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May 2, 2024, 11:52 AM
 
Becket

Dipping into the archives. Shit history, but epic-tier drama. O’Toole eats every inch of scenery… twice.



     
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May 4, 2024, 06:48 PM
 
Unfrosted

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World about breakfast cereal made by Hanna-Barbera. The movie aspect is secondary. I enjoyed it. My dad felt it was too “try-hard”. We both laughed. There are some genuinely good one-liners.



     
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May 5, 2024, 10:29 AM
 
That the Seinfeld one?
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May 6, 2024, 01:49 AM
 
The Lion in Winter

Finished the O’Toole as Henry II opus. Holy shit this is a masterpiece. The banter between him and Hepburn is unparalleled. Also, best dysfunctional family Christmas movie ever.



     
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May 6, 2024, 07:58 AM
 
Yeah, it really is a masterpiece. Probably my favorite O’Toole movie.
     
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May 6, 2024, 01:31 PM
 
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May 7, 2024, 05:40 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Unfrosted

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World about breakfast cereal made by Hanna-Barbera. The movie aspect is secondary. I enjoyed it. My dad felt it was too “try-hard”. We both laughed. There are some genuinely good one-liners.



Hugh Grant is superb. He's become a national treasure and sublime at gently undermining his old image.
The wheel film was a pile of chaotic madness and all the better for it. Less try hard than say "Mortdecai" the Johnny Depp comedy that I do actually quite like.
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May 7, 2024, 12:52 PM
 
Example from about a year ago.

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Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre

Very, very borderline. Doesn’t gel, except maybe a touch near the end. Chronically violates the rule of “show, don’t tell”. Lacks a lot of imagination. Worst Aubery Plaza performance I’ve ever seen, though she looks great.

With all that going against it, Hugh Grant hits a grand slam. The weak parts are worth it for him.





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May 7, 2024, 02:20 PM
 
Grant seems to be able to suss-out the appropriate level of give-a-fuck a film requires, and then nails it hard.
     
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May 10, 2024, 12:33 PM
 
Logan Lucky

Not crap, but should have been better. Surprisingly wholesome. Excellent hayseed performances.



     
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May 14, 2024, 05:27 PM
 
Lion in Winter is amazing. O’Toole is just as awe inspiring as he was in Lawrence of Arabia, in a totally different context. Kate is totally believable as a woman deeply in love with the man she also wants to oust as king. I was surprised to learn that Anthony Hopkins played Richard - that just slid past me with the awesomeness of the two leads.

I haven’t been disappointed by Hugh Grant.

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May 15, 2024, 02:19 PM
 
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

Solid. Reacher is awesome.





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May 17, 2024, 12:48 AM
 
Bodies Bodies Bodies

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May 26, 2024, 05:09 AM
 
Civil War was not what I expected. I don't tend to do much research on films before I watch them these days because so few really warrant it and I didn't realise it was written by Alex Garland or perhaps my expectation would have been closer to what I got.
I'm now thinking I must have only half-paid attention to the trailer because I was expecting an SFX-laden, high-action flick with lots of fighting and explosion but maybe with a scathing commentary on how such a civil war is likely to unfold from where we are now. I assumed it would be dripping with the usual tropes of gung-ho-ness, glorification of war, patriotic silliness and sentimentality about how star spangled awesome America is, even when its tearing itself to shreds.

What I got was something that now feels like it was masquerading as a more thoughtful movie but as I think about it (the credits are literally still rolling as I type this), it feels devoid of any real substance or insight. Theres no political commentary I can detect anywhere, key parts feel predictable and unoriginal.
Visually it looks great, the performances are fine, every technical aspect of it is good except the story. Many details didn't make any sense to me. Actions taken, the lack of appropriate reactions to those actions, and there was no back story whatsoever so I wasn't even sure who I should be rooting for.
If there were an attempted secession, is there a world where California teams up with Texas to do it? I'm no expert but it seems unlikely to me. I can see wither of them doing it alone for very different reasons but not together.

I don't really know how to rate it. I'm always pleased to be surprised by a film but I can't say I was really impressed by this one. It feels a little pointless having seemed to promise something interesting and not delivered it.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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May 26, 2024, 11:58 AM
 
Was about to watch that but switched at the last second to…

Atlas

Train wreck from beginning to end, therefore never boring. Bonus entertainment: try to imagine just what the hell any of these people were thinking.



     
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May 26, 2024, 01:08 PM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
I wasn't even sure who I should be rooting for.
Do you imagine this dilemma would remain were it California versus Texas?
     
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May 26, 2024, 02:30 PM
 
You know, I watched Civil War last night too. It’s agree with you overall; it doesn’t feel there’s much in the way of useful political or social commentary. Having said that, it still manages to be a surprisingly good movie. The story has a road-trip quality and I never managed to lose interest.

After some thought, I kind of feel it’s more just like a style of documentary where you just follow along with some people in a war zone for a bit and see how they’re doing.

Edit: also, great Jesse Plemons scene (just like all Jesse Plemons scenes). I think I’d give it

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May 27, 2024, 08:45 AM
 
Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad)

In Rio, there’s a special forces Army detachment tasked with policing the favelas. This turns out as horrific as you’d expect.



     
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May 27, 2024, 04:31 PM
 
Sounds like a great City of God pairing (or not)
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May 27, 2024, 05:03 PM
 
Yeah… I'll put that on the list, but definitely want to pace it. Tropa de Elite has a sequel, which I’m not in the biggest rush to see.
     
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May 27, 2024, 07:07 PM
 
I watched Madame Web. It's not "worst movie ever" bad but... definitely not a re-watch-er.
     
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May 27, 2024, 10:37 PM
 
I’ll tell you what, Fall Guy is shockingly enjoyable. In a winking self-aware type of way that incorporates every predictable plot point you can think of but still makes you snicker gleefully when it happens.

Not my normal type of movie at all, but I’ll go so far to give it a completely silly

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May 28, 2024, 09:19 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Do you imagine this dilemma would remain were it California versus Texas?
I have to believe that was an intentional choice - as soon as you make it about the current political parties and dividing lines, you lose half your audience.
     
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May 28, 2024, 12:44 PM
 
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Adam driver as a non-earthling whose spaceship gets stranded on prehistoric earth. I expected more Land of the Lost but it takes the serious path. Dinosaurs are sneaky. People fall in pits.

Fun, not bad, although I did yell at the screen a few times because for a smart developed higher being poor adam does not seem to know that he should be cautious on an alien planet. The teenage sidekick, eh.

     
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May 29, 2024, 05:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Do you imagine this dilemma would remain were it California versus Texas?
I just wasn't sure who the makers wanted me to root for. I guess they didn't, but was I supposed to be happy with the winner? I don't even remember which side it was.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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May 30, 2024, 03:14 AM
 
Layer Cake

I’m late to the party. Really good. Drags in a few places, but never runs out of twists. Incredibly convoluted plot which I’m not sure I entirely followed. The important bits were clear enough though.



     
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Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
I’ll tell you what, Fall Guy is shockingly enjoyable. In a winking self-aware type of way that incorporates every predictable plot point you can think of but still makes you snicker gleefully when it happens.

Not my normal type of movie at all, but I’ll go so far to give it a completely silly

I’ll have to watch that one. I liked the TV series “The Fall Guy” with Lee Majors, as well as the 1980 movie “The Stunt Man” (with Peter O’Toole!), so this one should be fun.

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Jun 7, 2024, 10:11 PM
 
Civil War

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Jun 9, 2024, 10:12 AM
 
I should mention the Scarecrow Brazilian in Civil War is the lead in Tropa de Elite
     
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Jun 10, 2024, 09:07 PM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
I just wasn't sure who the makers wanted me to root for.
My favorite scene in the movie, the sniper duel, answers this question.


Edit: more accurately, for me, that scene satisfactorily answered the question.
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Jun 11, 2024, 07:43 AM
 
Really reminded me of the desert sniper scene in Hurt Locker
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Jun 11, 2024, 11:17 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

Solid. Reacher is awesome.





Cavill’s beard gets 5 stars.
It's even more awesome learning everything that Ian Fleming and Christopher Lee were up to in WWII. Cue the story about Lee telling Peter Jackson not to question how he knows what it sounds like to be stabbed in the back.
     
 
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