Last Movie You Saw & What Did you Think

Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
Hey all,

just thought I'd start an on-going thread to talk about recent movies you may have checked out. I'll get us started:

Finally got around to The Witch last night and good god--what an amazing, pot-boiler of a horror movie. It has its slow moments that may not move quickly enough for some folks. But I thought it was expertly paced. The language-style choice may be a bit difficult for some to overcome, I repeatedly heard a loud couple a few rows down asking each other what was being said, as the actors all have English accents, which would be fine, but add in the oldy-timey talk, it may be hard to decipher at times. Luckily its not rocket science being discussed, the plot is pretty paint-by-numbers. The film builds to this great crescendo, however. If you like slower moving, quieter horror (think House of the Devil, Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion)--this is for you.

Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie: I've always had an interest in this guy, and I love documentaries, so this one is up my alley. I remember seeing him on TV as a kid and him yelling and screaming at everyone and everything, while he chain-smoked was both intriguing and also scary. Its a decent documentary, but they use these strange animated interludes to illustrate certain stories that are being told. The filmakers kind of overplayed their hand there and it comes across as pretty over-dramatic and unneeded. Still worth a look if you are at all interested in the guy or talkshows from the 80s-90s in general.

The Woodsman: This Kevin Bacon movie is really short, and I was hoping for more meat on its bones. It is about a convicted child-molestor released from prison and trying to get his act together. Its very good, but I was hoping for a more nuanced look at things. It only clocks in at like an hour and 20 minutes--so while the film would be a pretty quick view if not an easy one due to the subject matter.

Triple Nine: My friends drug me to this. As much as I love police dramas, I had no interest in this, and maybe that swayed my view of the movie. Its pretty forgettable. If you really adore heist flicks, you will find a ton to love here, however. Unfortunately this flick is beyond dark and bleak. Not that I need my hard-nosed crime dramas to be light and fluffy, but this lacks any sort of brightness at all. Its incredibly dour and violent. It does, however, have an excellent cast with Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet, Michael Kenneth Williams, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harerlson, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. I mostly made it through by imagining a world where Darryl Dixon, Omar Little, Jesse Pinkman, and Marty Hart all ended up in the same city doing heists and cop shenanigans.


  • kingbee67kingbee67 Los Angeles Ca.
    edited March 2016
    Want to see The Witch. Saw Deadpool, it had its moments and the rest was OK. I saw the Evocateur I didn't learn much about the man that I didn't already know or care to know I used to watch Wally George when I was a kid, that guy was kind of the same. Triple Nine sounded kind of interesting but I didn't stop the /Film cast before the spoilers about came on and I heard too much. Who's Marty Hart?
  • LukeLuke Central Illinois
    Last 2 movies I saw were Deadpool and Zootopia.

    Deadpool was ok, dragged a bit in the middle though.

    Zootopia was good, if a little scary at places for smaller kids. The animation is amazing though, I can only imagine what some of the Avatar sequels are going to look like, because there are environments in this movie that I couldn't tell were animated sometimes.
  • WonderedObjectWonderedObject SAN Francisco, CA
    I wanted to see Zootopia yesterday but it was sold out (damn kids!) so I settled for London Has Fallen... which was exactly what you'd expect from this movie. All I can say is if you liked Olympus then you'd be happy with this. Which I was. It does have a few parts that some might find homophobic and racist, but I mean that's if you're easily offended. 

    As for The Witch, I was not a huge fan. At least not as much as others. I thought it was an OK movie. I thought the atmosphere was creepy at moments and the acting itself was great but other then that, didn't really do much for me. I wasn't scared at all but I knew this wasn't going to be that type of movie. I'd recommend it as a Netflix or Redbox movie but wouldn't pay much more for this. 
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    I was underwhelmed by Zootopia.  It was good, but not the next family film I was expecting.  It's also borderline criminal how they spoiled the best scene in the movie, by far, by showing it in it's entirety during one of it's trailer runs.
  • My wife and I have been on a pretty good run with rentals lately. We watched Bridge of Spies most recently and it was good. I don't have a lot to say about it because it was more or less exactly what you would expect it to be, but very enjoyable.

    As good as that and the Imitation Game were, my favorite thing recently was Trumbo. Very cool story. Quality Cranston and Louis CK. I always thought the blacklist period was very interesting/awful and I really enjoyed how all of that played out in the movie. I definitely recommend it.

    S. Smith
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    edited March 2016
    I watched Triangle based on the recommendation in another thread and it was great. I'll probably watch it again soon and try to piece together all the stuff I missed on a first watch at 2am.  It reminded me a lot of Coherence which is another way underrated movie.

    Also saw Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland. I like BMS a lot but this movie came off as weirdly sad, Sammy is just depressing at this point in the story.
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    Yeah @bizmarkiefader Triangle is one that you can probably watch a dozen times and pick up on different angles/theories. I think I've seen it 4/5 times myself.
  • The hubby and I finally got to see The Martian. It was great! Smart and funny. I'm kind of sad we missed seeing it in the theater.
    I really, really want to see The Witch - it looks fantastic!
  • LukeLuke Central Illinois
    @A_Ron_Hubbard yea the bit from extended trailer was the funniest part of Zootopia, shame they wasted it all on the trailer.

    It has the same flaws of every cop movie parady kid film, you can only see so many refrences to 80s movies before they are completely played out.

    I wouldn't say I was underwhelmed just whelmed. It did the job, and I would argue the weakest of the last 6 or so film the main studio at Walt Disney Animation has put out.

    Not too promising considering the Disney/Pixar lineup for the foreseeable future is all sequels.
  • MichelleMichelle California
    I saw How To Be Single last weekend, and thought it was pretty good.  Not as many 'ha ha' moments as I thought there would be, but the laughs it did get were totally called for.    It was a nice exploration of relationships (best friends, sisters, romantic relationships).  I'd give it a B.

    I'm thinking of going to see The Witch tonight.  I've been wanting to see it for a while now, especially after J & A's review.
  • I watched Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and liked it a lot.  It filled a certain Rushmore sized hole that I didn't know I had and landed for me in all it's quirkiness.  The ending was shit though.  I viscerally shouted "fuck you" at my screen because they broke the narrative.  The final 10 minutes meant nothing because they lied and the film lost my trust as an audience member.  With that said, there's really a lot to like in this film and I'd recommend it.
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    I don't watch a lot of movies anymore so I had to think back a bit. Aside from a rewatch of The Usual Suspects last week, I think the most recent one would be a little English film called Still Life. It stars Eddie Marsan - one of my favourite actors - and he's really the only person in it a lot of the time. It's very quiet and sad but not at all boring, and it's sweet but also kind of dark. If anyone wants to watch it, I'd suggest not googling because a couple of things have been dropped in reviews that are much better stumbled upon as part of the viewing experience. It's lovely, and I'd highly recommend it.
  • We watched Trumbo and Deadpool this past weekend.  I really enjoyed Deadpool.  Having known nothing about the character beforehand, I can say now I'm a fan.  Of course, it's Ryan Reynolds.  I will call BS that being super strong means that you're virtually indestructible.  I understand Colossus being very hard to take down, but a woman with super-human strength?  That was a little meh for me, but I'm not a comic book reader and perhaps that's normal?

    Trumbo was excellent.  Some great funny parts and some genuine anger.  I don't know why I was shocked that we would throw people in jail for literally not even committing a crime and ruining their lives.  One would think throughout time we'd learn our lesson.  I thought it was done very well.

    There's a ton of true life stories this year in the Oscars.  I assume that's not typical.  This was the first year we decided to try to watch most of the Best Picture Nominations and felt like we got a history lesson.

  • LukeLuke Central Illinois
    @BourbonQueen yeah I was confused by that as well.

    I was like "wait do they all have super healing powers and Deadpool got shafted because that's all he got?"

    But then I remembered that Deadpool is in the X-men universe. People get tossed around like that all the time.

    Also keep in mind that in order for your muscles to have super strength, your bones would have to be even stronger or your super stong muscles would just rip your body apart.

    The other big bad didn't feel pain so that's why he was able to take so much damange. I can imagine it's alot easier to walk around with multiple stab wounds if you can't feel them.
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    @BourbonQueen Oscar loves a biopic. :-)
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    Dee said:

    Aside from a rewatch of The Usual Suspects last week...

    You trolling me, Dee?  Haha...
  • Last film I watched at home was a the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis". It was my 3rd or 4th time and I love it more every time I see it, as with many of their films. This one was the Criterion Edition, which has a couple of great conversations with the Coens, one between them and Guillermo Del Toro and one with T Bone Burnett. It's real treat as they don't do a lot of interviews and here it is them talking with other creatives, so the conversations feel more natural than some of the interviews I've seen in the past.

    Last film I saw in the theater was "The Hateful Eight", which I thoroughly enjoyed, though, I already left a lengthy comment for that in the "Hateful Eight" Direct thread. 
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    I just got back from seeing Room. It was as fantastic as everyone said. I probably can't add too much to the discussion, but give it a look. It does a great job of depicting a really harrowing situation without coming across as exploitative or excessive. It toes that line impressively. Also its hard for me to see Brie Larson now without imagining her in really thick glasses as Abed's girlfriend on Community.
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    I haven't seen it, but this flick on Netflix popped up on David Lynch's Twitter and it looks fantastic.

  • Pee-Wee's Big Holiday. Just dropped on Netflix today. Pretty weird(obviously) but had me laughing quite a bit. The Pee Wee and Joe Manganiello scenes were great. Ive never seen True Blood or Magic Mike but he was pretty funny in this. His scenes may steal the movie for some people.

    I noticed a couple people from Big Adventure and as always some familair faces pop up along the way.

    Just a weird funny movie overall
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    Here is an upcoming HBO-movie version of a stage-show Bryan Cranston did where he plays Lyndon B. Johnson. I saw him in it when they came through Boston about 2 years ago and it was fantastic. It originally had Michael McKean as J Edgar Hoover, but I see him nowhere to be found in the trailer. I am wondering if Better Call Saul interrupted plans for him to do that.

  • @Garthgou81

    Saw that show too. Cranston and McKean were great! I think I remember hearing that "All the Way" was part one of three and that the others would be on stage at a later date. Hope they get Cranston back for LBJ.
  • kingbee67kingbee67 Los Angeles Ca.
    LBJ movie is now on my must see list. I saw one of those stage to film things where Laurence Fishburne played Thurgood Marshal that was real good although the LBJ one is gonna be a more practical movie I guess.
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    edited March 2016
    As good as I am sure it will be, I have to say that not much can really compare with seeing Cranston on-stage performing. The energy that he brought and permeated to the audience was something I have a hard time describing. I really look forward to this though. Anthony Mackie looks like he is doing an excellent job as MLK. And according to Wkipedia they got Stephen Root to take McKean's place as J. Edgar Hoover. Thats fantastic casting.
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    edited May 2016
    I just got back back from seeing Green Room. It was a visceral, violent, thriller. Not much explanation is given for a lot of the weirdness going down, but thats okay by me. It gives you something to think about later. Its certainly not going to be for everyone due to how balls-to-the-wall the violence is. But if you are into Patrick Stewart (and who isn't?) and punk-rock survival-thrillers, give it a shot.
  • steph_bsteph_b Austin
    The Revenant. I know I am late to the party but early reviews had me thinking the trailer oversold it to me. I was wrong though, I absolutely loved it despite my dislike of DeCaprio
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    edited May 2016
    A re-watch, but the 2015 documentary "Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Doctor Moreau" (horribly long title btw). 

    I remember seeing the 1996 Doctor Moreau in the past year as a Riffrax movie, and it was one of the worst, weirdest movies I had ever encountered.  Whhooboy if I had any idea about how weird the making of the film was!!! If you have ANY passing interest about film making and how things can go from complicated, to disastrous to bat shit fucking crazy, don't miss this one. This is one I have thought about shelling out some cash to get @A_Ron_Hubbard and @Jim a podcast devoted to.

    It starts out as a seemingly pretty standard documentary about the rigors of making a big budget movie, but things start to unravel fast- from the visionary yet slightly unhinged director getting fired a couple weeks after filming began, to the the horrible filming conditions, black magic rituals, holy shit stories of ego and weird behavior from Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer on set. It just snowballs and snowballs till the it reaches the end where you just have your head in your hands of disbelief.

    It's unbelievable, fascinating, hilarious, and thoroughly engrossing

    It's on netflix :) the trailer is kinda hokey, but i promise its great. 

  • ElisaElisa Los Angeles
    Keanu - it was funny but not sure it was worth $13. Good for some chuckles.
  • Just saw Green Room and had a great time. Very Tarantino-esque film. Excellent tension and good attention to detail.
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    edited May 2016
    Stayed in last Saturday night and decided to just pick a random Netflix offering and let it ride. Ended up on "Tangerine". Good God, it was great. Felt like a long episode of Louie, but that's about all I can say without giving up some of the goods. Have more to say about it mind you, but in all honesty a big part of the enjoyment came from going in blind.
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