The Movie Thread

Kurgan

Kingfisher

It's been a while since I posted because I've been busy with life. I think this scene would be probably be censored or Ernest would be cancelled in today's cancel culture with the stuff he does in his scene.
 

Tom Slick

Woodpecker
Something about this great TV movie gets at the core of men. "I love Brian Piccolo..."

Leonard Maltin's review:

Exceptional film relating real-life relationship between Chicago Bears football players Brian Piccolo (Caan) and Gale Sayers (Williams), and tragedy which affects entire team when Piccolo develops cancer. Outstanding teleplay by William Blinn from Sayers' I Am Third. Beautiful score by Michel Legrand. A milestone of excellence in made-for-TV movies.
 
MSM film critics losing their shit after rumours of Tom Hardy being the next James Bond:


Of course a masculine looking white guy is not what they want. They want a limp wristed Gay Bond or if not that then Idris Elba who they have been trying to push for years. BTW the current Bond (Craig) is utter shit, lacks charisma and I don't understand all the hype he get's. Casino Royale was the only film he was good in and matched his portrayal of the character.
Seeing pics of Hardy in a suit makes me think he would be a great Bond, however I think casting him now is a bit too late since hes pretty old for if they planned to keep him around as long as they did with Craig. Casting a woman or non white would be stupid, just obvious demoralization since Bond is one of the last remaining masculine white icons.

I agree Craig is super overrated. I liked Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace was okay, and I already thought Skyfall was also overrated. I skipped Spectre and will also skip the newest one for obvious reasons.
 
Not my first choice but at least he can act.

Looks like all those rumors about the next Bond being a black woman were bogus. Apparently, that was never going to happen as the producers don't like the idea of Bond being a woman.



Source: https://www.insider.com/james-bond-never-female-woman-broccolis-variety-interview-2020-1
They have to be optical with how they will subvert and destroy the franchise. They will still have a white Bond to get people to see the movie, but they will get around this by doing stuff like the new movie where they give him an ugly poc female sidekick whos more competent than him and is immune to his charms.

If the franchise is ever handed over to someone else, it will go the route of Star Wars.
 
About Blade Runner, I finally got around to reading the book. Worth a read definitely.

I liked the Blade Runner sequel as well.

Are there any other recent films which are apolitical like that?
 

Salinger

Kingfisher
I saw The Company Men recently and really loved it. It's about the economic meltdown from 10 years ago and how each of these men deal with the fallout. The film's got a star-studded cast with Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones which results in some great acting. A very relatable movie, especially during these tough times.

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Bigblabla

Pigeon
I watched The Tax Collector today. It was bad. Rotten tomatoes gave it 17% critic score and 72% audience score so that is one reason I watched it. It's interesting when a few people love a film when most hate it. I thought it was stupid and laughably cliche. The dialog was hard to believe since it was so corny.
I wanted to watch it also because the unhinged Shia Lebeouf got this humongous tattoo of a lady and a clown on his torso for the movie - then in the movie he does almost no action at all and i must have missed any scene where he showed this permanent thing he put on his torso. He says a lot of muttered tough guy things. It was pathetic, but a lot of reviewers say it was the high point of the movie. I think not.

It seems like the actors were all unskilled and the director let them ad lib a lot. They repeat already stupid lines quite a bit.

There were decent action scenes. There were a few interesting gimmicks. Worth my five bucks renting the stream but yea, I'd give it two out of five and even that is generous.
 

Hypno

Crow
I just watched Blade Runner and The Godfather for the first time...

Liked the latter, disliked the former. I can't stand 80s films... except for a few gems like Alien and the Shining.

The Godfather was pretty good. May need repeated viewings to appreciate it. It felt very timeless, like it could've came out within the past 10 years. I'm curious to see the sequels... after that, Scarface and Goodfellas are next. Not sure how the fuck I've gone the first 30 years of my life without seeing these classics...

Scarface is just the Godfather retold and set in Miami after the Mariel boat lift. It was vert powerful at the time, but seems over the top in retrospect. But I grew up on South Florida, and lots of that over the top stuff is taken from the headlines. Machine gun shootouts in mall parking lots were not uncommon, even into the late 80s. Goodfellas holds up better.

Another gem from the 80s is Body Heat. Its film noir, suspense type flick. Has a young (sexy) Kathleen Turner and Richard Hurt. Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke have small roles.

Another would be Platoon. Was revolutionary for its realism at the time, this was long before Saving Private Ryan. Also revolutionary for its cynical tone - most war films had been rah rah until then. Has an incredible cast.

Some other classics
Princess Bride
Coming to America
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Karate Kid
Rocky III
The Breakfast Club
When Harry Met Sally
ET
Caddyshack
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Beuler's Day Off
Airplane
Back to the Future
Say Anything
Trading Places
Dirty Dancing
Poltergeist
 

Hypno

Crow
There any true crime documentaries any of you recommend?

The Deliberate Stranger, which is about serial killer Ted Bundy, is good. It was a made for TV movie I believe starring Mark Harmon. I lived next door to one of his murder scences, so I got interested in his story.

Mindhunter is good also - its about the origin of the FBI profiling unit. Was a series on Netflix - there are at least 2 seasons, not sure if they are making more.

Manhunt Unabomber on netflix is also good.
 
Scarface is just the Godfather retold and set in Miami after the Mariel boat lift. It was vert powerful at the time, but seems over the top in retrospect. But I grew up on South Florida, and lots of that over the top stuff is taken from the headlines. Machine gun shootouts in mall parking lots were not uncommon, even into the late 80s. Goodfellas holds up better.

Another gem from the 80s is Body Heat. Its film noir, suspense type flick. Has a young (sexy) Kathleen Turner and Richard Hurt. Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke have small roles.

Another would be Platoon. Was revolutionary for its realism at the time, this was long before Saving Private Ryan. Also revolutionary for its cynical tone - most war films had been rah rah until then. Has an incredible cast.

Some other classics
Princess Bride
Coming to America
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Karate Kid
Rocky III
The Breakfast Club
When Harry Met Sally
ET
Caddyshack
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Beuler's Day Off
Airplane
Back to the Future
Say Anything
Trading Places
Dirty Dancing
Poltergeist

I need to finally see Trading Places. I have meant to see it for years...

I've read that a Coming to America sequel is in the works. I wonder if they will have Wakanda jokes! Lol
 

Hypno

Crow
I need to finally see Trading Places. I have meant to see it for years...

I've read that a Coming to America sequel is in the works. I wonder if they will have Wakanda jokes! Lol

really you should see all of them. They are all good films, and many have cultural significance

I left off films that were a big deal at the time, like Footloose, Ghostbusters, Saint Elmo’s fire, but really aren’t that significant
 
Watched Velvet Buzzsaw after Jay Dyer mentioned it during our show last night. The first half was pretty good, criticizing the absurdity and corruption of the “high art” world, but then it turned into a Final Destination horror movie and never really fulfilled its potential.
 
Just watched The Lighthouse, it was pretentious arthouse nonsense. I have enjoyed several other A24 films and I'm a huge fan of independent horror movies but this was a huge letdown.
Yeah, I had a friend whose opinion usually is pretty good and he recommended it, but it was ok. I though the actors did well. Some of the scenes where they were drinking was pretty funny. But the end scene was kinda stupid. And that little trick that a lot of movies do where they make something seem really mysterious - what was in the light? - when the reality is they had nothing. Remember that TV series LOST - I hate the sort of nonsense. Its cheap and pathetic.
 
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