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Old 12-29-2015, 08:45 PM
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Just saw the new Star Wars movie. The Force was with me right up until I stepped on gum on the way out of the theater. Gum. Fucking gum. Do you know how many decades it's been since I stepped on fucking GUM?
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Gravity didn't win B. Picture, 12 Years a Slave won that year. His Birdman won last year.
Oh damn, sorry. I was in a hurry because I was going to go see Hateful Eight & Carol so I didn't check to make sure.
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Gravity didn't win B. Picture, 12 Years a Slave won that year. His Birdman won last year.
We both goofed. Birdman was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful, Birdman, The Revenant) not Alfonso Cuarón. Now Guillermo del Toro needs to direct something that'll get him a Best Director Oscar, so all three of the Three Amigos will have one.
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Watched "Zack and Miri Make A Porno" recently. I realized it was a modern update of the old Shirley Temple movie plotllines: "We need more money for popsicles. Where will we get some?" "I know! Let's put on a show in the old barn!"

For much of the film I was having the problem in most films in which Seth Rogen's stoner character has a girlfriend, namely, "What the fuck does she see in him?" He's a completely irresponsible idiot who forgets to pay the rent, the water and the electricity. His sweet platonic girlfriend he lives with (played by a miscast Elizabeth Banks) puts up with all this shit. Obviously she's crazy about him, but there's nothing in his character as presented in the screenplay to give you a reason why. I kinda wanted to punch his face on Miri's behalf a lot.

Elizabeth Banks was simply never believable as Miri. She's just too gorgeous and too mentally mature to be a believable counterpart to Zack's stoner idiot. She kinda TRIES to play the idiot, but to be a believable mate for Rogen, she needed to go full retard, and she never even came close.

Katie Morgan, who is also in the movie, is more the type to be a match for Rogen's character. Her, I would have believed in the role. Banks, not so much.

Still a fun and interesting movie, I had one more insight: it's a movie that shows how far people have come. Normally any movie about a small town bunch would have, as a major plot point local prudes trying to shut them down. But no such group appears. It's like they don't exist any more, like they don't matter. And it feels kinda right. I'm sure there are towns full of prudes still around, but I'm also sure there are towns without any significant prudish presence.
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Old 12-30-2015, 07:14 AM
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Seeing Hateful Eight this weekend.

This will be my first time seeing a movie in a theater in a long time, due to a cellphone texted/talker on my last visit.

ETA: this shows just how powerful Quentin is!

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I watched "Cake" with Jennifer Aniston on Netflix. She plays a drug-addicted accident survivor that becomes obsessed with a woman in her support group that committed suicide. It was very weird and grim but, tending towards weird and grim things myself, I enjoyed it.
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I saw Spotlight, about the Boston Globe's investigation of the Catholic priest sex scandal. Fantastic movie and highly recommended. I can't remember another movie where no one in the theater got up to leave when the credits rolled. We all just sat there in stunned silence. This is right up there with All the President's Men and will surely be an Oscar contender.
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Old 12-30-2015, 10:56 AM
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Bone Tomahawk.
Amazing flick. I've never seen anything quite like it.
Part western, part horror.
“This is why frontier life is so difficult. Not because of the Indians or the elements, but because of the idiots.”
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...She kinda TRIES to play the idiot, but to be a believable mate for Rogen, she needed to go full retard, and she never even came close....
Obviously she took Kirk Lazarus's advice.
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Bone Tomahawk.
Amazing flick. I've never seen anything quite like it.
Part western, part horror.
“This is why frontier life is so difficult. Not because of the Indians or the elements, but because of the idiots.”
It was sort of Tarantino meets Coen brothers--very talky with stilted quasi-period dialog for much of movie. They took their time to establish a mood. It was always interesting to watch, even if not much was happening. I particularly liked Richard Jenkins take on the Gabby Hays role. It was an Oscar-worthy performance.

It was less "horror" than I anticipated based on people's comments. I found it to be more of a straightforward, but at times grisly, western. Maybe "horrific" would be a better descriptor.
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Old 12-31-2015, 10:12 AM
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I just watched The Wolfpack last night.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2415458/board/threads/

It is a very interesting documentary, sometimes haunting, sometimes fascinating in terms of how creative the boys are. In a nutshell, a husband and wife keep their 6 boys and 1 girl in their New York apartment nearly all the time, for years, hardly ever allowing them to go out. The boys become obsessed with movies to the point of recreating and acting out scenes, complete with homemade costumes and props.
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I just watched The Wolfpack last night.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2415458/board/threads/

It is a very interesting documentary, sometimes haunting, sometimes fascinating in terms of how creative the boys are. In a nutshell, a husband and wife keep their 6 boys and 1 girl in their New York apartment nearly all the time, for years, hardly ever allowing them to go out. The boys become obsessed with movies to the point of recreating and acting out scenes, complete with homemade costumes and props.
I thought it was terrible. The video and audio quality were bad (unless maybe I got a sub-standard DVD). The boys were all fairly dim-witted. Not surprising since they have never been allowed out of their apartment. Never. In their entire lives.

I couldn't watch the entire thing. I watched the first half and then just skimmed the second half - confirming that at no point did this movie stop sucking. It sucked real hard.
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I thought it was terrible. The video and audio quality were bad (unless maybe I got a sub-standard DVD). The boys were all fairly dim-witted. Not surprising since they have never been allowed out of their apartment. Never. In their entire lives.

I couldn't watch the entire thing. I watched the first half and then just skimmed the second half - confirming that at no point did this movie stop sucking. It sucked real hard.
Actually, they had been out several times, just not very often. And later, the entire family went out to an orchard together and finally got some time outdoors.
The boys didn't strike me as dim witted at all. You don't become a dim bulb just by being indoors a lot. They were home schooled, literate, well versed in movies, memorizing lines and actions, creating artwork, and being as busy as a body can in a confined space. Dimwits aren't that creative.
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Actually, they had been out several times, just not very often. And later, the entire family went out to an orchard together and finally got some time outdoors.
The boys didn't strike me as dim witted at all. You don't become a dim bulb just by being indoors a lot. They were home schooled, literate, well versed in movies, memorizing lines and actions, creating artwork, and being as busy as a body can in a confined space. Dimwits aren't that creative.
I agree with all you say. It's a wonderful documentary and I'm glad it's getting attention. I love these guys. It's been fun watching the boys as they've been to film festivals and special screenings, meeting some of their movie-making heroes. Soon enough the attention will die down, but I hope they're inspired to keep being creative, and keep up with the contacts they've made. If The Wolfpack gets an Oscar nomination it'll be so great to see them there, enjoying themselves. It can't win (I'm expecting Amy or The Look of Silence to win) but I hope they have a blast if they get the chance to go.
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Our MotW was The Big Short. Bit of a review in the thread for that here. (Spoilers).

Highly recommend to one and all.
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Dunno. The trailer put me off somehow. Maybe it was Steve Carrell's weird affect.

My eldest son is home from university and on a Star Wars kick, so together we've recently seen:

SW Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith
The best of the prequels (which isn't saying much), with some great action sequences as Palpatine seizes power and smites the Jedi.

SW Ep. IV: A New Hope
Still my favorite of them all. Other than Han and Luke's Seventies haircuts, it still holds up very well, with a near-perfect mix of action, adventure, combat, humor, mysticism and romance.

SW Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back
The battle on wintry Hoth, the escape through the asteroid field and Luke's training with Yoda are the best parts of this movie, but its cliffhanger ending keeps it out of contention for the top prize.

SW Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi
Bad: another Death Star and those damn Ewoks. Good: Luke confronts the Emperor and Vader achieves some form of redemption before his death. A better movie than I remembered, I have to admit.

SW Ep. VII: The Force Awakens
Saw it a second time and, despite the overfamiliar final act, enjoyed it all over again. I appreciated the music more, as well as the character Rey and the mystery of Luke Skywalker.
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Dunno. The trailer put me off somehow. Maybe it was Steve Carrell's weird affect.
About Steve Carrell - I just watched Anchorman (2004)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0357413/

There were two scenes: One with Carrell riding on top of a Grizzly Bear and the other with him wrestling with the bear.

They both looked very real to me. But surely they must have been staged somehow or must have been some kind of camera trick. Mustn't they?

Even in 2004, he was a major star and I can't imagine he would risk his life in that way.

I suppose the bear may have been sedated. But the only way I would have done that was if the bear was dead. If he really did that, I would be amazed and have a whole new level or respect for him. What courage that would take!

As far as The Big Short goes, I thought it was one of the best films I've ever seen. Easily would make it into my Top Ten list.
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Still scratching my head about this one:

"Enemy - 2013 - Thriller/Mystery - 1h 35m
A mild-mannered college professor (Jake Gyllenhaal) discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs."

I love psychological thrillers, but c'mon ...

A multiple-personality decent into madness?
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I didn't want to start a new thread for this. But I'd like to ask if anyone has seen Sarah Silverman's new movie "I Smile Back" (2015).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3640682/...nm_flmg_act_11

There was a recent news article about The Golden Globes and it contained a round table discussion among some of the very best directors working today. Including:

Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight), Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Todd Haynes (Carol) and a few others. I think Todd Haynes was one of them but I'm not really 100% certain.

Anyway, I don't know if this is the first serious drama that Sarah Silverman has made. But one of the directors in the discussion I referred to above (I'm pretty sure it was Alejandro), talked about that movie and said it was really superb.

I'm just wondering if anyone here has seen it?

OK. I found that discussion. Here it is:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/vid...irector-851649

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In the last 6 weeks I've seen Trumbo, The Big Short, Joy, and Carol.

Big Short was the best of them, but I'd recommend them all. I enjoyed Joy more than I thought I would.

My wife's BFF walked out on Hateful Eight, which is unfortunate -- I like Tarantino a lot and we would probably have seen it, otherwise.
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Our MotW was Carol. Very good movie. Cate Blanchett is top notch, and while Kate is my favorite Mara sister, Rooney does a pretty good job. Generally a good cast.

Contains a surprising amount of tense/on edge scenes. Well thought out story overall.

One oddity: Carrie Brownstein gets an opening titles credit, her character is listed by name in the closing credits. But it's a completely insignificant role. ~3 lines and her character name isn't mentioned. There's no "room" in the timing for deleted scenes or anything.

BTW: That guy you're trying to place the whole movie, Therese's boyfriend, is played by
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Pete, from The Office.


Re: I Smile Back. Fairly good movie. Real downer, of course. But better than the usual addiction story. Fairly realistic at times but not always.

I like Sarah Silverman in general and it's nice to see her pushing to the limit in another direction. Worth seeing on video.
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Bridge of Spies.

Decent enough movie. But just didn't click.

Some good acting. Tom Hanks was his usual Tom Hanks but I expected something more from him. So he got overshadowed by people like Mark Rylance. And of course the actress playing his wife, Amy Ryan, is much younger. What a surprise.

The U-2 part of it seemed off. Like it was written/directed/etc. by a whole different set of people. Had a "TV feel" to it.

Several scenes were gratuitous "Commies are bad people." stuff. Didn't really propel the story. Since it's over 2 hours long, these and several other bits could have been tossed.

Okay filler movie when there's nothing else available.
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I saw two this week on Netflix (my wife's out of town):

The good: The Returned--zombie film where the Zs are secondary characters. Actually an allegory for the AIDS epidemic. Well acted, mostly believable; I thought the ending was very satisfactory. YMMV.

The bad: Rubber--an automobile tire in a dump comes to life and uses its telekinetic power to blow up whatever it comes across, mostly people's heads. Not any where near as much fun as it sounds. Wings Hauser is the only "name" and gets very little to do. You must have SOMETHING better to do to fill 81 minutes.

The worst: House of Wax--Teen horror film; you've seen it a thousand times. Any film where Paris Hilton is the best acted and most sympathetic character has got a major problem. Totally wastes Elisha Cuthbert. I've only seen 3 ten minute stretches, so far, that's all I can take in one sitting--I might not finish it, if it ever gets started (if you know what I mean).
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I just recently discovered this link and wanted to post it here in case any of you have not seen it before. It's a list of the best 250 movies as rated on IMDB. I hope it may be of value to you:

http://www.imdb.com/chart/top
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Saw Brooklyn about a young woman immigrating from Ireland to New York in the 1950s. The film is a Best Picture nominee, and the lead, Saoirse Ronan, up for Best Actress.

I liked it. A- rating. It reminded me of Lars and the Real Girl because a lot of the characters were written as nice people. There were exceptions, but generally if a character could do the decent thing that is what they did.

The film got a 90+ approval percentage on Rotten Tomatoes from both audience and critics. The New Yorker thought it was a soulless, by the numbers, art film. I didn't think that. I cried a couple times, and there were some funny parts. I thought it less manipulative than Bridge of Spies (the only other Best Picture nom I've seen.)

Much of the film's charm was calm acceptance of the social mores and limitations of the era. The characters are creatures of their times and don't make a big deal about dealing with society's restrictions.

Some Issues:
The first 2/3s were better than the last third.
There wasn't any of the true ugliness of the 1950s -- I don't remember seeing a black actor in the film, there was nothing about communism, etc.
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I saw "Snatch" on cable recently. It was a fairly funny caper movie. Didn't take itself seriously at all. There was a lot of violence, but it was comic book violence. Featured Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro and some other talented actors. It requires some attention to watch, but it rewards you with plenty of sharp, snappy dialogue and some fun, interesting characters. Would DEFINITELY fail that feminist test where two female characters have to talk about something other than a man for more than a minute. I'm not sure the movie even HAD two female characters: the only one I can think of is Brad Pitt's mom.

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The DVD/BD for Snatch is fun - you can chose general subtitles or ones just for Brad Pitt. If you chose the latter, there's a bit where the subtitles say, "???".
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I was at Arisia* last weekend and saw several interesting films**.

High Treason -- British film from 1929-30 that I'd never heard of. It was released both as a silent and a sound film. It was thought that the sound portion was lost, but was rediscovered in a collection in Alaska and restored. Not entirely satisfying, but interesting. A lot of Art Deco architecture. It depicts the far-future world of 1940. London has a lot of skyscrapers (more than today), am FDR Drive-style highway over the Thames, and a lot of airplanes and dirigibles flying over and through the city. There's a railroad tunnel under the Channel. The model work isn't always convincing. Sort of the British answer to Metropolis, which is what I thought Things to Come was supposed to be.

Sherlock Holmes -- William Gillette wrote the first popular play about Sherlock Holmes (Doyle gets co-credit, but didn't write anything except the stories the play was based on). (I saw the play in revival on Broadway in 1975 with John Wood in the title role). Gillette also took the lead, promoting the use of the deerstalker cap and being the source of Holmes' use of a calabash pipe, both of which are now inextricably linked with the character. I never realized that Gillette had made his play into a film, starring himself. This is another long thought to be lost. It was found, complete and mislabeled in a French archive. I saw it restored and with English intertitles. Definitely worth watching, although a lot of the play's wit and subtlety is completely lost in the silent production.

Predestination -- Australian film version of Robert Heinlein's All You Zombies, starring Ethan Hawke and a talented Sarah Snook. I hadn't seenm this yet. Possibly the best adaptation of a Heinlein story yet. Directors seem hell-bent on ruining every Heinlein adaptation, but this one's worth watching.

Nosferatu -- they were supposed to be showing Wings, the silent winner of the first Oscar, but couldn't get it, so they showed Nosferatu with live orgabn accompaniment.

The Little Prince -- I caught the trailer and the end of the film, which had its American premiere at Arisia. A French film in English, it thankfully does not try to expand Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's book into a full-length feature (a la The Lorax, and too many other Seuss books), but builds a new narrative around the book. It uses noth stop-motion and CGI.

THX-1138 -- Not at Arisia, but I picked up the DVD with "The Director's Cut". It should really be called "The Special Edition". Not only did Lucas restore those elements he'd had to cut (or which had been cut by others in its original release), he also prettied up scenes, CGI-added crowds, and added a couple of new CGI scenes. I saw the film more than once way back when, and tried to remember what was new and what added.

Even though I'd seen it before, I was amazed at how much Lucas took from it for Star Wars -- the distorted radio voices, the two guards hunting our hero who stop for a conversation (as with Obi Wan at the Trac tor Beam), the artificial sounds of pursuing vehicles eerily presage the whine of Lucas' starships. The use of an indicator that has a bar that widens to indicate "Danger" instead of having a "red zone" (again, as with that Tractor Beam).

I also finally saw Electronic Labyrinth THX-12138 4E, the student film that Lucas' feature was based on. It doesn't appear that Lucas twiddled with this, thankfully. It's basically a chase movie through a high-tech indoor city, much like the last portioin of his feature film, only without vehicles. THX 1138 has the numbers "1138" written on his forehead.


*THe first, at least by the calendar, of the Boston-area science fiction conventions

** Sad note -- this was the last year for 35mm films at the Con. It's getting harder to find and rent them, and setting up is a lot of work. It's much easier to run digital, as the Con has also been doing for years.

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...Predestination -- Australian film version of Robert Heinlein's All You Zombies, starring Ethan Hawke and a talented Sarah Snook. I hadn't seenm this yet. Possibly the best adaptation of a Heinlein story yet. Directors seem hell-bent on ruining every Heinlein adaptation, but this one's worth watching....
Agreed. Have you seen The Puppet Masters with Donald Sutherland? Its plot is quite a bit different from Heinlein's original, but I liked it. Still waiting on good movie adaptations of Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Space Cadet, Friday and Time for the Stars.

Recently seen:

Spotlight
Pretty good drama about the Boston Globe reporters who broke the story of the decades-long coverup by the Roman Catholic Church of priestly sex abuse. Reminded me a lot of another good scrappy-journalists-taking-on-the-powerful movie, All the President's Men.

The Assassin
A Chinese historical drama, about a conflicted female assassin assigned to kill a childhood friend. Beautiful cinematography but a very puzzling plot.

Galaxy Quest
Saw this again in honor of the late Alan Rickman, who of course is great in it. One of my favorite sf comedies, with a very funny ensemble cast and lots of Star Trek in-jokes.

North by Northwest
Finally saw this Hitchcock classic all the way through. It drags a little at times but more often than not is an engaging Fifties thriller.

Hitchcock/Truffaut
A recent documentary about the famous 1962 interviews of the older British by the worshipful younger French director. Of Hitchcock's masterpieces, Psycho and Vertigo get the most attention. A highlight of the film is the commentary by other current directors, including Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Wes Anderson and David Fincher, about the lifelong impact Hitchcock's films have had on them.
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I watched a movie on an airplane recently and really enjoyed it. It was called "Age of Adaline" and it was absolutely adorable. It's about a woman who doesn't grow old.
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I watched a movie on an airplane recently and really enjoyed it. It was called "Age of Adaline" and it was absolutely adorable. It's about a woman who doesn't grow old.
Yes. I saw it too and you are certainly correct.

"Adorable" is a very accurate adjective for this one.
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Watched "Zack and Miri Make A Porno" recently. I realized it was a modern update of the old Shirley Temple movie plotllines: "We need more money for popsicles. Where will we get some?" "I know! Let's put on a show in the old barn!"

For much of the film I was having the problem in most films in which Seth Rogen's stoner character has a girlfriend, namely, "What the fuck does she see in him?" He's a completely irresponsible idiot who forgets to pay the rent, the water and the electricity. His sweet platonic girlfriend he lives with (played by a miscast Elizabeth Banks) puts up with all this shit. Obviously she's crazy about him, but there's nothing in his character as presented in the screenplay to give you a reason why. I kinda wanted to punch his face on Miri's behalf a lot.

Elizabeth Banks was simply never believable as Miri. She's just too gorgeous and too mentally mature to be a believable counterpart to Zack's stoner idiot. She kinda TRIES to play the idiot, but to be a believable mate for Rogen, she needed to go full retard, and she never even came close.

Katie Morgan, who is also in the movie, is more the type to be a match for Rogen's character. Her, I would have believed in the role. Banks, not so much.

Still a fun and interesting movie, I had one more insight: it's a movie that shows how far people have come. Normally any movie about a small town bunch would have, as a major plot point local prudes trying to shut them down. But no such group appears. It's like they don't exist any more, like they don't matter. And it feels kinda right. I'm sure there are towns full of prudes still around, but I'm also sure there are towns without any significant prudish presence.
You missed an important plot point. They are not boyfriend and girlfriend until the end of the movie. They are just friends for most of the movie and it isn't until they make the porno that they realize they have feelings for each other and is why they get jealous of each other when making the porno.
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You missed an important plot point. They are not boyfriend and girlfriend until the end of the movie. They are just friends for most of the movie and it isn't until they make the porno that they realize they have feelings for each other and is why they get jealous of each other when making the porno.
That's why I described them as a "Platonic" couple.
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Saw Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Woo-hoo!

I laughed my ass off. The other people in the theater weren't laughing, so maybe I was the only person who had read Pride and Prejudice. Actually, to be clear, I've read Pride and Prejudice itself three or four times, and seen pretty much every movie and mini-series version of it. I've also read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This is one time where the movie really was almost as good as the book. I mean, it was a book just begging to be a movie. It's only really funny if you know how much dialogue is lifted directly from the original, though. Like when people are having a serious conversation (STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOOK), then suddenly break out in a swordfight, but continue the conversation.
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Watched "Zack and Miri Make A Porno" recently. I realized it was a modern update of the old Shirley Temple movie plotllines: "We need more money for popsicles. Where will we get some?" "I know! Let's put on a show in the old barn!"

For much of the film I was having the problem in most films in which Seth Rogen's stoner character has a girlfriend, namely, "What the fuck does she see in him?" He's a completely irresponsible idiot who forgets to pay the rent, the water and the electricity. His sweet platonic girlfriend he lives with (played by a miscast Elizabeth Banks) puts up with all this shit. Obviously she's crazy about him, but there's nothing in his character as presented in the screenplay to give you a reason why. I kinda wanted to punch his face on Miri's behalf a lot.

Elizabeth Banks was simply never believable as Miri. She's just too gorgeous and too mentally mature to be a believable counterpart to Zack's stoner idiot. She kinda TRIES to play the idiot, but to be a believable mate for Rogen, she needed to go full retard, and she never even came close.

Katie Morgan, who is also in the movie, is more the type to be a match for Rogen's character. Her, I would have believed in the role. Banks, not so much.

Still a fun and interesting movie, I had one more insight: it's a movie that shows how far people have come. Normally any movie about a small town bunch would have, as a major plot point local prudes trying to shut them down. But no such group appears. It's like they don't exist any more, like they don't matter. And it feels kinda right. I'm sure there are towns full of prudes still around, but I'm also sure there are towns without any significant prudish presence.
I'll give this movie credit for another thing where it went against the grain. Unless it's a plot point, movies routinely cast their leading men with younger actresses. But Zack and Miri cast 26-year-old Rogan with 34-year-old Banks and didn't treat it like it was a big deal. (Their characters were supposed to be the same age in the movie.)
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You're A Big Boy Now, directed by Coppola in 1966 (released in 1967), starring Peter Kastner, Rip Torn, Geraldine Page, Karen Black, and Elizabeth Hartman. Plot from IMDB:

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One of those 60's comedies that has current audiences staring in horror at what they're seeing:

... A girl gets raped, twice, and her psychologist can only leer at her while she's describing the rapes. Then, of course, everybody calls her a bitch, ice maiden, cold-hearted, etc.

... Another girl gets called a "slut" because she has pouty lips and cheap shoes. WTF?

... A bizarre sequence where the main character sees some graffiti that says "Nigger, go home" and then somehow fantasizes about a bunch of African-Americans dressed up in kilts and playing the bagpipes.

... In another sequence, Dad and his son's landlady get locked in a timed vault. So what do you do knowing the vault won't open for 5 whole minutes? You, of course, make a pass at the woman, insisting on your right to stick your dick in her as she's saying no. FUNNY! (not)

It's really hard to watch some sequences when you know that the oppressed kid was played by an actor (Peter Kastner) who, in real life, was raped by his own mother... this little factoid makes all the scenes he plays with Geraldine Page (the mom) especially creepy.

Of course, if you read the reviews on IMDB, I'm completely on the opposite end of most of the reviewers who called the film "charming", "sentimental", "made me feel 18 again"... I wonder how in God's name they think this?

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We went to The Lady in the Van yesterday, starring Maggie Smith as a homeless woman. Good film.
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I just saw A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) starring Liam Neeson & Dan Stevens.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365907/

It is rated 6.5 on IMDB which is pretty low. But I think it is terribly underrated and deserves at least 7.5.

It wasn't exactly great. But it was interesting and enjoyable. There was a little bit of serious violence. But that was in support of the story and I can recommend it to you as an enjoyable crime story movie.

Liam was near the top of his form. I thought he did a real fine job and I expect you will enjoy this one if you like crime stories and do not object to a little violence.

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We saw the new Coen brothers, Hail Caesar, last night.

I liked it quite a bit; my wife, not at all. It's probably not a coincidence that I also like old Hollywood more than she does. Much of the film is taken up with long sequences that are direct hommage to Hollywood musicals (who knew Channing Tatum could tap-dance?) and sword-and-sandal epics.
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We saw the new Coen brothers, Hail Caesar, last night.

I liked it quite a bit; my wife, not at all. It's probably not a coincidence that I also like old Hollywood more than she does. Much of the film is taken up with long sequences that are direct hommage to Hollywood musicals (who knew Channing Tatum could tap-dance?) and sword-and-sandal epics.
I am SOOOOOOOOO..... looking forward to seeing this movie. I saw the trailer and the movie promises to be just Fantastico! Oh, yes! Yummy. Yummy. Yummy.

I can't wait to see this wunnerful film. Thank you for your review. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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I'll give this movie credit for another thing where it went against the grain. Unless it's a plot point, movies routinely cast their leading men with younger actresses. But Zack and Miri cast 26-year-old Rogan with 34-year-old Banks and didn't treat it like it was a big deal. (Their characters were supposed to be the same age in the movie.)
I never noticed much age difference, not knowing their respective ages. Banks looks younger than her years as a lot of actresses do, and looks his age or thereabouts. If someone had said he was in his early 30s I would not have had trouble believing it.
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We saw the new Coen brothers, Hail Caesar, last night.

I liked it quite a bit; my wife, not at all. It's probably not a coincidence that I also like old Hollywood more than she does. Much of the film is taken up with long sequences that are direct hommage to Hollywood musicals (who knew Channing Tatum could tap-dance?) and sword-and-sandal epics.
I like sword and sandal epics but don't have much interest in musicals, and I'm not really a film buff, so ... prolly catch this one on cable.
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You're A Big Boy Now, directed by Coppola in 1966 (released in 1967), starring Peter Kastner, Rip Torn, Geraldine Page, Karen Black, and Elizabeth Hartman. Plot from IMDB:



One of those 60's comedies that has current audiences staring in horror at what they're seeing:

... A girl gets raped, twice, and her psychologist can only leer at her while she's describing the rapes. Then, of course, everybody calls her a bitch, ice maiden, cold-hearted, etc.

... Another girl gets called a "slut" because she has pouty lips and cheap shoes. WTF?

... A bizarre sequence where the main character sees some graffiti that says "Nigger, go home" and then somehow fantasizes about a bunch of African-Americans dressed up in kilts and playing the bagpipes.

... In another sequence, Dad and his son's landlady get locked in a timed vault. So what do you do knowing the vault won't open for 5 whole minutes? You, of course, make a pass at the woman, insisting on your right to stick your dick in her as she's saying no. FUNNY! (not)

It's really hard to watch some sequences when you know that the oppressed kid was played by an actor (Peter Kastner) who, in real life, was raped by his own mother... this little factoid makes all the scenes he plays with Geraldine Page (the mom) especially creepy.

Of course, if you read the reviews on IMDB, I'm completely on the opposite end of most of the reviewers who called the film "charming", "sentimental", "made me feel 18 again"... I wonder how in God's name they think this?

Very good post. I congratulate you for having the strength to stand up and speak your mind - even tho many people would likely condemn you for it. If I am correct about that, then ... Screw Them!

I think that what you said was important and needed to be said. I can't imagine what could have possessed the film makers to say and do much of what they did - even though this film was made a long time ago. Seems to me they were likely under the influence of something. IMO, this was very, very strange.

I enjoyed reading your post and I think it took a lot of courage for you to post that.
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You're A Big Boy Now, directed by Coppola in 1966 (released in 1967), starring Peter Kastner, Rip Torn, Geraldine Page, Karen Black, and Elizabeth Hartman. Plot from IMDB:
... A bizarre sequence where the main character sees some graffiti that says "Nigger, go home" and then somehow fantasizes about a bunch of African-Americans dressed up in kilts and playing the bagpipes.
I can't believe I remember this movie, not having seen it since it's first release. But I do recall this scene, and there was a step in the middle that makes it make a tad more sense. Our hero asks himself..."but where is home?" "Home is where the heart is." And the graffiti changes. Where is that?" "My heart is in the highlands." the graffiti changes again, and there you go. Hilarious, in the 60s
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Very good post. I congratulate you for having the strength to stand up and speak your mind - even tho many people would likely condemn you for it. If I am correct about that, then ... Screw Them!

I think that what you said was important and needed to be said. I can't imagine what could have possessed the film makers to say and do much of what they did - even though this film was made a long time ago. Seems to me they were likely under the influence of something. IMO, this was very, very strange.

I enjoyed reading your post and I think it took a lot of courage for you to post that.
I'd have to see the movie to judge for myself, but it do sound like a piece of crap, so not likely.
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It's Francis Ford Coppola's first studio film and it was his entry to get an M. FA at USC, so it's worth seeing for that reason alone (if you like Coppola, that is.) It's also worth seeing just to be relieved at how society has changed for the better.
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I can't believe I remember this movie, not having seen it since it's first release. But I do recall this scene, and there was a step in the middle that makes it make a tad more sense. Our hero asks himself..."but where is home?" "Home is where the heart is." And the graffiti changes. Where is that?" "My heart is in the highlands." the graffiti changes again, and there you go. Hilarious, in the 60s
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Yeah, I skipped the details, but you described it perfectly.
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Here's a thread about Hail, Caesar!: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/...d.php?t=783032
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An underated film that touched me deeply - "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." 2011

About a young autistic (Asperger's?) boy who lost his father (Tom Hanks) in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, then finds a mysterious key and becomes obsessed that his dad left a final message for him somewhere in the city. Sandra Bullock plays his mother ... also has John Goodman, and Max von Sydow. The role of the boy is impeccably acted by Thomas Horn, who had no acting experience!
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Saw Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Woo-hoo!

I laughed my ass off. The other people in the theater weren't laughing, so maybe I was the only person who had read Pride and Prejudice. Actually, to be clear, I've read Pride and Prejudice itself three or four times, and seen pretty much every movie and mini-series version of it. I've also read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This is one time where the movie really was almost as good as the book. I mean, it was a book just begging to be a movie. It's only really funny if you know how much dialogue is lifted directly from the original, though. Like when people are having a serious conversation (STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOOK), then suddenly break out in a swordfight, but continue the conversation.
I also just saw Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I loved it! I thought it was so fun! Plus helps that I just love Jack Huston and totally enjoyed his character. I thought it would do better at the box office so it may not be around much longer but I definitely recommend it!
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