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Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: J Geoff] #1003047
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PIECES OF A WOMAN

Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf star as Martha and Sean, a couple on the verge on having their first child. Vanessa insisted on having a home birth and before long, something goes terribly wrong and the baby is lost. Both attempting to move on, they handle the grief in their own ways and as such, drift further apart. Sean self-destructs while self-medicating, while Martha not only has to deal with the lose of her child, but her overbearing mother (played by Ellen Burstyn), who wants revenge against the midwife as she's made to be the scapegoat for the lose of the child. I really wanted to like the movie after viewing the trailer, but other than wonderful performances by both Kirby and Burstyn (I could see one or both get Academy nominations), the film seemed rather dull and sluggish at times, with the exception of the one shot birth scene in the beginning. 5.5/10

Also, rewatched THE GODFATHER PART III today in anticipation of watching the new CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE cut tomorrow. And while Part III can never hold a candle to part I or II, today's viewing was my most enjoyable ever of this film and the story made more sense (probably helped that I had the subtitles on).


Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: J Geoff] #1003052
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City by the Sea..Underrrated Bobby DeNiro flick!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io8QZ_2LfJk

Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: Hollander] #1003063
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Originally Posted by Hollander
City by the Sea..Underrrated Bobby DeNiro flick!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io8QZ_2LfJk


i hope you're joking

Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: J Geoff] #1003082
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Just watched THE GODFATHER PART III CODA: THE DEATH OF MICHAEL CORLEONE and I wasn't a big fan of it. The pacing felt rushed and there wasn't anything new added to the story. Coppola simply changed the opening scene, the ending, and moved a few scenes around while cutting others altogether or shortened existing scenes. For my money, I prefer the original cut.


Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: Irishman12] #1003236
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Thanks for that feedback, Irishman. Coming from you, I'll take that as the reason not to buy it.


Ntra la porta tua lu sangu � sparsu,
E nun me mporta si ce muoru accisu...
E s'iddu muoru e vaju mparadisu
Si nun ce truovo a ttia, mancu ce trasu.
Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: Turnbull] #1003237
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GILDA (1946)

Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford), down-and-out gambling cheat in Buenos Aires, is taken out of the gutter by Ballin Mundson (George Macready) and made manager of his gambling casino. He's doing great until Mundson introduces him to his new bride Gilda (Rita Hayworth)--Farrell's former lover. The two hate each other and the sparks fly. Ford, nobody's idea of a great actor, is good here as a tough guy with loyalty to Mundson. Macready (second only to George Sanders in the Elegant Bad Guy sweepstakes), gives a nuanced performance as a crook at heart. But the movie belongs to Hayworth, at her peak as a tough but gorgeous independent, snappy repartee, refusing to knuckle under, and doing a sensational turn as a nightclub singer/dancer ("Put the Blame on Mame" number is Hollywood legend). The movie is too long and has too many extraneous subplots. But, you won't want to miss Hayworth at her absolutely sexiest and most mesmerizing.


Ntra la porta tua lu sangu � sparsu,
E nun me mporta si ce muoru accisu...
E s'iddu muoru e vaju mparadisu
Si nun ce truovo a ttia, mancu ce trasu.
Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: J Geoff] #1003304
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THE MARKSMAN

Liam Neeson stars as Jim, a former marine, who's Arizona home is on the US-Mexico border. One day while out, Jim comes up two illegal immigrants (a mother and son) running across the border from the cartel. A shootout ensues when Jim refuses to hand over the duo to the cartel and in the process the mother is killed. Before succumbing to her wounds, the mother entrusts Jim to drive her son to family in Chicago. Jim agrees and the rest of the film is a cat-and-mouse game between Jim & the boy, and the cartel. The film deals with themes of family, the loss of a loved one, and strong character. Neeson gives a little more passion in his performance from his previous HONEST THIEF, which he mailed in. And even though his rugged, Irish accent sticks out like a sore thumb as a rancher living along the border, he always commands every scene that he's in with power. 5/10


Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: Turnbull] #1003305
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Originally Posted by Turnbull
Thanks for that feedback, Irishman. Coming from you, I'll take that as the reason not to buy it.


I appreciate that TB but I'm always of the mindset of if you're open to watching it, go ahead and watch it. My review is just one man's opinion, but I am happy to hear that it carry's some weight on here.


Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: J Geoff] #1003331
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GALVESTON
This 2018 neo-noir movie was the English language directorial debut of Melanie Laurent. You may remember her from her role in Inglorious Basterds as Shoshanna, the Jewish cinema owner, who is seeking revenge on the Nazis for murdering her family. Apparently Laurent is something of a Renaissance woman, being a director, actress and singer among other things. On the surface this movie may seem familiar to you.
After a chance encounter a bad man feels obligated to defend a broken angel of a woman from even worse people. In so doing he may rediscover his own humanity, find redemption and/or even find the love that he has convinced himself he doesn't need, previously lost, or will never have. And as in many films of this type a road trip is included. So yes, we've all likely seen that story before.

Galveston follows that basic outline before deviating. This film was an emotional gut-punch because it defied typical Hollywood conventions even as it teased the viewer into thinking that they would be upheld. The best way I can describe this film visually is that it hearkens back to some late sixties early seventies films. Things are literally very dark on screen at times, which reflects some of the characters and the decisions that they make.

This is not a Hollywood action film. No one gets shot in the shoulder and declares in a deadpan manner "It went straight through. I'll be fine." When people get hurt, physically or emotionally, they stay hurt for a while.
Roy (Ben Foster) is an enforcer and occasional hit man for the New Orleans mobster Stan Pitko (Beau Bridges). Roy's vaguely aware that he's not Stan's most favorite person in the world. Apparently a woman is involved. But Roy has more serious problems. An alcoholic and prodigious cigarette smoker, Roy's been having breathing problems and coughing fits. A doctor confirms that there's a mass on Roy's lung. Roy leaves before the doctor can tell him how much longer he has to live with the Big C. Stan informs Roy and another goon that he has a job for them.

They must scare someone who owes Stan money. But because Roy and the other fellow can sometimes be too intense, Stan orders them not to take any guns with them. Just a shakedown, maybe a few slaps and threats is all that Stan wants. Well that's odd.
When Roy and his co-worker show up at the house to play Big Bad Wolf they are ambushed. But you don't become a middle aged hit man by being unresourceful or trusting.
Roy turns the tables on Stan's hitters and kills them all. Roy rescues a very young and very frightened escort named Rocky (Elle Fanning) who was evidently in the wrong place at the wrong time. Roy and Rocky flee New Orleans for Roy's hometown of Galveston. Along the way they pick up Rocky's three year old sister.
As mentioned this isn't your typical Hollywood film. Many of the people who have watched it told me that it was a downer. I thought if nothing else it was realistic about life and the choices people make. Laurent is not afraid to let things play out naturally on screen. There are many long silences, some of them awkward. Most of the people don't have any big dreams.


"When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives."
Winter is Coming

Now this is the Law of the Jungleas old and as true as the sky; And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the Law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: J Geoff] #1003333
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The Last Shift
This indie film is worthwhile watching despite some occasionally muddled themes. I appreciated that this movie didn't neatly resolve everything like an old episode of Scooby Doo or one of those ABC Afternoon Specials. Life is not like that.

This film is set in Albion, Michigan. Stanley (Richard Jenkins) is the night manager of an Albion location of a regional fast food franchise. In what could be a nod to co-actor Ed O'Neill's role of Al Bundy, Stanley took this job more or less right out of high school and has remained there for the next forty years or so, give or take. Starting at just over $3/hr back in the day, Stanley has managed to grow his salary to the princely rate of just over $13/hr. Real ambitious hard charging dude, Stanley is. Not. Stanley is ready to retire and move to Florida to take care of his sickly mother. But in order to get his last check and possible retirement bonus Stanley must train his replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie). Jevon must succeed at this job or else.

Over the next three days the two men may learn something from and about each other. Or they may not. These are not larger than life characters. Their differences in age, race, and politics are never far from the surface. They both sneer at and sympathize with each other. This movie finds some humor in fast food situations and for that matter aging, but it's not a comedy. Don't expect consistent laughs. This film could have said more about race, class, capitalism, and opportunity but at crucial points much like Stanley it throws up its hands and grimaces.


"When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives."
Winter is Coming

Now this is the Law of the Jungleas old and as true as the sky; And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the Law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: Lilo] #1003361
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DANTON (1083)

In this French/Polish production, Georges Danton (Gerard Depardieu), a hero of the French Revolution, returns to Paris in 1793 to confront Maxim Robespierre (Wojciech Psoniak), who has imposed a Reign of Terror on France, with heads rolling every day. Danton--bumptious, charismatic, undisciplined--thinks he has "the people" with him. Robespierre--steely, focused, but physically ill for all the blood he's causing to flow--is determined to hold onto power. Both cite "revolutionary principles," both violate them "in the name of the people." In the end, "the people," thoroughly sick of the revolution's excesses, fail to keep Danton from the guillotine. Robespierre cowers under his bedsheet (he lost his head only a few months later). Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Depardieu and Psoniak are brilliant in their roles. The filming is a triumph, evoking the squalor, the luxury and the anarchy of revolutionary France. Many unforgettable scenes. The costumes are stunning, bizarre and (according to scholars) totally authentic. No doubt about it: this is a great movie.


Ntra la porta tua lu sangu � sparsu,
E nun me mporta si ce muoru accisu...
E s'iddu muoru e vaju mparadisu
Si nun ce truovo a ttia, mancu ce trasu.
Re: Movies You Just Watched Discussion, Part III [Re: J Geoff] #1003366
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I watched Gene Hackman and William Dafoe in Mississippi Burning, a biographical crime thriller film directed by Alan Parker that is loosely based on the 1964 Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner murder investigation in Mississippi. FBI agents are assigned to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers in fictional Jessup County, Mississippi. The investigation is met with hostility by the town's residents, local police, and the Ku Klux Klan.

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