Film/Movies Thread

  • New Star Wars is the hot thing right now, but I didn’t care for it for too many reasons to list.

    Lately I’ve been watching a lot of older movies.

    Some recent watches include

    The Rules of the Game, Drunken Angel, Good Morning, Hard Boiled, Seven Samurai, Hidden Fortress, Repo Man, Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo and Sanjuro. Those were some of the better ones.

    I’m going to be watching the old Pink Panther movies soon.

    What kind of stuff do you like?

  • We went to the new Star Wars movie as my wife is a big nerd lol but yes it maybe my least favorite. Disney has ruined Star Wars even worse than the prequels. I’m a sucker for most 80s and 90s movies from when I was a kid. Just watched uncle Buck the other night one of my all time John Candy favorites to go with Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

  • @kjayhawks we love John candy, or did I guess! Every Thanksgiving we watch it, tradition! We also watch Christmas vacation during Christmas. Those guys, and Chris Farley were so funny. Hard lives!

  • Planes Trains and Automobiles is a good one. I watched that for the first time in awhile not too long ago.

    I wouldn’t say the new movies are Episode 1 bad… For me it’s really the original three only. Just so much better.

  • Just saw that it was 20 years ago today Chris Farley died. Snl was so good in those days!

  • @kjayhawks “You’d have better luck playing pick up sticks with your butt cheeks than finding a hotel room in Wichita tonight.” Candy’s ode to Kansas. One of my all time fav Movie lines plus it mentioned our great state.

    Agree the new movie was weak, and Luke is still really winey. You are a Jedi man! Suck it up and go give your nephew hug. It was more psycho thriller than galactic western. Boring and dumb.

  • The clone wars should’ve been cool. There was no reason to kill off Han Solo and Hans kid sucks. I can’t stand that (new bad guy) actor because of his role in the HBO show Girls (wife used to watch this horrible show).

    7 is still better than 1-3 I need to see 8 still, but the original three are the best. Even though Luke is a whiny b***h.

    Criticsism aside its still better than Star Trek!

  • Good time to watch a movie.

  • I’m into some different, I like the old Star Wars movies , - I really liked the Twilight series , really liked those - -always liked to re-watch - -white men can’t jump - - any good old Clint Eastwood cowboy movies - no not -any of those Dirty Harry but like - -Josie Whales - - Pale Rider -and ones like that. - -always good times watching old movies.

  • Fightsongwriter said:

    @kjayhawks “You’d have better luck playing pick up sticks with your butt cheeks than finding a hotel room in Wichita tonight.” Candy’s ode to Kansas. One of my all time fav Movie lines plus it mentioned our great state.

    Agree the new movie was weak, and Luke is still really winey. You are a Jedi man! Suck it up and go give your nephew hug. It was more psycho thriller than galactic western. Boring and dumb.

    LMAO, - -picking up sticks with your buttcheeks - - lol - -I like that crazy - - that would be a challenge - -lol

  • Banned

    The Thin Man Series is just classic, and can never go wrong with a Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin flick.

  • Twilight @Jayballer54 ? We got a teenage girl on the board boys! 😜

    Outlaw Josie Wales is a goodun for sure.

  • BShark said:

    Twilight @Jayballer54 ? We got a teenage girl on the board boys! 😜

    Outlaw Josie Wales is a goodun for sure.

    ya possibly lol I guess BUT good vampire series - -got kind of gruesome sometimes but I dunno just really got into the series.

    And Josie Wales-- for sure - not sure how may times I watch that one - -and then the other was Pale rider -Awesome - of course I just really liked Clint Eastwood. - My memory fails me now, dammit, but one of his latest , I think made up for a couple where I thought he should of won awards but got screwed, dam can’t think of the names of it - -the movie had a ending where you don’t typically see with him or any good guy in a movie - with him dying in the end - - lived next door to a Vietnam family - had his Cadi I think and he ended up going over to the gangs house and getting shot at the end? - you know the one I’m talking about? - -why can’t I remember the name - with the kid that he got the job for and such - I thought that movie was excellent.

  • Robert Mitchum in OUT OF THE PAST, the greatest film noir ever.

    Sterling Hayden in John Ford’s THE ASPHALT JUNGLE.

    Sterling Hayden in Stanley Kubrick’s THE KILLING.

    John Garfield and Lana Turner in THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE.

    All John Ford (The Quiet Man, then all the John Wayne westerns.)

    Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, The Stranger, his Kafka story with Tony Perkins)

    The Six or so late 50s Budd Boetticher-directed, Burt Kennedy scripted westerns with Randoph Scott (The Tall T, Buchanon Rides Alone, etc.); these are in my opinion the purest western stories of all, though Ford’s were the most iconically photographed.

    All Howard Hawks (Bringing Up Baby, Rio Bravo, El Dorado, Red River, Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend). Howard Hawks, Ford, and Welles are arguably the greatest directors. Period.

    Kubrick’s Paths of Glory.

    Robert Ryan in ON DANGEROUS GROUND.

    Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray in MEN IN WAR.

    Sam Fuller’s The Big Red One, a really, really great war picture, and some of his early B&Ws.


    Most Bizarre Western: The Savage Guns–the proto spaghetti Western from Hammer Films. Shane on pasta, starring Richard Basehart. You really cannot appreciate the later spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s till you see this not very good film that nonetheless has all the earmarks of the father of all spaghettis.Like Naismith was not a great coach, Savage Guns was not a great spaghetti at all. But you’ve got to know your daddy, when you can.

  • @Jayballer54 Gran Torino

  • @BShark

    I was going to say the same thing. My teenager granddaughter and her friends favorite show.😃

  • Barney said:

    @Jayballer54 Gran Torino

    hell ya - that’s it - -awesome movie

  • @Jayballer54 agree

  • Most definitely watch Gran Torino. Like all of his movies, it is enigmatic at its rather dark center.

    Then go back to the 1961 western The Savage Guns, knowing it was likely the proto spaghetti western and it was made in Franco’s fascist Spain and might have been part of an attempt to begin generating a fascist mythology and a taste for violent entertainment for Cold War Era Western Europe, when the West needed to desensitize ordinary, socialist leaning Europeans to the West’s ruthless use of the old Gehlen organization to carry out a rain/reign of terror in Italy, Greece, and Spain, too, to suppress the spread of Communism. Its pretty scary to think about, but the shoe kind of fits. It has always struck me as odd that these incredibly violent, and sadistic westerns were sourced to Fascist Spain, rather than southern France, or southern Italy, where the arid landscape and Latin Mediterranean architecture could have served just as well, and then dumped on France Greece and Italy especially, during the incredible rain/reign of terror there in Italy. Enter Clint Eastwood to the genre–an actor long isolated from much of Hollywood by his conservatism and fascination with themes of vigilantism and sadism and misogyny. And Clint not only dominates the spaghetti western genre, but brings the themes of it to American police drama, and the thriller and later to love stories and so on, as America moves right into right and far right parties and symbols and mythologies visual motifs of fascism become both further reviled and simultaneously embraced. America has been battling this fascist thing since the moment the progressivist collective formed by the late 19th Century/early 20th Century robber barons formed the American strain of national socialism.

    In some ways Eastwood’s long meditation on the fine line between American struggle for freedom and the precarious American slippage slide into racist suffused fascism, culminates with Grand Torino.

    I’m a big fan of Clint Eastwood’s story telling skill and devotion to deeply serious themes most of his career. Themes don’t get any more serious than mediations on the fine line between patriotic heroism and fascist racism.

    There seems little doubt that he has at times been exploited by those that would like to use his dark meditations for predictive programming and cultural desensitization. Many serious artists run this risk.

    At times, almost inspite of himself, it appears Clint has revealed a lot that America needed to think through in order to avoid falling hopelessly into the abyss of fascism, while its other artificially induced pole was apparently progressively pushed head over heels into identity politics.

    He is one of the greats for having gone into the bog between the two vast swamps and panned for some gems to leave us with.

  • @jaybate-1-0 I feel Citizen Kane is an odd film. It did so many innovative things from a film making perspective but honestly I feel it is a bit overrated now. Worth watching at least once though for sure. You mentioned a lot of good ones.

    I’m going to be watching Sword of Doom soon. Unfortunately it was a planned trilogy and the other two movies weren’t made, but still I’ve heard it is excellent.

  • @BShark

    Kane is at least an odd film.

    But then all of Welles’ films are odd.

    Without their oddity, they are not compelling.

    Welles said his movies are not about what characters say, or the plot.

    They are about cinematic experience.

    His persisting value is that he set the standard in a couple of his movies for telling the entirety of the story cinematically. No other popular director, except perhaps, Stan Kubrick, or Disney in Fantasia, has ever come close to telling even one film entirely cinematically.

    In Citizen Kane there are many scenes where you think you are listening to exposition and conventional plotting but what you are looking at is taking off into the purely cinematic realm of story told through motion, varying depths of focus, modulated lighting in real time, etc.

    I believe almost everyone goes through a phase of saying Welles and CK are not quite as important and brilliant as they once appeared to be. But at some point, when one begins to recognize the cinematic lapses and flawed decents into mundane narrative exposition in other great films, one goes back and watches CK and says to one’s self: OH. MY. GOD. He did it for a whole movie? Its insane. It something on the scale of Shakespeare sustaining his language for the entirety of Hamlet, or King Lear.

    Alas, Welles was a transitional figure in movies that like Charlie Chaplin got caught straddling two eras and two political periods. When he came to Hollywood, the studio system and the drive to make many films and make some great ones still was functioning and a priority. Uncle Sam and the eastern financial underworld still wanted to fill America and the world with American optimism and values through film. Wholesome propaganda to get us ready for going around the world kicking ass and spreading our empire. By the end of his Hollywood years Uncle Sam and the eastern financial underworld had decided that Hollywood was too powerful and crucial to be left in diversified control. So all the mavericks like Bill Hearst, and Joe Kennedy were forced out by the Lookout Mountain Laboratory crowd and the eastern financial underworld, along with all the New Dealers, Communists and Bellamy clubbing national socialists. It was a huge wake clearing that went way beyond Communist witch hunt. Everyone not directly connected to Uncle and the producer oligopoly was run.The idea was to reduce Hollywood to a producer oligopoly subsidized by Uncle Sam’s propaganda agenda for the post WWII era. Great artists like John Ford were literally forced to make propaganda westerns as brilliantly as they could.

    Welles made the mistake of wearing his New Deal Heart on his sleeve; that was why he made CK in my opinion. It was really not his style of story. But he appeared to have been encouraged to take Hearst on for the New Dealers and the New Dealers were supposed to protect him. But instead, Uncle, taken over by the National Security state crowd from Yale decided to clear their wakes of the New Dealers. Thus Welle’s couldn’t work for them and he couldn’t work for either Hearst, or Kennedy, because he was a New Dealer. He tried a couple of post war efforts, but each one was taken from him and butchered. He needed also needed sound stages and sizable budgets to stay cinematic. The big money was weaning Hollywood off sound stages and big budgets. TV took westerns. Noir and Horror took the low budget production monies. Welles went to Europe and made proto indie films. .What happened to Welles as he peaked in talent and early experience is analogous to what has happened to Self in college basketball. By the time he peaked and was ready to dominate, the system began denying him the players one would have to have to compete with elite schools being given the long stacks. Welles and Self made some great products based on their hamstrung resources. But neither guy was ever going to be allowed to fulfill his promise.

    Welles was the greatest cinematic genius of talking films, IMHO, until Kubrick and Kubrick may hit a slump in appreciation.also. One shot in The Stranger of Welles playing chess and the clock tower out the window in reflection is incomparably brilliant and almost a throw off. Welles seemed unable NOT to tell stories cinematically. Kubrick kept two movies cinematic start to finish: 2001 and Clockwork. Welles did it with CK, Ambersons, and most of Touch of Evil. Both Welles and Kubrick appear to have made some compromises with Uncle Sam to get their budgets political permission from the National Security complex.

    But Welles only matters if you value cinematic story telling as the highest accomplishment of movies.Many others have made far better stories. John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon, The Asphalt Jungle, and The African Queen dwarf anything Welles did narratively. But Huston never tried to be particularly cinematic.

    Regarding Sword of Doom, I am mightily respectful of samurai and sword movies skill in making, but except for some of Kurosawa’s movies they just don’t stay with me. But oh how I love Toshiro Minfune in anything.

  • @BShark I have always been a big fan of Bogart, Casablanca being my favorite. I enjoy some current films but I find excessive CGI a turnoff and a poor substitute for good story telling and writing. I realize I sound like and old fool.

  • Barney said:

    @BShark I have always been a big fan of Bogart, Casablanca being my favorite. I enjoy some current films but I find excessive CGI a turnoff and a poor substitute for good story telling and writing. I realize I sound like and old fool.

    Not at all. So many modern films are style over substance imo. I am also a fan of using practical effects over CG.

  • @jaybate-1-0 Thank you for the recommendations. Out of the Past was excellent.

  • @Barney “I find excessive CGI a turnoff and a poor substitute for good story telling and writing. I realize I sound like an old fool.”

    They also have taken to burying the dialogue in overwhelming music and blaring sound (I wish we had close captioning at the theater sometimes). Ridley Scott did it as an innovative sound technique by making conversations just barely audible against the background ship noises to enhance the anxiety level in Alien, but now they do it because they can’t write worth crap.

    I guess there are lots of us old fools around!

  • My top 5 favorite movies:

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Fight Club
    3. Shawshank Redemption
    4. Princess Bride
    5. Matrix (inspite of Keanu) bullet time is still pretty darn cool

    Next five:

    1. Patton
    2. Deadpool
    3. A Christmas Story
    4. Back to the Future (I’ll watch this anytime it’s on)
    5. Ghostbusters

  • Yeah the first Matrix movie is a really good flick.

  • My top 5 superhero movies:

    1. Batman (with Keaton)
    2. The Dark Knight
    3. Iron Man
    4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    5. Avengers

    Deadpool would be #1 for me but was on my top movies list.

    Top 5 Vampire movies:

    1. From Dusk till Dawn
    2. Interview with a Vampire
    3. Nosferatu
    4. Daybreakers

    That’s all I’ve got. I was tricked into reading the first Twilight on a fligh. Worst written book I’ve ever spent more than 10 minutes with…so Twilight not so much. Glitter vampires, ‘nuff said.

  • You don’t like the terrible Dracula movie from the 90s? 😂

  • @BShark

    Sharing that movie with anyone is a privilege. Glad you liked it. It inspired Roger Ebert to write a famous criticism of it in which he said the characters dueled by smoking at each other, or something vaguely like that!! 😀

  • @jaybate-1.0 That’s funny.

    I have some others you recommended that I haven’t seen yet on my short list.

  • Idk if I could come up a top 10, lol I’ll try.

    1. The Green Mile
    2. Good Will Hunting
    3. Shawshank Redemption
    4. Blue Chips
    5. Baseketball
    6. Uncle Buck
    7. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
    8. The Dark Knight
    9. Wyatt Earp
    10. Man on Fire

  • kjayhawks said:

    Idk if I could come up a top 10, lol I’ll try. 5. Baseketball

    I’m dyyyyying.

  • @BShark I know it wasn’t popular but I love it, I think it’s one of the funniest movies I’ve seen.

  • @kjayhawks It’s one of those movies that critics are going to hate but yeah it’s funny and just a good time.

  • Top 5 basketball movies (not including Blue Chips)

    1. Hoosiers

    2. He Got Game

    3. White Men Can’t Jump

    4. Coach Carter

    5. Love and Basketball

  • @kjayhawks I love The Green Mile and Goodwill Hunting also! Fantastic movies; can’t believe I omitted them.

  • The Hitman’s Body Guard is pretty darn funny if you haven’t seen it yet.

  • @dylans It’s hard to come with just 10, I probably omitted several that aren’t on my mind. I haven’t seen that, maybe I’ll get a chance. Most of my movies these days are Disney with my little guy, I seldom get to sit and watch a movie. I’m lucky to watch the hawk games lol.

  • 10 is basically impossible. There are more old Japanese films I’ve watched THIS YEAR that I love than that. Lol.

  • @kjayhawks I’ve seen enough of Curious George this week for a lifetime.

  • @BShark Yeah, I’ve got 1474 movies on VUDU. I’m not claiming they’re all good though. Like @kjayhawks kids and work have been very intrusive on the ol movie time.

  • @BShark

    Like paintings, movies need a person to be at the right time of one’s life to receive their emotional truths, not just kinetic impacts.

    I watched Sam Fuller’s THE BIG RED ONE when it came out in my late 20s/early 30s and disliked it and Mark Hamill.

    But when I watched at 60, I decided it was one of the best war movies ever made. Every scene drips with the emotional truth of a man looking back on the major formative drama of his life.

    Until I knew the feeling of looking back to youth and trying to make sense of what I had experienced, I could not get the full impact of the truth Fuller had wrung from himself and expressed on strips of film.

    He knew he was the end of that wwii generation, and of those movies to have been made by those that really knew what it felt like, and of the medium of analog celluloid cinema. He knew TV was just the start of a new era.

    The Big Red One is a good war movie, but it is a monument to the end of the analog age. It is like a modern Beowulf marking the end of one age, and the start of another unknown age he knew he, Fuller, would not be a part of.

    It was one of those rarities that happens.

    But as a war movie, only, I had seen others I found better when I was 30. At 30, war movies greatness were about new levels of reality in kinetic action and understanding my father’s war experience; that was what I could make mine then. And THE BIG RED ONE did not satisfy me on those levels.

    But at 60, it hit me between the eyes, as a man trying to make sense of what I had lived through; this I could make mine, and on that level the movie came for me to have greatness.

    I put this out there not to help you see in the Big Red One what I see, but rather to encourage you to give yourself and all supposedly great films you find not so great, a second chance later, sometimes 30 years later. It only takes an hour, or two, and once in a while you are moved to your core, not because you missed it the first time, but because you are now aware of what it explores.

    My idea of a great death would be to appreciate one last great movie for the first time, because I’m on the cusp of dying and can finally know what the movie explored. Maybe THE SHOOTIST by John Wayne will work that way for me some day.

    Rock Chalk!

  • @jaybate-1.0 I will have to re-watch Big Red 1 again, as you say a different point in life.

  • @kjayhawks What about the Fish that Saved Pittsburg and Fast Break???

    “Trade Me!!!”

  • If you want a decent college basketball movie, try One on One with Robie Benson and Annette O’Toole.

  • Probably this is influenced by my Chicago roots, but I think the best basketball movie of all time is Hoop Dreams.

    Favorite baseball movie Pride of the Yankees

    Favorite War movie To End All Wars (Dunkirk honorable mention)

    Favorite Comedy The Blues Brothers (Chicago connection) (Bernie-Honorable Mention)

    Favorite quirky movie Napoleon Dynamite

    Favorite Western “Shane”

    Favorite musical Singin in the rain

    Favorite stupid movie What about Bob

    Favorite Football movie When the Game Stands Tall

  • Blues Brothers is a great film. The sequel not so much lol.

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