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What Movies Are You Watching Lately

noob in 89

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It's my favorite of the financial crisis movies, a genre full of not-very-good movies.
How about The Big Short? I recall some actors in bad wigs standing around saying, “And by then things were so bad, *strippers* were getting second homes with mortgage-backed securities...” and I was like, “Hahaha, I understand none of this!”.
 

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no sleep, so, flicks:

The Nice Guys. two afflicted dicks trawl 1970s LA in search of a porno film with a political explosive... wait for it.... plot. adorable, sleazy fun.

The Grand Budapest Hotel. a refugee finds a mentor and more in this interwar diorama. terrific.
 

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How about The Big Short? I recall some actors in bad wigs standing around saying, “And by then things were so bad, *strippers* were getting second homes with mortgage-backed securities...” and I was like, “Hahaha, I understand none of this!”.
I think the big short is okay...I’m not really a big fan of McKay’s style and I think Gosling and Carrell are all not really well suited for the movie. It simultaneously tries to be *about* the crisis while *explaining* the crisis. I don’t like the tone of the movie, it’s trying so hard to explain and pass judgement on the crisis but comes off to me as condescending. For all the explaining it tries to do, and for all the effort it puts into reminding us “Bankers are BAD” (as if we didn’t know that in 2016), it’s entirely hindsight; it has nothing to say about where we are now or what needs to change. And yeah, the wigs are BAD.

On the plus side, the movie is still quite funny at times. The editing is really great. I really enjoy a lot of the smaller actors in this - John Magaro, Jeremy Strong, Rafe Spell. Bale is also wonderful - I like to imagine that McKay just locked him in that office isolated from everyone else for a month and let him go a little insane like Martin Sheen shooting Apocalypse Now.

Compare it to Margin Call. McKay spends so much time - celebrity cameos, Gosling voiceovers, diagram scribbling - showing us how the financial instruments work and how they led to destruction. Chandor spends almost no time explaining what the bank in Margin Call does - maybe a minute during the boardmeeting - but when Spacey and Irons are confronting each other on the eve of the firesale and Irons yells “THIS IS IT! I am telling you THIS IS IT” at a reluctant Spacey, we know that it’s life or death. It doesn’t matter that the movie hasn’t explained. The drama is in the air and all the characters feel it, and so the audience does too.
 

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I watched The American. The plot sounds interesting but the movie is boring as shit. Only saving grace is that hot Italian woman that Clooney hooks up with.
I love that movie. Not sure why but it's one of those that I can rewatch again and again. I love the costume design, notably:

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In terms of hitman apparel, you could do a lot worse than the full zip cardigan and chore jacket.

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In & Of Itself.

That was beyond excellent.

Literally no idea what i watched.
 

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The new Netflix move “I Care A Lot” was enjoyable. It’s a black comedy that appears to be divisive with audiences. I enjoyed it despite how ludicrous the premise was.
I haven't watched it yet, but the premise isn't actually that ludicrous (well, the bit involving revenge by a son who is a criminal might be...) as the basic idea of the story is, unfortunately, based on real life.

There's an absolutely excellent essay in the New Yorker about the situation - "How the Elderly Lose their Rights": https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights

Here's a news article about just one of the people involved in these guardianship "scams": https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/ex-nevada-guardian-to-serve-up-to-40-years-behind-bars-1565690/
 

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I tried to watch Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Whatever for the third time since it hit streaming — tried and failed. People say it’s great, but this just isn’t a movie that lets you check your email or even lean over to tell your dogs to knock it off. It demands your full attention. Worse, it obscures things — sometimes literally — with thick accents and also wigs.

I suppose I’ll try again in a bit.
 

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recently rewatched 10 for the first time since the late 1980s.
10 is a good movie?

but mainly saw it again for this episode


too funny ahaha
 
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I tried to watch Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Whatever for the third time since it hit streaming — tried and failed. People say it’s great, but this just isn’t a movie that lets you check your email or even lean over to tell your dogs to knock it off. It demands your full attention. Worse, it obscures things — sometimes literally — with thick accents and also wigs.

I suppose I’ll try again in a bit.
I think it was The Guardian that said either this is a terrible movie or spycraft is too subtle for me to understand.
 

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