What was the last film you saw and how would you rate it? Pt. 18

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Thought I'd post this here until I hear we're doing it somewhere else....

Post the name of the latest movie you've seen and your rating out of 10. 
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Sunshine Boys (t0073766) - 7/10 - loved Burns, hated Matthau.
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Season 6 of Orange Is the New Black - 8/10, entire series 9/10 - this season was not that great - not a ton of ups or downs, just kind of hovering in the middle, with slight ups and downs. But then the last 30 minutes of the finale totally flipped the script...holy cow!!! 
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Delicatessen- 8/10 would recommend. Not funny like it claims to be, but it sure puts the cute in cannibal.

The Evil (1978) - 7/10. Probably the best movie I've ever sat through purely for the reason that it came up on youtube autoplay and I was too lazy to get up and change it.

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It's a dark comedy full of poetic moments, I don't think it ever pretended to be some sort of a Jim Carrey-like farce with laugh-out-loud moments. I mean, there's nothing wrong with disliking the film (which you don't) but the term 'comedy' has to be taken in a veeeeery loose way...
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Yeah I get that & obscure subtle comedy is what I was expecting.  I just think the pure number of times that they attempted to be humorous in any way (regardless of how many times I was actually amused) was too low to put comedy as the primary genre, when it's really like a secondary or tertiary genre in my opinion.
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I agree but just because IMDb tags it as a comedy doesn't mean that was the way the film was marketed... and Jeunet and Caro are genuine artists so I don't think they attempted to do anything, they just "did".
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And it's quantity that matters, not quality, especially when you have moments like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJU4IwC3LjQ
Seriously, give it a second chance, I hated it the first time I saw it, I liked it the second, I loved it the third, there are many details one can't catch in one viewing,
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The importance of the comedy aspect was overplayed on the back of the DVD too- which I think is doing themselves a disservice as they're setting themselves up for negative ratings from comedy fanatics who stumble across the film without seeing the trailer and as a result don't know what to expect other than 'funny'. And that link you put is something I would consider 'cute' and 'clever' but not quite funny.. The awkward dinner date they had would reach my definition of funny, some moments with that 'Aurore' girl, and a couple other parts that I can't say without spoiling. There are just a lot of movies that don't claim to be a comedy in any way that I find funnier than this film. Not hating in any way as I knew what to expect when I watched it, and enjoyed it regardless

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople - 9/10 - Wow. Loved it. 
Blockers - 8/10 - Loved the scene with John Cena and the thong.
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We both know you have another way to contact me.
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yeah but I figured it was the 'quickest' way to catch you :)
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Sunshine Cleaning (re-watch) - 9/10 - this movie gives me all the feels.
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The Kingdom (2007) - 7/10 (not to be confused with Kingdom of Heaven (2005) which is a completely different movie)
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Submarine - 6/10 - would probably be 6.5 were that possible on this site. I really wanted to like this more than I did.
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Didn't realize this was directed by Ayoade! Have you ever seen "The IT Crowd"? GREAT show starring him.
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Buddy Thunderstruck (TV Series 2017), season 1! 10/10.

Blame it on the thunder!  I won't mind.
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Laurence Anyways - 8/10 - it's a miracle...actually found an Xavier Dolan film I like! He didn't act in it. I don't think that's a coincidence. The other film of his that I like most also doesn't feature him as an actor. I'd be curious to see the original actor, Louis Garrel, playing Laurence, though.
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The Woman in Green (1945), 3/10.  Watson is so bloody annoying. Would have been pretty deadly boring if it wasn't for the professional riffing of Bridget Jones and Mary Jo Pehl.
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Season 1 of The Good Fight - 9/10 - Nearly as good as The Good Wife.
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Season 1 of Condor - 9/10 - looking forward to season 2.
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Not a film more of an experience... 10/10


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Wow! Excellent parody/mash-up.

The only thing, they had a few credits for Crowley, but I didn't see any Crowley-like characters. Did I just miss him/it?
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The person playing Crowley had a few lines for about 15 seconds starting at 4:57.
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I mean, they had a credit like "Crowley's voice" and something else... Although, I actually didn't notice Mark A. Sheppard either.
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the open house 2/10
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Waitress (2007) - 8/10, a very good movie, and I had no idea about the sad story behind it when I watched it.


Secret Service of the Air (1939) - Ronald Reagan B movie, just a curiosity.
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Love, love, love Waitress!
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It was fantastic indeed, I'm so sad for the director who also happens to be one of the best performances in the film.
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I Want to Live! - 8/10 - would be 8.5 if possible on this site.
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INTERSTELLAR / * * * * * * * * 

"Is the Universe friendly?"

According to Albert Einstein, that's the central question any human being should ask themselves in their lifetime; and if "Friendly" doesn't sound too science-friendly a term, let's remember that the iconic genius never took science as an end but a means to a humanistic end.

Indeed, some secrets about our existence can be more profound and distant than any lone star from the furthest galaxy and perhaps the reason-to-be of science fiction is to leverage scientific speculation with an extra kick from human imagination, liberating a creative energy meant to anticipate the most daring solutions to our most troubling puzzlements... or simply put, to trust the future. 

Directed by Christopher Nolan (and co-written with his brother Jonathan), "Interstellar" isn't set at a time that leaves much for optimism: devastating blights are reducing the Earth resources to nil, dust storms make the air unbreathable and in this suffocating dystopia, even politics and crime became pointless. With a beaten spirit, humanity undergoes the slow apocalypse. But how can anyone be a pioneer or a conqueror again when any part of the world is doomed, when there's no 'West' to go anymore? 

What's left then is one single desperate measure we owe to a Science-fiction's classic : "Keep watching the skies!". One man follows the motto, a Midwest widower and previous ace pilot named "Coop" (Mathhew McConaughey). He doesn't know it yet but a scientist did the same, with fruitful results. Professor Brand (Michael Caine) found a "path" to a galaxy with potentially inhabitable planets. While it doesn't take the mind of Stephen Hawkins to understand that there would be no chance of survival in any planet of the Solar System, I wish the question of Mars could have been raised at least once.

We also gather that the exodus wouldn't be just some fancy cruise and might last a bit longer than the one to the Promised Land, except if you precede years with "light", but this is where the interference (so to speak) between the screenplay originating from creative artists and a physicist named Dr. Kip Thorne introduced the fascinating concept of wormholes, sorts of tunnels that can take you from point A to another B within a universe comparable to a piece of paper fold in two, like a pencil cutting through it. And once you consider time as a fourth dimension, you guess the implications.

Time travels, space travels, dystopian future, artificial intelligence ... is there one realistic sci-fi concept that "Interstellar" doesn't cover? Once again, Nolan proves that he's the star pupil of all filmmakers, and there's only one stardust of sarcasm in an inner space of admiration. I sincerely believe that the film is so ambitious in scale, CGI and practical effects and attention to scientific accuracy that it is beyond any rational criticism. Nolan's wish was a studio's command after the success of his "Dark Knight" trilogy, if there ever is one to push the envelope, to be the 'Coop' of cinema, it's Nolan.

But there's one reason why "Interstellar" stands above other sci-fi blockbusters... no, not the romantic subplot with Anne Hathaway or Matt Damon's character. At the risk of sounding corny, many things are relative according to science, time is: one hour in a planet can equal 23 years, distance is no better as it can take as much time to jump from a galaxy to another as to travel from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. Still, there's one powerful force that hasn't unveiled all its mysteries and can be everything but relative, the power of attraction aka love power.

There's this bonding between Coop and 'Murph' (Mackenzie Foe and Jessica Chastain for the adult version). Murph got her name from the infamous Murphy's law and the 'science-detective' virus and looks for any paranormal manifestation, some she calls ghosts... don't worry, there's an answer to everything and the rational answers provided later could only come from the man who designed the rubik-cube like plot of "Inception". Precise and effective, maybe a tad too effective. Nolan sure does this homework but sometimes, he gets so carried away by scientific perfectionism that he indulge to a few moments or lines where it's hard to keep a straight face.

But even "2001: A Space Odyssey" had such moments. In "Interstellar", I think I can sum up the criticism by saying that the film wanted to be many things instead of just one... and Nolan, wanted to make the consummate Sci-fi film, after which every sci-fi film director would ask himself "what would Nolan do in that case?". And I guess sometimes, there's nothing wrong with sacrificing realism for the sake of plausibility. Sometimes, I regret Nolan's perfectionism, could he make a movie like "Back to the Future" if no scientist could endorse the theory of the flux capacitor? Once again, paraphrasing his greatest character, I want to ask Nolan "why so serious?".

"Interstellar" still touched me for its intelligence of the heart, the way it did answer Einstein question (it's not whether the Universe is friendly but to which degree it can be so) by making us parts of the universe, Earth can stop being friendly, not that divine whisper that made us exist can also figure out how to keep us "immortal" and it's all about entering a journey, not with rage, as Professor Brand repeats, but with the sheer conviction that there's got to be a way.

Mathematics is the alphabet with which God created the Universe, so all it takes is to break the code through the powerful bonding between two people. Bogart said: "it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world". Well, according to "Interstellar", the problems of two little people matter a lot in the whole universe, in the great cosmic scheme of things.

That's why, for all its visual effects, its Hans Zimmer's score and heart-pounding action sequences, the most memorable part of the film is McConaughey's bursting into tears after seeing his grown-up daughter.

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Gone with the Wind (1939): 9/10! 

And with that... the IMDb Top 250 (2015) badge :)
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I still need to see 14 movies to get my first Top 250 badge, I saw many of them but in some sort of masochistic move, I have to review whatever I rate so I've got to watch them again to refresh my memory.
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Does that mean you've seen everything from the Top 250? Congrats!

To be honest, I did never really get why Gone with the Wind is still considered one of the best movies.

Scarlett O'Hara must be one of the most unlikeable characters in movie history. I don't mind that per se if the movie reflects the negative character traits, or if there is another element, something charming or clever.

But Scarlett is just a mean, selfish, bratty, obnoxious, irritating woman who dominates this three hour epic and doesn't make much of a process of maturation. Sure, GWTW looks good, and the theme melody is passably nice for the first 45 times it's played, but that's about it.

Or that's as much as I took from the movie. What did you like about it?
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The question was asked to Kyle, but I'll give my two cents lol

The fascinating aspect of Scarlett's personality is that her flaws elevated her above all the other characters: she doesn't care for etiquette, for traditions, her spirit is free, her ego is big and her heart so vulnerable. While the South is definitely turned to the past, Scarlett thinks of the future, as she says: "after all, tomorrow is another day". Scarlett is a modern figure and that's what makes her so appealing both in the film and to the audience.

And Rhett Butler, Clark Gable in his most defining role as 'the visitor from Charleston', is Scarlet's perfect match. Both don't belong to that era, they think of money, greed, prosperity, and passion. They embody all the values that America would stand for, transcending the old-fashioned setting of the South. But like the South's enthusiasm for War, the same pride that drives their passion would ruin their relationships.

it's one of the most intense romances ever adapted to the big screen, a frustrating and seemingly impossible love between two strong-minded egos, two faces staring at each other as if they were at the verge of an irresistible passion or about to fight each other. As Scarlett was visibly jealous of Melanie when she went to bed with Ashley, the movie makes you penetrate the soul of these characters with such intensity you could feel she wished that Melanie could die.

A childish and immature attitude, probably shared with Butler who wouldn't have minded if Ashley could die in the War, too. The love between Rhett and Scarlett is made of the same idealism that built the South myth, a lost but so endearing cause, a fire that burnt inside, and made pretty fitting that the most intimate and sensual moment they had was under the orange sky, during Atlanta's big fire. 

Love has never been as passionate as a love-and-hate relationship and never seemed a romance so comparable to a lost cause, mirroring the Southerners' very faith in victory. Rhett's last stand when he takes Scarlett up the stairs in the 'one night she wouldn't turn him out' is the perfect illustration of a love that pumped its energy from hate and anger. As Scarlett, lost in her love for Ashley, will never realize that her man is Rhett... and when she does, Rhett is already fed up and finally delivers the most unforgettable come-uppance ever: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" before disappearing in a foggy mist. Scarlett gets a magnificent lesson about life, and wouldn't have been as likable without this last slap in the face. This "I don't give a damn" voted #1 in the American Film Institute's Top 100 Movie quotes was Rhett's revenge, and he sure deserved it... and many wannabe-Scarlett would admit that too.

But while "Gone With the Wind" deals with lost causes, it's more than anything the triumph of Cinema as the most defining Art of the last century. Echoing the novel's status as a best- seller, it's one of the greatest films of all time, the greatest casting ever, the greatest score and the greatest challenge for superlatives. Victor Fleming's super-production that would become a landmark in film-making, with its unique visual style and beautiful cinematography in colors, forever incarnated by Scarlett's shadowy silhouette standing beside a tree, during a beautiful sunset. Along with "The Wizard of Oz", and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", "Gone With the Wind" is probably Hollywood's Golden Age reaching its pinnacle before the War would come in 1939.

But everything you disliked about Scarlett is canceled out by the Karmic revenge she gets at the end, that a woman made the man flip the bird at the end of the film and have his moment of triumph is quite impressive... but seriously, she deserved it! If it wasn't for that ending, I wouldn't have loved the film as much as I did.

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Thanks for the helpful answer, I guess it's time for a rewatch.
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Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2017)!  WOW!  WOWZER!


So much to take in on one sitting.  Watched this last night.  Part time musical, all time manic romantic comedy.  Physics and human physiology in the Looney Tunes neighborhood.

Kurokami no otome is no useless manic pixie dreamgirl.  She's smart, compassionate, adventurous, and definitely not a pushover.  She should be the Millennial feminist's icon of the decade. 

Will be seeing this again.  Won't be seeing it tonight (which is the second night of a very limited run).  I will be buying this on bluray or digital ASAP as it's available.  A lot will be lost in visual translation on my TV.

Presently, I will rate it at 9/10.  Instinctively, I want to rate it a 10/10.  If animation was only eligible for cinematography.  So much going on the screen at once and the animation is supremely stylized.  I wonder how many regionally Japanese idioms and references also went over my head.

  So manic!  So frantic!  So delightfully convoluted!  So pending on my second watch, this could easily be my favorite film of 2018.
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Mission Impossible 6 (2018): 8/10. This movie series has never been more relevant, the masks are a metaphor for our current state of the world, this installment is a thoughtful reflection on fake news... No, not really, but it's a damn good action movie. And I dunno, Tom Cruise starts to grow on me. Next to superpower-fueled superduperheroes, he seems almost human.

Hostiles (2017): 6/10. An embittered army captain who killed many native Americans reluctantly takes on one last task: escort a dying chief back to his homeland. You can guess the rest.

Fallen Angels (1995): 9/10. All those people are not Lost in Translation, because they do not even really talk to each other. Neither internet nor cellphone play a role in this movie, but still it belongs to our lonely digital era.
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Kar-Wai Wong is a bloody freaking genius.  His movies will last for centuries (civilization permitting).
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Yes, absolutely. I'm excited for his other movies in my box, Chungking Express and Happy Together.
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Chungking is awesome - great energy and style throughout the movie. If you like him, you'll like that one. 
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Just seen Chungking Express. I must be one of the few people who prefer Fallen Angels (whose initial rating was too low I guess- let's give it a 10). But both are so good.
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Watched the first episode and hated it to be honest... the jokes felt forced and the humor didn't seem willing to go to a darker level. They played it safe and it didn't work. Again, my opinion off only the first episode. Also that elf was pretty annoying too lol.
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Monkey Shines: 8/10 would recommend. Surprisingly sad, and I liked that at least 3 of the characters were antagonists but simultaneously protagonists and/or victims of circumstance
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Haute tension (re-watch) - 8/10 - odd thing. The speaking voices in the parts before the screaming started seemed a little out of sync with the actors' mouths. It almost seemed like it was poorly dubbed. I don't remember that the way it was when I saw it before but... Anyone else notice this?

Yellowstone - 7/10 - left a lot of threads hanging. It's been renewed so hopefully there will be more Gil Birmingham and Kelsey Asbille, with less Kelly Reilly next season.
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Deliverance- 9/10 luv
The Lords of Salem- 6.5/10. Bad acting, and the movie seemed like it had a direction until about 2/3 of the way through and then it kinda just didn't. As dumb as it was, I can always count on Rob Zomb to not bore me
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Tangerine (2015): 8/10.

Another terrific effort by Sean Baker - Loved The Florida Project (2017) and this film, like TFP, captures the subtler, more nuanced moments of everyday life. He's so good at showcasing parts of life that occur in between bigger events. Would love to know if Ruby saw this, as I know she's a big fan of Baker.
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A Talking Cat!?!  What fresh hell hath humanity wrought onto itself?!
1/10 for the movie. 10/10 for the Rifftrax commentary.