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Re: Rate That Movie Part IV: Movies Never Sleep

Postby numbersix » August 2nd, 2017, 6:24 am

Ah, he did, you're right. And that's probably my least favourite Nolan film. So much for that!
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Re: Rate That Movie Part IV: Movies Never Sleep

Postby Ron Burgundy » August 2nd, 2017, 6:30 am

Obviously you haven't ever visited the space library...its real man... :ugeek: lol (as real as anything in Twin Peaks ;) )

Sorry boosh, theres no way in hell Nolan will go back to anything like Memento, he's tasted big budget, apparently it tastes good. Besides, who doesn't like awesome visuals?

And im not fully sold on Q.T retiring to write novels, perhaps half that, half movie scripts to give to budding young filmmakers.
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Re: Rate That Movie Part IV: Movies Never Sleep

Postby transformers2 » August 12th, 2017, 8:43 pm

Wind River 9/10
WOW!!!!!! The first major directorial effort from Sicario and Hell or Highwater scribe Taylor Sheridan is easily the best film I've seen in 2017 so far. Like Sheridan's past projects, Wind River maximizes the effectiveness of its pretty conventional setup with an intoxicating atmosphere, rich characterization, bursts of white-knuckle tension and some outstanding performances from its primary cast (Jeremy Renner particularly stands out). Hopefully this can follow Hell or High Water's lead and pick up some nominations come awards season.
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Re: Rate That Movie Part IV: Movies Never Sleep

Postby Buscemi2 » August 12th, 2017, 8:59 pm

Actually, Wind River is Sheridan's second directorial effort. I found a few days ago he directed a film some years earlier called Vile that went straight-to-DVD. Reading about the premise (it's a Saw-inspired torture porn), it might explain why Sheridan loves doing films about people committing crimes and shocking the audience with the occasional violence or event.
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Re: Rate That Movie Part IV: Movies Never Sleep

Postby transformers2 » August 12th, 2017, 9:54 pm

Whoops, clearly missed that bit of info. Oh well, Wind River was still incredible.
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Re: Rate That Movie Part IV: Movies Never Sleep

Postby Buscemi2 » August 17th, 2017, 11:46 pm

Lady Macbeth 8/10

Shakespearian tragedy enters the 19th century as this cold but beautifully made drama is elevated by a great performance by Florence Pugh (I know it's only August but where are the awards talks for her?) and some very striking cinematography and period design (can you believe this only cost $650,000 to produce?). The film is very gritty and disturbing at times and the transitions from Katherine's emptiness in life to her affairs only make things more so. You are definitely not seeing too many American films like this where they are willing to be graphic or show the ugliness of one's self. I also have to congratulate the find of Pugh. It's really sad that in the US, we are not developing actors like they are in the UK. It's just "find a pretty face, preferably one with a blonde head of hair to go with it, and we'll drop her in 20 movies" while those who actually have talent are lucky to get one chance. I'd be surprised if one-tenth of the actresses here could pull off a performance like Pugh does. I see that she's in Stephen Merchant's movie with Dwayne Johnson. Maybe she'll get more chances than European actresses typically get in Hollywood before they stick Generic Blonde/Relative of Famous Actor #27 in every other role.

Just as disturbing was the person behind me who seemed to be convinced he was watching a comedy and laughing at various things that weren't funny.
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Re: Rate That Movie Part IV: Movies Never Sleep

Postby transformers2 » August 19th, 2017, 3:09 pm

The Hitman's Bodyguard 7.5/10
Watching Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson argue, kill henchman and develop an "unlikely" bond while traveling across Europe makes for a pretty damn fun time at the movies. Everything else around them ranges from suspect (Elodie Yung, most of the script) to competent (the action sequences, Gary Oldman as the Belarusian dictator that Jackson's character is trying to testify against), but the leads are so well-matched that they easily carry the movie by themselves. When it comes to loud, late-summer diversions, you could do a whole lot worse than this.
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Re: Rate That Movie Part IV: Movies Never Sleep

Postby Buscemi2 » August 19th, 2017, 6:33 pm

Logan Lucky 2/10

Steven Soderbergh should have stayed retired. This nearly two-hour dud is really nothing more than an excuse to shove as many one-dimensional characters and lame jokes into an awful script (written under a pseudonym, much like all of Soderbergh's non-director credits) that wears out its welcome fast. The pace is extremely slow and feels as if Soderbergh basically released his rough cut and called that the movie (which is a major problem with self-distributing your film, as it seems having final cut leads to self-indulgence and surrounding yourself with yes men). A lot of things could have been edited out (like Katherine Waterson's completely unnecessary character and the subplot involving Seth MacFarlane and Sebastian Stan which does nothing for the main story) and it would play slightly better. The one interesting character is Riley Keough's character but she's given little to do (another problem with the script is that its women are very flat characters, making the use of a woman's name as the script's author very ironic).

I have no idea why Soderbergh thought this could play in 3,000 theatres. It's nothing more than your typical VOD indie film with a bigger budget.
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Re: Rate That Movie Part IV: Movies Never Sleep

Postby Buscemi2 » August 20th, 2017, 6:03 pm

Brigsby Bear 1/10

The Lonely Island and company try to make an Americanized Bad Boy Bubby...and fail horribly. When it's not creeping you out with its uncanny valley Teddy Ruxpin-esque thing or its Chris-chan-like main character, the film lives in Crazy Town (err, I mean Utah) with its characters living in a bizarre reality of encouraging a creepy man obsessed with a children's show and helping him tamper with police evidence to make a movie (also, I'm pretty sure it's against the law to post video tapes being used in a kidnapping case on YouTube). I'm also amazed that this film managed to attract names like Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, and Greg Kinnear into what basically amounts to a vanity project for its star (who basically looks like a cross between Garth Algar and Lewis Skolnick).

The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth and you just know someone (probably a Brony type) is going to do this in real life thinking he'll end up like the guy here. That's not how life works.
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