Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Typhoon, Oct 4, 2009.
Jai is a knock off Tom Hardy, and I'm a knock off Jai Courtney. Good taste, sir!
Watched Sully...Tom Hanks was great in it. It was an engrossing watch...quick and to the point...It seemed to go by so quickly that i was shocked when Clint Eastwood was listed as director at the end...must've forgotten since it's original release date....one of his shortest running times as a director.
The only thing that irked me was that it vilified the aerial insurance company that assessed the water landing a bit too much. I know that they conducted an investigation immediately after the crash but i don't recall it needing a Tom Hanks-y monologue to free Captain Sully of any wrongdoing.
Still worth a watch, IMO. The plane crash (landing? water landing?) scene was tense, especially considering i was just traveling over Xmas. The court stuff that played out was executed well, regardless of it was "done up" a bit to make for a more watchable film.
To date, Tom Hanks has survived Vietnam, a mission-to-the-moon gone haywire, The Cold War, being stranded on a deserted island for years, Somali pirate hostage crisis, a plane crash, and being cast as Robert Langdon in the unwatchable Da Vinci code trilogy. Is there anything this man can't do?
Just don't like hateful eight.
I bet it was fun to write, but eh. Turgid dialogue. 3 hours long.
They apparently did take a lot of dramatic license with that whole hearing, but I suppose that's what Hollywood does. But the core of the story about Sully himself was accurate, and Eastwood did a great job. Speaking of which....
How freaking great a director is Eastwood? IMHO, only living director in his league is Spielberg.
Woah there. Eastwood can definitely direct, but Scorsese, PT Anderson, Aronofsky, Nolan, and a bunch of others all die in 2016 and I missed it?
I'll give you Scorsese, though I don't think he's demonstrated as broad a command of different genres as has Eastwood. He is absolutely fantastic at the gangster/crime stuff that is in his wheelhouse.
Look at Eastwood's body of work -- across genres, etc.. The Outlaw Josie Wales (personally, my favorite western), Letter from Iwo Jima (a fantastic war movie). Bridges of Madison County, Unforgiven, Dirty Harry, Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, High Plains Drifter, Play Misty for Me, Sudden Impact, Sully, American Sniper, Mystic River....
He's done everything from intensely personal dramas, to epic war movies, westerns, love stories, police dramas, sports movies. The only thing he really hasn't done is Sci-Fi/fantasy.
But hey, it's really just opinion.
I should add that the other really weird thing about Eastwood is his longevity as an actor. How many guys have been so successful at going from action star to playing (and playing well) various geezer characters? He's certainly the only guy I can think of who has been an A list actor, and an A list director.
The first 1/3 of the movie seemed a bit pointless, from an exposition standpoint. We get it...Kurt Russel is bad ass, JJL is crazy, and no one really trusts Sam Jackson bc he's a black man. Blame it on QT's ego. Once they arrive at the cabin, I think it becomes a great movie.
With that said, I'd rank it as one of QT's weakest but when comparing it to all other films, still stood above much of the rest in 2016, IMO.
Anyone else think Clint Eastwood is overrated as a director? I haven't exactly liked a lot of his films...I thought American Sniper especially was bad.
I'm obviously a fan of the guy, but I was never that big a fan of Unforgiven. I get what he was trying to do with it, but the whole "what is the cost of being a gunslinger" theme seemed too ham-handed to me.
I much preferred Outlaw Josie Wales and High Plains Drifter as westerns. The latter is rather uniquely surreal for a western.
Live By Night
5/10 almost teeters to forgettable for me
Fences - 4/10
Denzel talks and talks and talks and talks and after over an hour of talking and the plot moving nowhere, I left.
Can't really argue one's opinion, but you said no one was in his league. I find that a bit strong. I thought the majority of his films were average. Mystic River was cool. Liked Million Dollar Baby, as well as some others.
Just can't get behind him, or even Spielberg, being in some sort of upper echelon alone. Way too much amazing directing talent (haven't even discussed directors abroad like Audiard, Chan Wook Park, Wong Kar Wai, and other greats). But alas, whatever, this won't go anywhere.
Can anyone vouch for LaLa Land? Really want to see it. Seems like a hype train.
And then he dies. And then every talks about him for 30 minutes.