The last movie you watched was...? (take five)

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. eric777

    eric777 Astral Projectionist

    Same here. I never saw it as a kid and decided to watch it on Amazon Prime. I love sci-fi also but Dune was terrible.
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  2. jhm

    jhm Forum Resident

    I saw it in the theater when I was 15ish back in the day. My Dad was a fan of the book. Before the movie started, they literally handed out a crib sheet that explained who the characters were and described some of the political elements with the spice traders, etc. You KNOW you're in trouble if you have to give people a crib sheet to understand the plot of the film. I guessing they cut so much out of the movie to get it to a certain running time that they had to make the sheet to explain some of the exposition that was getting left out.
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  3. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)
    My favorite Tim Burton film. Fantastic, absurdist comedy.
    Phil Hartman co-wrote as well.
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  4. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

    Two DVDs bought for 1 euro each at a loft sale:

    I'd seen it before but needed to see it again to get my head round it (I haven't read the graphic novel). The narrative is tangled and tedious but I love sci-fi fantasy with a retro feel so I love the look of the movie. Quite fascinating.

    Starship Troopers
    Also saw this years ago but felt like another viewing. Ugh, I don't remember it being so bad. What a bizarre movie it is. A cheesy, soppy teen movie, a gore movie, a fun shoot 'em up movie, a satire,... just all over the place. So dated, you'd think it was made in the mid 80s if it wasn't for the CG.
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  5. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
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  6. sberger

    sberger Grumpy(but grateful) geezer

  7. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA

    GLUDFSSR Senior Member

    Los Angeles, CA
    Mean Girls
    Lost In America
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    This movie only got better for me over the years, I had no idea how much until tonight.
    The Defiant Ones became my #1 Blu-ray wish, and the picture quality of it on Prime,
    is good enough for Blu-ray, by far.
    Outstanding performances by Poitier and Curtis. Also a great performance by Theodore Bikel, and an truly outstanding one by Lon Chaney Jr.
    It had been so long since I watched the DVD I had forgot he was even in it.
    One of the greatest movies about racism, loneliness, isolation, abandonment, and too many subjects to even be able to try and summon up after seeing it. A masterpiece.
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  10. RickH

    RickH Senior Member

    Raleigh, NC
    I should have mentioned that in this film, you’ll see the characters have splendid musical tastes...Badfinger’s “Straight Up” album is shown in a scene next to a turntable and “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue” are heard in the soundtrack.
  11. Michael Rose

    Michael Rose Forum Resident


    The Perfection
  12. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    The wife never saw Strangers on a Train. heh heh.
    She was quite impressed.

    I never knew Walker was more or less murdered by his psych doctor.
  13. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
  14. vinyl_puppy

    vinyl_puppy Der Weaselschnitzel

    Santa Rosa, CA
  15. Cape Fear from 1962 on Blu-ray.
    Outstanding picture,
    and for $10.
    I wish that The Night of The Hunter, which cost a premium from Criterion, looked this good...
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  16. keefer1970

    keefer1970 Metal, Movies, Beer!

    New Jersey
    "Die Hard 2" (1990)
    It's Christmas Eve, and good ole John McClane is "up to his a** in terrorists again!" A rogue military force has taken over Washington DC's Dulles International Airport and of course, John's the only one who can save the day before planes full of holiday travelers (including his wife, Holly) start falling out of the sky. Bigger and faster moving than the first "DH," with an amazing supporting cast that includes Dennis Franz, John Amos, William Sadler (playing one of the best villains ever!), Franco Nero, and even Robert "T-1000" Patrick, this just may be the best "Die Hard" of 'em all.
  17. Jerrika

    Jerrika Mysterious Ways

    I watched Donnie Darko for the second time and noticed a lot of things I missed the first time around. I also watched a 20 minute explanation of it. I understand that film better now.
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  18. Tokyo Ghost

    Tokyo Ghost Senior Member

    Tokyo, Japan
    Scream (1996). Starring Neve Campbell.

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  19. Deuce66

    Deuce66 Forum Resident

    Came across like a big budget TV movie, major continuity problems aside it was reasonably entertaining. 3/5

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  20. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

    Oregon Coast
    Love and Death
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  21. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    Mississippi Burning (1988): Shocking, anger-invoking and not for the faint of heart. Very intense! Reminded me of In The Heat Of The Night at times. A young Willem Dafoe as the up-and-coming FBI detective who gains command of hundreds of men in a dirty southern town full of racists and clan members really stole the entire show. This should be watched in schools.

    The Lives of Others (2006): A while back, I caught a documentary on how the Stasi managed to isolate and mentally destroy people whom they thought of as "threats to socialism". That topic stayed with me, so I rented out this classic from the library. Some pf the most prolific german actresses and actors are featured, the direction is brilliant and the plot is one of those stories so effective you couldn't even repeat the formula - it would be too obvious the second time around. A brilliant piece of cinema - thrilling, highly entertaining and even a bit educative.

    Good Bye, Lenin! (2003): I had seen this before multiple times. But this time around, I realized how sad the whole premise actually is. I can't go into detail (spoilers, y'know), but this one's really closer to drama than comedy. Thankfully, there are still lots of comic reliefs.

    Veronica Guerin (2003): Meh. I had expected more based on the plot description. An alright film, but tends to be boring. I'm sure that story could've been treated better by a more adventurous and daring director.

    Sting - Bring on the Night (1985): My mom gifted me the album a few years ago and I hated it at first. Over the last five years, I started to appreciate it more and more. Last summer, I became addicted of the album. So, I wanted to check out the film of the same name. And it's wonderful - a fascinating insight into how the tour and that fantastic band came to fruition, how Sting's second child was born and how, ultimately, the first show in Paris was a phenomenal success for everyone involved. Highly recommended, Sting really was on a peak back then!
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  22. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

    Davis, CA
    I used to show it after my high school juniors read Richard Wright's Black Boy. Indeed, it is incredibly intense. One year, the son of one of the FBI agents who helped with the case, and who was an agent himself, came to my class to talk about the actual case. He said the movie takes some liberties, but it is reasonably accurate overall.
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  23. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    2,000 maniacs...
  24. Tim S

    Tim S Senior Member

    East Tennessee
    How much could kids learn - I mean learn in a REAL way if we could have more of this, and not just on this topic. Let the people who where there, those who were affected tell their stories - Civil rights, war veterans, the list goes on and on, and you know these people aren't going to be around forever. You would already have trouble finding WW2 vets.
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  25. Bachtoven

    Bachtoven Forum Resident

    Davis, CA
    I had a few authors come to class, too, including Kim Stanley Robinson and John Lescroart (both are local but famous!). Students definitely enjoy hearing from those who have been in the trenches, even literary ones!
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