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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Watched the first half of Vertigo with my daughter yesterday, up to the fall of "Madeleine," which was when my daughter needed to go away on a trip for a few days. She actually likes hearing shorts bits of background and analysis of the movies we watch, seemingly just as much as I enjoy getting...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Here are two interesting articles from the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/movies/sci-fi-movies-80s.html https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/movies/80s-sci-fi-movies-gen-z.html
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I took Walter's suggestion and showed my daughter Sunset Blvd.—and it was a hit! First, I mentioned some of the conventions sometimes found in film noir, like flashbacks and voice-over narration. To illustrate that, I showed her a short segment from the old improv show on HBOmax, Whose Line is...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Like some of you, I imagine, I'm known as the movie guy in my immediate and extended family. Watching movies together can be a bonding experience, and since I know a lot of movies and have a big blu-ray collection, it's my privilege to introduce relatives to movies they haven't seen before. A...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Some of these movies I haven't seen since the Bicentennial, and so take it with a grain of salt. Favorite movies from 1976: Logan’s Run The Man Who Fell to Earth All the President’s Men Face To Face Taxi Driver Network Silver Streak Silent Movie Rocky King Kong Futureworld Marathon Man The...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I love Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby from 2013, and so I will definitely watch this movie on Elvis. Trailer dropped today.
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I've never seen Sorcerer. Thanks for the recommend. And glad to see that someone else was a fan of The Last Wave. I also love The Year of Living Dangerously.
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I was 12 in 1977. I think you mentioned a while ago that in 1977 from you thought Star Wars was a not a big budget movie. I'd like to suggest that maybe it was in the context of that time. At a cost of $11 million in 1976-1977, there were only a handful of movies in the year of its release that...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Although I've made lists of my favorite movies for many years in google docs, apparently aside from 1979 I neglected the entire decade of the 1970s. But here's a try right now at my favorites for 1978, although I confess that there are some I haven't seen for more than forty years.... 1978...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    It seems likely that for most of us on this thread, if not all of us, Alien is our favorite film from 1979. It's certainly the one from that year that I've watched by far the most. But if I were voting for the Best Picture Oscar for that year, I might be tempted by Apocalypse Now. Yeah, I...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    He was by far the best paid of all the MCU stars. Like you, I didn't care for The Judge. And his most recent movie Doolittle was apparently another disappointment. He does have a role in Nolan's new film Oppenheimer, which is currently filming.
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    The fee for an actor sometimes becomes a factor as well. https://screenrant.com/avengers-endgame-robert-downey-junior-paid/ "....Over the years, Downey Jr.’s pay on each Marvel film has fluctuated. While there is no definitive confirmation on how much he earned in his debut as Tony Stark in...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I was blown away by Apocalypse Now in 1979 too. Do you recall if the version you saw had the destruction of the Kurtz compound over the credits? That's the one I experienced. The special edition version that came out a couple of years ago was also great to experience in an imax theater.
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I basically agree with your thoughts in this post, but sometimes in some movies the "creative" mistakes pile up so high they get to be a bit much for me. Overall I liked Being the Ricardos, but seemingly every few minutes there's an intentional or careless error in that movie, or just stuff...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Just my 2 cents, but my favorite Scorsese movies were all made after the year 2000, and include Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo, and Silence. Of all of these my favorite is Shutter Island, but I think that's a rare pov.
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    As Pablo Picasso wrote in a letter in 1923: "Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth." https://www.gallerywalk.org/PM_Picasso.html
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Good analysis, even though overall I have a different pov when it comes to the MCU. I saw Avengers: Endgame opening night, and the audience response was impressive. As someone who had at that point had missed about half of the previous movies in the series, however, obviously I didn't have the...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I mostly agree with your analysis here. Just to clarify, when you're talking "huge budget," I assume that means somewhere around 150 to 350 million? Two of my favorite movies for 2021—West Side Story at about 100m, and Nightmare Alley at around 60m—are in the big budget category, but they...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Just saying the obvious, but this is a golden age for people who love old movies. When I was young there were revival theaters, and I still miss those, but today with the frame by frame restorations of so many older movies the experience is really beyond anything we could have imagined back...
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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I have not seen or even heard of Pig somehow. Thanks for the recommend.
  21. benbess

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Thanks for starting this thread. Like you and some others I grew up with the movies from the 70s and 80s, although even as a kid I was watching and loving movies from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s on TV, and in the revival theaters that used to exist everywhere. Over recent years I've gone from...
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