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1SPRankin
Feb 9, 2019, 4:44pm

Take two!

2alans
Feb 10, 2019, 4:29pm

Saw Capernaum yesterday,Lebanon nominee for best foreign film. Most depressing movie I’ve ever seen but extremely powerful.

3cindydavid4
Feb 25, 2019, 8:57am

You have got to be kidding me. Green Book was ok, learned some history, well acted, interesting story. But best picture? I just don't get that. Of the nominees, I'd have thought that would be towards the bottom. I don't blame Spike Lee for wanting to walk out, geesh

4lisapeet
Editado: Feb 26, 2019, 9:42pm

Hopefully Los Reyes will get some kind of general distribution, and when it does all my friends need to GO SEE IT. We went to a screening a couple of weeks ago and it was just marvelous—one of those very slow-paced, super-focused movies that doesn't feel oppressive (in spite of lots of deep close-ups, but if you have a bug phobia you might think differently in a few spots), but is very thoughtful and beautiful. Especially if you're a dog lover... in fact, if you don't like dogs, maybe don't bother with this one because it's completely about two scruffy stray dogs and very little else. LOVED it.

5Pat_D
Feb 27, 2019, 7:44am

I loved "Green Book."

6mkunruh
Feb 27, 2019, 1:19pm

Lisa, I immediately dug up the trailer and I'm sold. I think I'd watch 2 hours of those dogs knocking their ball of the ledge, so I suspect I'm their target demographic.

7lisapeet
Feb 27, 2019, 2:06pm

>6 mkunruh: It was just the most lovely film. It'll be around eventually, I'm sure.

The screening had adoptable rescue dogs on the red carpet and OMG, if I weren't at capacity petwise I would have taken one home with me.

8laurenbufferd
Feb 28, 2019, 1:06pm

pet-pacity.

9JulieCarter
Mar 1, 2019, 12:19pm

Last weekend I rented Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Bohemian Rhapsody. While I enjoyed both for very different reasons, I preferred CYEFM? It had more story and I appreciated the sauciness of the two main characters. And Oh My God, it made me want to drink so bad! I don't even really like most straight liquor, but it made me want to find some dive bar and order up a whiskey or a scotch or something and sit and write some crap in a notebook and be pissed off at the world. Good times!

Bohemian Rhapsody was mostly a vehicle to fit in every Queen song you ever heard in your life and watch Rami Malek strut around a bit while the rest of Queen looked milquetoast-y and overly agreeable with bad hair. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it, but I did not see it as a Best Picture contender. There just wasn't enough there there. (But then the complaining that it didn't focus on his sexuality or relationships enough is bugging me too.) It should have been better.

Now I have a bunch of free rentals, and I can't decide if I should go for the popular big movies or the smaller, quieter ones. I think I'm going to wait and get The Favourite, for sure. Maybe some others based on books I've liked. Has anyone seen Bel Canto or The Children Act or The Wife?

10Nancy_Sirvent
Mar 1, 2019, 5:33pm

I also just saw Bohemian Rhapsody. Much of it was so evocative that I still feel sad. It brought me right back to the 1980s. I'm angry that Rami Malek's LiveAid makeup made his face look like he was sick. His face was beautiful that day. He did not look sick at all. (I love the real performance and have seen it a hundred times.)

A couple of people told me that they loved the movie and walked on air as they left. We know what they weren't giving a shit about in 1985.

The movie was a little unfortunate.

11cindydavid4
Editado: Mar 1, 2019, 9:40pm

Julie, The Wife is excellent, and Glen Close was robbed, again. If you already read the book, it covers it, and adds soe little scenes that show what happened early in the marriage (tho both my sis and I thought one in particular was over the top). Well worth watching. BTW aslo watch Colette, which is similar to The Wife but a few centuries earlier, with a happier ending (surprised it didn't receive any nomination)

12SPRankin
Mar 2, 2019, 8:39am

I finally saw The Favourite--it's available for streaming--and wow, that will rate a re-watch or three. Over-the-top in so many ways, but in all three main performances, everything that really matters happens in their eyes. And while I would have been thrilled for Close to win the Oscar, there's no disputing that Colman was an utter knockout in a movie full of knockouts. Also, while I doubt it was strictly accurate for Sarah Churchill to stomp around in men's clothes carrying a riding whip, I hope it passes into the collective historical memory.

13Nancy_Sirvent
Mar 2, 2019, 2:57pm

I'm curious about The Favourite. I know a couple of really smart women who hated it passionately.

14alans
Mar 4, 2019, 2:41pm

Saw the Polish film Cold War on the weekend, very sad and very beautiful. Non-stop smoking. They make
smoking look like the most luxurious habit but I think its a smelly dirty thing and it's all I could think about. But it is a very moving film, and very sad too.

15laurenbufferd
Mar 5, 2019, 12:32pm

We saw Everybody Knows over the weekend. It's swell, a bit like a thriller and the people in it are SO PRETTY.

16Nancy_Sirvent
Editado: Jun 1, 2019, 10:00pm

Sorry. I moved this from the previous movie thread but I don't think I was able to delete it from there.

I recently re-watched (twice) Paris is Burning, which I hadn't seen since 1989. It's a fabulous documentary that captures a culture and the lives of people who otherwise would never be remembered. I don't know how to explain it to people who don't know about it, but I suspect you all do, so I'm safe. The individual stories are fascinating and usually tragic far beyond the time the movie covers. Anyway, a young gay man wrote a novel, The House of Impossible Beauties, in which he took a segment of the community in that movie and wrote a novel about them. I love the whole idea of it. Most of these people are Black or Latinx, poor, homeless, queer/trans (in today's lingo), and died young. It's gotten good reviews in the queer press and I'm dying to read it. But if you haven't seen the movie or haven't seen it since it was first released, please watch it. It's on Netflix and has much to say about community, queer or otherwise.

17DG_Strong
Jun 3, 2019, 2:22pm

I've been having a lot of Paris is Burning talks in my life lately because Pose is coming back on June 11. Jennie Livingston -- who directed PiB -- is a consultant on Pose, which is one of the reasons I think it doesn't come off like a ripoff; it owes so much to PiB that it doesn't even try to hide it. I love both of them, but Pose would never have happened without Paris is Burning. Never.

The House of Impossible Beauties was on my Top Ten list last year. It's very good and cuh-razily entertaining.

18laurenbufferd
Jun 4, 2019, 12:48pm

I am anxiously awaiting the second season of Pose and am due for a rewatching of PIB. I agree, dg, you can't have one without the other.

Saw Booksmart and Eighth Grade this weekend - the first is funny and right in a lot of ways but kind of forgettable after. Eighth Grade tore me up, though. It reads almost like a documentary about adolescence and the young woman in it - Elise Fisher - is astonishing. Almost too painful to watch.

19DG_Strong
Jun 4, 2019, 5:30pm

Eighth Grade was my favorite movie of last year, but I was keenly aware that eighth grade for boys is different than eighth grade for girls in a way that allowed me to not overly-identify with it. I wondered if it was almost unbearable for women.

The scene with her father around the fire is a classic, and his long speech to her then is an audition monologue just waiting to happen.

20laurenbufferd
Jun 5, 2019, 1:08pm

I thought the POV was just remarkable - what you saw through her eyes but also what her father saw that the audience shared. Sigh.

When she meets that high school girl, I just broke down and wept.

21lisapeet
Editado: Jun 6, 2019, 5:52pm

Oh I want to see that.

For those of us Amazonically inclined, The House of Impossible Beauties is on sale for $1.99, today only.

22Nancy_Sirvent
Jun 6, 2019, 10:41pm

OMG. Thank you. I own it in paper but would love to have it on the road.

23JulieCarter
Jun 8, 2019, 8:36am

It's still on sale for that price, so it may be a monthly deal.

I need to find where I can watch the first season of Pose. The way they are advertising the new season, it was hard to even tell that it was a new season and not a new show. Maybe they are doing that on purpose in order to get people to try it if they think it's new.

24Nancy_Sirvent
Jun 8, 2019, 11:45am

I'm also looking for the first season. There are only 2 episodes streaming.

25DG_Strong
Jun 9, 2019, 3:51pm

Netflix has the whole first season of Pose. I just rewatched it last week!

26Nancy_Sirvent
Jun 9, 2019, 5:40pm

Oh, thanks!

27Pat_D
Jul 5, 2019, 4:04pm

Good Summer Rentals:

Hotel Mumbai - a powerful depiction of the 2008 terrorist attack with a movie-stealing performance by Nazanin Boniadi (Fara from Homeland). Highlights the incredible courage and humanity of the hotel's staff.

Captive State - a unique story in the dystopian genre with a twist I didn't see coming.

Saint Judy - one of those movies that leave you with some hope. Judy was a novice immigration lawyer who left the gov't. to open her own practice after taking on an especially horrible case. How one person can make a difference in many lives. Relevant and engrossing and unsentimental.

Becoming Astrid - about the hardships the author of "Pippi Longstocking" faced as an unwed mother in 1920's Sweden.

Arctic - this is a standout in the crashed-plane-in-the-wilderness/tundra-and-struggle-to-survive genre. I'll watch anything with Mads Mikkelsen, but this is one of his best performances as he drags a mostly unconscious victim across miles and miles of the rugged Arctic. Most of his amazing acting is done in silence, including when he has to make the terrible decision on whether to continue risking his own survival for someone who will probably die, anyway.

A Private War- the slow, inevitable car-wreck that was the career of war correspondent Marie Colvin. Very well supported by Jamie Dornin as her dedicated photographer. It's an award-worthy performance by Rosamund Pike. Colvin was a really complex character. Her gut instincts, fearlessness, and integrity were undeniable, but so was her love of a destructive high-life.

The Mustang - my favorite movie, so far this year, hands down. It's about a program funded by the government to attempt humane control of the overwhelming growth in the population of wild mustang herds out West. Helicopters shepherd them to participating prisons which match longtime inmates/mustangs for the purpose of breaking/training them for police forces, border control, ranchers, etc. The story centers on Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts, another of my watch-whatever-movie-he's-in actor. If you've never seen Bullhead, check it out), a loner doing a long stint for the murder of his wife. He's spent most of the past 12 yrs in solitary confinement, seemingly for his violent, anti-social behavior, but as becomes clear, mostly due to deep regret and sorrow and penance. Coleman gets paired up with the "unbreakable" mustang... a setup for failure. Bruce Dern does a fine job as the crusty, old man in charge who, at one point, throws Coleman out of the program for abusing his horse. The sub-plot with Coleman's now-adult daughter is tragically realistic. I loved this one. Very, very highly recommended.

28DG_Strong
Jul 9, 2019, 8:47am

I watched the David Lean "Oliver Twist" last night (thank jeebus for The Criterion Channel); I hadn't seen it in a long time, so a lot of seemed new to me. It's really a shame about the Fagin portrayal (there's simply no way anyone could screen it -- or even just watch it -- without having to have a whole "how Jews are depicted in literature and film" context discussion before AND after it), because the rest of it is filled with many many pleasures. Kay Walsh as Nancy gives one of the great supporting performances of ever and I suspect it'll just disappear as the movie gets screened less and less. And god, Robert Newton, hamming it up at every turn.

But the Fagin thing is just insurmountable...even though the screenplay never explicitly describes him as Jewish. The whole thing made me uneasy.

It's beautiful, though, every frame of it. I still prefer the little Leans over the epics.

29cindydavid4
Editado: Jul 30, 2019, 7:21pm

Oh I am excited! Circe is being made into a 6 part series on HBO, with writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. No word on when or who with, but I plan to watch it and hope they don't screw up the book too bad (they wrote the new planet of the apes trilogy and the new Juraissic Park. Should I be worried?)

Circe

30laurenbufferd
Jul 31, 2019, 11:12am

Misposted so I apologize if you are reading this twice.

I'm so bummed I missed the showing of Paris is Burning at our local indy movie theater.

Has anyone see Leonard and Marianna. We did yesterday and man, I thought it was just awful - not poorly made but why was it made? It wasn't much of a story and there was so little about her life to share, it felt very one-sided. Because she was a beautiful and kind muse and their relationship inspired some of his greatest songs? God, that made me squirm. It felt reductive and sexist and so so sad. Also, many of the young expat kids that were on the island at the time (the 70s) were exposed to drugs and sex and other behaviors and their stories were horrifying; Marianne's own son ended up being institutionalized.

At one point I thought this movie was going to kill my admiration for Cohen and my love for many of his songs and considered walking out but I stayed and really don't feel it will have an adverse effect. It's not like I didn't know some of that before hand. What rock star wasn't a shithole in the 1970s?

One funny scene - him shaving whilst tripping. Also, Judy Collins' insane wig. Send in the clown.

Please tell me if you loved it and why.

31lisapeet
Editado: Ago 4, 2019, 8:28pm

I haven't seen it, Lauren.

But I did see Honeyland, and recommend it highly if it comes to some tiny art house theater near you. The story and cinematography themselves are very good, but it also brings up some interesting questions about what makes a documentary vs. a narrative film, and the choices filmmakers make and those filmmakers made. Which includes the fact that it's shot gorgeously, yet in a little hut in the mountains of Macedonia—but I think all the questions and issues around it are part of what makes it fascinating. So bring someone to talk about it with but not, you know, anyone who's going to be unhappy that there are no car chases (spoiler: there aren't any).

Also saw Toy Story 4 a couple of weekends ago and I dunno, I must have needed the release because I laughed my stupid head off. The henchmen!

32laurenbufferd
Ago 6, 2019, 4:49pm

We saw The Farewell and I loved it. I heart Akwafina but the woman playing her mother is superb. Diana Lin.

33ilyssa19
Ago 9, 2019, 12:28am

I also saw the Farewell and loved it as well!

34LuRits
Ago 9, 2019, 4:05pm

Me too on The Farewell.

35DG_Strong
Ago 9, 2019, 7:36pm

I saw it this afternoon -- I was being lazy about going when it was at the arthouse but it finally opened at the SuperHeroPlex nearest me. There were 12 other people there, which seemed like a lot for a 2pm Chinese movie. Anyway, it was a verrrrry DG kind of movie. An hour and a half of nothing happening except a bird sits on a railing or whatever, just the kind of thing I always go for. I thought the family was very believable as a family -- the brothers gestured similarly, Nai Nai and her sister had some subtle similar things like that too, and Billi and her mother occasionally echoed each other. It's something you don't see often, that kind of care given to the little details. I will say I thought Awkwafina was kind of not super-great in it, but a lot of that had to do with how good all the others were,. It's a good movie, though, lots to chew over if you have any sort of family AT ALL.

36laurenbufferd
Ago 13, 2019, 11:21am

I liked Awkwafina - though I am predisposed since I have kind of a media crush on her right now - but I agree, everyone else in it is so understated and powerful that she just needs to react.

I loved every scene that involved sitting around a big crowded table and eating.

37cindydavid4
Ago 13, 2019, 1:14pm

New Helen Mirren film coming out that I am dying to see The Good Liar with Ian McKellen. comes out in November.

38cindydavid4
Editado: Ago 18, 2019, 9:11pm

Do not belleve the naysayers. Bernadette was an excellet adaptation of the book; They left out parts but what they had was just fine. Great acting all around. ETA tho i was rather surprised they gave away the ending early on...

39laurenbufferd
Ago 20, 2019, 10:58am

I hated that book so will be skipping the movie.

But y'all Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is a do.not.miss.must. see documentary with great interviews and a gorgeous soundtrack and the best, most judicious use of visual art.

Also, Sonia Sanchez.

Also, Angela Davis.

40DG_Strong
Ago 21, 2019, 2:54pm

Sister Meg and I had a woeful lengthy dead space in between hotel checkout and be-at-the-airport time coming back from the beach on Monday, so we saw two movies. I thought the Bernadette movie was completely nonsensical -- like it DID NOT MAKE ANY SENSE but it was the kind of thing where it looks like there was maybe an hour of story left on the cutting room floor. Blanchett stomped around Blanchettly, but other than that it was not much fun. They can keep trying, but Billy Crudup ain't happening, y'all.

The Kitchen was also terrible, though I'll not admit that when I use it in my tirade about people not supporting movies made by and starring women. You want more of them, you gotta go see the ones that get made, even if they're terrible.

41laurenbufferd
Ago 21, 2019, 3:06pm

Oh no, that's a bummer about The Kitchen. I love the look of it.

42cindydavid4
Sep 21, 2019, 4:31pm

So no one has watched a movie since august ? Anyway just came back from downton abbey and thankfully its very good. Ties up loose ends in a good way. Acting excellent and of course the costumes were gorgeious!!!

43Pat_D
Sep 21, 2019, 8:53pm

I haven't been to the theater to see a movie in ages.

I've been watching some good rentals, though. Off the top of my head:

Woman at War - was about a mild-mannered, single, middle-aged Icelandic chorus teacher who's in the midst of adopting a Ukraine orphan. She also leads a secret life as a lone eco-vigilante. She's furious about an encroaching aluminum factory up in the pristine glaciers and is determined to sabotage it. She starts off with petty vandalism, but then things get pretty hairy. It sounds wacky, but I found it very entertaining.

The Girl in the Fog - about a young woman who goes out one night and never comes home and the ensuing investigation. Really, though, it's more about the confounding leader of the investigation. I don't know if I'd recommend paying for it, but it's worth a watch if you catch it somewhere for free. It's a stylistic, sort of noir-ish mystery with beautiful scenery (takes place in a small Italian village in the Alps), but it definitely requires some suspension of belief.

Light of My Life - is another dystopian tale starring Casey Affleck which didn't get great reviews, but I thought it was excellent. It had kind of a scary "The Road" feel. The acting is terrific.

44lisapeet
Sep 21, 2019, 8:57pm

We saw Los Reyes a second time with friends—it's out now in art house general release, I think, so go see it if you can! (Unless you don't like dogs or really wonderful subtle films.)

45alans
Oct 5, 2019, 10:56pm

Went to see Judy today,it’s as well done as everyone says but I really felt like walking out. It’s like watching a train wreck over and over again. We all know she had a horrible life,but to watch it disintegrate for two hours is very unsettling. Just a terribly uncomfortable movie to watch.
The film also suggests that Louis B.. fondled her..again we all know he was an a..hole..but is that part true?

46cindydavid4
Editado: Oct 5, 2019, 11:33pm

David and I actually did walk out. Yes she had a terrible life, but even the Bards tragedies had some comic relief. I think it was a mistake to just focus on those last months.

Re possible abuse; given what else was true in the movie (making her take pills,not letting her eat) the rest would not surprise me but Im not sure.

47DG_Strong
Editado: Oct 6, 2019, 12:38pm

I thought Judy was terrible as a movie, though I eventually gave in to Zellweger's sheer force. I'm not sure she's Judy, but she's not ZELLWEGER either, so that's something. It's so rare to see a movie star disappear (I'm dreading the Tom Hanks Mister Rogers) that you want to give them a little credit when they manage it, even if they don't quiiiiite turn into the other person. And she did it without a fake nose or anything. The movie's a bunch of hooey, though.

There are fragments of her unpublished memoir that mention the Mayer thing; it's from her own lips.

48alans
Oct 6, 2019, 4:51pm

I also found the gay couple rather strange. It’s like they tried to move away from the hip metrosexual as possible. Are gay men as ever dowdy as those two?

49aussieh
Oct 7, 2019, 6:15am

So enjoying Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone real fantasy with star studded cast,

50DG_Strong
Oct 8, 2019, 8:22am

The bit with the gay couple was such a clumsy effort to telegraph Judy's later stature within gay culture I almost laughed out loud. And then they popped up again, driving that ludicrous end sequence! It was a good thing the movie was over, or I would have missed the rest of it because I was rolling in the aisles.

51cindydavid4
Oct 15, 2019, 6:16pm

Save yourself the bother and skip Addams family. Really disappointing. Instead watch the two movies from the 90s, or find a collection of Addams work.

52Pat_D
Oct 22, 2019, 8:42pm

Tuesday's matinee with Dad was The Parts You Lose. I don't know where they found the little kid for this flick, but he is amazing. Aaron Paul just gets better and better.

53Pat_D
Nov 11, 2019, 8:57pm

Have I got a movie for y'all. Available for rent on Amazon now is The Nightingale. I'm not going to spill anything about it. Just check out the trailer and believe all the blurbs.

54DG_Strong
Editado: Nov 13, 2019, 9:26pm

It played here for one week and I was shocked it didn't stick around longer -- it's such a good talk-about-later movie, but you literally cannot talk about it unless everyone in the group has seen it. That said, two people I saw it with almost threw up, they were so upset by it.

I think I said at the time that the greatest compliment I can ever think of is "it didn't remind me of anything else at all" and that's definitely true of The Nightingale.

55Pat_D
Nov 14, 2019, 4:49am

I'd love to discuss it, here. It's a truly unique experience. And, yes, it's brutal in a kind of feral way, but it leaves you with no doubt that life for those people (Irish prisoners/indentured servants banished to Australia at that time), was wholly about survival of the strongest. I didn't think it was throw-up brutal, though. One review I read said something like it's the closest we'll ever see to a film adaptation of Blood Meridian. I don't know if I'd go that far. The lead actress (I knew I'd seen her before. It bugged me throughout until the very end, then I remembered: she played the dying Lyanna in GoT) is *amazing,* but IMO, this is the director's baby.

DG, did you write about this upthread? If so, please link for me.

56mkunruh
Editado: Nov 14, 2019, 11:52pm

I'm not sure I have a strong enough stomach for The Nightingale, but it does look intriguing.

Tonight, Bruce and Erin and I went to see Parasite (thanks to Lauren and Cal who recommended it) and thought it was freaking fabulous. It's worth seeing before reading the reviews/plot points, because part of the pleasure is seeing how it unfolds, so I won't say more. But do see it if you have the chance.

57laurenbufferd
Nov 15, 2019, 3:08pm

I KNOW RIGHT!!!!!

58alans
Nov 17, 2019, 8:05pm

I agree about Parasite...beautifully told and very very...really happy I saw it. A colleague just watched another film by the same director about Korea’s first serial killer. He said it was excellent.

59laurenbufferd
Nov 20, 2019, 11:04am

I loved that Joon-Ho created all those sets - both the apartment and the house were created for the movie and they are amazing! There's lots on the internet about it.

We saw the new Almodovar and it's gorgeous and somber and just right with just a little bit of a Fellini-reference. Depending on how you feel, seeing a very controlled use of heroin may make you wince - is it really that easy to stop taking it? - but another story about making art from life which I love. Also, the character of the mother is played by Juliana Serrano who was in both Dark Habits and Women on the Verge - A pleasure to see her again!

60DG_Strong
Nov 20, 2019, 8:25pm

I've had a good little run lately (one exception, see below): Parasite, The Lighthouse (so weird and funny and I just CANNOT figure out who it's for) and the trashy and delicious Mirren/McKellan movie with the dumbest, most generic name, The Good Liar, which is the kind of movie they used to make a lot and now you almost never see . It's fun like Notes on a Scandal was fun -- but again, TRASHY -- and adults should go see it so they'll keep making movies where none of the characters don't wear leotards.

The exception was Motherless Brooklyn, which was a misfire up one side and down the other. I don't know WHY Norton thought he should move the story to the 50s (I heard him yammering on NPR about it, but was unconvinced). I don't know exactly how he made it all so dull and tedious either, but he did.

I have my ticket for in-theaters-for-just-a-week The Irishman this Sunday and I have Jojo Rabbit this weekend too. It's hard keeping up!

61Pat_D
Nov 24, 2019, 3:33pm

"The exception was Motherless Brooklyn..."

Oh, damn.

62DG_Strong
Editado: Nov 24, 2019, 9:07pm

Today was The Irishman during it's (outrageous) one-week-only in theaters. Sold out theater (male to female ratio 5:1). It's almost sweet for a movie about murderers and rather stately; in a lot of ways, it's the opposite of GoodFellas, no frantic hurry up pace and the narrative is, eh, fairly linear (even with flashack within flashback within flashback), and all of that adds up to a win, I thought. Joe Pesci walks off with it all; he keeps his particular Joe-Pesci-ness tamped down and he gives the performance of his career.

The violence level -- while still quite high -- is on the tame side for Scorsese and a couple of BIG splatter moments are handled slightly obliquely.

Scorsese really has a way with restaurant atmosphere scenes; I would hang out at EVERY SINGLE RESTAURANT in this movie, even the murder one and the Howard Johnson's.

63Pat_D
Nov 24, 2019, 11:07pm

That's good to know about Pesci. He's one of those actors who pretty much plays same character in all his movies. I'll be catching it on Netflix next Wednesday.

64DG_Strong
Nov 25, 2019, 11:46pm

I'm curious to see how people who watch it on tv tolerate the pace. It is laaaaaanguid and I'm not sure I could have resisted pausing and looking at the phone and whatever because it is three and a half hours long. Whereas in the theater, you pretty much just have WATCHING THE MOVIE as your option.

65Nancy_Sirvent
Nov 26, 2019, 9:31am

I couldn't be less interested in that movie. It's everything I hate.

66SPRankin
Nov 26, 2019, 2:04pm

Ha. I keep thinking the actual title should be “The Irishman: NOT FOR SP.”

67cindydavid4
Nov 27, 2019, 6:35pm

How bad was Good Liar? Even Mirren and Mckellen couldn't make it work. The plot was ridiculously all over the place. And there was one scene in particular that I really wish I could wash out of my brain.... Very disappointed (tho David was able to get passes so we didnt have to pay...

68DG_Strong
Nov 27, 2019, 8:42pm

I thought The Good Liar was good and trashy, like all those ludicrous glossy 80s movies like Jagged Edge and Still of the Night.

Knives Out is not the hardest mystery to figure out (especially if you are a Hallmark movie aficionado, WHICH THEY POINT OUT AT LEAST TWICE) but it is fun fun fun after a damp first half hour. But I think a lot of mysteries are like that; it takes time to introduce everyone and get it all rolling. I wanted the house like crazy, especially the third floor study.

69Pat_D
Nov 29, 2019, 3:44pm

So, about 45min into "The Irishman" I fell asleep. In all fairness, I was really, really tired after a busy day getting ready for Thanksgiving. I'll be occupied with football all w/e, but I'll give it another try on Monday.

70cindydavid4
Nov 29, 2019, 8:58pm

For some reason agreed to see Last Christmas. No, just no. We watched Return to Me just to watch how it should be done.

71alans
Dic 9, 2019, 2:11pm

Tom Hanks is nominated for best supporting actor for Mr. Rogers???????

72cindydavid4
Dic 9, 2019, 2:25pm

I think the journalist character is considered lead because he was the one who wrote the book about his time with Rogers. But that is a little off. Suspect Hanks is as pleased as punch by it.

73DG_Strong
Dic 27, 2019, 8:12pm

All I will say about Little Women is that I teared up so persistently and consistently that the inside of my glasses was fogged up for a significant portion of the movie's running time.

It's not a story I've ever connected to before, though I have always been pleased that it seems to mean so much to other people, but it really did the trick here, I thought.

74laurenbufferd
Editado: Dic 28, 2019, 11:54am

Yay. I'm going tomorrow. I'm a little worried because it looks like its full of instagram-able moments and might be almost too pretty. But I'm trying to keep an open mind.

75laurenbufferd
Dic 28, 2019, 11:53am

Also, I cannot get enough of Florence Pugh!

76lisapeet
Dic 28, 2019, 3:10pm

We saw Parasite on Christmas. Interesting, unpredictable, and not the usual fare in a number of ways (and great actors), though neither of us felt it was a best of the year for us.

I watched about 15 minutes of The Irishman and there were too many slabs of meat hanging up for me.

77Pat_D
Dic 28, 2019, 3:41pm

If there's any one movie Lisa Peet should see asap it's Togo. I thought of you after we watched it, Lisa. Check out the video. Watch until the end. There's a brief bit on the true backstory to the film.

78cindydavid4
Editado: Dic 28, 2019, 5:54pm

Saw little woman yesterday and oh my - Had some trouble with sudden time changes that took me a moment to adjust to, but the acting, the original setting, staying with so much of the book yet focusing on specific language that Amy, Jo, Meg and Marmee use to show the realities of the time, and how they fought against it in any way they could. (I loved Amys speech to Laurie about how marrriage is very much detrimental to women. I need to reread the book to see if that is in there, I think it is)

BTW one of my favorite biographies of the last several years was Louisa and Marmee, the story of the Alcott family. You understand completely why Marmee says 'Ive been angry every day of my life' Very well researched, yet very readable Interesting wonder why Alcott choose to make the March father a war vet, instead of the Transcendenlist working with Emerson, Longfellow etc, at the expense of his own family, often leaving them to starve. Both Marmee and Louisa worked themselves sick to provide for the family. Yet she made the March father into a more acceptable veteran. Someday I think that real story should be filmed, but its curious if she wanted to portray him as the kind of father she wished they had.

79DG_Strong
Editado: Dic 28, 2019, 5:56pm

Lauren, it IS pretty, though they do a good job of keeping the March house on the plain side -- though it's festooned Martha Stewart Ye Olden New Englande Holiday style in a few scenes. Amy's Parisian outfits, though...even I was trying to justify a little blue and white capelet for myself. There's a good little Alcott-detail late in the movie and I want to go back and see if they did it throughout and I just didn't notice. But we'll talk.

The movie that is the OPPOSITE of Little Women is Uncut Gems, which I quite liked also. It's a tough little piece of work that's sort of a compressed series of "what could go wrong" events -- and honestly, it might go on one of those too long -- but I couldn't quite predict where its natural end would be so then the end seemed like a complete surprise. I'm not a Sandler fan AT ALL and it's hard here to shake that it feels like a "bit" - the fake teeth don't help - but he eventually won me over.

Tomorrow: Cats! And Bombshell. I got the Unlimited Regal thing for Christmas and I have to go to two movies a month to make it worth it but that's hard to do in Feb or Aug so I'm loading up now in case there's a long dry spell.

80cindydavid4
Editado: Dic 28, 2019, 6:03pm

nvm

81cindydavid4
Dic 28, 2019, 6:00pm

Today, Star Wars . Its a movie that really did not need to be made. Very little of it was new, and frankly I was horribly bored with the same battle scenes over again, to the same music score. There was no real tension and next to know humor that made the first three so fun. Ah well. Acting of the main characters was very good but it went on way too long.

82Pat_D
Dic 29, 2019, 1:05am

That's similar to my son's report on it, Cindy.

83cindydavid4
Editado: Dic 29, 2019, 3:38pm

I was collecting books to get store credit to my local indie (having their yearly 25% off sale on Wed), and noticed in my TBR shelves was this Little Women Abroad I bought this years ago after reading the biograpny Louisa and Marmee,then got distracted......Well, what a perfect time to read it!

84DG_Strong
Dic 29, 2019, 3:39pm

I didn't have a stomach for a 9am Cats so I bailed on that but I did make it to Bombshell. It's not great, but Theron is sensational in it -- not one time did I think she was anyone other than Megyn Kelly.

I think it's a bit over-cast. Besides the big three leads, we get Lithgow and Allison Janney and Holland Taylor and Kate McKinnon and Richard Kind and Malcolm McDowell and Duck from Mad Men and the non-lesbian daughter from Transparent and the OTHER Duplass brother and the guy from Catastrophe and whatserface who was Rayna James and even Nicole Kidman's Big Little Lies therapist! By the time the Silence of the Lambs girl-in-the-well showed up, I was like, wait AM I IN THIS MOVIE TOO?

We do get a good new chapter in the years-long serial The Terrible Wigs of Miss Nicole Kidman, though, so it's nice to know that's ongoing.

85laurenbufferd
Dic 31, 2019, 4:59pm

dg, did you see The Meyerwitz Chronicles or whatever that movie is? Adam Sandler is in it and he's really good. It's the first time I ever felt like I needed to think about him seriously. Recommended.

I saw Little women and though I didn't feel hugely moved by it, it's a lovely lovely retelling of the story. Because Gerwig changes up the order, it never really built dramatically for me. On the other hand, Florence Pugh is so outstanding as Amy, the dynamic between Amy and Jo is pushed forward and becomes a major major theme of the film. Which I loved.

I do think each Little Women film is a reflection of it's time, just as the novel is, and so this one, with the economic and social issues prominently portrayed seemed right.

I love that Gerwig filmed in and around Boston, including Concord, where Orchard House is and Harvard, the location of Fruitlands , the site of the Utopian community where the Alcotts spent an extremely unpleasant and unfruitful few months. What a shit show that must have been. But seeing the locations on film is extremely satisfying. In fact, the art direction is just superb, the scenes on Ipswich Beach look like they came right out of a Winslow Homer painting.

I thought there were lots of nods to Alcott and March family fans - things that aren't explained but are just there for the geeks amongst us. I liked that but I wondered if you aren't familiar with the book, if the film is hard to follow or full of inscrutable little details.

Oh gosh, the costumes. I need someone to knit me a sontag shawl, boy howdy!

86Pat_D
Dic 31, 2019, 5:45pm

We watched "Knives Out," which I thought was just silly.

87DG_Strong
Editado: Ene 1, 2020, 9:18am

Lauren, I agree with you that the re-ordering of the story of LW does take some of the tension out of it -- but I can't see how (or why) Gerwig could have done it straight and not been accused of making just another remake. I thought her structure choices helped make Amy's motivations clearer (and maybe a little more understandable) -- so what we lost in dramatic tension, we got back in character-building. It's also such a famous story that the only way I COULD have been surprised by it (which I was) was for her to do something like this.

I do think the line the movie was missing was "what a shitshow that must have been!"

I did like the Meyerwtiz movie, yes, but Sandler is a tough sell personally. He has to make like, oh, FIFTY more good movies to offset the bad ones and get back to zero with me.

88DG_Strong
Ene 2, 2020, 7:27pm

I'm catching up on everything with my free movie pass thingy before work gets hectic again. Today was the Mister Rogers movie. I thought it was a teensy tiny bit boring during the first half, but it was also not quite the movie the marketing makes you think it is so then I perked up as it got messier. I liked it, but Hanks is still Hanks. He really needs to just play against type one shocking time to shake it. Matthew Rhys really missed out by not playing the lead in The John Ritter Story -- at times, he looks just like him.

I suspect it might be a divisive moment, but I thought the minute of silence in the Chinese restaurant was flat out great.

89cnolin
Ene 3, 2020, 7:57am

DG, agreed that the movie wasn't exactly the Mr. Rogers-centered film the previews led us to believe it would be. Here in the Neighborhood, though, we loved the restaurant scene - especially the moment of focus on Joanne Rogers enjoying her chicken! Got a smattering of applause and sighs, with herself seated with us in the theater.

90lisapeet
Ene 3, 2020, 8:32am

I still want to see it, though I have the feeling it won't hold a candle to the documentary that came out a couple of years ago. And hi, cnolin!

91DG_Strong
Ene 3, 2020, 7:38pm

They're two completely different things, the feature and the doc -- it's easy to not compare them, I thought.

I was cool to the doc too, though having been a Zoom child, I'm indifferent toward Rogers since I don't have any nostalgia for him.

92Pat_D
Editado: Ene 4, 2020, 1:54pm

I don't remember seeing even one Mr. Rogers episode. I was a Soupy Sales kid.

93DG_Strong
Editado: Ene 4, 2020, 4:08pm

Today was Jojo Rabbit, which I have been steadfastly resistant to. I'm just not in the mood for a Hitler comedy. But it's misleading, it's hardly that at all. I was surprised by it -- it's kind of a lovely, weird cross between Diary of Anne Frank and..Moonrise Kingdom?

But they really should just call it The Outfits of Scarlett Johanssen because even with Hitler on the screen, you cannot take your eyes off her sweaters, they're so pretty.

94laurenbufferd
Ene 5, 2020, 4:47pm

Hmmm.

We saw Knives Out yesterday and it's very charming and shameless and funny and just a tiny bit political. also, filmed in Massachusetts! Recognizable Waltham.

The house, DG, is three mansions put together.

I loved Daniel Craig and his terrible accent and the fake New Yorkers.

95Pat_D
Ene 5, 2020, 11:11pm

The library with the balcony in "Knives Out" was downright drool-worthy. It reminded me of the interiors of the old, generational homes of some of my friends growing up in Connecticut, and my town's Plumb Memorial Public Library, with its big fireplace and stained glass windows, in which I spent many a rainy or snowy Saturday.

96cindydavid4
Ene 6, 2020, 5:05pm

Watched little women with a friend , we were both scratching our heads at the ages of the young women. At one point Amy says she is 20, in one scene Beth is feeding a doll, I do like how this movie is structred, but a little hint on what the time period was supposed to be would help (nevertheless we both lovedd the movie to death!!!)

97DG_Strong
Ene 7, 2020, 7:15pm

Those WERE the hints! When Amy says she's 20, it's the later time period; when Beth is feeding a doll, it's the earlier one!

98cindydavid4
Ene 17, 2020, 1:37pm

Yes yes, but it did get confusing, is all Im saying. Still loved it

And speaking of, I have several times waxed poetic about Marmee & Louisa,” Eve LaPlante’s dual biography, as one of the best biographies I have ever read on this subject. Apparently it has been optioned and developed into a six-hour limited series by Engage Entertainment, and will soon be pitched to studios and networks.(this book was one of the ones used in research for the current film) The author was quoted in the NYT "I think if you want to get more of who Marmee — the real Marmee — was,” LaPlante said, “you have to have a different movie.” If they can pull this off it will be huge!

99DG_Strong
Feb 5, 2020, 11:38pm

Inspired by the Fellini centennial a couple of weeks ago, I loaded up the "Big 5" for my recent vacation to Mexico -- two got knocked out on airplanes, the rest during two gorgeous rainy days and nights. I had seen two of them once before (La Strada, La Dolce Vita ), two of them many times (Amarcord, 8 1/2) and I Vitelloni never. And oh, that was such a thrill to see them all in a row like that. I still love Amarcord most, but La Strada really got me worked up this time around.

100laurenbufferd
Feb 6, 2020, 6:14pm

Isn't I Vitelloni so great?

I am TEAM 8 and Half now and forever but honestly, I love them all. La Strada though tears me up.

101DG_Strong
Feb 7, 2020, 9:00am

It's so simple, La Strada, the least what we think of as "fellini-esque." But you see all the seedlings of later Fellini things in it.

I was surprised by the humor in I Vitelloni -- I laughed quite a bit.

102JulieCarter
Abr 15, 2020, 1:13pm

So many of you are film buffs and watch a lot of classics. How are you seeing them now? Do you have streaming services that show them or do you have cable with TCM? Or do you just buy them? I have several streaming services, but they have so few decent movies and almost no classics. I pulled out my 1001 Movies to See Before You Die (or whatever mine is called) and I can't see most of them because they're just not available streaming that I can see.

103DG_Strong
Abr 15, 2020, 2:43pm

TCM via cable, but if you have access to that you can also watch some of it via the TCM app (though not everything they show). And then The Criterion Channel, which stepped in when Filmstruck went away. It's heavy-duty, everything's a winner.

My Roku (I think other streaming devices have them too) has these weird low-rent-looking free channels that you can add called TV Time -- there's a noir one, a romance one, etc - that each have a treasure trove of old things, though they are a NIGHTMARE to search so you just have to hunt around until you find things you wanna see. I'm prettttttty sure it's all public domain things, but perhaps not.

104JulieCarter
Abr 15, 2020, 4:06pm

I should keep a better eye on those free things. I have PlutoTV on my tv which has a lot of channels, and I'm sure there's classics on there. But there's not really a schedule to look at beyond the next 1.5 hours, and no DVR, so you just have to watch what's on. I'll look out for more on demand type things. Thanks!

105TPC_20
Abr 23, 2020, 10:55pm

What are favorite movies made from books where you have both read the book more than once and seen the movie more than once?

I thought of this when I bought Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy recently (local bookstore, closed during shelter in place, but they could sell books through their website, shipped from an out of state warehouse).

Anyway the book was John LeCarre’s The Honorable Schoolboy. Great book, great movie (either version).

106cindydavid4
Abr 24, 2020, 12:24am

Princess Bride

Game of Thrones

Wolf Hall

107lisapeet
Abr 24, 2020, 7:03am

I've read so few books more than once I don't think I can answer this one. I just finished a rare reread (Wolf Hall) but have never seen the film (video?) version. But it's a good question!

108cindydavid4
Abr 24, 2020, 11:13am

lisa definitely check out the series starring Mark Rylance! I wonder if this last one I just read will also be a series, Id watch it.

Little Women should be added to my list. I probably watched all the movies made of it at least half as much as I read the book

109laurenbufferd
Abr 29, 2020, 12:08pm

Lisa, the PBS Wolf Hall is very very good. We just watched it again.

110cindydavid4
Abr 29, 2020, 3:36pm

I need to do that, Ive only watched it once. Wonder if they will make one for the new book.

111cindydavid4
Editado: Abr 29, 2020, 3:52pm

nvm

112lisapeet
Abr 29, 2020, 4:43pm

>109 laurenbufferd: Here's a stupid question, but since I never watch TV to the point of not being sure how to change the channels, is this something I could get on my laptop? That's right, folks—I can write basic code, know my Latin declensions, and can tie fancy knots, but I don't know how to turn on the TV in my own house.

113cindydavid4
Abr 29, 2020, 5:41pm

do you have a remote? that should have a button to push

114JulieCarter
Mayo 1, 2020, 12:20pm

Heh, I just mentioned this in another thread, but I have both read and watched the series of the Cormoran Strike books by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling multiple times. Waiting for the 5th book, so I can see what happens, and the 4th series based on the 4th book hasn't been released yet either. (If you have cable, you can view them on Cinemax On Demand title: C.B. Strike or they can be purchased on Amazon.)

115DG_Strong
Mayo 1, 2020, 5:57pm

That Wolf Hall adaptation is the softest-talking mumbledy mumbly ever broadcast. I turned up the volume to one million and STILL had to turn on the subtitles.

116cindydavid4
Mayo 1, 2020, 6:38pm

so did I; it was also very dark, but I got used to it. Still really good

117mkunruh
Mayo 4, 2020, 2:29pm

I'd started watching Wolf Hall and then was distracted by life. I'll see if I can dig it up again.

Erin, Bruce and I have created a jar full of movies that we want to see and we take turns picking from it. I'm pretty sure no one will be happy when we get "Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie" but it's been a great way to reduce the "I don't feel like that movie tonight" vibe and Erin's tendency to watch nothing but the Mission Impossible movies. What's also surprising is how much we look forward to picking a movie from the jar, and the relief that comes with planning out our evenings.

So far we've watched:
Habu and the 2 strings (the only animated movie in the jar -- I was seriously burnt out by them during the little kid years -- but it was very pretty and quite enjoyable)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington (I reallyt wanted the James Steward one, but this one was great too, plus Gary Cooper)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version)

Tonight is Roshamon.

118laurenbufferd
Mayo 14, 2020, 7:12pm

Golly, sorry, lisa, yes, you should be able to watch it on the PBS website.

I am loving LOVING - the second Ferrante novel The Story of a New Name on HBO. What an amazing adaptation - the look is just right and the acting is superb. It just pulls my guts out though. So painful.

Julie, I'd like to watch those - I really enjoyed that first mystery. i'll have to look for it.

119alans
Jul 8, 2020, 11:27pm

So many times I see a movie coming on TCM,I start to watch it and half-way through I realize I’ve already seen it. I find their catalogue keeps getting smaller and they keep showing the same movies over and over again.
I do think their English host is wonderful. Love the accent.

120alans
Editado: Jul 26, 2020, 11:03pm

Finished watching an excellent British film called The Fallen Idol. Staring Ralph Richardson and this incredible young boy. It’s based on a Graham Greene novella and the story and the acting is exceptional. It takes place in an enormous house and the use of the stairwell is fantastic. Very much in the Hitchcock vein. The boy’s nanny has to be the meanest nanny in the history of the movies.

121Tess_W
Jul 28, 2020, 9:08am

>120 alans: We cut our cable about 2 years ago and have Roku, Brit Box, Nextflix and Amazon Prime (by default). I miss those old movies. Nextflix has a few classics, but not many. We cut the cable because neither of us are big TV watchers, but I miss the older stuff. I checked and TMC does not sell a stand alone streaming package. We do have a movie night a couple of times a month where we purchase a movie from Amazon and pop the corn! I will put The Fallen Idol on my list. It's only $3.99, much cheaper than going to the theatre!

122laurenbufferd
Jul 28, 2020, 11:40am

Alan, I love that movie. There is one moment that makes me heart stop no matter how many times I see it.

123DG_Strong
Jul 29, 2020, 8:04pm

I love The Fallen Idol. Carol Reed had a great three-in-a-row: Odd Man Out, The Fallen Idol and The Third Man.

124alans
Editado: Jul 30, 2020, 8:06pm

The Toronto International Film Festival has released their line-up for this fall. Almost all of the films will be shown digitally,even though movie theatres seating fifty people can open tomorrow. Such is the new normal. One of the films is a mini-series based on A Suitable Boy directed by Mira Nair. No information as to whom the series was made for.

125DG_Strong
Editado: Jul 31, 2020, 6:34pm

The Nair miniseries has been in development FOREVER -- I was surprised when they said it had finally started filming late last year. I'm pretty sure it was made for the BBC. She is a personal favorite director of mine, though I think she goes off the rails when she has too much money (Vanity Fair, Amelia). Andrew Davies -- who adapted -- certainly knows how to move a story along, and I am VERY interested to see what he left in and what gets left out from the book -- I have a feeling the extennnnnsive chapter about how to make leather shoes in excruciating detail got the chop.

126alans
Jul 31, 2020, 9:38pm

It was made for the Beeb.

127DG_Strong
Ago 30, 2020, 5:38pm

I ventured back into a movie theater today for the new David Copperfield adaptation -- the choosing-the-seat-in-advance thing came in handy because I could see that as of thirty minutes before showtime, I would have the place to myself and so it turned out to be. So COVID brought about my dream: a completely empty theater in which to watch a Dickens adaptation starring Tilda Swinton, directed by the VEEP guy.

There ain't much Dickens in it, but it's BIG fun and has some absolutely beautiful visual moments (and one EXTREMELY funny, almost Dada-esque, gag involving the dome of St Paul's and some blonde ringlets). I'm glad it was my first movie in a while, it was very DG.

128alans
Oct 1, 2020, 8:30pm

Marty Scorsese said today if there is another shut-down the movie theatres will die for good because of home-steaming. This from the man who was paid more than anyone else to make a movie for Netflix.

129Pat_D
Oct 3, 2020, 7:04am

It was going to happen, anyway. Now, with the big home screens and sound systems and the convenience of streaming.

130lisapeet
Editado: Oct 3, 2020, 9:25am

A lot of the art houses are moving into the content-purveying business, which I hope tides them over. A good friend of mine just became deputy director of Film Forum in NY in March—talk about timing, but on the other hand it was great that she got in just under the wire and has been able to be part of that pivot with the organization. We're part of the herd—Jeff upgraded his TV and the entire sound system for the house so that it's pretty satisfying watching a movie at home. We were always big moviegoers—I loved the whole process of getting popcorn, sitting in the theater, etc.—but on the other hand I don't really miss those AMC theaters. The art houses, yeah, I do. But hopefully those will hang in there and revive, because they serve a special purpose and we need 'em.

131JulieCarter
Oct 19, 2020, 4:04pm

I almost never go to the movie theater, and I won't really miss it...except for the popcorn! I love movie theater popcorn, and nothing I can make at home (without literally buying the stuff they have) comes close.

132laurenbufferd
Oct 20, 2020, 1:55pm

Now ,playing (and streaming at home - the new Aaron Sorkin film on the Chicago 7 Trial. It's very very Sorkiny so if you aren't into him, that isn't going to change that for you. He tends to load on the drama when the material really doesn't need it and gack, the women. But the performances are very good and the story is super relevant.

133DG_Strong
Oct 23, 2020, 6:38pm

Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles. It sounds like I made that up, but I didn't. Description from the movie's site:

"Via London, Versailles, and Instagram, Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles follows famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his quest to bring the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He assembles a team—a veritable who’s who of the dessert world, including Dominique Ansel and Dinara Kasko—to help bring his vision to life. The pastry chefs create a true feast of Versailles complete with a cocktail whirlpool and posh jello shots, architectural mousse cakes, chocolate sculptures, swan pastries, and an edible garden. Ottolenghi acts as our guide throughout, disassembling pastries to give us the history of ingredients that we now take for granted, like sugar and chocolate. Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles perfectly captures the heights of human achievement and the frailty of decadence, adding taste as one more sense with which to experience the Met."

I like movies about people who are good at their jobs, and this one definitely qualifies,

134lisapeet
Oct 23, 2020, 7:28pm

>133 DG_Strong: I have that in my "gonna watch someday" queue. It's right up my alley.

135laurenbufferd
Oct 24, 2020, 3:54pm

I'm totally going to watch that. Is it streaming?

137Pat_D
Editado: Feb 6, 8:06am

Health issues = lots of movie time:

News of the World (*****)
One Night in Miami (*****)
The Command (*****)
The Dig (*****)
Let Him Go (****1/2)
Brothers by Blood (****)
Disorder (****)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (****)
The King (****)
Mank (****)
Prospect (***1/2)
The Midnight Sky (***1/2)
Wild Mountain Thyme (***)
Jungleland (***)
The Sounding (***)
Love and Monsters (***)
Da Five Bloods (***)
Code 8 (***)
Songbird (***)
Summerland (***)
The Guernsey and Potato Peel Pie Society (**)
The Outpost (**)

138laurenbufferd
Feb 6, 4:33pm

The Dig, y'all.

139Nancy_Sirvent
Feb 7, 4:53pm

Thanks for putting them in order by rating!

140DG_Strong
Feb 15, 12:34pm

Lauren, I mostly liked The Dig. but I was really bugged by the short shrift it gave Peggy Piggot (who was already pretty well known by the time the Sutton Hoo hubbub happened) and the completely made up gay husband business.

I was absolutely obsessed with Sutton Hoo as a child -- there's a story in Roald Dahl's The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar - "The Mildenhall Treasure" - that is based on another UK treasure trove, and that sent me down quite the rabbit hole as a young reader, so Sutton Hoo really caught my attention. I know more than I should know for any movie about it to really please me, though.

141Nancy_Sirvent
Feb 21, 2:49pm

I saw Nomadland last night. It's the most beautiful movie I have ever seen and it is what movies in the 21st century should be. I'm watching it again tonight. Do not miss it; I'll be curious to know what you all think.

142Pat_D
Feb 21, 10:41pm

I watched it yesterday and I'm still ruminating. I know McDormand's getting all the acclaim (probably deservedly), but I found David Strathairn's performance so perfectly and touchingly nuanced, I'm at a loss for words to describe it.

143lisapeet
Feb 22, 7:43am

We watched it Saturday night and yeah, lovely film—very full of compassion and resisting every opportunity to question or ridicule people's choices. I thought everyone was cast so well, including/especially the non-actors.

144DG_Strong
Feb 22, 8:38am

I responded to Nancy on FB about it with this same comment, but I think it's a good bookend to First Cow. Both are partly about the same thing: how American capitalism fails individuals in the end -- First Cow at the beginning of America and Nomadland as it seems to be dying. What's so great about is that the politics of both are wrapped up in terrific beauty, so neither comes off like a polemic. But both movies seethe and indict under their surfaces.

145laurenbufferd
Feb 22, 9:56am

I want to see both of those very much. We watched Judas and the Black Messiah - it's quite good, the performances are amazing, and I spent a lot of time scratching my head because it does not feel like a Hollywood movie, but it is. It's such a hidden story - I didn't know who Fred Hampton was until I was well into my 4th decade and you gotta wonder if the Panthers were demonized because god forbid some of us would start to draw conclusions that class and caste matter as much as race, just as Hampton did. Speaking of the way capitalism fails us.

146lisapeet
Feb 22, 11:39am

>144 DG_Strong: Ohh that's a really good point about First Cow. We just rewatched that not too long ago—the first time around we watched during the day, and couldn't see a damn thing on the screen. That's one that wants a nighttime viewing with all the lights off.

>145 laurenbufferd: I want to see that.

147Nancy_Sirvent
Feb 23, 4:35pm

New movies are really great now that Harvey Weinstein is in prison.

148Pat_D
Feb 27, 2:38am

149Pat_D
Feb 27, 4:48am

Close Enemies (*****)
The Informer (**** Mostly due to Kinnamen's performance)
Stateless (*** Would've rated a 4star but it weakened toward the end)
Synchronic (*** I honestly don't know what to rate this. Not for everyone but I couldn't stop watching)
The Secrets We Keep (**)

150lisapeet
Feb 27, 11:24am

>148 Pat_D: You know we've got that one on preorder for the day it drops.

151Nancy_Sirvent
Feb 27, 4:27pm

Thanks for that, Pat. Stray looks perfect for me.

152cindydavid4
Feb 27, 6:05pm

Went to see Blythe Spirit; we did the play in HS and I think I saw the original movie with Rex Harrison. Can I just say that my HS did a better job with this? Judy Dench was the only thing that made it good (naturally)

153Nancy_Sirvent
Mar 1, 2:07pm

I bought an advance ticket for STRAY (streaming). It opens on my birthday, so happy birthday to me.

154DG_Strong
Editado: Mar 1, 6:58pm

I agree, Cindy - Blithe Spirit is really quite terrible (it's streaming too). And they changes they made are very WTF? I mean if you're gonna rewrite Noel Coward, just do it, don't half-ass it. I just assume Dench had a house payment to make.

The Rex Harrison one is excruciating in a different way, just all screeching and hollering. I do think Coward's comedies (I emphasize this; you know I think Brief Encounter is the best movie ever made) have mostly aged badly and we're just going to completely stop seeing them refilmed or restaged. It's too bad because line-for-line, he's one of the greatest comic writers we'll ever have -- but as time goes by, they all add up to less and less.

I have one friend who is a diehard Coward-avoider and I keep telling her she just needs to see the right ones but they're getting quite sparse in number now.

155alans
Editado: Mar 1, 9:15pm

I’m almost finished watching the Israeli film Incitement. It is the story of the man who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin in the 1990s and won best film at the Israeli film awards. This film is so disturbing and horrifying, the depiction of the fanaticism and hatred-you feel like there is a ticking bomb about to go off in your head. The acting is excellent-first film for the main character,but very very disturbing. Very well written.
I got this on DVD....remember those? I could never understand what newer generations thought of “video” stores. What could these young people know about video? Not that any exist anymore.

For anyone interested in Jewish streaming content, I subscribe to two,both very good. The older one is Chai films and they cover everything including films in Hebrew. The newer one is Izzy-solely Israeli tv and movies with English sub-titles. It’s very new so their catalogue is much smaller. They even have a category for easy Hebrew viewing.

Now we need a streaming service for Episcopalians. I had heard there was a Christian family friendly streaming service but I have no idea if they survived.

So much to stream,so little time.

For any of you or your brothers there is also the gay men’s streaming service Dekko. I’m not sure if there was ever a good gay male film made,and most of these-very international,shorts and features and docs. are awful. Lots of skin of course and horrible writing and acting. I guess one needs to be grateful for the small gifts heaven bestows. As we all know even Jodie Foster kissed her wife on tv in their jammies. It’s a new world we live in.

156Nancy_Sirvent
Mar 1, 9:46pm

Nice post, alan. Have you ever seen the animated film Waltz with Bashir? That made a huge impression on me, in several ways. Also, I was sad that Unorthodox was overlooked at the GGs.

Jodie Foster was in the closet for so long, all her other clothes got wrinkled.