Saturday Evening Movie Thread - 5/21/2022 [TheJamesMadison]

Jacques Tati


Moving from one French director to another, it's emblematic of why I don't like genre labels in general and the Foreign label in particular. Jean-Pierre Melville was a cold, exacting, and precise filmmaker who worked firmly in movies about men who lived dangerous lives in constant threat of being found out and killed. Jacques Tati, on the other hand, was a comedian and mime. He told stories of the individual getting lost in the modern world with incredible production design, sometimes taking years to make a single film. In no way should Melville and Tati be considered in the same genre just because they made movies at the same time in the same country. It'd be like someone from France thinking that Michael Mann and Woody Allen were pretty much the same filmmaker.

Anyway, Tati is one of those filmmakers where you can see the DNA of his films pretty prominently in certain specific sectors of modern film. In particular, he had a large influence on the two Pythons of Monty Python who went on to actually direct films (Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones) as well as Wes Anderson. He was an exacting visualist who spent a long time figuring out how to best build a gag while filming (one of the reasons his PlayTime took so long to film and why the film made in his honor based on a script of his, The Illusionist, doesn't carry the same magic). He was one of those filmmakers that seemed to just get better the more self-indulgent he got. That's really rare, but it was all, I think, about how he built his comedy.

His films were never about himself, his central character, or indulging his own ego. His films were about his central idea and then finding funny ways through comedic gags to dramatize the absurdities of the things he was pointing out. There was also never any sense of maliciousness regarding any of his subjects. The people caught in these worlds are never bad. They may be misguided or clueless, but they're never anything like evil. There's a warmth and humanity present through those choices that make Tati's films wonderfully accessible even decades after their productions.

So, who was Tati? I think the best way to talk about him and his films is to talk about his two main characters.

Francois and M. Hulot


Tati's first directorial work was a short film titled "The School for Postmen" about a small town's postman, Francois, racing through town to meet up with the airmail plane in time before it takes off. This is, of course, just a thin line on which to hang a series of gags involving Francois, his bicycle, and his bag that he wears over his shoulder. Tati, when moving to direct feature films, expanded on "The School for Postmen" into Jour de Fete. Francois was, again, front and center.

Francois is a pretty obvious effort to mimic Charlie Chaplain's Tramp character. The mustache, way he walks with wide steps that swing back and forth, and how he holds his feet out all feel like an attempt to replicate Chaplin in the physical. However, the film is easily Tati's most dialogue heavy film, functioning like a more generic comedy than any of Tati's other films. This seems to work against Tati's comedy a bit. None of his funniness extends from dialogue, and his large cast of characters who function like most other characters in movies kind of stand in the way of the comedy. This also works a bit against Francois himself. He worked in the short film, being the center of attention, but as part of an ensemble he gets lost while trying to be funny around lesser efforts that are often not supposed to be funny.

Tati moved in a different direction with his new main character in his next movie. He introduced Monsieur Hulot, and he's not only different in appearance and manner but in purpose as well. Francois was an obviously comic character designed to elicit laughter, but Hulot is not. Hulot, who walks on his toes, is always smoking a pipe, and is eminently polite to everyone around him, is a source of comedy but rarely on his own. He acts as a contrast to the world around him, his politeness in particular contrasting with the impatience of people around him. A wonderful early example from his first film, M. Hulot's Holiday, about Hulot taking a seaside vacation, is when he dances with a nice young woman, putting on some music which drowns out a national address from a politician, angering the other guests in the hotel. Where's the comedy? It's in Hulot's befuddlement at his fellow vacationers' inability to actually enjoy their vacation. Hulot is a key part of that joke to work, but he's really just creating contrasts rather than mugging for the camera.

In a way that reflects intent (not form, execution, or efficacy), Hulot reminds me of how Ryan Reynolds plays most characters these days. Both are removed from the action around them, but where Reynolds reacts with smarmy sarcasm, Hulot reacts with befuddled politeness. Tati's Hulot films are remarkably gentle comedy, and they create a sense of delight from beginning to end. And yet, they're not just strings of comedic bits in a row.

Theme


If anyone wants to study how to insert a theme into a film without having any character talk about it explicitly, it would be harder to find a better example than Jacques Tati's M. Hulot films. All four (M. Hulot's Holiday, Mon Oncle, PlayTime, and Trafic) contain a central idea that actually feeds from one to the next. It's a stupid and trendy bit of nomenclature, but Tati created a small cinematic universe across those four films. What ties them together is Hulot himself and the idea of the old world dying out, replaced by a newer one that dehumanizes the individual.

In M. Hulot's Holiday, largely based on Tati's vacation experiences from his childhood, Hulot meets the contemporary Frenchman unable to calm down and unplug while at the seaside (sound familiar? Some problems aren't new). In Mon Oncle, there's a marked contrast between Hulot's living space, an older section of the French town, all brick and open air markets, and the house of his sister, an ugly modernist monstrosity with a hideous metal fish fountain at the center of the garden that his sister only turns on for important guests, the whole house hidden from the street by a wall and a gate. By the time PlayTime rolls around, the old world has been completely paved over with new high rise buildings, the only remnant a small flower stall on a corner. In Trafic, M. Hulot has become part of the world, holding his first job in the series of films as the designer of a new camping car that he must help transport from France to Amsterdam for a huge car expo. He ends up so sidetracked that he has to spend a couple of days by a lazy little river as an independent mechanic takes his time fixing some minor damage to the car, a bit that ends up taking so long that they miss the expo completely, Hulot's work having gone unnoticed in the busy modern world (there's definitely another subtext about Tati's own cinematic work here as well).

Across these four films is the tale of a man losing his place in the world as it speeds him by, wiping out everything he'd known and replacing it with impersonal conformity. That's really sad. His small, personal victory in the end is similar to the Tramp's exit at the end of Modern Times. Hulot finds a kindred spirit (perhaps a stand-in for Tati's own legitimate daughter) and gets swallowed up by the busyness of the new world. Tati would go on to make one more filmed thing (I struggle to call it a film) for Swedish television called Parade which is more a loose variety show with Tati as emcee than anything else (Roger Ebert called it a "doodle", and I think that's an incredibly apt description).

These ideas are, again, never addressed explicitly by anyone. In fact, Hulot himself often only has a handful of intelligible lines in any of these films. Tati's body of work is a masterclass in dramatizing meaning.

Comedy


That being said, these films are first and foremost comedies. Tati's intention was to delight and entertain, not lecture, and in that regard, I find Tati's films eminently successful and accessible as well. I think my favorite single gag in his whole body of work is a remarkably simple one that doesn't even involve M. Hulot. In PlayTime, Hulot gets a bit lost in the cement and glass section of Paris, and he ends up outside of a travel agency office. There's a travel agent talking on the phone, dealing with customers, and swerving back and forth behind his desk as he sits, effortlessly moving from one side to the other. We get a reverse shot of just his feet near the bottom of the shot, the rest of his body hidden by a poster, and his feet are going a dance as he moves. It's a microcosm of how Terry Jones described Tati's comedy when he said that Tati taught him that comedy could be beautiful.

The other side of thing is that Tati, as referred to before, took a very long time to get his comedy to work. He always worked from a script, but it was obvious that his comedy was found on the set. The infamous example is Tativille, the massive set created for PlayTime where he spent literally years filming. Construction on the sets began in October of 1964, filming started in April of 1965, and filming ended in October of 1967. That isn't the workflow of a director with everything planned out and in his head ahead of time. That's the workflow of a director who finds what he's looking for on set. It's an incredibly inefficient way to work, but it's hard to argue with the results.

One key example from the production is the large climax of the film, the opening night of the newest restaurant in Paris where everything goes wrong. It took weeks and weeks to film as Tati had to direct dozens of extras in precise ways to highlight certain specific elements like the pressing of crowns from the back of all the seats onto the backs of the ladies and gentlemen, or the fish that keeps getting prepared in front of a pair of guests, or the waiter whose uniform steadily gets destroyed as he has to give up on serving in an unpresentable state and ends up giving away more of his uniform to the waiters still working. It all ends in chaos as part of the ceiling decoration comes down and a rich American uses it to create an exclusive area where only those with the crown backs can enter (Hulot ends up in it). The collection of things that go wrong, the escalation of chaos, and the overall good-natured spirit creates one of the most deliriously funny things I've seen in a movie.

The good nature is key to the rest of his body of work as well. There is not a single character that Tati creates, writes, or films that he seems to dislike in the least. He has pompous fools, oblivious jokers, and earnest clods, but no one who deserves anger. They're all people like Hulot in that they are lost souls in an increasingly impersonal world, able to connect with each other if they can find their way past the distractions of the modern world, also able to find joy in the wonders of the world (not just older, natural wonders, the Apollo 11 mission is portrayed as a wonder in Trafic).

Entertainment for Everyone


I would never have said that Jean-Pierre Melville was entertainment for everyone (or, at least, a wide audience), but I emphatically say it about the work of Jacques Tati, in particular his four M. Hulot films.

Tati created his own little cinematic worlds, and they are wonderful to get lost in alongside M. Hulot, the innocent vessel one takes into them. The worlds are filled with good-natured people looking for connection, and visual gags and comedy to endlessly entertain. Yes, they are foreign. Yes, they are old. And yet, they are timeless.

Movies of Today

Opening in Theaters:

Downton Abbey: A New Age

Men

Movies I Saw This Fortnight:

Superman II (Rating 3/4) Full Review "There's a single story at play that fairly well balances several moving parts including Zod and his minions, Superman's romance to Lois, and Lex Luthor all at the same time. It could have been better, but it's still a pretty good time at the movies." [Personal Collection]

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (Rating 3.5/4) Full Review "With a different ending, I think this could have been great. With the ending, it's still very good. It also might be Donner's best film." [Personal Collection]

Supergirl (Rating 1/4) Full Review "At best, this is silly nonsense, but there was real money behind this. It was the final nail in the coffin of the Salkinds having anything to do with the Superman franchise, and it was a deserving end." [HBO Max]

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Rating 3.5/4) Full Review "He just likes to give them a gentle ribbing, and that good natured way of doing things is ultimately quite enjoyable. Tati has found his voice, and I expect wonderful things in the future." [Personal Collection]

Mon Oncle (Rating 4/4) Full Review "These films fill me with such heedless joy as I watch them. Tati had a marvelous gift for comedy without anger or malice. His films would be simple enjoyable truffles of amusement if he did not combine them with a strong central idea, which he does here, providing an extra layer of depth and thought to the whole affair." [Personal Collection]

PlayTime (Rating 4/4) Full Review "Tati was one of the most talented cinematic comedians who used every element of the medium to deliver his unique style of laughter and joy. I could have done with another dozen of his films." [Personal Collection]

Trafic (Rating 3/4) Full Review "It's not his best work, but like everything else it has intelligence, a sweet hidden message, and plenty of laughs. Trafic is a nice farewell to the cinema from a master of comedic cinematic storytelling." [Personal Collection]

Sincerity (Rating 3.5/4) Full Review "This is a small triumph in Kobayashi's early career, making evident that he was a solid technical director who could find emotion in a script and effectively direct his performers." [The Criterion Channel]

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1 Read the content. Well maybe not, but I will now.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 07:38 PM (qH6FZ)

2 1 Read the content. Well maybe not, but I will now.
Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 07:38 PM (qH6FZ)

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Probably not worth it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting the system with Kobayashi at May 21, 2022 07:38 PM (LvTSG)

3 Tati?sounds like a fake name

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 21, 2022 07:39 PM (kf6Ak)

4 3 Tati?sounds like a fake name
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 21, 2022 07:39 PM (kf6Ak)

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Sort of is. His real last name was Tatischeff.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting the system with Kobayashi at May 21, 2022 07:40 PM (LvTSG)

5 Terry Jones made movies?

If you don't think humor's subjective, watch what the French think is funny. No offence to this guy, never saw anything by him.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 07:45 PM (qH6FZ)

6 I treated myself to a hot shave from my barber today. I love the experience but, honest question, has there ever been a hot shave scene in a movie that didn't end with someone getting killed?

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at May 21, 2022 07:45 PM (eGTCV)

7 So, Jerry Lewis killed the Tati franchise?

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 07:49 PM (lKAqb)

8 Well let's talk movies, I watched Logan last night, pretty good considering it was the X-Men movie I ever watched.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 07:51 PM (qH6FZ)

9 "Path to Paradise" (1997) Detailed account of the 1993 WTC bombing. Very pertinent to today's stories of FBI incompetence, revealing the failures of LE and Fed ABC agencies, who played footsie with the bombers for months before they struck. It pairs well with "The Path to 9/11" as a double-feature. Features a youngish Marcia Gay Hardin, who I am now trying to cast in an eskimo-noserub-kissing scene with a youngish Debi Mazar, but Marcie does not return my phone calls anymore, and Deb changed her number.

Posted by: gp's Movie Laffs at May 21, 2022 07:51 PM (qpX6U)

10 Watched The Lost City (Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum)
Silly, mindless fun.

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 21, 2022 07:51 PM (kf6Ak)

11 Actually content was interesting as really doubt I ever saw one of these

Posted by: Skip at May 21, 2022 07:53 PM (2JoB8)

12 4 3 Tati?sounds like a fake name
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 21, 2022 07:39 PM (kf6Ak)

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Sort of is. His real last name was Tatischeff.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting the system with Kobayashi at May 21, 2022 07:40 PM (LvTSG)
Everytime I read Tati, I thought Tata. No, not that one, the Indian (dot not feather) one, the rolling stock manufacturer.

Posted by: Eromero at May 21, 2022 07:53 PM (0OP+5)

13 I caught M Night Shamalamadingdong's Old this week. I kinda liked it. On HBO Plus

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 07:54 PM (0vFtj)

14 "The Many Saints of Newark" (2021) I liked it fine. Now make 70 more episodes. As a prequel series pilot, it works, but as a standalone movie, it does not. If you haven't already completely internalized the Sopranos canon, there's no point watching it.

"Adventures of a Mathematician" (2021) Stan Ulam's story about his tenure as H-bomb scientist could have been interesting, but instead it's all about his sadz. There's no math, and there's far too much brooding and self-flagellation.

Posted by: gp's Movie Laffs at May 21, 2022 07:54 PM (qpX6U)

15 10 Watched The Lost City (Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum)
Silly, mindless fun.

I watched the trailer, Sandra's getting a little long in the tooth to be playing love interests for guys in their thirties.
Glad you enjoyed it.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 07:54 PM (qH6FZ)

16 11 Actually content was interesting as really doubt I ever saw one of these
Posted by: Skip at May 21, 2022 07:53 PM (2JoB

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BeckoningChasm was along for the ride, and he described the Tati films as truly universal in ways that most films aren't.

It was a very nice observation that, I think, really help true to the films and their effects.

I would highly encourage you to search them out and give them a go.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting the system with Kobayashi at May 21, 2022 07:54 PM (LvTSG)

17 9 "Path to Paradise" (1997) Detailed account of the 1993 WTC bombing. Very pertinent to today's stories of FBI incompetence, revealing the failures of LE and Fed ABC agencies, who played footsie with the bombers for months before they struck.


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Never heard of it. Sounds interesting.

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 21, 2022 07:55 PM (kf6Ak)

18 That Dog movie with Tatum is pretty good. As for Tati, I got nothing.

Posted by: Indignacio Vindacatorem at May 21, 2022 07:56 PM (oWBc3)

19 Another I watched and liked was a horror-comedy on Prime called something like Werewolf of Snow Hollow (sorry, forgot the name). I think it was Robert Forester's last picture.

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 07:56 PM (0vFtj)

20 hiya

Posted by: JT at May 21, 2022 08:00 PM (arJlL)

21 Sandra could play the love-interest for me, a guy in his 60s.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 08:00 PM (lKAqb)

22 I tend to like foreign films, though tend to see war or historical ones

Posted by: Skip at May 21, 2022 08:00 PM (2JoB8)

23
Back in the day, this time on Saturday we would routinely tune in Garrison Keillor. He was a disgusting libtard fuckhead, but he always had good music and the skits were funny. And his ability to read and present was educational, if you were learning public speaking.

Now, he's sitting at home, whacking it to cut stock of Lindsay Lohan while the dog licks peanut butter off his scrot.

So it goes...

Posted by: Biggus at May 21, 2022 08:02 PM (7DYli)

24 I tend to like foreign films, though tend to see war or historical ones
Posted by: Skip

Netflix has a Kurdish film called Mosel I think (is that the name of the city?). Subtitled. Awesome action. Fighting against ISIS.

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 08:02 PM (0vFtj)

25 Svengoolie is running Dr Phibes Rises Again.

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 08:03 PM (0vFtj)

26 For those that don't mind some commercials, I just noticed that Amazon took over IMDb streaming service, it's called Amazon Freevee, that's what I watched Logan on, currently watching the new season of Bosh.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 08:03 PM (qH6FZ)

27 24 I tend to like foreign films, though tend to see war or historical ones
Posted by: Skip

Netflix has a Kurdish film called Mosel I think (is that the name of the city?). Subtitled. Awesome action. Fighting against ISIS.
Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 08:02 PM (0vFtj)

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I've heard good things about the Indian movie RRR which just came to Netflix.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting the system with Kobayashi at May 21, 2022 08:03 PM (LvTSG)

28 I tried watching Bourne's Legacy tonight, but just couldn't tolerate the near constant commercials. It's gotten to the point that if I haven't DVR'd it, I just can't watch it, because I can't ff through the ads. Why does anyone sit through them anymore?

Posted by: Vivaldi's Winter at May 21, 2022 08:04 PM (ZsR3z)

29 I love "Mister Hulot's Holiday". The unintelligible wahWAHwahwah of the train station announcements, and everybody going to and fro like vacationing lemmings...ha!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 21, 2022 08:04 PM (Dc2NZ)

30 6 I treated myself to a hot shave from my barber today. I love the experience but, honest question, has there ever been a hot shave scene in a movie that didn't end with someone getting killed?
Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at May 21, 2022 07:45 PM (eGTCV)

Ummm...Barbershop.

Posted by: Nova local at May 21, 2022 08:04 PM (exHjb)

31 it's called Amazon Freevee, that's what I watched Logan on, currently watching the new season of Bosh.
Posted by: lowandslow

I started to watch The Hunt on Freevee. Where libtards hunt Ultra Maga. I need to finish that. Also watched Battle of Britain which I hadn't seen in years.

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 08:05 PM (0vFtj)

32 10 Watched The Lost City (Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum)
Silly, mindless fun.
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 21, 2022 07:51 PM (kf6Ak)

It was good - it was throwback 90's rom com with straight, hot people doing dumb things before liking each other...

Posted by: Nova local at May 21, 2022 08:06 PM (exHjb)

33 Terry Jones made movies?
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Well I know of Labyrinth, for a start.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 21, 2022 08:07 PM (Dc2NZ)

34 As noted, Tati's films are well worth seeking out. They are entertainment for everyone, from toddlers to old people.

Dialogue isn't that important, so even people who hate furrin films should like them.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at May 21, 2022 08:07 PM (m0zqP)

35 “I've heard good things about the Indian movie RRR which just came to Netflix.”

I’ve become a huge fan of Chris Gore via his YT appearances on Film Courage among other places. Dude will not shut up about RRR. I’m intrigued.

Posted by: Cow Demon at May 21, 2022 08:07 PM (CdZ4i)

36 I watched Death on the Nile (Gal Gadot) on HBO Max. Yeah, that movie just didn't work. C+, and I fell asleep in the middle, had to cycle back and rewatch...

Posted by: Nova local at May 21, 2022 08:09 PM (exHjb)

37 Dude will not shut up about RRR. I’m intrigued.
Posted by: Cow Demon

I'll try it, but do they burst out in song and dance?

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 08:09 PM (0vFtj)

38 10 Watched The Lost City (Sandra Bullock

Does it involve Sandra doing things to her butt? Because I would watch it if it involved Sandra doing things to her butt...

Posted by: Prick Lotta at May 21, 2022 08:09 PM (SLW4D)

39 37 Dude will not shut up about RRR. I’m intrigued.
Posted by: Cow Demon

I'll try it, but do they burst out in song and dance?
Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 08:09 PM (0vFtj)

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From what I understand, yes.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting the system with Kobayashi at May 21, 2022 08:09 PM (LvTSG)

40 Bitch and moan time. I watched the first half of Talk of Angels set in Spain just before the Civil War. It presents the cause of the war to be Franco's thugs roaming the land killing innocent people. This is such an historically inaccurate portrayal that I couldn't take it anymore and shut it off.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks at May 21, 2022 08:12 PM (FVME7)

41 I’ve got some Soviet-era movies here (Eisenstein) and some Korean movies, among which I rank Tae Guk Gi as the best one. Awesome war movie which features what we call the Korean War told entirely from the Korean perspective.

Posted by: Cow Demon at May 21, 2022 08:12 PM (CdZ4i)

42 36 I watched Death on the Nile (Gal Gadot) on HBO Max. Yeah, that movie just didn't work. C+, and I fell asleep in the middle, had to cycle back and rewatch...
Posted by: Nova local at May 21, 2022 08:09 PM (exHjb)

I kinda liked the first Branagh one, guess I'll wait until I can watch this one for free.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 08:13 PM (qH6FZ)

43 I've never seen Mister Hulot but he sounds kind of like Mr Bean but not as mean. I would watch but right now I'm watching Dr Phibes.

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 08:13 PM (vrz2I)

44 43 I've never seen Mister Hulot but he sounds kind of like Mr Bean but not as mean. I would watch but right now I'm watching Dr Phibes.
Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 08:13 PM (vrz2I)

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Atkinson was definitely inspired by Tati.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting the system with Kobayashi at May 21, 2022 08:14 PM (LvTSG)

45 Evening.

Thanks for the movie column, TJM. Always look forward to reading it.

Posted by: Robert at May 21, 2022 08:16 PM (+U+6S)

46 I will seek out some Tati then. I liked Mr Bean, even though he was a mean unlikeable SOB.

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 08:16 PM (vrz2I)

47 I'd never heard of the Johnny Depp movie "Dead Man", but stumbled on it at IMDB looking for another actor. Check out the cast:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112817/?ref_=nm_knf_i4

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 21, 2022 08:17 PM (Dc2NZ)

48 This is such an historically inaccurate portrayal that I couldn't take it anymore and shut it off.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks

I finally found Emperor about MacArthur and the decision about the Hirohito after the war. They cobbled together a totally unbelievable love story tangent about an American soldier and Japanese girl that was ridiculous. After the war, a Japanese officer (her father) claimed he'd fought at both Saipan and Okinawa. I don't think any Japanese officers survived either one of those.

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 08:18 PM (0vFtj)

49 I watched Death on the Nile (Gal Gadot) on HBO Max. Yeah, that movie just didn't work. C+, and I fell asleep in the middle, had to cycle back and rewatch...
Posted by: Nova local at May 21, 2022 08:09 PM (exHjb)

I kinda liked the first Branagh one, guess I'll wait until I can watch this one for free.
Posted by: lowandslow

I didn't think it was terrible but it was definitely self consciously woke.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks at May 21, 2022 08:18 PM (FVME7)

50 "I'd never heard of the Johnny Depp movie "Dead Man", but stumbled on it at IMDB looking for another actor."


And he's wearing make-up of course, he loves wearing make-up.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 08:19 PM (qH6FZ)

51 Mon Oncle looks intriguing. I'll try to watch it.

Posted by: runner at May 21, 2022 08:19 PM (V13WU)

52 I treated myself to a hot shave from my barber today. I love the experience but, honest question, has there ever been a hot shave scene in a movie that didn't end with someone getting killed?
Posted by: N.L. Urker
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I seem to recollect Clint Eastwood shooting someone while he (Eastwood) was sitting in the barber's chair. Not sure he was getting a shave.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 21, 2022 08:20 PM (YsLD1)

53 The thing about being funny is it's just funny. You don't have to make excuses for it. If it makes you laugh, it's funny. You can't deny it, any more than you can deny something is sad.

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 08:21 PM (vrz2I)

54 49 I watched Death on the Nile (Gal Gadot) on HBO Max. Yeah, that movie just didn't work. C+, and I fell asleep in the middle, had to cycle back and rewatch...
Posted by: Nova local at May 21, 2022 08:09 PM (exHjb)

I kinda liked the first Branagh one, guess I'll wait until I can watch this one for free.
Posted by: lowandslow

I didn't think it was terrible but it was definitely self consciously woke.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks at May 21, 2022 08:18 PM (FVME7)

If it was totally terrible, it would have been a D (and if it was terrible and either cringeworthy or idiot-inducing or uber-woke-r-us, it would be an F. So, it wasn't totally terrible, but it wasn't good...it just was, for lack of a better description.

Posted by: Nova local at May 21, 2022 08:22 PM (exHjb)

55 He was getting a shave but did not shoot the barber.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 08:22 PM (lKAqb)

56 The thing about being funny is it's just funny. You don't have to make excuses for it. If it makes you laugh, it's funny. You can't deny it, any more than you can deny something is sad.
Posted by: fd
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That's not funny.

Posted by: Woke Progrressive at May 21, 2022 08:23 PM (YsLD1)

57 French are very good at comedy....

Posted by: runner at May 21, 2022 08:23 PM (V13WU)

58 He was getting a shave but did not shoot the barber.
Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse

I shot the barber, but I did not shoot the shoe shine boy.

Posted by: Eric Clapton at May 21, 2022 08:23 PM (0vFtj)

59 Amber Heard should know our rule #1. Don't do crazy.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 08:23 PM (lKAqb)

60 47 I'd never heard of the Johnny Depp movie "Dead Man", but stumbled on it at IMDB looking for another actor. Check out the cast:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112817/?ref_=nm_knf_i4
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 21, 2022 08:17 PM (Dc2NZ)

I'm enjoying his current movie. Pirates of the Caribbean and the escape from that psycho bitch from Atlantis.

Posted by: Buzzion at May 21, 2022 08:24 PM (IY41y)

61 The Untouchables also had a nice barber chair scene where Al Capone isn't shooting anyone...

https://www.youtube.com /watch?v=KdNSlyrbcDY&ab _channel=Movieclips

Posted by: Nova local at May 21, 2022 08:24 PM (exHjb)

62 @23: "Now, he's sitting at home ..."

Didn't Keillor just do a CBS This Morning rehabilitation interview?

Posted by: Walter Freeman at May 21, 2022 08:24 PM (4NlP1)

63 "Downton Abbey: A New Age"


I wonder how poor bastards have to sit through that in hopes of getting laid.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 08:25 PM (qH6FZ)

64 I just finished watching Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country for the very first time. (In spite of my nickname, I really don't watch a lot of westerns.) I preferred this picture to the director's "masterpiece" The Wild Bunch, precisely because the earlier picture doesn't have the latter's amorality and nihilism. SPOILER: In Ride the High Country, the crooked guy redeems himself in the end, and the honest guy dies with his integrity intact and presumably goes to Heaven.

Plus, beautiful scenery and "introducing Mariette Hartley".

Posted by: Pete in Texas at May 21, 2022 08:25 PM (2RBkF)

65 It presents the cause of the war to be Franco's thugs roaming the land killing innocent people.

And nothing about the Communists killing Catholic priests and nuns.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 08:25 PM (lKAqb)

66 I wonder how poor bastards have to sit through that in hopes of getting laid.
Posted by: lowandslow

All of them I would think.

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 08:26 PM (0vFtj)

67

I seem to recall Sandra Bullock doing a spread in Penthouse, very very very early in her career. It was clothed, sort of, lots of pointy nips, and some cutoff shorts snugged up so tight her lips were out either side, a cowboy hat and smoking a cigarette.

Career making.

Posted by: Prick Lotta at May 21, 2022 08:26 PM (bhs1z)

68 Didn't Keillor just do a CBS This Morning rehabilitation interview?
Posted by: Walter Freeman
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Once a Prog Liberal, always a Prog Liberal.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 21, 2022 08:26 PM (Faksa)

69 From Deadline on how many men had to watch to get laid...

"Similar to the first, Downton Abbey: A New Era skewed female at 73%, with 48% over 55 (wow), 65% over 45 and 79% over 35...

Diversity demos were 74% Caucasian, 10% Latino and Hispanic, 8% Black, and 8% Asian/other."

Posted by: Nova local at May 21, 2022 08:26 PM (exHjb)

70 I wonder how poor bastards have to sit through that in hopes of getting laid.
Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 08:25 PM (qH6FZ)

Only old fogies are seeing it. They'll be going straight to bed sans nookie when they get home.

Posted by: Robert at May 21, 2022 08:26 PM (zVNfd)

71 *CBS Sunday Morning

Posted by: Walter Freeman at May 21, 2022 08:26 PM (4NlP1)

72 Mariette Hartley.

Hubba hubba.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 08:26 PM (lKAqb)

73 64 I just finished watching Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country for the very first time. (In spite of my nickname, I really don't watch a lot of westerns.) I preferred this picture to the director's "masterpiece" The Wild Bunch, precisely because the earlier picture doesn't have the latter's amorality and nihilism.
Posted by: Pete in Texas at May 21, 2022 08:25 PM (2RBkF)

========

I'm planning on a Peckinpah run in the nearish future (2-3 months away). I bought Ride the High Country, and it's coming to join in my collection next week. I saw it once randomly (might have been TCM). It was great.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, fighting the system with Kobayashi at May 21, 2022 08:27 PM (LvTSG)

74 Plus, beautiful scenery and "introducing Mariette Hartley".
Posted by: Pete in Texas

Also Warren Oats and LQ Jones. Just great.

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 08:27 PM (0vFtj)

75 55 He was getting a shave but did not shoot the barber.
Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 08:22 PM (lKAqb)
'I shot the barber, but I did not shoot the shoeshine boy..'

Posted by: Eromero at May 21, 2022 08:27 PM (0OP+5)

76 The Hackman/Ermey barber chair scene was pretty good.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 08:27 PM (qH6FZ)

77 Sorry, off-topic, but: Let's go Blues!

Posted by: Walter Freeman at May 21, 2022 08:27 PM (4NlP1)

78 Ha. The dialog in this movie.

"Come Vulnavia. We sail."

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 08:28 PM (vrz2I)

79 58 He was getting a shave but did not shoot the barber.
Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse

I shot the barber, but I did not shoot the shoe shine boy.
Posted by: Eric Clapton at May 21, 2022 08:23 PM (0vFtj)
Dang Clapton, you're fast.

Posted by: Eromero at May 21, 2022 08:29 PM (0OP+5)

80 Dang Clapton, you're fast.
Posted by: Eromero

That's what she said!

Posted by: Eric Clapton at May 21, 2022 08:30 PM (0vFtj)

81 Yikes. Time may heal all wounds, but it is a horrible beautician.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 08:30 PM (lKAqb)

82 "That's not funny.
Posted by: Woke Progrressive

You know what is funny? Your butt!

Hahahahaha

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 08:30 PM (vrz2I)

83 I shot the barber, but I did not shoot the shoe shine boy.
Posted by: Eric Clapton at May 21, 2022 08:23 PM (0vFtj)
Dang Clapton, you're fast.
Posted by: Eromero
======

Horde mind.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 21, 2022 08:30 PM (Faksa)

84 I treated myself to a hot shave from my barber today. I love the experience but, honest question, has there ever been a hot shave scene in a movie that didn't end with someone getting killed?
Posted by: N.L. Urker

*

I can't name any, but I remember some. They often are used for tension, but also to establish trust, skill, and the relationship between professionals who are good at what they do.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - The left killed Roe V Wade when they removed shame from society at May 21, 2022 08:31 PM (hia1q)

85 movie watch good

Posted by: DB at May 21, 2022 08:31 PM (geLO8)

86 I remember Mariette Hartley in a "Wonderful World of Color" TV film. I was 14. She was beautiful. She got older before I did.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 08:32 PM (lKAqb)

87 >. has there ever been a hot shave scene in a movie that didn't end with someone getting killed?
Posted by: N.L. Urker


Moneypenny gives Bond a shave in Skyfall

Posted by: DB at May 21, 2022 08:32 PM (geLO8)

88 it ended with something besides violence

Posted by: DB at May 21, 2022 08:33 PM (geLO8)

89 Just once I'd like to say to someone "We sail!".

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 08:33 PM (vrz2I)

90 has there ever been a hot shave scene in a movie that didn't end with someone getting killed?
Posted by: N.L. Urker

Linda Lovelace in Deep Throat comes to mind.

Posted by: Robert at May 21, 2022 08:33 PM (zVNfd)

91 remember Mariette Hartley in a "Wonderful World of Color" TV film. I was 14. She was beautiful. She got older before I did.
Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 08:32 PM (lKAqb)

She was married to Jim Rockford. Okay kidding but people thought she was because of the commercials.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 08:34 PM (jNAzB)

92 Moneypenny gives Bond a shave in Skyfall
Posted by: DB at May 21, 2022 08:32 PM (geLO

She’s old and probably shakes a lot.

Posted by: Susan Collins at May 21, 2022 08:34 PM (/AMqQ)

93 has there ever been a hot shave scene in a movie that didn't end with someone getting killed?
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Not movies, of course, but no one ever got killed in Mayberry, RFD.

Posted by: Floyd at May 21, 2022 08:34 PM (YsLD1)

94 You know, that's an interesting topic. Other than dogs and turtles or similar pets, were there any deaths in the Andy Griffith show?

Posted by: Moron Robbie - The left killed Roe V Wade when they removed shame from society at May 21, 2022 08:36 PM (hia1q)

95 I forgot Peter Cushing was in Phibes Rises Again.

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 08:36 PM (0vFtj)

96 Thanks for Tati recommendations. Just, please, no Rohmer!

Posted by: LadyS at May 21, 2022 08:36 PM (ikBBB)

97 .She’s old and probably shakes a lot.

Posted by: Susan Collins

no this is the hot new Moneypenny

https://tinyurl.com/27ecpdb4

Posted by: DB at May 21, 2022 08:36 PM (geLO8)

98 The lesbian black woman Moneypenny.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - The left killed Roe V Wade when they removed shame from society at May 21, 2022 08:37 PM (hia1q)

99 Of course that’s MoneyPenny.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at May 21, 2022 08:38 PM (/AMqQ)

100 "were there any deaths in the Andy Griffith show?"

Mrs Andy Griffith.

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 08:38 PM (vrz2I)

101 Bond was smart to know that you don't get your meat and your bread at the same place.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 08:40 PM (lKAqb)

102

DBs link is dead, Jim!

Posted by: Prick Lotta at May 21, 2022 08:40 PM (bhs1z)

103 I note that Maggie Peterson, who played Charlene Darling on the Andy Griffith show, just passed a way a couple of days ago.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 21, 2022 08:40 PM (Faksa)

104 I am an ugly American. I'm so ingrained with American culture I can't do foreign films and honestly like the American remakes of foreign films better.

Point of No Return, Let Me In, etc.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 08:40 PM (jNAzB)

105 The 1962 Miss Moneypenny wasn't too old, she was smoke'n.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 08:40 PM (qH6FZ)

106 Kim Basinger shaves that guy in The Getaway

Posted by: DB at May 21, 2022 08:41 PM (geLO8)

107 Watched a movie on Spanish Civil War on YouTube but don't remember title. Was really good.

Posted by: Skip at May 21, 2022 08:42 PM (2JoB8)

108 1962 Moneypenny.

Bunk.

Posted by: Chatterbox Mouse at May 21, 2022 08:42 PM (lKAqb)

109 64 I just finished watching Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country for the very first time. (In spite of my nickname, I really don't watch a lot of westerns.) I preferred this picture to the director's "masterpiece" The Wild Bunch, precisely because the earlier picture doesn't have the latter's amorality and nihilism. SPOILER: In Ride the High Country, the crooked guy redeems himself in the end, and the honest guy dies with his integrity intact and presumably goes to Heaven.

Plus, beautiful scenery and "introducing Mariette Hartley".
Posted by: Pete in Texas at May 21, 2022 08:25 PM (2RBkF)
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Oh that's a good one! Beautiful scenery. Would not have known it was a Pekinpah movie as there were no slo-mo shots of bloody violence.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 21, 2022 08:43 PM (Dc2NZ)

110 no this is the hot new Moneypenny

Noemie Harris. Smokin'. Hard to believe she's now 45.

Posted by: Vivaldi's Winter at May 21, 2022 08:43 PM (ZsR3z)

111 Watched a movie on Spanish Civil War on YouTube but don't remember title. Was really good.
Posted by: Skip at May 21, 2022 08:42 PM (2JoB

Pan's Labyrinth?

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 08:43 PM (jNAzB)

112

"Bombay to Goa"
broadly comic vintage Hindi film,
similar to French social scene sketches?

Posted by: zigzag at May 21, 2022 08:44 PM (Is/09)

113 So what you're saying is I can get a hot shave without fear.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at May 21, 2022 08:45 PM (eGTCV)

114 The Darlings episodes were my favorites. Those boys could really play. Ernest T. courtin' Charlene was funny as heck and you can't deny it.

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 08:46 PM (vrz2I)

115 While at War is Spanish Civil War title

Posted by: Skip at May 21, 2022 08:46 PM (2JoB8)

116 Noemie Harris

Totally meh... I guess it's a plus that she doesn't have a penis (I think) but otherwise completely blah...

Posted by: Prick Lotta at May 21, 2022 08:47 PM (bhs1z)

117 Speaking of Pan's Labyrinth. That's what I call a foreign film with an American feel. Since Del Toro was the director and it was a Warner Brothers film I guess that makes sense.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 08:49 PM (jNAzB)

118 The Darlings episodes were my favorites. Those boys could really play. Ernest T. courtin' Charlene was funny as heck and you can't deny it.
Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 08:46 PM (vrz2I)

He's a nut

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 08:50 PM (jNAzB)

119

Del Toro very explicitly supports Roman Polanski and has some very questionable background re: child rape.

If you support drugging and fucking children in the ass by all means watch his movies.

Posted by: Prick Lotta at May 21, 2022 08:53 PM (bhs1z)

120 So what you're saying is I can get a hot shave without fear.

Absolutely.

Posted by: Sweeney Todd at May 21, 2022 08:53 PM (ZsR3z)

121 I won't watch any of the new movies until they are released on DVD because that's when the price to rent on OnDemand goes down. Right now they are 15.99 to 17.99 to rent .

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 08:54 PM (jNAzB)

122 Speaking of Del Toro, I tried to watch Nightmare Alley and lost interest after 20 minutes

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 21, 2022 08:54 PM (kf6Ak)

123 Noemie Harris

Totally meh...


De gustibus non disputandum.

Posted by: Sweeney Todd at May 21, 2022 08:55 PM (ZsR3z)

124 Speaking of Del Toro, I tried to watch Nightmare Alley and lost interest after 20 minutes
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 21, 2022 08:54 PM (kf6Ak)

I lasted a little longer but ended up just reading the Wikipedia plot summary .

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 08:56 PM (jNAzB)

125 >>So what you're saying is I can get a hot shave without fear.

Absolutely.

Posted by: Sweeney Todd


At your service, sir

Posted by: The Yorkshire Ripper at May 21, 2022 08:56 PM (geLO8)

126 It wasn't the barber giving him a shave Umberto "Albert" Anastasia had to worry about.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 08:58 PM (jNAzB)

127 115 While at War is Spanish Civil War title
Posted by: Skip at May 21, 2022 08:46 PM (2JoB

I'll check it out

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 21, 2022 09:00 PM (kf6Ak)

128 While at War is Spanish Civil War title
Posted by: Skip at May 21, 2022 08:46 PM (2JoB

Did the movie take a side?

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 09:01 PM (jNAzB)

129 Also The Northman was a bit disappointing. The reviews I read compared it to John Wick. It wasn't John Wick. Probably good in it's own right if I think about it.

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 09:03 PM (0vFtj)

130 Did I kill my favorite thread ?

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 09:03 PM (jNAzB)

131
The French sent Tati films to America as revenge for Jerry Lewis.

Just joking, kind of, having seen all the Tati films you really have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy them.

It's a bit like your old gentlemanly Grandfather telling you a joke. You may not laugh but you smile politely to acknowledge the joke. In much the same way you would laugh at one of your child's jokes he picked up at school.

He's okay, but I don't find him to be a universal laugh maker as does TJM. My first exposure to him was at one of the college film nights. Lots of people walked out.

IMHO he's second or third tier compared to Chaplin, Lloyd, Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, even Martin and Lewis.

Posted by: naturalfake at May 21, 2022 09:05 PM (5NkmN)

132

Let's face it, all of those 1970s engineers at the department of defense were just trying to create the internet so they could share pictures of sloppy gay negroidal butt sex... Mandingo built the internet...

Posted by: Big Gay Al at May 21, 2022 09:05 PM (AYKEu)

133

Let's face it, all of those 1970s engineers at the department of defense were just trying to create the internet so they could share pictures of sloppy gay negroidal butt sex... Mandingo built the internet...

Posted by: Big Gay Al at May 21, 2022 09:05 PM (AYKEu)

134 .

Posted by: DB at May 21, 2022 09:06 PM (geLO8)

135 Did I kill my favorite thread ?
Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 09:03 PM (jNAzB)

Someone can mention some movie in the middle of the day in some random political thread and we can completely hijack the thread with movie talk. We get a dedicated movie thread and I never seem to have anything to contribute.
Weird.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 09:07 PM (qH6FZ)

136 Huh. A most curious double post.

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 09:07 PM (vrz2I)

137 Posted by: naturalfake at May 21, 2022 09:05 PM (5NkmN)

I will admit to being a huge Martin and Lewis fan. I've seen all of the movies multiple times. Sailor Beware being my favorite.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 09:08 PM (jNAzB)

138 The Four Feathers is one of the better movies I've seen in a while.

Posted by: Idahonian at May 21, 2022 09:08 PM (qXAmw)

139 47 I'd never heard of the Johnny Depp movie "Dead Man", but stumbled on it at IMDB looking for another actor. Check out the cast:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112817/?ref_=nm_knf_i4
Posted by: All Hail Eris,



I saw it. I liked it. It was odd but I liked it. The cast was an interesting mix.

Posted by: Puddleglum at May 21, 2022 09:09 PM (sAmhv)

140 Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 09:07 PM (qH6FZ)

Really good observation. Didn't even occur to me.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 09:09 PM (jNAzB)

141 When will del Toro do H P Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness? Hope it's a period piece.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko Solutions at May 21, 2022 09:09 PM (hWaIR)

142

Usual suspects appear not in this thread.

I blame Pixie's bank manager.

Posted by: Big Gay Al at May 21, 2022 09:09 PM (AYKEu)

143 >.Posted by: lowandslow



well, lately the movie thread has gotten pretty highbrow. I haven't heard of some of these people or films. But that's just me.

Posted by: DB at May 21, 2022 09:11 PM (geLO8)

144 Movies, lessee..

I canceled Netflix last week. Reason given: Woke Programming.

I've been a subscriber since 2003.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at May 21, 2022 09:13 PM (kU8k8)

145 138 The Four Feathers is one of the better movies I've seen in a while.
Posted by: Idahonian

The one with Heath Ledger?

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 21, 2022 09:13 PM (kf6Ak)

146 "lately the movie thread has gotten pretty highbrow"

We should have a discussion about why the Kentucky Fried Movie is better at a drive in.

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 09:13 PM (vrz2I)

147 For balance.

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 09:14 PM (vrz2I)

148 I thought the balance was moviegique talks new obscure stuff and I talk about old obscure stuff.

Well, one more obscure thing from me, then I think I do Nightmare on Elm Street.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, read some movie thoughts at May 21, 2022 09:15 PM (LvTSG)

149 We should have a discussion about why the Kentucky Fried Movie is better at a drive in.
Posted by: fd

Because the line "Wha' was dat? We must have total concentwation" sounds awesome over those drive in speakers.

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 09:16 PM (0vFtj)

150 >>"lately the movie thread has gotten pretty highbrow"


don't get me wrong- I understand people are film buffs or cinephiles

but it's always fun to argue Hottest Bond Girl

Posted by: DB at May 21, 2022 09:17 PM (geLO8)

151 NERDS!!!

Posted by: @TheRealWilliamHayes at May 21, 2022 09:17 PM (HxNfY)

152 Horror movie week for me.

Saw "The innocents" this week.
"The Innocents" is a Norwegian horror thriller that's been getting lots of great reviews.
Basically, it concerns children with psychic powers misusing those powers because they're innocent(!).
I don't want to give too much away as the movie is one of those slow burn deals where you can see tragedy building relentlessly.

The acting from the children is excellent and the direction is precise and discreet in showing the violence but letting you know exactly what is happening.

Slow burn but I was constantly entertained. Very well done.
I suppose my only complaint is that the climax subverts your expectations regarding how the children's powers will be used but makes perfect sense given the limitation of those powers in a very logical way.
Definitely recommended. And streaming on Prime.
Check it out.

Posted by: naturalfake at May 21, 2022 09:17 PM (5NkmN)

153 btw , it's Jill St John

Posted by: DB at May 21, 2022 09:18 PM (geLO8)

154 We should have a discussion about why the Kentucky Fried Movie is better at a drive in.
Posted by: fd

Because the guy waving a dildo on top of jis head is funnier on the bigger screen.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 09:18 PM (jNAzB)

155

Who wants to make a movie of me being tied up and anally violated over and over and over again?

You homophobes should be canceled!!

Posted by: Carson Kessley at May 21, 2022 09:19 PM (7DYli)

156 Because the line "Wha' was dat? We must have total concentwation" sounds awesome over those drive in speakers.
Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 09:16 PM (0vFtj

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Any speaker that is encased in 11mm armor can't be anything but top drawer.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at May 21, 2022 09:19 PM (kU8k8)

157 Saw Downtown Abbey this weekend. Meh. One obvious cliche after another, phony cliffhangers and a happily ever after ending . I guess they wanted one last payday and to tie up all the loose ends. It's drenched in estrogen, the chick flick's chick flick.
Nice locations, though.

Posted by: vivi at May 21, 2022 09:20 PM (33kEg)

158 Evenin' Horde!

Just about to settle in and watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Looking forward to some nostalgia.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at May 21, 2022 09:20 PM (CAJOC)

159 Because the guy waving a dildo on top of his head is funnier on the bigger screen.
Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 09:18 PM (jNAzB)
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Wasn't that Johhhnnnyyy from "Airplane!"?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 21, 2022 09:21 PM (Dc2NZ)

160

Good God, bye...

Posted by: This is literally the lamest AOS thread ever at May 21, 2022 09:22 PM (7DYli)

161 Movie-related funneh
Dirty dancing scene replaced with Muppet theme music

https://twitter.com/Pandamoanimum/status/
1526503971719888898

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at May 21, 2022 09:22 PM (kf6Ak)

162 I'm still trying to find Heston's movie The War Lord. It's not on OnDemand.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 09:22 PM (jNAzB)

163 Just about to settle in and watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Looking forward to some nostalgia.
Posted by: No One of Consequence at May 21, 2022 09:20 PM (CAJOC)

The ghosts aren't. They just want the cold embrace of the grave, a respite from their endless cinematic purgatory.

Posted by: @TheRealWilliamHayes at May 21, 2022 09:23 PM (HxNfY)

164 Saw Downtown Abbey this weekend. Meh. One obvious cliche after another, phony cliffhangers and a happily ever after ending . I guess they wanted one last payday and to tie up all the loose ends. It's drenched in estrogen, the chick flick's chick flick.
Nice locations, though. Posted by: vivi at May 21, 2022 09:20 PM (33kEg)

It was pretty obvious that Lady Mary was going to save the day for the movie (spoiler alert, althoguh not really).

Posted by: Caesar North of the Rubicon at May 21, 2022 09:23 PM (7B5FA)

165 Tati: Formerly living testimonial that France produces weird stuff.

Posted by: klaftern at May 21, 2022 09:23 PM (taPSh)

166 I watched Death on the Nile (Gal Gadot) on HBO Max. Yeah, that movie just didn't work. C+, and I fell asleep in the middle, had to cycle back and rewatch...
Posted by: Nova local at May 21, 2022 08:09 PM (exHjb)

Sister took Littlest Kidlet to see that in the theater for a belated Christmas present. They *both* fell asleep watching it. Must not be an attention grabber for them to do that.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at May 21, 2022 09:25 PM (nC+QA)

167 Dirty Dancing is one of my Guilty Pleasure movies. I watch it whenever it's on. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at May 21, 2022 09:26 PM (kU8k8)

168 Low brow it is!

My second hour movie this week was -
"Wyrmwood: Apocalypse".
I'll just cut to the chase. If you want a big ole grind house style splatter movie with comedy elements. Baby, this is for you!

In 2014 the first Wyrmwood movie came out and surprised a lot of people with it's low budget Zombie movie finesse and willingness do anything to entertain and or make you laugh as long as it was gooey and splattery.

"W:A" is the sequel and it's clear they had a bigger budget to work with. The humor is toned down but the splatter is dialed up.

I suggest you watch the first one first cuz it's the more fun movie. But, if you like the idea of a balls to the wall Australian Zombie splatter comedy, definitely check it out.

I don't want to over sell this. But, if Wyrmwood sounds like something you would like, you will.

Posted by: naturalfake at May 21, 2022 09:27 PM (5NkmN)

169 Bond girls? Lana Wood had her some bigguns!

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 21, 2022 09:27 PM (4I/2K)

170 Dirty Dancing is one of my Guilty Pleasure movies. I watch it whenever it's on. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43)

Mine is In Harm's Way. I watch it every time I find it. I don't know why.

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 09:28 PM (0vFtj)

171 163 Just about to settle in and watch Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Looking forward to some nostalgia.
Posted by: No One of Consequence at May 21, 2022 09:20 PM (CAJOC)

The ghosts aren't. They just want the cold embrace of the grave, a respite from their endless cinematic purgatory.
Posted by: @TheRealWilliamHayes at May 21, 2022 09:23 PM (HxNfY)

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Have you ever seen the show Ghosts? There's an episode where they watch the original Ghostbusters. Didn't find it as amusing as when they were alive.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at May 21, 2022 09:28 PM (CAJOC)

172 Posted by: This is literally the lamest AOS thread ever at May 21, 2022 09:22 PM (7DYli

No one gives a fuck what you think.

Posted by: Buzzion at May 21, 2022 09:28 PM (IY41y)

173 And on cue a ghost shows up. Spooky huh?

Posted by: fd at May 21, 2022 09:29 PM (vrz2I)

174 Baby put Penny's baby in the corner.

Posted by: @TheRealWilliamHayes at May 21, 2022 09:31 PM (HxNfY)

175 As always, thanks TJM for the movie thread, think it's time to watch a movie.,

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2022 09:32 PM (qH6FZ)

176 TJM mentions Ryan Reynolds, so he's fair game. He was born and bred for the Deadpool franchise, Marvel's attempt to enter the 'adult humor' genre.

The rest of his career? He mostly falls flat, like Martin Short, Chevy Chase Steve Martin etal. They wear on you.

Btw, Steve Martin and some other nobody are on a 'comedy tour', probably looking for nostalgia victims to suck a few bucks from. May they fleece them well.

Posted by: GnuBreed at May 21, 2022 09:32 PM (F0YaR)

177 In 2014 the first Wyrmwood movie came out and surprised a lot of people with it's low budget Zombie movie finesse and willingness do anything to entertain and or make you laugh as long as it was gooey and splattery.

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Speaking of, we watched Shaun of the Dead recently. It's a lot of fun. A genuine horror movie pretending to be a comedy.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - The left killed Roe V Wade when they removed shame from society at May 21, 2022 09:33 PM (Q8ZD6)

178 The Four Feathers is one of the better movies I've seen in a while.
Posted by: Idahonian

That's one of my favorite b&w movies.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at May 21, 2022 09:35 PM (eGTCV)

179 I give Ryan Reynolds a pass on most things because of something a moron pointed out. He apparently doesn't take himself seriously and knows he's got an expiration date, and he's making the most of things while he can. He also acknowledges that he's mortal and very lucky and will purposely post unflattering pictures of himself and his wife (eyes half shut in photos style stuff, not humiliating things) to help people who worship hollywood maybe understand that they're a bunch of losers, too.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - The left killed Roe V Wade when they removed shame from society at May 21, 2022 09:37 PM (Q8ZD6)

180 The Four Feathers is one of the better movies I've seen in a while.
Posted by: Idahonian

Can you make a movie today about courage and honor?

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at May 21, 2022 09:37 PM (eGTCV)

181 No one gives a fuck what you think.

Posted by: Buzzion at May 21, 2022 09:28 PM (IY41y)


While not directed at me... I'm hurt. Then I remember, a little pain enhances the pleasure. Spank me, Buzzy.

*It has been 4 days since I commented here*
**That's gotta be worse than an AA meeting**

Posted by: GnuBreed at May 21, 2022 09:37 PM (F0YaR)

182 I have a lot of guilty pleasure movies. Tonight I'm going to watch 3000 Miles to Graceland.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 09:38 PM (jNAzB)

183 Can you make a movie today about courage and honor?

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Black gay woman fighting against the patriarchy KKK elderly white men who are destroying the environment?

Sure.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - The left killed Roe V Wade when they removed shame from society at May 21, 2022 09:38 PM (Q8ZD6)

184 Hey TJM I'm listening to a book by Shusaku Endo called Deep River. Apparently a movie has been made based on the novel. Have you seen it?

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at May 21, 2022 09:39 PM (eGTCV)

185 to help people who worship hollywood maybe understand that they're a bunch of losers, too.
Posted by: Moron Robbie - The left killed Roe V Wade when they removed shame from society at

People who worship H'wood will never understand that they're losers.

Posted by: @TheRealWilliamHayes at May 21, 2022 09:40 PM (HxNfY)

186 Spank me, Buzzy.
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The invisible pimp hand of the afterlife.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 21, 2022 09:40 PM (Dc2NZ)

187 Dawn Of The Dead, both the 1978 original and the 2004 remake are re-watchable.

And Scout's Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (2015) is in a fun vein, like Shaun Of The Dead.

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 21, 2022 09:40 PM (4I/2K)

188 184 Hey TJM I'm listening to a book by Shusaku Endo called Deep River. Apparently a movie has been made based on the novel. Have you seen it?
Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at May 21, 2022 09:39 PM (eGTCV

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I have not. I will be watching an adaptation of another of his works soon, Hymn to a Tired Man.

Of course, the most famous of his works is Silence which has been adapted twice.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, read some movie thoughts at May 21, 2022 09:41 PM (LvTSG)

189 179 I give Ryan Reynolds a pass on most things because of something a moron pointed out. He apparently doesn't take himself seriously and knows he's got an expiration date, and he's making the most of things while he can. He also acknowledges that he's mortal and very lucky and will purposely post unflattering pictures of himself and his wife (eyes half shut in photos style stuff, not humiliating things) to help people who worship hollywood maybe understand that they're a bunch of losers, too.
Posted by: Moron Robbie - The left killed Roe V Wade when they removed shame from society at May 21, 2022 09:37 PM (Q8ZD6)

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Apparently, Ryan Reynolds has a bit of a "feud" with his wife, Blake Lively. Some of the stuff they've posted on twitter is hilarious.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at May 21, 2022 09:41 PM (CAJOC)

190 "Alien: Resurrection", I found last night, is a guilty pleasure for me.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 21, 2022 09:41 PM (Dc2NZ)

191 190 "Alien: Resurrection", I found last night, is a guilty pleasure for me.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 21, 2022 09:41 PM (Dc2NZ

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Its first half is better than its second half.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, read some movie thoughts at May 21, 2022 09:42 PM (LvTSG)

192 George Romero was great.

I worked in a mushroom mine in hs that was featured in Night of the Living Dead.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at May 21, 2022 09:43 PM (/AMqQ)

193 TJM, I rarely comment here (obsessively lurk, though). I thought you should know I really get a lot out of your movie posts and blog. Thanks, and keep it up!

Posted by: Bruno at May 21, 2022 09:45 PM (X1xq4)

194 Looked up Deep River, and it's supposed to be good and also Toshiro Mifune's last movie.

Gonna half to add it to the list.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, read some movie thoughts at May 21, 2022 09:45 PM (LvTSG)

195 193 TJM, I rarely comment here (obsessively lurk, though). I thought you should know I really get a lot out of your movie posts and blog. Thanks, and keep it up!
Posted by: Bruno at May 21, 2022 09:45 PM (X1xq4

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Thank you very much. I'm happy to hear when people get something out of my ramblings.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, read some movie thoughts at May 21, 2022 09:46 PM (LvTSG)

196 190 "Alien: Resurrection", I found last night, is a guilty pleasure for me.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 21, 2022 09:41 PM (Dc2NZ)


I watched it a long time ago. I sort of went along with it, until the ending. That was like the ending of the Hannibal book for me, it just threw me to a place where I wanted to forget that the work even existed.

How did the ending strike you?

Posted by: Splunge at May 21, 2022 09:46 PM (2hil/)

197 Can you make a movie today about courage and honor?

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at May 21, 2022 09:37 PM (eGTCV)


I think so. Lone Survivor, Saving Private Ryan, Seal Team 6; gimme a minute here. It's harder to think of non-military flicks.

Posted by: GnuBreed at May 21, 2022 09:46 PM (F0YaR)

198 Can you make a movie today about courage and honor? -----

Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson have cornered that market.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 09:47 PM (jNAzB)

199 192 I worked in a mushroom mine in hs that was featured in Night of the Living Dead.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at May 21, 2022 09:43 PM (/AMqQ)


A...mushroom mine? That is a thing? My world just grew a little.

Posted by: Splunge at May 21, 2022 09:47 PM (2hil/)

200 I have not. I will be watching an adaptation of another of his works soon, Hymn to a Tired Man.

Of course, the most famous of his works is Silence which has been adapted twice.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison's Phone, read some movie thoughts at May 21, 2022 09:41 PM (LvTSG)

Apparently Deep River and Silence are regarded as his two best novels.

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at May 21, 2022 09:47 PM (eGTCV)

201 Cockneys vs Zombies (2012) is also fun. Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, A Night To Remember) is in it too.

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 21, 2022 09:48 PM (4I/2K)

202 A...mushroom mine? That is a thing? My world just grew a little.
Posted by: Splunge at May 21, 2022 09:47 PM (2hil/)

62 degrees year ‘round.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at May 21, 2022 09:49 PM (/AMqQ)

203 will purposely post unflattering pictures of himself and his wife (eyes half shut in photos style stuff, not humiliating things) to help people who worship hollywood maybe understand that they're a bunch of losers, too.
Posted by: Moron Robbie - The left killed Roe V Wade when they removed shame from society at May 21, 2022 09:37 PM (Q8ZD6)

Reynolds and his wife also Are like constantly shitposting at eachother. So they clearly have a sense of humor about themselves.

Posted by: Buzzion at May 21, 2022 09:51 PM (IY41y)

204 192 George Romero was great.

I worked in a mushroom mine in hs that was featured in Night of the Living Dead.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory



I have relatives buried in the Evans City Cemetery, featured in the original Night of the Living Dead.

Posted by: Puddleglum at May 21, 2022 09:51 PM (sAmhv)

205 Cockneys vs Zombies -- you have to know the Cockneys will win !

Posted by: Texican ette at May 21, 2022 09:51 PM (GKkyd)

206 204
Did any of them come back to life?

Posted by: Dr. Claw at May 21, 2022 09:52 PM (roH4R)

207 A...mushroom mine? That is a thing? My world just grew a little.
Posted by: Splunge at May 21, 2022 09:47 PM (2hil/)


It is the Dem playbook. Keep 'em in the dark and feed them shit?

Posted by: GnuBreed at May 21, 2022 09:53 PM (F0YaR)

208 "Scandal" is probably my favorite Shusaku Endo novel.

A profound and rather dark comedy/drama involving a doppelgänger.

It would be tough top top right but I'd love to see it made into a movie.

Posted by: naturalfake at May 21, 2022 09:53 PM (5NkmN)

209 Can you make a movie today about courage and honor?

Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at May 21, 2022 09:37 PM (eGTCV)

I think so. Lone Survivor, Saving Private Ryan, Seal Team 6; gimme a minute here. It's harder to think of non-military flicks.
Posted by: GnuBreed at May 21, 2022 09:46 PM (F0YaR)

Zero Dark Thirty, 13 Hours, American Sniper, Battle Los Angeles.

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 21, 2022 09:53 PM (4I/2K)

210 90 "Alien: Resurrection", I found last night, is a guilty pleasure for me.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at May 21, 2022 09:41 PM (Dc2NZ)


You know at least you can say it isn't Prometheus.

Posted by: Buzzion at May 21, 2022 09:54 PM (IY41y)

211 A...mushroom mine? That is a thing? My world just grew a little.
Posted by: Splunge



Heh! Got them in PA. Had an Aunt work in one years ago.

Posted by: Puddleglum at May 21, 2022 09:54 PM (sAmhv)

212 Yep. The Evans City Cemetary. The mushroom mine was in Wampum.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at May 21, 2022 09:54 PM (/AMqQ)

213 209 Can you make a movie today about courage and honor?
Posted by: N.L. Urker, my trench is full of chickens at May 21, 2022 09:37 PM (eGTCV)
I think so. Lone Survivor, Saving Private Ryan, Seal Team 6; gimme a minute here. It's harder to think of non-military flicks.
Posted by: GnuBreed at May 21, 2022 09:46 PM (F0YaR)
Zero Dark Thirty, 13 Hours, American Sniper, Battle Los Angeles.
Posted by: Count de Monet at May 21, 2022 09:53 PM (4I/2K)

Hacksaw Ridge.

Posted by: Buzzion at May 21, 2022 09:55 PM (IY41y)

214 Nood ONT

Posted by: Blutarski, Gradually then Suddenly at May 21, 2022 09:55 PM (0vFtj)

215 206 204
Did any of them come back to life?
Posted by: Dr. Claw



Not that I'm aware of. They were farmers. Probably would have just started tilling the land out of habit.

Posted by: Puddleglum at May 21, 2022 09:55 PM (sAmhv)

216 198 Can you make a movie today about courage and honor? -----

Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson have cornered that market.
Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at May 21, 2022 09:47 PM (jNAzB)
Except for those two, courage and honor are not highly regarded in Hollywood.

Posted by: Eromero at May 21, 2022 09:55 PM (0OP+5)

217 212 Yep. The Evans City Cemetary. The mushroom mine was in Wampum.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory



Grew up about 15 minutes from Wampum.

Posted by: Puddleglum at May 21, 2022 09:56 PM (sAmhv)

218 Small world, PG.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at May 21, 2022 09:57 PM (/AMqQ)

219 It's harder to think of non-military flicks.
Posted by: GnuBreed at May 21, 2022 09:46 PM (F0YaR)

Rogue One?

Posted by: Count de Monet at May 21, 2022 09:57 PM (4I/2K)

220 Now, he's sitting at home, whacking it to cut stock of Lindsay Lohan while the dog licks peanut butter off his scrot.

So it goes...
Posted by: Biggus at May 21, 2022 08:02 PM (7DYli)

That's oddly specific
Is this his Only fans account?

Posted by: anchorbabe fashion cop at May 21, 2022 09:57 PM (KoMRF)

221 Excellent post. Thanks!

Posted by: Stiiv at May 22, 2022 12:23 AM (0zckE)

222 So funny! I worked at the mushroom mine during college breaks too! Over in Winfield. For those wondering, it was an old limestone mine, converted to grow mushrooms. Yes, very chilly underground. Weird western Pa thing. Mr. Rogers neighborhood filmed a show down there once. For educational reasons.

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