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    I'm a little surprised to learn you wanted to see Highlander II. It's so notoriously awful, many fans of the first movie flat-out pretend the second doesn't exist.

    Yes, seeing some of the earlier MCU movies would definitely help you understand Avengers: Endgame. I can easily imagine it might be juuuuuuust a bit confusing otherwise.

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    My latest five:

    The Departed
    Jack Nicholson chews the scenery with great gusto as an erratic, violent Boston crime boss; Leonardo DiCaprio is a troubled undercover cop trying to take him down, and Matt Damon is the crooked cop he's got on the inside. A violent but engaging movie, with some very dark humor.

    Graceland
    A short comedy film about Grace, a little girl who is convinced - sneer, pompadour and all - that she's the reincarnation of Elvis Presley. Her puzzled parents try to be supportive in the leadup to her school's talent show. Meh; could have been better than it was.

    Silvertop
    A lighthearted short documentary about a very cool, ultramodern L.A. house designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright protege, as narrated by a French dog. Yes, that's right, a French dog. Funny and well worth a look for those who love architecture, interior design and the urban landscape.

    Lily Topples the World
    Charming, sometimes mind-blowing documentary about Lily Hevesh, aka Hevesh5, a young ace domino artist who builds those massive, elaborate domino arrangements you've probably seen at museums, art galleries, store openings etc. Recommended.

    No Ordinary Man
    Documentary about Billy Tipton, the semi-famous jazz musician who was discovered, not long before he died after refusing medical treatment, to have been a woman. Fascinating topic but a disappointing movie, I thought, with too much screentime given to trans people interpreting Tipton's story and not nearly enough to Tipton himself, his career and family.

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    I've been watching a lot of movies lately, some via streaming from the local film festival. My latest five:

    I Can Change
    A very funny short sf comedy about an offbeat slacker who, the day before he's supposed to get married, not only becomes immortal but acquires the ability to stop time. After he misses his wedding rehearsal, however, convincing his pissed-off and very skeptical fiancee of all this... takes some doing.

    Masel Tov Cocktail
    Dark comedy short film about a German Jewish kid who pushes back against others' expectations of him as he just tries to live his own damn life.

    Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power
    Uplifting documentary about the California Congresswoman: her childhood, early life, political courage, unapologetic liberalism and hard work for a better future for our country. AOC and the late John Lewis are among those shown praising her.

    Back to the Future
    Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd are as good as ever in this corny, very funny time-travel comedy classic. It really holds up well. Love it!

    Back to the Future 2
    Not as good as the first, but better than I remember, taking Marty's and Doc Brown's story in some interesting new directions while slyly evoking - and even working itself into - the first.
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    All right, like EH, I've been watching a lot of movies.

    I'm just going to drop a list, with minimal comments. I'm way behind on reporting, but I am leaving off most of the true Z-level movies, because most of them are shite.

    Actually, most of all movies are Jimmy "The Bollocks" Shite, but what can I say?

    MANK: Dialogue was shit. Still, I suppose worth a look for Oldman's acting.

    LA BOUM
    LA BOUM II : No, stupid early-mid 1980s French comedies.

    KARATE KID III. Saw again with a better print. Meh.

    OMEGA MAN. Fucking great. Never saw it before.

    THE PROFESSIONALS. Underwhelmed.

    SCREWED. No.

    Kubrick's Odyssey Secrets Hidden in the films of Stanley Kubrick. No.

    STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY. Well, it's really boring, so there's that.

    EARTH ANGEL. No,

    THE GRUDGE. No.

    THE BOURNE IDENTITY. No. But, as I recall correctly, Julia Stiles is a standout.

    FAST AND FURIOUS (2009). No. Ridiculous.

    WEIRD SCIENCE. Never saw it before. Somewhat amusing.

    THE REAL INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. Yeah, sure. Needs a strong stomach.

    HOT ROD. Completely ridiculous, but impressive as a dumbass comedy.

    GERALD'S GAME. No. But, not as tedious as I expected.

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    My latest five:

    The 8th
    Interesting, uplifting documentary about the 2018 grassroots effort, largely led by women, to repeal Ireland's stringent anti-abortion law.

    Still Home
    Short documentary about the corrosive effects of poverty and opioid abuse in the small, struggling river town of East Liverpool, Ohio. Pretty bleak but with a faint ray of hope by the end.

    Apart
    Very good documentary about women in an Ohio prison struggling to survive inside, and then succeed upon release, with a particular focus on the difficulties their families have in trying to support and encourage them.

    For Madmen Only
    So-so documentary about the acerbic, messed-up Second City improv guru Del Close and his largely-unappreciated role in American comedy over several decades (his pupils have included John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, John Candy, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Bob Odenkirk, Amy Poehler, George Wendt and many others).

    Voodoo Macbeth
    Not a documentary, but a disappointing behind-the-scenes fictionalization of the 1936 Federal Theatre Project production of Shakespeare's play in New York City, with a mostly amateur, all-black cast directed by the young Orson Welles. The movie never quite took off, and the actor playing Welles looked nothing like him.

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    Aaaand my latest five:

    Back to the Future 3
    Doc Brown and Marty McFly try to survive in, and get back to 1985 from, the Wild West. Better than I remembered, but not nearly as good as the first.

    A Close Shave
    A terrific Wallace and Gromit short. Romance, window-washing, a wrongful conviction, a malfunctioning porridge cannon and lots and lots of hungry sheep, as W&G learn that a winsome yarn saleswoman and her sullen dog are not quite what they seem to be.

    The Fugitive
    Haven't seen this Harrison Ford chase movie since it first came out, I think; it still holds up well. Tommy Lee Jones steals every scene (and definitely earned his Oscar) as the deputy U.S. marshal relentlessly pursuing the wrongly-convicted Dr. Richard Kimble. Great Chicago setting, too.

    The Quiet Man
    A 1952 John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara movie about an American man wooing a fiery Irish woman. Every possible Irish stereotype is trotted out for laughs, and the march of feminism has clearly not yet reached the wee town of Innisfree, but it's still fun.

    Get Shorty
    A Florida loan shark decides he'd rather be making movies in Hollywood, and zany hijinks ensue in this Elmore Leonard adaptation. Great cast (including John Travolta, Rene Russo, Delroy Lindo, Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito, with James Gandolfini in an early role) and an enjoyable ride.

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    Pumping Iron from 1977. I think I might be the last person in the world who had never seen this yet. Yeah, well, I suppose it may be any movie to all people.

    Pretty good, technically, as a documentary film. Good film stock, I guess, good editing, great DP work. As good as This Is Spinal Tap? Maybe, maybe not.

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    I haven't seen it, either, so you beat me to it.

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    Quote Originally posted by Elendil's Heir View post
    I haven't seen it, either, so you beat me to it.
    It's only about 67 minutes long or so....but, man, it feels like an eternity!

    I like physical fitness as much as the next person, but this is a bit excessive....and really is more about the pageantry of the business these people chose.

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    Wonder Woman 1984. I'm sorry to any super-fans, I found this pretty stupefyingly boring. It is a good looking movie, though.

    Wet Hot American Summer. Didn't laugh once. Not funny. Not edgy. No.

    Screwed. A Norm Macdonald/Dave Chappelle comic vehicle. Somewhat amusing, sort of.

    McBain. I have no idea WTH that was supposed to be.

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    Wonder Woman 1984 was a terrible movie.

    I just gave up on Army of the Dead which at 2:28 minutes is far too long for the subject and as slow as only Snyder can achieve.

    Recently saw low budget German film, The Strange House. Also crappy and with terrible dubbing.

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    Run, don't walk, and see Nobody. Bob Odenkirk is great as usual, and Chris Lloyd has a terrific role. Maybe not a great, great movie, but it's a tidy action-thriller that, while somewhat predictable, delivers on what it promises.

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    Thanks for the tip!

    My latest five:

    A Beautiful Planet
    IMAX movie filmed in space by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, including Terry Virts, whose very good book How to Astronaut I recently read. Stunning orbital footage and an important message about human-driven environmental threats to the only planet we can all live on.

    Hearts of Darkness
    Interesting, harrowing, sometimes funny documentary about the filming of Apocalypse Now, drawing heavily on behind-the-scenes footage shot at the time by director Francis Ford Coppola's wife Eleanor. Just about everything that could go wrong, did go wrong during the very long shoot in the Philippines. As Coppola later said at the Cannes Film Festival, much like the U.S. military during the Vietnam War itself, "We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane."

    What's Up, Doc?
    One of my favorite slapstick comedies, just as good as ever. Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal and Madeline Kahn are all outstanding. The climactic car chase is particularly funny.

    Zulu
    Epic British war movie about the Battle of Rorke's Drift in 1879. A bit dated now, and clearly no one is actually getting hurt in the combat scenes, but it's worth a look. Michael Caine is pretty good as a haughty young infantry officer.

    Doctor No
    The first James Bond movie starring Sean Connery. 007 investigates the disappearances of two MI6 agents in Jamaica and discovers a fiendish plot against the US space program. Not a bad spy movie, all in all, but rather quaint now.

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    Quote Originally posted by Elendil's Heir View post
    Thanks for the tip!

    My latest five:

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    What's Up, Doc?
    One of my favorite slapstick comedies, just as good as ever. Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal and Madeline Kahn are all outstanding. The climactic car chase is particularly funny.

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    Doctor No
    The first James Bond movie starring Sean Connery. 007 investigates the disappearances of two MI6 agents in Jamaica and discovers a fiendish plot against the US space program. Not a bad spy movie, all in all, but rather quaint now.
    What's Up, Doc? is inspired by and a Homage to the best screwball comedy, "Bringing up Baby" with Hepburn and Cary Grant. I love both movies.

    My favorite Bond movie actually as it is the least campy of all of them.

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    The later Roger Moore movies were lamentably campy, but many others aren't IMHO. The Daniel Craig movies aren't campy at all.

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    Quote Originally posted by Elendil's Heir View post
    The later Roger Moore movies were lamentably campy, but many others aren't IMHO. The Daniel Craig movies aren't campy at all.
    I've never made it through a Daniel Craig Bond movie. Not for me I guess. The Roger Moore movies went from a little Camp to over-the-top camp and maybe more silly than the Austin Powers movies. (I'm looking at you Moonraker).

    I like the Sean Connery movies, Live and Let Die and the Pierce Brosnan ones were silly but entertaining enough.

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    Next. One sees all aspects of Nic Cage's bag of tricks. It's a dubious movie, at best, but it's, I suppose, not terrible. Jessica Biehl is the breakout star of this one.

    Fat City. A rewatch for me, but if you ever want to see a definition of "downbeat," it's worth a watch.

    The Boxer (1997). Among movies about boxing? I don't know. Pretty high on the scorecard. I somewhat think there may have been some political motivations behind this one. (LOL). However, it's a moderately effective movie, I suppose.
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    My latest five:

    The Godfather
    Watched this Mafia classic with my youngest son, 18, with him seeing it for the first time. Still deservedly a classic; Al Pacino is terrific as the dutiful son and WWII Marine hero who turns into a monster.

    Paper Moon
    Long a favorite comedy of mine. Understatedly funny, with a terrific cast, gorgeous B&W cinematography out on the American Plains, and a great story.

    Infernal Affairs
    This Hong Kong cop thriller was remade by Martin Scorsese as The Departed. He did it better. The HK original is marred by bad acting and awkward directing.

    Moonraker
    Clearly the silliest and most farfetched James Bond movie ever. What can I say? Sorry, WE; it's a guilty pleasure; I loved it as a sf-mad kid and it actually still is pretty fun. The speedboat chase on the Amazon is maybe the best 007 waterborne action sequence ever.

    Limitless
    Still on my short list of the best movies of this century - a clever, well-crafted, genre-savvy thriller about a pill that can unlock your brain's full potential (but of course there's a catch). Bradley Cooper is terrific in the lead role, and Robert De Niro steals all his scenes as a hard-nosed Wall Street tycoon.

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    All right, here's the deal.

    I didn't want to, but RiffTrax released their commentary to:

    (i) Face/Off. No. Even with a commentary. This is one of the most disgusting, incompetent piles of shit I've ever seen committed to celluloid.

    (ii) Con Air. Kind of cool little picture.

    (iii) The Rock. I saved the best for last: this is an awesome movie! Ed fucking Harris. Fucking everybody including Nicolas Cage and the Highlander! Great fucking movie!

    I think they call these three the holy trinity of Cage movies. I disagree, but now I've completed my task.

    No, RiffTrax only did Face/Off, not the other two, but as much as I despised that movie beginning to end, Mike, Kevin, and Bill inspired me to view this trilogy.

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    Oh, and sorry not sorry for the 2x post, but I just started watching the movie Twelve Monkeys.

    That's fucking spooky, coming off seeing The Rock: the common link? Actor David Morse.

    Yeah. Same fucking guy!

    Yeah, I about pissed myself.

    The more you know!

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    And, also, I think Twelve Monkeys is one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen.

    Trust me, I've seen a lot of bad movies.

    This one is extra special. And in other news, I also thought Brazil was a hack patch-job. So I know whom to blame.

    But Madeleine Stowe is a terrific actress capable of tremendous heights and depths. Cf. The Two Jakes.

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    Rocketman, the recent biopic about Elton John. I'm not a scholar of EJ's music, although I've learned a few of his earlier tunes on piano off the records. I didn't learn much new from this movie, but I thought it was a pretty moving, restrained biopic.

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    I remember being very underwhelmed by Face/Off, having seen it when it was first released, and I've never seen it again. I liked Con Air a bit more, but also only saw it once. I confess to never having seen The Rock, but it's been on my list since forever!

    Dave Morse is a very talented actor. I first noticed him on St. Elsewhere back in the Eighties, and particularly liked him as George Washington in the HBO John Adams miniseries.

    Twelve Monkeys is baffling but I enjoyed it; Rocketman is not baffling in the least, but I also enjoyed it!

    My latest five:

    Knives Out
    A clever, twisty-turny whodunnit. Very good fun, with a great cast and fiendishly complicated script. I'm glad to have recently learned that it'll be the first of a trilogy, with Daniel Craig returning as the self-assured Southern gentleman detective.

    Sphere
    Disappointing and often nonsensical underwater sf drama/adventure. The cast (Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Stone and others) do their best, but all in vain. Some of the sfx are pretty damn cheesy, too. The Abyss covers much of the same (wet) ground, but much, much better.

    Never Surrender
    An affectionate documentary about the making of Galaxy Quest and an exploration of its goofy, enduring appeal, with interviews with much of the cast and some nifty behind-the-scenes details. Recommended for any fan.

    Galaxy Quest
    Having seen the documentary, naturally I just had to see the original movie again. Still one of the best sf comedies ever - great cast, great script, impressive sfx and endlessly quotable.

    At Eternity's Gate
    An engrossing, beautifully-crafted biopic about the last few years of Vincent van Gogh's life. Willem Dafoe is, of course and as expected, simply outstanding in the lead role, and Rupert Friend as his brother Theo and Oscar Isaac as his fellow painter/frenemy Paul Gauguin also shine. The camera work is occasionally just a bit too jumpy, and the music a bit too intrusive, but these are minor flaws. Any van Gogh fan should see the film.

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    Knives Out was pretty good with a great cast.
    Never Surrender was a much better than average Movie doc.
    I did the same thing and watched Galaxy Quest the next day. Really is one of my favorite movies and to me the #2 Star Trek movie.

    I think I gave up on Sphere part way through it or I watched the whole mess and forgot most of it. I agree Abyss did it right.

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    The Mountain (1956). Another very good recommendation from a barfly. One of the more personal (to me, natch) performances of Spencer Tracy, because the unidentified location somewhere between SwitzerFrance reminds my of my paternal grandfather and his costaud mien, although a bit south of the paternal lands along the same geographical lines.

    A young Robert Wagner acquited himself fairly, I suppose.

    It is, however, a fairly exciting movie if one enjoys rustic living and some rather detailed attempts at recreating mountaineering. Rather good, in terms of suspense: it's no Wages of Fear, but it is on a smaller scale comparable, I suppose.

    Near Dark. Sort of amusing Vampire-Western hybrid directed by the infamous auteur of Point Break, among other perishables. A cute divertissement.

    Commando. How much Arnold? Really, all of the Arnold. There is no counter-example among A-pictures to the extravagance of this ludicrous spectacle.

    Cobra. Well. One might have seen it before on TV or something. Best to let this one go. Terrible music.

    Vampire's Kiss. That's a personal choice, and may god have mercy on your soul. There is no Nic Cage that goes unexplored. Really a deep dive.

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    My latest five:

    Ikarie XB1
    A Czech sf movie from 1963, about an Earth starship on a long voyage to another planet. It's said to have partly inspired Kubrick and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and I could see some design similarities. Very different and somewhat nonsensical plot, though, and all in all not nearly as good as 2001.

    Annihilation
    A good, creepy sf movie starring Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Oscar Isaac, with a fine supporting cast. An armed, all-female team of scientists attempts to enter and study a disorienting, very unsettling - and growing - zone of alien influence on the Louisiana coast. There's a strong Lovecraftian vibe and the movie will really get you thinking.

    Beverly Hills Cop
    Hadn't seen this Eddie Murphy comedy since it first came out. Wildly implausible but a lot of fun; the contrast between gritty Detroit and swanky Beverly Hills couldn't be better done.

    Long Shot
    A political satire/romcom. Charlize Theron is the beautiful young Secretary of State running for President and Seth Rogen is a childhood friend who once had a crush on her and much later becomes her speechwriter. Unlikely romantic sparks fly. Not a bad movie, but not a great one either.

    Zombieland
    Rewatched this zombie action/comedy and enjoyed it again. Great cast and lots of dark, blood-flecked humor.

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    And again:

    Memories of Murder
    A South Korean serial-killer mystery, loosely based on a true story and cowritten and directed by Bong Joon-ho (Parasite). Very disappointing - the cops are stupid and corrupt, young women in the small town keep walking in the woods after dark even after several high-profile unsolved murders there, and the movie just drags.

    The Green Knight
    An interesting version of the tale of Sir Gawaine which takes some major liberties with Arthurian legend but mostly held my interest. Visually stunning but also, unfortunately, overlong.

    Chariots of Fire
    I finally saw this Oscar-winning 1981 historical drama, about British runners at the 1924 Olympics. It was good but not great, I'd say. The Vangelis score is certainly iconic.

    State Funeral
    Plodding documentary about Josef Stalin's elaborate 1953 funeral in Moscow, drawn from Kremlin newsreel archives and also showing grieving citizens across the Soviet Union. For all the praise heaped upon Stalin at the time by party officials, I was glad to see a postscript at the end of the movie about his crimes and the many millions who died under his paranoid misrule.

    Boys State
    Pretty good documentary about teenage Texans assembling in Austin to learn about democracy and government, focusing on the choosing of a boy governor in a mini-election that is, just like the real thing, an uneasy mix of idealism, cynicism, public-spiritedness, pandering, sound bites and dirty tricks.

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    And once again:

    Trading Places
    Long a favorite comedy of mine, with Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis and a helluva supporting cast. An artifact of the Reagan Eighties to some extent, but still very funny.

    The Hidden
    One of the best sf B-movies ever, in my book, with an LA homicide cop and an FBI agent (or is he?) hunting down a violent, thrill-seeking alien criminal who can change bodies at will. Farfetched, violent and often surprisingly funny.

    Pale Flower
    A 1964 Japanese noir film about a Yakuza badass just released from prison on a murder rap who falls for a beautiful, dissolute young gambler with more money than sense. It's got style to burn, but really not much of a story, and the ending just sort of peters out.

    Wonder Woman
    Takes some liberties with World War I history, to put it mildly, but not a bad DC superhero movie. Israeli actress Gal Gadot is convincing, dominant and beautiful in the lead role.

    The Birdcage
    Hadn't seen this 1996 comedy with Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest since it first came out. As funny as I remembered, with an understated but still-important message about love, loyalty and acceptance.

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