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The Lighthouse- Two thumbs up from me. Monumental performances by Pattinson and Dafoe. Dark, twisted, and brooding story, filmed with a narrow aspect ratio that really creates a sense of claustrophobia and isolation. Definitely leaves you with a "Wtf did I just watch?" feeling, but in a way that you appreciate. This is performance art.

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6 hours ago, gibsonfan159 said:

The Lighthouse- Two thumbs up from me. Monumental performances by Pattinson and Dafoe. Dark, twisted, and brooding story, filmed with a narrow aspect ratio that really creates a sense of claustrophobia and isolation. Definitely leaves you with a "Wtf did I just watch?" feeling, but in a way that you appreciate. This is performance art.

Agree!  That and "The Gentlemen" are my two recent favorite movies so far.  Beat the hell out of the re-makes and comic book movies! 

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Watching 'Is Paris Burning?' 1966 with Gert Frobe as the Nazi general in charge of razing Paris when the allies approach.

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9 hours ago, redrum said:

Watching 'Is Paris Burning?' 1966 with Gert Frobe as the Nazi general in charge of razing Paris when the allies approach.

Fucking Nazi's, always having to be complete dicks. Just watched The Night Porter for the fifth time and same thing....Nazi's are assholes! Only a complete shitbird would even contemplate shooting Charlotte Rampling.

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2 hours ago, PeaceFrogYum said:

Fucking Nazi's, always having to be complete dicks. Just watched The Night Porter for the fifth time and same thing....Nazi's are assholes! Only a complete shitbird would even contemplate shooting Charlotte Rampling.

I tend to believe that the Nazi's were from another planet. MonSSters.

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood- If you like any other Tarantino film you'll like this one. It's the usual cast and the usual dialogue heavy script with the usual over glorified violence. If you're looking for any kind of true to life back story on the Manson murders though, look elsewhere. It only borrows the event as a backdrop and stretches the story into a completely different and unrelated direction in the odd Tarantino fashion. I will say this is one of Leo's best performances.

Joker- This one I found both captivating and disappointing. A hell of a job by Pheonix, but the character itself seems entirely too flawed. The attempt to draw pity on the villain's origin almost whitewashes his integrity as a villain, if that makes sense. It goes too far in the direction of misunderstood mental problems and not enough towards sadistic, evil genius. The obsession with the late night talk show host not only seemed off the mark, but ate up too much of the plot which could have shown more progression of the character. This movie would've been better off being about a random person instead of a Joker origin.

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4 hours ago, gibsonfan159 said:

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood- If you like any other Tarantino from you'll like this one. It's the usual cast and the usual dialogue heavy script with the usual over glorified violence. If you're looking for any kind of true to life back story on the Manson murders though, look elsewhere. It only borrows the event as a backdrop and stretches the story into a completely different and unrelated direction in the odd Tarantino fashion. I will say this is one of Leo's best performances.

Joker- This one I found both captivating and disappointing. A hell of a job by Pheonix, but the character itself seems entirely too flawed. The attempt to draw pity on the villain's origin almost whitewashes his integrity as a villain, if that makes sense. It goes too far in the direction of misunderstood mental problems and not enough towards sadistic, evil genius. The obsession with the late night talk show host not only seemed off the mark, but ate up too much of the plot which could have shown more progression of the character. This movie would've been better off being about a random person instead of a Joker origin.

Loved 'Once Upon A Time.' Haven't seen Joker. Doesn't look like it would appeal to me.

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Ford Vs Ferrari- a very typical Hollywood depiction of the American/British team winning at Le Mans. Like, extremely typical. The directing and screenplay feels like they were created using some type of algorithm that finds the perfect balance of a movie. Matt Damon treads dangerously close to going full "Well howdy pilgrim" and Bale's erratic depiction of Ken is a direct continuation of his crackhead character from The Fighter. However, these things don't ruin the film. It still does an excellent job of telling the story of an iconic era for American racing, even if you're not a car person. It's basically Apollo 13 with race cars. I kept waiting for Tom Hanks to show up.

Edit: I truly believe Christian Bale is on crack by the way. As is Matthew Mcconehey (can't spell that one).

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11 hours ago, gibsonfan159 said:

 

Edit: I truly believe Christian Bale is on crack by the way.

He is annoying.

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On 2/15/2020 at 4:01 AM, tenyearsgone21 said:

What did you think? 

 

Too clean. WWI was a shit show. And the two soldiers sent on the mission were too annoyingly stupid at times. As an Army vet, I kept cringing at some of their boneheaded manoeuvres.

On 2/16/2020 at 10:25 PM, gibsonfan159 said:

The Lighthouse- Two thumbs up from me. Monumental performances by Pattinson and Dafoe. Dark, twisted, and brooding story, filmed with a narrow aspect ratio that really creates a sense of claustrophobia and isolation. Definitely leaves you with a "Wtf did I just watch?" feeling, but in a way that you appreciate. This is performance art.

The pesky seagull was terrific. Like watching a beautiful silent movie with the black and white cinematography in the old-school ratio. Dafoe and Pattinson trying to drive each other and the audience mad. Intense and claustrophobic. Bonus points for the director finding time to squeeze in two wank sessions...one for each actor. And mermaid sex.

Strangely, after the movie I remarked to my friend that I would be perfect for that job. Isolation and being away from people doesn't bother me.

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2 hours ago, Strider said:

Strangely, after the movie I remarked to my friend that I would be perfect for that job. Isolation and being away from people doesn't bother me.

I thought the same. Stranded with an infinite supply of whiskey seems like a legit vacation. I'd even settle for a wind up victrola record player with Zep III- PG.

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1917- I think this film was misrepresented as a true WW1 biopic when in reality it's a situational story with the war as a backdrop. It's a story centered on human willpower, not necessarily war. The unique filming style of limited cameras and long takes works quite well and flows so smoothly you actually don't notice the lack of edits. It also makes you feel more involved with the situation and location. You actually see the sun go down and then rise again, realizing that sleep isn't an option for the character as he's 100% devoted to his mission. 

One thing I found overdone was the "bad guy can't hit shit" stormtrooper shooting. How can someone run behind you five feet away and not properly aim a shot? The amount of pure luck the protagonists have is absurd. Although the filming style is unique, I think it makes the plot feel very shallow. With almost no edits, you can't broaden the plot and locations to create that epic feeling, it's more akin to a stage play. Once you reach the end you realize there's no big finish, the journey just ends slightly disappointingly. The last critique I'll make is about the actors themselves. The two mains, although giving excellent performances, don't have enough charisma or personality to really stand out as leads. They seem more like background actors. Maybe this was intentional? Still a recommended watch though with some high rewatch value.

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Has to be one of the best and funniest westerns ever made. The bar room slap scene was hilarious. 😄

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Just watched JoJo Rabbit.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Something new, something original and a great combination of serious drama and humor.  I give it two thumbs up!

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"Paths of Glory". Stone cold classic. Always and forever. Kirk Douglas, R.I.P. Kubrick regular Joe Turkel (that's him as the bartender in "The Shining"...he is also the head of the Tyrell Corporation in "Blade Runner") is one of the sacrificial soldiers, as is quirky character actor Tim Carey.

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Also featured on this anti-war double-bill was a Russian movie I had never seen before. "The Ascent" from 1977. Directed by Larisa Shepitko, born in the Ukraine in1938 and died in a car crash in 1979 before her career could really flourish. "The Ascent" was her last movie. Set on the Eastern Front in WWII, two Russian soldiers have to manoeuvre their way through enemy lines. Far superior to "1917".

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There are a lot of bad Shakespeare adaptations on film. Kurosawa is one of the few who got the Bard right. His "Macbeth" adaptation "Throne of Blood" is rightly considered one of the best Shakespeare films. In 1985, towards the end of his life, Kurosawa came out with "Ran", his version of Shakespeare's "King Lear". A feast for the eyes and mind...it demands to be seen on the big screen. Mieko Harada stands out as the Lady Macbeth-type Lady Kaede...reminiscent of Isuzu Yamada's chilling performance in "Throne of Blood".

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"Kwaidan" is Masaki Kobayashi's 1964 anthology of four Japanese ghost stories. A little hit-and-miss as some stories are more intriguing than outright scary. This was a restored print and I had never seen the film on the big screen, so it was still worth it. The second and fourth stories were my favourite.

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Last week the New Beverly had a killer double-bill. I love cop/crime movies from the 1970s...especially 1970-75. "Dirty Harry". "French Connection". "Cisco Pike". "Laughing Policeman". "Taking of Pelham 123". "Across 110th St." "Hickey & Boggs".

Two I had not seen since forever and almost forgot about were "Freebie & the Bean" and "Busting". Both made in 1974..."Freebie" in San Francisco (with the Super Bowl in the background) and "Busting" in Los Angeles. Both feature great chemistry between the two leads. "Freebie" has incredible car-chase scenes. No CGI bullshit. "Busting" has a pre-crazy Robert Blake (at his "Baretta" peak) and lots of L.A. locations that don't exist anymore....and Antonio Fargas! Obviously, the chance of you being able to see these in a theatre are slim but you can find these on streaming services or movie channels. It's a helluva double-feature.

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I gave JoJo Rabbit a try but only made it halfway before my ADD kicked in. I thought it started off well, a quirky satire on the happenstances of Nazis and Jews, but after 30 minutes it turns into a stream of dialogue that didn't seem that intriguing. That's where I left off. 

Yesterday- finally caught this one on HBO and was pretty impressed. I was expecting something rather low key and oddball but it's actually a well made film in all areas. The plot runs kinda shallow after the initial concept wears off, but the excellent writing and acting keep it interesting. I wonder how they could afford all those Beatles songs? Maybe because they never played the actual studio tracks, just covers. I think this movie should be remade with several different bands, including Zep.

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I found a Hitchcock movie today on dvd for only $3 at a local cd store. Going to watch it later. 
 

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4 hours ago, reids said:

I found a Hitchcock movie today on dvd for only $3 at a local cd store. Going to watch it later. 
 

R😎

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Can't go wrong with Hitchcock. My friend really loves 'Torn Curtain.'

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2 hours ago, redrum said:

Can't go wrong with Hitchcock. My friend really loves 'Torn Curtain.'

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