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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Warren » 28 Aug 2019, 15:07

I can't help you either Hugh. I don't know how many times I've seen it, but with the big screen, surround sound, and recliner seats, regulate a little interstate commerce and I'm there.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 28 Aug 2019, 22:30

Hell, I'm very tempted. I just wish the days weren't Sunday and Wednesday.
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Post by thoreau » 15 Sep 2019, 02:17

We enjoyed Hustlers. I know the press is raving about Jennifer Lopez's performance, but I thought Constance Wu stole the show.

And I could swear that we had a gryll discussion of the real-life events that inspired the movie, but I can't find the thread now.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Hugh Akston » 20 Sep 2019, 21:05

Ad Astra was technically well made, but if I'm gonna watch a space opera about toxic masculinity I want some characters that I can relate to, or at least some lightsabers. Also, SPACE FORCE!
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Post by Aresen » 29 Sep 2019, 01:02

I have never watched the Downton Abbey TV series, but a friend persuaded me to go to the movie version tonight. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It was witty and well acted.
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Post by Kolohe » 29 Sep 2019, 13:42

Aresen wrote:
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I have never watched the Downton Abbey TV series, but a friend persuaded me to go to the movie version tonight. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It was witty and well acted.
I also saw it yesterday evening. The parts was certainly better than the sum of the whole.



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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 03 Oct 2019, 15:15

I'm going to go see Joker at 4 pm today. With any luck, I won't be gunned down in the theater and will post a mini-review later tonight.

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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by dhex » 04 Oct 2019, 12:55

Incelmania! Good luck.

Also when did this movie become like the terrorism moral panic event of the season? Is there vaping in it?
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 04 Oct 2019, 14:51

dhex wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 12:55
Incelmania! Good luck.

Also when did this movie become like the terrorism moral panic event of the season? Is there vaping in it?
No, only perfectly safe chain-smoking.

Phoenix was really, really good. The movie is, like, 98% him, so on that ground alone it's worth seeing. I mean, if you can avoid being murdered while watching. Taken as a whole, I have plenty of nits to pick with the film, not the least being some heavy-handed class warfare bullshit but, hey, it's a comic book drama, the competition has been weak this year and Phoenix ought to be picking up an Oscar next year.

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Post by Warren » 04 Oct 2019, 17:09

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 14:51
dhex wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 12:55
Incelmania! Good luck.

Also when did this movie become like the terrorism moral panic event of the season? Is there vaping in it?
No, only perfectly safe chain-smoking.

Phoenix was really, really good. The movie is, like, 98% him, so on that ground alone it's worth seeing. I mean, if you can avoid being murdered while watching. Taken as a whole, I have plenty of nits to pick with the film, not the least being some heavy-handed class warfare bullshit but, hey, it's a comic book drama, the competition has been weak this year and Phoenix ought to be picking up an Oscar next year.
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Post by Mo » 04 Oct 2019, 18:04

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
dhex wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 12:55
Incelmania! Good luck.

Also when did this movie become like the terrorism moral panic event of the season? Is there vaping in it?
No, only perfectly safe chain-smoking.

Phoenix was really, really good. The movie is, like, 98% him, so on that ground alone it's worth seeing. I mean, if you can avoid being murdered while watching. Taken as a whole, I have plenty of nits to pick with the film, not the least being some heavy-handed class warfare bullshit but, hey, it's a comic book drama, the competition has been weak this year and Phoenix ought to be picking up an Oscar next year.
Interesting. What do you think of the critics that say that it’s dull? I was surprised that the negative reviews weren’t ideological, but that there wasn’t much meat there aside from being a poor comic book version homage to The King of Comedy.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 04 Oct 2019, 18:18

Mo wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 18:04
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
dhex wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 12:55
Incelmania! Good luck.

Also when did this movie become like the terrorism moral panic event of the season? Is there vaping in it?
No, only perfectly safe chain-smoking.

Phoenix was really, really good. The movie is, like, 98% him, so on that ground alone it's worth seeing. I mean, if you can avoid being murdered while watching. Taken as a whole, I have plenty of nits to pick with the film, not the least being some heavy-handed class warfare bullshit but, hey, it's a comic book drama, the competition has been weak this year and Phoenix ought to be picking up an Oscar next year.
Interesting. What do you think of the critics that say that it’s dull? I was surprised that the negative reviews weren’t ideological, but that there wasn’t much meat there aside from being a poor comic book version homage to The King of Comedy.
It's definitely a slow burn and, insofar as you know, more or less, what's coming, I can see why some critics would pan the movie, itself. It's a bit disjointed and there are definitely some dull patches if what you're looking for is standard action movie pacing. So, yeah. I'm only praising the performance.

It's been years since I saw "The King of Comedy" but the allusions certainly weren't lost on me. I don't recall being all that impressed with TKOC, to tell the truth, but maybe I should give it another look. Anyway, I'm not saying Phoenix is the equal of De Niro or that his Joker was definitely better than Ledger's Joker or even Nicholson's Joker, but his Joker is the entire movie, start to coda, and he delivers a larger, richer character if for no other reason than that the movie is all about him.

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Post by Number 6 » 04 Oct 2019, 21:55

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 14:51
dhex wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 12:55
Incelmania! Good luck.

Also when did this movie become like the terrorism moral panic event of the season? Is there vaping in it?
No, only perfectly safe chain-smoking.

Phoenix was really, really good. The movie is, like, 98% him, so on that ground alone it's worth seeing. I mean, if you can avoid being murdered while watching. Taken as a whole, I have plenty of nits to pick with the film, not the least being some heavy-handed class warfare bullshit but, hey, it's a comic book drama, the competition has been weak this year and Phoenix ought to be picking up an Oscar next year.
I was impressed by both the performance and the movie. It's very much a slow burn, and it's clear that the makers were going for something very different, and more serious than most comic movies. I will say that I was shocked at how unremittingly bleak and nihilistic it is. Taxi Driver is probably the closest approximation.
It's very much worth seeing, though I would advise skipping it if you're seeking fun or uplift.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 04 Oct 2019, 22:42

If not for Phoenix' incredible performance, I would be tempted to say the production design was the real star. The sets, costumes, props, hair & makeup, etc. superbly evoked the alienation and urban decay of urban America in the 70s. The only thing I didn't like about it was the score. That cello got old fast.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Hugh Akston » 02 Nov 2019, 01:48

For a movie like Terminator Dark Fate with three female protagonists, it might be useful to have at least one woman among the six credited writers, if only to sanity check dialogue like "well she doesn't care about sex, but she sure likes having someone around to change those diapers."
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Post by Warren » 02 Nov 2019, 11:45

Hugh Akston wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 01:48
For a movie like Terminator Dark Fate with three female protagonists, it might be useful to have at least one woman among the six credited writers, if only to sanity check dialogue like "well she doesn't care about sex, but she sure likes having someone around to change those diapers."
Ugh. No really? At least tell me it's not as awful in context.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Hugh Akston » 02 Nov 2019, 12:38

Warren wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 11:45
Hugh Akston wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 01:48
For a movie like Terminator Dark Fate with three female protagonists, it might be useful to have at least one woman among the six credited writers, if only to sanity check dialogue like "well she doesn't care about sex, but she sure likes having someone around to change those diapers."
Ugh. No really? At least tell me it's not as awful in context.
The actual exchange is pretty humorous, but it hangs a lampshade on the flatness of the characters and the weakness of the narrative.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 02 Nov 2019, 13:14

Hugh Akston wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 12:38
Warren wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 11:45
Hugh Akston wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 01:48
For a movie like Terminator Dark Fate with three female protagonists, it might be useful to have at least one woman among the six credited writers, if only to sanity check dialogue like "well she doesn't care about sex, but she sure likes having someone around to change those diapers."
Ugh. No really? At least tell me it's not as awful in context.
The actual exchange is pretty humorous, but it hangs a lampshade on the flatness of the characters and the weakness of the narrative.
So what you're saying is that I was right to go see Motherless Brooklyn instead yesterday or would have been if it hadn't been overwrought, precious and a perfect example of a star writing and directing himself in a star vehicle?

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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Warren » 02 Nov 2019, 13:32

D.A. Ridgely wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 13:14
Hugh Akston wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 12:38
Warren wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 11:45
Hugh Akston wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 01:48
For a movie like Terminator Dark Fate with three female protagonists, it might be useful to have at least one woman among the six credited writers, if only to sanity check dialogue like "well she doesn't care about sex, but she sure likes having someone around to change those diapers."
Ugh. No really? At least tell me it's not as awful in context.
The actual exchange is pretty humorous, but it hangs a lampshade on the flatness of the characters and the weakness of the narrative.
So what you're saying is that I was right to go see Motherless Brooklyn instead yesterday or would have been if it hadn't been overwrought, precious and a perfect example of a star writing and directing himself in a star vehicle?
So what you're saying is, you would have been better off staying home and having sex with yourself, or would have been if you were still capable of performing as an overwrought, precious and perfect example of a star writing and directing himself in a star vehicle.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 02 Nov 2019, 13:52

Warren wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 13:32
D.A. Ridgely wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 13:14
Hugh Akston wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 12:38
Warren wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 11:45
Hugh Akston wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 01:48
For a movie like Terminator Dark Fate with three female protagonists, it might be useful to have at least one woman among the six credited writers, if only to sanity check dialogue like "well she doesn't care about sex, but she sure likes having someone around to change those diapers."
Ugh. No really? At least tell me it's not as awful in context.
The actual exchange is pretty humorous, but it hangs a lampshade on the flatness of the characters and the weakness of the narrative.
So what you're saying is that I was right to go see Motherless Brooklyn instead yesterday or would have been if it hadn't been overwrought, precious and a perfect example of a star writing and directing himself in a star vehicle?
So what you're saying is, you would have been better off staying home and having sex with yourself, or would have been if you were still capable of performing as an overwrought, precious and perfect example of a star writing and directing himself in a star vehicle.
I'm still quite capable of all those things, but the dog turns out to be a really crappy camera operator.

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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by lunchstealer » 02 Nov 2019, 14:28

The cat's actually a great cinematographer but only likes to make snuff films.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Warren » 02 Nov 2019, 14:39

lunchstealer wrote:
02 Nov 2019, 14:28
The cat's actually a great cinematographer but only likes to make snuff films.
I'm producing the cat's passion project. We both want you to star in it. :P
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