The Movie Preview, Review, & Recommendation Thread pt. II

Jeff Goldblum does a good job there too. Also the one scene with the Bruichladdich (if I remember correctly) and Morley Safer was funny.

That said when this came out I showed it to someone who was a recent immigrant and they didn't really appreciate it. On the other hand I grew up with network TV so I connected with it.


Yes...JG was solid. He usually is.
 
John Wick 4. I read reviews were positive. Does anyone follow the John Wick series? I thought one movie of a retired assassin's vigilante justice was enough. I guess Keanu Reeves needs the money.
 
John Wick 4. I read reviews were positive. Does anyone follow the John Wick series? I thought one movie of a retired assassin's vigilante justice was enough. I guess Keanu Reeves needs the money.
Shut your mouth. This the most entertaining franchise outside of the Marvel universe. I could go on forever.
 
John Wick 4. I read reviews were positive. Does anyone follow the John Wick series? I thought one movie of a retired assassin's vigilante justice was enough. I guess Keanu Reeves needs the money.
I haven't seen any of them.
 
Shut your mouth. This the most entertaining franchise outside of the Marvel universe. I could go on forever.
I haven't seen any of them.

Rabid fan versus total (blissful?) ignorance. Good chat.

I'm just wondering if I should restart from number two and then proceed to number four or I can skip to number four.
 
Rabid fan versus total (blissful?) ignorance. Good chat.

I'm just wondering if I should restart from number two and then proceed to number four or I can skip to number four.

I’d watch them in order. Not that you’ll miss any significant plot twists, but it’s fun to follow the saga AND you get to see Halle Berry
 
Last Shift. 2014 low-budget horror that hits well above its weight. Rooky hot cop starts the job working the last shift at an old police station about to close. Things go bump in the night. Cliches are avoided and this ghost story manages to feel fresh. Free on YouTube with ads. 8/10.

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1 is the best anyways so it makes sense to go through from the beginning.

That's the thing though. I barely remember the first one other than it being an assassin coming out of retirement to do vigilante justice. The whole series spiritually reminds me of Taken and you could have skipped a movie in Taken and still get it.
 
There's going to be a new movie on Apple TV about Tetris... we're really running out of film ideas.
 
I am watching Somebody I used to know on amazon prime and Kiersey Clemons just stretched out in a spa with underarm hair.
 
I was listening to my usual management podcast this morning during my workout and one of the presenters said the Tetris movie was great. Super Mario is also the biggest movie of 2023. Maybe I have no idea what a good movie is anymore.
 
I was listening to my usual management podcast this morning during my workout and one of the presenters said the Tetris movie was great. Super Mario is also the biggest movie of 2023. Maybe I have no idea what a good movie is anymore.

This sounds like the opening voiceover for a movie.
 
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Bertolucci obviously has talent and Eva has magnificent boobs, but I have no idea what the point of this was. Paris in the sixties was cool, it’s fun to be young, rebellious and decadent? The Lannister incest was far more interesting. 7/10 (would be a 5 without so much naked EG).
 

I have about 4-5 DVD's that got "lost" when I tried to return!

We didn't have that here so there were some independent companies and I think one video rental retailer doing it. Trying to binge on your favourite television show disc by disc was pretty futile when you're on a 1 disc plan.

I also recall enjoying receiving scratched discs that were unplayable and having to wait for the post office to return those so I can get a working disc (of the same or any title in my queue). At least the post office was delivering something other than junk mail.
 
I had Amazon's "On a wing and prayer" on television whilst cooking on Sunday. Dennis Quaid looks really old. I'm not sure how much longer he can carry a male lead without getting shunted to supporting actor. The movie looked pretty cheap. The airplane exteriors looked like B-rated computer graphics from the 2000s and most of the set was the family stuck in an airplane movie set interior that makes an escape room look big.

It's good to know if your pilot dies and you have no idea how to fly the plane the FAA will just direct you out to the ocean so you don't kill anyone like a Chinese weather balloon.
 
We didn't have that here so there were some independent companies and I think one video rental retailer doing it. Trying to binge on your favourite television show disc by disc was pretty futile when you're on a 1 disc plan.

I also recall enjoying receiving scratched discs that were unplayable and having to wait for the post office to return those so I can get a working disc (of the same or any title in my queue). At least the post office was delivering something other than junk mail.

I had a 3 disc plan so I always had something at home or on the way. Yes...scratched discs were a pain....
 

DVD Netflix's 50 All-Time Most Rented Movies​

  • The Accountant (2016)
  • American Sniper (2014)
  • Argo (2012)
  • Avatar (2009)
  • The Big Short (2015)
  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
  • Black Swan (2010)
  • The Blind Side (2009)
  • The Book Of Eli (2010)
  • Bridge of Spies (2015)
  • Brooklyn (2015)
  • The Butler (2013)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
  • Date Night (2010)
  • The Fighter (2010)
  • Fury (2014)
  • Gone Girl (2014)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
  • Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
  • Hidden Figures (2016)
  • The Hurt Locker (2008)
  • Inception (2010)
  • Inglorious Basterds (2009)
  • It's Complicated (2009)
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
  • John Wick (2014)
  • The Judge (2014)
  • Julie and Julia (2009)
  • The King's Speech (2010)
  • Les Miserable (2012)
  • The Lone Ranger (2013)
  • Men In Black 3 (2012)
  • Red (2010)
  • Saving Mr Banks (2013)
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • Shutter Island (2010)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  • The Social Network (2010)
  • Spectre (2015)
  • Spotlight (2015)
  • The Theory Of Everything (2014)
  • The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
  • The Town (2010)
  • True Grit (2010)
  • Unbroken (2014)
  • Unstoppable (2010)
  • Up In The Air (2009)
  • Water for Elephants (2011)
  • The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)
 
I'm surprised how many 2010 and especially 2015 and beyond titles there are. Maybe this was skewed by number of subscribers or something.

Internet became fast enough by 2010 for most people to get media digitally (legitimate and illegitimate) and I think that was when the HD disc wars died and was quickly eclipsed by 4K, XYZ K video. Even the old people were ditching cable and its movie channels by 2015 if I recall correctly.
 
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Almost 2 hours of Ana De Armas? Who would not want to sign up for that?

Little did I know!

So ADA is an art dealer, who meets a farmer, played by Chris Evans. They meet at a farmers market and have a whirlwind first date. I thought this was going the way of Before Sunset with Julie Delphy and Ethan Hawke......

Sike!

Turns out ADA is a CIA agent who is trying to track down a device and CE follows her to London not knowing any of this. He gets mistaken for an operative and chaos ensues.

This turns into a slapstick almost 2 hour BS flick where I kept saying...this seems so like a Ryan Reynolds film!

Guess who makes an appearance?

Immediately go to your Apple TV and take this out of your "up next".

This was bad meaning BAD..not bad meaning good!

1/5.
(Yes I watched to the end...as ADA is pleasing on the.........)
 
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Almost 2 hours of Ana De Armas? Who would not want to sign up for that?

Little did I know!

So ADA is an art dealer, who meets a farmer, played by Chris Evans. They meet at a farmers market and have a whirlwind first date. I thought this was going the way of Before Sunset with Julie Delphy and Ethan Hawke......

Sike!

Turns out ADA is a CIA agent who is trying to track down a device and CE follows her to London not knowing any of this. He gets mistaken for an operative and chaos ensues.

This turns into a slapstick almost 2 hour BS flick where I kept saying...this seems so like a Ryan Reynolds film!

Guess who makes an appearance?

Immediately go to your Apple TV and take this out of your "up next".

This was bad meaning BAD..not bad meaning good!

1/5.
(Yes I watched to the end...as ADA is pleasing on the.........)

I sat through the Marilyn Monroe film for her. Not sure I can do it again unless there are a tonne of nude scenes.
 
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JT plays a man who returns to his hometown after doing 12 years in prison. He moves back in with his grandmother who also rents out a trailer on her land to a mother/young son/boyfriend.

It seems that the son has some "identity" issues and this doesn't go over well with JT...or many in town and some of the young boy's classmates.

The mom is a junkie, and after she disappears, the young boy stays with JT and his grandmother.

The bond starts to grow after a tragedy, and now, what to do?

I enjoyed this flick after randomly finding it today on Apple TV!

It runs just under 2 hours, but is worth the watch!

3.75/5!
 
Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre on Amazon Prime.

This movie must have been filmed awhile ago because 1. Ukrainians are terrorists, 2. A chunk of the movie is set in Antalya (aka Antioch) that was amongst the worst affected areas of the recent Turkish/Syrian earthquake.

But that said it's a Guy Ritchie movie featuring Jason Statham, Cary Elwes and Hugh Grant. The Ukrainians have a secret AI and the British government hire a team to go retrieve it. Of course there's another team in competition for the same device. The protagonists come up with a plan to use a movie star like Josh Hartnett to get close to the device on an exclusive yacht with a very nice looking Aubrey Plaza acting as the girlfriend.

Lots of computer hacking moments + Jason Statham action + explosions. Guy Ritchie casts Hugh Grant in another self deprecating role (a la The Gentleman in 2019) - seems to be Grant's schtick now.
 
Anything before Good Will Hunting and that was something I saw a few years after it was released is a blur to me. Did anyone notice they lost their Boston accent? Matt Damon struggled to get it in The Departed.

Ben Affleck’s hair doesn’t look like it is ageing naturally.

Ben Affleck’s career shot up like a meteor but Matt Damon is more enduring with his performances and choices in roles. I include Bourne.
 
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Caught this last night.

Two longtime friends make frequent trips to the coast in Belgium. Both of their husbands believe it is work related.

It's not....both are having affairs and each woman uses the other as an alibi!

During this trip, one of the women gets killed! Oh my!

The survivor needs to alert her husband and the husband of the deceased. The Belgian po-po are involved and multiple people are suspects.

Initially, I thought this was going the way of Strangers on a Train...where both women agree to off the other's husband. It didn't.

Overall, a decent/watchable film. Nothing special. Not so great ending!

2.5/5.
 
London Boulevard. It's an old movie but I thought worth a shot based on who was starring in the movie.

Great cinematography. Who's who of British gangster movies and Keira Knightley. The only issue is the story was so hard to follow I had to rewind a few times to try, and fail, to understand the course of the narrative. If there was any.
 
There's an advertisement for Little Mermaid - the live human version.

How many times can you make money on a piece of intellectual property? Little Mermaid - updated animated version. Little Mermaid - live actors. Little Mermaid - live theatre. Little Mermaid - now in 3D. Little Mermaid - reimagined as a trans black man with wings.
 
A Tourist's Guide To Love.

Rachel Leigh Cook travels from the States to Vietnam as a secret shopper or secret travel tourist scoping out a local family owned tour company her big bad American firm wants to buy. She leaves behind an American boyfriend with whom she broke up with so she ends up travelling alone. The guy is a not well travelled man who cares only about his own job - shades of Emily in Paris.

There she meets tour guide Scott Ly - he of six pack abs - and both start to fall in love as Scott takes her and the rest of the tour group to Vietnam's tourism ministry's dream advertisement. At the end it's revealed she is the big bad undercover corporate take over person, her boyfriend shows up seeking redemption, and they fall out and then they fall in back together again.

I was never a fan of Rachel Leigh Cook but she seems to have aged well into her early 40s. Scott Ly looks like he's pounding the gym every day.
 
A Tourist's Guide To Love.

Rachel Leigh Cook travels from the States to Vietnam as a secret shopper or secret travel tourist scoping out a local family owned tour company her big bad American firm wants to buy. She leaves behind an American boyfriend with whom she broke up with so she ends up travelling alone. The guy is a not well travelled man who cares only about his own job - shades of Emily in Paris.

There she meets tour guide Scott Ly - he of six pack abs - and both start to fall in love as Scott takes her and the rest of the tour group to Vietnam's tourism ministry's dream advertisement. At the end it's revealed she is the big bad undercover corporate take over person, her boyfriend shows up seeking redemption, and they fall out and then they fall in back together again.

I was never a fan of Rachel Leigh Cook but she seems to have aged well into her early 40s. Scott Ly looks like he's pounding the gym every day.


I happen to catch this on Sunday night. RLC does some ok...not for movie theater movies.

Something along the same theme:

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I'm trying to remember what she was famous for but I'll give it a look this weekend during my multi hour cooking sessions.
 
There was a fire on the set of Gladiator 2. Directed by Ridley Scott with Connie Nielsen, Paul Mescal, Pedro Pascal.... Denzel Washington.

What more can you tell about the story? Who is Denzel supposed to be?
 
Avatar 2: Dances With Wolves On Waterworld. 3/10. Good promo for the Disney rides and that’s it.
 
I didn't even make it through the first Avatar. I think I got to the part where the humans were about to go to war with the blue CG people and then I stopped.

Dune was just put out on Netflix. I don't know if I have 2 1/2 hours of my life to watch that. I never read the book (books?) but picked up bits and pieces from video games and media.
 

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