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Old 10-26-20, 09:23 AM
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I've often wondered about car batteries at those things.
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Old 10-26-20, 11:38 AM
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A couple of Amazon rentals. Both foreign - the first directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, and the second by Kore-Eda Hirokazu. Both are on my directors list - I see any and all of their releases.

The Whistlers (2019), 10/10

Shoplifters (2018), 9/10
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Old 10-26-20, 12:07 PM
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The movie ends about 10:15pm and it was a good enough show. The night is a double feature, but I've had enough of sitting in one place so I talk the wife into leaving. But the car won't start. Thanks to us listening to the movie on the car radio.

So our "neighbors" at the movie start their car up to give us a jump. That's when they told us they bring a battery powered portable radio to listen to the movie.

Just as a side note I am sure you are already aware of. Unless your car stereo is outfitted with amps and such, your car battery should more than be able to run that for several hours and still start. I would suggest that either the battery is ageing/failing, or that perhaps your alternator is not properly charging it. Maybe a bad connection? I would follow up on that before it's "stuck somewhere".
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Old 10-26-20, 12:21 PM
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Just as a side note I am sure you are already aware of. Unless your car stereo is outfitted with amps and such, your car battery should more than be able to run that for several hours and still start. I would suggest that either the battery is ageing/failing, or that perhaps your alternator is not properly charging it. Maybe a bad connection? I would follow up on that before it's "stuck somewhere".
A standard Ford Motor Company stereo in a 14 year old car. I'll have to double check how old the battery is. One thing for sure is that every new battery I've bought in recent years has gotten physically smaller while prices have hovered at around $150 to $160 before fees and the usual online coupon I find.

The cold cranking amps claim to be the same, but considering these are still old school lead acid batteries and they are physically smaller . . .
Makes me think of 1.5V AA dry cells vs. 1.5V D dry cells. The larger D cells can give many times more hours of that 1.5 volts than an AA cell.

Honestly, about all I get out of car battery these days is up to, or just past two years. No matter which car they're in. Maybe I need to step up to the $200 battery range?
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Old 10-27-20, 03:36 AM
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Driveways (2019), Amazon $3.99 HD rental - 7/10.

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Old 10-28-20, 03:45 AM
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Blow the Man Down (2019) Amazon Prime - 8/10.

I don't get that you need to reveal a major plot point to tease this in the trailer. And with Amazon Prime, when you / if you stop it and restart, the image as the movie reloads usually / more times than not, is a spoiler.

Anyway - I enjoyed this one. Recognized June Squibb who played one of the teachers in Scent of a Woman (1992).


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Old 10-29-20, 09:09 PM
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I found myself in another cheap hotel out of town for work last night and watched The Gentlemen.

Way too much monologuing in the beginning. Having a character spend so much time setting up the movie by talking about it with interspersed 5 second flash backs feels like a colossal waste of time. Finally, the movie got into "real time" maybe 2/3rds of the way through and became entertaining.

Somehow I've come across yet another movie that just isn't good all the way through. The first third was tiresome, the remaining two thirds were worthwhile. A very good thing that the options on the hotel TV were limited, otherwise I would have changed the channel early on.

6.5 out of 10 thanks to the monologuing bringing down the total possible rating.
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Old 10-30-20, 05:40 AM
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Big eyes 7/10
True story about a con man who takes credit for an artists work. Well told story with good performances.
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Old 10-30-20, 06:04 AM
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Through the Garden Gate - A Diary of the English Countryside (2010) on Amazon Prime - 8/10.
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Old 10-30-20, 08:32 PM
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Tonight I found myself at the house alone as all the family was elsewhere. So, I perused the streaming movie list and came across The Hunt. I remember this movie causing a political stink about a year ago up to when it was finally released in the Spring. The pandemic killed widespread viewing in normal theaters, so it kind of went unnoticed publicly since then.

I'll say if you can put aside your political leanings and watch this as a Halloween slaughter kind of movie, maybe you'll appreciate the comedy hidden within. Lefties vs. Righties with a pretty decent villain played by Hillary Swank and the independent thinking heroine simply trying to survive the mayhem.

It's another one of those movies that was better than I thought it would be, even if it is a B movie overall. I mean, what kind of movie like this could ever be anything more than a B movie? The Hunt may tick off hardcore political minded folk of either persuasion, but I'll give it a 7.5 out of 10 stars for keeping me entertained and making me laugh out loud.
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Old 10-31-20, 02:58 PM
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I watched Poltergeist. I had not seen it since it was released in the theaters. This is not a timeless movie. It is thoroughly embedded in the 80's. I think it still holds up pretty well. 7/10
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Old 11-01-20, 08:16 AM
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I watched The Mothman Prophecies for the first time last night.

For me being in the mood for something weird during Halloween, the movie was perfect. I'd even say excellent if you are wanting a creepy movie instead of a slasher flick. 9 out of 10 for a Halloween night.

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Old 11-03-20, 02:33 AM
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The Happening (2008) -- 6/10
Yeah, I'm way behind on movies. But, hey, the pandemic gives me time to catch up.

The Happening wasn't as awful as I was expecting. It wasn't good. But it wasn't terrible. If anyone else had directed it, we'd be shrugging and saying "Meh, not bad for a rookie director and indie film." But Shyamalan set a high bar with The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, and has steadily declined since. The Happening lacks the relentless tension of those movies, and that's what was needed to sustain this sliver of a concept.

On the plus side, it's not a bad mix of familiar tropes:
  • --This time the triffids just make humans kill themselves.
  • --That crazy hermit character from War of the Worlds and 10 Cloverfield Lane? Yeah, he's back, except this time he's Betty Buckley. She manages to interject some genuine weirdness and conflicted emotions in a sadly brief and wasted role.
  • --Humans suck, the Earth will have its revenge. (Every third sci-fi and horror movie.)
But in Shyamalan's seemingly indifferent, disinterested hands, it comes across as an extended demo reel. Mark Wahlberg is a limited actor and he's safely within that limit here. Zooey Deschanel is her usual quirky adorable self, but seems disconnected, as if she never got a handle on her character, and clearly was out of sync in any scene where she wasn't directly engaged with another actor. Her levels and timing were way off. At least in this point of her career she hadn't grasped that nuance of delivery.

With Shyamalan you always expect The Tweest. In his better films everything means something. There's always a twist. In "Signs" the half-full glasses of water Bo leaves scattered around the house are connected to a resolution later. But in "The Happening" Alma (Deschanel) and Jess (another precocious child, a Shyamalan trope) both supposedly suffer from an inability to express emotion... but there's no payoff. The setup hints that perhaps lack of emotion, or emotional control, is somehow related to the ability to resist the impulse to commit suicide. But, nah. It means nothing. No Tweest.

It wasn't bad, not cringe worthy. Just disappointing. On the plus side, The Village and Lady in the Water look better in retrospect now -- I never disliked those films, even though they didn't meet the high standards of Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.
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It wasn't bad, not cringe worthy. Just disappointing. On the plus side, The Village and Lady in the Water look better in retrospect now -- I never disliked those films, even though they didn't meet the high standards of Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.
That makes me want to watch Lady in the Water now. I liked The Village from the get go, even though it wasn't as well received by others.
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^ We call him Shyamalongadingdong. WAY over-rated in my opinion. Never really saw the draw. I recall the movie as a twist on really bad allergies. Funny enough there is a later movie called Bird Box that would be super easy to confuse with this one if you only read the plot lines. Both of them fairly equally disappointing to me.
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Lords of Salem 2012 Rob Zombie
Leading into Halloween we opted to continue the perusal of the Zombie movie library. I have enjoyed the others of his I have taken the time to see, up to this. Best skipped IMO. Actually went and did a bit of reading about the production and backstory due to the fact that this missed the mark so hard for his productions. It appears that production issues led to a great deal of changes between inception and the cutting room floor. It's a complete bore, never crosses the scary threshold only hovers with what becomes a tiring tension with no delivery. 3/10


The Frozen Ground 2013 Scott Walker
Based in a true story this has Nicolas Cage as an about to retire officer who becomes involved in a case that re-ignites his interest in his work. Got a really decent supporting cast. I wasn't expecting much due to the tenor of most of Cages anywhere near recent work. This was quite surprising in the watchable category. Much like the Titanic, you know what's going to happen but worth getting there. 7/10
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That makes me want to watch Lady in the Water now. I liked The Village from the get go, even though it wasn't as well received by others.
Yeah, I liked both movies. Lady in the Water is underrated. It's a charming little bit of fluff, somewhat reminiscent of a Barry Sonnenfeld movie without the near-over-the-top quirkiness. But I'm a sucker for that stuff. I still miss the TV series Pushing Daisies.

The main thing Shyamalan missed with The Happening was being too on-the-nose with the environmental catastrophe theme, the whole "revenge of Gaia" thing. It would have been better if they'd left it more mysterious and open to interpretation. My first impression was that the reaction of the masses of people could easily have been a metaphor for propaganda and psyops.
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
I watched The Mothman Prophecies for the first time last night.

For me being in the mood for something weird during Halloween, the movie was perfect. I'd even say excellent if you are wanting a creepy movie instead of a slasher flick. 9 out of 10 for a Halloween night.

I still enjoy re-watching Mothman every few years. It's remarkably well done, and improves upon the actual source material. The suspense and creepiness are superb. And the characters are genuinely sympathetic. I mean, who could resist Laura Linney as a somewhat more cerebral Andy Griffith?
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The Impossible 2012

Based on the true story of Maria Belon and her family in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It's really a good movie, will certainly get something in your eye. Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, and Ewan McGregor make this worth the time for a watch.
9/10 for what it is.




Knock Knock 2015

Husband (Keanu Reeves) gets put into a compromising position by two young ladies (Armas, Izzo) that show up at his door during a storm. Thought it might have been better considering who was in it. There wasn't much worth the time to watch.
3/10 and that's being generous.

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Old 11-10-20, 03:14 PM
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Movies seen over the last few days . . .

A Hologram for the King. Tom Hanks is the movie. If you like Tom Hanks, it's worth a watch. 7 out of 10.

The Big Short. A film about a few people that got wealthier off the 2007 housing market crash. 6.5 out of 10.

Beat the Devil. Supposedly a comedy, but more like a play that tried to have a plot and expecting you to like the mix of absurd acting mixed with normal acting. 5 out of 10, too bad as I expected more from a movie with Mr. Bogart and Mr. Lorre in it.
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30 Days of Night -- 8/10

Yeah, late to the game, but finally watched it. Good adaptation of a highly stylized graphic novel. It lacked the faithful visual rendering of the source material, so it wasn't quite up to the standard of Sin City. But adapting Ben Templesmith's artwork to cinema would require a bigger budget and more time. It was like a cross between illustrator Ralph Steadman and painter Francis Bacon, filtered through the magazine Heavy Metal. Still, a visually stunning movie with some of cinema's most memorable vampires.

Occasionally it seems to drag a bit, and fails to convey the grinding tension of trying to hide and stay alive for a month in a small town surrounded by vampires. That's one of the strengths of George Romero's pacing in Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.
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8 mile. 10\10 absolutely!
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I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) - 10/10.

My Octopus Teacher (2020), Netflix documentary - 9/10.


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Movies seen over the last few days . . .

A Hologram for the King. Tom Hanks is the movie. If you like Tom Hanks, it's worth a watch. 7 out of 10.

The Big Short. A film about a few people that got wealthier off the 2007 housing market crash. 6.5 out of 10.

Beat the Devil. Supposedly a comedy, but more like a play that tried to have a plot and expecting you to like the mix of absurd acting mixed with normal acting. 5 out of 10, too bad as I expected more from a movie with Mr. Bogart and Mr. Lorre in it.
I thought The Big Short was great. Steve Carrell and Christian Bale were incredible in those roles.
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The Handmaid 3/10

S. Korean movie. Got rave reviews, but left me cold. The characters didn't draw me in and the story wasn't as clever as people seem to think. A miss.
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