Last Movie You Watched

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SonicMan46

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on May 28, 2024, 09:46:07 AMInteresting to read the list.  There are some films listed there that I hadn't realized that he had done.  And like you, I'm quite surprised that Nightmare wasn't on there; the clever and unusual story, the singing, and the animation...well, I would have thought that that one would be on there.  Corpse Bride is another one too.

PD

Just looked at his Wiki list of films - not listed as 'Director' the the Nightmare film - the reason?  Dave

Brian

Quote from: Todd on May 28, 2024, 10:36:18 AMBlame Disney.  Literally.  Ever since it undertook to become the behemoth of the industry when it bought Marvel in 2009 - then Lucasfilm, then Fox - the entire industry has become ever more risk averse and it has begun to resemble a dominant firm industry described in industrial org textbooks.  Furiosa is what, the fifth movie in the Mad Max "universe"?  While Covid obviously did a number on movie attendance, the decline in quality and constant rehashing of the same material over and over and over again is not drawing audiences.  I mean, in addition to the Mad Max "franchise", the recent Planet of the Apes franchise film (!?!) pretty much flopped, the recent Ghostbusters franchise film (?!?) flopped, The Fall Guy (you know, the 80s TV show rehash) flopped, the Mean Girls remake flopped, the Marvel/Spiderman universe Madame Web flopped, and there are others I forgot.

But wait, there's more.  The rest of this year will see the latest movies from the following franchises: Alien, XXX, Bad Boys (wtf?), Lord of the Rings, Transformers, the Lion King, and no doubt some others. Most movies most years suck, I know that, but things have changed in that previously reliable IP is being recycled to death.  Back in the 80s, there was not a fifth sequel to Casablanca, or Singing in the Rain, or other hits of thirty to forty years before.  (OK, Father of the Bride was resurrected in the 90s.) Why pay good dough to see the same crap when one can stream it in three weeks?

This reminds me, I'd like to watch the reboot of "Fletch" on an airplane sometime. But I'm happy to wait until it's on the airplane.

Todd

Quote from: Brian on May 28, 2024, 11:26:18 AMThis reminds me, I'd like to watch the reboot of "Fletch" on an airplane sometime. But I'm happy to wait until it's on the airplane.

I did not know such a thing existed.  I looked it up.  Jon Hamm is fine, but early 80s Chevy Chase was prime Chevy Chase, to the extent such a thing exists.

Maybe Caddyshack can be remade now. 
The universe is change; life is opinion. - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

People would rather believe than know - E.O. Wilson

Propaganda death ensemble - Tom Araya

DavidW

Quote from: Todd on May 28, 2024, 10:36:18 AMWhy pay good dough to see the same crap when one can stream it in three weeks?

When watching the trailers that was my reaction to literally all but one movie (MaXXXine).  Why go to the theater? 

DavidW

Quote from: Karl Henning on May 28, 2024, 10:58:42 AMNo argument. Where Marion was a partner, Willie is a mere comic encumbrance. Temple of Doom is easily the weakest in the franchise. I still enjoy the claustrophobic roller-coaster set piece, among other things.

The sad part was that Willie was not even funny, she just screamed ALL THE TIME.

Karl Henning

Quote from: DavidW on May 28, 2024, 02:27:25 PMThe sad part was that Willie was not even funny, she just screamed ALL THE TIME.
Harsh, but fair.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Cato

Quote from: Todd on May 28, 2024, 10:36:18 AMBlame Disney.  Literally. Ever since it undertook to become the behemoth of the industry when it bought Marvel in 2009 - then Lucasfilm, then Fox - the entire industry has become ever more risk averse and it has begun to resemble a dominant firm industry described in industrial org textbooks.

.... the decline in quality and constant rehashing of the same material over and over and over again is not drawing audiences.  I mean, in addition to the Mad Max "franchise", the recent Planet of the Apes franchise film (!?!) pretty much flopped, the recent Ghostbusters franchise film (?!?) flopped, The Fall Guy (you know, the 80s TV show rehash) flopped, the Mean Girls remake flopped, the Marvel/Spiderman universe Madame Web flopped, and there are others I forgot
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Hollywood now exists to supply material for satirists like The Critical Drinker and Ryan George of Pitch Meeting and others.

Plagiarize the past, re-make a classic but do it badly, make a sequel by using the same story with different actors, etc.

Just do not use an original idea!!!

And if you think you have an original idea, make sure it is a stupid mess of bizarre things, because everybody knows that being bizarre is the heart of being original...uh, maybe...



Make sure the script is full, in fact overflowing with cliches!  Don't worry about ill logic, don't bother with research to avoid errors in the story, nobody will care, e.g. if a jet plane appears in a World War I movie if the scene is awesome and TIGHT!    8)


See Ryan George...






and then The Critical Drinker:



(And no, he does NOT think it is the "Best Movie of the Year" at all!   ;D  )



"Meet Miss Ruth Sherwood, from Columbus, Ohio, the Middle of the Universe!"

- Brian Aherne introducing Rosalind Russell in  My Sister Eileen (1942)

Karl Henning

Quote from: DavidW on May 28, 2024, 02:27:25 PMThe sad part was that Willie was not even funny, she just screamed ALL THE TIME.
One mildly funny item is the visual suggestion, when Jones, Willie and Short Round have taken to the air, that they pass over the Great Wall, which of course is nowhere near their flight path.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Karl Henning

Quote from: Karl Henning on May 28, 2024, 06:05:27 PMOne mildly funny item is the visual suggestion, when Jones, Willie and Short Round have taken to the air, that they pass over the Great Wall, which of course is nowhere near their flight path.
I think, too, that whenever I feel blasé about John Williams, Temple of Doom is the movie I should turn to. A lot of delicious work.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

DavidW

I saw a pretty good video on the topic of people not going to movies:


Karl Henning

Quote from: DavidW on May 28, 2024, 02:27:25 PMThe sad part was that Willie was not even funny, she just screamed ALL THE TIME.
To her credit, she does reach through the bugs to pull the handle to save Indie's life.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

DavidW

Quote from: Karl Henning on May 29, 2024, 11:15:41 AMTo her credit, she does reach through the bugs to pull the handle to save Indie's life.

I think I would have been like "whelp... nice knowing you." :laugh:

Karl Henning

Quote from: DavidW on May 29, 2024, 11:32:21 AMI think I would have been like "whelp... nice knowing you." :laugh:
Funny, or bad?-- while Indie is hanging on the bridge, the worst archers in the world. 
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Papy Oli

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
(1937)

Hi ho, hi ho, it was very fun-oh  8)
Olivier

VonStupp

Quote from: Todd on May 28, 2024, 11:40:31 AMI did not know such a thing existed.  I looked it up.  Jon Hamm is fine, but early 80s Chevy Chase was prime Chevy Chase, to the extent such a thing exists.

Maybe Caddyshack can be remade now. 

It would have to be better than Caddyshack 2? Wouldn't it...?
VS
"All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff."

Karl Henning

Hitchcock's Rope. Probably only the second time I've watched it, a delicious slowburn. I was prompted to revisit it by my sister's mentioning that it's her favorite Hitchcock, liking it even more than The Birds.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

SonicMan46

In the last week, we've watched the films below - ALL Susan's picks although in our collection of films to watch together:

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) - in our top 3 of Woody's films - summary and cast below except Lloyd Nolan and Maureen O'Sullivan (Mia Farrow's mother) not mentioned - wonderful soundtrack.

Whale Rider (2002) - short summery below - the young actress is amazing - if you have a duaghter of that age, a MUST see, plus a look at the Maori culture of New Zealand (BTW - a source of my favorite Sauvignon Blanc:D )

Green Book (2018) - synopsis below with cast - we love this film; 5 Oscar nominations and winner of three, including Best Picture - portrays the pianist Don Shirley - have a 4 CD Spotify playlist of him, our dinner music for the evening - if you love jazz piano and the American song book, then a MUST exploration!

Don Juan DeMarco (1995) - synopsis below with cast (the still beautiful Faye Dunaway not included) - yes a fantasy but Depp and Brando together cannot be missed.  Dave :)

QuoteHannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. It tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner. Allen also stars in the film, along with Mia Farrow, Michael Caine as her husband, and Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest as her sisters. Hannah and Her Sisters was, for a long time, Allen's biggest box office success. The film won Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay (for Allen), Best Supporting Actor (for Caine), and Best Supporting Actress (for Wiest). It is often considered one of Allen's major works. (Source)

QuoteWhale Rider is a 2002 New Zealand drama film written and directed by Niki Caro. Based on the 1987 novel The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, the film stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as Kahu Paikea Apirana, a twelve-year-old Māori girl whose ambition is to become the chief of the tribe. Her grandfather believes that this is a role reserved for males only. It was shot on location in Whangara, the setting of the novel. The film received critical acclaim upon its release. At age 13, Keisha Castle-Hughes became the youngest nominee for the Academy Award for Best Actress. (Source)

QuoteGreen Book is a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, the film is inspired by the true story of a 1962 tour of the Deep South by African American pianist Don Shirley and Italian American bouncer and later actor Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard. Written by Farrelly alongside Lip's son Nick Vallelonga and Brian Hayes Currie, the film is based on interviews with Lip and Shirley, as well as letters Lip wrote to his wife. It is named after The Negro Motorist Green Book, a guide book for African American travelers founded by Victor Hugo Green in 1936 and published until 1966. (Source)

QuoteDon Juan DeMarco is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Johnny Depp as John Arnold DeMarco, a man who believes himself to be Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world. Clad in a cape and domino mask, DeMarco undergoes psychiatric treatment with Marlon Brando's character, Dr. Jack Mickler, to cure him of his apparent delusion. But the psychiatric sessions have an unexpected effect on the psychiatric staff, some of whom find themselves inspired by DeMarco's delusion; the most profoundly affected is Dr. Mickler himself, who rekindles the romance in his complacent marriage. (Source)




SimonNZ

Quote from: SonicMan46 on June 03, 2024, 05:58:23 PMNew Zealand (BTW - a source of my favorite Sauvignon Blanc:D )



Which one?

Karl Henning

Revisiting Shadow of a doubt. Curiously, in the opening credits doubt isn't capitalized.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Papy Oli

#36899
Jojo Rabbit

The spoof-like satirical first 30-45 min left us perplexed...then it hit us. Hard.




   
Olivier