GWJ Film of the Week

Tanglebones wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

:) I think I'll just let that one stay the way it is because it's rather funny.

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[size=30]GWJ Film of the Week #19[/size]

[size=20]Frances Ha[/size]

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Release Year: 2012
Director: Noah Baumbach
Writers: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
Notable Actors: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver
Synopsis (IMDB): A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles.

This week's movie is brought to you courtesy of Eva Earlong who suggested it to me a couple weeks ago. I had seen the trailer back before it hit theaters and then completely forgot about it until now. I actually already watched it because I needed something fun to watch with my brother and sister-in-law. It's really good!

It's available to watch on Netflix.

I watched the Minecraft documentary over the weekend and really enjoyed it. It's nice that it exists because I imagine people will find it very interesting 20 years from now.

Argh I really should be keeping up with this thread, I need more movie talk in my life. I will make every effort to watch this movie over the holiday break!

Switchbreak wrote:

Argh I really should be keeping up with this thread, I need more movie talk in my life. I will make every effort to watch this movie over the holiday break!

It's definitely an easy and fun one to watch, so look forward to it!

Someone whose opinion I care about told me to watch it, so thanks for giving me the impetus, Tuffalo. You continue to remain da man.

[size=1](oh, you thought respect for an opinion was enough? HA HA HA)[/size]

I've been wanting to watch this movie for awhile, this might just be the kick in the pants I need to allot myself some free time to spend on movies.

Hyetal wrote:

Someone whose opinion I care about told me to watch it

Yay! This movie is great.

I enjoyed it! I got a lot more invested than I expected to be. The solid acting helped with that, I'm sure. Greta Gerwig is an absolute delight.

Yesterday I watched Elysium. Your typical US cookie cutter sci fi action movie. A story line dreamed up in 30 minutes max I think.
Enjoyable for what it was and it passed time...

Watching Frances Ha was very refreshing. Great story line and really good acting.
Loved the themes that were used and some so recognizable.

Sparhawk wrote:

Yesterday I watched Elysium. Your typical US cookie cutter sci fi action movie. A story line dreamed up in 30 minutes max I think.
Enjoyable for what it was and it passed time...

Watching Frances Ha was very refreshing. Great story line and really good acting.
Loved the themes that were used and some so recognizable.

Excellent!

I tried watching Frances Ha, and could only watch it for about 45 minutes. It was excruciating for me. I was alienated from the start - why is this movie black and white? What does that have to do with its story? What is the point of the street address cards? I don't know anything about NYC addresses, so I felt left out. The characters fell flat for me, and the acting was awful with the exception of Gerwig. The movie looked good at least. The camera and production design work were fine. I couldn't be less interested in its story, characters or themes though.

This past week I also watched Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, We're the Millers, and Taxi Driver (for the first time, and that was a delight).

Please understand, I'm not trying to say your movies are bad and therefore you are bad. But Frances Ha did nothing for me but make me stop watching and do something else.

BadKen wrote:

I tried watching Frances Ha, and could only watch it for about 45 minutes. It was excruciating for me. I was alienated from the start - why is this movie black and white? What does that have to do with its story? What is the point of the street address cards? I don't know anything about NYC addresses, so I felt left out. The characters fell flat for me, and the acting was awful with the exception of Gerwig. The movie looked good at least. The camera and production design work were fine. I couldn't be less interested in its story, characters or themes though.

This past week I also watched Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, We're the Millers, and Taxi Driver (for the first time, and that was a delight).

Please understand, I'm not trying to say your movies are bad and therefore you are bad. But Frances Ha did nothing for me but make me stop watching and do something else.

That's fair!

Edit: The one thing that sort of bugged me but I ignored because I enjoyed the snappy writing in general was that all the characters were pretty darn hipster-ey. It was to the point that I'm pretty sure I would have hated them all in real life and have known people like them. It worked in this movie form for me, though.

I think the hipster part is more or less that phase one is in, just before or in transit to switching to full adulthood. Moving on, real jobs, marriage etc etc.
Before that, it is still a bit the life of a student / bachelor.
The black and white part...not sure why, but it didn't bother me. Am from Europe, so yeah, those addresses didn't mean anything to me either.
But didn't stop me from liking the movie in the end. Good to see how others perceive a movie like this

Frances Ha made me really, really sad. It made me remember friends I've had and lost, and all the awkwardness and competitiveness and love all mixed together. That movie hit home pretty hard.

[size=30]GWJ Film of the Week #20[/size]

[size=20]Miami Connection[/size]

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Release Year: 1987
Directors: Woo-sang Park, Y.K. Kim
Writers: Joseph Diamand (screenplay), Y.K. Kim (story)
Notable Actors: Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch, Joseph Diamand
Synopsis (Netflix): The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida's narcotics trade, annihilating anyone who dares to move in on their turf. Martial arts rock band Dragon Sound has had enough and embarks on a wave of crime-crushing justice.

It's available to watch on Netflix. You can thank Edwin for this week's choice.

This sounds like a movie I can finally watch with my roommate!

The Netflix synopsis is so much better than the IMDb one: "A martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida's narcotics trade."

Downloading, in HD even! Probably watch it tomorrow or the day after.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

The Netflix synopsis is so much better than the IMDb one: "A martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida's narcotics trade." :)

Yeah. Yeah I will watch the sh*t out of this.

Oh. Oh hell yes.

I saw this in theatres last year. What a sh*t show. I loved every minute of it.

A trailer for the unintiated.

Dragon Sound is best sound.

Miami ninja is best ninja.

Miami Connection acting is best acting.

Spoiler:

None of these things are true.

CptDomano wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

The Netflix synopsis is so much better than the IMDb one: "A martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida's narcotics trade." :)

Yeah. Yeah I will watch the sh*t out of this.

To be clear, the synopsis quoted there is the "boring" one from IMDB.

Will watch Miami Connection today.

Suggestion for the next title:
Goodbye Bafana

GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered
by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years.
The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

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118 min - Biography | Drama | History - 11 April 2007 (France)

-update-
Noticed this movie: Invictus
With some big names in it....which makes me think the first suggestion is probably better.
But putting it up as an alternative. People love having choices!

Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

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Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors: Morgan Freeman (I thought he and Mandela were the same!?) and Matt Damon

Spoiler:

just kidding about freeman

Excellent! I'll check to see if either are up on any streaming services.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Excellent! I'll check to see if either are up on any streaming services.

Seems not

mr_n00b wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Excellent! I'll check to see if either are up on any streaming services.

Seems not

Darn. Looks like you can rent Invictus, but that's it for that one. It still might be worth making Invictus next week's movie. I haven't seen it.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
mr_n00b wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Excellent! I'll check to see if either are up on any streaming services.

Seems not

Darn. Looks like you can rent Invictus, but that's it for that one. It still might be worth making Invictus next week's movie. I haven't seen it.

There's a doc about the 1995 World Cup that's on Netflix: 30 for 30: The 16th Man.

OG_slinger wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
mr_n00b wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Excellent! I'll check to see if either are up on any streaming services.

Seems not

Darn. Looks like you can rent Invictus, but that's it for that one. It still might be worth making Invictus next week's movie. I haven't seen it.

There's a doc about the 1995 World Cup that's on Netflix: 30 for 30: The 16th Man.

That sounds even more appealing to me than the other 2! Maybe we'll go with that one.

"My mother died shortly after her death." This movie takes place in a zombie apocalypse.