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11 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

The Goonies, much like Ghostbusters, are just as cheesy as The Lost Boys. Honestly that's why so many movies from that era are so great and have followings decades later. 

If you've not seen Fright Night, check it out. That's definitely one of the best vampire movies from that period. 

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5 hours ago, Spockydog said:

If you've not seen Fright Night, check it out. That's definitely one of the best vampire movies from that period. 

I believe I mentioned recently my mom gave me shit for not having seen it. Since it seems like fun I might check it out after tonight's MLB/WNBA games. Most of the other movies left on my list are grim. 

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16 hours ago, Ran said:

I was confused by the guy and thought it was ridiculous that Shumacher got some bodybuilder to pretend to be a musician and singer...

But that's actually Tim Cappello, and he really did look like that. Also was saxophonist for Tina Turner in the 80s and 90s, apparently.

Most notably in We Don't Need another Hero

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15 hours ago, Spockydog said:

Your mom is clearly good people.

Not gonna lie, Fright Night was just okay. It's worth watching for anyone that hasn't seen it, but there are a number of movies I'd recommend before it during the Halloween season. For example, I'd say The Burbs is better and that too is just middling. The Lost Boys is better than both by a good amount, at least for me. 

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X Files, watched random episodes from my dad's collection when I was ye tall. Blank. But I hear its great till a point, when does it turn to shit so I can save data downloading ?

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This cold is just not leaving me though I do feel loads better than I did last weekend and early this week. Anyway, I watched Pam and Tommy. I’m not sure when and why it got on my watch list originally but it was there and I wanted a break from movies. I liked this series. I enjoyed this series. I appreciate this series. 

The acting is pretty solid even though both leads are delivering an over the top representation of their characters’ real life counterparts. This doesn’t keep you from taking either show Tommy or show Pam seriously. In fact, the series actually manages to make you empathize with not only Pam, not only Tommy but even the asshole who stole their tape. That says something about the writing. It isn’t preachy (for which I bow down before every show) but it takes a very solid stand on the morality and sociology of the events. It can be genuinely humorous and genuinely serious when it chooses and makes you feel like you’re on the wild ride with Pam and Tommy and feel their joy, their sorrow, their anger and their love.
I know there was quite a bit of controversy around the series (actually, name one series around which there isn’t quite a bit of controversy…. Oh well) because they didn’t ask for Pamela Anderson’s permission to make the movie but stirred up traumatic events from her life to capitalize on. I mean… that’s just being a public figure. The series doesn’t in any way reflect badly on Pamela, quite the opposite. My knowledge, understanding, perception and regard of her was hugely influenced by this show, and I spent half an afternoon watching old interviews with her, I want to watch her documentary and listen to her autobiography on Audible, because - permission to shoot or not, Lily James’s overplaying her or not - the show made her my most favorite person in the entire celeb world right now and I want to hear more of her life story. That is hardly a disservice and probably the reason why Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Seth Rogan and the rest choose to bring this series to life.

 

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A rare occurance, I rewatched The Wolfman w/del toro and a hopkins, which i HATED originally, it still  has pacing issues but I liked it a lot more than on my previous viewing.

Last Night in Soho.  What's this?  Something original?  Anya TJ, Diana Rigg and the guy who played prince phillip on the crown.  It wasn't really scary, but original and interesting.

House of Usher.  Ugh.  Why is it modern??  Why is it about pharma now?  I'm sure I will eventually finish it, but I wanted Vincent Price gothic camp.

Beckham doc.  Loved it.  

 

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2 hours ago, TheLastWolf said:

X Files, watched random episodes from my dad's collection when I was ye tall. Blank. But I hear its great till a point, when does it turn to shit so I can save data downloading ?

First three seasons are great, seasons 4 and 5 have some good episodes. After that, it's downhill.

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7 hours ago, Rippounet said:

First three seasons are great, seasons 4 and 5 have some good episodes. After that, it's downhill.

And does Deadwood get closure with the movie or is another one planned? I heard the creator got Alzheimers. Loved the pilot, so... just asking 

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Finished the watching of seasons 1-2 of Vikings: Valhalla.  A most satisfying conclusion, and I really do want more.  The Vikings, i.e. Prince Harold Sigurdsson and Leif Ericksson, are seeing the walls of Constantinople and the dome of Hagia Sophia from their battered ship on which they traversed the long route of the Dnieper from Novgorod  to reach this place -- with none of their original plans now viable, but having made some most valuable allies, supporters and protectors.  Freydis, Leif's sister, and the Last Priestess-Warrior of Old Ways, has won again in Pomerania/Jomsberg, giving King Olaf what he deserves.  And Godwin has married Princess Gytha, King Canute's neice, thus having exactly what Queen Emma did not want him to have, the royal marriage gateway to the English crown. 

Gosh, I enjoyed having these two seasons to watch over the last three weeks.  It was also just beautiful to look at.  One more season is planned; when it can get made, who knows? Oddly though, it was not the Freydis narrative that held my interest most strongly, but the political plotting and betrayals and reversals of the Saxons and Danes in Britain.  Godwin became, essentially, my personal favorite character; he is, really, the most interesting, because the most complex one, and the most subtle.  I am really looking forward to Harold and Leif in Constantinople next season!

My only criticism is that there was too many battles and fighting, and they got repetitive and overlong, but then, that's how things were, weren't they, up there at the end of the 10th and start of the 11th century.  But they were well staged. And season one's Battle of London Bridge was entirely spectacular. I challenge anyone to watch this without feeling tightly wound with tension and suspense -- even if one already knows about London Bridge battles from the era.

If this is the sort of thing one likes, this is for you -- Highly Recommended.

Next up, Lupin, Part 3.

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6 hours ago, JGP said:

First two episodes of Upload S3 ninja-dropped on me. Pleasant surprise. I'll be watching those later for sure. 

Nice surprise for me too.  This is one of my favorites.  Also, surprised that this season is being released week-to-week.  The first 2 seasons were bingeable.  I'll have to rewatch them then start S3.

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Killers of the Flower Moon is another Scorsese masterpiece. And every bit as devastating as you’d expect. The entire cast was fantastic, but Lily Gladstone in particular should clean up during award season. One smaller role I thought stood out was Tatanka Means as one of the FBI agents. I had to look him up and it turns out he’s the son of Russell Means (Chingachgook in Last of the Mohicans). I thought he had a real presence. 

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1 hour ago, Nictarion said:

Killers of the Flower Moon is another Scorsese masterpiece. And every bit as devastating as you’d expect. The entire cast was fantastic, but Lily Gladstone in particular should clean up during award season. One smaller role I thought stood out was Tatanka Means as one of the FBI agents. I had to look him up and it turns out he’s the son of Russell Means (Chingachgook in Last of the Mohicans). I thought he had a real presence. 

I've always had a hard time taking DiCaprio seriously for some reason, but I've been really looking forward to this film just the same. Thanks, Nict.

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Last night's Saturday Night Live with Bad Bunny, as host, and special guests, Mick Jagger and Lady Gaga -- it was hilarious and fun.

YouTube has 15 segments from the show available

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/22/arts/television/saturday-night-live-bad-bunny.html

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.... Opening Monologue of the Week
Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican pop star who was both host and musical guest this weekend, continued a recent “S.N.L.” tradition of Spanish-speaking hosts who delivered a portion of their monologue in Spanish. As he spoke, a satirical caption appeared below him on the screen that read “[SPEAKING IN NON-ENGLISH],” tweaking a (nonhumorous) incident in which similar captions were shown at the 2023 Grammy Awards when Bad Bunny performed and during his acceptance speech for the Best Música Urbana Album.

“Not again, please,” Bad Bunny said, and the caption below him changed to say “[SPEAKING A SEXIER LANGUAGE]”.  ....

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, JGP said:

I've always had a hard time taking DiCaprio seriously for some reason, but I've been really looking forward to this film just the same. Thanks, Nict.

Could it be because part of you still remember his earlier work were he was a pretty boy working on becoming a great actor and had some misses in the process? Honestly I think he might be remembered as one of the greatest actors ever, however, one thing that tends to hurt him is you always know it's him when watching a movie. He typically doesn't disappear into the role like some other actors can with Daniel Day Lewis and Gary Oldman coming to mind. He's more like George Clooney, who I think is a great actor, but you almost always just see him playing a part.

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11 hours ago, Nictarion said:

Killers of the Flower Moon is another Scorsese masterpiece. And every bit as devastating as you’d expect. The entire cast was fantastic, but Lily Gladstone in particular should clean up during award season. One smaller role I thought stood out was Tatanka Means as one of the FBI agents. I had to look him up and it turns out he’s the son of Russell Means (Chingachgook in Last of the Mohicans). I thought he had a real presence. 

Has anyone learned whether this film is showing in Dade County and elsewheres in Florida?

A nice piece on the ways the filming of film's violence departs from the methods of earlier Scorsese work:

From ‘Goodfellas’ to ‘Flower Moon’: How Scorsese Has Rethought Violence
The director was long identified with ornately edited set pieces. In “The Irishman” and his latest film, the flourishes have given way to blunt truths.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/22/movies/martin-scorsese-killers-of-the-flower-moon-violence.html

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.... That’s not how the violence works in “The Irishman” and “Killers of the Flower Moon.” When people die in these films, it’s grim, nasty, divergent in every way from the dirty kicks of “Goodfellas” or “Casino” (1995). In “The Irishman,” Sally Bugs (Louis Cancelmi) is dispatched in two setups, one wide and one medium, bang bang bang; the deaths of Whispers DiTullio (Paul Herman) and Crazy Joe Gallo (Sebastian Maniscalco) are likewise framed wide, hard and fast — simple, bloody, done. One of the film’s most upsetting scenes, when Frank (De Niro) drags his young daughter to the corner grocery store so she can watch him beat up a shopkeeper, is staged with similar simplicity: Scorsese keeps the scene to a single wide shot as Frank goes in, drags the man over his counter, smashes him through the door, kicks him, beats him and stomps on his hand. Scorsese cuts away only once — to the little girl’s horrified reaction.

Scorsese carries this sparseness into “Killers of the Flower Moon.” An early montage of Osage people on their deathbeds concludes with the murder of Charlie Whitehorn (Anthony J. Harvey), who is killed in two cold, complementary medium-wides. Another character is hooded on the street, dragged into an alley and stabbed to death, with all of the action in two wide shots; a third is knocked down in one wide shot, then thrashed to death in a low-angle medium. The mayhem is over before it even starts. ....

 

 

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