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Thanks to you and Gopher in NY’s recommendation of White Boy. I really enjoyed that.

It got me on a Netflix documentary kick. I then watched Tread and enjoyed the heck out of that. Have you guys seen that?
I watched the trailer. Is he just a generic old, angry white guy or is there more to it then that?
 



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Has this been talked about yet: has anybody been watching the Qanon doc on HBO?
 

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I ventured into a theater last weekend for 3 films all of which I would recommend seeing, and in a year with with limited releases can understand why they were nominated for Oscar Best Picture, though none of them to me felt like a winner of such an honor.

Mank - This really deserves to be viewed in an actual theater. It picked up the Set Design and Cinematography Oscars, which I would say are quite justified. Great acting performances all around and one of Gary Oldman's best. It for sure makes me want to revisit Citizen Kane, which I have not watched in 30+ years.

Promising Young Woman - Visually amazing, and Carey Mulligan was fantastic. Quite dark subject matter, but they did work in some comedy. It was very original and unpredictable, even different from what I thought I was going to see based on the trailers.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 - As one would expect from Sorkin, great dialog. The attention that Sacha Baron Cohen has received, for playing Abbie Hoffman, is well deserved but I think the best performance of the movie is Mark Rylance as the defense attorney. He's great in everything I have seen him in. Even though he's in the movie for only about 5 minutes as essentially a cameo, Michael Keaton has some of the best lines.
 

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I ventured into a theater last weekend for 3 films all of which I would recommend seeing, and in a year with with limited releases can understand why they were nominated for Oscar Best Picture, though none of them to me felt like a winner of such an honor.

Mank - This really deserves to be viewed in an actual theater. It picked up the Set Design and Cinematography Oscars, which I would say are quite justified. Great acting performances all around and one of Gary Oldman's best. It for sure makes me want to revisit Citizen Kane, which I have not watched in 30+ years.

Promising Young Woman - Visually amazing, and Carey Mulligan was fantastic. Quite dark subject matter, but they did work in some comedy. It was very original and unpredictable, even different from what I thought I was going to see based on the trailers.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 - As one would expect from Sorkin, great dialog. The attention that Sacha Baron Cohen has received, for playing Abbie Hoffman, is well deserved but I think the best performance of the movie is Mark Rylance as the defense attorney. He's great in everything I have seen him in. Even though he's in the movie for only about 5 minutes as essentially a cameo, Michael Keaton has some of the best lines.
Haven't seen Mank, but compeltely agree on the other two. Carey Mulligan was robbed at the Oscars. And Mark Rylance was perfect.
 

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Haven't seen Mank, but compeltely agree on the other two. Carey Mulligan was robbed at the Oscars. And Mark Rylance was perfect.

I also recently saw the movie Wildlife (2018) for which I would say Mulligan's performance is on par with Promising Young Woman. Also a really good film, which is worth seeking out.

Interesting that both performances are in movies that are the directorial debuts for Paul Dano and Emerald Fennell respectively.
 



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Had the movie urge the other day and the pickings were slim but we ended up going to "Nobody" with Odenkirk, the attorney from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. I went in with relatively low expectations, outside of good popcorn, and it filled the bill. Not sure who thought it was a good idea for a guy like Odenkirk to play a badass role like that but it was weird.

Popcorn was good, movie had good action, it served its purpose of getting to the theater and chilling out for a while and plowing through a bucket of buttered popcorn. Not bad, not great. Just decent.
 


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Had the movie urge the other day and the pickings were slim but we ended up going to "Nobody" with Odenkirk, the attorney from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. I went in with relatively low expectations, outside of good popcorn, and it filled the bill. Not sure who thought it was a good idea for a guy like Odenkirk to play a badass role like that but it was weird.

Popcorn was good, movie had good action, it served its purpose of getting to the theater and chilling out for a while and plowing through a bucket of buttered popcorn. Not bad, not great. Just decent.

How full was the theater? Did they have any precautions in place?
 




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How full was the theater? Did they have any precautions in place?

Not directed at me but when I saw Mank last Thursday evening, I had the entire theater to myself. From the 2 other times I have attended a film mid-week as well as just driving by movieplexes Mon-Thur and judging how many cars are in the parking lot, it's probably not uncommon to have the theater to yourselves.

Promising Young Woman (Friday evening) there were 12 attendees in a theater capacity of 45, so that was close to max allowed. The Trial of the Chicago 7 was a Sunday matinee, they had us outnumbered (only 6 of us in the auditorium).

As for precautions, need to wear a mask unless actively eating/drinking refreshments, open seat to left/right of group, social distance while waiting in line, no free drink refills, and they indicated during the trailers they sanitize the theater after each showing as well as have improved the air filtration system.
 

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Not directed at me but when I saw Mank last Thursday evening, I had the entire theater to myself. From the 2 other times I have attended a film mid-week as well as just driving by movieplexes Mon-Thur and judging how many cars are in the parking lot, it's probably not uncommon to have the theater to yourselves.

Promising Young Woman (Friday evening) there were 12 attendees in a theater capacity of 45, so that was close to max allowed. The Trial of the Chicago 7 was a Sunday matinee, they had us outnumbered (only 6 of us in the auditorium).

As for precautions, need to wear a mask unless actively eating/drinking refreshments, open seat to left/right of group, social distance while waiting in line, no free drink refills, and they indicated during the trailers they sanitize the theater after each showing as well as have improved the air filtration system.

Thanks.

I loved Chicago 7 as was such an amazing time. HIghly recommend Judas and the Black Messiah, whew.

Bailed on Mank, as I wasn't in the mood for black and white art film, however, am a huge Oldman fan so will work my way back Will catch Promising Young Woman this weekend.
 

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Thanks.

I loved Chicago 7 as was such an amazing time. HIghly recommend Judas and the Black Messiah, whew.

Bailed on Mank, as I wasn't in the mood for black and white art film, however, am a huge Oldman fan so will work my way back Will catch Promising Young Woman this weekend.

My favorite line from Mank (referring to MGM), "Mark my words, Wizard of Oz is going to sink that studio!"
 

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Just watched 'Sound of Metal', which Amazon has been pimping on me for weeks now, and was really blown away. I plan to rewatch it with my 18 y/o in the near future.
 

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How full was the theater? Did they have any precautions in place?
Theater was the same I've seen it before. Seats spaced out, but not that many people in the theater so that was about it. Looking forward to more movies coming out and going to the movies. Me and the Mrs like going to the movies together, escape a little bit!
 

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Theater was the same I've seen it before. Seats spaced out, but not that many people in the theater so that was about it. Looking forward to more movies coming out and going to the movies. Me and the Mrs like going to the movies together, escape a little bit!
Glad you had a good time and it's always nice to get out of that Vegas heat and be in that AC that's oh so refreshing.
 


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Left work early today to see the 2021 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts at the Lagoon. It felt sooo good to be in a theater. Also, I love the idea of having an empty theater to myself and for the second time, it actually happened. Nothing but me, the movie and the nice Sangiovese I snuck in.

Good year for the movies as well. A much more lighthearted group of movies than the past few years, save for the Oscar winner about the parents of a school shooting victim. If you haven't explored all the Oscar Nominate Shorts, both animated and live actaion, you should. I try and see them in the theater every year.
 


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Theater was the same I've seen it before. Seats spaced out, but not that many people in the theater so that was about it. Looking forward to more movies coming out and going to the movies. Me and the Mrs like going to the movies together, escape a little bit!

For years when we stayed on the Strip we'd always see at least one movie the UA Showcase Theaters behind the Showcase Mall. Always 1st or 2nd showtime. After it closed have still gone to seen a movie. Usually opening week and often in the Hotel we stayed at. During the day often the crowds you described now, were pretty similar to the ones we've been in.
 

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Just finished watching Tom Clancy's Without Remorse. Plenty of action and intrique, but all in all didn't think it was very good. They set it up for a sequel. Michael B Jordan sure has been getting the work.

On a side note, couple of days ago caught a movie with Casey Affleck. That dude is just not a good actor.
 

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The Marvel trailer released today with Stan voice over!!! /tears
 

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The beer hording always bugged me. They had like 100 in the trunk.
I completed my annual watching of Dazed and Confused last night.

True, Benny should have not reacted as harshly about doling out a beer to Hirschfelder who had just been hazed, though I could understand if he thought it would be "wasted". As a freshman, I could see Hirschfelder, cracking it open take a first swig, gag and chuck it away. Benny was totally justified by ripping O'Bannion for literally wasting one by throwing it on the ground.

Hirschfelder totally deserved a brew though, he had it going on with a girl at the rec center only to be pulled away by buddies who left him out to dry when they encountered the seniors. I would start to hang out with a new crew if I were him.
 

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I completed my annual watching of Dazed and Confused last night.

True, Benny should have not reacted as harshly about doling out a beer to Hirschfelder who had just been hazed, though I could understand if he thought it would be "wasted". As a freshman, I could see Hirschfelder, cracking it open take a first swig, gag and chuck it away. Benny was totally justified by ripping O'Bannion for literally wasting one by throwing it on the ground.

Hirschfelder totally deserved a brew though, he had it going on with a girl at the rec center only to be pulled away by buddies who left him out to dry when they encountered the seniors. I would start to hang out with a new crew if I were him.
Shit. It IS about the time of year that one should perhaps revisit that movie, isn't it. Damnit, now I have to carve out time for that. Good thing I couldn't care much less about baseball this year. Better put Dazed in the queue

I did run out yesterday and see "Wrath of Man", the new Statham movie. It was a good show, I'd give it a recommendation; maybe not two full thumbs up but close to it. Statham is hard to beat, and the popcorn was maybe a 7-8 out of 10 so it was a good visit to the theater.
 

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Shit. It IS about the time of year that one should perhaps revisit that movie, isn't it. Damnit, now I have to carve out time for that. Good thing I couldn't care much less about baseball this year. Better put Dazed in the queue

I did run out yesterday and see "Wrath of Man", the new Statham movie. It was a good show, I'd give it a recommendation; maybe not two full thumbs up but close to it. Statham is hard to beat, and the popcorn was maybe a 7-8 out of 10 so it was a good visit to the theater.

Vegas right? You ever check out the South Point Theater? Theater is good as is the popcorn, about as good as can be without using real butter IMO. Some really good deals can be had if one signs up for their Players Card/reward program.
 

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Vegas right? You ever check out the South Point Theater? Theater is good as is the popcorn, about as good as can be without using real butter IMO. Some really good deals can be had if one signs up for their Players Card/reward program.
The SP theater is known for using real butter, hell yes, that's a major factor. It's not the closest to my house though, so I've only been there once or twice. If I'm not mistaken (unless there's another entrance I'm not aware of), you also have to do some trekking through the casino to get to the theater in South Point, which I try to avoid, if for no other reason than avoiding cigarette smoke.

I typically hit Green Valley Ranch casino for my nearest theater. Used to be Fiesta Henderson even closer, but it appears Fiesta may have closed not just for COVID, but closed for good. That would suck, I enjoyed going to the theater there. Sometimes I hit the Galaxy Theater, known for their luxury recliners and also real butter I think, some more food options, and even a decent alcohol selection (though I don't drink at the theater), but that's also not quite as close. Definitely a great place to watch movies though.
 

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The SP theater is known for using real butter, hell yes, that's a major factor. It's not the closest to my house though, so I've only been there once or twice. If I'm not mistaken (unless there's another entrance I'm not aware of), you also have to do some trekking through the casino to get to the theater in South Point, which I try to avoid, if for no other reason than avoiding cigarette smoke.

I typically hit Green Valley Ranch casino for my nearest theater. Used to be Fiesta Henderson even closer, but it appears Fiesta may have closed not just for COVID, but closed for good. That would suck, I enjoyed going to the theater there. Sometimes I hit the Galaxy Theater, known for their luxury recliners and also real butter I think, some more food options, and even a decent alcohol selection (though I don't drink at the theater), but that's also not quite as close. Definitely a great place to watch movies though.

If SP uses real butter, then no wonder I thought it was really good. Here in the Twin Cities, if the showtimes are relatively the same, I always choose to go to an Emagine Theater based on the "real butter" tiebreaker.

At SP, yes the theater is in the middle, so if one parks either in the surface lot or the ramp, there is a little walk to the escalators up to the auditoriums (same level as the bowling alley). The air is generally decent in SP except near the sports/race books. To avoid that I would say best bet is to park in the ramp, so that one is only walking by the restaurants/buffet, with a some slots on the left.
 




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