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This is one of the shittiest posts I've seen since joining this forum. Congratulations.
Mar 21, 2017 4:23 PM
I thought Kong was fantastic. Relentlessly paced, never stopping to hold your hand or let the story get dull. It was honestly a blast to watch. I liked all the influences worn on it's sleeve, and the references throughout to other films it was influenced by. It also didn't take itself too seriously by stripped itself of a ton of baggage in storytelling in favour of a more tightly packed story that is easier to kick back and enjoy without too many subplots, love stories, and all the other shit that drags out the story and runtime in these types of films. I definitely recommend watching this. Seems like there is probably a ton of re-watchability here too.

3D was fine. All my theatre had though.
Mar 21, 2017 1:02 PM
Death ProofDid anyone stick around for the post-credits scene? I'm pretty stoked they are insinuating a Rodan movie. Plus King Ghidorah!

Going to see it on Monday finally. I will stick around for the post-credits scene!
Mar 17, 2017 8:33 PM
20. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Should I be going back to give this film a second chance?
Mar 17, 2017 8:14 PM
There Will Be Blood (2007)
The Departed (2006)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Yi Yi: A One and a Two... (2000)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
A History of Violence (2005)
The New World (2005)
25th Hour (2002)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Aviator (2004)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
The Wrestler (2008)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Apocalypto (2006)
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)
Children of Men (2006)
Casino Royale (2006)
Almost Famous (2000)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Zodiac (2007)
The Pianist (2002)
Antichrist (2009)

Scary Movie 4 (2006)
The Love Guru (2008)
Catwoman (2004)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Any Dane Cook acting vehicle, and so many other terrible movies.

Mar 17, 2017 1:21 PM
I don't enjoy watching Robert Zemeckis films. I find him to be a poor man's Spielberg, and his movies don't resonate emotionally or stand the test of time that classic Spielberg films do. His technological innovations feel like a novelty selling point for his films, and end up dating his films immediately.

Although, to contradict everything I just said, I really enjoy Flight. But Back to the Future and Forrest Gump just don't do anything for me. Contact is pretty good.
Mar 15, 2017 1:51 PM
Popcorn Reviews#6
The Tree of Life (2011)
Director: Terrence Malick

I'm glad that this film is slowly starting to gain the popularity it deserves in "Best Films of All Time" lists. It's always great to see a clever work of ambiguity. It leaves you thinking about it long afterwards. There are some scenes which are so complex that they can puzzle you for years. Beneath all of its ambiguity lies a fleshed out character arc. On top of that, its cinematography is amazing. It is a pretty strong contender for "Best Cinematography Ever". This is a great film which must be experienced by everyone.

Best scene: Probably not a spoiler.

Popcorn Prize for Best Soundtrack


Glad to see this on here. I have only seen this once, and probably need to watch it about ten more times, but I do agree that it belongs with the greatest films of all time. I'm not sure how high on the list I would have it sitting, because I've only seen it the once, but I can definitely see this picking up more momentum as the years go on and rising up higher on a lot of GOAT lists.
Mar 15, 2017 1:39 PM
Alright, so by some miracle I crushed over twenty noirs in the past seven days (all the ones from my original list, plus a couple extras). Fantastic. Really enjoyed all of them.

The Big Sleep
Sunset Boulevard
Touch of Evil
The Big Heat
In A Lonely Place
Leave Her To Heaven
The Lady From Shanghai
The Killers
Double Indemnity

Only listing my favourites of the batch I watched this past week. Not including any noirs I have already seen and enjoy (Chinatown, The Killing, The Third Man).
Mar 15, 2017 1:31 PM
I hardly watch TV shows, but I just finished The Crown and it was incredible.
Mar 15, 2017 12:56 PM
I have not seen enough movies from the 40s, but here is my best:

The Red Shoes (1948)
Late Spring (1949)
Notorious (1946)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
The Third Man (1949)
The Killers (1946)
Rebecca (1940)
Spellbound (1945)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Casablanca (1942)
Leave Her to Heaven (1947)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Cat People (1942)
Mar 14, 2017 5:57 PM
There Will Be Blood
In The Mood For Love
No Country For Old Men
Inglorious Basterds
The Departed
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mar 14, 2017 4:04 PM
My favourites this year so far:

Get Out 9/10
Logan 8/10
The Lego Batman Movie 8/10

I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore was also very good, but I don't see it making my end of year list though.
Mar 13, 2017 7:27 PM
I think I am going to get to see it on Tuesday. Dissapointed that the limited 70mm run isn't coming to Toronto, because I think that would have been cool with the aesthetic of the film. It has pulled together a certified fresh rating on here, so we shall see.
Mar 9, 2017 7:44 PM
Popcorn ReviewsAdd Kubrick's The Killing to your watchlist. It's a pretty great noir film.

Ahh yes, I have seen that one! That is a great one.
Mar 9, 2017 6:43 PM
I was off work sick yesterday, so I finally decided to jump into classic film noirs and knocked down six yesterday. I've had a list of twenty or so titles I've been wanting to watch for a couple years now, but I hadn't had the time and motivation to tackle the list until yesterday. I have always loved films that pay homage to all the classic noirs from the 40s and early 50s (The Long Goodbye, Chinatown, LA Confidential, The Big Lebowski, Inherent Vice etc) so these classics are fantastic to finally watch. Planning to knock down all the titles on my list over the next week or two.

The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, The Killers, In A Lonely Place

Up Next:
Laura, The Woman in the Window, Gilda, Leave Her to Heaven, The Lady From Shanghai, Ride the Pink Horse, Out of the Past, The Reckless Moment, Gun Crazy, The Big Heat, Pickup on South Street, Kiss Me Deadly, Touch of Evil

Any favourites, or titles that you'd add to the list to watch?

Mar 9, 2017 6:05 PM
Popcorn Reviews#20
In a Lonely Place (1950)
Director: Nicholas Ray

I was never certain whether Dixon was guilty or not. Based on his fights, it seemed highly likely that he was guilty. However, there was still the possibility that that aspect was put in the film to throw the viewer off. Also, its ending can be viewed either way. One could see it as happy and one could see it as sad. It also had some great suspense reminiscent of Hitchcock.

Best scene: Not a spoiler.

I just watched this for the first time last night. Really fantastic. Loved them taking the same gruff character that Bogart played in so many classic movies, and taking it too a much darker place. Gotta love Nicholas Ray. I still need to see Johnny Guitar.
Have you seen Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)? Great dark old Hollywood melodrama that has unfortunately been forgotten for the most part.
Mar 9, 2017 5:37 PM
I just saw this on Saturday night. Seeing it again on Wednesday, because I read that it is even better the second time through.

I absolutely loved it. I found myself discussing it for hours after, picking out all the little easter eggs and bits of information throughout the movie.

I knew I was going to enjoy it, and the RT hype got me excited, but I enjoyed it more than I expected. I imagine it is very re-watchable too.
Mar 6, 2017 8:59 PM
Mar 6, 2017 8:46 PM
Kong: Skull Island looks really good? I didn't think it would be a movie I wanted to see, but the marketing has been slowly winning me over for months now (The trailers have been great and the CGI looks awesome). The reviews are rolling out and they are good for the most part as well. I didn't realize at first, but it takes place in the 70s and they are going for a retro, Vietnam, Apocalypse Now vibe, and the score has psyched out guitars on it. It is also getting a limited release in 70mm, which is pretty cool for the aesthetic they are going for. I don't know if anyone has seen the Apocalypse Now inspired IMAX poster, but it's also wicked. I just didn't see this coming.

What are your thoughts?
Mar 6, 2017 8:45 PM
Saw this over the weekend and loved it. I enjoyed The Lego Movie, but I found this movie much more enjoyable because of the familiarity with the Batman universe and the many references and jokes on previous films/books/shows etc. I thought Will Arnett was perfect in the role, and Batman had a great character arc. I think this is a great animated movie, but it is also just a great Batman movie.
Mar 2, 2017 2:26 PM