What was the last movie you watched?

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  1. Mike Bulgakov

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    You might enjoy Kurosawa's Stray Dog, a neorealist film in the genre of Bicycle Thieves, and The Bad Sleep Well, a film that I believe was great for an hour, but lost the plot in the second half.

    Speaking of bicycles, Beijing Bicycle by Wang Xiaohuai is a pretty good film. Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries, which I just watched from my DVD collection, is also worth watching.
     
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  2. Mike Bulgakov

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    Sentinel, I assume you have seen the films of Satyajit Ray. I remember having jet lag in a nice hotel in Paris, wanting to sleep, unable to do so, and watching Satyajit Ray films on French television. I kept waking up, ready for breakfast, but it was dark in Paris and Satyajit Ray films were still playing on my hotel television.
     
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    Event Horizon was on TV last night. I don't know why, but I HAD to watch it again :D
     
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    Prometheus
    After watching it more times than I’d like to admit, I still don’t know what’s going on.
     
  5. Sentinel

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    I just saw Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) with my folks. Heartbreaking, without being sentimental. An elderly couple and how their kids have no time for them. This inspired Tokyo Story, it seems.

    Later, I thought it was really a love story, and it beats the usual ones (i.e., youngsters falling in love). It has many beautiful parts but the beauty increases in the last half reaching a climactic and brutal end. The end was brutal, i felt as I lay in bed at night remembering it.

    Earlier in the day i saw Tarkovsky's Solaris (1972) Really tough, ... and what a sci-fi movie should be like. Raise questions, make you ponder.
     
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    Not many know that Bergman went on to direct Caddyshack.
     
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    Thanks. I will check out Wild Strawberries after a while. I saw Cries and Whispers (Bergman) last night, and it was a bit much for me.

    I think I will first check out the Russian movies you recommended which i have got (Ballad of a Soldier, Fireman's Ball and The Cranes are flying). I have also got Irony of Fate (aka Enjoy the Bath).

    Regarding, Satyajit Ray, I am holding out on him. I wanted to learn to appreciate serious films before getting to the Indian classics.
     
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    Bride with White Hair is a good movie, cant find Bride 2 online full movie free.
     
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    I just finished seeing Ballad of a Soldier thanks to your recommendation. Every moment of it was beautiful. It is a wonderful tribute to a mother's love for her son, and a son's love for his mother. The poor mother scarcely knows what all he went through just to reach her. Behind the momentary joy of one mother, are all those others who will never see their sons.
     
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    Pacific Rim. The first Summer movie to leave me pleasantly surprised this year.
     
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    Yesterday I saw The Cranes Are Flying.
    Very moving film about the suffering of people in war. Women probably had it the worst, whether due to bereavement or abuse.

    Later, also saw Stray Dog (Kurosawa). Very nice. I've found someone who has located a copy of Topaz which he will rent, and copy and get for me in a couple months.

    Thanks for the excellent recommendations.
     
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    I'm hearing good things about this one.

    Man of Steel, IMO is a very good movie, with a great ensemble cast.

    Monsters U is pretty good; standard fare. There's A LOT of scary stuff, really macabre for a supposed kids movie.
     
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    I really want to see Pacific Rim. Looks like the ideal fun summer movie.
     
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    Man Of Steel... another pretty average superhero film which was hyped as being the next big thing.

    Still, it was better than Iron Man 3 and numerous other films of that ilk.
     
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    Is this the Russian film? I got the Criterion DVD but I haven't watched it yet. I'm not all artsy fartsy film critic but I wish I was!:)

    Just in case any of you guys do collect Criterions (and don't already know this), Barnes and Noble has a 50% off sale for the next week or so

    Watched Batman Returns last night. Had a big crush on Michelle P. when I first watched it! Not sure what I'll watch tonight but it's getting about that time to pick one out:)
     
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    It's a big dumb action movie about humans in giant robots fighting giant monsters, but it never tries to be anything else and I think that's the film's most endearing quality. It's quite sweet how it just sticks to its guns, and it would be great to see it become a big hit, to prove to Hollywood that you can back a big budget movie without big name stars and without relying on big name licenses or sequels.

    It's a lot more entertaining than the Transformers trilogy anyway.
     
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    Grown Ups 2 was absolutely horrid.

    Sandler simply has nothing left.

    Just an epic embarrassment.

    Why did I waste 14.50 on that again?
     
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    So you could come here and warn us to stay away:)

    didn't watch a movie tonight but did watch a couple episodes of Reno 911's Most Wanted.
     
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    Rottentomatoes .com is your friend. That movie got horrible horrible reviews.
     
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    Saw The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) last night.
    Someone told me wrongly that it was her birth anniversary and I thought it would be appropriate to see the movie.

    Hey, i am not artsy-fartsy myself, but do wish i was.
     
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    There's often a ton of symbolism in these films, esp. in "sci fi" films, which is hidden in plain sight, or cryptic, or which become more obvious when you know what to look for.

    I'm not saying the hidden symbolism means the films are good, but there's often far more meaning than we may initially suspect.

    Oblivion is one recent example. A so-so film, but which is more or less predictive of our relatively near future from beginning to end.

     
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    Umberto D. (d. by De Sica)
    For obvious reasons, I had my heart in my mouth for the last 30 minutes.
     
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    That's what I hear. I'm up for a good big dumb movie occasionally, plus I like Idris Elba work. He may not be well known but he's a decent actor. That turn back the apocalypse line in the trailer hooked me.

    Highly recommend the BBC series Luther.
     
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    Not sure what I'm going to watch tonight. Sometimes it seems like such a hastle to go pick something out. I don't have a huge collection but it's alright and sometimes I don't know what I'm in the mood for. Plus I'm kind of quirky with my watching habits.

    Love this Tom Hiddleston as Loki gif from The Avengers
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    Sandler keeps my attention for about 30 seconds. Nothing he has done is worth seeing. So your $14.50 was a flush down the toilet. I hope the popcorn was good.
     
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    I saw this as well. It was a LOT better than I thought it was going to be. I may need to watch it again.
     
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    Sandler has nourished me many times in the past when he had to prove his talent. I believe Billy Madison is a true classic.

    But now, he has nothing in the tank.

    It is sad. Its obvious and I think even he knows it.

    When you have $100 million in the bank it is difficult to play idiotic characters with true passion.

    Grown Ups 2 is simply astonishingly putrid. I knew it would be when I walked through the doors. While I ate the disgusting Pretzel Bites from Hell with cheese I knew I should not be there. But I got 2 or 3 laughs and got out of the house. I feel ashamed for contributing to the BO receipts.

    It doesn't matter anymore really. We live in an artless age. Art reached its peak in its effect on humankind about 25 years ago.

    We are now in the age of anarchy, action and overthrow. Where art's place is no longer necessary to incite change.

    We don't need Dylan, Bono, Sting or Springsteen anymore to tell us what's up. We need Action. But we are all closely enslaved in an Eduocracy.

    Occupy Wall Street was a good start. But it must get stronger. Egypt/Libya are good examples.

    In America an overthrow begins at the Federal Reserve.

    There will be an epic food and water storage in the future. The police won't be able to save you. This is why Bloomberg is against guns. This isn't a doomsday philosophy. It's just what I see happening when the world's food and water supply cannot sustain. This is why American companies are corporatizing foreign water.

    Soon the haves will be without the basic essentials and the have nots will be looting.

    Imagine when the rich do not have access to basic essentials. It's gonna be really interesting. Paper money will be worthless. People will be fighting, shooting and stabbing for basic essentials by 2050.

    Political rant over. Back on topic.
     
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    Pacific Rim also looked really stupid... No offense, but when I saw the previews my first thought was, oh god here comes another piece of **** directed by Michael Bay. I was surprised that he didn't direct it.
     
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    Finally got around to Looper. I'm amazed this has 90-whatever precent on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics I admire love this movie. It's not that it was bad, it was just very unclear what was going on until about mid-movie, too many characters under utilized, some characters who have way too much emphasis on them, and tons of cliches. Not even great on an action standpoint. I'd give it a C-/D+
     
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    Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock) - Nice, a lot of suspense and creeps.
     
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    The Life of Oharu (d. by Mizoguchi. 1952). One of Mizoguchi's top three works along with Ugetsu and Sansho The Bailiff.

    "the morning's pretty face is a corpse by evening"

    ...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Life_of_Oharu


    I also saw The Bells of St. Mary's (1945, Ingrid Bergman). Enjoyed it, the play enacted by the little kids almost killed me.
     
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    The English version of the film gives subtle hints that the villain is homosexual. Great movie.
     
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    Seems some audiences are very sensitive about noticing this kind of thing -- some reviews also points this out, although I thought that was just part of his game. He mentions that Rope also has homoerotic overtones.

    Just saw Rashomon -- very interesting. One thoughtless action by a male ruins at least two lives. Although that was not what the movie was about.
     
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    The Boy In the Striped Pajamas - Heart-breaking story of an 8 year old (and his mother) who discover the horrors of the camp next door. Actually he doesn't understand what's going on -- the smoke from the chimneys, the people disappearing etc, but the viewer gets it. The boy doesn't get it even in the end.
     
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    A Separation (Original: Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
    I am so glad I watched this movie from Iran. The direction, the plot and most importantly the acting is so good. I am sure if this script was given to some Hollywood producer, it would end in the bin, but the way this film was made is amazing. Without trying too hard, the movie gets you involved in the story and again the acting is the best I have seen in a while. Highly recommended.

    Fist of the North Star
    An animation with a lot of violence :) A movie about the world after a nuclear war has ended all plant life; the movie had great potential which is partly lost as it seems it was edited in haste.
     
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    Anatomy of a Murder (d by Otto Preminger). Definitely worth a see if you like courtroom trial movies. Two hours and forty minutes. James Stewart.

    ^ I saw A Separation a few months back. Very nice, and loved the ending. Highlights how children have to ultimately bear the brunt of marital discord/separation. I also saw the directors other movie (About Elly) but i had very bad sub-titles.
     
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    Red 2

    Geezers kicking butt. As silly as it sounds, a laugh here and there.
     
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    Yes A separation is great movie and the cultural backdrop they show is excellent with top notch performance, i am glad its just not another hollywood movie.

    On topic i recently watched Texas chainsaw massacre1974 what a sick sick film.. Marilyn burns screaming caused me the worst horror
     
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    The Conjuring- not as good as a similar movie Insidious. Still worth your time.
     
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    i thought it was much better than Insidious, honestly. i did appreciate Insidious though. it took horror in a good direction. it was a little all over the place though. hopefully the sequel is good.

    but yeah, i recommend watching The Conjuring as well. worth one's time.
     
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    In Cold Blood (1967) - about the 1959 murder of a family, and finding the culprits with almost no evidence/clues to link them. Based on the book by Truman Capote, won 4 Oscars incl one for Best Director.

    Seem to be some deviations from what actually happened. Later a movie called Capote (2005) was made about Capote's research into the murder.
     
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    I saw Helen Mirren promoing the Red 2 opening last week on "Kelly & Michael Live" and as she says "It pays well!"

    Mirren's work in "Prime Suspect" is currently on display in reruns on my local PBS station...much better than the ordinary TV drivel elsewhere. I'm really loathing reality TV!

    Also, I only saw the last half-hour of "Intersection" on the tube today and I'm sad I didn't tune in earlier. I never saw it in original release ('97?). Great cast...Gere, Stone, Landau, Davidovich and directed by Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond)!
     
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    I'm just saying it looked stupid and ridiculous much like a Michael Bay movies.

    It's also got Idris Elba in it, and let's just say he's been in some bad movies. I think he's a good actor, but he makes questionable movie choices.
     
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    Another Earth
    I think the girl in the lead has a great voice and I am surprised she is not more famous. Movie: 7/10

    The Artist
    I had it for a while, and I finally decided to watch it. Wow, I was surprised that I would enjoy this movie so much. 8/10 !!!
     
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    Saw Pacific Rim last weekend.

    It was definitely better than the two Transformers films I've seen (1 and 2) which isn't saying a whole lot because it was still pretty much forgettable. I was really surprised Del Toro made a film like that to be honest after Pan's Labyrinth and the original plan for him to direct the Hobbit films.
     
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    "The Heat"

    My wife wanted to see it (she's a huge Sandra Bulloch fan), and we haven't been to a theatre in a long time. I figured it'd at least be good for the popcorn...

    Since I wasn't expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be hilarious. Not sure it was worth $11 entry and $20 popcorn and drinks, but had a good time.
     
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    ^^ tell the wife to bring the big purse, throw a few bottles of soda in there. Maybe some Milk Duds (who came up with that name??) as well.
     
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    In 1928, Milton J. Holloway took over F. Hoffman & Company of Chicago, the original manufacturer of Milk Duds chocolate covered caramels. The Milk Duds name came about because the original idea was to have a perfectly round piece. Since this was found to be impossible, the word "duds" was used. The word "milk" was used to reflect the large amount of milk in the product.
     
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    L.A. Confidential - nice, enjoyed it.

    I might watch The Untouchables tonight since someone mentioned it, or perhaps another Hitchcock movie. I might also watch The Treasure of Sierra Madre soon since i read that the villain in In Cold Blood (who mentions that movie) actually had a role in it when he was a kid -- Robert Black.
     

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