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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha 60 View Post
    I liked Lamb, but it is a very hard movie to recommend. The subject matter, or I guess concept of the movie, is not that weird in a folk/ horror story, but the way the movie tells the story and handles everything is very strange for this type of movie. I think the craft of the movie is almost flawless, beautifully shot and acted. The pacing and development for some might be a very slow and thin. And, you have to take a huge leap of faith to stay present and engaged which is another reason I understand why people wouldn't like the movie. The movie does not give you much to stay present and engaged either beside a tone and good actors. It is hard to explain to someone who has not seen it, and I completely understand why some don't like it or are bored by it or couldn't accept it would be a way to describe disliking it. There is something very cognitively dissonant about the subject matter of the film as a visual thing and the craft of the story telling in how the film was made. For me there where moments of what the fuck am I watching. And again, not out of shock or weirdness, but just the effort of the tone and reality the film trys to create in telling this story. Which I know some would say who cares about the process of the why and how the movie was made if the movie is boring or unengaging or seemingly pointless or in this case mix of tones (some almost comical) that can take you out of what you feel (or expect) is a heavy psychological or folk horror story. For me, it was just a very strange expierence watching it, but overall rewarding. Sometimes you watch a movie and wonder how it ever got made. What inspired the director how did it get funded. And sometimes those types movies are good in a B-movie sort of way or a cult movie way. But this movie has all the hallmarks of an excellently crafted movie, the type of thing you would expect from A24, but the drive of the film is such a headscracther within this well made movie. You could almost take away the main plot point and character and you would still have a beautifully shot character study/couple/family dynamic movie. There is something that is sort of forced into that, or forced into the things we traditionally accept in movie genre reality. Which is weird because we acccept all kinds of folk horror or supernatural or fantasy things in other movies or stories as long as they are tethered to something we accept as real or able to be real or how they work in narrative story telling or why they are an ingredient in story telling.
    This was a very long post for a movie that I wouldn't recommend but that I liked and had a very unique experience watching.
    I watched it and while there were moments of “what the fuck”, there were also moments of beauty, suspense, terror, etc.

    Overall, I liked it. It stayed with me through the next day and I kept thinking about it which to me is the sign of a good movie.

    Glad I watched!


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    Quote Originally Posted by wizfan View Post
    Don't Look Up. Holy shit. The perfect 2021 movie.
    Just finished it.

    I really wish there was a follow-up comet, like something in the tail? would have been a better coda (lol puns!).

    the floating golden cow was a good touch.

    And I was like, "is that Captain America?" at one point and sure 'nuf he's in the uncredited section of the film on IMDB.

    the "graphic nudity" had me wondering right up until there it was.

    WTF was up with Mark Rylance's choppers? Those had to be fake, right? holy shit.

    Doorman Performed by slowthai & Mura Masa
    I knew I recognized his voice.
    The BASH rockets look very similar to the New Shepard rocket launched by billionaire Jeff Bezos in 2021. This may be an intentional parody of the wealthy elite's vision of tech that was lambasted for appearing phallic.
    I was laughing at this and my wife, exasperated at all of the weird things I found funny, finally asked "WHAT" so I had to tell her that they sure look like the dick rocket that Bezos used.

    edit: I guess it's going to be hard to find a review of this where a media outlet enjoyed it huh. So many of them saying "it missed the mark and is looking in the wrong places for blame" and it's like...of course you won't accept your part of the blame.
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    Titane was pretty wild. On the surface it is surreal body horror, but plays with themes of acceptance and unconditional love.


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    Saw the Clint Eastwood movie "Richard Jewell" and thought it was great. Paul Walter Hauser gave one hell of a performance.

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    I watched A24s “The Humans” last night because I had heard good things and GOOD LORD what a snoozefest. Usually I feel like I’m pretty good at picking them but this was a massive misfire in my part. The entire movie I waited for something to happen and …..nothing. Avoid.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wizfan View Post
    Don't Look Up. Holy shit. The perfect 2021 movie.
    I was pleasantly surprised! It had more soul than I expected. I was afraid that, as a movie with a MESSAGE (don't get me wrong, I agree with the message) it would feel too dry and "preachy" but it wasn't like that. I mean sure, there were some caricatures (although such characters seem less and less like caricatures and more realistic as time goes by), but within the limits of comedy/satire, there was genuine sadness in the movie for our failings and for all that we stand to lose.

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    New and final season of Search Party is pretty interesting so far.

    I have forgiven them for ending the last season on a f****** dream sequence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfte View Post
    Titane was pretty wild. On the surface it is surreal body horror, but plays with themes of acceptance and unconditional love.

    Did you see her last movie, Raw? It's pretty wild. It's on Netflix.

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    I have not, although I am aware of it.
    I'll see if it's on VOD.

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    What Are You Watching?

    Thin Red Line. Underrated, classic imo.

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    The first time I saw that was for a film studies class. My usual mode for the class was to show up at the theater and see what movie we would be watching. If it was one I'd seen before - or one that sounded dull as sin - I'd jet out when the lights went down. I decided to stay for this one because the teacher sold it pretty well. Damn, that was an experience. I have the Criterion release for it even.

    I think it's where my love of long meandering movies started, maybe? I mean since then I've loved No Country for Old Men, Stalker, and The Green Knight just to name a few.

    Speaking of No Country, I put that in the other night and man it's still so good. My wife and son however...well. We got to the part at the hotel and Moss and they both got mad - just like everyone else did back on release! - and just had no clue what was happening anymore. I mean at the beginning when Chigurh kills the deputy my wife said, "So the narrator is dead?"

    Other discussions were had about the meaning of the title and what the movie is showing but I didn't win them over. Ah well. Philistines, the lot of them.

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    This Archive81 is pretty damn stunning so far.

    I really hope that between this and Midnight Mass, a trend of 7-8 hour, clever, deep horror "movies" begins.

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    I just fired up season 4 of Ozark. Been waiting for this one. Great series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckrh View Post
    I just fired up season 4 of Ozark. Been waiting for this one. Great series.
    Thanks for the reminder! Forgot that came back yesterday. I know what I'm doing this morning while it's currently -23 degrees F (-30.5 C for those of you in the rest of the world) outside!

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    Watched “The Beatles: 8 Days a Week: The Touring Years” last night on Hulu.

    It was AWESOME.


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    Quote Originally Posted by otnavuskire View Post
    Thanks for the reminder! Forgot that came back yesterday. I know what I'm doing this morning while it's currently -23 degrees F (-30.5 C for those of you in the rest of the world) outside!
    Brrrrrrr! You're welcome. Sounds like a perfect day for some binge watching. I'll be well into it but have to break for the NFL playoffs today & tomorrow. I'm on episode 2 now. Ruthie is back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckrh View Post
    Brrrrrrr! You're welcome. Sounds like a perfect day for some binge watching. I'll be well into it but have to break for the NFL playoffs today & tomorrow. I'm on episode 2 now. Ruthie is back!
    The problem is that I only have like, fairly vague memories of the last season. Hasn't it been a couple years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    The problem is that I only have like, fairly vague memories of the last season. Hasn't it been a couple years?
    Yes, COVID delayed things. I watched first 2 episodes but #3 won't load. I'll wait for it to load on another channel, hint hint. haha. Ruthie is a naughty girl!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    The problem is that I only have like, fairly vague memories of the last season. Hasn't it been a couple years?
    Netflix always does recap videos for previous seasons of their shows. I find them very helpful in these situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegate View Post
    Speaking of No Country, I put that in the other night and man it's still so good. My wife and son however...well. We got to the part at the hotel and Moss and they both got mad - just like everyone else did back on release! - and just had no clue what was happening anymore. I mean at the beginning when Chigurh kills the deputy my wife said, "So the narrator is dead?"
    Funny timing, because I actually just watched it the other night myself. It was the first time I had seen it since it was in theaters and I didn't like it the first time but I had always wanted to give it a second chance. I'm really glad I did. That is a damn good movie, and I can't believe I didn't like it the first time. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckrh View Post
    Brrrrrrr! You're welcome. Sounds like a perfect day for some binge watching. I'll be well into it but have to break for the NFL playoffs today & tomorrow. I'm on episode 2 now. Ruthie is back!
    Finished episode 7 today. Can we get part 2 now please?

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    Had a sick day today, so I binged The Jinx

    Might be the most satisfying True Crime show I’ve watched

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    Watched "The Cell" with Jennifer Lopez. I have a new respect for her. I admit my taste is very art based but it seems to work on all levels visually! Can't say plot or dialogue wise it changed my life but it's one of the prettiest movies I have ever seen!
    Hmm, wonder what storyline changed my life? Maybe Arrival or Annihilation.
    Those along with Amelie are my all time favorites and:
    The Hunger
    Fantastic Planet
    Lolita
    Fight Club
    Akira
    Perfect Blue
    Midnight in Paris
    Wes A.
    Jojo Rabbit
    Oh Yeah! Studio Ghibli! Everything Studio Ghibli I'd say made me who I am today. Crown Jewels of Cinema imo.
    I have a TON of other favorites but I've talked too long already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serene Nymph View Post
    Watched "The Cell" with Jennifer Lopez. I have a new respect for her. I admit my taste is very art based but it seems to work on all levels visually!
    That movie is so... luscious. Watching that and Thirteenth Floor close together really gets into D'Onofrio well too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serene Nymph View Post
    Watched "The Cell" with Jennifer Lopez. I have a new respect for her. I admit my taste is very art based but it seems to work on all levels visually! Can't say plot or dialogue wise it changed my life but it's one of the prettiest movies I have ever seen!
    The director, Tarsem Singh, is a very visual guy. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend another film of his, The Fall. Absolutely stunning visually, and I quite like it as a story too.

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    Watching House of Gucci. Quite good so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrLobster View Post
    That movie is so... luscious. Watching that and Thirteenth Floor close together really gets into D'Onofrio well too.
    Indeed, my friend. And after that: more D'Onofrio: Adventures in Babysitting for Thor D'Onofrio, Men in Black for Bug D'Onofrio and Full Metal Jacket for Your-mind-will-be-blown D'Onofrio.

    For dessert: Law and Order Criminal Intent for Ultimate D'Onofrio and, in later seasons, a bonus: Delightful Jeff Goldblum.

    Digestif: The Magnificent Seven with Quirky D'Onofrio, Fantastic Ethan Hawke and God Denzel.

    As for what I am watching: season 2 of Resident Alien. So awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckrh View Post
    Watching House of Gucci. Quite good so far.
    I forget what movie we were watching but the trailer for Morbius popped up and then right after that was House of Gucci. I leaned over to my son and told him that the fat guy acting so weird was also Morbius and he was so confused.

    He doesn't do the Hollywood / who's that guy/gal thing very well at all.
    Quote Originally Posted by marodi View Post
    As for what I am watching: season 2 of Resident Alien. So awesome.
    Are you watching it live on SyFy or somewhere else? We watched it on Peacock but I think that was an 'after it aired' thing, not while it was live on the channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegate View Post
    Are you watching it live on SyFy or somewhere else? We watched it on Peacock but I think that was an 'after it aired' thing, not while it was live on the channel.
    SyFy is not available is Canada so I watch it on a Canadian channel called (and I kid you not) CTV Sci-Fi. It seems to air on the same night as SyFy so I guess I watch it live.

    An octopus has never been this funny,I tell you!

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    Been having a "slow cinema" time recently, catching up on some stuff I may have missed (or wanted to see again):

    Days (2020; I absolutely love Tsai Ming-liang)
    Drive My Car (2021)
    Lamb (2021)
    Melancholia (2008; yes the 7-hour one)
    Memoria (2021)
    Phantom Thread (2017; the wife hadn't seen this one)

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