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    1. Movie of the Week #25 - Run Lola Run

      Warning: this post may contain spoilers

      Next up is Run Lola Run (original German title: Lola rennt) from 1999 starring Franka Potente and directed by Tom Tykwer. It won several awards at various film festivals.

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      Besides any thoughts on this movie, what did you think of Franka Potente's performance in this?


      The rest of the schedule for April is:

      • 22nd: Aliens
      • 29th: Fargo
      10 votes
    2. Midweek Movie Free Talk

      Warning: this post may contain spoilers

      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.

      8 votes
    3. Movie of the Week #24 - The Silence of the Lambs

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      Next up is The Silence of the Lambs from 1991 starring Jodie Foster. The movie won five major academy awards for Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture.

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      Besides any thoughts on this movie, what did you think of Jodie Foster's performance in this? Are you familiar with Thomas Harris' novel or the other movies about Hannibal Lector?


      The rest of the schedule for April is:

      • 15th: Run Lola Run
      • 22nd: Aliens
      • 29th: Fargo
      8 votes
    4. My movie schedule

      Last week I was looking for a movie to watch and I realized that I have a lot of movies that I want to watch, but I never do. There are also a lot of really popular films I've never seen. To get...

      Last week I was looking for a movie to watch and I realized that I have a lot of movies that I want to watch, but I never do. There are also a lot of really popular films I've never seen. To get around this, I started making a list. I then realized that I have made lists before and they just don't work for this.

      My solution was to add it all to my calendar. Every Tuesday and Thursday I've got a pre-selected movie to watch... and I will be watching whether I want to or not, assuming I'm not busy.

      Anyhoo, I figured I'd share the list and dish out some well-wishes to those in a similar situation. I've seen a few of these, but its been so long that its worth a rewatch.

      My Schedule
      Date Movie
      24-04-02 Red River (1948, Drama, Western)
      24-04-04 Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951, Drama)
      24-04-09 Day the Earth Stood Still, The (1951, Drama, Science Fiction)
      24-04-11 Philadelphia Story, The (1940, Comedy, Romance)
      24-04-16 39 Steps, The (1935, Crime, Mystery, Thriller)
      24-04-18 Breaking Away (1979, Comedy, Drama, Sport)
      24-04-23 American in Paris, An (1951, Drama, Musical, Romance)
      24-04-25 Ten Commandments, The (1956, Adventure, Drama, Family)
      24-04-30 Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942, Crime, Mystery, Thriller)
      24-05-02 Best Years of Our Lives, The (1946, Drama, Romance, War)
      24-05-07 King Kong (1933, Adventure, Horror)
      24-05-09 Demolition Man (1993, Action, Science Fiction, Thriller)
      24-05-14 Manhattan (1979, Comedy, Drama, Romance)
      24-05-16 Doctor Zhivago (1965, Drama, Romance, War)
      24-05-21 Harold and Maude (1971, Comedy, Drama, Romance)
      24-05-23 Patton (1970, Biography, Drama, War)
      24-05-28 Cat Ballou (1965, Western)
      24-05-30 High Noon (1952, Drama, Thriller, Western)
      24-06-04 Ghost in the Shell (1995, Action, Animation, Science Fiction)
      24-06-06 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Drama, War)
      24-06-11 Paprika (パプリカ) (2006, Animation, Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction)
      24-06-13 Bull Durham (1988, Comedy, Romance, Sport)
      24-06-18 Harvey (1950, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy)
      24-06-20 Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Action, Biography, Crime)
      24-06-25 In the Name of the Father (1993, Biography, Crime, Drama)
      24-06-27 Place in the Sun, A (1951, Drama, Romance)
      24-07-02 400 Blows, The (Les Quatre Cents Coups) (1959, Crime, Drama)
      24-07-04 Evil Angels (1988, Biography, Drama)
      24-07-09 Midnight Cowboy (1969, Drama)
      24-07-11 Pride of the Yankees, The (1942, Biography, Drama, Romance)
      24-07-16 Giant (1956, Drama, Western)
      24-07-18 Last Boy Scout, The (1991, Action, Comedy, Crime)
      24-07-23 Grapes of Wrath, The (1940, Drama)
      24-07-25 Thief of Bagdad, The (1924, Adventure, Family, Fantasy)
      24-07-30 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977, Drama, Science Fiction)
      24-08-01 Moonstruck (1987, Comedy, Drama, Romance)
      24-08-06 Nashville (1975, Comedy, Drama, Music)
      24-08-08 Spite Marriage (1929, Comedy)
      24-08-13 Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓) (1988, Animation, Drama, War)
      24-08-15 American Graffiti (1973, Comedy, Drama)
      24-08-20 Reds (1981, Biography, Drama, History)
      24-08-22 Terms of Endearment (1983, Comedy, Drama)
      24-08-27 Laura (1944, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery)
      24-08-29 African Queen, The (1951, Adventure, Drama, Romance)
      24-09-03 Judgment at Nuremberg (1961, Drama, War)
      24-09-05 Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, Adventure, Biography, Drama)
      24-09-10 Little Caesar (1931, Action, Crime, Drama)
      24-09-12 Wuthering Heights (1939, Drama, Romance)
      24-09-17 National Velvet (1944, Drama, Family, Sport)
      24-09-19 Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942, Biography, Drama, Family)
      24-09-24 Adam's Rib (1949, Comedy, Romance)
      24-09-26 Sleepless in Seattle (1993, Comedy, Drama, Romance)
      24-10-01 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction)
      24-10-03 From Here to Eternity (1953, Drama, Romance, War)
      24-10-08 Beetlejuice (1988, Comedy, Fantasy)
      24-10-10 Chungking Express (重慶森林) (1994, Comedy, Crime, Drama)
      24-10-15 La Dolce Vita (1960, Comedy, Drama)
      24-10-17 Thelma & Louise (1991, Drama, Thriller, Crime, Adventure)
      24-10-22 Band Wagon, The (1953, Comedy, Musical, Romance)
      24-10-24 Star Is Born, A (1954, Drama, Musical, Romance)
      24-10-29 Tootsie (1982, Comedy, Drama, Romance)
      24-10-31 Cléo from 5 to 7 (Cléo de cinq à sept) (1962, Comedy, Drama, Music)
      24-11-05 Angels with Dirty Faces (1938, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir)
      24-11-07 Magnificent Ambersons, The (1942, Drama, Romance, History)
      24-11-12 Double Life of Véronique, The (La double vie de Véronique) (1991, Drama, Mystery, Fantasy)
      24-11-14 City on Fire (1987, Action, Crime, Drama)
      24-11-19 Face/Off (1997, Action, Crime, Science Fiction)
      24-11-21 Jerk, The (1979, Comedy)
      24-11-26 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974, Drama, Romance)
      24-11-28 Marathon Man (1976, Crime, Drama, Thriller)
      24-12-03 Poseidon Adventure, The (1972, Action, Adventure, Drama)
      24-12-05 Save the Tiger (1973, Drama)
      24-12-10 All That Jazz (1979, Drama, Music, Musical)
      24-12-12 Elmer Gantry (1960, Drama)
      24-12-17 State of the Union (1948, Comedy, Drama)
      24-12-19 Woman Is a Woman, A (Une Femme est une femme) (1961, Comedy, Drama, Romance)
      24-12-24 Spy Game (2001, Action, Crime, Thriller)
      24-12-26 Boat, The (Das Boot) (1981, Drama, History, War)
      24-12-31 Lost Highway (1997, Drama, Thriller, Mystery)
      25-01-02 Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫) (1997, Adventure, Fantasy, Animation)
      25-01-07 Porco Rosso (紅の豚) (1992, Family, Comedy, Animation, Adventure)
      16 votes
    5. Midweek Movie Free Talk

      Warning: this post may contain spoilers

      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.

      2 votes
    6. What is your "can't miss" movie that you will not pass up if showing in theaters?

      For example, every so often (maybe every year or two) a local theater will do a showing of Lawrence of Arabia on 70mm film. I will plan my schedule around this when it happens, it is simply an...

      For example, every so often (maybe every year or two) a local theater will do a showing of Lawrence of Arabia on 70mm film. I will plan my schedule around this when it happens, it is simply an experience I can't miss when I get the opportunity. I'm wondering what movies fall into that category for others!

      27 votes
    7. Movie of the Week #23 - Moonstruck

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      We are starting the month with female leads with Moonstruck from 1987 starring Cher in the leading role as Loretta. A role than won her an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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      Besides any thoughts on this movie, what did you think of Cher's performance in this?


      The rest of the schedule for April is:

      • 8th: The Silence of the Lambs
      • 15th: Run Lola Run
      • 22nd: Aliens
      • 29th: Fargo
      5 votes
    8. Midweek Movie Free Talk

      Warning: this post may contain spoilers

      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.

      8 votes
    9. Movie of the Week #22 - Saving Private Ryan

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      Last movie not winning Best Picture is Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan from 1998. It won for directing, cinematography, film editing, sound effects and sound editing

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      Besides any thoughts on this movie, have you seen the other nominees that year and do you think this deserved the win instead?

      The other nominees:

      • Shakespeare in Love (winner)
      • Elizabeth
      • Life is Beautiful
      • The Thin Red Line

      The schedule for April is:

      • 1st: Moonstruck
      • 8th: The Silence of the Lambs
      • 15th: Run Lola Run
      • 22nd: Aliens
      • 29th: Fargo
      14 votes
    10. Midweek Movie Free Talk

      Warning: this post may contain spoilers

      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.

      4 votes
    11. Nominate for "Movie of the Week" in April - Female Leads

      Voting closed I do think our list of movies is turning out to be a pretty good list of solid movies, it it a bit male heavy. I hope we can find 5 movies for April that has a female substantial...

      Voting closed

      I do think our list of movies is turning out to be a pretty good list of solid movies, it it a bit male heavy. I hope we can find 5 movies for April that has a female substantial leading role.

      Rules

      • Have a woman in a leading role
      • Only one nomination per user
      • Please only nominate if you intent to participate
      • Upvote the post(s) with a nomination you would like to be picked for discussion next month
      • Please state the title of the movie clearly on the first line, and add any additional general comments in the next paragraph to keep voting simple

      In case of ties in the number of votes, random.org will decide. Voting closes Sunday.

      11 votes
    12. Leprechaun lore

      So to celebrate St. Patricks day this year I decided to watch all 8 Leprechaun movies (each one for the first time, incidentally), and did so over the course of 3 days. While they're still...

      So to celebrate St. Patricks day this year I decided to watch all 8 Leprechaun movies (each one for the first time, incidentally), and did so over the course of 3 days. While they're still somewhat fresh in my mind I wanted to document all of the "lore" from the franchise and how it changes from sequel to sequel because... um... well I don't really know. Fun?

      Leprechaun (1993)

      • Four leaf clovers repel and can harm the Leprechaun (think crosses and vampires). If he eats one he'll explode.
      • Trapping the Leprechaun in a box and putting a four leaf clover on top of it will make it so the Leprechaun can't escape until the clover is removed.
      • The Leprechaun bites at least one person with no ill effect other than a bite wound (this becomes pertinent in a later sequel).
      • Possessing the Leprechaun's gold essentially marks you for death as he will take it back and kill you as revenge for having it in the first place (also becomes pertinent later).
      • The Leprechaun is a cobbler by trade and can't resist the urge to shine dirty shoes (so throwing dirty shoes at him can be used as an effective distraction technique).
      • If you leave tiny vehicles or other cute methods of transportation around the Leprechaun will use them and it will be amazing.

      Leprechaun 2 (1994)

      • Contrary to what was pretty firmly established in the first movie, now if you have a piece of the Leprechaun's gold he can attack you but you can't actually be hurt or killed by him.
      • The Leprechaun can be hurt by weapons, or trapped within containers made of wrought iron (it glows red like it's burning him when he comes into contact with it).
      • If you trap the Leprechaun he has to grant you three wishes, but it's like monkey's paw on steroids. (It's not actually clear to me whether this is true, or if the Leprechaun was just bluffing and playing along with the idea in order to escape. He does "grant" some wishes but basically just used his powers to turn the wishes against his captor.)
      • No mention of four leaf clovers in this one.

      Leprechaun 3 (1995)

      • This is the first appearance of an unexplained gold medallion that will imprison the Leprechaun by turning him into a statue when placed around his neck.
      • Each piece of the Leprechaun's gold now grants its holder one wish, but if you lose possession of that gold piece the wish will backfire (typically resulting in death).
      • It's not clear whether posession of the gold still protects you at all. There's no specific mention of it, but I think in all of the kills the person being killed has already somehow lost possession of the gold piece that granted them a wish.
      • In this one if the Leprechaun bites you, you slowly begin turning into another Leprechaun (think werewolves). This is the only sequel in which this is a thing, it's never brought up again (even though I'm pretty sure the Leprechaun bites more people).
      • Leprechauns are extremely territorial and will fight other Leprechauns if they come across them, even if one of the Leprechauns was created via a bite from the other one.
      • To kill the Leprechaun you must destroy all of his gold.
      • No mention of four leaf clovers in this one that I can remember.

      Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)

      • The Leprechaun may be an alien? At least he has knowledge of and interactions with other alien races in the galaxy (but humans do too at this point, so it's not really clear whether the Leprechaun was already involved in galactic affairs prior to whenever humans made contact).
      • No mention of clovers, shoes, wishes, the medallion, bites, or for that matter (I think) the Leprechaun's gold at all that I can remember. In fact I don't think anyone even says the word "Leprechaun" throughout the entire movie.
      • The Leprechaun can transfer himself into your body via your urine if you pee on him (or a chunk of him).

      Leprechaun in the Hood (2000)

      • The medallion that can turn the Leprechaun into a statue is back in this one.
      • The Leprechaun possesses a magical flute that makes everyone who hears it blindly follow and adore the person who played it (think pied piper). Once its effects wear off the listeners have no memory of anything that happened while they were under its spell.
      • If the Leprechaun smokes weed laced with four leaf clovers he'll lose his powers and/or pass out for a while.
      • The Leprechaun has the ability to summon "zombie fly girls" from hell who will assist him in fighting and/or escaping from people who stole his gold or trapped him, and also act as backup dancers when he's performing rap numbers. The final sequence actually confuses this a bit, as it shows him turning normal girls into the zombie fly girls by touching them, so it's unclear to me if he actually ever summoned anything from hell or not.
      • As mentioned, in this one the Leprechaun has the ability to mind-control or possess humans by touching them (you can tell when someone is possessed because their eyes glow green).
      • No mention of wishes in this one.

      Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood (2003)

      • Splashing the Leprechaun with holy water laced with four leaf clovers can summon demons that will drag him back to hell (maybe only if you're a priest though). The Leprechaun will only be released from hell if someone finds and takes his gold from wherever he stashed it.
      • In previous films the Leprechaun's gold was always represented by a pot that typically had exactly 100 gold pieces in it (counting it is how the Leprechaun would know someone still has some of his gold). In this one that's been replaced by a small wooden chest that contains essentially unlimited gold pieces because it magically refills itself whenever closed.
      • This is the first one where I don't think the Leprechaun uses any magical powers at all, instead relying purely on physical attacks (except maybe when fighting the witch, I forget now).
      • Shooting the Leprechaun with bullets containing four leaf clovers will hurt him, but not very much.
      • Oh yeah, and witches (or at least humans with magical powers) are real too now, but not really powerful enough to effectively fight the Leprechaun.

      Leprechaun: Origins (2014)

      • The Leprechaun isn't even a Leprechaun anymore, they're more like those things from the cave in The Descent.
      • The Leprechaun(s) will feed on villagers unless they satiate him/them with occasional human sacrifices.
      • The less said about this one the better.

      Leprechaun Returns (2018)

      • This is the kickoff of the Leprechaun Multiverse because it's a direct sequel to the first movie, erasing all the other ones from history (except possibly Leprechaun 4: In Space, since that one occurs in the distant future).
      • Four leaf clovers can hurt the Leprechaun again. He'll explode if he eats them again.
      • The Leprechaun's compulsion to shine dirty shoes is a thing again. To be fair this did come up in some of the other movies too, but only as a gag and never really utilized as a distraction like this since the first movie.
      • I think wrought iron was mentioned again, but I don't recall it actually being used.
      • The Leprechaun's gold is exactly 100 pieces in a pot again.
      • If you leave things that he can ride laying around he'll do that again too.
      • Ghosts are real.
      • The Leprechaun can transfer himself into your body if he can get some of himself into your mouth. I think this is the only time some new lore established in Leprechaun 4: In Space makes an appearance in another movie.

      I'm sure I forgot some things (or possibly even got some wrong), but I find it interesting and entertaining that it seems like other than "the Leprechaun likes his gold and will kill you to get it" there isn't really a single "rule" that sticks across every movie in the franchise (even if you exclude Origins, which basically isn't even a Leprechaun movie at all).

      30 votes
    13. Movie of the Week #21 - High Noon

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      Third movie of Best Picture nominees that didn't win is High Noon from 1952 directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. Gary Cooper won for best actor, Dimitri Tiomkin won for the score and for the title song "The Ballad of High Noon ("Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darlin'")"

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      Besides any thoughts on this movie, have you seen the other nominees that year and do you think this deserved the win instead?

      The other nominees:

      • The Greatest Show on Earth (winner)
      • Ivanhoe
      • Moulin Rouge
      • The Quiet Man

      The rest of the schedule is:

      • 25th: Saving Private Ryan
      10 votes
    14. Midweek Movie Free Talk

      Warning: this post may contain spoilers

      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.

      7 votes
    15. Movie of the Week #20 - Life is Beautiful

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      Second movie in the Best Picture Losers month is Life is Beautiful from 1997 directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. It won for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Leading Actor and Best Original Dramatic Score.

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      Besides any thoughts on this movie, have you seen the other nominees that year and do you think this deserved the win instead?

      The other nominees:

      • Shakespeare in Love (winner)
      • Elizabeth
      • Saving Private Ryan
      • The Thin Red Line

      The rest of the schedule is:

      • 18th: High Noon
      • 25th: Saving Private Ryan
      6 votes