The Last Film You Saw in the Cinema?

(Stanton) #1201

Hail Caesar - Los Coens

A lesser Coen, no doubt, maybe their weakest film so far, but les Coens are always worth a watch. The episodic structure doesn’t add to a fitting whole, but as always some nice scenes here and there. Positively said it is more than one might expect from the new Dolph Lundgren film. 6/10

(scherpschutter) #1202

Café Society (2016, Woody Allen)

Just got home from the avant première of Woody’s latest, Café Society (I’m slacking, haven’t seen his previous two movies); it was well-received in Cannes and did some good business at the box-office at home during its opening weekend. It’s a period romance (largely set in 30’s Hollywood) as well as an ensemble movie (partly set in New York) about a Jewish family.

Café Society is not Top Woody, but in some scenes it comes close. It reminded me a little of Radio Days, but it’s more stern and bitter in tone (one of the characters says: “Life is a comedy, but it’s one written by a sadistic comedy writer.” - Hell yeah).

As usual performances are superior and to me the only real problem was that the two angles (romance/ensemble) don’t really match: the romantic storyline of a young Jewish boy from the Bronx (Jesse Eisenberg) who travels to Hollywood and falls for a young woman (Kristen Stewart) who’s already engaged, is so incredibly strong that what happens to his family back home often feels like un unwelcome distraction. Lots of twists and turns, so you might not want to read too many revealing articles about it before watching the movie.

(scherpschutter) #1203


The latest movie by Canadian director Atom Egoyan. It tells the story of two old men, Zev (played by 86-year old Christopher Plummer) and Max (played by 87-years old Martin Landau), who are the last survivors of Auschwitz. Max is living in a wheelchair but his memories are still intact, Zev has dementia, but is still steady on his legs. Max has discovered that the man who has killed their families, a Nazi called Otto Wallisch, has escaped justice in the last days of the war by adopting the identity of one of his Jewish victims, Rudy Kurlander. Max has located four Kurlanders, but hasn’t been able to find out which one is Wallisch: he therefore asks Zev to use his notes and track down the murderer.

A geriatic revenge movie, you don’t see that very often, and watching Remember is an often unsettling affair that has - predictably - generated some conflicting comments. Critics unanimously praised Plummer’s performance, but Egoyan was criticized for using the Holocaust background and a MEMENTO-like plot (like the protagonist in that movie, Plummer must continually consult his notes to know who he is and what he’s doing) to tell a rather straightforward suspense story about a subject that needed a more subtle approach. The thriller genre doesn’t leave much room for contemplation and Egoyam’s trademark reflections on the fallibility of memory and perception are largely absent here. Remember is tremendously suspenseful and offers unexpected plot twists until the very last minutes, but in the end it may feel a little mechanical and superficial.

(Stanton) #1204

Toni Erdmann - Maren Ade

Film about a father named Winfried Conradi who wants to improve the life of his corporate consultant daughter by meeting her and her private and business relations as an ugly alter ego named Toni Erdmann. After a while Ines begins to accept him in his Toni role disturbing her cold world.
Complex film about a complex relation in a more puzzling than complex world. Ade’s very serious film is pretty funny. 9/10

(scherpschutter) #1205

The trailer was shown in the cinema where I watched REMEMBER. Film will be screened within two weeks, on tuesday night (non-blockbuster night in Turnhout). My first reaction was … No, not for me. I might reconsider.

(titoli) #1206

Victoria (2015)

Shot in one, almost 140 minutes long shot (succeeded in third attempt), Victoria was on of the talked-about movies of the last year. Actors do very fine job in this real-time environment and character of Victoria is interesting (her illogical actions can be attributed to her troubled personality which is nicely established by few key scenes in the movie). But in the end, everything in this movie seems to serve that main gimmick.

(titoli) #1207

For the first time on the big screen, this one:

It was this new remastered version at one of Zagreb’s last non-multiplex theaters. It seats around 1000. It was packed.

(Mark) #1208

Saw it on the big screen last week at my neighborhood theater. Excellent, highly recommend. 4/5

(scherpschutter) #1209

Don’t know yet if I’m going to watch it in the theatre or wait for the DVD release.

I never really was a beatles fan (like them though), but they’re of course a cultural phenomenon of the first order. Don’t think a rock ensemble will ever create a hype of the same order.

(Mark) #1210

They were before my time actually. I haven’t been a fan at any point but I do enjoy the historical and cultural significance. The restored 30 min.footage from Shea Stadium in NY was entertaining and I don’t mean musically. I saw it with a friend who attended their performance in Portland in '65 and she had a great time and is seeing it again this weekend.


Last movie I saw at the theater was Dr. Strangelove, courtesy of TCM.

(titoli) #1212

Are we gonna talk about this movie here or what? Everybody else seems to do be doing it :slight_smile:

(This topic has been on ice for while, wasn’t it?)

(Stanton) #1213

La La Land looks very promising, even if it seems to become an Oscar movie, which is mostly a sign for so, so films.

(Toscano) #1214

The last film I saw in a cinema, was ‘Alien vs. Predator’, twelve years ago, in 2005. This was at a cinema, in Jersey.

Two weeks prior, I’d attended an afternoon showing of ‘I, Robot’ (Will Smith), and had a great time…the cinema was almost empty, and I was able to sit at the back with a few home-made snacks, plus a bottle of wine…brill!

The ‘Alien vs. Predator’ was a different experience…
I sat at the back of the cinema, and ended up with three or four knob-heads sitting next to me…the kind who like to loudly pass comment during the film, and also have their flippin’ mobiles going off every second of the day!
You know the kind…the ones whose foreheads enter a room, before they do.
If I could have changed seats, and sat next to a human, rather than a degenerate Neanderthal, I would have…but the cinema was pretty much packed…

It put me off ever going to the cinema again.

(scherpschutter) #1215

I rarely go to cinema these days:

  • popcorn/crisps etc. - they used to sell popcorn, crisps and candy bars in the past in cinemas as well, but I can’t remember that people eating the stuff used to spoil the movie experience; today younger visitors not only seem to devore popcorn or crisps, but they also have a habit to talk while they’re devoring. An awful sound.
  • cellphones - people can’t do without their cellphones these days, not even when they’re watching a movie
  • sound - I’m a bit hard of hearing, so you’d say I’d be happy with strong sound systems, but when you’re HOH it hurts when sounds are too loud, and in most cinemas the sound level is far too high
  • multiplex - I don’t like those multiplex cinemas, they remind me of factories, and most of them show blockbusters most of the time; apart from westerns, I prefer French and italian cinema to the usual Hollywood stuff so I have to go to Antwerp or Brussels for ‘a cinema du quartier’ for a movie I really like

(titoli) #1216

My average these days is one trip to cinema per month, I would be happy if it was per week rather than a month.

For me, no other movie experience can compare to cinema. When I’m at the theater I easily get sucked in in the movie, at home it is much harder to accomplish.

And to me, all those complaints - popcorn, loud kids, cellphones - are not that hard to avoid. Every cinema is not a multiplex, and every movie is not Star Wars. When I saw Bone Tomahawk there were only four of us in the room. Just avoid blockbusters and weekends and you have pretty much eliminated most of those annoyances. But, different strokes for different folks I guess.

(Asa) #1217

Very true. At the moment I’m only going if it’s a Star Wars picture or a QT movie. I took my son to Rogue One and bought him a bag of Minstrels, and it came to £19.75. That’s just ridiculous. But when I do go I usually go in the final week of the film’s run, and on a weekday as you say. As a result, we shared the Rogue One cinema with no more than maybe 15 other people; that way, the exorbitant price was at least offset by a decent, comfortable viewing experience.

EDIT As I’m writing this, my wife @MazzyStar has just taken out home insurance which will entitle us to 2-for-1 at the cinema for a year, so I might try to go to a few more in 2017.

(scherpschutter) #1218

Where I live, in Turnhout, Belgium (a town in the country) there is only a multiplex, and in Antwerp there is one _non-_multiplex cinema

(scherpschutter) #1219

I forgot to mention the price of the tickets. I went to cinema this Xmas with a nephew and a niece. Incredible what you pay for an afternoon out.

(Stanton) #1220

I rarely have these problems. Not in a Multiplex, and of course especially not in other theatres.

Only once in Frankfurt, but the mistake was that we sat in the second half, instead of the first third of the theatre. But that was a funny experience with a bunch of popcorn chewing schoolboys with pretty weak bladders .Their seat row looked after the film like a popcorn A-Bomb had been dropped.
If we had filmed it, it surely would have become a Youtube classic with a zillion clicks (and likes)