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Title: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
Post by: alyssa on July 26, 2018, 11:09:37 PM
MI: Fallout


wow.....I found myself laughing out loud at the implausibility and yet thoroughly enjoyed the movie from start to finish. while the action was very well done and the MI aspects were there- it did not take it's self seriously-

a two solid thumbs up
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Post by: mark on July 26, 2018, 11:46:47 PM
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MI: Fallout


wow.....I found myself laughing out loud at the implausibility and yet thoroughly enjoyed the movie from start to finish. while the action was very well done and the MI aspects were there- it did not take it's self seriously-

a two solid thumbs up

We just got back from seeing it :) Agree completely. I do wish they had done the trailer differently, I can think of a good number of scenes that would have had more impact if I hadn't been thinking well here comes that bit from the trailer. Really glad Rebecca Ferguson came back for this one.
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Post by: alyssa on July 29, 2018, 07:34:09 PM
On todays hangout You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login recommended the Equalizer 2

i had some time and a free ticket....
Denzel Washington is amazing- it's slow to get going but worth the wait.
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Post by: accelerate on July 29, 2018, 08:01:33 PM
I’m pretty sure Tom Cruise ran more in this movie than all previous Mission Impossible movies combined. And he ran a lot in those movies.

I agree with the choice of scenes in the trailer. Certain scenes would’ve had a bigger impact had they been left out.
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Post by: comicconfamily on July 30, 2018, 05:15:52 PM
We saw Blindspotting this weekend and we loved it.  It was funny, which I didn't expect from the trailers, insightful, and just really well done.
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Post by: mark on August 02, 2018, 06:03:24 PM
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I’m pretty sure Tom Cruise ran more in this movie than all previous Mission Impossible movies combined. And he ran a lot in those movies.

I agree with the choice of scenes in the trailer. Certain scenes would’ve had a bigger impact had they been left out.

https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/the-more-tom-cruise-runs-the-better-his-movies-are/ (https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/the-more-tom-cruise-runs-the-better-his-movies-are/) :)

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We saw Blindspotting this weekend and we loved it.  It was funny, which I didn't expect from the trailers, insightful, and just really well done.

Been trying to decide about seeing that or Sorry to Bother You this weekend. Just not enough time :(
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Post by: vegasndn on August 02, 2018, 08:16:05 PM
I’m thinking its MI: Fallout for us this weekend maybe family has other movies in mind but we are going to MI


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Title: Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
Post by: alyssa on August 02, 2018, 08:49:47 PM
LOL

i'm thinking teen titans go--
Or Mr Robinson
Title: Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
Post by: alyssa on August 09, 2018, 10:02:53 PM
i went and saw The Meg

while the acting was decent, the script lacked originality - pretty one dimensional characters. the shark & underwater scenes are killer tho-
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Post by: FBS on August 09, 2018, 11:44:39 PM
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i went and saw The Meg

while the acting was decent, the script lacked originality - pretty one dimensional characters. the shark & underwater scenes are killer tho-
"My god! It's a Megladon" bloody love it.

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Post by: comicconfamily on August 10, 2018, 05:25:21 AM
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Been trying to decide about seeing that or Sorry to Bother You this weekend. Just not enough time :(

We've seen both - saw Sorry to Bother You in San Diego. We liked Blindspotting more. But Sorry to Bother You is good too; just completely different.
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Post by: TardisMom on August 10, 2018, 11:37:29 AM
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We've seen both - saw Sorry to Bother You in San Diego. We liked Blindspotting more. But Sorry to Bother You is good too; just completely different.

Sorry to Bother You is nuts!!  I need to google it so I can understand the symbolism, lol.  I keep thinking about it.

Blindspotting was excellent.  Daveed Diggs is just so adorable, I love him.  And of course the movie is more than handsome Daveed, it really puts you in the shoes of the characters.

I saw Eighth Grade yesterday and my shoulders hurt afterword from all the cringing.  Great movie, but it sure does bring back uncomfortable memories.

This weekend we are seeing Black Klansman.  I'm kinda upset with AMC, their website didn't have it as one of the main movies on the first page and I had to click on  See All Movies to find it.  It opens today, for goodness sake!!

And next weekend is Crazy Rich Asians.  I read the book when it first came out and loved it.  Very excited for the clothes and the wealth and the beautiful people who happen to be Asian :)
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Post by: Angology on August 10, 2018, 12:32:37 PM
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Sorry to Bother You is nuts!!  I need to google it so I can understand the symbolism, lol.  I keep thinking about it.

Blindspotting was excellent.  Daveed Diggs is just so adorable, I love him.  And of course the movie more than handsome Daveed, it really puts you in the shoes of the characters.

I saw Eighth Grade yesterday and my shoulders hurt afterword from all the cringing.  Great movie, but it sure does bring back uncomfortable memories.

This weekend we are seeing Black Klansman.  I'm kinda upset with AMC, their website didn't have it as one of the main movies on the first page and I had to click on  See All Movies to find it.  It opens today, for goodness sake!!

And next weekend is Crazy Rich Asians.  I read the book when it first came out and loved it.  Very excited for the clothes and the wealth and the beautiful people who happen to be Asian :)
We are seeing Crazy Rich Asians next week. Alamo Drafthouse has a special menu for it. Can't wait to see the movie, and try the special menu. I need to read the book!
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Post by: TardisMom on August 10, 2018, 01:34:08 PM
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We are seeing Crazy Rich Asians next week. Alamo Drafthouse has a special menu for it. Can't wait to see the movie, and try the special menu. I need to read the book!

I'm planning to buy my first ever movie theatre alcoholic drink when I see it.  We're doing a Ladies' Afternoon Out.  And yes, read the book!
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Post by: comicconfamily on August 10, 2018, 03:44:38 PM
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Sorry to Bother You is nuts!!  I need to google it so I can understand the symbolism, lol.  I keep thinking about it.

Blindspotting was excellent.  Daveed Diggs is just so adorable, I love him.  And of course the movie is more than handsome Daveed, it really puts you in the shoes of the characters.

I saw Eighth Grade yesterday and my shoulders hurt afterword from all the cringing.  Great movie, but it sure does bring back uncomfortable memories.

This weekend we are seeing Black Klansman.  I'm kinda upset with AMC, their website didn't have it as one of the main movies on the first page and I had to click on  See All Movies to find it.  It opens today, for goodness sake!!

And next weekend is Crazy Rich Asians.  I read the book when it first came out and loved it.  Very excited for the clothes and the wealth and the beautiful people who happen to be Asian :)

YES. Sorry To Bother You was CRAZY. After seeing it, I had to read up on it so I could fully understand it.

We're seeing Eighth Grade tomorrow, really looking forward to it. My kids are big fans of Bo Burnham, since his YouTube days.

And looking forward to Crazy Rich Asians too! Probably need to see it next weekend.
Title: Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
Post by: vegasndn on August 10, 2018, 04:03:09 PM
You all have good things to say about Sorry to bother you. Thats my weekend movie for tomorrow, only one place in Vegas showing it at this time. It’s on other side of town but we already have plans to be out on that side, yes.


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Post by: TardisMom on August 10, 2018, 09:18:38 PM
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You all have good things to say about Sorry to bother you. Thats my weekend movie for tomorrow, only one place in Vegas showing it at this time. It’s on other side of town but we already have plans to be out on that side, yes.


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Title: Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
Post by: alyssa on August 12, 2018, 12:00:42 PM
I saw Blackkkansman last night

i probably am the only person who didn't know it was a spike lee movie- LOL

so it was a bit (new england understatement) on the 'preach-ie' side but the acting was great and the story was well written. the audience laughed out loud a bunch of times with the actors/story just at the absurdity of the situations and clapped at the end.


I've got the AMC A-List program pass, for $20/month I can see any movie playing at an amc theatre- it's great- i just wish it offered a discount on popcorn too
i have an amc theatre 10 min from my house.
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Post by: TardisMom on August 12, 2018, 01:39:18 PM
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I've got the AMC A-List program pass, for $20/month I can see any movie playing at an amc theatre- it's great- i just wish it offered a discount on popcorn too
i have an amc theatre 10 min from my house.

Regarding the popcorn, AMC has a popcorn you can buy and get refills for under $5.  https://www.amctheatres.com/annual-bucket (https://www.amctheatres.com/annual-bucket)
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Post by: alyssa on August 12, 2018, 03:05:25 PM
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Regarding the popcorn, AMC has a popcorn you can buy and get refills for under $5.  https://www.amctheatres.com/annual-bucket (https://www.amctheatres.com/annual-bucket)

I was all excited then read the sm print it’s only at amc classic theaters.... not the regular movies venues
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Post by: vegasndn on August 12, 2018, 03:39:26 PM
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It was great we enjoyed the flick, it was a film that wife and I talked about for awhile after the showing and a convo about it before bed. It was crazy at that part I didn’t expect that. I didn’t read a lot of comments about it on twitter so I was totally blindsided. The whole conversation on the power caller level was kinda creepy. 40 on #2 that car got some mpg


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Post by: TardisMom on August 12, 2018, 06:43:07 PM
Alyssa, sorry about that.  I didn't read the small print.

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It was great we enjoyed the flick, it was a film that wife and I talked about for awhile after the showing and a convo about it before bed. It was crazy at that part I didn’t expect that. I didn’t read a lot of comments about it on twitter so I was totally blindsided. The whole conversation on the power caller level was kinda creepy. 40 on #2 that car got some mpg

Glad you enjoyed it!

We saw Black Klansman today.  I booked the tickets two days ago and it was showing in one of the smallest theaters at the multiplex.  We got there today and it had been moved to one of the biggest theaters.  We still had good seats  :).  It was much funnier than I expected!  I love that Harry Belafonte is in it.  Great movie.
Title: Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
Post by: alyssa on August 12, 2018, 09:31:37 PM
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Alyssa, sorry about that.  I didn't read the small print.
nor worries- i was really excited LOL yeah- i do like the popcorn.
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Post by: Angology on August 16, 2018, 08:15:45 AM
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We are seeing Crazy Rich Asians next week. Alamo Drafthouse has a special menu for it. Can't wait to see the movie, and try the special menu. I need to read the book!
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I'm planning to buy my first ever movie theatre alcoholic drink when I see it.  We're doing a Ladies' Afternoon Out.  And yes, read the book!
It was so good! It will have you laughing and crying (seriously, I almost started bawling at one point) I also spoke out loud involuntarily (not too loud, luckily-don't want to get kicked out of Alamo  ;D) I couldn't help myself.
Rik liked it as much as I did (okay-he didn't get as emotional)
Oh, and the pork and ginger dumplings were delicious. I am seriously tempted to buy tickets for the feast version of the movie that Alamo is doing (it's super expensive though, but does include adult beverages)
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Post by: hasan459 on August 16, 2018, 08:38:25 AM
mission impossible always bring something new, and fallout is too much better. it has few new and challenging action stunts. i love it
Title: Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
Post by: alyssa on August 18, 2018, 11:09:19 PM
ok.... so i'm not a fan of rom-com's...... I was a few min's into Crazy Rich Asians, when i figured out it was a rom-com. Well acted and with a great script and the twist of placing it in Taiwan - but a rom com none the less.

Title: Re: Non-SuperHero Current Movies **spoilers**
Post by: mark on August 19, 2018, 10:55:08 AM
This isn't a movie but a series we just finished, it's on Amazon prime if you have that. It's a French-British show called The Tunnel. (It's based on a Danish-Swedish series called The Bridge which we haven't seen so I don't know how similar it is.) It's really well done, especially the first 2 seasons. The main thing we liked about it is the 2 main actors, Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter) and Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon in GoT) who both have great roles and plenty of time to showcase their talent, plus they play off each other really well.
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Post by: FBS on August 19, 2018, 11:38:12 AM
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This isn't a movie but a series we just finished, it's on Amazon prime if you have that. It's a French-British show called The Tunnel. (It's based on a Danish-Swedish series called The Bridge which we haven't seen so I don't know how similar it is.) It's really well done, especially the first 2 seasons. The main thing we liked about it is the 2 main actors, Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter) and Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon in GoT) who both have great roles and plenty of time to showcase their talent, plus they play off each other really well.
The bridge is miles better than The Tunnel. Give it a try. I love it.

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Post by: mark on August 19, 2018, 03:31:26 PM
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The bridge is miles better than The Tunnel. Give it a try. I love it.

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We're going to but want to wait a little bit after finishing The Tunnel. Plus The Bridge isn't available on anything we subscribe to so will probably go the DVD-via-library route.

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ok.... so i'm not a fan of rom-com's...... I was a few min's into Crazy Rich Asians, when i figured out it was a rom-com. Well acted and with a great script and the twist of placing it in Taiwan - but a rom com none the less.

It's gotten really good reviews from my friends that have seen it.
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Post by: alyssa on August 19, 2018, 09:33:10 PM
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It's gotten really good reviews from my friends that have seen it.
it's very good- and doesn't seem to stereotype the Asian characters or over-explain the culture which is great! 

i saw Mile 22 today-
an unvarnished logical 24 crossed with the Daredevil 1st season hallway scene - absolutely mesmerizing & brutal both from a psychological and physical perspectives
Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan were all brilliant as was the script

i've got a ticket for 2001: a space odyssey on thursday in Imax ;) !!
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Post by: alyssa on August 24, 2018, 10:48:49 AM
perhaps not quite the right place for this....

I got a chance to see the restored imax version of 2001: A Space Odyssey last night

2 hr & 45 min's
there was an intermission

loved the added scenes, could have done without the addition of more psychedelic visuals when Bowman encounters the monolith however. I believe the restored version added 20 min's back into the film.
I don't think i'd go see it again & it was hard watching it - long and not edge of the seat- but i am very very glad i got to see it in IMAX and in a longer format- I beleive there was more scenes on the moon for example.
 
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Post by: TardisMom on August 24, 2018, 10:54:42 AM
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perhaps not quite the right place for this....

I got a chance to see the restored imax version of 2001: A Space Odyssey last night

2 hr & 45 min's
there was an intermission

loved the added scenes, could have done without the addition of more psychedelic visuals when Bowman encounters the monolith however. I believe the restored version added 20 min's back into the film.
I don't think i'd go see it again & it was hard watching it - long and not edge of the seat- but i am very very glad i got to see it in IMAX and in a longer format- I beleive there was more scenes on the moon for example.
 

That's pretty much what we thought, too.  Glad we saw it on the big screen but didn't know we should take psychedelic drugs beforehand, lol.
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Post by: alyssa on August 24, 2018, 11:48:22 AM
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That's pretty much what we thought, too.  Glad we saw it on the big screen but didn't know we should take psychedelic drugs beforehand, lol.
Yeah, someone was doing edibles close to me .....  /sigh/
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Post by: semigeekgirl on August 24, 2018, 12:56:03 PM
Finally got to see Crazy Rich Asians this week and LOVED it. My husband really liked it too and he's definitely not as into rom-coms as I am.
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Post by: Angology on August 24, 2018, 03:30:18 PM
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Finally got to see Crazy Rich Asians this week and LOVED it. My husband really liked it too and he's definitely not as into rom-coms as I am.
Same! DH really loved it. He kept going on about Constance Wu (he does like her on Fresh Off the Boat).
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Post by: chocolateshake on August 24, 2018, 10:43:47 PM
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Finally got to see Crazy Rich Asians this week and LOVED it. My husband really liked it too and he's definitely not as into rom-coms as I am.

Loved it too.  My favorite movie since Ready Player One.  It was a pretty formulaic rom-com but it had enough unique take on things to make it fresh.  Very well executed.

I saw Happytime Murders today and have the exact opposite thoughts.  I'll sum it up with WTH?  The worst movie I've seen in years.  What were they thinking?  I can't believed anyone involved in it read the script and thought that it was going to be good.  I just left the theater thinking why?
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Post by: vegasndn on August 25, 2018, 12:28:05 AM
Watch Crazy Rich Asians last week and that was good, the story was fun, hearing that a sequel is in the works makes my wife happy. Also I wasn’t shedding a tear or two during then movie it was the wife.  Mile 22 is our movie for tomorrow.


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Post by: alyssa on August 25, 2018, 03:28:12 AM
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... Mile 22 is our movie for tomorrow.

I’m curious about your reactions
There isn’t a lot of buzz about it but I found it absorbing
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Post by: TardisMom on August 25, 2018, 08:14:32 AM
Re: Mile 22 -- I would like to see Lauren Cohan on the big screen but I refuse to see anything that has Mark Wahlberg in it.  His racial violence and request for a pardon, and the whole paycheck thing with the movie reshoots last fall are too much for me.  Just my opinion.
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Post by: comicconfamily on August 25, 2018, 11:03:31 AM
Rich Crazy Asians: Loved it! I cried, of course. My husband thought it was ok, but it's totally not his usual type of movie. BUT he was laughing throughout the entire movie.
The Meg: It was good! My husband really wanted to see it, but it's totally not my typical type of movie. It was entertaining.
Eighth Grade: Loved it!
Never Goin' Back: didn't plan to see it,  but glad we did...it was really funny. Really enjoyed it.

This weekend I wanted to see Searching, but it's not playing anywhere in Vegas.  :(  It looks like we may see Happytime Murders, but after reading some reviews and what You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login said, I'm starting to dread it. I might lose that battle though with my family. Still haven't seen BlacKkKlansman, maybe I can sway them....hmmm.
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Post by: chocolateshake on August 25, 2018, 12:01:35 PM
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It looks like we may see Happytime Murders, but after reading some reviews and what You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login said, I'm starting to dread it. I might lose that battle though with my family. Still haven't seen BlacKkKlansman, maybe I can sway them....hmmm.

I don't know how old your kids are, but I would seriously consider that before taking them to Happytime.  It's a puppet movie but got rated R.  I'm not a prude by a long shot but I was cringing through a lot of Happytime.  Sure, there were some funny bits.  But overall I still don't see what the point of it was.
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Post by: comicconfamily on August 25, 2018, 12:11:01 PM
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I don't know how old your kids are, but I would seriously consider that before taking them to Happytime.  It's a puppet movie but got rated R.  I'm not a prude by a long shot but I was cringing through a lot of Happytime.  Sure, there were some funny bits.  But overall I still don't see what the point of it was.

My kids are 17-28  ;D
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Post by: chocolateshake on August 25, 2018, 12:12:28 PM
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Re: Mile 22 -- I would like to see Lauren Cohan on the big screen but I refuse to see anything that has Mark Wahlberg in it.  His racial violence and request for a pardon, and the whole paycheck thing with the movie reshoots last fall are too much for me.  Just my opinion.

While I most definitely do not condone racism or violence, far from it.  I also believe in redemption.  Those incidents happened a long time ago when he was young.  He seems to have tried to live a good life in the last 20 years or so.  If we were all defined for life by what we did as teenagers, where would that leave us?

This leads into the broader issue of how culturally the US runs it's corrections system compared to much of the rest of the developed world.  We treat it as punishment and not as a chance for education on how to fit into society.  Our outcomes are horrible compared to the rest of the developed world.  We had finally started down the road to prison reform only to have that process aborted in the last 2 years.
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Post by: TardisMom on August 25, 2018, 07:11:49 PM
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While I most definitely do not condone racism or violence, far from it.  I also believe in redemption.  Those incidents happened a long time ago when he was young.  He seems to have tried to live a good life in the last 20 years or so.  If we were all defined for life by what we did as teenagers, where would that leave us?

This leads into the broader issue of how culturally the US runs it's corrections system compared to much of the rest of the developed world.  We treat it as punishment and not as a chance for education on how to fit into society.  Our outcomes are horrible compared to the rest of the developed world.  We had finally started down the road to prison reform only to have that process aborted in the last 2 years.

I believe in redemption, too, I just don't know that Marky Mark has earned it.  I just don't think his request for a pardon (so that he could get a license to help with his restaurant business) when he had never sought out the man he blinded in one eye to apologize was pretty shortsighted.  He's definitely not as bad as Mel Gibson, who he is worked with on Daddy's Home 2 and is working with on additional movie projects.  His embrace of Gibson sinks him in my eyes.  Again, my opinion.  Regarding our corrections system I agree completely.  Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next features Norway's prison system and is very eye opening.

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This weekend I wanted to see Searching, but it's not playing anywhere in Vegas.  :(  It looks like we may see Happytime Murders, but after reading some reviews and what You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login said, I'm starting to dread it. I might lose that battle though with my family. Still haven't seen BlacKkKlansman, maybe I can sway them....hmmm.

I hope you made it to see BlackkKlansman!  I wanted to see Searching this weekend, too, but it doesn't open until 8/31 in Phoenix.  Something to look forward to!
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Post by: chocolateshake on August 27, 2018, 10:11:05 AM
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Regarding our corrections system I agree completely.  Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next features Norway's prison system and is very eye opening.

Another film that's enlightening is CNN's documentary on American prisons.

https://www.cnn.com/shows/american-jail-film

I didn't truly get the Black Lives Matter movement.  Now I do.

It's just not how prisoners are treated in jail but how they get there.  A lot of people in prison aren't there for public safety.  As in most things in the US, it comes down to money.  So if you have money, you can avoid prison.  If you are poor, you can't.  Many people in jail are there because they couldn't pay a $100 traffic ticket or they have an uncollected debt or they got ticketed for not mowing their lawn.  Debtors prison is alive and well in the US as is, I'll use the word, slavery.  One thing that was shocking is that the government bills people for their time in jail.  If they can't pay, then that's another crime they are convicted of and they get sent back to prison for some more time.  Which in turn adds to their prison debt which they are even less likely to be able to pay.  Which sends them back to jail again.  This can go on for years.

US prisons have no motivation to get people out of jail.  Quite the opposite.  US prisons make a lot of money off their prisoners.  They sell prison labor for at least minimum wage and pay the prisoners either pennies per hour or nothing at all.  Prisons need a labor force to sell.  I don't think that incarcerating people and forcing them to work against their will should be a profit making venture.  Not everything should be about money.
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Post by: TardisMom on August 27, 2018, 03:19:18 PM
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Another film that's enlightening is CNN's documentary on American prisons.

https://www.cnn.com/shows/american-jail-film

I didn't truly get the Black Lives Matter movement.  Now I do.

It's just not how prisoners are treated in jail but how they get there.  A lot of people in prison aren't there for public safety.  As in most things in the US, it comes down to money.  So if you have money, you can avoid prison.  If you are poor, you can't.  Many people in jail are there because they couldn't pay a $100 traffic ticket or they have an uncollected debt or they got ticketed for not mowing their lawn.  Debtors prison is alive and well in the US as is, I'll use the word, slavery.  One thing that was shocking is that the government bills people for their time in jail.  If they can't pay, then that's another crime they are convicted of and they get sent back to prison for some more time.  Which in turn adds to their prison debt which they are even less likely to be able to pay.  Which sends them back to jail again.  This can go on for years.

US prisons have no motivation to get people out of jail.  Quite the opposite.  US prisons make a lot of money off their prisoners.  They sell prison labor for at least minimum wage and pay the prisoners either pennies per hour or nothing at all.  Prisons need a labor force to sell.  I don't think that incarcerating people and forcing them to work against their will should be a profit making venture.  Not everything should be about money.

Agree completely, and thanks for the link.  Another good film on the subject is Ava DuVernay's Netflix film 13th.  Well worth checking out.

Back to Non-superhero Current Movies --- how exciting that Crazy Rich Asians was #1 for two weeks in a row!!! 

Another recommended movie with an Asian lead, adapted from a book by an Asian author, is To All the Boys I've Loved Before, new on Netflix.  My daughter loved it and has watched it multiple times, and I'll get to it soon.
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Post by: Xircuits on August 28, 2018, 09:57:16 AM
Really glad to see this thread. I recently saw an indie film called Puzzle starring Kelly MacDonald and Irrfan Khan. I really enjoyed it and it really reminded me how much I love jigsaw puzzles.

I saw all the posts about Sorry To Bother You and Blindspotting which are both on my to watch list. I'd like to add that I really want to see Ewan McGregor in Christopher Robin, The Happytime Murders (after watching the trailer --I really like grown-up muppet movies), Alpha, The Wife, and The Bookshop.
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Post by: FBS on August 28, 2018, 01:17:24 PM
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Another film that's enlightening is CNN's documentary on American prisons.

https://www.cnn.com/shows/american-jail-film

I didn't truly get the Black Lives Matter movement.  Now I do.

It's just not how prisoners are treated in jail but how they get there.  A lot of people in prison aren't there for public safety.  As in most things in the US, it comes down to money.  So if you have money, you can avoid prison.  If you are poor, you can't.  Many people in jail are there because they couldn't pay a $100 traffic ticket or they have an uncollected debt or they got ticketed for not mowing their lawn.  Debtors prison is alive and well in the US as is, I'll use the word, slavery.  One thing that was shocking is that the government bills people for their time in jail.  If they can't pay, then that's another crime they are convicted of and they get sent back to prison for some more time.  Which in turn adds to their prison debt which they are even less likely to be able to pay.  Which sends them back to jail again.  This can go on for years.

US prisons have no motivation to get people out of jail.  Quite the opposite.  US prisons make a lot of money off their prisoners.  They sell prison labor for at least minimum wage and pay the prisoners either pennies per hour or nothing at all.  Prisons need a labor force to sell.  I don't think that incarcerating people and forcing them to work against their will should be a profit making venture.  Not everything should be about money.
There is a very good doc called The House I Live In. It's all about the war on drugs and how that means more incarceration.

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Post by: vegasndn on August 28, 2018, 05:27:28 PM
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I’m curious about your reactions
There isn’t a lot of buzz about it but I found it absorbing
We didn’t go because daughter had other things going on, will try maybe this weekend it’ll be another busy weekend for us.


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Post by: angoradebs on August 28, 2018, 05:38:42 PM
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Really glad to see this thread. I recently saw an indie film called Puzzle starring Kelly MacDonald and Irrfan Khan. I really enjoyed it and it really reminded me how much I love jigsaw puzzles.

I saw all the posts about Sorry To Bother You and Blindspotting which are both on my to watch list. I'd like to add that I really want to see Ewan McGregor in Christopher Robin, The Happytime Murders (after watching the trailer --I really like grown-up muppet movies), Alpha, The Wife, and The Bookshop.

Christopher Robin was SO GOOD. It really pulls at the heartstrings. I definitely teared up a couple of times due to overwhelming nostalgia. And it's just so darn cute.
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Post by: alyssa on August 28, 2018, 06:00:21 PM
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Christopher Robin was SO GOOD. It really pulls at the heartstrings. I definitely teared up a couple of times due to overwhelming nostalgia. And it's just so darn cute.
I've got to get to it & watch more movies before school starts!

christopher robin
A.X.E.
Operation Final
are all left to be seen

oh and I locked in Predator on the 13th ;)
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Post by: alyssa on August 29, 2018, 10:16:39 AM
this movie may get me to actually pay money to see it - assuming it won't be in an AMC theatre

I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW

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 In Exclusive NY & LA Theaters September 14, 2018
In Select Theaters Nationwide and Available Everywhere On-Demand September 21, 2018

trailer

https://youtu.be/8IOw3z-sRNI
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Post by: chocolateshake on August 29, 2018, 11:20:35 AM
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Christopher Robin was SO GOOD. It really pulls at the heartstrings. I definitely teared up a couple of times due to overwhelming nostalgia. And it's just so darn cute.

It is good.  It wasn't the movie I expected.  I thought it was a docudrama about how the books came to be.  It isn't.
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Post by: chocolateshake on August 29, 2018, 11:22:13 AM
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this movie may get me to actually pay money to see it - assuming it won't be in an AMC theatre

I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW

So totally not the movie I was expecting form the poster.  Those colors, the goldfish and everything made me think it was a happy light fun movie.  The trailer showed me otherwise.
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Post by: chocolateshake on August 29, 2018, 11:24:30 AM
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The Happytime Murders (after watching the trailer --I really like grown-up muppet movies), Alpha, The Wife, and The Bookshop.

There are things you don't want to watch your parents doing.  Those same things you don't want to watch the puppets who taught you the alphabet to do either.

Alpha was definitely watchable.

The one I'm sad I missed is Eighth Grade.  In a blink it was gone from the my local theaters.  It was still at the art theater a bit of a drive away but it's gone from that now too.
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Post by: Xircuits on August 29, 2018, 12:15:53 PM
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There are things you don't want to watch your parents doing.  Those same things you don't want to watch the puppets who taught you the alphabet to do either.


I don't have a problem with watching puppets that taught me the alphabet do naughty things.
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Post by: comicconfamily on August 29, 2018, 05:09:51 PM
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Christopher Robin was SO GOOD. It really pulls at the heartstrings. I definitely teared up a couple of times due to overwhelming nostalgia. And it's just so darn cute.

We saw it this week and I really enjoyed it. Super cute.
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Post by: comicconfamily on August 29, 2018, 05:48:43 PM
I was able to get out of seeing Happytime Murders this past weekend. ;D  We went and saw The Miseducation of Cameron Post instead. I thought it was good -- but my oldest daughter absolutely loved it, whereas my husband would no doubt say it was just ok. During the trailers, there was a preview for Boy Erased which seems to have a very related storyline, but I thought Boy Erased looks really great...I expect I'll prefer it over The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

This weekend we're seeing Searching! Excited about it.
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Post by: FBS on August 30, 2018, 12:11:34 PM
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I was able to get out of seeing Happytime Murders this past weekend. ;D  We went and saw The Miseducation of Cameron Post instead. I thought it was good -- but my oldest daughter absolutely loved it, whereas my husband would no doubt say it was just ok. During the trailers, there was a preview for Boy Erased which seems to have a very related storyline, but I thought Boy Erased looks really great...I expect I'll prefer it over The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

This weekend we're seeing Searching! Excited about it.
Miseducation is fantastic. One of the best films I've seen this year.

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Post by: alyssa on August 31, 2018, 04:04:06 PM
i just got out of Operation Finale, about the capture of Eichmann in the early '60's.
it's not my normal movie type but I am glad I've seen it. The interplay between Kingsly and Isaac was brilliant- I do think the center could have been trimmed to keep the movie under 2 hrs.
it's quite like Argo except slower and more cerebral.

I think Kin will be my next movie
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Post by: chocolateshake on August 31, 2018, 06:06:43 PM
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i just got out of Operation Finale, about the capture of Eichmann in the early '60's.
it's not my normal movie type but I am glad I've seen it. The interplay between Kingsly and Isaac was brilliant- I do think the center could have been trimmed to keep the movie under 2 hrs.
it's quite like Argo except slower and more cerebral.

I think Kin will be my next movie

I got out of Operation Finale at 4 o'clock too.  I liked it.  From the trailers I thought it would be more action packed but it wasn't.  It was more of a drama.  I was surprised to have found out from the movie that Buenos Aires has such a Nazi history.  I've spent a lot of time there.  I learned the basics of Spanish growing up in San Diego but I really didn't speak Spanish until my time in Argentina.

I saw the Klan yesterday.  I liked it too but it wasn't nearly as fun as Finale.  And Finale isn't all that much fun.  It was a serious commentary about our past and our present.  I'm old enough to have lived through the '70s so it was a reminder of how bad things were.  With time I tend to be nostalgic.  It took off the rose colored glasses.

Both movies show how much further there is to go.
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Post by: TardisMom on August 31, 2018, 08:22:33 PM
I saw Christopher Robin yesterday.  It was a bit slow in parts but overall I enjoyed it. 

And today I FINALLY watched Minority Report, about 16 years late :).  It was fun seeing some of the product placement in it with Lexus and Gap, etc. 

This weekend I'm hoping to see Searching and maybe Operation Finale.  Soon, if not this weekend!
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Post by: rushfanyyz on September 01, 2018, 07:21:40 AM
I saw Searching last night and loved it. The way they used the computer screens to tell the story was a different and cool approach to storytelling, and totally made sense in the context of this movie.


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Post by: alyssa on September 01, 2018, 09:17:19 AM
i think i may try and catch Searching today- it seems like everyone is giving it positive reviews
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Post by: alyssa on September 14, 2018, 06:21:09 PM
wow, i haven't checked rotten tomatos yet for Predator - i''d heard some 'meh'comments abt it so didn't have high expectations
I was very presently surprised. yes the basic story is predictible
an alien/s come to earth & leaves destruction in their wake

but that's where it ends 

the script is good and funny
the cast plays well together
notable preformaces include bad guy sterling brown, the kid- Jacob Tremblay and the scientist who happens to be a woman, not a love interest and doesn't get rescued!

It's a great popcorn movie! Way better script & acting then The Meg & the effects were as good. i found myself unexpectedly surprised  at the plot twists, that's not saying a lot as i'm notoriously bad abt script prediction.
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Post by: alyssa on September 15, 2018, 11:06:32 AM
oh one more thing

there should be a law,
no trailer can ever ever use 'Hell's Bells" never ever EVER! it's right up there with Mustang Sally and 'leaving on a jet plane'

i don't think i'm going to see Overlord just due to the trite, lack of creativity required to even consider using that song /returning to studying/
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Post by: TardisMom on September 16, 2018, 03:31:37 PM
I finally saw Searching and loved it!  Very well done and a neat concept with everything being shown using social media and technology.  I even learned a couple new things :). 
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Post by: alyssa on October 05, 2018, 03:36:59 PM
Venom

YES, See it Now

Love the acting, script, FX all of it

And venom’s take on relationships is refreshing
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Post by: Angology on October 05, 2018, 05:52:10 PM
Saw A Star Is Born, and did not cry. You hear me, I did not cry... Seriously, I loved it. Lady Gaga was great, but I was more taken by Bradley Cooper’s performance. And he can sing, too? Not fair!


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Post by: TardisMom on October 05, 2018, 09:24:07 PM
My daughter is doing an internship with a promotions company and we are getting to see movies early, yay! 

Last week we saw The Hate U Give and A Star is Born, and this week was Bad Times at the El Royale.  I would recommend them all!  Chris Hemsworth is particularly great in El Royale.  We also saw Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9, which isn't a good as F 9/11 but still very worth seeing.  And one more, Simple Favor with Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively --- it's fun with twists and turns, a great popcorn movie.

We're on the list for an early screening of Fantastic Beasts in November, can't wait!
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Post by: comicconfamily on October 05, 2018, 09:40:29 PM
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Saw A Star Is Born, and did not cry. You hear me, I did not cry... Seriously, I loved it. Lady Gaga was great, but I was more taken by Bradley Cooper’s performance. And he can sing, too? Not fair!

Saw it last night...LOVED IT. Cried like a baby. Even started crying on the drive home.
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Post by: comicconfamily on October 05, 2018, 09:41:09 PM
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Venom

YES, See it Now

Love the acting, script, FX all of it

And venom’s take on relationships is refreshing

Seeing it tomorrow! Looking forward to it!
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Post by: comicconfamily on October 05, 2018, 09:44:29 PM
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My daughter is doing an internship with a promotions company and we are getting to see movies early, yay! 

Last week we saw The Hate U Give and A Star is Born, and this week was Bad Times at the El Royale.  I would recommend them all!  Chris Hemsworth is particularly great in El Royale.  We also saw Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9, which isn't a good as F 9/11 but still very worth seeing.  And one more, Simple Favor with Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively --- it's fun with twists and turns, a great popcorn movie.

We're on the list for an early screening of Fantastic Beasts in November, can't wait!

We saw Fahrenheit 11/9 too and I enjoyed it. I really liked the discussions that happened in our home after seeing it. Simple Favor was a lot of fun! Will also be seeing The Hate U Give when it opens here and El Royale too. We see a ton of movies!
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Post by: alyssa on October 05, 2018, 11:20:02 PM
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Saw A Star Is Born, and did not cry. You hear me, I did not cry... Seriously, I loved it. Lady Gaga was great, but I was more taken by Bradley Cooper’s performance. And he can sing, too? Not fair!


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i just can not bring myself to see that movie- i have no objections to the actors or their music- the subject matter just sets my teeth on edge & the environment ... it... there really is something to the notion that folks in an industry can't 'loose' themselves in a movie about their industry

El Royal.... missed that one- maybe i'll try and squeeze it in this weekend

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Post by: alyssa on October 12, 2018, 04:39:51 PM
just saw First Man

wow- ryan gosling- should be nominated for an Oscar

i laughed, cried and covered my eye's- even when i slipped out of the movie (because yeah prereg is tomorrow) i was quickly drawn back in

Usually i am not a fan of shaky camera- it worked here. nice limited use of old footage & sounds.  yes, they used silent space. it didn't white wash Neil.
What the movie did with exceptional force was to illustrate the strength of silent determination and bravery present in the Apollo program.

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Post by: TardisMom on October 12, 2018, 07:21:57 PM
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just saw First Man

wow- ryan gosling- should be nominated for an Oscar

i laughed, cried and covered my eye's- even when i slipped out of the movie (because yeah prereg is tomorrow) i was quickly drawn back in

Usually i am not a fan of shaky camera- it worked here. nice limited use of old footage & sounds.  yes, they used silent space. it didn't white wash Neil.
What the movie did with exceptional force was to illustrate the strength of silent determination and bravery present in the Apollo program.

I saw it today, too.  Great film.  They seemed to stay in the flight scenes for an accurate amount of time -- in other words, some of the scenes seemed long but it really made it seem scary and real.  It is near 2.5 hours but I wasn't ready for it to end.
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Post by: alyssa on October 12, 2018, 09:56:29 PM
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.... in other words, some of the scenes seemed long but it really made it seem scary and real.  It is near 2.5 hours but I wasn't ready for it to end.

yes, 'real' is very applicable !! and Scary
i have not been so invested in a movie for ages- even movies i've loved
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Post by: jamiesugah on October 13, 2018, 10:10:37 AM
I saw Bigger yesterday. It's the story of Joe and Ben Weider. Boring as all getout. The guy behind me in the theater fell asleep.

But Tyler Hoechlin is shirtless a lot, so you know...evens out.
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Post by: justboogie on October 13, 2018, 07:28:36 PM
I saw A Star is Born. After constantly seeing the trailers in theaters (I have AMC A-List and the trailer was shown in EVERY MOVIE I WATCHED), I was tired of seeing Bradley Cooper and L. Gaga on the big screen, although I'm a fine of both. My wife really wanted to watch it so we went last night. I was very skeptical but I must say, it was a good movie. The songs were quite catchy. The chemistry between Cooper and Gaga was palpable and the acting was tremendous. Highly recommended.
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Post by: alyssa on October 13, 2018, 07:58:23 PM
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But Tyler Hoechlin is shirtless a lot, so you know...evens out.

i may or may not watch football 'cuz well, the tight pants... :)

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I saw A Star is Born. ......The chemistry between Cooper and Gaga was palpable and the acting was tremendous. Highly recommended.

i've heard nothing but good reviews- i'd actually be interested in the music
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I saw A Star is Born. After constantly seeing the trailers in theaters (I have AMC A-List and the trailer was shown in EVERY MOVIE I WATCHED), I was tired of seeing Bradley Cooper and L. Gaga on the big screen, although I'm a fine of both. My wife really wanted to watch it so we went last night. I was very skeptical but I must say, it was a good movie. The songs were quite catchy. The chemistry between Cooper and Gaga was palpable and the acting was tremendous. Highly recommended.

I also saw it last week.  I've been looking forward to it since the trailers came out.  I even watched the trailers over and over on Youtube.  It's my kind of movie.  A sad sappy one.  I liked the first half much more than the second.  By the end I was just waiting for it to end.  Don't get me wrong.  If it wins best picture than I won't be arguing it.  It deserves it.  All the cast was good including the movie debut of Lady Gaga.  The break out performance was by Bradley Cooper.  He deserves to win for best actor at least.  He could easily have a music carrier.  From the way he tells it, just 2 years ago he was playing air guitar.  He went from that to this.  Supposedly they recorded all the music live.  They only had 5 and 8 minutes in front of those big audiences at different real concerts.  So they pretty much did everything in one take.  That's impressive.

Having said all that, it just didn't connect with me in the end.  I don't know why.  On paper it's my kind of movie.  It just lost me halfway through.
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Post by: chocolateshake on October 15, 2018, 11:43:15 PM
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I saw it today, too.  Great film.  They seemed to stay in the flight scenes for an accurate amount of time -- in other words, some of the scenes seemed long but it really made it seem scary and real.  It is near 2.5 hours but I wasn't ready for it to end.

I liked it too.  It didn't seem that long which I guess means I thought it was good.  It sounded like during the landing that it was an actual recording of Neil and Buzz.

When I saw it, the theater was empty.  There were only about 10 of us in a big screening.  It was even on the weekend.  Even though it's gotten rave reviews, it doesn't seem like it's doing that well.
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I liked it too.  It didn't seem that long which I guess means I thought it was good.  It sounded like during the landing that it was an actual recording of Neil and Buzz.

When I saw it, the theater was empty.  There were only about 10 of us in a big screening.  It was even on the weekend.  Even though it's gotten rave reviews, it doesn't seem like it's doing that well.

I was surprised the box office numbers were so low!  I saw it in a nearly full theater on Friday at 1pm, so I thought it was off to a good start.  Hopefully it will pick up steam this weekend.
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Post by: chocolateshake on October 16, 2018, 11:52:53 AM
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I was surprised the box office numbers were so low!  I saw it in a nearly full theater on Friday at 1pm, so I thought it was off to a good start.  Hopefully it will pick up steam this weekend.

I hope it does too but generally the opening weekend is the best and then it slides down from there.  I hope this isn't the second big budget movie in the row for Ryan Gosling to not do well.  Last year it was Bladerunner.  Both movies are very well done and I like them.  It just seems that no one else does.
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Post by: alyssa on November 02, 2018, 04:12:43 PM
I absolutely flat out *loved* Bohemian Rhapsody
it's probably going to land in my 2018 top 5 movies, along with Black Panther, First Men & Crazy Rich Asian

go see this in a theatre with big sound! I saw it in IMAX.

RAMI- what can i say- he's jawdroppingly good, as Freddie
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Post by: FBS on November 03, 2018, 12:27:08 AM
The history of getting Bohemian Rhapsody made is quite fascinating.

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The history of getting Bohemian Rhapsody made is quite fascinating.

i read up on the filming of Whembly (sp?) stadium. I can only imagine the story of getting the movie backing must have been interesting
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i read up on the filming of Whembly (sp?) stadium. I can only imagine the story of getting the movie backing must have been interesting
Even more than that. It was meant to star Sacha Baron Cohen. He left after having a falling out with the band. Then the director was fired towards the end of filming.

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Post by: alyssa on November 03, 2018, 09:46:53 AM
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Even more than that. It was meant to star Sacha Baron Cohen. He left after having a falling out with the band. Then the director was fired towards the end of filming.

to be honest, i wouldn't have enjoyed the movie Sacha wanted to make- and frankly Rami was perfect casting as freddy imho. I can see Sacha's vision but it's about a personality freddy- where the movie in theatres is about Queen.
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Post by: Angology on November 12, 2018, 05:24:34 PM
I loved Bohemian Rhapsody, too! DH liked it, but felt that they didn't need to show as much of the Live Aid concert. That is the longest review he has ever done of a movie! Not sure why he nitpicked on that point. :)

Rami was fantastic, and the actor that played Brian May? I did a double-take when he first appeared. He looked so much like him! Only thing was that it made me miss Freddy all over again. We watch Queen MVs on a regular basis (on Friday nights, we drink sparkling wine and watch MVs - anyone remember Friday Night Videos?), and Freddy was just such a bright shining star on the stage.
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Post by: TardisMom on November 12, 2018, 06:28:21 PM
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Rami was fantastic, and the actor that played Brian May? I did a double-take when he first appeared. He looked so much like him! Only thing was that it made me miss Freddy all over again. We watch Queen MVs on a regular basis (on Friday nights, we drink sparkling wine and watch MVs - anyone remember Friday Night Videos?), and Freddy was just such a bright shining star on the stage.

I said the same thing about the Brian May actor.  Perfect casting.  And Rami is soooooo good, I hope the awards shows notice how good he is.  Loved this movie!

Tomorrow we see The Front Runner and Fantastic Beasts on Wednesday. 
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Post by: comicconfamily on November 13, 2018, 05:36:26 AM
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to be honest, i wouldn't have enjoyed the movie Sacha wanted to make- and frankly Rami was perfect casting as freddy imho. I can see Sacha's vision but it's about a personality freddy- where the movie in theatres is about Queen.

Same here...I could honestly take it or leave it, but Rami is the reason I want to see it. Still haven't seen it though.

This weekend we skipped going to the movies and the weekend before we saw Beautiful Boy, which overall I enjoyed, but I not quite as much as I hoped. This coming weekend we'll be at DCon and Disneyland/DCA, so we'll probably skip the movies.
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Post by: alyssa on November 13, 2018, 09:39:48 AM
if i do get to a movie soon i suspect it'll be overlord- despite the use of Hell's Bell's in the trailers.... /petpeeve/
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Post by: angoradebs on November 16, 2018, 01:06:19 PM
Anyone see Crimes of Grindelwald yet? I saw it last night. I mostly enjoyed it. I just really love the universe expansion and there was a lot of that. There were some things I didn't like, and some things that i will withhold judgment on until I see how it plays out in future films.

Also, I really REALLY want a niffler.
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Post by: TardisMom on November 16, 2018, 01:20:18 PM
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Anyone see Crimes of Grindelwald yet? I saw it last night. I mostly enjoyed it. I just really love the universe expansion and there was a lot of that. There were some things I didn't like, and some things that i will withhold judgment on until I see how it plays out in future films.

Also, I really REALLY want a niffler.

We saw it.  I really liked it, I'm just happy to have the HP universe still in my life.  My daughter was a bit more critical but I think she liked it, too.  I googled some stuff from the end of the movie when I got home.  It does seem like there are some timeline problems but I can live with that :)
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Post by: angoradebs on November 16, 2018, 01:30:36 PM
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We saw it.  I really liked it, I'm just happy to have the HP universe still in my life.  My daughter was a bit more critical but I think she liked it, too.  I googled some stuff from the end of the movie when I got home.  It does seem like there are some timeline problems but I can live with that :)
I know it's a spoiler thread but don't really want to spoil, so I'll just say I'm sure we will get an explanation regarding how that particular revelation is possible given the timeline. I'm more concerned with how a certain teacher was at Hogwarts in a flashback that probably took place in like 1915ish because that timeline definitely doesnt seem to fit with what we already know

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Post by: TardisMom on November 16, 2018, 01:49:10 PM
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I know it's a spoiler thread but don't really want to spoil, so I'll just say I'm sure we will get an explanation regarding how that particular revelation is possible given the timeline. I'm more concerned with how a certain teacher was at Hogwarts in a flashback that probably took place in like 1915ish because that timeline definitely doesnt seem to fit with what we already know

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Yes, that's definitely problematic.  Time-Turner maybe??
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Post by: FBS on November 16, 2018, 11:51:34 PM
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Anyone see Crimes of Grindelwald yet? I saw it last night. I mostly enjoyed it. I just really love the universe expansion and there was a lot of that. There were some things I didn't like, and some things that i will withhold judgment on until I see how it plays out in future films.

Also, I really REALLY want a niffler.
Saw it earlier this week and thought it was an absolute mess.
So much exposition. Far too much in fact. Many times I found myself saying "how did we get here?"
Also, what the heck is the storyline between Queenie and Jacob? The two best characters in the first film reduced to... Well, I'm not quite sure.
Thankfully, Jude Law was very good.

I was reminded of The Hobbit films. The first one we all got excited because it was great and then by the third film it has lost its way and become a mess. Same with this franchise and we are only on the second film.

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Post by: angoradebs on November 17, 2018, 08:19:56 PM
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Saw it earlier this week and thought it was an absolute mess.
So much exposition. Far too much in fact. Many times I found myself saying "how did we get here?"
Also, what the heck is the storyline between Queenie and Jacob? The two best characters in the first film reduced to... Well, I'm not quite sure.
Thankfully, Jude Law was very good.

I was reminded of The Hobbit films. The first one we all got excited because it was great and then by the third film it has lost its way and become a mess. Same with this franchise and we are only on the second film.

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Yeah, Queenie/Jacob was part of the "things I didn't like." When they first show up at Newt's house, that scene was so problematic. And if Jacob was the wizard and did to a Muggle Queenie what Queenie did to him there would be outrage all over the place. I'm outraged on Jacob's behalf.

I have to wonder what this story would be like if it was written in novel form first and then adapted into films. I think it would be so much more cohesive. I have full faith that JKR mapped out all 5 films before writing the first (and I'll even say I believe that the main bones of the story were things she's had in her head for years, just not the specifics). But there is a reason that books aren't translated verbatim into movies. There is a reason that characters get cut and storylines get shortened or eliminated completely. And you can't write a movie as if you were writing a book. There were SO MANY characters and I couldn't even tell you half of their names, if they were even mentioned at all. But if this were a book I'm sure each one would have had 3 pages describing them in full.

But I still liked the movie. I think it definitely has issues (:cough:lovetriangles:cough:),and when all is said and done it might end up being the weakest film of the 5. But I still enjoyed myself. Jude Law is definitely a great addition to the franchise and was probably the brightest part of the film for me. Well, along with the nifflers. As long as these movies have nifflers, I will watch them all.
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Post by: FBS on November 17, 2018, 11:48:28 PM
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Yeah, Queenie/Jacob was part of the "things I didn't like." When they first show up at Newt's house, that scene was so problematic. And if Jacob was the wizard and did to a Muggle Queenie what Queenie did to him there would be outrage all over the place. I'm outraged on Jacob's behalf.

I have to wonder what this story would be like if it was written in novel form first and then adapted into films. I think it would be so much more cohesive. I have full faith that JKR mapped out all 5 films before writing the first (and I'll even say I believe that the main bones of the story were things she's had in her head for years, just not the specifics). But there is a reason that books aren't translated verbatim into movies. There is a reason that characters get cut and storylines get shortened or eliminated completely. And you can't write a movie as if you were writing a book. There were SO MANY characters and I couldn't even tell you half of their names, if they were even mentioned at all. But if this were a book I'm sure each one would have had 3 pages describing them in full.

But I still liked the movie. I think it definitely has issues (:cough:lovetriangles:cough:),and when all is said and done it might end up being the weakest film of the 5. But I still enjoyed myself. Jude Law is definitely a great addition to the franchise and was probably the brightest part of the film for me. Well, along with the nifflers. As long as these movies have nifflers, I will watch them all.
I noticed it was written only by Rowling. No screenwriter or script editor. So basically what ever she wrote went into the film.
Every film/TV show/book/written article needs an editor. It needs a second set of eyes that are not close to the project to remove bits that don't work. That are needlessly in there.
Herein lies the problem with FB2, it was all a bunch of yes people around JK. Nobody dare tell her that a lot of it is a mess. Sadly, I don't see WB getting someone in to do that as JK makes them $$$$$$.

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Post by: accelerate on November 18, 2018, 01:56:13 AM
I'll echo some of the sentiments here. The movie was a hot mess. I found it fairly hard to follow, and I'm usually one of those guys who don't understand how others have difficulty finding some other movies confusing. The plotholes mentioned above were minor compared to the issues with pacing. My biggest problem is, this movie had no real payoff. Even though the Harry Potter movies was one big saga, every movie had its own natural beginning and end. This movie felt like it was just about to get to the good parts, and then it ended.Even Deathly Hallows Part 1 had a better ending. Every single character, even Newt himself, felt short-changed and under-utilized, which is actually quite remarkable.

I was skeptical of the first Fantastic Beasts movie and ended up loving it. I came into this with higher hopes and was utterly disappointed.

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Post by: TardisMom on November 18, 2018, 08:34:52 AM
As we were leaving FB2 we decided it is a "set up" movie and that the next ones will build on it and be great.  Fingers crossed!

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Post by: TardisMom on December 04, 2018, 09:04:08 AM
I saw The Favourite this past weekend.  It is great fun!  Nice to see a female led film, too :)  Next on my list is Widows.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on December 04, 2018, 10:36:05 AM
I found Widows well-made but somewhat disappointing. Interested to see what you think after you've seen it.
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Post by: FBS on December 31, 2018, 09:54:33 AM
I said a few words (Well, about 15 mins worth) about my favourite films of the year:
https://m.mixcloud.com/Mark_Searby/phoenix-fm-film-reviews-top-ten-films-of-the-year-2018/


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Post by: accelerate on January 05, 2019, 11:42:30 AM
Just watched Netflix's Bird Box because of all the hype. I thought it was okay. I wouldn't call this a horror movie, though it certainly had a lot of the same elements, including the same type of characters. But unlike most horror movies, I didn't find the characters infuriating to a fault. One character was fully self-aware of how soft and useless she was. And the a**h*** of the film was someone I actually rooted for, because it was his a**h***ry that kept them alive. There was some good tension in the film, but it never strained credibility (like, oh, why are you walking alone in a dark hallway). The ending was something I should've seen coming, and almost blindingly obvious in hindsight, but it was still a surprise.

But I am getting tired of these kind of movies. I'll hide the rest in a spoilers tag to explain what I mean.
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Overall, I think this movie was just not in my taste, though I can understand why people do like it though.
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Post by: TheOtherMel on January 07, 2019, 11:59:43 AM
Question for folks that saw BirdBox:

I definitely missed it but
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Post by: hoserzgirl on January 09, 2019, 01:12:54 PM
I liked it. Little gore, more intense thriller with supernatural overtones. I was thinking it would be a great fit in the LOST universe.
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It would be nice to get another movie or two set in this same idea that eventually kinda leads up to a conclusion.

Rick
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The ending
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Post by: alyssa on January 09, 2019, 06:30:48 PM
I'm looking at going to either The Upside or Replicas on Friday.
has anyone heard any thing good/bad about either one ??

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. So it was much more of a depressing ending to the book than the movie. I believe it was the director who decided to change the ending to the one we saw.
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. So it was much more of a depressing ending to the book than the movie. I believe it was the director who decided to change the ending to the one we saw.
Very true: she (the director) wanted the film to have a
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.  I haven't read the book, so I don't know which ending I would prefer.  In the book was there an explanation on
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I don't know what I thought about BIRD BOX.  It wasn't great, it wasn't horrible.  I fell more on the "it's a benign thing I'll forget about in a week for the most part" side, though the compelling performances of the two biggest actors in the movie are notable.  I can't decide if I think this movie feels more like "a mash-up of a whole bunch of genre films: the isolated post-apocalypse journey of THE ROAD + the loss-of-senses in order to survive an extraterrestrial element ala QUIET PLACE + the 'run away from nothing' dopey vibe of THE HAPPENING, the isolated bickering of a small group of survivors trying to work out what they're going to do ala THE MIST or NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, etc.  Or maybe it's a fascinating metaphor for the current US immigration/asylum-seeking situation: a mom trying to take her small children to escape a devastating, life-threatening event in her 'homeland' going on vague-ish things she's heard about a better life in an unknown place where she will be dependent on strangers for help.  IDK.  The movie felt like it had a low budget or something: a sort of cheap vibe.  I'm 100% OK with not showing the creatures, especially when it was revealed what they were supposed to look like for the movie (think a long thing with a literal baby-face), but the whole movie just felt like a lot of "meh."  Like there are good story ideas within the film (like the crazy blind fanatics in particular) but the script seems undeveloped a bit: like it's developed in the "check the boxes of plot contrivances and tropes" but not so much else.  I didn't mind the non-linear story, and I actually mostly liked not showing the evil...thing(s?): I thought, though, visually they didn't handle that well: were they fog (again with the MIST comparisons), or maybe some sort of light (see IT for the 'death lights')?  We don't know, and that seems problematic.  This could'e been better done visually, but I suspect anything explicit would've been very problematic from a logistical sense (light clearly comes in through the insanely thin newspaper, so any 'death lights' could've easily circumvented thin paper) and so they went intentionally vague to the detriment of story-logic.  Nothing has to make sense in a movie world compared to our actual world: it just has to make perfect sense within the established 'rules' of a given movie/book/whatever.  And I think the filmmakers dropped the ball in order to spotlight human-tension - something we've seen before (see "The Walking Dead" series).

So I guess this is a pretty mediocre movie with a few strong performances that struggles with its antagonists/rules of their world.  I can buy the logic of traversing a rolling river blindfolded, or the goofiness of a GPS map being perfectly in sync with where you're at/landscape around you (I actually though for as dopey as real-world logic is with GPS apps being non-perfect, the tension was effective with the "just a curb" and whatnot).  But problems within the established rules (or in this case not established at times) of the movie world and under-cooked/developed story points really bring down what could be a really interesting premise into a one-note/one-idea movie that doesn't really evolve past its most basic premise
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Post by: alyssa on January 11, 2019, 07:31:57 PM
I saw The Upside this afternoon- what a fun, enjoyable movie. the two leads, Cranston & Hart have real chemistry & put in great performances, Kidman did good too. ;) But the star of the show is the interplay between Cranston & Hart.

this isn't my usual type of movie but this is a smart, well crafted and written movie
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Post by: alyssa on January 31, 2019, 06:37:28 PM
i am late in posting this; The Upside is great- I very much recommend this movie!
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Post by: alyssa on February 10, 2019, 09:28:23 AM
i caught the new Liam Neeson movie, Cold Pursuit.  it was fun- while i don't like the controversy surrounding Liem, the movie was a fairly accurate portrait of the wacky-ness that happens in northern areas during the winter. Aside from grave side funerals in the middle of winter... that's just stupid.
I enjoyed it- i don't know if i'd spend money to see it tho- but it was watchable & funny in a morbid sort of way

the 2 movies on my list for next week are
Alita: Battle Angel
and Ruben Brandt, Collector if it's playing at an AMC

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Post by: FBS on February 10, 2019, 12:59:19 PM
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i caught the new Liam Neeson movie, Cold Pursuit.  it was fun- while i don't like the controversy surrounding Liem, the movie was a fairly accurate portrait of the wacky-ness that happens in northern areas during the winter. Aside from grave side funerals in the middle of winter... that's just stupid.
I enjoyed it- i don't know if i'd spend money to see it tho- but it was watchable & funny in a morbid sort of way

the 2 movies on my list for next week are
Alita: Battle Angel
and Ruben Brandt, Collector if it's playing at an AMC
Cold Pursuit is an English language remake of a Scandinavian film called In Order Of Disappearance. Which in turn was roughly based on real events. Which is quite crazy when you see the film

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Post by: TardisMom on February 10, 2019, 01:12:06 PM
I'm working my way through the award contenders and other new releases. 

The RBG movie On the Basis of Sex was great, with superb work by Felicity Jones.  Then watch the documentary on Hulu for the full picture. 

Vice was good, with really good work by Christian Bale and Amy Adams.  You can tell it is by the same writer as The Big Short. 

The Mule is quite good, though I'm no longer much of a Clint Eastwood fan.

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Post by: TardisMom on February 10, 2019, 01:24:37 PM
So that was really weird -- I hit Reply and an old reply I'd apparently forgotten to post popped up in the text box.  I just posted it now, but very strange!!


Today we saw They Shall Not Grow Old, the Peter Jackson project with restored WWI footage.  It's not fun but for sure an important movie for all to see.  War sucks.

I've also see two of the Foreign Language Oscar Nominees, Cold War (Poland) and Shoplifters (Japan).  Both are worth seeing.  My daughter interned at the Cannes Film Festival and said there was quite a buzz around Shoplifters.  I still need to watch Roma on Netflix.

I also saw Mary Queen of Scots.  Saoirse Ronan is incredible!  The costumes are wonderful!  But the story is very hard to follow, IMO.  It's not historically accurate and doesn't make sense as fiction, either. 

The 3 Nominated Shorts compilations opened here on Friday so they're next on my list :)

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Post by: alyssa on February 10, 2019, 02:44:29 PM
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... Which in turn was roughly based on real events. Which is quite crazy when you see the film
I can totally see it happening... seriously, life gets wacky up north in the dead of winter.

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login the behavior of the reply box actually makes sense. but i can see why it's odd to everyone. I recently reinstalled a modification which aids in remembering posts. the idea is if something happens an a member navagates away from a page before posting the words written will be remembered and re populated. IOW, it's a new feature ;)

i hope the RBG & Vice movies are still in theatres next weekend - i'll have time to watch movies then
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Post by: TardisMom on February 16, 2019, 09:49:14 AM
This week I made it to the theatre to see the Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts.  I think the one set in India will win.  Second choice is the hospital/hospice one.

I also FINALLY watched Roma on Netflix.  Excellent movie.  But I still want Black Panther to win Best Picture :)
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Post by: justboogie on April 05, 2019, 09:48:22 AM
The wife and I saw Shazam last night. Full house for the Thursday evening showing. As we exited the theater around 10pm there were still droves of patrons flocking to enter the AMC. I didn't expect the showing of support for this movie. As for the actual film itself, it was much better than I expected, which were low expectations to begin with being that I didn't know much about the character. David Sandberg does a great job in establishing back stories for both Thaddeus Sivana (villain) and Billy Batson (protagonist), something that is sorely missed in many MCU movies where the villain's reasoning/backstory isn't as emphasized. Zachary Levi is perfect for the role of Shazam being comedic and heroic and Ashery Angel portrays a very sympathetic character in Billy where many people can relate with. DC-references-o-plenty for all you DC buffs. Stay until the end of the mid-post credits scene for a little something extra. The comedy and action is spaced out nicely and it knows when to be serious. My only gripe is with the CGI of the characters (don't want to reveal too much). With Wonder Woman, Aquaman and now Shazam, my faith in the DCEU is slowly being restored. I give this movie 4.5 sparkle fingers out of 5.

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