Saturday Evening Movie Thread 01-12-2019 [Hosted By: TheJamesMadison]

Before We Begin

It's that time of year again. The beginning of a new year which gives us opportunity to look back at the old. Last year, we gave a Best Picture award away, and we shall do so again. Just like last year, both the nominations and voting will be up to you. List the movies that you saw that came out in 2018 that you consider the best of the year in the comments. I will compile these into a list and take the first five or so. I will then create a poll in a future post for you to vote on. Last year, we awarded it to Dunkirk, which was followed by less than 2% by Darkest Hour. It's up to you, Moron Horde, to give out the only movie award that matters.

Chop. Chop.

Awe

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When I talk about emotion in movies, I usually highlight sadness as the one emotion that I most often look for in a film. If a film can make me genuinely sad, I feel that it has done something difficult and deserves some level of praise. There is one other emotion that I look for more, though, that of awe.

I've experienced what I would call true awe in film a handful of times. The most prominent examples come from the films 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Tree of Life. The experience that I feel when I see these films is a complete breakdown of my intellectual capabilities in the face of visuals and sounds that overwhelm my emotions. In other words, my brain shuts down, and I can only take in the images while something (an idea or a question) tries to engage me at the same time.

It's not an emotion that many filmmakers strive for. It's much easier to film the mundane or the typical than to show the audience something truly new while at the same time getting them to try and reach beyond their personal experiences and leap into new questions, searching for answers. So, I'd like to take this week to talk about two of the movies listed above and a third one that was described frequently as awe inspiring upon its release (and continues to be to this day), but which I've always found underwhelming.


Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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This is my favorite Spielberg movie by a good bit, and I think it ties in directly to the movie's origins and the earliest versions of the script. Spielberg hired Paul Schrader, the screenwriter of Taxi Driver and writer and director of Hardcore, to write the first few drafts. What Schrader had in mind was to transplant the story of St. Paul seeing the light of God on the road to Damascus into the realm of science fiction and alien encounters. Spielberg hated Schrader's work (from what I've read, the hatred centered on Schrader's insistence on not using an everyman as the main character), fired him, and ended up taking sole screenwriting credit (one of only two movies he's done that on). The end result, though, to me, still bears Schrader's fingerprints all over it. I see the story as, perhaps generally, the search for truth, but it reminds me fully of a search for God.

That's a big subtext to place on a movie about an electrician who sees some bright lights in the sky one night and goes to Wyoming to get whisked away by aliens, but I think the interpretation holds up. It's one that I always have in the back of my mind as I watch the film, in particular, the final section that details man's first contact with alien life, especially this part:

That scene is probably the smallest sense of awe I receive from my three examples, but I still feel it. Music is something that I don't grok. I enjoy the sounds from time to time, but as a form of communication (emotional or intellectual), it's something that my brain doesn't quite grasp fully. So, to see music paired with light and have that be the vehicle in which humanity first speaks to a larger force like an alien mothership (or a thin metaphor for God) fills me with that sense that I keep talking about.


The Tree of Life

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My love of Terrence Malick should be well known at this point, so I'll skip some of the platitudes.
The Tree of Life is Malick's semi-autobiographical tale of life as a boy in 1950s Waco, Texas done in his own style. It's all kinds of artsy-fartsy, and I love it. Anyway, there's more to the film than just floating camera work, voice overs in whispers, and something resembling Malick's childhood. At it's core, it's really a retelling of the lesson at the heart of the Book of Job, especially the sequence that shows the creation of the cosmos.

The movie begins with this quote:

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation … while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Job 38:4,7

We then get the movie's opening which jumps back and forth from present day Jack, the main character, wondering why he was alive at all while he tries to call his father and talk about Jack's brother who had died years before to scenes from immediately after the brother's death, particularly around Jack's mother. Below is the clip of the sequence, and in that clip you can hear the mother's voice. Her son has just died, and now she's questioning God's will.

Watching that clip (especially in context of the entire movie) stops my brain cold. I stop thinking completely. I'm in total awe at what I'm seeing and hearing, and I think, in an attempt to formalize a reason for this reaction, it's tied to three things.

The first is scale of the visuals and sound. It's obvious that what we're seeing is enormous. Not just the idea that galaxies are unfathomably large, but that the use of editing provides a concrete sense of scale that makes me feel small. On top of that is the music, the Lacrimosa from "Requiem for my Friend" by Zbigniew Preisner, which is an expansive choral piece that seems to reach out as far as the visuals.

The second is the disconnect to my own experiences. I referenced this under Close Encounters and its music, but the visual of the universe aren't an everyday thing for me. The visuals represent something that feels very remote from my everyday life, something that I can't really relate to in any way. I've seen pictures of galaxies and nebulae, but to see them well rendered, composed, and in motion in a way that sells not only scale but believability to a layman is impressive.

Those two things together, though, don't make up the entirety of what it takes to create a sense of awe. There's a third element that's as important as the other two: A sense of something even larger.

In The Tree of Life, as this sequence is beginning, we have a character questioning God's will, and these sights and sounds are the movie's version of God's response. As these giant and beautiful images are rolling over us, we also have a question at the back of our minds: Who are we to God? Even if we know that He loves us, who are we against the true enormity of His works? How small are we compared to the expanse of His creation? To me, it's extremely humbling.

Combining all three of the above elements, and I'm in a real state of awe.


Avatar

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I remember watching this movie's trailer half a dozen times when it first came out, not because I was super excited, but because I was confused. Here was a new James Cameron movie (screw you Titanic haters), and I felt absolutely nothing while watching him create an expansive new world. After about the sixth viewing, I shrugged my shoulders and decided, "Sure, I guess I'm excited."

The movie came out, I saw it, and I was deeply underwhelmed by the story and characters, thrilled by the action sequences, but left largely unmoved by this far away moon called Pandora. I watched it 3 times total in the first year after its release, including after I purchased the Blu-Ray (it looks fantastic), and then I didn't really think about the film for about eight years. I don't know what came over me, but a couple of weeks ago I just threw it in and started watching it. It's James Cameron! It can't be terrible.

This isn't a review of Avatar, so I'll jump to the point of bringing it up in this post. After rewatching the movie, I combined my thoughts on the visuals to this post, which I had been collecting in my brain for a few weeks. I went back and looked through reviews of the film contemporaneous to its release and they're filled with the word awe.

Wired:

EVEN IF IT had a crappy story, shallow characters and lame dialogue [It kind of has all three. –ed], James Cameron’s 3-D spectacle Avatar would earn a big “wow!” solely on the strength of its awe-inducing visuals.

The LA Times:

Whatever way you choose to look at it, "Avatar's" shock and awe demand to be seen. You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else.

The New York Times:

Movies rarely carry us away, few even try. They entertain and instruct and sometimes enlighten. Some attempt to overwhelm us, but their efforts are usually a matter of volume. What’s often missing is awe, something Mr. Cameron has, after an absence from Hollywood, returned to the screen with a vengeance. He hasn’t changed cinema, but with blue people and pink blooms he has confirmed its wonder.

Let's just say that I vehemently disagree with the idea that Avatar inspires any awe whatsoever. Using my three elements of awe that I just came up with this week (but which I think does work as a guide), let's break down the visuals of Avatar.

So, my three elements were scale, distance from personal experience, and being backed by a larger idea. How does Avatar stack up?

In terms of scale, it succeeds wildly. Pandora looks huge and impressively large in its scale to humanity. A+ to Cameron on this.

On the second element, distance from personal experience, I think the movie falls flat on its face. Pandora is a world filled with floating mountains, giant trees, strange animals, and giant blue cat people. Except that the floating mountains are, well, mountains that float. That's something I'm familiar with (mountains) with a twist (they float). It's not that removed from my own experiences. What about the giant trees? Well, they look exactly like trees, except really big. The strange creatures? Dogs with six legs. Horses with six legs. Rhinos with hammerhead shark heads. And the blue cat people? Native Americans, but big, blue, and with weird ears and tails. Every piece of design is well executed, but shockingly mundane. I don't really feel like I'm seeing anything new or extraordinary when I watch it. I see dogs with six legs. D+.

And what about the idea behind it? In Close Encounters it was talking to God. In The Tree of Life it was the grandeur of creation and our place in it. In Avatar it's…imperialism? Environmentalism? I actually don't know other than this is how James Cameron wanted to spend $400 million. It may not help that we're drowning in the visual grandeur by about minute 10 of the film, before we even get introduced to the N'avi, the blue cat people, the plot, or even anything resembling a theme. They're empty from the outset because Cameron starts with them. The visuals themselves are the point, not any sort of greater idea. F.

So, no, I don't think that Avatar (which I don't hate at all, actually) does not engender any sense of awe, and it shouldn't. Its visuals are incredibly well rendered and designed mundanities in the service of nothing but themselves. They are also one of the chief reasons people slathered themselves in glory praising the movie to the heavens despite them being completely empty of any meaning. Maybe this is also why the film has largely been forgotten by the culture. It was an incredible ride while we were on it, sitting in the theater with our 3D glasses on, but once it was over, we forgot it like any other rollercoaster.


A Quick Note about the Personal Experiences Bit

When Kubrick was making 2001: A Space Odyssey, he really wanted to put aliens on screen. He had artists churning out designs, but nothing ever felt alien to him. He could see the references to crabs, insects, or other animals in every design that reached him. Nothing that his design team could come up with was completely detached from the human experience, so he largely dropped the idea.

He did pursue one idea, very late into production, that seemed interesting. He dressed the man who played Moonwalker, the chief ape from the Dawn of Man sequence, in a white bodysuit covered in black dots and put him in front of a white background covered in black dots as well. The idea was that the alien would disappear and reappear from view with every movement. It actually ended up looking like a guy in a polka dot suit dancing around in front of a polka dot wall, so the idea got scrapped with all of the other designs.

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When I read this in Michael Benson's book Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece, something clicked. A human mind probably can't create something that's completely divorced from our own experiences. The best we can do is create an implication of something far different and let the audience's imagination attempt to fill in the gaps. But, what fills that gap? Well, the artist must present something in its place, something like an idea or a question. Something big, like, what will the next stage of evolution be? Or, what is our place in God's will compared to the enormity of his creation?


Come to the Point

My point being that while emotional connection to a film is one of the chief reasons we watch movies to begin with, awe is one of the hardest emotions to create in an audience. Not every film can even attempt for the emotion, but when a movie comes along that does go for it, I want it to work. I'm not going to write much about it, but The Fountain tried it a decade ago as well, and largely didn't succeed either, but I still enjoy it for the attempt. Interstellar tried it as well, but Nolan kept the movie too small thematically for it to really connect at that level. I'm always looking for that next movie that's going to hit me in the same way.


Movies of Today

Opening in Theaters:
The Upside
A Dog's Way Home
Next in my Netflix Queue:
Prisoners

Movies I Saw This Fortnight:
The Secret World of Arrietty (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) Poster blurb: "Cute and enjoyable story." [Netflix DVD]
Onibaba (Netflix Rating 5/5 | Quality Rating 3.5/4) "Searing tale of jealousy and power with a great visual and emotional ending." [Netflix DVD]
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) "Simple story told with great visual style." [Netflix DVD]
A Most Wanted Man (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) "Solid, low-key, and realistic thriller." [Amazon Prime]
Cujo (Netflix Rating 3/5 | Quality Rating 2/4) "Some good scares from the dog, but the first act feels underdeveloped and doesn't support the rest of the film very well." [Amazon Prime]
Bird Box (Netflix Rating 2/5 | Quality Rating 1/4) "A complete mess structurally, filled with uninteresting characters, and ends poorly." [Netflix Instant]
Raw (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) "Modern French genre filmmakers are weird, man, but this one's weirdness is strangely compelling." [Netflix Instant]
Burn After Reading (Netflix Rating 5/5 | Quality Rating 3.5/4) [Rewatch] "Black comedy that had me laughing from beginning to end." [Netflix Instant]
Lethal Weapon (Netflix Rating 5/5 | Quality Rating 3.5/4) [Rewatch] "A Christmas classic." [Personal Collection]
Annihilation (Netflix Rating 5/5 | Quality Rating 4/4) "Heady scifi that I loved all the way through." [Amazon Prime]
The Fountain (Netflix Rating 3/5 | Quality Rating 2.5/4) [Rewatch] "Darren Aronofsky is a crazy person who can barely shoot a scene, but he's interesting at least." [Personal Collection]
The Favourite (Netflix Rating 5/5 | Quality Rating 3.5/4) “Absurd hilarity that ends with a surprising emotional punch." [Theater]
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse (Netflix Rating 4/5 | Quality Rating 3/4) “Colorful, fun, and anchored by a very strong central character." [Theater]


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Comments

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1 Movies!

Posted by: Calm Mentor GFM at January 12, 2019 07:37 PM (ffYR/)

2 Movie sign!

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 07:38 PM (+Tibp)

3 Infinity War

Posted by: Methos at January 12, 2019 07:38 PM (kOpft)

4 First!!!

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 07:39 PM (BJlbN)

5 Bah!

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 07:39 PM (BJlbN)

6 Never watched Avatar

Posted by: Skip at January 12, 2019 07:40 PM (/rm4P)

7 I am completely out of touch with Oscars this year. Is that fishman movie in it?

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:40 PM (yQpMk)

8 Watching Pepoermint on dvd.
Bad guys are Hispanic drug cartel.
Good guys are white bread family.
Seems like wrong think!

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 07:40 PM (BJlbN)

9 6 Never watched Avatar
Posted by: Skip at January 12, 2019 07:40 PM (/rm4P

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It's probably Cameron's worst movie, but I wouldn't quite call it bad.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 07:41 PM (zZbCU)

10 Every piece of design is well executed, but shockingly mundane.


This goes for a lot of Hollywood 'imagination.' They copy forms and avatars from real life, regurgitate it, and think that's 'imaginative.'

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at January 12, 2019 07:42 PM (m075u)

11
I saw The Favourite. It was a bit weird, sort of like Gosford Park, but it makes me want to read a biography of Queen Anne.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at January 12, 2019 07:42 PM (13CQC)

12 Bird Box (Netflix Rating 2/5 | Quality Rating 1/4) "A complete mess structurally, filled with uninteresting characters, and ends poorly."


Yeah, I didn't recognize Julia Roberts for half the movie, and the end was really not an end. They still have the same unexplained problem.


I've already told my The Fountain story, but I liked the film, mainly because A: It has Rachel Weisz in it, and B: Wolverine sort of emoted.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:43 PM (yQpMk)

13 I loathe Avatar. So that's right out.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Not a Dullard at January 12, 2019 07:43 PM (FXbwN)

14 Which is the better series of movies?

Underworld or Resident Evil?

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 07:43 PM (2DOZq)

15 And Terence Malik.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Not a Dullard at January 12, 2019 07:44 PM (FXbwN)

16 Which is the better series of movies?

Underworld or Resident Evil?




I vote Underworld.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:44 PM (yQpMk)

17 It's probably Cameron's worst movie, but I wouldn't quite call it bad.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today!

I freely admit I never saw Avatar, but heard enough about it to feel I have. The joke about Dances with Smurfs is pretty close I think.

Also, I finally watched Mullholand Drive and haven't yet decided if I liked it.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 07:45 PM (+Tibp)

18 I can recall a time in those dating years seeing 8 of 9 Oscar nominations, barely get to a theater once or twice a year now.

Posted by: Skip at January 12, 2019 07:45 PM (/rm4P)

19 Skip @ 6-I saw Avatar in the theater and walked out thinking I wanted my money back. SJW to the max.

Posted by: Eromero at January 12, 2019 07:45 PM (zLDYs)

20 Can I just say that the Orville is an awesome show and that the critics of the first season can seriously suck it.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 07:45 PM (ykYG2)

21 I did not really like Annihilation, but I didn't decide that until after it was over and I thought about it some.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:45 PM (yQpMk)

22 Just pulled up the TV guide to see what was on the tube.

Must be Western night because Open Range , Silverado and 3:10 to Yuma are all on right now.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 07:46 PM (2DOZq)

23 12
I've already told my The Fountain story, but I liked the film, mainly because A: It has Rachel Weisz in it, and B: Wolverine sort of emoted.
Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:43 PM (yQpMk)

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Hugh Jackman is a good actor.

I remember liking The Fountain a lot when it first came out, but this viewing I was confused. Scenes didn't make visual sense most of the time (no real sense of geography), and the symbolism felt like it was all making the same point, and there was little more than the symbolism. It got tiring.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 07:46 PM (zZbCU)

24 I vote Underworld.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:44 PM (yQpMk)

#metoo

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 07:46 PM (BJlbN)

25 Moonwalker, the chief ape from the Dawn of Man sequence,

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The teenagers try to work a rotary phone video from last nights ONT made me think of that sequence.

https://fxn.ws/2TJ2kfa

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 12, 2019 07:46 PM (+y/Ru)

26 Watching A Few Good Men for the 20th time

Posted by: Skip at January 12, 2019 07:46 PM (/rm4P)

27 Eromero: this is where I usually bring up that Avatar was, to date, the only movie I ever saw in Alamo / Cinebarre where I had to order a *third* alcoholic beverage. I literally cheered for the humans to bring down that tree.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 07:47 PM (ykYG2)

28 It's probably Cameron's worst movie, but I wouldn't quite call it bad.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 07:41 PM (zZbCU)

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As mentioned above, it's visually interesting. It's when you look under the hood at the story that it goes off the rails. No interest here in being screeched at about Evil Corporatists by a guy worth $2-300 million.

Posted by: Calm Mentor GFM at January 12, 2019 07:47 PM (ffYR/)

29 Avatar sucked ass. I left before the predictable end.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at January 12, 2019 07:47 PM (m075u)

30 Was there ever an explanation from evolution enthusiasts on how Blue people developed on a Green covered planet?

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 07:47 PM (2DOZq)

31 No resent movie can compare to From Here To Eternity. Not even close. Or Mr Roberts. Or Bridge on the River Kwai. Canine Mutiny?

Posted by: OldGrunt at January 12, 2019 07:48 PM (CetcK)

32 I watched a film on Prime called Journey's End about WWI trench warfare. I liked it. Paul Bettany figure prominently in it.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 07:48 PM (+Tibp)

33 3:10 To Yuma might be better, at least I didn't see it as many times as this.

Posted by: Skip at January 12, 2019 07:49 PM (/rm4P)

34 Very choppy camera

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 07:49 PM (BJlbN)

35 Annihilation was ass too, but you can get through it without needing a ride home.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 07:49 PM (ykYG2)

36 Why would they even try to remake The Intouchables? It was perfect the first time. Blasphemy

Posted by: Ben Had at January 12, 2019 07:49 PM (k16aq)

37 Which is the better series of movies?



Underworld or Resident Evil?
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Underworld seemed like it was going somewhere (she has a relationship, finds time to consummate it, child results, etc), while RE felt like I watched the same movie 6 times and then all of the sudden the big bad corporation was some Christian fundamentalist group or something and I stopped trying to make sense of it.

Posted by: Methos at January 12, 2019 07:49 PM (kOpft)

38 dude, Muse, you watched a lot of movies. Did you have a leg in a cast?

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 07:50 PM (ykYG2)

39 16 Which is the better series of movies?

Underworld or Resident Evil?



I vote Underworld.
Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:44 PM (yQpMk)

That's my choice as well.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 07:50 PM (2DOZq)

40 Watching A Few Good Men for the 20th time

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The truth?! YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!

Posted by: Don Lemon, CNN at January 12, 2019 07:51 PM (+y/Ru)

41 What are we doing here? Are we actually doing movie related things? Or are we just engaging in fuckwittery?

Posted by: BCochran1981 at January 12, 2019 07:51 PM (anwal)

42 Absolutely agree on Tree of Life. the Genesis interlude was gorgeous, stately, joyful and sad all at once.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 07:51 PM (kQs4Y)

43 I remember liking The Fountain a lot when it first came out, but this viewing I was confused.


Did you like Cloud Atlas? I think that I enjoy multiple time frames running in parallel.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:51 PM (yQpMk)

44 Bird Box was suggested to me by various people at work, but I saw the blindfold challenge and really thought it was a ripoff of INTACTO, which is a great film from 2001.

I shut Avatar off when I decided I had seen the story before in a kiddie animated film. And the floating rocks reminded me of FFXII game graphics.

The Fountain? Gosh, I liked the visuals on it and the music but the story was not really there. If the present tense had been more realistic, I would have been fine with the past one. Loved the future storyline because it was open to interpretation and interesting.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 12, 2019 07:52 PM (/+bwe)

45 Aqualad into the Aquaverse

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 07:52 PM (LL1Be)

46 I don't like either franchise, but prefer Resident Evil to Underworld.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at January 12, 2019 07:52 PM (H5knJ)

47 A few movie suggestions which I am sure would appeal to many morons. There is no middle ground on these movies, you either love em or hate em.

1. Zombeavers: I hate zombie movies but this one is outrageously (with the emphasis on outrageous) well written, and in parts, absolutely laugh out loud hilarious in a ghoulish sort of way. One of the charms of this movie is the killing of truly unlikable characters. If nothing else, fast forward to the closing credits to hear the Sinatra/Bennett style rendition of the title theme. I cannot understand, for the life of me, why this movie is not more highly rated. In fact, I m going to change my nic to The Guy Who Recommends Zombeavers. IMHO, this IS a quintessential MORON MOVIE and perfect for group viewing.

2. Bubba Ho Tep: Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis mummy movie. Well acted and written with a surprising amount of heart but a little slow in parts. (thank you very much).

3. Lost in Paris: Quirky Able and Gordon film with a great dance scene. Not for everyone, but for me, made me immediately seek out and watch their other two films, L iceberg and the Fairy.

Posted by: the guy who recommends the movie Zombeavers at January 12, 2019 07:52 PM (GH4D9)

48 remake The Untouchables

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Well, it won't be a Stormy Daniels movie.

Posted by: Don Lemon, CNN at January 12, 2019 07:53 PM (+y/Ru)

49 gonna say that the Krill episode of Orville would have been a classic in old-school (or any) Trek. A race of people who believe in a holy book that makes the Quran look like a bed time story. But they have kids too, who aren't *born* evil.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 07:53 PM (ykYG2)

50 When Bowman does the Star Gate, his teeth show just like the chimps at the start of the movie for a split second while he's screaming. The are other parts of the film when he is helmeted and his chimp like teeth come through also.

Simian it is.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 07:53 PM (Z+IKu)

51 43 I remember liking The Fountain a lot when it first came out, but this viewing I was confused.


Did you like Cloud Atlas? I think that I enjoy multiple time frames running in parallel.
Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:51 PM (yQpMk)

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I admired it a bit technically (I was never confused about l about which of the six stories I was in), but it all felt so facile thematically and thin in every other way that I ended up kind of hating it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 07:53 PM (zZbCU)

52 Are porn movies eligible? Bcuz I saw a couple good ones last year. Other than that I didn't watch any movies.

Posted by: Jaqen H'ghar at January 12, 2019 07:54 PM (5fSr7)

53 Was there ever an explanation from evolution enthusiasts on how Blue people developed on a Green covered planet?
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Or why every species on the planet is designed to fuck each other?

Oh I mean 'mentally link' or whatever that bullshit was.

Posted by: Methos at January 12, 2019 07:54 PM (kOpft)

54 Posted by: the guy who recommends the movie Zombeavers at January 12, 2019 07:52 PM

Would recommend Zomebeavers II?

Posted by: Skip at January 12, 2019 07:55 PM (/rm4P)

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 07:55 PM (n13/j)

56 Hated Cloud Atlas

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 07:55 PM (BJlbN)

57 Remember all, this is the thread to offer your nominations for best movie of 2018.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 07:55 PM (zZbCU)

58 Willowed from Chess thread about the We Fund the Walll change. If you missed it gofundme will refund donations unless you reply to redirect back to the new non-profit.

Breitbart has a story on the new we fund the wall non-profit
https://tinyurl.com/yccte6tr

Sounds like they have a great plan of getting cheap/free easements from private landowners who are tired of having cartel coyotes going back and forth across their property.

Some solid names on the board of the new non-profit AFAICT

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at January 12, 2019 07:55 PM (jUcoH)

59 I admired it a bit technically (I was never confused about l about which of the six stories I was in), but it all felt so facile thematically and thin in every other way that I ended up kind of hating it.


I liked that it was the same actors in all the time frames, though that's really a hamhanded reincarnate yourself to redemption trope.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:55 PM (yQpMk)

60 Svengoolie will be running Village of the Giants.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 07:55 PM (+Tibp)

61 By the way, if you like documentaries, I recommend Murder Mountain on Netflix. Six episodes. Lots of interesting history and stories.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at January 12, 2019 07:55 PM (H5knJ)

62 I saw "Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse" today and ye gods was that some amazing animation! If it doesn't win the Oscar there is no justice in Tinseltown (Narrator: There is no justice in Tinseltown).

I love how deftly they juggled and intercut all the various iterations of Spidey.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 07:56 PM (kQs4Y)

63 Did you like Cloud Atlas? I think that I enjoy multiple time frames running in parallel.
Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:51 PM

I really liked it, so much so that I bought the book... which sucked rocks through straws. Yes, that much suction! The only other time the movie has been that much better was Princess Bride.

I am looking around for my DVD box. Someone asked me about movies with bad soundtracks and I think I have Ladyhawke around here.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 12, 2019 07:56 PM (/+bwe)

64 Watching A Few Good Men for the 20th time



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The truth?! YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!

Posted by: Don Lemon, CNN at January 12, 2019 07:51 PM (+y/Ru)

what hasn't. That thing is on almost as much as Armageddon.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 07:56 PM (n13/j)

65 Hated Cloud Atlas


Even the author in the nuthouse frame? I was cracking up.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:56 PM (yQpMk)

66 John Wick into the Wikiverse

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 07:56 PM (LL1Be)

67 I rate movies on the hours of my life I will never get back. I ain't watching shit.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 12, 2019 07:57 PM (k16aq)

68 The idea behind "Gravity": survival is hard in space. The idea behind "The Martian": survival is easier on Mars. Overall, survival is good, even when you think you are alone in a hostile and uncaring universe.

Some of us need that.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 07:57 PM (ykYG2)

69 By the way, if you like documentaries, I recommend Murder Mountain on Netflix. Six episodes. Lots of interesting history and stories.
Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls

I binged it last week. Really liked it. I learned a lot about the dope people too.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 07:57 PM (+Tibp)

70 I need to rewatch Close Encounters. All I can remember is the mashed potatoes. I was young back then.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 07:57 PM (n13/j)

71 Zomebeavers II

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Now that could be a Stormy Daniels movie.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 12, 2019 07:57 PM (+y/Ru)

72 The idea behind "Event Horizon": the laws of physics are there for a reason, and don't forget to switch on the Gellar Field.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 07:58 PM (ykYG2)

73 Best movie of 2018?

Shit. I am stumped. Pretty sure I did not see one movie in the theater in 2018.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Not a Dullard at January 12, 2019 07:58 PM (FXbwN)

74 The Martian book was pretty good, and the movie wasn't bad.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 07:58 PM (yQpMk)

75 I can't remember what movies. I saw in 2018

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 07:58 PM (BJlbN)

76 John Wick 3 set for release in May.

I expect to be highly disappointed after that suckitude that was John Wick 2.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 07:58 PM (2DOZq)

77 Avatar: turned it off.
Close Encounters: Saw it at the theater when it came out, yes, Awesome.

Posted by: Braenyard at January 12, 2019 07:58 PM (ePWRo)

78 I rate movies on the hours of my life I will never get back. I ain't watching shit

That.... that would count as 'fuckwittery', on this thread.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 07:59 PM (ykYG2)

79
I rate movies on the hours of my life I will never get back. I ain't watching shit.

Posted by: Ben Had at January 12, 2019 07:57 PM (k16aq)
Every time I watch Lonesome Dove I think I gain an hour.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 07:59 PM (n13/j)

80 Best of the year? I dunno, of the 2018 offerings, I think I saw Avengers Infinity War, Black Panther, Teen Titans Go to the Movies and The Meg. If I saw any others, they're long forgotten.

Of those, at least Teen Titans and The Meg were upfront about their stupidity, and were enjoyable. Black Panther was SOOOO politically correct and woke that it was amazingly boring, easily the worst Marvel movie ever. Infinity War...well, I keep watching it, over and over, and keep finding flaws in it, but at least it keeps me interested.
This week I saw "Dial M for Murder" which has to be Alfred Hitchcock's talkiest picture ever (though, like all of his films, it's fun and well put together).

I also saw "Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor" which is a kinda sorta sequel to "The Deadly Spawn" (which is a great b-movie and well worth seeking out). Apart from the Evil Corporate Head, one of his hitmen and the medical doctor, the acting is truly awful. The lead female scientist is one of the most useless characters ever, and the two other female leads are terrible. It's well paced and effective otherwise.

But, oh, the creature effects. They are outstanding, truly excellent given that the film probably had no budget It's worth seeing for the creature makeup effects (and stop motion animation!) alone.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm's PayPal at January 12, 2019 07:59 PM (l9m7l)

81 Remember all, this is the thread to offer your nominations for best movie of 2018.
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If no one else mentions one, do I win with Infinity War in comment 3?


Posted by: Methos at January 12, 2019 07:59 PM (kOpft)

82 Best movie of 2018?
Hmm

When did Revenge of the Nerds come out?

Buckaroo Banzai?

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 07:59 PM (LL1Be)

83 Hey everybody. OregonMuse, thanks for the Movie Thread!

Just a note, The Tree Of Life is yet another flick that's now available on Criterion. :-)

And I think I have to finally get Prisoners. It's been on my to-buy/see list for a couple years now.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:00 PM (miE9U)

84 I'm not sure I aw a new movie in 2018 (as in a 2018 release). Wracking my brain . . .

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at January 12, 2019 08:00 PM (H5knJ)

85 81 Remember all, this is the thread to offer your nominations for best movie of 2018.
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If no one else mentions one, do I win with Infinity War in comment 3?


Posted by: Methos at January 12, 2019 07:59 PM (kOpft

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Ugh...yes.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:00 PM (zZbCU)

86 Shit, I can't remember what movies I saw this year. Probably cause they were uninteresting to me.

Posted by: Delaforce the Air Mechanic at January 12, 2019 08:00 PM (mE05v)

87 I can't remember what movies. I saw in 2018
Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books!

I don't think I stepped in a theater in 2018. But if pressed, I'll say "The Legend of Buster Scruggs", even though I don't think it qualifies.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:00 PM (+Tibp)

88 One thing that's refreshing about The Tree Of Life, is that it's openly and unashamedly Christian.

Most critics downplayed that, but gave it good reviews.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (miE9U)

89
The Bird Box pitch meeting
https://tinyurl.com/y88z3h29

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (13CQC)

90 2001... was a long, long time ago.

Kubrick... really wanted to put aliens on screen. He had artists churning out designs, but nothing ever felt alien to him. He could see the references to crabs, insects, or other animals in every design that reached him.

Still true.

"Extraterrestrials are ugly. Even the cute ones, the attractive qualities are humanlike, while the most alien features are uglifying. With big baby eyes. Or human-like voluptuousness. Or both...."

[From my Other People's Stuff post Alien Aesthetics, which, alas, won't be online until the 15th. Works better with the illustrations.]

"50-plus years after seeing it in its original 70mm theatrical run, I think of it [2001] like one of those TV series that seem to have a story arc, but then they don't seem to, and then it gets canceled. But you were really into it and wish it had gone on a lot longer and had a resolution.

"Pretty, technically amazing, but unsatisfying.

"'Make up your own ending!'

"I think this is pretty well exemplified in the original trailer."

https://youtu.be/UgGCScAV7qU

[From my Other People's Stuff post 2001: A Space Odyssey (196, which, alas, won't be published until the 18th. What can I say? Obviously, this week's film thread was posted too soon.]

[Watch for them at mindfulwebworker.wordpress.com]

Posted by: mindful webworker - click here for latest webworks at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (qoWmc)

91 NaughtyPine: the 'Cloud Atlas' book was the smuggiest most obnoxious pile of leftwing right-on Approved Opinion that I couldn't finish it. And I didn't want anywhere near a Wachowski Sibling rendition of it.

Glad the movie worked out for you but I am still wary of it. I'll see if a library has it.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (ykYG2)

92 Which is creepier: Event Horizon? Or Pandorum?

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (yQpMk)

93 I saw none this year. Hell I haven't even seen Dunkirk and I wanted to see that one.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (n13/j)

94 This thread is almost enough to make me rent a movie or three.

I do think I am going to violate a Clan Hrothgar rule and take the extended family to see "A Dog's Way Home" because we've lost (as in terminally) a lot of dogs between us.

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (f3oO4)

95 87
I don't think I stepped in a theater in 2018. But if pressed, I'll say "The Legend of Buster Scruggs", even though I don't think it qualifies.
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:00 PM (+Tibp)

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Of course it does!

Probably my favorite movie from last year.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (zZbCU)

96 (screw you Titanic haters)

I've always said that the ship was the real star of that movie.





...well, Kate Winslet didn't hurt, either.

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (sdi6R)

97 Alpha was the best movie of 2018. Paws down. but then, I like doggehs.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 08:02 PM (ykYG2)

98 I saw The Incredibles 2. And that was it. I saved all my money up for a hotel room and blow. Except I bought beer instead of blow because none of the party stores in Northern LOwer Michigan carry it, evidently.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 12, 2019 08:02 PM (/+bwe)

99 (screw you Titanic haters)

"I'll always love you , frozen Leo!"


*shove*

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:03 PM (LL1Be)

100 My favorites of 2018?

2001: A Space Odyssey (ha! rerelease!)
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
Mandy
Isle of Dogs
Halloween

There were some okay films, not the best year:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_in_film

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 08:03 PM (kQs4Y)

101

TJM... It's Moonwatcher, not Moonwalker!


Posted by: otho at January 12, 2019 08:03 PM (LkFnL)

102 96 (screw you Titanic haters)

I've always said that the ship was the real star of that movie.





...well, Kate Winslet didn't hurt, either.
Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (sdi6R)

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It's immaculately structured, and the second half of the film, whenthe ship sinks, is riveting.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:04 PM (zZbCU)

103 Peppermint is ok so far, pretty by the book revenge movie, a la death wish, no sjwness. Can I nominate it?
Or maybe the Death Wish remake.

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 08:04 PM (BJlbN)

104 Oh! And let me add "They Shall Not Grow Old".

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 08:04 PM (kQs4Y)

105 Svengoolie will be running Village of the Giants.
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 07:55 PM (+Tibp)

I think Beau Bridges, the Big Lebowski/The Dude's brother, was in that and was half nekkid half the time.

Weird movie but fun.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 08:04 PM (Z+IKu)

106 Hot Wet College Co-eds VI.

And VII.


Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:04 PM (LL1Be)

107 I think I will see Glass, though.

And I like Signs too. So, there.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:04 PM (+Tibp)

108 Just a few of the movies I want to buy soon:

- The Outlaw Josey Wales
- City Lights (Chaplin, on Criterion)
- Prisoners
- Sicario
- hell or High Water
- Big Lebowski
- Intolerable Cruelty
- Hudsucker Proxy
- F For Fake (Criterion)
- Election (Criterion)
- High Plains Drifter
- Oleanna (hard to find)
- F/X
- Obsession (DePalma)
- Night of the Living Dead (Criterion)
- Marty
- Network
- The Lives Of Others
- Sophie Scholl
- The Stoning Of Soraya M
- Gosnell
- Joe
- Wild In The Streets
- Midnight Cowboy (Criterion)
- In The Heat Of The Night (Criterion)

... I could go on even further...

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:04 PM (miE9U)

109 Watching Rock and Roll Nightmare on Rifftrax. Better than anything from 2018.

Probably.

Bcuz bewbs.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Not a Dullard at January 12, 2019 08:05 PM (FXbwN)

110 12 Strong or Death Wish. Two watchable movies in a very weak year for movies IMHO.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 08:05 PM (2DOZq)

111 It's immaculately structured, and the second half of the film, whenthe ship sinks, is riveting.


Best scene? The guy bouncing off the propeller. It's bad enough to falling into the icy sea and then Son of a Bitch!

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:05 PM (yQpMk)

112 101

TJM... It's Moonwatcher, not Moonwalker!


Posted by: otho at January 12, 2019 08:03 PM (LkFnL

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Congratulations! You win three ampersands!

Collect them from the moose out front.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:05 PM (zZbCU)

113 Every time I watch Lonesome Dove I think I gain an hour.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 07:59 PM (n13/j)


The original is in Arabic but eff the muz so

"God does not subtract from a man's life, those hours spent watching 'Lonesome Dove'!"

Posted by: Commissar Hrothgar at January 12, 2019 08:05 PM (f3oO4)

114 (screw you Titanic haters)



I've always said that the ship was the real star of that movie.











...well, Kate Winslet didn't hurt, either.

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (sdi6R)



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It's immaculately structured, and the second half of the film, whenthe ship sinks, is riveting.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:04 PM (zZbCU)

I like when Kate gets naked. BTW, 2001 was awe inspiring to me and I don't even like sci fi.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 08:05 PM (n13/j)

115 I haven't seen any of those movies.

Haven't seen Titanic. Mostly b/c, I think, I just don't like DiCaprio. I clicked on the clip of Avatar...boring, boring, boring. so i shut it off half way through.

Interstellar. Parts of that induced awe.

Posted by: Flyover at January 12, 2019 08:05 PM (B5K06)

116 I think Beau Bridges, the Big Lebowski/The Dude's brother, was in that and was half nekkid half the time.

Weird movie but fun.
Posted by: Hairyback Guy

As is Opie Cunningham! (Ron Howard)

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:06 PM (+Tibp)

117 Known, as I am, for the depth of my thinking, I liked Avatar for the blue smurf cat girl tits. The cat girls were all tall and fit and had those athletic A cups. I even developed a crush on Zoe Saldana because I liked the cartoon version of her tits.

Now the movie had a deleterious effect beyond the scope of the movie itself. Every theater had to buy 3D digital projection equipment to show it, which means that an ecology was created to encourage 3D digital movies and that's a bad idea.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 12, 2019 08:06 PM (fuK7c)

118 It's probably Cameron's worst movie, but I wouldn't quite call it bad.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today!

I freely admit I never saw Avatar, but heard enough about it to feel I have. The joke about Dances with Smurfs is pretty close I think.

Also, I finally watched Mullholand Drive and haven't yet decided if I liked it.
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 07:45 PM (+Tibp)


Watched Avatar, up to the point where the Americans blew up the World Trade Center. Turned it off at that point, and have no intention of ever going back.

Hate is probably too strong a word, but not too too strong.

Mulholland Drive is such an exquisite film, and I can understand why those who don't like it, don't like it. I think it might be his best though. It's almost like he's showing off, telling a completely nonsensical story, through all sorts of time loops, and if you want to drive yourself crazy trying to follow it, you can. Or you can absorb it, and feel something intense... whatever makes the most sense to you. For me it was sadness.

That too though, I could understand why some might not see it that way. And again, that's Lynch's genius. That he gives his audience an opportunity imprint their own perspective on the thing, without him having to force anyone to have to look at it through his lens.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 12, 2019 08:06 PM (cY3LT)

119 Never saw Avatar but not for the reasons mentioned here.
When It came out I was just CGI movie bored.

In fact the whole Parkour as a fighting style but better because reasons had already run its course for me.

I get enough of that in video games (I guess that is one reason it is in movies so much)

Posted by: Big V at January 12, 2019 08:06 PM (sN665)

120 Event Horizon's horror is existential. Pandorum's horror is psychological.

In Pandorum, you enter a human's personal hell. In Event Horizon ... you enter the primordial chaos behind the Big Bang, that was there before time itself.

Gonna go with Event Horizon.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 08:06 PM (ykYG2)

121 I wish I could name a best picture of 2018, but I haven't gone to see anything in the past year.

I'm trying to think of the newest film I've seen. I don't think I Tonya was a 2018 release.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:06 PM (miE9U)

122

Grabs monkey off back
Throws monkey on floor
Stomps the crap out of monkey


MY CHIEEEEFS!!!!

Posted by: Shopgirl #PatrickIsMahomesie at January 12, 2019 08:07 PM (GdNow)

123 I don't remember any movies from last year, but that could just be me and all the trailers for movies coming out this year look like crap except for Alita.

Posted by: Junior Crashman - Star of the Youtube Fail Army at January 12, 2019 08:07 PM (kJWoP)

124 Oh, and Avatar lookedlike a cartoon to me. Supposedly was not supposed to?

Big "meh."

Posted by: Flyover at January 12, 2019 08:07 PM (B5K06)

125 My kids took me to see Ready Player One and I loved it. Could be because I am a true 80s kid, but I thought it was a great time.

Posted by: CA Token at January 12, 2019 08:08 PM (UD+ps)

126 92 Which is creepier: Event Horizon? Or Pandorum?
Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:01 PM (yQpMk)

Pandorum had better ending for me. I guess Pandorum would be more edge of seat for me but Event Horizon was just creepy.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 08:08 PM (2DOZq)

127 As is Opie Cunningham! (Ron Howard)
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:06 PM (+Tibp)

No shit? I don't remember him.....damn. I gots to watch it now.

Hahaha...thanks Senator!

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 08:08 PM (Z+IKu)

128 This must be a movie because nobody would do this in real life.

California Governor Gavin Newsom's Budget Calls For New Tax On Drinking Water

The sequel will be Oxygen Tax.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 12, 2019 08:08 PM (+y/Ru)

129 Movies should be reduced to like 30 minutes, MAX.
Who has 2 hours to sit around decoding some Horrywood pedo directors mental vomit?
If you can't get it done in half an hour including credits?

Bye. I got shit to do.

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:08 PM (LL1Be)

130 Oops. Thanks JamesMadison for the movie thread!
I thought OregonMuse was the writer this week for some reason...

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:09 PM (miE9U)

131 Posted by: BurtTC

I should just watch it again. I guess I was just thrown off by some of it, but that's not bad.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:09 PM (+Tibp)

132 Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:04 PM (miE9U)

Just got a copy of Outlaw Josey Wales in the mail today. Gonna watch it tomorrow.

I was thinking about it, and it's been over 20 years since i last saw that one.

A crime, really.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Not a Dullard at January 12, 2019 08:09 PM (FXbwN)

133 NaughtyPine: the 'Cloud Atlas' book was the smuggiest most obnoxious pile of leftwing right-on Approved Opinion that I couldn't finish it. And I didn't want anywhere near a Wachowski Sibling rendition of it.

Glad the movie worked out for you but I am still wary of it. I'll see if a library has it.
Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019

I liked the movie because I did not have a clue about where it was going. There were some clunky things like the Asian actress dressed up to look like an English wife. The scene with the gangster author and the nuthouse was fun.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 12, 2019 08:09 PM (/+bwe)

134 I also liked Red Sparrow, Venom, and 12 Strong

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 08:09 PM (BJlbN)

135 mikeyG, you sound like my sister. In her opinion there is no reason on earth for any movie to ever be longer than 90 minutes, unless maybe it's a TV series or miniseries. Even then, she demands to be thrilled and/or enthralled, every minute of a film.

She has high standards...

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:10 PM (miE9U)

136 The best description of an alien is in Hal Clement's novel "Needle." The alien is a jelly that can absorb into a human body or the creature that it inhabited in the spaceship it was traveling in before it crashed into earth. I see no way to do a visual of it but it worked really well in the novel.

Posted by: Mike K at January 12, 2019 08:10 PM (s170V)

137 130 Oops. Thanks JamesMadison for the movie thread!
I thought OregonMuse was the writer this week for some reason...
Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:09 PM (miE9U)

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movieqique and I alternate one week to the next.

OM's too busy with smart things like chess and books to debase himself with movies.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:10 PM (zZbCU)

138 Wow, finally got AOS back and it looks like it has been up all afternoon. I lost my internet service yesterday and I did not get it back until 3 pm today thanks to 1 day service from the Cable company. But since then I have been getting a 404 error every time I tried to log onto AOS

Wonder what is going on.

Posted by: Vic at January 12, 2019 08:10 PM (mpXpK)

139 Pug Mahon, thanks, It's near the top of my purchase queue.

In fact I may just mozy on down to Amazon right now... ;-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:10 PM (miE9U)

140 And I have to go with Underworld.
Kate Beckinsdale in that outfit.

Posted by: CA Token at January 12, 2019 08:11 PM (UD+ps)

141 This must be a movie because nobody would do this in real life.

California Governor Gavin Newsom's Budget Calls For New Tax On Drinking Water

The sequel will be Oxygen Tax.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 12, 2019 08:08 PM (+y/Ru)

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The Beatles were prescient but ahead of their time with "The Tax Man".

Posted by: Calm Mentor GFM at January 12, 2019 08:11 PM (ffYR/)

142 For me, there were 2 memorable movies:

Gosnell

They Shall Not Grow Old

Posted by: MichiCanuck at January 12, 2019 08:11 PM (Vqtm3)

143 Hey Mike K! It's your old buddy qdpsteve! :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:11 PM (miE9U)

144
I have to admit, these theater experiences are pulling me in. When I went to see The Favourite, they served me loaded fries, a caesar salad, and chardonnay right at my La-Z-Boy.

Course it blew right through all my budget-related New Year's resolutions.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia at January 12, 2019 08:11 PM (13CQC)

145 The only movie that I can recommend would be Super Troopers 2.

That's all I got.

Posted by: Delaforce the Air Mechanic at January 12, 2019 08:11 PM (mE05v)

146 Best way to watch movies is to wait 6 months and watch the YouTube clips.
It's better than fast forwarding to the good parts, because it's like 2 minute clips of nothing BUT the good parts.
In fact, all movies should be released as 15 two minute clips. Of nothing but the good parts.
Including credits.

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:11 PM (LL1Be)

147 The Beatles were prescient but ahead of their time with "The Tax Man".


That's not what the word "but" means.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 12, 2019 08:12 PM (fuK7c)

148 97 Alpha was the best movie of 2018. Paws down. but then, I like doggehs.
Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 08:02 PM (ykYG2)

Alpha was cute.
I'll second that nomination

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 08:12 PM (BJlbN)

149 Gotta say I love TJM's movie posts and mostly agree with his opinions, but two of the worst movies I've seen in my 57 years on the planet were "Dunkirk" and (what I believe he rated as 5/5) "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs."

Not sure I've seen any movies released in 2018, except perhaps what I'm in the middle of watching right now: "Sicario: Day Of The Soldado." I can't believe Hollywood green-lighted a movie about Mexican Cartels controlling the border and Islamic terrorists using it to get here.

Posted by: ShainS at January 12, 2019 08:12 PM (WqPYg)

150
Just got a copy of Outlaw Josey Wales in the mail today. Gonna watch it tomorrow.

a couple of weeks ago, I found a 2 disc set in the $5 bin at Walmart: The Outlaw Josie Wales & Pale Rider

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 12, 2019 08:12 PM (KCxzN)

151 If you ever get a chance to watch Ride the High Country on TCM, do so. You might think it will be a dull, run of the mill late '50's Western, but it's not. Also has a young Warren Oates, creepy as ever.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:13 PM (+Tibp)

152 They Shall Not Grow Old

The title puts me in mind of the poem: To an Athlete Dying Young

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:13 PM (yQpMk)

153 On the movies, I did not care for 2001 or Close Encounters. I figured I would not like all the others either and have never made an attempt to watch them.

Posted by: Vic at January 12, 2019 08:13 PM (mpXpK)

154 102
It's immaculately structured, and the second half of the film, whenthe ship sinks, is riveting.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:04 PM (zZbCU)


Even more than that, the first half showing the ship in all its glory. The plot was contrived to showcase literally every part of the ship.

I wanted a straight-up remake of "A Night to Remember", but I ended up satisfied with Cameron's effort.

And he actually dove to the wreck on multiple occasions, which is as dangerous as a spacewalk. He put his ass on the line. He deserves credit for that.

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 08:13 PM (sdi6R)

155 62 I saw "Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse" today and ye gods was that some amazing animation! If it doesn't win the Oscar there is no justice in Tinseltown (Narrator: There is no justice in Tinseltown).

I love how deftly they juggled and intercut all the various iterations of Spidey.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 07:56 PM (kQs4Y)

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It's hard to believe that Sony animation and superhero departments could make Spiderverse considering the suckatude they have made in the past.

Posted by: MAGA at January 12, 2019 08:13 PM (7WQpf)

156 If anyone is a theme park fan, the Avatar rfly___ ride at Animal Kingdom in Orlando is the best ride of all time. Amazing VR experience.

Posted by: CA Token at January 12, 2019 08:13 PM (UD+ps)

157 Even then, she demands to be thrilled and/or enthralled, every minute of a film.



She has high standards...


She sounds smart.
*shrug*
Time is money. And I am not paying to be bored. I can do that for free.

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:14 PM (LL1Be)

158 The Beatles were prescient but ahead of their time with "The Tax Man".

That's not what the word "but" means.
Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 12, 2019 08:12 PM (fuK7c)

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Eh, saturday night and all. Pedant away.

Posted by: Calm Mentor GFM at January 12, 2019 08:14 PM (ffYR/)

159 Pale Rider is also on my to-buy list.

Just about every classic Eastwood western. I'm also considering getting Hang 'Em High.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:15 PM (miE9U)

160 I liked Avatar. The plot was kind of corny but I did enjoy the visuals. It doesn't take as much as some people, I guess, to take my mind out of the real and enjoy the fantasy.

Posted by: Sooner at January 12, 2019 08:15 PM (CA2RM)

161 Avatar cries out for good weed.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:16 PM (yQpMk)

162 I watched Hereditary recently. I don't think it was the best movie of the year but it was definitely visually interesting even during the slow parts.

It was kinda like what I expect an acid trip is like. Weird, visually interesting, and then eventually just crazy.

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at January 12, 2019 08:16 PM (SkuXa)

163 Nothing like a nice piece of hickory

Posted by: CA Token at January 12, 2019 08:16 PM (UD+ps)

164 mikeyG, she is smart. Out of me and my two sisters, the sis I describe above is the only one of us to get her bachelors degree.

She's also the one who's reasonably sane, and who's more conservative than I am.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:16 PM (miE9U)

165 Pale Rider is High Plains Drifter with less rape.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 12, 2019 08:16 PM (fuK7c)

166 Pale Rider is High Plains Drifter with less rape.


and less sweat.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:17 PM (yQpMk)

167 Watching LOTR with Youngest Drunken Midget and Far Too Good For Me Wife. So good. The Wife doesn't understand why the movies ultimately lead to the ugly cry at "My friends, you bow to no one."

Posted by: BCochran1981 at January 12, 2019 08:17 PM (anwal)

168 Pale Rider is also on my to-buy list.



Just about every classic Eastwood western. I'm also considering getting Hang 'Em High.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:15 PM (miE9U)
It was on the teevee last night. I have a vhs of the movie in French. So I know it pretty well.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 08:17 PM (n13/j)

169 There were a few good flicks in 2017. 2018, not so much.

Paws up for Alpha, which was good of its kind.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 08:17 PM (1UZdv)

170 I know that Pale Rider is basically a ghost story.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:18 PM (miE9U)

171 Bandersnatch, you made me spit out my drink with that one. And it was a quality IPA. So I'm both amused and upset.

Posted by: CA Token at January 12, 2019 08:18 PM (UD+ps)

172 I know that Pale Rider is basically a ghost story.


YOU!

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:18 PM (yQpMk)

173 Pornhub is a perfect example of the perfect movie platform.
I wish in the theater or the DVD you could dial those things to 1 min > 3min > 20 min > Full length.

Then the audience has control and can get to the meat of the matter post haste, or draw it out if they are masochists.

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:18 PM (LL1Be)

174 TJM, did you get to see The Death Of Stalin?

I think that's the newest movie in my collection.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:19 PM (miE9U)

175 Any here ever watch the Oscar winning movie, Marty ?

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 08:19 PM (2DOZq)

176 151 If you ever get a chance to watch Ride the High Country on TCM, do so. You might think it will be a dull, run of the mill late '50's Western, but it's not. Also has a young Warren Oates, creepy as ever.
Posted by: Blutarski



This! Sam Peckinpah directed it. Great movie.

Posted by: Puddleglum at January 12, 2019 08:19 PM (r2LuW)

177 Pale Rider is High Plains Drifter with less rape.





and less sweat.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:17 PM (yQpMk)

I was going to say the other day when people were talking horror movies, to me HPD is a horror movie, about as far as I will go. looking back, it was probably better than Pale Rider imo. No offense to the moron with that handle. All Clint Westerns are good. Er, other than Bronco Billy.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 08:20 PM (n13/j)

178 174 TJM, did you get to see The Death Of Stalin?

I think that's the newest movie in my collection.
Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:19 PM (miE9U)

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I have yet to see it, unfortunately. I hear it's hilarious.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:21 PM (zZbCU)

179 Outlaw Jose Wales in in my list of top 5 westerns of all time. It battles with Tombstone for number 1 of the modern westerns.

Posted by: Vic at January 12, 2019 08:21 PM (mpXpK)

180 Oh Death of Stalin is good!
Can I nominate that?

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 08:21 PM (BJlbN)

181 YOU!

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:18 PM (yQpMk)

great character there.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 08:21 PM (n13/j)

182 175 Any here ever watch the Oscar winning movie, Marty ?
Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 08:19 PM (2DOZq)

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My mommy showed it to me once. I was young and only sort of remember it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:22 PM (zZbCU)

183 Oh Death of Stalin is good!
Can I nominate that?
Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 08:21 PM (BJlbN)

Ummmmmmmm......Yes.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 08:22 PM (Z+IKu)

184 Death of Stalin may be my favorite of 2018. Great cast.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 08:22 PM (1UZdv)

185 Posted by: BurtTC

I should just watch it again. I guess I was just thrown off by some of it, but that's not bad.
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:09 PM (+Tibp)


Oh yes, it's going to throw you off. That's got to be expected. I watched it multiple times after I first saw it, just because, and I haven't seen it in years. Not many films stick with me like it though.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 12, 2019 08:22 PM (cY3LT)

186 Can't resist, I've seen Marty. It's basically a filmed play, like The Breakfast Club.

Great flick and very un-Hollywood, which I love. Probably one of the real-est depictions of romance ever, especially by 1950s standards. I also love that no one (character or actor) is really attractive in any kind of classic/glamorous way.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:22 PM (miE9U)

187 votermom, nominate away! Especially if you've seen it. :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:23 PM (miE9U)

188 Seven Samurai is the Best Western ever.

Followed by Yojimbo.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 08:23 PM (1UZdv)

189 thanks to 1 day service from the Cable company.

The first rule about AoS service is one does not speak about AoS service.

Posted by: t-bird at January 12, 2019 08:23 PM (YPJrZ)

190 175 Any here ever watch the Oscar winning movie, Marty ?
Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 08:19 PM

The favorite old movie of my college roomie! The professor of pain comment on the dance floor with Mary and the dog comment always made me laugh.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 12, 2019 08:24 PM (/+bwe)

191 Close Encounters isn't bad, although the ending is pretty much pure fantasy.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:24 PM (miE9U)

192 188 Seven Samurai is the Best Western ever.

Followed by Yojimbo.
Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 08:23 PM (1UZdv)

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The western inspired samurai movie that inspired many more westerns.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:24 PM (zZbCU)

193 Took me a long time to get through Cameron's Avatar. Had to watch it in small, painful chunks, and was so glad when I managed to make it through. Did not pay off.
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Last night, following conversations about it earlier this week on the blog, Milady and I re-watched Adventures in Babysitting.

It was even better than I remembered. The Albert Collins blues club bit is stand-up-and-applaud hilarious. Great excuse for a musical number in a movie. (Milady says she's sure that was Buddy Guy's club.)

There's one long-distance shot of downtown Chicago that I had to pause on, and sigh. Milady was born there, so it's my second home. She and I lived there for a decade and a half. All three of our kids were born there, and grew up there, originally. Just makes me sad to think of what a great city it was, and what it has become.

Posted by: mindful webworker - click here for latest webworks at January 12, 2019 08:24 PM (qoWmc)

194 Seven Samurai is the Best Western ever.

Followed by Yojimbo.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 08:23 PM (1UZdv)



This is the most indisputable statement in the history of the movie thread.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 12, 2019 08:25 PM (fuK7c)

195 Best movie of the year is Infinity War.

If I can nominate two, MI: Fallout.

Posted by: What's a Seawolf? at January 12, 2019 08:25 PM (stUzg)

196 TJM, wish I could loan ya my DVD of TDOS. :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:25 PM (miE9U)

197 Titanic sucked. I despised that movie. I'll never get those hours back. Maybe if it was just the Titanic sinking scenes, Kate Winslet magnificent boobs, and Dicrapio drowning in the freezing ocean, It would be better. But it isn't. Terrible dialog, terrible story, and that overrated fem boy actor. Hated this movie.

Posted by: Puddleglum at January 12, 2019 08:25 PM (r2LuW)

198 Watched Temple of Doom today. Best thing about that movie is Kate Capshaw's butt.

Posted by: MAGA at January 12, 2019 08:25 PM (7WQpf)

199 Isle of Dogs was a fun movie in 2018

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 08:25 PM (BJlbN)

200 The only movie I saw this year was Bohemian Rhapsody, so not much I can vote for.

As for the three movies you listed:
I loved 2001. It's in my all time top 10 movies.
Also loved Close Encounters, especially since I grew up in Wyoming.
Don't remember much about Tree of Life, so may have to rewatch it.
As for Avatar, I agree with the others that the visuals are great but the story sucks. Fern Gully meets the Smurfs.

Posted by: Pod Hamp at January 12, 2019 08:26 PM (RBFmA)

201 Speaking of Stalin, I would like a movie about his NKVD chief, Lavrentiy Beria.

Rape, murder, boot licking, more rape, more boot licking and flowers.

Maybe Ben Affleck could play the lead role.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 08:26 PM (Z+IKu)

202 I have yet to sit through more than 20 minutes of Avatar. It was awful.

Posted by: Puddleglum at January 12, 2019 08:26 PM (r2LuW)

203 I watch a lot of movies on dvd eyc

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 08:26 PM (BJlbN)

204 196 TJM, wish I could loan ya my DVD of TDOS. :-)
Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:25 PM (miE9U)

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Me too.

Netflix will send it to me eventually.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:26 PM (zZbCU)

205 I have yet to sit through more than 20 minutes of Avatar. It was awful.


See?

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:26 PM (LL1Be)

206 Hairyback, ironically enough, Kevin Spacey would probably be perfect to play Beria. They even look a bit alike, as I recall.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:27 PM (miE9U)

207 The cable guy said the problem was in the distribution box at the road. He said the connection was all rusted out and when he grabbed the cable it fell off the the threaded connection. That means somebody had been gomming around in the box. That makes me wonder. But I once slow as molasses speed for downloads is now up to 21 mbpm.

Posted by: Vic at January 12, 2019 08:27 PM (mpXpK)

208 Pink Floyd joke:

https://bit.ly/2RHQVPs

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 12, 2019 08:27 PM (+y/Ru)

209 If a Western can be in Japan I say the best Western ever is


Quigley Down Under.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 08:27 PM (2DOZq)

210 197 Titanic sucked. I despised that movie. I'll never get those hours back. Maybe if it was just the Titanic sinking scenes, Kate Winslet magnificent boobs, and Dicrapio drowning in the freezing ocean, It would be better. But it isn't. Terrible dialog, terrible story, and that overrated fem boy actor. Hated this movie.
Posted by: Puddleglum at January 12, 2019 08:25 PM (r2LuW)


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It tried to be this great love story but their relationship wouldn't have lasted two weeks.

Posted by: MAGA at January 12, 2019 08:28 PM (7WQpf)

211 " A human mind probably can't create something that's completely divorced
from our own experiences. The best we can do is create an implication
of something far different and let the audience's imagination attempt to
fill in the gaps.
"

This is the whole push behind the non-descriptions of the various elder things in HP Lovecraft's work, and probably part of the reason why the movie versions . . . did as poorly as they did.

Posted by: Kindltot at January 12, 2019 08:28 PM (mUa7G)

212 They Shall Not Grow Old is a remarkable movie

Posted by: Skip at January 12, 2019 08:28 PM (/rm4P)

213 IIRC, an early version of Marty was on TV

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 08:28 PM (1UZdv)

214 202 I have yet to sit through more than 20 minutes of Avatar. It was awful.
Posted by: Puddleglum at January 12, 2019 08:26 PM (r2LuW)



Wife and I saw it in 3D. She walked out with a headache from the 3D. I walked out with a headache from all the eye rolling.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at January 12, 2019 08:29 PM (anwal)

215 198
Watched Temple of Doom today. Best thing about that movie is Kate Capshaw's butt.

Posted by: MAGA at January 12, 2019 08:25 PM (7WQpf)

I was very disappointed in that flood scene at the end. Perfect opportunity to have a "wet T-shirt" type cut of ole' Kate and they blew it.

Posted by: Vic at January 12, 2019 08:29 PM (mpXpK)

216 I don't know if it is considered a 2018 release or not, I think it got a release somewhere in November 2017. But if it's eligible, my vote for movie of the year:

The Florida Project

Posted by: BurtTC at January 12, 2019 08:30 PM (cY3LT)

217 I'll say Fallout was the best. I have no faith that Infinity War will hold up after the next one.

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at January 12, 2019 08:30 PM (SkuXa)

218 Seven Samurai is the Best Western ever.



Followed by Yojimbo.



Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 08:23 PM (1UZdv)





This is the most indisputable statement in the history of the movie thread.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 12, 2019 08:25 PM (fuK7c)
No tobacco, no hats, not Colts, I assume they had horses. Ok, I have heard it is great and will try to see it.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 08:31 PM (n13/j)

219 I think the only movie I saw in a theater in 2018 was the re-release of "2001: A Space Odyssey".

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 08:31 PM (sdi6R)

220 Watched Temple of Doom today. Best thing about that movie is Kate Capshaw's butt.

Posted by: MAGA at January 12, 2019 08:25 PM (7WQpf)

"Indy! INDY! INDDDYYYYY!!!!!"

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 08:31 PM (BJlbN)

221 Ignoramus, it was. Playhouse 90, I believe.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:31 PM (miE9U)

222 Titanic is mostly a chick flick, but has stuff for the guys.

I love the physics of the sinking. Like Falling Guy hitting the prop and flying off into hyperspace.

And Kate Winslet's tits.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 08:31 PM (1UZdv)

223 Kevin Spacey would probably be perfect to play Beria. They even look a bit alike, as I recall.
Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:27 PM (miE9U)

Oh, good choice! Kevin wouldn't even have to act.

Sorry Ben, your out.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 08:31 PM (Z+IKu)

224 For Infinity War, why did he kill half of everyone versus doubling the size of the universe? It made no sense.

Posted by: CA Token at January 12, 2019 08:32 PM (UD+ps)

225 The Florida Project
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I probably thought about turning it off a dozen times but never did. Like watching a car crash.

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at January 12, 2019 08:32 PM (SkuXa)

226 I thoroughly enjoyed Death of Stalin.

Kurylenko's role should have been more developed, and not just because I love watching her on screen.

If you're a stickler for accuracy, you'll be a little let down, but that's not the point of it, and it gets the broad strokes correct. (For instance it shows Beria using the Lubyanka for his rapes, when he did them at home, it shows his trial and execution happening in minutes when it took months, that kind of thing, nothing huge).

All in all, it was really good, deserves to be on the list.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 12, 2019 08:32 PM (CksFA)

227 222 Titanic is mostly a chick flick, but has stuff for the guys.
Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 08:31 PM (1UZdv)


Yes. THE SHIP ITSELF.

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 08:33 PM (sdi6R)

228 So, anyone seen the new RBG hagiography?!

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:33 PM (+Tibp)

229 Sorry for shouting.

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 08:33 PM (sdi6R)

230 Fun with Bibi and Angela:

https://bit.ly/2VOzPyz

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at January 12, 2019 08:34 PM (+y/Ru)

231 de gustibus non disputandum est


I did not like Infinity War. It was worse that Fantastic Four, the first one. Or the worst of the Spidermans.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:34 PM (yQpMk)

232 And also, for Infinity War, why did they call Captain Marvel at the end, it wasn't enough of an emergency before? Really?

Posted by: CA Token at January 12, 2019 08:34 PM (UD+ps)

233 Village of the Giants features the sumptuous Joy Harmon.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at January 12, 2019 08:34 PM (m075u)

234 Ok, I have heard it is great and will try to see it.


If you've seen A Fistful of Dollars you've seen a shot for shot remake of Yojimbo, but you should see the original.

And Seven Samurai is just the best movie ever, not just the best western.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 12, 2019 08:35 PM (fuK7c)

235 Ok - OT and all, but I saw a movie this week I'd never even heard of, and it was a trip. I wonder if any of you have seen it? It was a Billy Wilder pic staring James Cagney called "One, Two, Three". Now - it's a classic screwball farce comedy, with absolutely no underlying serious storyline, unlike The Apartment or Fortune Cookie. The dialogue is as fast and furious as anything, and, boy, Cagney still had it at that advanced age.
Here's the thing - it came out in 1961 - before the Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis and JFK assasination, and before Medgar Evan's murder, the Birmingham bombing and the three murders in Mississippi. Why does that matter?
Well, Cagney plays the Head of Distribution for Coca-Cola in Germany based in West Berlin. So there are plenty of commie jokes. And there are plenty of German/Nazi jokes. And I'm here to tell you they really push the envelope. Plus, Coke's corporate hq is in Atlanta, and Cagney's boss is sending his teenage daughter to Berlin for the summer. And there are more Old South/civil rights jokes than I've ever heard in a movie. So you're just careening between commies, nazi's, civil rights and sex. Not a great movie, but good. And some of the jokes are spit-take worthy. The old rolly-polly German doctor, who absent-mindedly hums Flight of the Valkyries. Yankee Go Home - why that's not un-American, we don't like Yankees where I'm from either. When's the last time you saw a movie make fun of Freedom buses? Very, very unique.

Posted by: Vertov at January 12, 2019 08:36 PM (mDieY)

236 The Unforgiven/Unforgiven pair are fun to watch back to back.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:36 PM (yQpMk)

237 >>Watched Temple of Doom today. Best thing about that movie is Kate Capshaw's butt.


You misspelled Short Round.

Posted by: Harry Reid at January 12, 2019 08:36 PM (REcCB)

238 Close Encounters of The Third Kind was total DREK!

I have a pet peeve about that movie and how totally awful it was (not to mention its leftist fantasy of a frog from the UN taking over America).

I loved how they were playing a musical language to the aliens that NO ONE HAD A FUCKING CLUE AS TO WHAT ANYTHING MEANT!!! I mean, how dumb can things get??

Yes ... yes .. there were some fun parts along the way but, in the end, the only feeling you should be left with from that movie was being ripped off and made a fool of.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:36 PM (U96rM)

239 227 222 Titanic is mostly a chick flick, but has stuff for the guys.
Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 08:31 PM (1UZdv)

Yes. THE SHIP ITSELF.
Posted by: rickl



When that movie was all the rage, Discovery Channel had a 2 hour documentary where they discuss how and why the Titanic sank (spoiler; it was the ice berg) with no name actors playing various rolls interspersed with the commentary. The actors were unknown and the doc was pretty interesting. THAT was better than that Cameron abortion.

Posted by: Puddleglum at January 12, 2019 08:37 PM (r2LuW)

240 Posted by: Vertov

Honestly one of my favorite and funniest movies ever. I just love it.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:37 PM (+Tibp)

241 Ok, I have heard it is great and will try to see it.





If you've seen A Fistful of Dollars you've seen a shot for shot remake of Yojimbo, but you should see the original.



And Seven Samurai is just the best movie ever, not just the best western.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 12, 2019 08:35 PM (fuK7c)
I think you have been clear here. I will certainly watch it on your recommendation. I don't even think I have watched the Magnificent Seven all the way through, though I am all Westerns all the time. It is a hole that needs to be fixed.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 08:37 PM (n13/j)

242 Blutarski, I thoroughly enjoyed NOT seeing the RBG flicks that came out this past year.

I'm also looking forward to not getting the blu-rays. ;-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:38 PM (miE9U)

243 I just called up a list of movies released in 2018. There was nothing there I would even pay a $1.00 to rent if we actually still had some place besides Red Box to rent movies.

Posted by: Vic at January 12, 2019 08:38 PM (mpXpK)

244 I also have to say that Avatar was one of the worst movies in history. The thing it was being hyped for - the special effects - totally sucked, on top of an awful "story".

JamesMadison ... you and I are on totally opposite ends on this thread. It happens.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:38 PM (U96rM)

245 And to think, for years I thought Yojimbo was a Sly Stallone flick!

"Yo, Jimbo!!..."

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:38 PM (miE9U)

246 The Florida Project
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I probably thought about turning it off a dozen times but never did. Like watching a car crash.
Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at January 12, 2019 08:32 PM (SkuXa)


I can understand that. It's a hard movie to watch. Starkly realistic view of a genuine underclass in this country.

With a "fantasy" ending attached, but I sorta viewed that as a surreal perspective from the little girl's view of the world. Maybe it happened that way, and maybe it didn't. She needed it to though.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 12, 2019 08:38 PM (cY3LT)

247 Posted by: Vertov at January 12, 2019 08:36 PM


Yeah I've seen that one. Caught, or collected as many Cagney films as possible.

Posted by: otho at January 12, 2019 08:39 PM (LkFnL)

248 Let's just say that I vehemently disagree with the idea that Avatar inspires any awe whatsoever.

Oops. I guess we don't disagree on this this movie. That's good to know. I was starting to get worried about you

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:39 PM (U96rM)

249 I'm also looking forward to not getting the blu-rays. ;-)
Posted by: qdpsteve

Best $15 I'll never spend!

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:39 PM (+Tibp)

250 When you make half the people in the galaxy disappear, how do you pick which ones?

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:39 PM (yQpMk)

251 man oh man, chainsaws, trees and ladders don't mix.

Posted by: Johnny O'clock at January 12, 2019 08:39 PM (KdryZ)

252 Criterion actually has both Yojimbo and Sanjuro available as a 2-for-1 package.

You can also get both individually from them.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:39 PM (miE9U)

253 Blutarski, same here!

Ooo, what will I do with the money I saved??... ;-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:40 PM (miE9U)

254 I thoroughly enjoyed Death of Stalin.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 12, 2019 08:32 PM (CksFA)


I second that.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:40 PM (U96rM)

255 Vic, The Mule might interest you. Not Clint's best but way better than the crap out there.

Posted by: Johnny O'clock at January 12, 2019 08:41 PM (KdryZ)

256 Is Criterion a streaming service, like Netflix?

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:41 PM (+Tibp)

257 Avatar reviewers probably all saw it in 3D and it was pretty novel at the time because it was probably the first movie to do it well. Add in the advanced humans=bad noble savages=good and of course the proto-npcs were going to give the movie a massive blowjob.

Posted by: buzzion at January 12, 2019 08:41 PM (cAnNx)

258 Maybe it was a better year for television? Some of my favorites were:

The Terror
Lodge 49
Stranger Things
The Marvelous Mrs. Masel

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 08:41 PM (kQs4Y)

259 I noticed a distinct lack of love among the morons last night for-

"8 mm".

I'm sorry but all y'all can go make whoopie with Lena Dunham.

"8 mm" is an awesome film.

Dark and cynical with excellent tense set pieces, it's one of Nicholas Cages best films.

Plus, great acting from everyone involved.

Plus, the script stays true to itself. A rarity in Hollywood.

Plus, SPOILER-



The big bad snuff-murderer, "The Machine" is revealed to be just some big dumb sick fuck. Just like in real life. (and one of the reasons I liked the first season of "True Detective".

In short, all y'all are wrong and need to go sniff Elizabeth Warren's undies.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 12, 2019 08:42 PM (CRRq9)

260 As far as I know, Seven Samurai is the first flick where the opening third is about the mission and putting the gang together. So you know the characters and their motivation.

Toshiru Mifune is the peasant orphan outsider who proves the most samurai of all.

Also, as far as I know, it invented the epic final battle in the rain. It still works, because it's so well done.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 08:42 PM (1UZdv)

261 Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes

The Terror was awesome.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:42 PM (+Tibp)

262 The Outlaw Josey Wales- best Clint Eastwood movie, in fact best movie I ever saw. And yes, I bought mine at Walmart, found it in the 5-dollar bin.

Posted by: Eromero at January 12, 2019 08:42 PM (zLDYs)

263 256 Is Criterion a streaming service, like Netflix?
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:41 PM (+Tibp

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Private DVD label. They release movies they love and can get the rights to.

They're also developing a streaming serviceto replace their agreement with Filmstruck, which just closed shop.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:42 PM (zZbCU)

264 Blutarski, Criterion used to have a streaming service called Filmstruck, but their partners bailed and it had to be shut down, which caused a ton of screaming and wailing online. (Easy to look up and check out.)

Criterion then announced (about a month ago, I believe) they're about to start up another streaming service featuring their films, that I believe they will own 100%, so they have all the say as to what it shows, how it works, etc etc. Stay tuned.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:42 PM (miE9U)

265 When's the last time you saw a movie make fun of Freedom buses? Very, very unique.
Posted by: Vertov at January 12, 2019 08:36 PM

I just saw that after Christmas. One of my brothers really likes it. My mom and I, not so much. I do not like slapstick very much, and my mom did not like that the actress playing Cagneys wife had a bland part. And my dad went to bed.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 12, 2019 08:42 PM (/+bwe)

266 TJM beat me to it. :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:43 PM (miE9U)

267 Spare us your pity, alien. You gush about your connection with nature, your primal wisdom, but what has it brought you?

Where are your marvels of engineering? Your voyages of discovery? Your great insight into the nature of the universe? Even at our basest, when we dressed as you do, dwelt as you do, hunted as you do, lived as you do, we did more than merely survive. We built wonders. We made great journeys. We forged epics. You have not.

You speak so proudly of the plugs dangling from your skulls, little realizing that they are but strings and you puppets. What little you have accomplished you attribute to the wisdom of your goddess, who is nothing but the voices of your dead echoing for all eternity. She moors you to the past, serving as a leash that keeps you as little better than apes, sad parodies of civilization that lack that special spark to become something more.

We have come to your world in search of resources. Whether your actions drive us back or we take what we want and move on, the outcome is the same. We will depart from your wretched planet, leaving you behind. And in a thousand years, you will not have changed from this contact with another world. You will remain in your trees, hunting your prey, communing with your goddess, until your sun burns out and your world dies.

And above your tomb, the stars will belong to us.

Posted by: Eisenhorn at January 12, 2019 08:43 PM (F6tBH)

268 Blutarski, The Terror book was scary and weird as crap, have not seen the movie. Don't want to.

Posted by: Eromero at January 12, 2019 08:43 PM (zLDYs)

269 >>>I know that Pale Rider is basically a ghost story.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:18 PM (miE9U)
___________

It's a remake of Shane,
Yeah, you got me.

Posted by: Braenyard at January 12, 2019 08:44 PM (ePWRo)

270
I thoroughly enjoyed Death of Stalin.

Didn't happen soon enough.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at January 12, 2019 08:44 PM (aKsyK)

271 You need awe? Spot me. I'm over on the hip adduction machine.

Posted by: RBG at January 12, 2019 08:44 PM (yAc+w)

272 155 62 I saw "Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse" today and ye gods was that some amazing animation! If it doesn't win the Oscar there is no justice in Tinseltown (Narrator: There is no justice in Tinseltown).

Took the daughter unit and her friend to see the Pixar event at the Chicago museum of Science and Industry (spent 2 hours at the U 505 display!).

In the final "rendering" stage of a Pixar animated film (where stuff like moving hair and leaves, etc) are "rendered" or "reproduced" into the film, there is a bank of 20,000 computers running 24 hours. Each frame (10, I think, per second) takes hours each to render.

Posted by: Cicero Boom chicka boom Kaboom! Kid at January 12, 2019 08:44 PM (9Uclw)

273 Maybe it was a better year for television? Some of my favorites were:

The Terror
Lodge 49
Stranger Things
The Marvelous Mrs. Masel
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 08:41 PM (kQs4Y)

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 08:44 PM (BJlbN)

274 Jackie Earl Haley was awesome as The Terror!

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:44 PM (LL1Be)

275 267
And above your tomb, the stars will belong to us.
Posted by: Eisenhorn at January 12, 2019 08:43 PM (F6tBH)

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So good.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:44 PM (zZbCU)

276 All Hail Eris, I've read numerous times that Marvelous Mrs Maisel is based on the story of Joan Rivers' early career as a comedienne.

From what I can tell, they've taken a lot of liberties though...

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:45 PM (miE9U)

277 I did like the Germans admitting to being former Nazis and the transformation of the commie boy.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 12, 2019 08:45 PM (/+bwe)

278 When you make half the people in the galaxy disappear, how do you pick which ones?
Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:39 PM (yQpMk)


I just figured it had to do with which actors still need their contracts for the endless parade of sequels to be renegotiated.

As one who has never bought into the hype, and am probably not the target audience, when I have seen these Marvel movies, they all strike me as remarkably underwhelming. Small stories, formulaic presentation, and a dull sameness that leads to an absolute numbing of any concern for the characters, or even the world they inhabit.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 12, 2019 08:45 PM (cY3LT)

279 The Terror
Lodge 49
Stranger Things
The Marvelous Mrs. Masel

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 08:41 PM (kQs4Y)


The Terror started out great ... and then it really went apeshit. I was very disappointed by, and at, the end.

Stranger Things was fun for the first few episodes. Then I lost interest. I think it was especially made for people who did D+D or something. I watched the whole first season, anyway. Meh.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisey is a good series - so far.

At least, those are my opinions, for whatever they're worth.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:45 PM (U96rM)

280 Haven't seen the inside of a movie theater in ages.

Posted by: Insomniac at January 12, 2019 08:45 PM (NWiLs)

281 mikeyG, ever see the 1979 coming-of-age classic, Breaking Away? One of my all-time favorite films.

Jackie Earl Haley was in it, as one of the teenagers.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:45 PM (miE9U)

282 Posted by: Eisenhorn

Harsh! At least give them a few beads and we'll buy one of their islands.

Posted by: t-bird at January 12, 2019 08:46 PM (yAc+w)

283 Posted by: naturalfake at January 12, 2019 08:42 PM (CRRq9)

Not everybody was wrong. I said I really liked 8mm. It's dark but it also gives you cinema vengeance satisfaction .

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 08:46 PM (2DOZq)

284 Stay tuned.
Posted by: qdpsteve

Will do! I'd love to have a streaming service with a ton of older and foreign films. Like a TCM thing.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:46 PM (+Tibp)

285 In the final "rendering" stage of a Pixar animated film (where stuff like moving hair and leaves, etc) are "rendered" or "reproduced" into the film, there is a bank of 20,000 computers running 24 hours. Each frame (10, I think, per second) takes hours each to render.
Posted by: Cicero Boom chicka boom Kaboom! Kid at January 12, 2019 08:44 PM (9Uclw)

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30 frames per second for standard video then, 60-90 now with the high res stuff.

Posted by: Calm Mentor GFM at January 12, 2019 08:47 PM (ffYR/)

286 I think the way to watch "Titanic" is to try to mentally subtract all the people* and just concentrate on the sets.

I didn't appreciate it on first viewing, but the plot was ingeniously contrived to take the viewer to all parts of the ship, from bow to stern (literally), and everything in between.

If Titanic buffs had seen even a rivet out of place; you'd have heard about it. I think the consensus was that the ship was depicted as accurately as possible.





*Except Kate Winslet. Rowlr.

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 08:47 PM (sdi6R)

287 I'm sorry but all y'all can go make whoopie with Lena Dunham.

"8 mm" is an awesome film.

Dark and cynical with excellent tense set pieces, it's one of Nicholas Cages best films.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 12, 2019 08:42 PM (CRRq9)


Cage's ridiculous "acting" is one of the major problems with the film (though I blame the director as much as Cage for that).

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:47 PM (U96rM)

288
237 >>Watched Temple of Doom today. Best thing about that movie is Kate Capshaw's butt.


"Indeee!" is to Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom as "fuck" is to Goodfellas - strike them from the script and you're left with a couple hundred words, tops.

* some exaggeration here *

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 12, 2019 08:47 PM (pNxlR)

289 Bertram, to say the least!!

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:47 PM (miE9U)

290 mikeyG, ever see the 1979 coming-of-age classic, Breaking Away? One of my all-time favorite films.



Jackie Earl Haley was in it, as one of the teenagers.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:45 PM (miE9U)

damn good movie.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 08:47 PM (n13/j)

291 Interstellar definitely had its moments of awe. The shot of the Endurance passing Saturn really hit home just how insignificant the works of Man are compared to the cosmos, a point returned to during the slingshot around Gargantua.

Posted by: Reactor Axe Man at January 12, 2019 08:48 PM (u/3Xf)

292 Didn't much care for Dunkirk at all

Posted by: ghost of hallelujah at January 12, 2019 08:48 PM (oAY8z)

293 i *really* hate when people start in with whole "what this movie/play/book is really trying to day" shit.

it's tired, often arrogant, and, to me, takes the joy out of the w*rk for me.

sometimes a story is just that, a story.

the rest of the nonsense is just generations of English majors making shit up to justify their degrees.

IDGAF what you think the damn thing is about: just tell me if it's entertaining or boring as shit, and why. i also want to know if it's full of PC nonsense.

nothing personal to the guy who writes these threads, 'cause i know how much w*rk goes into them, and i get that many in Teh Horde also like yammering about that sort of thing, but it's one of the reasons i hardly ever read this thread, let alone comment on it. the other is that we almost never go to the movies or rent them. Resident 3vil signed up for Netflix a few years back, and she never watched a single one of the movies she ordered... so she dropped it.

/rant off

time to grill dinner and drink a few beers... i'll see all y'all on the ONT!

Posted by: redc1c4 at January 12, 2019 08:48 PM (BHU1I)

294 Blutarski, then you'll love Criterion's steaming service. They have a ton of foreign films.

Here's the info on their upcoming streaming service:

https://tinyurl.com/yclof7xz

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:49 PM (miE9U)

295 Maybe it was a better year for television? Some of my favorites were:

The Terror
Lodge 49
Stranger Things



I sure enjoyed the first 'season' of ST a lot more than the second (which wasn't much).


Bringing in 'evil scientists' and 'government conspiracy' and the superpowered Solarbabies totally killed my interest.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at January 12, 2019 08:49 PM (m075u)

296 mikeyG, ever see the 1979 coming-of-age classic, Breaking Away?
Nope. Saw Bad News Bears in a friends basement on cable.
The Tick on Amazon Prime was pretty funny. Jackie Earle Haley played The Terror.

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:49 PM (LL1Be)

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at January 12, 2019 08:49 PM (m075u)

298 Jackie Earl Haley was in it, as one of the teenagers.
Posted by: qdpsteve

I love Breaking Away.

I lost track of Haley for decades, then saw him on a film on I think IFC. It starred Patrick Wilson and the chick from Titanic who meet at a public pool with their kids and then begin an affair. Haley played convicted pedophile and he was GREAT. REally creepy.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:49 PM (+Tibp)

299 Quint, oh yeah.
One of the movies I saw early in life, that made me understand why so many people love movies so much.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:49 PM (miE9U)

300 Well, whew.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at January 12, 2019 08:50 PM (m075u)

301 Reviews that are so far off the mark demonstrate someone is auditioning for film critic of the Washington Post. Seldom have I seen such praise for such thrash except during Oscar night. Seek help and watch something your mind might be capable of understanding, say the original Little Rascals.

Posted by: I am not corey Booker at January 12, 2019 08:50 PM (Pr11x)

302 298 I love Breaking Away.

I lost track of Haley for decades, then saw him on a film on I think IFC. It starred Patrick Wilson and the chick from Titanic who meet at a public pool with their kids and then begin an affair. Haley played convicted pedophile and he was GREAT. REally creepy.
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:49 PM (+Tibp)

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Little Children.

Kind of great.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:50 PM (zZbCU)

303 Jackie Earl Haley was in it, as one of the teenagers.

Mooch? Or Moocher? Something like that.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:50 PM (64hgz)

304 hmm this is my favorite thread and I haven't seen half the stuff he talks about.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 08:50 PM (n13/j)

305 I've animated over five minutes of typical BC crap, and suddenly my ending doesn't work! Is this how Spielberg started?
PS I will probably post the new animation stuff next Saturday...unless things refuse to gel.
Since this is the Movie Thread, I feel okay posting this here.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm's PayPal at January 12, 2019 08:50 PM (l9m7l)

306 mikeyG, you must rectify that immediately!
And, Breaking Away easily has 10x the heart that The Bad News Bears did. :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:51 PM (miE9U)

307 301 Reviews that are so far off the mark demonstrate someone is auditioning for film critic of the Washington Post. Seldom have I seen such praise for such thrash except during Oscar night. Seek help and watch something your mind might be capable of understanding, say the original Little Rascals.
Posted by: I am not corey Booker at January 12, 2019 08:50 PM (Pr11x)

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You must be great at parties.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:51 PM (zZbCU)

308 In the final "rendering" stage of a Pixar animated film (where stuff like moving hair and leaves, etc) are "rendered" or "reproduced" into the film, there is a bank of 20,000 computers running 24 hours. Each frame (10, I think, per second) takes hours each to render.

Posted by: Cicero Boom chicka boom Kaboom! Kid at January 12, 2019 08:44 PM (9Uclw)



Violet's Hair was Almost Impossible to Animate in The Incredibles

https://youtu.be/isTM6xabDWo

Posted by: buzzion at January 12, 2019 08:51 PM (cAnNx)

309 Is Criterion a streaming service, like Netflix?
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:41 PM (+Tibp

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Private DVD label. They release movies they love and can get the rights to.

They're also developing a streaming serviceto replace their agreement with Filmstruck, which just closed shop.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:42 PM (zZbCU)


Films they love, and lovingly restore, with shedloads of extras.

Rules Of the Game was butchered, and I don't remember why, or how much control Renoir had over its release as it was, but Criterion restored it. What had been ripped out makes the story seem trite and confusing. The restored version is a masterpiece, one of the greatest films ever created.

I don't believe the restoration would have happened without Criterion.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 12, 2019 08:51 PM (cY3LT)

310 Grump, yup.
"Punch the clock!"

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:51 PM (miE9U)

311 Here's the info on their upcoming streaming service:

https://tinyurl.com/yclof7xz
Posted by: qdpsteve

Thank you, sir. I am in your debt.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:51 PM (+Tibp)

312 For 2018 movies, "Avengers: Rise of Ultron" and "Mule" were the big winners, with "Incredibles 2" as runner-up. Admittedly I didn't see too many movies in the year, but those three stood out and over the competition.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 08:51 PM (W+kMI)

313 BurtTC, exactly.

I think Criterion will also be releasing The Other Side Of The Wind, when that comes to home video.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:52 PM (miE9U)

314 Blutarski, no prob :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:52 PM (miE9U)

315 It's funny how Jackie Earl Haley was "the cool kid" in The Bad News Bears. Kind of like how Booger was the cool kid in Risky Business.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:52 PM (U96rM)

316 291 Interstellar definitely had its moments of awe. The shot of the Endurance passing Saturn really hit home just how insignificant the works of Man are compared to the cosmos, a point returned to during the slingshot around Gargantua.
Posted by: Reactor Axe Man at January 12, 2019 08:48 PM (u/3Xf)

I really liked Interstellar. I think it did the best it could to put across on film a very complex subject.

I'm still try to wrap my head around the OBSERVABLE universe is 93 billion light years . With a light year being about 6 trillion miles.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 08:52 PM (2DOZq)

317 309 Rules Of the Game was butchered, and I don't remember why, or how much control Renoir had over its release as it was, but Criterion restored it. What had been ripped out makes the story seem trite and confusing. The restored version is a masterpiece, one of the greatest films ever created.

I don't believe the restoration would have happened without Criterion.
Posted by: BurtTC at January 12, 2019 08:51 PM (cY3LT)

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That's one of the first "serious" movies that my mommy bought me. It's great stuff.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:52 PM (zZbCU)

318 Posted by: I am not corey Booker at January 12, 2019 08:50 PM (Pr11x)


Your opinion is

Noted [X]
Other than Noted [_]

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:52 PM (64hgz)

319 I still object to Dunkirk.
It could of been awesome. But it fell far short.

Posted by: Diogenes at January 12, 2019 08:53 PM (0tfLf)

320 I've animated over five minutes of typical BC crap, and suddenly my ending doesn't work! Is this how Spielberg started?
PS I will probably post the new animation stuff next Saturday...unless things refuse to gel.
Since this is the Movie Thread, I feel okay posting this here.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm's PayPal at January 12, 2019 08:50 PM (l9m7l)



Hey hey hey!!!! WTF

Posted by: BCochran1981 at January 12, 2019 08:53 PM (anwal)

321 Finished watching Peppermint.
Satisfying revenge movie.

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 08:53 PM (BJlbN)

322 277
I did like the Germans admitting to being former Nazis and the transformation of the commie boy.
Did you notice the commie kid was also in The Magnificent Seven? And I don't think the wife was so bland - I mean, refering to her husband thruout the movie as "mein fuhrer" is a bit - sassy. Plus she has some great lines. Ever make love to a revolutionary? No, but I once necked with a Stevenson Democrat.

Posted by: Vertov at January 12, 2019 08:53 PM (mDieY)

323 315 It's funny how Jackie Earl Haley was "the cool kid" in The Bad News Bears. Kind of like how Booger was the cool kid in Risky Business.
Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:52 PM (U96rM)

I always ask this trivia question when BNBs is discussed.

Everyone know the Bears were sponsored by Chico's Bail Bonds. Who were the Yankees sponsored by?

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 08:54 PM (2DOZq)

324 Not everybody was wrong. I said I really liked 8mm. It's dark but it also gives you cinema vengeance satisfaction .
Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 08:46 PM (2DOZq)



You, Sir or Madam, are an obvious scholar of the cinematic arts with superb taste.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 12, 2019 08:54 PM (CRRq9)

325 301 Reviews that are so far off the mark demonstrate someone is auditioning for film critic of the Washington Post. Seldom have I seen such praise for such thrash except during Oscar night. Seek help and watch something your mind might be capable of understanding, say the original Little Rascals.
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In other words, you thought all the movies he cited sucked. We get it.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 08:54 PM (W+kMI)

326 Oh wow, Jackie Earl Haley was in The Bad News Bears too. Didn't know that!

The stuff I learn from you guys... :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:54 PM (miE9U)

327
mikeyG, you must rectify that immediately!

Already watched 2 clips on YouTube. Geez, Dennis Quaid looks 14.

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:54 PM (LL1Be)

328 "temple of doom" really was terrible. i really hated that movie. the worst aspect was the sadistic violence that went on and on. spielberg's apology for it included the explanation that he and lucas had just gone through divorces.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at January 12, 2019 08:54 PM (Pg+x7)

329 Can't Resist: Pizza Hut. :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:55 PM (miE9U)

330 mikeyG, he wasn't much older than that in 1979.
Daniel Stern also was in Breaking Away.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:55 PM (miE9U)

331 30 frames per second for standard video then, 60-90 now with the high res stuff.

Posted by: Calm Mentor GFM at January 12, 2019 08:47 PM (ffYR/)


It must be 20 then for an animated film. I was overwhelmed by the amount of work that goes into a modern 'cartoon'.

Posted by: Cicero Boom chicka boom Kaboom! Kid at January 12, 2019 08:55 PM (9Uclw)

332 325 In other words, you thought all the movies he cited sucked. We get it.
Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 08:54 PM (W+kMI)

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Not enough splosions, I guess.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:55 PM (zZbCU)

333 Oh! I did watch a movie. Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.

Teenage escapist fare. The babysitter is just there to exit stage, er, six feet down. The family is left Home Alone, as it were; and Christina Applegate lies her way into a high paying job at a school-uniform company.

And yes, she bitches about having to pay such high taxes. A moronette!

In the mean time she fends off a pig of a cow-orker, and deals with her irresponsible siblings. And finds romance because, teen chick flick.

I liked this one for some reason, probably because I like womens' fashion. NTTIATWWT.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 08:56 PM (ykYG2)

334 Close encounters... Awesome. Avatar...leftist dribble.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at January 12, 2019 08:56 PM (9Om/r)

335 And, trivia point I like to share (and have shared here before):

The Bad News Bears and the 1982 The Thing have the same screenwriter, Bill Lancaster.

(Yes, he was Burt's son.)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:57 PM (miE9U)

336
281 mikeyG, ever see the 1979 coming-of-age classic, Breaking Away? One of my all-time favorite films.


I saw it with fellow lab rats while at Berkeley. As we walked out of the theatre, I said that it would be a Best Picture nominee that year; the others thought I was daft. It turned out that I was right.

What resonated with me was the story of a region where a formerly dominant industry (quarrying) had largely disappeared, yet children of that industry's workers still thought of themselves as "cutters", too. Much the same thing had occurred in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where I grew up (and I was of the "you'll not be working in the mines" generation) and iron and copper mining dwindled away.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 12, 2019 08:57 PM (pNxlR)

337 Judge Jeanine is interviewing PDT.

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:57 PM (LL1Be)

338 Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:45 PM (U96rM)

Well, it was a batshit voyage! It was (loosely) based on a real event, though liberties were taken. In the book, the captain survives and lives with the Inuit woman.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 08:57 PM (kQs4Y)

339 Little Children.

Kind of great.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! a

Yes! Thank you.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 08:57 PM (+Tibp)

340 334 Close encounters... Awesome. Avatar...leftist dribble.
Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at January 12, 2019 08:56 PM (9Om/r)

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But that final action scene....might be some of the best filmmaking Cameron ever did. I just cannot hate the movie because of stuff like that.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 08:57 PM (zZbCU)

341 319,

I feel the same. I wanted "Dunkirk" to be a modern sort of "The Longest Day" or "A Bridge Too Far" sort of epic that tried to tell the history of what happened as best it could, and got a messy kludge of storylines, the only one of which I cared about was Tom Hardy's Spitfire pilot.

Posted by: Reactor Axe Man at January 12, 2019 08:57 PM (u/3Xf)

342 Krebs, exactly. Excellent point.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:58 PM (miE9U)

343 Everyone know the Bears were sponsored by Chico's Bail Bonds. Who were the Yankees sponsored by?

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 08:54 PM (2DOZq)


Good question ... I'd guess a bank, or sailing school, or something.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:58 PM (U96rM)

344 323
315 It's funny how Jackie Earl Haley was "the cool kid" in The Bad News
Bears. Kind of like how Booger was the cool kid in Risky Business.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:52 PM (U96rM)



I always ask this trivia question when BNBs is discussed.



Everyone know the Bears were sponsored by Chico's Bail Bonds. Who were the Yankees sponsored by?


Denny's!!!!! Back at ya - who wrote Bad News Bears?

Posted by: Vertov at January 12, 2019 08:58 PM (mDieY)

345 *Except Kate Winslet. Rowlr.
Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 08:47 PM (sdi6R)

Rose was a ho. And ungrateful and selfish to the very end.

Posted by: Insomniac at January 12, 2019 08:58 PM (NWiLs)

346 We just watched Clint Eastwood and Inger Stevens in "Hang 'Em High," from 1968.

'Twas a shame, but Inger Stevens died just a couple years later. What a beauty.

Sure was a lot of hangin' in the movie, and some pretty sappy music, but we enjoyed it much more than most all the crap Amazon and Netflix and Hollywood is putting out today.

Posted by: Les Kinetic at January 12, 2019 08:59 PM (+fPHo)

347 30 frames per second for standard video then, 60-90 now with the high res stuff.

Posted by: Calm Mentor GFM at January 12, 2019 08:47 PM (ffYR/)


It must be 20 then for an animated film. I was overwhelmed by the amount of work that goes into a modern 'cartoon'.
Posted by: Cicero Boom chicka boom Kaboom! Kid at January 12, 2019 08:55 PM (9Uclw)

------------

It may be. I've never worked with animation, just video.

Posted by: Calm Mentor at January 12, 2019 08:59 PM (ffYR/)

348 I'm trying to powerwatch my way though the serial The 100. It has a good concept, and decent scenery but man the writing is so lame, even for a YA oriented science fiction series. It must get better because it went seven seasons but season 1 and the start of season 2 suck monkey balls. Every decision people make is the wrong choice.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 08:59 PM (yQpMk)

349 Vertov, I already answered that above. :-)

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:59 PM (miE9U)

350
Donald J. Trump
Verified account (a)realDonaldTrump
25m25 minutes ago

I will be interviewed by Jeanine Pirro at 9:00 P.M. on (a)FoxNews. Watch (a)JesseBWatters before and (a)greggutfeld after. All terrific people. I am in the White House waiting for Cryin' Chuck and Nancy to call so we can start helping our Country both at the Border and from within!

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 08:59 PM (LL1Be)

351 Quint, oh yeah.

One of the movies I saw early in life, that made me understand why so many people love movies so much.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 08:49 PM (miE9U)
They really don't make those types of movies anymore imo. I don't see a lot of new movies, but this country could use a Rocky or Breaking Away type movie that unites us. We still have some things in common, I hope.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 09:00 PM (n13/j)

352 Quint, I feel the same way. It's sad you don't see much that looks like Breaking Away anymore.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 09:00 PM (miE9U)

353 A question for the geeks-

How many mps do I need for streaming prime/netflix etc?

I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on 1 terabyte at&t for home internet and really need to know if I do this will this work. I would very much like to cut the cord and you streaming folk seem like a good source to help me decide.

IOW dance monkeys, dance. I need some help.

Posted by: weirdflunky at January 12, 2019 09:00 PM (8/jT0)

354 I loved Dunkirk. Even the soundtrack. Three interwoven tales.

For his troubles, did the Tome Hardy character get a bullet in his head, or six years in Stalag 17.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 09:00 PM (1UZdv)

355 I would like to nominate "Green Book". It was the most satisfying movie all year. It gave a great perspective on race relations, which is why lefties really hate it (not because of the #MeToo banality that they hide behind).

Posted by: Mutnodjmet at January 12, 2019 09:00 PM (sPJyv)

356 I saw "Isle of Dogs" this year on my birthday. It was not a 2018 movie per se, but was new to me. It was pretty good and it was creative as well. It also had talking dogs, and did not crush my heart like the end of "The Plague Dogs". (That moment when you realize "Watership Down" was Richard Adams's shiny happy novel.)

Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 09:01 PM (W+kMI)

357 Each frame (10, I think, per second) takes hours each to render.

I'm calling BS.

A $800 notebook computer can render 30fps High Definition video games.

Posted by: Blue Bird of F'ing Joy at January 12, 2019 09:01 PM (lD3vL)

358 354 I loved Dunkirk. Even the soundtrack. Three interwoven tales.

For his troubles, did the Tome Hardy character get a bullet in his head, or six years in Stalag 17.
Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 09:00 PM (1UZdv)

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Based on a pilot who did the time, if I remember correctly.

Shacked up with Steve McQueen, I'm sure.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 09:02 PM (zZbCU)

359 We just watched Clint Eastwood and Inger Stevens in "Hang 'Em High," from 1968.



'Twas a shame, but Inger Stevens died just a couple years later. What a beauty.



Sure was a lot of hangin' in the movie, and some pretty sappy music,
but we enjoyed it much more than most all the crap Amazon and Netflix
and Hollywood is putting out today.

Posted by: Les Kinetic at January 12, 2019 08:59 PM (+fPHo)

Hard to get over the Skipper though. Once you are the Skipper, you are the Skipper. Maybe Hang'em High was first but still.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 09:02 PM (n13/j)

360 Posted by: Vertov at January 12, 2019 08:58 PM (mDieY)

Correct. I did not know who wrote it until someone else answered above.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 09:02 PM (2DOZq)

361 There's a KoA at the base of Devil's Tower that plays Close Encounters for the campers every.single.night.

Posted by: IrishEi at January 12, 2019 09:02 PM (NtglE)

362 "The Untouchables" was on cable this week.

so, I watched it again.


I still enjoyed it but, man, the seams of that movie really really showed this time around.

Thank God, there's that great sound track by Ennio Morricone to smooth over the repetitive editing/writing/directing.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 12, 2019 09:02 PM (CRRq9)

363 It must be 20 then for an animated film. I was overwhelmed by the amount of work that goes into a modern 'cartoon'.
Posted by: Cicero Boom chicka boom Kaboom! Kid at January 12, 2019 08:55 PM (9Uclw)
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The credits for Spiderman went on forever. It takes a planet to make an animated film.

Also: I got the feelz when Stan Lee made his animated appearance as the owner of a Spiderman merchandise shop. When Miles brings a spidey costume to the register:

Miles Morales: Can I return it if it doesn't fit?

Stan: It always fits, eventually.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 09:02 PM (kQs4Y)

364 Death of Stalin was my favorite of 2018, though. It's not just black comedy, it's Vantablack comedy.

Posted by: Reactor Axe Man at January 12, 2019 09:02 PM (u/3Xf)

365 They really don't make those types of movies anymore imo. I don't see a lot of new movies, but this country could use a Rocky or Breaking Away type movie that unites us. We still have some things in common, I hope.
Posted by: Quint

A couple of movies like that from about the same era were Local Hero and Gregory's Girl. Just sweet stories nicely told.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 09:02 PM (+Tibp)

366 CA Token #224:
For Infinity War, why did he kill half of everyone versus doubling the size of the universe? It made no sense.

Grump928 #250:
When you make half the people in the galaxy disappear, how do you pick which ones?

Yeah, what's up with a big movie with a big, big-bad with a lame motivation?

Now, what I think is, he should still be dissatisfied, and kill half the population again. And again. And again. Insane mounting death-worship. That would be a bit more like the comic book uh.. what was his name? Whatever. The bad guy.

This way, it's like, he got what he wanted. The end. Huh?

Posted by: mindful webworker - click here for latest webworks at January 12, 2019 09:02 PM (qoWmc)

367 I think I need to get really high while watching this hippy-dippy Svengoolie movie.


Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at January 12, 2019 09:03 PM (8iiMU)

368 357 Each frame (10, I think, per second) takes hours each to render.

I'm calling BS.

A $800 notebook computer can render 30fps High Definition video games.


Posted by: Blue Bird of F'ing Joy at January 12, 2019 09:01 PM (lD3vL)



It can play the games. It can't create them.

Posted by: buzzion at January 12, 2019 09:03 PM (cAnNx)

369 I don't swing that way.

Posted by: Steve McQueen at January 12, 2019 09:03 PM (SkuXa)

370 One of my favorite Eastwood westerns is Joe Kidd.

Eastwood didn't have to carry the shoe movie. Duvall was a great bad guy.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 09:03 PM (2DOZq)

371 *Except Kate Winslet. Rowlr.

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 08:47 PM (sdi6R)


She did a really good movie with Harvey Keitel about an Australian girl who goes to India and gets taken in by a cultish Maharaji. Keitel is the deprogrammer.

Holy Smoke.

Good Movie, even though it was made by the same chick who made that awful piece of crap, The Piano.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 09:03 PM (U96rM)

372 Blutarski, I think both Gregory's Girl and Local Hero had the same director, Bill Forsyth.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 09:03 PM (miE9U)

373 What Schrader had in mind was to transplant the story of St. Paul seeing the light of God on the road to Damascus into the realm of science fiction and alien encounters. Spielberg hated Schrader's work

In that case, Spielberg should have tapped Martin Scorsese. He'd have loved this.

https://hooktube.com/watch?v=kaUuSJx-VDA

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at January 12, 2019 09:03 PM (/qEW2)

374 345
Rose was a ho. And ungrateful and selfish to the very end.
Posted by: Insomniac at January 12, 2019 08:58 PM (NWiLs)


I remember a pretty funny website which enumerated all the times in the movie where she almost got Jack killed, and finally succeeded.

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 09:04 PM (sdi6R)

375 I don't see a lot of new movies, but this country could use a Rocky or Breaking Away type movie that unites us. We still have some things in common, I hope.

Rocky came out right in the middle of the Carter presidency. I still remember reading a review about how Americans did not expect to win anymore, best we could do is go the distance. You had to have lived through it.

Posted by: moon_over_vermont at January 12, 2019 09:04 PM (8Is7P)

376 Shoe = Whole

AI will be the death of me.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 09:04 PM (2DOZq)

377 367 I think I need to get really high while watching this hippy-dippy Svengoolie movie.


Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at January 12, 2019 09:03 PM (8iiMU)

Could've stopped right there.

Posted by: Insomniac at January 12, 2019 09:04 PM (NWiLs)

378 My Bodyguard (1980)

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 09:04 PM (1UZdv)

379 i knew some kids who grew up in bloomington (children of a professor) who said that "breaking away" very accurately conveyed the contrast between the university and the locals, except the locals were called "stonies" not "cutters".

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at January 12, 2019 09:04 PM (Pg+x7)

380 Just signed up at Criterion's site for their streaming service. They say they'll be in touch. I can't wait.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 12, 2019 09:04 PM (cY3LT)

381 My Bodyguard (1980)


Adam Baldwin, right?

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 09:05 PM (yQpMk)

382 Yep, Adam Baldwin

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 09:05 PM (1UZdv)

383 BurtTC, cool!

Ignoramus, another great flick.

Also, the first R-rated movie I ever got to see, I still love: "10" with Bo Derek and Dudley Moore. Still makes me laugh. Blake Edwards was a fantastic director.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (miE9U)

384 357,
I do CGI stuff as a hobby. I have a pretty good personal machine, and for any render with even semi-realistic lighting and textures, it can take from hours to days to render a single image. That's why the VFX houses have giant render farms.

Posted by: Reactor Axe Man at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (u/3Xf)

385 I think both Gregory's Girl and Local Hero had the same director, Bill Forsyth.
Posted by: qdpsteve

I guess I had forgotten that. If I ever knew to begin with. But good flicks, both.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (+Tibp)

386 musical jolly chimp, I can believe that.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (miE9U)

387
353 A question for the geeks-

How many mps do I need for streaming prime/netflix etc?

I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on 1 terabyte at&t for home internet and really need to know if I do this will this work. I would very much like to cut the cord and you streaming folk seem like a good source to help me decide.

IOW dance monkeys, dance. I need some help.

Posted by: weirdflunky at January 12, 2019 09:00 PM (8/jT0)



Is that a 1 terabyte usage limit for a month, or is that the speed?

Because if you're the only one using the internet and don't have many devices being used you can be just fine with standard speeds.

Posted by: buzzion at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (cAnNx)

388 >>>My Bodyguard (1980)


Adam Baldwin, right?

Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 09:05 PM (yQpMk)


And the kid from Meatballs.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (U96rM)

389 381 My Bodyguard (1980)


Adam Baldwin, right?
Posted by: Grump928(C) at January 12, 2019 09:05 PM (yQpMk)

The Hero of Canton!

Posted by: Insomniac at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (NWiLs)

390 Fury was a better movie than Dunkrirk.

Posted by: *Ducks* at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (SkuXa)

391 My Bodyguard (1980)
Posted by: Ignoramus

Yes! I couldn't remember. With Jayne Cobb?

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 09:07 PM (+Tibp)

392 There's a KoA at the base of Devil's Tower that plays Close Encounters for the campers every.single.night.
Posted by: IrishEi at January 12, 2019 09:02 PM (NtglE)


I've stayed at that KOA.

Lots of special significance to the place.

Posted by: BurtTC at January 12, 2019 09:07 PM (cY3LT)

393 bad tv shows in 2018 - Nightflyers
what a mess

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 09:08 PM (BJlbN)

394 378 My Bodyguard (1980)
Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 09:04 PM (1UZdv)

Very good. More of a comedy but I liked Three O'Clock High just as much.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 09:08 PM (2DOZq)

395 332 325 In other words, you thought all the movies he cited sucked. We get it.
Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 08:54 PM (W+kMI)

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Not enough splosions, I guess.
=======
Still don't like the "Avatar" movie though. Yeah, it's beautiful and amazing in terms of animation. It's "Dances with Giant Blue Lorax Aliens", the final battle makes Ewoks clouting stormtroopers seem reasonable, and....effin' unobtanium. "Pilgrim's Progress" was more subtle.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 09:08 PM (W+kMI)

396 Anybody here a fan of "Hostel" and/or "Hostel 2"?


I've never had any interest in watching them.

Cuz of torture story.

Plus, Eli Roth can't direct his pee stream into a toilet, much less direct a movie.

How does this guy get work?

Anyway, cable is always running H and H2 every few weeks.

Is there any there there?

Posted by: naturalfake at January 12, 2019 09:08 PM (CRRq9)

397 How many mps do I need for streaming prime/netflix etc?


Posted by: weirdflunky at January 12, 2019 09:00 PM (8/jT0)


1080p streams between 3 and 5 Mbs (mega BITS per second, just in case anyone didn't know) for decent viewing.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 09:08 PM (U96rM)

398 Close encounters... Awesome. Avatar...leftist dribble.
Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at January 12, 2019 08:56 PM (9Om/r)


It's worse than that. Slit pupils, mottled skin like stripes, tail, catlike moves . . .

This is clearly furry-porn

Posted by: Kindltot at January 12, 2019 09:08 PM (mUa7G)

399 I had a sneezing fit and ended up on the old thread.

Posted by: Burger Chef at January 12, 2019 09:09 PM (RuIsu)

400 There was a film writer, Jim Emerson, who nailed the look of Avatar: "A Roger Dean painting come to life."

I took a look at the cover of the Asia album and realized: Emerson was 100% correct.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 09:09 PM (miE9U)

401 381
My Bodyguard (1980)





Adam Baldwin, right?
and Martin Mull and (and the great) Ruth Gordon

Posted by: Vertov at January 12, 2019 09:09 PM (mDieY)

402 I didn't watch a lot of movies as a kid. Because rent, and food, and occasionally shoes.

But I remember being told about movies by other kids. The tales told by 4th graders sitting in a circle on the playground about Tanner and Kelly flipping off Buttermaker and Rocky drinking raw eggs made for some great childhood memories.

It seems like I have seen them because I heard all the stories.

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 09:09 PM (LL1Be)

403 395 Still don't like the "Avatar" movie though. Yeah, it's beautiful and amazing in terms of animation. It's "Dances with Giant Blue Lorax Aliens", the final battle makes Ewoks clouting stormtroopers seem reasonable, and....effin' unobtanium. "Pilgrim's Progress" was more subtle.
Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 09:08 PM (W+kMI)

=====

Yeah, it's dumb and shallow, but it looks so fantastic from beginning to end and had Cameron directing great action. All in all, it's off balance as a whole, but I can't dismiss it completely.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 09:11 PM (zZbCU)

404 Is that a 1 terabyte usage limit for a month, or is that the speed?

Because if you're the only one using the internet and don't have many devices being used you can be just fine with standard speeds.
Posted by: buzzion at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (cAnNx)

The tb is per month. We can watch movies etc now using my phone as a hot spot but it's burning through my phone's data too fast to be a viable option. But 1 tb should do the job.

Posted by: weirdflunky at January 12, 2019 09:11 PM (8/jT0)

405 Maybe I'm the only one who hated "Darkest Hour". I normally love Oldman's acting, but he turned Winston Churchill into a bumbling, hesitant old fool who needed to be buttressed by random diverse strangers on the underground. Balls.

Posted by: Jim Acosta's Slam Book at January 12, 2019 09:11 PM (W5QiA)

406 I have seen a lot of trailers. And as an adult I watch YouTube clips of the good parts. So it's sort of like seeing movies.

Posted by: mikeyG at January 12, 2019 09:11 PM (LL1Be)

407 Is there any there there?
-----------

Unless you derive entertainment from "oh my gaaawwwdd" moments, no.

It's been a long time since I've seen either one of then but from what I remember it's pure shock value.

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at January 12, 2019 09:11 PM (SkuXa)

408 404
The tb is per month. We can watch movies etc now using my phone as a hot spot but it's burning through my phone's data too fast to be a viable option. But 1 tb should do the job.
Posted by: weirdflunky at January 12, 2019 09:11 PM (8/jT0)

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Good luck.

Might want to consider borrowing from the local library to supplement the 1tb.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 09:12 PM (zZbCU)

409 The only Eli Roth movie I've seen is Green Inferno, about some do-gooder students who crash-land in the Amazon jungle and end up as dinner guests of the beautiful indigenous peoples. It was fun for standing the Noble Savage idea on its ear.

Oh, and didn't he do the adaption of The House with a Clock in its Walls? I enjoyed that one immensely, and nary a gruesome dismembered body in sight.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 09:12 PM (kQs4Y)

410
It's funny how Jackie Earl Haley was "the cool kid" in The Bad News
Bears. Kind of like how Booger was the cool kid in Risky Business.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 08:52 PM (U96rM)

good point. Movies often tell us who is cool and we go along with it. It is interesting. But they both could act I guess and that makes a difference.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 09:13 PM (n13/j)

411
BurtTC, cool!



Ignoramus, another great flick.



Also, the first R-rated movie I ever got to see, I still love: "10"
with Bo Derek and Dudley Moore. Still makes me laugh. Blake Edwards was a
fantastic director.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (miE9U)
And last I heard, Bo Derek is a Conserve.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 09:14 PM (n13/j)

412 Good luck.

Might want to consider borrowing from the local library to supplement the 1tb.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 09:12 PM (zZbCU)

You saying that 1tb isn't enough? Wth?



Posted by: weirdflunky at January 12, 2019 09:14 PM (8/jT0)

413 I think both Gregory's Girl and Local Hero had the same director, Bill Forsyth.
Posted by: qdpsteve

I guess I had forgotten that. If I ever knew to begin with. But good flicks, both.
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (+Tibp)



If you ever get the chance watch Bill Forsyth's movie "Comfort and Joy".

Very fun, low key, feel good movie.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 12, 2019 09:14 PM (CRRq9)

414 390 Fury was a better movie than Dunkrirk.
========
They are both excellent WW II movies. However, I can watch "Dunkirk" more than once a year. "Fury" really takes it out of me with each viewing. That one is a little too real in places.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 09:14 PM (W+kMI)

415 409 The only Eli Roth movie I've seen is Green Inferno, about some do-gooder students who crash-land in the Amazon jungle and end up as dinner guests of the beautiful indigenous peoples. It was fun for standing the Noble Savage idea on its ear.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 09:12 PM (kQs4Y)


I think I saw a trailer for that, and it looked awesome. I never saw the movie, though.

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 09:15 PM (sdi6R)

416 The only Eli Roth movie I've seen is Green Inferno, about some do-gooder students who crash-land in the Amazon jungle and end up as dinner guests of the beautiful indigenous peoples. It was fun for standing the Noble Savage idea on its ear.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 09:12 PM (kQs4Y)


That was a very good movie.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 09:15 PM (U96rM)

417 We saw A Star Is Born and A Quiet Place
Neither are worthy of any award...
A Star Is Born had a few good songs and was predictable in its heart string tugging.. boo hoo.. wife liked it.. it was a night out for me..
I haven't seen a really good movie in a few years.. wife liked La La Land a few years back which, I think, won some awards..
me.. I watch old classics..

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 12, 2019 09:15 PM (438dO)

418 This (avatar) is clearly furry-porn

And you know what Palp (pbuh) says about furry-pr0n

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 09:15 PM (ykYG2)

419 It's a pity that any Avatar sequel won't be called "Avatar II: Orbital Bombardment." Because that's how it's going to go down. Oh, the RDA might send a rep to try and talk some sense into the traitors and the smurfs first, point out how a civilization that accelerates tens of thousands of tons of spacecraft up to 70% of light speed isn't going to be deterred by a stone age insurrection, or maybe point out that the next ship on the way is going to release a couple hundred-ton blocks of iron before it starts to decelerate, and those blocks are going to graze the moon's atmosphere AND LIGHT THE WHOLE GODDAMN THING ON FIRE from the energy of moving at said 70% of light speed, whereupon the RDA will sweep up the ashes and mine that sweet sweet unobtanium unmolested, and there needs to be a decision coming very soon on the whole matter.

Posted by: Reactor Axe Man at January 12, 2019 09:15 PM (u/3Xf)

420 ''A couple of movies like that from about the same era were Local Hero''

Love Local Hero. Nice, nice story. Also, great soundtrack by Mark Knopfler

Posted by: Tuna at January 12, 2019 09:16 PM (jm1YL)

421 Also, the first R-rated movie I ever got to see, I still love: "10" with Bo Derek and Dudley Moore. Still makes me laugh. Blake Edwards was a
fantastic director.

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 09:06 PM (miE9U)


S.O.B. is one of my all-time favorites.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 09:16 PM (U96rM)

422 400 There was a film writer, Jim Emerson, who nailed the look of Avatar: "A Roger Dean painting come to life."

I took a look at the cover of the Asia album and realized: Emerson was 100% correct.
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I can buy that comparison.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 09:16 PM (W+kMI)

423 "breaking away" was directed by peter yates, an englishman, and for a long time i thought sometimes it takes a foreigner to capture something essential about a place. but i recently learned he started as a race car driver, which explains a lot. he also directed "bullit"!

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at January 12, 2019 09:16 PM (Pg+x7)

424 It's a pity that any Avatar sequel won't be called "Avatar II: Orbital Bombardment."
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I laughed. I'm a horrible person.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 09:16 PM (kQs4Y)

425 Quint, yup
naturalfake, I'll look for that, thanks

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 09:16 PM (miE9U)

426 That's the most I've ever seen of Avatar, and all that I ever want to. Looks plastic and jerky. Great CGI, for....2k something?

OMG. The only 2018 release movie I saw was Game Night. And I thought that was 50/50 mildly amusing/irritating. So no voting for me.

Posted by: Gem at January 12, 2019 09:17 PM (XoAz8)

427 412
You saying that 1tb isn't enough? Wth?



Posted by: weirdflunky at January 12, 2019 09:14 PM (8/jT0)

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Video files are big. Depending on what kind of watching you do, it could be over fast. Imagine 1gb perry 2 hours (savish guess) and you've got 200 hours of watching, not consideringanything else you do.

Some are less insane about this than I am, though.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 09:17 PM (zZbCU)

428 In Fury they had the Sherman variant with the 76mm barrel. Through me off when I saw the previews because you rarely see that variant.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 09:17 PM (2DOZq)

429 Anyone like "Papillon"? (The original not the remake)

Frogs, Attempted prison rape, Nuns, Tattoos, Leprosy, Suitcase-ing.

It has something for everyone.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 09:17 PM (Z+IKu)

430 They remade Papillon?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 12, 2019 09:18 PM (fuK7c)

431
This week I saw "Dial M for Murder" which has to be Alfred Hitchcock's talkiest picture ever (though, like all of his films, it's fun and well put together).


I also watched Dial M for Murder this week. Mostly for Grace Kelly....mmmmmmm.....yes I did.

Not a bad movie. But, I won't be purchasing it to rewatch again and again like some other Hitchcock films...

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at January 12, 2019 09:18 PM (u95+k)

432 musical jolly chimp, yup, Yates is one of those great directors no one knows about.

Primordial, I've been meaning to see that one forever. Julie Andrews topless!

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 09:18 PM (miE9U)

433 Avatar was a preachy screechy movie

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 09:18 PM (BJlbN)

434 Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 09:17 PM (Z+IKu)

One movie that I enjoyed as much as the book.

Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 09:18 PM (2DOZq)

435 It can play the games. It can't create them.
Posted by: buzzion at January 12, 2019 09:03 PM (cAnNx

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For any type of rendering, it will take as much compute power as you hurl at it, and want more.

If you plan on doing it, buy as much as you can spend on.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at January 12, 2019 09:18 PM (CksFA)

436 403 395 Still don't like the "Avatar" movie though. Yeah, it's beautiful and amazing in terms of animation. It's "Dances with Giant Blue Lorax Aliens", the final battle makes Ewoks clouting stormtroopers seem reasonable, and....effin' unobtanium. "Pilgrim's Progress" was more subtle.
Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 09:08 PM (W+kMI)

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Yeah, it's dumb and shallow, but it looks so fantastic from beginning to end and had Cameron directing great action. All in all, it's off balance as a whole, but I can't dismiss it completely.
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Honestly though it's not the worst movie I've ever seen. (Those usually come with 3 little shadows in the right-hand corner.) I can watch it with the kids, no prob.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 09:19 PM (W+kMI)

437 Papillon is amazing. That roach scene still makes me yeeeeeeeeshhhhh.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 09:19 PM (kQs4Y)

438 Avatar II: The Only Way To Be Sure

They can even hire the same director on that one! to mop the sets

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at January 12, 2019 09:19 PM (ykYG2)

439 ... but i really appreciated that yates didn't look down on his characters, like most films did towards middle america, even american made movies.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at January 12, 2019 09:19 PM (Pg+x7)

440 Cable also plays 'Green Inferno" every few weeks.

Maybe I should check it out, since enough morons and ettes seem to like it.

Looks like Hostel in the Jungle.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 12, 2019 09:20 PM (CRRq9)

441 If you ever get the chance watch Bill Forsyth's movie "Comfort and Joy".

Very fun, low key, feel good movie.

Posted by: naturalfake

Thank you. I will hunt it down.

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 09:20 PM (+Tibp)

442

"Green
Book". Let me just say when a movie can
enrage me, make me laugh and force a tear all inside 130 minutes, it was well
worth the price of admission. But it was far better than that. (and the musical
scenes were awesome!)





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Posted by: thefritz at January 12, 2019 09:20 PM (5lWVR)

443 Papillon is amazing. That roach scene still makes me yeeeeeeeeshhhhh.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes

The scene that got me was when the leper offered him the cigar. AND HE TOOK IT!

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 09:21 PM (+Tibp)

444 Avatar was a preachy screechy movie
Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 09:18 PM (BJlbN)

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Yep. A movie about Anti Corporatism from a guy who was worth, at that time, $2-300 million. No, thank you.

Posted by: Calm Mentor at January 12, 2019 09:21 PM (ffYR/)

445 Green Inferno was decent. Still has some gore but not as much as I thought there would be. And it does have some rather amusing and enjoyable political commentary.

Posted by: Nigel West Dickens at January 12, 2019 09:22 PM (SkuXa)

446 This week I saw "Dial M for Murder" which has to be
Alfred Hitchcock's talkiest picture ever (though, like all of his films,
it's fun and well put together).





I also watched Dial M for Murder this week. Mostly for Grace Kelly....mmmmmmm.....yes I did.



Not a bad movie. But, I won't be purchasing it to rewatch again and again like some other Hitchcock films...

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin
.............
I could watch Rear Window over and over.. my wife kinda objects...
And North By Northwest is till my all time favorite!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 12, 2019 09:22 PM (438dO)

447 till=still

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 12, 2019 09:22 PM (438dO)

448 Night, Horde!

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 12, 2019 09:23 PM (/+bwe)

449 When I talk about emotion in movies, I usually highlight sadness as the one emotion that I most often look for in a film. If a film can make me genuinely sad, I feel that it has done something difficult and deserves some level of praise.

I like the Woody Allen film Take the Money and Run. There is a consistent theme of ingenious, despairing jokes that run throughout the movie. He's my favorite comedic film maker because in all of his humor there is a strong theme of despair.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at January 12, 2019 09:23 PM (/qEW2)

450 The scene that got me was when the leper offered him the cigar. AND HE TOOK IT!
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 09:21 PM (+Tibp)

I think the Leper Man was the head Vampire Zombie in Heston's "The Omega Man" if I remember right.

He had a funny name....

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 09:24 PM (Z+IKu)

451 The scene that got me was when the leper offered him the cigar. AND HE TOOK IT!
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 09:21 PM (+Tibp)
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Gah! That's right! I need to watch this classic again. Great flick.

https://tinyurl.com/ycawrgxw

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 09:24 PM (kQs4Y)

452 omg this is perfect for this thread

https://twitter.com/postoffed2011/status/1083931290083090432

Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books! at January 12, 2019 09:24 PM (BJlbN)

453 He had a funny name....
Posted by: Hairyback Guy

Anthony Zerba! Yes, well done, mate!

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 09:24 PM (+Tibp)

454 449 I like the Woody Allen film Take the Money and Run. There is a consistent theme of ingenious, despairing jokes that run throughout the movie. He's my favorite comedic film maker because in all of his humor there is a strong theme of despair.
Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at January 12, 2019 09:23 PM (/qEW2)

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I really like Allen's filmography as a whole, but I've missed that one.

Netflix dvd queue, here I come!

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 09:24 PM (zZbCU)

455 TJM... It's Moonwatcher, not Moonwalker!


Posted by: otho at January 12, 2019 08:03 PM (LkFnL)



Hugo Drax: It's Moonraker

Posted by: TheQuietMan at January 12, 2019 09:26 PM (SiINZ)

456 If you ever get the chance watch Bill Forsyth's movie "Comfort and Joy".



Very fun, low key, feel good movie.

I don't remember much about that movie, other than the scene that starts the story. Do I have this right? Guy is down in the dumps - don't remember why - girls, job. And he sees an ice-cream truck. You know the kind, drives down the street playing hokey music. So he goes and buys an ice cream cone. As he's walking away, a car screeches to a halt, three masked goons get out, and proceed to beat the living shit out of the ice cream truck with baseball bats. And he just stares at this - a mafia hit on an ice cream truck????
By the way - Bad News Bears and Bronco Billy are two of the most under-rated movies ever.

Posted by: Vertov at January 12, 2019 09:26 PM (mDieY)

457 They remade Papillon?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 12, 2019 09:18 PM (fuK7c)


I remember seeing some old 70s "remake" (so to speak) of the Papillon story with Jim Brown in the lead role.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 09:27 PM (U96rM)

458 Cameron even undercut the very premise of his 'evil corporate humans' with the unobtanium. Earth has an energy and natural resource crisis, but when you can build 14 giant starships, and accelerate them to 0.7 C, you don't have an energy crisis. In the movie fluff, the ships are accelerated towards Pandora by shining a giant frickin' laser beam on a mirror mounted on the ship (you see it in the opening scene.) Said beam is strong enough to accelerate this giant spacecraft at 1.5 G for *six months straight* to get it up to 0.7 C. It slows down using antimatter engines (imagine how much power, how much infrastructure it took to create enough antimatter to slow the ship down...)

It just beggars belief that the humans are in any way having a crisis, or will be stopped by a few tribes of nine foot tall blue kitty people straight out of the neolithic age.

Posted by: Reactor Axe Man at January 12, 2019 09:27 PM (u/3Xf)

459 I think the Leper Man was the head Vampire Zombie in Heston's "The Omega Man" if I remember right.

He had a funny name....

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 09:24 PM (Z+IKu)


Mathias (in The Omega Man)?

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at January 12, 2019 09:29 PM (U96rM)

460 Posted by: votermom pimping NEW Moron-authored books!

That was too funny. And with apologies to Paul Lynd!

Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 09:29 PM (+Tibp)

461 I never saw "Papillon" but I remember the Mad magazine parody where an imprisoned counterfeiter was called "Lousi Engraveur".

Posted by: rickl at January 12, 2019 09:29 PM (sdi6R)

462 "Mankiewicz....

*drops snowglobe*

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 09:29 PM (kQs4Y)

463 Anthony Zerba! Yes, well done, mate!
Posted by: Blutarski at January 12, 2019 09:24 PM (+Tibp)

Yup....That's it. He was always good in whatever role he turned up in.

Thanks again Senator!

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 09:30 PM (Z+IKu)

464 Early ONT arrival. Nood.

Posted by: Calm Mentor at January 12, 2019 09:30 PM (ffYR/)

465 I like the small movie "Primer".

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at January 12, 2019 09:30 PM (8iiMU)

466 Hogmartin liked "Primer" too. It's on my list.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 09:32 PM (kQs4Y)

467 Hogmartin liked "Primer" too. It's on my list.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at January 12, 2019 09:32 PM (kQs4Y)



"Timecrimes" another low budget time travel movie from about the same time as "Primer"

is also good (and quite a bit simpler).

Posted by: naturalfake at January 12, 2019 09:34 PM (CRRq9)

468 167 Watching LOTR with Youngest Drunken Midget and Far Too Good For Me Wife. So good. The Wife doesn't understand why the movies ultimately lead to the ugly cry at "My friends, you bow to no one."
Posted by: BCochran1981 at January 12, 2019 08:17 PM (anwal)

Love that. Although, after seeing it so many times, I'm usually sobbing, "Aragorn, this is a hairbrush. See Legolas for instructions."

Posted by: Gem at January 12, 2019 09:35 PM (XoAz8)

469 You want a completely different kind of alien? Read Stanley G. Weinbaum. His Mars stories ("A Martian Odyssey" and "The Valley of Dreams") and his Venus stories ("Parasite Planet" and "The Lotus Eaters") present the most original aliens and even alien ecosystems that I've ever read. They are absolutely amazing.

Another good read is The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and the late great Jerry Pournelle. The aliens are very unusual and their culture and psychology especially so. Of all the books they could make a TV series out of, this is one that I would love to see. But no one ever asks my opinion.

Posted by: Jim S. at January 12, 2019 09:37 PM (ynUnH)

470 Skinny George C. Scott holding the horses at Coopers hanging in The Hanging Tree.

Posted by: Braenyard at January 12, 2019 09:37 PM (ePWRo)

471 "Yes! I couldn't remember. With Jayne Cobb?"

Not sure

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 09:41 PM (1UZdv)

472 30 Was there ever an explanation from evolution enthusiasts on how Blue people developed on a Green covered planet?
Posted by: Can't resist temptation at January 12, 2019 07:47 PM (2DOZq)


I have one. It's fiction. That's how.

Posted by: Jim S. at January 12, 2019 09:41 PM (ynUnH)

473 267 Spare us your pity, alien. You gush about your connection with nature, your primal wisdom, but what has it brought you?

Where are your marvels of engineering? Your voyages of discovery? Your great insight into the nature of the universe? Even at our basest, when we dressed as you do, dwelt as you do, hunted as you do, lived as you do, we did more than merely survive. We built wonders. We made great journeys. We forged epics. You have not.

You speak so proudly of the plugs dangling from your skulls, little realizing that they are but strings and you puppets. What little you have accomplished you attribute to the wisdom of your goddess, who is nothing but the voices of your dead echoing for all eternity. She moors you to the past, serving as a leash that keeps you as little better than apes, sad parodies of civilization that lack that special spark to become something more.

We have come to your world in search of resources. Whether your actions drive us back or we take what we want and move on, the outcome is the same. We will depart from your wretched planet, leaving you behind. And in a thousand years, you will not have changed from this contact with another world. You will remain in your trees, hunting your prey, communing with your goddess, until your sun burns out and your world dies.

And above your tomb, the stars will belong to us.
Posted by: Eisenhorn at January 12, 2019 08:43 PM (F6tBH)

*Wipes away a tear.* Beautiful, man.

Posted by: Gem at January 12, 2019 09:42 PM (XoAz8)

474 Favorite space movie is still Outland

Posted by: Jean at January 12, 2019 09:49 PM (sFO1P)

475 Yes! Outland was incredible! It was basically High Noon in space.

Posted by: Jim S. at January 12, 2019 09:50 PM (ynUnH)

476 Yes! Outland was incredible! It was basically High Noon in space.

Posted by: Jim S. at January 12, 2019 09:50 PM (ynUnH)Sounds interesting.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 09:51 PM (n13/j)

477 476 Yes! Outland was incredible! It was basically High Noon in space.

Posted by: Jim S. at January 12, 2019 09:50 PM (ynUnH)Sounds interesting.

Posted by: Quint at January 12, 2019 09:51 PM (n13/j

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It's really good.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 09:52 PM (zZbCU)

478 474 Favorite space movie is still Outland
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Oh yeah, Outland was an excellent space cop movie. Connery was excellent.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 12, 2019 09:52 PM (W+kMI)

479 The old doctor reminds me of the nurse practitioner at my doctors office.

Posted by: Jean at January 12, 2019 09:55 PM (sFO1P)

480 I would re-release Papillon just watch the SJW be triggered and cry

Posted by: Jean at January 12, 2019 09:58 PM (sFO1P)

481 354 I loved Dunkirk. Even the soundtrack. Three interwoven tales.

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 09:00 PM (1UZdv)

Me, too. All of it. My heart was in my throat at the end.

Posted by: Gem at January 12, 2019 10:01 PM (XoAz8)

482 Damn it, missed the movie thread...

Sigh.

Stupid wife trips.

I saw a movie. I have thoughts. More follows.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at January 12, 2019 10:03 PM (xJa6I)

483 482 Damn it, missed the movie thread...

Sigh.

Stupid wife trips.

I saw a movie. I have thoughts. More follows.
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at January 12, 2019 10:03 PM (xJa6I

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I'm kinda still here. What did you see?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 10:04 PM (zZbCU)

484 First though: awe.

The closest thing I felt to awe in a recent movie is when I saw Guardian of the Galaxy 1.

Specifically, the moment they arrive in 'Nowhere', a hollowed out head of a god, being mined by scavengers and scumbags.

The visuals of that scene, especially on the big screen, combined with the implications of what I was seeing did indeed strike me with awe.

That's the most recent example, I'm racking my brain to see if any other movies have ever hit me like that. Maybe Star Wars, the first time I saw the true size and complexity of the Death Star.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at January 12, 2019 10:06 PM (xJa6I)

485 Thanks for another great weekend movie thread, everyone!

Posted by: qdpsteve at January 12, 2019 10:09 PM (miE9U)

486 For entertainment value... last year's choice would be Bohemian Rhapsody. Despite the great music, it isn't the only thing driving the film. Too many "band movies" rest solely on soundtrack versus acting or story. Best supporting actor nod goes to Remy Malek's front teeth. I hear they are reading for a part in Stormy's sequel to Zombevers.

Posted by: Sinsinatus at January 12, 2019 10:11 PM (lZtST)

487 Pixy is being a butt

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at January 12, 2019 10:13 PM (xJa6I)

488 So it's rejecting my longer comments, for some reason.

But only two movies make my list:
Avengers: Infinity War
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at January 12, 2019 10:14 PM (xJa6I)

489 Not a Queen fan, and still loved Rhapsody

Posted by: Ignoramus at January 12, 2019 10:14 PM (1UZdv)

490 483 482 Damn it, missed the movie thread...

Sigh.

Stupid wife trips.

I saw a movie. I have thoughts. More follows.
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at January 12, 2019 10:03 PM (xJa6I

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I'm kinda still here. What did you see?
Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 10:04 PM (zZbCU)

I re-watched 'Hang 'em High' and I have thoughts

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at January 12, 2019 10:16 PM (xJa6I)

491 490
I re-watched 'Hang 'em High' and I have thoughts
Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at January 12, 2019 10:16 PM (xJa6I)

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That's one of those I watched a dozen times with my dad as a kid and i mostly remember it. I've been meaning to rewatch it at some point...

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, buy The Battle of Lake Erie today! at January 12, 2019 10:18 PM (zZbCU)

492 So Hang 'Em High was one of the first movies Clint Eastwood produced and it came out right after his Spaghetti Westerns.

It's a western with something to say and what it has to say...may not be a good thing.

On the surface, it's a pretty one-sided jeremiad against vigilantism. Clint is lynched due to a fairly understandable misunderstanding. He survives and wants payback. But he gets his revenge by wearing a badge. And that's where it gets hazy, morally. At least for me.

Over and over Clint is literally lectured about how taking the law into his own hands is immoral and illegal. And, as a lynchee, you'd think Clint would agree that there should be due process.

The rub is that due process in the Oklahoma Territory comes down to the decision of one man: the judge. No appeal, no challenge to his authority, no extenuating circumstances, no mercy is permitted. The Judge is a Tyrant, both in the Classical sense of the word as well as in the more modern meaning.

When two boys who were guilty of cattle rustling (which does carry the death penalty. harsh) but not of murder are arrested and brought in, Clint's attempts to speak up for them and to ask clemency are denied. Not only is mercy denied, but Clint's insisting on justice and not just Law causes him to be fined and persecuted and threatened.

A man, Clint, can be just. He can weigh circumstance and decide if his own sense of justice requires the death of someone. For example one old man who was not as swift to judge him is 'pardoned' by Clint. Whereas the Law is ready to see him hang as well as the other criminals before the dock. Repentance has no voice in the Judge's court.

So in a way, to me, the movie undercut it's own sermonizing. By showing us that the Law can be far, far more unjust than a single man can be.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at January 12, 2019 10:24 PM (xJa6I)

493 Dumplin is one of my nominees for best film this year. Is on Netflix. The academy will never vote for it but I got weepy several times. It covers death, teen angst, feeling misunderstood and finding your own path in a beautiful way. Plus lots of Dolly Parton. Oh so much Dolly. A lot of Too Wong Foo feels as well. I loved it.

The main actress as Dumplin was amazing. She pulled off the kind of teen roles from the Hughes 80s movies that I thought writers could no longer do properly, where you are bratty yet lovingly fragile all at once. No Mary Sue here. True to life. I am not a Jennifer Aniston fan but her character was also wonderful, I like the facets she took her down. If you have dealt with the death of a family member recently, grab tissues just in case, you might need them.

The Dolly Parton song in the end credits was nominated for a golden globe but lost to the Lady Gaga song. The same will happen at the oscars, and Gaga will win the big golden man, and I am sad because Dolly deserves it. She was also snubbed years ago for her Travelin Thru song that got beat out by some stupid rapper song I cannot remember. Ugh. But then I learned long ago not to go to the Oscars for true film justice.

Posted by: LizLem at January 12, 2019 10:25 PM (onc1L)

494 473 267 Spare us your pity, alien. You gush about your connection with nature, your primal wisdom, but what has it brought you?

Where are your marvels of engineering? Your voyages of discovery? Your great insight into the nature of the universe? Even at our basest, when we dressed as you do, dwelt as you do, hunted as you do, lived as you do, we did more than merely survive. We built wonders. We made great journeys. We forged epics. You have not.

You speak so proudly of the plugs dangling from your skulls, little realizing that they are but strings and you puppets. What little you have accomplished you attribute to the wisdom of your goddess, who is nothing but the voices of your dead echoing for all eternity. She moors you to the past, serving as a leash that keeps you as little better than apes, sad parodies of civilization that lack that special spark to become something more.

We have come to your world in search of resources. Whether your actions drive us back or we take what we want and move on, the outcome is the same. We will depart from your wretched planet, leaving you behind. And in a thousand years, you will not have changed from this contact with another world. You will remain in your trees, hunting your prey, communing with your goddess, until your sun burns out and your world dies.

And above your tomb, the stars will belong to us.
Posted by: Eisenhorn at January 12, 2019 08:43 PM (F6tBH)

*Wipes away a tear.* Beautiful, man.
Posted by: Gem at January 12, 2019 09:42 PM (XoAz

Bravo!

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at January 12, 2019 10:26 PM (xJa6I)

495 For me, what it's.worth, the best movie of 2018 is Bohemian Rhapsody.

Posted by: mercenary13 at January 12, 2019 10:29 PM (2XQ0T)

496 Speaking of awe-

Two movies on cable, both of which I like, both have scenes that show the literally awesome power of the sun.

"Knowing" - a Nicholas Cage end of the world flick in which life on Earth is destroyed by a powerful solar flare, has a wonderful scene depicting the end.

It really punctuates, the complete hopelessness of surviving such an event, which is necessary to the movie's ending.

and

"Sunshine", wherein Earth astronauts try to revive a cooling sun.

Yet, as is shown, even in it's weakened state mere exposure to the sun's light and radiation is enough to annihilate almost everything before it.

It is this godlike power that drives the psychology of various characters and what makes the movie work.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 12, 2019 10:38 PM (CRRq9)

497 Huh?

I guess this thread is dead.

*plays taps*


Posted by: naturalfake at January 12, 2019 10:40 PM (CRRq9)

498 I need to see spider verse this week finally, but put that down as a nod for me for best animated pic. I have a feeling that will be better than incredibles 2. Also have not seen Ralph breaks the internet yet. Gah I am behind on films this year.

Mary Poppins Returns was decent enough to be included on a best of year list. It is hard to recapture magic and then add your own stamp on it, but they had some moments of brilliance. I caught the twist right away but enjoyed the rest if it anyway. Some great animation in it. The union powrrrr stuff made me roll my eyes, but seeing as votes for women was in the first one I dismissed it. Apparently films with loss hit me hard this year; the equivalent of the feed the birds song in this movie is the one about their dead mum, and I teared up like crazy during it. Basically if your film dealt with the death of a parental figure I gave you a pass. And the two big cameos at end made me awwww.

I actually thought ant man and the wasp was a really good sequel. And the last ending clip in the credits is brutal. But between that, infinity war and black panther, infinity war was the best this year. Grander themes.

Posted by: LizLem at January 12, 2019 10:55 PM (onc1L)

499
I think the Leper Man was the head Vampire Zombie in Heston's "The Omega Man" if I remember right.

He had a funny name....
Posted by: Hairyback Guy at January 12, 2019 09:24 PM (Z+IKu)


Anthony Zerbe (not Zerba). I liked him as a flim-flam artist in Michener's "Centennial" miniseries. There were quite a few excellent actors and actresses in that.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at January 12, 2019 11:23 PM (pNxlR)

500 Jumping in at the end --

"Avengers: Infinity Watch" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp" were both enjoyable. "Incredibles 2" -- was that last year?

This is my (First World) problem as regards movies:

I don't see a lot, but of what I do see, nothing sticks with me. I have to think about them to remember anything. In contrast, movies from my childhood and earlier have permanent residence in my memory.

So far this year, I've seen "Spider-Verse" and "Aquaman." These may stick with me; I enjoyed both. Animation and CGI have come far. The colors of Atlantis!

I'll see "Avengers IV," but I'm not shaking with anticipation, the way I did with "Iron Man" and "GOTG." I may be one of those MCU burnouts. We got what we wished for, and we weren't careful.

Posted by: Weak Geek at January 12, 2019 11:56 PM (C4Awz)

501 Also love Terrence Malick!BTW you might like Wind River on Amazon, by Taylor Sheridan who wrote subsequent and lesser movie Hell or High Water and the awful TV thing Yellowstone.

Posted by: PJ at January 13, 2019 12:15 AM (qlTN9)

502 I used to say that I had to watch "Close Encounters" every once in a while to remind me that Spielberg was a genius. I don't remember what made me think he wasn't.

Posted by: Henry Lee at January 13, 2019 08:10 AM (ZaZvt)

503 Jackie Earl Haley was also Freddy Kruger

Posted by: Bye Gone at January 13, 2019 10:28 AM (C4WwT)

504 The first movie that struck me with awe was Forbidden Planet. The scenes of the underground world of Krell was amazing, even when watched on a 70s era TV.

Posted by: Chris at January 13, 2019 12:17 PM (gSH1c)

505 The most recent movie that struck me with a profound sense of awe was, "They Shall Not Grow Old," Peter Jackson's new documentary of WWI. It's been a couple of weeks since I saw it, and I'm still deeply discomforted by the experience. It's not that I haven't seen a bushel basket of war movies and combat documentaries, not to mention being a former Army airborne combat medic myself, but it just "popped" so effectively on screen, and went into areas not hinted at in the trailers, that hit home very hard. I don't think that I have ever seen any movie, in any genre, that left me feeling shattered and weeping with the very last line spoken.

Posted by: John the Baptist at January 13, 2019 04:50 PM (MPH+3)

506 The best recent description of a unfathomable alien would be in Jeff Vandermeer's Area X southern Trilogy Book 3. I've not seen the film.

Spoiler:



Spoiler:


The biologist returns transformed - it is now an unfathomable time-space traveling being best described as a very large chunk of ocean shelf sea floor- including tidal pool craters loaded with life. As it emerges from time-space to area x somewhat, and out of phase with our reality (possibly no longer on the earth's surface, but someplace else in time-space.) Control, the observer, notes the multitude of lights embedded in the biologist-being are possibly tide pools of galaxies.



Posted by: 13times at January 13, 2019 05:50 PM (K3B2k)

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