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Reply #60 posted 01/17/19 4:31pm

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gandorb said:



damosuzuki said:


enemy (2013) 3.5/5


left me flummoxed, but in a pleasant, head-spinning way that makes me want to dive into message boards to see what people make out of this in a way that i haven't since...mulholland drive, maybe.


not that i think this is on that level of greatness, but it is weird & spacey & intriguing enough that i might watch it again tomorrow night.


green book (2018) 3.5/5


it's perfectly fine. it's funny & warm, & while it occasionally flirts with being cloying, it's hardly the worst offender among oscar friendly films you're likely to see any given year. there is nothing wrong with it, other than the fact that it felt a touch too perfectly programmed. it's competent & heartwarming & has enough not too overblown but overblown enough moments to win a slew of awards, i'm sure.


also has very convincing music scenes. i'm assuming digital effects were used to show ali playing. maybe if i looked closely on a rewatch i'd see the seams, but it sure looked perfect last night.



ReL Green Book, it sounds like your heart wanted to like it more but your mind wouldn't let it! That damn mind biggrin ! I succumbed to this movie but have had that happen to me while watching others.



Same for me regarding Green Book. My inner self fell for it and enjoyed it, while my analytical side was rolling it’s eyes but giving me the green-light to go ahead and enjoy it.
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Reply #61 posted 01/17/19 4:34pm

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a star is born (2018) 3.5/5 i was supposed to see beale street tuesday night, but the temperature took a bit of a dip, & decided i didn't feel like walking an hour to the multiplex in -30 wind chill. so i went off to the 2nd run theatre to catch this instead. and it's good! certainly not the kind of movie i like in general, but i can't really fault anything in it, except that it feels a bit surface level, like we never really dig into these people. but the songs are good (again, not to my taste, but my taste won't gross $200m), and the ending is genuinely moving. i'll never watch it again - hollywood musical romantic tragedies will never be my go to - but i certainly don't regret seeing it.

anna and the apocalypse (2018) 3.5/5

scottish zombie christmas musical.
with all that going for it, it really ought to be the most perfect movie ever. unfortunately the best songs are front-loaded & it doesn't quite maintain its anarchic energy all the way through. it loses a bit of steam in the third act in particular.

still tons of amateurish fun though.

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Reply #62 posted 01/17/19 4:49pm

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gandorb said:

damosuzuki said:

enemy (2013) 3.5/5

left me flummoxed, but in a pleasant, head-spinning way that makes me want to dive into message boards to see what people make out of this in a way that i haven't since...mulholland drive, maybe.

not that i think this is on that level of greatness, but it is weird & spacey & intriguing enough that i might watch it again tomorrow night.


green book (2018) 3.5/5

it's perfectly fine. it's funny & warm, & while it occasionally flirts with being cloying, it's hardly the worst offender among oscar friendly films you're likely to see any given year. there is nothing wrong with it, other than the fact that it felt a touch too perfectly programmed. it's competent & heartwarming & has enough not too overblown but overblown enough moments to win a slew of awards, i'm sure.

also has very convincing music scenes. i'm assuming digital effects were used to show ali playing. maybe if i looked closely on a rewatch i'd see the seams, but it sure looked perfect last night.

ReL Green Book, it sounds like your heart wanted to like it more but your mind wouldn't let it! That damn mind biggrin ! I succumbed to this movie but have had that happen to me while watching others.

i probably sounded a bit too cynical above. i genuinely enjoyed green book. i guess i just found myself pushing back against it because nothing in it surprised me, caught me off guard. when they enter that bar at the end...well, we all knew what was going to happen. and it happened - and it was fine. it was really sweet & fun, but it was indeed exactly what you knew would happen.

it's the kind of movie that would make god say 'well wasn't that just lovely' while the devil would vomit in disgust. my mom would love it, no doubt.

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Reply #63 posted 01/17/19 5:24pm

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JOHN WICK 3 : 4/5, it was entertaining but i hadn't seen the others, Boban is great in it. So is the dog and Mark Dascascos, lucky SOB....most gorgeous wife ever ;)

GLASS : 4.2/5 (better than Wick imho)
Pretty damn good, but probably will alienate some people who have not seen UNBREAKABLE

Rewatched THEY LIVE in 35mm last night 5/5 Forever.

Not great reviews owing to not giving away anything
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Reply #64 posted 01/17/19 5:32pm

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2045RadicalMattZ said:

JOHN WICK 3 : 4/5, it was entertaining but i hadn't seen the others, Boban is great in it. So is the dog and Mark Dascascos, lucky SOB....most gorgeous wife ever ;)

GLASS : 4.2/5 (better than Wick imho)
Pretty damn good, but probably will alienate some people who have not seen UNBREAKABLE

Rewatched THEY LIVE in 35mm last night 5/5 Forever.

Not great reviews owing to not giving away anything



Would you say one can understand Glass without seeing Split? I had no idea Split was connected to Unbreakable though ive tried to watch it a couple of times the subject matter is really disturbing to me so i blew it of. But if its a package deal then i guess i have to deal with it.
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Reply #65 posted 01/17/19 6:11pm

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onlyforaminute said:

2045RadicalMattZ said:

JOHN WICK 3 : 4/5, it was entertaining but i hadn't seen the others, Boban is great in it. So is the dog and Mark Dascascos, lucky SOB....most gorgeous wife ever ;)

GLASS : 4.2/5 (better than Wick imho)
Pretty damn good, but probably will alienate some people who have not seen UNBREAKABLE

Rewatched THEY LIVE in 35mm last night 5/5 Forever.

Not great reviews owing to not giving away anything



Would you say one can understand Glass without seeing Split? I had no idea Split was connected to Unbreakable though ive tried to watch it a couple of times the subject matter is really disturbing to me so i blew it of. But if its a package deal then i guess i have to deal with it.


Yeah, I'd think so. All you'd have to know is that the guy has ' SPLIT ' personalities and it'd go from there. Maybe not the characterization n all that. But i understand its kinda love or hate with audiences n these movies.

One thing i CAN say, is that the film (when i saw it) came with a statement that he'd intended the SPLIT guy to be in unbreakable but it was pulled out.

But that's all on the net anyways so it's no spoiler. I dug it. Dunno how well it'll do.....and I'm no barometer. That "Freddie/Queen" flick is STILL making money despite being a jumbled mess and being full of shit with the WORST dialogue I've heard since an Ed Wood film. So. ...go figure
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Reply #66 posted 01/17/19 7:47pm

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damosuzuki said:

gandorb said:

ReL Green Book, it sounds like your heart wanted to like it more but your mind wouldn't let it! That damn mind biggrin ! I succumbed to this movie but have had that happen to me while watching others.

i probably sounded a bit too cynical above. i genuinely enjoyed green book. i guess i just found myself pushing back against it because nothing in it surprised me, caught me off guard. when they enter that bar at the end...well, we all knew what was going to happen. and it happened - and it was fine. it was really sweet & fun, but it was indeed exactly what you knew would happen.

it's the kind of movie that would make god say 'well wasn't that just lovely' while the devil would vomit in disgust. my mom would love it, no doubt.

I agree whith all of that.

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Reply #67 posted 01/18/19 9:16am

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Green Book (2018) - A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

This is an extremely pleasant film, however, the Hollywood award formula used to make it was very clear. 4/5

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Reply #68 posted 01/18/19 11:33am

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2045RadicalMattZ said:

onlyforaminute said:
Would you say one can understand Glass without seeing Split? I had no idea Split was connected to Unbreakable though ive tried to watch it a couple of times the subject matter is really disturbing to me so i blew it of. But if its a package deal then i guess i have to deal with it.
Yeah, I'd think so. All you'd have to know is that the guy has ' SPLIT ' personalities and it'd go from there. Maybe not the characterization n all that. But i understand its kinda love or hate with audiences n these movies. One thing i CAN say, is that the film (when i saw it) came with a statement that he'd intended the SPLIT guy to be in unbreakable but it was pulled out. But that's all on the net anyways so it's no spoiler. I dug it. Dunno how well it'll do.....and I'm no barometer. That "Freddie/Queen" flick is STILL making money despite being a jumbled mess and being full of shit with the WORST dialogue I've heard since an Ed Wood film. So. ...go figure



Ok, I watched enough to understand he has multiple personalities but I never got the whole "supreme" abilities vibe from what I saw so I was wondering how much info I might have missed.

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Reply #69 posted 01/19/19 3:51pm

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Glass 7/10

I enjoyed the movie. I have no idea what critics are complaining about. The problem with critic screenings is they all see them together and get that hive mentality where if one of the alpha critics says something, they all follow.

Nothing wrong with the third act. It’s a low budget movie, and it raises the possibility of future movies. There seems to be a goofy anti M night thing going on with critics. He must have kicked their dog or something.
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Reply #70 posted 01/20/19 1:47am

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Ugot2shakesumthin said:

Glass 7/10

I enjoyed the movie. I have no idea what critics are complaining about. The problem with critic screenings is they all see them together and get that hive mentality where if one of the alpha critics says something, they all follow.

Nothing wrong with the third act. It’s a low budget movie, and it raises the possibility of future movies. There seems to be a goofy anti M night thing going on with critics. He must have kicked their dog or something.

So you weren't saying to yourself "WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO GET TO THE FIREWORKS FACTORY?!
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That's def good. One of the thoughts that reached my mind was " hmm maybe this was about budget". Agreed that it opens the door to a new series.

Rumors said that the ending was changed to basically appease metoo women era. Essentially no comeuppance to any female characters by a man
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Reply #71 posted 01/20/19 4:34am

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Beautiful Boy (Amazon) - 5 out of 5

A mild spoiler alert!

There is no way I can be objective about this movie, whatever that is. My biggest fear in life is that one of my children will get addicted to hard drugs and that there won't be a thing I can do about it. I so identified with the father character - flaws and all- that it made the movie seem like a documentray of my worst nightmare. The only way that this could have struck me this way is that the performances by Steve Carrell and Timothy Chalamet were so spot on. Chalamet follows up his wonderful work in Call Me by Your Name with another beautifully natural performance. Gandorb, I mean Steve Carrell, was totally immersed in his character. For some who don't identify with the subject matter, the movie may come off as plodding and predictable. For me, it seeped deep into my soul. Radical accepance is the hardest thing to do!!!!!

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Reply #72 posted 01/20/19 8:26am

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2045RadicalMattZ said:

Ugot2shakesumthin said:

Glass 7/10

I enjoyed the movie. I have no idea what critics are complaining about. The problem with critic screenings is they all see them together and get that hive mentality where if one of the alpha critics says something, they all follow.

Nothing wrong with the third act. It’s a low budget movie, and it raises the possibility of future movies. There seems to be a goofy anti M night thing going on with critics. He must have kicked their dog or something.

So you weren't saying to yourself "WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO GET TO THE FIREWORKS FACTORY?!
?

That's def good. One of the thoughts that reached my mind was " hmm maybe this was about budget". Agreed that it opens the door to a new series.

Rumors said that the ending was changed to basically appease metoo women era. Essentially no comeuppance to any female characters by a man


As I was watching the movie i cringed at the posibility the kept hanging over us, of the looming cliched ending of almost every single action and superhero movie where they find the highest spot to have the villain fall to his death
‘Ahhhhh”(mission impossible) or a ticking time bomb or right down to the last second which was deactivated to throw far away at the last second (also Mission Impossible.

So I loved that “surprise” ending. Where it didn’t end the typical fools way of the typical action superhero movie. “Awwwww” falling down from whatever high place the filmmakers lazily chose to end the movie.

Currently the Rotten Tomato audience score at a more than respectable 78%. We’ll see how weekend numbers are and whether critics managed to hurt box office which would be a shame.
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Reply #73 posted 01/20/19 11:12am

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Glass opened in first place with an estimated $40 million, beating out his last movie Split. The movie cost an estimated $20 million to make and has already earned a world wide $98 million or so. So it’s made the movies investors a nice profit.

So i’m Glad the movie did well as it deserved it. There was not much new competition this weekend, but still.
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Reply #74 posted 01/20/19 1:33pm

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kate plays christine (2016) 3.5/5 scenes dramatizing the life of christine chubbuck, a newscaster who committed suicide on florida tv in the 70s, are interspersed with footage of actress kate lyn sheil interviewing her colleagues & investigating her past.

for the first hour or so, i was completely sucked into this. i loved the way it danced between dramatization & documentary. i found after that it had laid out all its cards & had nothing new to show me, but i still found it an interesting watch right up to the end, when it did something that i thought did not work at all, that felt very false & left me feeling like i'd seen something bold & daring upended by a big misstep.

still a fun, weird, really unique watch.




the life and death of colonel blinp (1943) 4.5/5 funny & sad, endearing & touching, and wonderfully colorful as well. it would be an easy 5 and would have instantly become one of my favourite films if it just wasn't 18 billion hours long.

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Reply #75 posted 01/20/19 10:50pm

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I watched Wall-e.

What a boring piece of shit movie.

I just found out that the guy that directed it - Andrew Stanton - also directed the snoozefest Finding Nemo which I watched for the first time some months ago.

I think this might be a sign to stay away. Very far away.
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Reply #76 posted 01/21/19 7:50am

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i caught glass last night. i didn't think it was too good, i guess. it really dragged in the middle to me; wheels spinning, no forward momentum for a good hour. i found the ending & particularly the opening 20 minutes or so fun enough, though it always felt very perfunctory & drab-looking, even in those moments. not a disaster or anything silly like that, but solidly below average in my books. 2.5/5



sansho the bailiff (1954) 5/5 "In medieval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression." there's nothing better than having your heart ripped out & stomped on first thing sunday morning. this is an understatedly powerful film, with an ending that's almost too emotional. i'm glad i saw it, and it immediately leaps to the top of the best films i've ever seen, but, at least right now, i can't imagine ever wanting to see it again. it really is almost too much to take at times.


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Reply #77 posted 01/21/19 9:29am

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Bohemian Rhapsody 8 / 10

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Reply #78 posted 01/21/19 10:07am

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2 low budget scifis both relatively slow paced.

IO 4/5 most movies like this end with a sliver of hope, this one gave hope in 2 different directions. A refreshing change.

Beyond 3.5/5 a flip on a old standard in scifi, maybe everything in the universe isn't out to get us.


Come Sunday 3.5/5 I can't say I'm in agreement with Carlton he's on his own journey but watching the movie I felt something I haven't felt since I was a very small child, it was pleasant and an interesting personal realization.

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Reply #79 posted 01/21/19 1:09pm

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

As exquisite as it is excruicating, Barry Jenkins once again hits all the right notes with a beautiful film. Easily one of the best films of the year.


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Reply #80 posted 01/22/19 7:23pm

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ali: fear eats the soul (1974) 4/5 german grandmother strikes up a relationship with a younger arab. life is brutal & cruel at times.

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Reply #81 posted 01/23/19 5:51am

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If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

As exquisite as it is excruicating, Barry Jenkins once again hits all the right notes with a beautiful film. Easily one of the best films of the year.



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Agree, i hope the score wins an Oscar. I’m torn between the score of Isle od Dogs and Beale Street. Apples and Oranges, but both fantastic.
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Reply #82 posted 01/23/19 7:10am

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Last night we watched "The Old Man and The Gun".

Way too much old man.

Not nearly enough gun.

1.5 stars out of 10 stars.

Second Funkiest White Man in America

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Reply #83 posted 01/24/19 6:48am

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The Old Man and The Gun


good slow-paced farewell movie. It's an old man, so dont expect an Avengers tempo.


Widows

What a dissapointment, i expected much more from this movie. Contains the most uneventful twist in cinema history.



Mortal Engines

Eye candy of the better kind, but a bit too Twilightly.



Close

Enjoyable movie but don't expect anything special or 'wow'.



Polar

Very good action movie of the 'almost superhero' sort - think John Wick etc, killing dozens with eyes closed.


King of Thieves


One of the lesser Michael Caine movies. The original was waaay better.



The Vanishing

Suspense. Good but not 'very good'.


American Hangman

Sutherland-driven vehicle that has its moments. The very end saves it a bit.

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Reply #84 posted 01/24/19 8:44am

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King In The Wilderness (2018)

A wonderful HBO documentary about Dr. King which is profoundly intimate and unsparing. And in the process, enhances Dr. King's legacy.

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Reply #85 posted 01/24/19 12:06pm

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no one might care about this besides myself, but today i learned that the fisheye shots in 'the favourite' (for which lanthimos has taken a bit of flack for being show-offish & mannered) were influenced by convex mirrors that he'd seen in 17th century paintings.

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Reply #86 posted 01/24/19 12:17pm

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leviathan (2014) 4/5 a man tries to fight corruption in a small russian town.

this may be a facile comparison, but i couldn't help but think of how leviathan contrasts with beale street, which i saw tuesday & enjoyed a lot (also 4/5 from me). like jenkins' film, this is moody & slightly languidly paced. both directors clearly have a talent for making material that would be flat & lifeless in other hands hypnotic & absorbing.

unlike jenkins' film, where he finds some kind of warm humanism among the tough things he depicts, this is a bitter, icily brutal film. where jenkins finds hope, leviathan seems to find only despair in his state's ability to destroy a life.

the slumber party massacre (1982) 2.5/5 girls are slaughtered at a slumber party. famously scripted by feminist author rita mae brown.

despite all the hot air that has been spent on this film over the years on whether it qualifies as a feminist slasher deconstruction, i found there to be very little in this to differentiate it from a standard slasher. if you did a pepsi challenge & showed it to someone without their knowledge of its pedigree, i think there's very little chance they'd be able to notice any difference between this and any other early 80s slasher, aside from the clumsy jokes.

has cute girls, some nudity, & undistinguished gore.



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Reply #87 posted 01/24/19 6:02pm

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Kevyn Aucoin Beauty & the Beast in Me (2017) and Larger In Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story (2017) I watched both these films and found them very moving and informative. Kevyn was a genius, and the never before behind the scene footage of the top supermodels and his many celeb friends was amazing. I give these wonderful tributes each a 4.5 out of 5 popcorn

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Reply #88 posted 01/25/19 2:55am

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Aquafuck

Boooring. DC movies are all boring beyond imagination. They can't lick the heels of Marvel, even if DC is supposed to have 2 out of 3 'greatest' superhero's. They just do nothing with it. Not a lick of humour, not a lick of character painting, fighting scenes that drag on so long while going nowhere, even the effects are not that great.

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Reply #89 posted 01/25/19 2:56am

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superheros

That was close

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