What was the last movie you watched?

Watched Bullitt (1968, Steve McQueen) on a flight last week. Had never watched it before. Not a bad movie. The car chase is of course iconic. Too bad Steve McQueen died at age 50. His acting was excellent in this movie.
 
Also saw recently Can You Ever Forgive Me, a film about the real life story of a failed author, who resorts to making fraudulent letters from the like of Dorothy Parker and Noel Coward.

The female lead role ropes in a gay friend of hers to help ‘distribute’ these forgeries to the people trading in such collectibles.

Set in early 1990s New York, the film hums along well for the tragicomedy genre it represents.
 
I've seen reruns of old movies.

Moonlight the other day. Somehow liked it better the first time.

Shape of Water last night (was on telly, saw quite a bit of it).

Capernaum, a Lebanese film and in essence a far grittier version of The Florida Project.

A truly captivating performance from the young protagonist.
Hoping to get that soon. Did you get it on Netflix or see it at the theater ???
 
La Vie d'Adèle (Blue Is the Warmest Colour, 2013), écrite, produite et réalisée par Abdellatif Kechiche. Ses deux marveilleuses actrices principales sont Léa Seydoux et Adèle Exarchopoulos. Cru, honnête, joué avec force et délicieusement intense!



Also watched Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows, 1958). A solid gritty noir story about two criminal lovers who plan the perfect murder but don't quite get the execution equally perfect. Visibly anticipates the 'Nouvelle Vague', and the scenes with the parallell plot of the silly young lovers is reminiscent of the couple of Godard's seminal À bout de souffle that came a couple of years later. Great improvised soundtrack by the man himself, Miles Davis.

Also watched three Robert Bresson films. The two 'twin' films Au hasard Balthazar (1966) and Mouchette (1967) are tragical to point of near-comedy. In the first, we follow a poor donkey as he is passed on through numerous owners, through one denigration after the other, till he dies. The latter follows the travails of an adolescent girl, through one denigration after the other, till she dies. Happy days.

By comparison, Pickpocket (1959), which as the name hints follows a compulsive pickpocket, who eventually ends up behind bars, is a movie of pure joy (but only by comparison). In any case, it's easy to see why Bresson is hailed as the great painter of cinema and so on (he was literally a painter before turning to film) – the craftsmanship, composition and aesthetics are top notch. The films are simply beautiful to look at. He also predominantly used non-professional actors, which gives the films a different, rawer feel.



In between all of this French malaise, I rewatched For Your Eyes Only (1981), a classic light and silly Roger Moore outing as 007. He makes bad puns, love, gets shot at while driving a 2CV down hillsides, and eventually saves the world, natch.
 
Could feel it inside. I do think Blow is still a tremendous movie but it is hard to watch Johnny Depp now. Even if he was in his prime. Can't separate. Didn't even get hyped for the black Betty scene.

Bam a lam. :/
 
The Sting (1973) - Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Just watched again, first time in many years and enjoyed every minute of it. It's such a special movie. Smart writing, great performances, and a really fun story. Great chemistry between Newman and Redford comes as no surprise. Seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. Definitely worth a watch (or re-watch) for any movie fan.
 
Capernaum is on my must see list. Last year I saw The Insult, another Lebanese drama and thought it was excellent. Lebanese filmmakers are doing some excellent work. Hollywood should take notes.

Only about 10% of the films that come out of Hollywood are worth watching these days.

Thanks for the recommendation. Years ago I saw the Lemon Tree from Palestine.

I also think Fauda, the Israeli show, is well done and sympathetic to both sides.
 
La Vie d'Adèle (Blue Is the Warmest Colour, 2013), écrite, produite et réalisée par Abdellatif Kechiche. Ses deux marveilleuses actrices principales sont Léa Seydoux et Adèle Exarchopoulos. Cru, honnête, joué avec force et délicieusement intense!



Also watched Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows, 1958). A solid gritty noir story about two criminal lovers who plan the perfect murder but don't quite get the execution equally perfect. Visibly anticipates the 'Nouvelle Vague', and the scenes with the parallell plot of the silly young lovers is reminiscent of the couple of Godard's seminal À bout de souffle that came a couple of years later. Great improvised soundtrack by the man himself, Miles Davis.

Also watched three Robert Bresson films. The two 'twin' films Au hasard Balthazar (1966) and Mouchette (1967) are tragical to point of near-comedy. In the first, we follow a poor donkey as he is passed on through numerous owners, through one denigration after the other, till he dies. The latter follows the travails of an adolescent girl, through one denigration after the other, till she dies. Happy days.

By comparison, Pickpocket (1959), which as the name hints follows a compulsive pickpocket, who eventually ends up behind bars, is a movie of pure joy (but only by comparison). In any case, it's easy to see why Bresson is hailed as the great painter of cinema and so on (he was literally a painter before turning to film) – the craftsmanship, composition and aesthetics are top notch. The films are simply beautiful to look at. He also predominantly used non-professional actors, which gives the films a different, rawer feel.



In between all of this French malaise, I rewatched For Your Eyes Only (1981), a classic light and silly Roger Moore outing as 007. He makes bad puns, love, gets shot at while driving a 2CV down hillsides, and eventually saves the world, natch.
Thanks for this list. I was looking for some suggestions in French movies. I have watched only the first.
 
why?
did not you like this jewel of Agnieszka Holland?.
Thanks for asking, I have watched quite a few movies on the holocaust. I was somehow not moved by the protagonist. I could not sympathise the way I sympathised with several such real survivors or even the fictionalized accounts around this genre. It is an incredible tale, of course, but the movie on the whole, as a cinematic and emotional experience was tepid for me.
 

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Thanks for this list. I was looking for some suggestions in French movies. I have watched only the first.
Belle de Jour: Luis Buñuel
The Double Life of Veronique; Krzysztof Kieslowski
The 400 Blows: François Truffaut
Pierrot le Fou: Jean -Luc Godard
Lola Montes; Max Ophuls
Hiroshima, Mon Amour: Alain Resnais
Eyes Without a Face: Georges Franju
Au revoir les enfants; Louis Malle
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg; Jacques Demy
The Passion of Joan of Arc; Carl Theodor Dreyer


que vous l'appréciez!
8-B.
 
Belle de Jour: Luis Buñuel
The Double Life of Veronique; Krzysztof Kieslowski
The 400 Blows: François Truffaut
Pierrot le Fou: Jean -Luc Godard
Lola Montes; Max Ophuls
Hiroshima, Mon Amour: Alain Resnais
Eyes Without a Face: Georges Franju
Au revoir les enfants; Louis Malle
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg; Jacques Demy
The Passion of Joan of Arc; Carl Theodor Dreyer


que vous l'appréciez!
8-B.
Merci, j'ai deja vu quelques uns de votre liste! Ma motivation est aussie d'ameliorer ma langue francaise

Edit- Can you recommend me more after 1980's movies in French? I mean Truffaut, Godard are fine but I would like to watch more along Kieslowski (I think I have watched almost all his movies though) or a later era.
 
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"Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

If you're doing down-and-out-humor, you have to go all-in on the humor, as Steve Martin did in "The Jerk." This film wants it both ways, with the lead character depicted as too sympathetic, so the result is a mound of mush. (Some of its limitations as a comedic film may be that it's based on a true story)
 
Merci, j'ai deja vu quelques uns de votre liste! Ma motivation est aussie d'ameliorer ma langue francaise

Edit- Can you recommend me more after 1980's movies in French? I mean Truffaut, Godard are fine but I would like to watch more along Kieslowski (I think I have watched almost all his movies though) or a later era.
Quelques plus récents:

Deux jours, une nuit (2014)
Amour (2012)
La haine (1996)
Incendies (2010)
La pianiste (2001)
Persepolis (2007)
L'avenir (2016)
Jean de Florette (1986)
Manon des sources (1986)
Être et avoir (2002, un documentaire)
Ma vie de courgette (2016)
 
Cinderella(2015) - Predictable but a good movie. Lily James and Cate Blanchett - Both portrayed their characters very well. Lily James was adorable as princess.

Captain Marvel(2019) - It is a good movie with a simple plot but not a great one. I think Brie Larson played her character well IMO and Samuel Jackson is great as Nick Fury. But a cat character 'Goose' stole the show. Overall, a good movie if you are not expecting too much. My rating - 7/10.
 
Saw a few films recently:

The Green Book I enjoyed and thought it was sympathetically done. It took a few minutes to adjust to Vigo Mortensen playing an Italian New Yorker, but the general bonhomie of the film stopped the possible casting error from distracting from my enjoyment.

Vice which certainly had a casting error in Steve Carrell playing Rumsfeld. Seriously! I would like to say Bale made up for it, but it was gimmmicky in direction mimicking interjections we saw in the Big Short. There are a couple of amusing scenes between Bush and Cheney.

Lastly I saw Border a Swedish film about trolls adapted to a contemporary setting. Probably a must for TTW posters though I doubt most people would have the patience for the subtitles..
 
Omg what a sweetheart you are! You provided links as well! I have only seen Amour and Incendies from this list. Thank you so much. This is awesome.
Do try and watch Cous Cous. Well done film about immigrant life in the industrial fishing town of Sete just south of Montpelier.

When I have the energy I will dig up another dozen or so great French films.

The Americans tried to do make a French film with the lesbian based Carole. It ended up being a stilted pretensious noir. It is like comparing a Marlboro Light to a Gauloises.
 
Watched Wes Anderson's Rushmore (1998). About the eccentric teenager Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman in his film debut) and his relationship to a rich industrialist (wonderfully portrayed by Bill Murray in what was a sort of renaissance for him) and to a teacher at his school, Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams). It's usually hard describe an Anderson movie without invoking the word 'droll', and that's certainly the case here as well. A parade of earnest and clever jokes and set pieces, interspersed with strong acting performances and an expertly picked soundtrack.



Also watched Playtime (1967) by Jacques Tati. Hilarious and somewhat chaotic satire about modernity. Thematically maybe not that groundbreaking then, but cinematically very interesting. Gigantic set, lots of clever visual and practical comedy (hard not to think of Chaplin at times), and creative use of sound effects as well. Would probably be the kind of film you'd have to watch multiple times to catch all the (sometimes subtle) gags. The film has a pretty haphazard relationship to plot, dialogue and central characters.

 
Do try and watch Cous Cous. Well done film about immigrant life in the industrial fishing town of Sete just south of Montpelier.

When I have the energy I will dig up another dozen or so great French films.

The Americans tried to do make a French film with the lesbian based Carole. It ended up being a stilted pretensious noir. It is like comparing a Marlboro Light to a Gauloises.
Thank you. That would be really nice! I really liked Carol, the American version. The cinematography was dream like and the lead actors (Mara and especially Blanchett) were terrific. Very rare at a time when lesbian movies are oriented towards soft porn rather than development of characters and telling us stories about who the characters are!
 
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 1964), a musical romantic drama written and directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo, with a classic score by Michel Legrand. Set against a stylish and burstingly colorful backdrop, we follow the two star-crossed young lovers as their bond is tested by chance and circumstance. Well-known tropes, perhaps, but carried out with adroitness. While undoubtedly an homage to the Hollywood musical tradition, Demy's sensibilities are ultimately very much European, and he waves a middle-finger to the illusions of cinema and audiences' romantic expectations. Capital B Bittersweet.

more importantly, how elegant wasn't Catherine Deneuve in this role:whistle: (powerfully acted as well.)



(a nice piece on the ambiguous role of the music score in the film's notorious final scene.

https://film.avclub.com/is-the-umbrellas-of-cherbourg-s-score-at-odds-with-its-1798242550)

edit: another nice homage from A.O. Scott:

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Also watched Kirikou et la Sorcière (1998). Animation based on elements from West African folk tales. Simple, charming and amusing.
 
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Baby Driver (2017) - I saw the opening scene on Youtube other day. I badly wanted to watch the movie since then. I found out that it was on telly last night. So I have watched it. It is an action & heist film where the protagonist pays off his debt to his crime boss by working for him then tries to find a legit job and settle down with his girl.
The movie kinda shows how difficult it is get rid of something when you swim with sharks. Some of the scenes were scary. But enjoyed the movie overall. This is the second movie I have watched this month, in which Lily James starred.
 
think I might have gushed about it earlier in the thread!

got to the end of it? how'd you like it?
Liked it.
But not too sure about the end.

Does he kill himself ? Or is he just injecting himself again ?

Yes, I think you may have mentioned this movie earlier.

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As an aside, Joachim Trier's Oslo, 31. August (2011) is a personal fave of mine and one that I recommend.
 
Mission Impossible - Fallout (2018): Best Movie that I have watched last year. I would probably watch it a few more times this week. Loved the Sound Editing & Mixing, practical effects, stunts, acting and the plot. Pretty much everyone had their moments in the movie.
 
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