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PostWed Mar 15, 2017 10:43 pm 
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Saw several fairly recent releases on DVD the last couple days.

I was really looking forward to seeing "Edge of Seventeen" with Hailee Steinfield.  Her character was difficult to like for most of the movie.  Occasionally when she got out of her own way she was fine, but she spent a lot of time being mopey and mean to everybody.  Finally redeemed herself in the end.  I wasn't quite sure most of the way thru but ended up liking it.  Woody Harrelson was good as a teacher/reluctant mentor.

"Passengers" was mostly panned by critics and was considered a bomb at the box office.  I enjoyed it.  I really didn't see what the issue w/ it was.  There was a major plot point fairly early on that I managed to not hear/see a spoiler for, that was a surprise.  Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence can both carry a film and they were good together.

"Doctor Strange" was visually stunning.  I think I'm a bit fatigued w/ superhero origin stories.  Takes so long to try to fill in the backstory, I just want to get to them being super already.  Story was decent but for me the last two Capt. America films are head and shoulders better than all the other comic book based flicks.  This one was somewhere in the middle.
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PostThu Mar 16, 2017 1:18 am 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
Doctor Strange" was visually stunning.  I think I'm a bit fatigued w/ superhero origin stories.  Takes so long to try to fill in the backstory, I just want to get to them being super already.

I actually had more fun when he wasn't super. The build up was the best part.
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PostThu Mar 16, 2017 9:08 am 
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I enjoyed Dr Strange. Cumberbatch was perfect as usual and it was an entertaining watch. I got dragged to it because I am so superheroed out. I found myself liking it anyway, until the end. I am soooo sick of endless explosions and hyperactive effects.

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up.gif CAPTAIN FANASTIC or AKA - 'Aragorn Goes of the Grid'. Lotsa local location eye candy used during shooting.  Was wondering if anyone knew if the climbing scene was shot on Index Wall since the general store was.
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A movie with a title like Kong: Skull Island has no right to be so good! I have never liked the King Kong story, so I was very skeptical of this movie, but after hearing it praised so highly around the internet I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, it's not only a great monster movie, it's a great movie movie as well! Acting is top notch (Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, many other great names), and the story is remarkably well told and original. I love the Vietnam war setting, and the locations are truly breath-taking. The special effects are fantastic - all the monsters look scarily real, and the action never gets old. I enjoyed how it manages to inject just enough humor, as well as a sense of wonder and adventure while maintaining drama and suspense. I don't want to say any more in case I spoil something! I highly recommend seeing this one in theaters, in 3D if possible!  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostSun Mar 19, 2017 11:14 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
"Passengers" was mostly panned by critics and was considered a bomb at the box office.  I enjoyed it.  I really didn't see what the issue w/ it was.  There was a major plot point fairly early on that I managed to not hear/see a spoiler for, that was a surprise.  Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence can both carry a film and they were good together.

I watched it myself last night and agree - it was entertaining and the trailers didn't give away the most important plot point to which you're referring.

I never read any of the reviews either, many of which spoil the "surprise."

However, after watching the movie I read some reviews and I'd agree with some of what many  of them are saying.  Things get wrapped up a little too neatly, the short stint of one character is just too damned convenient, the relationship between the two characters follows a totally predictable arc, and overall I'd agree that the plot goes awry about the time they discover what's happening to the ship.

And then I read a review where the critic was complaining about the setting - calling the ship a sterile, boring interstellar shopping mall.  Ummm, yeah, that's the point you moron.  The ship is the kind of place in which a person would go bonkers without some other people around to provide some kind of stimulation.  Hard to believe a "critic" wouldn't get that...

Still, I'd recommend it if you're just looking for some light entertainment and aren't expecting an "Arrival" or "2001: A Space Odyssey" type experience.

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Miyazaki's Porco Rosso..amazing. I knew I'd love it so I just ordered the DVD, it showed up Friday...and I was not disappointed.

A WW1 fighter pilot under a curse which turns him into a pig, flies a gorgeous red seaplane as a bounty hunter for sky pirates in a magical 1930s Adriatic region, while fascism rises in Italy....

My 10 year old boy and I watched it and we were enthralled...sound, color, story, experience...a delightful film for all ages.



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PostMon Mar 20, 2017 1:21 pm 
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Fun little indie sci fi film...I enjoyed it.

The Sunderland Experiment - OFFICIAL TRAILER from Blatke Productions on Vimeo.

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I finally saw "The Girl on the Train."  I started reading the book but didn't finish it.  Good cast and the performances were all good.  The movie had a bunch of red herrings to get you looking the wrong direction as far as "who dunnit."  About 2/3 of the way thru I started having a suspicion that proved correct (didn't get far enough in the book to spoiler it for myself).  Overall it was decent but kinda went off the deep end at the end.  Got some comparisons to "Gone Girl" but I thought that was a tighter story.

Enough of the dark and dramatic Emily Blunt!  I'm ready to see her do something lighthearted and funny again, it's been a while.
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PostThu Mar 23, 2017 6:01 am 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
Enough of the dark and dramatic Emily Blunt! I'm ready to see her do something lighthearted and funny again, it's been a while.

The movie I most enjoyed her in was Salmon Fishing on the Yemen
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PostThu Mar 23, 2017 10:41 am 
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The movie I most enjoyed her in was Salmon Fishing on the Yemen

I very much enjoyed that as well.  up.gif
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PostFri Mar 24, 2017 11:29 am 
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I saw "Mr. Church" lat night.  Not sure if that got a limited theatrical release or if it was straight to DVD, but it certainly didn't get much publicity or acclaim.  Eddie Murphy used to be a major box office draw and now he's been pushed to the margin of Hollywood.  I really enjoyed it.  A heartfelt, tender, bittersweet, well told story.  Murphy was good, as was Britt Robertson.  I'm not sure how much longer she can keep playing teenagers in films.  She's about to turn 27.  She has a youthful look, but that's pushing it.  Although this covered a time frame of almost 2 decades, so she portrayed a 15 or 16 year old girl, a college student, and then probably a 4 or 5 year time jump after college.  Although Hollywood has a long tradition of casting actors/actresses much older than the characters they portray.
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PostSat Mar 25, 2017 8:45 am 
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Rogue one.  White l liked it, I didnt think it was anywhere near the movie Force Awakens was.

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PostSun Mar 26, 2017 11:23 am 
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I loved "Passengers" also.  It has to be one of my favorite Sci-fi movies of all time.  I thought it was original in many ways and didn't adhere to other formulaic sci-fi flics.  It shows you can have an entertaining plot with some peril and not monsters (Alien series) or out of control robots (2001).

I also really enjoyed "Mr Church".  A refreshing and original story of dedication and loyalty.

I watched "The Accountant" last night after really enjoying it in the theater.  Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick both play fascinating roles in this one.

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The vast majority of movies aren't really that interesting to me.  But occasionally something looks promising especially if it has some retro aspects in subject matter, story line or production values.  This movie is based on a book that was a bestseller in 2009--The Lost City of Z by David Grann. Who knew?   It looks to be a complex tale of exploration and mystery.  Now I am on the waiting list at the library to read it.  Never heard of it until today when I saw a photo of a scene from the movie on the Guardian website--the heroes running full bore through tall grass with Amazon Indians chasing them carrying bows and spears.  Yikes.  The Guardian review is here.  The reviews on Rotten Tomatoes is promising.  I liked what they had to say in the Hollywood Reporter as well--"Glorious music, photography ...  This looks terrific for a period piece and not too many explosions or ridiculous special effects.  More old school production values. 


This could be fun.  ~z
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