Last Movie Watched.... The Xenforo Edition

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  1. spejic

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    Yes, but I am not a fan. And I watched it for a movie draft, so I didn't do a full blooded review but only a few comments with the other movies I saw and didn't pick for the draft.
     
  2. Val1

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    The League of Ungentlemanly Warfare

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    "Based on a true story." Best way to kill a movie.

    Before the US entered WWII and while German U Boats dominated the shipping lanes, the British learn that the entire U Boat fleet is being re-supplied out of an island off Cameroon. One ship, apparently, has 250,000 carbon dioxide scrubbers and the Brits send a multi-national team to take it out.

    This movie is utter shit. It reads like a comic book, like if Quentin Tarantino had tried to make a documentary. The action scenes are ludicrous while extremely gory, and dead Germans stack up like police cruisers in The Blues Brothers. The ending credits on the movie list the captain of the mission as the real-life inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Somehow Guy Ritchie didn't get the memo because apparently the mission, while successful, did not result in a single death.

    I paid $19 to see this thing. It wouldn't have been worth the cost at $5.
     
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  3. Val1

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    Renaissance Man

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    So, to get the stink of Ungentlemanly Warfare out of our clothes, the wife and I returned to Penny Marshall's second best film, Renaissance Man.

    Danny Devito plays an ad man at the end of his rope, both professionally and personally, who has to take a job on an army base teaching struggling recruits "how to comprehend." Totally adrift and being the tail wagged by the dog that is his class, he ends up teaching his small band of soldiers Hamlet. Devito ends up making the requisite personal connections with his students, inspires them to love the Bard, and in giving them a bit of a break from the rigor of basic training, allows them to succeed and graduate. The movie is kind, sweet and hilarious.

    The movie is also a great example of two of my favorite genres, training camp movies and school teacher movies. The biggest weakness of ever school teacher movie is that the teachers only have one class, and every teacher ever will tell the biggest challenge is that you have four or five or six classes. Here, Devito is hired to teach just one class, so it rings truer. As for training camp movies, they typically get much worse once the trainees leave for the real world, be it Stripes or Heartbreak Ridge. This movie ends with graduation. Much better.
     
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  4. The Jitty Slitter

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    IMO it is one of the most interesting ideas in sci fi but especially in time travel

    Of course the film suffers from being produced for just $8,000 or something
     
  5. Belgian guy

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    Night Swim (2024)
    Dir. Bryce McGuire

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    An MS diagnosis forces baseball player Ray Waller into early retirement. For his rehab and to put down roots, him and his family - wife Eve and kids Izzy and Elliot - look for a house in what is for them a new community near the Twin Cities. They settle upon what is a bit of a fixer-upper, which has a disused pool in the backyard that they have refurbished, so that Ray can use it as part of his therapy and the family can collectively enjoy it. It does not take long for each member of the Waller clan to have strange experiences whilst in the pool, though none of them is willing to consider any sort of supernatural explanation at first...

    A pretty basic haunted house horror film, centered around a swimming pool with sinister abilities. Not especially noteworthy for its writing, but a decent cast that includes Wyatt Russell and Kerry Condon. The latter especially is a terrific actress who should honestly have a bigger career than she has enjoyed so far.
     
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  6. Binomial

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    One to throw into the 'easily forgettable' index. Too dull too often and the action part never really gets going until the last half hour, the strong Irish accent made it hard to comprehend at times & does Neeson ever play a character where he’s not coming to the rescue a young girl? [​IMG]

    On the plus side, Kerry Condon is so hot that I almost shed a few tears in the end despite her playing the bad side.
     
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  7. Binomial

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    Defo worth a watch even if you're not a fan/never played the game.

    The amount of persistent back and forth Henk endures whilst risking his freedom just to obtain a contract signing him over with the licensing to a game is remarkable and this film tells that story in an equally remarkable way.

    With the amount of awards a film can be awarded these days it was a bit of a shame to learn it never won any, would've be cool to see Taron pick something up.
     
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  8. Belgian guy

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    City Hunter (2024)
    Dir. Yuichi Sato

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    Ryo Saebo and Hideyuki Makemura are partners in a private investigators business known as City Hunter. They get an assignment tracking down a missing cosplaying young woman. After they successfully track her down, the girl escapes, showing off incredible feats of acrobacy in the process. Hideyuki finds and retrieves two vials containing a blue liquid that the girl dropped, but does not tell his partner about it. Later that evening, Hideyuki meets up with his younger sister Kaori for dinner. During this dinner, a truck rams the restaurant and the clearly drugged driver kills Hideyuki. Kaori is desperate for justice for her brother and thus disillusioned with Ryu's outward lack of effort in tracking down the killers. Until she strong-arms him into a partnership, though one which Ryo has serious misgivings about.

    I checked this out almost entirely because I was a fan of the anime of the same name as a kid. Though since I got to know it originally in its French dub format, I knew it as Nicky Larson (the name of the Ryo Saebo character in the French version). It's a fairly faithful adaptation of the anime, if you go by both the character's personality and behavior and the animated show's iconography: Ryo/Nicky's iconic red shirt, Mini Cooper ride and Colt Python are all there. And somehow they managed to find a not totally crazy way to even include Kaori/Laura's mallets in live action.
    For those unfamiliar with the manga/anime, it's a pretty straight-forward story about a private eye partnership between Ryo (hotshot private investigator whose skills in investigation/hand to hand combat/firearms are only outdone by his frankly lecherous behavior when it comes to women) and his deceased former partner's younger sister Kaori (more organized than Ryo and also frustrated by his less savory behavior). With an underlying will-they-won't-they Moonlighting type tension. It has to be said that the stuff that was already a bit cringe in the anime (mostly Ryo's porn obsession and awkward Lothario act) hasn't really aged particularly well.
    Though my biggest gripe is that it lacked Umibozu, my favorite side character in the original show. Both a rival and an occasional ally to Ryo, his larger than life presence (literally so as well) made his episodes among my favorites of the series.
    Not sure if this was good enough to recommend to those who didn't already love the source material, I primarily enjoyed seeing these characters in a live action format.
     
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  9. Val1

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    Screams Before Silence

    This is harrowing. It's not anything that we don't know or that hasn't been put forward yet, but see it all at one time was hard to take. Definitely a viewing for daytime hours.

    Lots of horror stories. The one that hit me was from an interrogation with a captured Hamas terrorist. He's describing what he did to this woman, and at one point he said that he grabbed her, took her into another room and then "slept with her." The interrogator was having nothing to do with that. He said, "Sleep is for sleeping. You didn't sleep. What did you do?" "Oh, yeah, I raped her." He tried to soften his brutality, but when he realized he couldn't, he still didn't seem too concerned about what he'd done.

    The problem is that it's a pretty crappy documentary. Ex Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, is very much the star of the show. She's gotta get more facetime than anybody else. But we see a lot of How. Concerned. She. Is.

    She doesn't interview much -- these women are ready to talk -- and if she's not conducting interviews, she ought to be off screen. At least to my way of thinking.

    It was also disconcerting seeing folks running away, the sound of gunfire all around them and explosions from rockets in the background, and they're still trying to record their escape. Some people are just stupid.
     
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  10. TheJoeGreene

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    Finally got around to War for the Planet of the Apes. The first hour or so is mostly what you would expect. A solid inciting incident, some quick exposition to catch us up on things, and a couple of interesting tidbits. Around the 75 minute mark we get the great confrontation between Caesar and the Colonel. That might be the best scene in the first 3 films, but that's not too hard to believe when it's Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson being given good a good script to work with. From there we get what turns into a pretty complex prison break scenario for the rest of the film with a few interesting twists on the common setup. We get a nice blockbuster style explosion to cap that scene and push us into the denouement that leaves us in a position of wondering how they jump from that ending to the world as it exists in the trailer for the new film.

    Good stuff, and from the time that Caesar and the Colonel meet it might be the best content for the entirety of the first three films as Harrelson going from cookie cutter to gloriously interesting lead villain elevates the entire thing.
     
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  11. soccernutter

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    Been a while since I updated...Back to my 1980s movies

    First - Escape from New York (1981)

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    Snake Plisskin is a former soldier from some branch of the military. He did something that got him on TV, and got him convicted. On his way to prison, he is requisitioned for a mission that he must complete in 24 hours, which becomes 18 hours after the briefing. The mission? To rescue the President, because he is the only one able to do. And he'll get a full pardon.

    After the first 20 or so minutes, it becomes entertaining. Just like with most 1980s actions movies, cliches abound. But also like most 1980s action movies, they don't take away from the movie. The cast is quite something as well. Apart from Kurt Russel, there is Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, and Isaac Hayes. And, man, do I love The Duke's (Isaac Hayes) car - those chandeliers! This was another fun 1980s action movie, even if the special effects were...I have no words.

    I might follow up with Escape from LA, just because it is a sequel.
     
  12. soccernutter

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    Second: The Killing Fields (1984)


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    Based on a real story, Sam Waterston plays Sydney Schanberg, a NYT journalist covering the Cambodia aspect of the Vietnam War. Only while he is there, he is caught up in the ensuring civil war, along with his partner/interpreter Haing S. Ngor (Dith Pran), and fellow journalists Al Rockoff (John Malkovich) and Jon Swain (Julian Sands). As the Khmer Rouge becomes more powerful, their lives are in greater and greater danger, most that of Ngor.

    I know this was considered a great movie. Honestly, just watching Dith Pran was enough. But overall, it seemed like the first hour+ of the movie was simply to set up the final hour of
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    Ngor's escape, which is nothing I have not seen
    in hundreds of war and war-adjacent movies. Perhaps that was unique at that time, though I think not. Perhaps it was because so little was known of the Khmer Rouge. But now, I found the movie watchable, but tedious at times, and certainly painted the Khmer Rouge as singular monsters, apart from one. There was little in this movie I found all that interesting from the actors, apart from the aforementioned Pran. I did think Malkovich had a wonderful part, but he was over the top which took away from much of his script.

    As a side note, I saw that this movie was nominated for best editing at the Oscars. Why?
     
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  13. soccernutter

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    Two things:
    1 - Inception is on another level. I haven't seen Oppenheimer, yet, but to me, Inception is his best movie by some distance.
    2 - What is your favorite (or 2 or 3) timetravel movie?
     
  14. Belgian guy

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    The Prestige is still my favorite Nolan.
    Inception would be n°2. After that, it gets harder to rank the remainder of his filmography.
    Probably still Memento at n°3.
    Then I would say his Insomnia remake next.
    I would rank Oppenheimer just below Dunkirk, which itself I would put just behind Batman Begins (the best of his Batman films).
    Haven't seen Tenet, not that I have a great desire to considering what I have read about that film, both on here and elsewhere.

    But yeah, I think The Prestige is a truly wonderful film and also - alongside Inception - the film where the Nolans' obsession with narrative structure works best.
     
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  15. The Jitty Slitter

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    #9540 The Jitty Slitter, May 1, 2024
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    If we can make the category slightly broader - to be nested timelines, then my favs are

    1. Primer

    2. eXistenZ

    3. Inception

    *huge props also to book version of The Time Traveler's Wife *

    In terms of sci-fi I am a big fan of the PK Dick essay "How to build a universe that doesn't fall apart two days later". This drives my choices.

    Primer has easily the best pure, internally consistent universe and IMO the most stunning reveal. But it was made for 8000 dollars. Incredible really. I am willing to overlook its cinematic issues for it's sheer unrivalled genius.

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    You only realise later in the film that they are not inventing time travel - they already invented it in previous timelines and now they are trapped in iterated timelines. So the audience has to try to understand what happened in this film in the previous unseen timelines.


    I like eXistenZ because it again has the most purity in terms of it's screenplay. The characters are bound by the rules. I also like that it is set in VR rather than time travel - I think that helps

    Inception is cinematically the best of all by a mile, but it's world is a bit less good as a concept IMO. However the thought that went into making the worlds internally consistent was good to see.

    My real beef with films like Tenet is they just don't bother having a believable world at all.
     
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  16. The Jitty Slitter

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    I really like Momento from that POV. I am a big fan of structures where there are hidden timelines.

    If Nolan could remake Primer - then i die happy
     
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  17. The Jitty Slitter

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    Where I am disappointed by most time travel films, and especially Tenet, is they normally just have some form of Tardis governed by plot logic and not the physics of the world.

    Carruth's time travel is based on actual theories of physics and these theories constrain the plot. In the carruth model of time travel, you invent a time travel box, inside of which time travels backwards. You turn on the box and wait one hour. You enter the box and stay inside for one hour. You exit the box, one hour into your past, because for you, time went backwards. The plot is limited to this theory but there are wonderful paradoxes and innovations available, without resorting to plot driven cheats.

    Especially the Back to the Future type plot usually overlooks that going in the time machine at all creates a big paradox in your own present/future. Writers often resolve this by letting the time traveller get back to the point of departure no harm no foul style.
     
  18. waitforit

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    In that case have you seen Time Lapse and Timecrimes?

    You also might enjoy Coherence. The movie is kind of boring but it is worth it in the end


    Despite all that I enjoyed

    Edge of Tomorrow, Looper, 12 Monkeys (BTW the show Twelve Monkyes expands greatly on the movie), Predestination.... also Arrival (technically a time travel movie)
     
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  19. Belgian guy

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    Loved the concept of Timelapse. Didn't think it was executed very well. Especially the ending was a bit of a mess. But interesting premise.
     
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  20. spejic

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    Going over my movies, my two highest rated time travel moves are Avengers:Endgame and Time Cop. Obviously I don't care about time travel as a concept, only as a subtexual metaphor for regret and as an excuse to see Jean-Claude Van Damme's naked butt.
     
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  22. yasik19

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    Beckham (2023)

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    I really enjoyed this. While most of the things shown here we all knew, it was still nice to see it being done as a documentary.
     
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  23. Ismitje

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    If one can say nothing else about Argylle, it has the most bonkers colored smoke display/dance sequence/gunfight ever filmed. Also: I got some good husband points for watching it with with Mrs. Ismitje. Completely idiotic and that was just fine really.

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  24. Belgian guy

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    You just reminded me of this Letterboxd review:

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  25. The Jitty Slitter

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    Primer has this issue as well - it is very hard to stick the landing IMO

    Inception is probably one of the tighter endings though it is also hugely criticised.
     

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