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Posts posted by tomspanks

  1. 1 hour ago, Cinco DeNio said:

    WHEW! At @Cameron H.'s first comment I thought he was saying Jackson was killed.  Getting sent Stateside would seem to me to be a good thing, dishonorably discharged or not.  Although I suppose he would find sympathy in his community, talking about the events too much would get him prosecuted and jailed.

    Jackson wanted to go to Okinawa (Japan).

  2. 2 hours ago, GrahamS. said:

    Has anyone seen the Christian Bale Swing Kids? I haven't, but it sounds like a terrible idea. 


    I also wanted to say thanks for suggesting.an aggressively off beat movie. I'm always down for those and the trailer for this had me intrigued. I'm glad I saw part of it, I just didn't need 133 minutes of it.

    Is it weird that its energy kinda reminded me of Kung Fu Hustle?

    Trust me, I’ve DNFed plenty of MM movies lol. 

    And yes, I totally want to watch Swing Kids (1993) now. 

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  3. 7 minutes ago, Cam Bert said:

    I agree with Cameron and I don't think so. I mean when he is trying to save the dancers he says something to the effect "They are my family the only people I've ever been close to." Which I found odd given his wife and that in Okinawa. I got the impression that maybe he did not really love her but was merely going back to marry her as it was the right thing to do. Given that Roberts probably immediately sent him to back stateside, and given everything that happened I figure he just kinda gave up on doing the right thing.

    Yeah, Jackson was probably sent to the US, dishonorably discharged, denied any benefits, and never tap danced again 😭

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  4. 3 hours ago, GrahamS. said:

    Full disclosure: I didn't finish watching the movie. I made it past the sequence where the hero has the dance-off with the racist military dude and then the military dude frames the dance instructor. Somehow that sequence broke my eye-rolling:enjoyment ratio and enjoyment lost, so I called it a night.

    Omg this reminds me of the scene where the corporal slaps Pan Rae and she comes back at him with a flying drop kick.  I somehow missed that on my first watch and on my second watch I rewound it a few times 🤣  So satisfying.

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  5. 1 hour ago, Cameron H. said:

    One of my favorite bits was the moment where the dudes are in the tent and one of them is like, "Don't talk about the food you want to eat or about your past, otherwise you'll be the first to die." Then they all proceed to do just that and are immediately killed. I like meta moments like that. The entirety of Saving Private Ryan can be mapped out this way.

    They should've added - don't talk about your future plans.  Right before the Swing Kids go on stage, the guy's like, right after this dance number I'm going straight to see my wife...

    1 hour ago, Cameron H. said:

    I think this would work better for me on a second watch. "Modern Love" was introduced kind of gradually, so when it kicked in, I was ready for it. When they first slide on the guitar hits for "Free as a Bird" hit, I found it pretty jarring. If I knew it was coming, though, I think I would appreciate it more.

    Oh you have a point.  I lost it on my second watch.  

    1 hour ago, Cam Bert said:

    The other thing that got to me, and I get this is a South Korean movie for South Koreans but couldn't they get an American to play the Captain? His accent was not so passible. I mean with the exception of Jackson lots of the accents were big.

    Are you talking about the guy in charge of the camp, the general?  

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  6. 23 minutes ago, Cinco DeNio said:

    Was Ki Su the only one who had to sneak off to dance?  I can't imagine the other POWs being happy about fellow prisoners heading off to form a dance team.  I wish the dad had run like Ki Su told him to.  I felt like Ki Su was going to run at the end when he jumped through the curtain.  Unfortunately he was stopped and the ending happened.  (I don't want to talk about the ending.  That tore me up like few movies have.)

    The premise was that Ki Su was blamed for the damage to the hall at "Bible Study" and his punishment was to go fix up the place.  The other prisoners at the communist camp didn't know he was dancing there.

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  7. 49 minutes ago, grudlian. said:

    Pretty much all of this. I really loved a lot of sequences in this. The Modern Love really stuck out but that might be my love of that song already.

    I've been fixated on Hunky Dory, but I think I'm gonna switch to Let's Dance soon...

    My second favorite song from the movie was Free As A Bird.  I held it together even when the group was shot (hope that's not a spoiler), but when they started playing that song over the credits and the group pics, I lost it.

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  8. 13 minutes ago, grudlian. said:

    Does anyone know if there are any stories remotely similar to the story of this movie? I'm certainly no expert on the Korean War but I've never heard about a dance crew in Korea POW camps.

    The POW camp was real, but the dancing was not.  In the final scene, they made it a point to show that the film camera was shot so no footage survived lol.

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  9. I rewatched it for MM and I didn't love it as much as the first time.  Is it just me or are the transitions kind of abrupt between scenes?  Like the Modern Love sequence - it's awesome!  But by the end of that scene I couldn't remember why Ki Su was in the dance hall by himself and it was jarring that it ended with the girl doing a face plant.  And they kind of recycled that from the Chinese guy's audition from the earlier scene - which was one of the highlights tbh.  There were lots of entertaining scenes like that but overall the string of scenes didn't fit together sometimes.  Some of the scenes gave me whiplash.  One minute I'm chuckling at a silly slapstick joke and the next minute I'm horrified by the blood and violence.  But still, there were some fun dance sequences and soundtrack was A+.  

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