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(11-29-2019 04:12 PM)PapayaTapper Wrote:  I have a few good "date" movies. I'll start with this one

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AMELIE (2000)

Personally I believe "Amelie" is the best "all round" movie ever filmed. Beautiful cinematography*, a fantastic soundtrack (Yann Tiersen)**, playful and fun plot, great cast, positive themes, brilliantly edited... In baseball a "5 tool player" is one that can hit for power, hit for average field, steal, and throw. "Amelie" is a 5 tool player.


*Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and shot by cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel Amelie uses a "crushed" color palette to imbue the movie with a unique mix of realism and fantasy. If you watch the commentary on the DVD Jeunet says he was inspired by a certain South American painters (I dont remember the name) style and wanted to mimic that to evoke a certain emotional state in the audience.

**The score by legendary French pianist / composer is sublime. (Ive seen him in concert twice...once in Vienna and once in Paris)

From the opening sequence the director uses the music and cinematography with subtle special effects to establish the unique feel of the film that consistent throughout





Watch the following scene the film and see how brilliantly the tracking overhead inverted shot blends with the music and color palette of the cinematography to create a beautiful shot.





And this one.





Jeunet stated that he actually saw a Parisian girl do something like this once and that gave him the idea for the scene.

Amelie is a brilliant film disguised as a quirky romantic comedy

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11-30-2019 02:38 PM
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(11-27-2019 03:02 PM)HermeticAlly Wrote:  Maybe this has been covered in this thread before, but does anyone have a list of great/must-see cinema to suggest?

I believe I have tremendous taste in music, style, and some other fields, but I admit to being a total ignoramus when it comes to movies. My taste in movies is badly underdeveloped, and honestly I'm pretty apathetic about cinema in general.

My wife, however, loves to watch movies. The problem is, most of these are terrible movies. If I had good suggestions for things to watch together instead, I think we would both benefit.

You should watch Blade runner (1982), I was quite good in it.
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! These will give me a decent place to start.
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Here's another "date" movie recommendation

MUD (2013)

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This is one of those "small" films that had limited exposure but performed really well on a tiny budget. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols who grew up in Arkansas along the Mississipi river gives the look and feel of the movie an authenticity.

Mathew McConaughey's performance is superb (He followed this up with the incredible role in True Detective season 1) Also one Sam Shepards final roles

Its a great "coming of age" film with multi layered themes and full amazing imagery, symbolism and memorable quotes.




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Thought the Irishman was way too boring to finish, ended up switching over to the Bikram documentary instead. Way more interesting story in my opinion.

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(11-30-2019 11:50 PM)MichaelWitcoff Wrote:  Thought the Irishman was way too boring to finish, ended up switching over to the Bikram documentary instead. Way more interesting story in my opinion.

I also couldn't finish it. About an hour in and the de-aged "tough guy" De Niro muffling around took its toll. The attack on the grocer was unbelievably bad. I was shocked it was left in.

I guess I should have expected it. I'm completely bored of the over-saturated media portrayals of stories coming out of the Northeast and Southern California. NY, Philly, Boston mobsters (I can't even muster up the interest to watch The Sopranos). LA detectives and Mexican gangs. It's all overdone.

Two of the most acclaimed, beloved, and watched TV series in recent memory took place in New Mexico and Louisiana. No way would Breaking Bad have been the same if it was in fucking Fresno. And True Detective's sense of unease and mystery was so dependent on the unfamiliarity of the bayous of Louisiana that the second season couldn't come close to duplicating in, you guessed it, Southern California.
12-01-2019 12:59 AM
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Not a movie, but Ozark is sort of a Breaking Bad copy. Might be a little better because there are bigger contributions from other characters. Set in the ozarks, rural missouri. Shot in the foothills of the appalacians, exurbann atlanta. Its entertaining but probably less deep than BB.
12-01-2019 06:27 AM
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(11-27-2019 11:23 AM)Captainstabbin Wrote:  The Irishman turns out to be a good 2 hour movie that Marty stretches out to almost 3 1/2 hours. And Scorsese's direction seems tired. Actually, the entire cast seems tired too, even in scenes that are supposed to take place when they would be in their prime. They seem a lot like they are IRL, a bunch of tired, angry old men who take themselves WAY too seriously. You see more of that everywhere lately.

I thought it was fantastic and the direction excellent. I think the deageing works fine when they're mostly stationary, but you can tell their bodies when in motion aren't 40 years old. I think taking 20 years off a 45 year old is one thing, but by mid-late 70s, taking 30+ years off is maybe a little too much since your body has significant wear and tear and it shows in how you walk etc.

But that aside, it was the most 'Scorcese' Scorcese film I've seen since Goodfellas/Casino - perhaps because of the approximate era it's set in - stylistically in terms of camera shots etc it was very similar to those two. There'll be plenty of Oscar nominations for sure, acting included.

I found The Irishman to be a big steaming plate of "meh". I've seen Goodfellas often enough I didn't need to see it again, and certainly not 3 1/2 hours worth. DeNiro phoned in a lot of his performance; in the first 5 minutes it seems like he tried some semblance of an Irish accent then said 'f*k it' and just went with his least-NYC/Italian voice. Pacino still doing that wide-eyed shouting caricature of a character thing that he does, but at least he didn't do his "southern black baptist minister" voice. Supporting cast were decent enough, but you get distracted by the recognizable ones which take you out of the moment. The rest of it was very Scorsese, but I didn't see anything new.

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Think that's unfair on De Niro. He's never been a larger than life, 'hey look, I'm acting" kind of actor, Raging Bull aside. It's always been about subtlety and 'less is more'. Moreover, what accent should he have? Frank Sheeran was born and raised on the northern East Coast.

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I finished The Irishman last night and thought it was a good movie. I can see why he moved it to Netflix and limited theater because of man-children film critics took serious offense to him criticizing Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and they would make sure the movie tanked.
12-01-2019 05:06 PM
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I enjoyed Aeon Flux. Although i know it's not very new. Anything Scifi is fine with me.
12-01-2019 09:11 PM
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(12-01-2019 05:06 PM)Kurgan Wrote:  I finished The Irishman last night and thought it was a good movie. I can see why he moved it to Netflix and limited theater because of man-children film critics took serious offense to him criticizing Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and they would make sure the movie tanked.

He (I assume you mean Scorsese?) had no say in that. While there were plenty of people wanting a piece of the movie when it was budgeted at $50 million, Netflix was the only studio willing to drop the $160ish million final production cost (some say over $200 million) after Paramount wisely bailed. Also, as much as $60 million was spent on deaging the actors. That's insane.

I missed the humor of a Scorsese mob movie. This was just boring. I'm sure real mob stories are often boring and that's what makes it more realistic, but it's also not entertaining.

EDIT: This movie cost the same, perhaps more, than the last Spiderman movie. Can anyone say that money made it to the screen? It looked cheaply made.
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Boring? Without trying to be a dick, I think that's indicative of how far attention spans have fallen and snap-cut edited franchise movies have warped people's tastes. I'd rather watch the Irishman 3 times in a row than sit through ten minutes of Transformers 16.

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I'd say stay away from Tarkovsky!
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I agree it was boring. 5/10
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You can now watch a true masterpiece on Youtube ffs man:






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I've watched a handful of movies this week.

Red Dawn 1984 - somehow I had never seen this movie before... what can I say other then its a classic and go wolverines

Hobbs and Shaw - The first 30 mins or so I was amazed at how bad the movie was.... it seems like it picked up a little after that though. Still a terrible cash grab in the form of a over the top action flick.

Freaks - someone on here recommend it, it kept me confused long enough to keep me interested. Decent flick

The Hitcher 1986 - It's a bit dated but well acted, especially the antagonist played by Rutger Hauer (RIP)

Brightburn - I wasn't expecting to like this movie at all... yet I did very much. I'm certainly no fan of the director James Gunn or Elizabeth Banks as people or professionals (for the most part) but this was probably one of the few newer movies I can recall that I actually enjoyed. It's a dark re-imagining of Supermans origins where young Superman wasn't such a do-gooder....quite the opposite actually.
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