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Just saw Hidden Figures. Great movie. I didn't think they needed to turn it into a space movie by playing up the drama with the capsule. It probably would have been better without it. But a great movie anyhow. 

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18 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

I find it amusing that Kevin Costner is the #1 "father figure" in Hollywood now.

Seems to be, unfortunately. I've never liked him. He was great in HF though. Being an engineer suits his dull, wooden acting pretty well. I really enjoyed him in this. 

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Seen today. Well worth the time and attention, especially if you saw the original 20 years ago. Funny and moving as well and lots of really clever bits and bobs. And, obviously, fantastic use of music.

No mention of this though:

 

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I saw the Founder. I thought Michael Keaton was good in this, but he's usually good in everything he does. It was a well done movie. You want to root for someone in this movie, but none of the characters are really worth rooting for. They are all flawed, but have some good and some bad values. I really admire Ray Kroc's drive and dedication to spreading McDonald's all over the US. But at the same time he was a *****, and got worse as he became more successful. Then the McDonald brothers were somewhat sympathetic, but at the same time I could not stand their resistance to growth and trying to make everything perfect. It was a movie that left you thinking about what you saw. Now i want to read about the history of Mcdonald's more.

 

 

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13 hours ago, mtdman said:

I saw the Founder. I thought Michael Keaton was good in this, but he's usually good in everything he does. It was a well done movie. You want to root for someone in this movie, but none of the characters are really worth rooting for. They are all flawed, but have some good and some bad values. I really admire Ray Kroc's drive and dedication to spreading McDonald's all over the US. But at the same time he was a *****, and got worse as he became more successful. Then the McDonald brothers were somewhat sympathetic, but at the same time I could not stand their resistance to growth and trying to make everything perfect. It was a movie that left you thinking about what you saw. Now i want to read about the history of Mcdonald's more.

 

 

Yah, it was interesting watching the tug of war between the two views on business. I felt the same way at times about the brothers, but at the same time appreciated their desire to put the customer and the product above corporate growth. Integrity in business is harder and harder to find. 

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13 hours ago, Nastradamus said:

Yah, it was interesting watching the tug of war between the two views on business. I felt the same way at times about the brothers, but at the same time appreciated their desire to put the customer and the product above corporate growth. Integrity in business is harder and harder to find. 

Absolutely. i was torn between rooting for the ruthless business man, and the homey, small time brothers. Good stuff.

 

 

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New aliens trailer! I never got into this series but this looks pretty great. 

 

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On 2/5/2017 at 2:44 PM, Blue Square Thing said:

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Seen today. Well worth the time and attention, especially if you saw the original 20 years ago. Funny and moving as well and lots of really clever bits and bobs. And, obviously, fantastic use of music.

No mention of this though:

 

The original is probably in my Top 5 movies of all time  (Breaking Away, Goodfellas, The Godfather, Trainspotting, Raising Arizona).   I have to wait until April 7th to see it here in Detroit.   I already have that day off work..............Tiger Opening Day..........then T2.............gonna be a great day !

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By the way, Red Round Thing,  I tried to read the sequel book "Porno" that this movie is loosely based on and I couldn't get through the first chapter........there was so much Brit/Scot slang that I had no idea what was going on without the visual.   Watching the Trainspotting movie the visual clues let you know what you can't figure out they are saying.    They left out some good scenes in the first like when Renton has his job interview and you realize he went to a good college for real and flat out admits to the interviewers he's a junkie.  

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7 hours ago, Yoda said:

New aliens trailer! I never got into this series but this looks pretty great. 

 

Such a complicated series of films. Alien was a great horror movie, and then James Cameron cam aboard and made a great action movie in aliens. 

But alien 3 was a mess and 4 was no better. Then you had the weird aliens vs predator movies that not many people bothered with. 

But I really liked Prometheus. And this pseudo sequel to Prometheus and prequel to alien looks very good. I am glad Ridley Scott returned to the franchise and made these last two (assuming this new one holds up).

it is kind of bummer than Neil blomkamp doesn't appear to making his version, though. 

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5 hours ago, Motor City Sonics said:

By the way, Red Round Thing,  I tried to read the sequel book "Porno" that this movie is loosely based on and I couldn't get through the first chapter........there was so much Brit/Scot slang that I had no idea what was going on without the visual.   Watching the Trainspotting movie the visual clues let you know what you can't figure out they are saying.    They left out some good scenes in the first like when Renton has his job interview and you realize he went to a good college for real and flat out admits to the interviewers he's a junkie.  

I've never read much of either book to be honest - I have read some short stories Welch wrote about watching Hibernian that have the same sort of vibe I think. I really must give them a go.

And it's ages since I watched the original as well, although we recorded it off the tele a couple of weeks back.

I think the general consensus is that T2 isn't as ground breaking and so on as the original. Don't go assuming it will be - go for the nostalgia and the laughs and I hope you'll enjoy it :-)

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1 hour ago, Blue Square Thing said:

I've never read much of either book to be honest - I have read some short stories Welch wrote about watching Hibernian that have the same sort of vibe I think. I really must give them a go.

And it's ages since I watched the original as well, although we recorded it off the tele a couple of weeks back.

I think the general consensus is that T2 isn't as ground breaking and so on as the original. Don't go assuming it will be - go for the nostalgia and the laughs and I hope you'll enjoy it :-)

 

I watch the original at least 3 times  a year.  off of Netflix or DVD.  I don't want it edited.....

I don't expect it to be nearly as good.  But I do expect it to be good and I get the sense it's about being middle aged and regretting your past and trying to forgive yourself for it.....but done with plenty of humor and of course we get to see Begbie go full psycho.   From what I have gathered not trying to spoil it for myself, a lot of the movie has to do with saving Spud's life and Ewen Bremner is fantastic in it.       My sense is Renton has come back for his mom's funeral and decided to try to make amends and finds out just how f'ed up Spud's situation is.   From what little I could get out of Porno, Renton feels a great deal of guilt over just leaving a junkie like Spud 4,000 pounds......

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And the first Danny Boyle/Ewan McGregor collaboration, Shallow Grave, is a GREAT GREAT movie.  Very underappreciated in the States.     That movie is as dark a movie as you'll find.  

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I agree completely about Shallow Grave - an excellent movie that, due to its Film 4 credentials, still gets played quite regularly here I think. But I can understand why it might not be as popular elsewhere.

On T2, other than the funeral bit (where did you get that from? Or did I miss it??) you're on the right lines. I'll not give any more away :-) I'm not sure how old you are, but at 47 I found it very relevant - probably more so than a 20-something might do.

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40 minutes ago, Blue Square Thing said:

I agree completely about Shallow Grave - an excellent movie that, due to its Film 4 credentials, still gets played quite regularly here I think. But I can understand why it might not be as popular elsewhere.

On T2, other than the funeral bit (where did you get that from? Or did I miss it??) you're on the right lines. I'll not give any more away :-) I'm not sure how old you are, but at 47 I found it very relevant - probably more so than a 20-something might do.

I am 52, about the same age as the characters in the movie.

 

Well, I was thinking, what would bring Renton back to Scotland, it would have to be something big and I already know the mom is not in this one because the actress said in an interview they've killed her off, plus in the preview there is a shot (half a second) of Renton sitting at the table with his father and there is a shadow on the wall where mom would be sitting..............it reminded me of a nuclear shadow in a way.........but that shot is half a second.     A plot point of Porno is that Renton has taken years of martial arts self-defense courses for a one day meeting with Begbie..........Because Begbie's gonna chib him.  I had to look up chib.    And then I thought he was gonna do me.  I tell ya, Begbie's psycho.............but he's a mate, so what can you do?  

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RE: John Wick.... 

I hadn't even seen the first one until a couple weeks ago. I think Keanau is a terrible actor and I don't typically get into action movies. I thought JW was awful, and the 2nd one was even worse. 

Keanau is in a group of actors I think are terrible (along with Billy Bob, Nick Cage, Kevin Costner) but other people seem to love, so I'm willing to admit that I simply just don't get them. But there's a reason that Keanau barely had a single line in either movie of more that 3 or 4 words and no monologue to speak of. You have to write that way with him, because he cannot act. All of the longer, more dramatic lines were given to the co-stars. They carried these movies and told the stories, not Keanau. He's simply a gangly, unathletic-looking guy (watch him try to run) who can somehow beat up everyone. 

I realize I'm probably alone on this. That's ok. 

 

 

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26 minutes ago, Yoda said:

RE: John Wick.... 

I hadn't even seen the first one until a couple weeks ago. I think Keanau is a terrible actor and I don't typically get into action movies. I thought JW was awful, and the 2nd one was even worse. 

Keanau is in a group of actors I think are terrible (along with Billy Bob, Nick Cage, Kevin Costner) but other people seem to love, so I'm willing to admit that I simply just don't get them. But there's a reason that Keanau barely had a single line in either movie of more that 3 or 4 words and no monologue to speak of. You have to write that way with him, because he cannot act. All of the longer, more dramatic lines were given to the co-stars. They carried these movies and told the stories, not Keanau. He's simply a gangly, unathletic-looking guy (watch him try to run) who can somehow beat up everyone. 

I realize I'm probably alone on this. That's ok. 

 

 

there is a line of actors who have succeeded without much in the way of dialog talent - Gary Cooper comes to mind.  It think generally they get by with having expressive faces and an ability to project attitude non-verbally. For instance I thought Reeves did OK in the 1st reel of 'the Matrix' and in 'Constantine'. He is better suited for casting against 'brighter' actors that he can reflect - e.g. Fishburne, Pacino (Devil's Advocate), Tilda Swinton.

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45 minutes ago, Yoda said:

RE: John Wick.... 

I hadn't even seen the first one until a couple weeks ago. I think Keanau is a terrible actor and I don't typically get into action movies. I thought JW was awful, and the 2nd one was even worse. 

Keanau is in a group of actors I think are terrible (along with Billy Bob, Nick Cage, Kevin Costner) but other people seem to love, so I'm willing to admit that I simply just don't get them. But there's a reason that Keanau barely had a single line in either movie of more that 3 or 4 words and no monologue to speak of. You have to write that way with him, because he cannot act. All of the longer, more dramatic lines were given to the co-stars. They carried these movies and told the stories, not Keanau. He's simply a gangly, unathletic-looking guy (watch him try to run) who can somehow beat up everyone. 

I realize I'm probably alone on this. That's ok. 

 

 

Nope. I'll second that motion. I always thought he sucked.

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46 minutes ago, Yoda said:

RE: John Wick.... 

I hadn't even seen the first one until a couple weeks ago. I think Keanau is a terrible actor and I don't typically get into action movies. I thought JW was awful, and the 2nd one was even worse. 

Keanau is in a group of actors I think are terrible (along with Billy Bob, Nick Cage, Kevin Costner) but other people seem to love, so I'm willing to admit that I simply just don't get them. But there's a reason that Keanau barely had a single line in either movie of more that 3 or 4 words and no monologue to speak of. You have to write that way with him, because he cannot act. All of the longer, more dramatic lines were given to the co-stars. They carried these movies and told the stories, not Keanau. He's simply a gangly, unathletic-looking guy (watch him try to run) who can somehow beat up everyone. 

I realize I'm probably alone on this. That's ok. 

 

 

I think most people are with you on all of them but Billy Bob. That's been my experience at least. 

Nick Cage has moments, but also many moments of awful

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