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(YardBarker)   Easier than dragging Walton and Lanier up and down the court it's the Fark Monday Movie Rewind. A thread to discuss the movies/TV seen this past week. What have you been watching? LGT Actors Playing Themselves. What did they miss? Which did you like?   (yardbarker.com) divider line
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2022-06-13 7:19:33 AM  
The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent (2022)- Nic Cage as Nic Cage in a film most worthy of the unbearable weight of Nic Cage's massive talent. Peak Nic Cage being Nic Cage surrounded by all that is Nic Cage. Nic Cage.

QotW: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Airplane (1980). I know that his character is Roger Murdock but he's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. David Hasselhof in SpongeBob. And I gotta give it up for Nic Cage in Unbearable Weight, superb performance.
 
2022-06-13 7:41:39 AM  
QOTW: Peter Falk in Wings of Desire
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The Lady Vanishes - Hot take: This movie should have had a different title. It's a screwball comedy right up to the point where the lady vanishes. Hitchcock shouldn't have telegraphed that.

The Other Guys - A ton of the gags land in this and Michael Keaton is great.

Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar - A lot of gags miss in this, but there's a great one involving a blue crab that I loved.

Hustle - Pretty fun and Anthony Edwards was really good. Like, I now have to actively work to separate him from his character because I like him as a real life play so much.

Something Wild - Terrific. This is a great road movie, with Ray Liotta on full tilt, but Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels go together wonderfully, too.
 
2022-06-13 7:43:29 AM  
I just watched Nightcrawler (2014?) and as I was watching the credits, Rick Garcia, the main character's first assistant, is played by Rick Garcia.

Neil Patrick Harris in the first Harold & Kumar go to White Castle, for the thread though.
 
2022-06-13 7:57:52 AM  
I saw Night of the Hunter last night (free on PlutoTV).  It's a pretty intense movie, frequently honored with references in other popular media.  (Seinfeld and Simpsons come to mind.)
 
2022-06-13 8:01:22 AM  

TheHighlandHowler: I saw Night of the Hunter last night (free on PlutoTV).  It's a pretty intense movie, frequently honored with references in other popular media.  (Seinfeld and Simpsons come to mind.)


Great movie. That underwater sequence is just amazing.
 
2022-06-13 8:07:32 AM  
The last six episodes of Reservation Dogs (2021). You know how they have these comedies aimed at women which are supposedly hilarious, but are really just tragedies with some comedic elements (cf. Muriel's Wedding, Good in Bed)? It's like that. Well done, though.

The Stylist (2020). Tedious horror. Hairstylist likes to scalp her customers, wear their hair, and pretend to be them. Slow and predictable. Based on a short which really didn't have enough story to support the length.

Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (2022). Agatha Christie's book adapted as a miniseries by Hugh Laurie. I read Laurie's book, The Gun Seller, when it came out, so I had high hopes. Pretty good.

The first two episodes of The Wilds, season two (2022). Adventure, drama, and "mystery." Terrible show written for dim teenagers by someone who likes the worst parts of reality TV. I've been hate watching this just to see where they could possibly go with it.
 
2022-06-13 8:12:17 AM  
Shining Girls (Apple) - thriller, single season(?), eight episodes: excellent.  Production, acting, etc. are all great.
When the first hint of paranormal crept in I worried it would become a hot mess; it didn't.  Think of the Friday the 13 TV series.  While the story wrapped up well there is room, but no need, for additional season(s).

Taxi Driver (1976):  never watched the full thing and because it's during my evening wind-down it's taking a few nights.  I'll call it interesting, not a must-see.

QotW: Sir Ben Kingsley, Sopranos S6E7.
 
2022-06-13 8:16:41 AM  
First 6 episodes of The Offer on Paramount+. The guy playing Al Pacino absolutely nailed the part. If you've never heard of it, it is about the making of The Godfather and all the drama that took place getting the film made. Really good 9 episode series.
 
2022-06-13 8:17:19 AM  

ar393: I just watched Nightcrawler (2014?) and as I was watching the credits, Rick Garcia, the main character's first assistant, is played by Rick Garcia.

Neil Patrick Harris in the first Harold & Kumar go to White Castle, for the thread though.


Apparently I'm an idiot. Assistant Rick was played by Riz Ahmed. Rick Garcia was a TV anchor playing himself.
 
2022-06-13 8:20:39 AM  
Caught the latest season of Peaky Blinders. It was pretty damn good but the bait and switch ending felt a little cheap. They could have wrapped everything up, but I guess they must have squeezed out a greenlight for another season. Needed more fascist killings IMHO.
 
2022-06-13 9:01:48 AM  
Finally got around to watching Top Gun. If you can turn your brain all the way off, then it's very enjoyable.

Though I was very disappointed in the soundtrack. The original was pure 80s and this one just didn't seem to know what it wanted to be.
 
2022-06-13 9:04:06 AM  

The5thElement: First 6 episodes of The Offer on Paramount+. The guy playing Al Pacino absolutely nailed the part. If you've never heard of it, it is about the making of The Godfather and all the drama that took place getting the film made. Really good 9 episode series.


I've been watching this. It started off really strong, but I think it kind of fizzled out. But that's fine because the people in it are all just very good.

/it does make me wonder when you see the credits for a movie just which of the 15 listed producers, exec-producers, co-exec producers and co-producers is actually doing any of this work
//and which of them are just there for money and backend points
 
2022-06-13 9:40:40 AM  
Sherlock with Humperdick Cummerbundt.  It's great, love the origin story, but gets a little smirky/self-referential at times.
 
2022-06-13 10:24:59 AM  
Murder, My Sweet (1944) Dick Powell as Philip Marlowe.  He does fine as the character, but it's a bit like watching a Midwestern insurance underwriter in the role.  This is a version of Raymond Chandler's "Farewell, My Lovely", but they figured they needed to change the title as Powell had been in quite a few lighthearted and musical movies.  Powell's snappy patter just doesn't come off like Bogart's did a year or two later.
 
2022-06-13 10:46:26 AM  

Gubbo: Finally got around to watching Top Gun. If you can turn your brain all the way off, then it's very enjoyable.

Though I was very disappointed in the soundtrack. The original was pure 80s and this one just didn't seem to know what it wanted to be.


The beach football scene, especially, needed a better song.

There's also nothing that comes remotely close to Take My Breath Away.
 
2022-06-13 11:06:06 AM  

JerseyTim: Gubbo: Finally got around to watching Top Gun. If you can turn your brain all the way off, then it's very enjoyable.

Though I was very disappointed in the soundtrack. The original was pure 80s and this one just didn't seem to know what it wanted to be.

The beach football scene, especially, needed a better song.

There's also nothing that comes remotely close to Take My Breath Away.


There was nothing that came close to even Playing with the Boys.
 
2022-06-13 11:47:31 AM  
No movies this week.  It was actually nice out for a change so I went outside.

I did watch the latest episodes of Obi-Wan (still sucks), The Boys (still awesome) and Ms. Marvel.  Ms. Marvel was decent but needed more sex and violence and gore. The Boys may have ruined me for superhero shows...

I also watched South Park:The Streaming Wars.  It was... ok I guess.  I  love south park, but they have kind of run out of things to say.
 
2022-06-13 12:45:00 PM  
Princess and the Frog 2009 one of the few Disney movies I never saw all the way through, my kids always watched it in the car so I heard it but never saw it. Its not bad no songs really stuck out but I liked the old school animation style and location in Louisiana

Obi Wan still kinda lame but better then Boba Fett

QOTW: Stan Lee in Mallrats before Stan Lee had a cameo in every Marvel movie.
 
2022-06-13 12:56:31 PM  
Blade Runner 2049 - I actually really like this one.  The tone really shifts a couple of times in there.  Certainly leaves you with a lot of questions though, but manages to skirt up to but not properly address some of the questions that I wish it did, about sentience and life.  Still, a good film that reminds me of some of the more speculative classics.

QOTW: NPH in Harold and Kumar, Stan Lee in Mallrats, both of which have already been mentioned.
Special nod to Matt Damon in Ben Affleck in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back for playing themselves in a series in which they have already played other starring characters.  Plus Mark Hamill in the same.
 
2022-06-13 1:17:40 PM  
Did not see this week because I just found out it's available: "Sole Survivor" (1970) with Richard Basehart in the title role. His plane went down over the Mediterranean in WW2. Now he's a general. His plane turns up--in the Sahara.

It was the first CBS movie of the week. It guest stars William Shatner. It still haunts me 50 years later. The DVD (2019) is from a studio copy of the TV feed.
 
2022-06-13 1:29:37 PM  
The Silent Sea - Korean sci-fi about a team of astronauts tasked with retrieving a sample of something from an abandoned moon base which had an accident 5 years before. It was good, but at the end... I was wondering what the point was. Was there a message, was I supposed to feel something? It just felt weirdly done at the end.

Castle - I finally finished the last season. Wow, what clunkers of the last 2 seasons. And that series finale was trash. Very disappointing ending to the series.

Perry Mason - Just started it last night, 2 episodes in. I have zero reference to any other Perry Mason show/movie/media because it wasn't something I was ever exposed to through family. Liking it so far. Tatiana Maslany is, of course, excellent so far.

Flight of the Conchords - I watched this a bit when it came out ages ago. One of the few awkward humor shows I actually find amusing. Somewhere in the middle of the second season now. I also watched Austenland recently, and it was funny that Bret was playing one of the love interests, although he still had his funny smirk facial expressions. The book was way better than the movie, in this case.
 
2022-06-13 1:30:38 PM  

ReverendLoki: Special nod to Matt Damon in Ben Affleck


I mean, obviously I meant to say "Matt Damon and Ben Affleck" and this is just a typo, but hey....

/NTTAWWT
 
2022-06-13 1:31:05 PM  
Oh, and the QOTW - Keanu Reeves in Always Be My Maybe was pretty damn funny.
 
2022-06-13 1:42:26 PM  
Rubber Trees:
Castle - I finally finished the last season. Wow, what clunkers of the last 2 seasons. And that series finale was trash. Very disappointing ending to the series.

It's been forever since I watched that series.  I'd watch it almost religiously when it aired, and haven't seen more than a snippet here and there since, so forgive me if I'm not accurate on the timing of everything.

I like that they did finally turn the corner and not stay with a "will they or won't they" forever, but it seems they had trouble handling it after.  Still, I don't fault them for making that creative decision; I still think it was the decision to make.
 
2022-06-13 4:29:03 PM  
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (redbox dvd): Another excellent sequel to a 30+ year old movie.  Not as good as Top-gun: Maverick, but very solid. Restarted the franchise with a bunch of teenagers, and for the most part it worked.  Paul Rudd, who I didn't even realize was going to be in the movie, was hysterical.   Only negative was WAY too much CGI at the end.  Hilariously the director says in the extra features says how he wanted to capture the spirit of the original and not use much cgi.  Apparently he did not listen to himself.  And as an aside, Ernie Hudson looks amazing.  Ernie looks like he's about 45.  Bill Murray looks like he's about 85.

The Kid (Roku Channel): No, not that awful Disney Bruce Willis movie, but Charlie Chaplin movie from the 20s.  He adopts a baby off the street and raises him.  It was odd, and there were lots of random frames missing (Dunno if that was just a product of its day or if it was bad editing) was otherwise a pretty decent movie.

The Lady Vanishes (HBO MAX):I watched the Jodie Foster movie flightplan a couple weeks ago... and it's very very similar to this movie.  Only real differences are that this movie takes place on a train (instead of a plane) and the girl that goes missing is elderly in age and a stranger to the main character (instead of a young daughter).  Good but not great movie.  The oddest thing is the most suspenseful part of the movie is just... edited away.  They never resolve it, although you see the results and have to infer it.  Weird censorship thing or horrendous editing, I dunno.  And instead of a real country, they for some reason invent a fictional country complete with fictional language they use a lot.

Obi-wan Kenobi episode 4 (Disney+): I enjoyed the first 3 episodes, but this episode was abysmal.  Not even due to the writing, although it was poor in its own right, but the directing was horrific.  Like amateurishly bad on numerous occasions.  Leia is still by far the best part of the series.  I'm beginning to wonder how much better this would've been if Bryce Dallas Howard were chosen instead.  She absolutely NAILS her episodes in Mandalorian/BoBF.  Want to give an entire season worth of episodes to one director, go with her.  I don't care how busy she is!
 
2022-06-13 4:59:49 PM  

Rubber Trees: Castle - I finally finished the last season. Wow, what clunkers of the last 2 seasons. And that series finale was trash. Very disappointing ending to the series.


The only thing worse was early on when She of the Many Coats wore a very revealing dress to look all sexy and it was like "Whoa, scrawnbeast, put those stick arms and legs away. Eat a sandwich." The show never showed her with bare arms and a short skirt again.

Trivia: The daughter had a cameo at the end of Dr Sleep (2019).
 
2022-06-13 6:04:05 PM  

Lord Bear: I also watched South Park:The Streaming Wars.  It was... ok I guess.  I  love south park, but they have kind of run out of things to say.


I've been watching South Park from the very beginning of late. I remember thinking at the time they were new that while the show was funny, I didn't think it would last for long before they ran out of fresh material. I was, of course, very wrong. I think they've done a very impressive job of bringing in fresh ideas and characters to keep it going for as long as they have.

Nevertheless, I do have to agree with your assessment, at least from the more recent episodes that I've seen. I've seen too many of the same jokes used over and over again and too many characters that go nowhere new. I'll be happy if they find some new directions to take the show in. If not I think it will continue to tread water until it fades away.
 
2022-06-13 6:48:11 PM  
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Burt Lancaster and a very entertaining squad of characters try to keep the Germans from storming a castle that sits on a road to Bastogne.  Think "Kelly's Heroes" but without the heist and an almost psychedelic/dream-like quality running through everything.
/Bruce Dern shows up too.
 
2022-06-13 6:55:32 PM  
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Another classic with a stellar cast.  George Segal and a bunch of GI's race to capture The Ludendorff Bridge before Robert Vaughn and his Germans can blow it up.
 
2022-06-13 7:24:07 PM  
I somehow saw this thread first thing this morning and managed to forget about it until just now. Saw a lot of stuff this week:

Free Guy: We both greatly enjoyed this one. I remember a lot of Farkers saying they didn't like it at all after he learns that he's living in a video game, with at least one saying they turned it off after that. I thought that it felt like a slightly different movie after that point that wasn't quite as great, but still really good. A really fun movie. Quickly looked up and confirmed that a sequel was planned.

Futurama: Our friends that password-share Hulu with us are canceling their account, so we're trying to get a lot watched before their subscription ends.

I Dated a Robot: I keep saying a variation of a line in this one that's so true: "You live in the universe, but you never see these places until someone visits." Fry wants to do lots of futuristic sightseeing and activities, and finally dates a robot copy of Lucy Liu that she actually voices herself. Ends with an army Lucy Liubots going on a killing rampage. Worth it for the cameo and the favorite line.

That's Lobsertainment!: Watched this because Mrs. F is a big Zoidberg fan, remembered halfway through how much people hated it. She loved the episode, I thought it was perfectly fine. I don't get the hatred for it. The only thing I can come up with is that there was little-to-know sci-fi element to it, it could have almost as easily happened on any other show. Afterwards read about it a tad and realized that Harold Zoid's name was a tribute to Harold Lloyd.

Stranger Things:Saw the first episode and really liked it. I think the drama is not as enjoyable as the horror/mystery element, but I'm enjoying it a lot more this time around, even though the horror/mystery parts didn't show up until almost the end. The editing of the D&D and basketball games together was farking brilliant and made my video editor's heart skip a beat. Looking forward to continuing it.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Continuing to love this one. The latest episode had a lot of tributes to breaking Leia out of the Death Star prison in ANH, sometimes directly. The end of the episode seemed to steal a bit from near the end of TLJ.
 
2022-06-14 12:14:06 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Lord Bear: I also watched South Park:The Streaming Wars.  It was... ok I guess.  I  love south park, but they have kind of run out of things to say.

I've been watching South Park from the very beginning of late. I remember thinking at the time they were new that while the show was funny, I didn't think it would last for long before they ran out of fresh material. I was, of course, very wrong. I think they've done a very impressive job of bringing in fresh ideas and characters to keep it going for as long as they have.

Nevertheless, I do have to agree with your assessment, at least from the more recent episodes that I've seen. I've seen too many of the same jokes used over and over again and too many characters that go nowhere new. I'll be happy if they find some new directions to take the show in. If not I think it will continue to tread water until it fades away.


I'm surprised at the longevity it has had.  I think it could regain former glory, but it needs to regain it's bite.  There are tons of topics it could take on, but it needs to get it's savage satirical edge back to be effective.

The things it has been taking on they have kind of been a weak 'hah hah, this thing is dumb' instead of tearing it a new one like they did the mormons and scientologists of old.
 
2022-06-14 5:24:35 PM  
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My project to revisit my DVD collection continues. I'm watching them on a little 32 inch I have rather than the 55 inch I have in the living room and at that level the resolution is fine.

Mr & Mrs Smithsits in a movie multipack and this was the first time I've watched it. I don't think I'll watch it again. The action was lackluster and the humor was boring.

The Thomas Crown Affair was a rewatch and I enjoyed the seductive cat and mouse game between Brosnan and Russo. It's sold as a heist movie but it isn't really that - you don't see the planning and preparation. The first and last 20 minutes of the film are the best parts and it does meander a little in the middle, but it doesn't lose itself.

Calvary was excellent. Superb cast, dinner very heavy themes but sooner lighter moments of comedy. It plays out liked a Shakespearean tragedy and I give it a strong recommendation. Here's the trailer:


CALVARY: Official HD Trailer
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Finally for TV, I'm catching up on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. If you've been lukewarm on recent iterations of the franchise, give this series a chance. It captures the optimism and sense of exploration and wonder that was in Roddenberry's original vision rather than the cynicism that has imbued other series within the past decade or so.
 
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