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Movie Monday Free Talk

Tilderinos, have you watched any movies recently you want to discuss? Any movies that you want to recommend or are hyped about? Feel free to discuss anything here.

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


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  1. mundane_and_naive Link
    Watched Eighth Grade, it's essentially a coming-of-age story set in the current age of social media culture. It's a very heartwarming story that I believe anyone with social anxiety can definitely...

    Watched Eighth Grade, it's essentially a coming-of-age story set in the current age of social media culture. It's a very heartwarming story that I believe anyone with social anxiety can definitely relate to. What I especially like about the film though is how subdued yet emotionally intense the conflicts are. There are no big fights, no massive arguments with continuous back-and-forth, just a lot of pent-up frustration between parties. It's like a pressure cooker that gradually builds up tension until it finally exceed its limit but instead of exploding, the boiling water just bursts out and spills all over the place.

    4 votes
  2. nic Link
    Arctic is amazing, except the ending lacks the strength of the beginning and middle. One critic felt it was almost as if the director decided the movie was long enough, and simply decided to end...

    Arctic is amazing, except the ending lacks the strength of the beginning and middle.

    One critic felt it was almost as if the director decided the movie was long enough, and simply decided to end the movie.

    4 votes
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    krg Link
    I watched most of Chairman of the Board the other night. Sure, it's a crappy film...but I found it entertaining enough. Whatever happened to these 90s zany comedies that were unabashedly dumb and...

    I watched most of Chairman of the Board the other night. Sure, it's a crappy film...but I found it entertaining enough. Whatever happened to these 90s zany comedies that were unabashedly dumb and basically live-action cartoons? Does anyone have any other examples? I kinda liked these gags-a-minute fests.

    3 votes
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      cfabbro Link Parent
      Related Conan O'Brien interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F6dXcW-_Fc Norm Macdonald is a comedy genius.

      Related Conan O'Brien interview:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F6dXcW-_Fc

      Conan - Do something with that, you freak.
      Norm - I bet board is spelled b-o-r-e-d.

      Norm Macdonald is a comedy genius.

      3 votes
      1. [4]
        krg Link Parent
        That was actually a joke Carrot Top made in the movie, too.

        That was actually a joke Carrot Top made in the movie, too.

        2 votes
        1. [3]
          cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
          Ah, it's been a really long time since I have seen the movie so don't remember that. But hey, no disrespect to Carrot Top either... prop comics get a lot of shit, but I don't think its entirely...

          Ah, it's been a really long time since I have seen the movie so don't remember that. But hey, no disrespect to Carrot Top either... prop comics get a lot of shit, but I don't think its entirely deserved, and Carrot Top was arguably the best at that particular shtick. IIRC I even moderately enjoyed Chairman of the Board too. From what I remember, it was remarkably dumb but got a few laughs out of me.

          p.s.

          Does anyone have any other examples?

          Freddy Got Fingered (+all Tom Green movies).
          Encino Man (+all Pauly Shore movies).
          Dumb & Dumber (+most Jim Carey movies)
          Ernest Goes To Jail (+all Jim Varney [RIP] movies)
          Hot Shots! and Part Deux
          The Naked Gun (1988, but II is 1994)
          Robin Hood: Men in Tights by da King, Mel Brooks.
          There’s Something About Mary (+all Ben Stiller movies)
          Cool Running (+all John Candy/ most SCTV cast movies)
          Coneheads, Tommy Boy, Happy Gilmore, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (+all SNL cast movies)

          2 votes
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            dubteedub Link Parent
            Speaking of solid 90's goof movies with PAuly Shore, Bio-Dome is a must watch imo. I also highly recommend Surf Ninjas. Just a ridiculous concept movie about surfing ninjas with a very young Rob...

            Speaking of solid 90's goof movies with PAuly Shore, Bio-Dome is a must watch imo.

            I also highly recommend Surf Ninjas. Just a ridiculous concept movie about surfing ninjas with a very young Rob Schneider and a bionic Leslie Nielsen as the villain.

            1 vote
      2. dubteedub Link Parent
        Lol, that was the first thing that came to my mind as well. Its literally the only thing I know about that movie.

        Lol, that was the first thing that came to my mind as well. Its literally the only thing I know about that movie.

        1 vote
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    dubteedub (edited ) Link
    I watched Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and really enjoyed it. As I had mentioned previously, Gilliam is one of my favorite directors and I love how surreal his works are. The...

    I watched Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and really enjoyed it. As I had mentioned previously, Gilliam is one of my favorite directors and I love how surreal his works are. The cinematography, costumes, and set design were so on point in this movie. I love how well Gilliam can convey a tone / mood in his work, from fantastical nostalgia to confusion / hysteria. I think Adam Driver did a great job in his role here, but I was particularly glad to have Jonathan Pryce reuniting with Gilliam here after his role in Brazil, which is my absolute favorite movie.


    Given Denis Villeneuve's upcoming Dune adaptation, I also went back to watched both David Lynch's 1984 adaptation, as well as the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries.

    I fondly remembered the Lynch adaptation, but was mildly annoyed re-watching it now with how rushed it felt. Lynch has a great visual style in his work, but the movie felt hugely rushed in the second half. By constrast, despite its lower production values, I really enjoyed the sci fi miniseries this time around. I had remembered it being very dry when I first watched it, but this time around I appreciated the efforts to faithfully bring Frank Hebret's work to life. I loved how much more focused on intrigue there was in the miniseries. Given its nearly five hour length, they were able to spend much more time developing characters and stories, particularly Princess Irulan who plays a much more central role in the story.

    After watching these again, I am really hyped for Villeneuve's work, but a bit worried about condensing the novel into a single movie, even at 3 hours.

    On another note, has anyone seen Jodorowsky's Dune? I have not heard much about it and wondering if its worth checking out as well.

    2 votes
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      cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
      I know we talked about this before, but it bears repeating... Terry Gilliam is one of my all-time favorite Directors, but I still haven't seen Man Who Killed Don Quixote yet, since it's not...

      I know we talked about this before, but it bears repeating... Terry Gilliam is one of my all-time favorite Directors, but I still haven't seen Man Who Killed Don Quixote yet, since it's not released on DVD/Blu-ray yet... but I am counting down the days (June 4th) and am super excited for it, especially if there is a commentary track and some behind the scenes stuff. :P

      Dune is easily my most re-read book series, David Lynch another of my all-time favorite directors and while his 1984 adaptation gets a lot of shit, I still love it. p.s. IIRC the original script was supposedly written to be well over 3 hours of screen time, but the final movie was cut down to just over 2 hours. And given the amount of stuff that needed to be introduced and covered, it's no surprise it felt rushed.

      The scifi miniseries-es were great and the perfect lengths though. Alec Newman as Paul/Maud'dib was kinda weak, but James McAvoy as Leto II and the rest of the cast killed it. I am super excited to see Villeneuve's take as well since he did a fantastic job on Blade Runner 2049.

      has anyone seen Jodorowsky's Dune?

      I love Jodorowsky (Holy Mountain, esp.) and I am sure he would have come up with an "interesting" take on Dune, but to me the documentary came across as trying way, way too hard to play up how "amazing" it would have been. Jodorowsky is weird as fuck and most of his movies abstract/esoteric in the extreme, and IMO it's just as likely his Dune would have been absolutely terrible.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        dubteedub Link Parent
        Yeah, I just found it was on Amazon Prime on Friday night and had to watch it. Please let me know how the Bluray turns out. Same, its by far the best sci fi I have ever read. That makes a ton of...

        I still haven't seen Man Who Killed Don Quixote yet, since it's not released on DVD/Blu-ray yet... but I am counting down the days (June 4th) and am super excited for it, especially if there is a commentary track and some behind the scenes stuff. :P

        Yeah, I just found it was on Amazon Prime on Friday night and had to watch it. Please let me know how the Bluray turns out.

        Dune is easily my most re-read book series,

        Same, its by far the best sci fi I have ever read.

        IIRC the original script was supposedly written to be well over 3 hours of screen time, but the final movie was cut down to just over 2 hours.

        That makes a ton of sense.

        Alec Newman as Paul/Maud'dib was kinda weak, but James McAvoy as Leto II and the rest of the cast killed it.

        Yeah, Alex was probably the weakest part of the series for me. Also, I had no idea they did a follow-up series on Children of Dune. I guess I am gonna check that out next! I love James McAvoy, so that is awesome.

        I love Jodorowsky (Holy Mountain, esp.) and I am sure he would have come up with an "interesting" take on Dune, but to me the documentary came across as trying way, way too hard to play up how "amazing" it would have been. Jodorowsky is weird as fuck and most of his movies abstract/esoteric in the extreme, and IMO it's just as likely his Dune would have been absolutely terrible.

        Fair enough, I will probably just pass on checking that out.

        1 vote
        1. cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
          Damn you for getting my hopes up! Not available in Canada. :( Oh, boy... you're in for a treat! p.s. Jodorowsky's Dune was still interesting and a very good documentary worth watching. I just...

          Yeah, I just found it was on Amazon Prime on Friday night and had to watch it.

          Damn you for getting my hopes up! Not available in Canada. :(

          Also, I had no idea they did a follow-up series on Children of Dune. I guess I am gonna check that out next! I love James McAvoy, so that is awesome.

          Oh, boy... you're in for a treat!

          p.s. Jodorowsky's Dune was still interesting and a very good documentary worth watching. I just don't buy the hype they tried to build up in the film, is all... especially since I have seen most of Jodorowsky's other work, including reading his comics/graphic novel.

          1 vote
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    emnii Link
    I saw Detective Pikachu and Shazam! at my local drive-in this weekend. Without knowing anything about Pokemon, Detective Pikachu was a lot of fun. Not a whole lot of development for the...

    I saw Detective Pikachu and Shazam! at my local drive-in this weekend. Without knowing anything about Pokemon, Detective Pikachu was a lot of fun. Not a whole lot of development for the antagonist, but it competently told a detective story with lots of cartoonish action. The trailers, as usual, gave away too many of the action sequences. I'd already seen Shazam! before but it's still fun the second time around.

    Coming off of seeing Shazam! for the second time, I finally got around to watching Man of Steel. This was the only DCEU movie I hadn't seen yet. It was alright. I don't care for Superman as a character and this movie didn't improve that at all, but it wasn't a shitshow like BvS or Justice League. I'd probably put it somewhere above those and Suicide Squad, but clearly below Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman.

    Side note, I'm moving soon so I'm bummed I'm going to miss out on the majority of drive-in season unless I can find one in the part of the world I'm moving to. I loved this particular drive-in because they always do double features and the owner is a stickler for making sure people aren't acting like assholes (headlights on, huge vehicles parked in front rows). I like being able to watch movies in my own vehicle's bubble so other people talking or playing with their phones isn't bothering me, and vice versa. Hopefully I will find another drive-in close enough to visit regularly.

    2 votes
    1. [2]
      dubteedub Link Parent
      Oh man, I am so jealous that you have a drive in theater around you. Going to the drive in was such a fun experience for me growing up. I still remember seeing Batman and Robin at the drive in...

      Oh man, I am so jealous that you have a drive in theater around you. Going to the drive in was such a fun experience for me growing up. I still remember seeing Batman and Robin at the drive in when I was like 9 and it was so cool.

      2 votes
      1. emnii Link Parent
        It's a fairly recent thing for me. The theater's always been there but it reopened in the last five years, and the first time I heard about it, they were running old horror movies for October. The...

        It's a fairly recent thing for me. The theater's always been there but it reopened in the last five years, and the first time I heard about it, they were running old horror movies for October. The next year and every year since, they've paired a new release with something a couple months old on each screen. The other screen this week was showing Avengers: Endgame and Escape Room. But it's been an annual thing that my SO and I have really looked forward to. We're constantly checking the drive-in's Facebook page on Tuesday/Wednesday to see if they've posted this weekend's movies.

        I'm within an hour drive of three drive-ins, but one only shows classic movies on a very limited schedule, and the other just shows one movie per screen, not double features.

        2 votes