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Author Topic: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD  (Read 51155 times)

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5660 on: July 16, 2018, 05:00:23 pm »
Frances Ha is a solid film. Itís essentially plotless and isnít wholly free from meandering but itís paced well overall and I related to its main characterís iinternal conflicts and particularly found Greta Gerwigís performance to be wonderful. Iím somewhere between a B and a B+. Not quite sure.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5661 on: July 16, 2018, 06:38:51 pm »
I saw Leave No Trace. It left no trace in my brain.
I've seen the trailer for this for at least the last three trips to the local indie theater. It's appearing to invade mine.

What did you like and dislike about it? I've heard nearly unanimous praise for it.

Kashmir, I appreciate how hard you're trying, but let's face it. This site has collapsed.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5662 on: July 16, 2018, 06:53:30 pm »
I saw Leave No Trace. It left no trace in my brain.
I've seen the trailer for this for at least the last three trips to the local indie theater. It's appearing to invade mine.

What did you like and dislike about it? I've heard nearly unanimous praise for it.

Kashmir, I appreciate how hard you're trying, but let's face it. This site has collapsed.
What do you propose we do, then?

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5663 on: July 16, 2018, 06:59:57 pm »
I saw Leave No Trace. It left no trace in my brain.
I've seen the trailer for this for at least the last three trips to the local indie theater. It's appearing to invade mine.

What did you like and dislike about it? I've heard nearly unanimous praise for it.

Kashmir, I appreciate how hard you're trying, but let's face it. This site has collapsed.
What do you propose we do, then?

Suicide pact.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5664 on: July 16, 2018, 07:45:31 pm »
Frances Ha is a solid film. Itís essentially plotless and isnít wholly free from meandering but itís paced well overall and I related to its main characterís iinternal conflicts and particularly found Greta Gerwigís performance to be wonderful. Iím somewhere between a B and a B+. Not quite sure.
Yo, I love that movie.  One of my favourites from this decade.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5665 on: July 17, 2018, 01:08:17 am »
Frances Ha has grown on me since I first watched it.  Great movie.
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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5666 on: July 17, 2018, 03:52:04 pm »
Frances Ha is a solid film. Itís essentially plotless and isnít wholly free from meandering but itís paced well overall and I related to its main characterís iinternal conflicts and particularly found Greta Gerwigís performance to be wonderful. Iím somewhere between a B and a B+. Not quite sure.
Yo, I love that movie.  One of my favourites from this decade.
It is certainly growing on me. The use of black and white was a really good idea - it really helps it stylistically capture some of its homages to the French New Wave.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5667 on: July 17, 2018, 03:54:00 pm »
Also, Hearts Beat Loud is tight at home with the subgenre of feel good music-centered dramadies, with its solid performances and impressive musical flair overriding the more predictable and unworldly elements of the plot.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5668 on: July 18, 2018, 10:45:51 am »
I saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again last night at an advanced screening.  Woke up the next morning and looked at the RT score.  Won't lie when I say if you convert the percentage to a score out of ten, it's not far from my actual grade.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5669 on: July 18, 2018, 10:51:48 am »
I saw Leave No Trace. It left no trace in my brain.
I've seen the trailer for this for at least the last three trips to the local indie theater. It's appearing to invade mine.

What did you like and dislike about it? I've heard nearly unanimous praise for it.

Kashmir, I appreciate how hard you're trying, but let's face it. This site has collapsed.

Yeah I was MIA for a bit with some stuff - come back and the Hot Threads are like 2 weeks old.  Man this site has really hit the skids.  Tough to deny now.  It's a shame, but I suppose it was inevitable.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5670 on: July 19, 2018, 10:33:33 pm »
Mamma Mia (2008):  gay/10

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5671 on: July 22, 2018, 12:30:07 am »
Finally took the number one film off of my "movies I'm ashamed to have not seen" list with tonight's viewing of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5672 on: July 22, 2018, 12:38:37 am »
Finally took the number one film off of my "movies I'm ashamed to have not seen" list with tonight's viewing of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Verdict? That's my all-time favorite film.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5673 on: July 22, 2018, 12:39:49 am »
I saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again last night at an advanced screening.  Woke up the next morning and looked at the RT score.  Won't lie when I say if you convert the percentage to a score out of ten, it's not far from my actual grade.



As much as that trailer disgusted me, I've been listening to a lot of ABBA's music this past week. The titular song is actually really fun to play on piano. Lots of chord changes.

But I'm surprised you liked this thing. It looked pretty loathsome to me.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5674 on: July 22, 2018, 12:50:39 am »
Finally took the number one film off of my "movies I'm ashamed to have not seen" list with tonight's viewing of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Verdict? That's my all-time favorite film.
I think I appreciated it more than really loved or enjoyed it. Some of the filmmaking is pretty remarkable and I like seeing films that so clearly influenced some of my favorite directors (Tarantino is clearly in love with this movie; some of the shots could be subbed straight into The Hateful Eight and the only reason people would notice is the snow). The score is also impeccable and entirely deserving of its classic status. However, I must say that it also felt rather repetitive at times, which made me feel the runtime. These characters run into the same situations repeatedly and it did begin to wear on me as I felt myself dozing off once or twice as another army capture scene took place. I also think I tend to struggle with films that lack a protagonist to really root for, but that's definitely a personal preference more than anything else.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5675 on: July 22, 2018, 01:19:15 am »
I saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again last night at an advanced screening.  Woke up the next morning and looked at the RT score.  Won't lie when I say if you convert the percentage to a score out of ten, it's not far from my actual grade.



As much as that trailer disgusted me, I've been listening to a lot of ABBA's music this past week. The titular song is actually really fun to play on piano. Lots of chord changes.

But I'm surprised you liked this thing. It looked pretty loathsome to me.

There is roughly a -1% chance that you'll like this.  It's very much a like it or hate it kind of movie, and it's a certainty that you'll fall onto the "hate it" end of the spectrum.  I tend to be a sucker for musicals in general, and I love ABBA's music, so it's not really a surprise to me that I dug it.

I also enjoyed the first Mamma Mia!, albeit for slightly different reasons.  I thought the musical numbers in there were akin to watching celebrities do drunken karaoke, and that made the experience far more enjoyable for me than it apparently did for other people.  It pretty much devolved into trashy fun.  Pierce Brosnan attempting to sing is also one of the funniest things to witness.  On the other hand, I think the musical numbers in the new one were legitimately well done, and the vocalization from the actors was much better for the most part (Pierce Brosnan's singing is restricted to one 30 second snippet).
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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5676 on: July 22, 2018, 01:27:41 am »
I do feel like I've been enjoying this summer's output a lot more in general.  Since Solo, the only film that was released that I didn't like was Sicario 2 (although I've yet to see some of the more poorly reviewed stuff like Action Point or Gotti).  Everything else I've enjoyed to varying degrees.  Even stuff I went in expecting to hate, like Skyscraper or Hotel Transylvania 3, I at least found to be enjoyable.  And when the high points of the summer hit (Won't You Be My Neighbor?, First Reformed, Hereditary), they really hit.
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« Reply #5677 on: July 22, 2018, 02:27:21 am »
Finally took the number one film off of my "movies I'm ashamed to have not seen" list with tonight's viewing of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Verdict? That's my all-time favorite film.
I think I appreciated it more than really loved or enjoyed it. Some of the filmmaking is pretty remarkable and I like seeing films that so clearly influenced some of my favorite directors (Tarantino is clearly in love with this movie; some of the shots could be subbed straight into The Hateful Eight and the only reason people would notice is the snow). The score is also impeccable and entirely deserving of its classic status. However, I must say that it also felt rather repetitive at times, which made me feel the runtime. These characters run into the same situations repeatedly and it did begin to wear on me as I felt myself dozing off once or twice as another army capture scene took place. I also think I tend to struggle with films that lack a protagonist to really root for, but that's definitely a personal preference more than anything else.

I can understand the length complaint. The dubbing is also really bad at times. However, I've never had any complaint about how long the film is, and here's why: I think it's impressive as hell that the movie was made the way it was, without anyone chopping up the script to edit out the most expensive sequences. The bridge explosion alone is probably the most expensive shot in the film, and if the movie were made today, that sequence would be the first part to get cut out. The penny-pinchers didn't get their way with TGTBTU, and I love that about it.

And in any case, from a narrative standpoint I think almost all of the sequences are necessary. The Union prison camp contrasts with the Union soldiers at the bridge; they show how good and evil can exist within the same side in a war. The scene where Tuco walks Blondie through the desert makes us hate him, then a few minutes later we feel sympathetic for him because of his time with his brother. This illustrates how good and evil can exist within the same person. The movie draws dozens of little contrasts like these, between characters, within characters, and between actions, until the black-and-white title becomes entirely misleading (Angel Eyes isn't all that much worse than Blondie, but he gets the label of "bad" while Blondie is "good"). Of course, the result is that the movie is three hours long, but after seeing it so many times over the years, it feels half its length to me. It's like a conglomerate of little vignettes, all of which are humorous and thought-provoking in their own ways. I love films that make me feel like I'm watching an odyssey unfold.

Also, it has the best musical score of any film ever.

There is roughly a -1% chance that you'll like this.  It's very much a like it or hate it kind of movie, and it's a certainty that you'll fall onto the "hate it" end of the spectrum.  I tend to be a sucker for musicals in general, and I love ABBA's music, so it's not really a surprise to me that I dug it.

I also enjoyed the first Mamma Mia!, albeit for slightly different reasons.  I thought the musical numbers in there were akin to watching celebrities do drunken karaoke, and that made the experience far more enjoyable for me than it apparently did for other people.  It pretty much devolved into trashy fun.  Pierce Brosnan attempting to sing is also one of the funniest things to witness.  On the other hand, I think the musical numbers in the new one were legitimately well done, and the vocalization from the actors was much better for the most part (Pierce Brosnan's singing is restricted to one 30 second snippet).

I haven't seen either of the films, but the idea of jukebox musicals always struck me as awkward. As a general rule, I think the songs in musicals should serve to move the plot forward-- the narrative shouldn't grind to a halt due to the musical numbers. It's hard to construct a narrative using songs that aren't actually connected by anything.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5678 on: July 23, 2018, 06:13:07 pm »
I do feel like I've been enjoying this summer's output a lot more in general.  Since Solo, the only film that was released that I didn't like was Sicario 2 (although I've yet to see some of the more poorly reviewed stuff like Action Point or Gotti).  Everything else I've enjoyed to varying degrees.  Even stuff I went in expecting to hate, like Skyscraper or Hotel Transylvania 3, I at least found to be enjoyable.  And when the high points of the summer hit (Won't You Be My Neighbor?, First Reformed, Hereditary), they really hit.
Yeah, itís been a pretty good summer overall. Wouldnít be surprised if some of the films (specifically First Reformed and Hereditary) stayed in my top ten of 2018 for the rest of the year.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE WATCHING THREAD
« Reply #5679 on: July 24, 2018, 10:45:20 am »
Finally took the number one film off of my "movies I'm ashamed to have not seen" list with tonight's viewing of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Verdict? That's my all-time favorite film.
I think I appreciated it more than really loved or enjoyed it. Some of the filmmaking is pretty remarkable and I like seeing films that so clearly influenced some of my favorite directors (Tarantino is clearly in love with this movie; some of the shots could be subbed straight into The Hateful Eight and the only reason people would notice is the snow). The score is also impeccable and entirely deserving of its classic status. However, I must say that it also felt rather repetitive at times, which made me feel the runtime. These characters run into the same situations repeatedly and it did begin to wear on me as I felt myself dozing off once or twice as another army capture scene took place. I also think I tend to struggle with films that lack a protagonist to really root for, but that's definitely a personal preference more than anything else.

I can understand the length complaint. The dubbing is also really bad at times. However, I've never had any complaint about how long the film is, and here's why: I think it's impressive as hell that the movie was made the way it was, without anyone chopping up the script to edit out the most expensive sequences. The bridge explosion alone is probably the most expensive shot in the film, and if the movie were made today, that sequence would be the first part to get cut out. The penny-pinchers didn't get their way with TGTBTU, and I love that about it.

And in any case, from a narrative standpoint I think almost all of the sequences are necessary. The Union prison camp contrasts with the Union soldiers at the bridge; they show how good and evil can exist within the same side in a war. The scene where Tuco walks Blondie through the desert makes us hate him, then a few minutes later we feel sympathetic for him because of his time with his brother. This illustrates how good and evil can exist within the same person. The movie draws dozens of little contrasts like these, between characters, within characters, and between actions, until the black-and-white title becomes entirely misleading (Angel Eyes isn't all that much worse than Blondie, but he gets the label of "bad" while Blondie is "good"). Of course, the result is that the movie is three hours long, but after seeing it so many times over the years, it feels half its length to me. It's like a conglomerate of little vignettes, all of which are humorous and thought-provoking in their own ways. I love films that make me feel like I'm watching an odyssey unfold.

Also, it has the best musical score of any film ever.
I definitely agree that it's shocking that this movie was allowed to be made the way it was; I'm floored an exec didn't jump in and cut out some scenes even just to use less sets (since this movie really roams all over the place). Personally, I think it could've been improved with a bit more restraint, but I understand why you love how expansive it is. I just felt that it dragged a bit, as some scenes started to feel a bit repetitive and drag. I suppose I can understand the reasoning you laid out in your second paragraph, but I guess I just felt like it was a bit too much to throw in everything that was there. And yeah, the dub is horrendous but I try not to hold that against older films even if it does take you out of certain scenes a bit. Score is amazing though, no arguments there.

Also, can you explain to me why Blondie was called "The Good"? His introduction is running a scheme to commit fraud and rob towns of their money and his motivations throughout the film appeared to be almost entirely money based. Curious cause I watched this with my family and that was my mom's question (to which none of us really had a good answer). It seemed to me that he really wasn't much different from Angel Face.

 

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