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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Aisle Seat 3-31: Quarantine Edition by Andy Dursin
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2020 - 6:08 AM   
 By:   No Respectable Gentleman   (Member)

I wouldn't quite give 1917 four stars but it deserves enormous respect for being (a) an increasingly rare historical epic; (b) a visceral, cinematic experience; and (c) generally lucid while so many other war films are incoherent. It's also the only big-budget WWI film of recent years that doesn't feature a horse or a woman with a golden lasso. And yes, I'd say it was the best picture of an otherwise mediocre year.

I look forward to your Blu-Ray review of the hypnotically harrowing COME AND SEE.

 Posted:   Mar 31, 2020 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

Man, there's a lot going on with that RISE OF SKYWALKER review.

Finn's "I've got to tell Rey something!" was never explicitly answered, yes, but it's pretty clear from watching the film what he was trying to tell her (that he's Force sensitive).

Colin Trevorrow was never attached to THE LAST JEDI. That was always Rian Johnson's picture. Trevorrow was the original writer/director of RISE OF SKYWALKER, and judging by the storyboards and treatment of his that have been released recently, his movie would have been more interesting and actually would have followed up on THE LAST JEDI instead of Abrams need to ignore JEDI (and produce a weaker film as a result).

I wish Johnson had taken up Lucasfilm on their offer to direct Episode IX when Trevorrow was first fired, but at least we got the splendid KNIVES OUT out of the deal.

 Posted:   Mar 31, 2020 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

A lot of people hated the The Last Jedi, but I did not. Rise of Skywalker was was by far the weakest of this so called trilogy for me, as a bloated, noisy, CGI fest that just threw in Palpatines return as if it was an afterthought. And if ANYONE was suprised by Kylo Ren's actions at the end of them, they have never watched a movie. Hell, it's been telegraphed since The Force Awakens.

The myriad of lightsaber duels between Ren and Rey were just...pointless, other than perhaps just to show she became a master jedi duelist in no time flat. No sense of peril of them getting killed by the other. And out of nowhere, again, is the reveal of Rey's true lineage. Huh?

Oh well, what had been a promising beginning with The Force Awakens and wobbly continued in The Last Jedi, just went off the rails in Rise of Skywalker.

It ranks down there with The Phantom Menace for me as the worst of the 9 films. What a major disappointment.

 Posted:   Apr 3, 2020 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Being a bit harsh on THE STALKING MOON, no? It is hardly a "minor" western with the casting, writing and producing/directing credits - Pakula & Mulligan. Interviewed in the long-ago lamented Films and Filming magazine, Mulligan declared, "Well, that's my western" and - more pertinently - "'s like Hitchcock in the west."
True, the plot exposition is a bit slow-moving but once the threat of Salvaje's motives become real and frightening, the tension and subsequent shocks are thrilling, edge-of-the-seat stuff.

The music by Fred Karlin does at least add a dimension, especially lending a doom-laden atmosphere as the good guys in the homestead know that trouble, in the form of this formidable Indian fighter, is on it's way. The fact that the aggressor is UNSEEN for most of the film makes him all the more frightening. I think that Fred Karlin, at an early point in his career, did a good job.


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