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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching?
Boomerang. This 1992 movie currently on Netflix is VERY 1992. It's a good film, but definitely dated. Eddie Murphy plays an advertising executive who has a reputation as a player.... until he meets Robin Givens.
10 to Midnight. 1983... wow. Watch Charles Bronson as a cop trying to catch a sexual predator who was an incel before it was trendy. It's a bad movie. Poorly acted, poorly written. But there is an interrogation scene in which Charles Bronson says "It's for jacking off, isn't it?!?"
I also have no idea why the movie is called 10 to Midnight. It has zero to do with the plot. If you have HBO Max you can wonder for yourself.
Five minutes into Spaceballs she asked, “Is this a Star Wars spoof?” Not Mel Brooks’ best, maybe because the parody was a little too restricted, but there were enough jokes and gags that you’d eventually laugh at something. I particularly appreciated the Alien/Michigan J. Frog crossover. Sounds like they even used the Looney Tunes audio.
Flipped to Bullitt over a commercial break just in time for the car chase. I know these foundational films can look dated after a few decades of imitation and inspiration, but it totally still works. Maybe even better when you know absolutely everything was real with no CG to burnish anything. They got their money’s worth out of that one green Beetle though.
Finished with the first 40 minutes of Vidyut Jamwal’s Commando 2. The plot was only just starting to kick into gear by the time I tapped out. The opening 10 minutes of action was killer though. Maybe could have lost one or two edits per stunt, but you can’t hide Jamwal’s skill. He needs to be a bigger deal in the West.
DarthJoJo wrote: Five minutes into Spaceballs she asked, “Is this a Star Wars spoof?” Not Mel Brooks’ best, maybe because the parody was a little too restricted, but there were enough jokes and gags that you’d eventually laugh at something. I particularly appreciated the Alien/Michigan J. Frog crossover. Sounds like they even used the Looney Tunes audio.
Had a friend in college who insisted that he didn't like Mel Brooks and wouldn't laugh at anything in Spaceballs. He made it to Pizza the Hutt before melting down.
Last night, I finally tried Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). I had long avoided it because the main concept just didn't grab me, but I was lured in by the decent cast. Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, and Veronica Cartwright, who appeared a year later in Alien. The story moves along at a good pace, but the acting isn't great and Goldblum is even more annoying than usual. I thought that Margot Kidder was also in the mix, but it was actually Brooke Adams. Kidder was probably busy with Superman at that time. Anyway, the movie was okay, but it was getting late so I bailed before the last half hour. Will probably finish it tonight.
All I really recall from the 1978 version is that creepy scene when DS outs one of the other characters as a human.
Anyway, it is perineal concept. Didn't Daniel Craig do one? I think I've wiped it from my memory.
Yeah, that one's just called Invasion and it's really bad. It had some neat ideas, then the producers or somebody got scared and backed away from them. You can tell the script was heavily doctored. One of the worst things was that at the end, they managed to find a cure for the "disease." Which I guess means they just straight-up murdered all those "sick" people they were fleeing from.
jason10mm wrote: Anyway, it is perineal concept. Didn't Daniel Craig do one? I think I've wiped it from my memory.
Greg Aleknevicus wrote: The 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the only I really like -- it's a masterpiece of paranoia. In this regard, it also rewards a second viewing: watch the backgrounds and extras, the things you don't pay any attention to during your initial viewing. There's a lot going on that you simply won't notice at first.
Two names: Robert Duvall and Don Siegel.
As has been mentioned, the dialogue is hard to follow, which is supposedly an artistic choice. The full force Imax audio reminds me of when I saw Interstellar, which I didn't realize was a Christopher Nolan movie until I was today years old. In fact, looking at Nolan's IMDB page, he has come out with some really solid movies every three years since Memento in 2002. I don't know how he keeps it up.
So back to Tenet. The first viewing was confusing, but enjoyable. The movie is a heist/thriller/bromance/time travel mashup, and a convoluted puzzle movie like Inception. Like Inception, this movie is more about relationships (custody battles, and the friendship of the two main characters) than you would think at first viewing. It's the kind of movie you see so you can drop into Reddit and ask about finer points (like "what just happened") and toss out bizarre theories, so there's that. I don't know that solving puzzles necessarily makes for a great movie in and of itself. Does it really matter if that spinning top falls over in Inception? In that sense, the relationships in this movie aren't as engaging as in some of Nolan's other films. My oldest son said, "I think this was just an excuse for Nolan to show off some amazing set pieces".
Have you ever clasped your hands and twiddled your thumbs? Then, have you tried to make one thumb rotate clockwise while the other thumb moved counterclockwise? As a youngster I figured this out sitting in Mormon sacrament meeting, and was so pleased with myself that I promptly showed everyone I knew, and nobody cared. There's an element of this in the movie Tenet. Nolan has put together something really clever, but emotionally it doesn't resonate as much for me. Maybe it should, and I was just distracted by the technique on display. Still, I don't regret watching it twice. Maybe the third time will be a DVD with subtitles. But maybe that was Nolan's fiendish plan all along.
Nolan's use of sound
Spoilers galore in the Guardian
I just realized that I saw the Tenet prologue before I saw The Rise of Skywalker back in December, the before times. It's worth watching if you can dig it up, and won't spoil the movie because it is the first seven minutes of the movie, if that makes any sense.
One more thing: I had forgotten how engaging everyone is on here when they're writing about books, movies and games, especially. It's some of the most interesting writing I come across, even when you're justifying Battletech novels.
This is amazing.
Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight on netflix. Polish slasher film. It is SO derivative and by the book that if there was any unique polish inspiration it was lost. Essentially a Friday the 13th type film it hits all the notes. Weird horror monster origin, lots of odd creepy hillbilly equivalents, sex is fatally punished, folks get hunted down and slaughtered by things that seem to barely move. It does eschew most jump scares which really just lays bare how jaded I've become to these types of film unless they go BATSHIT INSANE at some point, which this one doesn't do. Still, it has some good gore, decent monster effects, and enough emotional connection to characters that I didn't actively wish them to be killed.