Seen Any Good Movies Lately?

Purr

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Here's a short list of some older movies that are considered by many as the best of any era..do your self a favor and check them out..

Casablanca
Citizen Kane ( voted the best movie of all time )
Lion in Winter
On the waterfront
The 3rd man
Lawrence of Arabia
Man for all seasons
All about Eve

There are many more and each one will become memorable
I've seen all of these, except perhaps for Lion in Winter. I don't recognize the title, will check synopsis to confirm. Thank you TCM (Turner Classic Movies)!
 

Purr

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I've seen all of these, except perhaps for Lion in Winter. I don't recognize the title, will check synopsis to confirm. Thank you TCM (Turner Classic Movies)!
Ok, I lied. Apparently I have seen Lion in Winter. Recognized the synopsis, just not the title.

Give me a Bette Davis movie anytime. Now Voyager is one of my all time favorites.
 

Purr

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I've seen all of these, except perhaps for Lion in Winter. I don't recognize the title, will check synopsis to confirm. Thank you TCM (Turner Classic Movies)!
Ok, I lied. Apparently I have seen Lion in Winter. Recognized the synopsis, just not the title.
 

Purr

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Always great story lines and acting .
Yes. She played a wide variety of roles. Other movies of hers I like are Dark Victory, Mr. Skeffington, The Letter, and A Stolen Life. Probably Dark victory is my second favorite movie of hers after Now Voyager. I just saw The Nanny recently on TCM.
 

Phil Owl

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La La Land, very fun and enjoyable, great music and choreography, and a somewhat believable story.

Arrival - Saw this on a recent plane flight, very deep and thought provoking without being pointlessly abstract or pretentious. Refreshing to see aliens portrayed as benevolent for a change. Begged one huge question, if we are able to see the possible outcome of every choice we make, would we still make the same ones?
 

Steve Pastor

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The Mountain Between Us

Trekking through snow covered mountains, something I've done more than once (but not in survival mode!) is what drew me into this, but I'm at a loss to remember the last time I've become so invested in two characters, hanging on every next development and, by the last third of the film, every spoken word.
 

Purr

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I loved the original Blade Runner, wasn't sure what to think about there being a sequel. I will be interested to hear your assessment.
I saw Blade Runner 2049 Saturday night at the local AMC. The movie was shown in the large IMAX theater, and most of the seats were empty. I've heard the movie has only grossed around $60 million so far, against a $150 million production budget.

I liked the movie, but I didn't love it. If I were giving stars, I'd give it 3 out of 4 stars. I liked the performances by Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright, as well as the actresses' performances for the characters of Joi and Luv. I didn't care that much for Jared Leto's performance, and I thought his character in the context of the storyline was odd.

The depiction of the stark futuristic landscapes was a high point, worthy of an Academy Award nomination. That being said, the movie dwelled for long moments on the landscape for no apparent purpose than showing how great it was. The overall storyline was good, but the pace of the movie was too slow. And, the movie is entirely too long. I didn't like the harsh, loud soundtrack, either.

So, I hope this is helpful. Oh, the movie left open all kinds of possibilities for a sequel, which will probably happen if this movie manages to turn a profit. Happy movie watching!
 

IndyLady

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I saw Blade Runner 2049 Saturday night at the local AMC. The movie was shown in the large IMAX theater, and most of the seats were empty. I've heard the movie has only grossed around $60 million so far, against a $150 million production budget.

I liked the movie, but I didn't love it. If I were giving stars, I'd give it 3 out of 4 stars. I liked the performances by Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright, as well as the actresses' performances for the characters of Joi and Luv. I didn't care that much for Jared Leto's performance, and I thought his character in the context of the storyline was odd.

The depiction of the stark futuristic landscapes was a high point, worthy of an Academy Award nomination. That being said, the movie dwelled for long moments on the landscape for no apparent purpose than showing how great it was. The overall storyline was good, but the pace of the movie was too slow. And, the movie is entirely too long. I didn't like the harsh, loud soundtrack, either.

So, I hope this is helpful. Oh, the movie left open all kinds of possibilities for a sequel, which will probably happen if this movie manages to turn a profit. Happy movie watching!
Thanks for the review. This is actually consistent with some comments I saw on FB from one of my friends - near empty theater, loud soundtrack. I don't think she liked it as much (felt the plot was thin, drawn out, over-reliance on the visual "wow" factor). I think I will see it eventually now that I know what to expect, probably be in the comfort of my living room as I'm not big on the actual movie theater experience. Though the mostly empty theater would definitely be a plus (l'enfer, c'est les autres).
 

Purr

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I'd wait until it hits the second run theaters, which will probably be quickly. It was weird seeing the movie in a nearly empty theater; that isn't my preference. I saw another movie recently in a nearly empty theater, maybe 7 or 8 people total. One guy sitting alone was giving off bad vibes and creeping me out; eventually I moved to another seat away from him and close to the exit. He was apparently harmless, at least that day, but feeling scared wasn't good. I'd much prefer more people around.
 

MaggieMoves

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The Last Jedi

Some fans of the series seem to not really be liking it, but I honestly thought it was the best one in years. It was unpredictable, fresh, and full of action. Some character arcs I would have seen done a little differently but I still enjoyed it very much.
 

DL

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Arrival - Saw this on a recent plane flight, very deep and thought provoking without being pointlessly abstract or pretentious. Refreshing to see aliens portrayed as benevolent for a change. Begged one huge question, if we are able to see the possible outcome of every choice we make, would we still make the same ones?
The novella explores that better than the movie IMHO (though I still found the movie a surprisingly pleasant take on a story I read years ago).
 

fascination

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The Last Jedi

Some fans of the series seem to not really be liking it, but I honestly thought it was the best one in years. It was unpredictable, fresh, and full of action. Some character arcs I would have seen done a little differently but I still enjoyed it very much.
my son says it is the best of the 8, hands down...and he is a fanatic
 

DL

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A lot of fans are really trouncing on it on Rotten Tomatoes. Your son might be right though - it might even top Empire Strikes Back.
It seemed ESB-comparable to me. I don't quite get the trouncing, but I think much depends on individual calibration of "willing" suspension of disbelief, with regard to whatever plot nit-picks people choose to make and preconceptions of what's plausible/ridiculous in the Star Wars Universe.

Confusingly, I found myself liking the movie overall while not feeling particularly enthusiastic about the main characters, both in and of themselves and in the way they were developed. Same thing for the previous movie, though it was less good overall IMO due to its formulaic construction.

I felt better appreciation for the characters and their development in ESB.
 

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