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« on: June 03, 2010, 09:09:33 AM »

Really boring and dry 1970's science fiction movie about global cooling directed by none other than Robert Altman and starring Paul Newman. The movie centers around sometime of board game where the rules aren't made very clear. All I know is certain players get picked off one by one. Another thing, there is this haziness around the corners of the screen which has been used in countless others movies in "dream sequences". This effect is through the whole movie and is annoying as hell. I think it's supposed to represent "frost". I've tried to watch this movie in its entirety but have given up out of boredom. I finally sat through the whole movie, and for the life of me, can't quite figure out exactly what the plot is, who's who, why their doing what they're doing. Baffling movie. This movie is a good cure for insomnia.  Thumbdown
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2010, 09:31:10 AM »

I rented this on VHS more than 20 years ago.  I don't remember much about it other than it was, as you said, pretty slow moving (although, this is common for Altman's films).  I'll probably watch it again some day.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2010, 11:59:59 AM »

Robert Altman make a movie that's dry and boring? What a shock. TeddyR

Seriously, I think MASH was just about the only good movie Altman had in him, and it could have used some cuts.
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2010, 02:08:36 PM »

Robert Altman make a movie that's dry and boring? What a shock. TeddyR

Seriously, I think MASH was just about the only good movie Altman had in him, and it could have used some cuts.

In addition to MASH, I enjoyed:

* NASHVILLE
* STREAMERS
* COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN
* THE PLAYER

And MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER wasn't too bad either.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2010, 07:47:14 PM »

Robert Altman make a movie that's dry and boring? What a shock. TeddyR

Seriously, I think MASH was just about the only good movie Altman had in him, and it could have used some cuts.

Didn't you like POPEYE?

Besides the ones Burgo mentioned I also liked BREWSTER MCCLOUD (I know, I know).
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2010, 10:41:30 PM »

Didn't you like POPEYE?

I have mixed feelings about Popeye. I will say it's not boring, It does carry a certain amount of nostalgia, and it scores points for being completely off the wall. But I don't think I ever considered it a good movie. It falls more into "What the hell were they thinking?" territory.

Overall, I'm not a fan of Altman. And I won't forget he was responsible for the single most boring, pretentious, overlong, tedious and utterly pointless movie I can think of - Gosford Park. Watching that was an hour and a half of pure torture, after which I mercifully dozed off for the rest of the film.
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2010, 05:22:34 AM »


Didn't you like POPEYE?

Besides the ones Burgo mentioned I also liked BREWSTER MCCLOUD (I know, I know).

I thought POPEYE was fairly boring.  I've never seen BREWSTER MCCLOUD, but would like to.
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2010, 06:08:59 AM »

Didn't you like POPEYE?

NO!  Soul-crushingly awful, that one is.
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