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Amph What was the last movie you saw? (Ver. 2)

Discussion in 'Community' started by Violent Violet Menace, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 9

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    Black KKKlansman.
    True story directed by Spike Lee about a cop (John David Washington) and his partner (Adam Driver) who infiltrate the KKK. Driver is just sensational, although the film does get a bit heavy handed at times. Still an important, well done and entertaining film. Topher Grace is another standout as David Duke.
     
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  2. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Nightfall. A solid late-period noir, this features Aldo Ray as a man on the run who links up with a lovely lady, Anne Bancroft. He’s running from two stupid, sadistic thugs who knocked over a bank and, in the wilderness, were rescued from a car crash by Ray and a friend. They shot the friend and ran off, but accidentally left the money with Ray, who lost it in the woods. There’s also an insurance investigator who is, of course, Ray’s best chance to get his unlikely story believed. Stirling Silliphant’s script is complex, but the story is good enough to hold up, and it’s backed up by very good performances by character actors and excellent direction from Jacques Tourneur. A very nice little noir.
     
  3. Dagobahsystem

    Dagobahsystem Chosen One star 9

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    Yojimbo
    1961 110 mins b&w

    This film was a revelation and instantly one of the most entertaining and memorable classic films I've seen in awhile.

    The humor and comedy in this picture are a great and welcome surprise, displaying Kurosawa's diversity as a director when compared to his masterpiece Rashomon, for example.

    And this story was easy to follow upon first viewing lol!

    That, combined with the humor, the terrific cast highlighted by the brilliant Toshiro Mifune, and Kurosawa and his crew make this a film I hope to rewatch again and again and I'll probably recommend watching this one first or second for first time viewers to this master director's works.

    I meself found Seven Samurai a tad difficult to watch at times for my first Kurosawa picture due to it's length and being unfamiliar with his style.
    I'm looking forward to rewatching that one as well, as I did enjoy it quite a lot and it's been a few years since my first viewing. And Rashomon took me two viewings to start to really understand it more fully.

    Kurosawa just keeps making masterpieces, that's all there is to it! :D

    And a word on the Yojimbo score.
    It's extremely fun and well cued; featuring excellent percussion parts, some cool melodies, including Sanjuro's great theme, and an awesome harpsichord part that often plays low parts and pentatonic melodies harmonized with power chord fifths that can sound like an early version of Smoke On the Water.

    There's a lot more I can say about Yojimbo, a truly awesome movie, but I'm still learning about it and thinking about it.

    9/10

    Can't wait to watch the sequel!
     
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  4. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    Yeah, it’s a very endearing film that’s easily accessible. The showdown shot with the hanging man in the foreground is such a brilliantly composed shot.

    My only two minor critiques were over the music (I found it often out of place with the loud, abrasive jazzy 60’s sound) and an element in the middle regarding a woman that doesn’t translate as well without advance cultural knowledge.
    but I could deal with the former and eventually catchup on the latter.
     
  5. PCCViking

    PCCViking Chosen One star 10

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    I actually like it better than Mary Poppins. My favorite part is the battle scene between the suits of armor and the Nazis.

    Now, I've seen it recently on both my DVD copy and Disney+. The DVD copy has the extended version (extended Portobello Road sequence, additional dialogue and additional songs by Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson, etc.). The Disney+ has the theatrical version.

    As for the most recent movie I watched, The Rise of Skywalker on Disney+. Unpopular opinion: the best entry in the Sequel Trilogy and the 4th best Star Wars movie overall (behind TESB, Rogue One, ROTS).
     
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  6. Rylo Ken

    Rylo Ken Force Ghost star 6

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    The Dig

    The Anglo-Saxon Remains of the Day.
     
  7. Dagobahsystem

    Dagobahsystem Chosen One star 9

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    Yes, it's very entertaining and accessible to new fans of old school classic Japanese cinema.

    The shot you mentioned is memorable. And there are many.
    Sanjuro destroying that one house after killing six men is memorable.
    And then giving the money away and telling them to leave was very intense as they were bowing to him.
    He calls them idiots and urges them to flee. It's a very poignant moment, highlighting the honor inherent in their culture. From both sides.

    And the great long shot of Sanjuro returning to town after all that has transpired. So intense. Epic. Iconic.

    I like the music, partially because it was a surprise to hear those Western influences in a Japanese picture from that era and in that setting, but it really worked for me. Quite a lot actually. That's a huge topic for me, music. The Japanese drumming and percussion performances in particular were incredibly done.

    Oh a few tidbits I noticed.

    Sanjuro cuts off a guy's arm after he is attacked; reminds of Kenobi in Mos Eisley from GL' s Star Wars.

    The nice doggie carrying a human hand and forearm at the opening reminded me of vibes from Eraserhead and Blue Velvet by David Lynch.

    The brutal beating and torture that Sanjuro endures has influenced many subsequent directors, too many to name here.

    There's a lot to talk about with Yojimbo.

    I've got a bunch of movies on my docket, but hopefully I can circle back to this film soon.

    After I watch the sequel, of course. :D
     
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  8. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    Almost certainly- even has the same "criminals bragging" setup.
     
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  9. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Treasure Lover of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Face/Off (1997)

    I feel like John Woo noticed how similar in feel a lot of American action/thrillers were in the '90s and decided "yeah I'm gonna do that, but my way". And by his way I mean completely bonkers but also completely entertaining (and with plenty of dual-wieled pistols and random doves). He plays the tropes straight at the same time as he's embracing the ridiculousness of this premise he's tackled. And anchoring it is a pair of brilliant performances from John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, who early on "switch" characters thanks to a totally silly and unrealistic surgical procedure, but that doesn't really matter because it lets the actors channel each other, with Travolta going more over the top than usual and Cage being more restrained (mostly) than usual. They play a great cat and mouse game as they each try to navigate the other's life, while still keeping to their individual goals and ideals. It's a terrible plot that doesn't hold a lot of water, but Woo makes up for it by putting these two in some great scenarios where their incompetence as undercover agents is irrelevant, and the plot moves so quickly through various action setpieces that it's easy for you to just sit back and enjoy the zaniness.
     
  10. Dagobahsystem

    Dagobahsystem Chosen One star 9

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    Indeed. Kudos to GL for directly recontexualing that scene and imagery in the GFFA in such a memorable way.

    That's a real shocker for most SW newbies watching SW for the first time; Kenobi wielding his lightsaber in such a fashion.

    And I can only imagine how sensational that scene in Yojimbo was to audiences when Sanjuro cuts off the arm of his opponent so suddenly. And them hearing his death cries. And then Sanjuro's comment to the coffin maker about needing to make three.

    That's not only memorable, but extremely badass and GL was obviously paying attention and remembered that for his first masterpiece.
     
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  11. epic

    epic Ex Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    groundhog day
     
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  12. Dagobahsystem

    Dagobahsystem Chosen One star 9

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    That's a terrific SW top 4 list and respect for including a film from each trilogy.

    My top 2 SW films are currently the same, Empire and RO.
    TESB will never leave my #1 SW slot lol.

    And RotS is up there although I give the edge to RotJ for top 3. RotS at 4.

    And TROS is the best ST SW film by far. Endless fast paced fun attempting to resolve unresolved/ignored issues and largely succeeding.

    Bottom line for me is, TROS is fun while also being thoughtful and poignant and making a sincere effort at attempting to resolve whatever offbeat, random story stuff preceded it.

    Nice SW top 4 list, Viking.
     
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  13. Bacon164

    Bacon164 Chosen One star 7

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    what is TROS
     
  14. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One star 8

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    more like TRASH
     
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  15. Dagobahsystem

    Dagobahsystem Chosen One star 9

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    Those
    Real
    Old
    Souls

    or perhaps

    Thankfully
    Ratified
    Octogenarian
    Separatists

    :p
     
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  16. PCCViking

    PCCViking Chosen One star 10

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  17. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Force Ghost star 6

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    It's got a different feel to it. If the original is an action thriller with a very strong streak of black humour running through it, the sequel is more a comedy of manners with bursts of action. Or that's how I see them. Yojimbo is one of my favourite films, whilst Sanjuro isn't; but I've seen several people who think Sanjuro is the superior film. Considering they're both films about the same samurai they are quite different in feel.
     
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  18. Dagobahsystem

    Dagobahsystem Chosen One star 9

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    I'll be the judge of that! :p

    That sounds cool, honestly. A different feel. Tonally. I assume.
    Looking forward to watching Sanjuro for the first time soon!

    In the meantime, I watched a French film from the Criterion Collection.
    It's always nice reading subtitles when you can still at least understand 25 percent of the language. :cool:
     
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  19. The2ndQuest

    The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    Sanjuro feels more concise- fewer characters to focus on, less exposition, etc. The comedic element works because it's not so much a shift in the tone of the film but rather a specific act on the part of the character. I enjoy it more for those elements and some other distinguishing aspects that I won't go into until you get a chance to watch the film.

    "Sorry about the mess." ;)
     
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  20. gezvader28

    gezvader28 Chosen One star 6

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    Irresistible 2020

    John Stewart writes and directs. Political satire. it's alright , not particularly sharp tho or that funny.
     
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  21. Sith_Sensei__Prime

    Sith_Sensei__Prime Chosen One star 6

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    Jessica Rothe was one of the major reasons I watched All My Life. I loved her in Happy Death Day and its sequel. I felt she gave a wonderful performance in All My Life. But yeah, the movie is a very predictable romantic weeper, so it was kind of rewatching a movie.
     
  22. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Force Ghost star 6

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    I re-watched Tenet. I enjoyed it a lot more the second time around. I still don't think the inversion stuff hangs together, but whatever.
     
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  23. Havac

    Havac Former Moderator star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Second masterpiece. Some respect for American Graffiti, please.

    Well I certainly hope so.
     
  24. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Force Ghost star 6

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    I saw this at the cinema, and right after I went into a showing of L.A.Confidential. Now that was a great day at the cinema.
     
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  25. Drac39

    Drac39 Force Ghost star 6

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    That was my verdict too. All of Nolan's films merit a rewatch but usually the show of hand hides something substitutive. This one is just juggling to hide thin ideas. I still like the movie however.