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A Star is Born.

I saw it last week. It is quite good. It stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. I didn't realize it was her until after the movie was over. She plays the role exceptionally well.
 

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Well crafted movie. A gem
 

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The White Crow.

Good movie.

It's about a Russian ballet dancer who after experiencing life in Paris, very surprisingly didn't want to return to the Soviet Union.
 

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Does anybody know movies like Lilya 4-ever or the Pusher Trilogy? Like dark and gritty movies where the horrific scenes actually look real and not stylized?
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has a similar vibe to Pusher and other NWR movies. Also, Irreversible and I Stand Alone by Gaspar Noe. Austrian movie Angst from the 80s is a f'ed up classic too.
 

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I saw The Irishman yesterday.

In a way feels like a swan song for these legends of cinema. However, doesn't feel right to compare it to classics like Goodfellas. Not a masterpiece but a very good film.
 

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It was probably an hour too long. I literally slept through part of it. The part I didn't sleep through was good....not classic.....but good.
 

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It's absolute garbage. These guys forgot how to act decades ago.

Imagine De Niro in Raging Bull, then go to the scene where he beats up the shop keeper for "shoving" his daughter. I was embarrassed.

Just put a young guy who looks a bit like the older guys, ala Godfather Part 2. Their big 70 year old noses and bent backs ruined the whole film. I'm just so glad I was too busy to see it in a cinema.

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Agreed that scene was not well done. But that aside I thought the acting was good, and of course a well directed film as you'd expect from Scorsese. Great cinematography.

Well written too; the underlying themes and sentiments were nicely brought in to the story without shouting about it.
 

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It's absolute garbage. These guys forgot how to act decades ago.

Imagine De Niro in Raging Bull, then go to the scene where he beats up the shop keeper for "shoving" his daughter. I was embarrassed.

Just put a young guy who looks a bit like the older guys, ala Godfather Part 2. Their big 70 year old noses and bent backs ruined the whole film. I'm just so glad I was too busy to see it in a cinema.

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"How to act" = how you perform in a staged boxing match? De Niro plays a very different character than he did in Raging Bull, and he is of a very different mindset looking back. And Scorsese is 40 years older! Sure, the shop keeper beatdown looks a bit silly, but I don't really care about that at all, IMO the de-aging only added to the elegiac atmosphere. The historic scenes are Sheeran's flashback, his re-evaluation of his life, and they have this dreamlike quality. I also believe mid-century working class Americans often looked and acted more like they do in this film, even the 30-something heavies. Goodfellas is different, it's supposed to be this glossy look back at a long coke binge on the part of Henry Hill, while Godfather is basically opera (and the young Vito scenes aren't ment as flashbacks btw).
 

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I really should not be spending 3+ hours watching this but probably will in the next couple of days
 

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Well, it's like watching four or five episodes of a series in one evening, condensed. :)

I saw it at the cinema, so I wasn't tempted by my phone and other distractions, which of course helped a lot. I usually have a short attention span. Especially when watching a film for the first time, for some reason. I guess in subsequent viewings I don't have to bother with plot details and such.
 

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Maybe my least favorite film of Scorcese's although the first hour was awesome and took me back to Goodfellas or close to it. Lost the plot in the middle where it dissolved into messenger boy De Niro time and should have shortened it by 30 or so minutes right there.

Highlight of the film was Pesci though, I thought he killed it. Pacino and De Niro were fine but nowhere near the level of their earlier work.
 

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Odd that you would appreciate Pesci's performance here (as I did btw) if you expected Goodfellas or Casino.

Speaking of other Scorsese films, this reminded me a lot of The Age of Innocence, specifically the coda (man looks back on a life wasted because of his own stupidity and absurd conventions/moral codes). Of course here we're dealing with the working class, at least culturally, while in Innocence it was the New York 400.
 
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