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i guess the only question is what will finish at #2

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Blade Runner 21
Alien 8
The Duellists 3
Thelma & Louise 2
Matchstick Men 1
Kingdom of Heaven 1
G.I. Jane 1
Someone to Watch Over Me 1
American Gangster 1
Boy and Bicycle 0
A Good Year 0
Black Hawk Down 0
Hannibal 0
Gladiator 0
White Squall 0
1492: Conquest of Paradise 0
Black Rain 0
Legend 0
Body of Lies 0


omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:16 (fifteen years ago) link

actually i think i know the answer, nm

omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:17 (fifteen years ago) link

lol

the dan glickman from the hilarious motion picture association of america (max), Friday, 14 November 2008 18:17 (fifteen years ago) link

lol

omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I've seen one since Blade Runner.

The Duellists was OK.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Number three, then?

Ned Raggett, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:20 (fifteen years ago) link

g.i. jane landslide

eman, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:22 (fifteen years ago) link

anyone seen Someone To Watch Over Me?

Thelma & Louise is my pick.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:22 (fifteen years ago) link

thelma + louise

horseshoe, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:22 (fifteen years ago) link

^accurately called "feminist claptrap" by Armond White

Dr Morbius, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:23 (fifteen years ago) link

i <3 feminist claptrap

horseshoe, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:24 (fifteen years ago) link

b-b-but most of his movies (even the good ones) are claptrap!

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:24 (fifteen years ago) link

it's also a buddy movie. i <3 buddy movies.

horseshoe, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:24 (fifteen years ago) link

those are some real stinkers between T&L and black hawk down

omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:31 (fifteen years ago) link

gladiator was pretty weak imo

omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:32 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah i hate to remember that he directed gladiator.

lol xpost

horseshoe, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:32 (fifteen years ago) link

i srsly dislike gladiator, but the first scene in the arena is near perfect

goole, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:33 (fifteen years ago) link

White Squall is worth it for shots of pre-steroids Christian Bale leading just-legal beautiful boys.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:33 (fifteen years ago) link

guys i kind of like legend :/

horseshoe, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:34 (fifteen years ago) link

did nobody else see matchstick men?

the birdman from the hilarious lil wayne albums (and what), Friday, 14 November 2008 18:34 (fifteen years ago) link

oh morbs... I think you forgot something...

http://cindyjacks.com/images/bradpitt.jpg

Passenger 57 (rogermexico.), Friday, 14 November 2008 18:34 (fifteen years ago) link

studs /= good movie

Dr Morbius, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:36 (fifteen years ago) link

gladiator was just a warmup for kingdom of heaven, which is actually really good

omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

i think people were sick of the braveheart/gladiator thing when it came out so it got ignored (plus it wasn't as much a tale of a single hero, plus it starred orlando bloom)

omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:45 (fifteen years ago) link

i don't even remember kingdom of heaven. also have people seen body of lies?

horseshoe, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:46 (fifteen years ago) link

i sorta wanted to but at this point i guess i'll just catch it on dvd.

omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:51 (fifteen years ago) link

still haven't seen black hawk down

eman, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Went for Someone to Watch Over Me. Haven't actually seen it in about a decade or more, but I dug it. It's like an un-flashy, non-futuristic and stripped down sequel to Blade Runner (I know stylistically Black Rain is more akin to BR, but the thing about Black Rain is, it's a bit shit + Tom Beranger >>> Michael Douglas).

DavidM, Friday, 14 November 2008 18:54 (fifteen years ago) link

guys i kind of like legend :/

― horseshoe, Friday, November 14, 2008 1:34 PM (45 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

dont front girl this is top-5 RS for me

the dan glickman from the hilarious motion picture association of america (max), Friday, 14 November 2008 19:20 (fifteen years ago) link

gladiator kind of sucks, but once you get it into your head that it sucks it becomes a pleasant surprise

the dan glickman from the hilarious motion picture association of america (max), Friday, 14 November 2008 19:21 (fifteen years ago) link

also such a great movie to watch when all your friends come back to your house to crash after a fun/crazy night

the dan glickman from the hilarious motion picture association of america (max), Friday, 14 November 2008 19:21 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw all but the last 20-30 minutes of Body of Lies. I didn't want to walk out but work called and I didn't get to go back in.

It was OK. Leo's good, Russell Crowe plays Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Iranian love interest is super-cuet.

sad man in him room (milo z), Friday, 14 November 2008 19:25 (fifteen years ago) link

i've seen black rain several times for some reason, dunno why

omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 19:30 (fifteen years ago) link

guess what i voted for y'all

balloon in a sack (latebloomer), Friday, 14 November 2008 19:32 (fifteen years ago) link

a good year

omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 19:33 (fifteen years ago) link

wow american gangster was such a dud eh

s1ocki, Friday, 14 November 2008 19:37 (fifteen years ago) link

i liked it tbh but i think it had more to do with the supporting cast and setting, i like those '70s nyc cop movies. denzel was pretty weak imo, crowe wasn't that interesting. it was pretty ridiculous.

omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 19:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Scott's movies this decade are mostly kinda fugly looking, cinematography-wise.

balloon in a sack (latebloomer), Friday, 14 November 2008 19:47 (fifteen years ago) link

i've seen black rain several times for some reason, dunno why

Gotta be the signature vineyard shot.

Passenger 57 (rogermexico.), Friday, 14 November 2008 20:07 (fifteen years ago) link

max! i thought i was all alone! it's sort of boring but it's so pretty.

horseshoe, Friday, 14 November 2008 20:35 (fifteen years ago) link

Matchstick Men zipped by pleasantly enough when I watched it on DVD, helped greatly by a typically barmy Cage performance. Hardly a classic though.

chap, Friday, 14 November 2008 20:40 (fifteen years ago) link

haha horseshoe its sort of WAY boring but it is really amazingly shot--plus fantastic sountrack and a++ super hot mia sara--hate to go here but perfect movie to watch stoned

the dan glickman from the hilarious motion picture association of america (max), Friday, 14 November 2008 21:16 (fifteen years ago) link

you know what has a++++ super hot mia sara is timecop O_O

omar little, Friday, 14 November 2008 21:30 (fifteen years ago) link

first google result for mia sara timecop:

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the dan glickman from the hilarious motion picture association of america (max), Friday, 14 November 2008 21:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Mia Sara having great sex pleasure

Passenger 57 (rogermexico.), Friday, 14 November 2008 21:45 (fifteen years ago) link

i think Thelma & Lousie remains an awesome movie
i mean, even tho it has no alien or constant downpour

i am not an idle hunter-gatherer, i am a scientist (rrrobyn), Friday, 14 November 2008 22:17 (fifteen years ago) link

oh this is a dif poll!
alien is my comfort movie

i am not an idle hunter-gatherer, i am a scientist (rrrobyn), Friday, 14 November 2008 22:19 (fifteen years ago) link

awesome

the dan glickman from the hilarious motion picture association of america (max), Friday, 14 November 2008 22:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Matchstick Men was a surprisingly good, for a con man movie.

Tuomas, Saturday, 15 November 2008 07:56 (fifteen years ago) link

i feel like about 30% of his dialogue starts with something like "hey pal!" like "hey pal, you listen, in america we have this thing called getting the job DONE!" or "hey pal, get off my back - your eastern sense of honor isn't going to help us find that cocaine!"

doctor casino i've incorporated these into my memory based screenings of BLACK RAIN

nomar, Thursday, 10 December 2015 17:22 (eight years ago) link

There's tons of disco in The Martian so I'd say musical.

Ballistic: ILX vs. Sever (Eric H.), Thursday, 10 December 2015 17:42 (eight years ago) link

it was kind of weird that they cast so many comedy people in the martian given how unfunny the 'jokes' are.

was it a joke that 'starman' was considered disco?

aaaaablnnn (abanana), Thursday, 10 December 2015 17:59 (eight years ago) link

doctor casino i've incorporated these into my memory based screenings of BLACK RAIN

― nomar, Thursday, December 10, 2015 12:22 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hey pal, go get your own movie! sometimes you have to be your own man, you know what i'm saying? ahhh, hey, pal... who am i kidding - you don't understand a word i'm saying.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 10 December 2015 18:11 (eight years ago) link

crazy story abt the guy who played the main villain in that movie:

In 1988, Matsuda was diagnosed with bladder cancer, before shooting began for Black Rain. Matsuda refused chemotherapy, as he thought it would affect his ability to act in the film.[4] After his death, his first wife, who had experienced him ignoring an ear infection until it required surgery to prevent deafness, wrote that she suspected that he did not actually realize the seriousness of his illness.[4] During the filming, he was urinating blood. By the time shooting finished, in March 1989, his cancer had spread to his spine and lungs, making it inoperable. On October 7, 1989, Matsuda was hospitalized. A month after he was admitted, Matsuda died at 6:45 PM JST on November 6 at the age of 40, at a Tokyo hospital.

nomar, Thursday, 10 December 2015 18:22 (eight years ago) link

per People interview: Obama’s favorite movie of the year

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 December 2015 18:33 (eight years ago) link

xpost jesus, that's awful.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 10 December 2015 18:37 (eight years ago) link

There's a local small town booster advertisement near where I get my haircut, one that has a photograph of our historic local movie theatre. And one of the films up on the marquee, along with Iron Man 2 a and a few other things, is Robin Hood. And every time I see it I have to remember that, oh yeah, Ridley Scott made a Robin Hood movie.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 December 2015 18:55 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I liked The Martian fine--the rescue (hokey enough to make Errol Flynn blush) moved me, I enjoyed the obvious soundtrack (I don't think "Starman" was there as disco), the 150 minutes went by quickly. Ridley Scott's 78 now; thought Damon's final speech to his class might have been Scott's reflection on getting a film made.

clemenza, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 02:53 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

Such an amazing feat that Ridley Scott was able to reshoot, in so little time, several torpid, sedentary scenes of people talking in large rooms.

— BANDZ STACKHAGE (@NickPinkerton) January 11, 2018

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 January 2018 19:45 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

Watched the first episode of Raised By Wolves and Scott sure loves overt biblical allegory - especially after the death of his brother. Going to give it one more episode, but I'm not into this so far.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:32 (three years ago) link

Yeah, there's about as much of a chance of me watching this as there is Westworld. I mean, I wish!

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:39 (three years ago) link

It's terrible. Some lovely visual things, but also much recycled from his earlier work. Plus the acting, even by good actors, is terrible, and the writing is pure balls. Also some really terrible costume and design choices.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 10 September 2020 23:55 (three years ago) link

The babies are creepy as hell.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Friday, 11 September 2020 00:37 (three years ago) link

Would've been much cooler if Tony was alive and had made this IMO.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Friday, 11 September 2020 00:37 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

Watched "The Martian" for the first time since whenever it came out. 1) Forgot how many people are in this! Jessica Chastain, Donald Glover, Kirstin Wiig, Sebastian Stan, Michael Pena, Chiwetel Ejiofor , etc. 2) This really could have been made by anyone today, any workmanlike straight to Netflix director, which is a credit to Ridley Scott, in a backhanded/roundabout way, because the direction is so smart and so chill and so straight forward for him. Like, his next movie was "Alien: Covenant," basically the bizarro version of this one. 3) Refreshing as always to see a movie about math and science and engineering and solving problems. Few and far between.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 February 2021 02:51 (three years ago) link

I thought that making all of the problem-solving on the surface into a montage was a big mistake. That was the thing people liked about the book. Not the disco jokes.

wasdnuos (abanana), Thursday, 18 February 2021 04:48 (three years ago) link

It's still, like, 90% problem-solving and 10% disco.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 February 2021 13:50 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Kohl-eyed Eva Green is probably the most arresting visual in any of his films.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 25 April 2021 08:19 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

I can't quite believe how bad House of Gucci is. Did nobody watch what Jared Leto was doing? Doing nobody say "are we sure we want this"?

trishyb, Friday, 8 July 2022 14:26 (two years ago) link

his entire career is like that

Change display name in my last (onimo), Friday, 8 July 2022 14:31 (two years ago) link

I guess I just don't get it. I don't understand him as a draw. And he's only barely the worst thing in this film.

trishyb, Friday, 8 July 2022 14:53 (two years ago) link

a very divisive performance - I've seen a few people citing it as the best thing in the film!

Doctor Casino, Friday, 8 July 2022 15:02 (two years ago) link

Saw lady gaga on a chat show introducing a couple of clips, looked like a terrible TV movie.

Also saw The Martian on TV recently, such a nothing film, whole concept built on promise of stunning mise-en-scène, but everything felt completely flat and lifeless.

Has RS made an actual good movie since Blade Runner? I will not accept Thelma & Louise and Gladiator as answers.

Sudden Birdnet Thus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 8 July 2022 15:02 (two years ago) link

T&L is way better than blade runner, a genuinely bad film that nerds like for some reason. this poll is antifeminist for ranking it over alien

Left, Friday, 8 July 2022 15:30 (two years ago) link

Last Duel ruels

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Friday, 8 July 2022 15:36 (two years ago) link

everything felt completely flat and lifeless.

So, true to the book, then.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 8 July 2022 15:38 (two years ago) link

IMHO, it's kind of telling that the version of Blade Runner without Ford's voiceover (which, as I understand it, he actively tried to make sound grating) is less engaging.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 8 July 2022 15:40 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Last Duel ruels

― Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Friday, July 8, 2022 11:36 AM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

this is the perfect kind of movie to watch on a long flight with zero expectations going into it. at least 30 minutes too long but couldn't have cared less with affleck's wonderfully hammy count pierre

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 8 August 2022 05:03 (one year ago) link

it's kind of amazing that the film manages to have a plot that hinges on a assault, tackles it very seriously, and still lets affleck be that ridiculous without detracting from the gravity of it

mh, Monday, 8 August 2022 15:07 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

Rewatched The Duellists for the first time in decades. I'm wondering if it's my fave of his? His whole career and much of its aesthetic descendents are all kinda right there from the get-go.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 3 July 2023 06:22 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

Napoleon is not my kind of a movie, to put it mildly, and I went solely as a show of support to a rep theatre I like that's teetering on the brink. Battle scenes are like car chases for me: I zone out within the first 30 seconds, no matter now expert the choreography. Only a couple here, thankfully, but they're endless.

I probably liked it as much as I could have hoped for, or I at least managed to stay awake through almost all of it. There are a few funny/campy lines, the final shot is good, and there's some interest in terms of Trump. I was going to post on the Trump Movies thread I started, but I figured that would paradoxically be grasping at straws and so obvious as to be unnecessary. There's a speech by the Duke of Wellington in particular--the one about vermin--that's so on the mark that I thought "So that's why you wanted to make this."

I'm almost always impressed by Joaquin Phoenix, but I thought he was just okay here. It felt like he never really figured out what he wanted to do with the character.

clemenza, Saturday, 30 December 2023 23:10 (six months ago) link

Uhhhhhh ... Gladiator 2?

what you say is true but by no means (lukas), Sunday, 31 December 2023 04:47 (six months ago) link

Not a fan of Napoleon or anything (you do not have to hand it to him) but seems a very bad Trump surrogate, seems almost insanely flattering to the latter.

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 31 December 2023 10:45 (six months ago) link

There are obvious points of similarity; looked around last night, and it comes up a lot in reviews. Analogies are never perfect.

clemenza, Sunday, 31 December 2023 14:57 (six months ago) link

Not a fan of Napoleon or anything

are you Russian

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 31 December 2023 15:39 (six months ago) link

Alfred I'll let u know memorials to the many horrors of the Napoleonic invasions litter my home country of Portugal!

I don't know that there are that many obvious points of similarity beyond "caused a lot of trouble" and "kind of an asshole" (which tbf is most world leaders). Napoleon effected actual structural change and picked fights with major powers that he followed through on.

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 31 December 2023 16:08 (six months ago) link

lol I'm not defending him

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 31 December 2023 16:11 (six months ago) link

lol no I get that and my reference was also tongue in cheek, just have to fit in Portugal Things whenever I get a chance

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 31 December 2023 16:13 (six months ago) link

six-hour director's cut is to be about the enactment of the code napoléon in vastly precise legalistic detail, it will rule

mark s, Sunday, 31 December 2023 16:58 (six months ago) link

The Napoleonic Code--hey, I know that from A Streetcar Named Desire.

clemenza, Sunday, 31 December 2023 17:05 (six months ago) link

This felt like Paul Verhoeven without the fun. Also kind of ugly?

completely suited to the horny decadence (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 8 January 2024 22:41 (six months ago) link

six-hour director's cut is to be about the enactment of the code napoléon in vastly precise legalistic detail, it will rule

― mark s

Directed by Albert Serra, mostly in close-up.

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 January 2024 22:47 (six months ago) link

The Napoleonic Code--hey, I know that from A Streetcar Named Desire

That was an Animaniacs joke I remember as a kid - Napoleon appears, actually drawn as if he was Marlon Brando from the '50s, and he says "down here we have the Napoleonic Code - it says you don't start the party without me." It's like one of those WB cartoon jokes that introduces everyone to classic movie references long before they actually watch those films.

birdistheword, Monday, 8 January 2024 23:05 (six months ago) link

has it been noted how he rhymes with diddly squat

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Tuesday, 9 January 2024 00:46 (six months ago) link

and cumquat

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 9 January 2024 00:52 (six months ago) link

My gal is red hot!!

Your gal ain't Ridley Scott!!

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Tuesday, 9 January 2024 00:53 (six months ago) link

mostly clean, sasquatch

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Tuesday, 9 January 2024 01:01 (six months ago) link

Hid me pot

Wack Snyder (Eric H.), Tuesday, 9 January 2024 03:30 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

^accurately called "feminist claptrap" by Armond White

― Dr Morbius, Friday, November 14, 2008

Dr. Wrong-O.

Re Thelma and Louise. The action set pieces get tedious in the last half hour, and some of Brad Pitt's line readings are ridic (that body helps), but Sarandon + Davis give such lived-in performances.

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 6 July 2024 20:19 (one week ago) link


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