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#1195433 - Sun Apr 22 2018 04:54 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Visit" 2015

Two teens go to spend the week with the grandparents they have never met - and things get weird.

Had a very nice time with this - it had about as much horror as I can handle, which is to say not too too much. Just enough creepiness to get the feeling. There's nothing too startling here, but the performances turn it into something enjoyable, just loved the kids. And while I wouldn't call this a comedy exactly, there are plenty of comedic moments.

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#1195597 - Wed Apr 25 2018 08:13 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Cry Danger" 1951

Very nice film noir, with aging Dick Powell being tired and angry. Half the action takes place in a trailer park, which is not something you see every day. Hy Averback, who went on to do a lot of TV work, and quite a bit of TV directing, does a lovely little bit as a bookie.

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#1196215 - Fri May 04 2018 02:41 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Doubt" 2009

Well this is one that recalled my Catholic childhood in the sixties....

Is Father Flynn a molester? Is Sister Aloysius a small minded vindictive tyrant?

We're supposed to be left with doubt about which of these is true, and for most of the movie I was not sure. Unfortunately, the end comes down, I think, on one side, and the story is weaker for it. Up until that point, though, this was one of the best examinations of human complexity I've seen on film.


It is a flawed film, just as you've pointed out. At first, I was left annoyed by the flaws because, as you say, it goes a long way to being an excellent and searing film. Was it perhaps a cowardly ending? Over time, however, I've found its good points, its examinations, have stayed as a touchstone in my mind, and so I've let its flaws be forgiven. smile

You are spot on with "Radio Days", by the way, and "Reversal of Fortune".

I have been avoiding "The Shape of Water" but I think I had better take your recommendation!


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#1196217 - Fri May 04 2018 02:49 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Dunkirk"


Yep, I'm late to the party. Re the film in its entirety, I was often confused. Scene by scene though, it was Just Brilliant!

Mark Rylance is of course Wonderful but then so was everyone!

The coming of age storyline (unless I'm just inventing that) was a great sub plot.

I'm going to watch it again. It's rare that I want to watch something again the moment I've finished it.

No it has nothing to do with Tom Hardy being in it. How shallow do you think I am?

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#1196247 - Sat May 05 2018 03:39 AM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Rachel Divide" (documentary, Netflix)

You remember Rachel Dolezal. Yeah, you do. American black woman, BLM protests, president of her local NAACP chapter, college professor of African studies, dedicated civil rights activist, got accused of secretly being white, which seemed an outrageous claim until her two white parents appeared all over the international news saying she was definitely white, and then it all got weird.

Yeah, her.

So what happened next?

I'm so glad I watched to find out a bit more about Rachel. I wish her well.



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#1196305 - Sat May 05 2018 09:45 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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I didn't think I'd like "The Shape of Water, but if you think of it as a fairy tale, it's good.

I just barely knew about the whole Rachel thing, just enough to get the impression that some people thought there was more complexity there than there seemed at first. I'll check it out.

I don't really understand race in the US very well. It's not that Canada doesn't have racial issues, because we do, we do.... but they seem to be different racial issues. So I'm always interested in books and movies that give me ways to think about it.

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#1196549 - Wed May 09 2018 03:56 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Drop Dead Gorgeous" 1999

Mockumentary of a small town beauty pageant. Over the top farce, really quite a lot of fun. Kirstie Alley and Ellen Barkin as the moms, Kirsten Dunst and Denise Richards as the girls. Pretty silly, but also pretty hilarious.

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#1196565 - Wed May 09 2018 09:28 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Bridesmaids" 2011

Meh. A few good bits, there and there, I laughed enough, I guess.

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#1196701 - Fri May 11 2018 06:33 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"baby Face" 1933

Barbara Stanwyck sleeps her way to the top in this pre-code sizzler, including a very young John Wayne on the way. It's pretty easy to spot the "moral" bits insisted on by the censorship office, they feel stuck on. The music in this one is great, much of it sung in the background by Theresa Harris, playing an unusually meaty role for a black woman at the time.

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#1196793 - Sun May 13 2018 09:27 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"East Side, West Side" 1949

This melodrama of the end of a marriage is much better than it has any business being, mostly due to a strong cast, and a rather remarkably realistic idea, for the time, of how adults actually behave.

Barbara Stanwyck is the wronged wife, James Mason the sleazy husband, Van Heflin the staunch straight talking All American good guy, Ava Gardner the tremendously sexy other woman, and Cyd Charisse as the sweet young thing full of wisdom. Everyone does an excellent job, though I suspect the details of police procedure are not even a little bit accurate, even for the time.

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#1196794 - Sun May 13 2018 09:34 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Innocents" 1961

This is pretty highly acclaimed, but I don't think it aged particularly well. I watched with my adult kids, and they spent most of the movie going "What? What's going on?" They were pretty sure there really were ghosts, while I, veteran of many psychological horror movies of the late fifties and early sixties, knew that repressed sexuality was the real explanation. And though I love her, I think Deborah Kerr chewed the scenery a bit in this one.

I'm sure it played much better back in the day. And it looks very good indeed.

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#1196864 - Tue May 15 2018 10:22 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Killers" 1946

Very nice indeed. First or very early performances from Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, and William Conrad. Naturals, all three of them. Lancaster was a star from his very first role. Sexy as hell, too - this is a very sweaty and unshaven movie.

I'm really happy, too, that William Conrad had a decent and longlived career. He was never a huge star, but he was always in work, and he deserved to be. He's been turning up in a lot of things I've seen recently, and always inhabits the role, even if it's a small one.

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#1196924 - Wed May 16 2018 08:53 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Killers" 1964

Remake of the earlier film, Don Siegel directed. A little bit uneven, but on the whole pretty darn good. Can't really compare John Cassavetes and Angie Dickenson to Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, totally different ball of wax. This is a good looking film, in also a totally different way from the 1946 version.

Clu Gulager absolutely steals the show as Hit Man #2, and stealing the show from Lee Marvin (Hit Man #1) is not that easy to do.

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#1196925 - Wed May 16 2018 10:41 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Avengers: Infinity War. It is a nice movie. As usual my favourite was Tony Stark but I liked Peter as well. Ending was bit sad but waiting for its next part.
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#1197049 - Fri May 18 2018 10:14 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Timecrimes" 2007

Low budget Spanish time travel film, not at all bad. Our hero is just having a really rough day.

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#1197097 - Sun May 20 2018 12:02 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Just watching Doctor Strange!
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#1197193 - Tue May 22 2018 08:49 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Call Me by your Name" 2017

Well, Italy is more beautiful than can be imagined - I want the life those people live!

I'm not very good with films where I'm expected to know what is going on by watching the expressions on people's faces. And in this case, having half the dialogue in languages I don't understand didn't help. So I didn't appreciate this as much as I think I should have. But it's got me having melancholic but sweet memories of early love and sexual awakening, so I guess I got something out of it!

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#1197531 - Tue May 29 2018 06:48 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Murder on the Orient Express" - the new one. This was very good - love Judi Dench. Even my 7 year old liked the movie!
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#1197911 - Tue Jun 05 2018 07:58 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Asphalt Jungle" 1950

John Huston directed, very good heist picture.

Sterling Hayden beng as Sterling Haydenish as possible, a tough guy who just wants to get back to Kentucky. Sam Jaffe is charming, and you're rooting for him to get away with it. Very early Marilyn Monroe playing a high class floozy.


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#1198234 - Sun Jun 10 2018 07:32 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Crimes of the Heart" 1986

I admit I always wonder, watching Southern Gothic, if the south is anywhere near as crazy as it appears in movies and books. It's pretty crazy in this movie.

The all star cast does a good job but you can tell this was adapted from a play - pretty stagy, pretty talky. I don't mind those things, so it worked OK for me. Does a good job of the "love you/resent you" dynamic of siblings. "You got twelve jingle bells on your skirt while Babe and I just got three each!"

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#1198337 - Tue Jun 12 2018 09:12 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Ocean's 8" 2018

Pretty meaningless fluff, but fun for all that. Nice way to spend an afternoon - I've always liked heist movies.

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#1198338 - Tue Jun 12 2018 09:59 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Avengers infinity war 2018. I liked so much it's with a good rithm, mixed comedy and action, the last three or four nemesis are awesome, I liked Thanos, it's really the main character in this movie.

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#1198411 - Wed Jun 13 2018 08:42 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Parents" 1989

Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, and Sandy Dennis of all people. Hilarious dark comedy. Young Michael and his parents move to a sparkling new suburb in 1950s America, and all is well - except that Michael begins to suspect his parents have a secret....

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#1199764 - Tue Jun 26 2018 09:08 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Fake Blood" 2017

Little indie documentary - A couple of small time indie horror moviemakers try to find out about real violence, to explore the responsibilities they have when depicting fake violence in their movies.

Very good, and part of the conversation that needs to be had around the subject. I don't see that there is a definitive answer, but I think talking and thinking about it, is a big part of whatever answer there is.

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#1200836 - Tue Jul 10 2018 07:09 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Bubba Ho-Tep" 2002

This is an absolute hoot, check it out if you get the chance. Elvis Presley and JFK are in an East Texas nursing home, getting old, when they have to team up to fight an evil mummy. Bruce Campbell gives a real good Elvis sneer, and Ossie Davis is dignified as JFK, but doesn't try for the Boston accent.

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