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06-12-2024 , 08:16 PM
Evil Does Not Exist 2023 Directed by Ryūsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car). I needed watched to watch a director's interview to help understand it. The title seems to refer to the idea that when wild animals harm each other it is not considered "evil". Maybe this should be true in some situations for humans as well. The story takes place in a remote village in the moutain woods of modern Japan. The conflict is between the villagers and a company that wants to build a tourist site there. The vilagers think it will harm the environment and the ecology. The movie starts out slow in the first hour by dwelling on the peacefulness and beauty and harmony of the location and the villagers. This is backed by an excellent musical score. Then there are interesting conversations especially inside moving cars. The events of the final ten minutes are unexpected although they were foreshadowed. The ending has baffled reviewers but the movie has still been well-received. I don't want to spoil. I give it a grade B, worth watching but it is a bit dull and enigmatic.
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06-12-2024 , 10:12 PM
This might be a good place to post new trailers.

Civil war was a decent movie.

Dune 2 was pretty great.

Looking to see the new mad max movie Fieriousa
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06-13-2024 , 01:05 AM
Finally got to see The Mother and The Whore on Criterion . It's one of those films that's been nearly impossible to see. Plot involves one man, his live-in girlfriend and another woman he pursues. Eventually they all end up in the same bed, but it's not a menage a trois in the usual sense.

There's a great monologue at the end of the film by the woman who is being pursued.

I think the film speaks to a post May '68 malaise when the '60s become the '70s.

Satirical, biting, and uncomfortable, it's very French. It may be a great film, and at nearly four hours it doesn't drag.

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06-13-2024 , 02:03 PM
I've always never wanted to see that.
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06-13-2024 , 03:28 PM
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I've always never wanted to see that.
It's worth the effort.

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06-13-2024 , 03:32 PM
I watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind again. Still a terrific movie, and I love the references to Hitchcock's North By Northwest, the notes to the theme from Jaws played by the alien ship, and "When You Wish Upon a Star" played by one of the kid's toys.

I think it's one of those movies that you need a heart of stone not to like it.

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06-13-2024 , 06:29 PM
I have a thing for visiting shot locations when convenient. For example, coming back from NE last summer, stopped in Joliet and saw the state prison from the opening of The Blues Brothers (and Field of Dreams later that day, but that did less for me).

Anyway, some years ago, I climbed up the exact same little hill where Dreyfuss and Dillon got their first view of Devils Tower. That was pretty cool to me.
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06-13-2024 , 07:17 PM
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Side note: Christian Slater looks really good for his age, unfortunately Alice Eve and Allison Brie......

But time catches all of us.

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You seem to have some impossibly high standards. Allison Brie and Alice Eve still look incredible.
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06-13-2024 , 07:29 PM
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You seem to have some impossibly high standards. Allison Brie and Alice Eve still look incredible.
No i just think they aren't as attractive as they once were, which happens.

I bet if they were asked if they look just as good as they used to at their best years, you honestly think they will say they do?



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Yesterday , 01:36 AM
okay, I just finished the preposterously bad but still entertaining shark-in-the-Seine movie, Under Paris, about a giant shark who starts munching on triathletes, climate activists, and various police in and, well, under Paris.

Was not expecting that kind of ending lol.

But I have a question:

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What the hell made Paris flood? The bridges collapsing? The detonating shells? the sharks? None of that makes a lick of sense. So I'm befuddled.
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Yesterday , 06:02 PM
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Been going through a long list of new stuff and rewatches. Did Little Miss Sunshine last night, and forgot how enjoyable it was. The casting was fantastic yet having said that, it was even better than the sum of all its parts. Great movie.
remember enjoying it when it came out - felt a bit contrived - ie people don't actually interact that way

however, the what really annoyed me the most was i remember a lot of the complaints about it were people saying "it was dumb because how would he not know he was color blind, especially since that's so important to him with his desire to be a pilot"

but that's basically how most people in the USA find out, by happenstance where they coincidentally see a color blind test and fail it - it's how i found out and how most people i spoke to found out as well
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Yesterday , 06:22 PM
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You guys are right it's getting a little too political, but these days even a lot of what should be simple popcorn movies aren't immune from politicization. Fair enough though

Margin Call
The Big Short

I'm going to presume these would be well known with the 2+2 crowd but I liked them a lot. Centered around the 2008 housing crisis but very good casts and thoughtful movies. And where I figured out for sure that I had underappreciated how good Steve Carell actually was.
loved big short

margin call was absolute trash imo - felt like they were just trying to make a series of vignettes which would play well on tik tok
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Yesterday , 06:28 PM
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Took a rewatch of The Place Beyond The Pines (2012) by Cianfrance. It's hard to describe the plot in a single and simple line without conflating a part of the story, so I'd probably identify the themes and call it a film about fatherhood and legacy with suspenseful elements.
never understood why anyone liked place beyond the pines

just felt like they rebooted drive but with motorcycles and more melodrama
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Yesterday , 06:35 PM
Re: color blindness. In my old poker group, one night before starting we were inspecting the two decks to be used. One guy asked why we were using two decks with the same color.

One was red, one green. Matt knew previously he was color-blind, but it was the first time it came up in the group.
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Yesterday , 06:38 PM
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Re: color blindness. In my old poker group, one night before starting we were inspecting the two decks to be used. One guy asked why we were using two decks with the same color.

One was red, one green. Matt knew previously he was color-blind, but it was the first time it came up in the group.
When I used to play at the Borgata, they at some point changed their cards so that one deck was brownish-purple and the other was purplish-brown.
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Yesterday , 09:29 PM
Marvin Call is one of the best movies this century.
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Today , 04:31 AM
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loved big short

margin call was absolute trash imo - felt like they were just trying to make a series of vignettes which would play well on tik tok
gotta hard disagree with this one I absolutely loved it and couldn't think of anything really I thought should have been removed or something it lacked it felt close to perfect to me.

and how can you not love tucci irons and bettany???
the charisma those 3 possess is off the charts.

**** bettany called up jennifer connelly and asked her to marry him and she said yes and they had never even gone on a date!
and she's one of the most beautiful women alive.
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Today , 03:37 PM
well, they did work together on A Beautiful Mind, so I assume they knew each other quite well at that point.
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