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Keanau is in a group of actors I think are terrible (along with Billy Bob, Nick Cage, Kevin Costner)

I agree with all of those in not seeing why people hold them in such high regard.

Additionally, I don't get the attraction of Keanau as an action star. His not particularly physically fit, he's far from an intimidating presence, he's just not the what comes to mind when thinking of a world class assassin that can take out a room full of bad guys.

As far as a physical presence look what these actors are doing with their bodies to prepare for roles. Ryan Reynolds, Jason Stratham, Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans... these guys look like fitness models and then we have Keanau up on the screen looking like he's a regular guy sitting next to me on a bar stool at the bar having a few cold ones after work.

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8 minutes ago, rhino said:

As far as a physical presence look what these actors are doing with their bodies to prepare for roles. Ryan Reynolds, Jason Stratham, Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans... these guys look like fitness models and then we have Keanau up on the screen looking like he's a regular guy sitting next to me on a bar stool at the bar having a few cold ones after work.

Maybe for some people that works to increase the viewer/character identification. Cary Grant looked and moved like a wimp in North by Northwest.

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I don't dislike any of the actors from the above list. I think some are better than others, but I think each of them brings something specific to the table that can be used well in the right situation. 

I think Keanu is perfect in John wick. Billy Bob has perfect in a lot of stuff. Costner built a career around being a sort of "aw shucks" kind of every man. He's pretty good in the baseball movies, was great in tin cup. 

Nick Cage is an interesting case. He seems to be willing to take almost every role and he has done some really bad work. But he can be very good, too.

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Just now, Shelton said:

INick Cage is an interesting case. He seems to be willing to take almost every role and he has done some really bad work. But he can be very good, too.

I think Cage's willingness to do so many things is in part that he has had a history of spending himself broke.  :o

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4 hours ago, Mr. Bigglesworth said:

You can't take it with you.

who would want to if it's a wonderful life?

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speaking of Reeves, there's about 20 minutes of cuts from Constantine  assembled in a youtube with the director narrating what they were doing and why they didn't use them. No big deals but it was interesting to be able to se  how decisions get weighed and what trade-offs were considered. Pace seemed to be a constant concern to Lawrence.

http://www.traileraddict.com/constantine/featurette-deleted-scenes

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On 3/1/2017 at 1:46 PM, Blue Square Thing said:

And, as it happens, it's a bit of a love letter to Edinburgh as well. Having spent quite some time there over the summer, that was really nice to see.

Red Round Thing,   I just finally saw T2 today (it opened, limited, on Thursday).    Not nearly as good as the first one, but I didn't expect it to be because to me the original was the 2nd best movie of the 90s (Goodfellas is #1).     I love how Danny Boyle didn't try to copy the first in tone.  There were enough stylized editing flourishes and I loved the way they did call backs to the original.   I totally get this movie.  The original reflected how I felt and my energy level in my 20s while this one reflects how I feel in my early 50s.  I thought all the characters pretty much ended up where they should.  I even felt a wee bit of sympathy for Begbie.   Favorite line of the movie "She's too young for you, Mark" - so perfect coming from Diane. 

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7 hours ago, Motor City Sonics said:

Red Round Thing,   I just finally saw T2 today (it opened, limited, on Thursday).    Not nearly as good as the first one, but I didn't expect it to be because to me the original was the 2nd best movie of the 90s (Goodfellas is #1).     I love how Danny Boyle didn't try to copy the first in tone.  There were enough stylized editing flourishes and I loved the way they did call backs to the original.   I totally get this movie.  The original reflected how I felt and my energy level in my 20s while this one reflects how I feel in my early 50s.  I thought all the characters pretty much ended up where they should.  I even felt a wee bit of sympathy for Begbie.   Favorite line of the movie "She's too young for you, Mark" - so perfect coming from Diane. 

That about sums it up - and I'm glad you weren't disappointed.

I certainly think the age thing is a factor in how much you enjoy the movie. It really helps if you can remember the original from the first time around.

Now, I really must try and get up to Edinburgh again...

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5 hours ago, Blue Square Thing said:

That about sums it up - and I'm glad you weren't disappointed.

I certainly think the age thing is a factor in how much you enjoy the movie. It really helps if you can remember the original from the first time around.

Now, I really must try and get up to Edinburgh again...

I don't think you can watch the original now and feel what Boyle & Co. were trying to say in this one.  I think you had to have watched it THEN, when it was new.   It helps if you were around the same age as the main 4 character (early to mid 20s).     It was not a crowded theater yesterday,  maybe about 40 people (I did go at 4pm, by myself).   I noticed a few moments and scenes when I was laughing and a handful of others were and I think we were the ones that saw the first one and instantly got the joke.   "Raging Spud" had me laughing loudly.  

Jonny Lee looked really aged in a couple scenes at the end of the movie.  Almost to a shocking degree.   And glad they gave Spud some depth in this one.   Ewen Bremner did get as much play as the other three actors - and he's really good (He was the original Renton in the stage play). 

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Anyone see Guardians of the Galaxy?

I have to say I almost left halfway through. Just didn't like it. And the predictable, cheesy ending didn't help. Bad plot overall, and they tried to cram as many overly-bright colors into it as they could to distract you from that. Reminded me too much of Avatar. I get that I'm probably alone on this. I love the first GotG but I tend to not like these big blockbuster superhero-type movies. 

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On 3/26/2017 at 9:13 AM, Motor City Sonics said:

I don't think you can watch the original now and feel what Boyle & Co. were trying to say in this one.  I think you had to have watched it THEN, when it was new.   It helps if you were around the same age as the main 4 character (early to mid 20s).     It was not a crowded theater yesterday,  maybe about 40 people (I did go at 4pm, by myself).   I noticed a few moments and scenes when I was laughing and a handful of others were and I think we were the ones that saw the first one and instantly got the joke.   "Raging Spud" had me laughing loudly.  

Jonny Lee looked really aged in a couple scenes at the end of the movie.  Almost to a shocking degree.   And glad they gave Spud some depth in this one.   Ewen Bremner did get as much play as the other three actors - and he's really good (He was the original Renton in the stage play). 

I made a trainspotting reference to my wife's cousin, who was probably 10 or 11 when trainspotting came out, and her reply was "what's trainspotting." Then she looked it up and said "oh, movie from the 90s. What's it about?"

that made me feel old. 

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23 minutes ago, Yoda said:

Anyone see Guardians of the Galaxy?

I have to say I almost left halfway through. Just didn't like it. And the predictable, cheesy ending didn't help. Bad plot overall, and they tried to cram as many overly-bright colors into it as they could to distract you from that. Reminded me too much of Avatar. I get that I'm probably alone on this. I love the first GotG but I tend to not like these big blockbuster superhero-type movies. 

I didn't like it much either. It felt forced. Kurt Russell didn't seem right for the role and his character was ridiculous in my opinion, way too far fetched. The sister was completely unnecessary. Micheal Rooker basically played the same part as from the Walking Dead, I guess the role suits him, except in this movie it came off pretty stupid, IMO. Stallone was wasted, it wasn't even a cool small part for him. Somehow they even made Chriss Pratt less engaging.

Really, there wasn't much I liked about the movie except for the soundtrack and baby Groot.

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Haven't seen it yet, but I think I will like guardians 2.

i thought the first one was pretty silly but it was fun. So unless it is just downright boring, I will probably overlook it faults. 

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On 5/9/2017 at 3:02 PM, Mr.TaterSalad said:

Did anyone see The Circle with Tom Hanks? Thoughts if you did.

You may have been the only one. 

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Tom Hanks had the golden touch as an actor in the 80s and 90s. Seemed like everything he acted in was enormous, and really good. Then 2000 hit, and they all turned into duds, with the exception of maybe a couple. Such a shame. 

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41 minutes ago, Yoda said:

Tom Hanks had the golden touch as an actor in the 80s and 90s. Seemed like everything he acted in was enormous, and really good. Then 2000 hit, and they all turned into duds, with the exception of maybe a couple. Such a shame. 

The davinci code movies were successful I think. Although that was more about the popularity of the source material, but you still need the right actor to make it work. They must have done pretty well seeing as they made three of them. 

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Tom Hanks is a lot like Jimmy Stewart.  Jimmy peaked in the 50's.  Also, I liked Road to Perdition a lot.

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No question, hanks peaked a while ago. But in addition to having top billing in those davinci movies, since 2000, he was a big part of catch me if you can. He did captain phillips which did very well and was an excellent film. Last year he had sully (never saw it). 

 

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And he starred in Bridge of Spies, which was nominated for Best Picture two years ago. He certainly is not the slam-dunk star that he was in the 90's, but he is still pretty reliable.

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