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Old 25 November 2019, 12:18   #2581
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the Nice Guys.

My god. This movie is actually funny! I mean, really funny! I had some strong 90's Lethal Weapon vibes. Since when does Ryan Gosling have a sense of humor?

The weakest part of the movie has to be Kim Basinger. She never was the greatest actress and now she botoxed her face into oblivion, giving her less expression than Steven Seagal... Such a shame. Luckily, she has only a small forgettable part to play.

8/10


Aaaaand... the Laundromat. An interesting movie with an unorthodox method of narration. You are expertly guided through the movie by the likes of Antonia Banderas and Gary Oldman - the slick and yet slimy bad guys of the movie. That fact alone pulled me into it.

It's a movie highlighting realistic financial scams, but done so in a stylish "Ocean's 11"-esque way. Very colorful, lighthearted and with unique characters played by some very familiar faces. What I like most about it is that nobody really carries it, there is not one big star that is on screen for 95% of the runtime. Arguably the biggest star is Meryl Streep and she too is only seen when the movie needs you to see her. Instead the movie sets up numerous characters that all have their tiny story as part of the bigger whole. It's difficult to create an interesting story with so many smaller pieces that need to fit together - but it is done with resounding success.

Highly recommended.

7.5/10
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Old 07 December 2019, 11:42   #2582
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Watched last week The Man with two Brains (1983) featuring Steve Martin (reason : was recommended by some imdb member who was making a short review of Loaded Weapon I). While I like S. Martin immensely as an actor (too few appearances on film really), I am not too sure I can wholeheartedly recommend this movie. Fun, but utterly cynical off-beat romance, postpone watching it if in a middle of a breakup or similar situation. As a side note, I should mention French dubbing is top notch.


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Old 08 December 2019, 23:06   #2583
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The Irishman. What a treat, perhaps the last opportunity to see some greats together in one movie. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci (back from retirement), Harvey Keitel and a whole host of other very familiar faces. A movie told in the Casino style, but then with far less graphic violence and thankfully - no insane women. I love Casino but oof... Sharon Stone's character ruins the whole thing.

So the Irishman is all the slick narrative stuff and the crooks being crooks without any excessive drama - 3.5 hours of it. That's a hell of a sit! If you get the greats back into a movie, you make sure it never ends. 3.5 hours of story telling, scheming, assassinations, code words, the works. It's... fantastic. Slow, rather quiet, but fantastic. I say quiet - I mean Joe Pesci is in this movie. The guy who wasn't sure about playing in Home Alone because he was pissed off he couldn't say f*ck every four words (and hence invented the raggin' fraggin' bit - see "the Movies That Made Us" on Netflix, episode 2). In this movie - his character is as zen as they come, it just doesn't fit. Still a good performance, but it's not what he's good at.

I have to give a special shout out to Anna Paquin. The poor woman says literally two words in the entire 3.5 hour movie. "why" and "why". She's really good at looking suspicious though. Not exactly a career-reviving role...

Yes the movie is long and it lacks the oomph that you may be familiar with when it comes to a Martin Scorsese gangster movie, but you've got to see it. It's likely the last one.

8 / 10
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Old 09 December 2019, 22:30   #2584
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Wings (1927)

Probably one of the greates silent movies.
Given that this was made less than 10 years after the first world war you get a genuine feel for what it was like both in a society and technological sense. Great flying and stunts; amazing that the actors flew their own planes with a camera guy up front for closeups!

Pretty much the film version of 'Knights of the Sky' and 'Wings'...
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Watched Ad Astra two nights ago; quite enjoyed it
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Old 19 December 2019, 04:44   #2586
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Have you NOT seen Batman VS Superman ~ Dawn Of Justice (2016) ? I think it shouldn't be missed, whether one usually enjoys Ben Affleck as an actor or not. Ultimate Cut edition is the one to search for, unless you already own the DVD that is. Then, there's pre-google Michael Bay's Armageddon. Movie is obviously of the cheesy throwback kind, but it features Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi both in top form among others, that ought to make ol' Ben screen presence less insufferable to you hopefully .

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The best thing about Armageddon is Peter Stormare, god I love that actor.
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Old 19 December 2019, 18:50   #2588
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Speaking of devil...

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Only reason I remember Armageddon is because of Arwen, I mean Liv Tyler and this...

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Old 23 December 2019, 23:23   #2589
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Star Wars 9: the Rise of Skywalker.

Ho boy, what a terrible movie.

1) lame subtitle
2) Kylo Ren is not salvaged, a poorly written character cannot be turned around in one last movie
3) Leia is truly shoehorned into this movie
4) talking about shoehorning, how many fan service throwbacks does one movie need? There are dozens! Not enough I say.
5) The way Snoke was butchered in Star Wars 8... is handled admirably, good save.
6) Yep, much like the Force Awakens mirrored A New Hope, Rise of Skywalker mirrors Return of the Jedi in several ways.
7) This movie is filled to the brim with humor. Just like Return it is filled with rather dark events but levity never makes it go doom and gloom. It's a proper cinema experience.
8) the sound engineering is friggin' phenominal
9) The battles and space battles are the best the series has ever seen


Yeah I lied, this is a terribly good movie, my favorite Star Wars movie probably forever. I - love - it, even if it has unavoidable flaws and yes it does sort of lazily rests itself on the bones of previous installments. I don't care. I was severely geeking out in my chair as was the rest of the cinema room, it was so great to experience a proper Star Wars movie among kindred spirits one more time.

9/10, on the scale of science fiction action comedy adventure movies. Blows the previous two movies away. Unpopular opinion, I have no doubt.
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I liked it too, raised a few new questions that they didn't bother answering which sucked, the Finn story arc for one, but it brought closure to the saga in a fine way.

Thought the redemption of Ben was swift which is good as he was a massive prick and this didn't need to be fleshed out any more than it was.

Got me in the feels several times, pretty much every time Carrie was on screen plus a couple of others (thank god I didn't watch it drunk as I'd have been blubbing)

Will have to see what's next. I guess a break with a couple of years of Disney+ series to keep the franchise going while it's reset in movie land.
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We saw it as well and similar to both of you - we loved it. Probably one of favorite SW movies. (Right after SW Rogue One - android in that one is by far best so far )

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Surprise me! (2017)

I won't comment it too much : One of the worst movie I have ever seen.
- acting is bad
- scenario is bad (everything is predictable)

2 / 10
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I won't comment it too much : One of the worst movie I have ever seen.
- acting is bad
- scenario is bad (everything is predictable)

2 / 10
Everything is predictable seems to be the case for the majority of movies now a days
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A Quiet Place.

Surprisingly good for a monster movie which for a large part plays out in complete silence. Good and freakish monster design, good acting, genuinely tense at moments. The way the beasties get to earth is hilariously unoriginal, but on the other hand it's classic monster movie madness. It doesn't really matter what BS you choose. Mutation, they came from underground, "We just never noticed them until now!", created in a science lab... or falling from space.

7/10
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Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

Only way to make it more funny was to add some good combination actors to already funny cast. Danny DeVito & Danny Glover are just as good combo as Johnson and Hart. Awkwafina was surprise in movie... and ending looks like begning of possible next part...

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Agreed, me too a mature movie.
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I watched the Founder. It's a typical movie that you just put on to pass a little time and then all of a sudden you're hooked.

So yeah, the movie about how the McDonald's franchise came to be. It's an interesting story and the movie holds no punches. Michael Keaton expertly plays the infamous Ray Kroc basically by playing Beetlejuice before he died and boy oh boy... you have to love to hate him.

Unfortunately the movie ends a little too soon in the timeline, I would have liked to see a little more about how the McDonald's as it existed throughout the centuries developed. Where did the bloody clown come from for example. But still, a good movie built on good acting. But not one that will make you hungry for hamburgers and milkshakes, I'll tell you that. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth. A really bad taste.

7/10
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Thought I had written about this movie already but after a search realised that I only mentioned it on another thread
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[...] It leaves a bad taste in the mouth. A really bad taste. [...]
I, for one, was flabbergasted by the naivety of the original founders ... and I am sure that other companies have been through the same thing...
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The McDonald brothers were literally too good for this world, at least how they are depicted in the movie. Which is pretty much ironic if you see how their name is now being abused.
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The restaurants are as good as the workers and the workers had gotten worse.

I won't eat there.
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