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  • 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.

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    Just saw starwars as well, it's messy, fast and loose but is pretty okay.

    @irongrey said in Last movie you watched:

    I didn't notice any pacing problem in The Last Jedi, and JJ Abrams has a history of messy stories and pacing.

    @capnbobamous said in Last movie you watched:

    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

  • @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.

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    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

  • 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.

  • @bam541 Doing the same thing here!
    Got TLJ left before finally watching RoS.

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    Let me know what ya think. Also, is this a case of manic pixie dream girl?

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Uncut Gems

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    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.


  • 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.
    TRoS: 4.5/10
    The Trilogy: 3/10

  • I've been watching a lot of good movies in the past few days, particularly Dunkirk, Brick and Baby Driver. Loved all of them. Anyway, I've been started using Letterboxd recently, I would love to follow anyone who also use that here. Here's mine!

  • Just saw Uncut Gems. I expected to like it. Hell, I even expected to love it, but I was not prepared for just much I would fucking love it. Uncut Gems is one of the most well put together films I have ever seen. The cinematography is simple yet extremely effective at setting a tone, the sound design is some of the best I've heard, and the score is simply phenomenal, creating a feeling of both familiarity and alienation.

    Sandler is an absolute phenom in this film, and I can say with confidence that nobody else would have been able to do a better job in this role than him. This is without a doubt the best role he has ever played. This is one of those movies that gives you a feeling of raw adrenalin, and even though I got the ending spoiled for me, there were a number of times when I felt genuinely nervous for him.

    I truly believe that this film is as close to perfect as a film can get, and proves that the Safdie brothers are two of the most competent filmmakers around. I give it a 10.

  • Some quick hits from the last few weeks:

    Marriage Story
    Really moving and personal story about how and why marriages end anchored by career-best performances from Driver and Johansson. I know it hasn't landed the same way for everybody, but I thought this movie was beautiful. It felt real and earnest in a way that few movies do, and even though it was emotionally devastating for me, it never really felt like it was explicitly going for gut-punches. Contrary to what I've heard many people say about this movie, it really isn't just another "divorce movie." I think the title is very intentional and very appropriate. While a little scattershot and slow at times, I think everyone should at least give it a shot. A-

    Alita Battle Angel
    Dumb and corny with some questionable acting and a script that is about 90% exposition, there is no reason for me to enjoy this movie as much as I did. I think it's objectively bad, but there's some real heart here. I hope it gets a sequel, since I think they're really onto something. B-

    Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
    A movie I was actively dreading seeing has ended up being one of my favorite Tarantino films. He might be the best director of actors working today, and the script manages to play to his strengths while avoiding the trappings of some of his more recent work. DiCaprio and Pitt are stellar, and their chemistry kept me invested even during the slower parts of the film. I'll be the first to admit I've gotten soft lately, but the ending moved me in a way I wasn't expecting; this is very clearly a love letter to the magic of movies, allowing us to tell stories the way we wish they happened. A-

    The Accountant
    A movie so preposterously bad it was almost insulting. This movie is problematic for so many reasons, but the biggest issue is that it's just boring. It wants to be a mind-bending thriller. It wants to put a new twist on vigilante justice. It's just so, so bad. At least it gave me something to laugh about with my friend after the fact. D

    The Hateful Eight: Extended Cut
    Technically a miniseries and not a movie, this is still very clearly meant to be watched in one sitting so I'm counting it. The first 3/4 of this movie are classic Tarantino, and largely echo the opening scene of Inglorious Basterds (which I consider to be one of the best openings in film history). Then the brains and blood start flying and it completely loses me. I don't know why it bothers me so much more in this movie than all the others - the violence here just feels so incongruous with the tone of the story that was being told. It went from being the best parts of Tarantino to the worst parts of Tarantino in about an instant, and that's a real shame. B-

    Knives Out
    A sharp script and brilliant performances in a fresh take on one of my favorite genres. I was always going to love this movie. A

    A dumbed-down rendition of one of the more important stories to come from the past few years, I found this movie incredibly frustrating. Admittedly, it's difficult for me to separate my politics from my experience watching this movie, so it's hard for me to judge this clearly. I will say that even despite all of that, I found the script to be fairly weak and tonally inconsistent, and the casting for the smaller roles was more distracting than anything else. The acting from the central trio was fine, but the main highlight of the movie was the makeup team. Seriously, it's incredible how they made Theron look so much like Kelly. Overall I was entertained, but I found myself more frustrated with this movie as time has passed. C

    Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
    I don't think anyone will deny that this movie is a mess. The pacing is all over the place, the script is shoddy, the chemistry between the cast felt forced, and I disagree with many of the decisions Abrams et al. made concerning their arcs. The story felt like it lacked the conviction to make any meaningful choices, and as a result the stakes felt lower than ever. This is pretty much in line with all the hot takes I've seen over the internet the past few days. So why don't I hate this movie? I'm genuinely asking that. I love the art direction, set design, and costume design, but that shouldn't balance out all the negatives. Kylo is one of the all-time great Star Wars characters in my book, but I was somewhat frustrated by the end of his and Rey's arcs. I think I just love the vibes of this universe too much to hate this movie. I'd still take the Sequels over the Prequels any day of the week. B-

    One of the most technically impressive movies I've ever seen, I think this will go down as one of the all-time great war movies. If you haven't heard anything of this movie, the central conceit is that it is a war movie

    presented as a single take.

    While some might write this off as a gimmick, I'd argue that this is one of the few movies where it actually serves to highlight the stakes of the story. Time is ticking down, and because of the presentation, you feel every second slipping away as the story hurtles towards its endgame. Deakins will rightfully garner accolades for his cinematography here, and Mendes will hopefully be a frontrunner for best director as well. The blocking is among the best that I've ever seen in a movie, allowing you to follow the action and emotion of the characters without being distracted by the almost showboating technique on display. Plenty of films have given me claustrophobia, but few have given me agoraphobia like this movie. The whole film serves to highlight the devastation of war, and it showcases this in both large-scale battles and smaller, more intimate moments. A moment near the end is so wracked with desperation that I didn't even notice I was crying until it was done. While I think the movie struggled occasionally to pull off some of the more subtle character work, I still felt wholly invested in these characters. Please see this in theaters if you get the chance. A

  • My top 10 for the year.. I'm sure 1917 will end up in there when I get to see it but otherwise I think its pretty final.

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  • Man, everybody liked Marriage Story more than me. lol

  • I don't feel comfortable making my end of the year list until I see Parasite, but I can guarantee you Marriage Story is not on there.

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    I saw Uncut Gens at TiFF and I actually hated it because the movie made me feel so frustrated and uncomfortable but as I left the cinema I did keep saying "I think this is exactly how the movie wants me to feel" but ya... I don't think I could watch that movie again.

    Just very quick top 3. Probably The Farewell, Parasite and Knives Out for me. Maybe The Lighthouse but I feel like I still need to digest.