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Title: Movie Thread
Post by: overthejordan on May 17, 2019, 11:40:50 PM
There have been several movie threads over the years, usually limited to new movies in a certain time frame. Can we, for the time being, have an ongoing, general movie thread, for new movies and old movies and general movie-related discussion?

I still haven't seen Tolkien or Meeting Gorbachev or Amazing Grace or The Biggest Little Farm. Those are all on my list for the beginning of summer. What else should I see soon?

What are your favorite summertime movies in general?
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: polly_mer on May 18, 2019, 12:45:28 AM
I'm going to see Secret Lives of Pets 2 even if I can't convince my kid to go.

The Death of Stalin was one I missed in our theater, but was worth paying the money to see on Amazon Video, assuming a specific sense of humor.
Title: Cheese
Post by: cc_alan on May 18, 2019, 11:43:40 AM
Hey! I love movies about eating cheese. Did anyone see "Cheese Eater 3000" last week?

I am in the right place to post this incredibly serious question, right? It's not like there's an actual thread to put movie posts in, right?


[Note: thanks for the OT tester post, cc_alan!    -Para]
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: genericusername on May 19, 2019, 08:27:43 PM
I wanted to share two useful tidbits that I thought were interesting about trends in movies lately:

1. Some huge percentage of the top movies last year were from the Marvel Character Universe, likely from having been weaponized by the Disney cross promotion and marketing machine after Disney purchased them in 2009.

2. Part of the reason why these huge super hero blockbusters keep coming through is that they do better for global distribution, whereas romantic comedies, as a genre, tend to be more culture specific, and are thus less likely to do as well across multiple markets.

Personally not such a fan of the overblown super hero genre and would prefer more sci-fi (big budget, small budget, critical, all good, space opera even better), although I did like Black Panther when I randomly saw it because the movie I went to see was sold out.

 
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mamselle on June 03, 2019, 05:46:25 PM
I think we may have lost a couple posts here from the server hiccups....

Anyway...

I had to sit through the 《Incredibles #2》a few months back, and discovered I didn't mind it as much as I'd expected...especially enjoyed Elastigirl's antics, and wondering how you get someone to model those for the graphic artists doing all that drawing.

My favorite is still "Triplets de Belleville" though...

M.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on June 04, 2019, 06:27:24 AM
"Ralph Wrecks the Internet" - in Spanish on the plane. Great movie! Really! Passes the Bechdel Test, too.

Also watched "What Men Want" and "Black KKKlansman" in Spanish. Great practice.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ergative on June 04, 2019, 08:25:51 AM
I presume this thread can also serve for tv shows?

I've been watching "Gentleman Jack". It has lots of great clothes, but the central romance features such an insipid, tiresome young woman object of affections. I have no idea what Lister sees in her, besides her money. The coal sub-plot is much more fun, and I'm particularly enjoying the tension of a protagonist who is simultaneously a figure-head for sexual progressivism, and also a classist arsehole. Lister's traditional, gender-role-embracing sister is a lot more sympathetic to the plight of the working class.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on June 04, 2019, 01:36:52 PM
I lost a post or two and became a probationary member, I guess, but I did see an actual in-theater movie recently.  We see a movie in the theater maybe once or twice a year, if that, so now's as good a time as any.  This past weekend, partner and I went to see John Wick 3.  He had seen the first movie and recommended it to me, and we saw the second movie in the theater together.  It was a little funny to hear the two older ladies sitting in front of us at that showing commenting on previews that were violent.  I wondered what they thought John Wick 2 would be like! I'll just say that they had a lot of comments throughout.

In any case, if you are not comfortable with egregious violence, I would certainly suggest avoiding the series.  I think the storyline is interesting, and the action can be kind of fun.  I found myself a couple times during this movie covering my eyes with my arm and exclaiming at some of the violence (and I have seen and own the first 7 Saw movies).  I did expect the violence but was a little startled at times.  At other times, the action was very entertaining.  There is one scene in particular that I thought was done very well.  Overall, I would say this movie was probably better than the second but not as good as the first.  Some plot points did not make sense to either of us, but I also think I may have picked up on some of the mythology that I missed before.  Naturally, some dialogue and acting were laughable, even from some very well-respected actors.   If you can suspend disbelief about some of the logistical issues and mythology, you may enjoy it overall.   I did.   
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: polly_mer on June 07, 2019, 06:48:30 AM
I'm chuffed to read about John Wick 3 and to know that R rating is real so Blocky shouldn't get to come.  I, too, enjoyed the Saw movies, but they aren't Blocky-friendly.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on June 07, 2019, 12:44:07 PM
I'm chuffed to read about John Wick 3 and to know that R rating is real so Blocky shouldn't get to come.  I, too, enjoyed the Saw movies, but they aren't Blocky-friendly.

I don't remember exactly how old Blocky is now (time flies!), but from my recollection I would agree... probably not a good movie to take him to.  Are you familiar with https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/)? They have movie, TV, and app reviews, and others.  For movies, they rate aspects like language, violence, sex, positive role models, and others on a 5-pt scale.  They describe what parents need to know about the movie (though it can give some of the movie away at times, which is annoying to me if I want to see the movie myself) and have ratings by parents and kids.  They also talk about how to discuss the movie with your kids, what the story is about, and whether it is any good.   I use that site a lot! I read the JW3 ratings, and I agree with their description.  There is a lot of almost campy violence that is not that bad in some ways (they refer to it as "over-the-top, video game" violence).  For most of that, it goes on so long at times that I found myself actually tuning it out.  But, there are some moments that are really specific and graphic (they give an example in the "What Parents Need to Know" section) that are more along the lines of Saw that I wouldn't really want my 15yo to watch.  She has seen Saw and a number of other movies that I didn't really support, and who knows what else she sees, but I would avoid if possible.  I hope that helps, but feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: polly_mer on June 07, 2019, 12:50:20 PM
Blocky is ten and we consult Common Sense Media frequently for video games.  I hadn't thought to look for JW3 because I saw JW1 and JW2 so I thought it unlikely that JW3 would somehow be wrong in their R rating.

I was just happy to see someone recommended JW3 as worth seeing because, with sequels, you're getting a crapshoot.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on June 07, 2019, 12:53:56 PM
Oh, okay.  Yes, I liked JW3 a lot.  My 23yo daughter and my spouse also did.  It was definitely entertaining and had some really well done scenes.  If you liked the first two, I think you will like that one as well. 
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on June 08, 2019, 08:23:25 PM
I saw Godzilla this afternoon.  It was loud.  I suppose that it was ok, but I wasnt all that impressed with the show today. 
IF you go, WAIT FOR THE END of the credits for an extended scene.

I saw previews for many retreads!  There is another Rambo movie in the works with Stalone.  Linda Hamilton (if I remember her name) will reprise the Sara Connors role in a retread of Terminator (with The Govinator!)

Im looking forward to the zombie move that starts next week.

The theater was crowded with Pets fans!
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: bioteacher on June 08, 2019, 08:44:49 PM
How did Blocky become ten so SOON?  It's too fast!  (I say this with Bioson away at technical school and Bioette heading into grade 10 in the fall. Neither of them were given permission to grow up, either.

Hubby and I just watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas tonight on netflix. We both thought it plodded along too slowly. We didn't like the ending, either. I expected it to continue a few more minutes.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: polly_mer on June 08, 2019, 08:58:57 PM
How did Blocky become ten so SOON?  It's too fast!  (I say this with Bioson away at technical school and Bioette heading into grade 10 in the fall. Neither of them were given permission to grow up, either.

I remember Bioette being about six and adorable as we toured the zoo those many years ago.

In other events, Blocky has flat out refused to go with me to see The Secret Life of Pets 2.  I'm thinking of going tomorrow afternoon without him because I still want to see it (JW3 is not showing here yet).
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: bioteacher on June 08, 2019, 09:29:46 PM
She just turned fifteen, has a purple stripe in her hair, and is still adorable on days the teenage drama doesn't overshadow it.

I affirm your choice to go see a movie by yourself. I regularly do it for shows my family doesn't have an interest in and find I enjoy them quite a bit. It's Blocky's loss.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mamselle on June 08, 2019, 11:25:01 PM
So, connoisseurs of all things movie....

If I were only to go see one film in the next 6 months (my average)....

......which one should it be?

(And why, if you wish--or not)


M.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Hegemony on June 09, 2019, 12:53:37 AM
Just saw Rocketman tonight — under some duress — and I sure didn't expect to come out of it singing its praises!  I thought it was inventive, witty, catchy, and very well done.  Enjoyable even to someone who is not a big Elton John fan.  It has some of the zany inventiveness of Ken Russell back in the day, but in a more heartwarming and congenial way.  What a lot of fun.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on June 09, 2019, 11:00:35 AM
Lots of choices on the horizon!  Next weekend (6/9/19) will open Shaft, Men In Black, and The Dead dont Die!
There are still plenty of other shows that I have not yet seen, but would like to, including Rocketman, The Secret Lives of Pets, and The Biggest Little Farm.

What shows are you looking to see this week?  What about this weekend?  This summer?
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: sprout on June 09, 2019, 12:36:20 PM
Saw Booksmart Friday night.  It was delightful.  Very much an idealized Hollywood version of high school, but the characters and their relationships were sweet and well-done and great fun to watch.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: chemigal on June 10, 2019, 04:54:56 AM
We finally saw Avengers Endgame yesterday.  I was not impressed and I LOVE terrible action movies.  I found it boring and it focused on the wrong parts of the story line.  Chem-husband fell asleep twice and had to be elbowed awake (he snores).  Looking forward to the new MIB.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: polly_mer on June 10, 2019, 06:00:39 AM
Looking forward to the new MIB.

Oooh, the new MIB.  Yes, I'm looking forward to that, too.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mamselle on June 10, 2019, 06:33:29 AM
Mission in Burma?

M.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: polly_mer on June 10, 2019, 05:02:53 PM
Mission in Burma?

M.

I'd go watch that, too, but this MIB is Men in Black.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on June 10, 2019, 06:16:19 PM
Tomorrow has a preview of The Dead Dont Die.  I have tickets!!

Wednesday has a preview of Men In Black!  I have tickets for that too!!

Im looking forward to seeing both of those before the weekend opening!

I am going to be gone this weekend to see my parents,  so this is a great chance to see it before everyone else gets to see it and tell me about how good or bad these shows are!!

If there are extended scenes, Ill let you know.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on June 11, 2019, 07:41:38 PM
I have returned from The Dead Dont Die.

I will say that it was 'campy' 

There are NO extended scenes
It isnt a horror movie. It isnt exactly a comedy.  From some of the laughs, there were a lot of 'inside' or topical jokes.  I enjoyed it, though.

I dont know if what follows qualifies as a 'spoiler' or not, so I moved it down some. 



It was an interesting film that knew it was a movie, so some of the dialog was about the movie.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: polly_mer on June 11, 2019, 07:44:29 PM
Thanks for the report, Clean.  I'm good with campy horror.  If The Dead Don't Die comes here, perhaps I'll go see it.  We're isolated enough that we tend to not get all the first-run movies.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: backatit on June 12, 2019, 08:34:44 AM
Saw Booksmart Friday night.  It was delightful.  Very much an idealized Hollywood version of high school, but the characters and their relationships were sweet and well-done and great fun to watch.

We just saw this as well, and loved it.

I'm a huge fan of all things John Wick as well, so will see that one before our BIG movie this weekend (tis' summer, after all)...

The Dead Don't Die. I'm looking forward to it. I was a HUGE fan of Zombieland, and hope I don't get my hopes up too much. There is an excellent Australian show - Glitch which is worth seeing if you're a fan.

Also my favorite UK zombie movie of all times (although I love Shaun of the Dead of course)

Cockneys Versus Zombies

My other favorite movie although it's not Zombie specific (it's about aliens) is Attack the Block. If you haven't seen it, and don't mind a bit of gore, I highly recommend renting it on Amazon.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mamselle on June 12, 2019, 08:44:37 AM
Anything with just-plain human beings up lately?

M.
(Who hid under the theatre seat at the original showing of 《The Wizard of Oz》 when the green globe with the witch's face appeared hovering over the screen, at age 6 or so...)
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: backatit on June 12, 2019, 08:48:02 AM
Anything with just-plain human beings up lately?

M.
(Who hid under the theatre seat at the original showing of 《The Wizard of Oz》 when the green globe with the witch's face appeared hovering over the screen, at age 6 or so...)

LOL, I figured you'd like Attack the Block since it's set in Tower Hamlets in London. But Booksmart is about people :D. Attack the Block has Jodie Whitaker in it (the new Doctor) and John Boyega from the new Star Wars franchise in it.

Speaking of shows and movies, is anyone else as hooked on  Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's work as I am? I was obsessed with What we do in the Shadows the movie, and am enjoying the series more than I expected to (it doesn't hurt that it has Matt Berry from the IT crowd in it...which is how I found Attack the Block, btw, as it's by
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Hegemony on June 12, 2019, 09:43:29 AM
Yes to Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi!  I adored What We Do In The Shadows ("Werewolves not swearwolves!"), as well as the Flight of the Conchords TV series.  Also the rock monster in Thor.  I'm trying to find a way to get access to the new TV series.

In other news, the new Men in Black movie got 1 out of 5 stars from the Guardian:
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jun/12/men-in-black-international-review-f-gary-gray-chris-hemsworth-liam-neeson-tessa-thompson
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: backatit on June 12, 2019, 01:19:53 PM
You can buy the new tv series on Amazon for a paltry fee (I assure you it's worth it!). We also got it on FX (are you in the US?) through our Directv subscription but I was so incensed at all the commercials that I'm spoiled. Now if I can just spoof NZ to get the Wellington Paranormal spinoff my life will be complete :D.

Speaking of which, it's not by them, but have you watched Strange Calls? I like that one, too.

And I saw that Guardian review (I'm a subscriber and that's the first thing I read in the morning). So disappointing, but maybe it's better than the review suggests.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on June 12, 2019, 08:46:39 PM
i saw Men In Black today.
I guessed some of the plot twists, but was surprised by others.

I had read the poor review, but I think that it was better than the review indicated.  If you liked MIB I and II, it was in the same vein. 

I didnt sit all the way through the credits, but the theater workers said that there were no extra scenes!  I hope that they werent just truing to move us along!
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: backatit on June 13, 2019, 08:17:54 AM
I just checked and it does NOT, indeed, have a post-credits scene (I always want to know this sort of thing, and there are a couple of sites that will reveal whether a movie does or does not include that - just google "does x movie have post-credits scenes").
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on June 21, 2019, 09:11:12 AM
Toy Story is back.
Will you be watching Woody and Buzz (and Sporky) this weekend?

Will you go to the movies at all this weekend?  It is warming up, and theaters are usually air conditioned!!  (though I suppose that anywhere that AC is a plus, people will have AC at home).
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on June 21, 2019, 01:13:24 PM
I got the latest copy of my BoxOffice subscription. It includes a calendar of sorts that indicates the releases of movies by the various distributors.  I have listed some titles that are in Wide Release for the next few months and then some other titles I found interesting (or stars I recognize) that release from September through December.
Which of these are of interest to you?  Have you seen the trailers yet? 

Here are some of the releases coming soon:

June
Ophelia (6/28) IFC Films staring Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts
Yesterday (6/28) Universal staring Lilly James and Hirmesh Patel
Anabelle Comes Home (6/26) Warner Bros staring McKenna Grace and Madison Iseman

july

The Lion King (7/19) Disney staring Donald Glover and Beyonce
Stuber (7/12) Fox staring Daave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani
Crawl (7/12) Paramount staring Kaya Scrodelario and Barry Pepper
Spiderman: Far From Home (7/2) Sony staring Tom Holland and Michael Keaton
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (7/26) Sony (Quenton Tarantino) Staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt
Brahms: The Boy II (7/26) STX Entertainment staring Katie Holmes

August
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobs and Saw (8/2) Uniersal  staring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham
Brittany Runs a Marathon (8/23) Amazon Sutdios staring Jullian Bell and michaela Watkins (com/dra)
47 meters Down: Uncaged (8/16) Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures   staring John Corbett and Nia Long
The Art of Racing in the Rain (8/9) Fox Staring Milo Ventimigilia and Amanda Seyfried
Ready or Not (8/23) Fox Searchlight straing Samara Weaving and Adam Brody
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark ( 8/9) Lionsgate staring Zoe Colletti and Michael Garza
Angel has Fallen (8/23) Lionsgate staring Morgan Freeman and Gerard Butler
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (8/9) Paramount staring Isabela Moner and Eugenio Derbez
The Peanut Better Falcon (8/9) Roadside Attractions staring Shia LeBeouf and Dakota Johnson
My Spy (8/23) STX Entertainment staring Dave Bautista and Kristen Schaal
Whered you go Bernadette?  (8/9) United Artists Releasing staring Cate Blanchett and Billy CrudupThe Kitchen (8/9) Warner Bros staring Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish


Others I thought were interesting:
Maleficient: Mistress of Evil (10/18) Disney staring Angelina Jolie ad Elle Fanning
Frozen 2 (11/22) Disney staring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (12/20) Disney Staring Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver
Downton Abbey (9/20) Focus Features staring Hugh Bonnerville and Laura Carmichael
Ford V Ferrari (11/15) Fox staring Matt Damon and Christian Bale
Spies in Disguise (12/25) Fox staring Wil SMih and Tom Holland
Rambo:Last Blood (9/20) Lionsgate staring Sylverter Stallone and Paz Vega
Midway (11/8) Lionsgate  staring Woody Harrelson and Patrick Wilson
Knives Out (11/27) Lionsgate staring Daniel Craig and Chris Evans
Gemini Man (10/11) Paramount Staring Will Smith and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Terminator: Dark Fate (11/1) Paramount Staring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton
Zombieland 2 : Double Tap (10/18) Sony staring Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (11/22) Sony Staring Tom Hanks
The Addams Family (10/11) United Artists Releasing staring Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron
It Chapter Two (9/6) Warner  bros  Staring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain
Joker (10/4) Warner Bros staring Joaquin Phoenix
Superintelligence (12/20) Warner Bros staring Melissa McCarthy and Bobby Cannavale
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mamselle on June 23, 2019, 05:50:42 PM
Thanks to an odd reference in a New Yorker article from a month ago, I just located the title of a French film I'd been pondering for awhile, but couldn't recall.

Whew!

It's <<L'Amour fou>> by J. Rivette....I could picture various scenes, etc. but couldn't recall the cineaste or the title...it's only been a couple decades since I saw it.

But very interesting and worth checking out if you have a place that shows films from other places.

M.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: polly_mer on June 24, 2019, 06:02:05 AM
This weekend, we went to see The Secret Life of Pets 2 (good enough kid's movie, but predictable for adults) and Men in Black: International (good enough summer action movie).

The air conditioning in the theatre was turned up nice and high.  For MIB, there were 8 of us in the theatre so I was glad for my sweatshirt.

Interested poll: how many of your local theatres serve macaroni and cheese?  Ours just started and it was clearly from the same cheap box as the college student staple.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on June 25, 2019, 11:55:32 AM
I am looking forward to seeing the movie Yesterday.  It opens this weekend.

Anyone else making movie plans for this weekend?
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: saffie on June 27, 2019, 06:54:04 AM
Yesterday looks interesting, as does the documentary Maiden, I may see one of these over the weekend or next week.

I'm also planning to see The Cure's 1978-2018 Anniversary concert film. It's playing one night in July at the local Alamo theater, as is Rock'n'Roll High School (1979).
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on June 28, 2019, 04:19:05 PM
I saw Shaft yesterday afternoon. It only had one showing at my preferred theater and that was the last showing as something else was taking its place.

It was a $6 show, and I suppose it was worth $6.  It was ok.  It had a bit too much 'language' for me, I suppose.

This weekend I m hoping to see Yesterday.  If I dont finish my research assignment, though, Ill see it next week. Maybe on July 4 afternoon. 

The previews included Rambo: last blood, Ford Vs Ferrari, Hollywood town,   and a hurricane meets alligator movie Crawl.  Frankly, none of them look all that exciting to me at this point.  I may see the alligator movie on a rainy afternoon (by myself, as my girlfriend isnt likely to go with me). 

Will you watch any movies between now and July 4?  (Spiderman - 'next iteration ' will be out Monday I think to launch the July 4 festivities!  I expect that will be the big draw next week.)
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: polly_mer on June 28, 2019, 05:31:57 PM
Will you watch any movies between now and July 4?  (Spiderman - 'next iteration ' will be out Monday I think to launch the July 4 festivities!  I expect that will be the big draw next week.)

Maybe.  Toy Story 4 is still here and I overheard Blocky talking to one of his friends.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: kaysixteen on June 28, 2019, 09:21:53 PM
How can one possibly pass on Rambo, septuagenarian though he be, going out with a blaze of glory?
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ergative on June 28, 2019, 11:20:07 PM
We just saw Toy Story 4. I quite enjoyed it. If you think about the movies as the interaction of kid and toy individual and evolutionary life cycles, then you have the birth of a new toy (Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 1), the prime of kids and toys (Toy Story 2), the growing up and moving on of kids (Toy Story 3), and then Toy Story 4 is about the growing up and moving on of Toys, as well as the evolution of a new category of toy.

It's making me think very deep thoughts about religion and the role of a creator and what creations owe to their creators and what the relationship between creation and creator can be like if it's not all awe and worship. You could almost view it as an allegory about allowing people to participate or not in religion, as they like, although from that perspective Forky's conversion is forced and problematic.

It's also super feminist, and the villain has a terrific character arc.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: backatit on June 29, 2019, 09:06:56 AM
We're going to see Yesterday this evening. I'm really looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: bioteacher on June 29, 2019, 01:16:15 PM
I will revise my aversion to Toy Story 4 and consider going. I loved the trilogy so much I am leery of watching it be destroyed in money grab sequels. I'm glad to hear it was good.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on June 29, 2019, 08:50:48 PM
I will revise my aversion to Toy Story 4 and consider going. I loved the trilogy so much I am leery of watching it be destroyed in money grab sequels. I'm glad to hear it was good.

I watched Toy Story (the original) last night because I had never seen it - what a cute movie! I am revising my boycott of sequels to watch Toy Story 2 and if I like it, I might even watch 3... even 4.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Hegemony on July 01, 2019, 02:42:48 AM
I thought Toy Story 4 was a lot of fun and in fact better than Toy Story 3. It took a little while to get going — I found Forky annoying — but at a certain point it really takes off.

The same is true of Yesterday.  There is a big climactic moment which I thought was too quick, and I have to say I was a lot less interested n the pedestrian love story than the whole intriguing world-without-key-icons concept.  But it was good mild fun.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: statsgeek on July 01, 2019, 06:13:52 AM
Pixar did it again!  StatSpouse and I really enjoyed Toy Story 4.  If you see it, stay all the way through the credits - until right before the screen goes dark and the lights come on. 
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on July 01, 2019, 06:38:35 AM
Pixar did it again!  StatSpouse and I really enjoyed Toy Story 4.  If you see it, stay all the way through the credits - until right before the screen goes dark and the lights come on.

Do they have a blooper reel like at the end of Toy Story 2?
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on July 01, 2019, 07:08:40 PM
Spider Man opens tonight at midnight in my neighborhood. 
It is sold out!
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: backatit on July 02, 2019, 05:53:03 AM
We saw Yesterday this weekend and loved it.

I also saw Juliet, Naked on Amazon (it's included with Prime). HIGHLY recommend it - I love Chris O'Dowd (from the IT crowd) anyway, but everyone was excellent and it's a surprising gem of a movie.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: sprout on July 02, 2019, 10:22:56 PM
Saw the latest Annabelle this weekend.  It was fun, a couple of good scares, but nothing spectacular.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on July 10, 2019, 01:05:34 PM
This weekend (coincidentally?)  marks the opening of Crock.  (hurricane hits florida (im sure it is not too late to change the location advertising), Girl goes to check on father, father trapped by 'nest of gators'.... so this is sort of a cross between Jaws, The Meg, and maybe some lesser quality films.  I understand it has an 88 minute run time.... 'a sure sign of quality'.)

Also is SuperUber or somthing like that.  This sounds similar to the Queen Latifa movie where she had to take a cab to solve crimes.  It looks like this time it is Uber! 

Im going to Florida this week for my mom's birthday, so I wont be seeing any movies this weekend.  (though Im not sure that I m missing much this weekend!)

What about you?  What will you see?

Are you holding out for Next Week's THE LION KING? 
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: magnemite on July 10, 2019, 02:04:48 PM
Went to see Spiderman far from home- was pleased, overall a good movie, and the two intra-credit scenes were also excellent.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: saffie on July 11, 2019, 08:03:36 AM
Might see The Art of Self Defense in the next week. The Farewell (limited release?) looks interesting too.
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Post by: Economizer on July 11, 2019, 01:42:03 PM

Has any one seen Stuber yet?  I am planning on going to see it tonight.
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Post by: clean on August 16, 2019, 03:13:39 PM
Anyone planning to see a movie this weekend?

Im not sure what is even out anymore. I may see one this weekend, but no promises.

My girlfriend doesnt want to see anything before noon, and doesnt want to see anything that may be a horror movie.  SO I may skip out and see an early horrible movie! 

Good Boys doesnt look 'good' to me. I doubt that I am the target audience.
Somehow it looks like I missed the ones I wanted to see (like Yesterday).
My local favorite theater still has Lion King.  There are a few showtimes for Melissa McArthy's The Kitchen. Once upon a time in Hollywood is only at 10pm (past my bedtime). There are several showing of Dora and the Lost City of Gold, but I m not that target audience either!  The big screens I think are Good Boys, 47 Meters Down (a shark movie?) and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  None of these are going to excite my girlfriend.

Oh, here is what the theater link says about "Good boys:  From the guys who brought you Superbad and Sausage Party."  Yea, she wont be excited to see that (and neither will I!)

So what are your recommendations?  What is playing at your cinema?
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Post by: saffie on August 18, 2019, 09:19:15 AM
Good Boys and Where'd You Go Bernadette are the new releases at my usual theater.  Don't think I'll get to see either of these.

This coming week I'm seeing Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut.  Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse is coming back for a few screenings - I missed this the first time around so I may try to get to that one too.
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Post by: monarda on August 18, 2019, 09:34:48 AM
We saw the Tarantino movie yesterday. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.  I'm not one for violence, but I liked it. Much more than I thought I would. Especially if you appreciate how he twists outcomes of the true stories/situations on which his movies are loosely based.

I might recommend reading to remind yourself a little about Charles Manson before going to see this one, that way you'll get all of the references to real people in this movie.
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Post by: Antiphon1 on August 18, 2019, 12:02:35 PM
We liked Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.  Husband found it sad in a metatheater kind of way - sort of the layers of falseness, pretense, insecurity, and general navel gazing one often finds in the business end of entertainment.  Tarantino specializes in fables about storytelling, so the rewriting of Sharon Tate's story didn't surprise us. 

We also caught Where'd You Go Bernadette?.  It's fun.  Kind of a frothy midlife crisis caper. 
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Post by: 0susanna on August 20, 2019, 12:48:50 PM
If you like Bruce Springsteen, or even if you don't, Blinded by the Light is a treasure. See it and give yourself some hope before the semester drags you under.
I wouldn't mind seeing it twice.
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Post by: sprout on August 20, 2019, 01:41:09 PM
We saw the Tarantino movie yesterday. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.  I'm not one for violence, but I liked it. Much more than I thought I would. Especially if you appreciate how he twists outcomes of the true stories/situations on which his movies are loosely based.

I might recommend reading to remind yourself a little about Charles Manson before going to see this one, that way you'll get all of the references to real people in this movie.

If you're interested in the real-life references, this is a quick review:  Once Upon...: A Character Guide (https://www.vulture.com/2019/08/the-true-story-of-once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood-characters.html)   Spoiler alert, of course.  You may want to wait until after seeing the movie to click the link.
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Post by: hmaria1609 on August 21, 2019, 07:29:09 PM
I'm a happy camper that the soundtrack for the upcoming "Downton Abbey" movie (US release Sept. 20th) is available for pre-order now.
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Post by: backatit on August 22, 2019, 06:03:35 AM
If you like Bruce Springsteen, or even if you don't, Blinded by the Light is a treasure. See it and give yourself some hope before the semester drags you under.
I wouldn't mind seeing it twice.

Just saw it, and was in tears through the whole thing. My partner grew up in a small town in Thatcherite Britain, and it really hit home for us. Sometimes he forgets just how bad it was - the poll tax riots and scraping by on a student allowance of 100£ a month. OTOH, there was never any question of whether he could go to uni or not; my partner was homeless as a teen and he got a stipend because of it.

And yes, I'll definitely see it again. We have a good friend who has actually been to as many Springsteen concerts as he has - even traveling to the states to see him. It's an obsession, but I can think of worse ones :D.
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Post by: saffie on September 20, 2019, 09:53:45 AM
I'm planning to see Downton Abbey in the coming week. Ad Astra and the latest Rambo movie are also new this weekend.

From Clean's earlier list, Knives Out looks to be entertaining from what I saw in the preview. Little Women (December) and Pain and Glory (October) also look interesting. I just signed up for a season pass so I'm hoping to get to more movies this fall.
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Post by: clean on September 20, 2019, 09:58:59 AM
Im so busy with 2 online classes, I havent had time to even think about a movie!! 
I was interested in thinking about seeing the movie where the lady runs a marathon.  (clearly I am not on top of the title!  )
I dont want to run a marathon (IF i have to be 26 miles away, Id drive!).  However, I d like to be inspired to get out of the house and walk more!
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Post by: ab_grp on September 20, 2019, 10:19:12 AM
We don't get out to movies that often, but I saw a good review for Ad Astra yesterday.  That might be an option.  I would be interested to hear opinions if anyone here sees it. 
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Post by: hmaria1609 on September 20, 2019, 01:51:13 PM
I plan to see "Downton Abbey" too.  My copy of Downton Abbey: the Official Film Companion by Emma Marriott came yesterday.  Enjoyed it!
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Post by: ab_grp on September 20, 2019, 07:14:01 PM
I plan to see "Downton Abbey" too.  My copy of Downton Abbey: the Official Film Companion by Emma Marriott came yesterday.  Enjoyed it!

I watched the first four seasons of the show and loved it for the most part but tailed off.  Initially, I think it was just supposed to be the first couple episodes, and that's it.  I thought they were great episodes with a good finish.  Then they rolled out season two, which was pretty good! But, eventually I just did not get into it as much, although there are many excellent characters.  I read a "refresher" after the final season (6?) today and would love to know if the movie does it justice! Please let us know what you think when you've seen it.
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Post by: mamselle on September 20, 2019, 08:37:06 PM
My sense with a couple of the "Made from BBC (or its Australian equivalent) TV Series" movies is that, unlike their holiday specials, which continue or expand a storyline they plan to develop further, the movies kill off a bunch of the antagonists so the show can't go on....or has to struggle to rebuild from the ground up.

The most obvious one, to me, was the Dr. Blakley series, in which several of the folks who provided dramatic, oppositional grist for the plot-mill, were killed off. But I think it's happened with others, too...so the excitement about a full-length film. Coming out might really be the death-knell for the TV series its based on.

But this theory would want more analysis of more shows for confirmation....and I can't put the viewing time in, at the moment!

Sigh...

M.

M.
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Post by: hmaria1609 on September 21, 2019, 07:32:49 PM
There's the "Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears" movie next year:
https://blogs.weta.org/tellyvisions/2019/09/16/trailer-miss-fisher-crypt-tears-finally-here (https://blogs.weta.org/tellyvisions/2019/09/16/trailer-miss-fisher-crypt-tears-finally-here)
In February 2020, it will release first in Australia then a limited US and UK run afterwards.

I didn't see the "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" when it originally broadcasted on PBS. It was aired on a week night on our local PBS station. The new spin-off "Ms. Fisher's MODern Murder Mysteries" focuses on Peregrine Fisher following in her aunt's footsteps in 1960s Melbourne.
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Post by: mamselle on September 21, 2019, 09:13:31 PM
Oh, my.

I really should NOT have read that!

The costumes, acting, and sweet, zany, insane plot lines will drag me in and not let me go.

I daren't .....

But good to know....I guess!

M.
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Post by: clean on October 09, 2019, 12:52:50 PM
The Adams Family (a cartoon) opens this weekend. 
Anyone up for some pre-Halloween entertainment?

Im also interested in (I believe) Jexi- about a phone assistant gone rogue!

However, I have not seen a movie in months!  I suppose that it is good to be busy!
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Post by: Parasaurolophus on October 09, 2019, 03:19:55 PM
There's the "Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears" movie next year:
https://blogs.weta.org/tellyvisions/2019/09/16/trailer-miss-fisher-crypt-tears-finally-here (https://blogs.weta.org/tellyvisions/2019/09/16/trailer-miss-fisher-crypt-tears-finally-here)
In February 2020, it will release first in Australia then a limited US and UK run afterwards.

I didn't see the "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" when it originally broadcasted on PBS. It was aired on a week night on our local PBS station. The new spin-off "Ms. Fisher's MODern Murder Mysteries" focuses on Peregrine Fisher following in her aunt's footsteps in 1960s Melbourne.

So. Excited!
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Post by: kaysixteen on October 09, 2019, 09:29:24 PM
Anyone actually see Rambo yet?
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Post by: statsgeek on October 10, 2019, 09:54:56 AM
See Judy.  Wow!
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Post by: hmaria1609 on October 10, 2019, 07:14:49 PM
I watched the first four seasons of the show and loved it for the most part but tailed off.  Initially, I think it was just supposed to be the first couple episodes, and that's it.  I thought they were great episodes with a good finish.  Then they rolled out season two, which was pretty good! But, eventually I just did not get into it as much, although there are many excellent characters.  I read a "refresher" after the final season (6?) today and would love to know if the movie does it justice! Please let us know what you think when you've seen it.
Last Sunday, I saw the movie and enjoyed it.  The audience clapped as the credits rolled at the end. It was good to see where the Crawleys and their servants were in their lives a year after the 6th and final season.  The overhead shots of Highclere Castle were impressive on the big screen!

I've been to Highclere Castle, Alnwick Castle, Bampton, and Lacock so it was lovely seeing these places on screen.

John Lunn, who composed the soundtrack for the series, was back to score music for the movie. He has a bit role in the movie, playing piano in an illicit bar during Thomas's night out.
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Post by: clean on November 01, 2019, 06:55:11 PM
AhNahld 'the Governator' is back on the big screen this weekend!
Anyone going to see the newest Terminator?


Will you catch one of the Halloween shows before the seasons change to Christmas?
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Post by: saffie on November 02, 2019, 12:03:39 PM
I don't think I'll get to Terminator this week, but probably will see JoJo Rabbit or Harriet. I'm looking forward to Knives Out in between now and Christmas. 
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Post by: clean on November 08, 2019, 09:34:30 AM
Zombieland left my preferred theater yesterday before I could see it. (there was a 515 showing yesterday, but I didn't even see the schedule until 530!)

Midway is on my wish list for now, as is The Teminator .

What are you wanting to see this week?
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Post by: Hegemony on November 08, 2019, 12:18:03 PM
Aiming for Jojo Rabbit and Greener Grass.  Boy, there are a lot of bad, depressing, shoot-em-up movies out there right now.
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Post by: clean on November 08, 2019, 04:43:09 PM
We made it to Terminator.  My girlfriend wasnt interested in Midway 
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Post by: fourhats on November 09, 2019, 09:26:42 AM
I'm going to see Harriet tomorrow.
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Post by: mamselle on November 09, 2019, 09:56:44 AM
Having seen the JoJoRabbit previews, I'm bothered about something that makes light (even with strong overtones) of Hitler.

I somehow miss there being any shred of humor in that historical situation, or any value in making up something about it.

Even exorcism by ridicule seems too good for it.

M.
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Post by: Anselm on November 09, 2019, 09:59:32 AM
A few weeks ago I saw Joker.  It was the 2nd visit to the local theater in 12 years.  I tend to be picky with movies.  We normally get the family friendly B movies.  This did not disappoint me.   I am glad to see it do well at the box office.  Hopefully Hollywood will learn some lessons from this.
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Post by: Anselm on November 09, 2019, 10:03:42 AM
Having seen the JoJoRabbit previews, I'm bothered about something that makes light (even with strong overtones) of Hitler.

I somehow miss there being any shred of humor in that historical situation, or any value in making up something about it.

Even exorcism by ridicule seems too good for it.

M.

What were your thoughts on The Producers from Mel Brooks? 
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Post by: mamselle on November 09, 2019, 10:05:09 AM
I didn't see that, or see trailers for it, so I can't say.

What did you think of it?

M.
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Post by: Anselm on November 09, 2019, 12:05:16 PM
I didn't see that, or see trailers for it, so I can't say.

What did you think of it?

M.

I found it lame and not funny and I always liked his other movies.  I did not see the remake from 2006.
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Post by: clean on November 21, 2019, 05:02:28 PM
I believe that this weekend marks the opening of Mr. Rogers AND Frozen II. 

Tonight's Frozen showing (first one anyway) is pretty much sold out.
The second show (is about 1/2)

Mr. Rogers is about 1/2 sold out for the 8 something show, but the 10 something show has plenty of seats.

Will you be watching either of these this weekend?
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Post by: kaysixteen on November 21, 2019, 09:51:52 PM
Midway was very excellent, much better than the still very good 1976 original.  Also used real Japanese actors speaking Japanese with subtitles, a nice touch.
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Post by: Parasaurolophus on November 21, 2019, 09:56:30 PM
I saw Zombieland 2 recently.

Meh.
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Post by: Hegemony on November 22, 2019, 01:53:15 AM
I'm here to report on JoJo Rabbit.  It's not for everyone.  But we personally thought it was fabulous.  It is not like "The Producers" in any way.  It starts off as a sort of story of dark humor.  Not macabre, but surreal with some somber touches. Then it gets a little deeper.  Then it gets a little deeper.  Then you think, "I thought this movie was just a bit of odd fluff, but — oh my goodness, it's more than that, isn't it?  I've never seen anything like this." It's still not gory or anything like that.  It does it all by thought, not by visuals.  Then by the end, when the quotation by Rilke came up on the screen, we were blown away.  As we were coming out, my friend said, "Basically I think Taika Watiti is a genius."  Which was just what I was thinking.
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Post by: saffie on November 22, 2019, 06:07:26 AM
I'd like to get to Ford v Ferrari this week, but the Mr. Rogers movie is on my list too.
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Post by: 0susanna on November 22, 2019, 08:30:48 AM
I'm going to see Harriet tomorrow.
Saw Harriet a couple weeks ago. It was excellent and I hope everyone sees it. It also made me think, "Hey, why isn't there a Frederick Douglass biopic?"
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Post by: 0susanna on November 22, 2019, 08:39:22 AM
I believe that this weekend marks the opening of Mr. Rogers AND Frozen II. 

Tonight's Frozen showing (first one anyway) is pretty much sold out.
The second show (is about 1/2)

Mr. Rogers is about 1/2 sold out for the 8 something show, but the 10 something show has plenty of seats.

Will you be watching either of these this weekend?

I'll wait for the excitement to die down then catch a matinee of Frozen 2. Maybe.

The trailers for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhooddidn't excite me, at first. The documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor was SO good that I didn't see the need for a fictionalized version, even with Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys. However, Tom Junod, the reporter that Matthew Rhys's character is loosely based on, wrote a new article in the Atlantic that changed my mind. So I'll be seeing the movie this weekend, probably.
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Post by: ab_grp on November 22, 2019, 12:14:55 PM
I'm not sure I could stand to watch the Mr. Rogers movie in the theaters.  Although Tom Hanks seemed a little weird to me in the trailer, something not quite right, I was in tears eventually and don't feel like bringing a 12-pack of tissues to the theater.  I am very interested to hear any reviews and will look for the Atlantic article.  I had read one by that author about Mr. Rogers that was pretty fascinating and interestingly written but did not know that there was a new one!

The movies I have some interest in right now are 21 Bridges (which seems to have some poor critical reviews but good audience reviews) and Knives Out (which critics appear to like quite a bit but is not out yet).
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Post by: clean on December 18, 2019, 07:46:35 AM
The newest Star Wars movie starts soon!  Are you planning to see it on opening weekend?

Will you see Cats  (the movie)?

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Post by: spork on December 18, 2019, 09:54:51 AM
I rarely get into the theater anymore -- the last time was for Blade Runner 2049 -- and so my movie watching is almost entirely Red Box DVDs or Netflix. I don't know if these count because they are Netflix streaming products:

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Post by: bioteacher on December 18, 2019, 06:36:37 PM
Knives Out was delicious FUN. My kids and I all enjoyed it. Amazing cast, too. I'd like to see it again.
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Post by: Anselm on December 19, 2019, 02:22:08 PM
The newest Star Wars movie starts soon!  Are you planning to see it on opening weekend?

Will you see Cats  (the movie)?

Do you know what can possibly be cuter than Yoda?

Baby Yoda.
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Post by: ab_grp on December 31, 2019, 11:01:17 AM
Knives Out was delicious FUN. My kids and I all enjoyed it. Amazing cast, too. I'd like to see it again.

We finally saw it yesterday.  I guess I was expecting (my own fault) something more like Clue, kind of slapstick or screwball humor with a mystery going on, but it was really more of a straightforward mystery with humor and interesting characters going on.  We both really enjoyed it and talked about it quite a bit afterward.  There were a couple clues I picked up along the way that spouse didn't, but I also fell for some red herrings.  We'd definitely recommend it.

On a side note, I don't know if this has been discussed before (or should be), but I found a useful app for movie going that I thought I'd share in case it is of interest to others.  I was concerned that I might miss some of the movie to use the restroom (particularly because the movie was a mystery), so I looked to see if anyone had come up with an app to suggest when to do so.  I found RunPee, an app for iPhone or Android, and it is awesome.  They go and watch the movies several times and suggest good break times along with how long of a break you can afford at each time and a synopsis you can click on for each break time to see what you missed (especially important plot points).  It also describes what extras there are (e.g., are there after-credit elements, and are they worth sitting through?).  I didn't look closely at any of the pertinent movie info before seeing the movie to avoid spoilers but noted that the fourth break time was recommended, and some of the others were listed as emergency breaks.  So, if you have not seen a site or app like this and would like to know when is safe to leave the theater for snacks or what have you, check it out! It looks as though you get two free movies when you enter your email but then may have to pay some minimal amount for future movies.  I think it's probably worth it to me, though we only go to the movies once or twice a year.  There might be a free alternative somewhere.
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Post by: Economizer on December 31, 2019, 02:48:29 PM

"Uncut Gems"!  Maybe I made a mistake by walking out of this one at about the half time point.  I definitely think Adam Sandler is better off in "cute person roles" and that he may have goofed by appearing in the role of a vulgar hoodlum type in this production though.  Do not take the kids to this one, for sure!
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Post by: hmaria1609 on December 31, 2019, 06:40:57 PM
Saw the new "Star Wars" movie in IMAX 3D on Christmas Day. I thought it was ok.  The ending was a lovely nod to "A New Hope" though.
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Post by: Hegemony on January 01, 2020, 02:53:14 AM
Well, I've seen a lot of movies recently.

Knives Out: Good clean fun, though I felt sorry for the Christopher Plummer character.
The Rise of Skywalker: About 5 movies packed into one. The plots went by breathlessly fast.  I appreciated an unexpected cameo.
Jumanji: The Next Level: A little hectic but some nice jokes.
Little Women: Everyone else in the whole universe likes this, but I was bothered by the unnecessary rejigging of the chronology and by the anachronisms.  And no way Amy seems 13 years old.  The Laura Dern character (Marmee) is especially well done.
Parasite: Do not go expecting a comedy of manners.  It is a horror comedy.  Everyone loved it but me.
The Lighthouse: Two testosterone-ridden men stuck in a lighthouse moodily together for six months.  Will they try to kill each other? Yes, they will.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Heartwarming in a faintly surreal way.
Jojo Rabbit: As I said previously, I thought this was genius, but you need to have a certain sensibility.
Uncut Gems: You could not pay me enough to see this movie.
Cats: Aren't you curious?  Can it be as bad as they say?  I believe it can.
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Post by: monarda on January 05, 2020, 02:05:57 PM
Knives Out was delicious FUN. My kids and I all enjoyed it. Amazing cast, too. I'd like to see it again.

We liked it, too.
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Post by: cathwen on January 06, 2020, 08:20:59 AM
Knives Out is on our list for next week.

We saw the latest Star Wars movie.  I didn’t dislike it, but I wish there had been more plot development and fewer big, splashy fighting scenes.  I just thought it was overdone. 
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Post by: clean on January 06, 2020, 02:57:13 PM
I saw Jamanji this afternoon.  I was a bit too late to see Star Wars.  Also, the ticket price for Star Wars is an extra $2 a ticket! 

I may have to make sure that I see it on Wednesday. The theater listings for the weekend are not settled yet, so IF I want to see it at my preferred theater, I may have to do it no later than Wednesday!

Knives out has long ago left my favorite theater. I havent looked to see where else it is playing.  I d like to see it in the theater, but Im not a huge fan of either of the other 2 theaters in my town.  My preferred theater (an Alamo Drafthouse) has comfy seats, good service, and they kick out noisy people or phone players!

the other places are not as nice. 

I gave up my AMC plus/preferred/prime (whatever)  membership. It used to be that my membership level had a dedicated line, but this theater did away with it, so Im in line behind everyone else and I had to be aware of not only my movie start time, but all of the other movie start times or be stuck in the popcorn line for 10 or more minutes if my movie was starting close to the start time of whatever the 'popular' show of the week was!

So Star Wars is next on my list. 
1917 isnt available at my primary theater, so I wont be seeing that one anytime soon! 
I dont know of any other movies Im particularly interested in seeing.   Frozen is still out, but Im not sure Im all that interested. 
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Post by: clean on January 06, 2020, 03:23:09 PM
I just checked Fandango.  Star Wars is not listed at any theater in my town on Friday.  SO I guess that I had better see it in the next few days!!  (IF I want to see it on a big screen!)
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Post by: Vkw10 on January 29, 2020, 07:54:58 PM
Has anyone seen The Last Full Measure or 1917? I'm debating about which to see this weekend.

I finally saw Knives Out. I enjoyed it, especially seeing the coffee mug from the first few minutes again in the final scene.
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Post by: bopper on January 30, 2020, 10:55:05 AM
 I have seen 1917...it appears to be a single long cut as you follow the heroes on their journey.  It is getting awards and oscar buzz.
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Post by: Parasaurolophus on February 17, 2020, 10:07:46 PM
Just watched William Friedkin's 12 Angry Men (1997) for the first time. What a great adaptation!


Gonna try to get to the cinema tomorrow or the day after and watch a couple new releases.
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Post by: Economizer on February 20, 2020, 09:41:56 AM
Got a free movie ticket or three as a gift. I walked out on the first one I attended (previously described here). The second, "The Gentleman", prominently featured the contributions of Guy Ritchie.  He  has a lot of the preparation and production credits from it.  That may be because a lot of folks bailed on him. 

As I was determined not to allow myself to walk out of my "free movie", I sat through its entirety.  The travelogue aspects were great, the costumes were fantastic, and the featured women were gorgeous and sexy.  The rest of it, the scenario and violence in particular, were too real and the prevailing subject, the future of the marijuana industry and, possibly the consequences ensuing, were absolutely depressing as it projects legal expansion of, in my opinion, negative forces affecting our, naturally somewhat troubled, maturing youth.

NOTE: this week I viewed, on a media link of a major electronics manufacturer, an interview with a star from the professional sports world who made a point of the investment of many of today's sports figures into "legalized marijuana" sales, distribution, and manufacture ventures. 
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Post by: Parasaurolophus on February 20, 2020, 09:16:09 PM
Uncut Gems - The most stressful film I've seen in years. Man, was my BP ever high at the end of that. Sandler puts in a surprisingly good performance, and the directors did a great job ratcheting the tension up at the beginning and keeping it at that level throughout.

Jumanji: The Next Level - This sequel had no business being as good as it was, but it was great. A rip-roaring watch with some fantastic body-swap acting. It blew the six laugh test out of the water.

1917 - This is one of the most powerful films I've seen, and far and away the best war film (also, surprisingly, not especially violent!). It quite literally took my breath away, and it took me hours afterward to recover myself. A lot of that surely has to do with Roger Deakins's photography, which gave us an exquisite continuous-shot film. I felt like it gave me a peek into my grandparents' and great-grandparents' experiences in the world wars.
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Post by: Economizer on February 26, 2020, 05:51:42 AM
Got a free movie ticket or three as a gift. I walked out on the first one I attended (previously described here). The second, "The Gentleman", prominently featured the contributions of Guy Ritchie.  He  has a lot of the preparation and production credits from it.  That may be because a lot of folks bailed on him. 

As I was determined not to allow myself to walk out of my "free movie", I sat through its entirety.  The travelogue aspects were great, the costumes were fantastic, and the featured women were gorgeous and sexy.  The rest of it, the scenario and violence in particular, were too real and the prevailing subject, the future of the marijuana industry and, possibly the consequences ensuing, were absolutely depressing as it projects legal expansion of, in my opinion, negative forces affecting our, naturally somewhat troubled, maturing youth.

NOTE: this week I viewed, on a media link of a major electronics manufacturer, an interview with a star from the professional sports world who made a point of the investment of many of today's sports figures into "legalized marijuana" sales, distribution, and manufacture ventures.

re above by me:  In the sports star's talk, he spoke of THC levels in non THC hemp products.  It turns out, according to him, that small percentages of THC (tetrahyderacanabinal, I think) are allowed in hemp products. That reminds me of alcohol content allowed in the near beer products of the Prohibition era also, used on U.S. Army posts.  A read: 50-60 year old book, " Marijuana, the new Prohibition)!
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Post by: paultuttle on February 26, 2020, 10:46:28 AM
Thanks for the reminder to check Fandango! I've just learned that yes, Frozen II is still available on the big screen in my area.

[hastily opens another window to search for Elsa gowns at nearby boutiques so I can contemplate doing a Rocky Horror -style Frozen gender-bending performance at an upcoming weekend matinee]

[unfortunately, the heels are the problem, as they always are for a tall man with big feet]



[wipes off your screen for you, virtually]
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Economizer on March 11, 2020, 11:14:00 AM
I viewed the novelist Jane Austin based work "EMMA".  My first thoughts were of the Actor Terry Thomas's quote in the character of J. Algernon Hawthorne in the classic movie "Its A Mad, Mad, Mad World": Why [are] Americans so obsessed with breasts.
How true that is of this American!

The movie itself is beautiful.  Perhaps the manner of the English tongue spoken was a bit hard to understand.  Saying that, the story is great, the scenery is at times breathtaking, and the costuming and choreography was delightful. It was a very pleasant change from other recent theater offerings.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on March 13, 2020, 04:42:14 PM
anyone going to a movie this weekend?

My favorite local place  (an Alamo Drafthouse) is now initiating a plan that automatically puts an empty chair between your parties. 

I dont know if there are any shows that i am interested in seeing.  Any recommendations?

I wanted to see "knives out" but now I see that it is for sale in Walmart (once the panic buying clears out the crowds - and shelves!- I may pick up a copy!!)
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Post by: ab_grp on March 13, 2020, 07:04:32 PM
We don't usually go to movies that often but would probably avoid them right now.  But we did preorder Knives Out and have that (and The Wire to binge, and other movies).  We met up with some friends from my old state (wrong side but same state) the other night, and one had some criticisms of Knives Out that I hadn't really thought about but were reasonably valid, although I agreed with his father that it was probably just a supercritical eye and not going with the flow of the movie.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: saffie on March 14, 2020, 05:02:08 AM
The Alama Drafthouse I have gone to is now closed due to the COVID-19 situation, so I guess I'll be exploring online streaming options for now. 
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: monarda on May 22, 2020, 03:17:51 PM
Reviving this thread- what movies are you watching on Netflix (or whatever other software you use?)

We watched "Last Tango in Halifax" and loved that. We need something new to watch.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mamselle on May 22, 2020, 06:24:34 PM
I just put down an article by Anthony Lane in The New Yorker ("A Bug's Life," pp. 57-62) reviewing a wide range of disaster/epidemic/mad-scientist-loose-among-the-populace films, which I thought could have served as the syllabus of a course on the subject all by itself.

Maybe one of those would do?

;-->

M.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Vkw10 on May 22, 2020, 06:51:50 PM
Not a movie, but I just finished A Discovery of Witches, season 1, which was amazingly faithful to the book. Bought it from Amazon. Might have to subscribe to a streaming service when season 2 is released.
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Post by: Stockmann on May 23, 2020, 09:37:04 AM
The Invitation. The premise does involve some interesting elements (grief, etc) added on to the standar dinner-party-from-hell subgenre - but the movie then completely wastes them and becomes bog-standard fare, with behavior that makes zero psychological sense by several characters, including the leads. Not really worth watching.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on May 23, 2020, 07:08:23 PM
I watched "Queen Margot" on Kanopy. (Accessible from the library online) It's an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Alexandre Dumas. I haven't read the novel, however, I read and own the dual biography The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone.

Adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility (2008)

Not a movie, but I just finished A Discovery of Witches, season 1, which was amazingly faithful to the book. Bought it from Amazon. Might have to subscribe to a streaming service when season 2 is released.
Have you read the rest of the "All Souls" trilogy novels? I've seen copies of the trilogy at the library but haven't read them.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Economizer on May 24, 2020, 11:52:09 AM
ARE MANY STATES allowing new release theaters to open?  Will there be a logjam of new releases coming out at once?

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Post by: Parasaurolophus on May 24, 2020, 12:14:42 PM
Tonight we're watching This is Spinal Tap and Anvil: The Story of Anvil, because my partner has never had the pleasure.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on May 24, 2020, 12:39:35 PM
We've mostly been watching comedies lately due to some severe stress surrounding work (Pitch Perfect 1, 2; Better Off Dead; Groundhog Day).  Last night we watched Serenity, which my spouse had shared with me a few years ago.  We recently watched Firefly, so we rewatched the movie, and it definitely connected more for me after seeing the show. 
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on May 24, 2020, 02:12:20 PM
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ARE MANY STATES allowing new release theaters to open?  Will there be a logjam of new releases coming out at once?


I think that we are legal. I believe that one independent has opened somewhere in the county.

For the most part, the big ones have remained closed. I got a survey from Alamo Drafthouse a few weeks ago. It asked some questions about reopening ... like would we be willing to pay $10 a person in food purchases in addition to admissions?

At present, though, there are no releases to show, so no real reason to rush to reopen. 

I am not going to pay an additional $10 each in food purchases for each movie, and there are no movies to watch anyway.  I am in the high risk group and Im not sure that I want to watch a movie in a mask. 

Under what conditions would you consider returning to a movie?
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: spork on May 24, 2020, 02:36:41 PM

[. . .] 

Under what conditions would you consider returning to a movie?

Probably none. Haven't had a good theater experience since Despicable Me 2 (2013) and Inside Out (2015) -- nominally children's movies that the infants to pre-teens in the room were entranced by, and which contained enough adult material to keep the parents off their phones. I have no interest in comic book superhero special effects extravaganzas and inevitably a movie made for the big screen and for which I have high hopes, like Blade Runner 2049, lets me down. I can watch a movie in the comfort of my own home and not have to put up with jackasses talking with each other for far less money.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mamselle on May 24, 2020, 03:39:22 PM
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Under what conditions would you consider returning to a movie?

After a year has passed with a very low incidence of viral transmission.

Seriously.

Same for church, visits with friends, etc.

I like my life and I like living it.

M.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on May 24, 2020, 03:56:39 PM
When cleaning between showings becomes routine.
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Post by: saffie on May 24, 2020, 04:05:21 PM
I got a survey from Alamo Drafthouse a few weeks ago. It asked some questions about reopening ... like would we be willing to pay $10 a person in food purchases in addition to admissions?

I received the same, I think. There were also questions about cleaning, distancing (keep empty seat between people), limited menu options. $ amount was higher for NYC area.

I'd consider going back if strict cleaning between screenings and extra space between customers were in place. It would involve a subway trip too though, so that's something else to think about.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Vkw10 on May 24, 2020, 08:15:32 PM
Not a movie, but I just finished A Discovery of Witches, season 1, which was amazingly faithful to the book. Bought it from Amazon. Might have to subscribe to a streaming service when season 2 is released.
Have you read the rest of the "All Souls" trilogy novels? I've seen copies of the trilogy at the library but haven't read them.

Yes, I have. I bought the first as an audiobook, years ago, for a long car trip, then bought hard copies of each to read. The setting pulled me into the first book, a historian who happens to be a witch studying alchemy texts at the Bodleian? I couldn't resist a fantasy that starts in a library.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: sprout on May 24, 2020, 11:26:27 PM

Under what conditions would you consider returning to a movie?

Honestly, I'd go back to a movie theater before a restaurant.  If masks are required (and enforced) and movies are run at half capacity maximum.  I think it would be easier to institute cleaning between movie showings than between seatings at a restaurant.  And I can watch a movie in a mask, but I can't eat a meal masked up.  To be fair, my local theater upgraded to the big, wide lounger seats with big, wide aisles a few years ago, so there was already some space between patrons pre-covid.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Stockmann on May 25, 2020, 07:50:10 AM

[. . .] 

Under what conditions would you consider returning to a movie?

Probably none. Haven't had a good theater experience since Despicable Me 2 (2013) and Inside Out (2015) -- nominally children's movies that the infants to pre-teens in the room were entranced by, and which contained enough adult material to keep the parents off their phones. I have no interest in comic book superhero special effects extravaganzas and inevitably a movie made for the big screen and for which I have high hopes, like Blade Runner 2049, lets me down. I can watch a movie in the comfort of my own home and not have to put up with jackasses talking with each other for far less money.

+1. Theoretically, it's hard to beat the big screen, but in practice I've had enough bad theater experiences, even with arthouse movies, that I'm not very keen on spending that money, and the inconvenience of heading to a theater at a prescribed time, for what may in practice be an inferior experience. Plus, it seems originality, creativity and high production values are primarily found in streaming services now anyway, with only a few recent-ish exceptions like Joker and The VVitch. I'm not keen on comic book extravaganzas, Disney and remakes/sprequels thereof, either, so that leaves basically zero incentive to return to regular theaters.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on July 12, 2020, 01:32:43 PM
SO is making air-popped popcorn in our ancient 70's popper. We're about to watch 'The Secret Life of Pets 2' (at home of course).
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on July 12, 2020, 02:09:26 PM
SO is making air-popped popcorn in our ancient 70's popper. We're about to watch 'The Secret Life of Pets 2' (at home of course).

That sounds fun!

We watched Mad Max: Fury Road last night.  I do not understand the draw of these movies and find them to be quite wacky.  I like violence as much as the next person, but there is not much of a plot to any of these movies.  I know there's a cool back story on the guy who made them, but how did this movie end up with a Best Picture Oscar nomination? Some of the stunts were definitely amazing but (like John Wick movies, which I do love) get to be too much, and I get bored and tune out, which seems a shame given how much work has gone into it.  It's hard to follow what's even happening after a while.  This episode seemed like a mix of the first and second movies plus an infusion of a lot of money.  There were also parts that were probably meant to be touching or sad but made me feel nothing, which is unusual and not a good sign.  On the plus side, once things got rolling (ha) the lead actors worked well together, and I would say it was a "fun" movie overall (but Best Picture nomination worthy? nooooooo).  I just ordered a bunch of Best Picture nominees and winners, and I hope they are better than Fury Road.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Vkw10 on July 12, 2020, 03:33:13 PM
Our local movie theatre, part of a very small family chain, is doing parking lot drive-in theatre this month, with car side delivery of pre-ordered food. We bought tickets for Star Wars series, which is playing in order of production. First show was last night, with pizza and beer delivered to car. It was fun, despite temperature in high nineties.

Movie was projected on canvas hung from building walls. Sound was played over radio, with instructions on tuning in through a phone apps.  Each car was assigned four parking spaces, with an empty space between assigned spaces and lawn chairs allowed in assigned spaces. Partner has loaded jugs of water and plant misting bottles in car for tonight, along with lawn chairs. He and nephew plan to sit outside, where they can join in on reciting the dialog tonight. I’m not fluent, so I’ll stick to mimicking sound effects.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mamselle on July 12, 2020, 03:45:13 PM
Once I was at a large, large outdoor film showing of "Casablanca."

The number of people reciting the dialogue must have been audible across the river and on the other side of town.

M.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on July 12, 2020, 03:47:12 PM
A drive-in movie sounds like fun, but the foolishness regarding the viral outbreak in my state is appalling. I think we'll stay home.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on July 12, 2020, 04:39:51 PM
I don't know if I have mentioned this here or to some family/friend, so I apologize if this is repeat content that you did not sign up for.  Youngest daughter has gone to the temporary drive in here at the local theater.  I forget what she saw.  She tried twice. The first time, she only got there 1.5 hours before the movie, and there were no spots left.  The second time, she got there hours before the movie and had success.  The sound was like what Vkw10 said, over a radio frequency or some such.  I guess here they tell you where to park, so unlike the movie theater you can't reserve a specific seat or spot ahead of time (can't buy tickets ahead of time) or pick one out when you get there from what's left.  They had the concession stands and restrooms open inside the theater, and she reported that people seemed to be following safety guidelines, though I'm not sure I trust her eye for that necessarily.  Doesn't really sound like much fun to me to be there for 4 or 5 hours versus having my own food, AC, bathroom, couch, breaks, etc., but at 16 I'm sure it's cool to do, and she's probably just happy to be out of the house.  I do think it's a neat idea if they can do it safely.

Have fun, Vkw10! I'm not fluent either, so I'd be in the special effects mimicry camp with you.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mamselle on July 12, 2020, 05:07:01 PM
Hmm. My fluency in 'Wookie' is rusty.

I'd better stick with the 18th c. for now.

M.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mahagonny on July 12, 2020, 06:41:07 PM
1920, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Young John Barrymore. Excellent. It's interesting how silent movies would show you a text screen when needed, but often would just show people talking with the idea that you would figure out from their expressions and the situation what the conversation was. Even then, the good director kept things in the right tempo. The movie 'M'  (I guess a few years later) impressed me the same way. In spite of no talking, no closeups, etc. it had momentum and climax and didn't waste a minute. Of course where the actors were stage actors, they knew how to convey things from a distance.
Just enjoying stuff. Somebody reading this knows 1000 times as much about it as me!
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Hegemony on July 13, 2020, 03:52:23 AM
I loved "Mad Max: Fury Road." Lots of smart stuff going on there, and a lovely sense of steampunk mayhem. Just because something doesn't appeal to one person doesn't automatically mean it's a bad movie.

Our local independent cinema has a deal now where you can rent out the whole cinema. It has several screens — I mean several rooms, with one screen each — but the largest is quite large, maybe 60 seats, and you could invite many friends to come watch at a socially-distanced distance. The cinema will screen nearly any movie you want, from modern films to classics, and it comes with a large credit towards concessions, which includes wine.  This sounds like so much fun that I would be tempted to do it if my household were any bigger than two, and if we didn't already have a movie projector.  We're high risk so we're not going to invite friends to come and rent the cinema with us.  But it does sound really fun.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on July 13, 2020, 08:28:39 AM
I loved "Mad Max: Fury Road." Lots of smart stuff going on there, and a lovely sense of steampunk mayhem. Just because something doesn't appeal to one person doesn't automatically mean it's a bad movie.

I absolutely agree.  I was just surprised that it was up for a Best Picture nomination.  It wasn't a bad movie, and there were interesting points to it.  The choreography was very well done.  Spouse loves it too.  Maybe it just didn't click as much with me.  I was wondering if I had missed something.  There are plenty of movies I love that others don't, that's for sure.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mythbuster on July 13, 2020, 01:35:15 PM
We watched "The Post" streaming last night. It may be the most pro-feminist movie that Spielberg has ever done. There is a scene early on that literally made me scream. Kay Graham is getting ignored and man-splained all at the same time- which really is the point of the scene. Mr. Buster couldn't understand my frustration until I explained it to him. His response was "well, she didn't speak up". Apparently we need some supplementary spousal training.
     By the end she's much more . . .  let's call it assertive. Lots of subtle points being made about things other than abuse of government power. I was glad to see Spielberg still had some subtly left in him.
   And the line at the end by Graham that this should be the once in a generation crisis made us both laugh. The true last scene (recreating the Watergate break in) really shouldn't be needed.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on July 14, 2020, 01:59:41 PM
We watched "The Post" streaming last night. It may be the most pro-feminist movie that Spielberg has ever done. There is a scene early on that literally made me scream. Kay Graham is getting ignored and man-splained all at the same time- which really is the point of the scene. Mr. Buster couldn't understand my frustration until I explained it to him. His response was "well, she didn't speak up". Apparently we need some supplementary spousal training.
     By the end she's much more . . .  let's call it assertive. Lots of subtle points being made about things other than abuse of government power. I was glad to see Spielberg still had some subtly left in him.
   And the line at the end by Graham that this should be the once in a generation crisis made us both laugh. The true last scene (recreating the Watergate break in) really shouldn't be needed.
I watched that movie on my overnight flight to London in 2018.  Also we have Katherine Graham's memoir and biographies about her on our shelves at the library.  There's also one titled Katherine Graham's Washington, a compilation about DC by well-known personalities who knew her and the city.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on July 20, 2020, 10:41:17 AM
We watched a couple movies over the weekend.  First up was La La Land, new to both of us.  We enjoyed it pretty well overall, but I'm not sure it will stick with me.  Next was Get Out, which we both thought was very cleverly done and certainly weird and creepy, though I would not categorize it as horror (more psychological thriller).  Both of the movies had some unexpected elements.  Finally, last and certainly least, was the 1984 version of Dune.  Husband had seen it many times (not at all recently) and loves the book.  We read the book last year or so, and I liked it quite a lot despite a few weaker characters and sequences.  The movie... atrocious acting and some really strange choices.  I can see why the director does not want to talk about it.  They seemed to leave out some important plot points as well.  But, I imagine it has to be difficult to make a book like that into a compact movie.  We also picked up the mini-series version from 2000, so I hope they expanded a bit in the right directions in that version.  I would definitely recommend Get Out, and I'd like to see both that one and La La Land again to pick up on points we might have missed the first time.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on July 20, 2020, 04:15:08 PM
I was looking forward to Greyhounds in the theater before it all went to hell.  It is available on Disney I think.  Has anyone seen it? Is it worth the subscription to see it?

I guess that Disney would come with other things as well, IF I had the time!  (like Hamilton and The Mandalorian).
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: spork on July 25, 2020, 02:57:26 AM
Does anyone have stay-at-home movie recommendations? We have access to Netflix, YouTube, and Red Box. We recently watched The Other Guys, which we both thought was very funny. I tried watching The Old Guard on my own, but it was so bad I only lasted 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: monarda on July 25, 2020, 09:55:08 AM
Does anyone have stay-at-home movie recommendations? We have access to Netflix, YouTube, and Red Box. We recently watched The Other Guys, which we both thought was very funny. I tried watching The Old Guard on my own, but it was so bad I only lasted 20 minutes.

Last couple of good things we watched:

Hamilton - ($7 on Disney plus for one month, does anyone have other suggestions for things to watch on Disney+ this month?)

13th

We watch a lot on PBS Passport. Our local theater troupe (American Player's Theater, APT) has been doing play readings on Zoom. Really quite good. So far we've seen three Chekov one act plays, Shakespeare's "As you Like it" and Shaw's "Arms and the Man"  Next up is Julius Caesar.

In the theater before the virus, we saw Knives Out, that should be on Netflix by now.




Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on July 25, 2020, 10:58:59 AM
The ones I've recently listed have been on DVD, but they may also be available for streaming.  I'll +1 to the recommendation for Knives Out, which we saw in the theater and then again on DVD more recently.

We watched Parasite last night and thought it was excellent.  In some ways it was similar to Get Out, in that there is an obvious surface message, but in both cases we felt that the directors also managed to build up an undercurrent throughout.  It was particularly powerful in Parasite, and there was a bit of trivia on IMDB about one of the final credits songs that just got me all over again. 
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: sprout on July 25, 2020, 11:20:00 PM
Does anyone have stay-at-home movie recommendations? We have access to Netflix, YouTube, and Red Box. We recently watched The Other Guys, which we both thought was very funny. I tried watching The Old Guard on my own, but it was so bad I only lasted 20 minutes.

Watched Eurovision on Netflix today and loved it.  But I also really liked The Old Guard, so you might not want to take my word.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: spork on July 26, 2020, 06:33:35 AM
Does anyone have stay-at-home movie recommendations? We have access to Netflix, YouTube, and Red Box. We recently watched The Other Guys, which we both thought was very funny. I tried watching The Old Guard on my own, but it was so bad I only lasted 20 minutes.

Watched Eurovision on Netflix today and loved it.  But I also really liked The Old Guard, so you might not want to take my word.

We ended up watching Ben Affleck's The Town. I thought it was engaging enough. The cast is great. My wife was fascinated by the Charlestown "crabs in a bucket" theme (she's not from the USA originally). For me it was "Eh. Used to be Irish mob and housing project white trash. Then it gentrified. Like Dorchester. Or Southie." It was fun trying to identify from the dialogue which of the bit players were local. Jeremy Renner is definitely not and could have used a better vocal coach. My wife kept asking me to mimic lines, and I can't do a proper Boston accent on command.
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Post by: mamselle on July 26, 2020, 08:09:31 AM
"Mystik River" has some good examples.

You hafta have fokes frum Revieere.....

M.
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Post by: Sun_Worshiper on July 26, 2020, 11:37:03 AM
Hamilton

The music is great, the story is captivating, and the performance itself is amazing.  The plot is engaging in its own right, and works well as a refresher on US history as well as a commentary on the various faces of politics (back-room deals, power-hungry politicians, and a few principled individuals).  It was an inspired choice to use mostly Black actors and to tell the story through rap music, as this made everything feel relevant and fresh.  The play is also very hip-hop literate, so there are lots of little nuggets that fans of the genre will pick up on.  Some liberties were taken with the history, but they got the gist of it right. 

My only complaint is about is the length (about 2 hours and 45 minutes).  When you go to the theater at a price of ~$100 per ticket, I suppose you want and expect a 3 hour show, but that makes for a long film.  Some of the content about his family life could have been cut without losing anything of substance, but on the other hand the point is to give you the whole play from home, so i can't complain too much.

Overall, great watch! 

Grade: A

Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on August 02, 2020, 03:21:57 PM
We watched a couple older movies this weekend that husband had seen but I hadn't.  First was Blue Chips, about college basketball dealings that go on as schools compete to recruit the students who will turn their programs around (or continue their success).  I miss college basketball a lot, so I enjoyed it for that reason (even though there really wasn't that much basketball, and it was mostly discrete action rather than any kind of coherent game play).  I was also glad that they focused on issues beyond the most obvious type of violations.  Nice to see some basketball stars, too! I'm not a big fan of Mary McDonnell, but she wasn't too bad in this.  The movie didn't get awesome ratings, but I enjoyed it.

Last night we watched Deep Impact.  I was surprised at how much that movie got at my emotions.  It is similar to other stories of a comet on approach with Earth (e.g., the novel Lucifer's Hammer).  Aside from one story arc that I think could have been largely cut out of the movie, the decisions, actions, and consequences were more realistic than I have seen or read before in these types of stories.  Morgan Freeman was very believable, and seeing Maximilian Schell reminded me to rewatch Judgment at Nuremburg, which he was fantastic in.  This was a surprisingly touching movie and (I think) well done despite lower ratings that I would have expected.  Oh, and quite contrary, this movie had my favorite Mary (McCormack).  Oh my gosh.  I just looked at her page on IMDB and was today years old when I learned that she is Will McCormack's sister.  Never even occurred to me.
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Post by: kaysixteen on August 02, 2020, 07:42:08 PM
You are right.  Deep Impact was by far the best space object hurtling towards Earth disaster movie of 1997 (cf. 'Armageddon'), and much better than 1979's 'Meteor', which sadly helped essentially kill the great 70s disaster movie genre, still one of my all-time favorites.   Today's disaster flicks are either way way over the top, such as The Rock's 'San Andreas', or silly, like the funny but impossible to take seriously efforts the SyFy channel makes.  Bring back the star-studded seventies sagas, I say!
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on August 03, 2020, 09:34:19 AM
Kay, if you have any suggestions along the lines of Deep Impact, please post them!

We watched Demolition Man last night.  It was definitely a bit cheesy, and Stallone's acting leaves a bit to be desired, but it didn't seem to take itself too seriously and was enjoyable overall.  Denis Leary was pretty much wasted in it (I mean I would have liked to see more of him, though he was fun to watch while he was in it).  Sandra Bullock's character was not too bad and provided some humor.  Wesley Snipes was a little wacky and over the top, but he played a good villain.  Again, there are other movies with a similar premise (having to unfreeze someone to go after a criminal), but it was fine enough for what it was trying to be.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: kaysixteen on August 03, 2020, 07:10:03 PM
Great disaster films include:

The Towering Inferno (probably the best ever)
The Poseidon Adventure
Airport
Airport '75
Earthquake
Unstoppable (Denzel Washington runaway train flick)
Volcano
Dante's Peak (better of the two volcano movies)
Twister
Flood
Gray Lady Down (sub sinking, more Charlton Heston)
Black Sunday
Rollercoaster (psycho blackmails amusement parks)
Two Minute Warning
The Hindenburg
The Omega Man
The Andromeda Strain
Soylent Green

I could probably find more.  The precursor to this genre is probably B-movies from the 50s and 60s, and heck, Japanese monster movies are often pretty good, too.  Many of these are almost certainly viewable for free on the net, too.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Vkw10 on August 04, 2020, 06:32:51 AM
I agree with most of kaysixteen’s recommendations and am looking forward to watching the few I haven’t seen. They should be great distractions.

The Poseidon Adventure from 1972 is dangerous. I find “The Morning After” stuck in my head every time I watch it. I highly recommend having a playlist ready for after the movie, to reduce the risk.
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Post by: ab_grp on August 04, 2020, 09:00:10 AM
Thanks for all the recommendations! I've only seen Twister and part of Soylent Green when it was on TV one time.  I did read Andromeda Strain and thought that was a pretty clever story.

And thanks for the tip on the possible ear worm! Sounds intriguing.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: kaysixteen on August 04, 2020, 10:15:44 PM
I am almost tempted to cancel cable and just go with what I can stream on the net, but I do want some local tv access, some stuff that cannot be streamed.  But my own listing efforts are probably motivating me to find some of these flicks online to stream now, nonetheless.  I really do love the 70s disaster flicks, and the B-movies from the 50s and 60s are not too far behind, as well.  They really do not make stuff like this any more.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ab_grp on August 08, 2020, 04:35:48 PM
I sometimes wish we kept some of our streaming capabilities. 

Last night we watched Chappie, the third and final of a pack we had by Neill Blomkamp.  The other two were District 9, Elysium.  There is something really quirky about his movies, and they can have some very strange characters, but they often seem to have a lot of heart.  In some ways, it reminded me of Robocop, with the mechanization or partial mechanization of the police force (and the manipulators who try to use the technological advances for their own bad intentions).  I was also reminded a bit about all the GPT-3 news going around, and the fact that it and similar create based on their training sets.  The generated text can end up highlighting social and cultural disparities and biases.  Here, Chappie the AI learns from those who teach him, with funny, sad, and sometimes disastrous consequences.   I guess the movie wasn't very well received, but it had some good ideas, and I found it very touching at times.
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Post by: Sun_Worshiper on August 09, 2020, 10:09:50 AM
The Peanut Butter Falcon


Tom Sawyer-esque adventure story about a friendship between a social worker, a depressed fisherman, and a young man with down syndrome who wants to be a wrestler.  This is a light and well acted crowd pleaser, and I really enjoyed it.  My only major critique is that the female character (the social worker) is unbelievable and underdeveloped.

Grade: A-



The Swamp


HBO documentary about the congresspeople who want to "drain the swamp" by rejecting the corporate money that runs Washington.  It follows Rep. Matt Gaetz (Republican from Florida), but also includes interviews with other Democratic and Republican congresspeople.  The documentary does a good job explaining how fundraising works in the House, and it makes a good case for Congress being systemically corrupt.  It is also an interesting look at Gaetz, who oscillates between railing against corporate money and executive overreach, and defending any and all corruption and overreach from the Trump Administration.  Overall, it is worth a watch, but too all over the place to rank with the best political documentaries.  Also inferior to Get Me Roger Stone, which was made by some of the same people.

Grade: B

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Post by: ab_grp on August 11, 2020, 08:37:48 AM
We watched 21 Bridges the other night.  We had seen the preview in the theater, and it looked pretty good, so I was excited to finally watch it.  It's about a police officer (the son of a slain police officer) who lives by a "code" and who is trying to capture a couple criminals involved in some cop killings.  There is some intrigue going on, and the story is pretty interesting with some good actors on board.  I just found it very different from what I expected from the preview, and rewatching the preview on IMDB, I don't think I was misremembering.  It seemed to me that the movie would focus more than it did on the 21 bridges in and out of Manhattan and how hard it would be to shut them down and close the island off to find these killers.  It really wasn't about that aspect much at all.  Still, we enjoyed the story, and there was a particular scene that really stuck out so me.  Overall, it was dark and suspenseful and a fun watch.
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Post by: Sun_Worshiper on August 20, 2020, 08:40:45 AM
Inception

Classes start today, so I decided that I should do something fun on the last day of summer.  I wish that something had been a visit to a real movie theater, perhaps to see Tenet, the new Christopher Nolan movie, but it has been pushed back due to Coronavirus, so instead, I spent yesterday afternoon re-watching Inception (an older Nolan movie).  I last saw this movie in 2010, in the theater, and I was absolutely blown away... and I wasn't alone - the whole theater erupted in applause after it ended.  So I had fond memories, and I was a little nervous that it wouldn't be as great as I remember.

Well, good news: This movie still rocks!  It is a complex, yet digestible, sci fi blockbuster that works on every level.  It is one of the best heist movies ever made, has incredible music and visuals, great emotional content, and that's not even to speak of the more subtle rewards for obsessive viewers.  Watching it is such a pleasure, because the puzzle fits together so perfectly!  This movie even makes the most of Nolan's shortcomings as a director: Yes there is a lot of exposition, but Ariadne needs it as much as we do!  Yes the female characters are underdeveloped, but Mol is in Cobb's head anyway, so of course she isn't a fully flushed out character!  Sure, it is long and convoluted and the whole corporate espionage thing is a mcguffin, but... ok well I don't care it is still great!

Grade: A+ (I love this movie)

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Post by: ab_grp on August 22, 2020, 11:17:06 AM
Inception's a good one! I only saw it once, and many years ago, but I'd like to watch that one again.

We finally watched Hacksaw Ridge last night.  My FIL gave it to us a couple years ago, probably soon after it came out on DVD, but we hadn't gotten around to it.  It's a true story (though they changed a few details in the movie... some make sense for the pacing, but others I'm not sure why they did), and a very interesting one at that.  It's the story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who enlists at the time of WWII to become a combat medic.  He is a Seventh-day Adventist and refuses to even touch a gun, which doesn't go over very well with his training unit, but his goal is to become a combat medic and save lives, and he eventually earns the Medal of Honor without ever firing a shot (apparently the first CO to do so).  All that info is included in the basic movie summary, so I don't think there are any spoilers there, but I won't go more into how things develop.  I thought it was very engrossing overall, and though Andrew Garfield as Doss was a little hard to get used to at first, I thought he did a great job.  Vince Vaughn also plays a very good role and more humorously than I would have expected.  There were so many brave people involved.  It's tough to watch at times but is such a neat story.   Although the movie is centered around Okinawa, his full Medal of Honor citation shows how much he contributed well beyond that.
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Post by: writingprof on August 22, 2020, 01:05:25 PM
Inception

Classes start today, so I decided that I should do something fun on the last day of summer.  I wish that something had been a visit to a real movie theater, perhaps to see Tenet, the new Christopher Nolan movie, but it has been pushed back due to Coronavirus, so instead, I spent yesterday afternoon re-watching Inception (an older Nolan movie).  I last saw this movie in 2010, in the theater, and I was absolutely blown away... and I wasn't alone - the whole theater erupted in applause after it ended.  So I had fond memories, and I was a little nervous that it wouldn't be as great as I remember.

Well, good news: This movie still rocks!  It is a complex, yet digestible, sci fi blockbuster that works on every level.  It is one of the best heist movies ever made, has incredible music and visuals, great emotional content, and that's not even to speak of the more subtle rewards for obsessive viewers.  Watching it is such a pleasure, because the puzzle fits together so perfectly!  This movie even makes the most of Nolan's shortcomings as a director: Yes there is a lot of exposition, but Ariadne needs it as much as we do!  Yes the female characters are underdeveloped, but Mol is in Cobb's head anyway, so of course she isn't a fully flushed out character!  Sure, it is long and convoluted and the whole corporate espionage thing is a mcguffin, but... ok well I don't care it is still great!

Grade: A+ (I love this movie)

My understanding is that Inception actually has a nationwide re-release in theaters to celebrate its tenth anniversary. 
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Post by: clean on August 22, 2020, 01:59:05 PM
One of the theaters opened last week with 15 cent tickets and $5 large popcorn.
Im not sure how many attended.

My preferred theater is Alamo Drafthouse. I think that my local one is set to open by the end of the month.  I wont be there, though. Im not sure that there are any shows Im particulalry eager to see, even without adding the phrase, "what are willing to die to see in the theater?"

Are YOU thinking of going to a theater in the next few weeks? 
What conditions have you set before you would be wiling to see a flick?
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Post by: Hegemony on August 22, 2020, 03:44:55 PM
We're having a bike-to-the-movies outdoor theatre showing here.  You bike to the spot, and they seat you on a big lawn in pre-marked socially-distanced spots on the grass.  You can pre-order food from several restaurants, or buy popcorn on the spot. They're showing an Oscar-nominated animated film. It sold out right away, so I can't report back on the experience.

You can also rent the whole of our arts cinema, invite ten people of your choice (to be seated socially distanced if they're not already members of the same pod), and ask them to screen the film of your choice — they promise they can get almost any film. They also cater the event, and have a full kitchen (not just popcorn). I believe it costs something like $250. I would do it, for instance for my oncoming landmark birthday, just to help keep them in business, except that I am in full lockdown and am not going to chance it just for a fun movie experience.
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Post by: Vkw10 on August 22, 2020, 05:58:39 PM
My favorite theatre is renting several screens for socially distanced group gaming sessions. Partner and several friends rented a screen for five hours, took their gaming consoles, and had a blast. The theatre has in seat delivery from the kitchen, so they would have happily stayed all day and night if bookings weren’t limited to five hours. Partner called for a ride home, since the theatre also has an excellent bar.

The theatre is showing some relatively new movies now, but they’re also doing a fair number of anniversary showings for short runs. I enjoyed Best Little Whorehouse in Texas recently, with just a dozen people in the theatre, but with the students back in town I won’t go out for a movie again.
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Post by: mamselle on August 22, 2020, 07:32:44 PM
Online Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth in Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"

I sampled a few scenes from the 2005 version, and they're ok, but...the earlier one won.

M.
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Post by: hmaria1609 on August 23, 2020, 01:32:24 PM
Online Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth in Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"

I sampled a few scenes from the 2005 version, and they're ok, but...the earlier one won.

M.
I enjoyed both versions. A&E showed the 1995 version sometime in the 2000s so I got to see it. Fast forward to now, I found the soundtrack on Youtube! 
I checked out and watched the 2005 version from the library and own the soundtrack CD.
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Post by: mamselle on August 23, 2020, 06:07:55 PM
I actually saw the K.Knightly version first, when it first appeared. There were indeed good moments in it, but it just seemed like Ehle worked more a being the character.

I'm also so smitten with the earlier (Romola G.) "Emma" that I daren't see the new one. I think I'd just get mad, having noted things I already don't like in the advances.

M.
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Post by: hmaria1609 on August 24, 2020, 03:21:44 PM
I'm also so smitten with the earlier (Romola G.) "Emma" that I daren't see the new one. I think I'd just get mad, having noted things I already don't like in the advances.

M.
I watched that version of Emma (2009) when it broadcasted PBS's "Masterpiece."  There are two older versions, both from 1996. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale starred in the movie and TV adaptations, respectively.
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Post by: Parasaurolophus on August 24, 2020, 05:48:09 PM
I'm also so smitten with the earlier (Romola G.) "Emma" that I daren't see the new one. I think I'd just get mad, having noted things I already don't like in the advances.

M.
I watched that version of Emma (2009) when it broadcasted PBS's "Masterpiece."  There are two older versions, both from 1996. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale starred in the movie and TV adaptations, respectively.

Beckinsale Emma is far and away my favourite.



We saw Bombshell and Anita last night. Bombshell is a surprisingly well-done and effective film, and a great lesson on sexual harassment. Anita was passable qua documentary, but pretty interesting for its content (which I didn't know in any detail), and for its insight into Hill's (exceptional) character and fortitude.
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Post by: kaysixteen on August 24, 2020, 05:49:48 PM
anyone here actually see a movie in an actual theater since the pandemic exploded in March?  Indeed, are such theatres in your area open?
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Post by: sprout on August 25, 2020, 10:17:39 AM
anyone here actually see a movie in an actual theater since the pandemic exploded in March?  Indeed, are such theatres in your area open?

Ours just reopened, to some degree.  Nothing I want to see is playing, though.
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Post by: Parasaurolophus on August 31, 2020, 09:36:12 PM
Saw Yes, God, Yes tonight. It was a great coming-of-age film.
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Post by: Parasaurolophus on September 07, 2020, 07:35:43 PM
We saw Get Duked! last night. It was fantastic. The night before, we watched That Sinking Feeling, which was... ok.
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Post by: spork on September 09, 2020, 02:19:47 AM
Watched the first half of Patriots Day (2016) and so far it's been far better than I expected in terms of pacing and acting. Jimmy O. Yang has a brilliant scene as Dun Yeng when he's carjacked and kidnapped. I would have preferred a United 93-style film but Hollywood has to have its star vehicles; this one isn't as nearly as bad as it could have been.
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Post by: engineer_adrift on September 09, 2020, 11:56:33 AM
The spouse and I watched Made in Italy in our home theater last night.  It was pretty good ( especially if you like panoramic shots of Tuscany)! A widowed painter (Liam Neeson) and his son (Michael Richardson) repair an estranged relationship as they contemplate the sale of their long abandoned villa in Tuscany.  It is a bit poignant in that Liam is Michael's father in real life, and that Natasha Richardson (spouse/mother) died in 2009. 

We liked it. 

EA
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Post by: Parasaurolophus on September 27, 2020, 08:24:12 PM
Saw The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill And Came Down A Mountain tonight, and it was great. Just like Waking Ned Devine or La Grande Séduction.
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Post by: Economizer on September 27, 2020, 08:41:30 PM
Saw Kajilionaire last night. Pretty large seating area with just me and another weirdo about 15 rows up from me [thank goodness]. It was truly an art film with numerous deep meanings that I, personally, by far, did not "get". If there was a clear message it was probably that folks should get out of Los Angeles and move somewhere safe. John Lithgow was pretty good in his role.
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Post by: clean on September 28, 2020, 03:20:38 PM
Father of the Bride III (ish)?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/how-to-watch-father-of-the-bride-3-new-mini-movie-with-steve-martin-and-other-original-cast/ar-BB19qH4R?li=BBnbfcL

Has anyone seen this 'movie' yet?  I couldnt really follow how I can see it.  IS it available on NetFlix, or was it a 'performance' at one time (and has htat time passed)?
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Post by: mythbuster on September 28, 2020, 03:55:26 PM
Father of the Bride III is a 20 minute skit on You Tube. It's a fundraiser for world central kitchen. It's cute enough, but enough time has passed that I would have appreciated name cards for the characters that were babies in Part II.
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Post by: Larimar on September 28, 2020, 04:52:41 PM
Mr. Larimar and I and the cats are re-watching The Lord of the Rings. Just started The Two Towers tonight. I love those films. I love the books even more. Hard to believe the movie of Fellowship is closing in on 20 years old!

And yes, the cats are watching with us.
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Post by: hmaria1609 on September 28, 2020, 06:49:59 PM
Mr. Larimar and I and the cats are re-watching The Lord of the Rings. Just started The Two Towers tonight. I love those films. I love the books even more. Hard to believe the movie of Fellowship is closing in on 20 years old!

And yes, the cats are watching with us.
Wow, that long! I was in college at the time. Theatrical or extended versions? I've seen both.
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Post by: Larimar on September 29, 2020, 05:15:14 AM
Extended versions. :)


Larimar
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Post by: Morden on September 29, 2020, 09:02:18 AM
Quote
And yes, the cats are watching with us.
Can you tell what parts they are interested in?
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Post by: Larimar on October 01, 2020, 05:13:45 AM
I'm not sure. They might favor the action scenes and the panoramas when the camera is moving really fast because there's a lot of motion on the screen for them to watch.

Either that or they're fascinated by deep timeless themes of the story and the dynamic character arcs that show edifying truths about the human (and elf, dwarf, hobbit, Ent, and Istari) spirit!


Larimar
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Post by: Parasaurolophus on October 04, 2020, 06:10:26 PM
We saw the original Ghostbusters on Friday, and the 2016 remake on Saturday. The remake is way, way better. The original is boring and stupid and entirely devoid of a storyworld. It's a sketch with special effects and bad jokes that weren't especially good even back then. The remake is consistently funny, not very boring (apart from the fighting at the end), and features a relatively rich story world complete with rationales for events and half-decently sketched characters.

I want to re-watch Alien, which is one of my absolute favs. (Probably tied with John Carpenter's The Thing, which I also want to re-watch.) We'll see if my partner's in the mood for it tonight.
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Post by: ergative on October 05, 2020, 01:31:11 AM
My department played 'Call my bluff' and then we watched Arrival* with students as a sort of 'support morale for the poor kids stuck in isolation' event. We screenshared over Zoom and had a live chat going at the same time. It worked surprisingly well once the screensharer figured out how to share the sound properly. That is such a good movie! We made noises at the end about starting a departmental SF movie club/reading group thing, and I hope that it will actually happen. It might. There is a core of very friendly, social people in my department, and, oddly, I enjoy being on Zoom calls with them.

The next movie will probably be Stargate. I watched that when I was 10 (or so) and remember loving it.
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Post by: Economizer on October 18, 2020, 07:39:12 PM
I am not a big fan of Liam Neeson but I really enjoyed HONEST THIEF. Smartly, the product seemed to be economically shot, but had a lot of action with just enough pathos. Critics I've read complain it's a remake of other story lines. They seem to be looking for THE NEXT BIG THING. This movie is an entertaining effort that will make money. A wise choice.

While tough enough, what kept me on the edge of my seat was my trying to get a good angle to view the female lead's cleavage. If you want violence, try reading one of our day's action/mysteries! It's a very good flick.
 
Oh, nobody much at the show, no senior prices, snacks still priced high, and ticket prices look to be up about 175%. If you gotta, you gotta. The threatened motion picture theater folks need money NOW!


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Post by: Economizer on October 18, 2020, 07:51:03 PM
I am not a big fan of Liam Neeson but I really enjoyed HONEST THIEF. Smartly, the product seemed to be economically shot, but had a lot of action with just enough pathos. Critics I've read complain it's a remake of other story lines. They seem to be looking for THE NEXT BIG THING. This movie is an entertaining effort that will make money. A wise choice.

While tough enough, what kept me on the edge of my seat was my trying to get a good angle to view the female lead's cleavage. If you want violence, try reading one of our day's action/mysteries! It's a very good flick.
 
Oh, nobody much at the show, no senior prices, snacks still priced high, and ticket prices look to be up about 175%. If you gotta, you gotta. The threatened motion picture theater folks need money NOW!
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Post by: spork on October 19, 2020, 06:13:32 AM
The wifey and I watched Moneyball for the first time on Netflix. I'm a big fan of Michael Lewis's books, and I thought this was a reasonably good adaptation. We both liked the movie even though my wife has zero understanding of baseball jargon. But we thought it would have been much improved if it had a 90 minute instead of 120+ minute running time. The baseball montages were overkill. Filmmakers: just tell the damn story. Stop assuming we're stupid and need historical context.
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Post by: Parasaurolophus on October 19, 2020, 07:42:53 AM
We recently saw The Addams Family and The Addams Family Values. They're ok, although the second is certainly not for an audience of children.

Also Alien, about which nothing need be said, since it's awesome.

Also Miss Austen Regrets, which was a fun sort of biopic. It certainly filled the Austen-style period drama void, and it was well acted.
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Post by: hmaria1609 on October 19, 2020, 08:42:20 AM
Also Miss Austen Regrets, which was a fun sort of biopic. It certainly filled the Austen-style period drama void, and it was well acted
I remember watching that on "Masterpiece Theater" as part of a Jane Austen anniversary special.
I have a collector's edition of the Sense & Sensibility and Persuasion on DVD. (Both from 2008)  The 2nd disc of Sense & Sensibility has "Miss Austen Regrets."
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Post by: sprout on October 19, 2020, 10:27:10 AM
The wifey and I watched Moneyball for the first time on Netflix. I'm a big fan of Michael Lewis's books, and I thought this was a reasonably good adaptation. We both liked the movie even though my wife has zero understanding of baseball jargon. But we thought it would have been much improved if it had a 90 minute instead of 120+ minute running time. The baseball montages were overkill. Filmmakers: just tell the damn story. Stop assuming we're stupid and need historical context.

Funny - spouse and I watched this a few nights ago!  I really enjoyed it, and didn't mind the running time at all. 
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Post by: spork on October 23, 2020, 06:00:48 AM
Watched the first half of The Trial of the Chicago 7 last night. Highly entertaining, except for Sasha Baron Cohen's terrible attempt at a Worcester accent. I'm surprised Sorkin and his team didn't just tell him to forget it. Frank Langella is awesome as Judge Hoffman.
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Post by: monarda on October 31, 2020, 09:10:08 AM
Watched the first half of The Trial of the Chicago 7 last night. Highly entertaining, except for Sasha Baron Cohen's terrible attempt at a Worcester accent. I'm surprised Sorkin and his team didn't just tell him to forget it. Frank Langella is awesome as Judge Hoffman.

We watched that the other day and quite enjoyed it.

Yesterday we saw Jimmy Carter, Rock and Roll President. It was just what we needed with all the election fatigue. Available om Amazon and iTunes. Released in September.

Also, because of the passing of James The amazing Randi, We watched an Honest Liar That one was on PBS Passport, American Experience, I think.
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Post by: spork on December 04, 2020, 11:26:05 AM
We finished watching The Trial of the Chicago 7 some time ago. Second half was as entertaining as the first. Two thumbs up.

Last night I watched Fury. The tank combat scenes are quite well done. Sets and cast looked grimy and damaged throughout, which added to the realism. Not as many maudlin male bonding patriotism scenes as I was dreading, which was good. It's not a film for children though given the numerous scenes of people being killed.
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Post by: spork on December 13, 2020, 03:02:49 PM
Watched Steve Jobs on Netflix. Wow, what a fantastic movie. Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle did a really good job creating it, and the cast is amazing.
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Post by: writingprof on December 13, 2020, 03:19:41 PM
Just watched Babe for the dozenth time.  Am I alone in tearing up a bit when Babe talks the sheep through the obstacle course at the end?
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Post by: hmaria1609 on December 14, 2020, 07:03:06 PM
Just watched Babe for the dozenth time.  Am I alone in tearing up a bit when Babe talks the sheep through the obstacle course at the end?
There was a sequel "Babe: Pig in the City" in 1998. Babe and Mrs. Hoggett have to go to the city to save the farm.
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Post by: Hegemony on December 15, 2020, 03:22:00 AM
I thought "Babe: Pig in the City" was dreadful.  Some movies should leave sequels well enough alone. Yes, I'm also talking to you, "Zoolander II."  One exception is the sequel to "Paddington."
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Post by: spork on December 19, 2020, 03:48:57 AM
Watched Ava on Netflix. A sufficiently entertaining popcorn movie. Major A-list cast. It was fun watching John Malkovich and Geena Davis demonstrate their chops in B-movie roles. Note to Jessica Chastain: you need a running coach. A highly-athletic character doesn't run like you do.
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Post by: spork on January 16, 2021, 11:33:51 AM
Watched Captain Phillips on IMDB, based on the real-life seizure of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates and the rescue of its captain. I really liked it. Pacing was pretty fast. No needless back story. The four Somalis in supporting roles did an incredible job as first-time actors. The only thing that I didn't much like was the accent that Tom Hanks was trying to speak in. Maybe it was supposed to have been Vermontian, but he sounded to me like a Kennedy from Hyannis.
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Post by: ab_grp on February 01, 2021, 04:06:28 PM
We watched October Sky last night, based on a true story of a high school kid in a coal mining town getting inspired to try to build rockets.  Like most movies of that genre, I found it to be a little eye-rollingly sweet at times, but it was an enjoyable tale pretty well told.  Neat story, which I won't spoil.

Watching a TV series that seems to pay homages to sci-fi shows and movies, I was reminded of Nice Girls Don't Explode, a movie I probably saw at least 10 times as a teen, which my husband had apparently never heard of (and he is the one who has seen all the movies).   I was wondering if anyone else remembers that one, a romcom with a cast including Barbara Hershey and Wallace Shawn, about a mother who tries to keep her daughter away from boys through somewhat nefarious means?
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Post by: spork on February 02, 2021, 06:48:32 AM
We watched October Sky last night

[. . . ]

I liked that movie, especially the end credits, which showed that in real life all the boys "got out." I come from a similar place, though not as bad as a WV coal mine town, where most people stayed put.

Watched 1922 on Netflix last night. Really good adaptation of a Stephen King novella. Don't watch it if you have a rat phobia. It is not for young children.
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Post by: mamselle on February 08, 2021, 12:26:54 AM
Just stayed up far too late to re-watch this for something like the fourth or fifth time...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUUckdKNlVg

"L'Auberge espagnole" (en francais)

M.
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Post by: ab_grp on February 10, 2021, 08:39:14 AM
We watched October Sky last night

[. . . ]

I liked that movie, especially the end credits, which showed that in real life all the boys "got out." I come from a similar place, though not as bad as a WV coal mine town, where most people stayed put.

That's often one of my favorite parts of those types of movies, true for that one as well.

We watched Solaris (the one with George Clooney) last night.  Husband had seen it long ago before we read the book together, and he had liked it a lot.  I wasn't as much of a fan.  I'm not sure if it's because we had read the book before I watched the movie, but although I thought it was creepy and interesting, they didn't really go much into some of the aspects that made the book really intriguing.  I am thankful that they didn't delve into the really long and detailed features of Solaris that make up way too much of a short book.  And it's nice to have a reasonably short movie, but I think they could have added a few minutes to go more into Solaris itself.  They omitted a number of plot points from the book that would have given more insight into what was going on as well as raising more questions.  Some of Clooney's actions in the movie didn't seem to make very much sense without the background, and I thought the ending in particular was a little strange without context.  The movie focused too much on him and his relationship rather than the other characters and what was happening with them.  I looked at the summary for the earlier version of the movie, and it looks as though it stays more in line with the book.  Maybe we'll check that one out at some point.
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Post by: Sun_Worshiper on February 12, 2021, 06:57:19 AM
The Little Things

Neo-noir crime thriller staring Denzel Washington and Rami Malek as obsessive cops tracking a serial killer, and Jared Leto as a creepy suspect. This movie did not get good reviews and I see why: The first hour is slow and Malek's character is poorly developed (and Malek himself is miscast). Leto doesn't appear until about an hour in, but as soon as he does the movie improves dramatically. He and Denzel are both great and the last act really worked for me. Overall, I walked away from this satisfied, but I the movie has major flaws.

B
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Post by: Anselm on March 23, 2021, 11:48:42 AM
I just saw The Booksellers documentary about NYC rare book dealers with lots of time given to Fran Lebowitz as a collector and reader.    It was pretty good, speaking as an admitted bibliomane  bibliophile.
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Post by: ab_grp on March 23, 2021, 12:18:24 PM
We watched 28 Days Later... the other night.  It was more interesting than I thought it would be, and I ended up musing about it quite a bit.  Although it is sort of a zombie-type thriller (a widespread contagion), it was different than so many films of a similar nature.  For one thing, there is very little backstory on any of the characters, yet I still felt a connection to them.  The movie also seems to rely more on a vignette style rather than trying to explain or explore the goings-on at large.  A lot is left open to questions, but just enough to be intriguing and still make sense as a whole.  Some parts reminded me of other movies or TV shows.  When the main character wakes up in the hospital at the start of the movie, it reminded me of the beginning of The Walking Dead, although apparently it's more of an homage to The Day of the Triffids (which I haven't seen).  A later scene reminded me a lot of The Crow, just in the feelings it inspired and the style.  Definitely a disturbing movie at times, but lots to think about.
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Post by: Hegemony on March 23, 2021, 03:01:26 PM
We watched Mank, an Academy Award nominee, which is on Netflix. Oh dear oh dear. It is beautifully shot: gorgeous black-and-white cinematography, lovely soundtrack. The plot is more boring than you can imagine. There's a whole sub-plot about Upton Sinclair (never seen) and the threat of socialism, which the characters are eternally worried about, which is all talk and no stakes, that is, you hear them jawing about how much it matters to them, but you don't hear or feel anything about why it matters to them. The rest of it is mostly the title character not writing the screenplay for "Citizen Kane." Since we know it gets written in the end, there's not much suspense. And if it didn't get written in the end, we wouldn't care. All of the characters are two-dimensional, if that, and all of them have the exact same fast-paced snappy mordant dialogue, as if they were all written by the same screenwriter, who had only one way of writing... The actual screenplay for Mank was written by the director's late father some twenty years ago, and sadly, there's a reason it wasn't made into a film earlier. Some people call it a homage to his dad; others call it a vanity project. I seriously considered taking a nap in the middle. (And at 2 hours and 20 minutes, there's plenty of time for a nap.)
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Post by: Sun_Worshiper on March 23, 2021, 07:25:11 PM
We watched Mank, an Academy Award nominee, which is on Netflix. Oh dear oh dear. It is beautifully shot: gorgeous black-and-white cinematography, lovely soundtrack. The plot is more boring than you can imagine. There's a whole sub-plot about Upton Sinclair (never seen) and the threat of socialism, which the characters are eternally worried about, which is all talk and no stakes, that is, you hear them jawing about how much it matters to them, but you don't hear or feel anything about why it matters to them. The rest of it is mostly the title character not writing the screenplay for "Citizen Kane." Since we know it gets written in the end, there's not much suspense. And if it didn't get written in the end, we wouldn't care. All of the characters are two-dimensional, if that, and all of them have the exact same fast-paced snappy mordant dialogue, as if they were all written by the same screenwriter, who had only one way of writing... The actual screenplay for Mank was written by the director's late father some twenty years ago, and sadly, there's a reason it wasn't made into a film earlier. Some people call it a homage to his dad; others call it a vanity project. I seriously considered taking a nap in the middle. (And at 2 hours and 20 minutes, there's plenty of time for a nap.)

I watched this the other day. I liked it more than you did, but I nevertheless agree with much of your critique. I wonder if the nominations are because the Academy loves movies about Hollywood or because they feel like Fincher is owed.
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Post by: Sun_Worshiper on March 23, 2021, 08:03:01 PM
Mank

David Fincher movie about the writing of Citizen Kane. This movie is a few things: A love letter to old Hollywood, an ode to writers (and an attack on the directors who take all the credit), and a critique of capitalism and its more cynical proponents. It doesn't hit the bullseye on any of these three elements, but bits and pieces of each work well enough. This one probably won't work for you if you aren't a fan of Hollywood or of Citizen Kane, but there are some rewards for those of us who have a love for both.

B+



The White Tiger

Dark comedy about a low-caste Indian peasant who finds success as an entrepreneur, but only after a dark journey of betrayal and murder. This reminded me of Parasite, in that it is a class critique that has universal themes but offers special insight into the country where it is set (India here, Korea in Parasite). The class analysis isn't quite as sharp as Parasite, however, and there is a narration gimmick that never quite worked for me. Still, I greatly enjoyed it overall and it stayed with me for several days after. A great watch.

A



Nomadland

A beautiful movie, anchored by a perfect lead performance, about a woman who lives in her van and travels around working odd jobs. Over the course of one year, she finds community, becomes one with nature, and comes to terms with loss. It is a little slow at times, but never boring. Great film.

A

Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ergative on March 24, 2021, 02:17:26 AM
I've fallen into the hole of Call My Agent, a French series about an acting agency (i.e., office of people who represent actors as agents), as they try to get jobs for their clients, put out fires when the clients behave badly or run afoul of paparazzi, and also try to put their own lives--personal and professional and the awkward interactions between the two--in order. Very mordant humour; lots of fun looking at the fixes they get themselves into. Somehow it does a great job threading that line between humor of embarassment without actually making things so awkward that you get embarrassed. Most of the time when characters get themselves in an awkward situation I'm just laughing, because what on earth did they expect would happen when they made such a dumb decision? Or I think, 'nice try, but that was never likely to work out the way you wanted.'

It's a really great example of one of my favorite genres: 'people who have jobs doing their jobs'. I find workplace drama so much more interesting than personal-life drama.
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Post by: cathwen on March 24, 2021, 05:11:59 AM
My husband and I recently watched Hillbilly Elegy.  I had expected to hate it, but I did not.  Neither of us have read the book, and I have no idea how closely the story mirrors real life experiences—but the acting was very good, and the plot was absorbing. 

I agree with Hegemony about Mank.  I thought that, apart from the artfully done cinematography, it was an extremely boring movie.  My husband liked it better than I did, though.

Ergative, thanks for the Call My Agent recommendation!  I’m casting about for a new series, having finished season 7 of Seaside Hotel (Danish).  I’ve been watching The Paris Murders (Profilage) and like it, although sometimes the plots are a little predictable.
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Post by: Sun_Worshiper on March 24, 2021, 08:56:34 AM
My husband and I recently watched Hillbilly Elegy.  I had expected to hate it, but I did not.  Neither of us have read the book, and I have no idea how closely the story mirrors real life experiences—but the acting was very good, and the plot was absorbing. 


I have to disagree with you here. IMO this film was melodramatic and cheesy, with production values like a TV movie. The actor who plays Vance gives a blah performance and now I'm struggling to even remember what he looks like. Adams is fine, but her character doesn't have any redeeming qualities so it was impossible for me to sympathize with her or to become invested in her arc. Close is way over the top, but I guess she's doing what she can with the material - she may win an Oscar, I guess because the Academy can't believe she hasn't won one yet, but she doesn't deserve it for this movie.

I did read the book and I did enjoy it, although the policy conclusions that Vance draws don't really line up with the story that he tells. However, none of the political commentary is in the film (which is probably for the best, since there is already a lot going on in the movie).
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Post by: mythbuster on March 24, 2021, 09:25:34 AM
Saw Nomadland the other night. While it is filmed beautifully, I found it to be too much of a fairy tale. It hinted at many larger societal issues, but decided to just brush them aside for another view of a vista. There's no way the Amazon workers are just strolling down the warehouse aisle and waving at each other. It's much more high paced and stressful than that.  When David is hospitalized- who pays for that? The lack of any of the downsides to the lifestyle- no issues of crime, no mental illness, only the gentlest mentions of poverty and lack of basic sanitation. It all really bothered me.
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Post by: ciao_yall on March 24, 2021, 09:47:21 AM
Saw Nomadland the other night. While it is filmed beautifully, I found it to be too much of a fairy tale. It hinted at many larger societal issues, but decided to just brush them aside for another view of a vista. There's no way the Amazon workers are just strolling down the warehouse aisle and waving at each other. It's much more high paced and stressful than that.  When David is hospitalized- who pays for that? The lack of any of the downsides to the lifestyle- no issues of crime, no mental illness, only the gentlest mentions of poverty and lack of basic sanitation. It all really bothered me.

Sounds annoying. Kind of like #vanlife. According to Vogue, the latest adherents are Wyatt Russell (son of Kurt and Goldie) and wife Meredith Hagner.

No words.
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Post by: hmaria1609 on April 19, 2021, 02:38:30 PM
Coming Christmas 2021: the "Downton Abbey" sequel
https://tellyvisions.org/2021/04/19/downton-abbey-2-announced-arriving-christmas-2021 (https://tellyvisions.org/2021/04/19/downton-abbey-2-announced-arriving-christmas-2021)
Actors Jim Carter and Hugh Bonneville have talked about seeing & reading the script for the sequel at one time or another.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: mamselle on April 19, 2021, 04:41:39 PM
Yes, I think I saw a Graham Norton sequence when one of them mentioned it.

M.
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Post by: spork on April 30, 2021, 05:45:47 PM
Watched the documentary Knock Down the House on Netflix earlier this week. I liked it a lot -- good depiction of grass roots politics in the USA.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Hegemony on May 02, 2021, 01:47:54 AM
Saw "Nomadland." If you've seen the trailer, imagine what you think the rest of the movie will be like. It was exactly like that. It was lyrical and melancholy, and stayed constant in tone.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Sun_Worshiper on May 02, 2021, 09:14:58 AM
Lucy the Human Chimp

Lucy was taken in by a human couple (psychologists, running a sort of experiment to see how Lucy would turn out if nurtured in a human environment) and raised as their daughter. Everything went fine until she hit sexual maturity and began destroying their house and scaring off their human friends and family. So the couple decided to integrate her into the wild by taking her, along with her caretaker, to a site in the Gambia that helps captive chimps transition to nature. The film is mostly an interview with the caretaker, Janice Carter, who moved with Lucy and other Chimps into the Gambian jungle, where she lived with them for several years.

This is very interesting subject matter, but the journey is a little slow, some of the reenactments are cringeworthy, and there isn't much on the ethics of the initial experiment or the choice to integrate Lucy (who had never been around another chimpanzee) into the wild. Despite these frustrating aspects I enjoyed it overall and was captivated.

B+
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ergative on May 02, 2021, 11:19:50 AM
Shadow and Bone

What fun! Really nice visual world-building, and I thought the character interpretations (of the characters from Six of Crows, the only book in this universe I've read) were well done. I enjoyed every minute.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: cathwen on May 02, 2021, 01:57:55 PM
We just watched The Courier on Amazon last night.  The plot revolves around an English businessman recruited by the  British (MI6) to obtain secret documents on Soviet missile development that eventually led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.  It was gripping the entire way through—both my husband and I were in our early teens when this happened, so we remember it fairly well (although of course, we had no idea of what was going on behind the scenes; probably few did).  Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan star. 
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Post by: spork on May 13, 2021, 10:05:14 AM
Recently watched two semi-old movies on Netflix:

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Post by: statsgeek on May 15, 2021, 05:54:43 AM
We actually went to a movie theatre and saw Raya and the Last Dragon.  So much better than the previews led me to believe.  Disney needs a new preview team; the number of good movies I'd have missed if I didn't go see them "because it'd Disney, can't be too bad" is growing. 
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ergative on May 22, 2021, 01:35:14 PM
We started watching the 1975 adaptation of North and South starring Captain Picard as Mr Thornton. Bless him, he's trying so hard to do a 'Northern' accent and failing so badly at it.
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Post by: ab_grp on June 05, 2021, 10:37:00 AM
We've been watching more TV series at night but decided to watch a movie last night.  Husband had suggested A Knight's Tale with Heath Ledger.  It was a little dopey at times but pretty sweet and enjoyable.  A fun movie with a good cast.
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Post by: mamselle on June 05, 2021, 10:46:45 AM
We started watching the 1975 adaptation of North and South starring Captain Picard as Mr Thornton. Bless him, he's trying so hard to do a 'Northern' accent and failing so badly at it.

I think I read that book, nit long ago, very interesting.

But isn't he (I assume you mean Sir Patrick?) from the North himself? I thought I saw that somewhere...now I'll have to look it up!

M.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: ergative on June 05, 2021, 02:34:59 PM
We started watching the 1975 adaptation of North and South starring Captain Picard as Mr Thornton. Bless him, he's trying so hard to do a 'Northern' accent and failing so badly at it.

I think I read that book, nit long ago, very interesting.

But isn't he (I assume you mean Sir Patrick?) from the North himself? I thought I saw that somewhere...now I'll have to look it up!

M.

His Wikipedia page says Mirfield, which is in Yorkshire, so I guess so. But I must say, his acquired Shakespearen ACTORE diction is fighting pretty hard to stay put in North & South. I wonder, then, if maybe he's not failing to do the accent, but his director is failing to let him do the accent, instead trying to satisfy audience ear-expectations of the 1970s?

I'm not from that part of the world myself, so I can't be too snooty about it. But I'll still maintain that, whoever made the decision on his accent in that show, it fails to convince my American ears. His mother's accent is much more convincing--which is funny, because according to her IMDB profile she's London born and died. (By the way, Mrs Thornton from that adaptation is really superb! She stole every scene she was in.)
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: sprout on June 10, 2021, 09:46:03 AM
Anyone else gone back to the movie theaters yet?  I've seen two since getting fully-vaccinated.  Solo so far, since spouse doesn't like horror movies.  Still a couple of weeks to go before anything he wants to see is out.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: clean on June 10, 2021, 04:11:13 PM
What did you see?

What are you waiting to come out?
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Post by: saffie on June 10, 2021, 04:26:22 PM
I've been back once so far to the Alamo Drafthouse near me to see a new Japanese anime film.  "Buffer seating" is in place so there are two empty seats between parties, and mask wearing is required when not eating or drinking. There are a few new movies but also a series of older ones, including a whole set of Harrison Ford movies. Would love to see Raiders of the Lost Ark again on the big screen, but that sold out really quickly! Old favorites to tempt people back in to the theater maybe?
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: spork on June 13, 2021, 05:43:16 AM
The wifey and I watched Breaking News in Yuba County, a 2021 release that is already available from Red Box. This is a really fun black comedy/crime caper movie in which the characters are basically all conniving self-centered idiots. The great cast includes Allison Janney, Juliette Lewis, Wanda Sykes, and Matthew Modine. Awkwafina is a pre-eminent scene stealer.   
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Post by: Sun_Worshiper on June 14, 2021, 08:16:34 PM
Anyone else gone back to the movie theaters yet?  I've seen two since getting fully-vaccinated.  Solo so far, since spouse doesn't like horror movies.  Still a couple of weeks to go before anything he wants to see is out.

I saw a movie in the theater several weeks ago with my wife. We were vaccinated and wore our masks. We both survived.
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Post by: Sun_Worshiper on June 14, 2021, 09:07:58 PM
Soul

This film is about a jazz teacher and musician who dies just as he is about to realize his jazz dreams. This leads him to an afterlife of sorts, where his soul tries to get back into his body for another run at musical glory.

This movie is from the director of Inside Out, which is one of my favorite movies, and it hits some of the same emotional beats, but never quite reaches the highs of that film. Still, it is a good watch, with great music and animation. All that said, the film makes a choice at the very end that, in my opinion, is at odds with the thesis of the film, and this really didn't sit well with me.

B+
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Post by: Hegemony on June 15, 2021, 03:57:39 AM
The rest of the household saw "In the Heights" today. They said it was good but a bit too long.
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Post by: spork on June 18, 2021, 06:20:10 PM
My wife and I watched Nomadland on DVD. I thought it would have been much improved if it had been thirty minutes shorter. My wife, who is not from the USA, liked the film but asked me what it was about. My answer: the end of America.
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Post by: Anselm on June 22, 2021, 01:13:06 PM
I just saw The Price of Everything, a documentary about the high priced contemporary art market.  It confirmed what I already suspected.  Some people have too much money to throw around.
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Post by: Economizer on June 23, 2021, 07:16:48 AM
THE HITMAN'S WIFE'S BODYGUARD.
Good cast, beautiful scenery, enticing title. This was evidently, business profs will have to help me figure out why, a project backed by a person or organization that needed to get rid of a lot of money. That's all I've got to say about it.
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Post by: ab_grp on June 27, 2021, 10:27:23 AM
We finally got around to watching Nobody (with Bob Odenkirk).  My husband had been looking forward to it, as I guess it's by the same writer as John Wick.  We both totally loved it.  The whole movie was pretty good, but the last third or so was excellent.  It has the righteous anger and creative violence of the John Wick movies (but not as extreme or ubiquitous) along with some very hilarious parts.  If you do not like violence, do not watch this movie.  But if you liked John Wick, you will probably also like this movie, maybe even more so.  I wasn't sure what Bob Odenkirk would be like in that type of role given that I think of him as more of a comedic actor, but I thought he was great.  Christopher Lloyd definitely stole some parts of the movie.  It was very entertaining, and I already want to watch it again.
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Post by: spork on June 27, 2021, 12:17:03 PM
We tried watching Good on Paper on Netflix, gave up after the first ten minutes. I give Iliza Shlesinger (a stand-up comic) credit for trying to broaden her repertoire into film writing and acting, but the production team really failed her. It's a terrible movie.

We then watched Legally Blonde, which each of us had already seen three or four times since it was released two decades ago. Still a winner in our book.

I am halfway through Lawless. Enjoying it so far even though I can guess where the plot is going (conflict caused by the younger brother's weak character, the good bad guys will get their revenge against the bad good guys at the end). Good cast. Like the setting. Wife couldn't understand the attempted accents so the subtitles were on for the bit that she watched (the film is too violent for her tastes).
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Post by: hmaria1609 on June 29, 2021, 12:20:30 PM
We then watched Legally Blonde, which each of us had already seen three or four times since it was released two decades ago. Still a winner in our book.
I've seen the 2003 sequel and the spin off "Legally Blondes" (2009) made for TV.  Oh, there's a "Legally Blonde 3" set for release next year!  Reese Witherspoon will reprise her role as Elle Woods.
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Post by: ab_grp on July 06, 2021, 11:09:57 AM
We managed to fit in two movies this weekend: 2012 and Radioactive.  I had seen the former before, but my husband hadn't, so we watched it over the course of Friday on and off while eating a bunch of BBQ.  It focuses on an apocalypse resulting from changes to the earth with lots of natural disasters and destruction.  At something like 2:40, it is very long and feels it.  Although it's exciting, it's almost too much.  Seeing it in the theater probably was good bang for the buck, but it gets easy to get desensitized and tune out after a while.  It doesn't help that the main character (John Cusack) and his storyline are not very interesting, nor are the main characters very likeable. 

Radioactive is the story of Marie Curie's discoveries that eventually led to her Nobel Prizes, as well as her family life.  I had read a review that I think hits the target, in that the movie feels artistically ambitious but disjointed with all the skipping around in time.  I would have liked to know more about the science behind her discoveries and what they led to.  Several outcomes from the discovery of radioactivity are shown in the future, but I don't think the movie does a good job of explaining how her discoveries led to those events or even much about the events themselves, so I guess you would have to know more about the scientific background (although maybe then it would be too heavy handed).  Rosamund Pike did a very good job, I thought, though Curie did not seem very likeable in general.  It's clear that being a woman and a scientist (and Polish in France) didn't make things easy at the time, and it's certainly an interesting story, but we didn't think it was very well executed.
Title: Re: Movie Thread
Post by: Sun_Worshiper on July 07, 2021, 09:28:45 AM
A Quiet Place 2

Great theater movie, with great use of sound (of course). It does have some holes, if you think too much about it, but the ride is so engaging that I didn't stop to reflect on how silly some of it was until it was over.

B+


The Sound of Metal

A rock musician and former addict loses his hearing, which forces him on a difficult personal and professional journey to find his peace. I love the concept (what if you lost the sense that gives you your livelihood and your passion?) and Riz Ahmed gives a great performance. My critique is that the movie flies through the main character's arc, so we don't really get a feel for why he changes. Still, there is a lot to like here.

A-
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Post by: saffie on July 07, 2021, 06:23:03 PM
Saw Summer of Soul in the theater - a documentary of the Harlem Cultural Festival series that took place in 1969.  Some great performances, including Stevie Wonder, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Sly and the Family Stone, as well as commentary from the time and from today. I believe it's on Hulu as well.
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Post by: spork on July 08, 2021, 01:33:22 PM
Watched Michael Bay's 13 Hours. Zzzz. As an IMDB reviewer put it, "this movie is about 80% drama, 20% fact and 100% boring as hell." I wish Hollywood would stop ruining historical events.
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Post by: ab_grp on July 11, 2021, 12:17:55 PM
We watched I am Mother with Hilary Swank and Rose Byrne and others.  It's a post-apocalyptic story about a young girl raised by a robot mother.  I don't want to give too much away, because it is a suspenseful tale and one that I didn't feel as though I understood completely.  Part of the reason is because the story has a lot going on, but I also apparently ordered the German version by mistake.  Fortunately, there is an English language option (but no English subtitles) with the actual actors (not dubbed, though I guess you could expect that since they are not German, as far as I know).  But there were some in-movie captions that were in German that we couldn't parse.  I just read a Wikipedia article about it, which confirmed my suspicion that some of the information shared in those captions was important for our understanding.  We both enjoyed it and thought it was well done, in any case.  Lots to think about.
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Post by: Sun_Worshiper on July 21, 2021, 03:45:18 PM
Tenet

First, let's be clear that Christopher Nolan is the most important mainstream director working today. He is the only person in this era of remakes, sequels, and "extended universes" making blank check concept blockbusters. And there is a lot to like about Tenet: The action is incredible, the concept is neat, the performances are very good, and there are some astonishing individual scenes (and the soundtrack slaps). Unfortunately, the sum of those parts is an overstuffed, incoherent, and emotionally empty film. I still must recommend Tenet for all of the good things about it, but overall it doesn't work.

B-

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Post by: ergative on August 10, 2021, 06:36:37 AM
Tenet

First, let's be clear that Christopher Nolan is the most important mainstream director working today. He is the only person in this era of remakes, sequels, and "extended universes" making blank check concept blockbusters. And there is a lot to like about Tenet: The action is incredible, the concept is neat, the performances are very good, and there are some astonishing individual scenes (and the soundtrack slaps). Unfortunately, the sum of those parts is an overstuffed, incoherent, and emotionally empty film. I still must recommend Tenet for all of the good things about it, but overall it doesn't work.

B-

You may enjoy Catherynne Valente's take on the film. (https://www.patreon.com/posts/whats-matter-you-48104548)

This rando youtuber (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t23ZEKqGHzs) also agrees with you, I think.

Really, I've been enjoying the Tenet discourse so much I feel no need to watch the film itself.
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Post by: Sun_Worshiper on August 10, 2021, 09:25:37 AM
Bohemian Rhapsody

Biopic about the legendary group, with particular focus on Freddie Mercury. Audiences loved this film but critics did not, and I see why on both counts: The movie is fun, feel good, and fast paced, hitting all the key Queen songs and moments, while taking little time to develop characters or delve into complex matters. It also offers a shallow take on Mercury's personal life and illness. While I can understand why critics were not enthralled with Bohemian Rhapsody, I enjoyed it and I think the artistic choices to short-shift character development and Mercury's battle with AIDS were the right ones, given the standard biopic format. By the end, I had a good sense for Mercury's genius and for what made Queen's music special, and I had a good time with the music.

Grade: B+


Promising Young Woman

A novel twist on the "rape and revenge" genre, which follows Carey Mulligan's Cassie as she terrorizes the men and women that wronged her friend. The film is dark and quite funny, with a great central performance and lots of twists and turns that kept me engaged. The ending is very satisfying, although It does not entirely makes sense - better not to overthink it.

Grade: A-


Freaky

Remake of Freaky Friday, with the twist being that the switch is between an awkward teen girl and a middle-aged male serial killer. As these sorts of movies go, this one is pretty good, and Vince Vaughn gives it his all and delivers a nice performance. But there is nothing particularly new here and it didn't entirely hold my attention.

Grade: B


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Post by: ab_grp on August 10, 2021, 02:59:04 PM
We rewatched Nobody with Bob Odenkirk two weeks ago and found it just as entertaining as the first time.

A couple days ago, we watched Moonlight with Mahershala Ali.  I wasn't quite sure what to think about it at the time, so I've been thinking a lot about it since.  It was certainly an excellent and beautiful movie and very heartbreaking at times, a story told in three parts about a young boy/man growing up in a harsh life in Miami and struggling with his sexuality.  I felt that I had not really grasped everything about the story, so I read and watched a couple analyses and have a somewhat better understanding of the symbolism and some of the other complexities.  I'd certainly have to (and want to) watch it again.  Some of the director's choices interested me, such as not having the three actors playing the main character (Chiron) meet each other during production, and the same for the three actors playing his friend Kevin so that they would each develop their own ideas for their personas.  The actors were very good.  I'm guessing that I'll keep thinking about it for a long while.
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Post by: mamselle on September 05, 2021, 01:18:01 PM
This is an older movie I just discovered online after reading up on the late British comic, Victoria Woods: Housewife, 49.

   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afduf9L7N-w

Set in WWII, truly moving, excellent actors, based on a real-life diary.

M. 
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Post by: ab_grp on September 05, 2021, 01:35:11 PM
My husband convinced me to watch Bowfinger, a comedy from 1999 starring Steve Martin as the title character.  The gist is that Bowfinger, a filmmaker desperate to find any success at this point in an unsuccessful career, finds a script and decides to try to make a movie starring major movie star Kit Ramsey (played by Eddie Murphy).  The budget is slim, so he decides to make the movie without Kit actually knowing he's in the movie.  The rest of the cast and production crew is understandably ragtag, and the actors also do not know that Kit does not know he's in the movie.  It's plenty screwball (madcap?), but once it gets going it is pretty hilarious.  The situations and personality issues all come together very well.  Steve Martin did not stray far from his usual type of character, but Eddie Murphy and Christine Baranksi were pretty great.  I thought it was a clever premise well executed.