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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:34 pm 


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watched The Irishman. I thought it was going to be crap going in and wasn't wrong. what a waste of 3 1/2 hours. not recommended. watch Kill The Irishman instead if you want a taste of a Union crime drama movie.
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Real Steel: **1/2

A film from 2011 that now mostly serves as a cautionary tale about the perils of loading your film with excessive product placement. Set in the year 2020 (which is its own entirely different set of "mugged by reality" problems, but that's not important right now,) it stars Hugh Jackman as a down on his luck former boxer whose job was taken over by robots (seriously, and yes, it's exactly as absurd as it sounds) forced to become a really terrible parent to a kid obsessed with robot fighting, who finds a robot in a junkyard and somehow makes a successful robot fighter out of it in a paint-by-numbers sports movie plot.

The product placement problems come mostly from the fact that most of the products advertised either no longer exist in 2020 (Virgin America, merged with Alaska Airlines in 2018), are completely irrelevant now (I don't think even Microsoft expects Bing to ever be relevant again, much less worth naming an arena for) or are just plain stupid (Xbox 720, LOL). The result is a film that is less than 10 years old, and has somehow aged so badly it's impossible to take seriously now.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:33 am 


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The Social Dilemma

As someone that knows how the sausage is made, not a lot of this surprised me... definitely not to the levels of some of my FB friends said (on FB). That being said, for many years (like 8 at least) I've had notifications set to an absolute minimum, so I basically only see notifications when I want to see notifications. I'm not a fool enough to think I've gamed the system, but I do think that 90% of my social network time is shitposts and memes (consuming and posting) which makes me feel a bit less of a tool.

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Beautifully shot documentary. So much better than all the true crime bullshit usual Netflix fanfare.
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Space Dogs russian documentary
Apollo 11 american documentary

both were excellent
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I just watched the 2020 movie Host, and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a flick to watch for Halloween. It's Zoom meets Paranormal Activity meets the Conjuring. :D


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But it's not set on Halloween, is it?
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This smooth brain ("Freshly ironed! No wrinkles!") strikes again. What will we be graced with next?

I never watched Suspiria, but I got a blu ray of it and Phenomena arriving. Can't wait to get my Italo-horror on!
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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:05 pm 


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Suspiria's a great gaudy treat, watch as blind as possible. :mrgreen: Have you seen Tenebrae? Completely different style - where Suspiria is a lurid fairytale, this is like a psychotic Bizarro Miami Vice - but that's another evergreen Giallo. Balls-out soundtrack.

The recent Suspiria remake seems pretty neat at a glance, I know Jay from RLM liked it and I usually get along with his horror recs.
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Don't watch Suspiria with a group of drunken friends at a Halloween party. It's an easy movie to take the piss out of. I speak from experience.
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Greenland

A disaster story about highly privileged people, which tries to focus on feelings and family ties rather than on spectacular adventure and destruction but in the end is cynical and insensitive.

A comet is about to fall on Earth, but being a competent American construction engineer John is selected, along with his wife and son, for a government program: if they reach a military base a plane will carry them to a shelter (which is readily discovered to be in Greenland). Several things go wrong, and of course John and his family are the last people who enter the bunker, off the very last plane, minutes before the large final impact. Months later the doors open and survivors see birds. Hope!

There are several well made scenes, like the one in which John kills someone, but the tone is mostly terrible (for example, everybody knows they are going to die, but TV news remain "professional" and heartless and mayhem is moderate and non-desperate) and the plot doesn't ever try to avoid clichés, going out of its way to add more (from John's completely irrelevant marriage troubles to good people who die horribly).


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:03 pm 


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Greenland

A disaster story about highly privileged people, which tries to focus on feelings and family ties rather than on spectacular adventure and destruction but in the end is cynical and insensitive.


Perhaps it stimulates the fancy of those who would like to see "a real rain fall down and wash all..." the "...scum off the streets."

A comet to rain down and purify the earth, etc, etc. Pretty sick stuff.


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My Octopus Teacher :mrgreen: It was so good!
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Mean Girls: ***

The #explainamovieplotbadly version of this movie: Bus driver fails to yield.
One of the more popular teen comedy films from the early 2000s. My wife informs me hat this is a pretty good indication of just how catty women (especially of high school age) can get toward each other, although this one is taken to extremes. Still not bad for a "dragged to it" type movie.

WarGames: ***

Slacker kid stumbles into a backdoor into NORAD and almost nukes the planet. Very dated by now (this movie probably looked dated five years after it came out), but aside from the computers it holds up pretty well. There are also some local connections to this area in the film (the real Snohomish High School is about five miles from where I live although the filming location was in El Segundo CA, and a number of scenes were filmed in the Seattle/Tacoma metro area including the parts that supposedly take place in Oregon.)
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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:57 am 


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watched The Irishman. I thought it was going to be crap going in and wasn't wrong. what a waste of 3 1/2 hours. not recommended. watch Kill The Irishman instead if you want a taste of a Union crime drama movie.


Just watched "Kill the Irishman."

No wonder you hated "The Irishman," as it's the polar opposite of that film. "The Irishman" is a film I'd put alongside "Unforgiven" or "Harakiri" as an absolute refutation of its own genre. All the glamor and glitz of a gangster movie excised to show the empty lives of killers that ends in nothing (which is why every time a gangster is introduced they're instantly given a freeze frame with the date and manner of their death).

"Kill the Irishman" on the other hand. Holy shit, it's so celebratory of its murderous protagonist I was fully expecting Jesus to appear and give him a high five by the end.
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Hired Guns
I wanted to love this 1981 Hong Kong action thriller about a section of cops dealing with the triads, but they kept randomly putting in the lead cop's family into the movie in awkward cuts and showed how annoying his wife is. Aside from that, we get a movie about guys in prison using hired killers to kill off cops who put them in jail and the police going after the 2 hired guys. Great action in this, but the family drama side of the movie drags it down.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:33 am 


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During the pandemic they show a lot of classic films in our mainstream cinema theaters (in my small city the audience is about 5-10 people per show).

So far I have watched The Shining, Clockwork Orange, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Escape from New York (Carpenter's 80s synthesizer soundtrack and colorful, simplistic computer graphics were very pleasant). Next week they'll show Ringu, and a couple of weeks later they show Eyes Wide Shut. It's so nice to experience these films at the big screen, almost feels like private screenings.


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So far I have watched The Shining, Clockwork Orange, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Escape from New York


All great movies to see in a theater.

I was particularly impressed with see "A Clockwork Orange" in the theater. The mise-en-scène of the movie is used as a focus for the narrative, and seeing it in the theater had a very profound effect on me. I really believe that it's night-and-day a different movie, and the experience can't really be replicated outside of the theater format. (or a sufficient home theater situation)


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I never watched Suspiria, but I got a blu ray of it and Phenomena arriving. Can't wait to get my Italo-horror on!


Ever been bullied in your life? It ain't fun and this is what your doing.

But, in movie news in this losers life. Watched "They call me trinity" again. Great spaghetti western bitd about two brothers from different mothers. One is a agile skinny guy and the other is a big oaf that can knock you out with one smack to the dome. Great comedic timing and life lessons to be gleaned from this gem.


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I've watched Alita: Battle Angel again. It is a really great movie in my personal opinion, and James Cameron does not disappoint.
The action scenes are well done, and there were several plot twists here & there. I actually prefer this one over Captain Marvel.
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I've watched Alita: Battle Angel again. It is a really great movie in my personal opinion, and James Cameron does not disappoint.
The action scenes are well done, and there were several plot twists here and there. I highly prefer this one over Captain Marvel.

But James Cameron didn't direct that?
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Dawn111 wrote:
I've watched Alita: Battle Angel again. It is a really great movie in my personal opinion, and James Cameron does not disappoint.
The action scenes are well done, and there were several plot twists here and there. I highly prefer this one over Captain Marvel.

But James Cameron didn't direct that?


Robert Rodriguez was actually the director of the film, but James Cameron was both the producer and the writer of the film.
They worked together so well that they made one of my favorite films in 2019 with such incredible visual effects & CGI work.
The visual effect of Alita was incredibly well done, & she's a badass protagonist who had such great character development.
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Dawn111 wrote:
I've watched Alita: Battle Angel again.


Interesting. I had been avoiding it because the uncanny valley thing kind of makes me sick to my stomach. Might have to try it; I was a fan of the manga when it came out.


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I liked Alita a lot for what it was, a dramatic masterpiece like 2049 or Arrival, of course not. But for sheer action entertainment it's pretty high up on the list of modern releases. Way better than most Marvel movies imho.

I rewatched Kiki's Delivery Service for the first time in about 20 years. One of my favorite Ghibli hands down. No bad guys needed in this one, takes all the stereotypes of witches and flushes em right down the drain. I keep recommending it to my student's parents to watch it with their kids instead Barbie or w/e the hell else they usually watch :roll:
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I rewatched Kiki's Delivery Service for the first time in about 20 years. One of my favorite Ghibli hands down.


Kiki's is amazing. Whole thing is so good it fills me with joy. Also somehow feels nostalgic, like most Ghibli stuff does to me really.
My favorite is Nausicaa; they aired it on Nickelodeon in the 80's and it was the first non-mecha anime I ever watched.

If you haven't ever, and you make it to Japan, there is a Ghibli museum in Kitchijoji, in Inokashira Park. It's a lot of fun. Also there's an insect museum across the street which is pretty bad-ass if you like atlas beetles and such.


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I rewatched Kiki's Delivery Service for the first time in about 20 years. One of my favorite Ghibli hands down. No bad guys needed in this one, takes all the stereotypes of witches and flushes em right down the drain. I keep recommending it to my student's parents to watch it with their kids instead Barbie or w/e the hell else they usually watch :roll:


My family loves Kiki's Delivery Service too, although not on the top of our Ghibli list. But, we also watch and ENJOY Barbie movies. :shock:
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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Just like most others on the planet, I watched this last night. Good lordy... the sad thing is I was not really surprised by any of it. It is quite hilarious though.
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