MOVIES: What are you watching?

I am so happy. As some of you may know the once interesting director Christopher Nolan is responsible for a reissue, on 70mm film, of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was released this month in select theaters in the US. One of the theaters was Arclight's Cinerama Dome in LA which had only two showings. By the time I got wind of this all that was left were seats like in the front right corner of the theater.

Today, after seeing a feature on the film on CBS, Sunday Morning, I thought I'd check to see if they had added some showings. Sure enough there's about 16 shows added in June. Most of the best seats were already snagged. However, for Saturday night I was able to take almost the entire row M (all but one seat.) Row M the absolute best row in the Dome.

I originally saw the movie, when it opened, at the Cinestage Cinerama theater in Chicago in 1968 eight times. It's been 50 years. I am very excited.

I finally got around to seeing Black PantherIt was good but didn’t fully live up to the hype for me. Visually stunning and very well directed. But some of the characters’ motivations seemed to be a stretch. And that was consistent across many characters and contexts. Definitely recommended, but it isn’t ‘other level’ superhero film, just a very good one for the genre. 

winetarelli posted:

I finally got around to seeing Black PantherIt was good but didn’t fully live up to the hype for me. Visually stunning and very well directed. But some of the characters’ motivations seemed to be a stretch. And that was consistent across many characters and contexts. Definitely recommended, but it isn’t ‘other level’ superhero film, just a very good one for the genre. 

Tried watching on plane, only got through about 20-25 minutes and was completely uninterested.  Must state that I don't generally watch any superhero movies and despite by love of fantasy/sci fi - do not really watch any of the Marvel movies - other than Deadpool which was funny, did not take itself seriously and broke the 4th wall so I enjoyed

jcocktosten posted:
winetarelli posted:

I finally got around to seeing Black PantherIt was good but didn’t fully live up to the hype for me. Visually stunning and very well directed. But some of the characters’ motivations seemed to be a stretch. And that was consistent across many characters and contexts. Definitely recommended, but it isn’t ‘other level’ superhero film, just a very good one for the genre. 

Tried watching on plane, only got through about 20-25 minutes and was completely uninterested.  Must state that I don't generally watch any superhero movies and despite by love of fantasy/sci fi - do not really watch any of the Marvel movies - other than Deadpool which was funny, did not take itself seriously and broke the 4th wall so I enjoyed

I’d pay the $6 to watch it on a real TV. As I said, I don’t think it is awesome, but I do think it is the rare “important” superhero flick. And I think it is good. Just not great. 

I, too, got around seeing Black Panther on TV last week after getting an offer to see it for free through Verizon.  It was entertaining, and I enjoy watching the comic book movies.  It wasn't any better or worse than other Marvel movies.   In terms of the genre, my favorites continue to be the first Transformer movie and the Tobey Maguire's Spiderman because they were fresh and new.   But after watching one CGI movie after another, the effects become less dull.

Tonight, I enjoyed watching Dunkirk.  

The Wrecking Crew

Documentary about a group of studio musicians who played on a few good albums in the 60's. I enjoyed it, although it gave short shrift to Jim Gordon. I realize he wasn't really the core of the group and ended up bludgeoning his mother, but he was a damn good drummer. I didn't even realize Glen Campbell was part of the crew.

Rothko posted:

Black Panther - pretty good, but didn't take the Marvel franchise any farther down the road.

Next up is Thor: Ragnarok, and then it is to the theater to see Infinity War.

Saw Infinity War yesterday.  Didn't like it as much as I'd hoped but was pleased to get an unexpected ending (trying not to give a spoiler!)  And the cast, needless to say, was impressive!

Double DD night at my house last night, Death Wish 2018 and Downsizing.

As to the new Death Wish, what a waste of time. So poorly acted and directed, it makes the Charles Bronson version look like a masterpiece of cinema. Willis really phoned this one in. The cat-and-mouse between Bronson and the detective (which is one of the better aspects) was almost completely missing as well.

Downsizing was weirdly depressing. The trailers made it look like a comedy, but I barely chuckled for the first third of the movie. After that it turns into kind of a downer. 

Saw Avengers - Infinity War and I really enjoyed it.  I would not have been able to understand or appreciate it if my son hadn't made me watch all of the prior movies.

Without disclosing too many spoilers, I was delighted to watch the Avengers (and their friends) go up against a truly worthy opponent.  I loved the ending - it had an Empire Strikes Back feeling.

I think it would be great to just end the MCU series with this movie.  Just end it.  No sequels or anything.  That being said, I know that that won't occur, so I am very tempted to just ignore all future Marvel movies and pretend that they don't exist (something I should have done, for example, when Matrix 2 and 3 came out).

 

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