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Old 04-30-18, 06:52 PM
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What Movies Did You Watch in May 2018?

As a horror movie junkie, I come across a lot of off beat Horror movies as well as the run in the mill straight to video. I will share my thoughts of the ones that I see this month. So, if you seen a movie new or old and want to share your thoughts go ahead, and if its horror, even better!!!!

I will edit in my horror views here with my rating scale on how I liked it.....

8 = Donnie Darko
7 = Excellent !!!!!
6 = Great
5 = pretty Good
4 = OK/Good
3 = not good
2 = Bad
1 = Unwatchable

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#3771 The Shallows (US-2016) ... 4.5/8

#3772 Personal Shopper (France-2016) ... 5.0/8

#3773 Brimstone (Netherlands-2016) ... 6.0/8

#3774 Symptoms (UK-1974) ... 5.5/8

#3775 Jackals (US-2017) ... 4.0/8

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Old 05-01-18, 08:43 PM
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The Shallows (2016)

Horror: A surfer on a trip to get away from reality finds a hidden beach to escape to but becomes trapped on a rock with a great white waiting to feast. Decent film but did not like the events that occurred at the end. Also, we are not stupid. Things do not stay put in an ocean as current will take it away as well as other things but still an entertaining movie.... 4.5/8
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Avengers Infinity War 8/8. Part 2 or whatever they decide to call it will have a difficult time topping this one. The Russo brothers have easily made the best 3 Marvel movies with this, Winter Soldier and Civil War.
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Old 05-02-18, 06:57 AM
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Avengers Infinity War 8/8. Part 2 or whatever they decide to call it will have a difficult time topping this one. The Russo brothers have easily made the best 3 Marvel movies with this, Winter Soldier and Civil War.
if you can imagine, the writers actually claim Avengers 4 is better.
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Old 05-02-18, 09:48 PM
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Office Christmas Party (2016) ... 5.0/8
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Old 05-02-18, 10:07 PM
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Ghost Stories (2017-UK).

Horror/Supernatural, with some well placed comedy. 7.0/8.
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12 Strong - Well executed telling of a true and very compelling story. The combat depiction was fairly accurate and the characters fairly well defined in the limited time they had. I had read the book, Horse Soldiers and I have to say they did a good job adapting the story for film.

21st century soldiers fighting on horseback. I can imagine how Errol Flynn would have played it 70 years ago.

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Anatomy of a Murder (1959) - I am not a big fan of courtroom dramas but this was a very good one. The courtroom scenes were realistic and the story itself was very good. It was a best picture nominee in 1960 but lost to Ben Hur.

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12 Strong - Well executed telling of a true and very compelling story. The combat depiction was fairly accurate and the characters fairly well defined in the limited time they had. I had read the book, Horse Soldiers and I have to say they did a good job adapting the story for film.

21st century soldiers fighting on horseback. I can imagine how Errol Flynn would have played it 70 years ago.

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Immediately became my second favorite war movie.


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The Avengers: Infinity War

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A blast of a movie that kicks off the summer popcorn season with style. Never a dull moment this thing careens from one big battle to another from start to finish. It's a lot of fun and kids of all ages (10 - 100) will enjoy it.

But with that being said the movie was dumb as a lug bolt and showcased how the comic book superhero movie has hit a creative rock wall. I will give the producers credit for coming up with a clever way to thin out the grossly overpopulated Marvel superhero universe but does anyone really believe that they would kill off the equivalent of several billion dollars worth of box-office characters? I don't.
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Greed (1924) - I don't know where to start with this film. Originally the film was 8 hours long. Very few people had seen the original cut. The studio wanted it cut down to 2 1/2 hours and much of what was cut has been lost. A "restoration" of the film has been made by Turner Classic Movies using production stills to add the lost subplots and story lines extending the film length to 4 hours. That is the version I watched.

One of the scenes in this film really shocked me. This was a "pre-code" film meaning that industrial censorship was at a minimum. That scene showed one of the main characters disrobe and lie in her bed, naked, caressing her gold coins. Pretty intense for 1924.

Full of technical innovations and being filmed entirely on location, the film was way ahead of its time and has influenced great producers and directors to this day. Many consider the film the greatest film of all time.

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Hostiles (2017) - Christian Bale plays an 1892 Army captain tasked with escorting a Cheyenne chief back to his tribal land. As they trek through dangerous territory, they come across a woman (Rosamund Pike) whose entire family has been recently slaughtered by Comanches; so, they decide to take her along for the journey.

Rating: 3/8 Lame. Not what I expected. Other than a violent opening scene, there was no real action. Seemed the actors were trying to outdo each other in terms of dramatic stares and long pauses.

The Machinist (2004) - Again, Christian Bale, but this time he plays an insomniac machinist whose world deteriorates into equal parts confusion, paranoia, and terror, as mysterious notes turn up in his apartment and as hallucinations of a sinister-looking co-worker start to mess with his head.

Rating: 6.5/8 As the emaciated Trevor Reznik, Bale is almost unrecognizable (110 lbs.) in this nightmarish psychological thriller. Bale is excellent as he convincing portrays the troubled Trevor who, due to a severe case of insomnia, struggles with the deterioration of his physical and mental health and who believes he is being set up by a creepy co-worker, named Ivan. Definitely a must-see for those who appreciate darkly-atmospheric horror/mystery.
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Anatomy of a Murder (1959) - I am not a big fan of courtroom dramas but this was a very good one. The courtroom scenes were realistic and the story itself was very good. It was a best picture nominee in 1960 but lost to Ben Hur.

7/8
My wife's great-grandfather was in this movie as a juror. It was filmed in her hometown of Marquette MI. It is an excellent movie with a great cast.
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My wife's great-grandfather was in this movie as a juror. It was filmed in her hometown of Marquette MI. It is an excellent movie with a great cast.
To have met Jimmy Stewart, war hero, family man, golden age film star and all round great guy, would have been one of the highlights of my life. Wow. I am jealous.
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Old 05-08-18, 04:42 PM
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The Winslow Boy

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Old school (1940's) British drama featuring Cedric Hardwicke and a stable of great British actors.
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Avengers: Infinity War - 5.5/8

I'm giving it a break since it's part 1 of 2. We need more of Thanos' backstory and more info per his motives. In the end, it was really barely more than a mishmash of scenes where the good guys mostly get the crap kicked out of them.
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Avengers: Infinity War - 5.5/8

I'm giving it a break since it's part 1 of 2. We need more of Thanos' backstory and more info per his motives. In the end, it was really barely more than a mishmash of scenes where the good guys mostly get the crap kicked out of them.
Crusaders, my guess is that they played down the big guys motivation because even for a comic book movie it was absurd. From what I gathered Thanos thought the universe was "over populated" and there wasn't enough resources available to support everyone so he got the idea that if he wiped out HALF of all sentient beings there would be more then enough to go around.

A big problem with this thinking is:

* Sentient races tend to reproduce and grow their populations so is Thanos going to regularly cull the universe or is part 2 going to feature his war to obtain 100% compliance in contraceptive use?

* There are TRILLIONS of stars and whatever number is after trillions of planets in the Universe. Are we really to believe that this immensity can be exhausted so easily that it requires genocide on a universal scale?

To be clear I liked the movie and it was entertaining but a more compelling villain who had a more believable and horrific motivation would have made for a much better film. The problem with these super hero movies is that almost EVERY one features an end of the world/galaxy/universe plot line which doesn't leave much room for original villainy.
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Crusaders, my guess is that they played down the big guys motivation because even for a comic book movie it was absurd. From what I gathered Thanos thought the universe was "over populated" and there wasn't enough resources available to support everyone so he got the idea that if he wiped out HALF of all sentient beings there would be more then enough to go around.



A big problem with this thinking is:



* Sentient races tend to reproduce and grow their populations so is Thanos going to regularly cull the universe or is part 2 going to feature his war to obtain 100% compliance in contraceptive use?



* There are TRILLIONS of stars and whatever number is after trillions of planets in the Universe. Are we really to believe that this immensity can be exhausted so easily that it requires genocide on a universal scale?



To be clear I liked the movie and it was entertaining but a more compelling villain who had a more believable and horrific motivation would have made for a much better film. The problem with these super hero movies is that almost EVERY one features an end of the world/galaxy/universe plot line which doesn't leave much room for original villainy.


I think they covered it as well as they needed to. They talked about him going to the leadership of his planet Titan and warning them that overpopulation would cause an extinction level event for the world. They ignored him and the planet ultimately died.

Then thereís a flashback of him doing it on Gamoraís planet, and twenty years later the planet is now flourishing.


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Brimstone (Netherlands-2016)

Thriller/Horror: A woman has to deal with a Reverend who is out to get her. Told in 4 chapters this one got a bit brutal. I cannot stand Dakota Fanning but what her character had to go through in this one made it worth the watch.... 6.0/8

Personal Shopper (France-2016)

Horror: Following the death of her twin brother a median starts to get strange text messages from an unknown caller. If your looking for action this one does not have any.... it is more story driven... 5.0/8
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I think they covered it as well as they needed to. They talked about him going to the leadership of his planet Titan and warning them that overpopulation would cause an extinction level event for the world. They ignored him and the planet ultimately died.

Then there’s a flashback of him doing it on Gamora’s planet, and twenty years later the planet is now flourishing.


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I didn't feel like I had a dog in this fight because I am not a big Marvel fan. Last night I watched the latest episode of Gotham and I realized what my disconnect with Marvel was. Even with DC, the intergalactic villains leave me cold. I like the much more terrestrial villains like Riddler, Penguin and the Joker. Crime, corruption and human weakness are much more interesting to me than all powerful intergalactic beings.

Gotham has been a great TV series. Seeing the development of Bruce Wayne and all of his future archenemies has been very satisfying.

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Anon (Netflix): 4/8
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The Florida Project- One of the best films Iíve seen this year. I honestly think itís oscar worthy.

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The Florida Project- One of the best films Iíve seen this year. I honestly think itís oscar worthy.

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Some controversy over it getting snubbed at the 2018 Oscars ... only nomination was Willem Dafoe in the supporting actor category, who was beat by Sam Rockwell from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
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Couldn't go wrong with either. Both were excellent.
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Couldn't go wrong with either. Both were excellent.
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As a horror movie junkie, I come across a lot of off beat Horror movies as well as the run in the mill straight to video. I will share my thoughts of the ones that I see this month. So, if you seen a movie new or old and want to share your thoughts go ahead, and if its horror, even better!!!!

I will edit in my horror views here with my rating scale on how I liked it.....
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Hell or High Water (2016) - Set in West Texas (though filmed in eastern New Mexico), Jeff Bridges is excellent in this present-day heist/thriller as he portrays a soon-to-be-retired Texas Ranger in pursuit of two brothers who carry out a series of robberies against the bank that is about to foreclose on their family ranch. Action-Drama with a bit of comedy. Bridges was nominated for a 2017 Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category for his portrayal, while the film received 3 additional Oscar nominations, including nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

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Hell or High Water (2016) - Set in West Texas (though filmed in eastern New Mexico), Jeff Bridges is excellent in this present-day heist/thriller as he portrays a soon-to-be-retired Texas Ranger in pursuit of two brothers who carry out a series of robberies against the bank that is about to foreclose on their family ranch. Action-Drama with a bit of comedy. Bridges was nominated for a 2017 Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category for his portrayal, while the film received 3 additional Oscar nominations, including nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

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Nanook of the North (1922) - The film that the word "documentary" was coined for and the one that created that type of film. An incredible film that documents pre-contact life in the arctic. Sure, some of the scenes were staged and by then most Eskimos used rifles rather than the traditional spears and harpoons but all in all this was a great film and is still worth seeing today.

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Crusaders, my guess is that they played down the big guys motivation because even for a comic book movie it was absurd.
The motivation in the comic gook is that Thanos is in love with the Marvel equivalent to the God of Death and the killing of half the universe is a way to impress her (which it doesn't). I am guessing this was either to absurd, dark, or complicated for Disney to play out so they just went with the Malthusian explanation.
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