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Zara

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Hahaha that reminds me, I had a friend that used to be a stoner. He had to smoke up before every movie we went to. The movie would be starting at 10pm and he'd be like yo I need to smoke and I look at the time, it's 9:55 and we are at least 10 mins away. What's worse is I don't smoke and we would miss the first 5 mins of every movie!!!!!!!! Arghhhhh. But thankfully he's given up that lifestyle lol.

That's why he's an EX. You choose your priorities :cool:

I saw Blade Runner today, it was good. I think I was tired so I may have been close to dozing off but I still managed to watch it all and enjoy it.
Smoking should be done with. Terrible habit. I picked it up a bit in college. Was more like trying to fit in and looking cool and what not. lmho

Oh I then don't think Blade Runner is that good if you dozed off even for a bit.
 
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Thor: Ragnarok (2017) - Good, but overhyped. It is funny in places but it tries way too hard. Decent story, drags a bit. Favourite scene was when "Immigrant Song" fired up for the second time.

Overall I would say the weakest of this years marvel films.

Also, a couple of others - one great, one...not so much...

Life (2017) - One of the very worst films I have ever seen.
Aquarius (2016) - Excellent lead performance from Sonia Braga.
 

Sentinel

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Netflix has recently launched it but I saw it a few years back. Maybe around 2012/2013. It's very well made and has a very compelling story. It's definitely your kind of movie. That's why I am recommending it to you. Let me know once you've watched it.
I am loving Kite Runner. Seen an hour of it. Will complete it tonight.

Life (2017) - One of the very worst films I have ever seen.
Worse than even life ??? :D :D
 

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I am a fan of fantasy movies. I can't pick one particular animated movie since I like them all. But I like Timon and Pumbaa and Ben 10 television series the most. The recent movies that I have watched Toy Story films, Despicable Me 3 and Moana. Though I have planned to watch a few of them like The Lion Kings,UP, Shrek and the rest of the Despicable Me. What else do you suggest? What kind of movies do you like?
I like animated TV shows like Last Airbender. When I was younger I liked Pokemon too.
 
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Sentinel

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Have you seen The Kite Runner? it's so good.
Finished The Kite Runner the other night.
Very interesting. Loved it.

Also totally shook me. I am still shaken after learning about the widespread, systemic child abuse in those parts of the world, that has been going on for centuries (it seems) and is (one could say) legitimised.

Also, those kids are having a tough time after acting in that movie. Three are in Dubai and are very unhappy. The boy Amir returned to Kabul after four months and is almost living in a state of house arrests. The boys all feel shortchanged.
 

victorcruz

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Smoking should be done with. Terrible habit. I picked it up a bit in college. Was more like trying to fit in and looking cool and what not. lmho

Oh I then don't think Blade Runner is that good if you dozed off even for a bit.
I have never smoked, think maybe hookah a couple of times. Even that's not for me as I hated it, got lightheaded real quick lol.

Saw Suburbicon tonight. It was OK, nothing special. Wasn't as bad as the reviews made it out to be. Waiting on my sis to get free before watching Thor. She's also a comic book nut so I know she wants to see it.
 

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To Die For

We hadn't seen it in a few years - great casting.


"That is not the point. I am superior to all posters on the forum, that is the main thing." - sureshs
 
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Zara

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Finished The Kite Runner the other night.
Very interesting. Loved it.

Also totally shook me. I am still shaken after learning about the widespread, systemic child abuse in those parts of the world, that has been going on for centuries (it seems) and is (one could say) legitimised.

Also, those kids are having a tough time after acting in that movie. Three are in Dubai and are very unhappy. The boy Amir returned to Kabul after four months and is almost living in a state of house arrests. The boys all feel shortchanged.
Hey, I am glad you liked it. Yes, it's sad about the child abuse but it's not exclusive to that part of the world. Too bad about the actors. They probably dreamt something big after the movie and they never panned out that way. I recently read somewhere that the entire movie was shot in China even though the scenes are set in Afghanistan. Perhaps it wasn't safe to shoot in Afghanistan.

I watched Rush this weekend.
 

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Hey, I am glad you liked it. Yes, it's sad about the child abuse but it's not exclusive to that part of the world. Too bad about the actors. They probably dreamt something big after the movie and they never panned out that way. I recently read somewhere that the entire movie was shot in China even though the scenes are set in Afghanistan. Perhaps it wasn't safe to shoot in Afghanistan.

I watched Rush this weekend.
I know child abuse is not exclusive to that part of the world but this was systematic stuff that happened (happens still?) for centuries, and seems to have been legitimised by that society and even called an art form. It is the scale of this thing, and how they try to justify it which makes it even more painful. I am still shaken by that movie (or the practices that it is partly based upon).


Currently watching The Razor's Edge (1947) - Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney.
 
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Zara

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I know child abuse is not exclusive to that part of the world but this was systematic stuff that happened (happens still?) for centuries, and seems to have been legitimised by that society and even called an art form. It is the scale of this thing, and how they try to justify it which makes it even more painful. I am still shaken by that movie (or the practices that it is partly based upon).
We are a strange species, really. The more we come to know about these things the more there's a decent chance that we'll be able to change these things. I recently came to know about Albino children. Another nightmare for me.
 

victorcruz

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Saw Thor tonight. Was a lot of fun, usual Marvel comedy. I'm not the type to complain about little stuff so I won't lol. Go see it.
 

Backspin1183

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Yes, it was quite epic :)

Very much. Thor is so cool that even the death of his father doesn't stop him from having fun on the new planet he lands on. This comedy film also has some good actions. Can't wait for the big Purple guy Thanos to show up in Infinity War and crack the funniest of jokes. :)
 

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Last Film Seen: Fire Walk With Me (rewatched)

Very disturbing elements and far, far worse than the previous and subsequent Twin Peaks TV series in terms of extreme contents.

A difficult watch for me but I remain a huge David Lynch fan.

Still making my mind up on all the respective Twin Peaks works and have different feelings about all of them which I will not be writing about here in the interest of brevity.
 

Djokovic2011

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Watched 'Doubt' for the second time last night and I'd forgotten just how stunning the acting was from the four main leads - the scene between Meryl Streep and Viola Davis in particular is simply mesmerising. Very powerful film that really makes you think about how quick we are to judge others and the devastating repercussions our actions can have.
 

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I don't think anyone really dies in Marvel (Disney) movies. Hela can be expected to show up in future Marvel movies.
Really hope so, i fell in love :D Her ending was unclear so they could legit bring her back.

So far only a total of three heros have died (Yondu, Quicksilver, Odin) a lot more need to die in Avengers infinity war or it starts to become a bit hollow.
 

Backspin1183

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Really hope so, i fell in love :D Her ending was unclear so they could legit bring her back.

So far only a total of three heros have died (Yondu, Quicksilver, Odin) a lot more need to die in Avengers infinity war or it starts to become a bit hollow.
I have loved Marvel movies but of late I don't even find their jokes funny anymore. The humour at times feels forced in their recent movies. I am hoping that Thanos doesn't end up cracking jokes in Infinity War but I think they'll make him say some funny jokes.

Hela made a very good villain. I hope she comes back too.
 

George Turner

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I have loved Marvel movies but of late I don't even find their jokes funny anymore. The humour at times feels forced in their recent movies. I am hoping that Thanos doesn't end up cracking jokes in Infinity War but I think they'll make him say some funny jokes.

Hela made a very good villain. I hope she comes back too.
They have ramped up the humour since the Guardians of the galaxy was such a success, i don't think they expected that film to do as well as it did.

Since then we've had deadpool and Spiderman who are both meant to crack jokes, so it makes sense those films have loads of comedy. I've not seen ant man.

I thought the Thor humour worked pretty well and it's made the character more popular. With Loki as a brother you need some humour! It wouldn't work in a Captain America or a Wolverine film, it depends on the main character. Thanos should absolutely not be a funny man.
 

Backspin1183

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They have ramped up the humour since the Guardians of the galaxy was such a success, i don't think they expected that film to do as well as it did.

Since then we've had deadpool and Spiderman who are both meant to crack jokes, so it makes sense those films have loads of comedy. I've not seen ant man.

I thought the Thor humour worked pretty well and it's made the character more popular. It wouldn't work in a Captain America or a Wolverine film, it depends on the main character. Thanos should absolutely not be a funny man.
I can see Toni making sarcastic comments and it works great. Thor loses his father and in the next minute he forgets all about it and getting all humorous. He didn't even acknowledge the deaths of his warrior friends, let alone feel sad. Then Asgard was destroyed and nobody feels too sad over it like it wasn't such a big deal.

And yes it felt like Guardians of the Galaxy with Thor in it. I like humour in movies too but in some of these Marvel movies, they get overdone.
 

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I can see Toni making sarcastic comments and it works great. Thor loses his father and in the next minute he forgets all about it and getting all humorous. He didn't even acknowledge the deaths of his warrior friends, let alone feel sad. Then Asgard was destroyed and nobody feels too sad over it like it wasn't such a big deal.

And yes it felt like Guardians of the Galaxy with Thor in it. I like humour in movies too but in some of these Marvel movies, they get overdone.
Guardians of the galaxy is pretty good at mixing humour with sad moments. The death of Yondu was a sad moment. Drax in the first one was a sad character cos he wasn't over his family death, Nebula is a tragic character etc.

Ragnorak is missing those sort of things to go along with the humour. Maybe showing some of Helas evil rule over Asgard plus exploring Valkyries past further would have fixed that. Film would have gotten long then though.

I should be a film critic :cool:
 
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Zara

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Watched 'Doubt' for the second time last night and I'd forgotten just how stunning the acting was from the four main leads - the scene between Meryl Streep and Viola Davis in particular is simply mesmerising. Very powerful film that really makes you think about how quick we are to judge others and the devastating repercussions our actions can have.
Yes - it's a very powerful movie. I found the scene between Hoffman and Streep quite intense and revealing. And of course the emotional scene between Streep and Davis.
 

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Watched Creep Show. Yes, when you see those terrible movies in the bargain box in Target, and wonder who the heck buys those, lol. I do, lol. :)
 
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The Wages of Fear (1953) and Sorcerer (1977)

Both very good, but I think the original is better.
 

Sysyphus

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Recently rewatched two of my favorite Hitchcock movies, which are two of my all-time favorites in general.

The first was Vertigo (1958), starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Visually stunning picture, amazing score by Bernard Herrmann, well-acted, and the plot and themes are deviously orchestrated by Hitchcock himself. A former police detective (Stewart), who has retired due to having acquired acrophobia and vertigo after a traumatic work episode, gets hired by an acquaintance to track the doings of this man's wife (Novak) who seems to be possessed by the man's late ex wife. Deals with obsession, lust, fear. Still one of my absolute favorites after rewatching. A must-watch.



Then watched Rear Window (1954), again with Jimmy Stewart in the lead role, this time alongside the absurdly elegant Grace Kelly (who would retire from acting not long thereafter to be princes of Monaco..). Hitchcock seemed to like portraying men with psychological or physical handicaps, and in this film Stewart isn't suffering from Acrophobia but a broken leg that keeps him immobile by his apartment's rear window, overwatching the neighboring blocks. I suppose this choice to portray flawed leads, many of whom become falsely accused of something, is one of the things that make his films appealing and maybe relatable compared to the typical übermensch action heros of today's blockbusters. The suspense slowly builds as Stewart's character oversees a set of disconcerting sights through his window, making him suspect a murder has taken place. The trick of having the whole film relayed from this incapacitated man's point of view is a clever way to represent the viewer. He becomes a passive voyeur of his neighbors. Some great one-liners in this one, with some 1950s machismo. Another all-timer, though if forced to choose I think I prefer the greater range of Vertigo.



Also caught two newer non-Hitchcock films. One was The Sound of Noise (2010), a Swedish film that follows a tone-deaf detective who is trying to catch a group of guerilla percussionists who are terrorizing the city with chaotic performances. Funny and whimsical, but didn't rock my world. The other was Zodiac (2007), directed by David Fincher (he of Se7en and Fight Club), following the case of the Zodiac killer through the eyes of a San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist who got rather obsessed with the case. I liked it. Suspenseful, takes its time. Attention to detail.
 
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tennytive

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Once Upon a Time in Venice.
So bad I ejected it before it was over, so maybe technically I didn't watch it. How investors got talked into financing this pos is beyond my understanding, but so is a lot about Hollywood.
 

Comb Over Champion

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Recently rewatched two of my favorite Hitchcock movies, which are two of my all-time favorites in general.

The first was Vertigo (1958), starring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Visually stunning picture, amazing score by Bernard Herrmann, well-acted, and the plot and themes are deviously orchestrated by Hitchcock himself. A former police detective (Stewart), who has retired due to having acquired acrophobia and vertigo after a traumatic work episode, gets hired by an acquaintance to track the doings of this man's wife (Novak) who seems to be possessed by the man's late ex wife. Deals with obsession, lust, fear. Still one of my absolute favorites after rewatching. A must-watch.



Then watched Rear Window (1954), again with Jimmy Stewart in the lead role, this time alongside the absurdly elegant Grace Kelly (who would retire from acting not long thereafter to be princes of Monaco..). Hitchcock seemed to like portraying men with psychological or physical handicaps, and in this film Stewart isn't suffering from Acrophobia but a broken leg that keeps him immobile by his apartment's rear window, overwatching the neighboring blocks. I suppose this choice to portray flawed leads, many of whom become falsely accused of something, is one of the things that make his films appealing and maybe relatable compared to the typical übermensch action heros of today's blockbusters. The suspense slowly builds as Stewart's character oversees a set of disconcerting sights through his window, making him suspect a murder has taken place. The trick of having the whole film relayed from this incapacitated man's point of view is a clever way to represent the viewer. He becomes a passive voyeur of his neighbors. Some great one-liners in this one, with some 1950s machismo. Another all-timer, though if forced to choose I think I prefer the greater range of Vertigo.



Also caught two newer non-Hitchcock films. One was The Sound of Noise (2010), a Swedish film that follows a tone-deaf detective who is trying to catch a group of guerilla percussionists who are terrorizing the city with chaotic performances. Funny and whimsical, but didn't rock my world. The other was Zodiac (2007), directed by David Fincher (he of Se7en and Fight Club), following the case of the Zodiac killer through the eyes of a San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist who got rather obsessed with the case. I liked it. Suspenseful, takes its time. Attention to detail.
Vertigo is amongst my Top 10 films, probably Top 5 films ever. The cold opening with the rooftop chase is masterful, and when you take that along with the equally shocking final scene, probably the most thrilling start/end in movie history. I like movies I can obsess about alongside the characters, and this one really does it for me. You mentioned Herrmann's score, which to me is irreplaceable in the context of this movie. Obsessive, sweepingly romantical, and absolutely moody and dark in turns. Too much to write about this movie. I've been fortunate enough to visit San Francisco (the main filming location for this film) many times. Saying that a movie can change the way you relate to and experience a city (as Vertigo did for me with San Francisco) should be accolade enough for it.
 

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I watched The Witch. Excellent movie, quite disturbing, because it is in a vein of realistic horror, depicting something that might have happened (or might even still happen) somewhere. I found the incestuous attraction of the young boy for his older sister a little disquieting, though. Which actually adds a little to the theme of the movie in a roundabout way.
 

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Thank you for your thoughtful review. Because of your deep commentary, my expectations about this film have completely been changed. Before I was between indifference and apathy, but after your tour de force critique of this film, my mood towards it has been definitively swayed towards not giving a crap.

Paging @Sysyphus. Is "Have completely been" a sort of split participle? Is there such a thing?
 
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Sysyphus

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Vertigo is amongst my Top 10 films, probably Top 5 films ever. The cold opening with the rooftop chase is masterful, and when you take that along with the equally shocking final scene, probably the most thrilling start/end in movie history. I like movies I can obsess about alongside the characters, and this one really does it for me. You mentioned Herrmann's score, which to me is irreplaceable in the context of this movie. Obsessive, sweepingly romantical, and absolutely moody and dark in turns. Too much to write about this movie. I've been fortunate enough to visit San Francisco (the main filming location for this film) many times. Saying that a movie can change the way you relate to and experience a city (as Vertigo did for me with San Francisco) should be accolade enough for it.
Well said.

I've experienced lately that a lot of entertainment oriented movies tend to feel a bit silly, whereas more artsy stuff doesn't always engage. Hitch to me really hits the sweet spot between ambitiousness and pure, unadulterated entertainment.
 
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Well said.

I've experienced lately that a lot of entertainment oriented movies tend to feel a bit silly, whereas more artsy stuff doesn't always engage. Hitch to me really hits the sweet spot between ambitiousness and pure, unadulterated entertainment.
Yes, great cinema is art and it entertains. Hitchcock was one of a kind, but in general I find older movies can be actually both of those things more often than modern cinema. Nowadays it has become a game of numbers, how to shovel special effects and other "goodies" down the audience throats and woo the largest number of rubes to cheat them out of their hard earned money.

I think there are so many people involved in any modern project (and directors have lost importance and become more of a replaceable commodity) that mainstream movies in general have lost their soul. There are exceptions, of course. But I think the Golden Age of cinema died in the 70s or so. Thankfully, we are living the Golden age of TV series though (in my humble opinion).
 

sureshs

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Thank you for your thoughtful review. Because of your deep commentary, my expectations about this film have completely been changed. Before I was between indifference and apathy, but after your tour de force critique of this film, my mood towards it has been definitively swayed towards not giving a crap.

Paging @Sysyphus. Is "Have completely been" a sort of split participle? Is there such a thing?
There is something in this movie which is not in the previous attempts nor in the book, and it is emphasized many times. It is an attempt to face some reality that was not spoken of openly in those times.
 
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