What was the last movie you watched?

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by jamesblakefan#1, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era
  2. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Messages:
    39,643
    Earth?
     
  3. West Coast Ace

    West Coast Ace G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2005
    Messages:
    15,986
    Location:
    So Cal
    The more I see the 'Keanu' TV ad the more I might go catch a matinee.

    On a related note: can you believe Keanu Reeves turned 50?
     
  4. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era
    Try a bit further out. And less solid.

    Just before Neptune.
     
  5. tennytive

    tennytive Professional

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2009
    Messages:
    840
    The Experimenter… it's genius.
     
  6. ollinger

    ollinger Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2004
    Messages:
    7,151
    "Chevalier"

    Greek language film follows 6 male friends on a fishing/diving trip on the Greek coast, examines the rivalrous competitive nature of their interactions. A little long and slow but worth your time.
     
  7. ollinger

    ollinger Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2004
    Messages:
    7,151
    "Life, Animated"

    Documentary about Owen Suskind, son of Pulitzer winning journalist Russell Suskind, who has autism and sees life through the animated Disney films he has completely memorized. Heartwarming and affecting, won a director prize at Sundance Film Festival, falls down a bit as a documentary if people come away from it thinking all autistics are as high functioning as Owen.
     
  8. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era
    "Le meraviglie" (The Wonders) 2014.

    Intriguing Italian movie. Won the Grand Prix at Cannes.
     
  9. Bartelby

    Bartelby G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2005
    Messages:
    16,618
    It's a weak era for Cannes.
     
  10. Rafaisdabest

    Rafaisdabest Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2014
    Messages:
    710
    Location:
    Australia
    My first drive in experience and it was the worst movie ever..The Divergent Series: Allegiant...
    I wouldn't recommend it to anyone!! o_O
     
    oztennisfan likes this.
  11. NonP

    NonP Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,494
    The Huntsman: Winter's War by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. This was a purely serendipitous excursion as I was not planning to go to the movies Tuesday night, but the Hawks-Celtics game was turning into a rout and since I had a free-movie offer from Regal expiring that day I figured I might as well use it. Even so I had the option of catching the latest (and far better received) Jungle Book flick about 20 minutes in, but every now and then I like to be subjected to the latest critical flop that I happen to find more promising so I can see for myself just how wrong (or occasionally right) the critics are, and this particular outing felt like a perfect guinea-pig experiment de nuit.

    And my hunch as usual was amply rewarded, and not only because there are worse ways to spend an uneventful night than watching three of the most talented and magnetic babes in the industry kick all sorts of ass for two hours. (On the other hand I'm somewhat mystified by the current heartthrob status of Chris Hemsworth, an affable beefcake of unmistakably fine physique but one whose visage looks positively clownish to my hetero male gaze. This trait, however, serves him famously in this particular movie.) It's a sad indictment of both our critical community and our society at large that such morally hollow hipster favorites as Sicario, The Big Short (which for the record I did enjoy) and Tarantino's puerile revenge flicks are given enthusiastic thumbs-up by professionals and laymen alike and such impostors as Almodóvar and von Trier feted by the same paragons of discernment that decry Son of Saul's "radically dehistoricized" and "intellectually repellent" (according to the NYT's Manohla Dargis) treatment of the Holocaust for its daring to explore the loss of the individual in the face of unspeakable horror.

    Of course said critics also have no use for such entertainment as Winter's War, however dazzling it may be (and it indeed is a veritable kaleidoscope of the senses), as it does not correspond with the industry expectations of what a good blockbuster is supposed to be. And surely enough the movie is already being branded a lost cause for failing to live up to the box-office success of its predecessor, never mind that the audience seems to have given it a higher rating (B+ vs. B) and that it has all but broken even in barely over a week and is certain to turn a handsome profit in the end for Universal and the production companies. Now this is where I'll concede that I've yet to see the Snow White pre/sequel, and I plan to fill in this gap of mine eventually in the unlikely case that I'm mistaken, but it's hard to see how that would make any difference when the heroine of the first installment makes nary an appearance in the second (the viewer doesn't even get to see her face in the brief flashbacks) but many of the reviewers make constant references to her without seemingly realizing that she is perhaps meant to play a minor role in this particular story. Sure, such discontinuity may not be the best formula for a long-running franchise that can sustain a studio's bottom line as a surefire cash cow, but one would think a critic would see this as something to celebrate, not to bemoan.

    I generally avoid a plot summary as it tends to be readily available elsewhere, and anyone who has seen as part of the PR rounds the climatic battle between Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and the huntsmen with the (un)expected support of her sister Freya (Emily Blunt) should know what to expect. Suffice it to say good does prevail over evil as all good fairy tales end, but not without tragic outcomes concerning Freya in particular which show their clear debt to Hans Christian Andersen (whose beloved tales tend to be darker than the Disneyfied versions many of us are more familiar with), and which raise this tale above the rank of blockbuster entertainment and certainly above Joe Roth's previous production Maleficent. Another plus: the critics' howling notwithstanding battle scenes are few and far between (still too violent for preschoolers), meaning the special effects are used mostly for the right reasons.

    There are some issues, most of them trivial. The dwarfs exist as mere props for comic relief and provide little, though one of them does get to utter the best line, after master archer Sara (Jessica Chastain) seems to have betrayed her beau Eric (Hemsworth) and delivered a fatal shot (but in fact only because she is unable to defy Freya's order): "I don't think an arrow to one's heart is an expression of pure love" (not verbatim). Also Freya's last change of heart is not fully convincing, but to harp on this flaw would be almost akin to rejecting Anna Karenina wholesale (as many of these critics surely would have) because Levin and Kitty's courtship itself doesn't feel inevitable.

    A more serious issue, indeed the most contentious one, is that the film does not necessarily shatter its beginning premise laid down by Ravenna that love is an illusion, as fate proves a more powerful force than love even in the sweeter-than-bitter ending (the all-encompassing fatalism of the magic mirror is nearly a direct steal from The Lord of the Rings). But that's a question to be answered by the audience, making this a most recommendable family film particularly for younger viewers. Pay little heed to the critics and decide for yourself. It deserves better than icy reception.
     
  12. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2011
    Messages:
    17,210
    Location:
    In the future
    what do you think will be the best movies of this summer 2016 ? some good movies coming out this summer I heard........
     
  13. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Messages:
    39,643
    Watched Jurassic World on TV.

    And The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
     
  14. ollinger

    ollinger Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2004
    Messages:
    7,151
    "The People vs. Fritz Bauer"

    German film takes place in 1957 Germany, looks at the government's ambivalence about confronting its past as it tries to forge a new society. A little obvious and formulaic at times.
     
  15. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era

    Just saw Jurassic World on my laptop thanks to your repeated recommendations. It is a fun movie, I admit. Unlike JP 2 and 3 that were quite terrifying for me. I particularly loved the ginormous sureshosaurus that comes out of the water and eats everyone up in the end. Totally awesome creature.

    I saw the earlier Best Exotic Marigold, and I think I'll give this one a pass. But yes, excellent recommendation for @Nostradamus who will declare it to be the best movie ever, like he does for all movies he sees.
     
  16. stringertom

    stringertom Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2010
    Messages:
    26,360
    Location:
    On the lam from the sewretchian vortex
    Just watched most of Pretty In Pink for the first time in 30 years...the 80's are a trip to watch from today's perspective! James Spader with hair, Jon Cryer without being mooching Alan
    Harper, the fashion changes, the music.:eek:
     
  17. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era
    The Friends of Eddie Coyle - 1973. Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle.

    Good crime movie, with a couple of heists.
     
  18. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era
    Heist (2015) - Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

    A bit of a casino heist followed by a bus chase (a bit of Speed). So-so.
     
  19. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era
    Maze Runner - The Scorch Trials (2015). The first movie was quite good, this was bad.

    Zombies again ... could they come out with nothing original ? Definitely will not be seeing the 3rd part.
     
  20. MichaelNadal

    MichaelNadal Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2007
    Messages:
    37,697
    Location:
    Calexico Highway
    Watching Captain America 2 now, saw the first a few days ago. Getting caught up so I can see Civil War!
     
  21. Garhi Shot First

    Garhi Shot First Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2015
    Messages:
    4,587
    Location:
    Atlanta
    The Force Awakens, for the first time.

    :eek:

    Why was that scene my favorite?? So good. So well acted. So arghhh.
     
  22. Vcore89

    Vcore89 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    4,834
    Location:
    The Synapse
    Captain America: Civil War
     
  23. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era
    The Great Beauty (2013) (La Grande Bellezza) - Italian movie.
     
  24. Rafaisdabest

    Rafaisdabest Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2014
    Messages:
    710
    Location:
    Australia
    Eddie The Eagle

    Recommended if you like a True Story about a guy trying to do the un-imaginable and if u are madly into sport!!
     
    Feña14 likes this.
  25. ollinger

    ollinger Legend

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2004
    Messages:
    7,151
    "The Arbalest"

    Bizarre Indie film inexplicably took grand prize at film festival in Austin ("Keep Austin Weird"??) and has had both favorable and scathing reviews, I found it boring, incoherent, and evocative of a bad film student film.
     
  26. Rafaisdabest

    Rafaisdabest Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2014
    Messages:
    710
    Location:
    Australia
    I disagree, I loved the Scorch Trials more than the first one but I still love the first one too but this one has more action and I couldn't fault it...mind u it was way better at the movies than on my tv but now I have a fantastic sound system it makes it a lot better hehe
     
  27. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era
    Saw Shadow of a Doubt (1943) again. Theresa Wright, Joseph Cotten. Hitchcock.
     
  28. The Green Mile

    The Green Mile G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2014
    Messages:
    14,660
    Location:
    Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. A classic.

    Best scene in the film -
     
    Feña14 likes this.
  29. Mike Bulgakov

    Mike Bulgakov Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2007
    Messages:
    1,612
    Location:
    The Future
    Just watched "The Big Lebowski," which I have seen before, but it is a film that deserves multiple viewings.
     
  30. WarriorRafa

    WarriorRafa Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2013
    Messages:
    708
    Location:
    Pakistan
    Captain America Civil War
     
    Vcore89 likes this.
  31. Poisoned Slice

    Poisoned Slice Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2014
    Messages:
    7,987
    Location:
    EB Northern Ireland
    Slugworth ftw :p
     
  32. TahoeTennis

    TahoeTennis Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Messages:
    1,520
    Keanu. C-
     
  33. acura9927

    acura9927 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2012
    Messages:
    652
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM
    Scarface. What a all time classic.
     
  34. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    16,567
    Yeah, Paul Muni killed it!

    [​IMG]
     
  35. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era
    An Inspector Calls (1954) - Interesting detective/investigation movie.

    Currently watching Carousel (1956). Saw it as a kid first time.
     
  36. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    16,567
    Frida (2002) Story of painter Frida Kahlo
     
  37. MichaelNadal

    MichaelNadal Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2007
    Messages:
    37,697
    Location:
    Calexico Highway
    X-Men 3, I guess I'm watching them all in order even though that wasn't the plan at first, might as well before Apocalypse comes out :)
     
  38. acura9927

    acura9927 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2012
    Messages:
    652
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM
  39. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era
    Jane Eyre (1943) - Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine.
     
  40. Poisoned Slice

    Poisoned Slice Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2014
    Messages:
    7,987
    Location:
    EB Northern Ireland
    Superman 3
     
  41. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2011
    Messages:
    17,210
    Location:
    In the future
    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/deadpool/

    Deadpool. this is one of the best movies in last 3 years for the Marvel comic series movies. probably the best one. if you like the Antman, this movie blows away Antman.......
     
  42. Magic of tennis

    Magic of tennis Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2011
    Messages:
    586
    Location:
    USA
    I loved Antman. Deadpool really better than Antman?
    If it is not so violent I will watch.
     
  43. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2011
    Messages:
    17,210
    Location:
    In the future
    YES. much much better than Antman.... More human and more you can relate to this man and what he is going thru. also Better acting as well. Serious action movie but yet very humorous. type of human you haven't heard of before so you really genuinely laugh........
     
  44. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    16,567
    Captain America/Civil War Never knew Spidey and Ant-man are in this one.
     
  45. Magic of tennis

    Magic of tennis Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2011
    Messages:
    586
    Location:
    USA
    Thank you. I will watch it
     
  46. Sentinel

    Sentinel Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Messages:
    38,449
    Location:
    Stronk Era
    Saw Rebecca and How Green was my Valley for the second time over the last few days.
     
  47. Midaso240

    Midaso240 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2013
    Messages:
    2,317
    Safe (1995) Stunning film,one of the best of the 90s for me,but it's not for everyone...
     
  48. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    16,567
    Triple Nine,no Disney flick
     
  49. sarmpas

    sarmpas Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    1,034
    Location:
    Talk Tennis
    Hitman 47 - it passed the time, not bad nothing special.
     
  50. Feña14

    Feña14 Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2004
    Messages:
    6,125
    Location:
    England
    Hateful 8, Room and 10 Cloverfield Lane I loved.
    London Has Fallen and Black Mass were ok.
    How to be Single, The Revenant and Zoolander 2? Meh, wasn't a fan.
     

Share This Page