Last movie you watched
TokyoSlim last edited by
Just curious, but do you go to the theatre to see all of these or are you an at home watcher or how do you go about punching through 250+ films in a year? 1 in the morning and 1 at night?
I see about 40 movies in 25 days during the film festival every year, plus I get invited to previews and sometimes get sent screener copies. I live very close to a good independent cinema and also am an AMC A-list member and watch between 1-3 movies in the theater every week. Also, I don't sleep.
DIPSET last edited by DIPSET
Which film fest do you normally check out?
Here in Canada we have an awful company called Cineplex that runs the theatre monopoly and charges roughly $18+ for a movie ticket these days. That essentially stopped me from seeing too many films the past 5-6 years because I'm often disappointed by the movie. When you add time and cost of transit in addition to the expensive ticket and mediocre film, it always leaves an even worse taste in my mouth.
This week Cineplex was purchased by the UK company Cineworld for $2.8B meaning they will take over the more than 150 Cineplex branded theatres coast to coast. Allegedly in the US and the UK, Cineworld have been charging $18 for a monthly subscription that gets you unlimited tickets every month and they intend on implementing this in Canada too. If this pans out in 2020, I'd seriously consider being a moviegoer again. Hell, I'd even see more 'meh' movies just because I've already paid for it.
I just looked up AMC A-list and I'd prefer that if they make it an option as I probably wouldn't go more than twice a week anyways but its actually pretty exciting news for me.
TokyoSlim last edited by
I used to work for Cineplex, back when they had a US presence. They were bought out by Sony, and then Sony sold off the theaters to AMC a while ago. :)
A-list is great. I am paying like $20 something bucks a month to see on average 9 movies. Even includes the Dolby Atmos theaters with reclining seats and IMAX screenings. Special events like the Ghibli series and Fathom Events stuff isn't included, but yeah, it makes you far more likely to go check out stuff like Gemini Man when you're basically not paying for it. lol
I go to/work at the Seattle International Film Festival. By volume, the largest FF in the world. 25 days long, usually around 400+ movies.
TokyoSlim last edited by TokyoSlim
Star Wars:, The Rise Of Skywalker:
Some good, some laughably bad.
Capnbobamous last edited by Capnbobamous
Rise of Skywalker is an incredibly messy movie, but it sticks the landing. There are so many flaws, yet I find myself looking past them because of how it was all brought together. The first 20 minutes are really bad, the last 20 minutes are excellent. The pacing is also very bad, though I think Last Jedi carries much of the blame for that.
I give it a solid 7.
Edit: the more I think about it, the more I like it. I honestly think the reason for that is because it has heart. It captures the soul of Star Wars more than any of them since Return of the Jedi, so through all of its flaws, it's still an effective Star Wars movie.
IronGrey last edited by
@Capnbobamous I didn't notice any pacing problem in The Last Jedi, and JJ Abrams has a history of messy stories and pacing.
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@irongrey I don't think Last Jedi has any pacing problems itself, but I think it left Rise of Skywalker in the unfortunate position of having to wrap up too much stuff.
spikewolf_26 last edited by
Star Wars was just a sloppy stack of tropes. Some scenes were awesome. I'd watch again.
IronGrey last edited by IronGrey
I have watched two movies in the past two days, I enjoyed both of them.
"Joker" is a good movie, depicting the main character Joker in what was for me a fresh perspective (I have only read The Killing Joke and there was a nod to it near the end, but this movie is wholly different otherwise). It's interesting that they chose the 70's for the setting, and Gotham's ruin is a major element in the story. I could relate to Arthur's plight at several moments through the movie, as I couldn't help but think that he was making all the wrong decisions with the rough cards he was dealt with in life. The movie bases itself plenty on Joaquin Phoenix's acting capacity, like other reputable filmmakers and peculiar plots have done in the recent past. If you liked this movie, I recommend opening his list of films in the decade and check if there's something that catches your eye that you haven't yet seen.
"The Irishman" is what I believe to be an outstanding mafia movie made in the classic mold by a veteran filmmaker. Martin Scorsese conducts a stellar gangster epic that spans the life of Frank Sheeran, a mobster portrayed by Robert de Niro, depicting his rise through the ranks of the Bufalino crime family. Eventually, he meets and works for Jimmy Hoffa, a powerful labor union leader with connections to the Bufalinos and other criminals. I feel like this movie comes with a bonus for experienced watchers of movies about the mafia, as one can recognize the intricacies of the conversations and dualities between the mobsters. Curiously, I could also strike a parallel between certain aspects in the movie and the Trump family. The rich and intricate plot is given room to breathe and develop properly, what I sadly feel to be a rarity these days, as movies seem to be constructed just to fill a checklist of contents. The expansive plot also gives the actors a space to act, to show us how they contemplate certain decisions and how they behave in certain contexts. I felt like de Niro, Pesci and Pacino's acting was thorough and meticulous, although De Niro's a bit laboured. Anna Paquin was very good, albeit with a short screentime. In a personal note, I wish that the movie were even longer and depicted further the relationship between Sheeran's daughter Peggy and the Hoffa family, beyond its hintful depiction. However, I understand that there could have been time and budget constraints for Scorsese, as well as the fact that this is as much as possible a biography about sensitive subjects, and it wouldn't bode well to go too far in certain reconstructive speculations.
Just saw starwars as well, it's messy, fast and loose but is pretty okay.
I didn't notice any pacing problem in The Last Jedi, and JJ Abrams has a history of messy stories and pacing.
I don't think Last Jedi has any pacing problems itself, but I think it left Rise of Skywalker in the unfortunate position of having to wrap up too much stuff.
TLJ I think is a very messy film pacing wise due to the fact that the party is split for most of the film, and because the passage of time is not well exlained or shown, which did a major disservice to the naval metaphor of the retreating fleet.
Don't get me wrong though I really liked TLJ, and I still kind of like it more than RotS, I never really felt really wowed by RotS in the ways I did with TLJ which I think really speaks to the stylistic differences between JJ and Rian Johnson
IronGrey last edited by IronGrey
@Ochi Maybe the passage of time wasn't well shown, but I thought it was implied - this is one of the things that literature can do well and cinema can't, as I see it. In the books you can read about character thoughts and perceptions inbetween mundane and tedious routines, whereas in the movie all you'd see is someone standing around doing nothing interesting for an amount of time equivalent to the time passed related to the film's length.
This is true, personally if I could time travel and convince disney to do it, I would've loved to seen TLJ as a tv mini series rather than as a singular film just to give it that element of time.
Like Empire Strikes back has huge ellipses in time while Luke is training and while the Falcon is on the run, but it does manage to work, I just felt Finn and Rose's trip to cantobite in particular really warps the sense of time because you can falsely get a sense of it all happening in just the span of a day and a half.
Ironically RotS doesn't have issues with the ellipses because JJ crams in a countdown for drama and then makes the movie go at break neck speeds as everyone hurtles from one thing to the next
bam541 last edited by bam541
With the release of RoS, I'm planning to watch all the Star Wars movies since I've never actually watched most of the prequels and original trilogy in full (Only finished IV, VII, and VIII. Loved them all). I never bothered before since pretty much all the important plot points is spoiled to me through various means.
I'll be watching them through the holidays, and I've just started with The Phantom Menace. I think my expectations made my enjoyment of this much higher than it normally would. Been hearing nothing but bad stuff about this movie, and a lot of it is true, for sure. The worst part about this is certainly the acting performances. All the human characters feel like the same people, and some of them act like they're nervous of something. The writing is... okay at best, it feels plain and witless, but it never gets me feeling embarrassed or anything like that. Top it all off with the dated CG that's in almost every scene and you would have a pretty bad movie. Still, I had fun watching this. I just can't shake the "Star Wars" feel of this movie, it's enough to make me laugh at it's shortcomings and just enjoy the ride. That podrace was pretty fun, despite the lackluster and samey cinematography. The action scenes were fun too, although there are zero tension in them due to the unthreatning potrayal of the droids. Darth Maul is pretty badass though.
I'll just post a ranking of all of them when I'm done here, unless I have anything that hasn't been said before about these movies.
DemonPirate last edited by
@bam541 Doing the same thing here!
Got TLJ left before finally watching RoS.
spikewolf_26 last edited by spikewolf_26
Rewatched this: https://youtu.be/6OY1EXZt4ok
Let me know what ya think. Also, is this a case of manic pixie dream girl?
bam541 last edited by bam541
Finally got around to watching Spider-Man Far From Home. Holy shit, this is pretty great. All the action scenes are so well done, especially the one on the end. The illusion scenes are pretty cool too, I wish we got more of those. It does feel more action heavy than the other movies, but there's still a couple of good comedic and emotional stuff happening. Seeing Peter getting lost in that very nice country a bit longer would be great. This is an easy 9/10 for me, probably my favorite live-action Spider-Man movie.
Hanabi last edited by
Some families get together on Christmas Eve and watch holiday classics while having a giant fancy dinner or reminiscing about the last year. My family shot the shit with some wendy's while watching Good Burger on netflix.
I'm genuinely shocked at just how good that movie is, I really enjoyed it. I saw it once like 15 years ago and liked it then too but I figured that was just me being a dumb kid, but no it's seriously worth checking out.
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DIPSET last edited by
This movie is so simple in premise yet so entirely unique. It is a story taking place in very recent history (NBA Finals 2012) and is realistic in its depiction of the chaos in the Diamond District Manhattan as well as the culture surrounding sportsbooks and gambling. Uncut Gems is 2 hours of constant anxiety as the main character lights a fire everywhere around him.
I don't want to spoil much but this is such a chaotic, gripping, stressful, and funny modern film.
Tearju Engi last edited by Tearju Engi
The Rise of Skywalker
Don't want to spoil but I agree a lot what Damiani said about it in spoiler mode. Cramming too much in this so they could "fix" previous one.
I hate JJ's use of lens flares but this new thing of using lots of flashes was just too much.
I hate prequel trilogy but this trilogy made me not care about the whole SW anymore. OG trilogy I'll still watch but doubt I'l go around watching others ever again.
The Trilogy: 3/10