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13 hours ago, Iskaral Pust said:

Yes, it’s the generic procedural/story-of-the-week rhythm that has held it back so far.  Not that it’s bad so far, just not very gripping.

The characters and setting are good, and there’s some good offbeat humor and nice chemistry between characters (especially Rayland and his boss and Rayland and what’s-her-name), and it captures a definite flavor/texture that works well.  

But the random villain scenario each week — the loan shark informer, Rayland’s dad grifting a drug dealer, the escapee on the run, the trophy wife killing her husband, the convict taking hostages — all get neatly wrapped up at the end of each episode.  There’s no reason to care.  I know whatever problem turns up next week will get tidied up by Rayland in exactly 45 minutes with him being mildly heroic and occasionally lethal.  It needs a larger arc and some depth to other characters.  

Nevertheless, these characters are well-played, interesting.  I particularly loved the loan shark, enjoying every bit of his time on screen -- and not least, recalling him as the feckless boyfriend / husband of Miranda in Sex in the City.  He was effective and so different playing this character.  None of that bothered me then.

Nevertheless, anything to do with Rayland's family and particularly his father is essential in this season, remains meaningful throughout the seasons.

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7 hours ago, Cas Stark said:

Has anyone seen Hereditary, the horror film that is getting so much buzz?

Chris Stuckmann seems to have been absolutely blown away by it.

I haven’t seen this much hype since The Witch (which ended up disappointing me). Hope this one lives up to all the buzz. 

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37 minutes ago, Nictarion said:

Chris Stuckmann seems to have been absolutely blown away by it.

I haven’t seen this much hype since The Witch (which ended up disappointing me). Hope this one lives up to all the buzz. 

Yeah, it's getting incredible reviews.  But so have a lot of not that great movies gotten in the last few years.  

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I’m seeing Hereditary tomorrow at 1:30. All the hype is exciting but it makes me a little nervous at the same time. I’ve also been looking forward to this for a while so I have to rein in my expectations a little.

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4 minutes ago, Ramsay B. said:

I’m seeing Hereditary tomorrow at 1:30. All the hype is exciting but it makes me a little nervous at the same time. I’ve also been looking forward to this for a while so I have to rein in my expectations a little.

Yeah, I'm seeing it compared to The Exorcist....but I am super jaded by reviews.  Everyone said The Conjuring was scary?  Like what? 

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9 minutes ago, Cas Stark said:

Yeah, I'm seeing it compared to The Exorcist....but I am super jaded by reviews.  Everyone said The Conjuring was scary?  Like what? 

Yup. Horror movie hype is really tough to gauge and most of the time just silly. Every time I see that a film is supposed to be the scariest of the decade or that it can’t be unseen etc., I just laugh and hope it’s somewhat decent.

Although A24 hyped up movies are usually a hit with me so I’m hoping that trend continues... and I really love The Exorcist. 

 

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4 hours ago, Ramsay B. said:

Yup. Horror movie hype is really tough to gauge and most of the time just silly. Every time I see that a film is supposed to be the scariest of the decade or that it can’t be unseen etc., I just laugh and hope it’s somewhat decent.

Although A24 hyped up movies are usually a hit with me so I’m hoping that trend continues... and I really love The Exorcist. 

I can't keep track of who all I've rec'd this book to around here, but if you haven't already, read Paul Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts.

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Watched Brian De Palma’s Blow Out. Good movie. I always see Tarantino mention it as one of his favorites so I’ve been meaning to see it for a while. Probably the best thing I’ve seen John Travolta in other than Pulp Fiction. 

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So Hereditary was very good. It starts out as a slow burn family drama with some shocking moments thrown in, and the last half hour or so it gets pretty crazy and intense. I definitely wish I hadn’t watched the trailers for this one because some of the more deranged moments were shown at some point. 

I feel that this will be way less polarizing than The Witch as it’s definitely a horror movie at its core. Just be prepared for the slow burn. It’s also a movie that will be enjoyable to rewatch as there is clues/hints throughout. 

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That sequence at the end was absolutely nuts. The two people I was with didn’t even see the mom chilling up in the corner of the son’s room before she crawled in the air out of there. I barely saw her too but the camera sat there for a bit and she started to come into focus. Then when she was banging her head on the attic door, that part freaked me out.

I was surprised that the director chose to have everything explained at the way end. It was actually kind of refreshing. Hail King Paimon!

 

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50 minutes ago, Ramsay B. said:

So Hereditary was very good. It starts out as a slow burn family drama with some shocking moments thrown in, and the last half hour or so it gets pretty crazy and intense. I definitely wish I hadn’t watched the trailers for this one because some of the more deranged moments were shown at some point. 

I feel that this will be way less polarizing than The Witch as it’s definitely a horror movie at its core. Just be prepared for the slow burn. It’s also a movie that will be enjoyable to rewatch as there is clues/hints throughout. 

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That sequence at the end was absolutely nuts. The two people I was with didn’t even see the mom chilling up in the corner of the son’s room before she crawled in the air out of there. I barely saw her too but the camera sat there for a bit and she started to come into focus. Then when she was banging her head on the attic door, that part freaked me out.

I was surprised that the director chose to have everything explained at the way end. It was actually kind of refreshing. Hail King Paimon!

 

Not clicking on the spoiler yet, but that’s good to hear. I’m probably seeing it next weekend. 

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I watched Atomic Blonde. I thought Charlize Theron was good in the lead role and there were some good fight scenes in the film, but the plot wasn't anything special and I felt like it tied itself in knots at the end trying to put in too many twists.

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I was trying to find a movie like Heat (possibly my all time favorite movie) and Netflix listed Body of Lies as a movie like it. It was okay I guess. I've seen this before -- in fact it's almost a carbon copy of Spy Game but not as good. I just didn't get invested in the characters and I liked the culmination in Spy Game better. I still have a crime drama fix to satisfy so might try American Heist on Netflix next.

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4 hours ago, williamjm said:

I watched Atomic Blonde. I thought Charlize Theron was good in the lead role and there were some good fight scenes in the film, but the plot wasn't anything special and I felt like it tied itself in knots at the end trying to put in too many twists.

HOW DARE YOU!?! FLAY YOURSELF AT ONCE, FOOL! 

I liked the movie and so anyone else who has less than absolute praise is a toolbar. You hear that? YOUR3 A TUULBAAAAAG

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11 hours ago, WarGalley said:

I was trying to find a movie like Heat (possibly my all time favorite movie) and Netflix listed Body of Lies as a movie like it. It was okay I guess. I've seen this before -- in fact it's almost a carbon copy of Spy Game but not as good. I just didn't get invested in the characters and I liked the culmination in Spy Game better. I still have a crime drama fix to satisfy so might try American Heist on Netflix next.

If you haven't already watched American Gangster (2007), this might fill your crime drama need.  It's excellent fictionalized real crime.  Great cast and writing.  It too is currently streaming on netflix. I have re-watched it three times since it was released, the first time in a theater.

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11 hours ago, WarGalley said:

I was trying to find a movie like Heat (possibly my all time favorite movie)


You seen Infernal Affairs? Not quite as good as Heat but still well good.

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Disaster Artist is on Amazon Prime so I'm going to check that out.

Garden State and Napoleon Dynamite were on HBO today so I spent a morning with a decidedly 2004-ish indie flavor. 

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On 6/2/2018 at 6:38 PM, williamjm said:

I watched Dunkirk which I thought was a very well made film and extremely tense throughout. I now regret not seeing it when it was out at the cinema, it seems like it would have been very well suited to the big screen. 

Yeah it was made to be seen in theaters as a cinematic experience.  Particularly, the sound mixing and editing was intentionally supposed to disorient the viewer to make the film more immersive, but watching it at home it's more just annoying you can't hear any of the dialogue.

On 6/4/2018 at 7:05 PM, Marko Antonivic said:

Honestly second half of season one is pretty solid imo. Plus preacher Boyd is fucking hilarious

From about episode 10 of season 1 through season 2 is one of my favorite stretches of any TV show ever.  The later seasons are still pretty good, but you don't beat the Crowder/Givens/Bennett family drama - with Margo Martindale as Mags (and Jeremy Davies as Dickie!) in season 2.

On 6/6/2018 at 5:25 PM, Zorral said:

Scorsese's films only improve as time goes on. 

Bar none, the film I consistently like more and more the more times I see it is Gangs of New York.

13 hours ago, WarGalley said:

I was trying to find a movie like Heat (possibly my all time favorite movie) and Netflix listed Body of Lies as a movie like it. It was okay I guess. I've seen this before -- in fact it's almost a carbon copy of Spy Game but not as good. I just didn't get invested in the characters and I liked the culmination in Spy Game better. I still have a crime drama fix to satisfy so might try American Heist on Netflix next.

Between Ridley Scott, Dicaprio, and Crowe - not to mention the film was based on the very (and much more) interesting book by David Ignatius and adapted by William Monahan (who's got a pretty damn good resume himself) - the fact Body of Lies was so incredibly mediocre is kind of amazing.

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14 hours ago, WarGalley said:

I was trying to find a movie like Heat (possibly my all time favorite movie) and Netflix listed Body of Lies as a movie like it. It was okay I guess. I've seen this before -- in fact it's almost a carbon copy of Spy Game but not as good. I just didn't get invested in the characters and I liked the culmination in Spy Game better. I still have a crime drama fix to satisfy so might try American Heist on Netflix next.

The Town is pretty good as far as bank robbery movies go. Nothing comes close to Heat though. 

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1 hour ago, drawkcabi said:

Disaster Artist is on Amazon Prime so I'm going to check that out.

Garden State and Napoleon Dynamite were on HBO today so I spent a morning with a decidedly 2004-ish indie flavor. 

I love GS. Natalie Portman may be my number one all-time movie crush in that film.

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2 hours ago, drawkcabi said:

Garden State and Napoleon Dynamite were on HBO today so I spent a morning with a decidedly 2004-ish indie flavor.

Yeah I watched Garden State on HBO in the wee hours one night a week or so ago too.  Always liked it, despite the fact I loathe Zach Braff.

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