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« Reply #5430 on: June 22, 2017, 01:26:49 PM »
Aha, this would be a good title for a movie thread!  It is how I feel about "Interstellar".  I don't care how many times I hear it's "Brilliant!", "Four stars!", "Epic!", "Stunning!", "Mind-blowing!", etc. - I hate it.  Hate it hate it hate it.  Damn that felt good.
Let it all out, squirrel.  :)) I don't want to see you bottle things up and end up falling out of a tree.

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« Reply #5431 on: June 22, 2017, 03:53:07 PM »
... I doubt I'll hate it as much as NBK but I'm not really looking forward to it either.  Doesn't it feel good to express your feelings?  ..

Let it all out, squirrel.  :)) I don't want to see you bottle things up and end up falling out of a tree.

Thanks guys for allowing me this safe space to vent.  I guess I'm still processing through the disappointment.  I was particularly annoyed as I dragged my family to it and made them sit through 3 hrs. of a pointless journey through bewildering plot holes and curious over-acting.  Plus a goofy, boxy robot.

Also, for such an expensive behemoth of a movie, there's something critically wrong with the sound editing - screechingly loud effects and blaring music kept clashing with tinny, mumbling dialogue. 

In any case people still call into talk shows mentioning how brilliant and visionary it was and I just don't get it, if for no other reason than the supposed science behind it was a confused four-dimensional hairball.

(P.S. Sorry 21st, hope in spite of my rant you can still see it fresh, maybe you'll like it, who knows.)

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« Reply #5432 on: June 22, 2017, 04:08:26 PM »
Remember this scene from Full Metal Jacket?



Well, there is a documentary on Netflix called Tower that covers the horrific sniper shootings of a bunch of people on the University of Texas campus, back in August 1st of 1966.  It is presented in a most unusual and (to me, anyway) extremely creative way.  The producers utilize some local news camera footage and then they embellish it with the testimonies of people that were directly affected by the shootings.  You get to see everything unfold just as it happened because the people and the campus are digitally reproduced via some sort of animation technique.  Really well done.  After awhile you kind of forget that the people are cartoons.  It is rather shocking to see them morph from their youthful, animated forms into their present day, older selves...and this is done while they are talking to you.  Very powerful.  Very moving.





 


Re: The "I'm watching/just watched *movie title* thread....
« Reply #5433 on: June 22, 2017, 04:57:20 PM »
Thanks guys for allowing me this safe space to vent.  I guess I'm still processing through the disappointment.  I was particularly annoyed as I dragged my family to it and made them sit through 3 hrs. of a pointless journey through bewildering plot holes and curious over-acting.  Plus a goofy, boxy robot.

Also, for such an expensive behemoth of a movie, there's something critically wrong with the sound editing - screechingly loud effects and blaring music kept clashing with tinny, mumbling dialogue. 

In any case people still call into talk shows mentioning how brilliant and visionary it was and I just don't get it, if for no other reason than the supposed science behind it was a confused four-dimensional hairball.

(P.S. Sorry 21st, hope in spite of my rant you can still see it fresh, maybe you'll like it, who knows.)
This is good.  I now feel free to vent over another viewing of "Prometheus" I had several weeks ago.  It wasn't any better the second time around.  Some of it for me was just the "blah" actors.  Charlize Theron was completely out of place in the movie.  The best I can say for it, is it served as a warning for the last Alien flick.   :P

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« Reply #5434 on: June 22, 2017, 05:12:23 PM »
This is good.  I now feel free to vent over another viewing of "Prometheus" I had several weeks ago.  It wasn't any better the second time around.  Some of it for me was just the "blah" actors.  Charlize Theron was completely out of place in the movie.  The best I can say for it, is it served as a warning for the last Alien flick.   :P

Hahaha, yes, let the hate out!  I'd say whereas Interstellar was an excruciating experience, Prometheus was merely ridiculous so was still watchable, barely.  You're a good sport to give it another go, though.  Several hilariously bad scenes in that one, including when the "expert astrobiologist" casually puts his hand out towards an unknown lifeform while saying something like "Hi there little guy!" .. and, when just after the female protaganist has a totally traumatic experience, she just waltzes into another room like nothing happened and starts a new random conversation.   ::)

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« Reply #5435 on: June 22, 2017, 06:43:54 PM »
Hahaha, yes, let the hate out!  I'd say whereas Interstellar was an excruciating experience, Prometheus was merely ridiculous so was still watchable, barely.  You're a good sport to give it another go, though.  Several hilariously bad scenes in that one, including when the "expert astrobiologist" casually puts his hand out towards an unknown lifeform while saying something like "Hi there little guy!" .. and, when just after the female protaganist has a totally traumatic experience, she just waltzes into another room like nothing happened and starts a new random conversation.   ::)

In the movies there are no more stereotypical reserved, stick up the butt scientists anymore. They're all radical surfer dudes as well now. Cowabunga, dude!  8)  ::)

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« Reply #5436 on: June 22, 2017, 11:50:24 PM »
The "free" movie channel has been, as usual, showing good stuff (thanks "Its Over" for reminding me about free antenna tv) and rewatched "Save The Tiger." A solid movie and Jack Lemmon, who one an Oscar for the role, was good as always. A very versatile actor and one of my favorites. Can do comedy, slap-stick, and emotional dramas. And not some picture-perfect guy or Hollywood-style guy. Also, spoiler, it struck me the ending (and features in many movies of old) of a guy watching kids play ball couldn't go over as well these days. Firstly, unless highly organized, kids don't play ball (aside from maybe inner-city basketball) and some middle-aged dude watching it at a park would raise 911 calls. Sort of sad commentary on our culture. As another comment the director, Avildsen, recently died, as I posted and he did some great work in many movies, some more "popular" fare, that was great, but also stuff like "Joe," which, apparently caused Peter Boyle to not want to do violence in movies any more (though he did, sorta.)

ps: I really ENJOYED this movie of Avildsen's but, strangely, it is not available anywhere and has gone down the rabbit hole. It was a, as I see, a precursor to the great later films of the genre. But not available. Was shown on tv a few times, as I recall but nothing now. Even on torrents etc from what I can find. Criterion, or somebody, should re-release.
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« Reply #5437 on: June 30, 2017, 11:06:37 PM »
Just watched Prophecy (1979), one of the more laughably bad horror films of the late 1970's.  A mutant bear, spawned from mercury pollution from a nearby lumber mill, goes crazy and tears people in half with one swipe to the body.  This movie pits Native Americans against the eee-vil lumber industry. Robert Foxworth, a doctor,  and wife, Talia Shire, are sent by the EPA to Maine to investigate some strange goings-on in timber country.  The Indian leader is played by Armand Assante!  ::)  Yeah, he really looks like an Indian doesn't he?  The Indians still live in teepees and Foxworth's wife just infected the fetus she has been carrying after eating  mutated salmon souffle.  This plot point is virtually ignored in the last part of the film.  To think, this piece of shit was directed by the great John Frankenheimer tops the cake.  This film is one bad joke after another and deserves the MST3K treatment.  The mutant bear is grizzly!  lol

The funniest scene in the film is this.  Never flee from a campground while still zipped up in your sleeping bag.  lol.  This movie cost 2 million more than Alien which was made in the same year.




1 star for the movie itself but 4 stars for entertainment value.  I'll give it a 2.5 out of 5 overall.

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« Reply #5438 on: July 07, 2017, 04:19:28 PM »
The new Spider-man is coming out today and I have one problem.  Marisa Tomei as Aunt May?  Really?  May is not supposed to be a MILF or a GILF for that matter.



Tomei


May Parker

They need a little old lady like this gal.


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« Reply #5439 on: July 07, 2017, 04:28:00 PM »
The new Spider-man is coming out today and I have one problem.  Marisa Tomei as Aunt May?  Really?  May is not supposed to be a MILF or a GILF for that matter.

I just heard that about a half hour ago and thought the same thing. I don't have a problem with Tomei in general. She just never should've been cast as Aunt May unless they're doing a porn parody where Aunt May not only discovers his secret identity but discovers something else too.  ;)  ;)

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« Reply #5440 on: July 15, 2017, 08:12:48 AM »
I saw the new Spiderman movie and it was pretty good.  I still prefer the first 2 films though Michael Keaton was very good as The Vulture. The new kid playing Spider-man was good.  I still think Marisa Tomei was wrong as Aunt May though I do like her.  Another thing that bothered me was the Liz character.  I'm assuming that the character is Liz Allen, a short-term girlfriend of Peter Parker in the early days of the comic books.  She was a half-black and not the blonde she should have been.  Sorry, I don't like the pc/diversity shit that Hollywood is preaching all of the time.  I got the joke the first time in Man of Steel where Perry White was played by Laurence Fishburne.  Ha-ha.  NOT.  3.75 stars.

Speaking of diversity,  I have to add that I watched the oddest show the other day.  I've started watching the old Wagon Train series with Ward Bond.  I'm on the first season, 1958,  still and there was an episode called A Man Called Horse with Ralph Meeker as Horse.  Yes, it is an earlier adaptation of the story that was filmed in 1970 with Richard Harris.  This episode was apparently more faithful to the source story than the later film.  The bizarre thing was that Meeker had this perpetual smile on his face that I had a hard time getting used to.  He has always been a fine actor but this performance was a bit bizarre. Nobody else on IMDB found it odd. 

What I find interesting is this series was Ward Bond's baby.  He was the star and driving force of the show.  From what I've seen so far, the Indians have been treated quite favorably in the shows that I've seen and Bond was notorious for being a far right-wing actor in Hollywood.  Another stereotype of the left shot to hell.  :)

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« Reply #5441 on: July 15, 2017, 11:49:43 AM »
  I also recently watched Antonioni's first major success, L'avventura (1960).  The last movie of his that I watched was Zabriskie Point and while I loved the scenic shots of Death Valley in it, I hated the film.  I have had to digest L'avventura as initially I was pissed off that they never resolved the mystery of what happened to the missing Anna.  It was also a bit slow.  I also thought it basically portrayed the males as a bunch promiscuous misogynists.  Nevertheless, I have to admit though he made some good points about the nature of men. If presented with an attractive proposition, I'm not sure if I'd be able to refuse even though I love my wife.  I haven't gone out looking for it though. Maybe men weren't meant to be monogamous.  I don't know. Anyway, this movie was sort of an attack on the sad, empty lives of the idle rich.  Antonioni was a communist so of course he has to take jabs at the capitalist pigs.

  I cannot hate this film though.  The first half is beautifully filmed on a barren volcanic island near Sicily.  The second half is also well-done.  I do think this film could have been trimmed a bit.  This is the first time that I've seen Monica Vitti in a film and she is gorgeous as is Dorothy De Poliolo as the high class prostitute. Everybody in the cast does a fine job.  The film stuck with me and it does seem to have something profound to say about human relationships. 4 out of 5 stars.