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Old 02-20-18, 08:34 PM
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The Ritual- 4.5/8

Friends go on a hiking trip through a forest in Sweden when they become stalked by a demonic presence. Itís definitely a bit different than most horror films. Average to good but worth a watch if nothing else on.
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Old 02-23-18, 11:23 AM
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5/8


One of the most obnoxious, vile and politically INCORRECT movies I have ever seen and I must be a bad person because I laughed all the way through this thing.

It's not a great movie but depending on your sense of humor it is VERY FUNNY. What would really be funny is if they showed this film in your typical Women's Studies class. Heads would be exploding all around.
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Old 02-23-18, 11:33 AM
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Action in the North Atlantic

1943 War movie about the merchant marines being attacked by German U-Boats and then learning how to fight back. This movies stars Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, etc. Pretty good story line & fair amount of action. 6/8
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Old 02-23-18, 11:42 AM
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The Girl withe the Dragon Tattoo (2011) - 8/8

One of my all time favorites. Sequel is coming in October, but with a completely different cast and Fincher is not directing it. Doubt it'll be anywhere near as good.
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Old 02-23-18, 03:09 PM
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Stupid comment. What did you intend it to mean? Do you only read books that were published within the past five years? Do you read books at all? Do you believe that the art of film making has reached its zenith in 2018?
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Old 02-23-18, 06:30 PM
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The Girl withe the Dragon Tattoo (2011) - 8/8

One of my all time favorites. Sequel is coming in October, but with a completely different cast and Fincher is not directing it. Doubt it'll be anywhere near as good.
Didn't think I would but I also would give it 8/8 and am not looking forward to the cast changes. Thought about watching the originals but I simply do not have the skill to sit through a sub-titled movie, not on a tv anyhow. Too many distractions for me to bear.
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Old 02-23-18, 06:37 PM
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Darkest Hour 3/8. Probably the least inspiring version of Churchill I've seen on tv or movie, even including Lithgow, but I guess Oldman is a lock for the Academy. I like Oldman, but there was maybe 5 minutes where I would follow that wingy mouthed person he portrayed. Also interesting that the movie essentially takes the major credit for success out of his hands and puts it into the King's. True? And the attempt to put German failure to obliterate the soldiers trapped in Dunkirk on Churchil's call for Calais to fight to the end (if he actually did that) seems disputed by all three sides, The Brits, French and Germans. But that's brief wiki read.

Seems a revisionist a puff piece.
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Old 02-24-18, 01:23 PM
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Yesterday Today and Tomorrow (1963) - An Italian film starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. It consists of three vignettes showing how women use their sexuality to get through life. One is a poor women whose joy (and her way of staying out of jail) is staying pregnant and caring for her many children. The second one is a rich bored wife of an Italian businessman who trifles with a poor young writer. In the final segment Sophia plays a good-natured manicurist/prostitute who attracts and then befriends a young seminarian who decides to give up the priesthood to be with her, while she is committed to helping him find his way back to the seminary. The main characters, even when playing the rich and self involved woman, were funny and likable. An added bonus is a strip-tease by Sophia at the end of the film.

My exposure to Italian Cinema is not real extensive. I have seen some of the post war stuff like Open City (1945), Two Women (1960) (again with Sophia Loren in a dramatic and Oscar winning role), a couple Fellini films, La Dolce Vita (1960) and Amarcord (1973), The Leopard (1963), the Spaghetti Westerns starring Clint Eastwood and the Oscar winning Life is Beautiful (1997). I need to see more and The Night of Shooting Stars (1982) has been highly recommended to me.

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Old 02-24-18, 03:24 PM
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The Post 4/8 To ME it wasn't very dramatic, nothing like movies with similar topics, Spotlight, All the President's Men. The movie couldn't even pull off the drama of the Supreme Court decision, falling flat. Even worse if the watcher had knowledge that it was one of the most liberal post WWII courts, the ruling was in the bag. None of the roles were particularly difficult. Street had two dramatic plot points to pull off, one she did, the other a huge fail, IMO.

The movie mostly seemed to me not about the Pentagon Papers or freedom of the press but to try and make a feminist statement (the stroll into and out of the court house steps) using a priviledged person whose entire accomplishment was to inherent through 2 deaths a paper they attempted to display as "fledgling," and to leverage and display the general distaste of a President, that had little to do with the Pentagon Papers other than doing exactly what a President should do, advocate for the role of the Executive, while giving major pass to those actually responsible, mostly Democrats.
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Old 02-25-18, 12:23 AM
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Last Flag Flying - Good solid film with the sensitivity to be expected of a Linklater film. A well told story of the men who serve our country and do what we ask them to do, regardless as to the wisdom of us having them do it.

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Old 02-25-18, 06:35 AM
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Shape of Water-5.5/8. Incredible acting throughout the entire cast, but the story itself is cliched. Good movie, but not Best Picture worthy.

Swimming with the Sharks- 6.5/8. Hidden gem for anyone with Prime Video. Spacey is awesome in his role as an azzhole Studio exec. The ending is "controversial", but I think it's excellent.
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Old 02-25-18, 08:19 AM
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Going the other way on that one.

Shape of Water 1/8 Was there really anything that wasn't predicted by the first five minutes? The schlockiest of the 50s. So I agree, cliched. The moral points were hit with a hammer. Throw in the usual stereotypes, some stupid plot points so things could be moved along and Shannon's overacting and I didn't really buy into the others, except the scientist. We got La-La Land with fish. You ate my cat! Still love you. lol.


We agree a lot on movies but not this one. I hope it was stolen. Whoever put this thing on air deserves the repercussions of this. It shows how the popular and powerful can get good press if the "message" is right.
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Old 02-25-18, 09:22 AM
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Going the other way on that one.

Shape of Water 1/8 Was there really anything that wasn't predicted by the first five minutes? The schlockiest of the 50s. So I agree, cliched. The moral points were hit with a hammer. Throw in the usual stereotypes, some stupid plot points so things could be moved along and Shannon's overacting and I didn't really buy into the others, except the scientist. We got La-La Land with fish. You ate my cat! Still love you. lol.


We agree a lot on movies but not this one. I hope it was stolen. Whoever put this thing on air deserves the repercussions of this. It shows how the popular and powerful can get good press if the "message" is right.
Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, and Octavia Spencer were excellent in their roles.
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Old 02-25-18, 11:01 AM
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Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, and Octavia Spencer were excellent in their roles.
I think all suffered from what I thought was a very poor storyline. As you said, cliche. Not realistic (even given the sci-fi nature). It made no effort. I can't give a great performance rating to a cliche.

Other than Shannon (and again, could be the direction), I didn't feel the acting was BAD but with the script and perhaps the direction, other than the scientist, none of the major acting helped me buy into the character could be real. Octavia played what she always played. Well done but not difficult. So did Shannon, with an extra oof. With Spencer it was probably more the character's reactions I didn't buy into. Hawkins, eh. It was role with a sympathetic gimmick. Character actor.

If this movie was made in the 50s, with all the forced plot points, it would be called a 'B' movie. But now, with a popular director and currectly popular themes (white racism, white brutality, socialism, gay, feminism, inter whatever relations, ....) that were told with a hammer and silliness instead of subtlety and caring.

What are you thinking about the accusation this was stolen? And any surprise that the casting of Hawkins as a Hispanic hasn't resulted in any "appropriation" complaints?
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Old 02-25-18, 07:54 PM
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Currently watching San Andreas so I canít rate it yet, although my rating probably wonít be great. The thing that is baffling me is that The Rocks daughter is full on white. It really makes no sense.
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Old 02-25-18, 08:52 PM
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Black Panther - 7/8

Arguably the best Marvel movie I've seen.
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Old 02-25-18, 09:20 PM
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The Belko Experiment (2016)

Horror: Located in an isolated part of Columbia is the Belko Company. When about 80 employees become trapped and held as hostages they are forced to play a deadly game that involves murdering their colleagues. This one reminded me of an older low budget film and sure enough it had a similar ending. The ones who created this must have seen that movie This one was gory but had several "why" moments.... 4.5/8
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Old 02-26-18, 06:49 PM
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Long Voyage Home (1940) - A decent WWII merchant marine drama but a really weird John Wayne film, in that he got top billing but was not a key character in the story until the last five or ten minutes. On top of that, his Swedish accent was just awful. I thought he was miscast in this one. Typical John Ford direction, the film is very well crafted and does a good job showing the adventures and dangers of sailing a tramp steamer.

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I think all suffered from what I thought was a very poor storyline. As you said, cliche. Not realistic (even given the sci-fi nature). It made no effort. I can't give a great performance rating to a cliche.

Other than Shannon (and again, could be the direction), I didn't feel the acting was BAD but with the script and perhaps the direction, other than the scientist, none of the major acting helped me buy into the character could be real. Octavia played what she always played. Well done but not difficult. So did Shannon, with an extra oof. With Spencer it was probably more the character's reactions I didn't buy into. Hawkins, eh. It was role with a sympathetic gimmick. Character actor.

If this movie was made in the 50s, with all the forced plot points, it would be called a 'B' movie. But now, with a popular director and currectly popular themes (white racism, white brutality, socialism, gay, feminism, inter whatever relations, ....) that were told with a hammer and silliness instead of subtlety and caring.

What are you thinking about the accusation this was stolen? And any surprise that the casting of Hawkins as a Hispanic hasn't resulted in any "appropriation" complaints?


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Black Panther. 5.5/8. Good but nothing special for me

Didn't help that the black delegation in the back row was yelling at the screen the whole movie


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I think all suffered from what I thought was a very poor storyline. As you said, cliche. Not realistic (even given the sci-fi nature). It made no effort. I can't give a great performance rating to a cliche.

Other than Shannon (and again, could be the direction), I didn't feel the acting was BAD but with the script and perhaps the direction, other than the scientist, none of the major acting helped me buy into the character could be real. Octavia played what she always played. Well done but not difficult. So did Shannon, with an extra oof. With Spencer it was probably more the character's reactions I didn't buy into. Hawkins, eh. It was role with a sympathetic gimmick. Character actor.

If this movie was made in the 50s, with all the forced plot points, it would be called a 'B' movie. But now, with a popular director and currectly popular themes (white racism, white brutality, socialism, gay, feminism, inter whatever relations, ....) that were told with a hammer and silliness instead of subtlety and caring.

What are you thinking about the accusation this was stolen? And any surprise that the casting of Hawkins as a Hispanic hasn't resulted in any "appropriation" complaints?
You're acting like I said it was the better than the Godfather. I thought it was an above average due to the acting, and given it's a best picture favorite, that means I view it as overrated.
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Split (Japan-2016)

Horror: 3 girls get abducted. M. Night Shyamalan wrote and directed this one that takes place in the "Unbreakable" universe with a 3rd part yet to come. James McAvoy does an excellent job playing the role of Kevin (The Kevin character is seen briefly in "Unbreakable"). One does not know what to expect in a Shyamalan film. Some great while others that could of been weren't but this was one of the better ones if you allow yourself to be absorbed by the atmosphere and the Psychological horrors..... 6.5/8
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Split (Japan-2016)

Horror: 3 girls get abducted. M. Night Shyamalan wrote and directed this one that takes place in the "Unbreakable" universe with a 3rd part yet to come. James McAvoy does an excellent job playing the role of Kevin (The Kevin character is seen briefly in "Unbreakable"). One does not know what to expect in a Shyamalan film. Some great while others that could of been weren't but this was one of the better ones if you allow yourself to be absorbed by the atmosphere and the Psychological horrors..... 6.5/8
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I think all suffered from what I thought was a very poor storyline. As you said, cliche. Not realistic (even given the sci-fi nature). It made no effort. I can't give a great performance rating to a cliche.

Other than Shannon (and again, could be the direction), I didn't feel the acting was BAD but with the script and perhaps the direction, other than the scientist, none of the major acting helped me buy into the character could be real. Octavia played what she always played. Well done but not difficult. So did Shannon, with an extra oof. With Spencer it was probably more the character's reactions I didn't buy into. Hawkins, eh. It was role with a sympathetic gimmick. Character actor.

If this movie was made in the 50s, with all the forced plot points, it would be called a 'B' movie. But now, with a popular director and currectly popular themes (white racism, white brutality, socialism, gay, feminism, inter whatever relations, ....) that were told with a hammer and silliness instead of subtlety and caring.

What are you thinking about the accusation this was stolen? And any surprise that the casting of Hawkins as a Hispanic hasn't resulted in any "appropriation" complaints?
You're acting like I said it was the better than the Godfather. I thought it was an above average due to the acting, and given it's a best picture favorite, that means I view it as overrated.

I'm not disagreeing with your opinion so much as I just have a different one, so no, there was no intention to "act" in anyway other than to justify MY reasons. Not attack yours.
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Red Sparrow receiving mostly negative reviews from the critics so far. Disappointing, but Jennifer Lawrence gets naked so it should still be worth a watch.
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Black Panther: 7/8

Great cast, visually stunning and gripping film. Even though the plot is slightly predictable, the film still generates a swell of emotion when it happens thanks to the actor performances, world building, and the score.

Horns: 4.5/8


One of the few times I've been able to watch Daniel Radcliffe and not think "Harry Potter", helped by his passable American accent. The last 5 minutes gets a little crazy, but other than that a solid flick.

Bright: 4/8

Not great, not bad, kinda just there. It had a number of good parts, but for too much of the movie it's just a random sci-fi movie. Disappointing considering the collection of talent on set.


Scott Pilgrim Saves The World: 4/8

Not nearly as good as I remember it being when I watched it way back when.
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Red Sparrow receiving mostly negative reviews from the critics so far. Disappointing, but Jennifer Lawrence gets naked so it should still be worth a watch.
In theaters? No. It will be out on torrents by the end of the weekend.
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In theaters? No. It will be out on torrents by the end of the weekend.
Meh, I'll go see it on Tuesday for 6 bucks
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