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What Movies Are You Watching Lately

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I was born in '86 and was never a cable TV watcher, so I really haven't seen a lot of movies like this. Too young to watch them when they were still relatively new rentals, and by the time I was a teenager there was too much new stuff to ever go back and watch anything besides the most notable films of the era like the breakfast club, ferris bueller, etc.

So I am sure some of it is just that I don't really get the style/pacing of the era (like the Apatow-style that prevailed in the late 2000s)...but both of these were *bad*

I'd heard occasional references to St. Elmo's Fire so when it popped up on Amazon, we gave it a go. It just had zero substance. It was like you take a 50s movie approach to romantic subplots (boy meets girl, 30 seconds of exposition-less courtship occurs, they are in love and we can return to the main story) and try to make an entire movie out of it set in a sex charged 80s bar scene. The whole thing was just utter nonsense.

About last night was better, probably owing to the David Mamet source material (but you could almost tell when they were using Mamet's dialogue vs creating their own). The core story's not bad, and many elements worked, but like so many 80s rom-coms, it just felt like it had this gigantic hole where its soul was missing.

St. Elmo's Fire: 2/5
About last night...: 3/5, but maybe only because I liked seeing all of the Chicago filming locations.
 

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This VERY underrated mob flick tells the story of how Benjamin "Busgy" Siegel, a NY gangster, helps to start the build out of what is now Las Vegas.

Warren Beatty plays Siegel. He is teamed with fellow gangsters Meyer Lansky and Charlie "Lucky" Luciano.....and they have a firm grip on NY.

When Siegel takes a trip to LA, and then to what is a dusty town called Las Vegas to check on a small gambling parlor, he gets an idea they he feels could transform the area and make his organization rich.

Along the way, he falls for Virginia Hill(played by Annette Bening....who Beatty would go on to marry in real life), and that just complicates his vision/his relationship with his organization/his judgement.

What starts as a $1 million dollar project to build The Flamingo casino/resort balloons to over $6 mil(remember, we are talking 1930's-1940's $$....when LA mansions went for $50K!)

Siegel is torn between getting The Flamingo built, dealing with Virginia Hill and satisfying his partners back east.

I love Annette Bening in this role! Her voice always does it for me and she holds her own against Beatty. Add Harvey Kietel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould and Joe Mantegna, and you have a 2 hour flick that is worth the watch.

I have seen this many times and revisited it today.

4/5.
 

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I've seen Bugsy several times too but can't ever remember if I've seen it all in one sitting. I do recall the scene in Vegas when no one shows up to his casino - I found that laughable even as a kid living in a different continent.
 

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AMC says it could be out of cash by the end of the year.


I think my other post that this is the end of the era with movies being designed for the big screen is more true than ever.


Even though Disney can make boatloads of money with the MCU in theaters it's probably much cheaper at every step of the way to just release everything through Netflix or their own service or whatever it may be. Either way that might be an academic point if both Regal and AMC are fighting for their lives right now.... like are we really expecting it to be safe in the U.S. to go to the theater in six months? Ten?

What bothers me most is that an AMC opened up about .5 miles from my house...in April.
 

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Michael Fassbender's character decides to take his girlfriend, Kelly Reilly's character, away for a long weekend. Where to? An old quarry adjacent to a beautiful lake outside of town.

He has been there before and has plans for some R&R and to propose. Little did they know that the local teen hoodlums would decide to also hang down by the lake during the wknd!

What starts as a disagreement over loud music and an off the leash dog turns into an adventure of life and death! Michael and Kelly try to evade the teens and make it back to town but are outnumbered and unfamiliar with their surroundings.

The teens pursue the couple and the need for revenge turns into a chilling pursuit and a fight to survive.

I may have seen this appr 10 years ago. Still pretty good. I have liked Kelly Reilly since Above Suspicion....but in this flick, her sexiness will be camouflaged!

3.5/5.
 

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"Critical Thinking" on Amazon. True story; teacher takes kids from disadvantaged urban high school in Miami to the chess championship.
 

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I was very pleasantly surprised by Dark Fate - lot of fun and Mackenzie Davis really impressed me as an action lead. I was sad to see it bomb at the box office.
 

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I read this review and it convinced me to watch one of the most remarkable examples of modern cinema:
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It's... bad. And on paper, it seems like it should be so bad that it circles all the way around and become so awful it's entertaining, but it doesn't. It's like they knew exactly how far to go without making it cheesy fun and never pushed past that point. Truly an awful movie (the article in Inverse is pretty good, though. Just don't get fooled by it, like I did, and actually watch this crap).

As a palate cleanser, I watched one of my favorites:
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This is just fantastic. Utterly stupid, utterly hilarious.
 

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Burt Reynolds plays an ex NLF quarterback who gets himself into trouble and is sent to prison.

The warden approaches him and asks if he can coach his "semi pro" football composed of the guards. Apparently, the warden wants to win the "semi pro" title that has eluded him/the team. Burt isn't interested. He just wants to do his time and rejoin society.

The warden persists. He asks Burt what the team can do to prepare for the upcoming season. Simple: play a "pre-season" game and work out the kinks. The warden strongly suggests that Burt put a team together to play the guards.

Reluctantly(with the warden holding his parole against him), Burt agrees. He sets out to put together a team composed of killers, rapists, robbers and the like.

The "cons" have one thing in common: they hate the guards and relish the opportunity to hit them!

What starts out as a simple...."protect the QB" and let's not get anyone hurt game, turns into a game of good vs evil. Are the cons good or are they evil? Are the guards?

This is a classic 70's film. Loads of cursing/humor/non-politically correct language!

Def still holds up.

3/5.
 

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The setting is 1968 during the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago against the backdrop of the Vietnam war.

Many head there from different parts of the US to protest. No permits are granted, but that doesn't stop several groups including the Students for a Democratic Society led by Eddie Redmayne's character/the Yippies led by Sacha Baron Choen's and Jeremy Strong's characters/etc.....and Bobby Seale(Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) of the Black Panthers from wanting to let their voices be heard.

The local police aren't having it and violent confrontations break out. The seven "ringleaders" are charged with conspiracy and brought to trial.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a reluctant US Attorney who is tasked with prosecuting the case....one he initially doesn't feel can be won. The incompetent judge(Frank Langella) doesn't help the main attorney for the defense(Mark Rylance aka William Kunstler) make his case.

What you get is a riveting 2 hour movie about injustice, political ideas, and in the end..."justice"! Very good performances by all!

Well worth a watch! 2 hours flows by.

4.25/5.
 

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Starting in 1992 and going back to 1981, there have been three brilliant femme fatale flicks(all with 2 words in the title) which really showcased the female lead:

1992 brought us Basic Instinct...1987 brought us Fatal Attraction....and 1981 brought us this gem, Body Heat.

William Hurt plays a small town Florida lawyer who is content to take on so-so clients and bang the local females. During a simmering heat wave, he meets the sultry Kathleen Turner at a local fair. He is smitten. She is married....and scheming!

The sex is wonderful. They fall in "love".

But wait....a femme fatal flick can't be that...without a conniving broad! Kathleen fits that bill! See, her wealthy husband only comes home every weekend, so that gives both her and William enough time to plan and plot to rid themselves of him.

William comes up with the plan....or does he? Kathleen is working behind the scenes! A Fred Astaire wannabe dancer slash prosecutor...played by Ted Danson....starts to suspect his friend(William) after stuff starts to go down.

Will William get out before he gets pulled in? Will Ted figure out what is going down and save his friend. Or will Kathleen outwit them all?

Do watch!

4/5.
 

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