Last movie you watched

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    I saw Jason Bourne finally. I really love the other films and were hopeful for this one. However it felt a little.. thin. Sure were some nice action and "typical" bourne makes weapons out of pens and chair legs, but I had hoped for more. It was like the bad person weren't bad, but then were bad anyway? It had some nice camera work though and one or two intense moments, but the rest were a little too bland. They said "we really wanted to make a good story" but in the end I can't shake the bad after flavour of money grabbing.

  • I saw Swiss Army Man last night. Looking back at 2016, I remember seeing the trailer for this and thinking, "This is going to be my favorite movie of the year." The first hour was absolutely fantastic. It was strange, awkward, funny at bits, it felt like it had something to say but that last half hour? Almost unwatchable in its execution. I know it's more about the journey than the destination but one-third of the entire movie made me roll my eyes multiple times. It seems like all the themes and possibilities got abandoned in lieu of making a joke. Maybe there's some meta-narrative I didn't catch on to where sometimes things don't work out or life is confusing, but that ending left me feeling hollow. Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe did an excellent job with their acting though, that part can't be taken away.

  • I watched Sully the other night. It wasn't super memorable but I still thought it was a really good biopic with good performances all around.

    I also watched They Live on HBO tonight. God what a fantastic film

  • Watched The Revenant last night very breathtaking, seeing the struggles of the journey of surviving with the motivation of revengeance.

  • Going to go see La La Land in about an hour.

    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!
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    The ultimate Noodles and Broth film.

  • Saw La La Land, which I have mixed feelings about.

    Its sense of whimsy, its naivety, is so overbearing I don't know precisely how sincere it is. It also borrows a lot from Jacques Demy's musicals, which are some of the best to use the pleasures of a genre in a critical or ironic way, so I don't know exactly if this film is trying to do the same.

    Its characters are so vapid and short-sighted, and that's all the movie ever gives us. They don't have friends, or families, or collaborators (which is especially worrying given they work in collaborative art forms). They just have dreams, but with what seems like no passion to meaningfully improve their craft.

    But even if this is me giving it too much credit, meaning that if it is meant to be taken earnestly I'd say it doesn't work at all, it doesn't pull this Brechtian dialogue as well as other, more deeply ironic American films of late or other post-musicals have.

  • @Ringedwithtile I just thought it was interesting that for a so-called "love letter to LA" it ended up being a critique on the ultimate hollowness of chasing your dreams and succeeding.

    That being said, the art direction was great. They see a set being built on the studio lot at the beginning of their relationship, and they dance through it at the end, and you realize that the set is a microcosm of the actual film you just watched from the freeway in the opening, to Griffith Observatory. There's some visual layers of inception in this film that may bear some repeat viewing.

  • "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?"