Last Movie You Saw & What Did you Think

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  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    JaimieT said:
    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers & Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (theatrical cuts)

    If anyone is interested in seeing how I'd rank these movies now... I'm doing it 1, 3, 2. I think ranking 3 higher than 2 puts me at odds with the critical community. Damn, 2 did not age as well for me. I can understand liking it, but I found it to be too slow compared to the perfect pacing of 1. Also it feels like more of a medieval movie than a fantasy movie. As a book reader, I appreciate the lore drops in 1 and 3. That hypes me up.

    3 has the unfortunate downer of the 3rd act. I wish its 3rd act could have been fleshed out more. As it is, Frodo and Sam are in Mordor for such a brief time. They cross the Mordor plain(s) in 2 cuts. I'll admit I don't really know what I'm grasping at here... more might be all wrong. It might have felt worse somehow. But after the slog of them going south along Mordor's border across 1.5 movies, it's odd that they get to Mount Doom so quickly. If Peter Jackson told me, "Look, this was always going to be less dramatic here, so it's better that we get through it quickly," I think I'd believe him.

    1 is a perfect movie!


    Helm's deep is so amazing and when you read the story of how it was accomplished it makes it even more impressive. it also makes GOT Battle of Winterfell look like shit. almost 20 years difference and its head and shoulders better than GOT. and it wasnt even the climatic moment of the story. 
    JaimieTRyanReeseman
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Some Like It Hot - Another great Billy Wilder film. I’m not a big Tony Curtis fan but Jack Lemmon is a damn comic genius. This is also the last Marilyn Monroe performance before her life really fell apart. Classic that everyone should experience at least once. 

    Criterion Channel
    Teresa from Concord
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    About Time - This movie kept showing up on my Netflix page so I finally gave in and gave it a whirl. Good Gawd this movie is a mess. It's some kind of science fiction, time travel, family drama, rom-com that manages for fail on nearly every part of that description. The time travel rules are so brazenly broken over and over, I'm surprised the movie didn't just collapse into itself. The sweet parts are heated to the point of becoming syrup and the drama barely gathers a pulse. It's written and directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually).

    Netflix
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    @fidoz Noooo it's amazing! Haha, no you're right of course. Mark Kermode really likes that movie and uses it as an example of a movie that winks at the audience, asking them not to worry about the science fiction aspect. Maybe his praise helped me worry about it less.
    fidoz
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Blow The Man Down - Nice, enjoyable little movie with a stellar cast. Margo Martindale, Desi from Girls, Gladys from The Leftovers and Dana Brody from Homeland. The moral of this movie is that small fishing villages are tight nit and strange things go on in them. Sean Fennessey from The Big Picture said he thought this was a nice companion piece to go along with The Lighthouse. 

    Amazon Prime
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    edited April 23
    What's Up Doc? - Great screwball comedy directed by Peter Bogdanovich that in many ways sets the stage for the Mel Brooks era that followed. Brooks will use many of the same supporting actors in his movies. I still don't know the motivations of Streisand's character but by the time I reached the end of the movie, I didn't really care anymore.

    Criterion Channel
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    I Need That Record - It's an OK doc. Nothing earth shattering but it has some cool interviews with people like Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Ian MacKaye and Patterson Hood. Damn the Covid though because I really want to go to the record store right now. 

    Amazon Prime
  • edited April 23
    Hatorian said:
    JaimieT said:
    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers & Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (theatrical cuts)

    If anyone is interested in seeing how I'd rank these movies now... I'm doing it 1, 3, 2. I think ranking 3 higher than 2 puts me at odds with the critical community. Damn, 2 did not age as well for me. I can understand liking it, but I found it to be too slow compared to the perfect pacing of 1. Also it feels like more of a medieval movie than a fantasy movie. As a book reader, I appreciate the lore drops in 1 and 3. That hypes me up.

    3 has the unfortunate downer of the 3rd act. I wish its 3rd act could have been fleshed out more. As it is, Frodo and Sam are in Mordor for such a brief time. They cross the Mordor plain(s) in 2 cuts. I'll admit I don't really know what I'm grasping at here... more might be all wrong. It might have felt worse somehow. But after the slog of them going south along Mordor's border across 1.5 movies, it's odd that they get to Mount Doom so quickly. If Peter Jackson told me, "Look, this was always going to be less dramatic here, so it's better that we get through it quickly," I think I'd believe him.

    1 is a perfect movie!


    Helm's deep is so amazing and when you read the story of how it was accomplished it makes it even more impressive. it also makes GOT Battle of Winterfell look like shit. almost 20 years difference and its head and shoulders better than GOT. and it wasnt even the climatic moment of the story. 
    My favorite quote about the battle of Helm’s Deep was one of the actors (I want to say Sean Astin?) asking the cinematographer why the whole battle was so brightly lit. “Where is all the light supposed to be coming from if it’s night time?” and the cinematographer responded with “The same place that the music is coming from.”
    JaimieTawookieeTeresa from ConcordHatorianFreddy
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Cinema Verite - This is an HBO movie about the 1973 PBS documentary An American Family. It's really the prototype for the reality tv boom some 20+ years later. The movie starring Diane Lane, James Gandolfini and Tim Robbins is...OK. It makes for alright background watching.

    HBO Now
    Freddy
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    Rising High - German crime movie about a guy who gets wrapped up in real estate scams. It's not great, but still a decent enough movie. The reason I liked it so much is it addresses a type of crime that doesn't get shown in movies very often: blue and white collar real estate scams. I don't want to give away the first one they get into, but it is literally a scam that I had heard about years ago. Had to text my friend who told me about it. Like I said, it's nothing great, but worth a watch. Also, it features some of the most attractive German women I have ever seen.

    Now if you want a really cool, not well known movie about real estate scams, check out Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema. It's based on a true story, and has one of the craziest scams I've ever seen. Also, the main character is somewhat of an anti-hero. Not just a bad guy committing crimes.
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Circle Of Books - Very good documentary about the LBGTQ community in West Hollywood and legendary gay porn bookstore owned by Karen and Barry Mason as it faces a changing world with the dominance of the internet.

    Netflix
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    fidoz said:
    Circle Of Books - Very good documentary about the LBGTQ community in West Hollywood and legendary gay porn bookstore owned by Karen and Barry Mason as it faces a changing world with the dominance of the internet.

    Netflix
    Please tell me that at some point an old gay guy says "Back in my day we had to walk 10 miles in the snow to get our porn. Uphill both ways!"
    fidozCapeGabe
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Freddy said:
    fidoz said:
    Circle Of Books - Very good documentary about the LBGTQ community in West Hollywood and legendary gay porn bookstore owned by Karen and Barry Mason as it faces a changing world with the dominance of the internet.

    Netflix
    Please tell me that at some point an old gay guy says "Back in my day we had to walk 10 miles in the snow to get our porn. Uphill both ways!"
    More like "Back in my day we had to walk 10 miles in the snow to get our porn. Uphill both ways and we all died of AIDS."
    Freddycdrive
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Beastie Boys Story - Really fun and well made documentary. It takes a bit getting used to the format but once you're in to it the guys are very entertaining. It's  must see for any Beasties fan.

    Apple TV
    Chinaski
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    Extraction

    excellent action. Super intense. Not much of a story but if you’re looking for quality violence with cool camera work then highly recommend. 
    fidoz
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    edited April 26
    fidoz said:
    Freddy said:
    fidoz said:
    Circle Of Books - Very good documentary about the LBGTQ community in West Hollywood and legendary gay porn bookstore owned by Karen and Barry Mason as it faces a changing world with the dominance of the internet.

    Netflix
    Please tell me that at some point an old gay guy says "Back in my day we had to walk 10 miles in the snow to get our porn. Uphill both ways!"
    More like "Back in my day we had to walk 10 miles in the snow to get our porn. Uphill both ways and we all died of AIDS."
    "What was AIDS, grandpapa?" 

    "Well, hoss... see, back in my day, fuckin' could flat out kill yah."
    cdriveNoel
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    edited April 25
    Animals (2019)

    From IMDb: "After a decade of partying, Laura and Tyler's friendship is strained when Laura falls in love. But what is really stopping her from fulfilling her dreams?"

    The kind of movie that makes intense female friendship feel like the scariest thing in the world, which it sometimes can be. I've seen Alia Shawkat's performance as the chaotic 'bad influence' friend praised a lot, but she was a little too hammy for me. The movie was also very Return Of The King in the sense that it felt like it was about to end four different times lol.

    3.5/5
    Teresa from Concord
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    @amyja89 Animal Crossing on the mind, huh?  :D
    amyja89awookiee
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    edited April 25
    JaimieT said:
    @amyja89 Animal Crossing on the mind, huh?  :D
    Oh my fucking god, I'm losing it. EDITED.  :D
    JaimieTawookieeMurderbear
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    They'll Miss Me When I'm Dead - Very good documentary about the never ending making of Orson Welles final film The Other Side Of The Wind. Welles joyfully laughing may be the best thing I've seen all year. Lots of good stuff about the love he and John Huston shared for one another and the mentorship he leant to Peter Bogdanovich.

    Netflix

    Captain Fantastic - I loved this movie. I don't think the lead role of a man skeptical of the government/democracy/capitalism could be better cast than Viggo Mortensen. Mortensen plays a man raising his 6 kids on his own terms in the deep woods away from all society. A family emergency ultimately makes him face the consequences his choices have for his kids. 

    Hulu
    Hatorian
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Paths Of Glory - This is just a fantastic film. It's pretty early Kubrick but he was already making big noise in the industry. He uses this film to take a critical look at the military, its culture and values. Doing a little research I found out it was banned in a lot of European countries because they didn't want to upset the French because the movie doesn't portray them in a very generous light. 

    Amazon Prime
    ken hale
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    Bad Boys For Life. There's no reason to watch this movie. This is the only movie in my entire life I've ever thought would be better if it was directed by Michael Bay. 
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Bad Education - Bad Education is an HBO Movie that premiered last night. It stars Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney. Based on a true story, Jackman and Janney play administrators of a Long Island school district that becomes the center of the largest school embezzlement scandal in US history. It's worth checking out. 

    HBO
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    edited April 26
    Les Misérables (2019)

    From IMDb: "A cop from the provinces moves to Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between the different groups mark the rhythm."

    A gritty French police drama that shows a very different side to Paris than the many romantic comedies and whimsical art jaunts. A look into the impoverished and often unfairly persecuted African/North African descent communities living in the suburbs of the 'city of love'. It's an enthralling watch but I'm not entirely sure the filmmaker succeeded in their ambition to showcase the spectrum of good on both sides (if that was their ambition at all). There is a 'new cop' who is supposed to be the moral compass for the audience, but he lets far too much slide for me to like him or have him as a some kind of 'some police are okay' bastion. 
  • The Money Pit (1986)

    2/10

    My wife and I decided to check this one out because we both love Tom Hanks, especially in the burbs and this is from that era, and she really loves Shelley Long because of Troop Beverly Hills and Cheers. We knew that it was about a couple that purchases a seemingly beautiful and yet crumbling mansion. What we didn’t expect was a story of a woman who doesn’t want to cheat on her new boyfriend with her ex husband but keeps putting herself in situations where she will be tempted to do so. And in the end, she is told that when she got too drunk, she did in fact cheat, Tom hanks asks her if she did, she denies it, then out of guilt confesses and proceeds to get mad at him for being mad with her for cheating. And how does it all get resolved: well, her ex husband reveals he lied about them sleeping together but she doesn’t tell Tom hanks this, instead letting him continue to believe she cheated. She won’t even consider letting him off the hook until he tells her he’s okay with her cheating. SMFH ugggghhhhhhh

    There’s also a couple of scenes with a group of, I guess, transvestites who are basically just gross fat hairy men wearing women’s clothes... that’s supposed to be funny. 

    If you’ve seen it, maybe closer to when it was released, what did you think? Is it just a case of our current culture being in complete contrast with this film’s?
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    The Money Pit (1986)

    2/10

    My wife and I decided to check this one out because we both love Tom Hanks, especially in the burbs and this is from that era, and she really loves Shelley Long because of Troop Beverly Hills and Cheers. We knew that it was about a couple that purchases a seemingly beautiful and yet crumbling mansion. What we didn’t expect was a story of a woman who doesn’t want to cheat on her new boyfriend with her ex husband but keeps putting herself in situations where she will be tempted to do so. And in the end, she is told that when she got too drunk, she did in fact cheat, Tom hanks asks her if she did, she denies it, then out of guilt confesses and proceeds to get mad at him for being mad with her for cheating. And how does it all get resolved: well, her ex husband reveals he lied about them sleeping together but she doesn’t tell Tom hanks this, instead letting him continue to believe she cheated. She won’t even consider letting him off the hook until he tells her he’s okay with her cheating. SMFH ugggghhhhhhh

    There’s also a couple of scenes with a group of, I guess, transvestites who are basically just gross fat hairy men wearing women’s clothes... that’s supposed to be funny. 

    If you’ve seen it, maybe closer to when it was released, what did you think? Is it just a case of our current culture being in complete contrast with this film’s?
    I saw it when it first came out and have seen it several times since. Watched a couple weeks ago because I needed something comforting. The Tom Hanks comedy still makes me laugh. The love story plot was never strong. However, Hanks getting stuck in the floor still kills me. 
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Private Life - This is a nice little gem of a movie from Netflix. I think it's been out for 2 years but I just now got around to watching it. It stars Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a 40 something couple in NYC who after putting kids on hold to concentrate on careers are now trying to get pregnant and having trouble conceiving. 

    The movie is written and directed by Tamara Jenkins who also did The Slums of Beverly Hills and The Savages. I really liked this movie and recommend you checking it out if you haven't already.

    Netflix
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    Bad Boys For Life. There's no reason to watch this movie. This is the only movie in my entire life I've ever thought would be better if it was directed by Michael Bay. 
    No way. The airplane scene alone is worth admission. Don't get me wrong, it's a dumb movie, but you watch it for the same reason you watch Fast and the Furious movies.
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Blue Jay - Nice little two-hander starring Sarah Paulson and Mark Duplass. Paulson and Duplass play ex high school sweethearts who haven't seen each other in years. As they learn how each other's lives have turned out, they attempt to relive part of their past only to dredge up their common past. Paulson and Duplass have great chemistry and their superb acting really carry the movie. 

    Netflix
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    Freddy said:
    Bad Boys For Life. There's no reason to watch this movie. This is the only movie in my entire life I've ever thought would be better if it was directed by Michael Bay. 
    No way. The airplane scene alone is worth admission. Don't get me wrong, it's a dumb movie, but you watch it for the same reason you watch Fast and the Furious movies.

    The Fast and Furious movies are the apex of cinema. This movie has the same kind of bullshit but without any of the charm. The only redeeming thing about the movie is that they brought the guy back from the gag in the first one where they try and scare off the boyfriend.
    Chinaski
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