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billyweeds
Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:54 am Reply with quote
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Great story, Bart. But I'd accept "Memento" if I could get back the 1,000 hours I spent watching "Inception," "Interstellar," "Dunkirk," "The Dark Knight" and the sequel and the prequel and anything else that Christopher Nolan ever made.
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bartist
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:49 am Reply with quote
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https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/aug/21/tenet-review-christopher-nolans-thriller-is-a-palindromic-dud

Amusing pan.

The Copperfield movie looks great, however, so we're going to brave the aerosol droplets midweek when it's not so crowded. Barkis is willing (though reportedly absent from this adaptation).

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I liked the first two of his Batman movies, and hated the third.

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gromit
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:13 am Reply with quote
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I never had any interest in any of these comic book films. It's too bad they've conquered the world.

Someone needs to see a Chloe Zhao film and report back. The Rider is supposed to be quite good.

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billyweeds
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:39 am Reply with quote
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gromit wrote:
I never had any interest in any of these comic book films. It's too bad they've conquered the world.

Someone needs to see a Chloe Zhao film and report back. The Rider is supposed to be quite good.


"The Rider" is a superb movie.
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bartist
Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:18 pm Reply with quote
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Ianucci has done it again. Creator of "Veep" and Alan Partridge, director of the wickedly funny The Death of Stalin, and In the Loop, and now a delightful reinvention of Dickens that seems faithful to the spirit of the original classic. Fine performances from an ensemble that includes Ben Whishaw (as the humble and oily Uriah Heep), Hugh Laurie (he IS Mr Dick) , Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, and Dev Patel.

An odd experience attending a theatrical showing. We were the only audience at a late afternoon showing on a Tuesday, and other rooms I peeked in (to see a baffling three minutes of "Tenet" among others) were similarly sparse. Signs instructed us to remain masked during the film, unless we were consuming refreshments. Given the empty seats around me, I decided to define air as a refreshment and happily slurped it up throughout the show.

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billyweeds
Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:32 am Reply with quote
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bartist wrote:
Ianucci has done it again. Creator of "Veep" and Alan Partridge, director of the wickedly funny The Death of Stalin, and In the Loop, and now a delightful reinvention of Dickens that seems faithful to the spirit of the original classic. Fine performances from an ensemble that includes Ben Whishaw (as the humble and oily Uriah Heep), Hugh Laurie (he IS Mr Dick) , Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, and Dev Patel.

An odd experience attending a theatrical showing. We were the only audience at a late afternoon showing on a Tuesday, and other rooms I peeked in (to see a baffling three minutes of "Tenet" among others) were similarly sparse. Signs instructed us to remain masked during the film, unless we were consuming refreshments. Given the empty seats around me, I decided to define air as a refreshment and happily slurped it up throughout the show.


I love Dev Patel and would be interested in this "Copperfield" even if it hadn't gotten rave reviews. As for "Tenet," I will not suffer through one more Christopher Nolan film ever. Ever.
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bartist
Posted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:31 am Reply with quote
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billyweeds wrote:
gromit wrote:
I never had any interest in any of these comic book films. It's too bad they've conquered the world.

Someone needs to see a Chloe Zhao film and report back. The Rider is supposed to be quite good.


"The Rider" is a superb movie.


2nd that. Treads a gray area between documentary and fictional drama beautifully. Non-actors are used, playing themselves, and Zhao seems to bring out their authentic selves. Brady Jandreau is the real horse whisperer, and those training scenes are real. Unlike in the narrative, however, his mother is alive and she's an extra who releases a horse from the chute at the rodeo.

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bartist
Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:35 pm Reply with quote
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billyweeds wrote:
DO NOT READ the NYTimes review of The Gift before you see it, which you should do. The review (by Stephen Holden, who should be fired for the shoddy job) is egregiously stuffed with spoilers, and the movie is legitimately surprising. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall are stunning in the leads and Joel Edgerton, as main support, writer, and director, iis a genuine triple-threat. The movie is not perfect, but it's a thriller of consequence, which is a rare bird indeed.
-- posted in August 2015, when a functional human being was president

What he said. How did I miss this? Though there are some fairly standard thriller plot elements here, Edgerton shakes them up cleverly. This was disturbing in all the finest ways a thriller can be. And Bateman really goes beyond his usual character zone, peeling away a facade and showing some smarmy layers below.

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knox
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:14 am Reply with quote
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This pan of Antebellum was an interesting takedown of what looks to be a piece of Shyamalanesque crap. Warning: the review has overt spoilers. The premise of the review is that these don't matter, but still.

https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/09/antebellum-review/616403/
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knox
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https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/10/possessor-brandon-cronenberg/616563/

I fear that Sean Bean (who Bart has pleaded for, re surviving an entire film or series, at Elba forum) is going to die, again.

Yes, Brandon is David's son.

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Cronenberg isn’t just looking to provoke with blood and guts—like all good dystopian fiction, Possessor offers disturbing and timely observations about the world we already live in. The crucial opening sequence sees Tasya hack into the mind of Holly (Gabrielle Graham), a Black woman, to carry out a murder in public, but then struggle to make her kill herself—Tasya’s usual exit strategy. A trio of cops that come upon the scene do Tasya’s job for her, shooting Holly to death without warning. The painful and resonant scene, which the film implies would’ve unfolded differently had Tasya’s victim been white, works because of Graham. Her excellent performance helps ground the viewer in the societal cruelty that Tasya is counting on to do her job.
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Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:47 pm Reply with quote
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The theme seems very Cronenbergian. Like his father, Brandon seems quite interested in how we occupy our physical bodies, and how we derive our identities from our physical selves.

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Befade
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I’m watching something I’m kind of getting a kick out of. Think of a combo of Psycho, Twin Peaks, and Basic Instinct. Some of Hitchcock’s music, a motel, and a nuthouse of the 40’s. But with a smacking importance given to color. And some great acting. Mmm....Corey Stoll. It’s bizarre, gruesome, funny, and surprising. Ratched delivers.

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