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By anonimouse (Mon Jan 25, 2016 at 04:44:49 PM EST) (all tags)
The Revenant

The Hateful Eight 

What do these films have in common? Well they're loooong, possibly for different reasons.

The Revenant appears to be Leonardo di Caprio's "gimme an Oscar" vehicle, and I've got to admit that his acting and range over his last few films has seriously impressed me. The Revenant appears to be set in a late 1700s/early 1800s period, before the advent of rapid firing pistols and rifles, when the Indians were on (almost) equal terms with the Cowboys. Our boy Leonardo is the scout on a fur trapping outing which goes wrong and as a result he gets abandoned and left for dead. (I'm avoiding spoilers here). Good points are that it conveys the fact that life is cheap, wilderness is vast and its damn cold. Bad points are the film doesn't really keep you focused on it enough. I have a feeling the film is going to be a contender for Best Cinematography, but not Best Actor/Film.

The Hateful Eight on the other hand appears to be Quentin Tarantino's attempt to make Once Upon a Time in The West, complete with Ennio Morricone soundtrack. This too has lots of snow, but the action focuses more around a rest halt outside a town, where a group of strangers end up to ride out a blizzard. What is interesting about this movie is that it's long on dialogue and apart from close to the end, short on action. The characterisation of everyone is great, but without the story moving quicker, again I came out of this disappointed.

CurvyGirls opinion after these two? "We've gotta see something more lighthearted."

What I'm watching from my duvet

How to get Away with Murder. Interesting idea where flashbacks and the present get closer together over the first 10 episodes, but it doesn't really come off. Overrated.

Sense8. I like this. Its the Wachowski Brothers and J Michael Straczynski do a Heroes remake. Lots of sex, straight sex, lesbian sex (go Freema Agyeman), gay sex, orgies, drugs, telepathy, evil corporation with bad guy able to control others. 

X+Y hard to find a negative review about this movie and its easy to understand why. Young boy with Asbergers, father tragically killed, becomes good at mathematics and part of maths group competing internationally.  
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I've seen some of both by dark nowhere (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Jan 25, 2016 at 11:11:33 PM EST
but neither in their entirity. T.H.E. looks like it's worth the watch. The Revenant also, but I would have to be in the right mood.

And television:

How to get Away with Murder: this played out for me just like I thought from the start. I enjoyed the first season up to the end, the second season immediately put a bad taste in my mouth and I stopped watching, having even regretted wasting time on S1.

Sens8: I liked it. Some aspects bugged me but almost all related to the break from typical formats. I have to respect that, and it might just bug me because it's not what I'm used to. Change is hard to accept when you age and I'm trying to maintain some self-awareness. One thing I really liked about it was despite having an obvious agenda, the show is meaningfully more than that. Not that the issues are unimportant, but in the end it's either good television or it isn't.

See you, space cowboy.

Y'all certainly do love our Westerns. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Jan 26, 2016 at 12:09:42 AM EST
Well, you and the Krauts.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

I've only seen The Hateful Eight by theboz (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Jan 26, 2016 at 09:52:24 PM EST
I felt like it was a terrible movie and a waste of my time.  Some Tarantino movies are great despite who made them -- examples including Inglorious Basterds and Django.  However, most of his movies just seem like he's trying too hard to be some sort of "edgy Gen X" type but focused on psychopathy and violence.  The more uncomfortable he makes his audience, the more he feels that he "wins" or something.  Instead most of his films are cheesy, unrealistic, and overly verbose.
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He's only made 8 movies by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 05:24:09 AM EST
most of his films are cheesy, unrealistic, and overly verbose.

I'm not sure I'd agree. Most of them tell a good story, in varying ways

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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I think of The Revenant more like earthporn... by atreides (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 02:05:38 PM EST
...thanks to Innaritu. Leo might win it, but he deserved it for Wolf of Wall Street more. I still have my money on Bryan Cranston for Trumbo...

He sails from world to world in a flying tomb, serving gods who eat hope.

My brother didn't like X+Y by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 06:46:06 PM EST
He found it sentimental and a little trite. I don't know if he knew it was based on Daniel Lightwing's life story. (Although the family history is not at all like his own, and actually that's what grated most with me.)

It was released in the US as A Brilliant Young Mind.

Sometimes sentimentality is good by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Jan 28, 2016 at 06:06:40 AM EST
 I'm not sure that not being a true story is a bad thing either.

Conforming exactly to the basis of the story would make it far more bland.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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