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« Reply #14280 on: May 23, 2017, 11:04:23 AM »

Wow, Roger Moore was still alive! He passed at 89.

I think of him as the Adam West of the 007 franchise. Which is not a bad thing. I haven't really cared for a Bond film since. So maybe there have been better Bonds, but I liked Roger Moore as Bond.

Ripe old age, 89 is. He deserved a long life, didn't take himself too seriously (far as I know, I mean, it's not like I cared) and I never took the Bond books too seriously either. That the franchise went "Dark Knight" wasn't for me (or for the books). Far as I'm concerned, old Roger did alright.
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« Reply #14281 on: May 23, 2017, 12:06:32 PM »

My favorite Bond was Lazenbee.
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« Reply #14282 on: May 23, 2017, 01:09:58 PM »

You're older than I.

Lots older.

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« Reply #14283 on: May 23, 2017, 03:22:57 PM »

George Lazenby's nephew was my college dorm roommate.  Take this useless fact as thou wilt.  He was a fun guy.  Once I accidentally dropped a water balloon from the roof of the dorm onto his girlfriend.  His good-humored avenging was to sneak my bluejeans from my room while I was sleeping, soak them in water, freeze them solid in the freezer, and then present them to me the next morning as I was fumbling around to find them.  Stirred, but not shaken,  I wore a pair of dirty corduroys to class that morning. 
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« Reply #14284 on: May 23, 2017, 06:36:02 PM »

Sean Connery was Bond. Better than smarmy Roger. But Daniel Craig is up there.
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« Reply #14285 on: May 23, 2017, 07:41:41 PM »

I was always lukewarm on Moore's Bond movies, but apparently he was an okay guy.  I didn't realize he was a UNICEF ambassador, and some guy tweeted a tale I'd like to believe is true.
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« Reply #14286 on: May 24, 2017, 11:44:52 AM »

The silent spaces in baseball used to be filled in by novelists and filmmakers. They supplied quick-witted, slang-driven repartee that felt both revelatory and reassuring for dugout conversations and meetings on the mound. The makers of films like 1989’s “Major League” and 1988’s “Eight Men Out” gave us the thoughts of the batters as they dug into the box, the catcher’s mantras and occasional trash talk, the umpire’s endless exasperation. And while all that may have been fantasy, it convinced you that what you couldn’t hear or see while watching a baseball game could be translated directly into cornfed American English.

Some mix of skyrocketing salaries, the steroid-era hangover and camera technology has rubbed away that implicit charm. Relatable baseball heroes are in retreat — and Hollywood seems to have lost interest in creating them. Over the past decade, there have been only four major studio baseball releases. Compare that with the late ’80s and early ’90s, when a handful of baseball movies came out nearly every year, including classics like “Bull Durham,” “Major League,” “Field of Dreams” and “A League of Their Own.”



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/magazine/where-did-the-great-hollywood-baseball-movie-go.html?smid=tw-nytmag&smtyp=cur&_r=1

The next great baseball movie could be written, but it would have to feature either a woman playing in MLB or an immigrant experience, in which ballplayers are exploited by big evil MLB.

The writer makes some good points about the visual landscape and its appearance as having baseball frozen in our minds, and not moving forward with the changes in our society.
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« Reply #14287 on: May 24, 2017, 01:19:02 PM »

I was always lukewarm on Moore's Bond movies, but apparently he was an okay guy.  I didn't realize he was a UNICEF ambassador, and some guy tweeted a tale I'd like to believe is true.

Me, too.  Great story.  When I was 7 or 8, my Bond fan pals had me convinced that the actress who was painted gold in Goldfinger had died from "skin suffocation" on the set.  I don't care to say how many years passed before I learned that was total blarney. 
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« Reply #14288 on: May 25, 2017, 12:29:37 AM »

Wow! I just watched Wizard of Lies on HBO. Just... Wow!
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« Reply #14289 on: May 25, 2017, 02:34:00 PM »

Barry Levinson did a great job, as did Michelle Pheiffer and Dinero. I think that it was done well, and far superior to the Richard Dreyfuss fare that came out a few years ago.
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« Reply #14290 on: May 25, 2017, 03:36:56 PM »

Agreed! And I thought that Deyfuss did a great job. But, just like he did to Brando in GF II, De Niro mopped the floor!

The editing was a masterful piece of art. The scene where the two of them commit to suicide! It was the best "Fever dream Sequence" "Acid trip"  depiction that I have seen (externally).

I also got a different sense of the situation from this movie. In the Dreyfuss affair we were led to believe that BM had $50B in a bank account. And we were led to believe that Bernie was a nice enough guy. In this one, the scene where he makes the little girl cry, and then makes his sons cry. This guy is a prick. And yet, the gentleness with which he deals with his wife is remarkable. And when the deal went south, there was no bank account.

It was enjoyable to see DeNiro portray Bernie watching the guy (I forget his name) who was world famous for having tried to tell the SEC that Bernie was dirty, telling his story. Bernie was trying to formulate a defense based upon "Not my fault, they shoulda caught me."

And the interviewer, not letting Bernie skate on putting his sons in the path of destruction.

Every part of the movie was aces (the ex trader that confronted son Andrew on the sidewalk). I don't know if Levinson was among those that lost so much. There were many in Hollywood who were cleaned out. I get the impression that this movie was personal to all those involved. If it wasn't them it was somebody they knew.

Highly recommend it.
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« Reply #14291 on: May 25, 2017, 10:09:05 PM »

The scene where he's in Palm Beach and jacks the dude for $500million shows both his skill and his depravity. I think I'd give Levinson an Emmy just for directing that scene.
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« Reply #14292 on: May 27, 2017, 01:21:02 AM »

Yup.

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« Reply #14293 on: June 04, 2017, 08:53:41 PM »

That's not a knife...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWl8EbNN8NM

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« Reply #14294 on: June 26, 2017, 12:39:55 PM »

Quote from:  NYT box office report
Meanwhile, two indie releases performed impressively in limited releases: Kumail Nanjiani’s “The Big Sick” took in $435,000 in five theaters, while “The Beguiled,” directed by Sofia Coppola, earned $240,545 in just four. Those numbers bode well as the critically acclaimed movies open across the country in the coming weeks.

Is my math wrong? $240,000 = $60,000/ theater. Over three days is $20,000/day/theater. Say the tix are $15 and there are 4 showings per day is call it 325 seats per showing (So if the price is lower the number of seats goes up) If the number of showings goes to 6 per day is still 225 seats. Most theaters I go to have maybe 200 seats. (average is 200-300).

435,000 in 5 is nearly 90,000, or $30,000/day.

Something in me wants to call, Bullshit.

Unless my numbers are dramatically off somewhere.
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