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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 03, 2018, 09:19:58 AM
I'd like to ask KDS - do you not see the question? Can't you click Sandbox to check new reply in Movies? It's like if you don't see it in the main Smiley page, Info Center, you quickly assume no new replies.

Anyhoo, to answer question - easily Ron Perlman. He plays villains really well. F.ex. "Desperation". Tim Daly isn't very interesting acting-wise.
Well? Your turn, KDS.

I didn't get into Smiley Smile until just now.   I'd appreciate your not assuming my internet habits.   I apologize if I didn't recognize the urgency of your question.   
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 02, 2018, 12:23:41 PM
Some people in movie discussions elsewhere stated that Tim Robbins shone just in single film, "in dat Stephen King movie". Is it true? Will you agree/ disagree with it?

I thought Tim Robbins was great in Bull Durham and Jacob's Ladder also.   So, I can't agree that he only shone in one single film.   

I'm a big fan of Tim Robbins' role in War of the Worlds (2005). I don't want to spoil it, but I thought the whole section of that movie where Tim Robbins takes in Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning was really well done. There's even a prominent Beach Boys reference.

I completely forgot about that.   That movie sort of got flogged because of Cruise, but I thought it was a really good movie
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 02, 2018, 10:14:09 AM
Some people in movie discussions elsewhere stated that Tim Robbins shone just in single film, "in dat Stephen King movie". Is it true? Will you agree/ disagree with it?

I thought Tim Robbins was great in Bull Durham and Jacob's Ladder also.   So, I can't agree that he only shone in one single film.   
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 02, 2018, 09:28:52 AM
Okey-doke. Mea culpa.

How about this pair, Sam Neill with Kevin Costner? Again, choose & explain the choice.

I haven't seen a ton of movies with either, but I'd probably go Costner, because I love both Bull Durham and Field of Dreams.    I liked Neill in the two Jurassic Park movies he was in, but I feel that role could've been played by anybody, but I don't think that about Costner's roles in Bull Durham or Field of Dreams.   
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 02, 2018, 08:55:48 AM
I'm being tongue-in-cheek (see smileys). Bitey humor.

Well? Will you explain choosing Niro?

As am I. 

Not being a huge fan of mob movies, that takes away a lot of those guys' most iconic roles for me.    But, I feel Deniro can do serious (Taxi Driver, The Fan) and comedic roles (Analyze This/That, Meet the Parents).   
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 02, 2018, 08:02:51 AM
When asked "who's best to you?", it meant as well to explain the choice. Figured it's obvious. Well, explain the choice.

Edit, general reply directed at this entire thread - I think everybody will safely agree that things, esp. questions asked by me really truly made the thread thrive & made it very interesting. Keep in mind, these various different movie questions brought many cool discussions by posters - you see, the questions *began* cool discussions. It all began with questions asked by me. Bottom line: thanks to me! :D 3D I'm proud. 3D

Stay humble 
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 02, 2018, 07:39:00 AM
Ha! Didn't think there'll be time I'll see Phil Collins, Disney & Tarzan in single sentence.

Many can't decide who they like best - Al Pacino or Robert De Niro. Who's best to you going by characters each played?

I'm probably a bigger DeNiro fan overall.   
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 02, 2018, 06:35:15 AM
Good thing we disagree civilly. There's many times when music score in film wins the Oscar. But, is there songs by popular musicians, not composers, who got the Academy prize when their song played in film/ maybe written specially for it? Can you list few examples? Curious if anybody in pop music field can brag with Oscar in addition to purely music awards.

Off the top of my head, I'm pretty sure Phil Collins won an Oscar for a song of his that was used in the Disney movie Tarzan.   
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 02, 2018, 06:00:02 AM
Will you willingly agree directors must not play the main character in film? I dislike when smb. directing film as well as writing the script doesn't start casting to seek smb. to play it, instead they do. It isn't fair, it reeks of egocentricity. Tell what you think.

I have no issue with a director starring in their own movies.   Mel Brooks comes to mind as a great example.   Christopher Guest regularly appears in his mockumentaries.   Kevin Smith plays Silent Bob is all of the View Askew comedies.   
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 01, 2018, 08:33:29 AM
You said you like 80s comedy. But, is there exception to the rule, movie designated as comedy you didn't find funny one bit?

The only one that comes to mind is Strange Brew.   It made me chuckle a few times, but I didn't think it was funny enough for it's 90 or so minute run time.   
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 01, 2018, 07:29:40 AM
Cool to see Kevin Nealon being mentioned by smb. except me. He's funny. Too bad film career didn't get boost. But, disagree about Jimmy Fallon, he's funny to imo.

Tell me - did Tim Allen join SNL? Do you rmbr? If he did, I'd include him in the list with Nealon.

Who'll be your best choice(s) as quintessential sidekick(s) to lead character?

Tim Allen was never in the cast of SNL.   He was a stand up in the 80s / early 90s, and got his big break on Home Improvement in 1991.   

Speaking of SNL, I thought David Spade was a great sidekick / straight man to Chris Farley in Tommy Boy and Black Sheep
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: October 01, 2018, 05:20:38 AM
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but while that formed the basic plot of Jingle All the Way, that wasn't the point of the movie.
& I didn't say it was. I didn't see the film to say what was its point.

I didn't like "Forrest Gump". Didn't *try* to like it either. Maybe it paints me hipster, Idk. Tongue

Before, we discussed SNL favorite cast. Is there anybody in SNL history underrated & overrated to you?

Underrated SNL players - Kevin Nealon and Tim Meadows - These guys were from my favorite era (late 80s to early 90s), and while neither became big film stars like many others in that cast, I think both were great.   For my money, Kevin Nealon is my favorite Weekend Update anchor

Overrated - Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon.   There's a huge list from post 1996 people I could pull, but these two were always used by people who'd tell me that I should really start watching again in the early 2000s.   I find neither of them funny, especially Fallon.
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 28, 2018, 05:24:32 AM
Silly comedy by definition can't preach anything. But, there's some truth in that Christmas, generally speaking, is about materialism.

You see "Kokomo" fans say it's "the song people like to hate". Is there films you can file under it, besides Adam Sandler flicks you mentioned?

Sure, I'm not going to pretend that materialism isn't big part of Christmas, but while that formed the basic plot of Jingle All the Way, that wasn't the point of the movie. 

Movies people love to hate.  Besides Adam Sandler, Michael Bay is a popular target.   And, in recent years, I've seen a lot of backlash against Forrest Gump, a movie that I personally love.   I think a lot of the "too cool for school crowd" seems up in arms that it beat out Pulp Fiction (which I think is highly overrated) for the Best Picture Oscar
14  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 27, 2018, 08:03:31 AM
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Jingle All the Way - Every year, I see this movie near the top of Worst Christmas Movies ever polls, but to me, it's a fun slapstick comedy.
Tell me - why people don't like it? What do they say?

One of the big things I keep seeing is that "it preaches that materialism is the true meaning of Christmas," and I think that's a very cynical way to rate a silly comedy.   And, at the end, that wasn't even the point anyway. 

But, I also think that fun, clean, slapstick comedy fell out of fashion at some point in the mid 90s, and audiences want their humor to get edgy now.
15  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 27, 2018, 07:13:22 AM
I think it's good to not be Nirvana & Whinehouse fan. It's really better that way. I'm glad you too dislike them. 3D

To revisit popular yet slightly updated question raised long time ago - did you read any negative film reviews in which things people hated about films were things you actually liked? List top 3 underrated films with too many backlash.

Grown Ups - These movies are generally thought of as the nadir of Adam Sandler's career (who most critics hate), but I found them highly enjoyable

Wild Hogs - I really think if a movie like this come out in the 1980s or early 1990s, it wouldn't been better received.   I don't think comedy without vulgarity is very popular these days

Jingle All the Way - Every year, I see this movie near the top of Worst Christmas Movies ever polls, but to me, it's a fun slapstick comedy.
16  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 27, 2018, 06:09:29 AM
Incidentally, I dislike Nirvana (especially Nirvana), Whinehouse, Bowie.

New question - Which fictional brands, settings, movies-in-movies, books-in-movies you can cite as your big favorite? Mine would be
- Big Kahuna burger in "Pulp Fiction"
- town Derry Stephen King's "It" set in
- hilariously OTT movies "Angels With Filthy Souls" & "Angels With Even Filthier Souls" Kevin watches in "Home Alone" & "Home Alone 2"
- "The Girl Who Stole The Eiffel Tower", film scenario played out in screen within the actual film "Paris When It Sizzles"
- "Misery" book series the female antagonist in King's "Misery" is crazy about.

I'm not a fan of Nirvana or Whinehouse either (I like some Bowie), and I would've thought a show set in the 50s wouldn't include any of their music. 

For fictional stuff, I'd go Stay Puft Marshmallows (Ghostbusters), Schnitzengiggle beer (Beerfest), and the Seinfeld reunion episode that was the story arch of a Curb Your Enthusiasm season.   
17  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 26, 2018, 07:06:52 AM
You said "it's pretend, that's what they do" &  I'm not sure why. Naturally, acting means pretending to be smb. you're not. I know it very well. Then you gave analogy with rich singers singing about working class. It wasn't exactly my question.

I used to be very avid Imdb boards reader when it used to be. Every single day will read what people discuss. Smb. made such comment (not verbatim ofc but very close) "I like Johnny Depp, he's obviously great, is versatile actor but many times than not his popularity doesn't make me appreciate the talent and versatility, he's too recognizable face that you don't forget it's Johnny Depp".

That's the question. You just said Clooney was great as fisherman but didn't exactly say if you still rmbr it's Clooney being great as fisherman or indeed get into the film plot & think it's just some fisherman.

In the interest to keep this movie discussion going, I'll bring next question - if you catch anachronism in movies, does it bug you? Some movies it works, the others it doesn't? Which?

OK, obviously my answer got lost in my analogy, but the answer is yes, I get into the plot and forget the actor is so and so, and get into the character. 

If I catch an anachronism in a movie, and it's an accident, it doesn't bother me, but I'm not a fan of when it's intentional.   For American Horror Story Freak Show, the show was set in the early 1950s, but featured characters singing songs by David Bowie, Nirvana, and Amy Whinehouse, and I feel like that took me out of the story a bit. 
18  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 26, 2018, 06:19:09 AM
Wonder if I'm really that bad at phrasing questions. Blimey. What I really meant is does the *very* recognizable face gets in the way of forgetting who it is or you're very easy to see them as plain people, equally if it's smb. like Johnny Depp or smb. less in-your-face recognizable like Clea Duvall? Can you answer now?

I believe I did answer and provided the example of The Perfect Storm.   
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 26, 2018, 05:20:11 AM
"Ghostbusters" song charted in Billboard? I didn't know about its hit status.

Does the interest in seeing movie dwindles if you see usual actors such as Depp, Clooney etc.? Which to say easier do you think there's group of actors who being really famous don't make you forget they play different everyday "John Doe" people?

I'm sure sure how high the Ghostbusters song by Ray Parker Jr. got, but it was a pretty big hit when the movie was released, just as Will Smith's MIB theme was in the summer of 1997. 

The idea of famous movie playing "John Doe" people doesn't bother me.   I thought Clooney was great as the fisherman in The Perfect Storm, just to cite an example.   It's pretend, that's what they do.   It's the same reason I don't get all up in arms like some people do about rich guys like Springsteen and Billy Joel singing songs about blue collar life. 
20  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 25, 2018, 08:13:23 AM
I shan't say cliched "Well played" if it's OK with you. Tongue

Is there film which you draw parallels with the other, different film?

I think one can draw parallels with Ghostbusters and Men in Black.   Both movies are action comedies that use elements of horror / sci fi.   Both feature a team of protagonists going battle against otherworldly beings who threaten human life as we know.   Both movies had hit songs that shared the movie title and spawned cartoon series adaptations and sequels.   
21  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 25, 2018, 07:41:19 AM
Still, who you'd be in the main list?

Is there any film you took wisdom? Film which taught lesson perhaps?

Eh, can't really say I can think of any movies that I've really taken wisdom from to be honest.   I look to movies more for entertainment rather than for life lessons.   

The main characters in Wizard of Oz?   Right now, I feel like the Scarecrow, because I can't think of one. 
22  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 25, 2018, 07:07:54 AM
It's difficult to imagine lego constructor-made anything to be interesting to see.

Fun time question - who would you choose being similar to you by character in "Wizard Of Oz"? Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Wizard, Toto?

I thought that too, until I saw The Lego Movie a few years ago.   I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.   

Living in Baltimore, I feel like one of the muchkins, waiting for a savior to drop out of the sky and get rid of the wickedness in this city.   
23  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 24, 2018, 07:16:57 AM
Cab driver can be shortened cabbie? Nice. Cheesy

List fave oldest & newest films. To me, it's 1910s silents starring Lillian Gish & "Crooked House" (2017). Honorable mention: Hal Roach's shorts starring funny gal wisecracker Patsy Kelly & glamorous beauty who is subtly funny Thelma Todd. Too bad not many available to see via youtube.

For feature length films, I'd go to 1931 for Frankenstein and Dracula (not sure which was first). 

for newest, 2017's Lego Batman.   I don't think I've seen a new theatrically released movie since.   
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 24, 2018, 06:38:16 AM
I didn't like any "The Grudge", quite frankly.

There's horror films with funny scenes. Is there any comedy/ drama which frightened you? F.ex. in Imdb boards smb. cited "Home Alone 2" scene in the park where you see the cab driver's mug slowly turning around to Kevin. You got any examples?

I can't say that there are any that scared me.   But, I could see a little kid being freaked out by the cabbie in Home Alone 2. 

The scenes in the woods in The Wizard of Oz are pretty creepy.   There's the mad psychadelic river boat scene in Willy Wonka.   The subway scene in Ghostbusters II is pretty creepy.   And, the somewhat forgotten Halloween special Garfield's Halloween Adventure gets pretty intense with the pirate ghosts. 
25  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 24, 2018, 06:19:27 AM
Seems like you were scared stiff. American "The Ring" is definitely better than Japanese. I find Asian horrors to lack the "it" factor.

Which scene would you describe as the best depiction of patriotism? In which film?

For The Ring, I did prefer the US remake.   However, I liked the Japenese version of Ju On (The Grudge) better than the US version. 
 
War movies are great examples.   And while The Patriot isn't exactly historically accurate, it's a really entertaining movie.   I have to say the image of Mel Gibson's character rejoining the militia waving the Colonial flag after just losing his second son (Heath Ledger) at the hands of the British, crying "Hoo Zah!!!" was great. 
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