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The Brothers Grimsby (Louis Letterier, 2016)

Creature Companion (Melika Bass, 2018)

Lourdes (Jessica Hausner, 2009)

Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg, 2018)

A few obvious Spielberg film references.
Traveling Saleslady (Ray Enright, 1935)

The Arrangememt (Elia Kazan, 1969)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Wes Ball, 2015)

Get Yer Ya Ya's Out (Albert Maysles, Brad Kaplan & Ian Mankiewicz, 2009)

Jimi Hendrix & Keith Richards c. 1969.
The Hymns of Muscovy (Dimitri Venkov, 2018)
Chappaquiddick (John Curran, 2018)

Two Too Young (Gordon Douglas, 1936)

Colleen (Alfred E. Green, 1936)

The movie’s highlight – the fashion show.
The Immortal Blacksmith (Sammy Lee, 1944)

The Work (Jairus McLeary & Gethin Aldous, 2017)

The Kid from Kokomo (Lewis Seiler, 1939)

Runaway (Michael Crichton, 1984)

Maniac Gene Simmons celebrates Independence Day early.
Carolee, Barbara & Gunvor (Lynne Sachs, 2018)

Yankee Doodle Goes to Town (Jacques Tourneur, 1939)

Ideal Home (Andrew Fleming, 2018)

Manhatta (Paul Strand & Charles Sheeler, 1921)

Doc showing Manhattan pre-Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.
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Four Jills in a Jeep (William A. Seiter, 1944)

Hail Columbia (No Director Listed, 1934)

American Spoken Here (Basil Wrangell, 1940)

Disobedience (Sebastián Lelio, 2018)

The physical attraction between two women (Rachel Weisz & Rachel McAdams) raised in an orthodox Jewish community remains strong after many years.
Fast Life (Harry Pollard, 1932)

Sweepstakes Winner (William McGann, 1939)

Alice and Martin (André Téchiné, 1998)

French Connection II (John Frankenheimer, 1975)

”I’d rather be a lamppost in New York than the President of France, but I came over here to get Frog One.”
That Brennan Girl (Alfred Santell, 1946)

The Inside Story (Allan Dwan, 1948)
So Long Enthusiasm (Vladimir Durán, 2017)
Brothers (Arthur Barron, 1977)

Using pseudonyms, Black Panther George Jackson (Bernie Casey) - basically in prison for being black - and Angela Davis (Vonetta McGee) fight for black activism and fall in love. You can guess what happens.
Dude Cowboy (David Howard, 1941)
The Dance Contest (Dave Fleischer, 1934)
Trigger, Jr. (William Witney, 1950)

Wait for Your Laugh (Jason Wiss, 2017)

Rose Marie was a radio, music and TV legend who started off as Baby Rose Marie and was protected by Al Capone – honest.
Annapolis Salute (Christy Cabanne, 1937)

...and justice for all. (Norman Jewison, 1979)
Nostradamus IV (Cyril Endfield & Paul Burnford, 1944)

A Branch of Pine Is Tied Up (Tomoyasu Murata, 2018)

Stop-motion, twins, a tsunami, a snowglobe, a rabbit, the past, present and afterlife are interconnected in this short.

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Visiting Virginia (James H. Smith, 1947)
Kenner (Steve Sekely, 1968)

Colorful North Carolina (James A. FitzPatrick, 1942)
Kill or Cure (George Pollock, 1962)

Private detective Terry-Thomas and local inspector Lionel Jefferies provide giggles in this light-hearted murder mystery.
The Tell-Tale Heart (Jules Dassin, 1941)

Harry Smith at the Breslin Hotel (Robert Frank, 2018)

Searching for a Special City (No Director Listed, 1965)

The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1990)

An examination of censorship before, during and after the Iranian Revolution involving a censored film by its exiled filmmaker.
Twenty Plus Two (Joseph M. Newman, 1961)

Cradle of a Nation (James H. Smith, 1947)
Summer of ‘63 (No Director Listed, 1972)

Mister Buddwing (Delbert Mann, 1966)

Amnesiac James Garner cannot recall anything about his life – probably due to a traumatic experience.
Criminal (Ariel Vroman, 2016)
Memories and Melodies (James A. FitzPatrick, 1935) hrt

Strange Glory (Jacques Tourneur, 1938)
A Walk in the Spring Rain (Guy Green, 1970)

Seeming soulmates Ingrid Bergman & Anthony Quinn are committed to other people (her) or lifestyles (him).
Glimpses of Western Germany (James A. FitzPatrick, 1954)
The Night AKA La Noche (Edgardo Castro, 2018)

The Face Behind the Mask (Jacques Tourneur, 1938)

The Workshop (Laurent Cantet, 2017)

A group of students in a summer writing workshop create an original thriller in the context of contemporary European politics.

I've been thinking recently about revisiting The French Connection since I didn't like it nearly as much as I feel I should. I've never thought about watching the sequel before but you've got me interested.

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Way too much stupid talk on the forum. Iroquois, I’m thinking about you.

Like most of the personal threads, this one has had a severe lack of back and forth. I'm certainly part of that problem as I don't normally engage in much conversation anyway. At least in Movie Tab, some people would engage Mark on what he watched. I don't know why that came to a stop, but reading Mark's thoughts is one of the most important things this forum offers for me. I must have it!

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Sorry to see the possible demise of your movie tab round-ups Mark. While I've not been around much for a while now, checking out your opinion (even just through a rating) was always just about my favourite thing on here.

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@mark f you rated Ready Player One pretty high. I've yet to see it, but it comes off as a shallow market for nostalgia, which is "in" right now. The book itself felt like a geek listing off his favourite nerdy things and a "hey, remember this, remember that" mentality. Which got old fast and made for a repetitive read.

In your opinion, how does Spielberg handle this? Does he manage to avoid it, giving some actual stakes for these people in this virtual world, or is it another "let's see how many pop culture reference we can fit in this" mumbo-jumbo?
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The Big Country (William Wyler, 1958)

Glorious Movie-Movie is one of the best westerns ever made, with a ton of memorable characters, albeit centered around a rather strange central character for a western. That character is former ship captain Jim McKay (Gregory Peck) who has gotten fianced into a Texas ranching family by way of Pat Terrell (Carroll Baker), who eventually shows herself to misunderstand him and be extremely superficial. Pat's father, The Major (Charles Bickford), tries to rule his neck of the prairie with the help of his practically-adopted son Steve Leach (Charlton Heston) who has a yearning for Pat himself. What McKay doesn't know is that he's walked into the middle of a feud between The Major and rival Rufus Hannassey (Burl Ives) who has his own cross to bear in the person of his oldest son Buck (Chuck Connors). The person who seems to hold the key to this war is schoolteacher Julie (Jean Simmons) who owns the Big Muddy, the river where both families need to water their cattle.

Aside from just being tremendous cinematic storytelling on every level, The Big Country shows a love of the land even when the humans roaming over that land are incredibly corrupt and violent. Nobody seems to respect McKay, except for perhaps the Major's Mexican jack-of-all-trades Ramón (the awesome Alfonso Bedoya). They constantly think that he's a coward, a dude, or just plain stupid, but they have no concept of what it takes to navigate a ship through two oceans and command the men onboard at the same time. All the acting is beautiful, almost all of them playing iconic characters. William Wyler likes to emphasize how "big" the "country" is, and he's aided by DP Franz Planer and especially composer Jerome Moross, whose score seems to have later been interpolated into both Elmer Bernstein's The Magnificent Seven and the Marlboro commercials. I suppose if The Big Country were to remind me of another movie it would be George Stevens' Giant which I also need to add to my mafo 100.
Nice review Mark, for sure one of the best westerns ever made, also adding it to my 250, probably near Giant's position.
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