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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12345 on: January 24, 2013, 10:11:18 PM »
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That's a great write-up on the Airport series. '75 is without a doubt my favorite, with Heston going totally bonkers chewing it up, but I find them all compulsively watchable.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12346 on: January 25, 2013, 06:45:08 PM »
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If you have Netflix, I recommend you watch this.  It's a quietly, melancholic movie, but it's also quite funny and speaks to me quite a bit.  I'm a lot more outgoing than the title character, a Norwegiany train engineer who is on the cusp of retirement, but I think we both have the same issue: being shy and having difficulty meeting new people.  Not too much happens in it, it is really episodic in nature, but the title character is terrifically endearing and it while it doesn't sugarcoat the pain of loneliness, it also doesn't wallow in it.  It's in the atmosphere of the film, which is also really beautifully shot.

My one complaint that is going to make me sound like someone's mom: I was hoping for the dog in the poster to have more of a presence in the movie.  He's barely in it.  I love old person's relationship with an animal story.  Still, it's a hell of a lot less sad than Umberto D (which I also recommend with the warning that it will punch your heart in the liver).


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12347 on: January 25, 2013, 07:30:25 PM »
O'Horton

If you have Netflix, I recommend you watch this.  It's a quietly, melancholic movie, but it's also quite funny and speaks to me quite a bit.  I'm a lot more outgoing than the title character, a Norwegiany train engineer who is on the cusp of retirement, but I think we both have the same issue: being shy and having difficulty meeting new people.  Not too much happens in it, it is really episodic in nature, but the title character is terrifically endearing and it while it doesn't sugarcoat the pain of loneliness, it also doesn't wallow in it.  It's in the atmosphere of the film, which is also really beautifully shot.
Loved it, also the iciness of the streets aren't an exaggeration, I almost did what you see somebody do down the street a few times when I was living in Bergen. :)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12348 on: January 25, 2013, 07:33:51 PM »
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12349 on: January 25, 2013, 07:42:40 PM »
I so have to go back there soon. :)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12350 on: January 25, 2013, 09:05:42 PM »
Star Trek the Motion Picture

I'd never seen it...I know. I'd seen a couple of the others, but I'm going through all of them in order now. Liked this one. Admittedly, it could have been shorter (all those nearly pornographic shots of the Enterprise), but I really thought the story was interesting. Next up is "Khaaaaannnnn!", which I also haven't seen.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12351 on: January 26, 2013, 12:04:55 AM »
Star Trek the Motion Picture

I'd never seen it...I know. I'd seen a couple of the others, but I'm going through all of them in order now. Liked this one. Admittedly, it could have been shorter (all those nearly pornographic shots of the Enterprise), but I really thought the story was interesting. Next up is "Khaaaaannnnn!", which I also haven't seen.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12352 on: January 26, 2013, 01:28:44 AM »
I saw Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand the other night.  I thought there were some decent things about it, but nothing that has to do with the lead character.  He's just too old, been out of acting too long for him to be an even passable screen presence any more.  It's the kind of film that someone like Bruce Willis, or even Stallone at a pinch, may have gotten away with.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12353 on: January 26, 2013, 01:39:04 AM »
Meet Dave

I had avoided it until now because of bad reviews but I actually really enjoyed it. I only watched it now as Bill Corbett is a writer on the film but I think it's under-rated. A good family film worth a watch. I think people just heard, sci-fi + Eddie Murphy = oh no not another pluto nash!


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12354 on: January 26, 2013, 06:16:57 AM »
O'Horton

If you have Netflix, I recommend you watch this.  It's a quietly, melancholic movie, but it's also quite funny and speaks to me quite a bit.  I'm a lot more outgoing than the title character, a Norwegiany train engineer who is on the cusp of retirement, but I think we both have the same issue: being shy and having difficulty meeting new people.  Not too much happens in it, it is really episodic in nature, but the title character is terrifically endearing and it while it doesn't sugarcoat the pain of loneliness, it also doesn't wallow in it.  It's in the atmosphere of the film, which is also really beautifully shot.

So would you say shyness is your El Guapo?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12355 on: January 26, 2013, 07:05:29 PM »
The Poseidon Adventure - I liked it a lot. Again, the deaths were not played for laughs or shock value. Nobody wants to see innocent people die, even if they whine a lot or possess basic human fragility. At least... I don't. There were some great moments in the film, and surprisingly, George Kennedy is nowhere to be seen. Instead, we have Gene Hackman leading a group consisting of Ernest Borgnine, Stella Stevens, Roddy Mcdowell, Shelly Winters, and of course Red Buttons(Because it's not a movie without Red Buttons).
The movie is pretty intense, as the ship continues to sink the risk and danger intensifies with every passing second. The upside down bathroom scene is still pretty trippy. There were some genuinely sad and shocking twists in the film, and I feel like the film does an excellent job of making us the audience sympathize with the survivors. In doing so, we WANT to see these people live. As a side note, the movie also stars Leslie Nielsen as the captain of the Poseidon.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12356 on: January 26, 2013, 07:48:59 PM »
The Poseidon Adventure

One of the first movies I can remember going to when I was little.  Don't think it was during it's first run, probably a year or 2 later, there was a 2nd or 3rd run theater we used to go to. 

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As a side note, the movie also stars Leslie Nielsen as the captain of the Poseidon.

A lot of people forget he played dramatic roles for 30 years before switching to comedy, then he did that for the last 30 years of his life.  Pretty amazing he was so good at both.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12357 on: January 26, 2013, 09:56:44 PM »
Taking a little break from Star Trek, I watched:

The Thing from Another World (Directed by Christian Nyby/Howard Hawks) is a movie that evokes and exploits the "us versus them" small group mentality, which can and perhaps should be likened to the primitive emotions that destroyed the Krell in Forbidden Planet. It does this not only through its narrative chock full of right-leaning paranoia and sense of security in the military, reducing its straw-man scientist to a naive eccentric representative of (in its view) the wrong-minded scientific community at large, but more cleverly through the visual compositions, which are so remarkably adept at framing the many characters in this isolated location into the same shot, giving them a sense of group cohesion and a shared identity. This is the emphatic proof that Howard Hawks had a strong hand in the direction of this movie; it so clearly bears the visual stamp of his unmistakable mise-en-scene. Which is what makes the film so frustrating: it's at once immaculately crafted and politically offensive. Still, essential viewing.

Them! (1954, Gordon Douglas), otherwise known as "the giant ant movie," is a more complicated film to read politically. In this case, the Other is not a sentient creature, but a mutant form of insect, larger but no more intelligent than an ordinary ant. It's often been noted that if you reduce the world to the level of insects, nature is grotesque and cruel; a viewpoint that this extermination adventure cannot help but share. So in this instance, the Other is a less ambiguous threat. Moreover, it's a threat that the movie pointedly tells us has been created by our own tampering with atomic weapons, which I see not as a critique of science, but of the usurpation of science for military ends. The scientists in this film are, although humorous and quirky, definitely the brains behind the operation, leading the various levels of local and federal government through what essentially turns into a sort of science fiction police procedural. It's by working together that we solve our problems, the film seems to tell us. At any rate, the characters are mostly rather uninteresting and the procedural half of the movie drags toward the end.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12358 on: January 27, 2013, 05:43:11 AM »
Blue Velvet. Dennis Hopper doesn't want you to fucking look at him.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12359 on: January 27, 2013, 02:28:27 PM »
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - I actually enjoyed this. It's not great, but it is fun. Based on all the trailers, I expected Van Helsing 2: Pheumatic Boogaloo. Definitely riffable, though.