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PostTue Jun 04, 2019 1:59 pm 
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"Outlaw King" was also among the better made for Netflix movies I've seen.  Pretty much picks up where "Braveheart" leaves off after William Wallace is executed.  Robert Bruce (played by Chris Pine) keeps trying to unite the Scots but that was close to impossible due to some long and deep seated feuds between some of the clans.  Florence Pugh shined as Robert's English wife.  Not a huge budget so it didn't feel very epic.
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Despite being far removed from being a teenager I still watch some teen comedies and dramas.  Most contain a fair bit of awkwardness, even painfully so at times.  "The Kissing Booth" I found entertaining and mostly palatable.  I've become a fan of Joey King.  She plays a girl who gets a late start at dating.  Her male bestie and her were born on the same day at the same hospital and their mom's are best friends.  They are purely platonic but she starts to develop a crush on his older brother (who has treated her pretty much like a pesky little sister their whole life until now...) and complications ensue.
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I've plowed thru some Netflix shows as well.  Enjoyed Season 1 of "GLOW," haven't started Season 2 yet.  I liked Alison Brie from "Community," she's really good in this as well.

I've seen Sarah Gadon in a few movies.  She blew me away in "Alias Grace."  Loosely based on real events and adapted from a Margaret Atwood novel.  Slow paced but it sucked me, I found it mesmerizing.  Also Sarah Polley wrote the screenplay.  I like her a lot, she's pretty much disappeared from acting but has been doing behind the camera stuff.  I think almost everyone involved with this production is Canadian.
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"Happy Death Day 2U" wasn't as enjoyable as the first one.  So convoluted and overstuffed.  And sometimes the movie focused on other characters than Jessica Rothe, which was a big mistake.  She's easily the best thing about it.  This really does not need to be a franchise but there was a teaser at the end that left it open for another sequel.

Just streamed "I Am Mother" on Netflix.  It was a theatrical release in Australia where it was filmed but not available via other platforms in the U.S. yet.  I would definitely recommend it to sci fi fans.  Sparse film, post apocalyptic, mostly takes place in one setting, a sealed in facility.  Only 2 actresses and a 3rd actress providing the voice for an android (Rose Byrne, Hilary Swank and relative newcomer Clara Rugaard).  It was supposed humans had ceased to exist other than a bunch of frozen embryos kept at this facility.  One of the embryos is "born" and we quickly jump forward until she is about 16.  The android raised her and it's the only interaction she's ever had.  Until an adult human woman shows up and throws everything into chaos.  The android and woman provide the teen with very different versions of the truth and she's not sure which if either of them to trust.  Gets fairly tense, well done.
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On your recommendation the wife and I watched I am mother today; what a great film! One of those which leaves one exhilarated after having seen it. Thanks!  up.gif

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I'm really unhappy with the new season of Designated Survivor - why the heck did they decide to make it TV-MA? It's like Netflix is an edgy teenager who has just discovered swear words......

I am enjoying "Love, Death, and Robots" a Netflix series of animated SCi-Fi short stories that is an example of where a TV-MA rating is more than an unpleasant marketing tactic. Some of the animation is genuinely amazing, and I'd love to see some of these spun off into longer movies or shows. I particularly enjoyed the one about farmers using home made mechs to defend their homes and families from terrifying aliens. I'm enjoying this series far more than Black Mirror, which though it definitely has its moments, seems to miss more than it hits.

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PostThu Jun 13, 2019 11:54 am 
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NacMacFeegle wrote:
I am enjoying "Love, Death, and Robots"

That sounds interesting, I'll have to check that out, thanks.  I've been picking my way thru Black Mirror, agree it's hit and miss.
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The wife and I just saw Late night, starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling. What a great film! Extremely funny; highly recommended.

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PostWed Jun 19, 2019 3:33 pm 
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olderthanIusedtobe wrote:
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I am enjoying "Love, Death, and Robots"

That sounds interesting, I'll have to check that out, thanks.  I've been picking my way thru Black Mirror, agree it's hit and miss.

Plowed thru Love Death + Robots.  It was hit and miss as well but some of the segments I really enjoyed.  They are really short, 10-15 minutes mostly, some even shorter.  Some had a bit of a "Heavy Metal" vibe (1981 R rated animated anthology film).

I might not get thru Black Mirror.  Season 3 mostly sucked I thought.  I've dabbled in Season 4, may or may not continue.
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"This Beautiful Fantastic" was fairly odd and quirky, but I enjoyed it.  Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson were delightful.
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Rocketman is really good. Needlesss to say there is very good music and the story is quite interesting as to how his songs relate to his life and his relationship with Bernie Taupin. It was directed by Elton John so is probably quite realistic.  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif 1/2
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"Fighting With My Family" was fun.  Somewhat based on the life of WWE wrestler Paige.  There was an earlier documentary about her and her family that run a small time wrestling circuit in the UK.  Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock decided to develop it into a feature length film even before she went on to making it big in the U.S.  Florence Pugh had the lead role, I'm continually impressed with her.


"Captive State" flew way under the radar.  It was tough to get into, slow paced, various different characters you'd suddenly be introduced to w/out any background, kinda hard to tell what was going on.  But very worth sticking with.  By the end I thought it was excellent.  Low budget sci fi.  Near future after a world wide alien invasion, they have taken control of all government.  Set in Chicago.  A few big name actors like John Goodman and Vera Farmiga, but mostly relative unknowns.  I think this is a love it or hate it type of movie based on Netflix reviews.
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Got in the time machine to stream a mid 2000's and then a mid 90s flick yesterday.

"Sydney White" was a really loosely adapted/updated spin on Snow White, starring Amanda Bynes as a college freshman.  The wicked witch was a sorority president of course.  Kinda cute, goofy fun.  Too bad Bynes went off the deep end, I liked her.

Even further back, "Empire Records."  I'm pretty sure I haven't seen it since it was first released on VHS (before there even was DVD, to give an idea how long ago it was).  Kinda slow to draw me in but eventually I enjoyed it quite a bit.  Near the beginning of their career for Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger and Robin Tunney.
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re: audio quality during screening of “La Boheme” at “Cinemark” theater Pt. Ruston 06/27/19

Gentlemen:

I took my mother to watch a film screening of “La Boheme” at your “Cinemark” theater down at Point Ruston last night. Excellent cinematography, fabulous costumes and set designs, and first-rate performances by the principals notwithstanding, the experience was less than pleasant because of the audio quality – or rather the lack thereof.
We are talking about OPERA here. This is not a Jimi Hendrix concert. Having seen both opera and Hendrix live on stage more than once, I can assure you I know the difference. I should not be wincing in pain when Rodolfo and Mimi reach that crescendo during the Love Duet (“O Soave Fanciulla” *) toward the end of Act One.
I was wondering “Is it me?” until my 88-year-old mother leaned over and said “I’m thinking I should take out my hearing aids.” The elderly woman sitting next to my mother commented that she thought it was too loud as well.
When my mother and girlfriend went out into the lobby after the film to address the sound quality, there was another woman who had been in the audience who was also complaining about the sound being too loud.
This morning I asked one of the girls up at the coffee stand at 46th & Pearl about her experiences at that theater, and she commented that although she went to watch an “action-adventure” film (“Avengers”) she also though the volume was too loud. Her comment verbatim was “I don’t need my hair blown back.”
I was recruited to run the sound system for (the now defunct) Tacoma Civic Ballet in 1969, and one thing I have learned over the years is that there seems to be an occupational disease among “Sound Men”: they are all partially deaf. Unfortunately, because THEY are the ones pushing the buttons on the mixing boards, they’re the “experts” and in their arrogance they refuse to listen to people who are telling them to TURN THE VOLUME DOWN.
In short, the sound quality was abominable. The sound was horribly distorted during all of the crescendos of the main arias.
To further add insult to injury, the sound level in the adjoining theater was so loud it seemed they were conducting artillery practice in the next room. If I want to listen to cannon fire, I can drive 15 miles south out to JBLM any day of the week for that.
If your bean-counters are scratching their heads and wondering why the number of paying customers at last night’s screening was less than 15 people, all of whom appeared to be well over 50 years old, you might want to consider that while your “action-adventure” and CGI “Toy Story” pap may well have broad appeal among a younger demographic, the sensory assault is a bit more than some of us choose to spend our dollars to watch.
While the advertisements and previews of upcoming Metropolitan Opera screenings of “Madama Butterfly” and “Tosca” and “Aida” are more than tempting, and your theater at Point Ruston is exactly two minutes away from my driveway, I can assure you that I will NOT be attending any future screenings (or using the three “comp” tickets your “manager” gave us after the performance) until I am assured in writing that you will address the issue of the volume levels at this theater.

Thank you sincerely for your time and consideration.

cc: Michelle Flores, Seattle Times
cc: Dale Phelps, Tacoma News Tribune

(* THIS is the way it’s supposed to sound:

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PostThu Jun 27, 2019 8:44 pm 
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Ski - this isn't unique to the theater complex you visited.  I don't go to the movies often, mainly b/c there isn't much out there I want to see, or unless it happens to be a film that benefits from the big screen experience (Free Solo, for example). The last few times I've been to the theater, the volume was disturbing; especially irritating during the "commercials" that are now endemic and run continuously until the previews and main attraction.  You can't even carry on a conversation with the person you came with because it's so loud.  Don't know when this started, but it's further limited my desire to see movies in theaters.

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