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bartist
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:29 am Reply with quote
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And Edward Platt was The Chief, of that catchphrase which along with a couple of other catchphrases made my parents regret allowing the kids to watch Get Smart. Once in a while I still encounter a person in late middle age or older who will still use that phrase.

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gromit
Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:18 pm Reply with quote
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Re-watched Fight Club.
I forgot how much it was Edward Norton's film. And how much voice over there is. It's a bit frenetic at times. And very self-consciously a guy film. It mostly holds up. But very much a product of its time.

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billyweeds
Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:21 pm Reply with quote
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gromit wrote:
Re-watched Fight Club.
I forgot how much it was Edward Norton's film. And how much voice over there is. It's a bit frenetic at times. And very self-consciously a guy film. It mostly holds up. But very much a product of its time.


I thought Brad Pitt stole it from Norton. One of Pitt's best performances--his best, IMO, until "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood."
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gromit
Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:28 pm Reply with quote
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Pitt does a terrific job. While I thought Norton's performance wobbles at times.
I think smartly they limit Pitt's scenes so he can keep up his ultra-cool persona.
But the film is written so that Pitt has the flashier, more impressive role.
Norton is one of those actors who borderline annoys me. I think it's his semi-whiny voice mainly.

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billyweeds
Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:53 pm Reply with quote
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gromit wrote:
Pitt does a terrific job. While I thought Norton's performance wobbles at times.
I think smartly they limit Pitt's scenes so he can keep up his ultra-cool persona.
But the film is written so that Pitt has the flashier, more impressive role.
Norton is one of those actors who borderline annoys me. I think it's his semi-whiny voice mainly.


Norton was fantastic in his breakthrough role in "Primal Fear," and followed it up with another stellar appearance in "American History X." From there it was all downhill IMO, until "Birdman," in which by all accounts he played a fictional version of himself. He does not have, shall we say, the greatest of reputations personally. IOW he's considered something of a major a-hole.
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gromit
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:39 pm Reply with quote
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Enjoyed The Blind Side again.
It's a good story and hits some proper tearjerker notes.
Sandra Bullock is terrific, really creates and nails a character, but even all of the small reactions and gestures are perfect. And it's a terrific role.
Good casting all around. Even the smaller roles are solid and feel real.

I noticed a few things that I either missed first time or forgot. For instance, I wasn't much interested in the Thanksgiving scene, but then realized that the happy family was rather taking themselves and their situation for granted. And Michael helps them rally as a family, drop the televised football game and eat dinner together and realize they have much to be thankful for, and Michael even more.

I like how they left the speech smacking down the drug dealer for close to the end. At first it appears the word 'bitch" sets Lee Ann off and gets her to return and confront the thug. And when she calls him a bitch, the audience is fully on her side and ready for the smackdown. But what you realize is she's doing it to protect Michael and the threat to her family, and in that way she's just like Michael the protector who will do anything to keep family safe. So that speech is a fine fun rousing moment, but also links Lee Ann and Michael together. And shows how they are similar people in a way.

I could quibble here and there. A few scenes seem rather satisfied with their endings. Some moments are a little pat or predictable.

But overall it really packs a punch and is effective. I'm a bit of a sucker for emotional sports films, especially combined with overcoming racial prejudice. But this really is a heartwarming story, and putting sports aside, there's a message that given the opportunity plenty of kids who are given up on can succeed academically, emotionally, family-wise, etc. That no one is irredeemable. That there's a lot of tragic waste of human capital and lives, etc.

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carrobin
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:33 pm Reply with quote
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A few days ago, TCM showed "The Man in the White Suit," a film I've always wanted to see. And it was a charmer, with the always elegant Alec Guinness as the title character, a scientist who discovers a formula that makes clothing permanently immaculate. And like so many films, TV shows, and books these days, it reminded me of Trump. When the perfect white suit is introduced, everyone is fascinated and amazed; then the battle ensues, between those who want to market it and those who know that it will make their products obsolete; and then, after much fear and fury, and a chase through the night streets--lovely cinematography, with Guinness in the disputed suit always the outstanding figure on screen--it's discovered that the miraculous formula is actually a worthless disappointment. It's a movie well worth seeing, though.
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Syd
Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:32 am Reply with quote
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That's one of those movies that I can watch over and over. I love the way he unites workers and bosses against him.

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billyweeds
Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:35 pm Reply with quote
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Syd wrote:
That's one of those movies that I can watch over and over. I love the way he unites workers and bosses against him.


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