Last night, I watched A Few Good Men on AMC with blazerboy. (My love for movies is the only reason I am not horribly disappointed the kid wants to study film in college instead of something real where he will make money.
) I am a HUGE Aaron Sorkin fan who wrote this first as a very successful play and then, the screenplay. The boy is sick of hearing of my Sorkin Fandom, but knew the movie was a "classic" (it is 25 years old) so he wanted to watch with me.
One can tell it was written as a play, but that results is very smart dialogue. Overall, it stands up well. It was fun to see so many actors, even in small roles, be 25 years younger. That said, the 90's musical scoring was sappy, overdone and annoying. Since we watched it on AMC, some of the dialogue had been dubbed "for offensive language" and you could tell the dubbing was performed in the 90's and that annoyed blazerboy to no end. He had a hard time understanding that editing "software" in the 90's probably wasn't even SOFTWARE!
DW and I went to see Post . Mixed feelings on my part. Tom and Meryl were great of course , but I think that the story is old and was done before. Sure, it is apropos of Trump's reign, but how many folks under 40 years know the history of that era ?
I saw The Post with my 20 year old. Yes, she did not know the history of the era beyond what she learned in US History in HS, but that made her enjoy the movie even more. Learning stuff while being entertained is the best kind of learning!
(The Vampire Lestat)
2018-02-13 10:13 AM
I saw The Women's Balcony last night. It was a special screening but I understand the movie is available on Netflix. It is an Israeli comedy about a small sub-group among the many different types of Orthodox Jewish communities living in Jerusalem. It is a lovely and well made film with an uplifting message, and even though it is about a very specific problem faced by a tiny group of people, I think it has a powerful message about religious tolerance, morality and just life itself. I highly recommend it. If you watch it, I am interested to know how well it translates outside the Jewish community.
I just watched Annie Hall. In the beginning I thought it was badly acted, but after a while it grows on you though.
I think it's pretty obvious where they got the Phoebe character from in Friends.
Also funny the small parts of some famous actors like Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Walken.
Funny thing...I was waiting for the end where he runs back to her building to declare his love. Turns out that's the ending of Manhattan
Your reaction seems lukewarm. I think Annie Hall was one of the best movies ever made.
No I liked it. I like the way it portrays New York, I like the surreal elements, the "conversational acting".
But at first I found the whole quirkiness a bit overacted and the timing of the dialogues in that matter sometimes a bit off.
I agree I love this movie
(The Vampire Lestat)
2018-02-13 10:11 AM
I enjoyed Annie Hall when I first saw it many years ago, but caught some of it on cable recently and felt like it has not aged well.
interesting. I'll have to watch it again. I wonder if Woody Allen's later body of work where he repeats some of his schtick but less memorably mars this movie? Or perhaps the world has changed so maybe some of the angst seems dated?
I can't disagree it does have some The Graduate-type issues. Sexist, overused scenes that have been parodied over and over again.
There are many quotes in there that probably have been used in many other settings afterwards.
I enjoyed them though, since it made me jump up like 'oh this is where that quote/joke is from'.
Also when he said "who's catcher in the rye is this?" I was thinking "it's mine!"
What I enjoy in these older movies is that they still adhere to the 1 hr 30 format.
He does use a lot of slapstick humor as well (I never knew him as a comedian, as I know he was a successful stand-up before his movie-making career) and that hasn't aged well.
I find the acting there also lacking. For example the lobster scene.
It's really hard to pull off the "casual conversation" and make it seem really casual and not artificial. That's what I meant with the overacting or bad acting.
And that grows on you once the movie advances (meaning it didn't bother me after awhile). I didn't really buy into the Annie ditzy-ness in the beginning either. It was just too much.
But I like the maturity of the dialogue afterwards.
I watched Cloverfield
and 10 Cloverfield Lane
over the weekend with DH. Cloverfield was pretty good (nice and short, too
) and 10CL was excellent. John Goodman was awesome and I really enjoyed the ending. 7/10 and 8.5/10 respectively.
(The Vampire Lestat)
2018-02-13 10:12 AM
10CL was a fun movie.
I never saw the first one.
The first one is sort of like an urban Blair Witch Project genre-wise. But more action packed and gratifying. I have read some unfavourable reviews about 10CL's ending but I liked it a lot considering I had just watched Cloverfield. THEY ARE RELATED
I loved 10 Cloverfield Lane. It was delightfully creepy and the ending was unexpectedly awesome. I haven't seen Cloverfield. Is that the new film I saw was out?
The new one is the third in the loosely related series. Cloverfield is the first one. It's short and fun you should check it out! Very different from 10CL but it makes the end of 10CL make sense.
I think it would be confusing if you hadn't seen the first one.
That's funny - my kid was telling me they were related and I didn't believe him.
I didn't realize there is a series. We will have to watch all. And by "we" I mean, the kids and I (#badmom)
We made a movie night of C and 10CL and I never stay awake for one whole movie anymore let alone two so take that ringing endorsement for what it's worth.
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