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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American Factory (2019), 6/10. Should have been made into a short documentary no longer than 40 minutes.
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Quite a variety this week...
Nightscream, 5/10
Beautiful Creatures, 6/10
Darkness Falls, 4/10
Airport '77, 6/10
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Ford v Ferrari 8/10
A Rainy Day in New York 5/10
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The Professor and the Madman, 2019, 7/10.  A very different kind of movie but interesting.  Penn and Gibson do a great job.
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Narcos (TV Series) Season 1 8/10

My great fear to start watching this series is that it became a generic criminal drama that glorified the life of Pablo Escobar, however is correctly portrayed in an equanimous vision of his life, after all he was a man of family values very ingrained (something similar to The Godfather in a sense) has an impressive production quality, is well directed and written, each of its characters are built with some depth and humanity, violence is not so aesthetic and is more unnecessary than in A classic criminal drama. Here my only and biggest complaint is the performance of Wagner Moura, it is not bad but his accent is too fake and I do not quite believe in any way that he is Colombian.
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Another small detail is Murphy's narration, sometimes unnecessary telling things as if we couldn't see it for ourselves, I guess they underestimated the public.
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019), 8/10.
Possible acting noms for Noémie Merlant and/or Adèle Haenel (leading/supporting respectively).
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Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962)

I rated it somewhere between 5 and 7 ...
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Never saw a Varda film... but I heard about the film and saw a few scenes,  seemed very Godardian to me...
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Yes, no doubt. It was stylish, but story-wise very forgettable. Michel Legrand appears and did some music for it.
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Style over substance, I get it...  Nouvelle Vague, n'est ce pas?
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Marriage Story(2019) 10/10
One of the best portraits of broken marriages in the cinema, one of the most mature films I've seen in years.

De Palma(2015) 8/10
Wanting to know more about Noah Baumbach I found this documentary about the life of one of my favorite filmmakers, directed by the Baumbach himself
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MARRIAGE STORY 9/10

40 years after “Kramer vs. Kramer”, here comes Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story”, a well-written, well-directed and certainly well-acted movie tackling the difficult subject of divorce and through it marriage, responsibility... and love. That the film is a major Oscar contender doesn’t surprise me but I like what that critical acclaim reflects: a movie about divorce must obey to higher standards of filmmaking than any drama subgenre; many are masterpieces such as Farhadi’s “Separation” or Bergman’s “Scenes from a Marriage”.

 The point of a divorce film isn’t to take sides, you’ve got to show two persons with their strengths, flaws, the qualities they take for granted and weaknesses they don’t suspect. The three-dimensionality you bring up to the characters and the way they interact through conflicts, tenderness or awkward moments have the challenge complexity of an emotional Rubik-cube game. A quote in “Marriage Story” says “crime lawyers see bad people at their best, divorce lawyers see good people at their worst” and that’s the point. Marriage movies insist on flaws that are only flipsides of goodness.

 And so the film starts beautifully with two monologues from each of Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlet Johansson), describing what they love best in each other. The descriptions insist on so many details that it’s impossible not to relate to both of them, I often brew tea I end up not drinking like Nicole and I’m a bad loser when it comes to games like Charlie. The opening monologues are exposition masterstrokes (with a twist at the end), allowing us to know about the couple, their roles as parents and their jobs: Charlie is a theater director who had found a muse in Nicole, she’s a previous TV star who abandoned her dreams for Charlie.

 Together they had a child named Henry (a reference to Justin Henry who played Billy in “Kramer”?), the kid well-played by Azhy Robertson, is obviously the sinews of the war. Since Charlie lives and works in New York and Nicole stars in a TV show shot in L.A., much more they married in L.A. and it’s Henry’s birthplace, there’s more at stakes than a matter of custody.  Charlie wants Henry back to New York but Nicole’s rising career is in L.A.. The battle goes from promises never to go to court, we know it’s a matter of inevitability. The trick is that no one wants to accuse the other of bad parenting, nor to brag about being the better parent, it’s all about saying what’s best for the kid.

 But can any parent be that objective when it comes to the child? Spending more time with his mother, Henry’s bias leans in her direction while Charlie becomes the stranger who does his best to accommodate his son. It takes someone who’s gone through divorce to understand Charlie’s situation. I see my own daughter twice every month during weekends and half the holidays, and whenever I see her I feel forced to satisfy her caprices, which is not the right way to educate, but since you’re put in a situation where you want to live the moment to its fullest and not spoil it, you spoil your kid.

 And when the kid behaves badly, you almost take it as an affront... and must endure people who pretend not to judge your parenting and you know they do. That’s the paradox of divorce, you try to display the best parenting and yet it might be perceived as the worst like in that sequence where Charlie is being observed and does his best to avoid complications... that ultimately happen. Divorce complicates relationships and I’m glad a film could show it so remarkably, with brutality or humor.

 I saw “Kramer” with my then-wife and she ended up (to my surprise) rooting with Ted and I kind of empathized with Joanna, especially her suffocation through marital commitment and wish to find herself. It’s important not to make a conflict binary and this is why the “character study”, why we should understand someone’s inner personalities. Charlie is an artist who’s dedicated to his art in a disciplined manner, Nicole is a dreamer who needs to be her own master. Together they love each other but here’s what I said about Bergman’s “Scenes from a Marriage”:

“While loving someone is a genuine feeling, being married implies duties whose applications might interfere with our inner personalities. Whether it's sex life, success and dreams, they can be undermined by marital life. The danger is to stop looking at the man or the woman of our life, but as the one who's sinking it into the abysses of routine and conventions.”

 That’s how Nicole started to look at Charlie and vice versa, that’s the way she describes him in a bravura speech where she tells her lawyer (a scene-stealing Laura Dern) how she feels about him, and a later moment where Charlie vents his anger on Nicole and culminates with a wish to see her die, before busting into tears. I love that he regained his composure and said “sorry” and that Nicole didn’t even take it badly, it’s for subtle moment like this one that I think the film should take home a few golden boys. Driver has a raw natural magnetism and Johannson is given  the most difficult role and both are perfect in acting naturally and also unnaturally. The best 'actors' being the lawyers.

As someone who went through these stages of bargains through love letters, these moments where we cry ourselves to sleep, anger when we blame the other for failing the marriage vows and we realize we won’t see our children, even our in-laws, the film is poignantly cathartic even when seen in a resigned state.

And I mentioned the double dimension of acting in the movie, well, maybe the real act of fidelity in marriage is to be faithful to yourself in the first place. What Charlie and Nicole achieve at the end.





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Saturday:
Frozen II (2019), 8/10. The animation is gorgeous. I still love Olaf and Anna. The songs are ... fine though not particularly catchy.
Sunday:
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), 7/10. Tom Hanks and Fred Rogers needed to be the focus of the film not Lloyd Vogel. Unnecessary dream sequence added to it.

Ready or Not (2019) (rewatch). Stays an 8/10.
A Reindeer's Journey (2018), 9/10. Donald Sutherland narrates the English version of this gorgeously shot nature documentary.
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Atlantics (2019), 9/10. Go in while knowing as little as possible. Senegal just might get it's first Oscar nomination this year.
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Good call, it just Oscar short listed into the top ten.
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The Verdict (1982) - 9/10. The year 1982 had great spectacles including ET, Gandhi, The Wrath of Khan and Blade Runner, but even among those, this little, seemingly wordy courtroom drama stands out for its cinematic qualities. So much is expressed by framings, camera angles and tracking shots, gazes and gestures of the actors, not to mention the play of light, shade and color in compositions that evoke Caravaggio.

This is a rewatch, others were watching it on TV and I got drawn into it in an instant.
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Uncut Gems (2019), 8/10. I also had the first time filling out a Cinemascore card.
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Saturday:
Synonyms (2019), 7/10.
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Robin Hood (1973), 6/10.
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And Then We Danced (2019), 9/10

Judy (2019), 8/10

Sorry We Missed You (2019), 6/10
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Last visit to the cinema on Friday
Knives Out 8/10

Rewatch of A New Hope 9/10
This movie is very big, much bigger than it was when I first saw it.

The Force Awakens 7/10
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6 Underground (2019), 3/10. Gawd! The script! The dialogue! The editing! All Michael Bay level's of atrocious.
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Ford v Ferrari 9/10
Oh yes, the sound effects were excellent and give an incredible notion of the races, the angles of the camera in Ken's car give the feeling that you are living it yourself. Some errors of continuity and desynchronization of the narrative and One moment the story got heavy (but only for a moment) the rest of the movie is great.
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The Rise of Skywalker 5/10

A very disappointing movie and a terrible ending to a trilogy that had been built at least "decently"


During the last days I had proposed to review the saga of SW, to be able to go to see this last movie with fresh memory, in fact the last movies I saw them in the form of a marathon next to the spin offs and some series to be able to get into that universe, some movies had different reactions in me when I saw them years later. The trilogy original on the other hand is mythical, A New Hope had despised it a lot when I was young, on a third or fourth visit (I really don't remember how many times I saw this movie) I improve a lot for me, A New Hope was a unique event and Fundamental to the history of cinema, he defined science fiction as one of the most profitable genres and most seen by fans. Beyond that and speaking objectively it is a unique and influential film, 4 decades later you can notice the great influence it has had for the seventh art.

Empire Strikes Back, although it is also a great movie, blurs the essence of the first movie, A New Hope was something unique and ESB simply does not overcome it, Return of the Jedi for its part is a "dumb" movie that destroys everything it had been done in the first two movies, the lines between good and evil blur and the dark side doesn't seem to be so well defined anymore, it ended up becoming a children's movie.
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For me, the trilogy of the prequels for a long time had seemed superior to the original trilogy, although obviously it is not, it also has its own, especially The Revenge of Sith, Anakin's transformation process is sensational, however the rest of the trilogy is not so good, George Lucas reduced it to a commercial fireworks show and lacking the artistic sense of the first 2 movies.

Arriving to modernity, Star Wars being bought by Disney, joins the film monopoly and gets rid of its origins, they are totally different movies, they lost the spirit that defined them and are being launched to produce money in mass without any other objective. Another issue would be the totally unnecessary spin offs that demonstrate the capitalist need that move the big companies behind SW.
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Hair Love (2019), animated short ... on the shortlist for Best Animated Short for 2020. 9/10.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNw8V_Fkw28
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I'm kind of confused. 
We Can't Live Without Cosmos (2014) is an animated short film that is allegedly short listed for Best Animated Short Film Oscars as per Gold Derby. Not sure but I'm almost positive it qualified for a previous year as well. I already watched it on YouTube. I think it was previously hosted on Vimeo. 10/10.


https://www.goldderby.com/article/2019/2020-oscars-shortlists-academy-awards-news/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MvgBmj8qWs

"Ninety-two films had qualified in the category; 10 made the short list.  Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Dcera (Daughter)”
“Hair Love”
“He Can’t Live without Cosmos”
“Hors Piste”
“Kitbull”
“Memorable”
“Mind My Mind”
“The Physics of Sorrow”
“Sister”
“Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days”"


Hors piste (2019), 9/10.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r488msgIr_M

Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the Days (2019) (Short), 10/10. The best one of the lot I've seen from this list.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCAxVIq8cOc

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The Two Popes (2019), 10/10. Jonathan Pryce better not be robbed of a Lead Actor Oscar nomination.
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle, 2018, 4/10.  Starts off intriguing, but the eerieness drags on too long, leading to a slightly predictable ending.  
The old guy who comes to their door near the end of the movie to bring food reminds me of Percy Killbride for some reason!  If they ever remake Ma and Pa Kettle, there's your dude!  :D
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If anyone tries to argue that any Christopher Nolan movie or recent Star Wars episode as objectively one of the worst movies of all time? Offer to show them The Creeping Terror (TV Movie 1964).

Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, 9/10. The Creeping Terror (TV Movie 1964), 1/10.

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Shame(2011) 9/10
It really is not a movie for everyone, I do not say it for the erotic scenes that is the least, this film is artistic on higher levels, minimal dialogues and necessary to build the character, Fassbender hits hard with his face so expressive that he does not need words to show us his feelings, the photograph and the disturbing atmosphere of the film give it the perfect touch. Unfortunately McQueen went more commercial with 12 Years a Slave and creates a much more politically correct film to win many Oscars, Shame to his way is a risky and unique film in its style that fails to reach the Oscars not because it is bad if not because it is too much cinema.