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  1. #1126
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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    Oh well, to each their own.
    I enjoyed The hell out of It.
    I thought the continuity was tight, the dialogue crisp, and was plenty original compared to say The Avengers films or JLA. And I think Gunn nailed the farcical elements. He's a much cleverer director than Whedon and way better than Snyder.
    I was not a fan of the first WW film, fwiw.


    This is in the Top 10 of Comic Book Movies for me, easy.
    Batman (Tim Burton)
    Iron Man
    Captain America
    Guardians 1
    Guardians 2
    Shazam
    The Dark Knight
    Atomic Blonde
    The Suicide Squad

    I might add del Toro's Hellboys and both Ant-man's as runners-up and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
    I may have missed some...


    Glad you dug Dorohedoro. Heard S2 got greenlit.
    Can't go wrong with that list ....... 'sept the last one, of course

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    The Suicide Squad - Dookey's Long-Winded Take:
    Here's my full review of The Suicide Squad for anyone with about 10-minutes to waste...


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    Nine Days

    How can a film which is essentially about a small group of individuals all interviewing for the same “job” be engaging, never mind entertaining? The answer is simple: by presenting a provocative story delivered by a fantastic ensemble cast.
    On the surface, the applicants spend nine days being interviewed, during which time they discuss such diverse topics as morality, compassion, anger, sadness, joy, suicide, and what it means to truly be “alive.” Throughout the course of the film many other subjects are touched upon, subjects that will cause one to wonder about the meaning of life. Okay, so perhaps it sounds a bit more like a collegiate lecture than an entertaining film, but thanks to a wonderful cast and crisp direction, the film manages to amuse as well as provoke.
    Rendered in a stark manner that emphasizes characters over action and locale (here it’s a barren clay desert on which sits a solitary frontier styled house), Nine Days offers up a lot of metaphysical food for thought. Yet despite all its inherent headiness, it narrowly avoids getting overly bogged down. Sure, sometimes the sheer amount of ideas being unleashed can feel as if you are being bombarded by an earnest mishmash of Psych 101, Sociology 101, Humanities 101, Philosophy 101, and Ethics 101, culled together into a broad reaching Cliff’s Notes on the key subjects from those courses; at times it feels as if writer/director Edson Oda is trying to cover too much ground, forcing too many ideas on us all at once. It can be a bit overwhelming, to be honest.
    The assembled cast, however, overcomes this seemingly never-ending barrage and helps to keep things grounded. At the core is a wonderfull tour de force from Winston Duke as “Will”, the interviewer. The ever-beguiling Zazie Beets gives a captivating performance as the wild-eyed and inquisitive “Emma.” Rounding out the cast is the jovial, yet wise presence of Benedict Wong, the even-keeled delivery of BIll Skarsgard, a hyperactive blast from Tony Hale, and quiet, sensitive turns from both David Rysdahl and Arianna Ortiz.
    Nine Days will keep your mind reeling and drifting off into myriad thought provoking tangents, but it should also entertain you thanks to the sheer bravado of the actors involved and the finely tuned nuances of the story itself.

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    I thought Stillwater was alright.

    Cleverly put together, lots to think about, well-acted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ill-advised strategy View Post
    I thought Stillwater was alright.

    Cleverly put together, lots to think about, well-acted.


    Hoping to see Stillwater in the next few days...

    It has generated quite a bit of heat from Amanda Knox, though (Google "Stillwater Amanda Knox").

    Here's a piece she wrote for The Atlantic about it: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/ar...-damon/619628/
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    I'm with PB on Suicide Squad. Meh. It has its moments, but it's far outside my top 10.

    I'm also not sure why the studio has gone all in on Robbie's Harley Quinn. I find that character to be incredibly annoying.

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    Dunno if anyone watches "kids" movies, but I took the 9y/o to see Jungle Cruise.

    She liked it...but I think I liked it more. Nothing groundbreaking, but if you like Indiana Jones, you'll prolly like it. My uneducated guess is that pre-teen kids will like it, but boys 8-12 will really enjoy it. (Not sure what that says about me <shrug>).

    Also, Not sure why PG-13...definitely PG...at least it would have been 20yrs ago.
    It makes perfect sense...until you think about it.

    I suspect there's logic behind the madness, but I'm too dumb to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post


    Hoping to see Stillwater in the next few days...

    It has generated quite a bit of heat from Amanda Knox, though (Google "Stillwater Amanda Knox").

    Here's a piece she wrote for The Atlantic about it: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/ar...-damon/619628/
    Thanks for posting that link, it is a very interesting article. I think I'll skip Stillwater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahman View Post
    Thanks for posting that link, it is a very interesting article. I think I'll skip Stillwater.
    Stillwater
    I saw it on Thursday night.
    Had the entire theater to myself.
    I enjoyed it.
    The chemistry of the cast and the subtle twists of the story keep it engaging.
    I feel they should have distanced themselves from the Amanda Knox story, though. They switched things up enough (locale, character's sexual orientation, and economic backgrounds, etc.) that it is different from the actual real story.
    I think the filmmakers made a mistake in saying that the Knox case influenced the film, especially since they didn't consult her. Also, the film never states that it is based on a true story, so it is implied that it is fiction.
    Regardless, it is a decent, taut drama with solid acting, excellent pacing, and nice, subtle twists and wry political commentary.
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    The Unofficial Ongoing Current Movies in Theaters thread

    I just stumbled upon this trailer on the youtubes.



    At first glance this looks promising. Im definitely interested in seeing it.

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    Yes, yes it does. Tim Blake Nelson for the win.

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    Remember what the doormouse said...

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    Less than a month away. I am slightly apprehensive because Chase was unable to direct.

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    4.5 pancakes out of 5 sausages

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Pow View Post
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    4.5 pancakes out of 5 sausages
    I like pancakes and sausages, yet still tying to grasp your rating scale...is that good or bad?
    I like pancakes an
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    New del Toro in December:



    Based on a 1946 novel, which was also turned into a film in 1947.
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    Clint Eastwood should stop making movies, hes embarrassing himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    I like pancakes and sausages, yet still tying to grasp your rating scale...is that good or bad?
    I like pancakes an
    4.5 / 5

    pancakes and sausages will make sense post-watch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Pow View Post
    4.5 / 5

    pancakes and sausages will make sense post-watch


    Might be a spell before I see it as it bypassed the theaters in my area.
    Cast looks great and the trailer was intriguing...
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    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
    The short take: A miasma of mediocre Marvel mayhem.
    2.5/5
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
    Clint Eastwood should stop making movies, hes embarrassing himself.
    It was just pathetic watching a 90 year old trying to play a 40 or 50 year old.
    Don't get me started on the same old white knight trope he wheels out for every movie.

    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
    The short take: A miasma of mediocre Marvel mayhem.
    2.5/5
    Orrrrr?
    You were not the target audience.
    It's no Endgame but it's one of their better origin movies.

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    Paul Schrader 's (screenwriter of Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and others) latest effort is a thematic and genre mash-up covering neon noir, hitman-with-a-heart-of-gold, hustler/mentor, and revenge territory.
    Delivered in a steadily paced manner with a decidedly detached aura, the film is teeming with nuance and slow-burn tension. A fantastic score and plenty of saturated scenery only add to the overall ambiance.
    Oscar Isaac gives a wonderfully understated and tense performance. Tiffany Haddish is a little bit awkward, but delivers some great lines and is really good at seductively drinking drinks and strutting in high heels. Tye Sheridan holds his own. Willem Dafoe makes a cameo.
    The score, by Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, wavers between ethereal and visceral, really adding to the overall mood and flow of the film. [Interesting trivia: Robert Levon Been is the son of Michael Been, former bassist/vocalist of The Call. Michael scored Schrader's 1992 film Light Sleeper, which also featured Willem Dafoe].

    RIYL
    First Reformed; The Hard Eight; The Color of Money
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    So ...... 3.0? 3.5? 3.829954??

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    Quote Originally Posted by PB View Post
    So ...... 3.0? 3.5? 3.829954??
    4/5
    Putting it on my "Best of 2021" list.
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    High praise indeed - thanks!

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