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Imagine that . . . a person steering a car is also driving the movie.
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Locke (2013)

An amazingly good movie for a "concept" movie. Ignoring the first minute or so, the entire movie takes place with just one character in a car. The vast majority of the movie is a series of phone calls Locke makes or receives while driving, with a little bit of talking to himself thrown in. The movie does well at building suspense and having "action" although it's not seen, plus gives you time to think about his character's character and how that is driving everything in the movie.
I Liked it too. Believe it was in real time
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I Liked it too. Believe it was in real time
Lol. Every time Locke was asked how much longer he'd be, I compared to the movie's time remaining. It was pretty close, but more than time remaining. But you can't tell exactly, as you can't tell when the trip ended.

One interesting thing about watching the movie was that I became aware fairly fast that it seemed to be a one-person-in-a-car movie (maybe because of the "how much longer"? I don't remember for sure what first made me think that). I'd think that the awareness itself (or just the awareness of a "concept") would make it much harder to build suspense. They did a really good job of that.

The awareness did make me think some about the camera shots they used. For a static setting, they really did a lot of cuts, which kind of makes sense. You use the cuts to reduce the static-ness.

It's kind of funny seeing this right after a Jarmusch movie. I've been watching his movies since Stranger Than Paradise and one of the striking things about that movie and some that followed was the use of a static frame rather than following action. (It's also one of the things that makes that movie so less effective on video - the fixed frame was very unfamiliar in movies, but common in TV sitcoms)
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Change in the Air - *****

A drama with some comedic spots (more in how the characters interact with each other, which is one of the main reasons for all 5 *'s).

Although it has mixed reviews, my wife and I really loved this movie. Sure there could be "more" in different parts, but it works as a whole, IMO.

Very enjoyable and very thought provoking. Oddly enough, it has a very poignant message that is very applicable in our current situation (not necessarily related to death, which the movie centers around).

Will watching it again.
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Black Panther (2018)
Pretty predictable, and I'm not a fan of this genre. On Disney+, so....

A little disappointed in the ending, since they should realize, from the experiences they've just had, that this powerful stuff -- meant for good, not evil -- will end up in the wrong hands. AND, when it gets in the wrong hands, it is difficult to fight.
BP2 has a plot already written.
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Free Solo (2018)
Wow, what a loathable person. But, I'll blame his parents for their shitty parenting.
I fully expected him to break up with his gf before the end of the film. That is a one-way street, and she'll realize it soon enough.
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Seems they are now engaged, so, yeah, I don't really understand women.
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Wow. With such a bad rating, what made you decide to watch it?
We don't tend to look at ratings before watching a movie. We look at the plot description and maybe factor in word-of-mouth considerations in deciding to watch (or not watch) a movie.

I will grant that this movie may not be everyone's cup-o-tea; but Mrs. VA and I really loved the character presentation & development.

The movie came out in 2018, and I imagine that most of the "reviews" were done around that same time. The biggest drawback in acting I would attribute to Macy Gray (not all that great of an actress, IMO), but she played a very minor role.

We saw it on Netflix.
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Interesting cast. Olympia Dukakis, still alive!
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Lucky (2017)

Tailor-made for Harry Dean Stanton. He does his part well, then even surprises in a couple spots (the most emotional spots). The movie is HDS's character coming to grips with his mortality. Since he died shortly after making the movie, it's hard to separate HDS from his character, but I'm pretty sure I would have liked it a lot had he still been alive.

I thought they were gonna end it with the opposite of the Paris, TX beginning and they hinted at it, which was actually kind of funny. It would have been kind of funny with a reverse Paris, TX, too, I suppose. A tortoise that gets mentioned several times throughout the movie appears at the end of the movie, which made me think, in order, 1) how cliche 2) was there a deeper meaning to the tortoise's final appearance, and finally 3) it's a pretty effective way to give a few seconds to release emotion.
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