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 Post subject: Re: What's the last movie you watched?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:18 am 
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Haven't seen 3 Billboards yet, but I plan to.
The last movie I saw was more than probable-- it was based on actual events.

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La Vita e Bella, a Robert Benigni masterpiece...

I had seen it before obviously but it is still one of the most powerful and emotional movies ever made.


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La Vita e Bella, a Robert Benigni masterpiece...

I had seen it before obviously but it is still one of the most powerful and emotional movies ever made.

Yes, good one that. Saw it when it first came out.

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12 years a slave...

Left me without words.

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Ex Libris - The New York Public Library

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This is a 3 hour 20 minutes long documentary abour The New York Public Library and some of the many things that take place there.

Wow, what a journey!

The fact that it was so long made it not just about the library, it could have easily showed all those things in a much shorter time frame, but they spend enough time on each scene or occasion that we actually learned something about those various things going on. We learned not only that they have seminars or talks on sign language, we learned something about sign language; we don't just see that they have talks on history and politics, we learned something from those talks; we didn't just see that they have discussion groups on literature, we followed a discussion on Marquez' Love In The Time Of Cholera for some time. We also got to see some very enjoyable poetry reading, hear Elvis Costello and Patti Smith talk, see how they digitalise old newspapers, how they make audio books, plus hear discussion in various groups. (One shocking thing I heard was that a US school book for ninth grade, from 2015, claims that immigrants from Africa came to the US to work from the 1500s to the 1800s!)

In addition to all this, there were a lot of close-ups of audiences and library users, which gave me a big appreciation of the human diversity, and the beauty that hides even in the weirdest faces.

This film isn't for everyone, it's slow and it's long, and I must admit I nodded off at one point. And during the last half hour I was looking forward to getting out of there. But I loved it.

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Lately I've been watching and reading a lot about war, the world wars to be more specific.

Recently I've watched two very good and very old ones:

J'accuse (I accuse) from 1938.

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All quiet on the western front

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Just saw the latest by Kaurismaki, The Other Side of Hope, a funny and moving film about a Syrian refugee seeking asylum in Finland.


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Years ago our TWFFriend Helsinki Moon sent me the CD Kaurismake's Jukebox (I still listen to it), which got me interested in his films. I've watched quite a few of them since: I enjoy his deadpan humor, his eclectic taste in music, and his empathy for his struggling characters. So Big Time thanks to Jari: otherwise I might have overlooked this humorous and compassionate filmmaker.

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We watched The Fisher King the other day, first time for me, another time for Darci.
A nice play on care, with some Waits fella turning up too.

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I liked The Fisher King when I saw it many years ago... and not just because of Tom, either.

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I like Kourismaki, but haven't seen this last one yet.

And I really liked The Fisher King when I saw it.

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Saw The Post yesterday. Thought it was excellent!
Tom Hanks did an excellent Jason Robards, who did an excellent Ben Bradlee in All The President's Men.
And Meryl Streep... :love:

There's this one glimpse into the typesetting and workings of an old-fashioned newspaper printing press... Oh my. It looked (and sounded!) fantastic!

Great movie. Spielberg rocks.

(And, given the fact that I loved it, I'm sure it's unhip, shallow, daft.)

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Spielberg is automatically sold out and unhip.

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Ruuntje wrote:
Saw The Post yesterday. Thought it was excellent!
Tom Hanks did an excellent Jason Robards, who did an excellent Ben Bradlee in All The President's Men.
And Meryl Streep... :love:

There's this one glimpse into the typesetting and workings of an old-fashioned newspaper printing press... Oh my. It looked (and sounded!) fantastic!

Great movie. Spielberg rocks.

(And, given the fact that I loved it, I'm sure it's unhip, shallow, daft.)

This film was recommended strongly on the radio the other day. Plus I love Meryl Streep.

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Spielberg is automatically sold out and unhip.


I wonder why. He makes great movies!

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mikalebrug wrote:
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Loved it ... McDormand is the star of the movie. Rockwell is good too, only trouble I had with his character from a racist "torturing blacks" cop to Frances' buddy.


Just saw it. A good story but like most all movies I watch I just have a hard time getting past how highly improbable events that unfold are. Liked it better than a lot of movies though. Popcorn was good. Real butter


Yes. There are films that you continue thinking about long after the movie stopped, and you discover more and more interesting levels of the story. This one isn't one of those. It was very enjoyable, but as you say, many of the events (and even characters) don't make any sense, when you look back.

One problem I have with Martin McDonagh is that he is very fond of "quirky" dialogue and scenes, which are fun but don't feel real in the context of the story. He had toned that down in this one, but it still popped up now and then.

And if you're going to make a story about strong women and latent racism, wouldn't you have at least one black character that was interesting? And why would you have a female character who was only there to be laughed at for her incredible stupidity?


I wasn't too impressed by Three Billboards either. It was entertaining enough, good for a Friday evening after a few beers, but nothing more. No food for thought. No lasting impression.

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