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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: the_squid 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: the_squid on March 17, 2021, 12:03:56 am
Operation Finale streamed on Netflix. 

Good show.  Itís 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: the_squid 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: Gorgeous Graham 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: the_squid 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: the_squid 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: Gorgeous Graham 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: Gorgeous Graham 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: the_squid 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: Gorgeous Graham 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: the_squid 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.  Itís 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 whatís left at the end of the world and a persons lifeís 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 donít hurt the movie, necessarily, but I donít think they helped the plot.  But they are visually quite stunning and well done.  They do add tension, but Iím 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.