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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching?
jason10mm wrote: Murder by Death is an old murder spoof film, one of my wifes favorite films. Absolute classic with a stellar cast and razor sharp writing, but gotdamn it is a product of its time. Peter Sellars in yellowface right next to an actual asian actor is particularly prominent, but there is plenty of other stuff in there as well (it mocks pretty much everyone). But wow is the writing and the physical comedy on point, it's A tier stuff. It's a good example, IMHO, of acknowledging some problematic issues but also realizing that just because something is making fun of someone doesn't mean we can't just laugh in the end and understand it's good natured. Comedy ought be a bit uncomfortable. But it is definitely not a film that I think could, would, or should be made today.
Peter Sellers turn as a bumbling Indian film star in The Party is both a terrible example of 'brown-face' and a showcase of Sellers' comedy style. It would be remade as a Mr. Bean movie for sure today.
Violet & Daisy was the perfect movie for my odd movie. It was violent, quirky, dark, slightly funny, and sad. Above all, it was a very human story about a few people in an odd, contrived situation. The story moves at a leisurely pace, such that the emotional beats land solidly. The ending is good, but left me with a tear in the eye.
Crowe is fine as the lumbering psychotic Tom who spends his day tormenting the hapless Rachel in an extended episode of road rage, though his motivations are tissue paper thin and he survives thanks to pure divine luck and the MASSIVE INCOMPETENCE of his victim. Really, if you like to hate the hero, this is your movie. Set up as a newly divorced mom struggling to stay afloat, she is really just a hot mess of bad decisions and she makes this film a lot harder to watch since so much of the chaos is tied to her zigging instead of zagging. Crowe is far too calculating for what seems to have been an impulsive decision to stalk this lady and she compounds it all by making every classic "oh no you didn't!" horror movie trope bad call that feels out of place in the rest of the film.
For those that don't know, The Father is about an elderly man with dementia from the perspective of someone with dementia, so it doesn't really make much sense. Different actors play the same character, or the same actor plays different characters, the plot is a mess and doesn't make sense and everything happening just has a hint of horror to it.
Maybe it did hit extra hard for me because my girlfriend's grandmother passed 6 months ago after a battle with dementia, and seeing someone portray the complex interaction of innocence, fun, difficulties and frustration of living with dementia was highly relatable.
The best part was probably just the setting. Chase scene on a scooter? Guy taking a durian to the face? I’m down with that. The alleys even look different and held my attention.
Ancient_of_MuMu wrote: I watched The Father last night. Utterly blown away.
Seconded. I was resistant to see it thinking it would be a typical and boring medical/illness drama but I was very wrong. I was hooked damn near instantly.
In recent months, I have been worrying about my hearing and avoiding an excellent Amazon original, The Sound of Metal. My hearing loss turned out to be major wax buildup, and almost became complete, temporary loss of hearing as it turned into swimmer's ear on both sides. Anyway, I got it cleared up and finally gave this movie a try and it was good. I hadn't noticed star Riz Ahmed before, but hopefully this will prove to be his breakout role. Much of the movie is about conveying the sudden loss of hearing to the viewers by messing with the sound mix, but it was effective and also lent extra power to the times when Riz was speaking. The movie also is very effective in capturing the strong sense of isolation imposed by the silence of sudden loss of hearing. Endings are often the hardest part about writing, and this movie manages to escape cliches with an unsettling finish.
The Butterfly Effect (2004) has some interesting and preposterous ideas, but wallows in deep darkness for much of the movie. Changing the past is tricky business, so apparently one needs a very tortured past to want so badly to change it. I don't generally have much use for Ashton Kutcher, but he is fine in this movie. Amy Smart is also good, displaying considerable range by playing dramatically divergent incarnations of the same character. I liked The Butterfly Effect but probably don't need to ever see it again. If you are looking for a suitable movie for the Netflix and Chill night with your partner, look elsewhere.
It exceeded my expectations quite a bit. There are some cool car stunts and overall the movie is pretty enjoyable, in spite of the "twist" being pretty easy to predict. Worth your time.