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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:11 am    Post subject:

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Had a good time watching the Elton John biopic. Huge Elton fan, so it was definitely a treat to hear his music scored for the big screen. The acting was solid, particularly Taron Egerton, who apparently was handpicked by Elton himself (and sings pretty well too). From a technical filmmaking standpoint, I found it to be tad rushed. Similar to the Mötley Crüe movie. By the third act, most of the actions seemed inconsequential and just kind of played out like a montage of Sir Elton's life. But the movie built enough goodwill through the first act, as his upbringing and childhood experiences are compelling and offer an introspective dissection into the man he would become. Also, some of the narrative choices made it seem a bit hip, as it segues in and out of musical numbers highlighting each stage of his life. They serve as nice little time stamps. Although, it does make one wonder; Bernie Taupin wrote all of those lyrics. So who knew they were so closely intertwined with Elton's life. Or maybe they planned that, I don't know. Either way, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the film. I found it better than Bohemian Rhapsody from a storytelling perspective.

Worth seeing on the big screen?

And great review, thank you.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:13 am    Post subject:

A daily updated Twitter thread with 30 influential LGBTQ movies for 30 days of Pride Month:

https://mobile.twitter.com/ericeidelstein/status/1134877596200472577

No duds at all so far. Really worth a look.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:30 am    Post subject:

Baron Von Humongous wrote:
Worth seeing on the big screen?

And great review, thank you.


Thanks. Yeah, I would say so. I think you’ll appreciate Egerton’s performance.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:36 pm    Post subject:

If it's playing in your area, go see The Last Black Man in San Francisco and let me know what you think.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:38 pm    Post subject:

Best films of the first half of 2019 according to the AV Club: link.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:03 pm    Post subject:

Where does Ocean's Eleven rank for you guys for alltime movies?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:09 pm    Post subject:

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Where does Ocean's Eleven rank for you guys for alltime movies?

The Soderbergh remake? Not super high, tbh, though it's a lot of fun.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:12 pm    Post subject:

Vanity Fair's best movies of 2019 so far: link
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:46 pm    Post subject:

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Where does Ocean's Eleven rank for you guys for alltime movies?


Definitely in my top 3 George Clooney flicks with From Dusk Till Dawn and Ides of March.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:48 am    Post subject:

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Where does Ocean's Eleven rank for you guys for alltime movies?


Definitely in my top 3 George Clooney flicks with From Dusk Till Dawn and Ides of March.


Loved Ocean's Eleven. The sequel wasn't as good, but still fun; loved the twist near the end of that one. The third film was meh. I haven't seen the remake yet with the Sandra Bullock-led cast, but plan to.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:48 am    Post subject:

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kikanga wrote:
Where does Ocean's Eleven rank for you guys for alltime movies?


Definitely in my top 3 George Clooney flicks with From Dusk Till Dawn and Ides of March.


I really like him in oh brother where art thou, Syriana, and Michael Clayton, but his easy charm in the Oceans franchise is hard to beat.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:49 am    Post subject:

Out of Sight is my guilty pleasure Clooney movie
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:50 pm    Post subject:

Anyone else caught Midsomnar? Thoughts?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:56 pm    Post subject:

For those interested in hard to find short films, I present Le Cinema Club: Le Cinema Club.

Every week the site (on Saturdays) updates with a new, usually rare short film often from name directors.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:02 pm    Post subject:

Omar Little wrote:
Out of Sight is my guilty pleasure Clooney movie

It shouldn't be a guilty pleasure, imo, it's a truly good-to-great flick. Elmore Leonard meets Soderbergh meets Clooney and Lopez at some of their best work.

How hot is that bar flirtation scene?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:48 am    Post subject:

Baron Von Humongous wrote:
Anyone else caught Midsomnar? Thoughts?


I liked it. I don't think it's a movie I'll ever watch again but it was a great watch that posed a lot of fascinating questions.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:49 am    Post subject:

The Farewell is the next movie I'm looking forward to. Quite an interesting premise.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:09 am    Post subject:

Just saw wandering earth on netflix... it's just ok (thought the reviews were 'this is great' when it came out), not bad tho
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:12 am    Post subject:

A Netflix movie I came across that I really liked was The Outsider with Jared Leto. Really good Yakuza movie, IMO.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:35 am    Post subject:

Baron Von Humongous wrote:
Anyone else caught Midsomnar? Thoughts?


Best thing I've seen in a while. Loved it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:51 am    Post subject:

Under the Silver Lake.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:17 am    Post subject:

kikanga wrote:
Where does Ocean's Eleven rank for you guys for alltime movies?


Loved both the Sinatra and the Clooney versions
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Baron Von Humongous wrote:
Anyone else caught Midsomnar? Thoughts?


I liked it. I don't think it's a movie I'll ever watch again but it was a great watch that posed a lot of fascinating questions.


Like, did we need yet another reenvisioning of The Wicker Man? Perhaps we did.
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Under the Silver Lake.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:28 pm    Post subject:

The Farewell may be screening at a theater near you and I highly recommend it. It's a lovely paean to that sensation of going home yet never being able to go home again and the deep, broad, simple emotions that govern families.

As an additional sell for what is mostly a Chinese language family drama about a grandmother with cancer, The Farewell is frequently really funny and the characters - especially the grandmother (Nai Nai) - are wonderfully written and acted with an impressive balance of tone. It's a rare indie crowdpleaser that brings a distinct visual style and doesn't get bogged down in trite mawkishness.
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