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09 Dec 2018 15:04

Right thread to wish a happy birthday to Kirk Douglas (sorry mistake in bumping :o )
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11 Feb 2019 22:06

Ponty Python's The Life of Brian (1979) - eh, thought it was so much funnier the first few times I had watched it some decades ago when I was much younger, but once I had to explain what's going on in the flick to an elderly client of mine recently (who hadn't seen it before) the old black sense of humor came right back to me. This one is definitely a classic! :cool:

Copycat (1995) - This one I had also seen several times before in my youth, but at this point in life I just think it's a really stupid kind of thriller.
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12 Feb 2019 12:29

Tricycle Rider wrote:Ponty Python's The Life of Brian (1979) - eh, thought it was so much funnier the first few times I had watched it some decades ago when I was much younger, but once I had to explain what's going on in the flick to an elderly client of mine recently (who hadn't seen it before) the old black sense of humor came right back to me. This one is definitely a classic! :cool:

Copycat (1995) - This one I had also seen several times before in my youth, but at this point in life I just think it's a really stupid kind of thriller.


Yes Monty Python has more impact on young men but it's still probably their best movie. Copycat was okay, the sort of thing you can watch with one eye open...........Sigourney Weaver gave it a bit of class acting wise.
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13 Feb 2019 15:08

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Yes Monty Python has more impact on young men but it's still probably their best movie. Copycat was okay, the sort of thing you can watch with one eye open...........Sigourney Weaver gave it a bit of class acting wise.
Do you like Angelina Jolie? I ask because I had just watched another stinker of a thriller called The Bone Collector (1999), she seemed terribly miscast. Like sure, a renowned former forensics expert will just put all his trust into a gorgeous rookie to solve some serial killings...

Besides that, while the murders were quite gruesome I think The Bone Collector was a poor Silence of the Lambs and Seven knock-off. I just had to roll my eyes throughout the movie, besides some plot holes there were quite a few situations I thought were improbable.
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14 Feb 2019 05:42

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Yes Monty Python has more impact on young men but it's still probably their best movie. Copycat was okay, the sort of thing you can watch with one eye open...........Sigourney Weaver gave it a bit of class acting wise.
Do you like Angelina Jolie? I ask because I had just watched another stinker of a thriller called The Bone Collector (1999), she seemed terribly miscast. Like sure, a renowned former forensics expert will just put all his trust into a gorgeous rookie to solve some serial killings...

Besides that, while the murders were quite gruesome I think The Bone Collector was a poor Silence of the Lambs and Seven knock-off. I just had to roll my eyes throughout the movie, besides some plot holes there were quite a few situations I thought were improbable.


I thought she was good in Girl Interrupted and a few other movies but she may turn out to be a better director than an actress. Her directing efforts have been pretty good. The Bone Collector of course wasn't in the class of the other two movies. Pretty mediocre, a B movie with an A list cast and budget. Of the three I think Seven was the best and possibly David Fincher's best movie as well. I thought Fincher's, Fight Club was overrated but it was good in parts.
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14 Feb 2019 12:56

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I thought she was good in Girl Interrupted and a few other movies but she may turn out to be a better director than an actress. Her directing efforts have been pretty good. The Bone Collector of course wasn't in the class of the other two movies. Pretty mediocre, a B movie with an A list cast and budget. Of the three I think Seven was the best and possibly David Fincher's best movie as well. I thought Fincher's, Fight Club was overrated but it was good in parts.
Funny you should mention Fincher, I thought about watching Zodiac again (which I thought was okay enough), but seeing as I had already seen in it a couple of times I passed on it. And I did see Fight Club a long time ago, but that's about all I remember about that movie. :Neutral:

Having passed on Zodiac I watched The Departed again last night instead (saw it a long time ago)... clearly Scorsese had too much of a budget to play with because he just didn't seem to know when to say when. The rest of the star actors I didn't mind too much, but if he had just passed on Jack Nicholson, I tired of Nicholson a long time ago. His character was just so cartoonish and over-the-top, apparently Nicholson himself had some input about the scenes he was in, and it showed.

Aside from that Marty had me for the first couple of hours (except for the aforementioned Nicholson), but then he lost me with the last part. That bloodbath at the end was just so silly and unnecessary, way to ruin a halfway feasible situation.

PS - I'm always amazed when I read viewers' reviews where they complain about violence and foul language, well, you just watched a movie about cops and the mob - what I kind of language did you expect? (I truly believe they do talk like that irl, something to do with having to prove their manhood to their colleagues and whatnot.)
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I thought she was good in Girl Interrupted and a few other movies but she may turn out to be a better director than an actress. Her directing efforts have been pretty good. The Bone Collector of course wasn't in the class of the other two movies. Pretty mediocre, a B movie with an A list cast and budget. Of the three I think Seven was the best and possibly David Fincher's best movie as well. I thought Fincher's, Fight Club was overrated but it was good in parts.
Funny you should mention Fincher, I thought about watching Zodiac again (which I thought was okay enough), but seeing as I had already seen in it a couple of times I passed on it. And I did see Fight Club a long time ago, but that's about all I remember about that movie. :Neutral:

Having passed on Zodiac I watched The Departed again last night instead (saw it a long time ago)... clearly Scorsese had too much of a budget to play with because he just didn't seem to know when to say when. The rest of the star actors I didn't mind too much, but if he had just passed on Jack Nicholson, I tired of Nicholson a long time ago. His character was just so cartoonish and over-the-top, apparently Nicholson himself had some input about the scenes he was in, and it showed.

Aside from that Marty had me for the first couple of hours (except for the aforementioned Nicholson), but then he lost me with the last part. That bloodbath at the end was just so silly and unnecessary, way to ruin a halfway feasible situation.

PS - I'm always amazed when I read viewers' reviews where they complain about violence and foul language, well, you just watched a movie about cops and the mob - what I kind of language did you expect? (I truly believe they do talk like that irl, something to do with having to prove their manhood to their colleagues and whatnot.)


I watched The Departed again recently and didn't like as much as the first time. Damon's character was just hard to believe. I think Casino was one of his underrated movies even though it was very long and violent obviously being about the Mob. Have to admit that for me Scorsese was at his best from Mean Streets up to Casino. I was never a big Nicholson fan, I thought he ruined the Shining which could have been a classic horror movie if not for Nicholson's cartoonish performance. Great visuals and atmosphere all the same. Full Metal Jacket was another flawed movie which should have been much better, still had some great moments. Stanley Kubrick never cared too much about acting he was all about visuals and technical aspects which is probably why I think 2001 was probably his best movie along with Clockwork Orange.
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07 Mar 2019 12:32

On this day, 20 years ago, one of the greatest passed away. We miss you Stanley Kubrick!
Riposa in pace, Michele!
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21 Mar 2019 21:02

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - I tried, dear god I tried, but I couldn't make it past the first hour. It just seemed like I had seen this kind of plot before (Children of Men, plus some other older sci-fi flicks), and the sluggish pace, plus horribly depressing colors just made me not want to go on.

Still love the original Blade Runner, though, it's possibly one of my very fave sci-fi flicks ever.
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Tricycle Rider wrote:Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - I tried, dear god I tried, but I couldn't make it past the first hour. It just seemed like I had seen this kind of plot before (Children of Men, plus some other older sci-fi flicks), and the sluggish pace, plus horribly depressing colors just made me not want to go on.

Still love the original Blade Runner, though, it's possibly one of my very fave sci-fi flicks ever.


The original Blade Runner still looks great. I thought the sequel would have looked stunning at the cinema as even on DVD it looked good but it was over long. Villeneuve makes some interesting movies but I would have preferred to see what Ridley Scott did with the sequel. Instead Ridley made a mess of the two Alien prequels which for me were just by the numbers horror/sci fi. They looked great and had one or two good set pieces but overall very disappointing especially after the disappointment of Alien Resurrection. Villeneuve is supposed to be doing a new version of Dune which could be good after the David Lynch oddity from the 80s. A bit of a cult film now but not a great one.
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24 Mar 2019 03:09

The Dirt

This was a good one for me. I was a teen in the 80s who loved rock so Motley was/is important. I read the book in the early '00 so this interpretation was different than the one I created in my head, but good non the less. :)
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jmdirt wrote:The Dirt

This was a good one for me. I was a teen in the 80s who loved rock so Motley was/is important. I read the book in the early '00 so this interpretation was different than the one I created in my head, but good non the less. :)
Funny, I used to hate the Crue... back in the early 80s when I was barely a teen it was a thing between the New Romantics and the Rockers (I was the former), but now I actually appreciate the Crue. Their music wasn't really all that bad after all.

Would like to see that The Dirt doc, but am not prepared to pay Netflix for it unless they give me some kind of a free dealy. (Cause no matter how old-ish I get I'm still frugal. :))
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25 Mar 2019 00:13

Tricycle Rider wrote:
jmdirt wrote:The Dirt

This was a good one for me. I was a teen in the 80s who loved rock so Motley was/is important. I read the book in the early '00 so this interpretation was different than the one I created in my head, but good non the less. :)
Funny, I used to hate the Crue... back in the early 80s when I was barely a teen it was a thing between the New Romantics and the Rockers (I was the former), but now I actually appreciate the Crue. Their music wasn't really all that bad after all.

Would like to see that The Dirt doc, but am not prepared to pay Netflix for it unless they give me some kind of a free dealy. (Cause no matter how old-ish I get I'm still frugal. :))


Never really got into them. Preferred Van Halen at least until Roth left the band.
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Tricycle Rider wrote:
jmdirt wrote:The Dirt

This was a good one for me. I was a teen in the 80s who loved rock so Motley was/is important. I read the book in the early '00 so this interpretation was different than the one I created in my head, but good non the less. :)
Funny, I used to hate the Crue... back in the early 80s when I was barely a teen it was a thing between the New Romantics and the Rockers (I was the former), but now I actually appreciate the Crue. Their music wasn't really all that bad after all.

Would like to see that The Dirt doc, but am not prepared to pay Netflix for it unless they give me some kind of a free dealy. (Cause no matter how old-ish I get I'm still frugal. :))


Never really got into them. Preferred Van Halen at least until Roth left the band.

Loved 'em both! Liked Sammy too, but I'm with you, I didn't like Van Hagar.
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25 Mar 2019 23:31

Thought several times already about mentioning one movie, but since I've actually watched it yesterday morning (for who knows what time), and as there's something these days the movie bitterly highlights, here it is... The Tour

I think you won't be sure where did the tears come from.
A hint...
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13 May 2019 20:45

Yesterday afternoon I've met a friend from the military service.
He asked me if I'm seeing someone from the army, I answered: "Only you.", he looked at me saying: "Stop showing off!"
It was pretty much like during the days in the army... Shallow minds, tall grass...
I don't know what's the status of such kind of service elsewhere, but in the shade of the Iron curtain it was as in the movie.
Another fine example of mid-European film school.
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02 Jun 2019 23:39

BlacKKKlansman
Not that great IMO and they could have taken 30 minutes out of it (but I feel that way about any movie that gets over 2 hrs! :))
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jmdirt wrote:BlacKKKlansman
Not that great IMO and they could have taken 30 minutes out of it (but I feel that way about any movie that gets over 2 hrs! :))


Ken Russell the English director, once said that the ideal length for a movie was 90 minutes. Most of the time I think he was right. 2.5 to 3.0 hour action, sci/fi, and Marvel movies just don't work most of the time because the story is not interesting enough to hold your attention. The best horror movies are the shorter ones.
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04 Jun 2019 01:24

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jmdirt wrote:BlacKKKlansman
Not that great IMO and they could have taken 30 minutes out of it (but I feel that way about any movie that gets over 2 hrs! :))


Ken Russell the English director, once said that the ideal length for a movie was 90 minutes. Most of the time I think he was right. 2.5 to 3.0 hour action, sci/fi, and Marvel movies just don't work most of the time because the story is not interesting enough to hold your attention. The best horror movies are the shorter ones.

Good enough movie. Hits the target certainly and I haven't regretted watching it. And there's always the book for those more interested in the events. Thanks for the tip.

Regarding the length... I guess the school classes don't last 45 minutes by chance. Often put together in pairs before a longer pause. Football/soccer match is another example.

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04 Jun 2019 11:40

movingtarget wrote:
jmdirt wrote:BlacKKKlansman
Not that great IMO and they could have taken 30 minutes out of it (but I feel that way about any movie that gets over 2 hrs! :))


Ken Russell the English director, once said that the ideal length for a movie was 90 minutes. Most of the time I think he was right. 2.5 to 3.0 hour action, sci/fi, and Marvel movies just don't work most of the time because the story is not interesting enough to hold your attention. The best horror movies are the shorter ones.

Movies like The Godfather or Once upon a time in America wouldn't work so well with only 90 minutes. You need to see almost every scene in order to understand the whole film. For horror and action films I agree, 90 minutes can be enough.
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