The Smiley Smile Message Board

Non Smiley Smile Stuff => The Sandbox => Topic started by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on October 03, 2013, 02:50:06 AM



Title: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on October 03, 2013, 02:50:06 AM
For me, it's Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Such a underrated film, not as good as Life of Brian, and much better than the overrated Holy Grail.

What's your favourite movie at the moment?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Freddie French-Pounce on October 03, 2013, 08:40:12 AM
For me, it's Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Such a underrated film, not as good as Life of Brian, and much better than the overrated Holy Grail.

Meaning Of Life has it's laughs but overall I feel it has too many weak points for me to enjoy it as a whole sadly. Still enjoy it though ;) But yes, Life Of Brian is the best.

But my favourite movie right now? Blazing Saddles. Love it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Mike's Beard on October 03, 2013, 09:49:02 AM
Norbit.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on October 03, 2013, 10:52:41 PM
For me, it's Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Such a underrated film, not as good as Life of Brian, and much better than the overrated Holy Grail.

Meaning Of Life has it's laughs but overall I feel it has too many weak points for me to enjoy it as a whole sadly. Still enjoy it though ;) But yes, Life Of Brian is the best.

But my favourite movie right now? Blazing Saddles. Love it.
I don't think the Meaning of Life has too many weak points. But that's just my opinion.
What about the Crimson Permanent Assurance?
I also love Blazing Saddles! Another all-time classic


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Amazing Larry on October 03, 2013, 11:26:10 PM
Gotta be a tie between Purple Rain and The Evil Dead II.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Rocky Raccoon on October 04, 2013, 10:19:19 AM
Lost in Translation, just a beautiful film and Bill Murray being awesome.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Ron on October 04, 2013, 11:15:45 PM
I can't get into the Monty Python stuff, it's not lowbrow enough for me.

Favorite two movies of all time would be Smokey & The Bandit, and "Titanic".  Smokey & the Bandit because it's just so funny... I mean Jackie Gleason is a genius, the guy just perfected that character.  I never get tired of it, I've probably seen that movie 200 times.

"Titanic" was great, I grew up interested in the whole story of the ship and remember when they found it.  I think he got the story really right and have to admit the romance element of it really gets to me.  Lots of little touches that were done right all through the movie... I can't remember enjoying a movie more than that.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: bringahorseinhere? on October 04, 2013, 11:19:04 PM
hunt for red October, titanic and The Shawshank Redemption..

RB


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Ron on October 04, 2013, 11:24:04 PM
I guess we turned this into 'greatest of all time' but I'm not sure what he meant by favorite at the moment. 

Shawshank Redemption does stand up there.  I'm a big Stephen King fan, that's probably one of his best.  It'd be hard to make an argument for better movie that he wrote.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on October 04, 2013, 11:24:54 PM
I can't get into the Monty Python stuff, it's not lowbrow enough for me.

Favorite two movies of all time would be Smokey & The Bandit, and "Titanic".  Smokey & the Bandit because it's just so funny... I mean Jackie Gleason is a genius, the guy just perfected that character.  I never get tired of it, I've probably seen that movie 200 times.

"Titanic" was great, I grew up interested in the whole story of the ship and remember when they found it.  I think he got the story really right and have to admit the romance element of it really gets to me.  Lots of little touches that were done right all through the movie... I can't remember enjoying a movie more than that.
The 1997 Titanic was brilliant, there's no doubting that. Having watched that at a young age, it got me into Ocean Liners. Now I have a soft spot for ships.
But the 1997 Titanic wasn't even the best Titanic movie! LOL!
The best one would be 1958's "A Night To Remember". I suggest you check that out. It may be in black and white, and it may not have as good special effects, but it's a fucking good film!
(http://mobile.jbhifi.com.au/images/product-images-software/movies/4433216.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on October 04, 2013, 11:31:05 PM
I guess we turned this into 'greatest of all time' but I'm not sure what he meant by favorite at the moment. 

Shawshank Redemption does stand up there.  I'm a big Stephen King fan, that's probably one of his best.  It'd be hard to make an argument for better movie that he wrote.
I love Shawshank Redemption! One of my all-time favourite movies. But I prefer The Green Mile just a little bit more. There's something about the Green Mile which makes it a bit better than Shawshank.

And yes, this topic isn't supposed to be your favourite movie of all-time, or the greatest film of all time.
I meant you favourite movie at the moment. The movie you like the most at the moment


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Ron on October 04, 2013, 11:49:58 PM
I'm not really a good judge on King's classic stuff (he's a little too political for me now)... because I like all of it.  Christine is great, I love classic cars and grew up with that movie.  "The Shining" is phenomenal.  The Green Mile is great, Shawshank is great, but I like all the stuff like Night Shift too.  So I'm sure I like them more than most average people. 

To be honest, I enjoy about any movie.  Even movies people say are bad I generally like.  There's some movies I just won't watch because I'm not interested (like Twlight and all that crap) but just about any movie that seems mildly interesting I usually enjoy.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on October 09, 2013, 07:27:11 PM
I'm not really a good judge on King's classic stuff (he's a little too political for me now)... because I like all of it.  Christine is great, I love classic cars and grew up with that movie.  "The Shining" is phenomenal.  The Green Mile is great, Shawshank is great, but I like all the stuff like Night Shift too.  So I'm sure I like them more than most average people. 

To be honest, I enjoy about any movie.  Even movies people say are bad I generally like.  There's some movies I just won't watch because I'm not interested (like Twlight and all that crap) but just about any movie that seems mildly interesting I usually enjoy.
I agree. And of course, Twilight is one of the worst films of all time  ;D


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 28, 2014, 03:39:08 AM
Sorry, but all those Kings films except "The Shining" I find extremely boring. "The Green Mile" could help to cure insomnia, f.ex., just switch it on & it works from the start. Your eyes are closing & you start yawning. I don't care if the film contains important message etc., the cast is not my favorite. Can't say anything good about "Christine", either, if only for the tame storyline.
Off the memory, my favorite King movies are "The Langoliers", "Desperation" (Ron Perlman is one cool guy!), "Dolores Claiborne" (just because Kathy Bates is so awesome), "It" (I like horrors about clowns), TV mini-series "Rose Red", "Riding the Bullet" (the soundtrack is great! I liked the use of The Zombies' Time of Season), "Cujo" (not a big dogs fan but this is such an impressive movie. Turn the lights off & it's even more fantastic), "Cat's Eye" (I love cats, so watching my favorite animal winning some vicious gnome at the end did enough for me) & "Needful Things" (I reckon its plot to be one of the most original in the horror genre. Not the usual vampire/ghost/werewolf thing. And Max son Sydow totally ruled!).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on January 28, 2014, 03:46:46 AM
my favourites at the moment are Carrie (original) and A Fish Called Wanda.

How are those Stephen King movies boring RangeRoverA1? Shawshank Redemption is amazing, it's one film I can watch over and over again without getting sick of it, regardless of length!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Blue2013 on January 28, 2014, 03:54:52 AM
The Blues Brothers   :afro


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 28, 2014, 04:22:20 AM
my favourites at the moment are Carrie (original)

How are those Stephen King movies boring? Shawshank Redemption is amazing, it's one film I can watch over and over again without getting sick of it, regardless of length!
Wow, totally forgot about "Carrie"! Sissy Spacek is an amazing actress, dug her in the Loretta Lynn biopic too, where she showed not only her acting skills, but also singing! I read in her Imdb that she actually auditioned for some records company sending them her demo & she had the same voice as Loretta! Interesting detail. Anyway, back to "Carrie" you rightly emphasized the original, as the other 2-3 were total trainwrecks. I generally don't favor the whole movie-remaking trend. Are there no ideas around? Plenty, just get the imagination & make it real.

Well, let's agree to disagree on "Shawshank...", can't stand it. Btw, have you seen any of the other Steve King films? Maybe the ones I've mentioned or "Misery", "Secret Window" (in words of Johnny Depp, he based his character on Brian Wilson - you know, that myth about him leading reclusive life for 3 years), "1408", "The Mangler" (which I also kinda enjoyed), "Salem's Lot", "Hearts in Atlantis"?
AS for "Titanic", it's highly overrated, but that's not to blame the actors, I quite liked the cast, in fact. It's just the extreme popularity & talks about it at the time that its effect faded after the 2nd watching or so.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on January 28, 2014, 04:47:11 AM
my favourites at the moment are Carrie (original)

How are those Stephen King movies boring? Shawshank Redemption is amazing, it's one film I can watch over and over again without getting sick of it, regardless of length!
Wow, totally forgot about "Carrie"! Sissy Spacek is an amazing actress, dug her in the Loretta Lynn biopic too, where she showed not only her acting skills, but also singing! I read in her Imdb that she actually auditioned for some records company sending them her demo & she had the same voice as Loretta! Interesting detail. Anyway, back to "Carrie" you rightly emphasized the original, as the other 2-3 were total trainwrecks. I generally don't favor the whole movie-remaking trend. Are there no ideas around? Plenty, just get the imagination & make it real.

Well, let's agree to disagree on "Shawshank...", can't stand it. Btw, have you seen any of the other Steve King films? Maybe the ones I've mentioned or "Misery", "Secret Window" (in words of Johnny Depp, he based his character on Brian Wilson - you know, that myth about him leading reclusive life for 3 years), "1408", "The Mangler" (which I also kinda enjoyed), "Salem's Lot", "Hearts in Atlantis"?
AS for "Titanic", it's highly overrated, but that's not to blame the actors, I quite liked the cast, in fact. It's just the extreme popularity & talks about it at the time that its effect faded after the 2nd watching or so.

Yeah, Carrie's an amazing film! The remake isn't too bad, but it's nothing compared to the original. Piper Laurie is a brilliant actress too, and actually creeped me out when I first saw it. I've seen bits of Misery, not the whole film, but not the other's you mentioned. I'll check them out.

As for Titanic, I'm a bit over it, but you must give A Night To Remember a try! It is the best Titanic film ever made, and the main character's the second officer, not some fictional character made for a love story. Titanic doesn't split in two in that film, but because it was made in 1958 and the wreck was discovered in 1985 which revealed that it split in two, they didn't know back then. So that can be excused. SOS Titanic from 1979 is the first one in colour, but it's crap. Titanic from 1996 starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, George C. Scott, Tim Curry, etc. isn't too bad, but very historically inaccurate. The 1953 Titanic is all-right at best, it has a young Robert Wagner, but I wouldn't reccomend it. The 1943 Titanic made in Nazi Germany I haven't got a chance to see yet, or any other Titanic film before that. The 2012 TV Miniseries isn't too bad, but it could have been better.

If you're sick of the 1997 Titanic, fair enough. But please check out A Night To Remember, I promise you won't regret it!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 28, 2014, 05:08:43 AM
As for Titanic, I'm a bit over it, but you must give A Night To Remember a try! It is the best Titanic film ever made, and the main character's the second officer, not some fictional character made for a love story. Titanic doesn't split in two in that film, but because it was made in 1958 and the wreck was discovered in 1985 which revealed that it split in two, they didn't know back then. So that can be excused. SOS Titanic from 1979 is the first one in colour, but it's crap. Titanic from 1996 starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, George C. Scott, Tim Curry, etc. isn't too bad, but very historically inaccurate. The 1953 Titanic is all-right at best, it has a young Robert Wagner, but I wouldn't reccomend it. The 1943 Titanic made in Nazi Germany I haven't got a chance to see yet, or any other Titanic film before that. The 2012 TV Miniseries isn't too bad, but it could have been better.

please check out A Night To Remember, I promise you won't regret it!
Not familiar with any of those "Titanic" versions, but now you've mentioned it, I saw the 1996 one and as I remember, I liked the main heroine there more than Kate Winslet's. Forgot her name, it's not Zeta-Jones. Okay, I'll take your word & check "A Night to Remember". Semi-related question: Have you heard of "Britannic", a 2000 movie & if so, do you know if it tells the story of Titanic just titled differently? I ask it coz you seem like an expert in all this sinking ship cinema.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on January 28, 2014, 05:24:27 AM
As for Titanic, I'm a bit over it, but you must give A Night To Remember a try! It is the best Titanic film ever made, and the main character's the second officer, not some fictional character made for a love story. Titanic doesn't split in two in that film, but because it was made in 1958 and the wreck was discovered in 1985 which revealed that it split in two, they didn't know back then. So that can be excused. SOS Titanic from 1979 is the first one in colour, but it's crap. Titanic from 1996 starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, George C. Scott, Tim Curry, etc. isn't too bad, but very historically inaccurate. The 1953 Titanic is all-right at best, it has a young Robert Wagner, but I wouldn't reccomend it. The 1943 Titanic made in Nazi Germany I haven't got a chance to see yet, or any other Titanic film before that. The 2012 TV Miniseries isn't too bad, but it could have been better.

please check out A Night To Remember, I promise you won't regret it!
Not familiar with any of those "Titanic" versions, but now you've mentioned it, I saw the 1996 one and as I remember, I liked the main heroine there more than Kate Winslet's. Forgot her name, it's not Zeta-Jones. Okay, I'll take your word & check "A Night to Remember". Semi-related question: Have you heard of "Britannic", a 2000 movie & if so, do you know if it tells the story of Titanic just titled differently? I ask it coz you seem like an expert in all this sinking ship cinema.

No, it's definitely Zeta-Jones:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_(1996_TV_miniseries)

In the 1900's, the White Star Line commissioned a trio of ships to compete with the Cunard Line's new super-liners the Lusitania and Mauritania. They were to be the Olympic-class Ocean Liners, and at the time they were the largest ships ever made and they were the most luxurious (though the Cunard liners were still faster).
The first ship, Olympic, was the most successful. She served a long and successful career and was scrapped in 1935.
The second is the world-famous Titanic. Of course I don't have to tell you about what happened to the Titanic.
The third ship was called the Britannic. She never saw service as a passenger liner, as she was still being built when WWI started. She became a Hospital Ship. In 1916, she hit a mine and she actually sank much quicker than the Titanic, though only 30 people died, and that was due to being chopped up by the propellers like in the film. It helped that there were no patients on board at the time. She was the largest ship sunk in WWI.

The 2000 film on Britannic is very good, I quite enjoyed that. But it's worth noting that all the characters, other than the Captain, are fictional, and there was no German spy onboard or no sabotage. Purely a work of good fiction for entertainment.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: G.C on January 28, 2014, 06:33:57 AM
Rope


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on January 29, 2014, 02:13:56 AM
Rope

Haven't had the chance to check it out, though I am familiar with quite a few Hitchcock films.
My favourite Hitchcock films would have to be Rear Window, North By Northwest and Vertigo. Though I also love The Wrong Man, Psycho, and the underrated Frenzy


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 29, 2014, 06:31:27 AM
Re the 1996 "Titanic": I'm aware of Zeta-Jones playing there, I referred to another actress. As I haven't seen this film for ages, I went to the Imdb & found out she played some Irish girl, her name is Sonsee Ahray. Can't tell anything about the plot, though, the only excerpt I remember is when the Tim Curry character made several attempts at throwing the girl off the boat. Anyway, thanks for your thorough info on the subject.

Re: "Rope" (& other Hitchcock films), you won't lose much from not seeing it. Short description: some guys full of themselves suddenly saw fit in treating others godlike, thus killing their comrade & further arranging some party in no less but around the place where they hid him. So stupid, you can easily predict the body was found etc.
I agree on "Rear Window" & "North by Northwest", they're terrific stories, esp. the latter - very adventurous, plus I liked the background music. Did you know that the script of "...Northwest" was handed 1st to James Stewart & that he really wanted to get the leading role? Hitchcock was dissatisfied by James' previous work ("Vertigo", if I recall), so he chose Cary Grant. In hindsight, that was the right decision; I think he handled the role perfectly. And overall, I just dislike Stewart's acting. I liked "Rear Window" for the unusual story & Stella, the old service lady. My favorite bit is when she funnily said, "He dug her in the garden scaterring her body around" or sth. to the effect. Another fave when Grace Kelly's character had the guts to enter the killer's house through the window, while Stella sought the corpse in the garden.

Other Hitchcock movies I enjoyed are "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (the older 1934 version, not with Doris Day) & "The Birds" (well, half of it, to be accurate). I've yet to see a dozen of his films, so my list is small. Now, getting back to the horror territory, what would you recommend me in checking out of this genre? The 40s-50-s-60s, from all the decades, what horror films you found the most scary/mystic? Thanks.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Mike's Beard on January 29, 2014, 10:38:47 AM
Sorry, but all those Kings films except "The Shining" I find extremely boring. "The Green Mile" could help to cure insomnia, f.ex., just switch it on & it works from the start. Your eyes are closing & you start yawning. I don't care if the film contains important message etc., the cast is not my favorite. Can't say anything good about "Christine", either, if only for the tame storyline.
Off the memory, my favorite King movies are "The Langoliers", "Desperation" (Ron Perlman is one cool guy!), "Dolores Claiborne" (just because Kathy Bates is so awesome), "It" (I like horrors about clowns), TV mini-series "Rose Red", "Riding the Bullet" (the soundtrack is great! I liked the use of The Zombies' Time of Season), "Cujo" (not a big dogs fan but this is such an impressive movie. Turn the lights off & it's even more fantastic), "Cat's Eye" (I love cats, so watching my favorite animal winning some vicious gnome at the end did enough for me) & "Needful Things" (I reckon its plot to be one of the most original in the horror genre. Not the usual vampire/ghost/werewolf thing. And Max son Sydow totally ruled!).

The problem with most Stephen King films are that they are made by his good friend Mick Garris (often for tv). Garris is a screamingly mediocre director who doesn't dare to make cinematic changes to the source material.

Great Stephen King films
'Salem's Lot - Tobe Hooper's one great film outside of TCM. Very creepy for a tv movie.
The Shining - A flawed masterpiece, it's biggest flaw being that it's hard to appreciate Jack Torrance going mad when Nicholson is portraying him as a grinning loon from the start.
Shawshank Redemption
Misery
Cat's Eyes - esp the Quitters Inc. story.
Creepshow
IT - well, until the awful, none moving spider pops up.
Dolores Clairborne - the film is much better then the actual book
Apt Pupil - this one is very overlooked.

Also it may be the furthest thing from great but I heartily recommended Maximum Overdrive which King himself directed. It gets trashed but the first 30 minutes or so are very entertaining.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on January 29, 2014, 01:42:41 PM
Re the 1996 "Titanic": I'm aware of Zeta-Jones playing there, I referred to another actress. As I haven't seen this film for ages, I went to the Imdb & found out she played some Irish girl, her name is Sonsee Ahray. Can't tell anything about the plot, though, the only excerpt I remember is when the Tim Curry character made several attempts at throwing the girl off the boat. Anyway, thanks for your thorough info on the subject.

Re: "Rope" (& other Hitchcock films), you won't lose much from not seeing it. Short description: some guys full of themselves suddenly saw fit in treating others godlike, thus killing their comrade & further arranging some party in no less but around the place where they hid him. So stupid, you can easily predict the body was found etc.
I agree on "Rear Window" & "North by Northwest", they're terrific stories, esp. the latter - very adventurous, plus I liked the background music. Did you know that the script of "...Northwest" was handed 1st to James Stewart & that he really wanted to get the leading role? Hitchcock was dissatisfied by James' previous work ("Vertigo", if I recall), so he chose Cary Grant. In hindsight, that was the right decision; I think he handled the role perfectly. And overall, I just dislike Stewart's acting. I liked "Rear Window" for the unusual story & Stella, the old service lady. My favorite bit is when she funnily said, "He dug her in the garden scaterring her body around" or sth. to the effect. Another fave when Grace Kelly's character had the guts to enter the killer's house through the window, while Stella sought the corpse in the garden.

Other Hitchcock movies I enjoyed are "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (the older 1934 version, not with Doris Day) & "The Birds" (well, half of it, to be accurate). I've yet to see a dozen of his films, so my list is small. Now, getting back to the horror territory, what would you recommend me in checking out of this genre? The 40s-50-s-60s, from all the decades, what horror films you found the most scary/mystic? Thanks.

To be perfectly honest, I'm not very familiar with Horror movies, especially the older kind with very few exceptions. You might want to ask someone else about that


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: zatch on January 29, 2014, 11:51:12 PM
I don't watch a lot of films. As for Stephen King films, I remember watching and really enjoying "Thinner" a couple of years ago. Shawshank gets a lot of praise, and I read and loved the book. The movie might not seem as great to me having read the book, but I'd like to prove myself wrong sometime soon.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Mike's Beard on January 30, 2014, 10:30:48 AM
Watch it, seriously. It's a great film.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Rocky Raccoon on January 30, 2014, 11:36:13 AM
I've been obsessing over American Hustle since I saw it last week.  Wouldn't be surprised at all if that takes the Best Picture Oscar.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: donald on February 03, 2014, 10:30:34 AM
At the moment?  If you are talking about recent films, I have seen Wolf of Wall St., Walter Mitty, Her, and August/Osage.

In order of favorite to least favorite;  Her, Mitty, August, Wolf.  I found Her hypnotic and fascinating, Mitty as very entertaining and beautifully filmed, August a bit Tenessee Williams, and Wolf disgusting and way too long.  Don't bother with Wolf.  Just watch Goodfellas  along with Wall Street again.  Two superior movies and it will only take an additional hour over the excruciating 3 hours of the Wolf.  I like DeCaprio and Scorcese but not this time and not this movie.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: bgas on February 03, 2014, 07:54:43 PM
At the moment?  If you are talking about recent films, I have seen Wolf of Wall St., Walter Mitty, Her, and August/Osage.

In order of favorite to least favorite;  Her, Mitty, August, Wolf.  I found Her hypnotic and fascinating, Mitty as very entertaining and beautifully filmed, August a bit Tenessee Williams, and Wolf disgusting and way too long.  Don't bother with Wolf.  Just watch Goodfellas  along with Wall Street again.  Two superior movies and it will only take an additional hour over the excruciating 3 hours of the Wolf.  I like DeCaprio and Scorcese but not this time and not this movie.

Haven't seen Her. Doesn't look very good, some guy talking to his computer like it's his girlfriend, ugh. Wolf was GREAT! Lots of tits and ass. Mitty started so badly, I thought I might have to walk out, but it did turn out to be a really good movie. Haven't seen August, either; I hear good acting buit a real downer, from the folks I've taked to. Nebraska was pretty slow( almost as slow as Inside Llewyn Davis) but the son seemd to be a good actor. Bruce Dern mostly mumbled and shuffled, which doesn't seem to be too much great acting to me. Lone Survivor was really good. American Hustle I enjoyed a lot! But ANYTHING with Jennifer Lawrence is worth seeing, and thro in Amy Adams and Christian Bale? WHoaa....  Best done movie seen recently, The Book Thief. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 24, 2014, 06:08:19 AM
'Salem's Lot - Tobe Hooper's one great film outside of TCM. Very creepy for a tv movie.

Also it may be the furthest thing from great but I heartily recommended Maximum Overdrive which King himself directed. It gets trashed but the first 30 minutes or so are very entertaining.
Have you seen the newer take of "Salem's Lot"? For some odd reason, I didn't reach my hands on buying the old one (much as I'm a fan of Tobe), but I did enjoy the modern version, though it wasn't necessarily scary, just interesting plot & acting. But now you mentioned, this time I won't miss on watching that other "Salem's Lot".

I like "Maximum Overdrive" too! Glad I'm not alone on it. The bit when the bridge unfolds while there's still motion is way cool! People sliding up & down & watermelon crashing into the back window of the packed car is hilarious. Also some odd-looking couple after just getting married or on the way to the church being fooled by a mad car who plays with them cat-and-mice either going calm or all of a sudden come out spying up the poor.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 07, 2014, 06:31:37 AM
Just finished watching "Eraserhead", famous cult movie. I'm quite puzzled about the plot, what's the moral behind of it, and all the characters seemed so dumb. That said, I liked the movie, the plane noises were so cool! The whole time I've been tricked into a thought that I'm flying, complete with takeoff & landing. The music Henry played in his flat was weirdly beautiful (or beautifully weird). For some reason, I felt sorry for a fish-born baby, he was cute in a way & didn't deserve to die. The same cannot be said about worms: I hate them & I don't know why the girl from radiator cutely smiled while stepping on them - oh wait, that was her show! Even grosser moment appeared when Henry got worms out of Mary. Good thing the movie had funny moments too for the balance, f.ex., when Henry walks on the way home & his right foot gets stuck in the mud, it turns out later to be the left one, because the weirdo undresses his left sock to dry it on the radiator. Then we have the finale where his head falls to the ground, a little boy finds it, hands it over to his boss & by strange circumstances it's all that needed for making erasers! The director must've been a crazy genius if he came up with that bit (or entire movie). But of course, the dinner scene was boring (could care less about chicken moving boots, static granny & psychotic mother) & I didn't respect Mary for leaving the child in a sick condition. 7/10.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: halblaineisgood on April 11, 2014, 06:04:51 PM
.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: halblaineisgood on April 14, 2014, 07:06:24 PM
.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Alex on April 18, 2014, 08:27:11 PM
How long until Don Draper grows a Mike Brady afro?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: halblaineisgood on April 19, 2014, 05:35:53 AM
.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Gabo on April 20, 2014, 12:31:42 AM
Norbit is my favorite movie

Norbit.


Aaaaack. Well I guess we're both just really clever.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: alf wiedersehen on April 20, 2014, 12:49:49 AM
Just saw The Grand Budapest Hotel recently. Was very good.
It's a visually beautiful film.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: halblaineisgood on April 21, 2014, 07:21:11 AM
.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: halblaineisgood on April 21, 2014, 08:23:30 AM
.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Heysaboda on April 25, 2014, 01:04:37 PM
stupid internet. goshdarn I'm sick of them cutting off the credits mid-song. this week was a real good one.

What the Heck was that song at the end of Mad Men this week?  Great song!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: bgas on April 25, 2014, 06:33:17 PM
Just saw The Grand Budapest Hotel recently. Was very good.
It's a visually beautiful film.

That WAs a good-un.
I like The Family Stone alot lately. Claire Danes and Rachel McAdams


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: halblaineisgood on April 25, 2014, 06:36:14 PM
.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Rocky Raccoon on April 26, 2014, 12:13:30 AM
stupid internet. goshdarn I'm sick of them cutting off the credits mid-song. this week was a real good one.

That's not the internet.  That's AMC.  They always cut off the song for the totally inane "On the next Mad Men" segments.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: halblaineisgood on April 26, 2014, 10:39:34 PM
.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 27, 2014, 12:06:30 AM
Empire Of The Sun. Total Tearjerker


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on November 04, 2014, 01:16:32 AM
(http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BOTA5MzQ3MzI1NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTcxNTYxMTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_.jpg)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/dd/Almost_famous_poster1.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 04, 2014, 06:55:46 AM
I can't see the 1st film poster. I tried to copy/paste the image link in another tab to see what it is, but still nothing. So, Rei?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: rab2591 on November 04, 2014, 07:51:29 AM
Chinatown

Watched this for the first time a few weeks ago :o truly a masterpiece.

Empire Of The Sun. Total Tearjerker

John Williams' score works perfectly with this movie. One of the best scenes in movie history when the P-51s fly over the camp.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Ovi on November 04, 2014, 11:28:57 AM
'Hot Fuzz', 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' all by Edgar Wright. Love his style.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Woodstock on November 04, 2014, 11:52:21 AM
I'm a big fan of Edgar Wright


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Ovi on November 04, 2014, 12:10:33 PM
I'm a big fan of Edgar Wright

Great to find out. Which one do you feel is his best movie?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Woodstock on November 04, 2014, 12:24:12 PM
It'd come down to Hot Fuzz vs Scott Pilgrim.

I think the directing on Scott Pilgrim is a much bigger part of what makes it a great movie compared to Hot Fuzz, which is great cuz Simon Pegg ^^

So I'll say Scott Pilgrim


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Ovi on November 04, 2014, 12:45:34 PM
Agreed, Scott Pilgrim is just insane directing-wise. All over the place in a good way.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: halblaineisgood on November 04, 2014, 05:22:01 PM
.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on November 04, 2014, 11:07:06 PM
I can't see the 1st film poster. I tried to copy/paste the image link in another tab to see what it is, but still nothing. So, Rei?

Oh. Well it's Office Space.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 04, 2014, 11:11:48 PM
"Office Space"? Interesting title. Have you seen anything new in the cinema/bought DVD with newish films? Any horror you can recommend?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Ovi on November 04, 2014, 11:24:53 PM
I can't see the 1st film poster. I tried to copy/paste the image link in another tab to see what it is, but still nothing. So, Rei?

Oh. Well it's Office Space.

Did you like it? I've never really gotten that one...though I think Mike Judge's new TV-show, Silicon Valley, is just brilliant.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Lowbacca on November 05, 2014, 10:39:06 AM
Halfway through Oculus.... So far so good.

(http://oi61.tinypic.com/vifkn6.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on November 05, 2014, 03:56:10 PM
"Office Space"? Interesting title. Have you seen anything new in the cinema/bought DVD with newish films? Any horror you can recommend?

Lately, not really. In terms of Horror, it's a genre that doesn't interest me. Though my favourite Horror film would have to be Carrie.

I can't see the 1st film poster. I tried to copy/paste the image link in another tab to see what it is, but still nothing. So, Rei?

Oh. Well it's Office Space.

Did you like it? I've never really gotten that one...though I think Mike Judge's new TV-show, Silicon Valley, is just brilliant.

I loved it. Really funny, especially the scenes featuring Milton. Idiocracy's another great film that's lately gained a cult following. Extract I didn't like as much, though it's quite good in it's own right. So far overall, really like Mike Judge's work (TV and Film). Haven't seen Silicon Valley yet, but I wouldn't mind checking it out.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Woodstock on November 05, 2014, 07:54:14 PM
My favorite movie would either be The Last Waltz (ofc) or Stop Making Sense

(http://i.imgur.com/Ofm15YZ.png)

So good.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Ovi on November 07, 2014, 02:20:51 AM
Watched The Breakfast Club last night and thought it was stunning. I'd been a long-time fan of Ferris Bueller's Day Off but for some reason I kept postponing watching more John Hughes movies. But I'm glad I did, cause this was on a whole other level.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 09, 2014, 04:47:49 AM
In terms of Horror, it's a genre that doesn't interest me.
Well, you're missing out on getting lots of fun & adrenaline, just in 1 & half hours. Okay, as you visited Japan, did you like anime, any favorites. To me, I find all of it the same & helplessly boring. ...Except for Pokemon, but I suspect it's more to do with nostalgia for my 10 y.o. self. Even then I was into Americana.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on November 09, 2014, 08:49:23 PM
In terms of Horror, it's a genre that doesn't interest me.
Well, you're missing out on getting lots of fun & adrenaline, just in 1 & half hours. Okay, as you visited Japan, did you like anime, any favorites. To me, I find all of it the same & helplessly boring. ...Except for Pokemon, but I suspect it's more to do with nostalgia for my 10 y.o. self. Even then I was into Americana.

With a few exceptions, Horror doesn't interest me. Instead of scaring me or entertaining me, it generally bores me.

Not much for Anime, though I really like Death Note, and I don't mind the original series of Naruto. For nostalgic reasons mainly, I have a strong soft spot for Doraemon and Shinchan (Though I doubt if you've heard of either one). As for Pokemon, I still love the old games, up to Diamond and Pearl. But never cared for the Anime itself.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 09, 2014, 10:54:42 PM
For nostalgic reasons mainly, I have a strong soft spot for Doraemon and Shinchan (Though I doubt if you've heard of either one).
You're right, I never heard of 'em. But I'm sure my 13-year-old cousin knows them, he's kind of obsessed with anime games & cartoons. And he too likes Naruto (he actually forced me to see some of it).

Quote
As for Pokemon, I still love the old games, up to Diamond and Pearl. But never cared for the Anime itself.
What kind of games they are? I mean the rules & aim.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on November 10, 2014, 01:53:42 AM
For nostalgic reasons mainly, I have a strong soft spot for Doraemon and Shinchan (Though I doubt if you've heard of either one).
You're right, I never heard of 'em. But I'm sure my 13-year-old cousin knows them, he's kind of obsessed with anime games & cartoons. And he too likes Naruto (he actually forced me to see some of it).

Quote
As for Pokemon, I still love the old games, up to Diamond and Pearl. But never cared for the Anime itself.
What kind of games they are? I mean the rules & aim.

Doubtful, as they are only really available in Japan.

This'll give you a good idea on the main game series:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Franchise/Pokemon


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 13, 2014, 09:02:16 PM
Rei, have you seen any western films? I have an impression you might. I wanna see some good classic western, but where to start... Any tips?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on November 13, 2014, 10:40:52 PM
Rei, have you seen any western films? I have an impression you might. I wanna see some good classic western, but where to start... Any tips?

I've only really seen Blazing Saddles (a classic), Back To The Future III (another classic), Wild Wild West (Didn't see the whole movie, but really liked what I saw) and Rango (Didn't care for it).
Western isn't a genre I'm really familiar with.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: alf wiedersehen on November 13, 2014, 10:45:12 PM
Rei, have you seen any western films? I have an impression you might. I wanna see some good classic western, but where to start... Any tips?
Clint Eastwood.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Lowbacca on November 14, 2014, 03:24:01 AM
(http://oi61.tinypic.com/1235kjp.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: smilethebeachboysloveyou on November 14, 2014, 07:14:33 AM
Rei, have you seen any western films? I have an impression you might. I wanna see some good classic western, but where to start... Any tips?
Clint Eastwood.

Clint Eastwood isn't really a classic Western star, as he started in the '60s during the beginnings of the Western's revisionist phase.  Some recommendations for classical Westerns:

Stagecoach: Often called the quintessential western
My Darling Clementine: The best of the "gunfight at the O.K. Corral" cycle
Red River: A terrific epic Western about a cattle drive.  John Wayne's best performance (IMO), and great chemistry between him and Monty Clift.
Winchester '73: The first great western of Anthony Mann, probably my personal favorite Western director.  His films tend to treat "the West" in a much more abstract and elemental sense than, say John Ford, in that there's less of a sense of a specific point in history than that of "man against the elements," or of using the environment as a way of expressing internal, psychological struggles.  Also a great Jimmy Stewart performance.
The Naked Spur: Another great Anthony Mann western with Jimmy Stewart.
The Searchers: Probably the turning point from classical Westerns to revisionist ones.  Another great John Wayne performance.
Man of the West: In my opinion, the best of the Anthony Mann westerns and probably my favorite film in the genre.  Really the pinnacle of using the Western landscape to project an internal, psychological struggle onto, and a great Gary Cooper performance.
Rio Bravo: Made as a kind of reaction against High Noon (which many people mistake for a good movie), this film deals primarily with the relationship between the self-respecting, individualistic Western hero archetypes and the community that they form.  Which admittedly a lot of Westerns do, but this one does it better than most of them.
Ride Lonesome: My favorite Budd Boetticher film, a B-movie director who was kind of like the low-rent Anthony Mann.  Seriously, though, this movie has some of the best dialogue I've ever heard.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: Like The Searchers, a film lying somewhere between being a classical and revisionist Western dealing with the way that history gets transformed into legend.  Not a personal favorite so much as an important entry in the genre.

When you've seen all of those, then start on the Sergio Leone/Sam Peckinpah revisionist Westerns of the '60s and '70s (which are also great).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: rab2591 on November 14, 2014, 07:20:42 AM
Once Upon A Time In The West is a fantastic western.

Also, the remake and original of True Grit are fantastic movies.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on November 14, 2014, 07:50:07 AM
Once Upon A Time In The West is a fantastic western.

Once Upon a Time is not only a fantastic western, it's one of the greatest movies ever made. It has brought me to tears. The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly is another great Leone film. Not as good as West, but great nevertheless.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: halblaineisgood on November 14, 2014, 08:11:10 AM
.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on November 14, 2014, 08:26:01 AM
.

These edits are always so vexing!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 16, 2014, 07:06:54 AM
Thank you each for all of your suggestions! Esp. smilethebeachboysloveyou, western expert of Smiley board. :3d I'll check these where it's possible to find.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Smilin Ed H on November 16, 2014, 11:21:21 PM
At the moment - three versions of this. Don't like the Ferrara version, but love the other two:

http://fridaynightboys300.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/don-siegel-invasion-of-body-snatchers.html


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: bgas on November 17, 2014, 02:38:46 PM
St Vincent


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: smilethebeachboysloveyou on November 17, 2014, 03:49:37 PM
Thank you each for all of your suggestions! Esp. smilethebeachboysloveyou, western expert of Smiley board. :3d I'll check these where it's possible to find.

Anytime.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 04, 2015, 06:56:10 PM
Today I googled 2 Steves - King & Spielberg - to see if they ever worked together. and know what? They've been shooting mini-series "Under the Dome" since 2013. Just read the synopsis on Wiki - it looks like a nice story, very interesting plot. I'm gonna order it at the local Internet cafe. :3d


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 05, 2015, 08:33:05 PM
I saw the Innocents (1961). do not think it's horror as the genre claims, but I like it. My favorite character is the old lady Ms. Grose who serves the house. nice song "O Willow Walo". Spectacular montage work; yes, I notice such thing.

Follow-up for watching: "Spiral Staircase" (1945). Was reading about music band "Spiral Starecase", that's how I found it. Comments later.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on March 06, 2016, 01:18:26 AM
(http://www.iceposter.com/thumbs/MOV_dd2efa0e_b.jpg)

(https://www.jbhifi.com.au/FileLibrary/ProductResources/Images/131799-L-LO.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on March 06, 2016, 01:21:16 AM
I think i'm going to watch south park

Hanging out with my guy friends always inspires me to watch it.
maybe inspires isn't the right word.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on March 06, 2016, 01:23:15 AM
I think i'm going to watch south park

Hanging out with my guy friends always inspires me to watch it.
maybe inspires isn't the right word.

So long as you don't play "red rocket" with your dog, have fun!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on March 06, 2016, 01:24:13 AM
I think i'm going to watch south park

Hanging out with my guy friends always inspires me to watch it.
maybe inspires isn't the right word.

So long as you don't play "red rocket" with your dog, have fun!
Oh god that's one of the episode's I've actually seen. Blegh.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on March 06, 2016, 11:41:09 AM
I just watched a really disturbing episode of South Park. Bad idea >.<


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on March 06, 2016, 12:05:12 PM
I just watched a really disturbing episode of South Park. Bad idea >.<

Okay.... details?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on March 06, 2016, 12:27:31 PM
"Scott Tenorman Must Die." Cartman's a bit messed up.

I've also seen "Woodland Critter Christmas." Now that's weird.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on March 06, 2016, 12:50:02 PM
"Scott Tenorman Must Die." Cartman's a bit messed up.

I've also seen "Woodland Critter Christmas." Now that's weird.

Yeah, those are some pretty brutal episodes. Though none are as potentially traumatising (for the sensitive viewers) as "Proper Condom Use"


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: KDS on March 07, 2016, 05:37:42 AM
Watched Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown for the first time in over 25 years. 

There's actually kind of a sex joke in it.  The Peanuts gang goes to camp, and Snoopy goes into the girls' tent to kiss them all goodnight.  When he goes to kiss Peppermint Patty, he bounces on her water bed causing ripples to go up and down, and Patty starts screaming.  Marcie says, "You're making too much noise sir, wouldn't a good night kiss have been enough?"  Or something to that effect. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 27, 2016, 11:51:04 AM
"My Left Foot". Story of cerebral palsy human Christy Brown. Based on his book. Starring my favorite old lady Brenda Fricker - the dove-feeding bum from "Home Alone-2". She plays the mother of Browns brood. Oscar-awarded role. Christy is Daniel Day-Lewis, dunno this fella. Check it out, British film fans.

NB didn't know Fiona Shaw had slim waist. She has knockout figure! For your info, Fiona played the evil aunt of Harry Potter. In "My Left Foot" her hair is short & reddish.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on March 28, 2016, 05:42:08 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANUoAdXfA60


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: The Cincinnati Kid on March 28, 2016, 08:02:59 PM
F For Fake with Orson Welles.  I think I'll need to watch this one again to fully understand it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: MrRobinsonsFather on March 28, 2016, 08:35:45 PM
10 Cloverfield Lane, very tense movie. Best movie Iv seen in a long time though the ending felt out of place.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Smilin Ed H on March 30, 2016, 02:15:09 AM
Nothing new, but watched Kiss Me Deadly last night. Straaaaaaange film.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on March 31, 2016, 06:45:55 PM
I just got into Freaks and Geeks.
This show is so relatable, for so many reasons.
Mostly, I'm in love with Jason Segel... And I relate to the girl a lot. Not that I'm hanging with the "wrong crowd" or anything, but I've definitely been that person who's held up to that goody-two-shoes standard and it can be really annoying.
It's also educating me on classic rock. I have an impetus to listen to more of the Who and Zeppelin now.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: alf wiedersehen on March 31, 2016, 06:53:05 PM
boo classic rock


I'm watching Rushmore again. Whatta good movie.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on March 31, 2016, 07:09:40 PM
One of my coworkers once said that 1971 is the year rock died. Is that what you're saying?

Also, I just realized that movie reminds me of the music video for "Mind Mischief."


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: alf wiedersehen on March 31, 2016, 07:15:08 PM
Classic rock is lame and has consumed music culture.
Fight the power, m.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on March 31, 2016, 08:54:15 PM
Classic rock is lame and has consumed music culture.
Fight the power, m.
If you mean in the way Forever 21 and every other sweatshop-driven clothing store, etc. slaps on The Who and Rolling Stones on all of their t-shirts, then I totally agree. I hate it. I guess I've been more into '60s soft rock anyway.

I'm re-watching House and re-falling in love with it.
As House would put it..
(http://45.media.tumblr.com/51f1b34a6b3db9eacfe80fd1b8f66cc1/tumblr_mq5iq5OsUJ1sqwk90o1_500.gif)
(fight the power)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 01, 2016, 12:59:49 AM
I just got into Freaks and Geeks.
This show is so relatable, for so many reasons.
Mostly, I'm in love with Jason Segel... And I relate to the girl a lot. Not that I'm hanging with the "wrong crowd" or anything, but I've definitely been that person who's held up to that goody-two-shoes standard and it can be really annoying.
It's also educating me on classic rock. I have an impetus to listen to more of the Who and Zeppelin now.

Freaks And Geeks is brilliant. Shame it only lasted one season. The funniest character by far is Lindsay and Sam's dad, as well as Bill Haverchuck


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on April 02, 2016, 04:50:17 PM
Freaks And Geeks is brilliant. Shame it only lasted one season. The funniest character by far is Lindsay and Sam's dad, as well as Bill Haverchuck
I really the characters. The geeks are funny. Gotta love the ridiculous jokes from Neal.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 02, 2016, 04:56:34 PM
Freaks And Geeks is brilliant. Shame it only lasted one season. The funniest character by far is Lindsay and Sam's dad, as well as Bill Haverchuck
I really the characters. The geeks are funny. Gotta love the ridiculous jokes from Neal.

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQYo4f6nL6NMAeGYdDihkYIh6y_uvux0o_vQnYDTC13jYGAobrrHyxXWEbGlg)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on April 02, 2016, 05:26:57 PM
^I just watched that one a few days ago. Jewish humor.... :P


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: SurferDownUnder on April 03, 2016, 12:17:33 AM
Horace and Pete with Louie C.K. and Alan Alda. Far and away the funniest thing I've seen in a while  :lol hearing Alda be so foul mouthed is a huge contrast to Hawkeye!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on May 13, 2016, 07:09:23 PM
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/VxRildLDsxzr_6MgHlYOUUr7Ch4VRxZlDEv7nNyPNCQEAekUxA3EtGF7VaKYfnx908NLFi3NatSa8Zl8igKS1hEMm6t1BKjDVb6FMGQ7QGSkNGJCJyjpOEIBBQ=w313-h470-nc)

(https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQCL5t5Ym2roJ9HJklOBr8dwI2n4TC_wntW4zSrR_EbnmWkvyxM9OlAPuM8)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: KDS on May 13, 2016, 10:48:50 PM
Love Kentucky Fried Movie and Revenge of the Nerds.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on May 14, 2016, 01:50:23 PM
I ended up seeing Civil War the other day at a newly remodeled theatre in town. Really addictive chocolate popcorn served there.

Honestly I really enjoyed the movie. Especially the last half. Paul Rudd and that Tom Holland kid make up a lot of the awkward humor that I love so much.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 14, 2016, 01:56:10 PM
Honestly I really enjoyed the movie. Especially the last half. Paul Rudd and that Tom Holland kid make up a lot of the awkward humor that I love so much.

Have you ever seen Nathan for You?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on May 14, 2016, 02:16:15 PM
Honestly I really enjoyed the movie. Especially the last half. Paul Rudd and that Tom Holland kid make up a lot of the awkward humor that I love so much.

Have you ever seen Nathan for You?
I have not. Why?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 14, 2016, 02:31:32 PM
Honestly I really enjoyed the movie. Especially the last half. Paul Rudd and that Tom Holland kid make up a lot of the awkward humor that I love so much.

Have you ever seen Nathan for You?
I have not. Why?

If awkward humor is your thing, it is the greatest TV show ever created. I've known a few people who find it nearly unwatchable, but it's probably one of my favorite things ever. I love it so much. The premise is this guy, Nathan Fielder, goes to different businesses (and sometimes starts his own), and pitches ideas to them that he thinks will make them more successful. Here's one where he convinces a realtor to sell her homes by advertising them as "ghost free": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7BlydBMAVU&ab_channel=ComedyCentral

It's all 100% real, by the way.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on May 14, 2016, 05:40:22 PM
Honestly I really enjoyed the movie. Especially the last half. Paul Rudd and that Tom Holland kid make up a lot of the awkward humor that I love so much.

Have you ever seen Nathan for You?
I have not. Why?

If awkward humor is your thing, it is the greatest TV show ever created. I've known a few people who find it nearly unwatchable, but it's probably one of my favorite things ever. I love it so much. The premise is this guy, Nathan Fielder, goes to different businesses (and sometimes starts his own), and pitches ideas to them that he thinks will make them more successful. Here's one where he convinces a realtor to sell her homes by advertising them as "ghost free": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7BlydBMAVU&ab_channel=ComedyCentral

It's all 100% real, by the way.

So if you're a fan of shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and the U.K. Office, then you'd enjoy this?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 18, 2016, 08:28:09 PM
I watch Rushmore a lot. And now I'm doing it again.

I watched Dont Look Back a handful of days ago. Fascinating movie--really, you named two of your children "Stephen"?

I'm a big fan of Criterion films.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: KDS on May 19, 2016, 05:18:23 AM
I keep catching bits and pieces of Very Bad Things on TV.

That's a great dark comedy. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Emily on May 19, 2016, 06:36:57 AM
Nothing new this week. Welcome to the Dollhouse and All About Eve.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: Cool Cool Water on May 19, 2016, 11:30:48 AM
Different....  >:D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uiJsAp82jg


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: alf wiedersehen on May 20, 2016, 11:33:45 PM
I'm now watching Vernon, Florida, one of my all-time favorite films/documentaries.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: undercover-m on September 08, 2016, 12:37:43 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItSN5ysERog

This video made my life better.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: JK on September 08, 2016, 03:44:49 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItSN5ysERog

This video made my life better.

Facially, Mac reminds me very strongly of a female relative of my wife's. Same gap in the teeth, same shape of head. No disrespect meant in either direction! 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on September 08, 2016, 08:08:20 AM
Grand Torino.  :smokin


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on September 08, 2016, 08:10:52 AM
St. Vincent


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on September 10, 2016, 05:27:05 PM
American graffiti what a classic


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on October 16, 2016, 04:19:08 PM
Just watched Forever Hardcore: The Documentary on EC fuckin' W. 
http://youtu.be/BSGyi1RXlBM


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 17, 2016, 10:49:51 PM
"Sabotage". As we know, Hitch made British & American films, "Sabotage" is favorite from his British. It features the best villain played by Oscar Homolka.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favorite Movie of the moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 28, 2016, 10:30:32 PM
"Elevator" (2011) & "Permanent Vacation" (1980), Jim Jarmusch debut shot in cheap amateur student camera.
The 1st is people of different nationalities & financial status stuck in the elevator of the tall building. Thanks to granddaughter of the boss; she didn't like some Jew comic with claustrophobia that couldn't wait when the lift stops. They all prepared for the corporate bash.
"Vacation" is old fave. Main hero narrates with drone kind of lispy depressed voice which adds coolness. Young skinny chap wanders about the empty streets of New York City - it's in ruins - sees strange people, visits his mother in the yellow house, the airplanes fly in the sky, some guy is outside the destroyed building, they chew the fat for a bit, attends empty theatre to watch movie, there he sees old black chap, the only thing he can talk about is Doppelganger effect. When the youngster comes back to the small flat he shares with the owner, some woman about 30, there is scene of him dancing to Earl Bostic's vinyl "Up There in Orbit". There is not much going around, about 5-7 characters, little dialogue. The score is by Jarmusch & John Lurie, his friend, played in Jim's "Stranger Than Paradise", "Down By Law" with young Tom Waits & Roberto Benigni as 3 jailmates. Smb. will dub it "Boring", it isn't typical "happy end" stuff. Well, it doesn't end unhappy either, rather what the title says - the guy never settles in the same place, when he gets bored & tired of it, he travels smwr else. It seems slow but actually lasts 1h 15m. I advise to fans of bizarre indie avant-garde movies with macabre music.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on October 29, 2016, 04:40:47 AM
"Police Academy-5: Assignment: Miami Beach" (1988). Well not the best movie in franchise, it misses funny/interesting characters that were in previous, f.ex. Sweetchuck (Tim Kazurinsky) & Zed (Bobcat Goldthwaite, the chap with the coolest voice ever! Even if it's not real) or the Kirkland fam. But it's surely better than the last, trainwreck PA "Mission in Moscow" (the saving grace there was Ron Perlman & Christopher Lee).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on October 29, 2016, 06:25:49 PM
The first power... alot of the same locations as the DOC's video ' its funky enough'


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 01, 2016, 07:18:16 AM
Well I'm not into tradition of watching movies that suit the holiday. Like watching Halloween during Halloween. As if it's duty. ::) Anyway, "Christmas vacation" - 1st seen it at 10 maybe. Then at summer. I like it but it isn't funny start to finish. It drags a bit, some of it is pointless, f.ex. the super-duper fashionista neighbors get on my nerves whenever I see their mugs in the screen. They're good mute. Then there is super-boring scene at the shop where Clark Griswold chews the fat with some shop girl. You'd think they could cast smb. less ugly. His wife is such attractive woman, both looks & wits. Actually, I don't like when they waste the time for shopping scenes - they just shoot people buying stuff, it's mundane. Really liked when they showed 2 grandmothers decorating house cake. Wonder if it's U.S. tradition to make cake in shape of house at Christmas. Jolly good. :3d My favorite characters - Griswold fam sans the kids (Russ & Audrey). Then Eddie, despite his goofiness, I think he was funny though I got squeamish seeing him deal with liquid manure spilling to the snow from tube. Catherine was too chirpy & smiley which is good for a bit. The kids were alright. If there's ever movie where kids don't steal the show, it's this. Btw, the intro is good from the point where they get the Christmas tree. The song was annoying & the car "competition" I didn't get what it was about. Those sleigh bells or sth. playing while they open the doors with calendar - Dec. 14 etc. Nice idea. Bottom line: it's good but not great.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on November 01, 2016, 05:09:39 PM
Brainscan


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 14, 2016, 07:44:56 AM
"The Caller", 2011 horror/mystic about some lonely psychotic lady from the past calling in recent times to some young girl who just moved to that flat. The device is very archaic - you know, with round dial & ringing akin to the classic door ring. At 1st the girl tells "wrong number", then is annoyed, then they chat, then she's tired of her calls & unplugs it. After some time, she switches it back & immediately smb. calls. She lives with dog & sometimes talks with the gardener in her neighborhood/yard. She askes who lived before in her flat, he disremembers, then actually says there lived couple, the woman's name was Rose (as that lady's name). In short, cool flick to sit watch at dark alone (easily frightened? bring the pillows to room to hide away).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on November 14, 2016, 06:07:00 PM
(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i262/664465/image_zpsdd7oluh3.gif)
Old vhs tapes of ECW i have


Title: Re: What are you watching now?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 15, 2016, 12:17:32 AM
My dwarf friend Daiana feeds me with free film downloads sometimes; she's got fast Internet. I asked her what comedies to see. She transferred to flash card "Due Date" (2010), said it's very funny. Not really. It's road type movie with Robert Downey-Jr & new face Zach Galifianakis. They met by chance on the way to airport, then flew, turned out, the same plane & ended up being road companions. Robert played the architect who flew home to be present at wife's childbirth. They talked by the phone like every 10 minutes. Zach played the budding actor going to Hollywood (he says it's city name, not L.A.) & cast in the TV show "2 & half people". He carried miniature dog Sunny. By misunderstanding, the 2 didn't fly being suspected as drug dealers. Then Zach rented the car to ride thru the states to Los Angeles. There's fighting between them, adventures in the movie. In the end, Robert's character is just in time when the wife (Michelle Monaghan) is in the hospital. But he fainted due to Zach accidentally shooting his knee so Zach took his place to help her.
Downey-Jr is jolly good at playing funny. In fact, IF the movie is funny - didn't get many jokes - it's def due to Robert's deadpan face & sarcastic jabs he gives Zach.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on November 15, 2016, 02:40:25 AM
(https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/3000915a72bfb5fb09ccf5fb97fed11714c036ed/0_0_4285_2572/master/4285.jpg?w=1225&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=8309105edbf53b5731d2214a1c213895)

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/nov/11/zadie-smiths-nw-why-isnt-it-black-and-british-enough-for-the-bbc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgfMz12kSb0


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 16, 2016, 02:03:08 PM
Have been watching a lot of documentaries lately on the TCM network.
There were some World War II documentaries on. Sat down and watched the four plus hours of The Sorrow and the Pity. Very thought provoking; what would I have done in that situation?

Tonight there will be some fun documentaries - the classic surfer movie The Endless Summer. Then later on, Woodstock, followed by Elvis: That's the Way it is.

Then, REAL early on Sunday, a non documentary but something I hadn't seen before - the Monkees' movie, Head.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on November 16, 2016, 02:42:57 PM
Duel 1971


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: undercover-m on November 17, 2016, 03:15:11 PM
The past few evenings have consisted of watching an endless amount of Bob's Burgers.

I want to get drunk with Bob.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on November 18, 2016, 12:24:49 PM
The past few evenings have consisted of watching an endless amount of Bob's Burgers.

I want to get drunk with Bob.

Bob?? Have I missed something?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 18, 2016, 07:00:03 PM
john, the movie titled "Bob's burgers", she may mean the main character Bob. That's who she wants to get tipsy.

Rewatching "Sherlock Holmes" (2009), gotta say that Jude Law guy is quite good as John Watson. Brilliant score. I pay attention to music in pictures.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on November 18, 2016, 10:54:55 PM
"Police Academy-5: Assignment: Miami Beach" (1988). Well not the best movie in franchise, it misses funny/interesting characters that were in previous, f.ex. Sweetchuck (Tim Kazurinsky) & Zed (Bobcat Goldthwaite, the chap with the coolest voice ever! Even if it's not real) or the Kirkland fam. But it's surely better than the last, trainwreck PA "Mission in Moscow" (the saving grace there was Ron Perlman & Christopher Lee).

Mission to Moscow is darn near unwatchable.  And I'm a defender of most Police Academy sequels, even the post Guttenburg ones. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 19, 2016, 06:47:54 AM
Mission to Moscow is darn near unwatchable.  And I'm a defender of most Police Academy sequels, even the post Guttenburg ones. 
Cool that you like "Police Academy". It seems like everybody forgot it. Did you know that Steve Guttenberg (with "e") refused to play in "Miami Beach"? They then cast Matt McCoy to play the debonair; in fact Matt's lines in the script were meant to Guttenberg. In interview Steve said he regrets it now but at the time he became well-known & decided to move on with career. He talked about creating "Police Academy 8" but nobody from the old cast agreed to play plus with Bubba Smith (Hightower) passed away who he was friends with it may not be possible (too bad). I wasn't big fan of character "Mahoney" (& Guttenberg) but fun trivia, it could be Bruce Willis or Michael Keaton. Bruce turned it down, thankfully. I'd rather not see his face in any of "Police Academy". Seeing success of 1st movie, think it was Bruce - maybe Keaton too - who said they regretted declining the role. Did you watch the 90s TV series? Is it good as features? I read that except Michael Winslow (Jones) the cast is totally new there.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 19, 2016, 10:17:02 PM
Who watched Jim Jarmusch film "Coffee & Cigarettes"? You didn't? Do it asap. :police: It's stylistically beautiful & consists of 11 short films (to quote wiki, "series of vignettes"). It stars many household names - actors & musicians. Cool soundtrack too! It's good start to finish but best to "worst" would be:

1. "Somewhere in California" - good dialog. w/ Tom Waits & Iggy Pop. Iggy seems kinda scared of Tom.
2. "Those Things'll Kill Ya" - again, good dialog. 2 old buddies & teenage boy.
3. "Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil" - The White Stripes. Jack brought up Tesla coil to cafe & they discuss what is wrong with it. Meg casually gave the right answer. Speaking of Meg, she was pretty to look at, cute little face. :)
4. "Twins" - Steve Buscemi as waiter & 2 black customers (brother-sister).
5. "Strange to Meet You" - the very 1st. Considered bad/boring but I really like it. Roberto Benigni is as usual hilarious. His companion is Steven Wright (btw, these people use their real names & don't change occupation, i.e. Tom Waits is Tom Waits & musician. The Steve Buscemi example may be the single exception)
6. "Delirium" - RZA, GZA & Bill Murray. The rappers recognize him & say sth. like "Are you Groundhog day, ghostbustin' Bill Murray?". Then keep saying "Bill Murray" instead just "Bill". They think he is undercover working at that cafe.
7. "Cousins" - Cate Blanchett showing again what good thespian she is. playing 2 cousins with diff. status that meet finally in the hotel. Cate is famous actress & Shelly is her dark-haired free spirit sister. They both envy each other - Cate because, despite being rich, good family etc., doesn't have free time to live without being recognized in streets. Shelly would like to swap places with her & thinks Cate telling she envies her is just being kind but not sincere. You can see she is bitter about Cate getting spotlight etc.
8. "Renee" - well 1stly, the girl is beautiful. She doesn't say much to waiter but she acts with her facial expressions that she hated him spilling milk to the cup of coffee because 1) she didn't ask & 2) it was the right color & taste before he did it.
9. "Champagne" - the last, considered the best, philosophically or sth. else. 2 old chaps Taylor Mead & Bill Rice reminiscing past.
10. "Cousins?" - Alfred Molina & Steve Coogan. I don't know if they're indeed kin, maybe it's script. Anyway, this has good morale of the story.
11. "No Problem" - boring of the bunch. Alex Descas & Isaach De Bankole meet to share news, Alex says it's fine. Isaach seeing his bored face doesn't believe & every once awhile worried "What's the problem?" Alex: "No problem". In the end, Alex got furious & said to quit that rubbish & reiterates there's no problem. To which Isaach grudgingly accepts that his friend is indeed fine. "Well if you're fine,  I'm glad" & leaves the cafe. good background music by Skatalites.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on November 28, 2016, 04:46:18 PM
Carlitos way


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on November 28, 2016, 05:02:06 PM
Who watched Jim Jarmusch film "Coffee & Cigarettes"? You didn't? Do it asap. :police: It's stylistically beautiful & consists of 11 short films (to quote wiki, "series of vignettes"). It stars many household names - actors & musicians. Cool soundtrack too! It's good start to finish but best to "worst" would be:

1. "Somewhere in California" - good dialog. w/ Tom Waits & Iggy Pop. Iggy seems kinda scared of Tom.
2. "Those Things'll Kill Ya" - again, good dialog. 2 old buddies & teenage boy.
3. "Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil" - The White Stripes. Jack brought up Tesla coil to cafe & they discuss what is wrong with it. Meg casually gave the right answer. Speaking of Meg, she was pretty to look at, cute little face. :)
4. "Twins" - Steve Buscemi as waiter & 2 black customers (brother-sister).
5. "Strange to Meet You" - the very 1st. Considered bad/boring but I really like it. Roberto Benigni is as usual hilarious. His companion is Steven Wright (btw, these people use their real names & don't change occupation, i.e. Tom Waits is Tom Waits & musician. The Steve Buscemi example may be the single exception)
6. "Delirium" - RZA, GZA & Bill Murray. The rappers recognize him & say sth. like "Are you Groundhog day, ghostbustin' Bill Murray?". Then keep saying "Bill Murray" instead just "Bill". They think he is undercover working at that cafe.
7. "Cousins" - Cate Blanchett showing again what good thespian she is. playing 2 cousins with diff. status that meet finally in the hotel. Cate is famous actress & Shelly is her dark-haired free spirit sister. They both envy each other - Cate because, despite being rich, good family etc., doesn't have free time to live without being recognized in streets. Shelly would like to swap places with her & thinks Cate telling she envies her is just being kind but not sincere. You can see she is bitter about Cate getting spotlight etc.
8. "Renee" - well 1stly, the girl is beautiful. She doesn't say much to waiter but she acts with her facial expressions that she hated him spilling milk to the cup of coffee because 1) she didn't ask & 2) it was the right color & taste before he did it.
9. "Champagne" - the last, considered the best, philosophically or sth. else. 2 old chaps Taylor Mead & Bill Rice reminiscing past.
10. "Cousins?" - Alfred Molina & Steve Coogan. I don't know if they're indeed kin, maybe it's script. Anyway, this has good morale of the story.
11. "No Problem" - boring of the bunch. Alex Descas & Isaach De Bankole meet to share news, Alex says it's fine. Isaach seeing his bored face doesn't believe & every once awhile worried "What's the problem?" Alex: "No problem". In the end, Alex got furious & said to quit that rubbish & reiterates there's no problem. To which Isaach grudgingly accepts that his friend is indeed fine. "Well if you're fine,  I'm glad" & leaves the cafe. good background music by Skatalites.

I've seen it. I admit I don't remember it well--I watched it a long time ago--but I did enjoy the Waits/Pop scene. Then again, I love Tom Waits.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 28, 2016, 05:11:07 PM
Well, not today, but tomorrow will take advantage of the bad weather to catch a bunch of good movies on the TCM TV network.
On tap: The Man Who Knew Too Much, Suspicion, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, The Big Clock
Range Rover A1 wish you could be here - to watch the movies and entertain the cats.  :)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 28, 2016, 06:56:18 PM
2the captain: you'd seen it in its premiere in 2003. Would be interesting to revisit & rank the short 11 films, just for fun? If you like Tom Waits, check the other JJ movie "Down by Law".
2NOLA BB Fan: thanks, if your cats like foreign guests. ;)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on November 28, 2016, 08:44:27 PM
2NOLA BB Fan: thanks, if your cats like foreign guests. ;)

Yes, they are "sophisticats."
Just bring some string and you'll be their BFF
 :-D


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on November 30, 2016, 05:51:10 AM
Mission to Moscow is darn near unwatchable.  And I'm a defender of most Police Academy sequels, even the post Guttenburg ones. 
Cool that you like "Police Academy". It seems like everybody forgot it. Did you know that Steve Guttenberg (with "e") refused to play in "Miami Beach"? They then cast Matt McCoy to play the debonair; in fact Matt's lines in the script were meant to Guttenberg. In interview Steve said he regrets it now but at the time he became well-known & decided to move on with career. He talked about creating "Police Academy 8" but nobody from the old cast agreed to play plus with Bubba Smith (Hightower) passed away who he was friends with it may not be possible (too bad). I wasn't big fan of character "Mahoney" (& Guttenberg) but fun trivia, it could be Bruce Willis or Michael Keaton. Bruce turned it down, thankfully. I'd rather not see his face in any of "Police Academy". Seeing success of 1st movie, think it was Bruce - maybe Keaton too - who said they regretted declining the role. Did you watch the 90s TV series? Is it good as features? I read that except Michael Winslow (Jones) the cast is totally new there.

I actually never saw the 90s TV series.  As big a fan as I was back then, I never knew it existed.  I used to watch the cartoon. 

Guttenburg probably knew the franchise was a sinking ship, so he bailed before #5.  I really think the quality started to plummet after #2.  Nice that they brought GW Bailey back for #4 (which was the vehicle for Brian Wilson's first true single as a solo artist), but it wasn't the same.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 30, 2016, 07:52:20 AM
I actually never saw the 90s TV series.  As big a fan as I was back then, I never knew it existed.  I used to watch the cartoon. 

Guttenburg probably knew the franchise was a sinking ship, so he bailed before #5.  I really think the quality started to plummet after #2.  Nice that they brought GW Bailey back for #4 (which was the vehicle for Brian Wilson's first true single as a solo artist), but it wasn't the same.
The cartoon was cheap cash-in idea.

From what Guttenberg stated in interviews, he refused to play due to getting busy & taking different en route. I think he simply wanted varied roles & not to be typecast. & Like I said, he regrets it now.

I like the 3rd the best. But yes, I didn't like Art Metrano in 2nd & 3rd films as replacement for Capt. Harris (Bailey). Just not funny & not good team with Proctor (Lance Kinsey). I liked that song way before discovering BBs/BW (2005).

Do you think "Police Academy 8" is worth the time & effort? Guttenberg, actually, the one who brought this plan to the table.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on November 30, 2016, 08:07:17 AM
I actually never saw the 90s TV series.  As big a fan as I was back then, I never knew it existed.  I used to watch the cartoon.  

Guttenberg probably knew the franchise was a sinking ship, so he bailed before #5.  I really think the quality started to plummet after #2.  Nice that they brought GW Bailey back for #4 (which was the vehicle for Brian Wilson's first true single as a solo artist), but it wasn't the same.
The cartoon was cheap cash-in idea.

From what Guttenberg stated in interviews, he refused to play due to getting busy & taking different en route. I think he simply wanted varied roles & not to be typecast. & Like I said, he regrets it now.

I like the 3rd the best. But yes, I didn't like Art Metrano in 2nd & 3rd films as replacement for Capt. Harris (Bailey). Just not funny & not good team with Proctor (Lance Kinsey). I liked that song way before discovering BBs/BW (2005).

Do you think "Police Academy 8" is worth the time & effort? Guttenberg, actually, the one who brought this plan to the table.

Guttenberg actually did a low budget franchise for Asylum films called Lavatanula, which included Michael Winslow, the actress who played Hooks (her name escapes me), and Leslie Easterbrook.  There were a few sly PA references.  

I don't think PA8 would be a good idea at this point.  George Gaines and Bubba Smith have each passed away.  I doubt they could recapture the feel of those first few movies, which are now 30+ years old.  

On the cartoon, in the late 80s / early 90s, it was very popular to turn hit movies into Saturday morning cartoons.  The most successful was probably The Real Ghostbusters, but there were also cartoons for Beetlejuice, Bill&Ted, Back to the Future, Batman (which had been in the works for awhile, but didn't make it to TV until the hit Tim Burton movies), etc.  Given how vulgar the original PA movie is, it's kinda funny that a kids show was based on the franchise.  


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 30, 2016, 08:21:06 AM
Guttenberg actually did a low budget franchise for Asylum films called Lavatanula, which included Michael Winslow, the actress who played Hooks (her name escapes me), and Leslie Easterbrook.  There were a few sly PA references. 

I don't think PA8 would be a good idea at this point.  George Gaines and Bubba Smith have each passed away.  I doubt they could recapture the feel of those first few movies, which are now 30+ years old. 

On the cartoon, in the late 80s / early 90s, it was very popular to turn hit movies into Saturday morning cartoons.  The most successful was probably The Real Ghostbusters, but there were also cartoons for Beetlejuice, Bill&Ted, Back to the Future, Batman (which had been in the works for awhile, but didn't make it to TV until the hit Tim Burton movies), etc.  Given how vulgar the original PA movie is, it's kinda funny that a kids show was based on the franchise. 
Don't forget David Graf (Tackleberry), he's dead too. I agree with what you said & the other actors apparently too, they each turned down to reprise their respective roles.

I'll check "Lavatanula". Her name is Marion Ramsey.

Hey, I liked Bill & Ted. Actually, the cartoon was better than the movie. Ditto "Beetlejuice". He was cute in cartoon.
Hm, they did "Back to the Future"? Is it good?
Funny, I didn't like the 1st film much, for many reasons, boring nudity including. Guess I didn't like the beam lights being turned to Mahoney. I don't usually care for "charming debonair" characters but it's no brainer that the main audience digs hero types.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on November 30, 2016, 08:44:38 AM
Guttenberg actually did a low budget franchise for Asylum films called Lavatanula, which included Michael Winslow, the actress who played Hooks (her name escapes me), and Leslie Easterbrook.  There were a few sly PA references. 

I don't think PA8 would be a good idea at this point.  George Gaines and Bubba Smith have each passed away.  I doubt they could recapture the feel of those first few movies, which are now 30+ years old. 

On the cartoon, in the late 80s / early 90s, it was very popular to turn hit movies into Saturday morning cartoons.  The most successful was probably The Real Ghostbusters, but there were also cartoons for Beetlejuice, Bill&Ted, Back to the Future, Batman (which had been in the works for awhile, but didn't make it to TV until the hit Tim Burton movies), etc.  Given how vulgar the original PA movie is, it's kinda funny that a kids show was based on the franchise. 
Don't forget David Graf (Tackleberry), he's dead too. I agree with what you said & the other actors apparently too, they each turned down to reprise their respective roles.

I'll check "Lavatanula". Her name is Marion Ramsey.

Hey, I liked Bill & Ted. Actually, the cartoon was better than the movie. Ditto "Beetlejuice". He was cute in cartoon.
Hm, they did "Back to the Future"? Is it good?
Funny, I didn't like the 1st film much, for many reasons, boring nudity including. Guess I didn't like the beam lights being turned to Mahoney. I don't usually care for "charming debonair" characters but it's no brainer that the main audience digs hero types.

Marion Ramsey.  Thank you.  I didn't know that David Graf passed on. 

I thought the B&T cartoon was decent (they actually got Reeves, Winter, and Carlin to do the voices on the early episodes), but I prefer the movies.  Same for Beetlejuice.

If you liked the B&T cartoon, check out Back to the Future.  It's kinda the same where they have Doc and Marty go back in time to different places.  I think it aired for a year.  I remember one where they traveled back to the Salem Witch Trials. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 30, 2016, 11:23:44 PM
Marion Ramsey.  Thank you.  I didn't know that David Graf passed on. 

I thought the B&T cartoon was decent (they actually got Reeves, Winter, and Carlin to do the voices on the early episodes), but I prefer the movies.  Same for Beetlejuice.

If you liked the B&T cartoon, check out Back to the Future.  It's kinda the same where they have Doc and Marty go back in time to different places.  I think it aired for a year.  I remember one where they traveled back to the Salem Witch Trials. 
He did before Bubba Smith & George Gaynes. & Debralee Scott, played Officer Fackler's wife in 1st & 3rd movie. She rode him in the hood of car to recruit in 3rd.

I don't like "Beetlejuice" movie coz I don't like Winona Ryder.
Cool, will add to check BttF.

Do you agree that the 80s were good comedies? From the 90s I'd say "Loaded Weapon", action parody with Emilio Estevez & Samuel L. Jackson. From 2000s "Corky Romano" with Columbo guy playing gangster.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 01, 2016, 05:35:07 AM
Marion Ramsey.  Thank you.  I didn't know that David Graf passed on. 

I thought the B&T cartoon was decent (they actually got Reeves, Winter, and Carlin to do the voices on the early episodes), but I prefer the movies.  Same for Beetlejuice.

If you liked the B&T cartoon, check out Back to the Future.  It's kinda the same where they have Doc and Marty go back in time to different places.  I think it aired for a year.  I remember one where they traveled back to the Salem Witch Trials. 
He did before Bubba Smith & George Gaynes. & Debralee Scott, played Officer Fackler's wife in 1st & 3rd movie. She rode him in the hood of car to recruit in 3rd.

I don't like "Beetlejuice" movie coz I don't like Winona Ryder.
Cool, will add to check BttF.

Do you agree that the 80s were good comedies? From the 90s I'd say "Loaded Weapon", action parody with Emilio Estevez & Samuel L. Jackson. From 2000s "Corky Romano" with Columbo guy playing gangster.

I'm a huge fan of 1980s comedy.  Ghostbusters is my 2nd favorite movie of all time.  I love the movies of John Candy, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd.  They just don't make that kind of comedies anymore. 

Loaded Weapon was a really good parody movie.  There were a lot of those in the 80s with Airplane, Top Secret, and The Naked Gun.  Sadly, that's become a lost art.  Parody movies now just basically make references to other movies.  There was a parody of Twilight, which is a movie that deserved to be parodied, called Vampires Suck.  I make it ten minutes in.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 01, 2016, 06:33:11 PM
I'm a huge fan of 1980s comedy.  Ghostbusters is my 2nd favorite movie of all time.  I love the movies of John Candy, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd.  They just don't make that kind of comedies anymore. 

Loaded Weapon was a really good parody movie.  There were a lot of those in the 80s with Airplane, Top Secret, and The Naked Gun.  Sadly, that's become a lost art.  Parody movies now just basically make references to other movies.  There was a parody of Twilight, which is a movie that deserved to be parodied, called Vampires Suck.  I make it ten minutes in.
The 1st favorite is "Police Academy"?

I like Steve Martin - in fact, I got DVD with his movies. My favorite is "Dirty Scoundrels" in pair with Michael Caine playing con artists.

"Twilight" is bad. I like Robert Pattinson as singer but never bought into this hype. Frankly, I don't like vampire horror movies. There isn't anything scary about these creatures.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 02, 2016, 05:14:12 AM
I'm a huge fan of 1980s comedy.  Ghostbusters is my 2nd favorite movie of all time.  I love the movies of John Candy, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd.  They just don't make that kind of comedies anymore. 

Loaded Weapon was a really good parody movie.  There were a lot of those in the 80s with Airplane, Top Secret, and The Naked Gun.  Sadly, that's become a lost art.  Parody movies now just basically make references to other movies.  There was a parody of Twilight, which is a movie that deserved to be parodied, called Vampires Suck.  I make it ten minutes in.
The 1st favorite is "Police Academy"?

I like Steve Martin - in fact, I got DVD with his movies. My favorite is "Dirty Scoundrels" in pair with Michael Caine playing con artists.

"Twilight" is bad. I like Robert Pattinson as singer but never bought into this hype. Frankly, I don't like vampire horror movies. There isn't anything scary about these creatures.

My first favorite movie of all time is Jaws.

Funny you mentioned my least favorite, Twilight.  When I was still courting my wife, she asked if I'd watch it with her.  Worse than I could've imagined.  How that movie franchise was a hit is beyond me.  Luckily, we now have an understanding that we won't subject the other the stuff the other doesn't like......except an occasional episode of The Wahlburger she asks me to watch.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 02, 2016, 05:44:12 AM
My first favorite movie of all time is Jaws.

Funny you mentioned my least favorite, Twilight.  When I was still courting my wife, she asked if I'd watch it with her.  Worse than I could've imagined.  How that movie franchise was a hit is beyond me.  Luckily, we now have an understanding that we won't subject the other the stuff the other doesn't like......except an occasional episode of The Wahlburger she asks me to watch.
"Jaws" is cool. Did you see "Orca"? It's about animal revenge; good film.

You mentioned "Twilight" 1st. What's "Wahlburger"? Cook show?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 02, 2016, 05:49:35 AM
My first favorite movie of all time is Jaws.

Funny you mentioned my least favorite, Twilight.  When I was still courting my wife, she asked if I'd watch it with her.  Worse than I could've imagined.  How that movie franchise was a hit is beyond me.  Luckily, we now have an understanding that we won't subject the other the stuff the other doesn't like......except an occasional episode of The Wahlburger she asks me to watch.
"Jaws" is cool. Did you see "Orca"? It's about animal revenge; good film.

You mentioned "Twilight" 1st. What's "Wahlburger"? Cook show?

I've never seen Orca all the way through.  I know it was one of the Jaws copycats from the late 70s. 

Walhburgers is a reality TV show.  It features Donnie and Mark Wahlburg, and their family.  One of their brothers owns a burger franchise called Wahlburgers. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 02, 2016, 06:04:47 AM
I've never seen Orca all the way through.  I know it was one of the Jaws copycats from the late 70s. 

Walhburgers is a reality TV show.  It features Donnie and Mark Wahlburg, and their family.  One of their brothers owns a burger franchise called Wahlburgers. 
Copycat? "Jaws" features shark that is carnivorous. "Orca" features non-carnivorous animal. Shark kills people at random, orca turned killer as revenge for the dead wife/child. Explain.

I knew it's sth. to do with food. :P


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 02, 2016, 06:32:35 AM
I've never seen Orca all the way through.  I know it was one of the Jaws copycats from the late 70s. 

Walhburgers is a reality TV show.  It features Donnie and Mark Wahlburg, and their family.  One of their brothers owns a burger franchise called Wahlburgers. 
Copycat? "Jaws" features shark that is carnivorous. "Orca" features non-carnivorous animal. Shark kills people at random, orca turned killer as revenge for the dead wife/child. Explain.

I knew it's sth. to do with food. :P

I say copycat, because it's basically a marine animal that feeds on people.  Sure, the species and motive of the animal are different, but the filmmakers were definitely trying to capitalize on the success of Jaws.

Joe Dante kinda did the same with his B movie, Piranha. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 02, 2016, 07:21:48 AM
I say copycat, because it's basically a marine animal that feeds on people.  Sure, the species and motive of the animal are different, but the filmmakers were definitely trying to capitalize on the success of Jaws.

Joe Dante kinda did the same with his B movie, Piranha. 
After a bit of thinking, I'd say you're right - what for they would make harmless orca killer? The very idea is absurd. But that said, it's just movie. & I like it as I do "Jaws".

"Piranha" was dull. What marine horrors/thrillers there are that don't exploit this theme? Throw titles.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 02, 2016, 07:36:14 AM
I say copycat, because it's basically a marine animal that feeds on people.  Sure, the species and motive of the animal are different, but the filmmakers were definitely trying to capitalize on the success of Jaws.

Joe Dante kinda did the same with his B movie, Piranha. 
After a bit of thinking, I'd say you're right - what for they would make harmless orca killer? The very idea is absurd. But that said, it's just movie. & I like it as I do "Jaws".

"Piranha" was dull. What marine horrors/thrillers there are that don't exploit this theme? Throw titles.

Well, the idea of a great white shark with a motive that attacks three guys on a boat is a little absurd too, but that's why its fiction.

Almost any marine / horror movie made in the last 40 years owes a little something to Jaws IMO.  The remake of Piranha even got Richard Dreyfuss to make a cameo as his character from Jaws. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 02, 2016, 07:59:33 AM
Well, the idea of a great white shark with a motive that attacks three guys on a boat is a little absurd too, but that's why its fiction.

Almost any marine / horror movie made in the last 40 years owes a little something to Jaws IMO.  The remake of Piranha even got Richard Dreyfuss to make a cameo as his character from Jaws. 
Sure but shark is carnivorous by its nature & orca isn't, is my point.

Is horror your favorite genre? I am fan since 5. My fam would borrow VHS cassettes from village neighbors & we would watch some fright with lights turned down. I like how my parents weren't bothered by me sitting & watching scary stuff. I really liked it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: pixletwin on December 02, 2016, 08:15:11 AM
Spent my leisure  time  of the past 4 days watching binging on Westworld. Incredible show. The finale is this Sunday.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 02, 2016, 08:18:23 AM
Well, the idea of a great white shark with a motive that attacks three guys on a boat is a little absurd too, but that's why its fiction.

Almost any marine / horror movie made in the last 40 years owes a little something to Jaws IMO.  The remake of Piranha even got Richard Dreyfuss to make a cameo as his character from Jaws. 
Sure but shark is carnivorous by its nature & orca isn't, is my point.

Is horror your favorite genre? I am fan since 5. My fam would borrow VHS cassettes from village neighbors & we would watch some fright with lights turned down. I like how my parents weren't bothered by me sitting & watching scary stuff. I really liked it.

I love horror, but I'd say that comedy is my favorite genre.  I have to be in the mood to watch a horror movie, but I can always sit a watch a good comedy.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on December 02, 2016, 09:08:27 AM
There will be blood.

Paul Dano and Daniel Day Lewis need to do another movie together...


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 02, 2016, 09:11:18 AM
I've been in Christmas mode for the last week or so. 

Have only watched one full length movie so far, but that'll change over the next 23 days. 

Last week, we watched The Muppets' Christmas Carol, and very good adaption of the Dickens classic that does a great job blending the dark tone of the original story with the lightheartedness of The Muppets. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on December 02, 2016, 09:17:31 AM
Charlie Brown Christmas! ;)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 02, 2016, 09:21:45 AM
I've been in Christmas mode for the last week or so. 

Have only watched one full length movie so far, but that'll change over the next 23 days. 

Last week, we watched The Muppets' Christmas Carol, and very good adaption of the Dickens classic that does a great job blending the dark tone of the original story with the lightheartedness of The Muppets. 
Did they sing Christmas classics? It's not my favorite book by CD, I like "Old Curiousity Shop". Would like it to be adapted.

What's your favorite rare Christmas movie?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SCaroline Z on December 02, 2016, 09:30:52 AM
Not rare, but I must watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation every year. Must and do.

Also not rare, and not a Christmas movie, but funny (to me) story:

One year, way back when Blockbuster and renting movies was still a thing, my sister and I went out to go rent Christmas Vacation, and could not find it anywhere. We were so disappointed that our Christmas tradition was going to get spoiled. It was Christmas Eve and there were literally no Christmas movies at any movie rental place in our town. So we ended up renting Hitchcock's Psycho, LOL. And now we watch Psycho every Christmas. Been about 15 year now. Best Christmas tradition ever!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 02, 2016, 09:41:18 AM
I've been in Christmas mode for the last week or so. 

Have only watched one full length movie so far, but that'll change over the next 23 days. 

Last week, we watched The Muppets' Christmas Carol, and very good adaption of the Dickens classic that does a great job blending the dark tone of the original story with the lightheartedness of The Muppets. 
Did they sing Christmas classics? It's not my favorite book by CD, I like "Old Curiousity Shop". Would like it to be adapted.

What's your favorite rare Christmas movie?

The Muppets don't sing any Classic classics in that movie, but they sing some songs Paul Williams wrote for the movie. 

My favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation. 

I'm not sure what you mean by rare, but there's a Christmas special called The Bestest Christmas Present from 1985.  It's an animated special featuring the comic strip characters from For Better or For Worse.  I remember it aired on HBO when I was a kid.  I was able to find it on Youtube a few years ago, and two years ago, I bought a DVD of it directly from the creator. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 02, 2016, 09:44:01 AM
Not rare, but I must watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation every year. Must and do.

Also not rare, and not a Christmas movie, but funny (to me) story:

One year, way back when Blockbuster and renting movies was still a thing, my sister and I went out to go rent Christmas Vacation, and could not find it anywhere. We were so disappointed that our Christmas tradition was going to get spoiled. It was Christmas Eve and there were literally no Christmas movies at any movie rental place in our town. So we ended up renting Hitchcock's Psycho, LOL. And now we watch Psycho every Christmas. Been about 15 year now. Best Christmas tradition ever!
Mighty cool! I like "Christmas Vacation" but I look for recommendations, a bit boring to see the same big titles. I'd like rarities.

What the other Hitch you'd seen?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 02, 2016, 09:48:52 AM
2KDS: see the post to SCaroline Z. Rare movies =  played by little known actors, not shown in theatres, maybe TV movie. Stuff like that.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 02, 2016, 10:09:46 AM
2KDS: see the post to SCaroline Z. Rare movies =  played by little known actors, not shown in theatres, maybe TV movie. Stuff like that.

I suppose the 1985 Christmas Special I mentioned could be rare.

As is the 1987 Garfield Christmas special, which hasn't appeared on TV, to my knowledge, in at least ten years. 

Not rare, but the 1988 Bill Murray comedy Scrooged, is extremely underrated.  I think it kinda gets lost in the shuffle since it was released the same decade as A Christmas Story (1983) and Christmas Vacation (1989), and close to Home Alone (1990).  But, it's a great modern version of A Christmas Carol, and one of Bill Murray's best performances IMO. 

Speaking of a Christmas Carol, to me, the 1951 British version, starring Allistar Sim as Scrooge, is the definitive version of the Dickens classic.  It could be deemed rare these days, as it doesn't appear on TV as much as more modern takes. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SCaroline Z on December 02, 2016, 10:15:53 AM
Not rare, but I must watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation every year. Must and do.

Also not rare, and not a Christmas movie, but funny (to me) story:

One year, way back when Blockbuster and renting movies was still a thing, my sister and I went out to go rent Christmas Vacation, and could not find it anywhere. We were so disappointed that our Christmas tradition was going to get spoiled. It was Christmas Eve and there were literally no Christmas movies at any movie rental place in our town. So we ended up renting Hitchcock's Psycho, LOL. And now we watch Psycho every Christmas. Been about 15 year now. Best Christmas tradition ever!
Mighty cool! I like "Christmas Vacation" but I look for recommendations, a bit boring to see the same big titles. I'd like rarities.

What the other Hitch you'd seen?

Rear Window and North By Northwest are both great Hitchcock flicks. I wasn't too crazy about The Birds. I've got a lot of catching up to do as far as Hitchcock films go though.

As far as Christmas movies of the rare variety... I don't really know any! I love the classics. I can watch them over and over and not get bored. If TV specials count, I'm looking forward to reprising A Very Murray Christmas again this year (Bill Murray's special from last year). And I confess I spent way too much time drinking scotch "with" Nick Offerman (his Lagavulin yule log ad) last year too. Is it weird to think of that as a Christmas special? I might put it on again this year. I probably enjoyed that waaaaay too much and more than anyone else did, haha.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 02, 2016, 11:38:56 AM
Not rare, but I must watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation every year. Must and do.

Also not rare, and not a Christmas movie, but funny (to me) story:

One year, way back when Blockbuster and renting movies was still a thing, my sister and I went out to go rent Christmas Vacation, and could not find it anywhere. We were so disappointed that our Christmas tradition was going to get spoiled. It was Christmas Eve and there were literally no Christmas movies at any movie rental place in our town. So we ended up renting Hitchcock's Psycho, LOL. And now we watch Psycho every Christmas. Been about 15 year now. Best Christmas tradition ever!
Mighty cool! I like "Christmas Vacation" but I look for recommendations, a bit boring to see the same big titles. I'd like rarities.

What the other Hitch you'd seen?

Rear Window and North By Northwest are both great Hitchcock flicks. I wasn't too crazy about The Birds. I've got a lot of catching up to do as far as Hitchcock films go though.

As far as Christmas movies of the rare variety... I don't really know any! I love the classics. I can watch them over and over and not get bored. If TV specials count, I'm looking forward to reprising A Very Murray Christmas again this year (Bill Murray's special from last year). And I confess I spent way too much time drinking scotch "with" Nick Offerman (his Lagavulin yule log ad) last year too. Is it weird to think of that as a Christmas special? I might put it on again this year. I probably enjoyed that waaaaay too much and more than anyone else did, haha.

I might see if that Bill Murray Special is on Netflix or Hulu.  Although, to be 100% honest, other than small roles in Kingpin and Zombieland, Bill Murray hasn't really done much for me in the last two decades.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SCaroline Z on December 02, 2016, 11:59:47 AM
I mostly feel the same but then I loved him in St. Vincent.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Jay on December 02, 2016, 01:12:19 PM
I urge everybody here to watch The Sessions, with Helen Hunt. That movie moved me in ways I can't even explain. As a handicapped person, I have always wanted a "mainstream" Hollywood movie for "us"(disabled people). The subject matter of the movie is of great importance to me as well. I'm glad there is finally a movie that brings this particular issue to the public.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SCaroline Z on December 02, 2016, 04:25:00 PM
The Sessions was a fantastic film.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 02, 2016, 06:44:22 PM
This concerns movie remakes.
As I posted earlier, one of the TV networks showed numerous Hitchcock movies a few days ago. One of those was The Man Who Knew Too Much. What was screened was the original 1930s version which I hadn't seen before - I had seen the 1950s version ( which featured the song Que Sera Sera).

Very interesting difference in plot between the two movies. In the earlier movie, the woman lead played a vital role at the end, doing something that I certainly couldn't see Doris Day doing!
Am wondering if it indicates the different ways women were perceived in the 30s as opposed to the 50s.
This had been pointed out in an article about the Nancy Drew books which became popular back in the 30s. A lot of the books were changed in the 50s. For example, in one of the books the car Nancy is in gets a flat tire. She changes the tire. In the updated version the women wait for a man to do the work.

I'm not a radical but thought it interesting. I highly recommend the early version if you haven't seen it yet. And it features Peter Lorre who's wonderfully evil as usual.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 02, 2016, 07:02:02 PM
I suppose the 1985 Christmas Special I mentioned could be rare.

As is the 1987 Garfield Christmas special, which hasn't appeared on TV, to my knowledge, in at least ten years. 

Not rare, but the 1988 Bill Murray comedy Scrooged, is extremely underrated.  I think it kinda gets lost in the shuffle since it was released the same decade as A Christmas Story (1983) and Christmas Vacation (1989), and close to Home Alone (1990).  But, it's a great modern version of A Christmas Carol, and one of Bill Murray's best performances IMO. 

Speaking of a Christmas Carol, to me, the 1951 British version, starring Allistar Sim as Scrooge, is the definitive version of the Dickens classic.  It could be deemed rare these days, as it doesn't appear on TV as much as more modern takes. 
When I say movies I mean movies. That said, I like "Garfield"! My favorite comics. That Special should be fun. :3d

Well as I said, I don't like the book "Christmas Carol". I watched the adaptations you mention & then some but, being non-fan of story itself, it's a done deal. I like "A Christmas Story" very much. Such cute & funny.

Did you ever see "Silent Night, Deadly Night"? It's the 80s Christmas slasher which had cult following back then but now forgotten. I look for movies like that - ultra-rare, never talked about except tiny fanbase but still turning in various Top 10 lists. It could be anything - low-budget Christmas comedy, action, thriller & sure, horror.


Rear Window and North By Northwest are both great Hitchcock flicks. I wasn't too crazy about The Birds. I've got a lot of catching up to do as far as Hitchcock films go though.

As far as Christmas movies of the rare variety... I don't really know any! I love the classics. I can watch them over and over and not get bored. If TV specials count, I'm looking forward to reprising A Very Murray Christmas again this year (Bill Murray's special from last year). And I confess I spent way too much time drinking scotch "with" Nick Offerman (his Lagavulin yule log ad) last year too. Is it weird to think of that as a Christmas special? I might put it on again this year. I probably enjoyed that waaaaay too much and more than anyone else did, haha.
I like "The Birds". The worst to me is "Vertigo" if we talk popular films. Couldn't stand Kim Novak.

Check his British films out - "Stage Fright", "The Lady Vanishes", "Sabotage", "39 Steps", "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (Am version Hitch did 2 decades later isn't as good: it lacks Peter Lorre), "The Lodger", "Lifeboat". If you're fan of Paul Newman - I suspect you are - "Torn Curtain". Here's full list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Hitchcock_filmography

BBs song is in "A Very Murray Christmas", good reason to check it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 02, 2016, 07:25:12 PM
This concerns movie remakes.
As I posted earlier, one of the TV networks showed numerous Hitchcock movies a few days ago. One of those was The Man Who Knew Too Much. What was screened was the original 1930s version which I hadn't seen before - I had seen the 1950s version ( which featured the song Que Sera Sera).

Very interesting difference in plot between the two movies. In the earlier movie, the woman lead played a vital role at the end, doing something that I certainly couldn't see Doris Day doing!
I highly recommend the early version if you haven't seen it yet. And it features Peter Lorre who's wonderfully evil as usual.
Hitch is cool like that, remakes his movies. :3d Compare as well "Saboteur" to "39 Steps".

I posted when you posted. Said the same about Peter Lorre & it's thousand times better than stupid Doris Day remake. That doggone ditty was really - I mean REALLY - annoying. Smb. should've shut her mouth.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 02, 2016, 09:13:41 PM
I suppose the 1985 Christmas Special I mentioned could be rare.

As is the 1987 Garfield Christmas special, which hasn't appeared on TV, to my knowledge, in at least ten years. 

Not rare, but the 1988 Bill Murray comedy Scrooged, is extremely underrated.  I think it kinda gets lost in the shuffle since it was released the same decade as A Christmas Story (1983) and Christmas Vacation (1989), and close to Home Alone (1990).  But, it's a great modern version of A Christmas Carol, and one of Bill Murray's best performances IMO. 

Speaking of a Christmas Carol, to me, the 1951 British version, starring Allistar Sim as Scrooge, is the definitive version of the Dickens classic.  It could be deemed rare these days, as it doesn't appear on TV as much as more modern takes. 
When I say movies I mean movies. That said, I like "Garfield"! My favorite comics. That Special should be fun. :3d

Well as I said, I don't like the book "Christmas Carol". I watched the adaptations you mention & then some but, being non-fan of story itself, it's a done deal. I like "A Christmas Story" very much. Such cute & funny.

Did you ever see "Silent Night, Deadly Night"? It's the 80s Christmas slasher which had cult following back then but now forgotten. I look for movies like that - ultra-rare, never talked about except tiny fanbase but still turning in various Top 10 lists. It could be anything - low-budget Christmas comedy, action, thriller & sure, horror.


Rear Window and North By Northwest are both great Hitchcock flicks. I wasn't too crazy about The Birds. I've got a lot of catching up to do as far as Hitchcock films go though.

As far as Christmas movies of the rare variety... I don't really know any! I love the classics. I can watch them over and over and not get bored. If TV specials count, I'm looking forward to reprising A Very Murray Christmas again this year (Bill Murray's special from last year). And I confess I spent way too much time drinking scotch "with" Nick Offerman (his Lagavulin yule log ad) last year too. Is it weird to think of that as a Christmas special? I might put it on again this year. I probably enjoyed that waaaaay too much and more than anyone else did, haha.
I like "The Birds". The worst to me is "Vertigo" if we talk popular films. Couldn't stand Kim Novak.

Check his British films out - "Stage Fright", "The Lady Vanishes", "Sabotage", "39 Steps", "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (Am version Hitch did 2 decades later isn't as good: it lacks Peter Lorre), "The Lodger", "Lifeboat". If you're fan of Paul Newman - I suspect you are - "Torn Curtain". Here's full list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Hitchcock_filmography

BBs song is in "A Very Murray Christmas", good reason to check it.

Ive seen Silent Night Deadly Night, but to be honest, it didnt do much for me.

I also saw the remake of Black Christmas.  Terrible.  I do want to check out the original.  Oddly enough, Black Christmas, one of the earliest slashers was directed by Bob Clark.  Clark would do on to direct A Christmas Story.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 03, 2016, 06:53:42 AM
Ive seen Silent Night Deadly Night, but to be honest, it didnt do much for me.
SNDN had dumb characters. The music matched with the slash scenes was hilarious. I mention it to show what kind of Christmas films - obscure forgotten - I'd like to see.

Right now - horror "Black Ops" (2008) with Lance Henriksen. Immediately recognized him by the TV series "Millennium". Did you like it?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 05, 2016, 05:24:27 AM
Ive seen Silent Night Deadly Night, but to be honest, it didnt do much for me.
SNDN had dumb characters. The music matched with the slash scenes was hilarious. I mention it to show what kind of Christmas films - obscure forgotten - I'd like to see.

Right now - horror "Black Ops" (2008) with Lance Henriksen. Immediately recognized him by the TV series "Millennium". Did you like it?

There's a newer Christmas horror movie that came out last year that I'd like to check out.  It's called A Christmas Horror Story, and it's an anthology movie, with three or four shorter stories, including one on Krampus.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 05, 2016, 05:40:50 AM
There's a newer Christmas horror movie that came out last year that I'd like to check out.  It's called A Christmas Horror Story, and it's an anthology movie, with three or four shorter stories, including one on Krampus.
About time I get cool news. :3d Thanks!

Again - did you see/like "Millennium" TV series? What will you advise to see? Did you like "Are you afraid of the dark?"? I'm big fan.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 05, 2016, 05:47:23 AM
There's a newer Christmas horror movie that came out last year that I'd like to check out.  It's called A Christmas Horror Story, and it's an anthology movie, with three or four shorter stories, including one on Krampus.
About time I get cool news. :3d Thanks!

Again - did you see/like "Millennium" TV series? What will you advise to see? Did you like "Are you afraid of the dark?"? I'm big fan.

I never saw Millennium.  I did watch Are You Afraid of the Dark back in the early 1990s, and quite enjoyed it.  I was hoping that Nick would reair some of those episodes as part of their retro programming called "Splat."  I've seen some reruns of Double Dare, Salute Your Shorts, Doug, and Hey Dude, but not Are You Afraid of the Dark. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 05, 2016, 05:55:58 AM
I never saw Millennium.  I did watch Are You Afraid of the Dark back in the early 1990s, and quite enjoyed it.  I was hoping that Nick would reair some of those episodes as part of their retro programming called "Splat."  I've seen some reruns of Double Dare, Salute Your Shorts, Doug, and Hey Dude, but not Are You Afraid of the Dark. 
I really liked the episode "The Tale of the Dollmaker". Who was your favorite character? I liked the kid brother of boy with glasses, his stories were the best. I liked the main girl too, the smartest with dark hair.

"Double Dare" etc. - is these horror TV series? Which would you advise?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 05, 2016, 06:06:54 AM
I never saw Millennium.  I did watch Are You Afraid of the Dark back in the early 1990s, and quite enjoyed it.  I was hoping that Nick would reair some of those episodes as part of their retro programming called "Splat."  I've seen some reruns of Double Dare, Salute Your Shorts, Doug, and Hey Dude, but not Are You Afraid of the Dark. 
I really liked the episode "The Tale of the Dollmaker". Who was your favorite character? I liked the kid brother of boy with glasses, his stories were the best. I liked the main girl too, the smartest with dark hair.

"Double Dare" etc. - is these horror TV series? Which would you advise?

To be 100%, it's been almost 25 years since I've seen an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark, so I really have no recollection of any of the stories or characters.

Double Dare was a game show, hosted by Marc Summers (who until recently was doing a show called Unwrapped on The Food Network).  It involved trivia questions and "physical challenges" which usually included crawling through slime or throwing eggs, or generally anything messy. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 05, 2016, 06:31:43 AM
I said "etc." What about the rest you mentioned? "Salute Your Shorts, Doug, and Hey Dude" - is these horror TV series?

Did you see 2 cult classics "La Casa 3" & "La Casa 4"? They're not related to Sam Raimi's films. 1st is about girl possessed with toy clown that her mortician father brought from dead kid & she & clown kill new people at the deserted house. The next with David Hesselhoff & Linda Blair & other actors trapped in the island hotel where the lonely actress ghost lives. She kills based on sins - greed etc.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 05, 2016, 06:39:03 AM
I said "etc." What about the rest you mentioned? "Salute Your Shorts, Doug, and Hey Dude" - is these horror TV series?

Did you see 2 cult classics "La Casa 3" & "La Casa 4"? They're not related to Sam Raimi's films. 1st is about girl possessed with toy clown that her mortician father brought from dead kid & she & clown kill new people at the deserted house. The next with David Hesselhoff & Linda Blair & other actors trapped in the island hotel where the lonely actress ghost lives. She kills based on sins - greed etc.

Neither of those were horror shows.  The only horror based show Nick ever did, as far as I knew, was Are You Afraid.  Salute Your Shorts was a summer camp comedy.  Doug was a cartoon.  Hey Dude was a comedy that took place on a ranch, and featured a young Christine Taylor. 

I've never seen either of the La Casa movies.  Sounds interesting. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 05, 2016, 06:50:25 AM
Check TMC, both films must be there.

"Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is classic but Tobe Hooper made this film in 1977 featuring young Robert Englund (surprise! he plays victim, late dinner to crocodile) - "Eaten Alive". I think it's underrated. What will you say?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 05, 2016, 06:57:02 AM
Check TMC, both films must be there.

"Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is classic but Tobe Hooper made this film in 1977 featuring young Robert Englund (surprise! he plays victim, late dinner to crocodile) - "Eaten Alive". I think it's underrated. What will you say?

I saw Eaten Alive, and to be honest, I wasn't really a big fan. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 05, 2016, 07:11:59 AM
What would be your Top 3 h films that you think brilliant examples of filmmaking, script, fx, camera work etc.?

U.S. "Ring" is superior to Japanese. Agree? Any J horror is juuuuuust unbearably boorring with loong close-ups of faces a la "look at me thinking, stare into meaningful expressions".


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 05, 2016, 07:42:21 AM
What would be your Top 3 h films that you think brilliant examples of filmmaking, script, fx, camera work etc.?

U.S. "Ring" is superior to Japanese. Agree? Any J horror is juuuuuust unbearably boorring with loong close-ups of faces a la "look at me thinking, stare into meaningful expressions".

Top three?  That's a toughie. 

I did prefer the US version of The Ring, but I do like some J horror.  I'm OK with a slow moving movie, but sometimes the run time can be a little long.  Example, the movie Audition was very suspenseful.  But, a 90 minute runtime would've been better than the 120 minute runtime. 

Instead of a top three.  Here are three examples of  great film making in horror....

1.  Jaws - Due to technical difficulties with the mechanical shark, Speilberg had to rely on tension, camerawork, music cues, and character development to create an atmosphere.  The audience doesn't get a good look at the shark until 2/3 of the way into the movie, but we're glued to the camera, thanks to John Williams' score and brilliant use of POV for the shark. 

2.  Halloween - John Carpenter's low budget slasher.  And one of the few slasher movies that's actually genuinely scary IMO.  Once again, the score and use of POV really helped.  This movie is also not overly dependent on blood, gore, and female nudity as later slashers would be. 

3.  Dead Silence - James Wan's first attempt at supernatural horror went under the radar, and isn't as well known as later movies like The Conjuring.  IMO, supernatural horror is the most difficult, as when it's done right, relies on atmosphere rather than cheap jump scares.  James Wan is one of the best modern horror directors.  This one has a ton of atmosphere, and a great reveal at the end. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Jay on December 05, 2016, 11:53:00 AM
I saw "Lorenzo's Oil" on one of the "On Demand" channels, and was reminded how much I loved that movie.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 05, 2016, 03:05:39 PM
This concerns movie remakes.
As I posted earlier, one of the TV networks showed numerous Hitchcock movies a few days ago. One of those was The Man Who Knew Too Much. What was screened was the original 1930s version which I hadn't seen before - I had seen the 1950s version ( which featured the song Que Sera Sera).

Very interesting difference in plot between the two movies. In the earlier movie, the woman lead played a vital role at the end, doing something that I certainly couldn't see Doris Day doing!
Am wondering if it indicates the different ways women were perceived in the 30s as opposed to the 50s.
This had been pointed out in an article about the Nancy Drew books which became popular back in the 30s. A lot of the books were changed in the 50s. For example, in one of the books the car Nancy is in gets a flat tire. She changes the tire. In the updated version the women wait for a man to do the work.

I'm not a radical but thought it interesting. I highly recommend the early version if you haven't seen it yet. And it features Peter Lorre who's wonderfully evil as usual.

There was definitely a cultural pushback in the '50s against women having outside-the-home competence. There were lots of professional women in movies in the '30s and '40s. Think of roles played by Barbara Stanwick, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Bette Davis, Myrna Loy, and Ida Lupino. Then, there's the 50s. Think of Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Doris Day, and the TV sitcom wives. The wars and the depression brought a lot of women into men's spaces. Previously, of course, women had been working damned hard and competently, making clothes and washing them by hand, growing, harvesting and preparing food from scratch, taking in "piecework" to augment incomes. But with the absence of men during the wars and the need for any income available during the depression, women started working paying jobs in significant numbers. After WWII, with the boom in the '50s, and the return from war of so many men, it was considered patriotic for women to make way in the workforce for the returning men. However, by that time running a middle class home was much less work than it had been before the wars, so stupid incompetent women were invented to justify them not working.

Note: this is mainly about middle class and wealthier women. Of course women have been working professionally as cooks, cleaners, clothes-makers, farmers, factory-workers, etc. since forever.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 05, 2016, 05:36:33 PM
Top three?  That's a toughie. 

I did prefer the US version of The Ring, but I do like some J horror.  I'm OK with a slow moving movie, but sometimes the run time can be a little long.  Example, the movie Audition was very suspenseful.  But, a 90 minute runtime would've been better than the 120 minute runtime. 

Instead of a top three.  Here are three examples of  great film making in horror....

1.  Jaws - Due to technical difficulties with the mechanical shark, Speilberg had to rely on tension, camerawork, music cues, and character development to create an atmosphere.  The audience doesn't get a good look at the shark until 2/3 of the way into the movie, but we're glued to the camera, thanks to John Williams' score and brilliant use of POV for the shark. 

2.  Halloween - John Carpenter's low budget slasher.  And one of the few slasher movies that's actually genuinely scary IMO.  Once again, the score and use of POV really helped.  This movie is also not overly dependent on blood, gore, and female nudity as later slashers would be. 

3.  Dead Silence - James Wan's first attempt at supernatural horror went under the radar, and isn't as well known as later movies like The Conjuring.  IMO, supernatural horror is the most difficult, as when it's done right, relies on atmosphere rather than cheap jump scares.  James Wan is one of the best modern horror directors.  This one has a ton of atmosphere, and a great reveal at the end. 
I think J horrors suffer from too much filler.

Thank you for detailed answer. "Jaws" is good till it gets to the end with Quint being shark's food. I liked him. It really looked as though Hooper would die.
"Halloween" is my favorite since about 8. Cool background music. The numerous sequels were hit & miss.
Not familiar with James Wan. I'll check what kind of movies he created starting with DS.

OK, what's your favorite movies disregarding the usual suspects "Godfather", "Back to the Future" etc? Tell your favorite less known titles.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 05, 2016, 08:03:36 PM
Top three?  That's a toughie. 

I did prefer the US version of The Ring, but I do like some J horror.  I'm OK with a slow moving movie, but sometimes the run time can be a little long.  Example, the movie Audition was very suspenseful.  But, a 90 minute runtime would've been better than the 120 minute runtime. 

Instead of a top three.  Here are three examples of  great film making in horror....

1.  Jaws - Due to technical difficulties with the mechanical shark, Speilberg had to rely on tension, camerawork, music cues, and character development to create an atmosphere.  The audience doesn't get a good look at the shark until 2/3 of the way into the movie, but we're glued to the camera, thanks to John Williams' score and brilliant use of POV for the shark. 

2.  Halloween - John Carpenter's low budget slasher.  And one of the few slasher movies that's actually genuinely scary IMO.  Once again, the score and use of POV really helped.  This movie is also not overly dependent on blood, gore, and female nudity as later slashers would be. 

3.  Dead Silence - James Wan's first attempt at supernatural horror went under the radar, and isn't as well known as later movies like The Conjuring.  IMO, supernatural horror is the most difficult, as when it's done right, relies on atmosphere rather than cheap jump scares.  James Wan is one of the best modern horror directors.  This one has a ton of atmosphere, and a great reveal at the end. 
I think J horrors suffer from too much filler.

Thank you for detailed answer. "Jaws" is good till it gets to the end with Quint being shark's food. I liked him. It really looked as though Hooper would die.
"Halloween" is my favorite since about 8. Cool background music. The numerous sequels were hit & miss.
Not familiar with James Wan. I'll check what kind of movies he created starting with DS.

OK, what's your favorite movies disregarding the usual suspects "Godfather", "Back to the Future" etc? Tell your favorite less known titles.

Well, Hooper dies in the book, and was supposed to die in the movie.  But, the stuntman who was in the shark cage had to be removed after a heart attack.  They got great footage of a real shark thrashing the empty cage.  Not wanting to waste the great footage, they changed the ending so that Hooper escapes.

I love the Back to the Future movies.  Not so much into The Godfather, but mob movies dont do much for me.

Lesser known?  I really like old dinosaur movies.  The 1960 film Dinosaurus and 1975's The Land That Time Forgot are two favorites. 

Theres a spoof movie that was made by the Zuckers who wound up doing Airplane and The Naked Gun called Kentucky Fried Movie that I love.  Its from 1977, and some of the humor might be deemed "offensive" today.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 05, 2016, 08:53:40 PM
Well, Hooper dies in the book, and was supposed to die in the movie.  But, the stuntman who was in the shark cage had to be removed after a heart attack.  They got great footage of a real shark thrashing the empty cage.  Not wanting to waste the great footage, they changed the ending so that Hooper escapes.

I love the Back to the Future movies.  Not so much into The Godfather, but mob movies dont do much for me.

Lesser known?  I really like old dinosaur movies.  The 1960 film Dinosaurus and 1975's The Land That Time Forgot are two favorites.  

Theres a spoof movie that was made by the Zuckers who wound up doing Airplane and The Naked Gun called Kentucky Fried Movie that I love.  Its from 1977, and some of the humor might be deemed "offensive" today.
"Back to the Future 2" is my favorite. Biff Tannens (future, past, present) had the funniest lines! Besides, sinister-looking Flea & Michael J. Fox playing Marty's daughter. He was quite convincing as girl. :-D Not mention McFly-Jr looks hilariously exactly like Marty, just loser.
That said, Crispin Glover as shy senior high schooler was amusing in 1st part.

Me too, mob movies rehash the same old without adding anything new. It gets dull.

Old dinosaur movies? Interesting, I thought Spielberg was pioneer with "Jurassic Park"?

Speaking of docs, what "The Making of" you really liked & it opened your eyes about the film? Not favorite but the "Making of Cujo" (Stephen King, about killer dog) would catch your attention, I think. The guy who played the boy said that it was fun & he came up with idea to have seizure due to dehydration - 6-year-old kid at the time! Dee Wallace praised him. & the heat you see inside the car, she & boy having drops of sweat - actually, it was chilling outside & the drops is the water the crew splashed. Well, check it yourself. :)

I kinda liked the "Psycho" doc too. The 1998 remake was epic fail. Even though director is well-known, Gus Van Sant. with Vince Vaugn - good comedian but not versatile enough to be cast in horror - as Norman Bates. Ditto cheesy "Rear Window" remake, the Superman actor playing perfect-as-is James Stewart role.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 06, 2016, 05:20:13 AM
Well, Hooper dies in the book, and was supposed to die in the movie.  But, the stuntman who was in the shark cage had to be removed after a heart attack.  They got great footage of a real shark thrashing the empty cage.  Not wanting to waste the great footage, they changed the ending so that Hooper escapes.

I love the Back to the Future movies.  Not so much into The Godfather, but mob movies dont do much for me.

Lesser known?  I really like old dinosaur movies.  The 1960 film Dinosaurus and 1975's The Land That Time Forgot are two favorites.  

Theres a spoof movie that was made by the Zuckers who wound up doing Airplane and The Naked Gun called Kentucky Fried Movie that I love.  Its from 1977, and some of the humor might be deemed "offensive" today.
"Back to the Future 2" is my favorite. Biff Tannens (future, past, present) had the funniest lines! Besides, sinister-looking Flea & Michael J. Fox playing Marty's daughter. He was quite convincing as girl. :-D Not mention McFly-Jr looks hilariously exactly like Marty, just loser.
That said, Crispin Glover as shy senior high schooler was amusing in 1st part.

Me too, mob movies rehash the same old without adding anything new. It gets dull.

Old dinosaur movies? Interesting, I thought Spielberg was pioneer with "Jurassic Park"?

Speaking of docs, what "The Making of" you really liked & it opened your eyes about the film? Not favorite but the "Making of Cujo" (Stephen King, about killer dog) would catch your attention, I think. The guy who played the boy said that it was fun & he came up with idea to have seizure due to dehydration - 6-year-old kid at the time! Dee Wallace praised him. & the heat you see inside the car, she & boy having drops of sweat - actually, it was chilling outside & the drops is the water the crew splashed. Well, check it yourself. :)

I kinda liked the "Psycho" doc too. The 1998 remake was epic fail. Even though director is well-known, Gus Van Sant. with Vince Vaugn - good comedian but not versatile enough to be cast in horror - as Norman Bates. Ditto cheesy "Rear Window" remake, the Superman actor playing perfect-as-is James Stewart role.

For making ofs, I'd have to go with Jaws.  Learning about how the various difficulties actually made Jaws a better movie was pretty neat.  Although, lately, I'm not as in to behind the scenes stuff like I used to be. 

Jurassic Park set a new standard for dinosaur movies, but it didn't come out until I was 13.  So, I fell in love with B movies like the ones I mentioned Planet of Dinosaurs and The Last Dinosaur, as well as Godzilla movies.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 06, 2016, 06:00:45 AM
For making ofs, I'd have to go with Jaws.  Learning about how the various difficulties actually made Jaws a better movie was pretty neat.  Although, lately, I'm not as in to behind the scenes stuff like I used to be. 

Jurassic Park set a new standard for dinosaur movies, but it didn't come out until I was 13.  So, I fell in love with B movies like the ones I mentioned Planet of Dinosaurs and The Last Dinosaur, as well as Godzilla movies.
Now that you mentioned "Godzilla", what's the other monster movies you'd seen?

To me, definitive "Planet of the Apes" is 1968 with Roddy McDowall. I liked "The Abominable Snowman" (1957) too.

Before we talked about the U.S. films. What's your favorite British feature? Broadly speaking.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 06, 2016, 06:08:29 AM
For making ofs, I'd have to go with Jaws.  Learning about how the various difficulties actually made Jaws a better movie was pretty neat.  Although, lately, I'm not as in to behind the scenes stuff like I used to be. 

Jurassic Park set a new standard for dinosaur movies, but it didn't come out until I was 13.  So, I fell in love with B movies like the ones I mentioned Planet of Dinosaurs and The Last Dinosaur, as well as Godzilla movies.
Now that you mentioned "Godzilla", what's the other monster movies you'd seen?

To me, definitive "Planet of the Apes" is 1968 with Roddy McDowall. I liked "The Abominable Snowman" (1957) too.

Before we talked about the U.S. films. What's your favorite British feature? Broadly speaking.

Other than all of the Godzilla movies (both US and Japanese), I've seen Gorgo, Cloverfield, and Rodan among others. 

I guess my favorite British movie would be Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different.  I know they're just filmed Flying Circus sketches, but I love it.  Holy Grail is great too.  Also, the Simon Pegg / Nick Frost trilogy - Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on December 06, 2016, 03:07:08 PM
Lately:

The King of Comedy (Scorsese)
After Hours (Scorsese)
Slacker (Linklater)
Everybody Wants Some!! (Linklater)
Cafe Society (Allen)
American Graffiti (Lucas)
The Princess Bride (Reiner)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on December 06, 2016, 03:13:28 PM

The Princess Bride (Reiner)

One of my half-dozen favorite movies of all time. I watch it every few years even now, despite having watched it probably at least 35-50 times total in my life (most of those times in its first 5-7 years after release).

Speaking of my favorites, I just introduced my gf to Rushmore, which she'd never seen. It's totally my style of humor (which is totally not hers), but she liked it OK. And I tried my best not to spout out all the lines along with the movie...I'm an extremely annoying human being. I know this.

I've also been re-re-re-re-re-watching Arrested Development here and there, because when there's not much else to do, there's always re-re-re-re-re-watching Arrested Development, The Office (UK), Freaks & Geeks, and a small handful of other gems.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 06, 2016, 03:31:41 PM
I watched the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility again last weekend, after I think a decade or so. Same reaction: I love Emma Thompson and I love Jane Austen and the book S&S and I love E Thompson's work in the film, the screenplay seems fine, I have no conscious criticism with the direction or the production, but it just doesn't work for me somehow.
I think I don't feel that any of the men characters have any appeal and Kate Winslet makes Marianne rather annoying and I guess Emma Thompson alone just isn't enough - so casting is my issue.

I bounce around a lot with my top movies. We discussed several in the 70s movie thread, but All About Eve is pretty consistently my favorite. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on December 06, 2016, 03:38:32 PM
I bounce around a lot with my top movies. 

I very rarely do, to my own detriment. (I am boring and bored.) Since generally shedding the De Niro-type gangster movies I loved through high school and college, my list has rarely changed. I would like to like more ... but I don't.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 06, 2016, 07:20:29 PM
Other than all of the Godzilla movies (both US and Japanese), I've seen Gorgo, Cloverfield, and Rodan among others. 

I guess my favorite British movie would be Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different.  I know they're just filmed Flying Circus sketches, but I love it.  Holy Grail is great too.  Also, the Simon Pegg / Nick Frost trilogy - Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. 
Cool, new titles to check at Sunday.

I got Monty Python's Flying Circus in DVD. A bit funny. Is there film you like to which the ending you felt was different than you imagined? Different in bad way if everything BUT ending was good. Then different in good way when you thought the film would end this way but it ended that way which to you was unusual, brilliant idea to end it like that etc. Discuss.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on December 07, 2016, 02:22:13 AM

The Princess Bride (Reiner)
One of my half-dozen favorite movies of all time. I watch it every few years even now, despite having watched it probably at least 35-50 times total in my life (most of those times in its first 5-7 years after release).

First time for me. Funny how a review said that the movie was meh because it couldn't decide between being a fairy-tale for children or an adult satire. I thought that was exactly what made it great! Parodying a children's movie would be too easy of a target - instead, I think this is the type of movie you can watch both as a kid because it's a nice, well-told, well-acted story, and then catch up with all the humor and ironic detachment as an adult.

I've also been re-re-re-re-re-watching Arrested Development here and there, because when there's not much else to do, there's always re-re-re-re-re-watching Arrested Development, The Office (UK), Freaks & Geeks, and a small handful of other gems.

Now you're talking. Love Freaks and Geeks, love Arrested Development and think The Office may just be the best TV Show ever. Gervais and Merchant are two of my idols, I love nearly everything they've done, together or solo. "Do you not know who Eric Hitchmo is ?!"


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 07, 2016, 05:08:27 AM
I've got big - no, HUGE - DVD collection of horrors. Bought in different years, about 10-20 a year. Some of them I didn't get to, I usually select random movie in the disc with, say, 12 movies.
Well today watched "Signal" (2007), what to me at 1st seemed to be C-level, low budget horror with banal script. Little did I know that it's cult independent movie that was shown at Sundance Film Festival. & the version they showed there had different opening song - "Leave" by Heavens (as per Imdb board).
They might've changed it - main character Mya listened to "Atmosphere" by Joy Division. I didn't like it, a bit too depressive to my taste.
Anyway, this film is divided into 3 Transmissions to show different sides of the same story by the main characters.
It's what the title says - every device - radio, cellphone, TV - was effected by the noises/ interferences/ what-it's-called. It brought violence to people's brains giving signal to kill anybody you meet in the streets & in the buildings.
Starting with neighbors, f.ex.? & it gave identity illusion that they're not who they think they are, would see total stranger & think it's their friend - like that.
In short, I ended up liking it, despite being sure that I wouldn't (had bad luck with new millennium horrors, didn't like any with few exceptions).
I'd say Transmission 2 is my favorite - it had dark jokes & nice new characters during it; dialogs, one-liners were entertaining. If Jim Jarmusch made horror, he'd do it like that.
That said, it isn't "wow, this is cool! where was this gem all this time?" type of film. I like it but not to greatest degree.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 07, 2016, 05:17:49 AM
Other than all of the Godzilla movies (both US and Japanese), I've seen Gorgo, Cloverfield, and Rodan among others. 

I guess my favorite British movie would be Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different.  I know they're just filmed Flying Circus sketches, but I love it.  Holy Grail is great too.  Also, the Simon Pegg / Nick Frost trilogy - Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. 
Cool, new titles to check at Sunday.

I got Monty Python's Flying Circus in DVD. A bit funny. Is there film you like to which the ending you felt was different than you imagined? Different in bad way if everything BUT ending was good. Then different in good way when you thought the film would end this way but it ended that way which to you was unusual, brilliant idea to end it like that etc. Discuss.

Dead Silence has a terrific ending.  But I won't give it away.

Same with The Sixth Sense.  The only bad thing about the ending of The Sixth Sense was that director M. Night Shymalan (sp?) felt compelled to end all of his movies with a twist ending, and neither was as successful.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 07, 2016, 05:34:50 AM
I like Shyamalan's "Signs". If the film is good but not the ending do you change to thinking it's bad?

Some folks say that too much CGI brings the film down. Agree/disagree?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 07, 2016, 05:42:17 AM
I like Shyamalan's "Signs". If the film is good but not the ending do you change to thinking it's bad?

Some folks say that too much CGI brings the film down. Agree/disagree?

I wasn't crazy about the ending of Signs, but I still like the movie. 

I do think too much CGI can hinder a film, especially if not done well.  For example, Van Helsing just looked like a CGI mess.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 07, 2016, 06:21:43 AM
OK, got it.

Positive. That said, CGI creatures in "Langoliers" fit description in the book.

Now biopics - what did you like?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 07, 2016, 06:26:05 AM
OK, got it.

Positive. That said, CGI creatures in "Langoliers" fit description in the book.

Now biopics - what did you like?

To be honest, I haven't seen many new biopics.  Love and Mercy comes to mind.  I really liked that. 

I guess it's new-ish.  I liked the Johnny Cash biopic from 2005, Walk the Line. 

There's one on Freddie Mercury that's been talked about for probably over a decade now.  But, it took Love and Mercy almost 30 years to finally see the light of day.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 07, 2016, 06:35:48 AM
Ha! I said "now", not "new" [biopics]. Which old biopics you liked, then? Any famous figure, not just musicians.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SCaroline Z on December 07, 2016, 06:48:16 AM
This is not a biopic about one person specifically, but on the weekend I watched a really great movie based on the true story of an Australian aboriginal motown girl singing group in the 60's called The Sapphires. Was cruising Netflix titles and saw that it starred Chris O'Dowd so that's what drew me in. The story of these women is both sad and uplifting. And the movie was made by the son of one of the girls in the group, which is also awesome.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on December 07, 2016, 07:37:28 AM
I find contemporary biopics to be mostly terrible. The most recent one that I thought was fantastic, however, was I'm Not There, the biopic about Bob Dylan.

Apart from that, I think that Raging Bull, Ed Wood, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and American Splendour are all really excellent biopics that come to mind.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 07, 2016, 07:51:12 AM
Ha! I said "now", not "new" [biopics]. Which old biopics you liked, then? Any famous figure, not just musicians.

Ah.  Even though it was inaccurate, and the surviving members washed their hands of it (after the checks cleared), I did like The Doors by Oliver Stone. 

The Babe (1992) with John Goodman was pretty good. 

Pride of the Yankees with Gary Cooper is quite good. 

Not really a biopic, but the movie 61*, told the story of Roger Maris's 1961 season, and it's very good. 

Cobb with Tommy Lee Jones isn't a traditional biopic, but it's really good.  And it stars the great Robert Wuhl. 

And, believe it or not, the made for TV Beach Boys movie, American Family, is, IMO, better than it's reputation, particularly the first half of the movie.  I will agree that it kinda goes off the rails in the post Pet Sounds stuff. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on December 08, 2016, 02:20:13 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/518YJZHNVML.jpg)

At least, I'd like to watch it. (Truth of the matter is that it's developing into an unhealthy obsession.)

I'm getting it for Christmas. I should have got it for Sinterklaas (see link) but it got lost in the shuffle. Damn.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 09, 2016, 04:56:01 AM
Ah.  Even though it was inaccurate, and the surviving members washed their hands of it (after the checks cleared), I did like The Doors by Oliver Stone. 

The Babe (1992) with John Goodman was pretty good. 

Pride of the Yankees with Gary Cooper is quite good. 

Not really a biopic, but the movie 61*, told the story of Roger Maris's 1961 season, and it's very good. 

Cobb with Tommy Lee Jones isn't a traditional biopic, but it's really good.  And it stars the great Robert Wuhl. 

And, believe it or not, the made for TV Beach Boys movie, American Family, is, IMO, better than it's reputation, particularly the first half of the movie.  I will agree that it kinda goes off the rails in the post Pet Sounds stuff. 
Thanks for the titles, didn't see any of these before.

If we talk the cast, not the film, I like the "Summer Dreams" Brian, Murry etc. AF was kinda too goofy.

We talked about famous figures - now, what's your favorite films about everyday people but not written by screenwriter/the fictional book basis but inspired by real events?


2john k: did you see "Battleship Potemkin"? It's regarded Eisenstein's masterwork.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 09, 2016, 04:59:40 AM
Coal Miner's Daughter: best biopic ever. Love & Mercy right up there.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 09, 2016, 05:15:40 AM
Ah.  Even though it was inaccurate, and the surviving members washed their hands of it (after the checks cleared), I did like The Doors by Oliver Stone. 

The Babe (1992) with John Goodman was pretty good. 

Pride of the Yankees with Gary Cooper is quite good. 

Not really a biopic, but the movie 61*, told the story of Roger Maris's 1961 season, and it's very good. 

Cobb with Tommy Lee Jones isn't a traditional biopic, but it's really good.  And it stars the great Robert Wuhl. 

And, believe it or not, the made for TV Beach Boys movie, American Family, is, IMO, better than it's reputation, particularly the first half of the movie.  I will agree that it kinda goes off the rails in the post Pet Sounds stuff. 
Thanks for the titles, didn't see any of these before.

If we talk the cast, not the film, I like the "Summer Dreams" Brian, Murry etc. AF was kinda too goofy.

We talked about famous figures - now, what's your favorite films about everyday people but not written by screenwriter/the fictional book basis but inspired by real events?


2john k: did you see "Battleship Potemkin"? It's regarded Eisenstein's masterwork.

Can't say I've ever seen Summer Dreams. 

Films about everyday people, but inspired by real events?  I guess Saving Private Ryan comes to mind.  Great movie.  Same with The Patriot.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 09, 2016, 05:28:04 AM
Coal Miner's Daughter: best biopic ever.
I did see it & like too. Sissy Spacek fan. I liked the mother figure, that actress in fact plays acoustic guitar & sings folk. There's Youtube video. There's video as well with Sissy & the Band. She sang with "Loretta" accent. Not to forget Patsy Cline role.

Can't say I've ever seen Summer Dreams. 

Films about everyday people, but inspired by real events?  I guess Saving Private Ryan comes to mind.  Great movie.  Same with The Patriot.
Must see if you're BBs fan.

Favorite cartoons? Series & feature length.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 09, 2016, 05:34:05 AM
Yup. And Levon Helm from The Band plays her father.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 09, 2016, 05:36:34 AM
I know. You don't think I'd mention The Band at random? My 1st draft was "Sissy (daughter) & the Band (Levon Helm father)".

Is there non-musical biopic you like?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 09, 2016, 05:46:26 AM
Coal Miner's Daughter: best biopic ever.
I did see it & like too. Sissy Spacek fan. I liked the mother figure, that actress in fact plays acoustic guitar & sings folk. There's Youtube video. There's video as well with Sissy & the Band. She sang with "Loretta" accent. Not to forget Patsy Cline role.

Can't say I've ever seen Summer Dreams. 

Films about everyday people, but inspired by real events?  I guess Saving Private Ryan comes to mind.  Great movie.  Same with The Patriot.
Must see if you're BBs fan.

Favorite cartoons? Series & feature length.

Cartoons?  Well, I could create a list on just Christmas cartoons.

My all time favorite cartoon (or show of any kind) is The Simpsons. 

Then, there's Looney Tunes (classic, not that recent show that was on five years ago), The Chipmunks (classic, not the CGI movies), South Park, King of the Hill, Family Guy, The Critic, Metalocalypse, etc.

Feature films.  I really liked the Shrek franchise. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 09, 2016, 06:22:12 AM
Cartoons?  Well, I could create a list on just Christmas cartoons.

My all time favorite cartoon (or show of any kind) is The Simpsons. 

Then, there's Looney Tunes (classic, not that recent show that was on five years ago), The Chipmunks (classic, not the CGI movies), South Park, King of the Hill, Family Guy, The Critic, Metalocalypse, etc.

Feature films.  I really liked the Shrek franchise. 
Everybody seems to like The Simpsons. Can you say why they created them bug-eyed & the mother has blue tall hair? Isn't the idea to display the typical American family?

I like "Looney Tunes"/ "Merrie Melodies". "Tom & Jerry" is favorite classic, ditto "Rocky & Bullwinkle". "Chipmunks" movie, not bad.

"South Park", boring last I checked. Besides, again, super-ugly characters.

Didn't care about "Shrek". "Toy Story" is favorite feature. Did you see it?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 09, 2016, 06:46:08 AM
Cartoons?  Well, I could create a list on just Christmas cartoons.

My all time favorite cartoon (or show of any kind) is The Simpsons. 

Then, there's Looney Tunes (classic, not that recent show that was on five years ago), The Chipmunks (classic, not the CGI movies), South Park, King of the Hill, Family Guy, The Critic, Metalocalypse, etc.

Feature films.  I really liked the Shrek franchise. 
Everybody seems to like The Simpsons. Can you say why they created them bug-eyed & the mother has blue tall hair? Isn't the idea to display the typical American family?

I like "Looney Tunes"/ "Merrie Melodies". "Tom & Jerry" is favorite classic, ditto "Rocky & Bullwinkle". "Chipmunks" movie, not bad.

"South Park", boring last I checked. Besides, again, super-ugly characters.

Didn't care about "Shrek". "Toy Story" is favorite feature. Did you see it?

Regarding the character designs on The Simpsons and South Park.....I can't really speak for the creators, but they're cartoons. 

I know it's 20 years old, but I've never seen any of the Toy Story movies or shorts. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 09, 2016, 12:41:16 PM
Yeah - Capote, Malcolm X, The Last Emperor. Ummm. There have got to be more. I didn't like Amadeus or Gandhi as much as most people seem to.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 10, 2016, 02:09:10 AM
Regarding the character designs on The Simpsons and South Park.....I can't really speak for the creators, but they're cartoons. 

I know it's 20 years old, but I've never seen any of the Toy Story movies or shorts. 
Cartoons-not cartoons - what entered their brain even to depict typical mother in typical family with blue tall hair? If the cartoon created with idea to repeat after real people, don't create each of them bug-eyed as if everybody is twin. Ha! Lame.

Did you see "Two-Lane Blacktop" with Dennis Wilson's single role? Do you like "car" movies?


Yeah - Capote, Malcolm X, The Last Emperor. Ummm. There have got to be more. I didn't like Amadeus or Gandhi as much as most people seem to.
Thanks to answer. What's your fave cartoons? & did you see any car-type movies/ "Two-Lane Blacktop" being BBs fan?


& again ask question, it got backpage, john k might've missed it -  did you see "Battleship Potemkin"? It's regarded Eisenstein's masterwork.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 10, 2016, 06:28:23 AM


Yeah - Capote, Malcolm X, The Last Emperor. Ummm. There have got to be more. I didn't like Amadeus or Gandhi as much as most people seem to.
Thanks to answer. What's your fave cartoons? & did you see any car-type movies/ "Two-Lane Blacktop" being BBs fan?


& again ask question, it got backpage, john k might've missed it -  did you see "Battleship Potemkin"? It's regarded Eisenstein's masterwork.
Does Coraline count as a cartoon?
I don't gravitate to either war movies or silent movies - I've seen excellent examples of both, but a lot of boring of both, so I don't bother without specific recommendations - so I haven't watched Battleship Potemkin. But I'll add it to the list.
Same with car movies. I tend to be bored. I liked Thelma and Louise.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 10, 2016, 06:42:11 AM
I like "Coraline" too, both cartoon & book.

The other question was to john k, hence the gap & said "john k might've missed it".

So did you see "Two Lane Blacktop"? Since you're BBs fan etc.? That was the question.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Jay on December 10, 2016, 12:17:01 PM
I love silent movies. I have probably a few hundred in my collection.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on December 10, 2016, 03:23:31 PM
& again ask question, it got backpage, john k might've missed it -  did you see "Battleship Potemkin"? It's regarded Eisenstein's masterwork.

Yes, I did miss it. And no, I didn't see it (yet). I did see part one of Ivan the Terrible donkey's years ago, unfortunately with overdubbed English dialogue! But Nevsky is a real obsession----not sure why... Maybe it's the Good vs. Evil thing. And it's spectacular beyond belief. And of course there's the extraordinary music...


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 10, 2016, 05:16:34 PM
Let me chime in while waiting the last few minutes that my casserole is in the oven.

Love silent movies. Was introduced to them while at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the early 80s, They had a year long series showing classics featuring Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, and Lillian Gish.

My favorite silents: Chaplin's The Immigrant, Easy Street, Shoulder Arms, The Kid, The Gold Rush, City Lights.
Keaton - The General, Sherlock Jr.
Lloyd- The Freshman, Safety Last.

Saw Battleship Potemkin as a kid. Only remember one scene - guys looking into a bowl of soup and seeing some extra protein that shouldn't have been there, ewww.
It came on TV recently and I taped it. Plan to watch it when I don't have an upset stomach. :-)

Cartoons - am still a fan of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Also the Chuck Jones cartoons such as The Rabbit of Seville, Rabbit Seasoning, One Froggy Evening, and Feed the Kitty (only cartoon that made me cry)

Biopics: Coal Miner's Daughter; Pride of the Yankees

Okay got to tend to the casserole, and watch some old episodes of The Great British Baking Show (so much better than those horrid Gordon Ramsay programs)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 10, 2016, 08:26:13 PM
I love The Rabbit of Seville.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 11, 2016, 09:38:05 AM
I like "Coraline" too, both cartoon & book.

The other question was to john k, hence the gap & said "john k might've missed it".

So did you see "Two Lane Blacktop"? Since you're BBs fan etc.? That was the question.
It wasn't THE question, it was A question, among three. No, I haven't seen it. I have no anticipation that I'd enjoy it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 11, 2016, 09:54:39 AM
It was the question you missed to answer. A/the is beside the point. I was curious if you'd seen it & felt weird when you didn't answer such simple question 1st time around (like I do, usually, as in feel weird when people don't answer simple questions with yes/no answer right away).

OK, let's start dialog - Would you say that today's movies don't really live up to "golden era" of movies? What's the latest recent movie you checked?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 11, 2016, 10:49:56 AM
Let me chime in while waiting the last few minutes that my casserole is in the oven.

Love silent movies. Was introduced to them while at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the early 80s, They had a year long series showing classics featuring Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, and Lillian Gish.

My favorite silents: Chaplin's The Immigrant, Easy Street, Shoulder Arms, The Kid, The Gold Rush, City Lights.
Keaton - The General, Sherlock Jr.
Lloyd- The Freshman, Safety Last.

Saw Battleship Potemkin as a kid. Only remember one scene - guys looking into a bowl of soup and seeing some extra protein that shouldn't have been there, ewww.
It came on TV recently and I taped it. Plan to watch it when I don't have an upset stomach. :-)

Cartoons - am still a fan of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Also the Chuck Jones cartoons such as The Rabbit of Seville, Rabbit Seasoning, One Froggy Evening, and Feed the Kitty (only cartoon that made me cry)

Biopics: Coal Miner's Daughter; Pride of the Yankees

Okay got to tend to the casserole, and watch some old episodes of The Great British Baking Show (so much better than those horrid Gordon Ramsay programs)
I'd like that many chime in this splendid thread. Thanks for writing your list down, Betty!

I checked some of the titles - can you say where Chaplin is eating his shoes & pretending shoelace is macaroni? It was popular during USSR, for some reason.

I'm glad that we both like "Rocky and Bullwinkle" & Lillian Gish.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 11, 2016, 12:22:48 PM
I checked some of the titles - can you say where Chaplin is eating his shoes & pretending shoelace is macaroni? It was popular during USSR, for some reason.

Did you ever see the Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly shorts? They're very funny. Here is "Beauty & the Bus" Pt. 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8A4O2aiqfw
Pt. 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp6DeZrOHVU

The movie that Chaplin eats his shoe and shoelaces is The Gold Rush. They were made of licorice, and since Chaplin, like our Brian, had to do many takes, Chaplin and the other guy became ill.
There are many versions of the movie, including one where Chaplin gives the narration (and the ending is different). The reason for so many versions is that for some reason Chaplin failed to renew the copyright so it's now in Public Domain.
The better versions have orchestral accompaniment which includes a song Chaplin composed for the leading lady - it's now known as "Georgia"

Haven't seen Thelma Todd or Patsy Kelly. Will watch out for them on our TCM network, which often shows silent films late at night.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 11, 2016, 12:36:27 PM
This is the "roll dance" from The Gold Rush. At the end you can hear the "Georgia" theme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DLdMa98JdM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DLdMa98JdM)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 11, 2016, 12:45:14 PM
I see. I know the other Chaplin song, "Smile". Was it used in any of his movies?

Well now it's good time to get acquainted with Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly. They made 21 funny shorts for Hal Roach in the 1930s until murder of Thelma. It was Patsy who played the friend of the evil old lady in "Rosemary's Baby". Later she won Tony Award in a musical "No, No, Nanette".
It's not silent movies. Check the links I posted & tell me what you think of it. Patsy was dubbed - rightly so - Queen of Wisecracks.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 11, 2016, 12:49:00 PM
Smile was in the movie "Modern Times"

And a later Chaplin film, "Limelight" has a theme song that became quite popular


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 11, 2016, 02:18:55 PM
Michelle Pfeiffer is the best Catwoman! She just is. Deal with it. Everybody else before & after is ugly. :)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: undercover-m on December 11, 2016, 03:22:59 PM
I watched Pulp Fiction for the first time ever last night (yes, I realize I'm late to the game on this one).

Anyway, great stuff. Samuel L. Jackson is the best, and hearing Christopher Walken describe the watch is quite momentous.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 11, 2016, 09:44:51 PM


OK, let's start dialog - Would you say that today's movies don't really live up to "golden era" of movies? What's the latest recent movie you checked?
I think the film industry currently suffers because TV/streaming is doing so well. A lot of talent and creativity is focused there, leaving film a little wanting. That's not to say there aren't excellent movies being made, but I think it's thinner than it's been in the past.
I recently saw Manchester by the Sea. It was fine. Predictable, but fine.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 12, 2016, 05:38:51 AM
It was the question you missed to answer. A/the is beside the point. I was curious if you'd seen it & felt weird when you didn't answer such simple question 1st time around (like I do, usually, as in feel weird when people don't answer simple questions that require yes/no answer from the get-go).

OK, let's start dialog - Would you say that today's movies don't really live up to "golden era" of movies? What's the latest recent movie you checked?

One of the problems with today's movies is the lack of original ideas.  Seems like most big releases are remakes, reboots, sequels, spin offs, or comic book movies. 

A friend and I were talking over the weekend about how modern technology would ruin the premise of many movies.  ie. Home Alone.  With smart phones, that movie would be over in ten minutes if they tried to make it in 2016


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 12, 2016, 06:10:33 AM
I like "Coraline" too, both cartoon & book.

The other question was to john k, hence the gap & said "john k might've missed it".

So did you see "Two Lane Blacktop"? Since you're BBs fan etc.? That was the question.

I'm never seen Two Lane Blacktop.  To be 100% honest, it's not really on my cinematic bucket list. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SCaroline Z on December 12, 2016, 06:23:03 AM
I like "Coraline" too, both cartoon & book.

The other question was to john k, hence the gap & said "john k might've missed it".

So did you see "Two Lane Blacktop"? Since you're BBs fan etc.? That was the question.

I'm never seen Two Lane Blacktop.  To be 100% honest, it's not really on my cinematic bucket list. 

Since this came up, I decided to check it out over the weekend. Car racing movies don't really do it for me as a genre, but I was curious about Dennis' acting ability. I gotta say, the movie wasn't at all what I expected. Kinda arty. Some holes in the story, but I thought it was well shot. I loved the tense relationship between The Driver (James Taylor)  and The Mechanic (Dennis), and the enigmatic ending was so unexpected and cool. Definitely more of an art film than a typical car/racing flick.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 12, 2016, 06:56:38 AM
KDS, this is where the movie chatter stopped, you should've replied to this last post I addressed

Regarding the character designs on The Simpsons and South Park.....I can't really speak for the creators, but they're cartoons. 

I know it's 20 years old, but I've never seen any of the Toy Story movies or shorts. 
Cartoons-not cartoons - what entered their brain even to depict typical mother in typical family with blue tall hair? If the cartoon created with idea to repeat after real people, don't create each of them bug-eyed as if everybody is twin. Ha! Lame.

Did you see "Two-Lane Blacktop" with Dennis Wilson's single role? Do you like "car" movies?

OK, you answered the 1st question. Now answer the 2nd.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 12, 2016, 07:03:09 AM
I watched Pulp Fiction for the first time ever last night (yes, I realize I'm late to the game on this one).

Anyway, great stuff. Samuel L. Jackson is the best, and hearing Christopher Walken describe the watch is quite momentous.
Congratulations! Now you achieved wisdom. Tarantino is great director, his movies got clever phrases. If you filter the cursing, beneath lies sth. good. Fantastic OST to boot - except Dusty Springfield with "Son of a Preacher".


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 12, 2016, 07:14:36 AM
KDS, this is where the movie chatter stopped, you should've replied to this last post I addressed

Regarding the character designs on The Simpsons and South Park.....I can't really speak for the creators, but they're cartoons. 

I know it's 20 years old, but I've never seen any of the Toy Story movies or shorts. 
Cartoons-not cartoons - what entered their brain even to depict typical mother in typical family with blue tall hair? If the cartoon created with idea to repeat after real people, don't create each of them bug-eyed as if everybody is twin. Ha! Lame.

Did you see "Two-Lane Blacktop" with Dennis Wilson's single role? Do you like "car" movies?

OK, you answered the 1st question. Now answer the 2nd.
So, KDS, would you answer the 2nd question? It's highlighted in bold. "Do you like car movies?" & if you do, list which you like.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 12, 2016, 07:20:44 AM
KDS, this is where the movie chatter stopped, you should've replied to this last post I addressed

Regarding the character designs on The Simpsons and South Park.....I can't really speak for the creators, but they're cartoons. 

I know it's 20 years old, but I've never seen any of the Toy Story movies or shorts. 
Cartoons-not cartoons - what entered their brain even to depict typical mother in typical family with blue tall hair? If the cartoon created with idea to repeat after real people, don't create each of them bug-eyed as if everybody is twin. Ha! Lame.

Did you see "Two-Lane Blacktop" with Dennis Wilson's single role? Do you like "car" movies?

OK, you answered the 1st question. Now answer the 2nd.
So, KDS, would you answer the 2nd question? It's highlighted in bold. "Do you like car movies?" & if you do, list which you like.

Eh, not really to be honest.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 12, 2016, 07:22:25 AM
Did you ever see the Thelma Todd & Patsy Kelly shorts? They're very funny. Here is "Beauty & the Bus" Pt. 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8A4O2aiqfw
Pt. 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp6DeZrOHVU

Was able to watch this. It was one of those funny screwball Hal Roach comedy shorts.
I wish short films (15-20 minutes) were made more often, and that they would play before the main feature.

The only thing tempering the funniness is that the film depicts "road rage." Down here we've had 2 high profile road rage incidents this year where the victims were local celebrities (former professional football players) who ended up shot to death. One of the trials ended last night.
Oh, for the good old days when arguments would end with one person giving the other a "knuckle sandwich" (punching a person in the jaw). Nowadays in this country the arguments end with gunfire.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 12, 2016, 07:27:13 AM
Hm, interesting tendency - 3 people say they don't like car movies.

To anybody - KDS, Emily, Betty etc. coz I like comparing answers:  Is there any film you'd seen that you expected better but it's waste of time?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 12, 2016, 07:37:49 AM
Hm, interesting tendency - 3 people say they don't like car movies.

To anybody - KDS, Emily, Betty etc. coz I like comparing answers:  Is there any film you'd seen that you expected better but it's waste of time?

I could answer that by citing numerous sequels or remakes, but the one I that springs to mind is the early 70s horror movie The Wicker Man. 

I'd always heard great things about it, and about 15 years ago, I rented it.  Granted, I thought the ending was good, but the whole movie leading up to it was just bizarre.  For one, there's a musical number towards the beginning of the movie, that cut between a bar full of patrons and a naked blonde woman.  I have to say, after that bizarre, drunken / nude sing-a-long, it was hard to take the movie seriously. 



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SCaroline Z on December 12, 2016, 08:16:48 AM
KDS, this is where the movie chatter stopped, you should've replied to this last post I addressed

Regarding the character designs on The Simpsons and South Park.....I can't really speak for the creators, but they're cartoons. 

I know it's 20 years old, but I've never seen any of the Toy Story movies or shorts. 
Cartoons-not cartoons - what entered their brain even to depict typical mother in typical family with blue tall hair? If the cartoon created with idea to repeat after real people, don't create each of them bug-eyed as if everybody is twin. Ha! Lame.

Did you see "Two-Lane Blacktop" with Dennis Wilson's single role? Do you like "car" movies?

OK, you answered the 1st question. Now answer the 2nd.

Car movies are not really my thing, no. Funny cuz my dad was a mechanic who ran his own shop, haha. Maybe that's why.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 13, 2016, 05:08:00 AM
Hm, interesting tendency - 3 people say they don't like car movies.

To anybody - KDS, Emily, Betty etc. coz I like comparing answers:  Is there any film you'd seen that you expected better but it's waste of time?
Tons. The English Patient, The Sheltering Sky, Gandhi and Amadeus (as mentioned above), anything featuring Daniel Day Lewis or Tom Hanks, or DiCaprio for that matter... just tons. Maybe I'm usually too optimistic going in.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 13, 2016, 05:11:52 AM
Hm, interesting tendency - 3 people say they don't like car movies.

To anybody - KDS, Emily, Betty etc. coz I like comparing answers:  Is there any film you'd seen that you expected better but it's waste of time?
Tons. The English Patient, The Sheltering Sky, Gandhi and Amadeus (as mentioned above), anything featuring Daniel Day Lewis or Tom Hanks, or DiCaprio for that matter... just tons. Maybe I'm usually too optimistic going in.

Anything featuring Tom Hanks?  Are you referring to his early comedies?  His 90s Oscar nominated stuff?  Or his 2000s output?  Or the whole thing? 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 13, 2016, 05:22:17 AM
Hm, interesting tendency - 3 people say they don't like car movies.

To anybody - KDS, Emily, Betty etc. coz I like comparing answers:  Is there any film you'd seen that you expected better but it's waste of time?
Tons. The English Patient, The Sheltering Sky, Gandhi and Amadeus (as mentioned above), anything featuring Daniel Day Lewis or Tom Hanks, or DiCaprio for that matter... just tons. Maybe I'm usually too optimistic going in.

Anything featuring Tom Hanks?  Are you referring to his early comedies?  His 90s Oscar nominated stuff?  Or his 2000s output?  Or the whole thing?  
Pretty much all of it. The comedies, I enjoyed, but I always had slightly higher expectations. And even in my memory they improve, then I watch them again and think, "meh, I enjoyed it but it wasn't as good as I remembered." It's an infinite Tom Hanks comedy loop.
The dramas, and other big-deal Hanks movies, I always give them a chance and they always suck and annoy me. Forrest Gump, I tried to walk out but they made me stay and watch until the end. It was a horror show.
I should add Tarantino to the I-always-give-him-a-chance-but-he-always-disappoints list.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 13, 2016, 05:32:01 AM
Hm, interesting tendency - 3 people say they don't like car movies.

To anybody - KDS, Emily, Betty etc. coz I like comparing answers:  Is there any film you'd seen that you expected better but it's waste of time?
Tons. The English Patient, The Sheltering Sky, Gandhi and Amadeus (as mentioned above), anything featuring Daniel Day Lewis or Tom Hanks, or DiCaprio for that matter... just tons. Maybe I'm usually too optimistic going in.

Anything featuring Tom Hanks?  Are you referring to his early comedies?  His 90s Oscar nominated stuff?  Or his 2000s output?  Or the whole thing?  
Pretty much all of it. The comedies, I enjoyed, but I always had slightly higher expectations. And even in my memory they improve, then I watch them again and think, "meh, I enjoyed it but it wasn't as good as I remembered." It's an infinite Tom Hanks comedy loop.
The dramas, and other big-deal Hanks movies, I always give them a chance and they always suck and annoy me. Forrest Gump, I tried to walk out but they made me stay and watch until the end. It was a horror show.
I should add Tarantino to the I-always-give-him-a-chance-but-he-always-disappoints list.

To each their own.  I'm a big Hanks fan, though I'd like to see him try his hand at comedy again.  That style of "clean comedy" doesn't really exist in 2016.

I'll agree with you with Tarantino.  I think he's very overrated.  Some hip style and music, brutal violence, cartoonish blood, plenty of bad language, and make sure you have some quotes that'll appear on t-shirts and Facebook memes for decades.  I thought Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction were decent, but I don't think they are the great achievements in cinema they're often referred to as.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 13, 2016, 05:34:11 AM
Hm, interesting tendency - 3 people say they don't like car movies.

To anybody - KDS, Emily, Betty etc. coz I like comparing answers:  Is there any film you'd seen that you expected better but it's waste of time?
Tons. The English Patient, The Sheltering Sky, Gandhi and Amadeus (as mentioned above), anything featuring Daniel Day Lewis or Tom Hanks, or DiCaprio for that matter... just tons. Maybe I'm usually too optimistic going in.

Anything featuring Tom Hanks?  Are you referring to his early comedies?  His 90s Oscar nominated stuff?  Or his 2000s output?  Or the whole thing?  
Pretty much all of it. The comedies, I enjoyed, but I always had slightly higher expectations. And even in my memory they improve, then I watch them again and think, "meh, I enjoyed it but it wasn't as good as I remembered." It's an infinite Tom Hanks comedy loop.
The dramas, and other big-deal Hanks movies, I always give them a chance and they always suck and annoy me. Forrest Gump, I tried to walk out but they made me stay and watch until the end. It was a horror show.
I should add Tarantino to the I-always-give-him-a-chance-but-he-always-disappoints list.

To each their own.  I'm a big Hanks fan, though I'd like to see him try his hand at comedy again.  That style of "clean comedy" doesn't really exist in 2016.

I'll agree with you with Tarantino.  I think he's very overrated.  Some hip style and music, brutal violence, cartoonish blood, plenty of bad language, and make sure you have some quotes that'll appear on t-shirts and Facebook memes for decades.  I thought Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction were decent, but I don't think they are the great achievements in cinema they're often referred to as.
You and I disagree on so many things but you took the precise words out of my mouth on Tarantino. Weird.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 13, 2016, 05:37:00 AM
Hm, interesting tendency - 3 people say they don't like car movies.

To anybody - KDS, Emily, Betty etc. coz I like comparing answers:  Is there any film you'd seen that you expected better but it's waste of time?
Tons. The English Patient, The Sheltering Sky, Gandhi and Amadeus (as mentioned above), anything featuring Daniel Day Lewis or Tom Hanks, or DiCaprio for that matter... just tons. Maybe I'm usually too optimistic going in.

Anything featuring Tom Hanks?  Are you referring to his early comedies?  His 90s Oscar nominated stuff?  Or his 2000s output?  Or the whole thing?  
Pretty much all of it. The comedies, I enjoyed, but I always had slightly higher expectations. And even in my memory they improve, then I watch them again and think, "meh, I enjoyed it but it wasn't as good as I remembered." It's an infinite Tom Hanks comedy loop.
The dramas, and other big-deal Hanks movies, I always give them a chance and they always suck and annoy me. Forrest Gump, I tried to walk out but they made me stay and watch until the end. It was a horror show.
I should add Tarantino to the I-always-give-him-a-chance-but-he-always-disappoints list.

To each their own.  I'm a big Hanks fan, though I'd like to see him try his hand at comedy again.  That style of "clean comedy" doesn't really exist in 2016.

I'll agree with you with Tarantino.  I think he's very overrated.  Some hip style and music, brutal violence, cartoonish blood, plenty of bad language, and make sure you have some quotes that'll appear on t-shirts and Facebook memes for decades.  I thought Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction were decent, but I don't think they are the great achievements in cinema they're often referred to as.
You and I disagree on so many things but you took the precise words out of my mouth on Tarantino. Weird.

Well, I figured you and I would find some common ground on something. 

 :)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 13, 2016, 04:33:54 PM
I also don't like car movies.
I do like a "bike" movie, however - Breaking Away

Was unimpressed by The English Patient.
And as much as I love the music, I usually fall asleep about midway through Dr. Zhivago.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 13, 2016, 04:41:09 PM
It is MUCH too long since I've seen Breaking Away. I'd forgotten all about it. It just jumped to the very top of my to-watch list. This weekend! Thank you!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 13, 2016, 10:52:52 PM
I could answer that by citing numerous sequels or remakes, but the one I that springs to mind is the early 70s horror movie The Wicker Man. 

I'd always heard great things about it, and about 15 years ago, I rented it.  Granted, I thought the ending was good, but the whole movie leading up to it was just bizarre.  For one, there's a musical number towards the beginning of the movie, that cut between a bar full of patrons and a naked blonde woman.  I have to say, after that bizarre, drunken / nude sing-a-long, it was hard to take the movie seriously. 
I too watch movie beginning to end even if didn't like it. Sometimes it can indeed be rewarded by good ending. But bad movie is bad movie.

Do you like the idea of old movies get the 3D treatment? In the local theatre there were banners standing of "Jaws" in 3D. It was the only time I was going to go to cinema. But the schedule didn't allow. I bet it was very cool! What say you?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 13, 2016, 11:28:50 PM
Forrest Gump, I tried to walk out but they made me stay and watch until the end. It was a horror show.
Cool, good to see I'm not alone. :) I sat thru it patiently waiting there'd be sth. interesting. Such boring film "Forrest gump". Like everybody & their brother likes it. Whenever I ask them what for they like it, they just say stupidly, "But everybody likes it, thousand people can't be wrong!". Ha!
Define "good film" - what should there be for you to like it?

I'll agree with you with Tarantino.  I think he's very overrated.  Some hip style and music, brutal violence, cartoonish blood, plenty of bad language, and make sure you have some quotes that'll appear on t-shirts and Facebook memes for decades.  I thought Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction were decent, but I don't think they are the great achievements in cinema they're often referred to as.
I like avant garde/ independent films. I don't like violence if it doesn't add to the film. I like good action from time to time. Not fan of bad language but "Pulp Fiction" is too good film (except boring Bruce Willis).
I disagree about the quotes; every blockbuster gets quoted by fans, it isn't Tarantino who designs these T-shirts etc. It isn't fair reason to dislike the film. If movie gets quoted, that says that the lines were catchy, cool, adroit, meaningful etc. It isn't up to directors to pick the quotes to sell. Why care?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 14, 2016, 05:11:13 AM
I could answer that by citing numerous sequels or remakes, but the one I that springs to mind is the early 70s horror movie The Wicker Man. 

I'd always heard great things about it, and about 15 years ago, I rented it.  Granted, I thought the ending was good, but the whole movie leading up to it was just bizarre.  For one, there's a musical number towards the beginning of the movie, that cut between a bar full of patrons and a naked blonde woman.  I have to say, after that bizarre, drunken / nude sing-a-long, it was hard to take the movie seriously. 
I too watch movie beginning to end even if didn't like it. Sometimes it can indeed be rewarded by good ending. But bad movie is bad movie.

Do you like the idea of old movies get the 3D treatment? In the local theatre there were banners standing of "Jaws" in 3D. It was the only time I was going to go to cinema. But the schedule didn't allow. I bet it was very cool! What say you?

I'm not at all a fan of 3D.  3D is a gimmick.  It always has been.  It seems to pop up every time theater revenues go down.  Frankly, I'm surprised the current 3D trend has been going as long as it has. 

I've seen a couple movies in 3D, and I had it a little distracting.  If there's a movie in theaters that I really want to see, I'll look for a 2D showing.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 14, 2016, 05:13:05 AM
Forrest Gump, I tried to walk out but they made me stay and watch until the end. It was a horror show.
Cool, good to see I'm not alone. :) I sat thru it patiently waiting there'd be sth. interesting. Such boring film "Forrest gump". Like everybody & their brother likes it. Whenever I ask them what for they like it, they just say stupidly, "But everybody likes it, thousand people can't be wrong!". Ha!
Define "good film" - what should there be for you to like it?

I'll agree with you with Tarantino.  I think he's very overrated.  Some hip style and music, brutal violence, cartoonish blood, plenty of bad language, and make sure you have some quotes that'll appear on t-shirts and Facebook memes for decades.  I thought Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction were decent, but I don't think they are the great achievements in cinema they're often referred to as.
I like avant garde/ independent films. I don't like violence if it doesn't add to the film. I like good action from time to time. Not fan of bad language but "Pulp Fiction" is too good film (except boring Bruce Willis).
I disagree about the quotes; every blockbuster gets quoted by fans, it isn't Tarantino who designs these T-shirts etc. It isn't fair reason to dislike the film. If movie gets quoted, that says that the lines were catchy, cool, adroit, meaningful etc. It isn't up to directors to pick the quotes to sell. Why care?

I think you misunderstood my post a bit.  I'm not criticizing the shirts per se.  But, it just seems like Taratino purposely writes dialog with the intention of having at least three or four "iconic" lines.  It just doesn't seem natural to me. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on December 14, 2016, 03:30:39 PM
Tarantino's dialogue is absolutely not natural, nor is it supposed to be: the guy is as stylized as it gets! I remember thinking during Pulp Fiction--the first and only Tarantino movie I liked--that this was the whole trick: writing dialogue that was witty, clever, brilliant, memorable ... and entirely unnatural. Dialogue written by a film lover for film lovers, wholly conscious of the unrealism of the situation. You could almost compare it to Van Dyke Parks in a pop music idiom: you can do it, but it's disconcerting. However, that's more or less the only thing I've liked about his movies, because unnatural or not, at least the dialogue does have its moments. Otherwise they're just totally not for me.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 14, 2016, 09:09:38 PM
I'm not at all a fan of 3D.  3D is a gimmick.  It always has been.  It seems to pop up every time theater revenues go down.  Frankly, I'm surprised the current 3D trend has been going as long as it has. 

I've seen a couple movies in 3D, and I had it a little distracting.  If there's a movie in theaters that I really want to see, I'll look for a 2D showing.
Tastes differ - gimmick or not, it works. It tricks the vision that you might be with sharks in danger. It adds adrenaline. I like it. :3d I used to go to 5D - the difference from 3D is that there's special effects, water splashing, rats attacking you etc. A bit cool.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 14, 2016, 09:20:27 PM
I think you misunderstood my post a bit.  I'm not criticizing the shirts per se.  But, it just seems like Taratino purposely writes dialog with the intention of having at least three or four "iconic" lines.  It just doesn't seem natural to me. 
& I said that every blockbuster, as in popular movie with cast of famous actors or that which has cult following etc. generates catchphrases & iconic lines. Say, "Big Lebowski" (I didn't see it but some posters quoted that film), "Godfather", "Caddyshack". Even if writers intended to get few iconic lines in the script, it's people who use them in speech, the viewers. Therefore, to single out Tarantino movies is not correct.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 15, 2016, 04:58:08 AM
I think you misunderstood my post a bit.  I'm not criticizing the shirts per se.  But, it just seems like Taratino purposely writes dialog with the intention of having at least three or four "iconic" lines.  It just doesn't seem natural to me. 
& I said that every blockbuster, as in popular movie with cast of famous actors or that which has cult following etc. generates catchphrases & iconic lines. Say, "Big Lebowski" (I didn't see it but some posters quoted that film), "Godfather", "Caddyshack". Even if writers intended to get few iconic lines in the script, it's people who use them in speech, the viewers. Therefore, to single out Tarantino movies is not correct.

Agree to disagree.  In my opinion though, the dialog and iconic lines in other movies come more organically.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 15, 2016, 05:00:39 AM
I'm not at all a fan of 3D.  3D is a gimmick.  It always has been.  It seems to pop up every time theater revenues go down.  Frankly, I'm surprised the current 3D trend has been going as long as it has. 

I've seen a couple movies in 3D, and I had it a little distracting.  If there's a movie in theaters that I really want to see, I'll look for a 2D showing.
Tastes differ - gimmick or not, it works. It tricks the vision that you might be with sharks in danger. It adds adrenaline. I like it. :3d I used to go to 5D - the difference from 3D is that there's special effects, water splashing, rats attacking you etc. A bit cool.

Right.  Obviously there's a market for 3D, as they've been putting big releases in 3D for the last, almost ten years or so. 

I can see how some would enjoy it.  (There's one scene with two female swimmers from the Piranha remake that a lotta guys liked in 3D).  But, the few times I've seen 3D movies, it actually takes me out of the story a bit.  It's kind of a moot point for me though as I very rarely go to the movies anymore. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 15, 2016, 05:17:45 AM
I think you misunderstood my post a bit.  I'm not criticizing the shirts per se.  But, it just seems like Taratino purposely writes dialog with the intention of having at least three or four "iconic" lines.  It just doesn't seem natural to me. 
& I said that every blockbuster, as in popular movie with cast of famous actors or that which has cult following etc. generates catchphrases & iconic lines. Say, "Big Lebowski" (I didn't see it but some posters quoted that film), "Godfather", "Caddyshack". Even if writers intended to get few iconic lines in the script, it's people who use them in speech, the viewers. Therefore, to single out Tarantino movies is not correct.

Agree to disagree.  In my opinion though, the dialog and iconic lines in other movies come more organically.
Agreed. There's a distinct difference between trying to be something and being something.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 15, 2016, 05:42:30 AM
Agree to disagree.  In my opinion though, the dialog and iconic lines in other movies come more organically.
Again, Tarantino isn't the only director who makes movies with "hip style", as you dubbed it. He's the best known. Don't Cohen brothers make independent movies too? Before mentioned "Big Lebowski", f.ex. - as I said, I will reiterate, some posters used the lines from that film. Quite bizarre artsy stuff.
The thing is, you're not fan of avant garde/ indie type films - I am. The dialogs were good imo.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 15, 2016, 06:02:53 AM
Agree to disagree.  In my opinion though, the dialog and iconic lines in other movies come more organically.
Again, Tarantino isn't the only director who makes movies with "hip style", as you dubbed it. He's the best known. Don't Cohen brothers make independent movies too? Before mentioned "Big Lebowski", f.ex. - as I said, I will reiterate, some posters used the lines from that film. Quite bizarre artsy stuff.
The thing is, you're not fan of avant garde/ indie type films - I am. The dialogs were good imo.

Of course Tarantino isn't the first.  All I'm saying is that, in my opinion, the dialog / hip factor on Tarantino films seems forced to me.  Just an opinion, no reason to belabor it. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 15, 2016, 06:22:57 AM
We discuss, not belabor, big difference. Let's look at it generally. Every screenwriter wants their script to be picked up by director to make movie. For that, they make up some cool/funny/hip/catchy lines that in their view could be popular with theatre-goers. They definitely think that they would succeed, this is winner story etc. But for some reason, people don't get it. It's failure. So, Tarantino was confident about his films too but due to right or bad timing it could just as well be failure. It's people who decide what would be successful, the last say is theirs. Tarantino was luckier in that case. I'd argue that the lines in other movies would be "organic".

Next question: Did you see "Twin Peaks" feature film? Some say the series is very good & I read the feature is basis for the series. If that's the case, I may have missed sth. as I didn't understand what's the fuss about. OK, some girl was killed - and? I didn't even get what David Bowie was doing there, he didn't add anything to the story.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 15, 2016, 06:28:56 AM
We discuss, not belabor, big difference. Let's look at it generally. Every screenwriter wants their script to be picked up by director to make movie. For that, they make up some cool/funny/hip/catchy lines that in their view could be popular with theatre-goers. They definitely think that they would succeed, this is winner story etc. But for some reason, people don't get it. It's failure. So, Tarantino was confident about his films too but due to right or bad timing it could just as well be failure. It's people who decide what would be successful, the last say is theirs. Tarantino was luckier in that case. I'd argue that the lines in other movies would be "organic".

Next question: Did you see "Twin Peaks" feature film? Some say the series is very good & I read the feature is basis for the series. If that's the case, I may have missed sth. as I didn't understand what's the fuss about. OK, some girl was killed - and? I didn't even get what David Bowie was doing there, he didn't add anything to the story.

I've never seen Twin Peaks, either the show or the movie.  For the most part, I never really watched any hour long dramas when I was growing up. 

I really still don't to be honest. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 15, 2016, 06:36:54 AM
Speaking of growing, would you agree that the 90s in movies were bad decade? Is there 90s film that for you was the best film in that era?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 15, 2016, 06:47:49 AM
Speaking of growing, would you agree that the 90s in movies were bad decade? Is there 90s film that for you was the best film in that era?

Eh, that's hard to say.  I definitely think it was a down decade for horror movies.  There were too many teeny slasher - lite movies for my taste.

I tend to go for more escapist fare, so I doubt my favorite movies from the 1990s are going to make the list of any true film buff.  

I like a lot of 1990s comedies.  Home Alone comes to mind.  Wayne's World.  I like a lot of Jim Carrey's movies.  Kingpin.  Men in Black.  Groundhog Day.  Clerks.  American Pie.  

The 90s seemed to transition away from what I call "clean comedies."  Movies with Bill Murray, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, etc.  And with movies like Clerks, American Pie, and There's Something About Mary, the R-Rated comedy started to be big again, and that continued into the 2000s.  While I can enjoy a funny, crude, comedy, I think it's sad that writers can't seem to pull off a comedy that's not R-rated today.  

Some non comedies from the 1990s I really liked include Forrest Gump, Independence Day, Jurassic Park, Edward Scissorhands, etc.

Personally, I think the 1990s were far more kind to movies than music.  


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 15, 2016, 06:55:26 AM
And if you're talking about "growing" movies in the 90s, you had

Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992) - I can't believe Lloyd Bridges signed up for this.  The original was charming and fun.  This one was just.........eh....

There was a made for TV remake of the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman with Darryl Hannah.  It almost captures the campy B-movie vibe of the 50s and 60s, right down to the inexplicable scene when the titular character grows, and all of her clothes tear off, but her underwear grows with her. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 15, 2016, 07:19:58 AM
"Mask" is my favorite Jim Carrey film. Like it since 7. The other favorite comedy is "Stop! or my mom will shoot" & "Oscar", both with Sylvester Stallone. I am Stallone fan since 7. The best "Home Alone" is Macaulay Culkin, then 4 & 5. The 3rd shouldn't be done at all.

John Candy, I rmbr catching film "Once upon a crime", they showed it during winter holidays, liked it very much. "Men in black" was bad mainly because I cannot stand any movie with Will Smith.
You listed "American pie" - I didn't get impression you like youth-oriented stuff, interesting.
"Edward Scissorhands", the newness worn out, recently I found it in the DVD disc & quickly got bored. But as teenager, it was my favorite, as was "Jumanji".
Agree with the final bit re: 90s music.

The best black actor & funniest is Chris Tucker in my view, then Dave Chappelle, sometimes Martin Lawrence & Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills cop" (liked that Axel theme). Who would be yours?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 15, 2016, 07:32:48 AM
And if you're talking about "growing" movies in the 90s, you had

Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992) - I can't believe Lloyd Bridges signed up for this.  The original was charming and fun.  This one was just.........eh....

There was a made for TV remake of the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman with Darryl Hannah.  It almost captures the campy B-movie vibe of the 50s and 60s, right down to the inexplicable scene when the titular character grows, and all of her clothes tear off, but her underwear grows with her. 
I read in Imdb trivia that Lloyd Bridges & the rest "serious" acting cast in "Airplane" were purposely selected to play in that movie, nearly each of them played funny character for the 1st time & Lloyd in particular didn't like the lines he should say - "looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking/sniffing glue etc." but then after they didn't regret.

The point is, maybe these veteran actors just decided they actually enjoy get to play in non-serious movies & they shouldn't be too strict at their age about the scripts they're sent, movies they're invited to?
Case in point - Robert de Niro is much maligned in movie sites for taking roles in trash movies such as "Meet the parents" vs. quality stuff (though I think as comedian, Ben Stiller isn't bad, actually). Do you disapprove of many old-timers to be playing in cheap comedies & the like?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 15, 2016, 07:49:10 AM
"Mask" is my favorite Jim Carrey film. Like it since 7. The other favorite comedy is "Stop! or my mom will shoot" & "Oscar", both with Sylvester Stallone. I am Stallone fan since 7. The best "Home Alone" is Macaulay Culkin, then 4 & 5. The 3rd shouldn't be done at all.

John Candy, I rmbr catching film "Once upon a crime", they showed it during winter holidays, liked it very much. "Men in black" was bad mainly because I cannot stand any movie with Will Smith.
You listed "American pie" - I didn't get impression you like youth-oriented stuff, interesting.
"Edward Scissorhands", the newness worn out, recently I found it in the DVD disc & quickly got bored. But as teenager, it was my favorite, as was "Jumanji".
Agree with the final bit re: 90s music.

The best black actor & funniest is Chris Tucker in my view, then Dave Chappelle, sometimes Martin Lawrence & Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills cop" (liked that Axel theme). Who would be yours?

I can't say I've seen any of the Home Alone's past part 2.  Once they went to a different cast, I lost interest. 

I do like a lot of the raunchy teen comedies - Animal House, Porky's, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, American Pie, Road Trip, etc. 

I'm not a huge Chris Tucker fan.  I rented Rush Hour, but didn't much care for it.  I do like Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Craig Robinson, Kevin Hart, and Damon Wayans.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 15, 2016, 07:51:53 AM
And if you're talking about "growing" movies in the 90s, you had

Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992) - I can't believe Lloyd Bridges signed up for this.  The original was charming and fun.  This one was just.........eh....

There was a made for TV remake of the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman with Darryl Hannah.  It almost captures the campy B-movie vibe of the 50s and 60s, right down to the inexplicable scene when the titular character grows, and all of her clothes tear off, but her underwear grows with her. 
I read in Imdb trivia that Lloyd Bridges & the rest "serious" acting cast in "Airplane" were purposely selected to play in that movie, nearly each of them played funny character for the 1st time & Lloyd in particular didn't like the lines he should say - "looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking/sniffing glue etc." but then after they didn't regret.

The point is, maybe these veteran actors just decided they actually enjoy get to play in non-serious movies & they shouldn't be too strict at their age about the scripts they're sent, movies they're invited to?
Case in point - Robert de Niro is much maligned in movie sites for taking roles in trash movies such as "Meet the parents" vs. quality stuff (though I think as comedian, Ben Stiller isn't bad, actually). Do you disapprove of many old-timers to be playing in cheap comedies & the like?

I have no issue with serious actors transitioning to comedy.  Both Lloyd Bridges and Leslie Neilsen did so for Airplane, and pretty much stayed in comedy for the rest of their lives. 

I like a lot of Robert DeNiro's comedies - Meet the Parents, Analyze This, etc. 

But, my point about Honey I Blew Up the kid was that it was a very mediocre sequel to 1989's Honey I Shrunk the Kids. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on December 15, 2016, 09:55:23 AM
I rented Rush Hour, but didn't much care for it.

I liked Rush Hour (to each their own, I can see why it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea), and even as a Beach Boys fan I'll always laugh at this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Co_4qOsbo8) scene :lol


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on December 15, 2016, 10:09:11 AM
Lolz :lol


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 15, 2016, 10:12:23 AM
I rented Rush Hour, but didn't much care for it.

I liked Rush Hour (to each their own, I can see why it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea), and even as a Beach Boys fan I'll always laugh at this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Co_4qOsbo8) scene :lol

Seeing that in previews actually enticed me to rent the movie.  But, the whole thing just didn't do much for me. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 15, 2016, 03:27:31 PM

Define "good film" - what should there be for you to like it?

This isn't entirely answerable, because there are aspects to taste - to emotional reactions, pleasure, aesthetics - that is too deeply psychological to be consciously identified.

But I'll mention two things that cause me to dislike a film: if the primary response it elicits from me is boredom or irritation; and if I am conscious while watching of the effort of the people working on the film, be they actors, set designers, writers, whomever (see Tarantino and Daniel Day Lewis, above).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 16, 2016, 02:22:15 AM
I can't say I've seen any of the Home Alone's past part 2.  Once they went to a different cast, I lost interest. 

I do like a lot of the raunchy teen comedies - Animal House, Porky's, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, American Pie, Road Trip, etc. 

I'm not a huge Chris Tucker fan.  I rented Rush Hour, but didn't much care for it.  I do like Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Craig Robinson, Kevin Hart, and Damon Wayans.
I'd rank "Home Alone" as this: 2, 4, 5, 1, 3. The boy in the 3rd is too smart alec.

Some like prurient stuff, you're among them.

Actually, should've said "favorite black comedians". "Rush Hour" is great but I like Chris Tucker's stand-up work too, some SNL skits with Eddie Murphy & Dave Chappelle's stand-ups. Who's your favorite white comedians? Did you see their stand-up stuff in flesh (Baltimore?) or youtube?

Wrt the serious actors acting in youth movies, I got what you said, it's just you brought Lloyd Bridges & I rmbr before "Airplane" he played in serious pictures & sure am aware of Leslie Nielsen. Hence the question. Just extended from your point to other. Btw, liked "Meet the Parents" too but I'm sure you'll agree that it's not the movie role to be respected/remembered for.
Still, is there serious dramatic actor/actress playing in non-serious role - comedy, cheap low-budget horror etc. - that you think was the lowest point in their career? Besides "Honey Blew up Kid".


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 16, 2016, 02:25:13 AM
This isn't entirely answerable, because there are aspects to taste - to emotional reactions, pleasure, aesthetics - that is too deeply psychological to be consciously identified.

But I'll mention two things that cause me to dislike a film: if the primary response it elicits from me is boredom or irritation; and if I am conscious while watching of the effort of the people working on the film, be they actors, set designers, writers, whomever (see Tarantino and Daniel Day Lewis, above).
That is fair. Is there film you'd seen, past/present that didn't get Oscar which, in your opinion, it should've gotten?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 16, 2016, 04:18:48 AM
Reds. It only lost because Henry Fonda was old.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 16, 2016, 05:16:41 AM
I can't say I've seen any of the Home Alone's past part 2.  Once they went to a different cast, I lost interest. 

I do like a lot of the raunchy teen comedies - Animal House, Porky's, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, American Pie, Road Trip, etc. 

I'm not a huge Chris Tucker fan.  I rented Rush Hour, but didn't much care for it.  I do like Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Craig Robinson, Kevin Hart, and Damon Wayans.
I'd rank "Home Alone" as this: 2, 4, 5, 1, 3. The boy in the 3rd is too smart alec.

Some like prurient stuff, you're among them.

Actually, should've said "favorite black comedians". "Rush Hour" is great but I like Chris Tucker's stand-up work too, some SNL skits with Eddie Murphy & Dave Chappelle's stand-ups. Who's your favorite white comedians? Did you see their stand-up stuff in flesh (Baltimore?) or youtube?

Wrt the serious actors acting in youth movies, I got what you said, it's just you brought Lloyd Bridges & I rmbr before "Airplane" he played in serious pictures & sure am aware of Leslie Nielsen. Hence the question. Just extended from your point to other. Btw, liked "Meet the Parents" too but I'm sure you'll agree that it's not the movie role to be respected/remembered for.
Still, is there serious dramatic actor/actress playing in non-serious role - comedy, cheap low-budget horror etc. - that you think was the lowest point in their career? Besides "Honey Blew up Kid".

Wow, ranking Home Alone as #4 in the franchise.  Your opinion is your opinion, but I'll guarantee that's an extremely unique ranking. 

White comedians.  George Carlin is my all time.  Then, there's Daniel Tosh, Mitch Hedberg, Dave Attell, Denis Leary, Bobby Collins, etc.  Under black comedians, I should've mentioned Cosby as his standup special Bill Cosby Himself is essential. 

I've not seen many comedians live.  I've seen Carlin a couple times (unfortunately, it was his later, angry old man phase, and I much prefer his 70s and 80s material), John Witherspoon, Daniel Tosh, Larry the Cable Guy, Jim Breuer, Steven Lynch (not a huge fan, but it was a free show). 

Sure DeNiro won't ultimately be remembered for the Focker franchise, but I think it's cool that actors that played such serious parts can have some fun late in their careers and even poke a little fun at themselves.  The best example IMO is the Analyze This / That franchise which pokes fun at DeNiro's mob movies.

A serious actor who hit a real low?  Maybe when Al Pacino had a bit pit in Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 16, 2016, 09:56:30 AM
2Emily: not familiar. You listed films/actors everybody likes but not you. Which feature film you liked that everybody didn't & which actor/actress you like to see & think s/he saves even bad film? You mentioned before Meryl Streep. Anybody else?

2KDS: "Home Alone 2" is cooler than just "Home Alone". The faux villain - lady with birds - was really cool idea. Staying home is boring. Ending up in plane to New York by mistake & living in deluxe Plaza room - now that's far-out. Bonus point for Kevin's advanced tricks.

Years back, the TV showed dreadful flick "Billy Madison". Unfunny boring pile of garbage.

Agree about serious actors/ fun. Many still live in the past grumbling about today's movies being bad & refusing to play in them but rather dredging up the oldie goldies in interviews. De Niro knows his "legend" status, it's carved. Therefore plays with young actors in youth films.
Do you like Bondiana? Who's best JB?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 16, 2016, 10:53:51 AM


2KDS: "Home Alone 2" is cooler than just "Home Alone". The faux villain - lady with birds - was really cool idea. Staying home is boring. Ending up in plane to New York by mistake & living in deluxe Plaza room - now that's far-out. Bonus point for Kevin's advanced tricks.



To each their own.  But, the movie is called Home Alone. 

I tend to rate the 1st one higher for a few reasons. 

1.  It's a little more plausible.  For the same family to do something like this on two straight Christmases, and have Kevin stranded in two different locations, but still run into the same two villains? 

2.  Home Alone 2 was a fun movie, and provided some laughs, but it essentially followed the same formula.  Kevin fights with his family.  They have to rush to get to the airport, in the process Kevin is separated.  Kevin loves being on his own at first and does all kinds of hijinks, some involving a fictional mob movie franchise.  Then, he meets the seemingly scary, but actually very nice person who teaches him that perception isn't always reality (yep, he had to learn that twice, he forgot about Old Man Marley when he met the Bird Lady).  He is pursued by the Wet / Sticky Bandits, who go from petty thieves to attempted child murderers, and puts them through all kinds of physical comedy.  Hilarity ensues.  The first scary, now nice person saves Kevin from the crooks.  Kevin reunites with family just in time for Christmas.  Warm and fuzzy.  The end. 

Those are my well too thought out points about the first two movies of the Home Alone franchise. 

Other comedies to do the repeat formula for their sequel include Ghostbusters, Major League, and The Hangover.

Funny that I just read a list of the "15 Worst Christmas Movies" from ScreenRant, and it seemed like they put Home Alone 2 on the list just to take a dig at Donald Trump, who makes a brief cameo. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 16, 2016, 11:34:09 AM
Quote
But, the movie is called Home Alone.
Smb. in Imdb board said the same about "Christmas Vacation" - it should be called "staycation".

About happy end, every kid /family film ends like that. It's got to. The old guy was funny until we found he's kind. Ditto bird lady but I liked her kindness & "defense" better than the old guy's.

You missed the question "Do you like Bondiana? Who's best JB?". Answer.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 16, 2016, 11:45:16 AM
Quote
But, the movie is called Home Alone.
Smb. in Imdb board said the same about "Christmas Vacation" - it should be called "staycation".

About happy end, every kid /family film ends like that. It's got to. The old guy was funny until we found he's kind. Ditto bird lady but I liked her kindness & "defense" better than the old guy's.

You missed the question "Do you like Bondiana? Who's best JB?". Answer.

I actually don't recall the term "Staycation" being used until fairly recently.  And, it's generally accepted any extended time off from work and / or school is a Christmas Vacation.  So, the word doesn't really have to refer to a trip.  Plus, they had to keep the title somewhat in line with the first two movies of the franchise.

I've never been into James Bond to be honest.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 16, 2016, 11:56:38 AM
Really? The Imdb thread that post referred to "staycation" is old. But you're right, vacation is time off in U.S. Maybe the poster was British? There they use the word "holidays".

Is there any movie that you converted your wife to & vice versa?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on December 16, 2016, 12:15:49 PM
I don't mean to derail your conversation but the "staycation" thing interested me. It seems that the word was coined in the early-to-mid 00s, and was popularized around the financial collapse in 07-08, as more and more people were "forced" to make their time off from work stay-at-home time. (That was the era I first heard the term, I think: around 2008.)

But it's such a near-obvious blend of words, maybe someone else did use the phrase as a joke just on an individual level? It seems plausible that a clever reviewer or commenter could have "invented" the word separately from the pop culture invention.

OK, sorry for the interruption: back to your discussion.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 16, 2016, 12:17:42 PM
Really? The Imdb thread that post referred to "staycation" is old. But you're right, vacation is time off in U.S. Maybe the poster was British? There they use the word "holidays".

Is there any movie that you converted your wife to & vice versa?

Hmmm.   I don't know if my wife had ever seen Summer Rental before we started dating, and we watch it at least once a summer.  I think I showed her The Monster Squad for the first time.  

I've gotten her into some older Vincent Price horror / comedies like Comedy of Terror and Tales of Terror.  I'm still trying to convince her to check out Zombieland, since she liked Shaun of the Dead.

Early on, she got me to watch Twlight, which stands as the worst movie I've ever seen.  

She kinda got me back into The Muppets.  I checked out on them when I was probably eight (around 1988), but she's a fan, and now I really like The Muppet Movie (which I never saw as a kid), Muppets Christmas Carol, The Muppet Show, and the 2011 movie reboot.  We also both enjoyed the Office - style show that was on ABC last season.  


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 16, 2016, 12:18:39 PM
I don't mean to derail your conversation but the "staycation" thing interested me. It seems that the word was coined in the early-to-mid 00s, and was popularized around the financial collapse in 07-08, as more and more people were "forced" to make their time off from work stay-at-home time. (That was the era I first heard the term, I think: around 2008.)

But it's such a near-obvious blend of words, maybe someone else did use the phrase as a joke just on an individual level? It seems plausible that a clever reviewer or commenter could have "invented" the word separately from the pop culture invention.

OK, sorry for the interruption: back to your discussion.

That's about when I remember first hearing it. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 16, 2016, 04:13:21 PM
2Emily: not familiar. You listed films/actors everybody likes but not you. Which feature film you liked that everybody didn't & which actor/actress you like to see & think s/he saves even bad film? You mentioned before Meryl Streep. Anybody else?

I can't think of any movies that people generally had a bad reaction that I like. There are some really bad movies that I enjoy - but that's another question.
I don't think any actor can necessarily save ANY bad film - even Streep. Though I've seen a few bad films that were much improved by her presence. There was a really bad movie long ago called She Devil in which Meryl Streep was hilariously good.
There was a period when Joan Cusack in a bit part could make anything funny. Or Chris Cooper or David Strathairn could ground anything that's getting ridiculous. Nicholas Cage could make anything grounded ridiculous. Or Bill Murray could make something not funny funny. Christian Bale or Holly Hunter could make a dictionary reading intense. Christopher Walken could make a dictionary reading psychologically weird. Emma Thompson can bring it earnest but humorous humanity. Keanu Reeves could just stand there and the set was improved. These things are best considered in hindsight.
In 10! years ask me about people from early this century.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on December 16, 2016, 04:16:38 PM
Keanu Reeves could just stand there and the set was improved.

 :lol

There may or may not be people about whom I'd make a similar statement. Great "actors," those.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 16, 2016, 04:33:56 PM
I won't ask who you think are the best set decorations, but who in your lifetime has impressed you as a particularly interesting actor, the captain? You too, RR?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 16, 2016, 04:37:16 PM
And I hope you're warm.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on December 16, 2016, 04:51:59 PM
Emily, I might be the worst person to ask. Movies and TV are pretty low on my list of interests, at least in any respectable form. I'm more likely to enjoy people who are by all accounts one-trick ponies than people who are, I'm told, good actors. (I can have a stronger opinion watching live theater. Maybe it's about that divide. Maybe I'm just shallow. I leave open all options.) And besides, I don't watch all that much stuff, especially movies.

People whose acting I like across movies/shows (as opposed to individual performances I may have particularly loved) would probably be Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C Reilly, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore...after that, it gets thin. I've loved Bill Murray often, but he's usually just Bill Murray, more or less. When I like Jason Schwartzman, I suspect I just like Wes Anderson. And so on.

As for set decorations, well, if in my day I've noticed Scarlett Johansson, Beyonce (oh, she's an actress), or Liv Tyler amongst the curtains and chairs, well...

As for warm, nope. It's warmed up to 12 (highest high in days), but we're expecting a foot of snow in return for the favor. We'll be back to single digit highs tomorrow just in time to shovel, and then we're down to the negatives by Sunday. I love Minneapolis and Minnesota ... usually. But c'mon.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 16, 2016, 04:55:24 PM
That's a damned respectable list, both the decorations and the actors.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 16, 2016, 04:58:32 PM
And those temperatures call for a movie marathon, with cocoa, a blanket, slippers and buttered popcorn.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on December 16, 2016, 05:06:32 PM
Some of the above seem likely.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 17, 2016, 11:19:04 AM
Hmmm.   I don't know if my wife had ever seen Summer Rental before we started dating, and we watch it at least once a summer.  I think I showed her The Monster Squad for the first time.  

I've gotten her into some older Vincent Price horror / comedies like Comedy of Terror and Tales of Terror.  I'm still trying to convince her to check out Zombieland, since she liked Shaun of the Dead.

Early on, she got me to watch Twlight, which stands as the worst movie I've ever seen.  

She kinda got me back into The Muppets.  I checked out on them when I was probably eight (around 1988), but she's a fan, and now I really like The Muppet Movie (which I never saw as a kid), Muppets Christmas Carol, The Muppet Show, and the 2011 movie reboot.  We also both enjoyed the Office - style show that was on ABC last season.  
You're like "sweet pair Twix". :3d

Speaking of worst movies, you seem not to like current stuff. Is there movie from the 60s-70s-80s that you can say the same? Discounting reboots/remakes/ What was, so to speak, the "Twilight" of the past decades?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 17, 2016, 11:30:41 AM
I can't think of any movies that people generally had a bad reaction that I like. There are some really bad movies that I enjoy - but that's another question.
I don't think any actor can necessarily save ANY bad film - even Streep. Though I've seen a few bad films that were much improved by her presence. There was a really bad movie long ago called She Devil in which Meryl Streep was hilariously good.
There was a period when Joan Cusack in a bit part could make anything funny. Or Chris Cooper or David Strathairn could ground anything that's getting ridiculous. Nicholas Cage could make anything grounded ridiculous. Or Bill Murray could make something not funny funny. Christian Bale or Holly Hunter could make a dictionary reading intense. Christopher Walken could make a dictionary reading psychologically weird. Emma Thompson can bring it earnest but humorous humanity. Keanu Reeves could just stand there and the set was improved. These things are best considered in hindsight.
In 10! years ask me about people from early this century.
Thanks for reply. Never heard of Christian Bale, Holly Hunter, Emma Thompson, Chris Cooper.

Interesting actors: Ron Perlman, Sylvester Stallone (he isn't just muscle-bound guy with no brains, he's got underrated comedic talent), Julia Ormond, Abigail Breslin (for kid, she's impressive), Patsy Kelly, Audrey/Katherine Hepburn, Peter Lorre, Mick Jagger (super artistic), Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Timothy Hutton, Gene Tierney, Art Carney.

Did you see any stage play on Broadway? Other legitimate stage? What did you like?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 17, 2016, 11:37:58 AM
I don't mean to derail your conversation but the "staycation" thing interested me. It seems that the word was coined in the early-to-mid 00s, and was popularized around the financial collapse in 07-08, as more and more people were "forced" to make their time off from work stay-at-home time. (That was the era I first heard the term, I think: around 2008.)

But it's such a near-obvious blend of words, maybe someone else did use the phrase as a joke just on an individual level? It seems plausible that a clever reviewer or commenter could have "invented" the word separately from the pop culture invention.

OK, sorry for the interruption: back to your discussion.
It's OK to do it if smb. got sth. to add. That said, I do think like that too. F.ex. "Hipsterism" got 3 of you with Emily & KDS talking, it was fun discussion that I did not want to get in the way of such great dialog.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 17, 2016, 07:59:13 PM
I can't think of any movies that people generally had a bad reaction that I like. There are some really bad movies that I enjoy - but that's another question.
I don't think any actor can necessarily save ANY bad film - even Streep. Though I've seen a few bad films that were much improved by her presence. There was a really bad movie long ago called She Devil in which Meryl Streep was hilariously good.
There was a period when Joan Cusack in a bit part could make anything funny. Or Chris Cooper or David Strathairn could ground anything that's getting ridiculous. Nicholas Cage could make anything grounded ridiculous. Or Bill Murray could make something not funny funny. Christian Bale or Holly Hunter could make a dictionary reading intense. Christopher Walken could make a dictionary reading psychologically weird. Emma Thompson can bring it earnest but humorous humanity. Keanu Reeves could just stand there and the set was improved. These things are best considered in hindsight.
In 10! years ask me about people from early this century.
Thanks for reply. Never heard of Christian Bale, Holly Hunter, Emma Thompson, Chris Cooper.

Interesting actors: Ron Perlman, Sylvester Stallone (he isn't just muscle-bound guy with no brains, he's got underrated comedic talent), Julia Ormond, Abigail Breslin (for kid, she's impressive), Patsy Kelly, Audrey/Katherine Hepburn, Peter Lorre, Mick Jagger (super artistic), Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Timothy Hutton, Gene Tierney, Art Carney.

Did you see any stage play on Broadway? Other legitimate stage? What did you like?
Yeah, I grew up outside of New York, so I saw lots of plays on and off Broadway, from Annie when I was 8 on up. I saw Evita when I was way too young to understand any of it. But the music and singing was fascinating to me. And Sweeney Todd and Cats and all that. I haven't been to a Broadway musical since I was a kid though. I had seasonal tickets to the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge for years. They did a mix of plays from Shakespeare through Moliere, Ionesco, Beckett, Stoppard, to completely contemporary. I think the most interesting experience though not the most interesting play was Burn This on Broadway with John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and Joan Allen before any of them were movie stars. Malkovich completely blew me away. He doesn't really fit on screen the way he does on stage. Just another few years until my daughter is old enough to sit through a play properly. I'm so excited.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on December 18, 2016, 04:56:35 AM
This past week:

The Shawshank Redemption
Forrest Gump
When Harry Met Sally
The Tree of Life


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on December 18, 2016, 05:47:23 AM
Can I mention TV? Because with the deep freeze over Minneapolis (it's -23F at the moment, wind chills well into the -30s), yesterday I started binging on the TV show The Grinder. I'd heard of it maybe a year ago or so, when Fred Savage (one of the show's stars) was a guest on The Nerdist podcast. The show is an absurd comedy in which Rob Lowe plays a self-absorbed actor coming home to Boise, Idaho, after an eight-year run playing an attorney on a TV show (titled "The Grinder"). In Boise, he moves in with his brother (Savage's character), who is a real-life attorney, and his family. Lowe decides his TV experience is sufficient that he can contribute to the real-life firm, and--I said it's absurd--basically everyone except Savage totally buys in.

I've been looking for a new, small-investment (in terms of time and attention) show, and this is it. Hilarious.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on December 18, 2016, 06:27:18 AM
Can I mention TV? Because with the deep freeze over Minneapolis (it's -23F at the moment, wind chills well into the -30s), yesterday I started binging on the TV show The Grinder. I'd heard of it maybe a year ago or so, when Fred Savage (one of the show's stars) was a guest on The Nerdist podcast. The show is an absurd comedy in which Rob Lowe plays a self-absorbed actor coming home to Boise, Idaho, after an eight-year run playing an attorney on a TV show (titled "The Grinder"). In Boise, he moves in with his brother (Savage's character), who is a real-life attorney, and his family. Lowe decides his TV experience is sufficient that he can contribute to the real-life firm, and--I said it's absurd--basically everyone except Savage totally buys in.

I've been looking for a new, small-investment (in terms of time and attention) show, and this is it. Hilarious.

Great show. Cancelled after only one season unfortunately.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on December 18, 2016, 06:34:06 AM
Can I mention TV? Because with the deep freeze over Minneapolis (it's -23F at the moment, wind chills well into the -30s), yesterday I started binging on the TV show The Grinder. I'd heard of it maybe a year ago or so, when Fred Savage (one of the show's stars) was a guest on The Nerdist podcast. The show is an absurd comedy in which Rob Lowe plays a self-absorbed actor coming home to Boise, Idaho, after an eight-year run playing an attorney on a TV show (titled "The Grinder"). In Boise, he moves in with his brother (Savage's character), who is a real-life attorney, and his family. Lowe decides his TV experience is sufficient that he can contribute to the real-life firm, and--I said it's absurd--basically everyone except Savage totally buys in.

I've been looking for a new, small-investment (in terms of time and attention) show, and this is it. Hilarious.

Great show. Cancelled after only one season unfortunately.
Almost a badge of honor! OK, not really--a lot of crap gets cancelled after one season because it's crap--but it's far from the only good show to suffer that fate. Freaks & Geeks, anyone?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SCaroline Z on December 18, 2016, 07:30:36 AM
Can I mention TV? Because with the deep freeze over Minneapolis (it's -23F at the moment, wind chills well into the -30s), yesterday I started binging on the TV show The Grinder. I'd heard of it maybe a year ago or so, when Fred Savage (one of the show's stars) was a guest on The Nerdist podcast. The show is an absurd comedy in which Rob Lowe plays a self-absorbed actor coming home to Boise, Idaho, after an eight-year run playing an attorney on a TV show (titled "The Grinder"). In Boise, he moves in with his brother (Savage's character), who is a real-life attorney, and his family. Lowe decides his TV experience is sufficient that he can contribute to the real-life firm, and--I said it's absurd--basically everyone except Savage totally buys in.

I've been looking for a new, small-investment (in terms of time and attention) show, and this is it. Hilarious.

Great show. Cancelled after only one season unfortunately.
Almost a badge of honor! OK, not really--a lot of crap gets cancelled after one season because it's crap--but it's far from the only good show to suffer that fate. Freaks & Geeks, anyone?
Seriously... and Firefly, of course. As for this year's cancellations... Vinyl and Roadies. Both amazing music based shows. Why??


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 18, 2016, 07:33:24 AM
I like the premise. I don't have TV but I have some streaming services. Where did you watch it?
My favorite TV from recent years was Galavant and the Killing.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on December 18, 2016, 07:36:03 AM
The Grinder is on Netflix, which is where I'm watching it.

I loved Galavant, too.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 18, 2016, 07:42:47 AM
The Grinder is on Netflix, which is where I'm watching it.

I loved Galavant, too.
Yay. I'll watch it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on December 18, 2016, 08:03:39 AM
I will go in person to the Monday night football game between the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers tommorrow....


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 18, 2016, 08:58:17 AM
Yeah, I grew up outside of New York
Yep, I knew it, that is why I asked about Broadway. :3d I'm sure Maggie would get kick out of it. You mentioned John Malkovich - casual fan, the movies he played in he seems to be good actor. F.ex. "Changeling". It's good film with good cast. I'd add him to the "Interesting actors" list, as well as James Marsden from young actors ("Interstate 60"). Gary Sinese played in Stephen King's "The Stand". Speaking of King, Rob Lowe played in 2000s remake of "Salem's Lot".

Many actors working in film & stage say that playing in stage is fun & don't say if movie experience was good or bad. They say they enjoy & never refuse the theatre roles. Don't you think it's strange? They must repeat the same lines 100+ times if the audience liked it. The movies, they just do few takes, "Cut!" & off you go. Discuss.

[...] As for this year's cancellations... Vinyl and Roadies. Both amazing music based shows. Why??
I'd like to see "Vinyl" - Mick Jagger stood behind it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on December 18, 2016, 10:37:31 AM
This past week:

The Shawshank Redemption
Forrest Gump
When Harry Met Sally
The Tree of Life


How'd you like the Tree Of Life?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on December 18, 2016, 12:25:46 PM
This past week:

The Shawshank Redemption
Forrest Gump
When Harry Met Sally
The Tree of Life


How'd you like the Tree Of Life?

I was completely blown away by it. I'd watched it back in high school when it came out but didn't really get it. Decided to re-visit now and man...it's been a long time since I enjoyed a movie so much. Every scene just hit home.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 18, 2016, 07:06:10 PM
Yeah, I grew up outside of New York
Yep, I knew it, that is why I asked about Broadway. :3d I'm sure Maggie would get kick out of it. You mentioned John Malkovich - casual fan, the movies he played in he seems to be good actor. F.ex. "Changeling". It's good film with good cast. I'd add him to the "Interesting actors" list, as well as James Marsden from young actors ("Interstate 60"). Gary Sinese played in Stephen King's "The Stand". Speaking of King, Rob Lowe played in 2000s remake of "Salem's Lot".

Many actors working in film & stage say that playing in stage is fun & don't say if movie experience was good or bad. They say they enjoy & never refuse the theatre roles. Don't you think it's strange? They must repeat the same lines 100+ times if the audience liked it. The movies, they just do few takes, "Cut!" & off you go. Discuss.

[...] As for this year's cancellations... Vinyl and Roadies. Both amazing music based shows. Why??
I'd like to see "Vinyl" - Mick Jagger stood behind it.
I think that the fun of acting for many actors is broken up by the way movies are usually filmed: a few lines, cut, adjust, fuss around, a few more lines... they don't film the scenes in order, etc. so it's harder to get into it. Also, the immediate validation from the audience is absent.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 18, 2016, 10:58:56 PM
I think that the fun of acting for many actors is broken up by the way movies are usually filmed: a few lines, cut, adjust, fuss around, a few more lines... they don't film the scenes in order, etc. so it's harder to get into it. Also, the immediate validation from the audience is absent.
You're smart cookie :3d - good answer.

We get to documentaries - many people say this is genre they prefer: it's real, with evidences; witnesses, survivors being interviewed, scans of rare pictures, archived material etc. Do you agree? F.ex., to my mind, it being "documentary" doesn't guarantee everything is true there. What say you?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 19, 2016, 05:07:51 AM
Hmmm.   I don't know if my wife had ever seen Summer Rental before we started dating, and we watch it at least once a summer.  I think I showed her The Monster Squad for the first time.  

I've gotten her into some older Vincent Price horror / comedies like Comedy of Terror and Tales of Terror.  I'm still trying to convince her to check out Zombieland, since she liked Shaun of the Dead.

Early on, she got me to watch Twlight, which stands as the worst movie I've ever seen.  

She kinda got me back into The Muppets.  I checked out on them when I was probably eight (around 1988), but she's a fan, and now I really like The Muppet Movie (which I never saw as a kid), Muppets Christmas Carol, The Muppet Show, and the 2011 movie reboot.  We also both enjoyed the Office - style show that was on ABC last season.  
You're like "sweet pair Twix". :3d

Speaking of worst movies, you seem not to like current stuff. Is there movie from the 60s-70s-80s that you can say the same? Discounting reboots/remakes/ What was, so to speak, the "Twilight" of the past decades?

There are some sci fi movies from the 60s and 70s that're pretty bad.  And some low rent horror movies. 

Two from the 1980s that come to mind are The Burning and Silent Night Deadly Night.  I'm a little biased because, with a couple exceptions, I'm not a big fan of the slasher genre, but I think these movies are both awful.  In my opinion, there's not an ounce of suspense whatsoever.  They both stick to the slasher formula of questionable acting, gorey kills, and a little female nudity thrown in.  But without the suspense of better movies like Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm St, these are just low rent imitations.



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 19, 2016, 05:10:02 AM
This past week:

The Shawshank Redemption
Forrest Gump
When Harry Met Sally
The Tree of Life


How'd you like the Tree Of Life?

I was completely blown away by it. I'd watched it back in high school when it came out but didn't really get it. Decided to re-visit now and man...it's been a long time since I enjoyed a movie so much. Every scene just hit home.
Wow. Based on your music comments, I had guessed you were in the mid-30s.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 19, 2016, 05:11:25 AM
I think that the fun of acting for many actors is broken up by the way movies are usually filmed: a few lines, cut, adjust, fuss around, a few more lines... they don't film the scenes in order, etc. so it's harder to get into it. Also, the immediate validation from the audience is absent.
You're smart cookie :3d - good answer.

We get to documentaries - many people say this is genre they prefer: it's real, with evidences; witnesses, survivors being interviewed, scans of rare pictures, archived material etc. Do you agree? F.ex., to my mind, it being "documentary" doesn't guarantee everything is true there. What say you?
Nothing is guaranteed to be true. Always validate with other sources. I thought Blackfish was really good.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 19, 2016, 05:12:02 AM


I'd like to see "Vinyl" - Mick Jagger stood behind it.

I really liked Vinyl.  I was sad to see it get cancelled so soon.  I think HBO could've rolled the dice on ten more episodes.  I guess they don't want it to get in the way of them showing the same ten movies over and over.  

I also think it's worth noting that HBO passed on The Walking Dead because AMC got it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on December 19, 2016, 05:12:20 AM
This past week:

The Shawshank Redemption
Forrest Gump
When Harry Met Sally
The Tree of Life


How'd you like the Tree Of Life?

I was completely blown away by it. I'd watched it back in high school when it came out but didn't really get it. Decided to re-visit now and man...it's been a long time since I enjoyed a movie so much. Every scene just hit home.
Wow. Based on your music comments, I had guessed you were in the mid-30s.

22.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on December 19, 2016, 05:13:48 AM
Ovi is the man! ;D


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on December 19, 2016, 05:17:07 AM
Ovi is the man! ;D

Long time no talk. What's been up with you, man?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on December 19, 2016, 05:19:31 AM
Not much, been working like crazy at two jobs! You?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on December 19, 2016, 02:21:56 PM
This past week:

The Shawshank Redemption
Forrest Gump
When Harry Met Sally
The Tree of Life


How'd you like the Tree Of Life?

I was completely blown away by it. I'd watched it back in high school when it came out but didn't really get it. Decided to re-visit now and man...it's been a long time since I enjoyed a movie so much. Every scene just hit home.

I'm glad to hear, it's one of my favorites. You know the creation scene full of space/universe shots? Malick has a documentary/movie out called 'Voyage of Time' that is similar to the creation scene from 'Tree of Life', narrated by Brad Pitt. I can't wait to see it. Also check out 'Thin Red Line' if you haven't already!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 20, 2016, 05:49:02 AM
There are some sci fi movies from the 60s and 70s that're pretty bad.  And some low rent horror movies. 

Two from the 1980s that come to mind are The Burning and Silent Night Deadly Night.  I'm a little biased because, with a couple exceptions, I'm not a big fan of the slasher genre, but I think these movies are both awful.  In my opinion, there's not an ounce of suspense whatsoever.  They both stick to the slasher formula of questionable acting, gorey kills, and a little female nudity thrown in.  But without the suspense of better movies like Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm St, these are just low rent imitations.
Freddy Krueger is very good commercial idea for horror. Maybe the best horror villain. Who would be yours?

Did you like "Friday the 13th" franchise? The latest were bad. & "Freddy vs. Jason" was bad move on the writers' side. Meshing these chaps together didn't work.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 20, 2016, 05:53:39 AM
Nothing is guaranteed to be true. Always validate with other sources. I thought Blackfish was really good.
What'd you like about it? I read the divided camps - some blame orca, others think she did it by influence of things. Who is right iyo?
I liked "Good Ol' Freda".


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 20, 2016, 05:55:19 AM
There are some sci fi movies from the 60s and 70s that're pretty bad.  And some low rent horror movies. 

Two from the 1980s that come to mind are The Burning and Silent Night Deadly Night.  I'm a little biased because, with a couple exceptions, I'm not a big fan of the slasher genre, but I think these movies are both awful.  In my opinion, there's not an ounce of suspense whatsoever.  They both stick to the slasher formula of questionable acting, gorey kills, and a little female nudity thrown in.  But without the suspense of better movies like Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm St, these are just low rent imitations.
Freddy Krueger is very good commercial idea for horror. Maybe the best horror villain. Who would be yours?

Did you like "Friday the 13th" franchise? The latest were bad. & "Freddy vs. Jason" was bad move on the writers' side. Meshing these chaps together didn't work.

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the Friday the 13th movies.  I thought the original was good, but I thought the franchise paled in comparison to the Halloween franchise.  I always see the Friday the 13th franchise as just a bunch of faceless victims, and I thought they kinda made fun of that in Freddy v Jason.

Best horror villain.  I like Michael Myers a lot, especially in the early movies when he was just an unstoppable evil person.  Unfortunately, in the later movies, they went to ridiculous lengths to explain that evil.  

I also like Hannibal Lecter a lot, although, those movies are probably more suspense than horror.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 20, 2016, 06:02:24 AM
To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the Friday the 13th movies.  I thought the original was good, but I thought the franchise paled in comparison to the Halloween franchise.  I always see the Friday the 13th franchise as just a bunch of faceless victims, and I thought they kinda made fun of that in Freddy v Jason.

Best horror villain.  I like Michael Myers a lot, especially in the early movies when he was just an unstoppable evil person.  Unfortunately, in the later movies, they went to ridiculous lengths to explain that evil.  

I also like Hannibal Lecter a lot, although, those movies are probably more suspense than horror.
Cool classic picks.
A bit of fun question before continuing the usual discussion - if these 2 were paired against eye-to-eye, who'd you bet your bucks to win? I'd say Lecter would beat Mike easily. He'd chew his mask off, then the rest. Your turn. :D


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 20, 2016, 09:11:40 AM
To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the Friday the 13th movies.  I thought the original was good, but I thought the franchise paled in comparison to the Halloween franchise.  I always see the Friday the 13th franchise as just a bunch of faceless victims, and I thought they kinda made fun of that in Freddy v Jason.

Best horror villain.  I like Michael Myers a lot, especially in the early movies when he was just an unstoppable evil person.  Unfortunately, in the later movies, they went to ridiculous lengths to explain that evil.  

I also like Hannibal Lecter a lot, although, those movies are probably more suspense than horror.
Cool classic picks.
A bit of fun question before continuing the usual discussion - if these 2 were paired against eye-to-eye, who'd you bet your bucks to win? I'd say Lecter would beat Mike easily. He'd chew his mask off, then the rest. Your turn. :D

I'd pick Michael.  While Lecter might have the ability to outsmart Myers, Myers lacks any real logic or reason, so that, to me, makes him more dangerous in a fight


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 20, 2016, 09:51:09 AM
I'd pick Michael.  While Lecter might have the ability to outsmart Myers, Myers lacks any real logic or reason, so that, to me, makes him more dangerous in a fight
Definitely can see it.

Do you agree that there should not be Oscars, Saturns & other awards? Do you think it spoils the film industry & overrated?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on December 20, 2016, 12:59:18 PM
Not much, been working like crazy at two jobs! You?

Same old, same old. Trying to find more time to post here.

I'm glad to hear, it's one of my favorites. You know the creation scene full of space/universe shots? Malick has a documentary/movie out called 'Voyage of Time' that is similar to the creation scene from 'Tree of Life', narrated by Brad Pitt. I can't wait to see it. Also check out 'Thin Red Line' if you haven't already!

Thanks, I definitely need to check out more of Malick's stuff.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on December 20, 2016, 01:00:40 PM
Days of Heaven is one of my favourite movies.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 20, 2016, 01:34:14 PM
I'd pick Michael.  While Lecter might have the ability to outsmart Myers, Myers lacks any real logic or reason, so that, to me, makes him more dangerous in a fight
Definitely can see it.

Do you agree that there should not be Oscars, Saturns & other awards? Do you think it spoils the film industry & overrated?


I don't think the Oscars or any awards really do anything to hurt or help the industry.  I kinda feel the same way about the Grammys.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on December 20, 2016, 08:06:35 PM
Days of Heaven is one of my favourite movies.

Yes! It has been so long since I've seen this one but I remember so much from it.

The first time I saw a Malick film was much like Ovi's experience: I didn't really get it. But once you realize that his movies are more like poetry than a conventional Hollywood flick you come to appreciate the grand scope of what you're watching, and it all falls into place.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 21, 2016, 12:05:55 AM
I don't think the Oscars or any awards really do anything to hurt or help the industry.  I kinda feel the same way about the Grammys.
These award shows get boring quickly - same actors get them, f.ex. if you're young actor nominated the same year with veteran actor - consider you go home with empty hands. Bad timing, bad luck. Smb. would say it brings good competitive spirit but is there even difference in statues? Lead role statue & supporting role look the same, as do the numerous other tiny nominations. At least at Berlin International Film Festival there is Silver Bear & Golden Bear. Maybe premium/bonus differs?

Ideally, every actor/director should get single Oscar/ Golden Globe/ etc. during their entire acting career. Why collect the same stuff 5 times? Case in point: some actress - Candice Bergen? - she starred in TV series that ran many seasons & she would be awarded Emmy(?) each season. She got fed up & said to jury or smb. else that they don't nominate her anymore. They accepted.

OK, we said before best villain - tell your best hero in a film, any genre. Who do you consider "colorful figure in the cinema"?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 21, 2016, 12:13:00 AM
Angelina Jolie directed "Unbroken" - it's in my "to-watch" list - she said to be inspired by Malick's filming methods & she's fan.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 21, 2016, 03:41:47 AM
Nothing is guaranteed to be true. Always validate with other sources. I thought Blackfish was really good.
What'd you like about it? I read the divided camps - some blame orca, others think she did it by influence of things. Who is right iyo?
I liked "Good Ol' Freda".
I thought it was revealing of the general truth that when animals are used for profit-making ventures, the well-being of the animal is not going to be the first priority in the treatment of the animal. I thought it was important to break the market-driven fantasy of the happy dog-like creatures in captivity. And I thought the film did it well.
Regarding whether anything was the orca's "fault" - ultimately of course that can't be true as the Orca had no part in creating the situation.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 21, 2016, 05:18:30 AM
I don't think the Oscars or any awards really do anything to hurt or help the industry.  I kinda feel the same way about the Grammys.
These award shows get boring quickly - same actors get them, f.ex. if you're young actor nominated the same year with veteran actor - consider you go home with empty hands. Bad timing, bad luck. Smb. would say it brings good competitive spirit but is there even difference in statues? Lead role statue & supporting role look the same, as do the numerous other tiny nominations. At least at Berlin International Film Festival there is Silver Bear & Golden Bear. Maybe premium/bonus differs?

Ideally, every actor/director should get single Oscar/ Golden Globe/ etc. during their entire acting career. Why collect the same stuff 5 times? Case in point: some actress - Candice Bergen? - she starred in TV series that ran many seasons & she would be awarded Emmy(?) each season. She got fed up & said to jury or smb. else that they don't nominate her anymore. They accepted.

OK, we said before best villain - tell your best hero in a film, any genre. Who do you consider "colorful figure in the cinema"?

The Oscars are other awards shows are really just giant ego strokes.  Celebrities wearing outfits that could cost most actual moviegoers up to half of their yearly salary.  And as I said before, my preferred movies tend to be comedy or horror, two genres which are mostly ignored by the Academy.  So, I pay it no mind. 

Plus, just as the Grammys couldn't care less about actual music fans, the Academy is the same about actual movie fans. 

Best hero?  Well, I've always been partial to Batman, particularly the Michael Keaton version.   There's also John McClane from Die Hard.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 21, 2016, 06:26:16 AM
I thought it was revealing of the general truth that when animals are used for profit-making ventures, the well-being of the animal is not going to be the first priority in the treatment of the animal. I thought it was important to break the market-driven fantasy of the happy dog-like creatures in captivity. And I thought the film did it well.
Regarding whether anything was the orca's "fault" - ultimately of course that can't be true as the Orca had no part in creating the situation.
Jolly good. Who is Maggie's favorite Disney princess & did you like any Disney films/cartoons as kid? "The Mickey Mouse Club"? Other Disney stuff?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 21, 2016, 06:37:56 AM
The Oscars are other awards shows are really just giant ego strokes.  Celebrities wearing outfits that could cost most actual moviegoers up to half of their yearly salary.  And as I said before, my preferred movies tend to be comedy or horror, two genres which are mostly ignored by the Academy.  So, I pay it no mind.  

Plus, just as the Grammys couldn't care less about actual music fans, the Academy is the same about actual movie fans.  

Best hero?  Well, I've always been partial to Batman, particularly the Michael Keaton version.   There's also John McClane from Die Hard.
Batman is good but not his alter ego Bruce Wayne. Batmobile is cool!

2-facet question: your favorite villain in "Batman"? Did you like the Christopher Nolan "Batman"? I'd say the best were The Joker, Two-Face. If Catwoman counts, she's too (Michelle Pfeiffer's definitely the best, she captured the "cat" looks, mannerisms perfectly).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 21, 2016, 06:54:30 AM
The Oscars are other awards shows are really just giant ego strokes.  Celebrities wearing outfits that could cost most actual moviegoers up to half of their yearly salary.  And as I said before, my preferred movies tend to be comedy or horror, two genres which are mostly ignored by the Academy.  So, I pay it no mind.  

Plus, just as the Grammys couldn't care less about actual music fans, the Academy is the same about actual movie fans.  

Best hero?  Well, I've always been partial to Batman, particularly the Michael Keaton version.   There's also John McClane from Die Hard.
Batman is good but not his alter ego Bruce Wayne. Batmobile is cool!

2-facet question: your favorite villain in "Batman"? Did you like the Christopher Nolan "Batman"? I'd say the best were The Joker, Two-Face. If Catwoman counts, she's too (Michelle Pfeiffer's definitely the best, she captured the "cat" looks, mannerisms perfectly).

My two favorite villains are The Joker and The Penguin.  And I prefer the Nicholson and DeVito versions respectively. 

There was a Batman Animated Series from the early 1990s that is excellent.

I do like the Nolan movies, but I prefer the Tim Burton movies.  I felt the Burton movies did the best job at mixing the darkness of Batman, but with some comic book humor.  Meanwhile, the Nolan films are relentlessly dark.  Still good movies though. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 21, 2016, 07:12:31 AM
My two favorite villains are The Joker and The Penguin.  And I prefer the Nicholson and DeVito versions respectively. 

There was a Batman Animated Series from the early 1990s that is excellent.

I do like the Nolan movies, but I prefer the Tim Burton movies.  I felt the Burton movies did the best job at mixing the darkness of Batman, but with some comic book humor.  Meanwhile, the Nolan films are relentlessly dark.  Still good movies though. 
Agree! Nicholson & De Vito did the best to look like Joker & Penguin. I've got funny story about Penguin: during winter/New Year holidays in 2005 or 6, last grades in school, me & my 5-year-old cousin would watch films in TV, they showed classic 90s "Batman" weekdays. "Batman 2", there is scene where Penguin writes, then suddenly turns to screen &  the little boy shortly shouts & does funny frightened face. After that, I'd mention that case to him. The boy's now 16.

The Tim Burton "Batman" is the best, twice agree. What can you say about "Spiderman"? The main issue is I didn't like the cast.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 21, 2016, 07:14:10 AM
My two favorite villains are The Joker and The Penguin.  And I prefer the Nicholson and DeVito versions respectively. 

There was a Batman Animated Series from the early 1990s that is excellent.

I do like the Nolan movies, but I prefer the Tim Burton movies.  I felt the Burton movies did the best job at mixing the darkness of Batman, but with some comic book humor.  Meanwhile, the Nolan films are relentlessly dark.  Still good movies though. 
Agree! Nicholson & De Vito did the best to look like Joker & Penguin. I've got funny story about Penguin: during winter/New Year holidays in 2005 or 6, last grades in school, me & my 5-year-old cousin would watch films in TV, they showed classic 90s "Batman" weekdays. "Batman 2", there is scene where Penguin writes, then suddenly turns to screen &  the little boy shortly shouts & does funny frightened face. After that, I'd mention that case to him. The boy's now 16.

The Tim Burton "Batman" is the best, twice agree. What can you say about "Spiderman"? The main issue is I didn't like the cast.

I'm not a huge Spiderman fan, but I did like the first two Sam Raimi movies (I thought the 3rd was a bit overblown).  I thought the casting was actually pretty good in those movies.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 21, 2016, 07:25:43 AM
Tell the film that you used to be not fan/didn't get but after revisiting, it wasn't as bad.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 21, 2016, 07:42:44 AM
Tell the film that you used to be not fan/didn't get but after revisiting, it wasn't as bad.

The one that immediately springs to mind is The Nightmare Before Christmas. 

When I was 13, I saw it in theaters, and came away disappointed.  I don't think I was expecting a musical, or something so "cute."  Of course, in my early teens, I wasn't really into stuff that was whimsical or family friendly.  I enjoyed that stuff as a kid, and eventually came back to it in my late 20s.

So, 20 years later, I gave The Nightmare Before Christmas another shot an loved it.  Since my wife isn't a horror fan, it's one of the few Halloween movies we watch every year together (I consider it more Halloween than Christmas).

Maybe one day, I'll give The Santa Clause a second chance.  I saw it at 14, and didn't really care for it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on December 21, 2016, 08:15:18 AM
Tell the film that you used to be not fan/didn't get but after revisiting, it wasn't as bad.

One very odd experience for me was with Robert Altman's Nashville. I wouldn't say I disliked it as I was watching it but it was a real struggle. I had to take breaks. It wasn't nearly as engaging as a few others I had seen. Then, without giving too much away, the last ten minutes happened and it changed my whole perspective of what came before it. It wasn't like a Sixth Sense twist ending kind of thing but I had no idea that the movie was heading in the direction it was heading and when it got there, the rest of the movie clicked into place. Upon rewatching it a second time, it became one of my all time favourites. I still think it's the best Altman and probably, for me, in the top 5 American films ever made.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 21, 2016, 10:36:08 AM
I thought it was revealing of the general truth that when animals are used for profit-making ventures, the well-being of the animal is not going to be the first priority in the treatment of the animal. I thought it was important to break the market-driven fantasy of the happy dog-like creatures in captivity. And I thought the film did it well.
Regarding whether anything was the orca's "fault" - ultimately of course that can't be true as the Orca had no part in creating the situation.
Jolly good. Who is Maggie's favorite Disney princess & did you like any Disney films/cartoons as kid? "The Mickey Mouse Club"? Other Disney stuff?
I think Frozen is Disney(?) in which case one of those princesses would be her favorite. I worked hard to steer her away from the whole Disney Princess thing and was, for the most part, successful. She can probably identify most of them but I'm pretty sure that, outside of Frozen which was ubiquitous, she doesn't identify with any of them. I wasn't a big Disney fan myself,  but I have a soft spot for Robin Hood and Bambi.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 22, 2016, 03:25:33 AM
Question to everybody - KDS, Emily, Chocolate Shake et al - which film stands out for you as the unconventional example, unlike any films you'd seen before & after? Discuss.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 22, 2016, 03:47:45 AM
Heavenly Creatures.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 22, 2016, 04:42:49 AM
Explain that choice.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 22, 2016, 09:33:26 AM
Question to everybody - KDS, Emily, Chocolate Shake et al - which film stands out for you as the unconventional example, unlike any films you'd seen before & after? Discuss.

I'll be honest, I can't really think of any off the top of my head. 

There are movies that set standards, but they're quickly copied, so one can't really say there are no films like them after. 

Although, I'm the wrong person to answer this question as, in general, I'm not a big fan of movies that are "unconventional."


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: B.E. on December 22, 2016, 09:43:39 AM
Question to everybody - KDS, Emily, Chocolate Shake et al - which film stands out for you as the unconventional example, unlike any films you'd seen before & after? Discuss.

How about The Wizard of Oz?

Apparently, as a kid, I watched it so many times that I wore out the tape and my parents had to buy me another copy.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Jarhead ghost on December 22, 2016, 06:59:31 PM
 watching the actor Robert Blake lately-- all his stuff that I get my hands on.
the show Baretta.
watchable and charismatic leading man Robert Blake,the ham acting, and unintentionally hilarious melodrama-plus,the dated 70's fashions have aged like- a fine thing-that,uh.. that ages well.

 season 1 was officially released .
Seasons 2,3 are available as boots .
 Baretta has not been in regular syndication since the 1980's.
you've most likely never seen it. And I've most likely never seen mine.
I never once saw an episode of baretta . Never once saw Baratta. Not even in passing. Never saw it.  not. once.

you know that makes a difference . At least my theory is is that it does.
Not even to remember a title card. Or a title.
 to not have had a dim memory of at least a single moment of exposure to something. that's something.



It has a great theme song,too. I prefer the version from season 1. It's instrumental and funkier than the one featuring Sammy Davis Jr, on vocals. Something about the candyman--"oozes funk."  -- wait,no. I meant the *exact opposite*.







Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 23, 2016, 06:01:27 AM
Paging Emily (Reply No. 362)

2KDS: Is there film role you'd seen that you felt s/he is miscast? Discounting the actors playing the same character, e.g. Batman, Sherlock Holmes.
1stly, the old devil couple in "Rosemary's Baby" - couldn't they cast smb. looking frightening? These are some cutesy doll pair. Thanks to it, this film is anything but "horror".
Now you.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 23, 2016, 06:06:29 AM
Paging Emily (Reply No. 362)

2KDS: Is there film role you'd seen that you felt s/he is miscast? Discounting the actors playing the same character, e.g. Batman, Sherlock Holmes.
1stly, the old devil couple in "Rosemary's Baby" - couldn't they cast smb. looking frightening? These are some cutesy doll pair. Thanks to it, this film is anything but "horror".
Now you.

I felt that the actor who played Louis Creed in Pet Sematary could've been better.  He was OK, but I thought a more convincing lead would've made the movie more effective. 

Rosie O Donnell as Betty Rubble in the live action Flintstones movie was an awful cast of miscasting.  I thought they did a great job with Fred, Barney, and Wilma, but Betty?  What were they thinking? 

It was only CGI, but I wasn't really a fan of Jim Carrey in the A Christmas Carol movie from 2009.  I always wanted to see the late Alan Rickman play Scrooge.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 23, 2016, 06:09:39 AM
How about The Wizard of Oz?

Apparently, as a kid, I watched it so many times that I wore out the tape and my parents had to buy me another copy.
In some magazine, 50 actors made list of 5 favorite movies; "The Wizard of Oz" featured frequently.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 23, 2016, 06:12:20 AM
How about The Wizard of Oz?

Apparently, as a kid, I watched it so many times that I wore out the tape and my parents had to buy me another copy.
In some magazine, 50 actors made list of 5 favorite movies; "The Wizard of Oz" featured frequently.

I think Wizard of Oz is one of those special movies.  I think that's why nobody has tried to remake it.  There have been numerous spin offs, sequels, prequels, TV series, cartoon specials, etc over the years, but never a remake. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 23, 2016, 06:20:09 AM
I felt that the actor who played Louis Creed in Pet Sematary could've been better.  He was OK, but I thought a more convincing lead would've made the movie more effective. 

Rosie O Donnell as Betty Rubble in the live action Flintstones movie was an awful cast of miscasting.  I thought they did a great job with Fred, Barney, and Wilma, but Betty?  What were they thinking? 

It was only CGI, but I wasn't really a fan of Jim Carrey in the A Christmas Carol movie from 2009.  I always wanted to see the late Alan Rickman play Scrooge.
That chap in "Pet Sematary" looks a bit like the guy from "La Casa 3", about ghost girl with clown. But agree.

"A Christmas Carol" is epic fail due to it. It worked for Carrey to age in "Lemony Snicket".

Which movie is family favorite that passed from your parents? The movie you 3 enjoy?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 23, 2016, 06:31:43 AM
I felt that the actor who played Louis Creed in Pet Sematary could've been better.  He was OK, but I thought a more convincing lead would've made the movie more effective. 

Rosie O Donnell as Betty Rubble in the live action Flintstones movie was an awful cast of miscasting.  I thought they did a great job with Fred, Barney, and Wilma, but Betty?  What were they thinking? 

It was only CGI, but I wasn't really a fan of Jim Carrey in the A Christmas Carol movie from 2009.  I always wanted to see the late Alan Rickman play Scrooge.
That chap in "Pet Sematary" looks a bit like the guy from "La Casa 3", about ghost girl with clown. But agree.

"A Christmas Carol" is epic fail due to it. It worked for Carrey to age in "Lemony Snicket".

Which movie is family favorite that passed from your parents? The movie you 3 enjoy?

Well, The Wizard of Oz from a very young age. 

It didn't come out until I was nine, but when I lived at home, we used to have a Christmas Eve tradition of watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 23, 2016, 07:05:07 AM
Well, The Wizard of Oz from a very young age. 

It didn't come out until I was nine, but when I lived at home, we used to have a Christmas Eve tradition of watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. 
Sweet. Type the 1st film you went to see at the nearby theatre. With classmates & teacher? With parents? During college?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 23, 2016, 07:07:13 AM
Well, The Wizard of Oz from a very young age. 

It didn't come out until I was nine, but when I lived at home, we used to have a Christmas Eve tradition of watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. 
Sweet. Type the 1st film you went to see at the nearby theatre. With classmates & teacher? With parents? During college?

I'm told the first movie I ever saw was ET, but I don't remember it.  I remember my father taking me to see 101 Dalmations.  And my mother took me to a lot of the Disney movies when they were re-released in the 1980s. 

In 4th Grade, we took a school field trip to see the 1970 musicial Scrooge.

During college?  Maybe Sixth Sense or American Pie?  I'm not 100%


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 23, 2016, 07:29:15 AM
I'm told the first movie I ever saw was ET, but I don't remember it.  I remember my father taking me to see 101 Dalmations.  And my mother took me to a lot of the Disney movies when they were re-released in the 1980s. 

In 4th Grade, we took a school field trip to see the 1970 musicial Scrooge.

During college?  Maybe Sixth Sense or American Pie?  I'm not 100%
You were just 2, wee lad. As you mention E.T., the boy didn't fit the role. It's like they rushedly picked some random kid to cast in movie. If there's good thing about Spielberg films is that the actors were cast rightly.

Is there any hyped-up youth film you didn't care for? The fuss of "Butterfly Effect" & "Walk To Remember" completely passed me by. Zzzzz.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 23, 2016, 07:49:24 AM
I'm told the first movie I ever saw was ET, but I don't remember it.  I remember my father taking me to see 101 Dalmations.  And my mother took me to a lot of the Disney movies when they were re-released in the 1980s. 

In 4th Grade, we took a school field trip to see the 1970 musicial Scrooge.

During college?  Maybe Sixth Sense or American Pie?  I'm not 100%
You were just 2, wee lad. As you mention E.T., the boy didn't fit the role. It's like they rushedly picked some random kid to cast in movie. If there's good thing about Spielberg films is that the actors were cast rightly.

Is there any hyped-up youth film you didn't care for? The fuss of "Butterfly Effect" & "Walk To Remember" completely passed me by. Zzzzz.

I'd agree with Speilberg's casting except in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.  The kid who played Short Round was beyond annoying.  But nothing as bad as Kate Capshaw, who happened to be with Speilberg at the time. 

Hyped up youth film I didn't care for??  I didn't see it until fairly recently, but I've heard Alladin ranked as one of the great Disney films.  Robin Williams was entertaining, but the movie itself didn't do much for me.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on December 26, 2016, 08:40:42 AM
This past week:

Alien (1979)
Sixteen Candles (1984)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on December 27, 2016, 05:01:45 PM
Horace & Pete.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on December 27, 2016, 06:44:24 PM
Explain that choice.
It's hard to do so. It was a very extreme movie. Jackson seemed to really grasp how folie a deux works with adolescent girls and seemed to have no restraint in letting the film join them in the folie. It didn't try to explain or normalize or psychologize or editorialize. It just let the camera be another crazy participant seeing the world the way the girls did. I'm not aware of any other movie that went so fully into mental illness not as a watcher but as a participant.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 04, 2017, 09:09:00 AM
Here's question to everybody - tell me who in your opinion was

1) the best deuteragonist (=2nd crucial character) &
2) it was not just great performance but the leading role totally paled in comparison?

I'd say Angelina Jolie could beat 5 Winona Ryders if they cast in film again.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 04, 2017, 10:09:30 AM
Here's question to everybody - tell me who in your opinion was

1) the best deuteragonist (=2nd crucial character) &
2) it was not just great performance but the leading role totally paled in comparison?

I'd say Angelina Jolie could beat 5 Winona Ryders if they cast in film again.

As much as I like Bruce Willis, you can almost say this about Alan Rickman, as villain Hans Gruber, in the original Die Hard, arguably the greatest action movie of all time. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 04, 2017, 10:33:33 AM
As much as I like Bruce Willis, you can almost say this about Alan Rickman, as villain Hans Gruber, in the original Die Hard, arguably the greatest action movie of all time. 
It's good answer but to different question :) - best antagonist. Deuteragonist is same as protagonist but secondary, after main guy or girl. F.ex. in horror "Ghost Ship" the deuteragonist was the little ghost girl who befriended the main female character.

Take 2 then?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 04, 2017, 10:39:54 AM
As much as I like Bruce Willis, you can almost say this about Alan Rickman, as villain Hans Gruber, in the original Die Hard, arguably the greatest action movie of all time. 
It's good answer but to different question :) - best antagonist. Deuteragonist is same as protagonist but secondary, after main guy or girl. F.ex. in horror "Ghost Ship" the deuteragonist was the little ghost girl who befriended the main female character.

Take 2 then?

Allllllrighty then.   

Sticking with the late 80s, I'll nominate Bob Uecker.  He had a minor role at the Cleveland Indians play by play announcer in the movie Major League, but he had some of the funniest and most memorable lines of the movie. 



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on January 04, 2017, 04:50:18 PM
30 for 30: Broke
A movie thats always good to laugh at.. though i feel bad for the ones that got screwed over at no fault of their own

cant wait for the XFL one coming out in February and hoping they do one for 'bottlegate' if anyone remembers that great game in Cleveland


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 04, 2017, 08:41:23 PM
30 for 30: Broke
A movie thats always good to laugh at.. though i feel bad for the ones that got screwed over at no fault of their own

cant wait for the XFL one coming out in February and hoping they do one for 'bottlegate' if anyone remembers that great game in Cleveland

Ah, the XFL.  I remember my friends and I were looking forward to that league to bridge the gap between the NFL and MLB.  We watched one game.

Im surprised they still sell beer bottles as sporting events after that Browns game.  When I first started going to Orioles games in the early 90s, they only sold beer in plastic cups.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 05, 2017, 04:04:37 AM
Allllllrighty then.   

Sticking with the late 80s, I'll nominate Bob Uecker.  He had a minor role at the Cleveland Indians play by play announcer in the movie Major League, but he had some of the funniest and most memorable lines of the movie.
You said Cleveland & I rmbr the late 70s-80s show "WKRP in Cincinnati" about fictional radio station. One of the main characters is DJ played by Howard Hesseman who starred in "Police Academy 2" as Pete Lassard, Eric's brother.

Fun question: name the character you could be best pals with. Or just fun to meet/ be around.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 05, 2017, 05:10:03 AM
Allllllrighty then.   

Sticking with the late 80s, I'll nominate Bob Uecker.  He had a minor role at the Cleveland Indians play by play announcer in the movie Major League, but he had some of the funniest and most memorable lines of the movie.
You said Cleveland & I rmbr the late 70s-80s show "WKRP in Cincinnati" about fictional radio station. One of the main characters is DJ played by Howard Hesseman who starred in "Police Academy 2" as Pete Lassard, Eric's brother.

Fun question: name the character you could be best pals with. Or just fun to meet/ be around.

The guys from Beerfest.  They kinda remind me of me and my friends when we used to hang out more, drink beers, and goof on each other.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Jarhead ghost on January 07, 2017, 07:22:40 AM
Chris Gaines VH1 Behind the Music : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY1a3aqnwyw


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on January 08, 2017, 02:01:52 AM
Just watched Scorsese's Raging Bull. Wow.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 08, 2017, 06:21:25 AM
New question to KDS et al:  Did any of you see the "Twilight Zone" & which episode(s) do you regard as favorite? Could be the 50s-60s show, 1985 revival series, 2002 series. Discuss.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 08, 2017, 06:47:47 AM
Recently watched Behind the Candelabra (meh. I didn't really enjoy it) and Across the Universe (I kind of cringed through the whole thing.)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on January 08, 2017, 06:49:23 AM
New question to KDS et al:  Did any of you see the "Twilight Zone" & which episode(s) do you regard as favorite? Could be the 50s-60s show, 1985 revival series, 2002 series. Discuss.

Love the 50s-60s show. My favourite one is pretty standard: Eye of the Beholder. But there's lots of great ones, especially from the first three seasons.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on January 08, 2017, 06:50:25 AM
Recently watched Behind the Candelabra (meh. I didn't really enjoy it) and Across the Universe (I kind of cringed through the whole thing.)

I couldn't make it through half an hour of Across the Universe.

Feel the same way about Candelabra.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 08, 2017, 07:02:31 AM
Tell me about it, "Across The Universe" is super-boring (just like the song). Ha!

2 Chocolate Shake: would you answer the question asked in the previous page? Pasting: Which film stands out for you as the unconventional example, unlike any films you'd seen before & after?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on January 08, 2017, 08:38:06 AM
2 Chocolate Shake: would you answer the question asked in the previous page? Pasting: Which film stands out for you as the unconventional example, unlike any films you'd seen before & after?

It's a good question and I have been thinking about it since you originally asked. It's hard for me to answer though. There are definitely movies that I've seen that when I saw them seemed completely different and unique but then later saw other things that did something similar. When I saw Annie Hall as a young teenager, it was unlike anything I had seen. The movie, to me, shows the way our mind tends to organize our own past: it's disjointed and it's mythologized ("boy if life were only like this," the main character says at one point). But then you discover Fellini and he essentially does the same thing with 8 1/2 of showing the internal psyche of the main character.

Rashomon was also the first movie I saw that told the same event from different perspectives but there have surely been lesser movies since that have done the same thing. In fact, I'm sure I've seen them but can't remember any at this point.

In my late 20s, Robert Altman's Nashville was shocking in the way the "story" unfolded both in the dialogue and in the images. But there have been other movies I have watched that told different stories with similar stuff going on. We can say that 2001: A Space Odyssey (which I saw before and was released about seven years earlier) had much the same effect on me for similar reasons of pacing, dialogue choices, and imagery. Indeed, Altman himself pretty much used the Nashville formula in Short Cuts, Gosford Park, and Prairie Home Companion.

And that leads to my point that certain directors have their own unique and unconventional styles, like Fellini, Altman, Bergman, Godard, Antonioni, Kurosawa, Cassavetes, etc. But they have multiple films that reveal those unique styles.

So without feeling at all certain, I might suggest the Monkees' movie Head. I'm not sure I can think of a parallel for it at the moment, though there are other movies out there that convey a disconnected and absurd series of events, like sketch comedy movies like Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different or some of Fellini's odder movies like Roma. I suppose Head has Godard influences on it as well. But none of these movies are musicials either. So a difficult answer for a difficult question.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 09, 2017, 05:12:36 AM
New question to KDS et al:  Did any of you see the "Twilight Zone" & which episode(s) do you regard as favorite? Could be the 50s-60s show, 1985 revival series, 2002 series. Discuss.

I never really got into The Twilight Zone to be honest. 

The movie Across the Universe came up.  One of my recent pop culture pet peeves is musicals written around a classic artist / genre's catalog.  We Will Rock You (Queen), Mama Mia (ABBA), Movin Out (Billy Joel), Rock of Ages (80s hard rock), etc offer watered down versions of classic songs.  I'm glad John Stamos's proposed Beach Boys movie seems to have gone away.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 09, 2017, 05:54:28 AM
2Chocolate Shake: Thanks for [difficult] answer. Your bottom line is understood. If you like unconventional style, I advise to check Krzysztof Kieslowski (f.ex. "Three Colors" trilogy, "Dekalog") & Jim Jarmusch ("Permanent Vacation", "Stranger Than Paradise") next.

2KDS: what's your favorite science fiction series? Is it why you didn't like "Twilight Zone"?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 09, 2017, 06:05:57 AM
2Chocolate Shake: Thanks for [difficult] answer. Your bottom line is understood. If you like unconventional style, I advise to check Krzysztof Kieslowski (f.ex. "Three Colors" trilogy, "Dekalog") & Jim Jarmusch ("Permanent Vacation", "Stranger Than Paradise") next.

2KDS: what's your favorite science fiction series? Is it why you didn't like "Twilight Zone"?

To be honest, I'm not really big on sci fi, so I really can't say that I have a favorite science fiction series. 

When it comes to television, I tend to prefer light fare - sitcoms. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on January 09, 2017, 07:41:25 AM
2Chocolate Shake: Thanks for [difficult] answer. Your bottom line is understood. If you like unconventional style, I advise to check Krzysztof Kieslowski (f.ex. "Three Colors" trilogy, "Dekalog") & Jim Jarmusch ("Permanent Vacation", "Stranger Than Paradise") next.

Yes, I love what I have seen from Kieslowski. I have his three colours trilogy and have seen a few episodes of the Dekalog though unfortunately not the whole thing yet. But it's on my list.

I have seen a few by Jarmusch but haven't encountered his best work yet.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 09, 2017, 06:40:37 PM
Lol. I have a big personal issue with Jim Jarmusch. No support from me.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 10, 2017, 01:38:09 AM
2KDS: what's your favorite science fiction series? Is it why you didn't like "Twilight Zone"?

To be honest, I'm not really big on sci fi, so I really can't say that I have a favorite science fiction series. 

When it comes to television, I tend to prefer light fare - sitcoms. 
Yep, figured as much that you don't like sci fi generally. Hence the question. ;)

During some actors' roundtable [in youtube], smb. quipped that Americans - the stress was to American viewers - don't like subtitles during watching foreign films/ shows. They'd rather it be translated to English with English-speaking voices. Do you agree?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 10, 2017, 01:45:54 AM
Yes, I love what I have seen from Kieslowski. I have his three colours trilogy and have seen a few episodes of the Dekalog though unfortunately not the whole thing yet. But it's on my list.

I have seen a few by Jarmusch but haven't encountered his best work yet.
Do you mean best to you or best by many i.e. his "cult classic" movies? If the 1st, would you explain what you didn't like? Curious.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on January 10, 2017, 04:01:25 AM
Yes, I love what I have seen from Kieslowski. I have his three colours trilogy and have seen a few episodes of the Dekalog though unfortunately not the whole thing yet. But it's on my list.

I have seen a few by Jarmusch but haven't encountered his best work yet.
Do you mean best to you or best by many i.e. his "cult classic" movies? If the 1st, would you explain what you didn't like? Curious.

I mean the movies that are considered his best by others. I have seen Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers and did not particularly like either of them.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 10, 2017, 04:41:17 AM
I mean the movies that are considered his best by others. I have seen Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers and did not particularly like either of them.
I leaned towards that meaning. In IMDB boards, the best is considered "Dead Man". I didn't like it being no Depp fan. Iggy Pop & Lance Henriksen did well as far as their respective roles go & what was required of them in the script. But Johnny Depp, imo, plays the same role like broken record.

Agree about "Broken Flowers", the plus side was the road trip music. But the worst Jarmusch, if you ask me, is "Mystery Train". Would you agree/ disagree with sentiment that black&white adds special atmosphere to the film & even if it's bad it makes it better? You know, just the color. Or do you think bad film is bad & good film, should you watch it in Media Classic Player & set it black & white, wouldn't be better?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on January 10, 2017, 05:12:45 AM
Heavenly Creatures.

One of my top 10 movies.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 10, 2017, 05:13:14 AM
2KDS: what's your favorite science fiction series? Is it why you didn't like "Twilight Zone"?

To be honest, I'm not really big on sci fi, so I really can't say that I have a favorite science fiction series. 

When it comes to television, I tend to prefer light fare - sitcoms. 
Yep, figured as much that you don't like sci fi generally. Hence the question. ;)

During some actors' roundtable [in youtube], smb. quipped that Americans - the stress was to American viewers - don't like subtitles during watching foreign films/ shows. They'd rather it be translated to English with English-speaking voices. Do you agree?

Whenever I see a foreign film, I would prefer it to be dubbed in English rather than subtitled.  Just a personal preference, and there are times when the subtitles will sort of blend into the background which can be a little distracting.  


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 10, 2017, 05:27:00 AM
Whenever I see a foreign film, I would prefer it to be dubbed in English rather than subtitled.  Just a personal preference, and there are times when the subtitles will sort of blend into the background which can be a little distracting.  
Yes that's why it was weird to hear that exclusively Americans didn't like subtitles. It was implied that, for example, in Europe, people don't mind it.

Popular American symbol is Bugs Bunny. Who would you add related to this topic?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 10, 2017, 05:32:06 AM
Whenever I see a foreign film, I would prefer it to be dubbed in English rather than subtitled.  Just a personal preference, and there are times when the subtitles will sort of blend into the background which can be a little distracting.  
Yes that's why it was weird to hear that exclusively Americans didn't like subtitles. It was implied that, for example, in Europe, people don't mind it.

Popular American symbol is Bugs Bunny. Who would you add related to this topic?

Different strokes I suppose.  Most Europeans prefer soccer to football also.

What would I add about Bugs Bunny, except I think the old Looney Tunes cartoons are some of the best cartoon shorts ever made.  I think it's sad that you really don't see them on TV much anymore, so I'm afraid future generations will miss out.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 10, 2017, 05:42:29 AM
Different strokes I suppose.  Most Europeans prefer soccer to football also.

What would I add about Bugs Bunny, except I think the old Looney Tunes cartoons are some of the best cartoon shorts ever made.  I think it's sad that you really don't see them on TV much anymore, so I'm afraid future generations will miss out.
Yes, Looney Tunes is great. In fact, it's in my DVD collection. But I bring up Bugs Bunny as I read he's American symbol, or among those & I'd like to know what's YOURS. Related to this topic.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 10, 2017, 05:47:12 AM
Different strokes I suppose.  Most Europeans prefer soccer to football also.

What would I add about Bugs Bunny, except I think the old Looney Tunes cartoons are some of the best cartoon shorts ever made.  I think it's sad that you really don't see them on TV much anymore, so I'm afraid future generations will miss out.
Yes, Looney Tunes is great. In fact, it's in my DVD collection. But I bring up Bugs Bunny as I read he's American symbol, or among those & I'd like to know what's YOURS. Related to this topic.

I'd definitely say that Bugs is an American symbol / icon.  Probably not on the same level as Mickey Mouse (though personally, I think Bugs' cartoons are far superior). 

Other iconic American characters would likely include Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, Homer Simpson, but I don't think either of those reached the status of Bugs or Mickey.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 10, 2017, 06:10:33 AM
Hey, I like Scooby Doo. I used to watch it every day after college :D. The Hanna-Barbera stuff is usually good except some.

You said you're against remakes, sequels. What about cartoon-turned-movies?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 10, 2017, 06:26:09 AM
Hey, I like Scooby Doo. I used to watch it every day after college :D. The Hanna-Barbera stuff is usually good except some.

You said you're against remakes, sequels. What about cartoon-turned-movies?

I'm not totally against remakes or sequels, some are quite good, but I feel that mainstream movies have been flooded with recycled ideas for a good part of the 2000s. 

Are you referring to cartoons turned into live action movies?  I really really wanted to like these.  I saw The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, and The Grinch with high hopes.  Overall, I found the casting was good, but the movies were lackluster, especially The Grinch.  I've also seen bits and pieces of Inspector Gadget and The Chipmunks and didn't care for them.

I did like the return to the big screen for the Peanuts in 2015.  Although I'd have preferred old school animation to CGI, I thought the movie still captured the old Peanuts vibe pretty well, and is a good companion to the previous four Peanuts movies.

Speaking of which, The Peanuts are definitely American icons.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 10, 2017, 06:49:25 AM
Quote
Are you referring to cartoons turned into live action movies?
Yes of course.

I'm with you - didn't like Scooby Doo, Grinch, Gadget but I think The Chipmunks was nice little family flick.

Don't know what "Peanuts" is, will check. I read that baseball cards used to be popular among youth. Did it apply to movies/ cartoons? F.ex. here, there was craze around the Pokemon chips.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 10, 2017, 06:54:29 AM
Quote
Are you referring to cartoons turned into live action movies?
Yes of course.

I'm with you - didn't like Scooby Doo, Grinch, Gadget but I think The Chipmunks was nice little family flick.

Don't know what "Peanuts" is, will check. I read that baseball cards used to be popular among youth. Did it apply to movies/ cartoons? F.ex. here, there was craze around the Pokemon chips.

Peanuts is the gang with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, etc. 

Baseball cards were tied more to sports, not movies, but at one time, they issued trading cards for various movies, tv shows, etc. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on January 10, 2017, 07:16:51 AM
Agree about "Broken Flowers", the plus side was the road trip music. But the worst Jarmusch, if you ask me, is "Mystery Train". Would you agree/ disagree with sentiment that black&white adds special atmosphere to the film & even if it's bad it makes it better? You know, just the color. Or do you think bad film is bad & good film, should you watch it in Media Classic Player & set it black & white, wouldn't be better?

Thanks for the Mystery Train tip.

I definitely think that some of the best looking movies ever shot are black and white movies but I also think that there are some great looking colour films, especially when colour was more of a novelty and filmmakers realized they could do interesting things with it. Plus, there is just something about that way that colour film looked in the 60s and 70s that appeals to me more than the kind of glossy and clear look that began even before the digital age. Unfortunately, in general, I don't think enough filmmakers consider the look of their films so no matter B&W or colour, I just wish that more would consider photography as a vital element of the medium.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 10, 2017, 07:23:18 AM
Peanuts is the gang with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, etc. 

Baseball cards were tied more to sports, not movies, but at one time, they issued trading cards for various movies, tv shows, etc. 
You mean the dog Snoopy? At school, I read this comics about children, there was boy & the dog doing the thinking. The dialogs were rather dull. Maybe translation issue?

Re: baseball cards, I brought them up to ask if there was similar thing done to movies etc. OK. Any favorite film(s) about Indians?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 10, 2017, 07:46:34 AM
Thanks for the Mystery Train tip.

I definitely think that some of the best looking movies ever shot are black and white movies but I also think that there are some great looking colour films, especially when colour was more of a novelty and filmmakers realized they could do interesting things with it. Plus, there is just something about that way that colour film looked in the 60s and 70s that appeals to me more than the kind of glossy and clear look that began even before the digital age. Unfortunately, in general, I don't think enough filmmakers consider the look of their films so no matter B&W or colour, I just wish that more would consider photography as a vital element of the medium.
Yep, tastes differ - what's worst to me could be *your* cup of tea.

You look at it from different angle. The question was, if you sit & watch the color film & it's bad, then switch it to b&w, would it better the film? Ditto good film, can the b&w make it great?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on January 10, 2017, 07:52:33 AM
The question was, if you sit & watch the color film & it's bad, then switch it to b&w, would it better the film? Ditto good film, can the b&w make it great?

I don't think switching to black and white would necessarily make the film better. Maybe in some cases, though. But also, I would prefer it to be in black and white film not digitially switched. It's also hard for me to say whether or not I'm appreciate a black and white film because it's in black and white. It's difficult for me to divorce all the parts from each other, and also difficult to imagine what I might think of the film if it were in colour, because I don't know how the director might use colour.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 10, 2017, 08:51:24 AM
Peanuts is the gang with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, etc. 

Baseball cards were tied more to sports, not movies, but at one time, they issued trading cards for various movies, tv shows, etc. 
You mean the dog Snoopy? At school, I read this comics about children, there was boy & the dog doing the thinking. The dialogs were rather dull. Maybe translation issue?

Re: baseball cards, I brought them up to ask if there was similar thing done to movies etc. OK. Any favorite film(s) about Indians?

Yes, the dog Snoopy.  The comic strip you're referring to is called Peanuts, which was created in the early 1950s.  This spawned an animated Christmas special in 1965, the success of which had lead to further television specials, a TV show, and five movies to date.  It could be a translation thing. 

Are you asking if there have been cards made for movies?  If so, then yes, but I don't think that's as popular as it used to be.  In the last 20 years, the baseball card trade has really shifted from children to adults with more disposable income. 

I don't think I really have a favorite movie about Indians. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on January 10, 2017, 09:33:54 AM
I did like the return to the big screen for the Peanuts in 2015.  Although I'd have preferred old school animation to CGI, I thought the movie still captured the old Peanuts vibe pretty well, and is a good companion to the previous four Peanuts movies.

Snoopy/Peanuts was my favorite thing when I was kid, and I still love to watch the Christmas, Thanksgiving specials. The trailer looked really good but I've been on the fence about spending time/money to see this. Glad to hear it's worth watching!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 10, 2017, 10:16:53 AM
I did like the return to the big screen for the Peanuts in 2015.  Although I'd have preferred old school animation to CGI, I thought the movie still captured the old Peanuts vibe pretty well, and is a good companion to the previous four Peanuts movies.

Snoopy/Peanuts was my favorite thing when I was kid, and I still love to watch the Christmas, Thanksgiving specials. The trailer looked really good but I've been on the fence about spending time/money to see this. Glad to hear it's worth watching!

I'll admit, it took me a bit to get used to the modern CGI animation, and definitely could've done without the use of a Megan Trainor song as I always believed the Peanuts gang to exist in a universe outside of time, so the contemporary pop threw me a bit.  But those are minor gripes.  It's definitely worth a watch IMO.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on January 10, 2017, 11:11:54 AM
I did like the return to the big screen for the Peanuts in 2015.  Although I'd have preferred old school animation to CGI, I thought the movie still captured the old Peanuts vibe pretty well, and is a good companion to the previous four Peanuts movies.

Snoopy/Peanuts was my favorite thing when I was kid, and I still love to watch the Christmas, Thanksgiving specials. The trailer looked really good but I've been on the fence about spending time/money to see this. Glad to hear it's worth watching!

I'll admit, it took me a bit to get used to the modern CGI animation, and definitely could've done without the use of a Megan Trainor song as I always believed the Peanuts gang to exist in a universe outside of time, so the contemporary pop threw me a bit.  But those are minor gripes.  It's definitely worth a watch IMO.   

That Megan Trainor thing bums me out. My one qualm with the trailer is that they used a Who song (made me wonder if they used it in the movie), and I totally agree with your outlook that the peanuts gang exist in a universe outside of time. But I guess it's just 3 minutes of song in a feature length film so it can't be too bad. Looking forward to seeing this though!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 10, 2017, 11:29:18 AM
I did like the return to the big screen for the Peanuts in 2015.  Although I'd have preferred old school animation to CGI, I thought the movie still captured the old Peanuts vibe pretty well, and is a good companion to the previous four Peanuts movies.

Snoopy/Peanuts was my favorite thing when I was kid, and I still love to watch the Christmas, Thanksgiving specials. The trailer looked really good but I've been on the fence about spending time/money to see this. Glad to hear it's worth watching!

I'll admit, it took me a bit to get used to the modern CGI animation, and definitely could've done without the use of a Megan Trainor song as I always believed the Peanuts gang to exist in a universe outside of time, so the contemporary pop threw me a bit.  But those are minor gripes.  It's definitely worth a watch IMO.   

That Megan Trainor thing bums me out. My one qualm with the trailer is that they used a Who song (made me wonder if they used it in the movie), and I totally agree with your outlook that the peanuts gang exist in a universe outside of time. But I guess it's just 3 minutes of song in a feature length film so it can't be too bad. Looking forward to seeing this though!

The Who song, Baba O Reilly, doesn't appear in the movie.  Luckily, the Megan Trainor song only plays during a brief scene, so it comes and goes pretty fast.



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on January 10, 2017, 11:34:38 AM
I did like the return to the big screen for the Peanuts in 2015.  Although I'd have preferred old school animation to CGI, I thought the movie still captured the old Peanuts vibe pretty well, and is a good companion to the previous four Peanuts movies.

Snoopy/Peanuts was my favorite thing when I was kid, and I still love to watch the Christmas, Thanksgiving specials. The trailer looked really good but I've been on the fence about spending time/money to see this. Glad to hear it's worth watching!

I'll admit, it took me a bit to get used to the modern CGI animation, and definitely could've done without the use of a Megan Trainor song as I always believed the Peanuts gang to exist in a universe outside of time, so the contemporary pop threw me a bit.  But those are minor gripes.  It's definitely worth a watch IMO.   

That Megan Trainor thing bums me out. My one qualm with the trailer is that they used a Who song (made me wonder if they used it in the movie), and I totally agree with your outlook that the peanuts gang exist in a universe outside of time. But I guess it's just 3 minutes of song in a feature length film so it can't be too bad. Looking forward to seeing this though!

The Who song, Baba O Reilly, doesn't appear in the movie.  Luckily, the Megan Trainor song only plays during a brief scene, so it comes and goes pretty fast.



That's good to hear. Thanks for the recommendation!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 10, 2017, 11:45:08 AM
I did like the return to the big screen for the Peanuts in 2015.  Although I'd have preferred old school animation to CGI, I thought the movie still captured the old Peanuts vibe pretty well, and is a good companion to the previous four Peanuts movies.

Snoopy/Peanuts was my favorite thing when I was kid, and I still love to watch the Christmas, Thanksgiving specials. The trailer looked really good but I've been on the fence about spending time/money to see this. Glad to hear it's worth watching!

I'll admit, it took me a bit to get used to the modern CGI animation, and definitely could've done without the use of a Megan Trainor song as I always believed the Peanuts gang to exist in a universe outside of time, so the contemporary pop threw me a bit.  But those are minor gripes.  It's definitely worth a watch IMO.   

That Megan Trainor thing bums me out. My one qualm with the trailer is that they used a Who song (made me wonder if they used it in the movie), and I totally agree with your outlook that the peanuts gang exist in a universe outside of time. But I guess it's just 3 minutes of song in a feature length film so it can't be too bad. Looking forward to seeing this though!

The Who song, Baba O Reilly, doesn't appear in the movie.  Luckily, the Megan Trainor song only plays during a brief scene, so it comes and goes pretty fast.



That's good to hear. Thanks for the recommendation!

No problem.  I really think if you're a Peanuts fan, you'll enjoy it. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 10, 2017, 03:37:27 PM
Here's question to everybody - tell me who in your opinion was

1) the best deuteragonist (=2nd crucial character) &
2) it was not just great performance but the leading role totally paled in comparison?

I'd say Angelina Jolie could beat 5 Winona Ryders if they cast in film again.
Sorry I missed this. George Sanders, Christopher Walken, Dianne Wiest, Shelley Winters and Joan Cusack in just about anything.
I like Beyoncé but Jennifer Hudson took over Dreamgirls.
Rita Moreno in West Side Story.
Harrison Ford in Star Wars.



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 11, 2017, 05:25:21 AM
I don't think switching to black and white would necessarily make the film better. Maybe in some cases, though. But also, I would prefer it to be in black and white film not digitially switched. It's also hard for me to say whether or not I'm appreciate a black and white film because it's in black and white. It's difficult for me to divorce all the parts from each other, and also difficult to imagine what I might think of the film if it were in colour, because I don't know how the director might use colour.
Therefore, you disagree with other people that the b&w redeems bad film. & you like authenticity even in smallest details (imo the color is trifle & I use various digital devices to change the original film settings). Anyway, good points. I like hearing these opinions & compare. Do you keep open mind about seeing good films today, i.e. don't believe that the golden age of filmmaking is way past & there'll never be sth. as good?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 11, 2017, 05:26:53 AM
Yes, the dog Snoopy.  The comic strip you're referring to is called Peanuts, which was created in the early 1950s.  This spawned an animated Christmas special in 1965, the success of which had lead to further television specials, a TV show, and five movies to date.  It could be a translation thing. 

Are you asking if there have been cards made for movies?  If so, then yes, but I don't think that's as popular as it used to be.  In the last 20 years, the baseball card trade has really shifted from children to adults with more disposable income. 
Interesting, the comics I read was titled "Snoopy" & I thought it's the main hero. Checked some pictures in google - I forgot they're cute! :D Christmas special & 2015 is now in my list.

Yes. Thanks for the info. Which movie topics you completely pass by? To me it's drugs, historical (esp. 15-19 cent.), mafia, boring romance stuff.

Emily, same question to you as to KDS.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 11, 2017, 05:30:28 AM
Yes, the dog Snoopy.  The comic strip you're referring to is called Peanuts, which was created in the early 1950s.  This spawned an animated Christmas special in 1965, the success of which had lead to further television specials, a TV show, and five movies to date.  It could be a translation thing. 

Are you asking if there have been cards made for movies?  If so, then yes, but I don't think that's as popular as it used to be.  In the last 20 years, the baseball card trade has really shifted from children to adults with more disposable income. 
Interesting, the comics I read was titled "Snoopy" & I thought it's the main hero. Checked some pictures in google - I forgot they're cute! :D Christmas special & 2015 is now in my list.

Yes. Thanks for the info. Which movie topics you completely pass by? To me it's drugs, historical (esp. 15-19 cent.), mafia, boring romance stuff.

Emily, same question to you as to KDS.

Well, considering I'm an Orioles fan and NFL fan, I don't have a ton of time to devote to movies.  So, that's made me very picky. 

So, most sci fi, mafia, modern action (all pyrotechnics with no story or acting), arthouse movies, alternative comedy, or "chick flicks" don't really register on my radar.

And, while I'm a huge Batman fan, I'm in general not a fan of comic / super hero movies.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 11, 2017, 05:50:51 AM
Well, considering I'm an Orioles fan and NFL fan, I don't have a ton of time to devote to movies.  So, that's made me very picky. 

So, most sci fi, mafia, modern action (all pyrotechnics with no story or acting), arthouse movies, alternative comedy, or "chick flicks" don't really register on my radar.

And, while I'm a huge Batman fan, I'm in general not a fan of comic / super hero movies.
Me too. I am mainly horror/ suspense fan. Not movie buff per se. Agree with your choices except sci fi (we spoke of it).
What can you say about artistic liberties? F.ex. L&M used them. Do you feel that it's necessary in some cases & at times, you'd rather see the events in film depicted accurately?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 11, 2017, 06:38:40 AM
Well, considering I'm an Orioles fan and NFL fan, I don't have a ton of time to devote to movies.  So, that's made me very picky. 

So, most sci fi, mafia, modern action (all pyrotechnics with no story or acting), arthouse movies, alternative comedy, or "chick flicks" don't really register on my radar.

And, while I'm a huge Batman fan, I'm in general not a fan of comic / super hero movies.
Me too. I am mainly horror/ suspense fan. Not movie buff per se. Agree with your choices except sci fi (we spoke of it).
What can you say about artistic liberties? F.ex. L&M used them. Do you feel that it's necessary in some cases & at times, you'd rather see the events in film depicted accurately?

I think if a movie is based on a true story, you have to take some liberties to get it in a compact run time.  Love and Mercy is a perfect example.  Sure, Brian didn't start on Pet Sounds right after leaving the road, and Murry didn't sell Sea of Tunes at the time Smiley Smile was released, but since Pohland was focusing on the PS/Smile era, it would've been really clunky had they stuck to the actual dates. 

Also, at the end of the day, it's a movie, so we're to expect a retelling of the story that's not likely to be 100% accurate.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on January 11, 2017, 08:06:15 AM
I don't think switching to black and white would necessarily make the film better. Maybe in some cases, though. But also, I would prefer it to be in black and white film not digitially switched. It's also hard for me to say whether or not I'm appreciate a black and white film because it's in black and white. It's difficult for me to divorce all the parts from each other, and also difficult to imagine what I might think of the film if it were in colour, because I don't know how the director might use colour.
Therefore, you disagree with other people that the b&w redeems bad film. & you like authenticity even in smallest details (imo the color is trifle & I use various digital devices to change the original film settings). Anyway, good points. I like hearing these opinions & compare. Do you keep open mind about seeing good films today, i.e. don't believe that the golden age of filmmaking is way past & there'll never be sth. as good?

Well, I don't know if I would say I disagree but it would be very hard for me to make a judgement one way or the other about why I like the film.

Also, I'm not sure if it is authenticity that I like, only that I do think black and white film looks better than colour film that has been digitized to appear black and white. It's more of an aesthetic preference than a preference for authenticity. In other words, I'm not against digitization on principle.

I am optimistic about there being good films and I think there are always good ones out there. I do wish there was a "good film movement" like there was in the US during the late 60s and throughout the 70s but I think that we would need a massive cultural shift in order for that to happen. However, I never say never.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 11, 2017, 09:03:56 AM
I don't think switching to black and white would necessarily make the film better. Maybe in some cases, though. But also, I would prefer it to be in black and white film not digitially switched. It's also hard for me to say whether or not I'm appreciate a black and white film because it's in black and white. It's difficult for me to divorce all the parts from each other, and also difficult to imagine what I might think of the film if it were in colour, because I don't know how the director might use colour.
Therefore, you disagree with other people that the b&w redeems bad film. & you like authenticity even in smallest details (imo the color is trifle & I use various digital devices to change the original film settings). Anyway, good points. I like hearing these opinions & compare. Do you keep open mind about seeing good films today, i.e. don't believe that the golden age of filmmaking is way past & there'll never be sth. as good?

Well, I don't know if I would say I disagree but it would be very hard for me to make a judgement one way or the other about why I like the film.

Also, I'm not sure if it is authenticity that I like, only that I do think black and white film looks better than colour film that has been digitized to appear black and white. It's more of an aesthetic preference than a preference for authenticity. In other words, I'm not against digitization on principle.

I am optimistic about there being good films and I think there are always good ones out there. I do wish there was a "good film movement" like there was in the US during the late 60s and throughout the 70s but I think that we would need a massive cultural shift in order for that to happen. However, I never say never.

I'd like to see a return to good "clean" fun comedies.  Granted, I like a raunchy Kevin Smith / Judd Apatow type movie from time to time.  But, there's nothing being made now that's anything like the comedies of the 80s and early 90s with John Candy, Dan Akyroyd, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, etc. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 11, 2017, 10:12:12 AM
Yes, the dog Snoopy.  The comic strip you're referring to is called Peanuts, which was created in the early 1950s.  This spawned an animated Christmas special in 1965, the success of which had lead to further television specials, a TV show, and five movies to date.  It could be a translation thing. 

Are you asking if there have been cards made for movies?  If so, then yes, but I don't think that's as popular as it used to be.  In the last 20 years, the baseball card trade has really shifted from children to adults with more disposable income. 
Interesting, the comics I read was titled "Snoopy" & I thought it's the main hero. Checked some pictures in google - I forgot they're cute! :D Christmas special & 2015 is now in my list.

Yes. Thanks for the info. Which movie topics you completely pass by? To me it's drugs, historical (esp. 15-19 cent.), mafia, boring romance stuff.

Emily, same question to you as to KDS.
I usually avoid movies that are mainly based on the idea that people like watching people killing or otherwise attacking people.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 11, 2017, 10:31:49 AM
Yes, the dog Snoopy.  The comic strip you're referring to is called Peanuts, which was created in the early 1950s.  This spawned an animated Christmas special in 1965, the success of which had lead to further television specials, a TV show, and five movies to date.  It could be a translation thing. 

Are you asking if there have been cards made for movies?  If so, then yes, but I don't think that's as popular as it used to be.  In the last 20 years, the baseball card trade has really shifted from children to adults with more disposable income. 
Interesting, the comics I read was titled "Snoopy" & I thought it's the main hero. Checked some pictures in google - I forgot they're cute! :D Christmas special & 2015 is now in my list.

Yes. Thanks for the info. Which movie topics you completely pass by? To me it's drugs, historical (esp. 15-19 cent.), mafia, boring romance stuff.

Emily, same question to you as to KDS.
I usually avoid movies that are mainly based on the idea that people like watching people killing or otherwise attacking people.

Are you, by any chance, referring to the very tiresome horror subgenre - "tortune porn"


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 11, 2017, 10:38:00 AM
Ugh. I'm sure if I were familiar with that subgenre, I would have been referring to it, but no, I was being more general. There are lots of mainstream movies predicated on the idea that people like watching violence, with not much beyond that to recommend them.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 11, 2017, 10:42:42 AM
Ugh. I'm sure if I were familiar with that subgenre, I would have been referring to it, but no, I was being more general. There are lots of mainstream movies predicated on the idea that people like watching violence, with not much beyond that to recommend them.

Basically, these are horror movies whose main purpose is to shock and disgust.  There's typically a lot of realistic looking gore, and usually little plot, are anything else to really make the movie worth watching.  I'm a horror fan, but that subgenre does absolutely nothing for me as it doesn't tend to offer the kind of escapist entertainment I seek.  After 90-100 minutes, you just feel like you need a long shower. 

One such movie that I was subjected to was a movie called A Serbian Film, a 90 minute ode to shock.  I couldn't even tell you what it was about, and if I described some of the scenes in the movie, I might be banned from this forum. 

But, I see where you're going.  And that's why I don't care for much modern action - as it's usually high on pyrotechnics and body counts, and low on acting and story. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 11, 2017, 11:10:24 AM
Pretty sure we're on the same page here.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 11, 2017, 11:12:29 AM
Pretty sure we're on the same page here.

Yes, it seems that way.  Emily and KDS on the same page?  I like this thread. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 11, 2017, 11:15:46 AM
It happens not very infrequently when the topic isn't politics.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on January 11, 2017, 11:21:18 AM
I don't think switching to black and white would necessarily make the film better. Maybe in some cases, though. But also, I would prefer it to be in black and white film not digitially switched. It's also hard for me to say whether or not I'm appreciate a black and white film because it's in black and white. It's difficult for me to divorce all the parts from each other, and also difficult to imagine what I might think of the film if it were in colour, because I don't know how the director might use colour.
Therefore, you disagree with other people that the b&w redeems bad film. & you like authenticity even in smallest details (imo the color is trifle & I use various digital devices to change the original film settings). Anyway, good points. I like hearing these opinions & compare. Do you keep open mind about seeing good films today, i.e. don't believe that the golden age of filmmaking is way past & there'll never be sth. as good?

Well, I don't know if I would say I disagree but it would be very hard for me to make a judgement one way or the other about why I like the film.

Also, I'm not sure if it is authenticity that I like, only that I do think black and white film looks better than colour film that has been digitized to appear black and white. It's more of an aesthetic preference than a preference for authenticity. In other words, I'm not against digitization on principle.

I am optimistic about there being good films and I think there are always good ones out there. I do wish there was a "good film movement" like there was in the US during the late 60s and throughout the 70s but I think that we would need a massive cultural shift in order for that to happen. However, I never say never.

I'd like to see a return to good "clean" fun comedies.  Granted, I like a raunchy Kevin Smith / Judd Apatow type movie from time to time.  But, there's nothing being made now that's anything like the comedies of the 80s and early 90s with John Candy, Dan Akyroyd, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, etc. 

I loved a lot of their movies when I was a kid but I don't know if I would necessarily say those movies were clean. Movies like Caddyshack, Stripes, Doctor Detroit, etc. were pretty raunchy and adult-orient and were more than likely the single greatest influence on Kevin Smith and Judd Apatow (neither of whom I particularly like). While I think there is a place for those movies, I also think their abundance throughout the 80s was more of a sign of mainstream cinema becoming a bit more middle-of-the-road. I prefer the more chaotic, absurdist comedies from the 70s like Holy Grail, Young Frankenstein, and (okay it was 1980) Airplane. To me, those types of comedies have completely evaporated.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 11, 2017, 11:27:30 AM
I don't think switching to black and white would necessarily make the film better. Maybe in some cases, though. But also, I would prefer it to be in black and white film not digitially switched. It's also hard for me to say whether or not I'm appreciate a black and white film because it's in black and white. It's difficult for me to divorce all the parts from each other, and also difficult to imagine what I might think of the film if it were in colour, because I don't know how the director might use colour.
Therefore, you disagree with other people that the b&w redeems bad film. & you like authenticity even in smallest details (imo the color is trifle & I use various digital devices to change the original film settings). Anyway, good points. I like hearing these opinions & compare. Do you keep open mind about seeing good films today, i.e. don't believe that the golden age of filmmaking is way past & there'll never be sth. as good?

Well, I don't know if I would say I disagree but it would be very hard for me to make a judgement one way or the other about why I like the film.

Also, I'm not sure if it is authenticity that I like, only that I do think black and white film looks better than colour film that has been digitized to appear black and white. It's more of an aesthetic preference than a preference for authenticity. In other words, I'm not against digitization on principle.

I am optimistic about there being good films and I think there are always good ones out there. I do wish there was a "good film movement" like there was in the US during the late 60s and throughout the 70s but I think that we would need a massive cultural shift in order for that to happen. However, I never say never.

I'd like to see a return to good "clean" fun comedies.  Granted, I like a raunchy Kevin Smith / Judd Apatow type movie from time to time.  But, there's nothing being made now that's anything like the comedies of the 80s and early 90s with John Candy, Dan Akyroyd, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, etc. 

I loved a lot of their movies when I was a kid but I don't know if I would necessarily say those movies were clean. Movies like Caddyshack, Stripes, Doctor Detroit, etc. were pretty raunchy and adult-orient and were more than likely the single greatest influence on Kevin Smith and Judd Apatow (neither of whom I particularly like). While I think there is a place for those movies, I also think their abundance throughout the 80s was more of a sign of mainstream cinema becoming a bit more middle-of-the-road. I prefer the more chaotic, absurdist comedies from the 70s like Holy Grail, Young Frankenstein, and (okay it was 1980) Airplane. To me, those types of comedies have completely evaporated.

I should've provided examples.  I was thinking more along the lines of Summer Rental, Fletch, Funny Farm, The Great Outdoors, Dragnet, The Burbs, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, etc. 

Sure, there were also Animal House, Caddyshack, and Porky's, but I could actually sit down and watch Caddyshack with my father as a teenager.  Not to sound like a prude, but I couldn't imagine, at 15-16, sitting down with my dad to watch Clerks or The 40 Year Old Virgin. 

So, back then, I think you had more of a range when it came to comedy. 

And I'm with you on absurd comedies like Python, Mel Brooks, and the Zucker Bros.  That type of comedy is surely a lost art.  Now, you have stuff like "(Insert Genre Here) Movie" which aren't really parodies or absurd, but they just make a lot of references to movies while inserting d*ck and fart jokes. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on January 11, 2017, 02:07:05 PM
I found all three original prints of star wars on VCR for $2.38 at the thrift store.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 11, 2017, 03:32:39 PM
I found all three original prints of star wars on VCR for $2.38 at the thrift store.
Awesome. Do you have a VHS player? Are you converting to digital?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on January 11, 2017, 04:54:45 PM
Jury rigged my HD TV to my vcr!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 12, 2017, 02:27:39 AM
I think if a movie is based on a true story, you have to take some liberties to get it in a compact run time.  Love and Mercy is a perfect example.  Sure, Brian didn't start on Pet Sounds right after leaving the road, and Murry didn't sell Sea of Tunes at the time Smiley Smile was released, but since Pohland was focusing on the PS/Smile era, it would've been really clunky had they stuck to the actual dates. 

Also, at the end of the day, it's a movie, so we're to expect a retelling of the story that's not likely to be 100% accurate.
I ask after seeing tendency for people who study history/ famous figure/ crime cases to bash the film for these artistic liberties. They say that if the event behind the film is real, it must be 100% accurate.

OK, that's settled. What about fictional book adaptations? Does it annoy you to see that the film cuts some potentially cool/ interesting scenes present in the book?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 12, 2017, 02:28:59 AM
Well, I don't know if I would say I disagree but it would be very hard for me to make a judgement one way or the other about why I like the film.

Also, I'm not sure if it is authenticity that I like, only that I do think black and white film looks better than colour film that has been digitized to appear black and white. It's more of an aesthetic preference than a preference for authenticity. In other words, I'm not against digitization on principle.

I am optimistic about there being good films and I think there are always good ones out there. I do wish there was a "good film movement" like there was in the US during the late 60s and throughout the 70s but I think that we would need a massive cultural shift in order for that to happen. However, I never say never.
Sounds like you've got sharp eye for that. I couldn't tell digitally switched from real b&w, should the color be unknown. At least it's not the main draw if I see the film.

Consider this: smb. trashes "Annie Hall" after your positive review of it. Or can be other revered movie. Would you be quick to say "troll" even after they explained themselves? Does it surprise/ shock you if smb. doesn't like the film that impressed you to the point that you thought it's impossible for thinking human to dislike? Did you ever even think like that? Again, in IMDB boards people disqualify anybody who diverts from popular consensus.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 12, 2017, 02:31:55 AM
I usually avoid movies that are mainly based on the idea that people like watching people killing or otherwise attacking people.
KDS' question & your answer clarified what you mean but can you drop some titles?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 12, 2017, 04:10:13 AM
I usually ignore them so intently that I don't retain the titles - but I'll spend a little time today trying to think of some. I'll also add Disney for kids movies - the animated movies. I usually really don't like key parts of the message.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 12, 2017, 05:22:53 AM
I usually ignore them so intently that I don't retain the titles - but I'll spend a little time today trying to think of some. I'll also add Disney for kids movies - the animated movies. I usually really don't like key parts of the message.

Do you mean the princess movies, the older animated ones, or the newer ones (ie. Nemo, Toy Story), and what message?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 12, 2017, 05:27:49 AM
I think if a movie is based on a true story, you have to take some liberties to get it in a compact run time.  Love and Mercy is a perfect example.  Sure, Brian didn't start on Pet Sounds right after leaving the road, and Murry didn't sell Sea of Tunes at the time Smiley Smile was released, but since Pohland was focusing on the PS/Smile era, it would've been really clunky had they stuck to the actual dates. 

Also, at the end of the day, it's a movie, so we're to expect a retelling of the story that's not likely to be 100% accurate.
I ask after seeing tendency for people who study history/ famous figure/ crime cases to bash the film for these artistic liberties. They say that if the event behind the film is real, it must be 100% accurate.

OK, that's settled. What about fictional book adaptations? Does it annoy you to see that the film cuts some potentially cool/ interesting scenes present in the book?

Whenever there's a movie based on a true event, you'll always have nitpicking.  I can kind of see it with a movie like 300, that only really based the real story as the basis for a living graphic novel. 

Movies based on novels are tricky because it can be really difficult to not make changes.  Whenever people say "the book is always better," I point to Peter Benchley's Jaws.  Had Speilberg's movie been a true adaptation of the book, it would've been awful.  Benchley's book contained such subplots as an affair and mafia ties to Amity, and the climax wouldn't have worked on film. 

But, most of the movies I've seen based on books have been satisfying, in particular the Thomas Harris Hannibal Lecter saga.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 12, 2017, 05:43:41 AM
2Emily: OK.

Re: Disney movies, not sure but I think the message is sth. to do with women's role & the way they're perceived. Paging Emily.

2KDS: I didn't read "Jaws" but it sounds dull what you describe. I read King's "Needful Things" & super-long "It" & am glad that they left out some bits to make the script short. Do you find it weird that people rather go to cinemas & pay to see single movie instead of buying DVD for the same price or even cheaper to see 10-12 films in 1 disc? I never understood it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 12, 2017, 05:55:07 AM
2Emily: OK.

Re: Disney movies, not sure but I think the message is sth. to do with women's role & the way they're perceived. Paging Emily.

2KDS: I didn't read "Jaws" but it sounds dull what you describe. I read King's "Needful Things" & super-long "It" & am glad that they left out some bits to make the script short. Do you find it weird that people rather go to cinemas & pay to see single movie instead of buying DVD for the same price or even cheaper to see 10-12 films in 1 disc? I never understood it.

Jaws, the novel, is basically a trash novel.  There's a surprising amount of graphic sexual stuff in the novel.  And the story doesn't really flow too well IMO. 

I used to understand the appear of going to the movies.  When I was growing up, in the 80s and 90s, movies wouldn't hit home video (VHS) for at least six months after they were in theaters.  And even so, you didn't always have the option to buy them.  You could also wait a year for the movie to appear on a premium channel.

Now, movies hit DVD / On Demand just 3-4 months after they're in theaters.  And with the price of going to the movies going up, I rarely find myself going anymore.  If there's a movie I want to see, I'm willing to wait to watch it in the comfort of my home. 

Also, movie audiences in the last decade have gotten increasingly rude.  There's no way I'll pay up to $15.00 for a Saturday night show to hear people talking at the screen or answering their phone. 

So, to me, the movie going experience really does nothing for me.  I know many movie fans who still relish the chance to go and see a movie right away.  But, I'm with you.  I'd rather sit on my couch, in comfy clothes, and watch a movie.  As I get older, I also appreciate the fact that I can pause a movie with a two plus hour runtime.  Sometimes, it can be difficult to sit in a cinema for 2.5 - 3 hours (if you include previews) without needing a...."break" if you know what I mean. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on January 12, 2017, 06:19:20 AM
Jury rigged my HD TV to my vcr!
1977 Star Wars was amazing! 8)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on January 12, 2017, 07:00:45 AM
Consider this: smb. trashes "Annie Hall" after your positive review of it. Or can be other revered movie. Would you be quick to say "troll" even after they explained themselves? Does it surprise/ shock you if smb. doesn't like the film that impressed you to the point that you thought it's impossible for thinking human to dislike? Did you ever even think like that? Again, in IMDB boards people disqualify anybody who diverts from popular consensus.

In all honesty, I used to think that way a long time ago, yes. But I didn't really understand the way art and personal taste worked then.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on January 12, 2017, 07:38:21 PM
[quote author=KDS link=topic=16503.msg600731#msg600731 date=1484229307
And with the price of going to the movies going up, I rarely find myself going anymore.  If there's a movie I want to see, I'm willing to wait to watch it in the comfort of my home. 
Also, movie audiences in the last decade have gotten increasingly rude.  There's no way I'll pay up to $15.00 for a Saturday night show to hear people talking at the screen or answering their phone. 
[/quote]

I don't get to the movies often, not that I don't want to go but because it is so hard to be able to get away. And when I do it's usually to a morning movie, so don't have to worry about paying 15 dollars for admission. Now if I want popcorn, etc, that's where it gets really expensive.

Looks like I'm in a different situation from you all. It's hard to be able to sit at home and watch a movie on TV as my Mom is frequently calling for me. I have a backlog of taped movies that I might never get to. Also, I don't have good WiFi so watching TV programs or movies on YouTube, Netflix, etc are almost impossible. Constant buffering, then finally something appears stating in affect that I don't have enough "internet power" to watch anymore.

Thankfully, going when I do, I don't usually hear the talkers. Unfortunately, in seeing the movie "Fences" last week (an incredible movie BTW) the elderly guy in back of me kept talking - the lady with him tried to shush him but he stated that he had the right to talk if he wanted to. Fortunately he eventually stopped talking and I heard what sounded like snoring...

Some movies have to be seen on the BigScreen to be appreciated. Still remember the jaw dropping, awe inspiring cinematography in "Lawrence of Arabia", a film that can't really be appreciated on the small screen.
Next week, weather permitting, I plan to go to a movie theater which will have a special screening of Singin in the Rain. Why go to a movie that I've seen dozens of times? The place will be filled with fans who will most probably clap after the 4 show stopping songs/dances (Make em Laugh; Good Morning; Singin in the Rain; the incredible Kelly/Cyd Charisse number). It will be a love fest.
Another theater will be playing Rear Window a couple of weeks from now and I hope to get to that as well.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 13, 2017, 04:33:54 AM
2KDS: "Jaws" novel sounds like snoozefest. I'll answer my question though - there is Agatha Christie story "Third girl" that has stepmother of the main heroine - the titular girl - who changes to "2nd girl", i.e. she rents 2nd room in the flat that was found by the 1st girl. But she is disguised by huge black make-up, powdered so she's pale & total brunette. But when she's not in London, in the countryside, she wears golden wig, no make-up, only light & she's totally different woman. That being she swaps between Norma's roommate & her stepmother. In the Poirot film episode that's lost, they just erased "stepmother". But usually, yes, the film is better than the book.

I decline theatre invites from friends. The loud munching/ crunching/ girls screaming if they see scary creatures - Hello! It's just movie, they're not real, for god's sake - is unbearable.

List the ultimate summer movies you think is weird to see any other season.

2Chocolate Shake: Which Canadian films you would advise to people not familiar with your cinema but interested?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 13, 2017, 05:27:11 AM
2KDS: "Jaws" novel sounds like snoozefest. I'll answer my question though - there is Agatha Christie story "Third girl" that has stepmother of the main heroine - the titular girl - who changes to "2nd girl", i.e. she rents 2nd room in the flat that was found by the 1st girl. But she is disguised by huge black make-up, powdered so she's pale & total brunette. But when she's not in London, in the countryside, she wears golden wig, no make-up, only light & she's totally different woman. That being she swaps between Norma's roommate & her stepmother. In the Poirot film episode that's lost, they just erased "stepmother". But usually, yes, the film is better than the book.

I decline theatre invites from friends. The loud munching/ crunching/ girls screaming if they see scary creatures - Hello! It's just movie, they're not real, for god's sake - is unbearable.

List the ultimate summer movies you think is weird to see any other season.

2Chocolate Shake: Which Canadian films you would advise to people not familiar with your cinema but interested?
Jaws was the first trash novel I loved, though I had a weird-kid take on it. I sent a letter to Peter Benchley asking how he got the idea and asking for a photograph of the shark (I think was 10 or so.) He sent me a very nice hand-written letter explaining his the development of the book, telling me he was writing another called "the deep" and telling me the story of it, and explaining that he didn't have a photo of the shark as it was fiction.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 13, 2017, 05:29:47 AM
Disney movies: primarily gender role training and body image issues (for boys as well).  Older movies as well as modern movies but the princess movies are the most egregious, for obvious reasons.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 13, 2017, 05:40:43 AM
Disney movies: primarily gender role training and body image issues (for boys as well).  Older movies as well as modern movies but the princess movies are the most egregious, for obvious reasons.
I knew it's princess movies. You said before about them being bad influence to daughter.

Weird-kid take - tell it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 13, 2017, 05:47:23 AM
2KDS: "Jaws" novel sounds like snoozefest. I'll answer my question though - there is Agatha Christie story "Third girl" that has stepmother of the main heroine - the titular girl - who changes to "2nd girl", i.e. she rents 2nd room in the flat that was found by the 1st girl. But she is disguised by huge black make-up, powdered so she's pale & total brunette. But when she's not in London, in the countryside, she wears golden wig, no make-up, only light & she's totally different woman. That being she swaps between Norma's roommate & her stepmother. In the Poirot film episode that's lost, they just erased "stepmother". But usually, yes, the film is better than the book.

I decline theatre invites from friends. The loud munching/ crunching/ girls screaming if they see scary creatures - Hello! It's just movie, they're not real, for god's sake - is unbearable.

List the ultimate summer movies you think is weird to see any other season.

2Chocolate Shake: Which Canadian films you would advise to people not familiar with your cinema but interested?
Jaws was the first trash novel I loved, though I had a weird-kid take on it. I sent a letter to Peter Benchley asking how he got the idea and asking for a photograph of the shark (I think was 10 or so.) He sent me a very nice hand-written letter explaining his the development of the book, telling me he was writing another called "the deep" and telling me the story of it, and explaining that he didn't have a photo of the shark as it was fiction.

Did he mention the shark attacks in NJ in the summer of 1916?  I thought I read somewhere that provided some inspiration for the book as well. 

I have a non fiction book on sharks that Benchley wrote later in his life.  Apparently, he felt guilty for villainizing sharks in Jaws. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 13, 2017, 05:49:48 AM
2KDS: "Jaws" novel sounds like snoozefest. I'll answer my question though - there is Agatha Christie story "Third girl" that has stepmother of the main heroine - the titular girl - who changes to "2nd girl", i.e. she rents 2nd room in the flat that was found by the 1st girl. But she is disguised by huge black make-up, powdered so she's pale & total brunette. But when she's not in London, in the countryside, she wears golden wig, no make-up, only light & she's totally different woman. That being she swaps between Norma's roommate & her stepmother. In the Poirot film episode that's lost, they just erased "stepmother". But usually, yes, the film is better than the book.

I decline theatre invites from friends. The loud munching/ crunching/ girls screaming if they see scary creatures - Hello! It's just movie, they're not real, for god's sake - is unbearable.

List the ultimate summer movies you think is weird to see any other season.

2Chocolate Shake: Which Canadian films you would advise to people not familiar with your cinema but interested?

Some of my go-to summer movies are Summer Rental, Weekend at Bernies, and One Crazy Summer.  Each of those are lighter comedies from the 1980s that take place at the beach.  One Crazy Summer has a tiny Beach Boys connection as it features four Beach Boys classics on the soundtrack, and it stars John Cusack, who would go on to play Brian Wilson.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on January 13, 2017, 06:03:39 AM
2Chocolate Shake: Which Canadian films you would advise to people not familiar with your cinema but interested?

Great question. The only real film industry in Canada for decades has been in Quebec because there's more of an emphasis on culture there. Unforutnately, I haven't seen too many but Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions stands out as a great one. Beyond Quebec, though, I think my two favourite Canadian movies are Deepa Mehta's Water (which isn't about Canada at all, but is rather set during India's revolution period in the 30s and 40s), and Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter. Whale Music which I always used to call the best Brian Wilson biopic is very good too.

A lot of people talk about the greatness of David Cronenberg but he is not one of my favourites, personally.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on January 13, 2017, 10:21:12 AM
2KDS: "Jaws" novel sounds like snoozefest. I'll answer my question though - there is Agatha Christie story "Third girl" that has stepmother of the main heroine - the titular girl - who changes to "2nd girl", i.e. she rents 2nd room in the flat that was found by the 1st girl. But she is disguised by huge black make-up, powdered so she's pale & total brunette. But when she's not in London, in the countryside, she wears golden wig, no make-up, only light & she's totally different woman. That being she swaps between Norma's roommate & her stepmother. In the Poirot film episode that's lost, they just erased "stepmother". But usually, yes, the film is better than the book.

I decline theatre invites from friends. The loud munching/ crunching/ girls screaming if they see scary creatures - Hello! It's just movie, they're not real, for god's sake - is unbearable.

List the ultimate summer movies you think is weird to see any other season.

2Chocolate Shake: Which Canadian films you would advise to people not familiar with your cinema but interested?
Jaws was the first trash novel I loved, though I had a weird-kid take on it. I sent a letter to Peter Benchley asking how he got the idea and asking for a photograph of the shark (I think was 10 or so.) He sent me a very nice hand-written letter explaining his the development of the book, telling me he was writing another called "the deep" and telling me the story of it, and explaining that he didn't have a photo of the shark as it was fiction.

Did he mention the shark attacks in NJ in the summer of 1916?  I thought I read somewhere that provided some inspiration for the book as well.  

I have a non fiction book on sharks that Benchley wrote later in his life.  Apparently, he felt guilty for villainizing sharks in Jaws.  
He did - and that there was a 20 + foot great white shark caught off the coast of Australia and he started imagining the consequences of one being caught  on the jersey shore - then expanded to what if it attacked people.  
Weird kid - I was very pro-shark watching the movie and reading the book. I was very angry with all the humans. Still am.
ETA: I am currently very happy with the response of the Cape Cod residents to the return of great white sharks.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on January 13, 2017, 12:02:06 PM
2KDS: "Jaws" novel sounds like snoozefest. I'll answer my question though - there is Agatha Christie story "Third girl" that has stepmother of the main heroine - the titular girl - who changes to "2nd girl", i.e. she rents 2nd room in the flat that was found by the 1st girl. But she is disguised by huge black make-up, powdered so she's pale & total brunette. But when she's not in London, in the countryside, she wears golden wig, no make-up, only light & she's totally different woman. That being she swaps between Norma's roommate & her stepmother. In the Poirot film episode that's lost, they just erased "stepmother". But usually, yes, the film is better than the book.

I decline theatre invites from friends. The loud munching/ crunching/ girls screaming if they see scary creatures - Hello! It's just movie, they're not real, for god's sake - is unbearable.

List the ultimate summer movies you think is weird to see any other season.

2Chocolate Shake: Which Canadian films you would advise to people not familiar with your cinema but interested?
Jaws was the first trash novel I loved, though I had a weird-kid take on it. I sent a letter to Peter Benchley asking how he got the idea and asking for a photograph of the shark (I think was 10 or so.) He sent me a very nice hand-written letter explaining his the development of the book, telling me he was writing another called "the deep" and telling me the story of it, and explaining that he didn't have a photo of the shark as it was fiction.

Did he mention the shark attacks in NJ in the summer of 1916?  I thought I read somewhere that provided some inspiration for the book as well.  

I have a non fiction book on sharks that Benchley wrote later in his life.  Apparently, he felt guilty for villainizing sharks in Jaws.  
He did - and that there was a 20 + foot great white shark caught off the coast of Australia and he started imagining the consequences of one being caught  on the jersey shore - then expanded to what if it attacked people.  
Weird kid - I was very pro-shark watching the movie and reading the book. I was very angry with all the humans. Still am.
ETA: I am currently very happy with the response of the Cape Cod residents to the return of great white sharks.

I could definitely see being for the shark, reading the book, as the characters really aren't very likable. 

It's funny how Shark Week each summer raises a lot of awareness and tries to show people that sharks really aren't to be feared, but then they mix it some specials like "World's Deadliest Sharks" or "Shark Attacks Caught on Tape." 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on January 31, 2017, 06:32:20 PM
FEAR its america, just like the news today someone was found dead, no clues police investigating but since their was a death last week in the same area the asshole anchor said there IS a 'serial killer' on the loose BUT police dont know :-\ then he spent 5 min sponsoring some bullshit product. all i was waiting for was to see last nights cavs replay since i missed the game...my mistake


Problem child, one of my favorite movies as a kid and im watching it on VHS


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 01, 2017, 04:20:08 AM
Agree re: favorite movie as kid. Dug it back in 2000-01. :3d

Prepared new questions to resume the dialogs.

2KDS: You might've read elsewhere that good comedy isn't just funny script & pedestrian actors that act out funny scenes. But actors must be good at being funny too. Conversely, they say to make drama is easier than comedy. Will you agree with either/ both statements? Disagree? Reason out.

2Emily: Being shark fan & rooting for it in "Jaws", what film villain - human villain - was your favorite character in it while the others were meh? & would you say that being villain is difficult than playing good character?

2Chocolate Shake Man: Thanks for Canadian movies answer. You've got daughter - Emily said she tries not to bring up daughter with Disney (princess) movies. Do you do the same, select cartoons/ kid movies for her? Or you're liberal & let the girl freely watch anything she/ her peers like?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 01, 2017, 05:17:41 AM

2KDS: You might've read elsewhere that good comedy isn't just funny script & pedestrian actors that act out funny scenes. But actors must be good at being funny too. Conversely, they say to make drama is easier than comedy. Will you agree with either/ both statements? Disagree? Reason out.



I have no experience in acting myself.  But I have heard the statement that doing comedy is the most challenging.  I think that could be true because it does require great timing.  It's a pity the Academy doesn't feel the same way.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 01, 2017, 06:00:38 AM
Chocolate Shake Man: Thanks for Canadian movies answer. You've got daughter - Emily said she tries not to bring up daughter with Disney (princess) movies. Do you do the same, select cartoons/ kid movies for her? Or you're liberal & let the girl freely watch anything she/ her peers like?

My daughter, who is 6, is generally free to watch anything in the children's "genre" though her mother and I do refuse to watch Barbie at home. She has seen it a friend's house, though. She has seen all the Disney princess movies and I might argue that the more recent ones like Brave, Princess and the Frog, Frozen, and Moana have done a good job at presenting more diverse and empowered girls. Ultimately we talk a lot about the things that she watches and just talk a lot in general and she knows that there are not any specific roles or appearances for genders and that it is a good thing to have diversity. In some ways, these movies allow for those kinds of conversations to take place.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on February 01, 2017, 07:38:35 AM
Does she watch BBs sitcom? ;D


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 01, 2017, 08:04:12 AM
Does she watch BBs sitcom? ;D

Haha. It's her favourite show.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on February 01, 2017, 10:22:56 AM
Chocolate Shake Man: Thanks for Canadian movies answer. You've got daughter - Emily said she tries not to bring up daughter with Disney (princess) movies. Do you do the same, select cartoons/ kid movies for her? Or you're liberal & let the girl freely watch anything she/ her peers like?

My daughter, who is 6, is generally free to watch anything in the children's "genre" though her mother and I do refuse to watch Barbie at home. She has seen it a friend's house, though. She has seen all the Disney princess movies and I might argue that the more recent ones like Brave, Princess and the Frog, Frozen, and Moana have done a good job at presenting more diverse and empowered girls. Ultimately we talk a lot about the things that she watches and just talk a lot in general and she knows that there are not any specific roles or appearances for genders and that it is a good thing to have diversity. In some ways, these movies allow for those kinds of conversations to take place.
This is a good response. Unfortunately studies show that learning about stereotypes and cultural expectations does the damage even if it's learned in a context in which the stereotype is discussed as wrong or inapplicable. I was careful to keep my daughter from being exposed to any stereotypes as much as possible - not just about girls- until it became inevitable that she would from outside sources.
And beauty is still a big big thing in, for instance, frozen.
But let me also clarify - she's not banned from Disney movies. I just steer her from them. She watched Frozen and several others that were big among her friends, but she's never seen Snow White, etc. because they didn't cross her radar and I avoided putting them in her way.
Just like any parent would avoid putting porn or super-horror movies in their child's way.
The children's genre is still really bad with gender stereotypes and male:female character and hero ratios.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on February 01, 2017, 09:00:57 PM
Agree re: favorite movie as kid. Dug it back in 2000-01. :3d

Prepared new questions to resume the dialogs.

2KDS: You might've read elsewhere that good comedy isn't just funny script & pedestrian actors that act out funny scenes. But actors must be good at being funny too. Conversely, they say to make drama is easier than comedy. Will you agree with either/ both statements? Disagree? Reason out.

2Emily: Being shark fan & rooting for it in "Jaws", what film villain - human villain - was your favorite character in it while the others were meh? & would you say that being villain is difficult than playing good character?

2Chocolate Shake Man: Thanks for Canadian movies answer. You've got daughter - Emily said she tries not to bring up daughter with Disney (princess) movies. Do you do the same, select cartoons/ kid movies for her? Or you're liberal & let the girl freely watch anything she/ her peers like?

Hooper. Sometimes Brody. Usually Hooper.
It's probably easier to play a villain than a good guy, I think.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 02, 2017, 05:18:00 AM
Agree re: favorite movie as kid. Dug it back in 2000-01. :3d

Prepared new questions to resume the dialogs.

2KDS: You might've read elsewhere that good comedy isn't just funny script & pedestrian actors that act out funny scenes. But actors must be good at being funny too. Conversely, they say to make drama is easier than comedy. Will you agree with either/ both statements? Disagree? Reason out.

2Emily: Being shark fan & rooting for it in "Jaws", what film villain - human villain - was your favorite character in it while the others were meh? & would you say that being villain is difficult than playing good character?

2Chocolate Shake Man: Thanks for Canadian movies answer. You've got daughter - Emily said she tries not to bring up daughter with Disney (princess) movies. Do you do the same, select cartoons/ kid movies for her? Or you're liberal & let the girl freely watch anything she/ her peers like?

Hooper. Sometimes Brody. Usually Hooper.
It's probably easier to play a villain than a good guy, I think.

I've always related with Brody.  Fool guy moves his family from New York to a quiet beach town.  He thinks the toughest think he'll have to deal with are "summer dinks" causing traffic issues and kids karate chopping picket fences.  But, no, there's a shark attack, and the mayor and the media (Carl Gottlieb's character) are covering it up. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on February 02, 2017, 06:31:18 AM
Chocolate Shake Man: Thanks for Canadian movies answer. You've got daughter - Emily said she tries not to bring up daughter with Disney (princess) movies. Do you do the same, select cartoons/ kid movies for her? Or you're liberal & let the girl freely watch anything she/ her peers like?

My daughter, who is 6, is generally free to watch anything in the children's "genre" though her mother and I do refuse to watch Barbie at home. She has seen it a friend's house, though. She has seen all the Disney princess movies and I might argue that the more recent ones like Brave, Princess and the Frog, Frozen, and Moana have done a good job at presenting more diverse and empowered girls. Ultimately we talk a lot about the things that she watches and just talk a lot in general and she knows that there are not any specific roles or appearances for genders and that it is a good thing to have diversity. In some ways, these movies allow for those kinds of conversations to take place.
This is a good response. Unfortunately studies show that learning about stereotypes and cultural expectations does the damage even if it's learned in a context in which the stereotype is discussed as wrong or inapplicable. I was careful to keep my daughter from being exposed to any stereotypes as much as possible - not just about girls- until it became inevitable that she would from outside sources.
And beauty is still a big big thing in, for instance, frozen.
But let me also clarify - she's not banned from Disney movies. I just steer her from them. She watched Frozen and several others that were big among her friends, but she's never seen Snow White, etc. because they didn't cross her radar and I avoided putting them in her way.
Just like any parent would avoid putting porn or super-horror movies in their child's way.
The children's genre is still really bad with gender stereotypes and male:female character and hero ratios.

That's unfortunate. I will have to look more into it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: AvanTodd on February 04, 2017, 10:06:56 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/4MBRYgj.jpg)

YES!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on February 12, 2017, 02:57:54 PM
Dont tell mom the babysitters dead


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: undercover-m on February 15, 2017, 02:10:18 AM
I watched Annie Hall for the first time tonight with Bubs and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Debating on whether or not to buy the Blu-ray version on Amazon. A few CDs and comic books are contesting as well.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: harrisonjon on February 15, 2017, 02:41:27 AM
Manhattan is an awesome movie that I prefer to Annie Hall.

My Pet Sounds of movies will always be Casablanca


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 15, 2017, 06:50:22 AM
Dont tell mom the babysitters dead

I'm not a huge fan of that movie, though it does bring back memories (I remember seeing it in theaters during Summer 1991), but it's rare that I finish washing my dishes without saying "The dishes are done, man!!" 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on February 24, 2017, 02:18:07 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/88/Walt_Disney%27s_Bambi_poster.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on February 28, 2017, 03:51:37 PM
I've been watching on Hulu the Australian series "Please Like Me." It begins with a 20-something couple breaking up more or less as the boyfriend comes out, and goes on basically focused on him, his housemates, and his family. If I had to say the real theme, it's that everyone is f***ed up and that's normal. It's pretty funny.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on March 01, 2017, 03:23:49 AM
Ken Burns' civil war! 8)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 01, 2017, 05:32:30 AM
I finally watched Deadpool over the weekend. 

Pretty much an anti-super hero movie and, other than a brief somewhat depressing lull to explain why the main character agreed to become mutated, was highly entertaining. 

I think if I were a bigger comic book / super hero fan, I'd have gotten more of the apparently 100+ references / easter eggs, but still a fun way to spend 108 minutes.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 02, 2017, 04:14:25 AM
"Rebecca", 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film. Then horror "Freaks" (1932) featuring real freak show artists. Dwarfs Hans & Frieda are simply adorable. I like dwarfs, I told my dwarf friend Daiana to see it. She enjoyed it! :)

You can't beat black & white horrors. Don't even try. Today's stuff isn't frightening, not to mention they've got dumb characters. Epic fail? Yep.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 02, 2017, 05:08:41 AM
Since it's March, and St. Patrick's Day is upon us, I'll find some time to watch the lost Disney classic Darby O Gill and the Little People.

When I was a kid, this movie was on broadcast TV every March 17th, but has seemingly disappeared into obscurity.  Thank goodness for DVD. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 15, 2017, 01:21:40 AM
2KDS: You're big expert with American Horror Story. Being "Freaks" fan, reading blogs, I found its Season 4 was influenced by & took the idea of sideshow performers from 1932 film. Is it good? Interesting? Or should it be passed by?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 15, 2017, 07:51:43 AM
Over the weekend, I watched Return to Oz for the first time (only took me 32 years).  I was huge into The Wizard of Oz when the movie came out, and I don't know how I missed it.  Though given the horror elements (since it was released during Disney's "dark" period), it's probably a good thing my parents didn't take me to see it. 

Also, my wife and I finished binge watching the sitcom My Name is Earl.  I watched the first two seasons or so when they first aired around 2005-6, but checked out on it during Season 3 when I just got too busy.  It's a pity that the show ended on a cliffhanger. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 20, 2017, 05:54:50 AM
2KDS: You're big expert with American Horror Story. Being "Freaks" fan, reading blogs, I found its Season 4 was influenced by & took the idea of sideshow performers from 1932 film. Is it good? Interesting? Or should it be passed by?

I think American Horror Story: Freak Show was easily its weakest season.  The writing is poor and inconsistent, and it seems to be more concerned with shock and sexuality than horror elements. 

There is one episode that pays direct tribute to the movie Freaks.  (Most seasons of American Horror Story take cues from other, more well known and well done sources). 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on March 20, 2017, 06:06:16 AM
"Rebecca", 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film. Then horror "Freaks" (1932) featuring real freak show artists. Dwarfs Hans & Frieda are simply adorable. I like dwarfs, I told my dwarf friend Daiana to see it. She enjoyed it! :)

You can't beat black & white horrors. Don't even try. Today's stuff isn't frightening, not to mention they've got dumb characters. Epic fail? Yep.
I love Rebecca.
I watched the first episode of Feud. I'm on the fence whether to continue.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 21, 2017, 06:00:44 AM
2KDS: Define "blockbuster". Do you think if film gets revenue bigger than budget, it means it's good? Or do you believe if it gets positive reviews it's good but failed to bring money?

2Emily: What you liked in "Rebecca"? Film editing, witty dry English humor dialogs, the cast? Did you read it? De Winter's speaking style was funny, he treated Joan Fontaine's character like granddaughter, not wife. She trying to do everything right, then everytime epic fails! Poor darling. Some random cuteness when she calls the dog chasing after him "Jasper!" "Jasper!". I didn't notice what the characters sound like, just what they say but the way she said that name was simply adorable.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on March 21, 2017, 06:50:30 AM
Love Rebecca too. I find Hitchcock's movies much more fascinating up to Rear Window than I do anything that came after.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 21, 2017, 07:03:41 AM
Would you answer the same question asked to Emily? I'll add that the music was kinda similar to "Vertigo" (which is the worst film by Hitch).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on March 21, 2017, 07:54:13 AM
Would you answer the same question asked to Emily? I'll add that the music was kinda similar to "Vertigo" (which is the worst film by Hitch).

I'm not big on Vertigo either, though I prefer it The Birds which is chronologically the last movie of Hitchcock's that I have seen.

I can't remember exactly what I like most about Rebecca, although I will say that all of the movies throughout that period are tightly-written and nicely paced stories and Hitchcock was just able to create a very unique mood and feel stylistically. He's far from my favourite filmmaker so I haven't quite looked as deeply into why I enjoy the movies, but there is definitely something there in those 40s and early 50s movies that I like a lot: Rebecca, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Strangers on a Train, and Dial M are ones that I love. I haven't read the original DuMaurier book to compare.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Emily on March 21, 2017, 04:08:19 PM
Would you answer the same question asked to Emily? I'll add that the music was kinda similar to "Vertigo" (which is the worst film by Hitch).

I'm not big on Vertigo either, though I prefer it The Birds which is chronologically the last movie of Hitchcock's that I have seen.

I can't remember exactly what I like most about Rebecca, although I will say that all of the movies throughout that period are tightly-written and nicely paced stories and Hitchcock was just able to create a very unique mood and feel stylistically. He's far from my favourite filmmaker so I haven't quite looked as deeply into why I enjoy the movies, but there is definitely something there in those 40s and early 50s movies that I like a lot: Rebecca, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope, Strangers on a Train, and Dial M are ones that I love. I haven't read the original DuMaurier book to compare.
I completely agree regarding the best Hitchcock. Normally, I don't particularly agree, RR1, about color v. B&W. I don't have a consistent preference for either. But I think Hitchcock really knew how to use shadow and light in b&w and never used color as well.
I also think he just got too melodramatic and absurd with time.
Rebecca: so much. First, the shadow and light and the sets - the look. All the light before they move to Manderlay and all the darkness after the move. It just looks great and sets the moods really well.
Second - the actors: George Sanders is always so perfectly droll and sinister (the scene where he starts eating their chicken in the back seat of the car while casually blackmailing them. Just brilliant); Judith Anderson was really versatile but she does Mrs. Danvers so well you'd think she's type-cast; Joan Fontaine plays twitchy, insecure, needy desperation really well; and Lawrence Olivier, whom I generally consider overrated, was perfectly cast. Just amazing casting.
Then - the characterization - these types: the controlling older husband and nervous young wife and the manipulative, selfish but beautiful ex-wife. All so tired. And all turned on their head by the end of the movie (except, of course, Rebecca was right that telling Maxim she's pregnant with another man ends up with her dead - not cool, Maxim. It's a little like Jaws in that I'm not rooting for whom I'm meant to root. I despise Maxim.)
The fact that the main character doesn't appear once.
Yes - the super cute running after the dog - she's adorable.
And Danvers' lonely obsessive love.
Yay, Rebecca.
Oh, and I have read most of Du Maurier's work: middling.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 21, 2017, 04:59:35 PM
2KDS: Define "blockbuster". Do you think if film gets revenue bigger than budget, it means it's good? Or do you believe if it gets positive reviews it's good but failed to bring money?

2Emily: What you liked in "Rebecca"? Film editing, witty dry English humor dialogs, the cast? Did you read it? De Winter's speaking style was funny, he treated Joan Fontaine's character like granddaughter, not wife. She trying to do everything right, then everytime epic fails! Poor darling. Some random cuteness when she calls the dog chasing after him "Jasper!" "Jasper!". I didn't notice what the characters sound like, just what they say but the way she said that name was simply adorable.

I dont think a bigger budget, high box office totals, or critical acclaim make a movie good. I think thats up to the viewer. 

For example, Michael Bay has made some very expensive movies that have made tons of money.  I cant really say I care for them.

John Carpenter's Halloween was made for little money and was not received well by critics. Almost 40 years later, its regarded as a horror classic, and has more suspense than later, much more expensive, movies.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 31, 2017, 07:41:50 PM
New "Poltergeist" is waste of budget. Crickets chirping. ::) & I'm not even fan of the '82 film, what with cheesy score & all.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 03, 2017, 07:38:52 AM
New "Poltergeist" is waste of budget. Crickets chirping. ::) & I'm not even fan of the '82 film, what with cheesy score & all.

I love the original movie, but didnt bother with the remake.  At this point, unless the trailer really blows me away, I avoid remakes. 

I checked out lsst summer's Independence Day sequel.  Wasnt bad, but I dont think it hold up to repeat viewings like the 1996 originsl.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 04, 2017, 06:17:29 AM
2 KDS: What's it about Spinal Tap film that many like it? Did I miss sth.? It seems very stupid & boring.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on April 04, 2017, 07:32:35 AM
2 KDS: What's it about Spinal Tap film that many like it? Did I miss sth.? It seems very stupid & boring.

Huh. I think it's one of the funniest movies ever made.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 04, 2017, 08:03:29 AM
As you know, everybody's definition of "funny" differs. I'm curious why people find it funny/ good. That's the question. Before KDS chimes in, would be good if you answered too.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on April 04, 2017, 08:40:44 AM
I can't really explain why I find something funny. Although I do find people in awkward situations to be very funny and that's all throughout Spinal Tap: people who think they know exactly what's going on but are, in fact, completely oblivious.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 04, 2017, 08:44:48 AM
While I couldn't even begin to explain why I think something is funny, I think what is funny can differ on generations. 

I'm 36 years old.  Some of my father's favorite comedies (ie. The Pink Panther / It's a Mad Mad World) don't do much for me.  And likewise, he doesn't think Will Ferrell is funny at all, while I tend to like most of his movies. 

There's also a lot of modern comedy I don't find funny at all - ie, 2000s SNL or anything with Melissa McCarthy, Andy Samburg, Jimmy Fallon, etc.  It's all quite popular, but I don't get it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 04, 2017, 08:53:30 AM
2 KDS: Why not quote my question directly? It was general, not just funny aspect. What's about that film that people like? There gotta be sth. besides being funny.

2Chocolate Shake: I'd seen Spinal Tap. So it brings back to the point what's funny to smb., unfunny to others. Backpage you said didn't like some Hitchcock films. It leads - which universally acclaimed director you don't find much appeal in their work? Steven Spielberg, who else?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on April 04, 2017, 09:07:25 AM
2 KDS: Why not quote my question directly? It was general, not just funny aspect. What's about that film that people like? There gotta be sth. besides being funny.

2Chocolate Shake: I'd seen Spinal Tap. So it brings back to the point what's funny to smb., unfunny to others. Backpage you said didn't like some Hitchcock films. It leads - which universally acclaimed director you don't find much appeal in their work? Steven Spielberg, who else?

The first person that springs to mind is Christopher Nolan. A lot of more contemporary people probably: David Fincher, Baz Luhrman. I don't know if I'd call them universally acclaimed, though. I remember hating the one Douglas Sirk movie I watched, but maybe I'd feel differently about it now.

There are some positions that I take that are somewhat unconventional. I prefer Antonioni over Fellini, even though I love three Fellini films. I prefer Truffaut over Godard, even though I love a bunch of Godard's movies, but I find his superficial politics masked as subversive politics to be annoying.

EDIT: If these count, I also don't like Oliver Stone and, really, anything Tim Burton has done since Sleepy Hollow. Spielberg, I don't mind, but, no, he's not a favourite.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 04, 2017, 09:37:09 AM
2 KDS: What's it about Spinal Tap film that many like it? Did I miss sth.? It seems very stupid & boring.

I honestly didn't see your question. 

I think the comedy works so well in this movie because the situations are comedic, but they're played straight.  Plus, it pokes fun at some of the foibles of rock and roll, which can be quite entertaining. 

Also, for a fake band, the songs hold up very well.  I can probably count on both hands the amount of bands that came out after 2000 that I'd listen to before Spinal Tap. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 04, 2017, 05:33:05 PM
Sure, you didn't see question. Must be real tough to go back & check. & I mentioned your name in the very 1st post of this new page.

As you know, everybody's definition of "funny" differs. I'm curious why people find it funny/ good. That's the question. Before KDS chimes in, would be good if you answered too.
Bet if it was some other poster, you'd see it no problem. It's annoying & bizarre to see people ignore my questions. That schtick "I didn't notice", "Didn't see your question" etc. doesn't work with me. I ask question, you answer. Don't people go to board to discuss things? I ask questions to talk about lots of things. Question is good way to start conversation. I like asking questions to know what people think about this & that. It's fun, you know.

2Chocolate Shake: Agree about Burton. His trying to be original, eccentric just falls flat & the films end up looking samey. But maybe I mistake it with signature Tim Burton style, i.e. he paves way to make films with the same cinematographic pattern, for want of better word. This is my stance, yours might differ.

You mentioned Italian & French directors - what about Ingmar Bergman, Werner Herzog, other foreign filmmakers?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on April 04, 2017, 06:58:34 PM
2Chocolate Shake: Agree about Burton. His trying to be original, eccentric just falls flat & the films end up looking samey. But maybe I mistake it with signature Tim Burton style, i.e. he paves way to make films with the same cinematographic pattern, for want of better word. This is my stance, yours might differ.

You mentioned Italian & French directors - what about Ingmar Bergman, Werner Herzog, other foreign filmmakers?

Well, I should say that I do quite like the auteur aspects of filmmakers where they have a definable style. But I do think that at a certain point with Burton, it became less about an individual style and more about a brand. And just in general, I found his films to be less interesting. The Planet of the Apes movie seemed pointless, I thought Big Fish was mawkish, Alice in Wonderland appeared to be unironically reinforcing British Empire tropes. Worst of all was the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake. There Burton did what I see a lot of movies doing now which is to provide a pointless backstory to explain Wonka's bizarreness. It was not enough for him to just be bizarre, we had to have his characteristics rooted some childhood event. To me, the best art leaves a lot up to the viewer's imagination and here Burton seemed intent on explaining everything so that there was no room for interpretation.

I love Bergman. At times I think of him as my favourite filmmaker. He's pure poetry and, consequently, I see him belonging to a school of filmmaking that includes Tarkovsky and Altman who, I think, were Bergman disciples. Just about every movie I've seen of his I love: Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Virgin Spring, the Silence trilogy, Persona, Cries and Whispers. All of them absolutely stunning pieces of film.

Herzog is a blind spot for me. I've only seen Grizzly Man and I didn't particularly like it. But documentaries are a hard sell for me. I would like to see some of his fictional work, in particular Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo. Unfortunately, though, I can't really comment on his work.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 04, 2017, 08:08:43 PM
Sure, you didn't see question. Must be real tough to go back & check. & I mentioned your name in the very 1st post of this new page.

As you know, everybody's definition of "funny" differs. I'm curious why people find it funny/ good. That's the question. Before KDS chimes in, would be good if you answered too.
Bet if it was some other poster, you'd see it no problem. It's annoying & bizarre to see people ignore my questions. That schtick "I didn't notice", "Didn't see your question" etc. doesn't work with me. I ask question, you answer. Don't people go to board to discuss things? I ask questions to talk about lots of things. Question is good way to start conversation. I like asking questions to know what people think about this & that. It's fun, you know.

2Chocolate Shake: Agree about Burton. His trying to be original, eccentric just falls flat & the films end up looking samey. But maybe I mistake it with signature Tim Burton style, i.e. he paves way to make films with the same cinematographic pattern, for want of better word. This is my stance, yours might differ.

You mentioned Italian & French directors - what about Ingmar Bergman, Werner Herzog, other foreign filmmakers?

Your question was one the previous page.  Thats why I didnt see it. Its not schtick or an act.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 04, 2017, 10:52:19 PM
Well, I should say that I do quite like the auteur aspects of filmmakers where they have a definable style. But I do think that at a certain point with Burton, it became less about an individual style and more about a brand. And just in general, I found his films to be less interesting. The Planet of the Apes movie seemed pointless, I thought Big Fish was mawkish, Alice in Wonderland appeared to be unironically reinforcing British Empire tropes. Worst of all was the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake. There Burton did what I see a lot of movies doing now which is to provide a pointless backstory to explain Wonka's bizarreness. It was not enough for him to just be bizarre, we had to have his characteristics rooted some childhood event. To me, the best art leaves a lot up to the viewer's imagination and here Burton seemed intent on explaining everything so that there was no room for interpretation.

I love Bergman. At times I think of him as my favourite filmmaker. He's pure poetry and, consequently, I see him belonging to a school of filmmaking that includes Tarkovsky and Altman who, I think, were Bergman disciples. Just about every movie I've seen of his I love: Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Virgin Spring, the Silence trilogy, Persona, Cries and Whispers. All of them absolutely stunning pieces of film.

Herzog is a blind spot for me. I've only seen Grizzly Man and I didn't particularly like it. But documentaries are a hard sell for me. I would like to see some of his fictional work, in particular Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo. Unfortunately, though, I can't really comment on his work.
You raised good points about Burton. He makes sure Johnny Depp stars in every other film when it could be totally random face. & going back to "Rebecca", the fact that we don't know the antagonist's past ("Mrs." Danvers means she was married before or still) is big plus. I think what you said applies to the ending too. For example "The Birds" ends abruptly as they take the car to drive away amid the birds' invasion. We don't know what'll be next - if they'll get thru or be attacked by birds again.

By "pure poetry", do you mean the way Bergman shoots his pictures, showing conventional themes within unusual story/ setting? Is there any filmmaker who worked in the 1920-40s you admire? Or do you mainly "sit" in the 1950s-80s timeframe? What do you consider the best decade for films? Emily said it's the 1970s.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 04, 2017, 10:59:29 PM
Your question was one the previous page.  Thats why I didnt see it. Its not schtick or an act.
Usually, if the thread got to the next page, people check back to see what people posted in previous page. I mean it's logical. Don't tell me you don't do that. & once again, I mentioned your name in the 1st post of this new page. Reply #500. "Before KDS chimes in". You couldn't *not* see it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 05, 2017, 05:18:13 AM
Your question was one the previous page.  Thats why I didnt see it. Its not schtick or an act.
Usually, if the thread got to the next page, people check back to see what people posted in previous page. I mean it's logical. Don't tell me you don't do that. & once again, I mentioned your name in the 1st post of this new page. Reply #500. "Before KDS chimes in". You couldn't *not* see it.

I thought you were making a general comment. 

For somebody who says you wish to have friendly back and forth conversations, you can be quite condescending. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 05, 2017, 05:55:27 AM
Okey-doke, KDS. The same question as to Chocolate Shake - you said before that the 80s featured the best comedy. What decade is the best for films generally? & what's the exceptionally good film from the worst decade (I presume it's the 2000s right?).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 05, 2017, 12:39:12 PM
Okey-doke, KDS. The same question as to Chocolate Shake - you said before that the 80s featured the best comedy. What decade is the best for films generally? & what's the exceptionally good film from the worst decade (I presume it's the 2000s right?).

Well, I don't really consider myself a film buff, so I don't really think I'm qualified to say which decade had the best films, especially since I've seen relatively few movies from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. 

My personal favorite is probably the 1980s. 

A good film from the 2000s.  Well, there's a really good biopic I like - Love and Mercy, although that's 2010s, right?  I'll go Shaun of the Dead. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 05, 2017, 06:55:34 PM
To narrow down to the films you'd seen, & to rephrase the question, which decade seems to you the best, interesting historically, rife with many good cinematic ideas etc? Seems you're not alone to be stumped by question, KDS. Chocolate Shake seems too.

By 2000s I meant films made in 21st century.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: pixletwin on April 05, 2017, 07:03:37 PM
The 80's were the best. The Empire  Strikes Back. Goonies. Back to the Future. Superman. So many good ORIGINAL movies.

Even geek films aside, we had Amadeus, Stand By Me, The Wall, The Mission, Big etc...

The 80's were the best for movies.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 06, 2017, 12:44:59 AM
The 80's were the best. The Empire  Strikes Back. Goonies. Back to the Future. Superman. So many good ORIGINAL movies.

Even geek films aside, we had Amadeus, Stand By Me, The Wall, The Mission, Big etc...

The 80's were the best for movies.
Do you like some vintage 20s-50s movies?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on April 06, 2017, 05:39:03 AM
By "pure poetry", do you mean the way Bergman shoots his pictures, showing conventional themes within unusual story/ setting?

I confess this isn't my idea, but there is the position that there are poetry filmmakers and prose filmmakers. The distinction is that the poetic filmmakers deal with abstract concepts and convey them through a style that is not realistic (in the literary sense) but is, instead, highly personal and stylized. Prose filmmakers deal with a gritty reality and convey it with a kind of realism. In that sense, Bergman, Kurosawa, and Fellini have a poetic style while people like Scorsese and Truffaut have a prose style. It's not necessarily meant to say that one is better than the other, but it is merely a way to consider the different approaches to filmmaking.

I do recognize the fallacy here - that in literature, there can be realistic and gritty poetry and there can be abstract prose. However, I might also characterize abstract prose - like that of Faulkner, Woolf, Joyce, etc. - as being poetic in its nature.

Quote
Is there any filmmaker who worked in the 1920-40s you admire? Or do you mainly "sit" in the 1950s-80s timeframe? What do you consider the best decade for films? Emily said it's the 1970s.

I must say I do like the 50s-70s the best but I would like to watch more from the 1920s-1940s. I do love Chaplin's films and Citizen Kane from the 40s is a favourite. Rules of the Game from 1939 is one that I love. I love Battleship Potemkin from your neck of the woods. I like a lot of early comedies from the Marx Brothers and Bob Hope. Entering into the 40s, I'd say, beyond Kane, that I really like the Hitchcock movies from that era and also Vittorio de Sica's Bicycle Thieves and Shoeshine are two of my favourites.

For me, it's probably a toss up between the 1960s and 1970s. I think the 70s were great for American films but the 60s was, to me, the height of European cinema and also, later in the decade, the beginning of the American film revolution. Maybe I'd say the 60s then: Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, Persona, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, L'avventura, Red Desert, Blow Up, Breathless, Band of Outsiders, Contempt, Masculin Feminin, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules et Jim, Harakiri, High and Low, Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Hard Day's Night, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Wild Bunch,The Graduate, Easy Rider, Midnight Cowboy, Bonnie and Clyde. That's a pretty great collection.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 06, 2017, 05:51:58 AM
The 80's were the best. The Empire  Strikes Back. Goonies. Back to the Future. Superman. So many good ORIGINAL movies.

Even geek films aside, we had Amadeus, Stand By Me, The Wall, The Mission, Big etc...

The 80's were the best for movies.

And it's sad to me that many of the 80s classics are being remade.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on April 06, 2017, 06:07:32 AM
The 80's were the best. The Empire  Strikes Back. Goonies. Back to the Future. Superman. So many good ORIGINAL movies.

Even geek films aside, we had Amadeus, Stand By Me, The Wall, The Mission, Big etc...

The 80's were the best for movies.

And it's sad to me that many of the 80s classics are being remade.

For me, that's not the sad thing. Remakes have always been part of cinema. Indeed,the Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carol (a remake of an adaptation) is my go-to version of the story. The Coen Brothers have done some good re-makes, as has Scorsese. I think most of the field's strongest artists consider the remake to be a valid form of the art. In fact, go back a long distance and you'll find that most of Shakespeare's plays were re-makes of earlier works. What I don't particularly like is seeing the theatres dominated by sequels and remakes that are done just to cash in but you have to take that on a case by case basis.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: pixletwin on April 06, 2017, 06:55:44 AM
The 80's were the best. The Empire  Strikes Back. Goonies. Back to the Future. Superman. So many good ORIGINAL movies.

Even geek films aside, we had Amadeus, Stand By Me, The Wall, The Mission, Big etc...

The 80's were the best for movies.
Do you like some vintage 20s-50s movies?

Definitely. I love the old Universal monster movies. I love the old musicals. I also love movies like It Happened One Night,  Our Town, and things like that. I am big Old Time Radio buff too.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 06, 2017, 07:42:24 AM
The 80's were the best. The Empire  Strikes Back. Goonies. Back to the Future. Superman. So many good ORIGINAL movies.

Even geek films aside, we had Amadeus, Stand By Me, The Wall, The Mission, Big etc...

The 80's were the best for movies.

And it's sad to me that many of the 80s classics are being remade.

For me, that's not the sad thing. Remakes have always been part of cinema. Indeed,the Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carol (a remake of an adaptation) is my go-to version of the story. The Coen Brothers have done some good re-makes, as has Scorsese. I think most of the field's strongest artists consider the remake to be a valid form of the art. In fact, go back a long distance and you'll find that most of Shakespeare's plays were re-makes of earlier works. What I don't particularly like is seeing the theatres dominated by sequels and remakes that are done just to cash in but you have to take that on a case by case basis.

Remakes in moderation can be a good thing.  I'll agree with you about the 1951 Christmas Carol, some of the Hammer monster movies, and even some of the early 2000s horror remakes. 

But, in the last five years, it's just become a lazy way to put a familiar name on a mediocre movie. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: undercover-m on April 25, 2017, 11:37:25 AM
I watched The Life Aquatic for the first time a few days ago. I enjoyed the effects as well as the soundtrack. A solid Wes Anderson film, for sure.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on April 25, 2017, 06:21:47 PM
Bubby Waves get the official Steve Zisou adidas sneakers? ;)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: undercover-m on April 25, 2017, 09:38:45 PM
Bubby Waves get the official Steve Zisou adidas sneakers? ;)
Not yet... besides, he's not so much of a sneaker guy. :P

Currently watching The Office* with him. We're like a better version of Jim & Pam.

*U.S. version


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 26, 2017, 10:19:40 AM
Bubby Waves get the official Steve Zisou adidas sneakers? ;)
Not yet... besides, he's not so much of a sneaker guy. :P

Currently watching The Office* with him. We're like a better version of Jim & Pam.

*U.S. version

What a great show that was.  Though, I think they really should've pulled the plug after Carell left.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on May 06, 2017, 10:46:24 AM
Over the edge 1979


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on June 28, 2017, 07:54:25 PM
Finally saw "Hugo" today. In the US, Netflix has it available online until 1 July.

What a magical film! I'm a sucker for gizmos. Like to see them, don't need to know HOW they work.
Also I love real old films, the way they were made. After watching Hugo I watched Melies'  1902 film "A Trip to the Moon," along with other short films by the Lumiere Brothers. Finally, watched a short film from 1905 showing Coney Island at night. Absolutely magical.
Makes me want to get in a time machine to go back to the turn of the last century. But the realistic side of me realizes, sadly, that it was not actually such a "magical" time for most people back then.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on July 01, 2017, 01:49:49 AM
Also I love real old films, the way they were made. After watching Hugo I watched Melies'  1902 film "A Trip to the Moon," along with other short films by the Lumiere Brothers. Finally, watched a short film from 1905 showing Coney Island at night. Absolutely magical.

Love those ancient films. They have this wide-eyed innocence about them that the cinema lost long ago.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on July 02, 2017, 07:02:32 AM
Watched this a few days ago. Lars Von Trier's Melancholia is a movie that grabs you and doesn't let go...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kP-vuOy8cU

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melancholia_(2011_film) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melancholia_(2011_film))


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 27, 2017, 02:53:11 AM
1st time in 10 yrs tune in TV & - bam! - the TV series "Columbo" runs. It used to be fave at 9 yrs old. Some really cool eps; good thing am not too late into the 90s-2000s with last worn out seasons. But not from the start (1971) either. They got to 1976. I really like the ep "By Dawn's Early Light" (1974) about cadet academy. Their commandant murders some chap who doesn't like the old education system to stay & votes for strict rules in the academy to be dismissed & the place to be liberal/ democratic? with young people. Stars British-turned-American popular TV/ film/ stage actor Patrick McGoohan who I read in Imdb is friends with Peter Falk/ Columbo. He's behind the camera in few eps himself, as director & screenwriter. But this ep isn't directed by him. He just plays the lead/ commandant.

That very ep features...BBs/ DW trivia...young Karen Lamm in small role. About 2 minutes screen time. & funny fact - some actor's name in the intro is "Burr DeBenning". Can you believe it? Burr! Really funny name, like BBs lyric "It's so cold I go burr". Haha!

Lastly, in this well-crafted/ written episode I discovered new phrase "Boodle boy". McGoohan's character said it when speaking to Columbo who reasked "What did you call him?" - (in military voice) "Boodle boy". I googled this phrase with bad luck. Maybe it's too ancient. But the commandant used it in reference to the cadet, young man who brought him breakfast to his room every day. Some kinda servant. Bottom line: good educational episode with great suspicion, great villain.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on July 27, 2017, 05:27:51 AM
Love the Falk.

He's in one of my favourite movies: A Woman Under the Influence. But I also watched Columbo as a kid. I should revisit it someday.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 27, 2017, 05:31:19 AM
Almost by accident, my wife and I stumbled upon the sitcom Last Man Standing.  We came across on via reruns on the Hallmark Channel. 

I don't think I've ever noticed it as I rarely watch anything on ABC these days.  But, now that the show's cancelled, I'm sorry I missed out.  We might binge watch this Fall / Winter.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 27, 2017, 06:19:58 AM
Love the Falk.

He's in one of my favourite movies: A Woman Under the Influence. But I also watched Columbo as a kid. I should revisit it someday.
Yep, they did show it too. It's John Cassavetes film, they declared. Stars his wife Gena Rowlands & both his & her mothers (whose name is too funny - Lady Rowlands, ha!). Gena played mentally ill. I rooted for her but didn't like husband (Falk). Rude, intolerant etc. Fitting piano-driven music. Reminds "Harry & Tonto" in this regard. What's with kids / little girl running naked? Disturbing to see child bare bottom/  chest.  Do you agree? What review can you give? Why it's in the list of your favorites?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on July 27, 2017, 06:38:31 AM
Love the Falk.

He's in one of my favourite movies: A Woman Under the Influence. But I also watched Columbo as a kid. I should revisit it someday.
Yep, they did show it too. It's John Cassavetes film, they declared. Stars his wife Gena Rowlands & both his & her mothers (whose name is too funny - Lady Rowlands, ha!). Gena played mentally ill. I rooted for her but didn't like husband (Falk). Rude, intolerant etc. Fitting piano-driven music. Reminds "Harry & Tonto" in this regard. What's with kids / little girl running naked? Disturbing to see child bare bottom/  chest.  Do you agree? What review can you give? Why it's in the list of your favorites?

Well, I'm generally not a big fan of realism in film but I do think that the movie captures a genuineness at a level that no other film that I have ever seen has achieved. And I don't think I have ever been more sympathetic towards a character than I have been to the Gena Rowlands character in that movie. But, at the same time, I don't have quite the same reaction as you towards Falk. He is undeniably flawed but I have sympathy for him as well. He's trying to do what he thinks is the best thing. We can sit back and say it's not but it's hard to imagine what being in that kind of situation is like. But there is that remarkable moment where the children clearly side with the mother and he tries to win them back. I don't know how to say it really, but every moment is beautifully conceived.

To be perfectly honest, I don't remember the scene that you are characterizing as disturbing but I don't particularly recall thinking that there was anything exploitative in the film, much like I'm okay with the ending of Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on August 01, 2017, 06:16:17 AM
Being stressed out makes me seek out light comedies from the 80s and early 90s.

Last night, we watched a gem that I often forget about, but it's so good - Quick Change.  Bill Murray in top form with a great cast of Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, Jason Robarts, Stanley Tucci, Phil Hartman, Tony Shaloub, Kurtwood Smith.  It's such a funny movie that often gets lost in the shuffle.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on August 04, 2017, 06:06:04 AM
Watched Casablanca late last night. What a wonderful, heartwarming film. And it's simply dripping with quotable one-liners.

This is its theme tune, "As Time Goes By", sung here by Rosemary Clooney (a BW connection) more than a decade later:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpv_9W0TmuI

While checking Wikipedia for an appropriate version I noticed Bob Dylan had done it but also someone called Vov Dylan. It looks like Bob typed without due care and consideration but this man really does exist! In fact Vov holds the world record for the fastest ever violin rendition of the "Flight Of The Bumble Bee". :lol


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 11, 2017, 07:22:11 AM
Well, I'm generally not a big fan of realism in film
Do you dislike it due to difficulties in seeing it as just movie, entertainment? Bring details to this bit you said.

Quote
But, at the same time, I don't have quite the same reaction as you towards Falk. He is undeniably flawed but I have sympathy for him as well. He's trying to do what he thinks is the best thing. We can sit back and say it's not but it's hard to imagine what being in that kind of situation is like. But there is that remarkable moment where the children clearly side with the mother and he tries to win them back. I don't know how to say it really, but every moment is beautifully conceived.
Agree to disagree. I see that scene as children thinking their dad hurt the mother, they didn't know she cut her hand with knife, they just see the parents fighting. Then when he demanded children go to sleep, they'd run downstairs to save mother. & this few times.

Quote
To be perfectly honest, I don't remember the scene that you are characterizing as disturbing but I don't particularly recall thinking that there was anything exploitative in the film, much like I'm okay with the ending of Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood.
It's when the mother invited some children to play with hers, their father shocked to get there & see bare kids. The main character's daughter was running clothes-free. Imo kids' nudity is very disturbing to use, in the same vein as big people's. Smb. may get the idea it's the norm which musn't be.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on August 11, 2017, 01:55:46 PM
Well, I'm generally not a big fan of realism in film
Do you dislike it due to difficulties in seeing it as just movie, entertainment? Bring details to this bit you said.

I dislike it because film is a form of artifice to begin with so to pretend as if you have eliminated the frames of the medium is absurd. And also, I think it can have negative consequences to the extent that people who watch the films might end up with distorted expectations about real life.

There are lots of exceptions, of course, as Cassavetes is one of them, if only, perhaps, because he takes realism and ratchets it up a notch. In fact, Cassavetes films are proof that people who say they don't like artificiality in art actually really do if they can't sit through the painstaking tempo of his movies.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SMiLE Brian on August 11, 2017, 03:30:10 PM
Watched Dazed and Confused for the 40th time, great movie on par witb American Graffiti for capturing youth angst in  different eras of American History.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: The LEGENDARY OSD on August 11, 2017, 06:38:35 PM

Watched Scaramouche (1952), my first swordfight movie at age 5. Hollywood at it's best with Stewart Grainger, Janet Leigh, and others on TCM. Easily four stars, but can't beat out my all time favorite Shane (1952) with Alan Ladd.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 12, 2017, 03:54:09 AM
2Chocolate Shake - good answer. Except slow tempo, what can you add else to define "film-realism"? Do you agree with technique to use less famous faces to play in movie to fool the viewers into seeing the story rather than people? Do you in general think in movie the huger role is what's about than who about?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: SurfRapGrungeFiend on August 13, 2017, 10:58:02 AM
Wise blood


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on August 13, 2017, 01:01:26 PM
Wise blood

Had you read the Flannery O'Connor novel it's based on? Was wondering what differences there were.
(I'm a big O'Connor fan)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on August 15, 2017, 04:14:56 PM
Watched Dazed and Confused for the 40th time, great movie on par witb American Graffiti for capturing youth angst in  different eras of American History.

I love Dazed and Confused, but Im actually a bigger fan of Detroit Rock City. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on August 25, 2017, 04:24:18 AM
2 new favorites - "Nightmare" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJizyBez6A0) (1964, Hammer Horror) & "Carnival of Souls" aka "Corridors of Evil" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW_DftBegZs) (1962, independent horror, cult classic). "Nightmare" about girl dreaming her mother who lives in institution. She's afraid to inherit the bad genes that she'd kill smb. in frenzy too. "Carnival" about girl who single "survived" the accident (as she/ viewers think). She moves to Utah & by driving she catches glimpse of some abandoned building where used to be dance hall/ carnival. She craves to go there but sth./ smb. stops & she occasionally sees ghost face in car window, rented room window, mirror & in flesh. 2 pictures in black & white, "Carnival" in addition features gorgeous gloomy frightful fatalistic organ music by Gene Moore. Yep, I think such description's about right.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on September 06, 2017, 08:35:14 AM
2 new favorites - "Nightmare" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJizyBez6A0) (1964, Hammer Horror) & "Carnival of Souls" aka "Corridors of Evil" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW_DftBegZs) (1962, independent horror, cult classic). "Nightmare" about girl dreaming her mother who lives in institution. She's afraid to inherit the bad genes that she'd kill smb. in frenzy too. "Carnival" about girl who single "survived" the accident (as she/ viewers think). She moves to Utah & by driving she catches glimpse of some abandoned building where used to be dance hall/ carnival. She craves to go there but sth./ smb. stops & she occasionally sees ghost face in car window, rented room window, mirror & in flesh. 2 pictures in black & white, "Carnival" in addition features gorgeous gloomy frightful fatalistic organ music by Gene Moore. Yep, I think such description's about right.

I've always meant to explore more Hammer Horror movies, but just never got around to it. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on September 06, 2017, 08:44:23 AM
Watched Dazed and Confused for the 40th time, great movie on par witb American Graffiti for capturing youth angst in  different eras of American History.

Amazing movie. I love Linklater.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on September 06, 2017, 08:46:07 AM
Sunset Bvld. really blew my mind a couple of weeks ago. What a movie.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on September 07, 2017, 03:33:10 AM
I've been watching this pilot version of a projected hour-long documentary about J.G. Bennett, one of the most fascinating individuals of the previous century:

https://vimeo.com/52679805

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_G._Bennett


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 07, 2017, 05:05:27 AM
I've always meant to explore more Hammer Horror movies, but just never got around to it. 
You said before you like Hammer. But, is there horror that really disappointed you, i.e. not frightful enough?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on September 07, 2017, 06:06:54 AM
I've always meant to explore more Hammer Horror movies, but just never got around to it.  
You said before you like Hammer. But, is there horror that really disappointed you, i.e. not frightful enough?

Good question.  One horror movie that I found extremely disappointing was the original The Wicker Man, especially since it featured Hammer legend Christopher Lee.  Though I liked the twist ending, I found the movie itself to be a bit weird and dull (like the song and dance number in the first act).  

More recently, Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem was quite underwhelming.  I found his House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects to be fun tributes to 1970s horror.  But his attempt at supernatural horror just fell flat in my opinion.

I don't watch a ton of recent horror movies.  Too many sequels and remakes out there.   For example, Lions Gate took a great little movie like Saw, and ran it into the ground with six sequels with another on the horizon (had they stopped after III, it would've been fine).  


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 07, 2017, 06:14:58 AM
I see. Speaking of Christopher Lee, many regard him the leading horror man. The 80s flicks fans think it's Robert Englund. The vintage American horror fans think it's Bela Lugosi &/ or Boris Karloff. Who do YOU regard to be such title?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on September 07, 2017, 06:39:59 AM
I see. Speaking of Christopher Lee, many regard him the leading horror man. The 80s flicks fans think it's Robert Englund. The vintage American horror fans think it's Bela Lugosi &/ or Boris Karloff. Who do YOU regard to be such title?

I really don't think you can pick a definitive horror leading man.  Especially since great horror goes back 80+ years.  What scared people in the 30s, 40s, and 50s seemed pretty tame in the 1980s. 

If I had to pick one, though, I'd probably nominate Vincent Price.  From the somewhat campy House on Haunted Hill and Corman Edgar Allan Poe movies to the dark Last Man on Earth (the first of several filmed versions of I Am Legend), and many many more including House of Wax and Dr. Phibes.  His movies may not be the scariest in the world, but they're almost always 90 minutes of wonderful entertainment.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on September 08, 2017, 05:57:40 AM
Speaking of horror, I watched the first episode of American Horror Story: Cult last night. 

Frankly, this is a series I've almost quit on several times.  I loved the first two series (Murder House and Asylum).   I though the third series (Coven) was OK.  But the fourth and fifth (Freak Show and Hotel) were garbage.  I kept coming back because they employ good actors (though the writing leaves a LOT to be desired).  I really liked last year's Roanoke. 

This year's Cult might be decent, but I couldn't really get a good feel from the first episode.  It's a little controversial as the spring board for this series' story is the 2016 US Election, but I think it lampoons the extreme natures of both Trump and Hillary supporters.  The first episode was more of a set-up for the series, so we'll see how it goes. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 09, 2017, 08:21:27 PM
I really don't think you can pick a definitive horror leading man.  Especially since great horror goes back 80+ years.  What scared people in the 30s, 40s, and 50s seemed pretty tame in the 1980s. 

If I had to pick one, though, I'd probably nominate Vincent Price.  From the somewhat campy House on Haunted Hill and Corman Edgar Allan Poe movies to the dark Last Man on Earth (the first of several filmed versions of I Am Legend), and many many more including House of Wax and Dr. Phibes.  His movies may not be the scariest in the world, but they're almost always 90 minutes of wonderful entertainment.
Thanks, very good answer. You mention "Dr. Phibes", horror AND comedy. It means you don't just like pure horror - other horrors too. But don't you think the genre loses its boundary/ relevance/ value? In hour plus' time the movie depicts horror, action, comedy, crime etc. It isn't frightful anymore. What will you say?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on September 09, 2017, 10:16:57 PM
I really don't think you can pick a definitive horror leading man.  Especially since great horror goes back 80+ years.  What scared people in the 30s, 40s, and 50s seemed pretty tame in the 1980s. 

If I had to pick one, though, I'd probably nominate Vincent Price.  From the somewhat campy House on Haunted Hill and Corman Edgar Allan Poe movies to the dark Last Man on Earth (the first of several filmed versions of I Am Legend), and many many more including House of Wax and Dr. Phibes.  His movies may not be the scariest in the world, but they're almost always 90 minutes of wonderful entertainment.
Thanks, very good answer. You mention "Dr. Phibes", horror AND comedy. It means you don't just like pure horror - other horrors too. But don't you think the genre loses its boundary/ relevance/ value? In hour plus' time the movie depicts horror, action, comedy, crime etc. It isn't frightful anymore. What will you say?

I like the mix of horror and comedy.  I dont think it makes the genre lose any value.  Plus, its pure entertainment when something can scare you and make you laugh


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on September 10, 2017, 07:40:19 AM
I started watching the new season of Bojack Horseman.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on September 10, 2017, 02:44:09 PM
I started watching the new season of Bojack Horseman.

Best show on TV right now IMO.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on September 10, 2017, 02:45:39 PM
Agreed


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: blueeyedtreefrog on September 10, 2017, 03:38:37 PM
There will be no new Twin Peaks episode today  :(  In my opinion, its 18 episodes were the great audiovisual event of the year.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on September 10, 2017, 10:15:56 PM
I like the mix of horror and comedy.  I dont think it makes the genre lose any value.  Plus, its pure entertainment when something can scare you and make you laugh
OK, not convinced by that.

Did you see "The Dark Tower" yet? Is it good? Read the book?

Do you believe screenwriters should get their new ideas than smb. else's? It seems mainly they make movies "based on [title]". It frequently ends up being epic fail. Original ideas can fail too but at least nobody will sue them, no deceased writer's fam & friends. Discuss.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on September 11, 2017, 05:22:14 AM
I like the mix of horror and comedy.  I dont think it makes the genre lose any value.  Plus, its pure entertainment when something can scare you and make you laugh
OK, not convinced by that.

Did you see "The Dark Tower" yet? Is it good? Read the book?

Do you believe screenwriters should get their new ideas than smb. else's? It seems mainly they make movies "based on [title]". It frequently ends up being epic fail. Original ideas can fail too but at least nobody will sue them, no deceased writer's fam & friends. Discuss.

I haven't seen The Dark Tower or read the book.  I'm honestly not a huge Stephen King devotee.  I've also read a small handful of his books, and have seen maybe 8 of his movie adaptations. 

Since the beginning of moving pictures, there have always been movies based on books.  Some movies based on books are great (Dracula, Jaws, Jurassic Park).  I'd rather see more book to film adaptations than the endless barrage or remakes, reboots, and sequels we get now. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 12, 2017, 11:48:27 PM
Recently, I'd seen these movies by youtube & downloads:

"Once A Jolly Swagman" (1949) with Dirk Bogarde, Renee Asherson, Bill Owen, Cyril Cusack. About some chap joining motorcycle speedway team & beating everybody. Not bad, didn't know this sport developed during that time. Some cool scenes but boring too. Nice to see familiar face Renee Asherson who played in BBC Miss Marple. 3.5/5

"Le Orme" (1975) / "Footprints" Italian mystic horror. Woman forgot the past 3 days' events, finds the postcard with some city's hotel pictured. Buys plane ticket. People there recognize who she is but by diff. name. Unhappy end. 3/ 5

"Attack Of The Puppet People" (1958) Sci-fi horror. Doll-maker decides to make people dolls in addition to real dolls. He feeds them, arranges parties then puts them back to sleep in the plastic doll cases. It's funny it's titled "puppet" - his friend has puppet theatre he travels with but it's real puppets, not human. 4.5/5 Too bad it's short, dolls is favorite theme in films.

"Beauty & The Beast" (2017) - Disagree with Belle's & Prince's cast. Te plus points would be costumes, the fact that songs weren't changed or given hip-hop & rap twist, well done computer Beast, scene with Le Fou singing praises to Gaston = highlight. BUT, I expected the movie to be interesting than the Disney cartoon. 2/5

"The Cat From Outer Space" (1978) Sci-fi comedy with Ken Berry, Harry Morgan, Roddy McDowall, Sandy Duncan, McLean Stevenson. Some of these appeared in M*A*S*H. Cat lands in the Earth. He looks for smb. to help repair the UFO to fly back home. Chooses the guy, enters his flat. The guy sees the cat & says "What's your name? Jake? You look like Jake". Then later, cat speaks: "My name is Zunar J5/9 Doric47." "Eh-eh...Zunar what?" "Why not just stick to Jake, OK?" :-D Such fun movie! It's good to everybody - kids with parents can see it & get kick out of it. I liked the cat, ofc. It's adorable. :D 5/5

"It" (2017) - mentioned it in Happy Halloween but I'd seen it again & like it less. "Ben sitting in library" scene is strange - 1st librarian tells him that it's not right for kids to spend time in library in the summer, he should go out, then the other librarian keeps looking at his back/ camera/ viewers. Favorite scene maybe is Pennywise dancing with legs moving to & fro. & let me tell this - I am huge fan of carnival / circus music. :3d 1/5

"Up The Down Staircase" (1967) with Sandy Dennis. Movie about new teacher in troubled school. I didn't see this actress before but she looks like quintessential teacher image. Perfect casting decision. I really was annoyed with female student who couldn't talk without her nosy friend's help. She'd tell her "Come on, go on speak up" & the other girl stood there like idiot. They should've showed it *once* & be done with it. The principal & half the teachers seem to be old-fashioned type. Ms. Barrett (new teacher) didn't get along with the way they deal with students in school. But she nearly gave up teaching these same students as well. I liked the music in this film, it's humorous at times. & really, it's good movie, there's many things to tell about it but, in short, it's 4/5.

"The Misfits" (1961) Last Clark Gable film, with Marilyn Monroe & Thelma Ritter. They say MM hated her performance & movie in general due to many reasons. Agree, not very interesting. Best thing - the friendship between her & older woman (Ritter), it's rare today if young & old people befriend, hang out together in cafes etc. Usually both parties ashamed, think they don't fit in with the other younger/ older friends. 1/5

"The Haunting of Julia" (1977) with Mia Farrow. Tbh, I think she's overrated. She doesn't change or try to, the same grimaces, she couldn't even be creepy nanny in "Omen" remake. Why did they cast her?? Anyway, here she plays devoted mother & wife but then the girl starts coughing, she choked by the food. Then right there, she dies. She then spends time in hospital but when ready to go home, doesn't go back to live with husband, it's finished coz her girl is dead. Buys new big house but finds out after spirit evening with friends that there lived family where kid died similarly. Investigates it. Boring movie reliving past, even same short haircut "Rosemary's Baby". 1/5

"Days Of Wine & Roses" (1962) With Jack Lemmon & lovely Lee Remick. Drinking guy marries non-drinker (she doesn't like taste...except if it's chocolate taste) but stupidly to support him, she starts drinking too. Wait, he convinced her. Not cool but it's her fault, she should've insisted. He then meets some chap who invited him to alcoholics club. He doesn't refuse but his wife does. He gets better, she doesn't. Sad but realistic ending. Movie subject isn't favorite but with actors' strength, it's 3/5.

"The Hitch-Hiker" (1953) Finally seen this Ida Lupino film, it's referenced in many classic vintage lists. It's great! :3d Cool to see D.A. Burger from "Perry Mason" playing criminal. Actually, it matches him. I sympathised with 2 fishermen, esp. when they got tired, exhausted by the hitch-hiker. The road scenery's beautiful. Best scene is when they do the 1st stop, the hitchhiker sits by the tree seemingly asleep BUT with the eye half-open. The 2 guys lie staring at him, about to escape, but they're confused by the eye. Then next time they stop to relax, they begin suspecting it can't be shut down but the bad guy sleeps. They start crawling to run away & could've succeeded but soon the baddie wakes up, 2 eyes open. Well-executed road movie, with cop chase, adventures, dialogs, terrific acting, photography & perfect ending to boot. 5/5


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on November 13, 2017, 07:17:07 AM
Recently, I'd seen these movies by youtube & downloads:

"Attack Of The Puppet People" (1958) Sci-fi horror. Doll-maker decides to make people dolls in addition to real dolls. He feeds them, arranges parties then puts them back to sleep in the plastic doll cases. It's funny it's titled "puppet" - his friend has puppet theatre he travels with but it's real puppets, not human. 4.5/5 Too bad it's short, dolls is favorite theme in films.


If you like the doll theme, check out the 1936 Tod Browning (Freaks, Dracula) movie Devil Doll.  It stars Lionel Barrymore, a scientist who develops a special foam that he uses to shrink people down to doll size.   At doll size, he uses them to sneak into homes and steal valuables.  I won't give away too much, but if you like the "doll" theme of the Attack of the Puppet People, you might enjoy it. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 14, 2017, 06:01:51 AM
Thanks - it's checkmarked. Did you see 1987 TV film "Bates Motel"? Apparently Norman died in asylum, befriended some young boy there (Bud Cort) & before going left his house & business to him if that boy is freed. When he arrives there, there is girl living illegally, then he strangely lets her stay & now they're business team. Throw in architect schemer dressing as ghost to frighten new host, young dead kids celebrating the prom night, lonely woman who tries to kill herself & nosy girl who keeps telling her don't do it.

"Psycho 2" should be better since Anthony Perkins/ Bates is present. But, it's messy script too. F.ex. Norman goes to work in cafeteria when he could instead re-open Bates Motel. Why Sam Loomis married Lila after Marion's "Psycho" shower death? What, ain't no women in Fairvale except the Crane sisters?

Yesterday seen "The Elephant Man" (1980) - I doubt I'd take this film seriously if it's colorful. The intro music - fabulous! Impressive that Lynch did it. What draws me to carnival music is it's 2 sides - joyful/ cheerful & psychedelic. The main character Joseph Merrick is very nice - true poetic type, esp. liked his well-bred manners & the fact that he didn't resent anybody at all, despite being treated badly by people. The real figure must be very easy to befriend. Btw, it bugged seeing people shouting at him - can't they quickly adapt to the way he looks? I don't mean Mothershead, Nora young nurse & the actress - esp. the latter, it's no surprise that smb. who acts wouldn't be frightened by disfigured human. At least that's my thinking: she wasn't frightened due to applying make-up or seeing the others do it for the role etc. She'd seen it all. I wouldn't say mother's very pretty judging by the photograph, surely not prettier than the mentioned actress (Anne Bancroft) or Dr. Treves' lovely feminine wife. Speaking of Treves, Anthony Hopkins may be good actor but sth. about this character, the way he's portrayed isn't quite developed. Actually, few times during film, fleeting idea kept nagging that smb. else should be cast as Treves. Maybe Hannibal Lector is such interesting character that Hopkins is associated forever with him. But let's go back to "Elephant Man" - the theatre inside is beautiful, Merrick looked happy. What doesn't make sense is him sleeping at his back realizing it could kill him - did he do it purposely; tired to sleep sitting; seeing picture in the wall decided to do the same to experience it, forgetting about consequences? Sad end regardless. It's really good film but, it's not yet 5/5. 4/5


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on November 14, 2017, 06:26:17 AM
Thanks - it's checkmarked. Did you see 1987 TV film "Bates Motel"? Apparently Norman died in asylum, befriended some young boy there (Bud Cort) & before going left his house & business to him if that boy is freed. When he arrives there, there is girl living illegally, then he strangely lets her stay & now they're business team. Throw in architect schemer dressing as ghost to frighten new host, young dead kids celebrating the prom night, lonely woman who tries to kill herself & nosy girl who keeps telling her don't do it.

"Psycho 2" should be better since Anthony Perkins/ Bates is present. But, it's messy script too. F.ex. Norman goes to work in cafeteria when he could instead re-open Bates Motel. Why Sam Loomis married Lila after Marion's "Psycho" shower death? What, ain't no women in Fairvale except the Crane sisters?

Yesterday seen "The Elephant Man" (1980) - I doubt I'd take this film seriously if it's colorful. The intro music - fabulous! Impressive that Lynch did it. What draws me to carnival music is it's 2 sides - joyful/ cheerful & psychedelic. The main character Joseph Merrick is very nice - true poetic type, esp. liked his well-bred manners & the fact that he didn't resent anybody at all, despite being treated badly by people. The real figure must be very easy to befriend. Btw, it bugged seeing people shouting at him - can't they quickly adapt to the way he looks? I don't mean Mothershead, Nora young nurse & the actress - esp. the latter, it's no surprise that smb. who acts wouldn't be frightened by disfigured human. At least that's my thinking: she wasn't frightened due to applying make-up or seeing the others do it for the role etc. She'd seen it all. I wouldn't say mother's very pretty judging by the photograph, surely not prettier than the mentioned actress (Anne Bancroft) or Dr. Treves' lovely feminine wife. Speaking of Treves, Anthony Hopkins may be good actor but sth. about this character, the way he's portrayed isn't quite developed. Actually, few times during film, fleeting idea kept nagging that smb. else should be cast as Treves. Maybe Hannibal Lector is such interesting character that Hopkins is associated forever with him. But let's go back to "Elephant Man" - the theatre inside is beautiful, Merrick looked happy. What doesn't make sense is him sleeping at his back realizing it could kill him - did he do it purposely; tired to sleep sitting; seeing picture in the wall decided to do the same to experience it, forgetting about consequences? Sad end regardless. It's really good film but, it's not yet 5/5. 4/5

I never saw any of the Psycho sequels / spinoffs / TV shows all the way through.  I do recall one night catching the beginning of Psycho 2, but it didn't hold my interest.  In general, I haven't really seen a lot of sequels made decades after the last installment that are really that good.  Although, I will say that I thought that Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull was better than it's given credit for. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 14, 2017, 10:56:48 PM
You played the game at PS about ranking "Halloween". Do the same with "Indiana Jones". 1st to you is "Raiders...". Then?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on November 15, 2017, 05:31:30 AM
You played the game at PS about ranking "Halloween". Do the same with "Indiana Jones". 1st to you is "Raiders...". Then?

Interesting you ask.  I don't rank Raiders first......and I don't rank Crystal last.

From best to least best (because IMO there really is no "worst")

1.  Last Crusade - I love this movie.  Great mix of action, adventure, and humor.  The addition of Sean Connery as Indy's dad was brilliant.  Plus, Indy gets to fight the Nazis again. 

2.  Raiders - It's almost 1 and 1A with these two movies.  Great action movie.

3.  Crystal Skull - I was skeptical about an Indy movie released almost 20 years after the previous entry, but I really liked this movie.  Plus, they actually acknowledged that Indy has aged (something they didn't do in the later Die Hard movies with John McClane).  I think this movie got a lot of unnecessary hate because of the ending, but if you had have somebody disintegrate into dust after sipping from the wrong Holy Grail, I think you can suspend belief for aliens. 

4.  Temple of Doom - Kate Capshaw and the kid who plays Shortround are the two reasons I'm ranking this last.  It's still a fun Indy adventure, but his sidewicks are annoying, inept, and unnecessary. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 15, 2017, 06:44:00 AM
*Every* Indiana Jones female character is annoying. They should've cut the female figure from the script *entirely*. Don't you agree? I didn't get the purpose of Karen Allen in "Raiders" either. You could argue Marion's equally annoying as Willie Scott (Capshaw), if not more since at the start she shows that she's real tomboy, can be pals with guys, be brave, cheeky etc., then we see her scream & get frightened like any average woman. What they call it, pretentious? I like my adventure movies to be adventure movies start to finish without boring amorous plot line. It's big disappointment in latest horrors too.

Yes, enjoyed seeing Sean Connery, he was funny. "Last Crusade" is last in classic trilogy but the best, agreed.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on November 15, 2017, 07:03:50 AM
*Every* Indiana Jones female character is annoying. They should've cut the female figure from the script *entirely*. Don't you agree? I didn't get the purpose of Karen Allen in "Raiders" either. You could argue Marion's equally annoying as Willie Scott (Capshaw), if not more since at the start she shows that she's real tomboy, can be pals with guys, be brave, cheeky etc., then we see her scream & get frightened like any average woman. What they call it, pretentious? I like my adventure movies to be adventure movies start to finish without boring amorous plot line. It's big disappointment in latest horrors too.

Yes, enjoyed seeing Sean Connery, he was funny. "Last Crusade" is last in classic trilogy but the best, agreed.

I don't really agree about every female love interest.  I think Karen Allen and Alison Doody did good jobs in those roles.  I thought both characters were stronger women, rather than the whiny damsel in distress that Capshaw played in Temple.  Also, in Crusade, Doody provided a humorous moment when she thanked Dr. Jones for a night of "service," and both Indy and his father replied "You're welcome." 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 15, 2017, 07:19:23 AM
But don't you rmbr that Marion was frightened by many things too & she screamed? Is it "strong"? If she could beat the guys in bar in drinking contest, it doesn't mean strength, does it? Or when she used tricks to run away from bad guys. Ditto the other lady, she played femme fatale which to me isn't comparable with "strong woman". But, I asked you generally, don't you think if the script got rid of this point to add heroine to Indiana Jones it would be much better? Why not add guy companion to make the film adventurous, action-based & "inamorata"-free?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on November 15, 2017, 07:23:17 AM
But don't you rmbr that Marion was frightened by many things too & she screamed? Is it "strong"? If she could beat the guys in bar in drinking contest, it doesn't mean strength, does it? Or when she used tricks to run away from bad guys. Ditto the other lady, she played femme fatale which to me isn't comparable with "strong woman". But, I asked you generally, don't you think if the script got rid of this point to add heroine to Indiana Jones it would be much better? Why not add guy companion to make the film adventurous, action-based & "inamorata"-free?

Yeah, Marion and the female from Crusade screamed, but so did Indy at times. 

I don't think getting rid of the love interests in Raiders, Crusade, or Skull would improve the movies.  In Crusade, Connery was basically a guy companion, and Doody's character acted as a bit of a double agent with the Joneses and the Nazis, so she's essential to the story.   Marion's returning to the franchise for Skull was a nice tie in the original. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 26, 2017, 07:47:56 PM
Disagree with everything you said there, KDS.

New question - did you see "The Expendables" trilogy? With due respect to great Sylvester, imo it's lousy to join together veteran action film stars. 2-3 people at a time is much better, too many famous faces clash by egos. It reeks of being super film, it's about getting as many famous names as possible to draw gullible peope in. What do you think?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on November 26, 2017, 07:57:20 PM
Perhaps those female characters were included to serve as eye candy? Though personally I have to agree with KDS overall


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 26, 2017, 08:15:21 PM
Quote
Perhaps those female characters were included to serve as eye candy?
Tastes differ, you know. Some chaps may think Allen is super-ugly, smb. else that Doody is nothing special or Capshaw isn't their bag. Which means they would like to get rid of female character entirely & replace it with guy sidekick to Indiana. Or make the girl in the script to be business-like, joke-free &/ or Jones staying at cool distance with her. Don't see what's really difficult about it. It could be done.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on November 27, 2017, 05:37:57 AM
Disagree with everything you said there, KDS.

New question - did you see "The Expendables" trilogy? With due respect to great Sylvester, imo it's lousy to join together veteran action film stars. 2-3 people at a time is much better, too many famous faces clash by egos. It reeks of being super film, it's about getting as many famous names as possible to draw gullible peope in. What do you think?

Fair enough. 

I didn't bother with The Expendables.  However, there was an action franchise that put a lot of famous names together that I thought was much much better - Red and Red 2, starring Bruce Willis among others.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on November 27, 2017, 06:26:30 PM
"Better", with Bruce Boring Willis? :P Do you like action movie type? The least favorite? Do you believe there must be good script, if it's fight start-finish you're glued to screen impassive?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on November 28, 2017, 05:21:38 AM
"Better", with Bruce Boring Willis? :P Do you like action movie type? The least favorite? Do you believe there must be good script, if it's fight start-finish you're glued to screen impassive?

What about Bruce Willis do you find boring? 

I'm not a huge action movie fan, especially recent action movies that rely more heavily on pyrotechnics, loud explosions, and nubile women in revealing outfits.  I like a good story, and some characters I can identify with.  That's one of the reasons I like Willis as a leading man.  In the first three Die Hard movies, John McClane isn't a bulky mega man.  He's an average guy who has to do above average things, and he throws a good amount of wit and humor into the mix, which I like.  Around the 4th movie, he started to become super human.  By the 5th one, it was a joke.

I also like the Lethal Weapon franchise a lot.  Good stories, fun characters, and a dose of humor with the action.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 01, 2017, 05:40:02 AM
Willis is classic typecast - plays the same character, doesn't change acting style film-by-film, equally bald in each movie. The single exception will be him playing loser scientist in "Death Becomes Her" (1992).

Christmas soon - you said before you dislike remakes idea, does it apply to Christmas movies? During weekend, i'd seen the "Miracle on 34th Street" 1959, 1973 & 1994 remakes. The latter stars the guy who played in boring 1st Season to "American Horror Story", Dylan McDermott (John Payne replace), Elisabeth Perkins (Susan's mother) & annoying kid actor Mara Wilson (Susan). I wouldn't advise to see it, even if Richard Attenborough ("Jurassic Park" fame) is 2nd best to 1947 Kris Kringle by great Edmund Gwenn.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 01, 2017, 05:46:42 AM
Willis is classic typecast - plays the same character, doesn't change acting style film-by-film, equally bald in each movie. The single exception will be him playing loser scientist in "Death Becomes Her" (1992).

Christmas soon - you said before you dislike remakes idea, does it apply to Christmas movies? During weekend, i'd seen the "Miracle on 34th Street" 1959, 1973 & 1994 remakes. The latter stars the guy who played in boring 1st Season to "American Horror Story", Dylan McDermott (John Payne replace), Elisabeth Perkins (Susan's mother) & annoying kid actor Mara Wilson (Susan). I wouldn't advise to see it, even if Richard Attenborough ("Jurassic Park" fame) is 2nd best to 1947 Kris Kringle by great Edmund Gwenn.

I'll agree that many of Willis's action parts channel his iconic John McClane role.  But, I think he was great in The Sixth Sense too. 

I've never seen the 1994 version of Miracle.  Believe it or not, I only saw the original about five years ago for the first time.  That 1994 version came out before box offices were absolutely flooded with remakes like now.  But, I've heard it changes very little from the 1947 version, so I'll likely just stick to that one.  Although if I catch the 1994 version on TV, or it's available to watch for free, I might check it out.  Oddly enough, I've seen the 1973 version.  It's...eh ok. 

One of my all time favorite Christmas movies can be considered a remake (though it's really one of many many adaptations).  I love the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol with Allistar Sim as Scrooge.  There are several versions of A Christmas Carol I really like, including the 1984 version with George C Scott, the 1988 modern version Scrooged with Bill Murray, the 1992 Muppets Christmas Carol, and the 1983 short Mickey's Christmas Carol. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 01, 2017, 06:13:29 AM
2009 "Christmas Carol" with computerized Jim Carrey is superbad. Did you see? & I don't find anything funny about Bill Murray's schtick. If we discuss comedians, I prefer Steve Martin, Chris Tucker, Tim Allen, Chevy Chase, 50% of Police Academy, Eddie Murphy.

Which Christmas theme in movies do you think isn't used as much as it should? F.ex. there is Santa Claus, elves, raindeer, family gathering, the Christmas wish realizes, parents divorced brought together by kids etc.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 01, 2017, 06:56:28 AM
2009 "Christmas Carol" with computerized Jim Carrey is superbad. Did you see? & I don't find anything funny about Bill Murray's schtick. If we discuss comedians, I prefer Steve Martin, Chris Tucker, Tim Allen, Chevy Chase, 50% of Police Academy, Eddie Murphy.

Which Christmas theme in movies do you think isn't used as much as it should? F.ex. there is Santa Claus, elves, raindeer, family gathering, the Christmas wish realizes, parents divorced brought together by kids etc.

Unfortunately, I did see the 2009 Christmas Carol, and I'll never make that mistake again.  To be honest, I was OK with the movie until the Ghost of Xmas Future sequence, when it just gonna went off the rails.  Jim Carrey needs to stay away from Christmas classics, because I disliked The Grinch also. 

I'm a HUGE Bill Murray fan.  Ghostbusters is one of my all time favorite movies.  Scrooged is one of my top two favorite Christmas movies. 

Hmmmm, Christmas themes not explored much?  I don't know.  It seems most of the Christmas stuff I watch has the bases pretty well covered.  I wouldn't mind seeing a modern Christmas comedy set in the 1980s, like a throwback movie in the vein of The Wedding Singer or Take Me Home Tonight.  I have no idea what the premise would be, but it could be a fun nostalgia based movie about Christmas when I grew up. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on December 02, 2017, 01:53:15 PM
The first in a trilogy:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/da/Before_Sunrise_poster.jpg)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Before_Sunrise


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on December 02, 2017, 11:49:18 PM
Unfortunately, I did see the 2009 Christmas Carol, and I'll never make that mistake again.  To be honest, I was OK with the movie until the Ghost of Xmas Future sequence, when it just gonna went off the rails.  Jim Carrey needs to stay away from Christmas classics, because I disliked The Grinch also. 

I'm a HUGE Bill Murray fan.  Ghostbusters is one of my all time favorite movies.  Scrooged is one of my top two favorite Christmas movies. 

Hmmmm, Christmas themes not explored much?  I don't know.  It seems most of the Christmas stuff I watch has the bases pretty well covered.  I wouldn't mind seeing a modern Christmas comedy set in the 1980s, like a throwback movie in the vein of The Wedding Singer or Take Me Home Tonight.  I have no idea what the premise would be, but it could be a fun nostalgia based movie about Christmas when I grew up. 
"Grinch" shouldn't exist. I don't like Jim Carrey either. His best movie - "Mask".

Thing about Murray, I like smb. *else* in movies he stars in - in "Ghostbusters" it's guy in wheelchair, in "Scrooged", it's cheeky taxi driver ghost, girl ghost, his secretary & her brood, his young brother, Robert Mitchum & my favorite Bob Goldthwaite who was super-cool as Zed in "Police Academy". :3d

You know, it's funny, I don't like movies about sports but recently the filmercial ran in TV of "The Mighty Ducks". I immediately remembered that it was fun to see. You'd seen it? With Emilio Estevez.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on December 03, 2017, 07:24:01 AM
Unfortunately, I did see the 2009 Christmas Carol, and I'll never make that mistake again.  To be honest, I was OK with the movie until the Ghost of Xmas Future sequence, when it just gonna went off the rails.  Jim Carrey needs to stay away from Christmas classics, because I disliked The Grinch also. 

I'm a HUGE Bill Murray fan.  Ghostbusters is one of my all time favorite movies.  Scrooged is one of my top two favorite Christmas movies. 

Hmmmm, Christmas themes not explored much?  I don't know.  It seems most of the Christmas stuff I watch has the bases pretty well covered.  I wouldn't mind seeing a modern Christmas comedy set in the 1980s, like a throwback movie in the vein of The Wedding Singer or Take Me Home Tonight.  I have no idea what the premise would be, but it could be a fun nostalgia based movie about Christmas when I grew up. 
"Grinch" shouldn't exist. I don't like Jim Carrey either. His best movie - "Mask".

Thing about Murray, I like smb. *else* in movies he stars in - in "Ghostbusters" it's guy in wheelchair, in "Scrooged", it's cheeky taxi driver ghost, girl ghost, his secretary & her brood, his young brother, Robert Mitchum & my favorite Bob Goldthwaite who was super-cool as Zed in "Police Academy". :3d

You know, it's funny, I don't like movies about sports but recently the filmercial ran in TV of "The Mighty Ducks". I immediately remembered that it was fun to see. You'd seen it? With Emilio Estevez.

Believe or it not, Ive never seen any of the Mighty Ducks movies. 

Speaking of The Grinch, Ive yet to see a live action adaptation of a cartoon thats any good.  The first Flintstones movie was probably the best, and its just OK. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on December 11, 2017, 11:39:57 AM
Finally saw Deja Vu yesterday. This movie was filmed in 2006. I was still a Katrina Nomad then, not returning for good until late summer 2007. But I would have to go into town on occasion having to cross the bridge over the Mississippi River. There was an announcement on the radio letting us know not to freak out if we hear explosions around the bridge. Those explosions were in conjunction with this movie. As for Deja Vu I thought it was silly even though I'm a Denzel Washington fan. However Don't Worry Baby never sounded better.

Then I saw Lassie Come Home. Animal stories always tear me up. When Lassie limped to the school to meet the little boy I was blubbering like a baby LOL.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on January 29, 2018, 05:49:59 AM
December-January list:

Liz's recommendation "Kedi". 5/5

Emily's recommendation "All About Eve". 1/5

Chocolate Shake's general Jean-Luc Godard recommendation. 3/5.
 
Since I liked Anna Karina, I decided to check the non-Godard movie. I stopped at "La Religieuse". 4/5

"The Children's Hour" 1/5

SCaroline Z recommended "The Apartment" via our pm chat (gotta say, I prefer British "flat". 3/5

Checked the next Jack Lemmon flick, "The Great Race" which teams him up again with Tony Curtis, plus Peter Falk & Natalie Wood. 5/5

Rewatched "Misery", Stephen King-based picture. Kathy Bates really shines here, the Academy jury gave her the Oscar rightly. But, I really hated the actor who played opposite her, what's his name again. Such poor casting choice, I wish smb. else played the guy. Not the A-list, it could be newbie. I said before about not liking horrors with humor element. But, the DVDs I buy translated into Russian. The "voice" of Kathy Bates when she punches the guy's legs & yells "Mr. Man!" is too funny, it makes her furor hyperbolic. Well it's Kathy's humor - she did funny faces when she went psychotic. It didn't disappoint to see horror in humor light/ angle. Besides, Kathy still stayed frightful in her heroine's body. 5/5

Big favorite, "Spiral Staircase" (1945). I really adore Dorothy McGuire here, playing charming pretty mute girl. Maybe my absolute favorite female lead in any movie. It stars Ethel Barrymore, famous American stage actress, she dominated it with Helen Hayes. Reasons it became favorite: 1) it's black & white 2) likeable leading lady 3) great whodunit plot 4) the events develop inside the house (really like this type movies: people being in the house & everything goes inside the house) 4) twisted ending 5) fitting music score. 5/5


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 06, 2018, 07:46:57 AM
Question to KDS: Did you see "Manos: The Hands Of Fate"? Is it bad indeed? I read it's critically panned but did/ do casual viewers like it? It's funny that bad films can later be cults.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 06, 2018, 08:20:21 AM
Question to KDS: Did you see "Manos: The Hands Of Fate"? Is it bad indeed? I read it's critically panned but did/ do casual viewers like it? It's funny that bad films can later be cults.

I can't say I've ever seen it. 

But, there are some movies that are so terrible, that people watch them for how absurdly bad they are.   Often called "so bad, it's good" kind of thing.  I don't 100% buy into that. 

There are some movies that're intentionally cheesy that can be fun in the right frame of mind, but they don't warrant repeat viewings.   For example, the ridiculous over the top monster movies produced by The Asylum - ie. Sharknado. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on February 06, 2018, 08:41:11 AM
Question to KDS: Did you see "Manos: The Hands Of Fate"? Is it bad indeed? I read it's critically panned but did/ do casual viewers like it? It's funny that bad films can later be cults.

I think thats one of the better movies to be riffed on by Mystery Science Theatre...and by “better” I mean its just so bad that the Mystery Science Theatre does a fantastic job making fun of it haha.
__________

Recently watched Dunkirk and I can’t get it out of my head. I can’t believe it got such mixed reviews, but I can see how some wouldn’t like it - as the timeline is weird (though I loved that aspect of it) and its not your typical war film. The cinematography, those dogfighting scenes, and the jarring nature of the ships going down - all of it made for one hell of a film. I can’t wait to see it again.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 06, 2018, 08:45:29 AM
But, there are some movies that are so terrible, that people watch them for how absurdly bad they are.   Often called "so bad, it's good" kind of thing.  I don't 100% buy into that.
Yep, me too.

Quote
There are some movies that're intentionally cheesy that can be fun in the right frame of mind, but they don't warrant repeat viewings.
My fave cheesy flick must be "Loaded Weapon 1".

It's parody movie but there's movies that don't blatantly rip off but show references to classic old films in humorless, serious way. F.ex. "Dead Of Winter" (1987) with Mary Steenburgen & Roddy McDowall. If you see it, there's refs to Hitchcock - the panoramic view which starts "Psycho"; the guy with broken leg, "Rear Window"; woman driver being stopped by police officer & she hiding the content of bag with her scarf, "Psycho" again etc. Did you see any such film with serious, non-parody references to the previous films?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 06, 2018, 08:50:40 AM
I think thats one of the better movies to be riffed on by Mystery Science Theatre...and by “better” I mean its just so bad that the Mystery Science Theatre does a fantastic job making fun of it haha.
Does Mystery Science Theater - btw, didn't hear about such theater before - specialize in making fun of movies? Is it the same as mentioned in BBs threads rifftrax?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 06, 2018, 09:00:21 AM
But, there are some movies that are so terrible, that people watch them for how absurdly bad they are.   Often called "so bad, it's good" kind of thing.  I don't 100% buy into that.
Yep, me too.

Quote
There are some movies that're intentionally cheesy that can be fun in the right frame of mind, but they don't warrant repeat viewings.
My fave cheesy flick must be "Loaded Weapon 1".

It's parody movie but there's movies that don't blatantly rip off but show references to classic old films in humorless, serious way. F.ex. "Dead Of Winter" (1987) with Mary Steenburgen & Roddy McDowall. If you see it, there's refs to Hitchcock - the panoramic view which starts "Psycho"; the guy with broken leg, "Rear Window"; woman driver being stopped by police officer & she hiding the content of bag with her scarf, "Psycho" again etc. Did you see any such film with serious, non-parody references to the previous films?

There's a bit of a difference between parody movies and tongue in cheek cheesiness of The Asylum / Roger Corman, etc etc.

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 was an extremely underrated send up of the Lethal Weapon franchise, with references to Silence of the Lambs, Die Hard, 48 Hours, and other action movies thrown in.  I honestly don't know how the movie's not more well known.  It's a hilarious parody movie with a stellar cast - Samuel L Jackson, Tim Curry, William Shatner, among others.

Where as movies like Pirahnaconda or Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader are movies that aren't necessarily comedies, meaning the writers aren't writing jokes or funny set-ups, but the material is pretty absurd, so you can either take it as an absurd movie and have a laugh, or dismiss it as a cinematic turd. 

As for Mystery Science Theater, it was a TV show that actually featured comedic running commentary during full length movies.   It used to air on the early Comedy Central, then went to the Sci Fi Channel (now SyFy).  I believe it was recently revived on Netflix. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on February 06, 2018, 09:01:03 AM
I think thats one of the better movies to be riffed on by Mystery Science Theatre...and by “better” I mean its just so bad that the Mystery Science Theatre does a fantastic job making fun of it haha.
Does Mystery Science Theater - btw, didn't hear about such theater before - specialize in making fun of movies? Is it the same as mentioned in BBs threads rifftrax?

Not sure about your second question, but yeah, Mystery Science Theater specializes in making fun of bad movies. It’s 2 puppets and a human on a space station forced to watch bad movies who riff on the movies with pretty funny jokes. It sounds completely ridiculous (and it is). I watched it as a kid, which is probably why I still like seeing them from time to time.

Not sure if you can access this, but here is their episode where they riff on Manos:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DnxVbGZNHSs (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DnxVbGZNHSs)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 06, 2018, 09:17:05 AM
There's a bit of a difference between parody movies and tongue in cheek cheesiness of The Asylum / Roger Corman, etc etc.
I didn't say "Asylum" is parody movie.

Quote
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 was an extremely underrated send up of the Lethal Weapon franchise, with references to Silence of the Lambs, Die Hard, 48 Hours, and other action movies thrown in.  I honestly don't know how the movie's not more well known.  It's a hilarious parody movie with a stellar cast - Samuel L Jackson, Tim Curry, William Shatner, among others.
Yep. :3d

You missed this question which I'd like to discuss. Besides, it's interesting question:

[...]but there's movies that don't blatantly rip off but show references to classic old films in humorless, serious way. F.ex. "Dead Of Winter" (1987) with Mary Steenburgen & Roddy McDowall. If you see it, there's refs to Hitchcock - the panoramic view which starts "Psycho"; the guy with broken leg, "Rear Window"; woman driver being stopped by police officer & she hiding the content of bag with her scarf, "Psycho" again etc. Did you see any such film with serious, non-parody references to the previous films?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 06, 2018, 09:20:51 AM
There's a bit of a difference between parody movies and tongue in cheek cheesiness of The Asylum / Roger Corman, etc etc.
I didn't say "Asylum" is parody movie.

Quote
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 was an extremely underrated send up of the Lethal Weapon franchise, with references to Silence of the Lambs, Die Hard, 48 Hours, and other action movies thrown in.  I honestly don't know how the movie's not more well known.  It's a hilarious parody movie with a stellar cast - Samuel L Jackson, Tim Curry, William Shatner, among others.
Yep. :3d

You missed this question which I'd like to discuss. Besides, it's interesting question:

[...]but there's movies that don't blatantly rip off but show references to classic old films in humorless, serious way. F.ex. "Dead Of Winter" (1987) with Mary Steenburgen & Roddy McDowall. If you see it, there's refs to Hitchcock - the panoramic view which starts "Psycho"; the guy with broken leg, "Rear Window"; woman driver being stopped by police officer & she hiding the content of bag with her scarf, "Psycho" again etc. Did you see any such film with serious, non-parody references to the previous films?

Asylum isn't a movie.   It's a studio that produces very low budget monster / horror movies, most notably Sharknado.

Speaking of sharks, one of the most famous scenes involving a reference / tribute to another film is probably in Jaws.  As Roy Schieder's character sits on the beach, watching a boy get attacked by a shark, the camera does the push / pull effect that Hitchcock made famous in Vertigo.  Speilberg has said that was a tribute to Hitchcock. 

That's the only one I can recall off hand, but I know there are a ton of references / tributes throughout movies that are played for laughs. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 06, 2018, 09:22:57 AM
Not sure about your second question
Look this bit posted in the main board & answer past question:

It's a truly hilarious film, much more watchable via Rifftrax:

http://www.rifftrax.com/rotor

This one is also easy to buy, as you can buy the riff as a full video, as opposed to some other riffs where you buy the audio and have to already have access to the video.

Quote
but yeah, Mystery Science Theater specializes in making fun of bad movies.
Bad movies? I see.

Shall check the link, thanks.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 06, 2018, 09:27:33 AM
Not sure about your second question
Look this bit posted in the main board & answer past question:

It's a truly hilarious film, much more watchable via Rifftrax:

http://www.rifftrax.com/rotor

This one is also easy to buy, as you can buy the riff as a full video, as opposed to some other riffs where you buy the audio and have to already have access to the video.

Quote
but yeah, Mystery Science Theater specializes in making fun of bad movies.
Bad movies? I see.

Shall check the link, thanks.

Rifftrax is basically the same concept as Mystery Science Theater. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 06, 2018, 09:36:46 AM
Speaking of sharks, one of the most famous scenes involving a reference / tribute to another film is probably in Jaws.  As Roy Schieder's character sits on the beach, watching a boy get attacked by a shark, the camera does the push / pull effect that Hitchcock made famous in Vertigo.  Spielberg has said that was a tribute to Hitchcock.
It's interesting example you brought - camera effects re-used by new director in new film (in this case, new in relation to Hitch).

In "Secret Window", Johnny Depp's character's name is Norman. It's less popular name & since it's suspense, I regard it as "Psycho" ref.

Quote
That's the only one I can recall off hand, but I know there are a ton of references / tributes throughout movies that are played for laughs.
But my question is about serious refs/ tributes. Usually used in the same genre film (suspense refs in suspense movie, old horror movie refs in new horror movie...) as director displaying (subtly) he's fan to the past director.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 06, 2018, 09:40:07 AM
Speaking of sharks, one of the most famous scenes involving a reference / tribute to another film is probably in Jaws.  As Roy Schieder's character sits on the beach, watching a boy get attacked by a shark, the camera does the push / pull effect that Hitchcock made famous in Vertigo.  Spielberg has said that was a tribute to Hitchcock.
It's interesting example you brought - camera effects re-used by new director in new film (in this case, new in relation to Hitch).

In "Secret Window", Johnny Depp's character's name is Norman. It's less popular name & since it's suspense, I regard it as "Psycho" ref.

Quote
That's the only one I can recall off hand, but I know there are a ton of references / tributes throughout movies that are played for laughs.
But my question is about serious refs/ tributes. Usually used in the same genre film (suspense refs in suspense movie, old horror movie refs in new horror movie...) as director displaying (subtly) he's fan to the past director.

Sorry that was a typo.   I meant to say there are a lot of references / tributes that aren't played for laughs. 

Example, John Carpenter's Halloween was one of the first to show the killer's point of view.  It only took two years for the original Friday the 13th to copy that. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 19, 2018, 04:58:21 PM
"The Wizard Of Oz" - expected entertaining adventurous family film. Instead, it's disappointingly dull. The "Judy meets stranger" scenes get by rather slowly. Skipped thru the film till its ending which could be the best thing. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is nice song sung very well by young Judy Garland. At the same time, it lacks sth. to dub it "great" imo.

I decided to see "The Wizard" thinking it could be even better than amazing, riveting tale "Alice In Wonderland" (both Disney cartoon & 1933 black & white movie featuring loveliest, adorable Alice & young Cary Grant & Gary Cooper). But, it's 2/5 - great costumes, some good dialog lines, few interesting characters, rare cool visual effects.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 20, 2018, 07:17:02 AM
"The Wizard Of Oz" - expected entertaining adventurous family film. Instead, it's disappointingly dull. The "Judy meets stranger" scenes get by rather slowly. Skipped thru the film till its ending which could be the best thing. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is nice song sung very well by young Judy Garland. At the same time, it lacks sth. to dub it "great" imo.

I decided to see "The Wizard" thinking it could be even better than amazing, riveting tale "Alice In Wonderland" (both Disney cartoon & 1933 black & white movie featuring loveliest, adorable Alice & young Cary Grant & Gary Cooper). But, it's 2/5 - great costumes, some good dialog lines, few interesting characters, rare cool visual effects.

Have you seen the "sequel" to Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz (1985)? 



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on February 20, 2018, 03:50:24 PM
We started watching "Transparent," and it's really enjoyable. I like Jeffrey Tambor quite a bit, I think he's a hilarious actor. (Arrested Development is one of my favorite shows ever.) It also raises plenty of little things to discuss around the house. Granted, I suspect the show's future is in doubt considering Tambor was accused of some sordid behavior as a part of the #MeToo wave, but we'll just have to see how that all works out. Anyway, I've still got three and a half seasons to go before I'm caught up.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 20, 2018, 04:09:55 PM
"The Wizard Of Oz" - expected entertaining adventurous family film. Instead, it's disappointingly dull. The "Judy meets stranger" scenes get by rather slowly. Skipped thru the film till its ending which could be the best thing. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is nice song sung very well by young Judy Garland. At the same time, it lacks sth. to dub it "great" imo
The

Wow, sorry you think this movie is dull.
It's such an iconic movie in America. Millions of us grew up looking forward to its being on TV every year.
I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too; Follow the yellow brick road; Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! There's no place like home...
The songs by the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion bring a smile and never grow old to me.
Judy Garland is amazing. And Toto too!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on February 20, 2018, 04:58:20 PM
We started watching "Transparent," and it's really enjoyable. I like Jeffrey Tambor quite a bit, I think he's a hilarious actor. (Arrested Development is one of my favorite shows ever.) It also raises plenty of little things to discuss around the house. Granted, I suspect the show's future is in doubt considering Tambor was accused of some sordid behavior as a part of the #MeToo wave, but we'll just have to see how that all works out. Anyway, I've still got three and a half seasons to go before I'm caught up.

As a huge fan of Arrested Developent myself, I just looked up if that sexual harassment claim was going to interfere with the new season...looks like it won’t. But Amazon officially stated that Tambor will not be back for another season of Transparent.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on February 20, 2018, 05:06:39 PM
"The Wizard Of Oz" - expected entertaining adventurous family film. Instead, it's disappointingly dull. The "Judy meets stranger" scenes get by rather slowly. Skipped thru the film till its ending which could be the best thing. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is nice song sung very well by young Judy Garland. At the same time, it lacks sth. to dub it "great" imo
The

Wow, sorry you think this movie is dull.
It's such an iconic movie in America. Millions of us grew up looking forward to its being on TV every year.
I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too; Follow the yellow brick road; Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! There's no place like home...
The songs by the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion bring a smile and never grow old to me.
Judy Garland is amazing. And Toto too!

The Wizard of Oz is one of the creepiest/scariest movies I’ve ever seen. It’s actually one of my first memories seeing that on television and it had me creeped out for weeks. Those flying monkeys and that spooky Wizard...all of it just sent shivers down my spine. The untrue rumors I heard later of a munchkin killing himself on camera during filming didn’t help either. I’ll still get in a mood if I see part of it in passing. I remember a friend saying that you can play Pink Floyd’s DSOTM alongside this movie and it fits perfectly, I never wanted to try it myself.

That being said, it is totally a staple in American cinema culture. Somewhere Over The Rainbow is one of the most beautiful songs ever, and I’ll listen to that occasionally. Also Toto is the cutest doggo.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on February 20, 2018, 07:20:12 PM
I must say, the scene where Dorothy is a prisoner, slowly watching the sands of the hourglass, is very unsettling. Dorothy/Judy Garland looks truly terrified. I sometimes wonder if the director said something to make her upset.
I have read that this was done to child actors such as Jackie Coogan, who co-starred in Chaplin's The Kid. To make him cry they'd say stuff like his Mother was in the hospital or his dog died. Truly vile stuff.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on February 20, 2018, 07:49:13 PM
That’s terrible! I briefly read some piece by Uma Thurman about how Quentin Tarantino basically ruined her acting career by forcing her to do some stunt and her back and neck haven’t been right since. And sadly apparently the shot where she was injured doesn’t even really show her. Hollywood does some cruel things to actors, actresses. I wonder if that’s why Van Dyke Parks got out of the movie business early on...


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 21, 2018, 05:34:51 AM
"The Wizard Of Oz" - expected entertaining adventurous family film. Instead, it's disappointingly dull. The "Judy meets stranger" scenes get by rather slowly. Skipped thru the film till its ending which could be the best thing. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is nice song sung very well by young Judy Garland. At the same time, it lacks sth. to dub it "great" imo
The

Wow, sorry you think this movie is dull.
It's such an iconic movie in America. Millions of us grew up looking forward to its being on TV every year.
I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too; Follow the yellow brick road; Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! There's no place like home...
The songs by the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion bring a smile and never grow old to me.
Judy Garland is amazing. And Toto too!

The Wizard of Oz is one of the creepiest/scariest movies I’ve ever seen. It’s actually one of my first memories seeing that on television and it had me creeped out for weeks. Those flying monkeys and that spooky Wizard...all of it just sent shivers down my spine. The untrue rumors I heard later of a munchkin killing himself on camera during filming didn’t help either. I’ll still get in a mood if I see part of it in passing. I remember a friend saying that you can play Pink Floyd’s DSOTM alongside this movie and it fits perfectly, I never wanted to try it myself.

That being said, it is totally a staple in American cinema culture. Somewhere Over The Rainbow is one of the most beautiful songs ever, and I’ll listen to that occasionally. Also Toto is the cutest doggo.

I tried the Dark Side of the Moon thing once.  There were five or six instances where the audio and video seemed to sync up, but I chalk it up to mere coincidence. 

But, anything that encourages people to listen to Pink Floyd or watch The Wizard of Oz is OK by me. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on February 21, 2018, 05:47:14 AM
Reminds me of that rumor that Pink Floyd was originally supposed to do the music for ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’, but Kubrick decided he didn’t want the soundtrack to be dated by a modern sound, so he instead chose classical works for the music. Apparently all rumor though. Still, besides the original soundtrack I can’t think of a more fitting band to backdrop music on such a movie as that.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 21, 2018, 05:53:55 AM
Reminds me of that rumor that Pink Floyd was originally supposed to do the music for ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’, but Kubrick decided he didn’t want the soundtrack to be dated by a modern sound, so he instead chose classical works for the music. Apparently all rumor though. Still, besides the original soundtrack I can’t think of a more fitting band to backdrop music on such a movie as that.

There is a true story about 2001 and Floyd.  When Roger Waters recorded his Amused to Death album, he wanted to use some of HAL's dialog on the song "Perfect Sense Part 1."  But Kublick wouldn't allow it, so Waters included a backwards message with a swipe at Kubrick. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx-nmRF8_AA

However, when Waters went on tour in 1999-2000, he used the HAL dialog. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j4oPSKsjsY


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: rab2591 on February 21, 2018, 06:09:03 AM
Okay that’s awesome.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 21, 2018, 07:43:02 AM
Okay that’s awesome.

I'm not sure if Roger got the clearance to use that dialog by 1999.  Or, knowing Roger, he just didn't care, and figured it was fair game on a live stage, and wouldn't be noticed of a relatively low profile live release.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 24, 2018, 06:27:28 PM
Have you seen the "sequel" to Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz (1985)?
Negative. Is it better?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 24, 2018, 07:17:00 PM
Have you seen the "sequel" to Wizard of Oz, Return to Oz (1985)?
Negative. Is it better?

Personally, I dont think its better, but Im a fan of the original

But, Return to Oz has a completely different tone, so you might like it.  Its a much darker movie and its not a musical.   I always wondered why my folks didnt take me to see it in theaters as I was really into the original, but years later when I saw it, I realized its really not a movie for a 5 year old.

In 2013, Sam Raimi directed a prequel called Oz the Great and Powerful (he claims its not a prequel, but I cant see how it isnt) starring James Franco as the wizard when he first arrives in Oz.  It was pretty good.  There was talk of Disney using the movie to launch a new Oz franchise, but it seems nothing came of that. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 24, 2018, 07:44:00 PM
2KDS: By way you describe, the sequel is MUCH cooler. :3d Not that I dislike musicals.

Can't stand Franco but you say it's good, maybe I'll check it.

Which animated feature film do you like? Cartoon made around animated series, comic books ("Tom & Jerry", "Sponge Bob", "Batman"...) excepted. The question is about original characters & script.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 25, 2018, 12:28:36 AM
2KDS: By way you describe, the sequel is MUCH cooler. :3d Not that I dislike musicals.

Can't stand Franco but you say it's good, maybe I'll check it.

Which animated feature film do you like? Cartoon made around animated series, comic books ("Tom & Jerry", "Sponge Bob", "Batman"...) excepted. The question is about original characters & script.

Shrek is a very good animated movie.  The second one was very good too.   

Most other ones I think of are adaptations.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 25, 2018, 12:41:31 AM
Shrek is a very good animated movie.  The second one was very good too.   

Most other ones I think of are adaptations.
What's about "Shrek" that makes you like it?

Next question - you're big metal band fan - what song did you especially enjoy to hear & didn't even expect it being used in specific film/ sequence?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 25, 2018, 01:02:21 AM
Shrek is a very good animated movie.  The second one was very good too.   

Most other ones I think of are adaptations.
What's about "Shrek" that makes you like it?

Next question - you're big metal band fan - what song did you especially enjoy to hear & didn't even expect it being used in specific film/ sequence?

I like how Shrek took the storybook / fairy tale and threw some irreverant humor at it.

One of the most unexpected uses of a metal song was King Diamond's Welcome Home when Jay and Silent Bob make their first appearance in Clerks II. 



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 25, 2018, 07:27:22 AM
What is unexpected about its use in "Clerks II"? I didn't see film with such title but, is it exactly about clerks to make metal song bizarre inclusion, as in clean-cut nerdy office workers & hairy loud belters?

Which song do you think could be perfect in many films but it strikes you that you don't hear anywhere, not even in TV shows?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 25, 2018, 07:57:51 AM
What is unexpected about its use in "Clerks II"? I didn't see film with such title but, is it exactly about clerks to make metal song bizarre inclusion, as in clean-cut nerdy office workers & hairy loud belters?

Which song do you think could be perfect in many films but it strikes you that you don't hear anywhere, not even in TV shows?

Whats odd about the use of a King Diamond song is that his music is rarely used in mainstream media. 

The Blue Oyster Cult song Dancin in the Ruins would have been a perfect montage song for an 80s movie. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 25, 2018, 08:17:14 AM
Can you define "montage song"?

Can you tell favorite example "character sings/ hums famous song in the movie scene" (BBs/ "Full House"/ John Stamos doesn't count)?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 25, 2018, 08:51:21 AM
Can you define "montage song"?

Can you tell favorite example "character sings/ hums famous song in the movie scene" (BBs/ "Full House"/ John Stamos doesn't count)?

Taking a que from the training scene in Rocky, the montage became a staple of 80s movies.   Its basically a 3-5 minute sequence used to move the story along set to music.   Example, Jimmy Buffett's Turning Around in Summer Rental.   

Favorite example of characters singing a song.  Easy.  Bohemian Rhapsody in Wayne's World.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on February 25, 2018, 08:59:30 AM
Just to add a bit to KDS’s explanation, the visuals in a montage tend to be brief snippets edited together beneath the music rather than using dialogue, and it is basically a way to hasten some point from A to B or pass the time. So in a Rocky movie, it could be numerous training moments (sit ups, weight lifting, running, push ups, more weight lifting), each only a few seconds, but getting across the point: Rocky is dedicated to getting into shape for the big fight. A song is often used for the audio of such a “montage.”

Other typical montage scenes might show a child growing up, someone’s workday routine, a couple’s relationship growing through numerous dates, etc.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 25, 2018, 06:20:43 PM
Just to add a bit to KDS’s explanation, the visuals in a montage tend to be brief snippets edited together beneath the music rather than using dialogue, and it is basically a way to hasten some point from A to B or pass the time. So in a Rocky movie, it could be numerous training moments (sit ups, weight lifting, running, push ups, more weight lifting), each only a few seconds, but getting across the point: Rocky is dedicated to getting into shape for the big fight. A song is often used for the audio of such a “montage.”

Other typical montage scenes might show a child growing up, someone’s workday routine, a couple’s relationship growing through numerous dates, etc.

The montage was brilliantly lampooned on an episode of South Park back in 2002 (I think).  The Trey Parker / Matt Stone montage song was so good, they used it again in their Team America movie


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 26, 2018, 01:21:20 PM
Thanks re: "montage song" term, both. I'm big "Rocky" (as well as Sylvester Stallone) fan which helps to see the explanation better than, say, "popular in the U.S. strictly" movie example would.

2KDS: Did you, seeing films, think at times "It should be without music" beginning to end? Which film?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 26, 2018, 06:17:10 PM
Thanks re: "montage song" term, both. I'm big "Rocky" (as well as Sylvester Stallone) fan which helps to see the explanation better than, say, "popular in the U.S. strictly" movie example would.

2KDS: Did you, seeing films, think at times "It should be without music" beginning to end? Which film?

I honesty cant think of any movies that would be without music.  Maybe with different music.

For example, the 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie has a bit of a timeless feel, except for the use of Prince music during some key scenes.  Burton was wise to mostly avoid contemporary music in the 1992 sequel, except in the background of one scene. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on February 28, 2018, 05:50:36 PM
Indifferent about Prince. Elfman should've scored it start to finish.

Did you at times seeing movie/ its scenes picture the other song being played - by famous band or famous music theme in famous movie? To show you example, the music to "Psycho" could fit "Halloween" (high-pitched violins).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on February 28, 2018, 06:51:52 PM
Indifferent about Prince. Elfman should've scored it start to finish.

Did you at times seeing movie/ its scenes picture the other song being played - by famous band or famous music theme in famous movie? To show you example, the music to "Psycho" could fit "Halloween" (high-pitched violins).

If the Prince songs were in the background, it wouldn't have been so bad, but seeing Nicholson's Joker dancing to Prince songs twice during the movie was a little much. 

Hmm, never really thought of movie scenes with different music before. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 01, 2018, 05:16:34 PM
If the Prince songs were in the background, it wouldn't have been so bad, but seeing Nicholson's Joker dancing to Prince songs twice during the movie was a little much.
Agree, it's dullfest. Can you tell movies with the same title as famous song/ line which don't play it in the soundtrack/ isn't biopic of the artist who's written it? I.e. "Stand By Me", L&M, "Walk The Line" rule out.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 01, 2018, 06:49:01 PM
If the Prince songs were in the background, it wouldn't have been so bad, but seeing Nicholson's Joker dancing to Prince songs twice during the movie was a little much.
Agree, it's dullfest. Can you tell movies with the same title as famous song/ line which don't play it in the soundtrack/ isn't biopic of the artist who's written it? I.e. "Stand By Me", L&M, "Walk The Line" rule out.

Dazed and Confused, the 1993 comedy that takes place in 1976.  Despite a soundtrack full of classic rock greatness, the Led Zeppelin song of the same name is not played, nor are any Zeppelin songs.  

This may have been done to keep the movie under budget as Led Zeppelin songs are apparently very expensive to buy the rights to use.  

Also, the 2011 comedy Take Me Home Tonight which takes place in 1988.   The Eddie Money song was festured in the trailer, but not the movie.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 02, 2018, 06:59:37 AM
You're the horror & 80s comedy fan. Is it hereditary, ie. parents/ fam like the same too? Is there ultimate Top 3 you & fam get kick out of?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 02, 2018, 07:11:34 AM
You're the horror & 80s comedy fan. Is it hereditary, ie. parents/ fam like the same too? Is there ultimate Top 3 you & fam get kick out of?

I suppose it could be.   My mother has always been a fan of horror, and my father loves a good comedy, so there could be something to that.   

I know my family and I all love Jaws.  My mother and I are big fans of The Exorcist.  My father's not big into supernatural horror. 

My father and I have enjoyed movies like Blazing Saddles, Caddyshack, and The Naked Gun together. 

Top 3 that we all enjoy.......

Jaws
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Sixth Sense


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 03, 2018, 12:41:09 AM
Siblings? Cousins? Grandparents? Which the same films do you like with them?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 03, 2018, 01:02:50 AM
Siblings? Cousins? Grandparents? Which the same films do you like with them?

I recall my sister and I both liked Ace Ventura back in the day.   

Never really watched a lot of movies with my cousins although my one older cousin took me to see Beetlejuice when I was a kid. 

Though I didnt see the movie until after he passed, my grandfather loved the original I Spit On Your Grave


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 06, 2018, 07:03:29 AM
2KDS: What's the favorite teacher film? People usually cite "Dead Poets Society", smb. at Smiley even borrowed its famous line to add as signature. Do you agree with such choice? Sth. else? To me, best teacher film is definitely "Up The Down Staircase" with Sandy Dennis (don't mix her with UK folk singer Sandy Denny).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 06, 2018, 07:19:20 AM
2KDS: What's the favorite teacher film? People usually cite "Dead Poets Society", smb. at Smiley even borrowed its famous line to add as signature. Do you agree with such choice? Sth. else? To me, best teacher film is definitely "Up The Down Staircase" with Sandy Dennis (don't mix her with UK folk singer Sandy Denny).

For teacher films, I tend to go against the grain and go for lighter fare. 

The 80s comedy Summer School is a lot of fun. 

But, my favorite might be the 2003 comedy School of Rock.  It's a fun comedy, packed with a good soundtrack, and tons of music references.  Plus, it doesn't fall into the overly sentimental trap that many movies of this type tend to do. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on March 06, 2018, 07:50:42 AM

The 80s comedy Summer School is a lot of fun. 


I unabashedly loved that movie and have probably seen it 15 times (though not in years ... or decades). Absolutely fun and funny.

For what it's worth, I've also wondered whether Chainsaw and Dave weren't the models to some extent for Bill and Ted, and maybe even Beavis and Butthead. But the two inseparable friends, there for comic relief, mostly existing inside their own little fantasy world (of horror film for C&D, rock for B&T, and, well, uh, huh huh huh for B&BH), entirely useless from the outside world's perspective.

It also had some quotable lines: "Don't wet your pants. Watch this." "I cannot study. I'm going to the library." "...very very very very very much. [number] words on the dot. You can count them if you want."


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 06, 2018, 07:58:59 AM

The 80s comedy Summer School is a lot of fun. 


I unabashedly loved that movie and have probably seen it 15 times (though not in years ... or decades). Absolutely fun and funny.

For what it's worth, I've also wondered whether Chainsaw and Dave weren't the models to some extent for Bill and Ted, and maybe even Beavis and Butthead. But the two inseparable friends, there for comic relief, mostly existing inside their own little fantasy world (of horror film for C&D, rock for B&T, and, well, uh, huh huh huh for B&BH), entirely useless from the outside world's perspective.

It also had some quotable lines: "Don't wet your pants. Watch this." "I cannot study. I'm going to the library." "...very very very very very much. [number] words on the dot. You can count them if you want."

Good call on Chainsaw and Dave being a proto Bill and Ted.   I could definitely see that. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on March 06, 2018, 03:45:45 PM
I've been watching films off this list (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KjCL4vPf14A8eajuIyzvNXO_vMPJafSp_v2nqly8zaA/edit) as part of a challenge I'm currently undertaking with a mate of mine. Basically, this challenge consists of attempting to watch a minimum of one film per day from every edition of the book "1001 Films You Must See Before You Die", as well as films from its spin off "101 (insert genre) Films" books. Although the title of this challenge says 1001, in reality the total number of films that will be viewed will number well over 1500. That said, given the difficulty of trying to locate and watch some of the more obscure films (it took me a month and a half to watch "La Roue" by Abel Gance), as well as various other circumstances (for example I'm starting university so that'll naturally take up a large amount of my time), it's been all but impossible to stick to that "one film per day" rule. But I try my best.

Feel free to follow me on Letterboxd and to check out my progress so far: https://letterboxd.com/rubsomefunk/list/1001-films-you-must-see-before-you-die-challenge/


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on March 06, 2018, 04:06:32 PM
Wow, that's ambition. That was the sort of thing I tried to do across media (movies, albums, and books) in the lead-up to 2000, where there were a lot of top 100s. However, I can't imagine even trying that anymore, much less 1001+. Good luck to you!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 06, 2018, 11:40:56 PM
2KDS: Is there any movie character who could be your alter ego? What do you think?

2Rei: Checking that letterboxd link, I see you got to the 1920s - nice!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 07, 2018, 05:45:04 AM
2KDS: Is there any movie character who could be your alter ego? What do you think?

2Rei: Checking that letterboxd link, I see you got to the 1920s - nice!

My film alter ego.  I do relate to the main character from Clerks, Dante in how he tends to overthink every aspect of his life.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 08, 2018, 06:20:36 AM
My film alter ego.  I do relate to the main character from Clerks, Dante in how he tends to overthink every aspect of his life.
OK, thanks.

People usually like good characters. Which film villain did you like & root for (i.e. real baddie, not smb. who changed into good guy/ girl)?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 08, 2018, 06:31:53 AM
My film alter ego.  I do relate to the main character from Clerks, Dante in how he tends to overthink every aspect of his life.
OK, thanks.

People usually like good characters. Which film villain did you like & root for (i.e. real baddie, not smb. who changed into good guy/ girl)?

Freddy Krueger is an obvious one, especially in the sequels, where the ways he would kill his victims became her creative.   He's probably the only one that I really rooted for.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 09, 2018, 05:07:34 AM
Freddy Krueger is an obvious one, especially in the sequels, where the ways he would kill his victims became her creative.   He's probably the only one that I really rooted for.   
Freddy Krueger is sheer coolness - dressed like scarecrow meets country boy with funny face/ voice & metal fingers. At 5 or sth. I found him hilarious. Still frightful when he liked to be. When they made that stupid as hell "Freddy vs. Jason", I laughed thinking "Is it joke?". To pit Fredster with some loser, really? What did you think of this abomination? Who would you place against Freddy in battle? Fun question time.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 09, 2018, 05:47:42 AM
Freddy Krueger is an obvious one, especially in the sequels, where the ways he would kill his victims became her creative.   He's probably the only one that I really rooted for.   
Freddy Krueger is sheer coolness - dressed like scarecrow meets country boy with funny face/ voice & metal fingers. At 5 or sth. I found him hilarious. Still frightful when he liked to be. When they made that stupid as hell "Freddy vs. Jason", I laughed thinking "Is it joke?". To pit Fredster with some loser, really? What did you think of this abomination? Who would you place against Freddy in battle? Fun question time.

For what it was, I thought Freddy v Jason was a fun way to spend 90 minutes.  It was a very tongue in cheek tribute to both franchises.   However, I've never been a huge fan of the Friday the 13th series.  I always thought it was a knockoff of the Halloween series (at least the sequels were once Jason donned his trademark mask). 

The biggest flaw of a Freddy v any other slasher is that Freddy has a personality, while the others are just masked, silent killers.   If they were to pit Freddy Krueger vs anybody contemporary, I'd probably pick Pin Head from the Hell Raiser series or Candy Man. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 09, 2018, 05:54:57 PM
Agree with the "Friday the 13th" point - boredom kingdom with nothing special villain. Freddy's personality can't be topped, well said again.

Do you think 8-bit score could fit any film genre? Or should it stay strictly in computer/ video games?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 09, 2018, 06:16:26 PM
Agree with the "Friday the 13th" point - boredom kingdom with nothing special villain. Freddy's personality can't be topped, well said again.

Do you think 8-bit score could fit any film genre? Or should it stay strictly in computer/ video games?

I think that should stay with video games. 

There was a rumor of an Ash (protagonist from Evil Dead) v Freddy movie years ago.   I think that wouldve been a lot of fun. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 09, 2018, 06:20:07 PM
What can you say about heroes' battles? Which pairing could work in the big budget movie? Any ideas?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 10, 2018, 01:29:03 AM
What can you say about heroes' battles? Which pairing could work in the big budget movie? Any ideas?

Superheroes or protagonists in general?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 10, 2018, 03:07:25 AM
Superheroes banal to pair. Which 2 good characters=heroes could work in big budget movie? Well?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 10, 2018, 07:55:55 AM
Superheroes banal to pair. Which 2 good characters=heroes could work in big budget movie? Well?

John McClane from Die Hard with Riggs and Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 11, 2018, 05:17:10 PM
Is that it? Who else? Any crazy impossible pairing of 2 totes different genre characters?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 11, 2018, 06:44:45 PM
Is that it? Who else? Any crazy impossible pairing of 2 totes different genre characters?

To be honest, I really wouldnt want to mix up characters from different genres. 

I think the heroes of Lethal Weapon and Die Hard would work because the tones of both franchises are similar with the mix of action with humor.   

Impossible with the death of Harold Ramis but maybe a coming together of the Ghostbusters and Men in Black. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 11, 2018, 06:58:33 PM
Speaking re: mixing up. Do you accept films with animation? 50/50 about it? Think it's stupid? The best imo such blend can be seen in "Song Of The South". The plot is about guy who tells fairy tales, thus the animation fits there.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 12, 2018, 05:34:19 AM
Speaking re: mixing up. Do you accept films with animation? 50/50 about it? Think it's stupid? The best imo such blend can be seen in "Song Of The South". The plot is about guy who tells fairy tales, thus the animation fits there.

Sure.   I think Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a great movie. 

Also, the 1992 comedy Stay Tuned includes some animation (thought it doesn't really mix with the live action like Song of the South or Roger Rabbit). 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 12, 2018, 07:56:07 AM
"Roger" is good movie.

Would you tell films with people speaking to imaginary friends besides "Harvey" (1950), "The Shining" & pointless "Donnie Darko"? Do you like these type movies or think they're too "far out"?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 12, 2018, 08:03:21 AM
"Roger" is good movie.

Would you tell films with people speaking to imaginary friends besides "Harvey" (1950), "The Shining" & pointless "Donnie Darko"? Do you like these type movies or think they're too "far out"?

Off the top of my head, there's the cult comedy Drop Dead Fred.   Although unlike Harvey, you actually see the titular imaginary friend. 

I think those types of movies can be good. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 12, 2018, 06:39:56 PM
"Harvey" is better movie then - it's difficult to use imagination than see the imaginary friend being played in flesh. Stewart took challenging role, kudos to him.

What do you think about film & television? Why film actors get praise, recognition & 1st-class status than their strictly TV colleagues? F.ex. it's usually film stars who get to be household names. But, what about people watching TV when they're back home? Shouldn't this make it by default the win situation? Or, is TV show business too varied, too many series made/ being introduced yearly that people just don't rmbr the faces they see, they've got choices?

Using logic, I gathered it's easier to switch the telly than going to the pictures, therefore, TV actors would be best recognized than film actors? Granted, big screen movies tranfer to TV after some time plus DVD/Blu-Ray editions but, many TV shows go this route as well.

The next example - there seems to be secret agreement that if you play in film, it's the highest mark of the acting career. Not many TV actors get invited to the popular "Late Night" shows & the like. Of course, little doubt that TV is money-maker, big money-maker at that too. But, strangely, the actors who work in TV only, they seem 2ndary to the actors who mainly play in films. Not much reverence to what they do (btw, doesn't mean the individial TV actors can't gather fanbase but it doesn't usually leave the said fanbase, even if it's million viewers they're not worldwide known like, say, famous screen movie stars).

Discuss.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 13, 2018, 05:22:02 AM
"Harvey" is better movie then - it's difficult to use imagination than see the imaginary friend being played in flesh. Stewart took challenging role, kudos to him.

What do you think about film & television? Why film actors get praise, recognition & 1st-class status than their strictly TV colleagues? F.ex. it's usually film stars who get to be household names. But, what about people watching TV when they're back home? Shouldn't this make it by default the win situation? Or, is TV show business too varied, too many series made/ being introduced yearly that people just don't rmbr the faces they see, they've got choices?

Using logic, I gathered it's easier to switch the telly than going to the pictures, therefore, TV actors would be best recognized than film actors? Granted, big screen movies tranfer to TV after some time plus DVD/Blu-Ray editions but, many TV shows go this route as well.

The next example - there seems to be secret agreement that if you play in film, it's the highest mark of the acting career. Not many TV actors get invited to the popular "Late Night" shows & the like. Of course, little doubt that TV is money-maker, big money-maker at that too. But, strangely, the actors who work in TV only, they seem 2ndary to the actors who mainly play in films. Not much reverence to what they do (btw, doesn't mean the individial TV actors can't gather fanbase but it doesn't usually leave the said fanbase, even if it's million viewers they're not worldwide known like, say, famous screen movie stars).

Discuss.

I think there's actually been a shift over the last few years regarding opinions of TV actors v film actors. 

Probably about a decade ago, you started in TV, and you hoped to "graduate" to movies.  But, now actors are making bigger impact on television.   Shows like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, ER, 24, The Walking Dead, etc really changed perceptions. 

TV programs also have bigger budgets than in the past, so you're getting cinema quality entertainment of a lot of TV shows these days. 



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Mike Garneau on March 13, 2018, 10:09:20 AM
A foot and a half of snow is keeping me inside today. I decided to watch some old cheesy horror flicks from the 50s. Right now I have Roger Corman's Bucket Of Blood on. Man I wish I had a cd of the background music from this film.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Gettin Hungry on March 13, 2018, 10:33:10 AM
I was a fan of Paul Dano even before he played Brian Wilson, but I just saw his 2012 flick "Ruby Sparks." It was really enjoyable. It takes the common tropes of the writer whose characters come to life and the Manic Pixie Dream Girl and turns them on their heads.

I also finally saw Thor: Ragnarok. Loved it!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 15, 2018, 05:25:54 AM
I was a fan of Paul Dano even before he played Brian Wilson, but I just saw his 2012 flick "Ruby Sparks." It was really enjoyable. It takes the common tropes of the writer whose characters come to life and the Manic Pixie Dream Girl and turns them on their heads.

I also finally saw Thor: Ragnarok. Loved it!

Paul Dano was also is a teen comedy called The Girl Next Door in 2004 I think.  The premise sounds like your standard teen comedy fodder, a shy guy has his world turned upside down when a gorgeous former porn star moves in next door.   But, the movie surprisingly does deeper than your usual sex jokes of movies of that time. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Gettin Hungry on March 15, 2018, 06:14:54 AM
I was a fan of Paul Dano even before he played Brian Wilson, but I just saw his 2012 flick "Ruby Sparks." It was really enjoyable. It takes the common tropes of the writer whose characters come to life and the Manic Pixie Dream Girl and turns them on their heads.

I also finally saw Thor: Ragnarok. Loved it!

Paul Dano was also is a teen comedy called The Girl Next Door in 2004 I think.  The premise sounds like your standard teen comedy fodder, a shy guy has his world turned upside down when a gorgeous former porn star moves in next door.   But, the movie surprisingly does deeper than your usual sex jokes of movies of that time. 

I'll have to check that out. I've requested a couple of his older movies from the library. I enjoy his choice in roles. I think the first time I noticed as being a good actor was There Will Be Blood, even though I know I saw him in Little Miss Sunshine and perhaps something else before then.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 15, 2018, 06:19:00 AM
I was a fan of Paul Dano even before he played Brian Wilson, but I just saw his 2012 flick "Ruby Sparks." It was really enjoyable. It takes the common tropes of the writer whose characters come to life and the Manic Pixie Dream Girl and turns them on their heads.

I also finally saw Thor: Ragnarok. Loved it!

Paul Dano was also is a teen comedy called The Girl Next Door in 2004 I think.  The premise sounds like your standard teen comedy fodder, a shy guy has his world turned upside down when a gorgeous former porn star moves in next door.   But, the movie surprisingly does deeper than your usual sex jokes of movies of that time. 

I'll have to check that out. I've requested a couple of his older movies from the library. I enjoy his choice in roles. I think the first time I noticed as being a good actor was There Will Be Blood, even though I know I saw him in Little Miss Sunshine and perhaps something else before then.

A lot of his roles seem a little too arthouse for my taste.  When it comes to on screen Brian's, I prefer John Cusack.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Gettin Hungry on March 15, 2018, 08:26:17 AM
Well, I guess I'm the opposite. Although, don't get me wrong, I love John Cusack too.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 15, 2018, 08:44:32 AM
Well, I guess I'm the opposite. Although, don't get me wrong, I love John Cusack too.

I just mean when it comes to their resumes, not so much for their portrayals of Brian. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on March 15, 2018, 08:48:56 AM
This week I began rewatching the fantastic Horace & Pete, which Louis CK released to Hulu maybe 15 months ago after first dropping through his website. I was really glad to see it still there after the publicity of his creepy masturbatory habits as part of the #MeToo stuff. It’s a great show. He’s a talented guy and I hope he keeps putting out new content—and that outlets continue to be willing to show it.

But hopefully he’ll stop jerking off in front of colleagues who aren’t into watching him do that.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Ovi on March 15, 2018, 03:51:25 PM
This week I began rewatching the fantastic Horace & Pete, which Louis CK released to Hulu maybe 15 months ago after first dropping through his website. I was really glad to see it still there after the publicity of his creepy masturbatory habits as part of the #MeToo stuff. It’s a great show. He’s a talented guy and I hope he keeps putting out new content—and that outlets continue to be willing to show it.

But hopefully he’ll stop jerking off in front of colleagues who aren’t into watching him do that.

I hope he will be back too. His latest stand-up special was easily as good as anything he's ever done in the field. The incidents all happened in the late-90s and early 2000s so I think he was long over that even when they surfaced. My opinion is that what he did was not that bad, certainly not in the way the media portrayed it. He always asked for permission, he never locked the door etc. Other comedians who were around at the time spoke about how some women treated the whole thing lightly when it happened rather than being offended.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 19, 2018, 03:42:53 AM
I think there's actually been a shift over the last few years regarding opinions of TV actors v film actors. 

Probably about a decade ago, you started in TV, and you hoped to "graduate" to movies.  But, now actors are making bigger impact on television.   Shows like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, ER, 24, The Walking Dead, etc really changed perceptions. 

TV programs also have bigger budgets than in the past, so you're getting cinema quality entertainment of a lot of TV shows these days. 
OK. Why do you think the change is going now, at this time? Any reasons you can deduce?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 19, 2018, 05:22:56 AM
I think there's actually been a shift over the last few years regarding opinions of TV actors v film actors. 

Probably about a decade ago, you started in TV, and you hoped to "graduate" to movies.  But, now actors are making bigger impact on television.   Shows like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, ER, 24, The Walking Dead, etc really changed perceptions. 

TV programs also have bigger budgets than in the past, so you're getting cinema quality entertainment of a lot of TV shows these days. 
OK. Why do you think the change is going now, at this time? Any reasons you can deduce?

I suspect it's because less people seem to be going to the movies.   There is so much competition on TV these days with premium cable and streaming services, that more focus is being put behind TV shows. 

Does this mean the quality is better?  Well, that's debatable.  For every great show, there are probably 10-15 duds.  It's gotten to the point where networks are resurrecting shows that have been off the air for 20  years (ie. Will & Grace / Roseanne). 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 19, 2018, 07:00:40 AM
When you say "It's gotten to the point where networks are resurrecting shows that have been off the air for 20  years", do you mean they display re-runs or create new eps to old shows?

If you're tasked to interview TV actor, who would you like?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 19, 2018, 07:06:17 AM
When you say "It's gotten to the point where networks are resurrecting shows that have been off the air for 20  years", do you mean they display re-runs or create new eps to old shows?

If you're tasked to interview TV actor, who would you like?

I mean, doing new episodes of old shows.   NBC started airing new Will and Grace episodes last year.   Netflix brought back Full House a year or two ago.   ABC starts the first new season of Roseanne in 20 years next week.  And there are rumors of King of the Hill, The Office, and several others that might come back. 

I wouldn't mind interviewing Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead.   I think he's a good actor, and his father in law is Ian Anderson, from Jethro Tull.  So, that's interesting. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 19, 2018, 05:47:10 PM
I mean, doing new episodes of old shows.   NBC started airing new Will and Grace episodes last year.   Netflix brought back Full House a year or two ago.   ABC starts the first new season of Roseanne in 20 years next week.  And there are rumors of King of the Hill, The Office, and several others that might come back. 

I wouldn't mind interviewing Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead.   I think he's a good actor, and his father in law is Ian Anderson, from Jethro Tull.  So, that's interesting. 
Do you like these shows being brought back? Which new show do you think is the best right now & why? Asking since many new shows' themes repeat the old shows' themes. Is what you like interesting thematically, not path walked before?

Small world.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 20, 2018, 05:22:37 AM
I mean, doing new episodes of old shows.   NBC started airing new Will and Grace episodes last year.   Netflix brought back Full House a year or two ago.   ABC starts the first new season of Roseanne in 20 years next week.  And there are rumors of King of the Hill, The Office, and several others that might come back. 

I wouldn't mind interviewing Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead.   I think he's a good actor, and his father in law is Ian Anderson, from Jethro Tull.  So, that's interesting. 
Do you like these shows being brought back? Which new show do you think is the best right now & why? Asking since many new shows' themes repeat the old shows' themes. Is what you like interesting thematically, not path walked before?

Small world.

I think the resurrection of old shows, just like the barrage of remakes, reboots, and sequels in movies, is another clear sign of the lack of new ideas in entertainment.   That being said, I will check out the upcoming return of Roseanne, as that was a really good show (minus that dreadful final season).  So, mixed feelings. 

We're finding less time to devote to TV, but we really like the new FOX comedy LA to Vegas.   It's just a silly, well done comedy about an airline.  I'm fine with shows revisiting old themes.   Superior Donuts is trying to do for the local coffee shop what Cheers did for bars. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 20, 2018, 04:41:02 PM
Then "Superior Donuts" must be just as dull as "Cheers" with boreface ugly lead character a la Ted Danson. Zzzzz.

Which SNL era do you like - the Eddie Murphy/ Tim Kazurinsky/ Moranis? John Belushi/ Chevy Chase? Recent cast? Which is the funniest?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on March 20, 2018, 08:38:06 PM
Just been elected Vice President of the La Trobe Cinema Club, which is basically the film club for my university. Very excited for the club and the opportunities that come with it.

We're going to watch a film every Friday night, starting with The Graduate. Greatly look forward to it, and a fantastic film to start off with as well


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 22, 2018, 05:37:59 AM
Then "Superior Donuts" must be just as dull as "Cheers" with boreface ugly lead character a la Ted Danson. Zzzzz.

Which SNL era do you like - the Eddie Murphy/ Tim Kazurinsky/ Moranis? John Belushi/ Chevy Chase? Recent cast? Which is the funniest?

Well, we'll have to agree to disagree on Cheers, as I support the opinion that it's one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.   Superior Donuts will likely never make the Top 50, but by 2018 standards it's quite good.   I made the comparison because the show centers around a donut shop.

For SNL, my favorite era is probably the one I grew up watching, and that was from the late 80s until about the early to mid 90s.   The cast featured Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Chris Rock, Chris Farley, David Spade, Kevin Nealon, Adam Sander, etc.  I'd rate the original cast as my second favorite - Chase, Murray, Belushi, Akyroyd, etc. 

I think Eddie Murphy was the shining star on a mostly week cast in the mid 80s.   Which is the same way I view Will Ferrell in the late 90s / early 00s.   In fact, I didn't go back and start watching a lot of those Ferrell sketches until after I'd seen movies like Old School and Anchorman. 

I think the current version of SNL is an extremely poor, unfunny excuse for a comedy show.   Every now and then, I'll tune in, especially if I like the guest host, and each time, I'm disappointed. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 23, 2018, 06:53:41 PM
Yes, we'll agree to disagree. I'm with reviews that say "Cheers" is boring.

What will you say made today's SNL to be hilariously unfunny show? Problem with actors? People who write the show's script?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 25, 2018, 07:01:06 PM
Yes, we'll agree to disagree. I'm with reviews that say "Cheers" is boring.

What will you say made today's SNL to be hilariously unfunny show? Problem with actors? People who write the show's script?

I think its bad writing and lack of funny people involved in SNL. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 26, 2018, 04:55:48 PM
2KDS: We know BBs guest-starred in few TV shows. Randy Travis in "Sabrina The Teenage Witch". Did the other bands/ singers? Who & where?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 27, 2018, 05:22:22 AM
2KDS: We know BBs guest-starred in few TV shows. Randy Travis in "Sabrina The Teenage Witch". Did the other bands/ singers? Who & where?

Oh yes.   The list of bands / artists who guested on The Simpsons is endless - All three surviving Beatles, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, The Who, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, The Ramones, Linda Rondstat, David Byrne, The Moody Blues, Ted Nugent, Spinal Tap, etc etc.   Surprisingly no guest spots from any Beach Boy, despite the fact they were referenced many times.  

Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey, and Ted Nugent have appeared on That 70s Show.  

All of the original members of KISS appeared on Family Guy.  

Phil Collins appeared on Miami Vice.  

Eddie Money appeared on King of Queens

Chad and Jeremy appeared on the 1960s Batman show.  

Anthrax appeared on Married...With Children

Joe Walsh and Slash have appeared on The Drew Carey Show.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 27, 2018, 07:35:23 AM
Could "The Simpsons" be the show with the biggest list of guests? Is there show like it?

Do you think these bands/ artists being featured in TV shows is double-edge sword?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 27, 2018, 08:03:35 AM
Could "The Simpsons" be the show with the biggest list of guests? Is there show like it?

Do you think these bands/ artists being featured in TV shows is double-edge sword?

I think The Simpsons list is the longest because they've been on the air for almost 30 years.  I doubt another show will come close to that. 

Although South Park has been on for 20, and they've had Radiohead, Elton John, and Ozzy Osbourne among others. 

I'm of the mind that any exposure is good.   Anthrax were never really a mainstream heavy metal band, but Married....With Children introduced them to a wider audience. 

I even think the much maligned appearance by The Beach Boys on Full House did more good than harm in the long run, and it introduced a generation of kids to the band. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 27, 2018, 04:18:00 PM
"Simpsons" is the long show but, in the Sandbox thread about Simpsons, I gathered it's the show specialized in making cultural references in each episode - to relevant news at the time, to movie stars, music bands, singers, songs, various famous people name-checked. Thus, regardless if it's been there for 30 yrs or 5, it still would be the show with the biggest list of celebrity guests, am I right? Or, is there show with such universal/ pervasive scenario?

Re: "South Park" - is it really show with obscenity? It isn't "family viewing" type show?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 28, 2018, 05:33:11 AM
"Simpsons" is the long show but, in the Sandbox thread about Simpsons, I gathered it's the show specialized in making cultural references in each episode - to relevant news at the time, to movie stars, music bands, singers, songs, various famous people name-checked. Thus, regardless if it's been there for 30 yrs or 5, it still would be the show with the biggest list of celebrity guests, am I right? Or, is there show with such universal/ pervasive scenario?

Re: "South Park" - is it really show with obscenity? It isn't "family viewing" type show?

The Simpsons doesn't always chime in with timely matters, but yes, they do make a lot of pop culture references, particularly in their annual Halloween shows. 

Yes, South Park is most definitely not fit for the entire family.  The humor is often quite crude, and since it's on after 10pm, they can get away with a little more in ways of language. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 28, 2018, 05:56:09 AM
To rephrase the question - it interests me greatly - is "Simpsons" unique in bringing pop culture refs or there's many shows like that which don't depict its fictional characters but add in famous people, famous, not specially made for show songs etc.?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 28, 2018, 07:34:04 AM
To rephrase the question - it interests me greatly - is "Simpsons" unique in bringing pop culture refs or there's many shows like that which don't depict its fictional characters but add in famous people, famous, not specially made for show songs etc.?

I don't think The Simpsons is 100% unique in the pop culture references, thought it was probably one of the first shows to do it on a consistent basis.   If anybody reading this wants to correct me, that's fine, as I'll admit my knowledge of pre 1980s TV is not what is used to be.   I even forgot to mention Sammy Davis Jr's iconic guest spot on All in the Family. 

Many post Simpsons shows have a ton of pop culture references.   Family Guy is well known for cutaway gags / pop culture references.   Robot Chicken is a show based entirely on quick pop culture references. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 28, 2018, 04:26:17 PM
You listed cartoon shows. Doesn't any show using real people make pop culture refs?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on March 28, 2018, 05:13:35 PM
Going to be watching American Graffiti and Dog Day Afternoon tonight as part of my Cinema Club's weekly film night. Never seen the latter, so I greatly look forward to it


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 28, 2018, 07:05:41 PM
Did you like "American Graffiti", Rei? Who's the prettiest girl & the best guy to you? To me, Candy Clarke & Paul Le Mat (with H. Ford) plus Terry, the guy with glasses, is adorable. :D I'll take the nerd anytime than that boring freckly guy what's-his-name, along with his chub-nosed girlfriend who was cute as button but too feisty & I quickly got tired of her. I wish instead they showed car race scenes which is main disapointment with this film. I expected, seeing people rave it here & elsewhere, that it's car race movie, not about teenage problems.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 29, 2018, 05:11:37 AM
You listed cartoon shows. Doesn't any show using real people make pop culture refs?

They do.   I just couldn't think of any off hand.   Of course, That 70s Show is full of references to 70s pop culture.   The Big Bang Theory is full of references to "nerd" pop culture. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on March 29, 2018, 07:52:19 AM
Did you like "American Graffiti", Rei? Who's the prettiest girl & the best guy to you? To me, Candy Clarke & Paul Le Mat (with H. Ford) plus Terry, the guy with glasses, is adorable. :D I'll take the nerd anytime than that boring freckly guy what's-his-name, along with his chub-nosed girlfriend who was cute as button but too feisty & I quickly got tired of her. I wish instead they showed car race scenes which is main disapointment with this film. I expected, seeing people rave it here & elsewhere, that it's car race movie, not about teenage problems.

Yeah, I greatly enjoy the film. Have seen it many times - actually prefer it over other Lucas films, including Star Wars. As for prettiest girl and best guy, I'd say probably the waitress at Mel's Drive In that talked to Ron Howard, and I quite liked Richard Dreyfuss in the film


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 29, 2018, 08:23:22 AM
Did you like "American Graffiti", Rei? Who's the prettiest girl & the best guy to you? To me, Candy Clarke & Paul Le Mat (with H. Ford) plus Terry, the guy with glasses, is adorable. :D I'll take the nerd anytime than that boring freckly guy what's-his-name, along with his chub-nosed girlfriend who was cute as button but too feisty & I quickly got tired of her. I wish instead they showed car race scenes which is main disapointment with this film. I expected, seeing people rave it here & elsewhere, that it's car race movie, not about teenage problems.

Yeah, I greatly enjoy the film. Have seen it many times - actually prefer it over other Lucas films, including Star Wars. As for prettiest girl and best guy, I'd say probably the waitress at Mel's Drive In that talked to Ron Howard, and I quite liked Richard Dreyfuss in the film

I've never seen AG or Star Wars in their entirety, but I have absolutely zero interest in the SW movies, while AF is on my bucket list. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 30, 2018, 04:53:53 AM
2Rei: Don't care about Dreyfuss. His acting didn't impress plus he's ugly. Btw, don't care about "Star Wars" either. The subject isn't super interesting, to begin with. Re: "American Graffiti", I didn't get the bit about "iconic" ending that posters stated repeatedly. The guy leaves his town to study & BBs' ASL plays. And? What's "iconic" about it? ::)

2KDS: Do you like animated TV series or TV series? Which tend to be funny, entertaining, interesting? Do they differ, in fact? Do you think some cartoon shows could work with real people? Which?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 30, 2018, 05:49:11 AM
2Rei: Don't care about Dreyfuss. His acting didn't impress plus he's ugly. Btw, don't care about "Star Wars" either. The subject isn't super interesting, to begin with. Re: "American Graffiti", I didn't get the bit about "iconic" ending that posters stated repeatedly. The guy leaves his town to study & BBs' ASL plays. And? What's "iconic" about it? ::)

2KDS: Do you like animated TV series or TV series? Which tend to be funny, entertaining, interesting? Do they differ, in fact? Do you think some cartoon shows could work with real people? Which?

I like both animated and live action TV shows.  It just so happens that my all time favorite TV show is animated - The Simpsons.   But, I currently watch LA to Vegas, Gotham, Lethal Weapon, The Walking Dead, and several others. 

I think animated shows, for the most part, offer a more zany brand of comedy because, being animated, they're not bound by reality.   Some of the things that happen to Homer Simpson can't happen to a live action person because it just wouldn't be believable. 

In general, I'm not a fan of live action adaptations of cartoons.   The only one I ever saw that was even remotely good was The Flintstones.  But, I thought Scooby Doo and The Grinch were awful.

The only animated TV show that I could see working as live action is King of the Hill.  Unlike most animated shows, King of the Hill was very much grounded in reality, except for the fact that the children didn't age. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 30, 2018, 06:26:14 AM
Quote
I thought Scooby Doo and The Grinch were awful.
Agree with "Grinch" but didn't you like Matthew Lillard as Shaggy? He played him really well.

Which film did you see & think too short, ended too soon, not developed to the fullest & it made you decide it should be TV series instead?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 30, 2018, 06:30:29 AM
Quote
I thought Scooby Doo and The Grinch were awful.
Agree with "Grinch" but didn't you like Matthew Lillard as Shaggy? He played him really well.

Which film did you see & think too short, ended too soon, not developed to the fullest & it made you decide it should be TV series instead?

I thought the cast of Scooby Doo did their best, although I didn't care for Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne.   But, I just thought the movie itself wasn't very good.   I thought the first five minutes were great, but it went straight downhill after. 

I honestly can't think of a movie that I thought was too short.  I prefer a tight, short runtime over a bloated one. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 30, 2018, 06:35:07 AM
Too short meaning film you really liked you wish to see it in TV series designation. Can list any, KDS?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on March 30, 2018, 06:47:24 AM
2Rei: Don't care about Dreyfuss. His acting didn't impress plus he's ugly. Btw, don't care about "Star Wars" either. The subject isn't super interesting, to begin with. Re: "American Graffiti", I didn't get the bit about "iconic" ending that posters stated repeatedly. The guy leaves his town to study & BBs' ASL plays. And? What's "iconic" about it? ::)

In terms of (un)attractiveness, he's hardly the Toad lol. But I enjoyed his performance, and what his character went through. As for the ending, I guess it's that it details the fate of each character - which by and large is a bit of a downer


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 30, 2018, 07:05:00 AM
I said generally, that Richard Dreyfuss is ugly. Can say it again if need be. Ditto the "acting didn't impress" bit. Re: Terry/ Toad, I didn't see him in other films, in fact what's his name? The bottom line is you liked "American Graffiti". Me, I rooted for cool car race film but got film about high school kids. If detailing each character's fate is the real reason why the ending is "iconic", we'll agree to disagree.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 30, 2018, 07:29:58 AM
Too short meaning film you really liked you wish to see it in TV series designation. Can list any, KDS?

Hmmm.......none that I can really think of.   

Ghostbusters comes to mind, but that had a successful TV show in the animated The Real Ghostbusters. 

Maybe the movie Almost Famous.   I'd have liked to see more of the adventures of the young writer protagonist.   Obviously, it would've had to be on premium cable. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 30, 2018, 07:50:17 AM
AF is big bore. Granted, I'd seen it single time, maybe when I see AF again I'd tell everybody what really good film it is. But, as Mikie would write separately, "Ha Ha Ha".

You said you didn't see "American Graffiti", "Star Wars", "It" (1990). Which popular films you didn't see as well?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 30, 2018, 07:55:01 AM
AF is big bore. Granted, I'd seen it single time, maybe when I see AF again I'd tell everybody what really good film it is. But, as Mikie would write separately, "Ha Ha Ha".

You said you didn't see "American Graffiti", "Star Wars", "It" (1990). Which popular films you didn't see as well?

I love everything about Almost Famous. 

Other popular films I have no interest in - the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies as well as most of the Marvel superhero films. 

And, the ultimate unpopular movie opinion, I have absolutely no interest in watching The Godfather.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 30, 2018, 08:00:55 AM
The question "Which popular films you didn't see as well?" iss general: any popular films, be it those you've no interest in or in your bucket list. Well?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 30, 2018, 08:07:55 AM
The question "Which popular films you didn't see as well?" iss general: any popular films, be it those you've no interest in or in your bucket list. Well?

Well, you can rattle off a list of popular films from the last 20 years, and chances are, I haven't seen 75% or more. 

Kill Bill
Enternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Pretty much any Wes Anderson movie
Transformers
The Departed
Inglorious Bastards
The Prestige
Cast Away
The Shawshank Redemption

Too many to list


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 30, 2018, 08:22:11 AM
Would it be right to then say that your fave movie era is 70s-80s, give or take 50s-60s?

Discussing in this thread with you, it looks like you like old school stuff but at the same time, not too retro a la silents  & 1920s-30s talkies. Is it right?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 30, 2018, 08:24:38 AM
Would it be right to then say that your fave movie era is 70s-80s, give or take 50s-60s?

Discussing in this thread with you, it looks like you like old school stuff but at the same time, not too retro a la silents  & 1920s-30s talkies. Is it right?

Unlike music, my movie wheelhouse consists mostly of movies released during my lifetime.   But, I'd say most of my favorites are from late 70s - early 90s


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 30, 2018, 08:26:35 AM
You say "mostly" - tell exceptions to the wheelhouse.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 30, 2018, 08:33:22 AM
You say "mostly" - tell exceptions to the wheelhouse.

Well, I like a lot of old horror movies from the 30s, 40s, 50s.   

I also like a lot of modern comedies from the 00s ie. Superbad, 40 Year Old Virgin, This is the End, Will Ferrell movies.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 30, 2018, 08:42:30 AM
Well, I like a lot of old horror movies from the 30s, 40s, 50s.   

I also like a lot of modern comedies from the 00s ie. Superbad, 40 Year Old Virgin, This is the End, Will Ferrell movies.
I know you're horror fan. But didn't you like any 30s-50s film except horror?

Well "Superbad" etc. can't be exception since they're released during your lifetime. Which what my question directed to.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 30, 2018, 08:45:35 AM
Well, I like a lot of old horror movies from the 30s, 40s, 50s.   

I also like a lot of modern comedies from the 00s ie. Superbad, 40 Year Old Virgin, This is the End, Will Ferrell movies.
I know you're horror fan. But didn't you like any 30s-50s film except horror?

Well "Superbad" etc. can't be exception since they're released during your lifetime. Which what my question directed to.

Not too many early cinema to be honest, save for some older Christmas movies.   Well, there's always Pride of the Yankees and The Wizard of Oz. 

Superbad was released in my lifetime, but I said the era I prefer the most is late 70s - early 90s.   While I like a lot of 2000s comedies, I think there's a lot of crap too. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 30, 2018, 05:22:59 PM
You've got film traditions at Christmas & Halloween. Barring it, do you watch film single time then move to the next or watch films, decide which are favorites & get back to them now & then? Question inspired by people who like movies but think it ruins the experience to see any viewed movie again.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on March 31, 2018, 08:19:39 AM
You've got film traditions at Christmas & Halloween. Barring it, do you watch film single time then move to the next or watch films, decide which are favorites & get back to them now & then? Question inspired by people who like movies but think it ruins the experience to see any viewed movie again.

If I like a movie, I feel it warrants repeat viewing.  Jaws, Ghostbusters, Stand By Me, etc I can watch over and over.   I dont subscribe to the belief that repeat viewings diminish an experience.   Granted, if its got a twist ending, you'll not be as surprised as the initial viewing. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on March 31, 2018, 09:56:21 PM
Did you dislike film & think should see it again just in case you may like it. Or if you dislike it you dislike it, the end? Do you give chance to bad films usually?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 02, 2018, 05:24:34 AM
Did you dislike film & think should see it again just in case you may like it. Or if you dislike it you dislike it, the end? Do you give chance to bad films usually?

When I was single and had a lot more free time on my hands, there were instances that I gave movies second chances.   The first time I saw The Evil Dead, I didn't particularly care for it.  But, when I watched it again five years later, I liked it. 

This past December, I watched The Santa Clause after not caring for it on my first viewing 22 years prior, and liked it more.    I think still it's a tad overrated, but I enjoyed it. 

But, for the most part, if I don't care for a movie, I don't rewatch. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 08, 2018, 07:57:32 PM
2KDS: Is Blu-Ray indeed better visually than DVD as many say? Did you buy films in Blu-Ray to compare? Next, since the technology keeps going forward, did they invent the advanced answer to Blu-Ray?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 08, 2018, 08:09:03 PM
2KDS: Is Blu-Ray indeed better visually than DVD as many say? Did you buy films in Blu-Ray to compare? Next, since the technology keeps going forward, did they invent the advanced answer to Blu-Ray?

As far as I know, the "advanced answer" to Blu Ray is 4K Ultra HD


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 08, 2018, 11:54:47 PM
2KDS: Is Blu-Ray indeed better visually than DVD as many say? Did you buy films in Blu-Ray to compare? Next, since the technology keeps going forward, did they invent the advanced answer to Blu-Ray?

I dont think theres that big a difference though most movies in my collection predate HD so DVD will do just fine.   I feel no need to update my copy of Jaws for example. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on April 09, 2018, 10:16:02 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91blJEoDdcL._SY445_.jpg)

Watched it with the grandkids. Brilliant heartwarming film. :=)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 10, 2018, 04:51:53 AM
Ta, Rei plus KDS.

New question to KDS to resume film chat - Do you think the big budget filmmakers Lucas, Spielberg etc. should quit it? Does it spiral downwards what they do or, in fact, the recent movies got better with time? Maybe few big name directors changed the style, took differentt route, refreshingly? What could you tell?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 10, 2018, 09:27:07 AM
Ta, Rei plus KDS.

New question to KDS to resume film chat - Do you think the big budget filmmakers Lucas, Spielberg etc. should quit it? Does it spiral downwards what they do or, in fact, the recent movies got better with time? Maybe few big name directors changed the style, took differentt route, refreshingly? What could you tell?

It's not really my place to say legendary directors should retire if they're still satisfied with their work.   I'm in the minority, but I enjoyed the last Indiana Jones movie that Speilberg directed in 2008, and I've heard Ready Player One is quite good. 





Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 10, 2018, 12:33:08 PM
I see. We'll agree to disagree, I think it's OK to say legendary directors should retire. Film viewers can discuss it & voice it if they don't like their latest films.

You said before that TV actors get better recognition tha film. Is there any actor/ -ress who made successful career in feature films AND TV movies/ shows?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 10, 2018, 02:17:03 PM
I see. We'll agree to disagree, I think it's OK to say legendary directors should retire. Film viewers can discuss it & voice it if they don't like their latest films.

You said before that TV actors get better recognition tha film. Is there any actor/ -ress who made successful career in feature films AND TV movies/ shows?

I suppose I don't watch enough recent movies to say whether or not some of the legends need to hang it up. 

Successful career in both movie and TV?   Sure.

John Goodman comes to mind with Roseanne and a long list of movies.   Steve Carrell has some big box office hits while starring on the US version of The Office.  Speaking of The Office, fellow Office star John Krasinski is in the new movie A Quiet Place, which is supposed to be very good.  Kiefer Sutherland had a very successful movie career before starring in 24.   Charlie Sheen had a successful run as a movie star before going to TV with Two and a Half Men.  Will Smith made the leap from TV to movies in the 1990s.   Tim Allen had some box office success with The Santa Clause franchise while starring on TV.   George Clooney started in TV, and went to movies.   I'm sure there's a ton more I'm forgetting too


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 10, 2018, 05:11:27 PM
Ron Howard also comes to mind.... maybe Tom Hanks as well (given that Bosom Buddies was his breakthrough, I think)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 12, 2018, 05:41:00 AM
Quote
Kiefer Sutherland
He's really good. Like his father Donald as well. Nice to see Tim Allen mentioned as well. Underrated comedian.

I see the phrase "pilot"/ "pilot episode" many times - could you explain? Is it episode which didn't work, they threw it & re-cut in different way? Or, is "pilot" akin to "test" episode?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 12, 2018, 05:48:47 AM
Quote
Kiefer Sutherland
He's really good. Like his father Donald as well. Nice to see Tim Allen mentioned as well. Underrated comedian.

I see the phrase "pilot"/ "pilot episode" many times - could you explain? Is it episode which didn't work, they threw it & re-cut in different way? Or, is "pilot" akin to "test" episode?

Tim Allen is very underrated, agreed.   It's a shame I didn't check out his sitcom Last Man Standing while it was on the air.   While not as funny as Home Improvement in its prime, it was quite good. 

A pilot episode is when a new show films a test episode, and if it does well, the network will decide whether or not to pick up the show.   If you watch the pilot episodes of shows like Seinfeld or The Office (US), you can see that the pilot sometimes predates the show by up to a year, and the show will sometimes make some changes.   Seinfeld's pilot, for example, didn't feature Julia Louis Dreyfuss. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 13, 2018, 05:38:24 PM
Thanks for the info. Did you see any pilot that, to you, looked better than the changed show? If not, does it mean the changes usually make the show better?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 13, 2018, 07:01:27 PM
Thanks for the info. Did you see any pilot that, to you, looked better than the changed show? If not, does it mean the changes usually make the show better?

Not really.  I think the changes usually improve the show.

The pilot for The Office (US) for example was just an almost shot for shot remake of the first episode of the UK Office.  The show took on its own vibe later. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 14, 2018, 02:23:14 AM
Many TV viewers praise "Seinfeld". Could you tell why?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 14, 2018, 05:05:29 AM
Because Seinfeld's one of the most influential and consistently funny shows around. I mean, I prefer Curb Your Enthusiasm. But Seinfeld's still brilliant IMO


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 14, 2018, 12:07:22 PM
Because Seinfeld's one of the most influential and consistently funny shows around. I mean, I prefer Curb Your Enthusiasm. But Seinfeld's still brilliant IMO

I agree (except I prefer Seinfeld to Curb).  Seinfeld and Curb also poke fun st relatable situations like waiting for a table at a restaurant, not being able to find your car in a parking garage, etc


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 14, 2018, 02:44:50 PM
Saying "influential" & "consistently funny" is generic answer. I'd like to know what's really special, unique about "Seinfeld". OK, it displays relatable situation - check. What else? Can any of you answer to my question in details? When I ask question, I must know the ins & outs, the dots & bolts to get to bottom of things.

& since you brought up "Curb Your Enthusiasm", the other show people praise, it seems CYE & "Seinfeld" share the same ideas? But there must be difference in script.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 15, 2018, 07:21:16 AM
Saying "influential" & "consistently funny" is generic answer. I'd like to know what's really special, unique about "Seinfeld". OK, it displays relatable situation - check. What else? Can any of you answer to my question in details? When I ask question, I must know the ins & outs, the dots & bolts to get to bottom of things.

& since you brought up "Curb Your Enthusiasm", the other show people praise, it seems CYE & "Seinfeld" share the same ideas? But there must be difference in script.

Both shows were created by Larry David and feature similar humor.

Other than consistently funny and relatable, Seinfeld also had a great cast of characters - the main four and a ton of memorable supporting characters.  And some of the dialog has become iconic parts of pop culture and made its way into everyday language.  Ie No soup for you or Master of My Domain.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on April 15, 2018, 09:27:34 AM
Seinfeld is also (so far as I know) the first sitcom in which none of the primary characters is actually likable in any traditional way: none is a good person. They are all selfish beyond belief ... and I think viewers recognize that impulse in themselves. It was a chance to watch what could unfold if you actually said the things that go unsaid. "If only I'd said [whatever]..." well, Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George always said it. And did it. Terrible people, something like four Mr. Hydes setting loose that side of human nature. In the end, no lessons learned. Ever. It was the anti-sitcom.

Something I loved, though some people didn't, was that in the later years, it also became somewhat absurdist. No longer just four jerks living self-centered lives of judgment, but now thrusting themselves into absolutely idiotic situations that are treated as if they were possible in the real world. Kramer sets up the Merv Griffin set in his apartment, or the hot tub in his apartment. Elaine goes to Myanmar just to get Mr. Peterman to sign the expense report. Jerry drugs his girlfriend--repeatedly, eventually inviting George to participate--to play with her antique toys. The entire Indian wedding "unvitation" episode. That spirit was very funny to me.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 15, 2018, 07:54:39 PM
Ta. "Seinfeld" question answered. /Case. :police:

To get back to previous question, if S & CYE feature similar humor as you say, KDS, what's the purpose to create 2 similar shows? There must be some difference. They're comedy shows, right? Comedy shows must vary humor-wise. Therefore, it's puzzling to see what you describe "similar humor". Granted, "similar" isn't akin to "the same". But still. Discuss.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 15, 2018, 08:17:35 PM
Seinfeld is also (so far as I know) the first sitcom in which none of the primary characters is actually likable in any traditional way: none is a good person. They are all selfish beyond belief ... and I think viewers recognize that impulse in themselves. It was a chance to watch what could unfold if you actually said the things that go unsaid. "If only I'd said [whatever]..." well, Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George always said it. And did it. Terrible people, something like four Mr. Hydes setting loose that side of human nature. In the end, no lessons learned. Ever. It was the anti-sitcom.

Something I loved, though some people didn't, was that in the later years, it also became somewhat absurdist. No longer just four jerks living self-centered lives of judgment, but now thrusting themselves into absolutely idiotic situations that are treated as if they were possible in the real world. Kramer sets up the Merv Griffin set in his apartment, or the hot tub in his apartment. Elaine goes to Myanmar just to get Mr. Peterman to sign the expense report. Jerry drugs his girlfriend--repeatedly, eventually inviting George to participate--to play with her antique toys. The entire Indian wedding "unvitation" episode. That spirit was very funny to me.

I think those more absurdist episodes came after Larry David left the show.... and if I'm perfectly honest they're among my favourites


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 15, 2018, 08:18:59 PM
Ta. "Seinfeld" question answered. /Case. :police:

To get back to previous question, if S & CYE feature similar humor as you say, KDS, what's the purpose to create 2 similar shows? There must be some difference. They're comedy shows, right? Comedy shows must vary humor-wise. Therefore, it's puzzling to see what you describe "similar humor". Granted, "similar" isn't akin to "the same". But still. Discuss.

They're similar, but at the same time very different. Curb is a lot less family friendly to put it mildly, and also relies on improvisation with the main actors. In a way it's a hell of a lot more extreme than Seinfeld.... and at the same time it's a lot more grounded in reality


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 15, 2018, 08:47:46 PM
They're similar, but at the same time very different. Curb is a lot less family friendly to put it mildly, and also relies on improvisation with the main actors. In a way it's a hell of a lot more extreme than Seinfeld.... and at the same time it's a lot more grounded in reality
Thanks, Rei. You seem well-versed in American TV shows. I'll see what KDS can add to your points. "To get bigger picture", if you will.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 16, 2018, 12:37:20 AM
They're similar, but at the same time very different. Curb is a lot less family friendly to put it mildly, and also relies on improvisation with the main actors. In a way it's a hell of a lot more extreme than Seinfeld.... and at the same time it's a lot more grounded in reality
Thanks, Rei. You seem well-versed in American TV shows.

Eh, a bit. TBH I'm probably more well-versed with British TV shows - in fact my favourite is Peep Show


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 16, 2018, 05:47:10 AM
Seinfeld is also (so far as I know) the first sitcom in which none of the primary characters is actually likable in any traditional way: none is a good person. They are all selfish beyond belief ... and I think viewers recognize that impulse in themselves. It was a chance to watch what could unfold if you actually said the things that go unsaid. "If only I'd said [whatever]..." well, Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George always said it. And did it. Terrible people, something like four Mr. Hydes setting loose that side of human nature. In the end, no lessons learned. Ever. It was the anti-sitcom.

Something I loved, though some people didn't, was that in the later years, it also became somewhat absurdist. No longer just four jerks living self-centered lives of judgment, but now thrusting themselves into absolutely idiotic situations that are treated as if they were possible in the real world. Kramer sets up the Merv Griffin set in his apartment, or the hot tub in his apartment. Elaine goes to Myanmar just to get Mr. Peterman to sign the expense report. Jerry drugs his girlfriend--repeatedly, eventually inviting George to participate--to play with her antique toys. The entire Indian wedding "unvitation" episode. That spirit was very funny to me.

I don't like those episodes as much as the earlier Larry David penned ones, but even the "lean" Seinfeld years are better than about 90% of shows out there.   Even those episodes brilliantly linked the stories, like how the Merv Griffin set merged with the story line of Jerry "drugging" his g/f to play with her toys.  The only one I'll disagree with is the Indian wedding one, as the backwards episode was a little too gimmicky.  Luckily, the DVD offers a linear version of that episode, and I think it's far superior. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on April 16, 2018, 05:49:49 AM
Seinfeld is also (so far as I know) the first sitcom in which none of the primary characters is actually likable in any traditional way: none is a good person. They are all selfish beyond belief ... and I think viewers recognize that impulse in themselves. It was a chance to watch what could unfold if you actually said the things that go unsaid. "If only I'd said [whatever]..." well, Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George always said it. And did it. Terrible people, something like four Mr. Hydes setting loose that side of human nature. In the end, no lessons learned. Ever. It was the anti-sitcom.

Something I loved, though some people didn't, was that in the later years, it also became somewhat absurdist. No longer just four jerks living self-centered lives of judgment, but now thrusting themselves into absolutely idiotic situations that are treated as if they were possible in the real world. Kramer sets up the Merv Griffin set in his apartment, or the hot tub in his apartment. Elaine goes to Myanmar just to get Mr. Peterman to sign the expense report. Jerry drugs his girlfriend--repeatedly, eventually inviting George to participate--to play with her antique toys. The entire Indian wedding "unvitation" episode. That spirit was very funny to me.

I think those more absurdist episodes came after Larry David left the show.... and if I'm perfectly honest they're among my favourites

Mine, too. I realize they’re post-David and disliked (or relatively disliked) by many fans, but I love them.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 16, 2018, 06:10:48 AM
Ta. "Seinfeld" question answered. /Case. :police:

To get back to previous question, if S & CYE feature similar humor as you say, KDS, what's the purpose to create 2 similar shows? There must be some difference. They're comedy shows, right? Comedy shows must vary humor-wise. Therefore, it's puzzling to see what you describe "similar humor". Granted, "similar" isn't akin to "the same". But still. Discuss.

The easy answer is that, Larry David left Seinfeld after seven seasons, then Seinfeld went off the air in 1998.   So, 2-3 years later, he launched Curb.   Curb, while the humor is similar, is a far different show.  Unlike Seinfeld, the majority of the dialog is improvised.   The actors are given an outline of the situation, and they make up the dialog.  Also, it's a much raunchier version of Seinfeld due to the fact that it's on HBO, so unlike Seinfeld, it features language and situations not suitable for a prime time network TV show. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 16, 2018, 06:13:06 AM
Seinfeld is also (so far as I know) the first sitcom in which none of the primary characters is actually likable in any traditional way: none is a good person. They are all selfish beyond belief ... and I think viewers recognize that impulse in themselves. It was a chance to watch what could unfold if you actually said the things that go unsaid. "If only I'd said [whatever]..." well, Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George always said it. And did it. Terrible people, something like four Mr. Hydes setting loose that side of human nature. In the end, no lessons learned. Ever. It was the anti-sitcom.

Something I loved, though some people didn't, was that in the later years, it also became somewhat absurdist. No longer just four jerks living self-centered lives of judgment, but now thrusting themselves into absolutely idiotic situations that are treated as if they were possible in the real world. Kramer sets up the Merv Griffin set in his apartment, or the hot tub in his apartment. Elaine goes to Myanmar just to get Mr. Peterman to sign the expense report. Jerry drugs his girlfriend--repeatedly, eventually inviting George to participate--to play with her antique toys. The entire Indian wedding "unvitation" episode. That spirit was very funny to me.

I think those more absurdist episodes came after Larry David left the show.... and if I'm perfectly honest they're among my favourites

Mine, too. I realize they’re post-David and disliked (or relatively disliked) by many fans, but I love them.

Those last two seasons of Seinfeld are, IMO, kinda like the early 70s BB albums.   They may not be as popular as the classic years, but still very good. 

Though, I think Jerry made the right call in pulling the plug on the show after nine years because I think had they kept going down that route, the show would've become silly and lost it's way a bit, sort of how Married With Children did at the end.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 16, 2018, 06:41:12 AM
Next question for KDS, answer it: I'm very aware of posters' music tastes, likes & dislikes. You don't like disco. Is there any show you don't like due to show using many disco type songs/ music in the background? Is it big no to you even if you think it's good show?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 16, 2018, 06:44:48 AM
Next question for KDS, answer it: I'm very aware of posters' music tastes, likes & dislikes. You don't like disco. Is there any show you don't like due to show using many disco type songs/ music in the background? Is it big no to you even if you think it's good show?

The use of music I don't care for won't sway my decision to watch or not watch.   For example, I like the American Pie movies, but the soundtrack is filled with rock songs from the late 90s / early 00s, which I think was an awful time for rock music.   But that doesn't affect my opinion on the movie.   The movie Office Space had a lot of rap in the soundtrack, but I still loved it 

On the TV side, How I Met Your Mother used a lot of indie music I didn't much care for, but I still liked the show. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on April 16, 2018, 07:07:36 AM
Seinfeld is also (so far as I know) the first sitcom in which none of the primary characters is actually likable in any traditional way: none is a good person. They are all selfish beyond belief ... and I think viewers recognize that impulse in themselves. It was a chance to watch what could unfold if you actually said the things that go unsaid. "If only I'd said [whatever]..." well, Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George always said it. And did it. Terrible people, something like four Mr. Hydes setting loose that side of human nature. In the end, no lessons learned. Ever. It was the anti-sitcom.

Something I loved, though some people didn't, was that in the later years, it also became somewhat absurdist. No longer just four jerks living self-centered lives of judgment, but now thrusting themselves into absolutely idiotic situations that are treated as if they were possible in the real world. Kramer sets up the Merv Griffin set in his apartment, or the hot tub in his apartment. Elaine goes to Myanmar just to get Mr. Peterman to sign the expense report. Jerry drugs his girlfriend--repeatedly, eventually inviting George to participate--to play with her antique toys. The entire Indian wedding "unvitation" episode. That spirit was very funny to me.

I think those more absurdist episodes came after Larry David left the show.... and if I'm perfectly honest they're among my favourites

Mine, too. I realize they’re post-David and disliked (or relatively disliked) by many fans, but I love them.

Those last two seasons of Seinfeld are, IMO, kinda like the early 70s BB albums.   They may not be as popular as the classic years, but still very good. 

Though, I think Jerry made the right call in pulling the plug on the show after nine years because I think had they kept going down that route, the show would've become silly and lost it's way a bit, sort of how Married With Children did at the end.

I agree. I think many long running shows (and bands, for that matter) would be better off ending sooner than later. I think shows should get more time early on to find their voices—a single season is often not enough, but I’d say at least one full season is necessary—but then need more discipline on the other end to give up before they get bad.

Of course, it’s really advertisers who fundamentally make that decision for the networks.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 16, 2018, 07:12:42 AM
Seinfeld is also (so far as I know) the first sitcom in which none of the primary characters is actually likable in any traditional way: none is a good person. They are all selfish beyond belief ... and I think viewers recognize that impulse in themselves. It was a chance to watch what could unfold if you actually said the things that go unsaid. "If only I'd said [whatever]..." well, Jerry, Elaine, Kramer, and George always said it. And did it. Terrible people, something like four Mr. Hydes setting loose that side of human nature. In the end, no lessons learned. Ever. It was the anti-sitcom.

Something I loved, though some people didn't, was that in the later years, it also became somewhat absurdist. No longer just four jerks living self-centered lives of judgment, but now thrusting themselves into absolutely idiotic situations that are treated as if they were possible in the real world. Kramer sets up the Merv Griffin set in his apartment, or the hot tub in his apartment. Elaine goes to Myanmar just to get Mr. Peterman to sign the expense report. Jerry drugs his girlfriend--repeatedly, eventually inviting George to participate--to play with her antique toys. The entire Indian wedding "unvitation" episode. That spirit was very funny to me.

I think those more absurdist episodes came after Larry David left the show.... and if I'm perfectly honest they're among my favourites

Mine, too. I realize they’re post-David and disliked (or relatively disliked) by many fans, but I love them.

Those last two seasons of Seinfeld are, IMO, kinda like the early 70s BB albums.   They may not be as popular as the classic years, but still very good. 

Though, I think Jerry made the right call in pulling the plug on the show after nine years because I think had they kept going down that route, the show would've become silly and lost it's way a bit, sort of how Married With Children did at the end.

I agree. I think many long running shows (and bands, for that matter) would be better off ending sooner than later. I think shows should get more time early on to find their voices—a single season is often not enough, but I’d say at least one full season is necessary—but then need more discipline on the other end to give up before they get bad.

Of course, it’s really advertisers who fundamentally make that decision for the networks.

I agree moreso about the TV shows than the bands as I've found enough later era material from Floyd, The Who, The Beach Boys, and Queen that I wouldn't want to give up. 

It's a shame some shows with potential aren't really allowed to find themselves.   If you watch the early episodes of Seinfeld, they're really not that great.   It took a bit for the show to find its footing.   Nowadays, networks are too quick to cancel at the beginning, and not quick enough to cancel at the end.   

Another great example is The Simpsons.   I was in 4th grade when it debuted, and I loved it.   But, if you go back and watch those Season 1 episodes, they're very uneven, and the show didn't really hit its stride until Season 2.   But, now, the show's limping through Season 29. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 16, 2018, 07:16:57 AM
The use of music I don't care for won't sway my decision to watch or not watch.   For example, I like the American Pie movies, but the soundtrack is filled with rock songs from the late 90s / early 00s, which I think was an awful time for rock music.   But that doesn't affect my opinion on the movie.   The movie Office Space had a lot of rap in the soundtrack, but I still loved it 

On the TV side, How I Met Your Mother used a lot of indie music I didn't much care for, but I still liked the show. 
Then to change sides - is there any show you're hot & cold about but which used dominantly songs by your favorite music acts?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 16, 2018, 07:20:54 AM
The use of music I don't care for won't sway my decision to watch or not watch.   For example, I like the American Pie movies, but the soundtrack is filled with rock songs from the late 90s / early 00s, which I think was an awful time for rock music.   But that doesn't affect my opinion on the movie.   The movie Office Space had a lot of rap in the soundtrack, but I still loved it 

On the TV side, How I Met Your Mother used a lot of indie music I didn't much care for, but I still liked the show. 
Then to change sides - is there any show you're hot & cold about but which used dominantly songs by your favorite music acts?

I was thinking about that earlier.   From what I recall, The Sopranos used a healthy dose of classic rock, but I never got into the show. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 16, 2018, 07:25:58 AM
I didn't get that show as well. Thematically boring & at times too philosophical. What can you tell? Is it the same reason you didn't like "The Sopranos"? Anything else?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 16, 2018, 07:27:44 AM
I didn't get that show as well. Thematically boring & at times too philosophical. What can you tell? Is it the same reason you didn't like "The Sopranos"? Anything else?

Mafia movies and shows just don't interest me in the least bit.  I'm not really sure why.   

If I didn't like them in my 20s, I definitely won't like them now, as I tend to go for lighter fare these days. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 16, 2018, 07:33:05 AM
Then agreed, it's thematically boring. Mafia stuff isn't my bag either.

Which actors do you regard as people who can do very well comedy AND serious roles?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 16, 2018, 07:39:24 AM
Then agreed, it's thematically boring. Mafia stuff isn't my bag either.

Which actors do you regard as people who can do very well comedy AND serious roles?

First and foremost, Tom Hanks.  Hanks starred in a string of really good comedies in the 80s like The Money Pit, The Burbs, Big, and Dragnet, then transitioned to more serious roles in the 1990s with Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan. 

Robin Williams also.   He could do both in the same movie, like in Good Morning Vietnam, which features some of his funniest and most serious moments.   Same goes for Mrs. Doubtfire. 

John Cusack.   One of my favorite silly 80s comedies is One Crazy Summer.   He's done more serious stuff too like Love and Mercy


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 16, 2018, 02:53:09 PM
Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler have proven that they are more than capable of handling good drama, though especially in Sandler’s case they’d rather do their usual schtick.

As for Mafia stuff, The Godfather films, Goodfellas and Casino are all amazing. Never got round to checking out The Sopranos though


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 17, 2018, 05:26:40 AM
Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler have proven that they are more than capable of handling good drama, though especially in Sandler’s case they’d rather do their usual schtick.

As for Mafia stuff, The Godfather films, Goodfellas and Casino are all amazing. Never got round to checking out The Sopranos though

I forgot about Jim Carrey.  Man on the Moon was amazing.  I never checked out any of Sandler's more dramatic roles.  In a certain way, I respect him as he looks like he's having fun with what he does.   Often times, it appears his movies were more fun to make than to watch. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 18, 2018, 05:10:27 PM
First and foremost, Tom Hanks.  Hanks starred in a string of really good comedies in the 80s like The Money Pit, The Burbs, Big, and Dragnet, then transitioned to more serious roles in the 1990s with Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan. 

Robin Williams also.   He could do both in the same movie, like in Good Morning Vietnam, which features some of his funniest and most serious moments.   Same goes for Mrs. Doubtfire. 

John Cusack.   One of my favorite silly 80s comedies is One Crazy Summer.   He's done more serious stuff too like Love and Mercy
Tom's got humor in him, agree. But think Robin played better comedy than serious roles.

2Rei: Hm, Sandler starred in drama?

Next question: Which singers/ bands appeared in films but didn't say any line, didn't talk with characters? F.ex. Jack Jones in "Airplane 2". Who else?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 18, 2018, 07:40:20 PM
First and foremost, Tom Hanks.  Hanks starred in a string of really good comedies in the 80s like The Money Pit, The Burbs, Big, and Dragnet, then transitioned to more serious roles in the 1990s with Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan. 

Robin Williams also.   He could do both in the same movie, like in Good Morning Vietnam, which features some of his funniest and most serious moments.   Same goes for Mrs. Doubtfire. 

John Cusack.   One of my favorite silly 80s comedies is One Crazy Summer.   He's done more serious stuff too like Love and Mercy
Tom's got humor in him, agree. But think Robin played better comedy than serious roles.

2Rei: Hm, Sandler starred in drama?

Next question: Which singers/ bands appeared in films but didn't say any line, didn't talk with characters? F.ex. Jack Jones in "Airplane 2". Who else?

Sandler's been in a few dramas which he was surprisingly good in - Funny People, Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish and Reign Over Me (I've only actually seen Funny People, though I've heard nothing but great things about Punch-Drunk Love). Hell, Click has some heavy, effective dramatic moments as well, particularly towards the film's climax.

As for singers, there's George Harrison's cameo in Life Of Brian for one


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 19, 2018, 01:04:38 AM
Quote
Sandler's been in a few dramas which he was surprisingly good in - Funny People, Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish and Reign Over Me (I've only actually seen Funny People, though I've heard nothing but great things about Punch-Drunk Love). Hell, Click has some heavy, effective dramatic moments as well, particularly towards the film's climax.

As for singers, there's George Harrison's cameo in Life Of Brian for one
Well if they say great things about it, doesn't mean it is. Wait before *you* see it.

Is it where George talks to mic/ camera like reporter? It's Terry Gilliam film right? The question was different - about singer/ band playing themselves, strictly music, not single bit of acting, no lines, no talk with any main/ supporting cast.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 19, 2018, 01:52:22 AM
Quote
Sandler's been in a few dramas which he was surprisingly good in - Funny People, Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish and Reign Over Me (I've only actually seen Funny People, though I've heard nothing but great things about Punch-Drunk Love). Hell, Click has some heavy, effective dramatic moments as well, particularly towards the film's climax.

As for singers, there's George Harrison's cameo in Life Of Brian for one
Well if they say great things about it, doesn't mean it is. Wait before *you* see it.

Is it where George talks to mic/ camera like reporter? It's Terry Gilliam film right? The question was different - about singer/ band playing themselves, strictly music, not single bit of acting, no lines, no talk with any main/ supporting cast.

If it’s strictly them playing music and all that, there’s The Yardbirds (Beck/Page line-up) in the film Blow-Up


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 19, 2018, 05:41:03 AM
First and foremost, Tom Hanks.  Hanks starred in a string of really good comedies in the 80s like The Money Pit, The Burbs, Big, and Dragnet, then transitioned to more serious roles in the 1990s with Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan. 

Robin Williams also.   He could do both in the same movie, like in Good Morning Vietnam, which features some of his funniest and most serious moments.   Same goes for Mrs. Doubtfire. 

John Cusack.   One of my favorite silly 80s comedies is One Crazy Summer.   He's done more serious stuff too like Love and Mercy
Tom's got humor in him, agree. But think Robin played better comedy than serious roles.

2Rei: Hm, Sandler starred in drama?

Next question: Which singers/ bands appeared in films but didn't say any line, didn't talk with characters? F.ex. Jack Jones in "Airplane 2". Who else?

I tend to prefer Robin Williams' funnier roles too, but Good Morning Vietnam is my favorite movie of his.   It's still a comedy, but it does have some seriousness to it. 

Singers that appeared in films, but don't have any lines. 

Well, Roger Waters has an extremely quick cameo in the movie version of The Wall. 

Rush made an appearance in the comedy I Love You Man.   They're seen on stage, but never converse with any of the characters.   

Same goes for White Zombie in Airheads and Cannibal Corpse in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 19, 2018, 04:41:14 PM
If it’s strictly them playing music and all that, there’s The Yardbirds (Beck/Page line-up) in the film Blow-Up
Just checked its Russian wiki page - interesting, its plot's taken after book in turn inspired by "Rear Window" which is big favorite Hitch film. But it says BU contains many explicit scenes which I'd really hate seeing, it repulses. Dilemma.

2KDS: I didn't see "The Wall" but read that people like hearing the album songs in its film frame but just album they don't "get" it. Will you agree with it or disagree?

Do you like it? I'd seen many praises given to Monkees film "Head" & the Who film (the title escapes). "The Wall" got praised as well but it looks like many enjoy the 60s-70s films as far as music artists' works.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Unreconstructed Wilsonite on April 19, 2018, 05:04:31 PM
There's two Who films actually (not counting feature length documentaries such as The Kids Are Alright) - Tommy and Quadrophenia (the latter with Sting playing a major role)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 20, 2018, 05:39:55 AM
If it’s strictly them playing music and all that, there’s The Yardbirds (Beck/Page line-up) in the film Blow-Up
Just checked its Russian wiki page - interesting, its plot's taken after book in turn inspired by "Rear Window" which is big favorite Hitch film. But it says BU contains many explicit scenes which I'd really hate seeing, it repulses. Dilemma.

2KDS: I didn't see "The Wall" but read that people like hearing the album songs in its film frame but just album they don't "get" it. Will you agree with it or disagree?

Do you like it? I'd seen many praises given to Monkees film "Head" & the Who film (the title escapes). "The Wall" got praised as well but it looks like many enjoy the 60s-70s films as far as music artists' works.

I think The Wall works well as a visual representation of the concept album of the same name.   It's really more of a 90 minute music video than a movie, as there's very little actual dialog, and the visuals tell the story as the music plays.   About a third of the movie is made of animation that Floyd used to project during their Wall Tour in 1980-1.   I think it's a good film, but even Roger Waters apparently isn't a huge fan. 

I've never seen Head.   As for The Who.    There's Tommy, a full on musical based on their album Tommy.   I think it's a disaster.   Oliver Reed and Jack Nicholson have no business being in a musical.   Ann Margaret is beyond hammy, and most of the songs are far inferior to the album, or early 70s live versions.   Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, and Arthur Brown are decent in it, but it's not enough to save it. 

Quadrophenia, on the other hand is very good.    It's not a musical, but it uses the songs from the album throughout to add color to the narrative.    I think, as a film based on an album, it's far far far superior to Tommy, and also better than The Wall. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 20, 2018, 04:21:05 PM
2KDS: Thanks to the detailed write-up. Speaking of musicals, did you see any stage musical based on music bands/ artists' catalogs?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 20, 2018, 06:58:46 PM
2KDS: Thanks to the detailed write-up. Speaking of musicals, did you see any stage musical based on music bands/ artists' catalogs?

While Im all for anything that exposes new audiences to great music, I'm not a fan of those broadway arranged jukebox stage musicials like Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages, etc. 

I hope the majority of people who watch those will seek out the superior original versions of the songs. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 21, 2018, 07:16:29 AM
2KDS: Don't hope. It's their problem if they don't seek the original songs.

Back to TV - you like the past TV shows but like few new as well. Do you like new actors & who? Is any as good as the classic era TV show stars? Discuss.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 21, 2018, 11:34:35 AM
2KDS: Don't hope. It's their problem if they don't seek the original songs.

Back to TV - you like the past TV shows but like few new as well. Do you like new actors & who? Is any as good as the classic era TV show stars? Discuss.

The reason I hope those jukebox musicals help people seek out the originals is because there really is no other reason to justify their existance. 

I cant think of any current TV actors as good as the ones before.  In fact, several actors from the past are in modern shows I watch - Judd Hirsch, Katey Segal, Damon Wayans, etc. 

One I could mention is Jim Parsons, who perfectly plays the socially oblivious Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 21, 2018, 11:49:34 PM
2KDS: Fair answer re: 1st paragraph.

We discussed TV shows & big screen film. What can you say about TV films? I gathered that making TV shows is the main point in acting in television - the TV format allows to divide narrative into series. What do you think is the purpose to make the same single, feature length picture in TV? Shouldn't feature film be big screen only? Why TV went this path as well? Discuss.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on April 22, 2018, 03:19:15 AM
A wonderful and heart-warming film. Why I'd never got round to watching it before yesterday is quite beyond me...

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91laDkEdUJL._SY445_.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 22, 2018, 01:17:57 PM
2KDS: Fair answer re: 1st paragraph.

We discussed TV shows & big screen film. What can you say about TV films? I gathered that making TV shows is the main point in acting in television - the TV format allows to divide narrative into series. What do you think is the purpose to make the same single, feature length picture in TV? Shouldn't feature film be big screen only? Why TV went this path as well? Discuss.

I think TV movies came about just as another ootion.  Making a feature length story that doesnt necessarily deserve its own series. 

As with anything, its a mixed bag.   The SyFy Channel is known for airing cheap B level movies that likely would lose money in a theatrical release.   Premium channels often have bigger budgets, and some movies can be quite good, such as 61*, an HBO movie about the 1961 homerun race. 

And though its not popular, I think The Beach Boys American Family is pretty good, particularly the first half.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 25, 2018, 04:44:04 PM
2KDS: Can you tell why big screen films get the next viewing in TV? Instead going straight to DVD?

We agreed before about Tim Allen being underrated. Whose jokes you don't "get", who's lesser comedian to you but many like?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 26, 2018, 06:30:35 AM
2KDS: Can you tell why big screen films get the next viewing in TV? Instead going straight to DVD?

We agreed before about Tim Allen being underrated. Whose jokes you don't "get", who's lesser comedian to you but many like?

Most big screen movies actually go to DVD / On Demand before they air on TV.   They'll air on premium channels first, then make their way onto basic channels.   

There's a lot of modern comedic actors that do nothing for me - Jimmy Fallon, Dane Cook, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Goldberg, Sarah Silverman, etc.   I just don't find them funny in the least bit. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on April 26, 2018, 06:35:17 AM
We began season 2 of Handmaid’s Tale last night. Everything this season is beyond what the book included, so it’s interesting how they imagine new plots in Atwood’s world. But through the first two episodes, I am less excited and impressed than I was with the first, book-centric season. It’s still worth watching, though.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 30, 2018, 05:17:41 AM
Most big screen movies actually go to DVD / On Demand before they air on TV.   They'll air on premium channels first, then make their way onto basic channels.   

There's a lot of modern comedic actors that do nothing for me - Jimmy Fallon, Dane Cook, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Goldberg, Sarah Silverman, etc.   I just don't find them funny in the least bit. 
Not familiar with these but, you said Jimmy Fallon? To me he's the best show host today, definitely better than Conan O'Brien & Graham Norton. He's very likeable, I really like his speaking style.

New question - some films due to time reasons end with voice telling what will be with heroes in future, with pictures showing it, short footnote etc. Tell any film when you thought you'd like the ending to be cut into real scenes.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 30, 2018, 05:23:55 AM
Most big screen movies actually go to DVD / On Demand before they air on TV.   They'll air on premium channels first, then make their way onto basic channels.   

There's a lot of modern comedic actors that do nothing for me - Jimmy Fallon, Dane Cook, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Goldberg, Sarah Silverman, etc.   I just don't find them funny in the least bit. 
Not familiar with these but, you said Jimmy Fallon? To me he's the best show host today, definitely better than Conan O'Brien & Graham Norton. He's very likeable, I really like his speaking style.

New question - some films due to time reasons end with voice telling what will be with heroes in future, with pictures showing it, short footnote etc. Tell any film when you thought you'd like the ending to be cut into real scenes.

To each their own.   I've never liked Fallon, ever his SNL days.    The next time he makes me laugh would be the first.

As for the movies with epilogues at the end, I tend to think that they're better off leaving the characters' fates to the imagination.   For example, Senator Blutarski at the end of Animal House leaves such a funny image to me that any attempt to film it, would ruin the charm. 



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 30, 2018, 06:08:52 AM
Actually, I thought of one that I think was a real missed opportunity for a music video. 

At the end of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the epilogue states that Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) spend his financial windfall having Van Halen play a party for him.   That would've made for a great Van Halen music video to have the guys playing for a party with the whole Fast Times cast


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on April 30, 2018, 06:34:17 AM
OK example.

Do you think it's lame when the film goes throughout with narrator's voice? To me, it doesn't add anything regardless what the film's about, what times it's set in etc. It's just...there. Really hate it in films. You?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on April 30, 2018, 06:39:56 AM
OK example.

Do you think it's lame when the film goes throughout with narrator's voice? To me, it doesn't add anything regardless what the film's about, what times it's set in etc. It's just...there. Really hate it in films. You?

I don't mind it in films, especially if the movie is told in flashback, such as A Christmas Story, Stand By Me, and The Sandlot.   In those cases, the narration adds little details about the characters and situations that wouldn't be able to be addressed.   And, the narration can add some great commentary to a scene. 

For example in A Christmas Story, after the old man's leg lamo is destroyed

Narrator (Adult Ralphie) - (Paraphrasing).   The old man was fuming.   He was searching for just the right thing to say, a real scorcher.   But all he got out was.......

The Old Man: Not a finger!!!

That line by the father wouldn't be nearly as funny without the intro by the narrator. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 01, 2018, 04:34:05 AM
Hey I like "A Christmas Story"! Ralphie is adorable child & cuter than button with good dose of mischief. The film is funny alright, without narration. Mother/ father, Ralphie's little brother, evil elf girl, evil Santa - they're all funny without narration. Many things that narrators say in films, esp. as you said "commentary to a scene", when you hear 'em, you know that, when the character says sth. after the narration, it's precisely what was in said character's brains, why he/ she said it.

To bring you the other example, when Ralphie makes mistake by saying what he really wishes to get as Christmas gift, he quickly realizes it & makes sad face. Parent lecture. We see Ralphie thinking about sth., by the looks of it he's got some plan to correct the mistake. The narrator/ adult Ralphie tells us what he thought about. Then we hear Ralphie at last saying "Hehe, I was just kidding. [...]". & it's clear that indeed, he'd been thinking up better strategy to get that gift. Bottom line - the narration didn't add anything we couldn't figure out easily or later anyway. Same thing you can see in "Home Alone" - when Kevin thinks about planning to play trick, it's plain to see in his face.

Ditto the other narration types, when the narrator tells us what they think about the views in this or that city they arrived, did they adjust to it, the character traits' descriptions they give to people they got acquainted with during the film, their 1st impressions of them etc. - to me, it's not important. I like when it's straight dialogs/ polilogs, when I see & hear the characters talk with the other characters. Not the mind stuff. Not the hindsight, recollections they say whilst narrating & scenes of the past showing etc. I'd rather figure this whilst seeing body language, mannerisms, mimicry & speech ofc.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 01, 2018, 06:24:26 AM
Hey I like "A Christmas Story"! Ralphie is adorable child & cuter than button with good dose of mischief. The film is funny alright, without narration. Mother/ father, Ralphie's little brother, evil elf girl, evil Santa - they're all funny without narration. Many things that narrators say in films, esp. as you said "commentary to a scene", when you hear 'em, you know that, when the character says sth. after the narration, it's precisely what was in said character's brains, why he/ she said it.

To bring you the other example, when Ralphie makes mistake by saying what he really wishes to get as Christmas gift, he quickly realizes it & makes sad face. Parent lecture. We see Ralphie thinking about sth., by the looks of it he's got some plan to correct the mistake. The narrator/ adult Ralphie tells us what he thought about. Then we hear Ralphie at last saying "Hehe, I was just kidding. [...]". & it's clear that indeed, he'd been thinking up better strategy to get that gift. Bottom line - the narration didn't add anything we couldn't figure out easily or later anyway. Same thing you can see in "Home Alone" - when Kevin thinks about planning to play trick, it's plain to see in his face.

Ditto the other narration types, when the narrator tells us what they think about the views in this or that city they arrived, did they adjust to it, the character traits' descriptions they give to people they got acquainted with during the film, their 1st impressions of them etc. - to me, it's not important. I like when it's straight dialogs/ polilogs, when I see & hear the characters talk with the other characters. Not the mind stuff. Not the hindsight, recollections they say whilst narrating & scenes of the past showing etc. I'd rather figure this whilst seeing body language, mannerisms, mimicry & speech ofc.

We'll have to agree to disagree then, because I don't think A Christmas Story would be the same movie at all without Jean Sheppard's narration.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 01, 2018, 09:43:53 PM
We'll have to agree to disagree then, because I don't think A Christmas Story would be the same movie at all without Jean Sheppard's narration.   
Yes, we definitely disagree there.

Since you like narration, did you think seeing specific movie without it that it should be done with it? Any titles?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 02, 2018, 06:54:06 AM
We'll have to agree to disagree then, because I don't think A Christmas Story would be the same movie at all without Jean Sheppard's narration.   
Yes, we definitely disagree there.

Since you like narration, did you think seeing specific movie without it that it should be done with it? Any titles?

None that I can think of off hand, but I'd have to give it some thought. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 02, 2018, 06:16:27 PM
Sure.

In some site, Stephen Tobolowsky is dubbed king of episodes. Did you see anybody with little screen time & think it's highlight? Top 3.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 03, 2018, 02:28:07 AM
Just for fun, checked 3 "Little Women" films to compare - 1933, 1949, 1994. Broadly speaking, favorite is the 1st. By characters:

Best "tomboy sister" Jo - Katherine Hepburn in 1933. That said, June Allyson's 1949 Jo is cheeky, cool, boisterous, positive, great laughter & voice. Liked the way she said "Ha!".
Best "beautiful oldest sister" Meg - each girl's pretty but due to the detailed 1994 version, Trini Alvarado's Meg is better fleshed out.
Best "quiet sensitive sister" Beth - Claire Danes (1994) but all 3 did really well.
Best "selfish youngest sis" Amy - I'd say Liz Taylor (1949). She played this role at 17 & charmingly playfully at that. Joan Bennett (1933) ain't too shabby either.
Best Marmee - Spring Byington (1933). The mother embodiment.
Best house maiden Hannah - nobody sticks out. That said, like the 1949 lady less.
Best March girls' friend Laurie - Douglass Montgomery (1933). Didn't like Peter Lawford & Christian Bale (1949 & 1994 respectively). Douglass' Laurie is mischievous. The other 2 got less punk attitude, too weak, esp. Bale.
Best Professor Bhaer - definitely the 1933 guy (should check the name).
Best rich old lady Aunt March - just like Hannah, nobody sticks out. That said, like the 1994 lady less.
Best rich old man Mr. Laurence - again, like Hannah & Aunt March, nobody's better or worse. That said, like the 1933 guy less. Even if he fit the strict-faced that can scare description the best.
Best Mr. Brooks, Laurie's teacher & Meg's beau - the 1933 is likeable, gallant type. The 1949 Brooks is laughably bad acting, as if they picked smb. straight from the street to play him.
Best father March - tiny presence in each film. The 1933, maybe.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 03, 2018, 05:42:06 AM
Sure.

In some site, Stephen Tobolowsky is dubbed king of episodes. Did you see anybody with little screen time & think it's highlight? Top 3.

The obvious answer is Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.   I think he's on screen for just over 10 minutes in the two hour movie. 

A bit more obscure, the movie Adventureland, which is basically a crap movie with Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg as two mopey teens.   But, Bill Hader's brief role makes the movie salvageable. 

Speaking of Jesse Eisenberg movies that end in "land," the FAR superior Zombieland features a brilliant cameo from Bill Murray, and it's easily the funniest thing he's done since 1996's Kingpin.  And, no I don't count his roles in Wes Anderson movies (is there a director out there who is better at perfectly filming boredom?). 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 08, 2018, 11:22:47 PM
Next question - who did you like that switched the gender to play in movie? Pretending to be guy/ girl (Mrs. Doubtfire) & gender swap by magic isn't accepted. What fits the question - case in point - John Travolta in "Hairspray", Cate Blanchett in "I'm Not There".


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 09, 2018, 06:07:26 AM
Next question - who did you like that switched the gender to play in movie? Pretending to be guy/ girl (Mrs. Doubtfire) & gender swap by magic isn't accepted. What fits the question - case in point - John Travolta in "Hairspray", Cate Blanchett in "I'm Not There".

The only one I can think of off hand is when Michael J Fox played Marty McFly's teenage daughter in the 2015 sequence in Back to the Future Part II. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 09, 2018, 04:58:18 PM
Ha! He played girl very well, looked like cute sporty muscly girl. :D

Would like to get back to this question, in case you prepared the answer - "Since you like narration, did you think seeing specific movie without it that it should be done with it? Any titles?"

There's game 6 degrees to Kevin Bacon. Just for fun, write down degrees. I'll start - Kevin Bacon played with Tom Hanks (1) who likes George Harrison (2) who used to be in Beatles with Paul McCartney (3) who played short "we swapped each other's British/ American accents!" joke with Jimmy Fallon (4) whose guest was Jim Carrey (5) who made hilarious Kevin Bacon (6) parody at Johnny Carson show.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 10, 2018, 05:29:53 AM
Ha! He played girl very well, looked like cute sporty muscly girl. :D

Would like to get back to this question, in case you prepared the answer - "Since you like narration, did you think seeing specific movie without it that it should be done with it? Any titles?"

There's game 6 degrees to Kevin Bacon. Just for fun, write down degrees. I'll start - Kevin Bacon played with Tom Hanks (1) who likes George Harrison (2) who used to be in Beatles with Paul McCartney (3) who played short "we swapped each other's British/ American accents!" joke with Jimmy Fallon (4) whose guest was Jim Carrey (5) who made hilarious Kevin Bacon (6) parody at Johnny Carson show.

I still don't have an example of movies that should have narration.   BUT, I remember an example of a movie that does have narration that shouldn't.   1981's The Incredible Shrinking Woman

(WARNING - SPOILERS)

In the movie, the titular character offers some narration as she dwindles in size from average size woman to doll size.    At the end of the movie, she appears to shrink into nothingness.   Of course, it turns out, in microscopic form, she falls into some household products that restore her to normal size.   But, her false death is kind of ruined by the fact that she was narrating the movie.   So, unless the audience knows that she's narrating from beyond the grave, it makes it fairly obvious that she didn't die.   Although the tone of the movie also suggests the death of the title character was highly unlikely. 

Kevin Bacon and Boris Karloff

1.  Kevin Bacon was in Animal House with John Belushi

2.   John Belushi was in Goin South with Jack Nicholson

3.  Jack Nicholson was in The Raven with Boris Karloff. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 11, 2018, 06:12:05 AM
Best shrinking film is 1958 science fiction b&w "Attack Of The Puppet People". Check it.

Who would fit to play villain but didn't? Who would you like to see in positive role but usually plays baddies?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 11, 2018, 10:09:12 AM
Best shrinking film is 1958 science fiction b&w "Attack Of The Puppet People". Check it.

Who would fit to play villain but didn't? Who would you like to see in positive role but usually plays baddies?

I saw bits and pieces of Attack of the Puppet People

Rainn Wilson plays mostly protagonists, even if he character tended to be antagonistic at time.    He's apparently on board to play Lex Luthor in future DC movies.   That should be interesting. 

Since Mel Gibson has been villified in real life, why not cast him as a villain in reel life?

I'd have to think about type cast villains who I'd like to see play a good guy


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 13, 2018, 08:19:08 AM
Quote
I saw bits and pieces of Attack of the Puppet People
Couldn't you see it fully?

Quote
I'd have to think about type cast villains who I'd like to see play a good guy
Did you by now? :police:

Do you agree film industry without ANY awards would be better? Isn't salary & praises/ positive reviews in movie magazines big deal anyway, the awards will collect dust in shelves. But, looks like showing in ritzy gowns & suits & pseudo-joy seeing the other people winning is really important, ha.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 14, 2018, 06:45:40 AM
Quote
I saw bits and pieces of Attack of the Puppet People
Couldn't you see it fully?

Quote
I'd have to think about type cast villains who I'd like to see play a good guy
Did you by now? :police:

Do you agree film industry without ANY awards would be better? Isn't salary & praises/ positive reviews in movie magazines big deal anyway, the awards will collect dust in shelves. But, looks like showing in ritzy gowns & suits & pseudo-joy seeing the other people winning is really important, ha.

I caught some of Attack of the Puppet People years ago on television, but I was never really motivated to seek it out to watch the whole thing. 

No, I haven't really thought of any villian actors I'd like to see play a good person.

I think you can say the same about music too, as the Grammies are a big joke.   But, the award shows are really just an event for the stoking of egos, and completely unnecessary.   Some people enjoy them, as they're into watching celebrities.   Personally, I think it's a bore. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on May 18, 2018, 06:47:44 AM
Oh god--I can't get enough of this party scene from the 2013 filming of The Great Gatsby:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMsacoc9DnQ

(https://static.rogerebert.com/uploads/review/primary_image/reviews/the-great-gatsby-2013/hero_gatsbywide.png)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 21, 2018, 04:17:32 AM
2KDS, new question - Do you think adding background laughs in TV is really stupid? Do they bring use? Does the crew think people too dumb to get when characters say funny lines & give these "laughing clues"? ::)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 21, 2018, 05:59:25 AM
2KDS, new question - Do you think adding background laughs in TV is really stupid? Do they bring use? Does the crew think people too dumb to get when characters say funny lines & give these "laughing clues"? ::)

I do think that the canned laughter is a somewhat antiquated part of TV comedy, and many successful comedies of the last several years have gotten away from it, most notably the single camera shows like The Office or Modern Family.   

But, I am surprised that it's still used as much as it is in 2018. 

I don't really think it's stupid, as it's been a part of TV since the beginning.   Is it useful?   Not really.   In fact, in the later episodes of Married With Children, the crowd reactions would almost overtake the show. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 21, 2018, 04:47:56 PM
The reason I dubbed it "stupid" is why it's created at all? Can't people - you, for example - laugh at characters' lines without this "laugh help"? It doesn't make sense, you see.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 22, 2018, 05:07:49 AM
The reason I dubbed it "stupid" is why it's created at all? Can't people - you, for example - laugh at characters' lines without this "laugh help"? It doesn't make sense, you see.

The laughter goes back to the early days of TV when shows were actually broadcast live with a studio audience.   Now, why the laughs have remained, I don't know. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 22, 2018, 05:18:19 AM
I got it, I'm not stupid. Again, the question was & is why it's created in the 1st place? The single reason I can say why is what I said before - to help people to see when characters say funny things.  But, it doesn't make sense as people can recognize if & when sth. is funny without smb. doing the laugh. Then why exactly it's created? Will you answer now?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on May 22, 2018, 05:47:25 AM
That's a good question - why the canned laughter? I've never liked it. I can only surmise that it's an attempt by the powers that be to tell viewers "you might not think so but this really is funny!" Like there's something wrong with you in thinking the jokes are lame. I tried sitting through an episode of one of the most popular TV comedies presently - Big Bang Theory . Call me a Grumpy Gussie, but I didn't as much as crack a smile but that laugh track was going bananas.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Gettin Hungry on May 22, 2018, 07:26:32 AM
I think the reason the laugh track was created was 1) to give the illusion that the show was filmed in front of a live studio audience and 2) because the show creators didn't trust the audience to catch the punchlines. Yes, it's stupid and seems dated now, but it's there because they think WE"RE stupid.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 22, 2018, 09:22:04 AM
I got it, I'm not stupid. Again, the question was & is why it's created in the 1st place? The single reason I can say why is what I said before - to help people to see when characters say funny things.  But, it doesn't make sense as people can recognize if & when sth. is funny without smb. doing the laugh. Then why exactly it's created? Will you answer now?

Did I say you were stupid?  No.   

I simply gave the origins of the laugh track, and stated that I'm not sure why it exists to this day.     

So, I have no answer. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Chocolate Shake Man on May 22, 2018, 06:49:02 PM
I think the idea that studio audiences are there to coerce the audience into laughing is a somewhat false belief that probably even some studio execs hold.

Perhaps consider it this way. There are currently many, many stand up comedy specials available on Netflix. Now imagine how they might work if there was no audience in those shows. Whatever thought you just had in your head about how they might work is probably what many performers over the years thought when they considers their own comedy shows without an audience.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 25, 2018, 05:13:17 AM
I think the idea that studio audiences are there to coerce the audience into laughing is a somewhat false belief that probably even some studio execs hold.


I tend to hear that false belief cited by people who think that sitcoms are the lowest form of TV entertainment.   Usually followed by something like "the jokes aren't funny, but there's laughter there, so the audience is tricked into laughing at dumb jokes." 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 27, 2018, 07:30:22 AM
Next question to KDS - whose bio do you think could be interesting film, yet nobody picked it to the screen? Beatles/ BBs/ Holly/ Lynn/ Cash/ Doors/ Valli... Who should else get movie deal?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 29, 2018, 05:48:04 AM
Next question to KDS - whose bio do you think could be interesting film, yet nobody picked it to the screen? Beatles/ BBs/ Holly/ Lynn/ Cash/ Doors/ Valli... Who should else get movie deal?

I think a Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) biopic would make a very good movie. 

There have been several movies about The Beatles over the years, but I'm a little surprised nobody has attempted a straight biopic about the band. 



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 29, 2018, 03:31:43 PM
Syd Barrett, check. Who else? Anybody living you'd list?

Every Beatles film is laughably bad. It's funny the way they cast people who bear zero resemblance to Paul, John, everybody else in Beatles saga. Especially annoyed by "Backbeat" - why make movie centered around some guy they played with in Hamburg? Stu Sutcliffe should be forgotten, he's not important. Ditto types like Astrid Kirchherr & Klaus Voormann. They're big nuisance, should retrieve back & keep silence. Instead, everytime there's buzz around Beatles, they fly there to talk about it. Voormann even ridiculously got to be in John's band. They use Beatles to get attention.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on May 30, 2018, 05:54:23 AM
Syd Barrett, check. Who else? Anybody living you'd list?

Every Beatles film is laughably bad. It's funny the way they cast people who bear zero resemblance to Paul, John, everybody else in Beatles saga. Especially annoyed by "Backbeat" - why make movie centered around some guy they played with in Hamburg? Stu Sutcliffe should be forgotten, he's not important. Ditto types like Astrid Kirchherr & Klaus Voormann. They're big nuisance, should retrieve back & keep silence. Instead, everytime there's buzz around Beatles, they fly there to talk about it. Voormann even ridiculously got to be in John's band. They use Beatles to get attention.

I'll respectfully disagree as Stuart Sutcliffe was a member of history's greatest rock band during the early days at the Star Club.  So, I think that's an important part of the Beatles story.   Plus, Astrid was responsible for the famous "mop top" look.   Also, Klaus designed the Revolver album cover. 

Living musicians?  I think Ozzy Osbourne would be an interesting one.   I know back during the height of the early 00s Osbournes craze, there was talk of a biopic.   



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on May 31, 2018, 09:55:03 PM
Haircuts, photographs she took isn't big deal by my estimation. Don't give care about album art designs either. It goes for every band/ singer. This chapter, Hamburg days, isn't important in Beatles history, except the songs they sang during that time & few bootlegs documenting it. There's interesting people in Beatles history but definitely not Stu, Astrid & Klaus. Besides, as I said, Astrid & Klaus use Beatles as vehicle for their names to be widely recognized. You're fine with it. But not me.

Ozzy would be cool film. Who'd you like to see as him?
Next - Which film depicts American history well, isn't made-up tale? F.ex. in "Lincoln" the leading character is British. "Pearl Harbor" everybody says is laughable than heroic film about this time in the U.S.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 01, 2018, 06:01:05 AM
Haircuts, photographs she took isn't big deal by my estimation. Don't give care about album art designs either. It goes for every band/ singer. This chapter, Hamburg days, isn't important in Beatles history, except the songs they sang during that time & few bootlegs documenting it. There's interesting people in Beatles history but definitely not Stu, Astrid & Klaus. Besides, as I said, Astrid & Klaus use Beatles as vehicle for their names to be widely recognized. You're fine with it. But not me.

Ozzy would be cool film. Who'd you like to see as him?
Next - Which film depicts American history well, isn't made-up tale? F.ex. in "Lincoln" the leading character is British. "Pearl Harbor" everybody says is laughable than heroic film about this time in the U.S.

You're in the minority in your opinions of Sutcliffe, Voorman, and Astrid.   There are a lot of players in the Beatles history, and each of those three played a part. 

I'm not sure how would make a good Ozzy.   Due to Ozzy's personna, it would be difficult for an actor to play him without it coming off as a parody.

Pearl Harbor is a dreadful movie.   It was a lame attempt by Michael Bay to try to copy the formula from Titanic.  Take a major event in history, and put a love story around it.  A far far superior movie about Pearl Harbor is the 1970 film Tora Tora Tora.   

Another good historical movie is The Longest Day.   

While not in the same league at the Pearl Harbor invasion or D-Day, the 1916 New Jersey shark attacks are significant and provided the inspiration for Jaws.   There was a low budget movie called 12 Days of Terror, which is actually quite good, and mostly accurate, except for the tacked on climax at the end. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 01, 2018, 03:48:51 PM
Quote
There are a lot of players in the Beatles history, and each of those three played a part
Very insignificant part. If you take away Stu, Astrid, Klaus, Beatles would still be popular, legendary, you name it, due to their individual talents & collective musicianship. If not "mop top", there'd be sth. else. Hairstyle is trifle anyway.

Quote
Pearl Harbor is a dreadful movie.   It was a lame attempt by Michael Bay to try to copy the formula from Titanic.  Take a major event in history, and put a love story around it.
Agree, extremely lame.

Thanks to recommends. Soon summer. Will it be "summer playlist" DVD time or will it be just seeing TV films/ series?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 04, 2018, 05:35:33 AM
Quote
There are a lot of players in the Beatles history, and each of those three played a part
Very insignificant part. If you take away Stu, Astrid, Klaus, Beatles would still be popular, legendary, you name it, due to their individual talents & collective musicianship. If not "mop top", there'd be sth. else. Hairstyle is trifle anyway.

Quote
Pearl Harbor is a dreadful movie.   It was a lame attempt by Michael Bay to try to copy the formula from Titanic.  Take a major event in history, and put a love story around it.
Agree, extremely lame.

Thanks to recommends. Soon summer. Will it be "summer playlist" DVD time or will it be just seeing TV films/ series?

We'll have to agree to disagree about the roles of those Beatles players, especially Stu Sutcliffe. 

With the baby, it'll be difficult to actually watch movies on our usual summer playlist, which mainly consists of lighter 80s summer comedies like One Crazy Summer and Weekend at Bernie's, but I think we'll try our best to find time to watch the 1985 summer classic Summer Rental. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Gettin Hungry on June 05, 2018, 10:26:06 AM
This week I finally got around to seeing The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Both were quite good, though the general plot of The Shape of Water was a bit predictable. Great set design and special effects carry it past that one drawback. I really liked Three Billboards. I'm a sucker for dark comedy. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 05, 2018, 03:45:28 PM
With the baby, it'll be difficult to actually watch movies on our usual summer playlist, which mainly consists of lighter 80s summer comedies like One Crazy Summer and Weekend at Bernie's, but I think we'll try our best to find time to watch the 1985 summer classic Summer Rental. 
I see.

Next question - which film in film examples can you bring? It can be smb. telling story ("Tales From The Dark Side"), film characters acting in stage play ("Opening Night"), people in the film watching film which adds to the plot ("Jurrasic Park", Dr. presents short film about dinosaurs). Character's "flashback story about my past" excepted.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 06, 2018, 06:10:55 AM
With the baby, it'll be difficult to actually watch movies on our usual summer playlist, which mainly consists of lighter 80s summer comedies like One Crazy Summer and Weekend at Bernie's, but I think we'll try our best to find time to watch the 1985 summer classic Summer Rental. 
I see.

Next question - which film in film examples can you bring? It can be smb. telling story ("Tales From The Dark Side"), film characters acting in stage play ("Opening Night"), people in the film watching film which adds to the plot ("Jurrasic Park", Dr. presents short film about dinosaurs). Character's "flashback story about my past" excepted.

There's a running gag in the comedy One Crazy Summer about the movie "FOAM," a Jaws esque movie about a New England resort town being attacked by a rabid dolphin. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 06, 2018, 06:52:23 AM
Is that it? Next - which films do you tend to like - fantasy or casual people in casual environment?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 07, 2018, 05:38:05 AM
Is that it? Next - which films do you tend to like - fantasy or casual people in casual environment?

By casual people, do you mean movies more based in reality? 

I'm not a huge fan of fantasy films.   ie. Lord of the Rings holds no interest.   I usually don't care for films about witchcraft.   I do like some supernatural horror, and movies with dinosaurs.   

Plus, Ghostbusters is my second favorite movie of all time, so I suppose there's some fantasy in there.   



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 07, 2018, 05:50:43 AM
By casual people, do you mean movies more based in reality? 
Yes; phrasing isn't strong suit. Is your 1st favorite based in reality?

I read curious thing about books, that sometimes readers send ideas to the writers. Do you think people should pitch their stories to the directors too? Would you like it/ no, it's bad?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 07, 2018, 06:13:12 AM
By casual people, do you mean movies more based in reality? 
Yes; phrasing isn't strong suit. Is your 1st favorite based in reality?

I read curious thing about books, that sometimes readers send ideas to the writers. Do you think people should pitch their stories to the directors too? Would you like it/ no, it's bad?

My first is Jaws, which is mostly based in reality.   

There are plenty of screenwriters who pitch their ideas to movie studios, more so than pitching to directors.  So, it makes sense considering that a movie deal could be more lucrative than a book deal.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 07, 2018, 06:34:09 AM
I meant casual viewers, brought example with book readers. What do you think if just ANYbody could send their scenarios to studios/ directors/ whoever in film industry, since lotta new movies lack good plot/ boring retreads. That's the question.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 07, 2018, 07:03:15 AM
I meant casual viewers, brought example with book readers. What do you think if just ANYbody could send their scenarios to studios/ directors/ whoever in film industry, since lotta new movies lack good plot/ boring retreads. That's the question.

That does happen to a degree.   Especially with independent films.   There was a time when Kevin Smith was just "anybody."   But, he sold his comic book collection to make the movie Clerks. 

You'll continue to see that kind of grass roots thing in independent films, especially as distributing movies to streaming services instead of theaters becomes more acceptable.   Mainstream Hollywood is too enamored with recycling old ideas at this time. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 07, 2018, 07:39:53 AM
"Clerks" shouldn't be made.
What's your bottom line - like/ dislike the idea? You didn't tell.

Do you like whodunits? Spaghetti westerns? Film noir? Name best film for 3 named categories.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 07, 2018, 09:16:43 AM
"Clerks" shouldn't be made.
What's your bottom line - like/ dislike the idea? You didn't tell.

Do you like whodunits? Spaghetti westerns? Film noir? Name best film for 3 named categories.

Clerks shouldn't be made?   It was made, and spawned a movie universe that includes five other movies.   

I'm fine with the idea.    As a fan of Clerks, there's no reason to not like the idea.   If somebody gets a movie made that I don't want to see, I'll just not see it. 

In general, I'm not really into whodunits, westerns, or film noir, so I couldn't possibly give you best films for either. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 07, 2018, 04:33:01 PM
Clerks shouldn't be made?   It was made, and spawned a movie universe that includes five other movies.
It's my way of saying I despise "Clerks". Little exaggeration for effect.

Fun question time - imagine if Burton et al didn't make "Batman". Who would be your Batman, Penguin, Joker, Catwoman, Harvey 2-Face, Enigma, Ivy, Mr. Freeze? Mine would be respectively Matt McCoy, Bob Goldthwaite, G.W. Bailey, Kim Cattrall, Howard Hesseman, Michael Winslow, Janet Jones, Doug Lennox (using actors who were cast at some point in "Police Academy" franchise).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 07, 2018, 05:46:18 PM
In different news, checked U.S. TV show "Laverne & Shirley". Each ep being short, finished 1st Season in single week. It's filled with funny lines & physical humor. I think Laverne is funnier than Shirley. Speaking of, Cindy Williams has such cute face that everytime I see Shirley, I really want to turn up her snub nose 360 degrees. & those dimples. :D Liked Lenny & Squiggy & Mr. DeFazio as well. Didn't like Carmine & Fonzie. When Youtube is fast again, maybe I'll check the next Season. Btw, what's the matter with the intro? It/ typeface looks cheap, theme song doesn't fit either. It's got big industrial city vibe to it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on June 07, 2018, 06:09:46 PM
I think with respect to the intro, keep in mind that the show was from the mid-1970s: the "cheap" look wasn't unusual for programs of that time, it was just a lower-technology time. And the theme song was one of female empowerment, which was a political issue at the time ('70s) and fit the plot of two single working women (rare in the '50s).

Re "big industrial city vibe," it was meant to be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Which is to say that was a (somewhat) big, industrial city at the time the show portrayed, the postwar industrial era of the late '50s.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 08, 2018, 05:34:19 AM
Clerks shouldn't be made?   It was made, and spawned a movie universe that includes five other movies.
It's my way of saying I despise "Clerks". Little exaggeration for effect.

Fun question time - imagine if Burton et al didn't make "Batman". Who would be your Batman, Penguin, Joker, Catwoman, Harvey 2-Face, Enigma, Ivy, Mr. Freeze? Mine would be respectively Matt McCoy, Bob Goldthwaite, G.W. Bailey, Kim Cattrall, Howard Hesseman, Michael Winslow, Janet Jones, Doug Lennox (using actors who were cast at some point in "Police Academy" franchise).

A Batman universe with Police Academy actors.   That's actually somewhat intriguing. 

For my money, the two Burton movies featured pin perfect casting, but if I had to cast a dream Batman universe:

Batman / Bruce Wayne - Tom Mison (Ichabad Crane from the Sleepy Hollow TV show)
Alfred - Hugh Laurie
Joker - Johnny Depp
Penguin - Alfred Molina
Catwoman - Morena Baccarin
Harvey Dent / Two Face - Clayne Crawford (recently fired from the Lethal Weapon TV show)
Com. Gordon - Bruce Willis or Harrison Ford
Riddler - Steve Carrell
Ivy - Emma Stone
Freeze - Liam Hemsworth


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 08, 2018, 03:29:33 PM
2the captain: Thanks, I shall bear all that in mind.

2KDS: The cast is perfect indeed. I should've prefaced with it. Tbh, I think Johnny Depp's versatility is way overstated. Molina & Emma Stone - good picks. Emma's got chops to be great actress in future. Still young. About music - who'd be your choice if not Danny Elfman?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: JK on June 09, 2018, 03:20:33 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pzKyeIex2Y

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-k7lo5LXVDn4/U_81Eovpg6I/AAAAAAAANEg/xl8mpf1PUII/s1600/Free%2Bdownload%2Bbluray%2B1080p%2Bmovie%2Bgoogle%2Bdrive%2BDas%2BBoot%2C%2BGermany%2C%2B1981%2C%2BWolfgang%2BPetersen%2C%2BAction%2C%2BAdventure%2C%2BDrama%2C%2BHerbert%2BGrönemeyer%2C%2BHubertus%2BBengsch%2C%2BJürgen%2BProchnow%2C%2BKlaus%2BWennemann%2C%2BMartin%2BSemmelrogge%2Bwallpaper%2Bposter.jpg)


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 11, 2018, 05:33:36 AM
2the captain: Thanks, I shall bear all that in mind.

2KDS: The cast is perfect indeed. I should've prefaced with it. Tbh, I think Johnny Depp's versatility is way overstated. Molina & Emma Stone - good picks. Emma's got chops to be great actress in future. Still young. About music - who'd be your choice if not Danny Elfman?

Danny Elfman's score of the original Batman is, IMO, his greatest film work.   

But, if I were doing a dream Batman movie, I suppose I'd select John Williams. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 11, 2018, 06:10:51 AM
But, if I were doing a dream Batman movie, I suppose I'd select John Williams. 
Why him?

List Top 3 favorite film composers. Danny Elfman, then who?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 11, 2018, 06:54:45 AM
But, if I were doing a dream Batman movie, I suppose I'd select John Williams. 
Why him?

List Top 3 favorite film composers. Danny Elfman, then who?

John Williams is probably top for me.   He's done iconic work for Indiana Jones, Superman, Home Alone, Star Wars, and best of all, Jaws. 

Then, Elfman. 

Then, probably Bill Conti or John Carpenter. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 11, 2018, 07:14:45 PM
Robert Folk ("Police Academy")
Elmer Bernstein ("To Kill A Mockingbird", "Airplane")
Bill Conti ("Harry & Tonto", "Rocky")

Williams is good but the titles above feature, to my ears, the best music in film industry. To get the fun question funner - if you're cast in "Batman", who'd you like to play?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 12, 2018, 05:15:19 AM
Robert Folk ("Police Academy")
Elmer Bernstein ("To Kill A Mockingbird", "Airplane")
Bill Conti ("Harry & Tonto", "Rocky")

Williams is good but the titles above feature, to my ears, the best music in film industry. To get the fun question funner - if you're cast in "Batman", who'd you like to play?

Oddly enough, I found out yesterday that John Williams was at the Orioles / Red Sox game in my hometown of Baltimore and threw out the first pitch.   Had I known that, I might've bought a ticket to the game.

If I were cast in a Batman movie, I'd want to play a small role, perhaps the reporter Alexander Knox, who was expertly played by character actor Robert Wuhl in the Tim Burton movie. 

Bernstein is a good choice.   He did Stripes and Ghostbusters as well.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 16, 2018, 05:50:44 PM
Since we discuss "Batman", did you like Robin? Do you think they shouldn't film this DC character? Would you say that they should stick with Batman series when he doesn't meet Robin?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on June 17, 2018, 03:23:47 PM
I just heard of and began watching The Man in the High Castle, which is on Amazon. It is based on a novel by Philip K Dick (which I have not read or heard of) in which the Axis won WWII and so the US was divided between Nazi Germany (East Coast and Midwest) and Japan (West Coast), with a neutral territory in the Rockies. The storyline begins in the early '60s.

After just over one episode, I'm really enjoying it. There are two seasons. I'm not sure whether it's ongoing or that's all there is. But based on just that first 75 minutes or so that I've seen, I highly recommend it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: B.E. on June 17, 2018, 06:18:34 PM
I just heard of and began watching The Man in the High Castle, which is on Amazon. It is based on a novel by Philip K Dick (which I have not read or heard of) in which the Axis won WWII and so the US was divided between Nazi Germany (East Coast and Midwest) and Japan (West Coast), with a neutral territory in the Rockies. The storyline begins in the early '60s.

After just over one episode, I'm really enjoying it. There are two seasons. I'm not sure whether it's ongoing or that's all there is. But based on just that first 75 minutes or so that I've seen, I highly recommend it.

I recommend it as well. I've been waiting 18 months for season 3 (which is happening). It's been so long since I finished season 2 that I can't comment on the details, I just remember enjoying it immensely. I've been waiting for a 3rd season release date before re-watching seasons 1 and 2. I'm really looking forward to it.

Between seasons 1 and  2 of The Man In The High Castle, Hulu released an 8-episode miniseries 11.22.63. I loved that as well. Not that everyone who enjoys one show will enjoy the other, of course, but there's enough of a similarity that I thought I'd mention it. Both shows really captured my imagination.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 18, 2018, 05:25:19 AM
Since we discuss "Batman", did you like Robin? Do you think they shouldn't film this DC character? Would you say that they should stick with Batman series when he doesn't meet Robin?

Overall, I prefer Batman without Robin.  However, I think the character works well in the 1960s show with Adam West and Burt Ward.   Robin also appeared in several episodes of the classic 1990s Batman the Animated Series.   

However, I didn't much care for him in the Batman movies.    Of course, I think his character would've been handled better had Tim Burton remained in the driver's seat of that franchise.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 19, 2018, 04:31:19 PM
You seem to be Burton fan. Did you buy DVD collection with Burton films? Which is favorite? F.ex. did you like the new "Alice In Wonderland"? I didn't.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 20, 2018, 05:37:17 AM
You seem to be Burton fan. Did you buy DVD collection with Burton films? Which is favorite? F.ex. did you like the new "Alice In Wonderland"? I didn't.

My love of Tim Burton movies seems to end around the turn of the century.   

I love Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas (which he wrote, but didn't direct), and Sleepy Hollow.   My favorite movie of his is Batman, followed by Batman Returns. 

I thought his version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was decent.   The first Alice in Wonderland was OK, but overall, I wasn't really a big fan.   The sequel, with I don't think he did, was dreadful. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Gettin Hungry on June 21, 2018, 09:44:07 AM
I too pretty much checked out in the early 2000s. To me Big Fish is his last good movie.

I love Ed Wood, Mars Attacks and Beetlejuice. And of course Batman (which was the first home movie I ever owned).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 27, 2018, 07:47:27 AM
2KDS: Interesting you say Tim's "Factory" is decent - it's boring beyond imo, casting Depp billion times didn't help either. Tbh, Tim's directing style, visuals isn't preferred cup of tea.

New question - we discussed best directors. Whose films would you cite to tend to be generally bad? List worst directors.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 27, 2018, 09:01:33 AM
2KDS: Interesting you say Tim's "Factory" is decent - it's boring beyond imo, casting Depp billion times didn't help either. Tbh, Tim's directing style, visuals isn't preferred cup of tea.

New question - we discussed best directors. Whose films would you cite to tend to be generally bad? List worst directors.

I think Burton's style worked well visually for the Willy Wonka movie.   I just think Gene Wilder's take on the Willy Wonka character was so iconic, that it's impossible to top. 

Worst directors?   Michael Bay immediately comes to mind.   I liked Armageddon, but his direction really hurts the movie IMO, which constant cuts and camera movements.   Pearl Harbor was a joke. 

I'm not a Wes Anderson fan.   I don't get it.   I find his movies to be perpetually dull.   Steve Zissou was only watchable thanks for Bill Murray, and it's not really watch a second watch IMO. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 28, 2018, 07:57:55 PM
I think Burton's style worked well visually for the Willy Wonka movie.   I just think Gene Wilder's take on the Willy Wonka character was so iconic, that it's impossible to top. 

Worst directors?   Michael Bay immediately comes to mind.   I liked Armageddon, but his direction really hurts the movie IMO, which constant cuts and camera movements.   Pearl Harbor was a joke. 

I'm not a Wes Anderson fan.   I don't get it.   I find his movies to be perpetually dull.   Steve Zissou was only watchable thanks for Bill Murray, and it's not really watch a second watch IMO. 
Maybe there but I frankly meant general dislike regardingTim Burton's visuals.

Agree re: "Pearl" & Wes Anderson. Zzzzzzz.

Way back, we discussed which movies you see in summer & winter. Is there specific movie you see in spring, fall?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 29, 2018, 06:31:39 AM
I think Burton's style worked well visually for the Willy Wonka movie.   I just think Gene Wilder's take on the Willy Wonka character was so iconic, that it's impossible to top. 

Worst directors?   Michael Bay immediately comes to mind.   I liked Armageddon, but his direction really hurts the movie IMO, which constant cuts and camera movements.   Pearl Harbor was a joke. 

I'm not a Wes Anderson fan.   I don't get it.   I find his movies to be perpetually dull.   Steve Zissou was only watchable thanks for Bill Murray, and it's not really watch a second watch IMO. 
Maybe there but I frankly meant general dislike regardingTim Burton's visuals.

Agree re: "Pearl" & Wes Anderson. Zzzzzzz.

Way back, we discussed which movies you see in summer & winter. Is there specific movie you see in spring, fall?

I don't really have any movies I watch specifically in the spring.   For Fall, there's a few I like to watch for Halloween, including Halloween (John Carpenter's 1978 original), Trick R Treat, and House of 1000 Corpses. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on June 29, 2018, 07:28:07 AM
Which famous films everybody & their brother praise you didn't get yet to see & wish to? F.ex. you told before "American Graffiti". Which else?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on June 29, 2018, 08:37:03 AM
Which famous films everybody & their brother praise you didn't get yet to see & wish to? F.ex. you told before "American Graffiti". Which else?

About ten years ago, I actually made up a bucket list of movies I wanted to watch at some point.   But, I have no idea what I did with it, or what I put on it. 

There are a few older comedies I'd like to watch somebody

Easy Money
Men at Work
Brewster's Millions
Silver Streak

I'd like to watch That Thing You Do at some point also. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 02, 2018, 10:14:52 PM
In my bucket list - TV movie "Ernie Kovacs: Between The Laughter". With John Glover, Melody Anderson, Jeff Goldblum. Despite weak cast, would like to see.

2KDS: As you witness, many good actors don't get broad recognition. It's popular to say that they choose films with bad script, role doesn't fit, doesn't reveal their capabilities. Question - any actors you can list that fit this category?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 03, 2018, 05:21:52 AM
In my bucket list - TV movie "Ernie Kovacs: Between The Laughter". With John Glover, Melody Anderson, Jeff Goldblum. Despite weak cast, would like to see.

2KDS: As you witness, many good actors don't get broad recognition. It's popular to say that they choose films with bad script, role doesn't fit, doesn't reveal their capabilities. Question - any actors you can list that fit this category?

Good actors with a bad script?

Sure, let's start with Batman and Robin.   There is so much talent in that movie - Clooney, Michael Gough, Uma Thurnman, Arnold, and even bit parts from John Glover and Vivica Fox, but the movie is a trainwreck.  Clooney, thurman, and Swartzenegger are one dimensional cardboard cutout characters.   What a waste. 

Speaking of Batman, I'm not a huge Affleck fan, but I thought he was actually a good Batman, however in the terminally dull Batman V Superman. 

Along the same lines, Will Smith tried his damnedist to save Suicide Squad.

Stepping away from the Batman universe......

I know the movie got a lot of acclaim, but I didn't care for Sin City.   The novelty of the comic book look wears off about two minutes in.  I'm a big Bruce Willis fan, but I think his talent is wasted in that movie.   I think that's something more along the lines of Jason Statham territory. 

Cuba Gooding Jr, totally wasted in Pearl Harbor. 

I find Steve Carrell funny, and on paper, he should've been a good Maxwell Smart, but the movie just wasn't that funny to me.   The most memorable part of the movie was seeing Anne Hathaway in a skin tight outfit. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 03, 2018, 09:23:01 PM
Steve Carrell's funny but do you really see Will Smith as good actor? Interesting.

Flip-side question - which film/ script did you like but kept thinking its cast is weak?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 05, 2018, 05:15:26 AM
Steve Carrell's funny but do you really see Will Smith as good actor? Interesting.

Flip-side question - which film/ script did you like but kept thinking its cast is weak?

I do think Will Smith is a good actor.   I gained a lot of respect for him when I saw the 2007 version of I Am Legend. 

To be honest, I love Pet Sematary, but I think the lead actor who plays the main character of Dr. Creed could be better.   In general, I think a lot of the performances in that movie are a little "hammy," even from Denise Crosby and Fred Gywnne. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 05, 2018, 06:31:34 AM
Tastes differ. "I Am Legend" didn't impress me.

Can you say the same about "Back To Future"? There's info in its Imdb page stating that Eric Stoltz could've been Marty McFly. Do you think he'd be better than Michael?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 05, 2018, 09:11:45 AM
Tastes differ. "I Am Legend" didn't impress me.

Can you say the same about "Back To Future"? There's info in its Imdb page stating that Eric Stoltz could've been Marty McFly. Do you think he'd be better than Michael?

I Am Legend probably isn't my favorite movie version (that would probably be The Last Man on Earth, with Vincent Price), but I thought Smith did a great jon. 

Back to the Future is such an iconic movie franchise from my childhood, and I honestly can't picture anyone other than Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly.

Same with Tom Selleck or Tim Matheson as Indiana Jones, or John Belushi as one of the Ghostbusters. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 06, 2018, 06:04:38 AM
John Belushi shouldn't've acted, tbh. Ditto James Belushi who I find about as funny as clean blackboard.

Since we raised this topic, here's new question - there's many screen tests by actors for this & that film around the Internet. Did you see anybody's audition that you think "This is good", "He/ she would work here", "Hm, he/ she could be interesting choice"?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 09, 2018, 05:48:03 AM
John Belushi shouldn't've acted, tbh. Ditto James Belushi who I find about as funny as clean blackboard.

Since we raised this topic, here's new question - there's many screen tests by actors for this & that film around the Internet. Did you see anybody's audition that you think "This is good", "He/ she would work here", "Hm, he/ she could be interesting choice"?

I'm actually a pretty big fan of John Belushi.  I thought he was great on the early SNL years, as well as Animal House and The Blues Brothers.   Jim has made a career riding his brother's coat tails, but he was in a silly comedy with John Ritter called "Real Men" that I really like. 

The one screen test I've seen is Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones.   If you take away the fact that Harrison Ford's portrayal is so iconic, I could see Selleck playing a good Indy


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 09, 2018, 06:47:53 AM
Next up - Which fictional character with powers do you like the best in films? Batman aside. Is any overrated?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 10, 2018, 05:25:01 AM
Next up - Which fictional character with powers do you like the best in films? Batman aside. Is any overrated?

I guess Spiderman.   He's really the only hero outside of Batman who I kinda like. 

Personally, I find Superman overrated.   I just don't find him that interesting.   And that disguise?   Come on!!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 10, 2018, 07:45:08 PM
You're horror fan. Do you see horrors since kindergarten?

Do you agree children should be allowed to see it? My theory is parents should tell kids what they see in horrors is deception (same way they should tell kids THEY buy & put Christmas gifts in stockings & elsewhere, Santa doesn't exist, if kids disappointed - so be it, don't care, it's not big deal).

In order to prove it, they should show kids some horror film bloopers (or any film, for that matter), variou. "makings of" which demonstrate that blood is ketchup, evil faces just make-up etc. Children will realize it's not frightening to watch them, they'll find horrors fun. :D What do you think?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 11, 2018, 05:35:05 AM
You're horror fan. Do you see horrors since kindergarten?

Do you agree children should be allowed to see it? My theory is parents should tell kids what they see in horrors is deception (same way they should tell kids THEY buy & put Christmas gifts in stockings & elsewhere, Santa doesn't exist, if kids disappointed - so be it, don't care, it's not big deal).

In order to prove it, they should show kids some horror film bloopers (or any film, for that matter), variou. "makings of" which demonstrate that blood is ketchup, evil faces just make-up etc. Children will realize it's not frightening to watch them, they'll find horrors fun. :D What do you think?

I don't remember how young I was when I first watched a horror movie.   I do remember seeing the Garfield Halloween Adventure at the age of 5, and I really think that helped get me into horror.   There's also an old Mickey Mouse short called Haunted House that I recently rediscovered which I saw at a young age. 

I think I was 7 or 8 when I first saw the Universal Dracula.   That might've been the first.   I also saw the Nightmare on Elm St movies, Halloween, and Jaws around 8. 

I think it depends on the movie itself and what you think a child can take.   If my son covers his eyes at a Halloween cartoon, I'm probably going to wait to expose him to horror movies.    And, certain movies like Hostel, which show a lot of sex and torture, I probably wouldn't show him until he's at least in his teens.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 11, 2018, 09:30:22 AM
I'd seen "Elm Street" at 5-6. Liked Freddy Krueger, disliked victims.

Quote
If my son covers his eyes at a Halloween cartoon, I'm probably going to wait to expose him to horror movies.
If hypothetical child did that, I'd figure he/ she is pansy, plain & simple.

Quote
And, certain movies like Hostel, which show a lot of sex and torture, I probably wouldn't show him until he's at least in his teens.
Ofc not. Besides, it's not horror if it shows laughable boring as hell scenes. Real horror film by definition should be fright start to finish. Which brings question - do you accept horror parody? We discussed before "Loaded Weapon" - in comedy it makes sense but the idea to parody horror is stupid beyond, it's illogical to do in the 1st place.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 11, 2018, 11:32:43 AM
I'd seen "Elm Street" at 5-6. Liked Freddy Krueger, disliked victims.

Quote
If my son covers his eyes at a Halloween cartoon, I'm probably going to wait to expose him to horror movies.
If hypothetical child did that, I'd figure he/ she is pansy, plain & simple.

Quote
And, certain movies like Hostel, which show a lot of sex and torture, I probably wouldn't show him until he's at least in his teens.
Ofc not. Besides, it's not horror if it shows laughable boring as hell scenes. Real horror film by definition should be fright start to finish. Which brings question - do you accept horror parody? We discussed before "Loaded Weapon" - in comedy it makes sense but the idea to parody horror is stupid beyond, it's illogical to do in the 1st place.

Are you aware that "pansy" is a derogatory word for a male homosexual and is considered offensive? Just bringing that to your attention as you may not know...


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 11, 2018, 12:34:38 PM
I'd seen "Elm Street" at 5-6. Liked Freddy Krueger, disliked victims.

Quote
If my son covers his eyes at a Halloween cartoon, I'm probably going to wait to expose him to horror movies.
If hypothetical child did that, I'd figure he/ she is pansy, plain & simple.

Quote
And, certain movies like Hostel, which show a lot of sex and torture, I probably wouldn't show him until he's at least in his teens.
Ofc not. Besides, it's not horror if it shows laughable boring as hell scenes. Real horror film by definition should be fright start to finish. Which brings question - do you accept horror parody? We discussed before "Loaded Weapon" - in comedy it makes sense but the idea to parody horror is stupid beyond, it's illogical to do in the 1st place.

If my son is a little frightened of a cartoon with some scary images as a kindergartener, that doesn't make him a pansy, that makes him a five year old kid.   Plain and simple.   

I think you'll find very few horror movies that are straight horror / scares all the way through.   So, Hostel is very much a horror movie, even if it fails your idea of what horror is. 

The idea of horror comedy is far from stupid or illogical.   No genre is above parody.   And there's nothing wrong with putting some humor in a horror movie, and mixing the two. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: NOLA BB Fan on July 11, 2018, 12:39:56 PM
I saw a wonderful documentary at a theater yesterday. It's "Won't You Be My Neighbor;"  those in the U.S. recognizing that as the ending of the opening song for the long time children's TV program, Mr Roger's Neighborhood. Mr Rogers was Fred Rogers.
The documentary showed Rogers' interaction with children and his advocacy for them. It seems to strike a chord with audiences - I've read multiple articles of how grown people are reduced to tears. That was definitely the case when I went; sniffling and nose blowing were the order of the day.
I totally lost it when Daniel Striped Tiger sang "Am I A Mistake?" During my adolescence I often thought that I was a  "mistake". Anyway, I think the tears shed were cathartic.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 11, 2018, 01:18:22 PM
I'd seen "Elm Street" at 5-6. Liked Freddy Krueger, disliked victims.

Quote
If my son covers his eyes at a Halloween cartoon, I'm probably going to wait to expose him to horror movies.
If hypothetical child did that, I'd figure he/ she is pansy, plain & simple.

Quote
And, certain movies like Hostel, which show a lot of sex and torture, I probably wouldn't show him until he's at least in his teens.
Ofc not. Besides, it's not horror if it shows laughable boring as hell scenes. Real horror film by definition should be fright start to finish. Which brings question - do you accept horror parody? We discussed before "Loaded Weapon" - in comedy it makes sense but the idea to parody horror is stupid beyond, it's illogical to do in the 1st place.

If my son is a little frightened of a cartoon with some scary images as a kindergartener, that doesn't make him a pansy, that makes him a five year old kid.   Plain and simple.   

I think you'll find very few horror movies that are straight horror / scares all the way through.   So, Hostel is very much a horror movie, even if it fails your idea of what horror is. 

The idea of horror comedy is far from stupid or illogical.   No genre is above parody.   And there's nothing wrong with putting some humor in a horror movie, and mixing the two. 

100% agreed.

And I'd agree that Hostel is more of a true horror movie than others in the genre.

As an aside, my daughter (she'll be 11 on Monday!) is obsessed with horror movies


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 11, 2018, 04:28:19 PM
2Billy: Well, that's new to me. I read in synonyms dictionary that pansy is the same as coward. Looks like it's not credible dictionary. Thanks to clarify. & thanks to nitpick my posts to find sth. bad in them to paint me homophobic. ::)

2KDS: I didn't say anything about your son. I believe I said "hypothetical child". As in if I had kid in alternate universe scenario, I'd think she or he is coward/ easily scared. I'd judge that kid strictly, as I as kid didn't get scared, could see horror movies just fine. But, I don't know ANYthing about children's psychology. What the average 5-year-old kid is like etc. I figured kids differ.

I'd seen "Hostel", it's definitely not my idea of horror. As you said, it's got various indecent scenes. To me, it ruins the horror, it stops being horror. & I didn't say anything about horror comedy which got right to exist. I talked about horror parody. It's different thing.

Next 2 KDS - What can you say about this year's  movies? Did you see anything/ do you plan to see? Liked anything?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Buckethead on July 11, 2018, 04:41:33 PM
I think that an excellent example of movies that mix horrot and humor would be 'Motel Hell."


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on July 11, 2018, 04:59:26 PM
A couple weeks ago, I began watching Game of Thrones. I'd only ever seen a few minutes of one episode before (not having HBO or caring to look into the show), but after so many people saying it was worth the effort, I did eventually, finally give it a shot. I'm well into season two at the moment. I must say, it is pretty good, even though I'm generally lukewarm on "knights-and-dragons" kinds of stories. But I wonder whether I'll still be interested after three, four, five, six, however many seasons.

I just got notification that Hulu has season two of Harlots online now, as well. I thought that was a very good show, and will get around to S2 sooner or later.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 11, 2018, 05:03:30 PM
2Billy: Well, that's new to me. I read in synonyms dictionary that pansy is the same as coward. Looks like it's not credible dictionary. Thanks to clarify. & thanks to nitpick my posts to find sth. bad in them to paint me homophobic. ::)

Did not call you homophobic nor did I nitpick. I got more than one complaint which is why I checked it out in the first place. Webster’s dictionary will back me up. it is indeed used as a slur against a gay male or one that is “effeminate “. I figured you didn’t realize it which is why I pointed it out rather than take any action .



Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 11, 2018, 05:37:34 PM
Do posters complain just about my posts or the other posters' posts too? What's funnier, you say you got "more than one complaint" yet you don't see anybody except basically me & KDS posting here.

Next time, tell people who complain you about sth. I said to voice complaints right here, directly to me. We'll work it out.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 11, 2018, 06:54:24 PM
Do posters complain just about my posts or the other posters' posts too? What's funnier, you say you got "more than one complaint" yet you don't see anybody except basically me & KDS posting here.

Next time, tell people who complain you about sth. I said to voice complaints right here, directly to me. We'll work it out.


More read this thread than have posted...as a moderator I view threads that I don't post in, and others do the same. And the report to moderator function is and will remain anonymous ..if they do not want to voice it publicly that is their right.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 11, 2018, 07:55:13 PM
I see.

In case complainers didn't catch previous post - I didn't know & couldn't imagine that pansy is insulting way to address gay. I sometimes use table & pocket dictionaries to use different words, not banal same popular words everybody uses. I suppose to brag my vocabulary baggage, that I discovered many fancy words. In Synonyms Dictionary dated 1963, the word coward listed various words, including pansy. That's why I used it. If you see the context in which I said this notorious word - "he/ she is pansy" - it clearly backs up what right now I care typing out. I.e. didn't know it meant sth. bad.

I never said anything insulting towards minority groups (I think you call them). I'm fine with them & don't look at them any different than anybody. I'm too apathetic to care who's gay-not gay, lives with 5 wives/ husbands as harem (sp?), what skin color people got etc. when I talk in daily basis with various people in various social situations. I couldn't've written pansy with gays in mind.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 11, 2018, 07:59:53 PM
Right, and I figured as much, which is why I informed you. I did it publicly so one could see that you meant no offense. If I thought you actually meant it in a bad way it definitely would’ve went down a different road

Edit. A dictionary from 1963?! Ohh yeah things have definitely changed since then!


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 11, 2018, 08:28:07 PM
Thanks, indeed it's better to address it publicly than by sending message. Nobody sees it. Just like when smb. brings apology they should do it in the board rather than via pm.

Yes, my English dictionaries - which I got many of various types - date within 1945 & 1983. I like retro things, buy them, get as gifts. Rarely check online dictionaries. But looks like I should buy good, up-to-date, fat English dictionary. I suspect in old dictionaries they leave out bad meanings due to times as you said, strict political correctness etc.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Jay on July 11, 2018, 09:21:12 PM
I think today in 2018 we've far more politically correct than back then.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 11, 2018, 10:58:15 PM
I think today in 2018 we've far more politically correct than back then.

Definitely. Not trying to derail the thread but that’s why I get so angry when I see people refer to others as “snowflakes “ and such... I don’t think it’s a matter of political correctness as much as being more respectful though


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: ♩♬🐸 Billy C ♯♫♩🐇 on July 11, 2018, 11:00:35 PM
As far as the topic goes... I actually watch more YouTube than anything else these days. Be Amazed is good channel and I’ve learned a lot from it. YouTube isn’t just concerts and memes.... there’s actually a lot of informative videos on there


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 12, 2018, 05:35:15 AM
2Billy: Well, that's new to me. I read in synonyms dictionary that pansy is the same as coward. Looks like it's not credible dictionary. Thanks to clarify. & thanks to nitpick my posts to find sth. bad in them to paint me homophobic. ::)

2KDS: I didn't say anything about your son. I believe I said "hypothetical child". As in if I had kid in alternate universe scenario, I'd think she or he is coward/ easily scared. I'd judge that kid strictly, as I as kid didn't get scared, could see horror movies just fine. But, I don't know ANYthing about children's psychology. What the average 5-year-old kid is like etc. I figured kids differ.

I'd seen "Hostel", it's definitely not my idea of horror. As you said, it's got various indecent scenes. To me, it ruins the horror, it stops being horror. & I didn't say anything about horror comedy which got right to exist. I talked about horror parody. It's different thing.

Next 2 KDS - What can you say about this year's  movies? Did you see anything/ do you plan to see? Liked anything?

I know you didn't mean my son directly, as he's only 7 months.   But, I think it's very unfair to judge a hypothetical five year old child on what he / she is afraid of.   And, I certainly hope you wouldn't call a five year a pansy or coward, or judge the child strictly because of something they're afraid of. 

Hostel might not be your taste, but it's horror.   That would be like my saying Nirvana isn't a rock band because I don't like them.   

You'll be hard pressed to find a horror movie that is horror from start to finish.   For me, a movie like Hostel is effective because of the setup.    The first half of the movie, showing the protagonists having fun, getting drunk, and getting laid makes the events of the second half of the movie that much more horrific. 

Even a movie like Halloween for example.  You don't see Michael Myers murdering teenagers during the entire movie. 

As for horror parody, it absolutely works.   The best example is Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein.   Not only is it the best horror parody out there, it's one of the best comedies of all time.   The first two Scary Movie movies are pretty good too.   While not big best work, Mel Brooks's final movie to date is Dracula - Dead and Loving It. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 12, 2018, 05:36:30 AM
I saw a wonderful documentary at a theater yesterday. It's "Won't You Be My Neighbor;"  those in the U.S. recognizing that as the ending of the opening song for the long time children's TV program, Mr Roger's Neighborhood. Mr Rogers was Fred Rogers.
The documentary showed Rogers' interaction with children and his advocacy for them. It seems to strike a chord with audiences - I've read multiple articles of how grown people are reduced to tears. That was definitely the case when I went; sniffling and nose blowing were the order of the day.
I totally lost it when Daniel Striped Tiger sang "Am I A Mistake?" During my adolescence I often thought that I was a  "mistake". Anyway, I think the tears shed were cathartic.

I've heard great things about it, but have yet to see it. 

There's one that PBS aired called "It's You I Like" that I've had on the DVR for a couple months now. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 12, 2018, 07:07:13 AM
2KDS: Thanks to vital advice re: do's & don't's in kid upbringing but I like being childless.

Re: "Hostel", I got what you said but not convinced. It's not simple dislike - it's not MY definition of horror. Yes, every single horror doesn't start with murders etc. but when you see it, proceed with it, you realize it's horror - the atmosphere, subtlety, plot, villains. "Hostel" is too excessive which doesn't help to take it seriously.

Re: horror parody, we'll agree to disagree.

You didn't answer last bit - "What can you say about this year's  movies? Did you see anything/ do you plan to see? Liked anything?"


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 12, 2018, 07:15:40 AM
2KDS: Thanks to vital advice re: do's & don't's in kid upbringing but I like being childless.

Re: "Hostel", I got what you said but not convinced. It's not simple dislike - it's not MY definition of horror. Yes, every single horror doesn't start with murders etc. but when you see it, proceed with it, you realize it's horror - the atmosphere, subtlety, plot, villains. "Hostel" is too excessive which doesn't help to take it seriously.

Re: horror parody, we'll agree to disagree.

You didn't answer last bit - "What can you say about this year's  movies? Did you see anything/ do you plan to see? Liked anything?"

Well, it kind of is your definition of horror because if you ask 100 people if Hostel is a horror movie, you'll likely get close to 100 saying that it is. 

I have yet to see a single movie released in 2018, so I really can't comment.   To be honest, there really haven't been many movies released this year that I'd really want to pay to see.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 12, 2018, 08:06:43 AM
Can't add anything new about "Hostel". Nope, still not convinced. What random 100 people say should matter how. It's their opinions.
Is any movie tear-inducer to you? Chaps don't usually cry but, there could be single film which chokes you up. Will you tell?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 12, 2018, 08:49:17 AM
Can't add anything new about "Hostel". Nope, still not convinced. What random 100 people say should matter how. It's their opinions.
Is any movie tear-inducer to you? Chaps don't usually cry but, there could be single film which chokes you up. Will you tell?

I think it's more than just opinion though really considering Hostel is a part of the horror genre, but I don't think I'm going to sway you. 

Tear jerker.   Field of Dreams I'd say.   The ending usually gets to me.   That's really about it, although occasionally various versions of A Christmas Carol have gotten to me. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Buckethead on July 12, 2018, 06:56:38 PM
The Sound of Music was a tear-jerker for me until I learned that half of it was fake.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 12, 2018, 07:31:41 PM
2KDS - many films I'd seen don't match its labelled genre. If film says "comedy" yet it didn't bring any laughs, do I go with said label? No. Ditto "Hostel" .

If you were tasked to pick single must-see movie, which would it be? Me, I'd pick "Sun Valley Serenade".

Buckethead, will you too answer the question?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 13, 2018, 05:17:15 AM
2KDS - many films I'd seen don't match its labelled genre. If film says "comedy" yet it didn't bring any laughs, do I go with said label? No. Ditto "Hostel" .

If you were tasked to pick single must-see movie, which would it be? Me, I'd pick "Sun Valley Serenade".

Buckethead, will you too answer the question?

Well, if the overall purpose is to make people laugh, it's a comedy, regardless of whether or not it makes you and me laugh.   You can't put personal taste above facts.   

If I were tasked to pick one must see movie, it would be Jaws


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 13, 2018, 06:41:46 AM
I disagree with your point further. Either I didn't explain it better or you don't get.

Must-see is "Jaws". Now, which film would you not recommend to anybody?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 13, 2018, 07:34:25 AM
I disagree with your point further. Either I didn't explain it better or you don't get.

Must-see is "Jaws". Now, which film would you not recommend to anybody?

I got your point, I just think it's wrong to try to recategorize a movie because it doesn't fit your idea of what the genre is.   So, I'll just respectfully disagree and move on. 

Which film would I not recommend....That's a long list.   But, one of the top of my head is Twilight.   I watched that movie with my girlfriend now wife when we were still in the courting stage, and it's truly the worst movie I've ever watched from start to finish.   The acting in horrible.    The story makes little sense.   Just awful. 

Honorable mention - Something Borrowed.  There's not one likeable character is the whole thing


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Buckethead on July 15, 2018, 08:24:23 AM
RRA1 - As with books (and cats vs. dogs!), it is impossible for me to pick one favorite or must-see. When people ask me this, I feel a lot of anxiety (ditto with colors, kids, etc.).


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 16, 2018, 05:37:13 PM
2KDS: "Twilight" is boring but then again vampire films bore me - "Dusk Till Dawn", "Vampirella", even legendary Dracula stuff.

New question - Would you rather musician's documentary be tell-all, incl. private/ business/ financial matters or be strictly music? Judging by various reviews, it seems people think it's fair if doc tells detailed portrait.

2Buckethead: Okey-doke.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Buckethead on July 16, 2018, 05:44:13 PM
I must admit that I like to know the social and personal details . i just find this kind of stuff fascinating. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 17, 2018, 06:28:17 AM
Btw, Buckethead, question waits for you to answer in Sandbox thread for chit chat. Check it.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 18, 2018, 05:04:21 PM
Reading thread Lost Films, it looks like everybody wishes they're found. Question is "Why?". What makes people wish they be found. Lost films could be pure trash, you know? It's hilarious the way people make big deal about films they did NOT see. Ha.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 23, 2018, 06:29:05 AM
2KDS: "Twilight" is boring but then again vampire films bore me - "Dusk Till Dawn", "Vampirella", even legendary Dracula stuff.

New question - Would you rather musician's documentary be tell-all, incl. private/ business/ financial matters or be strictly music? Judging by various reviews, it seems people think it's fair if doc tells detailed portrait.

2Buckethead: Okey-doke.

I like a doc to be a mix of story and music.   I find both subjects very compelling.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 23, 2018, 06:55:54 AM
Many 12+ family type films still use bad language. Do you agree that family films should be absolutely free of it?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 23, 2018, 07:00:29 AM
Many 12+ family type films still use bad language. Do you agree that family films should be absolutely free of it?

Depends.   I've seen plenty of family movies that'll use some bad language.   Monster Squad was aimed as kids, and there's actually some language in that movie that would get it an R (17+) rating today.   

But, obviously, it should be free of the so called "really bad" words.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 23, 2018, 08:23:53 AM
I'm 200% against bad language in family/ kids' films. Sure, many-many kids start using it since really young age, thinking it makes them look cool (I pity people who use bad language due to that reason. Lame, really). But, it doesn't matter - if it's kid film, it must be cussing-free. Kids may think it's good to cuss if they see family films with characters cussing.
As you know, PG-13 created due to Spielberg's "Temple Doom". Frankly, it's bizarre. There isn't anything super-scary, am sure many films similar to "Indiana Jones" before it were lots scarier. Yet, "Temple Doom" is starter. Wha'?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 23, 2018, 08:29:21 AM
I'm 200% against bad language in family/ kids' films. Sure, many-many kids start using it since really young age, thinking it makes them look cool (I pity people who use bad language due to that reason. Lame, really). But, it doesn't matter - if it's kid film, it must be cussing-free. Kids may think it's good to cuss if they see family films with characters cussing.
As you know, PG-13 created due to Spielberg's "Temple Doom". Frankly, it's bizarre. There isn't anything super-scary, am sure many films similar to "Indiana Jones" before it were lots scarier. Yet, "Temple Doom" is starter. Wha'?

For kids movies, I'd agree.   I thought you were referring to family friendly movies, most of which would usually get a PG rating.   Those will sometimes include very mild or suggestive language, but nothing really bad. 

Jaws almost received an R when it was initially released, but they were able to convince the MPAA to give it a PG.   As for Temple, I think the scene where a victim's heart gets ripped out of his chest was the primary reason.   And another movie with Speilberg ties, Gremlins, also receives credit for the invention of PG13 for the scene where the mother puts the Gremlin in the microwave.   Apparently, there was concern that it might cause children to put small animals in the microwave. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 23, 2018, 08:47:43 AM
Wait. I don't get it - actually there's difference between family & kids' movies? I logically assumed it means the same kind of movie but different terms.

Well anyway, even family-friendly films should be cussing-free. Leave it the other films.

In PS thread last or 2 yrs back you said sth. like kids shouldn't be in safe fairy tale world & be instead allowed to watch serious things. Am curious to hear what made you get to this conclusion.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 23, 2018, 09:17:05 AM
Wait. I don't get it - actually there's difference between family & kids' movies? I logically assumed it means the same kind of movie but different terms.

Well anyway, even family-friendly films should be cussing-free. Leave it the other films.

In PS thread last or 2 yrs back you said sth. like kids shouldn't be in safe fairy tale world & be instead allowed to watch serious things. Am curious to hear what made you get to this conclusion.

children's movies are movies aimed specifically at children, usually rated G.   Family films have more of an appeal to people of all ages, usually rated PG (ie. Honey I Shrunk the Kids). 

I think children should be allowed to watch whatever their parents feel that they can handle.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 24, 2018, 08:29:54 PM
Did you see movies difficult to gather what they're about, "mish-mash" type in which too many characters, weird plot twists etc.? List these movies.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 25, 2018, 05:35:29 AM
Did you see movies difficult to gather what they're about, "mish-mash" type in which too many characters, weird plot twists etc.? List these movies.

While it didn't have too many characters, I think The Ninth Gate (starring Johnny Depp) is a mess of a movie.   The story doesn't really go anywhere.   It feels like a poor attempt at horror, and moviemaking in general. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 25, 2018, 06:54:18 PM
You're Bruce Willis fan. Did you know he's considered for playing Mahoney in "Police Academy", turned it down then regretted? Hate to say it but too bad he didn't take that role as Steve Guttenberg is inferior. Can't stand this actor. Bruce Willis could be less annoying in PA. Besides, Guttenberg is ugly to play supposedly good-looking character.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 26, 2018, 05:17:31 AM
You're Bruce Willis fan. Did you know he's considered for playing Mahoney in "Police Academy", turned it down then regretted? Hate to say it but too bad he didn't take that role as Steve Guttenberg is inferior. Can't stand this actor. Bruce Willis could be less annoying in PA. Besides, Guttenberg is ugly to play supposedly good-looking character.

I'd actually never heard that, but that's interesting.   I'm not a huge Guttenberg fan, but I honestly couldn't image Willis playing that character.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 26, 2018, 08:07:42 AM
To startle you further - Michael Batman Keaton considered for Guttenberg's role before latter but, as Willis, turned it down. I read numerous trivia facts about "Police Academy" being loyal fan of franchise. Did research about it, read cast & crew's interviews, many vids etc. etc. What do you think, Keaton could be better?

You're too PA fan. Do you regard it the best police film or which film is best if not PA?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 26, 2018, 08:17:05 AM
To startle you further - Michael Batman Keaton considered for Guttenberg's role before latter but, as Willis, turned it down. I read numerous trivia facts about "Police Academy" being loyal fan of franchise. Did research about it, read cast & crew's interviews, many vids etc. etc. What do you think, Keaton could be better?

You're too PA fan. Do you regard it the best police film or which film is best if not PA?

I think I've heard the Keaton thing before, and I could actually see him as Carey Mahoney. 

I never did a lot of research on the franchise.   I was a bigger fan of the franchise when I was a kid, and there was no internet then, so it wasn't so easy to find Behind the Scenes stuff like you can now.   

To be honest, I still like the original, but I don't think the sequels have aged too well, especially once you get past #4.   

Best police comedy?   I think the original might be, but I think Super Troopers gives it a run for its money.    Best overall police movie?   I might go Lethal Weapon. 


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: RangeRoverA1 on July 26, 2018, 03:31:16 PM
Question nags why they refused to be in "Police Academy". Willis etc. weren't big names back in 1984 anyway, what's the fear it's low budget movie. They began in the 80s, young fledgling actors usually agree to any role to be paid even tiny money. Bizarre.

Random - smb. said back in Imdb boards about if movie is bad, chance is big that made into cartoon it would be much better. Do you think there's truth to it?


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 27, 2018, 05:44:17 AM
Question nags why they refused to be in "Police Academy". Willis etc. weren't big names back in 1984 anyway, what's the fear it's low budget movie. They began in the 80s, young fledgling actors usually agree to any role to be paid even tiny money. Bizarre.

Random - smb. said back in Imdb boards about if movie is bad, chance is big that made into cartoon it would be much better. Do you think there's truth to it?

Maybe Willis read the script, and just didn't think it was for him.   I'm not sure.   Even young actors can be picky.   Richard Dreyfuss originally turned down the offer to star in Jaws, but wound up changing his mind. 

If a movie is bad, it had a chance to be made into a cartoon?   I can't agree with that at all since I think Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, and Bill & Ted were all really good movies that got made into cartoons.   


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Buckethead on July 29, 2018, 07:08:34 AM
Watching on local Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) Summer, Surf, and Beach Music We Love. Host is none other than Mike Love! As far as I can see, it is totally lip-synced promo films and TV performances from back in the day. Really fun, IMO. Date of original broadcast is 1916. Features Jan and Dean, Beach Boys, all of the usual suspects.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: the captain on July 29, 2018, 07:36:41 AM
Date of original broadcast is 1916. Features Jan and Dean, Beach Boys, all of the usual suspects.

They must have been quite young.  :o ;D


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: Buckethead on July 29, 2018, 01:49:50 PM
I'll say! LOL. 2016.


Title: Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment
Post by: KDS on July 30, 2018, 05:17:18 AM