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@patespo1 posted:

I will not argue that movies (films) or even television are forms of art, as long as we can agree that they are consumed in different ways, by different people, and there is no absolute way in which a movie should be watched.

Most of the time I am laying down when I watch our televisions, whether in the living room or bedroom.  Not sure where I would have to put my television to not be looking up at it.

Take the mirror off your bedroom ceiling and put the TV there?

About 10 days ago we saw the new Bond film in a theater. It was on a Monday during the day and there were only 6 people in the theater. There were almost 30 minutes of previews and the film itself is 2 3/4 hours. The film fits into the other Daniel Craig vehicles and was enjoyable but also predictable.

Yesterday we went into SF to see the new Wes Anderson film, French Dispatch. Really enjoyable. I didn't care for his early films but since the Isle of Dogs and Budapest Hotel, I've become a fan. Only 4 people in the theater on a Thursday afternoon. Highly recommend if you like quirky, eccentric characters and plots with a touch of drama.

Also saw Dune on HBO. When it was done, I realized that it still needs 1-2  more sequels! Not sure I would have invested my time knowing that going in...but visually stunning. Loved the costume designs too. Had an sleek Armani look for both men and women.

Saw "The French Dispatch" yesterday.  Aside from some of the short scenes (more like paintings than film), shots of a cool village in France, and some performances, hated it.  No stories to speak of, at least none that we could follow, images flashing by before it was possible to get a good look at them, silly and pretentious in the extreme.  Animation at one point for no apparent reason.  Not sure what Wes Anderson was going for here but for us, he failed miserably.  Self-indulgent.  We loved Grand Budapest Hotel and Darjeeling Limited so we were quite disappointed by this one.

For those who want to check it out I strongly suggest watching it at home so that you can pause and drink in some of the scenes, which often included multiple characters and images for just a second or two before something else happened.

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Just watched the 1963 version of Cleopatra which starred Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Rex Harrison among many other stars of the day.  As an epic, the costumes and staging are amazing but the movie lacks something along the way.  Afterward I learned the original idea was for there to be two separate three-hour films, one focusing on Cleopatra and Julius Caesar and the other dealing with Cleopatra and Marc Antony.  Worth watching in any event just to see all the actors who went on to become big stars.

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