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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #120 on: March 08, 2016, 08:49:48 PM »


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

12- mr nobody- what could have been a compelling film was virtually unwatchable.  did get to look at jared leto a lot
13- richard pryor; icon- i've never seen any of his standup but it was incredible to watch his transformation from a wholesome entertainer into the biggest star in the world and change the face of comedy forever
14- tesla; master of lightning- a good intro to the genius.  would like to learn more
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #121 on: March 09, 2016, 09:26:26 AM »

1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #122 on: March 11, 2016, 12:33:36 PM »

Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

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

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


It was a good time. Couldn't quite figure out the end game, so that's good, but I knew something was fishy as it was getting to the climax. Good classic cinema.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #123 on: March 11, 2016, 02:27:48 PM »

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

24. Man Up Lake Bell and Simon Pegg in a Rom Com? Sign me up! She "steals" him in a blind date, they end up hitting it off. Bell with a British accent is kind of strange, honestly, and kept pulling me out of the story. Lots of good supporting actors- Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) to name two. A perfectly serviceable, moderately ridiculous movie that was clever and sweet. I was rooting for the two to get together. B=Y
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #124 on: March 12, 2016, 07:20:27 AM »

New (to me) films in bold

1 ● The Wrong Trousers
2 ● Vacation
3 ● Life Stinks
4 ● The Irish Pub
5 ● Disco: Spinning the Story
6 ● Fantastic 4
7 ● A LEGO Brickumentary
8 ● Noah
9 ● Swordfish
10 ● Rob the Mob
11 ● Gone in 60 Seconds
12 ● Time out of Mind
13 ● Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
14 ● Catwoman
15 ● Across the Universe
16 ● Notting Hill
17 ● Wild Card
18 ● Ex Machina
19 ● The Words
20 ● Sicario
21 ● Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
22 ● Ted 2
23 ● Calendar Girls
24 ● Inside Out
25 ● V for Vendetta
26 ● Experimenter
27 ● The Abominable Bride
28 ● Butterfly
29 ● Blow Out
30 ● Mistress America
31 ● Minions
32 ● Sleeping with Other People
33 ● Adult Beginners
34 ● The Martian
35 ● Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
36 ● The Prestige
37 ● Tokyo Fiancée
38 ● Snowpiercer
39 ● Amy
40 ● Mr Holmes
41 ● Ricki and the Flash
42 ● Margarita, with a Straw
43 ● The Intern
44 ● No Escape
45 ● Heist
46 ● The Forger
47 ● A Walk in the Woods
48 ● Freeheld
49 ● Bridge of Spies
50 ● The Details
51 ● Spectre
52 ● Game|Change
53 ● The Fifth Element
54 ● Project Almanac
55 ● MI-5
56 ● Inception
57 ● Learning to Drive
58 ● Dark Star: H.R.Giger's World
59 ● ReDirected
60 ● Jurassic World
61 ● Everest
62 ● Wild
63 ● Bed Scenes
64 ● Margin Call
65 ● Straight Outta Compton
66 ● Burnt
67 ● Kung Fury
68 ● The Drop
69 ● The Saint
70 ● The Escort
71 ● Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
72 ● True Story
73 ● The Godfather
74 ● The Walk
75 ● Black Mass
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76 ● Brave
Blu-Ray rewatch. Beautiful colours. I love this movie, and almost wish I had kids to show it to. Very empowering for girls I would imagine.
77 ● Everything Must Go
A very peculiar Will Ferrell movie
78 ● The Station Agent
Love, love, LOVE this gentle little film. How Peter Dinklage didn't get even a sniff of an Oscar Nom I'll never know.
79 ● Darkman
So bad it's good doesn't even apply to this horrible comic book piece of trash. Liam Neeson is WOEFUL and I suppose that's why I revisit it every few years?
80 ● Waking Ned Devine
If you haven't seen this excellent little film about how a small Irish village reacts when one of its residents wins the lottery, do yourself a favour and spend a couple of hours in its company
81 ● Moonwalkers
This wasn't as good as the trailers suggested it might be, but the premise is fantastic. Basically America/NASA don't know if Apollo 11 will actually GET to the moon and land so they try to get hold of Stanley Kubrick to film/fake a moon landing sequence. Things get, as they say, "out of hand" and suddenly the story takes on a whole new bizarre twist. Ron Perlman cracked me up from start to finish, the ginger one from Harry Potter less so
82 ● The Gunman
Aside from Sean Penn there are soooooooo many big names in this (relatively) small film. Good performances all too.
83 ● Finding Vivian Maier
Fascinating documentary about the thousands and thousands photographs taken by a 'mere nanny' which were bought at auction after he death and which showed extreme talent behind the camera. There's a certain 'obsession' at play here at both end of the lens. 
84 ● Die Hard
My late tribute to Alan Rickman courtesy of a BluRay from the SearchOH library system
85 ● Grandma
Lily Tomlin excels in this 'road trip' tale about a woman trying to raise funds so her granddaughter can have an abortion. It goes off the mark a couple of times, but her grumpiness is _my_ grumpiness
86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
Like CLand commented "quite graphic" in places. I don't think I was the core demographic for this angst-ridden plodder though. Almost abandoned but I stuck it out until the grim bitter disappointing end. This was based on a best-selling book?
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #125 on: March 12, 2016, 08:44:33 PM »

86 ● Diary of a Teenage Girl
Like CLand commented "quite graphic" in places. I don't think I was the core demographic for this angst-ridden plodder though. Almost abandoned but I stuck it out until the grim bitter disappointing end. This was based on a best-selling book?[/size]
Best-seller graphic book, if I'm not mistaken. I thought the movie was excellent. Kirsten Wiig was an eye-opener in this non-comedy role.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #126 on: March 14, 2016, 09:52:04 AM »

Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

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

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


Silly mockumentary about vampires in New Zealand from the Flight of the Concords guys. I didn't laugh out loud very much but in hindsight there were a lot of funny bits. Probably has a very high rewatchability factor.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #127 on: March 14, 2016, 11:07:09 AM »

1. Heroin: Cape Cod, USA - 8
2. Foxcatcher - 6
3. Big Hero 6 - 8
4. Two Days, One Night - 7
5. Creep - 7
6. For Your Consideration - 6
7. The Martian - 7
8. Kingsman: The Secret Service - 9
9. Room - 10
10. Seven Psychopaths - 6
11. The End of the Tour - 6
12. Sicario - 8
13. Deadpool - 7
14. Raising Arizona
15. Cartel Land - 8
16. The Overnight - 7
17. Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom - 9

18. Zootopia - 7

Pretty enjoyable if ultimately meaningless.  Some real surprisingly dark subject matter at times, approaching racism from an animal's angle.  This will be an animated crime kids series on Disney XD by the end of 2017.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #128 on: March 14, 2016, 12:49:03 PM »

New to me in bold.

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

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

10. Book of Life - Nora has been obsessed with this movie for a while, I take it she watches it at Grandma's at least once a week, but I hadn't seen it.  I'm glad I saw it, it was really well done, and spellbinding to look at.  First rate all around.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #129 on: March 14, 2016, 01:23:31 PM »

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

It was pretty, it was clever, it was far from game changing for the genre.  Everything you'd expect and exactly nothing that would make you go "wow".
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #130 on: March 16, 2016, 01:35:52 PM »

1. THE HATEFUL 8 – 01/01/16 – AMC Pkwy Pointe – The Tarantino movie for which I have been waiting. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again (in 70MM hopefully).
2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – 01/02/16 – cable – Never read the books. It was fine enough as a movie to pass some time. Can’t see why anyone would ever fall in love with these characters. But, it wasn’t mind numbingly awful either.
3. SISTERS – 01/03/16 – Merchant’s Walk with my Belles and va_vacious – This movie gave me the giggles. There were moments that were too over the top (Paula Pell’s scene is THE WORST and I adore her usually), but I still laughed and laughed. Had heart when it needed to have heart. Also, Dianne Wiest says “c*untingly”. So, there’s that.
4. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – 01/04/16 – cable – I’ve never read this Thomas Hardy book but I enjoyed the film adaptation. There is one of the worst animal death scenes that I have ever seen on film in the first 10 minutes. EEK. But, I reminded myself that it was just a movie and focused on the pretty suitors instead. Brand new lady b0ne for Matthias Schoenarts.
5. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE - 01/09/16 - Netflix - Has there ever been a more annoying cry baby man child on the big screen than Liberty Valance?
6. SPOTLIGHT - 01/16/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I enjoyed Keaton and Ruffalo. Didn't have the ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN vibe that I was hoping for.
7. THE MECHANIC - 01/17/16 - MGM channel - The one with Charlie Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent. Great beginning and ending. Some good stuff in the middle. The soundtrack, cars, and decor are SOOOOOOOOOO early 70s.
8. THE REVENANT - 01/23/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - A beautiful movie. I'll never look at trees the same way again.
9. ENTOURAGE - 01/23/16 - HBO - So at the complete opposite side of the "artsy" scale we have this movie, which is about what you would expect from an ENTOURAGE movie. The Thierry Henry cameo was funny (all .5 seconds of it).
10. THE DUFF - 01/30/16 - dvd from library - This was fun. Better than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was filmed here in Atlanta and I had no clue. Mae Whitman is the cutest.
11. ANOMALISA - 02/04/16 - AMC Barrett Commons 24 - It's like you've heard. A very human film made with puppets. And just a reminder, humans are strange assholes (except for the humans who took the time to make this world so realistic).
12. MICHAEL JACKSON'S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL - 02/06/16 - Showtime - This was a lot of fun. I was dancing along as I watched this documentary. Great commentary and wonderful clips of a young Michael talking about his career and artistry before that got all muddled up with the other stuff in his life. Loved seeing the live performances from that era. No controversies here. Spike said that wasn't the movie he wanted to make and leaves that to someone else if they want to take it up.
13. CASABLANCA - 02/14/16 - The Strand Theatre with va_vacious and Gwynne - YES! It's my first time seeing the whole movie. LOVED. Agree with va_vacious regarding the quickness of the dialogue. It took a minute to adjust. SO FAST in the beginning.
14. THE BIG SHORT - 02/15/16 - NGC Marietta - I liked this a lot. Like everyone else said, Adam McKay should explain all difficult subjects to the masses. No specific performance stood out for me, but it was a great ensemble. Had to move seats because some guy who showed up in shorts (IT IS FEBRUARY!!!!) kept sucking at his teeth and making THE WORST NOISE. His wife (!!!) forcefully nudged him when I got up and moved to let him know that he was annoying. Wish she had done that sooner.
15. DEADPOOL - 02/20/16 - Some random movie theatre in North Charleston, SC with my mom
16. THE DROP - 02/28/16 - HBO - Tom Hardy + pitbull puppy + Matthias Schoenaerts = ALL IN.
17. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - 03/06/16 - dvd from library - Good to get an idea of how it all started.
18. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL - 03/07/16 - dvd from library - Holy Cow! This is not a teen movie. It might be the most sexually explicit movie I've ever seen with a young woman as the protagonist. I almost turned it off after the first 5 minutes because it made me SOOOOOOO uncomfortable. But, I stuck with it and enjoyed it as something totally unique and uninhibited. GREAT performance from the lead (whom I've never seen in anything before - and I just found out via IMDB that yesterday was her birthday - HA!). The 70s in San Francisco were something.
19. POINT BREAK (1991) - 03/08/16 - repeat viewing - "Utah! Get me two." Nothing like coming home from a long day and spending time with Johnny Utah, Angelo Pappas, and Bodhi. The practical effects and stunts in that movie really are stunning. Keanu's acting really IS NOT (but, JEEBUS, he's just so foine). I'd easily give Swayze the supporting actor nod. SO GOOD. James LeGros had SO.MUCH.HAIR.
20. ZOOTOPIA - 03/12/16 - AMC Pkwy Pointe - I loved it. Cute AND subversive. That's how I like to roll.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #131 on: March 18, 2016, 11:33:14 AM »

Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

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

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


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

It should have remained a 40 minute movie.

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

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

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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #132 on: March 28, 2016, 03:36:31 PM »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Knight of Cups is Terrence Malick's latest. As a general statement, I'm a huge Malick fan. However, he misses with this one. It's pretentious artsy crap, frankly. There is next to no dialogue (Christian Bale has maybe a total of 5 lines in the entire movie), and it's at best a stream of consciousness expressed in moving pictures. I predict this will tank at the box office rather quickly.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #133 on: March 29, 2016, 09:41:38 AM »

Movies seen in 2016 (new movies in bold):
1. A Walk Among The Tombstones
2. Sicario

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

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


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

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

Outstanding film.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2016...
« Reply #134 on: March 29, 2016, 01:44:21 PM »

New (to me) films in bold

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