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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #315 on: October 31, 2020, 05:28:57 PM »
That's a lot of questions! We'll save those for a PC response.

Meanwhile, I forgot one more movie:

Hard Candy (2005)

I never saw this, but I've heard all the great work of mouth since it's release, even back then. Just never got around to it before now. Anyways, Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson are the lone stars of this one, both in early roles in their career (this predates Juno for Page). A really tense film, in the torture porn category BUT without the gore (one sequence still made me pause the movie and collect myself. You'll know which one). Definitely worthy of all the praise it's received, a good watch.

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #316 on: October 31, 2020, 06:02:44 PM »
lol well hurry up.

I saw Hard Candy when it was released and man, it was a tough watch for sure .
Ive only seen it one though, I think thats enough lol
I agree in recommending this film

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« Reply #317 on: November 01, 2020, 12:42:14 AM »
Alright, so Dark Skies, I liked it. I didnt love it, but I liked it.
I didnt like Josh Hamilton in this role. It just didnt seem to suit him very well, and I really didnt care about him all that much. Maybe it's a combination of things, but he didnt do it for me.
Keri Russell on the other hand, she really poured herself in to this part it seems. I also think she is an underrated actress. Unlike Hamilton, I cared about her part in the family, struggling at work, her rapport with the fam, the kids.
I dont know wy I never saw this, I guess it slipped under the radar for some reason. So I looked it up to find out more as I tend to do and I was really kinda surprised to see that it is practically hated by most popular review sites.
Like I said, I didnt love it, but damn, 49% on RT? I wasnt expecting that at all. I mean, that's worse than Friday the 13th part 6 for crying out loud.

Turns out the articles I read say it's hated because it pulls directly from other films, like the ones the producers worked on, ala Insidious and Paranormal Activity. Signs was another film cited in which I was led to believe Dark Skies ripped off not only a theme but whole scenes shot for shot.
There's a tiny bit of sarcasm dripping there but still, you feel me.
Those points may be true, but it didnt affect me because I havent seen any of those pictures.
I really kinda feel outta place now, liking a movie that is rejected wholeheartedly by the general public.
Ah well....

So what to do to finish off Halloween? I was going to go with the above mentioned lighter Trick r Treat, but I passed because for a few nights now I've had the inkling to revisit The Thing. Which I did.
All in all, it was a pretty good October. I'm kinda sad it's over.


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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #318 on: November 01, 2020, 05:46:56 PM »
I love the homages in Dark Skies, haha.  Yeah, there's a lot parallel to Poltergeist, but I enjoyed those nods myself.

We went out to a haunted house and corn maze last night, but still decided to watch a late night movie since we were getting an hour back anyways. Decided on

The Houses October Built (2014)

Much like Dark Skies, I had a lot of interest in this one until the reviews savaged it. Unlike Dark Skies, I agree with the reviews. Kinda fun for a while, but never really kicks into gear until a really abrupt ending. Mostly leaves you feeling disappointed. Still, was pretty fun to watch ON Halloween, definitely fit the mood and all.

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #319 on: November 01, 2020, 08:31:53 PM »
ehh, you never addressed my questions lol

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #320 on: November 01, 2020, 08:39:07 PM »
Ah, but I will, eventually. I probably can't answer any of them, but I'll address 'em!

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« Reply #321 on: November 02, 2020, 12:52:02 PM »
So the ritual it is, or was.
I really enjoyed it, but I have questions.

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I figured early on that we were dealing with two stories regarding the main character.
Him coping with the death of his buddy at the liquor store and having flashbacks in the moment.
And the obvious, dealing with the main antagonist.

So, I found myself wondering, why isnt this thing just killing the last two guys?
The beast knows where they are, primarily because of the fucking flashlight.
I knew it was the beast or the condemned that created or led them to the path of the village to be sacrificed.
So is that the story, they had to be ritualized, or sacrificed? That's why the beast didnt kill them?
Or was he satiated by the groups other two friends in the interim?

The wounds in his chest; was that the beast marking him because it knew what emotional pain he was in about his friend? After his capture, the one girl remarked, you submit to him and no more pain.

And finally, at the end....was the beast giving him a last chance to worship? I assumed if he was reluctant he would be killed.
Was that the reason for pressing him to the ground?
I guess that's what our boy thought because he slashed the monster with a hatchet and ran out of the woods. Im not sure if he knew the creature could leave the woods or not, but I figured he couldn't.




So, having read the questions, I BELIEVE all the answers are, simply, "yes," haha. At least, that was my reading of it. I assume that
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 the group they encounter probably underwent similar circumstances (and it may be a "the strongest of the pained are chosen" thing, too, for all I know),
but yeah, what you've got there all sounds about right.

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #322 on: November 02, 2020, 01:29:32 PM »
lol you know, if everyone could just admit I'm right, things wold go a lot smoother  :D

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #323 on: November 08, 2020, 02:47:57 PM »
Old Man and the Gun
Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek

Ive had this one on the list for a while and for two reasons; One, I think Redford is a great actor and director and two, I have an affinity for true or based on true stories.

Forrest Tucker was an aging bank robber who used charisma and kindness in lieu of threats and violence to reach his goals.
He and two friends dubbed the Over the Hill gang operated primarily in areas around Oklahoma and Texas  in the early eighties.
His story appeared in the New Yorker in 2003 catching the attention of Redford who was intrigued not only of his skills as a criminal but his 17 escapes from prisons throughout hyis life, including some high profile institutions.

The films opening declares the movie to be mostly true.
Based on the reading I've done, that appears to be accurate, believe it or not.
the problem I have with the film is that it's too much like it's main character. While keeping to the truth on sscreen, the film, like Forrest, is just sorta bland. There's no real tension, no real emotion, no thrill, it is interesting and I liked it, but it just lacked any draw power for me.
But the thing is, it's the truth, so Redford couldn't really do much more without coloring way outside th lines and that would have been a huge disservice to the story. All he could do was translate what really was and what was was that Forrest Tucker was a charming, charismatic, unthreatening but not uninteresting story.
If you are a fan of Redford or a fan of true stories, certainly check this on out.

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #324 on: November 08, 2020, 03:47:50 PM »
Saw Old Man and the Gun when it released in theaters with kiddo, we both loved it, really good film.

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Re: The Movies Thread
« Reply #325 on: November 08, 2020, 04:26:01 PM »
glad to hear that, I liked it too

 

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