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Postby Harpua » Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:11 pm

Katiemay wrote:I can't get past the name Baby Driver.


When I first heard the name I thought, "It's fun to start with the name and write the story around it."
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby TanasRoot » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:46 pm

the radio recently told me that the actor in the movie might have some problem, i dunno... fwiw you don't even see or hear him for 95% of the movie...

A Ghost Story was the most thought provoking movie i've seen in a long time. and considering Phish/universe-is-a-donut...

The Florida Project was one of the most visual and real i've seen in a long time. only one pro actor in it and its Willem fuckin DaFoe crushing

if anyone's in the mood for a disturbingly trippy, kinda different (spoiler: foreign) horror flick, check out RAW. its messed up tho lol
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby Harpua » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:58 pm

willbreathes wrote:Phantom Thread is the only Best Movie I haven't seen yet.

Of the other nine... the ranking goes:

Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
Get Out
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Post
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour

The top-two is a tough one for me. Really could go either way. Looking for realism, or fantasy.

Michael Shannon has become my favorite actor of the decade.



I've been on a mad dash to see the best picture nominees. I'm seeing Lady Bird tonight. After that I will still have to see Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, and Call Me By Your Name.

So far my ranking goes:

Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Get Out
The Post

I really loved those top four, and I'm looking forward to catching the rest.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby willbreathes » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:38 pm

Oldman will win for the Darkest Hour.... but the movie itself is not incredibly interesting. There is a scene in the third act that completely took me out of the entire thing.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby Harpua » Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:02 pm

^ I'm seeing that this weekend. I'll see if I can guess which scene it was.

I live within 20 minutes of 5 movie theatres, and none of them are playing Call Me By Your Name. Hopefully I can find it streaming with Kodi.

Updated Ranking:

Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Lady Bird
Dunkirk
Get Out
The Post

I hate comparing Phantom Thread, Lady Bird, and Three Billboards to Get Out and Dunkirk.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby El Bastarde » Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:49 pm

I live within 20 minutes of 5 movie theatres, and none of them are playing Call Me By Your Name.

Feels identical to Moonlight last year. Was a coming-of-age story about some gay guys and it was barely in any theaters. I think it got a little extra run after it won the Oscar but probably not much.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby Phinst » Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:12 pm

saw American Made this weekend. Wasn't as good as Blow, but was entertaining and I thought Tom Cruise was good in this. I don't think I have liked a Tom Cruise movie or even him for that matter since the 90's save for Collateral and maybe a mission Impossible or two.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby SirChompsAlot » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:51 pm

Phinst wrote:I don't think I have liked a Tom Cruise movie or even him for that matter since the 90's save for Collateral and maybe a mission Impossible or two.

I'm right there with you, he kind of fell off for me when his public persona became that of a completely insane person. I didn't like Minority Report or the Mission Impossible movies so that didn't help. I did however, love Edge of Tomorrow from a few years back.

On a flight last week I watched Lost City of Z. It was good but not great IMO.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby willbreathes » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:40 pm

Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
Get Out
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Call Me By Your Name
Phantom Thread
The Post
Darkest Hour


My final (I think) top-10.

Phantom Thread was really good, but one character choice for Mr Woodcock just confused the fuck out of me. I guess I kind of get it, but it seems so foreign to me, it doesn't make sense.

I also moved Call Me By Your Name up above The Post.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby Harpua » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:16 pm

I, Tonya is a very entertaining movie. I thought they might have made the characters overly ridiculous... then they showed the interviews with the actual people. Dear lord, what a bunch of clowns. If you only watch one figure skating biopic this year, make it I, Tonya.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby El Bastarde » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:26 pm

I, Tonya is a very entertaining movie. I thought they might have made the characters overly ridiculous... then they showed the interviews with the actual people.

Yeah, I watched the 30 for 30 on the Kerrigan/Harding thing and, you're right...everyone involved was either a buffoon or a piece of work in denial.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby Harpua » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:08 pm

Major Spoilers, but the movie has been out for 35 years, so I'm sure the statute of limitations has expired.

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I saw this movie 10 - 12 years ago, and loved it, but I recently watched it again, and came to the conclusion that it is not really a good movie. It's enjoyable as schlocky horror goes, but it is Schlock.

The movie attempted to depict a group of researchers giving in to their paranoia, but where other movies and TV shows have done this incredibly well, The Thing misses. This is because the characters were never shown to be collegial. The first thing we see them do is kill a guy, and then they yell at each other for the rest of the movie. I never got the sense that they trusted each other to begin with. There was no real descent.

Another way this movie failed, was by overdoing it on the effects. If Alien was supposed to be Jaws in space, then The Thing was supposed to be Jaws in Antarctica. Jaws worked largely because the shark was seldom on screen*. This let the viewers use their own imaginations to scare themselves. In The Thing, the audience was treated to full, occasionally comical shots of the creature. I loved the effects, but they were overdone for this type of horror. So since they botched building suspense throughout the course of the movie, the ending - which was supposed to be unsettling, with the viewers asking themselves: "Who is the creature?" - felt like Hooper and Brody paddling back to shore.

Despite all of its flaws, it is still entertaining. What I am getting at is, don't watch it the same way you would watch Alien (which is really what this movie wanted to be); watch it the way you would watch The Blob
(1958) or Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

* Jaws worked for many, many reasons. This is just referring to the suspense.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby OlfactoryHue » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:37 pm

i don't get to watch movies much these days... can you believe it.... i have a kid... scary i know... tell me about it
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby El Bastarde » Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:35 pm

^I really don't watch a lot of movies either. I have a few DVR'd to watch but I often find a way to get into other stuff. Not a priority, I guess.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby willbreathes » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:24 pm

Years ago I watched the original The Thing...

John Carpenter's is a masterpiece.

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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby ICC » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:44 am

So many good movies in the last few years. So many great "cinematic" feeling shows too. I'll have to have a proper read of this thread at some point.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby willbreathes » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:39 pm

The Florida Project is fantastic.

A Quiet Place has a few problems, but a great movie.

Isle of Dogs is near perfection. I don't really care for Wes Anderson live action, but his animation is top notch.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby ICC » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:47 am

willbreathes wrote:The Florida Project is fantastic.


The first 10 minutes with the screaming kids really put me off at first, but I'd been reassured many many times that I would really like it, and before long I was engrossed from then on in. The bleakness of the story mixed with the pastel bright colours felt really trippy to my sensibilities. That was the first thing I said the minute the movie was over, and about three times during it. So bright, but so bleak in a lovingly uber-dysfunctional kind of way at the same time. I really liked it.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby willbreathes » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:40 pm

ICC wrote:
willbreathes wrote:The Florida Project is fantastic.


The first 10 minutes with the screaming kids really put me off at first, but I'd been reassured many many times that I would really like it, and before long I was engrossed from then on in. The bleakness of the story mixed with the pastel bright colours felt really trippy to my sensibilities. That was the first thing I said the minute the movie was over, and about three times during it. So bright, but so bleak in a lovingly uber-dysfunctional kind of way at the same time. I really liked it.


Those are actual places, too. I think Disney once sued to try to get them to change their name. Also that very final scene was guerilla film making, as Disney never allows professional video in this park.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby willbreathes » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:42 pm

Does anybody use LetterBoxd? Handy app to keep track, rate, and review movies.

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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby Harpua » Fri May 25, 2018 3:32 pm

It rained nearly every second of last weekend, so I went to two movies.

Deadpool 2 was great. It was very funny and touching at times. Two new characters kind of steal the show. If you liked the first Deadpool, you will probably like this one too.

Infinity War was good. (I get that I just called Deadpool "great," but I have to grade these two differently. Infinity War wants you to take the movie seriously, Deadpool doesn't) The MCU has made 18 movies most of them are good to very good, and this one falls somewhere between good and very good. The studio hyped this movie for nearly a decade, so you go in knowing that they aren't going to flat-out miss. No movie is perfect, and this is no exception, but it is still good to very good. The thing is, in order to know what is going on you have to have seen about 14 other movies.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby El Bastarde » Tue May 29, 2018 4:10 pm

The thing is, in order to know what is going on you have to have seen about 14 other movies.

I doubt it. Bad guys collecting macguffin's to eventually endanger the universe and a bunch of dorks in outfits have to stop him. I don't need to see 15 movies to understand that. What is funny is how the MCU has convinced people that these movies are somehow deeper than other action movies like Fast and the Furious and it's just not true.

I do want to see the next Deadpool so it's nice seeing good reviews. It's nice to see a superhero movie that doesn't take itself too seriously.

I saw True Romance over the weekend which is the first screenplay by Tarantino though he didn't direct it. The plot isn't too deep but it was enjoyable. Surprised at the amount of star power, especially with some big names who are only in there for a few scenes as well as some up-and-comers like Brad Pitt (as dude on the couch) and Gandolfini in some early roles. Good stuff.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby Harpua » Tue May 29, 2018 6:51 pm

El Bastarde wrote:The thing is, in order to know what is going on you have to have seen about 14 other movies.

I doubt it. Bad guys collecting macguffin's to eventually endanger the universe and a bunch of dorks in outfits have to stop him. I don't need to see 15 movies to understand that. What is funny is how the MCU has convinced people that these movies are somehow deeper than other action movies like Fast and the Furious and it's just not true.




Of course you are absolutely correct. It is far from complicated. A person could jump in at this point and have a pretty solid grasp of what is happening. I was referring more to "Who's that? What's that? Why does he have that? What did he mean when he said that?" kinda stuff. It is 100% Macguffins and dorks.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby El Bastarde » Wed May 30, 2018 4:53 pm

I was referring more to "Who's that? What's that? Why does he have that? What did he mean when he said that?" kinda stuff.

Yeah, these are definitely dork questions that only nerds who love a product would say...it's why we get pointless prequels to explain a vague reference to the Kessel Run from 30 years ago. Most people will watch a Marvel movie and say "well I guess he can fly" or "I guess she sends out blasts of some kind" and they leave it at that...no backstory needed. The dork community definitely asks far too many questions of movies these days.
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Re: Seen any good movies lately?

Postby Harpua » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:32 pm

I saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on Friday night, and boy am I glad I did.

It is among the silliest movies I have ever seen. I was relieved that I wasn't the only one laughing at the "wait a minute...what?!" moments, but there were other times where I had to stifle my laughter. The first half of the movie is boilerplate Jurassic Park stuff, but just when you think the franchise has stalled out, it turns into the single greatest episode of Scooby Doo I have ever seen.

If you like silly schlock, this movie is for you. None of it makes sense, there are no character arcs, and it doesn't give even the slightest shit about continuity. Oddly enough, the camerawork is shockingly good.

As a movie, it is probably a 2 star flick, but as an enjoyable movie theater experience, I give it 5 stars. It is probably my second favorite installment in the lumbering dinosaur that is the Jurassic Park franchise.
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