Last Movie You Saw & What Did you Think

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  • fidoz said:
    Just an FYI. Starz is running a deal 6 months for $25. They have an enormous movie library. It's a good deal if you're looking for movies right now.
    They are fighting with Comcast so Comcast stripped Starz from the premium package. Good to know there is an option

    Chinaski
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Galveston - Ben Foster delivers another great performance as a New Orleans hit man on the run from his former boss. It's a slow burn movie but keeps you engaged throughout. 

    PSA As a life long Houston metro resident, this is not what the water at Galveston's beaches look like. This movie was shot on Savannah, Ga. They'd have to add 30 shades of brown and murky to the water to get to Galveston levels.

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  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Does anyone else have this problem? I watch a movie on a streaming service then end up adding 5 more to the queue. I have infinite queues on all services now. 
  • JaimieTJaimieT Atlanta, GA
    fidoz said:
    Does anyone else have this problem? I watch a movie on a streaming service then end up adding 5 more to the queue. I have infinite queues on all services now. 

    With your volume, that's a less-bad problem to have.
    fidoz
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    I'm comfortable with the fact that I'm never going to be able to watch all of the films that I intend to. If I'm not bashing them out during this time when there is literally nothing else to do, then when am I? Lol.
    fidoz
  • edited May 6
    fidoz said:
    Galveston - Ben Foster delivers another great performance as a New Orleans hit man on the run from his former boss. It's a slow burn movie but keeps you engaged throughout. 

    PSA As a life long Houston metro resident, this is not what the water at Galveston's beaches look like. This movie was shot on Savannah, Ga. They'd have to add 30 shades of brown and murky to the water to get to Galveston levels.

    HBO Now
    This just blew me away. I read the book years ago while I was at the beach on vacation and never understood why they didn’t make it into a movie, especially since it was written by Nic Pizzolatto and True Detective was huge at the time. 

    Never once heard that this movie was ever made. Definitely checking it out now. 
  • The Host

    This is a doozy of a watch in 2020 guys, holy shit. It has all the hilarity and absurdity of a Bong film, but it is prescient beyond belief for what we’re living through right now. 
  • fidoz said:
    Does anyone else have this problem? I watch a movie on a streaming service then end up adding 5 more to the queue. I have infinite queues on all services now. 
    I used to have the same problem. I deleted all of my queues from each platform and purposefully limit myself to 5 and I don’t add any new ones until I’ve gone through them, and then I add another 5. 

    I had to do the same thing with books a couple years ago after literally just running out of room to put all the ones I would impulse buy. I started filling up the bottom drawers of my dresser because my bookshelves had no more space, and there are hundreds of them that I still haven’t read. But that was just me putting a hard stop on all new book purchases. 
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    I cut my finger peeling potatoes this weekend so I'm not posting every movie because typing is a pain in the ass, more accurately finger.

    The Puffy Chair - This was the directorial debut of the Duplass brothers and you can see the framework of mumblecore all through it. I liked it but I almost always like these kinds of movies. I did want to pummel Josh's brother for most of the movie. 

    synopsis: Josh’s life is pretty much in the toilet. He’s a failed NYC indie rocker, and a failing booking agent. But he finds the potential of a small victory in a really bad idea. He decides to purchase a 1985 Lazy Boy on eBay, just like the one his dad had when Josh was a kid. He’ll drive cross-country for the chair, staying with Emily at his brother’s house on the way, and deliver it to his father as a surprise birthday gift.

    Stockholm - This is a very fictionalized movie about the bank robbery/hostage situation in 1973 that gave us the term Stockholm Syndrome. The movie stars Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace. It's ok. Not much more than background fodder. I never could decide if it was meant to be a comedy or not.

    Palo Alto - Gia Coppola directed movie based on James Franco's book "Palo Alto Stories." Based on watching this movie, I now assume all Palo Alto adults are predators or self-absorbed, absent parents. Emma Roberts and Jack Kilmer are both really good and the movie overall is solid. 

    Synopsis: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction.
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Jolene - First let me state the pros of this movie. This is Jessica Chastain's first movie and she spends a good deal of the movie in considerable undress. That's pretty much it. Otherwise this movie is dogshit. I wanted to turn it off so many times but I'm committed to finishing movies. 

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  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    X-Men (2000)

    Last year I watched all the Marvel movies in a row for the first time, so I thought why not knock off the X-Men movies while I'm at home.

    This was pretty rough lol. I appreciate a superhero/action movie that is under two hours so it has that going for it, but boyyyyyy does it lack personality. The CGI looks older than 2000 tbh. Anna Paquin is full on terrible, I'm hoping the performances improve as I continue this journey! I do like the basic premise of the mutants though. I literally didn't even know that's what X-Men was about, that's how oblivious I am.
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    I have a feeling they didn't age well at all. But at the time, X1 and X2 were pretty great. Days of Future Past and First Class were pretty great in their own right as well. And Logan...shit, prepare yourself for that one.
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  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    The X Men movies I always felt important for not being absolute jokes like every other comic book movie before them. I remember people talking about how finally there was a comic book movie they didn't have to feel embarrassed about. Marvel changed everything so much over the last 15 years its hard to remember that they were basically on the level of video game movies until these and the Raimi Spiderman movies came around. 
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    edited May 7
    The X Men movies I always felt important for not being absolute jokes like every other comic book movie before them. I remember people talking about how finally there was a comic book movie they didn't have to feel embarrassed about. Marvel changed everything so much over the last 15 years its hard to remember that they were basically on the level of video game movies until these and the Raimi Spiderman movies came around. 
    Yeah, they were a revelation. Like just the correct amount of comic book'y, but also not taking themselves too seriously. Now if I could just forget that Bryan Singer directed so many of them. 
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    fidoz said:
    Galveston - Ben Foster delivers another great performance as a New Orleans hit man on the run from his former boss. It's a slow burn movie but keeps you engaged throughout. 

    PSA As a life long Houston metro resident, this is not what the water at Galveston's beaches look like. This movie was shot on Savannah, Ga. They'd have to add 30 shades of brown and murky to the water to get to Galveston levels.

    HBO Now
    When you say slow burn is Ben Foster chewing scenery? Cuz I’d be down for that. 
  • edited May 7
    I have a feeling they didn't age well at all. But at the time, X1 and X2 were pretty great. Days of Future Past and First Class were pretty great in their own right as well. And Logan...shit, prepare yourself for that one.
    Logan was an absolute masterpiece and I agree completely about Days of Future Past and First Class. xmen 1-3 were great when they first came out but yeah they don't hold up the greatest. I didn't find Dark Phoenix nearly as bad as most people but Apocalypse was just awful. One other note about Xmen is that it had a much better Quicksilver than the MCU version. 
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Hatorian said:
    fidoz said:
    Galveston - Ben Foster delivers another great performance as a New Orleans hit man on the run from his former boss. It's a slow burn movie but keeps you engaged throughout. 

    PSA As a life long Houston metro resident, this is not what the water at Galveston's beaches look like. This movie was shot on Savannah, Ga. They'd have to add 30 shades of brown and murky to the water to get to Galveston levels.

    HBO Now
    When you say slow burn is Ben Foster chewing scenery? Cuz I’d be down for that. 
    I'd say it's more of a Pixies performance. Loud quiet loud.
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    John Wick - Finally got around to this one. Not sure I can add to what's already been said but I liked it. BTW I guess Theon Greyjoy is just an asshole in every universe. 
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    awookiee said:
    I have a feeling they didn't age well at all. But at the time, X1 and X2 were pretty great. Days of Future Past and First Class were pretty great in their own right as well. And Logan...shit, prepare yourself for that one.
    Logan was an absolute masterpiece and I agree completely about Days of Future Past and First Class. xmen 1-3 were great when they first came out but yeah they don't hold up the greatest. I didn't find Dark Phoenix nearly as bad as most people but Apocalypse was just awful. One other note about Xmen is that it had a much better Quicksilver than the MCU version. 
    The problem that they ran into (which is just inherent with how they decided to structure these movies), as their budget grew, they needed make bigger and better threats. The first X-Men seems threat seems entirely mundane compared to a nuclear threat (I think?) in First class. So it is like the villains and danger are getting less dangerous as time goes on. Same for the heroes. Really, I can't think of many reasons why a Quicksilver character (as amazing as his scenes, are--seriously) shouldn't be able to mitigate most situations by himself entirely. But maybe I am Jim'ing the superhero concept. Though, I think there are ways around that, it's just being creative. 
    awookiee
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    awookiee said:
    I have a feeling they didn't age well at all. But at the time, X1 and X2 were pretty great. Days of Future Past and First Class were pretty great in their own right as well. And Logan...shit, prepare yourself for that one.
    Logan was an absolute masterpiece and I agree completely about Days of Future Past and First Class. xmen 1-3 were great when they first came out but yeah they don't hold up the greatest. I didn't find Dark Phoenix nearly as bad as most people but Apocalypse was just awful. One other note about Xmen is that it had a much better Quicksilver than the MCU version. 
    Really, I can't think of many reasons why a Quicksilver character (as amazing as his scenes, are--seriously) shouldn't be able to mitigate most situations by himself entirely.

    That's a problem with pretty much all of these extended universe super hero franchises. Like if Thor would just hang out on earth we don't need most of these other movies.

  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    awookiee said:
    I have a feeling they didn't age well at all. But at the time, X1 and X2 were pretty great. Days of Future Past and First Class were pretty great in their own right as well. And Logan...shit, prepare yourself for that one.
    Logan was an absolute masterpiece and I agree completely about Days of Future Past and First Class. xmen 1-3 were great when they first came out but yeah they don't hold up the greatest. I didn't find Dark Phoenix nearly as bad as most people but Apocalypse was just awful. One other note about Xmen is that it had a much better Quicksilver than the MCU version. 
    Really, I can't think of many reasons why a Quicksilver character (as amazing as his scenes, are--seriously) shouldn't be able to mitigate most situations by himself entirely.

    That's a problem with pretty much all of these extended universe super hero franchises. Like if Thor would just hang out on earth we don't need most of these other movies.

    Totally, they had to explain their way out of why Captain Marvel wasn't around to help with the first fight with Thanos...or the fight with Ultron....or the Battle for New York...or the multitude of other Earth endangering fights. It comes with the territory. But when they start playing with time like in Days of Future Past, First Class, or Captain Marvel, it starts to show at the seems. 
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    The Long Goodbye - I didn't realize this was an Altman film going in but it only took about a scene and a half to recognize his signature use of the camera and conversation. Elliot Gould may have taken a decade of life off his lungs filming this movie. Terrific film.

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  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Network - Incredible film that is incredibly prophetic. Ned Beatty's speech to Howard Beale is worth the price of admission. 1976 What a year in movies. Network, All The President's Men, Rocky, Taxi Driver, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Harlan County, USA.

    Hulu - TCM
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    fidoz said:
    Network - Incredible film that is incredibly prophetic. Ned Beatty's speech to Howard Beale is worth the price of admission. 1976 What a year in movies. Network, All The President's Men, Rocky, Taxi Driver, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Harlan County, USA.

    Hulu - TCM
    What is it about? Btw you are a movie machine! Getting a lot of great stuff I would t even know existed. ThNks man
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Hatorian said:
    fidoz said:
    Network - Incredible film that is incredibly prophetic. Ned Beatty's speech to Howard Beale is worth the price of admission. 1976 What a year in movies. Network, All The President's Men, Rocky, Taxi Driver, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Harlan County, USA.

    Hulu - TCM
    What is it about? Btw you are a movie machine! Getting a lot of great stuff I would t even know existed. ThNks man
    Synopsis from Letterboxd. When veteran anchorman Howard Beale is forced to retire his 25-year post because of his age, he announces to viewers that he will kill himself during his farewell broadcast. Network executives rethink their decision when his fanatical tirade results in a spike in ratings.

    BTW Peter Finch won Best Actor, Faye Dunaway won Best Actress and Beatrice Straight won Best Supporting Actress. 
    Hatorian
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    Fun fact, Beatrice Straight's Best Supporting Actress Oscar win for Network holds the record for shortest time on screen for a winning performance. Five minutes and two seconds!
    Hatorianken hale
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    I think in today's Oscar's environment they would have run Beale as supporting and Holden as lead or the reverse but definitely not against each other. 
  • edited May 8
    Extraction

    Excellent action that becomes a little tedious by the end. Murder pretty much drives the entire movie, as there isn’t much plot or originality. Feels like a John Wick/Man on Fire mash-up that’s definitely something I’d recommend for anyone in the mood to watch some action shit. 

    There is an 11-minute long take at the end of the first act that made me want to give a standing ovation to everyone involved. Directed by Sam Hargrave, long-time Captain America stunt double and stunt choreographer. I’m really loving the trend of guys like Hargrave and Chad Stahelski and David Leitch getting behind the camera, because they have such an interesting eye for framing and composing action that really just viscerally pops on the screen. Someone get Zoë Bell behind the camera next.
    Hatorian
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    edited May 8
    Arkansas - Decent directorial debut for Clark Duke. If you're looking to scratch that Elmore Leonard/Ozark itch, it's a pretty good hang. 

    Also The Flaming Lips country song covers are pretty great. 

    Synopsis: Couple low level grunts in a southern drug operation find themselves in a whole mess of trouble. 
  • fidozfidoz Houston
    American Animals - Lexington, Kentucky, 2004. Four young men attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in the history of the United States. 

    This is a very good film with 4 young up and coming actors and Ann Dowd to anchor the cast. The movie intermixes interviews with the real robbers to add more authenticity to the story. If you enjoy a good heist film, true crime or just some young guys craving adventure, check it out.

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