Star Wars never did it for me nearly the way Harry Potter does it for me.  That said, I do enjoy the spectacle, and the two most recent ones are better than the Marvel films, imo. (LOTR trilogy is not comparable and a feat of cinematic brilliance.)

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winetarelli posted:

Star Wars never did it for me nearly the way Harry Potter does it for me.  That said, I do enjoy the spectacle, and the two most recent ones are better than the Marvel films, imo. (LOTR trilogy is not comparable and a feat of cinematic brilliance.)

I made it through 20 minutes of the first Harry Potter. (Apologizing  in advance for raining on your parade and hope that you still like Harry Potter no matter what my opinion.)

However, if I'm reading you right and you're talking positive, I agree with LOTR. Though I don't think W+A has seen any of those either. 

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The Old Man posted:
winetarelli posted:

Star Wars never did it for me nearly the way Harry Potter does it for me.  That said, I do enjoy the spectacle, and the two most recent ones are better than the Marvel films, imo. (LOTR trilogy is not comparable and a feat of cinematic brilliance.)

I made it through 20 minutes of the first Harry Potter. (Apologizing  in advance for raining on your parade and hope that you still like Harry Potter no matter what my opinion.)

However, if I'm reading you right and you're talking positive, I agree with LOTR. Though I don't think W+A has seen any of those either. 

Prisoner of Azkaban (the third movie) is by far the best in my opinion of the HPs.  With regard to LOTR, an all time favorite - even better if the edited the last 20-30 minutes of Return of the King better.

Anyway - last night with a group of about 30 ranging from super-fans, to casual fans to people who could not care less like FKG - Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker

jcocktosten posted:

Prisoner of Azkaban (the third movie) is by far the best in my opinion of the HPs.  

It's the one with the most interesting director, Alfonso Cuarón. Who of course directed Children of Men.

wineismylife posted:

Well if my Facebook feed is any clear indicator The Rise of Skywalker sucks royally.

Was well received at the showing I went to last night 

wineart 2 posted:

A Women Under the Influence 

I see you're on a John Cassavetes roll. Of course Peter Falk was in this and the last one you watched. Cassevetes returned the favor by appearing in an excellent early Columbo episode--Etude in Black. Interestingly Cassavetes was an uncredited co-director of the episode.

wineart 2 posted:

Faces ( 1968) 

Gomer Pyle, "Surprise, surprise!" The Cassavetes Fest continues. He never got the credit for his he deserved. I even loved Big Trouble, though I haven't seen it in some time and wonder if it holds up.

The Old Man posted:
wineart 2 posted:

A Women Under the Influence 

I see you're on a John Cassavetes roll. Of course Peter Falk was in this and the last one you watched. Cassevetes returned the favor by appearing in an excellent early Columbo episode--Etude in Black. Interestingly Cassavetes was an uncredited co-director of the episode.

Great episode 

Official Secrets

Excellent cast in a middling movie. The fact-based story was interesting but didn't offer much in the way of dramatic tension.

doubled posted:

Ad Astra - will probably Top 10 Worst Movies of this decade I will watch.  😳

We gave up after 30 mins. Awful.

sunnylea57 posted:
doubled posted:

Ad Astra - will probably Top 10 Worst Movies of this decade I will watch.  😳

We gave up after 30 mins. Awful.

I saw it was available . I think it would cost me $4 and though it's a genre I enjoy I couldn't bring myself to see it in a movie or now streaming.

The Old Man posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
doubled posted:

Ad Astra - will probably Top 10 Worst Movies of this decade I will watch.  😳

We gave up after 30 mins. Awful.

I saw it was available . I think it would cost me $4 and though it's a genre I enjoy I couldn't bring myself to see it in a movie or now streaming.

As the Old Man, 2 hrs is too much time to waste.  :-)

Watched Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerEcho in the Canyon, Little Women, and The Irishman in the last week.

Little Women was my favorite by a good margin.  It's a beautiful shot, visually literate film with a fantastic cast. 

We watched The Irishman at home in one sitting (with bathroom breaks).  It's has greatness in it but is somewhat more interesting as a part of Scorsese's film arc than on its own.  Unlike most of his films of this type, there is little fun or joy expressed by the characters.  Pesci's performance is really special. 

Echo in the Canyon is an interesting documentary about music and Laurel Canyon.  It centered around a concert done by Jakob Dylan and others.  I felt those performances detracted from the work and it dragged despite being short.

I've seen all of the Star Wars movies (except Solo)  in the theaters and was nearly 11 when A New Hope debuted. ROS isn't great but it isn't nearly as bad as Ep. 1 or 2.  It has some real head-scratching elements and a too frenetic pace but certain set pieces, cameos, and other bits of "fan service" are quite satisfying.  I'm not sure they could have concluded the saga on a satisfactory and expectations expanding manner but they didn't really see to try.

Finally saw Uncut Gems - all I can say is what a piece of junk that was.  2 hours of my life I will never get back.  I simply do no understand the critical acclaim for this movie.

It was like a bad film student was given a large budget and made a movie - yuck.  Best thing about it was my wine, the popcorn and when it ended.

On two recent flights: 

Ad Astra

The Aftermath

Ad Astra was pretty dull and the last 30 minutes or so were particularly hard to watch. 

I enjoyed The Aftermath, acting was very good and the emotional aspects of the story were believable to me. 

 

wineart 2 posted:
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Get Out - very entertaining 

One of the very best films of its year, if not the best. 

OMG we agree on a movie!!!!

wineart 2 posted:
doubled posted:

Get Out - very entertaining 

One of the very best films of its year, if not the best. 

Still trying to get FKG to watch it

bman posted:
wineart 2 posted:
doubled posted:

Get Out - very entertaining 

One of the very best films of its year, if not the best. 

OMG we agree on a movie!!!!

Films ( Hollywood) for adults are very rare these days, unfortunately. 

jcocktosten posted:
wineart 2 posted:
doubled posted:

Get Out - very entertaining 

One of the very best films of its year, if not the best. 

Still trying to get FKG to watch it

Have you seen Parasite

wineart 2 posted:
jcocktosten posted:
wineart 2 posted:
doubled posted:

Get Out - very entertaining 

One of the very best films of its year, if not the best. 

Still trying to get FKG to watch it

Have you seen Parasite

Not yet - really want to - 

wineart 2 posted:
doubled posted:

Get Out - very entertaining 

One of the very best films of its year, if not the best. 

So far best of the century. However, skip the disappointing US. It was a mistake of Jordan Peele to make another "horror" film for his sophomore effort.

jcocktosten posted:
wineart 2 posted:
doubled posted:

Get Out - very entertaining 

One of the very best films of its year, if not the best. 

Still trying to get FKG to watch it

What is the source of her hesitation?  Other than a jump scare or two, it's pretty tame and thoughtful.  I've seen it 4 times, and keep getting more out of it each time.

PH

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