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Title: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 31, 2015, 09:59:13 PM
here we go again...
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 01, 2016, 06:27:57 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
A house guest had never seen it. I'll always watch it. The bit where Gromit wait for the jammed toast to hit him in the face is one of the best animation sequences ever
2 ● Vacation
This added nothing to the 1983 original. Who the hell greenlights these things?
3 ● Life Stinks
Far from Mel Brooks' finest, but it definitely has its comic moments
4 ● The Irish Pub
This turned up a new addition to AmazonPrime on 1/1. Didn't know it existed, but it turned out to be an utterly delightful little documentary
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
One day there will be a great documentary about the evolution of disco. This isn't it that's for curtains
6 ● Fantastic 4
Maybe I should've watched the first three first?
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
THIS was awesome!!
8 ● Noah
They got the first two letter of the title right. And Ray Winstone, shame on you!!!
9 ● Swordfish
There are just two good things about this hokey action movie. Halle Berry is responsible for both of them. Which, admittedly, is why I watched it again.
10 ● Rob the Mob
This true story about a more modern-day Bonnie & Ckyde couple who held up known mobster haunts in New York could've been soooo much better with some tighter direction. So many good actors were lost behind a sometimes indecipherable and way too comic handling of the tale. Shame.
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
Where my DVD of this? I swear it was here a minute ago.
12 ● Time out of Mind
Richard Gere's name is above the title but the real star of this is the way it's filmed and the brave subject matter. The film follows the mundanity and despair of New York's homeless population and how bureaucracy in wanting to help actually makes it more difficult for the disadvantaged to obtain what they are entitled to. Evocative and scary in equal measure. No-one any kind of a civilized society should have to live this way and yet so very many do.
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
Susan George, bless 'er. Worst attempt at an American accent by a British actress EVAH.
14 ● Catwoman
Rewatched by association... I watched Swordfish, reminded of Halle Berry's inate beauty... therefore.... + in leather for the win
15 ● Across the Universe
First time I watched this I dismissed it as bollocks. Nothing's changed but it IS very well-filmed bollocks, beautifully visual. The script is horseshit.
16 ● Notting Hill
Call me a sappy/soppy old cunt but I like this movie
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2016, 10:02:58 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones


I enjoyed this film a lot because it was a well told comprehensive story. That being stated, it was very tense, very grim, very brutal. Not a single moment of joy or lightheartedness, really, aside from the street kid finding a friend.


Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 04, 2016, 10:35:27 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones


I enjoyed this film a lot because it was a well told comprehensive story. That being stated, it was very tense, very grim, very brutal. Not a single moment of joy or lightheartedness, really, aside from the street kid finding a friend.




Have you read any of the Scudder books, Dan?  C-Lando and I are both big fans.  If you haven't read the book you definitely benefit from your ignorance of the character.  Neeson was a terrible casting decision.  I can't even bring myself to watch it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on January 04, 2016, 11:26:04 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones


I enjoyed this film a lot because it was a well told comprehensive story. That being stated, it was very tense, very grim, very brutal. Not a single moment of joy or lightheartedness, really, aside from the street kid finding a friend.
It was definitely brutal, like the book. Matt's world is a tough one, for sure. I didn't hate the movie. But, like Kwyji said, the casting was all wrong.

I'd love to have you read some of the books as a resident of New York. I want to take a Scudder walking tour, though most of the places from his world don't really exist in the current city.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: dirk on January 04, 2016, 12:03:05 PM
1) Sisters

This was really good. I am sucker for Tina and Amy, and they delivered exactly what you would expect. The cast was filled with SNL cast members and alums doing good work. It wasn't ground breaking, but I didn't expect it to be.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2016, 01:26:48 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones


I enjoyed this film a lot because it was a well told comprehensive story. That being stated, it was very tense, very grim, very brutal. Not a single moment of joy or lightheartedness, really, aside from the street kid finding a friend.
It was definitely brutal, like the book. Matt's world is a tough one, for sure. I didn't hate the movie. But, like Kwyji said, the casting was all wrong.

I'd love to have you read some of the books as a resident of New York. I want to take a Scudder walking tour, though most of the places from his world don't really exist in the current city.

No, I hadn't read anything so I was completely ignorant. So ignorant, in fact, that I thought it was a movie about Liam Neeson doing "Taken" but in a rural middle-America. (I have no idea how I came to that.)

The NYC stuff was fun, but I'm an ass when I watch movies because I like to point out things that can't be possible (beyond the general suspension of disbelief of the main plot). So like, the final scenes had them in Whitestone. Then he tells the guy to meet him in Green-Wood Cemetery. Okay, but they say to meet at 10:30. I don't know what time it was....but it was dark when he said that. So it's after 5 pm. It's very possible to meet him there at 10:30, but it felt like he was saying, "meet me in an hour." Whitestone and Green-Wood Cemetery ARE NOT CLOSE TO EACH OTHER. I know it's "possible" that this could have happened, but I was visualizing the movie in my head locationally and it wasn't quite working.

Want me to get even nerdier?
Early in the movie he walks out of Green-Wood Cemetery and turns right onto 5th Ave. I paused the scene here...because I saw something incredible. The film takes place in 1999...okay...but the frame I paused it on had a pedestrian signal head (you know...the walk/don't walk fixture) and it also had the parking regulation signage next to it. The Walk/Don't Walk was the correct one from 1999 where it literally says the words DON'T WALK. In 2004-2005ish they changed them all to a figure of a walking person and a hand so that it was more "international" and didn't require a pedestrian to know English to understand. So this pedestrian signal head was accurate! I was like, "did they change the DOT infrastructure to make the movie more realistic for the year? Wow! That's amazing filmmaking! Good for them." But then I realized that the parking regulation signage is the current regulation - they updated those signs in the past two or three years (since I've been working at DOT, anyway) which means that they DIDN'T update the DOT infrastructure for accuracy. So now I don't know - do you think their location scouts and set designers knew enough about the signal heads that they modified them, but didn't know enough about parking regulations? It's possible... or it's possible that they got lucky because that signal head is probably a rarity and probably really exists? And now I want to take a field trip to go to that location to see it like a nerd.

Or.... who cares?

This is what it's like to watch a movie with me. :) :) :)  My wife loved me considerably less than usual at this moment in the movie. Hahaha.

Lando - aren't you SO EXCITED to come to a NYC movie screening sometime with me?!?
:-)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2016, 01:34:26 PM
Wait...maybe they DID update the signal infrastructure!

This is likely the location...
https://www.google.com/maps/@40.6591814,-73.995675,3a,75y,131.38h,81.29t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1szPE8RfrWdxnUwyZp-mL41g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

I don't see any other spots where Scudder could have walked out of the Cemetery and turned right onto 5th Ave. And this does have the current and correct signal head.

Good for them!

(I'm the best, aren't I?)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 04, 2016, 01:58:01 PM
That is crazy-go-nuts that they would have bothered with the crosswalk signals.  I'm surprised that they would go to such a length for something literally only a few would notice.

So what confuses me is that it was set in 1999.  The book was published in 1992 so it should have been set then, or earlier.  Why change the time setting? 
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on January 04, 2016, 02:51:22 PM
Truthfully, the WALK/DON'T WALK signal change was probably a simple CGI fix.  I doubt they actually erected the correct sign and then changed it back.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 04, 2016, 02:57:47 PM
Even still, not sure why they'd bother.  I doubt many people even realize they were changed.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on January 05, 2016, 10:00:30 AM
Wait...maybe they DID update the signal infrastructure!

This is likely the location...
https://www.google.com/maps/@40.6591814,-73.995675,3a,75y,131.38h,81.29t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1szPE8RfrWdxnUwyZp-mL41g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

I don't see any other spots where Scudder could have walked out of the Cemetery and turned right onto 5th Ave. And this does have the current and correct signal head.

Good for them!

(I'm the best, aren't I?)
I dig it. I like that you pay attention to this kind of detail. It's what my best friend does when she watches movies too.

I think they used cell phones in the movie, Kwyjibo. So, maybe that's one reason they switched to 1999 instead of 1992.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on January 05, 2016, 10:08:35 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on January 05, 2016, 02:04:47 PM

3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.


And while I had an icee (I HAD to!) I managed to not slurp during quiet, introspective scenes! Go, me! :) (Lando will continue to see movies with me, I hope!)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on January 05, 2016, 02:07:07 PM
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it.
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 05, 2016, 02:30:23 PM
I guess I'll give this a shot this year, but I'll probably lose track in a month.

New to me in bold.

1. Hateful 8 - I'm sure this will engender some disbelief, but I didn't like it.  Overly long and excruciatingly slow.  I actually fell asleep during one of the talkier sections.  I also didn't enjoy being assaulted with the "N word" every five seconds.  I'm not the PC police but it was gratuitous for the sake of being gratuitous, and I have no respect for that where that particular word is concerned.  It was not unavoidable, and did not increase the quality of the film, nor did it help the story telling.  On the other hand Walton Goggins was pretty freakin' amazing, but isn't he always?

2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on January 05, 2016, 04:15:51 PM
On the other hand Walton Goggins was pretty freakin' amazing, but isn't he always?
HELL YES. He was made to spit QT's dialogue. No doubt.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on January 05, 2016, 04:17:20 PM

3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.


And while I had an icee (I HAD to!) I managed to not slurp during quiet, introspective scenes! Go, me! :) (Lando will continue to see movies with me, I hope!)
Well done! I forgot you had an Icee until I read this post. But, I think we filled all silences with laughter. Hence, no silence and no time for loud slurping.
YOU ARE NOT BANNED.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on January 06, 2016, 07:57:00 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8

Haunting HBO documentary that is basically just following some 20-something heroin users (and dealers) in Cape Cod, which is mirroring a lot of the suburban US with its rampant heroin use and crime revolving around it.  Does a really good job explaining how some of these kids get sucked into using, the path out, and why it's so hard to actually follow that path... and what the human cost is in lives, money, and relationships.  Highly recommended if you have even just a passing interest in the subject matter.  Also a lot of needle use, so if you are squeamish about needles (which I am), be prepared to avert your eyes a lot.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on January 06, 2016, 10:36:10 AM
YOU ARE NOT BANNED.

Yaaaayyyy! Double feature of Deathpool and 2oolander on Feb 12! (or something)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: foolsgold on January 06, 2016, 12:53:05 PM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8

I just watched that a couple days ago and woke up in the middle of the night unable to stop thinking about Marissa.  The way she described the isolation of addiction will stick with me for quite a while, I suspect.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on January 06, 2016, 01:29:43 PM
1- muscle shoals- well that was fantastic.  i've been privy to the background but didn't understand the importance.  what a revelation
2- blue ruin- a revenge flick.  i didn't know that before hand otherwise i probably would have still watched it.  upon first glance, i thought, ok, an innocuous drifter.  right up my alley.  and then the revenge kicks in. 
3- exit through the gift shop- is banksy like, the world's biggest rockstar?  mr brainwash is comic, full of life, completely fearless, and quite possibly not as naive as he appears.  but he isn't genuine to street art (like i know shit about it) but perhaps he isn't trying to be.  when they showed folks showcasing their street art next to their picasso's or what have you, that was never something that was intended to be sold for profit.  it isn't a tangible thing, but who am i to tell people what they can collect
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on January 06, 2016, 01:32:18 PM
Blue Ruin was GREAT.  So was Exit.  I guess the jury is still out on whether or not Mr. Brainwash is a real thing, but he's still out there doing stuff last I heard.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on January 07, 2016, 08:08:45 AM
I've never even heard of BLUE RUIN. Putting it on the list.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on January 07, 2016, 08:13:04 AM
Lando - aren't you SO EXCITED to come to a NYC movie screening sometime with me?!?
:-)
How about we skip the movie watching and just take walking tours of the city? You can point out all of the crosswalks and signage you want. :)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on January 07, 2016, 01:29:15 PM
Blue Ruin was GREAT.  So was Exit.  I guess the jury is still out on whether or not Mr. Brainwash is a real thing, but he's still out there doing stuff last I heard.

i certainly didn't think blue ruin was great.  it kept me watching though.  all the rave reviews will have me second guessing.  there was potential for a complete mind fuck.  i possibly missed something about that boy
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on January 07, 2016, 01:31:48 PM
Blue Ruin was GREAT.  So was Exit.  I guess the jury is still out on whether or not Mr. Brainwash is a real thing, but he's still out there doing stuff last I heard.

Mr Brainwash not real?  i'm not heavily involved in the arts scene
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on January 08, 2016, 09:20:07 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario


Wow that was intense. And not really what I expected. Fortunately the shock value factor was only in the opening scenes - after that it was a little more tame. Well told, good acting, powerful stuff, a small reveal, and generally a well made film. I know euro60 thought it was the best of the year - I don't know about that...I'd have to think about it. But it's good for sure.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 08, 2016, 04:54:53 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
adding
17 ● Wild Card
Jason Statham kicks is regular movie arse in Vegas setting
18 ● Ex Machina
SciFi hokum wherein a female robot's boobs disconcertingly change size through the movie. Like a BAD Black Mirror script. Should've abandoned it. Didn't.
19 ● The Words
I couldn't work out if this story about literary theft was supposed to be a romantic tale, a mystery or what. It grabbed me a little, not a lot
20 ● Sicario
Good, not great. Some nice performances. I thought the third act dragged a little and seemed to wind the tension down
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Blu-Ray. Yeah Baby. So many good gags.
22 ● Ted 2
The law of diminishing returns undoubtedly applies here. Laughs definitely unabundant
23 ● Calendar Girls
I was inspired to revisit this thanks to a recent storyline in BBC Radio's longtime drama series "The Archers". Very enjoyable and fun. Plus Helen Mirren and her "charms"
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 09, 2016, 07:00:36 PM
Let's see if I can do this, although I think I've already forgotten one. I only list new to me movies:

1. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
2. The Second Best Marigold Hotel (DVR)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on January 11, 2016, 12:58:51 PM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on January 13, 2016, 11:50:13 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8

2. Foxcatcher - 6

Just felt like something was missing.  Maybe it was the source of DuPont's madness... he was clearly off, but not in a way that made any kind of sense.  Maybe that was the point, but it didn't make for a satisfying narrative.

3. Big Hero 6 - 8

Solid, funny.  Cloying at times, but definitely worth 90 minutes.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 13, 2016, 08:27:14 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
adding
24 ● Inside Out
WHAT a great little movie. It blew us away with how incredibly clever it was. So well scripted and played out from beginning to end. Laughed out loud soooooo many times. Without kids of our own I can't imagine for one little minute how it plays for children, but for grown-ups its fabulous.
25 ● V for Vendetta
First time on BluRay and not disappointed. Overtime I watch this I think "yep, England's getting closer and closer to this".
26 ● Experimenter
Based on the life of Stanley Milgram, supposedly one of the premier social psychologists America has ever produced. He became notorious for an obedience experiment where increasingly more powerful electrical shocks were given to subjects who answered a series of questions incorrectly. Sort of. With sequences breaking the fourth wall and terrible green screen backdrops worthy of a 40 year-old episode of Columbo this wordily plodded its way to a conclusion that was supposed to be some kind of metaphor for all that had gone before. I couldn't wait to hit the 'stop button' expecting the 450v shock Milgram's torture victims 'received' for having put up with the full 90 minutes of preceding movie bollocks. Meh.
27 ● The Abominable Bride
I've loved the Beeb's reincarnation of Sherlock. Until this, which I felt was a terrible mis-step. Felt way too forced IMHO
28 ● Butterfly
When I worked in video - running a chain of 11 stores - this was a "constant complaint" rental. Meaning the men who rented it complained they never got to see enough of Pia Zadora and felt 'duped'. I never forgot that. Amazon recently added it to their Prime offerings and I thought I would watch it again for shits and giggles. I feel 'duped'! (It really is a trashy bad movie. Poor old Stacy Keach and his wonky lip gives it his all but its wasted in the face of such bad acting everywhere else.)
29 ● Blow Out
I remembered this as a tense thriller. Years later I accept it was pants with a TERRIBLE (and now very dated) soundtrack and hammy acting, Nancy Allen especially
30 ● Mistress America
The (weakened) spirit of Woody Allen lives on in this dreary yawnfest about two women taking on their combined neuroses and New York
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on January 13, 2016, 10:45:17 PM
20 ● Sicario
Good, not great. Some nice performances. I thought the third act dragged a little and seemed to wind the tension down
belated question.... I assume you saw this on your TV, be it DVD or NetFlix?

I'm asking because I'm a bit surprised you find this "good, not great". For me it was the BEST movie of 2015, but I saw it (twice, no less) on the big screen. I wonder if some of the movie's luster is lost on the small screen. I was absolutely mesmerized by the film's tense moments, from the get-go. The long sequence where the team goes into Mexico to pick up the drug dealer and then makes it back to the US pretty early on in the movie just floored me. After I saw this movie the first time, I asked myself, was this really this good as I thought it was? Then I went to see it again, and yes, it WAS that good. Although I admit that the movie loses some towards the end, but nevermind, this was the best movie for me in 2015.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on January 14, 2016, 07:21:17 PM
1- muscle shoals
2- blue ruin
3- exit through the gift shop

4- glengary glen ross- possibly my favorite pacino character.  kevin spacey was great.  i wasn't sure who to feel more sorry for in the film, the people getting duped out of money or the shitty job those folks had
5- take shelter- you knew that end was coming.  damn you were strung along. 
6- hoffa- jack was fantastic!  i haven't seen any actual jimmy hoffa footage, but you can definitely feel him portraying him.  i'm not a union sympathizer, but i can understand the motivations for them back then.  perfect anti-hero
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 15, 2016, 10:18:06 PM
20 ● Sicario
Good, not great. Some nice performances. I thought the third act dragged a little and seemed to wind the tension down
belated question.... I assume you saw this on your TV, be it DVD or NetFlix?

I'm asking because I'm a bit surprised you find this "good, not great". For me it was the BEST movie of 2015, but I saw it (twice, no less) on the big screen. I wonder if some of the movie's luster is lost on the small screen. I was absolutely mesmerized by the film's tense moments, from the get-go. The long sequence where the team goes into Mexico to pick up the drug dealer and then makes it back to the US pretty early on in the movie just floored me. After I saw this movie the first time, I asked myself, was this really this good as I thought it was? Then I went to see it again, and yes, it WAS that good. Although I admit that the movie loses some towards the end, but nevermind, this was the best movie for me in 2015.
Yes, DVD from the library.

Sorry, didn't hit me with anything like the same degree it did you Euro. Yes, agree, tense. But that third act was like a popped balloon after the first two and felt a massive letdown.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on January 18, 2016, 08:17:59 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 18, 2016, 08:34:02 AM
New to me in bold.

1. Hateful 8
2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

3. The Abominable Bride

4. Tomorrowland

5. Spy - God damn is Melissa McCarthy funny.  We laughed like idiots all the way through.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 18, 2016, 11:36:09 AM

5. Spy - God damn is Melissa McCarthy funny.  We laughed like idiots all the way through.
Agree. I loved how Jason Statham sent himself up too.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2016, 06:37:16 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard


RIP Alan Rickman. You were excellent.

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on January 19, 2016, 07:20:36 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8

4. Two Days, One Night - 7

Marion Cotillard is amazing in this.  The story almost writes itself, to be honest... if you are going to watch, watch for the gamut of emotions that she has to run through in the course of the film.  It's quite something.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on January 19, 2016, 11:14:10 AM
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it.
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in.
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 20, 2016, 06:57:16 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
adding
31 ● Minions
I really enjoyed this. Good silly animated FUN. Biased of course about the sequences in England but there was some fantastic piss taken without many people probably realising. I may watch it again with subtitles, just for shits & giggles
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
RrrrrrrrromCom personified. "You've Got Mail" for the modern-day orgasm and masturbation set.
33 ● Adult Beginners
Asshole loses job. Moves in with with sister. Slowly stops being an asshole
34 ● The Martian
Great movie. Far more enjoyable than I imagined it might be (Maaaaattttt Daaaaamonnnnn). Great script, under-the-top CGI and fine performances all round. Loved it.
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
This didn't tell me much more than I already learned from my school chum John Sweeney's book on Scientology and it's apparent 'evil'. Certainly not the "oscar winning" documentary a lot of people were tagging it as.
36 ● The Prestige
I watched this again mainly for Bowie's turn as Tesla. However, I'd forgotten just HPW well filmed the entire thing is. Beautiful staging sets and lighting.
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
Amelie meets Lost in Translation. Not as engaging as the former, but engaging, yes. Not as colourful as the latter, but colorful, yes.
38 ● Snowpiercer
Blu-Ray rewatch. Still concerned about the Max Headroom ending
39 ● Amy
A tragic documentary where you want to shout at people on the screen for enabling and creating her untimely demise. Her boyfriend Blake was a cunt, her Dad was a cunt, the paparazzi were cunts and the shitty music industry pretty much just chewed her up and spat her out
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on January 23, 2016, 07:47:18 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)

4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his son, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on January 25, 2016, 09:28:54 AM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
Nice. I like this.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on January 25, 2016, 09:31:31 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on January 25, 2016, 11:04:04 AM

Nice. I like this.

Thanks! It was Ant-Man that pushed me over the edge, believe it or not. Multiple scenes where Paul Rudd's character is talking about his child's welfare, and does not speak to the mother, but to the mom's boyfriend. 5 female characters in the whole movie, one of whom is a child. Two are flashback only, and the other two have no screen time together. You couldn't get a henchwoman?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on January 25, 2016, 04:21:01 PM
I'm finally catching up on what I've seen so far this year... (Bold seen in theaters)

1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM


The Hateful Eight (easily Tarantino's weakest film to date) and The Danish Girl were big disappointments.

Mustang, from Turkey, just won a Best Foreign Language Movie Oscar nomination. The movie will break your heart. Think the Virgin Suicides a la turkoise.

The Revenant is best enjoyed if you don't think too much about it (DiCaprio barely survives the grizzly attack--incidentally the best scene of the movie, and is without food, water, medicine or shelter in freezing conditions, yet lives, and even walks within days).

13 Hours, from director Michael "Transformers" Bay, is surprisingly strong. If you liked American Sniper, this one's for you. The inaptitude of the CIA Chief in Benghazi is revolting.

Anomalisa is the latest from Charlie Kaufman. Need more be said? Just go see it already and enjoy the one-of-a-kind weirdness/utter brilliance that is Kaufman. The big surprise is that the movie takes place in Cincinnati and has tons of Cincinnati references (down to Cincinnati chili).

January is the best month to watch Turner Classic Movies, with emphasis on Oscar-nominated or winning movies from yesteryear. I had never seen the Caine Mutiny (starring Humphrey Bogart), or the original Cape Fear. Love them oldies.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on January 26, 2016, 02:55:35 PM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7

5. Creep - 7

If you are into being unsettled in your horror films, like creeped out instead of just scared, this works nicely.  There are too many cheap jump scares, but overall the creepiness oozes from every frame of this thanks to a nice turn from Mark Duplass, who produced the film.

6. For Your Consideration - 6

The only film from the Christopher Guest oeuvre that I had missed up to this point, this was more touching and sad than funny.  Though every single time Fred Willard is on screen, you are guaranteed a chuckle.

7. The Martian - 7

This being like one of the 3 books I've read in the past 10 years, it suffered from actually figuring out how to be less suspenseful than the book.  Likely because some of the suspense came from the "sciencing the shit out of this" situations that Mark Watney was placed in.  You couldn't get too science-heavy in the film unless you want to put everyone to sleep.  So rather than do that, we had a lot of back and forth hand wringing from NASA, Watney himself, and the rest of the crew which all plays on screen OK... but somehow less interestingly than the page.  Also, the Mars presented here just seemed slightly desert-y and not all that alien.  That said, I enjoyed it overall and am glad they didn't go too serious with it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on February 01, 2016, 07:39:10 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7

8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9

Lived up to the considerable hype I had built for it in my head.  Two scenes especially... the reveal of what the "evil plot" is at the church, and the total chip activation of all of the Valentine sympathizers... those pushed it into top notch territory.  Maybe a little too meta for its own good at times, but overall it was a new and modern spy franchise built out of, what in Matthew Vaughn's and a great cast's hands, strayed away from being too tired to work properly.  I watched it with a room full of people who couldn't have cared less about it (my wife and two sons), and by the end they were all rather interested in it as well.

9. Room - 10

Left thinking, "what movie am I going to see that knocks its subject out of the park quite like this one?"  The answer is none.  A masterful stroke in telling the story from the perspective of the 5 year old child in the film, ROOM teeters on the edge of melodrama but remains believable largely thanks to the performances of Brie Larson, Joan Allen, and the little boy.  I was moved to tears multiple times, which doesn't happen every day ESPECIALLY in movies that are trying for moving, emotional scenes.  It's a tribute to Lenny Abrahamson that the film works as well as it does, as chock full of emotion as it is.  The emotion never overwhelms the movie, and it strikes a balance between hopeful and melancholy that few films can achieve.  Not to mention the story of the 5 year old's development, which continues on whether he's going through an ordeal or not.

If you never watched Abrahamson's FRANK, I found that to be one of the best movies of 2014... and it is certainly the best movie that will ever be made about a singer who wears a false head.  It's a must watch, as is this.  Abrahamson is on a roll, as is Brie Larson.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on February 01, 2016, 12:09:18 PM
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9

Lived up to the considerable hype I had built for it in my head.  Two scenes especially... the reveal of what the "evil plot" is at the church, and the total chip activation of all of the Valentine sympathizers... those pushed it into top notch territory.  Maybe a little too meta for its own good at times, but overall it was a new and modern spy franchise built out of, what in Matthew Vaughn's and a great cast's hands, strayed away from being too tired to work properly.  I watched it with a room full of people who couldn't have cared less about it (my wife and two sons), and by the end they were all rather interested in it as well.

Excellent! I re-watched it last week as I turned it on right at the church scene and made my wife watch that scene. It's so fabulous. And then I made her watch the chip activation scene as well. And then also the princess scenes, too! Hah. I really like that film and will always think fondly of it. I love the Matthew Vaughan quote that I read somewhere where he said, "People ask me 'what is Kingsmen?' and I tell them, 'It's my senior thesis!" I like that he went out and made the film that he'd always wanted to make.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on February 01, 2016, 12:11:09 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.


Watched UNCLE on a plane so I only processed some of it but I enjoyed the film thoroughly. Well done r-villians who recommended it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on February 01, 2016, 12:54:35 PM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 01, 2016, 02:24:42 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
adding
40 ● Mr Holmes
Enoyable period romp. McKellan is wonderful. No sign of Benilyn Thundercrackers.
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
Meryl's other Mamma Mia moment. Meh!
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
Wonderfully humbling movie about a girl with cerebral palsy and her coming of age in the face of family tradition
43 ● The Intern
DeNiro phones it in again. Pleasant story, nicely told - excepting one ludicrous and unnecessary 'house break in' aside which fucked up the flow of everything.
44 ● No Escape
Pierce Brosnan good. Owen Wilson bad. Concept good. Execution bad. Where's Dolph Lundgren when you need him?
45 ● Heist
DeNiro sends it in by text. Speed meets Oceans11 meets Jerry Lewis
46 ● The Forger
Travolta is about as believable as a forger as I am a track star
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
Redford is good as Bill Bryson in this adaptation of his Appalachian Trail book, but Nolte is better.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on February 01, 2016, 02:55:10 PM
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.

Her?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: jcarwash31 on February 01, 2016, 03:48:10 PM
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.

Her?
It's as Ann as the nose on plain's face.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on February 01, 2016, 08:15:55 PM

10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.

I love this movie! I bought it, if you ever want to borrow it. Not enough special features, though. I thought there would be more outtakes than they had.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: trixi on February 01, 2016, 09:20:56 PM
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.

Did you read the book?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on February 02, 2016, 12:50:20 PM
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.

Did you read the book?

I did! I quite liked it, too, though it is very different than the movie. I ended up reading more of Keplinger's stuff, which is a little hit and miss, but I think she gets that teenagers are complex and mercurial.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on February 02, 2016, 04:13:19 PM
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.

Did you read the book?

I did! I quite liked it, too, though it is very different than the movie. I ended up reading more of Keplinger's stuff, which is a little hit and miss, but I think she gets that teenagers are complex and mercurial.
I didn't know it was based on a book until 2 days before I borrowed it from the library. So, nope. Didn't read the book, but finally figured out that a book was the source material for the movie.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on February 03, 2016, 12:09:06 PM
You should read the book - it's an easy read. I have it on Kindle, if there is some way I can loan it to you. (I think I can?)

She has another one based on Lysistrata (SP?) and set in High School.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on February 03, 2016, 04:18:52 PM
1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
Updating the last couple of weeks (bold seen in the theater)

16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater

Theeb is one of the 5 Oscar-nominated foreign films. It's essentially a western, Jordanian-style. Great little movie, and shot with mostly with non-professional actors from nomad tribes in Jordan.

Hearts and Minds is a fascinating documentary about the Vietnam War, shot in 1973-74, meaning before the end of the war. Well worth checking out.

I hadn't seen One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in forever. Hasn't aged all that well IMHO...

And The Oscar Goes To... is a documentary about the Oscars. Did you know that the reason the Academy was founded had nothing to do with handing out awards? (The Academy was founded to counter the threat of the unions taking over Hollywood. That didn't work out so well. So the Academy invented the Oscars as a new raison d'être.)

I just had to see Carol again before it left the theaters. Fabulous movie.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: trixi on February 03, 2016, 10:49:54 PM
I did! I quite liked it, too, though it is very different than the movie. I ended up reading more of Keplinger's stuff, which is a little hit and miss, but I think she gets that teenagers are complex and mercurial.
I borrowed the movie last week, but still haven't watched it.  I remember when the trailers started showing up on TV before the movie was released and wasn't quite sure how well the book would translate into a movie.  So it'll be interesting I'm sure to see how much is different.  Different is not always a good thing...while I like the Princess Diaries, I still get mad about all the unnecessary (IMO) changes they made in the movie. 
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on February 03, 2016, 11:01:33 PM
Some of the storylines in the book are totally trunkated (or missing), andthe friendship between the girls is muted, which is a real shame. The movie could have broken new ground (in terms of teen movies) if they had addressed that part, too.

It's not the same, but it still works. I'd like to hear what you think of it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on February 04, 2016, 08:32:32 AM
You should read the book - it's an easy read. I have it on Kindle, if there is some way I can loan it to you. (I think I can?)

She has another one based on Lysistrata (SP?) and set in High School.
I can get it from Cobb County when I'm ready. I have 5 books on my plate right now. I'll probably actually read two of them. HA.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on February 04, 2016, 11:00:29 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song


I had no idea Billy Dee Williams was ever so young! And how come James Caan looked about 10 years older than he should have? Was he always a grizzled late 30's something?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on February 05, 2016, 09:15:43 AM
And how come James Caan looked about 10 years older than he should have? Was he always a grizzled late 30's something?
THE GODFATHER says "Yes".
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on February 05, 2016, 09:18:23 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on February 05, 2016, 09:26:58 AM
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
c-lando, after seeing the movie, I was astonished to find out the buzz on the internets about what 'really' happened between Michael and Lisa:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2401878/board/nest/252282792?ref_=tt_bd_1

The thought hadn't even entered my mind.

(Spoiler alert: for those that haven't seen it yet and plan to, do not go to this link)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on February 05, 2016, 12:00:30 PM
(Spoiler alert: for those that haven't seen it yet and plan to, do not go to this link)


c-lando, after seeing the movie, I was astonished to find out the buzz on the internets about what 'really' happened between Michael and Lisa:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2401878/board/nest/252282792?ref_=tt_bd_1

The thought hadn't even entered my mind.

(Spoiler alert: for those that haven't seen it yet and plan to, do not go to this link)
Didn't cross mine either, especially after hearing it referred to as a tender moment between the two on both Marc Maron's podcast and Charlie & Duke's episode of Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on February 07, 2016, 09:55:00 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his son, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N

12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 07, 2016, 10:14:48 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
adding
48 ● Freeheld
I adore that movies like this are being made about miscarriages of justice, legal, moral or otherwise. Julianne Moore is phenomenal in the lead role
49 ● Bridge of Spies
Fantastic stuff. The period is perfectly displayed, the acting and direction sublime. The subject matter merely highlights the fact that America has always been "frightened" of something. Itself mainly.
50 ● The Details
The darkest comedy you've never heard of. Amazon Prime, watch it. And that my 50 for 2016 I suppose. By February 9th. *gulp*
51 ● Spectre
Skyfall was everything this wasn't. A couple of good action sequences - the Bond 'rites of passage' - but the movie was hampered by a go nowhere script and an ending so predictable Stevie Wonder could've seen it coming. I'll reiterate what other people have said too, Craig looked 'bored' in the role, in fact everybody seemed to be just going through the motions. Oh and the title song is pants and as insipid as the script.
52 ● Game|Change
Rewatched to remind myself that in 8-years the GOP learned nothing - n.o.t.h.i.n.g - about the kinds of characters they out up for election on the national stage. Same circus car, different clowns
53 ● The Fifth Element
The Guardians of the Galaxy of its generation
54 ● Project Almanac
Time travel bollocks
55 ● MI-5
Movie of (to me) much loved British spy series turns out to be disappointing
56 ● Inception
Blu-Ray didn't make me understand it any more than I did first time round, but it sure looked fantastic
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 08, 2016, 10:10:48 AM
New to me in bold.

1. Hateful 8
2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
3. The Abominable Bride
4. Tomorrowland
5. Spy

6. Kung Fu Panda 3 - Silly and fun.  Kate Hudson is wasted, but then, what else was she doing?  Worth the $5 By-Jo (http://by-jo.com) ticket price.

7. Hail, Ceasar! - Not gonna be in the top five of the Coen Brothers' canon, but still awesome.  The individual narratives were all great.  Channing Tatum is the next Gene Kelly.

8. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief - I knew enough about Scientology going in to know that its members are nutjobs, but now that I have a clearer picture of L. Ron Hubbard, and his protege David Miscavige (whom I knew nothing about) I'm blown away.  How is this even a thing?  The description of the prison complex for the "Sea Org" people?  Just... wow!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on February 10, 2016, 12:38:10 PM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2016, 01:18:21 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House


Pain don't hurt.

What a silly movie. Half of it doesn't even make sense. And the hero ends up killing people - weird hero, right? And how is it that there are NO COPS whatsoever for the whole movie...until the final scene? It's one or the other: the police are present or they are completely absent. Because showing up for the final scene is idiotic if you're going to let the whole town watch someone destroy a car dealership on purpose and not do anything about it. (Or blow up two different buildings.)

Still...that love interest was SMOKING hot.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on February 10, 2016, 03:34:13 PM
1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
Updating the past week (bold seen in the theater)

25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)

45 Years is the movie everyone knows of from the stellar and Oscar-nominated performance by Charlotte Rampling. Why the equally thrilling performance of Tom Courtenay (Rampling's husband in the movie) is not talked about, is a mystery to me. Anyway, great little movie about the mysteries of keeping a 45 year old marriage going strong (or not).

Some great movies at the 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival, none more so than Remember, a Holocaust-related thriller directed by Atom Egoyan (yes, he of Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter), and starring an amazing performance by Christopher Plummer, now a crisp 86 years young, playing a Holocaust survivor and suffering mild dementia, but determined to track down the German Nazi officer who killed his family in Auschwitz, now living somewhere in the US. I won't say anymore, other than there were repeated gasps from the audience during the screening. The movie gets a wider theatrical release in March. See it if you have a chance, you won't regret it.

Repeat viewing of the latest Mad Max confirms what an unbelievable movie this is, but also brings home how much you lose by watching it on the small screen, as opposed to the big screen.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 10, 2016, 03:37:07 PM
45 Years is the movie everyone knows of from the stellar and Oscar-nominated performance by Charlotte Rampling.

Yep, everyone.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on February 12, 2016, 09:57:49 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon


The redheaded princess magician whatever character is still a dream character for me. Didn't realize it until now but it's the same actress who plays Jill Valentine in the Resident Evil films so that's fun. I am more in love with her character in this film though.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on February 13, 2016, 12:32:47 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on February 14, 2016, 04:09:01 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N

15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on February 15, 2016, 01:17:43 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy


Pitch Perfect 2 was basically the perfect comedy. I laughed (A LOT) and that's the point, and I didn't care at ALL how predictable it was. There was a joke a minute and everyone seemed like they were having fun. I wish I had seen it in the theaters just so I could have given them my money so as to encourage more fun comedies like this.

Deadpool was awesome. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I recommend everyone (who is not a child) to see it! I didn't even realize it was from Fox until I read a review afterward. I am impressed.

Hail, Caesar! was very Coen-y, like v_v says above. I didn't like it, but I don't like Coen Bros stuff. I mean, I enjoyed seeing all the actors that I knew in bit parts, so that was fun. And the set-tastic sets were fabulous, so that was neat too. I really liked Josh Brolin's character as well. But the story wasn't anything (for me) so I didn't like it. But I saw it b/c the wife wanted to and I drag her to a TON of films she doesn't like so I owed her this.

Spy was a funny in parts, too slapstick/unfunny in parts. Silly characters, beautiful sets, actors we like but the slapstick stuff annoyed us.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 15, 2016, 10:53:49 PM
Let's see if I can do this, although I think I've already forgotten one. I only list new to me movies:

1. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
2. The Second Best Marigold Hotel (DVR)
3. Your Sister's Sister (Netflix)
4. Boy Meets Girl (Netflix)
5. The African Queen (DVR) - Bogart and Hepburn filmed by John Huston.
6. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (IMAX) - Third time, this time on the giant IMAX

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on February 16, 2016, 08:46:02 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10

10. Seven Psychopaths - 6

How meta is too meta?  THIS.  Some great scenes in here, but some really stupid crap too.  Sam Rockwell tries hard, but his character really just makes no sense in the last half of the movie.

11. The End of the Tour - 6

Watched this on the second half of my flight into LAX, and it was SUPER-LATE and I fell asleep during parts of the last 20 minutes... and still don't feel like I missed that much.  Jason Segel was really good, and Eisenberg was Eisenberg.

12. Sicario - 8

Suffers a bit towards the end, and I really didn't like how they handled Emily Blunt's partner character... but a really tense, satisfying drug crime thriller overall that ends with a bit of a whimper.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on February 16, 2016, 09:55:17 AM

Hail, Caesar! was very Coen-y, like v_v says above. I didn't like it, but I don't like Coen Bros stuff. I mean, I enjoyed seeing all the actors that I knew in bit parts, so that was fun. And the set-tastic sets were fabulous, so that was neat too. I really liked Josh Brolin's character as well. But the story wasn't anything (for me) so I didn't like it. But I saw it b/c the wife wanted to and I drag her to a TON of films she doesn't like so I owed her this.

The Josh Brolin character was probably my least favorite part! I would have enjoyed him very much in another movie on the topic, just not a Coen brothers movie.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 17, 2016, 02:07:52 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
adding
57 ● Learning to Drive
Definitely falls into the category of "why was it made/how was it greenlit" but this tale of driving instructor Ben Kingsley and his errant pupil entertained enough without seeming "wow"
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
Like many other people 'of my age' I first became aware of Giger's work when he did the album sleeve for ELP's "Brain Salad Surgery" in the early 70's. I then bought Necronomicon (or however you spell it) and a couple of other art books, long before he went stratospheric with his design for "Alien"
59 ● ReDirected
Cheap British gangster movie - set in Lithuania - starring Vinnie Jones. Yes, STARRING Vinnie Jones. 'Nuff said
60 ● Jurassic World
If only the gigantasaurus (or whatever the fuck it was called) had killed the kids. This would've been a much better - shorter - movie.
61 ● Everest
Visually impressive, but very 'plodding' and actually quite dull
62 ● Wild
For whatever reason, I REALLY liked this. I liked the "thinking out loud" moments Witherspoon expressed, enjoyed the vignette style of film-making and the way that, unlike movies of a similar ilk (Walk in the Woods for example) it didn't concentrate on the negativity and 'anguish' of achieving such a feat of endurance. Instead it was mainly positive in tone and felt very uplifting. I thought - wrongly - in advance that I would hate this but instead it was a very welcomed surprise indeed
63 ● Bed Scenes
French short (w/English subtitles). 7 mediocre stories about percy filth
64 ● Margin Call
Jeremy Irons as a badass corporate owner. Kevin Spacey as a badass trader. Loads of good supporting actors. And Demi Moore.
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
Terrific. Simply terrific.
66 ● Burnt
Bradley Cooper plays a tortured chef who makes good. Like many other chef movies really. Some great shots of London though
67 ● Kung Fury
30 minutes of hilarity. Just watch it! (Netflix)
68 ● The Drop
Weirdly captivating mobster drama(Netflix)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on February 17, 2016, 04:05:40 PM
Hail, Caesar! was very Coen-y, like v_v says above. I didn't like it, but I don't like Coen Bros stuff. I mean, I enjoyed seeing all the actors that I knew in bit parts, so that was fun. And the set-tastic sets were fabulous, so that was neat too. I really liked Josh Brolin's character as well. But the story wasn't anything (for me) so I didn't like it. But I saw it b/c the wife wanted to and I drag her to a TON of films she doesn't like so I owed her this.

I found Hail, Caesar! to be one of my least favorite Coen Brothers movie,m and certainly one of the ost, if not THE most forgettable movie from them.

When the end credits started rolling, tellingly the guy sitting next to me says to his wife: "what was the point of this movie?", and the answer of course is that there is no real point to the movie. Just a nostalgic look at Hollywood's golden age (already in decline by then, of course). It just didn't resonate with me, and now 5 days later, I feel even less positive about the movie.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on February 18, 2016, 11:05:19 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out


Enjoyable look at what could be going on inside one's brain. The wife was very concerned about the "sadness" character and hating how it might portray the importance of being happy all the time. She was pleased with the result.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 19, 2016, 07:35:42 PM
Everybody on Randomville needs to watch "Kung Fury" on Netflix. 30 minutes of silly comedy gold.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on February 20, 2016, 11:27:37 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on February 22, 2016, 07:54:40 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8

13. Deadpool - 7

Refreshed the superhero genre for me a bit, but there were so many jokes that fell flat, it was a little ridiculous.  Yes, there were some where I laughed quite a lot, but so many others that I found stupid.  Yes, we took the boys.  Yes, c-fan attempted to cover Ethan's eyes during the strip club scene.  Yes, Alex covered his own eyes during it.

14. Raising Arizona

15. Cartel Land - 8

The story of 2 citizen vigilante groups who are fighting against Mexican drug cartels, Cartel Land suffers a bit from one of its subjects being massively more interesting than the other.  It is worth the time for the story about the Mexican Autodefensas who are attempting to take back the state of Michoacan from the Knights Templar drug cartel.  Scenes of physical danger intersperse with scenes of inspiration as a local doctor helps lead the locals in taking back their towns from terrorization from the cartel.  However, the story of inspiration turns political and becomes complicated rather quickly.  The Autodefensas story by itself would be a 10.  Worth your time if you are a documentary fan.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 22, 2016, 08:51:31 AM
Yes, c-fan attempted to cover Ethan's eyes during the strip club scene.  Yes, Alex covered his own eyes during it.


Hilarious.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on February 22, 2016, 12:04:25 PM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on February 22, 2016, 12:05:00 PM
Yes, c-fan attempted to cover Ethan's eyes during the strip club scene.  Yes, Alex covered his own eyes during it.


Hilarious.

VERY HILARIOUS. That one deserves to be copied and pasted in the thread about the boys.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on February 22, 2016, 12:58:47 PM
Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.

I'm assuming that guy didn't like lead the relationship off with whoever that woman is with the teeth-sucking thing.  That was probably something that got held back until a year or two into the marriage.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 22, 2016, 01:42:05 PM
Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.

I'm assuming that guy didn't like lead the relationship off with whoever that woman is with the teeth-sucking thing.  That was probably something that got held back until a year or two into the marriage.

Like epic flatulence?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on February 22, 2016, 01:56:26 PM
Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.

I'm assuming that guy didn't like lead the relationship off with whoever that woman is with the teeth-sucking thing.  That was probably something that got held back until a year or two into the marriage.

Like epic flatulence?

Yeah... that's a great PURELY HYPOTHETICAL example.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on February 22, 2016, 02:12:24 PM
Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.

I'm assuming that guy didn't like lead the relationship off with whoever that woman is with the teeth-sucking thing.  That was probably something that got held back until a year or two into the marriage.

Like epic flatulence?

Yeah... that's a great PURELY HYPOTHETICAL example.
G(A)SP(O)OT(E)D!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 22, 2016, 02:26:54 PM
I honestly don't know how I didn't die from holding it in.  Er... I mean... yes... purely hypothetical.

And this is epic in its own right...

G(A)SP(O)OT(E)D!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on February 22, 2016, 04:37:35 PM
Ha! Y'all are the best.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on February 23, 2016, 10:36:24 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N

19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on February 24, 2016, 09:22:42 AM
1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
Updating the last 2 weeks (bold seen in the theater)

31. L'Iceberg (2006 from Belgium) - DVD
32. Hail, Caesar! - Cinemark Oakley
33. Tootsie - TCM
34. Kramer vs. Kramer - TCM
35. Being There - TCM
36. On The Waterfront - TCM
37. The Way We Were - TCM
38. Is That You? - 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at Cinemark Oakley
39. The Witch - AMC Newport On the Levee
40. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013 from Spain) - DVD
41. Days of Glory (2006 from France/Morocco) - DVD

More Oscar-related movies on TCM. I had never seen On The Waterfront (1954) in its entirety. Great movie. Don't recall if I had ever seen The Way We Were before. Streisand at her most charming.

The Witch is a 'horror' movie in the same way that Kubrick's The Shining was. In other words: it's really a psychological family drama, far more than a horror movie. Either way, very much worth checking out.

I quite liked Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (yes, the line from Strawberry Fields Forever): Beatles-obsessed teacher in Spain in 1966 hears that Lennon is shooting a movie in southern Spain, and decides to drive down to try and meet him. Along the way he picks up two teenage runaways. Delightful 'little' film that I would readily recommend (available from the public library of course).
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 24, 2016, 09:29:44 AM
I quite liked Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (yes, the line from Strawberry Fields Forever): Beatles-obsessed teacher in Spain in 1966 hears that Lennon is shooting a movie in southern Spain, and decides to drive down to try and meet him. Along the way he picks up two teenage runaways. Delightful 'little' film that I would readily recommend (available from the public library of course).

Was the Lennon movie How I Won the War?  If so, then this movie has to be better than it's MacGuffin.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on February 24, 2016, 11:07:38 AM
I quite liked Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (yes, the line from Strawberry Fields Forever): Beatles-obsessed teacher in Spain in 1966 hears that Lennon is shooting a movie in southern Spain, and decides to drive down to try and meet him. Along the way he picks up two teenage runaways. Delightful 'little' film that I would readily recommend (available from the public library of course).

Was the Lennon movie How I Won the War?  If so, then this movie has to be better than it's MacGuffin.
Yes it was. To be clear: "Living Is Easy" is a fictional movie but Lennon was indeed in southern Spain in the Fall of 1966 and he did write an early demo version of Strawberry Fields Forever while he was there.

For the record: I've never seen How I Won the War. I hear it's pretty bad, but again that's based on second-hand hearsay.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 24, 2016, 11:32:17 AM
Yes it was. To be clear: "Living Is Easy" is a fictional movie but Lennon was indeed in southern Spain in the Fall of 1966 and he did write an early demo version of Strawberry Fields Forever while he was there.

For the record: I've never seen How I Won the War. I hear it's pretty bad, but again that's based on second-hand hearsay.

It was mostly rhetorical, I knew HIWtW was filmed in Spain, and I don't know that he was in any other non-Beatles moves at all.  So it was an educated guess. 

HIWtW has its moments, but it is indeed pretty bad.  It's probably better than The Magic Christian, and is without any doubt better than Give My Regards to Broadstreet
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 24, 2016, 12:07:42 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
adding
68 ● The Drop
Spoiler alert: Very average mobster thriller
69 ● The Saint
I'd forgotten just HOW much of a dog's dinner this movie adaptation of the classic British TV series was. You can almost hear Val Kilmer's career flush down the toilet.
70 ● The Escort
Journalist with a sex addiction gets fired. Decides to write 'comeback story' about a high-class escort he meets in a bar. To do so he becomes her unwitting pimp.
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
Another 'worthy' foodie documentary where a family decide to live off what they are given by others and by dumpster diving at food distributors and supermarkets. To highlight the third of food grown that is thrown away every year. I can't hep feeling that these kinds of docs would benefit from being far less righteously serious about their subject matter. 
72 ● True Story
Based on a true story. D'Uh! I really got into this. James Franco is accused of murdering his entire family. He enlists the help of disgraced NYT journalist Mike Finkel to tell his story. Their lives intertwine, yadda yada and so on. Everybody is fantastic in this, none moreso than Jonah Hill as Finkel. Very enjoyably tense and gripping.
73 ● The Godfather
As weird as it might appear I only watched "The Godfather" for the first time about a decade ago. I never caught it in the cinemas on its initial release and despite working in the video industry when it came out on VHS & Beta never watched it then either. Today I watched it on BluRay and marveled at how magnificent it truly is. Not a shot wasted and tremendous acting chops all round. So beautifully filmed too. I have now ordered the sequel hoping it moves me as much
74 ● The Walk
I have NO idea why this was made when there's a perfectly legitimate and very good documentary made about the French geezer who walked a wire between the twin towers
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on February 24, 2016, 01:32:40 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler


Paul Newman for the win. I was actually liking the George C Scott character, too, until my wife pointed out that he was an ass. And then it turns out she was correct. It was a good story although a bit dated and slow at times. It had a lot of the classic storytelling arc, too, that we still see today.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on February 26, 2016, 07:30:11 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8

16. The Overnight - 7

Sex comedy with Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman and two women who play their wives.  But most of the focus is on Scott and J-dog.  If you like Scott's normal persona (Parks & Rec type guy), and Schwartzman's (smarmy), and are not turned off by prosthetic genitalia, then you'll like this.  And it's a Duplass production (but they are not writers nor directors), so it gets a lot of the beats of human discussion and interaction right rather than feeling stage-y.  The main gag is pretty humorous, and they stretch it about as far as it will go.  Considering it's only about 75 minutes, that's definitely far enough.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 26, 2016, 10:34:11 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
adding
75 ● Black Mass
One of the best new films I have seen in a long time. Why Johnny Depp did not even receive an Oscar nom for his role as gangster Whitey Bulger I will never understand. He is IMMENSE in this. Malevolent from the word go and never relents. Indeed, every actor gives a utterly believable performance and the script rattles along at quite a pace. Highly recommended.

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on February 27, 2016, 12:18:25 AM
CR, I agree it was an incredible performance from Johnny Depp, and I totally loved this movie. I'm guessing he didn't get Oscar nominated because he's shot his credibility in the so many mediocre if not laughable performances in recent years before this movie.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on March 02, 2016, 09:10:52 AM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y

21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on March 02, 2016, 10:26:47 AM
1- muscle shoals
2- blue ruin
3- exit through the gift shop
4- glengary glen ross
5- take shelter
6- hoffa

7- force majeure- i wish i saw this in a theater so i could have been captive.  i paused this too often.  all i knew was avalanche and that's not what this was about.  i mean, kinda.  if i was in the dude's shoes, i'd probably save the day... for myself. 
8- the smartest guys in the room-  i'd say this was the rare documentary that wasn't completely unbiased?  fuck those guys
9- lady killers- obviously not the smoothest coen bros film, but not without charm.  without the characters this would have been a terrible movie.  tom hanks was delightful as was jk simmons.  and how the hell, after requiem for a dream, does no one know how to use marlon wayans? 
10- without bias: 30 for 30- one of the biggest sports tragedies.  celtics with the second pick somehow and draft him.  almost like a conspiracy.  almost
11- beasts of no nation- jesus.  you saw those boys just trying live as boys if just for a second, and those were the most heartbreaking parts because they couldn't. 
Title: Movies.
Post by: Butter on March 02, 2016, 10:44:13 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7

17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9

Intense film that documents the uprising that occurred when Putin puppet Viktor Yanukovych refused to allow Ukraine into the European Union.  It plays like a prolonged newsreel, but there are multiple frames of people being injured and even killed on screen.  The saddest part is knowing that after this, Russia basically came in and took what it want anyway (Crimea).  Still worth a watch if you get any satisfaction from watching a spontaneous revolution get what it wants (at the time).  Or if you wonder what happened to former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on March 03, 2016, 06:46:38 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N

23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
Title: Re: Movies.
Post by: euro60 on March 03, 2016, 10:34:16 PM

17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9

Intense film that documents the uprising that occurred when Putin puppet Viktor Yanukovych refused to allow Ukraine into the European Union.  It plays like a prolonged newsreel, but there are multiple frames of people being injured and even killed on screen.  The saddest part is knowing that after this, Russia basically came in and took what it want anyway (Crimea).  Still worth a watch if you get any satisfaction from watching a spontaneous revolution get what it wants (at the time).  Or if you wonder what happened to former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Where/how did you get to see this? I've been wanting to see this for a long time. (It was one of this year's Oscar nominated Best Documentary films of course)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on March 04, 2016, 07:18:09 AM

17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9

Intense film that documents the uprising that occurred when Putin puppet Viktor Yanukovych refused to allow Ukraine into the European Union.  It plays like a prolonged newsreel, but there are multiple frames of people being injured and even killed on screen.  The saddest part is knowing that after this, Russia basically came in and took what it want anyway (Crimea).  Still worth a watch if you get any satisfaction from watching a spontaneous revolution get what it wants (at the time).  Or if you wonder what happened to former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Where/how did you get to see this? I've been wanting to see this for a long time. (It was one of this year's Oscar nominated Best Documentary films of course)

Netflix streaming.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on March 04, 2016, 01:40:15 PM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on March 07, 2016, 11:46:02 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas


It was everything you've heard. Silly but fun. I was surprised that the character that The Rock played was just a guy rather than THE ROCK. Meaning, any sort of military style actor could have played that role so long as they were old enough to reasonably have a daughter who is "going to college" even though she's actually 28.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on March 07, 2016, 04:19:02 PM
1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
31. L'Iceberg (2006 from Belgium) - DVD
32. Hail, Caesar! - Cinemark Oakley
33. Tootsie - TCM
34. Kramer vs. Kramer - TCM
35. Being There - TCM
36. On The Waterfront - TCM
37. The Way We Were - TCM
38. Is That You? - 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at Cinemark Oakley
39. The Witch - AMC Newport On the Levee
40. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013 from Spain) - DVD
41. Days of Glory (2006 from France/Morocco) - DVD
Updating the last 2 weeks (bold seen in the theater)

42. Sicario (DVD)
43. The Candidate - TCM
44. A War (Esquire Theater)
45. Touched With Fire (AMC Newport on the Levee
46. The Story of Temple Drake - TCM
47. The Other Side of the Door - AMC Newport on the Levee
48. London Has Fallen - Cinemark Oakley
49. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Cinemark Oakley

To see The Candidate from 1969 (starring Robert Redford as the up-and-coming US Senate candidate) in the context of this year's elections, almost 50 years later, is an eye-opener. Not much has changed in the big picture apparently.

The Story of Temple Drake was another surprise. A movie from 1933 dealing with... rape. Yes.

A War was the movie from Denmark that was one of the 5 Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language movie, dealing with the impact of the war in Afghanistan on a Danish family (dad at war, mom dealing with the kids at home). I thought it was outstanding. Only a handful of people at the screening I saw it at and it was gone after just 1 week.

The Other Side of the Door is a below-par horror movie. Not worth it, not even for free from your library.

I saw London Has Fallen (the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen) with my son, who loves this type of action movie. If you've seen Olympus, you know EXACTLY what you're going to get. I must say it surprised me how quickly the movie flew by. For what it was, this was not bad at all.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.... the biggest surprise of them all in the last 2 weeks. Above-par journalistic war drama starring Tina Fey. Google Movie Times has this billed as a comedy. IMDb titles it "Comedy, War". Holy cow.... this movie is NOT a comedy!!!!! Yes, there are a couple of chuckles in the beginning when Tina Fey's characters adjust to being in Afghanistan, but that's it. I don't know whether it is the movie's producers or the studio that is pushing this as a 'comedy' but whoever did, is making a grave mistake. Anyone expecting a 'good time' with comedian Tina Fey is going to be sorely disappointed, if not feeling betrayed. No wonder this is bombing at the box office. A darn shame as it's actually quite good. WTF...
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 07, 2016, 10:16:36 PM

A darn shame as it's actually quite good. WTF...

Well, WTF *is* the name of the movie...
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on March 08, 2016, 08:41:31 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on March 08, 2016, 08:49:48 PM

1- muscle shoals
2- blue ruin
3- exit through the gift shop
4- glengary glen ross
5- take shelter
6- hoffa
7- force majeure
8- the smartest guys in the room
9- lady killers
10- without bias: 30 for 30
11- beasts of no nation

12- mr nobody- what could have been a compelling film was virtually unwatchable.  did get to look at jared leto a lot
13- richard pryor; icon- i've never seen any of his standup but it was incredible to watch his transformation from a wholesome entertainer into the biggest star in the world and change the face of comedy forever
14- tesla; master of lightning- a good intro to the genius.  would like to learn more
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on March 09, 2016, 09:26:26 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on March 11, 2016, 12:33:36 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting


It was a good time. Couldn't quite figure out the end game, so that's good, but I knew something was fishy as it was getting to the climax. Good classic cinema.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on March 11, 2016, 02:27:48 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N

24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 12, 2016, 07:20:27 AM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
adding
76 ● Brave
Blu-Ray rewatch. Beautiful colours. I love this movie, and almost wish I had kids to show it to. Very empowering for girls I would imagine.
77 ● Everything Must Go
A very peculiar Will Ferrell movie
78 ● The Station Agent
Love, love, LOVE this gentle little film. How Peter Dinklage didn't get even a sniff of an Oscar Nom I'll never know.
79 ● Darkman
So bad it's good doesn't even apply to this horrible comic book piece of trash. Liam Neeson is WOEFUL and I suppose that's why I revisit it every few years?
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
If you haven't seen this excellent little film about how a small Irish village reacts when one of its residents wins the lottery, do yourself a favour and spend a couple of hours in its company
81 ● Moonwalkers
This wasn't as good as the trailers suggested it might be, but the premise is fantastic. Basically America/NASA don't know if Apollo 11 will actually GET to the moon and land so they try to get hold of Stanley Kubrick to film/fake a moon landing sequence. Things get, as they say, "out of hand" and suddenly the story takes on a whole new bizarre twist. Ron Perlman cracked me up from start to finish, the ginger one from Harry Potter less so
82 ● The Gunman
Aside from Sean Penn there are soooooooo many big names in this (relatively) small film. Good performances all too.
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
Fascinating documentary about the thousands and thousands photographs taken by a 'mere nanny' which were bought at auction after he death and which showed extreme talent behind the camera. There's a certain 'obsession' at play here at both end of the lens. 
84 ● Die Hard
My late tribute to Alan Rickman courtesy of a BluRay from the SearchOH library system
85 ● Grandma
Lily Tomlin excels in this 'road trip' tale about a woman trying to raise funds so her granddaughter can have an abortion. It goes off the mark a couple of times, but her grumpiness is _my_ grumpiness
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
Like CLand commented "quite graphic" in places. I don't think I was the core demographic for this angst-ridden plodder though. Almost abandoned but I stuck it out until the grim bitter disappointing end. This was based on a best-selling book?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on March 12, 2016, 08:44:33 PM
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
Like CLand commented "quite graphic" in places. I don't think I was the core demographic for this angst-ridden plodder though. Almost abandoned but I stuck it out until the grim bitter disappointing end. This was based on a best-selling book?[/size]
Best-seller graphic book, if I'm not mistaken. I thought the movie was excellent. Kirsten Wiig was an eye-opener in this non-comedy role.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on March 14, 2016, 09:52:04 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows


Silly mockumentary about vampires in New Zealand from the Flight of the Concords guys. I didn't laugh out loud very much but in hindsight there were a lot of funny bits. Probably has a very high rewatchability factor.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on March 14, 2016, 11:07:09 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9

18. Zootopia - 7

Pretty enjoyable if ultimately meaningless.  Some real surprisingly dark subject matter at times, approaching racism from an animal's angle.  This will be an animated crime kids series on Disney XD by the end of 2017.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 14, 2016, 12:49:03 PM
New to me in bold.

1. Hateful 8
2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
3. The Abominable Bride
4. Tomorrowland
5. Spy
6. Kung Fu Panda 3
7. Hail, Ceasar!
8. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

9. Zootopia - I'll echo most of what Butter said, especially the ripe for picking as a new Disney XD franchise part.  Not sure that I'd call it meaningless, or why Butter felt that way.

10. Book of Life - Nora has been obsessed with this movie for a while, I take it she watches it at Grandma's at least once a week, but I hadn't seen it.  I'm glad I saw it, it was really well done, and spellbinding to look at.  First rate all around.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on March 14, 2016, 01:23:31 PM
9. Zootopia - I'll echo most of what Butter said, especially the ripe for picking as a new Disney XD franchise part.  Not sure that I'd call it meaningless, or why Butter felt that way.

It was pretty, it was clever, it was far from game changing for the genre.  Everything you'd expect and exactly nothing that would make you go "wow".
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on March 16, 2016, 01:35:52 PM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on March 18, 2016, 11:33:14 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern


I saw the first 40 minutes of The Intern on an airplane and was ready to hate it. However, I found it pleasant and enjoyable. So a few weeks later I finally got around to watching the whole thing.

It should have remained a 40 minute movie.

There were some nice elements such as that it was well shot, and clean, and the actors were good. But the general plot was cheesy at best, many of the comedic bits were of the lowest common denominator, and almost all of them lacked any originality.

The film could have been good - the main character was designed to be the ultimate in likability and they pulled that off with aplomb.

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on March 28, 2016, 03:36:31 PM
1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
31. L'Iceberg (2006 from Belgium) - DVD
32. Hail, Caesar! - Cinemark Oakley
33. Tootsie - TCM
34. Kramer vs. Kramer - TCM
35. Being There - TCM
36. On The Waterfront - TCM
37. The Way We Were - TCM
38. Is That You? - 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at Cinemark Oakley
39. The Witch - AMC Newport On the Levee
40. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013 from Spain) - DVD
41. Days of Glory (2006 from France/Morocco) - DVD
42. Sicario (DVD)
43. The Candidate - TCM
44. A War (Esquire Theater)
45. Touched With Fire (AMC Newport on the Levee
46. The Story of Temple Drake - TCM
47. The Other Side of the Door - AMC Newport on the Levee
48. London Has Fallen - Cinemark Oakley
49. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Cinemark Oakley
Updating the last 3 weeks (bold seen in the theater)

50. Heart of a Dog - Esquire Theater
51. The Mermaid - AMC Newport on the Levee
52. Fantastic Lies - ESPN 30 For 30
53. Amy - DVD
54. Creative Control - AMC Newport on the Levee
55. Embrace of the Serpent - Esquire Theater
56. Night #1 - DVD (2014 from France)
57. The Bronze - Esquire Theater
58. Knight of Cups - Esquire Theater
59. Gravity - FX
60. The Kindergarten Teacher - DVD (2014 from Israel)

Most of what I've seen in theaters recently came and went in a flash, for one reason or another (too small a market/not enough demand; or just because it was plain bad; etc.)

Heart of a Dog is a wonderful non-fiction film/personal essay by Laurie 'O Superman' Anderson. It is NOT a documentary (and certainlyn not about her dog). Worth checking out.

I went to see The Mermaid for the simple reason that this is China's all-time box office champ, with a gross in the hundreds of millions, and I was curious about it. The screening I saw this at was attended very nicely--but note: I was the only non-Chinese/Chinese-American in the audience. This comedy was pretty awful, although I do know that some of the humor flew straight over me.

Creative Control: another Amazon Studios release, and this one had plenty of style (including being filmed in B&W) but not nearly enough substance.

Embrace of the Serpent: outstanding film from Colombia, also filmed in B&W (what are the chances of seeing 2 B&Ws in a row?). This was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Movie. Definitely worth checking out.

The Bronze completely bombed upon its release the weekend before last. One of the WORST wide releases (defined as showing on more than 1,000 screens) of all time. There were a few funny jokes in it, but Melissa Rauch's character is so utterly unlikeable, it sinks the whole movie.

Knight of Cups is Terrence Malick's latest. As a general statement, I'm a huge Malick fan. However, he misses with this one. It's pretentious artsy crap, frankly. There is next to no dialogue (Christian Bale has maybe a total of 5 lines in the entire movie), and it's at best a stream of consciousness expressed in moving pictures. I predict this will tank at the box office rather quickly.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on March 29, 2016, 09:41:38 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short


Straight and simple: The Big Short was really really good.

That said, I have some random thoughts, in no order.
- The movie felt important. Like, it felt like it was trying to be the most important movie of all time. And it succeeded, mostly.
- It was a lot of boring information about the financial world well packaged together. As a layman, I enjoyed the random explainer cut-away clips. However, I theorize that these existed only because test audiences stated they were confused.
- The story is basic: someone goes against the grain and everyone laughs at them, and the story is them fighting the uphill battle to prove themselves, and in the end they succeed. This does not make it bad, I was just noting it.
- I really really enjoyed the morality issues that the film discusses. Especially about how terrible all of the "victors" feel in the end. Like, despite all the money they had, they weren't happy about the situation.

Outstanding film.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 29, 2016, 01:44:21 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
76 ● Brave
77 ● Everything Must Go
78 ● The Station Agent
79 ● Darkman
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
81 ● Moonwalkers
82 ● The Gunman
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
84 ● Die Hard
85 ● Grandma
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
adding
87 ● 99 Homes
Michael Shannon is supremely creepy, Andrew Garfield less so. An indictment on the American legal system and the lack of oversight on a shitty industry
88 ● How to Die in Oregon
Rewatch with a friend who agrees that the end-of-life decisions should all be ours
89 ● Selma
Powerful and moving
90 ● Room
The first act of this was brilliant. The second two acts were as dull as fuck. The actor playing the kid was far better than Brie Larson IMHO
91 ● Finders Keepers
One of THE most fucked-up documentaries I have seen in a long time. Man has leg amputated. Decides to keep leg. Leaves leg in a BBQ smoker which is then put in a storage locker. Does not pay for storage locker rental. Storage locker is sold. Buyer finds leg, becomes local celebrity. Legal battle over ownership of leg ensues. But it's soooooo much more than that. American "characters" at their most 'raw' and clichéd. At one point it included the phrase "fuckery and shenanigans" which made us ROAR with laughter. Recommended, and then some
92 ● The End of the Tour
The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace. Jesse Eisenberg plays his usual Jesse Eisenberg
93 ● Life of Brian
The annual easter viewing. It is written in the Book of Cyril
94 ● Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
Gloriously uplifting. No matter how bad the world is, this lovely documentary restores your faith in humanity
95 ● Airport
Blu-Ray viewing. Classic 1970 movie that spawned so much/many more
96 ● Larry Crowne
Tom Hanks good. Julia Roberts bad.
97 ● Creed
The torch, as they say, has been passed. However, the franchise should end here
98 ● Carol
I will need to watch this again. We spent way too much of it going "hey, that's Walnut Street" or "Hey that's..... etc etc" as a result of being filmed in Cincinnati. Highlight for us was seeing the garage door of our building at 23:46 in
99 ● Scarface
Blu-Ray rewatch. Haven't seen it in such a long while. Story and acting stands the test of time but the music is H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E
100 ● Tommy
Blu-Ray rewatch.
101 ● Now You See Me
Blu-Ray rewatch.
102 ● A Clockwork Orange
Blu-Ray rewatch. Never looked better.
103 ● Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
TV documentary made when Clockwork Orange was available again in Britain after 30 years of being 'banned' by 
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on March 29, 2016, 04:10:10 PM
CR, A Clockwork Orange is playing this coming Sunday in select theaters (including Cinemark Oakley), along with 2001, in a specially-priced (discounted) double-feature.

It's been decades since I've seen Clockwork Orange, and can't wait to see it (and 2001) on the big screen!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on March 31, 2016, 10:08:28 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on April 03, 2016, 09:41:59 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y

25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on April 04, 2016, 07:45:05 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7

19. Allegiant - 1

Some horrible dialogue AND line readings made this a humorous slog.  The girl actor was terrible, and Miles Teller was given some awful direction on how far to take his weasel character.  Jeff Daniels even has a "NOOO!" at the end, which has become a laughable cliche.  The film was directed terribly AND not edited nearly as much as it could've been, as it drags on for well over 2 hours.  I asked Ethan if that was the last one in that series, and thankfully he said it was.  We agreed it was good they didn't try to make it 2 movies like The Hunger Games.  That was the only good thing about it, really.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on April 04, 2016, 09:53:58 AM
CR, A Clockwork Orange is playing this coming Sunday in select theaters (including Cinemark Oakley), along with 2001, in a specially-priced (discounted) double-feature.

It's been decades since I've seen Clockwork Orange, and can't wait to see it (and 2001) on the big screen!
Went to this yesterday. Clockwork Orange was attended okay but not great, but there was a big crowd for 2001. I guess a lot of people didn't want to take advantage of the 2-for-1 pricing.

Anyway, seeing Clockwork Orange again after all these years was quite the experience. Of course I remembered certain scenes, but there were quite a few which I had no recollection of. That this movie is now 45 years old just blows the mind. I can only imagine the shock this movie caused when it came out in 1971. And the score (by Walter--now Wendy--Carlos) remains outstanding. When I got home, I had to dig up the soundtrack CD.

Watching 2001 is absolute pristine viewing conditions (on the big screen, with a large crowd, and the perfect audio set up) remains a top movie experience. I don't know how many times I've seen this now over the years, but of course most of those were on TV/DVD. The first ("The Dawn of Man") and last ("Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite") chapters stand up remarkably well after all these years. This movie will be FIFTY years old in just 2 years. Without any doubt one of my all-time favorite movies.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on April 04, 2016, 09:56:31 AM
19. Allegiant - 1

I asked Ethan if that was the last one in that series, and thankfully he said it was.  We agreed it was good they didn't try to make it 2 movies like The Hunger Games.  That was the only good thing about it, really.
Actually, I read that this is NOT the last one, and that indeed like the Hunger Games, the last book was made into two films. Not that I care one way or another as you couldn't pay me to go see this.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on April 04, 2016, 10:57:12 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money


Straight Outta Compton:
Very good. As someone who only saw this because of the reviews, and as someone who has no recollection of almost all of this story, and only knew 1 or 2 songs total, I enjoyed the film. The marketing made me think that I would be seeing a film about the group struggling against their surroundings and society, but instead the film was about a group struggling against itself and the record industry. That was surprising to me, but otherwise I thought it was good.

The Color of Money:
I don't have much to say about this, actually. It was fine. The third act threw a curveball or two at me which was nice and the general feel of the film was good. Tom Cruise's hair was something else. I mean, I don't even have words for it - it's perhaps worth watching just for that.

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on April 04, 2016, 11:37:01 AM
19. Allegiant - 1

I asked Ethan if that was the last one in that series, and thankfully he said it was.  We agreed it was good they didn't try to make it 2 movies like The Hunger Games.  That was the only good thing about it, really.
Actually, I read that this is NOT the last one, and that indeed like the Hunger Games, the last book was made into two films. Not that I care one way or another as you couldn't pay me to go see this.

Yeah, you're right.  There's a 4th one called ASCENDANT scheduled for 2017.  Not a chance.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 04, 2016, 04:31:55 PM
CR, A Clockwork Orange is playing this coming Sunday in select theaters (including Cinemark Oakley), along with 2001, in a specially-priced (discounted) double-feature.

It's been decades since I've seen Clockwork Orange, and can't wait to see it (and 2001) on the big screen!
Went to this yesterday. Clockwork Orange was attended okay but not great, but there was a big crowd for 2001. I guess a lot of people didn't want to take advantage of the 2-for-1 pricing.

Anyway, seeing Clockwork Orange again after all these years was quite the experience. Of course I remembered certain scenes, but there were quite a few which I had no recollection of. That this movie is now 45 years old just blows the mind. I can only imagine the shock this movie caused when it came out in 1971. And the score (by Walter--now Wendy--Carlos) remains outstanding. When I got home, I had to dig up the soundtrack CD.

Watching 2001 is absolute pristine viewing conditions (on the big screen, with a large crowd, and the perfect audio set up) remains a top movie experience. I don't know how many times I've seen this now over the years, but of course most of those were on TV/DVD. The first ("The Dawn of Man") and last ("Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite") chapters stand up remarkably well after all these years. This movie will be FIFTY years old in just 2 years. Without any doubt one of my all-time favorite movies.
I saw "Clockwork Orange" for the first time when I was quite young. The week after I went to a fancy dress party and a bunch of the local village 'hard boys' dressed themselves up as droogs. I don't mind admitting they scared the shit out of me.
As many times as I have watched it since I have never seen the 'therapy' scenes in their entirety as I am deeply phobic about eyes, and that whole forcing them open thing just makes me gag

I saw 2001 in the cinema on its rerelease in 1974. I seem to remember it was a double bill with "Zardoz" a film that has not 'sat with me' like 2001 has and always will.

I think there's a definite HUGE market out there for showing old classics in the big screen. When I half-considered buying the cinema in Bellevue that's what I had in mind.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on April 04, 2016, 05:04:48 PM
I saw 2001 in the cinema on its rerelease in 1974. I seem to remember it was a double bill with "Zardoz" a film that has not 'sat with me' like 2001 has and always will.

I think there's a definite HUGE market out there for showing old classics in the big screen. When I half-considered buying the cinema in Bellevue that's what I had in mind.
That is also the year I saw 2001 for the first time. I guess there was a big re-release in many countries then? Saw it with a school buddy (back in Belgium, obviously) who had already seen it and he promised me "you are not going to believe your eyes", and right he was!

I absolutely love the Cinemark Oakley, and how every showing seems to be in perfect conditions. Easily the best theater in town. I will go out of my way to see a movie there.

Not sure if you are aware, but they (and other select theaters) show a 'classic' movie every Sunday afternoon 2 pm (with repeat showing on Wednesday evening). But this was the first time that it was a double-feature for the price of 2-for-1. Best $8.50 I spent on movies in a long time.

Which cinema in Bellvue did you have your eye on?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 05, 2016, 08:29:16 PM
I saw 2001 in the cinema on its rerelease in 1974. I seem to remember it was a double bill with "Zardoz" a film that has not 'sat with me' like 2001 has and always will.

I think there's a definite HUGE market out there for showing old classics in the big screen. When I half-considered buying the cinema in Bellevue that's what I had in mind.
That is also the year I saw 2001 for the first time. I guess there was a big re-release in many countries then? Saw it with a school buddy (back in Belgium, obviously) who had already seen it and he promised me "you are not going to believe your eyes", and right he was!

I absolutely love the Cinemark Oakley, and how every showing seems to be in perfect conditions. Easily the best theater in town. I will go out of my way to see a movie there.

Not sure if you are aware, but they (and other select theaters) show a 'classic' movie every Sunday afternoon 2 pm (with repeat showing on Wednesday evening). But this was the first time that it was a double-feature for the price of 2-for-1. Best $8.50 I spent on movies in a long time.

Which cinema in Bellvue did you have your eye on?
The Marianne.
But the city bought it from the previous owner. For what I feel was too much money.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on April 06, 2016, 08:40:36 AM
The marketing made me think that I would be seeing a film about the group struggling against their surroundings and society, but instead the film was about a group struggling against itself and the record industry. That was surprising to me, but otherwise I thought it was good.
I dig this observation.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 08, 2016, 10:39:42 AM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
76 ● Brave
77 ● Everything Must Go
78 ● The Station Agent
79 ● Darkman
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
81 ● Moonwalkers
82 ● The Gunman
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
84 ● Die Hard
85 ● Grandma
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
87 ● 99 Homes
88 ● How to Die in Oregon
89 ● Selma
90 ● Room
91 ● Finders Keepers
92 ● The End of the Tour
93 ● Life of Brian
94 ● Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
95 ● Airport
96 ● Larry Crowne
97 ● Creed
98 ● Carol
99 ● Scarface
100 ● Tommy
101 ● Now You See Me
102 ● A Clockwork Orange
103 ● Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
adding
104 ● Heaven's Above!
This madcap sixties Peter Seller's comedy is still relevant today in how it highlights the selfish hypocrisy of the church
105 ● The Big Short
Good, not great
106 ● Smokey & the Bandit
107 ● Westworld
108 ● Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
Three Blu-Ray rewatches from the OH Search Library System
109 ● Concussion
I wasn't knocked out by this. Which was just as well I suppose?
110 ● Steve Jobs
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn!! What a fucking boring Danny Boyle movie.
111 ● Spotlight
Absolutely terrific. Great performances all round and set up the tension superbly, despite everyone knowing how it turned out. Certainly THE very best 'investigative journalism' movie since "All the President's Men" and I can understand why it won the Oscar now. A very worthy winner.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on April 08, 2016, 10:58:10 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1

20. Vacation - 5

Had a few good bits, but also just WAY over the top with trying to combine like a vulgar teen road movie with the more adult themes of a standard family comedy.  I laughed some, but also felt like the performances were pretty awful all around.  Not sure if that was due to the direction given, or what.  Best character was Rusty's oldest son, and even that was a stretch.  Best bits were the foreign rental "van" and all of the odd stuff going on with that.  I am also ashamed to say that short of the cursing and physical abuse, my two boys have about as good a relationship as these kids in the film.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on April 08, 2016, 11:53:42 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)

27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on April 10, 2016, 05:22:36 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)

29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on April 11, 2016, 07:22:55 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5

21. Reel Injun - 6

2009 Canadian documentary about the varying portrayals of Native Americans (or I guess "indigenous peoples", since this is about Canadian Indians too) in American cinema.  Lot of great nuggets in here, but it hits on so many different subjects at not a great deal of depth, it's hard to get into it.  There is almost a great movie in and of itself about the 60's counter-culture co-opting fake "Indian" ideas about fashion and spirituality, then another one about famous "Indian" Iron Eyes Cody, who is not actually a Native American at all... but Sicilian (!).  Yes, the crying Indian about litter was Sicilian.

This hits many highlights, so it's worth seeing this film about a subject that no one talks about... including the fact that the filmic idea of Indians and their behavior and dress is almost all taken from a single very early film that Thomas Edison made about the Plains Indians dancing... which was a screen test of motion pictures.  Hits the brief discussion around the Brando / Sacheen Littlefeather thing from the 70's, and the fact that there is not one single Indian "culture", as there are dozens and dozens of tribes scattered about.  There are like 10 great movie ideas in here with a much narrower scope... but as a broad overview, this is pretty good.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on April 11, 2016, 11:35:51 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on April 11, 2016, 02:05:31 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight


As everyone else has said, this was very good. Quality all around and very important.

Since I just saw The Big Short, I couldn't help comparing the two. Both are based on real events and felt very important. But for some reason, I think I enjoyed the tone of The Big Short more. Spotlight deals with psychological, emotional, and spiritual damage of the victims. The Big Short deals with financial damage. Which one is more important? I don't want to be the one who has to decide.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on April 11, 2016, 11:22:29 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]

30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 12, 2016, 09:21:29 AM
We saw these at the recently opened Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg, a historic theater that has been renovated and does limited showings of classic films and usually a kids film every week (this week was Charlotte's Web... not the good one, the live action one, yuck).  The theater is beautifully renovated with new, modern seats (far more seats than they ever sell, as far as I can tell), and it's cheap as hell.  Two tickets, a large popcorn, and two large drinks ran just $23. 
How fantastic!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 12, 2016, 09:49:06 AM
How did you edit my post?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 12, 2016, 09:55:31 AM
New to me in bold.

1. Hateful 8
2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
3. The Abominable Bride
4. Tomorrowland
5. Spy
6. Kung Fu Panda 3
7. Hail, Ceasar!
8. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
9. Zootopia
10. Book of Life

CR edited my original post somehow... LOL.  What are you doing CR?  Do you have mystical powers the rest of us don't?

Anyway, an abbreviated version of my too long post.

11. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
12. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
13. Back to the Future.

First time seeing these on the big screen, for me.  We saw these at the recently opened Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg, a historic theater that has been renovated and does limited showings of classic films and usually a kids film every week (this week was Charlotte's Web... not the good one, the live action one, yuck).  The theater is beautifully renovated with new, modern seats (far more seats than they ever sell, as far as I can tell), and it's cheap as hell.  Two tickets, a large popcorn, and two large drinks ran just $23.

Upcoming attractions there include Forrest Gump, Big, The Wizard of Oz, The Princess Bride, and the Sound of Music.  I would assume they'll eventually show Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as well, since they've done the other two.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on April 12, 2016, 10:39:27 AM
How did you edit my post?

He has mod powers.  He probably meant to Quote it, but hit "Modify" instead.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 12, 2016, 03:19:08 PM
How did you edit my post?

He has mod powers.  He probably meant to Quote it, but hit "Modify" instead.
Oh shit, I apologise Kwyj. I must've done exactly what Butter said without even realising. I took me an age to log in because of the loading problems and then I lost connection to the site again just after I massacred your post. Sorry sir, sorry!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 13, 2016, 08:47:43 AM
I massacred your post. Sorry sir, sorry!


No worries, shit happens.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on April 18, 2016, 08:52:47 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on April 18, 2016, 09:44:55 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6

22. Joe vs. the Volcano

Re-watched this classic last Thursday night.  Some are put off by the fantastical nature and hyper-characterization throughout, but it works as a perfect little fairy tale for me, especially the office scenes and the repetition of that life.  Alas.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on April 18, 2016, 10:17:57 AM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on April 18, 2016, 10:29:53 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis


I don't have a lot to say about OBIC. It was good, but not great? It was well done and no one who worked on it should be ashamed of it. A definite resume-lister. But other than that....I'm sure I'll be asking my wife "what was this movie about" in a year or two if I see it on a list of movies that I saw.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 19, 2016, 10:47:03 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
76 ● Brave
77 ● Everything Must Go
78 ● The Station Agent
79 ● Darkman
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
81 ● Moonwalkers
82 ● The Gunman
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
84 ● Die Hard
85 ● Grandma
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
87 ● 99 Homes
88 ● How to Die in Oregon
89 ● Selma
90 ● Room
91 ● Finders Keepers
92 ● The End of the Tour
93 ● Life of Brian
94 ● Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
95 ● Airport
96 ● Larry Crowne
97 ● Creed
98 ● Carol
99 ● Scarface
100 ● Tommy
101 ● Now You See Me
102 ● A Clockwork Orange
103 ● Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
104 ● Heaven's Above!
105 ● The Big Short
106 ● Smokey & the Bandit
107 ● Westworld
108 ● Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
109 ● Concussion
110 ● Steve Jobs
111 ● Spotlight
adding
112 ● 9/11: The Falling Man
Documentary about one of the iconic photos from that day, a man falling in perfect symmetry with the lines of the building. Who was he? Lots of detours until we get the answer. I decided that I would probably have jumped too, on the pretty safe knowledge that my ticker would give up on the way down. Better than burning in agony.
113 ● Vantage Point
SearchOH BluRay. I realised pretty quickly that once you know how this unfolds there's really no point in watching it again. But I still did. 'Cos.
114 ● It's Not a Date
lame rom-com
115 ● Paulette
I really enjoyed this French comedy about a cantankerous old lady who becomes a legendary drug dealer on her housing estate. Made me LOL several times, always a good sign, right?
116 ● Puckoon
Utter abortion of an adaptation of Spike Milligan's hysterical novel
117 ● Compulsion
Heather Graham's cleavage co-stars in this very peculiar black comedy
118 ● Starman
119 ● Coma
A pair of Blu-Ray rewatches from the OH Search Library System
120 ● Love the Coopers
Did I HAVE to love them? Little more than a dysfunctional-family-by-numbers. Great cast, woefully wasted by a shit script.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on April 20, 2016, 10:46:50 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on April 25, 2016, 10:03:39 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on April 25, 2016, 10:12:46 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano

23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8

Just as long as you're not expecting a lot of things out of this aside from college age guys fucking around ca. 1980, you won't be disappointed.  I wasn't, and I wasn't.

24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6

The humor is almost painfully understated throughout.  As with FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, the screen virtually lights up when Rhys Darby appears... who, as I understand it will be the focus of the sequel.  Yes, there's going to be a sequel.  Almost everything with the "normal" that's around is pretty hilarious... a lot of the rest of it falls somewhat flat.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on April 25, 2016, 01:46:12 PM
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8

Just as long as you're not expecting a lot of things out of this aside from college age guys fucking around ca. 1980, you won't be disappointed.  I wasn't, and I wasn't.
My mom took my nephew to see this and he loved it because there was no plot. He said it was a lot of fun to just sit back and watch some guys go through their day. No one in a superhero costume.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on April 25, 2016, 02:55:17 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2016, 04:00:57 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back


Purple Rain was on VH1, so we watched it. My first viewing - I guess I can't argue with the review from v_v but I thought the story was terrible and the music was great. Overall I really liked it even though it was horribly flawed. I disagree with v_v about 80's hair and makeup, though!

Then, since I only know Morris Day & The Time from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, we watched that. JaSBSB has not aged well at all. Much of the humor was call-backs to previous Kevin Smith works, which was funny once but I don't care about anymore, or it was dick jokes or gay jokes. The gay jokes were tiresome and tedious, and mostly just inappropriate. I used to think really well of this movie...I guess I will always think of it fondly but now I have to accept that it's pretty terrible.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 25, 2016, 04:07:47 PM
JaSBSB was never good.  Smith should have stopped at Mallrats, in my opinion.  Even if you like Chasing Amy, Dogma and JaSSB It's amazing to me he's been able to get anything made beyond JaSBSB, it was so bad.  Clerks 2 was walk-out bad.  I completely wrote him off after that.

The Clerks cartoons were great, though.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 25, 2016, 04:53:22 PM
Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude
Dexter Fletcher who has just directed the Eddie the Eagle movie.
Dexter Fletcher who's career started in "Bugsy Malone"
Dexter Fletcher who appeared in a GREAT Brit TV Kids series called "Press Gang"

I really like Dexter Fletcher

Oh and The Rachel Papers was a big hit on video.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on April 26, 2016, 11:00:58 AM
Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude
Dexter Fletcher who has just directed the Eddie the Eagle movie.
Dexter Fletcher who's career started in "Bugsy Malone"
Dexter Fletcher who appeared in a GREAT Brit TV Kids series called "Press Gang"

I really like Dexter Fletcher

Oh and The Rachel Papers was a big hit on video.
:)
I'm not saying this to be pervy but he has a great mouth.
I saw his IMDB after watching the movie and realized that he's done lots of things yet I somehow didn't know him until now. Looks like the paps like to refer to him as "Dex". Sounds endearing.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 26, 2016, 01:10:45 PM

I saw his IMDB after watching the movie and realized that he's done lots of things yet I somehow didn't know him until now
"Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" probably his most famous role?

Perhaps kismet that I watched "Respectable: The Mary Millington Story" (about Britain's most famous 'adult actress') last night, and who should be narrating it?! With that mouth of his.

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on April 27, 2016, 08:19:48 AM
Perhaps kismet that I watched "Respectable: The Mary Millington Story" (about Britain's most famous 'adult actress') last night, and who should be narrating it?! With that mouth of his.
MROWR.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on May 02, 2016, 11:34:42 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2


Both Keanu and Ted 2 were pretty silly/dumb comedies, but the point of a comedy is to make you laugh and laugh I did. So I suppose they were successes. My wife loved the kitten in Keanu and the comedy was mostly well done. I think if you like Key and Peale then you'll love this film.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on May 02, 2016, 12:04:00 PM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on May 02, 2016, 04:54:49 PM
1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
31. L'Iceberg (2006 from Belgium) - DVD
32. Hail, Caesar! - Cinemark Oakley
33. Tootsie - TCM
34. Kramer vs. Kramer - TCM
35. Being There - TCM
36. On The Waterfront - TCM
37. The Way We Were - TCM
38. Is That You? - 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at Cinemark Oakley
39. The Witch - AMC Newport On the Levee
40. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013 from Spain) - DVD
41. Days of Glory (2006 from France/Morocco) - DVD
42. Sicario (DVD)
43. The Candidate - TCM
44. A War (Esquire Theater)
45. Touched With Fire (AMC Newport on the Levee
46. The Story of Temple Drake - TCM
47. The Other Side of the Door - AMC Newport on the Levee
48. London Has Fallen - Cinemark Oakley
49. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Cinemark Oakley
50. Heart of a Dog - Esquire Theater
51. The Mermaid - AMC Newport on the Levee
52. Fantastic Lies - ESPN 30 For 30
53. Amy - DVD
54. Creative Control - AMC Newport on the Levee
55. Embrace of the Serpent - Esquire Theater
56. Night #1 - DVD (2014 from France)
57. The Bronze - Esquire Theater
58. Knight of Cups - Esquire Theater
59. Gravity - FX
60. The Kindergarten Teacher - DVD (2014 from Israel)
Updating the last 4+ weeks (bold seen in the theater)

61. Carol (DVD)
62. Fastball (Mariemont Theatre)
63. Eye In the Sky (Esquire Theater)
64. Krisha (Esquire Theater)
65. A Clockwork Orange (Cinemark Oakley)
66. 2001: A Space Oddysey (Cinemark Oakley)
67. Demolition (Cinemark Oakley)
68. The Adderall Diaries (Esquire Theater)
69. Miles Ahead (Esquire Theater)
70. A Hologram for the King (Mariemont Theater)
71. The Fear of 13 (Virgin Atlantic inflight)
72. The Wolfpack (Delta inflight)

I've been delinquent in posting updates, but many of these movies came and went in the blink of an eye.

The best of the bunch by far for me is Miles Ahead, the film about Miles Davis starring, written, produced and directed by Don Cheadle. It is NOT a bio-pic, but simply looks at two periods in Davis' life (the 50s, and the late 70s/early 80s) to give us a flavor of the man. And if you like Davis' music, that's even better of course. Not to mention this was filmed entirely in Cincinnati, standing in once again for New York of yesteryear (as in Carol).

Quite good too is Eye In the Sky, the drone war-drama starring Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman ( in I believe his very last role).
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2016, 10:08:16 AM
What did you think about The Wolfpack?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on May 03, 2016, 10:37:33 AM
What did you think about The Wolfpack?
I had heard great things about it, and while it is certainly not "bad", for some reason I couldn't really get into it. Maybe it was because it was freezing cold on the plane and that annoyed me more than it should have. But if you like documentaries (which I happen to love as a film genre), it's definitely worth checking out. I imagine it's available from your local library now.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2016, 12:30:55 PM
We saw it in a theater. I didn't like it, but it creeped me out so much that it's one of the films that has stuck with me for WAY TOO LONG. I wish I could forget about it, but I can't. It doesn't help that I bike by their building 2 to 3 times a week and think of them pretty much every time. Ugh. I feel tormented.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on May 04, 2016, 12:19:16 PM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 04, 2016, 06:37:08 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
76 ● Brave
77 ● Everything Must Go
78 ● The Station Agent
79 ● Darkman
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
81 ● Moonwalkers
82 ● The Gunman
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
84 ● Die Hard
85 ● Grandma
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
87 ● 99 Homes
88 ● How to Die in Oregon
89 ● Selma
90 ● Room
91 ● Finders Keepers
92 ● The End of the Tour
93 ● Life of Brian
94 ● Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
95 ● Airport
96 ● Larry Crowne
97 ● Creed
98 ● Carol
99 ● Scarface
100 ● Tommy
101 ● Now You See Me
102 ● A Clockwork Orange
103 ● Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
104 ● Heaven's Above!
105 ● The Big Short
106 ● Smokey & the Bandit
107 ● Westworld
108 ● Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
109 ● Concussion
110 ● Steve Jobs
111 ● Spotlight
112 ● 9/11: The Falling Man
113 ● Vantage Point
114 ● It's Not a Date
115 ● Paulette
116 ● Puckoon
117 ● Compulsion
118 ● Starman
119 ● Coma
120 ● Love the Coopers
adding
121 ● Ocean's Eleven
SearchOH BluRay rewatch
122 ● Addicted to Sexting
Documentary about..... well, d'UH!
123 ● Respectable: The Mary Millington Story
Like lots of British men my age, I probably first spanked my monkey to the image of Mary Millington with her kit off. She was a 70's superstar 'adult actress' whose career went crazy after she was (pl)ucked from relative obscurity to become Private magazine's "own girl about town". And she went to many towns, fucked many strangers and her exploits were written about and photographed for the magazine. She was wholesome, pretty and not in any way 'plastic'. Then drugs arrived in her world, she was hounded by the cops and the media, and she topped herself at just 33 years old. Very sad. This is a very engaging - and often VERY racy - documentary about her life. Funnily enough it makes NO mention of the fact that the man who gave her her big break and who earned millions & millions of quid from her notoriety now owns West Ham Football Club.
124 ● Begin Again
I like Mark Ruffalo a lot as an actor, but this was shit. I think even he must know this was shit.
125 ● Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
The fact that the 'celebrity cast' included Subway's Jared Fogle in a cameo just made me laugh even harder at how 'bad' this was
126 ● That Gal...Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2
Sequel to the documentary about "what do I know this (bit part) actor from?", this time about actresses
127 ● Confessions of a Porn Addict
VERY bizarre Canadian mockumentary which started off quite well then got more and more ludicrous as the minutes ticked by
128 ● The Nude Set
Sixties titilation b-movie featuring tons of fantastic (black & white only) burlesque stagework
129 ● Sisters
For some reason I was expecting a LOT more from this woeful formulaic comedy.
130 ● Infinitely Polar Bear
Mark Ruffalo again. This time trying to put the fun into dysfunctional as a bi-polar husband and father dealing with day-to-day stuff. Had its moments. Not many, but a few.
131 ● Happy-Go-Lucky
An old favourite adored once again. Sally Hawkins is soooooooooooo brilliant in this.
132 ● I am Road Comic
Documentary sequel to "I am Comic" about stand-ups comedians' lives.
133 ● Irrational Man
Remember when Woody Allen movies were fun? It's been a while. This didn't help matters.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on May 08, 2016, 11:17:56 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh.
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up!
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place?
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on May 09, 2016, 10:00:14 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6

25. Phoenix - 7

Small but effective film about a concentration camp survivor who had facial reconstruction surgery and returns to her hometown only to be unrecognized by her former husband.  If the resolution of that sounds intriguing to you, then go for it.  It does come to a satisfying conclusion, but not a lot of action goes on.

26. Welcome to Leith - 9

Utterly terrifying documentary about a white supremacist who takes up residence in what one researcher terms "the smallest town I've ever seen" in North Dakota.  It pulls no punches in the portrayal of the racists and their desires.  Rough language abounds.  This is a literal nightmare for all the residents of the town, and it's a fascinating story.  The storytelling is well done, as is the directing and photography.  It does lose steam as the story appears to come to a resolution within an hour, but as it is with real life, nothing ever resolves that cleanly.

White supremacy is one of those things that you ignore because it doesn't seem like a real threat.  The genius of this film is how easily you can put yourself in the regular folks' shoes.  My skin crawled for the entire film, and it was a welcome wake up call.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on May 09, 2016, 11:45:06 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect


The announcers really are the most fantastic part of an otherwise fantastic film. And Anna Kendrick is quite amazing.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on May 10, 2016, 07:20:36 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9

27. Hush - 5

Pretty standard "damsel in distress" film pitting a deaf-mute author against a home invader.  That creates some complications and unique situations for sure, but this doesn't really break any new ground.  If you are in the mood for a horror film that isn't familiar, this one will work.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 11, 2016, 07:35:01 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
76 ● Brave
77 ● Everything Must Go
78 ● The Station Agent
79 ● Darkman
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
81 ● Moonwalkers
82 ● The Gunman
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
84 ● Die Hard
85 ● Grandma
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
87 ● 99 Homes
88 ● How to Die in Oregon
89 ● Selma
90 ● Room
91 ● Finders Keepers
92 ● The End of the Tour
93 ● Life of Brian
94 ● Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
95 ● Airport
96 ● Larry Crowne
97 ● Creed
98 ● Carol
99 ● Scarface
100 ● Tommy
101 ● Now You See Me
102 ● A Clockwork Orange
103 ● Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
104 ● Heaven's Above!
105 ● The Big Short
106 ● Smokey & the Bandit
107 ● Westworld
108 ● Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
109 ● Concussion
110 ● Steve Jobs
111 ● Spotlight
112 ● 9/11: The Falling Man
113 ● Vantage Point
114 ● It's Not a Date
115 ● Paulette
116 ● Puckoon
117 ● Compulsion
118 ● Starman
119 ● Coma
120 ● Love the Coopers
121 ● Ocean's Eleven
122 ● Addicted to Sexting
123 ● Respectable: The Mary Millington Story
124 ● Begin Again
125 ● Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
126 ● That Gal...Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2
127 ● Confessions of a Porn Addict
128 ● The Nude Set
129 ● Sisters
130 ● Infinitely Polar Bear
131 ● Happy-Go-Lucky
132 ● I am Road Comic
133 ● Irrational Man
adding
134 ● The Signal
Incomprehensible sci-fi nonsense. Even with just 5 minutes to go I was considering abandoning it
135 ● Monty Python & The Holy Grail
SearchOH Library BluRay rewatch. Not a patch on "Life of Brian" but still funny in places
136 ● Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This!
Live stage performance featuring many C&C "hits". Otherwise known as "pay Chong's lawyer bills"
137 ● Pixels
This was nowhere NEAR as bad as I suspected it might be. Don't get me wrong it was bad, but not THAT bad, given the concept
138 ● Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Early footage great. Later footage no doubt censored/withheld by "that bitch". Did NOT need to see her saggy ugly boobs again, that's for certain
139 ● The Bag Man
DeNiro and Cusack in shitty movie shocker.
140 ● The 33
Drama based on the Chilean mining rescue miracle
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on May 16, 2016, 07:25:20 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5

28. Sing Street - 7

Amusing and heartfelt when it was focused on the music and the family.  Overwrought when it focused on the romantic relationship.  Cliched (badly) when it focused on the school and the schoolhouse relationships, aside from the band itself.  The band scenes were the absolute highlight, along with any scenes between the two brothers and the family.  John Carney.  He loves music and Ireland, but most of all he loves music as a way to get out of Ireland, so really he doesn't love Ireland all that much now, does he?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on May 16, 2016, 07:26:35 AM
New (to me) films in bold
adding
134 ● The Signal
Incomprehensible sci-fi nonsense. Even with just 5 minutes to go I was considering abandoning it

I knew I heard this from somewhere.  It sounded like the kind of thing I'd like, and I remembered someone mentioning it.  I watched like 45 minutes of this last night and it put me to sleep.  I have no idea what was going on.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on May 17, 2016, 05:10:54 PM

I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on May 18, 2016, 05:31:04 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans


MI:RN was fine. Enjoyable, action packed, a few jokes, etc. It wasn't revolutionary but it wasn't as bad as a 5th installment film typically is, so I guess that's something?

Remember The Titans was my first viewing of this otherwise classic film. I enjoyed it a lot, of course, but I think it's noteworthy at the moment for how many recognizable names of today are in it. Beside Denzel, of course. Ryan Gosling! Kate Bosworth! Hayden Pannettiere! Donald Faison! Etc.


Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on May 23, 2016, 07:14:26 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7

29. The Nice Guys - 8

Extremely enjoyable throwback to 70s/early 80s detective buddy shows, where there is a serious case to solve, but the guys can't stop giving each other shit the whole time.  Crowe is a lot better than I expected in this, though he mostly plays the straight man to the manic Gosling, who fits this part like a glove.  Throw in Gosling's 13 year old daughter "tagging along" unwantedly in many situations, and it really ends up being a 3 person team instead of just "The Nice Guys".  One of my favorite things that happens is what passes for a happy ending... you have to watch it to find out.

30. They Look Like People - 6

One of many low budget, indie horror films that I am a sucker for on Netflix.  This one revolves around a long standing guy friendship where one comes back into the others' life... and then weird things start happening to the guy whose life recently began falling apart.  The pace is very deliberate, and there is more going on "underneath" than there is overtly... so much so that this would qualify more as a "psychological case study" than a straight horror film.  But it does well, and the performances were a notch above most other genre films.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on May 23, 2016, 12:29:22 PM
1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
31. L'Iceberg (2006 from Belgium) - DVD
32. Hail, Caesar! - Cinemark Oakley
33. Tootsie - TCM
34. Kramer vs. Kramer - TCM
35. Being There - TCM
36. On The Waterfront - TCM
37. The Way We Were - TCM
38. Is That You? - 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at Cinemark Oakley
39. The Witch - AMC Newport On the Levee
40. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013 from Spain) - DVD
41. Days of Glory (2006 from France/Morocco) - DVD
42. Sicario (DVD)
43. The Candidate - TCM
44. A War (Esquire Theater)
45. Touched With Fire (AMC Newport on the Levee
46. The Story of Temple Drake - TCM
47. The Other Side of the Door - AMC Newport on the Levee
48. London Has Fallen - Cinemark Oakley
49. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Cinemark Oakley
50. Heart of a Dog - Esquire Theater
51. The Mermaid - AMC Newport on the Levee
52. Fantastic Lies - ESPN 30 For 30
53. Amy - DVD
54. Creative Control - AMC Newport on the Levee
55. Embrace of the Serpent - Esquire Theater
56. Night #1 - DVD (2014 from France)
57. The Bronze - Esquire Theater
58. Knight of Cups - Esquire Theater
59. Gravity - FX
60. The Kindergarten Teacher - DVD (2014 from Israel)
61. Carol (DVD)
62. Fastball (Mariemont Theatre)
63. Eye In the Sky (Esquire Theater)
64. Krisha (Esquire Theater)
65. A Clockwork Orange (Cinemark Oakley)
66. 2001: A Space Oddysey (Cinemark Oakley)
67. Demolition (Cinemark Oakley)
68. The Adderall Diaries (Esquire Theater)
69. Miles Ahead (Esquire Theater)
70. A Hologram for the King (Mariemont Theater)
71. The Fear of 13 (Virgin Atlantic inflight)
72. The Wolfpack (Delta inflight)
Updating the last 3 weeks (bold seen in the theater)

73. Green Room (Cinemark Oakley)
74. Elvis & Nixon (Esquire Theater)
75. Sing Street (Esquire Theater)
76. The Congressman (Mariemont Theater)
77. Francofonia (Mariemont Theater)
78. L'Attesa (Mariemont Theater)
79. Marguerite (Esquire Theater)
80. Louder Than Bombs (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
81. Money Monster (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
82. The Nice Guys (Cinemark Oakley)
83. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (Mariemont Theater)

Many of these came and went after a week or two weeks (per the usual)...

Sing Street is an enjoyable spiritual 'prequel' to Once (written/directed by the same guy).

Marguerite is the (excellent) 2015 film from France about the socialite who sings out of tune but garners wide acclaim. The US remake of this (starring Meryl Streep) is coming out in August, but the trailer for the remake gives me the impression the remake has been 'dumbed down' for US purposes. We'll see.

Louder Than Bombs is a complicated family drama starring Jesse Eisenberg. I enjoyed it.

I was disappointed with Money Monster. Too much fake screaming and fake anger. And utterly unbelievable in the way massive corporate malfeasance gets exposed and completely resolved in literally less than 45 minutes (the movie plays in real time). Stick to The Big Short if you want to get mad/upset with corporate malfeasance.

The Nice Guys is a great throwback movie, just like they made them in the mid-late 70s. Great performances but the movie get stolen by newcomer Angourie Rice in the role of the 13 yr. old daughter of Ryan Gosling. This girl is a mega-talent whom we'll be hearing from for many years to come.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on May 24, 2016, 07:16:49 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6

31. She's Lost Control - 2

The newest film about Joy Division... no, it's not.  That would've been infinitely more interesting than this boring pile of garbage, about a sexual surrogate who gets overly involved with a new client.  Several good performances are completely wasted.  There is little tension and almost nothing of interest happens until the final 15 minutes... which is supposed to be shocking but ends up just finishing the spiral down for the main character in a rather cliched way.  Thanks for nothing, Netflix recommendations.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 24, 2016, 09:01:17 AM
Are you sure you were on Netflix and not Pornhub?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on May 24, 2016, 11:03:30 AM
There was less sex than you would expect, but that wouldn't have helped anything anyway.  This supposedly intense relationship between the 2 leads had virtually zero chemistry.  I expected to see some kind of smoldering desire there, but it just looked like a couple of extremely awkward people trying to force it.  The filmmakers didn't make any kind of case for it being the relationship that they tried to portray with the final act.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on May 24, 2016, 11:39:48 AM

I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on May 24, 2016, 04:26:23 PM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 27, 2016, 03:26:27 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
76 ● Brave
77 ● Everything Must Go
78 ● The Station Agent
79 ● Darkman
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
81 ● Moonwalkers
82 ● The Gunman
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
84 ● Die Hard
85 ● Grandma
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
87 ● 99 Homes
88 ● How to Die in Oregon
89 ● Selma
90 ● Room
91 ● Finders Keepers
92 ● The End of the Tour
93 ● Life of Brian
94 ● Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
95 ● Airport
96 ● Larry Crowne
97 ● Creed
98 ● Carol
99 ● Scarface
100 ● Tommy
101 ● Now You See Me
102 ● A Clockwork Orange
103 ● Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
104 ● Heaven's Above!
105 ● The Big Short
106 ● Smokey & the Bandit
107 ● Westworld
108 ● Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
109 ● Concussion
110 ● Steve Jobs
111 ● Spotlight
112 ● 9/11: The Falling Man
113 ● Vantage Point
114 ● It's Not a Date
115 ● Paulette
116 ● Puckoon
117 ● Compulsion
118 ● Starman
119 ● Coma
120 ● Love the Coopers
121 ● Ocean's Eleven
122 ● Addicted to Sexting
123 ● Respectable: The Mary Millington Story
124 ● Begin Again
125 ● Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
126 ● That Gal...Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2
127 ● Confessions of a Porn Addict
128 ● The Nude Set
129 ● Sisters
130 ● Infinitely Polar Bear
131 ● Happy-Go-Lucky
132 ● I am Road Comic
133 ● Irrational Man
134 ● The Signal
135 ● Monty Python & The Holy Grail
136 ● Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This!
137 ● Pixels
138 ● Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
139 ● The Bag Man
140 ● The 33
adding
141 ● What We Do in the Shadows
This was very silly and had some fantastically funny moments. Mockumentary following the 'lives' of a group of vampires who live together. I laughed out loud many times.
142 ● Gattaca
Didn't seem as good as I remembered it. Hammy acting
143 ● I Smile Back
Sarah Silverman is quite the revelation in this otherwise dreary drama about the effects of drink and depression
144 ● Deadpool
I wanted to enjoy this more but couldn't. Too much overkill on the 'gags', not enough attention to the flimsy script
145 ● Pardon Us for Living but the Graveyard is Full: The Fleshtones Documentary
What it says on the tin. Self-made doc about a band who tried but failed to crossover like others of their ilk did
146 ● Our Brand is Crisis
Comedy? Drama? Farce? As others have noted "Wag the Dog" was far superior. This had no heart
147 ● Dirty Grandpa
DeNiro tries too hard, Efron hardly tries at all. Frat-boy disappointment
148 ● Boobs: An American Obsession
No idea why this was strictly an "american" obsession. A documentary about women & their boobs, some of which are too big, many of which are declared too small. A little too voyeuristic for (even) my liking. Besides which America's true obsession with boobs is covering them up, censoring them or pretending they don't exist
149 ● Out of Luck
Documentary about America's "lottery problem". Full of very sad characters.
150 ● A Most Wanted Man
This has been in my Amazon Prime queue for EVAH. Glad I finally got to watch it. An impressive spy/intrigue/terrorism thriller from the pen of John LeCarre. PSH is awesome, reminding me just how much Hollywood must miss his acting chops
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on May 28, 2016, 11:33:02 PM

32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.

I didn't realize this was filmed in Atlanta! Might have to see for the house.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on May 28, 2016, 11:38:28 PM

I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)

40. Howl's Moving Castle- Studio Ghibli. Gorgeous, stunning, and a sweet movie. Different than the book, but still good. B=Y
41. Lucky Number Sleven- I'm into Josh Harnett these days. He does puppy dog eyes really well. This movie was surprisingly good- and the set design was excellent. Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci. It's kind of like a heist caper, only with murder rather than robbery. B=N
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on May 31, 2016, 01:11:41 PM

32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.

I didn't realize this was filmed in Atlanta! Might have to see for the house.

Only parts of it were filmed here. But, they stick out like sore thumbs if your live here, I think.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on May 31, 2016, 01:33:38 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy


Based on rville's recommendations, we watched the Amy Winehouse documentary. It was very interesting, and as good as advertised. So sad, but she was a party-going wreck from the start and it really hurt her.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 03, 2016, 09:33:52 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2

32. We Are Still Here - 8

Enjoyable patchwork of several different horror movie ideas that all come together in a crazy final half hour for some top notch stuff.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 05, 2016, 08:17:41 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
76 ● Brave
77 ● Everything Must Go
78 ● The Station Agent
79 ● Darkman
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
81 ● Moonwalkers
82 ● The Gunman
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
84 ● Die Hard
85 ● Grandma
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
87 ● 99 Homes
88 ● How to Die in Oregon
89 ● Selma
90 ● Room
91 ● Finders Keepers
92 ● The End of the Tour
93 ● Life of Brian
94 ● Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
95 ● Airport
96 ● Larry Crowne
97 ● Creed
98 ● Carol
99 ● Scarface
100 ● Tommy
101 ● Now You See Me
102 ● A Clockwork Orange
103 ● Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
104 ● Heaven's Above!
105 ● The Big Short
106 ● Smokey & the Bandit
107 ● Westworld
108 ● Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
109 ● Concussion
110 ● Steve Jobs
111 ● Spotlight
112 ● 9/11: The Falling Man
113 ● Vantage Point
114 ● It's Not a Date
115 ● Paulette
116 ● Puckoon
117 ● Compulsion
118 ● Starman
119 ● Coma
120 ● Love the Coopers
121 ● Ocean's Eleven
122 ● Addicted to Sexting
123 ● Respectable: The Mary Millington Story
124 ● Begin Again
125 ● Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
126 ● That Gal...Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2
127 ● Confessions of a Porn Addict
128 ● The Nude Set
129 ● Sisters
130 ● Infinitely Polar Bear
131 ● Happy-Go-Lucky
132 ● I am Road Comic
133 ● Irrational Man
134 ● The Signal
135 ● Monty Python & The Holy Grail
136 ● Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This!
137 ● Pixels
138 ● Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
139 ● The Bag Man
140 ● The 33
141 ● What We Do in the Shadows
142 ● Gattaca
143 ● I Smile Back
144 ● Deadpool
145 ● Pardon Us for Living but the Graveyard is Full: The Fleshtones Documentary
146 ● Our Brand is Crisis
147 ● Dirty Grandpa
148 ● Boobs: An American Obsession
149 ● Out of Luck
150 ● A Most Wanted Man
adding
151 ● An American Affair
Entertaining-enough period drama set in the 60's about a Washington DC woman who is having an affair with JFK whilst simultaneously 'teasing' a young neighborhood boy
152 ● Pawn Sacrifice
Remember Fischer v Spassky? The big chess match that was as much about politics as it was about the game? Here's the drama no-one needed
153 ● Ashby
Mickey Rourke is even more unrecognizable as the grimy old neighbor of a boy determined to write a thesis on his life.
154 ● Trumbo
Terrific stuff about the McCarthy/Hollywood blacklisting scandal
155 ● The Lobster
The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed.
156 ● Fear of Fanny
"Not what I was expecting" at all. Joke. This is a BBC TV dramatization of the peculiar life of TV chef Fanny Craddock, a kind of British Julia Child
157 ● The Lady in the Van
Utterly TERRIFIC! Quintessentially "British"
158 ● Daddy's Home
Daddy should've stayed away. Far FAR away. Another contestant in the "who the fuck watches this shit?" department (apart from me, obv)
159 ● It's All Happening
Rewatch of this classic 1963 English musical about the 'pop explosion' that happened in Soho, London. Tommy Steele rools!
160 ● Lap Dance
Carmen Electra. That is all
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on June 06, 2016, 09:41:24 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
FINALLY SEEING SOME MOVIES IN THE THEATRE!!!

33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on June 06, 2016, 11:46:47 AM
I did not like The Lobster. It started off ok- dark humor, some weird lines that made me laugh, but after about an hour, I was considering leaving, and I have never left a movie early. I was more interested in the story behind the Maid and Lea Seydoux's character (secondary characters) than the one between Colin Farrell and Rachel Weiss (main characters).
Did Colin Farrell's character blind himself afterall, and that is why the screen went black at the end?

The movie lost me when they showed the kicked-to-death dog.

And I really didn't get shooting the donkey at the beginning- who? Why? Did it connect to anything else?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on June 06, 2016, 11:53:02 AM
vi-vacious, as to The Lobster:

The donkey shooting at the beginning (which caused loud gasps in the theater audience) is unrelated to the main story line, but I took it to mean that the woman was upset at someone (a potential partner?) who turned into an animal after the mandatory 45 days and she put the potential partner out of his misery by shooting him.

And yes, Colin Farrell blinded himself at the end, providing the final proof (as if more was needed) of his true love for Rachel Weisz.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 06, 2016, 12:36:33 PM
New to me in bold.

1. Hateful 8
2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
3. The Abominable Bride
4. Tomorrowland
5. Spy
6. Kung Fu Panda 3
7. Hail, Ceasar!
8. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
9. Zootopia
10. Book of Life
11. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
12. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
13. Back to the Future.

I can't reliably say I didn't forget one or two, oh well.  At this rate, I'm not making it to 50 anyway.

14. X-Men: Apocalypse - Seems like lots of folks are over-analyzing this one, but I thought it was fine.  The girl playing Jean Grey has zero presence though, too bad since she's such a central character.

15. Captain America: Civil War - I can't help but over-analyze this one.  I thought the central premise was downright stupid.  Next thing you know there will be a Star Wars film about how the rebels killed innocent contractors working on the Death Star (hat tip to Clerks).  Setting that aside, I thought the action was good,  and enjoyed the humorous bits sprinkled throughout.  Also, young Tony Stark creeped me out.

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on June 06, 2016, 12:41:30 PM

I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)
40. Howl's Moving Castle- Studio Ghibli. Gorgeous, stunning, and a sweet movie. Different than the book, but still good. B=Y
41. Lucky Number Sleven- I'm into Josh Harnett these days. He does puppy dog eyes really well. This movie was surprisingly good- and the set design was excellent. Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci. It's kind of like a heist caper, only with murder rather than robbery. B=N

42. The Lobster Unlike CR, this movie did nothing for me- it was overly long, and stopped being funny after an hour. I was more interested in the secondary and tertiary characters than the leads, and would have much preferred their stories. B=Y
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 06, 2016, 05:02:40 PM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8

33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7

The story loses so much steam late, but it barely mattered as I giggled throughout.  It should go without saying, but unless you are into Samberg as a performer, you'll probably hate this.

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on June 07, 2016, 09:22:02 AM

33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7

The story loses so much steam late, but it barely mattered as I giggled throughout.  It should go without saying, but unless you are into Samberg as a performer, you'll probably hate this.

YAY! Hopefully va-vacious and I will be seeing this over the weekend!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on June 07, 2016, 11:32:10 AM
yes we will!!!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 07, 2016, 11:48:03 AM
All I have to say is "Costco samples like a mothafucka".  You'll understand when you see it.


Also, I had no idea it was an R rated movie when we saw it... and it's a HARD R.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on June 07, 2016, 02:30:29 PM

Also, I had no idea it was an R rated movie when we saw it... and it's a HARD R.
EVEN BETTER. DOUBLE YAY!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on June 07, 2016, 11:53:20 PM

Also, I had no idea it was an R rated movie when we saw it... and it's a HARD R.
EVEN BETTER. DOUBLE YAY!
x2! (So is that Quadruple yay?)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on June 12, 2016, 05:02:21 PM

I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)
40. Howl's Moving Castle- Studio Ghibli. Gorgeous, stunning, and a sweet movie. Different than the book, but still good. B=Y
41. Lucky Number Sleven- I'm into Josh Harnett these days. He does puppy dog eyes really well. This movie was surprisingly good- and the set design was excellent. Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci. It's kind of like a heist caper, only with murder rather than robbery. B=N
42. The Lobster Unlike CR, this movie did nothing for me- it was overly long, and stopped being funny after an hour. I was more interested in the secondary and tertiary characters than the leads, and would have much preferred their stories. B=Y
43. I Heart Huccabees I officially don't heart David O. Russell. B=??? (I think No, but I'm not going to watch it again to confirm)
44. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ahh! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Was far more than a 15 minute SNL sketch, and it worked very well. The cameos were lovely! Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman were underused, but Tim Meadows is delightful. B=N
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: trixi on June 12, 2016, 05:24:08 PM
1.  Star Wars:  The Force Awakens
2.  The Hunting Ground
3.  Brooklyn
4.  Joy
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on June 13, 2016, 10:58:38 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft


I was very excited to see Warcraft. It was dumb and terrible...and I loved every second of it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on June 14, 2016, 08:38:21 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 16, 2016, 08:07:22 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7

34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10

Sure, this is maybe not a movie per se, but it did have a theater release not too long ago, so we're going to go with it.  Over the course of the 8 hour plus running time, things that were mentioned 6 hours previously were called back perfectly in later parts.  There is so much amazing content in here, from a breakdown of what happened to lead to both the Watts riots and the '92 riots, to a discussion of spousal abuse, to a long hard look at the criminal justice system through the eyes of a trial that was less a trial and more of a circus.  Even running 8 hours as it does, it still feels like it can't quite fit in everything it wants to.

If you have a disdain for all things OJ... I encourage you to give that a second thought and watch this documentary.  It doesn't even get to the murder and trial until the middle of the third hour... and yes, while it stays there for another 3 hours, that 3 hours is well worth your time.  The beginning of Part 4 is as gut punching a sequence as I've ever seen in film.  Even my 16 year old boy had to turn away from the screen at one point and yelled "Oh God!"  Perhaps exploitative, but it didn't feel that way in context.

Even as you're expecting it to lose steam as the trial wraps up, then we get to what happened afterwards... the final 30 minutes is just as engrossing as the first 30 as we watch OJ attempt to rob a memorabilia collector to regain his "personal memories".

The discussion around race that this whole thing sparks is nothing short of fascinating and essential, as the doc does a masterful job of tracing OJ's roots, then his desire to be viewed as transcending race, then his shunning by the white community and embracing by the black community even though he had shunned them in the midst of the late '60's Civil Rights Movement.

Director Ezra Edelman stated in yesterday's reddit AMA that this was the least fun project he had ever worked on.  But it's no doubt the best, and unlikely to be overshadowed or forgotten anytime soon.


35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7

After OJ, it's hard to top that.  So perhaps I'm a bit too hard on this solid doc on the Duke lacrosse rape case that wasn't.  The movie does feel a bit padded for length, and I had a real struggle to find sympathy with these guys, even when they were being falsely accused and railroaded for a sexual assault that had no evidence and a mentally ill accuser.  Somehow, I still think those crazy kids are going to be ok.  And the attempt to find emotional resonance in having a lacrosse season cancelled just didn't land with me.

I'll be the first to admit that I thought they were guilty, guilty, guilty when it all first went down.  But even though they clearly weren't... they still were Dukies, so fuck 'em.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on June 19, 2016, 12:21:22 AM
Butter, I saw the 2 hr. Part 5 of the OJ documentary (without having seen the previous 4 parts), and it was absolutely riveting, I agree. The only 'complaint' I have is that it ends without any update as to where the main characters (mostly OJ) are today, in 2016.

As to your rating of a mere 7 for the Fantastic Lies documentary, I have to disagree. I thought it was an equally riveting documentary.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on June 20, 2016, 06:47:11 PM
1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
31. L'Iceberg (2006 from Belgium) - DVD
32. Hail, Caesar! - Cinemark Oakley
33. Tootsie - TCM
34. Kramer vs. Kramer - TCM
35. Being There - TCM
36. On The Waterfront - TCM
37. The Way We Were - TCM
38. Is That You? - 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at Cinemark Oakley
39. The Witch - AMC Newport On the Levee
40. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013 from Spain) - DVD
41. Days of Glory (2006 from France/Morocco) - DVD
42. Sicario (DVD)
43. The Candidate - TCM
44. A War (Esquire Theater)
45. Touched With Fire (AMC Newport on the Levee
46. The Story of Temple Drake - TCM
47. The Other Side of the Door - AMC Newport on the Levee
48. London Has Fallen - Cinemark Oakley
49. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Cinemark Oakley
50. Heart of a Dog - Esquire Theater
51. The Mermaid - AMC Newport on the Levee
52. Fantastic Lies - ESPN 30 For 30
53. Amy - DVD
54. Creative Control - AMC Newport on the Levee
55. Embrace of the Serpent - Esquire Theater
56. Night #1 - DVD (2014 from France)
57. The Bronze - Esquire Theater
58. Knight of Cups - Esquire Theater
59. Gravity - FX
60. The Kindergarten Teacher - DVD (2014 from Israel)
61. Carol (DVD)
62. Fastball (Mariemont Theatre)
63. Eye In the Sky (Esquire Theater)
64. Krisha (Esquire Theater)
65. A Clockwork Orange (Cinemark Oakley)
66. 2001: A Space Oddysey (Cinemark Oakley)
67. Demolition (Cinemark Oakley)
68. The Adderall Diaries (Esquire Theater)
69. Miles Ahead (Esquire Theater)
70. A Hologram for the King (Mariemont Theater)
71. The Fear of 13 (Virgin Atlantic inflight)
72. The Wolfpack (Delta inflight)
73. Green Room (Cinemark Oakley)
74. Elvis & Nixon (Esquire Theater)
75. Sing Street (Esquire Theater)
76. The Congressman (Mariemont Theater)
77. Francofonia (Mariemont Theater)
78. L'Attesa (Mariemont Theater)
79. Marguerite (Esquire Theater)
80. Louder Than Bombs (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
81. Money Monster (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
82. The Nice Guys (Cinemark Oakley)
83. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (Mariemont Theater)
Updating the last 4 weeks (bold seen in the theater)

84. The Lobster (Esquire Theater)
85. Love & Friendship (Mariemont Theater)
86. A Bigger Splash (Mariemont Theater)
87. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Cinemark Oakley)
88. The Meddler (Mariemont Theater)
89. Weiner (Esquire Theater)
90. Now You See Me 2 (Cinemark Oakley)
91. The Bourne Ultimatum (DVD)
92. Maggie's Plan (Esquire Theater)

Not a lot of movie-watching, with the Euros and the Copa America in full swing...

Of this latest batch, the one true MUST-SEE is "Weiner", the documentary about Anthony Weiner, the disgraced NY politician who was forced from Congress due to sexting his dick left and right, and then did it again when he was running for Mayor of NY 2 years later. For reasons one cannot even begin to phantom, Weiner gave full and unlimited access to the makers when he decides to run for Mayor of NY. The moment when the news of the latest sexting scandal breaks, the makers are in the room with just Weiner and his wife (Hillary confidente and future high-up in the Hillary White House administration Huma Abedin)...  As they say: "priceless". If you have any interest in US politics and/or want to watch a train wreck as it happens (reminding me of The Armstrong Lie), you won't want to miss this.

In Maggie's Plan, Greta Gerwig plays yet another New York-based relationship rom-com/drama. She can do these roles in her sleep (Lola Versus, Frances Ha, Mistress America), yet I couldn't help but fall for her charms once again. Julianne Moore as the 'scorned wife' is priceless (the wife is from Denmark, so Julianne plays it with a Danish accent and demeanor).
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 21, 2016, 07:21:54 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7

36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9

Had this on my Netflix queue for YEARS and finally got around to watching it yesterday.  I don't like sushi, but this movie makes me wish that I did.  Beautiful cinematography, an interesting subject, a look inside a culture and a country that most Americans are somewhat ignorant of.  They struggle a bit to make any kind of narrative out of this, but who needs narrative when you have ritual?  And really that's what this preparation of sushi boils down to: ritual.

37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6

Marcus Dupree was a physically gifted athlete with a great high school career, a checkered college career due to some crazy advice, and a virtually non-existent pro career due to injuries.  His story was interesting enough, but not particularly earth-shattering.

38. Body Team 12 - 8

13 minute short film that was up for Best Documentary Short Subject in this year's Oscars, this is a brief film about the Ebola outbreak in Liberia in 2014 and more specifically a woman who works on the team that picks up the dead and tries to prevent further spread of the disease.  It hits on a lot of interesting points, but due to the brevity failed to connect with me on an emotional level.  It works as a glimpse into what Africa was going through, though, and why it was so hard to stop the spread of the disease once it got going.  Available via HBO Go / Now if you are interested.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on June 21, 2016, 11:46:08 AM
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9

Had this on my Netflix queue for YEARS and finally got around to watching it yesterday.  I don't like sushi, but this movie makes me wish that I did.  Beautiful cinematography, an interesting subject, a look inside a culture and a country that most Americans are somewhat ignorant of.  They struggle a bit to make any kind of narrative out of this, but who needs narrative when you have ritual?  And really that's what this preparation of sushi boils down to: ritual.

"...who needs narrative when you have ritual?"
Love this.



Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on June 21, 2016, 11:52:38 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2016, 12:39:58 PM
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9

Had this on my Netflix queue for YEARS and finally got around to watching it yesterday.  I don't like sushi, but this movie makes me wish that I did.  Beautiful cinematography, an interesting subject, a look inside a culture and a country that most Americans are somewhat ignorant of.  They struggle a bit to make any kind of narrative out of this, but who needs narrative when you have ritual?  And really that's what this preparation of sushi boils down to: ritual.

"...who needs narrative when you have ritual?"
Love this.

Ditto. Also loved that documentary. I think of it often, and I saw the thing two years ago.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 21, 2016, 07:48:26 PM
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9

Had this on my Netflix queue for YEARS and finally got around to watching it yesterday.  I don't like sushi, but this movie makes me wish that I did.  Beautiful cinematography, an interesting subject, a look inside a culture and a country that most Americans are somewhat ignorant of.  They struggle a bit to make any kind of narrative out of this, but who needs narrative when you have ritual?  And really that's what this preparation of sushi boils down to: ritual.

"...who needs narrative when you have ritual?"
Love this.

Ditto. Also loved that documentary. I think of it often, and I saw the thing two years ago.
Yes, a GREAT documentary.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 21, 2016, 08:16:48 PM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8

39. Finding Dory - 4

I guess if we have to put up with this shit to get things like INSIDE OUT, UP, and WALL-E, I'm ok with it.  I was so enthralled by OJ that I forgot I went to see this Saturday.  And you'll forget it too, pretty much as soon as you walk out.  The plot is basically "remember these characters and this plot device?  If you liked it before, you'll like it again.  OK, so we'll change the setting a bit so we're not totally insulting you." 

I think they could've done a whole movie on the Beluga whale and the shark, and that would've been 8 times more interesting.

I seem to remember a post I made a number of years back when Disney bought Pixar that basically Disney was going to make like 4 out of every 5 movies just sequels, and would occasionally throw them a bone and let them do something interesting as long as they remembered who's in charge... not to throw out my shoulder patting myself on the back, but fuckin' nailed it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 21, 2016, 08:23:38 PM
The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand.

Yeah, I was basically in awe of the animation that whole time.  It was amazing.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 24, 2016, 08:38:05 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4

40. Opposite Field - 6

Story about the rise of Little League baseball in Uganda.  This doc was basically a year too early, as it has to tack on some pretty major story points in an epilogue that followed the initial story.  It was fine, interesting if you are a baseball fan.

41. Next Goal Wins - 9

Now THIS on the other hand... wow.  Documentary about the American Samoa men's national soccer team that opens with the images from a loss to Australia by a score of 31-0.  That's right, a major international friendly ended in a 31-0 score.  How do you rebound from something like that?  Watch and learn.

If you like soccer, this is a can't miss.  There is a lot of great stuff about the American Samoa culture in here... including learning that this (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fa%27afafine) exists in Samoan society.  There is also some surprisingly riveting soccer footage in here, but it is mostly an underdog story.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on June 24, 2016, 12:14:20 PM

41. Next Goal Wins - 9

Now THIS on the other hand... wow.  Documentary about the American Samoa men's national soccer team that opens with the images from a loss to Australia by a score of 31-0.  That's right, a major international friendly ended in a 31-0 score.  How do you rebound from something like that?  Watch and learn.

If you like soccer, this is a can't miss.  There is a lot of great stuff about the American Samoa culture in here... including learning that this (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fa%27afafine) exists in Samoan society.  There is also some surprisingly riveting soccer footage in here, but it is mostly an underdog story.

How did you watch this? Is it a 30 for 30?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 24, 2016, 01:04:24 PM
Similar question, where can I watch the OJ thing?  I tried the ESPN channel on our Roku but it's just clips of Sports Center etc.  I don't think our On-Demand channels include ESPN, though I could be wrong on that.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 24, 2016, 02:29:56 PM

41. Next Goal Wins - 9

Now THIS on the other hand... wow.  Documentary about the American Samoa men's national soccer team that opens with the images from a loss to Australia by a score of 31-0.  That's right, a major international friendly ended in a 31-0 score.  How do you rebound from something like that?  Watch and learn.

If you like soccer, this is a can't miss.  There is a lot of great stuff about the American Samoa culture in here... including learning that this (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fa%27afafine) exists in Samoan society.  There is also some surprisingly riveting soccer footage in here, but it is mostly an underdog story.

How did you watch this? Is it a 30 for 30?

No, it's just on regular Netflix streaming.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 24, 2016, 02:32:21 PM
Similar question, where can I watch the OJ thing?  I tried the ESPN channel on our Roku but it's just clips of Sports Center etc.  I don't think our On-Demand channels include ESPN, though I could be wrong on that.

You have to have a cable provider that allows access to the WatchESPN app, it's on there.  If not, I am not sure.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 24, 2016, 02:59:18 PM

You have to have a cable provider that allows access to the WatchESPN app, it's on there.  If not, I am not sure.

App?  As in phone or tablet app?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 24, 2016, 07:15:32 PM

You have to have a cable provider that allows access to the WatchESPN app, it's on there.  If not, I am not sure.

App?  As in phone or tablet app?

No, there's a Roku app, or whatever you would prefer to call it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on June 26, 2016, 10:49:38 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9

42. Tangerine - 6

43. Oldboy - 7
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on June 26, 2016, 12:36:43 PM

I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)
40. Howl's Moving Castle- Studio Ghibli. Gorgeous, stunning, and a sweet movie. Different than the book, but still good. B=Y
41. Lucky Number Sleven- I'm into Josh Harnett these days. He does puppy dog eyes really well. This movie was surprisingly good- and the set design was excellent. Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci. It's kind of like a heist caper, only with murder rather than robbery. B=N
42. The Lobster Unlike CR, this movie did nothing for me- it was overly long, and stopped being funny after an hour. I was more interested in the secondary and tertiary characters than the leads, and would have much preferred their stories. B=Y
43. I Heart Huccabees I officially don't heart David O. Russell. B=??? (I think No, but I'm not going to watch it again to confirm)
44. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ahh! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Was far more than a 15 minute SNL sketch, and it worked very well. The cameos were lovely! Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman were underused, but Tim Meadows is delightful. B=N

45. Big Stone Gap Based on the novel of the same name. A love letter to Appalachia. Worth watching just for the scenery, but not the '70s clothing. It is the kind of movie we don't see much of lately- small budget, no special effects, nice story. a good netflixer, for sure. B=Y (only 3 male named characters in the whole movie, so it had to!)
46. Hotel Transylvania 2 I needed something that didn't require my attention, and this did the trick. They kept beating the same points over and over, and other than the "hey! I recognize that voice!" aspect, I didn't really care. B=Y, but again, barely.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on July 05, 2016, 09:18:54 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9
42. Tangerine - 6
43. Oldboy - 7

44. Me Before You - 5

Sometimes you just have to take your wife to see a romantic weepy.  I would be lying if I said I was completely unaffected by it, but during a lot of it I was actually thinking "I could write this".  Very formulaic.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on July 05, 2016, 12:09:25 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League


My wife pointed out that the random construction worker fan who is in a handful of scenes is played by the guy who played Janitor in the tv show Scrubs.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on July 05, 2016, 02:43:33 PM
1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
31. L'Iceberg (2006 from Belgium) - DVD
32. Hail, Caesar! - Cinemark Oakley
33. Tootsie - TCM
34. Kramer vs. Kramer - TCM
35. Being There - TCM
36. On The Waterfront - TCM
37. The Way We Were - TCM
38. Is That You? - 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at Cinemark Oakley
39. The Witch - AMC Newport On the Levee
40. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013 from Spain) - DVD
41. Days of Glory (2006 from France/Morocco) - DVD
42. Sicario (DVD)
43. The Candidate - TCM
44. A War (Esquire Theater)
45. Touched With Fire (AMC Newport on the Levee
46. The Story of Temple Drake - TCM
47. The Other Side of the Door - AMC Newport on the Levee
48. London Has Fallen - Cinemark Oakley
49. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Cinemark Oakley
50. Heart of a Dog - Esquire Theater
51. The Mermaid - AMC Newport on the Levee
52. Fantastic Lies - ESPN 30 For 30
53. Amy - DVD
54. Creative Control - AMC Newport on the Levee
55. Embrace of the Serpent - Esquire Theater
56. Night #1 - DVD (2014 from France)
57. The Bronze - Esquire Theater
58. Knight of Cups - Esquire Theater
59. Gravity - FX
60. The Kindergarten Teacher - DVD (2014 from Israel)
61. Carol (DVD)
62. Fastball (Mariemont Theatre)
63. Eye In the Sky (Esquire Theater)
64. Krisha (Esquire Theater)
65. A Clockwork Orange (Cinemark Oakley)
66. 2001: A Space Oddysey (Cinemark Oakley)
67. Demolition (Cinemark Oakley)
68. The Adderall Diaries (Esquire Theater)
69. Miles Ahead (Esquire Theater)
70. A Hologram for the King (Mariemont Theater)
71. The Fear of 13 (Virgin Atlantic inflight)
72. The Wolfpack (Delta inflight)
73. Green Room (Cinemark Oakley)
74. Elvis & Nixon (Esquire Theater)
75. Sing Street (Esquire Theater)
76. The Congressman (Mariemont Theater)
77. Francofonia (Mariemont Theater)
78. L'Attesa (Mariemont Theater)
79. Marguerite (Esquire Theater)
80. Louder Than Bombs (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
81. Money Monster (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
82. The Nice Guys (Cinemark Oakley)
83. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (Mariemont Theater)
84. The Lobster (Esquire Theater)
85. Love & Friendship (Mariemont Theater)
86. A Bigger Splash (Mariemont Theater)
87. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Cinemark Oakley)
88. The Meddler (Mariemont Theater)
89. Weiner (Esquire Theater)
90. Now You See Me 2 (Cinemark Oakley)
91. The Bourne Ultimatum (DVD)
92. Maggie's Plan (Esquire Theater)
Updating the last 2 weeks (bold seen in the theater)

93. The Fortune Cookie (!966) (TMC)
94. The Flim-Flam Man (1967) (TMC)
95. Free State of Jones (Mariemont Theater)
96. The Shallows (Cinemark Oakley)
97. The Fits (Esquire Theater)
98. The Neon Demon (Esquire Theater)
99. My Golden Days (Esquire Theater)
100. Swiss Army Man (AMC West Chester)
101. Marauders (Esquire Theater)
102. The Purge: Election Year (AMC West Chester)
103. Our Kind of Traitor (AMC West Chester)

Saw some interesting movies recently. Let's start with this: two of these movies were shot entirely in Cincinnati. Can you name them? (More on that later.)

Best/most original of the bunch is easily Swiss Army Man, a one-of-a-kind movie "buddy" and survival movie. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe are the "buddies", with the latter being a corpse that somehow catches life again (no, not a zombie movie!). I thought is was fantastical and touching. One of my friends hated it, so there you have that.

Instead, I hated The Neon Demon, from Danish wunderkind director Nicolas Winding Refn, whose previously American movies were the excellent Drive and Only God Forgives. Here he looks at the cut-throat modeling industry in LA. Leading actress Ellie Fanning is horribly miscast and in over her head. This movie (rightfully) completely tanked at the box office and disappeared after only 1 week.

Our Kind of Traitor is another John LeCarre book adaptation for the big screen and thankfully MILES BETTER than the 2011 disaster of a movie that was LeCarre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris are thoroughly enjoyable as the 'ordinary' couple that gets swept up in the spy thriller.

Ok, so here are the two movie shot entirely in Cincinnati: The Fits, a wonderful 'coming of age' movie that is brought with quite a different angle from your 'routine' coming of age flick. The 11 yr. old girl in the main role is fantastic. And did I mention the entire cast is African- American? (But the writer-director is not.) Set entirely in Cincinnati's West End.

The other one is Marauders, a B movie crime thriller headed by Bruce Willis (in a smaller role) and Christopher Meloni (of Law & Order: SVU), about mysterious bank heists. The movie has a couple of good scenes (including the bank heists, filmed in the beautiful Dixie Terminal) but is otherwise just too average. Filmed mostly in the downtown/riverfront area, with multiple gorgeous shots of the skyline and riverfront. Worth checking out only if you have an interest in Cincinnati.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on July 05, 2016, 04:23:37 PM
I don't know that I'd classify TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY as a disaster, but I do remember I had no idea what was going on for most of it.  Even afterwards, what happened?  I haven't the foggiest.

So, you would recommend ONLY GOD FORGIVES?  Everything I heard suggested it was even more style over substance than DRIVE was.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on July 05, 2016, 10:36:46 PM
Butter, I felt exactly like you about Tinker Tailor, which is: I had no idea what the hell was going on. When you feel like that, an hour into the movie, you can reasonably conclude that this is a disaster of a movie, and I in fact walked out, pretty disgusted at that I might add.

As to Only God Forgives: yes, there is lots of style, but there was a decent amount of substance too (although not as much as in Driver),  and I enjoyed it quite a bit. But that's just me of course. I'd suggest you check it out (and draw your own conclusion), whereas I would not recommend The Neon Demon to anyone, even "just to check it out". I did, and I won't get my 2 hrs. back...
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on July 06, 2016, 09:53:44 AM
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I tried READING Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy when I was unemployed and I couldn't even get past the first part of it. I mean, I had nothing to do ALL DAY LONG and I was confused and disoriented and eventually just abandoned it.

People tell me it's really good, but man I couldn't get into it.
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Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 06, 2016, 10:56:25 AM
[even less helpful]

I haven't read, or watched TTSS, nor do I have any desire to.

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Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on July 06, 2016, 02:53:30 PM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9
42. Tangerine - 6
43. Oldboy - 7
44. Me Before You - 5

45. The Den - 7

I'm a bit late coming to yet another Netflix low budget horror movie special.  This one was able to use both a coherent story and tension that was ratcheted successfully all the way through.  The "chatroulette" feature of the main plot device played a little ridiculously... in addition to limiting the POV, it also annoys me at times because I don't want to feel like I'm watching a computer screen.  I watched this right before bed and I wouldn't say that I had a simple time getting to sleep, let's just put it that way.  I'm not usually too affected by "jump scares", but there was one here that legitimately got me but good. 

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on July 07, 2016, 09:24:07 AM

44. Me Before You - 5

Sometimes you just have to take your wife to see a romantic weepy.  I would be lying if I said I was completely unaffected by it, but during a lot of it I was actually thinking "I could write this".  Very formulaic.
See, I thought that they took the road that was less obvious with this one.
She didn't change his mind with her love. That would have been the more formulaic route, for sure.
Emilia Clarke sold the shit out of that character. She definitely elevated that role, mostly with her eyebrow acting.
Khaleesi got to move her face.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on July 08, 2016, 10:45:22 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions


That was an utter waste of an evening.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on July 11, 2016, 09:25:38 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
40. 2 FISTS UP (a Spike Lee Li'l Joint) - 07/09/16 - ESPN - It was the perfect time to watch this documentary and to get the story on the Concerned Student 1950 movement that led up to the Mizzou football players potentially boycotting the BYU game (in order to save a man's life).
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 11, 2016, 10:01:27 AM
New to me in bold.

1. Hateful 8
2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
3. The Abominable Bride
4. Tomorrowland
5. Spy
6. Kung Fu Panda 3
7. Hail, Ceasar!
8. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
9. Zootopia
10. Book of Life
11. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
12. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
13. Back to the Future.
14. X-Men: Apocalypse
15. Captain America: Civil War

16. OJ: Made in America - I don't have a lot to say about this that Butter didn't already sum up nicely.  I knew a lot of surface details about the case but had very little detail, particularly about how badly the prosecution fell appart.  For example, I'm not sure I knew anything about Chris Darden, and I certainly didn't know how big of a boner it was to have O.J. try on the glove.  I always kind of assumed that that was a defense tactic, and would have been, had Darden not handed them that little gem on a platter.  Whoever said in the film that O.J. went straight into "Naked Gun mode" once he got the gloves on hit the nail on the head.

As far as all the racial stuff this stirred up a lot of emotion for me.  This shined a light on exactly how little race relations have changed in this country, while other types of biggotry have gotten better.  It astounds me how, after spending so much time trying to separate himself from the black community, and refusing to be a champion, in any way, of civil rights, it was that very black community, that rallied behind him, and racial bias became the centerpiece of his defense.  Unreal and infuriating.  The story about swapping out all the pictures hanging in his house from pictures of him with his white cronies, to those with him and black celebrities was particularly galling.

They made a nice capper out of the Vegas stuff.  I didn't realize he'd gotten so much time.  It's clear the sentencing was payback, well deserved.

17. The Secret Life of Pets - Well done kids fun with a few nods to the adults (there's a nice Super Mario Brothers reference).  Not great, but just right for some family friendly fun.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2016, 02:22:41 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers


Blackhat was pretty bad. We were constantly complaining about it throughout the movie and how everything from the accents to the camerawork to the storytelling were just ... bad. I was STUNNED when at the end it said Michael Mann, who I thought was a good director. Very strange all around and I bet there are some stories about how troubled the filming was because otherwise I don't have an explanation for it.

Super Troopers ... it'd been a while, so many of the jokes were fresh to me. And boy did I laugh out loud a LOT.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on July 11, 2016, 04:11:36 PM

Super Troopers ... it'd been a while, so many of the jokes were fresh to me. And boy did I laugh out loud a LOT.
It's time for me to re-watch this one. It has been too long.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on July 18, 2016, 09:05:49 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9
42. Tangerine - 6
43. Oldboy - 7
44. Me Before You - 5
45. The Den - 7

46. The Secret Life of Pets - 6

Mindless, but solid.  Kevin Hart as the bunny in charge of the anti-human guild of pets was particularly fun.  Other than that, I also personally enjoyed Dana Carvey's voice as the senior dog who has all the connections.  Surely we'll be seeing several dozen sequels off of this one.

Also, the Minion short.  If you like Minions, you have poor taste.  That's all there is to it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on July 18, 2016, 09:39:32 AM
Also, the Minion short.  If you like Minions, you have poor taste.  That's all there is to it.
As evidenced by our friendship...
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on July 18, 2016, 09:47:52 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
40. 2 FISTS UP (a Spike Lee Li'l Joint) - 07/09/16 - ESPN - It was the perfect time to watch this documentary and to get the story on the Concerned Student 1950 movement that led up to the Mizzou football players potentially boycotting the BYU game (in order to save a man's life).
41. GHOSTBUSTERS - 07/17/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mailey & Evelyn - I thought I'd just tolerate this movie but I actually enjoyed it. Funny and great cameos. Appropriately scary when needed. Right touch of silly. Good gadgets. I need to look into the story behind their vision of Times Square during a big section of the movie.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 18, 2016, 09:54:56 AM
Also, the Minion short.  If you like Minions, you have poor taste.  That's all there is to it.

Old man much?

It was low brow, and stupid, but I still laughed.  I'm not above fart jokes.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on July 18, 2016, 10:44:32 AM
I may have laughed once or twice, but the self-loathing I felt afterwards overrode any joy I felt.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on July 18, 2016, 11:13:14 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest


After we enjoyed Super Troopers rewatch so much, we decided to duplicate the experience with more Broken Lizard. Beerfest is still awesome but perhaps I've seen it more recently because I wasn't rolling with joy like last weekend.

Still love it though. Fantastic stuff.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on July 19, 2016, 04:10:04 PM
glad i wasn't the only one who felt that way about tinker, tailor.  who the hell gives that film such praise?  it seemed decent, i kinda got it.  just too damn hard to follow.  watching it made me feel dumb, which isn't hard apparently. 

finished i'm still here, the joaquin doc.  this was very very good.  such a portrayal of a human

no no: a dockumentary.  pirates pitcher dock ellis throws a no hitter while tripping balls.  eight freaking walks.  but of course, that's only part of his wild story
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on July 21, 2016, 08:55:10 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)


Most importantly ... I laughed quite a bit. So that's the primary point.

After that I don't know how to say anything concisely. I enjoyed it? I saw a LOT of continuity flaws? I wasn't sure why they made this movie when they could have had those 4 actresses (or the entire cast) probably come up with a brilliant original movie instead? Kate McKinnon definitely stole every scene she was in - well, the scenes when she actually did something - and she was the star for me. It was a little too CGI heavy for my tastes but I still enjoyed it. My actual biggest issues were that they didn't even try to get their geography right. Like, there's a scene where a ghost ends up on the 6 train. The 6 train only goes between Manhattan and the Bronx. So the joke that was made after the ghost ends up on the 6 train is, "I guess he's going to Queens!" (har har). Except...did you even make an attempt to think about that? He'd be going to The Bronx, not Queens. How much $$ and effort would it take to fix your joke to make it accurate? Or another time there was a montage of them leaving their base to go somewhere (I forget where...but let's say it was midtown-ish?). So they leave Chinatown, which is in the south of Manhattan, and then there's a scene of them driving...and there's a scene of a spot in the far Upper West Side....and then they are in midtown. So they drove 45 minutes out of their way to get to their destination? How does that make sense? And it wasn't even a necessary shot - it was just footage of their ghostmobile hearse driving. If you edited it out...then you'd still have the same story and same plot. So...huh?

Anyway, I still enjoyed it enough. I'm sure I'll watch it again sometime when it's playing on network TV at 6 pm on a Sunday evening.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 21, 2016, 09:02:34 AM
A movie about a team of people that fight ghosts with pseudo-science gadgets wasn't accurate?  Whhhhhaaaaatttttt?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on July 21, 2016, 10:12:39 AM
That's what my wife said. But seriously, I can do the suspension of disbelief about the ghosts - that's fine and it's the premise of the movie. But why set the movie in the NYC if you're not going to actually have NYC? If you want to be geographically made up, place the movie in Anytown, USA. But no, they want it to be NYC....so if you are going to do that, you might as well make an effort to try. I mean, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon LIVE IN NYC. They should know enough about it that you don't even need to hire someone to be a Location Advisor.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on July 21, 2016, 10:36:06 AM
It would be like them setting a movie in Cincinnati, someone gets in a car at Vine and 5th and says "take me to the airport!" and they pass the Jesus statue in Monroe on the way.  I can see Dan's point.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on July 21, 2016, 11:08:50 AM
I'll pass on the Ghostbuster remake.

One of my friends whose taste in films I respect and who saw it said ""I would not discourage anybody who is interested in seeing it, but I would not encourage anybody who was disinclined to see it." Not exactly a ringing endorsement, if you ask me.


Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on July 21, 2016, 03:22:36 PM
It would be like them setting a movie in Cincinnati, someone gets in a car at Vine and 5th and says "take me to the airport!" and they pass the Jesus statue in Monroe on the way.  I can see Dan's point.
That movie is called AIRBORNE (1993). The places they jump to from one to the next is a continuity chuckle fest.

https://youtu.be/g_U-yE7ZBrI
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 21, 2016, 03:41:23 PM
It would be like them setting a movie in Cincinnati, someone gets in a car at Vine and 5th and says "take me to the airport!" and they pass the Jesus statue in Monroe on the way.  I can see Dan's point.

Well, that's how I get to the airport...
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on July 21, 2016, 10:42:37 PM

1- muscle shoals
2- blue ruin
3- exit through the gift shop
4- glengary glen ross
5- take shelter
6- hoffa
7- force majeure
8- the smartest guys in the room
9- lady killers
10- without bias: 30 for 30
11- beasts of no nation

12- zeitgeist-  denounce fear with fear!  interesting
13- cocaine cowboys- more insite and compellling than a drug movie, but the topic is so satuarted
14- big short- ever since my buddy mentioned how he hated voice overs, they're beginning to drive me crazy
15- revenent- saw this on a flight.  i need to invest in good earphones
16- everest- see above.  though the ending was super wild
17- the martian- see above.  ehh, it's was alright
18- happy people: a year in the taiga- wonderful!   
19- iverson: 30 for 30- he was my favorite player.  always root for that guy
20- no no: a dockumentary
21- i'm still here
22- winter on fire: ukraine's fight for freedom- i have a new respect for churches
23- the boys from brazil- post wwII nazi intrigue with an impeccable cast.  guttenberg! 
24- old boy- i cannot in good faith recommend this film.  but it was spectacular
25- begin again- the lady's safe choice for us.  it could have easily gone astray but held together
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on July 22, 2016, 07:23:03 AM
24- old boy- i cannot in good faith recommend this film.  but it was spectacular

Yeah, I just saw this for the first time too!  I was pretty much like, WTF did I just watch?  And maybe I should watch it again?

That same main guy is in the equally crazy I SAW THE DEVIL as a villain, and he is just as good there.  I SAW THE DEVIL is a good bit longer though, so it is hard to get all the way through.

What did you think of No-No as a film?  I am very interested in the story, but I feel like the movie could be super-boring or quite good.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on July 22, 2016, 03:49:52 PM
I rewatched Oldboy once, but it took me about 8-12 years to be able to do it. And it was just as spectacular the 2nd time around. And man-oh-man does that film stick with you.

For me, the ability to write/envision something on that level of crazy is scary. Like, I'm scared for the person/people who wrote it. Same for the Gone Girl writer. Holy crap I hope you're okay on the inside.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 22, 2016, 04:05:43 PM
My name is Cockney Rebel and I have not watched a film since 6/27
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on July 23, 2016, 01:50:03 AM
My name is Cockney Rebel and I have not watched a film since 6/27
you must be depressed. Or dead. Or both. Yes, dead people can post on here, I've seen several  :o
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on July 24, 2016, 10:30:16 AM
24- old boy- i cannot in good faith recommend this film.  but it was spectacular

Yeah, I just saw this for the first time too!  I was pretty much like, WTF did I just watch?  And maybe I should watch it again?

That same main guy is in the equally crazy I SAW THE DEVIL as a villain, and he is just as good there.  I SAW THE DEVIL is a good bit longer though, so it is hard to get all the way through.

What did you think of No-No as a film?  I am very interested in the story, but I feel like the movie could be super-boring or quite good.

the dock ellis doc was more than just his no hitter, that was barely even covered.  he was quite the personality.  i recommend it
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on July 25, 2016, 07:44:43 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9
42. Tangerine - 6
43. Oldboy - 7
44. Me Before You - 5
45. The Den - 7
46. The Secret Life of Pets - 6

47. Star Trek Beyond - 6

This was fine.  I don't know if it was the lighting, or the bulb brightness at my theater, but everyone's face seemed like it was in some kind of shadow for most of the film.

48. The Fundamentals of Caring - 7

If you like Paul Rudd and foul-mouthed wheelchair bound teenagers, then have I got the movie for you!  This is a Netflix original.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on July 25, 2016, 09:56:53 PM
i forget whoever was talking about that thing (i forget what it's called) about two women having a conversation not having a conversation about a man.  what if it's two sisters talking about the end of the world?  melancholia
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on July 26, 2016, 04:46:25 PM
that was va_vacious and it's the Alison Bechtel test.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on July 26, 2016, 04:48:37 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)


It was fine. It was fancy and high tech and smooth, but there was nothing extra special about it. I like the three main actors - Kate Mara, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan - so that was nice. But ultimately the film itself was just...fine. It felt a little bit formulaic I think. I pretty much knew what would happen the whole time.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 28, 2016, 12:20:25 PM
New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
76 ● Brave
77 ● Everything Must Go
78 ● The Station Agent
79 ● Darkman
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
81 ● Moonwalkers
82 ● The Gunman
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
84 ● Die Hard
85 ● Grandma
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
87 ● 99 Homes
88 ● How to Die in Oregon
89 ● Selma
90 ● Room
91 ● Finders Keepers
92 ● The End of the Tour
93 ● Life of Brian
94 ● Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
95 ● Airport
96 ● Larry Crowne
97 ● Creed
98 ● Carol
99 ● Scarface
100 ● Tommy
101 ● Now You See Me
102 ● A Clockwork Orange
103 ● Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
104 ● Heaven's Above!
105 ● The Big Short
106 ● Smokey & the Bandit
107 ● Westworld
108 ● Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
109 ● Concussion
110 ● Steve Jobs
111 ● Spotlight
112 ● 9/11: The Falling Man
113 ● Vantage Point
114 ● It's Not a Date
115 ● Paulette
116 ● Puckoon
117 ● Compulsion
118 ● Starman
119 ● Coma
120 ● Love the Coopers
121 ● Ocean's Eleven
122 ● Addicted to Sexting
123 ● Respectable: The Mary Millington Story
124 ● Begin Again
125 ● Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
126 ● That Gal...Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2
127 ● Confessions of a Porn Addict
128 ● The Nude Set
129 ● Sisters
130 ● Infinitely Polar Bear
131 ● Happy-Go-Lucky
132 ● I am Road Comic
133 ● Irrational Man
134 ● The Signal
135 ● Monty Python & The Holy Grail
136 ● Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This!
137 ● Pixels
138 ● Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
139 ● The Bag Man
140 ● The 33
141 ● What We Do in the Shadows
142 ● Gattaca
143 ● I Smile Back
144 ● Deadpool
145 ● Pardon Us for Living but the Graveyard is Full: The Fleshtones Documentary
146 ● Our Brand is Crisis
147 ● Dirty Grandpa
148 ● Boobs: An American Obsession
149 ● Out of Luck
150 ● A Most Wanted Man
151 ● An American Affair
152 ● Pawn Sacrifice
153 ● Ashby
154 ● Trumbo
155 ● The Lobster
156 ● Fear of Fanny
157 ● The Lady in the Van
158 ● Daddy's Home
159 ● It's All Happening
160 ● Lap Dance
adding
161 ● Silver Dream Racer
Ancient and very bad 'bike racing vehicle' designed to star one-time pretty-boy David Essex
162 ● It's All Over Town
Even more ancient B&W 'star' film set in London's 60's era
163 ● Tracers
Got fed up with seeing this in our Netflix queue. Watched it. Should've left it.
164 ● Lambert & Stamp
Terrific little doc about The Who's 'showbiz' managers
165 ● The Love Punch
Pierce Brosnan's post-Bond career takes yet another shot to the head
166 ● Whiplash
Drum, you fucker, drum!
167 ● Miss Meadows
Katie Holmes as a vigilante teacher. Works for me. Not.
168 ● Dogtooth
People who thought "The Lobster" was fucked up should see this debut from the same director. It is "what the fuckity fuck?" squared
169 ● Kindergarten Cop 2
Horrible.
170 ● Sticky: A (Self) Love Story
This was completely onanistic. A documentary about masturbation.
171 ● 30 Beats
NYNY vignettes told through sexual encounters
172 ● No Filter
No Story
173 ● Sex, Love & Therapy
Sex addict becomes sex therapist. Oh the hilarity!
174 ● All Things Must Pass: The Tower Records Story
I waited a long time to see this documentary. Disappointing.
175 ● Miles Ahead
Good to see Cincinnati - and our building - featured in this, but sadly it fell short of being a good movie IMHO. Cheadle was trying to channel Davis a little TOO much and it distracted from the story. Plus Ewan McGregor was AWFUL in this.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: trixi on July 28, 2016, 12:59:32 PM
1.  Star Wars:  The Force Awakens
2.  The Hunting Ground
3.  Brooklyn
4.  Joy
5.  How to Be Single
6.  My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
7.  The Intern
(my inflight entertainment choices...only 3 movies in almost 48 hours of being on a plane). 
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on July 28, 2016, 01:13:13 PM
48 hrs. on the plane? Where did you go? The moon?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: trixi on July 28, 2016, 01:22:28 PM
48 hrs. on the plane? Where did you go? The moon?
That was about my round trip total and the longest flights I've been on.  Here to Detroit, to Amsterdam then to Johannesburg.  In-country flight to Durban,  a week respite from flying, then Durban to Cape Town, more relaxing, Cape Town to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Atlanta with a detour/stop in Newfoundland due to an onboard medical emergency.  And finally home. 
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on July 28, 2016, 04:45:44 PM


I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)
40. Howl's Moving Castle- Studio Ghibli. Gorgeous, stunning, and a sweet movie. Different than the book, but still good. B=Y
41. Lucky Number Sleven- I'm into Josh Harnett these days. He does puppy dog eyes really well. This movie was surprisingly good- and the set design was excellent. Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci. It's kind of like a heist caper, only with murder rather than robbery. B=N
42. The Lobster Unlike CR, this movie did nothing for me- it was overly long, and stopped being funny after an hour. I was more interested in the secondary and tertiary characters than the leads, and would have much preferred their stories. B=Y
43. I Heart Huccabees I officially don't heart David O. Russell. B=??? (I think No, but I'm not going to watch it again to confirm)
44. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ahh! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Was far more than a 15 minute SNL sketch, and it worked very well. The cameos were lovely! Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman were underused, but Tim Meadows is delightful. B=N
45. Big Stone Gap Based on the novel of the same name. A love letter to Appalachia. Worth watching just for the scenery, but not the '70s clothing. It is the kind of movie we don't see much of lately- small budget, no special effects, nice story. a good netflixer, for sure. B=Y (only 3 male named characters in the whole movie, so it had to!)
46. Hotel Transylvania 2 I needed something that didn't require my attention, and this did the trick. They kept beating the same points over and over, and other than the "hey! I recognize that voice!" aspect, I didn't really care. B=Y, but again, barely.

47. Ghostbusters It was a lovely popcorn summer movie. I laughed, it had just enough plot, and I would very much like a Kate McKinnon/Leslie Jones movie of any kind now. B=Y
48. Unleashed (Extended version) I don't know why I had this on my netflix list, and I don't know why I kept it so long to that I felt I had to watch it. It was an interesting concept (Man is trained to be a non-stop fighter from childhood on, experiences kindness for the first time), but did nothing for me. Even the fight scenes got boring. Theatrical release might have been better B=N
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on July 28, 2016, 05:28:53 PM
48 hrs. on the plane? Where did you go? The moon?
That was about my round trip total and the longest flights I've been on.  Here to Detroit, to Amsterdam then to Johannesburg.  In-country flight to Durban,  a week respite from flying, then Durban to Cape Town, more relaxing, Cape Town to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Atlanta with a detour/stop in Newfoundland due to an onboard medical emergency.  And finally home.
Holy cow... that sounds like the absolute worst of times (being on the planes, that is). Sounds like this was for work maybe, since you were there only a week. That's a hell of a long way to go for just a week...

I think the closest I've come is flying Cinti to LA to Sydney. The LA to Sydney flight is 15 1/2 hrs. and towards the end the only thought you have is "get me off this %$*&^ plane!".
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: trixi on July 28, 2016, 10:30:07 PM
The way over was really bad, as it was a constant in planes or airports for 24 hours.  Broke the trip up a bit on the way home by staying one day in Amsterdam.  I was gone for 2 weeks and it was a vacation, not work :-)  Spent 5 days in Cape Town which was beautiful. 
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on July 29, 2016, 11:14:43 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
40. 2 FISTS UP (a Spike Lee Li'l Joint) - 07/09/16 - ESPN - It was the perfect time to watch this documentary and to get the story on the Concerned Student 1950 movement that led up to the Mizzou football players potentially boycotting the BYU game (in order to save a man's life).
41. GHOSTBUSTERS - 07/17/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mailey & Evelyn - I thought I'd just tolerate this movie but I actually enjoyed it. Funny and great cameos. Appropriately scary when needed. Right touch of silly. Good gadgets. I need to look into the story behind their vision of Times Square during a big section of the movie.
42. LOOKING: THE MOVIE - 07/29/16 - HBO - Great way to wrap up a lovely show. So many amazing shots of SF in this finale. Also, TEAM RICHIE forever.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on July 31, 2016, 04:31:34 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)
40. Howl's Moving Castle- Studio Ghibli. Gorgeous, stunning, and a sweet movie. Different than the book, but still good. B=Y
41. Lucky Number Sleven- I'm into Josh Harnett these days. He does puppy dog eyes really well. This movie was surprisingly good- and the set design was excellent. Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci. It's kind of like a heist caper, only with murder rather than robbery. B=N
42. The Lobster Unlike CR, this movie did nothing for me- it was overly long, and stopped being funny after an hour. I was more interested in the secondary and tertiary characters than the leads, and would have much preferred their stories. B=Y
43. I Heart Huccabees I officially don't heart David O. Russell. B=??? (I think No, but I'm not going to watch it again to confirm)
44. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ahh! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Was far more than a 15 minute SNL sketch, and it worked very well. The cameos were lovely! Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman were underused, but Tim Meadows is delightful. B=N
45. Big Stone Gap Based on the novel of the same name. A love letter to Appalachia. Worth watching just for the scenery, but not the '70s clothing. It is the kind of movie we don't see much of lately- small budget, no special effects, nice story. a good netflixer, for sure. B=Y (only 3 male named characters in the whole movie, so it had to!)
46. Hotel Transylvania 2 I needed something that didn't require my attention, and this did the trick. They kept beating the same points over and over, and other than the "hey! I recognize that voice!" aspect, I didn't really care. B=Y, but again, barely.
47. Ghostbusters It was a lovely popcorn summer movie. I laughed, it had just enough plot, and I would very much like a Kate McKinnon/Leslie Jones movie of any kind now. B=Y
48. Unleashed (Extended version) I don't know why I had this on my netflix list, and I don't know why I kept it so long to that I felt I had to watch it. It was an interesting concept (Man is trained to be a non-stop fighter from childhood on, experiences kindness for the first time), but did nothing for me. Even the fight scenes got boring. Theatrical release might have been better B=N

49. Jason Bourne with Lando. It was a Bourne movie, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't a knock-out. Alicia Vikander was miscast, and the plot abandoned multiple threads which should have been followed. They are definitely going for a sequel, too. B=N
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 31, 2016, 09:18:18 PM
New to me in bold.

1. Hateful 8
2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
3. The Abominable Bride
4. Tomorrowland
5. Spy
6. Kung Fu Panda 3
7. Hail, Ceasar!
8. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
9. Zootopia
10. Book of Life
11. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
12. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
13. Back to the Future.
14. X-Men: Apocalypse
15. Captain America: Civil War
16. OJ: Made in America
17. The Secret Life of Pets

18. Ghostbusters - Holy cow, they sure did mess up the geography!  Just kidding, I have no idea where anything is in New York, so you couldn't prove anything by me.  But I can understand now about being annoyed by minor, obvious continuity problems.  Case in point: Leslie Jones's "Patty" necklace.  If you're going to put a necklace on a person that will make it stupid obvious when you reverse the negative then maybe you shouldn't reverse the negative.  There were several times where I noticed her necklace reading yttaP instead of Patty.  So minor, but so easily avoided...

19. Ice Age: Collision Course - Fucking awful.  Even by kid movie standards this is one of the dumbest movies I have ever seen, and I've seen some clunkers.  I hope our kids appreciate the shit we've sat through for them some day.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on August 01, 2016, 03:50:20 PM
1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
31. L'Iceberg (2006 from Belgium) - DVD
32. Hail, Caesar! - Cinemark Oakley
33. Tootsie - TCM
34. Kramer vs. Kramer - TCM
35. Being There - TCM
36. On The Waterfront - TCM
37. The Way We Were - TCM
38. Is That You? - 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at Cinemark Oakley
39. The Witch - AMC Newport On the Levee
40. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013 from Spain) - DVD
41. Days of Glory (2006 from France/Morocco) - DVD
42. Sicario (DVD)
43. The Candidate - TCM
44. A War (Esquire Theater)
45. Touched With Fire (AMC Newport on the Levee
46. The Story of Temple Drake - TCM
47. The Other Side of the Door - AMC Newport on the Levee
48. London Has Fallen - Cinemark Oakley
49. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Cinemark Oakley
50. Heart of a Dog - Esquire Theater
51. The Mermaid - AMC Newport on the Levee
52. Fantastic Lies - ESPN 30 For 30
53. Amy - DVD
54. Creative Control - AMC Newport on the Levee
55. Embrace of the Serpent - Esquire Theater
56. Night #1 - DVD (2014 from France)
57. The Bronze - Esquire Theater
58. Knight of Cups - Esquire Theater
59. Gravity - FX
60. The Kindergarten Teacher - DVD (2014 from Israel)
61. Carol (DVD)
62. Fastball (Mariemont Theatre)
63. Eye In the Sky (Esquire Theater)
64. Krisha (Esquire Theater)
65. A Clockwork Orange (Cinemark Oakley)
66. 2001: A Space Oddysey (Cinemark Oakley)
67. Demolition (Cinemark Oakley)
68. The Adderall Diaries (Esquire Theater)
69. Miles Ahead (Esquire Theater)
70. A Hologram for the King (Mariemont Theater)
71. The Fear of 13 (Virgin Atlantic inflight)
72. The Wolfpack (Delta inflight)
73. Green Room (Cinemark Oakley)
74. Elvis & Nixon (Esquire Theater)
75. Sing Street (Esquire Theater)
76. The Congressman (Mariemont Theater)
77. Francofonia (Mariemont Theater)
78. L'Attesa (Mariemont Theater)
79. Marguerite (Esquire Theater)
80. Louder Than Bombs (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
81. Money Monster (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
82. The Nice Guys (Cinemark Oakley)
83. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (Mariemont Theater)
84. The Lobster (Esquire Theater)
85. Love & Friendship (Mariemont Theater)
86. A Bigger Splash (Mariemont Theater)
87. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Cinemark Oakley)
88. The Meddler (Mariemont Theater)
89. Weiner (Esquire Theater)
90. Now You See Me 2 (Cinemark Oakley)
91. The Bourne Ultimatum (DVD)
92. Maggie's Plan (Esquire Theater)
93. The Fortune Cookie (!966) (TMC)
94. The Flim-Flam Man (1967) (TMC)
95. Free State of Jones (Mariemont Theater)
96. The Shallows (Cinemark Oakley)
97. The Fits (Esquire Theater)
98. The Neon Demon (Esquire Theater)
99. My Golden Days (Esquire Theater)
100. Swiss Army Man (AMC West Chester)
101. Marauders (Esquire Theater)
102. The Purge: Election Year (AMC West Chester)
103. Our Kind of Traitor (AMC West Chester)
Updating the last 4 weeks (bold seen in the theater)

104. Wiener-Dog (Esquire Theater)
105. The Infiltrator (Esquire Theater)
106. Dheepan (Esquire Theater)
107. Sunset Song (Mariemont Theater)
108. Planet of the Apes (1968) (Cinemark Oakley)
109. Dough (Mariemont Theater)
110. Café Society (Esquire Theater)
111. Captain Fantastic (Esquire Theater)
112. Jason Bourne (Cinemark Oakley)

Let's start with the best: that would be Captain Fantastic, one of the BEST movies of the year so far, even if the last 30 min. cannot match the perfect initial 90 min. Viggo Mortensen is just 'fantastic', but so are the 6 kids (who were raised off the grid, and now confront the 'real' world). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Woody Allen's latest (Café Society) is better than his last couple of movies, and that's the best I can say about it.

Jason Bourne is better than I had expected. It's basically a quasi-nonstop cat-and-mouse game (and chase). The 30 min. segment in Athens (set during night-time demonstrations against austerity) will take your breath away.

My son absolutely wanted to experience Planet of the Apes on the big screen. What stuck out for me was the abysmal quality of the audio track (it sounded like it was in mono). Great movie, though.

Dheepan briefly played at the Esquire. It's the latest from the French director who brought us "A Prophet", and like that one, this is another hard-hitting movie but very much worth checking out (it won last year's Palme d'Or at Cannes not for nothing).

The Infiltrator is a good movie, with some great performances. But it was lacking that extra something to put it in the stratosphere of narco-movies like Sicario. 
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on August 03, 2016, 08:31:09 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9
42. Tangerine - 6
43. Oldboy - 7
44. Me Before You - 5
45. The Den - 7
46. The Secret Life of Pets - 6
47. Star Trek Beyond - 6
48. The Fundamentals of Caring - 7

49. The Invitation - 8

Yes, another low budget "thriller" on Netflix, but this one rises above it's supposed station as a cheap horror film and approaches more psychological terror, as there is really no evidence at all of anything sinister going on at the beginning of this one... but, the camera angles, the story, and the characterizations do a great job of making you feel just... unsettled for the first hour-plus.  Even in the opening minute, you're unsettled and you stay that way throughout.  There is no calm before the storm... there is no calm.  Yeah, spending an hour with these MFers at this stupid dinner party is a bit trying to say the least.  Ends up being more than worth it, this is one of the more satisfying entries in the low-budget thriller on Netflix genre that I've seen.

Plus, John Carroll Lynch is in it.  He is great at playing a creep.

50. Trophy Kids - 6

Talk about unsettling, these overbearing sports parents are out of control.  A couple of the stories fall flat (the tennis one comes to mind), but some of these parents are out of their damn minds.  And going into "where are they now" afterwards, only one of the kids featured looks destined for any kind of success.

51. Happy Valley - 5

This does what you want a documentary to do... remain neutral and let the events speak for themselves (up to a point)... but by doing so, it gives too much sympathy over to the Penn State fans and football community.  Seriously, fuck all of those people.  There wasn't much in here I didn't already know also, so from that standpoint it was a bit frustrating. 
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on August 03, 2016, 10:14:29 AM

1- muscle shoals
2- blue ruin
3- exit through the gift shop
4- glengary glen ross
5- take shelter
6- hoffa
7- force majeure
8- the smartest guys in the room
9- lady killers
10- without bias: 30 for 30
11- beasts of no nation
12- zeitgeist
13- cocaine cowboys
14- big short
15- revenent
16- everest
17- the martian
18- happy people: a year in the taiga
19- iverson: 30 for 30
20- no no: a dockumentary
21- i'm still here
22- winter on fire: ukraine's fight for freedom
23- the boys from brazil
24- old boy
25- begin again

26- melancholia- lars van trier is a visionary
27- brahman naman- good introduction into indian culture.  kind of like a bollywood american pie
28- i love you phillip morris- very good
29- lost in america- so much potential.  too short
30- valley of dolls- wonderful! 
31- lost in la mancha- doc about terry gilliam's ill fated don quixote
32- gueros-  having seen much of the mexican film variety.  impressed
33- even the rain- a film about a documentary of a film, sorta.  and then it becomes all too real.  a little cheesy towards the end but very good
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on August 03, 2016, 11:09:07 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
40. 2 FISTS UP (a Spike Lee Li'l Joint) - 07/09/16 - ESPN - It was the perfect time to watch this documentary and to get the story on the Concerned Student 1950 movement that led up to the Mizzou football players potentially boycotting the BYU game (in order to save a man's life).
41. GHOSTBUSTERS - 07/17/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mailey & Evelyn - I thought I'd just tolerate this movie but I actually enjoyed it. Funny and great cameos. Appropriately scary when needed. Right touch of silly. Good gadgets. I need to look into the story behind their vision of Times Square during a big section of the movie.
42. LOOKING: THE MOVIE - 07/29/16 - HBO - Great way to wrap up a lovely show. So many amazing shots of SF in this finale. Also, TEAM RICHIE forever.
43. JASON BOURNE - 07/31/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious, The Greg, and The Gwynner - Meh, but with good company.
44. ESPN 30 for 30: DOC & DARRYL - 08/02/16 - ESPN - I loved these guys in the mid-80s, even when I wasn't supposed to as a Reds fan. I still have newspaper clippings from when things started to go bad for them. A great look at the trappings of fame, the scars of childhood, and dealing with your own demons (especially regrets).
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on August 05, 2016, 11:23:15 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)

39. Desperado


I'm pretty sure we can go through this website's archives to see my comments about it the other two times I watched Desperado. What I thought this time: I've only seen this once (apparently I was wrong); Dang, I totally forgot just about everything that happens. It was good! I had no idea what was going to happen except the biggest plot points (Antonio Banderas goes around killing bad guys...and eventually meets up with Selma Hayek). Enjoyable all around.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: trixi on August 05, 2016, 09:31:30 PM
1.  Star Wars:  The Force Awakens
2.  The Hunting Ground
3.  Brooklyn
4.  Joy
5.  How to Be Single
6.  My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
7.  The Intern
8.  Resistance: Untold stories of Jewish partisans
9.  The Nazi Officer's Wife
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on August 06, 2016, 09:59:09 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)
40. Howl's Moving Castle- Studio Ghibli. Gorgeous, stunning, and a sweet movie. Different than the book, but still good. B=Y
41. Lucky Number Sleven- I'm into Josh Harnett these days. He does puppy dog eyes really well. This movie was surprisingly good- and the set design was excellent. Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci. It's kind of like a heist caper, only with murder rather than robbery. B=N
42. The Lobster Unlike CR, this movie did nothing for me- it was overly long, and stopped being funny after an hour. I was more interested in the secondary and tertiary characters than the leads, and would have much preferred their stories. B=Y
43. I Heart Huccabees I officially don't heart David O. Russell. B=??? (I think No, but I'm not going to watch it again to confirm)
44. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ahh! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Was far more than a 15 minute SNL sketch, and it worked very well. The cameos were lovely! Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman were underused, but Tim Meadows is delightful. B=N
45. Big Stone Gap Based on the novel of the same name. A love letter to Appalachia. Worth watching just for the scenery, but not the '70s clothing. It is the kind of movie we don't see much of lately- small budget, no special effects, nice story. a good netflixer, for sure. B=Y (only 3 male named characters in the whole movie, so it had to!)
46. Hotel Transylvania 2 I needed something that didn't require my attention, and this did the trick. They kept beating the same points over and over, and other than the "hey! I recognize that voice!" aspect, I didn't really care. B=Y, but again, barely.
47. Ghostbusters It was a lovely popcorn summer movie. I laughed, it had just enough plot, and I would very much like a Kate McKinnon/Leslie Jones movie of any kind now. B=Y
48. Unleashed (Extended version) I don't know why I had this on my netflix list, and I don't know why I kept it so long to that I felt I had to watch it. It was an interesting concept (Man is trained to be a non-stop fighter from childhood on, experiences kindness for the first time), but did nothing for me. Even the fight scenes got boring. Theatrical release might have been better B=N
49. Jason Bourne with Lando. It was a Bourne movie, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't a knock-out. Alicia Vikander was miscast, and the plot abandoned multiple threads which should have been followed. They are definitely going for a sequel, too. B=N

50. Suicide Squad hoo, boy this was not good. It wasn't the blazing dumpster fire that many people have given, but it was a disjointed mess. So much potential, but it didn't happen. Viola Davis, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie were good, for what it's worth. B=Y, due to this exchange: Harley to Amanda Waller: Are you the devil? Waller: I may be.  That was it. Waller speaks to Dr. June Moon to give her instructions, but Moon doesn't reply, so no conversation, and Waller speaks to an unnamed female lackey. Those are the entirety of woman-woman interactions in the movie.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on August 08, 2016, 09:35:58 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):

39. Desperado


I'm pretty sure we can go through this website's archives to see my comments about it the other two times I watched Desperado. What I thought this time: I've only seen this once (apparently I was wrong); Dang, I totally forgot just about everything that happens. It was good! I had no idea what was going to happen except the biggest plot points (Antonio Banderas goes around killing bad guys...and eventually meets up with Selma Hayek). Enjoyable all around.
Totally was one of my favorite movies in the 90s and I still love it. Jeebus, I had such a hard on for Antonio (THAT HAIR!!!!) and Salma. Great soundtrack too. Cheech is amazing in that movie. Lots of small things that are totally hilarious (like the sound that the beer taps make). Lots of good action sequences - if you like the highly-stylized stuff.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on August 08, 2016, 09:40:06 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
40. 2 FISTS UP (a Spike Lee Li'l Joint) - 07/09/16 - ESPN - It was the perfect time to watch this documentary and to get the story on the Concerned Student 1950 movement that led up to the Mizzou football players potentially boycotting the BYU game (in order to save a man's life).
41. GHOSTBUSTERS - 07/17/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mailey & Evelyn - I thought I'd just tolerate this movie but I actually enjoyed it. Funny and great cameos. Appropriately scary when needed. Right touch of silly. Good gadgets. I need to look into the story behind their vision of Times Square during a big section of the movie.
42. LOOKING: THE MOVIE - 07/29/16 - HBO - Great way to wrap up a lovely show. So many amazing shots of SF in this finale. Also, TEAM RICHIE forever.
43. JASON BOURNE - 07/31/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious, The Greg, and The Gwynner - Meh, but with good company.
44. ESPN 30 for 30: DOC & DARRYL - 08/02/16 - ESPN - I loved these guys in the mid-80s, even when I wasn't supposed to as a Reds fan. I still have newspaper clippings from when things started to go bad for them. A great look at the trappings of fame, the scars of childhood, and dealing with your own demons (especially regrets).
45. BAZODEE - 08/05/16 - Regal Cinemas Austell - I wanted a fun, light, colorful movie and got one. The plot makes NO SENSE (beyond trying to decide if the good girl should pick the rich guy or the soulful guy) but I loved the music and the sets and the costumes. Think of this as a Caribbean Bollywood movie with lots of Soca music.
46. MAP TO THE STARS - 08/07/16 - cable - Fucked up Cronenberg movie but not in a typical Cronenberg way. Great cast (Julianne Moore was especially great - not her typical role at all) but I basically hated this movie except for its portrayal of the young Hollywood actor as a total monster.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: daytime drinking on August 20, 2016, 12:52:40 PM

1- muscle shoals
2- blue ruin
3- exit through the gift shop
4- glengary glen ross
5- take shelter
6- hoffa
7- force majeure
8- the smartest guys in the room
9- lady killers
10- without bias: 30 for 30
11- beasts of no nation
12- zeitgeist
13- cocaine cowboys
14- big short
15- revenent
16- everest
17- the martian
18- happy people: a year in the taiga
19- iverson: 30 for 30
20- no no: a dockumentary
21- i'm still here
22- winter on fire: ukraine's fight for freedom
23- the boys from brazil
24- old boy
25- begin again
26- melancholia
27- brahman naman
28- i love you phillip morris
29- lost in america
30- valley of dolls
31- lost in la mancha
32- gueros
33- even the rain

34- the sting- my is paul newman dreamy.  he's like a better acting brad pitt.  loved the film up to the end.  my favorite part was the backdrop, early 30's chicago.  it must have been fun to walk around that set

35- when the jews were funny- a filmmaker interviews older jewish comics to help him rekindle the relationship with his heritage.  some funny funny jokes were told

36- cape fear- this was charlie and i's first film together.  she was lying on my chest and my wife walks in just as deniro is about kill some poor woman.  i started to pity deniro's character for a majority of the film

37- tora! tora! tora!- i loved the last line from the japanese admiral, "we've awoken a sleeping giant."  ha.  go america

38- bigger faster stronger- steroid doc.  well, hell, i'm easily swayed

39- dirty mary, crazy larry- what a pointless and confusing ending.  lazy ass cliche sheriff.  man they loved car chases back then.   

40- winter sleep- amazing turkish film from aught fourteen.  i didn't realize it was over three hours long.  lots of talking.  the scenery is breathtaking, central anatolia.  my wife and i honeymooned in this region so it has even more to offer for me in particular. 
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on August 22, 2016, 07:35:31 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9
42. Tangerine - 6
43. Oldboy - 7
44. Me Before You - 5
45. The Den - 7
46. The Secret Life of Pets - 6
47. Star Trek Beyond - 6
48. The Fundamentals of Caring - 7
49. The Invitation - 8
50. Trophy Kids - 6
51. Happy Valley - 5

52. 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men - 8

Interesting look at the Soviet hockey system of the '60's through the 80's, and what led up to their defeat in Lake Placid in 1980.  Leaves few stones unturned, especially not the game itself as a good half hour or so is spent on the single game vs. the USA.  Then it morphs into a movie about Soviet athletes trying to escape the system and join the NHL.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on August 22, 2016, 09:47:42 AM
52. 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men - 8

Interesting look at the Soviet hockey system of the '60's through the 80's, and what led up to their defeat in Lake Placid in 1980.  Leaves few stones unturned, especially not the game itself as a good half hour or so is spent on the single game vs. the USA.  Then it morphs into a movie about Soviet athletes trying to escape the system and join the NHL.
Sounds suspiciously similar to that outstanding documentary of a few years ago called "Red Army", minus the 30 min. spent on the USA-USSR game which is a side note in this.

You'll find my take on it on Amazon (my review is the first one popping up):

https://www.amazon.com/Red-Army-Tatiana-Tarasova/dp/B00UEM9N98/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1471873510&sr=1-1&keywords=red+army+hockey+documentary

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on August 22, 2016, 09:59:20 AM
Fetisov is also the main character in the 30 for 30 doc... at least in the last 1/3 of it anyway.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on August 22, 2016, 10:35:38 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
40. 2 FISTS UP (a Spike Lee Li'l Joint) - 07/09/16 - ESPN - It was the perfect time to watch this documentary and to get the story on the Concerned Student 1950 movement that led up to the Mizzou football players potentially boycotting the BYU game (in order to save a man's life).
41. GHOSTBUSTERS - 07/17/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mailey & Evelyn - I thought I'd just tolerate this movie but I actually enjoyed it. Funny and great cameos. Appropriately scary when needed. Right touch of silly. Good gadgets. I need to look into the story behind their vision of Times Square during a big section of the movie.
42. LOOKING: THE MOVIE - 07/29/16 - HBO - Great way to wrap up a lovely show. So many amazing shots of SF in this finale. Also, TEAM RICHIE forever.
43. JASON BOURNE - 07/31/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious, The Greg, and The Gwynner - Meh, but with good company.
44. ESPN 30 for 30: DOC & DARRYL - 08/02/16 - ESPN - I loved these guys in the mid-80s, even when I wasn't supposed to as a Reds fan. I still have newspaper clippings from when things started to go bad for them. A great look at the trappings of fame, the scars of childhood, and dealing with your own demons (especially regrets).
45. BAZODEE - 08/05/16 - Regal Cinemas Austell - I wanted a fun, light, colorful movie and got one. The plot makes NO SENSE (beyond trying to decide if the good girl should pick the rich guy or the soulful guy) but I loved the music and the sets and the costumes. Think of this as a Caribbean Bollywood movie with lots of Soca music.
46. MAP TO THE STARS - 08/07/16 - cable - Fucked up Cronenberg movie but not in a typical Cronenberg way. Great cast (Julianne Moore was especially great - not her typical role at all) but I basically hated this movie except for its portrayal of the young Hollywood actor as a total monster.
47. BAD MOMS - 08/13/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/some ladies - Served its purpose for a GNO. HELLO, JAY HERNANDEZ.
48. DON'T THINK TWICE - 08/21/16 - Midtown Art Cinema w/Amanda - New Mike Birbiglia movie that Gillian Welch steals. Great cast and a good idea for a movie. + Larry from The Regal Beagle!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on August 22, 2016, 11:07:39 AM

1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
31. L'Iceberg (2006 from Belgium) - DVD
32. Hail, Caesar! - Cinemark Oakley
33. Tootsie - TCM
34. Kramer vs. Kramer - TCM
35. Being There - TCM
36. On The Waterfront - TCM
37. The Way We Were - TCM
38. Is That You? - 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at Cinemark Oakley
39. The Witch - AMC Newport On the Levee
40. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013 from Spain) - DVD
41. Days of Glory (2006 from France/Morocco) - DVD
42. Sicario (DVD)
43. The Candidate - TCM
44. A War (Esquire Theater)
45. Touched With Fire (AMC Newport on the Levee
46. The Story of Temple Drake - TCM
47. The Other Side of the Door - AMC Newport on the Levee
48. London Has Fallen - Cinemark Oakley
49. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Cinemark Oakley
50. Heart of a Dog - Esquire Theater
51. The Mermaid - AMC Newport on the Levee
52. Fantastic Lies - ESPN 30 For 30
53. Amy - DVD
54. Creative Control - AMC Newport on the Levee
55. Embrace of the Serpent - Esquire Theater
56. Night #1 - DVD (2014 from France)
57. The Bronze - Esquire Theater
58. Knight of Cups - Esquire Theater
59. Gravity - FX
60. The Kindergarten Teacher - DVD (2014 from Israel)
61. Carol (DVD)
62. Fastball (Mariemont Theatre)
63. Eye In the Sky (Esquire Theater)
64. Krisha (Esquire Theater)
65. A Clockwork Orange (Cinemark Oakley)
66. 2001: A Space Oddysey (Cinemark Oakley)
67. Demolition (Cinemark Oakley)
68. The Adderall Diaries (Esquire Theater)
69. Miles Ahead (Esquire Theater)
70. A Hologram for the King (Mariemont Theater)
71. The Fear of 13 (Virgin Atlantic inflight)
72. The Wolfpack (Delta inflight)
73. Green Room (Cinemark Oakley)
74. Elvis & Nixon (Esquire Theater)
75. Sing Street (Esquire Theater)
76. The Congressman (Mariemont Theater)
77. Francofonia (Mariemont Theater)
78. L'Attesa (Mariemont Theater)
79. Marguerite (Esquire Theater)
80. Louder Than Bombs (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
81. Money Monster (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
82. The Nice Guys (Cinemark Oakley)
83. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (Mariemont Theater)
84. The Lobster (Esquire Theater)
85. Love & Friendship (Mariemont Theater)
86. A Bigger Splash (Mariemont Theater)
87. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Cinemark Oakley)
88. The Meddler (Mariemont Theater)
89. Weiner (Esquire Theater)
90. Now You See Me 2 (Cinemark Oakley)
91. The Bourne Ultimatum (DVD)
92. Maggie's Plan (Esquire Theater)
93. The Fortune Cookie (!966) (TMC)
94. The Flim-Flam Man (1967) (TMC)
95. Free State of Jones (Mariemont Theater)
96. The Shallows (Cinemark Oakley)
97. The Fits (Esquire Theater)
98. The Neon Demon (Esquire Theater)
99. My Golden Days (Esquire Theater)
100. Swiss Army Man (AMC West Chester)
101. Marauders (Esquire Theater)
102. The Purge: Election Year (AMC West Chester)
103. Our Kind of Traitor (AMC West Chester)
104. Wiener-Dog (Esquire Theater)
105. The Infiltrator (Esquire Theater)
106. Dheepan (Esquire Theater)
107. Sunset Song (Mariemont Theater)
108. Planet of the Apes (1968) (Cinemark Oakley)
109. Dough (Mariemont Theater)
110. Café Society (Esquire Theater)
111. Captain Fantastic (Esquire Theater)
112. Jason Bourne (Cinemark Oakley)
Updating the last 3 weeks (bold seen in the theater)
113. Bad Moms (Cinemark Oakley)
114. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Mariemont Theater)
115. Indignation (Mariemont Theater)
116. Star Trek Beyond (Cinemark Oakley)
117. Florence Foster Jenkins (Cinemark Oakley)
118. Gleason (Esquire Theater)
119. Hell or High Water (Esquire Theatre)
120. Don't Think Twice (Esquire Theater)
121. Anthropoid (Mariemont Theater)

Let's start with the very best: Hell or High Water is one of the best movies I've seen this year, jaw-droppingly good. Two bank robbers vs. a Texas Ranger who's about to retire (played brilliantly by Jeff Bridges). Going into the movie, I didn't realize that this is the latest from up-and-coming screenplay writer Taylor Sheridan. Who, you might ask? Sheridan last year wrote Sicario (my No. 1 movie of the year). Next up for him will be his debut as director (from his own screenplay), and I can't wait for that. Meanwhile, do yourself a favor and check out Hell or High Water, you will thank me later.

Bad Moms is essentially "moms gone wild" and exactly what the doctor ordered for me after a shitty day in the office. Mindless entertainment done well.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a delightful comedy-drama out of New Zealand. Worth it just for the amazing scenery.

Florence Foster Jenkins is better than I expected. I had seen Marguerite earlier this year (the French movie about the same topic), and was ready to proclaim it better simply because it came first, but Meryl Street and Hugh Grant are on their A game, and the 1940s NY scenery (including the wonderful Carnegie Hall) push this over the top.

Gleason came and went in a flash. Documentary about the New Orleans Saint defensive back (I admit I had never heard of him) who in 2011, 3 years after retiring, was diagnosed with ALS a/k/a Lou Gehrig's disease, and is told he has 2 to 5 years to live. He decides to record all of it for the benefit of his unborn child (yes, they find out his wife is pregnant around the same time). Sometimes too shocking to view, for me anyway. An absolute emotional gut check. Seek it out when the DVD comes out.

I loved writer-director Mike Birbiglia's debut film Sleepwalk With Me from a few years ago. Now he's back with Don't Think Twice, about an improv group in New York City. I walked in the theater, expecting a funny, if not laugh-out-loud, movie, and guess what: the movie is NOTHING like that. Yes, there are a few funny lines here and there, but the movie takes a poignant look at the ups and downs (mostly downs, frankly) of artists who are in it mostly for the art (or are they?). Very much worth checking out, just don't expect a lot of laughs.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2016, 12:02:51 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)

39. Desperado
40. Timbuktu
41. Train Wreck


Timbuktu is a foreign film that I think I found poking through this past years' Oscar nominations for best foreign film. Or something like that, because otherwise I have no idea why I put it in my Netflix queue. It was about the oppression and horrible conditions that take place in Timbuktu, the famous ancient city in Mali in West Africa, after some Islamic extremist rebels move in.

The best parts of the film were the scenery and the people. It's not often that I get a look at the western African regions on film and it was shot with quality enough cameras that I really imagined this is what it's like out there. I researched it and it was filmed not in Timbuktu but in a nearby(ish) town in Mauritania. Close enough for me. The people were also an interesting mix and I found their differences to be fascinating.

The actual characters were lacking, as well as the story, but the film does have a small story arc and there are a few characters you can like. Mostly, though, it's snippets of absurdity about what is happening. Apparently the whole film is based on a 2012 take over that actually happened.

Essentially, it's not a great "movie" but I still really liked watching it for the setting. The political overtones and it's main point is obviously good, too.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on August 22, 2016, 01:52:27 PM
Dan, indeed Timbuktu was Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language movie.

(Not sure why you feel it's not a "great" movie. I thought it was pretty much outstanding from start to finish.)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on August 22, 2016, 01:56:21 PM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
40. 2 FISTS UP (a Spike Lee Li'l Joint) - 07/09/16 - ESPN - It was the perfect time to watch this documentary and to get the story on the Concerned Student 1950 movement that led up to the Mizzou football players potentially boycotting the BYU game (in order to save a man's life).
41. GHOSTBUSTERS - 07/17/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mailey & Evelyn - I thought I'd just tolerate this movie but I actually enjoyed it. Funny and great cameos. Appropriately scary when needed. Right touch of silly. Good gadgets. I need to look into the story behind their vision of Times Square during a big section of the movie.
42. LOOKING: THE MOVIE - 07/29/16 - HBO - Great way to wrap up a lovely show. So many amazing shots of SF in this finale. Also, TEAM RICHIE forever.
43. JASON BOURNE - 07/31/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious, The Greg, and The Gwynner - Meh, but with good company.
44. ESPN 30 for 30: DOC & DARRYL - 08/02/16 - ESPN - I loved these guys in the mid-80s, even when I wasn't supposed to as a Reds fan. I still have newspaper clippings from when things started to go bad for them. A great look at the trappings of fame, the scars of childhood, and dealing with your own demons (especially regrets).
45. BAZODEE - 08/05/16 - Regal Cinemas Austell - I wanted a fun, light, colorful movie and got one. The plot makes NO SENSE (beyond trying to decide if the good girl should pick the rich guy or the soulful guy) but I loved the music and the sets and the costumes. Think of this as a Caribbean Bollywood movie with lots of Soca music.
46. MAP TO THE STARS - 08/07/16 - cable - Fucked up Cronenberg movie but not in a typical Cronenberg way. Great cast (Julianne Moore was especially great - not her typical role at all) but I basically hated this movie except for its portrayal of the young Hollywood actor as a total monster.
47. BAD MOMS - 08/13/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/some ladies - Served its purpose for a GNO. HELLO, JAY HERNANDEZ.
48. DON'T THINK TWICE - 08/21/16 - Midtown Art Cinema w/Amanda - New Mike Birbiglia movie that Gillian Welch steals. Great cast and a good idea for a movie. + Larry from The Regal Beagle!
49. EAST SIDE SUSHI - 08/11/16 - dvd from library - Forgot to post this one in r-ville. Found it by chance at the library and really enjoyed it. If you like foodie movies (or movies where the protagonist goes through a journey of self discovery), this might be the movie for you. Now give me some mango with chili, por fa.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2016, 03:32:47 PM
Dan, indeed Timbuktu was Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language movie.

(Not sure why you feel it's not a "great" movie. I thought it was pretty much outstanding from start to finish.)

Just the lack of story, the lack of character development. I didn't like the atrocities it was showing, but the film could have been more powerful and more affecting if I understood anything about the people themselves. Like, the couple that was stoned to death...it was awful and horrible, but who were they? I didn't know.

It's just a personal preference of story telling, I think.

Anyway, I was emphasizing the word "movie" rather than "great" because it was more like an educational piece or propaganda than it was a "movie." I know this is a weird direction to go in since this is a very debatable bit of semantics...
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on August 29, 2016, 10:22:53 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
40. 2 FISTS UP (a Spike Lee Li'l Joint) - 07/09/16 - ESPN - It was the perfect time to watch this documentary and to get the story on the Concerned Student 1950 movement that led up to the Mizzou football players potentially boycotting the BYU game (in order to save a man's life).
41. GHOSTBUSTERS - 07/17/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mailey & Evelyn - I thought I'd just tolerate this movie but I actually enjoyed it. Funny and great cameos. Appropriately scary when needed. Right touch of silly. Good gadgets. I need to look into the story behind their vision of Times Square during a big section of the movie.
42. LOOKING: THE MOVIE - 07/29/16 - HBO - Great way to wrap up a lovely show. So many amazing shots of SF in this finale. Also, TEAM RICHIE forever.
43. JASON BOURNE - 07/31/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious, The Greg, and The Gwynner - Meh, but with good company.
44. ESPN 30 for 30: DOC & DARRYL - 08/02/16 - ESPN - I loved these guys in the mid-80s, even when I wasn't supposed to as a Reds fan. I still have newspaper clippings from when things started to go bad for them. A great look at the trappings of fame, the scars of childhood, and dealing with your own demons (especially regrets).
45. BAZODEE - 08/05/16 - Regal Cinemas Austell - I wanted a fun, light, colorful movie and got one. The plot makes NO SENSE (beyond trying to decide if the good girl should pick the rich guy or the soulful guy) but I loved the music and the sets and the costumes. Think of this as a Caribbean Bollywood movie with lots of Soca music.
46. MAP TO THE STARS - 08/07/16 - cable - Fucked up Cronenberg movie but not in a typical Cronenberg way. Great cast (Julianne Moore was especially great - not her typical role at all) but I basically hated this movie except for its portrayal of the young Hollywood actor as a total monster.
47. BAD MOMS - 08/13/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/some ladies - Served its purpose for a GNO. HELLO, JAY HERNANDEZ.
48. DON'T THINK TWICE - 08/21/16 - Midtown Art Cinema w/Amanda - New Mike Birbiglia movie that Gillian Welch steals. Great cast and a good idea for a movie. + Larry from The Regal Beagle!
49. EAST SIDE SUSHI - 08/11/16 - dvd from library - Forgot to post this one in r-ville. Found it by chance at the library and really enjoyed it. If you like foodie movies (or movies where the protagonist goes through a journey of self discovery), this might be the movie for you. Now give me some mango with chili, por fa.
50. THE THRILL OF IT ALL - 08/27/16 - TCM - The OTHER early 60s movie with James Garner and Doris Day. The opposite of progressive when it came to women's rights. YEESH. But, worth watching to see the various Carl Reiner cameos as an actor on a live TV show sponsored by a soap company. Co-written by Reiner and directed by Norman Jewison. It wasn't awful, but I've definitely seen better in 60s rom-coms.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on August 29, 2016, 11:46:42 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)

39. Desperado
40. Timbuktu
41. Train Wreck
42. Dirty Dancing
43. Red Dawn (1984)
44. Ghostbusters 2
45. The Transporter
46. Bridge of Spies


It's true - I've never seen Dirty Dancing. And now I have. My life is the same, but now I know all about Baby.

Red Dawn is still as grim and sad as I remembered. And I still laugh every time they yell "WOLVERINES!!!!" So much of that movie is absurdly implausible.

Ghostbusters 2: WINSTONNNN!!!!!

The Transporter: the movie that "made" Jason Statham into Jason Statham?

Bridge of Spies: Excellent film. Just all around really good and really well done. I probably won't watch it again (very low rewatchability factor) but wow what a movie. Recommended.


Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 29, 2016, 02:55:25 PM

Bridge of Spies: Excellent film. Just all around really good and really well done. I probably won't watch it again (very low rewatchability factor) but wow what a movie. Recommended.
Interesting comment and something I too have thought about more and more lately. Just HOW many modern movies DO we watch over & over, again (and again and again etc)? I have watched loads of old movies - mainly 70's/80's classics - countless times but there is only the (very) smallest handful from the last decade or so I have wanted to do the same with. "Huntsmen: Secret Service", "World's End", "The Bank Job", "Trainwreck" & "The Grand Budapest Hotel" all spring to mind most recently, but there aren't THAT many more. Not really. Not in comparison to films I rewatched dozens of times in my younger years... "Taxi Driver", "Superman", "Warriors", "Clockwork Orange", "If", "Party Party", "Quadrophenia" etc etc etc etc. Is it a 'formative years' thing, am I just getting old or have movies become less 'good' than they used to be?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on August 29, 2016, 03:37:04 PM
Oooh, let's discuss! Starting a new thread!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on August 30, 2016, 09:57:00 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)

39. Desperado
40. Timbuktu
41. Train Wreck
42. Dirty Dancing
43. Red Dawn (1984)
44. Ghostbusters 2
45. The Transporter
46. Bridge of Spies
47. Trainwreck


All this talk of rewatchable movies got me to bring it up with my wife. So we popped Trainwreck on again since she'd only seen it once. Still great.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on September 02, 2016, 11:18:24 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)
40. Howl's Moving Castle- Studio Ghibli. Gorgeous, stunning, and a sweet movie. Different than the book, but still good. B=Y
41. Lucky Number Sleven- I'm into Josh Harnett these days. He does puppy dog eyes really well. This movie was surprisingly good- and the set design was excellent. Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci. It's kind of like a heist caper, only with murder rather than robbery. B=N
42. The Lobster Unlike CR, this movie did nothing for me- it was overly long, and stopped being funny after an hour. I was more interested in the secondary and tertiary characters than the leads, and would have much preferred their stories. B=Y
43. I Heart Huccabees I officially don't heart David O. Russell. B=??? (I think No, but I'm not going to watch it again to confirm)
44. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ahh! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Was far more than a 15 minute SNL sketch, and it worked very well. The cameos were lovely! Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman were underused, but Tim Meadows is delightful. B=N
45. Big Stone Gap Based on the novel of the same name. A love letter to Appalachia. Worth watching just for the scenery, but not the '70s clothing. It is the kind of movie we don't see much of lately- small budget, no special effects, nice story. a good netflixer, for sure. B=Y (only 3 male named characters in the whole movie, so it had to!)
46. Hotel Transylvania 2 I needed something that didn't require my attention, and this did the trick. They kept beating the same points over and over, and other than the "hey! I recognize that voice!" aspect, I didn't really care. B=Y, but again, barely.
47. Ghostbusters It was a lovely popcorn summer movie. I laughed, it had just enough plot, and I would very much like a Kate McKinnon/Leslie Jones movie of any kind now. B=Y
48. Unleashed (Extended version) I don't know why I had this on my netflix list, and I don't know why I kept it so long to that I felt I had to watch it. It was an interesting concept (Man is trained to be a non-stop fighter from childhood on, experiences kindness for the first time), but did nothing for me. Even the fight scenes got boring. Theatrical release might have been better B=N
49. Jason Bourne with Lando. It was a Bourne movie, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't a knock-out. Alicia Vikander was miscast, and the plot abandoned multiple threads which should have been followed. They are definitely going for a sequel, too. B=N
50. Suicide Squad hoo, boy this was not good. It wasn't the blazing dumpster fire that many people have given, but it was a disjointed mess. So much potential, but it didn't happen. Viola Davis, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie were good, for what it's worth. B=Y, due to this exchange: Harley to Amanda Waller: Are you the devil? Waller: I may be.  That was it. Waller speaks to Dr. June Moon to give her instructions, but Moon doesn't reply, so no conversation, and Waller speaks to an unnamed female lackey. Those are the entirety of woman-woman interactions in the movie.
51 .Bad Moms at one point I thought it had resorted to using internet memes as dialogue. Could have been much better.
52. Trainspotting- well that was depressing, and still good. Hard to believe this came out in '96. How are they doing a sequel?
53. Zach and Miri Make a Porno- Seth Rogen is strangely appealing, and I still don't get how Elizabeth Banks is somehow not appealing to dudes in this movie.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on September 06, 2016, 09:52:07 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)

39. Desperado
40. Timbuktu
41. Train Wreck
42. Dirty Dancing
43. Red Dawn (1984)
44. Ghostbusters 2
45. The Transporter
46. Bridge of Spies
47. Trainwreck
48. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
49. Misery

50. What We Do In The Shadows


Hansel & Gretel: Utter crap. I enjoyed watching Gemma Atherton for 90 minutes, but it was as terrible as you would imagine.

Misery: So, I thought I'd seen it, and definitely had seen the end, and the scene where she breaks his ankles, but I didn't remember ANYTHING else about it. And since I was able to see it right from the start, I guess it counts? Still very creepy.

WWDITS: "Just leave me so I can do my dark bidding on the internet!"
"What are you bidding on?"
"It's a table."
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on September 09, 2016, 11:10:53 AM
1. The Hateful Eight - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Sisters - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
3. The Danish Girl - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
4. Point Break - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
5. Cape Fear (1962) - TCM
6. Lamb - AMC Newport on the Levee
7. The Odd Couple (1968) - TCM
8. The Long, Long Trailer (1953) - TCM
9. The Revenant - Cinemark Oakley
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Sounder (1969) - TCM
12. Mustang - Regal Belltower (Ft. Myers, FL)
13. The Caine Mutiny (1954) - TCM
14. Anomalisa - Esquire Theater
15. The More, The Merrier (1943) - TCM
16. Theeb - Esquire Theater
17. The Finest Hours - Cinemark Oakley
18. Hearts and Minds (1974) - TCM
19. In the Courtyard (France 2015) - DVD
20. A Nun's Story (1959) - TCM
21. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - TCM
22. The Pope's Toilet (Colombia 2007) - DVD
23. And The Oscar Goes To... - TCM
24. Carol - Esquire Theater
25. Days and Nights (DVD)
26. 45 Years (Mariemont Theater)
27. Remember (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Carnegie Theater)
28. Mad Max Fury Road (DVD)
29. Look At us Now, Mother! (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
30. Victor "Young" Perez (2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Cinemark Oakley)
31. L'Iceberg (2006 from Belgium) - DVD
32. Hail, Caesar! - Cinemark Oakley
33. Tootsie - TCM
34. Kramer vs. Kramer - TCM
35. Being There - TCM
36. On The Waterfront - TCM
37. The Way We Were - TCM
38. Is That You? - 2016 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival at Cinemark Oakley
39. The Witch - AMC Newport On the Levee
40. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed (2013 from Spain) - DVD
41. Days of Glory (2006 from France/Morocco) - DVD
42. Sicario (DVD)
43. The Candidate - TCM
44. A War (Esquire Theater)
45. Touched With Fire (AMC Newport on the Levee
46. The Story of Temple Drake - TCM
47. The Other Side of the Door - AMC Newport on the Levee
48. London Has Fallen - Cinemark Oakley
49. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Cinemark Oakley
50. Heart of a Dog - Esquire Theater
51. The Mermaid - AMC Newport on the Levee
52. Fantastic Lies - ESPN 30 For 30
53. Amy - DVD
54. Creative Control - AMC Newport on the Levee
55. Embrace of the Serpent - Esquire Theater
56. Night #1 - DVD (2014 from France)
57. The Bronze - Esquire Theater
58. Knight of Cups - Esquire Theater
59. Gravity - FX
60. The Kindergarten Teacher - DVD (2014 from Israel)
61. Carol (DVD)
62. Fastball (Mariemont Theatre)
63. Eye In the Sky (Esquire Theater)
64. Krisha (Esquire Theater)
65. A Clockwork Orange (Cinemark Oakley)
66. 2001: A Space Oddysey (Cinemark Oakley)
67. Demolition (Cinemark Oakley)
68. The Adderall Diaries (Esquire Theater)
69. Miles Ahead (Esquire Theater)
70. A Hologram for the King (Mariemont Theater)
71. The Fear of 13 (Virgin Atlantic inflight)
72. The Wolfpack (Delta inflight)
73. Green Room (Cinemark Oakley)
74. Elvis & Nixon (Esquire Theater)
75. Sing Street (Esquire Theater)
76. The Congressman (Mariemont Theater)
77. Francofonia (Mariemont Theater)
78. L'Attesa (Mariemont Theater)
79. Marguerite (Esquire Theater)
80. Louder Than Bombs (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
81. Money Monster (Regal Belltower, Ft. Myers, FL)
82. The Nice Guys (Cinemark Oakley)
83. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (Mariemont Theater)
84. The Lobster (Esquire Theater)
85. Love & Friendship (Mariemont Theater)
86. A Bigger Splash (Mariemont Theater)
87. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (Cinemark Oakley)
88. The Meddler (Mariemont Theater)
89. Weiner (Esquire Theater)
90. Now You See Me 2 (Cinemark Oakley)
91. The Bourne Ultimatum (DVD)
92. Maggie's Plan (Esquire Theater)
93. The Fortune Cookie (!966) (TMC)
94. The Flim-Flam Man (1967) (TMC)
95. Free State of Jones (Mariemont Theater)
96. The Shallows (Cinemark Oakley)
97. The Fits (Esquire Theater)
98. The Neon Demon (Esquire Theater)
99. My Golden Days (Esquire Theater)
100. Swiss Army Man (AMC West Chester)
101. Marauders (Esquire Theater)
102. The Purge: Election Year (AMC West Chester)
103. Our Kind of Traitor (AMC West Chester)
104. Wiener-Dog (Esquire Theater)
105. The Infiltrator (Esquire Theater)
106. Dheepan (Esquire Theater)
107. Sunset Song (Mariemont Theater)
108. Planet of the Apes (1968) (Cinemark Oakley)
109. Dough (Mariemont Theater)
110. Café Society (Esquire Theater)
111. Captain Fantastic (Esquire Theater)
112. Jason Bourne (Cinemark Oakley)
113. Bad Moms (Cinemark Oakley)
114. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Mariemont Theater)
115. Indignation (Mariemont Theater)
116. Star Trek Beyond (Cinemark Oakley)
117. Florence Foster Jenkins (Cinemark Oakley)
118. Gleason (Esquire Theater)
119. Hell or High Water (Esquire Theatre)
120. Don't Think Twice (Esquire Theater)
121. Anthropoid (Mariemont Theater)
Updating the last 2 1/2 weeks (bold seen in the theater)

122. War Dogs(Cinemark Oakley)
123. Sicario (DVD)
124. The Light Beneath Their Feet (DVD)
125. The Innocents (Mariemont Theater)
126. Grey Gardens (AMC)
127. A Tale of Love and Darkness (Mariemont Theater)
128. Sharknado: The 4th Awakening (SyFy)
129. Little Men(Esquire Theater)

Let's start with the best of that bunch: by far, that would be Little Men, the latest from writer-director Ira Sachs, who brought us Love Is Strange a few years back. I didn't know much of the story line of Little Men going in, and was most pleasantly surprised. All I will say is this: two 13 yr. old boys become best friends, and then the one boy's parents get entangled into a business dispute with the other boy's mom. Outstanding relationship drama that is absolutely worth checking out...

By pure happenstance, I fell upon the last 15 min. of Sharknado 3, which then was followed by the newest, and I couldn't stop watching. It's so over the top "so bad that it's good".

The Innocents is a post-WWII nun drama from Poland. Wait, isn't that the very same that I said about Ira a few years ago? Yes it is (and Ira won Best Foreign Language Movie Oscar). But they are completely unrelated movies, even though in spirit they have a lot in common. Not for anyone in a hurry or wanting to just have "a good time".

A Tale of Love and Darkness is the directing debut of Natalie Portman, who also wrote the script based on the book of the same name about a family in the early days of the state of Israel. Okay but not great.

War Dogs is a ok-funny movie about a serious topic (how the spending bonanza that was the war in Iraq attracted shady businesses to get a pie of the spending pie). Jonah Hill plays the role of his life (so far).

Grey Gardens is a bizarro documentary from 1975 about the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, socialites in East Hampton living like hermits. Just weird stuff.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on September 09, 2016, 01:11:06 PM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9
42. Tangerine - 6
43. Oldboy - 7
44. Me Before You - 5
45. The Den - 7
46. The Secret Life of Pets - 6
47. Star Trek Beyond - 6
48. The Fundamentals of Caring - 7
49. The Invitation - 8
50. Trophy Kids - 6
51. Happy Valley - 5
52. 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men - 8

53. Undefeated - 10

Great documentary about an inner city football team in Memphis that a white volunteer coach leads to prominence.

54. No No: A DOCKumentary - 7

Solid doc about Dock Ellis, the longtime Pirates pitcher who basically played high.  Well rounded doc, that was only missing more contributions from the subject himself... for obvious reasons.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: euro60 on September 09, 2016, 01:51:55 PM
53. Undefeated - 10

Great documentary about an inner city football team in Memphis that a white volunteer coach leads to prominence.

X2.

Would readily recommend and you don't have to even like or understand the game of football.

 
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 10, 2016, 10:55:50 PM
A big catch up. Apologies for the length... by all means tldr it if necessary

New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
76 ● Brave
77 ● Everything Must Go
78 ● The Station Agent
79 ● Darkman
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
81 ● Moonwalkers
82 ● The Gunman
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
84 ● Die Hard
85 ● Grandma
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
87 ● 99 Homes
88 ● How to Die in Oregon
89 ● Selma
90 ● Room
91 ● Finders Keepers
92 ● The End of the Tour
93 ● Life of Brian
94 ● Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World
95 ● Airport
96 ● Larry Crowne
97 ● Creed
98 ● Carol
99 ● Scarface
100 ● Tommy
101 ● Now You See Me
102 ● A Clockwork Orange
103 ● Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
104 ● Heaven's Above!
105 ● The Big Short
106 ● Smokey & the Bandit
107 ● Westworld
108 ● Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
109 ● Concussion
110 ● Steve Jobs
111 ● Spotlight
112 ● 9/11: The Falling Man
113 ● Vantage Point
114 ● It's Not a Date
115 ● Paulette
116 ● Puckoon
117 ● Compulsion
118 ● Starman
119 ● Coma
120 ● Love the Coopers
121 ● Ocean's Eleven
122 ● Addicted to Sexting
123 ● Respectable: The Mary Millington Story
124 ● Begin Again
125 ● Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
126 ● That Gal...Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2
127 ● Confessions of a Porn Addict
128 ● The Nude Set
129 ● Sisters
130 ● Infinitely Polar Bear
131 ● Happy-Go-Lucky
132 ● I am Road Comic
133 ● Irrational Man
134 ● The Signal
135 ● Monty Python & The Holy Grail
136 ● Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This!
137 ● Pixels
138 ● Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
139 ● The Bag Man
140 ● The 33
141 ● What We Do in the Shadows
142 ● Gattaca
143 ● I Smile Back
144 ● Deadpool
145 ● Pardon Us for Living but the Graveyard is Full: The Fleshtones Documentary
146 ● Our Brand is Crisis
147 ● Dirty Grandpa
148 ● Boobs: An American Obsession
149 ● Out of Luck
150 ● A Most Wanted Man
151 ● An American Affair
152 ● Pawn Sacrifice
153 ● Ashby
154 ● Trumbo
155 ● The Lobster
156 ● Fear of Fanny
157 ● The Lady in the Van
158 ● Daddy's Home
159 ● It's All Happening
160 ● Lap Dance
161 ● Silver Dream Racer
162 ● It's All Over Town
163 ● Tracers
164 ● Lambert & Stamp
165 ● The Love Punch
166 ● Whiplash
167 ● Miss Meadows
168 ● Dogtooth
169 ● Kindergarten Cop 2
170 ● Sticky: A (Self) Love Story
171 ● 30 Beats
172 ● No Filter
173 ● Sex, Love & Therapy
174 ● All Things Must Pass: The Tower Records Story
175 ● Miles Ahead

adding
176 ● London Has Fallen
Boy, was _I_ taken in by the trailer for this.A CGI wankfest with a high body count
177 ● Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Nice notion, undermined by a very poor script
178 ● Tumbledown
Take the Nick Drake enigma, transport  Stateside, look for every imaginable 'rock star widow' cliché, mix, shake & stir, end up with decidedly average drama
179 ● Cooties
Bite me
180 ● A Royal Hangover
Documentary about Britain's "drinking problem"
181 ● Rams
Hugely weird but very enjoyable Icelandic movie about two brothers who haven't spoken in years but live on adjacent farms raising sheep. The scenery and skies all look beautiful and the script is odd, sharp and occasionally very funny indeed, often relying on long silences for its laughs as much as the words that are said.
182 ● Fart: A Documentary
He who dealt it, watched it.
183 ● Hail, Caesar!
Not the best Coen Brothers movie by a long chalk but still far more entertaining than so much more of the crap floating about
184 ● Rolling Papers
Insightful documentary about the cannabis culture in Colorado. Gave me a contact high
185 ● Special Correspondents
Ricky Gervais is at 14 minutes and 59 seconds. Again, a nice idea ruined by a pathetic script
186 ● Zootopia
Not bad.
187 ● The Fundamentals of Caring
Tugs _just_ enough on the heart
188 ● Sing Street
WHOLE lotta fun. Cheesy as fuck but it didn't matter. Plenty of LOL moments
189 ● East Side Sushi
Recommended by cLando so I was intrigued enough to investigate. Like other "rags to riches" restaurant tales its more about the adversity of the journey than the denouement.
190 ● High Rise
A preposterous 'vertical Snowpiercer' with many totally-wasted acting talents
191 ● Hello, My Name is Doris
The fact that teenage phwaor-worthy Sally Field is now considered old enough to play a pensioner just made me feel ancient. Looks in mirror. Fuck, I am ancient.
192 ● Glastonbury: The Movie (In Flashback)
Revised documentary about a festival that took place before the advent of cell/mobile phones, meaning that we see audiences enjoying themselves instead of staring blankly at their screens.
193 ● Punk in London
194 ● Punk in England: British Rock
Pair of German music docs that each feature some never-before-seen (to me) footage of punk and post-punk at its height. Thankful, no mention of "she who should not be mentioned"
195 ● Balls A Poppin’: The Bangin’ Art of the Pacific Pinball Museum
Does what it says on the tin
196 ● Bill
Monty Python's humor gets a 'do-over' to present the comedic story of Shakespeare's rise to prominence. Has its moments
197 ● The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead
Punk innovators get their own doc, Loved it!
198 ● Best in Show
Still crazy after all these years
199 ● Very Good Girls
Vary bad bucket of shit
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on September 11, 2016, 02:33:27 PM
199 ● Very Good Girls
Vary bad bucket of shit

HAH!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on September 11, 2016, 10:06:06 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)

39. Desperado
40. Timbuktu
41. Train Wreck
42. Dirty Dancing
43. Red Dawn (1984)
44. Ghostbusters 2
45. The Transporter
46. Bridge of Spies
47. Trainwreck
48. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
49. Misery

50. What We Do In The Shadows
51. Lethal Weapon
52. Pain & Gain


Lethal Weapon: "Don't tell them your name, Albert!"

Pain & Gain: It was painful, and I didn't gain anything.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: va-vacious on September 11, 2016, 11:27:42 PM
I've decided to use the Bechdel Test this year as part of my reviews. The test requires two named female characters to have a conversation about something other than a man. It's evidently harder than you'd think. I'm not going out of my way to do feminist-only films or anything, just watching as I normally do (blockbusters, rom coms, dramas, etc) Bechdel will be indicated with B=Y or N.
1. The Abominable Bride- Banter! Martin Freeman! Benderpants Cumbersnoodle! It made me happy, while it was not perfect, I had no problem with it. (B=N)
2. Sisters- I laughed, a whole lot. And John Cena is now in the list of "Oh, he's in that movie? Maybe I will see it" because he stole every scene he's in. (B=Y- it better!)
3. Zoolander- this is still so funny. I remember seeing it in the theater with Ella, and we were almost the only ones there- noone else I knew liked it or was interested in it. (B=Y)
4. Galaxy Quest- Alan Rickman! Sob! Such a good movie. (B=N)
5. The Right Kind of Wrong- Netflix. Watched purely because of Ryan Kwanten. He needs a better agent. (B=N)
6. An Ideal Husband- Oscar Wilde was a brilliant writer who's words still hold up 100 years later (B= Y)
7. Clear and Present Danger- Meh. It's a bit dated at this point. (B= N)
8. Save the Date Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie are the main characters, and sisters! And they barely have a conversation not about Lizzy's relationship status. I talk to both of my sisters about many things besides men. Booo! This could have been a much better movie, but it was way too Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Needed a better script. B=Y, but barely.
9. Ant Man Part of the Marvel machine. Was not as fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. Really pissed off at how Judy Greer's character was non-existent in the movie. She was Rudd's ex-wife! Primary caretaker for his daughter, and doesn't have the conversations about his parenting with him? Grr. B=N
10. American Ultra - started off fun, then became predictable. Connie Britton's hair is still amazing. B=N
11. Centurion 2010 Michael Fassbender movie, where he is a Roman Centurion. Meh. One of the 3 women in the film had had her tongue cut out, so she definitely couldn't talk to anyone! Also, classic use of the rape of a woman to motivate the actions of the men in the movie. Would have been a better movie if it had been about her getting revenge, or something, but nope, she was just a tool. B=N
12. Sense and Sensibility- Thompson, Rickman, Grant. This movie is so very good. B=Y
13. Hail, Ceasar- Very Coen-y, was super fun. I loved the movie-within-a-movie conceit. B=N
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- the fight scenes in this movie are so good. Amazing choreography. And I just like Cap so much. B=N
15. Casablanca- no, I'd never seen it, and didn't get the big deal about it until now- it still holds up decades after its release. Had no idea "As Time Goes By" was such an integral part of the movie. Much more diverse cast than I expected, Bergman is luminous, Sam needed more screentime, and holy moly! Those people talk fast. I needed closed captioning for the first 10 minutes! Incredible movie. B=N
16. Deadpool- the opposite end of the spectrum from Casablanca. I laughed, it was irreverent, and the movie Ryan Reynolds has wanted to make for years, and the movie he should have been making. Thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope the Blu-ray has loads of alternative takes. B=N
17. 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Not for kids, yet they were in the theater. C'mon, parents! My favorite was a wordless Russian short.
18. Until We Go Chris Evans's directorial debut. It was OK, felt very much like a play- even staged that way to some degree. Not a deep movie by any stretch, but harmless and a good beginning.  B=N
19. Talladega Nights- "I piss excellence"- fun movie, even after 10 years. B=N
20. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A far better movie than it deserved to be. I thoroughly enjoyed that the women in the movie were perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. Also, Matt Smith was an incredible Mr. Collins. B=Y
21. Ricki and the Flash Wow, this was bad. It felt like it ended at the second act. I still don't understand why Meryl had that awful hair. B=Y
22. Bourne Identity- Damon looks so young in this movie, and Julia Stiles is still 23 in my head, even though it's been over 10 years since the movie came out! B=N
23. Euro Trip- An early aughts teen movie that has a pretty good script and leads that did not make it big. The best part is still "Scottie doesn't know" as sung by tattooed and pierced Matt Damon. (Did you catch my current movie theme?) Some questionable story suggestions now- lots of homophobia, stalking IS a major plot point, but I still find it funny. B=N
24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
25. Cinderella (2015 live action) Fabulous cast, and Cinderella (Lily James) actually had a personality, unlike in the cartoon. I wanted more of the fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter). B=Y
26. Pee Wee's Big Holiday true confession, I fell asleep, but I enjoyed what I was awake for. B=? (Not in the scenes I remember)
27. Notting Hill - Julia Roberts is supposed to be 29 in this movie? Huh. And Spike is a little rapey, which is disconcerting. Still very enjoyable. (Despite the rapeyness) B=Y
28. Batkid Begins Documentary about the day San Francisco became Gotham city and Batkid had a really good day. I cried through the whole thing, but it was lovely. B= N/A (the whole thing was interviews, and many of the interviews were with women, so yes?)
29. Labrynth- saw it at the Center for Puppetry Arts, with a very enthusiastic crowd. (There were costumes! And cheers when Bowie appeared on screen, and again which his crotch appeared on screen!) I loved this movie as an 11 year old, thought Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) was so right in all of her complaints. As an adult, she's so whiny and quite a brat. Why did Jareth fall in love with her, and isn't it creepy that an ageless (though Bowie was 39 at the time, which is disturbing in the fact that I'm older than that now and that he's gone) goblin king fell in love with a whiny teen? Anywhoo, rose-tinted glasses of tween-dom mean this is still a fantastic movie, story be damned. B=N [There are two other female characters in the movie- the stepmother (no name) and the Junk Lady (no name), Sarah has conversations with both of them about something other than men, but they don't have names. I thought about giving this a Yes, thinking that "mom" would be an acceptable naming convention, except she doesn't call her step-mother anything, so it doesn't meet the Bechdel test rules.]
30. 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman was scary. Another film with a kick-ass female lead. woo-hoo! B=N
31. Brooklyn I see why this movie got lots of love last year! Gorgeous, simple story that was well acted. Saroise Ronan did so much with facial expressions. I really liked that they cast a kind of ordinary guy as the American love interest. He was excellent, too. I wish I'd watched it with someone so I could have discussed it afterwards.  B=Y
32. Purple Rain Big screen. My first viewing, and with a crowd of people who knew all the songs, and most of the lines. Terrible storyline, and the acting was not so good, but the music was awesome. B=Y (barely, though- Lisa and Wendy are talking about their song, and a conversation between Appolonia and the waitress at First Avenue)
Also, I must confess I still really love '80s hair and makeup.
33. Sixteen Candles- Jake Ryan! While I love this movie from a nostalgic perspective, it has so much questionable stuff in it. Still... sigh. B= Y
34. Captain America: Civil War #Team Cap (well, #Team Bucky, let's be honest) I really enjoyed this, and Black Panther is incredible. The fights were good, the drama fantastic, and oh, yeah, it had a plot. Thumbs up! B=N (I don't think two female characters have a conversation with each other!)
35. Zootopia First 5 minutes of the movie were the best. Very enjoyable even for adults. I just wonder why it was a mammal only place? B=Y (I think)
36. Just Friends Ryan Reynolds really only has one way of acting- snarkily, with lots of twitches and quirks. Works for Deadpool, not so much for this one. Killed time, though. B=Y, but barely
37. Captain America: Civil War- still #Team Bucky, still very few women on screen.
38. Top Gun- Oh, lordy, this movie is 30, and they all look like babies. It's also really bad and cliché, but the music and flight scenes are still thrilling (hey, I was a kid when it came out!) I know way too many of these lines, too. B=N (surprise!)
39. When Harry Met Sally- this movie is also around thirty, and holds up well, other than the use of land lines. Such good dialogue! B=N (surprise!)
40. Howl's Moving Castle- Studio Ghibli. Gorgeous, stunning, and a sweet movie. Different than the book, but still good. B=Y
41. Lucky Number Sleven- I'm into Josh Harnett these days. He does puppy dog eyes really well. This movie was surprisingly good- and the set design was excellent. Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci. It's kind of like a heist caper, only with murder rather than robbery. B=N
42. The Lobster Unlike CR, this movie did nothing for me- it was overly long, and stopped being funny after an hour. I was more interested in the secondary and tertiary characters than the leads, and would have much preferred their stories. B=Y
43. I Heart Huccabees I officially don't heart David O. Russell. B=??? (I think No, but I'm not going to watch it again to confirm)
44. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping ahh! I thoroughly enjoyed this. Was far more than a 15 minute SNL sketch, and it worked very well. The cameos were lovely! Joan Cusack and Sarah Silverman were underused, but Tim Meadows is delightful. B=N
45. Big Stone Gap Based on the novel of the same name. A love letter to Appalachia. Worth watching just for the scenery, but not the '70s clothing. It is the kind of movie we don't see much of lately- small budget, no special effects, nice story. a good netflixer, for sure. B=Y (only 3 male named characters in the whole movie, so it had to!)
46. Hotel Transylvania 2 I needed something that didn't require my attention, and this did the trick. They kept beating the same points over and over, and other than the "hey! I recognize that voice!" aspect, I didn't really care. B=Y, but again, barely.
47. Ghostbusters It was a lovely popcorn summer movie. I laughed, it had just enough plot, and I would very much like a Kate McKinnon/Leslie Jones movie of any kind now. B=Y
48. Unleashed (Extended version) I don't know why I had this on my netflix list, and I don't know why I kept it so long to that I felt I had to watch it. It was an interesting concept (Man is trained to be a non-stop fighter from childhood on, experiences kindness for the first time), but did nothing for me. Even the fight scenes got boring. Theatrical release might have been better B=N
49. Jason Bourne with Lando. It was a Bourne movie, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't a knock-out. Alicia Vikander was miscast, and the plot abandoned multiple threads which should have been followed. They are definitely going for a sequel, too. B=N
50. Suicide Squad hoo, boy this was not good. It wasn't the blazing dumpster fire that many people have given, but it was a disjointed mess. So much potential, but it didn't happen. Viola Davis, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie were good, for what it's worth. B=Y, due to this exchange: Harley to Amanda Waller: Are you the devil? Waller: I may be.  That was it. Waller speaks to Dr. June Moon to give her instructions, but Moon doesn't reply, so no conversation, and Waller speaks to an unnamed female lackey. Those are the entirety of woman-woman interactions in the movie.
51 .Bad Moms at one point I thought it had resorted to using internet memes as dialogue. Could have been much better. B=Y
52. Trainspotting- well that was depressing, and still good. Hard to believe this came out in '96. How are they doing a sequel? B=N
53. Zach and Miri Make a Porno- Seth Rogen is strangely appealing, and I still don't get how Elizabeth Banks is somehow not appealing to dudes in this movie. B=Y

54. Don't think Twice Comedians in a drama. Good movie- but way more serious than you might expect. Lots of complexity, which was nice. I was happy because no one killed themselves, which I totally expected B=Y (But less so than I expected. The female characters primarily only interacted with male characters)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on September 12, 2016, 09:33:28 AM
199 ● Very Good Girls
Vary bad bucket of shit

HAH!

Double HAH! I was about to remark on this review as well.
HAHAHAHAHA.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on September 12, 2016, 09:34:42 AM
52. Pain & Gain


Pain & Gain: It was painful, and I didn't gain anything.

On first reading , I thought that this zinger brought to us by the letters "C" and "R".
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on September 13, 2016, 09:51:09 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
40. 2 FISTS UP (a Spike Lee Li'l Joint) - 07/09/16 - ESPN - It was the perfect time to watch this documentary and to get the story on the Concerned Student 1950 movement that led up to the Mizzou football players potentially boycotting the BYU game (in order to save a man's life).
41. GHOSTBUSTERS - 07/17/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mailey & Evelyn - I thought I'd just tolerate this movie but I actually enjoyed it. Funny and great cameos. Appropriately scary when needed. Right touch of silly. Good gadgets. I need to look into the story behind their vision of Times Square during a big section of the movie.
42. LOOKING: THE MOVIE - 07/29/16 - HBO - Great way to wrap up a lovely show. So many amazing shots of SF in this finale. Also, TEAM RICHIE forever.
43. JASON BOURNE - 07/31/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious, The Greg, and The Gwynner - Meh, but with good company.
44. ESPN 30 for 30: DOC & DARRYL - 08/02/16 - ESPN - I loved these guys in the mid-80s, even when I wasn't supposed to as a Reds fan. I still have newspaper clippings from when things started to go bad for them. A great look at the trappings of fame, the scars of childhood, and dealing with your own demons (especially regrets).
45. BAZODEE - 08/05/16 - Regal Cinemas Austell - I wanted a fun, light, colorful movie and got one. The plot makes NO SENSE (beyond trying to decide if the good girl should pick the rich guy or the soulful guy) but I loved the music and the sets and the costumes. Think of this as a Caribbean Bollywood movie with lots of Soca music.
46. MAP TO THE STARS - 08/07/16 - cable - Fucked up Cronenberg movie but not in a typical Cronenberg way. Great cast (Julianne Moore was especially great - not her typical role at all) but I basically hated this movie except for its portrayal of the young Hollywood actor as a total monster.
47. BAD MOMS - 08/13/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/some ladies - Served its purpose for a GNO. HELLO, JAY HERNANDEZ.
48. DON'T THINK TWICE - 08/21/16 - Midtown Art Cinema w/Amanda - New Mike Birbiglia movie that Gillian Welch steals. Great cast and a good idea for a movie. + Larry from The Regal Beagle!
49. EAST SIDE SUSHI - 08/11/16 - dvd from library - Forgot to post this one in r-ville. Found it by chance at the library and really enjoyed it. If you like foodie movies (or movies where the protagonist goes through a journey of self discovery), this might be the movie for you. Now give me some mango with chili, por fa.
50. THE THRILL OF IT ALL - 08/27/16 - TCM - The OTHER early 60s movie with James Garner and Doris Day. The opposite of progressive when it came to women's rights. YEESH. But, worth watching to see the various Carl Reiner cameos as an actor on a live TV show sponsored by a soap company. Co-written by Reiner and directed by Norman Jewison. It wasn't awful, but I've definitely seen better in 60s rom-coms.
51. SULLY - 09/10/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/MY MAMA - Worth it for all of the flight/crash scenes and the "Sully" joke at the bar.
52. SPY - 09/11/16 - repeat viewing - Held up for me on the second viewing. Statham might have been even funnier the second time around.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on September 19, 2016, 08:51:57 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
35. THE LOBSTER - 06/05/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I'll go with CR on his review of this one: "The first two thirds is as funny and quirky as hell. Then it gets dark (quite literally)... very, very, VERY dark indeed." Dark and lovely. I laughed a lot in this film. It was also bleak as fuck. But, it's the theatre-going experience that I feel like I haven't had in quite a while. BEWARE THE TOASTER.
36. BEYOND THE LIGHTS - 06/10/16 - Netflix (on my phone) - This was a Lifetime movie that was elevated by the two romantic leads. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is just gorgeous. I still need to watch BELLE. Not sure that I would watch it again. But, I didn't hate it or feel like it was a waste of time. It was tropey, but well done.
37. POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING - 06/12/16 - AMC Barrett Commons with va_vacious - Silly and fun.
38. SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE - 06/18/16 - Showtime with The Greg - Meh, for the most part. Only really enjoyable and memorable bit (besides Alison Brie in LOTS of lingerie) was the self-love lesson that Sudeikis gave to Brie - aka The Dirty DJ. I'm convinced that the whole premise of the movie probably started with that scene. Some writer thought of it and thought it was hilarious and ended up building a movie around it. Also memorable, for bad reasons, is Adam Scott's performance. He 100% creeped me out in this role.
39. FINDING DORY w/ PIPER (as the digital short beforehand) - 06/19/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe with Mailey & Ev - The short was unbelievable. THE GRAINS OF SAND. I felt like a total stoner by being so marveled and in awe of the grains of sand. The feature was very enjoyable, though it was emotionally vexing for about 70% of the movie. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a PIXAR movie and would end OK in the end. Stay for the bits after the credits if you are a FINDING NEMO fan. Also, have fun working the word "Septapus" into conversations.
40. 2 FISTS UP (a Spike Lee Li'l Joint) - 07/09/16 - ESPN - It was the perfect time to watch this documentary and to get the story on the Concerned Student 1950 movement that led up to the Mizzou football players potentially boycotting the BYU game (in order to save a man's life).
41. GHOSTBUSTERS - 07/17/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Mailey & Evelyn - I thought I'd just tolerate this movie but I actually enjoyed it. Funny and great cameos. Appropriately scary when needed. Right touch of silly. Good gadgets. I need to look into the story behind their vision of Times Square during a big section of the movie.
42. LOOKING: THE MOVIE - 07/29/16 - HBO - Great way to wrap up a lovely show. So many amazing shots of SF in this finale. Also, TEAM RICHIE forever.
43. JASON BOURNE - 07/31/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious, The Greg, and The Gwynner - Meh, but with good company.
44. ESPN 30 for 30: DOC & DARRYL - 08/02/16 - ESPN - I loved these guys in the mid-80s, even when I wasn't supposed to as a Reds fan. I still have newspaper clippings from when things started to go bad for them. A great look at the trappings of fame, the scars of childhood, and dealing with your own demons (especially regrets).
45. BAZODEE - 08/05/16 - Regal Cinemas Austell - I wanted a fun, light, colorful movie and got one. The plot makes NO SENSE (beyond trying to decide if the good girl should pick the rich guy or the soulful guy) but I loved the music and the sets and the costumes. Think of this as a Caribbean Bollywood movie with lots of Soca music.
46. MAP TO THE STARS - 08/07/16 - cable - Fucked up Cronenberg movie but not in a typical Cronenberg way. Great cast (Julianne Moore was especially great - not her typical role at all) but I basically hated this movie except for its portrayal of the young Hollywood actor as a total monster.
47. BAD MOMS - 08/13/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/some ladies - Served its purpose for a GNO. HELLO, JAY HERNANDEZ.
48. DON'T THINK TWICE - 08/21/16 - Midtown Art Cinema w/Amanda - New Mike Birbiglia movie that Gillian Welch steals. Great cast and a good idea for a movie. + Larry from The Regal Beagle!
49. EAST SIDE SUSHI - 08/11/16 - dvd from library - Forgot to post this one in r-ville. Found it by chance at the library and really enjoyed it. If you like foodie movies (or movies where the protagonist goes through a journey of self discovery), this might be the movie for you. Now give me some mango with chili, por fa.
50. THE THRILL OF IT ALL - 08/27/16 - TCM - The OTHER early 60s movie with James Garner and Doris Day. The opposite of progressive when it came to women's rights. YEESH. But, worth watching to see the various Carl Reiner cameos as an actor on a live TV show sponsored by a soap company. Co-written by Reiner and directed by Norman Jewison. It wasn't awful, but I've definitely seen better in 60s rom-coms.
51. SULLY - 09/10/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/MY MAMA - Worth it for all of the flight/crash scenes and the "Sully" joke at the bar.
52. SPY - 09/11/16 - repeat viewing - Held up for me on the second viewing. Statham might have been even funnier the second time around.
53. BEST FOOT FORWARD - 09/17/16 - TCM - Decided to watch this after reading the premise (Lucille Ball as a starlet who agrees to go to a military ball with a young man for a publicity stunt). It sounded like a story ripped from recent FB "headlines". I was surprised that Lucille Ball played a character named Lucille Ball! The movie was very silly but I fell in love with Nancy Walker in the film and discovered that this was her first movie role ever. She was just great. Plucky. Most of you probably know her as the BOUNTY paper towels lady.
54. ALL THE DIFFERENCE (a POV documentary) - 09/18/16 - PBS - Worthwhile documentary that follows two young men in the South Side of Chicago who work to graduate high school and attend college. If you find it and record it, allow for an extra 30 minutes. My dvr only recorded the first hour and missed at least 20 minutes of the film.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Kwyjibo on September 19, 2016, 09:49:08 AM

New to me in bold.

1. Hateful 8
2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
3. The Abominable Bride
4. Tomorrowland
5. Spy
6. Kung Fu Panda 3
7. Hail, Ceasar!
8. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
9. Zootopia
10. Book of Life
11. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
12. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
13. Back to the Future.
14. X-Men: Apocalypse
15. Captain America: Civil War
16. OJ: Made in America
17. The Secret Life of Pets
18. Ghostbusters
19. Ice Age: Collision Course

20. Ghostbusters - We took Nora, we were afraid it would be too scary for her in parts, but she never batted an eye.  She loved it.

21. Don't Think Twice - I rarely get to see a film like this in a theater, we barely have time to see the movies that are in the conveniently located theaters, much less get out to the art houses.  In fact, I'd never been to The Neon in Dayton prior to this, and I think I've only been to the Esquire in Cincy once (24 Hour Party People). 

Anyhoo... loved this, even though you kinda of have to hate Mike Birbiglia's character.  But OTOH you have Gillian Welch to be in love with to make up for it.  Funny lines, but not a funny movie.  Really well put together.

22. Captain America: Civil War - I found myself less focused on the stupidity of the premise this time, and enjoyed it a bit more.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on September 19, 2016, 01:17:04 PM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)

39. Desperado
40. Timbuktu
41. Trainwreck
42. Dirty Dancing
43. Red Dawn (1984)
44. Ghostbusters 2
45. The Transporter
46. Bridge of Spies
47. Trainwreck
48. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
49. Misery

50. What We Do In The Shadows
51. Lethal Weapon
52. Pain & Gain
53. Riddick
54. Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey


Riddick: It was still sad when Cottonballs passed away, but at least we were prepared for it this time.

Bill and Ted: That was horrendous. I knew it would be dumb, but their first movie sort of still holds up today. This one did not AT ALL. This was painful.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on September 19, 2016, 01:30:48 PM
Riddick: It was still sad when Cottonballs passed away, but at least we were prepared for it this time.
I think it's time for us to watch this one. It has been too long (for my household).
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on September 19, 2016, 04:09:10 PM
We forgot most of the details, so it was a lot of, "how did he get out of this?" and "I can't remember exactly how this goes down" so it was still fun.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on September 20, 2016, 11:22:31 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)

39. Desperado
40. Timbuktu
41. Trainwreck
42. Dirty Dancing
43. Red Dawn (1984)
44. Ghostbusters 2
45. The Transporter
46. Bridge of Spies
47. Trainwreck
48. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
49. Misery

50. What We Do In The Shadows
51. Lethal Weapon
52. Pain & Gain
53. Riddick
54. Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
55. Pretty Woman


Still preposterous. Still enjoyable.
For the first time ever I realized how set-tastic the hotel room was. Especially the balcony.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on September 20, 2016, 11:58:49 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9
42. Tangerine - 6
43. Oldboy - 7
44. Me Before You - 5
45. The Den - 7
46. The Secret Life of Pets - 6
47. Star Trek Beyond - 6
48. The Fundamentals of Caring - 7
49. The Invitation - 8
50. Trophy Kids - 6
51. Happy Valley - 5
52. 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men - 8
53. Undefeated - 10
54. No No: A DOCKumentary - 7

55. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's "Island of Dr. Moreau" - 7

Enjoyable documentary that's basically about how the studio system can ruin a creative vision, and how a sensitive soul reacts to it.  Worth it alone for the tales of douchebaggery by both Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando.  Especially Brando, who may have been lost himself during the filming.

56. Late Phases - 6

A horror movie that is refreshingly light on digital effects.  Also, this is one of the rare horror films I've watched on Netflix recently that didn't just ratchet up the tension constantly until giving a release near the end.  In this one, some really shocking stuff happens early on and we see how the protagonist reacts to it and how he figures out what's going on.

Yeah, it's a little absurd, and we take some meandering details through spirituality and the meaning of life for retirees... which is actually some of the most interesting the movie gets.  The final fight is a little absurd, and the writing itself is very one-note... we get it, the guy is old and cranky.  Still, it's worth it just to watch Tom Noonan and an unrecognizably old Lance Guest as a few of the people who reach out to the main character.  Noonan is great in just about everything he's in... I often wonder why he is typecast in all of these Netflix horror films.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on September 22, 2016, 07:26:21 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9
42. Tangerine - 6
43. Oldboy - 7
44. Me Before You - 5
45. The Den - 7
46. The Secret Life of Pets - 6
47. Star Trek Beyond - 6
48. The Fundamentals of Caring - 7
49. The Invitation - 8
50. Trophy Kids - 6
51. Happy Valley - 5
52. 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men - 8
53. Undefeated - 10
54. No No: A DOCKumentary - 7
55. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's "Island of Dr. Moreau" - 7
56. Late Phases - 6

57. Darling - 4

Horror film about a girl who is housesitting and ends up possessed by... something and goes off the deep end.  This is all style and little substance.  The substance that does come about 45 minutes in is worth it, but just barely.  Sean Young is terribly miscast as a high society dame, but she's only in it for like 90 seconds.  Plus this is only about 75 minutes, so it gets in and gets out pretty quickly.  But the attempts at "style" were mostly just off-putting to me.  The CHAPTER title cards were wholly unnecessary.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Butter on September 26, 2016, 07:56:41 AM
1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9
18. Zootopia - 7
19. Allegiant - 1
20. Vacation - 5
21. Reel Injun - 6
22. Joe vs. the Volcano
23. Everybody Wants Some!! - 8
24. What We Do in the Shadows - 6
25. Phoenix - 7
26. Welcome to Leith - 9
27. Hush - 5
28. Sing Street - 7
29. The Nice Guys - 8
30. They Look Like People - 6
31. She's Lost Control - 2
32. We Are Still Here - 8
33. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 7
34. 30 for 30: OJ: Made in America - 10
35. 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies - 7
36. Jiro Dreams of Sushi - 9
37. 30 for 30: The Best That Never Was - 6
38. Body Team 12 - 8
39. Finding Dory - 4
40. Opposite Field - 6
41. Next Goal Wins - 9
42. Tangerine - 6
43. Oldboy - 7
44. Me Before You - 5
45. The Den - 7
46. The Secret Life of Pets - 6
47. Star Trek Beyond - 6
48. The Fundamentals of Caring - 7
49. The Invitation - 8
50. Trophy Kids - 6
51. Happy Valley - 5
52. 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men - 8
53. Undefeated - 10
54. No No: A DOCKumentary - 7
55. Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's "Island of Dr. Moreau" - 7
56. Late Phases - 6
57. Darling - 4

58. Audrie & Daisy - 7

It's a moving documentary, but it almost seems to gloss over a couple of the stories within... and it's presented with pretty standard doc talking head narration.  I actually drifted in and out of sleep for 10 minutes in the middle as yet another law enforcement body basically refused to prosecute one of these things for lack of evidence... it really is boring and not groundbreaking to know this happens with such regularity. 

Teenage sexual assault is certainly something to be kept aware of, and if nothing else this movie made me want to make a point of actually spelling out for both of my boys that silence on something like this that you may see or be aware of is being complicit in the act itself.  So there's that.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: Dan on September 26, 2016, 09:16:26 AM
Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

3. Die Hard
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
5. Brian's Song

6. Road House
7. Eragon
8. Pitch Perfect 2
9. Deadpool
10. Hail, Caesar!
11. Spy
12. Inside Out
13. The Hustler
14. San Andreas
15. The Sting
16. What We Do In The Shadows
17. The Intern
18. The Big Short
19. Straight Outta Compton
20. The Color of Money
21. Spotlight
22. Our Brand Is Crisis
23. Purple Rain

24. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
25. Keanu
26. Ted 2

27. Pitch Perfect
28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
29. Remember The Titans
30. Amy
31. Warcraft

32. Major League
33. Minions
34. Blackhat

35. Super Troopers
36. Beerfest
37. Ghostbusters (2016)
38. Fantastic Four (2015)

39. Desperado
40. Timbuktu
41. Trainwreck
42. Dirty Dancing
43. Red Dawn (1984)
44. Ghostbusters 2
45. The Transporter
46. Bridge of Spies
47. Trainwreck
48. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
49. Misery

50. What We Do In The Shadows
51. Lethal Weapon
52. Pain & Gain
53. Riddick
54. Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
55. Pretty Woman
56. Starship Troopers
57. Zoolander 2
58. Star Wars IV
59. Windtalkers
60. Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping


Starship Troopers: As a teenager I definitely had a thing for Denise Richards, but I was MADLY in love with Dina Meyer. I never understood why the main character wasn't interested in her. I still agree with that assessment. Otherwise, the film is cheesy and basic, but it works well enough.

Zoolander 2: This was fine. A LOT of cameos, some silly jokes, some stupid stuff. I would think it didn't deserve to bomb at the box office as much as it did, but then I watched it on Blu-Ray so who am I to talk?

Star Wars: Sadly, this version will move forward as the version of record. I still have a VHS tape of the originals, though! Han shoots first!

Windtalkers: Should have been a movie about the Navajo code talkers making a huge impact on WWII and the Allied victory. Instead they made a movie about Nic Cage's a$$hole character. Another example of Hollywood white washing and probably the reason this movie doesn't make a larger impact on cinematic history.

Pop Star: silly and fun. Without question, this film is simply "This Is Spinal Tap 2016"

 


Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
Post by: c-lando on September 26, 2016, 09:45:13 AM
1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
21. PEE-WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY - 03/20/16 - Netflix - It could never be as great as the show or the first movie, but I still enjoyed it. Plus, JOE MANGANIELLO.
22. MR. RIGHT - 04/09/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - Sam Rockwell was superb in this. But, I didn't really enjoy any of the movie when he wasn't on screen.
23. NOTHING LEFT UNSAID: GLORIA VANDERBILT & ANDERSON COOPER - 04/09/16 - HBO
24. SUNSET BOULEVARD - 04/17/16 - Netflix - Well that was something special. I'm trying to catch up on some classics that I have somehow missed over the years and that was just superb. I also managed to watch it on William Holden's birthday. I kinda want to watch it again, immediately. The 3 leads were amazing and I was certain that they must have swept the Oscars that year. But, the film came out during a very strong year at the movies and didn't get one statue for acting. Still, set design was properly honored, along with the screenplay and the music.
25. EVERYTHING IS COPY - 04/19/16 - HBO - Documentary about Nora Ephron made by her son.
26. BRIDGE OF SPIES - 04/19/16 - dvd from library - Mark Rylance really was great in this role.
27. A BALLERINA'S TALE - 04/23/16 - PBS - Nelson George's documentary about Misty Copeland during the two years leading up to her being named the first black Swan Queen in the ABT production of SWAN LAKE. I could watch the scene with her and Raven Wilkinson doing steps together EVERY DAY.
28. THE RACHEL PAPERS - 04/24/16 - MGM channel (or whatever it is called) - I had never heard of this 80s movie. Maybe it was bigger across the pond? Ione Skye as the muse and James Spader as the loathsome cad with Dexter Fletcher as a sort of wannabe Ferris Bueller-ish dude and Jonathan Pryce looking like a GEICO caveman.
29. EVERYBODY WANTS SOME - 04/24/16 - AMC Barrett Commons - I had to see this "spiritual" sequel to DAZED AND CONFUSED. Duh. It was nowhere near the quality of D&C but it still had some fun moments.
30. THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIE - 04/30/16 - Cinemax (maybe?) - My Juliette Binoche ladyb0ner remains strong. I did not hate Kristen Stewart in this movie.
31. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 05/03/16 - cable w/The Greg - repeat viewing. This movie will [KIP] ALWAYS & FOREVER [/KIP] be hilarious to me.
32. THE NICE GUYS - 05/20/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tiffany - Didn't like it as much as I had hoped that I would. The parts that worked were fun, but I think most of the good stuff was in the trailers. Very disjointed to me. Basinger was an after thought. The opening with Misty Mountains made me think of the opening of LETHAL WEAPONS. B00BS and murder. Whoa. Also, I think that they were really trying to borrow from the dynamics/relationship in MATCHSTICK MEN, but they failed. But, I did love seeing Trader Vic's in the movie. Also, the house where they have the huge house party was one of my favorite homes in Atlanta for a long time. But, it is used in lots of TV and movies now and has lost its luster.
33. ME BEFORE YOU - 06/03/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Tori - Great adaptation of a book that I enjoyed. Totally romantic and sad and lovely, but not too sappy. Nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. Her eyebrows are a thing of beauty. The most melodramatic teenage crying than I've seen since THE NOTEBOOK.
34. THE MARTIAN - 06/04/16 - HBO w/The Greg - This was every bit as good as everyone said it would be. No idea why I waited so long to see it.
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