JFF: What Was the Last Film You Saw, and How Would You Rate It? (Pt. 19)

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Simply a follow up to Jen's great post; there were getting to be so many pages in that one I thought it could use a refresh.  Happy to carry on the tradition!  
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The House on Sorority Row (1982) (First Watch) 2/10

Boy, this movie was bad, and I enjoy low budget horrors.

No idea how this film has a 6.0 on IMDb and the much superior 2009 remake has a 5.1 ?
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Bad is in the eye of the beholder!!!!!!!!
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lol.

How are you doing, Ed?
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No fever today. On a scale of bad 1-10, I'm a 2!
Went out and graded my 3/4 mile dirt road for a couple of hours. We had a downpour and the road was rough. I ride MC, so gotta keep the road smooth so I don't dump the bike in soft sand! Going out for a ride tomorrow.
TFA.
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Trip to walmart for Pasta sauce and dog food.
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Ed, did you get Corona?
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Yep!!! Almost gone!!
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I'm stuck at home and I like almost everybody!!!
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Abi, it took a freaking viral outbreak quarantine to finally face the truth of me not being an introvert. It turns out I want more communication with people. The fact that I prefer quieter places and being at home in most circumstances  has nothing to do with me being an introvert, it's just that post-traumatic stress disorder, depressive episodes, overall anxiety, chronic fatigue and God knows what else prevent me from communicating with people easily, it seems. 

That said, introverts and extraverts, temperament types etc... They're not working per se. There are always people who does not fit in any single small boxes psychology puts us into, unfortunately. 

P.S. Sorry, I really don't know what prompted me to write that. 
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Duplicate.
But I'm so much better in stereo!
Two Heads are better than one!
It was double vision!
Abi.........Thanks for cheering me up!

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Ed Jones(XLIX), um. Now I'm confused. Was it not the instance of the usual glitch?.. 
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I'm back to being me. Having fun!
I've been miserable for months.
Problem is I wanna go out and live!
But this overreaction and shutdown of society is absurd.
The infected number is way way off. It is under reported.
Actual death rate is no higher for the elderly than having a regular cold or the flu.
You watch. These initial numbers are so far out of whack, it's not funny.
I'm a high risk individual. 65 and I have lung issues. But I was barely affected by it at all. We can take precautions.This kills people my age. So senior citizens should stay at home and avoid social inter actions. But not the whole world. All ages. And it should be up to the individual not the government. Yes, by all means, take precautions. But forced hibernation is bad. The "Cure" may be worse than the disease. The "Glitch" right now is the silliness of this quarantine on those that need not be sitting at home because of a knee jerk reaction based off of faulty or incomplete data.

My turn. I really do know what prompted me to write that.

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I have no definite opinion but I can tell we're not undergoing a remake of the Spanish Flu 1918 pandemic.
I live in France where I feel that this whole confinement thing could have been easily avoided had the authorities taken the proper measures in time, one of the most surrealistic things was the President advising people to stay home but allowing them to go voting for the city council elections.
I stopped being a conspiracy freak ever since I reached the age of 30 (maybe 35) but I don't feel 100% confident on the lockdown efficiency, economy will stop, it's a major disaster for agriculture, who can tell if the basic supplies of food will be guaranteed for the next months etc.
Not saying we should underestimate the problem, but there's so much at stakes I wonder if it's worth turning a whole country into a ghost town...
But then I look at what's going on in Italy and Spain...
... anyway, I'm at home...and it's been 8 long days...
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If I understand correctly, no one knows how effective the confinement measurements will be but it's the only thing we can actively do. They will have more solid data in a few weeks and then they'll decide whether it's worth going on with this. The collapse of the healthcare system is predicted as a very real threat even in the best-prepared Western countries by the experts. If that really happens, we all will suffer from it.

I don't necessarily believe in the goodwill of politicians but what they're doing is against their own interests. No one wants to be the guy who locked up the whole population, banned any amusement and destroyed the economy. The fact that they're doing it anyway hindicates the urgency of the situation. Although we should remain careful with regards to data policy, etc.
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it's just that post-traumatic stress disorder, depressive episodes, overall anxiety, chronic fatigue and God knows what else prevent me from communicating with people easily [...]

-Nikolay Yeriomin (Mykola Yeromin)
I have a similar list of diagnoses and malaises.

They seem to make you the nicest guy ever though, however they make me an asshole. Interesting.

Take care buddy.
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(Ed's getting over Coronavirus)... does that mean we can't have more than 10 people on GS at once?  :)

Get well soon... I was sick about a month ago (not the virus, but a really bad flu), and I'm still trying to get back on my feet.
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Abi....Lets go on a date. Get on Get Satisfaction.
Then get suspended....AGAIN...Together!! A dream date!
And Narni, sorry..... no group meetings. I'll stick to older women if you do not mind!!! LOL
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LOL!!

You know the reason this particular sock puppet gets the least amount of crap from admin and users is because of reverse sexism, and I'm actually a (straight) guy, right?
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LOL  I was certain you really were Harley Quinn.  :D
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Harley is quite possibly significantly saner than I am :D
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I'm actually a (straight) guy, right?
Oops!!!!!! BIG TIME!
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If I understand correctly, no one knows how effective the confinement measurements will be but it's the only thing we can actively do. They will have more solid data in a few weeks and then they'll decide whether it's worth going on with this. The collapse of the healthcare system is predicted as a very real threat even in the best-prepared Western countries by the experts. If that really happens, we all will suffer from it.
I don't necessarily believe in the goodwill of politicians but what they're doing is against their own interests. No one wants to be the guy who locked up the whole population, banned any amusement and destroyed the economy. The fact that they're doing it anyway hindicates the urgency of the situation. Although we should remain careful with regards to data policy, etc.

Al,

I agree that confinement is a good preventive measure but for as long as there's no remedy to that disease. 

What irritates me the most is that there seems to be a medicine that comes the closest to efficiency  for the fight against Coronavirus, without dropping the name you know which one I'm referring to.This medicine has been tested and endorsed by a world expert in Pneumonia, who happens to be French, but nothing has been done about it so far, no media treated the subject without putting interrogation marks, and many 'experts' came to question the methodology. Fair enough, maybe we should be careful...

... but during that week, I learned that my homeland Morocco has declared the medicine efficient and started stocking huge quantities for the population, same with Algeria, I also read that China, USA, South Korea approved the use of the medicine... but still nothing in France and other European countries... except for grave, solemn and grandiloquent speeches. That's what angers me the most, that "all quiet on the Western front" while countries with either controversial leaders or that aren't regarded as models of democracies do their best to find a solution and don't treat "confinement" as the only measure.

I know there are protocols and processes to be respected but according to Western leaders, it's a war and in war as in war, you've got to take chances and trust experts from all over the world. So, there's something fishy in the media treatment of that medicine, while many doctors on the Internet say it works, on TV, they interview that "guy" who'll say "let's wait".

If I ever get this thing, I won't wait.
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I haven't found anything but anecdotal successes of the drug in these countries; in the case of Morocco and Algeria, the sources may not be available in English. Is the French doctor Didier Raoult?

European countries do in fact research medicines (at least ours in Germany do) but it takes a while to properly test these. Some medicines that initially raised hopes were found to have even worse side effects than they could potentially help. Of course people like Trump would like to have a "wonder pill" because solutions are always big and simple in his mind. It doesn't seem to work that way, unfortunately.

Confinement isn't the only solution but the only thing we can actively use on the population right now. Of course, the question is how long you can stay the course. I can't imagine us being confined for several months, and businesses crashing one after the other. There'll probably be a return to semi-normalcy soon, minus big events like the Olympics.
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If you go to a hospital and have pneumonia, generally you get an aggressive albuterol regimen. Since I got the virus about 2 weeks ago and I already possess meds for poor lung function, I was able to stay at home and over-medicate till it passed. If an elderly person such as myself can survive this with over the counter medication, then why is this never discussed.
I used ibuprofen to keep inflammation down in the lungs and bronchial tubes and primatine mist to help with constriction. Rather that look for a miracle cure, address the immediate issue. Constriction and inflammation. The human body can pretty much take care of itself with a minor nudge from readily available already existing medications. This is being treated rather poorly by all governments and inflamed by an over-reactive media and medical community.
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Ed Jones(XLIX), I had pneumonia quite a few times in my life, on top of other lung problems. If that is just a symptom of this virus, I have a feeling people should actuall be more concerned than they are now. Lungs can't feel anything themselves, so if some scars are left from that stuff, you can't feel the damage until it's too late and a lot of stuff leaves scars on lungs. 
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Abi, just found your "nicest guy ever" remark. Flattered, to be honest, but yeah, effect of all the aforementioned is still similar. 

In my case it probably just equates me into a saner person, since I also happen to have a rare neurological condition which messes up my muscles and hormones and quite a few physical traumas. One of the latter I suffered when I was still a toddler and to a point of physical, clinical death of several minutes. I'm literally lucky to be alive, but I also always wonder whether experiences like that made me a much better person than I ever would've been without them. As a side note: I've read a lot about my condition and while most of it is there, people with it often have their mind affected by it: they're bad learners and barely finish the school. I'm effectively PhD. 

I sometimes muse myself with the thought that if concepts of multiverse are right there got to be a version of me somewhere, who had perfect health all of his life. For some reason I think that this person just ended up being something awful, like a serial killer, especially cynical thief, a cult leader, a politician, maybe all of that at once. I don't know whether it's just me having good/bad imagination, or me finding traces in my psyche of what I could've been should the stars (or whatever) aligned the other way. That interest often influences my theoretical interest in time travel, but more in vein of "how to prevent it from ever happening", rather than "how to change the past/present/future". 

Sci-fi territory aside... I'm just glad to be alive, sometimes. You should be, too! 
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I haven't found anything but anecdotal successes of the drug in these countries; in the case of Morocco and Algeria, the sources may not be available in English. Is the French doctor Didier Raoult?

Al, 

Basically, Dr. Raoult (who's a supreme authority, a Titan in microbiology and infectious disease) came up with a protocol that either cured or decreased considerably the "viral load" of infected persons, and in the process the contamination factor: it consists on a  dose of that chloroquine medicine and a specific antibiotic, both could be made available in the market... in fact, they've been used for decades.

Many countries decided to follow that protocol and according to many French doctors, so far, it works. They've been using them for their patients and it worked especially in the  early stages of the infection. That's all. But in France, we still can't get these medics from our doctor's prescription (only in a hospital) and the Minister decided to use it for patients in the late stages of the disease (which according to the experts is useless). Meanwhile, they're analyzing the efficiency of the molecule and we're told to wait for the results that will come up in three weeks or one month.

That's where we are...



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Election (1999) 7/10 - A good light hearted comedy after a long time. Well it wasn't all positive, but was fun and good watch. I kinda relate to Mr. M. I felt he is a lot like me. The movie was pretty good, except the pre-climax which seemed rushed.
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I have always wanted to see that film but still haven't been able to. I have always liked his directors work and I have heard is one of his best films.
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Capernaum - 8/10


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The Hunted (2020) - Rich far leftists were butchering rednecks (who were surprisingly clean with neutral accents and full sets of teeth.) I think I saw Professor Kent in the movie.

Amusing enough. 5/10
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The Last Temptation of Christ 10/10
Jesus Christ may be more similar to Travis Bickie or Henry Hill than we think, obviously Jesus Christ was not a gangster but he was a man like the other Scorsese characters, but he suffered the same ailments, he had the same doubts as Travis and he got to a point of rupture like Henry, the Jesus Christ the Bible shows us might not be a Scorsese character, but the real Jesus Christ, who lived his life as a man may fit perfectly with the moral dilemmas of the Scorsese films.
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Plotless Mindlessness of the Moonshine-Induced Kind (2004)

Never bothered to watch this before; I always had an inkling that it would not impress me despite its popularity. 

Never before have I seen two more completely unlikeable lead characters. Clem (Winslet) is a fickle, vacuous creature who clearly suffers from histrionic personality disorder, and Joel (Carrey) is, quite simply, a Loser, the kind of human being whose DNA should not be passed down for the good of the entire species.

Only managed to make it halfway through this cringeworthy, acid-trippy, pseudo-whatever tripe.

1/10
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Flying Witch (2016- ), season one: 8/10.
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OUTBREAK 8/10

Life is so fragile, that's what makes it so precious... something we're becoming more aware of in 2020...


I think the possibility of being totally absorbed by the plot of "Outbreak" depends on two factors: a/ how strongly you respond to the menace of a rapidly-spreading airborne virus and b/ how the director injects suspense and excitement in an anxiety-driven subject. At the end, either the director avoids clichés and entertains the viewer or the viewer ignores the clichés and is entertained.

Well, let's set it straight: "Outbreak" isn't devoid of clichés, it has the full package of chases, investigations, dramatic countdowns and ethical conflicts a decent 90s thriller could offer, but they're treated in such an adult and mature way that I was willing to ignore them. Not to mention the full cast that includes so many A-listers as Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Donald Sutherland with honorable mention to Kevin Spacey who delivers his unsung performance the same year he played John Doe and Verbal Kint (and if that movie doesn't scream mid-90s, I don't know what it does). Let's get back to the "absorption" factor.

I'm guilty of the "a" factor. I was an AIDS kid, like many children and pre-teens of the early 90s, I was flooded with disturbing images and school-warnings against the propagation of AIDS and I still remember sleepless nights where I feared catching the virus from a mosquito or an infected toothbrush. That's how impacted I was; and now that we're living a worldwide pandemic with Covid-19 and that I've been confined for ten long days, I was tempted to give a second look to Wolfgang Petersen's "Outbreak". And as you can imagine, the movie worked for me and I suspect the film takes an eerier (almost prophetic) value in that scary Coronavirus outbreak.

Wolfgang Petersen directed the haunting and suffocating "Das Boot" and also the underrated thriller "In the Line of Fire". You can see his ability to bring tension and claustrophobia in several moments dealing with the first encounters with the 'Motoba' virus that turns a small town in California into a "dead zone", but the similitude with "Fire" is even more striking. Indeed, we follow the evolution of the virus and the deadly journey of its multiplying germs from one cough to a face and in the same time we see specialists in charge of finding the host and looking for a remedy with their sole clue being the 'patient zero", Patrick Dempsey as the poor schmuck who smuggled an African monkey into the wrong wildlife, exposing America to a virus thought so deadly it wouldn't have time to spread.

And then we're taken to a two-line road filling our hearts with anticipation for the moment where both converge. The difference is that the enemy isn't a lone "soldier", actually a serial killer invisible and carried by hundreds of innocents while heroes look for clues armed with microscopes and diagrams. There's no actual villain in the film if we except Donald Sutherland as the bureaucratic and no-nonsense Army representative who'd rather have the city wiped out. The film even starts with a chilling sequence set in 1967 where an entire village infected with the virus, carrying many dying American soldiers call for an external help and get as a reward a bomb whose effect is to vaporize the whole area killing soldiers, civilians, sane and infected people, doctors and the virus in the process.

The General played by Sutherland wouldn't take a chance but the film is about a man willing to take it: Hoffman as Colonel (and virus expert) Daniels. His ex-wife played by Rene Russo works in the same field so it's predictable that the disease will get them closer but the film never falls in the melodramatic trap, and when familiar characters get infected, we feel the gravitas and we don't see it as a plot device. Actually Petersen finds an interesting way to make some anonymous characters memorable so that when we realize their fate, we get the human tragedy. It's only manipulative to the degree that you would accuse a TV report about Coronavirus but would you?

I guess the film mirrors its own magnificent scene when a House Representative, remarkably played by J.T. Walsh, warns his staff about the necessity to stand behind the President but treat the victims as human beings, not statistics. It's an effective storytelling device that gives a poignant resonance to the most banal interactions, such as lovers' kiss, a handshake, a medical malfunction or a gaffe. To see that these benign things can lead anyone to a body bag tells you how fragile life is, which makes it so precious. At these times where we're all affected directly or indirectly by the coronavirus, the opening quote that says "the greatest menace to mankind is the virus" doesn't elicit a response as movie viewers but as concerned people.

And what "Outbreak" does is combining the dramatic implications of the virus with an action-packed and investigation-driven movie with as much realism as he could use in "In the Line of Fire". Of course, it's very doubtful that the eradication of a similar virus would take so little time, it's a strike of luck that no one in the plane who carried the first carrier didn't get infected (otherwise, there would be no film) and the helicopter chases seem far-fetched... but so what? When you get so many skilled actors in one film, when the film gratifies us with superb interactions between conflicted people, especially Morgan Freeman who brings great nuance as the man whose heart is in disagreement with his duties, why should we care for contrivances?

"Outbreak" is a thrill-riot from beginning to end, that resonates even more deeply now that the world faces a major epidemic and I couldn't finish without dedicating this review to all the members of the Medical profession, ordinary heroes who dedicate their lives for the others, at the risk of their own.

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Gods and Monster (1998) - 7/10

The movie seemed slow for most part though it is just about 100 min. Sir Ian Mckellen is just melted in the character, and the scenes featuring the monster were just great.

With that I completed IMDb top 250 for year 2000. Year 1999 coming up.
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I watched this the other day, Brijesh and this was also a 7 for me. Sir IM was brilliant. He might have won the Oscar but he was up against it in 99. The film would have scored higher for me ... I just wasn't convinced about the ending. 
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Six Pack, 1982.  3/10.  Delightfully cheesy at times, but also lags and becomes boring.
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Inherit the wind (1960) - 8/10

It is up there with '12 Angry Man'. Great movie, great acting. Whoever has seen Spencer Tracy in Judgement at Nuremberg as judge, see him as Lawyer. He just set the screen on fire whenever he speaks.
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Star Trek Picard (Season 1)

The second half of the season makes the tedium of the first half worthwhile.

10/10
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The Caine Mutiny (1954) - 8/10


Great performances. The ship and the crew invoked reality of WW2 and US Navy. It had quite a lot of elements of Das Boot except there mutiny and the court room scenes. But it all worked bar the romantic angle of Willie.
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Capricorn One (1977), 8/10.  Well made, tense, and very interesting.  Best "astronaut" film I've seen.
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Sup Narni?
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Just highlighting titles in my 2013 Leonard Maltin Movie Guide that I've seen!  :D
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Please tell me it's the Kindle Edition :D
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Nope.  Paperback.  :)  My hands are inky.  :D  Honestly, I never read Kindle or e-book.   
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Hijacked: Flight 285 (TV Movie 1996)
, the Breakfast Club Reunion you've been waiting for. Anthony Michael Hall, a fugitive turned terrorist? Ally Sheedy, a gymnastics teacher whose side hustle is FBI Agent?
1/10 for the movie. 9/10 for the Rifftrax commentary.
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I've gotta see this one!
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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)

Just when I thought the DCEU could not possibly get any worse.

Unwatchable.

1/10
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Is this why you removed your avatar of Harley Quinn??
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Abi, I liked it, to be honest. Keep in mind: in 1990's or 1980's this would've been one of the best and comic-accurate comic book adaptations. Moreover most of the problems I find with the script area are there thanks to Marvel (including a very common spoiler syndrome which is often in place for important comic book villains). 

Black Mask and Mr. Zsasz totally made this movie for me, but all of the supporting cast did a great job. Movie is a bit weak and somewhat style-over-substance, but is rather enjoyable. 

Also, holy crap was this explosion in the end brutal. It might just be my personal phobia of some kind, but I shuddered and that is a reaction hard to achieve with me. 
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Nikolay,

I didn't make it to the end, but I'll take your word for it, and I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

Cinephile, 

Yes.
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An andalusian dog (1929) - 8/10

One of it's kind. Never seen anything like this. But, no story or at least I couldn't get it if there was any

Special Ops (2020) Hindi series - 8/10

Good gripping drama, suspense and thriller

Happiness (1998) - 7/10

Very very very dark movie. Did that justify everyone's their own way of Happiness? I cannot sympathize with any character, though I was able to get the point as to why they did what they did.
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Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2011), a heartbreaking unorthodox ghost story anime. 10/10.

An extended version of the opening credit song

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Batman (1989)

6/10, pretty overrated
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goddangwatir, I'm biased, cause this movie is like a part of my personal philosophy now.  It might nt seem much by modern standards, but movie was groundbreaking in 1989. It's interesting how same material provided another similar groundbreaking milestone in 2019... 
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Moana (2016), rewatch. Still a 10/10.
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The Invisible Man (2020) 8/10
Just perfect horror, thriller, mystery with sci-fi twist movie
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Just saw this. Overall a good film; pacing could have been better.

6/10
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Nighthawk

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Rated a 7 by me. It was far better than I was expecting. 
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Silitonga

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One other reason I put 8/10 is because I think Moss just the perfect cast for Kass.
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Stephen Atwood

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Castle Rock (2018- ), season 1: 8/10.
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joe siegel

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She's Have Gotta It (1986) 6/10
The first feature film by Spike Lee, you could already see the characteristics of his cinema but he had a long way to go to mature his way of writing.
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15yearsIMDber aka ElMo

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Really? Nora Darling is one of the most original and fascinating female characters ever... we might not agree with her lifestyle but she is a feminist model before feminism was a cinematic trend and consisted of showing women wielding weapons or kicking ass. Nora kicks ass in her own unique and assumed way. Gave the film a 9 :)

https://m.imdb.com/review/rw4683628/
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joe siegel

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I have nothing against Nora Darling, in fact it is the male characters who fail, Mars and Nora is a practically impossible couple in real life, they do not match at all, I can not ignore the scene of Jamie raping Nora, she is saying he's hurting her and that's rape no matter what they say.
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MST3K (and Narnia) is Awesome

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Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, 7/10.  Fun movie with talented leads and some cute gags.  Special shout out to the opening scene where they "riff" Pretty Woman.  I want them for friends!  
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Stephen Atwood

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More comfort food anime:
Non Non Biyori (TV Series 2013– ), season one. 10/10. My VRV streaming account is paying back so much in ... anime dividends.