MOVIES: What are you watching?

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

...or The Penultimate Chapter in the Decline and Fall of Western Civilization

Almost no one with any redeeming qualities - especially Billy McFarland. As Mrs. S said about 30 minutes into it: "I never think like this, but I'd really like to punch him in the face." Like watching a train wreck. 

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Coen Bros. Nothing else really needs saying. Excellent.

Murder My Sweet

Classic film noir. Excellent.

Psych Out

Silly hippie flick from 1968 with Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Susan Strasberg and Dean Stockwell.

Grand Cru

Documentary following the travails of Pascal Marchand during the 2016 vintage in Burgundy. Interesting for winos.

sunnylea57 posted:

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

...or The Penultimate Chapter in the Decline and Fall of Western Civilization

Almost no one with any redeeming qualities - especially Billy McFarland. As Mrs. S said about 30 minutes into it: "I never think like this, but I'd really like to punch him in the face." Like watching a train wreck. 

As someone who goes to 3 big music festivals and spends waaaayyy too much money on them, I decided to watch it.  I thought it was a pretty good doc.  I don't know how these big artists signed on to play.  Don't they do any due diligence?  1st time festival, in a place with zero infrastructure, and no corporate sponsorship?  Sign me up...

steve8 posted:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Coen Bros. Nothing else really needs saying. Excellent.

Murder My Sweet

Classic film noir. Excellent.

Psych Out

Silly hippie flick from 1968 with Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Susan Strasberg and Dean Stockwell.

Grand Cru

Documentary following the travails of Pascal Marchand during the 2016 vintage in Burgundy. Interesting for winos.

+1. 

mimik posted:
steve8 posted:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Coen Bros. Nothing else really needs saying. Excellent.

Murder My Sweet

Classic film noir. Excellent.

Psych Out

Silly hippie flick from 1968 with Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Susan Strasberg and Dean Stockwell.

Grand Cru

Documentary following the travails of Pascal Marchand during the 2016 vintage in Burgundy. Interesting for winos.

+1. 

+2 

Great list, Steve. 

Bohemian Rhapsody

I've never been much of a fan of Queen and will usually change the station (or the stream) when one of their songs comes on. I had no interest to see this in the theatre, but caught it on the weekend via a different method.

It was an OK time waster. Glossy, simplistic, shallow (and factually inaccurate). Mercury had a powerful voice, to be sure, and the most compelling scenes are the recreations of the live concerts because of that voice. I didn't think Rami Malek was all the good in the role, other than during the concert scenes. His acting didn't do much for me. As well his face is narrower and more angular than Mercury's, so it made his overbite more pronounced than it really was -- and it was totally distracting.

Bohemian Rhapsody - watched on a plane with those 5" screen.  Agree with Sunny that it was shallow.  I wanted more insight on that creative process or his personal struggles.  It seemed the lens was from an outsider who was just seeing the parties or was in the recording studio.

jcocktosten posted:

Four Weddings and a Funeral. Still hilarious despite Andie McDowells atrocious acting.   Especially Rowan Atkinson

A great movie, but I literally cringe every time at the end of the movie when Andie McDowell (who is standing drenched in the rain) says "Is it still raining?  I didn't notice."     Uh, absolutely terrible line and acting.

irwin posted:

The Green Book...  The movie will get some Oscar nominations.  Mahershala Ali is a certainty to get a nomination for best actor.  He is, really, really good in the movie. Totally believable. Viggo Mortensen may well get a nomination for best supporting actor.  Linda Cardellini is very good as well.    It's a good story and true.  Don't expect special effects.  You learn something by going to see it.  The movie itself will not win an Oscar for best movie. It's not worthy of that. But the acting is quite good.

"The movie itself will not win an Oscar for best movie."

Oops.  As Yogi Berra said, "It's hard to make predictions, especially about the future."

irwin posted:

Is there something anomalous about wealthy Hollywood stars decrying economic unfairness to the masses while wearing very expensive clothing and jewelry, drinking champagne and receiving gift bags worth $100,000?

irwin, it is only the “ wealthy” that can drive change. It sure is not the ones without. Is wealthy only those that have more than you or me? I assure you that we are both very wealthy compared to those that fall into the economic unfairness debate. 

No one speaking last night is wealthy compared to Bezos, Gates or Buffett. I struggle with the perceived tag of wealth limiting ones opinions. NOW, that said, if the discussion is about if the Oscars is the proper forum for such debate, that is a debatable question without question. 😉

wineart 2 posted:
irwin posted:

Is there something anomalous about wealthy Hollywood stars decrying economic unfairness to the masses while wearing very expensive clothing and jewelry, drinking champagne and receiving gift bags worth $100,000?

irwin, it is only the “ wealthy” that can drive change. It sure is not the ones without. Is wealthy only those that have more than you or me? I assure you that we are both very wealthy compared to those that fall into the economic unfairness debate. 

No one speaking last night is wealthy compared to Bezos, Gates or Buffett. I struggle with the perceived tag of wealth limiting ones opinions. NOW, that said, if the discussion is about if the Oscars is the proper forum for such debate, that is a debatable question without question. 😉

A lot of truth in your response.  I regard myself as wealthy, since I have everything I need/want.  That's related, in part, to the fact that I don't want that much stuff.  If the actors, or the Oscar people said, "Hey, from now on, don't do the gift bags.....take the $, give it to a homeless shelter in LA, or some other worthwhile charity" that would have at least a temporary positive impact.  So, you are correct...it would be wealthy people making that statement.

My favourite moment of the night was Olivia Coleman’s win. 

 

My favorite film of the year was BlacKkKlansman and I kinda wish it had won more. Adam Driver was also just spectacular in it.   But I knew Cuaron would win. 

I haven’t actually seen The Green Book, though. I think that was the one major film I was missing. Everyone I know who saw it said it was nice but not special. Huh. 

winetarelli posted:
steve8 posted:

To Catch a Thief

Not a Hitchcock classic, but very good. Some hilarious dialogue.

NOT a Hitchcock classic?!?!?  For shame!

 

Not in league with films like Rear Window, NxNW, Psycho, Vertigo, etc, but still enjoyable. You liked it that much?

steve8 posted:
winetarelli posted:
steve8 posted:

To Catch a Thief

Not a Hitchcock classic, but very good. Some hilarious dialogue.

NOT a Hitchcock classic?!?!?  For shame!

 

Not in league with films like Rear Window, NxNW, Psycho, Vertigo, etc, but still enjoyable. You liked it that much?

It is probably ~#3 for me, behind Rear Window and Virtigo. Approximately tied with The Lady Vanishes, just ahead of North by Northwest. Those are probably my top 5

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