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Old 11-21-2016, 10:31 AM
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We watched Big Eyes last night on Netflix.

Meh.
It's a definitive "meh" movie for me. I almost forgot I'd seen it until you mentioned it. Totally forgettable.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:22 AM
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SWMBO and I went to see Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them last night. It's a sort of prequel to Harry Potter, and it was written by J. K. Rowling. Apparently, Harry reads this book in the Potter series; this is the story of the author of the book some 70 years before that.

It was great. A few scenes where the camera work made me a little motion sick, but overall the special effects were outstanding. And some delightful throwaway funny lines as well. Watch for a cameo appearance by someone, but I won't say who. :-)
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Old 11-27-2016, 02:50 PM
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Saw "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" last week. I haven't seen any of the "Harry Potter" movies but Deb told me she didn't think it would matter. She was right. Very enjoyable. The 3D was a nice touch.

I had a bad experience years ago when I went to see "The Sixth Sense" that turned me off the theater. Just started going again a couple years ago after I retired. Since then I have seen at least one a month, although we try to find one every week on old farts day.
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My most recent five:

Hamlet
A film of the beautifully-staged recent British National Theatre production. It stars Benedict Cumberpatch, who is terrific in the lead role, veering between despair, playfulness, (feigned) madness and euphoria.

Arrival
A somber, moving sf drama about first contact with an alien race and how it changes humanity. The movie focuses on a linguist (Amy Adams) and a physicist (Jeremy Renner) who are added to the U.S. government’s diplomatic team; very intense and thought-provoking, with a great cast. Compares very favorably to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Contact and The Abyss.

Doctor Strange
Much more light-hearted, a comics-based special-effects extravaganza about a reluctant wizard learning how to defend Earth against supernatural threats from beyond our own dimension. Not a masterpiece, but good fun. Cumberpatch again stars.

The Big Lebowski
My all-time favorite Coen Bros. movie - I think this is maybe the fourth or fifth time I've seen it. The Dude abides.

Love Actually
Schmaltzy, funny Christmas-themed British romantic comedy with an all-star cast, including the delectable Keira Knightley. The plotline with the two porno stand-ins is still cringeworthy, and all that keeps this movie from a IMHO more-suitable PG rating.
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Aaaaaand another five:

The Hill
Sean Connery stars in this 1965 drama, playing a convict who clashes with the sergeant who runs the sun-baked, brutal WWII British military prison in which he's being held. Good, gritty and realistic.

On the Beach
Downbeat film about the last survivors of World War III, waiting for global radiation to finally reach the last outpost of humanity in southern Australia. Gregory Peck plays a U.S. submarine commander and Ava Gardner is the alcoholic woman who falls for him.

It's a Wonderful Life
Saw this Christmas classic again, this time with the full orchestral score performed live. Jimmy Stewart is great, as always, and Donna Reed is still a knockout girl-next-door.

Manchester by the Sea
Casey Affleck is very good as a blue-collar guy trying to bring up his orphaned teenage nephew. A very powerful study of grief, guilt and family ties. The classical music score (including two pieces from Handel's Messiah) is a little incongruous, but works.

Rogue One
The first stand-alone live-action Star Wars movie, showing how the Rebels got the plans for the Death Star in the first place. A big cast and lots of action. Two thumbs (mostly) up.
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Old 12-27-2016, 05:18 PM
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I saw Passengers yesterday; and then read the corresponding thread here.

The objections in the thread were mostly centered on 2 points: the trailer was misleading (shocked! shocked!) and the plot promotes rape culture. I don't see it, but then I'm part of the patriarchy.

I thoroughly enjoyed it; and I was surprised as to how the conflict resolved ... and any movie that surprises me can't be all bad. Thumbs up.
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Old 12-28-2016, 08:30 AM
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Sully. A sub-middling movie. The time-jumping around style didn't really work for me. And since I knew some of the realities of the event, the "rewriting for dramatic effect" stuff hurt what should have been a very good tale.

Nina Forever. A guy with a major EX-girlfriend problem messing up things with the new woman in his life. Fairly interesting at times. Some nice acting. But a few times the characters suddenly did stuff that didn't make sense based on what happened up to then. Also a not entirely satisfactory ending. But overall still okay.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Mainly watched because it has Brian Freakin' Cox in it. Sounded more of a murder mystery/horror film but was just a simple horror film. Not at all a good movie. In particular, it completely fell apart near the end with the "explanation" of what was going on. Really, really, really dumb and implausible even by crappy horror movie standards.

Bridget Jones's Baby. Yeah, whatever. It's a movie. It has stuff in it. It has a trite, predictable plot. It kills time.
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Just saw The Lovely Bones on Netflix. I had read about half of the book, remember liking it -- don't remember why I stopped. But this movie is a disasta. I can partly see why: the challenges of integrating an afterworld with the earthly one. But the tone is all over the effing place. Hey look, Susan Sarandon! She chain smokes! She drinks! She's funny! (And now let's focus on the serial killer.)

But Sarandon practically gave the equivalent of her Dead Man Walking performance compared to Mark Wahlberg. I won't blame him, though: just badly miscast, IMHO (and I imagine everyone else's O).

Oh, and the resolution. Talk about unsatisfying. Man, What kind of hack storyteller/director wrote/helmed this POS? Should have his DGA license revoked.

Whaaaa? Peter Jackson???

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just saw rogue one tonight. The movie was good at first, then when they introduced the blind Asian super-amazing-martial arts-master force monk, the undead Grand Moff Tarkin, the Darth Vader who didn't sound like Darth Vader one bit and a Princess Leia who's delivery of her one line was as un-Leia like as it could possibly be (I flashed to the little girl in Polar Express), a Princess Leia that they made FAT and who I thought, until she spoke, looked like a shortened feminized and fattened version of the Conductor from (again) Polar Express (sans moustache of course).
Also a ship that I don't recall ever being in any of the originals or prequels being introduced out of nowhere as a deus ex machina to save or move the plot along (referring to the "hammerhead cruiser" used to push around the star destroyer) I could be wrong about that ship not being there though.

This could have been a great addition to the Star Wars movies, and I'm usually pretty enthusiastic about stories that expand background and lore. Even though it started strong this movie is a steaming pile.

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Just saw LaLaLand. Wife had to drag me, as I fucking hate musicals.

Not this one. Best movie I've seen all year, actually, in a long long time.

Part of it is the way music is woven into the plot. Musicals I've seen and despised have this purported plot, or story, that comes to a crashing halt while the producers shuffle in a musical number. Here, it appears to be more an integral part of the story.

I like the way they make LA look, some of the old places I'd hang out in again if I lived there--Griffith Park, Burbank, Hermosa, &c.

I figure every male audience member thinks he's Ryan Gosling and every woman Emma Stone, that probably doesn't hurt this movie at all.

Just a general sense of style and goodwill that this emanates makes me want to see it again, or maybe even buy a bluray when it comes out.

Normally I'm not that enthusiastic about films, but this smashed my expectations in the best possible way.
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My latest five:

Hail, Caesar!
The Coen Brothers' latest. Good but not great; its evocation of Fifties Hollywood has its moments (including recognizable parodies of Esther Williams, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Kelly and Clark Gable).

Cloud Atlas
My third time seeing this film, and it's still terrific - a richly-layered, sweeping science fiction/historical epic spanning many hundreds of years, exploring the ties which bind all humanity and the forces which threaten to tear us apart. Tom Hanks and Halle Berry anchor a fine cast.

Hidden Figures
Historical drama about the long-neglected black female mathematicians who helped NASA win the Space Race. Pretty good acting but a predictable plot.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Very funny animated movie about everyone's favorite multitalented, supergenius, bow-tied talking dog and his less-clever pet, er, adopted son. Look for Bill Clinton in a brief but on-the-nose cameo.

The Princess Bride
Believe it or not, I'd never seen the movie all the way through before. A lot of fun, endlessly quotable, and Robin Wright has never been more breathtakingly beautiful.
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A Christmas Carol
The 1951 version, with Alastair Sim, considered by many to be the best film adaptation of the Dickens tale. It was good, but I still prefer the 1984 movie with George C. Scott.

Dead Poets Society
Hadn't seen this since it first came out. A funny, heartfelt, uplifting but ultimately tragic coming-of-age tale set at a Fifties boys' school in New England.

Koyaanisqatsi
A 1982 experimental film with lots of time-lapse footage and an evocative soundtrack by Philip Glass, about how overcrowded, mechanized human society struggles with nature (the title is the Hopi word for "unbalanced life"). Interesting but sometimes a bit tedious.

Groundhog Day
I watch this endlessly-quotable movie every few years around the titular holiday, and always enjoy it. A modern classic, a terrific comedy with a heart and a rich theological/spiritual core. Bill Murray, his character veering from selfishness to despair to altruism to joy, really should've won an Oscar.

Mifune: The Last Samurai
Documentary about the great Japanese tough-guy actor and his long collaboration with director Akira Kurosawa. Oddly enough, neither man was interviewed for the movie, or even shown in archival interviews; we see them only through their work, and via the observations of others (family, coworkers, and admirers including Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese).
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:07 AM
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Just saw LaLaLand. Wife had to drag me, as I fucking hate musicals.

Not this one. Best movie I've seen all year, actually, in a long long time.

Part of it is the way music is woven into the plot. Musicals I've seen and despised have this purported plot, or story, that comes to a crashing halt while the producers shuffle in a musical number. Here, it appears to be more an integral part of the story.

I like the way they make LA look, some of the old places I'd hang out in again if I lived there--Griffith Park, Burbank, Hermosa, &c.

I figure every male audience member thinks he's Ryan Gosling and every woman Emma Stone, that probably doesn't hurt this movie at all.

Just a general sense of style and goodwill that this emanates makes me want to see it again, or maybe even buy a bluray when it comes out.

Normally I'm not that enthusiastic about films, but this smashed my expectations in the best possible way.
Just saw this last night and agree. I would also add that my fears that it would be another Hollywood insider film loaded with inside jokes that nobody gets were unfounded. A charming film. Stone and Gosling are not good dancers or singers, which added to the charm. The story wasn't new, but was done very well.
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Just watched Sing Street on Netflix again. It's a lovely, sweet movie about Dublin high school kids in the 80s forming a band, as a pretext to highlight a walk through 80s music and some good new songs in the same vein. And the actors portraying the band members were actually of the correct age - 15-16, not Hollywood teens (i.e., 20s-30s). You all should go watch it.

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Also a ship that I don't recall ever being in any of the originals or prequels being introduced out of nowhere as a deus ex machina to save or move the plot along (referring to the "hammerhead cruiser" used to push around the star destroyer) I could be wrong about that ship not being there though.
The Hammerhead came from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game. And later showed up in Star Wars: Rebels. There were several other cameos from Rebels that you probably missed, too.
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To Have And Have Not
A classic 1944 B&W French Resistance drama with Bogie and Bacall (their first movie together), set on Martinique. Hoagy Carmichael appears as a hotel's piano player and provides the music. More than a few similarities to Casablanca. Good stuff.

Deluge
A 1933 disaster movie about earthquakes and tsunamis destroying civilization, and the survivors trying to form a new society. Melodramatic and with laughable sfx. Skip it.

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
A heartfelt, bittersweet documentary about the cast of the notorious 1981 Broadway bomb Merrily We Roll Along, and what became of their acting and singing careers afterwards. Jason Alexander went on to a Tony and Seinfeld and did pretty well for himself, but most of the others, well....

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Early Sixties romance set in Manhattan - George Peppard and the luminous Audrey Hepburn meet, fall in love, clash, separate and then realize, of course, that they're meant for each other. Very dated (especially for Mickey Rooney's very un-P.C. turn as an excitable Japanese photographer) but still worth a look.

Baraka
A wordless 1992 documentary about humanity, faith and nature, with beautiful imagery from Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and the U.S., set to a New Age score. More of a sensory experience, I'd say, than a movie.
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Seven Psychopaths
I really enjoyed this movie, but I'm going to have to watch it again. It's a black, black comedy that seems like Tarantino was involved in somehow. More Tarantino-y than a Tarantino film.
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:10 AM
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I just sat through the Ghostbusters reboot. My god, was it awful. Paul Feig should be grateful for the sexist "Controversy", because it took the light off of how disjointed and terrible it ended up. It was so forgettable, when trying to describe it to a friend less than 48 hours later, I could not remember a single character's name.
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I saw A United Kingdom yesterday, the true story of the relationship between Seretse Khama, heir to a tribal chiefdom in what is now Botswana, and his British wife Ruth. I thought it was a brilliant movie, not only a traditional Oscar subject (history and racial prejudice) but really worthy of an Oscar. I'm surprised it hasn't gotten much publicity; it's certainly as good as The King's Speech, and has deeper, more resonant themes, as well as a beautiful love story.
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Saw John Wick 2 yesterday and liked it. I hate graphic violence, especially when it's gratuitous, so my husband had me watch the first one over the weekend first to see if it was too gross for me. It was borderline, but I liked the plot and the cinematography and scene framing was gorgeous. I have to admit that I had to cover my eyes and flinched a lot through JW2, but still appreciated the overall movie. Still a great story, and gorgeous. Loved the humor. Loved the dog. Actually appreciated Keanu Reeves being stoic when appropriate and emoting intensely when appropriate. He's matured nicely and the action hero trope actually suits him.
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I really enjoyed this movie, but I'm going to have to watch it again. It's a black, black comedy that seems like Tarantino was involved in somehow. More Tarantino-y than a Tarantino film.
I did not care for this one.

But I really enjoyed Sam Rockwell in the Mr Right shoot-em-up love story.
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Doctor Strange
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About which you thought...?
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Fairly long backlog. Just a few highlights.

The Edge of Seventeen. Superficially a typical teen angst film but actually works, for the most part. Sort of a lesser Juno. Fairly funny at times.

Woody Harrelson steals the show as the fed up, sarcastic teacher.

The problem is the ending:

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The girl, Nadine, is a completely self-centered drama queen. But she has a magic "aha" moment at the end and she's all better. Right, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.


Lion. Okay for the most part. Not a great movie. Some odd, herky-jerky steps in plot pacing. Dev Patel proves again he can rise above the material.

20th Century Women. Eh. Annette Bening does her usual Annette Bening stuff. Which is good. Elle Fanning does her usual Elle Fanning stuff. Which is bad. (She is really getting to be a one note actress.) The big surprise is Greta Gerwig who is completely transformed in this movie. She is definitely not doing her usual bit. Amazing. Good film for people into retro furnishings and all that.
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Jack Reacher - Kinda meh. Doubt I'll watch another. Not surprising as I gave up on the books a while ago.
Arrival - slow moving, but interesting twist at the end.
John Wick 2 - This is a type of pornography. You know how in porn, everyone's a freak? The housewife, the pizza guy, the copy repair guy - everyone you meet is ready to have random sex at the drop of a hat. In the Wickverse, everyone's an assassin - the waiter, the newsie, the valet, your dog walker- everyone's a highly trained, heavily armed killer ready to throw down at a moment's notice. In both types of film, it can get monotonous.
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...In the Wickverse, everyone's an assassin - the waiter, the newsie, the valet, your dog walker- everyone's a highly trained, heavily armed killer ready to throw down at a moment's notice....
Are you saying your life isn't like that?

Huh.
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Are you saying your life isn't like that?

Huh.
I see. You're saying that the films are social commentary, substituting assassins for assholes. Yeah, the ratio makes sense now. :-)
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Recently seen:

The Lego Batman Movie
Good, silly fun - a very enjoyable superhero spoof with lots of clever in-jokes and shoutouts to earlier incarnations of the Caped Crusader and pop culture generally.

Ram Dass: Fierce Grace
Biographical documentary of a noted American-born guru, whose life changed irrevocably after he has a stroke. Good but not great.

Key Largo
B&W noir drama set in a decaying Florida hotel during a hurricane, as Bogie and Bacall deal with Edward G. Robinson and his gang of hoodlums hiding out there. Really enjoyed this.

Amadeus
A filmed 2016 National Theatre stage production of the famous Peter Shaffer play. Lucian Msamati plays Salieri, the antihero, with a bit more gusto than F. Murray Abraham did in the Oscar-winning 1984 movie, and the frequent presence of the musicians right there on stage was an interesting feature. Recommended despite its length (3.5 hours, a bit much).

All The King's Men
A 1949 B&W political drama, loosely based on the career of the Depression-era Louisiana demagogue Huey Long. I'd read the Pulitzer-winning Robert Penn Warren book recently and loved it, but the movie was just too overblown and melodramatic for me.
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:45 AM
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Mr. Holmes -- Ian McKellan as a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes (set in 1947), advancing into senility with his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son. Holmes is trying to remember the details of his last case, 30 years prior. McKellan is good, of course; but you would expect that a plot that involves the great detective would be more tightly constructed than this.

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He can't remember, he can't remember ... and then he remembers. The end.
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Kong Skull Island - That was a lot of fun. Kong portrayed more as the beast he is rather than the misunderstood gentle giant. Fast paced popcorn flick with everyone really getting into their roles. Except Tom Hiddleston. Someone should have told him this was a movie gig and not a modeling gig. Everytime he's on screen he looks like he's trying to preen for the camera. Making sure his hair is perfect and posed like a A&F wannabe.

Get Out- A modern Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Meet The Parents, Stepford Wives, Scream mashup if there is such a thing. If you loved Cabin In The Woods add this to your watch list. Again, really fun to watch.
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Fate of the Furious - Really dumb and really entertaining. I've seen about half of the Fast & Furious movies and still don't have any particular emotional investment in the characters. But there are some great action scenes, and not just in cars. I particularly liked one particular fight scene with Jason Statham and The Rock fighting their way out of a secure facility. So many stupid things happened that I can't keep track. For example, The Rock kicks a torpedo off course. It's sort of like Transformers or The Transporter, just turn your brain off and have fun.
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The Thirteenth Floor - A 1999 science fiction movie I can only describe as something of a cross between The Matrix and Inception. It makes the mistake of dropping you in the middle of the story with no clue what is going on, which is to its detriment because, by the time you figure out what's happening, the plot gets very convoluted. The acting, however, particularly on the part of Vincent D'Onofrio, was outstanding. Many of the main actors had to play two or three different characters with distinct personalities and they did it very well. It was worth watching over pizza with a bunch of friends.

What About Bob? - In this comedy, Bill Murray plays a severely mentally ill man who will not leave his uptight psychologist, Leo Marvin, alone. Bob ultimately crashes Leo's vacation, befriends Leo's family, and drives the man to homicidal insanity. This held up better than I expected it to, in part because the supporting cast did their jobs so well. I could relate especially well to the 11-year-old son plagued with existential angst about his own inevitable death.

Sr. Weasel is a psychologist so we probably talked about the film for an hour or so afterward, taking it way more seriously than it deserved. We were trying to suss out what Leo could have done to set firmer boundaries, but honestly, he was in a tough situation. While he was definitely a self-centered asshole, he seemed to be the only one who respected the need for professional limits. There's a moment where Leo gleefully commits Bob to a mental institution, which is meant to be taken as an act of cruelty, but while Leo's motives were poor, it was actually probably an appropriate move at that point.
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Just watched Rogue 1. Totally formulaic with every cliche in the book except for the farewell kiss. Maybe I'm finally too old for Star Wars.
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My most recent five:

The Lion in Winter
Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn chew French castle scenery with great gusto in this medieval costume drama, playing a wily King Henry II and his fierce, long-imprisoned wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Watch for a very young Anthony Hopkins as their son Richard (the future Lionheart).

A Farewell to Arms
Having just read the Hemingway novel, I thought I'd check out the 1932 movie. Meh. Not nearly as good as the book.

Their Finest
Funny, touching comedy-drama about British filmmakers in WWII trying to keep up morale on the home front, making movies on a shoestring while being intermittently bombed by the Luftwaffe. The lovely Gemma Arterton is very good as an aspiring screenwriter. Bill Nighy, playing a past-his-prime actor reaching for one last bit of cinematic glory, steals every scene he's in (as is his wont).

King Kong
Watched the 1976 remake, which is still good, cheesy fun. Charles Grodin stands out as the ambitious, heartless corporate stooge.

King Kong
Also watched the 2005 Peter Jackson remake. Much better sfx, and the cast led by Naomi Watts and Jack Black certainly does its best, but the movie feels overstuffed and just too long.
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I tried to watch Luc Besson's Lucy the other night but had to turn it off after just 28 minutes. The bad reviews, even the one star reviews, at IMDB don't fully capture how bad this movie is. Nearly everything about this was bad: the script, the acting, the art-house editing in of animals, the makeup... the lighting and cinematography weren't terrible, tho, so there's that.

So now I have 2 of my favorite working directors who have both made terrible-in-nearly-every-way films after many decades of experience (can anyone guess who the other one is?).

I hope Besson's current summer entry doesn't also suck; it'd be nice to think that Lucy was a fluke.
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I was disappointed in Lucy, too, although it had its moments. See Limitless for a much better take on the unleashing-your-brain's-full-capacity shtick.
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Wife dragged home a bunch of movies from the library. I watched Deepwater Horizon (not too bad, lots of fire), and Sully (okay film, left me wondering how accurate the non-flying stuff was).

I also watched Florence Foster Jenkins, a film and person who I had never heard of. It was actually pretty good. Interesting little humorous story.

Didn't have to pay* for them, so it's all good.

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Watched Jason Bourne last night. Nothing groundbreaking, but characters die and the locations and action were good.
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Goldfinger....what a great film. Proves you dont need SFX, cartoon villains nor John Woo stolen martial arts fighting to make a great action film. If only those Yanks could produce a halfway decent secret agent.
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I watched John Wick 2, and am really glad that I didn't pay to see it. The first one was a decent action flick, but this was straight out of video game country. Basically just a guy running around killing people, with little in the way of plot or even decent editing. One moment he's in Rome and the next moment he's in NYC, with nothing to suggest the change in venue.
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Goldfinger....what a great film. Proves you dont need SFX, cartoon villains nor John Woo stolen martial arts fighting to make a great action film. If only those Yanks could produce a halfway decent secret agent.
My young son, seeing Goldfinger for the first time, said, "For a great secret agent, he sure gets captured a lot, doesn't he?"

Still a fun, stylish spy flick.
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A Monster Calls - A boy whose life is not very happy is accompanied by a tree-monster who guides him through some tough moments. Nothing new, but nicely done. Very very weepy and quite dark, it's not a very hopeful film even at its conclusion.
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Doctor Strange - Took me 2 tries to get through this movie, the beginning is sort of long and dull and I fell asleep the first time. Once it gets going it's quite a spectacle sort of like Inception, but with magic instead of dreams. They play with dimensions at will. Really the visual effects are what makes this film, once you break down the plot it's more or less formula hero/superhero movie where a person is introduced to a world they didn't know about, becomes a prodigy, and fights a great evil.

Zodiac - This is a rewatch, saw it years ago and quite liked it. It's a long movie covering a long period time. A creepy time capsule going back to California in the 60's and 70's with a serial killer on the loose who likes ciphers and being in the newspaper. No cell phones and no fax machines make pay phones and snail mail central plot elements. Detective Mark Ruffalo, reporter Robert Downey Jr., and cartoonist Jake Gyllenhaal are all great in their roles as each one becomes obsessed in their own way with finding the killer. I didn't realize the director David Fincher directed Fight Club and Se7en, but it makes sense because they have similar tones. I got even more out of Zodiac on the second watch.
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Watched Deepwater Horizon, which was far better than I supposed it would be. A real white-knuckler of a film with a pretty good cast.
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I saw It Comes At Night on it's opening day because of the great critics reviews.
Absolutely terrible. Billed as a "white knuckle psychological thriller" there was nothing "white knuckle" or "psychologically thrilling" about it.
The only scare attempts are from cliche surreal dream sequences.
The only tension is from a "put your gun down, no put YOUR gun down" moment straight out of a network cop show.
Add in a creepy "oooo, then who left the door open? I guess we'll never know. Discuss." and it was just a whole lot of nothing.
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Manchester by the Sea
Casey Affleck is very good as a blue-collar guy trying to bring up his orphaned teenage nephew. A very powerful study of grief, guilt and family ties. The classical music score (including two pieces from Handel's Messiah) is a little incongruous, but works.
I don't think I quite got it. I mean, I understand the themes and the conflicts and everything, but there seemed to be a lack of resolution. Nothing really changed by the end of the movie with the main character except he cried once and decided to get two room apartment so his nephew could visit him.

There was another scene in the movie that confused me. Toward the end of the film, the main character (I can't remember names) arranges for his brother's best friend to formally adopt his nephew and the kid freaks on him. "You'll do anything to get rid of me!" or something like that. But for the previous hour in the movie the kid was bitching about having to move to Boston with his uncle.


But ... I really enjoyed the movie. I live in New England, so there was a lot of verisimilitude in it for me. I know Casey Affleck is apparently, allegedly, whatever, a damaged person, but he's a great actor. I was watching The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford this morning and he's fantastic in that movie too.
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I don't know if this counts as a movie, but it's on Netflix:

Oh, Hello on Broadway

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll's running gag "Too Much Tuna" turned into a full on Broadway production. Holy shit, I haven't laughed that hard in a long goddamned time. I'm talking having to rewind a good five minutes of play because I was too busy gasping for breath and wiping tears from my eyes. I've been listening to some podcasts of these two guys being interviewed; it's amazing and really cool that this goofy little gag that these guys just riffed on for shits and giggles is now the toast of the town on the Great White Way.

It's hard to describe the show. Mulaney and Kroll star as George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon, an author and an actor respectively. Two old guys on the rent-controlled upper east side who never know what they're talking about, pronounce everything wrong and pass judgement on pretty much everything. As Mulaney's character says in the show, "I am neither Jewish nor a woman, but like many men over the age of 70, I am somehow both." There's a play within the play, and a play within that play which is their public access prank show on New York One - the channel that comes on when you reset your cable box! - Too Much Tuna! which includes a special guest ... a different one for every show. The Netflix show features Steve Martin. Past guests have included Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Alexander, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Conan O'Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, way too many to go on.

I'm a mid-level comedy nerd and I've been a fan of both of them for a while now, but I'm rapidly becoming a superfan of Mulaney. He wrote for SNL for six years; his stand up is hilarious and tight as a drum; his improv skills are off the chart. I listened to a Bill Burr podcast recently where he recalled meeting him for the first time some years ago, saying he could tell this kid had the goods. And he does.

I highly recommend.
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Oops. West side.
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Next on my list; Mulaney is a stone riot.

This past Sunday I saw, for the first time (and un-cut, YAY!), Cornel Wilde's, "The Naked Prey." Whoa, just Whoa. A couple of flaws, to be sure, but I couldn't even pause to use the restroom.

I'd always heard that Wilde was a joke in Hollywood. One step above Ed Wood. Time to re-evaluate.
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I watched Live and Let Die a couple of days ago. Not a great film, but a fun one. Geoffrey Holder was terrific as the Voodoo King villain.

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I don't think I quite got it. I mean, I understand the themes and the conflicts and everything, but there seemed to be a lack of resolution. Nothing really changed by the end of the movie with the main character except he cried once and decided to get two room apartment so his nephew could visit him.

There was another scene in the movie that confused me. Toward the end of the film, the main character (I can't remember names) arranges for his brother's best friend to formally adopt his nephew and the kid freaks on him. "You'll do anything to get rid of me!" or something like that. But for the previous hour in the movie the kid was bitching about having to move to Boston with his uncle....
Valid points, but I appreciated the lack of resolution and the nephew's inconsistency, because they made the movie more "un-Hollywood." These are complex characters and they don't always act entirely logically, just like real people. The nephew had come to care for his uncle and was conflicted about his moving back to Boston, esp. since that implicitly seemed to be a rejection of the kid.
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