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Milton Berle and Bill Murray hated one another on sight, reputedly. And his ex-wife accused him of violence towards her, just to bring the mood down.
 

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Milton Berle and Bill Murray hated one another on sight, reputedly. And his ex-wife accused him of violence towards her, just to bring the mood down.
The difference is I've had to look up who Milton Berle was ..
 

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The difference is I've had to look up who Milton Berle was ..
"The Thief of Bad Gags".

The story he liked to tell was he would bet other men he had a larger penis than them, then win the bet by showing them "just enough to win", rather than the whole thing. What a charmer.
 

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"The Thief of Bad Gags".

The story he liked to tell was he would bet other men he had a larger penis than them, then win the bet by showing them "just enough to win", rather than the whole thing. What a charmer.
So Bill Murray didn't like him and he had a small cock ..
 

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So Bill Murray didn't like him and he had a small cock ..
Oh, I doubt they even got as far as the trouser-dropping stage. On SNL, Uncle Miltie's opening monologue started running too long when he refused to shut up and let the show continue, so Murray knocked over some objects backstage (not sure what) to distract him. Miltie goes "What the Hell was that?" and they went to the ads. Their relationship didn't get any better than that.
 

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Not sure why they had to remake the Grinch.
The remakes market is driven by copyright laws. The rights to a title become available to others, for a fee, if you do not remake it within a certain period. The quality of earlier versions is not an issue - it is almost always a downhill journey! :dpoo:
 
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Widows: An engaging crime thriller with some interesting twists and turns. It also brings in the clientelist politics of Chicago which are steeped in corruption. The film opens with scenes cutting between a heist gone wrong and the gang members lat meetings with their partners earlier that day. Some of the relationships are tender, some of the men are feckless. The gang leader, Harry (Liam Neeson), is married to Veronica (Viola Davis). All of the gang are killed in a shootout with police, the $2 million they robbed goes up in flames. The money belonged to Jamal (Brian Henry) a crime boss who intended to use the money to finance his election campaign. Tom Mulligan (Robert Duvall) has retired as a City Alderman and his son Jack (Colin Farrell) hopes to inherit the seat.

Jamal threatens Veronica telling her that she must sell her apartment to make up his loss, giving her a month to do so. Veronica finds Harry's notebook which has a plan for another robbery which should net $5 million in cash. Meeting up with two the wives of Harry's gang members, Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) she sets the plan in action. The way in which things unfolds, including setbacks makes this a realistic scenario.

This is a gritty film, life is cheap, members of Jamal's gang who have made mistakes are killed, hold-ups don't go to plan, more deaths ensue. People are tortured and murdered to get information The women who seem powerless after their partners deaths, Linda loses her shop, Alice has to work as an escort. develop new skills. Ruthlessness is required, blackmail is used to get safe codes. Over all of it though hangs the outcome of the election which will give the winner access to millions of dollars a year in bribes and kickbacks. Duvall is convincing as the old style politician while his son Farrell excels as the one who uses social media to campaign. Viola Davis though gives the standout performance followed closely by Debicki and Rodriguez.

Steve McQueen has delivered not just a crime drama but also an effective dissection of Chicago's local politics. 8/10.
 

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People are just... unspeakably stupid.

According to a new Hollywood Reporter poll, 71% of the 2,201 people surveyed are clamouring for a Back to the Future remake. Everyone knows that reboots are how Hollywood’s most craven instincts tend to manifest themselves. So, even though a Back to the Future reboot would almost definitely be about Justin Bieber riding around on a Swegway and smoking a magical vape that takes him all the way back to a time when you were already quite old, it is what the people want, and so it will be what the people will ultimately get.
 

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It probably didn't hurt that I was a bit fucked up in a hospital bed when the Mrs brought me the DVD of the first Lego movie to watch on my laptop .. (that and Ash V Evil Dead on a putlocker stream that a security guard hooked me up to) ..

The Lego Movie 2 trailer ladies and gentlemen .. oh yes ..

 
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Shoplifters: A non-nuclear family drama infused with humour set in Tokyo. We have Grandma Hatsue (Kirin Kiki)who subsidies the rest of the clan with her pension, the father Osamu (Lily Franky) is a casual labourer, he teaches son Shota (Kairi Jó) to shoplift while he causes distractions, mother Nobuyo (Sakura Ando) works in a laundry and steals valuables left in pockets, her sister Aki (Mau Matsuko) serves as a hostess in a bar. Their relationships is left open to question but they function as a family.

Coming home from a shoplifting expedition, Osamu and Shota find a cold and hungry young girl, Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), they bring her home and feed her. They try to return her home but Nobuyo hers Yuri's parents quarrelling and violence occurring. They decide to keep Yuri after discovering bruises on her arms. Life continues, Yuri becomes part of the family, Shota uses her as distraction during pilfering escapades. Then Yuri appears on TV, social services have discovered that she has been missing for two months without her parents reporting it.

A tale of family life in Japan, how family isn't always those who are related to you, rather they are the ones who care for you. Even when Osamu is injured at work and Nobuyo loses her job they don't abandon Yuri. There is an interdependence going on here, Grandma doesn't want to die alone so she allows this ersatz family to live with her. But even she has her own secrets. At different levels the houses adult inhabitants are exploiting as well as caring for eachother. This is at times a satire about Japanese family life and the dichotomies between supposed familial responsibilities in theory and in actuality.

A great performance from Kirin Kiki in her final role before she died earlier this year. Kairi and Miyu are covoncing as children who have had a hard life but are moving beyond it. Mostly cramped shots in the small house or dark shops contrasted with wider, brighter, pans along the banks of the River. Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Shoplifters deservedly won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2018. 9/10.
 

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I thought Shoplifters was excellent until the revelations in the last 20 minutes (which I won't reveal here). Just went too far for me, and got quite overbearing. Didn't have a problem with the cast though, the sex worker daughter was one of the saddest bits, the way she tried to give emotional support too.
 
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I thought Shoplifters was excellent until the revelations in the last 20 minutes (which I won't reveal here). Just went too far for me, and got quite overbearing. Didn't have a problem with the cast though, the sex worker daughter was one of the saddest bits, the way she tried to give emotional support too.
Some of those revelations had been hinted at earlier though. Yeah the hostess part was rather poignant.
 

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Outlaw king. i LOVED it, the pretty boy actually makes a pretty decent Robert Bruce, the army's look authentic and it is historically accurate (for a movie) the battle of Loudoun Hill was more of a skirmish then the pitched battle the movie shows, but it was very well done, so i was willing to ignore that BUT the after battle scene with the price of wales was so historically inaccurate i began to squirm in embarrassment, AND THEN THE MOVIE ENDS!!!! no bannockburn and none of the years of slashing and heid bashing that followed after! i loved it, till the last 10 minutes then i hated it.
 

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Shoplifters: A non-nuclear family drama infused with humour set in Tokyo. We have Grandma Hatsue (Kirin Kiki)who subsidies the rest of the clan with her pension, the father Osamu (Lily Franky) is a casual labourer, he teaches son Shota (Kairi Jó) to shoplift while he causes distractions, mother Nobuyo (Sakura Ando) works in a laundry and steals valuables left in pockets, her sister Aki (Mau Matsuko) serves as a hostess in a bar. Their relationships is left open to question but they function as a family.

Coming home from a shoplifting expedition, Osamu and Shota find a cold and hungry young girl, Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), they bring her home and feed her. They try to return her home but Nobuyo hers Yuri's parents quarrelling and violence occurring. They decide to keep Yuri after discovering bruises on her arms. Life continues, Yuri becomes part of the family, Shota uses her as distraction during pilfering escapades. Then Yuri appears on TV, social services have discovered that she has been missing for two months without her parents reporting it.

A tale of family life in Japan, how family isn't always those who are related to you, rather they are the ones who care for you. Even when Osamu is injured at work and Nobuyo loses her job they don't abandon Yuri. There is an interdependence going on here, Grandma doesn't want to die alone so she allows this ersatz family to live with her. But even she has her own secrets. At different levels the houses adult inhabitants are exploiting as well as caring for eachother. This is at times a satire about Japanese family life and the dichotomies between supposed familial responsibilities in theory and in actuality.

A great performance from Kirin Kiki in her final role before she died earlier this year. Kairi and Miyu are covoncing as children who have had a hard life but are moving beyond it. Mostly cramped shots in the small house or dark shops contrasted with wider, brighter, pans along the banks of the River. Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Shoplifters deservedly won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2018. 9/10.
Saw this today - great film. Performances excellent, good cinematography. Got to agree with your score - a solid 9/10. Be prepared for a lot of slurping during meal times. The revelations near the end didn't spoil it for me - I suspected that all was not as it seemed.
 

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Outside of transvesticism and serial killing, this film is hard to place as either Fortean or horror, so here I recommend The Clovehitch Killer. It sounds like some slasher pic, but no. This is good, well-developed film making for fussy buggers like me who prefer substantial to spectacular. Small town characters done properly. Great subversion of the good ol' boys own version of Merkan society in the new millenium. Acting pretty darn good. But no prizes for guessing the plot twists. Anyway, it doesn't rely on those alone. 4/5
 

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Live action, but with a furry (not spiny) hedgehog with humanoid arms and legs.

And Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik (Eggman).
Did Super Mario Bros teach us nothing? *Shakes fists to the heavens*
 

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Does anyone else remember RIVERS EDGE ? .. John Tollet kills his girlfriend on the edge of a river because she was "talking shit" about his mum, Crispen Glover is unhinged as always and tries to help John cover it all up even though John doesn't really give a shit either way .. Keanu Reeves is another metal head in the small community who ends up blowing the whistle .. add to that Dennis Hopper thrown into it all just to re remind everyone that the 80's were definitely over .. a modern classic ..


 
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Yes!
Downloaded it last year. I remember it disturbed me a bit as a teen. When I watched it again last year, it didn't seem to bite so much. Maybe it was because of Blue Velvet, which trumped it by a long long way. But that lithpy kid was so poorly cast I couldn't endure the early scenes. I turned it off after 20 minutes. Something missing.
 
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