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 on: September 10, 2019, 09:34:23 PM 
Started by clemsonfan - Last post by Ella Minnow Pea
Hah! This site is slowly dying out for all of us. I find this both beautiful and annoying.
Yet the bots keep finding us. I had to delete a couple hundred join requests a few weeks ago.

 on: September 10, 2019, 09:33:30 PM 
Started by clemsonfan - Last post by Ella Minnow Pea
For reasons too long to explain, I had to reset and relaunch my desk top at home and hence I lost all "pre-set" passwords on everything, including for here. I tried to sign in, and I guess I don't remember the password. And then I couldn't get it to reset it to a new password. So now I can only use Randomville at work (where the password remains "pre-set"). It's no big deal, just annoying.
I think I can reset your password (although I can't see your current one). Let me know if you want me to try that at some point.

 on: September 10, 2019, 03:18:58 PM 
Started by clemsonfan - Last post by Dan
Hah! This site is slowly dying out for all of us. I find this both beautiful and annoying.

 on: September 10, 2019, 03:17:39 PM 
Started by Zafer Kaya - Last post by Dan
OOF, that one looks a little heavy for me. I'll consider it (thanks for the rec) but I'm not sure.

 on: September 09, 2019, 08:50:09 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by notoriouspbake
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.
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.
10. stardust - netflix; adaptation of the Gaiman book. watched it back in 2007. didn't remember much about it. good fun. an uplifting fairy tale full of bad witches, revenge minded princes, and our noble common man with a star. happy ending. enjoyed.
11. pan's labyrinth - netflix; such a good movie. if you haven't seen it, watch it.
12. Hellboy - Netflix; rewatching the previous hellboy's for the upcoming release of the newest one. still good fun.
13. infinity war - netflix; rewatch to gear up for the new release. the military strategy of wakanda still bothers me.
14. inglorious bastards - dvr; didn't like it as much as i did first time. seemed to plod along.
15. MST3000 mac and me - netflix; part of the "gauntlet" of 6 bad movies. the riffing was awesome.
16. endgame - imagine, Hartland, MI; entertaining, seemed a bit slow at times but ultimately satisfying. i'll stop, so no spoilers.
17. breakfast club - redford theater, detroit MI; what a grand old theater, lovingly restored and maintained by a non-profit, with a real organ! and organ music before the movie and during the intermission. popcorn with real butter! breakfast club aged fairly well, it seems every john hughes film has a few cringe worthy scenes/exchanges. was a good time. i'll head back and catch a movie there again.
18. young frankenstein - starz (i think); one of the classics holds up well. although, i do wonder if this movie could be made today. no way blazing saddles would.
19. kill bill vol 1
20 kill bill vol 2 i liked these upon rewatching them. definite two different movies, with a kung fu for 1 and western feel for 2.
21. solo - enjoyed it again. still didn't like how they had to homage to every origin story for han in one week of time.
22. the last jedi - advanced civilizations with the dumbest military strategy. sheesh.
23. tremors a cold day in hell - if you like the series and have time to kill, it's entertaining. don't expect great things, but there's some good gore and humor.
24. i am mother, netflix - a good tension filled sci-fly flick. both actresses did a great job. it took me most of the first act to really get engrossed, but i found it rewarding. as stated earlier by butter, the third act does get going. the ending does take some thinking to figure out, at least for me.
25. ralph breaks the internet, netflix - cute, funny animated. exactly what one expects out of a disney flick these days.
26. deadpool 2 - still like this! it's irreverent, and appeals to the 13 yr old inside of me.
27. rim of the world, netflix - coming of age story involving summer camp and an alien attack. homages to jurassic park, independence day, and, well, about every other alien movie. typical summer popcorn action YA flick.
28. bright, netflix - what if the lord of the rings was real and all of the races were in contemporary times LA? with an orc breaking the race barrier on the lapd? and magic? a dark crime story with elves, orcs, and magic wands. enjoyed.
29. indiana jones and the raiders of the lost ark; been a long time since i watched this. memories of junior high.

been watching movies while recuperating from a medical procedure:
30. indiana jones and temple of doom, netflix - wow. this was just bad. the female ornament who was just there to scream. forgot how bad this was.
31. i.j. and the last crusade, netflix - fun to rewatch. this one holds up fairly well.
32. i.j. and the crystal skull, netflix - nuke the fridge; 'nuff said.
33. jurassic park the lost kingdom, hbo (staying with friends) - this was a blockbuster a few summers ago? recycled plot? greedy business types? at least the dino's were still the star of the show.
34. how it ends, netflix - a good apocalyptic story about a guy trying to get back to his girl. forrest whittaker was really good. enjoyed.
35. IO, netflix - if  you enjoy watching two people have stilted dialogue while moving at a glacial pace, this is for you. if you like movies, AVOID this. if you still think you'd like to watch it: humans bad, will destroy the planet, but still can save it. there, i saved two hours of your life. there was nothing about space or Io in this dog.
36. extinction, netflix - this surprised me! alien invasion, man trying to save family, good action, excellent suspense. third act was worth it. recommended.
edit to add:
37. bird box, netflix - sandra bullock does a great job. enjoyed and recommended.
38. the silence, netflix - good acting in a story about "vesps" that are unleashed and hunt via sound. was really interesting to watch a movie where sight was a liability and immediately follow it with one where sound was the liability. how the filmmakers used each liability to further the story was really cool. i liked this one and recommend it.
39. the mummy returns, netflix; had to have seen this back in the day, but had forgot much of the plot. fairly entertaining. popcorn fodder, but enjoyable. the cgi was particularly terrible.
40. the mummy, tomb of the dragon emperor, netflix - the cgi is better, same type of plot, but a engaging story. i don't remember if i watched this back in the day, but one scene with yetis seemed familiar. counting it as a new watch. i read where the mummy movies were leaving netflix so decided to watch them.
41. the dark crystal, netflix - 1982, released the same week as ET. this was dark for a kids movie and little semblance to a muppet movie. still, for the time, was good; the puppets were strange looking and just what the movie needed. the story was a bit convoluted and dragged at times. was ok for a 90 minute movie.
42. murder mystery, netflix - i was surprised that i found this enjoyable. fun plot, and enough to keep me guessing. clearly adam sandler wanted to spend some time in monte carlo!
43. the ballad of buster scruggs, netflix - 6 twilight zone episodes based upon the western genre, with the coen brothers fingerprint. took me all day to finish this, as i had things to do, but i did enjoy the coen brothers take.
44. cirque du freak:the vampires assistant, netflix - john c reilly as a vampire? and it mostly worked. bring your popcorn and turn off your brain.
45. bunks, netflix - leave it to canada to make a non-gory, happy ending zombie summer camp movie. might be good to introduce pre-teens to the genre. i figure it was a made for tv movie on the cbc.
46. here alone, netflix - more of a character study than a zombie movie, little gore, plenty of backstory of the main character. tried to play the moral dilemma of choices to make as the world is ending around you. was ok, moved slower than i would've liked.
47. spectral, netflix  - decent war movie with the combatants being very different. good action flick for the summer.
48. the wolf's call, netflix - french submarine thriller. really got into it. recommend.
49. dale and tucker vs evil, netflix - pretty good spoof of the teen slasher genre, from 2010. was fun.
50. gremlins, Netflix - the best christmas movie of all time!
51. day of the dead: bloodline, netflix - gore! gore! gore! blood explosions! zombie wiping blood all over the windshield of a car for added effect?  zombie with intestines wrapped around its neck? you bet, and that's just the first 3 mins! and that's about as good as it got. meh, and i'm a fan of the genre.
52. revolt, netflix - action alien invasion set in kenya. this one drew me in and i enjoyed the ride.
53. the siege of jadotville, netflix - as the fledgling UN is trying to find its voice, the congo is in the midst of a civil war. a company of irish solders are sent to be peacekeepers. obviously, they are attacked. their story was covered up. this movie won a few irish awards. well done, good story. recommend.
54. the golem, netflix - meh. actually started dinking around on the internet while this was playing just to finish the movie so it wouldn't show up on my "continue watching" list. avoid.
55. always be my maybe, netflix - cute, funny, touching. formulaic, perhaps. i haven't watched many rom-coms. i enjoyed it. recommend.
56. see you yesterday, netflix - more of a social commentary with time travel, than a straight science fiction movie. was good. the two main characters invent time travel, and then try to use it to right a loss. left me unsettled, and i think that's what they were aiming to do. recommend.
57. megamind, netflix - cute animated what if the villain actually beat the hero? movie. something light after all of stranger things to cleanse the palate.
58. rampant, netflix - korean period piece with feudal intrigue and zombies. same idea as the series kingdom. some of the best zombie stuff i've seen in quiet a long time. recommend.
59. the great battle, netflix - epic retelling of a legendary battle in korean history. reminded me of the battle scene from helm's deep from the lotr series. really enjoyed this. recommend.
60. MIB international, the lyon, south lyon, mi - plot was predictable, and someone (butter, maybe?) said it: a nice way to spend two hours but unremarkable. was ok.
61. point blank, netflix - the trailer had a remark about graeters ice cream, so i had to watch. seems this might be a remake, but was set in the queen city. didn't recognize much, but have been out of the area for 25 years. enjoyed the ride.
62. okja, netflix - dammit, c-lando! this was good, but damn, i have no idea how to handle it.
I found this charming and horrifying and I would probably watch it again.
charming and horrifying indeed. this one had me riding an emotional roller coaster - perhaps i was more sensitive when watching for some reason. i haven't had a movie get a visceral reaction out of me for a very long time. unsettling. difficult to comment on it without spoiling it, but i did not predict much of the plot - not that i was really trying, i was engrossed in the story and how it turned out. not sure that i'd watch again anytime soon. but i do recommend it!
63. ravenous, netflix - zombies in quebec. good story, also enjoyed the ride. subtitled.
64. secret obsession, netflix - typical woman wakes up from an accident and remembers nothing of her former life, but things aren't what they seem. you know the plot already, it's how it resolves itself. decent way to spend 90 minutes.
65. planet 51, netflix - light animated sci fi about a astronaut who lands on a planet stuck in the 50's. cute.
66. triple frontier, netflix - action heist movie with some star power. enjoyed the ride.
67. incrediles2, netflix - repeat viewing. still enjoyable.

at this point, i watched it on netflix unless otherwise noted:
68. despicable m3 - cute, needed more minions!
69. 9 - animated end of the world story from 2009. think i may have watched it back then, but didn't recall much about it. entertaining.
70. hell or high water - bank robbing and two brothers involved. interesting how it played out. chris pine did a good job of showing a conflicted character, i alternated between rooting for him and against him. jeff bridges as the Texas ranger he's so good at portraying. enjoyed.
71. 1922 - stephen king novella adapted into a movie. nice and creepy. thomas jane did a great job. worth watching, if you like creepy or king's stuff.
72. gerald's game - another king novella adaptation. very creepy and unsettling. i think it ultimately was a film of empowerment for the lead character. elliot from ET was a really bad guy.
73. the babysitter - your hot babysitter in some kind of satanic cult? this is what should happen. really enjoyed it, made me lol.
74. the lobster - what a weird and unsettling ride. this is a few years old so i imagine a few of you have seen it. in a future where being single is outlawed, and they turn you into an animal after 45 of being single, the rush is on to find a  partner. deliberate and methodical in the protrayal of characters, it makes you think. still chewing on this one.
75. swiss army man- suicidal man finds a body washed up on the shore and so begins a pretty wild ride. elijah wood as the corpse.
76. i dont feel at home in this world anymore - a coen brothers type of normal average person gets caught up in a pretty wild story. elijah wood as the crazy neighbor. didn't realize i watched him back to back. both of these were weird and quirky. enjoyed.
77. happy hunting - a variant of the most dangerous game. dude gets caught up in the worst town at the wrong time and is hunted by the townsfolk. was ok.
78. in order of disappearance - the loss of a son sets stellan skarsgard off for vengeance. dark humor, kinda coen-esqe. Norwegian with dubbing or subtitles. did make me chuckle quite a few times. enjoyed.
79. cop car - two runaway little kids come across an empty cop car.... and things go downhill. kevin bacon makes a pretty good appearance. enjoyed.
80. game over, man - pretty good spoof of die hard. surprising amount of gore and sophomoric humor. beware, there is a scene with a distressing amount of dong. if you're in the right mood for silliness, a fun time.

 on: September 09, 2019, 05:44:43 PM 
Started by euro60 - Last post by euro60
I am now back from that week in the UK where I was the merch guy for Leggy. And you were right, MK. Brighton turned out to be the highlight of the trip for me. Just absolutely nice little seaside town with lots of great crooked streets and bars and shops. Plus the weather cooperated nicely for the 24 hrs. we were there, so that was even better.

Last week was of course a tumultuous week in British politics. That Boris Johnson guy is right up there with Trump from all I see. Just nuts. When we got to London, I immediately went to Westminster to check out the demonstrations (mostly anti-brexit). I have never felt such a charged atmosphere in London ever before.

 on: September 09, 2019, 05:36:13 PM 
Started by clemsonfan - Last post by euro60
For reasons too long to explain, I had to reset and relaunch my desk top at home and hence I lost all "pre-set" passwords on everything, including for here. I tried to sign in, and I guess I don't remember the password. And then I couldn't get it to reset it to a new password. So now I can only use Randomville at work (where the password remains "pre-set"). It's no big deal, just annoying.

 on: September 09, 2019, 05:32:38 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by euro60
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)
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)
22. Greta (Esquire Theater)
23. Everybody Knows (Mariemont Theater)
24. Never Look Away (Esquire Theater)
25. To Dust (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
26. Climax (Esquire Theater)
27. The Wedding Guest (Mariemont Theater)
28. Gloria Bell (Mariemont Theater)
29. Apollo 11 (Mariemont Theater)
30. Birds of Passage (Esquire Theater)
31. Ash Is Purest White (Landmark West End Cinema, Washington, DC)
32. The Hummingbird Project (Mariemont Theater)
33. Hotel Mumbai (AMC Newport On the Levee)
34. The Mustang (Esquire Theater)
35. Diane (Mariemont Theater)
36. The Public (Esquite Theater)
37. Woman At War (Esquire Theater)
38. Mapplethorpe (Esquire Theater)
39. Mary Magdalene (Mariemont Theater)
40. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (HBO On Demand)
41. High Life (Esquire Theater)
42. Teen Spirit (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
43. Peterloo (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
44. Us (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
45. Stockholm (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
46. Penguins (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
47. Sunset (Esquire Theater)
48. Transit (Esquire Theater)
49. Long Shot (Cinemark Oakley)
50. Hail Satan? (Esquire Theater)
51. Amazing Grace (Mariemont Theater)
52. Charlie Says (Esquire Theater)
53. Tolkien (Mariemont Theater)
54. Little Woods (Esquire Theater)
55. John Wick - Chapter 3 Parabellum (Cinemark Oakley)
56. Red Joan (Mariemont Theater)
57. Nonfiction (Esquire Theater)
58. Meeting Gorbachev (Esquire Theater)
59. Booksmart (Cinemark Oakley)
60. Trial By Fire (Esquire Theater)
61. Rocketman (Cinemark Oakley)
62. Ma (Cinemark oakley)
63. Her Smell (Esquire Theater)
64. The Biggest Little Farm (Mariemont Theater)
65. Cuba (OMNIMAX at Union Terminal)
66. Late Night (Cinemark Oakley)
67. The Dead Don't Die (Esquire Theater)
68. Chernobyl (HBO on Demand)
69. The Tomorrow Man (Mariemont Theater)
70. Anna (Cinemark Oakley)
71. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Esquire theater)
72. Echo In the Canyon (Mariemont Theater)
73. Blade Runner (Esquire Theater
74. Midsommar (Cinemark Oakley)
75. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Esquire Theater)
76. Wild Rose (Mariemont Theater)
77. I Love You, Now Die (HBO)
78. Mommy Dead and Dearest (HBO on Demand)
79. At the Heart of Gold: The USA Gymnastics Scandal (HBO on Demand)
80. Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop (HBO on Demand)
81. Toy Story 4 (Cinemark Oakley)
82. The Art of Self-Defense (Esquire Theater)
83. The Fall of The American Empire (Esquire Theater)
84. Behind Close Doors: The Talwars (HBO)
85. Who Killed Garrett Phillips? (HBO)
86. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (Esquire Theater)
87. Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (Cinemark Oakley)
88. Dune (Esquire Theater)
89. Slaying the Badger (ESPN 30 for 30)
90. Unmasking Jihadi John (HBO)
91. Share (HBO)
92. Rosie (Mariemont Theater)
93. Shadow (Esquire Theater)
94. The Farewell (Mariemont Theater)
95. XTC - This Is Pop (SHO)
96. XY Chelsea (SHO)
97. Belsan: Three Days in September (SHO)
98. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Esquire Theater)
99. David Bowie: Finding Fame (SHO)
100. Maiden (Esquire Theater)
Updating the last 4 weeks:

101. Alternate Endings: Six New Ways To Die in America (HBO)
102. The Cheshire Murders (HBO)
102. Brian Banks (Mariemont Theater)
103. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (Cinemark Oakley)
104. Good Boys (Cinemark Oakley)
105. The Peanut Butter Falcon (Cinemark oakley)
106. Luce (Esquire Theater)
107. Ready Or Not (Cinemark Oakley)
108. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (Cinemark Oakley)
109. Jay Myself (Esquire Theater)

Best of the bunch, by a mile or two, is The Peanut Butter Falcon, in which the lead is played by a guy with Down Syndrome. Wonderful little movie that is one of my favorites of the year so far.

Worst of the bunch, by a mile or ten, is Ready Or Not, the "black comedy horror" movie that has gotten fairly good critical acclaim. I thought it was incredibly dull and predictable. Get Out this ain't.

I also was disappointed by Where'd You Do, Bernadette?, considering it's the latest from Richard Linklater, one of my favorite directors. It's about as mainstream as he has been in the last 10 decade, and hence predictably a lot less interesting than some of his other films.

I just had to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood one more time before it leaves theaters. What a film.

 on: September 09, 2019, 05:17:47 PM 
Started by Zafer Kaya - Last post by euro60
I know we are a few months behind, but we just finished "Chernobyl" and holy smokes I can't believe how amazing that was. Wow. Just wow. If you haven't watched....do.
Yes, loved it too.

If you haven't watched "Our Boys" (10 part TV series on HBO), do yourself a favor and check it out. Absolutely outstanding as well.

 on: September 09, 2019, 02:44:08 PM 
Started by c-lando - Last post by Dan
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
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. The Girl in the Spider's Web
33. Ralph Breaks the Internet
34. Triple Frontier

35. Maverick
36. Reality Bites
37. A Knight's Tale
38. Major League
39. The Natural
40. Avengers: Infinity War
41. Avengers: Endgame
42. Edge of Tomorrow
43. The Meg
44. Comedian
45. Destination Wedding

46. Bloodsport
47. Bad Times at the El Royale
48. Booksmart

49. Clue
50. Men In Black: International
51. Notting Hill
52. V for Vendetta
53. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
54. The Hangover
55. Crazy Rich Asians
56. The Spy Who Dumped Me
57. Hobbs & Shaw
58. Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift

59. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
60. The Old Man and the Gun
61. Notting Hill
62. Thor: Ragnarok
63. Mortal Engines
64. Wedding Crashers
65. Red Sparrow
66. Apollo 11

67. Batman (1989)
68. Pitch Perfect 2
69. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Batman: utterly incredible achievement by Tim Burton. It's a movie that scarred me as a kid, and still creeps me out.

Pitch Perfect 2: the wife and I had conversations about Hailee Steinfeld's character. The wife posits that she's the weakest character of the movie and the series and that she makes this film the weakest of the trilogy. I ... understood her point while also understanding the purpose of the character.

Also, Das Sound Machine are incredible. I love them.

HTTYD:THW:  Cute, and a nice ending for a trilogy. But also kind of "meh" and "fine."

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