Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by jamesblakefan#1, Mar 22, 2010.
I watched it several months ago. What kind of Pirates fan are you?
Lol what do u mean?
I like Pirates 2 the best. One of my fav. movies of all time.
I saw 5 before you did. I mean how come a bigger fan like you wait this longer.
Slay me, good point
I wanted to go see it in theaters but it didn't work out, and I didn't wanna go alone
Plus the reviews were bad. Glad I watched for myself
Why does nobody want to go alone?
I liked the movie. They can shove their reviews up their ***.
Just saw Mudbound directed by Dee Rees. Missed it during its limited theatrical run and since it was simultaneously released on Netflix I figured I'd catch it eventually... just didn't expect to see it in the next year. Well, I really shouldn't have waited this long as it's one of the year's best, and while I'm still ambivalent about more and more movies premiering on streaming services (the term "film" will have lost all significance once it's no longer shot on actual film and screened on the big screen) perhaps the least I could do is to stop thinking of them as a sort of cinematic love children.
Back to Mudbound, FYI based on Hillary Jordan's novel of the same name. While I've never lived in the South I was still somewhat bemused at first by the movie's diction which has not only the white McAllan family but also the black Jacksons use a minimum of Southern dialect and hardly any drawl. But then I saw Rees has already addressed this slanted POV: "Although it’s set in the post-WWII South, I really approached this as a pioneer story and staged the narrative visually, in many ways, like a Western." So she was not going for authenticity, and though I'm still not convinced that such details hardly matter for any movie set in the Jim Crow South the pieces do start to fall together once you realize this is a "Western" mired in a brutal racial and patriarchal hierarchy.
What I liked most about Mudbound is its refusal to settle for easy condemnation or hip social critique while sparing no righteous judgment or ugly history (its lynching scene is harrowing as they come). In fact it derives its biggest strength from the camaraderie between Jamie and Ronsel that develops into a genuine friendship at first based on their shared WWII experiences and then their confinement in a social order which clearly has no use for them except as tools of industry, even though they're presumably the story's supporting characters. No hint of cynicism or defeatism here, and it even ends on a hopeful note, though I do wish the climatic developments were a tad less predictable (which may be less Rees' doing than Jordan's).
And the cast is just about flawless. If you already subscribe to Netflix make sure to check it out.
You can't get more "miserable" and nihilistic than King Lear and yet millions of experts and laypeople alike still see/read/listen to it every year. Unless you're suggesting we should also reject arguably the greatest work by the greatest creative genius in the history of human civilization maybe you should rethink your stance.
I might have underestimated the pressure that the #MeToo movement will be exerting on the voters, but I don't think Robbie is as long a shot as you think. Plus she was/is better than Ronan (I doubt the latter would be as successful playing such a maniacal motormouth). As for the others I wouldn't object if McDormand won. Think Hawkins was even better in Maudie, though I hope to see her more often in more "traditional" roles as she's simply too good to be pigeonholed. I'm guessing you already know what I think of Streep.
Didn't mind this year's GG ceremony, but then I don't mind activism/virtue signaling/fill-in-the-blank at awards ceremonies. Portman's quip was indeed somewhat disrespectful but that's precisely why it worked. I've read that the male nominees looked uncomfortable but I don't recall that. Also I think it was directed less at the five men per se but at the HFPA.
As you might have suspected I don't think Gerwig is up there yet. She's got the potential, but for pure direction Scott was better (the guy had to reshoot the whole scenes with Kevin Spacey just a month before the scheduled release for gawd's sake, though he couldn't ask for a better replacement than Plummer). But then I don't think Scott deserves the nom, either. I'd need more time to cut 'em down to only five, but my shortlist for now would look like this (again no language/nationality requirements, and alphabetical order only):
Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon - Lost in Paris
Sean Baker - The Florida Project
Robin Campillo - BPM (Beats per Minute)
Michaël Dudok De Wit - The Red Turtle
Bill Morrison - Dawson City: Frozen Time
Valerie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj - Polina
Johnny O'Reilly - Moscow Never Sleeps
William Oldroyd - Lady Macbeth
Jordan Peele - Get Out
Joachim Trier - Thelma
Agnès Varda and JR - Faces Places
Denis Villeneuve - Blade Runner 2049
I'm finding this a lot tougher than the Best Actress list I put together earlier. And of course I'm still catching up on 2017. Check back in a month or two.
5 might have been better than 4 but frankly the whole Pirates series lost steam after 2. I'll probably keep watching it because I had such a good time with 1 and 2. Hopefully the return of Will and Elizabeth will give 6 a much-needed jolt.
Yeah you really can''t make a better movie than 2, but I'll keep watching also
I was just coming to grips with the fact that Kiera wouldn't be in 5, when she showed up at the end, I was like yaaas
Point taken. However, I hope you are not equating King Lear with Manchester by the Sea, the movie.
As mentioned in my post, entertainment value is my sole interest to narrow the scope of the topic. After all I pay my money and my time hoping to be entertained. And it was all pain and suffering for the whole movie for me. My point is don’t we get enough of that in our daily life? Just listening to the news and there it is a world of sorrow.
Speaking of a King Lear, a masterpiece no doubt, yet it is about a tragedy, just like any other masterpiece.
Why human, as a species, is drawn to that?
Why talented novelists, movie makers build their work around that theme with fictional characters? Maybe because it sells. Can they do it any other way?
Perhaps you can tell me a different perspective of entertainment value.
Wow, thanks! I know I don't come around these parts much often but its good to feel loved.
And in the spirit of the thread, Get Out (2017).
Hey dude, great to see you. It's sad when one poasts regularly in a thread and you notice that the OP has vanished.
I have thousands of poasts in this thread, its virtually a reliable list for me to see what movie I saw on what day, going back three years or more.
I bought ticket for Hostiles tomorrow night, has anyone seen it yet ?
Felt bored. So watched Moana(2016) again.
In the middle of Three Billboards.
Very interesting. Good acting by Frances McDermond.
Flew back from Oman last night. BA had a fine selection of movies available.
Watched Battle of the sexes, which I thought was brill. Margaret Court really is a *****.
Watched American Made, which I thought was brill, if a remarkably inaccurate retelling of a true story.
I just saw "Chuck," the Showtime biopic about the 70's boxer Chuck Wepner and it was quite good...Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elizabeth Moss, Michael Rappaport, Ron Perlman, Jim Gaffigan.
Watched about 30 mins of Lady Bird, and we really aren't getting it. It seems like any of the other dozens of coming of age, family issues movies I have seen and often abandoned after 30-45 minutes.
We'll try another 30 minutes today and see how it goes.
Decided to watch Sean Baker's "Tangerine" after being impressed by the flordia project. Both are great imo (tfp is my #1 movie of 2017 without a doubt) . Will try to see the rest of his work, but it's not that easily available in Poland.
I did not realize that Tangerine also by Sean Baker! Tangerine was great and I heard they use real trans hooker and still amazed that the entire movie was shot using iphone.
I did not realize that Tangerine also by Sean Baker
Which episode would be the Best episode ever in "Black Mirror" ?
Yep and the lead actress from the florida project was found by him on instagram. The guy likes to do things a little different and it works great for him.
I just watched jean pierre jeunet's MicMacs and followed it up with Old Boy(both versions). What a confusing weekend.
Saw Molly's Game. Liked it.
Been awhile since I've watched a movie, but I will try and catch up in the next week.
My queue is getting too big. Will probably watch these next:
The Big Sick
"Gregory's Girl," which was released in the U.S. by Samuel Goldwyn, where I worked about a decade later. Maybe all Scots look alike, but the lead actor looks like Andy Murray to me.
Will watch "A Prayer for the Dying" again tonight, which is another Samuel Goldwyn film. The Goldwyn people vowed to never work with Mickey Rourke after dealing with him on the publicity tour for the film. Samuel Goldwyn Jr. called him many horrible names.
Just saw "The Light Between Oceans" with Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. Very well crafted and heart tugging film set in post-World War 1 coastal Western Australia. Have a box of tissues handy!
A hidden gem from Canada - One Week (Joshua Jackson was adorable - one of my favourite characters from Dawson's Creek). Beautifully shot and you will get to see some beautiful landscapes of Canada as well.
Also watched Correspondence - not sure how I feel, really as it felt a bit pretentious.
The "Waldo" episode in season one is pretty amazing.
Currently watching it. Interesting.
I saw this last March, on the day Federer played Nadal at Indian Wells. 62 63. Also has Rachel Weisz.
Cast sounds interesting. Putting this on my list.
Seems interesting. Love movies with beautiful landscapes.
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