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    Directed by George Lucas. With Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd. Two Jedi escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.

    When I was a teenager, the Star Wars prequels came out. I had been a huge fan of the original movies, but when I saw a little of The Phantom Menace at a friends house, I was extremely disappointed. It seemed very Disney to me; like it was made for children. So, on that one glimpse of something that seemed to profane the sanctity of the original pictures, I decided, fuck the new movies. Last night, twenty years later, I gave in and watched the first movie...

    It was pretty damn cool.

    Finding out where Vader came from; seeing Obiwan's path; and getting more of Yoda onscreen was awesome. Yea, a lot of it felt hokey, but that's acceptable when you take the rest of the movie into context. The race scenes are well done, with the exception that some of Jake Lloyd's (Anakin's) banter is very forced. I'm not worried too much about that either, because he is a child actor and doing an otherwise superb performance.

    Even though I wound up liking it, I am still glad I waited to watch it. Its nice to save good things for later. Smile


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    I watched Sully (2016) last night. It was an interesting movie.

    I enjoyed the way they jumped around a bit using Sully's remembrances of the accident and how I began to feel like I'd been there after awhile.

    Sully (2016)
    Directed by Clint Eastwood. With Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Valerie Mahaffey. The story of Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.


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    Dirty Work (1998)
    Directed by Bob Saget. With Norm MacDonald, Jack Warden, Artie Lange, Traylor Howard. A loser finds success in the revenge-for-hire business.

    Being a HUGE Norm and Artie fan, I'm surprised I finally gt around to watching this .

    It's good in a silly way. I LOL'ed a few times. Good time waster... I give it a 6/10
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    Mean Streets (1973)
    Directed by Martin Scorsese. With Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson. A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob.

    Just seeing it for the first time... Was pretty cool but it just ended abruptly IMHO...

    After watching Goodfellas, I was able to spot Scorsese's mom in her small part right away.

    Weird to see the difference in parts Deniro played as Corleone in Godfather II and this role...

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    Funny People (2009)
    Directed by Judd Apatow. With Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana. When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

    I just finished watching this movie. In the interest of full disclosure, it was split up into two different viewings. The reason for this is one of my biggest criticisms of this movie which is, it is two and a half hours long.

    My reaction to the beginning of the story was almost entirely positive. A successful comedian learns that he is dying and befriends a young standup comedian...okay it hasn't been done to death, at least. Then they bring in an old flame, there are some complications, etc. Just when the movie hits the arc, and I was sure that it was nearly over, I looked and there was forty-five minutes of movie left. Dodgy

    So, the movie lasts forever, and the part of the movie past around 1:45:00 isn't worth it. There are a few good moments in the last stretch, but the arc could have been shorter. Just editing out some of the fart jokes, or taking out some of that cringe of ambiguous intent would have been a start.

    I haven't said a lot of good things about the movie, but it really wasn't all that bad. If it had been this side of two hours, I might have given it a 5/10, but the fact that I felt that my time was wasted really pulls it down.

    Jonah Hill had a few good moments; Seth Rogan is pretty good throughout; and Sandler is just same ole Sandler. No surprises. He either plays a simpleton with a heart of gold or a hellion with honor. This time he was the latter.


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    (02-25-2019, 11:32 PM)Wildcard Wrote:  I just finished watching this movie. In the interest of full disclosure, it was split up into two different viewings. The reason for this is one of my biggest criticisms of this movie which is, it is two and a half hours long.


    Thanks...I agree, if it's not a caliber movie Like The Departed, LOTR (or other movies of that epicness), it has no business being over 2 hours...  Your assessment confirms my decision to not watch this movie a smart one... Sandler's time is pretty much over IMHO...

    Another movie I watched last night was:
    Jackie Brown
    Jackie Brown (1997)
    Directed by Quentin Tarantino. With Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda. A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

    Was enjoyable... Slower paced than I thought, and not as much violence as expected from a Quentin Tarantino film but good nevertheless.  Pretty much an all starcast.

    The story is pretty much straightforward with no twists. It's not that you can't figure out what's going to happen, but HOW it's going to happen... NO suprises...

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    I just watched Brewster's Millions. It is a fairly cool little film from the '80s if you want something light to watch. Fairly predictable, but funny enough at times.

    Directed by Walter Hill. With Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins. A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.


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    Avengers: Endgame
    Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth. After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.


    Easily the best Superhero movie I've seen, dethroning Logan. Almost 3 hours, it's got everything. Humor, sadness, action, special effects, and twists. I don;t think it could have been done any better if they tried.
    (04-25-2019, 02:42 PM)LZA Wrote:  Avengers: Endgame

    Wow. That's high praise.

    Okay, I'm gonna have to put this on my shortlist of movies to watch. Thanks, @LZA Yay

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