movie-talk What's the last film you watched? And rate it!

Star Trek: Into Darkness. Brilliant. Don't understand the hate for it. I think it's very swell.

Secrets of the Shining Knight. Very fine and informative. (Netflix)

Contagion. Not too bad. I rate it so-so.

The Russian Revolution: This is nice. Though I'd like a longer documentary going into more detail and context. (Netflix)

Monty Python: The Meaning of Life (2014). This is a cute documentary. See it, if you're a fan. (Netflix)

The Boat (2019). This is a pretty decent supernatural suspense-thriller. (Prime)

Wonder Wheel. Very good. I don't understand the negative reviews or lack of attention. This is pretty brilliant, exquisite filmmaking. Muah, Woody! (Prime)
 
American Dharma ............................... 7.5/10

Great production value. Errol Morris is funny. He says always sounds like he is a character in his movies.
 
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mlesemann

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Horse Girl, starring Alison Brie.
I like her a lot, and the first 3/4 of this was good. But then it just meandered off into far too many dream & hallucination sequences.
It's 105 minutes, and would have been better if cut to about 90.
6.5/10
 
probably get shot for this but

American Psycho - 1/10

entirely unlikable characters that you in no way care about (worst crime in writing/acting)
entirely unnaturally dialogue thats just distracting (2nd worst crime in writing)
and
the performace feels like hes pretending to be Jim Carey adutioning for the role of Joker in a batman movie (bizzare)
 
Idiocracy - 5/10

came highly recommended and felt average at best - the concept is interesting but the humor just didnt appeal to me (which is strange because it was recommended by people who have the same sense of humor as me) but its just felt short, unsubstancial and forgettable and I cant remember even giggling at any point nevermind laughing (the floppy purple dildo raise a smile thats about it)
 

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Idiocracy - 5/10

came highly recommended and felt average at best - the concept is interesting but the humor just didnt appeal to me (which is strange because it was recommended by people who have the same sense of humor as me) but its just felt short, unsubstancial and forgettable and I cant remember even giggling at any point nevermind laughing (the floppy purple dildo raise a smile thats about it)
I'd be curious about your thoughts on Donnie Darko. That is another film I consider to be dark comedy, and since you didn't like American Psycho... I'm curious what you would think about a film that is somewhat similar. (Heavily narrated, moody, dark comedy.)
 

mlesemann

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I watched Portrait of a Lady on Fire last night on Hulu - I'll give it an 8.5 out of 10 and I will likely watch it again.

As a screenwriter, I'm usually drawn to great dialogue and plot, but here some of the lighting and cinematography blew me away. Many of the shots look like oil paintings, especially reminiscent (to me, NOT an artist) of the Dutch Masters.

While it's pitched primarily as a story of 2 women, it's in many ways about three 18th century women, all very different.
 
I'd be curious about your thoughts on Donnie Darko. That is another film I consider to be dark comedy, and since you didn't like American Psycho... I'm curious what you would think about a film that is somewhat similar. (Heavily narrated, moody, dark comedy.)
oh honestly its been 15 years since I've seen Donnie Darko so its all very fuzzy and long before I started getting interested in film making, seen through the eyes of a mid-teen but I do remember thinking it was overrated and boring rubbish at the time (probably not helped by the fact I cant stand Jake Gyllenhaal either)
 
The Goldfinch 7/10

Watched it mainly cause of Roger Deakins. Images are just beautiful (like everything Deakins does). The movie itself was interesting and entertaining but could have developed a bit differently and maybe faster. Sometimes it just got to slow (and I enjoy "slow" movies). Crowley has the potential to be a great director and maybe is on the way to being there someday! Deakins is a beast and is really what made this movie good.
 
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