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Re: “Unfriended: a sly horror movie for the social-media minefield that is modern life

Jason does not lie. UNFRIENDED is well worth your time. Ideally you'd watch it at home on your computer with people Skyping in. I loved BLAIR WITCH (and still do) partly because of the way I saw it: handed to me as a bootleg tape without a word of warning months before its release.

EX MACHINA opens next Friday in Nashville.

Posted by mr. pink on 04/18/2015 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Unfriended: a sly horror movie for the social-media minefield that is modern life

Looking forward to this (IT FOLLOWS has me primed for more horror), and also a movie called EX MACHINA that I'm hearing good things about. Hope it comes to Nashville soon.

As for the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT comparison ... my memory is that adult viewers over 30 liked BLAIR WITCH (at least all the ones I knew did), while it was hated by people in horror's supposed target demographic: people in their teens and 20s. They hated it mainly because it didn't deliver the gore they expected from a horror movie.

Posted by Mark on 04/17/2015 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Furious 7 more a checklist of ingredients than a movie

The movie "Fast & Furious 7", the last film in which can be seen late actor Paul Walker has huge collections. But you noticed brands of cars present in this blockbuster? Fast and Furious 7 "smoothly surpassed all other films in the franchise - had prevailed previous grossed 97 million dollars in the first three days of release." Furious 7 "is last successful film series in which Paul Walker appears in the role of Bryan O'Conner. Joining him and Vin Diesel returns in his role as Dominic Toretto. the two are trying to make a new life after clean record , with friends, but everything is falling apart when in landscape appears Ian Shaw (Jason Statham).
So the two will have to step outside the law again. Production of the film was delayed almost a year following the death of Paul Walker, is a film with plenty of action to watch

Posted by Elena Chera on 04/15/2015 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Why Barbara Stanwyck's tough-ahead-of-their-time women seem so fresh and startling today

I recently watched a lot of early Stanwyck talkies are on YouTube: THE LOCKED DOOR (1929; her first talkie); MEXICALI ROSE (1929); TEN CENTS A DANCE (1931), SHOPWORN (1932) and the Capra-directed LADIES OF LEISURE (1930), THE MIRACLE WOMAN (1931) and FORBIDDEN (1932).

Not all these movies are very good -- although THE MIRACLE WOMAN is excellent, despite its shameless borrowings from "Elmer Gantry." But it's fascinating to watch the young Stanwyck learning to act for the camera and develop her persona.

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Posted by Mark on 04/10/2015 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Furious 7 more a checklist of ingredients than a movie

Lighten up, Jason! This movie was a blast to watch. I don't expect profundity from a Fast and Furious movie. I expect spectacular action and stunts, and a cast of colorful rogues. That's what I got; I was satisfied.

Sure, the movies have become increasingly unbelievable. The characters, who were ordinary blue-collar people in the first movie, have become globe-trotting superheroes with Olympic-level martial arts skills. They also have the ability to walk away from crashes that would leave anyone else dead or paralyzed.

But the films are so well-made and entertaining, it doesn't matter. And the tribute to Paul Walker was truly moving.

Say what you will about FURIOUS 7, its multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-cultural world resembles modern America more than most other big Hollywood films (including the Marvel movies). It's reported that the opening-weekend audience was 75 percent nonwhite. Has that ever happened before for a movie that opened at No. 1?

Posted by Mark on 04/10/2015 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Why Barbara Stanwyck's tough-ahead-of-their-time women seem so fresh and startling today

I'm a big Stanwyck fan myself, and what a fine list of films. I also like her in the semi-noir "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" with Kirk Douglas and Van Heflin and in the crazy "No Man of Her Own," her second film with the underrated Mitchell Leisen. "Remember the Night" is an underrated movie, too, one of my favorite Stanwycks
.

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Posted by edd on 04/10/2015 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Why Barbara Stanwyck's tough-ahead-of-their-time women seem so fresh and startling today

If only I lived in Nashville! All these Barbara Stanwyck movies on the big screen. She has been my idol since I was eight. Wish I could be there for every one of them.

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Posted by Lisa Alkana on 04/09/2015 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Why Barbara Stanwyck's tough-ahead-of-their-time women seem so fresh and startling today

I think it's The Big Valley where her credit reads "and starring MISS BARBARA STANWYCK." You're not a star until you can successfully demand the MISS at age 60 or whatever she was at the time.

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Posted by Barbara Please on 04/09/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Why Barbara Stanwyck's tough-ahead-of-their-time women seem so fresh and startling today

Thanks, Joel. I've never seen THE BARBARA STANWYCK SHOW, but I spent countless afternoons as a kid watching reruns of THE BIG VALLEY. For a long time I couldn't look at Stanwyck without hearing her snarl, "Show me some of Tom Barkley's guts!"

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Posted by mr. pink on 04/09/2015 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Why Barbara Stanwyck's tough-ahead-of-their-time women seem so fresh and startling today

So glad Stanwyck is still being given her due and by new fans of her, no doubt. TCM has been neglecting her lately and I am miffed about that (they need to show a stanwyck movie at least 2 times a week in my view). My favorites films: "All I Desire", "Clash By Night", "The Furies" and "Sorry Wrong Number" and "Remember the Night"....Thankfully, youtube has a plethora of Stanwyck to see at your fingertips. "The Furies" and "The File on Thelma Jordan" are intact viewings. Check out scenes from "The Barbara Stanwyck show" as well. I loved those intros she did.

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Posted by Joel Jordan on 04/09/2015 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Why Barbara Stanwyck's tough-ahead-of-their-time women seem so fresh and startling today

@Barbara: Thanks for pointing out THE FURIES. That's an amazing movie, and I feel pretty certain that's the Anthony Mann title Craig's referring to. I'd love to see it on the big screen too (although Criterion's DVD set is terrific).

It's worth pointing out that the double bills run $12 ($9 for members), and you can't pay a reduced admission to catch just one of the movies — something my family learned the hard way when we all went to see DOUBLE INDEMNITY last weekend. I can't really complain, though, when the double bills are this good. The BABY FACE/NIGHT NURSE and REMEMBER THE NIGHT/THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW bills are something you'll probably never get to see again here on the big screen.

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Posted by mr. pink on 04/09/2015 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Why Barbara Stanwyck's tough-ahead-of-their-time women seem so fresh and startling today

It's thrilling that Stanwyck is getting this attention; I'm only sorry the magnificent "The Furies" didn't make the list. It's my favorite Stanwyck (which is saying something) and I've never been able to see it big on a theatre screen. But there are so many good things that DID make the Belcourt list that I feel like a sap for complaining.

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Posted by Barbara Please on 04/09/2015 at 11:35 AM

Re: “It Follows' sexually transmitted Terminator may be the best weapon ever devised for teen abstinence

"The horror lies not in the threat of something jumping out, but in the knowledge that whatever's there will only keep coming."..............sounds like modern day terrorist paranoia America to me.

Posted by Brazil on 04/06/2015 at 1:55 PM

Re: “The Belcourt follows the path to While We're Young with this weekend's 'Growing Up Baumbach' series

The NY Times piece on 'While We're Young' has a small black n' white photo of Naomi Watts in skintight workout sweats trying to hip-hop with the younger and undoubtedly more limber fellow dancers movin' and groovin' around her.

That one photo put the movie on my Must-See-NOW list when it opens locally.

Posted by Conslor on 04/04/2015 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Insurgent: On film, The Divergent Series is still just The Hunger Games' bratty little sister

Mousemama: I did like IT FOLLOWS, so 2015 hasn't been a total wasteland.

Posted by Mark on 04/03/2015 at 3:58 PM

Re: “It Follows' sexually transmitted Terminator may be the best weapon ever devised for teen abstinence

Saw it yesterday. Best horror movie I've seen since 2012's CABIN IN THE WOODS. Recommended!

Posted by Mark on 04/03/2015 at 3:47 PM

Re: “The Belcourt follows the path to While We're Young with this weekend's 'Growing Up Baumbach' series

"Struggling to turn their dreams and career aspirations into reality, the young dancer can not hide his concern about its future, a very good fil watching"

Why, it's pure gold! You're hired!

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Posted by d. patrick on 04/03/2015 at 3:33 PM
Posted by mr. pink on 04/03/2015 at 2:35 PM
Posted by TL on 04/03/2015 at 1:30 PM

Re: “The Belcourt follows the path to While We're Young with this weekend's 'Growing Up Baumbach' series

The International Festival in Toronto was wasted and the mystery behind this project, which is entitled "Frances Ha", he is the poster Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner ("Imogene", "The Borgias") and Adam Driver ("You Don 't Know Jack "," Girls ") and written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach.
Drama "Frances Ha" is filmed in black and white, this time Noah Baumbach giving up the cinematographer Harris Savides for Sam Levy ("Wendy and Lucy").
The subject aims aspiring dancer who moves to New York and discovers that love and friendship assumed various forms. Struggling to turn their dreams and career aspirations into reality, the young dancer can not hide his concern about its future, a very good fil watching

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Posted by Elena Chera on 04/03/2015 at 9:59 AM

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