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    Yeah, Baron Munchausen wasn't great, but Gilliam has of course done quite a few that are, IMO. I'd be curious to hear from other actors and their experiences throughout the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    Yeah, Baron Munchausen wasn't great, but Gilliam has of course done quite a few that are, IMO. I'd be curious to hear from other actors and their experiences throughout the years.
    Apart from some cool visual bits, I thought it was a self-indulgent misfire. I expected better from the guy who directed ...Holy Grail, Time Bandits, and Brazil. (Of course, he redeemed himself, and then some, with the subsequent threesome of The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys and Fear and Loathing...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    Here's a fascinating article written by Sarah Polley on the traumatic experiences she had on the set of Terry Gilliam's The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen. I found it quite riveting:

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...sen-interview?
    Interesting, thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropforge View Post

    P.S. I saw Munchausen in the theater and I thought it sucked...
    I was a huge Python fan and was in the theater the day this film was released. I walked out thinking that I had just wasted 2 hours of my life.

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    Count me in piling on Munchausen. A meandering, indulgent film.
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    I saw it in the theater too, being a huge Python fan, and I concur with the other opinions stated here.

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    Munchausen comes across a lot better when you see it as part of a trilogy with Time Bandits and Brazil. Youth, adulthood, age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Munchausen comes across a lot better when you see it as part of a trilogy with Time Bandits and Brazil. Youth, adulthood, age.
    So I'm not the only one! I actually have watched them in that order, over the course of a week or so. Not that I ever considered them a trilogy of course, but that's an interesting way to think about it.
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    I saw The Adventures of Baron Munchausen when it was released and I, too, thought it kinda sucked. Not as bad as Jabberwocky but close.

    I think his best films are Brazil, The Fisher King, and 12 Monkeys. The best thing about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was Depp's performance but, ultimately, the film suffers from its inevitable comparison to Hunter S Thompson's brilliant book.

    I haven't seen anything of his since.

    An excellent film Gilliam has appeared in is Lost in La Mancha, a documentary of his failed attempt at making The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in 2000. Leonard Maltin said it is "one of the best films about the process of film-making." I say it's one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. If your interest is piqued, do yourself a favor and don't read about it first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal... View Post
    An excellent film Gilliam has appeared in is Lost in La Mancha, a documentary of his failed attempt at making The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in 2000. Leonard Maltin said it is "one of the best films about the process of film-making." I say it's one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. If your interest is piqued, do yourself a favor and don't read about it first.
    Absolutely, I loved watching that. And last year or the year before I watched the film he finally did get made, which I liked. I also quite liked The Zero Theorem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Munchausen comes across a lot better when you see it as part of a trilogy with Time Bandits and Brazil. Youth, adulthood, age.
    I never thought of it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Mail View Post
    UFO, 2018 with Gillian Anderson, David Strathairn.

    Low key but absorbing sci fi drama. An object is sighted briefly over an airport, and a mathematics student tries to verify the sighting using mathematics, co ordinates etc., plus there are elements of a possible cover up.

    There is a strong emphasis on mathematics and equations to determine the facts. Think the first hour of Contact, the element of discovering what the equations mean. But don't expect CGI or spaceships of any sort.

    Personally I found it absorbing. But the lack of effects and spectacle may not be for everyone.
    Watched it the other night, really enjoyed it, thanks for the reco.
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    Housebound--horror comedy shot in New Zealand. A young woman is caught stealing and sentenced to house arrest back at her old home place which potentially is haunted. Different, pretty interesting on Tubi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nosebone View Post
    X (2022) 7/10

    Ty Wests new horror film which plagiarizes all of his favorite horror films.

    In 1979, an amateur film crew set out to make a porn film in a rented house out in rural Texas, and the landlords are old and creepy- that's all you need to know.

    I picked out specific shots & scenes from Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, Suspiria, Jaws, Carrie and The Visit.

    The movie wasn't scary only because I've seen it already in other films, but if I was 13 years old it would have blown me away.

    X looked fantastic and had a killer score.
    Yeah, overall, I thought he was trying hard to make it look like Texas Chainsaw Massacre with the van and the rural location. I thought the villains were laughable, and overall couldn't wait for it to end. Pass.

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    Seen this weekend: House of Dracula (1945)

    Onslow Stevens portrays Dr. Franz Edelmann, a renowned therapist. Count Dracula (John Carradine) presents himself to Edelmann, saying that he is sick of his eternal life and wants to be cured. While the Doctor is busy with that, Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.) presents himself, and also wants to be cured of his lycanthropy (which is fair enough, since he's always seen it as a curse).

    Events ensue, including the discovery of Frankenstein's Monster (Glenn Strange) in a cave beneath Edelmann's (of course) castle. One is cured, one is sickened, one is destroyed, and one is brought back to life only to be apparently destroyed. (Yes, there are four monsters, but I don't want to say more.)

    Seven out of ten flopping model bats.
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    Kiss of Death - 7.5/10
    On IMDB, there are no halves, and I gave it an 8 on there.. From the very beginning, I was into it, and remained interested the entire way. In the last month or two, I haven't been able to find this, and within 10-15 minutes, I'm "done".

    My only criticism of noir is that it's kinda self-limiting, and not so unique. "The Long Goodbye" (Altman) makes a good effort, to reach further, to be free, instead of the marketing thing. It's like the movie, "Mikey and Nicky" being advertised as a gangster pic, when it's an artistic dialogue driven gangster comedy/tragedy, but people might have been expecting "The Godfather" (Cassavetes and Falk are excellent - it's on YouTube).

    One thing I noticed is that this movie doesn't have a femme fatale, so some might not consider this a real noir, but man, it's really good. Visual editing, sound editing - so much tension. The writing is economic (just like the editing), and really good. Some good entendre. And Richard Widmark is excellent - and it was his first movie. Thank you WPA Federal Theatre (for Orson, Lillian Hellman, Burt Lancaster, etc)

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    No Exit on Hulu. "Stranded by a blizzard, a young woman is forced to find shelter at a highway rest area with a group of strangers. Discovering an abducted girl in a van in the parking lot, she embarks on a terrifying mission to discover who among them is the kidnapper."

    Interesting premise to start out, and a couple of twists were added along the way that you probably won't see coming, but it quickly turned out to be just another standard thriller. It wasn't bad for what it was.

    The Feast on Hulu. "A wealthy family hosts a sumptuous dinner, as a mysterious young server chillingly unravels their lives with terrifying consequences they could never see coming."

    Filmed in Wales, it's based on Welsh folklore and the director, who's Welsh himself, filmed it in Welsh, so there are English subtitles. The Welsh title is Gwledd.

    It's a slow burn horror film that's pretty atmospheric and at times a little bizarre. The movie isn't quite as fucked up as something like The Perfection but it's in the same neighborhood, which is a good thing. And it will stay with you for a while. For a first time director, this is a very good movie.

    I have to say, tho, I thought the best part was the juxtaposition between the ending and the music played over the end credits, which reminded me a lot of John Landis' use of the Marcels doo-wop version of "Blue Moon" at the end of An American Werewolf in London. The song used in The Feast is a Welsh pop song from 1969 that sounds a bit amateurish. I thought it was hilarious, especially after that third act.
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    I have to watch "The Feast," if only to practice my Welsh comprehension. Gwledd means "Banquet."
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    Record Safari is a documentary up on YT about eccentric record collector, Alex Rodriguez, who travels across America to obscure places to curate an unmatched record collection for Coachella Music Festival’s on-site record store. I thought it was pretty good. There was an interview I saw where he stated he had 20,000+ records.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippypants View Post
    There was an interview I saw where he stated he had 20,000+ records.
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    C'mon C'mon (2021) 4/10

    The great Joaquin Phoenix in a long, slow, black and white film about an uncle who takes his spoiled nephew to New York with him.

    Th movie ends where it starts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nosebone View Post
    C'mon C'mon (2021) 4/10

    The great Joaquin Phoenix in a long, slow, black and white film about an uncle who takes his spoiled nephew to New York with him.

    Th movie ends where it starts.
    When my wife and I finished this one we had a strong desire to visit New Orleans, which is ironic because the New Orleans interview segment is mostly kids talking about the evils of the tourism industry.

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