Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by ThePhoenixx, Sep 9, 2017.
Get Out - 7/10 Pretty solid. Almost went 8.
3.15 out of 4stars
Clever, funny, adventurous, and full of hope. It's messages don't feel overly preachy or too direct either, imo. A family adventure movie done right. I liked it better than the first movie.
The Shape of Water - 4/10.
Great effects, interesting enough fantastical 50s/60s setting, solid enough performances but... ham handed plot with the subtlety of a mallet. The main plotline could have been done better if it had been given more time, but it isn't a long movie and needless scenes were thrown in.Like a homeless man's Pan's Labyrinth.
The Shape of Water is quirky but I like quirky. I know it's more artistic and less commercial (or less popular culture entertainment) and many won't take to it. Colossal (with Anne Hathaway) last year and Bright this year had many detractors too. Although this film was a better production than those two by a long shot IMO (but I liked them all). I was wondering how many 'prejudices against' that del Toro was trying to represent or put forward here, there was race, creed, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, class, income, physical handicap, sexual harassment, (even inter-species relations I suppose), I think he tried to throw it all in the film message. I suppose I had some issues too with the storyline, but heck, it's a love story with an amphibian man, if you go with that, I guess you let other stuff pass too. I think it will get more technical Oscars, it won't take away the major categories IMO except maybe del Toro has a chance for Director. It's not my favorite of the AA nominations but I still think it's deserving to be in the running.
p.s. I thought the set decor was outstanding. I thought Blade Runner would take some of those technical awards but Villeneuve has competition here. Watching The Shape of Water, I was wondering if the set was steampunk but I settled on art-deco. (bit of both though)
Straight outta Compton:
I have never been into rap prior to aftermath, but I really liked this movie. I feel though that it made it seem a lot softer then what I initially expected. Best part of the movie for me was the music and the best line was Cube talking about the motivational speech that was given on the school bus, lmao.
It all painted them as artists and essentially playing a character for the stage, which is fine but with all the gangster talk and rap beef I was not expecting that at all.
I'll give it a 7.5/10.
Depressing movie, but moving . One you’ll think about long after the credits have finished . Probably my favourite movie I’ve watched this year . It should win Best foreign film .
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri 8/10
Not the ending I woulda liked but still pretty good
Room (2015) 8.3 /10
Thor Ragnarok 8.4/10
Really fun movie
maze runner death cure - 7/10
I enjoyed it a lot. great acting. wish it followed the book though as the book was better.
jumanji 2017 - 8/10
loved it. great fun from start to finish. I can see why its pushing 900 million worldwide. cast had great chemistry.
Get Out was pretty great. Idk about Best Picture material, but I was pretty engaged the whole through. Jordan Peele has me intrigued as to what he’ll do in the future.
I just watched Molly's Game today, what a great movie. Is this considered a 2018 flick and not 2017? I still don't understand how that works.
I gave Get Out another crack at the can and finished it this time. A good adrenaline rush but I still don't get all the Oscar love for this one. I can see Hitchcock fans getting all 'hypno-coagulated' and loving this but the 60's are over man. I'm obviously missing something.
Pretty good retrospective of Tyson's boxing career & public life.. mostly told in Tyson's own words (now & then). There was some odd editing, where interview footage is broken in to simultaneous panels, words bleeding over each other, etc.. but it's cool hearing Tyson candidly and insightfully reflect on his life (good & bad). I was reminded of Tyson's unique candor in his post-(Kevin McBride) fight interview. Tyson admitted his heart wasn't in to fighting anymore, was only there for the paycheck, & sincerely wished McBride luck. It was cool hearing/watching an athlete offering something different than a scripted, superficial response.
The documentary supplemented Tyson's interviews w/familiar news clips from Tyson's career.. Good stuff for nostalgia, or if you were too young for the prime of Tyson's career & celebrity.
On a 10 point scale, I rate the movie a 6.
It got a limited release on Christmas so it’s officially a 2017 release, even though most people would have probably seen it in 2018.
I enjoyed Molly’s Game overall, but Sorkin’s style got a little overbearing for me towards the end. The scenes with Chastain and Elba firing off the witty dialogue was really fun.
I see you're right on the 2017 for Molly. I hadn't noticed Sorkin was nominated for an Oscar in the Adapted Screenplay category. It's not his first screenplay but I think it's his first jab at Directing. I also suppose we can peg him as another New York Style Director (seems to have that trait of love of psycho-analysis, NY style, and love of heavy, smart, quick-witted dialogue)
I thought one of the funniest lines that I heard recently came after the Golden Globe noms came out. Somebody asked Jordan Peele what he felt about his movie being nominated in the "musical/comedy" category as opposed to the "drama" category, and he replied, "It's a documentary." The grain of truth in that is one of the big reasons that I liked the movie so much.
I thought the Golden Globes weren't doing the crazy musical/comedy nominations any more after The Martian and Matt Damon experience. Guess not. I know we will be seeing more of Jordan Peele. Business-wise he hit a home run with a $5 million project and a $250+ million Box Office. Get Out did well with the college campus crowd and the film industry loves that demographic. But the horror psycho-thriller genre was never my forte.
(I think Peele might have written Get Out after watching The Stepford Wives on some designer drug. Nothing wrong with that I suppose)
Paddington 2 (2017) - Pretty damn cute, although the campy acting in these sorts of movies always tends to take me out of it. I thought some of the visual techniques were marvelous, particularly the one where Paddington imagines himself with his aunt in the pop-up book as well as the one where the re-imagining of the theft is drawn in pencil. I didn't care much for Hugh Grant in this one but I thought Brandon Gleeson was the best part out of all the live action actors. I found it ultimately forgettable, but it has it's charm and my nephew enjoyed it, which was the aim, at the end of the day.
Padman (2018) Directed by R. Balki 7A
Well, this is something new under the sun: a Bollywood movie that focuses on sanitary napkins and menstrual cycles. Padman is the liberally fictionalized biography of Arunachalam Muruganantham, an inventor with no formal education, who became obsessed to create cheap sanitary napkins for his wife and, by extension, for the millions of other women in India who seriously risked their health by not using them (in 2001, only 12% of the female population of India wore such pads, which were available but insanely expensive, during their periods). Lakshi (Akshay Kumar), as he is called in the movie, suffered personal ridicule, family humiliation and even self-imposed exile because people's attitudes about women menstruating were rife with superstition, ignorance and religious custom. The fact that her husband persisted in trying to perfect a cheap pad caused his wife Gayartri (Radika Apte) intense shame, as well. But he kept at it, eventually making a huge difference in his society in the process. Obviously, this being a Bollywood movie, much melodrama and dramatic license is heaped on the real-life events. Nonetheless, it remains a story very entertainingly told and a cautionary tale about what grief can occur when irrationality in the form of outdated customs and traditions is allowed to dictate rules of behaviour.
Faces places: 7.4/10 beautiful art documentary
All the President's Men - I'd been putting this off for awhile and finally watched it. This is some of the most intelligent and passionate American film making I've ever seen. It's also the best I've ever seen Dustin Hoffman who wasn't even nominated. Robert Redford is at the top of his game as well, but the star of this film is the investigative process. I love seeing how the news is made. This would be a great film to marathon with Spotlight and probably The Post. My gripe is that I was at the edge of my seat at the end of the film knowing what was going to happen and I was worried Woodward and Bernstein weren't going to get there in time. I do feel it could have been expanded but that's a nitpick. It also doesn't feature any real female characters besides Jane Alexander but this film is more about the process of journalism than anything else and that's fine. Amazing film.
War for the Planet of the Apes.
I should have learned sign language first. Too bad they spent all the money on CGI and left none for actual writers.
The Racer and the Jailbird (2017) Directed by Michael R. Roskam 4A
When Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts), a thief with some tough friends, meets sometimes race car driver, Bibi (Adele Esarchopoulos from Blue Is the Warmest Color) sparks fly and they hop in bed immediately. Love beckons, but Bibi rightly suspects that Gigi is not being candid about his troubled past. Gigi wants to get out of the crime scene, but circumstances are complicated, plus, though well-intentioned, he's not that bright. Then the plot complications kick in, all of which strain credulity (even the basic premise strains credulity--Bibi's the least convincing race car driver in movie history), and a promising, albeit unoriginal, little noir becomes ever more bloated and preposterous. Schoenaerts is great--big, broody, vulnerable, an actor who is becoming the Gerard Depardieu of the 21st century. Exarchopoulos is very pretty and wants to be broody, too, but she just comes off as pouty or, worse, narcoleptic. At 90 minutes and half the plot, The Racer and the Jailbird (who dreamed up the deceptively jaunty title, I wonder--it's Le Fidele in Europe) still wouldn't have been anything all that special, but it would have been serviceable. At 130 minutes, though, with way too much plot, it sinks without a trace.
Brawl in Cell Block 99 - 5/10
I must've watched something different than the critics (92% on RT?!?). This is mediocre acting (Vaughn is miscast), combined with mediocre writing and directing. I love a good action B-movie, but this one doesn't do much to separate itself from other, much better movies of its ilk.
Felicite (2017) Directed by Alain Gomis 6B
Felicite (Vero Tshanda Beya Mputu) is a woman who looks older than her years. She ekes out a living as a singer in ultra cheap bars in Kinshasa, the Congo. Although her life is already difficult, her circumstances become almost unbearable when her teenage son has a motorbike accident and must have an operation for which she has no money. The first half of the movie is about her usually unsuccessful attempts to find money; the second half of the movie is more abstract as Felicite and others in her life, including her sometime lover, just struggle to get on with their existence in gritty, grimy Kenshasha. Director Alain Gomis uses a lot of hand held camera, giving his film a hyper-realistic feel. But then he adds to the mix no shortage of lyrical touches, some of which work better than others, but which suggest that there is a talented director at work here, one whose future films may be something very much to look forward to. For instance, dreamy sequences shot at night in the jungle add an unexpected dimension to the film's meaning. This not-as-simple-as-it-seems movie wouldn't work at all without Beya Mputu, though. I don't know if she is an amateur or a professional actress, but she is perfect, managing somehow to be guarded, difficult, and vulnerable at the same time, all in a society that imposes one harsh reality after another. Felicite is not so much about the great trials that poverty imposes on people's lives as about how people seek meaning and connection with one another anyway. Not a perfect movie by any means, but an interesting one that will likely stick with me for a while.
like all ew movies i loved the style of it but unfortunately it had a lot of plot holes and strange character decisions. still a fun movie. 7.5/10
Tom of Finland (2017) Directed by Dome Karukoski 4B
Tom of Finland is an oddly conventional biopick of a Finnish artist who became an important figure in gay culture right after World War II. At a time when it was still dangerous to do so, Tom produced hyper-masculinized works of homosexual pornography which eventually caught on in the emerging gay community in Europe and in California. While there is a nice sense of atmosphere in the first half of the movie and while the movie does a good job of portraying the perils of being gay in the immediate post-war period, Tom himself does not have much of a personality. As a result the movie meanders with no clear indication of what it wants to say, other than this guy was famous for creating artworks that struck a nerve in the gay communnity. There have been a lot of first rate gay-themed movies recently (Moonlight; Closet Monster; Call Me by Your Name; Beach Rats, et al), this ain’t one of them.