Seen any good movies lately?

d gray

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yeah - i should've said don't f with ricky roma.

have you seen that movie? it's great.
 

Black Swan

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Just been at the movies and seen an overwhelmingly moving, brutal German movie named "Systemsprenger", meaning "System-Breaker" about a 9-yo girl who can't control her sudden impacts of aggressiveness and violence, which leads her from one social-institution to the next.
Just watched it on Netflix. Fantastic. Another film about how the system fails the kids. That little girl was amazing! A child’s despair is so great, unimaginable! When she screamed mama, I could only say it too, it is primal!
 
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Just saw Knives Out.

Knives Out is a 2019 American black comedy mystery film written and directed by Rian Johnson. A modern whodunit, the film follows a family gathering gone awry, after the family patriarch's death leads a master detective to investigate.

Daniel Craig did an awesome job. Started a tad slow, but then the twists/turns began. Later, small details I only subconsciously registered during the movie came to light. Could use a second viewing.

 
i think bukowski would love this guy, joão césar monteiro, portuguese, a sort of crumb, more intellectually clever, with more sense of humor and more artistic minded. here's one of my favorite movies of his, not the most famous one, called 'recollections of the yellow house' with english subtitles. he had a sense of humor and depravity unconscionable for a country so far behind, with so many taboos created by fifty years of a fascist dictatorship accentuated on a cult of devotion to family values, holy christianity, and nationalism.

Lisbon, 1989. A middle-aged poor idiot, tormented by an illness, lives in a cheap room in a family boarding house, in the old section of the city's waterfront.
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João de Deus, a middle-aged man, lives in a cheap boarding house in an old part of Lisbon. He relies on Franz Schubert's music and films to stave off misery. After harassing his landlord's daughters, he is thrown out of his room. He is sent to a mental hospital; however, he eventually manages to escape through the sewers.
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I streamed this a week ago and enjoyed it. A heavy theme is the internet killed the rarities and also the thrill of the hunt. I went to a giant sale in Denver back in '08-09 and there were people with PDAs scavenging thru boxes and reading barcodes, not even looking at covers, copyright page, colophon, etc. I found out later they were using some program that linked to Amazon where you could see how many copies were currently for sale. Weak. A bookman or bookwoman should know certain things like there are 30 copies of Hot Water Music with a Paget imprint and 18 "Terror Sreet." If you collect books, you'll get some enjoyment out of this.

 
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i guess this is a subjective question but is "the harder they come" worth watching? the
soundtrack's great but is the movie any good? it's on Kanopy - anyone in canada use
it? - free streaming through the public library system with tons of good content.
 

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Whether The Harder they Come is worth watching depends on whether you find that mid-70s period of Jamaican music interesting. There's a story there, but it's not much to hang on. Jimmy Cliff does a good job though. But it certainly captures what life in Jamaica looked like in those days.

It's not as good as Rockers, but realistically, neither one of them is going to be of much interest to a general move watcher who isn't into reggae.
 

d gray

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that was surprisingly good! alot of it had a documentary feel to it, with all the hand held footage and on
the fly street shots.

the vintage jamaica scenery was great too, as you said.
 
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PhillyDave

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Not a movie but... watching it after 3 years since I first watched it. I think it's 30 years this year since it first came out. Don’t know if there are any fans out here.
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Whether The Harder they Come is worth watching depends on whether you find that mid-70s period of Jamaican music interesting. There's a story there, but it's not much to hang on. Jimmy Cliff does a good job though. But it certainly captures what life in Jamaica looked like in those days.

It's not as good as Rockers, but realistically, neither one of them is going to be of much interest to a general move watcher who isn't into reggae.
I dug em both. Rockers better. I've seen lots of movies lately. Last night I saw Steve McQueen's Shame. the trailer doesn't do it justice so I don't know why i'm posting it. That being said, it is a great movie that, so far, has really stuck with me.

 
Been on a movie kick lately. Watched Jarhead for the first time and liked it. Also rewatched Robocop and Dredd, which I'd really recommend if you like Robocop. Yesterday I saw this one, which surprised me a lot with how good it was.

 

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that was surprisingly good!
I forgot to mention, for anyone who likes The Harder They Come and/or Rockers, The Criterion Channel has a movie from the same era, but filmed in England, called Babylon. Just like the movies shot in Jamaica, a musician plays the main role in Babylon, Brinsley Forde from Aswad.

It's miraculous that those three movies were made and it's great that they survive. Babylon wasn't really available anywhere until Criterion added it, but the other two have been around for a while.

 

desertlizard

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Goldeneye (1995)
Top notch, brosnan's charisma as the agent gets immediate attention, dude was born to potray bond, im keeping my hopes high for his subsequent bond movies, i really didnt care for bond movies at all back in the day i liked action movies like those guys from rambo and the terminators but not action like that type of james bond's, somehow recently got my attention because i started playing my dusty goldeneye cartridge 64 again. and hey its not that bad for an action movie type thing.

 
Saw Uncut Gems finally... It was much better than I thought it would be. It is intense -- in the sense that the scenes never seem to let up, it's an anxiety-filled ride, with a good ending. Not really violent or bloody or anything like that... the cast is great -- even the bit players like the pawn shop guy, are very good. I enjoyed it -- but probably not the kind of movie you watch twice. Kind of exhausting. It's a simple story/plot, with perhaps the most self-destructive main character (Howard Ratner played convincingly by Adam Sandler) ever...
 
Oh, I love Jarmusch, Adam Driver was really good, very interesting picture. I like the American indies, especially Cassavetes, Todd Solondz and Harmony Korine. Talking about the latest, saw Korine's The Beach Bum last night. Regret. It had a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Big Lebowski kind of vibe, but doesn't get near both in term of content, or in any terms actually. It's like, the millennials hip-hop cannabis mongers wet dream, if I see it as a satire I can see a point, but it's not, it's a romanticization of hedonistic character without any type of dept, and the poetry is a joke, vulgar. If you see some of this author work, like Kids or Gummo, this is completely different picture. The dislike is general, maybe because of: you hate it because you want it and you can't get it?... I don't know, maybe that's it. Anyone else saw it?
 
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