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Title: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on February 19, 2021, 10:21:34 am
This is to review movies, wherever you find 'em.

Atlantic City ☆☆☆☆☆ 5/5 [TCM] [1980] 
 
This film is a quiet examination of decline and renewal featuring the great Burt Lancaster - the original Rainmaker.   

Set in contemporary 1980 with the opening frame showing the old glory of the city being demolished all around. The Traymore Hotel sees the dynamite and it's the backdrop of our theme.  Notably, another era - the one after this - came to an end this week when Trump's gaudy mistake in AC was destroyed exactly 40 years later.

It's a hardscrabble story of people scrambling to climb out of the muck, with Lancaster stars as Louie Pascal.  He received a deserved Oscar nomination beside his newish costar Susan Sarandon.

She's working for a better life, with few options and some baggage catching up with her.  And Bert plays one of the best portrayed losers of all time... you can compare Lou Pascal to Willy Loman, or Rupert Pupkin.... but with few years remaining and almost no chance of any glory to come.
 
Small budget, basic sets and a rather plain, unglamorous story but it's put together with so much talent and intelligence that you can't stop watching. 

Five stars !

Put your reviews here folks...
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Squidward von Squidderson on February 19, 2021, 11:17:22 am
On which streaming service can I find this fine film?
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on February 19, 2021, 11:57:34 am
On which streaming service can I find this fine film?

I would try CRAVE.

I PVR'd it off of Turner Classic Movies but I find that CRAVE puts all films on their pay services for that month on "On Demand". 

It has worked for me in the past. 
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on March 11, 2021, 03:08:42 pm
MAPS TO THE STARS ☆☆☆☆☆ 5/5 

Cronenberg's MASTERFUL and fascinating exploration of the 'C' list people in Hollywood, where you are one lucky or one unlucky break from becoming a legend or a bum.   There is no redemption for anyone in this hateful landscape; empty and vapid assholes stab their way to the top of the "it" list. 
The centre of it all is a child star and his well-damaged family.  The kid is trying to sign on for another sequel of the series that made them all wealthy.  He's 13, just out of rehab, and a right nasty little gem.  Once you get to know him, it's a short crawl to the other vile characters in the film.
But David Cronenberg sure can tell a story to keep you interested, and so he keeps it going, plowing through this snakepit to the final horrible and fitting end.

And I'm not one for negative movies either, but the story and the acting are tight and just right.  Julianne Moore is no first-timer, and she won a deserved Best Actress award at Cannes for this.  One exception is John Cusack who to me stuck out as miscast.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: cybercoma on March 12, 2021, 09:52:09 am
Too many sentences. August1991 would be disappointed.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Squidward von Squidderson on March 17, 2021, 12:03:56 am
Operation Finale streamed on Netflix. 

Good show.  It’s about the attempt to bring to justice Adolf Eichmann by the Mossad.

****/5
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on March 17, 2021, 05:24:35 am
From Brazil? That one??
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Squidward von Squidderson on March 17, 2021, 10:30:21 am
From Brazil? That one??

Argentina

Ben Kingsley plays the Nazi.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: cybercoma on March 17, 2021, 11:28:08 am
Argentina

Ben Kingsley plays the Nazi.
Ben Kingsley is a god damned treasure to cinema.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Black Dog on March 17, 2021, 02:17:34 pm
Watched this (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056066/) on the Criteron Collection app last night. One of the most enjoyable 15 minutes I've had in the last year. A Tati-esque romp.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on March 17, 2021, 02:51:20 pm
You like Tati ?  ... I seem to miss it ... that kind of humour rarely lands with me ...
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Black Dog on March 17, 2021, 03:48:52 pm
You like Tati ?  ... I seem to miss it ... that kind of humour rarely lands with me ...

I mean even if you don't find Tati funny you have to appreciate the artistry of the filmmaking.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Queen LaQueefa on March 17, 2021, 04:08:02 pm
Ben Kingsley is a god damned treasure to cinema.

He was amazing as Gandhi but never thought he lived up to that potential mostly since then.  Kinda like Al Pacino after Scarface.  WTF happened to that guy.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Squidward von Squidderson on March 17, 2021, 05:34:13 pm
He was amazing as Gandhi but never thought he lived up to that potential mostly since then.  Kinda like Al Pacino after Scarface.  WTF happened to that guy.

He has only been nominated for 5 Oscars since that movie in the 80s, one just last year and a whole whack of Golden Globes... 
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Black Dog on March 17, 2021, 06:51:54 pm
He was amazing as Gandhi but never thought he lived up to that potential mostly since then.  Kinda like Al Pacino after Scarface.  WTF happened to that guy.

You've clearly never watched Sexy Beast.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Squidward von Squidderson on March 17, 2021, 07:07:48 pm
You've clearly never watched Sexy Beast.

The man has been brilliant in so many movies!   Graham is clueless. 
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Queen LaQueefa on March 17, 2021, 09:33:19 pm
You've clearly never watched Sexy Beast.

I watch myself in the mirror every day.

He was good in Schindler's List, though i wouldn't say great, even if it was a great movie.

I want to love his other performances i've seen of his but I just don't.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Queen LaQueefa on March 17, 2021, 09:35:06 pm
He has only been nominated for 5 Oscars since that movie in the 80s, one just last year and a whole whack of Golden Globes...

Art is subjective.  It's my opinion.  Awards for art, including awards show, are absolutely meaningless.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Squidward von Squidderson on March 17, 2021, 09:44:53 pm
Art is subjective.  It's my opinion.  Awards for art, including awards show, are absolutely meaningless.

Being clueless is not an opinion.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Queen LaQueefa on March 18, 2021, 02:31:34 pm
Being clueless is not an opinion.

Your posting history on this forum says otherwise.  Zing!

I'm sorry my subjective opinion of art is not up to your clearly far superior standards of taste, art Stalin.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Squidward von Squidderson on March 22, 2021, 01:48:16 am
The Midnight Sky

Directed and starred in by George Clooney.

I liked this sci-fi.  Available on Netflix.  It’s about an apocalypse on Earth and a dying scientist that stays behind to warn the crews of returning space missions.  But more than that, it contemplates what’s left at the end of the world and a persons life’s work and the sacrifices that might go along with it.

It has some pacing problems...  and relies a bit too much on disaster after disaster...  they don’t hurt the movie, necessarily, but I don’t think they helped the plot.  But they are visually quite stunning and well done.  They do add tension, but I’m not sure that extra tension was necessary given the main plot line. 

The ending was satisfying. 

****/5


https://youtu.be/DXUUqr3AFKs
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on May 23, 2021, 06:58:17 am
Things Heard and Scene

This falls between 'Classic Horror' and 'Boring Failure'... basically a very boring and tropey horror film.  The acting and direction make it watchable but it's only worth your time if you are starving for some haunts.  2 1/2 stars, generously.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: bcsapper on May 23, 2021, 10:21:05 am
Mulholland Drive.  It was very good.

I'm gonna have to watch it again...
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on May 23, 2021, 11:20:01 am
Oh wow. I think I've seen pretty much every David Lynch film in the theater except for the first three that I caught on video
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: bcsapper on May 23, 2021, 01:10:36 pm
Ah, sorry, I thought this was a "last movie watched" type of thread.  That wasn't much of a review.

It's only the second movie I ever watched that was made by Lynch.  Blue Velvet being the other one, a long time ago.  I remember enjoying that one too.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: kimmy on September 13, 2021, 08:52:34 pm
Lindsey's neice and nephew were here to visit, and we took them to see Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.

It was good family-friendly fun. It's set in 1916 or something like that. The Rock is his usual affable self as the captain of a dilapidated tour boat on the Amazon river. Emily Blunt is a plucky English academic determined to investigate an ancient myth called "The Tears of the Moon", which she believes has the potential to revolutionize medicine. But a German prince also wants the Tears of the Moon, to help the war effort.  Nothing life changing in any of this, but if you have to entertain some kids, this will do the trick.  And Emily Blunt is so cute.   

Musical highlight: an enchanting instrumental version of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" at the beginning of the film as they explain the legend of the Tears of The Moon.

 -k
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on September 14, 2021, 05:00:15 am
Can't wait til Easy can understand plot.

Going on 3 soon, and just starting to get Paw Patrol...
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Bubbermiley on September 14, 2021, 07:52:46 am
They grow up so fast. At least by living in Toronto you don't have to dread him eventually moving out.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on September 14, 2021, 09:25:24 am
GREEN BOOK

Nothing wrong with the movie but something wrong in me.  I want to scream at these Hollywood feelgood racial reconciliation sessions.

Viggo Mortensen is a revelation.  The actors and the design and the story was a delight.  Old school.

Still didn't like it.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: segnosaur on September 14, 2021, 10:13:23 am
GREEN BOOK

Nothing wrong with the movie but something wrong in me.  I want to scream at these Hollywood feelgood racial reconciliation sessions.

Viggo Mortensen is a revelation.  The actors and the design and the story was a delight.  Old school.

Still didn't like it.
You will be happy to know that the real-life family of Don Shirley (the musician portrayed in the film) have strongly criticized the movie for its inaccuracy.

The movie was based on a book written by the family of Tony Lip. But according to some, it greatly over-emphasized the roll that he played in Don Shirley's life.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: segnosaur on September 14, 2021, 10:15:18 am
On which streaming service can I find this fine film?
Should you be interested, there is a website called 'just watch'. You can type the name of a movie or TV series, and it will find what streaming services are currently showing the movie.

https://www.justwatch.com/ca
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on September 14, 2021, 10:31:48 am
You will be happy to know that the real-life family of Don Shirley (the musician portrayed in the film) have strongly criticized the movie for its inaccuracy.

The movie was based on a book written by the family of Tony Lip. But according to some, it greatly over-emphasized the roll that he played in Don Shirley's life.

I read about that and it was a back-and-forth.  The producers strongly defended the point of view that the family wasn't as close to him and their opinions aren't correct. 

But, regardless, I had a problem with the ideology of the film I guess...
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: bcsapper on September 14, 2021, 08:20:49 pm
GREEN BOOK

Nothing wrong with the movie but something wrong in me.  I want to scream at these Hollywood feelgood racial reconciliation sessions.

Viggo Mortensen is a revelation.  The actors and the design and the story was a delight.  Old school.

Still didn't like it.

It was no Driving Miss Daisy but I liked it.  Well, I enjoyed it.  Is that the same thing?

I can understand the surprise at the Oscar win though.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: BC_cheque on September 16, 2021, 12:26:31 am
You will be happy to know that the real-life family of Don Shirley (the musician portrayed in the film) have strongly criticized the movie for its inaccuracy.

The movie was based on a book written by the family of Tony Lip. But according to some, it greatly over-emphasized the roll that he played in Don Shirley's life.

I really liked the movie too until I read what the family said about it.  How disgraceful. 
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on September 16, 2021, 07:06:55 am
I really liked the movie too until I read what the family said about it.  How disgraceful.

"He told Variety that "Don Shirley himself told me not to speak to anyone" and that Shirley "approved what I put in and didn't put in."[16]"

As is depicted in the film, Shirley befriended Vallelonga, and the two remained friends until their 2013 deaths. “My father would go into the city and visit him at Carnegie Hall,” Vallelonga’s son told Metro of their relationship following the tour. “They’d have lunches. Whenever Dr. Shirley had any problems, he’d call my father and he’d help to sort them out.”

The thing some are missing is that he was estranged from his family - probably due to his gayness, which was not a problem for Tony.  When I was young I knew many gay people who no longer spoke to their families and adopted each other as 'family'.  While it was by no means the rule, it was also not exceptional.  This gave a new dimension to Christmas as 'gay Christmas' was a kind of in-between family and friend get together with more meaning than just a friends get-together with straights.

But I don't need to have the whole thing boxed and tied with a bow in my mind.  I am sorry they felt left out.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Squidward von Squidderson on September 16, 2021, 10:26:26 am
Yeah…. Don’t always believe what the family says.  They can be the dickheads in many cases. 
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on October 02, 2021, 06:52:47 am
WOW.


wow.

Went to a MOVIE yesterday mid day !  3 of us in the movie theatre - me, Joan and one other person.  Saw Free Guy and liked it !

It was 60% Tron, 10% Blade Runner, 10% Her, 10% Groundhog Day and 10% The Truman Show. 

Ryan Reynolds is the Dean Jones of his era...
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Queen LaQueefa on October 02, 2021, 08:23:12 pm
You will be happy to know that the real-life family of Don Shirley (the musician portrayed in the film) have strongly criticized the movie for its inaccuracy.

The movie was based on a book written by the family of Tony Lip. But according to some, it greatly over-emphasized the roll that he played in Don Shirley's life.

This is a lie because all movies based on real events are 100% accurate 100% of the time.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on October 02, 2021, 08:51:46 pm
This is a lie because all movies based on real events are 100% accurate 100% of the time.

Not exactly - there were electric instruments in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and they hadn't fully developed electricity in 30 AD
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Queen LaQueefa on October 02, 2021, 10:16:19 pm
Not exactly - there were electric instruments in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and they hadn't fully developed electricity in 30 AD

Jesus walked on water, i'm sure he could produce a fender strat.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on October 03, 2021, 06:53:41 am
Jesus walked on water, i'm sure he could produce a fender strat.

Could God play a bassline so complicated he couldn't play it twice ? 🤔
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: Queen LaQueefa on October 03, 2021, 03:18:51 pm
Could God play a bassline so complicated he couldn't play it twice ? 🤔

Would God play avant-garde jazz?  If not, what genre would God be into?  Christian rock?
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: MH on October 03, 2021, 03:29:23 pm
If not, what genre would God be into?  Christian rock?

Aramaic free jazz.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: segnosaur on October 04, 2021, 02:42:19 am
Quote
You will be happy to know that the real-life family of Don Shirley (the musician portrayed in the film) have strongly criticized the movie for its inaccuracy.

The movie was based on a book written by the family of Tony Lip. But according to some, it greatly over-emphasized the roll that he played in Don Shirley's life.
This is a lie because all movies based on real events are 100% accurate 100% of the time.
Sarcasm aside...

I do recognize that movies based on real events will probably always have SOME inaccuracies.... events omitted if they don't contribute to the plot in a significant way, multiple characters 'combined', etc. And I do recognize that a biopic is not a documentary.

But I do think there is a difference between "We fudged the timing on a few events and changed some dialog", and "We totally changed the nature of the relationship between the main characters". One of those is much more... questionable... than the other.
Title: Re: Movie Review Culture
Post by: segnosaur on October 04, 2021, 02:44:59 am
If not, what genre would God be into?  Christian rock?
I think there are some things that even god would find unforgivable.