Last Movie You Saw & What Did you Think

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  • edited March 2020
    The Lodge

    Atmospheric, brutal, disturbing, and shitkickingly fucking stupid. Every excruciating second of the 1:45 runtime of this misery porn roots its way into your bones and will just not let you escape.

    Each character in this movie is a monumental dumbass who deserves everything that happens to them, with the exception of Riley Keough’s Grace. Riley’s great as always, this movie is not.

    The Invisible Man

    Excellent throwback to the psychological thrillers that used to be made for adults. The audience I saw this with was a lot of fun too and made me enjoy the whole experience that much more. There’s a lot of great shit done with the camera in this movie, where it will just linger or slowly pan a room and you’re so locked in looking for any little bit of a clue as to where the titular character could be. 

    And Elisabeth Moss, man. Pound for pound there might not be a better actor around right now. 
    awookiee
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Saw Emma today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked this way more than the Gwyneth version. Anya Taylor-Joy should be a big star. The art direction and production design are phenomenal.
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    edited March 2020
    I saw Emma too. Overall, I enjoyed the movie. But I thought some emotional moments were unearned, or perhaps exaggerated. I thought Emma's family was almost psychopathic too... so I guess I'm saying the humor of the film wasn't working for me. The main romance was strong, though.

    If you want some good Emma, I highly recommend the 4-part miniseries from the BBC in 2009. It's on point.
    fidozchlsea_1905
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Watched the new Mark Wahlberg movie on Netflix Spenser Confidential. It has a lot of great actors and it is really bad. 
    BroRad33ken hale
  • Saw Onward over the weekend and had quite a bit of fun with it.  Chris Pratt and Tom Holland knock it out of the park with their voice acting.  This movie definitely pulled at the heart strings more than I expected and my damn eyeballs were leaking but hey that happens.  
    Chinaski
  • The Way Back is easily Ben Affleck’s best performance, and it’s a pretty damn good movie too. I doubt it’ll have the staying power for him to receive an Oscar nom, but one can hope.
  • edited March 2020
    JaimieT said:
    I saw Emma too. Overall, I enjoyed the movie. But I thought some emotional moments were unearned, or perhaps exaggerated. I thought Emma's family was almost psychopathic too... so I guess I'm saying the humor of the film wasn't working for me. The main romance was strong, though.

    If you want some good Emma, I highly recommend the 4-part miniseries from the BBC in 2009. It's on point.
    I thought EMMA was solid and yes, at times a little silly, but it was exactly what I was expecting from this version. I’ll definitely check out that miniseries if I can find it though. 
    JaimieT
  • fidoz said:
    Saw Emma today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked this way more than the Gwyneth version. Anya Taylor-Joy should be a big star. The art direction and production design are phenomenal.
    She was great! Have you seen her in “The Witch” on Netflix? 
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    awookiee said:
    Saw Onward over the weekend and had quite a bit of fun with it.  Chris Pratt and Tom Holland knock it out of the park with their voice acting.  This movie definitely pulled at the heart strings more than I expected and my damn eyeballs were leaking but hey that happens.  
    saw it too, and agree 100%. Chris Pratt and Tom Holland were very Jack Black and Colin Hanks from Orange County to me.. and that's not a bad thing :D
    awookiee
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    fidoz said:
    Saw Emma today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked this way more than the Gwyneth version. Anya Taylor-Joy should be a big star. The art direction and production design are phenomenal.
    She was great! Have you seen her in “The Witch” on Netflix? 
    No but saw her in Thoroughbreds and thought she was fantastic. 
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    fidoz said:
    Saw Emma today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked this way more than the Gwyneth version. Anya Taylor-Joy should be a big star. The art direction and production design are phenomenal.
    She was great! Have you seen her in “The Witch” on Netflix? 
    Her career is really amazing. And just in all fairness, The Witch wasn’t a Netflix movie, but that it makes a difference these days since Netflix is legitimately producing Oscar nominated movies. I’m totally picking nits. The Witch is one of my absolute favorites. To the point I don’t want to rewatch it as I don’t want my initial experience to be ruined in any way. 
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    edited March 2020
    JaimieT said:
    I saw Emma too. Overall, I enjoyed the movie. But I thought some emotional moments were unearned, or perhaps exaggerated. I thought Emma's family was almost psychopathic too... so I guess I'm saying the humor of the film wasn't working for me. The main romance was strong, though.

    If you want some good Emma, I highly recommend the 4-part miniseries from the BBC in 2009. It's on point.
    I thought EMMA was solid and yes, at times a little silly, but it was exactly what I was expecting from this version. I’ll definitely check out that miniseries if I can find it though. 

    It's on Hulu and Amazon (for rent/purchase). I rewatched the first episode last night. It ends with a lengthy argument between Knightley and Emma... it's one of the best written on-screen arguments I've ever seen. Fucking golden age of television, circa 2009. It might be straight out of the book. I remember thinking it was a faithful adaptation.

    To sustain an argument like that, over several minutes, with both sides making good points, and Knightley making meta comments about the argument ("Better someone be without intelligence than to use it as you do.") Well, this is why Jane Austen is brilliant. 

    The Knightley actor is great. And Michael Gambon is perfect as the father. We need a worrying Dumbledore in every show.

    Anyway, yes, watch it.

    Emma is one of the last books Jane Austen wrote and I think it's her most skilled (still need to read Northanger Abbey). I also think it's the one men are most likely to enjoy, because it's not so romantic. But I love when the protagonist is flawed and has to learn a lesson. It's the best character study, IMO.
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    I watched the 2005 movie The Descent over the weekend and I feel like I developed a new phobia for caves. The only minor issues I have with it is that the beginning is a little slow and the end is a little silly which broke some of the tension from the amazing middle part but overall this movie is fantastic and I shouldn't have slept on it this long.
    Deeken hale
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    edited March 2020
    I watched the 2005 movie The Descent over the weekend and I feel like I developed a new phobia for caves. The only minor issues I have with it is that the beginning is a little slow and the end is a little silly which broke some of the tension from the amazing middle part but overall this movie is fantastic and I shouldn't have slept on it this long.

    This is my phobia. I can't watch this movie (yet). There is this creepypasta that still haunts me, and I found a cave episode from a horror podcast that I literally cannot think about now. Fortunately my brain is practiced in shutting memories of that podcast down quick. Oh God, I thought of it again! *squirms* Anyway, if you're interested I can find links.

    Edit:

    Ted's Caving Page story
    The podcast about Lost John's Cave you've been warned. I can reread the story I linked, but I will never relisten to this.
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    JaimieT said:
    I watched the 2005 movie The Descent over the weekend and I feel like I developed a new phobia for caves. The only minor issues I have with it is that the beginning is a little slow and the end is a little silly which broke some of the tension from the amazing middle part but overall this movie is fantastic and I shouldn't have slept on it this long.

    This is my phobia. I can't watch this movie (yet). There is this creepypasta that still haunts me, and I found a cave episode from a horror podcast that I literally cannot think about now. Fortunately my brain is practiced in shutting memories of that podcast down quick. Oh God, I thought of it again! *squirms* Anyway, if you're interested I can find links.

    Edit:

    Ted's Caving Page story
    The podcast about Lost John's Cave you've been warned. I can reread the story I linked, but I will never relisten to this.

    There was a night a few years ago where I came across Ted's Caving Page without much context and holy shit that was a tense couple of hours. I dunno if you saw that forum comment Ted made years later where he talked about how the first part of the story was a real blog he was doing for fun and he just decided to keep it going as a story after they figured out the noises were coming from a freeway. The pictures and the realness of the setup really sells that whole story. That was one of the first things I thought of after watching Descent.
    JaimieT
  • I saw Yesterday on HBO Saturday. I really liked the concept and the movie overall, but the rom-com part of it was cliched and unoriginal. Typical trope of a couple not being together simply because neither is saying what they need to say. Up until the very end, of course.
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    @bizmarkiefader Yeah, I definitely read the follow-up. I didn't want to mention it in case you might take the blog more seriously. It's good stuff.  :)
    bizmarkiefader
  • Finally saw Spider-Man: Far From Home and loved it.  Wish I had seen it in the theater.
  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    City of God.. still soooo good!
    bizmarkiefaderken hale
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    I watched the 2005 movie The Descent over the weekend and I feel like I developed a new phobia for caves. The only minor issues I have with it is that the beginning is a little slow and the end is a little silly which broke some of the tension from the amazing middle part but overall this movie is fantastic and I shouldn't have slept on it this long.
    That is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. 
    bizmarkiefader
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    Dee said:
    I watched the 2005 movie The Descent over the weekend and I feel like I developed a new phobia for caves. The only minor issues I have with it is that the beginning is a little slow and the end is a little silly which broke some of the tension from the amazing middle part but overall this movie is fantastic and I shouldn't have slept on it this long.
    That is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. 
    I think you probably got the much superior ending. In the states we got one with a cheap jump scare while everywhere else had an amazing scene that was emotionally resonant, while still horrific. I saw this in theaters and after seeing what other countries got, I was so disappointed. 
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    Chinaski said:
    City of God.. still soooo good!

    Oh hell yea such a good movie. I saw this when I was like 15 and it fucked me up for a good long time.
    Chinaski
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    Chinaski said:
    City of God.. still soooo good!
    City of God was the movie that made me think "man... I really need to step up my cinephile game."
    bizmarkiefaderChinaski
  • Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

    Maybe people will be annoyed by the Kevin Smith of it all, but it’s actually a pretty sweet movie about a father who thinks the world of his daughter, and that’s worth making.

    It’s stupid and it’s fine, 2 stars.
    cdrive
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    A Band Called Death

    Such a great documentary. It was all I could do not to stop the movie and just start blasting the record. The Hackney brothers are just so infectious. The story grabs you, breaks your heart but ultimately is very rewarding. 
    Chinaski
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX

    1989 Batman. I’ve been watching it for a while now tonight.  1989 Batman is the best Batman. I’m sorry but I will die on that hill. Blahbitty blah Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger and whatever. Totally respectable, but I love the color and costume and cars in 1989 Batman. Prince soundtrack. Nicholson, Basinger, Keaton, Burton, Billy D!, Jack Palance... come on. 
    Freddyken hale
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    edited March 2020
    I think they are totally different animals. The Dark Knight trilogy hinged on storytelling, 1989’s Batman virtually had none. What it had in spades was entertaining performances and style out the yazoo.

     It was cool seeing such a gothic version of Gotham. You always got the impression from the comics that this was a town that survived the medieval ages, but only just barely. With all the gargoyles and weird shaped buildings. Furthermore you got the idea and vibe that anyone who chose to live there was sort of insane as is. So what better city to put Batman in?

     In Nolan’s version it was more just an urban setting and it didn’t really have a huge amount of style to it. Not that the shots weren’t gorgeous. But they didn’t have fog and shadows permeating every moment. The shots with Nolan were large, bombastic, sweeping shots of the city.

    Nolan’s movies will always be my fave, but 89 Batman is no slouch, if for no other reason than the holy trinity of Keaton being an unhinged superhero, Nicholson being Nicholson, and the crazy design of the city. 
    cdrive
  • Do documentaries count? Just watched “After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News” on HBO. I knew I shouldn’t have watched this before bed. This shit has my blood boiling. There are a few heartwarming moments too though, surprisingly. 
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    Just watched the Invisible Man since it's on VOD now and it was great. The idea of being stalked by an invisible person who is obsessed with you and is always close no matter where you go is such a horrifying premise. The way they shot her view of constantly looking around the rooms she's in trying to figure out where he is was nerve wracking.
    cdriveken hale
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    Just watched the Invisible Man since it's on VOD now and it was great. The idea of being stalked by an invisible person who is obsessed with you and is always close no matter where you go is such a horrifying premise. The way they shot her view of constantly looking around the rooms she's in trying to figure out where he is was nerve wracking.
    Oooh thanks for the reminder! 
    bizmarkiefader
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