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The Most Recent Movie You've Seen on Streaming, Broadcast TV, or Movie Theater?

 
 
Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2020 07:23 am
I finally saw Quantum of Solace. It was just terrible, made even worse when compared to the previous film Casino Royale.

Apparently, the Writers Strike of 2007 affected production, forcing the director and Daniel Craig to write the script while on set, and it shows.

All of the action scenes were edited to a confusing mess, and parts of the story, like the scenes with Mr. White and the Quantum leaders, were dropped and completely unresolved by the end.

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snood
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jul, 2020 08:14 pm
I had been skipping Parasite , even though it got all those awards and kudos. Just didn’t want to wade through all the subtitles.

But I relented when three (!)co-workers recommended it enthusiastically.

I just finished it a few minutes ago, and let me tell you - it is deeply affecting. Excellent acting. Excellent storytelling - sucks you right into lighthearted drama, then drop-kicks you before you even realize you’re waist deep in a stirring tale that encompasses rich and poor lifestyles, family, and the value of life and making life plans.

Five stars, two thumbs up, and a holy ****.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2020 05:04 am
@snood,
ditto me on Parasite. Now, after that, Ill try to watch it>

Im really looking forward to seeing Greyhound, even though it got panned .I think critics are just timing out on Tom Hanks. I saw the preview and it wa some really good short entertainment as the destroyer was dodging torpedoes from a german u-boat.
snood
 
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Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2020 05:56 am
@farmerman,
Yeah, ditto me on Greyhound. Big Tom Hanks fan, and the trailers showing Hanks as a boat commander at war got me interested. But to watch it, do I really have to subscribe to Apple TV?
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Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2020 07:43 am
I finally saw Gone With The Wind.

It is indeed one of those classic epic films, though I can see why some people are troubled with the depiction of slaves, despite its time period. Personally, I enjoyed the events of the first half of the film (the lead up to the American Civil War and the siege of Atlanta) more than the second half (post-war Reconstruction), but I liked Scarlett's development throughout, from naive Southern Belle to determined survivalist.

The version on HBO MAX does have a 4 minute introduction explaining the historical context of the film's story and its production.
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Tue 21 Jul, 2020 03:28 pm
"Paul" science fiction comedy (2011)

Two guys from England tour the west in an RV visiting UFO sites and science fiction conventions. Then they pick up an alien. Starring Simon Pegg.
http://staticmass.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/paul_1.jpg
coluber2001
 
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Reply Wed 22 Jul, 2020 06:43 am
"Jojo Rabbit" (2019) comedy and drama

A ten year old boy in the Hitler Youth Corps discovers that his mother, a Nazi, is hiding a Jewish girl in the attic.

The writing is excellent, with the funny parts very funny and the sad parts very sad.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a2/Jojo_Rabbit_%282019%29_poster.jpg
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Thu 23 Jul, 2020 04:58 pm
Went and watched the old classic. Fiddler On The Roof - again.
chai2
 
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Reply Thu 23 Jul, 2020 08:06 pm
@Sturgis,
Ha. I’ve got that in my list and was going’s to watch in an hour or so.

Last night re- watched Roma. Such a great movie.
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Fri 24 Jul, 2020 12:00 pm
@coluber2001,
Quote:
"Paul" science fiction comedy (2011)

Awesome.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jul, 2020 06:07 am
There’s a TV channel over here that mostly shows old films, usually black and white but not always.

Yesterday I watched a film called The Magic Christian starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, the title music was written by Paul McCartney and it also starred Spike Milligan and pre Python John Cleese and Graham Chapman who also collaborated on the script.

Sounds promising, it was bloody awful, far more surreal than comic with an anti capitalist message which was lost as the main protagonist was a mega rich individual who used his vast wealth to play practical jokes.

I turned off half way through. It was terrible, do not watch this crap.
Sturgis
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jul, 2020 03:54 pm
@izzythepush,
Happened upon that the other day. I figured with the Monty Python guys it would be decently entertaining. Then I thought maybe I was just not getting the subtleties of British humour.

Eventually I found my eyes glazing over and knew I'd had enough. Glad to find I wasn't wrong or alone in my assessment.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jul, 2020 04:17 pm
@Sturgis,
I’ve just responded to your pm. My friend came over yesterday and quoted the Minky bit from pink panther. He then went on to praise Sellers only for me to point out he’d also been in crap. His response was to talk about the awful film he’d seen the other day with Ringo Starr in it.

The rise and rise of Michael Rimmer is from the same period. That’s very good, it’s starring Peter Cook who has always been my favourite comedian.
Sturgis
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jul, 2020 04:26 pm
@izzythepush,
I've always liked Cook. Felt bad though when he was dragged into one of the worst American television series in history.

A few years later, a similar move was made with Christopher Hewitt as the title character in Mr.Belvedere. A show made worse by putting sports announcer Bob Uecker in as one of the parents and Belvedere's. boss.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Thu 6 Aug, 2020 12:56 am
@Sturgis,
I found Catch 22 on an obscure channel tonight. It has Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Art Garfunkel, Martin Sheen (who looks like a teenager) Buck Henry and many other old actors.......

(I deleted part of my comment because we are so freeped up right now and we have no leadership.......my comments were getting too dark and hopeless)

I'll be back later.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 6 Aug, 2020 03:48 am
@Sturgis,
He never cracked America, just an awful sitcom with him as a butler. Dudley Moore wasn’t anywhere near as funny but made it big time.

The Derek and Clive pieces they did are mostly Cook and they are absolutely filthy. They’re not saucy, or risqué, they’re pure filth. They made me laugh, but not to everyone’s taste.
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chai2
 
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Reply Thu 6 Aug, 2020 09:02 am
@glitterbag,
glitterbag wrote:

I found Catch 22 on an obscure channel tonight. It has Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Art Garfunkel, Martin Sheen (who looks like a teenager) Buck Henry and many other old actors.......




I've tried to watch that movie a couple of the times over the years. It makes me feel anxious.
I understand the premise of the book/movie etc.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Thu 6 Aug, 2020 09:27 am
Interesting article on Inception here. Thought some of you hard-core sci-fi fans might find it interesting:

https://www.vulture.com/2020/07/you-can-hate-inception-all-you-want.html?utm_source=pocket-newtab
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Thu 6 Aug, 2020 01:22 pm
@chai2,
That has to be it, it made me feel anxious. There is a heavy element of despair and hopelessness. I just felt a sense of deepening dread watching it..........I remember seeing that movie in the theater when it was released............apparently I was too young to fully grasp what I was watching. It was unsettling back then, but it was much more disturbing last night.
chai2
 
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Reply Thu 6 Aug, 2020 02:44 pm
@glitterbag,
Oh wow. So it's not just me.

I've never read the book, but of course knew what it's about. I don't know if too many people use the phrase "catch 22" anymore. Or if they do knows where it came from.

I don't know anything else about Joseph Heller, but I think it's weird that I really like Kurt Vonnegut, who uses that similar fantastical style.

Related to that, a movie that uses the catch 22 theme which I loved and so identified with on a viseral level was the 1985 dark comedy "After Hours" which was directed by Martin Scorsese. BTW I didn't know it was a Scorsese film until I looked it up right now. But when I saw his name I was like "duh"

I don't even want to post the trailer here, as I think it gives too much away.
But I will say it's about this guy in a city, at night, over the course of a few hours. All he wants to do is Go The **** Home! Simple as that.

Heh. The following has happened to me a number of times since, and I always think of the movie immediately feel all right.
Have you ever, not just got caught in a traffic jam, but decide to take that short cut, only to end up in a similar jam, and then do it 2 or 3 more times? You're like within 3 miles of your house.
I'll think of that movie, and just get really calm and say out loud "I'm just never going to get home" Then I'm content to just live the rest of my life sitting in my car, watching people reach their destination faster on foot.

It's the beauty of Losing Hope and Giving Up.

 

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