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Football Bat

Piss your pants
Dec 2, 2016
5,042
2,349
Outer Space Man
Animal House - Never had seen it before. Never had been a fan of Belushi. I got a few laughs out of it but was ultimately underwhelmed. Being a genre trailblazer, I expected so much more. Porky's and Revenge of the Nerds vastly improved upon the college/high school party movie formula. The guitar scene did make me lol. 5/10
 

Teeto

The Bobsledinator
May 31, 2012
32,790
168
Not a film but a TV series, I’m watching ‘Trotsky’ on Netflix.

It’s really good purely in terms of viewing and entertainment, but it’s dog shit in terms of its historicity.

Recently also watched Lion, which I thought was great.
 
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DB Cooper

peel me a grape
May 17, 2013
17,646
4,511
Saw 'The Mule' yesterday, the new Clint Eastwood film.

Not as good as Grand Tarino, but at the same time, that is a pretty high yardstick.

For 89, a age when most are either dead or close enough to it, Eastwood is just amazing.

Worthwhile film, but hard to put a score on. It sure had its moments. Perhaps 7/10.
 
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AntG

Scaredy Bat
Nov 16, 2012
2,724
1,797
Lancashire
The Godfather, not seen it in maybe 10 years, great film with some brilliant performances, only let down by some hilariously bad death scenes.
 
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BigBone

Sugalowda!
Jun 13, 2012
10,717
1,719
Tycho Station
No Way Out (1950)



You'd expect the US to come to terms with it's multi-color history following a black president, but with his successor partially crowned by a strengthening white supremacist voter base and liberal Hollywood can't help to compensate its white guilt by awarding undeserving titles like Get Out or Moonlight, racial tensions are hardly behind. American society and culture is conservative, so it reacted slowly to the civil rights movements, and the ever-influencing film industry didn't help either with decades of stereotypes and generalizations. So you need to dig deep to find early attempts to comment on America's ethic diversity racism.

The same year All About Eve had its deserved Oscars run, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's other feature release predictably went under the radar, as No Way Out made an unknown black actor, Sidney Poitier (first credited role) the charismatic lead in a noirish hospital melodrama. Dr. Brooks (Poitier) is a talented young doctor interning at a prison ward, and when he's examining two racist brothers freshly shot and captured by police, one of them dies under his care, the other (Richard Widmark) blinded by blatant racism, accuses the doc that he had it for whiteys. With the surviving Biddle brother's mob connections in the low-class Beaver Canal neighborhood, there's a chance of a race riot, threatening Dr. Brooks' backyard.

For a 70 year-old movie made by Old Hollywood rules and and some generalizations (for the sake the story to work), No Way Out is surprisingly realistic and downright nasty in portraying some blatantly racist ppl., with more N-words flying about than in a Spike Lee or Tarantino movie. It is also very well written by Mankiewicz & Lesser Samuels, with well realized characters on both ends, portraying a complex case where each party feels justified for its actions. Ray Biddle is not racist by nature, but by social environment, and uses it to justify his bare, low-down existence, cause if as a petty, violent criminal is not superior than your random black folk next door, in other words he's rock bottom of the food-chain, how does he justify his existence? He's particularly bothered by Dr. Brooks' sophisticated, intelligent doctor character and has plans to avenge his brother's death.

Widmark is superbly nasty, and Poitier delivers his first charismatic role, standing up to it, refusing a helping (white) hand (Stephen McNally revels as his considerate friend/boss), and the sorta-racist girl from the Biddle neighborhood, Linda Darnell also shines as the undecided and uneducated woman between two worlds. It's also a movie of well-written side-characters, a black elevator operator is just as racist as some white ppl. the other side, and despite being uncredited, Amanda Randolph as McNally's stereotypical black servant is the heart of the movie, serving as a relatable character who makes the white girl question her racism picked up in the same low-class environment.

No Way Out is more action-packed than you'd think, as tensions build toward mass reaction, with one particularly brilliant moment before all hell brakes out. You need to remind yourself it's a 1950 movie, 5 years before the Rosa Parks incident and many more before the civil rights and black power movements, or Hollywood and it's audience being ready to have mature talk of America's racial diversity and all that comes with it. Not sure what the copyright deal is for such an old film, but No Way Out comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and can be watched in DVD quality on YouTube:

 
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Jun 14, 2012
13,325
5,935
500 Days Of Summer.

Was late last night and I was flicking through and came across this again. Hadn't seen it in years. Wouldn't class it as a rom com as it's very realistic as to how shit like this goes. 7/10.
 
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AntG

Scaredy Bat
Nov 16, 2012
2,724
1,797
Lancashire
Since I watched The Godfather last night, I thought I'd watch Part 2 tonight, I think I slightly prefer it to the original, I'm not going to bother with Part 3, didn't enjoy it the first time I saw it.
 

BigBone

Sugalowda!
Jun 13, 2012
10,717
1,719
Tycho Station
Bohemian Rhapsody - perfectly okay feel-good movie aimed at a large audience with a superb Rami Malek, not much to discuss really, it's a fan favorite for a reason. Just know what it ain't: a Queen biopic cause it puts Freddie Mercury in the front, back and middle (like The Doors, hardly giving the whole band justice). And it's an ordinary Hollywood style movie with all the right boxes checked (be tolerant of ppl. with different heritage and sexual orientation), with nice music. What it completely lacks is the heart pumping swag of Queen & Mercury that shines through the excellent concert documentary Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest - for the family, the biopic is a well-rounded tale, but for the fans: stick with the real footage.
 
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AntG

Scaredy Bat
Nov 16, 2012
2,724
1,797
Lancashire
Raging Bull, another one I've not seen in years, brilliant film, well paced and great performances, possibly De Niro's best(either that or Taxi Driver). I love how well the boxing scenes are shot especially one of the Robinson bouts where you see the heat haze, the detail is astonishing especially when you consider Scorcese had and still has no interest in boxing.
 

NSFW

Freedom Fighter
May 14, 2013
21,831
10,499
Castle Duckula.
Funny Cow

Maxine Peak is funny cow, a female comedian in the 70s/80s. This is the story of how her story began and why she is completely fucked up. The film has quite a few good laughs in it, its also really brutal. Set in Yorkshire it was great to see life from the period just before my birth and gave me a real yearning for those older more fucked up times. Peak is brilliant as usual and shows off a tidy ass at one point, Alun Armsttrong plays a sort of comedic mentor in an ageing stand up whos life is going down the pan. Further help comes from Stephen Graham, Kevin Eldon and a terrific turn from Paddy Considine. Cow's husband is played by Tony Pitts and he pulls off bastard husband with complete realism, reminded me so much of the old blokes round here. At 1 hour 40 mins it doesn't outstay its welvome even if the final act teeters before an odd ending. Some great music from former Pulp member Richard Hawley fits so damn goo too.

7/10 Strange choices in the character development and last third stopped it from being a fave of mine, extra point for the setting.

 
Jun 14, 2012
13,325
5,935
Raging Bull, another one I've not seen in years, brilliant film, well paced and great performances, possibly De Niro's best(either that or Taxi Driver). I love how well the boxing scenes are shot especially one of the Robinson bouts where you see the heat haze, the detail is astonishing especially when you consider Scorcese had and still has no interest in boxing.
I always thought some of the actual boxing scenes look a bit shit in that. I know they are actors playing boxers but some of it looks really unnatural. Still a great film though.
 

thehook13

‪#‎Pray4Khan‬
May 16, 2013
62,594
14,439
Bohemian Rhapsody - perfectly okay feel-good movie aimed at a large audience with a superb Rami Malek, not much to discuss really, it's a fan favorite for a reason. Just know what it ain't: a Queen biopic cause it puts Freddie Mercury in the front, back and middle (like The Doors, hardly giving the whole band justice). And it's an ordinary Hollywood style movie with all the right boxes checked (be tolerant of ppl. with different heritage and sexual orientation), with nice music. What it completely lacks is the heart pumping swag of Queen & Mercury that shines through the excellent concert documentary Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest - for the family, the biopic is a well-rounded tale, but for the fans: stick with the real footage.
I've been trying to decide to watch it or not. Good review