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The Movie Thread
14 July 2022
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sigh butterfly said
On another subject, I was sorry to read that the producers of Normal People have been unable to come up with a script for a season 2. I loved the first few high school themed episodes in County Sligo. @Rube I thought this was a cute picture of them from an awards show during the pandemic. They were making sure to stay 6 feet apart from each other. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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Any fans of the book Where the Crawdads Sing? The movie version opens on Friday and my daughters invited me to tag along. I looked it up online and was surprised to find that Daisy Edgar-Jones (from Normal People) is in the starring role. In addition, Taylor composed and performs the theme song.

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I have an unlimited card for Cineworld and will see most things; definitely plan in seeing that Crawdaddy film tho have never read the book. 

Had no idea there was a movie thread, so here are my reviews of some films. 

‘Gru and the Minions’ – wrong title but who cares. The minions are cool but the film is dreadful.

’Jurassic Park Dominion’ – will please most fans of the series but its painting by numbers stuff. If you give it a minute’s thought you’d realise there are so many issues with it. 
‘Top Gun 2’ – Never seen the original but didn’t matter, it’s a fun enjoyable film. If you love the 80’s, the US and Tom Cruise almost being able to act then you’ll be in heaven. 
‘Elvis’ – Has issues but it’s a very worth watching film that leaves you feeling damn sorry for the guy. 
‘Dr Strange and the Multiverse’ – Far better on the second viewing, the first time I thought it was pretty average. I think this is a running theme for Marvel films where you spend the entirety of the first viewing wondering if they know how to wind in how much special effects to use. For this reason I will go and see ‘Thor’ again as I spent most of the screening being distracted by the fx. 
 
Best film I’ve seen in ages was ‘The Batman’; brilliant film that flies by. 

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19 July 2022
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Thanks mmm! Can’t wait to smell popcorn again. I’ll probably finish eating it before the movie starts a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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I saw ‘Where The Crawdad’s Sing’ last night as Cineworld do early screenings for Unlimited members. There have been some slightly negative reviews online, for differing reasons, but I enjoyed the film (I knew nothing going in, as I do for almost all films I go to see as it risks spoiling the viewing). The film is beautifully shot, Kya and a couple of other characters are very well played and it’s a decent enough story (as per standard the book is said to be better than the film); it’s especially good to have a film which isn’t a sequel, another franchise blockbuster filled with effects or a reinvention of an old film.

 

Back in Scotland from Saturday so have booked to see ‘The Living Daylights’ (all Bond films are being reshown in order every week in select Cineworlds) and ‘Thor’ (again) on Monday.

I love the cinema, especially in the winter when it’s freezing and cold outside. Book a few films and your day is done.

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20 July 2022
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Thanks mmm, I love movie reviews. They enhance my level of anticipation and the good ones can even make the experience more enjoyable. We had to cancel or tickets for Crawdad (me mum is in the hospital again) but will try again soon.

 

Per discussion upthread, I did finally see No Time To Die on my HBO at home. For those who haven’t seen it I’ll put my observation in the spoiler.

I thought the movie was ok, but isn’t the point of James Bond that no matter what happens he never dies? I kept expecting him to cleverly show up in the last scene of the movie “shaken not stirred”.

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Hope your mum gets better soon, @sigh butterfly.

 

With Bond, Daniel Craig wanted to leave as his contract had ended and it also needed a fresh start due to society moving on from the general Bond traits, so killing that Bond off was the definitive way. Of course, they could say that 007 Bond is just a persona taken on by all the variations before (Connery, Moore etc) and here is the next one. We never did see him actually be dead tho so who knows if he is, could pop up on screen in 2025 at the beginning of the next film lying on a beach handing over a file; cannot remember the film but there was one in the last year which stated that until you see the dead body then do not accept the individual is dead – and even then they should have been double tapped at the bare minimum.

As for the film, I thought ‘NTTD’ had some damn good moments and was far better than Spectre, however overall the films have grown tired and very predicable. I saw it twice and the second time wasn’t any better or worse than the first.

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21 July 2022
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mmm, your point is well taken…

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Good as reading it back, @sigh butterfly, I have no idea what my point was.

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I took your main point as “nothing is real and nothing to get hung about” in regards to this topic.

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‘Thor’ is slightly better second time around, however it also highlights it’s an average film more. I’m not sure how that works.

 

Also saw ‘The Living Daylights’, Timothy Dalton’s first of two Bond films. It’s actually a very decent enjoyable film which works far better on a big screen and Dalton is a very good Bond. I found it interesting that the first words directed to his Bond were to the effect of “I thought you were dead” which could be retconned into Moore’s Bond being dead but there was now a new one. Someone far better at such things could explain it better than my garbled attempts.

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Finally got the guts to go to the theatre. It was actually pretty low key as all our movie houses now are reserved seating in lounge chairs, so no one is sitting too close. Saw the new Avatar in 3D and though it was a bit long I definitely was immersed and forgot where I was. Yes, there was immense amounts of popcorn.

 

For home viewing I’ve been enjoying the Wildflowers Doc. @Beatlebug and @WeepingAtlasCedars may have already checked it out.

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@sigh butterfly yes I watched that doc a few months ago. Very sweet seeing behind-the-scenes of one of my all-time favorite albums.

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@sigh butterfly I haven’t seen it yet, but that’s because I thought it was one of those paid YouTube things. I didn’t know that you could watch it for free! I suppose I’ll have to get to watching it sooner than I thought!

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Saw Everything Everywhere All At Once the other night in what could be considered a party setting. I thought it was a profound tale about the meaning of life and how our smallest choices can change…Everything. My reaction to it reminded me of the first time I saw 2001:A Space Odyssey. I did not want the movie to end. One other person was in tears and found the movie very moving. A few other folks felt it was more along the lines of a Marvel superhero movie and did not feel any emotions (except for seeing Short Round all grown up). The rest thought it was an ok parody of seventies kung fu exploitation films. It is being reported that it is the odds on favorite to win the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards.

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I love going to the movies. I go to the theater at least once a week. Here’s my list of every movie I’ve ever seen. 

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Saw ‘Avatar 2’ last night which is a film bloated by its smugness with technology. There is a decent plot in there but you’d need to trim 90 minutes to find it.

Before that i watched ‘Cocaine Bear’ which js exactly what you get and is fine for it. Doesn’t pretend it’s something that it’s not, a film content with itself. 
Last week I went to see ‘Antman 3’ (if that’s the number the series is on, the Wasp is in it but she may as well not be for all she does, or doesn’t do) and it’s a pile of garbage. The best thing I can say about it is that it reminded me of the Beatles films due to all the quick cuts – not that the reasons are all the same, far from it. ‘Antman’ is a really crap film badly edited, acted and written. The Beatles films are definitely not.

With an unlimited card I want to open up the type of film I see as they are free and you can be surprised by how films are. Unless its a musical, romantic comedy or that Magic Mike thing.

If I see 2 a week that’s 104 films a year meaning each film would cost about £1.63, which is great for a day out (not including other costs like travel and food). 

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I found ‘Everything Everywhere…’ dreadful. Thought it looked awful in the trailers so avoided its first run but went when it came back in during Awards week and wasn’t surprised. Deliberately fell asleep in the cinema to pass the time before suffering the end. To be honest tho, I’m not a fan of multiverses. Best part was recognising Short Round from Indiana Jones early on.

 

As I am trying to see more different films I deliberately saw my first foreign film last night, a French-Belgian movie called ‘Close’. The idea of subtitles and a different language has always put me off (maybe that sounds daft) but was surprisingly not a problem to merge reading the subtitles whilst watching the film. Was really enjoyable so going to see ‘Broker’ on Thursday.

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I liked it, but I don’t know that it was the best movie of the year.

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