irwin posted:
Saudi Arabia is opening movie theaters!

Their movement toward modernization is quite something and portends well for the world.

Saw this post while searching for something else. While I suppose state sponsored assassinations are part of the modern world, I'm not sure it portends well for the world.

Last Flag Flying

I think I'm done with Richard Linklater films. This was like a cross between his Before Sunrise / Before Sunset series and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. A whole lot of talk, signifying nothing. It all felt phony. Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburn had next to nothing to do (which was especially weird, since Carell's character was the film's linchpin), and Brian Cranston wildly overacted.

steve8 posted:
irwin posted:
Saudi Arabia is opening movie theaters!

Their movement toward modernization is quite something and portends well for the world.

Saw this post while searching for something else. While I suppose state sponsored assassinations are part of the modern world, I'm not sure it portends well for the world.

You forgot to mention the assassinating and dismembering of the state's enemies in diplomatic missions, dismembering said enemies, then sneaking out the body parts....

bman posted:
steve8 posted:
irwin posted:
Saudi Arabia is opening movie theaters!

Their movement toward modernization is quite something and portends well for the world.

Saw this post while searching for something else. While I suppose state sponsored assassinations are part of the modern world, I'm not sure it portends well for the world.

You forgot to mention the assassinating and dismembering of the state's enemies in diplomatic missions, dismembering said enemies, then sneaking out the body parts....

I think the king's favorite movie is and he roots for the bad guys. 

theoldman posted:
bman posted:
steve8 posted:
irwin posted:
Saudi Arabia is opening movie theaters!

Their movement toward modernization is quite something and portends well for the world.

Saw this post while searching for something else. While I suppose state sponsored assassinations are part of the modern world, I'm not sure it portends well for the world.

You forgot to mention the assassinating and dismembering of the state's enemies in diplomatic missions, dismembering said enemies, then sneaking out the body parts....

I think the king's favorite movie is and he roots for the bad guys. 

Probably more the Crown Prince than the King......

bman posted:
steve8 posted:
irwin posted:
Saudi Arabia is opening movie theaters!

Their movement toward modernization is quite something and portends well for the world.

Saw this post while searching for something else. While I suppose state sponsored assassinations are part of the modern world, I'm not sure it portends well for the world.

You forgot to mention the assassinating and dismembering of the state's enemies in diplomatic missions, dismembering said enemies, then sneaking out the body parts....

Yeah but we sell them arms so we can overlook these little blemishes

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Molly's Game

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The Ballad of Jack and Rose

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Darkest Hour

Very good. I had to check and see if someone won an Academy Award for the make-up in this film. They did and it was probably more deserved than Oldman's...not that he wasn't very good too.

Rothko posted:

MacBeth (sic) - the 2015 version.  A bit hard to understand since they were using Scottish accents and Old English.  But the general plot is easy enough to get.

Hard to beat the wonderfully over the top Roman Polanski version from 1971. Playboy magazine's only produced film.

The Post--67pts. Spielberg is such a hackneyed director. It's like he's directing for children. And curse the great Roger Deakins for bringing us the curse of digital color correction First seen in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, its misuse continues today. It's the modern equivalent of having things jump out of the screen in a 3D movie. If you could actually pour color correction thickly out of a can it would look like the opening scenes with the "aged" Viet Nam shots.

How in the world did Meryl Streep ever develop this reputation of a great actress? Here she appears as she often does Meryl Streep pretending to be someone. If you want to see someone inhabit a role watch (of all people) Jack Black in the sublimely ridiculous bio-pics, Bernie and The Polka King.

robsutherland posted:

Bohemian Rhapsody.

Rami Malek will get an Oscar nomination. No biopic is ever perfect, and this one is not, but it was fun, poignant and well acted with fantastic music. Mike Meyers was great in his small role. 

Agree on all points, though not sure Malek actually deserves an Oscar nod. His acting was OK but a bit over the top I thought.  Hard to believe Freddie was so often so wired. Freaky how much Gwilym Lee looks like Roger May.

The Old Man posted:

The Post--67pts. Spielberg is such a hackneyed director. It's like he's directing for children. And curse the great Roger Deakins for bringing us the curse of digital color correction First seen in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, its misuse continues today. It's the modern equivalent of having things jump out of the screen in a 3D movie. If you could actually pour color correction thickly out of a can it would look like the opening scenes with the "aged" Viet Nam shots.

How in the world did Meryl Streep ever develop this reputation of a great actress? Here she appears as she often does Meryl Streep pretending to be someone. If you want to see someone inhabit a role watch (of all people) Jack Black in the sublimely ridiculous bio-pics, Bernie and The Polka King.

Why do you even bother watching Spielberg films? You have no doubt already decided you don't like the films before ET even rides in front of the moon across the screen.

steve8 posted:
The Old Man posted:

The Post--67pts. Spielberg is such a hackneyed director. It's like he's directing for children. And curse the great Roger Deakins for bringing us the curse of digital color correction First seen in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, its misuse continues today. It's the modern equivalent of having things jump out of the screen in a 3D movie. If you could actually pour color correction thickly out of a can it would look like the opening scenes with the "aged" Viet Nam shots.

How in the world did Meryl Streep ever develop this reputation of a great actress? Here she appears as she often does Meryl Streep pretending to be someone. If you want to see someone inhabit a role watch (of all people) Jack Black in the sublimely ridiculous bio-pics, Bernie and The Polka King.

Why do you even bother watching Spielberg films? You have no doubt already decided you don't like the films before ET even rides in front of the moon across the screen.

I was thinking much the same. I actually watched this film on a plane and enjoyed it for what it was. 

A gift to film lovers, currently on Netflix: The Other Side of the Wind. Welles shot his last film from 1970 to 1976. It was to be about two directors. John Huston played the old pro and Peter Bogdanovich as his acolyte. That only gives a hint at how different this film is. The cast goes from George Jessel to Claude Chabrol to Dennis Hopper. Shot, deliberately with different film stock and sizes, it also features a Michel Legrand soundtrack.

Due to all sorts of circuses that surrounded Welles from the time of his return to Hollywood, from exile, in 1955 to the time he died in 1985, the film was never finished. This film, with Peter Bogdanovich as executive producer (I don't think anyone knows Welles better than Bogdanovich), assembled from almost 100 hours of footage with notes, some assembled and edited scenes and other documentation and memories, is as close as we're ever going to get to the way Welles envisioned it.

Really remarkable.

The Favourite

This is a movie with great performances. Emma Stone and Olivia Coleman give singular performances that I don’t think anyone else could give in similar ways. While Rachel Weisz has the most normal role and gives an equally great performance in it. 

I enjoyed myself watching this. It is funny, at moments laugh-out-loud funny, and throughout the vast majority at least funny-adjacent. It is about Queen Anne and those around her. There is *some* historical fact here. But this is very loose interpretation of the actual events. (Though, upon research, the film is shockingly more historically accurate than I predicted.)  The movie is better than bad, probably better than mediocre. It is not a masterpiece. 

I have no idea how even to begin to approach writing something else meaningful. I mean, I was there. But the film is bizarre and then it ends.  I suppose I could write a lot, but I don’t want to give anything away. But the (land) duck racing is not one of the stanger parts of the film. I’m probably going to have to watch this again if I want to figure out where in the C to A- range it should be placed.  Wow. Worth the viewing just to have an opinion. Definitely the type of film you will likely want to talk about afterward.  B  (Or thereabouts.  I think.)


 

winetarelli posted:

The Favourite

This is a movie with great performances. Emma Stone and Olivia Coleman give singular performances that I don’t think anyone else could give in similar ways. While Rachel Weisz has the most normal role and gives an equally great performance in it. 

I enjoyed myself watching this. It is funny, at moments laugh-out-loud funny, and throughout the vast majority at least funny-adjacent. It is about Queen Anne and those around her. There is *some* historical fact here. But this is very loose interpretation of the actual events. (Though, upon research, the film is shockingly more historically accurate than I predicted.)  The movie is better than bad, probably better than mediocre. It is not a masterpiece. 

I have no idea how even to begin to approach writing something else meaningful. I mean, I was there. But the film is bizarre and then it ends.  I suppose I could write a lot, but I don’t want to give anything away. But the (land) duck racing is not one of the stanger parts of the film. I’m probably going to have to watch this again if I want to figure out where in the C to A- range it should be placed.  Wow. Worth the viewing just to have an opinion. Definitely the type of film you will likely want to talk about afterward.  B  (Or thereabouts.  I think.)


 

Thank you for the review... I will check the film out.

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