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Postby PresMuffley » 08 May 2017, 00:24

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I’m a bit puzzled by the rave reviews this received. I thought it was good, it looked great (loved all that 50s period detail) and Blanchett was very good but it left me pretty much unmoved I have to say. I thought the young lass was a bit of a drip frankly.


I watched this today and while I agree about Blanchett and that the costuming / set design / art direction were appealing to the eye, what struck me most was how the story itself felt so intellectually dated & tame in comparison with Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. Sure, we get to see two beautiful women making love to one another on screen, but if that's the most progress Hollywood has made in the 80+ years since Hellman's play (and 50+ since the last film adaptation), we are truly stuck in a sad state of affairs.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby PresMuffley » 08 May 2017, 10:35

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Upper-crust Jeanne is unhappy with her marriage and dull provincial life. After her car breaks down she catches a ride home with the "complicated", poetic archeologist Bernard. Being the gentleman that he is, Jeanne's hubby invites Bernard to stay the night at their lovely estate. That night, when Jeanne has trouble sleeping, she takes a walk outside in her flowing white nightgown and pearls, unexpectedly meeting Bernard pondering the complicated things poetic archeologists ponder under the moonlight. After several minutes of courtship, they drift downstream together on a rowboat, as has happened to us all at some point in life. Jeanne's outlook on life has taken a drastic change. She has found Bernard. She has found love.

All rather silly and predictable, but I do like Jeanne Moreau and many Louis Malle films, plus this is shot gorgeously.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 08 May 2017, 15:47

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A college grad gets a job as a customer service assistant at The Circle, a big internet company with its own Facebook-like social network site. She soon discovers that it is run like a cult based upon sharing of information, where employees are actually shamed for not living their entire lives online, and are taught that not recording and posting all of your RL experiences deprives little disabled kids who are unable to do the same. Meanwhile, management of The Circle keep promoting new technology that will essentially ensure that all human rights abuses around the world will be revealed and all escaped criminals will be found, with the attendant realities that (a) everyone will constantly be under surveillance and (b)someone, somewhere has access to every little detail of your life, which would seem more scary and prescient if we didn't already know that Facebook, Ebay, Amazon and various retailers, the U.S. government, the Russian government and any number of foreign governments weren't already doing this.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 08 May 2017, 23:01

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A college grad gets a job as a customer service assistant at The Circle, a big internet company with its own Facebook-like social network site. She soon discovers that it is run like a cult based upon sharing of information, where employees are actually shamed for not living their entire lives online, and are taught that not recording and posting all of your RL experiences deprives little disabled kids who are unable to do the same. Meanwhile, management of The Circle keep promoting new technology that will essentially ensure that all human rights abuses around the world will be revealed and all escaped criminals will be found, with the attendant realities that (a) everyone will constantly be under surveillance and (b)someone, somewhere has access to every little detail of your life, which would seem more scary and prescient if we didn't already know that Facebook, Ebay, Amazon and various retailers, the U.S. government, the Russian government and any number of foreign governments weren't already doing this.

I really, really liked the novel, so I'm quite intrigued to how the film turns out, it doesn't read like an obviously cinematic book. The main character is my biggest problem, her motivation and lack of question didn't ring true. The ex boyfriend who symbolises freedom and self reliance has the coolest name, too. Mercer. Something like that.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 08 May 2017, 23:54

Darkness_Fish wrote:I really, really liked the novel, so I'm quite intrigued to how the film turns out, it doesn't read like an obviously cinematic book. The main character is my biggest problem, her motivation and lack of question didn't ring true. The ex boyfriend who symbolises freedom and self reliance has the coolest name, too. Mercer. Something like that.


I've never read the novel, so I can't tell how true it is to the source material. I suspect the non-cinematic nature of the novel is why the movie adaptation doesn't entirely satisfy.
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Postby Snarfyguy » 11 May 2017, 14:52

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This is scary, and not in a fun way. It's a wake up call about the dangers of cyber warfare as a threat to the global community's critical infrastructure systems. As if I didn't have enough to worry about already!

The great documentarian Alex Gibney is again using subject matter (computer stuff) you might not think would easily lend itself to visual treatment, but he pulls it off pretty well (although cascades of digits falling through cyberspace get to be a bit of a holding pattern).

It's riveting stuff, although your mileage may vary -- Mrs SG slept through the whole thing on the couch.
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Postby sloopjohnc » 11 May 2017, 23:46

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Surfer girl goes off the beaten track to an idyllic bay in Mexico. Staying for one surf too many, she's attacked by a shark and left wounded and alone in the shallows, unable to swim back past the persistent piscine peril. Blake Lively does a decent job of looking brave and pained for 80 minutes, and there is a decent bit of tension. Frankly, though, rubber sharks were more convincing in film than all this CGI piss, and the silly ending ruins most of what went before. Could've been more than half-decent, but fell like so many others at the CGI hurdle.


Watched this with my son. I wanted her to get eaten after awhile.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby sloopjohnc » 11 May 2017, 23:48

Saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 last weekend. After, I asked my son which one he liked best and he said the first one. I told him there was too much going on and was relentless in its pace - more than Mad Max even. He agreed.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby algroth » 12 May 2017, 00:12

I saw it yesterday. I thought it was alright. I liked the fact that they are willing to throw so much at the screen and generallly enjoyed the visual aesthetic of it, but it's with the overwhelming frequency of jokes and nods where I felt it let me down the most: it's fine to have some levity here and there, a bit of comic relief to break the tension and play with some cliché or other; problem is, Guardians is not a comedy, and the jokes may arise the occasional smirk but for the most part they are simply not funny. They don't just cut the mood of a scene, they fucking cleave it with a butcher-knife. And it's all too often, all too forced too. There are whole five-minute sequences that are designed specifically to throw jabs at one another, and it just makes me groan. The stuff with the "Taserface" dude was the fucking worst. And do we really need FIVE post-credit scenes? As with the first one the jukebox soundtrack doesn't always work either. These matters aside, fun enough romp.

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Postby PresMuffley » 12 May 2017, 02:07

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I had seen 10 or 15 minutes of this several years ago and it piqued my interest though I quickly forgot about it. Finally got a chance to see it all last night and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's far from a perfect film, but this kind of dark comedy really appeals to me. I'd like to think Hesher went on to have a lucrative career as a life coach. We all need a bit of him in our lives.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby fueryIre » 12 May 2017, 08:42

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Meh. The early scenes led me to believe this was going to be very worthy and dull, yet the sinister brain-washing plot quickly stepped up the looniness by multiple factors. And then I lost interest, and stuff was happening, but it didn't really occur to me to check what.


Did you ever see the original, DF?

Whilst very much of its time (cue those crazy McCarthy references!), it's a million times better than the remake and still well worth watching
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 12 May 2017, 09:33

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Meh. The early scenes led me to believe this was going to be very worthy and dull, yet the sinister brain-washing plot quickly stepped up the looniness by multiple factors. And then I lost interest, and stuff was happening, but it didn't really occur to me to check what.


Did you ever see the original, DF?

Whilst very much of its time (cue those crazy McCarthy references!), it's a million times better than the remake and still well worth watching

No, it was really only the presence of Denzel that led me to watching this, with fairly low expectations. Y'know, struggling to agree on what to watch, so you say, "that's a Denzel film I've never seen, it won't be terrible, it won't be particularly good. Let's watch that." I'll keep an eye out for it though, I really need to make more of an effort to delve back into 60s and 70s cinema more often, it's obviously more satisfying than recent years.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 14 May 2017, 00:57

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Their Finest (2017)

In 1940, a young British woman takes a job with the Ministry of Propaganda, film division, and finds herself working as a scriptwriter on a film about the evacuation of Dunkirk, all the while having to deal with the demands and whims of her male co-workers, military brass who want to send the right message to the British and American audience, and the movie's cast, including an over-the-hill primadonna actor and a talentless American foisted on the production for propaganda purposes. There is plenty of comedy and romance, but because of some very tragic moments, I'd hesitate to call this a romantic comedy. Charming performances from Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy, in particular.
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Postby driftin » 14 May 2017, 17:33

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It's rubbish but it looks nice and has a couple of cool set pieces.

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 14 May 2017, 20:23

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First time I've ever seen it, I think, the Bourne films completely passed me by previously. I thought it was ok, but not really exceptional enough to have had a whole franchise of this kinda thing. I love the way a man on the run from secret services hides by parking his car on the banks of the seine with Notre Dame in the background. Hiding in plain view...
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 16 May 2017, 16:44

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The Stone Killer
Average Bronson cop movie from the early '70s with Vietnam undertones. The plot is hard to follow and director Michael Winner made better films with Charles (Death Wish, The Mechanic, etc).

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Saturday Night Fever
There are elements which have not survived the test of time (casual racism and misogyny), but this Scorsese-lite movie holds up fairly well. The soundtrack may be a time-piece, but I can remember all of these songs - and they were huge. Travolta never gave a better performance either.
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Postby The Great Defector » 16 May 2017, 16:57

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First time I've ever seen it, I think, the Bourne films completely passed me by previously. I thought it was ok, but not really exceptional enough to have had a whole franchise of this kinda thing. I love the way a man on the run from secret services hides by parking his car on the banks of the seine with Notre Dame in the background. Hiding in plain view...



Prepare for motion sickness if you watch the rest. I fucking hate greengrass, but love the Bourne movie stories.
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Postby pcqgod » 16 May 2017, 20:25

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Near Dark (1987)

Eh, I see how this could have excited people 30 years ago, I suppose.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 18 May 2017, 06:07

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Who'll Stop the Rain

Now here's one I hadn't seen since it came out in the late '70s. Nolte is excellent as a merchant marine who smuggles heroin to the states from Vietnam as a favor for a friend - and who has to go on the lam with the friend's wife while being pursued by crooked narcs. The whole end-of-the-sixties pessimism is summed up quite well, and even though it's not as good as the novel (called Dog Soldiers), it's one of those lost minor classics which are fun to rediscover decades later.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 18 May 2017, 21:48

Matt Wilson wrote:as the novel (called Dog Soldiers),

Robert Stone? That was a good book. I didn't realize that movie was an adaptation of it.

Meanwhile,

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Herzog's latest, a meditation on the Internet and the concomitant human evolution that's supposed to result from it. Ol' Werner collects a kooky cohort of sages, cranks, visionaries and weirdos to make pronouncements and predictions on AI, cyber-warfare/terrorism, what the internet (and we) will be like in the future, and related topics.

Not his best, but engaging as only the idiosyncratic man himself can be.
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