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2021-12-06 4:53:43 AM  
Wow. 'Licorice Pizza' has Tom Waits. Looks good.
 
2021-12-06 7:46:49 AM  
I'll see The Matrix, even though I have no idea where they're going to go with it (Trinity is very, very dead). I might eventually see Spider-Man when it eventually comes to Disney+. Everything else looks terrible.
 
2021-12-06 7:59:01 AM  

Mugato: I'll see The Matrix, even though I have no idea where they're going to go with it (Trinity is very, very dead). I might eventually see Spider-Man when it eventually comes to Disney+. Everything else looks terrible.


Clearly Trinity is only dead in that layer of the Matrix.
 
2021-12-06 8:01:58 AM  

gopher321: Wow. 'Licorice Pizza' has Tom Waits. Looks good.


Looks like it has a couple of good points.

//Sorry, I couldn't help myself
 
2021-12-06 8:06:30 AM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Mugato: I'll see The Matrix, even though I have no idea where they're going to go with it (Trinity is very, very dead). I might eventually see Spider-Man when it eventually comes to Disney+. Everything else looks terrible.

Clearly Trinity is only dead in that layer of the Matrix.


Now I'm even more convinced that they had no idea where to go after the first film.
 
2021-12-06 8:15:17 AM  
West Side Story? No thanks, we already have one. Kenny G? Do these people even know the definition of "must see"?

Paul Verhoeven's lesbian nuns? Now that's must see.
 
2021-12-06 8:17:23 AM  

mcmnky: Paul Verhoeven's lesbian nuns? Now that's must see.


But not in the theater. I don't want to get Pee Wee Herman-ed.
 
2021-12-06 8:19:13 AM  
The only real must-see of those for me is Nightmare Alley. I'll probably see some of the others, but I'm in no rush.
 
2021-12-06 8:19:24 AM  
Listening to Kenny Gis a documentary about the smooth-jazz sax crooner

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2021-12-06 8:20:15 AM  

mcmnky: West Side Story? No thanks, we already have one. Kenny G? Do these people even know the definition of "must see"?

Paul Verhoeven's lesbian nuns? Now that's must see.


Pretty sure PornHub has you covered there.
 
2021-12-06 8:22:34 AM  

mcmnky: West Side Story? No thanks, we already have one. Kenny G? Do these people even know the definition of "must see"?

Paul Verhoeven's lesbian nuns? Now that's must see.


Maybe a version of West Side Story with actual Puerto Rican people playing the roles and doing their own singing is a worthwhile effort.
 
2021-12-06 8:23:19 AM  
That's a lot of odd ways to spell The King's Man.
 
2021-12-06 8:27:47 AM  
Took my "theater kid" son to see In the Heights when it was in theaters.  Previews started, screen went dark and then...that whistle call.  My son says "Holy shiat!", because apparently every theater kid knows what that whistle call means: West Side Story.

The preview looked glorious on the big screen.  It literally looked like it was shot in Technicolor.

Yeah, I'll be there opening weekend.
 
2021-12-06 8:34:41 AM  
I am glad the Matrix is part of the Warner films that released on HBO max this year. I have a nice TV and audio setup that combined with a beer fridge and a pause button makes home viewing better than the theater.
 
2021-12-06 8:36:07 AM  
1. Power of the Dog - Meh
2. Listening to Kenny G - Hells to the No
3. Benedetta - Looks more like fapping material than cinema material to me
4. Flee - Meh
5. The Hand of God - Double meh
6. West Side Story - That's my mom's favorite musical, but we'll wait until it streams
7. Nightmare Alley - Meh
8. Spider-Man: No Way Home - Shut up and take my money
9. The Lost Daughter - Will wait for streaming
10. The Novice - Meh
11. Matrix Resurrections - I hope it's more like Matrix I and less like II and III
12: Parallel Mothers - Parallel meh
13. Licorice Pizza - Will wait for streaming
 
2021-12-06 8:39:43 AM  
"Lamb" is a very weird movie, and not worth the twist ending. Though it was nice to see Noomi Rapace in a film again.
 
kab
2021-12-06 8:47:41 AM  

Two Dogs Farking: Power of the Dog - Meh


That's being generous.
 
2021-12-06 8:47:57 AM  

UncleDirtNap: Listening to Kenny Gis a documentary about the smooth-jazz sax crooner

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Richard Thompson - I Agree With Pat Metheny
Youtube ucgZQGPZOpk


I agree with Pat Metheny
Kenny's talents are too teenie
He deserves the crap he's going to get...
 
2021-12-06 9:19:40 AM  

Mugato: Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Mugato: I'll see The Matrix, even though I have no idea where they're going to go with it (Trinity is very, very dead). I might eventually see Spider-Man when it eventually comes to Disney+. Everything else looks terrible.

Clearly Trinity is only dead in that layer of the Matrix.

Now I'm even more convinced that they had no idea where to go after the first film.


True that
 
2021-12-06 9:20:58 AM  

Two Dogs Farking: 1. Power of the Dog - Meh
2. Listening to Kenny G - Hells to the No
3. Benedetta - Looks more like fapping material than cinema material to me
4. Flee - Meh
5. The Hand of God - Double meh
6. West Side Story - That's my mom's favorite musical, but we'll wait until it streams
7. Nightmare Alley - Meh
8. Spider-Man: No Way Home - Shut up and take my money
9. The Lost Daughter - Will wait for streaming
10. The Novice - Meh
11. Matrix Resurrections - I hope it's more like Matrix I and less like II and III
12: Parallel Mothers - Parallel meh
13. Licorice Pizza - Will wait for streaming


House of Gucci

Who does what??

Dont miss!!


Lolzz
 
2021-12-06 9:22:48 AM  
Apparently House of Gucci upset the 1%


How tragic!
 
2021-12-06 9:23:54 AM  

Linux_Yes: Apparently House of Gucci upset the 1%


How tragic!


Addendum:  surprisingly, Gaga can act.
 
2021-12-06 9:31:28 AM  

Mugato: I'll see The Matrix, even though I have no idea where they're going to go with it (Trinity is very, very dead). I might eventually see Spider-Man when it eventually comes to Disney+. Everything else looks terrible.


The machines can clone people and they probably have their brain-scans, so it is probably pretty easy for them to recreate a person within group the Matrix if they want.

I'm just curious how Lana addresses how a lot of the original Matrix has been co-opted by assholes:

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2021-12-06 9:38:09 AM  
I'm pretty much aware of Spider-Man and nothing else. I'll be surprised if it doesn't make $500 million opening weekend.
 
2021-12-06 9:38:15 AM  
I vaguely remember Haim being a thing like 10 years ago. I guess they're acting now? I trust PTA, so I'll go with it. Just seems odd and random. Was the Neon Trees guy unavailable?
 
2021-12-06 9:41:02 AM  
Trailers for Nightmare Alley and West Side Story look pretty good.

The Kenny G doc is interesting in places, but the filmmakers kind of seem up their own ass with their smugness (any director that names themselves after a Beatles song is bound to be pretentious).

And Power of the Dog is a yawn. It's not so much a western as it is Downton Abbey with cowboy hats. And the big narrative reveal is one of the most riveting twists of 2004. Basically, Chris Cooper in American Beauty.
 
2021-12-06 9:45:23 AM  
Not on the list, but I am interested in Aaron Sorkin's Lucille Ball movie that comes out on Amazon. Although a whole series could be made on her and Desi Arnaz. Two of the most powerful producers in Hollywood in the 60s were a woman and a Cuban? There has to be a ton of stories to choose from.
 
2021-12-06 9:51:17 AM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: I'm pretty much aware of Spider-Man and nothing else. I'll be surprised if it doesn't make $500 million opening weekend.


2 Billion
 
2021-12-06 9:54:55 AM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: I'm pretty much aware of Spider-Man and nothing else. I'll be surprised if it doesn't make $500 million opening weekend.


Spider caught another fly.
 
2021-12-06 10:01:25 AM  
I can't wait to see West Side Story. I love that Rita Moreno is in it again (60 years later), playing the widow of Doc, the candy store owner - a part written just for her by Tony Kushner. Rita turns 90 on Saturday.
 
2021-12-06 10:05:01 AM  

Linux_Yes: Linux_Yes: Apparently House of Gucci upset the 1%


How tragic!

Addendum:  surprisingly, Gaga can act.


She was great in a star is born
 
db2
2021-12-06 10:13:16 AM  
I'll probably go see The Matrix, with a healthy amount of cautious optimism.

Also, go see Ghostbusters Afterlife if you haven't yet. (And if you haven't, what the hell is wrong with you?)
 
2021-12-06 10:15:49 AM  

Weird Hal: UncleDirtNap: Listening to Kenny Gis a documentary about the smooth-jazz sax crooner

[Fark user image 425x254]

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/ucgZQGPZOpk]

I agree with Pat Metheny
Kenny's talents are too teenie
He deserves the crap he's going to get...


For those who are not familiar with Pat Metheny's hate of all things that are Kenny G:

Pat Metheny Hates Kenny G
 
2021-12-06 10:17:47 AM  

Rann Xerox: Weird Hal: UncleDirtNap: Listening to Kenny Gis a documentary about the smooth-jazz sax crooner

[Fark user image 425x254]

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/ucgZQGPZOpk]

I agree with Pat Metheny
Kenny's talents are too teenie
He deserves the crap he's going to get...

For those who are not familiar with Pat Metheny's hate of all things that are Kenny G:

Pat Metheny Hates Kenny G


Who the fark is Pat Metheny?
 
2021-12-06 10:37:27 AM  

stoli n coke: Not on the list, but I am interested in Aaron Sorkin's Lucille Ball movie that comes out on Amazon. Although a whole series could be made on her and Desi Arnaz. Two of the most powerful producers in Hollywood in the 60s were a woman and a Cuban? There has to be a ton of stories to choose from.


TCM's podcast The Plot Thickens is doing a series on Ball. Very interesting and eye-opening for someone who didn't know how many "firsts on television" happened because of Ball and Arnaz.
https://theplotthickens.tcm.com/
 
2021-12-06 10:54:57 AM  
Nightmare Alley is the only one that looks like it's worth a trip to the theater for me.  I might end up going to Westside Story if my wife insists (which could go either way).  Spiderman No Way Home sounds good (I do love Dr. Strange) and it's right on the border of making me want to see it in theaters, but I'm just over comic book movies.  Everything else that interests me is just something to see if I ever stumble across it.

Matrix 4 - I never watched 3, so I'd have to do homework after being disappointed in 2 AND having all the stakes of the ending removed since I already know everyone who dies at the end of 3 is in 4.

Benedetta - the only review I saw said it was just shock for the sake of shock without any other substance to it.  I'll wait for more opinions because Paul Vanderhoven manages to get that same review whether the movie is amazing or awful.

Lost Daughter sounds good, but it doesn't sound like the type of movie I want to see regularly.

Licorice Pizza sounds like the sort of thing you end up watching because it's on not because it's particularly good or anything.  Do those movies make money anymore?  It's not like people really channel surf movies all that much.
 
2021-12-06 10:58:27 AM  

mike_d85: Matrix 4 - I never watched 3, so I'd have to do homework after being disappointed in 2 AND having all the stakes of the ending removed since I already know everyone who dies at the end of 3 is in 4.


Without spoiling 3 too much and having not seen 4 yet, my impression is that 4 is ignoring most of what happened in 3 so I don't think you'd be totally lost if you skipped 3.
 
2021-12-06 11:17:22 AM  
the kid in Licorice Pizza is the son i didn't know Philip Seymour Hoffman had, but Jesse Plemons in The Power of the Dog has the face that genetics didn't know wasn't Philip Seymour Hoffman's son.
yeah.
 
2021-12-06 11:38:22 AM  

db2: I'll probably go see The Matrix, with a healthy amount of cautious optimism.

Also, go see Ghostbusters Afterlife if you haven't yet. (And if you haven't, what the hell is wrong with you?)


The Matress is the X rated version
 
2021-12-06 11:45:33 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: The only real must-see of those for me is Nightmare Alley. I'll probably see some of the others, but I'm in no rush.


I picked up that book at random in a Chicago bookstore, had no idea it was being made into a movie. Book is good so far, and I'm trying to avoid any previews of the film, damnit.
 
2021-12-06 11:47:59 AM  

kab: Two Dogs Farking: Power of the Dog - Meh

That's being generous.


What's the problem with it? Ponderous? Was considering giving it a go.
 
2021-12-06 11:55:41 AM  
We got the only Matrix sequel we needed with Doctor Strange.  The reality-bending fight scenes were what we expected from a guy who can see the matrix instead of just flying and martial arts.
 
2021-12-06 12:05:31 PM  

thisisyourbrainonFark: kab: Two Dogs Farking: Power of the Dog - Meh

That's being generous.

What's the problem with it? Ponderous? Was considering giving it a go.


Very slow-paced. Jesse Plemons' character could have been written out of the movie entirety (yes, it complicates how to get the mother and son to the ranch, but there are ways to do that).

Benedict Cumberbatch played his character too close to Daniel Day Lewis in "There Will Be Blood".

The plot twist is interesting, but you have to be paying attention.

IMHO, a more powerful story was Phil's history with Bronco Henry, as it shapes the entirety of Phil's character. How can a guy who was likely molested as a child and might be gay pull off being a rancher in 1920s Montana? How does that character deal with an effeminate young man who appears in his house?
 
2021-12-06 12:14:08 PM  

Weird Hal: UncleDirtNap: Listening to Kenny Gis a documentary about the smooth-jazz sax crooner

[Fark user image 425x254]

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/ucgZQGPZOpk]

I agree with Pat Metheny
Kenny's talents are too teenie
He deserves the crap he's going to get...


Which is worse, soft jazz or comedy folksinging?
 
2021-12-06 12:17:09 PM  

stoli n coke: Rann Xerox: Weird Hal: UncleDirtNap: Listening to Kenny Gis a documentary about the smooth-jazz sax crooner

[Fark user image 425x254]

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/ucgZQGPZOpk]

I agree with Pat Metheny
Kenny's talents are too teenie
He deserves the crap he's going to get...

For those who are not familiar with Pat Metheny's hate of all things that are Kenny G:

Pat Metheny Hates Kenny G

Who the fark is Pat Metheny?


Your ignorance is appalling. And you call yourself a jazz fan.
 
2021-12-06 12:20:27 PM  

mike_d85: Nightmare Alley is the only one that looks like it's worth a trip to the theater for me.  I might end up going to Westside Story if my wife insists (which could go either way).  Spiderman No Way Home sounds good (I do love Dr. Strange) and it's right on the border of making me want to see it in theaters, but I'm just over comic book movies.  Everything else that interests me is just something to see if I ever stumble across it.

Matrix 4 - I never watched 3, so I'd have to do homework after being disappointed in 2 AND having all the stakes of the ending removed since I already know everyone who dies at the end of 3 is in 4.

Benedetta - the only review I saw said it was just shock for the sake of shock without any other substance to it.  I'll wait for more opinions because Paul Vanderhoven manages to get that same review whether the movie is amazing or awful.

Lost Daughter sounds good, but it doesn't sound like the type of movie I want to see regularly.

Licorice Pizza sounds like the sort of thing you end up watching because it's on not because it's particularly good or anything.  Do those movies make money anymore?  It's not like people really channel surf movies all that much.


I really liked Benedetta; it definitely has things to say about the Catholic church, not all of them bad, surprisingly. Although it does use exploitation tropes, it's not just an exploitation film.
 
2021-12-06 12:38:05 PM  
I think "West Side Story" is going to be Spielberg's second bomb. Musical theater is a niche market, especially in modern cinema.
 
2021-12-06 12:57:32 PM  

DesertCoyote: I think "West Side Story" is going to be Spielberg's second bomb. Musical theater is a niche market, especially in modern cinema.


It's been getting really good early reviews, so I think it will do fine at the box office.

I'd generally agree with you on musical theater, but WSS is a different beast. The original movie and soundtrack are pretty much cultural touchstones for every generation so will appeal to a broad audience.
 
2021-12-06 1:07:47 PM  

DesertCoyote: I think "West Side Story" is going to be Spielberg's second bomb. Musical theater is a niche market, especially in modern cinema.


Bomb may be the right word.  It's Spielberg so they expect the world from him and honestly if anyone can get butts in the seats for it it's him.  Putting out ANY West Side Story would have garnered a minimum guaranteed audience though so I assume they did the math before they budgeted, but it doesn't look like it.

West Side Story's budget clocks in at $100 million.  Far from his most lavish film, but that's probably gambling a lot on a musical.  LaLa Land GROSSED in $150 million domestic.  Into the Woods grossed $128 domestic.  Mary Poppins 2 grossed $172 million domestic.  They need a modest mainstream hit for this to be profitable.

Cats had a similar budget at $97m and it's gross was $27m domestic.  That's your worst case scenario.
 
2021-12-06 1:10:53 PM  

mike_d85: DesertCoyote: I think "West Side Story" is going to be Spielberg's second bomb. Musical theater is a niche market, especially in modern cinema.

Bomb may be the right word.  It's Spielberg so they expect the world from him and honestly if anyone can get butts in the seats for it it's him.  Putting out ANY West Side Story would have garnered a minimum guaranteed audience though so I assume they did the math before they budgeted, but it doesn't look like it.

West Side Story's budget clocks in at $100 million.  Far from his most lavish film, but that's probably gambling a lot on a musical.  LaLa Land GROSSED in $150 million domestic.  Into the Woods grossed $128 domestic.  Mary Poppins 2 grossed $172 million domestic.  They need a modest mainstream hit for this to be profitable.

Cats had a similar budget at $97m and it's gross was $27m domestic.  That's your worst case scenario.


But, is WSS, with the original film being released over 60 years ago, relevant to the current audiences outside of musics theater buffs?
 
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