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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23851 Post by alan smithee » 05 Oct 2019, 14:09


we need to sort of play catch-up... thanks



Straight Outta Compton :3.5stars: (1st time)
an interesting story, sure, but a bit bland and by the numbers

Shakes the Clown :3stars: (1st time)
this was... interesting

The Martian :3.5stars: (1st time)
an interesting story at times but a bit bland and by the numbers
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23852 Post by NoShoes » 31 Oct 2019, 14:45

The Haunting (1963) :5stars: Probably my favorite haunted house movie
The Uninvited (1944) :4stars: a close 2nd.....
The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix series) :3.5stars: I think a very creative adaptation with several good scares.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23853 Post by NoShoes » 31 Oct 2019, 14:50

and now for Halloween night....
Frankenstein (1931) :5stars: My first and favorite....
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) :5stars: IMHO, probably the first sequel equal to/better than the original
Son of Frankenstein (1939) :5stars: Rathbone, Karloff & Lugosi introducing us to Ygor....what more could I ask for
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23854 Post by alan smithee » 31 Oct 2019, 16:04


we need to sort of play catch-up... thanks



Working Girl :3stars: (1st time)
wow is that a bit of a time capsule

Airplane! (x2) :5stars: (nth time)
the best movie ever twice? yes please

World War Z :3stars: (1st time)
it felt like there was something there but we didn't quite get it
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23855 Post by Scruluce » 18 Jan 2020, 03:56

{i}Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood[/l] :3stars: (1st time)
+ QT does a great job of constructing his own little world within a specific era from the last century (Jackie Brown, Hateful Eight, Reservoir Dogs), and he does so quite well.
+ QT also does a really good job of creating his own bizarre realities (From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, Death Proof).
+ QT has also centered stories around characters that are interesting to watch (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs).
+ Finally, QT has had a field day making historical "what if?" films that are super violent and quite entertaining (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained).

This film really felt like he was making nods to some of his previous works, while throwing in an extra layer of nostalgia — 60's Hollywood story of an actor (and stunt double) that wants to get back to the heyday of his career. Like much of his other work, I'm not always sure where he is taking things, but I'm willingly along for the ride. He reminds us of our place in history with the intermittent presence of Sharon Tate. There are some great moments in the film for both of our main characters. Around the 105 minute mark, I'm really starting to wonder where all this is going, That's when the whole thing turns into one of this "what if?" scenarios, and I'm left feeling cheated out of 2+ hours of my time. The last action sequence is certainly entertaining, and classic QT gore. That's totally fine. Why give us 2 hours of unrelated story just to get us to the "what if?" that you clearly wanted to make the picture about? Why not make something closer to IG, and even give us a Manson character (instead of just referencing him), then give us the big payoff of right time, wrong place situation for our characters resulting in the thwarting of Manson's schemes?
In writing this, I can see how QT continually worked in Manson "family" throughout, increasing his (our) focus on them as time went on, but overall it still feels like I started watching one film, but reached the ending of a different film that happened to overlap the first.

The Irishman :4stars: (1st time)
This film is was even longer than the one above, but felt like a more cohesive story being told. Taking a lot of the facts with a grain of salt, given the source material, this was a story well told. The cast is terrific, the de-aging (and aging) CGI effects are remarkable, and have come a long way since Tron: Legacy, and even Rogue One. It's still a really long film, and will be awhile before I entertain the idea of a rewatch. What DID make this film more enjoyable was the 30-ish minute special (that Netflix suggested afterward) of DeNiro, Pesci, Pacino, and Scorsesse sitting around a table talking about the film. Still, the film loses at least :0.5stars: for overall length. I had to break it up into two viewings.

Marriage Story :4.5stars: (1st time)
This is a well made, well acted film. As a husband, and parent, that has been through this type of ordeal — IN CALIFORNIA — this film occasionally felt deeply personal and infuriating. I was ready to feel some investment, to empathize with both sides through the process. Instead, this film drug me through the experience all over again. (personal side note: I did all of it sans attorneys, but had truly ugly turns of events in the courtroom and mediation.) Early on, there's this great moment of irony where ScarJo comments about having trouble getting to an emotional place while acting on stage, but can barely hold back the tears moments later. She portrays an actress that has trouble showing real emotion, but by the end of the scene she (ScarJo) is showing real emotion that her character is having. Perhaps not irony... I digress. This film is beautifully done, but it was very tough for me to sit through. By the end of it all, I wanted to shout at both of them for being foolish and not working it out. They clearly didn't want to be where they ended up, but were both too proud to show some humility and vulnerability and work together to sort things out.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23856 Post by alan smithee » 21 Jan 2020, 00:16

Image we need to sort of play catch-up... thanks



Back in Time :3.5stars: (1st time)
doc on the Back to the Future films; not much new here, but still nice

A Very Murray Christmas :4stars: (1st time)
Bill Murray is supposed to put on a Christmas special (in this Bill Murray Christmas special) but—oh no!—most of the guests he has can't make it because of a snowstorm! does it still go on? does he get various other within-the-movie no-names (who are played by not-no-names) to perform? I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll say "yes". because really that's not spoiling anything. duh. if you're into Bill Murray being Bill Murray you'll find this pleasant (even if a bit slow (IMO) at places). {I watched this in 2015 and am now wondering if I should watch it again...}

Die Hard :5stars: (nth time)
best Christmas movie ever
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23857 Post by JJ » 26 Jan 2020, 20:39

Just saw Exam - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1258197/ - could not find it discussed here. Did I like it?
La la la la la.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23858 Post by alan smithee » 26 Jan 2020, 20:48

we need to sort of play catch-up... thanks



Star Wars: The Force Awakens (1st time) :3.5stars:
seemed fine and familiar

Concussion (1st time) :2.5stars:
very by the numbers

John Wick (1st time) :4stars:
this was way better than I was expecting
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23859 Post by JJ » 26 Jan 2020, 20:51

alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:48
John Wick (1st time) :4stars:
this was way better than I was expecting
Yet you've shorted your review by at least four or five stars.
La la la la la.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23860 Post by alan smithee » 26 Jan 2020, 21:04

JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:51
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:48
John Wick (1st time) :4stars:
this was way better than I was expecting
Yet you've shorted your review by at least four or five stars.
:6stars:
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23861 Post by JJ » 26 Jan 2020, 21:10

alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:04
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:51
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:48
John Wick (1st time) :4stars:
this was way better than I was expecting
Yet you've shorted your review by at least four or five stars.
:6stars:
Much better. Let me know when you want to have a JWFF.
La la la la la.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23862 Post by alan smithee » 26 Jan 2020, 21:28

we need to sort of play catch-up... thanks



Pineapple Express :2.5stars: (2nd time)
ersatz modern stoner comedy

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle :4stars: (2nd(?) time)
better than it should be

Waiting for Guffman :4.5stars: (nth time)
saw w/some of the cast; one of my favorite Guest (et al.) movies
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23863 Post by alan smithee » 26 Jan 2020, 21:29

JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:10
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:04
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:51
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:48
John Wick (1st time) :4stars:
this was way better than I was expecting
Yet you've shorted your review by at least four or five stars.
:6stars:
Much better. Let me know when you want to have a JWFF.
good idea to prep for 4 when it comes out
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23864 Post by JJ » 26 Jan 2020, 21:33

alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:29
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:10
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:04
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:51
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:48
John Wick (1st time) :4stars:
this was way better than I was expecting
Yet you've shorted your review by at least four or five stars.
:6stars:
Much better. Let me know when you want to have a JWFF.
good idea to prep for 4 when it comes out
I'd be happy to use it to prep for Matrix 4 and then just not watch the latter.
La la la la la.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23865 Post by alan smithee » 27 Jan 2020, 09:51

JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:33
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:29
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:10
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:04
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:51
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:48
John Wick (1st time) :4stars:
this was way better than I was expecting
Yet you've shorted your review by at least four or five stars.
:6stars:
Much better. Let me know when you want to have a JWFF.
good idea to prep for 4 when it comes out
I'd be happy to use it to prep for Matrix 4 and then just not watch the latter.
so long as that just involves watching Matrix 1 three times
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23866 Post by alan smithee » 27 Jan 2020, 09:53

we need to sort of play catch-up... thanks



Hot Shots (2nd time) :4stars:
w/directors; good but still no Airplane!

Inside Llewyn Davis (1st time) :4stars:
nice light(ish) atmospheric period piece



interesting back-to-back viewing on a flight:

Cloud Atlas (1st time) :2.5stars:
umm OK

Beware of Mr. Baker (1st time) :3.5stars:
I knew some but def not all of this—yowza
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23867 Post by JJ » 27 Jan 2020, 12:35

alan smithee wrote:
27 Jan 2020, 09:53
Beware of Mr. Baker (1st time) :3.5stars:
I knew some but def not all of this—yowza
Mr. Brownstone?
La la la la la.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23868 Post by JJ » 27 Jan 2020, 12:49

alan smithee wrote:
27 Jan 2020, 09:51
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:33
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:29
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:10
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:04
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:51
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:48
John Wick (1st time) :4stars:
this was way better than I was expecting
Yet you've shorted your review by at least four or five stars.
:6stars:
Much better. Let me know when you want to have a JWFF.
good idea to prep for 4 when it comes out
I'd be happy to use it to prep for Matrix 4 and then just not watch the latter.
so long as that just involves watching Matrix 1 three times
Have you seen Wick 2 or Wick 3?
La la la la la.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23869 Post by alan smithee » 27 Jan 2020, 13:11

JJ wrote:
27 Jan 2020, 12:49
alan smithee wrote:
27 Jan 2020, 09:51
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:33
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:29
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:10
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:04
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:51
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:48
John Wick (1st time) :4stars:
this was way better than I was expecting
Yet you've shorted your review by at least four or five stars.
:6stars:
Much better. Let me know when you want to have a JWFF.
good idea to prep for 4 when it comes out
I'd be happy to use it to prep for Matrix 4 and then just not watch the latter.
so long as that just involves watching Matrix 1 three times
Have you seen Wick 2 or Wick 3?
2 was fine. yet to see 3
It's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23870 Post by JJ » 27 Jan 2020, 13:13

alan smithee wrote:
27 Jan 2020, 13:11
JJ wrote:
27 Jan 2020, 12:49
alan smithee wrote:
27 Jan 2020, 09:51
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:33
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:29
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:10
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 21:04
JJ wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:51
alan smithee wrote:
26 Jan 2020, 20:48
John Wick (1st time) :4stars:
this was way better than I was expecting
Yet you've shorted your review by at least four or five stars.
:6stars:
Much better. Let me know when you want to have a JWFF.
good idea to prep for 4 when it comes out
I'd be happy to use it to prep for Matrix 4 and then just not watch the latter.
so long as that just involves watching Matrix 1 three times
Have you seen Wick 2 or Wick 3?
2 was fine. yet to see 3
SPOILER - there are head shots
La la la la la.

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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23871 Post by alan smithee » 27 Jan 2020, 13:14

we need to sort of play catch-up... thanks



Joy :3.5stars: (1st time)
OK I don't remember this

Spotlight :4stars: (1st time)
a bit too WE-ARE-WORKING-IN-A-NEWSROOM for me, but o/w good

The Big Short :4stars: (1st time)
the guy who wrote (and directed) Anchorman 2 and Talladega Nights won a (screenplay) Oscar. well then.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23872 Post by NoShoes » 01 Feb 2020, 18:20

Ford vs Ferrari :3.5stars: I enjoyed it....total popcorn flick....just didn't "wow" me
Joker :3stars: Again, liked it, but by the end I felt a bit confused (did any of it really happen?).....think I need another viewing
Little Women (2019) :2.5stars: Great cast, but really.....how many times do I want to see this story told
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23873 Post by alan smithee » 01 Feb 2020, 18:30

NoShoes wrote:
01 Feb 2020, 18:20
Ford vs Ferrari :3.5stars: I enjoyed it....total popcorn flick....just didn't "wow" me
I'm four years behind, but when I get to reviewing Ford v Ferrari, I'll be basically copying this
NoShoes wrote:
01 Feb 2020, 18:20
Joker :3stars: Again, liked it, but by the end I felt a bit confused (did any of it really happen?).....think I need another viewing
I didn't even consider that any of that didn't happen—were you actually watching American Pyscho? follow-up question: do you like Phil Collins?
NoShoes wrote:
01 Feb 2020, 18:20
Little Women (2019) :2.5stars: Great cast, but really.....how many times do I want to see this story told
I'd only seen good and not-so-good—but never great—versions of this many-times-filmed story until now. (among many other notes—Amy is more than a two-dimensional character for once!)

on a related note: I've always wondered* why there are so many remakes of things that were good/great (e.g., basically everyone loved The Lion King—WTF?)—why not remake things with a good idea/premise that were never fleshed out in a great way (which is what I think was done here).

*rhetorical answer to the practical take: because they'll get money and b/c they have a built-in audience; but the artistic take...
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23874 Post by alan smithee » 01 Feb 2020, 18:33

we need to sort of play catch-up... thanks



Kill Bill vol. 2 (2nd time) :4stars:
I enjoyed this.

The Hateful Eight (1st time) :3stars:
this was all right

Revenant (1st time) :3stars:
I apparently left myself a note saying "compare Training Day" (or maybe it said "flaming globes of Zigmund")
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#23875 Post by NoShoes » 02 Feb 2020, 09:59

NoShoes wrote:
01 Feb 2020, 18:20
Ford vs Ferrari :2.5stars: I enjoyed it....total popcorn flick....just didn't "wow" me
Taking back 1 of the 3.5 stars I gave this film due to historical inaccuracies :rant: I'm sure most, if not all films "based" on actual events will have some facts changed for one reason or another (dramatic license, etc), but in this case knowing the truth now takes away from the film for me.....
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