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« Reply #3975 on: September 12, 2017, 08:19:36 PM »

Taking a break from bad movies (a la, MST3K) for a good one, that being The Hound of the Baskervilles (the Basil Rathbone version).  Excellent movie, and I feel inclined to watch several more of the Rathbone flicks.  Not all fourteen, but certainly two or three.

i bought a collection of them a few years back when i was on a Holmes kick, i really enjoyed them! they're definitely the epitome of sherlock holmes.
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« Reply #3976 on: September 24, 2017, 06:32:53 AM »

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - (1969) - B+
--> Great chemistry between Newman and Redford. I also enjoyed the many vistas that were beautifully shot. The plot slowns down quite a bit towards the end though.

What We Did on Our Holiday - (2014) - B+
--> An interesting story, with a nice ending. Very enjoyable.

Strictly Ballroom - (1992) - B
--> Luhrmann went for an over-the-top style, with most of the characters being caricatures, especially the mother and the head of the jury. Enjoyable, although a bit predictable.

The Way - (2010) - B-
--> Good movie about a father tracing the footsteps of his son (and going beyond) on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Unfortunately, due to the BBC not sticking to its programming schedule, my recording cut off before the end of the film. I think I missed the last 10 minutes or so.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes - (2011) - B
--> For some reason I'm not that interesting in the Planet of the Apes series, but this movie wasn't bad. Andy Serkis stands out as Caesar.

Philomena - (2013) - A-
--> Touching movie about an Irish woman on a quest for her long-lost son. Great performance by Judi Dench.

The Green Butchers - (2003) - B
--> Odd movie about two people opening up a new butcher shop.

Henry V - (1989) - B-
--> I read on wikipedia that this movie is considered one of the best Shakespeare adaptations ever made. The two speeches by Branagh were obviously well-acted, but in general the movie feels a bit forced and distant. Maybe I'm not familiar enough with Shakespeare's work, but the dialogue (which appears taken straight from the play) feels very dated and stiff.

The Lord of the Rings (film series) - (2001 - 2003) - A+
--> One of my favorite film series ever. I try to watch them every couple of years. It was a welcome revisit, as I hadn't seen them in about 3 years.

Blow Out - 1981) - A-
--> Clearly a film-lovers film. The plot is captivating and well-acted, but what stood out to me were all the recording/editing scenes by Travolta's character. It is clear that Brian De Palma spent a lot of time capturing these moments.
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« Reply #3977 on: October 14, 2017, 07:17:23 PM »

Muriel's Wedding - (1994) - B
--> A comedy about an awkward girl who dreams of marriage. Entertaining movie.

Far from the Madding Crowd - (2015) - B+
--> Another adaptation of Thomas Hardy's book. Carey Mulligan seems to play the same type of character in every movie I've seen her in.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - (1982) - C-
--> Somehow I never saw this movie until now. I realize it was groundbreaking back in the day, but I find it aged terribly. Even though it's less than 2 hours long, it felt at least 30 minutes too long. The opening scenes are incredibly tedious. I would have to check, but it feels as if there are 15 minutes worth of steam/mist & flashlights in the forest scenes. The kids also scream in every scene. Is this normal behaviour?

Presumed Innocent - (1990) - A-
--> Excellent courtroom drama. Riveting performance by Harrison Ford. I did not see the ending coming.

50/50 - (2011) - B-
--> Feelgood comedic drama that does its job without surprising.

Scent of a Woman - (1992) - A
--> Truly an outstanding performance by Al Pacino and fully deserving of the Best Actor oscar he won.

The Martian - (2015) - A-
--> Excellent space movie. Although the realism of some scenes, especially towards the end, could be doubted, this nevertheless is the most realistic space movie I have seen so far. I would say Interstellar and Gravity are, in that order, more thrilling than this movie, but The Martian manages to carve out its own niche in the genre.

The Lunchbox - (2013) - B+
--> Charming Indian movie about the curious habit in Mumbai to deliver home-cooked meals to office workers.

Little Voice - (1998) - B
--> The pacing of the plot could have been executed better, but otherwise an good movie, with Jane Horrocks stealing the show.

Mud - (2012) - A-
--> A terrific movie about a man running from the law.

The Rookie - (2002) - B
--> Predictable from start to finish, however Dennis Quaid's honest performance makes it work.

Black Butterflies - (2011) - B+
--> A young South-African poet has a troubled life.

Spectre - (2015) - B+
--> Perhaps my second favorite Bond movie in the Craig era. I enjoyed the spectacular fight scenes and the seemingly immortal assassin. The movie lacks truly tense scenes, however, which is why I find Casino Royale Craig's best film. Quantum of Solace felt trivial and unrealistic (as did many of the Brosnan films), whereas I found Skyfall's final fight sequence very un-Bond.

The Whistleblower - (2010) - B
--> a police officer gets transfered to work for the UN in Bosnia and discovers not all who work there are as morally sound as she is.
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« Reply #3978 on: November 08, 2017, 02:47:01 PM »

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« Reply #3979 on: November 10, 2017, 07:08:38 AM »

Mad Max - (1979) - D
--> Probably my most controversial rating of this post, but I couldn't connect with the movie at all. The villains are so cartoony and stupid, including their outfits, that it makes the entire movie a joke. Some of the car scenes are also quite unrealistic; all of this breaking my immersion all the time. A lot if it just looks like...bad acting to me. It's so bad, I was wondering whether that was the point of the director: to make a movie that's so bad it becomes good again. But I don't think that's the case, which just means it ends up being weird. I know it's a cult classic nowdays, probably because it was one of the first big Australian movies to be made, with a lot of (now) classic cars, etc... But for me, who never saw the movie until now and hasn't developed any nostalgia for it, it's just simly a bad movie.

I also didn't like it at all, yet I went to see Fury Road and loved it. Twice. And I couldn't finish the original film. Not saying you feel or would feel the same way.
Kind of interesting on my part, one reason I may not like Mad Max is I don't care for Gibson much either. He is literally one of if not the only actor besides maybe ones a lot of people think suck anyway (like the people from Twilight) that I can't seem to enjoy his acting. I respect Braveheart though. And I don't know why I feel this way about him, it has nothing to do with any off the screen stuff he has done with his religion or anything like that. When I think of Lethal Weapon I think more of Danny Glover even.

So really, I feel the same way you do. Its been a while since I tried it, but I don't think I'd feel any different.

It's just one of those things you/I can't really explain why we don't like something or someone and thats how it is with the original Mad Max series and Gibson for me.

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« Reply #3980 on: December 23, 2017, 10:04:27 PM »

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Women were the reason I became a monk - and, ah, the reason I switched back... - Morte

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