Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by jamesblakefan#1, Mar 22, 2010.
The Town with Ben Affleck, wonderful film.
Just saw Gone Girl. It was fantastic! David Fincher at his very best and Rosamund Pike putting on the performance of her life.
i like them both but they are different kinds,of films. Alien is probably top 5 scifi horror films of all time. maybe top three. I put The Thing as #1 by the way. a good one recently was Dark skies BTW.
Aliens is maybe top 3 action films of all time. Maybe a tie for #3 along with predator. #1 in that category being Die Hard. other notables.... Mission Impossible 3, Raiders of the lost ark, The Road warrior, equilibrium, First Blood, Jason bourne trilogy, LethalWeapon, Terminator 1 and 2.
The only one of those that would even come close to making my top 3 action films would be Terminator 2. For me:
1)The Right Stuff
2)North By Northwest
3)Lawrence Of Arabia
I saw this last week also. I agree, it's a fantastic and creepy film. I just wish they had addressed some of the obvious plot holes and made the movie even better.
I also saw The Judge recently with Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall. It was a good film also - pretty dark and a little hard to ignore Downey Jr's ongoing Ironman-style sarcasm.
The Straight Story (1999) - Based on a true story of Alvin Straight (elderly man) who drove 240 miles from Iowa to Wisconsin on a lawn mower to meet his brother who had suffered a stroke. Touching story and beautiful film.
Directed by David Lynch. Richard Farnsworth was nominated for Best Actor.
Just got back from watching 'the mazerunner'. This won't be earning any oscar nominations but a very entertaining movie. Wife and i Really enjoyed it.
Now I'm dating my OS, and it's Windows 95
Good Luck, heard she's looking for support.
Haven't seen it, but this isn't hard to believe; Alec Baldwin is still in character from 30 Rock in everything I've seen recently of him.
Bedtime Story (1964) - David Niven and Marlon Brando. Two conmen who steal from rich ladies around the Riviera. Funny, light movie.
The Last Man on Earth (1964) - Based on the book I Am Legend. This is the first movie based on that book. Later, The Omega Man (1971) and recently I am Legend (2007).
More American Graffiti. Poor sequel,but there have been many,many worse...
Monsters (2010) - pretty good low budget, alien/ET movie.
Nice courtship scene in the end, the aliens seem to float in the air, they make very endearing sounds. They seem to have the head of a T-Rex with tentacles almost like a Portuguese-man-of-war.
But there's nothing about who they are, what they want, what are they like, etc.
that was a pretty good sci fi. the illegal alien propaganda kind of turned me off but other than that not bad.
Last man On earth is a classic. i have watched it many times. Night of the Living dead is a rip off of it and Romero almost got sued.
Enemy Mine (1985) - a refreshingly different movie about ET's. A human and an ET get stranded on a planet.
The Servant (1963) - a rather strange movie about a manservant, a maid, and the master and his mistress.
Shooter (2007) Mark Wahlberg.
One of my favourite films. Very hard to fault in any way. Good from start to finish and one of those films where there isn't a dull or irrelevant moment.
The Servant is more precisely about the master-servant relationship, which was analysed already in operas like Figaro and in philosophy by Hegel.
^ I thought it was not just relationship but the decadence or degeneration of the upper class. How Bogarte deftly turns the tables on his master. Very well acted by Bogarte.
His lover/gf seemed a bit clumsy in her seduction, but maybe that was deliberate considering her background. The party at the end almost seemed like some dream sequence, sort of surreal.
The Andromeda Strain (1971) - nice scifi movie, focuses on science (no soap opera) part of an alien life form that makes its way to Earth through a satellite.
Tarantula (1955) - so-so scifi movie about a scientist who carries out biological research leading to some monsters.
The Omega Man (1971) - Based on I am Legend with Charlton Heston. B-grade.
Ladies in Lavender (2004) - Some amazingly beautiful violin (played by Joshua Bell), stunning scenery from Cornwall, .... and Maggie Smith and Judy Dench playing two sisters. The story is a bit weak, but decent acting, and the music and scenery makes up for its shortfalls.
Maze runner, was ok bit of a hunger games rip off.
Looking forward to Fury, the sniper and the new joaquin Phoenix film
A Night at the Opera. Pure brilliance.
"The party of the first part shall be known in this contract as the party of the first part . . ."
In the interest of studying Lars von Trier's Dogme 95 rules and their influence on Danish filmmaking, I have watched "All About Anna" . . . again.
A review said the elegant cinematography makes up for the lack of any real story. Well, not quite. Dumbest screenplay in recent memory and the violence becomes tedious in a hurry.
Saw 'john wick' today. Awesome movie!
Hmmm. I asked my tennis buddy to go see a flick Sunday to cheer me up, and he picked out John Wick, and we laughed our asses off at the inane plot, unending ammo clips, and ridiculous acting. At least I couldn't stop laughing.
^^ JOHN WICK -- SPOILER
Exactly my point, just a barely existent screenplay and utterly silly. And the endless shoot-ups have no real suspense since this is the first John Wick film and we know he survives as there has to be at least one other sequel. The scene in the nightclub where an endless array of assailants comes at him from every direction made me think of all the Mr. Smiths coming at him in the Matrix films.
If we are talking in the theaters, it was Tammy with Melissa McCarthy. I took my sister to see it, and it was FUNNY!
Last movie regardless of medium, Hot Tub Time Machine on my laptop. "I've only had a couple of Wine Kills, Captain Buzzcooler"
Mr. Nobody (2009) - scifi movie interesting but also very long (at about 2.5 hours).
What r u talking about?! The guy was constantly reloading and he was awesome at it! The way he used bullets in the place of a fist was fantastic!
I guess i shoulda specified...this is not a movie to go looking for quality of screenplay, plot...or anything else for that matter. Its just pure badassness. Total guy flick.
Begin Again. Great movie, especially if you love music.
Documentary about Edward Snowden's fateful few days. Dreadfully boring to watch as it takes place amost entirely in one hotel room where Ed is hiding out, lots of silence and apprehensive stares. As a documentary it fails as it gives no attention whatsoever to any viewpoint other than Snowden's, so it plays more like a propaganda film.
I saw that Sleep movie with Nicole Kidman yesterday. Either the make-up was really good, or she has really aged.
PS: I looked at some 2014 images of hers. She is 47. Who would have thought she would be so ugly now?
By far the sexiest film I've ever seen on Netflix, yowzayara! But it's also so much more than that, has it's quite touching moments and has some excellent commentary. It's based on a nonfiction book.
Look for it by its English title, 'Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl'
anybody see the Interstellar yet ? like the best movie in the world ever
Might be a bit of an exaggeration do you think? Well,I'll probably see it next week to find out...
I must say, this movie sounds awful and I would never watch it in a million years BUT I'd like to point out that one of the actresses in it, Sarah Polley, is terrific.
She's acted in great films like Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, My Life Without Me.
She's also a pretty good director and made the movies Away from Her and Take This Waltz.
Last Vegas (2013)- fun buddy movie. Morgan Freeman, RDN, Michael Douglas. Mary Steenbergen, Kevin Kline.
I believe it's a remake of The Hangover.
^ Away from Her was a wonderful movie.
Death Proof, for like the 12th time. God, that's my favorite Tarantino film. At least, the first half of it is.
People never seem to give QT credit for bringing the art of interesting dialogue back into films. Everyone talks about the car chase in Death Proof but for me, it's the scenes in Guerro's and the Texas Chili Parlor, in the film's first half, that are as entertaining as anything Tarantino has ever written. I don't think he gets nearly enough credit for how well he writes modern female characters.
It must have been done very quickly, in between frames of the film.
That movie was so bad it actually made the "Crazy 88" scene in Kill Bill plausible by comparison.
Swept from the Sea - 1997. Interesting story based on a book, Amy Foster, written in 1901 about a shipwrecked traveler on the Cornish coast. Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates, Ian McKellen.
Saw "St. Vincent" at the theater. Sad thing about the movie was that all the bad things that happened to the various characters were perfectly believable, but all the good things seemed contrived/far fetched.
American Gigolo. Average film,but only have it on dvd because it came on a double set with Days Of Heaven
HOly molly. saw Sinister. Scariest movie ever made and watched. can't sleep for 3 weeks now.
Meh, it was not too bad. Kinda let down. I thought there would be more scares than there was. The trailer looked great though....
Something's gotta give (2003) - funny movie, loved it.
Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Heard it wasn't that great so i've been putting it off... absolutely loved it though! i actually went to iceland earlier this year as a last minute thing, brought back some great memories.
phase IV.....sci fi film from 1974. powers from space unite ants across the planet to achieve world domination. Two scientists hold up in the desert study ways to defeat the new threat. Very interesting movie. its very serious and very dark. If you like films like the Thing, Soylent Green, Kingdom of the spiders, andromina strain etc. you might want to give it a shot. I had not seen it since I was three or four years old. Its a very different and kind of trippy film. The plot sounds really crazy but the director actually pulls it off pretty well. Probably one of the best nature gone awry films i have seen. its very very dark and pretty deep for what it is.
I have been hunting down a bunch of old films from my childhood lately. this film was hard to find because i kept searching for titles with ants. i only could remember a few brief scenes from when i was a child. still need to get a copy of sands of the kalahari.
I love that movie. Its very different. It would never get made today as a series film.
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