Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by jamesblakefan#1, Mar 22, 2010.
Same planet where suresh hails from.
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?
Try a bit further out. And less solid.
Just before Neptune.
The Experimenter… it's genius.
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.
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.
"Le meraviglie" (The Wonders) 2014.
Intriguing Italian movie. Won the Grand Prix at Cannes.
It's a weak era for Cannes.
My first drive in experience and it was the worst movie ever..The Divergent Series: Allegiant...
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone!!
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.
what do you think will be the best movies of this summer 2016 ? some good movies coming out this summer I heard........
Watched Jurassic World on TV.
And The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
"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.
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.
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.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle - 1973. Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle.
Good crime movie, with a couple of heists.
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.
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.
Watching Captain America 2 now, saw the first a few days ago. Getting caught up so I can see Civil War!
The Force Awakens, for the first time.
Why was that scene my favorite?? So good. So well acted. So arghhh.
Captain America: Civil War
The Great Beauty (2013) (La Grande Bellezza) - Italian movie.
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!!
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.
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
Saw Shadow of a Doubt (1943) again. Theresa Wright, Joseph Cotten. Hitchcock.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. A classic.
Best scene in the film -
Just watched "The Big Lebowski," which I have seen before, but it is a film that deserves multiple viewings.
Captain America Civil War
Scarface. What a all time classic.
Yeah, Paul Muni killed it!
An Inspector Calls (1954) - Interesting detective/investigation movie.
Currently watching Carousel (1956). Saw it as a kid first time.
Frida (2002) Story of painter Frida Kahlo
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
Green Room. What a thrill ride.
Jane Eyre (1943) - Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine.
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.......
I loved Antman. Deadpool really better than Antman?
If it is not so violent I will watch.
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........
Captain America/Civil War Never knew Spidey and Ant-man are in this one.
Thank you. I will watch it
Saw Rebecca and How Green was my Valley for the second time over the last few days.
Safe (1995) Stunning film,one of the best of the 90s for me,but it's not for everyone...
Triple Nine,no Disney flick
Hitman 47 - it passed the time, not bad nothing special.
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.
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