Last movie you watched

  • "Warriors" been on an MMA kick lately (no pun intended) and someone suggested it. Actually pretty cool story to go along with it.

    Looking forward to watching Assassins Creed despite the reviews I've heard so far.

  • Back from hiatus and lots of films so rapid-fire.
    Honorable mentions:
    Nocturnal animals 7/10. Feels like a double feature making one highly more entertaining than the other. Writers will love it.
    Blair Witch 7/10. Pseudo remake-sequel that was a fun ride. Nothing more.
    Sing and Moana 8/10. Solid animated flicks but nothing exceptional.
    Doctor Strange 8/10. Visually sets the bar for special effects heavy films. Tippiest sequence in years.
    Manchester by the Sea 8/10. Heavy drama, People were holding in fluids in the theater.
    Moonlight 8/10. Important film, go in as blind as possible.

    Arrival 9/10. Best alien flick in years. Very realistic and optimistic. Every scene with the extraterrestrials moved me beyond words.
    Why Him? 9/10. Favorite comedy of year with return to form from James Franco. Cranston brings the gravitas and they go all out on the generational humor.
    And my movie of the years is... Lion 10/10. Go in as blind as possible but all i will say is India has 1.2 billion people on an earth of 7 billion and this movie makes you FEEL it. Filled with culture and emotion but also some dark and important secrets that come to light. Check it out people i promise you won't be disappointed.

  • @pinecone man I haven't even heard of a lot of these. Will definitely have to scope a few out!

  • In preparation for a podcast I'll be guest starring in regarding movie villains, I watched Deadpool for the first time. Like most Marvel movies, the villain wasn't too great in this one and I'm certainly feeling Marvel fatigue but it was still different enough to be entertaining. My knowledge on Mr. Wade is pretty minimal so I couldn't tell you whether it follows the source material well but it had a decent amount of violence and jokes to set it apart from the standard family friendly Marvel movies. Since I hear rumors of a sequel, hopefully they'll push the boundaries even farther, especially now that they don't have to tell an origin story.

    In Huber's realm, my theater starts showing this tonight:

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    I'm interested slightly because I'm getting some definite cannibalism vibes (which also makes me curious about Raw) but some of the descriptions I've read liken this close to torture porn which.... is off-putting in several ways. Taking a gander at the tags used on imdb to describe the movie (here) has made me even more skeptical but if time permits, I'll still check it out sometime this week.

  • I saw Silence which is very good, but made without almost any market in mind. Scorsese pulls another dialectical critique/celebration of his main character (like he did in The Wolf of Wall Street) that I think is very successful. The film itself reminds me of the modernist religious films of the 50's and 60's, especially in its excellent, conversation-driven back half that more closely examines theology, colonialism, and conscience.

    The problem I have with it is that its first half, though it has a couple of excellent scenes (the crucifixion, electing hostages) moves oddly. Too quickly to really settle into its environment and too slowly to let the danger and bewilderment seep in. I think it needed restructuring most of all. Also more of a personal thing, but I don't like voice-over and this film has a lot of it.

  • I finally got around to watching Arrival.

    Firstly I love the opening and ending and that's helped a lot by the fact I've always loved the song that's used

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    Anyway, like most sci fi films, the story is actually far more personal. The opening really sets the tone for the film, it's wonderful.

    I think what I like most about it is how relatively grounded it is. It does a fantastic job of exploring societies behaviour to such an event and the issues we have right now with communication amongst ourselves.

    I don't want to say too much more as I don't really want to spoil things or talk about certain events. I definitely recommend it.

    I think my only issue is I thought about it more and initially liked it more but now the more I think about it, the more I realise that events beyond the movie itself really don't fit and wouldn't work. That's about as much as I can say by being vague.

  • @TokyoSlim said in Last movie you watched:

    Also I bought tickets for later on this month when the new 4k restoration of Tampopo comes to town. One of my favorite movies of all time!

    The ultimate Noodles and Broth film.

    I rented it after reading glowing reviews on IMDB. What everyone sees in it, I do not know.

    If it had been a normal movie, just sticking to the main noodle plot, it's would've been pretty good. No masterpiece, but solid. Instead, it's disjointed, with jarringly nonsensical subplots, and heavy-handed food fetishism.

    Anywho, I just saw Hell or High Water. Great locations, well paced, reasonable acting, but too much reliance on old tropes and stereotypes.

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    If it had been a normal movie, just sticking to the main noodle plot, it's would've been pretty good. No masterpiece, but solid. Instead, it's disjointed, with jarringly nonsensical subplots, and heavy-handed food fetishism.

    If it had been a normal movie like you suggest, it would have been forgotten by time or never seen by most of the people who believe it to be a masterpiece. Instead it's a wonderful lighthearted satirical comedy of food culture, tradition, etiquette, and Hollywood. :)

    So I'm glad it's not as you proposed. Sorry you didn't like it.

  • The last movie I watched Is "I Am Not Your Negro", a documentary about race in the US from the perspective of the writings and interviews of James Baldwin.

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    Five stars.

  • @TokyoSlim We're showing that at my theater but literally every showing is sold out, guess I'll have to wait on that one.

    I'll try to catch Fist Fight sometime this week. It has been getting crap reviews but I love me some Charlie Day, so I don't care.

  • @SabotageTheTruth It's worth seeing.

    I Am Not Your Negro, not the Charlie Day one, I didn't even know that was a movie and can make no judgment on it. :)

  • @TokyoSlim It has a lower score on RottenTomatoes than The Great Wall does right now. #quality

  • @SabotageTheTruth Guess you can hold out hope for "so-bad-it's-good?"

  • The last two movies I saw were Hidden Figures and Rushmore. I want to start watching movies regularly again.. I've been spending all my free time gaming

    I thought Hidden Figures was great. I'm a big space/nasa nerd so I'm into anything that relates to that subject. I also love when movies are made on lesser known subjects, stories or characters that played a big part in a more well known event. From what I can tell the film is actually pretty historically accurate as well, which is something I appreciate.

    I'm not the biggest Wes Anderson fan but I've enjoyed all of his films that I've seen. Rushmore was no different. Its also on HBO right now if anyone's interested

  • Managed to sneak me and my brother into a local press screening for Logan last night. It was awesome

  • @tokeeffe9 I had the same thoughts as you (I think we're thinking the same thing without ruining the movie for others) and one of the thoughts that I had that I really liked is that perhaps it doesn't make sense to me because I don't understand the language and that if I did then maybe it would... its a bit of mental gymnastics that I'm willing to perform for an otherwise amazing film. I really loved this movie

  • @Mango Ya that's the thing. I actually don't want to think about it too much as the the self contained story is great but I can't help it. I'll spoiler what I am referencing.

    Basically being able to see your future (and I guess past although not as important). One thing is that someone with that ability would realistically lose all emotions. They already know all the feelings they will have, there is no surprise in what will happen, how they will feel etc.

    But the bigger issue is that this language is being thought to everyone in the world so everyone should have this ability and as 3rd dimensional beings, that just causes a huge amount of problems where everyone understands whats going to happen and genuinely no longer has a meaning or purpose.

    So ya... I'm trying to think only about the movie but it's tough.

  • @tokeeffe9 good points... definitely understand where you're coming from

  • I saw The VVitch which has some good stuff but just comes off as self-defeating and even a little cowardly in the end.

    It's a bit upsetting to me, because there is some really inspired imagery, but man, it isn't smartly strung together. It's a film but it still feels like a storyboard. Performances are pretty good all-round (the lead is great), but the scripting is so dogmatic and loud.

    I'm surprised people found this slow. I'd say it isn't slow enough. There's an anxiety to start throwing conflict and death around, I would have much rather taken in the impressive period setting for what it was.

    In the end it's surprisingly typical, and while (admirably) sticking to the tenets of isolated, god-fearing life, doesn't have much to say or develop its characters well enough to care much about all the suffering they undergo. However, I appreciate the effort and look forward to what Eggers does next.

  • Watched Arrival a couple days back. As a translator, I couldn't help but love it. Also, am I the only one who thinks the ending is straight out of 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors? Not that it'd bad thing.