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Old 08-07-2017, 11:33 PM
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Ok, I have to admit that I found Maui's hippo-like physique a little off-putting. But that's a different matter.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:39 AM
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I agree on Maui. His legs are disproportionately short and makes him look odd.
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Old 08-23-2017, 02:14 PM
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Logan Lucky

It's a bit of an odd duck. It's not a great movie. But it is a very solid good movie. In one sense, it's a movie you've seen before. If you've seen Ocean's (Number), that is. (Because it's directed by the Ocean's director.) It's p much just like one of those with a fun palette swap. Instead of handsome and debonair folk robbing a casino, it's a group of oddly charming, uh, Appalachians doing the thieving.

Charming Tater - oops - Channing Tatum taking the lead role of Billy Ocean Jimmy Logan, and filling his cohort with a motley crew, including Bond, James Bond Daniel Craig. I can tell you this much: Channing Tatum continues to demonstrate what a treasure he is on the big screen.

Maybe not worth a big screen visit but should be a fun popular diversion when it invades your home.
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Old 08-30-2017, 06:35 PM
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I didn't find any mention of "Colossal" yet. It seems like it might be a black comedy, and it is to a point, but it's more like an indie drama also with giant monsters.

Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, who goes back to her home town because she's broke, homeless, and a dysfunctional alcoholic. She meets up with Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), a childhood acquaintance and, unfortunately for her alcoholism, a bar owner.

She starts hanging out with Oscar and his friends, but the drama starts when she discovers her actions in a park near her house translates exactly to a monster destroying Seoul. There's a twist or two I don't really want to spoil, but Oscar goes from being just an unfortunate choice of companion to a toxic codependent pretty quickly. The fantastical element makes the actions of Gloria and Oscar more morally clear and generally palatable.

A quick warning, the relationship does include violence, but I found Oscar's manipulation - and his companion's complicity - more stressing. He quickly discovers she often blacks out and doesn't remember events. At first, it seems like his reminding her of what transpired is benign, but we as the audience see how that progresses, and I began to wonder how much of the earlier conversations were lies.

Jason Sudeikis does a heel turn really well, I was impressed.
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:47 PM
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The Last Days of Disco

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Alice (ChloŽ Sevigny): Do you really think we know each other well enough to move in together?
Charlotte (Kate Beckinsale): Well, maybe that's good.
Alice: Its not just that we don't know each other well. I'm not even sure we really like each other.
Charlotte: That's okay. You know, Alice, I'm not so much of a bitch as I seem.
A long, talky movie where young people go to clubs, date, dance and generally make a mess of their lives, set just before the disco lifestyle collapses.
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Old 10-29-2017, 05:10 AM
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Happy Death Day

Look, I was p much on board the second I saw the trailer for this movie, I dunno, a couple of weeks ago. Slasher movie plus Groundhog Day concept? Oh yeah. That sounds like my jam. For the genre savvy, there aren't going to be any surprises. But not, to my good fun, paint by numbers either. It was a fun ride as our heroine figures out just what the fudge is going on.


They even post script lampshading itself as a Groundhog Day thing at the end.

I really enjoyed it and I have no regrets in loving it.
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Old 10-30-2017, 06:47 AM
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Zootopia I was expecting generic animated kids film where animals bounce at me in bright colors for an hour and a half, but instead got an engaging movie about prejudice with interesting characters and a nice little mystery story. Sure it's still a kids movie but well done and I was entertained. I mean, they make you feel for a meter maid ticketing people.
I quite liked the inventive landscape of sentient animals and the different environments that would entail, it was clear people put some thought into this film.
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Old 11-25-2017, 09:01 AM
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Coco

Pixar's new joint. There's only one thing I didn't love about Coco - and it wasn't even in the movie.

Let me get that right out of the way: Dear Disney, WHEN YOU PLAY A PIXAR MOVIE LET PIXAR MAKE THE "SHORT" THAT PLAYS BEFORE IT. Look, I get it. You have to sell Frozen and keep shoving it down kids, and through that proxy, their parents' throats. But, one, a full length cartoon is no longer a short. And two, it's not nearly as thoughtful or touching or endearing or cute or intriguing as a real Pixar produced short.

Okay.

That's done.

Coco is an excellent movie. And because you know it's made by Pixar you will most likely laugh and cheer and jeer and - yes, you know it's coming - cry at the appropriate moment(s). There aren't any real surprises but the characters are so well done that doesn't matter. The world(s) you're in are real enough that you're watching in wonder as it all happens in front of you.

If you thought the new Cars(3) was well animated (I did). If you thought Moana was beautifully done (I did). You are still going to be blown away by how well animated this movie is.

My favorite thing about the movie right now are the Alebrijes - brightly colored animal spirit guides. Most especially Pepita. You'll know it when you see it. And one of the characters had a small pack of Chihuahua Alebrije that were :gah: SO ADORABLES.
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:30 AM
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Pixar has been doing some cross pollination with their properties. My favorite so far is drawing Dug as an alibrije. Definitely who I'd want as a spirit buddy on the other side.
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Old 12-28-2017, 07:16 PM
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"Being There" - Peter Sellers plays Chance, a man whose polite demeanor and upper class appearance allows him to stumble upwards, despite the fact that he is a complete simpleton who likes to watch TV.

Chance is the gardener for a walled estate which he has never left. The owner of the estate dies and Chance is evicted. He literally wanders the world until he is accidentally hit by the limousine of Eve Rand (played by Shirley MacLaine), who takes him home to have the Rand personal doctor look at him. The doctor is looking after the dying Ben Rand who is shown as a corporate leader and political kingmaker.

At this point, Chance becomes a mirror for everyone who talks to him. Because Chance is agreeable and polite, generally answering "Yes" and "I understand" even if he doesn't, people tend to assume he is being wise and direct, and his talk of gardening is a metaphor for whatever they want. Soon, he has the ear of the President and appears on TV.

As you can imagine, there have been some comparisons between this character and a certain president, but I think that it's mostly a comedic reimagining of Buddha's origin, with a modern, ironic twist.

There's some problems with this movie. More than once, characters have to be completely ignoring the obvious clues that Chance is a simpleton. This is particularly the case with Eve, who falls in love even though he fails to reciprocate in any meaningful way. It's a bit slow for a comedy, and it's not generally LOL-type humor.

Still, it's Peter Sellers in top form and a dark, subtle satire.
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Old 12-28-2017, 07:45 PM
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Oh yeah, I also saw Coco and thought it was very good.

When you go, prepare to get verklempt.
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Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle

Have I said it before? I can't help myself. I like Mr The Rock. I'll watch just about anything he's a part of. (Okay, so I skipped Baywatch and some other even cheesier things. I'm not perfect.) And I'll say that he does, you know, his usual good job hard work beefcaking and being charming here. Though he's the reason I'll unashamedly admit why I went, he's not why I stayed or the total of why I enjoyed it.

But first. Kevin Hart and Jack Black were also in it. They were, well, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. Kevin was more Kevin and Jack was a little less Jack. If you find any of the personalities bothersome, they will still be bothersome here. There's no escape for that.

But the star of the show is Karen Gillan. Not because she's a) pretty and, specifically in this show, dressed that way. No. She p much acts her face off. I guess the downside is that it's too subtle for this application. She does the best acting of the group.

But what about the movie itself? If you liked the first Jumanji, there's no reason why you shouldn't like this one. The corollary is also true, of course. I found it enjoyable and fun. A good diversion for an afternoon. Nothing deep or demanding.
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Oh, so I finally got around to watching mother! the other day.

It was good. It is really heavy handed, maybe a little too obvious with the analogy, and pretty far over the top. I can totally understand why some audiences laughed. There was nothing subtle about anything in it. (IMO, you could keep all the crazy bombastic stuff, but there's a sort of body horror it was going for that is most effectively conveyed with more subtle elements that it didn't really pull off.)

It was good, though. I don't know if I can safely or universally recommend it, but it's generally well made, and worth watching if you're OK with some earth scorching.
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Have I said it before? I can't help myself. I like Mr The Rock. ...

... he's the reason I'll unashamedly admit why I went.
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It's time for another couple of great movies I've seen in the last months:

Heaven knows what
A young and homeless heroin addict roams the streets of New York to panhandle and get her next fix. The main character is actually played by a (at the time) homeless heroin addict and she (Arielle Holmes) is fantastic. Not a feel good movie and certainly not for everyone but a great, great movie nonetheless.

American Honey
This is one of my favourite movies of all time even though it has Shia LaBoeuf in it! The main character (recruited off the streets as well) is played by Sasha Lane who joins a travelling magazine salesmen crew (something that's apparently a thing in the US. I had no idea) and criss-crosses the American Midwest with a band of other young people (among which, btw, Arielle Holmes from Heaven knows what above in her second role!).
Brilliant cast, brilliant score, brilliant everything! Watch it!
Oh also, Riley Keough is leading the gang. She is the granddaughter of Elvis. THE FUCKING GRANDDAUGHTER OF ELVIS? How old am I? :stunned:

And to finish: a Marion Cotillard movie because she's the greatest actor on the planet:

Rust and Bone
Cotillard plays an Orca trainer (!) in the South of France. After an awful accident she loses both her legs. She develops a relationship with Ali (excellent Matthias Schoenaerts), a single parent and former boxer who gets by with back street fighting.
Bloody brilliant!
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