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14 hours ago, gibsonfan159 said:

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.

I haven't seen "Us" nor Jordan Peele's last one, "Get Out". Most modern horror movies bore me so neither of them really appealed to me and I'm kind of over the Jordan Peele hype anyway.

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...don't bother watching the racist "Get Out" flick.   It's basically just a SJW version of "The Stepford Wives" anyway. 

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12 minutes ago, Strider said:

I haven't seen "Us" nor Jordan Peele's last one, "Get Out". Most modern horror movies bore me so neither of them really appealed to me and I'm kind of over the Jordan Peele hype anyway.

Get Out is actually worth watching. It's less "horror" and more psychological mindfuck. Unlike "Us", the concept is pretty captivating. But I agree too many people are putting Peele on a hype pedestal and are gonna call anything he does "genius".

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The Irishman- Scorsese's adaptation of a mob member's confession on what happened to Jimmy Hoffa. It's a Scorsese film so you know what you're getting if you've ever seen his previous 75 Italian mob centered films. My God is it long and slow. Like the Green Mile played at half speed. But, it's pretty good if you have time (and patience) to sit through it and pay attention. An all-in cast brings DeNiro, Keitel, Pacino, Pesci, and any other stereotyped actor together for this final big bang, and they all did a surprisingly impressive job though I'd say Pacino steals the show as Jimmy Hoffa. Even though the film itself is tastefully done and well directed, I think if it wasn't for the story being centered around the "disappearance" of Hoffa, it would just be another run of the mill Scorsese script with the already overdone mob hits and illegal activity within organized Italo crime. Unfortunately, DeNiro's character is so unwittingly shallow that it seems off somehow that he's the center of the film.

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On 11/25/2019 at 2:45 PM, Stryder1978 said:

...don't bother watching the racist "Get Out" flick.   It's basically just a SJW version of "The Stepford Wives" anyway. 

I don't understand where you get this is somehow racist as I saw nothing of the sort. What I did find is a mediocre movie with several serious plot holes and outright stupid story which made no real sense.

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On 11/30/2019 at 1:38 AM, gibsonfan159 said:

The Irishman- Scorsese's adaptation of a mob member's confession on what happened to Jimmy Hoffa. It's a Scorsese film so you know what you're getting if you've ever seen his previous 75 Italian mob centered films. My God is it long and slow. Like the Green Mile played at half speed. But, it's pretty good if you have time (and patience) to sit through it and pay attention. An all-in cast brings DeNiro, Keitel, Pacino, Pesci, and any other stereotyped actor together for this final big bang, and they all did a surprisingly impressive job though I'd say Pacino steals the show as Jimmy Hoffa. Even though the film itself is tastefully done and well directed, I think if it wasn't for the story being centered around the "disappearance" of Hoffa, it would just be another run of the mill Scorsese script with the already overdone mob hits and illegal activity within organized Italo crime. Unfortunately, DeNiro's character is so unwittingly shallow that it seems off somehow that he's the center of the film.

The Irishman is likely the most overrated film of 2019 and possibly Marty S laziest outing as a director. With the exception of Keitel and Pesci (who gave a fantastic performance), DeNiro & Pacino were seriously miscast in their roles. DeNiro looked like an idiot with the digital manipulation of his age as he is still a 76 year old man who walks and acts like a 76 year old man. As you mentioned, his character was incredibly under-developed with zero insight into his motivations or who he really was...DeNiro was a ghost. Talk about phoning it in. Pacino did a better job but again, he looked like a fool as he is way, way too old for the part and he projected none of Hoffa's menace.

Except for Pesci the move was a complete waste of time. Kinda felt like getting four aging actors together for one last run around the track, and a very slow run at that.

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Just saw "Jumanji: Next Level"......not even the hot redhead can save that turd of a movie.....and I liked the first re-boot!

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Just saw "1917"...basically a British version of "Saving Private Ryan" set during WWI.  The single camera filming was interesting and well done, but from what I've read of the war,  the scenes were WAY too clean for that shithole of a war!

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Just saw "The Gentlemen".  I'm not a big Guy Ritchie fan, be he absolutely nailed this one!  Great story that keeps you guessing, incredible cast and hilarious crime drama and dialogue.  Blows that over-hyped bring mess called "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" out of the water.  Best film I've seen in years.  Of course I expected greatness from Matthew, but Charlie Hunnam and Colin Farrell deliver as well.  And the biggest surprise was Hugh Grant.  Highly recommended. 

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1 hour ago, Stryder1978 said:

Just saw "The Gentlemen".  I'm not a big Guy Ritchie fan, be he absolutely nailed this one!  Great story that keeps you guessing, incredible cast and hilarious crime drama and dialogue.  Blows that over-hyped bring mess called "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" out of the water.  Best film I've seen in years.  Of course I expected greatness from Matthew, but Charlie Hunnam and Colin Farrell deliver as well.  And the biggest surprise was Hugh Grant.  Highly recommended. 

Guy Ritchie has fallen off a cliff ever since he got involved with Madonna. I liked "Snatch" best of his movies. Is the new one as good as that?

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I totally agree with you...LOVED "Snatch" and in my opinion, "The Gentlemen" is on that level!  Best work Ritchie has done in years!

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AMERICA
 
Puerto Rico, You lovely island,
Island of tropical breezes.
Always the pineapples growing,
Always the coffee blossom blowing.
Puerto Rico, You ugly island,
Island of tropic diseases.
Always the hurricanes blowing,
Always the population growing,
And the money owing,
And the babies crying,
And the bullets flying.
I like the island Manhattan.
Smoke on your pipe and put that in!
Girls sans Rosalia:
I like to be in America!
O.K. by me in America!
Everything free in America
For a small fee in America!
I like the city of San Juan.
I know a boat you can get on.
Hundreds of flowers in full bloom.
Hundreds of people in each room!
Girls sans Rosalia:
Automobile in America.
Chromium steel in America.
Wirespoke wheel in American,
Very big deal in America!
I'll drive a Buick through San Juan
If there's a road you can drive on.
I'll give my cousins a free ride.
How you get all of them inside?
Immigrants goes to America.
Many hellos in America.
Nobody knows in American,
Puerto Rico's in America!
I'll bring a T.V. to San Juan.
If there's a current to turn on!
I'll give them new washing machine.
What have they got there to keep clean?
I like the shores of America.
Comfort is yours in America.
Knobs on doors in American,
Wall-to-wall floors in America!
When I will go back to San Juan.
When you will shut up and get gone!
Everyone there will give big cheer!
Everyone there will have moved here
 

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i was astounded at how they had footage of a teenage Alex Lifeson telling his family he wanted to quit high school to concentrate on his music. Who thinks to film a personal moment that at that age? Even to have a film camera around the house was rare at that time for non-film professionals. Amazing.

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3 hours ago, Strider said:

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i was astounded at how they had footage of a teenage Alex Lifeson telling his family he wanted to quit high school to concentrate on his music. Who thinks to film a personal moment that at that age? Even to have a film camera around the house was rare at that time for non-film professionals. Amazing.

I watched that show the morning I read that we lost Neil.  GREAT documentary and amazing they had so much quality footage from the early years.  If only that had happened with Zep....

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1 hour ago, Stryder1978 said:

I watched that show the morning I read that we lost Neil.  GREAT documentary and amazing they had so much quality footage from the early years.  If only that had happened with Zep....

Ya know, one of the reasons may be Zep grew so much and so quickly that, unlike Rush, by the time they got around to documenting and filming, it had to be some major production. Zep should have had a roadie filming with a handheld every few shows both for posterity and to help them see visually how their live presentation worked. Unfortunately, Grant & Page were so paranoid about stuff getting out unofficially, they locked this ship down so tight, we have little compared to Rush and other bands as a result.

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On 1/23/2020 at 7:13 AM, PeaceFrogYum said:

 Unfortunately, Grant & Page were so paranoid about stuff getting out unofficially, they locked this ship down so tight, we have little compared to Rush and other bands as a result.

Most likely due to Peter Grant.

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Brandy the Dog was in the house last night. Should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

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Can someone explain what's so great about "Parasite"? It's intriguing for the first half but quickly becomes a scattered, hyperrealistic tragic comedy that does nothing original. 

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10 hours ago, Strider said:

Brandy the Dog was in the house last night. Should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

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I agree. Beautiful dog.

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2 hours ago, gibsonfan159 said:

Can someone explain what's so great about "Parasite"? It's intriguing for the first half but quickly becomes a scattered, hyperrealistic tragic comedy that does nothing original. 

Never even heard of the damned movie.

Crucial here is that Parasite’s message isn’t the only thing that’s awful about the film. It’s also at least ½ hour too long, with an ending that’s even more implausible than the story of class struggle that precedes the slasher-film ending. Parasite doesn’t deserve Best Foreign Film, Best Picture, or any kind of serious award. That it’s a trendy prediction for some speaks to how much politics and polemic statements within films have replaced good moviemaking as all-important in the eyes of critics and awards’ voters alike.

The Bernie crowd will eat it up I'm sure.

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There's nothing special about the movie itself, but in the new "woke" culture of Hollywierd, last year was the "Black Oscars", this year it was the "Asian Oscars"....be prepared for the "Hispanic Oscars" next year.  Everyone gets a turn...everyone gets a prize!

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They showed "Spartacus" at the Dome last night. I have lost track of how many times I have seen "Spartacus" but how can you resist Kirk and Woody on the big screen?

There has been a lot of revisionist history and simplification of the end o f the blacklist over the years. This article cuts through the myths.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/07/how-kirk-douglas-overstated-his-role-in-breaking-the-hollywood-blacklist/259111/

After "Spartacus" I went home and watched "The Bad & the Beautiful". Not quite as great as "Sweet Smell of Success", but Lana is a knockout. Gloria Grahame, too. Great score by David Raksin.

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Next week the El Capitan is showing "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"!

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1 hour ago, Strider said:

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They showed "Spartacus" at the Dome last night. I have lost track of how many times I have seen "Spartacus" but how can you resist Kirk and Woody on the big screen?

There has been a lot of revisionist history and simplification of the end o f the blacklist over the years. This article cuts through the myths.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/07/how-kirk-douglas-overstated-his-role-in-breaking-the-hollywood-blacklist/259111/

After "Spartacus" I went home and watched "The Bad & the Beautiful". Not quite as great as "Sweet Smell of Success", but Lana is a knockout. Gloria Grahame, too. Great score by David Raksin.

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Next week the El Capitan is showing "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"!

You're so lucky to have a theater like that. What's the admission price? Just watched 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' (with Woody of course). Strother Martin was a sadistic little creep, like Jabba The Hutt's sidekick. I loved when John Wayne threw him out of the saloon. 😆

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