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The Harder They Fall (56)- Bogart's last film. He plays a press agent for a dirty boxing promotor. The promoter is played by Rod Steiger in an Oscar worthy supporting performance.Definitely one of the best boxing films I've ever seen. Just missed this one for the 55-59 thread. 

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Finally saw La La Land. Good film even though the main stars aren't much in the way of singers or dancers. I wish I had seen it on the big screen as I bet it looked gorgeous. The color pallete and the ending really screamed Umbrellas of Cherbourg- the Demy influence is obvious but well executed. My wife hated it though- she isn't much for jazz or references of old movies. 

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On 7/12/2018 at 7:08 PM, -arcK- said:

Apologies if this movie has been mentioned. I ran a search in this thread and nothing came back.

Singularity 2017

This movie is available for streaming on Netflix and has John Cusack in it. Since I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic scenarios, I gave it a shot. It might possibly be the worst movie I've ever seen in my life. And I've seen both The Happening and Last Jedi (;)).

The writing, direction, cinematography, acting, dialogue... all unimaginably dreadful. It is absolutely astonishing this film ever got released in this state. George Lucas could have crapped out a trilogy with nothing but Jar Jar Binks that would be better than this.

Final rating: If I could give this thing negative points, I would. Do yourself a favor and Do Not See This Movie. Trust me, please. I'd rather watch 20 seasons of "Disney Presents: The Not-Quite Star Wars Misadventures of Finn and Rose" before ever viewing this abomination again.

Pretty sure this was made in Bulgaria. Maybe. Complete wreck. I wish I had read your post back in time so I didn't have to see it. Completely unredeemable.

 

Speaking of.... How it Ends.

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Finished From Russia With Love. This Bond flick has one of my favorite moments from the series which is the intense  nip and tuck physical battle between Bond and the Robert Shaw character in the railroad compartment. Actually to me that fight is the climax of the movie though it continues for another half hour or so. 

That type of nitty gritty fighting is mostly missing from the other Bond movies. One major reason I liked the Jason Bourne movies (excluding the last one which may have killed the franchise) was that each contained a major intense and entertaining hand to hand combat scene.

Daniel Craig in Casino Royale brought some of that physicality to Bond which I think was influenced by the Bourne movies. I view Casino Royale as the Best of the Craig/Bond films perhaps for that reason. 

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Re-watching the Mission Impossibles. I really like 3 & 4 and 5 is good too.

And if you were looking for a reason to upgrade to 4K and/or Atmos, these movies are it. They look and sound phenomenal.

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9 hours ago, El Floppo said:

Pretty sure this was made in Bulgaria. Maybe. Complete wreck. I wish I had read your post back in time so I didn't have to see it. Completely unredeemable.

 

Speaking of.... How it Ends.

How it Ends is freaking terrible. I wanted to turn it off halfway through it was so stupid, but I foolishly thought it might get better, or at least explain a few things at the end. 

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Baby Driver - I really liked this movie but I feel like it missed a little but not 100% sure why.

It felt like a bunch of little stuff added up to annoy me.

The girlfriend, to me the music was good but a little over bearing, baby, even Jamie Foxx.

Don't get me wrong I really liked it probably a 3.5-4 out of 5.   Just felt like it could have been even a little better...

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7 hours ago, Moonlight said:

Finished From Russia With Love. This Bond flick has one of my favorite moments from the series which is the intense  nip and tuck physical battle between Bond and the Robert Shaw character in the railroad compartment. Actually to me that fight is the climax of the movie though it continues for another half hour or so. 

That type of nitty gritty fighting is mostly missing from the other Bond movies. One major reason I liked the Jason Bourne movies (excluding the last one which may have killed the franchise) was that each contained a major intense and entertaining hand to hand combat scene.

Daniel Craig in Casino Royale brought some of that physicality to Bond which I think was influenced by the Bourne movies. I view Casino Royale as the Best of the Craig/Bond films perhaps for that reason. 

I think those are my 2 favorite Bond films followed by OHMSS and Thunderball

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9 hours ago, El Floppo said:

Pretty sure this was made in Bulgaria. Maybe. Complete wreck. I wish I had read your post back in time so I didn't have to see it. Completely unredeemable.

 

Speaking of.... How it Ends.

Another victim, dang. I was really hoping to get the word out to others. For anyone who missed my post, Do NOT See Singularity!!!! Save yourself the pain.

Regarding How it Ends, I'm lucky I've dodged a bullet there. Was excited to see it but was busy that weekend, then started hearing nothing but bad things by Monday. Phew!!!

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3 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

I think those are my 2 favorite Bond films followed by OHMSS and Thunderball

OHMSS is very good and underrated. Lazenby wasn't that bad to me, not as good as Connery but preferable to Moore's take on Bond.

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2 hours ago, -arcK- said:

Another victim, dang. I was really hoping to get the word out to others. For anyone who missed my post, Do NOT See Singularity!!!! Save yourself the pain.

Regarding How it Ends, I'm lucky I've dodged a bullet there. Was excited to see it but was busy that weekend, then started hearing nothing but bad things by Monday. Phew!!!

Fwiw, we watched singularity long before your post. I wish I could go back in time and unwatch it. Or punch myself in the face instead.

How it ends is truly terrible. I got the impression it was written by a pre pubescent moron. Just awful and stupid, but an interesting premise. Still better than singularity.

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On 7/17/2018 at 5:49 PM, JoeSteeler said:

Watched Battle Beyond the Stars on prime...1980 sci-fi with John Boy Walton, George Peppard, Robert Vaughn and John Saxon. Was very entertaining. Had a nice score by James Horner. Definitely a hidden gem for those that like older sci-fi

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Beyond_the_Stars

I think I saw that in the theater when it was released.

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3 hours ago, belljr said:

Baby Driver - I really liked this movie but I feel like it missed a little but not 100% sure why.

It felt like a bunch of little stuff added up to annoy me.

The girlfriend, to me the music was good but a little over bearing, baby, even Jamie Foxx.

Don't get me wrong I really liked it probably a 3.5-4 out of 5.   Just felt like it could have been even a little better...

It does have issues. But I still loved it.

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Deadpool 2 - REALLY funny. I thought it was better than the first one. Maybe my favorite superhero movie.

Equalizer 2 - They kill Denzel's friend. He seeks revenge. Formulaic? Sure. But with that formula, how bad can it be? It was entertaining - though not real good. Enjoy it on cable.

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16 hours ago, belljr said:

Baby Driver - I really liked this movie but I feel like it missed a little but not 100% sure why.

It felt like a bunch of little stuff added up to annoy me.

The girlfriend, to me the music was good but a little over bearing, baby, even Jamie Foxx.

Don't get me wrong I really liked it probably a 3.5-4 out of 5.   Just felt like it could have been even a little better...

Just finished watching it. The first 60% or so was good the remainder not so much. 

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14 hours ago, Moonlight said:

OHMSS is very good and underrated. Lazenby wasn't that bad to me, not as good as Connery but preferable to Moore's take on Bond.

If you have Hulu and are interested in hearing how Lazenby got the role there is a documentary called Becoming Bond that is kinda interesting imo

 

Premise:

Becoming Bond tells "the stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next seven Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down."

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On 7/2/2018 at 2:23 PM, jdoggydogg said:

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Despite a tepid review on The Onion AV Club, I think this movie delivered. Not perfect by any means. But a solid thriller.

Just saw this. I really enjoyed it. Benicio is awesome.

I look forward to Sicario 3.

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Finally crossed a big one off my list: Gone With the Wind. I split it into 2 parts around the intermission. I liked the first half but found the 2nd half weak. The first half was more about the Civil War while the 2nd was more about the relationship. The two leads are very good but the film suffers from some major issues due to acting/casting. I just don't find Leslie Howard to have any charisma or charm. I can buy the boring Olvia de Havilland woman is in love with him but no way in hell Scarlett is obsessed with him. He is so boring. The other issue is with the black characters. They get way more screen time, personality and importance than I have ever seen in a flm of this time and that is very good. However, the way they talk is ridiculous and it kills it for me. It's just really exaggerated and cartoonish. I am glad they brought more black actors into the film and gave them screen time but I wish they would have let them be more real, well rounded. 

It really romanticizes the #### out of slavery and the mentality of the South. I don't like that. 

After seeing Vivian Leigh here in a role for the ages, it makes her casting in Streetcar even more incredible. She was a force. 

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On 7/19/2018 at 1:08 PM, jdoggydogg said:

I think I saw that in the theater when it was released.

I remember doing so. 9 yo. I thought Robert Vaughn looked cool piloting his ship. 

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11 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

Finally crossed a big one off my list: Gone With the Wind. I split it into  2 parts around the intermission. I liked the first half but found the 2nd half weak. The first half was more about the Civil War while the 2nd was more about the relationship. The two leads are very good but the film suffers from some major issues due to acting/casting. I just don't findthe Leslie Howard to have any charisma or charm. I can buy the boring Olvia de Havilland woman is in love with him but no way in hell Scarlett is obsessed with him. He is so boring. The other issue is with the black characters. They get way more screen time, personality and importance than I have ever seen in a flm of this time and that is very good. However, the way they talk is ridiculous and it kills it for me. It's just really exaggerated and cartoonish. I am glad they brought more black actors into the film and gave them screen time but I wish they would have let them be more real, well rounded. 

It really romanticizes the #### out of slavery and the mentality of the South. I don't like that. 

After seeing Vivian Leigh here in a role for the ages, it makes her casting in Streetcar even more incredible. She was a force. 

We are in complete agreement in nearly every point you mentioned.

I always found the first half great and the second half becomes a dull soap opera.

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2 minutes ago, Mr. Mojo said:

We are in complete agreement in nearly every point you mentioned.

I always found the first half great and the second half becomes a dull soap opera.

Yep, there is definitely an hour worth of movie that could have been cut out. It's kind of a big mess in the 2nd half but it looks beautiful and the leads are beautiful so I can see how the country got swept up in it in 39. We had been in a massive war and another one was brewing. The last of the Civil War generation had pretty much died out but that was the parents and grandparents of America. As we healed from one war, prepared for another all amidst an economy disaster, it makes sense we would want to romanticize our history while also escaping the present.

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2 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

Yep, there is definitely an hour worth of movie that could have been cut out. It's kind of a big mess in the 2nd half but it looks beautiful and the leads are beautiful so I can see how the country got swept up in it in 39. We had been in a massive war and another one was brewing. The last of the Civil War generation had pretty much died out but that was the parents and grandparents of America. As we healed from one war, prepared for another all amidst an economy disaster, it makes sense we would want to romanticize our history while also escaping the present.

This was near the peak of turning the treason of the South into the Lost Cause and lionizing terrorists for political reasons. This film was one of the big reasons mainstream (white) America bought into that crap. It's long-term effects are way worse than Birth Of A Nation.

I've seen this movie several times (owned a VHS copy, too), but shame on me. I don't ever need to watch that propaganda again.

In any case, I agree with you that Vivian Leigh was a damned force of nature.

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51 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

This was near the peak of turning the treason of the South into the Lost Cause and lionizing terrorists for political reasons. This film was one of the big reasons mainstream (white) America bought into that crap. It's long-term effects are way worse than Birth Of A Nation.

I've seen this movie several times (owned a VHS copy, too), but shame on me. I don't ever need to watch that propaganda again.

In any case, I agree with you that Vivian Leigh was a damned force of nature.

I hear you and that is part of the reason I had put off seeing it. I'm not into Confederate landed gentry antebellum whatever. However, as someone  that loves movies and studies history, it was something I had to see. Sometimes I wonder though how much of this movie's role is overplayed though. There is no doubt what it is appealing to but I think that sentiment existed and this was just a way to profit from it. GWTW came because of the movement and not vice versa. But yes that movement is awful. The movie is ok as a movie separate from all the political stuff is ok. 

 

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14 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

Finally crossed a big one off my list: Gone With the Wind. I split it into 2 parts around the intermission. I liked the first half but found the 2nd half weak. The first half was more about the Civil War while the 2nd was more about the relationship. The two leads are very good but the film suffers from some major issues due to acting/casting. I just don't find Leslie Howard to have any charisma or charm. I can buy the boring Olvia de Havilland woman is in love with him but no way in hell Scarlett is obsessed with him. He is so boring. The other issue is with the black characters. They get way more screen time, personality and importance than I have ever seen in a flm of this time and that is very good. However, the way they talk is ridiculous and it kills it for me. It's just really exaggerated and cartoonish. I am glad they brought more black actors into the film and gave them screen time but I wish they would have let them be more real, well rounded. 

It really romanticizes the #### out of slavery and the mentality of the South. I don't like that. 

After seeing Vivian Leigh here in a role for the ages, it makes her casting in Streetcar even more incredible. She was a force. 

"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn"

Agreed, 2nd half is not as good, but it does have one of the best kiss-off lines ever

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I think GWTW amplified the whitewashing of that treason in ways that weren't possible before. But I hear ya and didn't mean to derail the thread.

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3 minutes ago, badmojo1006 said:

"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn"

Agreed, 2nd half is not as good, but it does have one of the best kiss-off lines ever

After all tomorrow is another day. 

 

1 minute ago, Uruk-Hai said:

I think GWTW amplified the whitewashing of that treason in ways that weren't possible before. But I hear ya and didn't mean to derail the thread.

Not derailing anything. It's a good thing to talk about and you are probably right. It did kind of become the de facto representation of the era South just due to it's massive popularity. My thought is just that the reason it was so popular was because that is how people wanted to remember it. Nostalgia always has a way of making things seem much better than they were.

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