Last Movie You Saw & What Did you Think

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  • NoelNoel Dallas, TX
    JaimieT said:
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Good, but ultimately the romance didn't land for me. I felt removed from it. I think it might just be me; I need a more intellectualized romance to be swept up in it. Carol was good for that, as was Call Me By Your Name. But I appreciated the aspects of it that were about the quiet anguish of being born female. (Also the utter uselessness of the man at the beginning! Ha!)
    Do you find yourself grading movies that involve a lesbian relationship on a different curve? For better or worse. Are you grading more harshly or just glad that these stories are being told? I ask because I had a conversation with my cousin (who is a lesbian) about the same thing. She loved Carol and thinks it didn’t get enough praise. I agree. But I found it interesting her the things she would point out to me.

    I can only somewhat relate in terms of how I view films with Hispanic, or more specifically, Mexican actors, directors or characters. I find it hard to balance myself from being able to judge these things in a vacuum. Because I also want to say “fuck it, you have a Mexican background, I got your back either way”. 
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    Noel said:
    fidoz said:
    I think I subconsciously don't like Jake Gyllenhaal.
    Blasphemy 
    He’s so good in Prisoners...
    fidozNoel
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Noel said:
    fidoz said:
    I think I subconsciously don't like Jake Gyllenhaal.
    Blasphemy 
    It's the only reason I can come up with why I've avoided some of his best movies. 
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    Hatorian said:
    Noel said:
    fidoz said:
    I think I subconsciously don't like Jake Gyllenhaal.
    Blasphemy 
    He’s so good in Prisoners...

    He's SO good in Okja.
    Hatorian
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    edited April 7
    Noel said:
    JaimieT said:
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Good, but ultimately the romance didn't land for me. I felt removed from it. I think it might just be me; I need a more intellectualized romance to be swept up in it. Carol was good for that, as was Call Me By Your Name. But I appreciated the aspects of it that were about the quiet anguish of being born female. (Also the utter uselessness of the man at the beginning! Ha!)
    Do you find yourself grading movies that involve a lesbian relationship on a different curve? For better or worse. Are you grading more harshly or just glad that these stories are being told? I ask because I had a conversation with my cousin (who is a lesbian) about the same thing. She loved Carol and thinks it didn’t get enough praise. I agree. But I found it interesting her the things she would point out to me.

    I can only somewhat relate in terms of how I view films with Hispanic, or more specifically, Mexican actors, directors or characters. I find it hard to balance myself from being able to judge these things in a vacuum. Because I also want to say “fuck it, you have a Mexican background, I got your back either way”. 

    We had a long discussion about this on the Discord today, prompted by your question. Note: I discuss porn, and there's 2 lesbians there (oh all ya'll hooked now)

    It's probably easier to refer you to the #movies channel.

    https://discord.gg/e4ewQE
    Noel
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    edited April 7
    But am I glad I have representation, as a lesbian?

    Imagine if this said "Mexican men" everywhere.



    I find it pretty overwhelming how utterly unexamined lesbian representation is, considering. The fact of its existence in the media people consume is far, far beyond impressing me.

    I think it's much more revolutionary to get representation as a female in a non-sexual context

    Noel
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    The Descent

    I love cave horror. But I think cave horror lends itself more to literature and audio. Or at least, there's a greater cave horror movie out there. This wasn't it for me. I did like the touch where the right side of the road switched, at the end, as a thematic point. I definitely agree with comments that the first half is better! 
    bizmarkiefadercdriveMurderbear
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    JaimieT said:
    The Descent

    I love cave horror. But I think cave horror lends itself more to literature and audio. Or at least, there's a greater cave horror movie out there. This wasn't it for me. I did like the touch where the right side of the road switched, at the end, as a thematic point. I definitely agree with comments that the first half is better! 
    Did you watch the UK or US version? The UK has a massively better ending. 
    Dee
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    JaimieT said:
    The Descent

    I love cave horror. But I think cave horror lends itself more to literature and audio. Or at least, there's a greater cave horror movie out there. This wasn't it for me. I did like the touch where the right side of the road switched, at the end, as a thematic point. I definitely agree with comments that the first half is better! 
    Gahhhhhhhh that movie is TERRIFYING!  I honestly don't remember which ending I saw since it was so long ago but the scariest parts were the claustrophobic parts. 
    JaimieT
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    Man, I don't know, it just didn't really scare me!

    @Garthgou81 Probably the US version. Whatever is on Hulu.
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    edited April 7
    Btw, since we are all watching more movies because of this quarantine. My brother-in-law asked me what my favorite horror movie is, and this is it. It came recommended from Jay at Red Letter Media. 

    2 posters:





    It CAN be spoiled, so I'd recommend just watching it and not researching too much. 
  • Jojo Rabbit.
    Finally got the whole family to sit down and give it a try. Everyone had to give it 20 minutes.  No one left the room.  Best family /all ages movie I've seen in ages.
    cdrivefidozDrCynPizDee
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    I feel like the whole world has joined me on my rededication to movies. Unfortunately, I was doing this before Covid b/c I love movies and don't really have a life. Just as an update I've now watched 143 movies so far in 2020. https://letterboxd.com/fidoz/films/diary/for/2020/
    JaimieTJSDCA
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    edited April 7
    Yeah, I'm doing 1 new movie a day. I have too many movies in my backlog and too much time! The last time I did something similar, in 2014, I had about 20-something Woody Allen movies to see before I'd seen them all. Now I've seen them all except his latest, because he fell out of vogue.  :D
  • tpelzytpelzy Dallas
    Dune (Original Film)
    Literally can't even tell you how many people have recommenced the movies or the books to me. It didn't live up to the hype tho. Good luck watching without subtitles on lol. The first half felt slow and then the after that it feels like you're skipping over a lot of things. It looks good for it's age, especially the practical effects. Unless you love old school sci-fi like Westworld, Soylent Green, ect, you could skip it. 
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    tpelzy said:
    Dune (Original Film)
    Literally can't even tell you how many people have recommenced the movies or the books to me. It didn't live up to the hype tho. Good luck watching without subtitles on lol. The first half felt slow and then the after that it feels like you're skipping over a lot of things. It looks good for it's age, especially the practical effects. Unless you love old school sci-fi like Westworld, Soylent Green, ect, you could skip it. 
    I've never read the books but I'm really looking forward to the movie remake later this year by Denis Villeneuve.
    Giovanni
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Watched The Beach Bum - Just like it’s title character, this movie is a wild mess but a quite fun mess. Unfortunately, it completely unravels in the final 20 minutes and kind of lands with a thud. 
    Freddy
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    fidoz said:
    Watched The Beach Bum - Just like it’s title character, this movie is a wild mess but a quite fun mess. Unfortunately, it completely unravels in the final 20 minutes and kind of lands with a thud. 

    Is this the movie that's supposed to be a sequel to Spring Breakers? I liked Spring Breakers a lot for what it was but I can't even imagine what this movie must be.
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    fidoz said:
    Watched The Beach Bum - Just like it’s title character, this movie is a wild mess but a quite fun mess. Unfortunately, it completely unravels in the final 20 minutes and kind of lands with a thud. 

    Is this the movie that's supposed to be a sequel to Spring Breakers? I liked Spring Breakers a lot for what it was but I can't even imagine what this movie must be.
    yes but aside from being set in south Florida and using the same color palette, I have no idea how it's related. 
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Watched Support The Girls last night. it's a good little indie film that takes place all in one day at a Breastaurant. The story focuses on the GM played by Regina Hall (Scary Movie) and a couple of the waitresses. It's on Hulu. I liked it and it's getting good reviews. 
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Don Verdean - Netflix.  Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Will Forte. Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) Great cast with a below average story. It made me laugh out loud several times. Wouldn't be bad for something mindless to watch or to have in the background. 
  • edited April 10
    Noel said:
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    I only watched this movie because The Ringer’s Amanda Dobbins kept going on and on about it on the latest podcasts she’s been on. She mentioned that it’s on Hulu so I said fuck it. Got some wine, doing a little bit of French mode. And I gotta say, I was moved. I don’t watch as many films as I should, but I can’t remember a better movie-watching experience in a while. Probably since Moonlight.

    If you have Hulu, go watch it. The ending had me absolutely floored. It was one of those endings where I didn’t know what was happening, until it was happening. By the time the credits roll, I was legit ugly crying. 

    I need to watch more foreign films.
    I don’t think I took a single breath in the final 2 minutes of the movie. I also don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie with THREE dead on fucking perfect endings in my life. It could have ended at “Turn around” and it would have been perfect. It could have ended at ‘Page 28’ and it would have been perfect. It DID end on a stunning performance from the new eternal empress Adèle Haenel, and it was perfect. 

    This movie walked so that Parasite could run, and that was ultimately the tough position that Neon put themselves in by releasing two absolute masterpieces in one year, but fuck do I wish this got Oscar push.

    Also, France not selecting this movie for the Oscars is the most WTF decision ever. At least it finally seems to be finding the life it deserves on the internet, though.
    Noel
  • edited April 10
    fidoz said:
    Watched The Beach Bum - Just like it’s title character, this movie is a wild mess but a quite fun mess. Unfortunately, it completely unravels in the final 20 minutes and kind of lands with a thud. 

    Is this the movie that's supposed to be a sequel to Spring Breakers? I liked Spring Breakers a lot for what it was but I can't even imagine what this movie must be.
    It’s the same director (Harmony Korine) but it’s not a sequel in any traditional sense. More along the lines of a “spiritual successor.” The last thing I heard is that he does plan to eventually do a 3rd movie that will complete a “Florida Trilogy” of sorts.
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    The invisible man. Good remake. The main actress I think her name is Elizabeth Moss was phenomenal. Sucks she won’t get any Oscar love most likely 
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    Watched Portrait of a Lady on Fire. There are quite a few rave reviews on this thread. I thought it was ok. One problem - I didn’t buy into the intense relationship which apparently happened over 11 days. And the long long long scenes of not much happening occurred way too many times. By the time we got to the ending where lingering made sense I was numb by its misuse. If the movie was a half hour shorter I think it would be better. 
    JaimieTNoel
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    ^^ YES.

    Usually when I watch a movie and I have such a disparate opinion, I try to research it a little. With all the stuff going on in the world right now, I resigned myself to being 'the only one' who didn't like Fire, and being okay with that. There are bigger problems.

    That said, I'm glad I'm not the only one to see the emperor has no clothes.

    I felt nothing with their romance. I think the people in this thread who felt something about the relationship are physically attracted to the actors, and physically attracted to the idea of the actors having sex. I'm not sure what the fuck else is there, in the script, or in the movie, for me to pick up. And I get that physical attraction is valid, and there's no law against making a movie that only plays on that, but I think a much better movie would have been more aware of that instead of laying that in front of its viewers without any commentary about it. At least, I would have liked that movie more. Unfortunately for those of us who like some kind of intellectual component in romance, there was nothing there for us.

    The reason I give this movie a pass is because the painting aspect showed me it was a LITTLE aware. 

    Right now, if I were to recommend this movie to someone, I'd show them the actors and say "Do you think lesbians are hot? Do you think these women are hot?" and then I think they'd like the movie.

    To even utter this movie in the same breath as Parasite is funny to me. Parasite works as a straight-up story, without any of its thematic components. Parasite also has a rich layer of social commentary (historical, sociological, all the fucking anthropology!). Just the epilogue of Parasite has more meaning, and is more deftly written, than anything in Fire.

    Fire has that nice Orpheus bit, but other than that it's an extremely straightforward story of physical attraction -- which is handled as if that is the only attraction that exists.

    Fire wouldn't even give us the initial hook for these two. Usually there's something that gets someone's attention that leads them to notice physical attraction. With Fire, it's just like... I'm looking at you, I'm noticing being looked at, you're a warm body, let's fuck.

    Could that be any more vapid?

    And the idea that this is a feminist version of romance is hiilllllllarious! This is male romance 101 (the stereotype). And if you think that women actually do experience romance in this way, then make a fucking movie about that!!!!

    This is just another shitty lesbian romance movie for men.

    I'm being hyperbolic. It's a fine movie. It's just not great.





  • fidozfidoz Houston
    edited April 11
    I'm here for shitty lesbian romances for men. The hairy pits were almost a bridge too far for me though.
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    ^^ Check out Blue is the warmest color
    fidoz
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Watched Dragged Across Concrete last night. It's a slow burn that sometimes seems to be offensive just for the sake of being offensive. Overall I liked it though. Mel Gibson playing a racist, burned out, dirty cop wasn't much of a stretch though. 
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    What I think happened is the filmmaker tried to write a movie about how women experience romance, but the script isn't that strong. It's a failure of the script. That's the only story that rationalizes (to me) why the filmmaker is discussing these things but her movie has none of it. She missed the mark. Admirable effort though... it's a very artistically thoughtful movie in the way it is shot and lit. Wish the script had more of that.
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