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ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,067 PostsSuper OG
What have you seen of late that has your sox knoc'd?





What's good in Hollywud?

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  • klezmer electro-thug beatsklezmer electro-thug beats 231 PostsReal Head
    Dunno about hollywood but like some kind of premature greyhair weekday 2pm moviegoer I joined my fellow visibly decaying octogenarians for their usual slow-paced foreign movie matinee the other week and saw Toni Erdmann, the nearly 3-hour father-daughter German comedy (yeah, hard sell).
      
    Really enjoyed it, think it had some serious shit to say about maintaining a connection not only to your family, but to humanity in general, especially when you're in a job that removes it from you - which seems to be the case for more and more jobs these days. But it was still funny, in a "the Office" kind of way. I wasn't rolling but it kept me onboard for the whole duration, which is an achievement I think.

    Watched the first 3 hour chunk of Made in America on BBC, started the second, gave up on the gruesome murder shit. I remember that stuff too well from the first time around, but the first part with the background of his career, how he treated his success as an escape from responsibilities to the community he grew up in, how his attitude seemed to be that he could get away with anything, and putting all that in the historical context of what was happening with civil rights, black athletes taking political stands, and the LAPD, all that stuff was great and newer to me as I was too young to know all the background when the trial went down.

  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 6,659 PostsClassic
    I enjoyed Logan, if only for the novelty of blood and gore: I was slightly aware that I was enjoying that a bit too much  At fucking last!

  • DORDOR Two Ron Toe 9,693 PostsSuper OG
    I've seen plenty of flicks as of late, but very few I really enjoyed.

    A few that come to the top of my mind.

    Moonlight. Sing Street. The Nice Guys. Kubo and the Two Strings.

    I'm looking to check out Logan. T2 Trainspotting. Dunkirk.


  • Beatnick DeeBeatnick Dee beatnickdee.com 27 Posts
    Get Out was fantastic. Highly recommend!

  • ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,067 PostsSuper OG
    Yeah, I heard Get Out and Logan were good. 

    I did see Toni Erdmann and it was silly af.  The first hour drags a bit, but loved it in the end. 

  • Just hit up Mubi for a French double feature at home last night - Cléo from 5 to 7, Agnes Varda's ultra classic new wave, and the only new wave film I've seen where a female character seems to be more than an object; and Le Parc, a weird recent film of a teenage date in a park that turns to nighttime and basically all dialogue stops about halfway through and things get weirder and weirder when darkness falls. Definitely a mood piece that will try your patience if you're not ready for that kind of thing, but I really liked it and busted out laughing at one part way harder than if the rest of the film hadn't been so meditative and withdrawn.

    I dunno if Mubi's selection is the same worldwide, I imagine so, but compared to Netflix etc. 

  • Beatnick DeeBeatnick Dee beatnickdee.com 27 Posts
    Trainspotting 2 was absolutely exceptional! Amazing movie, so well written, spot on acting. Better than the first one! 

  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 6,659 PostsClassic
    Life: good if you're into claustrophobic space ship situations with aggressive aliens. Bad if you go with acute hangover and talkative girlfriend.

  • ketanketan Warmly booming riffs 2,067 PostsSuper OG
    Finally saw Rogue One!  I really enjoyed it, esp b/c I didn't realize it was a prequel to Ep 4 until the very end.  It was a bit long, and there were too many obvious/direct references to other movies in the series, but still: 8/10.

    Saw Get Out too and it was a riot.  Such a great Rosemary's Baby vibe.

  • JuniorJunior 4,767 PostsSuper OG
    Watched Free Fire last week. It felt like the kind of film that Tarantino might have made if he hadn't got lost to a world of self-pleasure and cocaine 15 years ago. Not perfect but short and very entertaining - Wheatley doing Billericay proud.

  • Yeah Free Fire was great, the highlight of a 9-hour, five-movie flight. Made me laugh a few times despite the crowded plane. Exactly as I'd have described it - Tarantino basically without all the massive drawbacks and hangups of Tarantino.

    On that same flight I caught up with a few others I'd been meaning to watch -

    Hell or High Water, which was good and made me wanna check out more from the same director, but not the next-level stuff some critics were calling it.

    La La Land - it was fine, not worth a best picture nor a "backlash". Even if this was the movie Damien Chazelle WANTED to make when he made Whiplash instead, Whiplash is better.

    Moonlight - latte pass, but it was really, really good and not in the artsy hard-to-watch way. The way people have been talking about it makes it sound like a chore, like "Crash" or other Best Picture bait that was half about feeling proud that you got through it as a viewer, but Moonlight is totally not that, really watchable, character-driven, story-driven, not stupid with aesthetics shitting all over the story, but also not workmanlike. Had a distinctive visual touch still.

  • JuniorJunior 4,767 PostsSuper OG

    Moonlight - latte pass, but it was really, really good and not in the artsy hard-to-watch way. The way people have been talking about it makes it sound like a chore, like "Crash" or other Best Picture bait that was half about feeling proud that you got through it as a viewer, but Moonlight is totally not that, really watchable, character-driven, story-driven, not stupid with aesthetics shitting all over the story, but also not workmanlike. Had a distinctive visual touch still.
    That reminds me I really need to see Moonlight. I was a little bit wary about it for exactly the reasons you mention about but this is the kind of ringing endorsement that convinces me I need to get on with watching it. It's still on at the cinema here so perhaps I'll go to a showing this week.

    In other news, I finally, finally, saw Rogue One. What an entertaining film - ropey Cushing CGI apart it was fun from beginning to end and showed you can balance fan service without having to constantly labour the point.

  • JimsterJimster Montages of windsurfers and dem 5,964 PostsSuper OG
    Rogue One...  Enjoyed it for all the above reasons.  Only nag at the back of my mind was, with all that passing of the file at the end:

    They have invented Hyperspace, yet lack email.

  • JimsterJimster Montages of windsurfers and dem 5,964 PostsSuper OG
    http://www.filmmisery.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Lion-poster.jpeg

    Incredible-but-true story.  Hits very hard if you have kids yourself.
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