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#1205666 - Thu Sep 13 2018 04:50 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Pickup on South Street" 1953

The plot is nonsense, but everything else is perfect. The perfection of Richard Widmark is only surpassed by the amazing performance of Thelma Ritter as a police informer with a sideline selling ties. And Jean Peters really sells it as the kind of girl who would fall for a guy who slaps her around the way Widmark does - brittle toughness and world weariness over a soft squishy interior.

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#1205783 - Sat Sep 15 2018 01:43 AM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Dances With Wolves (1990)

Amazing movie. It should have won more awards than it did.

It tells the story of a rogue Union Soldier who befriends a local Sioux tribe and helps them get out of enemy lines.

Kevin Costner in his Oscar role. Amazing. Very long but not unbearably long like the LOTR movies.
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#1205817 - Sat Sep 15 2018 05:08 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"America's Sweethearts" 2001

Cute lightweight fun. Catherine Zeta-Jones and John Cusack are movie stars whose marriage is on the rocks, Julia Roberts is her sister but in love with him, Billy Chrystal is the publicist trying to save the movie, and Hank Azaria and Christopher Walken enjoy themselves playing Z-J's new flame and the director of the movie, respectively. Not a lot of meat here, but lots of whipped cream.

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#1205850 - Sat Sep 15 2018 11:29 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Toy story II.(1999)

I ser the first AND the last, but I don't see before this movie. I liked it's not awesome the another two movies but it's a good movie. I liked the backstory and the choice between the oblivion possibility and the Andy's love, the new family vs the old toys...
7/10

I liked American sweetheart. Simple but fun.

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#1206024 - Mon Sep 17 2018 07:51 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"No Way Out' 1950

Sidney Poitier's first feature film. He's a young doctor, Richard Widmark is a racist injured thief who is convinced Poitier killed his brother while treating him for gunshot.

Considering the age of this one, it's remarkably resonant in these times. Not only the overt racism of Widmark's character, but his self pity, and his blind belief in an unlikely theory despite all evidence to the contrary, simply because it confirms his prejudices. This is really quite a movie, definitely worth checking out.

I hadn't really seen much of Widmark's work previously, but I'm going to have myself a little film festival. He's a remarkably natural performer, especially given the melodramatic and often unlikely dialogue he's given - par for the course in movies of this type at this time.

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#1206574 - Sat Sep 22 2018 05:46 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Night and the City" 1950

Wow, just wow. I watched this in the Criterion Collection, borrowed from the library. The disc with the American version was in bad shape, so I watched the British. I'm glad I did, I think, as it included a few scenes that help the plot make better sense. And I have to say - this is as coherent a plot as I've found in film noir.

What hold together even better than the plot are the characters - they act the way people act, which is something you can't always count on in this genre.

Richard Widmark is a small timer who dreams of someday being somebody, but who really is just what one character calls him, a cheap spiv. He gets his big chance, and goes for it, only to inevitably fail because it was ill-thought-out, crooked, and stupid, just the way we knew it would be from the beginning. Even if things had not gone wrong for him, there's no way it would have worked.

The only reason his phenomenal performance doesn't stand out is that every other performance here is also amazing. Gene Tierney is probably the weakest of the lot, which is really saying something. The scenes between the old wrestler Gregorius and his son the crime lord are especially great.

See this.

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#1207405 - Fri Sep 28 2018 10:13 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Shawshank Redemption (1994)

My favorite movie of all time.

I watch this movie once a year or more, and it just never gets old for me.

For those who have not watched...

It is a story of a wrongfully accused man serving life in prison who changes the lives of those around him, and in turn, his own life.

It is worth a watch.

Very well acted by Tim Robbins and the incomparable Morgan Freeman, well directed, the score is on point.
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#1207725 - Tue Oct 02 2018 04:17 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Magnolia" 1999

Well.

Unbelievable performances from a huge cast - very talented people doing their best work. In the service of I'm not quite sure what. Lot of intensity here, lot of pain, little bit of humor and hope, but I don't know if it really goes anywhere. Don't know if it needs to.

I'll be honest, I never really thought very much about this movie ... I was under the vague impression that it was yet another "Jerry Maguire" - Tom Cruise being a jerk who becomes slightly less of one through love and realizing what's important blah blah. And who needs to see any more of that if we've seen "JM" and "Rainman"? Funnily enough, that is indeed one of the things that kinda sorta happens, but it's not that kind of movie, at all, at all.

Gotta say, I'd love to see PT Anderson approach this same material again when he's sixty.

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#1207917 - Thu Oct 04 2018 08:20 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"A Simple Favor" 2018

Tons of fun, a thriller with lots of laughs. A bunch of plot twists that move fast enough so you don't notice if they have holes, really great looking costumes and design, and even a genuinely sweet moment with a hurt little kid. I had a great time.

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#1208842 - Mon Oct 15 2018 09:30 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Best of Everything" 1959

The Hays Code is starting to lose its grip on Hollywood, in this Apartment 3G-type melodrama. Yes, women are still punished for having sex, but not all the women, all the time.

An aging Joan Crawford is here to show young Hope Lange that the only thing waiting for a woman who is ambitious and interested in a career is lonely sterility, one of the sexy women comes to a horrid end, and the victim of a vile seducer manages to avoid an abortion and snag the nice guy she always wanted.

This is actually pretty good, but the messages it sent were, by 2018 standards, appalling. Love and babies (properly conceived in wedlock, of course) are all that a woman is allowed to want.

One small thing I noticed - there is a lot of typing in this movie, as all the characters start out as typists. But they're not really touch typing, they're just using the first two fingers, rather than all four.


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#1208850 - Tue Oct 16 2018 12:10 AM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Inside out(2015)
Pixar I love this movie, every single detail, the imaginary friends, the importance of emotions in the thinking process, the long term memory as a laberint, the emotions inside the parents...and a large list of good stuff. It's my favorite animated movie.

Green butterflies (2017)
It's a Colombian movie, about a real events about bullilying, with a LGBTI tematic, harassment, discrimination, and a elite school with a terrible management.

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#1210270 - Sat Oct 27 2018 09:07 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" 1969

I'd been hearing a lot about Jane Fonda's performance in this exploration of a dance marathon, and the despair of the dancers, but honestly what I was really blown away by was Gig Young, as the sleazy MC. The performance of his career.

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#1210299 - Sun Oct 28 2018 09:01 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Topper Returns" 1941

Even sillier than the first Topper, but redeemed by the fact that our stars are all just so charming. This time Topper has to solve a murder in a house full of trap doors, with a mysterious masked man slipping out from behind a revolving bookcase to grab our heroine and stab her! Billie Burke is just amazing - she plays an airhead like nobody else can.

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#1211884 - Tue Nov 13 2018 09:55 AM Re: The last film you watched ...
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The Big Short" (2015)

Well, I can see why this made a splash when it came out. Stylish, kinda fun, and it makes complex financial stuff accessible to those of us who don't really understand it well.

But it left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. They're having a little too much fun, I guess, for a subject with so much real impact. Like a song and dance movie about the holocaust.

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#1212889 - Sun Nov 25 2018 08:00 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"BlacKkKlansman" 2018

Pretty good. Apparently not entirely historically accurate, but packs a nice punch. It kind fell apart at the end, IMO - first, everything about the plot tied up a little too neatly, and then ...uh, Spike? We got the point, we really did. Didn't actually need to have our noses rubbed in it.

But for all that.... I thought it was going to be a lot grimmer and less enjoyable than it was. It was interesting, entertaining, with likable main characters. I wouldn't put it on my best of the year, but I'd recommend seeing it.

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#1212921 - Mon Nov 26 2018 07:25 AM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Bohemian Rhapsody 2018
Good movie
It is a great tribute to Queen, the film has managed to hear your music again, the performance of Remy is fantastic despite not being so similar, their gestures and the way to appropriate the character are incredible.
I was surprised by the staging at the concerts and you stay with their immortal music throbbing in your heart.
It's a safe approach, with a very little risk in the structure and topics in the movie, family friendly.

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#1214048 - Fri Dec 07 2018 09:27 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Gone Girl (2014)

Yeah, that's the way to do a thriller. Great casting - this works best if you kinda dislike all of these people, and Ben Affleck especially is perfect for that. I'm rooting for him ... but I'm not rooting too hard.

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#1214197 - Sun Dec 09 2018 09:42 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The Coen Brothers latest, which they released on Netflix rather than in theatres. An anthology, set in the old west. I liked all of them, and one just blew me away. They play with all the tropes of western movies, and then do something maybe just a little bit different.

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#1214267 - Mon Dec 10 2018 08:58 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Love, Actually (2003)

Everything you always wanted in a romantic comedy, including some over the top kinda stupid stuff near the end. I really did have a very nice time watching, though.

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#1214479 - Wed Dec 12 2018 07:45 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Little Women (1994 remake)


I tend to side more with an Original of a film, but this one I rather enjoy.

The Louisa May Alcott Civil War Classic about Sisters and their Mother living through hardships while their Father is at War.

I find all of the Actresses good in their roles. Christian Bale is a good rendition as Theodore.

It's a Christmas Movie, but also a feel good Family Movie.

I'd give it a 7/10.
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#1215651 - Wed Dec 26 2018 11:19 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Aquaman
Spiderman (2018)

A great combo superheroic to finish this year with two amazing movies.
Aquaman with a good origin history, with a very charismatic Nomoa as protagonist.

Spiderman with the multiverse was awesome, a superb animation, with a great background history, a great rhythm, Miles Morales and him tutors, presenting the origins history with a good dosis of humor, the friendship, the courage to make the right, to fight against your own fear, to believe
I liked and this movie it's a very good to fight for the Golden Globe and Oscar and it's better then the incredinlea 2 and Ralph.

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#1216689 - Tue Jan 08 2019 04:59 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Got a little catching up to do...

On Christmas Day, family tradition is comic horror movies. This year was

"Grabbers" 2012
Some kind of sea alien is attacking a small Irish town. Alcohol is poison to them, so they can't eat anyone who is drunk. So guess what the town does....

Not quite as much fun as it could have been, but still pretty darned fun. And I loved the design of the creatures, especially the little ones when the eggs hatched.

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#1216690 - Tue Jan 08 2019 05:02 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Support the Girls" 2018

If you are a woman, and have a worked a terrible job where your looks and body are part of what you are selling, you'll like this movie about a day in the life of the manager of a Hooters type establishment. Really captures the way it is, working in a bar.

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#1216709 - Tue Jan 08 2019 08:23 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Mildred Pierce" 1945

Can't believe I've never seen this before. It's great, but honestly , it mostly makes me want to read the novel to find out all the bits that the Code meant Hollywood had to leave out.

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#1216862 - Thu Jan 10 2019 09:20 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Mildred Pierce" 1945

Can't believe I've never seen this before. It's great, but honestly , it mostly makes me want to read the novel to find out all the bits that the Code meant Hollywood had to leave out.




You should take in the Miniseries with Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel wood. Very well done. you should be able to find it on amazon prime or another streaming site. Worth a watch. It's in a few episodes but a good bingewatch on a lazy day.
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