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    Death Wish (2018)

    I am having PC issues right now and while I was waiting on Windows 10 to install, I installed Amazon Prime on my flat screen so I could watch a movie. When I saw Bruce Willis in this film, and a 6+ star rating, I was in. Sadly, it wasn't worth my time.

    The story is already played the fuck out, for starters: Nice guy goes all Rambo and shit when someone fucks with their family. That isn't even the main reason I didn't like it.

    The movie is just plain boring. Every line from every extra/insignificant character is cliche as hell. Elisabeth Shue is pretty good in her part, but even Vincent D'Onofrio plays his part in such an unnatural way that it hangs up every scene that he is in.

    I had hoped that Bruce Willis would save the day, but no bueno. He spends the entire movie alternating between his trademark mean look and a thoughtful concerned look in which he blinks way too much. You know the one.

    The movie has zero surprises. Even in the most tragic parts of the film, the most powerful parts were telegraphed to the viewer long before anything happens.

    Don't waste your time on this one.

    Death Wish (2018)
    Directed by Eli Roth. With Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone. Dr. Paul Kersey is an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving lives. After an attack on his family, Paul embarks on his own mission for justice.


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    once upon a time in hollywood,hard going
    The Rainmaker (1997)

    Matt Damon was a fresh-faced young man when he took on the role of Rudy Baylor, the small-town boy destined for big time law. This movie, while lacking in a few areas, is well done and didn't make me regret watching it.

    Danny Devito does what he always does, and that's play the same guy in every movie. Don't take that as a detraction, either. He navigates through the role with ease and as always, it doesn't even seem like acting. That's the goal, I believe. Wink

    Not much else I can say without spoiling, but if you like the energy of big courtroom drama— and seeing the big, evil corporation pay for their wrongs, then this is worth the time.

    The Rainmaker (1997)
    Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. With Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes, Jon Voight. An underdog lawyer takes on a fraudulent insurance company.


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    i love this flick and uploaded it years ago.  i used to live in the d.c. area and even been to hammerjacks the bar featured in the vid i also listened to 99.1 whfs that was the premiere prog rock radio station in the 80s that was also highlighted in the movie.  additionally i was no stranger to john waters movies like "polyester", "lust in the dust" and many other offbeat movies. tracy lords? patty hearst? come on you gotta love it.  the rage regarding "annie" still makes me giggle.

    (07-13-2019, 08:16 AM)Wildcard Wrote:  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111127/

    I just finished watching Serial Mom, thanks to @Plenty O’Toole's post in the trailer thread.

    Just wow. I am amazed for many reasons. First, that I'd never heard of this classic movie. Secondly, because I never thought of Kathleen Turner as an actress that could pull off such a crazy role. And also, because I thoroughly enjoyed this extremely entertaining film.

    Kathleen Turner is a natural beauty, and her classic, good looks creates a clearly defined pecking order when contrasted with the rest of the family. Her dominance is created with small details, allowing her character to actually be both a good person and a horrible person simultaneously. The division between the two only ever breaks down once her own family suspects her, which creates one of the most subtle jibes of the movie when her husband realizes that she might be guilty and she also might be coming back home. Tongue

    The quality of this movie in every aspect is much better than I would have expected. For comparison, if John Hughes had directed this movie, I feel like there would have been a lot more parts where dialogue is used to explain the plot, where this movie really allows the viewer to relax and just watch the story unfold.

    Seriously glad I watched this one. Also, renewed my Kathleen Turner crush. Tongue


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    not for all tastes but i enjoyed "the lighthouse" 2019 more than "the irishman" and "once upon a time in hollywood".  first i love black & white films it shows better depth of focus and contrast.  the cinematographer jarin blaschke should have won an oscar for the seascapes alone.  the cast is only a handful but stars willem dafoe and robert pattison (who i didn't recognize) and may have a quaint dialog that some may find off-putting but i liked it for many of the same reasons i love "eraserhead".[Image: xjt4Vn3.jpg]
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    Pretty Woman (1990)


    I have seen this movie before— who hasn't? It is one of the all-time greats and I don't think there are many people that disagree. Watching this film again reminded me of just how awesome the chemistry was between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Wub You

    It is extremely rare to find this kind of natural chemistry highlighted by soft moments when Edward is befuddled and amused by Vivian and it is so naturally done that it charms the heart. As I was watching this, I kept thinking of them both, "How can one person be so gifted, let alone two!"

    Think about it, they aren't just beautiful people. On top of that, they are gifted actors, and by extension, polished orators, and social influencers. The gene pool was indeed kind to them.

    In searching for at least one criticism, I gave up after just a few seconds. This film left me with a good feeling and no reservations. I'll end this review in the same manner.

    Pretty Woman (1990)
    Directed by Garry Marshall. With Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo. A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.


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    I never saw it in its entirety.

    A lot of the movies I see ate peace meal. The one's I do watch 100% I watch 10000 times
    I've watch it before, I'm certain. Although, I can't be sure that I ever actually saw the entire film before now. I have a really shitty memory, so it is possible that I have seen it, but it is also possible that I just remember it from seeing bits and pieces on TV or at a friend's house.

    Either way, it is good enough that I just might put it in my "every five years" stack with It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story.
    The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

    This is another film that I watched again over the weekend...and another great movie. Directed by the great Robert Redford and starring Will Smith, Matt Damon, and Charlize Theron, this movie starts out with an advantage over most films.

    People can say what they like, but Will Smith is amazing at assuming a character and selling it like a one-pill miracle cure. The man has been in so many great films since leaving his role as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but this one is something special.

    Damon plays a leader in the war that came home to a hero's welcome, but felt more like a failure because he survived, but his men did not. His essence in the movie is so palpable that you can literally feel his frustration with every swing of the club.

    And as to the inimitable Charlize Theron, what can I say? She is lovely, lively, and a very smart cookie. Along with stepping up when her father dies to take care of his life's work, she also manages a town full of men that wish they could be as resourceful and effective as she is. This is done very well, so that one never feels like the movie gives her character breaks to ensure the outcome. It is her resolve that saves the day— not Captain Junuh...not even the legendary Bagger.

    If I had a criticism, it would be that there were a few instances in which the ever-present horde of foolish men that follow Adele around throughout the movie act in ways that men would have never acted in that time period— at least not publicly. For example, in an early scene, Adele wakes up to no less than six grown men standing in her bedroom, waking her up for a chat. Like, what in the fuck!? It has never been acceptable to barge into anyone's house— much less their bedroom, for the love of Christ. There are more examples, but to be frank, they are all just as petty LMAO

    All told? I loved it. I loved it the last time I saw it and I imagine that I will love whenever the urge to watch it strikes me again.

    Directed by Robert Redford. With Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill. A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.


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    The Pianist (2002)

    I remember when this movie first came out and how much much everyone raved about it, back then. It was a very successful film, winning three Oscars. Somehow, I never even got interested enough to find out what it was even about.

    Turns out, it is a different view of the Jewish oppression in WWII. This time, we see things from the perspective of one of the "lucky" Jews that weren't taken to concentration camps. The fact that I know very little about this period in history caused this all to be very interesting to me— leading me to do a little research and gain a new interest. For that I can be grateful, but if I am being honest, I was a little let down by the movie itself.

    There is no doubt that Adrien Brodie did a masterful job in his role, but the movie itself is tortured with almost nothing to keep it moving along. We see Szpilman hunkering down in one place or the other throughout the entire movie, and while I can appreciate that the anxiety of the situation is being created by threats of action with nothing actually changing, it didn't really work as well as it needed to, to pull that effect off.

    My other major criticism is that, while there are a few supporting parties in the film, it just too much of one guy in a room. It may sound like a juvenile craving action, but without action there must be substance of another kind. Drama, intrigue, an internal dialogue that gives distraction for the viewer. There were very few distractions from this angst-ridden film.

    The Pianist (2002)
    Directed by Roman Polanski. With Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox. A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.


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    ^^^ I love WWII (and Mafia) history. I'll have to check it out.

    Like you, because it was critically acclaimed, I thought it would be a bore-fest and didn't bother even getting into what it was about (I'm an uncultured dumb fuck). Plus, I'm not sure how to feel about Adrian Brody as an actor... NOt that he's not good... Just something about him... That is a b=completely baseless statement...

    This is a movie I saw the other day. One of my top 10's (not a new movie) but one I recently rewatched:


    The Outsiders (1983)
    Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. With C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze. The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.

    It may or may not hold up, ut this is like Goodfellas as to where if it's on, I'll stop and watch if I can.

    Packed with future stars, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. I'm sure most have already seen it, so I'll just say that I think it's awesome. And Probably Matt Dillon or Patrick Swayze's performances are my favorite, although all were great.

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