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Indeed. The cast and pacing keep it alive, but you pretty much solve the whodunnit about a half hour in.

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7 hours ago, Koray Savas said:

Wait, you thought the Tarantino ending was a real life event?

No, I wasn't aware that it was based on anything at first.

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8 hours ago, Bellosh said:

 

Parasite was so fucking good.

 

A rare Academy Award best picture which actually lives up to the hype for once. It was marvelous.

 

6 hours ago, gkgyver said:

I would like to take a moment to mention that it's been 17 years since the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it's still not being equaled, let alone surpassed. Not as a trilogy, not as individual films. 

 

Histrionics aside I agree, but in those 17 years and other than The Hobbit, have you watched anything else?

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3 hours ago, publicist said:

I found it entertaining enough, but the crime plot is a lame duck compared to Dame Agatha Christie's best plays. 

 

2 hours ago, KK said:

Indeed. The cast and pacing keep it alive, but you pretty much solve the whodunnit about a half hour in.

I love the cinematography and production design in this film. I love the late autumn/winter look. It's gorgeous.

 

Karol

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Ok, bad joke. I made a bad joke. Go home. No, really.

 

Howazabout this:

3 hours ago, mrbellamy said:

I can’t think of many film mysteries as good in the last 20 years. 

Why is the M.C.U. so successful? That really is a mystery.

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9 minutes ago, Naïve Old Fart said:

Why is the M.C.U. so successful? That really is a mystery.

 

Because they're feel good movies. You have charismatic characters, great action scenes and a fun way to spend 2 hours with super-heroes. It's a formula that worked, specially against DC's motto of "mY SuPeR-hErOeS aRe DaRk aNd AdUlT aNd DePrEsSiNg".

 

Like it or not, MCU was the event of a generation. 

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7 hours ago, KK said:

Indeed. The cast and pacing keep it alive, but you pretty much solve the whodunnit about a half hour in.

 

I enjoyed Knives Out but the lack of any final sting in its tail was more disappointing to me than I'd have expected.

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1 hour ago, Edmilson said:

Because they're feel good movies. You have charismatic characters, great action scenes and a fun way to spend 2 hours with super-heroes. It's a formula that worked, specially against DC's motto of "mY SuPeR-hErOeS aRe DaRk aNd AdUlT aNd DePrEsSiNg".


God rot “feel good” movies.
 

The way real movies make you feel good is by being willing to make you feel bad for extended periods of time: the MCU and it’s lightheartedness can go to hell.

 

DC also jumped on the bandwagon with Aquaman and Shazam. With their earlier films, they at least tried. Wonder Woman is actually a good example of a movie that doesn’t prettify it’s WW1 setting.

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1 hour ago, Quintus said:

 

I enjoyed Knives Out but the lack of any final sting in its tail was more disappointing to me than I'd have expected.

This is Rian "Subversion" Johnson.  You expect sting?  He won't give it to you

 

But seriously, Knives Out has more in common with the cat and mouse games of Colombo and the quirky character based humor and drama of Monk than the twists and mysteries of Agatha Christie.  

It mostly borrows the setting and ensemble dynamics from her.

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3 hours ago, Alexcremers said:

Who feels good after Avengers Endgame?

 

 

Let me tell a personal story. When Endgame came out, I decided to take my teenage cousin and his friends to watch it on theaters. A group of 15-16 year old adolescents, making the habitual mess on their way to the movies.

 

After the movie ended, all of them were in awe. They loved the experience. It was great to give them this magical experience with a theater screen. 

 

Like it or not and yeah, the movie isn't perfect, but it gave a generation of young moviegoers some quality entertainment and a huge spectacle on the big screen. Much like happened with Star Wars and LOTR before.

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2 hours ago, SteveMc said:

This is Rian "Subversion" Johnson.  You expect sting?  He won't give it to you

 

But seriously, Knives Out has more in common with the cat and mouse games of Colombo and the quirky character based humor and drama of Monk than the twists and mysteries of Agatha Christie.  

It mostly borrows the setting and ensemble dynamics from her.

Well it is an Agatha Christie in acts 1 and 3 and Columbo in the lengthy act 2.

 

Karol

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Casino royale, 2006.

That was really, really weird. The first half was incredibly boring. It started with too many logos and removing the gun-barrel opening makes no sense at all. Reboot or not, it’s a Bond movie. Speaking of which, it only started to feel like one after half an hour and the pursuits had become really tiring at that point. Why not reboot M too? Only after 55 minutes did I finally understand what the hell it was about. Caterina Murino was good, but I know nothing about how poker works, so couldn’t really get into that either. Then the second half started and it was great. Craig was fantastic in the torture sequence, but I’m still not sure how I feel about him as Bond. Eva Green was boring at first, but then their romance suddenly stopped being tedious and became thrilling. I was going to write I needed another Bond break after this, but now all I want to do is watch the next entry.

Nice song, but not a great singer. I like the returning villain motif,  but the Bond theme only came in after 24 minutes, though it did receive brilliant variations. Liked the increased presence of the French horns too and the romantic parts are as good as ever. Some great action cues in the second half as well.

 

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7 minutes ago, bollemanneke said:

Very interesting, but you lost me at GoldenEye. Horrible song.

 

You lost me when you first stated that. Best Bond song this side of the classic era, together with You Know My Name.

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6 hours ago, Þekþiþm said:

Well you're not hiding it anymore that you hate movies with levity.


Not “with levity” - “about levity.” I mean, if it’s a comedy outright, then great. But the MCU isn’t quite a comedy, is it?

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Casino Royale is good, but it suffers from trying to do too much.  I get sensory overload when I revisit it.  

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36 minutes ago, Marian Schedenig said:

 

Possibly the best Bond film. It's incredibly visual though, so I expect it loses a lot without the images - last time I watched it, I was amazed how much actual storytelling was carried out purely by the cinematography, the music, and Craig's facial acting. He's probably my favourite Bond actor. The song is the best since Goldeneye.

 

Agree on all counts

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2 hours ago, Chen G. said:


Not “with levity” - “about levity.” I mean, if it’s a comedy outright, then great. But the MCU isn’t quite a comedy, is it?

 

I'm not sure I understood all that, Chief Sterns. Would you mind repeating it... in English, perhaps?

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2 hours ago, Borodin said:

Got the bad taste out of my mouth from Raiders. Last couple of days:

 

Lost Highway (second rewatching in years)

Magnolia

Eyes Wide Shut

 

The first two films. Excellent films.

You are so right. If someone would ask me, what I consider the cinematically most fascinating film in history that takes the art form to a new level, being super aware of what the special strengths of the respective medium are ... I'd say Lost Highway. My life goal would be to get close to create something of that ingenuity.

 

Magnolia is a masterpiece and Eyes Wide Shut is almost one.

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Darkest Hour - stirring WW2 drama with an Oscar-winning turn from Gary Oldman as Churchill. Winston seeking the opinions of a packed Tube carriage essentially on whether or not to enter into peace negotiations with Germany is admittedly on the far-fetched side, but it's forgivable overall.

Airplane! - a classic, relentlessly joke-delivering machine of a comedy.

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15 minutes ago, Sweeping Strings said:

Darkest Hour - stirring WW2 drama with an Oscar-winning turn from Gary Oldman as Churchill. Winston seeking the opinions of a packed Tube carriage essentially on whether or not to enter into peace negotiations with Germany is admittedly on the far-fetched side, but it's forgivable overall.

 

 I bought this because it was cheap but I haven't watched it yet. Is it a 100% about politics?

 

 

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3 hours ago, Sweeping Strings said:

Not 100%, but unsurprisingly they feature quite heavily. 

 

Ah, okay. Not all movies about historical political figures are about politics. 

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7 hours ago, Borodin said:

All of them. Excellent films.

 

 

Fixed.

 

Suburbicon

 

Mix between Coen brother's black comedy (they're writers here) and social satire. Unfortunately, the two genres doesn't sit well with each other, and the movie seems sparse and unfocused. Still, very entertaining. Matt Damon and Julianne Moore have never been so detestable, so it's cool when everything starts to go to hell. Desplat's score is very Desplatian, but it works fine in the movie.

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On 5/9/2020 at 12:24 PM, mrbellamy said:

I don’t know why the argument is always “It’s not better than the best of all time” lol. I can’t think of many film mysteries as good in the last 20 years. 

 

Christie didn't write anything that can be counted as 'best of all time', she was just a (very) good plotter. And if you write backwards, the clever reveals in Witness for the Prosecution, Death on the Nile or Orient Express are not that hard to come by, in Johnson's movie he chooses the same principle (line up 10 or so suspicious guys) and brings it to a comparably square conclusion. So it's not so much about guessing who it is, it's just that the reveal isn't very exciting after having seen these older movies countless times (as he obviously has, too). It should have been better. But it's well made and entertaining enough (the actors have fun). 

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Beetlejuice

 

An entertaining little dark comedy. Michael Keaton is having the most fun here as the titular character, even though Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are playing the straight characters. Winona Ryder, forever cementing her 1980s Goth teen image, is pretty attractive as Lydia. Elfman's score is infectiously fun as well as the needle drops by Belafonte.

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22 hours ago, Edmilson said:

After the movie ended, all of them were in awe. They loved the experience. It was great to give them this magical experience with a theater screen. 

 

Sure, but this has more to do with your satisfaction of seeing a movie that you really like than with a movie being feel-good and uplifting. 

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