1. Dafoe2. Crowe3. Coyote4. Poelvoorde5. Stolz
Bitter Moon is a film that practically defines the term 'guilty pleasure'
1. Crowe2. Dafoe3. Poelvoorde 4. Coyote5. Stoltz
1. Crowe2. Dafoe3. Poelvoorde 4. Coyote5. Stoltz
The Dark Tower is getting absolutely battered by critics, it could be the Winters Tale of this year.1. Crowe2. Dafoe3. Poelvoorde 4. Stoltz5. Coyote
Between Crowe & Dafoe.1. Crowe2. Dafoe3. Poelvoorde 4. Coyote5. Stoltz
Jackiboyz:Yet another Akiva Goldsman success story.
1. Crowe2. Dafoe3. Poelvoorde4. Coyote5. Stoltz
JackiBoyz and Louis: That running time was just as worrisome and it should be made into a TV Series.
And Arcel should make another Period film as that's where he truly shines.
1. Crowe2. Coyote3. Poelvoorde4. Dafoe5. Stoltz
R.I.P. Robert Hardy and Hywel BennettLouis: Bruce Campbell is 1992 for Army Of Darkness instead of 1993. It was released in Taiwan during November of that year.Films to watch:Re-Watches:The Crying GameThe Last Of The MohicansChaplinand maybe Bram Stoker's Dracula (I'm rather hoping Oldman goes up)DamageEnchanted AprilHusbands And WivesBraindeadBob RobertsLorenzo's Oil (Susan Sarandon)Love FieldPassion FishIndochine (Catherine Deneuve)Porco Rosso (Miyazaki)The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies)Wuthering Heights (Ralph Fiennes debut)A Midnight Clear (Ethan Hawke)Orlando (Tilda Swinton)HoffaJamon Jamon (Bardem/Cruz)CandymanRebels Of The Neon GodThunderheartLethal Weapon 3A Heart In Winter (Auteuil)The Mighty DucksThe BodyguardA River Runs Through ItPeter Friend'sStrictly Ballroom (Probably one of Luhrmann's more watchable films aside from Gatsby)Under Siege (Seagal)White Men Can't JumpA Tale Of Winter (Eric Rohmer)El MariachiHoney, I Blew Up The KidRaising Cain (Lithgow)Benny's Video (Haneke)1492: Conquest Of Paradise (Ridley Scott)Simple MenPolice Story 3: Supercop (Jackie Chan)Single White Female (Schroeder)Juice (Tupac)School TiesLife And Nothing More... (Abbas Kiarostami)Like Water For ChocolateLa Vie De BohemeLeoloCarefulThe Mambo KingsThe Living EndRadio FlyerCelineStoryville (James Spader)Olivier, OlivierPriest DaensBelle EpoqueSwoonAmerican Me (Olmos)Surviving DesireThe Babe (John Goodman)The Oak
I'm in the small majority that didn't really like Oldman in Bram Stokers Dracula. I'd probably give him 3.5.
and Toys (Robin Williams)
Calvin: If you've seen the second episode of The Crown, can I have your thoughts on Jared Harris.
Louis: Your thoughts on the Goodbye Christopher Robin trailer.
Louis: Your thoughts on the songs "Dare to be Stupid" and "Nothin's Gonna Stand in Our Way".
Louis: Your cast for a David Lean version of Dunkirk.
Tommy: John HurtAlex: Albert FinneyShivering Soldier: Tom CourtenayMr. Dawson: Alec GuinnessCommander Bolton: Robert Shaw/James MasonFarrier: Oliver Reed
Louis: And Used People (Shirley MacLaine)
Switch around Tommy and Shivering Soldier I think. Plus Anthony Quayle as Winnant, and Jean-Pierre Léaud as Gibson. And will do concerning The Crown.1. Crowe2. Dafoe3. Poelvoorde4. Coyote5. Stoltz
Calvin: I think they'd be equally good in both roles though I had them as Tommy And Shivering Soldier due to a slight age differance.
Louis: I Like the Unforgiven background image. :)
Predictions:1. Crowe2. Dafoe3. Poelvoorde4. Coyote5. StolzI just read Luke's post and I'm hitting myself in the head for forgetting to include Tilda Swinton's performance in "Orlando" in my previous post. Please don't forget to watch that film Louis.
As far of Gary Oldman in "Bram Stoker's Dracula", I really think 4 is the perfect rating for him.
Deiner: Don't worry, Louis will watch Swinton in anything at this point and the role itself is extremely interesting.I'm completely fine with Gary Oldman on a 4 for Dracula. I do however, completely love his old man scenes which were enough for me to give him a 4.5.
Just saw Detroit. John Boyega quite possibly gives my favorite performance of the year so far.
Michael McCarthy: What about Poulter and Smith.
Poulter was very good for the most part except for one slightly iffy moment. I need to think about Smith a little more but I think I really liked him.The whole cast is very strong, except maybe Krasinski who's kind of distracting.
I'm seeing Detroit on the 25th. Glad to hear the cast is stellar.Michael: what did you make of Bigelow's direction?
Louis: Could you watch Stalin with Duvall and Schell.
Louis: In your opinion, what are your top ten overrated movies
Anonymous: Avatar must be one of them. It's 83% on RT and he gave it 1/5.
Louis: Your top 10 Harvey Keitel and Claude Rains acting moments.
Jake Gyllenhaal on lukewarm critical reception to his performance in Okja:'I love that. I just really love that when one thing can vacillate between one end of the spectrum and the other. And that was the point of the character. From the very beginning, Bong said to me, 'We have to hate you and you have to be bad.' That was the goal and, well, I'd say we reached it. And so some people really love that and some people just think it's genuinely bad. That's fine.'As someone who disliked his performance, I have to say I like this response. Very mature.
Calvin: Well what that shows above all is that it was an entirely deliberate creative choice.
Louis: Ratings and thoughts on Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion.
Hiller - 4.5(I greatly preferred her take than Hepburn's musical rendition. Hiller's version of the improper Eliza does feel a whole lot more authentic than Hepburn's possible could, while still being quite charming herself. Hiller though also is more than capable in portraying the proper Eliza as well and successfully makes both sides of the character convincing)
For a 2010s Pygmalion, I think the absolute dream choices for me would be Clive Owen, and Rose Leslie.
Louis: While he was never considered, do you think Gable could have worked well in Mason's role in A Star is Born?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3tkFOtM6go....the fuck is Netflix doing now.
Tahmeed: Baby's first documentary lol.
Guys, that looks awesome.
I'm more jaw-droppingly amused than anything else. It looks pretty damn entertaining, so I'll probably end up watching it.Louis: Would you consider upgrading Humphrey Bogart for Casablanca.
Louis: Your Riggan Thompson, Mike Shiner, Jake and Sam for a 2000s Birdman?
Tahmeed: I'm amazed by how interesting that trailer is.
Oh wow. That looks...uh...interesting...and actually kind of...clever?
Saw Detroit which was great, and Atomic Blond, which I enjoyed well enough. Charles:Well due to the unfortunate passing of Hywel Bennett (RIP) I re-watched the Ricki Tarr interrogation scene, which would be the addition to the original list, particularly for that specific moment when Smiley puts his glasses on to begin. Luke:Looks like a worse version of Finding Neverland, which isn't particularly good to begin with. Anonymous:I'm afraid the masterpiece of "Dare to be Stupid" doesn't count as a film song. Nothin's Gonna Stand In Our Way - (Well I haven't seen the actual film where it originated, Savage Streets, I can say it is a slice of 80's cheese, but not quite a great slice. It's kind of nearing it at times, yet there are better songs that are very similair, although this way basically falls off the rails, when it retards the chorus.)Anonymous:1. Lost in Translation2. Million Dollar Baby3. American Beauty4. Avatar5. Boyhood6. The English Patient7. Titanic8. Amelie9. Nocturnal Animals10. High NoonNocturnal Animals's placement could either go up or fall off depending on the sands of time. Anonymous:Rains:1. "Come Back in Alex" - Notorious2. Suicide Attempt - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington3. "As you so often remind me" - Lawrence of Arabia4. The cellar - Notorious5. Speaking of lost causes - Mr. Goes to Washington6. Dryden and Bentley - Lawrence of Arabia7. Ultimatum - The Passionate Friends8. How to be a ruler - Caesar & Cleopatra9. Mr. Skeffington returns - Mr. Skeffington10. That's my least vulnerable spot - CasablancaKeitel:1. Sending the rapists away - Bad Lieutenant2. Christ - Bad Lieutenant 3. Final Duel - The Duellists4. Accosting the women - Bad Lieutenant5. Demand for satisfaction - The Duellists6. Predicting the game - Bad Lieutenant7. Winter War - The Duellists8. Shooting - Mean Streets9. Auggie's Story - Smoke10. Car Ride - Reservoir DogsAnonymous:He could have.Tahmeed:Maybe. 94dk1:Harrison Ford, James Spader, Kevin Spacey, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Thoughts on both Detroit and Atomic Blonde, and thoughts + ratings for the cast bar anyone you might be saving?
Louis: Your cast and director for a 1970's Detroit.
Also, that moment with Guinness putting on the glasses is sublime acting. My favourite scenes of his are subtle ones like that. I remember Louis, that you put his final interaction with the mole was also one of the best acted moments in television, but would that also have something to do with his screen partner there?
Louis: Since you've seen Amelie, could you post your rating and thoughts on the movie and Audrey Tatuou?
I hate to admit this guys but I saw the GOT Episode 4 Leak. I'm only gonna say that the final 15 minutes were astonishing.
Louis: Is Boyega Lead or is Detroit an ensemble film.
Louis: Your current top 5 films of 2017 so far.
I'd say Detroit is ensemble, but cases could be made for Poulter and Smith as leads. I'd definitely put Boyega in supporting.
I think I've had enough rumination time to say that Detroit is my favorite film of the year so far. Dunkirk is a technical marvel but Detroit just hit me on a much more visceral level.
Louis: Thoughts and ratings on June Allyson and James Stewart in The Glenn Miller Story?
Louis: Your top 20 clint eastwood acting moments
Totally pumped for Detroit now.
Calvin:Atomic Blonde is nothing terribly amazing but it has more than enough style with some great action throughout. It's not Le Carre, but it's not really meant to be. It's technically a romp spy movie, though with a harder edge technically speaking, but that comes with Bond now too so that makes since. I won't say the twists or turns were anything surprising, but there was certainly nothing wrong with them either. Mainly though it was a good enough string to pull through a fun ride with some great set pieces. Theron - 4(Her accent drifts quite often but her she achieves much more the calm cool badass than she did in her other film this year. She brings both those things well and this is not just a repetition of Furiosa. She's far colder her though effectively so as I found she did take the whole idea of the character a bit further than perhaps even intended by the film particularly in her scenes with Sofia Boutella, which had far more substance than I expected them to. Where she especially shines though are those action scenes not only being convincing but, like Reeves in Wick, she actually depicts a wear in that takes them further.)McAvoy - 3.5(He doesn't go full Filth here, I would have probably loved that, though he's pretty filthy to be sure. He's a bit more directly over the top here, but that's fitting to the style of the film. I found his performance to be fun and McAvoy really does do well when he goes and embraces his inner creep.)Boutella - 3(For once she acts more than she "dances" so to speak, and I actually found her fairly effective in just portraying the sheer emotional state of the spy completely in over her head.)Jones, Goodman, Marsan - 3/3.5/3.5(All three have fairly limited roles, but this just goes to show you the benefit of casting great character actors as all three make a strong impact in their brief time. This is particularly notable for Goodman and Jones since they are just really there to set up the next scene, which they do oh so well. Goodman's allowed a bit more and thrives with it. Marsan in just a few minutes manages to make such a sympathetic figure that also adds so much to the action sequences he factors heavily into.)Detroit is an excellent film. Bigelow, and Boal for that matter once again take their almost journalistic approach, in that they do not enforce emotion. That is not to say it is not there, rather the film allows it to come to you. Bigelow's direction though is incredibly deft that it knows exactly how to build a scene without needing to resort to any overt gestures, although perhaps one could argue a certain character's singing but those moments felt entirely natural to the character. The first two acts are both incredible feats of such visceral film making. The last act I actually think could have been longer, but I think that's a flaw most films would love I have. I in no way thought the film fumbled at that point though, in fact the relative brevity maybe even added to the cruelty of the events depicted. As a whole I thought it was deeply powerful film that I will not be forgetting any time soon.
Smith - 4(His performance reminded me a bit of Victor Banerjee's work in A Passage to India. In that they both create such earnest realizations of these men who just live through their quiet passions and left to themselves they would never have been any harm to any one. Smith brings the right honesty to sort of the innocence of the role, and the moments of singing really I felt worked incredibly well early on in depicting the nature of the man's spirit. This makes his later scenes all the more heartbreaking because he so effectively shows the same man who has lost this spirit for life, and that innocence is completely gone to the point that his singing not even quite the same way.)Latimore & Mitchell - 3.5(Both are effective in creating the intensity of the situation by just being so on point throughout the sequence.)Murray & Denver - 3(I quite liked both of their performances early on in that they brought a certain sweetness yet with a tinge of an irresponsible mischief in their performances. I will say though when the second act happens though Murray stumbles just a bit, she's not terrible, but she's just step below the other actors in creating that sequence. A couple of her deliveries seem a little off, as they don't quite reflect the severity of it all.)Krasinski - (Not really bad but a character actor should have had this part given the lateness of entrance.)Mackie - 4(I thought he was quite excellent even in his brief amount of time as he depicted so well the mentality of a man who intended to live no matter what. He does not waste a single reaction throughout as he portrays the man taking, experiencing what he's seeing, but then bottling it up. Mackie finds this survivor mentality of a soldier who doesn't intend to die in a different type of war zone.) O'Toole/Reynor - 3.5(Both are quite effective in realizing the particular sort of brutality of each of the characters, reminded me a bit of the followers in Casualties of War actually. With O'Toole portrays just that sadism that he doesn't directly speak that is there, of the man all to eager and keen to follow his vile leader, while Reynor portrays this just as horrible stupidity of a sheep who almost can't recognize the horror that he is inflicting as he does it.) Incidentally like Dunkirk everyone in any slight or side role is also quite good.
Well Richardson is obviously no slouch. Luke: I agree with Michael, pure ensemble but if you were forced a lead its Smith and Poulter.And please nothing more on the GOT episode Luke. If I could wait almost a month for The Revenant I can wait a few days for the next episode. 1.Dunkirk/Detroit(I could either way, but need more time to let Detriot sink in before I decide.)3.Okja4.Logan5.Baby Driverruthiehenshallfan99:Covered Stewart in 54 bonus nominations announcement. Allyson - 3.5(Her role is somewhat limited her as just generally the love interest to which there is all that much in terms of complications after just a brief moment where she moves on temporarily from Miller. Even that though Allyson portrays just as a brief misunderstanding almost. Nonetheless her chemistry with Stewart more than makes up for that and the two of them are incredibly charming together. They make for an endearing pair, even if their relationship is quite straight for ward in it.) Anonymous:1. "Deserves Got Nothing to do with it" - Unforgiven2. About Killing - Unforgiven3. The Wounded Boy - The Outlaw Josey Wales4. A dying soldier - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly5. "Where's the girl" - Dirty Harry6. After Surgery - The Beguiled7. ."Yeah I'm William Munny - Unforgiven8. "You going to pull those pistols?" - The Outlaw Josey Wales9. "Do you feel lucky" - Dirty Harry10. Nightmares - Unforgiven11. Lovely Meal - The Beguiled12. Confession - Gran Torino13. Shooting Practice - Unforgiven14. Family Grave - The Outlaw Josey Wales15. "The heart Ramon" - Fistful of Dollars16. Charming them all - The Beguiled17. "Give him water" - Unforgiven18. The Ending - Thunderbolt and Lightfoot19. Jumper - Dirty Harry20. "Go Ahead Make My Day" - Sudden Impact
Logan over Baby Driver, woohoo :)Luke: I have a feeling either Boyega or Poulter could get a 5 from Louis. Supporting is only getting stronger.
I loved Atomic Blonde a lot more than you did. Granted, I really wasn't paying attention to the plot.
Luke HighamLouis: My Lips are sealed. I want to keep information to a bare minimum as it wouldn't be fair on anyone else and wanted to watch it straight away so that I could talk about it instantly whereas recently I've been somewhat late to the party.
*Instantly with those that saw it.
Luke HighamLouis: And I'm happy Logan's holding up really well for you.
Louis: Your top 20 gene hackman acting moments
Even I couldn't resist torrenting the leak. I will not say anything about the episode before everyone else sees it though.
1) Dafoe2) Crowe3) Poelvoorde4) Coyote5) Stoltz
Anonymous: Louis posted a top 10 for Hackman some time ago on Cyril Cusack's review for The Homecoming.1. Cold Turkey - French Connection II2. Hotel Room - The Conversation3. About gunfights - Unforgiven4. The Dream - The Conversation5. "I was building a house" - Unforgiven6. "You trying to steal my Woman? Coltrane" - The Royal Tenenbaums7. Being bugged - The Conversation8. The Hospital - Scarecrow9. Rough year - The Royal Tenenbaums10. Beating English Bob - Unforgiven
Louis: Your top 10 Al Pacino and Kirk Douglas acting moments.
A lot of these Top Ten acting moments lists have been posted already though please refrain from asking for Oldman, Day-Lewis and Fassbender again until their reviews have been posted.
If you want to find their original lists then they're either on the Redgrave/Browning Version review or the 1951 results.
Louis: While Ford did okay, who do you think would have done better in his role in Human Desire? Apparently, both Brando and Peter Lorre refused to play the role.
Louis: Tilda Swinton was actually considered for Pennywise in It, your thoughts on this.
I remember Psifonian mentioned Swindon was his ideal Pennywise.
I don't think anyone will ever be better than Curry.
Louis: Your rating for Anthony Mackie in All The Way.
Louis: Your top 15 Toshiro Mifune acting moments.
Louis: Your current Best Director Nominees prediction.NolanBigelowWrightAronofskyPayne
If its any relevance Louis, I agree with 9 out of the 10 movies you listed as overrated. But I won't lie - Lost In Translation holds a special place in my heart.
1. Dafoe2. Crowe3. Poelvoorde4. Coyote5. Stolz
I finished the first season of Game of Thrones, which I thought was great. MVP for me would probably be Peter Dinklage, but Mark Addy is a very, very close runner-up. Really though, the whole cast is very good, with the notable exception of Sophie Turner who's just awful.
Matt: I think I can speak for everyone else when I say Turner drastically improves later on.
Robert: I believe you, and I look forward to it. I will say though, her performance in the first season is indeed terrible, but the writing of her character didn't really help.
Yeah, Sansa's kind of a one-note brat in season 1. Then the show tortures her for the next four seasons in increasingly off-puting ways (what happens to her in season 5 nearly made me quit the show). By season 6, the writers got their act together and Turner started hitting homeruns in every scene.
What also doesn't help is that Maisie Williams is great, so in any scene between the two of them, Turner looks especially bad.
1. Peter Coyote2. Benoit Poelvoorde3. Willem Dafoe4. Eric Stoltz5. Russell Crowe
Turner is quite awkward in the first season but she improves a lot. In my opinion she's actually the MVP of the sixth season.
I used to find Turner annoying as hell in the first season, but then I realized it sort of made sense. Like Harington, her gradual improvement in acting ability matched Sansa's arc so well.
Louis: Your thoughts on Scar's death scene in The Lion King.
Anonymous: I do appreciate the visual and a dishonourable death suited Scar completely but the writing in the final act was so stupid and not given any time to see Scar actually attempt to rule made it far less effective (For me anyway) than it could've been.
Louis: Your Thoughts on:St. Crispin's Day Speech in Henry V (1989)Zorro Vs. Elena in The Mask Of ZorroDunkirk Ending (Burning Spitfire)Titanic Sinking (1997)THIS IS SPARTA, We'll fight in the shade and Astinos' death in 300
Louis: And your thoughts on the 'Opening Credits' OST from A Man For All Seasons.
I saw War for the Planet of the Apes and I have to say I loved it. I was lukewarm on Dawn, but this one absolutely worked for me. It's a great film to look at, obviously, not just because of the once again amazing visual effects but also the great cinematography and production design. It's also great to listen to thanks to some superb sound design and a beautiful score, but above all what really made it work for me is how it was completely from Caesar's perspective, which was a very, very smart choice. Serkis-5(Absolutely incredible performance from him, and the main reason I responded so strongly to the film. He builds on his work in the previous two films beautifully and lets us know exactly where Caesar is at this point. He brings us completely into Caesar's story and makes every second of it completely compelling and extremely powerful. Excellent work.) Harrelson-4(He's good at just being the tough as nails Colonel, but he's great when he reveals his motivations, and incredible in his final scene.) Zahn-4(Provides some much needed comic relief, which he manages to make completely natural, but there's more to it than that, as he also manages to be moving at points.) Miller-3(I liked what she did, but she was really only there as a tie-in to the original, which I was fine with.)
Saw it too. Great movie. Serkis' best performance.Serkis - 4.5Harrelson - 4Zahn - 4Miller - 2.5
My Lead Actor Top 51. Jackman - Logan2. Fassbender - Alien: Covenant3. Serkis - War For The Planet Of The Apes4. Kaluuya - Get Out5. Pine - Wonder Woman
Mine at the moment:1. Kaluuya (he's the only one I'm positive will be on my end of the year ballot)2. Pine3. Jackman4. Hunnam5. Serkis
For me:Hugh Jackman, Logan Daniel Kaluuya, Get OutChris Pine, Wonder WomanMichael Fassbender, Alien Covenant Jarkko Lahti, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
For me:1. Jackman2. Farrell3. Fassbender4. Kaluuya5. McAvoy
Mine at the moment is something like: 1. Kaluuya2. Jackman 3. Serkis 4. McAvoy 5. Holland
Great GOT episode. I actually thought Clarke was great for once.
Louis: Your thoughts on GOT tonight.The ending was brilliant.
I'll say.1. Jackman2. Kaluuya(Improving over time)3. Serkis 4. McAvoy 5. Fassbender
What's everyone's thoughts on Will Arnett's Batman voice?
Calvin: Better than Batfleck.
Calvin: I love it. It works as kind of a parody of The Dark Knight voice but it's also it's own thing as well.
I agree, it's a terrific voice, and I actually think Arnett could pull off an older live-action Batman himself.
Just watch Man Bites Dog, Really love Benoit's performance.1. Poelvoorde 2. Crowe3. Dafoe4. Coyote5. Stoltz
Louis: I see you've given back Woods your win for 1984. Not that I'm complaining (LOVE his performance), but any reason why?
Calvin: I love his Batman voice. Very funny. I have to admit I found his performance better than any of Conroy's current performances. The latter is sadly phoning it in these days.
Louis: Your top 10 time travel films excluding the Back to the Future trilogy.
Omar:For Amelie I don't enjoy the film to begin with, though what troubles me to place in an overrated list though is how often I hear it as someone's favorite or what they consider the best foreign film. Tautou doesn't quite reach the Audrey Hepburn charm to attempt to get away with that level of precociousness. Anonymous:Detriot 1970's Directed by Norman Jewison:Melvin Dismukes: Delroy LindoLarry Reed: Gregory HinesFred Temple: Tom WrightCarl Cooper: Joe MortonGreene: Billy Dee WilliamsJulie Ann: Barbara HersheyKaren: Bonnie BedeliaKrauss: James WoodsDemens: Timothy BottomsFlynn: James RemarAnonymous:11. "Give it to him" - Unforgiven12. Trying to apologize - The Conversation13. Strip tease - Scarecrow14. Final fight - I Never Sang for My Father15. Royal is outed - The Royal Tenenbaums16. "But I'm gonna hurt you" - Unforgiven17. Speaking to Richie - The Royal Tenenbaums18. Finding a beaten Lion - Scarecrow19. Kryptonite - Superman20. Chasing Frog I - The French ConnectionTahmeed:51 Results for Pacino. 1993 bonus nominations for Douglas.Time Travel Movies:Groundhog Day12 MonkeysMidnight in ParisSource CodePrisoner of AzkabanTerminator 2LooperTime BanditsTerminatorStar Trek First ContactAnonymous:I think they would have been a better fit to creating a sense of any sort of desperation in the character.
Luke:I think Swinton could have been great and would have helped to avoid Curry comparisons. 3 for Mackie. St. Crispin's Day - (It's interesting comparing this to Olivier's. As Branagh focuses more squarely on his performance in terms of camerawork, where Olivier tries to grant a grander scope being just the crowd cheer. Olivier though focuses on his more through not using a score, while Branagh for a full sweep. Both are quite effective scenes though in their own fitting that Olivier's grand yet subdued, while Branagh doesn't mind leaning perhaps a bit too closely to bombast.)Zorro v Elena - (As I recall it's a quite the entertaining scene, and just an example of the straightforward fun of that film.)Dunkirk - (Traditionally Nolan with a monologue though this time with a per-existing speech that is quite effective for the purpose of bringing the theme home, though amplified by each of images the strongest perhaps being the final ending bit of tension with that landing.)Titanic - (I mean technically an effective built and executed scene though for me it is always the thing where I am just not at all invested in the film to become engrossed in that moment.)This is Sparta - (I mean this film is always one of embracing the bombast somewhat sloppily to be sure, not all of it works but this one certainly does even if there is not quite the consistency throughout the film.)Shade - (Another scene that works well from not Edward G. Robinson, and Fassbender's charismatic delivery of that literally legendary line.)Astino's Death - (Now here's a moment that is less effective in that style becomes unfortunately comical, and this probably would have been a moment maybe to peddle things down a bit.)Opening Credits - (A beautiful piece in capturing, yet modernizing, the 16th style here. In that Delerue realizing the part of invoking that style, particularly the persistent underlying harpsichord, which he builds upon so effectively in taking those more dramatic flourishes to something rather marvelous.) Anonymous:Kind of forgettable as villain deaths go, despite the implication of it. Calvin:I watched the longest version of the film which features some great additional work from Woods, though I do think the original Long cut is the superior edit.
Louis: could you see John Boyega and Will Poulter in a younger version of 'In the Heat of the Night'? Just saw a picture of the two of them mimicking the bench scene and well, it just seemed...perfect.
Louis: Your thoughts on The Spoils Of War and are you on Team Jon, Lannister or Dany.
Luke:Well as per usual begin with the negative, Brandon Stark aka Dougie Jones is a bit tiresome (unlike Dougie Jones) and it's a shame as a more engaging actor could have made that approach work particularly when he caught Little Finger off guard for once. As it is though he makes blank walls look vibrant. The cave drawings also just were not the best piece of production design we've seen in the series. Otherwise I liked pretty much everything. I love how well they are actually capitalizing on such long seeded relationship now such as with Sansa and Arya, and I'm also glad Brienne finally got to do something this season. The standout though was that astonishing ending which I loved that it achieved classic Thrones in that there is investment on both side and even though they are technically on the "villains" side I was far more concerned for Bronn and Jamie. I found the use of Tyrion particularly in that scene particularly at the end with Jamie. Visually amazing, but as with the best of Thrones the complicated dynamic within the conflict of the battle is what made it truly standout. Also Clarke was actually quite good again.
Calvin:Yes I could. Luke:Well always Jon, since he knows the real threat, otherwise Lannister since I can never give up on Jamie.
I'm relieved that Jaime and Bronn survived.Louis: With this Three Headed Dragon theory, (Jon and Daenerys) I desperately hope that the third head is Jaime.
Louis: Your top 20 robert downey jr acting moments
I found the episode quite great as well. I liked pretty much everything aside from Hempstead's performance who is just terrible (and frankly I stopped caring about Bran long ago). I liked the rest of the cast a lot though, and I would agree that Clarke was on point too.
My Shared MVP this week is Coster-Waldau and Flynn then very closely followed by Williams.
I find Coster-Waldau to be always very reliable. Even when the writing is not that good (his storyline in Season 5) he is consistently solid. And when the writing is on his side, he's astonishing.
Giuseppe: Completely agree. :)
I loved the episode, it's been a solid season so far. Louis: Your predictions for the Game of Thrones ending.
Tahmeed: Before the Field Of Fire scene, I'd call it a very good season so far, though it's now a fairly great one. If they keep it up with the next three episodes, I'm giving it an easy 5 rating.
Tahmeed: Jon Snow being sole ruler of the seven kingdoms would be the dream outcome for me, though sadly, we all know that's not happening.
Louis: your voice cast for a 2010s version of The Great Mouse Detective.
Louis: Your voice cast for a 2010s Snow White And The Seven Dwarves, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty And The Beast, The Lion King and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.
Anonymous:Downey Jr.:1. "I know who I am" - Tropic Thunder2. Real Audition - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang3. Paul's Boat - Zodiac4. Reuniting with mother - Chaplin5. "Did you know?" - Civil War6. Bad at math - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang7. Academy clip show - Chaplin8. Press Conference - Iron Man9. Getting his own letter - Zodiac10. Barris the informant - A Scanner Darkly11. After the fire - Restoration12. "Tell him what time it is" - Tropic Thunder13. Asking Steve to sign - Civil War14. "I am Iron Man" - Iron Man15. Saving the day - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang16. Wedding Night - Restoration17. Audition for Sennnett - Chaplin18. Proper acting - Tropic Thunder19. Preparing the Great Dictator - Chaplin20. "Not a great plan" - The AvengersTahmeed:I have not idea, which I am happy to say. I have feeling it will not entail the often bandied about idea of the prophecies just lining up since so much of it has always been about the danger of such beliefs. If there is even an Iron Throne in the end, I will imagine it will belong to someone who is not a main player. Calvin:Basil: Ralph FiennesRatigan: David WarnerDawson: Roger Allam
Luke: I'll take a shot at The Lion KingSimba: Jacob Tremblay and Billy MagnussenScar: Benedict CumberbatchMufasa: Bryan CranstonTimon: Charlie DayPumba: Matt L. JonesZazu: Hugh Bonneville The Hyenas: Key and Peele, Kate McKinnon
Luke:Well keep everyone in the Lion King, Beauty and the Beast (Get I don't Jean DuJardin for Lumiere), and Hunchback (eh you can't replace Jay might as well go Live Action, once again one Live action I actually want to see.)Snow White:Evil Queen: Tress MacNeilleGrump, Happy, Doc: Harry ShearerSleepy, Sneezy, Bashful: Frank WelkerSleeping Beauty:Malificent: Lindsay DuncanFlora, Fauna, Merryweather: Maggie Smith,Haley Mills, Juliet Mills, Stefan: Terence StampHubert: Jim CummingsGo get some good singers for Aurora, Phillip, Charming and Snow White.
Louis: Your top 20 Toshiro Mifune acting moments.
Luke:Director Predictions:NolanBigelowSpielbergAronofskyLinklaterCharles:1. The Bandit's Story - Rashomon2. Ending - High and Low3. Volleys - Throne of Blood4. Choosing the Ransom - High and Low5. Lashing out at the other Samurai - Seven Samurai6. The Final Duel - Yojimbo7. The Band Stares at the Sun - Rashomon8. Arguing against the payoff - High And Low9. A Yakuza's "honor" - Drunken Angel10. First blood - Samurai Rebellion11. Trolling the battle - Yojimbo12. The Ghost - Throne of Blood13. The Doctor's Break down - The Quiet Duel14. The Woodcutter's Story - Rashomon15. Final battle - Seven Samurai16. Learning of the ransom - High and Low17. Watching the massacre - Yojimbo18. The Wife's Story - Rashomon19. The Dream - Drunken Angel20. Saving the Family - Yojimbo
Louis: Your cast for a 1990's Watchmen.
Anonymous:Rorschach: Brad DourifNite Owl II: David DuchovnySilk Spectre II: Naomi WattsDr. Manhattan: Kevin BaconOzymandias: Guy PearceSill Spectre I: Beverly D'AngeloNite Owl: Jon VoightMoloch: Carel StruyckenBig Figure: Michael J. AndersonThe Comedian: David Morse
Louis: Although you liked The Lion King, what improvements would you make for the film to be a masterpiece?
Louis: Your thoughts on this extended intro to Bram Stoker's Dracula.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl_x-CgJMug
I saw Detroit. I need to think about it more, but I will say that I thought Smith and Poulter were great.
Louis: your thoughts on mother! trailer?
Chiwetel Ejiofor has been cast as Scar.
Luke what are your Rotten Tomatoes prediction scores for the upcoming films in August/September?
Anonymous: The Hitman's Bodyguard - 64%It - 83%American Assassin - 74%Mother! - 88%Kingsman: The Golden Circle - 85%Stronger - 90%Battle Of The Sexes - 92%Victoria & Abdul - 73%American Made - 80%
The Hitman's Bodyguard - 43%It - 90%American Assassin - 34%mother! - 76%Kingsman: Secret Service - 75%Death Note - 54%Stronger - 86%Battle of the Sexes - 89%Victoria and Abdul - 70%American Made - 80%
Anonymous:A more dynamic character in Simba, have him actually grow, rather that immediate regression the single moment Scar calls him on his past. Also have Scar actually do villainous things when he takes over rather than just becoming just a layabout. Luke:Ejiofor's a good choice, but I'll say they should have recast Mufasa as well. A better a clean slate, since I actually think Irons is just as iconic to the character. I mean for me its great representation of where the film succeeds and where I'd say was Coppola's intention which was for such beautiful bombast. That is what he achieves from Oldman's performance, the imagery such as the silhouette impalings, that particular setting sun and of course that old bleeding cross. Omar:Well judging by the trailer I'll probably like it the first time I watch it, the re-watch though? But I digress. Looks like it could be an effective mind bender, though on a side note I will say whether or not it is all in Lawrence's head may determine its success with the Academy.
Anonymous: Actually, I'll amend American Assassin's percentage to 67%.
Thank you Luke and Robert =D. Very excited to see how "It" does.Louis: What about you Louis, what are your score predictions for those same films?
I agree with those score ratings =D, I am a little worried about the very Oscar baity Stronger though I hope it is good, Jake Gyllenhaal is clearly a great actor but he has gone from Hero to Zero in the last couple of years.
I had trouble with It. I think it'll do well critically but I could see it dividing the readers/bloggers here.
Louis: Your thoughts on Jack Angel's voice work in Transformers.
In many ways he was sort of the fill in voice actor with many of his character not being all the iconic, but nor were they given much focus either. They are all fairly straight forward performances, though that isn't a bad thing, and he even isn't a terrible replacement for Robert Stack. There is nothing overly notable about any of his performance truly, but that are fairly consistent and certainly get the job done.
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