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

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Watching a couple older movies, as in 10+ years.

Training Day - Denzel Washington turns heel in such a great way. An Oscar winning way. An Oscar he was due years before. Ethan Hawke plays Hoyt, the possible newb entry into Harris's drug detail, which he learns is pretty crooked and twisted. A bunch of stuff occurs which appears somewhat random, but is actually Harris in the middle of his own plot to try and save his bacon due to some stuff that went poorly elsewhere. Most of the film is about Harris's mental manipulation of Hoyt, who he himself, must decide what he is and isn't willing to deal with. The plot is a bit convoluted in the sense that Hoyt not being involved would have made things a bit easier for Harris to accomplish what his goals were. Why Harris would have invited this needless complication is problematic, but not something that can't be overlooked in what is an otherwise intense but decently centered cop drama. Hawke and Washington are very very centered attention wise for the film and both deliver very well. I really enjoy this movie. So much I'll overlook that the streets are always wet even though it didn't rain. 3.5 of 4

Hellboy - Back when comic book movies didn't have Marvel Studios, Hellboy was a creation that was a step in the right direction. It is a little dated, but otherwise, a fine comic book movie, from a time when comic book movies were hit or miss (and often it was a miss). 3 of 4
 

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The Beguiled, 6/10; Released in 1971 and stars Clint Eastwood as a severely wounded union soldier seeking refuge in a all girls school during the American civil war. As Eastwood starts to recuperate he charms the girls and teachers and the sexual tension mounts between Eastwood and three of the women. Jealousy starts to eat away at the women as they compete for Eastwood's attention. It's an interesting drama but could easily have been a comedy farce but the movie falls a bit flat. There is a 2017 remake which is also based on the same novel, A Painted Devil by Thomas Cullinan.
 

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I watched "Undercover Brother" for about the 12th time because hilarious comedies help me cope. And, hopefully, we all know that laughter is the best medicine.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_Brother


Undercover Brother is a 2002 American satirical spy action comedy blaxploitation film directed by Malcolm D. Lee and starring Eddie Griffin. The screenplay is by Michael McCullers and co-executive producer John Ridley, who created the original Internet animation characters. It spoofs blaxploitation films of the 1970s as well as a number of other films, most notably the James Bond franchise. It also stars former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Kattan and comedian Dave Chappelle as well as Aunjanue Ellis, Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, and Billy Dee Williams, and features a cameo by James Brown.
 

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Deadpool and Deadpool 2 - I just love these two movies. At points it teeters at too much, but usually it manages to sway back into not too much. These films are crafted carefully and well to prevent them from creating something quite awful, like Suicide Squad. 3.5 of 4
 

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Deadpool and Deadpool 2 - I just love these two movies. At points it teeters at too much, but usually it manages to sway back into not too much. These films are crafted carefully and well to prevent them from creating something quite awful, like Suicide Squad. 3.5 of 4

I can’t feel my legs…. Oh, there they are..
 

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I've been watching a LOT of movies lately, mostly with the other three people in our household (two of whom insist on Thai subtitles). We have different tastes in movies, so it's hard to find films we'll all enjoy.

Enola Holmes (2020) — We all really enjoyed this! My wife wants me to find more movies like this one; suggestions?
Enola Holmes may have been somewhat childish, but I like childish things! I picked it because we all enjoyed The Witcher Season 1, and its star Henry Cavill also appears in Enola Holmes.

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) — Another Henry Cavill film. I liked it, but two Thais found it too confusing.

Pig (2021) — This is the new film with Nicholas Cage that gets rave reviews. The other three liked it, but I thought it was unusually bad and pointless! Character study? Nothing developed. Detective story? Nothing developed. Love interest? Not unless you count Cage and his pig, and the pig disappears almost immediately.
My sister and her family watched it with us (though on different continents). They all liked it ... except my sister. (Maybe taste in movies is genetic.)

Ethan Frome (1993) — Same complaints as for Pig, but even worse. Some 19th-century (or early 20th-century) novels seem too dreary and too boring. In that sense this film may have been faithful to its Edith Wharton source! :) I didn't invite the others to watch this with me; I think that was a good decision.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) — It's been well over fifty years since I last watched this, and I had fond memories of this very famous film. My sister went to see it eleven times! Lines like "Who are these guys?" have become iconic.
But I found the re-watching of this old film exceedingly tedious and boring.

Many old movies seem slow-moving and very boring to me these days. I don't think this is due to animation, graphics, high-tech chases, etc.: My favorite movies don't rely on such. Perhaps people were more patient in the pre-Internet age and liked slow-paced movies.

This is NOT to say I dislike ALL old movies. Some of my very favorite movies were made in the 1940's or 1950's and were VERY fast-paced.
 

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Deadpool and Deadpool 2 - I just love these two movies. At points it teeters at too much, but usually it manages to sway back into not too much. These films are crafted carefully and well to prevent them from creating something quite awful, like Suicide Squad. 3.5 of 4

I can’t feel my legs…. Oh, there they are..

Two of my favorites too.
 

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Baby Driver (2007) Great car chase scenes and good sound track. 4/5 Stupid name for a movie, but there was a reason for it.
 

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Predestined (2014) Time traveling movie that doesn't leave a plot hole. 4/5 But they have to do a lot of bootstrapping to get there. Great acting and story line.
 

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Marketing the Messiah.

[YOUTUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8InPAMOHoA[/YOUTUBE]

This is one of those few films nowadays where the trailer doesn't give away the movie.
 

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The Acid House, 6/10; A screen adaptation of three stories from the Irvine Welsh book of the same name. The book is very, very good but the adaptation to screen just doesn't do the book justice. Irvine Welsh produces some way out there stuff but does it brilliantly. The best of the three stories "The Granton Star Cause" which was a bit more successful for the screen is the best. This is the first story in the film and is well worth watching. The scene where the main character Boab gets into a dialogue with God (played by the brilliant Maurice Roëves) in an Edinburgh pub makes the whole thing worth it.



Northern Soul, 7/10; An entertaining movies set in 1974 Lancashire tells the story of two lads that forge a friendship over their love of Northern Soul music and plan to go to the USA to bring back never before heard soul music to the UK Northern Soul clubs. The Northern Souls scene has a darker underbelly to it in the form of rampant drug use, mostly amphetamines. A pretty good story of working class lads struggling against the soul crushing drudgery of a dreary town. The music track is excellent. Steve Coogan, Ricky Tomlinson and Lisa Stansfield appear.

 

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Face-off (with Rifftrax) - Face-Off was a better movie when it came out. It definitely has a jumping the shark moment and a really silly premise, but it holds together well enough as a popcorn action film. With the Rifftrax it is absolute gold!

2.5 of 4 without Rifftrax
3.5 of 4 with Rifftrax
 

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The Egyptian (1954)

I was reading ancient Egyptian litterature and came to the Story of Sinuhe, a ancient Egyptian epic, set in the time of Amenemhat I. The pharao is murdered and Sinuhe is worried he might get implicated. I then found out it was made into a Hollywood movie. And also available on YouTube in its entirety.

Unless you have a nerdy interest in Egypt you won't like it. It's a pretty lame block buster type film. Dialogue is theatrical and overly dramatic. And stupidly re-written. The main character is an ancient doctor, yet practices modern medicine. That's just silly. And unnecessary, since Sinuhe in the epic, isn't a doctor. Just lots of pointless drama and action.

I still liked it because I have a nerdy interest in Egypt, and we're not exactly spoiled for content.

https://ancientegyptonline.co.uk/storysinuhe/

https://youtu.be/Ayr6UZhA2a0
 

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The Mitchells verses The Machines - An enjoyable family romp about a dysfunctional family dealing with an impending robot apocalypse. Plenty of cliches, but the animation has some fresh style to it. The loaf of bread does steal the show. The movie, while not very authentic, doesn't overstay its welcome (nor does it lag) and competently manages the billion time told stories of a teen becoming an adult and family road trips. 3 of 4
It occurred to me that this movie, upon a second watching is a reskin'd clone of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Young adult outsider with weird pet coping with father who doesn't 'get it', dealing with a technological Armageddon of which a machine is causing, and the noted attempt to save the world is via a USB thumb drive of which is lost or destroyed and an alternative plan is required, both of which the protagonist allegedly dies while saving the day.

Sony did both films, so it wasn't as much plagiarism as it was reskin'ing a movie like an old pinball table into a new one. I really like both movies, but they are definitely related.
 

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Beats, 5/10; Two youths living in a non descript council scheme somewhere in central Scotland that rebel against the "anti social" laws aimed at the illegal rave scene that was popular in the early 90's. At times the movie is good and interesting as it portrays the bleak environment of living in council schemes. Johnno and Spanner don't have much going for them so the appeal of the illegal rave scene draws them in to a world of drugs, alcohol, violence and music as they search out the venue for an illegal rave. This movie gets rave reviews but I don't see why. It was a plodding story line that could have been made much better if there was a decent soundtrack helping it along. I wanted to hear more of the music but there was scant sign of it until the very end. The two main actors were excellent and most of the supporting cast put in very convincing performances.

 

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Yesterday (Netflicks) A strange event occurs on earth where some of our past events are erased from time. Also a bit of a chick flick if you have to pick a movie for the both of you. A definite comedy/feelgood movie. 8/10
 

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Paw Patrol The Movie - Wow! I was NOT expecting that. It was Paw Patrol meets Island of Dr Moreau and Frankenstein.

The movie opens up with Mayor Humdinger rock climbing in the bay. He notices concrete where it doesn’t belong. It was quite corroded and he was able to chip it away after he came back with tools. It opened up to a crevice and he peers inside. He notices it goes deeper so he goes inside. It gets dark and there is a bit of silence and sounds of him walking. You hear a little splashing water from footsteps and then you hear a voice, ‘Ryder, is that you?’

The film then pans out to Adventure Bay with the Pups doing Paw Patrol stuff. Really benign and boring. Ryder is seen tinkering with something in his lab. Something stupid happens with the Mayor’s chicken, they save the day, a pup says a dumb pun, they all laugh, except Ryder rolled his eyes.

The film takes us back to Mayor Humdinger's home and he is introducing what he is calling The Originals to his Patrol Cats. The Originals are a bit on edge and kookie looking and acting dogs. This scares his cats away. The Originals tell the Mayor a lot more about their origins. That Ryder helped create them and experimented on them, but he was always angry at them because they couldn’t speak well, had little coordination, couldn’t remember their catchphrases, or operate heavy machinery. After a while, Ryder told then he was heading out for more snacks, but he never came back. The pups were older now but scrawny, surviving on whatever shellfish or fish that managed to get into wandered into the crevice area behind the rock face. Humdinger gets an evil look on his face and then orders a lot of food to be delivered for ‘his pups’.

The movie pans back and forth between the Paw Patrol rescuing this or that and snippets of Ryder working on something and Humdinger getting the other pups back to fitness. It isn’t easy, as the pups are very awkward and don’t have much coordination and can snap easily. But they come to like Humdinger who has taken great care of them. Of course the Mayor is up to something but we don’t know what, but is soon partially revealed.

The race for mayor of Adventure Bay is coming up and Humdinger says he has an announcement and a groundbreaking surprise. Even Ryder and the Paw Patrol are there. He announces before a decent sized crowd that he is running for mayor and that he has something he wants to show everyone to expose those that Mayor Goodway has bestowed so much trust in. He reveals The Originals. The crowd notices the resemblance to the Paw Patrol. They start getting angry at Humdinger, but Humdinger tells the crowd that these poor pups were made and abandoned by Ryder. No one believed him, but Ryder’s reaction arose suspicion in Skye.

The Pups were angry at Humdinger for speaking lies, while Skye rushed back to the Paw Patrol tower. She entered Ryder’s secret vault that she was able to find out the code for. What she saw stunned her.

When the pups got back they were still on about Humdinger and Ryder was trying not to look uncomfortable.

Skye walks in, tells them, it isn't a lie. The Pups are dumbfounded. ‘Tell them Ryder. Tell them about our replacements.’ And she tosses the plans of the Cyborg Pups to the other pups. The pups are confused. They think they are suits, but Skye tells them they aren’t she saw several already put together and in some sore of stasis. The Mission Paw equipment was just a warmup to this, she told them.

Alarmed, Ryder started to yell at Skye and accused her of being jealous and speaking lies. The other pups didn’t know what to think. Skye was banned from the tower and Ryder called her the b-word.

Skye left and wandered to try and find The Originals. She meets them and it takes a bit to trust her but they eventually do. Ryder’s attempts to isolate Skye from the others doesn’t work as the other pups seek out and find her and she introduces them to The Originals. The Originals tell them of the awful existence they had with Ryder. The Pups were in tears. They couldn’t believe it. The Pups agree that Ryder had to be stopped from doing this again and that they’d take Mayor Goodway with them, who was crashing in the polls, to stop Ryder. Of course, Ryder has a complete surveillance setup on his pups and knew exactly what they were up to and he was going to have his newest pups ready.

The Originals and Paw Patrol with Goodway were on their way to the Tower. Marshall rushed into the elevator first and yelled out ‘Hey look, I got in the elevator without tripping or falling, ha...’ and the elevator exploded. Pieces of Marshall were scattered everywhere and Marshall’s tag landed at the feet of Rocky. You could hear several children bawling their eyes out at this point in the theater. Those not crying were likely in shock.

A large door opens and Ryder comes out with his Cyborg Pups behind him. ‘That was meant for all of you,’ Ryder said.

Chase steps forward with The Originals and Paw Patrol behind him. He looks down at a charred remain of Marshall and looks back up and steps forward again with all the other pups behind him stepping forward as well, teeth exposed. ‘Looks like someone’s been a bad boy.’ Ryder sends the new Patrol cyborg pups to attack the Originals and the Paw Patrol. What happens next was incredibly graphic and I just don’t want to go too far into details. Violence was all over Adventure Bay. Limbs were graphically severed, Pups electrocuted, and Mayor Humdinger had his skull crushed by a few boulders Cyborg Rubble tried to fired at the two other Rubbles.

Ultimately the Originals generally sacrificed their lives to save the other pups, though original Skye and Zuma survived. Chase, Skye, and Rocky corner Ryder who couldn’t escape. They let the remaining originals take him. Ryder begged for forgiveness, said he’d never do this again. Original Zuma said ‘Sorry, but it is time to put you down.’ And woah! Did they ever!

I had never seen such pale skin on children when leaving the movie theater with my family.
 
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Unhinged, 7/10; Stars Russel Crowe as the unhinged protagonist in this violent thriller. Tom Cooper (Crowe) has just killed his ex wife and her boyfriend and set the marital home (I think it's the marital home) on fire. Soon after he gets into a terse exchange with soon to be divorced Rachel Flynn in traffic. Cooper takes exception to Rachel's lack of an apology and proceeds to terrorize her, her family and associates. It's a pretty tense thriller with lots of violence and a mostly believable plot. Worth a watch.
 

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Baby Driver (2007) Great car chase scenes and good sound track. 4/5 Stupid name for a movie, but there was a reason for it.

I liked it too. Recommended.

Having rewatched, I have to say the street dance scene during the opening credits was brilliant.
 

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Gumby 1 - No seriously, it says 1. Rifftrax riff'd this classic about Gumby trying to help save farmers by doing a concert and then becoming a bank himself. Without the riff, you can miss this one, but with the Riff, it was definitely worth it. 3.5 of 4 with riff

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- Watched this with my 8 y.o. daughter. She thought it was pretty funny and had her interested the entire time. It is a classic. 4 of 4

She saw Bringing Up Baby as well. It was a little harder for her to keep in contact with that film. I think she likes Chaplin because it was all physical humor and it needed to continue. Marx Brothers toss in music breaks and I doubt she'd survive those. In general, they are pretty darn boring interludes. I have a few other Chaplin films on the DVR, so we'll try another one of them soon.
 

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Anthropoid - Film about two Czech's who fly into Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia to try and kill Heydrich. Overall, this contains everything I demand of a war film. Limited imagined drama, limited falsehoods, and sticking with history in general. This film is intense, think of it as a crossover of a slow burn of The Man in High Castle with Band of Brothers. Acting is real good, the history is pretty accurate, with liberties taken to add imagined drama (but the liberties are small and acceptable). Not many English films about non-American WWII stories. I really recommend this one. 4 of 4
 

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Sneakers - Older heist movie (one of my favorite genres) starring Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, etc. Redford is the head of a security consulting firm that tests security systems by robbing the organization that hires them. They are approached by "NSA agents" and bribed into stealing a new technology, basically a universal encryption cracker. Then they find out they weren't actually working for the NSA but organized crime and they have to steal the device back to avoid going to jail for a long, long time. The repartee between the cast is witty and entertaining. The thrills are mild and not over the top. 3.5/5
 

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I'm not sure I can give an honest review. I will say watching the trailer will ruin the movie for you because it certainly did for me. Trying to imagine how I would view this movie without being spoiled I will say without the gimmick it is pretty derivative. Taika Waititi is only acting in this movie - he isn't directing and it shows. Basically the movie tries to straddle high minded ideas whilst being a perpetual meme machine and doesn't quite pull it off.
 

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I'm not sure I can give an honest review. I will say watching the trailer will ruin the movie for you because it certainly did for me. Trying to imagine how I would view this movie without being spoiled I will say without the gimmick it is pretty derivative. Taika Waititi is only acting in this movie - he isn't directing and it shows. Basically the movie tries to straddle high minded ideas whilst being a perpetual meme machine and doesn't quite pull it off.

Does Ryan Reynolds need to use the time machine and shoot himself in the head again?
 

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I'm not sure I can give an honest review. I will say watching the trailer will ruin the movie for you because it certainly did for me. Trying to imagine how I would view this movie without being spoiled I will say without the gimmick it is pretty derivative. Taika Waititi is only acting in this movie - he isn't directing and it shows. Basically the movie tries to straddle high minded ideas whilst being a perpetual meme machine and doesn't quite pull it off.

Does Ryan Reynolds need to use the time machine and shoot himself in the head again?

It's not terrible, just average. I didn't hate myself for wasting time on it like I did with Army of the Dead.
 

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Free HBO Max weekend. Just watched Collateral again. I love that movie. I think Jamie Fox is a very underrated actor. A Michael Mann film with his usual grit and intensity. And while I'm not a big fan of Tom Cruise, he was excellent in this.
 

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The Invisible Man - 2020 film

After staging his own suicide, a crazed scientist uses his power to become invisible to stalk and terrorize his ex-girlfriend. When the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back.

Very creepy with lots of twists and a big one in the end. 4/5
 

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16 Years Of Alcohol, 1/10; Stars Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Ewen Bremner. Written and directed by Skids front man Richard Jobson the movie is loosely based on Jobson's own life experiences. The movie starts off badly and gets worse. I bailed about halfway through. It covers three phases of Frankie's life. His early years of living with his philandering, alcohol abusing father and into his teen years (played by the thirty something McKidd!) where he and his three friends become violent menaces. This movie was billed as a meeting of "A Clockwork Orange" and "Trainspotting". Well there were certainly some elements of both in this movie but bloody hell, the Clockwork Orange plagiarizing was obvious and dreadful. Jobson ought to be ashamed and embarrassed by this corny and cringe worthy attempt at "paying homage" to the Kubrick movie. I stuck with it because I thought the soundtrack might be able to save it but it was a lost cause. Another scene which was obviously and shamelessly lifted from Trainspotting had me reaching for the off switch and I was done.
 

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Sneakers - Older heist movie (one of my favorite genres) starring Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, etc. Redford is the head of a security consulting firm that tests security systems by robbing the organization that hires them. They are approached by "NSA agents" and bribed into stealing a new technology, basically a universal encryption cracker. Then they find out they weren't actually working for the NSA but organized crime and they have to steal the device back to avoid going to jail for a long, long time. The repartee between the cast is witty and entertaining. The thrills are mild and not over the top. 3.5/5

I also rewatched this recently. I concur with you about the mildness... it was a different time I guess. But I remember it because my high school math teacher used it as an example of what'd happen if someone found a way to factorize large primes in polynomial time. P = NP. It's actually a pretty interesting premise, for a mainstream comedy heist movie.
 

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Hunter Hunter Netflix 4/10 Trapper and his family have wolf trouble...and then there's a multiple murder and for some reason the trapper sets a trap for the killer, instead of going to the police. But the worst is at the very start when he refers to a 30 30 leaver action Winchester rifle as a .22. Even though it is the same rifle that he is carrying, and it is stamped on the damned barrel of the gun. This might seem small, but he is a trapper, it is the most important tool he owns...he has to know better. But the writers, director, actors, producers and even the water boy didn't bother to say anything, anyway not worth the price of admission...which was free.
 

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Bad Boy Bubby, 1/10; An Australian movie released in 1993/94. This movie was mentioned in another thread (@excreationist) so I thought I'd check it out. It was dreadful. Very arty and very, very slow. It took me two sittings to get through it. It's a weird story about a thirtysomething man being held in the basement of his mother's house. She controls his every move, she has convinced him that if he goes outside he will die of poison. She always enters the room wearing a gas mask. She has sex with him at times too. The guy's father shows up and also torments Bubby. It really was a chore to watch this.
 

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Standard revenge movie with added bits of gore. 2/5

At least there won't be more.
 

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Before Midnight with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy. It has one of the best scenes of a conversation (friends at a dinner table) that I've ever seen. Interesting, profound without trying to be. Made me wish I were there.
 

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) — It's been well over fifty years since I last watched this, and I had fond memories of this very famous film. My sister went to see it eleven times! Lines like "Who are these guys?" have become iconic.
But I found the re-watching of this old film exceedingly tedious and boring.

Many old movies seem slow-moving and very boring to me these days. I don't think this is due to animation, graphics, high-tech chases, etc.: My favorite movies don't rely on such. Perhaps people were more patient in the pre-Internet age and liked slow-paced movies.
I was expecting big things with that film... and what I got was nothing like I expected. And I don't have any bias against older films. This movie wasn't what I was expecting. Paul Newman riding a bicycle with lovey dovey music playing. WTF?!! I was extraordinarily let down by that film.
 

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Enemy, 7/10; Stars Jake Gyllenhaal in a psychological thriller directed by Denis Villenueve (Dune) where a mundane college history professor spots an actor in a movie that looks remarkably like himself. He searches out other work the actor has done and tracks the actor down and arranges a meeting. The premise is excellent and the acting and cinematography is top notch but the execution left me dissatisfied. The build up is slow but the tension really starts to bubble as the two lead actors face off. And just when the movie has pulled you in, it abruptly ends in about two minutes with a really weird and unsatisfactory anticlimax ending.
 

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A science fiction/horror flick about astronauts aboard the international Space Station who discover an extraterrestrial microbe they foolishly encourage to grow with the expected bad result. Well made and excellent SFX but you can see the horrible ending from a mile away. 6/10
 

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) — It's been well over fifty years since I last watched this, and I had fond memories of this very famous film. My sister went to see it eleven times! Lines like "Who are these guys?" have become iconic.
But I found the re-watching of this old film exceedingly tedious and boring.

Many old movies seem slow-moving and very boring to me these days. I don't think this is due to animation, graphics, high-tech chases, etc.: My favorite movies don't rely on such. Perhaps people were more patient in the pre-Internet age and liked slow-paced movies.
I was expecting big things with that film... and what I got was nothing like I expected. And I don't have any bias against older films. This movie wasn't what I was expecting. Paul Newman riding a bicycle with lovey dovey music playing. WTF?!! I was extraordinarily let down by that film.
I wasn’t really a big fan of it when it came out. I thought it was an okay movie.
I think the inclusion of the song ‘Raindrops keep falling on head’ ended up being a smart move. It eventually became a big hit song and helped with the film’s popularity, the first couple years it was out.
 

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Oklahoma:

I saw an unfamiliar version on Prime. I dipped in. It's not like the old version, filmed outdoors like a regular movie. This is a filmed stage play, in front of a theater audience.

I didn't expect to like it. I expected it to be badly dated, flat and uninteresting. But the players, including a young Hugh Jackman, really carried the opening scene, and now I'm into it.
 

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An epic fantasy movie loosely based on 2019 South Park episode "Turd Burglars". It's visually stunning, but a story of a messianic main character who is prophesied to overthrow the emperor is not for me, maybe because I've seen it too many times in a thousand other movies. And sword fights in futuristic setting are just anachronistic. Just use guns, people.
 

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An epic fantasy movie loosely based on 2019 South Park episode "Turd Burglars". It's visually stunning, but a story of a messianic main character who is prophesied to overthrow the emperor is not for me, maybe because I've seen it too many times in a thousand other movies. And sword fights in futuristic setting are just anachronistic. Just use guns, people.
Dude, you got me. I was so close to go into full toxic nerd boy mode. I'm a bit confused as to why they made the cut where they did however, especially considering a sequel has not been green lit yet.
 

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Free HBO Max weekend. Just watched Collateral again. I love that movie. I think Jamie Fox is a very underrated actor. A Michael Mann film with his usual grit and intensity. And while I'm not a big fan of Tom Cruise, he was excellent in this.
I saw it yesterday for the third time. Great movie! All good, but Jamie Fox takes it.
 

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Dune 1/10

JJ liked it a tad more than I, who regretted every second of watching it. New to the story if it matters. I likewise have had my fill of "the chosen one" plots, just one of many repugnant tropes used throughout, and I've come to dislike that director, find his films too dark visually, and suffocatingly portentous. Thought Chalamet was a bad fit for that role, and was nauseated by the character's repetitive Frodo-ian angsty visions. And then that fucking non-ending was the worst cherry on top ever in ultimate loathsomeness.

tldr, would not recommend. :)
 

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Free HBO Max weekend. Just watched Collateral again. I love that movie. I think Jamie Fox is a very underrated actor. A Michael Mann film with his usual grit and intensity. And while I'm not a big fan of Tom Cruise, he was excellent in this.
I saw it yesterday for the third time. Great movie! All good, but Jamie Fox takes it.
I like how in the end Victor
dies sitting on a train
as he had described earlier in the movie.
 

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Free HBO Max weekend. Just watched Collateral again. I love that movie. I think Jamie Fox is a very underrated actor. A Michael Mann film with his usual grit and intensity. And while I'm not a big fan of Tom Cruise, he was excellent in this.
I saw it yesterday for the third time. Great movie! All good, but Jamie Fox takes it.
I like how in the end "Vincent"
dies sitting on a train
as he had described earlier in the movie.
The scene on the train is so different than the "Risky Business" scene, between Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay...

 

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