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@irwin posted:

Watched nomadland yesterday.  Winner of best picture, best actress, best director.
I found it intensely boring.  I don’t get it.

Intensely boring...isn't that an oxymoron? I haven't seen it yet but do want to.

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The Swarm (1978)

I may have seen this when it was released and forgotten how bad it is. How did they get so many big names to participate in such a bad film?

Death of a Ladies' Man

Probably only for people who live in Montreal and like Leonard Cohen and even then...

Let Him Go

Diane Lane is still a really good looking woman.

Steve8, Nomadland has a stillness to it that you’ll either love or hate. I loved it.

No Sudden Move - 2nd rate Soderbergh. Way too convoluted. I think every single character double crossed someone else.

Isle of Dogs - love Wes Anderson so I’m not sure why it took so long to get around to watching this. Fascinating. Not sure I loved it, but I sure admired it.

The Duke - hard to miss with Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. Pretty simple (and true) heist fI’ll, and a well crafted piece of Brit entertainment.

The Courier - a B++ grade spy thriller, made all the better by Benedict Cumberbatch.

@steve8 posted:

Intensely boring...isn't that an oxymoron? I haven't seen it yet but do want to.

Recently

The Swarm (1978)

I may have seen this when it was released and forgotten how bad it is. How did they get so many big names to participate in such a bad film?

I read Michael Caine's autobiography, What's It All About? , an excellent read, btw. He explains that during that time period, he and his wife, Shakira, were building a house. Every time he thought they were about done, his wife wanted to add another room. So each time she did, he would take another part purely for the money. That explains films like The Swarm, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, The Island, etc.  She must have wanted a remodel when he did Jaws: The Revenge in 1987.

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@Rothko posted:

Every few years I'll pop in the Extended Versions of the Lord of the Rings and watch them all.  They really are fantastic movies.  Definitely in my Top 100 (if not my Top 10).

Absolutely adore them. I don’t like the color grading on the 4K extended editions, however. Particularly on Fellowship. The color is too de-saturated. I would also say, in general, the theatrical release of Fellowship I prefer to the extended. I much prefer the extended version of Two Towers, and I have a slight preference for the extended version of Return of the King.

Taken as a whole, easy top 15ish for me. Probably top 10. Individually, Fellowship and ROTK are both top 100 for me; the extended version of Two Towers might be as well.

@winetarelli posted:

Absolutely adore them. I don’t like the color grading on the 4K extended editions, however. Particularly on Fellowship. The color is too de-saturated. I would also say, in general, the theatrical release of Fellowship I prefer to the extended. I much prefer the extended version of Two Towers, and I have a slight preference for the extended version of Return of the King.

Taken as a whole, easy top 15ish for me. Probably top 10. Individually, Fellowship and ROTK are both top 100 for me; the extended version of Two Towers might be as well.

At this point, I can't remember the theatrical versions very well, since I haven't watched them in over a decade.  I know the beginning of Fellowship is very different; in the Extended version Bilbo narrates a history of the hobbits whereas in the theatrical version it just starts with Gandalf in the wagon meeting up with Frodo.  I like that the Extended version gives us more of Moria. 

They truly are remarkable films.  And they stand the test of time (so far).  The Balrog scene is amazing; the battles of Helms Deep and Pelennor Fields - the charge of the Rohirrim is so stirring!

You can quibble about some of the changes that Peter Jackson made to the story: the death of Saruman; the Army of the Dead at Minis Tirith; Gandalf and the Witch King's meeting; etc.  But overall these are minor.  Compare it to The Hobbit, which was a disaster of a trilogy, in my opinion.

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