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Post by poker27 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:23 pm

Gods not dead- Came up on Netflix, thought it would have some interesting debate. What I received laughable acting, odd points (to prove God was not dead), and it showed Christianity as a type of bully (and I'm Catholic). Overall a very odd movie

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travellight wrote:I love the background stories on The Usual Suspects, Petrocelli! .... especially the Keyser Soze part.

There is a blurb about that here, which more or less matches up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Usual_Suspects#Origins
I like that söze comes from a Turkish word meaning "talks too much."
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poker27 wrote:Gods not dead- Came up on Netflix, thought it would have some interesting debate. What I received laughable acting, odd points (to prove God was not dead), and it showed Christianity as a type of bully (and I'm Catholic). Overall a very odd movie


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poker27 wrote:Gods not dead- Came up on Netflix, thought it would have some interesting debate. What I received laughable acting, odd points (to prove God was not dead), and it showed Christianity as a type of bully (and I'm Catholic). Overall a very odd movie


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Not sure why my comment was removed, but yes, this movie received horrible reviews.
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Post by jstrange1970 » Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:32 pm

John Wick.

It was surpisingly good, though elements of the story left a lot to be desire. I love a stylishly violent action movie on occasion.

Best line: "Oh. *clicks cell phone off*" :| Once you watch it, you'll know what I mean.

77 kills, nearly 90% hit ratio. Never kill a man's dog and steal his car.

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Post by abuss368 » Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:16 pm

We watched Oliver Stone's "W" on Netflix. A story of the Bush Administration and life.
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Post by merrymonk19530 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:39 am

Monte Walsh starring Tom Selleck, a western addressing the end of the cowboy era in the west. I really enjoyed this as did my wife.

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Post by bengal22 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:21 am

merrymonk19530 wrote:Monte Walsh starring Tom Selleck, a western addressing the end of the cowboy era in the west. I really enjoyed this as did my wife.

I thought it starred Lee Melvin. Was there a remake?

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Post by abuss368 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:31 am

I am watching "Boys of Abu Ghraib" on Netflix. Moving.
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An expertly crafted horror film: It Follows.

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Post by gkaplan » Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:00 am

I have watched six movies in the last week. Five I rented from my library; one I saw on Netflix.

One of the movies I rented, The Great Muppet Caper, I rented only because someone I knew, and was close to, had a walk-on with her father, who was a Muppeteer.

The other four movies I rented were mediocre at best. Two of these, Closer and Goya's Ghosts, were directed by well regarded, Oscar-winning directors. Closer, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Clive Owen, garnered several awards and nominations but to me was just boring and pointless and came to life only when Natalie Portman was on the screen. Goya's Ghosts, directed by Milos Forman and starring Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, and Stellen Skarsgård garnered a strong “meh” from me.

The third of these four movies was The Other Boleyn Girl . This not the Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson movie but a low-budget and, to me, amateurish BBC television drama. I guess my objectivity was compromised when I read that historians have heavily criticized the Phillipa Gregory novel upon which the movie is based for its inaccurate portrayal of Anne Boleyn. I guess, too, that the fond memories I have of the Richard Burton-Geneviève Bujold movie, Anne of the Thousand Days, would make any other Anne Boleyn movie pale in comparison.

Hesher, the fourth of the four movies, starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Rainn Wilson, Natalie Portman, and Piper Laurie. It seemed like the creators took a graphic novel and turned it into a movie. The acting was fine enough, but they all seemed to be in five different films.

The one really good movie I did see of the six I saw was the Netflix movie. This documentary, entitled Blackfish, was about a performing killer whale and attempts being made to ban captivity of killer whales.
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merrymonk19530 wrote:Monte Walsh starring Tom Selleck, a western addressing the end of the cowboy era in the west. I really enjoyed this as did my wife.

I thought it starred Lee Melvin. Was there a remake?


I meant Lee Marvin. Google tells me the one with Tom Selleck is a recent TV movie while the Lee Marvin was one from the early '70's. Anything with Lee Marvin in it is a classic. I still remember in Cat Ballou, Lee Marvin, a drunken ex-gunfighter, singing happy birthday at Jane Fonda's dead fathers casket.

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Post by Petrocelli » Sun Apr 05, 2015 8:51 am

I saw Birdman.

A very challenging film. Well directed and well-acted. Although it is off-beat. I liked it and am going to watch it again this week. I feel like it deserves a second viewinng to get all the nuances.
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Post by abuss368 » Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:20 pm

Manchurian Candidate with Denzel Washington on Netflix. Excellent!
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Post by Petrocelli » Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:10 pm

abuss368 wrote:Manchurian Candidate with Denzel Washington on Netflix. Excellent!


I haven't seen it, but I highly recommend the original.
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Post by Petrocelli » Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:15 pm

I watched Robert Altman's The Player this morning (for perhaps the 10th time). One of the best films ever made about Hollywood. Also, it probably has the most A-List celebrity cameos in the history of film.
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Post by Petrocelli » Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:21 pm

I also watch Tom Hanks, John Candy in Rita Wilson (Tom's wife) in Volunteers. It has been on HBO. I think it is one of the most underrated comedies ever. It's also interesting to watch Hanks before he got really famous.

True story: Tom and Rita's son Chet is a friend of my son. When they were little, when they first started school together, I was at a birthday party with Rita Wilson. I told her how much I liked Volunteers and started quoting lines from it.

A few weeks later, I met Tom Hanks at a different birthday party. I told him my name, and he repeated it and said, "That name sounds so familiar. Where have I heard it before?" He then stopped and said, "Oh. I remember. You're the guy that likes Volunteers!"

Apparently, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were discussing me in their spare time, which kind of freaks me out a little.
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Post by Michread » Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:33 pm

Tim's Vermeer on Youtube - very interesting theory on how Vermeer used technology to paint his photographic like paintings

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Post by stoptothink » Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:33 pm

[quote="Petrocelli"
True story: Tom and Rita's son Chet is a friend of my son. [/quote]

Don't know if I'd admit that. Chester is apparently (I've never met him) an "interesting" young man - I'm sure you've heard about his recent squabble with Howard Stern.

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stoptothink wrote:[quote="Petrocelli"
True story: Tom and Rita's son Chet is a friend of my son.


Don't know if I'd admit that. Chester is apparently (I've never met him) an "interesting" young man - I'm sure you've heard about his recent squabble with Howard Stern.[/quote]

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Post by snowshoes » Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:17 pm

"Chasing Madoff" on AMZN. Quite telling, not like the media. It was black and white fraud.
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St. Vincent. I enjoyed it
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abuss368 wrote:Manchurian Candidate with Denzel Washington on Netflix. Excellent!


I'd like to see this remake. Did you see the original?
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Post by steve roy » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:25 pm

Saw DreamWorks Animation's Home today. Light, enjoyable comedy. The vocal perfromances were all excellent, with a particular hat tip to Steve Martin.

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Post by bobcat2 » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:42 pm

Petrocelli wrote:I watched Robert Altman's The Player this morning (for perhaps the 10th time). One of the best films ever made about Hollywood. Also, it probably has the most A-List celebrity cameos in the history of film.


When The Player first came out I really liked it and recommended it to a friend. A few weeks later I ran into her and asked if she had seen The Player. She had seen it, but didn't like it. I asked why not? She replied that there were so many well known actors in the movie that it made it difficult to figure out which actors were characters in the movie and which actors were playing themselves.

Altman would certainly have appreciated her assessment of his film. :wink:

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Post by gkaplan » Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:10 pm

I have just finished watching The Green Prince on Netflix. This is a documentary based on the Mosab Hassan Yousef autobiography, Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices. Yousef is a Palestinian who worked undercover for Israel's internal security service Shin Bet from 1997 to 2007. Shin Bet considered him its most valuable source within the Hamas leadership. The information Yousef supplied prevented dozens of suicide attacks and assassinations of Israelis and exposed numerous Hamas cells. He assisted Israel in hunting down many militants, including his own father, a Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef.

The documentary explores Yousef's complex relationship with Shin Bet and the inner conflict he had with what he was doing. It also explores the growing and mutual respect between Mosab Hassan Yousef and his handler, Gonen Ben Yitzhak.
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Post by bengal22 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:55 pm

bobcat2 wrote:
Petrocelli wrote:I watched Robert Altman's The Player this morning (for perhaps the 10th time). One of the best films ever made about Hollywood. Also, it probably has the most A-List celebrity cameos in the history of film.


When The Player first came out I really liked it and recommended it to a friend. A few weeks later I ran into her and asked if she had seen The Player. She had seen it, but didn't like it. I asked why not? She replied that there were so many well known actors in the movie that it made it difficult to figure out which actors were characters in the movie and which actors were playing themselves.

Altman would certainly have appreciated her assessment of his film. :wink:

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The Player starts with a 15 minute continuous take which is fantastic in its execution and introduction of major characters.

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Post by DFrank » Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:13 pm

Watched the Imitation Game last night, and enjoyed it thoroughly.
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Song of the Sea
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Post by Petrocelli » Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:12 pm

bengal22 wrote:
bobcat2 wrote:
Petrocelli wrote:I watched Robert Altman's The Player this morning (for perhaps the 10th time). One of the best films ever made about Hollywood. Also, it probably has the most A-List celebrity cameos in the history of film.


When The Player first came out I really liked it and recommended it to a friend. A few weeks later I ran into her and asked if she had seen The Player. She had seen it, but didn't like it. I asked why not? She replied that there were so many well known actors in the movie that it made it difficult to figure out which actors were characters in the movie and which actors were playing themselves.

Altman would certainly have appreciated her assessment of his film. :wink:

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The Player starts with a 15 minute continuous take which is fantastic in its execution and introduction of major characters.


That was one of the inspirations for Birdman which has almost no cuts.

FYI, the opening scene of The Player was inspired by Orson Wells' Touch of Evil.
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Post by Petrocelli » Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:17 pm

I was forced to rewatch Titanic last night, because my daughter got to pick a movie. It's maybe the most overrated movie ever. All special effects and bad screenwriting.

Here's the plot: A really rich, good looking guy gets his fiance' -- Kate Winslett -- the biggest diamond in the world. he then takes her to NYC on the biggest boat in the world, and gets her the biggest stateroom on the biggest boat.

She thanks her fiance for all this free stuff by hooking up with a guy from steerage in front of all his friends. What a trollop. The worst part of this movie is that this floozy didn't go down with the boat.
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Post by flybynite » Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:42 pm

DFrank wrote:Watched the Imitation Game last night, and enjoyed it thoroughly.


Weird - our family too! Everyone liked it - even the less engineering minded. I really enjoyed them covering Enigma, Turing computers, and Turing test.. thought the scene with detective was an allusion to Blade Runner.

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Post by joe8d » Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:53 pm

Sort of offbeat," The Identical ", worth watching, especially if your an Elvis fan.
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Post by mickeyd » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:03 pm

Saw Jersey Boys on HBO last night. Great movie that has all of those great Frankie Valli and 4 Seasons tunes of the 60's. I don't usually like musicals but this Clint Eastwood movie is a different kind of musical.
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Post by sedna273 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:51 pm

I saw "Birdman" last night as my uncle works his way through his "Academy Awards" netflix queue. It was certainly an odd one, and I kept wondering if the main character was schizophrenic.

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Post by 3wood » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:54 pm

My 6 year old became interested in Star Wars so we watched all six this past week. We did it in proper order for the story line so we watched the newest ones first. I was a kid when they first came out and it was certainly nostalgic seeing them again.

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I recently watched Interstellar. While it held my interest for its almost 3 hour length, maybe because I kept expecting more, for me it fell short of all the hype, with some reviewers declaring it to be a masterpiece. Putting aside any questions about the science content, there were so many plot holes that, on looking back, it was actually ridiculous. There are websites devoted to enumerating these.

And too bad because as a sic-fi fan I greatly anticipating this movie and even bought the Blu-ray, something I rarely do, thinking I would want to watch it more than once.

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Post by FreemanB » Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:26 am

3wood wrote:My 6 year old became interested in Star Wars so we watched all six this past week. We did it in proper order for the story line so we watched the newest ones first. I was a kid when they first came out and it was certainly nostalgic seeing them again.


That's not really the proper order for the story line. You should watch the original trilogy first, then the prequels. Otherwise, lots of plot points in the later movies are spoiled.

I watched It Follows recently, and it was one of the better horror movies I've seen in a long time.(Most recent horror films have left me disappointed) My wife and I also saw Cinderella last weekend and enjoyed that as well. It was a simple re-telling of the story, without any of the extreme embellishments that so many other movies feel compelled to add to stories.

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Post by Bustoff » Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:44 am

Over the winter watched all 5 seasons the HBO series The Wire. In true Boglehead fashion I rented the DVD's from the library.
"The Wire" is probably the best and most realistic show I have ever seen.
Check it out and enjoy.

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Post by Petrocelli » Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:47 pm

Bustoff wrote:Over the winter watched all 5 seasons the HBO series The Wire. In true Boglehead fashion I rented the DVD's from the library.
"The Wire" is probably the best and most realistic show I have ever seen.
Check it out and enjoy.


Agree. One of three great TV dramas: The Wire, The Sopranos, and Breaking Bad.
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Petrocelli wrote:
Bustoff wrote:Over the winter watched all 5 seasons the HBO series The Wire. In true Boglehead fashion I rented the DVD's from the library.
"The Wire" is probably the best and most realistic show I have ever seen.
Check it out and enjoy.


Agree. One of three great TV dramas: The Wire, The Sopranos, and Breaking Bad.

+1 ... Petrocelli, you have excellent tastes in viewing.

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Post by abuss368 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:24 pm

Not a movie per se, but watching some of the CNBC Programs and documentaries on the Apple TV. Good content. Last night we watched Escape from Havana with the Pedro Pan mission. I learned a lot.
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Post by MoonOrb » Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:06 pm

Man, my tastes are out of step with the majority here! :D

Recent cinema selections: Kingsman (hilarious! Samuel L Jackson has never been funnier and Colin Firth was super enjoyable in his role too) and What We Do In the Shadows. What We Do In the Shadows was a riot, and I could not stop giggling the entire time. Fans of Flight of the Conchords must watch it. It might also sit well with fans of the Christopher Guest mockumentaries like Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, etc. I think we probably enjoyed it a little bit more because it was filmed and set in the city where we previously lived, but I think we would have loved it anyway.

Other non-cinema choices: "Code Name: Emerald" a so-so WWII spy thriller starring Ed Harris. Not fabulous but not awful and something I had wanted to see since I first saw the box at the video store back in about 1988. We have what has to be one of the world's premiere video stores just around the corner and they had it--they have EVERYTHING. We watched the original Gregory Peck/Robert Mitchum "Cape Fear," which is a masterpiece compared to Scorsese's 1990s remake.

Speaking of Gregory Peck, I watched Boys From Brazil, which I had never seen, despite the fact that it's climactic scenes were filmed in my hometown. On the theme of conspiracy movies, saw the 1970s sci-fi thrilled "Capricorn One," which was also good, but kind of uneven.

We've also been slowly working our way through the Ken Burns WWII documentary, "The War," which I highly recommend. Some people feel that Burns has some sort of agenda or isn't a great historian, maybe, but I have uniformly enjoyed nearly every single thing of his that I've seen and think he is a genius when it comes to making history engaging and accessible for the average jerk like me.

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Post by Fallible » Sat Apr 11, 2015 5:55 pm

Petrocelli wrote:I was forced to rewatch Titanic last night, because my daughter got to pick a movie. It's maybe the most overrated movie ever. All special effects and bad screenwriting.

Here's the plot: A really rich, good looking guy gets his fiance' -- Kate Winslett -- the biggest diamond in the world. he then takes her to NYC on the biggest boat in the world, and gets her the biggest stateroom on the biggest boat.

She thanks her fiance for all this free stuff by hooking up with a guy from steerage in front of all his friends. What a trollop. The worst part of this movie is that this floozy didn't go down with the boat.


The movie was bad to awful in most places, but you are joking about the trollop/floozy part, right?
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Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Post by bondsr4me » Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:05 pm

Tombstone....Kirt Russell..Val Kilmer..love these cowboy movies...law and order all the way..

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Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Post by joe8d » Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:54 pm

Just wasted a couple hours watching "Birdman".Terrible and I can't even figure what it was suppose to be about.
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Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Post by StormShadow » Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:13 pm

Last 5 Redbox rentals:

Imitation Game (superb film)
Big Hero 6 (definitely enjoyable, but not one of Disney's best)
Interstellar (if you liked Contact and 2001, you'll love this... otherwise, you might want to pass)
Foxcatcher (solid film)
Mockingjay (only reason I saw this is because I saw the prior ones... bleagh)

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Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Post by loves2read » Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:12 am

We go to the movies every weekend--
saw "Woman in Gold" yesterday--
enjoyable, especially the vintage sections about the younger Maria in Nazi Vienna.
That actress is Tatiana Mazlany from "Orphan Black" who is terrific in both productions...
if you have cable and enjoy complex, though-provoking material, I suggest watching it...
She plays a young woman who discovers she is not who she thinks she is--just incase you haven't seen/read about it.

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds were good--they each have some special scenes that allow them to "emote" with Mirren taking the larger role....it is her story after all...but Reynold's part which has received really negative reviews I think is handicapped because it is based on a real person who is still alive and is likely true to that person's personality...
We enjoyed it and from reaction of rest of audience so did they--
There is a "Philomena" aspect to it and personally I think "Philomena" is stronger film and Densch's performance better than Mirren's...but part of that can be laid to the script and the director of each film..."Woman in Gold" was directed by someone with television experience even though he is older (married to Elizabeth McGovern who has small role in the film)
Stephen Frears directed "Philomena"--no comparison between the two IMO...

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