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Old 04-07-17, 08:58 AM   #1651
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Dune was a mess.
I found that the people I knew who hated it the most, were the ones who had read the book.
I've never seen it.
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Old 04-07-17, 08:59 AM   #1652
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Well, Dune being my favorite book of all time, I cannot forgive Lynch's movie. SciFi channel did a mini-series a couple decades later which, though flawed, was a far better presentation of the story.
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Old 04-07-17, 04:04 PM   #1653
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Hey, I love Lynch's vision of Dune. It's a huge, messy, campy melodrama but damned entertaining. Same reason I love Coppola's version of Dracula.

Every time it's on TV I end up watching it again. I even watched it while my wife was in labor, much to her annoyance. Hey, it was on the TV in her room and we were just waiting for hours with nothing happening, so...

I was never a big fan of Herbert's novels and usually couldn't even finish reading them, so I wasn't wrapped up in what's canon and what isn't. That's the sort of thing that traps every hardcore sci-fi and fantasy reader or comic fan when the movie adaptation comes around.

The later TV miniseries adaptation of Dune was closer to the novels and it was boring and not memorable.

Lynch added his twisted, perverse sensibility that made the Harkonnens particularly loathsome and memorable. And the entire mantra chanted by Piter De Vries was invented by Lynch. I'm not sure I'd agree with Lynch that the weirding way was unworkable and needed the literal voice module, but it doesn't really bother me.

And it's pretty impressive overall considering he was about ready to commit suicide over interference from the De Laurentiis family.
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Old 04-09-17, 04:52 AM   #1654
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The Big Lebowski - 9/10... How the hell did I miss this????
dunno but it gets better with every viewing altho my fave part is the whole john turturro " don't bleep
with the jesus" scene along with the bowling ball lick and bowling alley shuffle. oh wait...forgot about the
jeff bridges/ben gazzara lebowski/jackie treehorn hollywood hills house interaction. must. watch. again. immed.
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dunno but it gets better with every viewing altho my fave part is the whole john turturro " don't bleep
with the jesus" scene along with the bowling ball lick and bowling alley shuffle.
I got quite a chuckle from a Torturro interview about the film.
The Coen Bros are famous for their insistence on every scene being performed exactly as they wrote it.
When someone improvises, they aren't nasty, but will just say: "OK, let's do it again, but on the script."
Well, Torturro improvised the bowling ball lick, and they loved it, and kept it!
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Old 04-10-17, 07:18 AM   #1656
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It was on HBO again last night... lol


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Old 04-12-17, 01:43 AM   #1657
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The Evictors, with '70s B-movie horror waif Jessica Harper (also the lead in the original Suspiria, and she'll appear again in the upcoming remake). Not a particularly good suspense movie but tolerable for the remarkably understated and restrained Harper, Michael Parks and Vic Morrow. Harper had a gift for just ... being ... inhabiting a role without "acting". I remember thinking she was cute back then but didn't really recognize her acting as a cut above the usual for that genre.

Unfortunately the baddies are overacting, the explication is a hamfisted and there's no real tension, let alone suspense or creepiness, despite the usual Gothic Louisiana setting.

6/10, only for fans of the actors, not for the movie itself. Something to watch while piddling on the computer or eating a pot pie for dinner.
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Old 04-14-17, 02:32 PM   #1658
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Well, let's see. Last movie was Great Wall. What an epic fail that movie is. Now, it's watchable, to the end, so I will give it the 5 out of 10. Real bummer part for an otherwise decent actor.

Passengers was one of those I went into thinking I knew what it was all about...and I did. However, the telling OF what you knew it was going to be about turned out really well. Heart felt and worth watching. I give it an 8.

The aforementioned Big Lebowski is among the best movies made IMO. I love to watch it again and again. Great movie. Solid 10+
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Old 04-21-17, 07:22 AM   #1659
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Watched Straight Outta Compton. Follows the rise of NWA and gangsta rap in the late 80's early 90's. Pretty good movie 7/10.
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Mr. Nobody. Most mindblowing movie I've ever seen, I didn't understand why certain things were happening, but if you like being surprised, would recommend. 7/10
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Old 05-11-17, 10:14 PM   #1661
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Passengers, 7/10. It's a good movie, but nothing really makes it stand out. The last major scene also hurt it in my book.
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Old 05-11-17, 10:29 PM   #1662
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Effin' loved it! Soundtrack isn't as good as the first one, but much funnier I thought. Whole theatre was laughing raucously throughout the movie, and it ended to applause.
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Old 05-14-17, 12:45 PM   #1663
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The Twonky (1953), 6/10. A smart-TV from the future drops into 1951 and changes a philosophy professor's life. Awkward semi-hilarity ensues. Notably mainly for predicting how mass media devices would not only absorb our time, attention and influence us, but ultimately physically control us rather than the other way 'round.

Interesting for fans of director Arch Oboler, who peaked as the creative genius behind the 1930s-'40s radio thriller series "Lights Out, Everybody". "The Twonky" isn't bad -- it's an amusing background movie while doing something else -- but it's hamfisted, inexpert and reveals Oboler's knack for radio didn't translate to the screen. Some good, if broad, performances including from Gloria Blondell (sister of the better known Joan Blondell), as a disarming bill collector.

Presumably the Twonky media server app (supplied with my WD MyCloud server hardware) refers back to this movie. If so, its housekeeping capabilities need work. The Twonky in the movie could wash dishes too.
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Old 05-14-17, 01:06 PM   #1664
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Friday night was (for the second time, admittedly) Logan, 9/10. Just so exceptionally well done. The comic book movie for people who refuse to watch comic book movies. It will get a third viewing at the very least.

Saturday night, Get Out, 8/10. A strong recommend. I won't give any details so as not to give any of the plot away to those who haven't seen it, but some ham-fisted trope slinging aside, it was remarkably well paced and well made.
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Hidden Figures 9/10 - great movie.
Passengers 8/10
Arrival - Wasn't crazy about it 6/10
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the life aquatic with steve zizzou. 8.5.
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Old 05-31-17, 05:56 AM   #1667
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Run Lola Run -- 7/10

Better than I'd expected. But I'd need to watch it again uninterrupted by commercials. The ads disrupted the movie's rhythm at crucial moments. I don't think it's as deep as some critics described it, but Lola is fun and clever, a bit of an extended music video. It's a bit reminiscent of the English TV series Life On Mars/Ashes to Ashes, in allusions to mythology, and characters working out their identities and destinies while tied to each other's choices and actions.

Of course Franka Potente is a catchy and believable heroine or protagonist. Her character's boyfriend is... not. It's the real weakness in the movie. Without a sympathetic boyfriend who's worth rescuing the concept loses some urgency. And the movie seems to have inspired or influenced some aspects of the rhythm and music of The Bourne Identity, in which Potente appeared a few years later.
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Why Him -- 1/10
Ejected this POS DVD after 20 minutes due to a script that depended on an imbecile with a potty mouth spouting non stop foul mouth cursing and toilet "jokes" as long as I could stand watching the movie.
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A Mighty Wind (2003) - IMDb

I just learned about this folk version of "This is Spinal Tap" a week ago by a friend that gave it a big recommendation.
I ejected it after 30 minutes because I couldn't take any more of the boredom.
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I watched Lincoln on cable. Takes place at the ending of the Civil War concerning the passage of the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery. Great movie 9/10.
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I just learned about this folk version of "This is Spinal Tap" a week ago by a friend that gave it a big recommendation.
I ejected it after 30 minutes because I couldn't take any more of the boredom.
1/10
A Mighty Wind was a typical Christopher Guest movie, much dryer and subtler sense of humor than Rob Reiner's movies. That's not necessarily a good or bad thing.

Guest is an acquired taste. His humor is a bit like Chekhov, which isn't ha-ha funny. I enjoy A Mighty Wind and Best in Show and rewatch them whenever those movies are on TV. But they're not so much funny as piquant and barbed. The characters remind me of people I knew, especially as a kid in NYC.

If you've grown up around the types of characters portrayed in those movies, you'll either love or hate them because of the familiarity. If you've never really been around people like that it's probably difficult to relate to the movies and they won't seem amusing or infuriating, just dull.

Several years ago when I was in a theater play development program I was assigned to help a writer develop a comedy that was very much in the vein of Chekhov and a Christopher Guest movie. It was about a social club in 1930s Germany during the rise of Hitler and its affect on pop culture and the arts. Much of the play concerned creative griping about having to adapt to the new Nazi aesthetic and mandated/approved formal conventions to avoid seeming decadent.

Not a barrel of laughs as you can imagine. In fact, the playwright called it a play without laughter in the title. The director of the development program didn't care for it at all and described it (privately, to me) as a comedy without comedy. I liked the play, but can understand why it wouldn't appeal to everyone.

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Old 06-05-17, 01:28 AM   #1673
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Dangal - India, 8.5
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Not really a movie... But National Theatre Live's encore showing of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with Joshua McGuire and Daniel Radcliffe. I'd give it a solid 7/10. It was very entertaining and the costuming was phenomenal, but I felt like Radcliffe played Rosencrantz a little too flat. I'd see it again, though.
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Manchester by the Sea. What's his face wasn't nearly as bad as I thought he would be. That's the whole review.
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