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Oh , and if you follow directors, check out the work of a newish American named Jeff Nichols.

In recent years he has written/directed a couple of terrific movies: Take Shelter and Mud.

I'll invest two hours and $12 in this guy until he makes me stop!

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Moonlight. It is one of those 'small' movies that is going to stick with me for a long time.... It is set in Miami, on the meanest of some very mean streets, heavy poverty and drug use and r

Mission Impossible Fallout.    Pretty good, lots of action, no swearing or semi porn, just entertainment.  

I saw Take Shelter, and thought it was terrific. And Michael Shannon was incredibly good.

Shannon was also in Mud, though he had a smaller role and is a bit hard to recognize despite being a large homely man. It's a very good movie- another fine performance by the surprising Matthew McConaughey. Mud reminds me of the oldie but goodie Stand By Me.

Shannon has become a favorite actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the meh Revolutionary Road and of course is great in Boardwalk Empire.

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He was almost good enough to save The Iceman (meh, as you say), a pretty tepid biopic of a real-life hitman. And he was really good in the under-appreciated Bug (the play from which it was derived was written by the same guy who wrote Killer Joe (speaking of McConaughey....we're getting into that six degrees of separation thing now. :) )

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I don't think Scorcese has had the sharp decline in quality that a director like Woody Allen has had....

Allen now makes romantic fluff and homages to pretty Euro cities. Shocking really. Way too many shitty efforts, I don't bother with him any more.

I think after Allen married his own daughter and started living with a woman a 1/3 of his age, his mind turned to the more romantic side of things, if you get my drift.

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I think he has had a somewhat typical career, but only in the sense that the quality of his stuff has been erratic. If you look at the filmography of most directors and actors with long careers they all pretty much have hits and misses.

He has had some good ones in the last couple of years: Boardwalk Empire, Hugo and the excellent George Harrison documentary. But what is astonishing about Scorcese(aside from some classic movies) is the sheer volume, the guy must work 24/7.

I think that is the case for most art. Only 10% of what anyone makes can be considered great. And that is not even talking to the projects that failed or never got a start. I've been doing house music for about a decade now, and most of my stuff is .. mediocre. But as you point out, it is the volume of material that people like Scorcese can dish out. He just loves what he does and will keep doing it no matter if it's good or not. Drive and determination.

I am following this guy James Rolfe who is an independent filmmaker. His advice is, just keep going, for you will learn things each time of what works and what fails.

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I think that is the case for most art. Only 10% of what anyone makes can be considered great. And that is not even talking to the projects that failed or never got a start. I've been doing house music for about a decade now, and most of my stuff is .. mediocre. But as you point out, it is the volume of material that people like Scorcese can dish out. He just loves what he does and will keep doing it no matter if it's good or not. Drive and determination.

I am following this guy James Rolfe who is an independent filmmaker. His advice is, just keep going, for you will learn things each time of what works and what fails.

A parallel career to Scorcese is actor Robert de Niro, a pair that have crossed paths to great mutual benefit a few times. De Niro is generally thought of as one of the very best actors of his generation, and certainly has been excellent in some epic movies. But lately..... the guy seems to be low on money, appearing in some really weak stuff. Compared to what he's done, it's more 'going through the motions' than 'working'. I can understand it when actors feel they have to take anything to make a living/ stay visible in a very competetitive business. But surely de Niro can do anything he wants in the movie business, he must get offered good parts. Beats me why he is making the crap he has lately.
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But lately..... the guy seems to be low on money, appearing in some really weak stuff.

Lately ?

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The 1990s started the decline from 'Awakenings' 1990 down down DOWN to 'Rocky & Bullwinkle' 2000.

But actors are whale plankton to Hollywood, and you don't know if you will be bankable forever or finished tomorrow, ie. Mel Gibson. At that level, you need a big paycheck from time to time.

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I just watched Pacific Rim and the movie entirely delivered on its promise. If you're expecting an action-packed big dumb Kaiju flick, this movie scratches that itch. I'm not sure why people were critical of it. Perhaps expecting it to be something that it's not.

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Drive (2011)

Catchy right at the start. Minimal dialogue to start. All creating a nice atmosphere for the movie. Overall very well done. Only a couple minor issues (visual aka car crashes into another , next shot car is fine) and some of the overall plot with certain characters. It's not a face paced movie at all, allowing you to absorb and kind of feel uncomfortable with some of the situations. Great camera work and editing throughout.

Gosling did really good keeping the no emotion face for most of the movie, much of his emotions are muted, or we see a facial expression or a verbal one, but barely together. Made his character very engaging.

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Gosling did really good keeping the no emotion face for most of the movie, much of his emotions are muted, or we see a facial expression or a verbal one, but barely together. Made his character very engaging.

I reckon he is a terrfic actor(and Canadian of course), and was good in Drive doing a young Harrison Ford imitation

His best stuff has been in Half Nelson, Lars and the Real Girl and in the fluffier comedy Crazy Stupid Love.

And I have now seen Wolf of Wall Street and don't know if I'm better for it. I left the theater with a 'yeah, so what?' attitude.

It is mostly an interesting rehash of horrific excess, a cautionary tale of where too much money takes people. It has its funny moments and De Caprio is pretty good here, as is Jonah Hill as his demented sidekick.

But.. it is at least an hour too long, Scorcese failed to hire an editor with any cojones. And although I am not bothered with swearing, this movie sets a Hollywood record for F bombs. It's a bit distracting. It will be interesting to see if this movie ever gets onto a regular cable channel, like AMC. With commercials, it would be about 5 hours long and about 60% of total dialogue would be bleeped out.

I'd give this one a miss at the theaters unless you really like Scorcese or the actors involved.

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Just saw Out of the Furnace, and thought it was very good. It blew through the mainstream theaters quickly, so I guess not many others agreed.

Stars Christian Bale and he is excellent as always, one of the best actors working today.

It also has Woody Harrelson*, who has become an actor worth seeking out. He plays a very nasty sort to perfection.

Casey Affleck has a strong turn too, proving again that big brother Ben is the second best actor in the family.

The movie probably didn't do well at the box office because it is more or less unrelentingly grim. It takes place in steeltown Appalachia, with poverty and hard times creeping in everywhere in peoples lives. It's a bleak world with a lot of people doing their best to get by. The director is Scott Cooper, who also did Crazy Heart.

*(Harrelson is now in a pretty interesting TV show called True Detective. Matthew McConagaughey also stars and they are both excellent. Woody has dropped the 'Cheers' persona altogether, he has become a first rate actor. Same with McConaughey.)

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Over the last month saw:

Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire - excellent, even better than the 1st film, one of the best films of the last few years. Never read the books but looking forward to the last 2 films.

Anchorman 2 - so ridiculous & hilarious, again even better than the original. Best comedy probably since Bridesmaids (kudos to 21 Jump Street).

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Saw 'Her', which stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and the voice of Scarlett Johanssen.

It's a near-future romance whereby a lonely guy hooks up- with an aritfical intelligence operating system who becomes a serious love relationship..

I was prepared to hate this movie and went under protest with she who must be obeyed.

It was in the end pretty good, a decent date movie.

The premise leaves me a bit cold, maybe it would appeal more to metrosexuals urbanites who live and die with their smartphones. They do abound, and not in the future but right now.

The cinematography is pretty damned good, it is shot in downtown Los Angeles, which is rarely seen in movies. The soundtrack is interesting too. I had a little trouble fathoming how a guy with a pretty ordinary job at ordinary pay afforded that lifetsyle, but that's a minor quibble.

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Ender's Game.

The books were incredible and the movie did the first book justice in many ways. One of the best novel to movie adaptations I have seen to date. When I heard about this being produced years ago, I knew the CGI was not ready enough to do what they did in the zero G room. The battles would have been impossible otherwise to properly pull off.

I really like the person they got for Ender's role, was a good fit and he acted as I expected him to based on the book.

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Saw 'Her', which stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and the voice of Scarlett Johanssen.

It's a near-future romance whereby a lonely guy hooks up- with an aritfical intelligence operating system who becomes a serious love relationship..

I was prepared to hate this movie and went under protest with she who must be obeyed.

It was in the end pretty good, a decent date movie.

The premise leaves me a bit cold, maybe it would appeal more to metrosexuals urbanites who live and die with their smartphones. They do abound, and not in the future but right now.

The cinematography is pretty damned good, it is shot in downtown Los Angeles, which is rarely seen in movies. The soundtrack is interesting too. I had a little trouble fathoming how a guy with a pretty ordinary job at ordinary pay afforded that lifetsyle, but that's a minor quibble.

Small point: much of "Her" was actually shot in Shanghai, which gives it that weird sort of futuristic look.

But yeah, good movie. Interesting depiction of our evolving relationship with technology. A future where no one has to stand around staring at the screens of their smartphones sounds good to me.

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Ender's Game.The books were incredible and the movie did the first book justice in many ways. One of the best novel to movie adaptations I have seen to date. When I heard about this being produced years ago, I knew the CGI was not ready enough to do what they did in the zero G room. The battles would have been impossible otherwise to properly pull off.I really like the person they got for Ender's role, was a good fit and he acted as I expected him to based on the book.

I agree. Good movie adaption.

Latest movie I watched was Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy. Very old school spy movie. I liked it a lot. Gary Oldman was excellent.

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Still not quite over the experience of watching A Serbian Film, maybe the ugliest, filthiest, most distressing thing ever made by anybody.

So as a painkiller, I watched Silver Linings Playbook.

I'm not a big fan of romantic movies, but I liked this a lot. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are excellent, and excellent together.

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