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Everything posted by cinemaspeak59

  1. The Lodge (2019). I found this to be a tense psychological thriller that leaves you guessing as to where it is going. Two kids are not happy at all with their father’s new girlfriend. Neither is the estranged wife. Why? As played by Riley Keough, the new addition is sweet, thoughtful, considerate. She’s also the daughter of a religious cult guru who presided over a mass suicide. Years of counseling have helped heal her mental scars. In fact, she’s the most likeable character. The father is distant and aloof, and the kids are darkly secretive. With effort, dad talks the kids into staying
  2. The Green Mile (1999) Next: A movie set in a dance hall or disco
  3. Noteworthy Movies from 2019 – Based on movies I’ve seen in their entirety. Us Jordan Peele avoids the sophomore jinx in this violent, trippy exploration of class and race but mostly about class. Avengers: Endgame A fitting conclusion to the Avengers universe. Yes, even superheroes must die. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Stylized fight scenes, nourish locales and just great entertainment. Midsommar Ari Aster's follow up to the superior Hereditary starts off great but underwhelms at the end. Still, there are enough set pieces to create a sense of dread. Once Upon
  4. R2-D2 - Played by Kenny Baker in the first three Star Wars movies
  5. Charlize Theron Next: Known for having a wholesome, girl-next-door appeal
  6. Carter, Ann - played by Deanna Durbin in His Butler's Sister (1943)
  7. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
  8. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) La Strada (1954) Pather Panchali (1955) McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) I can think of a few more but right now these come to mind.
  9. I liked The Last Jedi, but The Rise of Skywalker wrapped everything up well. The arc of Adam Driver’s character confirmed what I suspected.
  10. Yes, The Last Jedi was alot of fun. The scene that stayed with me was Kylo Ren’s reluctance to kill his mother. He was ready to pull the trigger, so to speak. In that moment mother and son saw each other, the torment Kylo was feeling coming through. And their love was unconquerable. It was an emotional scene that Carrie Fisher and Adam Driver pulled off beautifully.
  11. I saw Wings of Desire over the weekend. I found it a dreamy meditation on loneliness, mortality as well as providing a snapshot of Berlin before the Wall came down. It was quite an achievement by Wim Wenders.
  12. I watched The Force Awakens last night and loved it. I found Adam Driver’s performance as Kylo Ren to be incredibly touching. The pain and torment and conflict that he felt was palpable.
  13. Pyewacket from Bell, Book and Candle and the tiger from Life of Pi.
  14. The Shining is like the layout of the Overlook Hotel. It can lead anywhere your imagination conjures. I like Lawrence’s theory. It’s when Jack Torrance meets Lloyd the bartender (and sells his soul to the devil, Lloyd?) that everything goes haywire.
  15. Very nice review. I as well love this movie. New York City, as you mention, looks very inviting. This was when everyone wanted to work on Wall Street. Crossing Delancey holds up remarkably well, even in this day of online dating. And the ending was just about perfect.
  16. How about Lady on a Train (1945)? It's set during Christmas, and there's nice, shadowy photography, and there's a murder. I wish the film had been darker, but Universal was very careful in how it handled Deanna Durbin.
  17. Fashions of 1934 (1934) Warner Bros. deemed that Bette Davis’ talent was not enough. What she needed was sex-appeal, so the studio gave her a glamorous wardrobe, platinum blonde hair, arched eyebrows, and she spends most of her time in this light, breezy affair playing William Powell’s sidekick, as he schemes his way to the upper echelons of the Paris fashion industry. Powell is funny and charming, but Bette is nothing more than an accessory, which explains why she didn’t like Fashions of 1934, and felt Verree Teasdale had the best lines. Teasdale was a great pre-code presence, and here she
  18. Valentine, Billy Ray played by Eddie Murphy in Trading Places (1983)
  19. Thank you, Miss W. In my opinion nothing beats the theater experience. Hopefully, it will never become obsolete. About Netflix, they seem to provide a nurturing environment for film makers. I don't know if a traditional studio would have given Marty the freedom to make a 3.5 hour period drama.
  20. The Irishman (2019) It’s difficult to avoid hyperbole for this latest Martin Scorsese tour de force, which is narrated in flashback by Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, aka The Irishman, in a flat, phlegmatic tone. The scenes between De Niro and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa are magical. The way they play off each other, the rhythms of speech, movements, expressions… it’s all magnificent. I found the de-aging process almost seamless. Joe Pesci doesn’t miss a beat as Russell Bufalino, the chief of the Northeast U.S. syndicate. Pesci tones it down in a subtle performance. He and Philly Cosa Nost
  21. The Lighthouse is certainly rife with ambiguity. Take your pick: Is it about sirens, spirits of dead sailors, an extraterrestrial lighthouse? Something else? I enjoyed the acting. Willem Dafoe’s bonkers Thomas, and Rob Pattinson as Ephraim (gradually descending into madness) complemented each other well. The black & white photography, score, and haunting imagery all portend to an ending that is loose and open to interpretation. As he did in The Witch (which I too liked more), Robert Eggers continues to use animals as supernatural entities. I’ll give The Lighthouse a B+.
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