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Thursday, March 9th, 2023 7:56 PM

JFF: What Was the Last Film You Saw, and How Would You Rate It? (Pt. 20)

Simply a follow up to MyCatDuffyTookMyLaptop's great post. Possible notification glitches aside, the thread is long in tooth. We could use a new volume for this long running tradition.

So? What was the last film (feature or short), TV series (full or miniseries), etc... you consumed? 

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@Tsarstepan 😀

MyCatDuffyTookMyLaptop
Friday, December 27th, 2019
JFF: What Was the Last Film You Saw, and How Would You Rate It? Pt. 19
https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/imdb-poll/jff-what-was-the-last-film-you-saw-and-how-would-you-rate-it-pt-19/5f4a7c618815453dba025757

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jen
Sunday, February 19th, 2017
What was the last film you saw and how would you rate it? Pt. 18
https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/imdb-poll/what-was-the-last-film-you-saw-and-how-would-you-rate-it-pt-18/5f4a7ad08815453dbabc3bcc

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Should be "Latest" film??
"Last" film : no other after that??

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But is it time to change up the tradition, ACT_1?

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@jeorj_euler​ 😀

Not My list and poll.

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1 year ago

Hello world.

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Friday night:

Ratatouille (2007), rewatch. 9/10 from 10/10.

This afternoon:

First of three films from this 2023 NYICFF

Blue Thermal (2022), 9/10.

Second of three films from the 2023 NYICFF

Lonely Castle in the Mirror (2022), 10/10.

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1 year ago

I cannot stop laughing. Blonde (2022) won the Worst Picture award at the razzies, and it is my favorite American film of last year. The greatest worst picture razzie winner, there is ever been.

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@cinephile​ 

My favourite Razzie Winner is Catwoman (2004). Also my favourite IMDb bottom 50 movie.

Apart from the admittedly terrible CGI and ridiculous costume that even Halle Berry in her prime could not pull off, I enjoyed it. 

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The best part of Catwoman is the fact that the titular character is Patience Phillips not Selena Kyle, which allows the experimental movie to be somewhat distanced from other Batman franchises in such a way that Phillips and any version of Kyle could possibly meet each other, but unfortunately the 2004 movie was too sloppily conceived (or perhaps plain boring) for anybody to even really want such a thing.

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Sunday:

Third of three films from the NYICFF.

Dounia and the Princess of Aleppo (2022), 9/10.

And just for the hey of it. 

The Quiet Girl (2022), 10/10. 

A great weekend for movies at the cinema.

Monday:

Lycoris Recoil (2022- ), season 1. 8/10 until the last 3 episodes. 6/10 for the season.

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Jenna Ortega on Wednesday:

"Everything that she does, everything that I had to play, did not make sense for her character at all. Her being in a love triangle made no sense. There was a line about like, this dress that she has to wear for a school dance and she said, ‘Oh, my God, I love it. Ugh, I can’t believe I said that. I literally hate myself.’ And I had to go, ‘No, there’s no way."

“There was times on that set where I even became almost unprofessional, in a sense, where I just started changing lines. The script supervisor thought that I was going with something, and then I would have to sit down with the writers and they would be like, ‘Wait, what happened to the scene?’ And I would to have to go through and explain why I couldn’t do certain things,”

hahaha. I was right. I was right Party smiley 3. This series is trash even Jenna Ortega thinks so. And, she raises the same concern as me. Party smiley 6 

This is what I said verbatim after a few episodes of the series:

When I say that the outcast is too "friendly". I know what I'm watching, I'm not asking for an R-rated disturbing TV series. I really mean "friendly" as in "friend", everyone is so kind and sociable. Except for the powers (and that is only very superficial is practically no incidence in the plot (except Wednesday's powers). Ironically, minus Wednesday and her werewolf friend, the most interesting character is the Sheriff. Wednesday's "boyfriend" looks like the average Hallmark film Barrista, the actor acts like in a soap opera, The whole relationship feels like it is there only to please a certain part of the audience. In reality, I apologize but a person like Wednesday wouldn't have a "boyfriend" that early. 

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@cinephile​ 

I am glad to notice that Jenna Ortega thinks critically about what she does. It took time for her to acknowledge the the TV series is terrible, but she did it at last. It is the first step towards improvement.

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Yes, by mid season Wednesday morphs into a character nothing like her movie character; and the show morphs into something like a cross between Chilling... Sabrina, Teen Wolf and Twilight rather than Addams family.

Personally I didn't mind it, but I can see how strong fans of the original would be displeased.

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In her March 2023 Elle cover interview, Ortega revealed that she is set to executive produce the second instalment of the series. The star is set to bring in major changes, with Wednesday confirmed to be "ditching" the love interest concept entirely and will be leaning "into the horror aspect of the show a little bit more".

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/tv/netflixs-wednesday-season-2-release-27126556

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1 year ago

Cunk on Earth (2022– ) (-10/10)

You heard it correctly. This thing is (a minus 10 out of 10). It frustrates me beyond belief. People are already unbelievably ignorant of history, is it necessary to make a documentary where you learn nothing. 

Secondo, it is not so funny when you know that the experts DO know that the interviews are parody.

This thing goes straight into my checkins along side the other films and TV series that I hate too much to rate.

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1 year ago

Halloween Ends (2022) - Weakest installment of what has otherwise been a very good trilogy. 6/10

Murder Mystery 2 (2023) - Great fun. Underrated. 8/10

I See You (2019) - Good production quality but discombobulated plot. Tries to be too many things at once and doesn't succeed at being any. Strong acting but mostly unlikeable and unsympathetic characters. Overall a just-above-average watch. 6/10

Wolf Pack (2023, Season 1) - The pacing is a tad slow and most of the "twists" are predictable, but it was still a fun 2 day binge. Good to see SMG return from hiatus. 7½ / 10

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M3gan (2022) - Very competent SF Horror. 7/10

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Quantum Leap (2022, Season 1)

Excessively maligned show. I loved the original, and I love this. It more than adequately combines the "story of the week" from the original with a season-long story arc that contemporary audiences prefer.

When I watched the original I always wished they showed more of what was going on at HQ - you get to see this here.

Cast is more than competent for a mid-budget show. Not sure why the Addison actress in particular gets so much hate; she's competent (and easy on the eyes).

8½ / 10

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Thanks for sharing. I hadn't even known about the newer television series.

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John Wick: Chapter 4 (4/10)

Meh. I liked the reference to Lawrence of Arabia at the beginning. That is about it. 

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Knock At The Door (2023)

Very, very good. Kept even my ADHD mind engaged from beginning to end. 7½ / 10

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@NYVKE​ 

I did not know you had ADHD. How does that affect concentration on a film. I guess that much slower or longer films are not enjoyable at all for someone who has difficulty to concentrate. The first film that popped to my mind as slow is a film called India Song. To me, it is a masterpiece, and the IMDb rating of 6.2/10 disappoints me. But all considered, 4.4% of people have ADHD. And, among those who do not have diagnosed ADHD, there is probably a strong percentage who do not have the necessary attention span to remain focused. I mean I seriously do not see how anyone with ADHD could like India Song, Bresson or Antonioni, Béla Tarr, etc. The rating attributed from people with ADHD to those films would irremediably be biased, and it would have nothing to do with the actual quality of the film.

What do you think? (you do not need to answer if you do not want)

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@cinephile 

Oh, absolutely. Incidentally, I don't know where you got the 4.4% figure from; but I believe the actual figure is 9%.

You might notice that my most common complaint about films and shows I dislike is "sluggish pacing".

I often watch stuff at 1.25x speed (and it doesn't seem weird or too fast for me.)

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As an example, last night I started "The One I Love" (2014) with Elizabeth Moss.

I can tell it's going to be a clever film despite the modest budget, but even given its lean 90 minutes' length I switched it off after 20 because it was so slow.

Might try again tonight.

Edit: Got through it. Just okay. 5/10

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1 year ago

I just learnt that Lance Reddick passed a few weeks ago from heart disease. Shocking as he was relatively young, fit & has no history of substance abuse to my knowledge.

Someone might want to make a poll where viewers can choose their favourite role of his.

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Hansel & Gretel : Witch Hunters (2013) - Amusing enough. Nothing to write home about though. 6/10

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Serpico (1973) (6/10)

Decent. But, the performances of the actresses (Barbara Eda-Young and Cornelia Shape) really undermine the film. Obviously, Sidney Lumet and Pacino's skills make up for this. I think it is far from a perfect film though. On the  bad side, The chronology is hard to follow. On the good side, there is a underlying frustration and intensity to the film, it is often subtle with only a couple bursts, it is recurrent in Lumet films (Network, 12 Angry Men). I do think it is a opportunist film though and not necessarily really courageous. But, it shows an interesting character from an interesting perspective, it allows to see the private life of Serpico, a cop, it is not just about him being a cop, he is a also a human being. I also like the fact that Serpico defies appearance, he is dressed like a junkie, but he is the good cop (anyway that is just how the real story was).

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Also, being as it is a typical cinematic biopic, it isn't one hundred percent true to the actual events. Frank Serpico has made public statements about one or two scenes that were very inaccurate and included merely for dramatic effect as creative liberties had been taken by the filmmakers. This is why I prefer forensic documentaries.