Seen any good movies? Or bad ones?

ThemeParkCommando

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Watched Death on the Nile. I thought it was enjoyable, with a dazzling cast set against equally dazzling scenery. Of course, due to the restrictions of timing/budget, a good portion of that scenery was CGI, but not distractingly so.

As I understand it, the plot deviates from the novel by condensing characters and changing some details, but I thought it was sufficiently twisty enough to be enjoyable. As best I can tell, Branagh has a blast playing Poirot, so I'm certain there will be at least one more in this series, to make a trilogy. But I wouldn't be surprised if it went beyond that, too, as there's plenty of source material.
I watched this one Friday night. It was very enjoyable. I love the character Poirot. I'm not much of a fan of mysteries, but this series has been a lot of fun to watch, I hope they do make more movies, I'll certainly watch them. I think it does make a big difference, when you can tell the actors are having fun in their roles, and Branagh certainly is.
 

Strangeite

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With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness coming out this week, I decided to watch Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb again.

I'm aware that makes no sense, but it made me laugh to think about.

Dr. Strangelove is one of the few movies that I rewatch over and over again, probably at least once a year. V for Vendetta and Used Cars are the other ones.
 

RetroCOTfan

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I watched this one Friday night. It was very enjoyable. I love the character Poirot. I'm not much of a fan of mysteries, but this series has been a lot of fun to watch, I hope they do make more movies, I'll certainly watch them. I think it does make a big difference, when you can tell the actors are having fun in their roles, and Branagh certainly is.
This was my feeling exactly - everyone looks like they're having fun, and Branagh's Poirot is fun, and I'll keep watching. This isn't my normal genre of movie, but it's an enjoyable, twisty little escape for a couple of hours.

Watched The Power of the Dog this weekend. Was generally unimpressed until about 2/3 of the way through when I realized it wasn't a western, it was a slow-burn thriller set in the West. Once I got that, my attitude shifted, and I quite enjoyed it. I guess I should have paid more attention to the comments about it other than "it's a must see."
 

ThemeParkCommando

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May 7th was the 25th anniversary of The Fifth Element. That's on my "can't pass it when scanning channels" list.


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Lilu Dallas multipass!! I love this movie, too. Ruby Rod is a great character. I pretty much like all the Bruce Willis movies, but the one I watch the most is the one that bombed. "Hudson Hawk". To me, that movie has the same vibe as Fifth Element.
 

Not That Josh

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Dr. Strangelove is one of the few movies that I rewatch over and over again, probably at least once a year. V for Vendetta and Used Cars are the other ones.

I can't guess how frequently, but I rewatch it regularly. For me, another one in this category is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's almost always a comedy, I can't think of a drama I rewatch.
 

Alcachofa

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I can't guess how frequently, but I rewatch it regularly. For me, another one in this category is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's almost always a comedy, I can't think of a drama I rewatch.
I've seen Gone with the Wind at least 4 times. Doctor Zhivago around 3 times. What else? Oh the Godfather I and II... not sure, maybe 3 times each? Though I was thinking I wanted to watch them again soon. Casablanca, the same, probably around 3 but want to see it again soon. Pulp Fiction 4 or 5. I'm sure there are a couple others, but not many, because I can't think of them right now.

Probably several I've watched twice but that's it. And I'm old enough that twice really counts as once because there have been decades in between viewings. :ROFLMAO:

I've been meaning to watch Hitchhiker's. I'll have to put it on my Prime queue so I remember.
 

RetroCOTfan

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I'm a bit late to the party, but I just finished binge-watching Ricky Gervais' Netflix series After Life. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. I expected a dark comedy with some quirky characters and Gervais' trademark biting humor and tirades. It's got that. What I didn't expect was a heartwarming, deeply introspective meditation on life, loss, grief, community, and resiliency. Gervais does some really good work here in the lead role, portraying a middle-aged journalist for a small-town newspaper who recently lost his wife to cancer, leaving him despondent and suicidal. Throughout the series he turns in some surprisingly emotional performances while still allowing room for the rest of the cast to have their moments in the spotlight.

As with many British series, it's relatively short by American standards, with just 3 seasons containing 6 half-hour episodes each. Gervais has confirmed the series is concluded, so no worries about cliffhangers or waiting for new content to drop. It's a lovely "slice of life" series that balances a look at weighty issues with genuinely funny moments, with a cast of characters you grow to care about. And, honestly, more than a few times I thought of this group and our recent shared experience with losing our leader. I highly recommend.
 

Strangeite

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I can't guess how frequently, but I rewatch it regularly. For me, another one in this category is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's almost always a comedy, I can't think of a drama I rewatch.
I love Douglas Adams, so I was apprehensive going into the theater to watch Hitchhikers. When it opened with a musical number involving singing dolphins, a smile spread across my face, and thought, "This is going to be GOOOD!"
 

Not That Josh

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I love Douglas Adams, so I was apprehensive going into the theater to watch Hitchhikers. When it opened with a musical number involving singing dolphins, a smile spread across my face, and thought, "This is going to be GOOOD!"

On random days with no warning and for no obvious reason I find myself thinking/singing, "So long, and thanks for all the fish".
 

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I can't seem to get myself to care about Dr. Strange 2, and am happy to wait until it hits D+. But I confess the little kid in my is intrigued by Lightyear, and Thor: Love & Thunder looks like great fun. I'm not sure I want to sit in a crowded unmasked theater to see either, but...

And I'm *very* ready for Obi-Wan.
 
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ThemeParkCommando

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I am stoked to go see "Top Gun: Maverick". Reviews have been great, and I really want to see this movie in IMAX. The original Top Gun is my favorite non-animated movie, pretty much for the cinematography around the flight scenes. I want to see more flight scenes in IMAX. I hope it doesn't disappoint.
 

RetroCOTfan

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I am stoked to go see "Top Gun: Maverick". Reviews have been great, and I really want to see this movie in IMAX. The original Top Gun is my favorite non-animated movie, pretty much for the cinematography around the flight scenes. I want to see more flight scenes in IMAX. I hope it doesn't disappoint.
I saw an interesting "behind-the-scenes" video talking about how the flying sequences are pretty much all practical effects/video, with little to no CGI. (Of course it was all at Tom Cruise's urging.) The actors went through an actual abbreviated flight training and not only had to learn how to handle the Gs and flying, but also had to operate the cameras that were filming them. If you haven't seen it, it's here:
 

George

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It's not a movie, but any Better Call Saul fans here? Better Call Saul sure knows how to play the long game. Every seemingly small gesture is there for a reason, and the reasons grow logically from all those small details. Excellent plans and executions all around. What'd you think of last night's mid-season finale? Please, no spoilers (or make them invisible) if you comment.
 

RetroCOTfan

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It's not a movie, but any Better Call Saul fans here? Better Call Saul sure knows how to play the long game. Every seemingly small gesture is there for a reason, and the reasons grow logically from all those small details. Excellent plans and executions all around. What'd you think of last night's mid-season finale? Please, no spoilers (or make them invisible) if you comment.
BCS is one of the best shows on television, period. Last night is the second time I literally gasped at a TV show,
even though the dread had been building through the entirety of Howard's speech. The moment that candle flickered again, I knew it was over for him - no way Lalo lets a bystander go. But the moment it happened, in the way it happened, just shook me. Howard had become such a sympathetic character. Just fantastic acting by Patrick Fabian who, sadly, will almost certainly be overlooked for an Emmy (just like Rhea Seehorn has been).
(The only other time I did that was in the Ozymandias episode of Breaking Bad. This is a good writing crew.)

One of my favorite parts of watching the show is browsing the show's subreddit the next day to see what metaphors/references/foreshadowing I missed (and occasionally, picked up on). You nailed it - the long game is so masterfully done here, with minor details that end up being major plot points. In anticipation of this final season, I just did a rewatch of the first 5 seasons. What an excellent show. I'm going to miss it greatly. Also, July 11th is so far away...
 

Denise25

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It's not a movie, but any Better Call Saul fans here? Better Call Saul sure knows how to play the long game. Every seemingly small gesture is there for a reason, and the reasons grow logically from all those small details. Excellent plans and executions all around. What'd you think of last night's mid-season finale? Please, no spoilers (or make them invisible) if you comment.
I am sad I have to wait until July to see what happens next! I have definitely been enjoying the series and will be sad to see it end. I am intrigued by how they are lining it up to match to the early part of Breaking Bad. I may just have to start watching that again when Saul ends, now that I know the back stories of some of the characters.
 
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