@RiotDemon I just saw it last week and really liked it! It wasn’t as twisty plot-wise as I expected, but the mysteries-within-mysteries angle was really played up in the reviews I read, so I guess I was primed for any and all possible plot twists. It’s possible I would have been thinking no one is addressing this obvious plot point, so I guess that’s the twist anyway. It was really beautifully cast and visually designed.
@RiotDemon Yeah, I go back and forth on reviews. They can be spot-on, and sometimes someone really hates something in a way that makes it clear I’d love it, and sometimes the reverse. And sometimes they give away too much of the plot. I’ve been sorry when I read just a little too far. But on the other hand [spoilers for an old-ish movie follow], it was a spoiler-filled essay about Phantom Thread that basically drove me to the theater. I was warned but reading it anyway, just in case I didn’t go see it, and there was a line like “after the second poisoning,” and I was like WHAT?! I MUST SEE THIS MOVIE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. And it was totally worth it.
I know it’s not recent, but I’ve spent the last month watching almost every one of his films. Just a couple left (other than some early ones that I have little interest in.
Oddly enough, my favorite so far has been The Trouble With Harry. It’s weird and dark and hilarious. I’m not one to laugh out loud at almost anything, but this film had me reeling. So much so that I watched it twice the same week. And the score is incredible!
@mtb002 It’s hard to not employ anything from a previous adaptation though. I’m doing a study right now on The Letter and The Unfaithful, and although both are based on the play, there are some definite similarities between the two films. (I’m studying the music behind the two films, both scored by Max Steiner)
Went to see Little Women yesterday. Really, really good (within the context of being Little Women, which is… fine… as a book, I guess). It was a very frustrating experience for my mother, who could NOT hear most of what was said (a lot of similar voices talking over each other, speaking from off screen or an angle, etc). She had no problem at Knives Out, so she’s not suddenly deaf, but this movie was tough. She would have been totally lost with all the moving forwards and backwards through the story, except that we went to see a kind of terrible performance of the musical over the summer, and it was basically the same. In fact, I was really surprised at all of the discussion of the structure of the movie and whether or not it was hard to follow, because, again: it’s essentially the musical I saw, just without microphones sticking out awkwardly from bad wigs and a tragically off-key Laurie.
I realized partway through the movie that Amy was reminding me of Kim Catrall from certain angles, and then that Jo’s long hair looked kind of like Sarah Jessica Parker’s Sex and the City-era hair, and then that Beth looked very much like Cynthia Nixon, and that Meg kind of looked like whoever played the brunette (I never watched the show), and then that their characters kind of worked in parallel too, and it weirded me out. I started wondering if Sex and the City was based on Little Women.
I was actually creeped out a few times. Kristen Stewart still isn’t a great actress, but she did fine in this. They could of left out TJ Miller. A lot of people are comparing it to Alien. No. Definitely not. I really enjoyed it though.
@RiotDemon I really liked “Parasite”, but was really unsure going in (this was back in November before most of the buzz). I couldn’t really tell much from the trailer, but had a couple of people who told me it was good.
If someone would have just told me that the title is strictly metaphorical, my fears would have been allayed. (I was afraid it was a horror flick, which it isn’t)
@RiotDemon@sammydog01 I loved it. I literally laughed out loud as often as my grands did. RDJ was a little over the top but only sometimes and not always annoying with it. Plus, it had animals and some snark and I needed a non-stressful day with some of my babies so that could have colored my viewing pleasure. Either way, I’m still happy I went.
@mehbee@sammydog01 there was definitely parts that made me laugh. It was just a lot happening. When they looked at the villain (forget his name) on the boat and he’s violently shaking his head while talking, I lost it.
@RiotDemon@sammydog01 I would have to say that Kevin’s logs made me laugh the hardest but yes that was good too. I also have to give kudos to whoever dressed Lady Rose. She had some of the most beautiful clothes and they looked just like what you see in books.
I took my 15 year old niece. She loved it. I did not. I couldn’t get past that terrible accent! RDJ was attempting to channel Sean Connery, but he ended up mumbling through the majority of it. I was wishing for closed captioning.
@RiotDemon The original one with Rex Harrison is a movie I remember liking as a very young child, but it is almost universally panned, despite receiving an Oscar best picture nomination. I have deliberately avoided seeing it again for fear of being extremely disappointed.
I might give this one a look when it comes to my local second-run theater.
@punkynpye@sammydog01@tinamarie1974 it only has a PG rating. if they’re okay with a cannon fight and a guy trying to escape a tiger, I’m sure they’ll be okay. It has a lot of talking animals which I’m sure the kids will love.
@mehbee@punkynpye@RiotDemon@sammydog01 it was a little tough at first. Had to cover her eyes when the dragon was fighting the bad guys. But when we got to the farts, oh my! She is still talking about it so I started calling her dragon fart. She thinks it is hilarious
@chienfou@punkynpye@RiotDemon@sammydog01 I have to say that while I really liked and was amazed by the CGI effects in the original [Robin Williams] movie Jumanji; the newer rebooted ones are amazing, and I really like Dwayne, etc., in them.
If you like documentaries, I would recommend “The Pharmacist” on Netflix (it’s actually a 4-part docu-series). The film-makers had a wealth of background material unparalleled in most documentaries, because the primary subject recorded everything. Some of the events are so remarkable, you might dismiss them as “unrealistic” were you to seen them in a fictional movie.
@RiotDemon We were completely enthralled, even with the schmaltzy [and totally fake] life-support when one of the characters had oxygen tubing run across his mouth [SWMBO is an RN to match my PA]. Good action adventure way to enjoy an afternoon.
@chienfou Too right, especially since I’m going to be critiquing it [mostly in my head, unless we’re watching at home] anyway.
That said, I deveIoped a slightly more understanding attitude about factual discrepancies in movies recently, after I watched a Youtube video on “Tod’s Workshop”. He’s a medieval weapon recreator, who often works on movie props.
As a well-known arbiter of historical weapon facts, he discussed the compromises in historical accuracy that he necessarily had to make in re-creating weapons for use in movies, for various reasons including practical, esthetic, political, and arbitrary irrational decisions made by directors and actors reasons.
@RiotDemon - Sorry to hear. Maybe I should have stressed that it’s David Lynch.
Many are trying to provide interpretations, but on the surface I just enjoyed what seemed like a hilarious parody of those gruff old-fashioned screen detective shows.
Anyway, you might enjoy one of the reviews more than the film:
@kdemo no idea who David Lynch is. I spent a lot of time analyzing the video. At first the mouth of the monkey really threw me off, but then I spent the next few minutes wondering if it was the other actor that they just used to voice the monkey. I was trying to figure out because they sounded kind of like they could have been voiced by the same person and then I spent a lot of time analyzing the lips and the nose to see if it was the same guy that was sitting right across from him.
@RiotDemon - The detective is David Lynch himself, and most think the voice of the monkey is Lynch as well, so good analysis!
David Lynch made Twin Peaks, Dune, Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, The Elephant Man - many critically respected, controversial films.
Admittedly I haven’t seen most of them. I loved this one so much, I checked on some others and none were streaming free on Netflix or Prime.
Hoping they’ll become available, or I eventually feel like paying.
I just got around to watching Joker. Not my cup of tea. I mean, I recognize the quality and nuance of JP’s performance, and I usually like dark, but this story line didn’t do it for me. At least it only cost me 90 cents with a BOGO rental offer at Redbox.
@macromeh I liked “Joker”, but I would have a hard time recommending it unless I knew the person’s tastes pretty well. Probably about half the best picture nominees this year fell into this category. When most people say, “You would like it”, what they actually mean is “I liked it”. I try to be more pointed with recommendations, whether it be something with a pretty broad appeal, or tailoring the suggestion to an individual person.
(Spoiler alert for the people that still want to watch this)
I guess the ending tripped me up because it looped around (supposedly like the turns of a screw) but it left me confused. From what I read, the mom wasn’t cast until a year after everyone else so people are thinking those scenes were an after thought.
@RiotDemon So if we’re talking spoilers- the book left it up to the reader to decide whether the things that happened were real or products of a mind going insane. Yeah, I had to read it for a class. I got the same feeling with this movie. Did you notice the wallpaper in the credits? Are you familiar with The Yellow Wallpaper? Plus the crazy mom- that stuff can be genetic.
My favorite radio version of The Yellow Wallpaper starring Agnes Moorehead (Andora on Bewitched for us old folks:
@sammydog01 I have never heard of the yellow wallpaper. I left shortly after the credits started so I didn’t sit through all the wallpaper. I looked online before I left to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
The thing is, they shouldn’t of had that weird mannequin turn it’s head if we were to think she was going crazy. She wasn’t in the room and she didn’t see it’s head turned again.
I actually watched a lot of Bewitched when I was younger. I don’t remember who anyone is though.
I’m listening to the video, was the paper at the end on purpose you think?
I just saw it this morning, I really liked it ( admittedly it doesn’t take much for me to like a movie )what really Surprised me most, was the age of the audience…
I was the Youngest person there by like 15 years, and I’m 40…
…granted, counting me there were maybe 6 people there, and it was 10:55a on a Friday morning, that happened to be valentines day…
I have a had a pretty good run of liking most of the movies I have seen over the the past few months, but “Birds of Prey” was as outright dud in my book. I think if one goes with a mindset similar to seeing a kung fu move - the plot and characters only have to tenuously hold together well enough to get you from one fight scene to the other - the viewer would probably come away entertained.
Sonic the Hedgehog. Saw it Friday. Most of it was funny. Parts were so stupid/ over the top they were funny (kinda like how I think of the entire movie Spaceballs). I liked it more than I thought I would.
Have a Fandango credit for a movie to use by the end of the month (from a blood drive). Had planned to go see the new Star Wars movie, but it’s gone now. I guess I’ll check this thread a few more times before I go to use it this week since I will be working evenings the following week and local matinees aren’t out in time at this time of year.