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NorthernHarrier wrote:
Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I think Blue Jasmine is a wonderful movie, and it’s got a 7.3 rating on IMDB, so I guess I’m not the only one who likes it. I agree that it’s difficult not to be impressed with Cate Blanchett’s performance. I can’t imagine her being anything less than convincing and riveting in any performance.

I’m personally most interested in realistic movies, so I like movies where everything isn’t neatly resolved at the end, because most things in life are not neatly resolved in the end. Life is more messy than that for most people.

We’ve had about a hundred years of movies where everything is resolved at the end, and the main character changes for the better. I still find it refreshing to see a movie where that doesn’t happen. If a movie had to show “what happens next” to the main character to be “good,” a good movie would need to be years long.

I get your point of view. And many movies that end up with polarized opinions tend to struggle with how a movie has ended. Some people are fine with a very wide loose end, while others want closure.

The thing is, I’ve seen movies with loose ends, where you’re left to make your own presumption as to what would happen next. But it’s usually done with some sort of new plateau or new character phased in. You know how a movie is nothing but a string of scenes weaved together, each with their own intensity levels and positional characteristics. Opening, middle, and ending scenes of acts. When a movie ends, it can be at the beginning of a new act, and provided with a plot device or two woven in appropriately can make for reasonable presumptions. Or it can be at the end of an act, which is a tidy wrap-up. Not much left to the imagination, because for the writer, the story is over. Nothing more to see. “Happily ever after,” etc.

In Blue Jasmine, it ends in the middle of an act. We really don’t know if she’s heading for a breakdown that’ll lead to suicide, or if she’ll masterfully find a way to bounce back and begin another false pretense sham to fool the next man she entices. So, it leaves you hanging pretty far off the story. I would’ve preferred if we’d gotten a cue of where she was going:

1) Her mumbling to herself incoherently meant she’d lost it, and without a psychologist to guide her, she was going to end up a basket case and left to homelessness on the street
2) Her incoherency was a reflection of her total fear of having no plan, no way out of this mess, and knowing she’d end up destitute with no one to turn to, she would make plans to end her life
3) Her quick thinking has her contact another friend or distant family member who could take her in and give her yet one more chance to rewrite her story, and possibly rescue her life from doom once more

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Does Free Guy run in your theatre in 3-D? I am wondering.

 

Looks like a clone movie of The Truman Show (Jim Carrey)

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tempo wrote:

Does Free Guy run in your theatre in 3-D? I am wondering.


 


Looks like a clone movie of The Truman Show (Jim Carrey)


The Truman show is about a real person who finds out he has been living on the set of a TV show based around his own life.

Free Guy is about a non-player-character in a video game becoming self aware and becoming the hero of his own story.

In the Truman show, it turns out the world isn’t real. In Free Man, it turns out the world isn’t real AND the main character isn’t real either.

But if Free Man ends with the main character becoming a real person then I’d say the story starts to lose it’s claim to uniqueness.

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Really?

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NorthernHarrier wrote:
Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I think Blue Jasmine is a wonderful movie, and it’s got a 7.3 rating on IMDB, so I guess I’m not the only one who likes it. I agree that it’s difficult not to be impressed with Cate Blanchett’s performance. I can’t imagine her being anything less than convincing and riveting in any performance. I’m personally most interested in realistic movies, so I like movies where everything isn’t neatly resolved at the end, because most things in life are not neatly resolved in the end. Life is more messy than that for most people. We’ve had about a hundred years of movies where everything is resolved at the end, and the main character changes for the better. I still find it refreshing to see a movie where that doesn’t happen. If a movie had to show “what happens next” to the main character to be “good,” a good movie would need to be years long.

 

thanks for reminding me of this. Blue Jasmine was on my watch list for a while and I just never felt compelled to watch it even though it ticks the boxes of something I may really enjoy. Will revisit. 

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nydude: if you like that one, you might also like this one directed by Paolo Sorrentino, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, and Rachel Weisz:

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The Terminator (1984)

Rewatched this classic sci-fi action movie. Those future scenes still look great aesthetically imo. On the other hand, it’s a shame Arnold’s makeup was so bad in certain shots.

Anyone ever notice that while executing Sarah Connor’s roommate, Arnold blinks when firing his gun? That’s something that even an experienced human shooter would not do. Woops!

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And in contrast, in T2, in the mall scene, Robert Patrick empties a whole clip, drops it, slaps in another, and empties the second clip, all without breaking his gaze or blinking.

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Lightbringer wrote:
And in contrast, in T2, in the mall scene, Robert Patrick empties a whole clip, drops it, slaps in another, and empties the second clip, all without breaking his gaze or blinking.
*Magazine Wink

I guess he trained for that specifically. Which makes sense since Arnold has stated that he regretted the blinking in the first movie. I just looked it up and learned that Arnold was supposed to be Kyle Reese but he had put so much thought into how the terminator should act that he ended up switching roles. Very cool!

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saw the International Release of the new Dune movie.

ok.
here goes….

Good:
1. score. music is overpowering.
2. scope. Lawrence of Arabia-like.
3. short. well, shorter than LOTR.
Bad:
1. serious. so super serious. few smiles, no fun.
2. stupid. they “beat around the bush” about the savior.
3. sand worms. could have left them out. they “dindu nuffin”.

background:
1. just like The Godfather movie (and others), i did not read the book.
2. saw it on the “small screen”. maybe the “big screen” makes it better.
3. posting on BLF means i am cheap. no way i pay theater prices for it.

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NorthernHarrier wrote:
nydude: if you like that one, you might also like this one directed by Paolo Sorrentino, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, and Rachel Weisz:
Thanks for mentioning this. Looks like a great movie! Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel are some of my favorite actors.

turkeydance wrote:
saw the International Release of the new Dune movie.
ok.
here goes….
Good:
1. score. music is overpowering.
2. scope. Lawrence of Arabia-like.
3. short. well, shorter than LOTR.
Bad:
1. serious. so super serious. few smiles, no fun.
2. stupid. they “beat around the bush” about the savior.
3. sand worms. could have left them out. they “dindu nuffin”.

background:
1. just like The Godfather movie (and others), i did not read the book.
2. saw it on the “small screen”. maybe the “big screen” makes it better.
3. posting on BLF means i am cheap. no way i pay theater prices for it.

I appreciate the heads up on this one. I read the book a long, long time ago back in college. Then I saw the movie… the 1984 one. It was slow, kind of weird, but masterful in production. I grew to like it. The TV series remake was alright, but nah—lost the wonderful steampunk feel of the original. Sad to hear this new one fell flat. I will skip it until sometime in the future to view on the free in passing curiosity. Wink
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xevious wrote:
NorthernHarrier wrote:
nydude: if you like that one, you might also like this one directed by Paolo Sorrentino, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, and Rachel Weisz:
Thanks for mentioning this. Looks like a great movie! Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel are some of my favorite actors.

turkeydance wrote:
saw the International Release of the new Dune movie.
ok.
here goes….
Good:
1. score. music is overpowering.
2. scope. Lawrence of Arabia-like.
3. short. well, shorter than LOTR.
Bad:
1. serious. so super serious. few smiles, no fun.
2. stupid. they “beat around the bush” about the savior.
3. sand worms. could have left them out. they “dindu nuffin”.

background:
1. just like The Godfather movie (and others), i did not read the book.
2. saw it on the “small screen”. maybe the “big screen” makes it better.
3. posting on BLF means i am cheap. no way i pay theater prices for it.

I appreciate the heads up on this one. I read the book a long, long time ago back in college. Then I saw the movie… the 1984 one. It was slow, kind of weird, but masterful in production. I grew to like it. The TV series remake was alright, but nah—lost the wonderful steampunk feel of the original. Sad to hear this new one fell flat. I will skip it until sometime in the future to view on the free in passing curiosity. Wink

I haven’t read the book yet. Was there much humor in it? Could that “beat around the bush” remark be applied to the book? Were the sand worms very significant in the book?

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well, since the New Movie is only Part One,
the messiah/savior reveal might be in P2.

in a weird way, this Dune movie reminds me of Life of Brian.
quote:
Brian’s mother: “He’s not the Messiah. He’s a very naughty boy! Now, go away!”

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I saw Candyman (2021).

It's the sequel to Candyman (1992).

This movie is pretty bad.

The acting is excellent, and the music is great.

There are some creepy scenes with good atmosphere.

Parts of the movie are entertaining, but overall, it's disappointing.

The film is co-produced and co-written by Jordan Peele, so I expected much more.

The movie also has a very weak ending that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

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raccoon city wrote:

I saw Candyman (2021).

That’s disappointing. Did you like the first one? My wife and I really did, and have been really looking forward to this one, but just havent had the time to sit down together and watch it..
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turkeydance wrote:
saw the International Release of the new Dune movie.
ok.
here goes….
Good:
1. score. music is overpowering.
2. scope. Lawrence of Arabia-like.
3. short. well, shorter than LOTR.
Bad:
1. serious. so super serious. few smiles, no fun.
2. stupid. they “beat around the bush” about the savior.
3. sand worms. could have left them out. they “dindu nuffin”.

background:
1. just like The Godfather movie (and others), i did not read the book.
2. saw it on the “small screen”. maybe the “big screen” makes it better.
3. posting on BLF means i am cheap. no way i pay theater prices for it.

I appreciate the heads up on this one. I read the book a long, long time ago back in college. Then I saw the movie… the 1984 one. It was slow, kind of weird, but masterful in production. I grew to like it. The TV series remake was alright, but nah—lost the wonderful steampunk feel of the original. Sad to hear this new one fell flat. I will skip it until sometime in the future to view on the free in passing curiosity. Wink

I haven’t read the book yet. Was there much humor in it? Could that “beat around the bush” remark be applied to the book? Were the sand worms very significant in the book?[/quote] No humor to speak of, really. It was a very slow and convoluted book. You really have to let it “sink in.” I stopped and started over about 3 times until it finally “clicked.” But it was worth it. Sand worms are definitely mentioned and feature prominently at times, but they don’t consume the book. It’s mostly about Paul Atreides, Muad’dib.
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I’ve read the first book 3 times. It’s incredible but different from the original film. It actually took me a few viewings to grow to love it.

Can’t wait to check out the new one.

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azj wrote:
raccoon city wrote:

I saw Candyman (2021).

That's disappointing. Did you like the first one? My wife and I really did, and have been really looking forward to this one, but just havent had the time to sit down together and watch it..

I liked the first one, but I saw it before I started writing short reviews of movies, and I don't remember exactly how much I liked it.

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Started watching the new version of the movie Dune, but stopped watching it, did not like it, I rather remember the original movie version that this modern version.

Watched Free Guy, I was good! Entertaining!

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Photon Master wrote:
I’ve read the first book 3 times. It’s incredible but different from the original film. It actually took me a few viewings to grow to love it.

Can’t wait to check out the new one.


It sounds like the people who didn’t like the new movie expected a more refined version of the old movie. That’s why I was asking questions about what the book was like. It doesn’t sound like the new movie is necessarily inconsistent with the book.

AlexGT wrote:
Started watching the new version of the movie Dune, but stopped watching it, did not like it, I rather remember the original movie version that this modern version.

Watched Free Guy, I was good! Entertaining!


Sounds like it might be a better adaption of the book but is a totally different experience from the first movie.

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The first Dune movie, from 1984, had a wonderfully rich techno-steampunk aesthetic with dark overtones. It was so impressive, because it was also so immensely expensive… and at the same time, they skimped on the space travel SFX so badly (literally 2D illustration cut-outs floating over a starfield), especially in the recent shadow of the first Star Wars trilogy (Return of the Jedi was released 1 year prior). The screenplay really struggled to pay full homage to the book, while trying to make it work on screen. It showed. Theaters took to creating pamphlets to hand out to the audience prior to the screening, to help them keep track of all the peculiar names of things. Needless to say, the movie flopped at the box office. Major stain on David Lynch.

But despite all of its shortcomings, there was something special about Dune. It’s still languishing below a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I still think it deserves better recognition.

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Knives Out (2017) with Christopher Plummer and Daniel Craig (the latter affects a thick southern drawl throughout the movie). It’s a tremendously clever murder mystery. Watch closely, there are clues and relevant bits of info every ten seconds.

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Watched Cruella last night.
Wife & I really enjoyed it.
Good acting, liked the sound track.
Check it out.
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Akira (1988), Beetlejuice (1988), and 300 Rise of an Empire (2014) all rewatched within the past 5 days.

Akira: Amazingly detailed animation and cool stylization. Week stomachs might want to steer clear. I like the story but it could be a tad less cryptic towards the end.

Beetlejuice: This movie is a mood, and a good one.

300 RoaE: All flash and no substance. But there is an awful lot of flash!

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Thirteen minutes of brilliance by Don Hertzfeldt. See also “It’s Such A Beautiful Day” (2012) (as mentioned earlier in this thread).

"However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light." - Stanley Kubrick

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Saw Akria in the theaters when it came out. Quite a Tour De Force in animation at the time. Beetlejuice was fun.
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The Crawling Eye – from 1958

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jeff51 wrote:
Saw Akria in the theaters when it came out. Quite a Tour De Force in animation at the time. Beetlejuice was fun.
All the Best,
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I still think Akira looks amazing. The new 3D animation has no personality in some instances. Disney’s Luca is a good example of using animation the wrong way in my opinion. Instead of using the medium to create something fantastic, they used it to create the most bland an inoffensive content known to man. I’m not saying Disney should make movies like Akira for kids by the way, I’m just talking about art-styles here.

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