Atomic Homefront

Not very flattering documentary about EPA indifference (incompetence?) towards a radioactive waste dump near St. Louis. I didn't know anything about it before watching this but I certainly wouldn't want to live there.

Braveheart

Couldn't finish it. Melodramatic rubbish. This won the Oscar for best film of 1995???
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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
Queued up for this tonight and the rest of the week:
Amadeus
Lawrence of Arabia
The Color Purple

We're educating our daughter on good films while she is home for break.


Nice selection! Hope you have a BIG screen, LoA begs for it. Easily one of the ten best films I've ever seen. Easy ****
Indy,
Hope you're doing well.
We borrowed tonight's copy from the library, but I just bought a new Blu ray player and will likely spring for the UHD version if it ever becomes available. I'm surprised one is not made yet.
Yes, this is one of the greatest cinematic films ever made. I've got the system for it and looking forward to viewing.
Annihilation: *** Well-done and unique sci fi. Will make a good renter.

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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
Indy,
Hope you're doing well.


Definitely well, thank you! Doing good work, family and health are good. I trust the same with you. Hopefully we'll meet up at the Italian offline that Billhike is organizing.
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
Queued up for this tonight and the rest of the week:
Amadeus
Lawrence of Arabia
The Color Purple

We're educating our daughter on good films while she is home for break.


Nice selection! Hope you have a BIG screen, LoA begs for it. Easily one of the ten best films I've ever seen. Easy ****

Paul Allen owns a state-of-the-art theater in Seattle. I saw LoA there a few years ago in 70mm. Fantastic!
The Women's Balcony.
An Israeli film about the conflict between the men and the women in a synagogue, about whether to purchase a new Torah scroll or restore the women's balcony after it collapsed.
Sounds boring, eh? Well, it's well acted and
an interesting view into that culture.
In Hebrew with subtitles.
Murder On The Orient Express (2017): An opportunity for Kenneth Branagh to thoroughly exercise his ego, as he both directed and was the lead actor. The movie was replete with bloviated dialogue and lacking subtlety or nuance.

I prefer the 1974 version of this movie, with Albert Finney giving a much better performance as Poirot.
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Murder On The Orient Express (2017): An opportunity for Kenneth Branagh to thoroughly exercise his ego, as he both directed and was the lead actor. The movie was replete with bloviated dialogue and lacking subtlety or nuance.

WOW, sorry you didn't like this version, gig. I loved it and thought it was worthy of an Oscar (IMHO). I loved the parity and play back and forth, touching upon the original while having grand doses of humor and color. A great achievement I thought. Go figure (shrug)
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Murder On The Orient Express (2017): An opportunity for Kenneth Branagh to thoroughly exercise his ego, as he both directed and was the lead actor. The movie was replete with bloviated dialogue and lacking subtlety or nuance.

WOW, sorry you didn't like this version, gig. I loved it and thought it was worthy of an Oscar (IMHO). I loved the parity and play back and forth, touching upon the original while having grand doses of humor and color. A great achievement I thought. Go figure (shrug)


I have not seen the film, but have heard very positive reviews from others within my film group all things considered.

I will try to watch soon.
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Red Sparrow

Really liked it. Not sure why it's taking so much crap from critics.


Concur...maybe because most critics are excellent writers with crappy opinions?

Also, critics usually dislike gratuitous nudity and violence...which I tend to enjoy!
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Murder On The Orient Express (2017): An opportunity for Kenneth Branagh to thoroughly exercise his ego, as he both directed and was the lead actor. The movie was replete with bloviated dialogue and lacking subtlety or nuance.

WOW, sorry you didn't like this version, gig. I loved it and thought it was worthy of an Oscar (IMHO). I loved the parity and play back and forth, touching upon the original while having grand doses of humor and color. A great achievement I thought. Go figure (shrug)


I have not seen the film, but have heard very positive reviews from others within my film group all things considered.

I will try to watch soon.


Superb tailoring as well.
Planes, Trains and Eric

I've been on a serious Clapton kick recently after having seen the documentary A Life in 12 Bars, which is worthwhile. I was big fan of his music up until about 1980 when I got tired of him aping JJ Cale and never bought anything else afterwards. So I thought I'd check out this movie, which was filmed during a 2014 tour of the Far East.

The first song is Tell The Truth and as the lyrics suggest, he's not fooling me. Pale version of a great song and it's downhill from there through an insipid version of Crossroads and that acoustic version of Layla which I cannot stand. That's as far as I got. Too painful.

In one of the interviews he talks about retiring as he was approaching 70. Yes, please. Stop now.

Not recommended.
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Planes, Trains and Eric

I've been on a serious Clapton kick recently after having seen the documentary A Life in 12 Bars, which is worthwhile. I was big fan of his music up until about 1980 when I got tired of him aping JJ Cale and never bought anything else afterwards. So I thought I'd check out this movie, which was filmed during a 2014 tour of the Far East.

The first song is Tell The Truth and as the lyrics suggest, he's not fooling me. Pale version of a great song and it's downhill from there through an insipid version of Crossroads and that acoustic version of Layla which I cannot stand. That's as far as I got. Too painful.

In one of the interviews he talks about retiring as he was approaching 70. Yes, please. Stop now.

Not recommended.

Fairly much in the same camp as you. Curious if you watched the Cream reunion concert DVD, and if so, what you thought. I'll reserve comment until you reply.
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
Queued up for this tonight and the rest of the week:
Amadeus
Lawrence of Arabia
The Color Purple

We're educating our daughter on good films while she is home for break.


Nice selection! Hope you have a BIG screen, LoA begs for it. Easily one of the ten best films I've ever seen. Easy ****

Paul Allen owns a state-of-the-art theater in Seattle. I saw LoA there a few years ago in 70mm. Fantastic!

I'd pay to see that on a good big screen.
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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by indybob:
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Originally posted by Primordialsoup:
Queued up for this tonight and the rest of the week:
Amadeus
Lawrence of Arabia
The Color Purple

We're educating our daughter on good films while she is home for break.


Nice selection! Hope you have a BIG screen, LoA begs for it. Easily one of the ten best films I've ever seen. Easy ****

Paul Allen owns a state-of-the-art theater in Seattle. I saw LoA there a few years ago in 70mm. Fantastic!

I'd pay to see that on a good big screen.


It makes the rounds. I think I recall seeing it in 2012’ish and the 70mm release last year at cinemas.
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Fairly much in the same camp as you. Curious if you watched the Cream reunion concert DVD, and if so, what you thought. I'll reserve comment until you reply.


I have not seen it on DVD, but have of course seen several clips on YouTube which for the most part are uninspiring. A far cry from their days of aggressive playing and trying to outplay the others, all 3 of them were shadows of their former musician selves. To be fair, it would be difficult after not having played together for more than 35 years.
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by sunnylea57:
Fairly much in the same camp as you. Curious if you watched the Cream reunion concert DVD, and if so, what you thought. I'll reserve comment until you reply.


I have not seen it on DVD, but have of course seen several clips on YouTube which for the most part are uninspiring. A far cry from their days of aggressive playing and trying to outplay the others, all 3 of them were shadows of their former musician selves. To be fair, it would be difficult after not having played together for more than 35 years.

I had low expectations, but perhaps because my expectations were so low, I actually enjoyed it. Yeah, 45 years later they don't have the same ferocity, but I thought they still played very well. It's the best Clapton live performance I've heard in many years. And it was great to hear and see Jack Bruce's bass playing.

I have an old friend who was a huge Cream fan in high school. He was reluctant to watch the reunion concert for the same reasons you mentioned, but he came away impressed.

It's all relative, I suppose. It's not "Wheels of Fire", but it's also a whole lot better performance than most classic rock bands can muster at this late stage in their lives.

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