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    Watched two completely different styles of movie over the last two days:

    Suspiria - I was curious and a bit wary of a remake of the old Italian horror classic, but I couldn't help being drawn into this one with its strange style and sometimes over-the-top artistic license. I really enjoyed it, and would watch it again.

    All Is True - Slow, quiet film about the later days of William Shakespeare's life when he quit writing following the Globe theatre's burning down. Beautifully filmed and acted with Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellan... very good, but far from a popcorn movie.
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    Finished season 2 of Netflix's Manhunter .

    It's a dramatization on the origins of the FBI's behavioral science unit...,the guys that study serial killers.

    Season 2 gets into the Atlanta child murders.

    Dark stuff but very well done!
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    M. Night Shyamalan sucks. Iíve watched two of his films by watching the beginning then speeding through the rest, because life is to short. Just did this with The Lady in the Water. What a piece of crap. Who wants to watch a puzzled Paul Giamatti for an hour and forty minutes?

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    Great way to decide the quality of a movie, I did that with The Godfather and it sucked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    M. Night Shyamalan sucks. I’ve watched two of his films by watching the beginning then speeding through the rest, because life is to short. Just did this with The Lady in the Water. What a piece of crap. Who wants to watch a puzzled Paul Giamatti for an hour and forty minutes?
    Sixth Sense is a modern day classic, incredible! Also, his last movie, Split, was excellent Unbreakabele was quite decent too. He does have some really weak stuff too but I'd hardly say he sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    Sixth Sense is a modern day classic, incredible! Also, his last movie, Split, was excellent Unbreakabele was quite decent too. He does have some really weak stuff too but I'd hardly say he sucks.
    Agree with you there. I enjoyed the Unbreakable trilogy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    Sixth Sense is a modern day classic, incredible! Also, his last movie, Split, was excellent Unbreakabele was quite decent too. He does have some really weak stuff too but I'd hardly say he sucks.
    Split wasn't his last movie. His last movie is the final of the Unbreakable Trilogy: Glass, which stars Willis, Jackson, and McAvoy, the stars of the previous two movies.

    I have mixed feelings about Shamalamadingdong. I thought The Sixth Sense was excellent; Unbreakable was very good but not great. Just about everything after, up until Split, was typically mediocre. It didn't help that Robot Chicken began taking jabs at him ("what a twist!" ). I will say, tho, that I'm one of the few who liked The Happening. But I didn't think MNS regained his footing until Split, which is excellent. Glass was okay but ultimately disappointing.

    Another movie he was involved in as a producer was Devil which was based on one of his stories. I liked it.
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    Regarding M. Night Shyamalan, I really liked The Visit and thought that Split was excellent. I think he's a very talented director and storyteller, but when it comes to writing dialog... not so much. We all have our strengths and weaknesses.

    Haven't seen Glass yet though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    Suspiria - I was curious and a bit wary of a remake of the old Italian horror classic, but I couldn't help being drawn into this one with its strange style and sometimes over-the-top artistic license. I really enjoyed it, and would watch it again.
    Of course certain classics should NOT be touched.
    They bitched up remakes of The Haunting,The Prisoner and the Wickerman. So I was expecting much of the same here.

    Okay, they didn't dare touch on Argento's brilliant colours , and they completely changed the main plot big time: in this remake , the main character Suzy Bannion is not a victim but the ACTUAL Mater Suspiriorum Lady of Sighs [One of the 3 witches/Mothers -Darkness,Tears,Sighs (Italy,New York and Berlin) - of the origional trilogy.]

    But you gotta give credit for the dance scenes in the remake, of the stress on the art nouveau building, and the historical-darkening of the atmosphere by showing the REAL torn/troubled Germany during the days of the terrorist left-wing Baader Meinhof Group.

    The remake is one hour longer than the orig '77 film, yet it manages to hold one's interest.
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    HOLE IN THE GROUND = poo

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    THE HOLE = poo

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    CASTLE ROCK SEASON 1 way way over-complicated Steven King amalgam of a few of his stories. When you finally - episode 9??? - figure out the mystery is due to (yet another lame) alternate universe cop-out, your questioning the time you put into watching this.

    But, as is the case with most of these recent failures, you got to give credit to the locations person. The town shots are the best things here - mythical picturesque smalltown / oldtown America going to economic ruin.

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    Micheal Caine & Ben Kingsley.

    Lately the horror films have been atrocious, but I gotta give this one 4 stars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nosebone View Post
    Finished season 2 of Netflix's Manhunter .
    This isn't the recent detective series starring Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) is it???

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    M. Night Shyamalan sucks. I’ve watched two of his films by watching the beginning then speeding through the rest, because life is to short. Just did this with The Lady in the Water. What a piece of crap. Who wants to watch a puzzled Paul Giamatti for an hour and forty minutes?
    I think he is very inconsistent, but some of his films are great. I agree with you about "Lady In The Water" though, one of his weakest films for sure.

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    I grudgingly like Shyamalan. The first two movies were excellent - indeed, Unbreakable seems to me the best superhero movie I've seen. After that, I've seen only Signs (which I liked) and The Happening (which I didn't). I want to see Split and Glass some time soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    I grudgingly like Shyamalan. The first two movies were excellent - indeed, Unbreakable seems to me the best superhero movie I've seen. After that, I've seen only Signs (which I liked) and The Happening (which I didn't). I want to see Split and Glass some time soon.
    I liked Signs to. I kept expecting Joaquin Phoenix to yell, "AM I NOT MERCIFUL"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    I grudgingly like Shyamalan. The first two movies were excellent - indeed, Unbreakable seems to me the best superhero movie I've seen. After that, I've seen only Signs (which I liked) and The Happening (which I didn't). I want to see Split and Glass some time soon.
    I think Unbreakable gets more impressive the more I see it. Its wonderfully atmospheric. The most unlikely superhero movie ever. I was not that impressed with Glass. Split was decent. But as a standalone movie Unbreakable is incredible.

    And very little happens. It's all in the dialogue, exchanges of looks between the characters, reactions etc.

    And i think the opening scene with the baby is one of the most powerful I have ever seen, and really sets the tone for the rest of the movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    I grudgingly like Shyamalan. The first two movies were excellent - indeed, Unbreakable seems to me the best superhero movie I've seen. After that, I've seen only Signs (which I liked) and The Happening (which I didn't). I want to see Split and Glass some time soon.
    Shyamalan is absolutely brilliant at making some of the most dramatic scenes also the quietest and most understated. Two that come to mind are when Bruce Willis is seeing how much he could bench in Unbreakable and when Adrien Brody stabs Joaquin Phoenix in The Village. Yes, the premise and the reveal in The Village was VERY weak, straining incredulity, but how he staged that scene (the stabbing), and how he revealed what was happening in progressive steps via his camera angles and cuts, is the work of a master.
    Man you guys take awfully seriously a bunch of pampered, spoiled twenty and thirty something year old jocks earning millions of dollars to play a game running up and down a field. Why do you care so much about these guys to the point of arguing with each other. Do you think they care an iota about you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nosebone View Post
    Finished season 2 of Netflix's Manhunter .

    It's a dramatization on the origins of the FBI's behavioral science unit...,the guys that study serial killers.

    Season 2 gets into the Atlanta child murders.

    Dark stuff but very well done!
    It's Mindhunter and I'm just starting season 2, enjoyed season 1. The guy in the mug shot in episode 1 is from Columbus GA (where I live) from April 78, I've got to look him up to see if it was a real guy.

    Edit: He was https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Hance
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    Quote Originally Posted by Painter View Post
    Shyamalan is absolutely brilliant at making some of the most dramatic scenes also the quietest and most understated. Two that come to mind are when Bruce Willis is seeing how much he could bench in Unbreakable and when Adrien Brody stabs Joaquin Phoenix in The Village. Yes, the premise and the reveal in The Village was VERY weak, straining incredulity, but how he staged that scene (the stabbing), and how he revealed what was happening in progressive steps via his camera angles and cuts, is the work of a master.
    A master director but as a screenwriter, he only gets lucky now and then. But the majority of his scripts break my suspend-belief mechanism beyond repair.
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    I just finished the extended version of "The Hateful Eight" on Netflix. It is broken into 4 chapters and I did not watch it all in one sitting. To be honest it has been long enough since I saw the original, that I could not remember exactly what scenes were added. This is one of those films that I have enjoyed more with additional viewings. The first time I saw it in a theater I had mixed feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    I just finished the extended version of "The Hateful Eight" on Netflix. It is broken into 4 chapters and I did not watch it all in one sitting. To be honest it has been long enough since I saw the original, that I could not remember exactly what scenes were added. This is one of those films that I have enjoyed more with additional viewings. The first time I saw it in a theater I had mixed feelings.
    I find with every Tarantino movie the first viewing always makes you a bit unsure of whether you liked it or not. They don't bowl you over on first watch. For me it takes 2 or 3 viewings and most of the time I end up really digging them. Death Proof would be the exception, and Hateful 8 was only just OK for me.

    Jackie Brown is the best example for me. In almost hated it on first viewing, found it far too talky and hardly any of his trademark violence. But on subsequent viewings its now one of my faves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    A master director but as a screenwriter, he only gets lucky now and then. But the majority of his scripts break my suspend-belief mechanism beyond repair.
    As the late Gardner Dozois said, in a different context, "Disbelief is meant to be suspended, not hanged by the neck until dead."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    As the late Gardner Dozois said, in a different context, "Belief is meant to be suspended, not hanged by the neck until dead."
    I love that quote, even though I don't agree with it when it comes to certain movies (or certain entertainment in general).

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    Oops. That was meant to be "disbelief." I'll fix it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Oops. That was meant to be "disbelief." I'll fix it.
    Oh oops! I didn't even catch that.

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