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Old 11-29-2017, 09:41 AM
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My wife and I just watched The Big Year last night and we both liked it a lot. It wasn't really a broad, goofy comedy like the trailer might suggest but it contained quite a few of the quieter, character moments instead. All three main characters have really good moments, imo, and really good actors in smaller parts throughout.
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About which you thought...?
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A couple NetFlix movies that attracted my eye for a long time — but that I avoided because of the capsule description, or the reviews on RotTom:

Frances Ha stars Greta Gerwig, who was also the co-writer. She’s currently getting rave reviews for writing/directing Ladybird so I gave this a shot. I liked it. It’s about post-college singles trying to find their place in NY City. The film is dialog driven, and the dialog is good. AND the characters are likeable. And generally nice people.

This Must Be the Place (2012) stars Sean Penn as a burnt out goth musician, who is almost paralyzed by life. The character seems based on Robert Smith and doddering Ozzie. Penn is fascinating to watch, and the direction is very good. And, like Frances Ha the film turns out to be full of nice people. The movie suffers when the plot shows up, but is still odd and worthwhile. I completely recommend giving the film a try. The cast includes Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, Judd Hirsch (as a Nazi hunter), and David Byrne — who did the soundtrack. The title is from “Naive Melody” by Talking Heads.
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Wind River with Jeremy Renner doing his usual good job. Pretty good movie that just misses on the message of rape and the disappearance of women on Indian reservations, although there is an onscreen message about it at the end.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:53 PM
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Watched Mudbound, an Amazon Prime movie. Very well done and will likely gain some Oscar attention.
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Old 12-08-2017, 08:33 PM
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Blade Runner
Rewatched this sf detective-noir classic so it'd be fresh on my mind when I see the sequel this fall. A flawed cop (Harrison Ford at his best), a beautiful woman with a tragic secret (Sean Young, lovely), and a dark, dangerous city stretching out to the horizon. Still holds up very well.

And in 35 years, people are not going to be watching BR 2049 and saying "still holds up very well". If they remember it at all, they'll be saying "but the remake was a turkey".

Production OK. Direction OK. Score OK. Acting OK. Dialog OK. But not inspired by a story from PKD: not inspired by anything: not inspired at all.

At ~ 3 hours, about 1.5 hours too long. The only redeeming feature was that I watched it alone, walked away in the rain to deserted undergound carpark, and drove off alone in the rain.

And yes, you should see it in the theatre, not at home. Because apart from the star-wars rumble of the sound track, there really isn't any reason to see it at all.
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My wife and I just watched The Big Year last night and we both liked it a lot. It wasn't really a broad, goofy comedy like the trailer might suggest but it contained quite a few of the quieter, character moments instead. All three main characters have really good moments, imo, and really good actors in smaller parts throughout.
Which one is it?I love comedy, and while comedy is mostly laughter, comedy can also be a way to highlight a thing or a social aspect
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My most recent five:

The Last Detail
Jack Nicholson is a hard-bitten sailor escorting a callow young Navy convict (Randy Quaid, in a very early role) to a naval prison. On the way, he, his partner and the prisoner have various misadventures. A nice character study, although a bit on the grim side. Look for Gilda Radner in her screen debut.

Weiner
Funny, appalling documentary about the sexaholic former Congressman's doomed run for Mayor of New York. The documentary crew had amazing access to the slow-motion train wreck of his campaign. A must for any political junkie.

Emma
Gwyneth Paltrow is charming in this 1996 adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, playing a young matchmaker who can't help but meddle, usually foolishly, in the love lives of others.

Lincoln
Rewatched this terrific Steven Spielberg movie about the last days of Abraham Lincoln. The focus is on the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery, thanks to an equal mix of patronage, arm-twisting and threats. Daniel Day-Lewis earned his Oscar in the title role, and then some.

Ant-Man
Really enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek superhero flick. Paul Rudd is excellent in the lead, while Michael Pena steals every scene as his buddy. Great action sequences, lots of in-jokes, bad science and a very entertaining film.
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"Your Name". I would never watch a movie of that genre, my stepdaughter was watching it while I was doing something elsle, and I thought the music was really good. So I sat down and watched it, and started getting blown away by the set artwork behind the cartoony actors. I loved the sets, the way they were presented. It's not new, I think Linklater made a few pictures with that technique -- I believe they were still photos, digitally rendered to drawn.

I paid little attention to the story, something about comets,I think -- but of you see this picture again, just listen to the music and look at the scenery.
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Just watched Blackway on Netflix with the wife.

What the fuck were they thinking???

It had a budget of 8 million. It grossed 16 thousand in the US. I am surprised they got that.
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The Disaster Artist. Directed by and starring James Franco in the true story of Tommy Wiseau, author and director of one of the worst films ever made, The Room.

There is some discussion as to whether or not it helps to have seen The Room. I have (the Rifftrax version, which is hilarious); my wife hadn't; neither of us liked Disaster Artist very much. We both just felt sorry for the poor schmuck.

The same kind of story is much better told in Tim Burton's Ed Wood.

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Franco won a Golden Globe for it last night, and invited Wiseau up on stage with him (but didn't let him speak). I'd like to see it sometime, but suppose I really should see The Room first.

My latest five:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I liked it, all in all, although not as much as The Force Awakens. Great sf eye candy and battles, but General Leia's unexplained hard-vacuum survival skillz, and the slow-mo chase by the First Order fleet of the fleeing Rebels, were just stoopid.

Baby Driver
Fun, violent, exciting movie about a secretive young getaway driver for a gang of bank robbers in Atlanta. Great cast, chase sequences and soundtrack.

Sully
Clint Eastwood's near-documentary about the Jan. 2009 emergency water landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River and its aftermath. The National Transportation Safety Board is (unfairly, I've read) made out to be the heavies in the subsequent investigation. Tom Hanks turns in his usual solid performance; Laura Linney is mostly wasted in the role of his wife.

Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman is nearly unrecognizable in makeup and a fat suit, but does a pretty good job as Winston Churchill in the early days of his wartime service as Prime Minister. Worth seeing for any Churchill or WWII buff.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week
A fine Ron Howard-directed documentary about the Beatles and their frenetic, exhausting, sometimes-dangerous world tours. Interesting, well-edited archival interviews with Lennon and Harrison; new ones with McCartney and Starr.
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Molly's Game. Enjoyed it greatly; but it helps to be a big Aaron Sorkin fan, which I am. It's like a 2 hour episode of The West Wing.
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Molly's Game. Enjoyed it greatly; but it helps to be a big Aaron Sorkin fan, which I am. It's like a 2 hour episode of The West Wing.
Without the President but with poker?
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I finally saw The Big Sick last night. I can't recommend it highly enough. I'm a big fan of Kumail Nanjiani first off and I was looking forward to seeing it forever. I'd heard nothing but great things about this film and they're all true. I loved it. See it.
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Without the President but with poker?
Exactly!

Seriously, itís the smart and rapid-fire dialog.
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Saw Lady Bird. Something of a let down. Quite predictable for very large stretches.

Ms. Unpronounceable did a good job of channeling Greta Gerwig but not much more.

I love Laurie Metcalf but I don't see what the buzz is about her performance here.

Lois Smith continues to be a treasure.

A tiny oddity:

High Fidelity (2000). A woman enters Rob's store and asks him if he has soul.

Lady Bird (set in 2002-3). Lady Bird asks a guy if he believes in God.

What do these have in common?

The background song for these two scenes is Always See Your Face by Love. So the official song for (almost) theological questions?
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In my personal March to the Oscars quest I saw 2 this weekend:

The Post: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep (how could it go wrong? A: It doesn't.) Made me immediately want to go home and watch All The President's Men.

I, Tonya: Brilliant. Check Allison Janney on your Oscar pool. I'm assuming that Margo Robbie can't actually land a Triple Axel, so it made me immediately want to Google how the hell they did that.
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"Tom of Finland". I'm going to nursing school, which I like, but I have to say that the estrogen-heavy atmosphere can be a little...suffocating. "Tom of Finland", a biography of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, really hit the spot with its bracing splash of testosterone and warm splash of come. It was male-affirming to see the after-effects of Laaksonen's risky and desperate sexual activity (activity that alternates between savvy one moment and disastrously naive the next) roughly push his private artwork toward his now-famous character Kake (pronounced "Cock"). Watch for the poignant moment between Laaksonen and (the imaginary) Kake when Laaksonen tries to burn his artwork after a trip to Berlin went horribly awry. Its occasionally depressing and sometimes hair-raising tone was nonetheless redeemed by the transformation of Laaksonen, who is stunned and overwhelmed when he realizes the extent to which his fans take his work to heart and amazed at the freedom he is afforded when he visits the United States. At long last (he ages decades during the movie), he turns into an artistic icon as his work's popularity finally affords him a measure of the legitimacy he craved (for his erotica, that is; aside from his porn, he was a successful legitimate artist in the advertising field).
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We saw The Post. I was somewhat disappointed. I was expecting more All the President's Men, but instead it is mostly Steep's personal journey in a man's world. The previews are a bit misleading.
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Going lowbrow here:
I had an unexpected day off work recently and checked out Sausage Party on Netflix. (I'm going to spoil the ending here, so be warned.)

In case you missed it (most people did), this was a 2016 animated film about sentient groceries. A hot dog (Seth Rogen) is in love with a bun (Kristin Wiig). They and the other groceries believe that when they get purchased - or "chosen" by the gods (humans) - and taken out of the store, they'll live forever in a paradise they call The Great Beyond.

What I expected was a silly, playfully raunchy comedy, and for about an hour, that's exactly what I got. Imagine every juvenile hot dog/bun joke you can think of, and yep, they were all in there. Given that Seth Rogen was one of the writers, there was also a fair amount of drug humor. Not really my thing, but I didn't mind it.
And, in addition to having a discernible, coherent plot and a few decent laughs, there was actually an interesting point to be made about religion and the nature of faith. It was much more thoughtful and - dare I say - deeper than I expected.

Until.

It gets dark. Very dark. The groceries discover that The Great Beyond is not a paradise, but a place where they'll die horrible deaths and be devoured by those they had considered gods. In response to this, they attack and kill every human in the store. After the humans are all dead and stuffed into the freezer, the groceries all have a giant, store-wide orgy that goes well beyond playfully raunchy and into the-person-who-came-up-with-this-really-really-needs-professional-help territory.

In the very end, there's a weird, fourth wall-breaking twist that just kind of falls flat, and I was left thinking "What the fuck did I just watch?"

Maybe if you're super-stoned, you'll enjoy it. In fact, that's probably the whole point, come to think of it.

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The original sucked and the new one is not much better. A few good scares ... like the fat kid in the library basement.

But the kids everyday lives are dull. I gave up on it after an hour and a half. That's right, ninety minutes in I had no interest at all in how the whole story ended.
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We saw The Post. I was somewhat disappointed. I was expecting more All the President's Men, but instead it is mostly Steep's personal journey in a man's world. The previews are a bit misleading.
I agree that the previews were a bit misleading, but I can always see "All the President's Men" if I want the Watergate story. And I didn't think the movie was about Katherine Graham's personal journey in a man's world. That was there, of course, but so was, in equal measure, her difficult personal decision about friendship (with McNamara) versus the public good, about making painful decisions that could hurt family and employees versus doing the right thing, and about the integrity of journalism (Remember that?) and the First Amendment.

I'd be willing to bet the impetus behind the movie wasn't, "This would be a good time to highlight women's struggle for equality" but more "This would be an important time to remind people that journalism should be guided by hard hard truths, not what the public and the president want to hear."

Excellent movie. I'd see it again.
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We saw The Post. I was somewhat disappointed. I was expecting more All the President's Men, but instead it is mostly Steep's personal journey in a man's world. The previews are a bit misleading.
We saw it a couple of days ago and I agree with other comments. I thought Hanks did a good job of not being Hanks, however. I thought it was a good account of how WAPO clawed itself out of being just a Beltway paper and became nationally recognized.
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In the past week we've seen a documentary on Charles Mingus (Triumph of the Underdog) and one on Fats Domino (The Birth of Rock and Roll). Today we went to see Darkest Hour. Gary Oldman was superb, as usual.

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Molly's Game was fairly good. Jessica Chastain holds the whole thing together.

Some of her scenes with Idris Elba reminded me of the scene in the first episode of Luther when he and Alice are riffing on logic and such.

One puzzling thing:

SPOILER:
Molly has been keeping the old HDs from laptops.

She tells her lawyer, Idris Elba, this. He gets them, does forensic recovery of them.

They worry about the Feds getting hold of this info. Not just for evidence of crimes but also since the data names names. (Molly's big bugaboo.)

They tell the Feds they have this. Um, why don't the Feds just subpoena it? Why tell the Feds at all?
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My most recent five:

The Post
Not as great as All the President's Men or Spotlight, but a pretty good movie about plucky journalists taking on The Powers That Be and winning for the benefit of all.

Close My Eyes
British drama about a brother and sister in Eighties London who find themselves sexually drawn to each other. Meh, despite a good cast.

Dark City
Rewatched this sf noir favorite of mine, about a man on the run in a city that may never see the dawn, unsure of who he is and accused of crimes he can't even remember. Great cast, script, cinematography and score, and one of the most supremely satisfying endings of any movie I've ever seen.

Waterloo
Overlong, plodding cast-of-thousands 1970 movie about the climactic battle of the Napoleonic Wars. Rod Steiger chews the scenery with great gusto as Napoleon, while Christopher Plummer is a cool, aloof Duke of Wellington.

Arrival
Took another look at this 2016 sf drama about aliens coming to Earth, and the international crisis that results. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner are excellent as a linguist and a physicist who join the U.S. first-contact team. The movie has so many layers and a somewhat nonlinear structure that I appreciated even more the second time around.
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I watched Rollerball the other day - the 1975 Jimmy Caan flick. Interesting note - it's set in 2018. That's not why I chose to watch it: I was just feeling nostalgic, but it was a happy accident. They try to mitigate dating the movie by using a score of mostly classical music (Kubrik trick (2001)), but the clothing style and hair-dos give it all away pretty quick. One thing I noted that they got wrong -- I didn't see one tattoo in the whole movie. Anyway.

So the gist of the movie is that Rollerball exists basically as corporate provided entertainment for the masses. Bread and circuses. They keep making it more and more violent to keep the people watching. The movie opens with a game between Houston and I can't remember who but it's a violently contested affair which Houston wins. Afterward we find out a couple of things, first they're changing the rules for the next playoff game - no penalties called, limited substitutions - and that the head-cheese executive wants Jonathan E., the best player in the game, to retire. He is told it is all for is own good because of the rules changes but he doesn't really buy it. We come to find out that he is just too good and he's ruining everything for the corporations. The key quote:

"The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort."

Anyway, we get to see some evil authoritarian type stuff (we find out that the corporation took Jonathan's wife away because an executive wanted her). In fact the corporation seems to control every aspect of people's lives, certainly the players who play for them. At any rate, all that is pretty much secondary to the games, which flies in the face of the theme of the movie - anti-violence. But they can't all hit the mark, can they?

Of course Jonathan doesn't quit. The final game has no penalties, no substitutions and no time limit. Spoiler alert - Jonathan is the only player left alive at the end of the match, winning it 1 to 0. The end.

I enjoyed it. I don't think I'll watch the re-make. I've heard really bad things about that one.
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I watched Blade Runner 2049. I'm not generally a fan of either action or dystopic genres, but BR-2000 seemed well-done; I especially liked Joi the girlfriend. I liked it more than any of the recent Best Picture nominees that I watched.

I also watched Moonlight. I'm too ignorant to know if it was very good or just pretty good, but it was better than the recent nominees except Get Out and The Post.
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I also saw The Black Panther last weekend. I liked it. I wasn't super blown away by it. I guess I was hoping for a more Averngers-y type plot but it was a fun movie.
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My most recent five:

Moonstruck
A funny, charming Italian-American romance with a fantastic ensemble cast. Cher and Nicolas Cage are particularly good together.

The Room
Finally saw this so-bad-it's-good flick. Everyone in the theatre - and it was a very rowdy crowd - was shouting back at the movie's terrible dialogue and clunky plot, which made it both bearable and hilarious. My favorite bit was when, during the party scene, several guys ran up on stage left and jumped up and down, waving and calling out to Tommy Wiseau. Just as they knew he would, he finally looked their way and waved, so they cheered and ran back to their seats.

The Wind Rises
Pretty good Miyazaki anime, a highly fictionalized biopic about a designer of Japanese aircraft (including the famous Zero fighter) before WWII.

Toy Story
Still a terrific Pixar movie about the adventures of, and rivalry and eventual friendship between, Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

Black Panther
I agree with Jack Batty - an enjoyable superhero flick, but not as OMG-wasn't-that-amazing as some of the reviews would have it. Interesting subtexts of imperialism, immigration and isolationism, though, and a very good cast and cinematography.
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We just watched The Mummy (2017) with Razzie winner Tom Cruise. Expecting it to be terrible, I found it mildly entertaining. It did steal everything from other movies, though, and Tom Cruise lacked chemistry with the love interest. It suffers in comparison to Brandon Frazier's earlier films.
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I saw Black Panther over the weekend. I liked it, but didn't LOVE it as so many people seem to. I think if I were black I would be blown away by it, because it so unhesitatingly and unapologetically centered on black communities and black achievement without owing anything whatsoever to European civilization at all. That has to feel liberating, and a welcome change from al the hedging we've had from Hollywood movies over the years. Considering the positive response, I expect more of the same -- not only more Black Panther films, but also more things like historical dramas set in Africa that aren't white-centric.

I also found a restored version of The Wages of Fear, which I've wanted to see for years, ever since I saw Friedkin's Sorceror and learned it was a remake. My reaction? It's a gritty, intriguing film. But I still prefer Sorceror, probably because I saw it first. Nevertheless, you really do have to see The Wages of Fear at least once. When it came out, it was considered extremely anti-American, so they cut more than twenty minutes out of it (The Criterion version has a special segment showing the cuts). Well, it IS anti-American. The poverty-stricken town of Las Piedras has a big American oil presence there that does nothing to relieve the poverty and may be making it worse. They think nothing of exploiting the workers. There's something of this in Sorceror, but, by and large, the later film removes this element. also, the Oil Pit sequence is replaced in the later film by the Bandits scene, and Roy Scheider's character isn't as culpable as Yves Montand's is in the death of his companion, which is more optimistic, but this is a film that doesn't need optimism. I have to admit that I was disappointed in the ending, where Montand basically brings his end upon himself, for no discernable reason. In that, Sorceror was better in having Scheider's ultimate fate being not of his own making, and pretty much inevitable.
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A couple recent ones:

Battle of the Sexes. Riggs vs. King. Very nicely done. Does a good job of bringing back the memories of how weird all that was. You could even tell the performers were enjoying making this film.

Count the mustaches!

The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Colin Farrell and Nichole Kidman (again). Two doctors dealing with the consequence of a prior "event".

I am fully capable of "buying the premise". E.g., Groundhog Day. Okay, he's doing the same day over and over. Got it. Let's watch the movie.

But this one just strains too much. Over and over we just could not accept what was going on and that what the people were doing was remotely expected.

Shame to see good actors wasted like this. Look for Alicia Silverstone in a small but interesting role.

It could have, should have, been a much better movie if some thought was put into it.
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...The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Colin Farrell and Nichole Kidman (again). Two doctors dealing with the consequence of a prior "event"....
Wow. That looks like a seriously weird movie.
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I finally got around to seeing Touch of Evil. Loved the opening scene that follows the doomed car, Heston and Leigh through the streets of the Mexican town. If you're a noir fan, this is a must-see.
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I just saw John Carter this weekend with the kids and it was... not bad... It was a fairly typical CGI blockbuster attempt to start a franchise movie but it had some good actors in it. I didn't think the CGI was necessarily great but I did like the airships. I also don't think they built the story very well and maybe that was its greatest weakness (or perhaps overdressing Dejah Thoris was) but I remember hearing that this was a dud way before the movie was even released.
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I saw Amazon Prime had added Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and was in the mood for a mindless spectacle. Directed by Luc Besson, same director as The Fifth Element but unfortunately it wasn't nearly as clever or funny. Valerian was still quite a spectacle in an interesting world. Deep down it was a just a standard action-adventure story with the required romance thrown in. I still liked it.
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Amazon Prime had The Girl With All The Gifts, which I watched while at the gym this weekend. A zombie movie, sort of, but there are a number of "hungries" that don't act like the rest. The movie started very strong, but ebbed toward the end, I felt; the last 45 minutes isn't much different from other zombie apocalypse movies, but for the very end. Always good to see Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close.
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I finally got around to seeing Touch of Evil. Loved the opening scene that follows the doomed car, Heston and Leigh through the streets of the Mexican town. If you're a noir fan, this is a must-see.
The long shot at the start was more of a technical feat than anything. It's the scene near the end in the dark at the border with the giant shadows that wows me.

Hmm, just realized this also leads to another "Question with two different answers" trivia bit:

Name a movie where Janet Leigh is by herself at a remote motel with a creep clerk.
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It's been a big movie week for me. In the last six days, I've gone to see four movies: Molly's Game, Jumanji, Early Man, and Black Panther.
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It's been a big movie week for me. In the last six days, I've gone to see four movies: Molly's Game, Jumanji, Early Man, and Black Panther.
About which you thought...?
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About which you thought...?
Molly's Game: Good dialogue and great acting but a little thin on the plot. Can't blame Sorkin for that; he was working with a true story. It struck me that this was essentially the same story as Scandal (1989); a little guy starts hobnobbing with powerful people, providing them with the services they want. Then the little guy gets caught up in a struggle between the powerful people over issues they have nothing to do with and gets crushed as a side-effect while the powerful people mostly escape any consequences.

Jumanji: I'm a big fan of the first one. This one is good with a much higher budget. Johnson did a good job outside of his usual roles by playing a character who was actually a nerd trapped inside an action hero's body. And Black was even better; he totally convinced you he was actually a teenage girl.

Early Man: I went to this because I'm a big Nick Park fan. But I was surprised by the plot; there was a whole sports story that which was central to the movie but which the trailers never mentioned.

Black Panther: What can I say that's new on this one? Another solid entry to the MCU. I will admit I'm a little unclear on the timeline; this movie apparently takes place simultaneously with Civil War so I'd like to watch the two back-to-back and see how they mesh up.

Overall, four very good movies that I enjoyed and were worth watching. But I wouldn't say any of them were great.
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Watched The Death of Stalin the other night, a very good but very black comedy. Afterwards I did a little reading and was surprised to find just how many scenes were directly inspired by real life events. Rather than the usual faux-Russian accents the actors used a variety of English dialects: Stalin as a Cockney, General Zhukov a Yorkshireman and Kruschev a New Yorker. Pretty funny to listen to but there was also a point to this, the characters came from different parts of the USSR and would have sounded just as diverse to each other.

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I believe it's set a week or two after Civil War, with the exception of the prologue.

While there was a lot to like I felt there was a missed opportunity to make Killmonger a genuinely sympathetic villain rather than simply one with a cause and a point.
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Thanks, Little Nemo, for the additional info.

Knight, agreed on both points.
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Watched The Death of Stalin the other night, a very good but very black comedy. Afterwards I did a little reading and was surprised to find just how many scenes were directly inspired by real life events. Rather than the usual faux-Russian accents the actors used a variety of English dialects: Stalin as a Cockney, General Zhukov a Yorkshireman and Kruschev a New Yorker. Pretty funny to listen to but there was also a point to this, the characters came from different parts of the USSR and would have sounded just as diverse to each other.



I believe it's set a week or two after Civil War, with the exception of the prologue.

While there was a lot to like I felt there was a missed opportunity to make Killmonger a genuinely sympathetic villain rather than simply one with a cause and a point.
Just got back from seeing Death of Stalin. Hilarious film with a great cast. Good to see Rupert Friend again.
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While there was a lot to like I felt there was a missed opportunity to make Killmonger a genuinely sympathetic villain rather than simply one with a cause and a point.
I think the point the movie was trying to make was to show that T'Challa was becoming his own man. He didn't just blindly follow what T'Chaka had done and he didn't blindly reject what Killmonger was trying to do. He looked past his emotional responses and considered what both men (and his other advisors) were saying and doing - and then he set his own path. And that included adopting some of Killmonger's ideas.
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Saw Call Me By Your Name (on demand). Did not care for it at all. It's one of the rare cases where I noticed the editing -- and not in a good way. It felt edited at random -- some scenes cut short, others running on; totally unnecessary sequences, while there are points where I'm thinking "wait, did they skip something?"

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Since it's only the middle of March, I'm going to assume that "recently" can mean any time in 2018.

"Black Panther" (Of course, who hasn't? LOL)

"The Shape of Water"

"Get Out"

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

"Darkest Hour"

"I, Tonya"

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Since it's only the middle of March, I'm going to assume that "recently" can mean any time in 2018.

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And ???

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The new version of Murder on the Orient Express. I went in not expecting to be wowed. And it failed even that low standard.

This was ... bad. There was clearly something going on very early on that was key to the whole thing that wasn't mentioned until the "You're probably wondering why you are all in this railroad tunnel." scene at the end. Some detective.

And an early major fact was just pulled out of mid-air, AFAIK.

Having the train halted for most of the movie ruined the whole, you know, exotic train thing. And where were the other passengers and cars? There should have been a lot more people on it.
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