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Honestly that’s a big reason I see movies in the theater when possible; at home, if I’m slightly bored by a movie, I have lots of things to distract me from it (like this message board) but in a dark theater, with my phone off and in my pocket, I’m more or less forced to pay attention. It helps that I’ve spent ten bucks or so to see it.

I’ll actually follow up by saying that line kind of threw me. I do remember a soap on the rope product, but was his joke? I don’t get it.

If I recall correctly (and I certainly may not), he had just been rebuffed by a female character, and the implication was that he was going to head off to the shower to take care of himself, using the soap as a lubricant.

“Soap on a rope” is also just one of those phrases that just sounds funny, and for whatever reason, it was something that our high school theater group (of which we were both a part) joked about often. He allegedly ad-libbed the line in the film.

Check it out: Blade Runner 2049: Seen it (Open Spoilers after the first post)

Watched Fight Club for the first time a few days ago.

I had zero memory of The Big Spoiler that Rosie announced back when it opened in theaters. Zero.

Came to it just knowing I ought to see it.

Loved it. Was fascinated by the nuanced moments, lines, etc. I will watch it again.

It doesn’t follow from what the scene apparently is about, but in my crowd “soap on a rope” was obliquely referencing rape prevention in a prison/gym shower. You couldn’t drop it, so you wouldn’t put yourself into a compromising position bending over to pick it up.

That is where my mind went, but it made no sense in the scene and doesn’t even really make sense much at all. I get it in that sense, but it is a bit of a stretch* to say the least.

*Don’t go there.

I have a few dozen DVDs I purchased over the past decade that I’ve never gotten around to watching. Dusted off a couple this weekend and watched them. They’re older movies:

Class of 1984 (1982). B movie about a high school that has become overrun with violence. I wasn’t expecting much, but it was surprisingly well done. I was in high school during the same period, so it brought back some memories.

Liquid Sky (1982). I’ve heard about this cult movie for many years, and finally sat down to watch it. Holy hell. Acting and script are bad, but not in a bad way. The visuals and music were stunning, and bordering on sensory overload. These elements sort of reminded me of Suspiria. It was also interesting to see how people back then were openly struggling with the same issues we talk about today, such as transgenderism and drug use. I’d like to see it again.

I’ll watch Anthony Hopkins reading the phone book. But holy fucking hell, Human Stain, was a piece of shite.

When I was a child, I was never allowed to see the horror movies of the 1980’s. We saw clips of them on TV here and there, sometimes not even knowing which movie we were seeing because there were so many sequels.

Anyway, I watched all the Friday the 13th movies and all the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. I went and ranked them if anyone is curious about them. Nightmare is a MUCH better series, but Friday the 13th has a couple OK movies as well.

Here they are, going from best to worst of each series and also combining both.

Combined series together:

Nightmare 4
Nightmare 3
Friday VI
Nightmare 1
New Nightmare
Friday IV
Friday VIII
Friday VIII
Freddy Vs. Jason
Nightmare 5
Freddy's Dead
Jason X
Nightmare 2
Friday I, II, and III(these movies were equally trash)
Jason Goes to Hell(the WORST by far)

Just the Nightmare movies, including Freddy Vs. Jason

Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Master
Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Nightmare on Elm Street
New Nightmare
Freddy Vs. Jason
Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child
Freddy's Dead: Final Nightmare
Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

The Friday the 13th movies, also including Freddy Vs. Jason

Part VI
Part IV
Part VII
Jason X
Part V
Part III , Part II, and Part I
Jason Goes to Hell

Finally watched The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, although the only version I could find had had sound added in the form of some horrible cheezy music and a really bad actor reading the dialogue. So I turned the sound off and put up the subtitles. Yes it has all the overacting and clunky scripting one might expect of the era but holy hell, the Expressionist design is everything it was cracked up to be.

(The visual style is neatly referenced, BTW, in the “Otherside” video by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Not particularly a RHCP fan but, again, the design is nifty.)

No Time To Die

Wow, I kind of loved this movie. I’m so glad Daniel Craig got a great send-off. I will say the opening 45 minutes or so was only OK, but once we got things really moving…it was excellent. Daniel Craig is the best Bond and he had a lot of great opportunities to be awesome in this movie.

I’d rank Daniel Craig’s movies like this:

  1. Casino Royale
  2. No Time To Die
  3. Quantum of Solace <–Uh, I like this movie
  4. Skyfall
  5. Spectre <–his only real misfire of a movie

Yeah, I’d recommend this one quite a bit, though. It was thrilling and a great sendoff. I’m relieved in a way.

I haven’t seen No time to die yet, but I’d agree with your ranking of Craig’s movies, with Spectre way way down the list almost as daft as Die Another Day.

Spectre was OK for the first hour or so. However, the ending chunk or so was terrible. I haven’t reseen it since 2016, but yikes. It was a total mess.

I bet many will put Skyfall above No Time To Die, but I was never as much a Skyfall-fan as others.

Red Notice

The new Netflix thief-caper with Ryan Reynolds, Gal Godot, and Dwayne Johnson. Very light weight family friendly action comedy buddy-ish popcorn flick. Ryan gets to be his patented smart-ass funny guy. Gal gets to look fabulous. I found her ability to deliver on the acting to be suspect, I think she needs to try more “cool aloof” and not try to “go big”, as they say. Dwayne is Dwayne.

I recommend it.

I’ve not seen the most recent one yet, but for me, Quantum of Solace was a far bigger let down, especially the last third, than Spectre. Of course, both have some seriously cringe-worthy lines. e.g. “…You’re prison is inside…” Ugh. Makes me throw up a little in my mouth every time.

We finally got to see the recent version of Dune. Very well done. I like that, for the first time, the ornithopters actually look like dragonflies, kinda the way John Schoenherr depicted them in his illustrations for the Dune series when they were first printed in Analog. And Baron Harkonnen was depicted as kinda gross without being ridiculous 9and his suspensor belt didn’t seem silly).

Using black lower lip tattoos on the mentats is better than the Andy Rooney-esque bushy eyebrows they gave them in the David Lynch movie. But they should have had stained lips from sapho.

Having the Harkonnens bald rather than red-haired was a nice touch.

I assume that not showing the Guild ships teleporting through space, and not showing the Guild Steersmen (as the first two flicks did) was done to keep the tone realistic and serious. We didn’t actually see a steersman in the books until Dune Messiah, anyway.

I couldn’t help having irrelevant thoughts throughout, though, usually related to other movies and franchises

Dave Bautista showing up as the Beast Rabban makes it look as if Drax the Destroyer quit the Guardians of the Galaxy and got a job with the Baron. I miss Feyd Rautha though.

I kept looking at Zendaya as Chani and thinking “Boy, Spiderman’s gonna be pissed that Paul stole his girlfriend”. And then we’d have an epic battle between a superhero and the Kwisatz Haderach.

Arrakis is the only planet in the universe where a Ministry of Silly Walks makes any kind of sense.

Re Red Notice: completely agree with your assessment. Solid light-weight fun, nothing more, nothing less.

He probably got upset and quit the Guardians after Tony refused to do him a solid and bring back his family along with the other half of the universe. Why go about discriminating between Thanos’ victims?

Anyway, maybe his sense of humor will have improved?

I felt the opposite. I wasn’t actively mad that my wife wanted to spend two hours on it but nothing about it would make me say “Hey, you should spend two hours on this as well”.

Reynolds and Johnson were a solid B, Gadot was a C-. The set quality was distractingly poor – this isn’t something I’d almost ever say because this isn’t the sort of thing I notice in films. But I swear that I could see the painted brick lines in the ruins at the end and the jungle scene looked like someone stuffed a room full of ficus trees and parlor palms heisted from a mall food court.