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Postby Snarfyguy » 07 Jan 2018, 22:13

^^^ Ah well thanks then, GB. I didn't recall how it got on my Netflix queue, but surely it was your recommendation. I am much obliged. : )
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Postby pcqgod » 07 Jan 2018, 22:51

toomanyhatz wrote:I loved it, and disagree that it embraces conservative values.


I meant mainly in the very final scenes, insofar as they seem to reaffirm conservative family values. Which didn't really bother me, anyway. I also found it moving in a "Simpsons" sort of way, I suppose.

And Ronan is fantastic. I love that two years down the road from playing a young adult in "Brooklyn" she's playing a teenager believably


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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

I loved the fully realized alternate future world presented in this movie, and once I got used to the idea of Ryan Gosling as the main character, almost wished that had been a wholly original story with no direct connection to the original, rather than have the older characters featured in smaller parts. Frankly I didn't find the story compelling enough to justify the languid pace it was told at. Somewhat of a disappointment.

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Atomica (2017)

A Syfy movie production that somehow got a theatrical release, somewhere. This movie shares some similarities with 10 Cloverfield Lane, in that it has a main female character trapped in an underground facility (a futuristic power plant) with a dodgy man who may or may not be telling the truth about their predicament. Unfortunately, it's nowhere near as good as 10 Cloverfield Lane.
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Postby clive gash » 08 Jan 2018, 23:03

The Shape of Water



Just what I needed to wash out the bitter taste of The Last Jedi, a girl meets fish story.

Exquisitely designed, it’s set in the (mid?) 60s and the lab equipment, the tank that houses the beast, the facility itself is beautifully rendered. There’s a scene that drifts into a song and dance routine that is breathtaking.

The parallels with civil/sexual rights are a bit on the nose but I suppose they serve to anchor the fantastical/supernatural elements. It’s not for kiddies, there’s plenty of blood, inter-species intercourse (the fish tail is discussed but never seen) and foul language, an adult fairy tale. Fans of Michael Shannon will be happy to see him go full Van Alden, it’s a great role.

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Postby Minnie Mincepie » 09 Jan 2018, 02:46

We watched Life of Brian last night and I laughed like a drain. Poor Terry Jones, fucking heartbreaking to think what he's going through.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 09 Jan 2018, 05:20

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The Breakfast Club

John Hughes' greatest film? It's hard to say. I don't think he ever matched the combination of humor and drama which this film balances so effortlessly again. The actors (none of whom really went anywhere, did they? I guess Esteves had the best career in the '80s, while Molly Ringwald was probably the biggest star going into the project), are all superb, with Judd Nelson giving what to me is the standout performance. I could do without ever hearing that Simple Minds song again though.
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Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 09 Jan 2018, 08:19

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The Breakfast Club

John Hughes' greatest film?


Not in a world with Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Planes, Trains and Automobiles!



actually I haven't seen The Breakfast Club in many years. But I didn't warm to it much the last time
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Postby Matt Wilson » 09 Jan 2018, 14:24

BCB's Most Tedious Poster wrote:
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The Breakfast Club

John Hughes' greatest film?


Not in a world with Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Planes, Trains and Automobiles!



actually I haven't seen The Breakfast Club in many years. But I didn't warm to it much the last time


Both good 'uns as well. He had quite a run in the eighties. I didn't really take his films seriously at the time, but they're quite nostalgic for me now. The eighties weren't really a time for classic filmmaking in my estimation. In no way comparable to the movies of the previous five decades, or even the nineties when you think about it. It's pictures like the ones John Hughes made which stand out for me. Not that they're in any way in the same league as Raging Bull, Blue Velvet, The Shining, Platoon, etc. Just easy to throw on when you want some light entertainment.
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Postby Snarfyguy » 09 Jan 2018, 15:26

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Mad Max comparisons aren't apt at all; this is quite a different -- and likely more realistic -- take on post-apocalyptic "society," a Hobbesian dystopia of scarcity and privation. The plot, as the title indicates, concerns an elemental, Darwinian struggle to survive amidst zero-sum competition for virtually non-existent resources.

There's no room for inessentials like unnecessary dialogue (and there may not even be a score - certainly, I wan't aware of any incidental music) here. It's a reflection of spare, lean world in which nothing is wasted. Food and sex have a price, but trust is beyond calculation.

Very well done, I thought.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 09 Jan 2018, 16:31

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Stunning, if hard to watch in places. A profoundly distressing social-realist horror film, its "show, don't tell" approach gives it an intriguingly elliptical quality, as if Robert Bresson had directed 10 Rillington Place. It's a superb performance from the ringleader of a series of murders, and the use of what surely are local, non-actors, gives it a striking verisimilitude.


Hmm, Bob Mortimer apparently disagrees with BCB:

https://twitter.com/RealBobMortimer/sta ... 5277475840
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Postby Snarfyguy » 10 Jan 2018, 14:15

Darkness_Fish wrote:Hmm, Bob Mortimer apparently disagrees with BCB:

https://twitter.com/RealBobMortimer/sta ... 5277475840

"Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!"

Meanwhile,

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This didn't work for me at all. It seemed very "Empire Magazine," if that makes any sense.

And I'm getting tired of movies that take a simple story ("1) Some fucked-up shit happens; 2) some other stuff happens; 3) revenge for the fucked-up shit happens.") and just shuffle the order of the narrative to make it appear more interesting than it is. See also Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.
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Postby harvey k-tel » 10 Jan 2018, 14:44

Snarfyguy wrote:Image

Mad Max comparisons aren't apt at all; this is quite a different -- and likely more realistic -- take on post-apocalyptic "society," a Hobbesian dystopia of scarcity and privation. The plot, as the title indicates, concerns an elemental, Darwinian struggle to survive amidst zero-sum competition for virtually non-existent resources.

There's no room for inessentials like unnecessary dialogue (and there may not even be a score - certainly, I wan't aware of any incidental music) here. It's a reflection of spare, lean world in which nothing is wasted. Food and sex have a price, but trust is beyond calculation.

Very well done, I thought.


I watched this last night on Netflix, and enjoyed it. I had a few nit-picky moments with it, and didn't really like the ending, but there you go. It was a decent enough way to pass the time while B was out at a poetry class.

*edit*

I also enjoyed, and was surprised by the fact, that it's an Irish film, and I didn't have to put up with a bunch of bullshit American bravado and machismo, which most post-apocalyptic films tend to trade in.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 10 Jan 2018, 15:06

Snarfyguy wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:Hmm, Bob Mortimer apparently disagrees with BCB:

https://twitter.com/RealBobMortimer/sta ... 5277475840

"Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!"

He's deleted it, what a snowflake. Must've had pressure from the BCB massive. It just said something along the lines of "Snowtown, film about the body in a barrel murders. Fucking shit."
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 10 Jan 2018, 16:02

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Darkest Hour (2017)

Focusing on the brief period of Winston Churchill's ascension to Prime Minister of England until the fall of mainland Europe to Axis powers, this drama actually offered a surprising number of light-hearted moments; the charm of Oldman's lead performance no doubt hinges a great part upon the quirky aspects of Churchill's personality. It plays a bit like a sequel to 'The King's Speech,' although the dramatic tension created by Churchill's will to lead Britain into a perhaps futile battle against the Nazis being balanced and checked by the various branches of the British government, factions in his own cabinet, and the wishes of the King reminded me rather more of the Abraham Lincoln movie from a few years back. This is the second new movie I've watched in the past year in which Dunkirk is a major plot-driving element, and I haven't even watched the Nolan movie yet!
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Postby Matt Wilson » 10 Jan 2018, 17:10

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The Apartment

Arrow's new remaster looks marvelous, and if you're a fan of the film, then I'd recommend picking one up because it's a limited edition with tons of extras and a nice, fat book is included as well. There's even a UK version (the one I bought, actually). Perhaps Wilder's best picture.
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Postby Goat Boy » 10 Jan 2018, 19:06

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This was terrific. Really solid performances, a deft script and it felt current despite its genre tropes (lawman on verge of retirement, heist gone wrong, end of movie shoot out).

And the director is Scottish bizarrely.
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Interesting HBO documentary featuring interviews with various Bowie collaborators, Bowie interviews and some great archival footage, tracing his career from the start, but focusing on the recording of his final two albums and the production of his play 'Lazarus.'
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Postby Samoan » 11 Jan 2018, 17:53

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Moving day hell for seven households linked by a chain of intense confusion and understandable stress. Two removal companies, with gaffers and employees of differing sense and sensibilities try to hold it all and everyone together with varying degrees of success.
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Postby Tom Waits For No One » 11 Jan 2018, 20:09

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The Apartment

Arrow's new remaster looks marvelous, and if you're a fan of the film, then I'd recommend picking one up because it's a limited edition with tons of extras and a nice, fat book is included as well. There's even a UK version (the one I bought, actually). Perhaps Wilder's best picture.


Thanks for this Matt. I'll go and grab a copy.
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Postby PresMuffley » 11 Jan 2018, 20:46

I'm taking my best friend to see The Treasure of the Sierra Madre this Sunday as a belated 40th birthday present. He's never seen it before and I've never watched it on the big screen. Should be fun. It's only playing on the 14th & 16th:

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/tcm2018-the-treasure-of-the-sierra-madre
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