what was the last movie you watched?

In my own humble opinion, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which wasn't even nominated.

Then again, it took me a while to warm up to that one myself. And I do admire Eastwood's work as a whole.
Interesting. I never warmed up to Eternal....and it seemingly for me at least would be a film I liked but sometimes films don’t click. Million Dollar Baby is one of my top 20ish films. Then again, I’m a big Eastwood, Freeman fan and thought Swank was incredible in the movie. I don’t Think that film did anything Special other than make me a blubbering mess towards the end.
 
Interesting. I never warmed up to Eternal....and it seemingly for me at least would be a film I liked but sometimes films don’t click. Million Dollar Baby is one of my top 20ish films. Then again, I’m a big Eastwood, Freeman fan and thought Swank was incredible in the movie. I don’t Think that film did anything Special other than make me a blubbering mess towards the end.
I get that. My "watched one-time only" list is filled with movies I feel I "should" like, but don't. Eternal Sunshine was in that group initially, but a few extra viewings, and a little clearer insight as to what it was trying to accomplish and the briliantly earnest and subtle techniques it used to reach it eventually swayed me.

Thought Million Dollar Baby was competent and compelling enough as a gritty, gender-swapped Rocky from Mick's perspective (as painfully shallow of a synopsis as that is), otherwise, like you, didn't find anything immediately "special" about it. Similarly to you, I felt hollowed and broken by the end, as was intended. However, while the "accident aftermath" is beautifully written, and acted by Eastwood and Swank, I kind of feel the specific plot point that created that scene was a rather unearned left-turn, completely independent of what the narrative had built previously. In that regard, I find it borderline manipulative to have a "freak tragic accident" hijack the story to artificially inject an otherwise effective, crushing final act.

That said, I think Million Dollar Baby was probably the best option among the nominees that year, and I don't really see it taking home the top prize as any kind of Crash-tastrophe.
 
I get that. My "watched one-time only" list is filled with movies I feel I "should" like, but don't. Eternal Sunshine was in that group initially, but a few extra viewings, and a little clearer insight as to what it was trying to accomplish and the briliantly earnest and subtle techniques it used to reach it eventually swayed me.

Thought Million Dollar Baby was competent and compelling enough as a gritty, gender-swapped Rocky from Mick's perspective (as painfully shallow of a synopsis as that is), otherwise, like you, didn't find anything immediately "special" about it. Similarly to you, I felt hollowed and broken by the end, as was intended. However, while the "accident aftermath" is beautifully written, and acted by Eastwood and Swank, I kind of feel the specific plot point that created that scene was a rather unearned left-turn, completely independent of what the narrative had built previously. In that regard, I find it borderline manipulative to have a "freak tragic accident" hijack the story to artificially inject an otherwise effective, crushing final act.

That said, I think Million Dollar Baby was probably the best option among the nominees that year, and I don't really see it taking home the top prize as any kind of Crash-tastrophe.
I like your reading your breakdowns on these movies
 

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Agreed. But it sounds like it is a 2-parter, so I wonder how long we will have to wait for the second half?
If not enough people go to the movie, forever. But at any rate, it will be a while assuming Villeneuve is going to direct part 2. He's in pre-production on a Cleopatra film, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was 4-5 years.
 

Warhawk

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If not enough people go to the movie, forever. But at any rate, it will be a while assuming Villeneuve is going to direct part 2. He's in pre-production on a Cleopatra film, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was 4-5 years.
I don't like that idea (though I understand the reasoning). Dune is a must in sci-fi reading, but it is definitely not as "accessible" as most books due to complexity, reach, and breadth of topics and characters. The cast looks great and I'd love to see this (hopefully) more definitive movie (or, more correctly in this instance, a pair of them) for Dune than what we have had so far. I don't know that a movie covering only half the book (without a sequel within a year or so, like the LoTR series, etc.) is going to attract the kinds of movie audience that will "demand" the sequel be made. And that would be a shame if it happens.
 
Edge of Tomorrow - I haven't seen it since it came out and forgot much of the details. Pretty good take on the "Groundhog Day" genre with a sci-fi/action bent. The Mimics reminded me a bit of the aliens in Independence Day, at least the Alphas.
I have this in the "to watch one day" pile. Ok, actually its a shelf.
 
We made it through the first three Brosnan Bonds this weekend.

Goldeneye was good, I really forgot how hot Famke was after her turn in Nip/Tuck but oh la la. This was another one where a lot of "wait, they were in this?" took place. My kiddo recognized Joe Don Baker as one of the villains in The Living Daylights right away which was funny.

Tomorrow Never Dies - I always thought was underrated and Brosnan's best. I love Jonathan Pryce's villain and the Dr. Death was great although shortlived.

The World is Not Enough - I really hated this when I saw it in the theater. I didn't hate it but it's not good.Maybe diminished expectations helped this in a way that may have also hurt my thoughts on the others. In a lot of ways Skyfall is like a do-over of this one, with the villain/henchman role combined and blows it out of the water.

If I didn't know what I think I know is coming with the last Brosnan, I might be able to bump him above Moore (which pains me because he was my childhood Bond). But I do need to watch first then decide. That was hands down my worst of the Broccoli/Eon productions.
 

Warhawk

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We made it through the first three Brosnan Bonds this weekend.

Goldeneye was good, I really forgot how hot Famke was after her turn in Nip/Tuck but oh la la. This was another one where a lot of "wait, they were in this?" took place. My kiddo recognized Joe Don Baker as one of the villains in The Living Daylights right away which was funny.

Tomorrow Never Dies - I always thought was underrated and Brosnan's best. I love Jonathan Pryce's villain and the Dr. Death was great although shortlived.

The World is Not Enough - I really hated this when I saw it in the theater. I didn't hate it but it's not good.Maybe diminished expectations helped this in a way that may have also hurt my thoughts on the others. In a lot of ways Skyfall is like a do-over of this one, with the villain/henchman role combined and blows it out of the water.

If I didn't know what I think I know is coming with the last Brosnan, I might be able to bump him above Moore (which pains me because he was my childhood Bond). But I do need to watch first then decide. That was hands down my worst of the Broccoli/Eon productions.
I've caught most Bond movies but these seemed to hit during a time when I was going to the theater a lot less and I wasn't living near my friend who is a big Bond fan. I know I've missed at least one or two of these. I'm going to have to add these to the list to watch as well.