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Forum Movie Club / Retrospective? Connery. Sean Connery.
« on: January 28, 2020, 04:24:04 PM »
While the idea of a gaming retrospective or group gaming discussion has its appeal, I find that the timing is not something that often works for me. Sometimes I might already be into a game or two and don't want to switch gears or I just don't think replaying something when I've still got so many untouched games to play is the right choice. Then there is also the time consideration as playing through a game can take a much longer time commitment than watching a movie or TV show even. As such, I find myself still trying to watch all manner of film and shows that interest me because it seems easier to get through those.

Yet, it would still be nice to talk more about these things. While we have the review threads for tv and movies to post our thoughts which can sometimes inspire others to post about it and create a bit of a discussion, there's a lot of times that not much is said after a person posts their review. Part of that is because it still takes some effort to post things on a forum but also the timing can be off. A person could watch a movie and six months later someone else watches that movie. By the time they post about it, it is too late to add to the first person's message which could be a bunch of posts back now. Or the first person may not remember as much from when they first watched it and forgotten some of the points they might have brought up had a discussion first occurred when they made their initial post. I do think it could be of benefit to pick a particular title and have a set time that many others would also watch it and then talk about it. The nice thing about a movie is that it can usually be watched in a night making the time commitment less and easier to work around.

Is this something other users would be interested in doing?
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Re: Anyone Interested in a Forum Movie Club/Retrospective?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2020, 04:36:59 PM »
Yes and here is why.  Not only for what you described but because it can be common for folks in society to just binge watch shows when they come out or to rewatch a show sometime down the line when one is able to and I have actually been doing that with one of my fave TV shows lately with Charmed(1998) since I have all the seasons on DVD.  In part because I like rewatching shows and as something to take my mind away from Kobe's death.

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Re: Anyone Interested in a Forum Movie Club/Retrospective?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2020, 04:45:12 PM »
The only other time I can think of something like this happening on the forum was with Black and Mild and his themed movie watch through which he has in his signature.
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Re: Anyone Interested in a Forum Movie Club/Retrospective?
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2020, 05:26:22 PM »
Even though I mention TV, I'm mostly thinking of limiting the club to movies because doing a TV club could be about the same as playing through a game or longer. That said, I'm not opposed to the idea of switching it up once in awhile for something like a mini-series / limited series that isn't too long like 8 - 12 episodes or something. Or a specific season of a show like Fargo Season 2 which is sort of self-contained with a bit of reference to what came before in Season 1. But I wouldn't suggest doing something like a Justified retrospective where everyone has to watch all episodes of its 6 season run. If you want to talk about a TV series as a whole then I suggest one create a thread for that show here to funnel all discussion into one place for whenever it might inspire someone to post in it.

I just know that for myself, I've been getting back into more movie watching (and a wide variety from silent 1920s to current Oscar hopefuls) and it would be nice to time when I watch some of these to get others input on it. When I create my yearly Oscar thread next week, I know I'll be looking for more discussion on Joker (because, spoiler, I just don't get Joker's viewpoint is supposed to be) but there are also plenty other movies I'd love to hear from others about. As well, watching a film again can cause a different impression.

Recently, I watched Sherlock Jr. again. It's a 1924 silent film about an hour long. I first saw it maybe 9 years ago and I really couldn't remember much about it aside from a famous stunt of a house wall falling and narrowly missing Buster Keaton. Of course, it is easy to remember that scene because it gets showed a lot when people talk about silent movies. I thought I'd just quickly skim through it and refresh myself on a bunch of the other scenes in it but I ended up just watching the whole thing again because I found it so much more entertaining then the first time I watched it. It left a much bigger impression and memory in my mind now than the first time and I wanted to talk about it with others at how impressive some of the stunts and effects/stagecraft was. And there have been others beyond that one I'd like to have that shared experience with but how often are you going to find people watching an older movie like that at just right the time without some kind of film club?

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Re: Anyone Interested in a Forum Movie Club/Retrospective?
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2020, 06:12:58 PM »
The only other time I can think of something like this happening on the forum was with Black and Mild and his themed movie watch through which he has in his signature.

That was more of a 'mystery science theater 3000' style film mocking. It was fun while it lasted.
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Re: Anyone Interested in a Forum Movie Club/Retrospective?
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2020, 09:17:24 AM »
I'm interested, but have limited access to content. (Canadian Netflix and D+, basically.)
My assumption is that participation will always be a bit spotty though, so don't let that hold you back.  Maybe make it a rolling thread and just change titles when a new show is on the agenda?
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Re: Anyone Interested in a Forum Movie Club/Retrospective?
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2020, 11:33:43 AM »
I'm interesting, depending on the film selection/availability.  I do have Netlfix, D+, and whatever's on Hulu.
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Re: Forum Movie Club / Retrospective? Connery. Sean Connery.
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2020, 06:30:38 PM »
MASB had been bugging for me awhile about possibly doing some kind of forum chat about Connery movies. We had a discussion about them on Discord a few months back. With Connery's death, he's brought it up a couple times since. As it turns out, TCM is doing a bit of a tribute to Connery tonight and airing a few of his films. It got me thinking of this old thread. I'm going to see if I can make use of it and turn it into a discussion of Connery's stuff.

First, here's a bit of the conversation MASB and I had. I edited it a bit since it had begun on talking about Sydney Lumet films and turned into a Connery discussion.

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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2020, 06:33:04 PM »
MASB 07/16/2020

What did you think of The Anderson Tapes? I think Sean Connery did his best acting in the 4 or 5 movies he did with Lumet.


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I'm mixed about it. I enjoy a heist film but The Anderson Tapes doesn't really satisfy that pleasure. It's more focused on making the point about the growth of surveillance and how a heist or crime like this almost can't be committed anymore because there's too many devices around to record what's going on in the world. So, watching the heist unfold sort of feels pointless. The first time through, you wonder if there is some twist coming that you aren't seeing but the twist comes more from the irony of what happens to all the evidence collected in regards to the crime.

And some of the technology used now looks so old-fashioned / obsolete. Yet, the point still stands. Nowadays, so many people have trained themselves to just click away at events and encounters with their phones in images and videos. The end result is that it has led to more people being arrested or charged because of this. I think back to the Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots. Police used camera footage from buildings and what was posted on social media to find some many of the people responsible for property damage and charge them. 10 years ago, it would have been way harder and way more people would have gotten away with what they did.


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I liked Connery's interactions with the psychologist at the beginning of the film. Feels like something you'd go through in that situation.

I think Lumet was ahead of his time in many ways on some of his films. The Anderson Tapes, Network, Dog Day Afternoon...

I would recommend watching The Offence, a movie made by Lumet and Connery just after The Anderson Tapes. Very different movie. Kind of a downer, so don't watch when you want a happy movie.


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My other knock on the film was that I saw it maybe 10 years ago and last year I saw it playing on TCM. I couldn't remember anything about it so I started watching it again. Watching it, I knew I'd seen it and refreshed my memory about it. But I can't recall the psychologist scene you mention since I came in late to the picture. To its credit, you get hooked into and it is compelling but I do think it is something one can easily forget about after. I don't think it has much staying power. Compared to something like Dog Day Afternoon for a failed heist, it just doesn't seem to have anything in the story or the direction to make it rise up into something special or impactful.

When looking up Lumet films, I found this article made in 2011 about his movies: https://www.indiewire.com/2012/04/the-films-of-sidney-lumet-a-retrospective-252714/

I've been going through it and now there a whole bunch of other movies I want to see.

On the subject of Connery and Lumet, The Hill is the movie that has got me most interested in checking out so far.

And Deathtrap with Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine. That seems like something I need to check out also.


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The Hill may be Connery's best performance ever. Death Trap is a fun thriller of sorts.


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You seem to be more up Lumet films than me. What all have you seen of his works. (Yeah, from the blurb about the film on that indiewire article, it seemed like it could be a great Connery role/performance which is why it rocketed to the top of other works I need to check out from Lumet.)


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I've also seen Family Business, the last Connery-Lumet pairing. He plays Dustin Hoffman's ex-con father. It's basically a family drama with some fun bits, dealing with how much of the family history they should embrace and what they should do to be themselves as well. Not as good as the other Connery movies, but good.
Like I said, I've seen The Offence where Connery plays a cop that has been affected by all he has seen on the job and where he lets that lead him. And I've seen one of Lumet's last movies, Strip Search. The issues it deals with is very much of its time and yet always applicable.


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Going through the films Connery has starred in, I'd say my favorite non-Bond role would be the one he has in The Man Who Would Be King.


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That's a great one. Robin and Marian is another good movie. Plus there's Zardoz, the ultimate 70's Connery movie. :wink:

Robin and Marian also shows yet again, what a great actor Robert Shaw was. Even watching him shave is interesting. :p


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I gotta see Zardoz at some point. I remember seeing clips of it around 2000/2001 and it just looked so ridiculous and bizarre but have yet to ever seriously think about doing so.


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Sorry but the James seal of approval doesn't carry much weight with me. Compared to his approval, the Official Nintendo Seal of Quality looks like the Michelin Star equivalent of gaming.

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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2020, 07:03:22 PM »
If you are in the US, TCM is playing the following Connery movies at 8:00 PM EST:

Thunderball
You Only Live Twice
Marnie
The Hill
The Man Who Would Be King


If in Canada, the films shown will be:

A Fine Madness
The Wind and The Lion
Marnie
The Hill
The Man Who Would Be King


I've got The Hill set to record as that is the film I most want to see as mentioned in that earlier Discord discussion. If you've never seen The Man Who Would Be King then maybe this is your chance to rectify that. Marnie is considered the last classic Hitchcock film in the style of his work from the 40s and 50s and it did leave a highly positive impression from the one time I saw it some years ago. Those are probably the best of the bunch listed here. Having not seen The Wind and The Lion or A Fine Madness, I cannot comment on whether they are worth seeing. As for the Bond films, You Only Live Twice is one of the worst Bond movies for many reasons I won't elaborate on now. However, it is still a Bond movie so some enjoyment can be had from it if you like the series. It's probably the movie that the Austin Powers series owes a large part of its inspiration and existance. Thunderball is closer to the great side of Bond films but falls a bit short. The producers were doing their best to outdo Goldfinger but the end result isn't quite there. The film is sort of loose and breezy like its Bahamas setting and that slower pace can leave viewers feeling it is a bit boring or overdone but I've never minded that.

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« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2020, 07:42:31 PM »
I'll also mention that one doesn't even need to check out any of these films. If you just want to give your thoughts on any Connery film you've seen then jump on in and do so. Maybe you want to continue some of the discussion MASB and I started about The Anderson Tapes or maybe you want to give your thoughts on some of his later work in The Rock or Entrapment. The field is wide open but for the next month let's just make this the focal point for any Connery Film discussion and see how that goes.