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Which movie did you watch today and how would you rate it?

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My most recent watch was Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress (1958), another one that I had always meant to catch but never got around to until now. I'm going to give it a solid 8/10. A deep film it definitely is not, but it is a well-crafted adventure film with a satisfying ending, and for a film that is mostly comedic, it is suprisingly straightforward in its depictions of the horrors of war, with huge crews of live extras helping to create a sense of shuffling horror in certain scenes. The acting is mostly good, though better from the support characters than the two POV characters if you ask me. Misa Uehara is lovely, and carries off what should have been an annoyingly sermonistic speech at the end with aplomb, even depth. She actually makes you believe that she means it. Toshiro Mifune is... Toshiro Mifune. Japan's Clint Eastwood. He always seems to play the same character more or less, but you can't argue with success. There's one heck of a spear fight halfway through the film.

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This one is often cited as a major influence on the American blockbuster, having been viewed in film school by the American set, Spielberg Lucas et al, and I can definitely see where that influence came from. The movie balances thrilling action against well-developed characters, relying on the audience to recognize certain tropes and archetypes but being willing to play around with them a bit. Something you see in a lot of adventure films of that era. Star Wars nerd that I am, this was part of why I wanted to see the movie in the first place, but having done so, I think people exaggerate the connection between the two somewhat. More allusion and borrowed aesthetics than direct reference.
 

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The Vanished, 5/10; A Netflix original starring Anne Heche and Jason Patric. A psychological thriller set in a remote RV camp park. The plot is actually ok but it's execution has some really bad clunky and random parts to it. Mum, dad and 10 year old daughter are out on the road in their RV and make camp at a remote camping ground. It's November, off season so the place is pretty much deserted. As usual, shady characters are introduced, the weird, drug using grounds man, the shifty campground owner, the odd couple in the next camping spot. The daughter goes missing within a matter of hours and the search and mystery begins. There are a few decent parts to the movie, a couple of tense spots where you jump and the plot twist at the end I did not see coming but the movie just doesn't flow well because of some clunky scenes that just didn't work for me.
 

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England Is Mine, 4/10; Available on Kanopy this movie is about Stephen Patrick Morrissey, better known as Morrissey the front man of The Smiths. The film covers the couple of years prior to the formation of The Smiths. There is nothing entertaining about this movie so unless you are a die hard Smiths fan you can skip it. There are no Smiths songs in it and there is no soundtrack to capture the time other than two snippets of Roxy Music and Sparks.
 

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Gary Numan: Android in La La Land, 8/10; Available on Amazon and other streaming services. A documentary about Gary Numan and his move to California and trying to resurrect his flagging career with the release of a new album. It was a very interesting look at the career and personal life of Numan. He (and his wife) speaks openly about his struggles with depression and crippling anxiety that nearly sent him over the edge. He's an awkward fellow, probably suffering from Asperger to some degree but he is warm and humorous when he opens up and is shown to be a caring family man.
 

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I'd never heard of this 2008 film with Meryl Streep and 3 other top stars, but the prize-awarders certainly had, with four Oscar Nominations for Acting. (Surely that's a record for a single movie! Meryl Streep for Best Actress, Phillip Seymour Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor, and TWO nominations for Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams and Viola Davis.)

Even I could tell the acting was excellent. All three actresses won awards outright, though not Oscars.) At one point Meryl Streep's character cries that she has "doubts" (explaining the title) but otherwise I won't Spoiler the plot. It's not really "my kind of movie", but it was excellent and I enjoyed it. It gets 7.5/10 at IMDB, which sounds about right.

I'd never heard of co-star Amy Adams but clicked to learn she's now one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses. I'd seen her in the 2018 mini-series Sharp Objects — a detective story which I'd also recommend.
 

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer
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Disturbing thriller about a heart surgeon, who befriends the son of his patient who died. Then things take a pretty weird turn, which I won't spoil. The movie is rather slow-paced, but the story is unique and worth watching to the end, even if the first half might seem like a waste of time.

Bumblebee
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Transformers prequel about a girl who befriends an alien robot in an 80s nostalgia trip. It's actually surprisingly good, albeit not too surprising. Best comparison points would be E.T. or Iron Giant. It's a fun comedy for the whole family; kids will enjoy the action and the jokes, and the grown-ups can suck in the nostalgia of their childhood. And the best part is that you don't need to know anything about the other Transformers movies to enjoy it.
 

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Gary Numan: Android in La La Land, 8/10; Available on Amazon and other streaming services. A documentary about Gary Numan and his move to California and trying to resurrect his flagging career with the release of a new album. It was a very interesting look at the career and personal life of Numan. He (and his wife) speaks openly about his struggles with depression and crippling anxiety that nearly sent him over the edge. He's an awkward fellow, probably suffering from Asperger to some degree but he is warm and humorous when he opens up and is shown to be a caring family man.

Something I think is fascinating is how his behaviour influenced the emotional distance in the music and art movements on the age, New Wave, New Romantics, Electorclash, Synthpop. Whether he's the sole source of this, or if it was that the world was ready for it because of the preceding hippie age with their lackiing emotional boundaries. Who knows? But it is irrefutable that there's a clear difference from before and after Gary Numan came onto the scene. I like to think that he, and his aspiness, shaped the look and feel of the 80'ies. Creating a world of kids who'd rather be robots.
 

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Gary Numan: Android in La La Land, 8/10; Available on Amazon and other streaming services. A documentary about Gary Numan and his move to California and trying to resurrect his flagging career with the release of a new album. It was a very interesting look at the career and personal life of Numan. He (and his wife) speaks openly about his struggles with depression and crippling anxiety that nearly sent him over the edge. He's an awkward fellow, probably suffering from Asperger to some degree but he is warm and humorous when he opens up and is shown to be a caring family man.

Something I think is fascinating is how his behaviour influenced the emotional distance in the music and art movements on the age, New Wave, New Romantics, Electorclash, Synthpop. Whether he's the sole source of this, or if it was that the world was ready for it because of the preceding hippie age with their lackiing emotional boundaries. Who knows? But it is irrefutable that there's a clear difference from before and after Gary Numan came onto the scene. I like to think that he, and his aspiness, shaped the look and feel of the 80'ies. Creating a world of kids who'd rather be robots.

Hmmm, I don't know about all of that. When Numan first came on the scene as Tubeway Army it was late 70's I think and there were a clutch of musicians dicking around with synth pop at the time, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Human League, Duran Duran, Kraftwerk etc. And Numan only stumbled upon the synth after he found one in a studio and he banged on it and liked the sound. He came to the fore, I think, because he had a couple of great catchy tunes and unique(ish) style from the glam rock, punk and disco that was dominating the scene at that time. I think you can see that Bowie had an influence on Numan than the other way round. A lot of musicians will cite Numan as an influence when they were starting out but how much of an influence I don't know. But looking into Numan's later stuff, he is very far removed from the android persona from the 80's. Very "Nine Inch Nails" really and it's decent. there's a good clip on YouTune where his daughter (12 years old maybe) sings with him and it's pretty decent.
 

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Scum, 10/10; Available on Kanopy. Wow ! Stars Ray Winstone and few other well known British actors. Made in 1979, the movie is about the hard conditions inside a brutal borstal which is a young offenders type prison in England. The plot revolves around Winstone's character named Carlin but a lot of the core characters are very well developed. Filmed in a very UK bleak style the movie captures the violence and spirit crushing oppression of a regime created to set wayward youth back on the right path. There are great performances from the young cast, particularly the young Ray Winstone who swaggers to the top of the heap like a boss. "I'm the daddy now! Next toime ah'll fackin' kill ya !" The movie was made in part because the original play was recorded for the BBC "Play For Today" series but was not shown on TV until much later due to the graphic violence and language. The BBC version is available on youtube and is very close to the movie including most of the key actors.

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Well worth a watch.

The Leather Boys, 7/10; Available on Kanopy. Made in 1964 England and stars Rita Tushingham, Colin Campbell and Dudley Sutton with a minor appearance from Johnny Briggs. The story revolves around a newly married couple, Reggie and Dot and Reggie's "eccentric" friend Pete and to a lesser extent Dot's "friend" Brian. It's a quirky relationship story between the four of them. Soon after getting married, Reggie and Dot start having problems. Reggie is a keen motor cyclist and is in a club that regularly meets in a cafe. As Reggie drifts further apart from his estranged wife, his relies more and more on Pete for guidance and companionship. Great filming and performances from the actors.
 

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I'd never heard of this 2008 film with Meryl Streep and 3 other top stars, but the prize-awarders certainly had, with four Oscar Nominations for Acting. (Surely that's a record for a single movie! Meryl Streep for Best Actress, Phillip Seymour Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor, and TWO nominations for Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams and Viola Davis.)

Even I could tell the acting was excellent. All three actresses won awards outright, though not Oscars.) At one point Meryl Streep's character cries that she has "doubts" (explaining the title) but otherwise I won't Spoiler the plot. It's not really "my kind of movie", but it was excellent and I enjoyed it. It gets 7.5/10 at IMDB, which sounds about right.

I'd never heard of co-star Amy Adams but clicked to learn she's now one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses. I'd seen her in the 2018 mini-series Sharp Objects — a detective story which I'd also recommend.
You hadn't heard of Amy Adams... today? She has been everywhere except porn!
 

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Watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. Probably been 15 years since last seen on Turner Classics. I liked how they didn't cut anything, even the intermission.

Surprising how well it's held up even though it's more than fifty years old.
 

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Watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. Probably been 15 years since last seen on Turner Classics. I liked how they didn't cut anything, even the intermission.

Surprising how well it's held up even though it's more than fifty years old.

It's a masterpiece, to be sure. There are so many little details. Like the fact that Hal is more emotional than Dave and Frank. There's an underlying theme where things are grouped in threes. Also, Gary Lockwood is a fraternity brother of mine.
 

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Watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. Probably been 15 years since last seen on Turner Classics. I liked how they didn't cut anything, even the intermission.

Surprising how well it's held up even though it's more than fifty years old.

It's a masterpiece, to be sure. There are so many little details. Like the fact that Hal is more emotional than Dave and Frank. There's an underlying theme where things are grouped in threes. Also, Gary Lockwood is a fraternity brother of mine.

I am always sad that it was so obvious that PanAm would fly commercial passengers to the moon; But they never did.
 

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Tom and Jerry The Movie - Yeah, my daughter was excited for this. To be fair, the film was much better than I expected. It was cliche as all heck (I’m getting old), but otherwise the comedy was pretty good with several LOL moments, including a Droopy cameo. I might be mistaken, but I thought visually this was the best cartoon live action mix since Roger Rabbit, not that there were many other films in that time.

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Watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. Probably been 15 years since last seen on Turner Classics. I liked how they didn't cut anything, even the intermission.

Surprising how well it's held up even though it's more than fifty years old.

It's a masterpiece, to be sure. There are so many little details. Like the fact that Hal is more emotional than Dave and Frank. There's an underlying theme where things are grouped in threes. Also, Gary Lockwood is a fraternity brother of mine.

I am always sad that it was so obvious that PanAm would fly commercial passengers to the moon; But they never did.

Didn’t some guy named Stryker fly a PanAm to the Moon?
 

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I just watched Red Sparrow (2018), a spy thriller. It had flaws (too much violence; only the main character, played by Jennifer Lawrence, was interesting; the plot and its twists might heve been better developed) but I enjoyed it; I was sorry that it ended! The 6.6/10 IMDB points were about right, though I'd give it more since I'm a fan of the spy thriller genre.



I'd never heard of co-star Amy Adams but clicked to learn she's now one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses. I'd seen her in the 2018 mini-series Sharp Objects — a detective story which I'd also recommend.
You hadn't heard of Amy Adams... today? She has been everywhere except porn!
I had enjoyed her in Sharp Objects; I just don't pay attention to these new-fangled faces and names.

There are plenty of actors and actresses I know on sight — Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, Jimmy Cagney, Bette Davis, etc. I even know plenty of young actors: Lee Marin, Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn, etc.
 

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Watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. Probably been 15 years since last seen on Turner Classics. I liked how they didn't cut anything, even the intermission.

Surprising how well it's held up even though it's more than fifty years old.

I recommend trying to watch it on a big screen. It's a completely different experience. Especially the end.

Fun fact, the end is intended to be watched on LSD. In a movie theatre.

Its a mind blowing experience. With or without acid
 

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90+% of message-board nerds think 2001 is one of the greatest movies ever made. Include me in the 5+% who think it's insufferably boring and couldn't even finish a re-watch. Consider the very long scene where the guy makes a Happy Birthday "Zoom" call to his kid: Is that alluring or thought-provoking here in the 21st-century?

Sometimes, when watching a boring movie, I turn the play speed up to 150% or so. Even that didn't help 2001.

Fifty-three years ago, I drove across the Bay Bridge with my first real girlfriend to watch the premiere of 2001 in San Francisco. I think I liked it okay then, though I'd already read enough sci-fi that the Big Deal or Whatever™ of The.Ending™ was "old hat."

When I admitted to disliking 2001 on The.Other.Message.Board, I was told that I was a moron who only likes car chases, and can't stand thought-provoking movies! Come on, TFTers, see if your insults can outdo The.Other.Message.Board !

(I once worked closely with a guy who is a minor celebrity because of his touting the legacy of 2001. On 12 January 1992 he made a big deal about HAL's birthday.)
 

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Watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. Probably been 15 years since last seen on Turner Classics. I liked how they didn't cut anything, even the intermission.

Surprising how well it's held up even though it's more than fifty years old.

I recommend trying to watch it on a big screen. It's a completely different experience. Especially the end.

Fun fact, the end is intended to be watched on LSD. In a movie theatre.

Its a mind blowing experience. With or without acid

I actually did see it on the big screen when I was a kid, but still too young to appreciate the artistry. And way too you for psychedelic drugs.
 

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90+% of message-board nerds think 2001 is one of the greatest movies ever made. Include me in the 5+% who think it's insufferably boring and couldn't even finish a re-watch. Consider the very long scene where the guy makes a Happy Birthday "Zoom" call to his kid: Is that alluring or thought-provoking here in the 21st-century?

Sometimes, when watching a boring movie, I turn the play speed up to 150% or so. Even that didn't help 2001.

Fifty-three years ago, I drove across the Bay Bridge with my first real girlfriend to watch the premiere of 2001 in San Francisco. I think I liked it okay then, though I'd already read enough sci-fi that the Big Deal or Whatever™ of The.Ending™ was "old hat."

When I admitted to disliking 2001 on The.Other.Message.Board, I was told that I was a moron who only likes car chases, and can't stand thought-provoking movies! Come on, TFTers, see if your insults can outdo The.Other.Message.Board !

(I once worked closely with a guy who is a minor celebrity because of his touting the legacy of 2001. On 12 January 1992 he made a big deal about HAL's birthday.)

I think it took me about three views before I could stay awake through the whole thing.
 

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90+% of message-board nerds think 2001 is one of the greatest movies ever made. Include me in the 5+% who think it's insufferably boring and couldn't even finish a re-watch. Consider the very long scene where the guy makes a Happy Birthday "Zoom" call to his kid: Is that alluring or thought-provoking here in the 21st-century?

Sometimes, when watching a boring movie, I turn the play speed up to 150% or so. Even that didn't help 2001.

Fifty-three years ago, I drove across the Bay Bridge with my first real girlfriend to watch the premiere of 2001 in San Francisco. I think I liked it okay then, though I'd already read enough sci-fi that the Big Deal or Whatever™ of The.Ending™ was "old hat."

When I admitted to disliking 2001 on The.Other.Message.Board, I was told that I was a moron who only likes car chases, and can't stand thought-provoking movies! Come on, TFTers, see if your insults can outdo The.Other.Message.Board !

I am a fan of the movie and will tune in to watch if I see it playing while channel surfing but it's definitely not for everyone and it is laboriously slow but the Kubrick style keeps me mesmerized. I've never watched it in it's entirety for years and I don't think I would now.

I've not watched 2010: The Year We Made Contact for years either, I can't remember it but I think it was OK.
 

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90+% of message-board nerds think 2001 is one of the greatest movies ever made. Include me in the 5+% who think it's insufferably boring and couldn't even finish a re-watch. Consider the very long scene where the guy makes a Happy Birthday "Zoom" call to his kid: Is that alluring or thought-provoking here in the 21st-century?

Sometimes, when watching a boring movie, I turn the play speed up to 150% or so. Even that didn't help 2001.

Fifty-three years ago, I drove across the Bay Bridge with my first real girlfriend to watch the premiere of 2001 in San Francisco. I think I liked it okay then, though I'd already read enough sci-fi that the Big Deal or Whatever™ of The.Ending™ was "old hat."

When I admitted to disliking 2001 on The.Other.Message.Board, I was told that I was a moron who only likes car chases, and can't stand thought-provoking movies! Come on, TFTers, see if your insults can outdo The.Other.Message.Board !

I am a fan of the movie and will tune in to watch if I see it playing while channel surfing but it's definitely not for everyone and it is laboriously slow but the Kubrick style keeps me mesmerized. I've never watched it in it's entirety for years and I don't think I would now.

I've not watched 2010: The Year We Made Contact for years either, I can't remember it but I think it was OK.


I watched it when it came out, and then saw it again a few years ago on streaming. I also read the books.

2010 is a very, very different movie than 2001. I chalk that up to it not being directed by Kubrick, and it had more of a "big studio movie" feel. That doesn't make it bad, just a whole lot more mainstream and approachable than the original.

It is also (as I noticed the last time I saw it) a bit dated. Set while the Cold War is still going on, it's got the "American and Soviet astronauts struggling to put aside their differences and work together" trope. Despite being set in 2010, everything on Earth seems pretty much exactly like it was in 1984, when the movie came out. IIRC it hews fairly close to the book (Clarke was consulted regularly by the director) and that's good, though it misses a lot of the wonder and mystery of 2001. It is very much an 80's movie. It's not bad, just not as groundbreaking or interesting as the original. It does give an explanation of why HAL did what he did.
 

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I Care A Lot, 6/10; A Netflix original starring Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage. A thriller that starts off really well but goes off the rails in the last third. Marla Grayson (Pike) is a lawyer scam artist that fleeces the elderly of their wealth by becoming a court appointed guardian. Her latest "cherry" (victim) is not the sweet little old lady Marla thinks. It could have been a lot better but a few implausible situations and an unsatisfactory ending let the movie down in he final third.
 

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A day in the life of a Japanese family that gathers at the home of the elderly parents to remember a family member who was killed in an accident a few years ago. Beautifully narrated, quiet and understated, and very real. Reminded me of Satyajit Ray's early work. Loved it!!
 
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Counting this as a movie, not tv...

Zack Snyders Justice League

Pretty good. It's surprising to see how much of Snyders material was used in the original. And surprising to see what changes have been made to that material. I may be the only person in the world who loved the first version, but this is better.
Oddly, this feels like a Joss Whedon written and directed four hour movie as produced by Snyder.
The Flash feels like a hero. Cyborg has been said to be the heart of the movie, but I disagree. The basic story is the same. Still interesting though. But hard to see how this could have worked as a two hour movie theatrically.
Annoyingly, this was said to be the first of a trilogy. And the setup seems to work. With DC apparently interested only in solo and non-connected movies, we’ll never see these.
Well worth a watch!
 

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Counting this as a movie, not tv...

Zack Snyders Justice League

Pretty good. It's surprising to see how much of Snyders material was used in the original. And surprising to see what changes have been made to that material. I may be the only person in the world who loved the first version, but this is better.
Oddly, this feels like a Joss Whedon written and directed four hour movie as produced by Snyder.
The Flash feels like a hero. Cyborg has been said to be the heart of the movie, but I disagree. The basic story is the same. Still interesting though. But hard to see how this could have worked as a two hour movie theatrically.
Annoyingly, this was said to be the first of a trilogy. And the setup seems to work. With DC apparently interested only in solo and non-connected movies, we’ll never see these.
Well worth a watch!

The fight scenes were much better and Flash and Cyborg were actual characters in the movie with things to do, so that was good. Aquaman was half the character he was in the original, though.

Ten minutes into it, however, I came to the opinion that this was not a four hour movie and they could have made it three hours without losing a single thing. That opinion was maintained throughout the rest of the film. Also, shut up with Evil Superman. Give us Good Superman for a while before you try to shake things up with Evil Superman. Superman turning evil only works if you've taken the time to establish him as good and that hasn't been done. Also, that conversation between Batman and Joker was just awkward and weird and it went on way too long being awkward and weird. The music was much better in the Whedon version.

Random Martian Manhunter was just fucking random. I mean ... why? I liked Batman's blasé reaction to him when he showed up at the end like "Oh. Some alien popped by talking about the end of the world ... I guess it's Tuesday?" He gave even less of a shit than the people who wrote MM into the script.
 

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For those into stupid horror/comedies that don’t take themselves too seriously, might like Willy’s Wonderland.

Nick Cage is forced to spend the night cleaning a haunted Chuck-E-Cheese rip off. Some kids who want to destroy the place try to warn him, only to find he is more dangerous than the monsters.

I enjoyed it a lot.


[YOUTUBE]https://youtu.be/jO9lc3wzifY[/YOUTUBE]

 

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Counting this as a movie, not tv...

Zack Snyders Justice League

Pretty good. It's surprising to see how much of Snyders material was used in the original. And surprising to see what changes have been made to that material. I may be the only person in the world who loved the first version, but this is better.
Oddly, this feels like a Joss Whedon written and directed four hour movie as produced by Snyder.
The Flash feels like a hero. Cyborg has been said to be the heart of the movie, but I disagree. The basic story is the same. Still interesting though. But hard to see how this could have worked as a two hour movie theatrically.
Annoyingly, this was said to be the first of a trilogy. And the setup seems to work. With DC apparently interested only in solo and non-connected movies, we’ll never see these.
Well worth a watch!

The fight scenes were much better and Flash and Cyborg were actual characters in the movie with things to do, so that was good. Aquaman was half the character he was in the original, though.
Four hours wasn't enough to get them all a good presence?

Also, shut up with Evil Superman. Give us Good Superman for a while before you try to shake things up with Evil Superman.
I wish X-Men First Class allowed Magneto time before the heel turn. That would make it matter. Also, we don't want an evil Superman, we Thanos Superman who is effectively becoming the Monarch of the planet who has slowly taken control of everything because he wants what is right and fair, but his application of it policy and punishment becomes more and more questionable.
 

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The Silent Partner, 8/10; Streaming on Kanopy. Released in 1978 it stars Elliot Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York and surprisingly John Candy in a minor role. A clever thriller about a bank robber (Plummer) who successfully robs a bank. However, the teller he robbed (Gould) only handed over a small amount of the cash and kept the rest. Infuriated, Plummer goes after the teller to get the money and a game of cat and mouse begins.
 

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The Silent Partner, 8/10; Streaming on Kanopy. Released in 1978 it stars Elliot Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York and surprisingly John Candy in a minor role. A clever thriller about a bank robber (Plummer) who successfully robs a bank. However, the teller he robbed (Gould) only handed over a small amount of the cash and kept the rest. Infuriated, Plummer goes after the teller to get the money and a game of cat and mouse begins.

That sounds interesting. I different take on a heist movie, which is one of my favorite genres.
 

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La Révolution française (1989)

Here's five hours of historical drama goodness. I've read a lot lately about the French Revolution. Especially listened to the excellent podcast Grey History. So I wondered if there was any good movie made on it. While searching I found this gem. This was commissioned by various European governments (no, not only France) for the bicentennial of the French revolution in 1989.

No, it's not the best movie ever made. Because the plot is random and takes a lot of left turns. But that is what happened in the French revolution. The film also doesn't take sides. It just shows the history straight up. I like that they start off making Robespierre a likable person. And not at all an utter sociopath, which he was.

What makes this an utter gem is the respect for historical accuracy and getting all the details right. I love when historical dramas try this hard to get the facts right. This film goes out of their way to get details right when they don't even matter for the movie. Stuff like that on the first day of the revolution the revolutionaries wore green cockades to symbolize they were revolutionaries. But then switched to the red, white and blue the next day. Skipping this detail would have made the story easier to follow. But they kept it in due to historical accuracy. Because that's what happened. I like details like that.

Fun fact is that they used (when possible) all the actual locations and historical objects. Since it had strong government support this film got everything they wanted. This film had an unnecessarily high budget. But I'm not complaining.

I also liked that they didn't compromise on the length. This film got whatever length it needed to tell the whole story. It's over five hours of top notch movie.

Sam Neil does a great LaFayette. Trivia is that he speaks no French. He was dubbed afterwards. Which just makes it hilarious that they wanted him in it. LaFayette was such a wonderful character in the revolution. One of the instigators and heroes of the early revolution, but who quickly realizes that the revolution is spinning out of control and then just tries to hang on for dear life. He was a man adored and admired by a people he just wanted to escape from. Which he eventually did. Sam Neil plays it brilliantly.

But judged on aesthetics this is not a masterpiece. It's pretty forgettable. A lot of overacting. So much joy they can barely contain themselves, all the time. A lot of the dialogue is in it just because it was historically accurate that it was said, but which adds nothing to the story as such. As a viewer we know that the most important things said in the revolution was said in the shadows between people conspiring, and off any record. By the time the grand speech is said in front of people is made the people in the plot are in already. But this film makes it seem like all those speeches where the only time anybody discussed anything in the National Assembly. Sure, the length of the movie is a constraint and I'm sure there's history buffs who want to hear all the famous speeches. But the fact that it's so much of it, makes it a bit silly IMHO.


What's more is that it's available and free to watch on Youtube. Enjoy

Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=The+French+Revolution+Part+1

Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgtK2BnMmUM

http://greyhistory.com/

This podcast goes into absurd detail on the French Revolution. It aims to give a nuanced picture about all the people and events. It's looooooooooooong. I will only recommend it if you have a lot of time on your hands and if you think this kind of historical nerdiness is fun. It will NOT give you a good overview of the events. I'd say you have to know quite a lot going in, or this will just be a wall of facts.
 
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Premonition starring Sandra Bullock. One of the worst movies I've ever seen, no exaggeration. And I've seen Battlefield Earth!

I don't even know where to start with this one, the two dimensional, boring characters, the plot that doesn't make sense and not in a way that haunts you or makes you question the nature of life or reality, the utter predictability of scenes independent of the overall nonsensical story, the flat chemistry of the actors, the trite Lifetime ending... I'm angry that I watched this shit all the way through thinking some twist or revelation at the end might redeem this piece of shit.

Edit: Great, now Amazon Prime thinks I want more of this type of crap.
 

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

5/5, and y'all should know I don't give out that fifth star to just any movie.

This may be the best musician-based film I've ever seen, precisely because it avoids most tropes of the muscial biopic and instead crafts a poetic imaginary backdrop to the production of a particular record. Most of the characters aside from Ma are invented, but incredibly reflective of the time and place being portrayed. We're still struggling with most of the same issues today, but the film doesn't beat you over the head with anachronistic social commentary or turn the protagonists into whitewashed idols. Their humanity is respected, and even though their racialized experiences of life very much shape the situation they are in, each character is more so an archetype of the kinds of humans who exist in all socities, rather than digestible racial stereotypes. Viola Davis is utterly stunning as Ma Rainey; if I didn't know it was her, the voodoo magic of makeup, method acting, and voice coaching that turned her into the titular character would have fooled me. Chadwick Boseman gives his last acting performance in this movie, and the (now known) fact that he knew he was slowly dying of colon cancer while this was filming makes his outraged soliloquys on death throughout this film very hard to watch. He's up for an academy award, and I hope he gets it, little comfort though such an award might be to the dead. We lost him far, far too soon. He deserved to escape the dubious, limiting frame of the summer blockbusters and make a dozen more films like this one. The costumes in this movie are also amazing, pitch perfect. If you watch this on Netflix or DVD, take the time to watch the attached documentary on how they accomplished all the time-traveling aspects of this movie, it should be a must-watch for future aspiring film-makers.

I've heard this film disparagingly described as "Oscar Bait", but I do not agree. True Oscar Bait comes and goes without ever being seen by most moviegoers, and leaving little impact on the world after the year when they are made. But Ma Rainey draws it's identity and strength from much more than just sentimentality. It is a story about humanity, persistence, injustice, and untimely death. It's representation of a time period and place are pitch-perfect. I suspect that those who love movies will be talking about this one for a long time to come.



Oh, I also watched Mank. 3/5 Now that shit is some actual Oscar Bait. What's with all the highly fictionalized accounts of Golden Age directors, lately? It's becoming a small genre of its own lately, and they've all been disappointing so far.
 

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I don't care what everyone else says, this is a pretty bad movie. But it is a genre that giving a bad review to will bring about the ire of more compliant compatriots, so I get it. It runs through the entire laundry list of the Me Too movement and presents them as such: A laundry list. One quirky little attribute

of in her shoes

I did not catch until halfway through, which was kind of neat but still clunky in it's presentation.
 

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Godzilla vs Kong 9/10

Yea, I’m a big Godzilla fan. Actually met the star of the original movie at a convention. There were two separate human plots that were bare bones and stupid at times, but they did their job in keeping the story moving and getting us to what we really want to see: giant monsters causing mass destruction. And those fight scenes delivered! Very brutal fight with a few trillion in property damage. No after-credit scene this time. Oh and yes, there is a definite winner.
 

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Midsommar 7/10 Didn't realize this was horror movie. Think it's a few years old. In the vane of Wicker Man, but done differently enough to be watched. Not talking about Nick Cage Wicker man, but the original. Which I give a 9/10.
 

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Old tv movie "In Broad Daylight" (1991) about the Ken Rex McElroy story. 7/10

If they had not acted I think that he would have killed 5-10 people that week.
 

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Watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. Probably been 15 years since last seen on Turner Classics. I liked how they didn't cut anything, even the intermission.

Surprising how well it's held up even though it's more than fifty years old.

I recommend trying to watch it on a big screen. It's a completely different experience. Especially the end.

Fun fact, the end is intended to be watched on LSD. In a movie theatre.

Its a mind blowing experience. With or without acid

I just ran across this.

Ray Manzarek, who has a degree in Cinematography, and the Doors went to the opening of 2001 in L.A. Here he describes the experience.

“It was the opening night of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and somebody got the Doors about a half-dozen tickets. There was a 7 o’clock showing and we had rehearsal in the afternoon. So John, Robby, Jim, Dorothy and I forget who else, we hop in the car and head over to the theater in Hollywood, which had a Cinerama screen.

We smoked a joint, and when we walk in to the theater, the place is packed. The only seats left are in the front row. That’s the last place you want to be to watch a movie — everything’s out of proportion! Ideally, you want to be sitting right in the middle. So we’re sitting in the front row going, ‘ah shit. … what the hell, we’re stoned, we’ll just sit down and watch the movie.’

Turned out to be the best seats in the house. Sitting in front of that screen with nothing in front of you but outer space — then those apes and the sunrise, however Kubrick did that was absolutely overwhelming. We sat there with our mouths agape. It was so brilliant — that opening with that music. Morrison stood up after the first two minutes, when it went black after that sequence right before the apes, and said, ‘Well, that’s the best movie I’ve ever seen; we can go now.’

‘Jim, sit down, you comedian.'”
 

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I watched Ewoks: Caravan of Courage yesterday, finally finishing off a complete rewatch of all the Star Wars franchise movies to date that we've been plugging away at since the winter holidays. A brief ranking and review of all fifteen films follows:

1. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
5/5 Non-moons
Responsible for the rest; changed film-making forever​

2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
5/5 Nerf-herders
Best pathos of the original series​

3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
5/5 Ancient Jedi Texts
A quasi-Taoist masterpiece.​

4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
5/5 Very Predictable Character Deaths
Contains possibly some of the best acting in the series? Sad but very watchable​

5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
4/5 Bread Rations
More good acting, and enjoyable action despite the predictable plot​

6. Revenge of the Sith (2005)
4/5 Weird Opera Scenes
My favorite of the prequels, despite many flaws; very meme-able and included some worldbuilding that should have been there throughout​

7. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
3/5 Droid Cameos
Watchable for the most part, but very derivative of both existing canon and, oddly enough, other classic films. Ben Hur? Really?​

8. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
3/5 Jedis Like His Father Before Him
I feel like someone will be mad at me for placing this one so low, but the thing is, as a film it is a bit of a mess; essentially three TV episodes/plots awkwardly spliced into one movie, one of which is REALLY good but the others, well…​

9. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
2/5 Meaningful Winks to the Camera
The First to cross to the wrong side of the quality line. Example to all film-makers of how not to do a prequel.​

10. The Clone Wars (2008)
2/5 Popular Character Debuts
Actually mostly enjoyable to watch from scene to scene, but goes on for a very long time without really saying much.​

11. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)
2/5 Bad Feelings About This
Barely Watchable; single-handedly saved from one star status by the cool noir drama Ewan Gregor seems to have starred in during filming and they just decided to coat it in CGI and throw it in to offset the dreadful teen romance that constituted the main plot. Also, one of John William's best scores.​

12. Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
2/5 Untranslated Wookie Grunts
Bea Arthur and Boba Fett: Great! The rest: oh dear. HOW much cocaine was imbibed while conceiving of this ill-considered variety show?​

13. Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984)
2/5 Da Vinci-esque Flying Machines
I actually sort of like the quasi-ethnographic approach to the Ewoks themselves. Alas, the rest is a bit painful to watch.​

14. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
1/5 Under-Utilized Roses and Finns
This one genuinely upset me at the movie theater, and I clearly haven’t forgiven it yet.​

15. Ewoks: The Battle For Endor (1985)
1/5 Space Witches
Is this one even a Star Wars movie? Most of it seems like a discarded Conan the Barbarian script.​

After the whole ordeal, I still kinda love the ever-living starlights out of this series as a whole. Even bad Star Wars movies don't annoy me half as much as some of the other nonsense they put in theaters these days.
 

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The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle - This film was generally panned, though Roger Ebert gave it 3 of 4 stars. Having been watching the original show with my daughter and having just watched this movie with my daughter, the movie was incredibly faithful to the original material, and was about as perfect a transition to a motion picture it could have possibly have been. Rocky and Bullwinkle wasn't the funniest show ever. It was good and funny, but it wasn't LOL 24/7. I suppose the question could be, at this point, can a serial concept work as a movie. (Let's ask Batman!)

The casting for the movie was very good and despite this movie bombing (grossing $35 million, half the cost to produce it), I thought it hit the target. I saw on Wiki that Rene Russo was nominated for a worst supporting actress Raspberry for her role, I have absolutely no idea why. She also was nominated for a Saturn for best supporting actress.

It isn't winning an Oscar, but it was never supposed to. The movie remembered what it was originally, never took itself too seriously, didn't overstay itself, and maintained a coherence for the plot and maintained with effective visual humor, including the real life transition of cartoon foolery (bombs, safes, etc...). The people that didn't like it, I don't know what they were expecting.

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i've been calling this movie "bob odenwick" to amuse myself, and that's exactly what it is.
screenplay by half of the duo that created john wick, exact same premise with a few minor tweaks, but every tweak makes it substantially worse.
i was shocked at how dumb this movie was - not that john wick was brilliantly written, but it was tonally consistent and works within the context of its world, as preposterous as that world was.
this movie has a problem of swinging wildly between 'john wick' style gritty realism and a sam raimi level of campy schlock, and the end product just didn't work.

Predator - 9/10
the original 1987 film, wife had never seen it.
IMO this movie has a grand total of 4 flaws in it and they are all single instances that are simply lacking the transcendent perfection of the rest of the movie (two stupid and pointless one-liners, one instance of 'dialogue that only exists for stupid people in the audience', and one case of 'dialogue because it's been too long since there was any dialogue').
other than those four minor flaws it's pretty much a perfect movie in the action/thriller/sci-fi genre.
 

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The Gentlemen, 7/10; A decent crime/action drama starring Mathew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam and a host of familiar faces. When I started watching the movie I didn't know who the director was but after about five minutes in I could guess, Guy Ritchie so it has a familiar feel to his earlier work, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels etc. It's the story if an American marijuana producer with operations scattered around the UK. The plot and action twists and turns at a good pace.
 

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Midsommar 7/10 Didn't realize this was horror movie. Think it's a few years old. In the vane of Wicker Man, but done differently enough to be watched. Not talking about Nick Cage Wicker man, but the original. Which I give a 9/10.

I need to watch this. I'm a big fan of cultural appropriation. The dumber the better.

Fun fact, Swedish Midsummer is a pagan festival. It's still pretty much as it was back during the Viking age. The festival has survived, pretty much intact. What is lost in history is what it all means. We do a bunch of rituals each midsummer. But nobody knows why we do it or what it is supposed to symbolize. When I grew up adults did try to explain it to me. But I later did my research and looked it up. The pagan religious significance is lost in history. Nobody knows wtf it is about.
 

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Finally watched The Irishman, all 209 minutes of it, plus all the special features. I can't tell yet if it will be one of the Scorsese miracle films that I return to again and again. The de-ageing tech is hard to ignore; at least it was for me. Sometimes the process made DeNiro look like a Japanese actor playing DeNiro. Also, it's not possible for guys in their mid- to late- 70s (DeNiro/Pacino) to walk with the same buoyancy they had back in the 80s. Torsos have gotten stocky, and necks have gotten stiff; the head doesn't turn as it once did. Also, there are no bravura, iconic scenes which, by themselves, will have instantly identifiable tag names. This film has a slower build and a different purpose than Scorsese's earlier mob films.
Biggest surprise: somewhere in the third hour, Pesci and DeNiro are driving with their wives through Ohio, and Pesci tells him that they won't go straight to Detroit, instead they'll go up to Port Clinton, because he has business there. I wigged out!! Next scene, they're supposedly at little Island Airlines, which is still in business up here, and DeNiro boards a little plane to do a mob assignment.
 

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speaking of which the big knockers make an appearance after 30 minutes of people getting killed every ~2 minutes I guess
 

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A decent space survival movie. The premise is that there are three astronauts going to Mars (not for the first time; it's implied there is already a colony there and this is becoming a routine), but it turns out there is a fourth person on board and they don't have enough oxygen for everyone.
 

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A decent space survival movie. The premise is that there are three astronauts going to Mars (not for the first time; it's implied there is already a colony there and this is becoming a routine), but it turns out there is a fourth person on board and they don't have enough oxygen for everyone.

Seems unlikely that Oxygen would be the constraint. Carbon Dioxide scrubbing would be a more plausible issue in such a scenario - they're going to die from high CO2 waaaaaay before low O2 becomes problematic.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNYBtjHAuSA[/youtube]

If you take regular air, and rebreathe it until it reaches a toxic level of CO2, the O2 content has dropped from ~20.8% to maybe ~19.65%, which is far more O2 than humans need at 1 atmosphere (indeed the normal variation in O2 percentage at sea level is more than the ~1.5% substitution level of O2 to CO2 at which CO2 becomes dangerous).

In a closed system like a submarine or spacecraft, the rate of removal of CO2 is of vastly greater importance than the availability of O2, when considering how many people can survive for a given amount of time.
 

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A decent space survival movie. The premise is that there are three astronauts going to Mars (not for the first time; it's implied there is already a colony there and this is becoming a routine), but it turns out there is a fourth person on board and they don't have enough oxygen for everyone.

Seems unlikely that Oxygen would be the constraint. Carbon Dioxide scrubbing would be a more plausible issue in such a scenario - they're going to die from high CO2 waaaaaay before low O2 becomes problematic.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNYBtjHAuSA[/youtube]

If you take regular air, and rebreathe it until it reaches a toxic level of CO2, the O2 content has dropped from ~20.8% to maybe ~19.65%, which is far more O2 than humans need at 1 atmosphere (indeed the normal variation in O2 percentage at sea level is more than the ~1.5% substitution level of O2 to CO2 at which CO2 becomes dangerous).

In a closed system like a submarine or spacecraft, the rate of removal of CO2 is of vastly greater importance than the availability of O2, when considering how many people can survive for a given amount of time.

I didn’t get the impression that getting the physics correct was their highest priority.
 
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