What I've Been Watching: The Catch-All Film Thread - Page 239 - RPGWatch Forums
|
Your donations keep RPGWatch running!
RPGWatch Forums » General Forums » Off-Topic » What I've Been Watching: The Catch-All Film Thread

Default What I've Been Watching: The Catch-All Film Thread

September 12th, 2019, 14:57
Two movies seen recently - one old - one new:
Killer Joe - not much to say about it but pretty good. Basic something or other movie.

The Peanut Butter Falcon: This is a new movie and in a shallow sense it is your basic indie feel good movie - but it is very well done. I sort of wander into the theater not knowing what this movie was about or who was in it but it has an interesting read after the fact (and if you read up on the movie i strongly suggest you wait till after you see it). If you are looking for an action movie or one with a lot of motion this might be the wrong movie but it has good character development and very good humour - some blunt some subtle. Oh and if you like watching wrestling on tv (I don't); it has the perfect scene for you. Anyway highly recommended.
you is offline

you

Lazy_dog
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 2 Donor

#4761

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: usa - boston
Posts: 7,175
Mentioned: 51 Post(s)

Default 

September 18th, 2019, 14:52
Enjoyed immensly The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil.
Says it's based on true story, could be. A gangster and a cop join forces to catch a mass murderer.

loading…


Watch it wherever you find it before Stallone releases his silly remake.
--
Toka Koka
joxer is offline

joxer

joxer's Avatar
The Smoker
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#4762

Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 21,107
Mentioned: 145 Post(s)

Default 

September 22nd, 2019, 03:11
Us. I watched it 3 times on successive nights, which is a first. The second watch revealed so much foreshadowing and subtextural stuff. Third was with my son. I had a great time cluing him in on the references: Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm St., Halloween, Hills Have Eyes, etc.. also talked about the negative consequences of social division especially when leveraged and exploited by politicians.
"Who are you?"
"We are Americans.","We are human … just like you."
--
If you have no other choice but to kill, you have failed.
Ntwa kgolo ke ya molomo
Philistine is offline

Philistine

Sentinel
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#4763

Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 387
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
+1:

Default 

September 22nd, 2019, 13:17
Monster University, and after that Monster. Inc. I just wanted to watch both in that succession.

I liked Monster university a lot, but Monster Inc. much less. It has a nice twist at the end, though - and several interesting twists in the middle.

A movie that was truly moving me was "The Good Dinosaur" - perhaps as I could emphasize with its protagonist *a lot*. Part of it was like my childhood being shown in front of me, emotionally.

Spot, the other protagonist of the movie, was shown in an very interesting and very irritating way. Very interesing *because* of very irritating !

"The good dinosaur", or, as it is called in Germany, "Arlo & Spot" is like a mixture of drama and road movie. It shows a journey, and how someone grows with it. A true "hero's journey" or "monomyth", like it is explained in Wikipedia (and the original Star Wars Trilogy is one, too).

If you want something emotionally moving, then I'd recommend The Good Dinosaur.
If you want more action, watch Monster Inc. .
If you want more laughs and fun, watch Monster University.
--
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#4764

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 18,797
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)

Default 

September 22nd, 2019, 16:24
Watched Automata last night. A blend of Bladerunner and District 9, I greatly enjoyed it. Despite the second half kind of not living up to the potential of the first and wondering just what Antonio Banderas said at times (that accent is so thick), the premise of sentient robots in a Dystopian future is done so rarely in Hollywood-franchise-land that I was still captivated by the Asimov setting. Liked it more than the latest Bladrunner 2049 and its sludge-like pacing.
Drithius is offline

Drithius

Drithius's Avatar
Laughing Gnome

#4765

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Florida, USA
Posts: 4,695
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)

Default 

September 22nd, 2019, 17:10
I'd never seen Tommy Boy flick, and a mate convinced me I should give it a viewing. It was fairly amusing, although I'm pretty certain I wouldn't have sat through a viewing during the nineties.
Carnifex is offline

Carnifex

SasqWatch

#4766

Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Ormond Beach, FL.
Posts: 9,951
Mentioned: 25 Post(s)

Default 

September 24th, 2019, 07:13
I saw a great little film with Ben Stiller, called Brad's Status. It was great. Great social commentary on the fear of missing out that social media platforms prey on. About life regrets. About being content with what you have. Really liked it and would recommend.
danutz_plusplus is offline

danutz_plusplus

danutz_plusplus's Avatar
SasqWatch

#4767

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,949
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)

Default 

September 24th, 2019, 12:04
Watched John Wick 3, and was very disappointed. The action is fine although it became unnecessarily a boring slog.

The third movie is a prime example of how to destroy every single character developed over the three chapters and the setting in the last half hour of the movie. What a waste.
SpoonFULL is offline

SpoonFULL

SpoonFULL's Avatar
SasqWatch

#4768

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)

Default 

September 25th, 2019, 15:44
What with Disco Elysium releasing next month I decided to finally watch Taxi Driver (1976) for some mood-setting atmospherics. Interestingly I'd also just watched a YouTube video where Yourmoviesucks had just watched it for the first time as well, which is wonderfully coincidental.

He gave it a 10/10. While I agreed with everything he said, I disagree with the 10/10 rating. The flaws he raised in his brief review obviously didn't matter to him, but they were enough for me question the perfection status this film generally garners, notably the plot issues. I also had the usual Scorsese issue of not caring about any of the characters except the one I wasn't supposed to care for.

What is 10/10 is indeed the atmospherics and all-star acting and if that's all you need then, sure, this film nails it, you need read no more. DeNiro, Foster, Keitel, Shepherd et al are just a pleasure to watch. The music and cinematography are second to none in particular.

In terms of plot, however, I'd argue Falling Down (1993) provides a much more relatable scenario and does this plot-theme at lot tighter, even if it lacks the hard qualities of Taxi Driver. Day of the jackal (1973) does the assassination suspense better. One could even argue Taxi Driver was an attempt to cash in on the assassination movie craze that Jackal spearheaded.

A great film for sure, but I'm always both stumped and irritated that people will so often over-praise movies that are very good at one or two specific things when the whole point of 10/10 movies is that they should be an unobtainable definite perfection of everything. Possible, but rare. I mean, I'd rate Taxi Driver a great movie, but you can bet your bottom dollar the loonies will still troll me just because I only give it a… shock, horror, 4/5.
lackblogger is offline

lackblogger

lackblogger's Avatar
retired poster
Original Sin 2 Donor

#4769

Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 2,891
Mentioned: 26 Post(s)

Default 

September 25th, 2019, 16:00
About the two above… Posts and movies.

JW3 - it's not for masses really. Skip if you hate dogs, watch asap if you're in love with dogs and if you don't care about pets watch if you wanna see some action and that's it.

Taxi Driver - I agree it's not 10/10 movie if we'll say 10/10 is something where possible errors as hidden so good it feels perfect at every scene, but that doesn't make it skippable, this is one of those mustwatch before you die works and comes from old times when Hollywood knew how to make quality movies. If important, I never use numbers to "score" a move because it's not possible. When I say watch before you die it means something with unique traits you'd want to rewatch in case you get an amnesia.
--
Toka Koka
joxer is offline

joxer

joxer's Avatar
The Smoker
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#4770

Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 21,107
Mentioned: 145 Post(s)

Default 

September 25th, 2019, 16:20
Again, I wouldn't even say it's a must watch before you die. I think it's very good and there are lots of reasons to watch it, but I don't think it has any genre-defining or mind-altering or emotion-fuel aspects or any other 'thing' that would mean your life is less rich for having not seen it. I'd say just worth seeing but curb your enthusiasm.
Last edited by lackblogger; September 25th, 2019 at 16:46. Reason: missed out a key word.
lackblogger is offline

lackblogger

lackblogger's Avatar
retired poster
Original Sin 2 Donor

#4771

Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 2,891
Mentioned: 26 Post(s)

Default 

September 25th, 2019, 19:39
So could you give a short list of films you would consider 10/10?
3 of mine would be Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Citizen Kane, Brazil.
--
If you have no other choice but to kill, you have failed.
Ntwa kgolo ke ya molomo
Philistine is offline

Philistine

Sentinel
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#4772

Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 387
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)

Default 

September 25th, 2019, 19:46
Movies that I personally consider to be near flawless would be stuff like Apocalypse Now, Ace in the Hole, Matrix, Blazing Saddles, Life of Brian, True Grit, Spartacus, and many more. if you want a few paragraphs on why for any of them just say which one you'd want my extended opinion of.
lackblogger is offline

lackblogger

lackblogger's Avatar
retired poster
Original Sin 2 Donor

#4773

Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 2,891
Mentioned: 26 Post(s)

Default 

September 26th, 2019, 13:15
I still owe the forum some time loop movies thread, but I also promise a sort of watch before dying lists eventually. Why lists? Because I have to go genre specific as I can't care less about bore the audience to death overrated dramas, am not interested in biographies nor revisions of history and find 99.99% of war movies unbelievable bull. Those specific type of movies will have to be covered by someone else.
Also I'll have to concentrate on some time interval (probably a decade or two), it's impossible to remember and number everything since the dawn of time.

As I argued in the previous post, these won't be any kind of 10/10 or whatever one considers perfect works. These will be movies you'd want to watch after memory loss. For example Hobo With a Shotgun. Is that a perfect movie? Absolutely not. Should you watch it for some reason before you die. Yes, you should, and not for just one reason.
An opposite example I'll take the mentioned Citizen Kane (which to me is by no means 10/10). It's value is only in style and that style should be studied by film industry workers. Those who are in front of the screen for fun and brain food should skippit.
Of course, the plan is a thread where everyone would add their lists too. So you might say Hobo is crap and Kane is mustwatch, it's your taste and I respect that.

All I need is some more free time and by the looks of it won't happen soon, just when I thought I'll have some, Greedfall appeared, Ni No Kuni appeared, I still didn't complete AC Odyssey (season pass), still haven't replayed the full KCD, etc, and Outer Worlds is just around the corner.

btw, which True Grit? The one with John Wayne or with Jeff Bridges?
--
Toka Koka
joxer is offline

joxer

joxer's Avatar
The Smoker
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#4774

Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 21,107
Mentioned: 145 Post(s)

Default 

September 29th, 2019, 14:28
Okay, Famageddon is a good movie.
It has LOTS of fun in the first part, and becomes more serious in the second part, and it has a great finale. Overall it's an imho really good movie.
It has lots is small to tiny items put in from the general Sci-Fi genre. Often with screen time of only a few seconds.
In Germany it's called "Ufo Alarm".
--
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#4775

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 18,797
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)

Default 

September 30th, 2019, 20:32
I've seen two movies I really enjoyed:

Green Book. Liked this one. It's not spectacular, but good enough. The best part about it are the two leads, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, who are just great. Maybe they were a bit stereotypical, but I really enjoyed their performance. Maybe it's because I really like the actors? Don't know. Anyways, I think I agree the movie might not be Movie of the Year, even though it got the Oscar, but it's much better than the impression I got from people's negative opinion.

Under the Silver Lake. This was a hell of a mindfuck, but I really loved. It's a rollercoaster of an investigation movie. Recommended.
danutz_plusplus is offline

danutz_plusplus

danutz_plusplus's Avatar
SasqWatch

#4776

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,949
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)

Default 

September 30th, 2019, 23:42
Well that was one bizarre spaced out movie. For those in USA; amazon prime has it for free. It is quite long…. but amusing i think.

Originally Posted by danutz_plusplus View Post
I've seen two movies I really enjoyed:


Under the Silver Lake. This was a hell of a mindfuck, but I really loved. It's a rollercoaster of an investigation movie. Recommended.
you is offline

you

Lazy_dog
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 2 Donor

#4777

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: usa - boston
Posts: 7,175
Mentioned: 51 Post(s)

Default 

October 1st, 2019, 12:51
Originally Posted by danutz_plusplus View Post
I've seen two movies I really enjoyed:

Green Book… I think I agree the movie might not be Movie of the Year, even though it got the Oscar, but it's much better than the impression I got from people's negative opinion.
What people? I know I wrote something about it before… Anyway…
The movie absolutely deserved that Oscar, whoever says Hollywood had a better movie last year is delusional. Yes, I hoped Black Panther would win because I loved it, but Green Book talks about ordinary people at certain historical point in USA making everything believable (no depiction of south as if it's Mordor and because normal people aren't "dark&gritty", the movie provides tons of humor). I can't remember the last time I didn't complain when best picture Oscar went to some title, this time they IMO did the right pick.

As you said and I agree, no, it's not the movie of the year, that'd be Shoplifters (Roma took the foreign language Oscar thanks to it's perfection in style over substance and that's okay).
Now I do hate family movies more than anything, but Shoplifters is not yet another yuck/barf bore'em to death drama clone and for sure was not filmed as festivals awards bait. It's country of origin hates it because - it's not that country's exclusive thing but could be happening anywhere. And I say that's exactly the movie's power. Give it a shot please.

Originally Posted by danutz_plusplus View Post
Under the Silver Lake. This was a hell of a mindfuck, but I really loved. It's a rollercoaster of an investigation movie. Recommended.
Yay! Always nice to hear it's not only me watching these crazy stuff.

For those not sure about it, MC is a looser who stumbles upon a few "conspiracies", not linked inbetween at first and is trying to get to the bottom of all of them because some girl disappeared.
He will eventually find out what's going on… in the main "conspiracy". Other mysteries happening in LA, he will not solve. See, our MC is a professional reviewer interested only in the main story, who cares about sidestories.
Spoiler


While refreshing in the stale idealess modern Hollywood, sadly, the movie has it's problems.
The director is obsessed with MC's butt and you'll see it every 10-15 mins, but you'll also see boobs every 5 minutes. Naked. At one point there is a Nintendo magazine because MC thinks the clue is in it, of course it isn't although MC uses it to map the clue where it actually is. Then there are all sorts of different music coming from a composer - this is absolutely impossible unless the composer is an alien (and isn't although something else is suggested about him).
All that and more should function as part of brainwashing people through mainstream media into specific behavior conspiracy. In reality this does work, thanks to mainstream people lost their taste and are now praising mediocrity, but in this movie all of it is too caricatural to be taken seriously.
Additionally, the movie supposedly shows a real motive "conspiracy" creators had, but then you get confused because secret messages within pop culture works become meaningless as they could have used anything else that'd be more efficient than that.
There are more of the author's red herrings, for example all female groups come in three. Why? Because of course they do, that's why, it won't be explained ever, the joke is on the audience.

Nevertheless, the movie is fun. Feel free to skip it as it isn't on level with conspiracy classics (Carpenter's old but gold They Live did it all more effectively for example), but you won't be sorry if you give it a chance.
It's not a mustwatch! But if you're bored and annoyed with all the recent mediocrity in cinemas and stream platforms, go for it asap.

Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
Okay, Famageddon is a good movie.
Kill me but I've never heard about a movie with that title. Does it have another title on it's international release?
--
Toka Koka
Last edited by joxer; October 1st, 2019 at 13:03.
joxer is offline

joxer

joxer's Avatar
The Smoker
RPGWatch Donor
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#4778

Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 21,107
Mentioned: 145 Post(s)

Default 

October 1st, 2019, 14:55
Just watched Fellowship of the Ring again and realised what a great movie that is in terms of entertainment value. What are some other good fantasy movies that came out after LOTR?
I somewhat remember Stardust being good but I can't seem to recall any other "recent" good fantasy movies.
Lemonhead is offline

Lemonhead

Lemonhead's Avatar
Keeper of the Watch
Original Sin 1 & 2 Donor

#4779

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: The Great White North
Posts: 931
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)

Default 

October 1st, 2019, 15:13
I would recommend the Hobbit Trilogy.
SpoonFULL is offline

SpoonFULL

SpoonFULL's Avatar
SasqWatch

#4780

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
RPGWatch Forums » General Forums » Off-Topic » What I've Been Watching: The Catch-All Film Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 05:00.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by DragonByte Security (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright by RPGWatch