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Old 09-11-2018, 06:57 PM   #29251
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Old 09-11-2018, 07:00 PM   #29252
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Baltimore I agree that Fight Club was more compelling in the first half when it was disenfranchised dudes beating on each other and the potential implications, and that the twist was a letdown.

Having just rewatched Adaptation (2002), the Fight Club twist makes about as much narrative sense to me as the plot of Donald Kaufman’s “The 3.”
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Old 09-11-2018, 07:05 PM   #29253
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I love Fincher... Even if Fight club was sophomoric.
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Old 09-11-2018, 09:17 PM   #29254
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John Travolta is always bad when he's not Vinnie Barbarino.
Yeah, he was absolutely horrible as Vincent Vega, Chili Palmer, and Tony Manero (among others).
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Old 09-12-2018, 12:37 AM   #29255
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Yeah, he was absolutely horrible as Vincent Vega, Chili Palmer, and Tony Manero (among others).
He was ok as Vincent Vega because that role had a bit of Vincent Barbarino in it. As for Tony Mareno, well he's not a horrible dancer, which was part of Vincent Vega as well. That doesn't mean he's a good actor and Chili Palmer sucked ass.

That Get Shorty has a bit of a Boondock Saints thing going where a bunch of people can't get over how much they liked it when they were 19 years old.

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Old 09-12-2018, 03:30 AM   #29256
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Why is Fight Club being male focused a bad thing?
I wrote that it makes it "messier" in the context of doing satire poorly. I'm thinking of, like, frat boys who implement fight clubs, or 30 year old dudes who post on Instagram unironically something like "We're a generation of men raised by women. I'm wondering if another woman is really the answer we need. - Tyler Durden"
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:37 PM   #29257
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According to women, we do... need another mother.
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Old 09-12-2018, 07:49 PM   #29258
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Still undecided on which is the better/worse movie.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:04 PM   #29259
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According to women, we do... need another mother.
Which women?

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Old 09-12-2018, 10:34 PM   #29261
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Jennifer Lawrence looked fantastic in Passengers, and the film was sometimes interesting, but I don't think you can call it anything more than mediocre.

The story was superficial and full of all kinds of holes.
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:40 PM   #29262
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I saw someone suggest that the movie would have been more interesting if they would have wrote it from Lawrence's perspective and had the first act as a second act twist. In the movie as it was it was just a matter of waiting until the secret was revealed.
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Old 09-13-2018, 03:13 AM   #29263
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Airplane! - had seen this a bunch as a kid but not anytime recently. Really didn't care for it. A few parts are funny. A friend commented that many in the supporting cast give significantly better performances than the main actors, which is true of course.

Before you assume I'm humorless, I'll name two other comedies in this genre that I enjoyed recently.

Wacko (35mm, 1982) - Don't think this is well known now? Horror parody in the same vein as Airplane. Lol'ed quite a bit at this one, especially during one long stretch towards the beginning.

Hot Shots! Part Deux (35mm, 1993) - I didn't expect to like it, but I basically did. Rambo parody with Charlie Sheen, Iraq War era. The programmer of the theater who showed it said beforehand that when he called the studio to rent the print, they said "uhhh...sure, and the film probably still looks great because nobody's ever asked for it". (Meaning it wouldn't have worn down with age/use.)

I'd recommend either of those two over Airplane, although if you've never seen Airplane there's the historical value of that. Should go without saying that all of these are super problematic (racist, sexist, incest jokes, etc.).
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:54 AM   #29264
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It's weird how Airplane! became a classic and the blockbuster Airport that it parodied is largely forgotten.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:30 AM   #29265
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I saw someone suggest that the movie would have been more interesting if they would have wrote it from Lawrence's perspective and had the first act as a second act twist. In the movie as it was it was just a matter of waiting until the secret was revealed.
There is a fan edit out there that is exactly like that. It definitely is much better than the original but the ending still sucks. The perfect ending would be Chris Pratt's character dying and JLaw's character struggling with loneliness with the final shot showing her contemplating waking someone else up.
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Old 09-13-2018, 12:50 PM   #29266
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The Exorcist III (35mm, 1990) - I went in without having seen part 2 (doesn't matter), and the main reason I went was because I found out there's a cameo by Patrick Ewing the NBA player. Makes sense as he went to college at Georgetown and that's where it takes place.

The main reason people here might want to see this is the performance by George C. Scott. There's this idea of an actor "chewing it up" on screen (although the definition of this that I have in my head is slightly different than what a web search is telling me it is), and I can't really think of a better example than George C. Scott in the first 30 minutes here. It's a great performance, just slightly larger than life. You know he's having fun with it, you know he knows he's killing it, you know he could do it in his sleep but he's still giving it his all. He's funny (BJ legit lol certified), and in one early scene you can see the other actor "break"; Scott knows he's broken him, and it's just fantastic to watch.

The direction is interesting as well, with a bunch of scenes that attempt to do interesting things with the camera.

It's not a great movie, but it's definitely worth watching if you're an Exorcist fan who was dismissive, if you want to see the Scott performance, or for any number of other reasons.
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Old 09-13-2018, 01:15 PM   #29267
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the main reason I went was because I found out there's a cameo by Patrick Ewing the NBA player.
This might make a good subject for a draft: Crazy reasons we've watched movies. I've probably got a ton of them.
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:12 PM   #29268
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Sorry, but Airplane! is always fantastic. And the leading cast is fantastic.

I like the Hot Shot movies, too.
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Old 09-13-2018, 03:45 PM   #29269
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Panos Cosmatos, the absolutely nutty director of Beyond The Black Rainbow, has a new movie called Mandy, that is apparently only playing here in Vegas for ONE DAY. Not sure why. But I'm going to see it tonight. It starts Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, and Bill Duke. Here's the trailer:



And then my GF and me will be seeing Smokey and the Bandit on the big screen in honor of Burt, probably on Friday.
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Been waiting for someone to go and recommend Mandy.... let us know.
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:29 PM   #29271
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Never thought i would read so many positive things about a nick cage performance.
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Old 09-13-2018, 06:57 PM   #29272
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Never thought i would read so many positive things about a nick cage performance.
He was a great actor before he started doing cheesy action flicks.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:15 PM   #29273
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There is a fan edit out there that is exactly like that. It definitely is much better than the original but the ending still sucks. The perfect ending would be Chris Pratt's character dying and JLaw's character struggling with loneliness with the final shot showing her contemplating waking someone else up.
So glad you mentioned this. My first question was going to be whether there was already a fan edit.

Fan edits are one hell of an art and sometimes make for terrific alternate cuts. Sometimes they're as simple as making a complete cut that includes deleted/extended scenes, others as extensive as taking all existing footage, behind the scenes shots, blueprints, artwork, etc. and making a workprint of what Fincher originally intended for Alien 3.
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Old 09-13-2018, 10:18 PM   #29274
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Another batch of TIFF reviews

Driven - A biopic about John Delorean told through the point of view of the FBI informant (Jason Sudeikis) who befriended his way into Delorean's inner circle. As the casting suggests, it's played more as a comedy than a serious biopic. Lee Pace does a good job making Delorean into an intriguing, mysterious character. Not a great movie but a fairly enjoyable watch overall. 6/10

Assassination Nation - It's a great premise for a horror movie. When the entire population of a town gets hacked by an unknown person and has all of their private conversations, search histories, photos, and everything else, released to the public, how does that paranoia and lack of trust manifest itself when a group of teenage girls gets blamed for the hack? It has some really good and interesting moments throughout. The biggest problem is that it tries to personify all of the worst parts of the internet into different characters. There are so many threads that start to get pulled only to go nowhere or be confusingly thrown together. Don't think about the story too hard and try to just enjoy some of the craziness on screen. 5/10

Red Joan - Based on the true story of Melita Norwood, who was arrested in her 80s for being a KGB spy during WW2. It's a spy drama without any of the intrigue of a good spy drama. It's not really bad, just extremely bland. I hope someone casts Sophie Cookson in something good soon though. She did a great job with some mediocre writing boring drama. 4/10
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:24 AM   #29275
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Assassination Nation - It's a great premise for a horror movie. When the entire population of a town gets hacked by an unknown person and has all of their private conversations, search histories, photos, and everything else, released to the public, how does that paranoia and lack of trust manifest itself when a group of teenage girls gets blamed for the hack? It has some really good and interesting moments throughout. The biggest problem is that it tries to personify all of the worst parts of the internet into different characters. There are so many threads that start to get pulled only to go nowhere or be confusingly thrown together. Don't think about the story too hard and try to just enjoy some of the craziness on screen. 5/10
Saw a trailer for this tonight, and it looked absolutely horrible
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