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Old 05-14-2018, 02:11 PM   #28126
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Can you elaborate on what you mean by that? Coincidentally, I just re-watched Diner a couple of weeks ago and still love it. It's a 1982 movie that depicts 1959 Baltimore. What hasn't aged well?
The behavior of the characters. I don't think the movie is necessarily a totally uncritical endorsement of that behavior, but the lack of any sort of real consequence stemming from it makes its central attitude seem like "boys will be boys" which I think is the purview of an older generation that is out of step with the social mores of young people today.

I also don't think anything in the movie rings as specific to Baltimore, but I dunno.
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:45 AM   #28127
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Saw Tully tonight. Worth seeing for some good acting, and it's one of those movies that makes us think about the sorts of choices we make, all of us, not just mothers.

Don't read any spoilers although English Literature majors may pick up on something early on.

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Old 05-15-2018, 02:12 AM   #28128
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Go watch The Long Kiss Goodnight if you want to see a blonde chick be a spy action hero.
Oh man you made me instantly nostalgic with this reference.

I haven’t even thought about this movie in maybe 15 years. I used to be OBSESSED with it and watched and rewatched it a few times over. I assume it has held up over time with what you and another poster said....so I’m gonna go rewatch it. Thanks for bringing it back!
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:35 AM   #28129
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This movie isn't good because it doesn't actually develop its characters at all (ie, they have no backstory at all) in addition to the fact that it has little to no plot. And yes, of course there are plenty of movies that are good that aren't plot-driven. But A Quiet Place is not one of them - you're making excuses for a mediocre movie.
What do you need backstory for? The obvious point was that they were a normal family, then the world around them turned to hell.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:08 AM   #28130
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In fact, Quiet Place efficiently establishes what you need to know about them. The daughter is deaf so they all know sign language, which gives them a vital advantage in surviving the alien attack.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:33 AM   #28131
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I just saw A Quiet Place myself; I did enjoy it and I didn't mind being dropped into the middle of the story, but there were too many plot holes for me to be able to lose myself in the story, so I can't say it was great.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:01 AM   #28132
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Oh man you made me instantly nostalgic with this reference.

I havenít even thought about this movie in maybe 15 years. I used to be OBSESSED with it and watched and rewatched it a few times over. I assume it has held up over time with what you and another poster said....so Iím gonna go rewatch it. Thanks for bringing it back!
Someone on Twitter mentioned that TLKG deserved to be a franchise and now I can't stop thinking about how awesome that movie was.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:46 AM   #28133
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A Quiet Place: tried to avoid learning about this prior to seeing it. Has been on the watch list ever since this thread started discussing it. Glad I went in blind but it wasn't really necessary, given what the movie is.

Not really a fan of horror films in general, but this was decent. My views are in line with Cranberry Tea's, especially:

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A Quiet Place is more about the feel and atmosphere of this world and how the characters deal with it.
and complaining in response about lack of character development in a work like this is to miss the point of the movie and that statement.

There were some issues with the story and the character behaviors, but the acting was anywhere from fine to excellent (Krasinski) and the tone establishment and maintenance was well executed. Outside of some of the story/character issues, the only thing that really bothered was the casting of the daughter. She doesn't look even remotely like either of the parents, so pretty difficult to maintain suspension of disbelief that she is actually their kid.

Very happy for Krasinski/Blunt to have success like this with their little film. Well, in so far as any Platinum Dunes production can be considered little. Those guys absolutely just print money. AQP had $17m budget, currently at $215m gross.

Compare AQP to:


Pacific Rim Uprising:

which was complete and utter garbage.

Always had a soft spot for the first one and thought it was unfairly criticized. This one has the opposite issue - not enough criticism. The writing is impressively bad. I'm legitimately awed at just how awful it is. The plot makes little to no sense. The narrative structure is weak. The character behaviors and motivations are caricatures at absolute best. The introduction and meeting of the two primary characters and overall establishment of their relationship is so ridiculous it's almost a parody. The dialogue... oh, the dialogue. The writers should never write anything ever again. It's that bad.

The direction was weak. First time director alert. The scenes were just stapled together, and there is little to no tension in the attempts at dramatic moments. Why would you hand of the reigns of a big budget blockbuster like this to someone like DeKnight?

Poor GdT, to have this be the followup to his initial foray is just unfair.
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:48 PM   #28134
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Oh man you made me instantly nostalgic with this reference.

I havenít even thought about this movie in maybe 15 years. I used to be OBSESSED with it and watched and rewatched it a few times over. I assume it has held up over time with what you and another poster said....so Iím gonna go rewatch it. Thanks for bringing it back!
SAME!!!
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:20 AM   #28135
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Alexander Nevsky (Eisenstein, 1938)

Soviet propaganda preparing the Russians to fight the Germans on the eve of WWII. Nevertheless, one of the classics of world cinema. Those Teutonic Knights throw babies in a fire, and they are the scariest bastards ever to charge across a frozen lake. That legendary Prokofiev score. Sublime for over an hour, then a bit campy after that, in the Wolfenstein everyone-likes-to-shoot-Nazis kinda way.

You can see how this has been copied to death by so many movies since then, but never equaled, as the Battle On The Ice is maybe the greatest battle scene in movie history.



Pretty damn good work of art overall.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:37 AM   #28136
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MI: Fallout trailer looks amazing

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Old 05-16-2018, 12:11 PM   #28137
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MI: Fallout trailer looks amazing

I like those movies. And why is it that things in bathrooms break so easily?

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Old 05-16-2018, 12:20 PM   #28138
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I love MI movie!
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:02 PM   #28139
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Bone Tomahawk: This one has been on the watch list for a while. Finally got around to it. Not the kind of movie I'd decide to watch in a vacuum, given my distaste for horror and lesser distaste for westerns. Went for it based on the enthusiastic recs in this thread. Glad to have done so. Enjoyed it much more than expected.

The only things I knew going in were that it was a western horror with Kurt Russell and that the thread loved it. That's all I needed to know. What I liked most was that it didn't try to be bigger than it was, if that makes any sense. Second would be the muted quality of the performances, especially Richard Jenkins, contrasted against the interactivity of the leads. This was a nice detour from most big budget movies. Third was the camera work, focus choices in particular, especially with scenes involving arrows. It's unfortunate this one didn't find a larger audience.

Was on the fence before regarding Brawl in Cell Block 99 due to my aversion to all things Vince Vaughn, but Zahler's work here has it planted firmly on the watch list again.


A few other recent additions to the watch list:

Ink
The Frame
Franklyn
The Nines
2046 (after Days of Being Wild & In the Mood for Love?)
Cube
Cypher

Yes, I have a soft spot for high concept magical realism / sci fantasy stuff
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:39 PM   #28140
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:02 PM   #28141
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How many times can Ethan be disavowed?
I'm telling you guys.... Hollywood is missing the boat by not having a James Bond, Jason Borne or Ethan Hunt crossover series.
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Old 05-16-2018, 05:52 PM   #28142
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Hope they never stop making MI movies, because I’ll never get tired of them.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:19 PM   #28143
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chop - i am always particularly curious when you post given your circumstances, but how many of these films are you seeing as a cam copy on a 13" travel laptop, and how many at the cinema? are you seeing all new releases in theatres? if it's all HD rips and cinemas then awesome, but obviously a lot is lost if you're watching terrible copies!
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:57 PM   #28144
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I keep thinking Tom Cruise is getting to old for this shizz, but he keeps cranking out solid MI films. Def looking forward to the next installment.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:12 PM   #28145
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I just don't get it. I've only walked out early from two movies in my life. One was Mission Impossible.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:56 PM   #28146
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The original was probably the worst one. Though none of them are going to win Nobel prizes or anything, a couple have been watchable. The John Woo one comes to mind for sure.

My biggest issue with them is Tom Cruise, who to me is just not a good action star. But since he pretty much owns the franchise I'd say it's a safe bet he's not going anywhere.
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:56 PM   #28147
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:02 PM   #28148
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Deadpool 2 was the same few gags over and over. Was pretty bored throughout, not even as good as Infinity War. I wasn't a huge fan of the first one, but it was way better than this.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:06 PM   #28149
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Have to say I'm not sure about the Infinity War, which I saw earlier today. The first problem was that it was kind of depressing but the thing that bothered me the most was (spoilers ahead) the whole thing with Thanos defeating Hulk in combat right off the bat, when Hulk is arguably the most powerful character in the MCU. After that we're supposed to believe that people like Iron Man and Spider Man punching him are going to have any kind of an effect?

Anyways, I went into it looking for a fun movie where the bad guy gets pummeled by heroes, but instead he wins in the end and everyone dies. Wasn't the uplift I was hoping for to say the least.
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:43 PM   #28150
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Spoiler alert Dino

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