What was the last movie you saw?

tegeus-Cromis

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Just went to see The Goldfinch. Having read the book, I rather liked it. Having not read the book, my wife hated it. In fact, she walked out halfway through.
 

tegeus-Cromis

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Interesting. The book is one of my all time favourites.
I guess it's not a good movie (most critics hated it too), and if you haven't read the book it's apparently hard to follow, and even harder to figure out why you should care about these characters. But it's an excellent visualization of the book. For example, the Las Vegas house and Hobie's store/workshop looked exactly as I'd imagined them when reading the book. This rarely if ever happens. So go see it not as an adaptation, but as a set of illustrations for the book, and you may enjoy it.
 
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I guess it's not a good movie (most critics hated it too), and if you haven't read the book it's apparently hard to follow, and even harder to figure out why you should care about these characters. But it's an excellent visualization of the book. For example, the Las Vegas house and Hobie's store/workshop looked exactly as I'd imagined them when reading the book. This rarely if ever happens. So go see it not as an adaptation, but as a set of illustrations for the book, and you may enjoy it.
I'm intrigued. But mainly I would want to see how they do Hobie and Boris as they are such great characters in the book...
 

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The Big Clock (1948) Noir Alley resumed after more than a month's absence; though I expected 9/1 would have been the date, it was not until 9/8.

George Stroud (Ray Milland) is the guy who runs a detective-themed magazine, Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton) owns the media giant, and is apparently modeled on a real guy of some infamy, for having supported Mussolini & downplayed the threat posed by Hitler. So, they both have certain relationships with Pauline York (Rita Johnson); whom Janoth suddenly kills in a fit of jealousy. But he conks her with a sundial that Stroud had just given her as a gift.

Minutes before the murder, Stroud was leaving York's apartment through the back door, just as Janoth enters through the front; they see each other, but Stroud is in a darkened area his identity is unknown to Janoth.

Steve Hagen (George Macready) is Janoth's fixer, and convinces him to cover-up the murder, pinning it on the mystery man he saw leaving via the back door. Stroud ends up assigned with finding the man whom he knows is himself, as the murder has yet to be known by anyone other than himself, and as far as he knows, Janoth.

Harry Morgan as the henchman; a role he seemed to have frequently before M.A.S.H.


Nocturne (1946) George Raft as a Cop this time. Murder mystery; Noir Alley treatment; Muller mentioned the hit films that Raft foolishly turned down; Bogart came to prominence because of it. Detective is so intent on solving what he thinks is a murder, but what seems a suicide, that he ends up suspended, because he refuses to take the case the chief wants.

Shaken and Stirred (?) All about James Bond; filler content that follows films not quite ending on the half-hour.
 

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Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947)

Ralph Byrd as the title hero, with BORIS KARLOFF as he Bad Guy!

This one lacked all the wonderful gadgets, but did a fine job mixing the seriousness and campiness! It was also a fine example how, lacking Special Effects/CGI, chase scenes, fights and other action scenes can be so much more realistic!

If this one were in color - and I could get you to go see it - I think even the most ardent FX fans would love it.

Even without most of the futuristic gadgets, it still had a touch of the Sci-Fi - a 'time bomb' that suspended time!
A few years ago, TCM ran a block of those old Dick Tracy films, I found all of them very entertaining. I have seen this one several times; Karloff makes a great villain. He was the villain in the Water Mitty film also. TCM also ran the Dick Tracy serial(s) a few years ago. One of those actors of these films was DT in that (or those).
 

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Just watched the original Dark Crystal film after watching Age of Resistance on Netflix.

It definitely goes by super quick pacing wise. As if there’s an insane amount of lore but they have to tell it all within a 90 minute span.
Plus now having seen how it all ends, it belittles all the efforts of the show.

Which I think you could compare to Star Wars in which you know how it ends and then they create a prequel series to show how they got there. But the primary difference in Star Wars is you get to see how the dark side was on the bottom and then rose to rule the galaxy. But in the Dark Crystal, they’re already on the bottom and stay on the bottom. So you just know that all their efforts end in failure.

Still very good. A fascinating world and story.
 

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Loved it. Could've done with slightly more fleshing out of some of the characters' stories (Barrow, for example) but was satisfied. The cinema was actually busy for a change, and people actually clapped at the end which I haven't seen done since The Return of the King.
 

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Gangs of New York
Not at all what I was expecting. Though he has some absolute gems, I’m not the biggest Scorsese fan. This film has some gripping scenes, but most of it I feel I’ve seen in other films done better. Also, this is maybe the first film with Leonardo DiCaprio that I wasn’t overly impressed by.
 

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Live and Let Die (1973) Wonderfully entertaining, and deliberately funny; at least in certain scenes.

There is a problem in continuity or an error in [?] between You only Live Twice and On her Majesty's Secret Service. In the former, Bond & Blofeld meet face to face; in the latter, Blofeld fails to recognize Bond.
 

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Toy Story 4 -- much cuteness and sappy heartwarmy moments as expected, but also some good action and sets, like an old antique store and carnival, make this movie = Toy Story 4.
 

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She wore a yellow ribbon - John Ford [1949]
Probably [one of] John Wayne's finest film. And John ford's direction is beautiful. Between Ford and Winton C. Hoch as Cinematographer, the whole thing flows and looks like a series of animated Remmington paintings.
 
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