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PostFri Jan 05, 2018 8:59 pm 
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Not a real recent film (2007), I'd never even heard of it til it just popped up on my radar.  "Fugitive Pieces."  Really well crafted film w/ great performances across the board.  Not the easiest film to watch, had to the with the Holocaust during WWII.  Character/story driven film, slow paced.  Haunting, sad but beautiful.  I knew several of the actors/actresses in the film, some others I wasn't familiar with.  Even characters that were on screen only briefly made an impression.  Among others Stephen Dillane, Rade Serbedzija, Nina Dobrev, Rosamund Pike and Ayelet Zurer.
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Finally saw "Atomic Blonde."  As advertised the fight scenes were brutal, kinetic and visceral.  Fairly tense and well acted, twisty espionage thriller.

Also watched "The Foreigner" w/ Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.  I've never seen Chan in a serious role, no humor and no lightheartedness at all.  He pulled it off well.  Chan's daughter is killed in a bombing in London.  He thinks Brosnan's character can help him find out who did it, and he will stop at nothing to bring the bombers to justice.  He has extensive military training.  It's a bit like Liam Neeson in the Taken series, but not quite so over the top.  I thought it was well crafted.
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PostWed Jan 17, 2018 11:16 am 
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GaliWalker wrote:
[size=10]* Actually, I found The Shape of Water quite a bit better,

The Creature From the Black Lagoon 63 years after I first saw him.  He has definitely aged well.

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PostWed Jan 17, 2018 8:16 pm 
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Shape of Water up.gif  up.gif  nice take on the beauty and the beast myth. Great film for a rainy night.

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PostThu Jan 18, 2018 11:35 pm 
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I watch a number of small budget indies.  They are very hit and miss.  Sometimes even the well crafted movies the absence of a budget can be distracting, but other times I don't notice.  With that in mind I got a movie from Netflix I literally knew nothing about other than a brief synopsis and the cast list.  "Hollow in the Land."  I thought it was quite well done.  It had some similar elements to Jennifer Lawrence's breakout movie "Winter's Bone."  Set in a blue collar, rural town.  The main character is a young woman searching for a missing family member, encountering resistance at almost every turn from other members of the community harboring a grudge against her family.  Although a few people try to help.  It's different enough it doesn't feel like a retread, it just has some similarities.  The movie was tense and gritty.  Also quite somber and maybe a bit depressing.  The lead was played by Dianna Agron.  I never watched Glee but she was in that.  I've seen her in 1 or 2 other movies.  I didn't even recognize her at first.  Rachelle Lefevre and Shawn Ashmore (Bobby/Iceman from the X-Men movies) were the only other members of the cast I was familiar with, but there were good performances throughout.

edited:  like seemingly most movies and TV shows these days it was filmed in British Columbia.  But it was actually meant to be set in Canada in the film.  There was a mention in the credits of a hotel in Castlegar and it also said it was filmed in the Kootenay region.  I think I've passed thru Castlegar but I can't remember for sure.  I have been in Nelson which is nearby.
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I saw it in November, but I thought it was worth mentioning that "Justice League" was a pretty enjoyable film. Nothing special - in fact I'd say it was mediocre in comparison with most of Marvel's movies, but it was certainly the best thing DC has made in recent memory.

Right now I'm working my way through the 3rd season of Grimm and the 2nd season of Stranger Things. I'm taking it slow with a strict rule of one of each per day, so that I can make them last as long as possible. These are by far the best TV series produced in the last 20 years IMHO - great characters, intriguing stories, at times genuinely terrifying, and great writing that (most of the time) avoids the usual traps modern TV shows tend to fall into.  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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