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Old 11-12-2018, 01:33 PM   #226
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Re: Talk About Movies: Part 4

I just wanted to brag that my buddy was a big part of converting They Will Not Grow Old to color / 3D. He was working his face off for a year +, but it sounds like everyone is v happy w/ how it turned out. I was blown away by how different the new footage feels to watch. Itís like the difference between watching sports on TV vs live. Much more relatable.
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Old 11-12-2018, 02:15 PM   #227
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Congrats to your buddy, Todd! He must be on high right now feeling that certain satisfaction of achievement.

I'm not usually a fan of Peter Jackson's films but ever since hearing about They Shall Not Grow Old, I've wanted to see it. Major respect to him and such a passion project like that one.
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Old 11-12-2018, 05:13 PM   #228
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I've only seen the previews, but am really looking forward to it.
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Old 11-12-2018, 05:39 PM   #229
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anyone see the Nazi zombie flick? I'm going to go see it in IMAX lol
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Old 11-12-2018, 06:09 PM   #230
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anyone see the Nazi zombie flick? I'm going to go see it in IMAX lol
I saw one a while back. Can't remember the title but I really enjoyed it.
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Old 11-12-2018, 11:19 PM   #231
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Just saw a fantastic doc on HBO called The Price Of Everything. It's about the art world, artists, collectors, and the question, "what IS art?"

It's got Jeff Koons, Gerhardt Richter, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Larry Poons, and other luminaries, all discussing and making art.

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Old 11-13-2018, 01:17 AM   #232
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Mr. Thank You (1936)

Sweet little film about a cross-country bus trip through rural Japan. Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu. Starring Ken Uehara and Michiko Kuwano.

Reminded me a little of Twelve Angry Men or My Dinner With Andre only because it was essentially a one scene film. Everybody calls the bus driver Mr. Thank You because he's always shouting that to passersby who move out of the way as he drives down the road. Uehara is young, polite, and handsome in uniform, so all the women swoon for him. The passengers all have their own stories about why they are taking the bus. The subplot with the mother taking her daughter to be sold in Tokyo was a bit one-note and maudlin, but there's a rude and lecherous businessman who is constantly the target for running jokes, laborers just happy to drink and sing on their way to work, hitchhikers coming and going, kids illegally hopping rides on the back bumper, villagers who want Mr. Thank You to relay their messages or buy them pop music records in the big city, and above all else-- beautiful cinematography and editing with all of the different kinds of mountain shots and streams in the countryside.

Mr. Thank You (the bus driver) kinda plays the sunny Mr. Rogers role here which was alright with me...it's an uplifting film. The only real mystery was Michiko Kuwano's character, the unnamed young woman who sits directly behind the bus driver and has a crush on him. She is hella sassy and saucy but in a very cute way. Kuwano delivers most of the movie's funny lines. We never find out from where she was coming or going, but I'd like to think she was on her way to her aunt and uncle's house in Tokyo. She played basically the same character in Ozu's What Did the Lady Forget? the following year.

Overall pretty neat film and worth a watch, make sure to check it out sometime. Shimizu must have been a humanist because Ozu was said to have loved his films, and there was one scene in particular where the bus stops for a break, and when all the passengers get out, Mr. Thank You has a conversation with a Korean woman who is (unsaid in the film) probably a forced laborer just walking by. She's clearly not an actress. Supposedly, Shimizu saw her on the roadside and felt compelled to include her and her story in his film.

3/4 stars, maybe 3.5. Just beware the technical quality of the a/v sync wasn't very good, usually a deal-breaker but surprisingly not so with this beautiful little film.
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:19 AM   #233
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Here's some much better writing on Mr. Thank You and the other Shimizu included in the Eclipse box set by David Bordwell. Going to have to add this to my Criterion 50% off sale.

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Take Mr. Thank You, my pick for the crown of the Criterion set.

It’s a road movie, although the trip runs only twenty miles. A rickety bus winds through the mountains around the Kawazu region of Izu, an area of hot springs and tiny villages. The handsome, kindly young driver is known only as Mr. Thank You (Arigato-san) because whenever he forces walkers off the road he waves and calls his thanks. He has earned the devotion of people in the region, who entrust him with messages and duties on their behalf. On this particular day, his bus is carrying a stuffy real-estate agent; a wisecracking moga (modern girl); and a young girl whose mother is accompanying her to Tokyo, where she is to be sold into prostitution. Other passengers—wedding guests, lonely old men—get on and off in the course of the trip.

The bus stops often, and the encounters give us vignettes of the deteriorating life of the countryside. We hear of the magic attractions of Tokyo, reported by a prosperous woman about to get married. A Korean woman working on road construction asks Mr. Thank You to visit her parents’ grave, reminding us that this oppressed minority has contributed its sweat to the new Japan. Counterbalancing these stabs of pure feeling are simple running gags, such as one involving rude auto drivers who insist on passing the bus. And across the trip, the fate of the girl draws ever closer.

The moga (evidently a hooker) becomes our raisonneur, commenting on everyone’s motives, denouncing hypocrisies, flirting with Mr. Thank You, and eventually offering advice on how to save a life. Shimizu fills his film with talk and music, but in quieter moments imagery takes over: shimmering valleys below zigzag mountain roads, tunnels and forests and glimpses of steep paths along which road workers trudge. Within the bus, point-of-view is channeled fluidly. At one point we watch the moga watching the driver watching the girl. The climax of the action is simply omitted, yielding a quick, upbeat coda. In sum, Mr. Thank You radiates the cheerful, compassionate resilience of its namesake.
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:12 AM   #234
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Rocky IV in a theater, though sadly not in 35mm because the prints are all around the country being screened in anticipation of Creed 2. First time I've seen it in I think 25 years.

It is unironically good, and a tight fast-moving 90 minutes. Brings montages to the next level (if you made some remark along the lines of "the final evolution of Eisenstein" and perhaps made a thin Soviet montage connection with the film's setting, I wouldn't dismiss you). I got those final fight goosebumps.

I'd rank it something like 1 > Balboa > 4 > Creed > 2 (haven't seen 3 and 5 in 25 years).
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:24 AM   #235
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When I went to see Dark Knight IMAX, I saw that the theater was going to be playing every single Marvel movie over Labor Day weekend (this post is late). There were 4 that I hadn't seen, and I wasn't happy about it but I decided that I find them juuuuust marginally enjoyable enough that I should fill in my gaps, and I live 2 blocks from the theater.

First up was Dr. Strange in 3D (all 4 were IMAX, this was the only 3D). This was definitely enjoyable enough, despite the fact that I grabbed the incorrect 3D glasses and had to leave to get the correct IMAX ones in the first few minutes (I caught up later on Netflix). It's colorful, looks good, fun enough, fine.

Spider-Man: Homecoming was the one I had really wanted to see for some reason. It's my favorite out of all of them now. Loved the relationship between him and Stark, even though Stark is a dick. Keaton is sensational.

At this point I was completely sold on Marvel movies and decided I will continue to see them without grumbling about it (in IMAX when possible) for the foreseeable future. On the IMAX screen especially they are just good solid 2 hour experiences, akin to theme park rides.

The connective tissue works wonders to keep you interested in the universe even with the movies you don't like as much.

Thor: Ragnarok and Ant-Man and the Wasp I didn't love as much, but they're still good and I'm still in.

This is all a pretty big 180 from posts I've made about Marvel movies in the past.

(SEC disclaimer: I am a Disney stockholder.)
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:29 AM   #236
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Overlord was better than I was expecting....lots of fun. It's really an old-fashioned WWII-mission-behind-enemy-lines flick, with a pretty French gal helping out, of course.

Tight script, decent characters from a no-name cast, except for Wyatt Russell. He's quickly becoming a favorite.

And when the Dr. Frankenstein stuff starts, it gets good and gory.

French chick is a hottie, too.

Solid B.
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Old 11-14-2018, 02:13 AM   #237
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Watched Tokyo story 1956 and Mr Thank You 1936 both of which or mentioned in this thread. Both are classic Japanese movies that depict in subtle ways what happens to family life when economic times are tough and modern industrialization and urbanization take over. Their styles are the antithesis of modern Western blockbuster movies. As in Japanese culture everything is understated and nuanced. The viewer has to pay attention to the smallest detail since even the smallest gesture or simplest one word of dialogue can have tremendous meaning. Some important events even happen off camera. On the surface level nothing much seems to be happening yet tragedies are occurring. The special ways that each director set up his camera shots has been studied for decades by film experts. Both films are somewhat sad but are grade A masterpieces.

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Old 11-14-2018, 03:54 AM   #238
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Outlaw King https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6679794/

William Wallace is dead and it is up to Robert The Bruce to reclaim the Scottish crown.
Using cunning and bravery, Bruce lures the English into a showdown at Loudoun Hill where he takes on the might of the English Army.

This is a pretty good movie but is way too short to do the story justice. Chris Pine is bland as Robert The Bruce and his accent leaves a lot to be desired.
But the battle scenes are bloody and brutal and the movie is worth watching just for the final showdown.

Worth checking out but don't expect to be overly impressed.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:38 AM   #239
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Seems like if all these Scottish dudes were really that heroic, they'd have won their independence by now!
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Old 11-14-2018, 11:36 AM   #240
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Gaga: Five Foot Two The camera follows Gaga around prior (and during) her album, Joanne, and her Super Bowl halftime performance.

My take on her is that she's an incredible performer/artist but her personal life/emotional state, is pretty much a total mess.

I've always thought that when someone gets to that level of stardom, there isn't any way to be normal. Every person around her is there to serve, not really be her friend. She does go back to family, but it appeared to be quick drive-bys in between everything in her career.

She laments not being able to maintain a relationship, and seems to really want to be "normal" on some level, but I can't believe that would be possible when she's in "Gaga" mode 24/7.

I don't think this is a particularly good documentary. It's just a camera following her around. If you like Lady Gaga, you'll like it. If not, you probably won't make it 5 minutes through.
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Brings montages to the next level (if you made some remark along the lines of "the final evolution of Eisenstein" and perhaps made a thin Soviet montage connection with the film's setting, I wouldn't dismiss you).
The whole movie is basically one giant montage. Great flick though.
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Watched Tokyo story 1956 and Mr Thank You 1936
Both are excellent. Glad you enjoyed them.
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Burning

Phone rings in the middle of the night: Nobody there.

I want to vanish: Like I never existed.

I have a bad feeling: His bathroom looks the same as a hotelís.

Why does everybody smoke as though: They were German Colonels in WWII movies?

Dancing from The Bush to The Disco: Gangnam Style!

Naked chick dancing to the newly waxing moon: I hate it when they shave under their arms.

William Faulkner: The ghost in the room.

William Faulkner: Take barn burning, stand it on its head, then turn it inside out.

Stone in her heart/lost in a well: Where have we heard this before?

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Great flick, maybe the best this year. Stunningly and evocatively photographed. I donít see many, but I donít think Iíve ever seen a bad Korean movie. Based on a Murakami story -- it doesnít have a talking giant frog, but it still works. Hope it finds an audience. Sometimes excruciating: Check it out.
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Old Yesterday, 03:51 PM   #244
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Bohemian Rhapsody - 6/10 (Fun)
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Some movement on Filmstruck's fate. Stay tuned.

https://news.avclub.com/every-filmma...uck-1830465632

https://deadline.com/2018/11/filmstr...on-1202502833/
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The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6412452/

A vignette of bizarre short stories from the Coen brothers depicting different
aspects of life on the American frontier.
Not their best work imo, but as a Coen brothers fan I still enjoyed it a lot.
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https://www.criterion.com/current/po...ch-spring-2019
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That's great news, I signed up.
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Yeah, Criterion with a streaming service is the nuts
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