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4 hours ago, Walter said:

Watching San Francisco 2.0 - very interesting

My nephew lives there and hates it and most of the people there. He's a misanthrope anyway.

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On 3/19/2019 at 12:27 AM, Kiwi_Zep_Fan87 said:

Looking forward to this! :) 

 

 

Barely a month to go!!! I never realized how much I missed Downton Abbey!! :wub: 

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Apollo 11 - spectacular!!! No dramatical narration. Just the footage and original audio. The pictures of the moon surface are stunning.

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25th anniversary screening last night. Hard to believe it's been 25 years already. 

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If you had asked me in 1972 what my favourite movie was I probably would have said "Billy Jack". I lost count of how many times I saw that movie from 1970 to 1975....it always seemed to be playing a theatre somewhere.

I had the opportunity to see both these Billy Jack movies last night in the company of the son of Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor. The "Born Losers" print was faded a little, as expected, but "Billy Jack" was a nice IB Technicolor print.

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18 hours ago, Strider said:

If you had asked me in 1972 what my favourite movie was I probably would have said "Billy Jack". I lost count of how many times I saw that movie from 1970 to 1975....it always seemed to be playing a theatre somewhere.

I had the opportunity to see both these Billy Jack movies last night in the company of the son of Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor. The "Born Losers" print was faded a little, as expected, but "Billy Jack" was a nice IB Technicolor print.

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Tom & Delores Laughlin were bad ass, they talked the talk and walked the walk and neither voiced any regrets. They used their movies as platforms and never backed down. My hats off to both.

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Watched "The Lighthouse" yesterday.  A black and white "art film" with outstanding acting performances by William Dafoe (naturally) and Robert Pattinson (surprising!).  Bonus:  you even get to see a mermaid's vajayjay! 

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Weekend round-up. 

It's Halloween week...which means it's HAMMER TIME!

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Always a fun spin...

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Still chewing this over in my mind. Totally engaged and enraptured over its entire 7.5 hour running time. The screening started at 2pm and with small breaks and a dinner break at 6:30, we got out of the theatre at 10:30pm. The restoration was gorgeous.

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Finished the weekend with a fun one. Eddie Murphy is getting good notices but for me, Wesley Snipes stole the show. He is hilarious. Another trip back to the funky, fun '70s.

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Dolemite was hilarious. Gotta see the original now. ^_^

Also caught 'Theater Of Blood' on TV last night. Critics beware. Diana Rigg was hot.

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3 hours ago, redrum said:

Dolemite was hilarious. Gotta see the original now. ^_^

Also caught 'Theater Of Blood' on TV last night. Critics beware. Diana Rigg was hot.

Hell yes she was hot. Emma Peel was my entry into puberty.

Check out Rudy Ray Moore in "Disco Godfather" as well as "Dolemite".

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5 hours ago, Strider said:

Hell yes she was hot. Emma Peel was my entry into puberty.

Check out Rudy Ray Moore in "Disco Godfather" as well as "Dolemite".

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A nifty (under 60 minutes!) Pre-code from 1932 about a nightclub. A rare non-horror role for Boris Karloff. Pretty Mae Clarke, who a year before was being chased by Boris (as Frankenstein's monster) and getting her face smashed by a grapefruit from Jimmy Cagney in "Public Enemy".

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One of the best movies of 2019. After "The Host", "Mother", and "Snowpiercer", South Korean director Bong Joon Ho had a letdown with "Okja". But "Parasite" finds him back in form. Winner of the Palme d'Or at 2019 Cannes over "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood". You think you know where the film is headed...and then it gets weird.

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Scorsese. DeNiro. Pacino. Pesci. Keitel. What else do you need to know? Based on the life of mob hitman Frank Sheeran. Probably the last time you will see all of these guys in one movie together (and Pacino's FIRST movie with Scorsese) and probably Scorsese's farewell to the mobster movie. Another one that, when all is said and done, will be in the running for multiple awards. It is 3 1/2 hours with no intermission break so plan accordingly...take that bathroom break before the movie starts. See it on the big screen if you can. Thanks to the beef between Netflix and theatre chains, most of you can't.

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Next up on my movie calendar..."The Lighthouse", "Ford vs. Ferrari", "Her Smell".

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On 11/4/2019 at 5:17 PM, Strider said:

Next up on my movie calendar..."The Lighthouse", "Ford vs. Ferrari", "Her Smell".

Light House is on the top of my list to see. A24 has some fantastic films! 

BTW, I LOVED Joker !  Just deliver that Oscar to Joaquin Phoenix now IMHO

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I am a sucker for a good heist flick...or movies about gambling or con jobs. These are a few I watched this past week...starting with this Rat Pack classic. "E-O Eleven!"

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A small underrated gem. Steve McQueen goes up against Edgar G. Robinson in 5 card stud poker while Rip Torn menaces from the sidelines. Ann-Margret and Tuesday Weld are the eye-candy.

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Quite simply, "The Hustler" is a great American movie and says more about the American soul than baseball ever will. Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, and George C. Scott etch their characters perfectly. Each owns their parts to the point that any remake or reboot would be foolish. If you have never seen it, drop what you are doing and see it now. 

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American director Jules Dassin's nifty French noir. One of the coolest heist sequences ever filmed. Great jazz score by Georges Auric. Shot in black-and-white...as it should be.

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Saturday night, I saw one I had never seen before. Joe Dante has been curating a series of little-seen movies at the American Cinematheque and this night he chose to screen "Hail! Mafia", a French-Italian co-production from 1965. Jack Klugman and Henry Silva are a pair of bickering bantering hitmen (foreshadowing John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in "Pulp Fiction") sent to silence Eddie Constantine. From New York to Paris to Marseilles, the movie zips along in an economical 90 minutes. In glorious black-and-white cinematography (there is a shot in Manhattan that would do Jules Schulman proud) and a suitably cool jazz score by Hubert Rostaing.

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To wrap up the week, last night I went to a special Veterans Day screening of "The Right Stuff" at the Hollywood American Legion Post #43. If you haven't seen this, I don't know what to tell you other than what are you waiting for? It should be mandatory viewing for every American.

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Just saw "The Good Liar".  Outstanding performances by Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen, but the movie itself is VERY slow and has a very predictable and cliche ending.  Personally, I would not recommend it.

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On 11/5/2019 at 4:47 AM, Strider said:

Next up on my movie calendar..."The Lighthouse", "Ford vs. Ferrari", "Her Smell".

How did you like "Ford vs. Ferrari"? I am thinking of going to see it very soon. 

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On 11/17/2019 at 11:30 PM, Kiwi_Zep_Fan87 said:

How did you like "Ford vs. Ferrari"? I am thinking of going to see it very soon. 

It was a real GAS!!!

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Finally got around to Jordan Peele's "US". It's apparently some kind of giant metaphor about privileged people being ignorant towards the less fortunate in society. It's well directed but poorly written in my honest opinion and I think every single one of the rave reviews focus solely on the "genius" of all the metaphors, hints, nods, and winks about culture instead of looking at the film from a basic perspective. It's shitty as a horror film and the metaphorical allusions to the faults of modern society aren't deep enough to really say anything significant or make people think. If this film deserves good ratings then every single one of M. Knight Shamallama's films deserve them to. It even has a cheap thrill twist at the end.

Edit: If you want a good taste of cultural reflection, HBO's Watchmen series is much better.

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