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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Neige » 03 Jan 2019, 15:27

This was on TV last night, I expected it to be kitsch as hell, not to be moved by it as much as I was.

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Beautifully filmed, the cast is fabulous and Saoirse Ronan just wonderful.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 03 Jan 2019, 15:51

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Vice (2018)

I was surprised to learn that this is a movie where the best bits are in the trailer. Not that it's bad, by any means. Cheney's career is traced from his days as a "ne'er-do-well" in the late 60's to his post-Whitehouse activities, and it's a fascinating story. Great performances from the primary cast. Some of the comedy bits seemed a bit unnecessary/superfluous to achieve the feel the film makers were after.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 04 Jan 2019, 11:34

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Decent story (for a comic book film) but with the usual snooze-worthy and overlong sequences of pixels punching each other.


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Not as good as Spider-Verse obviously but it's probably the best of the MCU.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 04 Jan 2019, 16:12

if only it was in black n white with no dialogue
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I was so looking forward to this - Hoffman, PT Anderson, interesting subject matter..what could possibly go wrong?
Well superficially very little. The performances are great ( Phoenix's idiosyncratic performance takes some getting used to, but makes sense once you understand more about the character), it looks fantastic with beautiful, epic photography. The artistry and intelligence are evident throughout.
Unfortunately the narrative is lifeless, with little drama or momentum. Things should happen in the second half of the movie and they just don't. Instead Phoenix's character hangs around on the periphery of scenes like some prop before leaving for reasons the film never bothers to explore. One scene typifies the problems I had with this movie. Phoenix's character is put through a punishing mental exercise where has to repeatedly touch a wall and describe it. Much screen time is devoted to it so we assume it's important (especially as it comes near towards the end of the film). After he completes the exercise, after some real mental strain, we expect to see the consequences of what he's done. Has he achieved some illumination? Does passing the test mean he advances deeper into the cult? Does it drive him towards mental breakdown? Who knows because it then switches to something completely different.
I was left with a real vagueness of purpose, as if Anderson didn't know what he wanted to say. Shame, but certainly worth watching for Hoffman's performance.

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 04 Jan 2019, 22:14

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Slow-paced little psychological study, heavily influenced by Martin and Let the Right One In, both of which are name-checked in the film. Milo is a disturbed, isolated kid, probably autistic, who meets a similarly isolated new girl on the block, and a relationship of sorts is struck up. The lingering problem in the background, amidst the poverty, violence, and hopelessness of their impoverished lives, is that Milo is a serial killer who believes he is a vampire.

It does the standard art-house annoying stuff of long periods of silence and stilted odd conversations, but it also really hits hard with the brutality of both Milo's violence, and the hopelessness of their situation. The ending is genuinely touching, at odds with much of what went before. Quite an odd, unsettling, and uncertain little flick.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby algroth » 05 Jan 2019, 13:27

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I was so looking forward to this - Hoffman, PT Anderson, interesting subject matter..what could possibly go wrong?
Well superficially very little. The performances are great ( Phoenix's idiosyncratic performance takes some getting used to, but makes sense once you understand more about the character), it looks fantastic with beautiful, epic photography. The artistry and intelligence are evident throughout.
Unfortunately the narrative is lifeless, with little drama or momentum. Things should happen in the second half of the movie and they just don't. Instead Phoenix's character hangs around on the periphery of scenes like some prop before leaving for reasons the film never bothers to explore. One scene typifies the problems I had with this movie. Phoenix's character is put through a punishing mental exercise where has to repeatedly touch a wall and describe it. Much screen time is devoted to it so we assume it's important (especially as it comes near towards the end of the film). After he completes the exercise, after some real mental strain, we expect to see the consequences of what he's done. Has he achieved some illumination? Does passing the test mean he advances deeper into the cult? Does it drive him towards mental breakdown? Who knows because it then switches to something completely different.
I was left with a real vagueness of purpose, as if Anderson didn't know what he wanted to say. Shame, but certainly worth watching for Hoffman's performance.


Yeah, I liked that overall but I very much felt like I came out from it with only what I brought in. I'm going by what I recall of my one viewing of it back when it was in theatres, but I reckon the point to the protagonist's seemingly ambiguous reaction to much of what he's exposed to in this cult is sort of the point, in as much as he's something of a broken and troubled man in search of meaning and guidance and desperate to the point of self-delusion to find these in this new religion. I reckon the reason for his seemingly stony, impenetrable reactions to these sessions, exercises and lectures was there to demonstrate that he indeed didn't achieve that state of illumination or transcendence, it all ended in further frustration basically. I recall feeling that the film sort of meandered about after a while, and that there was a particular scene in the desert, where Phoenix's character sort of breaks down and drives away on a motorbike, that I feel could have been a rather fitting and Antonioni-esque ending to the whole thing - the half-hour that came after that felt to me rather superfluous. Of the Anderson films I've seen (need to catch up with Inherent Vice and Hard Eight), it's at the bottom of the list for me without a doubt.

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Postby driftin » 05 Jan 2019, 16:00

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Best animated film of all-time? Probably. I watched the original Japanese one though, not the dubbed one with all those famous people in it.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 06 Jan 2019, 01:43

driftin wrote:Best animated film of all-time? Probably.

I didn't even think it was the best Miyazaki of all-time, but I did like it a lot (even if I don't actually remember it so well).

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Remarkable. Starts out on a kind of Putney Swope tip, but veers into some places you did not see coming. Bracing and, in parts, hilarious, I thought.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby The Modernist » 06 Jan 2019, 14:00

algroth wrote:
Yeah, I liked that overall but I very much felt like I came out from it with only what I brought in. I'm going by what I recall of my one viewing of it back when it was in theatres, but I reckon the point to the protagonist's seemingly ambiguous reaction to much of what he's exposed to in this cult is sort of the point, in as much as he's something of a broken and troubled man in search of meaning and guidance and desperate to the point of self-delusion to find these in this new religion. I reckon the reason for his seemingly stony, impenetrable reactions to these sessions, exercises and lectures was there to demonstrate that he indeed didn't achieve that state of illumination or transcendence, it all ended in further frustration basically. I recall feeling that the film sort of meandered about after a while, and that there was a particular scene in the desert, where Phoenix's character sort of breaks down and drives away on a motorbike, that I feel could have been a rather fitting and Antonioni-esque ending to the whole thing - the half-hour that came after that felt to me rather superfluous. Of the Anderson films I've seen (need to catch up with Inherent Vice and Hard Eight), it's at the bottom of the list for me without a doubt.



I agree with those impressions. In many ways I think it might have been a more purposeful film had Hoffman's character been the main character rather than Phoenix's.
I've not seen Inherent Vice either, but Hard Eight is nothing to write home about. Very much a debut effort - interesting mainly to see so many of the actors who would become part of Anderson's stock repertory early in their careers

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Postby Samoan » 06 Jan 2019, 16:02

Moonlighting stars Jeremy Irons as Nowak, master electrician, foreman and the only English-speaking member of a group of four Polish builders who arrive in London for a one month job in the early '80s. Solidarity had already been founded and is active back home.
Just a week into their renovation project, where they are all working, living and sleeping, martial law in Poland is imposed and Nowak goes to extraordinary lengths to keep the news completely hidden from his team so the highly paid job is completed on time and in budget. Understandably this leads to many farcical and humorous events and incidents during these grave, serious times in their homeland. A phenomenal film.

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Half-arsed gimmicky teen horror thing. They're conned into playing a game of Truth or Dare in an abandoned church in Mexico, and the consequences of refusing either is death. Watchable, but a bit rubbish.
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 08 Jan 2019, 13:08

We watched The Swimmer with Burt Lancaster the other night. Baron hadn’t seen it before but I had, years ago. I did enjoy it but I forgot how utterly creepy he was in it at times, and I’m not sure that was intentional at the time.
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Postby driftin » 09 Jan 2019, 12:22

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Postby Snarfyguy » 09 Jan 2019, 16:24

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Directed by George Clooney and written by the Coen Bros., Clooney and some other guy, this is kind of a mess. Two intertwining stores never really cohere and the movie can't seem to decide whether it's a black comedy or some kind of Hitchcock/Lynch mashup.

The Levittown ethos under examination is neither effectively satirized nor realistically rendered and the kitschy design elements overwhelm with their superficiality. The lead characters aren't sufficiently unlikable to qualify as anti-heroes a la Bonnie and Clyde; they're just creepy and dull. The whole thing has all the subtlety and nuance as John Waters directing a re-make of Saw.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 09 Jan 2019, 16:33

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A Star is Born (2018)

He is an emotionally-damaged country-rock singer who drinks himself into a stupor to make himself feel better and she is a hyper talented tough cookie who doesn't take crap from anyone in a humdrum job, and I can't make myself care a bit about either.

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Mary, Queen of Scots (2018)


There's a lot to entertain the viewer here, from the eye-candy of scenic landscapes, dramatic castles and striking costumes, to the political intrigue and the complex relationship between the doomed-by-her-name Queen and Elizabeth I. I was expecting it to be very "Game of Thrones" influenced, but it's actually a bit more restrained. There's one battle scene in the movie and it seems pretty much bloodless as a Civil War battle recreation. I felt that some of the events in the movie could have been portrayed more dramatically, and it seemed to lack a great cathartic moment.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 13 Jan 2019, 21:13

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Really, really good, I thought. I didn't have very high expectations despite the good reviews, especially given the really uncertain start. However, it really grew into its theme, a proper Spinal Tap for vampires.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby caramba » 14 Jan 2019, 09:07

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Really, really good, I thought. I didn't have very high expectations despite the good reviews, especially given the really uncertain start. However, it really grew into its theme, a proper Spinal Tap for vampires.


Is that the Kiwi movie? If so, it was on BBC the Hallloween before last and was very, very funny indeed.

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Postby Snarfyguy » 14 Jan 2019, 15:16

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I wasn't too hung up on this not being as good as the original because I don't even like the original in the first place.

This suffers from all the usual defects: too long, dud story, rote musical numbers (nobody is going to be singing these songs in 60 years, I'll tell you that). Lin-Manual Miranda comes across well, and a few set pieces threaten to elevate the proceedings, but it's mostly a series of mis-fires.

None other than Dick Van Dyke, aged approximately 110, has a remarkable cameo in which, dancing, he leaps from the floor onto a desk. I thought it had to have been faked somehow, but apparently he really did that. I had no idea he was still alive!

Anyway, while I was afraid it would never end, my seven year-old didn't want it to, and that's what counts, I guess.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Neige » 14 Jan 2019, 18:55

Darkness_Fish wrote:Image

Really, really good, I thought. I didn't have very high expectations despite the good reviews, especially given the really uncertain start. However, it really grew into its theme, a proper Spinal Tap for vampires.



That's brilliant... I hear they're making a series from it in the US.
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