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Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« Reply #135 on: May 08, 2019, 05:40:24 AM »
Thus is my f ing movie reviews. Take your politics somewhere else.
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Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« Reply #136 on: May 08, 2019, 11:22:57 AM »
Thus is my f ing movie reviews. Take your politics somewhere else.

OK. Your thread, your site, your rules.
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« Reply #137 on: May 10, 2019, 04:06:04 PM »
Vertigo

Perhaps Alfred Hitchcock's best film, Vertigo was made in 1958. I had never seen a Hitchcock film, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.

Special effects are, um, quaint. Our modern eyes pick up the blue screen easily, and the graphics are, well, lets just say historical. There's a break in movies, everything before Indiana Jones was paced slowly, glacially by today's standards, pretty much everything after is turbocharged and shifted up two gears. When 2001 came out I saw it in the theater and thought it was quite exciting. Today it still holds up as a great movie, but it could be edited down to 45 minutes and you wouldn't miss much. The special effects were a girl walking upside down and 12 minutes that were drawn on a full color etch-a-sketch. It could be combined with 2010, together they would make one good modern movie. I leave it to you to decide if that means the old pacing was too slow, or modern people have the attention span of chipmunks on meth. Could be both. . .

That said, Vertigo was actually quite enjoyable. Jimmy Stewart gave a good performance, although apparently Hitchcock didn't agree, as previous to this film he was Alfred's fave and after this file they never worked together again. At the time it was slightly scandalous that Stewart was twice Novac's age, and some thought Jimmy seemed, well, old and tired. Actually he kinda did.

Jimmy is terrified of heights, an important part of the plot and ultimately the title of the movie. Jimmy is hired by a friend to tail the friend's wife, Novac, 'cause he says she's being taken over by the spirit of her great-grandmother and behaving weirdly. Jimmy tails her and finds things extremely confusing. Kim Novac did a great job playing (sorta) two parts.

The movie unfolds in a completely unexpected direction with a quite surprising ending. It's said you can tell a lot about Hitchcock's fears and loves from this film - I dunno about that, I'm better at physics than reading director's childhoods from their movies.

If this thread has a moral, it's "movies are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get." This chocolate was nice.
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Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« Reply #138 on: May 10, 2019, 06:23:09 PM »
"Vertigo" is now the best film ever made, according to some critics polls. Whatever. He was at his height during this time, with "North by Northwest", the remake of "The Man Who Knew Too Much", "Psycho" (which I saw at the local movie theater when I was 10), "Rear Window" and even "The Birds". There is a lot to make "Vertigo" so good- going onto YouTube and typing the name into the search box will get you a lot of hits. And the guy never won an Oscar for best director.
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Re: Mark's Movie Reviews
« Reply #139 on: May 14, 2019, 11:00:51 PM »
Vertigo

Perhaps Alfred Hitchcock's best film, Vertigo was made in 1958. I had never seen a Hitchcock film, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.

Special effects are, um, quaint. Our modern eyes pick up the blue screen easily, and the graphics are, well, lets just say historical. There's a break in movies, everything before Indiana Jones was paced slowly, glacially by today's standards, pretty much everything after is turbocharged and shifted up two gears. When 2001 came out I saw it in the theater and thought it was quite exciting. Today it still holds up as a great movie, but it could be edited down to 45 minutes and you wouldn't miss much. The special effects were a girl walking upside down and 12 minutes that were drawn on a full color etch-a-sketch. It could be combined with 2010, together they would make one good modern movie. I leave it to you to decide if that means the old pacing was too slow, or modern people have the attention span of chipmunks on meth. Could be both. . .

That said, Vertigo was actually quite enjoyable. Jimmy Stewart gave a good performance, although apparently Hitchcock didn't agree, as previous to this film he was Alfred's fave and after this file they never worked together again. At the time it was slightly scandalous that Stewart was twice Novac's age, and some thought Jimmy seemed, well, old and tired. Actually he kinda did.

Jimmy is terrified of heights, an important part of the plot and ultimately the title of the movie. Jimmy is hired by a friend to tail the friend's wife, Novac, 'cause he says she's being taken over by the spirit of her great-grandmother and behaving weirdly. Jimmy tails her and finds things extremely confusing. Kim Novac did a great job playing (sorta) two parts.

The movie unfolds in a completely unexpected direction with a quite surprising ending. It's said you can tell a lot about Hitchcock's fears and loves from this film - I dunno about that, I'm better at physics than reading director's childhoods from their movies.

If this thread has a moral, it's "movies are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get." This chocolate was nice.


Checkout North by Northwest and Rear Window. For a laugh, High Anxiety, Mel Brooks parody of Hitchcock films.
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« Reply #140 on: May 15, 2019, 02:40:35 PM »
Finally saw "Us" because it came to the budget cinema- less than $2 to see this movie. Well, I went home and immediately went to YouTube to have an analysis of the film help me understand the film. It's a horror movie, but mainly allegorical with a twist ending. Peele is an interesting director/writer, but he may be getting a bit too self-important. This movie was alternatively scary, but also confusing and was too involved in subtly analyzing the contemporary American social structure. But at the end, I was going, what did I just see here? Is it important, or just pretentious? I'll give Peele the benefit of a doubt, but the weirdness factor in this film is about an 8/10 (to see a film that is definitely "off the rails", check out "Holy Motors". On a weirdness scale, it scores a solid 11. Or maybe 12.)
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« Reply #141 on: May 19, 2019, 09:42:01 PM »
John wick 3: parabellum

More. More senseless. More gratuitous. More violence.

John was an assassin, but got out cause he got one of Brady's leftovers. But then some Russian punk stole his car and shot his dog.  So, lots of running around and finally he kills the Russian punk. That's part 1.

Then daddy comes after him.  Lotsa mayhem, finally he kills daddy. But he kills him in the hotel where business can't be conducted. Wick is now png. That's part 2.

Now the entire criminal underworld is after him. Every assassin in the entire world wants wick and the $15m bounty. He had to kill a seemingly endless string of thugs. That's part 3. I've left out stunningly little of the plot.

The fight scenes weren't even that good mostly.  And, i gotta say, when you're a part of the thug army and you see hundreds of your buddy's bite the dust, with the one single target more or less unhurt, don't you check out at some point?

OTOH, it did knock avengers out of the top spot, so that's something.

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« Reply #142 on: May 26, 2019, 07:30:12 AM »
The Man Without a Face

There just aren't many new movies I'm interested in right now, so I'm doing some older movies.

Starring and directed by Mel Gibson, 1993.

Gibson plays Justin McLeod, a recluse who was once a teacher. McLeod has been burned, badly, over half his body and half his face. Chuck Norstadt is a local boy being raised by a narcissistic mother who, by the end of the movie, is on husband #6. He also lives with his hateful older sister and a younger sister that's more or less human. Chuck desperately wants to go to a military academy and escape the horrible women, but can't pass the entrance exam. He meets McLeod and a strange friendship begins as McLeod tutors him in latin, geometry and digging and filling in large holes. Right at the start we see Chuck's problems with the women in his life; as the movie progresses we learn McLeod's back story and why he's burned, not working and a recluse.

Excellent movie. Find it on Amazon, Hulu, Moviefone, Directv, or stream it on 123movies.com or putlocker.fyi.
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« Reply #143 on: May 27, 2019, 09:33:27 AM »
Life as a House

2001.

Kevin Kline is an architect who finds out he's dying of cancer and realizes he hates his job. He's inherited a broken down shack overlooking a cliff on the ocean in Palos Verdes (LA) (worth $$$$, even broken down). He's divorced, and his 17 y/o son (Hayden Christensen, the young Darth Vador) is getting in serious trouble - drugs, etc. Mom decides she can't handle the son so she gives him to Kevin, who decides he's going to use his remaining days to tear down the shack and build a proper house there, and in the process perhaps rescue his son. He's surrounded by rich dysfunctional people (the cliff / ocean / Palos Verdes thing), and building his house turns into a rather convoluted process. Hayden, who was far too whiny to play Darth, is excellent here complaining non-stop about how no body likes him, everybody hates him, he's gonna go eat worms. Or pills. Or something.

It's another redemption movie, and it's excellent. Amazon, DirecTv, Vudu, Netflix. Or the usual streaming sources.

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« Reply #144 on: June 05, 2019, 07:15:55 AM »
The Shipping News - 2001

Kevin Spacy is a man who was raised by an abusive father and came out pretty useless. Cate Blanchet, queen of the elves, plays a slut who hooks onto him and winds up having a daughter. THen she goes back to her normal ways of drinking and slutting around. Everything is awful, then everyone dies - Kevin's mom and dad and Cate. Now he's completely lost. His aunt Agnes shows up and convinces him the solution to his problems is to pack up the daughter and come with him to New Foundland to the ancestral home. There he learns of his roots - for example, his grandfather, who died at age 12 - "Then he can't be my grandfather!" "You don't know new foundlanders!"

It's another redemption story, and excellent. Directed by Lasse Halstrom, who's never made a bad movie. Amazon, DirecTv, Hulu, Vudu, and the usual free streaming sites.
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« Reply #145 on: June 06, 2019, 07:34:31 AM »
Aladdin (2019)

Live action version of the Disney animated film. Same plot, same characters, same songs, mostly the same lines. Will Smith, one of my all-time favorite actors, does his very best but he's simply not Robin Williams. I loved him in I Robot, MIB, Enemy of the State, Focus, Hitch and Independence Day, but watching him try to be a muscular rapper version of Robin is simply too tall a cliff to climb. The Aladdin character is pretty good; Jasmine seems quite one dimensional (a typical liberal, she starts the movie by stealing bread from a baker to give to some children 'cause they're hungry); even the bad guy is disappointing. You can enjoy a cartoon who's over the top stupidly evil, but a real person doesn't work as well. Jasmine has a good voice, the other singers are so-so.

See it if you must, but I expect there's a good chance you'll be disappointed, and your grandchildren would rather watch the cartoon.
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« Reply #146 on: June 06, 2019, 09:23:23 PM »
Girl, Interrupted

A 1999 movie which more or less got Angelina Jolie's career started. In the 1960s Suzanna Kayson spent 18 months in a mental hospital for borderline personality disorder and a suicide attempt. She wrote a book about this experience, and the movie is based on the book. So to some more or less significant degree this movie is autobiographical.

Winona Ryder plays Suzanna, and checks herself into a hospital where she meets Lisa (Angelina), a compelling sociopath. The two of them spend a bunch of time fighting the system until things get completely out of control. Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave also play important parts. The acting is quite good, especially Angelina who is completely convincing as a sociopath. Some claim the plot is predictable, but I didn't find it so. This is one of those movies where us normal folks rate it higher than the critics.

It's a movie about crazy people, some trying to heal, some too broken to heal, some embracing their mental illness. And it includes the poem by Dorothy Parker, Resumé:

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

If you like psychological drama this is very good. I mean, how can we not like a film that quotes Dorothy?

I sortof have a girlfriend so I'm not supposed to be watching movies with lasers and special effects.

Women.
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« Reply #147 on: June 06, 2019, 09:44:14 PM »
Mark, beware if she insists you watch "The View" and "Ellen". Or "Oprah" reruns.  :P

Seriously, no lasers or CGI? That eliminates about 95% of blockbusters nowadays.
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« Reply #148 on: June 08, 2019, 10:12:54 PM »
Nobody's Fool - 1994

One of Paul Newman's last films. With Jessica Tandy, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Nobody's Fool is about Sully, who has lived a rather wasted life and now in his old age rents a room from his 8th grade english teacher (Jessica Tandy). He has ongoing fights with Bruce Willis and Philip Hoffman, and then his estranged son and previously unknown grandchildren come to town. This gives Sully one last chance to turn his life around.

All the acting was excellent - no surprise there, I think the cast includes four Oscar winners. The movie is funny, engaging and entertaining. One wouldn't call it particularly deep, but in this case that's a good thing. Available on Amazon, DirecTv, Hulu, and the usual free sites.
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« Reply #149 on: June 09, 2019, 12:22:46 PM »
Mark, beware if she insists you watch "The View" and "Ellen". Or "Oprah" reruns.  :P

Seriously, no lasers or CGI? That eliminates about 95% of blockbusters nowadays.

Last night we watched Atavar. She said, "Oh, great, a cartoon." Turns out she really liked the movie. I said, "Good cartoon, huh?"

btw, James Camaron studied physics in college, and I have no particular issues with Atavar. Curiously, he took physics the same place I learned calculus, but a year ahead of me. There are no huge gaping violations of the laws of God and Man.
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