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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #27080 on: January 11, 2018, 10:59:04 AM »
A capital suggestion.

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« Reply #27081 on: January 11, 2018, 12:19:35 PM »
It's a tragic arc a bit more nuanced than that.

But, there is killing, that cannot be denied.

Thanks.

I never saw Good Fellas for the same reason. I assumed they were movies for a certain kind of man. And that I was/am a different kind of man.
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« Reply #27082 on: January 11, 2018, 12:27:24 PM »
Thanks.

I never saw Good Fellas for the same reason. I assumed they were movies for a certain kind of man. And that I was/am a different kind of man.
Goodfellas is a fine movie too but The Godfather (I-III) is something you really should see. There is violence and killing comparable to a Shakespeare play, but there's far more to it than just that.
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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #27083 on: January 11, 2018, 12:32:06 PM »


Thanks.

I never saw Good Fellas for the same reason. I assumed they were movies for a certain kind of man. And that I was/am a different kind of man.

George, and you're my kind of guy. Apart from spoof/half-spoof takes like Prizzi's Honor and Mickey Blue Eyes, this is not "my" genre. But the human story, and beautiful camera work, set The Godfather apart.

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #27084 on: January 11, 2018, 12:38:14 PM »
Thanks, guys. Will keep my eyes (and mind) open.
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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #27085 on: January 11, 2018, 12:41:17 PM »
Goodfellas is a fine movie too but The Godfather (I-III) is something you really should see. There is violence and killing comparable to a Shakespeare play, but there's far more to it than just that.

AKA The Italian Family Blood Masacre

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« Reply #27086 on: January 11, 2018, 02:28:42 PM »
Another plug for The Godfather.

It's interesting how the experience of any given film can change over time. Decades ago I'd watch Coppola's masterwork for the lighting, photography and the script, and the dramatic buildup to the end ( mainly fueled by Pacino's impressive and evolving characterization ).

Now, l find myself enjoying the ensemble work, the little moments of specific actors fulfilling their roles utterly. Too many to mention, but each distinct and enjoyable.

George, if you've been avoiding the film because of the cinematic bloodshed, try thinking of it in operatic terms. There is tension in Salome, for example, because we know that before we leave the theatre, John the Baptist will be losing weight above his shoulders. The violence in The Godfather is a necessary and recurring theme, shocking at times but never gratuitous. It plays a crucial part in the emotional structure, helping to define the world these characters inhabit. As such, it seems appropriate when it occurs.

The Godfather is perfectly cast, exquisitely lit and photographed, intelligently scripted and memorably performed. It still retains its force after forty-give years, and almost any adult should find it worthwhile.

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #27087 on: January 11, 2018, 03:05:33 PM »
Masterful storytelling. My reservation, that it attributes honor and nobility to people who are, in reality, degenerate killers.

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #27088 on: January 11, 2018, 06:29:57 PM »
Masterful storytelling. My reservation, that it attributes honor and nobility to people who are, in reality, degenerate killers.
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« Reply #27089 on: January 11, 2018, 08:45:03 PM »
Masterful storytelling. My reservation, that it attributes honor and nobility to people who are, in reality, degenerate killers.

Your reservation is totally understandable. But l think that in Coppola's tale, these characters simply obey the cultural mores of their filmic universe. If their intentions, actions and interactions were " normal", the only credible story which could take place would show the family's destruction, since the other criminal organizations would interpret such normalcy as weakness.

But it's certainly true that none of the principal characters are Boy Scouts, though at the beginning Michael seems closer to someone a viewer might actually know, a starting point for the character's evolution over the course of the first two films.

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« Reply #27090 on: January 12, 2018, 04:07:29 AM »
Masterful storytelling. My reservation, that it attributes honor and nobility to people who are, in reality, degenerate killers.

Your reservation is totally understandable. But l think that in Coppola's tale, these characters simply obey the cultural mores of their filmic universe. If their intentions, actions and interactions were " normal", the only credible story which could take place would show the family's destruction, since the other criminal organizations would interpret such normalcy as weakness.

But it's certainly true that none of the principal characters are Boy Scouts, though at the beginning Michael seems closer to someone a viewer might actually know, a starting point for the character's evolution over the course of the first two films.

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Agreed that it does not, in fact, glamorize the goons.  I do not think it attributes honor or nobility to them, but it impartially tells the story of degenerate killers who themselves believe they possess a kind of honor.
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« Reply #27091 on: January 12, 2018, 04:08:20 AM »
And the heart of the story is, the progress of degeneration.
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« Reply #27092 on: January 12, 2018, 06:20:34 AM »
And the heart of the story is, the progress of degeneration.

Culminating in a man killing his brother because family.

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« Reply #27093 on: January 12, 2018, 06:36:00 AM »
Culminating in a man killing his brother because family.

But not while mum's alive, don't want her losing another son!
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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #27094 on: January 12, 2018, 07:21:22 AM »
Only paranthetical to the topic . . . no, I didn't read the "article," as the headline was one of a posy of clickbait 8)
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« Reply #27095 on: January 12, 2018, 07:27:45 AM »
Only paranthetical to the topic . . . no, I didn't read the "article," as the headline was one of a posy of clickbait 8)

Budget   $150–185 million[6][7][8][9]
Box office   $259 million[6]

according to Wikipedia

I quite liked the movie, other than the fact at the late showing I attended in midtown Manhattan a guy in the back row was snoring loudly.
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« Reply #27096 on: January 12, 2018, 07:30:37 AM »
Budget   $150–185 million[6][7][8][9]
Box office   $259 million[6]

according to Wikipedia

I quite liked the movie, other than the fact at the late showing I attended in midtown Manhattan a guy in the back row was snoring loudly.

The assertion that it "totally flopped" did not sort at all with much of the reaction I've seen here.  So I had my salt at the ready.
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« Reply #27097 on: January 12, 2018, 11:31:31 PM »

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On its own terms, moderately bad. As a follow up to the earlier two, a shithole.

While l might not be willing to blast Part III quite so much, I'd agree that FFC should have quit while he was way ahead.

The final scene of Part II is possessed of an emotional complexity which ranks with ( imho ) any scene in any other film ever made...

Michael sits alone, reminiscing. The Christmas-eve dinner scene fades in, and runs its course. At the end, with the camera slowly pushing in on Al Pacino, we know we're looking at a man who has become morally empty.

Trying to follow that, trying to recapture the lightning in a bottle years later... It was a mistake, and I've always suspected that Coppola knew it on some level.

So l watch parts I & II. There is more than enough beautiful acting, humor, story and filmic beauty to go around.

Part III... well, if it's on and l happen to lstumble across it, l can watch a few minutes of it. Beyond that l become painfully aware of what's missing.

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #27098 on: January 12, 2018, 11:38:08 PM »

An enjoyable interpretation of the novel. Knightley is charming; Donald Sutherland and Judi Dench add a necessary dash of seasoning to the affair. This satisfies my intermittent need to consume a period drama and check in with the contemporary A-listers.

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« Reply #27099 on: January 13, 2018, 03:52:20 AM »
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