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  • Andrew NDB
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    What's the latest movie you've seen?

    Saw "King Arthur" the other night. I mostly dug the trailers. I assumed it'd probably do decent enough. Apparently the plan was to make it a 6 movie shared universe thing. Now, I really love pretty much all Guy Ritchie movies... nobody does British gangster fare like him. Kind of expected to dislike the movie from all the reviews... but I didn't. It's pretty much exactly like every other Guy Ritchie movie ever, minus the moments of surprise brutality (hard to do in PG-13, not that a King Arthur movie needs to be R). Everything is moving quickly, snap snap snap, one thing quickly transitioning into the next. But what works with this style in British gangster movies or in a limited extent in his Sherlock Holmes movies, just kind of doesn't work here. It's OK that we don't intimately know every character in one of his random British gangster ensemble movies... it's sort of pivotal that we know and care about all the Knights of the Round to be. We don't. It's never not fun to watch and it's got an energy to it, but I don't know that I'd want to see it again. I wish Jude Law was a bit more raucous, a little more Dom Hemingway and a lot less nuanced/timid... I think it would have served this particular film better. I will say I liked this a great deal more than the Clive Owen/Keira Knightley "King Arthur" movie a decade ago.

    Now dammit, Guy Ritchie, make "The Real RocknRolla" already.

  • Andrew NDB
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    Originally posted by dubiousbystander View Post
    Have watched I Am Mother. I was surprised and impressed with it. Great acting, setting, backstory, and sneaky clever things you only notice if you're watching the number.
    That was not bad. The actress was really good... just by the way they cast her I could tell what her connection to Hillary Swank was going to be.

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  • ~mj~
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    Murder on the Orient Express (1974 version) enh...not as good as I had hoped...

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  • dubiousbystander
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    Have watched I Am Mother. I was surprised and impressed with it. Great acting, setting, backstory, and sneaky clever things you only notice if you're watching the number.

    I think the upcoming Cats would benefit by NOT being in hi-def.

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  • Coolwater
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    We've been watching more television series on Netflix. The trouble with movies is the length. On the one hand, they're too long for one evening, and on the other, they don't last more than an evening. A series can be watched for an hour, for weeks.
    We loved Russian Doll, and are currently watching Kurt Seyit ev Sura (Seyit the Wolf and Shura). It starts as a really soppy romance between an ex pat Turkish officer in the Tzar's army and a Russian debutant. World War I, the Russian Revolution, the Turkish Revolution, PTSD and an awful lot of devious, wicked people prevent our protagonists from living happily ever after. It's based on a true story, so we haven't given up on them yet.

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  • Coolwater
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    Wasn't for this one. Most of the stories were really cruel.

  • Coolwater
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    I was looking for a small collapsible cup for my travel kit and I found a bunch of interesting plastic souvenir ones from Russia. There were some pretty hand-painted ones and one from Solzhenitsyn’s home from the year of his death. Not small, but lightweight. I showed them to my husband, who said, "God knows what is in Russian plastic!" Um, yeah: do they glow in the dark?

  • Coolwater
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    .Amen.
    (This ' enter a post of at least ten characters' is annoying.)

  • Takk
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    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    A fairly decent comedic anthology film with some bits better than others. It opened with jestful absurdity, and concluded with introspective vagaries, as is often the case with Coen Brothers films, so it definitely feels like what you might expect from them. It actually kinda felt like a Canterbury Tales of the Old West.

    It's not for everyone, but I liked it.

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  • dubiousbystander
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    Checking out Alita Battle Angel for my first time. It's better than I expected. Probably the CG is helped by there being little attempt to make CG human faces.

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  • ~mj~
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    Watched My Man Godfrey last night, an old favorite...love William Powell...

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  • Cyrus The Great
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    The Oceans movies are fun to watch.

  • LamBear*
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    Originally posted by Coolwater View Post
    Chernobyl is as bad as you can imagine, just grim grim grim.
    Finally got to see it in its entirety. Fascinating, gripping, and yes, very, very grim. And sadly true.

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  • ~mj~
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    I have been introducing G to the Oceans 11 series. Love that movie...

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  • Ceridwen
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    Originally posted by ~mj~ View Post
    The Crimesof Grindlewald...at least I think that is the name. Just can't get into these last two movies. They lack that special magic of the HP films. So unmemorable I can't even recall the names. Depp is embarasing in them. Ugh.
    Just saw this one myself. I kind of enjoyed the first one, it had a bit of the childlike magic to it, especially Eddie and his portrayal. But this, no, they lost it all, lost the chemistry between characters, lost and dribs or drabs of magic there might have been, and lost any further money they might have got from me. Depp at his worst and Law in a completely throw away role. I'm so done with the whole HP world.

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  • dubiousbystander
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    That's a good distinction.

  • LamBear*
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    Missed getting in on the beginning of Chernobyl. Hope to catch it On Demand.

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  • Coolwater
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    My husband has trouble hearing in theaters, so we mostly stream movies and TV. I guess the last two have been mini series: Chernobyl and The Road to Cavalry. (Russian in subtitles, thank goodness.) Chernobyl is as bad as you can imagine, just grim grim grim. And Road to Cavalry, about WWI and the on-coming revolution, feels like I've seen it already. I'm mostly enjoying it, but it's Dr. Zhivago, Anna Karenina, and a few others all rolled in one. Can the characters be any more histrionic?
    We are waiting impatiently for new episodes - well, new to us, anyway - of Derish Ertegrul and are hoping for a redemption season of Lucifer.

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  • Cyrus The Great
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    I watched "First Man". It is a biographical movie about Neil Armstrong. I learned a few things about his life prior to landing on the Moon. However, I can't say that it was a really enjoyable movie. It was filmed in more of a documentary style than a dramatic style. It was sort of like lets try and put the viewer into the shoes of Neil while he is doing various things. Kind of like a first person video game perspective. Neil's wife Janet, played by actress Claire Foy, was the most interesting part of the movie for me. Ryan Gosling played Neil. I have enjoyed his acting in other movies, but his Neil was a really bland character. I'm not sure that was Ryan's fault though. I think he was trying to give an accurate depiction of Neil.

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  • dubiousbystander
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    I went to see Captain Marvel! That was a pretty darned good movie. Just keep whomever was responsible for certain comic stories far, far way. I am not deeply tied to the Marvel comics. I've had huge issues with them, such as when they made Carol Danvers pregnant with... Urgh. URGH. Yeuch.

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  • ~mj~
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    The Crimesof Grindlewald...at least I think that is the name. Just can't get into these last two movies. They lack that special magic of the HP films. So unmemorable I can't even recall the names. Depp is embarasing in them. Ugh.

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  • Perfect Warrior
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    I mopped Star Trek:Beyond off my PVR yesterday. The action was probably great in the theater, but I really had a lot of 'can we skip the chase, please?' moments. And, like, the angle of the plot changed halfway through. Not a rewatch, IMHO.

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  • dubiousbystander
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    I picked up Snow White The Fairest of Them All. I suspect it was because Clancy Brown is in it, only to find more familiar faces! It's not quite as difficult to watch as I remember. Does suffer from the usual lack of friendly interaction between female characters.

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  • LamBear*
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    Inside Out, then Den of Thieves. I like variety.

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  • ~mj~
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    Re watching the Lethal Weapon series...

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