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What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

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10 hours ago, Bilbo Skywalker said:

 

 

It’s set in the Republic not the North! What made you think it was set in the North?

 

From what I saw it looked like a good exploration of the last embers of socialism in rural Ireland.

 

I saw a bit of it TG4 one night and really liked what I saw. I’ve been meaning to watch the whole thing but haven’t gotten around to it. 

 

I really like Loach as a film maker. The Wind that Shakes the Barley is one of my favorite films of all time. 

 

And yes, Irish folk music is great!

I just meant I didn't know that much about the situation in both countries.

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3 minutes ago, bollemanneke said:

I just meant I didn't know that much about the situation in both countries.

 

Fair enough. 

 

I really need to sit down and see the full film. 

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22 minutes ago, Baby Jane Hudson said:

I do wear thick soled shoes to add two inches to my height.

 

Bono? Is that you?

 

Hey, Bono has changed his name too! I guess we know what your next screen name will be! (if Jay allows it)

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Portrait of Jennie, 1948

 

Some dead chick creeps up on Joseph Cotton in Central Park and he becomes obsessed by her as she keeps appearing to him. Jennifer Jones is lovely. The photography is stunningly atmospheric. Apparently Bernard Herrmann worked on this until he said "fuck it" and walked off because David Selznick couldn't stop editing the damn thing. Ethel Barrymore appears and she looks how Drew will probably look in 15-20 years.

 

Watch it!

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Horse Feathers - 8.5 / 10

 

23 hours ago, Matt C said:

Night of the Living Dead

 

Again, for a horror classic, it's amateurish and drags in places. Judith O'Dea is fucking terrible as Barbra (as is most of the cast), while Duane Jones is pretty good. The late George Romero occasionally conjures up some unsettling scenes (mainly due to the B&W cinematography), but the camerawork and editing is pedestrian at best. Some parts are laugh-out-loud funny, like the supposedly horrific scene of an undead Karen stabbing her mother to death.

 

To be fair, it was a low budget independently financed low-budget production, I don't think the editing would exactly be top-notch. At least professionals weren't working on it anyway. 

 

Personally I really enjoyed Night of The Living Dead (though I did laugh unintentionally at points), but for me I prefer Dawn and Day much more (I might even prefer the NOTLD 1990 remake a bit). Better stories, characters, commentary, and more entertainment, though Day did suffer from having its budget slashed at the last minute, so Romero's more "epic" finale never came to be, and instead spends most of its runtime under ground as a result, but hey it works.

 

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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

 

Another day, another overrated Romero zombie flick. Do horror buffs give this a pass due to the gore? That's the most impressive aspect of this film. Like with Night, Dawn is glacial but has a slightly better cast and better production values. Goblin and Dario Argento's score makes the film rather comical in parts, which I'm not sure is intentional. 

 

Romero may have birthed the zombie movie genre, but his movies left a lot to be desired.

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Amadeus

 

Saw this at the Sydney Opera House with live orchestra.

 

Great flick, and that baddie from Star Trek Insurrection deserved his accolades. But that Mozart was the most annoying little smart arse. No wonder his wife got the shits with him, especially if he kept asking her to eat his. Eww.

 

Overall the photography is great, but there are a few shots that look like a 1980s tele movie. What happened there?

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Your Name (2016)

 

Good movie, but I do believe it's been overhyped. I was really enchanted with it up until the "save the world" subplot kicks in. I liked the subtle tone of the first part, then it became one more of the bunch. Don't get me wrong, it still had some great moments but I would have enjoyed it a great more deal without that race against the clock stuff. Felt unnecessary for what the film (for me) was trying to tell. 

 

8/10

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15 hours ago, Matt C said:

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

 

Another day, another overrated Romero zombie flick. Do horror buffs give this a pass due to the gore? That's the most impressive aspect of this film. Like with Night, Dawn is glacial but has a slightly better cast and better production values. Goblin and Dario Argento's score makes the film rather comical in parts, which I'm not sure is intentional. 

 

Romero may have birthed the zombie movie genre, but his movies left a lot to be desired.


Mmm, I didn't get all the way through it when I tried to watch it. A lot of it just looks quite amateurish nowadays, although I guess the satirical aspect was new in the late 70s. Prefer the remake, to be honest. 

Blade Runner : The Final Cut - probably better visually and musically than narratively, yes. But man alive, WHAT visuals and music ... it's a pleasure to just lose yourself in, and of course there's Roy Batty's oddly moving death speech. 

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Rings

 

This starts off great with the guy on the plane who's about to become Samara food. Probably as a nod to fan theories about what would happen if Samara got you here or there.

 

And after an intriguing flirt with some kind of secret but popular college academic experiment with the evil video tape, with none other than one of those Big Bang Theory blokes, it becomes a rehash of the first movie. And it's been a while since I've seen the Naomi Watts films, I've forgotten whether this one retcons the others at all. Samara's motivation takes a sudden left-hand turn in the final act, making her a more ambiguous character, but you never really know.

 

It has all the ingredients of the first movie, but lacks the moodiness and the atmosphere that made that one so menacing. You just get this weird sense that everything will be okay, which defies the rules of the Ring movies. In a way, it feels so detached from the other films, you almost catch yourself thinking it's one of those Scary Movie knockoffs.

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8 hours ago, Sweeping Strings said:


Mmm, I didn't get all the way through it when I tried to watch it. A lot of it just looks quite amateurish nowadays, although I guess the satirical aspect was new in the late 70s. Prefer the remake, to be honest. 

Blade Runner : The Final Cut - probably better visually and musically than narratively, yes. But man alive, WHAT visuals and music ... it's a pleasure to just lose yourself in, and of course there's Roy Batty's oddly moving death speech. 

 

I was luck to see this at an old cinema in 4K digital print, sublime is the word, 2049 holds no candle to it at all

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Requiem For A Dream

 

It’s been years since I saw it and decided to scratch it off my Netflix watchlist. Love the editing and camerawork in this one, truly a cinematic film, with a brilliant score to boot. Aside: Is it possible to turn off the “watch next” auto play feature on Netflix? Right when the credits hit and Mansell’s beautiful theme crescendos it cuts to some trailer ad and ruins the whole mood. I’m the type that always watches the credits, and trying to go back just restarted the film from the beginning. 

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Basket Case - from the Horror Channel's on-demand thingy. Had never seen this schlocky early-80s horror-comedy before, kinda felt like I should've been watching it in a scuzzy grindhouse cinema of the era with about 6 beers in me. A silly and fun way to round off the weekend.    

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Frailty

 

Bill Paxton's directorial debut is an effective thriller loaded with twists and turns. You initially think the dad, played by Paxton, is a full on nutter, but is he? You need to see it to find out. Brian Tyler does a decent score for a change!

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13 hours ago, Koray Savas said:

Aside: Is it possible to turn off the “watch next” auto play feature on Netflix? Right when the credits hit and Mansell’s beautiful theme crescendos it cuts to some trailer ad and ruins the whole mood. I’m the type that always watches the credits, and trying to go back just restarted the film from the beginning. 

 

Yes and no.  If you turn off auto-play, it won't play anything after whatever you are watching is over, and will instead always play the entire end credits out with no audio interruption of any kind.  BUT, it WILL still shrink the credits into a tiny box and display two other things you might want to watch next, which is incredibly frustrating and annoying and I wish you could turn THAT "feature" off.  Luckily, if you press up twice on the remote and then enter, it selects the shrunken window and restores it to full screen, letting the credits play out as normal until they are done.

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16 hours ago, Koray Savas said:

Requiem For A Dream

 

It’s been years since I saw it and decided to scratch it off my Netflix watchlist. Love the editing and camerawork in this one, truly a cinematic film, with a brilliant score to boot.

 

I saw it once. I found it very impressive, and I'm still not sure I ever want to see it again.

 

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Aside: Is it possible to turn off the “watch next” auto play feature on Netflix? Right when the credits hit and Mansell’s beautiful theme crescendos it cuts to some trailer ad and ruins the whole mood. I’m the type that always watches the credits, and trying to go back just restarted the film from the beginning. 

 

Depends on what flavour of Netflix you use, I guess. I've only once used it in the browser, and never on my phone. I usually use the app on my Grundig TV, which fortunately simply doesn't have this feature. It always keeps the credits running, full screen, with no audio interruptions. The only downside is that with Netflix productions, you have to wait out a few dozen international credits after the regular credits before it sends you back to the menu with the link to the next episode (if you're watching a series).

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4 hours ago, Marian Schedenig said:

 

I saw it once. I found it very impressive, and I'm still not sure I ever want to see it again.

 

 

Depends on what flavour of Netflix you use, I guess. I've only once used it in the browser, and never on my phone. I usually use the app on my Grundig TV, which fortunately simply doesn't have this feature. It always keeps the credits running, full screen, with no audio interruptions. The only downside is that with Netflix productions, you have to wait out a few dozen international credits after the regular credits before it sends you back to the menu with the link to the next episode (if you're watching a series).

 

I have several version on the app on several devices. The Apple TV one is best. More streamlined.

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I have one but only really use it to mirror my desktop onto the 7.1 set up. Maybe I should try to use it for my video streaming. I primarily use the PS4. 

8 hours ago, Marian Schedenig said:

I saw it once. I found it very impressive, and I'm still not sure I ever want to see it again.

Oh definitely. It’s the best depiction of drug addiction on film that I can think of. 

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Pet, A Love Story

 

This was so sick and twisted, I loved it. Well I don't like seeing dogs die in movies, so that's a thumbs down for that bit. But as the story unfolds, it throws a few unexpected twists that last until the final few shots. That Hobbit dude was genuinely creepy, but you learn that he's not really a baddie. In fact his motivation almost reminds me of Bill Paxton in Frailty, sort of. The chick in the movie has to be seen to believed, just wait for it.

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All About Eve

 

Margo Channing, played by someone, what's her name again? Anyhoo, she's a veteran theatre actress who meets this mad chick, who attaches herself to her life like a parasite. This isn't a stalker flick per se, but it holds some prototype ingredients for what would develop into a genre. There's this one bit where Eve is talking to that blonde lady in the ladies room and her sudden change in demeanour is chilling. This is a sociopathic social climber you don't want around. And you see the genesis of the same cycle happening to Eve as the film closes. Margo might have been an Eve in her youth too, but maybe not, since she has scruples.

 

Rarely do movies make me laugh out loud, but Bette's condescending "milkshake" line made me chuckle. Shows how she arrogantly underestimates this conniving leech. She's really a showstopper here, especially how she sounds drunk all the time. Kind of reminds me of Logan or Star Trek VI where the lead character's age becomes a main point that the story hinges from. And Marilyn Monroe shows up in a few scenes and never looked better - I don't care for her later blonde bombshell look.

 

Maybe not quite as edgy and stylish as Sunset Boulevard (which should have won Best Picture over this), but still entertaining.

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4 minutes ago, Stefancos said:

Technically well made, but empty. I cared about Bourne in the first one, and his friend.

 

The last one is soulless.

 

Ultimatum soulless?  No way!  It's riveting cinema for me!  The way Greengrass builds these suspense sequences through people interacting with technology (phones, cameras, computers) is this beautiful harmony that erupts in kinetic action/chaos.  I must've watched Ultimatum 10 times and it only got richer with each watch.

 

I guess I can get that Greengrass's style is not for everyone, but boy he hits with me.  Captain Phillips is also an outstanding movie.

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