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Old 04-18-2016, 02:01 PM
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More movies I recently saw at the film festival:

My Internship in Canada
Pretty good political satire about a low-profile Canadian MP whose vote becomes enormously important when the country is considering going to war and he's the tie-breaker in Parliament.

Demimonde
Hungarian costume drama about an aging Budapest courtesan just before World War I and her manipulations of her lovers - a wealthy architect and a moony young poet - and her two servants, one of whom knows too many of her secrets.

God Knows Where I Am
Excellent, very powerful documentary about a mentally-ill woman who spends a winter in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse, keeping a journal as she slowly starves to death. There are interviews with friends and family, but the script is otherwise almost entirely drawn from her sad, eerie journal.

The Lovers and the Despot
So-so documentary about Kim Jong-Il's minions' kidnapping of a South Korean director and his actress wife to help revivify the North's film industry. A bizarre incident but not all that great a movie.

Anthropocene
Pop science documentary about how humanity is changing the world around us through pollution, agriculture, urban sprawl, etc. Almost always interesting, and not as gloomy in its long-term outlook as you might expect.
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:35 PM
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My last five from the film festival:

Rabin In His Own Words
Good documentary about the Israeli leader in his evolution from soldier to politician to peacemaker to martyr.

Lace Crater
Strange indie film about a woman who has a one-night stand with a... ghost, maybe? Things don't go too well for her after that.

Embers
Very well-done sf drama about the collapse of society after a pandemic leaves everyone unable to form long-term memories. Kind of like Memento gone global.

Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Fascinating but uneven Werner Herzog documentary about artificial intelligence, the Internet and both the promise and perils of high tech.

Little Gangster
Dutch comedy about a bullied kid who tries to get some respect at school by spreading the rumor that his very meek dad is actually a Mafia kingpin.
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Hologram for the King. It was .... nice, I guess; my local critic gave it a rave review and I don't know what he was thinking. Tom Hanks is always good, and the insight into Saudi Arabia was fascinating. But the story is rather uneven and takes an odd right turn 3/4 of the way through.
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Two sort of similar movies.

45 Years and The Lady in the Van.

Both British, character studies, with at least one famous long time actor in each.

45 Years was a fairly good film at times. But overly dreary at other times. Some unneeded time consuming nature shots and other filler. The worst: seeing how much Tom Courtenay has aged. Makes me feel very old.

Decent enough film to watch if you have spare time.

The Lady in the Van, OTOH, was one of those films that just ticks you off. Why on Earth is the writer letting this miserable old lady live in a filth laden van in his drive for 15 years? It also has two copies of the writer, talking to each other, etc. Why? Just to have dialogue that's not really that great? Confusing at first. And at the end. The two versions might have different personalities and goals but you can't tell them apart so what was the point?

It does come together at the end, though, when we find out more about Maggie Smith's character. The movie should have jumped to that in some way and flashed back to the earlier stuff. Focusing on how the writer found out her story and what it was. (BTW: we find out very little about the writer, who lived the actual story and wrote about it and makes a cameo at the end. Why so little about the 2nd major character?)

(BTW: James Corden has an incredibly small blink-and-you'll-miss-it role. Weird.)

It's a 2 star movie that should have been at least a 4 star one.
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Zootopia
Charming, eye-candy-filled Disney film about a city of anthropomorphic animals, and the spunky female rabbit who wants to be the first bunny in the police department. Good but not great.

Calvary
I rewatched this dark comedy, about an Irish village priest whose life is threatened in the confessional by one of his flock - but which one? A powerful, sometimes-harrowing meditation on love, sin, redemption and forgiveness. Brendan Gleeson should've gotten an Oscar.

Ice Station Zebra
Hadn't seen this Cold War submarine drama/Arctic adventure in many years. Some WTF plot moments, but not bad for what it is.

Believeland
Documentary about the trials and tribulations of Cleveland, Ohio's pro sports teams, and how some fans 'waaaaay over-identify with "their" teams.

Doubt
Drama about a prissy nun (Meryl Streep) in the Bronx in 1964 who comes to suspect that a charming priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) may be sexually abusing a schoolboy. Amy Adams is also excellent as a naïve young nun.
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Money Monster. A bit formulaic, but well done.

Jungle Book. Highly recommended. Much closer to the dark and mysterious jungle of Kipling's original than the musical-cartoony-happy 60's Disney version.

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The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, an action-comedy set in the 70s, with the stars as grubby, flawed investigators.

The crime investigation story -- a porn actress is murdered -- is a goulash of silliness and cliches, and it's nothing that will involve your emotions. There's lots of comic violence, and a little serious violence. The action and dialogue are pleasant weird, and I chuckled 5 or 6 times. The leads did a good job of being scuzzy without being repellent. They seemed to be having a good time with their roles.

I give it a B+. My time and money didn't seem wasted.
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The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, an action-comedy set in the 70s, with the stars as grubby, flawed investigators.

The crime investigation story -- a porn actress is murdered -- is a goulash of silliness and cliches, and it's nothing that will involve your emotions. There's lots of comic violence, and a little serious violence. The action and dialogue are pleasant weird, and I chuckled 5 or 6 times. The leads did a good job of being scuzzy without being repellent. They seemed to be having a good time with their roles.

I give it a B+. My time and money didn't seem wasted.
Agreed. It was a convoluted but entertaining romp. The young actress playing Gosling's daughter was very impressive too.
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Old 05-31-2016, 05:30 PM
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Our most recent MotW was All the Way with Bryan Cranston playing LBJ (and based on the stage play).

This was really good. By far the best acting Cranston has ever done. So much better than the weak Trumbo performance. I think the experience of the play helped a lot. (Most conversions of plays feel "stagey", but this one avoids that.)

Set around the 1964 election, it overreaches a bit in trying to cram so much stuff in. The Civil Rights/MLK stuff, electioneering, Viet Nam, etc. And so some stuff got left out. E.g., the runup to the Great Society got short shrift. (It's a real shame that the GS is now mislabeled as a welfare state thing. It was a "boost up" thing. The later welfare stuff was Nixon's Federal Revenue Sharing plan.)

Bradley Whitford also did a great job as Humphrey, but this is a harder role. He had to blend into the background. I.e., if he's doing his job, you barely notice him.

Stephen Root as J. Edgar Hoover and Frank Langella as Sen. Richard Russell are along for the ride, but don't shine like the other two.

The movie nicely shows the two sides of LBJ. A man with a vision of a better America for everyone but willing to do anything to achieve his goals. A saint and a devil.

Be prepared for lots of strongly expressed racism. It was a tough time.

They had a newsman comment on the election how this will hurt the conservative wing of the GOP for a long time. Right ...
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I'll echo the opinions above about Nice Guys.

I was a bit disappointed in All The Way. Yes, Bryan Cranston gave a tour-de-force performance and will probably get an Emmy. But I would have liked to have covered more than just the Civil Right Act of 1964; it felt like an alternate version of Selma.

(I noticed that Johnson said that the Democratic Party had lost the south "for our lifetime"....and then some. It's 40 years after his death and I don't think the South has voted for a Democrat yet (with the possible exception of Carter).
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...(I noticed that Johnson said that the Democratic Party had lost the south "for our lifetime"....and then some. It's 40 years after his death and I don't think the South has voted for a Democrat yet (with the possible exception of Carter).
Clinton got some Southern states:

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From Dusk Till Dawn - I'm a big Tarantino fan but had never seen this one all the way through. It's more of a "fun" movie than many of his others, and I enjoyed it a lot. But definitely rough and gritty around the edges. The special effects ranged from "wow" to "haha" though.

Sahara - Matthew Mcconaughey as an Indiana Jones-type hero. Ok why not? I had never heard of this 2005 movie before, but it popped up on Netflix and I gave it a shot. As an action/adventure popcorn movie I thoroughly enjoyed it. Steve Zahn was great as his partner/sidekick, and Penelope Cruz was decent as the love interest and her role wasn't a typical helpless female. Lots of interesting locations and scenes.
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And so some stuff got left out. E.g., the runup to the Great Society got short shrift.
All the Way is part one of two plays. Part two focuses on the Great Society aspect of his presidency and is called The Great Society.
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The Confirmation. Starring Clive Owen and the usual cast of good but not top-billed indie actors.

Owen plays an alcoholic specially wood-worker looking for his stolen tools and trying to take care of his son for the weekend.

Nice character study for the most part. Good turns by Patton Oswalt and Robert Forster. Sort of hard to believe Owen as a working stiff of this ilk but he does ditch his accent, more or less.

A good view of the life of people on the edge of ... everything. A 3 star out of 4 movie.
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Fury - Sort of a grittier Saving Private Ryan, with tanks. Avoiding spoilers, there was one particular battle scene where the Germans (SS no less) seemed very incompetent. But overall it was a good war movie, and Shia LeBeuof annoyed me far less than I thought he would.
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Approaching the Unknown, with Mark Strong and Luke Wilson. What a dumb movie. Totally implausible premise and almost no science so I'm thinking there will be some great all by himself Tom Hanks in Castaway acting but they didn't bother with that either. I don't know what the point of that dumb movie was. Some boring dude on a completely uninteresting one-way trip to Mars, I guess because Mars is trendy now.
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:48 PM
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I've recently seen:

Another Dawn
A 1943 Mexican noir film about a guy trying to get his hands on incriminating documents that will help him bring down a corrupt politician. Nice atmosphere but meh dialogue and acting.

A River Runs Through It
Robert Redford-directed and -narrated drama about two very different brothers who bond over fly-fishing in the 1920s. Plenty of Montana-frontier scenery porn.

Captain America: Civil War
Probably in the top third of superhero movies I've seen, with great action sequences and a timely plot about vigilantism and the rule of law. A bit overstuffed with characters, though.

Love & Friendship
Clever, funny, well-acted, beautifully-shot Jane Austen adaptation. Kate Beckinsale ought to get an Oscar for her star turn as the scheming, self-absorbed anti-heroine, and Tom Bennett is hilarious as a nincompoop nobleman.

Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto definitely earned their Oscars for this one, as a redneck homophobe who takes on the FDA in the early days of the AIDS epidemic and his trans friend who broadens his horizons a bit.
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Love & Friendship
Clever, funny, well-acted, beautifully-shot Jane Austen adaptation. Kate Beckinsale ought to get an Oscar for her star turn as the scheming, self-absorbed anti-heroine, and Tom Bennett is hilarious as a nincompoop nobleman.
I haven't seen this, but will say that if anyone hasn't seen Beckinsale in Cold Comfort Farm (1995), they should. It could be called a star turn.

Hail Caesar! from the Coen Brothers. I went into this with low expectations, based on SDMB threads, and liked it a lot. It was the most instantly appealing Coen film I've seen since... hmmm, maybe Fargo? Liked the dance sequence, the mermaid sequence, the cowboy sequence, the Hail Caesar movie-within-a-movie, liked the kidnap sequence, liked the "Gary Cooper-Carmen Miranda" date, liked the deeply sincere kidnappers, liked the religious leaders, liked Josh Brolin's wife.

On Rotten Tomatoes this was a "critics' movie" that scored under 50 on the Audience Rating. I agree with the critics.
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Saw the Extended English version of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly last night at the Alamo Drafthouse. I have to say that movie is brilliant and continues to stand the test of time. The light and the scene framing was excellent. You could easily see that the secondary characters were dubbed, but it was okay because the three leads were not and they carried the movie. Eastwood, Van Cleef and Wallach were wonderful, with terrific chemistry. And of course the soundtrack has reached iconic status near to Star Wars and the Star Trek themes. I still love that movie and seeing it reminded me of how much I love Lee Van Cleef and his architectural cheekbones.

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Old 06-20-2016, 01:17 PM
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MotW: The Lobster.

Very well acted and interesting movie. Good choice of cast pretty much all around.

But ... I don't know if I was having an off night or it was the movie. But I kept finding myself very far behind in figuring stuff out. "Oh, they did X because of Y." dawning 10 minutes late.

While I generally prefer minimal explanation about the "rules" of an alt-society, it would have been helpful if this movie did a better job of making things clear.

As to technical film making, some nice shots but unfortunately too generous with staying with a shot for too long. (A common problem with films like this.) "Okay, I get it. People walking near a lake. Again. Move on to the next bit."

3 stars out of 4. Could have easily been a 3.5 star if done a bit better.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:30 PM
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I finally got a chance to see [I]The Big Short[I] this past weekend. Great movie. Intelligent, informative on all levels, and surprisingly accessible to a wide range of moviegoers. If you haven't yet seen it, rectify that immediately.
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I finally watched the first three Star Wars films this week. I'd seen the first when it came out and didn't bother with the other two, so I thought it was about time I caught up, then re-watched the next three before watching the seventh.

I actually enjoyed parts of the third immensely, there was a huge amount that could be edited out of the first two, the pacing seemed to be very inconsistent and I was bored at some points. This has probably already been said a million times but Yoda's way of speaking really gets on my nerves after a few hours, there seemed to be a lot of speaking generally about mundane politics, and most of the actors couldn't act their way out of a wet paper bag, but the final in the three really gave a lot of helpful background to the next three (which I started watching today having a lot more respect). Watch them again will I? Of course. Enjoy them I will. I suspect Yoda's bad grammar will continue to irritate, though, and that annoys me because it's just the grammar pedant in me spoiling otherwise a good trilogy. This is the kind of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.
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Safety Last!
A great Harold Lloyd silent comedy, with that famous scene where he dangles from a clock high above the city streets. Lloyd wasn't just a skilled physical comedian, he could really act - his expressions in scenes with his overbearing boss and his sweetly naïve girlfriend were just perfect.

Road House
Having heard about this so-bad-it's-good Patrick Swayze martial arts film for many years, I finally watched it. Now I never have to again, and that's just as well (despite some laughs at the terrible dialogue).

Murder on the Orient Express
David Suchet is quite good as the French (non, Belgian!) detective Hercule Poirot in this 2010 adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel. Even knowing the plot and how it all turns out, I enjoyed it.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
I'd never seen the whole thing before. This Frank Capra political spoof is cynical and idealistic by turns. Deservedly a classic, although I found Jimmy Stewart's titular character a bit annoying at times.

Babette's Feast
A French chef makes a fabulous meal to thank the Danish spinster sisters who welcomed her into their home years before when no one else would. A touching tale of love, sacrifice and gourmet dining, it won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1987.
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My most recent flicks:

El Cid
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this Sixties biopic about an early Spanish hero. Epic battle scenes but otherwise overblown and sometimes even a little silly.

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Well-crafted German film about one of the White Rose student opponents of Nazism. A tribute to quiet courage and an unshakeable commitment to humanity.

Finding Dory
If you liked Finding Nemo, you'll like this - a worthy Pixar sequel. Ed O'Neill is especially good as an octopus with a bad attitude.

Jaws
Having seen bits and pieces over the years, I finally saw the whole movie, and liked it. The shark sfx are a little crude but it still holds up well.

Free State of Jones
Matthew McConaughey is fine in the lead role, as a man fighting the Confederacy on the home front in Mississippi, but the movie is overlong and sometimes even a bit boring. A worthy topic but not that good a movie.
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My latest five:

Selma
Powerful historical drama about MLK and the Civil Rights Movement, with a great cast and excellent cinematography.

Trainwreck
Mostly-funny, very raunchy romantic comedy about a slutty, borderline-alcoholic party girl and the buttoned-down surgeon who catches her eye.

Last Man on the Moon
Pretty good documentary about Gene Cernan, the last (for now) astronaut to walk on the Moon, telling his life story from his childhood to his Navy jet-pilot days, to NASA and space, and since. Worth a look for any space junkie like me.

Dogma
Religiously-themed comedy with an all-star cast (including George Carlin as a Roman Catholic cardinal). Having heard a lot about it over the years, I have to say, it didn't have nearly as many laughs as I expected. It wants to be funnier than it actually is.

Star Trek Beyond
Pretty good ST sequel, with some nice character scenes, exciting action sequences (despite too many gimme-a-break implausibilities), excellent sfx and a very interesting new supporting character. A key shortcoming: I never quite bought the villain's backstory.
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So, we watched the other night a movie starring Jesse Eisenberg. Due to family circumstances, he gets a low level job. Here he meets Kristen Stewart. He falls for and woos her. There's a complication, of course, since
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Kristen is dating a married man.

Eventually Jesse
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where
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he and Kristen meet again and resume their affair.

The movie is, of course, Adventureland.

"Wait, what?" you say. Don't you mean Café Society? No, that was the movie we saw a bit ago.

I found out about this via a column at Box Office Prophets.

I don't think of this as a hidden gem like the BOP writer. An okay-ish film. A good secondary performance by Martin Starr (Gilfoyle from Silicon Valley).

One problem is that Eisenberg is channeling his nervous Woody Allen mensch ego too much. Does a better job playing a Woody Allen surrogate in Café Society!

Stewart, OTOH, tends to overdo the grumpy, sad thing too much in most movies, like this one. Again, she gave a better performance in Café Society.

Ryan Reynolds/Steve Carell. Six of one, half dozen of the other, right?

Of the two, definitely see Café Society.
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Thanks for the tip! The trailer looked good.

My latest five:

The Seven Percent Solution
Enjoyable, entertaining Sherlock Holmes film in which the great detective is treated by Sigmund Freud for his cocaine addiction, and confronts a dark and long-suppressed secret from his own childhood. An all-star cast and an interesting plot - mostly serious but with some good laughs.

Up
Heartwarming Pixar movie about a grumpy old man, an overeager young Scout, an adorably dumb dog and their adventures in the wilds of South America.

All The Way
Bryan Cranston is terrific as LBJ in this political/historical movie about all the wheeling and dealing, maneuvering and backstabbing it took to get the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed.

X-Men: Apocalypse
Pretty good but overlong superhero flick. A highlight, just as in the previous film: the scenes of Quicksilver zipping about, saving the day (or clowning around) while everyone around him practically stands still.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
One of my all-time favorite movies; just as great as ever. Saw it this time with the full score performed live by the Cleveland Orchestra - added quite a bit to the experience.
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Arq - Netflix's equivalent of a Sci-Fi network original movie. Low budget but decent enough. If you like Groundhog Day but wish it had some action and sci-fi, this movie is pretty interesting. The story unfolds and expands greatly as the movie progresses.
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The last two movies I've seen in the theater are Hell or High Water and Eight Days A Week (The Touring Years). I saw both of them twice--Hell or High Water because a friend wanted to go and Eight Days A Week because...well, it's the Beatles on the big screen! (and there's a chance the Shea Stadium footage might not be available again any time soon).
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In Bruges

Wow, this is one dark comedy. Wonderful setting, great characters. Two criminals are sent to Bruges, Belgium to hide out after a job gone wrong. One is old, one is young, but they have an easy friendship like old friends. Colin Farrell is one of those actors like Tom Cruise that I don't really like but man he can really pull you into a character. A lot of funny moments, touching moments, and some brutality. Almost reminds me of an understated Tarantino film.

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The Wife and I went to see Sully the other week. Tom Hanks did his usual excellent job portraying an ordinary man faced with extraordinary circumstances.
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In Bruges

Wow, this is one dark comedy. Wonderful setting, great characters. Two criminals are sent to Bruges, Belgium to hide out after a job gone wrong. One is old, one is young, but they have an easy friendship like old friends. Colin Farrell is one of those actors like Tom Cruise that I don't really like but man he can really pull you into a character. A lot of funny moments, touching moments, and some brutality. Almost reminds me of an understated Tarantino film.
Colin Farrell does a lot of indie type movies. I respect that. Tom Cruise does lots of good sci fi movies, and I have to respect that too.
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In Bruges

Wow, this is one dark comedy. Wonderful setting, great characters. Two criminals are sent to Bruges, Belgium to hide out after a job gone wrong. One is old, one is young, but they have an easy friendship like old friends. Colin Farrell is one of those actors like Tom Cruise that I don't really like but man he can really pull you into a character. A lot of funny moments, touching moments, and some brutality....
I love In Bruges, for all the reasons you stated. It gets a subtle shout-out in Calvary, as it happens.

My most recent five:

Keep of Lost Causes
A pretty good Danish cop drama. After his partner is killed, a troubled detective is assigned to the Cold Case Squad and tries to figure out what happened to a rising politician who disappeared on a ferry boat.

Way Out West
Laurel & Hardy in a fish-out-of-water Wild West comedy; they play couriers trying to recover the misappropriated deed to a gold mine. Some great slapstick.

Under the Sun
Disappointing documentary on the lives of everyday North Koreans subjected to relentless government propaganda.

Angel Heart
Saw this 1987 supernatural detective story again. Great movie; every time I see it I notice something new. Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet and Robert De Niro are all excellent.

Touch of Evil
So-so Orson Welles potboiler about police corruption along the U.S.-Mexican border in the Fifties. A justly famous tracking shot opens the film, but Charlton Heston is badly miscast as a Mexican cop.
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Touch of Evil
So-so Orson Welles potboiler about police corruption along the U.S.-Mexican border in the Fifties. A justly famous tracking shot opens the film, but Charlton Heston is badly miscast as a Mexican cop.
I've tried to watch and like this film because I like Welles's movies so much, but his character is so horribly unpleasant that I can't stomach him.

I watched a couple of films by Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. One was I Was Born, But . . . and the other was Good Morning. I like both of them very much. They had a fun, Jacques Tati feel to them. The first was about a couple of young brothers learning that social rank exists among adults, and it has to do with money and influence rather than physical strength. The other is also about a couple of young brothers who go on a non-speaking strike because they want their parents to buy them a television. All the boy actors in both films are charming and excellent, and the domestic Japanese interiors are a pleasure to behold.
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The Nice Guys. A pair of mismatched private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a porn star in 1970's Los Angeles. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are enjoyable in this noirish, somewhat darkly comic thriller. All in all, a pretty fun experience.
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Our MotW was a documentary: Weiner. Filmed during Anthony Weiner's disastrous 2013 NYC mayoral race.

At one point he lead in the polls. He got less than 5% of the vote and 5th place in the end.

Good grief. You have this smug jerk on the one hand and a mournfully sad and hurting wife on the other. But both amazingly talented at what they do. You basically couldn't write a movie with such a disparate couple and have it be believable.

The key word is "narcissist". It's like the old joke, the definition of "narcissist" in the dictionary has a picture of Anthony Weiner next to it.

If you really want to understand why this guy who really could have gone places failed so often, see this.

Typical example: People around him, esp. Huma want to get some face time but he's too busy watching news shows or online videos about himself. Things are falling apart all around him and he's only interested in himself.

The sorrow I feel for Huma is just, yeah, well ... . At least now she finally has realized that it will never end and dumped him.

Weiner and Jon Stewart were roommates when young. There was only one Daily Show clip and it was Stewart cursing out an anti-Weiner heckler. It would have been nice if they covered that relationship more.

For lighter entertainment and to cleanse that out, try Miss Stevens. A road trip about an English teacher taking some students to a drama competition. Lily Rabe does a great job as the title character. A lonely, damaged woman who none-the-less can still be upbeat at times. (And for fans of The Office, Oscar Nuñez has a small role.)
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Thanks, ftg. As a political junkie and documentary buff, I've wanted to see Weiner since I saw the trailer. It looks and sounds great.
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Sorcerer...a dark film well ahead of its time

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Deadpool
I am getting a little weary of superhero movies, too much of the same old tropes. I was cautiously optimistic about Deadpool, I knew it was something different but I hoped it wouldn't be too wacky for it's own good. It wasn't really.

Not being a comic fan I guess I had the wrong impression of Deadpool, he isn't some all-powerful Q-type (from Star Trek The Next Generation) guy who moves between worlds, he's just a manufactured mutant with a sense of humor and an awareness of the fourth wall between him and viewers. His humor and smart-alec shtick was good for the most part.

The movie started strong but degenerated into a standard "boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back" mixed with "bad guy does horrible things to good guy and kidnaps his girl, after a lot of work good guy gets revenge on bad guy and saves the girl in a long climactic battle."

Ryan Reynolds is ok, but Monica Bellucci was delicious as usual.

All in all I enjoyed The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy more.

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Ryan Reynolds is ok, but Monica Bellucci was delicious as usual.
They're both beautiful women but that was Morena Baccarin not Monica Bellucci.
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MotW: My Blind Brother.

It's like what it says on the tin.

Adam Scott is the self-centered "Blind Brother". Nick Kroll is the "My". Jenny Slate is the woman caught between them.

Both Scott and Slate are fine actors, IMHO. I've never thought much of Kroll but he does a fairly good job here. Very Paul Giamatti-ish, which is needed for the role.

Basically a 3-person story, so nice and tight. I like films where stuff happens you don't quite expect but that still fits. This is one of those. Mostly serious but enough funny moments to keep it from being a drag.

3 out of 4 stars.
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Old 10-14-2016, 08:18 AM
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Slate has an article up regarding the insignificant box office of many of the types of films I have been posting about. In particular, it starts off talking about Other People and Miss Stevens. The latter I just posted about and the former I have seen but didn't post about.

The standard nice indie movie is being shut out even more from theaters. They have a token release and then straight to VOD. (Sometimes they are simultaneous, but then the studio has to rent out the theaters directly which really lowers the box office to about zip. Theater chains hate same day VOD.)

Outside of the increasingly rare art house theater, it's going to be nearly impossible to see these types of films in theaters. As bad as it's been, it's getting much, much, worse.

And as to Other People. A pretty good movie. Some really excellent acting. Kind of a bummer, topic-wise. Some nice filming goodies. E.g., there's a standard setup shot from a park showing a subdivision going up. Each time the houses are further along giving a good feel for time passing. Jesse Plemons is good, as expected. But the real surprise is Molly Shannon. I've never liked her. She tends to overdo it. But here, it works.

It's weird to see Bradley Whitford as a homophobic person after his appearances on Transparent. Nice to see Paul Dooley still getting work. One of my all time favorites. OTOH, Maude Apatow, Judd's daughter, needs to keep/get her day job.

Can Molly Shannon and Lily Rabe get Oscar nominations despite their movies grossing only $93,000 and $4,000, resp.? There's been complaints for some time about nominations for movies that "nobody saw". Nominations for films like these will just increase the howling.
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NPR had a similar story recently on how excellent but tiny indies struggle to be seen these days.

My most recent five:

A Fine Mess
A collection of pretty funny Laurel & Hardy shorts, including one in which they're racing to clean up Oliver's house before his wife returns earlier than expected, and another in which they're movers trying to get a piano up a very steep hill.

Point of Order
A documentary, largely drawn from original kinescopes, of the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings. Could have been better-edited, but a somewhat interesting look at the beginning of the end for ol' "Tailgunner Joe."

On the Silver Globe
A Polish sf drama about space explorers regressing to savagery on a distant planet. Fragmentary, pretentious, and interminable - I walked out before it ended, which is rare for me.

When Marnie Was There
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film about a shy, asthmatic girl and the friend she discovers in a Japanese coastal village. There's a twist that my teenage son and I almost figured out. Beautiful animation; a good but not great film.

Forbidden Planet
Saw this classic 1956 sf film again, and it holds up pretty well. Gene Roddenberry credited it with partly inspiring Star Trek; you can certainly see the influence.
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Indignation. Based on the Philip Roth book. Not to be confused to Goodbye, Columbus. Here, the young Jewish man from 1950s New Jersey actually goes to Ohio where he mets a certain young woman and trouble ensues.

Not all that great. In particular, the story shifts around in time in a very confusing way. Plus it's just not all that original. But it has some nice nostalgia moments, reminding us of how backwards things used to be. Tracy Letts does his usual nasty authority figure routine as the dean.

The remake of Ghostbusters. Gawdawful. Almost all of it was just "doing filler stuff until we get to the next thing". Chris Hemsworth's character was a total disaster start to finish. The crammed-in cameos from the original stunk (with the exception of Annie "Whaddya want?" Potts). None of them contributed to the film and generally brought the pacing to a halt. What a terribly poorly thought out and executed movie.

Certain Women is a 3-part movie focusing on segments in life of 3 women in Montana. Each is almost completely separate story from the others. (But if you pay attention you'll notice a couple tie-ins.)

Laura Dern is a lawyer with a disturbed client. Michelle Williams is building a cabin and in need of stone. Lily Gladstone is a caretaker of a horse ranch who decides to sit in on a night class taught by Kristen Stewart.

Very slow paced, not a lot of stuff happens. Would seem boring, but instead I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Just full of subtleties that requires full attention. Not sure if this makes it good or not. It took up time, was well shot, etc. But didn't get much out of it.

Mascots. Christopher Guest's latest mockumentary made for Netflix. Many of the usuals. Meh. See it only if you are a Guest completist.

Captain Fantastic. Saving the best for last. Holy moley. A really great film. Great cast. Terrible title.

Not a super hero film. Viggo Mortensen is living off the land in the mountains with his 6 kids when circumstances force a road trip. The first real exposure the kids seem to have had with modern society.

The road trip starts in the mountains of Washington down thru Oregon and eventually to New Mexico. Lovely. Although why Mortensen was driving northbound on I-5 thru Portland is a mystery.

Can't really say more without giving away a key plot point.

This is a really good movie, well worth seeing. Won a directing award at Cannes.
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We watched Big Eyes last night on Netflix.

Meh.
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Finally despairing of ever getting it at Redbox, I broke down and bought Captain America: Civil War last weekend, and watched it for the first time. Quite enjoyable. Not as good as The Avengers, though, which I rank the #1 film in the MCU (that I've seen so far-- haven't seen Guardians of the Galaxy, for example.)

At a church event last Sunday, we saw a good Christian football film called Woodlawn.
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Definitely been in the mood for comedy to lift our spirits the last couple weeks.

Tried Joshy (note IMDb classifies it as a comedy) a couple weeks ago. Thomas Middleditch and friends hold a bachelor party despite the wedding being called off.

Nope, nope, nope. This is not remotely a comedy. A downer film. A big downer film. A few lightish moments but a whole lot of sad.

It lurches around with unexplained stuff. A person is one way and a few minutes later is behaving some other way completely.

While it has an impressive list of people playing secondary characters, be forewarned. Many of these are cameos. E.g., Lauren Graham, despite being promoted as one of the main characters, is in it for about 1 minute and has hardly any lines. And it's not a little joke type of cameo like that of Paul Weitz (producer/director of Mozart in the Jungle, etc.).

Really regret watching this one. 1 star out of 5.

So this week we tried Don't Think Twice. Keegan-Michael Key as an improv player who makes it to the big time: Saturday Night Live. Oops, make that Weekend Live. Gillian Jacobs as his girlfriend/fellow player. Kate Micucci is the most recognizable of the other members of the troupe. Another player, Mike Birbiglia is also the writer/director.

Some funny improv bits, but still it's not a flat out comedy. The troupe is struggling and the tension between Key's character and the rest due to his success is the main story.

Two blink-and-you'll miss them cameos: Richard Masur (who isn't even clearly shown on camera) and Richard "Larry" from Three's Company Kline

Does a nice job of slamming SNL, esp. Lorne Michaels.

It has an amazing 100 for 101 on RT. But it's really not that great. Misses a 4 out of 5 stars. Make it 3 1/2.

Gillian Jacobs is one of my favorite actors. Roles like this seem to perpetually keep her right on the edge of making it really big but not quite getting there.
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"Hiyab", one of a few very good Ethiopian films (there are lots of bad ones). Amharic only, no subtitles, guess what is going on, as far as I can find, there is no plot synopsis on line. But great acting, a delight to watch the production, undistracted by story line. Many Ethiopian full-lengh films free, no hassle, on YouTube.

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Under the Skin: Weakest movie on this list. It's about a woman who's actually an alien who seduces men, lures them back to her house, and kills them. Besides a rich bounty of full frontal Scarlett Johansson this offers arresting cinematography and a melancholic atmosphere and score. It's slow paced with little dialogue, but didn't feel boring to me (many disagree though). It didn't do a whole lot story wise unfortunately. It's just missing something to make it really great. That skin collapsing scene though...

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Holy Crap the scene on the beach with the parents and the toddler, that knocked the wind right out of me

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So this week we tried Don't Think Twice. Keegan-Michael Key as an improv player who makes it to the big time: Saturday Night Live. Oops, make that Weekend Live. Gillian Jacobs as his girlfriend/fellow player. Kate Micucci is the most recognizable of the other members of the troupe. Another player, Mike Birbiglia is also the writer/director..
I think I enjoyed it a little more than you; but the biggest flaw in this film is it's title. It's so incredibly generic, and so completely unconnected to the story, that I'm never able to recall it. "What was the name of that Mike Birbiglia/improv movie...?"
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