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Title: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 03, 2019, 08:12:21 AM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 03, 2019, 10:51:30 AM
Movies seen in 2019 (new movies in bold):
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Twister


SotD: I think Zombie Comedy should be a category. And it should be renamed Zombedy.

Twister: the science in this movie is painfully terrible, and yet everything I know about tornadoes comes from this movie. Maybe I need to take a tornado class.

ALSO - if you're holding onto a cellar door that is trying to be ripped open by the wind, and the wind is stronger than you, do you continue to hold onto the door? In what world does that happen?!? IT DOESN'T! The laws of physics don't allow you to!

In reality, her dad doesn't die in the first scene and the rest of the movie doesn't happen.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 03, 2019, 11:56:36 AM
I have often thought that someone should come up with a web series that is basically here is a really popular movie and how it would be over in 4 minutes if everyone wasn't an idiot.

Or while I watch movies, I think how much shorter the movie would be if they didn't decide to throw nonsensical road blocks in the way.

Like DIE HARD.  In the first half, McClane gets on the radio with the local authorities, but some lady gets on there and says "this is for official business only", then they send Mr. Winslow out there to check everything out, and his slow ass prolongs the movie needlessly by AT LEAST a half hour.

Or RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET.  There is a whole plot in there about how the SUGAR RUSH game gets broken and they have to find some unfindable part in order to fix it to keep the game from getting unplugged permanently.  Not giving anything away there.  As it turns out, this whole subplot is ABSOLUTELY UNNECESSARY, and it is nearly presented as a throwaway just to keep certain threads going and introduce certain characters you could've easily gotten to in other ways.

Or basically any supervilliain movie where they just chat on, or someone holds a gun on someone else and just CAN'T pull the god damn trigger for reasons.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 03, 2019, 01:13:37 PM
Every single sports movie can be boiled down into an opening scene, a five minute montage of training scenes/highlights and then the climactic final scene.  That's like every Rocky movie.

Also, Star Wars is essentially the Rocky franchise.  Luke is Rocky Balboa.  Darth Vader is Apollo Creed.  The Emperor is Ivan Drago.  Rey is Adonis Johnson.  Kylo Ren is Viktor Drago.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 04, 2019, 07:32:27 AM
1. Shirkers (Netflix) - 9

Outstanding documentary about some girls in a very closed up Singapore who decide they're going to try to bust it open by making an independent feature film.  What happens along the way is both heartbreaking and uplifting.  Yeah, that's really cliched, but I was near tears by the end, which is HARD to do to me.

What would make it particularly good viewing for this audience is that it's about indie culture and zine culture of the late 80's and early 90's, and what the absolute craving and need to express yourself creatively will lead people to do... and how it gets magnified by being in a society so uptight that it banned chewing gum (for real).  Do yourself a favor and watch it without learning too much more about it... even the Netflix description is too spoilery.

Not to mention that the style and storytelling of the documentary itself is top-notch... it comes through that the filmmaker has basically been waiting 25 years to tell this story to its fullest.  And she makes the most of it.

This is going to be hard to top, coming out of the gate strong this year!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 08, 2019, 10:23:20 PM
I waited until late December to go to the cinema for the only time in 2018. To mix things up in 2019, my very first movie is... at the cinema! Watch this space as to whether I continue this trend, but finding out I can bimble across the river on Tuesdays and watch a flick for just $5 is perhaps ..... perhaps .... a game changer.

New to me movies in bold

1. Vice
Oddly captivating, certainly unconventional in its delivery, this movie about Dubya’s very own Dark Knight (see what I did there?) almost makes you wish for less successful heart healthcare in America. But for the repeated intervention of a decent cardiologist, the US might now be in a much better position. Whilst the content raised my political ire, it also made me laugh out very loud several times.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on January 08, 2019, 10:49:21 PM
As to "Vice", I quite enjoyed it, and Christian Bale is utterly brilliant, BUT.... what is the point of the movie exactly? Still haven't figured that out.

For me, Andy McKay's previous movie, "The Big Short", is MILES better.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 09, 2019, 07:04:22 AM
1. Shirkers (Netflix) - 9

2. Blockers - 6

Funny, formulaic.  Enjoyed it more than I thought, honestly.

3. Crazy Rich Asians - 8

Very good, even when it went into caricature it was believable.  Seemed at least a bit authentic, although I have honestly no way of knowing for sure.  2 out of 3 movies I've seen in 2019 focused on Singapore, so that's odd.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 09, 2019, 11:38:30 AM
2. Blockers - 6

Funny, formulaic.  Enjoyed it more than I thought, honestly.

In brevity there is brilliance. I couldn't have written a better and more accurate review than this.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 09, 2019, 02:38:24 PM
what is the point of the movie exactly?

Huh?

What’s the point of ANY movie?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 09, 2019, 03:19:14 PM
New to me movies in bold

1. Vice
2. The Man Who Knew Too Little
Underrated Bill Murray movie (IMHO). Supporting cast of mainly British ‘known’ actors, including a young Eddie Marsden. Plus, for the absolute win, Joanne Whalley in a revealing and somewhat becoming maid’s outfit.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: notoriouspbake on January 09, 2019, 09:32:39 PM
a new year!

it was heartening to read that one of you fine folks enjoyed train to busan, that i recommended. i have also been mining the movie thread for ideas. thanks to all of you!

the new girlfriend is sharing her netflix with me, so that's something!

1. mowgli - netflix; it was ok, found it difficult to get into it, probably because i grew up on the disney animated version. this is nothing like disney at all.
2. cargo - netflix; aussie zombie movie with martin freeman as the father trying to survive the "ghosts". interesting take on the zombie genre.
3. jurassic park - hbo; the dino's are still great. the plot holes get worse with age.
4. jurassic park 2 - hbo; recorded a bunch of movies during a free weekend. this was one of them. not sure why i watched it again.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 10, 2019, 06:48:53 AM
a new year!

it was heartening to read that one of you fine folks enjoyed train to busan, that i recommended. i have also been mining the movie thread for ideas. thanks to all of you!

the new girlfriend is sharing her netflix with me, so that's something!

I watched Train to Busan like mid-year last year and also enjoyed it.  A zombie movie in a truly Korean style.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 10, 2019, 09:04:08 AM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: va-vacious on January 10, 2019, 09:45:15 PM
Off to a slow start this year, but I'm sure I'll catch up.

1. John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City Music Hall- needed something light after Infinity War!
2. Vice  Bale was good, but it was definitely pandering to a specific audience. Also, I thought I'd need heart surgery after all of it!
3. Crazy Rich Asians- needs more Awkwafina.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on January 10, 2019, 10:38:51 PM
C-lando, can't tell from your comment whether you liked On the Basis of Sex or not.

I thought it was a poor movie, period. Fabulous subject not done justice by this movie. Last year's documentary RBG is MILES better.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 11, 2019, 08:56:21 AM
C-lando, can't tell from your comment whether you liked On the Basis of Sex or not.

I thought it was a poor movie, period. Fabulous subject not done justice by this movie. Last year's documentary RBG is MILES better.
It was nice. Safe. Entertaining.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 11, 2019, 10:02:32 AM
C-lando, can't tell from your comment whether you liked On the Basis of Sex or not.

I thought it was a poor movie, period. Fabulous subject not done justice by this movie. Last year's documentary RBG is MILES better.
It was nice. Safe. Entertaining.

So, like a 6?  Or maybe a 7?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 11, 2019, 10:30:11 AM
C-lando, can't tell from your comment whether you liked On the Basis of Sex or not.

I thought it was a poor movie, period. Fabulous subject not done justice by this movie. Last year's documentary RBG is MILES better.
It was nice. Safe. Entertaining.

So, like a 6?  Or maybe a 7?
You're dead, Hobo.
You're so dead.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 11, 2019, 04:37:01 PM
For me, Andy McKay's previous movie, "The Big Short", is MILES better.

I didn't know Adam McKay went by Andy...
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on January 12, 2019, 12:35:15 AM
C-lando, can't tell from your comment whether you liked On the Basis of Sex or not.

I thought it was a poor movie, period. Fabulous subject not done justice by this movie. Last year's documentary RBG is MILES better.
It was nice. Safe. Entertaining.
exactly... nice, safe.. "RBG" was so much better
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 13, 2019, 12:58:13 PM
New to me movies in bold

1. Vice
2. The Man Who Knew Too Little
3. Michael Jackson’s This Is It
Can’t condone the sexual molestation allegations, but there’s no doubt that the work put into putting together Wacko’s London shows was immense. 
4. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Meh, I watched the entirety of this Coen opus hoping it would get better, or at least one story would entertain. It didn’t. Boooooooooo
5. My Generation
Michael Caine produced and presented documentary about London’s “Swinging Sixties”. Worth it to see Jean Shripton and Twiggy in their prime, but the whole thing disappoints due to far too much quick cut editing that left me breathless at times.
6. Quincy
Great documentary about a phenomenal music icon. So much to like and admire here. What a life/career!
7. Root Cause
Disturbing documentary suggesting that some people’s general illnesses may be result of them submitting to root canal surgery. Certainly made ME think twice
8. Swinging with the Finkels
British Dumb-Com
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: notoriouspbake on January 13, 2019, 07:07:51 PM
a new year!
i have also been mining the movie thread for ideas. thanks to all of you!

1. mowgli - netflix; it was ok, found it difficult to get into it, probably because i grew up on the disney animated version. this is nothing like disney at all.
2. cargo - netflix; aussie zombie movie with martin freeman as the father trying to survive the "ghosts". interesting take on the zombie genre.
3. jurassic park - hbo; the dino's are still great. the plot holes get worse with age.
4. jurassic park 2 - hbo; recorded a bunch of movies during a free weekend. this was one of them. not sure why i watched it again.
5. jurassic park 3 - hbo; not a bad watch on a crappy, cold, and rainy morning.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 13, 2019, 10:15:17 PM
Movies seen in 2019 (new movies in bold):
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Twister
3. Super Troopers 2
4. A Quiet Place
5. The Untouchables
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
7. Rabbit-Proof Fence

8. Shine


Super Troopers 2: still very funny on 2nd watch, although I realized how juvenile some of the humor is. Nonetheless, I loved it.

A Quiet Place: Good enough. Too many plot holes or weird things (where did they get a billion candles from?) that didn't make sense but I understand why it was well liked.

Untouchables: mildly disappointing for such a star studded production.

Solo: mildly disappointing in most elements. In the opening sequence it was really dark and I (for some reason I cannot explain) thought the female interest of Han's was a black woman. So I thought, "awesome! Diversity is good here." And then later I am like, "Is that Emilia Clarke?" And after that I was disappointed. Not that Ms. Clarke wasn't wonderful, but that the casting department wasn't bolder. I would also have liked it if the work he was doing wasn't tied to the rebellion eventually. Just leave it alone, you know? And the giant living squid thing in the outer space cloud made no sense whatsoever.

Rabbit-Proof Fence: good! Very horrible, very incredible. I really liked the way they said the word "tracker."

Shine: Saw this in 1998, but not since then. The music and the acting are still incredible. The dad is still horrible.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 14, 2019, 08:58:37 AM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 14, 2019, 10:58:23 AM
And the giant living squid thing in the outer space cloud made no sense whatsoever.

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Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 15, 2019, 07:25:55 AM
1. Shirkers (Netflix) - 9
2. Blockers - 6
3. Crazy Rich Asians - 8

4. First Reformed (Amazon Prime) - 5

I kinda hated the last half of this movie, but Ethan Hawke acted the shit out of it, so there's that.

5. Minding the Gap (Hulu) - 8

Sneaky good. Go in expecting a certain kind of documentary and the real subject matter sort of creeps up on you. It is ostensibly about the skateboarding community in Rockford, Illinois and remains about them while talking about something much more serious.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on January 16, 2019, 05:15:50 PM
Per the usual, slow start to the new year...

Recapping the first half of January:

1. Vice (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Bumblebee (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
3. Escape Room (Kenwood Theater)
4. King In the Wilderness (HBO on Demand)
5. On The Basis of Sex (Mariemont Theater)
6. If Beale Street Could Talk (Esquire Theater)
7. Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher (HBO on Demand)

I went to see Bumblebee only because its critical acclaim has been massive. Turns out, I quite enjoyed it. Basically "ET-meets-Herbie".

If Beale Street Could Talk is the new movie from Oscar-winning director Barry "Moonlight" Jenkins. There are many good elements in the movie, but sadly it is also irretrievably flawed by depicting all white people, yes I said ALL white people, as thieves, liars and racists.  "They haven't met anyone they won't lie to or steal from" (the main character's dad talking about white people). Last Fall's "The Hate U Give" went with more or less the same generalization. The mere fact that I mention all of this probably makes me a racist <sigh>

Bright Lights is an unexpectedly enjoyable documentary about the relationship between (mother) Debbie Reynolds and (daughter) Carrie Fisher. The fact that they both passed away within 24 hrs. of each other at the tail end of 2016 makes this even more poignant.

King in the Wilderness is an excellent documentary about MLK's last 18-24 months, with a lot of rare or never before seen footage.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 21, 2019, 10:07:06 AM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
5. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - 01/15/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/va_vacious - A beautiful tragedy. After that family gathering scene, I'm ready to finally read some Baldwin.
6. FREE SOLO - 01/19/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Now that was a fun ride! I didn't get to see it in IMAX but still felt like it was a wonderful film experience.
7. GLASS - 01/20/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Gwynne and Beth - I fell asleep MULTIPLE times. Nothing about this movie seemed necessary or entertaining.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 21, 2019, 10:43:05 AM
1. Shirkers (Netflix) - 9
2. Blockers - 6
3. Crazy Rich Asians - 8
4. First Reformed (Amazon Prime) - 5
5. Minding the Gap (Hulu) - 8

6. If Beale Street Could Talk - 9

Another outstanding Barry Jenkins film.  The opening 40 minutes or so was so well done, the living room scene was one of my favorite scenes I've seen in the past few years.

I have to take issue with the characterization by the film of all white people as racist.  The film doesn't characterize ALL white people like that at all.  One character says that.  He is verbalizing dialogue from the book.  There are maybe 5 white people in the movie... 2 of them are caricatures, while 3 others are at the very least neutral if not sympathetic.  Just because a character says a line of dialogue doesn't mean the entire movie shares the point of view.  Seems fair to me.  I feel like there have been dozens if not hundreds of movies over the years that spotlight the white POV, way of life, while demonizing minorities.  I really don't feel like this movie does that unfairly.  It demonizes those who deserve it, in this case, not an entire race unfairly.

The performances in this are top-notch.  Highly recommended.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 21, 2019, 12:24:05 PM
6. If Beale Street Could Talk - 9

Another outstanding Barry Jenkins film.  The opening 40 minutes or so was so well done, the living room scene was one of my favorite scenes I've seen in the past few years.
Man, that scene was so good.

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 21, 2019, 05:26:08 PM
Let's see if I can do this in 2019

1. Christmas Wedding Planner (Netflix)
2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Alamo Drafthouse)
3. They Shall Not Grow Old (Regal North Hills)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: notoriouspbake on January 21, 2019, 05:27:33 PM
a new year!
i have also been mining the movie thread for ideas. thanks to all of you!

1. mowgli - netflix; it was ok, found it difficult to get into it, probably because i grew up on the disney animated version. this is nothing like disney at all.
2. cargo - netflix; aussie zombie movie with martin freeman as the father trying to survive the "ghosts". interesting take on the zombie genre.
3. jurassic park - hbo; the dino's are still great. the plot holes get worse with age.
4. jurassic park 2 - hbo; recorded a bunch of movies during a free weekend. this was one of them. not sure why i watched it again.
5. jurassic park 3 - hbo; not a bad watch on a crappy, cold, and rainy morning.

6. thor: ragnarok - netflix; i liked the extra campiness and humor interjected through the story. goldblum was really good as the crazy leader. filled in some holes i had in the MCU. enjoyed.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 22, 2019, 06:54:40 AM
1. Shirkers (Netflix) - 9
2. Blockers - 6
3. Crazy Rich Asians - 8
4. First Reformed (Amazon Prime) - 5
5. Minding the Gap (Hulu) - 8
6. If Beale Street Could Talk - 9

7. Super Troopers - 6

If you watch a comedy that you know is going to be stupid, is it fair to criticize it for being stupid?  The age-old question.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 22, 2019, 08:09:20 AM
1. Shirkers (Netflix) - 9
2. Blockers - 6
3. Crazy Rich Asians - 8
4. First Reformed (Amazon Prime) - 5
5. Minding the Gap (Hulu) - 8
6. If Beale Street Could Talk - 9

7. Super Troopers - 6

If you watch a comedy that you know is going to be stupid, is it fair to criticize it for being stupid?  The age-old question.

You're stupid. It's a 10. ALL THE WAY.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 22, 2019, 08:49:27 AM
You're stupid. It's a 10. ALL THE WAY.

I probably would've thought so if I saw it when I was 26.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 22, 2019, 11:44:16 AM
Movies seen in 2019 (new movies in bold):
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Twister
3. Super Troopers 2
4. A Quiet Place
5. The Untouchables
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
7. Rabbit-Proof Fence

8. Shine
9. The Fugitive
10. The Firm


Saw The Fugitive when it came out, but I'm not sure if I've seen it since then. I had no idea what was going to happen other than the basic plot, and man oh man was that a fun, non-stop, thrill ride. Very impressive.

The Firm: that was fun I guess. I'm indifferent - it wasn't bad or really had any issues. I'm just not sure I cared, either?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 22, 2019, 03:17:18 PM
You know the other thing I forgot to mention about BEALE STREET was the score.  That was the best score I heard all year.  Really different and great.  I loved it, I would listen to an album of it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 22, 2019, 04:32:27 PM
You know the other thing I forgot to mention about BEALE STREET was the score.  That was the best score I heard all year.  Really different and great.  I loved it, I would listen to an album of it.
Totally agree! That long tracking shot of them walking with that score was divine.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 23, 2019, 06:49:47 AM
I did listen to the score yesterday.  And... it was the same 2-3 songs over and over with slightly different instrumentation.

But still good.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 23, 2019, 09:05:22 AM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
5. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - 01/15/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/va_vacious - A beautiful tragedy. After that family gathering scene, I'm ready to finally read some Baldwin.
6. FREE SOLO - 01/19/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Now that was a fun ride! I didn't get to see it in IMAX but still felt like it was a wonderful film experience.
7. GLASS - 01/20/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Gwynne and Beth - I fell asleep MULTIPLE times. Nothing about this movie seemed necessary or entertaining.
8. BUMBLEBEE - 01/22/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Probably the most enjoyable of all of the TRANSFORMERS movies, mostly because I didn't hear one mention of the "AllSpark". Also, Pamela Adlon in a TRANSFORMERS MOVIE???!!!! Fun tunes throughout.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 24, 2019, 08:31:02 AM
1. Shirkers (Netflix) - 9
2. Blockers - 6
3. Crazy Rich Asians - 8
4. First Reformed (Amazon Prime) - 5
5. Minding the Gap (Hulu) - 8
6. If Beale Street Could Talk - 9
7. Super Troopers - 6

8. Fyre (Netflix) - 8

I saw some blurbs around this the time it happened.  Turns out, it was even worse and crazier than I thought.  If you like seeing con men get busted, this is the movie for you.

9. Remastered: Massacre at the Stadium (Netflix) - 6

An hour long doc about the murder of Victor Jara during the coup in Chile in 1973.  Could've used a lot more context around what was going on in the country at the time and why Jara was dangerous to the regime.  I mean, I get it... but it seemed rushed.  Not long enough, which is not something I say very often.  And we spend too much time on the red herring of "who's responsible".  It matters to his family, sure, but at the end of the day it was a politically motivated killing at a time of great upheaval.  Would've been far better to spend more time on that and the culture and what it all meant at the time.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 24, 2019, 09:33:29 AM
8. Fyre (Netflix) - 8

I saw some blurbs around this the time it happened.  Turns out, it was even worse and crazier than I thought.  If you like seeing con men get busted, this is the movie for you.

Friends were telling me this weekend that the Hulu doc is even better, so you should check that out too if you can.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 24, 2019, 09:42:42 AM
8. Fyre (Netflix) - 8

I saw some blurbs around this the time it happened.  Turns out, it was even worse and crazier than I thought.  If you like seeing con men get busted, this is the movie for you.

Friends were telling me this weekend that the Hulu doc is even better, so you should check that out too if you can.

I understand this one was about what happened and the Hulu is more about the "Why"?  Plus the Hulu one has an interview with the mastermind.  He is a smirking piece of shit, so I'm not sure I could stomach it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 24, 2019, 08:56:52 PM
New to me movies in bold

1. Vice
2. The Man Who Knew Too Little
3. Michael Jackson’s This Is It
4. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
5. My Generation
6. Quincy
7. Root Cause
8. Swinging with the Finkels
9. That's Life!
Gave this old Julie Andrews and Jack Lemmon comedrama another whirl. A few killer lines but otherwise hadn't stood the test of time at all.
10. Bobby Robson: More than a Manager
Nicely done documentary about one of the finest football managers England has ever produced. As the title suggests he was a wonderful human being as well as being something of a master tactician and people motivator. But for Maradona's cheating "hand of god" moment he could well have propelled England to its second World Cup. I don't believe football managers of his kind exist anymore, the beautiful game having 'moved on'.
11. Drinking Buddles
My finger hesitated over the stop button for the entirety of this sub-par "relationships, who needs them" dramedy. The kind of film I promised myself I wouldn't waste time on this year. Still did. More fool me. I blame the inclusion of Anna Kendrick.
12. Fyre
13. Fyre Fraud
On a bad weather/flu'd up MLK Day, we decided to watch these back to back. Amazed that McFarland only got 6 years imprisonment, equally amazed that others around him got off scott free. (JaRule for one). Disappointed that I never got to see more entitled rich fucks - and those culpable fuckwitted 'influencers' - at the end of their tether and suffering great discomfort from the neanderthal surroundings they flew in to. The Netflix doc comes off better than the Hulu one, but they both have their interesting takes. I did not find out until afterwards that "Fyre" was actually put together by McFarland's associate social media mavens; "Fuck Jerry", which explains why he smells a little sweeter in it than in the Hulu doc, where he is interviewed and comes across as THE smarmiest son-of-a-cunt whose face you want to punch with all your might. This whole story falls into the category of "more money than sense" and I have so little sympathy for those taken in by the promises. Except the local Bahamians who, it seems, did all the on-site hard work and got royally shafted. If I was one of them I'd be raising money for McFarland to suffer "a little accident" when he eventually gets released from jail.
14. Springsteen on Broadway
I'm glad for the opportunity to see this, so thank you Netflix. A few friends saw it live and came back raving. I know Bruce performed this for many months and he should be admired for that. However, I found it a little 'lacking' in soul. The between-songs banter - a highlight in his regular live gigs - felt incredibly forced here and, at times, he looks suspiciously like he is reading it all via autocue and there's zero spontaneity as a result. Some nice versions of very well known songs and deep cuts from albums I love. Maybe the fact that I can 'see' him 'reading' put me off, so I have ordered the audio set from the library to walk around with to find out if it then feels more 'natural'.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2019, 11:26:22 AM
Movies seen in 2019 (new movies in bold):
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Twister
3. Super Troopers 2
4. A Quiet Place
5. The Untouchables
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
7. Rabbit-Proof Fence

8. Shine
9. The Fugitive
10. The Firm
11. Meru


Meru is a documentary about climbing Mt. Meru in the Himalayas. I watched it because I'm strangely fascinated by mountaineering lately, and also because this was done by the same people who did Free Solo and so I figured it would be quality. It's not as good as Free Solo but it's fascinating nonetheless!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: va-vacious on January 28, 2019, 12:12:21 AM
Off to a slow start this year, but I'm sure I'll catch up.

1. John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City Music Hall- needed something light after Infinity War!
2. Vice  Bale was good, but it was definitely pandering to a specific audience. Also, I thought I'd need heart surgery after all of it!
3. Crazy Rich Asians- needs more Awkwafina.
4. if Beale Street Could Talk really incredible, and should have been nominated for best picture.
5. Fyre Fraud
6. Justice League well, this was not a good movie, and having the stand alones for Wonder Woman and Aquaman come out after this was a bad plan.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 28, 2019, 08:40:11 AM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
5. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - 01/15/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/va_vacious - A beautiful tragedy. After that family gathering scene, I'm ready to finally read some Baldwin.
6. FREE SOLO - 01/19/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Now that was a fun ride! I didn't get to see it in IMAX but still felt like it was a wonderful film experience.
7. GLASS - 01/20/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Gwynne and Beth - I fell asleep MULTIPLE times. Nothing about this movie seemed necessary or entertaining.
8. BUMBLEBEE - 01/22/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Probably the most enjoyable of all of the TRANSFORMERS movies, mostly because I didn't hear one mention of the "AllSpark". Also, Pamela Adlon in a TRANSFORMERS MOVIE???!!!! Fun tunes throughout.
9. EIGHTH GRADE - 01/26/19 - Amazon Prime - In 8th grade, my best friend quit being friends with me because I wasn't cool enough. I wrote her a poem to try and tell her how much it hurt me and she basically laughed in my face. It was the most devastating break-up of my life. So, yeah. 8th grade sucked. I totally get all of the emotions in this movie. Bonus, that banana scene had me crying with laughter.
10. TULLY - 01/27/19 - HBO - Hug a mom. They probably need it. Diablo Cody's writing doesn't disappoint.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2019, 10:44:46 AM
Movies seen in 2019 (new movies in bold):
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Twister
3. Super Troopers 2
4. A Quiet Place
5. The Untouchables
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
7. Rabbit-Proof Fence

8. Shine
9. The Fugitive
10. The Firm
11. Meru

12. What We Do In The Shadows
13. The Godfather


WWDITS:
"Should we kill them?"
"Let's wait and see if they have any other safety tips first."


The Godfather:
"I CAN'T BE MADE TO LOOK RIDICULOUS!"
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 28, 2019, 11:08:13 AM
The Godfather:
"I CAN'T BE MADE TO LOOK RIDICULOUS!"
I was watching THE GODFATHER with The Greg last night, getting mad at him for getting me sucked into a basic cable version that had commercials.
But, it was worth it when I heard him yell from the living room, "AMC SHOWS BOOBIES?!!!?!?"
Me: "Apollonia's boobies???"
Him: "YES!"
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2019, 12:49:39 PM
That actress was born in 1954. The film came out in 1972.

You can do the math.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 28, 2019, 01:42:58 PM
That actress was born in 1954. The film came out in 1972.

You can do the math.

Do we have to start doing retro booby age calculations now?
Does it count if I was a minor when I first saw them?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2019, 05:07:29 PM
I mean, it's a heck of a scene! I was excited to see it happen, but then I'm always excited to see that happen.
If you think about it, the scene kinda throws you off, though, as there's nothing else in that film with nudity or even sexual elements. It's like someone gave a note to include something sexy and that's what they came up with.

I thought maybe they were trying to point out that Apollonia had never been with anyone prior so it was her first time so there would be a conflict or a point or some sort of issue. But then they cut away and then she blows up a few scenes later. It's like...what was the point of that awkward moment, you know?
(Not complaining, just wondering...)
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 28, 2019, 09:16:26 PM
The whole side trip to Italy thing doesn’t really work.

I think the idea is supposed to be that Michael is not really all the way in.  He just did what he did prior to that for the family.  But then seeing the culture and history and all the violence awakens the mafioso in him and he comes back ready to kick ass.

Except we never really get that sense, because we never see Michael wrestling with his feelings before, during, or after that trip.  The half an hour is just Michael wandering around with his buddies.  He comes back and Kay is his wife and it’s like nothing happened.  It was just a little vacation for him.

It’s done a bit better in the book, but it still a bit huh?

The thing is, in the books, Michael’s trip is the tie in to The Sicilian.  And The Sicilian IMO, is an incredible book that is even better than the Godfather.  So that Italy trip loose end gets tied up in The Sicilian where it is a crucial part of the plot.  And what happens in The Sicilian also explains a great deal about Michael.  And Vito.  It’s basically his first lesson in being a Godfather.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on January 28, 2019, 10:50:23 PM

4. if Beale Street Could Talk really incredible, and should have been nominated for best picture.

It was ok, but no more than that. Does it not trouble you that not a single white person, not one, is portrayed as not being a racist? (Same as in The Hate U Give")

It didn't deserve an Oscar nomination.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 29, 2019, 08:29:41 AM

4. if Beale Street Could Talk really incredible, and should have been nominated for best picture.

It was ok, but no more than that. Does it not trouble you that not a single white person, not one, is portrayed as not being a racist? (Same as in The Hate U Give")


What about the Dave Franco character who is going to lease them the studio?
What about the shop owner who sticks up for them as repeat customers when they get harassed by the cop?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 29, 2019, 09:10:43 AM

4. if Beale Street Could Talk really incredible, and should have been nominated for best picture.

It was ok, but no more than that. Does it not trouble you that not a single white person, not one, is portrayed as not being a racist? (Same as in The Hate U Give")

It didn't deserve an Oscar nomination.

Who gives a shit if not a single white person was portrayed as not being a racist?  This movie is not about white people.  It's not for white people.  If you want that, might I point you to something like half a million other films in existence that should tide you over.  I addressed this in an earlier post, also, that your point is wrong in any event.

And this absolutely deserved to be nominated over the whitewashing of GREEN BOOK (which to be fair, I haven't yet seen) or the horrendously manipulative BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 29, 2019, 09:15:08 AM

Who gives a shit if not a single white person was portrayed as not being a racist?  This movie is not about white people.  It's not for white people.  If you want that, might I point you to something like half a million other films in existence that should tide you over.  I addressed this in an earlier post, also, that your point is wrong in any event.


You fixed my post for me.

PRAISE HANDS!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 29, 2019, 04:22:52 PM
I mean, I think a criticism of a movie where all the white people are racist can valid.  Just like when people say all the women just talk about men and relationships, or if all the black people are gangsters.  If the movie is set in modern times, and is supposed to be a somewhat realistic depiction of events or whatever, that's bad.

But how can you not take into account that this is a work of fiction, and the historical and cultural context within which it was written?  In 1974, most white people WERE racist compared to today.  And even if all white people weren't, it's not at all unlikely that in a certain area and given situation, the vast majority of white people a black character might encounter would be.  And addressing social inequalities like racism is the GODDAMN POINT OF THE BOOK.  James Baldwin can't very well get his message across if everyone in the book is just like totally cool and there is no injustice.

At some point, it's like complaining that everyone in the Godfather is an Italian gangster.  Or why are all the black people in Roots slaves?

People who are certain races and behaving certain ways is fine when it is integral to the story.  There's no reason why every superhero has to be white.  There's no reason why female characters can't talk about something other than men or relationships.  If the movie is about a bunch of shallow women, then maybe it's appropriate.  But if it's not, there's no inherent reason why every woman should be shallow.  THAT'S when stereotyping is a problem.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on January 29, 2019, 10:54:10 PM
As a counterpoint, has anyone seen last year's impressive "Monsters and Men" starring John Washington (son of Danzel, by the way)? It's another movie that makes the same point about race relations like "If Beale Street Could Talk" and "The Hate U Give", but in such a better way.

And I stand by my point that it is not OK to generalize all white people as being racists, which Beale Street and The Hate U Give pretty much do, even if these movies are not intended for me, but targeted to African-American audiences.

As to ZK's point that Beale Street is a movie adaptation of a 1974 book (which I knew), that still doesn't make it right. Yes, racism was rampant then, but not universal, which the film portrays it to be (I have not read the book).
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 30, 2019, 08:37:50 AM
As a counterpoint, has anyone seen last year's impressive "Monsters and Men" starring John Washington (son of Danzel, by the way)? It's another movie that makes the same point about race relations like "If Beale Street Could Talk" and "The Hate U Give", but in such a better way.

And I stand by my point that it is not OK to generalize all white people as being racists, which Beale Street and The Hate U Give pretty much do, even if these movies are not intended for me, but targeted to African-American audiences.

As to ZK's point that Beale Street is a movie adaptation of a 1974 book (which I knew), that still doesn't make it right. Yes, racism was rampant then, but not universal, which the film portrays it to be (I have not read the book).

No it fucking doesn't portray all white people as racists.  One character does literally say "all white people are racist", but that is not depicted in the film.  There are a couple of evil white characters and some that are just normal people.  And as ZK says, it is an adaptation of a book that is largely about social injustice, so what do you want.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 30, 2019, 09:34:10 AM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
5. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - 01/15/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/va_vacious - A beautiful tragedy. After that family gathering scene, I'm ready to finally read some Baldwin.
6. FREE SOLO - 01/19/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Now that was a fun ride! I didn't get to see it in IMAX but still felt like it was a wonderful film experience.
7. GLASS - 01/20/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Gwynne and Beth - I fell asleep MULTIPLE times. Nothing about this movie seemed necessary or entertaining.
8. BUMBLEBEE - 01/22/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Probably the most enjoyable of all of the TRANSFORMERS movies, mostly because I didn't hear one mention of the "AllSpark". Also, Pamela Adlon in a TRANSFORMERS MOVIE???!!!! Fun tunes throughout.
9. EIGHTH GRADE - 01/26/19 - Amazon Prime - In 8th grade, my best friend quit being friends with me because I wasn't cool enough. I wrote her a poem to try and tell her how much it hurt me and she basically laughed in my face. It was the most devastating break-up of my life. So, yeah. 8th grade sucked. I totally get all of the emotions in this movie. Bonus, that banana scene had me crying with laughter.
10. TULLY - 01/27/19 - HBO - Hug a mom. They probably need it. Diablo Cody's writing doesn't disappoint.
11. LEAVE NO TRACE - 01/29/19 - Amazon Prime - The actress who plays Tom should win ALL THE THINGS.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 30, 2019, 09:46:44 AM
1. Shirkers (Netflix) - 9
2. Blockers - 6
3. Crazy Rich Asians - 8
4. First Reformed (Amazon Prime) - 5
5. Minding the Gap (Hulu) - 8
6. If Beale Street Could Talk - 9
7. Super Troopers - 6
8. Fyre (Netflix) - 8
9. Remastered: Massacre at the Stadium (Netflix) - 6

10. Wayne's World

Ed O'Neill is the guy behind the counter at the donut shop.  A new discovery.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 30, 2019, 11:07:27 AM
1. Shirkers (Netflix) - 9
2. Blockers - 6
3. Crazy Rich Asians - 8
4. First Reformed (Amazon Prime) - 5
5. Minding the Gap (Hulu) - 8
6. If Beale Street Could Talk - 9
7. Super Troopers - 6
8. Fyre (Netflix) - 8
9. Remastered: Massacre at the Stadium (Netflix) - 6

10. Wayne's World

Ed O'Neill is the guy behind the counter at the donut shop.  A new discovery.
YES!
I need to re-watch this one and see if every line still just pours outta me.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 30, 2019, 11:53:03 AM
Was it Kierkegaard or Dick Van Patten who said "If you label me, you negate me"?
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on January 30, 2019, 10:45:11 PM
As a counterpoint, has anyone seen last year's impressive "Monsters and Men" starring John Washington (son of Danzel, by the way)? It's another movie that makes the same point about race relations like "If Beale Street Could Talk" and "The Hate U Give", but in such a better way.

And I stand by my point that it is not OK to generalize all white people as being racists, which Beale Street and The Hate U Give pretty much do, even if these movies are not intended for me, but targeted to African-American audiences.

As to ZK's point that Beale Street is a movie adaptation of a 1974 book (which I knew), that still doesn't make it right. Yes, racism was rampant then, but not universal, which the film portrays it to be (I have not read the book).

No it fucking doesn't portray all white people as racists.  One character does literally say "all white people are racist", but that is not depicted in the film.  There are a couple of evil white characters and some that are just normal people.  And as ZK says, it is an adaptation of a book that is largely about social injustice, so what do you want.
We can respectfully agree to disagree.

I would invite/encourage you to see Monsters and Men, and see how that is played out in that movie, as opposed to Beale Street and The Hate U Give, and then let's talk further.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 31, 2019, 12:48:41 PM
Movies seen in 2019 (new movies in bold):
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Twister
3. Super Troopers 2
4. A Quiet Place
5. The Untouchables
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
7. Rabbit-Proof Fence

8. Shine
9. The Fugitive
10. The Firm
11. Meru

12. What We Do In The Shadows
13. The Godfather
14. The Incredibles 2
15. Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit


Incredibles 2: I think the first movie is a better and more complete movie but this one probably had better gags and jokes. We certainly enjoyed ourselves. Lando (or whoever said it on this website) was right... Jack Jack certainly steals the movie, along with Edna.

Catwalk: Netflix doc about people who take their cats to cat shows in Canada. It's as bonkers and ridiculous as you imagine. They are all bonkers!
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 31, 2019, 12:52:16 PM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
5. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - 01/15/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/va_vacious - A beautiful tragedy. After that family gathering scene, I'm ready to finally read some Baldwin.
6. FREE SOLO - 01/19/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Now that was a fun ride! I didn't get to see it in IMAX but still felt like it was a wonderful film experience.
7. GLASS - 01/20/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Gwynne and Beth - I fell asleep MULTIPLE times. Nothing about this movie seemed necessary or entertaining.
8. BUMBLEBEE - 01/22/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Probably the most enjoyable of all of the TRANSFORMERS movies, mostly because I didn't hear one mention of the "AllSpark". Also, Pamela Adlon in a TRANSFORMERS MOVIE???!!!! Fun tunes throughout.
9. EIGHTH GRADE - 01/26/19 - Amazon Prime - In 8th grade, my best friend quit being friends with me because I wasn't cool enough. I wrote her a poem to try and tell her how much it hurt me and she basically laughed in my face. It was the most devastating break-up of my life. So, yeah. 8th grade sucked. I totally get all of the emotions in this movie. Bonus, that banana scene had me crying with laughter.
10. TULLY - 01/27/19 - HBO - Hug a mom. They probably need it. Diablo Cody's writing doesn't disappoint.
11. LEAVE NO TRACE - 01/29/19 - Amazon Prime - The actress who plays Tom should win ALL THE THINGS.
12. CHiPs - 01/30/19 - HBO - Yes, it's very dumb. But, I find Dax Shepard and Michael Peña to be very charismatic. So, I was willing to take the ride with them for some crazy car and motorcycle chases and dick jokes.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 01, 2019, 12:00:29 PM
New to me movies in bold

1. Vice
2. The Man Who Knew Too Little
3. Michael Jackson’s This Is It
4. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
5. My Generation
6. Quincy
7. Root Cause
8. Swinging with the Finkels
9. That's Life!
10. Bobby Robson: More than a Manager
11. Drinking Buddles
12. Fyre
13. Fyre Fraud
14. Springsteen on Broadway
ADDING
15. Absinthe: A Documentary
No prizes for guessing what this was about. There _is_ new absinthe, but it’s not old absinthe. Still tasty if you can find a bar who wants to serve it properly
16. The Old Man and the Gun
We watched this more for “Cincinnati-spotting” than anything else (amusing to see Newpert’s Pepper Poo/Pod in one scene). It’s a slow burner that never gets fully alight. And the final 15 minutes were exceptionally preposterous.
17. The Ipcress File
18. Funeral in Berlin
19. Billion Dollar Brain
Inspired after reading Michael Caine’s latest autobiog, I thought I’d reacquaint myself with his “Harry Palmer” output. The first two are excellently done, showcasing exactly how he became a movie star. The final one took a wrong turn and was an overblown piece of nonsense misdirected by Ken Russell.
20. Airborne
Looks like the library got new copies of this Cincy-centric thought-free teens-on-rollerblades “classic” back in, as I’ve been trying order it for a while. Ridiculous numbers of scenes where I knew the location, the final ‘downhill’ race pieced together from all over and around the city. Lots in Newport too, including gratuitous use of “Pompilios” and one scene that was oh so very close to our old home in the East Row. Awful movie, awful acting, awful premise but good fun for place spotting. I will probably watch it again. ‘Cos.
21. Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit
As Dan has already said, this full of some very crazy people, including one who is so transparently duplicitous about her rivalry with a fellow cat fancier, it’s ridiculous.
22. The Wrong Arm of the Law
Vintage Peter Sellers comedy/farce about competing sets of villains. Classic British fare.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on February 01, 2019, 12:38:34 PM
20. Airborne
Looks like the library got new copies of this Cincy-centric thought-free teens-on-rollerblades “classic” back in, as I’ve been trying order it for a while. Ridiculous numbers of scenes where I knew the location, the final ‘downhill’ race pieced together from all over and around the city. Lots in Newport too, including gratuitous use of “Pompilios” and one scene that was oh so very close to our old home in the East Row. Awful movie, awful acting, awful premise but good fun for place spotting. I will probably watch it again. ‘Cos.
They filmed this my freshman year of college and used a lot of people from my high school drama club for the ice hockey stuff. So, I missed out on being an extra in the film. It's fun to watch and see a TON of my friends, including my best friend in her early 90s hair glory.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: trixi on February 03, 2019, 12:09:19 AM
1.  Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
2.  Blackkklansman
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on February 04, 2019, 10:18:36 AM
Movies seen in 2019 (new movies in bold):
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Twister
3. Super Troopers 2
4. A Quiet Place
5. The Untouchables
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
7. Rabbit-Proof Fence

8. Shine
9. The Fugitive
10. The Firm
11. Meru

12. What We Do In The Shadows
13. The Godfather
14. The Incredibles 2
15. Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit

16. Avengers: Infinity War


The best parts of this movie are
-large, varied cast
-jokes
-superheroes actually die*

*Except...do they?!?!? They are superheroes, so no, they don't.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on February 04, 2019, 01:30:51 PM
1. Vice (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Bumblebee (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
3. Escape Room (Kenwood Theater)
4. King In the Wilderness (HBO on Demand)
5. On The Basis of Sex (Mariemont Theater)
6. If Beale Street Could Talk (Esquire Theater)
7. Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher (HBO on Demand)

Updating the last 3 weeks:

8. Beware Slenderman (HBO on Demand)
9. If You're Not in the Obits, Eat Breakfast (HBO on Demand)
10. Shoplifters (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Rain Man (EPIX)
12. Rock and a Hard Place (HBO on Demand)
13. Cold War (Esquire Theater)
14. They Shall Not Grow Old 3D (Cinemark Oakley)
15. Stan & Ollie (Mariemont Theater)

Shoplifters (South Korea) and Cold War (Poland) are both nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and both very much worth seeking out in any way, shape or form that you can. Cold War is from Pawel Pawlikowski, the same guy who won the Oscar a few years ago for Ida. Cold War also got Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Cinematography (for that glorious B&W).  But given that they all compete against Roma (Mexico, with 10  Oscar nominations), I doubt they can beat out Roma. The remaining 2 Oscar-nominated foreign language movies (Lebanon's Capernaum and Germany's Never Look Away will make it to the Esquire shortly (I already saw the trailers there). This could well be the best crop of Foreign Language Movie Oscar nominations in years!

They Shall Not Grow Old is a riveting documentary by Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson on WWI. The film makers restored 100 year old footage into see-it-to-believe-it glorious full-color 3D footage. No details is too small for Jackson, who (in the bonus "making of" segment) comments that in order to make sure the color of the grass was accurate, he himself flew out to tour the sites in France and Belgium and took "thousands of pictures". How this film did not get an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary is a crime.

Stan & Ollie is a better-than-expected biopic of Laurel & Hardy, starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the spot-on Stan & Ollie.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on February 04, 2019, 02:59:31 PM
1. Shirkers (Netflix) - 9
2. Blockers - 6
3. Crazy Rich Asians - 8
4. First Reformed (Amazon Prime) - 5
5. Minding the Gap (Hulu) - 8
6. If Beale Street Could Talk - 9
7. Super Troopers - 6
8. Fyre (Netflix) - 8
9. Remastered: Massacre at the Stadium (Netflix) - 6
10. Wayne's World

11. They Shall Not Grow Old - 8

Stunning restored footage.  Suffers a bit from lack of footage in certain areas, like combat.  Not that I really needed to see it, I guess, as it would've just made it more depressing.

If you're at all interested in WWI, I highly encourage you to listen to Hardcore History podcast series on WWI, that goes in great detail about the living conditions in the WWI trenches, which is visually represented here.  Rough stuff.  20 years later, this sort of warfare was obsolete.  20 years earlier, this sort of warfare was not possible.  It was hard to see men who literally stepped off a boat and into a world of total shit, and in some cases, nearly instant and unavoidable death.

12. The Favourite - 8

Best Lanthimos film, I think, though I do still have a soft spot for DOGTOOTH.  He ditches a bit of the weirdness here in favor of period authenticity and study.  Olivia Colman is the source of much of the film's humor, but all 3 of the main performances are outstanding.

13. Abducted in Plain Sight (Netflix) - 7

This was kind of a trashy Lifetime-y doc about a girl whose parents are blinded by some guy's charisma, and basically let her be abducted and engage in a long term relationship with a total predator.  I say trashy, but you are reminded at every turn that this was her life, and she does not flinch from taking part in this doc and neither do the parents... I'm glad they have some clearness of vision now... but it's about 40 years too late.

Side note, the predator's brother takes part in this thing.  And some could say he was just as responsible.  I believe one line he has in there was "young girls were his thing".  NO, fucker.  You don't get to brush it off.  You could've put a stop to it, and you didn't.  Dick.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on February 05, 2019, 09:19:51 AM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
5. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - 01/15/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/va_vacious - A beautiful tragedy. After that family gathering scene, I'm ready to finally read some Baldwin.
6. FREE SOLO - 01/19/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Now that was a fun ride! I didn't get to see it in IMAX but still felt like it was a wonderful film experience.
7. GLASS - 01/20/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Gwynne and Beth - I fell asleep MULTIPLE times. Nothing about this movie seemed necessary or entertaining.
8. BUMBLEBEE - 01/22/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Probably the most enjoyable of all of the TRANSFORMERS movies, mostly because I didn't hear one mention of the "AllSpark". Also, Pamela Adlon in a TRANSFORMERS MOVIE???!!!! Fun tunes throughout.
9. EIGHTH GRADE - 01/26/19 - Amazon Prime - In 8th grade, my best friend quit being friends with me because I wasn't cool enough. I wrote her a poem to try and tell her how much it hurt me and she basically laughed in my face. It was the most devastating break-up of my life. So, yeah. 8th grade sucked. I totally get all of the emotions in this movie. Bonus, that banana scene had me crying with laughter.
10. TULLY - 01/27/19 - HBO - Hug a mom. They probably need it. Diablo Cody's writing doesn't disappoint.
11. LEAVE NO TRACE - 01/29/19 - Amazon Prime - The actress who plays Tom should win ALL THE THINGS.
12. CHiPs - 01/30/19 - HBO - Yes, it's very dumb. But, I find Dax Shepard and Michael Peña to be very charismatic. So, I was willing to take the ride with them for some crazy car and motorcycle chases and dick jokes.
13. FIRST REFORMED - 02/02/19 - Amazon Prime - I'm not totally sure for whom this movie was intended. It had some beautifuly cinematic moments towards the end and Ethan Hawke does act the fuck out of it (as noted by Butter). But, it isn't something that I would watch again.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Chris on February 06, 2019, 07:59:47 PM
Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix) - Uhhhh...  ???  :-\  >:(  ???  ???  ???

Yeah, that's about right.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: va-vacious on February 09, 2019, 10:20:36 PM
Off to a slow start this year, but I'm sure I'll catch up.

1. John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City Music Hall- needed something light after Infinity War!
2. Vice  Bale was good, but it was definitely pandering to a specific audience. Also, I thought I'd need heart surgery after all of it!
3. Crazy Rich Asians- needs more Awkwafina.
4. if Beale Street Could Talk really incredible, and should have been nominated for best picture.
5. Fyre Fraud
6. Justice League well, this was not a good movie, and having the stand alones for Wonder Woman and Aquaman come out after this was a bad plan.

7. They Shall Not Grow Old- impressive technical feat. Incredible to see and hear these men who have been gone for so long.
8. Paris is Burning A still-relevant documentary of drag balls in New York in the 1980s.
9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before- still sweet
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on February 11, 2019, 09:59:12 AM
Movies seen in 2019 (new movies in bold):
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Twister
3. Super Troopers 2
4. A Quiet Place
5. The Untouchables
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
7. Rabbit-Proof Fence

8. Shine
9. The Fugitive
10. The Firm
11. Meru

12. What We Do In The Shadows
13. The Godfather
14. The Incredibles 2
15. Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit

16. Avengers: Infinity War
17. Rampage
18. Four Weddings and Funeral
19. High Flying Bird
20. The Old Man and the Gun
21. The Pelican Brief


Rampage: the Rock has perfected his own genre. San Andreas, Skycraper (which I haven't seen), Rampage, and I'm sure there are a few more. All basically the same movie, all very likable. The science is obviously flawed in a hundred ways, but the movie is pleasant enough.

4 Weddings: I thought I hadn't seen this, but then I kind of knew what was going to happen, so clearly it was buried deep in my memory. I looked it up...and it was in late 2014.

High Flying Bird: I thought I'd like this more than I did. It's the new Steven Soderbergh film on Netflix about "the game behind the game" of basketball. It was... fine.

The Old Man and the Gun: When I become a movie adviser I'm going to point out that pedestrian ramps with contrasting colored tactile warning strips did not existing in 1980. They need better shot selection! Otherwise, it was fine.

The Pelican Brief: this was not brief and did not have pelicans in it. Very disappointing!
Sidenote: holy smokes was Cynthia Nixon adorable in her two or three scenes. I had no idea that the lady I'd voted for in governor primary had been that adorable once upon a time.


Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on February 11, 2019, 01:34:49 PM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
5. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - 01/15/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/va_vacious - A beautiful tragedy. After that family gathering scene, I'm ready to finally read some Baldwin.
6. FREE SOLO - 01/19/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Now that was a fun ride! I didn't get to see it in IMAX but still felt like it was a wonderful film experience.
7. GLASS - 01/20/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Gwynne and Beth - I fell asleep MULTIPLE times. Nothing about this movie seemed necessary or entertaining.
8. BUMBLEBEE - 01/22/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Probably the most enjoyable of all of the TRANSFORMERS movies, mostly because I didn't hear one mention of the "AllSpark". Also, Pamela Adlon in a TRANSFORMERS MOVIE???!!!! Fun tunes throughout.
9. EIGHTH GRADE - 01/26/19 - Amazon Prime - In 8th grade, my best friend quit being friends with me because I wasn't cool enough. I wrote her a poem to try and tell her how much it hurt me and she basically laughed in my face. It was the most devastating break-up of my life. So, yeah. 8th grade sucked. I totally get all of the emotions in this movie. Bonus, that banana scene had me crying with laughter.
10. TULLY - 01/27/19 - HBO - Hug a mom. They probably need it. Diablo Cody's writing doesn't disappoint.
11. LEAVE NO TRACE - 01/29/19 - Amazon Prime - The actress who plays Tom should win ALL THE THINGS.
12. CHiPs - 01/30/19 - HBO - Yes, it's very dumb. But, I find Dax Shepard and Michael Peña to be very charismatic. So, I was willing to take the ride with them for some crazy car and motorcycle chases and dick jokes.
13. FIRST REFORMED - 02/02/19 - Amazon Prime - I'm not totally sure for whom this movie was intended. It had some beautifuly cinematic moments towards the end and Ethan Hawke does act the fuck out of it (as noted by Butter). But, it isn't something that I would watch again.
14. PULP FICTION - 02/07/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Three Little Fonzies.
15. ROMA - 02/10/19 - Netflix - Having lived in a middle-class home on the outskirts of Mexico City in the 90s, I can definitely confirm that this movie moved me and made me miss so many things about that city and country. Cleo's "moment" on the beach made me sob and I really appreciated the beauty of how the film was shot. But, the rest of the movie really left me cold except for my own nostalgia.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: trixi on February 11, 2019, 09:19:20 PM
1.  Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
2.  Blackkklansman
3.  Christopher Robin
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on February 15, 2019, 08:24:17 AM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
5. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - 01/15/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/va_vacious - A beautiful tragedy. After that family gathering scene, I'm ready to finally read some Baldwin.
6. FREE SOLO - 01/19/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Now that was a fun ride! I didn't get to see it in IMAX but still felt like it was a wonderful film experience.
7. GLASS - 01/20/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Gwynne and Beth - I fell asleep MULTIPLE times. Nothing about this movie seemed necessary or entertaining.
8. BUMBLEBEE - 01/22/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Probably the most enjoyable of all of the TRANSFORMERS movies, mostly because I didn't hear one mention of the "AllSpark". Also, Pamela Adlon in a TRANSFORMERS MOVIE???!!!! Fun tunes throughout.
9. EIGHTH GRADE - 01/26/19 - Amazon Prime - In 8th grade, my best friend quit being friends with me because I wasn't cool enough. I wrote her a poem to try and tell her how much it hurt me and she basically laughed in my face. It was the most devastating break-up of my life. So, yeah. 8th grade sucked. I totally get all of the emotions in this movie. Bonus, that banana scene had me crying with laughter.
10. TULLY - 01/27/19 - HBO - Hug a mom. They probably need it. Diablo Cody's writing doesn't disappoint.
11. LEAVE NO TRACE - 01/29/19 - Amazon Prime - The actress who plays Tom should win ALL THE THINGS.
12. CHiPs - 01/30/19 - HBO - Yes, it's very dumb. But, I find Dax Shepard and Michael Peña to be very charismatic. So, I was willing to take the ride with them for some crazy car and motorcycle chases and dick jokes.
13. FIRST REFORMED - 02/02/19 - Amazon Prime - I'm not totally sure for whom this movie was intended. It had some beautifuly cinematic moments towards the end and Ethan Hawke does act the fuck out of it (as noted by Butter). But, it isn't something that I would watch again.
14. PULP FICTION - 02/07/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Three Little Fonzies.
15. ROMA - 02/10/19 - Netflix - Having lived in a middle-class home on the outskirts of Mexico City in the 90s, I can definitely confirm that this movie moved me and made me miss so many things about that city and country. Cleo's "moment" on the beach made me sob and I really appreciated the beauty of how the film was shot. But, the rest of the movie really left me cold except for my own nostalgia.
16. TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE - 02/14/19 - Netflix - repeat viewing - The Greg was out of town so I picked PeterKavinsky (one word) to be my valentine.

From a list of Linda Holmes' 50 favorite things from 2018:
"Peter Kavinsky's selfie. The Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's YA romance To All The Boys I've Loved Before was a hit, not to mention a real boon to lovers of romantic comedy in general. And while its final scene is swoonworthy and its adorable flirtations are many, none stayed with me quite like Peter (Noah Centineo) taking a selfie for Lara Jean (Lana Condor) to use as the background on her phone. Gently and confidently funny (only because you know it's supposed to be funny), it's one of the moments that make it believable that Peter is very, very excited about Lara Jean."
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on February 15, 2019, 12:52:56 PM
From a list of Linda Holmes' 50 favorite things from 2018:
"Peter Kavinsky's selfie. The Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's YA romance To All The Boys I've Loved Before was a hit, not to mention a real boon to lovers of romantic comedy in general. And while its final scene is swoonworthy and its adorable flirtations are many, none stayed with me quite like Peter (Noah Centineo) taking a selfie for Lara Jean (Lana Condor) to use as the background on her phone. Gently and confidently funny (only because you know it's supposed to be funny), it's one of the moments that make it believable that Peter is very, very excited about Lara Jean."

My beloved is my screensaver, and I am his.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 15, 2019, 02:44:50 PM
High Flying Bird: I thought I'd like this more than I did. It's the new Steven Soderbergh film on Netflix about "the game behind the game" of basketball. It was... fine.

Replace "fine" with "barely mediocre" and I'm in complete agreement.  And I felt like honestly Soderbergh was the problem.  The screenplay sucks, the iPhone filming didn't move me one way or the other, and the film is only redeemed by some excellent acting.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on February 15, 2019, 09:17:14 PM
Yup. I wouldn't debate a single word you said. I found the general plot lines to be ... fine. Or in your words, barely mediocre. That was the issue to me.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on February 16, 2019, 11:09:49 PM
15. ROMA - 02/10/19 - Netflix - Having lived in a middle-class home on the outskirts of Mexico City in the 90s, I can definitely confirm that this movie moved me and made me miss so many things about that city and country. Cleo's "moment" on the beach made me sob and I really appreciated the beauty of how the film was shot. But, the rest of the movie really left me cold except for my own nostalgia.

I had no idea you lived in Mexico City 20 years ago! Would love to hear about that!

That said, I can't understand your comment that "the rest of the movie left me cold except for my own nostalgia"...

As I think you know, it is the best movie for me from 2018. Has gathered 10 Oscar nominations, and I hope it wins them all....
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 18, 2019, 10:53:37 PM
New to me movies in bold

1. Vice
2. The Man Who Knew Too Little
3. Michael Jackson’s This Is It
4. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
5. My Generation
6. Quincy
7. Root Cause
8. Swinging with the Finkels
9. That's Life!
10. Bobby Robson: More than a Manager
11. Drinking Buddles
12. Fyre
13. Fyre Fraud
14. Springsteen on Broadway
15. Absinthe: A Documentary
16. The Old Man and the Gun
17. The Ipcress File
18. Funeral in Berlin
19. Billion Dollar Brain
20. Airborne
21. Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit
22. The Wrong Arm of the Law
ADDING
23 Bros: After the Screaming Stops
Bros (pronounced bross, not bro’s) were a late 80’s UK pop phenom. Twin brothers Matt & Luke Goss, who had half the country’s young ladies creaming their undercrackers. Then they fell out. Then they got back together. Then they split up. Now almost three decades later they reformed to play a one-off gig at the 02 in London. But first they had to get back together, try and talk and then rehearse. This is one of THE most unintentionally funny music documentaries ever made. The twins bicker and argue and spout ridiculous platitudes and snarky words at one another without ever being self-conscious about how FUCKING stupid they’re coming across.
24. Can I Be Your Neighbor?
As an “import” I knew nothing about Fred Rogers. This was not an American icon that was ever shown in the UK. That “homely” nature of his would have been treated - rightly or wrongly - with a mix of disdain and incredulity by British children, doubtless considered too ‘sickly sweet’ and perhaps a little bit creepy. I realise I’ve lost a fair few of you with that remark and I don’t wish to diss him - or his neighbo(u)rhood- in any way, shape or form. This doc informed me his heart was in the right place, his commitment to entertaining children ‘the right way’ palpable. I see all that, but as they say on Shark Tank, and for the reason I never grew up with this peculiar character, “I’m out”

Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on February 19, 2019, 01:27:33 PM
Haven't seen the film, but as a child I recall loving his show because I loved it when they cut to that puppet world he had going.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 19, 2019, 02:11:13 PM
I thought Mr. Rogers sucked.  It was boring.

TBF, I hated pretty much all children's shows.  My parents said when I was three I used to enjoy Romper Room.  I liked the occasional songs/skits on Sesame Street and Electric Company, but they were mostly the ones that were kind of for adults.  Like, I loved when they had beetles singing "Letter B" to the tune of "Let It Be."

Part of it is that US families are so lazy about educating their kids.  When I was five, I could multiply and by seven, I was reading young adult books.  So I wasn't that much interested in watching people laboriously counting to 10.

I mean, that wasn't even crazy Asian parent shit.  That came later.  Like, I pretty much was trying to read and do math on my own so my mom just sat me down and sort of taught me how to do it.  It was fun.  I don't remember ever struggling with it.  My mom said basically it took a few afternoons and she's never really had sat down and taught me anything since. 

The whole concept of trying to learn basic skills from TV shows strikes me as really stupid.  I think Mr. Rogers is more interesting as a show because it focused more on lifelong values stuff, like you could learn some interesting facts and there was lots of ethics/morality.  It was just so boring is all.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on February 19, 2019, 10:34:19 PM
I thought Mr. Rogers sucked.  It was boring.

The whole concept of trying to learn basic skills from TV shows strikes me as really stupid.  I think Mr. Rogers is more interesting as a show because it focused more on lifelong values stuff, like you could learn some interesting facts and there was lots of ethics/morality.  It was just so boring is all.
I think you are mixing up the value of the documentary vs. what Mr. Rogers did in your life. The documentary was/is absolutely worth checking out IMHO
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 20, 2019, 12:12:09 AM
No, I saw the documentary and it was good.  My feelings are similar to CR’s.  Fred Rogers comes across as a good guy and a lot deeper/admirable than you might think.  But it’s a little hard to really get into the film when you’re just kinda like, “I don’t get it.”

That’s what I was trying to say.  In retrospect, Mr. Rogers was teaching more valuable lessons than many other kids shows, but his was also the most earnestly boring and therefore IMO, had the least impact which is unfortunate.  The fact that it kinda made me rethink both the person and the show is to the film’s credit.  The fact that I fundamentally did not care about Mr. Rogers (though I should have) still makes the documentary fall a little flat, through no fault of the film.  Just not a subject that has much personal interest for me.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: trixi on February 24, 2019, 10:44:25 PM
1.  Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
2.  Blackkklansman
3.  Christopher Robin
4.  I, Tonya
5.  Oceans 8
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: va-vacious on February 24, 2019, 11:21:36 PM
Off to a slow start this year, but I'm sure I'll catch up.

1. John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City Music Hall- needed something light after Infinity War!
2. Vice  Bale was good, but it was definitely pandering to a specific audience. Also, I thought I'd need heart surgery after all of it!
3. Crazy Rich Asians- needs more Awkwafina.
4. if Beale Street Could Talk really incredible, and should have been nominated for best picture.
5. Fyre Fraud
6. Justice League well, this was not a good movie, and having the stand alones for Wonder Woman and Aquaman come out after this was a bad plan.
7. They Shall Not Grow Old- impressive technical feat. Incredible to see and hear these men who have been gone for so long.
8. Paris is Burning A still-relevant documentary of drag balls in New York in the 1980s.
9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before- still sweet

10. To All the Boys I've Loved Before- look, it was a rough week. I reserve the right to watch cuteness again and again!
11. The Kissing Booth Oh my lord, this was one of the worst movies I've ever seen, and I totally hate watched it.
12. To All the Boys I've Loved Before- palate cleanser
13. Thor: Ragnarock
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
15. Ibiza- Other than Richard Madden's accent, not much reason to watch. I liked it more the first go-round.
16. The Changeover based on Margaret Mahy's book of the same name. It was not as good as the book, of course, but it was nice to see one of my favorite books on the screen.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2019, 01:52:41 PM
Movies seen in 2019 (new movies in bold):
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Twister
3. Super Troopers 2
4. A Quiet Place
5. The Untouchables
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
7. Rabbit-Proof Fence

8. Shine
9. The Fugitive
10. The Firm
11. Meru

12. What We Do In The Shadows
13. The Godfather
14. The Incredibles 2
15. Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit

16. Avengers: Infinity War
17. Rampage
18. Four Weddings and Funeral
19. High Flying Bird
20. The Old Man and the Gun
21. The Pelican Brief

22. Deadpool 2


Upon re-watch....enjoyed it a lot. Partly because I'd forgotten most of the dumb jokes, so they were entertaining again.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on February 25, 2019, 03:15:07 PM
1. Vice (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
2. Bumblebee (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
3. Escape Room (Kenwood Theater)
4. King In the Wilderness (HBO on Demand)
5. On The Basis of Sex (Mariemont Theater)
6. If Beale Street Could Talk (Esquire Theater)
7. Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher (HBO on Demand)
8. Beware Slenderman (HBO on Demand)
9. If You're Not in the Obits, Eat Breakfast (HBO on Demand)
10. Shoplifters (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
11. Rain Man (EPIX)
12. Rock and a Hard Place (HBO on Demand)
13. Cold War (Esquire Theater)
14. They Shall Not Grow Old 3D (Cinemark Oakley)
15. Stan & Ollie (Mariemont Theater)

Updating the last 3 weeks:

16. Budapest Noire (2019 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival @ Esquire Theater)
17. The Last Suit (2019 Jewish & Israeli Fim Festival @ Mariemont Theater)
18. Cold Pursuit (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
19. Capernaum (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
20. When the Smoke Clears (2019 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival @ Mariemont Theater)
21. Arctic (Esquire Theater)

The overall quality of this year's Jewish & Israeli Film Festival was not as good as in years past, at least for me. Best of the lot was When the Smoke Clears, about veterans from the Israeli Military, who decide to do where the Israeli government fails, namely provide better/more care for veterans dealing with PTSD. The parallel with the lack of care for veterans with PTSD in the US is uncanny.

Capernaum is  a moving (albeit haunting) movie from Lebanon about how a 12 year old boy survived the urban jungle that is Beirut. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Movie Oscar but as I had predicted all along, never stood a chance against Roma in last night's Oscars. That does not make Capernaum any less, and I thought it was excellent. Highly recommended!

Cold Pursuit is yet another pointless Hollywood remake (of the 2014 Norwegian movie In Order of Disappearance). The original was a black comedy. The US version loses the black and the comedy, and is simply a revenge movie (think: Death Wish).

Arctic is an enjoyable arctic survivor drama, nothing more, nothing less. Basically like Robert Redford's sailing survival drama All Is Lost.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Butter on February 26, 2019, 06:56:32 AM
1. Shirkers (Netflix) - 9
2. Blockers - 6
3. Crazy Rich Asians - 8
4. First Reformed (Amazon Prime) - 5
5. Minding the Gap (Hulu) - 8
6. If Beale Street Could Talk - 9
7. Super Troopers - 6
8. Fyre (Netflix) - 8
9. Remastered: Massacre at the Stadium (Netflix) - 6
10. Wayne's World
11. They Shall Not Grow Old - 8
12. The Favourite - 9
13. Abducted in Plain Sight (Netflix) - 7

14. Leave No Trace - 7

This was pretty good.  Good performances. Not super interesting to me, but still worth a watch if you enjoyed WINTER'S BONE... much less melodramatic but still interesting.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on March 04, 2019, 08:24:12 AM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
5. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - 01/15/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/va_vacious - A beautiful tragedy. After that family gathering scene, I'm ready to finally read some Baldwin.
6. FREE SOLO - 01/19/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Now that was a fun ride! I didn't get to see it in IMAX but still felt like it was a wonderful film experience.
7. GLASS - 01/20/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Gwynne and Beth - I fell asleep MULTIPLE times. Nothing about this movie seemed necessary or entertaining.
8. BUMBLEBEE - 01/22/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Probably the most enjoyable of all of the TRANSFORMERS movies, mostly because I didn't hear one mention of the "AllSpark". Also, Pamela Adlon in a TRANSFORMERS MOVIE???!!!! Fun tunes throughout.
9. EIGHTH GRADE - 01/26/19 - Amazon Prime - In 8th grade, my best friend quit being friends with me because I wasn't cool enough. I wrote her a poem to try and tell her how much it hurt me and she basically laughed in my face. It was the most devastating break-up of my life. So, yeah. 8th grade sucked. I totally get all of the emotions in this movie. Bonus, that banana scene had me crying with laughter.
10. TULLY - 01/27/19 - HBO - Hug a mom. They probably need it. Diablo Cody's writing doesn't disappoint.
11. LEAVE NO TRACE - 01/29/19 - Amazon Prime - The actress who plays Tom should win ALL THE THINGS.
12. CHiPs - 01/30/19 - HBO - Yes, it's very dumb. But, I find Dax Shepard and Michael Peña to be very charismatic. So, I was willing to take the ride with them for some crazy car and motorcycle chases and dick jokes.
13. FIRST REFORMED - 02/02/19 - Amazon Prime - I'm not totally sure for whom this movie was intended. It had some beautifuly cinematic moments towards the end and Ethan Hawke does act the fuck out of it (as noted by Butter). But, it isn't something that I would watch again.
14. PULP FICTION - 02/07/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Three Little Fonzies.
15. ROMA - 02/10/19 - Netflix - Having lived in a middle-class home on the outskirts of Mexico City in the 90s, I can definitely confirm that this movie moved me and made me miss so many things about that city and country. Cleo's "moment" on the beach made me sob and I really appreciated the beauty of how the film was shot. But, the rest of the movie really left me cold except for my own nostalgia.
16. TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE - 02/14/19 - Netflix - repeat viewing - The Greg was out of town so I picked PeterKavinsky (one word) to be my valentine.
17. TAG - 03/02/19 - HBO - repeat viewing (but with friends, Gwynner and Tiffers, this time) - The Jeremy Renner voice-overs were even funnier in the second viewing. "I speed-bag him."
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: c-lando on March 11, 2019, 12:11:13 PM
1. ALWAYS IN THE CARLYLE - 01/02/19 - STARZ - A captivating documentary that wisely spends more time on the tenured staff and glorious interior of the legendary hotel than on the antics of its famed guests. Light and lovely.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX - 01/06/19 - Tara Cinemas - Armie Hammer can GET IT.
3. VICE - 01/08/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/va_vacious - Bale's performance was incredible, but I didn't really enjoy much more than that. I didn't like the narrator device for telling the story and didn't like the pacing of film. It was all over the place and too "winky-winky did you see what we did there?" for me.
4. BOOMERANG - 01/12/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Haven't seen this in a long time but still remember every word and every song. Excited to see what Lena Waithe and Halle Berry do with this for TV. "CO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOORDINATE."
5. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - 01/15/19 - AMC Parkway Pointe w/va_vacious - A beautiful tragedy. After that family gathering scene, I'm ready to finally read some Baldwin.
6. FREE SOLO - 01/19/19 - AMC Barrett Commons - Now that was a fun ride! I didn't get to see it in IMAX but still felt like it was a wonderful film experience.
7. GLASS - 01/20/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe w/Gwynne and Beth - I fell asleep MULTIPLE times. Nothing about this movie seemed necessary or entertaining.
8. BUMBLEBEE - 01/22/19 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - Probably the most enjoyable of all of the TRANSFORMERS movies, mostly because I didn't hear one mention of the "AllSpark". Also, Pamela Adlon in a TRANSFORMERS MOVIE???!!!! Fun tunes throughout.
9. EIGHTH GRADE - 01/26/19 - Amazon Prime - In 8th grade, my best friend quit being friends with me because I wasn't cool enough. I wrote her a poem to try and tell her how much it hurt me and she basically laughed in my face. It was the most devastating break-up of my life. So, yeah. 8th grade sucked. I totally get all of the emotions in this movie. Bonus, that banana scene had me crying with laughter.
10. TULLY - 01/27/19 - HBO - Hug a mom. They probably need it. Diablo Cody's writing doesn't disappoint.
11. LEAVE NO TRACE - 01/29/19 - Amazon Prime - The actress who plays Tom should win ALL THE THINGS.
12. CHiPs - 01/30/19 - HBO - Yes, it's very dumb. But, I find Dax Shepard and Michael Peña to be very charismatic. So, I was willing to take the ride with them for some crazy car and motorcycle chases and dick jokes.
13. FIRST REFORMED - 02/02/19 - Amazon Prime - I'm not totally sure for whom this movie was intended. It had some beautifuly cinematic moments towards the end and Ethan Hawke does act the fuck out of it (as noted by Butter). But, it isn't something that I would watch again.
14. PULP FICTION - 02/07/19 - Showtime - repeat viewing - Three Little Fonzies.
15. ROMA - 02/10/19 - Netflix - Having lived in a middle-class home on the outskirts of Mexico City in the 90s, I can definitely confirm that this movie moved me and made me miss so many things about that city and country. Cleo's "moment" on the beach made me sob and I really appreciated the beauty of how the film was shot. But, the rest of the movie really left me cold except for my own nostalgia.
16. TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE - 02/14/19 - Netflix - repeat viewing - The Greg was out of town so I picked PeterKavinsky (one word) to be my valentine.
17. TAG - 03/02/19 - HBO - repeat viewing (but with friends, Gwynner and Tiffers, this time) - The Jeremy Renner voice-overs were even funnier in the second viewing. "I speed-bag him."
18. PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. - 03/09/19 - Netflix - I feel like I got a lot more information about the mission of The Pad Project from interviews with the filmmakers than I did from the actual movie. VERY interesting subject, but this seemed to focus more on the adult woman making the pads with the pad machine than it did on the school-aged girls who were supposed to benefit from the machine.
19. THE BREAKER UPPERERS - 03/09/19 - Netflix - There were some great scenes that felt like they came out of an old PJ Hogan movie but the movie sort of went off for me when the two leads split off from each other.
20. TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE - 03/09/19 - Netflix - repeat viewing
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: notoriouspbake on March 11, 2019, 12:50:37 PM
a new year!
i have also been mining the movie thread for ideas. thanks to all of you!

1. mowgli - netflix; it was ok, found it difficult to get into it, probably because i grew up on the disney animated version. this is nothing like disney at all.
2. cargo - netflix; aussie zombie movie with martin freeman as the father trying to survive the "ghosts". interesting take on the zombie genre.
3. jurassic park - hbo; the dino's are still great. the plot holes get worse with age.
4. jurassic park 2 - hbo; recorded a bunch of movies during a free weekend. this was one of them. not sure why i watched it again.
5. jurassic park 3 - hbo; not a bad watch on a crappy, cold, and rainy morning.
6. thor: ragnarok - netflix; i liked the extra campiness and humor interjected through the story. goldblum was really good as the crazy leader. filled in some holes i had in the MCU. enjoyed.
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7. the breadwinner - netflix; animated, about a young girl living in taliban controlled afghanistan. interesting, and clearly showed the taliban to be evil. enjoyed.
8. how to train your dragon 3 - the lyon; cute finish for the dragon world and the town of berk. enjoyed.
9. how to train your dragon 3 - mjr, waterford, mi; repeat viewing with a friend and her child. still enjoyed it. was able to focus on the animation and the background. they did a really good job.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: va-vacious on March 13, 2019, 12:07:49 AM
Off to a slow start this year, but I'm sure I'll catch up.

1. John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City Music Hall- needed something light after Infinity War!
2. Vice  Bale was good, but it was definitely pandering to a specific audience. Also, I thought I'd need heart surgery after all of it!
3. Crazy Rich Asians- needs more Awkwafina.
4. if Beale Street Could Talk really incredible, and should have been nominated for best picture.
5. Fyre Fraud
6. Justice League well, this was not a good movie, and having the stand alones for Wonder Woman and Aquaman come out after this was a bad plan.
7. They Shall Not Grow Old- impressive technical feat. Incredible to see and hear these men who have been gone for so long.
8. Paris is Burning A still-relevant documentary of drag balls in New York in the 1980s.
9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before- still sweet
10. To All the Boys I've Loved Before- look, it was a rough week. I reserve the right to watch cuteness again and again!
11. The Kissing Booth Oh my lord, this was one of the worst movies I've ever seen, and I totally hate watched it.
12. To All the Boys I've Loved Before- palate cleanser
13. Thor: Ragnarock
14. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
15. Ibiza- Other than Richard Madden's accent, not much reason to watch. I liked it more the first go-round.
16. The Changeover based on Margaret Mahy's book of the same name. It was not as good as the book, of course, but it was nice to see one of my favorite books on the screen.
17. Isn't it Romantic Cute, and I loved that the New York apartment was appropriately small.
18. Captain Marvel Needed more Goose! Great soundtrack, but I would have loved to have "Cannonball" on it.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: Dan on March 18, 2019, 03:18:46 PM
Movies seen in 2019 (new movies in bold):
1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Twister
3. Super Troopers 2
4. A Quiet Place
5. The Untouchables
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story
7. Rabbit-Proof Fence

8. Shine
9. The Fugitive
10. The Firm
11. Meru

12. What We Do In The Shadows
13. The Godfather
14. The Incredibles 2
15. Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit

16. Avengers: Infinity War
17. Rampage
18. Four Weddings and Funeral
19. High Flying Bird
20. The Old Man and the Gun
21. The Pelican Brief

22. Deadpool 2

adding
23. Mission Impossible: Fallout
24. Peppermint
25. Crazy Rich Asians
26. Training Day

27. Deadpool
28. Captain Marvel
29. Green Book
30. Lego Movie 2
31. Dead Poets Society
32. Ralph Breaks the Internet


That's a lot to review, so here's the fast version:
Mission Impossible: good spy action flick
Peppermint: I liked it, but it was properly rated. Tried to be female John Wick but kind of got everything wrong if that's what it was trying to be.
Crazy Rich Asians: Really good, but tried to do too much. Probably better as a book! (that's a joke, fyi)
Training Day: Intense
Deadpool: forgot so much of this. Funny.
Captain Marvel: Very enjoyable. Goose stole the show. Brie Larson really is a rock star.
Green Book: this was the best picture? It was so predictable, formulaic, un-nuanced, and generally bland.
Lego Movie 2: pretty terrible. It's a kids movie, and the kids in the theater were quiet and enraptured, so I guess it succeeds, but it was pretty terrible for a middle aged viewer.
Dead Poets Society: I found the father's lack of motivation to be annoying/confusing.
Ralph Breaks the Internet: like someone else said...not as good as the first, but still very good and entertaining. This was the film that Lego Movie 2 wished it was.
Title: Re: 50 Movies in 2019
Post by: euro60 on March 18, 2019, 10:38:15 PM
Dan, glad to see your reaction about Green Book, which mirrored mine. This was a strictly "done by the numbers" movie and utterly safe Hollywood film about race relations. It clearly wasn't the best movie of the year (that would be Roma), and it was Hollywood at its PC worst. "Hey, we get it, we need to be more sensitive about race relations, so let's pet ourselves on the back, and give Best Picture to this!" <sigh>