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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2019 Movie Discussion
« on: February 13, 2019, 04:44:36 PM »
I didn't know it was based on another movie until the end credits. I'd definitely check out the original.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2019 Movie Discussion
« on: February 12, 2019, 05:37:25 PM »
Recently I've seen The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and Cold Pursuit. I'd recommend both, but maybe not as a double feature. :D

Cold Pursuit is one of my favorite Liam Neeson movies. It's darkly humorous and very violent. As the end credits started to roll I thought how I wouldn't mind going to see it again sometime here. And in the credits I noticed the name Emmy Rossum, which is a name I recognized because of Mystic River.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 91st Academy Awards Thread
« on: February 10, 2019, 05:26:37 PM »
Of the best picture nominees I've only seen Black Panther and BlackkKlansmen. I like both. But I'm more interested in the best animated feature film. I've seen all of those except for Mirai. I could see either Incredibles 2 or Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse taking that one.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy belated birthday AmericanBeauty
« on: February 09, 2019, 07:24:47 PM »
Happy birthday, AB!

That's interesting to see that a lot of them from Mystic River until now just have a black screen behind the title (with a few exceptions of course).

That is a huge coffee mug! :o

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Weather Thread
« on: February 01, 2019, 08:00:34 PM »
And today was the third day I didn't have to go to work because of bad weather. :D Last night we got hit with snow. The roads were a mess this morning. But it's going to be in the 40s/50s over the next week.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Weather Thread
« on: January 30, 2019, 10:42:58 AM »
I'm off work today and tomorrow because of how cold it is. Temperatures are below zero (Fahrenheit) and the wind chill makes it feel quite a bit worse.

I think those scenes just emphasized over and over that he wasn't of this time period. I think there was a comment made in one of these threads comparing this character to Bronco Billy, and I can see that. Earl is a bit naive much the way Billy was.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2019 Movie Discussion
« on: January 23, 2019, 06:21:07 PM »
I want to see Stan and Ollie. It did open at least in limited release in the US last month. I'll probably have to look to rent it in a few months.

I saw Glass yesterday. I don't want to get too much into spoilers about the "trilogy" (of sorts) Shyamalan has made, in case people don't realize the connections with a couple of his previous films...

But back when I first saw Split two years ago I hadn't seen Unbreakable. I liked Split a lot and I'd been at least kind of interested in Unbreakable over the years. When I saw that one, it instantly became my favorite Shyamalan movie. Glass is the movie that brings those two films together. It's a very engaging, good movie. I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd been looking forward to it, but at the same time the trailer didn't make me really anticipate it. I would place it a little under Split in terms of quality.

Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: January 23, 2019, 04:57:27 PM »
I didn't expect the movie to be nominated for anything.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Netflix users ???
« on: January 18, 2019, 03:45:01 PM »
Maybe I should check out some of those shows--I was just thinking today I need to get rid of a bunch of stuff from my apartment. Whenever I move I'll end up getting rid of plenty of stuff, so might as well do that beforehand.

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: The Birds (1963)
« on: January 18, 2019, 03:42:42 PM »
...and the look on Tippi Hedren's face as the fire was going from the car to the gas station.
You know, I've never liked the way that scene was shot, as if it was just a series of photographs as she watches it happen.

What I like most about The Birds is when they board themselves up in the house. I haven't watched the movie in years, but I remember that as being a suspenseful scene. I enjoy the movie but it's never been a favorite.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2019 Movie Discussion
« on: January 16, 2019, 01:00:19 PM »
Oh, my goodness, that's horrible!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2019 Movie Discussion
« on: January 15, 2019, 05:38:05 PM »
I saw my first 2019 release today: Escape Room. I've heard a lot about escape rooms over the last few years, though I haven't been to one myself. What if someone created a special escape room that killed the people who couldn't make it out in time? I enjoyed the movie. It reminded me a lot of Cube, which was about an assortment of characters stuck in a giant cube, having to move from room to room before getting killed in some horrible way. Okay, that's pretty much the same idea exactly. ;D

The CEWB Movie Club / Re: The Birds (1963)
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:07:22 AM »
One thing that I didn't quite understand is the very end of the film. SPOILERS FOLLOW

At the very end, when Melanie is being carried out of the house, there are tons of birds all around. Since throughout the film, the birds attack the townspeople, and these birds had attacked Melanie in the attic earlier on, why did the birds not attack the group as they were trying to leave to take Melanie to the hospital? What do you guys think?
I've always taken it to mean that it was just over now. Whatever set the birds off was through (or done, or whatever word might best fit here). The lack of explanation could be a major flaw here depending on how you look at it. I guess in one way it makes it scarier because we don't know why the birds just started attacking everyone... but at the same time doesn't this sort of movie need some explanation?

Eastwood News / Verna Bloom RIP
« on: January 10, 2019, 05:41:05 PM »
Verna Bloom has died at the age of 80.

Although Bloom appeared extensively in theater and television, she is most noted for her film work. One of her memorable roles came in John Landis’ 1978 comedy “Animal House,” in which she appeared as the drunken, debauched wife of the beleaguered Dean Wormer. She also appeared in three films by Martin Scorsese — “Street Scenes 1970,” “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), and “After Hours” (1985) — and two by Clint Eastwood: “High Plains Drifter” (1973) and “Honkytonk Man” (1982).

I also took it that it showed how dangerous it was becoming. Well, it was always dangerous, but the Garcia character seemed to like Earl. It was pretty laid back at first too--Earl probably wouldn't have stayed with it after the first time if he'd known what type of danger he could be in.

Rotten Tomatoes only has 104 reviews listed for The Mule, but 66% are positive, which does give it a "fresh" rating. I suppose you could consider that the movie's reviews are mixed.

I found the ending to be almost hopeful even though he's potentially going to spend the rest of his life in prison. Earl is safe and he's back to working with his flowers, plus his daughter and granddaughter are going to be visiting him (their husbands were barely there to begin with, of course! :D).

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