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2022-07-25 7:37:01 AM  
Lightyear (2022)- I had heard this movie caught a lot of grief for replacing Tim Allen with Chris Evans but I didn't mind. Tim Allen's version would have been too goofy for what they were trying to achieve. It was much less a little kids movie and seemed geared more towards an older audience. This film had almost nothing to do with Toy Story and the opening lines made that clear. Overall, I liked it. Kids did too. Nothing groundbreaking about it but it did delve into loss and some deeper questions about life itself that I was not expecting.

The Black Phone (2022)- Ethan Hawke is The Grabber who... grabs kids, and apparently some kids have Shining-like abilities and talk to ghosts on the phone? I dunno, I feel like there was something there and Hawke's performance is decent but his character is mostly wasted due to a muddled script and plodding storyline that wasn't sure what it wanted to do. Meh.

QotW: Glad to see Rear Window (1954) atop that list. It's one of my favorite Hitchcock films. Falling Down (1993) is fantastic as well. Overall a decent list despite the YouTube links not working.
 
2022-07-25 7:54:10 AM  
Kill Me Three Times. Simon Pegg did a great job in this one.

Been rewatching the original Perry Mason. Found a channel that that is all they show. I used to watch it with my grandpa. Glad I found it again. Bringing back some memories of the time we spent together.


Saw The Hitman and Hitman 47. Not sure which one was better. Both good films to watch if you just wanna chill out and destress. 47 was set up for a sequel, but alas, they didn't do one.
 
2022-07-25 8:57:14 AM  
I tried 'Severance' on a bunch of recs and couldn't make it 30 mins into the 1st ep.
GREAT cast, but geez it sniffed its own farts like nothing else.


'BCS,' damn, I just don't want it to end.
 
2022-07-25 10:02:09 AM  
I watched The Gray Man. Pretty cheesy.
 
2022-07-25 10:10:49 AM  
Still on a huge BritTV binge.
Just finished "Close to Me" (Prime Video) with Connie Nielsen and Christopher Eccleston. Nice slow burn, but I guessed the twist ending far too early.

In its place, I've started watching "Save Me" (Peacock), with Lennie James, Stephen Graham, and Suranne Jones. Loving it so far, but I'll watch just about anything that any of them are in.

And on the lighter side, I can't recommend the Father Brown Mysteries (or their spinoff, the Sister Boniface Mysteries) (Both on Prime Video) enough.
 
2022-07-25 10:20:46 AM  

elvisaintdead: I tried 'Severance' on a bunch of recs and couldn't make it 30 mins into the 1st ep.
GREAT cast, but geez it sniffed its own farts like nothing else.


'BCS,' damn, I just don't want it to end.


Still can't believe they killed off Kim in that scuba diving accident.
 
2022-07-25 10:21:06 AM  
Hustle. Rocky NBA feel good movie. It was funny seeing Ben Foster with a shaved head.
 
2022-07-25 10:27:07 AM  

Subtonic: elvisaintdead: I tried 'Severance' on a bunch of recs and couldn't make it 30 mins into the 1st ep.
GREAT cast, but geez it sniffed its own farts like nothing else.


'BCS,' damn, I just don't want it to end.

Still can't believe they killed off Kim in that scuba diving accident.


especially in the mountains.  talk about suspending disbelief.
 
2022-07-25 10:28:59 AM  
Watched Grayman last night... Bit of a snoozefest cookie cutter euro-action flick except for the fact that Chris Evans plays the bad guy. Though seeing a typecast actor play their polar opposite can only carry interest for so long. I'll probably forget the movie in a week.

Watched the first episode or 2 of Resident Evil.I haven't played the games since RE:2 way back when so I have no idea what lore the games have injected into the series, but I was REALLY hoping the series would go the route of the first couple of games where it starts off as a mysterious event the main character is investigating only for it to quckly descend into zombie filled nightmare with Umbrella trying to screw the main character over in order to keep the event covered up. Instead, it looked like all that happened off-screen in the flashbacks while the rest of the show is more low-budget post apocalypse drivel.

I did manage to finish up Ms Marvel. That was a cute series. Nothing mind blowing, even their big "mutant" reveal wasn't that mind blowing since we got the Charles Xavier cameo in Dr Strange 2 earlier this year which was more of a link to the x-men cartoon than a little guitar riff at the word "mutation." But I enjoyed the series for what it is.

I did watch a bunch of the Comic Con trailer drops though. Looking forward to both Shazam and Black Adam, She-Hulk doesn't look interesting at all, in fact it looks terrible and a 1-second cameo of Daredevil isn't going to spike my interest in it since we all know he's a lawyer, and she's a lawyer, so them running into each other is about as predictable as spotting a shark in chummed ocean water. Originally the Sandman teasers didn't have me excited about the series, but then this latest trailer drop shows they have in fact filmed the Diner scene and now I'm all in. Wakanda Forever has piqued my curiosity, because I had heard that they were just going to make the little sister the new Black Panther and there wasn't much of a story, but the trailer shows there's a lot more going on and it's a personal story of a mother's loss and that is vastly more interesting to me than a bratty sister laying claim to the mantle of the black panther. The I Am Groot shorts look cute. It very much reminds me of Pixar shorts, so I'm sure they are meant for a child audience, but I'll watch it because it looks adorable.
 
2022-07-25 10:31:48 AM  
West Side Story.   (The recent one)  Brilliant in all aspects.  Flawless. Modern cinematography improved it but never got gimmicky.

The Gray Man.  Decent spy/action/blow-shiat-up/chase movie.  Time waster but ok...

Better Call Saul.  I've been binging over the past few weeks, now nearly done season 5.  Writing, acting top-of -the-line all around.  Deeply character-driven.... Superb.  I shall just keep going through Breaking Bad when the time comes...
 
2022-07-25 10:34:25 AM  
Caught part of Das Boot this morning before I had to start the workday, will watch the rest tonight.
 
2022-07-25 10:37:30 AM  
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Mark Rylance and Sacha Baron-Cohen were especially good in this and Michael Keaton's small part was impactful. I don't think Joseph Gordon-Levitt was used to the best of his talents though. Tightly written by Aaron Sorkin. I give it a soft 4/5.

The Man From Earth (2007)Wikipedia's plot summary says it features "John Oldman, a departing university professor, who claims to be a caveman who has secretly survived for more than 14,000 years. The entire film is set in and around Oldman's house during his farewell party and is composed almost entirely of dialogue. The plot advances through intellectual arguments between Oldman and his fellow faculty members."

The cast were mostly unknown to me, although I did recognise Dr Phlox from Start Trek: Enterprise and the guy who invented the jump-to-conclusions mat in Office Space. It's not a bad way to spend 90 minutes and is essentially akin to a well-written episode of The Twilight Zone. 3/5.
 
2022-07-25 10:39:41 AM  
Watched Avengers Age of Ultron for the first time yesterday.  I'm not a Marvel freak or anything, but I typically enjoy the genre.  But this one wasn't very good. The CGI was passable and the jokes were ok.  It just didn't have it like that he others I've seen.  Whatever it is.
 
2022-07-25 10:50:20 AM  
thisispete:The Man From Earth (2007)Wikipedia's plot summary says it features "John Oldman, a departing university professor, who claims to be a caveman who has secretly survived for more than 14,000 years. The entire film is set in and around Oldman's house during his farewell party and is composed almost entirely of dialogue. The plot advances through intellectual arguments between Oldman and his fellow faculty members."

The cast were mostly unknown to me, although I did recognise Dr Phlox from Start Trek: Enterprise and the guy who invented the jump-to-conclusions mat in Office Space. It's not a bad way to spend 90 minutes and is essentially akin to a well-written episode of The Twilight Zone. 3/5.


You are the only one I have ever heard mention that movie. It looked like the cheapest direct to video thing ever made but holy crap was it well written. Great flick.
 
2022-07-25 10:50:36 AM  

cnocnanrionnag: West Side Story.   (The recent one)  Brilliant in all aspects.  Flawless. Modern cinematography improved it but never got gimmicky.

The Gray Man.  Decent spy/action/blow-shiat-up/chase movie.  Time waster but ok...

Better Call Saul.  I've been binging over the past few weeks, now nearly done season 5.  Writing, acting top-of -the-line all around.  Deeply character-driven.... Superb.  I shall just keep going through Breaking Bad when the time comes...


Gray Man reminded me of early John Woo all action with over the top plot. To pull it off the action has to be great and in this case it was mixed. The fight scene in the hospital was great while the plane was wasted.

/ I have had The Killer and Hard Boiled on my mind lately so that may be why I went to that comparison.
 
2022-07-25 10:56:26 AM  
We watched Free Guy on Saturday night (daughter's turn to pick the movie) and saw  Thor: Love and Thunder on Sunday in a mostly empty theater.  They were both fun movies.  I have to admit that the scene near the end of Free Guy that briefly included Chris Evans gave me a solid chuckle.
 
2022-07-25 11:06:55 AM  
I didn't like The Gray Man at all. Gosling is dull, the plot was lazy, and while the fistfights were decent, I didn't think the bigger action set pieces were all that amazing. Chris Evans appeared to enjoy playing the bad guy, even though a lot of his scenes seemed to be of him pacing around and shouting orders.
 
2022-07-25 11:13:14 AM  
Grey Man -  The leads were both good and some of the action sequences were great(battle by the fireworks display and the Prague shootout and subsequent chase come to mind) but in the end it was an ultimately forgettable dumb action movie, and sometimes that's ok for a Saturday night movie with the wife and a bottle of wine.

Thor: Love and Thunder- Took the family to see this yesterday. 8 year old son loved it and the wife and I liked it. It wasn't as good as Ragnarok but better than the other individual Thor movies. If you're a child of the 80's then the music is perfect and the action was well done. Casting was great, and the actor reveal in the Boobies-credit scene had the wife and I jump our of our seats.
 
2022-07-25 11:16:53 AM  
Scarlet Street (1945) Edward G Robinson is a Sunday painter who is mistaken for a master; he falls for Joan Bennett, and Dan Duryea (her beau), encourages it - they're sure they can get thousands for his paintings.  It doesn't end well for anybody.  Fritz Lang directs.
Heartbreakers (2001) Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver (she's Doodles's niece y'know) are a mother-daughter con team, trying to mulct Ray Liotta and Gene Hackman.  Pretty good, nothing heavy.
 
2022-07-25 11:28:54 AM  

Unicron74: . Casting was great, and the actor reveal in the Boobies-credit scene had the wife and I jump our of our seats.


Boobies revealed in a Thor movie would surprise me too
 
2022-07-25 11:32:02 AM  

You Are All Sheep: Subtonic: elvisaintdead: I tried 'Severance' on a bunch of recs and couldn't make it 30 mins into the 1st ep.
GREAT cast, but geez it sniffed its own farts like nothing else.


'BCS,' damn, I just don't want it to end.

Still can't believe they killed off Kim in that scuba diving accident.

especially in the mountains.  talk about suspending disbelief.


when you slip a ricin cigarette into somebody's rebreather what else would you expect? free verse?
 
2022-07-25 11:42:40 AM  
Went and saw Thor: Love and Thunder this weekend.

The wife summed it up the best: It wasn't an Avengers movie. It was fun and OK, but really didn't do anything significant in pushing the overall story arc forward. Still enjoyed it. The music was good, the jokes were fun, but there was a little something missing. This was more like the Iron Man sequels. Definitely better than Thor: Dark World. Closer to Ragnarok, but not quite as on the mark.

Still enjoyable, but the wife was right. For our full price in-the-theater movie, we probably should have gone to see Maverick. Love and Thunder seems like it's an OK-to-stream movie.
 
2022-07-25 11:45:06 AM  

The Weekend Baker: We watched Free Guy on Saturday night (daughter's turn to pick the movie) and saw  Thor: Love and Thunder on Sunday in a mostly empty theater.  They were both fun movies.  I have to admit that the scene near the end of Free Guy that briefly included Chris Evans gave me a solid chuckle.

Free Guy

is a lot of fun. Ryan Reynolds really likes breaking the 4th wall, and pretty much the entire movie is about breaking the 4th wall, so it's a natural fit for the bastard. I farking can't stand the guy. But only because he seems to goddamn perfect. He's one of the people on my 'Offensively Good Looking' list. :-)

He really, seriously seems like he is a really cool dude. I like almost everything I see him in.
 
2022-07-25 11:47:20 AM  
Watched The Last Movie Stars...a 6-part doc about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward by Ethan Hawke. He uses a really interesting approach that makes it stand out in comparison to every other talking head/celebrity documentary, IMHO. You can read about it here: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-last-movie-stars-tv-review

I really liked it and found that toward the end of the last episode, the room had gotten quite...*ahem*...dusty or something. It's a lot more than the standard celebrity bio...it's about acting, Hollywood, celebrity, marriage, family, activism, etc. Probably not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.
 
2022-07-25 11:50:26 AM  
I watched yet another Britcom with only 6 half hour episodes.  Big Boys is about an introvert and an extrovert arriving at college, becoming friends, meeting people, partying, getting laid, and generally learning to be supportive of each other.

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2022-07-25 11:52:59 AM  

Hawk24: Watched The Last Movie Stars...a 6-part doc about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward by Ethan Hawke. He uses a really interesting approach that makes it stand out in comparison to every other talking head/celebrity documentary, IMHO. You can read about it here: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-last-movie-stars-tv-review

I really liked it and found that toward the end of the last episode, the room had gotten quite...*ahem*...dusty or something. It's a lot more than the standard celebrity bio...it's about acting, Hollywood, celebrity, marriage, family, activism, etc. Probably not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.


I just noticed that this weekend, you're the first person I've come across that's seen it. I'll have to check it out, you've given it a good recommendation here. :-)
 
2022-07-25 11:58:30 AM  
Saw Thor this weekend with the kids.  My only beef was that I didn't ever really care about the main storyline with Christian Bale's character.  Heck I was rooting for him most of the time after we meet more of the gods.  There wasn't anything really at risk if he succeeded other than the MCU would lose Thor.

Other than that it was a fun movie.  Portman looked hot as Thor.
 
2022-07-25 12:03:53 PM  
Lightyear.it was OK but they DEFINITELY could've trimmed a half hour off. We took 3 kids and they all agreed.

Thor 4The movie is way better off you just think the ENTIRE thing is from Korgs point of view.

Derry GirlsI'd never heard of this series until Friday and I binged the whole thing. What a fun Ted Lasso/ Inbetweeners type show!

Solar Opposites season 3. It felt VERY uneven this time. I'm more interested in the Wall people. The aliens are just kind of a B story of zany adventures. All in all, I just didn't care for the season at all.
 
2022-07-25 12:14:12 PM  
I rewatched Dirty Harry over the weekend.
 
2022-07-25 12:15:43 PM  
The Gray Man certainly was a movie someone made.

The whole "I'm injured, you go while I kill everyone with a grenade!" thing is so played out and they did it TWICE. Come on.
 
2022-07-25 12:20:28 PM  

Mikey1969: He really, seriously seems like he is a really cool dude. I like almost everything I see him in.


He's someone every guy of average looks desperately wants to hate.  But can't.
 
2022-07-25 12:22:59 PM  
Speaking of Paul Newman, I always like watching "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" when it's steamy out. Yeah, the movie takes liberties, but it's a great film in its own right, and the performances are all outstanding.
 
2022-07-25 12:30:49 PM  
I finally got around to watching Russian Doll this weekend. First season was great, second one not so much, they really had to stretch to find a way for the two leads to be together after they fixed things the first time.
 
2022-07-25 12:31:44 PM  

Zombie DJ: Derry GirlsI'd never heard of this series until Friday and I binged the whole thing. What a fun Ted Lasso/ Inbetweeners type show!


James from Derry Girls has one of the lead roles on Big Boys.

Those are both fun, good hearted comedies.

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2022-07-25 12:42:22 PM  
Just watched 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' off of Turner Classic Movies.

This one was from Hammer Studios, and featured Peter Cushing as Holmes and Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville.

It was refreshing to see Watson (Andre Morell) played as being competent (if not at Holmes' level), rather than as a comic-relief bumbler.
 
2022-07-25 12:52:45 PM  
I also watched the same "The Hound of the Baskervilles". Good movie

Where The Sidewalk Ends - Dana Andrews, Karl Malden, crime drama, not bad

Rewatched Ted Lasso, Resident Alien. Fantastic

Ladies Of The Jury - Edna May Oliver, like Twelve Angry Men, without the anger
 
2022-07-25 1:04:10 PM  
I didn't go but my wife really enjoyed Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.

We're still working our way through the 1st season of Barney Miller.  And we binged (3rd time) The Derry Girlsover 3 nights.

We watched the Ann Cleaves adaptation Two Rivers.

And we're watching the documentary about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. I told my wife before the show that I didn't think Newman became much of an actor until late in his career -- around the time of Blaze and Mr. and Mrs. Bridge. She disagreed, but it turns out that he shared that view as did lots of other actors. Newman was just the kind of person who withdrew into a shell when the camera rolled.  Like Paul McCartney. You felt that you were getting a censored version of what he felt. Both men may be telling the truth, but you're always getting it 2nd hand.
 
2022-07-25 1:06:44 PM  
Everything Everywhere All at Once- Loved it. Might have to buy the Blu-Ray. Farkers familiar with my Fark Fiction Anthology works know that I love absurd humor, science fiction, and the infinite possibilities of alternate universes. I like how the absurd universes where say, humans evolved to have hot dog hands or the one with "Raccoonatoie" aren't just throwaway gags, but really pursued. My one complaint was that maybe this movie was just a little bit too big and ambitious, but with a title like that, they couldn't just cut it off where it felt big enough. I guess I also wish they had done a better job explaining that she could grab just abilities from her alternate-timeline selves. I think it was said once and I missed it because I was still getting settled into the whole concept of how the alternate timelines worked. But overall, fantastic movie. I'll be really disappointed if it isn't a contender for at least one Oscar.

Wal the Line-Honestly quite disappointed by this one. I mostly come into these threads and talk about how much I liked everything, but here's your exception. It was kind of an average "good guy rises to stardom, becomes an asshole addicted to everything, and gets saved by true love" story, even if it was true. I'm usually at least mostly in line with critical consensus, but I found this one to be very meh. Maybe it's because I'm only a very casual fan of Johnny Cash (my music collection has only a pirated copy of "Ring of Fire" from when I was living on that other Ring of Fire and dealing with frequent earthquakes) with little interest in country. Maybe it's that it's 50% a love story. A weird thing was that I stopped halfway through to see what race car driver June Carter had been married to, and spoiled for myself that they ended up married. Not a spoiler at all to the average viewer of this movie, so I couldn't get too distraught about that, but still. As a cherry on top, her real second husband wasn't even a stock car driver, just an owner. Roger Ebert ended his 3.5/4-star review with "...essentially this is the story of John and June and a lot of great music. And essentially that's the story we want." Maybe I'll revisit it someday with that perspective in mind and the base familiarity with his story that I was supposed to have from the beginning now that I've seen it once, but I'm in no hurry to do so.

At least I've achieved my main reason for seeing it: Preparing myself for the upcoming "Weird Al" parody biopic that's essentially a spoof of movies like this one, and maybe especially this one in particular. Also the fringe benefit of reducing my stack of DVDs that I own and have been meaning to watch by one.

Futurama-Saw Fry and the Slurm Factoryentirely for a throwaway joke referencing Soylent Green because I'm writing up an Abridged Script of it. We both really enjoyed this classic episode, in spite of a throwaway joke about a transsexual robot that hasn't aged well. As a curiosity, I looked it up, and Futurama beat Family Guy to doing a Willy Wonka parody by about six months. Family Guy ripping off a Matt Groening show? Well, I never...

After this I realized that Mrs. F might like the mafia-heavy episode with a great Zoidberg scene, the Comedy Central-era The Silence of the Clamps. It's a pretty good episode with an awesome twist, and the Zoidberg moment is indeed great. Mrs. F is also thrilled by a Slurm reference in it.
 
2022-07-25 1:24:46 PM  

yakmans_dad: I didn't go but my wife really enjoyed Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.

We're still working our way through the 1st season of Barney Miller.  And we binged (3rd time) The Derry Girlsover 3 nights.

We watched the Ann Cleaves adaptation Two Rivers.

And we're watching the documentary about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. I told my wife before the show that I didn't think Newman became much of an actor until late in his career -- around the time of Blaze and Mr. and Mrs. Bridge. She disagreed, but it turns out that he shared that view as did lots of other actors. Newman was just the kind of person who withdrew into a shell when the camera rolled.  Like Paul McCartney. You felt that you were getting a censored version of what he felt. Both men may be telling the truth, but you're always getting it 2nd hand.


I think Newman did some great work earlier in his career...The Hustler, Hud, Cool Hand Luke...but you're right that he never felt "comfortable" until he got older. He felt he wasn't an instinctive actor...it wasn't easy for him and had to work harder at it than others, namely Joanne.

That also gets at one of the main points of the film....Joanne may have been the better actor, but Paul was the bigger "star." One of the people in the film (Zoe Kazan, maybe) said that she's not sure she's ever seen a Joanne Woodward movie. I think that's true for me..in spite of her great reputation as an actor, I don't think I've ever seen a movie of hers. I've seen a ton of Paul Newman movies, though.
 
2022-07-25 1:27:11 PM  

Fireproof: Walk the Line...

At least I've achieved my main reason for seeing it: Preparing myself for the upcoming "Weird Al" parody biopic that's essentially a spoof of movies like this one, and maybe especially this one in particular. Also the fringe benefit of reducing my stack of DVDs that I own and have been meaning to watch by one.

Watch Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox story. It's a pitch-perfect parody of music biopics, and Walk Hard is its prime target. It's also funny as hell and the music (all original) is actually quite good. There's a reason so many people's reaction to Bohemian Rhapsody was "it's just like Walk Hard".
 
2022-07-25 1:28:02 PM  

El Mariaski: Fireproof: Walk the Line...At least I've achieved my main reason for seeing it: Preparing myself for the upcoming "Weird Al" parody biopic that's essentially a spoof of movies like this one, and maybe especially this one in particular. Also the fringe benefit of reducing my stack of DVDs that I own and have been meaning to watch by one.

Watch Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox story. It's a pitch-perfect parody of music biopics, and Walk Hard is its prime target. It's also funny as hell and the music (all original) is actually quite good. There's a reason so many people's reaction to Bohemian Rhapsody was "it's just like Walk Hard".


Dammit, it didn't put your full quote in italics. Now I look like a crazy person.
 
2022-07-25 1:32:20 PM  
I watched nothing this week other than the latest episode of What We Do in the Shadows.

Best heatwave movie I can think of is Predator/Predator 2.  "Only in the hottest years this happens."
 
2022-07-25 1:37:18 PM  
Finished season 1 of Dark Winds. It was a decent slow burn of a show. Zahn McClernon is always a welcome sight. Reservation Dogs comes back next week and it will be such a tonal shift--he's essentially playing two very different takes on the same role in both shows. The funny thing about Dark Winds is I read the book it's based on ("Listening Woman") in high school, but didn't remember a thing about it. When I looked at the book's plot again, I saw the show made a ton of changes.

Better Call Saul continues to be great. Looks like the show is taking a big leap forward. As for Kim, well, I've been saying for years that I don't think it's a coincidence that Saul vacuumed himself to Nebraska, the same state she grew up in.

We're 5 episodes into season 2 of Russian Doll. I'm still not quite sure what this season is trying to say, and overall, I don't think it's as good as the first season. However, Natasha Lyonne is excellent--she looks like she's having a ton of fun with the role.

Finally got around to watching Flee. It's a little bit of a trivia curiosity--last year it became the first film to get Oscar nominations for Best International Film, Best Documentary, and Best Animated Feature. It's an interesting take on the survival/escape/refugee story--not as good as Persepolis--but it has some interesting twists like why the subject wishes to remain anonymous.

I'm now 2 episodes into The Old Man. Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow are great, as I would expect from them. The second episode opens with a flashback starring actors playing younger versions of the leads. The guy playing young Jeff Bridges looks nothing like him. He's just a generic hunky white guy. The guy playing young Lithgow however, how cow. The guy looks and sounds exactly like him.
 
2022-07-25 1:43:31 PM  

El Mariaski: Fireproof: Walk the Line...At least I've achieved my main reason for seeing it: Preparing myself for the upcoming "Weird Al" parody biopic that's essentially a spoof of movies like this one, and maybe especially this one in particular. Also the fringe benefit of reducing my stack of DVDs that I own and have been meaning to watch by one.

Watch Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox story. It's a pitch-perfect parody of music biopics, and Walk Hard is its prime target. It's also funny as hell and the music (all original) is actually quite good. There's a reason so many people's reaction to Bohemian Rhapsody was "it's just like Walk Hard".


Mrs. F suggested this. I told her that I thought that preparing to watch a parody of music biopics by watching another parody of music biopics made no sense, but if I keep hearing that, then maybe I should....

I think I saw it when it was still pretty new, but now I've seen what it's parodying in full and I've forgotten most of it from when I did see it.
 
2022-07-25 1:49:57 PM  
Fireproof: (Everything Everywhere All at Once and Walk the Line writeup)

Random format-related notes about both of them:

I saw Walk the Line on a first-run DVD from the mid-2000s that I got as part of a load of DVDs I got free a while back. It's got all the bad cliches of DVDs from that era that people whined about in shiatty memes: Animated studio logos before you even get to the main menu, unskippable previews (it had been so long since I saw that I was beginning to wonder it they were real), and the classic "YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A CAR!" message. Except that this is an even earlier version that isn't discouraging illegal downloading, it's discouraging buying pirated DVDs, something borderline unheard of in the US. I guess they were willing to blame anything for falling DVD sales. Of course this was also unskippable.

Also, the Southern accents got heavy in this movie, so I turned captions on for a while. Then I turned them off and for the life of me, could not turn off some weird caption that translated the signs in the movie, and only the signs, into Spanish. Definitely interfered with my enjoyment of the movie a bit.

EEAaO was my second Redbox rental ever. I did it once in 2013 and the DVD was scratched and I didn't like going all the way back to return it. We actually got a Redbox giftcard in a gift basket over a year ago, but only just now got around to using it. Something about our main use for it being for a movie that's on the smallish bubble of old enough to be out on DVD, but not old enough to be streaming at no extra cost on any of the streaming services that we have access to. Earlier last week I saw that this one was in the bubble with no signs of exiting and looked up where to get it. At the closest grocery store to us. Jackpot!

Aaaaannnd it was gone by the time I wanted it Friday. Finally figured out while leaving work Friday that the best way to get it was to take an alternate route home at pick it up at this one corner store. Got it on Blu-Ray for the same price as DVD, used gift card we've been sitting on forever, learned that I can return them to any box (kicking myself for taking it halfway across town to the box I got it from last time), and took it back to the aforementioned grocery store. Bought stuff from both stores, making the Redboxes a good investment for both of them.
 
2022-07-25 1:50:40 PM  

El Mariaski: Watch Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox story. It's a pitch-perfect parody of music biopics, and Walk Hard is its prime target. It's also funny as hell and the music (all original) is actually quite good. There's a reason so many people's reaction to Bohemian Rhapsody was "it's just like Walk Hard".


"Walk Hard" does not get NEAR the love it deserves.  Not even ...half.
 
2022-07-25 1:54:22 PM  

Hawk24: Watched The Last Movie Stars...a 6-part doc about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward by Ethan Hawke. He uses a really interesting approach that makes it stand out in comparison to every other talking head/celebrity documentary, IMHO. You can read about it here: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-last-movie-stars-tv-review

I really liked it and found that toward the end of the last episode, the room had gotten quite...*ahem*...dusty or something. It's a lot more than the standard celebrity bio...it's about acting, Hollywood, celebrity, marriage, family, activism, etc. Probably not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.


My wife and I just watched the 1966 movie Harper starring Paul Newman, that I had recorded on our DVR months ago and we just now got around to. Up next is The Drowning Pool, the 1975 sequel to Harper that also stars Joanne Woodward. We probably will have to check out this documentary now.

Fireproof: Everything Everywhere All at Once- Loved it. Might have to buy the Blu-Ray. Farkers familiar with my Fark Fiction Anthology works know that I love absurd humor, science fiction, and the infinite possibilities of alternate universes. I like how the absurd universes where say, humans evolved to have hot dog hands or the one with "Raccoonatoie" aren't just throwaway gags, but really pursued. My one complaint was that maybe this movie was just a little bit too big and ambitious, but with a title like that, they couldn't just cut it off where it felt big enough. I guess I also wish they had done a better job explaining that she could grab just abilities from her alternate-timeline selves. I think it was said once and I missed it because I was still getting settled into the whole concept of how the alternate timelines worked. But overall, fantastic movie. I'll be really disappointed if it isn't a contender for at least one Oscar.


We watched this one just the other day, on the recommendation of my sister-in-law. The first 10 minutes or so it looks like it's going to be another damn sincere heart-tugger about the struggles of an immigrant family, and then it veers into WTF? territory.

Recent binge-watches have been 1883 (prequel to Yellowstone), Reacher, and season 2 of Star Trek: Picard.
 
2022-07-25 1:55:36 PM  
I watched Doctor Strange: Into the Multiverse and I kind of hated it. I wanted to like it, the multiverse segments were cool, and the effects were amazing, but the director or editor made a lot of questionable decisions, like what felt like near constant zoom in on reaction shots to people's faces. The story was also kind of weak, and they basically ruined Scarlet Witch. 

After talking about it in last weeks thread, I re-watched Reacher and liked it even better the second time around. I've heard people complain about Alan Ritchson as an actor, and I dunno - I still think he's perfect in the role.

I also started James May: Our Man in Italy and am enjoying it so far, like I enjoy all James May stuff. He's slowly turning into a very nice pottering old Englishman. He doesn't have to do much but present and I'm on board.

Speaking of James May, I also watched him and Richard Hammond play chess while drinking lots of James's new Gin. Which is pretty funny the longer it goes on.

Hammond & May try to play chess while downing shots
Youtube WW7ZewVbtyU
 
2022-07-25 1:58:08 PM  
I saw Gene Hackman in "Night Moves" last week which I had never even heard of before.  It was cool, but the ending left me wanting.  Maybe that was the point.
 
2022-07-25 1:59:26 PM  

El Mariaski: ...

I'm now 2 episodes into The Old Man. Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow are great, as I would expect from them. The second episode opens with a flashback starring actors playing younger versions of the leads. The guy playing young Jeff Bridges looks nothing like him. He's just a generic hunky white guy. The guy playing young Lithgow however, how cow. The guy looks and sounds exactly like him.


Oh yeah, we just finished season 1 of The Old Man. I agree about the younger versions of the mains, particularly the young Lithgow's voice - spot on.

Nearing its end is Motherland: Fort Salem with the series finale coming up. It's one of those shows that just jumps right into its own reality at the beginning and relies on the viewer to keep up, kind of like The Magicians.
 
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