I find movies about AI a mixed bag of terrifying and heartbreaking... Spielberg's A.I. was one of the most tragic movies I've ever seen. Bicentennial Man had some interesting points to make, and was also ridiculously sad. I'm glad that, once more, Star Trek were ahead of their time and granted Data the status of a life-form.

I'm off to see 'Knives Out' this weekend - what a cast.
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Post by: j tanner on December 06, 2019, 11:39:44 AM
I'm glad that, once more, Star Trek were ahead of their time and granted Data the status of a life-form.

Still had their AI out to destroy us though. Borg! :nerd:
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Post by: dgcasey on December 07, 2019, 10:29:58 AM
Pizza, Pepsi and Paul. Almost ten years old and it's still a good movie.

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Post by: Maggie Ann on December 07, 2019, 10:45:47 AM
Christmas Angel and am in the middle of watching Eve's Christmas.
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Post by: Laughing Elephant on December 08, 2019, 02:21:42 PM
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973 film) - Rock Opera.

Gets the vocal cords flexing. 

:band: :band: :band:

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Post by: Kate Elizabeth on December 15, 2019, 06:20:38 AM
The Phantom Menace.  Since we got Disney+, I had an urge to watch it again.  I totally forgot just how bad the movie was.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on December 15, 2019, 07:31:29 AM
Mostly I'm watching movies with Christmas in the title but I took a break and watched Life With Father. One of my old favorites.

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Post by: Betty Blast on December 16, 2019, 02:40:23 AM
I'm watching Christmas movies too! I took a break from holiday cheer and rewatched The Bourne Identity. It was better than I remembered.
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Post by: dgcasey on December 16, 2019, 05:13:51 AM
Went in for a good scare last night.

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Post by: Ace Fletcher on December 16, 2019, 03:25:57 PM
6 Underground on Netflix.

Action movie about a billionaire who faked his death and assembled an elite team to take out the evil dictators of the world.

Fantastic stunts, typical of Michael Bay films, but be prepared to suspend belief.

The opening scene car chase through Florence, Italy was outstanding.

A little gory in parts, but overall a fun movie.
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Post by: dgcasey on December 17, 2019, 04:59:46 AM
6 Underground on Netflix.

I'll see this movie if it ever comes out on DVD. It's a shame the movies that look the most fun are on exclusive platforms. This movie, The Mandalorian and a few others. Because I'm sure as hell not going to subscribe to every single platform out there to watch one or two movie a year.
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Post by: APP on December 17, 2019, 08:40:11 AM
Personally, I couldn't finish this movie (6 Underground on Netflix). I got about three quarters of the way through it before giving up. I found it too ridiculous--at least for my taste. And IMO, there was absolutely no character development. But we're all different in what we prefer. The old adage applies: To each their own.
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Post by: Kate Elizabeth on December 17, 2019, 11:53:45 AM
Yellowbeard. My husband loves this movie. I love Madeline Kahn.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on December 17, 2019, 12:06:53 PM
Unlikely Angel with Dolly Parton. That was an oldie.

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Post by: VisitasKeat on December 22, 2019, 02:23:08 AM
Movies I enjoyed the most this year:

Bumblebee, Baby Driver, Skyscraper, The Magnificent Seven (2016), Aliens in the Attic, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Into the Storm (2014), Death Wish (2018), Six Days Seven Nights.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on December 22, 2019, 09:56:04 AM
The Christmas Chronicles with Kurt Russell and Klaus an animated Christmas feature. Both were on Netflix. Both very enjoyable. If you haven't seen Kurt Russell as Santa singing Elvis' It's Christmas Time Pretty Baby, you've missed something.

Then a whole slew of other Christmas movies.

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Post by: Vijaya on December 24, 2019, 06:36:31 AM
Richard Jewell. Very well done. I like Clint Eastwood movies.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on December 24, 2019, 06:59:47 AM
Joker.  It's a bleak, depressing movie, and that's not really my thing, so I didn't really "like" it per se.  Nevertheless, it's a well-made movie that hits the emotional beats, and Joaquin Phoenix did a terrific job.  I liked the fact that his ears rang after firing the gun on the subway platform.  That's a nice bit of verisimilitude you don't see much in movies.

I'm also watching the usual Christmas movie lineup.  Death Race and Trading Places are out of the way.  The only one remaining is Die Hard.  Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...   :cool:
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Post by: Anarchist on December 24, 2019, 07:49:07 AM
The only one remaining is Die Hard.  Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...   :cool:

"Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with smaller feet than my sister."
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on December 24, 2019, 08:18:38 AM
The only one remaining is Die Hard.  Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...   :cool:

"Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with smaller feet than my sister."


"Welcome to the party, pal!"   :icon_mrgreen:
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Post by: Maggie Ann on December 24, 2019, 11:00:32 AM
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sorry to be the one to bring it up. Don't want to start any controversy. Never could decide how I felt about TLJ, but this one I LOVED. Yes there were inconsistencies and JJ Abrams forced some things but it was very entertaining as Star Wars should be.
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Post by: Tom Wood on December 24, 2019, 11:14:26 AM
Off topic - Many years ago, a friend and I were too late to the showing of the second Indiana Jones movie, so we had to sit in the front row in the theater with a +-ten-year-old boy who sat a few empty seats to our left. During the scene when the spikes are coming down from the ceiling and up from the floor in the cave, I looked over at our ten-year-old companion. His heels were on the floor, and the back of his head was on the headrest while the rest of his body twisted and arched to avoid the spikes in the movie. Heels and head, no other part of his body touched anything.

I want to watch a movie that will do THAT to me!
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Post by: notthatamanda on December 24, 2019, 12:07:12 PM
Hawaii. I just finished Julie Andrew's second autobiography, about the films she made. I'll be watching a lot of those in the coming months.
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Post by: dgcasey on December 24, 2019, 05:30:06 PM
I'm also watching the usual Christmas movie lineup.  Death Race and Trading Places are out of the way.  The only one remaining is Die Hard.  Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...   :cool:

Don't forget Lethal Weapon. That's a Christmas movie, too.   grint
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Post by: Vijaya on December 25, 2019, 12:46:33 AM
I'm also watching the usual Christmas movie lineup.  Death Race and Trading Places are out of the way.  The only one remaining is Die Hard.  Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...   :cool:

Don't forget Lethal Weapon. That's a Christmas movie, too.   grint

Yes!
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on December 25, 2019, 02:01:18 AM
I'm also watching the usual Christmas movie lineup.  Death Race and Trading Places are out of the way.  The only one remaining is Die Hard.  Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...   :cool:

Don't forget Lethal Weapon. That's a Christmas movie, too.   grint


Man, I haven't seen Lethal Weapon in decades.  I should definitely watch it again at some point.
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Post by: dgcasey on December 25, 2019, 02:15:40 AM
Watched this last night. Seemed like a fitting end to the series.

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Post by: cecilia_writer on December 29, 2019, 09:22:40 PM
My two sons, aware that I usually did my viewing on a tiny television in the corner of the room and that I'd got the idea everything was currently filmed in the dark, got together to give me a much bigger set for Christmas, so I've been enjoying some movies on the larger screen - I must admit it makes most things look better, except that one quiz show presenter now seems to have a chronic skin condition!
The best movie I've watched so far was definitely 'Bridge of Spies'. I love the Cold War detail - although I lived through the 60s I now realise that events such as the Gary Powers incident didn't make a lot of sense to me at the time. Although I remember we were all terrified at the time of the Cuban crisis.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on December 30, 2019, 12:21:02 AM
My two sons, aware that I usually did my viewing on a tiny television in the corner of the room and that I'd got the idea everything was currently filmed in the dark, got together to give me a much bigger set for Christmas, so I've been enjoying some movies on the larger screen - I must admit it makes most things look better, except that one quiz show presenter now seems to have a chronic skin condition!
The best movie I've watched so far was definitely 'Bridge of Spies'. I love the Cold War detail - although I lived through the 60s I now realise that events such as the Gary Powers incident didn't make a lot of sense to me at the time. Although I remember we were all terrified at the time of the Cuban crisis.

I had forgotten about Gary Powers. But the Cuban Missile Crisis was right in my back yard. I lived in Miami and we knew we'd be first on the list.

Watched Burlesque last night. Cher and Aquilera have amazing voices and some of my favorite dancers were in the movie, but Stanley Tucci was a lot of fun.
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Post by: Kate Elizabeth on January 03, 2020, 07:13:45 AM
Mission: Impossible--Fallout. I really enjoyed it, even though I figured out who the bad guy was from the beginning. Plus, the sad part got to me.

Empire Strikes Back. When I was 7 years old and had to wait another 3 years for the next movie, I hated the ending. Now, I think that it's the best Star Wars movie, even though it's not my favorite.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on January 03, 2020, 02:11:37 PM
Now, I think that it's the best Star Wars movie, even though it's not my favorite.


Same here.  I'm not sure which one I like best, but if I had to pick one right now, I'd probably go with ROTJ.  But I think ESB is hands down the best-written and best-filmed episode.
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Post by: VisitasKeat on January 03, 2020, 08:41:16 PM
I enjoyed watching Red Eye (Korean with English subs) horror movie.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=d8sCA97PhjU
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Post by: Kate Elizabeth on January 04, 2020, 02:31:11 AM
Jeff, Return of the Jedi is my favorite, too.  Because of the massive crowds, the only seats left were in the very front row.  One of the best experiences of my life, at least for a 3rd grader.  Plus, I got to stay up late!
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Post by: Maggie Ann on January 04, 2020, 02:43:04 AM
Now, I think that it's the best Star Wars movie, even though it's not my favorite.


Same here.  I'm not sure which one I like best, but if I had to pick one right now, I'd probably go with ROTJ.  But I think ESB is hands down the best-written and best-filmed episode.

Empire has always been my favorite and I'd put Rogue One right up there, too.
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Post by: PJ Post on January 04, 2020, 03:11:20 AM
I think movies fall into a couple of different categories. There's the amazing, Oscar-worthy films...and then there's the ones we really like to watch because they're full up with fun or feelz or whatever. I think Star Wars falls squarely into that latter category.

I love the Prequels, but they're not *clears throat* Cinema. And, to me, Empire is the best because, one: it stays in its lane the most, it's a dark space adventure, and two: because there's no cute crap thrown in just to sell toys. That's always been Star Wars' Achilles Heel.

But my favorite scene is between Anakin and Palpatine in Revenge, when he tells him the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise. I really thought that Rian Johnson and Disney screwed up with this and missed an epic storytelling opportunity. Jedi have always been nobodies from nowhere, but Rian was so desperate to be clever and subversive that he completely failed to understand the source material. Lots of regular people can do stuff, but we write stories about the great ones. Rey should have been related to Darth Plagueis. He was the Emperor's Master, it would have pulled the whole franchise together, bookending it.
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Post by: spin52 on January 05, 2020, 01:38:07 AM
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I watched this last night. OMG. The Beatles were so young, and the film was gloriously politically incorrect. They looked like they were having such fun sending up their image, and the music took me right back to 1964. Brilliant.
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Post by: cecilia_writer on January 05, 2020, 02:05:53 AM
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I watched this last night. OMG. The Beatles were so young, and the film was gloriously politically incorrect. They looked like they were having such fun sending up their image, and the music took me right back to 1964. Brilliant.

I was torn between this and a documentary about the building of the Forth Bridge (my great-grandfather worked on the construction) so I've recorded the Beatles film and will probably watch tonight. I was a huge Beatles fan at the time when it first came out so naturally I saw it in the cinema a few times.
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Post by: VisitasKeat on January 07, 2020, 01:45:08 AM
Movies I enjoyed the most this year:

Bumblebee, Baby Driver, Skyscraper, The Magnificent Seven (2016), Aliens in the Attic, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Into the Storm (2014), Death Wish (2018), Six Days Seven Nights.
Forgot to mention Saving Private Ryan and The Terminal.
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Post by: Marti Talbott on January 07, 2020, 11:31:23 AM
My new favorite movie- Hidden Figures!
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Post by: Vijaya on January 07, 2020, 01:47:51 PM
I loved Hidden Figures, Marti.

Some good movies we watched recently: LA LA Land, Ladybird, Sherlock Holmes, Young Sherlock. And Hidden Life is on the menu this week.
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on January 20, 2020, 05:46:00 PM
Richard Jewell.


 :evil2: :evil2: :evil2:

 :icon_cry: :icon_cry: :icon_cry:


R.I.P., Mr. Jewell.
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Post by: Maggie Ann on January 20, 2020, 11:57:07 PM
Strictly Ballroom and Jersey Boys.

I've seen both before. I enjoyed the dancing in the former (some of it very tongue-in-cheek) and the music in the latter, not to mention I'm from NJ and know these types.

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Post by: DrewMcGunn on January 21, 2020, 07:20:48 AM
DW and I watched the Green Book starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. I can see why it won 3 Oscars.
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Post by: Kate Elizabeth on January 21, 2020, 08:20:40 AM
I watched Venom the other night.  It was okay.

My husband watched the first half of Aquaman before I woke up Saturday.  I watched the last half and enjoyed it very much.

Basic Instinct 2 on network TV.  I only got about a fourth of the way through.  It was just terrible.  I will never get that half hour back.
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Post by: j tanner on January 21, 2020, 07:07:42 PM
1917.

Fairly harrowing, but astonishing filmmaking that's basically real-time with no cuts.

 :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
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Post by: Vijaya on January 22, 2020, 01:19:36 AM
Strictly Ballroom is so fun!

Saw the trailer for 1917 when we went to see Hidden Life. I daresay that Hidden Life is one of the best movies of the decade--beautifully shot, the natural lighting, the closeups of the faces, the emotions, the way the story unfolds at such a leisurely pace, yet feeling just right, giving me the space to process as the characters are processing their choices.
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Post by: Anarchist on January 23, 2020, 01:16:14 AM
1917.

Fairly harrowing, but astonishing filmmaking that's basically real-time with no cuts.


I can't wait to see it. Mendes is a great storyteller.
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Post by: j tanner on January 23, 2020, 09:57:25 AM
I can't wait to see it. Mendes is a great storyteller.

SPECTRE is the exception that proves the rule.  :hehe

Hustlers

Scorsese-light. This isn't Constance Wu's best work and she's central which holds it back a little, but the supporting cast is great and the "Based on true events" story is engaging.

 :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: (rounding up from 3.5)
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Post by: Anarchist on January 23, 2020, 11:40:04 AM
I can't wait to see it. Mendes is a great storyteller.

SPECTRE is the exception that proves the rule.  :hehe


I'm not gonna lie. I enjoyed Spectre. But I agree with you. It's not even close to a great film.

That said, I'll bet even Gordon Ramsey makes an uninspired risotto now and then. :)
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Post by: Maggie Ann on January 23, 2020, 11:52:53 PM
Dancer with Sergei Polunin.

I thought this was going to be a movie but it turned out to be a documentary of Polunin's journey from gymnast to principal dancer with the Royal Ballet of London. Interesting story. His family went their separate ways, moving to different countries for jobs so they could send him to ballet school, first in Kiev and then in London.

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Post by: Edward M. Grant on January 25, 2020, 02:57:59 AM
Danger Close, an Australian movie  about the Vietnam War. Pretty good and seems to be close to what actually happened, though it would have been interesting to see some of it from the Vietnamese side.
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Post by: Lynn on February 10, 2020, 01:10:12 AM
Knives Out.

I expected to like it more. It was okay.

I'd rate it a 5.
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Post by: Lynn on February 10, 2020, 01:50:31 PM
Knives Out.

I expected to like it more. It was okay.

I'd rate it a 5.

I feel the same way. Many are calling it a throwback to classic detectives but I thought it was more of the same "What really happened? Oh, here's what happened even though I didn't set it up". It's not like he left actual clues beyond some obvious hand waving. I think it's another example of Rian Johnson spending too much time showing how clever he is and not enough time telling a cohesive story. Brick was pretentious and unrealistic, Looper was a great idea that fell back on common tropes, and The Last Jedi is full of missed opportunities for great storytelling both in general and within the Star Wars universe. His pacing in all his movies is inconsistent.

I'll be honest. I paid no attention at all to who had directed this thing and didn't even know that person had also directed Looper. But now that I know, I see a pattern.

I love time travel movies and tv shows. Looper is one of those that I thought I would love but did not. I liked it, don't get me wrong, but I haven't re-watched it once, and since it is full of actors I consider good to great, and has a really cool time travel premise, I would have expected to really love it.
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Post by: j tanner on February 11, 2020, 08:55:00 AM
In an effort to catch up before the Oscars I recently saw...

Ford v Ferrari - A great story told ... good. It dips into cheesiness in a lot of scenes, but not so much to ruin it. It left me wondering if the documentary version is better (which I'll get around to finding out myself sooner or later.)

Marriage Story - Watching a relationship sour is never much fun, but if you're in for that sort of thing this is about as good as it gets.

The Irishman - Wow, was that looong for no real reason. (I improvised it into a 3 night series.) It's still good, but can't compare to Goodfellas, or even Casino for entertainment value for you want Scorcese gangsters.

Parasite - Very good. Some of the dialog is a little too on the nose, but reading it in subtitles is a lot easier than hearing it. It's up there with my favorite Best Picture nominees (1917, Once Upon a Time, and Jojo Rabbit).
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Post by: j tanner on February 11, 2020, 01:16:07 PM
I'm curious what part of Ford v Ferrari you found cheesy.

There are a lot of examples that worked to varying degrees for me (Shelby's airplane entrance was fun cheese) but here are some I found really egregious:

1) The super-tropey intro to Miles and his wife where they pretend like they don't know each other. Ugh...
2) The throwing of the wrench and reaction to it. That could kill someone, and they both acted like it was a NERF football.
3) Ford breaking down and full-on baby-crying after riding in the F40. Shocked, scared, sure but this was so over the top silly.
4) Beebe being portrayed as a Snidely level villain.

I understand some stuff will be invented to dramatize elements and tell the story in an entertaining way in a couple hours, but all of these things went beyond my boundaries. And none of those examples are based on true events/anecdotes either where you could defend them--they're just wholesale invented by a writer where someone said "wouldn't it be hilarious/suspenseful/dramatic if..." and the correct answer of "no, it would be melodramatic cheese" wasn't given in return.

(Still a good movie though. These are nitpicks.)
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Post by: j tanner on February 11, 2020, 05:53:45 PM
Sorry, I didn't realize you understand my opinion better than I do. I stand corrected. I'll keep it in mind the next time you request it.
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Post by: VisitasKeat on February 13, 2020, 07:00:14 PM
 :haironfire Snakes on a Plane  :haironfire
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Post by: cecilia_writer on February 23, 2020, 02:57:57 AM
Just back from 'Emma.' - I really enjoyed it. I found it surprisingly faithful to the book but with fabulous embroidery and jewellery. Terrific casting / acting.
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Post by: dgcasey on February 23, 2020, 05:43:07 PM
A scary one ...

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Post by: Kate Elizabeth on February 26, 2020, 03:33:39 AM
My husband and I finally watched Captain Marvel.  Our son hated it, so I wasn't expecting much.  However, we both really liked it.  It was kind of nice to be transported back to 1995.

I've been watching parts of movies covered by MST3000 and RiffTrax (which I didn't know existed).  I had to explain what MST3000 was to our grown daughter the other night.  My husband and I used to watch it when we were dating, so that made me feel quite old.
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Post by: JRTomlin on February 26, 2020, 07:43:03 AM
This. And loving it.

GENTLEMAN JACK Official Trailer (HD) Jessica Baglow HBO Series
via @YouTube
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Post by: Lynn on February 27, 2020, 10:35:25 AM
TimeTrap on Netflix. It was fun for half the movie, then it got weird. And kind of dumb, to be honest. But if you're in the mood for half a movie... :D

(Don't watch it.)

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Post by: VisitasKeat on March 08, 2020, 07:37:08 PM
Watched "Evolution" movie where the alien species thrive due to heat energy even though they aren't oxygen resistant.

Makes me wonder if Corona virus thrives due to heat energy.

The head and shoulders idea based on periodic table was awesome! Something like that to nail Corona virus? Inspiration from movies!
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Post by: Anarchist on March 09, 2020, 12:21:32 AM
The Foreigner on Netflix.


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Solid film. (Disclaimer: I love Jackie Chan.)

Rating: 8/10. I forgot that director Martin Campbell had also directed Casino Royale...



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Watched it again (on HBO). Terrific. It's Craig's first stint as Bond, and he nails it.

Rating: 9/10.
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Post by: Luke Everhart on March 10, 2020, 11:36:58 AM
Checking out Outbreak, a movie about the viral threat that, it increasingly seems, the media wished they could report on.
It's on Netflix

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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on March 10, 2020, 01:40:12 PM
Checking out Outbreak, a movie about the viral threat that, it increasingly seems, the media wished they could report on.
It's on Netflix

(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTI0MjcxNzc3NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzU0MTIyMQ@@._V1_.jpg)


I saw that one in the theater back in the day.
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Post by: VisitasKeat on April 11, 2020, 06:37:57 PM
Happy Death Day

Interesting to see how dreams, nightmares manifest. Dreams can be tricky, very misleading. A puzzle is given, usually in the form of a montage, early morning, by the subconscious mind for you, the conscious mind to solve. You need to decipher the intentions correctly using mojos and omens encountered recently, and by substituting one character with another, or by considering a parallel event. This movie resonated with me as "Miss Reliable" Mary, a psychology student does such analysis in the sixth fantasy episode. In fact, the second all-in-one shows how a dream manifests.
Nice movie to watch and appreciate but some may not like the monotone of repeating elements.
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Post by: Vijaya on April 12, 2020, 03:25:06 AM
Passion by Mel Gibson. Phenomenal. It's the most violent film I've ever seen and yet the most beautiful.
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Post by: Luke Everhart on April 12, 2020, 03:32:27 AM
Jewel of the Nile (1985, Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas)
It was good and also has one of the best lines. Omar (bad guy) tells Joan (protag) that Jack (romantic interest) is dead. She replies, "Don't be ridiculous! Jack would never die without telling me!" 😁
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Post by: j tanner on April 12, 2020, 07:35:44 AM
Ad Astra

Stellar (ha, pun) cinematography but its so antiseptic it makes Nolan movies look like melodramas. It was hard to feel much of anything about the protagonist's travails. Their vision of near-future space travel is more realistic than The Expanse on TV, but not nearly as much fun.

ZZZ out of ZZZZZ
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Post by: Ronn Munsterman on April 13, 2020, 06:36:37 AM
Goldfinger. Just a fun Bond movie, although it's still annoying when they speed up the action. They did this in several of Connery's movies.

Fun to see "brand new" 1964 cars, like the Mustang, and a few others. Trying to figure out whether they really crushed a working Lincoln Continental, or if it was a wreck they fixed up just for that scene.

I remembered reading that Goldfinger's villain had such a strong German accent, all of his dialogue was dubbed. Whoever did it was pretty good. One of the Asian actors is the one who played Kato for the Pink Panther movies.

The woman who played ***** Galore just passed away this past week.

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Post by: Griffin + Gambol on June 15, 2020, 02:24:15 AM
Artemis Fowl... what a let down. The books came out when I was in middle school, so it's been a while but I know that aint it.
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Post by: notthatamanda on June 15, 2020, 08:07:58 AM
Artemis Fowl... what a let down. The books came out when I was in middle school, so it's been a while but I know that aint it.
Oh I was going to tell my friend about that one. Her kid was mad for those books.

We watched John Wick last night. Won't be watching the second one.
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Post by: Sailor Stone on June 15, 2020, 11:40:50 PM
I watched Ad Astra on HBO this weekend. I really enjoyed it. Not over-played sci-fi as I am so used to seeing. In fact, I wouldn't even call it sci-fi so much as a story about life and purpose. Brad Pitt is excellent in his role.
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Post by: Anarchist on June 16, 2020, 03:52:26 AM
We watched John Wick last night. Won't be watching the second one.

The John Wick films are definitely targeted to a niche audience.

Personally, I love 'em. But my wife does not (to put it mildly).
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Post by: PJ Post on June 16, 2020, 05:32:43 AM
Artemis Fowl was just a terrible movie, from the directing, to acting, to pacing, to structure, to plot, to characterization, to you name it. I can't believe Disney released it like that. It was a complete mess - even worse than Rise of Skywalker, which is actually saying quite a lot. On the other hand...

(https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steam/apps/469660/header.jpg?t=1507665240)

 :tup3b
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Post by: notthatamanda on June 16, 2020, 06:32:37 AM
We watched John Wick last night. Won't be watching the second one.

The John Wick films are definitely targeted to a niche audience.

Personally, I love 'em. But my wife does not (to put it mildly).
I don't mind a good revenge flick but this was definitely lacking in plot, character development, dialogue, the occasional funny one liner, dry, dark or not. Typically I get upset when the characters seem like real people. These were just all cardboard cutouts. The most interesting part of the movie was when the assassin who broke the rules got killed at a place that Microsoft had as a screen saver this week. My husband likes the Kill Bill Movies but he didn't think much of this one.

Question - we DVRed The Joker, which we heard was very good. Did you see that one? Where would you rate it? We have over 100 movies DVRed right now I think. Need some guidance. Thx.
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Post by: Luke Everhart on June 16, 2020, 11:41:56 AM
Best movie I've seen recently I got from Redbox: Ford vs Ferrari (2019, Damon and Bale). It's terrific!  🥳👍
Title: Re: What movie did you recently watch?
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on June 16, 2020, 12:09:35 PM
I enjoyed John Wick.

Didn't care for the sequel.

Haven't seen the third one.


My husband likes the Kill Bill Movies but he didn't think much of this one.


I'm so conflicted about the Kill Bill movies.  They have scenes that I just love and think are fantastic, but those scenes are separated by stretches of boredom and WTF.  I'd probably enjoy a fan edit of those movies a lot more than the official releases.
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Post by: Griffin + Gambol on June 16, 2020, 01:29:38 PM
Artemis Fowl... what a let down. The books came out when I was in middle school, so it's been a while but I know that aint it.
Oh I was going to tell my friend about that one. Her kid was mad for those books.

We watched John Wick last night. Won't be watching the second one.

Kids might like it. Kids who grew up probably won't.

Oh, really? That's on my list. I've heard so many good things. Point Break is one of those movies I saw when I was younger, and I watched it a bazillion times, so I have a soft spot for Keanu.
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Post by: Griffin + Gambol on June 16, 2020, 01:31:41 PM
Artemis Fowl was just a terrible movie, from the directing, to acting, to pacing, to structure, to plot, to characterization, to you name it. I can't believe Disney released it like that. It was a complete mess - even worse than Rise of Skywalker, which is actually saying quite a lot. On the other hand...

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 :tup3b

Agreed. I was so excited to have it on Disney+ considering so many summer movies are being pushed back. Now I know why they did.

That is saying something.
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Post by: Sailor Stone on June 16, 2020, 10:14:10 PM
Best movie I've seen recently I got from Redbox: Ford vs Ferrari (2019, Damon and Bale). It's terrific!  🥳👍

I loved it as well. Like Ad Astra, which I recently watched (see above), I feel like Ford vs. Ferrari did an excellent job of not over playing the race scenes, (and in Ad Astra, not overplaying the sci-fi gimmicky-ness) going for realistic as opposed to trying to push the viewers pulse rate up with unrealistic action scenes.
Great story to boot.
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Post by: notthatamanda on June 16, 2020, 10:28:29 PM
Best movie I've seen recently I got from Redbox: Ford vs Ferrari (2019, Damon and Bale). It's terrific!  🥳👍

I loved it as well. Like Ad Astra, which I recently watched (see above), I feel like Ford vs. Ferrari did an excellent job of not over playing the race scenes, (and in Ad Astra, not overplaying the sci-fi gimmicky-ness) going for realistic as opposed to trying to push the viewers pulse rate up with unrealistic action scenes.
Great story to boot.
I want to see both of those, but we just wait till we can get it for free. DVDs from the library aren't a great option now.
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Post by: notthatamanda on June 16, 2020, 10:34:42 PM
Artemis Fowl... what a let down. The books came out when I was in middle school, so it's been a while but I know that aint it.
Oh I was going to tell my friend about that one. Her kid was mad for those books.

We watched John Wick last night. Won't be watching the second one.

Kids might like it. Kids who grew up probably won't.

Oh, really? That's on my list. I've heard so many good things. Point Break is one of those movies I saw when I was younger, and I watched it a bazillion times, so I have a soft spot for Keanu.
It just depends, a lot of people like it, obviously. It was a lot of fight/kill many people scenes in a row. Just got boring for us. To give you an example of our taste we liked Wonder Woman, up until the end, then I was saying "You're the god killer, killer him already" and my husband fell asleep. I don't mind fight scenes, or gun fights or car chase sequences, but when they go on for twenty minutes and then 5 minutes later, oh look another one, I'm out. There's something out there for everyone. And sorry to disagree, but Point Break was all Swayze. :)
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Post by: Anarchist on June 17, 2020, 03:02:58 AM
...but Point Break was all Swayze. :)

I'm not gonna lie, I was there for Busey. Everything else was a bonus.
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Post by: Griffin + Gambol on June 17, 2020, 08:51:01 AM
There's something out there for everyone. And sorry to disagree, but Point Break was all Swayze. :)

Ummmmmmm... maybe for you it was. I'm putting baby in the corner and forgetting all about her, it's Keanu all the way :icon_rofl:
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Post by: Jeff Tanyard on June 17, 2020, 01:23:44 PM
I'm putting baby in the corner and forgetting all about her


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