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Post by David H on Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:58 pm

Hmmm. In the screenplay it's as if they were originally planning to go for more of a Shakespearean "E tu Brute? Then fall Caesar" ending. That could have worked too, but especially with a story as layered as the Jesse James myth there's a lot to be said for leaving the ending ambiguous.

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Post by azriel on Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:38 am

Went to see "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood", a Tarantino film starring Leo Di Caprio & Brad ( still good for his age ) Pitt Smile I loved it, thought it was a great film, ran just over 2 & a half hours, did feel longer in some places but, I really liked it.
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It was a "what if" film. what if Sharon Tate had not been murdered
. They had the guy who played Polanski dressed in that blue velvet suit & frilled shirt that I remember him in around the Sharon Tate murder. He didn't speak in the film, not that I remember anyway, just sorta mumbled & that's it. I thought Leo was brilliant in it & there were the odd mickey take quips in it that made the audience laugh. Brad Pitt played his good friend & stunt double & he's pretty calm & laid back.
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Then he gets into a fight with Bruce Lee, was meant to be best of 3, they had 1 apiece before its stopped
The ending was good & I left the cinema feeling happy. Pitt & DI Caprio really worked so well in this film & now they've matured a little its easy to see them play Paul Newman & Robert Redford, especially as "Butch & Sundance".
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Brad feeding his dog was funny & that dog really came thru at the end & thank gawd the dog wasn't hurt Smile
I liked Margot Robbie too. She did not irritate me once. Her role was as Sharon Tate. If you love Tarantino then this film is a must. Its not as gory as his other films as this film is telling a story, its not the usual blow his head off stuff. You see 2 stories happening at the same time but each story means something to that particular person. One doesn't know whats going to happen & one is cracking up. Go see it, hopefully you'll be entertained Smile

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:13 pm

{{ I haven't seen that Az but Ill keep an eye out for it.
But was there a weird spate of making fictionalised versions of the Tate murders in Hollywood?
By an odd coincidence the Better Half put a film on Netflix just the other night which was also a 'what if' retelling of those events (think it was Hilary Duff as Tate), 'The Haunting of Sharon Tate'.
A lot of the acting was ropey, seemed quite low budget, basically its a version where they fight off the would be murderers and escape, sort of, it having themes of resurrection and the premise you relive things till you 'get it right'.
Its not the worst thing Ive ever seen, but its not recommended either save the one interesting idea it had regards resurrection and reliving events, but it seemed somewhat distasteful to me to fictionalise in such a way at all a real life tragedy like that, especially one that's still so close in history and where many of those affected by the murders are still alive. }}

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Post by halfwise on Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:31 am

I think I'm coming around to the idea of ranking Brad Pitt and Leo as among the Greats. It's occurred to me that nearly all the actors we think of as being great did their main stuff in their late 30's and later, and Brad and Leo appeared in their 20's, so weren't quite ready. They just needed some years on them.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:40 am

Aha, but DiCaprio was 19 when he was first nominated for the Academy's best supporting actor award.

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Post by David H on Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:23 am

Yeah, if you're referring to his work as the younger brother in "What's Eating Guilbert Grape", that performance was definitely Oscar-worthy. Nod
Worth watching again, now that I'm thinking of it...

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Post by azriel on Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:58 am

I agree Petty. Some things have got to be carefully done. Much like the Progs & film about Princess Diana. Her tragedy is still fresh in many peoples minds but, with "Once Upon a Time" its more about
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following Leo's character as a fading TV show star & his friend Cliff played by Pitt. The Sharon Tate side of it is very small & only just touched on at the end. Manson was never even mentioned. All you see are a group of wacked out hippies & 3 of them decide to murder people on some pretence put into their heads BY Manson. They turn up at the home of Leo to really get him back for an earlier incident & this is when you see Pitt come into his own & boy does he unleash hell, him & his dog !! woo hoo Smile Then after its over & the police collect the hippies & go, then you see Sharon, who lives next door & hasn't even said hello to Leo yet & her friends come down to see if Leo is ok etc & they all go into Sharon's for drinks etc. Its quite minimal really & only at the end. But it was a "what if" poor Sharon had not been murdered, poor thing. There are a few moments when you see Sharon see herself on a Cinema poster but its all only moments.
I think Tarantino did a great job of showing the 60's as a slice of human life.

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Post by azriel on Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:21 am

I noticed that. Tarantino made Lee very cocky & I felt that wasn't right at all. I was lead to believe he was a quiet man & didn't show off ?

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Post by Mrs Figg on Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:21 pm

This is classified under the worst film ever seen next to the Hobbit. Its called Viking Destiny. Its bad, really bad, and the badness is in your face in one shocking sex/murder scene in what otherwise looks like a pretty bland family friendly looking super cheesy amateur cosplay film. Suddenly among all the wooden acting and fake 'Excalibur' derivative nonsense you are assaulted by 'that scene'. I nearly threw up. No wonder Terence Stamp shouts his lines like he is really pissed off to be in such crap. Rolling Eyes

be warned, its horrible and totally out of the blue. I think they wanted to do an HBO and failed, really failed on an epic scale.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:40 am

Looks pretty low-budget from the trailer. And pretty bad. Sorry that scene happened in it.

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Post by azriel on Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:14 am

Im always more interested when someone says how BAD a film is rather than how good Smile I saw the trailer & from what I saw it looked like a "made for tv" type of film.
"Where are you going ?" …. He
"Im going on an adventure" …. She.
Now where have I heard that before ? Oh the joys of utter puerile dross Smile

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Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:29 pm

I would have enjoyed the silly hammy film but for 'that scene' the film itself was so cheesy it was almost enjoyable No  I am pretty sure she was just employed because of her nice hair. Laughing

actually I remember now why I watched it, the guy who did the scenography had a fantastic place to film in Norway, it was really beautiful, and this director guy obviously had an artistic eye for colour and scenery. He at least did an excellent job with the way things looked I thought.

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Post by halfwise on Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:20 pm

See, now you're making me want to watch it. :drum:

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Post by halfwise on Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:27 pm

Saw trailer. They didn't try the LotR dirt-under-the-fingernails approach, which is too bad - it would have been interesting to see such a pretty girl looking like she actually lived in the world. She was too spruced up to be believable.

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Post by Lancebloke on Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:28 pm

I watched Death Race this week. If you really dont try and think about it, it is an ok action film. Just dont think about it.

Also watched Terminator 2 for the 6 millionth time. I will watch it again I am sure!
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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:38 am

I know T2 is this classic pillar of the genre now, but I always felt like the more advanced Terminator was just cheating. Never felt that authentic to me.

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Post by azriel on Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:56 am

Arnie made a great Terminator, He was the best actor ( in my view ) to play a robot. He gave off the right atmosphere. The other Terminators seemed to slick, too non believable. Arnie was rough & gritty. Smile

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:50 pm

Yeah exactly. The accent, his imposing physicality, the shape of his face, his acting. It all comes together to make him feel like something not-quite-human. The other Terminator from T2 is... stoic and runs a lot. He's just a regular guy. I don't buy it.

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Post by malickfan on Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:40 pm

I watched The English patient the other night, had the dvd knocking around for years. It's not normally the type of movie I'd choose, but well worth a watch, moving (if overly sentimental/cliched) tragedy/romance drama.

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I've definitely watched it once, but I remember it being more confused and cringey boring rather than inspired awfulness...my girlfriend has asked to watch it lol

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:20 pm

I'm a sucker for those romantic tragedies. I liked The English Patient a lot.

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Post by azriel on Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:24 pm

Cringey films like that reminds me of "Howard The Duck", that was full on cringe & slightly perverse to boot Smile


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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:54 am

{{ Ah Howard the Duck- what were they thinking?! }}

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Post by halfwise on Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:21 pm

It's actually an enjoyably bad film. That scene is one of the guilty pleasures.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:22 pm

I remember Figgs really liked Tale of Tales, but even though I really appreciated a lot about the movie it was a tough watch at times. Visually amazing, of course, such deep focus in every scene. And the costumes and sets and locations! Nod

Poor Vincent Cassel getting jumped by old women in his bedroom though, yikes. And the flea...And the ogre...And the gluing back of the skin-folds... Well enough said.

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