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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:19 am 
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Watched The Dirt last night. Netflix’s true story of Motley Crue. It was a fun watch in a ridiculous & corny sort of way. The more reckless & plain old gross scenes were pretty cringy but was overall entertaining. God we’re the 80’s different from the present.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:22 am 
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We just watched The Lobster last night. We loved it.

It's dystopian, but not set in the future, really, so not dystopian in a sci-fi way, so you might like it. It's full of a lot of absurdity, which we really enjoy.

The basic premise is: marriage/relationships are what the society is all about. If you become single through divorce or death, you're sent to a hotel with others in your same situation. You have 45 days to pair up, or you're turned into an animal of your choosing.

The thing is, coupling must be based on some defining characteristic that you have in common, and these are completely banal, like two people with crooked teeth can couple, or two people who like shoes can couple.

There are a couple of scenes CF'ers might like; for example (no spoilers), the hotel manager is explaining to a couple who've decided to join up that they'll be given a trial period where they'll be monitored, but not to worry if they initially argue or have compatibility issues. She explains, "If that's the case, we'll assign you a child. That usually helps."

There're no real "jokes" per se, but just sly little things here and there that are funny.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:05 am 
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I've seen Dogtooth, which was done by the same chap....that was very strange too, but watchable. I'm going to give The Lobster a go, I didn't realise until now it was the same fella.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:40 pm 
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We just watched Blue Is The Warmest Color. I didn't care for it much, but I'm including it since I didn't like it based on my own foibles.

French, 2013, and it follows a 15yo girl through her maturing into a young woman, and her sexual awakening and first real love. The movie covers maybe four or five years.

Here's why I didn't like it: lots of close-ups. Really close close-ups. Especially of people eating sloppily and talking with their mouths full.

That's just a weird thing that's right up there with spiders for me. I can't stand seeing messy eating, and there's some messy eating in this. These people have the table manners of Homer Simpson. Ick.

One point was so bad, I dry-heaved and had to stop the movie for a few minutes.

Also, the lead actor, while cute in a too-much-baby-fat way, always had messy, greasy hair. I read later that the director made the two stars do their own hair and makeup, to go for more realism, and it's just a little too real.

You know how you see people out and about, and they just look stinky/funky, and you just know they rolled out of bed and right into their clothes? That's how she looked most of the time. I felt like I could smell the bed funk on her.

I'll add that there's one very explicit damn near porn sex scene, and it's a long one, so don't let that catch you by surprise if you watch it.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:17 pm 
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All The President's Men is currently on Netflix. It's old - Robert Redford was still eye-candy when it was made - but it's a great film. It also illustrates why we need good investigative journalists.


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I've been watching a lot of horrors over the past week. A couple I think I'd recommend are 'Midsommer', a long, slow burn kind of film in 'The Wicker Man' vein. Also 'Scary stories to tell in the Dark', that's a good ole fashioned film and I really enjoyed it, it was perfect for Halloween night.

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Husband and I went and saw Knives Out yesterday. We both loved it. It’s a really good whodunit/suspense type film. Also quite funny in spots - just enough humour to insert a little levity into the movie and show that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Really fun movie.


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Keeping in the holiday spirit, we watched The Man Who Invented Christmas (about Dickens writing A Christmas Carol) and really liked it. Some fantasy aspects, as when he's working, his characters come to life and interact with him.

We also watched a ridiculously crass comedy, "The Happytime Murders," about a world where humans and puppets coexist. It's put out by the Henson group, so it's got that Muppets look to it.

A puppet private investigator and a human cop (Melissa McCarthy) have to solve a series of murders. If you like puppets who have sex, use drugs, and say fuck a lot, this movie is made for you.

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Knives out was great. I enjoyed it a lot. Got me some Star Wars tickets for Thursday of next week so I'm looking forward to that.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:46 am 
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We're taking my parents to see Star Wars next Sunday. It's part of my Mom's Christmas present - she's been going on and on about wanting to see it - she's a huge Star Wars fan. My bro and sister-in-law are coming along too.

Best part? We got tickets for the VIP theatre so no kids! I find we're willing to spend the money for VIP more and more frequently - it's so nice to have a kid-free movie, plus it's reserved seating so no waiting in line. So far, I've also found texting to be less prevalent in the VIP theatre - I guess if people are paying that much to see a movie, they're interested in actually watching the movie instead of being on their phone. I positively HATE people who use their phone at the movies.


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