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Unread postby Cymro93 » 29 December 2021, 18:50

Hey all. I'm a guy in my mid(generous)-30s, just looking for somewhere to talk to new folks and make good friends. I'm bi, closeted, and in a relationship. I'm originally from Wales, now living in England. Big fan of movies. Used to be a gamer, but life has got in the way so I'm very far out of the loop on all that. I hope to be quite active and chatty on here. Feel free to tell me to shush if need be :)
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Re: Quick hello

Unread postby pozzie » 29 December 2021, 20:45

Welcome to the forum! What kind of movies do you like?

I'm a pretty big watcher of all kinds of cinema. Have been catching up on Christmas movies I haven't yet seen as of late and so haven't been watching as many foreign films as usual. Can't remember what all I have in my stack from the library ...
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Unread postby Cymro93 » 30 December 2021, 08:42

Thanks! I used to watch pretty much anything and everything - horror and Hong Kong films were big ones - but lately I've only got the brain space for silly action movies. Recently loved the new Bond. Haven't seen many new Christmas films, just the classics this year (Muppets being the tippy top!).
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Unread postby pozzie » 30 December 2021, 21:39

Yeah, I'm not about to sit in a theatre these days so am waiting until Bond 21 hits streaming or disc. It's probably something I'll buy since I've got a pretty complete Bond collection, There's a certain comfort I find in slightly more tasteful mid-century sexploitation and action. I can admit it.

And alas, I still haven't watched the one new Christmas movie that crossed my radar. There are too many meaningless Christmas movies pumped out: just scanning the offerings on something like Netflix makes my stomach churn usually. No, I'm getting around to watching things that have reasonable staying power but are really second or third-tier movies at best. For the most part, I haven't found them all that fulfilling and I find myself wondering how some of these have enduring fan bases 30, 40 years later.

Same could be said for action movies though - don't think I've missed anything important in the genre for years now, therefore I'm catching up on middling stuff I somehow missed decades ago. Though that's pretty much the case for me and any genre though I'm more likely to miss an important horror or romance since both are quite low on my list of genre preferences.

Speaking of Hong Kong, I've got the last two Once Upon a Time in China... films to watch, probably over the weekend. Can't say I've thought it a very good series story wise, but can see why it's popular with those who like chopsocky.
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Unread postby Cymro93 » 31 December 2021, 07:27

Don't blame you! Even covid aside, it's not usually a good experience. A couple of companies have started to put the effort in (Odeon luxes are lovely), but the others can be unbearable. You can't go far wrong with a bit of Bond and I loved the new one. With most blockbusters now being so CG heavy, I'll watch anything with actual stunts in. I'm fairly out of the loop on everything now as well, mind.

Haven't seen the last 2 Once Upon a Time in China films, but I'll forgive story shortcomings for good Kung Fu! Shame none of the new Christmas movies have any Kung Fu. They could use something to spice them up. These new Netflix ones are dreadful. I used to be all about horror, but don't have the stomach for it any more. My teenage self would be ashamed of me. What are the most baffling films for you, fanbase wise? I don't understand how Love Actually has any fans at all.
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Unread postby pozzie » 31 December 2021, 10:02

Just saw Santa Claus: the Movie for instance. (Not sure if you're familiar with it, in case you are) I thought is was interesting in terms of set and costumer design during the first hour or so. Can't say the story was strong, but given the subject matter and obvious target audience, I could live with that. However, it goes downhill when Dudley Moore's character, an elf, goes off to New York and meets John Lithgow's evil purveyor of inferior toys. Lithgow played it way over the top - not sure who to blame, him or the director, but ultimately the director is responsible for the 'big picture', so .. Anyway, for me it sank faster than a rock dropped into a deep lake, and yet I understand for some this is a special film they rewatch year after year, childhood nostalgia I'm told.

Not sure what movie I rewatch regularly that would be comparable. Truth is, beyond things like the Bond canon, LotR trilogy, Harry Potter, and comfortably favorited films like Moulin Rouge!, Koyaanisqatsi, The Last Emperor, La grande bellezza, The Adventures of Priscilla..., and some other films oft mentioned as "great", I'm not given to rewatching, especially not crap I thought was good when I five! But then I'm not given to much "so bad it's good" cinema. Okay, there are a couple things in my collection, but I don't drag them out. Buried are they.

Let's see, there was also Keaton's Jack Frost. UGH! The animatronic snowman, from the cover art to the movie, does little more than creep me out for some reason. When I look at its face on the cover (I ignore the loving family), have always thought this was the Christmas slasher of the same name. Not sure which one I hated more.

I don't think anyone likes A Christmas Story 2 though I thought it earnest if clumsy and I didn't expect it to live up to the 'original' which is one of my favorite Christmas films (that and Scrooged and Christmas Vacation). Nora Ephron's Mixed Nuts was another one that annoyed the hell out of me. I guess some love Steve Martin enough to forgive the film's mediocre writing and direction. Bad Santa 2 was okay - more of the same in my estimation, but nothing I'd ever watch again. (Same goes for the original.) I thought Unaccompanied Minors was fine for what it was, but would never watch it again.

The Holly and the Ivy was probably the best of the Christmas movies I dug up this year (again, that I'd yet to see). Christmas Evil? Really not my thing and it was like so many slasher from the late 70s/early 80s. More talk than ... is that Freddy Kruger and Jason Vorhees come to put the slashing in the slasher? One Magic Christmas? More Disney pap. Surviving Christmas? TBH, I've already mostly forgotten it and probably could have put it in the early paragraph, but I can't imagine anyone really likes it though James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara more than make up for mediocre Bed Affleck. The other one I rather enjoyed was The Family Stone, but again, one shot deal. Miracle on Main Street (not 34th street though I did rewatch the 1996 remake of that as well) and Remember the Night were okay, the latter a bit better than everything but The Holly and the Ivy. Also saw The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (might be the final Rankin/Bass Christmas special) and A Claymation Christmas Celebration - both were okay given what the are.

Think that pretty much sums up my Christmas watching so far. Oh, I did see a Dutch ballet called The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was okay - the prima ballerina was probably the best in a company of upper middle-tier dancers. Again, okay. I think I have another Nutcracker ballet queued up, Friday After Next, and Single All the Way still to watch and that should do it for me and Christmas this year.

Yeah, Love Actually isn't my thing, but for those that need a sappy Christmas romance ... well, they could do A LOT worse. I'd have to look back over (you know, check 'em twice) the three or five "best" Christmas lists I used as fodder to see what else comes up, but that's more work than I'm up for. Late here, and time for bed ... yeah, I'm usually one of the last to end his day on the forums I frequent. Everyone else is ahead in time. Night!
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Unread postby Cymro93 » 31 December 2021, 16:34

Santa Clause: The Movie was always on TV when I was a kid and I never hooked into it. I always found Dudley Moore a bit sleazy. Not really what I was after. Still isn't. They clearly put a lot of money on the screen though. A Christmas Story is completely alien to me. It never came over to the UK and I've only heard of it through references in American stuff. We did get National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Ernest Saves Christmas though. Big childhood favourites but I think I'm in the same mind as you - revisiting silly childhood films is usually disappointing. There's too much great stuff I haven't seen.

I used to be awful for rewatching films. I watched so much over and over. Even mediocre films. I'm not about that any more. There's something to be said for rewatching one of the greats years later to see how it resonates differently - Taxi Driver is a different film once you're older than Travis - but otherwise it's just a waste of time, I think. Feel the same about so-bad-it's-good films too. Used to love them, but life's too short.

I don't know if they get shoved on the rest of the world, but we get the animation The Snowman and Julia Donaldson kids shorts every year, as well as Wallace And Gromit. They're not so bad, though. Just not a lot to them. Ballet is definitely a bit high brow for me haha. I've tried, but I'm afraid I'm just not classy enough.
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Unread postby pozzie » 31 December 2021, 21:14

I've seen The Snowman but think most of it's fame/popularity here stems from the children's book. I've no idea if it ever aired on TV like the Rankin/Bass Christmas specials that made up a huge part of my childhood viewing and also fit that nostalgia bug. However, now with cable and streaming I could see it slipping more into the US mainstream.

I don't believe I've ever encountered Julia Donaldson's work though the name seems really familiar but that's probably because I had work colleague named Julie Donaldson. I do like Wallace and Gromit and have seen a good bit of Aardman's work though nothing particularly Christmas comes to mind.

Funny, I forgot to mention I'm rewatching the miniseries version of Fanny & Alexander right now. I got it because I remembered how important Christmas was to the first episode. It also turned out that the Rumpole episode I watched yesterday was a Christmas special and ended with a chamber's Christmas gathering. So that probably was "a Christmas movie."

Alas, it seems any movie that has a Christmas moment gets labeled a "Christmas movie" here. The Rumpole episode just didn't do it for me. Just like if characters break out in song at karaoke, it's not a musical; for me a Christmas movie should be primarily about Christmas themes or the characters' Christmas. So I often am disappointed by these films which just happen to have a Christmas party or whatever.

While I write and word choice and rhythm are important to me, I've never been able to get into poetry. It's odd. But I've always been interested in dance and enjoy dance movies. Likewise I always find it a tad odd that so many guys love kung fu movies and not dance and yet both, on film, are highly choreographed. I rather see them as two sides of a coin, it's just one side is more romantic and the other more, what? Barbaric? LOL I'm not big on punching (or being punched) in the face, but I do find it endlessly fascinating to see how they make it work (and occasionally don't) in film.

So, have you ever given thought to do a Top Ten (most favorite or most meaningful) films you've seen? I'm generally better at talking about films that have been in circulation for a while and I avoid all discussions of the film of the moment. Not so much because I want to avoid spoilers, but because I prefer to go into a movie as 'cold' as possible. I don't read reviews BEFORE either. I just work off recommendations or lists like the Criterion Collection (literally seen all but about 10 of their titles), Oscar nominations, the IMDb Top 250 (as well as their Indian Top 250) - stuff like that. I'm pretty voracious and have been active on IMDb for over 20 years and rating what I watch is a religion for me.
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Re: Quick hello

Unread postby RenĂ© » 31 December 2021, 22:02

Hey Cymro, welcome to the forum! Glad to have you with us. :keke:
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Re: Quick hello

Unread postby asianduck888 » 2 January 2022, 14:24

welcome!

getting older means, more less interest stuff.
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Re: Quick hello

Unread postby waytoogay » 2 January 2022, 15:06

Cymro93 wrote:Hey all. I'm a guy in my mid(generous)-30s, just looking for somewhere to talk to new folks and make good friends. I'm bi, closeted, and in a relationship. I'm originally from Wales, now living in England. Big fan of movies. Used to be a gamer, but life has got in the way so I'm very far out of the loop on all that. I hope to be quite active and chatty on here. Feel free to tell me to shush if need be :)

How the fuck are you closeted at 30+?
You live in a Western society for fuck's sake...
I live in Russia, and I've been out to anyone that fucking cared to know since I was 20+.
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Unread postby Cymro93 » 2 January 2022, 22:31

waytoogay wrote:How the fuck are you closeted at 30+?
You live in a Western society for fuck's sake...
I live in Russia, and I've been out to anyone that fucking cared to know since I was 20+.


People still have families and get shit in Western societies. Living in Russia isn't a free pass to be an arsehole about it. It's not my fault if you live in a shit country.
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