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Midweek Movie Free Talk

Have you watched any movies recently you want to discuss? Any films you want to recommend or are hyped about? Feel free to discuss anything here.

Please just try to provide fair warning of spoilers if you can.

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  1. streblo
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    I watched Mafia Inc. recently. It's a Canadian mob drama movie and I thought it was really well done. My only complaint is there is no (at least on Netflix) English closed captioning, so English...

    I watched Mafia Inc. recently. It's a Canadian mob drama movie and I thought it was really well done. My only complaint is there is no (at least on Netflix) English closed captioning, so English speakers only have subtitles for when they’re speaking in French or Italian.

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  2. lou
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    I watched Ready Player One because, if Spielberg does sci-fi, I'll eventually watch it. I'm seeing that it's got a 7.4 on IMDB. I'd rate it a bit lower (7.4 is masterpiece territory on IMDB), but...

    I watched Ready Player One because, if Spielberg does sci-fi, I'll eventually watch it. I'm seeing that it's got a 7.4 on IMDB. I'd rate it a bit lower (7.4 is masterpiece territory on IMDB), but that is not an egregious score. It seems that smart people don't care much for it, and I'm basing this on the fact that my smart friend hated it, as well as a passing memory of reviews made at the time.

    That is not a serious movie, and I say that as a compliment. Maybe Spielberg attracts a crowd that expects his sci-fi to deliver E.T, Close encounters, or even Minority Report. But Ready Player One is not Black Mirror, it's The Goonies in VR. The CGI is top-notch, the references to pop culture are on point, the kids are endearing, and the romance is pure and everlasting. The good guys are the image of all that is good and pure, and the villain looks, talks, and walks like a villain. No shades of gray. This is a movie for teenagers or those that appreciate feeling like one from time to time. Grade-A entertainment.

    Mark Rylance (the "Steve Jobs" from Don't Look Up) really knows how to play a weirdo. Guy's brilliant.

    Also: is that what Mark Zuckerberg thinks his metaverse looks like in his crazy billionaire alternate reality?

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  3. cloud_loud
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    I watched Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris which is available on Peacock. It was a charming little movie. Imagine Paddington but with an old woman at the center instead of a bear. Beautiful score too....

    I watched Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris which is available on Peacock. It was a charming little movie. Imagine Paddington but with an old woman at the center instead of a bear. Beautiful score too. Highly suggest.

    I also watched Meet Joe Black which was a daunting three hour long film. It’s slowly paced. And a quiet dramedy. It’s not the type of thing that warrants such a long runtime. But, honestly, it works. It doesn’t feel it’s length. And it’s oddly comforting. Pitt’s quiet and subtle performance is quite beautiful.

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  4. mycketforvirrad
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    The Big Sleep (1946) This Sunday I sat down in a cinema and watched a classic movie for the first time. For the first time in forty years, I don't ever remember smiling so much in the bio! I've...

    The Big Sleep (1946)

    This Sunday I sat down in a cinema and watched a classic movie for the first time. For the first time in forty years, I don't ever remember smiling so much in the bio!

    I've seen the The Big Sleep half a dozen times on the small screen, but being faced with it full force, with its snappy dialogue and fast paced tempo that comes from that era of cinema... I don't know. It beat even my giddy expectations.

    Not to harp on about my decreasing attention span again, but that might just have been the fastest 114 minutes of runtime I've ever sat through.

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  5. dubteedub
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    I've been spending a lot of time going to the movies lately and really enjoying it. Some great films out now: The Banshees of Inisherin - I really like Martin McDonagh's other movies (In Bruges,...

    I've been spending a lot of time going to the movies lately and really enjoying it. Some great films out now:

    • The Banshees of Inisherin - I really like Martin McDonagh's other movies (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, 3 Billboards) and this is another really solid film. A dark and sad comedy / drama set in 1920s Ireland. The acting between the two leads Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson is incredible. The landscapes were beautiful and some really nice shots in here. I really liked this one. 9/10

    • Tar - This was an interesting film. It covers the fall of a fictional symphony composer-conductor named Lydia Tar, played wonderfully by Cate Blanchett. This was a very slow burn movie, especially at the beginning it has some very long scenes taking place at an NPR interview and classroom instruction that felt overindulgent to me. As a movie that covers power dynamics in a workplace and especially taking advantage of young women, I thought it was interesting that the writer/director choose to make the film about a lesbian woman as opposed to a straight white man. I am not sure what the director was really trying to say with this choice, but my takeaway was that "white women feminism" can have some serious limitations if not using an intersectional lens. 7/10

    • She Said This one was just alright for me. It was very heavy stuff, focused on the NYT investigation into Harvey Weinstein. The acting / directing was pretty straightforward stuff and nothing really blew me away other than how depressing the subject matter was and how frustrating it was that the abuse was allowed to persist for so long. 6/10

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    acdw
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    I have become obsessed with The Owl House. The characters are really well-written, the world is incredible, the plot is twisty and turny but never feels too much. Just good good stuff.

    I have become obsessed with The Owl House. The characters are really well-written, the world is incredible, the plot is twisty and turny but never feels too much. Just good good stuff.

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      mycketforvirrad
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      ~television?
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        psi
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        Yeah, unfortunately the name of this thread is a bit ambiguous (and somewhat clunky). Maybe "Midweek movie free talk" would be a bit better?

        Yeah, unfortunately the name of this thread is a bit ambiguous (and somewhat clunky). Maybe "Midweek movie free talk" would be a bit better?

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          mycketforvirrad
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          Yeah, I struggled coming up with a zinger of a name for it when it was launched. Debated with it in the weeks following, pretty much drawing a blank. Hoped the group it was in might mitigate....

          Yeah, I struggled coming up with a zinger of a name for it when it was launched. Debated with it in the weeks following, pretty much drawing a blank. Hoped the group it was in might mitigate. Nada.

          But I love your name suggestion! Sorted!

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          1. acdw
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            oh oops, my bad! i've seen some goofy xmas movies lately lol

            oh oops, my bad! i've seen some goofy xmas movies lately lol

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