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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought the first show of WATCHMEN was weak, but it got better & I thought it might become something worthwhile, but the last few were kind of weak. It interesting enough to watch, but nothing special. ---Yohe
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Mandalorian is exceptional after the disappointment of Skywalker.

Massive kudos to Favreau for creating and largely writing this. It's an amazing balance act that he walks. He keeps things tight with 8 episodes, mostly under 40 minutes each. You'd think the demand would be for 10-12 episodes, and the standard would be 50-60 minutes each, and at the very least 42-44 minutes with the potential of broadcast syndication somewhere down the line. That seems not to have been any part of the plan. Each episode seems to be given the amount of time needed to breath, no less, no more. The season as a whole is also given the episodes it needs, no more and no less. Despite what is tight for a modern limited series in the US, there are a lot of scenes in the season that have room to breath that you don't see these days.

Favreau is extremely ballsy in being willing to go long stretches without dialogue. Mando isn't really a man of words. The Kid isn't a kid of words at all. It's a big refreshing.

Favreau is extremely ballsy in putting the lead character under a mask for the entire freaking season. Steve might appreciate the skill needed by everyone involved to be able to pull this off. It's like having the mask made Dick Beyers learn all sorts of ways to sell things in a made beyond the easy-cheap ones of simple facial expressions. There is no cheat here like Iron Man where we see Downey's face "within" the mask. Here, via script, performance, direction, camera work, and other actors playing off him they were able to convey a Character without him being able to use any facial expressions while also being a man of few words. It frankly is a really good character as Star Wars characters go. That a big chunk of his performance had to be opposite a puppet / CGI character, and at times still other CGI characters, it one hell of a challenge. They really pull it off.

The supporting cast is good. Carl Weathers is freaking 71, and it's really cool to see him get a spot here. I really enjoyed Gina Carano in this. Werner Herzog had nice spots. Giancarlo Esposito has been a great heel actor for some time, it was nice to see him pop up, and will be cool to see him develop.

One the other things that I think Favreau was excellent was in avoiding overbooking this. There was the big surprise at the end of Episode 1 with The Kid that was instantly all over the place on the net once it was revealed. Shows and movies these days are booked to have surprises left and right, so I was worried this would be overbooked with twisty turns in every episode. Favreau really resisted the temptation to book it that way. The heeling went as expected. There were some characters where heel turns would have been shitty given what had gone on, and Favreau didn't screw with them to get cheap pops. There was at least one where it would have been okay given what had happened, but Favreau also ducked that and stayed true to the way the character evolved. You got to the end where it wasn't overbooked, and it just stuck to Story and Character rather than trying for Russo-Booking. That made me happy as heck.

This is in the end a bit what I posted about earlier when talking about Solo - this is in the period after Return of the Jedi and long before Force Awakens. It's off in a corners of the galaxy where things are messy. There are left over Imperial elements trying to carve out their base of power. The post-war Rebels limited characters with one exception, and that one is trying to stay under the radar. There are lots of nods to elements, places and races that have shown up in earlier movies, so it clearly feels part of the verse. But it's also creating it's own spot, it's own history, and it's own story. Something like this could have boiled these 8 parts down into a 2 hour movie, ended up with a good movie that didn't have to get so closely drawn into the Main Line of Star Wars like Solo was. The timing for this wouldn't have worked given when Favreau pitched it, but this type of this would have been smarter in hindsight given what a mess Solo ended up and the damage it caused to the Lucasfilm efforts.

On the other hand, a 2 hour version of this wouldn't have been as good. This really works as it is, as a smaller scale production, that's both tight but has room to breath, is episodic while also has a major arc and secondary arcs. Not everything needs to be a Big Movie and a Big Production. It's really cool this was made, nailed what it wasn't to do so well, and gives hope that more of these can some down the pike.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw MARRIAGE STORY two weeks ago on Netflicks. It's a good movie covering the problems of divorce between two likable people. Acting is good & both Driver & Johanson will probably get nominated, but it's an easy movie to make & that type of movie has been done before. I have trouble getting emotional over two talented, smart, semi-rich people, who create their own problems in life, just because things aren't wonderful. She marries him, because her career is small time, and he is an important director, and then divorces him because he is a important director... and makes her feel small. He is never shown as a bad guy & he never does anything terrible to anyone. Both people have movie star charm & tons of major friends. Driver can't get over the idea of not being around his kid. Fuck be a man....it's over. All kid belong with there mother, and the courts see it that way. Live with it, move on, and get another woman. Basically, when the move ends, that's what they do. If you two were friends, just give the woman everything she wants, and be happy it's over. A wife is supposed to like you & be happy, and if they don't it will be hell having them around. Fuck Lawyers. So I thought the movie was fine to watch & some people can learn from it, but I can't get all emotional over two rich, talented people, living great lives, singing... who are going thru a rocky part of their life story. so ***1/2 Nice but I wouldn't give it a Oscar. It's a movie for upper class people, who can't tolerate minor uncomfortable moments in their lives.

I might have liked it better in a theater. It does make a difference, just like with THE IRISHMAN. Netflicks messes themselves up.--- Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't the name Scarlett perfect for a movie star?----Yohe
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LITTLE WOMEN is a woman's movie. I had to fight myself to not walk out on it. It was killing me. Dialog was shit. Good actors but the writing was terrible. Timothee Chalamett was the worst. It was like spending two hours sitting around with my grand daughters. The ending was better & the death & the romance worked for me. I am a very romantic kind of guy. I give it *** because women probably love it & I don't want to piss them off. Not on my best picture list & the strongest scene is in the trailer. ---Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't gone to many movies this year. Went thru long periods where there was nothing I wanted to see. I see 2019 as a terrible year for movies. I'm wondering how there going to explain not nominating the Avenger movie, when most people loved it. Not me, but it pretty much worked & was hard to make. Let the casual movie go'er have something to root for.

I'm thinking that 1917 has to a good movie....I'm hoping anyway. My top 6 so far:

1-JOKER
2-ONCE UPON A TIME...IN AMERICA
3-THE KING (Netflicks)
4-FORD VS FERRARI
5- THE HIGHWAYMEN (Netflicks)
6-THE TWO POPES

Now I go watch the GG. ---Yohe
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:04 am    Post subject: 1917 rules 2019. Reply with quote

The Golden Globes got it right, 1917 is a movie more that worthy of the Best Picture. It is a cinematography masterpiece. ****1/3. It's as close to a perfect movie as you can get. Ranks with the best war movies of all time. See 1917 in IMAX. --- Steve Yohe
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1917 has the gimmick that gives the film the appearance of being one long big cut. One unedited scene that seems like actual time. Something rarely tried in history. Of course, it isn't. I worried about that going in. But I have to say the gimmick editing never takes away from the story. It draws you in & makes you feel the reality of the film. It's all very smooth, and brings something to the film, and works. After the film starts, I rarely thought of anything but the story. --- Steve Yohe
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Bought & watched the DVD of THE LIGHTHOUSE last night. This black & white film would seem like something I would like, but I was very disappointed. Good acting & I could see the director making a good film at some point, but it is not entertaining & is depressing. Have no idea what the message was. Showed off dialog of the period & they thought they were writing something major, and I didn't care. **9/10. The horror stuff wasn't working for me. Two Tom's drinking & jerking off on the high seas.

I can see Robert Pattinson as Batman. I think he has the tools, if they attempt to stick with the JOKER style or maybe any style. Anything will be better than the last one. ---Steve Yohe.
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