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Films of 2017

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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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‘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/newshour/bb/get-dials-scary-side-race-america/

 

Variety Review: http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/get-out-review-jordan-peele-1201968635/

 

NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/movies/get-out-review-jordan-peele.html?referrer=google_kp

 

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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.

 

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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.com/other-side-of-the-wind-footage-netflix-to-release-orson-welles-film/

 

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

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Jakeem, I just watched the trailer for this remake & it just bleeds Oscars. I was going to write a post about that, but saw you beat me to the punch

 

Although very premature, 2 summer releases that may be remembered come Oscar time are "The Beguiled" & "Dunkirk"

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

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I just wrote something about the upcoming "Beguiled" remake but apparently it got deleted?  I just watched the trailer for it & as I wrote, it seems to just bleed Oscar.  & with Oscar winner Sofia Coppola-(the wonderful 2003 "Lost in Translation") at the helm, it looks stronger then the 1971 Eastwood version.  & though it's very premature the (2) films that look like they may be remembered come Oscar time are this & "Dunkirk"  & of course Nicole may snag her 4th nod. for it. I thought the original was good (***) at best, but strange.  & for fans of horror, check out the trailer for "Boar"-(Dec.) :D

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"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. 

I found it very entertaining (***1/2) but we have had so much CGI & monster movies in recent yrs it gets old, huh  EW had a spread on the heights of each "Kong" & this one was slated at over 100ft tall.   I do know it fell short of $B.O.$ expectations though (TRIVIA: The original model for "King Kong" (l933-Selznick-RKO Radio) was said to be just 3ft tall)

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Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Dominates Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’

http://variety.com/2017/film/box-office/box-office-fate-of-the-furious-tom-hanks-the-circle-latin-lover-1202403746/

 

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The Rock-(Dwayne Johnson) according to "Forbes" annual list of the highest pd actors is #1.  Of the ladies it's of course Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

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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 ..

What about "Straight 0utta Compton?"

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  To LawrenceA, keep it up pal, this thread/topic is marvelous!  Of course on here we mostly love to go on about Hollywoods Golden age & Studio-System-(l925-l960)

but it's also great to touch on current stuff

 

(P.S. Did you see "Beauty and the Beast" yet?  I'm seeing it today.) :D  :wub:  :rolleyes:

 

It'll likely top out at about $525m. domestically & who knows, it may also be a contender

 

 

PLEASE LET ME/US KNOW

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