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    STRAIGHT UP

    as dialogue-heavy as this was, I still enjoyed a lot of this. Fans of Gilmore Girls and The Big Bang Theory (Sheldon specifically) may be reminded of things from it.

    For one, the lead female character's name is Rory and there's a GG reference shown in the trailer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mnprogger View Post
    STRAIGHT UP

    as dialogue-heavy as this was, I still enjoyed a lot of this. Fans of Gilmore Girls and The Big Bang Theory (Sheldon specifically) may be reminded of things from it.

    For one, the lead female character's name is Rory and there's a GG reference shown in the trailer.

    This is a movie or some Netflix thingy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycsteve View Post
    This is a movie or some Netflix thingy?
    no it's an Independent Film. I saw it online via Minneapolis St.Paul Film Society's website. Ordinarily, it would be screened in 1 of their theaters, but instead, they have setup a 'Virtual Cinema."
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    Just finished watching Yessongs on Prime. It goes without saying, (but say it I must,) this is the greatest movie ever made. Well deserving of it's 14 Oscars, although one could argue that the Special Fx Oscar for Wakeman's glitzy cape was just enthusiasm run amok. What can I say? They were on a roll and went with it. And while it's somewhat embarrassing, one has to admit that Anderson's Oscar for Best Supporting Actress has to be put down to nearsightedness among the aged members of the Academy.

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    I've been binge-watching some of these episodic/mini-series thingies on and off for the past month on Netflix

    Stranger Things - 18 hour long monster movie. Fun for kids

    The OA - Sadistic bastard kidnaps people and uses them for lab rats and never gets the punishment he deserves. Captives learn a freaky dance that takes them into the body of their alternate selves in another dimension. Sadistic bastard still imposes his will on the captives even in the other dimension and frustratingly continues to escape justice.

    Dark - A town of nasty people stab each other in the backs for 20 hours. They take turns going forward and back in time to make things even worse.

    If I Hadn't Met You - Unlike all the above, this one wraps things up only 10 episodes. For those who may have forgotten what their family really means to them. A man who loses his wife and 2 kids in a tragic car accident meets a scientist who helps him go back to try to change that tragedy, changing how his life and the life of his friends and family evolve.

    The last one is highly recommended, but all 4 of the above suffer from very slow pace, but the last one at least builds steam from one episode to the next.
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    Watched Psychomania on Prime last night. A British Occult Thriller (I guess) from 1974, it's a fairly odd movie that doesn't actually explain many major plot points, and has many characters acting in ways they wouldn't act irl situations. So a healthy dose of suspension of disbelief is required, but the movie does maintain interest. Very strange ending.

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    A few nights before, I watched the Classic Albums docu for Peter Gabriel's So album. His massive breakthrough album, but not one of my favorites, despite some strong material. This is well worth watching. There are interviews with all the principals, and some interesting info does come out, such as the revelation that Dolly Parton was Peter's first choice to sing the female (Kate Bush) part in "Don't Give Up," but she turned him down. Maybe that's old news, but I was unaware of it. Anyway, a good watch.
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    Arctic--not much plot, but I enjoyed it nevertheless, about a guy trying to survive a crash landing in the Arctic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Watched Psychomania

    <Spoiler Alert for So documentary>

    A few nights before, I watched the Classic Albums docu for Peter Gabriel's So album. His massive breakthrough album, but not one of my favorites, despite some strong material. This is well worth watching. There are interviews with all the principals, and some interesting info does come out, such as the revelation that Dolly Parton was Peter's first choice to sing the female (Kate Bush) part in "Don't Give Up," but she turned him down. Maybe that's old news, but I was unaware of it. Anyway, a good watch.
    It's been a while but I thought the documentary did a great job of highlighting the creative process in making music. I posted a 10/10 documentary on Robbie Robertson And The Band in the previous page. It's a music see for any music fan.
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    Just saw a pretty good western titled Blackthorn (2011). Stars Sam Shepard. Pretty damn good if you like westerns. The reimagined story of Butch Cassidy in Bolivia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hippypants View Post
    Arctic--not much plot, but I enjoyed it nevertheless, about a guy trying to survive a crash landing in the Arctic.
    I enjoyed that one. Gruelling as you would expect, but compelling and a very ambiguous ending...
    I only clicked on it because I thought it was going to be something more interesting...

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    Moonwalkers, 2015. One of the most bizarre films I have ever seen.

    Plot involves Rupert Grint as a hapless manager of a rock band in 1968, owing money to everyone and pretty much going nowhere. Cut to Ron Perlman as a vietnam vet turned independent mercenary for hire, who is tasked with contacting Stanley Kubrick and arranging for him to make a fake film of the moon landing, in case the real mission fails.

    For the sake of brevity, Somehow Perlman is fooled into thinking one of the band is Kubrick, and gives Grint the money to make the movie. Grint contacts an eccentric director/artist who agrees to make the movie.

    Throw in a bunch of gangsters who are after Grint for debts and some gory shootout scenes, and this is indeed a very strange mixture. I found it very watchable, it kept me hooked, though I am not sure I could recommend it.

    There is a decent amount of fun to be had, especially from Perlman, and especially the scenes where he meets the fake Kubrick. There is also a bit of a Lock, Stock/Snatch feel to it.
    I only clicked on it because I thought it was going to be something more interesting...

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    Ad Astra--really good and a nice meditation on the Kubrick school of thought. NFLX rental disc
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    Guys, with so many streaming options, now, it would be nice if you'd include where you saw stuff, be it Netflix, Prime, HBO, TCM, etc.
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    Gattaca--a rewatch. I enjoyed it better the second time around. A pretty good SF, but sort of slow burn. It's worth a watch, but at the same time--and I can't quite put my finger on it, I'm a bit indifferent on it as well. Second tier SF for me. About a guy in the near future, born an In-valid (not the right type gene pool), but wants to go into space. Roku

    Dial M for Murder--Hitchcock, sort of like a play, but a husband schemes how to murder his unfaithful wife. Roku

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippypants View Post
    Gattaca--a rewatch. I enjoyed it better the second time around. A pretty good SF, but sort of slow burn. It's worth a watch, but at the same time--and I can't quite put my finger on it, I'm a bit indifferent on it as well. Second tier SF for me. About a guy in the near future, born an In-valid (not the right type gene pool), but wants to go into space. Roku
    Really? I thought Gattaca was one of the better SF movies I've seen in the past 25-30 years.

    BTW, Roku is a player not a service. Or do you mean you saw it on the Roku Channel? Just wanted some clarification since I don't have a Roku and know nothing about them.
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    I thought Gattaca was excellent.

    Did anyone read my post on the Robbie Roberts and the Band documentary? If you're a rock music fan it's a must see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    I thought Gattaca was excellent.

    Did anyone read my post on the Robbie Roberts and the Band documentary? If you're a rock music fan it's a must see.
    Yes, I did see that. I considered it but not being a fan I didn't pursue it.

    I've seen a few bios related to music on Prime that I thought were really good. The one on Harry Nilsson was excellent as was the one on the Allman Bros. I can't think of any others, at the moment, unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal... View Post
    Really? I thought Gattaca was one of the better SF movies I've seen in the past 25-30 years.
    Everybody's different. I like Ad Astra, Ex Machina, or Arrival and some others better. It was good though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hal... View Post
    BTW, Roku is a player not a service. Or do you mean you saw it on the Roku Channel? Just wanted some clarification since I don't have a Roku and know nothing about them.
    I saw it off the player. I don't remember what channel (I think, Tubi), there are many. It was one of the free ones however. I don't subscribe to any of the paid streaming services at this time. The only thing I'm paying for is 2 physical disc from NFLX.

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    Watched Thief, the first film by Michael Mann. Well, not his best one (especially the end-scenes are somewhat amateurish), but the score by Tangerine Dream kept me watching (and listening); the end-titles are the best :-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by hippypants View Post
    Everybody's different. I like Ad Astra, Ex Machina, or Arrival and some others better. It was good though.
    I think Ex Machina is the best I've seen in a really long time. I also really liked Arrival. There have been some other SF movies of the past 20 or so years that were really good. Don't know which you've seen but check out this list for any you haven't (the ones with an asterisk are must sees):

    Anon (Netflix original)
    Blade Runner 2049
    Coherence
    Her*
    I Am Mother (Netflix original)
    Inception*
    Limitless*
    Love Death + Robots* (Netflix original animated anthology; not sure if this is available on disc, tho)
    The Martian
    Moon*
    Pi*
    Predestination (a time travel movie that is an utterly ridiculous mind fuck, but still enjoyable)
    Primer
    Ready Player One (surprisingly)
    Robot and Frank*
    Time Lapse*
    Under the Skin

    I don't subscribe to any of the paid streaming services at this time. The only thing I'm paying for is 2 physical disc from NFLX.
    I just checked and none of the Netflix originals I mentioned are available thru their DVD plan. I guess they want you to sign up for their streaming service. Speaking of which, if you're already signed up for one, shouldn't they offer the other for a discount?
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    I haven't seen Moon for a long time, but it left an impression when I did see it. Gotta get me that dvd. I believe I have seen all the movies you list except the Netflix ones, and I own a few of them. Of course, I've been a SF fan since I was a kid.
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    Hal, I've seen some of the films you listed. I generally like most of them, with the exception of Inception, which I didn't care for much. Although I did enjoy some of the last third of the film showing the dystopian future. I know others that have enjoyed it however.

    I own both Blade Runners on DVD, along with Moon, and Ready Player One. I've seen The Martian, Pi, Limitless, and Primer (had to see it as it was shot in Dallas/ Richardson on a meager budget).

    Under the Skin, I could/ should probably give it a second viewing. I wasn't all that impressed with it with the first viewing, although that can change with a second watch. I've got Her, in my NFLX queue, and heard it was worthwhile. The rest I have not seen, and will add those if NFLX allows/ has them. Thanks.

    I would had these to your list:

    Mr. Nobody--I could probably stand a rewatch of this. I'd give it maybe a three stars, but it's overlong (2 1/2 hours), and takes patience to watch it for sure. One of those love, hate, or indifferent type SF films. It's non-linear storytelling about the paths not taken in one's life. And uses color palette to signal the viewer which life choice is being shown as we shift from one choice to another: yellow, blue, and red. It's unusual for sure.

    Upgrade--fun film
    Solo: A Star Wars Movie--I enjoyed it
    A Quiet Place--pretty good, but a bit forgettable too
    Annihilation--I enjoyed it
    Take Shelter--I enjoyed it
    The remake of The Planet of the Apes films--I enjoyed all three
    Tomorrowland--Disney film, but I enjoyed it
    For The Love of Spock--documentary on Nimoy
    Star Trek Beyond--enjoyed it better the with the second watch
    10 Cloverfield Lane--pretty good
    Chappie--pretty fun
    Intersteller--okay, 2001, is much better though
    The Hunger Games trilogy--pretty good
    Pacific Rim--fun
    Snowpiercer--well done
    The Signal--worth a watch
    Looper--it was okay
    Akira--anime, unforgettable experience though
    Elysium--okay
    Oblivion--okay
    Beyond the Black Rainbow--trippy indie
    Source Code--it was good
    Transcendent Man--pretty good doc
    Life--worth a watch
    Splice--fun, science gone wrong film
    The Road--dystopian, but I like those type films
    The Mist--SF or horror, I don't know, but pretty good
    The Host--Korean monster movie, pretty good
    A Scanner Darkly--I liked it
    A. I. Artificial Intelligence--I liked it, others did not

    A couple on my list I've added but not seen yet: Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets, Chronicle, Alita: Battle Angel, Little Joe

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    Eraserhead--I had not seen David Lynch's experimental, midnight movie, Eraserhead in probably thirty years. It's just as surreal and bizarre now as it ever was. It's an art film about a guy, his wife, and their malformed child in an alienating, oppressive environment--or something like that. It's better to experience it yourself. do a search on Youtube

    Speak--is easy to write off as one of those teen angst movies, which is not typically something I care to watch, however, Speak is a cut above most of them. About a teenager who appears to be rejected from most of the cliques and students in that school, but is dealing with a past trauma that happened to her, but she goes about her daily life. It's somewhat an understated film, and worth a watch though. do a search on Youtube

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    King Cohen. Fascinating documentary on eclectic film director Larry Cohen, known for such movies as Its Alive, God Told Me To, Bone, Black Caesar, Q The Winged Serpent, The Stuff and The Private Files of Edgar J Hoover, a brilliant TV movie with Broderick Crawford excellent in the title role.


    Cohen started out as a writer and producer for TV, and created such shows as The Invaders, Branded, NYPD (no, not that one) and a fascinating little series called Coronet Blue, the plot of which is almost identical to The Bourne Identity.

    And he was a true maverick...he specialised in guerilla filmmaking, shooting scenes on streets with no permission and having people think people were being shot for real. He used to place cameras on buildings out of sight and the actors just went for it

    Famously while shooting Q The Winged Serpent, he paid the police and security guards to wear their uniform and act as cops, hanging off cradles outside the Chrysler Building in New York and shooting blanks from machine guns at the ''serpent'. It scared people at the time and made the newspapers.

    And it's hard to describe the sheer weirdness of a movie like God Told Me To, part serial killer movie, part science fiction and part messianic/religious cult movie.

    Q The Winged Serpent actually becomes a far better movie than the low grade, low budget monster movie it was supposed to be due to an incredible performance by Michael Moriarty, as a small time crook who discovers the creature. He was such an appealing character that much of the movie focused on him, and was all the better for it.


    Bone was one of Yaphet Kotto's first movies, and was very controversial for the time, dealing with interracial sex and marital conflict. Shot at Cohen's own house, as a lot of his movies were.

    Its Alive, about s mutant killer baby was controversial for the time it was made in the early seventies, and it almost never got made as the studio thought audiences would be too freaked put...until Cohen reminded them that The Exorcist was currently playing in theatres...and if it was acceptable to have a.movie with a child mouthing obscenities and stabbing her genitals with a crucifix...


    A highly recommended documentary, currently on amazon prime.

    I also tracked down dvd copies of Coronet Blue and The Private Files of J Edgar Hoover. The latter has rarely been shown outside of its tv movie debuts and copies are out there but not easy to get hold of here in the UK.
    I only clicked on it because I thought it was going to be something more interesting...

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    King Cohen. .
    Sweet! I still remember the TV ads for It Lives Again, the sequel to It's Alive, from the late 70's. I was like 6 years old at the time, and that kinda messed with my head a bit. One of the last things that McDonald Carey did before he passed away (he's been dead for more than 25 yearse, but you can still hear his voice at the beginning of every episode of Days Of Our Lives) was a bit part as a judge at the beginning of It's Alive III: Island Of The Alive, which I believe also had Michael Moriarity in it.

    I'll have to look for this documentary.

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