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Old 12-12-2014, 08:20 AM
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The Homesman was an amazing and wonderful film.

I kept expecting certain events to happen. But I was always wrong. None of my expectations ever became true.

However, I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who loves fine films.

Both Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones turned in wonderful performances.

A very surprising film. I kept expecting certain things to happen. But I was always wrong.
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December's been a busy month for movies for me.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Great sfx, but frantically busy, with 'way too many fights and not nearly enough focus on Bilbo. I look forward to someone squeezing down all three bloated movies to something approaching Tolkien's book.

Intacto
A 2002 Spanish thriller about a subculture of very, very lucky people who bet in different games against each other, sometimes lethally. Not perfect, but worth a look.

Interstellar
Despite some plot holes, a very-well-acted, clever, tense space-travel thriller. Two thumbs up.

The Imitation Game
Not entirely accurate historically, to say the least, but a very engaging movie about British codebreaking during WWII. Benedict Cumberpatch is great as Alan Turing, as is Keira Knightley as his associate and (briefly) fiancee.

Mockingjay, Part 1
Meh. Disappointing. Only for Hunger Games diehard fans.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
The reviews were mixed of this spoof of glitzy Vegas stage magicians, but I thought it was pretty funny. Steve Carrell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and Jim Carrey are all good, but Alan Arkin steals the show as a crotchety old magician.

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Saw "Agency of Vengeance" on Netflix, and it was EXCELLENT and nothing like the title or the cover art would make you think. It's a smart, funny, sexy take on young adult action adventure movies with a supernatural twist. Highly recommended for a fun, casual watch. Not gonna Change Everything but good entertainment.

Also saw "Knights of Badassdom" on Netflix. It's subpar at best. About a bunch of LARP (Live Action Role Players) who accidentally invoke a succubus demon. Predictable, trite, dull. Peter Dinklage is in it, as one of the LARPers. Well I guess everyone has to make money somehow.

Also saw "Once Upon A Time In The West" on Netflix. The cinematography was wonderful, but the shots just kept liiiiingerinnnnnng on the faces of Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda and (I think) Jason Robards. And none of them were that pretty, in fact, they were made to look extra seedy for the movie. Even the liiiingerinnnng shots of Claudia Cardinale got dull after a while. Still a classic spaghetti Western, but damn, it has not aged well with respect to pacing.
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Since my last post:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Watched with my son, 15, who's as into sf and fantasy as I am. He enjoyed it and had lots of questions. The movie still holds up very well today - deservedly a classic.

2010: The Year We Make Contact
When he heard there was a sequel, he wanted to see it, too. I warned him it wasn't as good as the original, and was very different in tone, but he was still game. It's not a bad sf adventure movie; it just suffers by comparison with Kubrick's masterpiece.

The Theory of Everything
Saw this new Stephen Hawking tragic romance/biopic with a friend. Excellent acting, a very evocative look at Sixties Britain, but dragged a bit in the middle.

Bad Santa
Billy Bob Thornton steals every scene as an alcoholic sex maniac with a knack for robbing the department stores where he finds seasonal work as a Santa. Had its moments, but not as funny as it might've been. Lauren Graham plays a bartender with a Santa fetish who falls for him - hard to believe she did the movie on a break from Gibson Girls!
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:45 AM
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I just saw Birdman.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2562232/

It got an astronomical rating on IMDB - 8.7 - I can't remember seeing one or two other movies ever that rated that high.

I was blown away. I think I will need to watch it at least 2 or 3 more times to get any appreciation for it. I really didn't get a full understanding on the first viewing.

Michael Keaton is hard to recognize. It's been a very long time since I've seen him in a movie. I think the last time was in Tarantino's Jackie Brown in 1997. Or actually, the last time might have been in The Last Time. (just my little joke - he was in a movie called The Last Time - but I didn't see that).

There was a huge list of stars in Birdman: Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach GalishitIcantspellit and Damian Young.

Do you recognize the name Damian Young? He played in The Comeback and is unrecognizable in this movie from that show.

Anyway, bottom line is that I'm just perplexed by this movie. But it's probably worth seeing.

I hope you enjoy it.
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:49 AM
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.... Not entirely accurate historically, to say the least, but a very engaging movie about British codebreaking during WWII. Benedict Cumberpatch is great as Alan Turing, as is Keira Knightley as his associate and (briefly) fiancee. ....
His fiancee? That is most surprising since Turing was widely known to be gay.
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His fiancee? That is most surprising since Turing was widely known to be gay.
Haven't seen the movie or know all that much about Turing, but back in the day gay people often did get married, either because they didn't understand their gayness or to conceal their gayness, or some admixture of both. Could have been the case with Turing.
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Saw "Cashback" on Netflix, about a young artist with the ability to stop time. It's not really SF or fantasy, it's a mildly pleasant romantic comedy with the "stop time" thing as a gimmick. The "stop time" gimmick totally unnecessary to the story and handled badly. It was all right to watch, but it squandered the whole "stop time" concept and what was left wasn't all that much.

Watched "That Kind of Girl" on Netflix, about a young, pretty Austrian nanny living in England. It was billed as a sixties sex romp, it was nothing of the kind. Mostly it was about the dangers of STDs as our heroine catches one early on. Not sure which one ... salmonella, maybe? Didn't watch all of it, as it did not have a "romp" feel to it nor was it fun at all.

Watched "Guns, Girls and Gambling" on Netflix, a farce that takes a lot of fun swipes at action adventure movies. A Hopi death mask is stolen from an Indian casino out west. The suspects are a bunch of Elvis impersonators who performed in an Elvis lookalike contest. The hero, John Smith, played well by Christian Slater, is one of the impersonators. The cops are the least of his problems as the Indian tribal leader has put a bounty of one million dollars out to the lowlife who can recover the mask, which attracts the usual heavily armed scum. Nobody and nothing is exactly what they seem to be when things start out. A fun watch.
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Haven't seen the movie or know all that much about Turing, but back in the day gay people often did get married, either because they didn't understand their gayness or to conceal their gayness, or some admixture of both. Could have been the case with Turing.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:02 PM
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Unbroken (2014) is a WW2 movie with the best action I've ever seen.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1809398

It opens with a B17 making a bomb run over Japan. I have never, ever, ever seen action as realistic as this.

I felt like I was right inside that bomber. When the Jap fighter planes come in for an attack, it looks perfectly realistic but you will be amazed at just what that looks and feels like. I have never seen action so realistic before.

I have just started watching this movie so I don't know if the plot is any good or not. But the action is just amazing and I came here to tell you that.

I have no idea how Angelina Jolie (she's the director) ever managed to accomplish this. There have been other WW2 movies made with people who were actually there and they were just flat and nowhere compared to this movie.

Based on the opening few minutes, I recommend this movie to you as much as I can. It's just great!
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Unbroken (2014) is a WW2 movie with the best action I've ever seen.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1809398

It opens with a B17 making a bomb run over Japan. I have never, ever, ever seen action as realistic as this.

I felt like I was right inside that bomber. When the Jap fighter planes come in for an attack, it looks perfectly realistic but you will be amazed at just what that looks and feels like. I have never seen action so realistic before.

I have just started watching this movie so I don't know if the plot is any good or not. But the action is just amazing and I came here to tell you that.

I have no idea how Angelina Jolie (she's the director) ever managed to accomplish this. There have been other WW2 movies made with people who were actually there and they were just flat and nowhere compared to this movie.

Based on the opening few minutes, I recommend this movie to you as much as I can. It's just great!
Well, she started with a fantastic book, one I had the honor of being among the first to do a Reader Review of.
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Unbroken (2014) is a WW2 movie with the best action I've ever seen.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1809398

It opens with a B17 making a bomb run over Japan....
Haven't seen it yet, but isn't it a B-24?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consol...B-24_Liberator
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Haven't seen it yet, but isn't it a B-24?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consol...B-24_Liberator
Oh Gosh! It may well be.

I thought the two bombers used by the USA in WW2 were the B-17 and B-29. I Googled the following question:

what were the two bombers made by Boeing used by the USA in WW2?

I got the following response:

https://www.google.ca/search?q=what+...IublsAT-xYK4AQ

The top two items on the list were the B-17 and B-29.

I didn't see any other bombers on the list. So, ... there you go!

At least, that's were most people went, I think.

I always kind of got the idea that a B-24 had approx 4 people in it whereas the B-17 had about 12. I could be wrong. It would take a few Googles to find that out.

I think you will really enjoy this movie and I hope you do!

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It looks like the B-17 had 10 crew members and the B-29 had 11.

http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/...oeing-b17.html
http://flgrube1.tripod.com/id26.html

More about the film and its realism.

Have you ever seen what it's like to be stranded on an ocean when you are bobbing up and down some ten feet at a time?

Talking about the Pacific Ocean which is like a tiger compared to the Atlantic which is like a rabbit - that is, when they are both going at their maximums.


About 38 minutes into this film, three crew members are shown stranded in the ocean and bobbing up and down. More realism than I ever imagined. Bloody terrifying!

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More about Unbroken.

I'm sorry to tell you all that I loved the first five miinutes of Unbroken but was very disappointed with the rest. Perhaps I should not ever discuss a film until I have finished watching the whole thing.

The first five minutes were fantastic. But then it was all downhill from there. For the most part, the film was just a traumatic tale of evil after that.

SPOILER:

He gets captured and put into a prison camp where one guard beats him savegely and relentlessly.
The end of the film co-incides with the end of the war and I was expecting some kind of redemption or some kind of payment to be made by that guard.
But there was almost nothing. In the last one minute of the film, we are told that he learns that hatred will just destroy him and so he had to forgive this guard in order for him to have a good life.
What a bunch of hooey.


There is a very much better film called The Railyway Man starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.
You won't recognize Nicole Kidman but this film is miles ahead of Unbroken.
I wish I could make a "raspberry sound" on this board. That is where you stick your tongue out at someone and then blow making a funny kind of sound which is an insult.
I would give Angelina a big raspberry. I would also give her a FAIL on this movie. Compared to The Railyway Man, this one sucks big time.

I'm so disappointed!

The Railway Man (2013)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2058107/

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers -- 1978 remake. Okay, I saw it long ago, but I appreciate it much more now.

I've been trying to watch Kevin Smith's Tusk (bootleg on YouTube), but it's so disgusting that I don't think I can finish it.

Boyhood: So many pointless scenes, so many potentially interesting plot points that are never revisited, a good cast used up in something interminable.
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Well ....

Recently we've been treated to some truly excellent American films, including:

1998 American History X
1999 American Beauty
2000 American Psycho
2007 American Gangster
2013 American Hustle

Some people have expressed some strong negative feelings about one or two of these (like American History X). But, I just can't get enough of Edward Norton. I think he is really and truly one of the most talented American actors in the movie scene today.

But regardless, most people have to admit the quality of these productions have been top notch! Really and truly ... Jolly Good!

Ummm ... Have you seen The Last Samurai 2003 yet? It is really another excellent production and if you are fed up with Tom Cruise, don't let that detour you. It is really worth seeing. The Japanese actress will find a path to your heart. Absolutely!

Anyway, we have now revelled in another one titled, "American Heist". I suppose we had to find an exception to prove the rule. This movie is not truly excellent. It's not even anywhere near to "really excellent" or any kind of excellent. IMO, it is fair to describe it as "puss on a stick" or "a brick full of crap". It is just not any good at all. It is fairly awful. Really and Truly fairly Awful. Jolly Awful. Yes Indeed. What a piece of crap!

I mean crapolla piled high and wide. Vast and Deep.

I can describe this film as "Yet another in the long series of "shoot em up" bank roberries in which almost everyone gets killed. Yes indeed! Jolly Indeed!

There is nothing new or unique or at all entertaining of this piece of (what's the opposite of entertaining?)

There are a couple of wrinkles that you might find unique. But if I could deliver a message to the film makers, it would be ... "Who cares"? Not me. Dat's fer sure!

I can hardly wait for "Smell a Vision" so that we can see just how they deliver the stench of defecated fecal matter. Because this on would deliver in turds!

If you have decided, "Damn the torpedoes and Full speed ahead! Then, have a good time, Sport! You will need it. But, unfortunately, this bunch of crap won't deliver it. Not at all!

Jolly Crap.

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Watched "John Wick", the newest Keanu Reeves effort. Ultra-violent video game stuff for the most part, but a good action flick if you like that sort of thing, with a good supporting cast that includes Willem Dafoe and Ian McShane, along with what appears to be Dean Winters from the insurance commercials.
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Watched "John Wick", the newest Keanu Reeves effort. Ultra-violent video game stuff for the most part, but a good action flick if you like that sort of thing, with a good supporting cast that includes Willem Dafoe and Ian McShane, along with what appears to be Dean Winters from the insurance commercials.
Could not stand it. Digital blood-splashes ruined this movie and Ican McShane is wasted.
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Saw two movies from Netflix.

Deliver us from Evil. Bullshit 'true story' about demonic possession in NYC, where there is no sunshine, all light bulbs flicker constantly and flashlights do not work well.

Hey, I get that you want to be dark and scary and all, but after a while it is annoying as hell.

Sex Tape Oh my God. This was awful. I mean awful. Couldn't finish it awful. Awful from the opening scene and gets less believable and likable with every passing minute.
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[Rec]: Spanish horror. Best found footage movie I've ever seen. That might not be saying much though since I find most of them stupid or dull (e.g. Paranormal Inactivity). Works well because everyone is trapped inside a cramped building. Pseudo-zombie movie, more like the rage virus. Avoid if you can't stand women screaming at the top of their lungs. The main characters are dumb and refuse to fight back with weapons. Worth it for the last 20 minutes.
Fantastic film, as is [rec]2, which covers a lot of the same ground through different characters. [rec]3.......you can skip that one.


[rec] was remade in the US as Quarantine with Jennifer Carpenter. For my money, it's even better than the original.
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An oldie: Kind Hearts and Coronets from 1950. The title would lead you to believe that it's some sort of romantic story. Far from it. Alec Guinness does a tour de force, playing eight different characters (including a woman) who are murdered by a shirttail relative looking to inherit a title. Very amusing British comedy that holds up very well.
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I've always wanted to see that. Guiness was also great in the dark comedy The Ladykillers - hard to believe he was the future Obi-Wan!

Seen since my last post:

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Pretty good spy flick - Brad Bird's first turn as a live-action director. Tom Cruise is getting juuuuust a little too old for this kind of thing, but he and the rest of the cast do well. Nice mix of action, gunplay, tricks and jokes.

Thor: The Dark World
Another fun Marvel superhero flick, although not nearly on the level of Iron Man or The Avengers. Had two nice twists about Loki that made me smile.

The Limey
A British ex-con is out for revenge in sunny L.A. after he learns his estranged daughter died under maybe-suspicious circumstances. Terrence Stamp is mesmerizing. Funky back-and-forth, nonsequential editing of scenes and dialogue that might have been annoying, but actually works well. Also, the director used scenes from a 1967 film featuring Stamp to show his character in flashbacks - very clever.
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Could not stand it. Digital blood-splashes ruined this movie and Ican McShane is wasted.
Sorry to hear that. IMO, Ian McShane is a great actor.
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Saw two movies from Netflix.

Deliver us from Evil. Bullshit 'true story' about demonic possession in NYC, where there is no sunshine, all light bulbs flicker constantly and flashlights do not work well.

... ...
There are two versions of this movie listed on IMDB.

One is from 2006 and was rated very high at 8.0 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0814075/

The other is from 2014 and was rated quite low at 6.2 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2377322/

I'm guessing you saw the one from 2006? I saw that too but I didn't think it deserved to be rated at 8.0. I'm guessing that because the 2014 version is so new.
8.0 is the kind of rating usually earned by films like "The Sting". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070735

Please excuse me If I'm mistaken.

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Sorry to hear that. IMO, Ian McShane is a great actor.
His part is tiny, although he does it well.
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Typo Negative,

I must apologize. I just looked up the description of the two movies and the one from 2014 is nothing like the one from 2006. The one from 2006 is about the Catholic priest and the one from 2014 is about a police officer in NYC and that is the one with the flickering lights.

I think the one from 2006 was rated so high due to the outrage that people felt when watching it. I seem to recall it was a fairly average documentary, but the subject material was so outrageous, it prompted a very strong negative reaction.

SPOILER:

This Catholic priest ...

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Sorry. I got stopped by the 5 minute limit on editing posts. I wanted to make sure I remembered how to create spoilers before I continued making the above post.
The movie is from 2006, but I wanted to put a description of the plot in a spoiler in case anyone who has not seen it wants to see it and not have it spoiled.
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Typo Negative,

I must apologize. I just looked up the description of the two movies and the one from 2014 is nothing like the one from 2006. The one from 2006 is about the Catholic priest and the one from 2014 is about a police officer in NYC and that is the one with the flickering lights.

I think the one from 2006 was rated so high due to the outrage that people felt when watching it. I seem to recall it was a fairly average documentary, but the subject material was so outrageous, it prompted a very strong negative reaction.

SPOILER:

This Catholic priest had abused so many children but the church just kept moving him from one city to another instead of taking any action.
The families of the children did go to the church but the church just chose to go into denial about it. But that was nothing compared to the level of denial the priest himself still exhibits to this day.
He finally got moved back to Ireland and was happy to talk to the film makers. His current attitude is that he may have crossed a line or two and he's sorry but he really doesn't think anyone has anything to complain about.
The priest clearly knew what he was doing though because he always chose families who lived and breathed their Catholocism and IMO, he must have done that because he knew they were very unlikely to do anything that would hurt the Church.

In writing this, I begin to feel that outrage that people must have felt when they saw this and I think I would have given this movie a much higher rating than I thought I would in my OP.

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Saw this spoof of TV news again for the first time in many years - uneven, but still a lot of fun, with some great lines ("Time to musk up," "It smells like Bigfoot's dick!", "Brick killed a guy with a trident," and "Jazz flute is for little sissy boys").

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Movie about Falkland Islanders just before and during the 1982 Argentine invasion. Full of British stiff-upper-lip determination and courage. Decent battle scenes.

Begin Again
Comedy-drama about an NYC record producer (Mark Ruffalo) whose personal and professional lives are both going badly, and the young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) whom he discovers and decides to promote. A charming, often funny little movie.
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Comedy-drama about an NYC record producer (Mark Ruffalo) whose personal and professional lives are both going badly, and the young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) whom he discovers and decides to promote. A charming, often funny little movie.
I watched that a few weeks ago. I agree, it's well done and definitely worth watching.

In a World...
I wanted to see this when it came out but only recently watched it on Netflix. Highly recommended. Writer/director/star Lake Bell is great as well as the rest of the cast.
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The original Lady Killers, with Alec Guinness. It also starred a very young Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom, who both went on to do the Pink Panther movies. Also saw The Captain's Paradise with Guinness, and Yvonne De Carlo doing her sultry thang. Damn, but she was a hottie.
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The original Lady Killers, with Alec Guinness. It also starred a very young Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom, who both went on to do the Pink Panther movies. Also saw The Captain's Paradise with Guinness, and Yvonne De Carlo doing her sultry thang. Damn, but she was a hottie.
Yes, very funny movie. Hard to believe it's the same guy who went on to play Obi-Wan.
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Just saw "My Summer of Love" on cable. Based on the title and the description I thought it was going to be a lighthearted coming-of-age movie about a lesbian romance. Um, no. It was a grim, dirty and joyless film about a lower-class lesbian who has a romance with an upper-class lesbian. Betrayals abound. Lars van Trier fans should love it. The other 99.9 percent of the human race ... not so much.
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Saw Paddington last week and loved it. I'm a sappy 50 year old woman. Saw Imitation Game on New Year's Eve and loved it. I am fascinated by the Enigmas story even though I have no idea how it works. Recently saw The Heartbreak Kid and Annie Hall on TCM. I forgot how funny those movies were. I have 10 Rillington Place in the TCM queue.
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Saw The Seventh Son. Cheesy good fun.

What is it with Jeff Bridges and his new mumbling "accent"?
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Well, he seems to keep getting work with it, so....

I've seen recently:

Rockwell Kent
A very interesting 2005 documentary about the artist, illustrator and social activist. I've always liked his stuff. He wasn't a very nice human being, though - bossy and arrogant, and cheated on both of his wives in turn with just about every woman he could.

Vertigo
Saw the Hitchcock classic with its memorable, creepy score performed live by an orchestra. Jimmy Stewart plays an ex-cop who becomes obsessed with a woman who reminds him a bit too much of someone he once loved. Hitchcock does a great job shifting from supernatural mystery to weird love story to maybe-murder whodunnit. Great scenes of Fifties San Francisco, too.

The Towering Inferno
I vaguely remembered this movie from when I was a kid, and decided to see it again. Always cheesy, often silly, sometimes effective Seventies all-star cast-of-thousands disaster flick about a huge fire in skyscraper. Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway star.

Henry V
Part of PBS's The Hollow Crown series of recent Shakespeare adaptations, with Tom Hiddleston as the great British warrior-king. Bigger budget than Kenneth Branagh's version, but not quite as good, I'd say.
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Old 02-21-2015, 07:28 AM
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I just recently saw Lucy (2014).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2872732

It was rated 6.4 on IMDB and I was very disappointed by that. I thought it should have been rated at least 7.5.

This movie was just wild. The premise was wild. The action was wild. Just everything about it was wild.

It stars Scarlett Johansson (who can always be counted on to give the audience a real good time) and Morgan Freeman who is one of the finest actors working today.

I won't tell you the plot. I doubt that I could explain why I liked it as much as I did anyway. But I wholeheartedly recommend it to you.

The only downside IMHO, was that it was written and directed by Luc Besson. He is a renowned French actor and director who is responsible for several most excellent films. Unfortunately, I think I can recognize his touch on this film and I get the feeling that much of his contributions tended to make the film kind of weird. IMO, if it was directed by a more average director, I think it would have been a better film.

However, bottom line for me was that this was a real good quality film and it's almost a certainty that no matter what, it will not fail to entertain you and it will also get your brain cells working and give you some very interesting concepts to think about it.

The opening few minutes was really exciting. It got my heart to pounding and it made me believe the rest of the film was likely going to be just as exciting as the first few minutes. Do yourself a favor and do see this film.

Scarlett is a trip. A real rocking trip!

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Re: Lucy. Haven't seen it yet, am looking forward to doing so. I liked the premise, silly as it is. And I hear you on the topic of Luc Besson. I think the French directors who've made movies do not have a very clear grasp on the distinction between science fiction and fantasy, as they keep commingling them. Besson's "Fifth Element" had a similar weirdness to it ... it had the trappings of SF by it had the feel of a campy fantasy. So did "Barberella." A shame, given that Jules Verne, one of the early giants of SF who had a real knack for getting things right, was French.
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Saw "Reality Bites" on cable yesterday. I paid attention to it mainly because of the premise, which was really nice: Elizabeth Bathory's trick of bathing in the blood of female virgins to retain her youth works, and she had survived into the present day. She assures herself of a supply of said virgins by embarking on a career as a high school sexual abstinence advocate, traveling from school to school and encouraging young girls to remain sexually chaste so she can harvest them.

So I was hoping for a brilliant little parody of abstinence counseling in high schools combined with supernatural hi-jinks, which was kind of what I got except for the "brilliant" part: all of it was kind of predictable. It was EXACTLY what you'd expect someone with generally liberal sympathies to come up with, very by the numbers and not all that insightful about the impulses that lead to sexual chastity or sexual promiscuity. Still, a fun little horror romp, just not really worthy of 90 minutes of an adult's full attention.
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I think you might mean Chastity Bites...
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Dead Reckoning, a 1947 film noir with Bogart and a Bacall wannabe by the name of Lizabeth Scott. In fact, she was promoted as 'the next Bacall', but she really didn't have the acting chops. She died in January of this year. Bogie did a good job in this film, but there are better films in the genre.
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I liked Lucy, all in all, although it was almost incoherent in the last 20 minutes or so. And Limitless is IMHO a much better take on the premise.
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Saw She Done Him Wrong ('33) with Mae West last night. Her double and single entendres had me laughing out loud, again.

Watched The Ladykillers '55 with Alec Guiness this morning, again. Absolutely hilarious, even the 20th time around.

Thank Ted for Turner Classic Movies channel. The only reason I still have DirecTv. No G.D. disco-thumping or other commercials!
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Dead Reckoning, a 1947 film noir with Bogart and a Bacall wannabe by the name of Lizabeth Scott. In fact, she was promoted as 'the next Bacall', but she really didn't have the acting chops. She died in January of this year. Bogie did a good job in this film, but there are better films in the genre.
Indeed. AAMOF, there are much better films in this genre starring Bogart.

At the time "Dead Reckoning" came out, I'm pretty sure that Bogart and Bacall were either living together or married. I doubt that Lauren Bacall would have stood still for Lizabeth Scott making more films with Bogart while Bacall was actually going to marry him. That kind of stuff just would not fly in 1947.
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My wife hates horror and disturbing movies and recently she and the boys were out of town so I binged. I recently watched:

Martyrs - A disturbing film no doubt. Sort of like Hostel + Christianity. Not for those of weak constitution but an interesting angle on the genre.

Insidious - I heard this was a great haunting movie but I wasn't that into it. Too poltergeist for me, plus the big baddie was good for the smash cut scares but when shows for an extended period was kind of hilarious. It was ok but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Sinister - Another ghost movie that also has elements of snuff films to it. I found this to be much scarier and disturbing than Insidious. Despite some of the plot weirdness I feel it's the far superior ghost film.

Last House on the Left (remake) - It was weird seeing Ricki from Garfunkel and Oates and Burt from Raising Hope in these roles but for a remake it was good. It toned down some of the ridiculous elements of the original and made some of the scenes much more visceral and horrible. The very end was a bit contrived and not great though.

Mysterious Skin - Not a murder mystery or a scary flick but more one that shows some of the impacts to the lives of people who are sexually abused as children. Hard to watch at times but also very very well done. I would highly recommend this one. But also - not for those with delicate sensibilities. Of all the films this one had the greatest impact on me.
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My wife and I both went to see "Grand Budapest Hotel". We both liked it very much. Wait! We didn't go see it in the theater! We rented it from one of those damned "boxes" you find in grocery stores these days. But we still liked it.

I've become pretty picky about the movies I'll go watch very possibly because I don't feel like plunking $14 down on something that's gonna SUCK so I haven't gone to watch too many movies in recent years. When I do, though, it's usually late in the year when many movies that have Oscar aspirations come out. With that in mind in recent years I've gone to see:

Skyfall, Up, Up In The Air, The Princess and the Frog, Argo, Flight, Lincoln, and, most recently Birdman. Oh, I also went to see The Nut Job in deference to my wife on her birthday either last year or the year before. Generally speaking I've gotten kind of turned off to animated films (maybe just because I'm reaching - if not already in - middle age) but I liked The Princess and The Frog. Up was okay, but I liked The Princess and The Frog better. Skyfall was fine if you like Bond movies but I don't think it was anything special (although it had Javier Bardem playing the villain and he does a fine job of that!). I remember liking Argo (phuch yerself!) but there was a little too much "Hollywood" in that movie for me to give it a top grade. Of the ones I listed I probably liked Lincoln and Birdman the best although I thought Denzel Washington did a fine job in Flight (in fact I think in many other years he would've been deserving of a Best Actor award at the Oscars but after watching Lincoln that year I had a hunch that Daniel Day-Lewis was gonna take that award). The Nut Job? It was okay. Nothing special, in my view (at least I didn't leave the theater early as I did when attempting to watch Gladiator a few years earlier).
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Didn't drive in to work yesterday with all the snow - ended up browsing Netflix and found the movie "Chef" with Jon Favreau, he also wrote and directed it.

Loved this movie. Highly recommended. It won't win any Oscar awards but it was well made and very entertaining.
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Saw several via streaming ROKU.

Gone Girl was fantastic. Glenn Close no longer holds the title of most fucked up psycho-revenge chick portrayal. Rosamund Pike was chilling.

Last night, we watched Inherent Vice. Still have no idea what that was about. I really wanted to like it, but all the best scenes were in the trailer. Not really funny at all. To call the plot convoluted would be an understatement.
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Noah. Rewriting the Bible was a foolish marketing decision ... no way it would turn out well.

Those fallen angels were pretty cool, though.
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