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Old 07-31-2016, 09:42 PM   #7121
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I watched A Place at the Table a couple days ago. It's terrible that in a country like ours people are going hungry.
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:28 PM   #7122
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Watched Jack Reacher yesterday. I liked that the fight seems we're not overplayed. Usually they keep going and a nearly dead person all of a sudden gets up and starts fighting again. This was fine. An OK movie to watch in between cooking and eating dinner without paying too much attention.


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Old 08-01-2016, 06:29 PM   #7123
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I also saw Prometheus and It's 40, I think that's what it was called. Both pretty dumb


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Old 08-07-2016, 11:17 AM   #7124
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We watched Lee Daniels' The Butler last night from our list of recorded movies.

I'm still impressed at what a wonderful job Forest Whitaker did of portraying Eugene Allen's amazing journey. I could relate to so much of the movie, especially the devastation of Washington, DC in the late '60s.

I moved there right in the middle of all the rioting and burning and, being a country girl, was horrified at what was transpiring.

At any rate, we were again impressed with Whitaker's skills and the fine way the movie folks aged him and treated a man's life and career with dignity.

Now, THAT was a movie!
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Old 08-12-2016, 03:34 AM   #7125
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We had borrowed two from the library over the weekend. First we watched "Woman in Gold", which I believe one of you just saw recently. It was a comment here that got me around to ordering it up from the library. Very interesting. Of course I cried at the end! Although I had never met my maternal grandfather (never had any true grandparents to know, since they all predeceased my birth by years...), the little soliloquy by Maria Altmann's dad about speaking English made me think of what my Mom would tell me about grandpa assimilating into his adopted home when he immigrated from Poland. *sniff*

The second one was "The Help". We had actually had that disc at home on two other occasions. Neither time was I able to bring myself to watch it, having gone through a box of tissues when I read the book. How can people treat others like that???? Anyway, when I picked it up this third time, the clerk at the desk assured me I would laugh more than cry. She was right, they had adjusted the film script enough to highlight some good and omit one or two of the more troubling segments.

We really enjoyed both of them. But enough of a movie break, probably, until the season changes from baseball to winter.
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:26 AM   #7126
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CG....I watched "The Help" at the theater when it first came out...hard to believe that people were treated like that in our lifetime. Wonderful acting - oh my gosh....I haven't read the book, though. It's really made an impression on me on how things used to be.
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I watched "The Right Stuff" a couple of nights ago. Great movie, IMO. I hadn't seen it since the mid 80's.

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The Right Stuff is a 1983 American epic drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in aeronautical research at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as well as the seven military pilots who were selected to be the astronauts for Project Mercury, the first manned spaceflight by the United States. The Right Stuff stars Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid and Barbara Hershey. Levon Helm is the narrator in the introduction and elsewhere in the film, as well as having a co-starring role as Air Force test pilot Jack Ridley. In 2013 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[3]
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:42 AM   #7127
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CG....I watched "The Help" at the theater when it first came out...hard to believe that people were treated like that in our lifetime. Wonderful acting - oh my gosh....I haven't read the book, though. It's really made an impression on me on how things used to be.
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I watched "The Right Stuff" a couple of nights ago. Great movie, IMO. I hadn't seen it since the mid 80's.

From Wiki...
The Right Stuff is a 1983 American epic drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in aeronautical research at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as well as the seven military pilots who were selected to be the astronauts for Project Mercury, the first manned spaceflight by the United States. The Right Stuff stars Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid and Barbara Hershey. Levon Helm is the narrator in the introduction and elsewhere in the film, as well as having a co-starring role as Air Force test pilot Jack Ridley. In 2013 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[3]
I keep a running list of movies I want to see right next to the computer. Spike is right across the street from the library where he works part time. The Right Stuff just went on the list. That is quite a write-up from Wiki.

I did borrow the book "The Help" from a woman in the building. I never did get to finish it as she wanted it back in a hurry. No further comment on that! I know Pirate would not enjoy it on film, so I will have Spike pick up a copy of the book for me also so I can finish it.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I do pay attention to the recommendations of all of you when it comes to these movies. Thanks to all.
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Old 08-14-2016, 06:42 PM   #7128
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I just finished watching a terrific Helen Hunt movie... A Good Woman. Set in Amalfi Italy in the 30's. The story, acting, costuming, scenery were all stellar. I loved it!!
Free at prime Amazon.

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Old 08-16-2016, 05:17 AM   #7129
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I just finished watching a terrific Helen Hunt movie... A Good Woman. Set in Amalfi Italy in the 30's. The story, acting, costuming, scenery were all stellar. I loved it!!
Free at prime Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...st_ovl_wn_wnzw
On TCM the other night, I caught the 1960's movie "Oscar Wilde" starring Robert Morley based on a play about his scandal.

"A Good Women" is based on one of his plays. Hehe, it got only a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but what do critics know?

Sometimes period piece movies just work on their own.
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Old 08-21-2016, 12:24 AM   #7130
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Watched "The Wolf of Wall Street" tonight on FX. A somewhat diluted version (it wasn't Cinemax) but I really enjoyed it. Leo DiCaprio was excellent. Not at all what I was expecting, sort of "Caligula"-like.
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