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 Post subject: Re: What movies did you see recently?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:55 pm 
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Today I saw The 15:17 to Paris. About 20 minutes of it was very good - I thought the opening scenes were informative, and of course the actual terrorist attack was gripping (even though we saw snippets of it several times as flash forwards), and the final scene, where the three Americans and one Brit were awarded medals, was moving. But, in between, was an interminable 45 minutes? hour? lifetime? watching three men walk around European cities, taking endless selfies, and engaging in mind-numbing banal conversation. I can see the predicament: how to turn a brief incident into a full length film. There was no background about the terrorist, which would have added much to the film. The film seemed to be trying to play to a Christian crowd; yet missed that target (the Principal and various teachers of the 'Christian School' to which the three men were sent (as boys) were anything but 'Christian'). It was muddling. I suppose it made sense to Clint, who is 87.

(The good news is that I now have a Moviepass.com card, which allows me to see one movie a day for $10 a month. I will chalk up to today's movie as a loss that cost me nothing but two hours.......)

By the way, every aerial shot of the intercity SNCF train showed it travelling at about 30 mph. The train portrayed travels at a nominal speed of 120 km/hr (75 mph).


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 Post subject: Re: What movies did you see recently?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:01 am 
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Those were also pretty much my exact thoughts on "The 15:17 to Paris." It was an awfully long build-up to the climactic - and admittedly well-done - confrontation on the train. I was confused by the Christian references too, as the staff at the Christian school in the film were pretty much the villainous, authoritative school administrators that you might see in a school comedy. I didn't find the boys particularly likeable either, as they seemed to be rebelling against everything for some unknown reason that was never explained. At least they turned into fine citizens as adults, but as was mentioned, their European vacation could have been trimmed down significantly in my opinion. . . . .but then it would have only been about a 40 minute movie.


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 Post subject: Re: What movies did you see recently?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:39 pm 
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I saw three movies (so far) over this holiday weekend (it's President's Day today in the United States).

On Saturday, I saw Lady Bird. Beautiful movie, but it didn't grab me the way I think a Best Picture film should. I'd give it a solid B+.

On Sunday, I saw Call Me by Your Name for a third time. I won't re-review it, except to say it's filled with so many so-called Easter eggs worthy of exploration by topic (music, flies, clothes, time, mirrors, and names). The device has long appealed to me, because as an English Literature major, I was taught how writers often added inside jokes, alliteration, and other fun text play into their work, and I've since infused some of my books with hidden messages as well.

And today I saw Darkest Hour. With Gary Oldman winning so many Best Actor awards this season, I wanted to see what kind of game he had, and why he kept beating Timothée Chalamet so often. :) Well, I'm happy to say it: Gary Oldman was fantastic as Churchill! He did an amazing job, and at one point (Underground scene and the scene right after), he brought me to near-sobbing tears quite unexpectedly. Great movie from start to finish, and it's certainly piqued my interest more now for Dunkirk, which I hope to see very soon.

Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri are next on my to-see list.

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 Post subject: Re: What movies did you see recently?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:23 pm 
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angelenroute wrote:
I saw three movies (so far) over this holiday weekend (it's President's Day today in the United States).

On Saturday, I saw Lady Bird. Beautiful movie, but it didn't grab me the way I think a Best Picture film should. I'd give it a solid B+.

On Sunday, I saw Call Me by Your Name for a third time. I won't re-review it, except to say it's filled with so many so-called Easter eggs worthy of exploration by topic (music, flies, clothes, time, mirrors, and names). The device has long appealed to me, because as an English Literature major, I was taught how writers often added inside jokes, alliteration, and other fun text play into their work, and I've since infused some of my books with hidden messages as well.

And today I saw Darkest Hour. With Gary Oldman winning so many Best Actor awards this season, I wanted to see what kind of game he had, and why he kept beating Timothée Chalamet so often. :) Well, I'm happy to say it: Gary Oldman was fantastic as Churchill! He did an amazing job, and at one point (Underground scene and the scene right after), he brought me to near-sobbing tears quite unexpectedly. Great movie from start to finish, and it's certainly piqued my interest more now for Dunkirk, which I hope to see very soon.

Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri are next on my to-see list.



You may be interested to learn that the Underground Scene - and the meeting right after with various people in The House of Commons - were entirely fictitious - they never happened! it is as genuine as would be a scene of General Washington with a corn cob pipe in his mouth, crossing the Delaware in a PT Boat, shouting 'I have returned' to the Redcoats in New Jersey....

http://variety.com/2017/film/columns/da ... 202622763/


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 Post subject: Re: What movies did you see recently?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:55 am 
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kport wrote:
You may be interested to learn that the Underground Scene - and the meeting right after with various people in The House of Commons - were entirely fictitious - they never happened! it is as genuine as would be a scene of General Washington with a corn cob pipe in his mouth, crossing the Delaware in a PT Boat, shouting 'I have returned' to the Redcoats in New Jersey....

http://variety.com/2017/film/columns/da ... 202622763/

Very interested to hear that, though not very surprised, I guess. It's the kind of legend I probably would have known about if it was true. Thanks for the non-history lesson! :)

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