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Old 11-08-2018, 07:09 PM   #201
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Re: Talk About Movies: Part 4

Watched Lubitsch's Heaven Can Wait today. Such a delight watching Charles Coburn and Eric Blore work. And Gene Tierney is gorgeous.
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:07 AM   #202
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John, I saw you are a fan of Ugetsu. Criterion has a beautiful restored print of this trailer up on Filmstruck, without all the distracting superimposed titles. Marvelous how they put the last minute together.

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Old 11-09-2018, 04:48 AM   #203
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Watched First Reformed yesterday, I liked it but thought it was stretched a little thin at times. Hawke is good, the ideas are mostly good but could have used some fleshing out.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:26 AM   #204
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John, I saw you are a fan of Ugetsu. Criterion has a beautiful restored print of this trailer up on Filmstruck, without all the distracting superimposed titles. Marvelous how they put the last minute together.

Also on Kanopy.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:28 AM   #205
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Watched First Reformed yesterday, I liked it but thought it was stretched a little thin at times. Hawke is good, the ideas are mostly good but could have used some fleshing out.
Interesting. Which parts do you think could have been fleshed out?
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:14 PM   #206
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John, I saw you are a fan of Ugetsu. Criterion has a beautiful restored print of this trailer up on Filmstruck, without all the distracting superimposed titles. Marvelous how they put the last minute together.

I saw Ugetsu at Brown University back in the early 80s when it had a film society that showed movies five or six nights a week. I'd go see just about anything, whether I had heard of it or not. I had to wait another twenty or so years before Criterion put out the DVD before I could see it again.
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:57 AM   #207
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Watching Bondarchuk's War and Peace before Filmstruck goes offline. Saw the first part tonight and the battle scenes were pretty good. Got bored during many of the high society scenes.

Camerawork and editing were occasionally trippy (60s and 70s filmmaking for you) but there were some pretty cool shots like the one where Bulkonsky's wife just died and he's walking down a corridor, passing in front of open door after door with lighting in the background and darkness in the foreground. Cut to: winter outside and a pillow shot of the howling wind and cold, icy snow.

According to Ebert this thing cost almost $800 million to make in 1960s money and the Red Army was mobilized to copy Napolean's battle maneuvers.

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/war-and-peace-1969
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Old 11-10-2018, 06:25 AM   #208
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Interesting. Which parts do you think could have been fleshed out?
I'd start with his feelings about his dead son and his failed relationship with that lady who's chasing him.
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Old 11-10-2018, 11:49 AM   #209
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I'd start with his feelings about his dead son and his failed relationship with that lady who's chasing him.
Agreed. I wanted to know more about his past as a chaplain and the story of his son. I think they could have been made clearer with conciser storytelling, without dragging out the film. (I don't know what the time and budget constraints were.)

I thought his relationships with the woman and the young wife were intentionally ambiguous.
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Old 11-10-2018, 08:14 PM   #210
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I just watched Paddington 2. I liked it, and the cast, which features Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Hugh Grant, Peter Capaldi, Brendan Gleeson, and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, is wonderful. Great for movie with granddaughter night--even if you don't have a granddaughter.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:21 PM   #211
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Am I missing some good Tom Hanks movies? I think the last movie of his that I really loved as Catch Me if You Can.

I saw Captain Phillips which was ok, and Cloud Atlas which was pretty meh. That's about it in the last 10 years.
Oh yeah, Bridge of Spies was one I really enjoyed.
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Old 11-11-2018, 01:20 PM   #212
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Ever start to watch a movie ironically and then find yourself actually getting into it? That's where I'm at with the trippy cult sci-fi movie Zardoz. Humanity has transcended death, only to find themselves bored with immortality. Coming in to disrupt this utopia is a mustachioed Sean Connery dressed up like an S&M Zapatista. Director/producer John Boorman had just won acclaim for Deliverance, and decided to make Zardoz on a 1.8M budget as a kind of self-indulgent pet project.

Zardoz is confusing, trippy, and full of WTF moments right from the get go, but as someone who loves psychedelic science fiction from this era, I rather enjoyed it. Probably not for everyone (45% on RT), but give it a shot if you like psychedelic high-concept stuff like The Prisoner, THX, Kubrick, etc.


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Old 11-11-2018, 01:46 PM   #213
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That floating scary demon stone thing from Zardoz has a permanent place in my youthful nightmares.
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:14 PM   #214
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I imagine Certain Women to be a pretty polarizing film, yet I find myself in the middle. It is sloooowwww. I’m usually fine with that, but this was pushing it. V little happens in the 3 main stories and they are only loosely connected.

The best parts of the movie are that the characters are deep and the actresses are excellent. This would never work w/ less talented people, but their nuanced performances breathe life into an otherwise mundane world. Montana seems like a pretty boring place, even if the cinematography makes it look beautiful at times.

This reminded me of Olive Kitteridge or a Malik film, but a little less interesting. It’s on Netflix.
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Ever start to watch a movie ironically and then find yourself actually getting into it? That's where I'm at with the trippy cult sci-fi movie Zardoz. Humanity has transcended death, only to find themselves bored with immortality. Coming in to disrupt this utopia is a mustachioed Sean Connery dressed up like an S&M Zapatista. Director/producer John Boorman had just won acclaim for Deliverance, and decided to make Zardoz on a 1.8M budget as a kind of self-indulgent pet project.

Zardoz is confusing, trippy, and full of WTF moments right from the get go, but as someone who loves psychedelic science fiction from this era, I rather enjoyed it. Probably not for everyone (45% on RT), but give it a shot if you like psychedelic high-concept stuff like The Prisoner, THX, Kubrick, etc.


I've always loved Zardoz. Gun Nuts please note that the pistol Sean Connery has above is the same weird automatic revolver that kills Miles Archer in the Maltese Falcon.
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Old 11-11-2018, 06:18 PM   #216
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Old 11-11-2018, 06:35 PM   #217
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That sucks. OK ... Widows is excellent. It's different from McQueen's previous work - The Troubles; Sex Addiction; Slavery; Heist Flick.

12 Years > Shame > Widows > Hunger. The middle two are very close.

Daniel Kaluuya is an incredible actor. (He doesn't have a large role or particularly stand out in Widows but he plays a polar opposite character to Get Out and I always find it impressive when an actor does that well).

There's a lot more I'd like to discuss but I'd rather wait until more people have seen it if I'm at risk of revealing spoilers.
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:07 PM   #219
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Actually, I see spoiler tags, not the spoilers.
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Tapatalk uses SPOILER instead of SPOIL. You could embed one in the other if you really wanted to go the extra mile.
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Forgot to mention that Zardoz also has a smokin' hot Charlotte Rampling as a co-star, so there's eye candy for everyone. It's a very 70's movie.




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That floating scary demon stone thing from Zardoz has a permanent place in my youthful nightmares.
A lot of the visuals have really stuck with me, amazing sense of style and all of it done on a shoestring budget. As a sci-fi I don't know why I'm just learning about this movie now.
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Old 11-12-2018, 12:09 AM   #222
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Not to derail too much, but do you know the model of the pistol? I can't imagine how a revolver could produce automatic fire. You know that automatic means you hold down the trigger and the gun fires repeatedly?
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Old 11-12-2018, 01:25 AM   #223
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With pistols, automatic usually means auto-loader. Webley-Fosbery, called a Webley-Formsby in Maltese Falcon. I owned one for a few weeks in the 70's. It was a hoot.

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Old 11-12-2018, 09:41 AM   #224
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They Shall Not Grow Old Peter Jackson’s WW1 documentary is a must see. Using lots of digital wizardry, he’s taken original footage of WW1, smoothed out the frame rate, and then colourised it to amazing effect. It brings these images to life in a way so vivid that it hit me right in the gut. The moment where the film transitions from black and white to colour is stunning and so visceral. This feels like a genuinely important movie, that should particularly by anyone who glorifies WW1, or on the other hand criticises the annual Armistice Day commemoration for glorifying war. There’s nothing triumphant about this film.
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Finally waited out the crowds and saw Bohemian Rhapsody. Tend to feel the quality of the music in a theatre setting+sound overcame a relatively pedestrian script. The Mike Myers cameo was amazing.
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