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PostThu Apr 12, 2018 10:04 pm 
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Wow, "Molly's Game" was way better than I expected.  Fantastic.  Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba both were great (as the namesake character and her lawyer), Kevin Costner was really good in a small role as Molly's father.  If you don't know anything about it, Molly Bloom was a former Olympic hopeful skiier who had a major injury during the Olympics trials.  She went to LA for a little down time before starting law school, one thing led to another and eventually she was running one of the most high profile, high stakes poker games in the world.  Eventually it all came crashing down and the Feds came after because they thought she had critical information about several Russian mobsters.  Highly recommend.  up.gif
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Saw ďThe Death of StalinĒ today on a rainy day. Very dark comedy about the events around Stalinís death. Not for many who are squeamish. Excellent comedic acting by character actors. Directed by creator of The Veep TV  show. Many laughs but some may not find funny due to subject matter.  up.gif  up.gif

And also the director of "In the Loop", a drooling at the mouth funny movie about the Iraq war/WMD.  Yes, it's a comedy. . . warning, there is some rather strong language in here. . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQrqMkCuHqA
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
"The Hitman's Bodyguard" is very violent, but it's just an endless string of evil henchmen, there doesn't seem to be an real consequence to the violence, and some of it is even played off as comedic.  Entertaining movie.  Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson worked well off of each other.  And Sam and Salma Hayek seemed to be having a contest to see who could drop the most F bombs.  I think it was a draw.

I saw this yesterday and thought it was great! Very entertaining action/comedy and, as you said, the two leads played well off each other.

There are two chase sequences in the second half of the move, seemingly 'just' thrown in there because they come out of nowhere, that are fantastic, and must have required a lot of work to put together. The first one of these, involving speeding cars, a motorcycle and a motorboat, is as good as anything in a James Bond movie. up.gif

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Couple of days ago picked up a copy of Star Wars The Last Jedi at the public library. Didnít hold my interest that well and ended up fast forwarding through about half of the movie. It gets a  down.gif

Picked up a copy of Thor Ragnarok from the library and was rather entertained and didnít fast forward like I did with the Star Wars flick. About the only Marvel based movie I didnít much care for was Dr. Strange, though Iíve enjoyed all the other ones I have watched. Gets a  up.gif

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PostMon Apr 16, 2018 6:02 pm 
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Funny, Dr Strange was one of the few I found tolerable!

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That looks great! On the list now.
Malachai Constant wrote:
Saw ďThe Death of StalinĒ today on a rainy day. Very dark comedy about the events around Stalinís death. Not for many who are squeamish. Excellent comedic acting by character actors. Directed by creator of The Veep TV  show. Many laughs but some may not find funny due to subject matter.  up.gif  up.gif


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PostWed Apr 18, 2018 9:25 am 
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Got talked into watching Jumanji:Welcome to the Jungle against my better judgement. It was sort of what I expected but actually pretty entertaining for empty cinema calories. I did not expect Duane Johnson (The Rock) to be able to act...he is pretty damned funny. His character is a 14 year old socially awkward geek and he digs into the role with relish and has a lot of fun with it. Jack Black as a vain blonde instagram teen missing her phone but trapped in an overweight middle aged man's body is also hilarious.

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PostWed Apr 18, 2018 3:26 pm 
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"Daddy's Home 2" was definitely in the category of dumb comedy, but I got some good laughs  out of it, found it to be entertaining.  If you liked the first one, worth watching, if you didn't like the first one, avoid.
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PostFri Apr 20, 2018 3:14 pm 
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I did not expect Duane Johnson (The Rock) to be able to act...he is pretty damned funny.

Yes, he is.  He's been in a LOT of really dumb movies and appears to be typecast as nothing more than an action hero archetype but he comes across as very entertaining.  Not sure if it's still on as I never got into it and only watched three episodes, (no fault of his) but his role in an HBO series about a promoter trying to bring an NFL team to Las Vegas did what I thought was a good job of showcasing his ability to act in something other than the action-hero mold.

Hopefully he'll get some better roles in the future, as Sylvester Stallone managed to.

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Just finished watching The Shape of Water. Rather good movie. Gets  up.gif   up.gif

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The Post - Kascadio called it the worst movie he'd ever seen, possibly hyperbole. . . and no doubt in the context of expecting one of the five or so best from 2017.

It wasn't particularly good, unfortunately, although very timely.  Meryl S wasn't particularly good, Tom Hanks seemed to be imitating Jason Robards imitating Ben Bradlee, some of the scenes were over the top conveying simple messages = Steven Spielberg

It is worth watching and there were several wonderful quotes in it:

We were in there 10% to help the Vietnamese, 10% to stop the spread of communism, and 80% to keep the USA from being humiliated.  Eighty percent of those boys died to keep us from being humiliated. . . that's why I did it.  Daniel Ellsberg paraphrase

"News is the first rough draft of history" - Phil Grahm

And from the Supreme Court ruling:  "In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy.  The press was to serve the governed, not the governors."

I found Mark Felt:  The Man Who Brought Down the White House (Deep Throat) a more interesting movie.

Both movies were disturbingly relevant to watch.
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Is it possible this is the first post on this thread about "Avengers:  Infinity War".....can't be, but I don't see any others.

Anyway, saw it today, really enjoyed it.  It's long but it kept me engaged and I wasn't wishing it would hurry up and end.  The Russo brothers that have done the Captain America movies directed.  To me those two are head and shoulders above everybody else in the super hero genre.  There were a crap ton of characters in this movie and somehow they managed to juggle all of it, no easy feat.

And Thanos just leap frogged to the top of the list of best villain in a superhero movie.  Most have been too easily defeated, or one dimensional, or their motivation or back story just doesn't jive, or something.  In the various teaser post credit scenes he's appeared in previously there wasn't that much to him but here as a major character he was handled very well.  Totally bad ass and plenty of depth to his character.  Doesn't hurt having Josh Brolin doing the voice (and probably motion capture I would imagine).

Between this and "Black Panther" Marvel/Disney have made more money in the last couple months than many small countries GDP probably.
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
Is it possible this is the first post on this thread about "Avengers:† Infinity War".....can't be, but I don't see any others.

Crazy! I sure expected more posts about it by now.

I just saw it yesterday - pretty good, but there were a few things that kept it from being one of my favorite Marvel films. If not for the first and last 5-10 minutes I would have enjoyed it a lot more. I can't really say any more without getting into spoiler territory, but I really think the ending would have been a lot more "snappy" if it had ended 5-10 minutes sooner.

I agree that Thanos is one of the best super hero movie villains ever, for all the reasons you listed. I'd honestly be interested in a film just about him from his youth up to the Infinity war. It'd be difficult to make, and even more difficult to greenlight, but it could be amazing!

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Rented "Hostiles".

Hmmm.  There are moments where it was pretty good and I liked the job Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike did with what they were given.  Bale is a brooding, sour-faced, war-scarred army captain and he does a good job of staying in character throughout and his quiet demeanor and calm, decisive actions throughout the sometimes chaotic events of the movie feel believable.

That said, the movie was relentlessly depressing, quite long, and in the end seemed pretty contrived and cliched.  You never really get a sense of *why* Bale's character forgives his old nemesis and the fact the old Indian chief forgives Bale seems to rely on the whole, tired, "wise and noble savage" trope.

I dunno, I just felt like it had a lot of potential but was mis-handled and ended up being just too convenient and predictable.

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That said, the movie was relentlessly depressing

Agreed.  Saw it several weeks ago.  A number of strong acting performances, but just a bleak movie.

I couldn't believe how old Wes Studi is now.  He's forever etched in my mind as Magua from "Last of the Mohicans," but that was like 25 years ago or so.  Time flies.
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