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22 hours ago, TMP said:

Scarface seems to be pretty divisive but I love it a lot. I know people dunk on Pacino’s turn in that, but I thought it worked insanely well for what De Palma was saying about excess in the 80’s. 

Yeah, it's a good one. I've never seen the original Howard Hawks film, but with Guadagnino prepping his own version (off a Coen Brothers script, no less) it's tempting to watch the two previous versions and watch this new one to see how they compare with one another.

22 hours ago, TMP said:

 Carlito’s Way is a lot of fun too, ditto Untouchables

I've been meaning to watch The Untouchables for years (though I have listened to the score, which is, as expected from Ennio Morricone, nothing short of great). Though thanks to this post, I've finally added it to my IMDb watchlist (along with Carlito's Way, Dressed to Kill, The Fury and Obsession), so I might actually get around to watching it before the end of the summer.

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27 minutes ago, 35MM-18 said:

I've been meaning to watch The Untouchables for years (though I have listened to the score, which is, as expected from Ennio Morricone, nothing short of great). Though thanks to this post, I've finally added it to my IMDb watchlist (along with Carlito's Way, Dressed to Kill, The Fury and Obsession), so I might actually get around to watching it before the end of the summer.

Untouchables is just a lean, bad-ass film. De Niro is really great as Capone. In general that dude’s run from Mean Streets to Jackie Brown is pretty untouchable 

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Once Upon a Time in the West - 10/10 - My all time fav western. Just an epic movie with great characters and score.

 

Tombstone - 10/10 - I can't believe I slept on this film for so long. The costumes, the mustaches, Val Kilmer's performance. All around badass movie. 

 

High Plains Drifter - 8/10 - Clint Eastwood's character here is a bit too similar to the dollars trilogy. Otherwise still great. 

 

Unforgiven - 9/10 - Didn't really care that much about this when I first watched it years ago but appreciate it much more now. Great stuff from Eastwood and Hackman. 

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Yeah, The Old Guard was pretty boring. The character stuff in this was actually decent but there's no energy or momentum to anything (including the well choreographed but generically shot and edited action). Honestly, the only fun part was the cheesy 2017 Billboard top 100 soundtrack. Bloodshot was a better CBM focusing on immortal people (Guy Pearce as a campy 2000s villain >>>> Harry Potter Mark Zuckerberg).

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Palm Springs was pretty cute

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8 hours ago, TMP said:

Palm Springs was pretty cute

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And it doing the Adam-Eve thing of one wanting to save the loop and other wanna destroy it, it felt so much better & clear than Dark. Similar end with both going in cave, though ending ofcourse so much better in PS for me.

Dark Spoiler above.

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I just added another streaming service. I’ve got 9 months free Binge via my mobile phone with Telstra. It’s everything I already have via access to my parent’s FOXTEL. 

 

Binge is FOXTEL’s latest attempt at a streaming service. 

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Week 15

11-17 July 2020

Movies

  1. Castaway on the Moon: 7/10.
  2. American Beauty: 7/10.
  3. Pan's Labyrinth: This is a fantasy film with a teen lead, the two things I absolutely love and still it end up like ehh. War angle of the film is more interesting than fantasy. Grossly overrated. 4/10.
  4. Jackie Brown: Very good but among QT's bottom tier. 7/10.
  5. Greyhound: Well paced and runtime, Hanks is good as always. Looks cheap though. 6/10.
  6. Cast Away: Brilliant. 8/10.
  7. Palm Springs: To watch a film without knowing nothing about them. On top of that time loop. This was so good. It did the Dark's Adam Eve thing in super romantic way and it is even better. 8/10.
  8. The King of Staten Island: I mean, ok. Not good but not bad either. Lead is ugh. At one time his fight with his sister was looking like a porno fight.4/10.
  9. The Thing: A horror film in which characters don't do dumb things. Brilliant. 8/10.
  10. 21 Jump Street: Funny. 7/10.
  11. 22 Jump Street: Not Funny. 2/10.
  12. Bridge of Spies: I love Tom Hanks and Spielberg's "based on true story"(s). 8/10.
  13. Captain Phillips: The film is good. But won't it make more sense to have arms on ship to avoid being getting pirated than wasting so much more money on the rescue. Also seems like Phillips wasn't the hero in real life as he is made in the film, so -1. 6/10.
  14. Into The Wild: A fucking 150 mins of boredom in this story of a un-likeable jerk leading upto nothing. 4/10.
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Revisited Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time since 2001. 
 

My opinion of it didn’t improve. 

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Finally got to Last of Us 2, finished it all in 2-ish days. I don't think it all works, but there's a lot of really beautiful stuff in there. Really liked how it was structured too.

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20 minutes ago, TMP said:

Really liked how it was structured too.

Great to here someone else who liked the structure. I've heard a lot of people say the structure is one of the worst parts of the game.

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I've heard way too many people say we should've done Abby's story first or switch between Ellie and Abby's parts constantly to better empathize with Abby. But I feel like they don't understand that we aren't supposed to empathize with Abby until the 2nd half of the game. We're supposed to feel Ellie's hatred until we get to Abby's part. If we experienced Abby's story earlier, that element would be lost, and we would have probably lost interest in Ellie's revenge around a quarter way through her journey.

 

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7 minutes ago, lorddemaxus said:

Great to here someone else who liked the structure. I've heard a lot of people say the structure is one of the worst parts of the game.

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I've heard way too many people say we should've done Abby's story first or switch between Ellie and Abby's parts constantly to better empathize with Abby. But I feel like they don't understand that we aren't supposed to empathize with Abby until the 2nd half of the game. We're supposed to feel Ellie's hatred until we get to Abby's part. If we experienced Abby's story earlier, that element would be lost, and we would have probably lost interest in Ellie's revenge around a quarter way through her journey.

 

I think that it only works thematically if it's structured this way, and you can only tell this kind of story through this specific medium

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The fact that we start to empathize with Owen & Mel after we, the player, are complicit in their deaths is what made the dynamics a lot less black & white. It's a game that's ultimately about the power of forgiveness, and we can only forgive Abby after we've seen her commit something as atrocious as killing Joel. Also, the fact that they made Abby & Lev's gameplay mechanics so similar to Joel & Ellie's from the first game felt like such a cool way to draw parallels between those two journeys, and get us on her side.

 

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*Chinatown (1974) - 10/10. No longer means as much to me as it did 5-10 years ago but still pretty immaculate. The perfect poise and elegance is an exactly right counterpoint to the cruelty and ugliness underlying the story, and makes the ending tough to shake even after countless viewings.

*Stop Making Sense (1984) - 10/10. Not being hyperbolic when I say I think this is one of the greatest arguments in favor of humanity and what it's capable of doing and being I've ever come across. Totally thrilling and wonderful, perfect marriage of rock music and cinema, top 5 desert island movie.

*Ugetsu (1953) - 7/10. Some stirring individual scenes - the fog, the reunion of the wannabe samurai and his wife, most of all the climax of the Lady Wakasa storyline - but it's hard for me to warm emotionally to this sort of supremely sedate, carefully studied sensibility (had the same issue with Ozu out of that era's Japanese filmmakers). Maybe it's not for me, period, or maybe you just need to be older and more understanding of the culture. Still want to see Mizoguchi's other films.

The Apu Trilogy (first time)

Pather Panchali (1955) - 8/10. Impressively unsentimental, village life as a lot of petty squabbles people can't help but lose themselves to/in, balanced out by just enough joy and warmth to keep it from teetering over into miserablism, until death arrives suddenly and nothing is the same anymore. All feels very true to life, although Satyajit Ray himself was probably right to be critical of the pacing in the first half. Still a lot of great compositions and the climactic rainstorm scene seals the deal emotionally.

Aparajito (1956) - 7/10. A major death early on threw me off for a while - here unlike before it just happens without being a dramatic payoff to anything, which is presumably the point but still - and this felt even more episodic than the first film, then again the story's random quality - a life being built on/formed out of spontaneous events and decisions - has its own poignancy. Karuna Banerjee's performance is even more of a standout, one of the best portrayals of tough but loving, resilient motherhood I've seen.

Apur Sansar (1959) - 7/10. During the middle stretch this actually felt like it would be my favorite of the trilogy, but sadly a certain plot turn that it ends with really alienated me here, the film throws away its best character for what strikes me as no good reason leading to a final third that's just a lot of moping on the way to the only possible ending that won't make our hero look like an ass. Quick look online suggests other people don't have this issue so maybe I'll come around. Filmmaking-wise it's still mostly excellent. Glad to have caught up with these, and to have been introduced to Ray.

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The weekend came and went. You know what it means. This weekend I saw two movies in theaters...

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Ride Like a Girl is an inspirational story based on the life of Michelle Payne. It is a feel good drama with a great cast and a big heart. I also went to see...

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A stunning drama with strong themes all throught it and a fantastic leading performance from Eva Green, Proxima is without a doubt one of the best movies to see during the theaters reopening.

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Bad Times at the El Royale. I was really into it for almost two hours but it kinda falls apart in the last 30-40 minutes. Still worth a watch though despite where it ends up.

 

Interstellar. After enough rewatches this is just a masterpiece imo. Everything about it feels monumental, best nolan movie ever, all you need is love, Dr. Brand Hathaway was right about everything. 

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I just watched A Secret Love on Netflix, what a heartwarming story about a beautiful couple. True love. Tearjerker. 

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Been awhile so won’t remember everything 

 

The Old Guard-Pretty lackluster feels like something better suited as a miniseries 

 

The Battle of Algiers-First time watch.  Damn good film

 

The Flintstones-Just some random episodes.  But still enjoyable 

 

Doom Patrol season 1-Shit’s weird

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