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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The Rider, 7 or 8

Roma, 8 or 9
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Will have to catch Roma next week before it leaves the theater and dropes into Netflix.
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I caught the final theatre screening of a one-week run here. I think it should look just fine on a TV as well, though.

I'm interested to hear Pencho's comments about it as well as it has a significant historical layer.
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Adventures in Babysitting, 1987.  3/10 stars.  Too dumb for it's own good, there's only a few laughs.  The main problem is that they don't balance the good with the bad very well.  The only good thing that happened is that Elisabeth Shue found a new boyfriend.  The rest of it was terrible!  The kids, at the end of the movie, had no reason to say, "This was the best night of my life!"  
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I finally caught ROMA on Netflix. 

The story of Cleo and her 'family' might hit a sensitive chord for many viewers who grew up not just in Mexico but in any Third-World country, maybe not just in the 70s but probably the 80s or early 90s. By no means am I depriving the cultural core of the story but it was Ebert who said: " The more specific a film is, the more universal, because the more it understands individual characters, the more it applies to everyone." Still, it's not just about the characters but I could relate to the context as well on a personal level.

Coming from a middle-class family of Morocco, we also had these girls who came from poorer backgrounds (generally rural areas) and whose treatment would look a bit like slavery from a European standpoint. The term wouldn't be appropriate though as they were paid, certainly not mistreated and in most cases were considered like members of the family. Not all the ladies of the house treated them with respect but they were often loved by the kids as sisters or even surrogate mothers. I was practically raised by the same 'dada' from the age of 4, she dressed me, woke me up, cleaned me till I was 8 (my daughter does it alone since she's 3) and well, she was part of my life and I miss her a lot.

I could relate to the story of Cleo and I was glad that the film didn't take the predictable way of having her fired or being rejected or ending as a prostitute in some brothel of Mexico City... Cuaron is above these archetypes and his intention is clearly to take the opportunity of a nostalgic voyage through his childhood setting and show people with a strong capability of caring and being empathetic. And Cleo, played with naturalness by Yalitza Aparicio is obviously this kind of girls, she loves the children she saw growing up since the cradle, she's devoted to her "Signora", Sofia, played by Marina de Tavira, and she values her luck to be part of that world.

It's also interesting that Cleo isn't conventionally good-looking, not in a glamorous Hollywood sense, and her petite frame illuminated with a wide smile accentuates her vulnerability. She incarnates a sort of third world within the third world, like an extra layer of fragility making her the perfect target for the kind of troubles no upper class European looking girl would get herself into. Though the film is overarched by the social and political context of Mexico circa 1970-71, I didn't feel like Cuaron tried to make some commentary, maybe it's just a character study of a woman who could only depend on the kindness of strangers, like Blanche Dubois, but is able to find some inner strength to overcome the adversity if not triumph over it.

And indeed, in her journey (that doesn't follow any pattern of cinematic predictability),  it's less in what happens to her than the reactions it inspires. The film is less driven by the facts but the way people react and the reactions to their reactions etc. etc. There is an interesting scene where a Karate master shows a trick that looks extremely easy until it's done with closed eyes, I don't know if it was supposed to symbolize one of the film's underlying messages, but it's true that many things that happen are due to people's obliviousness, carelessness or lack of empathy. And near the end, both Cleo and  Sofia realize they had more in common than they would have thought, adversity strikes everyone, only in different ways.

What I liked in Roma, besides its realism is the fact that it doesn't just try to depict a slice of life but   Life with a major L, providing sights often suggested but rarely shown in the movies. Indeed, the film contains many graphic sequences including a naked make body (and I'm sorry to say that it's more distracting for me than a woman's... maybe because the thing "moves"... sorry) and one that shouldn't be spoiled but that had me almost gasping with tears because it was the moment where many aspects of the editing that demanded some patience from us finally paid off, and I knew I had to expect a high spot of emotionality sometime in the film. Cuaron's "Roma" (whatever the title means) is daring by showing life and death with the same clinical detachment from his lenses, one that also shows in the climactic scene, hinted by the poster.


Now, I want to give he film a 10 because it has reached a cinematic level of perfection I rarely found in a movie but sometimes its beauty just feels so deliberate it becomes sophisticated. he film benefits from Alfonso Cuaron's perfect command of the camera (we're obviously talking of the Oscar-winner for Best Cinematography and maybe Best Director) but the cinematography tends to steal the story's thunder and compromises the film's attempt to be a realistic portrait of Mexican's slice of life in the 70s in an atmosphere of love, devoid of the cynicism we get from today's dysfunctional families. The children in the film are not only adorable but played with an authentic simplicity and so many directors said it was a nightmare to direct children so Cuaron deserves a credit for that too.


So It's precisely because the story is so well told and well acted that I wished it wouldn't be so well directed... though I approve the choice of the black-and-white for no other reason that it gives the film a sort of dreamy aura fitting its nostalgia, overall, "Roma" is a great film with a few haunting moments.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), 10/10.  People are pushing for Black Panther as a wild-card contender Best Picture nomination.  This animated feature should have honor of being the first comic book film to be nominated for Best Picture.

Possible other nominations to justify the BP nom:
Best score; 
Best adapted screenplay;
throw in two sound techie noms....
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Not sure "Adapted Screenplay" would happen, "A Star is Born" is a Best Picture contender and isn't even safe in that category and animated movies usually get nominated for original screenplays (not saying it wouldn't deserve it though)
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Terminator: Genisys, 2015 - 7/10 stars.  Definitely better than the first film.  My only complaint is that the actor who played Kyle looked NOTHING like Kyle!  Terrible casting!  Besides that, it was fun with entertaining action.
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The Favorite (2018)  8.5 - 9.0 (I just saw it and I usually like to wait a few weeks to rate; it could go down, I suppose, but I doubt it, and it could perhaps go up a bit.)

Sleight (2016)  3
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"The Brady Bunch Movie" 7/10 and "A Very Brady Sequel" 9/10.
These are some of the best, funniest spoof movies I've ever seen!  Call me crazy, but I think that the spoof Bradys (though annoyingly 70's) are more likable than the original Bradys!  The movies are perfectly cast and well written - LOVE the Jeannie cameo at the end of the second one!

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Christmas Vacation 8/10
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Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)  5/10.  Not quite boring, not quite exciting.  Not what I expected.  
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I never thought it would come from a 30s film but this got to be one of the best male acting performances I've ever seen, Victor McLaglen in The Informer... Gypo, Gypo... that's a lad I won't forget any soon. And what a film! Non-western John Ford doesn't get the credit he deserves, Hitchcock or Lang wouldn't have told a better story!
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You Can't Take It With You (1938) - 8/10. Quite entertaining and a worthy Oscar winner.

Terminal (2018) - 3/10. Margot Robbie doing Harley Quinn faces in a not thrilling thriller that doesn't make much sense.
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Superstar 1999 3/10.  Awful.  Just awful.  I hate it when they have a good idea for a movie and ruin it.
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Sunday:
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), 10/10.  Director Barry Jenkins held a Q and A after the screening.

Animated short list for the Animated Short Film category Oscars:
“Age of Sail”
“Animal Behaviour”
“Bao”, 8/10.
“Bilby”
“Bird Karma”
“Late Afternoon”
“Lost & Found”
“One Small Step”
“Pépé le Morse”
“Weekends”

These guys can be found on Youtube:
Pépé le morse (2017), 10/10.
One Small Step (2018), 9/10.
Age of Sail (2018), 10/10.

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Captain Fantastic (2016) - 8/10
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I heard Christmas Chronicles is good; I've been wondering about it.
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Tallulah - 8/10
Timeless (entire series) - 9/10 - RIP
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Bird Box - 8/10 - went into this zero expectations and it was pretty good.
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Aquaman (2018) - 6.5/10, probably the first DC film I kind of enjoyed, but it was probably due to a great souce material in Geoff Johns run as writer of the character. Beyond that the film keeps making the same mistakes that have made the DC Film Universe a dissapointment. And there is an octopus drumming that was the worst possible scene.


On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - 7.5/10, my father's favourite Bond film, and his choice for a christmas movie, Nice to see.

Annibale (1959) - 5/10 Mostly forgotten curiosity from the golden age of Peplum cinema. I was unfortunate to watch it with a terrible re-recording that mixed the dialogue with the score of How the West Was Won


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I'm seeing Aquaman soon with my friends... I'm excited, but prepared to not be blown away, lol!  I'm not a huge superhero movie fan, so I'm keeping my expectations low.  :)  But I will have fun!

The Christmas Chronicles: 6/10.  Not nearly as bad as thought it would be!  Cute and fun; Kurt Russell did a fine job.
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Saw Aquaman last Thursday.  7/10 for me.  Not sure if I'm being a tad too generous... though I was never bored or disliked any particular moment or character. Some of the acting (Manta and Mera respectively actor wise) was pretty bad. Definitely on the level of Fast and the Furious.
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Meet Joe Black - 2/10.

3 hours of wooden performances, underdeveloped characters, and an underwhelming finale that lasts forever.
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Just curious... not commenting on how you felt about the film.  How did you determine to get around and watching this 20 year old flick that for the most part fell the abyss of time?  Is it being released because of its milestone anniversary?

I often have this question when stumbling on these seemingly random watches on this thread.
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LOL, thanks for asking!

Well, I really didn't want to see it.  My mom hadn't seen it either, but she'd heard it was good so we all watched it.  I'm not really into these kind of romance movies, or Brad Pitt, so seeing this film never entered my mind.  :)  We signed up for a free month of NetFlix and it was on there.  Occasionally, it takes me time to see a "popular" film.  :)

As far as I know it's not being released for an anniversary, but it might be. 
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I kind of have fond adjacent feelings about the film.  But have no real intentions to revisit it (3 hours long) to see if it aged well.  I suspect it probably wouldn't.

Something tells me ... the whole thing reeks of self-indulgence for actors and filmmakers alike.
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You said that perfectly.  :)
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Oh, and I should also say that the movie does do one thing right: eating peanut butter on a spoon (something I've done LONG before even hearing of "Meet Joe Black."  It is genius, my friends).
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Jen:
I love this thread and would like to start my own.  It would be a spin-off, like "Mork and Mindy" is of "Happy Days," like "Fraiser" is of "Cheers," like - well, you get the point.  It would be the same thing, only series instead of movies.  I just wanted to make sure that was okay with you.  I didn't know if maybe you the admin of these threads or something.  Thanks!
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Narnia, I'm not following what you're asking. Can you please dumb it down a bit?
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I think he's asking for your permission to create a spin-off thread for last TV series/seasons watched (not knowing that this thread also doubles for that purpose as well).
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Sorry, I guess I got too wordy, lol!  Stephen is right, that's what I'm asking.  But if this thread is for shows too, then forget it.  I didn't know!  :)  Thanks!
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Jingle all the Way (1996) - 6/10. ~10th rewatch, the first in many years. Expensive trash, but entertaining. A very commercial, loud, shrill movie that also wants to be a satire of the commercial downsides of Christmas. The moral at the end of the story wraps it up neatly: I don't need that bestselling action toy... as long as my father can do the flying and fighting in real life.

Sinbad plays a character who serves as some kind of strawman socialist loser who blames everyone else for his own shortcomings. Maybe this is a way to counterbalance the movie's, hem, radical critique of consumerism?

What I really liked though was the gleeful madness with which the two rivals try to elbow each other out. Say what you will about Arnold but he is great at turning his shortcomings into strenghts. He is in on the joke. WHERE IS YOOR CHRISTMASSPIRIT?

And there's one scene that rings true if you think about it. Arnold has missed another important appointment and comes to his disappointed son's room. He tries to cheer Jamie up, calls him "champ", feigns interest in his favorite stuff, but the son avoids him or rolls his eyes. That kind of scene is played straight in more "serious" movies, where the father, played nuanced by a better actor, actually makes his kid happy again. I find the goofy Arnold dad infinitely more realistic.
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I totally agree!  It's not the best movie ever, but it's "unbearably" cheesy.  It's rather delightful in a far-fetched way.

BTW, put the cookie down!
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Daredevil (TV Series 2015–2018), season 3. 10/10.
Until Netflix explains why they were the impetus of the show being cancelled at this particular point...?
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Finally got around to finishing the Netflix documentary, Shirkers (2018). 9/10.