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On 7/7/2020 at 12:46 PM, greenwichjetfan said:

Just rewatched There Will be Blood. Man, what a movie. Anyone who knows anything already knows this, but DDL can literally transform into anything. 

Is the bowling alley scene still as disturbing as it was then?

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8 hours ago, Dunnie said:

Lumet was very good

Understatement of the century.  Dog Day Afternoon was incredible.  Some of my favorites: 12 Angry Men, A view from the Bridge, Fail Safe, The Hill, Serpico, Network, Prince of the City, Deathtrap, the Verdict, 

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So we watched Ford V Ferrari last night. Since I'm a big classic car fan (I bought two both unsuccessfully, but that's another story) I'd been wanting to see this movie. And it was a good movie. I liked some of the talks about race car driving between Ken Miles and his son. They were kind of smart and instructional on how you would navigate a course like Le Mans. They had the good guy bad guy scenarios in it with the bureaucrats from Ford Motors vs Carroll Shelby, Miles and the mechanics etc. And their depiction of Henry Ford 2 who Enzo Ferrari had embarrassed and ridiculed as a bully and a punk. The main character in this movie was actually Miles not Shelby and Bale and all the actors did a good job. It's well worth your time. encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ...

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We finally watched THE IRISHMAN this weekend. It took two sittings to finish watching it because it's so long. It got great ratings when it came out. Like most of you I've watched all of the Scorcese mob movies and he's a great director. And as usual the same lead actors etc in the cast. The part Joe Pesci played was unusual for him because his character and his portrayal was subdued not the usual wild and crazy mob guy. I guess because I've seen this portrayal of the mob so many times I'm just tired of these guys, their habits, language, etc. The interesting part was the history esp of Hoffa and the interconnection between the mob and unions. They touched on areas of history like the Bay of Pigs, JFK assassination, etc. but it wasn't a big part of the movie.  The movie is based on the book, I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES on the life of Frank Sheeran (the Irishman) written by former homicide prosecutor Charles Brandt and in the book the author claimed that Sheeran admitted to him murdering Jimmy Hoffa and Joey Gallo. Of course this affects Jets fans because (not in the movie) the urban legend is that Hoffa after being killed his remains were transported to be part of Giants Stadium.  The movie opens with Sheeran as a WW2 soldier in Europe executing German prisoners. So his evolvement into becoming a hit man for the mob started there. He was capable of killing people. What percentage of this movie is fact we don't know. We don't even really know for sure what happened to Jimmy Hoffa. But it was a good movie. 

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Motherless Brooklyn was a fun watch.  Classic gumshoe style movie directed and starred by Edward Norton also featured Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe.

Good, not great but worth a watch.

 

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1 hour ago, Panzer Division Marduk said:

Comes out in three weeks time here. Can't wait. Probably the only film this year I'll go to see, now that Top Gun and Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 have been delayed.

I'm all about the new wave of self-aware nostalgia reboots. I would compare Face the Music to Cobra Kai in that they do a good job of introducing new characters but at the same time they fully realize you will never give as much of a sh*t about them as the original ones, so don't mess too much with what works.

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Saw a few different things last few weeks.

"Whiplash"; jazz musicians are azzholes. Oh, scouts from the Blue Note are in the audience, so if you want to spend every Tuesday night for the rest of your life playing in front of a bunch of elderly beret-clad poofs for an occasional free drink, go for it. Buddy Rich was also a  hero to Neal Peart, John Bonham, Keith Moon , Ginger Baker and a million of other drummers in rock bands who made a fortune, so...

 

"Sunset Boulevard"-a great movie. Much more nuanced than I had expected, bordering on a horror flick. A very forward look at the dangers of fame for it's own sake. 

"Leaving Las Vegas"-TERRIBLE. how the f___ did Nicholas Cage win Best Actor OScar for this? Elizabeth Shue is a complete smoke show, which  for a long term working girl is ridiculous. Everyone I was watching this with had 2 reactions; how much time is left in this movie? Who was he up against for the Oscar? It was Richard Dreyfus in "Mr. Holland's Opus"; Anthony Hopkins in "Nixon"; some Italian guy in "The Postman"; Sean Penn in "dead Man Walking". Mel Gibson despite winning Best Director and Movie for "Braveheart" wasn't nominated at all. Kevin Spacey was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for "Usual Suspects". Tom Hanks was not nominated for "Apollo 13". Nobody was nominated for "Casino". Was it that people didn't yet grasp Nicholas Cage is Nicholas Cage? 

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On 8/28/2020 at 10:12 PM, RutgersJetFan said:

Thoroughly enjoyed Bill and Ted. 
 

“Get in Dennis.”

It was okay

But surprisingly, hands down the weakest aspect of the movie was Keanu Reeves.

It’s like he completely forgot how to play Ted. His daughter in the movie acted a helluva lot more like Ted than he did.

Reeves looked like he was scarfing down handfuls of ludes throughout the entire flick.

On the flip side, Alex Winter hasn’t acted in like 20-25 years and didn’t miss a beat.

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Saw Tenet last night, it was quite good.

Pay attention, don't watch it if you are really tired, but it was very good.   If I'm nit picking it was a shade choppy in parts, but my 17 year old and I both enjoyed it.  It is a movie you'll be talking about for a few days after seeing.

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On 9/8/2020 at 11:42 AM, Bugg said:

Saw a few different things last few weeks.

 

"Leaving Las Vegas"-TERRIBLE. how the f___ did Nicholas Cage win Best Actor OScar for this? Elizabeth Shue is a complete smoke show, which  for a long term working girl is ridiculous. Everyone I was watching this with had 2 reactions; how much time is left in this movie? Who was he up against for the Oscar?

 Kevin Spacey was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for "Usual Suspects". Tom Hanks was not nominated for "Apollo 13". Nobody was nominated for "Casino". Was it that people didn't yet grasp Nicholas Cage is Nicholas Cage? 

 

yeah ... Elisabeth Shue as a hooker was ridiculous ... got to see her t*ts though

 

pisses me off about Spacey ... used to be one of my favorite movies

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16 hours ago, RutgersJetFan said:

Favorite documentary of all time. Always try to recommend that one to people. His attitude towards how everything played out in the end is so inspiring. 

I only know about it because of you. Thanks man. It’s mind blowing 

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Holy Hell, I saw one of those idiot 'Twilight' movies the other night, I have no idea which one it was; but I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.

It was borderline not bad enough to be great, but one scene was still bad enough to make shriek and bend in half.

There's this army of "ancient" vampires in a stand off against horrible CGI wolves and a gang of truly bad actors (I'll get to that). Kristen Stewart always has her stupid mouth hanging open and there she is making forcefields with her mind (that's where the giggling started).

The "ancient" army starts advancing, crunching their psuedo 1920s Polish Army boots through the snow, and then it happens: the lead vampire, in his really schlocky "vampire" get up, with a fake Widow's Peak drawn on with a black crayon, opens his mouth and he sounds like Count Chocula.  That was it, it was all over, there was no going back.

So as to the truly bad actors comment, I have to give credit where credit is due: Robert Pattinson has really blossomed as an actor. Who would have ever thunk it. 

 

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Any of you folks checked out the animated feature Soul on Disney?   This is a beautiful, heartwarming story with imaginative, stunning animation.  In addition, the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross--as well as the jazz compositions by The Late Show's Jon Baptiste--is extraordinary.  I have thought Reznor was a genius for a long while.  10/10

I won't add the trailer in fear of including spoilers.  But listening to this breathtaking, inspirational musical piece should give you some idea of the flick's impact.  No idea why the producers chose to put this music over the credits when many viewers may have clicked off.

 

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On 8/31/2020 at 3:51 PM, JiF said:

Motherless Brooklyn was a fun watch.  Classic gumshoe style movie directed and starred by Edward Norton also featured Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe.

Good, not great but worth a watch.

 

Alec Baldwin was terrific. But Edward Norton's character's Turrets, which added nothing, wrecked what could have been a great movie.

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I watched the last 2/3 of Looper the other night. A movie I've seen before and still do not completely understand most of the plot. It's about time travel and the mob sending assassins to the past to kill enemies. You figure it out. But when they send back someone to "close the loop" (assassinate his future self) it gets interesting.  If you like a movie that is a puzzle it's one you could try but one viewing is not enough. 

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The Little Things is so odd, it just feels miswritten and miscast. The cast is spectacular and yet each guy feels like he would have been better suited to play one of the other parts, and the plot keeps setting you up for some sort of surprise that never winds up happening. It's a shame because the production is very well done and it looks/feels suspenseful, and it also does a fantastic job of nailing down the rural/urban dichotomy that exists in Cali, but the whole thing feels like a forced and failed effort from the beginning. 

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On 9/14/2020 at 2:16 PM, jetophile said:

Holy Hell, I saw one of those idiot 'Twilight' movies the other night, I have no idea which one it was; but I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.

It was borderline not bad enough to be great, but one scene was still bad enough to make shriek and bend in half.

There's this army of "ancient" vampires in a stand off against horrible CGI wolves and a gang of truly bad actors (I'll get to that). Kristen Stewart always has her stupid mouth hanging open and there she is making forcefields with her mind (that's where the giggling started).

The "ancient" army starts advancing, crunching their psuedo 1920s Polish Army boots through the snow, and then it happens: the lead vampire, in his really schlocky "vampire" get up, with a fake Widow's Peak drawn on with a black crayon, opens his mouth and he sounds like Count Chocula.  That was it, it was all over, there was no going back.

So as to the truly bad actors comment, I have to give credit where credit is due: Robert Pattinson has really blossomed as an actor. Who would have ever thunk it. 

 

still doesn't come close to the ineptitude of "Reign of Fire"

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On 8/9/2020 at 8:58 PM, Dcat said:

Understatement of the century.  Dog Day Afternoon was incredible.  Some of my favorites: 12 Angry Men, A view from the Bridge, Fail Safe, The Hill, Serpico, Network, Prince of the City, Deathtrap, the Verdict, 

King of New York. Absolutely psychotic. Right up there with Bad Lieutenant. 

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On 2/1/2021 at 12:41 PM, munchmemory said:

Any of you folks checked out the animated feature Soul on Disney?   This is a beautiful, heartwarming story with imaginative, stunning animation.  In addition, the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross--as well as the jazz compositions by The Late Show's Jon Baptiste--is extraordinary.  I have thought Reznor was a genius for a long while.  10/10

I won't add the trailer in fear of including spoilers.  But listening to this breathtaking, inspirational musical piece should give you some idea of the flick's impact.  No idea why the producers chose to put this music over the credits when many viewers may have clicked off.

 

WTF? You referenced Caligula in the Kay Adams thread and now you give a critic review of an animated Disney flick. That’s going from one gamut to the other.  I’ll check it out if M McDowell is one of the voices. 

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1 hour ago, Wonderboy said:

WTF? You referenced Caligula in the Kay Adams thread and now you give a critic review of an animated Disney flick. That’s going from one gamut to the other.  I’ll check it out if M McDowell is one of the voices. 

lol  That wasn't me who referenced the former Roman emperor.  Wish I had, though.

Yeah, I would kill to see a Muppet version of A Clockwork Orange with Malcolm reprising the role's voice.

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