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Old 07-08-2015, 09:04 AM   #521
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The Barber with Scott Glenn was pretty good
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Old 07-08-2015, 09:49 AM   #522
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We enjoyed Mr. Turner (DVD):
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Then we visited the Turner exhibit, on tour from the Tate, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:03 PM   #523
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We watched Charles Bradley: Soul of America the other night. What a great music documentary. He was "discovered" by Daptone Records in his early 60s, performing as a James Brown cover artist in NYC. That's the same label as the wonderful Sharon Jones.

The movie is incredibly moving, you are really rooting for him as he works toward the release of his debut album, at retirement age. And his personal story is heartbreaking and very compelling alongside the musical story. I highly recommend it for music oriented folks, and must say that I added him to my Spotify playlist after watching. He's got a beautiful voice and is an evocative songwriter as well.

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Old 07-08-2015, 08:25 PM   #524
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I loved Twenty Feet from Stardom!
If you're into music-oriented documentaries, I highly recommend:
Muscle Shoals
Beware of Mr. Baker (about Ginger Baker)
The Punk Singer (Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill, etc)

and not quite as good as the above, but still a good watch:
Ain't in It for My Health: Levon Helm

Took your great ideas and watched all of them over the past week.
Muscle Shoals was my favorite. All were great though. Thanks for those!!


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Not Netflix, but Amazon Prime... didn't want to start another thread, and didn't want anyone who has Amazon Prime to miss it.

I happened on this by mistake, but found it to be the most fascinating film footage of history in the making.

The movie is "Hitler, a Career". it's a 1977 film made in Germany, totally made up of actual film clips of Hitler, his rise and fall from the beginnings in the early 1930's to the very end.

I can't believe I had never seen this. The film clips track the actual events leading up to, and throughout WWII. Truly amazing footage that is almost all clean and sharp. The narration is in English, and for those who are students of the second world war, absolutely spellbinding.

In some ways, the the vast scope of this film project, makes this part of history comprehensible, as we can see the size of the German Army, the amount of war materials, arms ships and planes. The propaganda machine is explained in a way that makes it real.

Not for everyone, but a masterpiece for history buffs. Full review here:
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Was sick in bed for 3 days so watched a lot of netflips:


Faults - really, really good low budget indie
Deep in the Darkness - nice horror film from book
The Awakening - good BBC ghost flick
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"Fair Game" is good, the story of Valerie Plame, the dumped and exposed spy.
It held my attention all the way through.
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If you guys haven't seen The Widowmaker, you need to. It's a documentary about how stents are bad and we all need cardio screens.


I'm going to get one aslap and pay for it myself if I have to.
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The Physician
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Seems good...


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Don't rent Interstellar. One of the worse movies I've seen in a long time. I usually like Matthew McConaughey movies but this one was awful. It's almost 2 & 3/4 hours of agony, for the viewer.
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Couldn't really get into it. It would hold our interest for a while, then turn boring. Also, there is one horrible, very graphic scene where an animal is killed for fun (and it's presented for laughs! ), which would be enough to make me give the whole movie a thumbs-down.

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We enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was funny, and interesting. The story moves fairly well with many has been actors playing minor parts. It was like watching who's who in Hollywood. See how many once famous actor names you can remember.
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Don't rent Interstellar. One of the worse movies I've seen in a long time. I usually like Matthew McConaughey movies but this one was awful. It's almost 2 & 3/4 hours of agony, for the viewer.
I thought it was pretty good.
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I watched the first part of kung fu hustle before I fell asleep last night and I was laughing my head off. Has to be one of the funniest movies I've seen in years.
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Don't rent Interstellar. One of the worse movies I've seen in a long time. I usually like Matthew McConaughey movies but this one was awful. It's almost 2 & 3/4 hours of agony, for the viewer.
Wait, wait, wait. I haven't seen this movie, but the only criteria I use to judge the quality of a Matthew McConaughey movie is the number of times he takes his shirt off!
Right, ladies?
Still disappointed he didn't revisit his role from Magic Mike in the sequel. sigh...


Now that I've completed my sexist comment of the day, I'd like to say that we are deep into Ken Burns' Civil War series that had somehow escaped my viewing in the years since it was first aired. Worth the watch, for sure.
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Saw "Unbroken". Compelling story, but way too much brutality for me to enjoy it.
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Interstellar was pretty plotless. There are a few cool moments. I especially liked when he wakes up in the space station. But mostly it was wandering and probably an excuse to watch Matthew McConaughey. Someone doesn't understand dimensions, so that's the explanation for every special effect they want to try.
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Saw "Unbroken". Compelling story, but way too much brutality for me to enjoy it.

The book was much better than the movie, IMHO.
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I watched the first part of kung fu hustle before I fell asleep last night and I was laughing my head off. Has to be one of the funniest movies I've seen in years.
Love that movie! I need to watch it again.
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Liked this from Netflix DVD, John Le Carre's: A Murder of Quality
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Cast: Denholm Elliott, Joss Ackland, Glenda Jackson
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The foxcatcher ... Ugh ... Boring ... Too long ... About John Dupont and Olympic wrestling champion brothers. Save your time and money.

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