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    The Abyss would be so much better without the aliens. Everything that is great about it - the interaction of the crew, the crane fall, the single-suit conundrum, the long sink to the nuclear warhead - is related to combatting technical issues or war-mongering paranoia. The aliens are just kind of... pointless and ruin the ending.
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    I'm delighted by how much I liked Late Spring considering my somewhat tepid response to Tokyo Story. I just found it a lot more emotionally stirring, but I owe TS a rewatch.

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    Welcome Kenji. Ozu is probably my biggest blind spot in film. Haven't seen a single movie of his.

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    • 20,000 Days on Earth (Forsyth/Pollard, 2014) ✦✦✦ [-]
    • The Lego Batman Movie 3D (McKay, 2017) ✦✦✦ [-]
    • Highway Racer, aka Poliziotto Sprint (Massi, 1977/Italy) ✦✦½ [+]
    • Withnail And I (Robinson, 1987) ✦✦✦½ [+]
    • Operation Crossbow (Anderson, 1965) ✦✦✦ [+] -- rewatch
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    • Clear and Present Danger (Noyce, 1994) ✦✦✦½ [-] -- rewatch
    • Coco 3D (Unkrich/Molina, 2017) ✦✦✦½ [-] -- rewatch
    • Enola Holmes (Bradbeer, 2020) ✦✦ [-]
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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    The Abyss would be so much better without the aliens. Everything that is great about it - the interaction of the crew, the crane fall, the single-suit conundrum, the long sink to the nuclear warhead - is related to combatting technical issues or war-mongering paranoia. The aliens are just kind of... pointless and ruin the ending.
    It kinda worked for me in a "who-knows-what-the-hell-else-is-down there?" kinda way. So I know they're aliens, but some think the ocean world is the real wondrous one rather than the one over our heads.

    It's a bit like The Day the Earth Stood still in that it's got Aliens who come with a warning, although that ultimatum emerges a bit implausibly and suddenly at the very end.

    But I definitely get where you're coming from.
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    • 20,000 Days on Earth (Forsyth/Pollard, 2014) ✦✦✦ [-]
    • The Lego Batman Movie 3D (McKay, 2017) ✦✦✦ [-]
    • Highway Racer, aka Poliziotto Sprint (Massi, 1977/Italy) ✦✦½ [+]
    • Withnail And I (Robinson, 1987) ✦✦✦½ [+]
    • Operation Crossbow (Anderson, 1965) ✦✦✦ [+] -- rewatch
    • Atonement(Wright, 2007) ✦✦✦✦ -- rewatch
    • Clear and Present Danger (Noyce, 1994) ✦✦✦½ [-] -- rewatch
    • Coco 3D (Unkrich/Molina, 2017) ✦✦✦½ [-] -- rewatch
    • Enola Holmes (Bradbeer, 2020) ✦✦ [-]
    • Rolling Thunder (Flynn, 1977) ✦✦½ [+]
    • Cobra Kai (S2) ✦✦✦✦
    • Cobra Kai (S1) ✦✦✦✦
    • His Dark Materials (S1) ✦✦½ [+]
    • Star Trek: Picard (S1) ✦✦ [-]
    • Ozark (S3) ✦✦✦✦


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    Quote Quoting Morris Schæffer (view post)
    It kinda worked for me in a "who-knows-what-the-hell-else-is-down there?" kinda way. So I know they're aliens, but some think the ocean world is the real wondrous one rather than the one over our heads.

    It's a bit like The Day the Earth Stood still in that it's got Aliens who come with a warning, although that ultimatum emerges a bit implausibly and suddenly at the very end.

    But I definitely get where you're coming from.
    To Tran's point, it just complicates an uncomplicated synopsis. BUt I think to Cameron, that's exactly what he didn't want to have. (a simple synopsis)

    There's always 2 or 3 storylines in his films.

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    Quote Quoting Morris Schæffer (view post)
    It kinda worked for me in a "who-knows-what-the-hell-else-is-down there?" kinda way. So I know they're aliens, but some think the ocean world is the real wondrous one rather than the one over our heads.

    It's a bit like The Day the Earth Stood still in that it's got Aliens who come with a warning, although that ultimatum emerges a bit implausibly and suddenly at the very end.

    But I definitely get where you're coming from.
    I watched the theatrical cut, and it's just.... oh, the aliens saved him and revealed themselves and... the end, I guess? The director's cut is just hectoring.
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    El
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    The Day After
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    Duck, You Sucker (1971) 68
    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 71
    Noriko’s Dinner Party
    (2005) 61
    The Third Murder (2017) 56

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    (1999) 85

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    Vice (2018) 57
    The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) 62

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    Last Seen:
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    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) - "My mum and dad... are both dead from the neck up." Karel Reisz' crisp, vital direction of this excellent kitchen-sink drama is in match with his lead's fiercely self-destructive streak, but it's Albert Finney who's the whole show here. He manages from scene one to modulate his live-wire belligerence against the world as defiance towards that quote's sentiment, where he fears a monotonous, grindingly working-class life if he's not able to get out or finds someone to understand it with. An electrifying debut screen performance. 8.5/10
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
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    I have a hard time getting excited about movies from the 30s. Despite hearing nothing but good things, I am crestfallen to discover that my next movie being shipped from Netflix is The Awful Truth. What decades/genres, if any, do you have a hard time with?

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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    I have a hard time getting excited about movies from the 30s. Despite hearing nothing but good things, I am crestfallen to discover that my next movie being shipped from Netflix is The Awful Truth. What decades/genres, if any, do you have a hard time with?
    Is there a decade worse than the 30s? I guess that's when sound got started, so it was a whole new technological approach that had to be addressed. The Great Depression obviously slowed things down too.

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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    I have a hard time getting excited about movies from the 30s. Despite hearing nothing but good things, I am crestfallen to discover that my next movie being shipped from Netflix is The Awful Truth. What decades/genres, if any, do you have a hard time with?
    The Awful Truth is fairly mediocre, but McCarey's Make Way for Tomorrow and Love Affair are both great.
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    Asako I & II (Hamaguchi Ryusuke, 2018) mild
    The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (Lewis Milestone, 1946) mild

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    George Cukor's Holiday, and My Man Godfrey with Powell and Lombard are both top notch.
    I'm not being dramatic, I just feel like I'm going to throw up my heart and my head is going to fly away like a bird.

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    Is there a decade worse than the 30s?
    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    Is there a decade worse than the 30s?
    Every decade after the 1970s. Incidentally, the '30s may be the greatest decade ever for Japanese movies.

    Some recommendations for '30s films:

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    The Holiday (Nancy Meyers, 2006) cold
    Asako I & II (Hamaguchi Ryusuke, 2018) mild
    The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (Lewis Milestone, 1946) mild

    The last book I read was...
    Underworld by Don DeLillo


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    30s and the 70s are the worst.
    50s and the 80s are the best

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    30s and the 70s are the worst.
    50s and the 80s are the best
    80s horror is this incredible little Petrie dish of amazingness that never happened before and will never happen again.

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    I'm not being dramatic, I just feel like I'm going to throw up my heart and my head is going to fly away like a bird.

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    70s being the worst is quite the take Duke, why?

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    Is there a decade worse than the 30s? I guess that's when sound got started, so it was a whole new technological approach that had to be addressed. The Great Depression obviously slowed things down too.
    I do always seem to yearn for the visuals of late silents like Metropolis, Sunrise, Man with the Movie Camera, etc. Hard to do that on early sound stages.

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    I have trouble sometimes with silent cinema just because I am so used to sound.
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    And as he lay there
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    He could have been a doctor
    In a soft easy chair
    Instead he chose three stars
    A territorial affair

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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    I have a hard time getting excited about movies from the 30s. Despite hearing nothing but good things, I am crestfallen to discover that my next movie being shipped from Netflix is The Awful Truth. What decades/genres, if any, do you have a hard time with?
    I hate to say "you're watching the wrong movies," because it reads all sorts of wrong, but, my dude, you're watching the wrong movies.

    There are a bunch of actors and directors who worked the decade and made great stuff but somehow they aren't as popular as they used to be. Go into their filmographies, pick a random title, and you'll likely get a good watch:

    - Joan Blondell
    - Paul Muni
    - Norma Shearer
    - Anna Mae Wong
    - WC Fields
    - Mervyn LeRoy
    - Joseph von Sternberg
    - The Marx Brothers

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    - I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
    - Scarface
    - Shanghai Express
    - Three on a Match
    - The Barber Shop
    - The Women
    - Gold Diggers of 1933
    - Duck Soup
    - Destry Rides Again

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    Is there a decade worse than the 30s? I guess that's when sound got started, so it was a whole new technological approach that had to be addressed. The Great Depression obviously slowed things down too.
    1939 alone > the last 25 years combined

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    Quote Quoting Irish (view post)
    I hate to say "you're watching the wrong movies," because it reads all sorts of wrong, but, my dude, you're watching the wrong movies.

    There are a bunch of actors and directors who worked the decade and made great stuff but somehow they aren't as popular as they used to be. Go into their filmographies, pick a random title, and you'll likely get a good watch:

    - Joan Blondell
    - Paul Muni
    - Norma Shearer
    - Anna Mae Wong
    - WC Fields
    - Mervyn LeRoy
    - Joseph von Sternberg
    - The Marx Brothers

    Especially:

    - I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
    - Scarface
    - Shanghai Express
    - Three on a Match
    - The Barber Shop
    - The Women
    - Gold Diggers of 1933
    - Duck Soup

    Follow the Nitrate Diva on twitter. She's always good for a recommendation and it'll be a kick you've never heard of.



    1939 alone > the last 25 years combined
    Heck ya, my man.

    The 30s were all sorts of awesome.

    I have dozens of all time favorites from that decade. Great stuff.
    I'm not being dramatic, I just feel like I'm going to throw up my heart and my head is going to fly away like a bird.

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    70s being the worst is quite the take Duke, why?
    I dont know what it is specifically … but the 70s have a terrible look to everything, like you're looking through a screen door. Whatever technology was used during that decade, doesn't translate well for cinema. I'm thinking of movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, The Conversation, Marathon Man...everything looks dirty... Sure there are exceptions like Alien, Solaris... but for the most part I just generally don't gravitate to this decade.

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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    I have a hard time getting excited about movies from the 30s. Despite hearing nothing but good things, I am crestfallen to discover that my next movie being shipped from Netflix is The Awful Truth. What decades/genres, if any, do you have a hard time with?
    There's a big difference between the movies before '34 or so and after. Not a big fan of The Awful Truth. How about M or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    I dont know what it is specifically … but the 70s have a terrible look to everything, like you're looking through a screen door. Whatever technology was used during that decade, doesn't translate well for cinema. I'm thinking of movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, The Conversation, Marathon Man...everything looks dirty... Sure there are exceptions like Alien, Solaris... but for the most part I just generally don't gravitate to this decade.
    The graininess of certain '70s movies results from using fast film stocks in low lighting conditions. The movies are supposed to look that way to give an impression of documentary realism.
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