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    2001: A Space Odyssey is boring.
    I watched this for the first time in a long time last year, on the big-screen, and a few things became clear.

    If the film is divisible into four stories (apes, moon, Hal, starchild), parts one and three are the best, part four is mostly great with a dull stretch in the middle with recolored American Southwest, and part two is just not that interesting, not until you actually get onto the moon with them, walking toward the monolith.

    And the film is still a masterpiece anyway.

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    This thread needs more attacks.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
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    The Silence of the Lambs is a silly movie and Anthony Hopkins' performance is hammy and ridiculous (in fact I don't like Hopkins in anything I've seen except The Elephant Man). Manhunter is much better and so is Brian Cox as Hannibal.

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    (I wonder how long before Skitch uses this thread as an excuse to start ranting about "E.T."? )
    ...don't take the bait...don't take the bait...you can do this...*heavy breathing*

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    Quote Quoting StanleyK (view post)
    The Silence of the Lambs is a silly movie and Anthony Hopkins' performance is hammy and ridiculous (in fact I don't like Hopkins in anything I've seen except The Elephant Man).
    Side note: Reading the memoir Room to Dream, David Lynch speaks in such glowing terms about virtually everyone he worked with in his career. Anthony Hopkins is a notable exception.
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    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noť, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
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    95% of Jack Nicholson's performance was just an impression of Cesar Romero.

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    Quote Quoting StanleyK (view post)
    The Silence of the Lambs is a silly movie and Anthony Hopkins' performance is hammy and ridiculous (in fact I don't like Hopkins in anything I've seen except The Elephant Man). Manhunter is much better and so is Brian Cox as Hannibal.
    What do you think of Hopkins in The Remains of the Day?
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
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    Quote Quoting StanleyK (view post)
    The Silence of the Lambs is a silly movie and Anthony Hopkins' performance is hammy and ridiculous (in fact I don't like Hopkins in anything I've seen except The Elephant Man). Manhunter is much better and so is Brian Cox as Hannibal.
    You, sir, are in good company:

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    I was always curious how Siskel felt the night this fucking movie won something like 9 Academy Awards, and both Foster and Hopkins walked away with trophies.

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    Quote Quoting Peng (view post)
    What do you think of Hopkins in The Remains of the Day?
    Haven't seen it, but I've disliked him in Dracula, Amistad and Fracture (which, granted, I guess aren't his best showcase).

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    I was always curious how Siskel felt the night this fucking movie won something like 9 Academy Awards, and both Foster and Hopkins walked away with trophies.
    Yeah, one of only three movies to win the Big Five, along with It Happened One Night and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I feel like these two definitely have more of a case for deserving it.

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    I will say, while I do like Hopkins performance, I've always felt Cox's was woefully underappreciated.

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    Quote Quoting StanleyK (view post)
    The Silence of the Lambs is a silly movie and Anthony Hopkins' performance is hammy and ridiculous (in fact I don't like Hopkins in anything I've seen except The Elephant Man). Manhunter is much better and so is Brian Cox as Hannibal.
    This was a fairly common contrarian opinion back in the 90s. It's only recently that you rarely hear dissent about SotL. I know Mike D'Angelo still isn't a fan at all. In a totally boring opinion, I think it's a great film that merges twenty years of lowbrow horror tropes (graphic gore, slashers) with Jonathan Demme's humanism and craft in fascinating ways. I was also obsessed with the film in middle school because my parents wouldn't let me watch it for several years (I think they finally gave in around 8th grade), but they let me read the novel (which is also quite good).
    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    Top Gun: Maverick - 8
    Top Gun - 7
    McCabe & Mrs. Miller - 8
    Crimes of the Future - 8
    Videodrome - 9
    Valley Girl - 8
    Summer of '42 - 7
    In the Line of Fire - 8
    Passenger 57 - 7
    Everything Everywhere All at Once - 6



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    Quote Quoting Spinal (view post)
    This thread needs more attacks.
    Cold War is overrated.

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    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    Top Gun: Maverick - 8
    Top Gun - 7
    McCabe & Mrs. Miller - 8
    Crimes of the Future - 8
    Videodrome - 9
    Valley Girl - 8
    Summer of '42 - 7
    In the Line of Fire - 8
    Passenger 57 - 7
    Everything Everywhere All at Once - 6



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    Brian Cox's Hannibal Lecter is pedestrian and not at all memorable, scary, or unique. Throw that performance in along with the serial killer movies of the 90's that were imitations of Seven.

    Also, Silence of the Lambs is the only good Hannibal Lecter movie. The rest are terrible. (Not unpopular?)

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    It took me a couple watches but I came around on Hannibal. Probably because its completely psychotic in an early 2000's way. Maybe its just my surprise at how many 2000's movies I thought I loved and upon rewatch are garbage.

    Add this to the pile...there are a TON of early 2000's films that absolutely do not hold up. Its a damn thin decade.

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    Prometheus is the best Alien movie.
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    Prometheus is the best Alien movie.
    It's not even in the top 5.
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    I like how quickly this evolved from the "Attack-Free" thread to the "How Efficiently Can I Bait a Match Cutter" thread.

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    On that note, Alien 3 is a mess, and its modest re-appraisal in recent years continues to surprise me.


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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    It's not even in the top 5.
    Top 3, maybe 2.
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    I appreciated "Alien 3" more once I dived into its production history. From assembly cuts to discarded screenplays, there's a lot to chew on.

    I think it's probably the most interesting failure of the 90s, and having seen "Alien" and "Aliens" countless times, I'd rather watch "Alien 3" than the obviously better entries in the series.

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    Alien 3 is desolate and depressing. I love it!
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    - the ape opening of 2001 is hilariously campy.
    - Kubrick's direction of Pyle's descent into madness in Full Metal Jacket is pure hackwork.
    - Kubrick made three genuinely great films - Paths of Glory, Dr. Strangelove, and Barry Lyndon, and everything else ranges from eh to meh.
    - There hasn't been a purely great 5-star film (90+ on my scale) released since 2004, when there were 2. (That I have seen - I'm sure there are great films out there, I just haven't seen them yet. And most 5 star films get that way on rewatch).
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    It's definitely the third-best of the Alien movies, I'll give it that much.

    A+ ------- A -------- B- ----------- C+ ------------------ C+ ---------- C -------- C -------------------------F
    Alien > Aliens > Alien 3 > Alien: Convent > Alien: Resurrection > AvP > Prometheus >>>>>>>> AvPR
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    A lot of these unpopular opinions are ho-hum. I actually agree with trans on a few of them!
    Sure why not?

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    Ball's in your court then, Watashi, what do you got?

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