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JanitorBlade
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I sometimes rant on Facebook about topics people give me. Over here I want to try something else.

You submit a movie, and I will watch it (even if I've seen it) and write a review here.

It's not first to respond wins here, but it certainly helps to post first.

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Dogbreath
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Hidden Figures.

It's streaming on HBO GO/NOW if you have it. If not let me know and I can pick a different one.

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The Station Agent.

I watched it once, years ago, during a night movie marathon. Haven't watched it since, but then, I thought it was amazing (one of the reasons I don't want to re-watch it, not to break the spell, maybe you do'll it for me).

Starring Peter Dinklage. Thanks to this movie I must be one of the few people who don't identify Dinklage with Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones.

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The Fall, directed by Tarsem. It is a little-known great film.
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Only the Brave. It's about the woodland fire fighters that died here in Arizona fighting the Yarnell Hill fire.
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The Human Centipede.

I'm just kidding, don't do that.

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Sean Monahan
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Primer (on a more serious note)
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I'll make a choice today and try to watch tomorrow.
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quote:
Originally posted by Dogbreath:
Hidden Figures.

It's streaming on HBO GO/NOW if you have it. If not let me know and I can pick a different one.

I saw Hidden Figures fairly recently and strongly considered going with it again.
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Going to have to postpone movie selection/viewing a few days (Tuesday Probably). Unexpected baby development!

Feel free to continue submitting suggestions. Even if I don't do it this round, I likely will on a subsequent one.

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Need to sort out where to block out movie times. Our daughter scuffed it up this time. I think tomorrow I can do a film.
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quote:
Originally posted by Szymon:
The Station Agent.

I watched it once, years ago, during a night movie marathon. Haven't watched it since, but then, I thought it was amazing (one of the reasons I don't want to re-watch it, not to break the spell, maybe you do'll it for me).

Starring Peter Dinklage. Thanks to this movie I must be one of the few people who don't identify Dinklage with Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones.

I liked The Station Agent but not sure I could ever really recommend it to anyone. I just don't know anybody that digs those kinds of quiet, contemplative movies.
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I'd love to see you do a review on possibly my all time favorite film, South Korea's Castaway on the Moon. I challenge you not to cry triumphant tears of joy from watching a man eat a bowl of noodles.
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quote:
Originally posted by Wingracer:
quote:
Originally posted by Szymon:
The Station Agent.

I watched it once, years ago, during a night movie marathon. Haven't watched it since, but then, I thought it was amazing (one of the reasons I don't want to re-watch it, not to break the spell, maybe you do'll it for me).

Starring Peter Dinklage. Thanks to this movie I must be one of the few people who don't identify Dinklage with Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones.

I liked The Station Agent but not sure I could ever really recommend it to anyone. I just don't know anybody that digs those kinds of quiet, contemplative movies.
Well, yeah. I do dig. You do dig. How about our Janitor?
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I thought I had a solid 2+ hour block for films when I originally posted but then my daughter decided that meant her nap schedule needs to fundamentally change. I'm still trying to figure out what it is so I can actually make this happen.

Confession, I threw my hands up last week and went and saw Blade Runner after the kids went to bed because I needed to get out of the house. But I'm still serious about doing this.

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How did you like it? Blade Runner? I liked how much it resembled the first part. There was something... classy about this movie
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I'll do a write-up tomorrow.
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By tomorrow I mean tomorrow.
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Blade Runner: (With apologies for now doing one of the already submitted films first. I will do them). I wrote this elsewhere but I've made some modifications now that I've had time to think about it some more.

MAJOR SPOILERS*


There was so much there to absorb and contemplate. The sets were absolutely gorgeous, and the general feel of the world was very immersive. Androids and humans interact in a way that felt very intuitive to me in many ways. Androids are talked to in a variety of ways: hostile, indifferent, pityingly. They seamlessly blend into society, but you would think there would either be a very obvious marker for androids or else an explanation for why there isn't. When the androids go from just minding their business to killing people it's a breathtaking display of power. It's surprising that the fact androids have rebelled and killed people hasn't spurred people to demand some sort of protective measures is surprising. Here are a few other items that impacted me.

Lt. Joshi making a move on K really affected me. The fact she had total control over K wasn't loudly (In the sense of it being said to us ala "Don't you know I can make you do anything?"). Instead, it was there in their postures, the way they spoke to each other, our seeing K never resisting orders, being made to do base line testing, and when he makes a remark that sounds like insubordination Lt. Joshi very seriously responds and he has to say "I didn't know that was an option" to maximize his chance of lowering her anger. So when she does finally make that pass, albeit very subtle, and she doesn't press the point, you can see just how little power K has were she to decide she wants to press the issue.

Which is why Luv confronting Lt. Joshi also affected me. Luv exudes power and when she walked into the room with Lt. Joshi I felt panic for her but mostly for myself were I in her situation. Luv had total control over Lt. Joshi's fate, and both of them knew it, which was why there was no silly displays of bravado or witty threats. I think that's what I find so utterly amazing/terrifying about androids is that they are all business and you (a human) can't beat one. Whenever they portray humans going up against replicants in this film it's incredibly lop-sided. Also, Luv was crying after she killed Coco. It seems as though she was still conflicted with her orders at this point and the film was trying to convey the struggle replicants face when their hardcoded orders conflict with their empathy for living things.

There appears to be an extreme flying car shortage in the film. Most of the time you only see K's car flying over an entire city with no other cars to be seen. Later you see a convoy of three cars, and then K's, so 4? When they are apprehending K and Deckard there are maybe 6? No discussion about why flying cars might be that crazy rare. There's tons of surface vehicles in the streets.

I didn't understand the motivations behind killing the remade Rachael. Yeah they got her eyes wrong but didn't Wallace establish that costs in making replicants were staggering, and he couldn't make them fast enough? If it was a display for Deckard, wouldn't that only serve to show him they plan on doing awful things to his child?

I loved the relationship between K and Joi. I loved how it developed in a way that was real for them. Loved that since Joi was a hologram the way she experienced things was somewhat different that a person, but not on an emotional level. When K crashes his car and she reacts in fear but keeps glitching so she keeps looping her terror that really moved me. Her last moments hit me like a gut punch. The scene with K, Joi, and Mariette bugged me because it isn't what my personal morals allow, but I also really liked it because well, there was something genuine in it at least for K, and Joi. I liked how tastefully and sensitively the scene was handled.

I'm annoyed Wallace had no comeuppance. No development either. So Ana this "miracle" so why is she locked up? Who put her there? What is the intention? Is she supposed to have children herself?

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The acting by everybody (Except maybe Harrison Ford who is serviceable) was excellent. Ryan Gosling and Sylvia Hoeks were the standout performances for me. Jared Leto was fine if a bit over the top in his delivery based on what he had to work with. Sylvia Hoeks especially was outstanding in portraying an adoring but driven replicant who is quite efficiently driven to be almost psychotic by the end. Gosling it feels like was too good at portraying an android who *must* hide his feelings, because as an audience member I kept wanting to connect with him by seeing him smile or laugh but we aren't given those opportunities in the later, and its very rare with the former. That's not a bad choice for filmmakers to have made, but not all characters are equally likeable.

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I am a bit hesitant to watch it, but I think i'll give it a go after reading your review. thanks!
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How about Justice League?
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