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    I tried watching Aquaman yesterday. It was worse than I expected. So so bad. I am seriously burning out on Super Hero movies. Aquaman maybe has the worst backstory of the major superhero movies so far. So many holes in it I could drive a ballistic sub through them.

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    Here's an amusing little detail I never noticed, for fans of the movie The Sting: check out when Harold Gould (I think that's the actor's name — I think his character's name in the movie is "Kid Twist" or something like that....anyway, one of the main grifters).

    So, they're going in to "paint" the Western Union office and he swaps out the picture on the guy's desk with a little portrait of him and, probably supposed to be his wife and daughter.

    No, trust me, actually look at the picture, and especially the expression on the guy's wife, I guess, face.

    That is one bad picture, man.

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    Hunh.

    I think I got it from one of those click-bait sites like cracked.com or some crap like that.

    Yeah it sure enough is true that the cabbie Argyle from Die Hard is the same actor who played the little kid trying to make away with the Srat from Ray Charles's music shop in The Blues Brothers

    So, I guess it's true even a blind pig finds the truffle sometimes.

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    My most recent five:

    Into the Storm
    Brendan Gleeson as Winston Churchill, leading Britain deeper into WWII and later looking back after his 1945 electoral defeat. Pretty good.

    Blade Runner
    Saw it yet again, this time with my youngest son, who hadn't seen it before (and liked it). Still a great movie and deservedly an sf classic.

    Labyrinth
    Having long heard about this cheesy Eighties fantasy David Bowie/quasi-Muppet movie, thought I'd check it out. I dozed off. Meh, although Jennifer Connelly is luminous.

    Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes
    Documentary about the legendary jazz recording label - founded, bizarrely enough, by two expatriate German guys in 1939. Great music throughout, with some interesting thoughts on how jazz endures and reinvents itself for every generation. A must-see for any jazz fan.

    Men in Black: International
    Not as bad as the reviews, but not nearly as good as the first film in the franchise. Good chemistry between the two leads, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson (reunited after the Thor movies), though.

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    Speaking of Brendan Gleeson; I finally saw In Bruges, it was very good. Somewhere around an 8.5 out of 10. It starts a little slow but builds up very nicely. The ending was slightly annoying but only as I had just watched ...

    See you Yesterday: Not very good. The main character is a genius idiot. The ending pissed me off.
    Spoiler (mouseover to read):
    No ending, left it open.


    I just re-watched Kick-Ass. entertaining but its 7.6 rating on IMDB seems pretty much spot on. It isn't great, Mark Strong comes across as wasted in this. Nicholas Cage of course has a few Nicholas Cage moments.

    A League of Their Own: 27 years old now and still perfect. Tom Hanks & Geena Davis really shine in this but even the lesser actors were utilized and directed to perfection. Madonna, Rosie, Lori Petty delivered their best and Jon Lovitz 3 scenes have never been close to matched by him in his career. David Strathairn delivered a nuanced and solid performance as he continues to do. Garry Marshall was perfect in a Garry Marshall role.

    I love the movie and the music of the movie. Penny Marshall did great, her best work and Big was really excellent also.

    Enter the Warriors Gate was so blah, I forgot I watched it and it was only 6 days ago. Modern kid ends up in Martial Arts fantasy game world. Does stuff, pretty girl involved of course. blah blah blah. Nothing good or vaguely original.



    I love Labyrinth but I saw it at the movies when it was new. It just works for me. Bowie and Connelly were perfect in it and I love some of the Muppets, especially Sir Didymus & his dog the sometime dog, sometime Muppet. Odd note, Toby Froud who played the baby brother grew up and is still working with the Muppets. He did design work for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

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    Viva Knievel. Don't. Don't. Just plain no. Do not watch this movie. No. No. No. No. No. Fuck no. Horrible. No. Imagine your dick and/or clit getting caught in a rat trap. Then multiply it times a million gajillion. No. No. No. Never again. This is the Shoah of fucking movies. No. No. Do not ever. No.

    Wake Up Ron Burgundy. Ah. A pleasant "meh, whatever." It's bad, and it's stupid, and it's a dumb idea, but it's like .... well ... at least it's not that other thing.

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    In Bruges is truly great, and Gleeson is great in it (then again, I've never seen him bad in anything). Other films of his I'd highly recommend: Calvary (as an embattled priest in an Irish village) and The Guard (as a wily, pleasure-loving cop).

    Kick-Ass was a lot of fun; never saw the sequel, which didn't get nearly as good reviews.

    A League of Their Own
    is also very good. Haven't seen it in many years, but I probably should again.

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    No. I refuse to admit I grew up in an era when Over The Top represented even one small portion of American culture.

    I mean, come on. The shitty synth-rock music, heavy on the power bottom ballads? Yeah, sure. That happened, Sly Stallone trying to speak? Yeah. That happened. Greasy, mullet-haired little punks hanging around a video arcade? Yeah. Unfortunately that happened too. Vide The Lost Boys.

    Holy shit. This movie really does capture the mid 1980s in a bottle.

    And it is not a good flavor.

    +1 to Brendan Gleeson: he's a funny actor who has one of those unique gifts of only appearing in pretty amusing movies.

    A League of Their Own: you know, I saw it in the theater when it came out and was mightily amused, but I did indeed see about an hour or so of it not too long ago on a bar-room telelvision. I was much re-impressed, and knowing the viscissitudes of some of the actors since then only increased my enjoyment. Tom Hanks was great, but I don't think he'll ever do a dark, impish role like that again. It was probably Geena Davis's finest hour and best role. Oh, and the little patter between the commentators....I can't remember who they were. I don't know, like Hank Azaria or someone like that and whatsisface.

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    You know, I never realized how great the editing is in The Godfather when Michael has Carlo killed.

    The entire sequence was carefully scripted, shot, and edited to the coup de grâce of Michael attending and watching the whole fucking thing.

    No driving out to the countryside and "Hey, pull over, I gotta take a leak."

    Right there, in his fucking driveway.

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    The Godfather is probably the best movie ever made and yes that scene is an absolute masterpiece.

    TCM just showed "My Favorite Year", one of my favorite movies. It is more or less a fictionalize what if of when Errol Flynn appeared on Sid Caesar's Show of Shows. Benji Stone is mostly Mel Brooks and as a bonus Selma Diamond has a small role in it. She was one of the writers on the old show. Peter O'Toole playing the drunk aging actor was of course perfect acting.

    Everything else I've seen recently has been pretty forgettable except for "Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel". This low budget movie was a really nice surprise. Funny and entertaining.

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    Finally saw Avengers Endgame, too long but much better than Infinity War.

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    Captain Marvel: Seen it, way better than Aquaman but nothing great in the end. I don't really like how Fury lost his eye.

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    Here's what I think is a nice little wardrobe malfunction (I suppose it what it is) from The Godfather.

    Don't ask, I was just watching it now after a pretty bad day of life, just for no reason.

    So, yeah, when Tom Hagen stands up (after Vito does first) at the Sollozzo meeting, he buttons his jacket. Either the actor missed (doubtful, because, Duvall), or it was a prop costume without a top button on the coat, or it was a nice foreshadowing of "unfinished business" which, of course, we know how ends.

    It's almost conspiracy-level stuff, but eh, you never know.

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    Huh. Didn't notice that.

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    Oh, goddammit, I was tricked into watching the "reimagining" of that corny old Sammy Davis Jr. movie Oceans 11 by some cartoon on the something channel.

    Yes, this is not a movie one wishes to see more than once. It's the combination of the "stars": Cheadle, Clooney, Roberts, Pitt, Mac, yadda yadda. They're all fine performers. Somehow, together, they fail.

    When Elliot Gould or the guy from Godfather Part III are the most memorable actors of a movie, I don't think it's a good sign.

    Yeah, I've seen it before, I know the whole thing.

    At least there isn't some bloated turd living in a plot of stolen land smoking hippie crap surrounded by discarded animal carcasses in the movie, because those people exist IRL.

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    All right. You fucking lords of knowledge or whatever.

    WHY is it that every time I see Roy Scheider on the big screen he's got those motherfucking Elton John aviator regular glasses on? Yes, I was just reminded of it while watching Hunt for Red October again, but Blue Thunder, Jaws, All that jazz, every motherfucking thing.

    And to top it off, I'm still pretty sure Roy Scheider is the same as Scott Glen.

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    Quote Originally posted by Jizzelbin View post
    All right. You fucking lords of knowledge or whatever.

    WHY is it that every time I see Roy Scheider on the big screen he's got those motherfucking Elton John aviator regular glasses on? Yes, I was just reminded of it while watching Hunt for Red October again, but Blue Thunder, Jaws, All that jazz, every motherfucking thing.

    And to top it off, I'm still pretty sure Roy Scheider is the same as Scott Glen.
    So that was confusing, I didn't remember Roy Scheider being in Hunt for Red October, but I realized you meant Scott Glen. I have no clue why you confuse them and never noticed the glasses.


    I saw "Yesterday" yesterday. $2.99 rental from Amazon, well worth it. Funny movie with great music. The Main character is a little annoying in dealing with the Romance part of the story but the movie worked very well. I won't spoiler anything, but some great scenes.

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    Quote Originally posted by What Exit? View post
    So that was confusing, I didn't remember Roy Scheider being in Hunt for Red October, but I realized you meant Scott Glen. I have no clue why you confuse them and never noticed the glasses.


    I saw "Yesterday" yesterday. $2.99 rental from Amazon, well worth it. Funny movie with great music. The Main character is a little annoying in dealing with the Romance part of the story but the movie worked very well. I won't spoiler anything, but some great scenes.
    No, I actually did think it was Roy Scheider in THFRO. But I realized it probably wasn't him sometime through the second "act" of the movie. It was then that paranoia started to take hold, just out of Barstow, and maybe what I thought were the same was different.

    Or something.

    But I do have the answer why I was confused: it's because they look exactly the same, at least when wearing those big eyeglasses. Leathery faces, short hair, athletic types, sort of always looked old but tough and grizzled. Both have done a lot of macho roles.

    I wonder if Yesterday featured the Beatles song of the same name. Even better would be a version of the old standard, "Yesterdays," which is a pretty kick-ass tune, even if it's a little bit overplayed.

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    I liked Yesterday, but it wasn't as good as it might've been. Seemed to be missing something, somehow... didn't do as much with its intriguing premise as it could have.

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    Quote Originally posted by Elendil's Heir View post
    I liked Yesterday, but it wasn't as good as it might've been. Seemed to be missing something, somehow... didn't do as much with its intriguing premise as it could have.
    Honestly, I am getting so tired of the big budget sequels and superhero movies. Or making "live action" movies from Disney cartoons. I was nice to see a small lower budget film heavy on character interaction. I saw Bohemian Rhapsody recently and was very underwhelmed by it, Yesterday I enjoyed a lot more.

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    Gotcha.

    My latest five:

    The Manchurian Candidate
    Classic paranoid Cold War political thriller. Despite a laughably-fake fight scene (Frank Sinatra is no Bruce Lee), still worth a look.

    Sanjuro
    Not-as-good sequel to Kurosawa's terrific Yojimbo, about an 1860s ronin who gets drawn into small-town corruption, politics and street-fighting more or less unwillingly.

    First Love
    Ultraviolent, darkly sometimes-funny crime thriller about the contemporary Japanese underworld and drug trade. Very uneven. All in all, I'd say skip it.

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    Heartwarming film about Fred Rogers (very convincingly played by Tom Hanks) and his abiding commitment to goodness and kindness, which over time breaks through the shell of an emotionally-wounded writer working on a magazine profile of him. Chris Cooper is excellent as the writer's dad. One of the best new movies I've seen.

    The Winter's Tale
    A film of a British stage production of Shakespeare's play, with Kenneth Branagh as a jealous king and Dame Judi Dench as an elderly queen, perhaps his mother (a noblewoman in the original play). Great acting, beautiful cinematography and a genuinely touching final scene, even knowing, as I did, how it would end.

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    a Winter's Tale sounds fun. I don't believe I've ever seen a production of the play. iirc Zukofski was high on the play, so I have a good critical edition of it and maybe even read it.

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    Quote Originally posted by Jizzelbin View post
    a Winter's Tale sounds fun. I don't believe I've ever seen a production of the play. iirc Zukofski was high on the play, so I have a good critical edition of it and maybe even read it.
    Oh, now that I'm back home, it is The Winter's Tale, as above second correctly identified. And while Louis and Celia Zukofsky, in their Bottom: On Shakespeare do devote several pages out of their two-volume text to the play, the main feature is Pericles and their musical setting, presented in standard notation.

    However, I do have an Arden Shakespeare copy of the play on my shelf for some reason, but I have no recollection of what the play is about, nor if I've read it.

    I'm sure I have it for some reason, so maybe somebody like John Berryman or somebody made a big deal about the play somewhere.

    Not sure, obviously.

    Somebody I was reading liked it, and I heard about it enough to buy a copy of it in a good edition, IMHO. I never studied Shakespeare in grad school or as an undergraduate, except the occasional play as an example of something or other. Not my specialty.

    Therefore, I shall see the movie. But first to temper my seasonal anglophobia especially this time of year (it occurs every season, but none more than the present), I shall search out a FR translation from the XIXè. if one exists.

    And then see the movie.

    ETA Actually, I'll probably just see the movie. Could be amusing.
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    I'd like to suggest that in Buffy : The Vampire Slayer, Season Three, Episode 3, at about twenty-seven minutes or so, the whole scene where Giles and Buffy walk through the HS halls, with Giles holding what appears to be a mug of milked tea or coffee.

    No.

    I don't believe it at all, that at no point the liquid didn't splash all over Giles. No.

    Is this the kind of "plot hole" or "continuity error" people do about squid comic hero movies?

    OMG, I hate what I have become!

    But I don't love Buffy! And I also hate Dr. Doom and Octomom!

    I am a monster!

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    Oh, here's my review of The Irishman.

    Kill The Irishman, which is a better film in every way.

    This new one is crap. Complete shit. I'm sorry, but it is.

    It looks like a fucking video game after thirty fucking minutes. Like some child drew some doodles on a sketch pad.

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    I'd like to emend my "review" of the newer movie called The Irishman.

    Looked at, in a certain way, it's kind of lovely homage to some of the genres both principals played large roles in creating, in the hands of certain flamboyant, Italian-American filmmakers.

    Sure. I would think everyone got the references. The gun sales, the .... it's just a long list of ... it could hardly ever end.

    The movie took me a pack and a half of cigarettes and most of a bottle of whiskey to get through and I'm thirsty.

    You understand?

    It was a heartfelt movie, I can understand that, and maybe it needed to have been done.

    But I'm still thirsty!

    Yeah, you understand, it's not about the beaches and the meetings.

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    All right, fine, I admit I was wrong to have eschewed seeing Once Upon A Time in Hollywood for so long.

    It'd been so long since seeing a Tarantino movie that wasn't set in some way-back period.

    But to see a movie made back in "the day" like Jackie Brown, Death Proof, Pulp Fiction, and so forth.

    I thought it was going to be some movie about the Hoffa Tate murder and all that. Which would have been a shame.

    No.

    Just a movie about the olden days. Sort of like Sunset Boulevard, I guess.

    Plus, how often do you get to see Leo using a flamethrower against a living person?

    Two thumbs up.

    Actually, I would see this again.

    If anything, I think they glammed up the truly disgusting nature of hippies, but more or less I approve of the portrayal. Got Bruce Dern in there, too, so, that was nice.

    If anything, redux, it reminded me that the next "pet" I acquire will be a superbly-trained dog with powerful jaws.

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    I saw The Irishman, it started strong, it was good for about 2 hours and then it went on for an inexplicable additional boring hour. Maybe Scorsese could re-edit the film into something more watchable.

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    Thanks, guys. Not sure I'll ever get around to seeing The Irishman. The reviews have definitely been mixed and I'm not a big fan of gangster films as a rule.

    My latest five:

    The Gallant Hours
    James Cagney plays U.S. Navy Adm. William Halsey during WWII and not long after, at his retirement. The 1960 B&W movie's more about the burdens and loneliness of command than exciting naval action, and is structured almost as a documentary, but even on those terms, it's kind of blah. Cagney did look a lot like Halsey, though.

    Scary Movie 3
    My only defense is that a friend insisted I see this. It's a crass, uneven but often funny spoof of several movies, including The Ring, Signs, 8 Mile and The Matrix Reloaded, among others. Anna Faris is adorable and funny as the oft-endangered heroine.

    Little Women
    The umpteenth remake of the beloved book is actually pretty damn good (still not sure I like it better than the 1994 Winona Ryder version, though). A great cast, smart script and beautiful setting and costumes. Have to admit I never quite bought that Jo and the professor had actually fallen in love.

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    I saw it with two of my sons, and we were all underwhelmed to varying degrees. I liked all the callbacks to earlier SW movies, enjoyed the interplay between Poe and Finn, and the sfx and alien worlds, but thought it was really implausible (even for SW!) at times. A disappointing end to the third trilogy, I'm sorry to say.

    The Remains of the Day
    A quiet, remarkably compelling character study, all about English reserve, unexpressed love and devotion to duty. Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson are magnificent as a butler and a housekeeper at a stately home in the years leading up to WWII; their aristocratic boss gets into trouble for appeasement of the Nazis. Nominated for eight Oscars but, alas, won none.

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