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- - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-11-08 4:38 PM
The summer thread is buried too far back - and it's fall for another 7 weeks or so, so here.
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-11-08 4:53 PM
A quick recap of my recent watchings

Incredibles 2 with the boys. I don't remember loving the first one all that much, so I wasn't that excited about this one. It was entertaining enough for what it was 7/10

Peppermint Jennifer Garner back to her ass-kicking roots. Totally enjoyed 8/10

The Predator I mean, it's a Predator movie, take it for what it is and be entertained. thumbs up for someone using "get to the choppah" in the film :laugh: 6/10

A Star is Born knew going in what the end result was going to be, didn't take away from the film at all. Stephanie G has a great set of pipes, and she and Bradley Cooper pulled off some romantic tragedy magic. 8/10

Venom I didn't even want to see this, but mrbarney did, so I took one for the team. It exceeded my expectations. However, Michelle Williams wig was terrible. Lines from the alien/parasite/hitchhiker pretty funny 6/10

I've seen the original Halloween and the recent sequel omg...the camp and the ridiculousness, not to mention the questions that arise. Why are random kids getting babysat on Halloween night, why aren't they out trick or treating, and why isn't anyone ringing their doorbells to get candy? Makes no sense. In the sequel the section with the doctor was so dumb and unnecessary, but Jamie Lee Curtis was great and they did a great job

Last week we saw Bohemian Rhapsody twice. Once was a free sneak peek and then again opening night with friends. I enjoyed it very much both times. Rami Malek did an outstanding job as Freddy Mercury. 8/10

And then Sunday we saw Mid90s by Jonah Hill. Reviews have been all over the place and a lot of 1 stars w/ people walking out in the first few minutes. Not sure how you can give 1 star for a film you haven't seen. I found it very nostalgic and true to form for the way teen boys behave/talk. We didn't have a skater clique in my high school, but mrbarney said some of the scenes could have been him as a kid trying to learn tricks, etc. some laugh out loud moments, and some sadness from the reality of some of the kids situations. Definitely worth 90 minutes of your time. 8/10

going to see Overlord tomorrow while the boys go see The Grinch
Parent - - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-11-08 5:03 PM
I'd go to Bohemian Rhapsody if I lived near a theatre.  It looks awesome:hug:
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-11-09 9:32 AM
it was really good. :happy:
Parent - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-11-09 10:34 AM
This thread is kicking ass!  :hug:
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-11-11 8:39 PM
They premiered Mid90s at UT with the film students and Jonah Hill was there to discuss with them. Blazerboy didn't realize Jonah would be there and skipped to study for chemistry test. He heard mixed reviews of it. I'm interested in seeing it.
Parent - By Tommeke Date 2018-11-12 12:23 PM
cool :cool:
Parent - By Tommeke Date 2018-11-12 12:23 PM
Mid90s : There is no release date known for this movie in Europe yet, but I definitely want to see it.

I've been following the criticism and kind of had the same thoughts (next to things I can't know since not seen the movie), although I don't find them big issues really, I just like to see a good movie, no matter where it's coming from.
It's going to be hard not to compare this with KIDS, which is an actual movie from the mid-90s about nihilistic skater kids in NY.

Also, it's his debut movie, so maybe he overthought a lot of things (like the brother's bedroom who seems to have the biggest niche Hip Hop CD collection, not the kind of things you would spend your money on if poor) while maybe lacking in content in other places.
I like that the movie is only 90 minutes though. I feel a lot of directors drag their movies as if you can only have a serious movie if it's at least 2 hrs :wtf:

Anyway, haven't seen it but definitely on my list!
Parent - - By triplejake (The Vampire Lestat) [us] Date 2018-11-09 10:50 AM
Happy to contribute! :grin:

I am hoping to see A Star is Born but haven't gotten around to it yet. 

Also considering the New Harry Potter Movie though the reviews are kind of bad for it, which is giving me pause.
Parent - By BrookieCookie (Canadian Beaver) Date 2018-11-09 1:30 PM
I've also contemplated thinking about making time to possibly go see ASiB :happy:
Parent - - By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2018-11-09 11:45 AM
Best movie currently out - Free Solo. It's unreal - you have to go see it.
Parent - By neustkg (Important) Date 2018-11-27 5:48 PM
I just saw Solo.  I wasn't too impressed.
- - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-11-11 8:31 PM Edited 2018-11-11 8:34 PM
A Star Is Born.....two big thumbs up. Gaga:hug::hug::hug::hug: I admire that Bradley Copper learned to play guitar and sang, and did fine, but you can't be a simply decent singer with great mixing & editing when you sing next to Gaga.

Bad Times at the El Royale.....if you enjoy film noir, you will love this. I LOVED it. Some of the cinematography was a bit too symbolic, I prefer when they let me discover it, but a really great flick I want to watch again.
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-11-12 12:29 PM
we are going to try to see Bad Times tomorrow night at Alamo Drafthouse, looks like it's about ready to leave the theatres, so we want to sneak it in before we leave for Illinois on Thursday.
- - By gadget girl Date 2018-11-13 12:10 PM
I saw a very good movie called Eighth Grade which seems to realistically capture the eighth grade experience, so in short a horror film. : pbbt:.  The director, Bo Burnham, who is about 28 showed up and answered questions after the movie which was neat and I was amazed that such a young guy made such an accomplished movie.  Everything was cool until one member of the very young audience asked him to go with her to prom and he said yes. :cry:
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-11-13 2:59 PM
one member of the very young audience asked him to go with her to prom and he said yes  what the what?!?

I wanted to see that movie very much in the theatre, but mrbarney was not convinced. I'll be watching for it on whatever demand service it shows up on :happy:
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-11-14 2:58 PM
My kid thought he was just being polite as to not hurt the girl's feelings, which sort of makes sense in the context of the movie. 

I couldn't get my husband to attend either, and it was a free showing at my kid's school.  :shocker!:
Parent - - By adamswims (Gone Now Adam! You pick what you want.) Date 2018-11-14 7:51 AM
I watched this a couple of weeks ago. My eighth grader (LMA1) was watching with me but got up and left because she was cringing too much....that's when I knew it was certainly realistic. The dinner scene with the dad talking to her and her taking her headphones out and answering in a harsh tone hit home very hard. :laugh::laugh:
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-11-14 2:59 PM
I went with my seventh grader and he kept having to explain stuff to me :roll::roll:

The dinner scene was awesome. :cool::laugh:
Parent - - By tizzy319 (gaping five hole) [us] Date 2018-11-14 11:47 AM
Loved it.  Of course we saw it a week or two after Colette died so his little speech about how he loved being her dad had me and my wife bawling in the theatre.
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-11-14 3:00 PM
Parent - - By jennyO Date 2018-11-15 1:00 PM
Off topic, but I'm glad to see you here and okay.  I'm guessing you weren't evacuated?
Parent - - By gadget girl Date 2018-11-15 3:13 PM
thanks!! :hug:    No evacuation for me, I live in a very dense neighborhood in West LA with no canyons anywhere nearby.  My colleague in the office and many friends and clients were evacuated but thankfully none of them lost their homes.  I hope you guys are okay.  I heard your air quality up there is really bad.  :sad:
Parent - - By jennyO Date 2018-11-16 5:48 PM
Yeah, no running except on the treadmill.  But compared to the horrible losses some have suffered, we really can't complain.
Parent - By gadget girl Date 2018-11-18 6:16 PM

I get depressed just thinking of the loss of life and devastation up there.  :sad:
Parent - By BrookieCookie (Canadian Beaver) Date 2018-11-29 7:42 AM
That's cool I want to see that movie. I like Bo Burnham. His standup is hit and miss for me, but overall I think he is a clever and funny dude.
- By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2018-11-13 3:35 PM
We recently watched Solo. I actually liked it quite a bit. It was fun, tied in well with the main Star Wars story line without trying to do too much.
- By Tommeke Date 2018-11-13 7:44 PM
Blackkklansman : I feel a bit conflicted on this movie. It was entertaining but I felt it lacked some depth given the subject, characters were rather shallow and some things seemed a bit rushed to match the plot. Spike Lee definitely tried to delve a bit deeper by including the story of Jesse Washington and "the birth of a nation". The aftermath was also poignant (and surely managed to get the theater very quiet) but somehow it felt a bit out of place with the general tone of the movie. I get that there are some stories he's trying to get across, and it's a continuous battle, but it was inserted rather artificially into the plot. The plot or at least the characters could have been a bit more poignant too. It was a bit too "Starsky and Hutch" for me. Relationships between the characters are also not really developed.
All in all not a bad movie, but I guess I just expected more of it.
- - By callie [ca] Date 2018-11-20 4:45 PM
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

:cry::cry::cry:You will cry. Unless you’re completely dead inside.
Parent - By tizzy319 (gaping five hole) [us] Date 2018-11-21 9:28 AM
- - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2018-11-21 11:24 AM
Jingle All the Way

:cry::cry::cry:You will cry. Unless you’re completely dead inside.
Parent - - By callie [ca] Date 2018-11-21 8:01 PM
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2018-11-21 8:38 PM
Fun fact - my cousins were extras in that movie. They were in the Mall of America part.
Parent - - By mkh (Mr. Fashionista) Date 2018-11-27 9:58 AM
Filmed in Minnesota. Hence it's awesomeness.
Parent - - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2018-11-27 2:02 PM
I recognized a bunch of spots.:cool:
Parent - - By mkh (Mr. Fashionista) [us] Date 2018-11-27 5:06 PM
I caddied for the guy who’s house they used for a lot of outside shots.
Parent - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2018-11-28 9:31 AM
mkh caddied for the guy who’s house they used for a lot of outside shots.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was in that house and also starred in Last Action Hero
Last Action Hero starred Colleen Camp
Colleen Camp was in Trapped with Kevin Bacon.
- - By triplejake (The Vampire Lestat) [us] Date 2018-11-21 1:38 PM
Terms of Endearment

:meh::meh::meh:It was ok but didn't really do much for me.  :wtf:
Parent - - By Tommeke Date 2018-11-22 5:32 AM
dead inside :meh:

How does this '83 movie hold up?
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-11-27 2:06 PM
I watched it not too long ago and still sobbed when she talked to her boys and when her mother regaled she had passed. I,love that movie.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-11-27 5:20 PM
I sob every time I watch it. :hug:
- - By mkh (Mr. Fashionista) [us] Date 2018-11-26 7:33 AM
Oceans 8. Better than 13. About equal as 12. Not as good as 11. Rihanna served no point to be in this movie and it was annoying.
Parent - By runnertype [us] Date 2018-11-29 4:48 PM
Watched this on a long flight last week. It was a good movie for that context; fun without being too intellectual.
- By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-11-27 8:25 AM
mrbarney and I saw Widows while we were up in Illinois weekend before last. Story was interesting, there was a twist I wasn't expecting and Viola Davis was on top of her game. Also was weird to see Lukas Haas playing a grown up business man - my mind just couldn't accept that he's not a kid anymore. Also... Colin Farrell :mischief::mischief:  7/10
- - By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2018-11-27 2:36 PM
We watched Scrooged last night. It's been a LONG time since I've seen it and it was new to my wife and son. We all enjoyed it.
Parent - By Photocat [us] Date 2018-11-29 7:36 AM
Wow! I'd forgotten about that. What a great movie!
- - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2018-11-28 7:43 AM
Saw The Green Book last Saturday.  I enjoyed it.  I'm a bit suspcious of movies that claim to be "inspired" by a true story, so I watched it as if most of the details were fictional.  I was surprised to learn, or be reminded, that there was once such a thing as "sundown laws" in the deep south.  :sad:

The 1A on NPR had a show dedicated to reviewing the film.  The segment I heard was pretty negative.
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-11-28 8:41 AM
that one is on my list to see in the upcoming weeks.
Parent - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2018-11-28 12:35 PM
Looking forward to reading your review.
- - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2018-11-28 12:38 PM
Not a movie, but I don't want to start a new thread.  I got to see the first two episodes of The Kominsky Method recently.  Though I enjoyed them, I wasn't particularly impressed.  I'm a huge fan of Alan Arkin, but I thought he came off flat.  I eventually looked up some reviews of the show, and they were far more favorable to Arkin than I was.  They were pretty :meh: on the series also, but less so than me.
Parent - - By NotSoFast [ca] Date 2018-11-28 1:19 PM
So I'm watching this and it takes a few episodes to get the rythm going but picks up well by episode 3. I like the fact it showcases men and their emotional bonds to people in their life. Its like Grace and Frankie kind of! I think Michael and Alan got more at ease with each other. Give it a shot again.
Parent - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2018-11-28 3:36 PM
That's the vibe I'm picking up from the reviews.  I was watching at my daughter's house, about 11 hours away.  DW and I don't have Netflix yet.
- By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-11-28 12:43 PM
Creed II. Really enjoyed it. And DAMN is Dolph Lundgren still a massive dude at his age! :shocker!: Fun fact: he has a master's degree in chemical engineering!
- By NotSoFast [ca] Date 2018-11-29 9:45 AM
I'm hearing really good advance reviews on the new Spider-Man! Getting very happy!
- - By gadget girl Date 2018-12-03 5:20 PM
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - netflix.  This is a new Coen brothers movie of such unparalelled genius that it just blew my mind.  If you watch it, please post below as I'd love to discuss it.
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-12-03 8:19 PM
I REALLY, REALLY want to watch it, but may wait for blazerboy to get home from school so I can watch with him. He is a film student, so my enjoyment factor of certain things, is increased when we watch and discuss together. Coen Brothers falls into the "certain things" category.

I will report back when I see it!
Parent - - By gadget girl Date 2018-12-04 11:34 AM
I hope you both enjoy it as much as I did.  I stayed up half the night just thinking about it.  The Coen Brothers are unique in that they trust their audience to figure out the meaning of their movies.  Don't read the reviews of this movie before you watch - as they contain lots of spoilers and also so many reviewers didn't understand the first thing about this movie.
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-12-04 11:56 AM
The Coen Brothers, Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson are three film makers I admire because as you so elegantly put it, "they trust their audiences".  They all tell a tale, often in a very artistic manner where part of the tale is in the art.  The latter two often collaborate together.
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-05 2:36 PM
Hi! I finally watched Buster Scruggs!


I enjoyed them all, though my favorites were the wagon train and the last one. About halfway through the last one, blazerboy and I looked at each other and yelled "They Are Dead!"   The question is, was Kathy Bates dead when it started, or was she simply dying, and died after she choked. The lighting changed, the one guy grabbed her hand and all their eyes were even more illuminated.

Apparently, they filmed this movie before James Franco fell from grace.....I really loved how that one ended.

The first was fun. Blazerboy said it reminded him of a Looney apt description.
Parent - - By neustkg (Important) Date 2019-01-09 4:30 PM
I've been wanting to watch this, but was warned by a coworker that it wasn't that great.  Still I will watch it.
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-09 9:13 PM
As with many movies, it is not for everyone. I enjoyed all the stories, all which were unique. I found the six-stories-in-one-movie to be a neat concept.....kind of like a book of short stories.
Parent - - By neustkg (Important) Date 2019-01-10 7:19 AM
Kind of like a Robert Altman film?
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 10:35 AM
The Robert Altman film I immediately think of is Short Cuts......many different stories which end up intertwined in some way, all in the same movie.  Buster Scruggs would have been cooler if each of the stories somehow linked, but they aren't....each tale is completely individual and its own film.
Parent - By neustkg (Important) Date 2019-01-10 11:00 AM
Yes.  was thinking about Short Cuts.
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 10:36 AM
And wasn't Kathy Bates in the last story, it was Tyne Daly.
- By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2019-01-05 3:50 PM
I’m pretty pumped about the new Bumblebee movie. Whether I see it in the theater is yet to be seen.
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