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What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:46:53 PM »
We have filled up another 500 pages discussing movies, so here is the new thread for all of us to continue to discuss  as follows.

An opportunity for forum members to tell us what movie(s) you have seen recently. It's a great way to get reviews on new movies that came out as well as old ones that some may not have seen. 

Everyone knows the rules, so they all apply!

I am anxious to hear about new movies and those we may not have seen.

Let the discussions begin.
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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 06:52:41 AM »
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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend?
« Reply #7477 on: March 05, 2018, 17:32:02 »
Quote from: Sara B on March 05, 2018, 08:33:29
I think Room with a View would be my favourite of the films of his I’ve seen.

I love A Room with a View, but I'd have to go with Maurice made in 1987. A lot of gay films
didn't start to be made until the 1990's when the "Queer Cinema" term arose and Maurice
just floored me with it's romanticism, optimism and a satisfying ending. It still does. It even
managed an Oscar nomination for the costume design.

Another gay themed film that came out in 1987, and was also stellar, is Parting Glances. A film
that featured a relatively unknown Steve Buscemi and Kathy Kinney among the cast. Anyone
see that one?

Both A Room with a View and Howard's End were screened at the Academy when they were having
their Great to Be Nominated Series a decade ago. I hadn't seen A Room with a View in a long time and
I was a bit afraid to go see it again, because I had liked it so much and on occasion you revisit a movie
and it doesn't live up to your memory of it. I was happy to find that I was as overjoyed with it again
as I was originally. It's a delightful confection.

When Howard's End was screened, James Ivory was a guest and did an interview and a little Q&A afterwards.
That's where I learned he wasn't British. For some reason most people think he is. Even my British friend,
a BAFTA member, was surprised! James Ivory was born in 1928 in Berkeley, California, of all places! I wish
he'd write a memoir or autobiography of his life experiences.

I hope James Ivory had a delightful evening last night.


Wasn't sure how to do this. :)

I'm so glad you're fond of Room with a View, Lyle. I've always loved the book, and the film very much came up to my expectations (except for no violets, probably better that they substituted the poppies instead of using fakes!). I enjoy the Florence section of course, but also back in England there's the nice portrait of middle-class Edwardian life, especially Freddie, and Mrs Honeychurch's easygoing attitude - she is quite unfazed by coming across the naked swimming group. All the actors are good, and Helena Bonham Carter, whom I often find quite trying, is perfect as Lucy.

I tend not to be moved very often by love scenes in books so perhaps it's unexpected that I find the growing relationship between Lucy and George, and their brief love scenes, written by a gay author, particularly touching.

Maurice, book and film, I like, though not quite so much, but of course I realise the impact it must have had in 1987 on gay men. Both M-I films, and many others, stand up so well to modern viewing. I'm delighted about James Ivory too.

Howard's End has recently been serialised on BBC. I enjoyed it, but less than the film. It's always an unsettling story, whereas Room with a View for me is pure pleasure.


I did see Parting Glances some time ago. I know I liked it, but remember being slightly unsatisfied with the ending. Must try and get hold of it again.
“When we grow older still we’ll speak about those two young men as if they were two strangers..... And we’ll want to call it envy, because to call it regret would break our hearts.”

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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 10:50:41 AM »
Sara, since you read the novel of A Room with a View, I'm asking if the title cards used in the film
have anything to do with the book...some kind of device in the book used in the film or something.
In the film they add such a nice touch, plus they're beautifully done and a subtle cue that one should
be enjoying oneself. IMO.


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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 11:13:03 AM »
Oh dear, I thought I had the dvd, but can’t find it, and I can’t remember the title cards clearly. But I think they were something like the chapter headings in the book, which were just in normal print. For example:

2. In Santa Croce with no Baedeker
4. Fourth Chapter
6. The Reverend Arthur Beebe, the Reverend Cuthbert Eager, Mr Emerson, Mr George Emerson,Miss Eleanor Lavish, Miss Charlotte Bartlett, and Miss Lucy Honeychurch, drive out in Carriages to se a View: Italians drive Them
9. Lucy as a Work of Art
13. How Miss Bartlett's Boiler was so Tiresome
1i. Lying to Mr Beebe, Mrs Honeychurch, Freddy, and the Servants

Etc.

Were they like that? Anyway, definitely a lightness of touch there. EMF had a lovely sense of humour.
“When we grow older still we’ll speak about those two young men as if they were two strangers..... And we’ll want to call it envy, because to call it regret would break our hearts.”

Call Me by Your Name, André Aciman.

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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 11:26:05 AM »

--Sudden Fear

At my (mostly) weekly visit with a couple friends we decided to watch this film, which all of us have seen
at least a few times, with the audio commentary. The film is about a person who discovers her relationship
is in jeopardy from her partner and she decides to do something about it. (That's so vague, but...)  It's a
classic film noir with Joan Crawford and Jack Palance, both Oscar nominated for their roles, and also stars
Gloria Grahame, who is so great in this film. She was also Oscar nominated this year, and WON!, but not
for this film, but for the vastly problematic film The Bad and the Beautiful. (I recently tried to watch that
film again, but just couldn't get through it, so I just fast forwarded to Gloria's few scenes. The fact that
Gloria Grahame was in at least 4 films this particular year, was probably why she won for the role she
was nominated for, though I feel it's the worst of the roles. She was also in the best picture winner
that year, The Greatest Show on Earth, and the film Macao.)

The film historian who did the audio commentary was very good. He allowed for specific lines to be heard,
or an important scene, and was very informative throughout. Film commentaries vary widely across the
spectrum and aren't always very good. I find that the film historians who do commentaries seem to be
the best. They prepare for them and always have something interesting at their fingertips.

I know I didn't relate much about the actual film, but if you like film noir I don't see why you wouldn't be
engaged with this film. It mostly takes place in San Francisco and some of it was shot there, but I learned
from the commentary the finale scenes were shot in the Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles where many
great film noirs were shot. The city planners demolished it in the late 50's into the 60's because they felt
it was a blight on the city and the best thing to do was to make it vanish, but so many since have a deep
appreciation for the place that it was.

Bunker Hill: For anyone interested, a little info from wikipedia:

Film
In the 1940's and 1950's, Bunker Hill was a popular film setting, especially in the film noir genre, because of its Victorian homes, its rambling hillside apartments and flophouses, its Angels Flight, and its mean (or at least mean-looking) streets. It was used extensively in such crime films as Somewhere in the Night (1946), Cry Danger (1951), Criss Cross (1949), Joseph Losey's M (1951) and Angel's Flight (1965), among many others. In 1966 it was used in the only episode of Perry Mason ever shot in color: The Case of the Twice Told Twist. (The CBS President wanted to know how the series would look in color if they renewed it for a 10th season.) Director Curtis Hanson recreated Bunker Hill in another hilly neighborhood altogether in his Oscar Award-winning L.A. Confidential (1997). Kent Mackenzie made a film in 1956 called Bunker Hill which was about the displacement of the residents who had to make way for construction. Another film by Mackenzie that was set in the area, his neo-realist and semi-documentary feature The Exiles (1961) depicts the lives of a tribe of urban Indians on Bunker Hill in the late 1950's.

Bunker Hill was a destination of many local artists and photographers, some in its heyday, others as it was being demolished and rebuilt. Among the latter was the Los Angeles photographer Ray McSavaney. Angels Flight and its Third Street neighborhood, c. 1930's, were recreated in South Africa for the filming of Ask the Dust (2006) starring Colin Farrell, based on the novel by John Fante, which was set in the district in the 1930's. Fante also wrote a book called Dreams From Bunker Hill. The 2nd Street Tunnel under Bunker Hill is still widely used in film and advertising.

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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2018, 11:27:41 AM »
Were they like that? Anyway, definitely a lightness of touch there. EMF had a lovely sense of humor.

Yes, Sara, like that! Thank you!

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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2018, 11:32:57 AM »
I’ve just ordered the dvd, very cheap on eBay!
“When we grow older still we’ll speak about those two young men as if they were two strangers..... And we’ll want to call it envy, because to call it regret would break our hearts.”

Call Me by Your Name, André Aciman.

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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2018, 09:41:29 AM »
i didn't know where to put this, so that's how come it ended up here.  South By Southwest starts in Austin tomorrow and ends on Tuesday, March 13.  It's evolved from a mostly music festival to include all the arts, and now food, craft beers, fashion, etc etc...it's getting so big, they're now posting road closures for downtown and streets to avoid...they usually only close 6th Street on weekend nights and UT home games.

These are some of the big movie names, Armie should get a lot of press...(you can ignore Schwarzenegger), and Mayor Sadiq Khan will be giving a keynote speech, which I think they may be streaming live, love to hear that.  I couldn't find a list of all the mayors who will be here, but there is a huge government conference over several days.

SXSW 2018: 15 BIGGEST CELEBS COMING TO AUSTIN
PLAY IT COOL, Y’ALL, BUT THESE STARS ARE HEADING TO THE FEST


South by Southwest is a weird time for our city. What is typically a chill and peaceful town gets hyped up in a frenzied festival as thousands of people descend into Austin. While we love getting to learn new things during the conference, seeing awesome movies, and discovering up-and-coming musicians, we’re not ashamed to admit we also enjoy becoming light celebrity looky-loos.

Here are 15 bright stars that about to shine bright in the capital city.


Armie Hammer
The golden boy of Call Me By Your Name is back again this year—we caught him playing paintball in 2017 to promote Free Fire—with new movie Final Portrait, directed by Stanley Tucci and focusing on the relationship between James Lord and renowned artist Alberto Giacometti. The brilliant dancer will also be on hand at Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Awards.

John Krasinski/Emily Blunt
FYI: Jim Halpert married Emily Blunt, and he’s directing her in a horror movie called A Quiet Place that’s opening the fest. The couple will be here to premiere the flick.

Mark Hamill
Perhaps no one embodies the word “star” more than Luke Skywalker himself. He’ll be appearing at SXSW for the documentary The Director and The Jedi, which gives a glimpse behind the scenes of filming The Last Jedi, with director Rian Johnson. So, you know, the name of the film is  super appropriate.

The Cast of This is Us
If you love to weep—and who doesn’t really?—this will be the panel to attend. Or, you can just stalk Mandy Moore’s Instagram stories and hope to run into the Pearson matriarch around town. Joining her will be Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley. Can we please get a dorky dad joke from Randall?

Tiffany Haddish
If anyone is having a huge moment right now, it’s Girls’ Night breakout Tiffany Haddish. She’ll be in town promoting her TBS comedy The Last O.G. with Tracy Morgan, which was created by Jordan Peele. Start buying some Groupons now!

Bill Murray/Jeff Goldblum
The two frequent Wes Anderson collaborators will be in town for—what else?—the latest Wes Anderson flick. Isle of Dogs will close out the fest, and these two lovable goofballs will be in town to promote the stop-motion animated tale of dogs forced to live on a trash island.

Bernie Sanders
The Vermont Senator may not have become the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, but he still won plenty of hearts in the process. At his first SXSW appearance, he’ll sit down with CNN’s Jake Tapper to discuss politics and the future of the country.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Whether you know him as the Terminator or the Governator, the Austrian muscleman will talk about his own political career with POLITICO’s Isaac Dovere. We hope he branches out his BBQ choice this time around.

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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2018, 09:51:54 AM »
Armie Hammer
The golden boy of Call Me By Your Name is back again this year—we caught him playing paintball in 2017 to promote Free Fire—with new movie Final Portrait, directed by Stanley Tucci and focusing on the relationship between James Lord and renowned artist Alberto Giacometti. The brilliant dancer will also be on hand at Austin Film Society’s Texas Film Awards.

Is this blurb saying that Armie Hammer is a brilliant dancer?
I saw (and gave a few remarks about) this film not too long ago.

Mark Hamill
Perhaps no one embodies the word “star” more than Luke Skywalker himself. He’ll be appearing at SXSW for the documentary The Director and The Jedi, which gives a glimpse behind the scenes of filming The Last Jedi, with director Rian Johnson. So, you know, the name of the film is  super appropriate.

Mark Hamill is getting a star today, in just about three hours, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
George Lucas and Harrison Ford are scheduled to be there, too. I might have traveled up there
as I've never seen Harrison Ford in person, but I'm betting the Star Wars fans are going to be out
in force and so the crowds are going to prevent one from seeing much of anything.

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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2018, 09:58:26 AM »
Is this blurb saying that Armie Hammer is a brilliant dancer?
I saw (and gave a few remarks about) this film not too long ago.



I assumed the "brilliant dancer" was a dig at the dance scene in cmbyn...

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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2018, 09:58:59 AM »

For those who can't sit through the Oscar telecast because they think it's too long and those
who feel award season goes on way too long, VARIETY already has an article about what might
be in contention next year. The subjects include another horror film, child abuse, gay conversion
therapy, super-heroes, Neil Armstrong, stop-motion animated dogs and Dick Cheney, played by
Christian Bale.

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/oscars-2019-predictions-first-man-black-panther-1202719872/

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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2018, 10:31:31 AM »

--Wonder Wheel

I didn't know what to expect from this latest Woody Allen offering, released at the end of last year. Wonder Wheel refers to the Coney Island ride and this film takes place on Coney Island during the 1950's. The only person I know who saw this film when it was released told me that "it isn't what you think it would be." Now I know what he was talking about. Whether serious or comedic, most of Woody Allen's films have a hook upon which the plot is based. This film is a straight out melodrama. Since it made no splash for prizes during the award season, I figured people didn't like it all that much. After I watched it I looked on RT and generally critics were not taken with this film. I am sure part of it is that with the MeToo and Time's Up movements front and center, Woody Allen's personal problems have resurfaced and are a target and separating that from his films is ever more problematic.

While this film won't become an object of affection for me, I have to say I was quite intrigued by it. First of all, it is one of Kate Winslet's finest acting roles in any film. She was brilliant. The object of her attentions in the film was played by Justin Timberlake. Justin has appeared in a few films, but never taken off as an actor of note so far, but I'd say this was his best performance in any film to date. Even Jim Belushi, someone who is normally overlooked turns in a nice performance.

The film centers on people all struggling with their lives while they're working at Coney Island, a place where those same kinds of people come to have some amusement. The husband's estranged daughter from another marriage arrives and she's being hunted by gangsters because of her husband. The wife (Winslet) is a former two-bit actress with a job in a clam house, who meets a Coney Island lifeguard played by Justin Timberlake, who himself is an aspiring playwright in the mode of Eugene O'Neill. They slowly hit it off, but the estranged daughter also wanders into the lifeguard's world to the displeasure of the wife.

While the machinations of the plot might be somewhat routine, the actors who embody them rise above all that. The Coney Island setting is a plus. There is some comedic relief with the couple's young son who is a pyromaniac and keeps setting fires all over the place.

The film was described by one person as like a play that was shot on location. An apt description. It could very well have been a stage play. I have to say again how much I admired Kate Winslet's performance in this film. Award worthy in the best sense. Based on reviews this film will not be for everyone's taste; as I said, critics have really lambasted this film and perhaps watching it at home instead of on a movie theatre screen was a difference in my opinion of it, I don't know, but it's mood captivated me from the start and I was intrigued with the film.

I really liked this quote from a review by Owen Gleiberman that I read: "It's got movement and flow, it's got a vibrant sunset look of honky-tonk nostalgia, and it's got a bittersweet mood of lyrical despair that the film stays true to right up until the final note."

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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2018, 11:44:31 AM »
--The Quiet Man

I've had plenty of opportunities to watch this on video over the years, and I often picked out Oscar nominated films to view,
but for some reason I kept avoiding this one. With St. Patrick's Day coming up, at my mostly weekly visit with some friends
we decided to watch a blu-ray edition of this film last night.

I kinda kept avoiding it because it always sounded like a rather slight premise for a longish film and that's exactly what I thought
it turned out to be. It was filmed entirely in Ireland, in color, and it rightly won an Oscar for the beautiful cinematography. I wasn't
quite enamored of the John Wayne/Maureen O'Hara coupling, though both were fine in it. And although I liked it enough, it didn't
quite reach any lasting affection for me. It was nominated for seven 1952 Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two, the one I
mentioned and also for John Ford, the director. It's come to my mind that John Ford, a legendary name in motion pictures and
considered one of the Best Directors in Hollywood--he's the only person to have won 4 Oscars for directing--well, I don't seem to
be that fond of most of the films he's done for some reason. The only one I can remember that I really like is The Grapes of Wrath,
for which he also won the Oscar for directing.

I think it wears well for a lot of people because it's melodrama is mixed with a lot of humor, and also because of the supporting
characters which all have their charms, though some may criticize them as being stereotypes. All that's missing is a leprechaun
or two!
 

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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2018, 12:52:59 PM »
--The Quiet Man

I've only seen it all the way through once, but I could do it again. Seems like a nice film for, well, a quiet night at home. You've got Barry Fitzgerald in the cast; isn't he leprechaun enough?  :D

I completely agree with you and the Academy on the cinematography. It's a visually beautiful movie.

Did I know you don't really care for Ford's films? I guess we really have to part company on this one. I could watch his Westerns with the Duke, especially Stagecoach, The Searchers, and the cavalry trilogy, just about any time. (Of course, The Searchers also has Jeffrey Hunter, but never mind!  :D  ) I just checked Ford's filmography and realized I like far too many of his films to list them. This makes me realize he may be my favorite director and just never realized it before!

I think it's also kind of nice to see the Ford "stock company" someplace other than out West.  :D  If I'd been around "back in the day," I think I would have been straight for Maureen O'Hara. I still think she was one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the screen.

(Tell you what, I've never seen The Grapes of Wrath and kind of don't care if I never do. I know it's considered great, and I don't doubt it for a minute, but the whole premise and scenario just sounds so depressing to me that I have no interest in seeing it. [I have seen a clip of that speech Henry Fonda delivers that I guess is supposed to be iconic.])


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Re: What Movie Did You Watch This Weekend? The Third.
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2018, 12:50:00 PM »
I'm watching When Harry Met Sally, and I just moved it onto my top 10.  Or maybe it should be on my guilty pleasures list.  Should one have a top 10 and a GP top 10?  And what defines guilty pleasure movies anyway?  Cult?  Bad?  Popular but panned by critics?

It's no Citizen Kane, but I've seen it at least 10 times, I've see CK once...so that just shows that maybe I shouldn't review movies for a living...