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Discussion in 'Cactus Cafe' started by Chop, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    I was pleasantly surprise by "Anna", a new late-Cold War era KGB-CIA spy/action movie. It's a sort-of cross between James Bond, Bruce Lee, and Tom Clancy. It has some interesting and unexpected plot turns, good action scenes (not entirely realistic--think James Bond or Bruce Lee), and surprisingly good acting. Some quality T&A is an added bonus. Give it a look if you have the chance.
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  2. Clean

    Clean 5,000+ Posts

    Took myself to see "Godzilla King of the Monsters". I knew the wife didn't want to see it. My mother used to take my sister and I to see all the Sci-fi B movies back in the day. I still like a good monster movie.

    "Godzilla King of the Monsters" got savaged by the critics, but I liked it. Certainly it had the best looking Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Rodan, and Mothra ever on the screen. The monsters are a far cry from men in goofy looking monster suits. The problem was they spent too much time trying to work in the human element. Also, every monster clash seemed to happen at night in the middle of a rain storm. It wasn't as dark as "Game of Thrones, Battle of Winterfell", but it was annoying. During the climatic battle between King Ghidorah and Godzilla, they kept cutting away to show us the plight of human family that was at the center of the plot.

    All said and done, I give it a thumbs up. I'm looking forward to "Godzilla vs Kong" next year.
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  3. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    I saw this with my oldest child (pre-teen) as my wife said no dice to this movie. We both loved it. This was the best Godzilla movie I remember. It was interesting (to me) how Godzilla actually was not the toughest monster, and needed help to defeat the mighty King Ghidora.

    I found it amusing, and even slightly refreshing, to see Hollywood/Tokyo make radical environmentalists into the bad guys who wanted to raise up the monsters to destroy mankind (and supposedly save the planet and ecosystem).
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  4. LonghornCatholic

    LonghornCatholic Romantic Catholic

    I'm a sucker for Godzilla, Planet of the Apes, Predator, etc type movies, so went with the fam. Wife included. She's cool. :hookem:

    I liked it, too.
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  5. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    It was also cool how they made Rodan be from a volcano in Mexico. I think they played on the QuetzalCoatl myth there. Rodan was also a lot tougher than in the old Godzilla movies.

    Also, like the last Godzilla movie, it wasn't all about attacking Tokyo. The old movies cracked me up--it was as if they assume there's a giant magnet for monsters somewhere around the Tokyo tower. The Japanese must have done something really awful to piss off all these giant monsters. I'll spare you all the psycho-socio analysis of these movies being all about historical Japanese fears, or the atom bomb, tsunamis, etc., etc....
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  6. Clean

    Clean 5,000+ Posts

    No doubt about it. The first Godzilla movie came out in 1954. He was a child of radiation from the atom bomb. There were also two versions of the film. I've never seen the Japanese version, but I understand it delves into the dangers of radiation and nuclear war a lot deeper than the version released over here.
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  7. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Just saw it last night. It was full of Hollywood humor (subtle and not subtle) from start to finish. Had a Quentin Tarrantino graphic violence scene, as expected, this time with much humor intertwined. Hard core Bruce Lee fans may not appreciate this film. Lots of Manson Family stuff interwoven throughout the movie, with some surprises in store.

    It's a definite see for all but those who can't stomach violence in movies (the sort of folks who should never see a Quentin Tarrantino film in the first place).
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  8. Dionysus

    Dionysus Ok Cool. Hook ’Em! Admin

    We saw Rocketman recently. I like a lot of the old Elton John music.

    Didn’t know it was a musical. Some may like that, I was very disappointed.
  9. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    I was never a big Elton John fan or anything like that, but I liked some of his songs. Then, while at UT, working as an usher at the Frank Erwin Center, I worked his concert. After tearing tickets and showing people to their seats, you basically got to watch the last half of the shows. Elton John was probably the best showman I saw my whole time there. Best stage presence, best audience connection, most energy, etc.

    2nd best show ”man” I saw—one of the three little known opening acts for headliner La Sombra at Tejano Music Night, by the name of Selena y Los Dinos. Yep, that Selena.
  10. huisache

    huisache 2,500+ Posts

    Saw the qt film and am willing to forgive the previous dreck

    Question: saw Fort Apache last night. Were the cavalry post scenes filmed at Spahn Ranch. I always assumed the whole thing was shot in Monument Valley but the fort locale looked like the terrain at Spahn
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  11. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    It's not a movie, but a 5 episode HBO miniseries: Chernobyl. If you haven't seen it, watch it. It was excellent.

    Comrade Dyatlov. Remember the name. This Chernobyl miniseries has introduced to the world the all-time worst boss in the history of film or tv. He makes Bill Lundberg and the pointy haired boss on the Dilbert cartoons look like all-around fantastic guys. Comrade Dyatlov is going viral on the internet.

    Here's some of Comrade Dyatlov's "best hits" (could you imagine working for this guy--and in the Soviet Union where you can't just quit and get a new gig):

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  12. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    Want to see communism in action?

    The Chernobyl miniseries also put down on film the greatest example of what communism is really all about. The old man with the cane in the segment below is a high ranking communist party member who went to the Chernobyl plant with other party members right after the accident. The filmmaker is a genius. Every high schooler in the country should be required to watch this 4 minute segment when learning about communism.

    Also, Comrade Dyatalov can't help himself and chimes in with some misinformation of his own...

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  13. Chop

    Chop 1,000+ Posts

    Good Boys.

    A funny, silly, somewhat ridiculous, and a bit dirty look at the awkwardness of early adolescence. It’s about 6th grade boys. Think of a mix of Something About Mary and Goonies. It was funny. The whole audience was laughing throughout the movie. I liked it but it’s probably not for everyone, and not for younger kids.

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