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« Reply #250 on: August 31, 2018, 05:29:36 PM »
I started poking around Amazon Prime last night and found a couple of fun ones.

"Sneakers" was on a list of Robert Redford's best movies that came out when he announced his retirement from acting. It was a lot of fun to watch, especially since it included several excellent actors who have either died or that I haven't seen for awhile, including River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd and James Earl Jones. Poor Mary McDonnell got saddled with a really unfortunate early 90s haircut, though.

I also watched "The Prince and Me" which is very slight but was fun in light of the recent royal wedding--and features a very young but already excellent Julia Stiles.

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« Reply #251 on: August 31, 2018, 06:33:51 PM »
Sneakers is silly but holds together surprisingly well, probably because of the cast. I think Spy Game (also with Redford) is a less-campy variation on that theme (and Spy Game includes Brad Pitt <3).

Just watched Downsizing which had some good ideas but seemed a little muddled (I wasn't sure to what extent it should be embraced as an allegory to explain the odd plot development). The depiction of the Vietnamese refugee by Hong Chau, of course, was criticized for exuding too many stereotypes. I was not bothered by that based on my corollary knowledge that all stereotypes about Russians are actually true!

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« Reply #252 on: September 16, 2018, 06:33:42 AM »
I watched Hereditary last night. Really disturbing and creepy. I really hope I'm able to sleep again.

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« Reply #253 on: September 16, 2018, 06:41:26 AM »
I just watched Your Name last night.  It's a animated Japanese film about two teenagers of opposite genders who occasionally wake up in each other's bodies for a day.  It sounds super campy and like it should be full of ridiculous fan service, but it wasn't at all - it was REALLY GOOD.  The animation was amazingly detailed and beautiful, the story was gripping (to me, at least), and DH and I were seriously groping each other on the arm at the end while we stared at the TV, saying things like "It'll be ok, it's not over yet! Just wait!" 


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« Reply #254 on: September 16, 2018, 02:22:58 PM »
Saw Crazy Rich Asians in the theater, mostly to spend time with my sister. It was light as a feather and lots of fun. I highly recommend it if romantic comedies are your bag. I liked the main couple, but honestly my favorite characters were all supporting roles.

Also saw Coco Before Chanel, a French biopic of Coco Chanel. Audrey Tautou did a great job with the leading role, but I was hoping for more fashion and the movie spends most of its time on her relationships with the two men who supported her before she got her business underway.

And the Fate of the Furious, because sometimes you just like an absurd action movie. I mean, in the first ten minutes the hero wins a drag race while driving a flaming car backwards. After that you know exactly what you're getting into.

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« Reply #255 on: September 17, 2018, 03:05:27 AM »
Saw Crazy Rich Asians in the theater, mostly to spend time with my sister. It was light as a feather and lots of fun. I highly recommend it if romantic comedies are your bag. I liked the main couple, but honestly my favorite characters were all supporting roles.
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I saw this the other day,  I was glad it had a happier ending than the book. But I agree the supporting characters are a lot more fun and interesting in both the book and movies

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« Reply #256 on: September 22, 2018, 11:17:26 PM »
Watched Ocean's 8 now that it is out on home video. The heist plot is not nearly as clever as the one in Ocean's Eleven, but if your idea of good entertainment is eight really good actresses having a whale of a time, this is the movie for you.


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« Reply #257 on: September 23, 2018, 11:53:45 AM »
I reserved Split and Goodbye Lenin! from the library. The former because a new M.N. Shayamalan movie is coming out next year and I hadn't seen that one. The latter because I haven't seen it since 2005 and I am into some Yann Tiersen right now.

Split was good. I'm partial to McAvoy though. GL is also a good film, but I think the kid could have saved himself a lot of time trouble and just told his mother the truth once she was home. He wasn't really doing it for her, he was being selfish.

Realizing now that both film's actors have connections to the Marvel Universe.

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« Reply #258 on: September 29, 2018, 09:55:50 PM »
Our weekends have been pretty grey and rainy lately--perfect for watching movies.

I am continuing my (very) slow perambulation through the Marvel superhero movies and came to Iron Man 3, which I thought was better than I remembered.

Watched Solo, which I have been excited to see coming to streaming. I am not a Star Wars purist, and I really liked it, although I know a lot of people weren't thrilled with it. It had a sense of fun that reminded me of the original Star Wars--more recent installments have gotten much more serious.

I decided I was not in the mood for either of the Serious Dramas I had checked out of the library, so I poked around on Netflix and found The Truman Show. It definitely has some plot holes, but it remains surprisingly watchable.

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« Reply #259 on: October 02, 2018, 01:30:20 PM »
Couple of movies from the library:

Dr. Strange. Not the modern verson. The 1978 version. It was like a made for tv movie. Complete with 70s wah wah guitar.

Pirate Radio. Not real deep, but entertaining.

I also saw Three Identical Strangers last night. It was a good documentary, watching the joy then despair. Nature vs. nurture. Made me think about inherited traits and how I was raised.

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« Reply #260 on: October 03, 2018, 07:36:36 AM »
We watched Gremlins last weekend! My fiance had never seen it. It actually holds up pretty well! I thought the puppets looked quite good for over 30 years ago, and it's a unique little story, rather then a tiresome trope. I realized I had very few memories of the movie because I was so young when I saw it, so it was a lot like seeing it for the first time.

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« Reply #261 on: October 03, 2018, 07:44:53 AM »
Trailer Park Boys, the movie. Hilarious!

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« Reply #262 on: October 03, 2018, 07:48:06 AM »
We just watched Bad Samaritan last night. Very good movie -- David Tennant was fantastic as the bad guy.

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« Reply #263 on: October 03, 2018, 08:01:17 AM »
We just watched Bad Samaritan last night. Very good movie -- David Tennant was fantastic as the bad guy.

@Kris , that's because David Tennant is fantastic at everything :)

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« Reply #264 on: October 03, 2018, 08:01:47 AM »
We just watched Bad Samaritan last night. Very good movie -- David Tennant was fantastic as the bad guy.

@Kris , that's because David Tennant is fantastic at everything :)

No kidding. But wow, I had never seen him be so evil before. It was really chilling.

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« Reply #265 on: October 03, 2018, 09:01:29 AM »
I just watched Your Name last night.  It's a animated Japanese film about two teenagers of opposite genders who occasionally wake up in each other's bodies for a day.  It sounds super campy and like it should be full of ridiculous fan service, but it wasn't at all - it was REALLY GOOD.  The animation was amazingly detailed and beautiful, the story was gripping (to me, at least), and DH and I were seriously groping each other on the arm at the end while we stared at the TV, saying things like "It'll be ok, it's not over yet! Just wait!"

OMG, I borrowed that from the library not too long ago. It was great and I was really rooting for those kids!

Watching John Adams for the umpteenth time.

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« Reply #266 on: October 03, 2018, 09:10:15 AM »
The first thing I really saw David Tennant in was "Jessica Jones" in which he very effectively played one of the most evil villains Marvel has so far put on screen. It messed with my mind when I saw him in a more positive role. He does a really good villain!
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« Reply #267 on: October 03, 2018, 09:17:40 AM »
The first thing I really saw David Tennant in was "Jessica Jones" in which he very effectively played one the most evil villains Marvel has so far put on screen. It really messed with my mind when I saw him in a more positive role. He does a really good villain!

I've never seen that. Thinking I might have to watch it, though.

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« Reply #268 on: October 03, 2018, 09:26:17 AM »
The first thing I really saw David Tennant in was "Jessica Jones" in which he very effectively played one the most evil villains Marvel has so far put on screen. It really messed with my mind when I saw him in a more positive role. He does a really good villain!

I've never seen that. Thinking I might have to watch it, though.

"Secret Smile" is also a David-Tennant-as-a-villain serial drama.  Totally creepy, lots of emotional manipulation and a sexual assault/rape, and I probably won't watch it again.  As an alternate, "Recovery" is a BBC movie about a man recovering from a brain injury.  I haven't watched it in years, but I remember it as being well done and hard to watch because it's so emotional.

I saw him in Doctor Who first, though, so it's hard to think of him as totally a villain.  He's so good at it, though!

... Come to think of it, I may have seen him first as Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter.  He's a villain there too.

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« Reply #269 on: October 03, 2018, 09:46:02 AM »
The first thing I really saw David Tennant in was "Jessica Jones" in which he very effectively played one the most evil villains Marvel has so far put on screen. It really messed with my mind when I saw him in a more positive role. He does a really good villain!

I've never seen that. Thinking I might have to watch it, though.

"Secret Smile" is also a David-Tennant-as-a-villain serial drama.  Totally creepy, lots of emotional manipulation and a sexual assault/rape, and I probably won't watch it again.  As an alternate, "Recovery" is a BBC movie about a man recovering from a brain injury.  I haven't watched it in years, but I remember it as being well done and hard to watch because it's so emotional.

I saw him in Doctor Who first, though, so it's hard to think of him as totally a villain.  He's so good at it, though!

... Come to think of it, I may have seen him first as Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter.  He's a villain there too.

Yeah, I've pretty much only seen him in Dr. Who and Broadchurch, so...

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« Reply #270 on: October 03, 2018, 09:55:29 AM »
The first thing I really saw David Tennant in was "Jessica Jones" in which he very effectively played one the most evil villains Marvel has so far put on screen. It really messed with my mind when I saw him in a more positive role. He does a really good villain!

I've never seen that. Thinking I might have to watch it, though.

"Secret Smile" is also a David-Tennant-as-a-villain serial drama.  Totally creepy, lots of emotional manipulation and a sexual assault/rape, and I probably won't watch it again.  As an alternate, "Recovery" is a BBC movie about a man recovering from a brain injury.  I haven't watched it in years, but I remember it as being well done and hard to watch because it's so emotional.

I saw him in Doctor Who first, though, so it's hard to think of him as totally a villain.  He's so good at it, though!

... Come to think of it, I may have seen him first as Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter.  He's a villain there too.

Yeah, I've pretty much only seen him in Dr. Who and Broadchurch, so...

I confess, I have a mild obsession.  I went through a period where I searched out any and all David Tennant movies or shows, even if I had to watch them in parts on YouTube.  There are so many more, and so many ridiculous ones.  Casanova, anyone?  If you ever want David Tennant recommendations, let me know ;)

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« Reply #271 on: October 03, 2018, 10:01:14 AM »
The first thing I really saw David Tennant in was "Jessica Jones" in which he very effectively played one the most evil villains Marvel has so far put on screen. It really messed with my mind when I saw him in a more positive role. He does a really good villain!

I've never seen that. Thinking I might have to watch it, though.

"Secret Smile" is also a David-Tennant-as-a-villain serial drama.  Totally creepy, lots of emotional manipulation and a sexual assault/rape, and I probably won't watch it again.  As an alternate, "Recovery" is a BBC movie about a man recovering from a brain injury.  I haven't watched it in years, but I remember it as being well done and hard to watch because it's so emotional.

I saw him in Doctor Who first, though, so it's hard to think of him as totally a villain.  He's so good at it, though!

... Come to think of it, I may have seen him first as Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter.  He's a villain there too.

Yeah, I've pretty much only seen him in Dr. Who and Broadchurch, so...

I confess, I have a mild obsession.  I went through a period where I searched out any and all David Tennant movies or shows, even if I had to watch them in parts on YouTube.  There are so many more, and so many ridiculous ones.  Casanova, anyone?  If you ever want David Tennant recommendations, let me know ;)

Will do! And I just noticed you live in FoCo. Lucky you!

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« Reply #272 on: October 03, 2018, 10:15:18 AM »
The first thing I really saw David Tennant in was "Jessica Jones" in which he very effectively played one the most evil villains Marvel has so far put on screen. It really messed with my mind when I saw him in a more positive role. He does a really good villain!

I've never seen that. Thinking I might have to watch it, though.

"Secret Smile" is also a David-Tennant-as-a-villain serial drama.  Totally creepy, lots of emotional manipulation and a sexual assault/rape, and I probably won't watch it again.  As an alternate, "Recovery" is a BBC movie about a man recovering from a brain injury.  I haven't watched it in years, but I remember it as being well done and hard to watch because it's so emotional.

I saw him in Doctor Who first, though, so it's hard to think of him as totally a villain.  He's so good at it, though!

... Come to think of it, I may have seen him first as Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter.  He's a villain there too.

Yeah, I've pretty much only seen him in Dr. Who and Broadchurch, so...

I confess, I have a mild obsession.  I went through a period where I searched out any and all David Tennant movies or shows, even if I had to watch them in parts on YouTube.  There are so many more, and so many ridiculous ones.  Casanova, anyone?  If you ever want David Tennant recommendations, let me know ;)

Will do! And I just noticed you live in FoCo. Lucky you!

Northern Colorado is nice, I moved here for college and never left.  I was surprised after I started reading the blog that MMM lived in Longmont - I always look for the shop/hq while driving to Lafayette to see my in-laws :)

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« Reply #273 on: October 03, 2018, 10:16:28 AM »
The first thing I really saw David Tennant in was "Jessica Jones" in which he very effectively played one the most evil villains Marvel has so far put on screen. It really messed with my mind when I saw him in a more positive role. He does a really good villain!

I've never seen that. Thinking I might have to watch it, though.

"Secret Smile" is also a David-Tennant-as-a-villain serial drama.  Totally creepy, lots of emotional manipulation and a sexual assault/rape, and I probably won't watch it again.  As an alternate, "Recovery" is a BBC movie about a man recovering from a brain injury.  I haven't watched it in years, but I remember it as being well done and hard to watch because it's so emotional.

I saw him in Doctor Who first, though, so it's hard to think of him as totally a villain.  He's so good at it, though!

... Come to think of it, I may have seen him first as Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter.  He's a villain there too.

Yeah, I've pretty much only seen him in Dr. Who and Broadchurch, so...

I confess, I have a mild obsession.  I went through a period where I searched out any and all David Tennant movies or shows, even if I had to watch them in parts on YouTube.  There are so many more, and so many ridiculous ones.  Casanova, anyone?  If you ever want David Tennant recommendations, let me know ;)

Will do! And I just noticed you live in FoCo. Lucky you!

Northern Colorado is nice, I moved here for college and never left.  I was surprised after I started reading the blog that MMM lived in Longmont - I always look for the shop/hq while driving to Lafayette to see my in-laws :)

My nephew lives there with his family. We just love it there. Gorgeous place, lots of fun stuff to do.

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« Reply #274 on: October 03, 2018, 11:25:48 AM »
The first thing I really saw David Tennant in was "Jessica Jones" in which he very effectively played one the most evil villains Marvel has so far put on screen. It really messed with my mind when I saw him in a more positive role. He does a really good villain!

I've never seen that. Thinking I might have to watch it, though.

It's not perfect--like a lot of the early Netflix series, it's got about 8 episodes of plot in a 13-episode season (which I thought was dumb--Jessica's a private detective! A perfect way to fill out the season with some standalone episodes about her work!)  But David Tennant is just terrific and Krysten Ritter does a great job with Jessica, and although you have to slog through a slow section in the middle, the ending is really effective. Be warned, though, the plot is dead centered on gender similar to the news right now, which may be a bit much for some people.

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« Reply #275 on: October 15, 2018, 07:00:26 AM »
A couple of interesting things lately: "I Am Big Bird" about Carroll Spinney, who has played Big Bird (and Oscar the Grouch) since the inception of Sesame Street--although these days he does have help and back-up actors. I really liked it--he is clearly a complicated person and the movie is pretty honest about that, although it's also very kind. He and his wife are also very enthusiastic home movie buffs, and the filmmakers clearly had access to the family archives as there was a lot of footage I had never seen before.

And this weekend--"Destination Wedding" which is streaming on Prime. This is a movie that people are either going to love or hate. Most of the critics hated it, but I really liked it. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder play two very difficult people who end up stuck together at a destination wedding and discover that their personal brands of difficulty match up very well. There is a lot of physical comedy involved to make two of the most beautiful people on the planet believably unattractive, and Keanu Reeves in particular does a great job with it. Fair warning--the movie is literally just those two actors and a lot of background extras, and it's very dialogue-heavy.