A group for movie lovers to discuss good and bad movies, new and old.
We've all fallen asleep during movies. Are there any films that can send you into a slumber whenever you watch them?
Resolved: Good movies are no longer made.
Background: Reliance on superhero blockbusters, disasters and sappy love stories for a prolonged period shows Hollywood is creatively empty. All good material is now in the form of a streaming series.
Debate and discuss.
I was watching the opening to the first Pirates of the Carribean movie, and it got me thinking about great movie opening scenes.
In Pirates, Johnny Depp comes toward shore in his ragtag boat. It is sinking and he rides atop the mast. The sinking ship is perfectly timed to let him off on the dock before going under, to the amazement of onlookers.
Another great opening, for me, is Robert Altman's The Player - a single, extended, moving shot that captures Hollywood with cameos by what seems like all of the top stars of the day.
Other great openings?
Best movie I've seen in ages.
And at the end there was applause - not from the whole audience, but quite a few. Some left early, some made disparaging comments after - there was an interesting mix of reactions. We heard several people comment that the movie was not what they had expected.
After years of wanting and meaning to watch this I finally did.
While it was playing on my computer, a younger member of the household leaned over my shoulder to see what I was watching. She pronounced this judgement: "Oh, Ken Burns is sooo boring!".
I do understand what she was saying, but it is worth rememberig that it first aired nearly 23 years ago - before personal digital devices were rampant. Attention spans were longer (one would hope).
Films from the festivals and art houses, and by small, independent producers and directors.
Blockbusters, dramas, comedies and other fare from Hollywood.
Children's films and family fare...
Films from around the world...
Here is a section to discuss great documentaries.
I'd be remiss if I didn't start a thread to focus on great animated films.
These need not be feature-length, as many great animations are short films, and can include all styles: computer animation, cels, cutouts, claymation, and so on.
I thought we'd start with the topic of older movies. This can be older classics, or films that skipped by and could use revisiting.