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#1 kingrat

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Posted Yesterday, 11:21 AM

I enjoyed The Zookeeper's Wife and would recommend it to most audiences. Skillful direction by Niki Caro, excellent sets and costumes, a slightly washed-out look to the cinematography which nonetheless has a full range of color, and a capable cast. The story is based on the actions of the owners of the Warsaw Zoo, who saved the lives of more than three hundred Jews during the Nazi occupation of Poland.

 

Nonetheless, the performance of Jessica Chastain is the single most important factor in the film. Unlike many American actors, she understands that a Polish woman of the 1940s does not look, move, or carry her features like a contemporary American. So fully does Miss Chastain inhabit her character that I never had the sense of an actress making choices.

 

The film is a bit long and a bit slow, like most films today, but not to a damaging extent. I particularly admired the way that the official from the Berlin Zoo who becomes a Nazi officer, well played by Daniel Bruhl, has certain scruples and personal moral standards although he embraces the Nazi philosophy. He's a villain, but not a cardboard villain, and part of the suspense of the film is waiting to see which lines he will cross and which he won't.

 


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Posted Yesterday, 10:35 AM

"Kong: Skull Island".  My view: A Big Budget, "Check your brain at the door" Creature Feature.  I agree with LiamCasey--see this one on as big a screen as possible.  The Special Effects are a mix of animation and live action (I watched the eleven plus minutes of credits).  There are two really good lines.  In films' first five minutes, John Goodman says "Washington (D.C.) will never be this ****** up again".  Later, one character, after seeing another eaten, says "Oh dear", when a scream or other various profanities would have been a more appropriate response.

 

Let's see; Toho Studios got a line late in the credits that thanked them for usage of Mothra, Ghidorah, and Godzilla.  Since no creature looking like them appeared in the film, I assume they will appear in future films.

 

Credits said movie was filmed in Vietnam, Hawaii, London, and Australia.

 

If you make it through the ten minutes of credits, at the very end there is a trailer for the next movie in the series, where it is implied there are a series of locations like Skull Island, with who knows how many different creatures.

 

Very entertaining creature(s) feature, with special effects worth seeing.  Don't expect more than a serviceable script, or acting.

 

Source--archive.org.  Search "Kong.SkullIsland.2017.360p.RumahBioskopsubindo".  This print has Indonesian subtitles, but the version without subtitles wouldn't load on my computer. 


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 03:48 PM

13 film critics pick the #Cannes2017 movies they're most excited to see http://bit.ly/2puwFzA 

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 02:35 AM

 

Box Office: #GetOut Is The Biggest Hit Ever From A Black Director... For Now via @Forbes by @ScottMendelson

https://www.forbes.c...w/#214869973d00

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I thought Get Out was pretty good.  A few nice twists.  Its premise owes a bit to a 1966 film, but hey ..


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 02:12 AM

#FateOfTheFurious obliterated worldwide box office records http://bit.ly/2nRIGlP 

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 03:25 PM

Box Office: #GetOut Is The Biggest Hit Ever From A Black Director... For Now via @Forbes by @ScottMendelson

https://www.forbes.c...w/#214869973d00

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 08:56 PM

Oscars: How the Academy's rule changes will impact the next race http://thr.cm/zf2D53 

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 03:29 PM

I just read about the new Oscar rule changes. For one, they've changed the Documentary rules so that no multi-part films can be eligible. This comes after O.J.: Made in America won last year's doc Oscar, despite it being a mini-series made for TV. It received a limited theatrical release to make it eligible, but many people were upset that actual documentary features were overlooked for a TV production.

 

The second change is in the Animated Feature category. Now all Academy members can vote for the nominations, instead of just the animation division. They are also going to use the same preferential voting method currently used for Best Picture. The end result here will most likely be more mainstream titles getting nominations over the more obscure titles like The Red Turtle or My Life as a Zucchini



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 09:07 PM

"Personal Shopper" with Kristen Stewart

 

 



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:58 PM

My second 2017 movie: Kong: Skull Island. I figured a big ape warrants a big screen. Although I don't see any real difference between this whole MonsterVerse shared universe that Warner Bros. is planning versus the original series of kaiju movies that Toho did 50 plus years ago (other than the fact that "shared universe" is Hollywood's latest buzz word pairing), I enjoyed both this and the previous Godzilla (2014) where this sharing is still extremely minimal. And I'm an ideal age to enjoy this latest one's soundtrack.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 03:06 PM

My first 2017 movie: Logan. At this rate I would expect 2017 to be like 2016 when I saw none of the major nominations for best picture, best actor, best actress, etc,. prior to the Oscars. But that statement could be wrong right off the bat. This is not your usual superhero movie (in many ways, it is more reminiscent of a western) and it gave both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart plenty of opportunity to act and they both took advantage of that opportunity. And, considering Oscar's tendency to nominate actors and actresses who have portrayed characters with a physical or mental disability plus its tendency to honor those with long and distinguished careers, I would not be surprised if Stewart gets a best supporting actor nomination out of this one. I know, way too early to be having such thoughts.


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 06:10 PM

Finally! ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ footage in L.A.; Netflix to release Orson Welles film-

 

"After more than 40 years of failed attempts and missed opportunities, Orson Welles’ unfinished The Other Side of the Wind will be completed and streamed to 93 million Netflix subscribers worldwide....

 

http://www.wellesnet...on-welles-film/

 

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 08:53 PM

Four new films opened over the past weekend in North America-- Jordan Vogt-Roberts' KONG: SKULL ISLAND; Ritesh Batra's THE SENSE OF AN ENDING; Julia Ducoumau's RAW; and Olivier Assayas' PERSONAL SHOPPER.

 

From wiki:

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"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).


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Posted 12 March 2017 - 07:07 PM

‘Get Out’ Has Crossed The Coveted $100 Million Mark At The Box Office-   Meanwhile, “Kong: Skull Island” surpassed expectations in its opening weekend.

 

http://www.huffingto...b054a0ea6b405e?

 

 


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 09:03 AM

Here's a piece from The Washington Post about the "brilliant casting" of "Get Out":

 

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Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener play well-to-do parents in "Get Out"

 

https://www.washingt...m=.27b3d425d3fd


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 04:52 PM

‘Get Out’ dials up the scary side of race in America-

 

"A trip to meet the parents in the heart of safe, well-heeled, white suburban America: What could possibly go wrong?

The new film “Get Out” is a horror film about race, and part of the horror is just how close to normal it feels...

 

The movie has been praised by critics, and it’s exceeded most box office expectations. It has a lot more on its mind than just scaring its audience....

 

http://www.pbs.org/n...e-race-america/

 

Variety Review: http://variety.com/2...ele-1201968635/

 

NYTimes: https://www.nytimes....errer=google_kp

 


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 06:27 PM

Six new films opened over the past weekend in North America-- James Mangold's LOGAN; Stuart Hazeldine's THE SHACK; Ry Russo-Young's BEFORE I FALL; Jeffrey Blitz's TABLE 19; Mark Pellington's THE LAST WORD; and Onur Tukel's CATFIGHT.

 

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 12:38 PM

RollingStone.com lists "10 Best Movies to See in March." One of them is Danny Boyle's sequel to his 1996 hit "Trainspotting," which boosted the director's career as well as those of actors Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald. All of them are back for the new film, which is titled "T2 Trainspotting."

 

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Bremner, McGregor, Miller and Carlyle are back for Danny Boyle's sequel to "Trainspotting" 

 

 

http://www.rollingst...iJpbmJvdW5kIn0=



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 09:24 PM

Jakeem, you left out a few  "Going In Style" remake from the wonderful 1979 version)-(April)

 

"War: Kong something?" (summer)

 

& 1 I am really into   "Dunkirk"

 

Anyway word of long delayed "Beetlejuice II" (Winona & Keaton?)



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 09:58 AM

Four new films opened over the past weekend in North America-- Eran Creevy's COLLIDE; Jordan Peele's GET OUT; Ash Brannon's ROCK DOG; and Colm McCarthy's THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.

 

From wiki:

 

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"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).





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