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Saw both of these films this weekend.

Darkest Hour has some of Gary Oldman’s finest work. Getting Churchill’s speech, and what I would call a speech impediment down, wow. It was not a typical war film. Mostly politics, lefties getting fought, etc, and I have to say one of the best year’s films. Those f’s In Hollywood tend to drop the really solid, worth your money films this time of year for Oscar consideration. The film was brilliant. Slow and steady pace, a drama not a rat tat tat film with planes dogfighting or trenches. Most of it government work. But Gary nailed the part. I watched and marveled at his work in this film. A very special actor than consumes his character so well you don’t know where the character ends and he begins. Gary may get the Oscar for this his performance was so incredible. Solid film.

Molly’s Game was something altogether different. Jessica Chastain, for me, has cemented herself as the best actress in Hollyweird. She keeps taking on strong women for roles and this may be her finest work. She really blew me away in this film, and I’ve seen all her prior work. It is definitely her finest work. She just keeps getting better and better. I can’t think of another actress acting today that could have pulled this off. Idris Elba was also excellent. Sorkin’s Direction for his directorial debut, man he couldn’t put a foot wrong in my eyes. He wrote a Few Good Men and a few other noteworthy films but this is his first behind the cameras. Incredible job and just an incredible film. It displaced Good Time as the best film I’ve seen in the last 12 months.

I’d go into both films in-depth but don’t want any spoilers. I felt like I’ve just seen the best male and female acting in the last year. The history and war buffs will very much like Darkest Hour but go in knowing it’s not Band of Brothers or Saving Private Ryan. It’s Parliament and government, all dialogue and drama. For me completely fascinating as to the inner political workings in Britain as Hitler invaded Europe. And some nice, dare I say, outstanding digs at the Frogs and their cowardice.

Mollly’s Game is a film you should take your wife to see, as a very strong woman and highly intelligent woman is on full display, complete with all her faults and failings. Very good writing, great jokes and comebacks, extremely witty, and intelligent dialogue. It works fast and furious and you need to pay attention to most every line. Jessica is really making many good actors look like hacks, she’s just that good. Nobody else could have pulled that off, and she didn’t even look like she was trying hard. My film of the year and I never would have expected to say that.



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Just saw Molly's Game with my wife. Very well-acted. I'd say if not so well-acted it would be just a good movie. Jessica Chastain is extremely talented, and gorgeous too.

Have not seen Darkest Hour. I will eventually.
 
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i've seen both of those at the theater, twice.
 
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OP: Thank you for posting about these two films.


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i've seen both of those at the theater, twice.


I’m seeing All the Money In the World this evening but I will see Molly’s Game again in the theater before the run is over. Jessica just hit the rare grand slam. Her beauty is only eclipsed by her acting. So rare to find both in the same person.



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AtMitW is not bad. Another good one, that's a limited release here, is I, Tonya.
 
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Prefontaine,
Thanks for your post. I just saw the Zookeeper’s wife recently and enjoyed Jessica’s performance in that.
Based on what you posted, I looked up Miss Sloane and watched that. I’m enjoyed that very much as well.
I’ll be sure to check out Molly’s Game.
ETA: I’ve always liked Oldman’s work. I’ll be watching for that to come out on Amazon as well.


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Based on what you posted, I looked up Miss Sloane and watched that. I’m enjoyed that very much as well.


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Yes,
Nonetheless, well acted, and (spoiler) if you watch the show, you’ll see a law abiding, guntoting private citizen (ex-military) saved someone’s life and put their whole stance into a tailspin.
Granted, I was watching my son at the same time, so I may have missed some nuances, and I’m sure there were several. It’s free on Prime, and she and the other actors in it did a good job, imho. Intense.


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AtMitW is not bad. Another good one, that's a limited release here, is I, Tonya.


It was alright, nothing noteworthy. Still need to see the Shape of Water, Post, I Tonya, and Lady Bird. I really wish they would not put all the solid films out at once but it’s obvious why they do. Makes it a pita to see them all. Lady Bird they are already pulling showtimes locally.



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Yes,
Nonetheless, well acted, and (spoiler) if you watch the show, you’ll see a law abiding, guntoting private citizen (ex-military) saved someone’s life and put their whole stance into a tailspin.
Granted, I was watching my son at the same time, so I may have missed some nuances, and I’m sure there were several. It’s free on Prime, and she and the other actors in it did a good job, imho. Intense.


You didn’t miss anything, you nailed it. A gun toting citizen saves someone’s life and tunes are changed, sides are flipped. Jessica was also f’ing spectacular in Zero Dark Thirty, playing a very strong female lead. She is an amazing actress.



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It was alright, nothing noteworthy. Still need to see the Shape of Water, Post, I Tonya, and Lady Bird. I really wish they would not put all the solid films out at once but it’s obvious why they do. Makes it a pita to see them all. Lady Bird they are already pulling showtimes locally.
I'm also waiting for Paul Thomas Anderson's film (Phantom Thread), and Michael Haneke's (Happy End).
 
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Originally posted by f2: I'm also waiting for Paul Thomas Anderson's film (Phantom Thread), and Michael Haneke's (Happy End).


Paul is a personal favorite, 20 years now. I was very impressed with Inherent Vice. And Magnolia is top ten for me, of all time. One of few perfect films I’ve ever seen. Always look forward to his work as he takes long periods off. Daniel Day, Paul directing, and a period piece, /game over, will be there. Period pieces are my favorites.

I Tonya tomorrow. Have to see Allison Janney’s Performance. She is very underrated.



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I Tonya tomorrow. Have to see Allison Janney’s Performance. She is very underrated.
She stole this one. lmfao.
 
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I Tonya tomorrow. Have to see Allison Janney’s Performance. She is very underrated.
She stole this one. lmfao.


She was great, just not enough of her. Polar opposite from her performance in American Beauty.
This character was, in a lot of ways, like her Juno character. She was hilarious in this, especially in the beginning.



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Just saw Molly's Game with my wife. Very well-acted. I'd say if not so well-acted it would be just a good movie. Jessica Chastain is extremely talented, and gorgeous too.

Have not seen Darkest Hour. I will eventually.


Same here, just saw Molly's Game too with same response ^^^^.
 
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