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Re: What movies have you been watching?
« Reply #350 on: January 26, 2019, 09:23:54 AM »
We got through about 2/3 of Fyre Fraud on Hulu before we realized how late it was. Man, that fake festival was a train wreck of gargantuan proportions. It makes for an entertaining documentary, though.

@OtherJen, I watched both the documentaries about the Fyre festival on Hulu and Netflix. There was a lot of overlap but I actually thought the Netflix version was better as I felt like I got more of a first hand perspective from the players involved.

I agree it was a gigantic train wreck and the guy is getting what he deserves. I did learn what an "influencer" is though. Good grief I must be out of touch with social media. I can't believe how many folks dished out huge quantities of money without flinching. I feel terrible for the islanders. Most of them never got paid and some even used their own money.

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« Reply #351 on: January 26, 2019, 11:46:40 AM »
I feel terrible for the islanders. Most of them never got paid and some even used their own money.

They're the only ones in the whole mess who have my sympathy. The wealthy "organizers" and influencers can all go to hell.

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« Reply #352 on: January 26, 2019, 12:21:31 PM »
I feel terrible for the islanders. Most of them never got paid and some even used their own money.

They're the only ones in the whole mess who have my sympathy. The wealthy "organizers" and influencers can all go to hell.

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« Reply #353 on: January 26, 2019, 12:24:51 PM »
I feel terrible for the islanders. Most of them never got paid and some even used their own money.

They're the only ones in the whole mess who have my sympathy. The wealthy "organizers" and influencers can all go to hell.

https://www.gofundme.com/exuma-point-fyre-fest-debt

Looks like this was specifically for the restaurant owner but she says she will be sharing the excess after her losses are covered.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bahamiam-restaurant-owner-maryanne-rolle-defrauded-by-fyre-festival-will-share-gofundme-donations/

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Re: What movies have you been watching?
« Reply #354 on: January 27, 2019, 07:06:40 AM »
I watched the movie "Io" on Netflix and I was like "Wait, what?" Nearly nothing happened for the entire movie and then the ending was so confusing that I had to look it up on Wikipedia afterward to figure out what happened. Such a shame too because it had the potential to be a great psychological horror movie when the girl started acting all crazy around the guy. The artsy people who make these films need to think a little bigger. You can make a great psychological drama with a cast of four people, but you need to give them something to do. Okay, rant over.

Yea i watched it and thought it was going to be like a female version kinda of Martian (with Matt Damon) so I watched it and it to me sucked.! You said it right its like they try to overthink or get to creative in so many movies these days so many times your caught at the ending saying to yourself 'wtf just happened" what was that about! lol


+2 to this.   Also, there's SO much terrible science that distracted me.

We also just watched Roma and Close.  Both technically Netflix films, wildly different quality.  Netflix is making a lot of very loosely put together movies lately.  Plots are hard, apparently.

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« Reply #355 on: January 27, 2019, 09:15:55 AM »
I went old-school this weekend and watched "The Right Stuff" which I have seen before but not for a few years. My goodness, that movie holds up (and it is a hoot to see some very well-known actors as very young men), especially considering it was made before any digital effects were available. I always like going back to see what the original reviews were like for movies that are now considered classics. I was fascinated to discover that the critics apparently liked it but it was a commercial failure at the time...I guess a three-hour movie about the Mercury astronauts was a bit of a hard sell in the days when you had to sit in a movie theater to see it. No wonder it's done better in the era of home movie viewing...

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« Reply #356 on: January 27, 2019, 10:19:58 AM »
I went old-school this weekend and watched "The Right Stuff" which I have seen before but not for a few years. My goodness, that movie holds up (and it is a hoot to see some very well-known actors as very young men), especially considering it was made before any digital effects were available. I always like going back to see what the original reviews were like for movies that are now considered classics. I was fascinated to discover that the critics apparently liked it but it was a commercial failure at the time...I guess a three-hour movie about the Mercury astronauts was a bit of a hard sell in the days when you had to sit in a movie theater to see it. No wonder it's done better in the era of home movie viewing...

I saw half of this in the theater when I was 12.  At that age, I was occasionally allowed to go to PG movies with my friends. We went to the only PG movie available, not knowing it was so long. Half way through, I had to leave b/c my mom was picking me up outside the theater. OMG, I WAS SO UPSET!!!!  I complained to my mother about this injustice for several more years, until VCR players/tape rentals became a thing and I was finally able to watch the rest, and it became one of our favorites.  Mom still sometimes apologizes to me about it.

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« Reply #357 on: January 27, 2019, 01:24:34 PM »
My son and I watched Monty Python the Life of Brian. I forgot how funny it was.

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« Reply #358 on: January 27, 2019, 01:25:40 PM »
I feel terrible for the islanders. Most of them never got paid and some even used their own money.

They're the only ones in the whole mess who have my sympathy. The wealthy "organizers" and influencers can all go to hell.

https://www.gofundme.com/exuma-point-fyre-fest-debt

Looks like this was specifically for the restaurant owner but she says she will be sharing the excess after her losses are covered.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bahamiam-restaurant-owner-maryanne-rolle-defrauded-by-fyre-festival-will-share-gofundme-donations/

Awesome, appreciate the link. I was thinking it would be a good idea to donate some money to the islanders who were screwed!

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« Reply #359 on: January 27, 2019, 02:19:33 PM »
Watched Raisin in the Sun yesterday - it was merely OK.  Although Sydney Poitier's performance was incredible, the rest of the movie was let down by looking/feeling like a stage play that just happens to be filmed.  The acting seemed to be calibrated for the theater too (except for Poitier, who was as I mentioned, incredible). 

Also watched 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.  Uhm wow, that was a great movie.  For such a prosaic setting (Romania in 1987, lower/middleclass neighborhood), this movie was really unsettling to watch.  And, unlike Raisin in the Sun, this movie is incredibly cinematic with what it does with the camera and sound design, even though it keeps a "documentary" overall aesthetic. 

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Re: What movies have you been watching?
« Reply #360 on: February 08, 2019, 04:58:37 AM »
Watched SOLO a Netflix original yesterday. Its totally in spanish but not alot of words and the CC was just fine. True Survival Story , great scenery, First movie I watched without understanding a word but really enjoyed it.

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Re: What movies have you been watching?
« Reply #361 on: February 08, 2019, 08:28:12 AM »
Watched Casino Royale on Netflix last night.  I don't think I'd seen it since in the theater in 2006.  Good stuff.

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« Reply #362 on: February 08, 2019, 09:38:04 AM »
I watched Hereditary last night. Really disturbing and creepy. I really hope I'm able to sleep again.

Just watched this the other night.  I rarely watch horror movies, but I appreciate good psychological horror so I occasionally watch those.  I had to wait for my husband to be out of town b/c he would never watch it in a million years.  Four-fifths of it were among the best, most disturbing psychological horror I've ever seen, with very little explicit violence, and only a few (absolutely masterful) jump scares.  I don't think I've ever been as viscerally shocked and disturbed by any movie sequence as much as that car scene.  Fantastic performances from most of the cast (except Gabriel Byrne, who appeared to just be collecting a check).  I was bummed out when it all went pretty lame at the very end. But then, most psychological horror can't seem to stick the landing.

I hesitate to recommend, just b/c it is SO disturbing.  But it is unbelievably well-executed, esp for a very young director.  And it is a great metaphor for how dysfunction and/or mental illness runs down through multiple generations.

If you appreciated Requiem for a Dream (a movie that I thought brilliant, but have ever since wished I'd never ever watched) or similar types of projects, then by all means see this.

Admittedly, I watched it alone, and found it a bit hard to wind down afterward and sleep.  I kept thinking I was hearing that little girl's tongue-click noise in my house LOL.  If you find such movies give you nightmares, then I would NOT advise watching alone or close to bedtime.


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Re: What movies have you been watching?
« Reply #363 on: February 08, 2019, 11:16:03 AM »
If you appreciated Requiem for a Dream (a movie that I thought brilliant, but have ever since wished I'd never ever watched)

Requiem for a Dream was a technically excellent movie but it was also like being punched in the gut over and over again.  I don't know if I enjoyed it, but it was worth watching.

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« Reply #364 on: February 08, 2019, 01:25:12 PM »
If you appreciated Requiem for a Dream (a movie that I thought brilliant, but have ever since wished I'd never ever watched)

Requiem for a Dream was a technically excellent movie but it was also like being punched in the gut over and over again.  I don't know if I enjoyed it, but it was worth watching.

I like Aronofsky's movies quite a bit. But to me, Requiem for a Dream just felt like an over-the-top After School Special message movie:  "Kids, don't do drugs!"

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« Reply #365 on: February 08, 2019, 03:39:07 PM »
I've never been able to find a movie that actually scared me.  I watched Hereditary in the theater, and walked out just thinking "WTF did I just watch?" more than anything.

I didn't really find it disturbing, just really weird and over the top.

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« Reply #366 on: February 09, 2019, 09:20:33 PM »
Two movies based on true stories:

"Only The Brave"--the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who fought wildfires in the West. It was surprisingly personal and well-acted for what initially seemed like an action movie.

"Marshall"--about Thurgood Marshall--this was not at all what I had assumed, as I thought it would be a biopic, or maybe about Brown vs. Board of Education. It's actually based on a case he was involved in when he was a fairly young lawyer in 1941--a black man accused of rape in Greenwich, Connecticut. Weirdly, the film-makers picked a case in which Marshall was barred from speaking in the courtroom (because he didn't have a CT law license, and the judge wouldn't grant special permission) and he had to work through a white lawyer to argue the case. It's actually a really good legal drama and an interesting look into a less well-known part of Marshall's life.

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« Reply #367 on: February 11, 2019, 04:39:04 AM »
I watched the movie "Io" on Netflix and I was like "Wait, what?" Nearly nothing happened for the entire movie and then the ending was so confusing that I had to look it up on Wikipedia afterward to figure out what happened. Such a shame too because it had the potential to be a great psychological horror movie when the girl started acting all crazy around the guy. The artsy people who make these films need to think a little bigger. You can make a great psychological drama with a cast of four people, but you need to give them something to do. Okay, rant over.

Yea i watched it and thought it was going to be like a female version kinda of Martian (with Matt Damon) so I watched it and it to me sucked.! You said it right its like they try to overthink or get to creative in so many movies these days so many times your caught at the ending saying to yourself 'wtf just happened" what was that about! lol


+2 to this.   Also, there's SO much terrible science that distracted me.

We also just watched Roma and Close.  Both technically Netflix films, wildly different quality.  Netflix is making a lot of very loosely put together movies lately.  Plots are hard, apparently.




I'm with ya on this. Seems like Netflix is just pumping a lot of stuff out with the simplest plot and making it last for 90 minutes. Not a lot of there own good content lately.

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« Reply #368 on: February 11, 2019, 09:21:02 AM »
Saw Crazy Rich Asians last night.  Although it's a tried and true storyline, it really does make a difference to have representation.  It felt pretty different than the plot might indicate on paper. 

Otherwise, I was struck that it is one of the few cases where I think I actually liked the movie better than the book.  It has been over 5 years since I read the book so maybe I just don't remember it well enough, but from a Mustachian angle, I find it hard to read or see excessive consumption like this.  It's just a turn off.  In this case, since movies are shorter than books, it was less of a turn off.  I remember the book feeling like it was just too much, spending hours reading about the minute details of the excessive consumption.  The movie obviously showed this, but we didn't have to spend as much time in every detail of it.  Also, I loved the realization of the character of Peik Lin.  Oliver was pretty good, too, but Peik Lin was even better in the movie than I was picturing in the book.