The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

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#2 Post by Werewolf by Night » Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:20 pm

Every time I see the name David Lowery, it takes me a moment to remember that, no, the guy from Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker actually doesn't make movies now. #genx

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#3 Post by PfR73 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:48 pm

Also co-starring the coolest building in Waco, TX

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#4 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:35 pm

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#6 Post by Brian C » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:26 pm

Don't know if anyone else has gotten around to seeing this yet, but I have to say that I was not prepared for how deathly dull it is. I suppose it's going for a light-and-breezy kind of tone, but it's so breezy that it simply doesn't stir at all. Maybe Redford's character will go to jail, or maybe he won't; maybe Affleck's character will catch him or maybe he won't. No one seems to care all that much, including the characters within the film. It's all about how Redford's character is "happy" in his work. But who could possibly give a damn about something as insipid as that?

I also have to say that it's bizarre that no one involved - either the characters inside the film or the filmmakers - seems to understand that Redford's character is a narcissistic ass. I'm reminded of George Clooney's gentleman bank robber in Soderbergh's Out of Sight, and how effective and even poignant that film was, because it saw Clooney's character clearly enough to make a viable protagonist out of him. Soderbergh and Clooney are too smart to allow that character to be all lovable scamp without any depth to him. But Redford and Lowery can't quite allow themselves to acknowledge the less appealing aspects of Forrest in this film, and it's frankly annoying that we're seemingly supposed to swoon in response ... "aw, how cute, he's SMILING while he robs banks!"

But, I mean, it's not really that annoying, because in the end it's just too damn dull to elicit much of a response.

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Re: The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

#7 Post by Mr Sheldrake » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:00 am

Redford revisits his Sundance Kid, romantic outlaw persona, incredibly craggy faced now. I thought Katherine Ross would have added some sparkiness to the romance had she been cast in the Sissy Spacek role.

Lowery pulls the sheet off of Casey Affleck but he hardly needed to bother, Casey's half dead here, struggles mightily to get a word out, he's world weary, it must be of the existential variety, what with a beautiful, loving wife and two adorable kids.

The movie could have used more of the sidekicks, Danny Glover and Tom Waits. Someone needs to put a clip on youtube with Waits' brief, hilarious anecdote on why he's always hated Christmas.

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Re: The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

#8 Post by Roscoe » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:06 pm

Brian C wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:26 pm
Don't know if anyone else has gotten around to seeing this yet, but I have to say that I was not prepared for how deathly dull it is.
Redford hasn't gotten involved in anything that wasn't deadly dull since THE STING.

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Re: The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

#9 Post by swo17 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:18 pm

All the President's Men, such a snooze

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Re: The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

#10 Post by Brian C » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:30 pm

Sneakers was pretty boss when I was a kid, no idea how it holds up though.

But anyway, nice HOT TAKE!!!

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Re: The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

#11 Post by domino harvey » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:34 pm

Keep your fond childhood memories of Sneakers. I revisited it a few years ago and it does not hold up at all. I still named my external Western Digital Passport HD "My Voice Is My Passport," though

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Re: The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

#12 Post by Brian C » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:50 pm

Not surprising, I guess. I’m pretty sure that it’s the movie that introduced me to Ben Kingsley, so at least it has that going for it, though.

Quite possibly Redford, too, come to think about it.

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Re: The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

#13 Post by Big Ben » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:51 pm

If you really want to see Roscoe mad ask him about Anthony Minghella (No seriously.)

Redford has reached that stage where being a tired old man just works for him (Not really) and reliving your past glory is a way to make a film a somewhat passable piece of something you can spend part of afternoon on. It's a film that I think banks on that past nostalgia in hopes that the audience knows about films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid because if they don't they're going to be in for a yet another disheveled old man movie.

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Re: The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

#14 Post by Roscoe » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:54 pm

swo17 wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:18 pm
All the President's Men, such a snooze
Cool. Forgot about ATPM. And THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR isn't a total waste of time and resources. The exceptions that prove the rule.

But THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN, QUIZ SHOW, on and on and boringly on. LEGAL EAGLES, my God. THE HORSE WHISPERER. The screeeeeaming horror of A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT....
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Re: The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

#15 Post by domino harvey » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:55 pm

But Legal Eagles is my favorite crossword clue for Debra Winger

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Re: The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

#16 Post by Roscoe » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:14 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:55 pm
But Legal Eagles is my favorite crossword clue for Debra Winger
At last, a justification for that film.

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Re: The Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery, 2018)

#17 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:55 pm

swo17 wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:18 pm
All the President's Men, such a snooze
I hate to say this, but as much as I like the story, I've always found the film itself a bit dry and underwhelming.

I think the only Redford film I'd really enjoy revisiting is Quiz Show - I have nothing against him as a star presence, but his vehicles tend to be bland.

EDIT: Forgot about The Candidate, which isn't bad but I haven't seen it in a long while.

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