Film; or The Silver Screen


#341

I’m watching The Force Awakens with my 6-year-old son. He’s seen the original trilogy. Haters be damned, this movie gives me goosebumps and reminds me of the joys of Star Wars I had when I was young.


#342

Sure he does! Gives him the opportunity to slack of another decade or two and living the Life of the GoT show royalties…


#343

Netflix is generally not good at their recommendations/categories, but under the title “Hidden Gems” is a movie called Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Has anyone ever heard of this hidden gem?

Sigh.


#344

Not familiar with it, which makes sense seeing as how it was lost and all.


#345

LOL!

That’s taking the current Netflix approach of obfuscation to a whole new level!

My understanding is that, along with Netflix throwing money at content creation to fill up its library, as it loses content that it used to rent, that Netflix removed the “star” rating system … I believe you can only give a “like” or “dislike” now. And then they removed actual written online reviews from their website. My uninformed impression is that a lot of what they are creating or buying is not worth a person’s time, but that with the removal of actual reviews and ratings Netflix can hide the amount of garbage cluttering up their library and make it hard to find quality items. IMHO.


#346

Hmm, sounds old enough to belong in a museum.


#347

War Machine. A thinly-veiled McChrystal is assigned command of the Afghan War effort, played by Brad Pitt in several permanent pained expressions. The film is some fairly heady satire, making rather too much hay from its central tenet to disguise the fact that it’s not entirely accurate, while at the same time being mostly, painfully accurate. There’s some great actors here (Kingsley, Swinton, Stanfield) but aside from one or two speeches that are too on the nose, everyone is subordinate to the comedy of Pitt’s McChrystal, a caricature of a man who has fed himself head-first into his job, and the sheer lunacy of an unwinnable war as his crowning glory.


#348

Is that the prequel to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? If so, I can’t imagine it would be any good.


#349

#350

The Dead Don’t Die. An exercise in mild amusement that none of the actors can save. Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, all of them banded together can do nothing more than raise some smiles and mild chuckles, with deadpan humour and wit, and little else. Nothing bad, but certainly nothing great, or even particularly remarkable, which is a shame coming from Jarmusch.


#351

El Camino, on Netflix. The “sequel” to the hit TV show, Breaking Bad.

As a fan of Breaking Bad, this was fantastic. Reprised some old characters without it feeling forced and wrapped things up just as well as you’d expect. Highly, highly recommended for fans of the show; others be warned, if you have not watched Breaking Bad in its entirety you won’t understand the great majority of the movie.


#352

Yeah, it really was great. Some nice Better Call Saul throwbacks too, like Man Mountain as the stripper bodyguard.


#353

Never got into BCS past the first season - I’ll have to go back and rewatch it!


#354