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PostTue Jul 30, 2019 11:49 am 
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"The Disaster Artist" got a lot of buzz.  I finally got around to watching it.  I haven't seen "The Room" that it is tied to.  It's a strange movie.  The older Franco apparently nails his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau.  IMO probably the best part of the movie was Seth Rogen and Paul Scheer as actual professionals in the movie industry trying to help Wiseau make his film, but he was so clueless and off the wall that they were in an impossible situation.

I vaguely remember when "Tiger Eyes" came out, never saw it.  Based on a Judy Blume book, never read any of her stuff.  Gave it a try recently.  Not at all the typical teen drama.  Some of the characters were a bit one dimensional, but the leads did a wonderful job.  It's mostly a story about learning to deal with grief.  Very powerful and well done.
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I watched the "Assassin's Creed" movie adaptation this week - man was it bad! I was interested in it because I thought it might be kind of like the "Prince of Persia" movie adaptation, which I really enjoy - after all, "Assassin's Creed" was originally developed as a "Prince of Persia" video game! There was the core of a good movie there I think, but I think way too much was cut, or perhaps just the wrong stuff was cut. Essentially it's two different movies - one set in a sci-fi future and one in an alternate history past. The stories are supposed to interconnect, and they might have if the film had more time, but as it is you feel like you are trying to watch an interesting movie on TV and someone keeps changing the channel when things are getting interesting. They should have cut the entire future sci-fi portion and focused entirely on the past. Ironically, this is what the games ended up doing.

Speaking of the games, I've played several in the Assassin's Creed series. They do an amazing job of meticulously re-creating interactive historical settings. They generally have interesting stories, engaging game play, and state-of-the-art graphics. The premise of the movie is certainly interesting, but the meat of the story is far blander fair than what can be found in the games.

The CGI is also completely terrible in the movie, looking dated compared to movies decades older. It's so bad that in particularly acrobatic action sequences you can clearly tell where actors suddenly transform into hideous CGI monstrosities. Clearly the people who made this knew it looked terrible, because they tried to cover up their mistake by literally burying the movie in dust. Every historical scene is seen only through a heavy veil of brown haze that transforms characters and scenes into a morass of sepia shadows.

One of the worst omissions from the movie are the historical characters that were so much fun to interact with in the games - from Leonardo DaVinci to George Washington, the games gave practically every historical figure a secret life as an Assassin or a Templar. In the film we only get Christopher Columbus for a single scene near the end.

It's sad that this film turned out so poorly, as the premise of the "Assassin's Creed" franchise could have lent itself to all kinds of unique and exciting movies. I got the impression that who people who made this film just read the synopsis of the a few of the games and put no effort into understanding their source material. The result is disappointing indeed.

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PostSat Aug 03, 2019 9:51 pm 
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lol.gif  Video game based movies have a fairly dismal history, but Hollywood just keeps trying.  They seem to usually seem to miss the mark on the core of what made the game franchise popular.  They all seem to suck at timing, the movies coming out way after the game reached its peak in popularity and pop culture relevance.
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Idocracy 2006 Mike Judd now available on Hulu darkly prophetic up.gif  up.gif

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I thought I'd seen "Indian Summer" back in the day, but it didn't seem familiar when I caught it during a free preview on HBO recently.  I've seen it described as The Big Chill meets Meatballs.  A group of 30 something childhood friends have a reunion at the summer camp they all attended while growing up.  The camp host, Alan Arkin, is calling it a career after 40 some years and they go to celebrate and remember with him.  Good mid 90s cast--Bill Paxton, Kevin Pollak, Julie Warner, Diane Lane, Elizabeth Perkins and a young Kimberly Williams (later Paisley).  I found it enjoyable and entertaining.

Another from around the same time, I don't think I ever saw it.  "The Big Green," Disney family film.  Basically a retelling of Bad News Bears only soccer instead of baseball.  Stars Olivia d'Abo and Steve Guttenberg.  Cliched and predictable but fun.
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The two greatest ski movies of all time: Ski The Outer Limits (1969) and The Moebius Flip (1970) have materialized on Vimeo. The Outer Limits features Herman Gollner's spectacular first descent with full forward somersault into Corbet's Couloir. Nowadays punters line up to throw multiple inverted aerials, but in '69, this really was the outer limits.

I saw both of these films first run at the annual ski show at Seattle Center when I was like 12 and 13 years old. Tom Leroy and Herman Gollner were like supernatural beings to me...
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Seems like I'd read a review for "Sadie" at some point that made me interested to watch it.  One of those that Netflix lets you add to your queue but will probably never actually have available (why do they do that anyway, it's so dumb).  I was able to stream it thru Hoopla.  Wow, that is a depressing film.  The main character is a teenage girl whose father is in the military and has been in the Middle East indefinitely apparently.  Her parents have been estranged for years.  He might not actually want to come home.  But he is her hero and she refuses to see the reality of their family's situation.  She has some troubling behavior at school.  She is dishonest and manipulative and possible dangerous.  The story just keeps spinning further and further out of control.  It's a slice of life story about a bunch of broken people.  Would not recommend.

I had to wash the taste out of my mouth after finishing that so streamed another movie, a fun family film called "Swallows and Amazons."  A family (minus their father who is in the British Navy and stationed in the South China Sea; there appears to be a recurring theme here) is on holiday in the Lake District.  Four older kids take leave of their mom, baby sister and caretakers of a cottage to sail to an island in the lake and have an adventure.  They run into a rival group of intrepid young sailors, and there is something bigger going on in the background--pirates?  spies?  Strains credulity at the end but overall entertaining and enjoyable.  Mostly actors I didn't recognize but Kelly Macdonald played the mom, she is the voice of Merida from the Disney film "Brave" and Rafe Spall has been in tons of movies and tv shows.
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Earlier in the week I watched "Mean Dreams."  One of Bill Paxton's final film appearances.  It's gritty, a bit tough to watch, but well done.  Paxton is a crooked sheriff's deputy and a mean, nasty son of a gun.  He moves to a new town with his daughter, played by Sophie Nelisse who was fantastic in the main role in "The Book Thief" and is good here, too.  Nelisse and the nearest neighbor kid (it's in the country so the houses are probably 1/4 to 1/2 mile apart) are immediately taken with each other.  Daddy isn't having it.  He's also abusive.  The neighbor kid tries to protect her but he's in over his head.  He gets his hands on a duffel bag filled with A LOT of drug money and the two teens go on the run, with dad in pursuit.
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"Kedi" like many documentaries has a very loose structure.  It's about the thousands of homeless cats living in Istanbul.  They've been there for generations.  Many of the people living there take it upon themselves to care for the cats and feed them.  I enjoyed it.  It's a beautiful, old city, looks like it is having some growing pains as parts of it are modernized.  The movie is as much about the people of the city as it is the cats.  Really lovely.

"Trust Me" is a small indie with a surprisingly strong cast (Clark Gregg, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon).  Gregg stars and directs.  He plays a down on his luck Hollywood agent of child actors.  Rockwell keeps stealing his clients just as they are getting a foothold in the industry.  He thinks his luck has finally turned with a promising young actress (played by Saxon Sharbino, I don't think I've seen her anything before).  Then the story takes several dark turns.  The ending was weird but overall I thought this contained several strong performances and was worth watching.
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PostSun Aug 25, 2019 9:29 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
One of Bill Paxton's final film appearances. It's gritty, a bit tough to watch, but well done.....

Hmm, sounds interesting! I love his dark stuff


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PostMon Aug 26, 2019 1:03 pm 
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MtnGoat wrote:
Hmm, sounds interesting! I love his dark stuff


I remember seeing previews for that when it came out, but I never saw it.  Looks intense.
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PostMon Aug 26, 2019 8:17 pm 
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I liked it a lot, give it a shot. Surreal is the best description

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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 11:47 am 
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MtnGoat wrote:
olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
One of Bill Paxton's final film appearances. It's gritty, a bit tough to watch, but well done.....

Hmm, sounds interesting! I love his dark stuff


I'd forgotten about this one - white knuckled evening with a twisty ending.
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Started streaming a movie yesterday, quit about halfway thru, then changed my mind and finished.  Glad I did, it got better.  Low budget indie, some of the acting wasn't very good, and some of the characters very one dimensional and not very believable.  Not campy either.  But some of the performances were good and it ended up being an interesting story.

So apparently it's based on a book, and obviously it's an update and re-imagining of Cinderella.  Called "Not Cinderella's Type."  Instead of being stuck with her cruel step mom and step sisters, it's her aunt, uncle and cousins.  Same basic idea though.  Because it's set in modern times and all fantasy/fairy tale elements have been removed, it really highlights how bad her treatment is.  About 2/3 of the way through it takes a big twist and dives into the legality of the situation and the issues of mental and emotional abuse.  I didn't see that coming.  You could probably do something similar with a number of classic fairy tales if you modernized them.
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If you havent seen the HBO documentary of "Chernobyl" I highly suggest it.  Many claim its HBO's best work.  Ive been in the nuclear industry for almost 30 years and the show is spot on.

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