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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #105 on: April 19, 2017, 08:43:08 AM »

I forgot he did that.  Again, can't see him doing serious roles.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #106 on: April 19, 2017, 11:16:15 AM »

You can see him doing serious roles.  In THE END OF THE TOUR and THE DISCOVERY.  I think I've covered that fully.

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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #107 on: April 22, 2017, 07:21:38 PM »

Updates in batches. Batches man, batches...
1 of 5

New to me films in BOLD

13 ● The Secret Life of Pets
First act was good, funny, heartwarming. Then it went downhill and got way too dark. Parents, is this something you would let young children watch? Seems an almost pointless production if they don't.
14 ● Purple Rain
A blu-ray re-watching. Not the crispest BD but not much to distract from the (let's be honest here) dodgy storyline and fantastic performances/music
15 ● Mascots
Christopher Guest? Guess more like, as in "Guess it only took him a couple of hours to come up with such a shitty notion, script and movie"
16 ● Diana
I once had a girlfriend who told me she wanted to be treated like a princess. Everything was good until I took her for a drive through that Paris underpass. Too soon? Anyway, Naomi Watts excels as Diana about as much as I would excel as David Beckham in his biopic.
17 ● 13th
Everyone should be forced to watch this documentary, if only to acknowledge just HOW fucked up the American prison complex is and how it has revolved entirely around a combination of politicians' fuckwittery and a need for prison corporations to make money. And how minorities are bundled like bad bank loans. Harrowingly captivating
18 ● Help!
A blu-ray re-watching. A meticulous remastering as one would expect from the Beatles 'legacy'. Brought many scenes to life and gave extra oomph where it was missing before.
19 ● Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
Decent enough documentary about how National Lampoon magazine (and its subsequent media empire) came to be. Pretty solid and entertaining
20 ● Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
This was listed on one of those 'bootleg movie channels' that are increasingly becoming all the rage on our Roku. I actually turned it on initially just to check the channel worked properly then got hooked back in to this ludicrous tale that still made me laugh despite myself
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #108 on: April 22, 2017, 08:17:44 PM »

Updates in batches. Batches man, batches...
2 of 5

New to me films in BOLD

21 ● Tom Waits: Tales from a Cracked Jukebox
I little bit too much of a skim over his earlier Asylum label years but still a nice little documentary that doesn't short change (got rained on with his own '38) diehard fans or the curious
22 ● The Accountant
This doesn't know what it is. An astute drama about autism, a part-heist movie, a revenge thriller. First act good, last two acts poor. Ben Affleck disappoints.
23 ● Keeping Up with the Joneses
Doubtlessly made to provide a comedic version of "The Americans" this wastes everyone who appears in it. None moreso than Zach Galifianakis who seems so far out of his comfort zone with such a shitty script that I'm half-convinced he acted badly on purpose.
24 ● Deepwater Horizon
Too soon. Way too soon. But only because no-one wrote a damned script for this coulda-been-good story based on the BP oilspill
25 ● Arrival
If this movie had rung the doorbell when it was on its way, there's no way I would've let it in.
26 ● Enough Said
Enough already
27 ● Bernard & Doris
Soapy drama based on the true story of the peculiar - and flamboyant - relationship that took place between heiress Doris Duke (Susan Sarandon) and her butler Bernard Lafferty (Ralph Fiennes). A cracking zippy script and high production values gives this a fabulous edge and I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would given the premise
28 ● Night Will Fall
Riveting documentary about the British soldiers who were trained as cinematographers and tasked with the gruesome job of documenting the truth about the German concentration camps as WWII came to its conclusion. It's very much a "oh, the humanity" movie.
29 ● Magicians: Life in the Impossible
Documentary about four different magicians and the lives they lead on and off the road. I waved a wand and muttered abracadabra but it didn't get any better.
30 ● Barry
Biopic about Obama's early life. Nothing much happens. Not until 2008 anyway. Which isn't covered in this movie.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #109 on: April 22, 2017, 08:39:16 PM »

Updates in batches. Batches man, batches...
3 of 5

New to me films in BOLD

31 ● Marauders
Rescreening to show a visitor from England all the scenes of Cincinnati that litter this otherwise iffy heist thriller
32 ● Pride
Just as much fun second time round for this dramedy based on the true story of how a gay/lesbian co-op in London raised money for an impoverished village during Thatcher's attack on its mining community. Recommended if you've never seen it and Bill Nighy with a Welsh accent for the win
33 ● Sing Street
Again shown for our English visitor. Silly and much fun.
34 ● I.T.
"Phone home........" No, wait, _I._T...... Reasonable, if flawed, movie with the always entertaining Pierce Brosnan as a corporate head honcho with a love for technology in the home. Then he pisses off a technician who takes revenge... "when toasters attack!"
35 ● Miss Sharon Jones
Made more heartbreaking by knowing the eventual ending
36 ● Passengers
Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence drag out an almost credible sci-fi story about space colonists who wake up from hibernation on board a planetary transporter 90 years earlier than they should've done
37 ● Grand Budapest Hotel
Blu-Ray rewatching for our friend from England. Yes, I did watch a lot of movies with her whilst she was here
38 ● Inside Out
Rewatching for our friend from England. Mainly because she is a mental health professional and I wanted to get her take on how clever (or otherwise) she thought this was. She found it much the same as I did when I first watched it; inspired and clever.
39 ● Tommy
Blu-Ray rewatching for our friend from England. She mentioned she hadn't watched it since it was in the cinema and would like to see it again. She found it disappointing. Not me though, I'll always love it's poorly budgeted campiness
40 ● The Beaver
This had been in our Netflix queue for the longest time and I kept putting it off because: Mel Gibson. It actually was better than I imagined it might be, but my expectations were admittedly quite low.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #110 on: April 22, 2017, 09:21:26 PM »

Updates in batches. Batches man, batches...
4 of 5

New to me films in BOLD

41 ● Swing State
Bloke pretends to be right wing radio personality once. Gains instant fanbase and popularity. Has to maintain identity. Funny? No.
42 ● The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassas
Caught a trailer of this Terry Gilliam flick on something and realised I had never seen it. Ordered the BluRay from the OhioSearch library system and then wished I'd never seen it. The ONLY redeeming factor is the presence and beauty of the rather ravishing and lickable likable Lilly Cole
43 ● The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon
Straight forward performance video of the Stones' history-making gig on Cuba
44 ● Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Embarrassingly poor. At least 10 years too late and a shitty script
45 ● Barney Thomson
Do yourself a favour... if you happen across this at the library or on a streaming service, give it a watch. It's one of THE funniest (unknown) movies I have seen in many a month. The comedy is so very dark and the performances - Robert Carlyle especially (he also directed) - tremendous. A British movie in the stye of early Coen Brothers' offerings that doesn't disappoint (IMHO)
46 ● Dr Feelgood
Documentary surrounding the contentious practices of Dr. William Hurwitz who prescribed some his patients in agony thousands & thousands of painkillers to give them relief. Fascinating and scary in equal measure.
47 ● Captain America: Civil War
I swore myself off movies like this, Part I. CGI overkill and way too complicated for me to comprehend. Nice action sequences nevertheless.
48 ● Summer of '92
Based on the true tale of how Denmark were defeated in the Euro'92 football tournament qualifying rounds only to find themselves IN the finals (due to a technicality) at the very last minute. Unprepared, they overcome their lack of training to..... well, try and guess. Good fun!!
49 ● Sausage Party
I kept swapping messages with Shivvy about how bad he thought this movie was. I avoided it and shunned it on his recommendation, at least until one night when I noticed it was on Netflix. I found it VERY funny, VERY clever and in keeping with my sick sense of humour.
50 ● Springsteen & I
Nice 'fanflick' documentary about what Bruce means to his most rabid fans around the world. Some great concert footage - both early and recent - makes it special. Watch out for the tale of the Elvis impersonator who Springsteen invited up on stage at one gig. Laughed my arse off over it.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #111 on: April 22, 2017, 09:55:36 PM »

Updates in batches. Batches man, batches...
5 of 5

New to me films in BOLD

51 ● A Hologram for the King
Tom Hanks plays Tom Hanks in a Tom Hanks movie
52 ● Moonlight
Impressive but not brilliant
53 ● Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Hollywood porn version of this needs to be called "Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them". I;d probably enjoy that version.
54 ● Manchester by the Sea
Southampton is by the sea. Manchester is by a canal. This is boring drama by the numbers
55 ● Suicide Squad
A hot mess. A colourful hot mess but a hot mess nonetheless
56 ● Office Christmas Party
It shot my eye out, it shot my eye out
57 ● Southside with You
Barack meets Michelle, woos Michelle, bangs Michelle
58 ● Café Society
Woody Allen with a Woody Allen story, voiced by Woody Allen whilst Jesse Eisenberg plays the Woody Allen role like Woody Allen
59 ● Facing the Fat
Bloke goes on 30+ day fast to lose weight. Documents it. Twat.
60 ● Life of Brian
Mandatory Easter viewing
61 ● Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
$4 Blu-Ray = rewatching the Candyman canning in good quality
62 ● Deadpool
Library BluRay to see if I enjoyed it anymore than my disappointed first viewing. I didn't. Couldn't see the hype at all
63 ● Sandy Wexler
Adam Sandler must've been funny once, right? This wasn't that time. Only good for cameo spotting, otherwise utter pants
64 ● Bachelor Night
I had no idea movies like this were still made. "The Hangover" meets "Porky's" with stunning naked women by the score littered liberally throughout. Low budget but great bods.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #112 on: April 23, 2017, 10:32:40 PM »


49 ● Sausage Party
I kept swapping messages with Shivvy about how bad he thought this movie was. I avoided it and shunned it on his recommendation, at least until one night when I noticed it was on Netflix. I found it VERY funny, VERY clever and in keeping with my sick sense of humour.

I absolutely LOVED that movie...

You are swapping messages with Shivvy? Is he still in Austin? What's he up to these days?
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #113 on: April 24, 2017, 04:31:55 PM »

1. North By Northwest (1959 - TCM)
2. Office Rules (1999 - Comedy Channel)
3. Vertigo (1958 - TCM)
4. Lion (AMC Merchant Crossing, Ft Myers, FL)
5. Inside Daisy Clover (1965 - TCM)
6. Fences (AMC Merchant Crossing, FT. Myers, FL)
7. East of Eden (1955 - TCM)
8. By Sydney Lumet (PBS)
9. Heaven Can Wait (1978 - TCM)
10. Annie Hall (1977 - TCM)
11. Why Him? (AMC Merchant Crossing, FT. Myers, FL)
12. The Breakup (Comedy Channel)
13. Hidden Figures (AMC Merchant Crossing, Ft. Myers, FL)
14. Live By Night (Esquire Theatre)
15. Patriots Day (Cinemark Oakley)
16. Things to Come (Esquire Theater)
17. Silence (AMC Newport on the Levee)
18. 20th Century Women (Mariemont Theater)
19. Paterson (Esquire Theater)
20. The Founder (Esquire Theater)
21. This Was the XFL (ESPN 30 for 30)
22. Julieta (Esquire Theater)
23. Sausage Party (DVD)
24. Memoria (DVD)
25. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (DVD)
26. Fever at Dawn (Jewish & Israeli Film Festival @ Mariemont Theater)
27. Oklahoma City (PBS)
28. Born to Be Blue (DVD)
29. The Last Mentsch (Jewish & Israeli Film Festival @ Mariemont Theater)
30. The Salesman (Esquire Theater)
31. John Wick 2 (Cinemark Oakley)
32. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 - TCM)
33. I Am Not Your Negro (Esquire Theater)
34. Britney Ever After (Lifetime Channel)
35. A Cure for Wellness (AMC Newport on the Levee)
36. Time to Say Goodbye (Jewish & Israeli Film Festival @ Mariemont Theater)
37. A.K.A. Nadia (Jewish & Israeli Film Festival @ Esquire Theater)
38. Toni Erdmann (Mariemont Theater)
39. Neruda (Esquire Theater)
40. Kedi (Esquire Theater)
41. Table 19 (AMC West Chester)
42. Mediterranea (DVD)
43. Kong: Skull Island (Cinemark Oakley)
44. My Life As A Zucchini (Mariemont Theater)
45. Land of Mine (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
46. Get Out (Cinemark Oakley)
47. Donald Cried (Esquire Theater)
48. The Red Turtle (AMC Newport on the Levee)
49. T2 Trainspotting (Esquire Theater)
50. Song to Song (Esquire Theater)
51. The Last Word (Mariemont Theater)
52. Life (AMC Newport on the Levee)
53. Personal Shopper (Esquire Theater)
54. Fracture (HBO)
55. The Zookeeper's Wife (Esquire Theater)
Catching up on the last 3 weeks (movies seen in the theater in bold)

56. The Belko Experiment (AMC Newport on the Levee)
57. Anesthesia (Starsz)
58. The Devotion of Suspect X (AMC Newport on the Levee)
59. CHiP (AMC Newport on the Levee)
60. Queen of the Desert (AMC Newport on the Levee)
61. Star Wars - The Force Awakens (Starsz)
62. Raw (Esquire Theater)
63. Frantz (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
64. Tommy's Honour (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
65. The Lost City of Z (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)
66. Free Fire (Regal Belltower Stadium, Ft. Myers, FL)

The Devotion of Suspect X was the latest Chinese movie opening at the Newport on the Levee (it seems just about evry week now there is a Chinese movie playing there). I was the only non-Chinese (or Chinese-American) in the audience. This is an adaptation of a well-known Japanese crime novel, a peculiar thing given the Chinese disdain for most things Japanese. But as it turns out, none of that mattered. The movie was easily the WORST movie I've seen all year, and in fact I left after an hour, I simply couldn't take it anymore. I could tell from the Chinese crowd's reaction to certain scenes they didn't care much for it either. I ended up walking into the last hour's screening of the theater next door, which was playing ChiP. Plain bad, except it was a relief as compared to The Devition...

Think of Queen of the Desert as a bio-pic of the "female Lawrence of Arabia". It has been universally panned and completely bombed at the box office. And yet... I somehow enjoyed it (and not just because of Nicole Kidman in the title role). Werner Herzog directed.

Raw is a French-Belgian production (shot entirely in Belgium) about a female vegetarian student at a veterinary school who during "initiation week" gets hazed and forced to eat some meat. Then strange things start happening... I was completely taken aback by the brutality of certain scenes (I literally could not watch the screen). Very graphic and at times disturbing. Imagine my surprise when in the end titles I see this is directed by a woman. I could see this movie becoming a "cult classic" over time...

The Lost City of Z was a better than expected bio-pic of the British explorer from the early 20th century who wants to find a "lost city" in the Amazon. Gorgeous photography, rich score, lush production all around.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #114 on: April 25, 2017, 09:32:46 AM »

You can see him doing serious roles.  In THE END OF THE TOUR and THE DISCOVERY.  I think I've covered that fully.

Yeah, I get it.  For some reason I'm not compelled to follow through, though.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #115 on: April 25, 2017, 09:55:06 AM »

You can see him doing serious roles.  In THE END OF THE TOUR and THE DISCOVERY.  I think I've covered that fully.

Yeah, I get it.  For some reason I'm not compelled to follow through, though.

He is terrible in THE DISCOVERY.

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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #116 on: April 25, 2017, 10:21:35 AM »

Movies seen in 2017 (new movies in bold):
1. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
2. Assassin's Creed

3. Die Another Day
4. X-Men: Apocalypse
5. Star Trek Beyond
6. Hidden Figures

7. We Bought A Zoo
8. The American President
9. The 'Burbs
10. Suicide Squad
11. Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children
12. Ella Enchanted
13. Hell Or High Water

14. Airplane!
15. Pete's Dragon
16. The Nice Guys

17. M*A*S*H
18. Money Monster
19. Race
20. Logan
21. Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman
22. The Running Man

23. Major League
24. Spring Breakers
25. The Fate of the Furious
26. Jason Bourne


I used to love this series. Now I just...am fine with it. I don't really care, but I don't hate either.
The film itself is fine. It's good action sequences with very little else. Not much plot, not much character development, not much that makes me want to talk about it.

I did realize that most of those good action sequences involved lots of shots of people walking. That's it. Just walking. One guy is walking after another guy. One guy walks quickly around a corner. One guy walks up to someone else and plants something. Lots of walking. And yet...it's very effective!
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #117 on: April 26, 2017, 09:03:53 AM »

Movies seen in 2017 (new movies in bold):
1. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
2. Assassin's Creed

3. Die Another Day
4. X-Men: Apocalypse
5. Star Trek Beyond
6. Hidden Figures

7. We Bought A Zoo
8. The American President
9. The 'Burbs
10. Suicide Squad
11. Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children
12. Ella Enchanted
13. Hell Or High Water

14. Airplane!
15. Pete's Dragon
16. The Nice Guys

17. M*A*S*H
18. Money Monster
19. Race
20. Logan
21. Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman
22. The Running Man

23. Major League
24. Spring Breakers
25. The Fate of the Furious
26. Jason Bourne

27. The Last Witch Hunter


Greatest movie ever? Certainly not.
Better than the box office take implies? Definitely.
Better than (probable) review? Absolutely.

I still think it's a decent movie.
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #118 on: April 30, 2017, 08:03:59 PM »

colossal - nice spin on the giant monster movie. Ann hathaway does a nice job. i liked it, but it did seem about 15 minutes too long, or am i just used to straight up action sequence after sequence with little character development (which takes more time)?
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Re: 50 Movies in 2017
« Reply #119 on: April 30, 2017, 10:32:09 PM »

colossal - nice spin on the giant monster movie. Ann hathaway does a nice job. i liked it, but it did seem about 15 minutes too long, or am i just used to straight up action sequence after sequence with little character development (which takes more time)?
I saw it this weekend too. I really liked it. If you have seen the trailer, you know exactly what to expect of the first hour... but not the second. I didn't think it was overly long. In fact it just blew right by me, and before you know it, we were done. Nice movie.
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