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Post by sebby » May 30th, 2020, 12:14 pm

Vast of Night was fun. Maybe a little homage-heavy and not without a few hiccups but I'm a big Bradbury/Twilight Zone fan so it worked for me. The frenetic pace and constant movement (I believe the story sprints along in real time) elicits a tension that reminded me oddly of Uncut Gems, but this one was much gentler on the nerves and not so palm-sweat inducing. Sound, camera, acting all good. Really well put together for such a low budget feature.

Minor gem.

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Post by Kublai Khan » June 4th, 2020, 12:08 am

I watched Rocky IV for the first time. it's one of those movies that's so thoroughly ingrained in American pop culture and has been referenced/parodied/copied/etc.. so many times that I kinda thought I knew it.

Nothing prepared me for that weird robot. What the hell...
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Post by Ebbywebby » June 4th, 2020, 12:43 am

Kublai Khan wrote:
June 4th, 2020, 12:08 am
I watched Rocky IV for the first time.
The worst Rocky of all.

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Post by matthewscott8 » June 13th, 2020, 11:51 pm

Hehe, if anyone wants to say Showgirls is a unique movie, I give you back Sucker Punch!

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Post by outdoorcats » June 20th, 2020, 9:17 am

I thought Da 5 Bloods was a messy but powerful film. It is definitely an example of a film that ends up amounting to more than the sum of its parts. It's far from Spike Lee's best but I'd put it in the top half of his catalog. I definitely agree with the general consensus that Delroy Lindo deserves awards recognition for his performance.

Curious what others here thought of it, though given some of the surprising twists and turns the story takes most discussion should probably be under spoiler tags.
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Post by Onderhond » June 20th, 2020, 9:25 am

My take
Spike Lee must've had a clear vision when he started this project, but I dearly hope it wasn't anything close to this devastating mess. Da 5 Bloods feels like a film that wanted to say a lot of important things, but ultimately it comes off as a very bad pastiche. Not once does Lee find the right tone for his film.

With four black veterans returning to Vietnam to honor their fallen friend, the film has a perfect setup to revisit the Vietnam War and tell it from a black perspective. Throw in some gold hunting plot for a little adventure and suspense, and you have all the ingredients for a great film. Why then did it feel like a bad comedy, something that holds the middle between a bad Apocalypse Now rip-off and a subpar jungle-set JCVD action flick.

Performances are poor, the action scenes are drab, the dramatic moments are laughable and the political inserts are completely overshadowed by the incompetence surrounding them. The entire film is such a big mess that it is actually quite amusing to watch (at least to see where it is going), but in the end if feels like Lee overreached tremendously and couldn't stop himself from falling flat on his face. This wasn't any good.
Big disappointment for me. 92% on RT ... well, you know what I think about film critics.

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Post by Ebbywebby » June 22nd, 2020, 10:30 pm



Great! Deserves more than 18 checks.

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Post by peeptoad » June 23rd, 2020, 1:24 pm

The Connection 1961. Fantastic.

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Post by matthewscott8 » June 23rd, 2020, 4:00 pm

Monsieur Verdoux (1947 - Charles Chaplin) Quite unbelievably good, so many stultifying films being made in that era, to see the most magnificent rose blossoming amongst the charnel, well, that is Monsieur Verdoux. Straight into my top 10, and could get the ultimate accolade at some point.

Jean-Marie Straub has good taste, I was compelled to watch this when I saw he had it as his first second and third favourite film.

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Post by matthewscott8 » June 23rd, 2020, 4:57 pm

Ebbywebby wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 10:30 pm


Great! Deserves more than 18 checks.
very cool!

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