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Old 04-08-18, 07:39 PM   #2001
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Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016) - IMDb

Note: Turn on English captions. Some of the interviews are in Spanish, and the captions are the only translation.

John McAfee refused to sit for an interview with the director of this documentary about him.
But she included lots of emails between him and herself.
And she has lots of interviews with many associates.

When you get to the end of this, you will no longer wonder what happened with his neighbor in Belize.

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The Death of Stalin 8/10. Saw it on Saturday. Entertaining and not quite what I expected after seeing the trailer.
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Finally got to watch Get Out. Great movie. The acting was spot on for the situations. 8/10.
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Risk (2016) - IMDb

Documentary about Julian Assange.
Meh.
I didn't really learn anything new, and it was so slow-paced that I was looking forward to the end.
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Old 04-14-18, 12:52 AM   #2005
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Meh. I'm a fan of Luc Besson movies but this one was just stylish and empty. Never read the comics, no idea about the adaptation. The leads were blanks. Best bits were Rhianna's dance and scene with Ethan Hawke, and the Mül-folk... Mülians? I dunno.

6/10, okay background movie for a party or while piddling on the computer.
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"Yes man" with Jim Carrey.
I would give it 7/10
I like this movie even though some times the humour used is not really my type, therefore the 7.
Bit it brings a lot of positivism... And some expected scene.
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An uneven movie about a tortured detective investigating the death of his partner.. a side story about a strange young woman plays heavily into it. Critics didn't like it much, but I kinda did...
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Saw Thor Ragnorak with my kid. Thought I would hate it based on my dislike of Thor 2. But it was fun and entertaining. 7/10.
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Three Billboards out side Ebbing, MO. 5 Stars
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Meh. I'm a fan of Luc Besson movies but this one was just stylish and empty. Never read the comics, no idea about the adaptation. The leads were blanks. Best bits were Rhianna's dance and scene with Ethan Hawke, and the Mül-folk... Mülians? I dunno.

6/10, okay background movie for a party or while piddling on the computer.

Stylish and Empty, you nailed it +1
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Yoga Hosers https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3838992/ a silly B horror movie.. the bar has a netflix account


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Kodachrome. I liked it. Watched it on Netflix streaming the other night.

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Finally watched There Will Be Blood last night. 8/10

Very different from what I'd expected from the trailer and "milkshake" clip. More of a modern epic with the heightened language and conceit of ancient tales of gods and men. Daniel Day-Lewis does his best John Huston impression in a twisted take on the archetypal resurrection mythology, pitting an anti-god against the apostate. There are subconscious echoes of modern myths: the dwarves mining too deep and waking a Balrog; the Black Oil virus of X-Files lore.
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Finally watched There Will Be Blood last night. 8/10

Very different from what I'd expected from the trailer and "milkshake" clip. More of a modern epic with the heightened language and conceit of ancient tales of gods and men. Daniel Day-Lewis does his best John Huston impression in a twisted take on the archetypal resurrection mythology, pitting an anti-god against the apostate. There are subconscious echoes of modern myths: the dwarves mining too deep and waking a Balrog; the Black Oil virus of X-Files lore.
The book that the movie was based on, "Oil", by Upton Sinclair was much better than this Paul Anderson directed artsy-fartsy mish-mash adaption of the book for the movie.

IMO, the book gets 9.5/10 stars, the movie version 2/10.


https://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/22/t...clair_oil.html

https://www.avclub.com/book-vs-film-oil-1798213638
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Yup, I need to catch up on my Upton Sinclair. Never finished his books in school, just scanned them to squeak by on tests. But the writing style seems like something I'd enjoy. And he seemed to capture the zeitgeist of his era.

My initial impression was the movie was overwrought, especially Daniel Day-Lewis, but after chewing on it overnight I kinda like what they did. If I dismiss all notions of reality, it's more of an epic theater approach. I've enjoyed that style in live theater, so I'll take it on that basis in a movie. Depends on whether I can enjoy re-watching it.
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Finally watched There Will Be Blood last night. 8/10

Very different from what I'd expected from the trailer and "milkshake" clip. More of a modern epic with the heightened language and conceit of ancient tales of gods and men. Daniel Day-Lewis does his best John Huston impression in a twisted take on the archetypal resurrection mythology, pitting an anti-god against the apostate. There are subconscious echoes of modern myths: the dwarves mining too deep and waking a Balrog; the Black Oil virus of X-Files lore.
Just recently I received the Netflix DVD of that film.
Then, well into the first scene, I realized I had watched it already years ago.
I thought it was really well done, but I just couldn't get into the story of the self-made magnate versus the young preacher.
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...I just couldn't get into the story of the self-made magnate versus the young preacher.
That's the part of the story that makes it seem more like epic theater, the sort of heightened concept and language of Brecht, and the 1930s radio drama "The Fall of the City."

The title for "There Will Be Blood" even seems to hint at the connection:

"The city of masterless men
will take a master.
There will be shouting then:
Blood after!"
--from The Fall of the City

It seems to be a war between the gods. The director appears to play up this angle by changing names of primary characters from the book: Daniel Plainview; Paul and Eli are renamed from Watkins to Sunday; their father is named Abel.

Plainview somehow seems to survive against all odds. He drags his broken body out of the silver mine, across the desert, to have his meager findings assayed. He survives an oil drilling accident that kills the father of the boy he adopts or presents as his own son. There are allusions to death, resurrection, the whole Osiris-to-Christ mythology, along with the son who might not be a son, who might be an enemy.

From that perspective Plainview sees himself as a god, one of those minor deities for whom the normal rules of society don't apply. He can only be challenged by another god, or the representative of another god. That's where the conflict arises with Paul/Eli. Plainview even seems to challenge Eli to prove he/his god are as powerful as Plainview, by threatening to bury him underground after beating and humiliating Eli. After all, Plainview survived two underground near-deaths. But he knows Eli is insincere and lacks the faith and strength of will.

The only consequence Plainview suffers for his hubris comes from the holdout rancher Bandy, who seems sincere in his faith. Bandy is willing to trade silence about Plainview murdering the impostor in exchange for supporting Eli's church. Seems odd that Plainview wouldn't simply murder Bandy and his grandson as well, but he seems to either respect the sincerely faithful, or is powerless against them. He's only powerful against the insincere, the greedy and hypocrites.

And we're left with the unresolved ending, when Plainview says "I'm finished" after murdering Eli. Perhaps he's echoing Christ on the cross. Perhaps he recognizes he's gone too far and won't get away with this. But it seems likely he could buy and bully his way out of this murder too. The lack of resolution seems to suit the major theme.

Anyway, just a thought. The director's primary theme seems to be a war between gods. The rest is incidental to that central theme.
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