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Jeff Tanyard

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #250 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
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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #251 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:



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.



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.
 

cecilia_writer

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #252 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].
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PJ Post

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #253 on: January 21, 2019, 05:49:11 AM »
So I finally got around to watching this...



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...



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...



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.

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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #254 on: January 21, 2019, 08:41:06 AM »
Showed this movie to my students for our class discussion this week:



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.
 

Edward M. Grant

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #255 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.
 
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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #256 on: January 22, 2019, 08:07:57 AM »
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Anarchist

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #257 on: January 24, 2019, 10:12:48 AM »
So I finally got around to watching this...



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. ;)


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APP

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #258 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
 

Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #259 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.
           
 

Lysmata Debelius

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #260 on: January 24, 2019, 02:09:14 PM »

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.
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APP

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #261 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
 

Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #262 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

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heyb

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #263 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
 
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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #264 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.
 

Anarchist

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #265 on: January 28, 2019, 04:08:17 AM »
Saw this last night...





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.

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Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #266 on: January 28, 2019, 05:43:23 AM »
Saw this last night...





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.
           
 

APP

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #267 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.
 

emory

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #268 on: January 31, 2019, 10:28:03 PM »
The Limehouse Golem, starring Bill Nighy.

I was sold at Bill Nighy.
 

Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #269 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.
           
 

PJ Post

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #270 on: February 10, 2019, 01:01:16 AM »
This movie...



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?

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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #271 on: February 11, 2019, 02:27:53 AM »
Saw this last night...





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.
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Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #272 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.
           
 

Anarchist

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #273 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.
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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #274 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.

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Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #275 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?
           
 

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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #276 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.
 

APP

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #277 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.

 

Jeff Tanyard

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #278 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.





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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #279 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.

           
 

Vijaya

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #280 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.

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Jeff Tanyard

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #281 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
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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #282 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.
           
 

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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #283 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.
 

Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #284 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.