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Vijaya

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #450 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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Anarchist

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #451 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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j tanner

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #452 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)
 

Anarchist

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #453 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. :)
"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." - Thomas Sowell

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

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Maggie Ann

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #454 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.

           
 

Edward M. Grant

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #455 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.
 

Lynn

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #456 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.
 

Lynn

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #457 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.
 

j tanner

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #458 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).
 

j tanner

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #459 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.)
 

j tanner

Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #460 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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Re: What movie did you recently watch?
« Reply #461 on: February 13, 2020, 07:00:14 PM »
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