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Title: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on July 06, 2009, 05:26:33 PM
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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sachiel on July 06, 2009, 07:09:02 PM
Regarding Into the Wild, I just watched it today, and had this immediate response: 'Into the Wild: douchebag with daddy issues has lucky encounters while running away from all his perceived troubles then dies from stupidity.'

Now, I don't say that to belittle what McCandless did, but the movie really brings to the front what a not wise idea it was for him to live in Alaska like that.  This movie, like Rudy, is one where you'd say "Oh come on!" if it wasn't all based on a true story.

It's like Forrest Gump, but with an unhappy ending.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: WalkInLove on July 06, 2009, 07:11:45 PM
I think you nailed Into the Wild, at least for me, sachiel.  I found it utterly depressing and wanted to smack the guy for being so obtuse.  At least the music was lovely.  ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on July 06, 2009, 07:20:07 PM
I haven't seen Into the Wild, but it sounds a bit like Grizzly Man, about that fellow Timothy Treadwell who went and lived with the grizzlies in Alaska.  It's a really interesting film by Werner Herzog, with amazing footage by Treadwell, not only of the bears but of the foxes and other wildlife he 'befriended'... no matter how you feel about the naivete of a guy who thought he could live among bears without the inevitable, tragic ending, it's a pretty gripping story.     
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: EmilyHalpert on July 06, 2009, 07:26:23 PM
I liked Into the Wild, but a lot of it is probably because of my English teacher in college. We read the book, and he just did a great job of making it come alive, even in the naivety of McCandless's actions. So when I saw it, it just brought that all back, and I absolutely loved it. Plus, I loved the line "happiness is only real when shared" because that just has always struck a cord with me.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on July 07, 2009, 12:02:03 AM
Quote from: Cousin Mose on the Movies #2 thread
Saw Transformers over the weekend.

Boy, that thing just kept goin', huh? It's at best, a 90 minute movie, somehow crammed into 2 1/2 hours.

I just saw the first Transformers (borrowed from the library) because I told a friend that maybe I'd see the second with her.  It was okay, but frankly kind of dull.  I was tired, but still, if I'm trying not to doze off during an action movie, it's not a good sign.  I liked Shia LaBeouf and all the human actors, but the robots fighting/rolling around in the streets got old really fast as did the silliness of one guy talking like a street kid, on talking like Dirty Harry, etc. 

I don't think I can justify spending money to see the second one in the theater; I'm going to have to wait until it comes to the library.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on July 07, 2009, 12:06:44 AM
For the benefit of the college students and younger on the forum, a "library" is a place with hardcopy, shareware content. They used to be common, along with phone booths, Tower Records stores and "dating".
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on July 07, 2009, 12:08:06 AM
Yes, I should have explained. :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on July 07, 2009, 12:09:36 AM
For the benefit of the college students and younger on the forum, a "library" is a place with hardcopy, shareware content. They used to be common, along with phone booths, Tower Records stores and "dating".

I don't understand. Phones in booths? I don't buy it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on July 07, 2009, 12:17:26 AM
For the benefit of the college students and younger on the forum, a "library" is a place with hardcopy, shareware content. They used to be common, along with phone booths, Tower Records stores and "dating".

Hey, I'm not too far off from being a college student, I learned how to use the card catalog and the Dewey Decimal System. Heck, I was a TA in my high school library for a semester.  :D What did happen to my love of books... hmm...

On-topic of movies...

The newest HP movie is coming out next week. It's definitely going to knock out Transformers. However, I'm curious on why the last two movies were rated PG-13 but this one is rated PG. It's been a while since I blasted through the books but I thought that this one is a bit darker than the previous ones. Interesting...
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on July 07, 2009, 12:18:26 AM
One of the things that has changed drastically in libraries for undergrad who did their degrees even 2 or 3 years after me is that they never had to endure the torture of standing next to a copier for hours on end, having to photocopy lecture overheads or endless journal articles from big old bound volumes.  They never know how lucky they are to have PowerPoint and electronic databases in their lives!

Back to the topic of movies, I love summer because I take it as an opportunity to watch a boatload of movies given that there's nothing on TV.  From Friday to Sunday,  I watched Public Enemies (okay), New In Town (terminally stupid), Ordinary People (excellent), The Graduate (also very good), Blood Diamond (very good but it was on TV and I fell asleep so I missed the last 45 minutes so I'll have to rent it to see the rest), and Just Friends (Ryan Reynolds couldn't save that dreck).  I'm doing a lot of sorting through papers and other boring organizational tasks this week so thank God for movies for keeping me entertained.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on July 07, 2009, 09:45:32 AM
The newest HP movie is coming out next week. It's definitely going to knock out Transformers. However, I'm curious on why the last two movies were rated PG-13 but this one is rated PG. It's been a while since I blasted through the books but I thought that this one is a bit darker than the previous ones. Interesting...

I cannot wait to see the new Harry Potter movie, even though Half-Blood Prince wasn't my favourite book by any means. I'm also slightly baffled by the director and the crew calling the movie a "romantic comedy" instead of the dark drama it really is. Even though the protagonists are falling for each other in this movie, I've always thought that the book was really dark. Sectumsempra, anyone? That thing that happens in the end? Pretty dramatic in my opinion, so I don't understand how they have turned it into a PG rated movie.

Well, I guess we'll find out about the infamous changes soon enough, and I've already bought tickets to the midnight premiere.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Alamos on July 07, 2009, 10:20:23 AM
Back to the topic of movies, I love summer because I take it as an opportunity to watch a boatload of movies given that there's nothing on TV.  From Friday to Sunday,  I watched Public Enemies (okay), New In Town (terminally stupid), Ordinary People (excellent), The Graduate (also very good), Blood Diamond (very good but it was on TV and I fell asleep so I missed the last 45 minutes so I'll have to rent it to see the rest), and Just Friends (Ryan Reynolds couldn't save that dreck). 

I love that you watched this movie.  bighugsicon What a classic gem. The acting is subtle and so superb. What I enjoyed most of this movie is the silence between the characters which of course spoke volumes of the heartache they all felt.

 
For the benefit of the college students and younger on the forum, a "library" is a place with hardcopy, shareware content. They used to be common, along with phone booths, Tower Records stores and "dating".

ahh... Tower Records I remember you so... I remember standing in line for tickets. The good old days when you would get anyone in your family to go w/ you to get a wrist band.
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Post by: Cousin Mose on July 07, 2009, 10:27:25 AM
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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on July 07, 2009, 10:42:37 AM
Regarding Into the Wild, I just watched it today, and had this immediate response: 'Into the Wild: douchebag with daddy issues has lucky encounters while running away from all his perceived troubles then dies from stupidity.'

Yes, yes, and YES to all that. I haven't seen that movie, because the book evoked such a visceral reaction from me, that I wondered if it would be possible to find a way to conjure up McCandless' ghost just so I could smack some sense into him.

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Now, I don't say that to belittle what McCandless did,

Oh, I will. I will happily belittle what he did, because it was just so stupid.  :D


Mose, you crack me up. I, too, read that book thinking "What a whiner... and sort of a jackass." Haven't yet seen the movie and probably won't. Not really my cup of tea (although I did like Brokeback Mountain, even with all its depressing darkness).
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on July 07, 2009, 10:43:20 AM
Re:  Into the Wild   I agree it was a stupid thing for the man to do, of course, but my teenage son sites this as one of his favorite movies.  He could really identify with his confusion and searching, and his dissatisfaction with the status quo of society.  No worries, he gets that taking off to Alaska with no food wasn't bright, but he could at least understand where the guy was coming from.

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I love that you watched this movie.   What a classic gem. The acting is subtle and so superb. What I enjoyed most of this movie is the silence between the characters which of course spoke volumes of the heartache they all felt.

Ordinary People will be on my top 10 movie list forever.  I love it for all the reasons you list, and this scene is one of the most moving I have ever seen on screen:

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(other ones that will never move - Shawshank Redemption and The Lion in Winter)  lol

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on July 07, 2009, 10:52:07 AM
(other ones that will never move - Shawshank Redemption and The Lion in Winter)  lol


Shawshank--yes.  So much of it is word-for-word from the story and it's one of Stephen King's best works.  A truly great movie.

The Lion in Winter
!! I love this movie so much.  Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the most fascinating women in history, and the real-life Plantagenet family experienced more intrigue, heartbreak, drama and tragedy than Hollywood could ever dream of.   All the performances are fantastic, but Katharine Hepburn was outstanding.  One of my favorite lines of all time: "I could peel you like a pear and God Himself would call it justice."   
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sachiel on July 07, 2009, 10:55:44 AM
Regarding Into the Wild, I just watched it today, and had this immediate response: 'Into the Wild: douchebag with daddy issues has lucky encounters while running away from all his perceived troubles then dies from stupidity.'

Yes, yes, and YES to all that. I haven't seen that movie, because the book evoked such a visceral reaction from me, that I wondered if it would be possible to find a way to conjure up McCandless' ghost just so I could smack some sense into him.

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Now, I don't say that to belittle what McCandless did,

Oh, I will. I will happily belittle what he did, because it was just so stupid.  :D

I only added that because I have not read the book, and there was a lot of film-related things in the movie that irritated me (which have nothing to do with the book, I assume).  The camerawork (oh isn't it all so ARTSY, and LOOK: PENIS), some of the acting etc.  Just wanted to make clear I am only judging the movie.

Oh, and I forgot to say: I cannot stand looking at Kristen Stewart's gape-mouthed, blank-faced "acting" at all.  The short time she was in the movie was too long; I would have preferred Michael Cera in her role.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: norsk_heksen on July 07, 2009, 12:18:10 PM
My friend in Australia who's a big nature buff geologist type person (versus me, city linguist) showed me Into the Wild after raving about it and calling him a hero. I didn't hate it, or him (probably because I can identify with him in a certain sense), but yeah, I don't get the 'hero' thing. Not the brightest decisions. I guess examples should go under a spoiler bar...
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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on July 07, 2009, 07:18:49 PM
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Ordinary People will be on my top 10 movie list forever.  I love it for all the reasons you list, and this scene is one of the most moving I have ever seen on screen:

Oh, I agree.  I was blown away by how good this movie was.  All the performances are so good, and the script in general is so nuanced.  No one is totally the bad guy in this story; everyone has his/her burden.  Timothy Hutton was excellent in it; I've seen movies he made in the 90s and was never all that impressed by him.  So was Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland.

I don't think I had seen movies with Donald Sutherland in his 40s, but oh boy, does Kiefer ever look like him.

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: NeverEnoughJam on July 07, 2009, 07:44:55 PM
Ditto to all the Lion in Winter love. I loved that movie so much I bought the screenplay, because every third line in that movie is quotable:

Eleanor, holding a necklace up in front of her chest: "I'd hang you from the nipples, but that would shock the children."

Henry: When the king is off his ass, nobody sleeps!

Eleanor: I even made poor Louis take me on Crusade. How's that for blasphemy. I dressed my maids as Amazons and rode bare-breasted halfway to Damascus. Louis had a seizure and I damn near died of windburn... but the troops were dazzled.

Eleanor: [to John] Hush dear, mother's fighting.

Henry (to Philip): A king? Because you put your ass on purple cushions?

John: Poor John. Who says poor John? Don't everybody sob at once! My God, if I went up in flames there's not a living soul who'd pee on me to put the fire out!
Richard: Let's strike a flint and see.

Henry: I'm villifying you for God's sake - pay attention!

Geoffrey (to John): If you're a prince, there's hope for every ape in Africa.

Richard: So! The royal corkscrew finds ME twisted?

Richard: Is this an audience... a good night hug with kisses... or an ambush?

Henry: I marvel at you after all these years. Still like a democratic drawbridge: going down for everybody.
Eleanor: At my age there's not much traffic anymore.

and my favorite:

Eleanor: He had a mind like Aristotle and a form like mortal sin.

Sorry...it's hard to stop once I get started on that masterpiece.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: PeanutGallery on July 07, 2009, 07:52:21 PM
Ditto to all the Lion in Winter love. I loved that movie so much I bought the screenplay, because every third line in that movie is quotable:

Eleanor, holding a necklace up in front of her chest: "I'd hang you from the nipples, but that would shock the children."

Henry: When the king is off his ass, nobody sleeps!

Eleanor: I even made poor Louis take me on Crusade. How's that for blasphemy. I dressed my maids as Amazons and rode bare-breasted halfway to Damascus. Louis had a seizure and I damn near died of windburn... but the troops were dazzled.

Eleanor: [to John] Hush dear, mother's fighting.

Henry (to Philip): A king? Because you put your ass on purple cushions?

John: Poor John. Who says poor John? Don't everybody sob at once! My God, if I went up in flames there's not a living soul who'd pee on me to put the fire out!
Richard: Let's strike a flint and see.

Henry: I'm villifying you for God's sake - pay attention!

Geoffrey (to John): If you're a prince, there's hope for every ape in Africa.

Richard: So! The royal corkscrew finds ME twisted?

Richard: Is this an audience... a good night hug with kisses... or an ambush?

Henry: I marvel at you after all these years. Still like a democratic drawbridge: going down for everybody.
Eleanor: At my age there's not much traffic anymore.

and my favorite:

Eleanor: He had a mind like Aristotle and a form like mortal sin.

Sorry...it's hard to stop once I get started on that masterpiece.

Ah! Love that film! :)

Here's one more -- my favorite -- for good measure:

Geoffrey: My you chivalric fool... as if the way one fell down mattered.
Richard: When the fall is all there is, it matters.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: NeverEnoughJam on July 07, 2009, 09:00:17 PM
Here's one more -- my favorite -- for good measure:

Geoffrey: My you chivalric fool... as if the way one fell down mattered.
Richard: When the fall is all there is, it matters.


*snerk* Good one.   :D And captures the Plantagenets so well.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on July 08, 2009, 09:17:39 AM
My personal fav:

Eleanor:   What family doesn't have its ups and downs?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: NeverEnoughJam on July 08, 2009, 01:28:23 PM
I think the only movie more "quotable" than Lion in Winter is Casablanca.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on July 08, 2009, 05:52:33 PM
Casablanca is my favourite movie (along with GWTW, of course), and I don't think that's going to change any time soon. Just a fantastic movie from start to finish.

"Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake."
"I don't know what you mean, Miss Ilsa."
"Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'"

"Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine."

"Welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win."

"Here's looking at you, kid."

"What is your nationality?
"I'm a drunkard."
"That makes Rick a citizen of the world."

"Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time."

"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

"Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects."


I also love the scene where they start playing La Marseillaise, and I'm not even French.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on July 08, 2009, 06:02:20 PM
My favorite, and one I've used...

Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds?
Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
[a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.
[aloud]
Captain Renault: Everybody out at once!

There's also...

Captain Renault: What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Alamos on July 08, 2009, 06:05:31 PM
Casablanca is my favourite movie (along with GWTW, of course), and I don't think that's going to change any time soon. Just a fantastic movie from start to finish.

"Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time."


One of the most romantic lines in a move, EVER!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: girl7 on July 14, 2009, 01:54:49 PM
Not sure if anybody here was following the seemingly never-ending debate about who would be cast in the movie version of Green Lantern, but apparently, the role went to Ryan Reynolds. (http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/07/ryan-reynolds-green-lantern-wonder-woman.html)

I don't know much about the whole Green Lantern story, but I've got to say, I am totally unimpressed with Ryan Reynolds - always have been.  Boo.  YMMV, of course. 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on July 14, 2009, 03:30:44 PM
As long as he's shirtless, I don't mind his acting at all.  ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on July 14, 2009, 03:34:00 PM
I don't know much about the whole Green Lantern story, but I've got to say, I am totally unimpressed with Ryan Reynolds - always have been.  Boo.  YMMV, of course. 

I hear ya, girl7. He's the reason I won't see The Proposal in the theater. It can wait till it hits cable.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on July 14, 2009, 04:49:25 PM
I am totally unimpressed with Ryan Reynolds

I'm impressed by his ... pectorals.  ::) What can I say, I'm a shallow, shallow woman.  ;D Seriously, though, I do like him. Don't care for his taste in women, but I like him well enough. I heard he was up for the role against J.T. and Bradley Cooper (I'd know this for sure if I read the article you linked). Of the three of them, not sure who I think would be best. J.T. has kind of grown on me with his SNL performances.

ETA: Ah, girl7 ... I see there are some who would have rather seen your boy get the role:

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"Why didn't they give the role to Nathan Fillion, who'd have crushed it?"

I agree -- NF would have been great.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: norsk_heksen on July 14, 2009, 05:02:51 PM
Sorry to interrupt, but I'm bursting with excitement--

Half Blood Prince, T-minus 7 hours and 5 minutes... ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: girl7 on July 14, 2009, 05:09:38 PM
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I heard he was up for the role against J.T. and Bradley Cooper (I'd know this for sure if I read the article you linked). Of the three of them, not sure who I think would be best. J.T. has kind of grown on me with his SNL performances.

ETA: Ah, girl7 ... I see there are some who would have rather seen your boy get the role:

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"Why didn't they give the role to Nathan Fillion, who'd have crushed it?"

wendolf: Well I can say I'd rather see it go to RR than to Bradley Cooper, who just skeeves me out beyond belief (though I did enjoy The Hangover - in spite of him).  I cannot imagine JT in that role, but yeah, he has grown on me as well via SNL (though for the life of me I can't see anything sexy about him at all; I just do not get it).

NF had been one of the favorites for it for a long, long time; in fact, for months and months, the rumor was that it was between NF and David Boreanaz (now there's a choice I could get behind -- love DB).  I really thought NF had it in the bag (which is one of the reasons I know anything about the film in the first place  ;D).  

And truly, it's not just sour grapes because NF didn't get it; I'm sure there are plenty of actors who would've been great in the role, but...Ryan Reynolds?  Meh.  Also (and I may be totally off here) I think they may lose a portion -- maybe -- of their male audience.  My husband's not a fan of RR at all, but he loves NF (as do legions of Firefly geeks - of which I count myself as one).

...Even as I type this, I'm bearing in mind you guys saying that you find RR hot, so maybe that choice will attract as many female viewers as the males it repels.   ::)  (I have to add, though, that NF looks quite nice with no shirt as well.  Just sayin'.  >:D)

norsk: I just finished book seven last week, so I'm doubly excited for the film to come out - it'll be the first one I've seen since reading the books, and I can't wait! Are you going to one of the really early showings?  I'm old, so I'll wait until a matinee this weekend to see it.  :D
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Post by: Bubbles on July 14, 2009, 05:19:03 PM
Sorry to interrupt, but I'm bursting with excitement--

Half Blood Prince, T-minus 7 hours and 5 minutes... ;D
I am right there with you norsk!  It is a wonderful birthday present for me!  ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: norsk_heksen on July 14, 2009, 06:13:37 PM
Ooh, happy birthday indeed, Bubbles!  partyhaticon

I'm going to a midnight showing (and I'm all decked out in my Ravenclaw gear! /dork), and I'm going to a free screening of 500 Days of Summer before that... I don't follow movies much, but I imdb'd it and said "sure I'll go" because it has Zooey Deschanel and I love her. It pays to have friends who work at Blockbuster. ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on July 14, 2009, 06:22:04 PM
Sorry to interrupt, but I'm bursting with excitement--

Half Blood Prince, T-minus 7 hours and 5 minutes... ;D

I'm so jealous, norsk_heksen! I think I live in one of the few countries on the planet where the movie doesn't open until Friday, so I'm going to the midnight premiere on Thursday night. Yeah, it's only two days from now, but still! I want to see the movie now.  :-\

Please let us know if the movie is as good as the book once you've seen it. :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on July 14, 2009, 07:29:48 PM
I'm going to a midnight showing (and I'm all decked out in my Ravenclaw gear! /dork), and I'm going to a free screening of 500 Days of Summer before that... I don't follow movies much, but I imdb'd it and said "sure I'll go" because it has Zooey Deschanel and I love her. It pays to have friends who work at Blockbuster. ;D

I posted my review of (500) Days of Summer a while ago. I would love to hear what you think of it. :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: norsk_heksen on July 15, 2009, 05:28:22 AM
Okay -- it's 5:25 am and I should be sleeping, but I figured I'd drop in to share my thoughts about HBP in case anyone is going tomorrow -- er, later today -- and wants to see what the deal is.

It was pretty disappointing. :( Definitely the worst HP movie so far. It wasn't that bad, but I have high expectations of course. They did a pretty good job with the comedy, and the romance, but the action? Ehh, not so much. The worst thing was the ending -- oh god, it was pretty terrible, honestly. My friend who hasn't read the books thought it was bad too. I'll put a description of the ending behind a spoiler bar.

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As for (500) Days of Summer... I really liked it! I'll have to go back and read your review, sora, but right now I need to sleep. :P For now I'll say, I liked both of the characters and I liked the story -- I think it's pretty original, and I wasn't sure I liked how it was tied up when I watched it, but I like it better the more I think about it.

Aaaaand, I'm off to bed! ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on July 15, 2009, 05:45:56 AM

Yikes, the spoilered part does sound pretty terrible. I haven't seen a HP movie since The Prisoner of Azkaban (I haven't been avoiding them, just never got around to it) and those changes make me think I won't see this one either. At least not if I have to pay for it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on July 15, 2009, 06:41:54 AM
It was pretty disappointing. :( Definitely the worst HP movie so far. It wasn't that bad, but I have high expectations of course. They did a pretty good job with the comedy, and the romance, but the action? Ehh, not so much. The worst thing was the ending -- oh god, it was pretty terrible, honestly. My friend who hasn't read the books thought it was bad too. I'll put a description of the ending behind a spoiler bar.

There have been spoilers about those changes, so I knew about them, but I still do not understand why they would change it from what happened in the book.

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: McGigi on July 15, 2009, 09:40:09 AM
norsk_heksen, I'm right there with you. I was baffled at all the things you listed, plus more.
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I can't wait to see what everyone else thinks!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Bubbles on July 15, 2009, 11:34:21 AM
It was pretty disappointing. :( Definitely the worst HP movie so far. It wasn't that bad, but I have high expectations of course. They did a pretty good job with the comedy, and the romance, but the action? Ehh, not so much. The worst thing was the ending -- oh god, it was pretty terrible, honestly. My friend who hasn't read the books thought it was bad too. I'll put a description of the ending behind a spoiler bar.

There have been spoilers about those changes, so I knew about them, but I still do not understand why they would change it from what happened in the book.

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I have a response to what you said under the spoiler bar, Kreidy

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All in all, looking at it from a purely film perspective, I liked it.  It's by and large one of the better things I've seen this summer (You're talking to a girl who, by an unusual set of circumstances, has seen Transformers 2...twice ::))  But, it was probably one of the weaker book to film adaptions.  I don't normally get disappointed with what they leave out just because I know how hard it is to adapt a book like that.  They aren't the easiest books to make into a script.  Of course, I'll always have a few complaints about things they added/left out/interpreted the book (see in the spoiler bar) but I'm ok with it.  Maybe I get over things too easily... :D  The 4th movie is still my favorite but this might take 2nd or 3rd place behind it.  I definitely liked it better than Order of the Phoenix.

The 6th film felt about how the 6th book to felt to me: nothing too much by way of action because it's there to set up for the 7th book/film.  I do agree that the ending could have been a little stronger.  But from the ending, I did get the "Ok.  The big finale is coming kids.  Buckle up for the ride" feeling.  And that is what the penultimate film needed to convey.

I know it's controversial but I am really glad they are splitting the 7th book into two movies.  They will be able to stick a lot closer to the book and cut out so much less than if it were one film.  Yeah, it's great for the studio coffers too but I think I will be a happier fan because of the more time allowed.  


Off Topic:
1) In the previews, Steve Carell is voicing the main character in another animated movie, Despicable Me.  I think it looked dumb but it didn't really explain the plot of the movie.  So I can't judge too much, I suppose.

2) Disney is making a new 2D movie: The Princess and The Frog.  Sign me up for that!  I love Disney's 2D animation (and am sick of some of the crappy 3D stuff produced) and this movie looks like they are trying to return to the days of The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, ect.  From the trailer, the animation looked really pretty and I always love me some Disney princesses. ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: norsk_heksen on July 15, 2009, 03:03:17 PM
About (500) Days of Summer), I went back and read sora's review, and basically I agree! My favorite part was the dance routine in the middle! ;D I wasn't too distracted by the uhh... what did you call them? The screens with the numbers. Sorry, I know almost nothing about film, lol. Anyway, what I really agree with most is this:

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I have to say, I thought they were going to go play a certain plot card and up until the end of the scene, I swore they did, but they didn't and I have to say, I'm actually impressed that they didn't take that way out of it because I felt it would have cheapen the closure.

Yes yes yes! I thought surely... but I'm glad it ended the way it did. My friends thought Zooey's character was a bitch, but I didn't at all. It was about two characters coming from different places, and their relationship is very important because it helps each of them grow, change and learn. Also maybe I have a bit of a girl-crush (you know, the female version of man-crush) on Zooey. ::)

And replying to kreidy, McGigi and Bubbles' spoilers (sorry, this is quite long)...

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I love that they are splitting Deathly Hallows into two movies. I just hope they take advantage of that and do it justice. It feels like they have so much explaining to do, so I hope they do it well. :-\
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Bubbles on July 15, 2009, 03:25:34 PM
Replying to you norsk in spoiler bar form  ;)

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They do have a lot of explaining to do, which is why I'm so so glad they are splitting it up.  Seeing HP6 last night made me so sad that I have to wait over a year for the next one.  (Patience is a virtue I sometimes lack! :D)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Ash86 on July 15, 2009, 04:01:34 PM
I haven't seen the latest HP movie and having read the reviews am not really sure I want to. I watched the first one, thought it was appalling (bad acting, bad special effects, bad direction) and vowed not to watch anymore. I was then forced to see the last one and thought that it had certainly improved a lot and some of the actors had grown into their roles (Rupert Grint), while others were clearly still terribly cast (Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe) - but essentially the problem remains that the books and the films don't correlate well, and the films don't even work well as a whole as there's such a gap between the first one being released and the last one.

It was a mistake to make the movies so soon, and while the books weren't even all published yet. I lost a little respect for J.K.Rowling for selling the rights so fast and letting so much be changed, by people who hadn't even read the books. Adapting any book is hard, but it's a lot easier if you have all of the plot in front of you (i.e. all 7 books at the start), can plan all 7 films as one epic, cast actors that will grow with the movie properly - i.e film them consecutively, and have one overarching vision. These movies lack that.

A perfect example of an adaptation that got it right is the LOTR trilogy - it took a world that is far more complex than Rowling's and did the work justice. It helped that the director loved the books and could judge which were the right bits to omit/add/change. The HP movies are a pure money making exercise and I just don't understand why Rowling would let it happen so fast - it's not like she lacks cash. (I have similar feelings towards Phillip Pullman who allowed the His Dark Materials trilogy to be ruined :().
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Bubbles on July 15, 2009, 04:14:23 PM
While I've quite enjoyed them and think they're reasonably well done, obviously to each her own Ash. :)

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I am a little confused on this though.  As I have read, the film has gotten on the whole really positive reviews. ???  

I'd say give it a go eventually, even if only on DVD.  And now I should really stop posting about HP and actually get back to work... :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: larrymcg421 on July 15, 2009, 04:24:36 PM
I saw 500 Days of Summer at the Atlanta Film Festival a few months ago and I absolutely loved it. Such perfect casting. Zooey Deschanel has never looked better. And they managed to come up with a perfect ending that didn't cheat on the premise of the movie.

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on July 15, 2009, 04:26:56 PM

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I am a little confused on this though.  As I have read, the film has gotten on the whole really positive reviews. ???  


That puzzled me as well. I checked some review sites this morning and the reviews generally seem way above average. But YMMV. *shrugs*

89% at Rotten Tomatoes (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/harry_potter_and_the_half_blood_prince/)
82 at MetaCritic (http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/harrypotter6) and 8.3 from its readers
88 from the Broadcasters Film Critic Association (http://www.bfca.org/movie/) - also listed as a critics' choice
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Ash86 on July 15, 2009, 04:33:04 PM
While I've quite enjoyed them and think they're reasonably well done, obviously to each her own Ash. :)

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I am a little confused on this though.  As I have read, the film has gotten on the whole really positive reviews. ??? 

I'd say give it a go eventually, even if only on DVD.  And now I should really stop posting about and actually get back to work... :D

Oh I'm sure I'll see it eventually - I have a 10 year old brother who's recently finished all the books and is really excited about the film, plus friends who want to see it not because they've read the books but because it's an "event". In terms of the reviews, I meant from the point of view of those who are fans of the books  (i.e. how does it compare to the book - adaptation wise, rather than special effects, direction etc.) - many of the regular critics haven't read the books so they take the films as standalones - for those who've read the books the inevitable comparison will remain. I'm sure as a cinema experience it'll be fun, and it certainly looks dark which is good as the book has a sense of foreboding.

I'm not an obsessive fan by any means, and I've only read the Half-Blood Prince once, so probably won't even remember most of the parts they've omitted/changed, but as a whole I think they could have been far more faithful if they wanted to, and taken more time over the endeavour. To me the romantic sub plots are the weakest part of the books, yet seem quite central to the movies - and of the admittedly two I've watched properly (rather than caught bits of on TV) they haven't captured the essence of living in Hogwarts which is the soul of the book. The films should be far funnier, and I cannot forgive them for what they did to my two favourite characters Fred and George - those two guys sucked all the funny out of hilarious, loveable characters. :P

It was always going to be a hard exercise to make these movies, and I get that adaptations are hard - it just saddens me that the potential of the books hasn't been realised by the films (which given the right care and attention, it could have IMO). :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: larrymcg421 on July 15, 2009, 04:44:30 PM
Most of the film critics either a) haven't read the book or b) are more forgiving over changes to the books. They're more inclined to view it as a standalone movie. On that level, I can see it getting really good reviews.

You have to remember, film critics are seeing every movie out there, including  stuff like Transformers 2, Obsessed, Ice Age 3, and I Love You Beth Cooper. When you put a movie like HBP out there (even at a base level, you have to admit it is at least a well made movie), critics are probably relieved just to see something that is not completely brain dead and aren't going to care much that they added a random action scene in the middle of the movie, cut out interesting characters, and completely excised certain subplots.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: frautotenkinder on July 15, 2009, 06:07:13 PM
I'm a huge fan of the HP books, and liked the newest movie. In general, my biggest complaint about the movies, is the difficulties in showing Harry, Ron and Hermione hanging out, just being friends. If you don't show that, than it's almost impossible to understand the steadfast devotion these friends have for one another. I feel like HBP does show the three of them hanging out, just being teenagers.

500 Days, was just so-so to me. (My favorite romantic movie of the last 5 years or so is Once.)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on July 15, 2009, 06:20:54 PM
About (500) Days of Summer), I went back and read sora's review, and basically I agree! My favorite part was the dance routine in the middle! ;D I wasn't too distracted by the uhh... what did you call them? The screens with the numbers. Sorry, I know almost nothing about film, lol. Anyway, what I really agree with most is this:

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I have to say, I thought they were going to go play a certain plot card and up until the end of the scene, I swore they did, but they didn't and I have to say, I'm actually impressed that they didn't take that way out of it because I felt it would have cheapen the closure.

Yes yes yes! I thought surely... but I'm glad it ended the way it did. My friends thought Zooey's character was a bitch, but I didn't at all. It was about two characters coming from different places, and their relationship is very important because it helps each of them grow, change and learn. Also maybe I have a bit of a girl-crush (you know, the female version of man-crush) on Zooey. ::)

I saw 500 Days of Summer at the Atlanta Film Festival a few months ago and I absolutely loved it. Such perfect casting. Zooey Deschanel has never looked better. And they managed to come up with a perfect ending that didn't cheat on the premise of the movie.

Just so that we're on the same page...

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Did anyone else think that Joseph Gordon-Levitt kind-of looked like Heath Ledger in some shots? They both have strong features and ironically were in "10 Things I Hate About You" together.

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Okay, maybe not so much in these pictures but in the movie itself.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on July 15, 2009, 06:32:15 PM
Thank you so much for those explanations and spoilers, Bubbles and norsk_heksen. :) I am really excited to see the movie, but I'm still puzzled as to why they have changed so much.
I still haven't seen the movie since it doesn't open until Friday in this country, but I am going to the midnight premiere tomorrow night, so only 24 hours to go.  ;D

I have read the books several times, and book three will always be my favourite, while book six felt like it dragged a bit at times. Like I said in my other post, I never cared about the shipping, so honestly, I could take or leave all the chapters about the "monster in the chest" and Hermione and Ron acting like idiots. I did laugh at the necklace, though, and it's too bad that they didn't include that.

I don't have a problem with the producer and the director changing things and cutting things out. On the contrary; that's a given when you have to adapt a book with hundreds of pages of backstory, explanations and action. However, I do think that they could have taken a leaf out of Alfonso Cuarón's book and explained more things visually. I think he really nailed the adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and I particularly remember that haunting image of the dementor touching a flower, and the flower dying instantly. I just loved that. Granted, PoA wasn't perfect, but it came very close to what I pictured while I was reading the book.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on July 15, 2009, 07:10:20 PM

Whoa! Unhappy parents form a line to the left, please.  ;)

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But that wasn't the worst part. It turns out the first scene from "Away We Go" had John's character go down on Maya's. As in eat her out.
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The scene lasted about 2 mins about someone finally stopped and changed it. Keep in mind the theather was about 85% kids. LMMFAO.
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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on July 18, 2009, 04:39:08 AM

Saw Happy Go Lucky with the husband yesterday. We both liked it. Sally Hawkins was excellent. I've only seen her in Persuasion before, an Austen adaptation that I didn't like at all, so I was kind of prejudiced against her, but now I think I might love her a little.

The funny thing was, I was feeling really awful all day yesterday, so I asked the other half to please bring me something fluffy and uplifting from the movie rental place on his way from work. So he brings me a Mike Leigh movie, purely based on a tittle.  laughingicon Good thing it is a bit of a departure from the other Leigh movies I've seen. There is genuine joy and happiness in Happy Go Lucky, but at the same time it's pretty clear that world can be a rotten place and people have all kinds of problems that Poppy's optimism and kindness can't solve, much as she might want to. Still, it didn't leave me feeling terrible about life and people and everything, so that's a win right there.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on July 18, 2009, 10:42:45 AM
When it comes to critics reviewing the Harry Potter movies, I think, if they're actually doing their job, they are reviewing based on whether or not it's a good movie, not whether or not it's a good adaptation of the books, not necessarily because they haven't read the books but because by now, on the sixth film, it's clear that things have been changed and it's not a true adaptation. If they get bogged down on the differences than they aren't watching the movie for what it is, which is a medium independent of the book itself, for better or worse.

Um. If that makes sense.

Here's a video (http://www.ew.com/ew/video/0,,,00.html) of EW's two critics, Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwartzbaum, debating the movie (though both liked it).
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Post by: Ash86 on July 21, 2009, 01:35:45 PM
Linked to by Crazy Days and Nights, this is the strangest and funniest interview you will ever see of Daniel Radcliffe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ_4j68l7Jo&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecrazydaysandnights%2Enet%2F&feature=player_embedded) and an encounter with Rupert Grint (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70ABKwflFZ0&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecrazydaysandnights%2Enet%2F&feature=player_embedded). The interviewer, Kara, won the opportunity on a Japanese gameshow - out of 10,000 contestants!

It is hilarious to watch (I could not stop laughing at the bit about MOMA in Daniel's interview! :D), but on another level the extent of hysteria is very surreal and scary - I can't imagine what it must have been like for Daniel and Rupert, or even the girl herself. :-\
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on July 21, 2009, 10:57:50 PM
I just saw Half Blood Prince tonight. I thought it was quite good. For a movie that's over two hours, I thought the time flew by.

I loved the books but have only read each one once. I haven't read HBP since it came out. That may work to my advantage because I'm not busy picking out the inaccuracies in the adaptation (though I do think it's important to note that the credit at the end of the movie says that it's "based on the novel by JK Rowling").
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The romance wasn't at bothersome as I'd been lead to believe it would be. The actress who played Lavender made me laugh as did the guy pursuing Hermione.

Ron Weasley is exactly my type . . . Well, maybe not physically but I'd probably follow him around Hogwarts like a puppy.

I'm really looking forward to the last two films. I feel like the movies have gotten better as they've gone on. The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 is going to be awesome.

(Also, saw the preview for Where the Wild Things Are. I cannot wait for this movie!)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: norsk_heksen on July 21, 2009, 11:18:00 PM
Yeah, I agree, MojoPin, about the reviews. I know I'm really emotionally attached to the books, so after my initial annoyance, I'm trying to give the movies every benefit of the doubt that I can. An lj-friend of mine commented that the movie characters aren't the same as JKR's, they've grown apart from them, and therefore the stories aren't quite the same. That sort of helps put it in perspective for me. And I like hearing from people like you who liked it, to see if the things I thought were a big deal maybe really aren't. And as for the credits -- have they always said that, or is that new?, she asks lazily instead of getting out her DVDs and checking.

And this...

Linked to by Crazy Days and Nights, this is the strangest and funniest interview you will ever see of Daniel Radcliffe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ_4j68l7Jo&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecrazydaysandnights%2Enet%2F&feature=player_embedded) and an encounter with Rupert Grint (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70ABKwflFZ0&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecrazydaysandnights%2Enet%2F&feature=player_embedded). The interviewer, Kara, won the opportunity on a Japanese gameshow - out of 10,000 contestants!

It is hilarious to watch (I could not stop laughing at the bit about MOMA in Daniel's interview! :D), but on another level the extent of hysteria is very surreal and scary - I can't imagine what it must have been like for Daniel and Rupert, or even the girl herself. :-\

Oh my gosh, that is so funny and also scary. I'm honestly probably no less a fangirl than her, but I think if that happened to me I'd be speechless and stammering, and save the screaming until after it's over -- but then, I must be about 10 years older than her! The guys seemed really sweet about it despite the weirdness and hysteria. I remember Daniel saying in another interview that their Japanese fans were the most enthusiastic by far. It's even scarier to think they're probably a bit used to it by now!

My favourite part was her wanting to touch Rupert's eyebrows, haha. It reminded me of the Chinese teenage girls I taught coming up to me and looking at my eyes, saying, "Oh! Your eyes are so big and blue!" Though none of them asked, "Touch OK?" :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on July 22, 2009, 12:35:27 AM
Heh... I put this in the musical thread but I guess it can fit here, too. "A Very Potter Musical" (http://tinyurl.com/mjfn6k)... the guy who play Voldemort totally owns (or "pwns", if you are down with that lingo) me and the girl (yes, girl) who plays Draco cracked me up constantly.

It's about two hours so here are selected clips:
Act 1, Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmwM_AKeMCk)
Act 1, Part 5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3c9K6MKCIs)
Act 1, Part 6 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldix5R8x7XI)
Act 1, Part 8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_iQVd_7fIM)- Drunk Voldmort is awesome.
Act 1, Part 12 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xUTiEWC1eo)- Cedric... heh...
Act 2, Part 4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1ldEx3qZAk)
Act 2, Part 5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n_2uL2YjN8)- Probably the best sung song in the musical
Act 2, Part 8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHTPXt61k2c)

Also, I saw "Julie & Julia" tonight and I left my thoughts in the Amy Adams thread (http://mtt.just-once.net/mb/index.php?topic=127.msg199586#msg199586).
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on July 22, 2009, 12:26:07 PM
I've seen Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince twice now. The midnight premiere was a lot of fun because everybody was so thrilled to be watching the movie, but I noticed more details the second time I watched it.

I do realise that it is an adaptation and that it would have been impossible to include everything from the book, but there are still many parts that were cut or changed that didn't work that well.

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I also saw The Proposal the other day, and I never thought I'd see Oscar dance around on stage while wearing that!  :o
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on July 22, 2009, 12:31:46 PM
How long after a movie comes out are we required to use spoiler tags? I can't remember if there's a time frame.

kriedy,
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Did I mention how awesome I thought Jim Broadbent was? Because he was the best thing in the movie. Totally great.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Ash86 on July 22, 2009, 12:40:32 PM
Not necessarily specific to this movie, but how many people think Emma Watson is well cast as Hermione? I  think she seems like a lovely person, but is unfortunately not right for the role for two reasons - a) she can't act and b) she's too pretty.

Whereas Rupert Grint has matured a lot, I always find Watson's delivery wooden - it doesn't seem natural at all. Of course it's difficult to cast a 10 year old who will be growing up with the films, but she's never shown much talent in that department and it really takes away from the film when a main character is badly acted.

The complaint about her looks may seem facile, but it's a pretty major thread throughout all the books that she has bushy hair/is mousey, not noticed by anyone till her transformation in The Goblet of Fire etc. - yet Watson has looked pretty throughout. I'm not saying they needed to cast an unattractive actress but they could have gone for a more "normal/average" look - the Hermione in the films certainly would not struggle for attention. :) Obviously the films have been made, and nothing can be done now, but I hope they give Watson an acting lesson or two before the last installments.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: girl7 on July 22, 2009, 01:01:40 PM
We saw the HBP last weekend, and while we really liked it, I agree with those of you who're a little baffled about

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There was one moment in our theater that was absolutely hilarious -- at one of the quieter, more somber parts of the film, this little kid near the front let out this huge, loud sigh/yawn, which made the entire audience burst out laughing.  It was just so dramatic and perfectly timed.  :D

Ash: As far as Emma Watson is concerned, ITA that she's too pretty to be true to the descriptions of Hermione in the books.  It seems that they made more of an effort in the first film to make her look a little more true to the way Rowling describes her in the books -- at least inasmuch as they obviously teased her hair to make it all wild and bushy.  But they definitely seem to have strayed away from that as the films have gone on.

Regarding her acting ability, I will say that I think she has gotten a lot better; every time we watch the early films, it seems that she's over-acting in such a way that's totally distracting.  I'm not sure if the directors told her to deliver her lines that way or what, but in some scenes, it's like she gets all vehement and bent out of shape when she's saying even the simplest things.

But I do like Emma Watson; she seems like a smart girl with a good head on her shoulders, and it's refreshing to read about an actress her age talking about pursuing her education (as opposed to posting naked photos of herself on Twitter or something).  ::)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on July 22, 2009, 02:25:04 PM
MojoPin, that's a good point. He was clearly evil, but I think that was part of Voldemort's charisma.

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Post by: Swedge on July 22, 2009, 02:39:22 PM
What cracks me up about Dumbledore/Voldemort - and this was revealed in tv ads and trailers so I don't consider it a spoiler - is he's trying to get this disturbed kid into the school and impresses him by setting the curtains on fire. Yeah that sends a good message to the boy.  Come to Hogwarts and we'll teach you how to really burn things.  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: zerohhero on July 22, 2009, 04:09:09 PM
Teaser trailer for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnGruD-Q-aw&e)
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Post by: justkaren on July 22, 2009, 04:15:32 PM
That looks amazing, zhh.  I love Johnny Depp so very much. I can't wait.
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Post by: Sara2009 on July 22, 2009, 10:12:34 PM
Not necessarily specific to this movie, but how many people think Emma Watson is well cast as Hermione? I  think she seems like a lovely person, but is unfortunately not right for the role for two reasons - a) she can't act and b) she's too pretty.

Whereas Rupert Grint has matured a lot, I always find Watson's delivery wooden - it doesn't seem natural at all. Of course it's difficult to cast a 10 year old who will be growing up with the films, but she's never shown much talent in that department and it really takes away from the film when a main character is badly acted.

The complaint about her looks may seem facile, but it's a pretty major thread throughout all the books that she has bushy hair/is mousey, not noticed by anyone till her transformation in The Goblet of Fire etc. - yet Watson has looked pretty throughout. I'm not saying they needed to cast an unattractive actress but they could have gone for a more "normal/average" look - the Hermione in the films certainly would not struggle for attention. :) Obviously the films have been made, and nothing can be done now, but I hope they give Watson an acting lesson or two before the last installments.

I actually think Emma Watson is an okay actress. She's not the best, but she's not too horrible either. As for her being too pretty, I agree. But it doesn't bother me because I think of the books and movies as separate entities.
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Post by: Swedge on July 24, 2009, 03:02:23 PM
And the funniest thing I've read today is the 12:51 comment (at least by my time, no idea if that will show up as a different time for others) by 92buicklesabre on this thread. (http://defamer.gawker.com/5322122/youll-never-guess-orphans-surprise-ending-because-its-completely-ridiculous)

Spoiler warning though, the ending twist of Orphan is revealed. Seriously don't read if you are thinking of seeing it.  The link was found via James Gunn's twitter though I'd heard of the twist a few days ago.
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Post by: MojoPin on July 24, 2009, 03:36:48 PM
And the funniest thing I've read today is the 12:51 comment (at least by my time, no idea if that will show up as a different time for others) by 92buicklesabre on this thread. (http://defamer.gawker.com/5322122/youll-never-guess-orphans-surprise-ending-because-its-completely-ridiculous)

Spoiler warning though, the ending twist of Orphan is revealed. Seriously don't read if you are thinking of seeing it.  The link was found via James Gunn's twitter though I'd heard of the twist a few days ago.

I wasn't not going to see this movie but now, knowing the end twist, I almost feel like I need to because it's so. Frakking. Ridiculous.
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Post by: bigtunette on July 25, 2009, 01:04:31 AM
Oh, wow, Swedge. Thank you for that.

My favorite comment, and one that actually made me laugh out loud, was:
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I called one of my friends wanting to see a movie, and she suggested Orphan because she wanted to know the twist ending, and I told her about it, and her reaction was what you'd expect.
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Post by: Too Late Kev on July 27, 2009, 10:32:16 PM
This is a mix of TV, Movies, and Women's Appreciation...

There was a "Wonder Women" panel at Comic-Con, subtitled "Female Power Icons in Pop Culture." 

Here's just about a minute of Sigourney Weaver (http://www.ew.com/ew/package/0,,20213067_20214927,00.html) talking about how she got involved with Alien; her Ripley is still one of the strongest female characters you'll ever see anywhere.  I've read that the role was originally meant for a man and Alan Ladd, Jr. asked if it could be played by a woman instead. (Source (http://books.google.com/books?id=4ecFu4B_CpoC&pg=PA9&lpg=PA9&dq=alien+ripley+written+for+man&source=bl&ots=m0qILQtDE5&sig=4QZ0TXIG9C-hSmrw1ZPWxaBot5Y&hl=en&ei=8F1uSoyyL5TINbf6leQC&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7))  It would have been a different movie with some random guy playing Ripley, I think.  (It was supposed to be an all-male cast and instead we had Weaver and Veronica Cartwright.  The fact that both of them were on the ship as part of the regular crew, and Ripley was 2nd or 3rd in command was huge.)

There are also clips at that site from Elizabeth Mitchell, Eliza Dushku, and Zoe Saldana (Wonder Woman as well as Uhura from the new Star Trek).

Some other good stuff from the Wonder Women panel:  From Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPSyEtHCDXc), mostly Sigourney and Zoe talking about women's roles and how they've changed; from Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDfR0QKZGQg&feature=related), Elizabeth Mitchell only, mostly talking about LOST and V; Elizabeth talking (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlxSGs9CQ-I) about how the science fiction genre allows women a broad range (not great sound quality on that one).

This blog (http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/tvandradioblog/2009/jul/24/comic-con-sigourney-weaver) also has some good bits from the panel, although I think they've taken some liberties with exact quotes to use more British expressions in some places.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: bitterpill on July 31, 2009, 05:02:41 PM
Saw (500) Days of Summer this afternoon.

Easily my favorite film of the year so far.  Loved the story, the characters, the actors....everything.  Just purchased the soundtrack as well.

Good day.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: spencer_0123 on August 01, 2009, 11:29:52 AM
Saw (500) Days of Summer this afternoon.

Easily my favorite film of the year so far.  Loved the story, the characters, the actors....everything.  Just purchased the soundtrack as well.

I'm hearing such great things about this film! I doubt it will be released around here though. So sad. Guess I'll have to wait until it's on DVD.

I saw Funny People last night and really enjoyed it. I thought it looked funny in the previews but I wasn't too sure how much I'd like it (it's always a toss up for me with Apatow films). Seth Rogen was really great (much more endearing than his usual characters), and I love me some Eric Bana, even if his character was kind of douche in some parts :D. My only complaint was that it was too long (2.5 hours). Great movie though.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Moxie on August 02, 2009, 09:38:19 AM
Have to chime in on the 500 Days of Summer love as well. 

Granted I'm biased in being both a big Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt fan - but stylistically the movie was so different, yet still so easy to follow. 

And am I the only one who got an Office Space type vibe between Tom (JG-L) and his buddies?

I need to see it again. 
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Post by: Ash86 on August 05, 2009, 02:27:04 PM
Cute little video (http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2009-08-04-zooey-joe-music-video_N.htm?obref=obinsite) for (500) Days of Summer fans. And an accompanying article (http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2009-08-04-zooey-joe-music-video-making-of_n.htm) about how it was made. :)

I'm intrigued to see this movie whenever it gets to the UK, but have a horrible feeling from the trailers and stuff that it may be a little too deliberately "quirky and indie" - a film which feels like it's trying too hard. But the positive reviews and buzz, and the cuteness of the leading couple mean I'll definitely check it out at least.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: bitterpill on August 05, 2009, 02:59:56 PM
Thanks so much, Ash.  Will definitely check those out.

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it may be a little too deliberately "quirky and indie" - a film which feels like it's trying too hard.

That is actually how I felt about Away We Go.  Did not have that feeling, at all, about 500 Days

Loved every minute of it and now have (probably) unhealthy crushes on both leads.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on August 05, 2009, 06:37:54 PM

Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz are out; Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott are in.  :)

Great headline: Has Bens (http://www.awardsdaily.com/?p=11475)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: WalkInLove on August 05, 2009, 06:40:49 PM
That's great news!   Thanks for sharing, HB.  Will anyone miss those douchebags?
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Post by: Morning Angel on August 05, 2009, 08:19:05 PM
Thank God.  I tried watching that show once, and didn't bother subsequently.  Thank God they got rid of them.  I guess Roeper got the raw end of that deal since he lost his spot and the guest critics are now going to take over.  I do like Michael Phillips a lot, and I'm okay with A.O. Scott.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on August 05, 2009, 11:31:13 PM
I saw The Hurt Locker today and Wow!  Just wow!  Excellent film in every way.  I'd add this movie to the Oscar noms right now.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on August 06, 2009, 12:42:47 AM
Okay, first off... "Bandslam." I did a screening on Monday. While they are some humorous scenes, it's not really a movie that makes sense. While the main plot is simple, the subplots made me go "WTF?!" Unless your tween begs you to go to it, it shouldn't be on your "need to see" list. I wouldn't even put it on the "maybe rent" list. It works better for the "if it shows up on the TV, maybe watch a little bit of it before you get seizures" list. LOL.

Anyways, I saw "Julie & Julia" for the third time. Yes, third! I was iffy on the first time. I frankly couldn't care less during the second. And third... I liked it better than I did the first. To be honest, I wished the movie was just on Julia Childs and not Julia & Julie. I found Julia's story more entertaining than Julie's. However, my critic friend liked Julie's more, so I guess it depends on the person. Heh... It is worth watching, though.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Cousin Mose on August 06, 2009, 11:18:48 AM
I'm going to see G.I. Joe on Friday and officially kick the last of my happy childhood memories right in the chach. It's going to be a gloriously amazing failure, and I can't wait.  :D

I'm really looking forward to District 9. Here's hoping it answers some of the lingering questions from District 8 and District 7.
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Post by: Too Late Kev on August 06, 2009, 11:34:46 AM
As long as you're going into it with an open mind, CM. ;)  My kids think the commercials for G.I. Joe look awesome.  I actually think it looks kind of fun, but I don't have any childhood memories of G.I. Joe anyway.

District 9 looks interesting to me.
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Post by: Cousin Mose on August 06, 2009, 11:42:51 AM
As long as you're going into it with an open mind, CM. ;)  My kids think the commercials for G.I. Joe look awesome.  I actually think it looks kind of fun, but I don't have any childhood memories of G.I. Joe anyway.

Hey, you know what they say. If I go into a film like this with supremely low expectations, then I'll either come away greatly surprised that it was better than I thought, or else completely satisfied that it was as bad as I thought. Either way, I win.  O0

I'll just say this: if there's not at least one GI Joe PSA announcement about what to do if you find a downed power line, or if you accidentally set fire to the drapes while cooking, I'll be really upset.

Knowing is half the battle, after all.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on August 06, 2009, 12:27:08 PM
I think it was on Conan recently that they had "reviews" of movies, and for G.I. Joe they said you could tell where they ran out of budget in the middle.  Then they showed some of the movie, which suddenly changed to a G.I. Joe action figure and a toy snake saying "Cobra! Cobra!"  I found it amusing.

You're right, though.  If you go in with low expectations, the only disappointment you can have is that you're out a certain number of dollars.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sachiel on August 07, 2009, 06:40:32 PM
We got back from seeing GI Joe, and at first I wondered if my memories would be changed like Cousin Mose.  Then I remembered the show was actually pretty terrible.

I thought it was better than Transformers 2, though the commercial footage (the suit chase through Paris) went on too long, and wow the Wayans brother is sassy black comedy relief ("Ripcord" but I wondered why GI Joe would take a guy with the nickname "Douchebag") and Channing Tatum acts roughly like a block of pressure treated wood...  Sinking ice. WTF!  ???

But I liked Christopher Eccleston with his accent (which is just ridiculous in a good way), the silly overdub of JGL, Arnold Vosloo and a brief cameo from Brendan Frasier.  Jonathan Pryce as the US President made me laugh.  The Paris bit ended well, I thought, better than the chase portion because
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Runs roughly 2 hours, and Stephen Sommers steals from a lot of other movies (very obviously too), but sets a decent pace for itself.  Short flashbacks set up the characters, but they're generally visual and not a lot of talky-talky exposition (yes, Transformers 2, you are the guilty one).

Also, Dr. Mindbender.  Hee hee.  Completely ridiculous, but does exactly what it advertises.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on August 08, 2009, 02:45:28 PM

Question:  smileyDwight Is this thread meant mainly for discussing recent or fairly recent releases or is it okay to talk about older stuff too? Because I saw The Breakfast Club today for the first time ever, and liked it a whole lot. Pam's got a great taste.
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Post by: Morning Angel on August 08, 2009, 11:19:19 PM
All types of movies are okay. :)  I watch a lot of older movies so I discuss it her often enough.  My newest thing are The Thin Man movies.  Have seen the first two.  I'm amazed how modern they are for movies made in the 30s.

I've only seen a few scenes from The Breakfast Club, but it does look good.

Oh, and I went to see Julie & Julia tonight.  Really enjoyed it.  Much better than I thought it'd be from reading the reviews.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: colette on August 11, 2009, 03:11:08 PM
Anyone else read The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold?

Well, here's a trailer for the movie.... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ke4EF16LJ8&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.crazydaysandnights.net%2F&feature=player_embedded)

Good cast - Susan Sarandon, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci and the actress who played Vanessa Redgrave as a young girl in Atonement (can't recall her name.)
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Post by: jazzfan on August 11, 2009, 03:40:27 PM
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Anyone else read The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold?

Yes, I loved the book, but I couldn't for the life of me figure out how Peter Jackson planned to get it on screen.  This looks like he might have done a decent job.  Thanks for the trailer.
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Post by: spencer_0123 on August 11, 2009, 07:39:42 PM
Anyone else read The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold?

Well, here's a trailer for the movie.... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ke4EF16LJ8&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.crazydaysandnights.net%2F&feature=player_embedded)

Good cast - Susan Sarandon, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci and the actress who played Vanessa Redgrave as a young girl in Atonement (can't recall her name.)

Thanks so much for the link, colette. I read the book a few years ago and really didn't understand how'd they'd managed to make it into a movie. But I agree with jazzfan, from the trailer it looks pretty good.

Speaking of books to movies, The Time Traveler's Wife comes out on Friday and I'm actually getting nervous about seeing it. I read the book for the first time a couple of months ago (and a couple of times since), and absolutely loved it, so I'm worried that the movie's going to be bad. The trailer's look very good, but that doesn't say much these days. I know in the end it doesn't take anything away from the book at all, but I'm just so fond of the story that I don't want to see it butchered.

And I saw Julie & Julia today, and like others have said, it was very good. I don't know if it quite lived up to all the hype, but I really enjoyed it. Meryl Streep never ceases to blow me away. She's so great :D.
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Post by: halfbaked on August 11, 2009, 07:41:03 PM
Anyone else read The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold?

Well, here's a trailer for the movie.... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ke4EF16LJ8&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.crazydaysandnights.net%2F&feature=player_embedded)

Good cast - Susan Sarandon, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci and the actress who played Vanessa Redgrave as a young girl in Atonement (can't recall her name.)

The trailer definitely gets two thumbs up. I saw it on iTunes yesterday and was telling some BFFs about it this morning at breakfast. We started discussing Stanley Tucci.  <3  I fell in love with him when I first saw him in Big Night. Now he's become a kind of barometer for me. If Tucci's in the movie, it must be good.  laughingicon  I watched Kit Kittredge: An American Girl on cable a few weeks ago. Yeah, it's a kids' movie, but Stanley's in it. It was really very enjoyable.

Speaking of Stanley...I saw Julie & Julia yesterday. What a treat! I was surprised to be laughing as much as I did. Does anyone know how the cinematographer/special effect people made it appear that Meryl and Jane Lynch were soooo much taller than anyone else? Was it just strategic use of perspective? It was seamless. Not gimmicky at all.
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Post by: MojoPin on August 11, 2009, 07:54:50 PM
Speaking of Stanley...I saw Julie & Julia yesterday. What a treat! I was surprised to be laughing as much as I did. Does anyone know how the cinematographer/special effect people made it appear that Meryl and Jane Lynch were soooo much taller than anyone else? Was it just strategic use of perspective? It was seamless. Not gimmicky at all.

Meryl mentioned somewhere (Letterman, I think) that the tables were made to be much lower than normal tables and that most of the other cast members they hired were of shorter than average height. I don't know for sure if she wasn't joking about that last bit, but I kind of buy it.

Meryl's my barometer of good movies, but Stanley Tucci is always enjoyable. It's a shame that all the reviews indicate that the Julie scenes hinder the movie from being really good. But I can't wait to see it for myself because I love me some Meryl.
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Post by: halfbaked on August 11, 2009, 08:29:55 PM
Speaking of Stanley...I saw Julie & Julia yesterday. What a treat! I was surprised to be laughing as much as I did. Does anyone know how the cinematographer/special effect people made it appear that Meryl and Jane Lynch were soooo much taller than anyone else? Was it just strategic use of perspective? It was seamless. Not gimmicky at all.

Meryl mentioned somewhere (Letterman, I think) that the tables were made to be much lower than normal tables and that most of the other cast members they hired were of shorter than average height. I don't know for sure if she wasn't joking about that last bit, but I kind of buy it.

Meryl's my barometer of good movies, but Stanley Tucci is always enjoyable. It's a shame that all the reviews indicate that the Julie scenes hinder the movie from being really good. But I can't wait to see it for myself because I love me some Meryl.

As to the height issue, in real life Meryl is shorter than Stanley by two inches. Their scenes together didn't give a hint to that. Julia shorter than Paul? Not so much.  ;)

I agree about Streep being another barometer type of actor. I feel the same about Woody Allen as a director. For me, his movies are always interesting. He's willing to try something different, something I haven't seen before.

The Julie scenes were fine. I enjoyed her journey, but it was not as interesting as Julia's. Sadly, it suffers by comparison. Julie's not as utterly lovable as Julia. That said, I still enjoyed the entire movie, both storylines.

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Post by: colette on August 11, 2009, 08:37:29 PM
I feel the same about Woody Allen as a director. For me, his movies are always interesting. He's willing to try something different, something I haven't seen before.

I really need to see Julie & Julia.

Anyway, halfbaked, did you see Woody Allen's latest, Whatever It Takes? (Such a great title.) Uneven, I thought...funny, but not one of his greats. (I don't love all his films, but a few of them - like Annie Hall, have almost religious significance for me. :D) However, if you're a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan - I am, big time - it's definitely worth seeing for Larry David. Woody's film before that - Vicky Cristina Barcelona, on the other hand, I loved.  :)
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Post by: MojoPin on August 11, 2009, 08:52:03 PM
Oh! And speaking of Julia Child . . . Fresh Air re-aired an interview Terry Gross did with Child a couple days ago. I think the man filling in for Terry said it was from 1989 but don't quote me on that date. I listened to it on my iPod today and it was a good interview (though Terry always does good interviews) and Julia was quite delightful in parts.

Also, this past weekend, Create (a PBS channel) ran a marathon of "Baking With Julia" where other chefs come and back and Julia watches and eats it when it's done. I used to watch it all the time when I was younger. It was an enjoyable Saturday.

Argh. Must . . . see . . . this . . . movie . . .

ETA: For clarification on what I said about hiring shorter actors, I didn't mean primary actors like Stanley Tucci. Meryl was talking about the scenes were she was learning the techniques, like chopping the onions. She said they hired those men because of their shorter than average height.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on August 11, 2009, 10:40:20 PM
Anyway, halfbaked, did you see Woody Allen's latest, Whatever It Takes? (Such a great title.) Uneven, I thought...funny, but not one of his greats. (I don't love all his films, but a few of them - like Annie Hall, have almost religious significance for me. :D) However, if you're a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan - I am, big time - it's definitely worth seeing for Larry David. Woody's film before that - Vicky Cristina Barcelona, on the other hand, I loved.  :)

No, I haven't seen either of those, but I did watch Cassandra's Dream over the weekend. *sigh* Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell  <3

I don't think I'd rank it in Woody's Top 10 by any stretch, but it was intriguing. Just do your ol' uncle a "favor" and watch your lives go to hell. It reminded me of a lesser Hitchcock film.



ETA: For clarification on what I said about hiring shorter actors, I didn't mean primary actors like Stanley Tucci. Meryl was talking about the scenes were she was learning the techniques, like chopping the onions. She said they hired those men because of their shorter than average height.

 :) I assumed that's what you meant. It's definitely possible. What I'm still most curious about are the scenes between Meryl and Stanley though. Inquiring minds...



Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Ash86 on August 12, 2009, 01:54:39 AM
The trailer definitely gets two thumbs up. I saw it on iTunes yesterday and was telling some BFFs about it this morning at breakfast.

I'm a bit worried to be honest after seeing the trailer - most specifically about Mark Wahlberg - I'm really not convinced he can pull off playing the father. I also hated "heaven" - that is not the kind described in the book. Plus the trailer (which can be misleading of course) made it seem much more like a thriller than the book itself is. Obviously adaptations always differ, and the rest of the cast and the director are very strong, so I will definitely give it a shot, but to be successful with such a widely read book would be quite an achievement.

I still have higher hopes though for The Lovely Bones than The Time Traveler's Wife - it looks like they've made it into a cookie cutter Hollywood romance film. :P
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lovefool on August 12, 2009, 02:37:42 AM
Just got back from seeing Julia & Julie (never know if I'm getting the order of names right. lol). I thought it was quite lovely.  Meryl was of course terrific and Amy Adams...this girl is just my new fave.  I love everything she does.  Highly recommend to all.  Funny and inspiring.

Also, really loving Chris Messina...I'm going to sound super ignorant -- what have I seen him in before Away We Go?
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Post by: sora on August 12, 2009, 03:50:23 AM
Also, really loving Chris Messina...I'm going to sound super ignorant -- what have I seen him in before Away We Go?

He played Tom, who lived in Montreal with his wife, Munch. They adopted their kids but couldn't have kids biologically. Diner scene with the pancakes, strip club talking about Munch.  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: colette on August 12, 2009, 07:37:36 AM
Also, really loving Chris Messina...I'm going to sound super ignorant -- what have I seen him in before Away We Go?

He played Tom, who lived in Montreal with his wife, Munch. They adopted their kids but couldn't have kids biologically. Diner scene with the pancakes, strip club talking about Munch.  :D

Actually, I think lovefool was asking what he's been in besides AWG.

He was in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (which, coincidentally I just mentioned above in another context. :D) I'm also pretty sure I remember him from a few episodes of Six Feet Under...I'm sure there are others, but that's all I recall off the top of my head. Oh - he's also in JK's BIwHM, so there's another reason to look forward to it.  ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: PeanutGallery on August 12, 2009, 09:56:37 AM
Anyway, halfbaked, did you see Woody Allen's latest, Whatever It Takes? (Such a great title.) Uneven, I thought...funny, but not one of his greats. (I don't love all his films, but a few of them - like Annie Hall, have almost religious significance for me. :D) However, if you're a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan - I am, big time - it's definitely worth seeing for Larry David. Woody's film before that - Vicky Cristina Barcelona, on the other hand, I loved.  :)

Oh, Annie Hall is a religious experience! ;)

There's a lengthy list of Allen's films that I would stuff into the hallowed out "Physicians' Desk Reference" to take with me on that desert island.  :D Crimes and Misdemeanors, Manhattan, Play it Again, Sam, Broadway Danny Rose, Radio Days, Bullets Over Broadway, Hannah and Her Sisters, Zelig, Mighty Aphrodite, Vicky Christina Barcelona, and yes, Annie Hall! And that's off the top of my head, so I might be missing some.

There are, of course, films of his that I didn't love all that much. And, for what it's worth, he can be repetitive. I thought Match Point was basically Crimes and Misdemeanors revisited, though I liked its very different atmospheric feel.

I haven't yet seen Whatever It Takes, but I definitely will. :)

Re: Lovely Bones. I have such a complex relationship with the book. I loved its flow, the writing, the treatment, the characters. It was an ordeal to read, because I tend to process things as if through my skin (I can't help it, that's how my imagination -- the perpetual inadvertent empath -- works) and this isn't something one would ever want to feel or imagine. It's a tough subject matter, it, quite frankly, hurts. But that's also the measure of what a good book it is. That it gets you on a personal level. And I must say I didn't love the ending. Not the way the live characters ended up, mind you, but the way the culprit did. It felt ... like not enough. Almost too unfairly quick and painless. It's not a flaw of the book, it's my own sense of justice screaming in my head. Sigh.

But, back on topic, I am looking forward to the film.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on August 13, 2009, 04:43:29 PM
Just got back from seeing Julia & Julie (never know if I'm getting the order of names right. lol). I thought it was quite lovely.  Meryl was of course terrific and Amy Adams...this girl is just my new fave.  I love everything she does.  Highly recommend to all.  Funny and inspiring.

Also, really loving Chris Messina...I'm going to sound super ignorant -- what have I seen him in before Away We Go?

This article about Messina popped up with Google Alerts this afternoon.  :)

Actor Chris Messina, long under the radar, is on a career upswing. (http://www.backstage.com/bso/news-and-features-features/you-got-the-part-1004003051.story)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: colette on August 13, 2009, 04:59:18 PM
Okay, clearly halfbaked and I are timesharing a brain....I just this minute linked that in the AWG thread. O0
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on August 13, 2009, 05:24:54 PM

I'd be proud to share a brain with you.  :D
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Post by: larrymcg421 on August 13, 2009, 06:02:30 PM
I'm looking forward to Lovely Bones as well. I think Peter Jackson is probably the perfect director to do justice to this book, given his previous effort Heavenly Creatures, which I think is one of the finest films ever made. Both stories deal with dark subject matter mixed with fantasy elements.

And, slightly OT, any of you that have read Lovely Bones should also read Lucky, which is Sebold's account of being a rape victim while in college. It's an incredible book.
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Post by: PeanutGallery on August 13, 2009, 08:03:13 PM
I'm looking forward to Lovely Bones as well. I think Peter Jackson is probably the perfect director to do justice to this book, given his previous effort Heavenly Creatures, which I think is one of the finest films ever made. Both stories deal with dark subject matter mixed with fantasy elements.

I absolutely love Heavenly Creatures. And I also think Peter Jackson was a very good choice.

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And, slightly OT, any of you that have read Lovely Bones should also read Lucky, which is Sebold's account of being a rape victim while in college. It's an incredible book.

I am working up the nerve. I love her writing. I absolutely want to read this. But it's a tough, tough subject matter and it takes a lot for me sum up the courage to tackle it. But I will.
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Post by: sora on August 13, 2009, 11:19:14 PM
Did a screening of "Spread (http://www.spread-themovie.com/)" tonight. It's Ashton Kutcher's newest movie. Umm... how can I put this? It wasn't awful but it wasn't good either. It was satirical... to a point. There was also a lot of gratuitous sex, soft-core porn, some may call it. We were in a 300+ seat theater, only got about 60% filled, and had 7 walkouts. Yeah, I don't think it's going to do well.

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Post by: lisahoo on August 14, 2009, 02:22:36 PM
Has anyone heard about the new Uma Thurman movie Motherhood (http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810025319/info) -- coming out Oct 16th? 

Cast includes Minnie Driver & Anthony Edwards. The promo poster is terrible, but it looks funny and hopefully uplifting.
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Post by: spencer_0123 on August 14, 2009, 10:14:04 PM
I just got back from seeing The Time Traveler's Wife, and I just can't figure out if I liked it or not. I'll start with this- It wasn't a disaster. It very well could have been, but it wasn't. It wasn't great either. I'm not sure it would make sense in a lot of ways to someone who hasn't read the book, and those who have will likely come away a little disappointed. The book was long and very detailed, and I think they did a good job of piling as much as they could into 2 hours. The first scene is definitely a clunker, but the whole thing smooths out a bit as it goes on.

I think my biggest issue was that while they packed a lot of stories in, they didn't seem to explore any of them in much detail:

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Also, the ending...

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I thought Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana were excellent. They had great chemistry and did a fantastic job with what they had.

Just some general observations, mostly character related:

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Post by: sora on August 14, 2009, 10:41:27 PM
I haven't read the book, Spencer, but Rachel's interview on The Daily Show (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-13-2009/rachel-mcadams) seemed like she gave away a lot. Heh... My parents saw it tonight although I told them to watch (500) Days of Summer instead.  ;D
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Post by: spencer_0123 on August 15, 2009, 05:49:44 PM
I haven't read the book, Spencer, but Rachel's interview on The Daily Show (http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-13-2009/rachel-mcadams) seemed like she gave away a lot. Heh... My parents saw it tonight although I took them to watch (500) Days of Summer instead.  ;D

Oh my gosh! She gave away, like, every plot point in the movie!  laughingicon. I'm sure the company loved that. LOL Thanks for the link, sora.

I'm pretty excited. I just found out (500) Days of Summer is playing is play close-ish to here, so I'm going tomorrow. ;D
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Post by: devs on August 15, 2009, 07:03:06 PM
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(500) Days of Summer

I am dying to see this movie.  Zooey Deschanel is one of my favs.  Next week the kids are back in school and I will finally have some time to myself to check it out.
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Post by: MojoPin on August 16, 2009, 09:15:17 AM
Yesterday I saw The Usual Suspects for the first time. I already knew how it ended but even though I was spoiled, it was a good movie. Had some nice suspenseful moments. I feel good ticking another iconic movie off my list, especially because I hadn't intended on renting it. I was going to try to have a Mary McDonnell marathon but I couldn't find Dances With Wolves or Grand Canyon so I rented Usual Suspects and Soap instead. But Mary McDonnell, fear not. I was able to rent Mumford and Passion Fish. (The rental place has a nice deal: Five movies, six dollars, seven days. Five for six for seven.)

Then, later in the evening, my mom and I went to see Julie and Julia. Meryl Streep was, as predicted, brilliant. But that's nothing new. Amy Adams did a good job but I didn't think Julie was interesting as a character. She was too self involved and narcissistic which I guess was the point at parts but . . . It didn't exactly endear her to me. Both Stanley Tucci and Chris Messina were good. Tucci glows in the movie. Critics have said it's like he's enamored by Meryl Streep's performance. Whatever it is, that's exactly how you play a man in love.

I was going to see District 9 yesterday but my date canceled due to trailer truck issues. He's moving, so not only will I no longer be semi-dating someone, I will also have no one to see these kind of movies with me. I'm much more disappointed about the latter.
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Post by: Cousin Mose on August 17, 2009, 11:37:20 AM
Okay, so District 9. I had a feeling that this was going to be an amazing movie, and I was not disappointed. In fact, I'd rank it as one of the best films I've seen so far this year--maybe the best. Here's why: (spoilered)

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So there you have it. District 9 is an amazing movie, and I already want to see it again.
 
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Post by: kells8995 on August 17, 2009, 01:13:18 PM
Thanks for that review, Mose.  I've been hearing good things and I can't wait to see this one!!
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Post by: spencer_0123 on August 18, 2009, 08:20:08 AM
I completely agree with everything Mose said! I saw District 9 last night and it was fantastic. I didn't know too much about it going in other than it was this summer's "alien invasion" flick, and, wow. Almost every aspect of the classic "alien" movie was rethought and given a unique twist. It was very refreshing.

I also saw (500) Days of Summer this weekend and adored it. Thanks to everyone for the recs on it!
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Post by: bitterpill on August 18, 2009, 04:16:32 PM
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I also saw (500) Days of Summer this weekend and adored it.

Yay!  Loved it even more the 2nd time I saw it.

So happy to see it is doing well in box office returns.  I always enjoy a good sleeper hit.
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Post by: lisahoo on August 18, 2009, 06:02:14 PM
Ooh -- I want to see District 9.  They had these signs on the doors to the theater when I took my daughters to see Ponyo with that alien dude and the caption "This theater for humans only".  I really like that it looks like a movie that breaks the mold.  I dig that.

About Ponyo, it seemed like a Japanese film that Disney somehow got a hold of, cast with American actors and tried to Americanize it.  There is no way I'm buying Matt Damon as the voice of a character named Koichi.  *Upon checking IMDB, that's exactly what happened.  Hmm.

Liam Neeson (he voiced Ponyo's father) is becoming the new James Earl Jones.  His voice is everywhere, and everytime I hear it, I'm aware of it, 'oh, this is Liam Neeson' and hear him and not the character.  It's annoying.  But I still love him.  (BTW-- Taken is a great popcorn movie.  I love the idea that we have badasses like this in the US military somewhere.)
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Post by: spencer_0123 on August 18, 2009, 06:23:31 PM
I saw The Traveler's Wife for the second time this afternoon (whoo! for $4 Tuesdays) and liked it much more this time. I wasn't concerned about what may or may not match with the book, just took it for what it was, and it was much more enjoyable.

We have no air condition at home, and the last few weeks have been so brutal that I've just been going to the movies all the time! 5 in the last 7 days- and now I'm running out of movies! I'll probably go and see that car dealership one with Ed later this week, but after that I have no interest in what's left (Bandslam, Perfect Getaway, Ugly Truth  :-\). It also looks like there's not much of interest opening this weekend (aside from Inglorious Basterds), so thank goodness I'm out of town next week :D

Yeah, not much point to this post. Sorry  laughingicon
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Post by: EverybodyHurts on August 18, 2009, 07:30:08 PM
Last night I saw two indie flicks, "Adam" and "Departures" at a little cinema in West Newton.  They were both well done, although I found the latter one pretty emotionally draining.  I would recommend them both if they come to an art house near you.  :)
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Post by: jazzfan on August 18, 2009, 07:52:13 PM
Thanks for the rec EH, I saw something about Adam and it sounded good.  If it makes it out here to East Gravelswitch, I'll definitely make an effort to see it.
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Post by: halfbaked on August 18, 2009, 08:06:10 PM

I hadn't heard of Departures so I looked it up on IMDb. Is it this Oscar winning Japanese film (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1069238/), Okuribito?  :-\ 
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Post by: jazzfan on August 18, 2009, 08:09:50 PM
I just remembered where I'd heard about Adam.  NPR had a feature on the author. 

*light bulb goes one*
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Post by: EverybodyHurts on August 18, 2009, 08:16:44 PM

I hadn't heard of Departures so I looked it up on IMDb. Is it this Oscar winning Japanese film (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1069238/), Okuribito?  :-\ 


Yes, and I'm not much for subtitled films (that's my daughter's thing) but OMG, this movie was really amazing.  Full of poignancy, symbolism and just, wow.  I hate to cry at movies, because my sniffling must disturb other people, but there were a lot of people sniffling in the theater during this movie. 
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Post by: halfbaked on August 18, 2009, 09:05:17 PM

I hadn't heard of Departures so I looked it up on IMDb. Is it this Oscar winning Japanese film (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1069238/), Okuribito?  :-\ 


Yes, and I'm not much for subtitled films (that's my daughter's thing) but OMG, this movie was really amazing.  Full of poignancy, symbolism and just, wow.  I hate to cry at movies, because my sniffling must disturb other people, but there were a lot of people sniffling in the theater during this movie. 


Between your rec and the IMDb summary, I've added this to my must-see list. However, I think I may have to wait until it hits cable since moviefone tells me the closest location is Three Rivers, MI, a mere 141.7 miles away.  :o
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Post by: EverybodyHurts on August 18, 2009, 09:06:57 PM
Better to see it at home, with a big box of Kleenex handy.  That's my plan for seeing it again, anyway.
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Post by: zerohhero on August 18, 2009, 09:23:24 PM
If anybody would like a link to watch Departures online, send me a pm.
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Post by: bigtunette on August 19, 2009, 12:13:00 AM
I saw 500 Days of Summer too. Part of me really liked it, and part of me didn't. I feel like, in many ways, it was just your typical indie movie: the great soundtrack, the cutesy hand-drawn titles, the other little "devices" it employed, the quirky indie girl, the wise-talking young kid. Plus, the male lead was kind of the woobiest woobie that ever woobied (TV Tropes has ruined my vocabulary forever, I apologize).

On the positive note... minor spoilers behind the bar because I'm kinda paranoid.

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I'm currently rewatching Lost in Translation. It really is my favorite movie in the world. Any other fans here?
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Post by: Callisto on August 19, 2009, 12:27:09 AM
Okay, so District 9. I had a feeling that this was going to be an amazing movie, and I was not disappointed. In fact, I'd rank it as one of the best films I've seen so far this year--maybe the best. Here's why: (spoilered)

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So there you have it. District 9 is an amazing movie, and I already want to see it again.
 

I saw District 9 last night and wholeheartedly agree with Mose's assessment (which succinctly points out all the things I liked and appreciated about it, so I'm going to be lazy and let his review speak for me).  It was unique and interesting and well worth watching.  Reminded me a bit of Cloverfield.  I'm going to see if I can get my friends to go so I can see it again.   
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Post by: bitterpill on August 19, 2009, 08:43:41 AM
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I'm currently rewatching Lost in Translation. It really is my favorite movie in the world. Any other fans here?

Me!!!  Love, love, love it.

I have found that to be a film that people either love or hate.
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Post by: colette on August 19, 2009, 08:49:32 AM
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I'm currently rewatching Lost in Translation. It really is my favorite movie in the world. Any other fans here?

Me!!!  Love, love, love it.

I have found that to be a film that people either love or hate.

Count me in on the loving it side. Bill Murray singing Roxy Music's More Than This in that karaoke bar is still one of my fave scenes ever. Just everything about that movie - the acting, atmosphere, mood, photography, art direction, story....dang. Now I want to watch it again.
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Post by: MojoPin on August 19, 2009, 09:15:16 AM
I watched Passion Fish last night and was pleasantly surprised that it totally held my interest for the 2 hour+ running time. For those of you who like character driven dramas, this is a good one. Mary McDonnell was nominated for Best Actress back in 1992 but lost out to Emma Thompson in Howard's End. Having seen both performances, I have to hand it to Mary. And not just because I'm turning into a huge fan girl because I've definitely had my moments with Emma Thompson, too. But hell, good performances in female driven movies . . . 1992 didn't suck for those. Who knew?

(On a note that is only funny to me, I realize that my mini Mary McDonnell marathon is actually a mini Alfre Woodard marathon. She's co-star of Passion Fish and actually has more screen time in Mumford. I find this amusing.)
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Post by: Callisto on August 19, 2009, 11:08:16 AM
I watched Passion Fish last night and was pleasantly surprised that it totally held my interest for the 2 hour+ running time. For those of you who like character driven dramas, this is a good one. Mary McDonnell was nominated for Best Actress back in 1992 but lost out to Emma Thompson in Howard's End. Having seen both performances, I have to hand it to Mary. And not just because I'm turning into a huge fan girl because I've definitely had my moments with Emma Thompson, too. But hell, good performances in female driven movies . . . 1992 didn't suck for those. Who knew?

(On a note that is only funny to me, I realize that my mini Mary McDonnell marathon is actually a mini Alfre Woodard marathon. She's co-star of Passion Fish and actually has more screen time in Mumford. I find this amusing.)

Passion Fish is great.  Did you ever get to see Grand Canyon?  That was really good too, as is Mumford-- one of my favorite barely-known movies.  There are terrific casts in all of those movies.  Alfre Woodard is such a gem in Mumford. 



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Post by: Too Late Kev on August 19, 2009, 11:42:31 AM
One scene I always remember from Grand Canyon is between Mary McDonnell's character and her husband.  It's paraphrased...

Him: What did the police say?
Her: Mmm?
Him: I'm pretty sure the police didn't say "Mmm."
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Post by: MojoPin on August 19, 2009, 11:57:14 AM
I'm hoping to get Grand Canyon next time at the video rental place. It was checked out last time (as was Dances With Wolves, argh) but I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to another Mary McDonnell movie because I'm currently in love with her.
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Post by: Too Late Kev on August 19, 2009, 02:49:13 PM
Some candid photos from Star Wars (http://www.lifelounge.com/Rare-Star-Wars-images.aspx) you probably have never seen; I know I hadn't.
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Post by: funkybutt on August 20, 2009, 08:47:12 AM
Some candid photos from Star Wars (http://www.lifelounge.com/Rare-Star-Wars-images.aspx) you probably have never seen; I know I hadn't.

I love how Chewie's coping a feel off Leia!  :D
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Post by: EverybodyHurts on August 20, 2009, 09:00:43 AM
"Can someone get this big, walking carpet away from me?"  ;D
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Post by: Morning Angel on August 20, 2009, 12:34:34 PM
We were wondering if some Office people might attend the Toronto Film Fest (John's BIWHM is supposed to screen as is one of Jenna's movies).  Unfortunately, they are not in the very long list of attendees. (http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/tiff/article/683267)

However, Colin Firth, Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Keanu Reeves, Matt Damon and Clive Owen are so I'm not complainin'.  coolicon

ETA: Emily Blunt will be there though.
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Post by: Too Late Kev on August 20, 2009, 12:57:39 PM
MA, if you go (and I hope you do :)), please report back to us on the experience.  It sounds like fun.
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Post by: Morning Angel on August 20, 2009, 01:11:04 PM
I have not been very lucky in past years as far as seeing celebrities.  Part of the problem is that I'm always too busy in the first few weeks of class (I'm teaching 2 new classes this semester which won't help!) to attend/hang out around the festival.  But I can dream of running into Colin Firth at Starbucks.  You never know. ;)
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Post by: Beeswax on August 20, 2009, 01:30:53 PM
I have not been very lucky in past years as far as seeing celebrities.  Part of the problem is that I'm always too busy in the first few weeks of class (I'm teaching 2 new classes this semester which won't help!) to attend/hang out around the festival.  But I can dream of running into Colin Firth at Starbucks.  You never know. ;)

That would be dreamy.  I'd love to go if only to see BIWHM.  I've never been before, so I have no idea how to get tickets.
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Post by: Morning Angel on August 20, 2009, 01:34:39 PM
That would be dreamy.  I'd love to go if only to see BIWHM.  I've never been before, so I have no idea how to get tickets.

Tickets for single movies (as opposed to buying a pass) will be on sale starting September 4th.  All the details are here. (http://tiff.net/boxoffice/howtobuy)
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Post by: EverybodyHurts on August 21, 2009, 06:13:43 PM
My daughter just saw IB, and texted me that it's the best movie she's seen this summer.  Admittedly, she's a big Tarantino fan, but I never thought anything would knock 500 Days of Summer off the top of her list.  Can't wait until she calls me later with more details.
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Post by: zerohhero on August 21, 2009, 07:03:40 PM
Trailer for Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhydyxRjujU)
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Post by: Emador on August 21, 2009, 07:59:50 PM
My daughter just saw IB, and texted me that it's the best movie she's seen this summer.  Admittedly, she's a big Tarantino fan, but I never thought anything would knock 500 Days of Summer off the top of her list.  Can't wait until she calls me later with more details.

I saw it on Wednesday and I thought it was one of the best films I've seen this year so far. It's definitely one of Tarantino's better films. 
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Post by: MojoPin on August 21, 2009, 08:07:21 PM
Question about District 9: What's the camera work like? Is it documentary like? Are there quick cuts and swipes? It is jittery? I need to know if I should take something before I go see it tomorrow so I don't throw up on the people sitting in front of me.
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Post by: Callisto on August 21, 2009, 08:09:20 PM
Question about District 9: What's the camera work like? Is it documentary like? Are there quick cuts and swipes? It is jittery? I need to know if I should take something before I go see it tomorrow so I don't throw up on the people sitting in front of me.

It is a documentary style, but the camera work is quite smooth, not jittery at all.  There might be a quick cut here and there but it's certainly nothing like Cloverfield.  You should be okay.  :)
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Post by: Too Late Kev on August 21, 2009, 08:21:11 PM
I didn't have any problem with motion sickness and that's a problem I've had in the past with movies.  I was sitting perhaps 1/4 to 1/3 the way from the front; Mr. Kev likes to sit close. ::)  So I think you'll be fine.
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Post by: MojoPin on August 21, 2009, 09:47:42 PM
Thanks, callisto and TLK. Your posts bring me joy.

On a different topic, can I complain about watching a rental and having that movie skip or stall all the time because the people who rented it before you couldn't not scratch it all up? I was half way through Sweeney Todd, which I've never seen, and as soon as it gets to all the killing and baking, it kept stopping. I got totally fed up and stopped watching. Which may be kind of good because I don't do well with cannibalism in movies but the amount of DVDs I've rented that have been scratched beyond belief is kind of unacceptable and part of the reason I've renewed my Netflix account. (Dances With Wolves comes tomorrow!)
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Post by: lisahoo on August 21, 2009, 09:52:52 PM
Watch out -- Netflix DVDs are notorious for freezing up, usually right at a pivotal scene.  It happens so often that we yell "Netflix!" in unison every time it happens. 

Usually we can fix it by lifting the front of the DVD player about a cm or 2 and letting it drop.  (A quasi-scientific version of banging on the DVD player -- heh.)
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Post by: bigtunette on August 21, 2009, 09:54:36 PM
Thanks, callisto and TLK. Your posts bring me joy.

On a different topic, can I complain about watching a rental and having that movie skip or stall all the time because the people who rented it before you couldn't not scratch it all up? I was half way through Sweeney Todd, which I've never seen, and as soon as it gets to all the killing and baking, it kept stopping. I got totally fed up and stopped watching. Which may be kind of good because I don't do well with cannibalism in movies but the amount of DVDs I've rented that have been scratched beyond belief is kind of unacceptable and part of the reason I've renewed my Netflix account. (Dances With Wolves comes tomorrow!)

Ugh. I hate that. It happens sometimes with Netflix too, though I can't say how often it would happen in comparison to store rentals because I haven't rented a movie from a store in years (and I don't think I've ever rented a DVD from a store). Netflix is really easy to deal with though, and if you get a scratched-up disk, they're more than happy to replace it for you.
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Post by: MojoPin on August 21, 2009, 09:58:18 PM
Watch out -- Netflix DVDs are notorious for freezing up, usually right at a pivotal scene.  It happens so often that we yell "Netflix!" in unison every time it happens. 

Usually we can fix it by lifting the front of the DVD player about a cm or 2 and letting it drop.  (A quasi-scientific version of banging on the DVD player -- heh.)

That's interesting that you've said that because I was thinking today about how my Netflix DVDs have very rarely freezed up. I'm actually worried that part of the problem is my DVD player. My friend told me (after I cussed a storm when my BSG DVDs kept skipping the very first time they had been opened) that some DVD players are really sensitive to light scratches and dust. I had a few problems on my computer when I got fed up with the DVD player and moved media but nothing compared to that DVD player.

So, when I get Dances With Wolves tomorrow and watch it and it freezes . . . I'll concede that it's the DVD player rather than the DVDs because the years I used Netflix back during my sophomore and senior years in college, I had very few problems.
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Post by: lisahoo on August 21, 2009, 10:08:30 PM
I've never had a problem where it wouldn't play at all -- but Netflix discs do get a LOT of wear.  Maybe more than Blockbuster because they don't sit on the shelf for long, those suckers get in the door & back out within the same day usually.
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Post by: lovefool on August 22, 2009, 02:40:21 AM
Also, really loving Chris Messina...I'm going to sound super ignorant -- what have I seen him in before Away We Go?

He played Tom, who lived in Montreal with his wife, Munch. They adopted their kids but couldn't have kids biologically. Diner scene with the pancakes, strip club talking about Munch.  :D

Actually, I think lovefool was asking what he's been in besides AWG.

He was in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (which, coincidentally I just mentioned above in another context. :D) I'm also pretty sure I remember him from a few episodes of Six Feet Under...I'm sure there are others, but that's all I recall off the top of my head. Oh - he's also in JK's BIwHM, so there's another reason to look forward to it.  ;)

I am SO late in replying to this...Thanks Colette! You were right. I was asking about his career prior to AWG. I haven't seen any of those things you mentioned...but now I'll definitely be on the look out for him BIWHM.
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Post by: sora on August 22, 2009, 03:08:58 AM
Has anyone heard of James Cameron's Avatar (http://www2.avatarmovie.com/)? Friday was Avatar Day and I was curious about the film so I went and saw the preview. It was interesting. I'm not really a Sci-Fi gal, for the most part, so it wasn't really my thing. However, a good number of people were so excited for it. There was one guy who absolutely couldn't contain his excitement and kept inching his way up in the line even though it wasn't moving. Another went and saw the 20 minute preview twice. Another described it as, and I quote, "Do you remember how it felt seeing Jurassic Park when it first came out to theaters? That's how I felt seeing these scenes." Heck, the theater already was selling/releasing tickets to the midnight opening... for December 18th!  :o

Anyways, here's the press release from the event today... er, yesterday if you're curious:

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on August 22, 2009, 09:32:41 AM
Has anyone heard of James Cameron's Avatar (http://www2.avatarmovie.com/)?

I don't think it's unfair to say that Avatar has been the most anticipated Hollywood project for the past twelve years now.

But I have no desire to see it unless it gets District 9-like reviews.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on August 22, 2009, 11:39:21 AM
While James Cameron is a great director, I don't know what to think about Avatar. I saw the trailer the other day (didn't have time to check out the free preview at the cinema), but I didn't understand any of it. One minute he's in a wheelchair, and then there are several blue people jumping around in a jungle... What the...?
I'm not very interested in science fiction, so perhaps that's why I'm not that excited about it. I might see it if there's nothing else to watch during Christmas, though.

I'm seeing Inglourious Basterds tomorrow. After reading all the great reviews for IB, I'm even more excited than I was after seeing the trailer.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lovefool on August 22, 2009, 07:18:16 PM
Just came back from seeing Paper Heart.  Oh I have SO much to say! lol.  I loved this film for many reasons and just read a Sundance review and commentary (after seeing the film) that made me love it even more because it pointed out something for me that I hadn't even SEEN...and now that it's been pointed out to me, I like it even better!  What a unique, fun film. 

Not many in the matinee seemed to laugh except for me and this other girl in the back row...it's definitely more quirky than a typical "romantic comedy" but I loved it.  It felt like more than that to me.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on August 22, 2009, 11:41:04 PM
Avatar trailer (http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/avatar/).

Trailer to a 2008 animated film Delgo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj7erNshEEM).

A comparison. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ExBaANo5fo)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on August 23, 2009, 12:04:03 AM
The parts of Avatar in the alien landscape look animated.  Does anyone know how much of that is supposed to be live action vs. green screen/animation/FX?  It looks kind of cheesy in those parts.

In the comparison, the floating islands in the sky are obviously the most alike.  Some of the pictures aren't that much alike (show Mel Gibson in his blue paint in Braveheart in a similar pose and he might resemble the blue guy), but some are uncanny in their similarity.

In general I like James Cameron's films.  Whether or not I see Avatar in the theaters depends on what the buzz is when it comes out.  If there are a lot of comments about the cartoon landscape, I'd probably wait.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on August 23, 2009, 12:19:23 AM
So, the whole Avatar thing. The preview that I saw was about 20 minutes of the movie. Not consecutive scenes but you kind-of get the gist.

While James Cameron is a great director, I don't know what to think about Avatar. I saw the trailer the other day (didn't have time to check out the free preview at the cinema), but I didn't understand any of it. One minute he's in a wheelchair, and then there are several blue people jumping around in a jungle... What the...?


Here's the answer to that:

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The parts of Avatar in the alien landscape look animated.  Does anyone know how much of that is supposed to be live action vs. green screen/animation/FX?  It looks kind of cheesy in those parts.

In general I like James Cameron's films.  Whether or not I see Avatar in the theaters depends on what the buzz is when it comes out.  If there are a lot of comments about the cartoon landscape, I'd probably wait.

The preview that I saw was in 3-D so it was interesting. It seems like the first 1/3 or 1/4 of the movie will be live action, 1/3 or 1/2 will be green screen/animation/FX, and the 1/3 or 1/4 will be a combination of the two. It's not as cheesy/cartoonish as the trailer makes it.  :D

I'm not a Sci-Fi gal so I won't be seeing it in December, so it definitely has its following.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on August 23, 2009, 05:40:45 AM
Here's the answer to that:

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Oh, okay, that makes sense. Thanks, sora. :)

I think I'll wait and see if it gets great reviews from Peter Travers and Roger Ebert before I decide to see it or not. Besides, it doesn't like a new Titanic blockbuster, so I don't think it'll sweep the Oscars like Titanic did. It'll probably get some technical awards, but I don't think it'll win much else.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on August 23, 2009, 07:13:47 AM
Saw District 9. It totally made me sick. I knew within the first five minutes I was going to get dizzy. But it wasn't as bad as it was when I saw The Wrestler and I got to see most of it, even if I was sideways the whole time. I only had to shut my eyes during a few parts that were too quickly cut. And it was really good. District 10, anyone? (Maybe not in the theater for me, but a rental would be nice.)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on August 23, 2009, 11:16:54 AM
I've never had a problem where it wouldn't play at all -- but Netflix discs do get a LOT of wear. 

I have had that problem several times with Netflix movies. I've tried skipping forward to the next section, but it really annoys me that I miss quite a bit of the movie by skipping forward. We've been successful getting some DVDs to play on our Playstation 2 when they froze on our DVD player.

We subscribe to the cheapie version of Netflix (1 out at a time) so it's doubly annoying when I have to ask for a replacement DVD b/c it takes so long to get the replacement. But then again, I have a DVD sitting on top of my TV that I've had for 2 weeks and still haven't watched ("Little Voice").
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on August 23, 2009, 05:38:41 PM
I just got back from seeing Inglourious Basterds starring "our" very own B.J. Novak, and I loved it! One of the best movies of the summer in my opinion. There are so many twists and turns in the movie that I'll put the rest of my comments below...


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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: bkwrm on August 23, 2009, 05:42:45 PM
kreidy, I agree with everything you said about Inglourious Basterds.  It's definitely one of the best movies I've seen this year.

Oh yeah, you forgot something:

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on August 23, 2009, 05:48:05 PM
For IB, where would you put the level of gore on the scale of the following: Final Destination, Pearl Harbor, Saving Private Ryan, or any one slasher movie?  vampiresmile
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on August 23, 2009, 05:49:49 PM
kreidy, I agree with everything you said about Inglourious Basterds.  It's definitely one of the best movies I've seen this year.

Oh yeah, you forgot something:

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 laughingicon Yep.

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sora, there are some scenes that are quite gruesome in this movie, but I don't think it beats Saving Private Ryan. The thing is that the violence in IB is so over-the-top that you find yourself chuckling while wanting to look away because it's so bizarre. I mean, scalping Nazis? I can only speak for myself, but I've seen Holocaust movies that were far more violent and awful than IB, so I didn't think it was that bad. Then again, it's a Tarantino movie, so there will be lots of fake blood. The worst scenes in my opinion were...

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: bkwrm on August 23, 2009, 05:54:34 PM
For IB, where would you put the level of gore on the scale of the following: Final Destination, Pearl Harbor, Saving Private Ryan, or any one slasher movie?  vampiresmile

I haven't seen the first two movies but it's way more than Saving Private Ryan.  More like Kill Bill, I think?

kreidy, I agree with everything you said about Inglourious Basterds.  It's definitely one of the best movies I've seen this year.

Oh yeah, you forgot something:

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 laughingicon Yep.

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I think that was when the theater laughed the hardest. 

Also,

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on August 23, 2009, 06:02:13 PM
Also,

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I agree. He reminded me a bit of Amon Goeth in Schindler's List in that he was scarily intelligent, but he was also incredibly different because there was nothing over-the-top about Goeth.

And another thing:

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: bkwrm on August 23, 2009, 06:21:31 PM
It's been a while since I saw Saving Private Ryan so I might be wrong about it being more gory than IB.  Although I tend to cover my eyes at the gory scenes so I usually miss out on the level of gory-ness.


And another thing:

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YES!!  I'm so glad I'm not the only one.  Pity "The Little Man" wasn't part of that scene  ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on August 23, 2009, 09:24:34 PM
Saw District 9. It totally made me sick. I knew within the first five minutes I was going to get dizzy. But it wasn't as bad as it was when I saw The Wrestler and I got to see most of it, even if I was sideways the whole time. I only had to shut my eyes during a few parts that were too quickly cut. And it was really good. District 10, anyone? (Maybe not in the theater for me, but a rental would be nice.)

Sorry, Mojo!  You're apparently even a worse case than I am for motion sickness. :P (Hey, that's a pretty good motion-sickness emoticon, isn't it?)  I thought if I wasn't affected, you wouldn't be.  Glad you at least liked the movie.  Maybe if you sat in the back row for that kind of movie...(or did you already?)  Anyway, sorry.  Motion sickness = no fun.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: norsk_heksen on August 23, 2009, 11:52:13 PM
Question about IB: I haven't seen any of the movies y'all are comparing it to, nor any other Tarantino film (yeah, I know, I'm deprived), so would you be able to compare it to Pan's Labyrinth? I read the description for IB and immediately thought, 'Oh, no way, that is not a movie for me to see. Way too intense and violent, I don't need to see that.' But if people are loving it, there must be a reason. Now with PL, I did not realize when I first watched it that it was so violent, and it stayed with me pretty intensely for a couple of days. I've seen it once since, and I had to spend a day mentally preparing myself. I think it's a great movie, a deep movie, I'm just not good at handling violence (physical and otherwise) in movies. So I guess my question boils down to, what makes IB good, and will it be worth my discomfort?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on August 24, 2009, 04:16:14 AM
YES!!  I'm so glad I'm not the only one.  Pity "The Little Man" wasn't part of that scene  ;)

I immediately started thinking of Kelly talking about Ryan being insecure about his height when they called him that.  :D

Question about IB: I haven't seen any of the movies y'all are comparing it to, nor any other Tarantino film (yeah, I know, I'm deprived), so would you be able to compare it to Pan's Labyrinth? I read the description for IB and immediately thought, 'Oh, no way, that is not a movie for me to see. Way too intense and violent, I don't need to see that.' But if people are loving it, there must be a reason. Now with PL, I did not realize when I first watched it that it was so violent, and it stayed with me pretty intensely for a couple of days. I've seen it once since, and I had to spend a day mentally preparing myself. I think it's a great movie, a deep movie, I'm just not good at handling violence (physical and otherwise) in movies. So I guess my question boils down to, what makes IB good, and will it be worth my discomfort?

norsk_heksen, I've seen Pan's Labyrinth, but it's a bit difficult to compare the two movies because the violence is portrayed so differently. (Let me say this, though; I usually don't have a problem with violence, but I refuse to watch torture movies like Saw.)

Tarantino makes very violent movies, but he does so while using a kind of cartoon violence, if you know what I mean. His characters usually don't react to the violence the way normal people would react because they're so used to it. Case in point, there's a scene in the brilliant Pulp Fiction where a guy ends up shooting and killing a guy in the backseat of his car because they hit a speed bump. (He was threatening him with a gun at the time.) It's so bizarre and awful, but the scene itself is actually hilarious, so you end up laughing out loud because it's so insane. That's the kind of violence in Tarantino's movies. There's a similar scene in IB, but it stars B.J. Novak, so I think all Office fans will find it funny and slightly disturbing at the same time.

Having said that, IB was probably the funniest movie I've seen since The Hangover, which is rather weird when you consider that it's a movie about Nazis. But yes, it is violent.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: summerteeth on August 24, 2009, 02:13:34 PM
Ian McKellan says that Bilbo Baggins has already been cast (http://tinyurl.com/n8m8k2).

Huuuge amounts of speculation there to wind up with David Tennant being in the top spot, but I would be very interested to see that come to pass. Very interested indeed.

Also mentioned is The (UK) Office's very own Martin Freeman. I actually think he would be inspired casting for a hobbit now that I think about it.

Damn, would they just hurry up and announce already?!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on August 24, 2009, 02:19:06 PM
I love Martin Freeman as Tim, but he does look a little bit hobbity.  Daniel Radcliffe would make a good hobbit (although it seems he's denying involvement) except I feel like a hobbit needs to be a little heavier around the middle.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: summerteeth on August 24, 2009, 02:25:09 PM
I love Martin Freeman as Tim, but he does look a little bit hobbity.  Daniel Radcliffe would make a good hobbit (although it seems he's denying involvement) except I feel like a hobbit needs to be a little heavier around the middle.

Well, in that case I could certainly give him some tips in that direction - I appear to be auditioning for a hobbit without realizing it!

As a friend of mine pointed out though, minor physical things like that are easily sorted out.

I can't really see Daniel Radcliffe wanting to commit himself to another fantasy-fandommy franchise so soon after finishing Harry Potter. And he does seem to be going to great lengths to do different things with his career. But who knows? I just know all the speculation is driving me nuts!!

I really need to re-read the book soon, it's been quite a while and I'm a little hazy on the details these days.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on August 24, 2009, 02:37:34 PM
As a friend of mine pointed out though, minor physical things like that are easily sorted out.

So true!  What was I thinking! ::)  After all, it's not like the people playing hobbits in the LotR movies were actually short! :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: summerteeth on August 24, 2009, 03:04:57 PM
As a friend of mine pointed out though, minor physical things like that are easily sorted out.

So true!  What was I thinking! ::)  After all, it's not like the people playing hobbits in the LotR movies were actually short! :D

Well, they weren't *that* short, but they weren't exactly lanky of build either! ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on August 24, 2009, 07:44:32 PM
Saw District 9. It totally made me sick. I knew within the first five minutes I was going to get dizzy. But it wasn't as bad as it was when I saw The Wrestler and I got to see most of it, even if I was sideways the whole time. I only had to shut my eyes during a few parts that were too quickly cut. And it was really good. District 10, anyone? (Maybe not in the theater for me, but a rental would be nice.)

Sorry, Mojo!  You're apparently even a worse case than I am for motion sickness. :P (Hey, that's a pretty good motion-sickness emoticon, isn't it?)  I thought if I wasn't affected, you wouldn't be.  Glad you at least liked the movie.  Maybe if you sat in the back row for that kind of movie...(or did you already?)  Anyway, sorry.  Motion sickness = no fun.

Oh, I sit myself in the back row for every movie. I have a real problem with motion sickness. I get dizzy on swing sets. I think Julie & Julia had a few touch and go moments for me. It's . . . totally an inconvenience.

ETA: I just finished Dances With Wolves. A four hour movie?! I watched the first half on Saturday. I was out of town yesterday and today at Cedar Point (America's Rockin' Roller Coast, dontchya know?) but just had to lounge on the couch with my pup after the long drive to watch the rest.

I think Kevin Costner did a good job. It's a slow movie but it's almost always interesting. I really like that this movie shows the Sioux as normal people. I think that's kind of rare in westerns/historical narratives because the POV is usually from an antagonistic white party. (Though it is interesting that the main character is white. And that the main female character is also white.) The Sioux laugh together, care for each other, protect each other, counsel each other . . . It's nice. Like, the scene where Kicking Bird is in bed with his wife and he finds one of his children's dolls in the bed . . . It's like, wow, these people are relatable.

And, of course, it makes sense, but native people are so rarely treated as normal that it was really refreshing to see it in this movie.

Um, fangirl here, but Mary McDonnell was great. I was kind of perturbed originally that she was white and that the main love story would be between the two white movie stars. (Okay, Mary wasn't a movie star. She was a Broadway star, but that doesn't count, I suppose.) But I was glad it ended up making sense that Stands With A Fist would be white in terms of actual plot and how her role in the village as mediator/translator between Kicking Bird and John Dunbar (Dances With Wolves) would lead to a romance.

The American soldiers were portrayed displicably but I could totally see their awful behavior towards Dunbar as being totally realistic. I thought the music of John Barry's score was really telling as to how we're supposed to view the white people, when Wind In His Hair and his party go in to rescue Dunbar from the soldiers newly arrived at Fort Sedgewick. They totally slaughter the party of soldiers, even go out of their way to put them down, but the music is so heroic and triumphant. And dude, when Smiles A Lot killed that soldier with a tomahawk to the chest, I totally wanted to cheer for him. I think a unique aspect of this film is that the white people have little to no redeemable value, except for Dunbar and Stands With A Fist, the only two who are integrated into the tribe.

I don't know so much about American history (I can tell a mean story about the ancient Babylonians, though, FWIW), but what I have learned puts me on the side of this movie.

The ending was interesting. Probably intentionally vague because, of course, we all know that the white men do expand their territory onto (and beyond) the prairies and we all know what that ended up meaning for the native people of the area, including the Sioux. I didn't like that Dunbar allowed Stands With A Fist to go with him to turn himself in. Those soldiers were totally assholes. Rape, anyone? I had a real problem with her going with him. I loved Wind In His Hair crying out "Dances With Wolves" (in Lakota) as Dunbar and Stands With A Fist leave. I have a total crush on Wind In His Hair, for sure, but it was a powerful moment. I couldn't tell if it was the Pawnee helping out the soldiers at the end, or not, but I was totally disgusted with them. I know they were looking out for their self interest, but they killed those dogs earlier in the movie and attacked the non-warriors of the Sioux beyond that (killing Stone Calf, too!) so that was just the icing on the cake.  

I just can't help but wonder what happened to Dunbar once he reached the authorities. What happened with Stands With A Fist? What did Ten Bears and Kicking Bird do when they realized the white people were going to take their land? Did they fight? Did they live?

So, yeah. Ramble. But I thought it was a good movie. It furthered my love for Mary McDonnell so . . . check! But I also think it makes the audience think a bit and challenges the typical schema Americans have regarding Native Americans and regarding our illustrious history of manifest destiny. I'd recommend the movie, definitely.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: norsk_heksen on August 24, 2009, 10:22:48 PM
YES!!  I'm so glad I'm not the only one.  Pity "The Little Man" wasn't part of that scene  ;)

I immediately started thinking of Kelly talking about Ryan being insecure about his height when they called him that.  :D

Question about IB: I haven't seen any of the movies y'all are comparing it to, nor any other Tarantino film (yeah, I know, I'm deprived), so would you be able to compare it to Pan's Labyrinth? I read the description for IB and immediately thought, 'Oh, no way, that is not a movie for me to see. Way too intense and violent, I don't need to see that.' But if people are loving it, there must be a reason. Now with PL, I did not realize when I first watched it that it was so violent, and it stayed with me pretty intensely for a couple of days. I've seen it once since, and I had to spend a day mentally preparing myself. I think it's a great movie, a deep movie, I'm just not good at handling violence (physical and otherwise) in movies. So I guess my question boils down to, what makes IB good, and will it be worth my discomfort?

norsk_heksen, I've seen Pan's Labyrinth, but it's a bit difficult to compare the two movies because the violence is portrayed so differently. (Let me say this, though; I usually don't have a problem with violence, but I refuse to watch torture movies like Saw.)

Tarantino makes very violent movies, but he does so while using a kind of cartoon violence, if you know what I mean. His characters usually don't react to the violence the way normal people would react because they're so used to it. Case in point, there's a scene in the brilliant Pulp Fiction where a guy ends up shooting and killing a guy in the backseat of his car because they hit a speed bump. (He was threatening him with a gun at the time.) It's so bizarre and awful, but the scene itself is actually hilarious, so you end up laughing out loud because it's so insane. That's the kind of violence in Tarantino's movies. There's a similar scene in IB, but it stars B.J. Novak, so I think all Office fans will find it funny and slightly disturbing at the same time.

Having said that, IB was probably the funniest movie I've seen since The Hangover, which is rather weird when you consider that it's a movie about Nazis. But yes, it is violent.

Thanks!!! Hm, I guess I don't mind that sort of violence (it's more the emotional part of it than the physical gore that bothers me -- except the squishy sounds *squirm*).... A funny movie about Nazis does indeed sound weird though. But I do like weird and insane things. But I'm still a little afraid, lol. I'll probably just end up seeing it if someone asks me to go with them. :P
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on August 25, 2009, 01:01:22 AM
Julie Powell gripes about Julie and Julia (http://www.doublex.com/section/arts/julie-powell-what-julie-julia-butchered) under the guise of talking about her cat.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: larrymcg421 on August 25, 2009, 01:16:09 AM
For IB, where would you put the level of gore on the scale of the following: Final Destination, Pearl Harbor, Saving Private Ryan, or any one slasher movie?  vampiresmile

I haven't seen Pearl Harbor (MichaelBayphobia), but it's certainly gorier than Final Destination. As for SPR, it's hard to compare. I think there is worse stuff in IB, but certainly not as upsetting as in SPR.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on August 25, 2009, 07:43:54 AM
I haven't seen Pearl Harbor (MichaelBayphobia), but it's certainly gorier than Final Destination. As for SPR, it's hard to compare. I think there is worse stuff in IB, but certainly not as upsetting as in SPR.

I agree. The first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan were far worse than anything Quentin Tarantino could ever come up with. Indeed, the 20 minute invasion sequence in SPR is probably the most violent scene I've ever seen because you know that it actually happened.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on August 25, 2009, 09:06:52 AM
Haven't seen IB yet, but the reason Tarantino movies don't bother me is that is sort of 'cartoon violence', if that makes any sense.  Sure, it's all fake blood in the movies, but something about the way the situations are set up in his movies in such an outlandish way that makes it easier to remove myself from it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on August 26, 2009, 10:49:13 PM
That sucks, Mojo.  I saw it tonight, and can't say I had any problem with it.

It was a good movie, but I must say, I thought it could have even been better had it stuck with its documentary premise.  The first 30 minutes were definitely its strongest.  It totally shifted at some point & kind of turned too Terminator-like/kind of too gross out in the last third of the movie.  Nevertheless, good solid premise and a lot of substance, if a little heavy-handed at times.

Before the movie, there was an ad for HBO shows, which I had never seen.  There were many characters from HBO shows like True Blood, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Big Love, In Treatment that were put in everyday life situations with viewers.  I thought it was great.

Saw District 9. It totally made me sick. I knew within the first five minutes I was going to get dizzy. But it wasn't as bad as it was when I saw The Wrestler and I got to see most of it, even if I was sideways the whole time. I only had to shut my eyes during a few parts that were too quickly cut. And it was really good. District 10, anyone? (Maybe not in the theater for me, but a rental would be nice.)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on August 28, 2009, 12:06:32 AM
I know everyone has been dying to hear more about my Mary McDonnell marathon *cough*. A couple days ago I watched "Sneakers", a "thriller" starring Mary, Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier, Dan Ackroyd, River Phoenix, Ben Kingsley, and David Strathairn. Not a bad looking cast. It was alright. I wasn't enamored of it. It was trying to be a "funny" thriller and some of the lighter moments hit but I think the actual "thriller" plot could have been better developed and/or executed.

Today I watched "Grand Canyon". I liked it better. Another great cast in this one and, I was excited to see, Mary had a much larger role. Before seeing it, I perused the imdb message boards to get an idea of what people thought of it (aside from those of you, callisto and TLK, if I'm remember correctly, who already recommended it) and saw it was similar to "Crash", which worried me because I thought "Crash" was an awful movie that treated racism in a really childish and condescending way.

"Grand Canyon" did have it's roll-the-eye moments, but I definitely liked it overall. Not surprisingly, I was most interested in Mary's character (Claire) and her finding of the baby and her interpretations of miracles. I also really enjoyed Kevin Kline's character's relationship with Danny Glover's character.

The theme of the movie was intriguing, the idea that the world is becoming something it's not supposed to be, that what we imagine is not what is, and that the gap between people grows larger but remains traversable. After I watched it, I found it criminal that "Crash" won the Best Picture Oscar while "Grand Canyon" was not, from what I've gathered, not even much of a hit at the box office and among critics. Too ahead of its time? I don't know, except that the themes that resonated back when it was made in the early 1990s are probably even more relevant today.

Next up in my Mary McDonnell Marathon: "Donnie Darko". I've seen it before, of course, but I didn't know who Mary was at the time, so I have to see it again so I can look and say, "Look! It's Mary!" It'll be a smashing good time.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on August 31, 2009, 05:37:26 PM
So, movies that I'm doing screenings for these coming two weeks: "Extract" (tonight), "World's Best Dad" (tomorrow), "9" (Next Tuesday at 9:09pm... did I mention that it gets released the next day? Oh, witty publicity people...), and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (next Saturday). Let me know if y'all want any comments/reviews from any of these.  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on August 31, 2009, 08:20:57 PM
I'm intrigued by Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs so I'll be interested in knowing about that.

Sadly, the people of the 9 movie will be conflicting with Michael Scott's party so I won't be able to attend. ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jenn on August 31, 2009, 08:40:05 PM
I'm intrigued by Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs so I'll be interested in knowing about that.

That was one of my favourite books way back when I was itty-bitty, so I'm very much curious to see how they butcher interperet the story.

It's times like these I'm extra thankful for my niece, as I can drag her along under the guise of "bonding." ;)
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Post by: Morning Angel on August 31, 2009, 09:21:05 PM
It's based on a book?  I didn't know that.

(I didn't speak/read English until I was 11 so I must have missed out on that.)

I keep seeing the posters and the graphics look great.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on September 06, 2009, 03:29:27 PM
I love discovering something new about a movie I've seen dozens of times. I just finished Girl with a Pearl Earring -- again-- and just realized that Pieter, the butcher's son, is Cillian Murphy. How did I never notice that before?  ???


Now I'm going to watch The Lion in Winter for the twentieth time and memorize a few more witty lines.  :)
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Post by: untherapy on September 06, 2009, 04:56:55 PM
I love discovering something new about a movie I've seen dozens of times. I just finished Girl with a Pearl Earring -- again-- and just realized that Pieter, the butcher's son, is Cillian Murphy. How did I never notice that before?  ???


Now I'm going to watch The Lion in Winter for the twentieth time and memorize a few more witty lines.  :)

Cillian Murphy gives me the creeps. Seriously. It's the eyes....

Can't think of many things better to do on a Sunday afternoon than watch Lion in Winter! Definitely in my top 20 list :P
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Post by: jazzfan on September 08, 2009, 05:50:02 PM
I saw Cold Souls with Paul Giamatti yesterday.  It was an odd little existential scifi flick and I really enjoyed it.  Two thumbs up.
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Post by: norsk_heksen on September 08, 2009, 08:12:14 PM
I saw Cold Souls with Paul Giamatti yesterday.  It was an odd little existential scifi flick and I really enjoyed it.  Two thumbs up.

Oooh, existential and sci-fi are two of my favorite things, so I will definitely have to check that out! Thanks! ;D
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Post by: sora on September 13, 2009, 12:32:29 PM
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" was fantastic. If you wanted a movie purely on the book, you'll be dissappointed so go in with a clear mind. Lots of the critics loved it and all of the audiences did, too. I saw it in 3D and it really worked. The effect wasn't too extreme that you would be dizzy so that's good. The 2D version should be fine. It was awesome. Very funny, too, both for kids and adults. One critc said best non-Pixar movie in a Pixar world. One critic liked it better than "Up." Heh...
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Post by: Callisto on September 13, 2009, 12:38:14 PM
Has anybody seen '9' yet?  I saw it the day it came out and although I thought it was okay, it wasn't as good as I'd hoped.  The animation itself was extraordinary, but the story was a little weak.  I'm wondering what others thought.
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Post by: untherapy on September 13, 2009, 12:45:06 PM
Has anybody seen '9' yet?  I saw it the day it came out and although I thought it was okay, it wasn't as good as I'd hoped.  The animation itself was extraordinary, but the story was a little weak.  I'm wondering what others thought.

Yep, that's basically exactly what my boyfriend had to say... He advised me against seeing it :P but said he was in a graphics heaven
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Post by: halfbaked on September 19, 2009, 09:35:12 AM

It's going to be a perplexing up-coming movie season.

Solitary Man
A Single Man
A Serious Man


Really? Really? The producers of Michael Douglas's movie didn't get the memo about movies containing the word Man in the title also need to begin with A. Get on that, fellas. Let's make it completely confusing.  ::)
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Post by: jazzfan on September 19, 2009, 09:58:01 AM
Thanks for the mention of "9."  My son saw it and said pretty much the same thing, so I went to see The Informant last night instead.  It was entertaining, and Damon was good, but I was ultimately a bit disappointed because:

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It felt like Catch Me if You Can lite to me.  I was entertained but I'm not giving it three stars.  /grumpy old coot
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it.
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Post by: Ash86 on September 19, 2009, 05:25:25 PM
Finally got round to seeing (500) Days of Summer and was incredibly disappointed. I don't get what all the fuss was about. There was no character development - Summer was downright unlikeable (mainly due to the script but also due to how Deschanel played her) and Tom came across as a wet blanket. The format of the film seemed to be quirky for quirkys sake. It felt very choppy and stop start.

There were elements in it that were interesting but as a whole it just did not work for me. I especially did not like the attitude that the main characters had that because they listened to a certain type of music, or wore certain types of clothes they were inherently cooler/better than other people. Being a fan of The Beatles or The Smiths is hardly groundbreaking. I loved all the music used but the film relied too much on the soundtrack - almost to the point of being an extended music video of sorts.

I didn't hate the film but I really didn't think it was that different to the other romance films out there that it clearly thinks it's different to/better than. The relationship portrayed is just as shallow and the emotions are explored just as superficially as in your average formula popcorn flick. At least those films don't pretend to be something new.

Among the many conundrums of the film for me were why the voiceover? What did that add? Who was that guy? And also who approved that last line? It was easily the worst closing line I have seen in a long, long time. My sister and I both groaned as soon as the girl spoke because we couldn't believe they'd gone for that.

I know a lot of people really enjoyed the film and I wanted to like it. I just felt confused as to what was so good about it apart from the nice music, most of which is already on my Ipod so I can't even thank the film for introducing me to new, obscure stuff - The Smiths, Feist, Carla Bruni etc. are all pretty standard fare.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on September 19, 2009, 11:24:49 PM
Small, obscure movie that I love dearly and just stumbled onto on IMC: Mumford.  Sharp, clever, funny, moving, and an absolutely amazing cast.  Highly recommended.  All the characters are terrific but I particularly love Alfre Woodard in this one.

(Mojo: It has Mary McDonnell in a gem of a role. Have you seen this one? (I should go back and look but I'm too lazy. :))
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Post by: MojoPin on September 19, 2009, 11:39:27 PM
Small, obscure movie that I love dearly and just stumbled onto on IMC: Mumford.  Sharp, clever, funny, moving, and an absolutely amazing cast.  Highly recommended.  All the characters are terrific but I particularly love Alfre Woodard in this one.

(Mojo: It has Mary McDonnell in a gem of a role. Have you seen this one? (I should go back and look but I'm too lazy. :))

Of course! Ha! Back after I finished my Battlestar marathon and embarked on my Mary McDonnell marathon, Mumford was one of two movies I could find of hers at my local video place. (Which may be why I now subscribe to Netflix.) Sadly, Mary's role isn't very big, but the movie is good. It has a huge twist in the middle that really surprises you and elevates it above similar types of comedies.

Callisto, I find it hilarious that you asked. It reminds me of middle school. Whenever anyone saw a reference to X-Files, they'd come to school and tell me all about it. And actually . . . During the US Open when the commentators were talking about Jennifer Capriati, my friend wrote me telling me all about it. My, er, obsessions obviously define me. Which is either really sad or really funny and probably both.

Speaking of Mary, though . . . I'm so cool. Last night I got sucked into this Lifetime movie she did about breast implants. I watched it all. On YouTube. Oy.

But, to make myself more legit, today I watched "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee". It aired on HBO but I think it counts as a movie. It was really good. And horribly depressing. But with this movie on top of Dances With Wolves (both feature the Sioux), I'm really interested in learning more about the Lakota people. I should go find a book or something. (Read?! Books?!)
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Post by: WhichOneIsPam on September 20, 2009, 11:58:54 AM
I finally got around to watching Ira & Abby (w/ Chris Messina from AWG).  I think I first heard about it on here.  I loved it!   It reminded me a lot of Annie Hall (high compliment IMO ;)).  There is also a scene it reminiscent of scene from AWG. So thanks for the recommendation!  kissicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on September 22, 2009, 12:46:25 AM
 
Thanks for the mention of "9."  My son saw it and said pretty much the same thing, so I went to see The Informant last night instead.  It was entertaining, and Damon was good, but I was ultimately a bit disappointed because:

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It felt like Catch Me if You Can lite to me.

I saw this tonight and have to agree. It was okay, and there were a lot of weirdly funny moments, particularly with some of Matt Damon's random remarks in the narration.  But it was like it wanted to be Catch Me if You Can.  I'll give Damon props for a good performance though.

One minor thing that also bugged me was the soundtrack.  I guess they were going for quirky but it didn't work for me.  I'd call this one a rental.

ETA: There is, however, a part where Matt Damon is narrating and he's talking about this sushi place he went to and how tuna is called 'toro' and I had a definite 'Obsessed with the Office' moment.  :D
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Post by: sora on September 23, 2009, 10:48:48 AM
Really? A move about Facebook... starring Justin Timberlake... written by Aaron Sorkin... interesting (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118008990.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&nid=2563)...
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Post by: summerteeth on September 23, 2009, 10:52:15 AM
I didn't realise that movie was written by Aaron Sorkin. Hmmmm. Now I'm intrigued.
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Post by: justkaren on September 27, 2009, 09:48:29 PM
Does anyone else think the "people" on the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs poster kinda look like Jim and Pam?

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e174/Karen1231/cloudy-with-a-chance-of-meatballs.jpg)
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Post by: norsk_heksen on September 27, 2009, 10:10:38 PM
Ha! If Jim dyed his hair black (:(), totally! :D
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Post by: carbondalien on September 28, 2009, 09:40:12 AM
Really? A move about Facebook... starring Justin Timberlake... written by Aaron Sorkin... interesting (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118008990.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&nid=2563)...

I have a draft of this script from May. I haven't read that much of it yet (actually just started this morning), but the first ten pages establish that Mr. Facebook is a real jerk-o. Then there's about seven pages of nerdy technobabble I'm trying to wade through. Mm, 20 pages in and I hate the guy.

I wonder who'll play Facebook?  ;)
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Post by: sora on September 28, 2009, 04:17:25 PM
James Earl Jones, of course. However, he already plays Darth Vadar and CNN... Facebook fits in there, right? ;)

I get to work at Michael Moore's movie premiere tomorrow... Fun... TBH, I've never seen any of his movies nor really have an opinion of him as a person, so I'm about as neutral as you can get. Heck, I'm more interested in who else is going to show up. :D
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Post by: jslasb on September 28, 2009, 04:20:22 PM
Does anyone else think the "people" on the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs poster kinda look like Jim and Pam?

(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e174/Karen1231/cloudy-with-a-chance-of-meatballs.jpg)

I totally thought the same thing. Spoilered for plot details:
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Post by: sora on September 29, 2009, 08:59:18 PM
I'm currently on my dinner break from the DC Premiere of Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story." My feet hurt so much. We had to arrive at the theater at 5pm and already the red carpet was rolled out, the tents were up, and the press were already started to show. We opened the doors for people at 6 but Michael didn't arrive until 7:30; the movie was suppose to start at 7. Anyways, after he went in and said the intro for the film, he left and did the press line. I'm due back at the press reception at 9:30 but first, changing the shoes because we're suppose to be there until 11. Fun times....

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/sorano/8718_613304720335_7401184_35787558_.jpg)

Heh... there's a toy store next to the theater and they absolutely hate it that we have the red carpet and tents set up in front of it. It wasn't just for this premiere but for all the premieres that we've done at this particular place. Anyways, they called the police on us in which the police couldn't do anything about since we had a permit for the sidewalk. Oh, there were protesters, too. But I believe that's only because it's Michael Moore.  :D They're probably aren't going to be there when we have "New Moon" in a few weeks.
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Post by: carbondalien on September 29, 2009, 09:40:20 PM
Oh, there were protesters, too. But I believe that's only because it's Michael Moore.  :D They're probably aren't going to be there when we have "New Moon" in a few weeks.

Well, Steve Newlin and the Fellowship of the Sun will probably be there. /lame True Blood joke (http://mtt.just-once.net/mb/Smileys/default/vampire.gif)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on September 29, 2009, 09:53:01 PM
Is that the Uptown?

Heh. Cleveland Park people think they're "special".  Dude, the theater has been there like, FOREVER!  Is this news to you?
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Post by: sora on September 29, 2009, 09:58:29 PM
Yup. It's at the Uptown, :)

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Post by: MojoPin on October 02, 2009, 08:55:57 PM
I arranged my Netflix queue so that during the month of October (and probably into November), I'll be seeing all of the scary movies that had been languishing in there for so long. Today came the original Dawn of the Dead, which I had never seen before.

I just watched it. I really liked it. I knew most of it took place in a mall and I knew the Big Bad was zombies but I didn't know what to expect beyond that and it was pretty cool. It was gory in a very 1970s way which is better than gory in the 2009 way, which worked for me, and I like that the end lacked resolution. It wasn't really scary or anything (except when one character was on top of a moving elevator . . . That's one of my "scary triggers" in movies. I don't like it when people get squished by elevators in movies) but it was good. And zombies probably freak me out than most other living dead creatures so this worked for me.

The next up in my queue is the Dawn of the Dead remake, penned by James Gunn. I'm really interested in seeing how the two compare. I was reading EW.com's list of all time best zombie movies, and the DotD remake was their number one pick. I was surprised. We'll see.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: spencer_0123 on October 02, 2009, 09:48:30 PM
I saw The Invention of Lying tonight. I really liked it, but I'm not sure how most people are going to take it. I found that it came across as very anti-religion, which, being nonreligious, didn't offend me at all. But I'm curious as to how someone who is religious might take it. I haven't read anything about the film, and I didn't know too much about it going in, so maybe this is being discussed online somewhere. I'll have to have a look. I'm really awful at analyzing things so I don't know if it's an obvious satire, or might actually be offensive to some.

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Again, I really liked the movie. I thought it was funny, and really original. I don't want this post to come across as saying there's something wrong with making a film that gives the impression I got, because I'm not. I'm just curious what others thought about it. Did it come across that way, or, am I just reading too much into it?

Moving on... Has anyone seen The Informant? Was it any good?
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Post by: sora on October 02, 2009, 10:01:47 PM
Re: "The Invention of Lying"... interesting, Spencer. I've been wanting to see that because of Ricky. I'm religious but I tend not to really think about satirical things during movies... or life, in general. LOL.  ^-^

So, I did a screening of "A Serious Man (http://www.filminfocus.com/focusfeatures/film/a_serious_man)" yesterday. Let me know that I have never seen a Coen Brothers film all the way through (I saw parts of "O Brother Where Art Thou" but not the whole thing) so I can't compare it to their other movies nor can I say whether it's typical Coen Brothers, etc., etc.

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So, take that as you will.  :D It came out today in NY, LA, and Minneapolis (random?) and will gradually be released to other places starting on the 9th.
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Post by: halfbaked on October 02, 2009, 10:12:24 PM

About The Invention of Lying—Ricky is an Atheist. His non-religious/anti-religious views are included in his stand-up material so it makes sense he might carry those views into a film he wrote.  0)

Some videos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_EXqdJ4L7I) of his Broadway appearance last year (Last year? Early this year?)
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Post by: jazzfan on October 02, 2009, 11:20:05 PM
I saw The Invention of Lying tonight as well, and enjoyed it very much.  I laughed a lot and it was touching, too.   The role called for more emotive acting out of RG than I had seen him do, and he carried it off quite well.   

(I'm not at all religious either, so I can't address your question, spencer).   
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Post by: Too Late Kev on October 02, 2009, 11:45:30 PM
So, take that as you will.  :D It came out today in NY, LA, and Minneapolis (random?) and will gradually be released to other places starting on the 9th.

A quick Google shows that it was filmed in Minnesota and is "loosely autobiographical" about the Coen brothers' childhood growing up in a suburb of Minneapolis; it doesn't seem random at all that they'd release it there.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on October 02, 2009, 11:54:06 PM
So, take that as you will.  :D It came out today in NY, LA, and Minneapolis (random?) and will gradually be released to other places starting on the 9th.

A quick Google shows that it was filmed in Minnesota and is "loosely autobiographical" about the Coen brothers' childhood growing up in a suburb of Minneapolis; it doesn't seem random at all that they'd release it there.

Well, I was just stating that most limited release are just NY and LA so any city other than those are interesting choices; the "random?" was just going with that. Sorry that I didn't do a "quick Google." I'll remember to get the total background of a film before I mention another film again.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on October 03, 2009, 12:00:02 AM
You saw the film; wasn't it clear where it was set? Beyond that, I'm not much of a film person and even I know that the Coen brothers are midwesterners. My quick Google was only to confirm what seemed obvious to me without knowing the total background of anything.
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Post by: sora on October 03, 2009, 05:14:09 PM
You saw the film; wasn't it clear where it was set? Beyond that, I'm not much of a film person and even I know that the Coen brothers are midwesterners. My quick Google was only to confirm what seemed obvious to me without knowing the total background of anything.

1) Yes, I saw the film, but no, it wasn't clear other than it was in the Midwest somewhere and nothing specific with the city or state.
2) As I stated before in my first post, I'm not familiar with the Coen brothers, so it's not common knowledge to me where they're from.

I'm sorry if you did't mean to sound this way but both of your posts, to me, sounds condescending.

If you had simply said, "it was filmed in Minnesota and is 'loosely autobiographical' about the Coen brothers' childhood growing up in a suburb of Minneapolis, which is why it's probably being released there with NY and LA" then I probably would have responded differently and said "Thanks! :)" and went my merry way.

However, by adding "A quick Google shows" and "it doesn't seem random at all that they'd release it there," it makes the statement a little condescending, like "Hey! Go look it up on Google, dummy!" (okay, maybe not *that* harsh...) Why must you add "A quick Google," is all I'm saying?

PS: I'm sick and a little bit snippy and grumpy which makes me highly sensitive in everything so I might as well be upset at a cloud or something...
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Post by: spencer_0123 on October 03, 2009, 06:44:40 PM
I saw Whip It! this afternoon, and it was really good! The story was smart and funny, all of the actors were fantastic, the music was great, and Drew Barrymore did an nice job directing. Obviously it won't be up for any awards or anything, but it was a very fun movie to watch.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on October 03, 2009, 07:01:30 PM
sora, I think you're finding insult where it wasn't intended. I often refer to a "quick Google." I'm sorry if you found my wording condescending. Your immediate throw to sarcasm with "I'll remember to get the total background of a film before I mention another film again" wasn't particularly helpful either.

I hope you feel better soon.

By the way, the only Coen brothers movie I've seen is Fargo. I can definitely recommend it as a really interesting movie.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on October 03, 2009, 08:34:23 PM
I'm sorry, too, TLK. I automatically resort to sarcasm when being defensive. :)

Movie Question: this past Oscar season, they (aka Hugh Jackman) said that the musicals were back. How many of you prefer musical movies than the musicals? Two musical movies said next to come up soon are "Wicked" and "Spring Awakening."

I like "simple" sets for musical movies like what they did for "Chicago" and sort-of for "Phantom." However, what they did for "Mama Mia" and "Hairspray." Eh...
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on October 03, 2009, 08:42:16 PM
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I think the only thing where I've seen both the musical and the musical movie for was Mamma Mia. I liked both. The musical was more exciting because I don't get to the (non-movie) theater very often, and it's neat to see people live, in 3-D, where they're performing without a net.

I liked the movie, too, but I think the beautiful scenery in it helped me like it, so I think I like it when they open it up and make the setting more than they could make it on a theater's stage (although it amazes me what they can do with a theater's stage, also).

I've seen West Side Story as the movie and a musical, too, but I saw the movie first (maybe the movie did come first) and the musical/theater ones were all high school versions...the movie was better. :D
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Post by: halfbaked on October 03, 2009, 09:00:04 PM

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Two musical movies said next to come up soon are "Wicked" and "Spring Awakening."

I think the next big musical to open will be Nine, directed by Rob Marshall who also directed Chicago. It's in theaters in November. Did I read somewhere last summer that Company by Sondheim is being developed? Sam Mendes?



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I've seen West Side Story as the movie and a musical, too, but I saw the movie first (maybe the movie did come first) and the musical/theater ones were all high school versions...the movie was better.

WSS opened on Broadway in 1957; the film premiered near the end of 1961.

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: spencer_0123 on October 03, 2009, 09:10:13 PM
I would have to say that I prefer stage musicals over movie musicals. I do love both, but watching a movie will never compare to watching a show being performed live, right there in front of you. There's something about the experience of going to the theatre that can't be touched. I'm very excited about the prospect of a Wicked movie, but I don't expect it to hold a candle to my experience of seeing the show the first time (Saw it in NY when I was 17, it had Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, we were sitting in the corner of the back row of the balcony, I'd forgotten my glasses so I couldn't see well, and it was still beyond blown away by the power of it). I love the old Roger's and Hammerstein movie musicals. I watched them all the time growing up and they still remain my favourites. For modern movies, I think Chicago is amazing. I thought Phantom was poorly cast, but the feel of it was good. And I do very much like Mamma Mia and Hairspray, mainly because they're fun. I own other ones that I'm not overly fond of like Rent, The Producers and Dreamgirls because I like the music. Obviously the accessibility of a movie is a huge plus, too. I mean, as much as I love a show I won't be pulling out $100 every time I want to see it. Or if it's even playing.

But, yeah, I really am a sucker for both! laughingicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on October 03, 2009, 09:12:47 PM
Thanks, halfbaked. :)  Hey, I also premiered near the end of 1961! ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on October 03, 2009, 09:17:00 PM
Thanks, halfbaked. :)  Hey, I also premiered near the end of 1961! ;D

Then you get a pass for not knowing when WSS premiered. Unless, of course, you were a musical prodigy.  :D
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Post by: Morning Angel on October 04, 2009, 12:43:51 AM
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Again, I really liked the movie. I thought it was funny, and really original. I don't want this post to come across as saying there's something wrong with making a film that gives the impression I got, because I'm not. I'm just curious what others thought about it. Did it come across that way, or, am I just reading too much into it?

Definitely.  In fact, I might go even further than what you were saying...

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I found The Invention of Lying to be very funny (and so did my friend), but this being a Ricky Gervais project, it's making fun of a depressive premise/point of view and it is definitely dark humour.  People in our theatre were quiet.  I don't know if they didn't get the second level, were offended or didn't find it funny.  I definitely didn't expect this to be a movie as subversive as it was.  He took the premise much farther than I would have expected.  (But given that I'm not a religious person, I wasn't offended.)  It definitely left me in a thinking mood since his themes are ones I tend to think about often enough.  

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Cousin Mose on October 05, 2009, 03:25:43 PM
Attention:

ZOMBIELAND

Best opening credit sequence I've seen in a long time; best use of on-screen graphics; and perhaps the greatest celebrity cameo of all time.

That is all.  burtface <--- that sorta looks like a zombie.

"I've whooped wholesale ass for a lot less."

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: NanReg on October 05, 2009, 03:54:30 PM
I saw Zombieland with MrReg on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed it.  This is the second time in recent months that I've reluctantly tagged along to see a movie of his choosing (the first time being Inglorious Basterds) and wound up pleasantly surprised--well, if you can call zombie gore pleasant  ::)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on October 05, 2009, 04:34:59 PM
Good to know about Zombieland.  I have a friend who looooves the zombie movies.  (Now the dilemma is, do we arrange a way to all go together or do I just offer to baby-sit so he and his wife can go?  He still hasn't forgiven me completely for going to see District 9 without them...)


Question  smileyDwight:  Has anybody seen Pandorum?  I'm intrigued, but kind of picky about the movies I pay to see at the theater.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on October 05, 2009, 06:21:50 PM
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Again, I really liked the movie. I thought it was funny, and really original. I don't want this post to come across as saying there's something wrong with making a film that gives the impression I got, because I'm not. I'm just curious what others thought about it. Did it come across that way, or, am I just reading too much into it?

Definitely.  In fact, I might go even further that what you were saying...

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I found The Invention of Lying to be very funny (and so did my friend), but this being a Ricky Gervais project, it's making fun of a depressive premise/point of view and it is definitely dark humour.  People in our theatre were quiet.  I don't know if they didn't get the second level, were offended or didn't find it funny.  I definitely didn't expect this to be a movie as subversive as it was.  He took the premise much farther than I would expected.  (But given I'm not a religious person, I wasn't offended.)  It definitely left me in a thinking mood since his themes are ones I tend to think about often enough.  


I went to see The Invention of Lying this afternoon. There's little I can add to your review except that I give it a big fat snubby thumb's up.  ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sachiel on October 06, 2009, 04:13:48 PM
Question  smileyDwight:  Has anybody seen Pandorum?  I'm intrigued, but kind of picky about the movies I pay to see at the theater.

We saw Pandorum.  While Paul WS Anderson didn't direct, it still has his mark of absolute mediocrity on it.  Explanation is ultimately unsatisfying, and the ending totally busted my suspension of disbelief (which is usually pretty strong).

If you're not like us, and have better things to do with your time and/or money, wait for video or cable (we saw House of the Dead in the theater, if that tells you how we value such things).
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: colette on October 06, 2009, 07:27:19 PM
Anyone seen Bright Star?

I'm intrigued - it's gotten some really good reviews, and it's by Jane Campion...some of whose films I've totally disliked (In the Cut - blech), but others I've loved - The Piano (love) and in some ways, Portrait of a Lady (one of my favorite, most pivotal novels...and the rare film adaptation that I liked. Not that I thought it replicated the book, but it did it some justice.)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on October 06, 2009, 08:07:34 PM
Anyone seen Bright Star?

I'm intrigued - it's gotten some really good reviews, and it's by Jane Campion...some of whose films I've totally disliked (In the Cut - blech), but others I've loved - The Piano (love) and in some ways, Portrait of a Lady (one of my favorite, most pivotal novels...and the rare film adaptation that I liked. Not that I thought it replicated the book, but it did it some justice.)


I was going to do a screening of it, but it didn't work out. However, my movie critic friend has a review (http://brandonfibbs.com/2009/09/24/bright-star/#more-1419) that gives it 4 stars.  :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on October 06, 2009, 09:44:19 PM
Ok, so I finally got to see State of Play -- and yes, Jason Bateman did an amazing job, which is especially incredible because none of the other characters had any sort of depth.  I wouldn't buy for a MINUTE that Russell Crowe & Ben Affleck were college roommates, and I'm not even a Ben Affleck hater.  (Heck, he has the good sense to like TO).

And now, every time I use the word 'garage', in my head I'm saying 'gay-rage'.  So thanks for that, JB.   ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on October 06, 2009, 10:10:50 PM
I haven't seen the movie State of Play yet, but the BBC miniseries it's based on is very good.  And it has Bill Nighy and James McAvoy!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on October 07, 2009, 01:06:08 AM
Isn't Bill Nighy in every movie that's come out of Britain this decade? It sometimes seems like it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sachiel on October 10, 2009, 08:11:06 PM
I'm bored here at work, so almost two weeks late and I suspect not quite the right audience, I thought I'd share our October movie project.

It is, naturally, to watch one horror movie a day in October (horror, suspense, thriller, no one's refereeing).  I try to watch more new movies than re-watches, and I've done pretty good so far this year.

My list (spoiled for length--I've tried to avoid actual spoilers in my reviews):

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on October 10, 2009, 08:23:27 PM
I saw The Invention of Lying tonight. I'll put my thoughts under spoiler tags because I'm not sure when it's okay to not do that with a movie.

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on October 21, 2009, 08:37:30 PM

On the previous page there was a discussion of Broadway musicals being turned into films. We have more news from BuzzSugar. How about Rock of Ages and Miss Saigon?

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This is the week for Broadway shows! Not only are the current theater selections raking in more cash than usual despite the economy, it also sounds like we'll soon be seeing two more musicals move to the big screen. I already told you about the plans for a Rock of Ages movie musical, and now comes word that Miss Saigon may be getting the film treatment too, with Lee Daniels in talks to direct. (You may recognize his name as the director of Precious. Check back next week for my interview with him!)

I've seen Miss Saigon on stage, and I think Daniels is a solid choice for the musical. Based on his past films, I'm guessing he'd shape it into more of a gritty drama than a flashy Hollywood number — and that's a good thing given the show's darker subject matter.

While some shows have made the transition to film with only lukewarm success in recent years — hello, Phantom of the Opera — I still have a soft spot in my heart for them, especially when it comes to classics like My Fair Lady or West Side Story.
source (http://www.buzzsugar.com/5771855)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on October 27, 2009, 08:22:22 PM
Any fans of Iron Jawed Angels? I watched it many moons ago in my freshman "women and the law" class, but recently got to rewatch most of it while doing my fieldwork. The US history students in my mentor teacher's classroom were studying suffrage, so they go to learn a bit about Alice Paul and the suffragists.

Anyway, great movie and seriously inspiring. I'm in total awe of those women and what they were able to accomplish in the face of all that blatant hate mongering and hyprocrisy.

Now I'm kind of on a suffrage kick. I'm currently watching the Ken Burns' documentary about Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Who has two thumbs and is now a suffragist nerd? This woman!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: EmilyHalpert on October 27, 2009, 08:32:02 PM
I loved Iron Jawed Angels, but I'm not sure I'd ever be able to watch it again. Very moving, very inspirational, and just a great movie. But it was so much that it kind of made me 'sick' with the fact it happened and what these women had to go through. So great.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on October 27, 2009, 09:39:53 PM
I loved Iron Jawed Angels, but I'm not sure I'd ever be able to watch it again. Very moving, very inspirational, and just a great movie. But it was so much that it kind of made me 'sick' with the fact it happened and what these women had to go through. So great.

I totally get that. Like, these women were beat up and arrested despite the fact that they were violating no laws. In one of my TE classes, we're reading counter narrative history texts (I feel like I've told this story on this board . . . recently . . . sorry if I have but it's been a long couple weeks and I don't know what's going on anymore), and one of the chapters in my particular text is, thematically, about how the English perceived the American Indians as savage brutes when, in actual fact, what the English were doing to the American Indians was way worse than anything that was being done to them. Total hypocrisy, right? So, these women are just going about their business, simply asking for the rights that should be afforded to them under the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and these stodgy white dudes are punching the living shit out of them for it.

Ridiculous.

But I love watching movies like that at the same time. I feel like my (our) generation is so apathetic and that it's hard to find something to really get passionate about and rally around (that related directly to my own situation, at least). I'm glad I have equal rights because of what these women did all those decades ago, but it also makes me wish I had lived back then so I could have shared in their struggle. I feel like I'm really lacking in my appreciation because I don't know any different than what I have now.

History nerd.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: bkwrm on October 29, 2009, 02:03:10 PM
I was wondering...anyone here seen "Paranormal Activity" yet?

There are a bunch of commercials for it and I keep hearing how scary it is so I'm curious.  Not that I'm planning to see the movie since the last time I saw a scary movie (Japanese "Grudge", I'm looking at you), I slept with the lights on for at least a week. 

Also, when I first saw "Blair Witch Project", I refused to go camping for a long time so based on reviews of "Paranormal Activity", I might not be able to sleep after watching it.

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jimjampam on October 29, 2009, 02:10:14 PM
I was wondering...anyone here seen "Paranormal Activity" yet?

There are a bunch of commercials for it and I keep hearing how scary it is so I'm curious.  Not that I'm planning to see the movie since the last time I saw a scary movie (Japanese "Grudge", I'm looking at you), I slept with the lights on for at least a week. 

Also, when I first saw "Blair Witch Project", I refused to go camping for a long time so based on reviews of "Paranormal Activity", I might not be able to sleep after watching it.



I've heard two different stories about this movie. Ellen Degeneres went and saw it because she loves to get scared and she said she wasn't scared at all. My two friends who are the biggest pansies ever went and saw it...and they weren't scared either.
Haha. My delivery guy yesterday saw me watching a scary movie and told me he was scared out of his mind when he saw and his brother ran out of the theater.

So I don't know. That shaky camera work would probably just end up giving me a headache.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: samsmom on October 31, 2009, 01:17:58 AM
I saw Paramormal Activity the other night.  It was more suspensful than scary. The audience was waiting for stuff to happen. It was good. I don't know if it was $11 good, but I don't get out much, so I was happy to be out.  My friend and I took to our iPhones to counter the suspense. Comparing it to Blair Witch (which I thought was a true story when I saw it), BW was much more scary throughout. PA still made me shower with the lights on that night. I didn't care if the neighbors could see in.  So, to recap, I guess I would recommend PA, but catch a matinée if you can.

Fun story about the night I saw Blair Witch.  I went with my boyfriend (now hubby) and he freaked and spent the last half of the movie standing in the back, so I was left to scream alone. We get back to his place that night and go to bed.  I am awakened by a creaking, open my eyes and see something in the corner with a beanie on (like the guy at the end of the movie).  I screamed and jumped out of bed. Once the lights were on I realized it was the snowboard with a beanie on it to keep it from scratching the wall. It went in the closet after that.   
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lovefool on October 31, 2009, 02:00:50 AM
I came SO close to going to see Paranormal tonight and then my roommate happened to mention she was going out of town this week on business...decided not to see it tonight. lol. I don't need to be home alone after seeing this!

But now it's sounding like it's not THAT scary, huh?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on October 31, 2009, 11:18:42 AM
I saw The Informant! earlier this week, and I didn't really know what to expect. Steven Soderbergh's films are a little hit or miss in my opinion, but I was looking forward to seeing Matt Damon and Joel McHale.

First of all; this movie starts slow. I didn't have any idea what was going on in the beginning because the protagonist is also the narrator, and he keeps talking while the characters talk, so it's quite confusing. In fact, many people got up and left because they were so confused. There's also a lot of talk about corn and lysine (!), and that can get boring pretty fast. However, when you finally start to realise what's going on, the movie becomes both funny and enjoyable. Matt Damon is very good in this role, while Joel McHale plays the straight man. In fact, there are many comedians who show up in serious roles in this movie, so it's weird to laugh at Damon while they're dead serious. I also found myself laughing at all the 90s stuff they had put in the movie.

However, the craziest thing about the movie is that it's based on a true story. And yes, you will find out what happened to the main character in the end. Just be prepared to hear a lot about lysine and corn, and you'll enjoy it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on October 31, 2009, 12:09:07 PM
Someone from another forum I frequent saw Paranormal Activity and said she needed to sleep with the lights on and also that the filming was very shaky.

So regardless if you think it's scary or not, if you have trouble with motion sickness, sit in the back, and if you're the person here with extreme motion sickness (was it Mojo?), don't go.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on October 31, 2009, 10:15:48 PM
Someone from another forum I frequent saw Paranormal Activity and said she needed to sleep with the lights on and also that the filming was very shaky.

So regardless if you think it's scary or not, if you have trouble with motion sickness, sit in the back, and if you're the person here with extreme motion sickness (was it Mojo?), don't go.


Yep! *raises hand* I'm the culprit with the bad motion sickness. I've heard from several people that PA would make me sick. It's a good thing I had no intention of seeing it anyway.

I saw Where the Wild Things Are tonight. SO GOOD! I loved it. Seriously. The Wild Things made me laugh but they were also really dark. Carol, especially, had some serious issues. It'd be so interesting to get a backstory on the Wild Things' history with each other and with the other kings to know why they are the way they are. Also, I like that it's a kid movie that respects kids' intelligence. I like that this movie expects a lot of its audience.

And, on a potentially creepy note, the kid that plays Max is going to grow up and become a really attractive man. How cute is he?

Oh! And I love Catherine Keener. Her role in this movie is tiny (though not as tiny as Mark Ruffalo's) but she's really great, too.

And yeah, I got a little dizzy. It's hand held and the parts where Max is running or Carol is running weren't kind to my head. But it wasn't District 9 or The Wrestler bad, so I feel pretty good about it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: summerteeth on November 03, 2009, 11:15:55 AM
Joss Whedon's bid for the Terminator franchise (http://www.deadline.com/hollywood/joss-whedon-makes-bid-for-terminator/)

Heeeeee!!! :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on November 03, 2009, 07:32:36 PM

I guess this news fits here as well as any place. Working together on It's Complicated was a trial run for Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. They have agreed be the co-hosts for the Oscars in March.  ;D

source (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/awards/2009/11/steve-martin-alec-baldwin-will-cohost-the-oscars.html)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on November 03, 2009, 07:42:41 PM
I guess this news fits here as well as any place. Working together on It's Complicated was a trial run for Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. They have agreed be the co-hosts for the Oscars in March

Like Martin, detest Baldwin.  ugh.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on November 03, 2009, 07:45:50 PM
I'm not too sure about this, to be perfectly honest. Martin was good, but a little too dry when he hosted in 2001 and 2003. Baldwin could be a fiasco. He's funny on SNL, but he seems to take himself way too seriously whenever he's around his Hollywood peers. (Can you tell that I'm not a big fan?)

Obviously, Meryl Streep will be there since all the Oscar pundits predict that she'll be nominated for Julie & Julia, but their upcoming movie together doesn't exactly sound like a critically acclaimed Oscar movie, so I hope they don't start dragging that into the mix.

Frankly, I was rooting for the return of Jon Stewart after Hugh Jackman turned down the offer to host again.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on November 03, 2009, 07:52:42 PM
I guess this news fits here as well as any place. Working together on It's Complicated was a trial run for Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. They have agreed be the co-hosts for the Oscars in March

Like Martin, detest Baldwin.  ugh.

I love 'em both.  :-*
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on November 03, 2009, 09:46:41 PM
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their upcoming movie together doesn't exactly sound like a critically acclaimed Oscar movie, so I hope they don't start dragging that into the mix.

If it gets JK to the Oscars, I'm sure many here would like that. ;)

I like them both as performers, but I'm not sure how that's going to work, the two of them performing like that.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on November 19, 2009, 01:01:59 PM
Woot!  This looks fantastic - I love Jeff Bridges:

Trailer for Crazy Heart (http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/crazyheart/)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: bkwrm on November 19, 2009, 01:15:20 PM
Ooh, that does look good, jazzfan.  I like the music.

You know what else I'm excited for to come out next month?  Nine. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_5_lzags3I)  Not only is Rob Marshall directing, but it has a stellar cast w/ Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, etc.  Can't wait!! 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: bkwrm on December 01, 2009, 12:55:54 PM
Yoohoo...paging MojoPin!  So...I was watching Sneakers last night and guess who was in it?  Mary McDonell from that Star Battle Galaxy show that you love  ;D  

River Phoenix was also in it.  I almost didn't recognize him since he was so different in another movie of his I recently watched, My Own Private Idaho.  

ETA:  Yay!!  Less than a month until Nine comes out!!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on December 01, 2009, 01:22:46 PM
Yoohoo...paging MojoPin!  So...I was watching Sneakers last night and guess who was in it?  Mary McDonell from that Star Battle Galaxy show that you love  ;D  

ZOMGMARYMCDONNELISLOVE.

I mean . . . that's cool.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on December 01, 2009, 02:42:58 PM
So, movies that I've seen and are going to see soon...

When in Rome: B-, pure cheesy rom-com, predictable ending, comes out 1/29
The Young Victoria: A-, acting, cinematography, and direction was great, some parts felt slow sometimes though, out 12/25
The Fantastic Mr. Fox: B+, loved the dialogue and the animation, story plot was okay, out now

Seeing:
Tomorrow- The Lovely Bones
Next Week- Nine, It's Complicated
Next, Next week- Alvin and the Chipmunks 2

I'll do a little grading thing for each. :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: spencer_0123 on December 02, 2009, 10:33:14 AM
I saw Precious the other day and I'm not sure how I feel about it. It was good, but it put me in such a weird mood for the whole day after watching. I guess that's the point. They want to film to effect you. I was expecting to be really sad going in, but I was more disturbed than anything. But, yeah, I think that was the point. Now I'm in a weird mood again just thinking about it!

Happier talk? Someone started a Christmas TV thread, and now I'm wondering what people's favourite holiday movies are?

I feel weird admitting this, but I think my favourite would have to be A Muppets Christmas Carol. I love everything that movie chooses to be! And of course there's A Christmas Story and Miracle on 34th Street. Also probably weird to admit, but I love The Santa Clause with Tim Allen laughingicon. Oh, and Prancer!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: summerteeth on December 02, 2009, 10:45:20 AM
I kinda like The Santa Clause too. I adore Elf and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation also. I have a bunch of movies on my home computer that I always watch at Christmas, I think this is all of them:

- Elf
- Christmas Vacation
- Princess Bride (not strictly a Christmas film but it always seems to be on at Christmas)
- It's A Wonderful Life
- Miracle on 34th Street (I think I have both versions)

Damn, I was sure I had more than that but I can't remember now! I've been meaning to get my hands on A Muppets Christmas Carol cos I don't actually think I've watched it the whole way through. I've seen most of it, I'm sure. I think I definitely need some new ones to add to the list.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: zerohhero on December 02, 2009, 11:10:50 AM
I feel weird admitting this, but I think my favourite would have to be A Muppets Christmas Carol. I love everything that movie chooses to be!

Don't feel weird, spencer, It's my favourite Christmas movie as well.  I can't get the songs out of my head.  I also enjoy seeing muppets being hit with wreaths.

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on December 02, 2009, 11:22:17 AM
The Young Victoria: A-, acting, cinematography, and direction was great, some parts felt slow sometimes though, out 12/25

I saw that one in the UK in April, and while the costumes and the sets were gorgeous, I was not impressed by the movie itself. It felt so choppy, and there was no real flow from the beginning to the end. I also thought that Rupert Friend was completely wrong for the part, and the other actors weren't too good either. (Mark Strong did his best while chewing the scenery as the big "villain," though. :D )

I usually love British costume dramas, and I'm a huge history buff, so I thought this flick would be right up my alley, but instead I was bored out of my mind.  :-\
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: spencer_0123 on December 02, 2009, 11:24:56 AM
I feel weird admitting this, but I think my favourite would have to be A Muppets Christmas Carol. I love everything that movie chooses to be!

Don't feel weird, spencer, It's my favourite Christmas movie as well.  I can't get the songs out of my head.  I also enjoy seeing muppets being hit with wreaths.

My mom teases me about it still being my favourite Christmas movie as an adult, so now I feel weird saying it. Very glad to hear I'm not the only one! And I always get the music stuck in my head too. It's great though, so I never really mind!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: NanReg on December 02, 2009, 02:24:31 PM
Happier talk? Someone started a Christmas TV thread, and now I'm wondering what people's favourite holiday movies are?

My favorite holiday movie is relatively recent. I find that I have to watch it at least once a year.  I'd say now's about time  :) 

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Love actually is all around  <3
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: EmilyHalpert on December 02, 2009, 07:17:14 PM
Prancer, Miracle On 34th, Elf, Ernest Saves Christmas, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. There's more I'm forgeting, but those are the basics. We generally can watch a Christmas movie every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's pretty awesome.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on December 03, 2009, 06:19:56 AM
Kreidy, it did feel choppy at times, I agree. But I guess I was too entertained by the shiny things that I didn't quite notice the little flaws. Heh...

The Lovely Bones: B/B-, I've never read the book which I believe is a problem, I'm still trying to put everything in a linear plot but I don't think that you really can, the special effects were gorgeous but might have taken away from the "story" at some points, most of the critics that I screened it with yesterday were pretty mixed on the movie, comes out 12/25 (IIRC)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: summerteeth on December 03, 2009, 11:02:22 AM
I forgot about Scrooged and Groundhog Day. Scrooged is showing at my local art house cinema this year, but it's during a weekday I think so I won't be able to see it :(
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on December 03, 2009, 11:30:08 PM
I'm putting in a plug for a Christmas movie I just watched: Joyeux Noel. It's set during Christmas Eve/Christmas 1914 on the front, in Germany, about 100 or so meters from the French border. The Germans are facing off against the French and the Scots. Christmas Eve night they decide on a cease fire and the sides come together for a midnight mass.

It was really good. It's a tri-lingual film. German, French, and English (though maybe that's more Scottish. I could understand most of what the Scots said but it was hit or miss, really). It's not a real life story but kind of a mix of various cease fires that happened on many fronts that particular Christmas Eve night. And I love that it had Scots and not the English (no offense to the English) because you don't really see the "smaller" players in war movies. I also love bagpipes.

So, you if you are a WWI geek like I am, love foreign movies, and love Christmas, go out and rent Joyeux Noel. It was pretty damn good.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: MojoPin on December 04, 2009, 10:07:24 AM
I love Joyeux Noel too Mojo - it so beautiful and sad. I mean I've always found the whole 1914 Western Front Christmas truce story uplifting and tragic at the same time and I think this movie was the same. Just the idea of how one day, they can realise the futility of war so as to come together in peace and the next day they're back fighting...and the way the authorities responded to the troops? Uh, so sad. The funnies bit I found about the language aspect though was that many of the Germans and the French spoke all three but the Scots (well British troops in general) only spoke English. But it's a great film, a wonderfully executed concept and visually stunning. Thanks for reminding me of it!

When I was watching the movie and the German trench leader admitted he was Jewish after the mass, I kind of wondered to myself, "Well, assuming he survives this war, what's going to happen to this guy in 30 or so years?" It really depressed me. But the movie was still really good.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on December 04, 2009, 05:10:38 PM
I watched Joyeux Noel last Christmas, and I really liked it, too. (I love watching movies where the characters actually speak different languages instead of English with a German or French accent, so that's always a plus.)
It's such a great story, and even though they had to change the story from what actually happened during WWI, it's still a fascinating story that ought to be told. Besides, the scene where they started singing in the trenches was so moving.  :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on December 13, 2009, 08:59:51 PM
I watched Joyeux Noel last Christmas, and I really liked it, too. (I love watching movies where the characters actually speak different languages instead of English with a German or French accent, so that's always a plus.)
It's such a great story, and even though they had to change the story from what actually happened during WWI, it's still a fascinating story that ought to be told. Besides, the scene where they started singing in the trenches was so moving.  :)

I watched this today based on all these recommendations, and it really is a fantastic movie.  Heartwrenching, beautiful and uplifting.  Also a bit depressing with the realization that as blindly as we go to war with the idea that 'those people' are so fundamentally different from us, all it takes is a glass o' (whatever) and a few hours of conversation--even with language barriers; communication, I guess-- to find our common humanity.

On a totally unrelated note, I somehow ended up kind of, uh, keeping an eye on License to Wed despite its sheer awfulness.  Directed by Ken Kwapis-- somehow I never knew that.  And Brian, Mindy and Angela are in it! I forgot that.  But, yeah, the best part of this movie is the blooper reel during the credits.  :D
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Post by: jazzfan on December 14, 2009, 08:31:56 AM
Thanks for that rec, MojoPin.  It sounds wonderful, and I was looking for a new Christmasy movie to watch. 
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Post by: MojoPin on December 14, 2009, 10:18:18 PM
Just finished watching "Christmas in Connecticut". What a totally random and odd movie. The premise is good, though. Barbara Stanwyk (who is so totally awesome, by the way, though she had a kind of tragic life) plays Elizabeth Lane, a writer/recipe maker and Connecticut housewife. Except that she's not and no one knows but her, her editor, and the dude who comes up with her recipes.

A WWII soldier has his ship destroyed. When he's recovering at a hospital, he makes a nurse fall in love with him so he can get some real food. (True story.) Trying to get him to marry her, she figures out a way for him to spend Christmas with Elizabeth Lane and her family.

But! Elizabeth Lane is a persona! What is she going to do? She has to cook Christmas Eve dinner for her, her faux husband, the soldier, and her chunky boss who doesn't know she's a fake! Will she pull off the charade?

It's so 1945, but there are some genuinely laugh out loud moments. I take issue with the amount of time it takes for people to fall in love and marry in movies this old but . . . If I suspend my disbelief a bit, it's not so bad.

I'm currently watching "The Bishop's Wife" in a double feature. First Barbara Stanwyk and now Cary Grant. How classy!
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Post by: summerteeth on December 19, 2009, 12:15:34 PM
I just saw this on Twitter (@Glinner's account) in reference to Christopher Guest being in The Princess Bride, and found it to be quite awesome:

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@MJMcKean RT "You'll notice Guest's fingers go to 11 in the Princess Bride" /via @UltimateHurl

 ;D
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Post by: Callisto on December 19, 2009, 12:26:49 PM
Just finished watching "Christmas in Connecticut". What a totally random and odd movie. The premise is good, though. Barbara Stanwyk (who is so totally awesome, by the way, though she had a kind of tragic life) plays Elizabeth Lane, a writer/recipe maker and Connecticut housewife. Except that she's not and no one knows but her, her editor, and the dude who comes up with her recipes.

A WWII soldier has his ship destroyed. When he's recovering at a hospital, he makes a nurse fall in love with him so he can get some real food. (True story.) Trying to get him to marry her, she figures out a way for him to spend Christmas with Elizabeth Lane and her family.

But! Elizabeth Lane is a persona! What is she going to do? She has to cook Christmas Eve dinner for her, her faux husband, the soldier, and her chunky boss who doesn't know she's a fake! Will she pull off the charade?

It's so 1945, but there are some genuinely laugh out loud moments. I take issue with the amount of time it takes for people to fall in love and marry in movies this old but . . . If I suspend my disbelief a bit, it's not so bad.

I saw this the other night, and it was so cute and fun.  There is definitely something about those old movies!  It's kind of amazing to see how different the perception of relationships and the roles of men and women are from then to now.  It also gives me some interesting insight into how my mother thinks -- she grew up in the 40's.  :D

Totally agree with you Mojo about the swift moves from meeting to love to marriage in old movies, but on the other hand, I watched Dan in Real Life a week or two ago and the premise of that movie is 'can you fall in love in three days,' so... maybe our romanticized views of love and marriage haven't changed so much, after all. 
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Post by: wendolf on December 19, 2009, 04:22:33 PM
Quick, Mr. Wendolf and I are off to see a movie tonight -- any recommendations?

Up in the Air?
Avatar?
Invictus?
Brothers?
The Blind Side?

I have no idea...
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: spencer_0123 on December 19, 2009, 04:35:04 PM
I've seen Invictus, Brothers and The Blind Side. They were all good. I liked Invictus the best. I really want to see Up In The Air though, so I might vote for that! laughingicon
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Post by: kreidy on December 19, 2009, 04:52:07 PM
I saw Up in the Air and Invictus earlier this week, and I thought Invictus was much better than the other one. It was also a little more traditional, but I thought that was a good thing. Plus, Morgan Freeman is fantastic as Nelson Mandela. :)

Up in the Air was good too, but I didn't think it was as fantastic as some of the critics seem to think it is. I mean, it was a good movie, but I wouldn't say it was among the top 5 movies of the year or anything. Anna Kendrick is really funny as a young corporate yuppie, though.
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Post by: Morning Angel on December 19, 2009, 05:30:14 PM
Allow me to put my vote in for "Up In The Air".  To be fair, I haven't been to the movies much in the last month or two so I haven't seen those other recent releases, but I think "Up in The Air" is going to be in my Top 3 favourite movies this year (with "Up" and "Inglourious Basterds").  It's funny but with pathos mixed in.
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Post by: sora on December 19, 2009, 06:42:45 PM
"Up in the Air" and "The Blind Side" are my first choices on that list.

"Invictus" and "Brothers" would be distant second choices. "Avatar"... the plot is kind-of empty but the effects are amazing as long as you see it in 3-D.

Also, check to see of "Hurt Locker" is replaying around you because that's fantastic as well.
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Post by: kells8995 on December 19, 2009, 09:27:31 PM
I thought The Blind Side was pretty good.  The only other movie I've seen in months though was Planet 51 so my opinion might not count for much  ;)
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Post by: wendolf on December 20, 2009, 11:26:02 AM
Thanks for all the recommendations, guys! I was leaning toward Invictus but we ended up seeing Up in the Air -- it was Mr. Wendolf's birthday, so I let him pick. We both really liked it! My parents had seen in the night before and my mom wasn't satisfied with the ending, but I enjoyed the "up in the air' aspect of it.  ;)

I was telling my husband that I knew it was directed by Jason Reitman, who also directed Juno (and a couple episodes of The Office!). And even though everyone loves Juno, I preferred this movie. Juno was a decent movie, but I felt like the writing was a bit too obvious -- like Juno was Diablo Cody's 28-year-old version of what a cool, witty, sarcastic teenager should be, vs. what most teenagers (even the cool and witty ones) actually are. Juno herself felt a little TOO ... something. Especially when it came to dialog. But in Up in the Air, I felt like even the more emotionally heavy scenes (like before the wedding) were nicely understated -- not too corny.

Anyway, Mr. Wendolf and I gave it two thumbs up!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: dinknflicker on December 21, 2009, 01:52:08 PM
The dinkn clan went to see Invictus last night. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Morgan Freeman is outstanding as Nelson Mandela (who, unfortunately, mr. dinkn irritatingly refers to as Nellie Mandelli for reasons unknown). It's kind of amazing to think that all of this only happened less than two decades ago.

"A hooligan's game played by genlemen".
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Post by: Callisto on December 21, 2009, 01:55:18 PM
I was telling my husband that I knew it was directed by Jason Reitman, who also directed Juno (and a couple episodes of The Office!).

Well, I didn't see Invictus, but I did see Thank You For Smoking, another Jason Reitman film, over the weekend. I recommend... it was funny and sharp and made a lot of interesting, good points.

Who's seen Avatar? I want to see that this week, I think.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on December 21, 2009, 04:34:16 PM
My sixteen yr old son saw Avatar in 3D last night.  He is a very picky moviegoer (he said Transformers was "just stupid" and often comes home with scathing things to say).  He pronounced Avatar "Totally awesome!"  and he said the story isn't anything earthshattering, but that it doesn't matter - it's good enough to make the movie good and the visuals are amazing.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on December 21, 2009, 05:22:38 PM

I saw Invictus this afternoon. Excellent movie. It has what Ebert refers to as elevation—being emotionally uplifted. It's that feeling which makes your eyes puddle up. It's not from sadness, but replacing cynicism with optimism. There is hope that the human condition can be improved.

Very shallow observation: OMG. Those rugby players are lovely eye-candy.  coolicon
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Post by: dinknflicker on December 21, 2009, 11:07:47 PM
1/2 baked you're so shallow. I was so moved and uplifted that the strong, handsome and extremely manly and muscular rugby players barely even registered with me.  :o


Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on December 23, 2009, 08:14:45 PM
So, what movies came out this year? Apparently, the maker of this clip decided to show us the 342 films from 2009 in one amazing montage. I can't even begin to imagine how much work he put into this video. You can see it here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5bc8zFUiQE).
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: dinknflicker on December 30, 2009, 09:25:56 AM
For Family Fun Night last night we watched "Night at the Museum 2: Battle for the Smithsonian". Hank Azaria as a power-hungry Egyptian second born and scorned son, with a lisp, is just wonderful. Three of our Office cast members were in the movie, too. Good family flic for everyone.
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Post by: Too Late Kev on December 30, 2009, 04:45:51 PM
Saw Avatar in 3D this week; I really enjoyed it.
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Post by: lisahoo on December 30, 2009, 11:01:33 PM
Just got back from Sherlock Holmes.  Awe-some.

Did I already know that it was a Guy Ritchie movie?  Well, I really liked it anyway.  That was just the icing on the cake.  Although, there is a fight scene that really reminded me of Brad Pitt's second fight scene (bare knuckle boxing, really) from Snatch.

I've only been to London once, but it was so cool seeing an 1800's version of it, Tower Bridge still being built, etc.  AMAZING sets and art direction, and Robert Downey Jr. was great.

BTW -- we saw Inkheart on DVD last night -- also on my highly recommend list.  Some aspects were highly derivative, but overall, a pretty darned original movie.  Too scary for kids under 10, I'd say, but probably really interesting to older kids and adults.
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Post by: Too Late Kev on December 30, 2009, 11:27:11 PM
"Ah, duct tape." ;D

I enjoyed Inkheart, too, as did my kids. Those of us who don't mind reading big thick books are now making our way through the books as well -- they're quite interesting.
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Post by: dinknflicker on January 02, 2010, 06:16:43 PM
Dinkn Dilemna:

The males of my family want to see "Avatar" tonight. The females want to see either "Sherlock Holmes" or "George Clooney" :). Unfortunately for me the males outnumber the females in my household 4-1 (pretty sure the bunny rabbit is a dude.). Might be watching a movie by myself tonight.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jslasb on January 02, 2010, 07:06:04 PM
We had movie night at our house with Night at the Museum 2, as well. We loved it and DS6 kept saying "Look Mommy, that guy (or girl) is from the Office movie you watch all the time. It's like Night at the Museum and the Office together. You like that don't you Mommy?!"

DH and I went to Sherlock Holmes on Thursday night and we both thought it was a great movie. I have never read any of the Sherlock Holmes books, so I put a hold on a few at the library. I can't wait for the sequel!
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Post by: kreidy on January 02, 2010, 07:19:28 PM
I saw Avatar and Sherlock Holmes after Christmas, and I really enjoyed both movies. They were the only movies that I really wanted to see this Christmas, and fortunately, they were worth the price of admission.

I decided to see Avatar in 3D, and I'm so glad that I did as it was a truly amazing experience. James Cameron has created an entire universe in this movie, and the scene where they're flying through Pandora's Hallelujah mountains has to be seen to be believed. However, some of the best special effects were the subtle ones that you didn't even think were special effects, for instance Sam Worthington's legs in the "real" world. It reminded me of the best special effects shots in Titanic. The story may be Dances with Wolves version 2.0, but it's a movie that should be seen on a large screen, and it must be seen in 3D to get the full effect.

Sherlock Holmes, on the other hand, was just pure entertainment. I think Robert Downey Jr. is one of the best actors in Hollywood, and he didn't disappoint in this movie either. Granted; it's a popcorn movie, but it's a funny and smart one at that, so I'm already looking forward to the sequel.
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Post by: Alamos on January 02, 2010, 10:35:19 PM
We had movie night at our house with Night at the Museum 2, as well. We loved it and DS6 kept saying "Look Mommy, that guy (or girl) is from the Office movie you watch all the time. It's like Night at the Museum and the Office together. You like that don't you Mommy?!"

LOL -- Jslasb -- we saw both of the museum movies on NYE... we rock it out at the Alamos house. Both are so funny. And my daughter loved Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart. Amy Adams will always be "Giselle" to her.
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Post by: bigtunette on January 02, 2010, 11:07:23 PM
I just wanted to say I saw Up in the Air, and it's a great movie. It pretty accurately captures how crappy today's times are, but it's also quite uplifting despite the fact that some scenes are tremendously depressing. Highly recommended. I think George Clooney always kinda plays himself, but he did a great job.
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Post by: Morning Angel on January 05, 2010, 08:28:16 PM
I love the holidays because I get to watch a movie or two a day and do an annual rewatch of some of my personal classics.

I watched the BBC miniseries Sense & Sensibility made last year.  OMG. Sooooo good.  I almost love it more than the Emma Thompson movie, which is quite a feat.  I also went to see The Young Victoria, which I really enjoyed.  I loved the period costumes, of course, but it was just a fascinating story.  I also saw Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, which I had never seen for some reason, but it impressed me a lot.

One day, I did a Sandra Bullock double feature with While You Were Sleeping & The Proposal, it was most enjoyable.  One of the movies that everyone always hate, but that I have an irrational love for is Sabrina with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond.  I hadn't seen it in ages, and while I know it is not a good film, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I also rewatched Elf and Blast From The Past just because.

I also saw I Love You, Man. Not quite what I expected it to be, and all the better for it. It made me laugh quite a bit. I liked that the characters were more than usual comedic stereotypes.

I saw Confessions of a Shopaholic.  Not as terrible as I expected it to be, but still not good. It feels like it could have been a more enjoyable romcom because Isla Fisher & Hugh Dancy are both charming together, but it just all goes nowhere.

I rewatched Inglourious Basterds. It was as good the second time around. Ditto on rewatching Up on DVD. I got it for Xmas on Blu-Ray and it has all sorts of awesome extra features too.

I also watched The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, a movie from 2004 with Geoffrey Rush as Peter Sellers. That was a really interesting biopic, and one that made me really sad, even if only half of the story is actually accurate. Geoffrey Rush is amazing, but so is the rest of the cast. I must say though, I have a hard time seeing John Lithgow (who plays Blake Edwards here and was also in Confessions of a Shopaholic) as sympathetic so close on the heels of Dexter.

Anyone else consumed far too many movies during the holidays? :)
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Post by: WalkInLove on January 05, 2010, 08:39:44 PM
I didn't consume as many films as I usually do during my two weeks off.  But I did see The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, cried my eyes out. 

I tried watching Inglorious Basterds but, honestly, I couldn't stomach it.  I usually love Tarantino, but I just couldn't get through that film. 

I also saw The Young Victoria and loved it.  It took me a bit to place Paul Bettany.  I mean, I thought it was him, but he looked different enough that I kept talking myself out of it.   :D

I just saw It's Complicated and it was funnier than I expected and Baldwin didn't make me want to hurl.  So that was good.

And I LOVE Elizabeth. Easily one of my all time favorite films.
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Post by: Klutzy_girl on January 05, 2010, 10:05:04 PM
I just watched The Hangover and it was one of the most hilarious movies I've ever seen. It's one of my favorites.

And Ed's character is one of my favorites.

Still want to see Away We Go and It's Complicated.
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Post by: Alamos on January 05, 2010, 11:31:10 PM

One day, I did a Sandra Bullock double feature with While You Were Sleeping & The Proposal, it was most enjoyable.  One of the movies that everyone always hate, but that I have an irrational love for is Sabrina with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond.  I hadn't seen it in ages, and while I know it is not a good film, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I also rewatched Elf and Blast From The Past just because.

I saw The Proposal this past weekend. And I enjoyed the premise of the movie and I thought that SB did a pretty good job, she has great comedic timing -- but I did not sense any chemistry between her and Ryan Reynolds. I just did not get anything between them. She had way more chemistry w/ Bill Pullman.

I watched Night at the Museum 1 & 2 and The Princess and the Frog
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Post by: zerohhero on January 05, 2010, 11:52:11 PM
I began to make my way through all of the Best Picture award winners during the holidays.  I've watched Wings, The Broadway Melody, All Quiet on the Western Front, Cimarron and The Grand Hotel.  I didn't really like any of them.  laughingicon
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Post by: Blanca on January 06, 2010, 12:34:58 AM
Rumors have been circulating today that Sam Mendes may direct the next Bond film. I think it could be cool, but of course my first thought is to wonder whether JK will fly out to wherever Sam is and beg him for a part in it.  ;)

Here's a link to the news: Quantum of Perdition (http://movies.ign.com/articles/105/1058355p1.html)
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Post by: halfbaked on January 06, 2010, 12:47:28 AM
Rumors have been circulating today that Sam Mendes may direct the next Bond film. I think it could be cool, but of course my first thought is to wonder whether JK will fly out to wherever Sam is and beg him for a part in it.  ;)

Here's a link to the news: Quantum of Perdition (http://movies.ign.com/articles/105/1058355p1.html)

There were quite a few joking tweets today suggesting John might play a new James Bond or the latest Bond villain.  ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on January 06, 2010, 12:53:42 AM
I saw a bunch of films over the holidays and one was the Proposal. It was well made in terms of production values and supporting cast but as Alamos said there was no chemistry between the leads. Worse yet, there was a former flame of the lead guy who was pretty blatantly much more right for him to the point that it made it seem like Bullock's character was messing up his life by getting in the way at the end, whether she intended to or not.

Also finally saw Star Trek. After a bumpy first 15 minutes including a cringe-inducing sectoin with Kirk as a kid, it was great fun. Not original but very well done. Although Spock's actions seemed more heroic than Kirk's so if it hadn't been pre-ordained I'd have expected Spock to get the captain job.

As to Sam Mendes, well he can't ruin Bond and might help it. Craig is passable as an action hero but he's just not Bond. Personally I wish they'd just make Bond as a period piece set in the late 50s. The character makes sense in the 50s and 60s and just seems like a cartoon when taken out of it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: spencer_0123 on January 06, 2010, 01:21:00 AM
I've gotten through quite a few movies in the last little while:

Great = Invictus (Just completely fantastic!), Up In The Air (Nothing like Invictis, but very well done), Office Space (Oldie, but I hadn't seen it until today. And it was awesome!)

Pretty Good= The Young Victoria (I love period pieces, and although I didn't think this one was overly fantastic, it's definitely worth a watch), The Lovely Bones (I very much liked it, but I think this is one where you need to have read the book to really understand what's going on), The Secret Life of Bees, It's Complicated, Precious (This film really bothered me, but it was very well done), The Blind Side

Meh= Lyme Life, The Great Buck Howard (I was expecting more than was given), Sherlock Holmes (It was good, I think I was just too tired to enjoy it), 2012 (Not good, but kind of at the point of being so bad it was funny)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: bkwrm on January 06, 2010, 03:40:51 AM
But I did see The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, cried my eyes out. 

I saw this recently as well and had a similar reaction.  The ending was a wee bit different from the book but overall, I thought the movie stayed quite faithful to the book.  This movie also reminded me of another great movie, Au Revoir, les Enfants, mostly because of the friendship that developed between two young boys with different circumstances during this horrible time. 

Changing gear: I've been watching a lot of Hitchcock's movies (some I've seen and some I haven't): Rear Window, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much (the one w/ Jimmy Stewart), Young and Innocent (can't spot Hitchcock in this), Lifeboat, Notorious and a few more.  Soooo good. 

Oooh, also rewatched Casablanca for the gazillionth time (slight exaggeration  :D) and I think that this is my favorite movie of all time despite the fact that (spoiler alert!) Rick and Ilsa didn't end up together.  And besides Rick, Captain Renault is one of my favorite movie characters. 

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: beanyb on January 06, 2010, 08:25:14 AM

Up - Made me weep. I'm obviously far too sentimental when it comes to kid films.


No such thing! Especially not for Up. The first ten minutes in particular are devastating.

Same for Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. The end of the movie absolutely destroyed me. I saw it in the theatre ages ago, and it was the only movie experience I've ever had where nobody spoke as they walked out. Everyone was just too shellshocked.

The Christmas TV selection of movies was quite poor here in comparison to the way I remember it as a kid.

I watched The Devil Wears Prada, which I'd seen before and really love until the crappy ending.
Finding Neverland which I adored.
The Snapper, which is an absolutely hilarious Irish movie, by the guy that wrote The Commitments

... and I think that's about it. Poor show on my part this year. I might go check out Sherlock Holmes tomorrow.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: WalkInLove on January 06, 2010, 08:51:01 AM
Same for Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. The end of the movie absolutely destroyed me. I saw it in the theatre ages ago, and it was the only movie experience I've ever had where nobody spoke as they walked out. Everyone was just too shellshocked.

I completely agree with you on this, beanyb.  I fully expect going into a film about the Holocaust that I am going to be a little devastated afterward.  But this film?  Had I known the ending, I seriously would not have watched it.  I literally sobbed for a while after the movie ended.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on January 06, 2010, 12:28:21 PM
MilkandSugar, Up made me cry too.  What an awesome movie.

Fantastic Mr. Fox was also one of those awesome surprises.  It was amazingly well done, and so very funny.

I really enjoyed The Invention of Lying.  I'm sure it must have been scandalous/profane to some, but I thought it was an interesting movie, even if I didn't like it as much as other stuff Ricky Gervais has done.

Star Trek: I saw it this summer and I knew next to nothing about Star Trek, but it was really well made.

I have not seen Invictus yet, but as I said before, I definitely recommend Up in The Air.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: summerteeth on January 07, 2010, 09:35:16 AM
Guess the Movie Road Quiz (http://www.empireonline.com/features/guess-the-movie-road-quiz/)

I suck at this - I've only got about 5 so far. Anyone care to help me out/show me up?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on January 07, 2010, 09:46:25 AM

I suck more (TWSS). I thought I knew two, but even those turned out to be wrong. Note to self: watch more movies.

On a related note, I wonder whether to see The Road or not. I loved the book (insofar as one can love a book so relentlessly bleak and hopeless), but I'm not sure if I'm ready to revisit the nightmares.
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Post by: halfbaked on January 07, 2010, 12:36:26 PM
Wow! That is difficult. I have five six so far.

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#10 and #16 look soooooooo familiar. They'll haunt me all day.  :P


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Post by: Ash86 on January 07, 2010, 12:48:42 PM
That's a good quiz - just familiar enough to want to make you keep going back. I got a couple of the same ones as you halfbaked and another one:
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Post by: Cousin Mose on January 07, 2010, 12:55:35 PM
Number 10 is
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Post by: halfbaked on January 07, 2010, 01:00:30 PM
Number 10 is
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Thank you! Those two would have haunted me all day. There's a slight chance I may have figured out #10. #16—no way. I wasn't thinking along those lines at all.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: zerohhero on January 07, 2010, 01:05:34 PM
"Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was the most disappointing thing since my son." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxKtZmQgxrI)

It's a 70-minute review.  I thought it was funny but some of the jokes may be offensive.



ETA bad joke:  It seems like we have quite a few roads scholars around here.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on January 07, 2010, 01:57:20 PM
So, movies still needed for...

#1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 18.

I only got 4 of them, all of which were already mentioned:
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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: summerteeth on January 07, 2010, 02:40:18 PM
I got 4, 6, 8, 13, 14 and 15.

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: beanyb on January 07, 2010, 03:42:47 PM
I got Number 2

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I'm worried that it says something about me how quickly I got that one and seem to have no clue on the rest :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: summerteeth on January 07, 2010, 03:53:23 PM
Good work, team!  :D

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on January 07, 2010, 04:03:28 PM
I finally saw 500 Days of Summer. Wow, it's like a collection of everything people make fun of about Indie movies. Of particular annoyance was the lead guy's emotional immaturity and inability to see what was blatantly obvious early on to anyone with any relationship experience, namely that while Zooey's character might have said she's not looking for anything serious he shouldn't believe that based on the way she looked at him and the kinds  of questions she asked.

ZD gave a good performance, that made it tolerable. JGL was decent but unemorable, a graduate of the Rob Morrow "I'm squinting, that means I'm charming right?" school of acting.  The little sister of his who was 13 going on 30 made me want to break stuff.  The overall sepia tone in many scenes had Indie Pretension written all over it and the ending with the new girl undercut any realism the film was going for. Not that it was going for much when a musical number right out of Enchanted broke out in the middle.

I give it credit for trying to be creative with the order of events, though that kind of storytelling is seen often on How I Met Your Mother. Overall it was okay but not anything I'd really recommend.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on January 07, 2010, 07:22:53 PM

I googled the quiz and wound up on a forum where posters were trying to fill in their missing titles also. I'll post the info I found in two ways: as clues to the titles and as the actual titles. I was able to get all the titles with the help of the clues, IMDb and Google.  shiftyicon

Clues from source (http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=2615588&mpage=1&key=)—
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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on January 07, 2010, 07:47:08 PM
OMG!  18!  That one was driving me crazy!!!

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Cousin Mose on January 11, 2010, 11:58:25 AM
People are apparently depressed  (http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/11/avatar.movie.blues/)because the world isn't like "Avatar."

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A user named Mike wrote on the fan Web site "Naviblue" that he contemplated suicide after seeing the movie.

"Ever since I went to see Avatar I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na'vi made me want to be one of them. I can't stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it," Mike posted. "I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in 'Avatar.'"

Come ON.  ::)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: NanReg on January 11, 2010, 12:02:54 PM
Wow.  That's scary  :o  I hope Mike gets some help.

I saw Avatar (in Imax 3D) yesterday.  I hadn't planned on seeing it because it's not my type of movie.  Curiosity got the best of me, though  :D  Glad I went, because it really is quite a sight--really spectacular visually.  Having said that, Up in the Air is much more my kind of movie.  
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Sticious on January 13, 2010, 12:48:22 AM
Hello Movie Thread! 

I saw Precious today and wanted to highly recommend it.  Now, I had read the book (titled, Push) beforehand, so I think I picked up on some little details that weren't really explained in the movie.  I have this thing about not seeing certain movies until I read the book.  Usually my reaction is to think that the movie was horrible because it left so much out.  Precious was an exception though.  Yes, it left out some details, but it was the first time in a long time I actually enjoyed a movie based on a book I had already read.  Be warned, the material is very disturbing, depressing and it's not a happy story, but the main character is somehow able to give it an uplifting feel -- if that even makes sense. 

As for individual performances, and trust me, I NEVER thought I'd be saying this, but Mariah Carey was excellent.  Even more excellent though is comedian Mo'Nique.  She has a monologue toward the end and just... wow.  I think she has a good chance to win the best supporting in prize in one or more of the upcoming award shows.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jslasb on January 17, 2010, 10:17:15 AM
I saw Leap Year last night and I thought it was very cute. Loved Amy Adams in it, I think she played the character well.  I liked Matthew Goode in it, but every time I would think of his neck beard I would think of Mose.  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: madamemim on January 18, 2010, 07:28:00 PM
Thought some of you might be interested in this...

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If you're not cool enough to head to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival (http://festival.sundance.org/2010/) this month, you can now watch key moments of the event via your TV on demand through the new video on demand service, Sundance Selects (http://www.sundancechannel.com/sunfiltered/2010/01/sundance-selects-2010-festival-films-available-on-video-on-demand/).

Sundance Selects is all set to send films from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to a national audience for the first time.

You'll also get a first hand look at some of the live events that take place during the fest, as the on demand service "gives film lovers coast-to-coast the opportunity to experience a major film festival as it happens."

As part of the channel's "Direct From the Sundance Film Festival" initiative, a select group of three films will screen at the festival while simultaneously available on television for the 40 million plus homes with the Sundance Selects service.

According to a service press release, "The films in the partnership represent the broad range of cinematic expression found in this year's festival, from a highly anticipated documentary, to a thrilling Park City at Midnight title, to a critically acclaimed American independent film. All of the directors will be attending the 2010 Festival and will be available for interviews prior to the start or on-the-ground in Sundance."

Source (http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/01/18/viewers-can-attend-sundance-festival-via-their-tvs/)

Is anyone else thinking it's a shame this wasn't available last year?? 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: duodenim on January 18, 2010, 08:28:14 PM
I saw Avatar the other day and it wowed me. 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on January 19, 2010, 04:15:58 PM
Trailer for a movie based on SNL character McGruber. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VxwmxelMkk)

By the low standards of SNL-based movies it looks pretty amusing.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on January 19, 2010, 04:27:05 PM
Avatar blamed for man's death. (http://www.hindustantimes.com/Taiwan-man-dies-after-watching-Avatar/H1-Article1-499340.aspx)

Are they sure it wasn't the awful story that killed him?  :D

(Forgive me.  I know most people seemed to enjoy it. I wasn't one of them.  :))
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Alamos on January 25, 2010, 11:50:10 AM
I saw "Up in the Air" this past weekend. And it was so good.

It was funny, witty, and it was a "smart" movie. I didn't feel like an idiot after watching it.  Which is always important.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: colette on January 25, 2010, 12:20:54 PM
I saw "Up in the Air" this past weekend. And it was so good.

It was funny, witty, and it was a "smart" movie. I didn't feel like an idiot after watching it.  Which is always important.

I liked it a lot too, Alamos....and agree with you about it being witty and smart. Some really good performances too.

But, what I liked most about it was that even though it was 'smart', the take-away was actually really basic and relatable (at least at a certain point in life,) even if, unlike George C's character, you live totally on the ground  :D: just the idea that the goal posts of 'success' you set up for yourself - and even  achieve - are ultimately pretty empty unless you've formed real emotional/human connections as well. Pretty basic message, but especially now - with so many literally losing the material/financial signs of success - a good one to remember. (And I like that this idea was suggested subtly - by the story/characters - without getting at all preachy.)

Oh, and I saw Young Victoria last pm - really enjoyed it.  A nice bit of the human side of history, effective performances and gorgeous costumes, sets, gardens, etc....I love all that art-directy stuff.

Next movie I'm dying to see is Crazy Heart. Love me some Jeff Bridges and the trailer totally sucked me in. :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on January 25, 2010, 12:26:18 PM
just the idea that the goal posts of 'success' you set up for yourself - and even  achieve - are ultimately pretty empty unless you've formed real emotional/human connections as well. Pretty basic message, but especially now - with so many literally losing the material/financial signs of success - a good one to remember.

What if you haven't made any financial/material success, OR found someone to share your life with?  :D 

I still want to see it. Optimism dies hard with me.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: colette on January 25, 2010, 12:32:45 PM

What if you haven't made any financial/material success, and haven't found someone to share your life with either?  :D  

I still want to see it. Optimism dies hard with me.

Ha! That's why I said relatable 'at a certain point in life'.  :D

No seriously. I think regardless, it's relatable, because it's really just about finding true success, or happiness, or whatever one calls it, in emotional connection (whether familial or romantic) instead of in ultimately arbitrary goal posts. (Or, think of it as a cautionary tale. ;))
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on February 07, 2010, 12:24:12 PM
I rented In The Loop last night.  It has a very quotable script and is an interesting satire of the British and American governments. I must say though, I wanted to punch every single character by the end of it.  I think it's what any sane person should probably feel like, but wow.  The idea that the political system is even 25% like what it's portrayed in this movie is scary.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Ash86 on February 07, 2010, 07:03:18 PM
I watched In the Loop yesterday too MA and loved it. It's in the same world/style as the BBC comedy series The Thick of It which is amazing - the British actors are all the same playing different characters (apart from Malcolm who is the same).

Sadly I think there is a great deal of truth to the world it portrays. Malcolm is pretty clearly based on Tony Blair's spin doctor Alastair Campbell (there's an interesting interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcFaizGw860) with Campbell after he's watched the film - perhaps unsuprsingly he doesn't find it very funny :D) and there's a lot of evidence to suggest that the lead up to war certainly did involve cabinet ministers being pressured in a manner similar to in the film. Obviously it's entertainment so things are magnified but there's more than a kernel of truth.

I'd definitely recommend The Thick of It - it's very British humour - pretty much The Office (UK) meets Yes Minister (a great old British sitcom about Westminster). I particularly love comparing our shows about the political system to US ones like The West Wing - I love the WW but there's no way we would have such an aspirational, sentimental show - we start out with the presumption that our leaders are pretty shady and unpleasant and feel the need to mock them further in films and television programmes. :D

On another note, saw Up in the Air today - some great scenes and generally a good movie but most of the credit goes to the screenplay I'd say - if I'd read it rather than watched it I'd have laughed just as much probably. Thus it's hard to gauge how great Reitman really is IMO (he has a screenplay credit but there are a lot of stories about apparently half of Hollywood having written it so who knows!) - the script is solid and the rest just follows. Clooney plays himself and I'm not sure why that's garnered such award attention. I also personally really identified with Anna Kendrick's character and thought she played Natalie just right. I'd have preferred the film to have stuck to its guns regarding Clooney's character but despite the unnecessary injection of sentimentality towards the end it still was a good night out at the cinema.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on February 07, 2010, 07:52:18 PM
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I'd definitely recommend The Thick of It - it's very British humour - pretty much The Office (UK) meets Yes Minister (a great old British sitcom about Westminster). I particularly love comparing our shows about the political system to US ones like The West Wing - I love the WW but there's no way we would have such an aspirational, sentimental show - we start out with the presumption that our leaders are pretty shady and unpleasant and feel the need to mock them further in films and television programmes. cheesy smile

I'm Canadian so I always look at this reverence of the presidency in the US as a nice idealistic thing, but yeah, we're so not like that here.  Of course, our parliamentary democracy is close to that of the UK.  We tend to mock our leaders mercilessly and see them with suspicion.  Given some of the winners elected recently, it's not exactly surprising.  The current douchebag in charge decided to prorogue (i.e., shut down) the government for 2 months when the public and MPs started asking too many questions about possible involvement of Canadians with torture in Afghanistan.  So I do find politics highly depressing these days, and that movie, although very funny, kind of made me angry.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: LaTopher on February 08, 2010, 12:18:08 AM
Well, I saw AVATAR the other day. Can't go watch movies in theaters because of my epilepsy, so I just download torrents. Or watch online, which ever.

Sadly, it was just a bad video camera quality, so I couldn't really garner any amazing effects, but it did look pretty realistic. Story-line wasn't to die for, but I would pretty disappointed if it didn't win any awards for best graphics in a movie this year. Even from bad video camera quality, the scenes still looked really amazing. Man I wish I could go to movie theaters.

I am now on to watching 'Precious' (downloaded again  :P) I was really iffy about watching that movie, but I'm surprised it's gotten some pretty good reviews so far. So it's worth a try.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jimjampam on February 14, 2010, 01:42:06 AM
I went and saw Wolfman this evening and I did not think it was very good at all. I was looking forward to Emily Blunt's performance but I think she was basically just a pretty face for the movie. Benicio Del Toro's acting was not the greatest and Anthony Hopkins didn't even seem to emote that much. It was all together more gory than it needed to be and probably just a little too long. Too many things reminded me of Teen Wolf including the make-up. Haha. The setting reminded me of Van Helsing including using a pretty face. Basically Wolfman = Teen Wolf + Van Helsing.
If you don't mind the mediocre acting or gratuitous amounts of gore then I would go see it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: colette on February 14, 2010, 04:59:26 PM
Not sure if this has already been rec'd here, but I finally got around to seeing Crazy Heart today...Love. Pure love.

Longtime Jeff Bridges fan - and this was like seeing him fresh, all over again. Oscar Schmoscar - regardless of how that stuff works out, he's already won, as far as I'm concerned. Such a nuanced, touching, raw, smart, HUMAN portrayal. (My lord, he could teach some of these young preening actors a thing or two about embracing a character, even in his most unappealing moments, without chewing the scenery.)

In fact, everyone was good in it - Maggie G., Robert Duvall, even Colin Farrell - gave understated, spot-on performances. And the music and writing and the way it was shot...just a beautifully made film.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Cheeb on February 14, 2010, 06:54:29 PM
I'd like to second the recommendation for Crazy Heart.  I saw it Friday.  I'm also a longtime fan of Jeff Bridges.  He was absolutely wonderful in this movie.  Robert Duvall, as usual, was perfect in his role too.  Colin Farrell surprised me.  Such a good story.  Loved this movie.  Came home and downloaded a few songs from the soundtrack.  I really hope Jeff Bridges wins the Oscar for his performance.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on February 14, 2010, 11:27:04 PM

Moviefone edited together the phrase "I love you" from some great familiar movies. Guess who makes his appearance at around 1:42?  burtface

LINK (http://video.aol.com/aolvideo/Moviefone/the-moviefone-mash-i-love-you-over-and-over-again/65779380001)  <3

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!  :
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on February 14, 2010, 11:49:47 PM
I went and saw Wolfman this evening and I did not think it was very good at all. I was looking forward to Emily Blunt's performance but I think she was basically just a pretty face for the movie. Benicio Del Toro's acting was not the greatest and Anthony Hopkins didn't even seem to emote that much. It was all together more gory than it needed to be and probably just a little too long. Too many things reminded me of Teen Wolf including the make-up. Haha. The setting reminded me of Van Helsing including using a pretty face. Basically Wolfman = Teen Wolf + Van Helsing.
If you don't mind the mediocre acting or gratuitous amounts of gore then I would go see it.

I just came back from watching this movie, and it was funnier than I think the producers meant for it to be.  :D
My friends and I did not want to see any romantic comedies, so we ended up watching this one, and while it was shot beautifully and the art direction was great, the casting was really bizarre. Anthony Hopkins was okay, but Benicio del Toro was incredibly miscast. He did not look like an English gentleman at all, so watching him lurking around Talbot Hall was plain weird. Blunt had exactly one facial expression throughout the entire movie; worried pouting. Consequently, many of the supposedly scary parts became unintentionally hilarious, so I hope someone does a MST3K for this one when it's released on DVD. Also, the amounts of blood and gore were out of control.

I did like seeing Chatsworth all made up as a scary mansion, though.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on February 15, 2010, 12:02:01 AM

Moviefone edited together the phrase "I love you" from some great familiar movies. Guess who makes his appearance at around 1:42?  burtface

LINK (http://video.aol.com/aolvideo/Moviefone/the-moviefone-mash-i-love-you-over-and-over-again/65779380001)  <3

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!  :

And his line is TWSS bait.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jimjampam on February 15, 2010, 01:21:30 AM
I went and saw Wolfman this evening and I did not think it was very good at all. I was looking forward to Emily Blunt's performance but I think she was basically just a pretty face for the movie. Benicio Del Toro's acting was not the greatest and Anthony Hopkins didn't even seem to emote that much. It was all together more gory than it needed to be and probably just a little too long. Too many things reminded me of Teen Wolf including the make-up. Haha. The setting reminded me of Van Helsing including using a pretty face. Basically Wolfman = Teen Wolf + Van Helsing.
If you don't mind the mediocre acting or gratuitous amounts of gore then I would go see it.

I just came back from watching this movie, and it was funnier than I think the producers meant for it to be.  :D
My friends and I did not want to see any romantic comedies, so we ended up watching this one, and while it was shot beautifully and the art direction was great, the casting was really bizarre. Anthony Hopkins was okay, but Benicio del Toro was incredibly miscast. He did not look like an English gentleman at all, so watching him lurking around Talbot Hall was plain weird. Blunt had exactly one facial expression throughout the entire movie; worried pouting. Consequently, many of the supposedly scary parts became unintentionally hilarious, so I hope someone does a MST3K for this one when it's released on DVD. Also, the amounts of blood and gore were out of control.

I did like seeing Chatsworth all made up as a scary mansion, though.

The only part that impressed me was the wolf fight with Anthony Hopkins and Benicio until they started tearing off skin...then it was getting ridiculous. I made a comment that Benicio seemed like he was thrown into a time period wearing clothes fashioned to look like the current time period. I do admit that I was laughing at some points and part of it was the absurdity that went with some of the attack scenes. My friend and I both agreed that Smeagol made an appearance at least once in the movie too. Haha.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on February 15, 2010, 11:46:08 AM
Soooo, Mr. Wendolf and I went to see Valentine's Day last night, even after hearing that it wasn't that great. Apparently neither of us could resist the cast ripe with lovely eye candy. Anyway ... I kinda' liked it. It definitely wasn't a GREAT movie, but we both enjoyed it more than we expected to. (Perhaps hearing it was bad prepared us for the worst.) They probably tried to tackle 2 or 3 too many story lines -- it was no Love, Actually -- but still ... a good Valentine's Day date movie.

And who knew Topher Grace was so darn cute?

Anyway, anyone else see it this weekend? Thoughts?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on February 16, 2010, 07:10:33 PM
I watched Anvil: The Story of Anvil, and I must say that was an oddly touching movie.  That band and the whole movie is basically the real life version of Spinal Tap (and there are Stonehenge and "it goes up to 11" references in there too!).  It would be funnier if it wasn't real.  You can't help but be touched by how much the music means to them even if I kind of don't get it.  It's amazing how they just haven't given up.

ETA: Also, lovely piece about Roger Ebert in Esquire. (http://www.esquire.com/features/roger-ebert-0310)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on February 17, 2010, 08:38:06 AM
I watched Anvil: The Story of Anvil,

Worst. Name. Ever. I used to mock it whenever a commercial would come on VH1. :P

Hubby was looking forward to watching this, but we got bored half way through. I think b/c he watches SO much VH1 - that he felt like he had practically seen the whole movie when they were pushing it in commercials and That Metal Show.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on February 23, 2010, 05:12:21 PM

I wanted to see Crazy Heart today, but I was sidetracked posting some pix here at MTT. Hmm? Addicted much? Anyway...too late for Crazy Heart, I saw Blindside instead.

Meh. It was an okay film. Nothing spectacular. Nothing awful. I felt more manipulated than when I see a Hallmark ad.  :'(

Whichever critic it was that said this was Bullock's Erin Brockovich was dead-on. I think this is just the kind of role that might be rewarded with an Oscar.  :-\

In my quest to see as many nominated films/performances as possible before the awards, I'm trying for Crazy Heart again on Thursday.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on March 01, 2010, 03:33:30 PM

Here's a wonderfully reflective piece on what Roger Ebert has meant to the writer, Will Leitch. LINK (http://deadspin.com/5482198/my-roger-ebert-story)  :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on March 02, 2010, 10:03:45 AM
Roger Ebert and his wife are to appear on Oprah today.  :)

Roger's tweet:
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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on March 06, 2010, 11:38:21 AM
Food, Inc. was recommended to me a while ago and after seeing it today, I have to say... it's really eye-opening.  Food production is one of those things we take for granted, but the machinations behind it are just shocking.  It's definitely something worth seeing.  I know they've convinced me to look at organics more than I do.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on March 07, 2010, 01:17:28 PM
Like probably everyone else on this board, I never say "All About Steve", but I am impressed as hell that Sandra Bullock showed up to accept the Worst Actress Razzie for her performance. (http://oscars.movies.yahoo.com/blog/60-sandra-bullock-shows-up-to-claim-worst-actress-razzie-award)

I don't have an opinion one way or the other about whether she should win the Oscar tonight, but that move just makes me like her even more as a person.  She also graduated high school in a neighboring county, so she's almost a 'home town girl makes good'.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kells8995 on March 07, 2010, 01:37:53 PM
Like probably everyone else on this board, I never say "All About Steve", but I am impressed as hell that Sandra Bullock showed up to accept the Worst Actress Razzie for her performance. (http://oscars.movies.yahoo.com/blog/60-sandra-bullock-shows-up-to-claim-worst-actress-razzie-award)

I don't have an opinion one way or the other about whether she should win the Oscar tonight, but that move just makes me like her even more as a person.  She also graduated high school in a neighboring county, so she's almost a 'home town girl makes good'.

Yeah. I have to say that I may not be crazy about all of her movies but she seems like a stand up gal, and not the normal "hollywood" stereotype at all.  For me, I'd put her on a par w/ Tom Hanks - as one of those people who seem to stay so grounded and down to earth, considering the amount of fame she has experienced.  That move def scores her major points in my book.  Good for her!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on March 07, 2010, 01:49:52 PM
Like probably everyone else on this board, I never say "All About Steve", but I am impressed as hell that Sandra Bullock showed up to accept the Worst Actress Razzie for her performance. (http://oscars.movies.yahoo.com/blog/60-sandra-bullock-shows-up-to-claim-worst-actress-razzie-award)

I don't have an opinion one way or the other about whether she should win the Oscar tonight, but that move just makes me like her even more as a person.  She also graduated high school in a neighboring county, so she's almost a 'home town girl makes good'.

Yeah. I have to say that I may not be crazy about all of her movies but she seems like a stand up gal, and not the normal "hollywood" stereotype at all.  For me, I'd put her on a par w/ Tom Hanks - as one of those people who seem to stay so grounded and down to earth, considering the amount of fame she has experienced.  That move def scores her major points in my book.  Good for her!


Cinematical has video (http://www.cinematical.com/2010/03/07/watch-this-sandra-bullocks-razzies-acceptance-speech/) of her acceptance speech. Funny, Sandy, funny.  laughingicon  laughingicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on March 09, 2010, 11:51:07 AM

Also, speaking of HBO, they're now really adapting George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, which is a lengthy medieval type of fantasy series. The books are supposed to be really good. However, my fellow period drama fans might be happy to hear that Jennifer Ehle is part of the cast. I like her a lot, and haven't seen her in anything apart from Pride and Prejudice and that godawful Possession (great book, silly movie). Maybe this will be good for her career.  :)

Are. You. Kidding. Me? I adored Possession. I ran out and bought the DVD as soon as it came out. I can watch that movie any number of times. YMMV, obviously, but I just had to ring in to say how much I loved that film.

Nope, not kidding at all. However, I should learn to keep my mouth shut about the wretched movie. I'm not at all a credible critic: I never did see all of it. We tried to watch it  with my husband a few years ago. For weeks our movie nights had been dominated by stuff like Slap Shot and School of Rock, and when we went to the movie rental place I told him in no uncertain terms that we're watching an epic love story. I had heard good things about Possession so we rented that. And it just didn't work for either of us at all. I hated Aaron Eckhart's character (and hated him even more when I finally read the book and met this small, sort of loser-ish British academic) and the tension they were trying to create between him and Gwynnie. But that could have easily been forgiven hadn't there been the train station scene (they see each other across the crowded station, while their letters are heard in voice-over), aka the point where we both burst out laughing and had to stop watching. So that's my Possession story.

But yeah, I really shouldn't broadcast my opinion of a movie of which I only saw the first thirty minutes or so. Maybe I should watch it till the end sometime, so I could at least hate it with credibility. The problem is, I don't wanna.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on March 10, 2010, 10:00:48 AM
Quasi-news about a sitcom star. (http://io9.com/5489643/that-guy-from-the-office-is-probably-playing-captain-america-say-inside-sources)

"He has screen tested 2 times so far. It's very likely that he will be the new Captain America. He is a favorite among the key decision makers and has been asked to come back for more this week."

Unnamed sources though so consider it just a strong rumor for now.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: beanyb on March 10, 2010, 06:29:19 PM
I'm just back from Alice in Wonderland. It was very disappointing. It looked cool and all, but the story was pretty much non existant and the characters were all lifeless and dull, if that's possible in such a fantasy world.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 13, 2010, 01:49:26 AM
So, a while ago, I asked my Facebook for romantic comedy suggestions for a rainy day or something. My guilty pleasure is really great romantic comedies, it should be said. Someone suggested Say Anything. Looked it up, it was made in like 1989, the person who suggested it is older than me, so I gave it the shelf and wasn't interested.

Just watched it for the last hour and a half and had fun. It wasn't the greatest movie but it was better than I thought it was going to be. Last time I disregard an "old" movie. ::)

Anyway -- best romantic comedies? Good ones? There's only so many times I can watch How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Pamcake on March 13, 2010, 01:55:35 AM
I rarely watch a movie more than once, but The Wedding Singer is one that I can watch over and over.  Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler and the 80's!  Doesn't get much better than that.  :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on March 13, 2010, 12:13:02 PM
Anyway -- best romantic comedies? Good ones? There's only so many times I can watch How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. ;)

There's a little known romantic comedy starring Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher called "A Lot Like Love" ... I don't know if it's one of the best, but both Mr. Wendolf and I really enjoyed it. Before I saw that, I had sort of written off Ashton Kutcher as ... that Punk'd guy. But this movie put him on the short list of TV/Movie Boyfriends.

I also liked "Definitely, Maybe" with Ryan Reynolds. (That's the right title, right?) And "Love, Actually", obviously.

I'll think on this because romantic comedy is one of my favorite genres.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 13, 2010, 02:09:20 PM
I rarely watch a movie more than once, but The Wedding Singer is one that I can watch over and over.  Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler and the 80's!  Doesn't get much better than that.  :)

Ha! That's a good one. I used to take care of a patient who looked and sounded exactly like the little old lady that sings? It was amazing. Every time we started a new employee, we would walk into her room but stop at the door. "Okay, have you ever seen the Wedding Singer...?" ;)

Anyway -- best romantic comedies? Good ones? There's only so many times I can watch How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. ;)

There's a little known romantic comedy starring Amanda Peet and Ashton Kutcher called "A Lot Like Love" ... I don't know if it's one of the best, but both Mr. Wendolf and I really enjoyed it. Before I saw that, I had sort of written off Ashton Kutcher as ... that Punk'd guy. But this movie put him on the short list of TV/Movie Boyfriends.

I also liked "Definitely, Maybe" with Ryan Reynolds. (That's the right title, right?) And "Love, Actually", obviously.

I'll think on this because romantic comedy is one of my favorite genres.

Ooh, I haven't seen the first two. "Love, Actually" was so great. I remember I downloaded rented that one and watched it over and over again. So great. I still have an .mp3 of the "Glasgow Love Theme" or whatever it is from when Colin Firth declares his love, or something.

But the other two I'm going to get right on. And yes, you should think on it because I'm always dying to add to my list. Whenever I ask people this, "Serendipity" always comes up. I'm telling you right now, if any of  you rec "Serendipity" we are not going to be friends anymore. That movie sucks.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on March 13, 2010, 02:31:38 PM
Romantic comedies... I've seen You've Got Mail about ten times and never seem to get sick of it.  Bridget Jones' Diary (the first one). CluelessMoonstruck.  And of course, When Harry Met Sally and The Princess Bride.  Any one of those movies comes on TV and I'll watch at least some of it.  :)  (They're all very quotable, an essential ingredient of any movie I love.)

ETA: I like both John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, but Serendipity was most definitely not a good film.  ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: beanyb on March 13, 2010, 03:02:48 PM
When Harry Met Sally is definitely my favourite ever romantic comedy. And I'm a big sap for Sleepless in Seattle despite how horribly cheesy it is! And to go with Love Actually, I'd recommend all of Richard Curtis' movies, particularly Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on March 13, 2010, 03:41:35 PM
Yep, I was going to chime in with Bridget Jones's Diary and When Harry Met Sally too as classics in the genre.  You Got Mail grew on me, somehow especially after I saw the original movie it's based on,The Shop Around The Corner, which is with Jimmy Stewart & Margaret Sullivan.  I also love all the Richard Curtis movies, although my personal favourite is Notting Hill. But I seem to be alone in that.  I'm not as big a fan of Four Weddings and a Funeral, although I do like it.   I also really like the Sabrina remake with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond, which again I seem to be in the minority on that.  

I'm also partial to much older romantic comedies like Roman Holiday (oh, Audrey Hepburn!) and The Apartment. :)

I've also talked about how I like any dance movies with a romance in it (Dirty Dancing, Centre Stage, Save The Last Dance,...)

Another one that is not a romantic comedy per se, but well worth a watch is 10 Things I Hate About You.

ETA: Agreed, Serendipity sucks the big one.  I could never define what it is, but there is definitely such a thing as too cheesy or just a plain bad script  See also, all Kate Hudson movies that are not Almost Famous or How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (which I find amusing), Katherine Heigl movies, and sadly, a lot of Hugh Jackman's career.

Oh, another suggestion is Moulin Rouge.  How I love thee. :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on March 13, 2010, 03:51:44 PM
I also really like the Sabrina remake with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond, which again I seem to be in the minority on that.  

Oh, yes! I love this movie. I don't know why it gets such middling reviews. They all give great performances, and Nancy Marchand and Greg Kinnear are hilarious. 

A few more I thought of: Roxanne, So I Married an Axe Murderer, While You Were Sleeping, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The 40 Year Old Virgin. 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on March 13, 2010, 03:55:21 PM

I like Notting Hill more than Four Weddings too, MA. The Scottish room mate is hysterical. And The Apartment is a great, great movie. If you've decided not to disregard old movies, yanana, you should definitely watch that. Because that's how it crumbles, cookie wise.  ;)

Is Once a comedy? Maybe not, but it's romantic in its own way, and somehow oddly sweet, despite all the surface level bleakness.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: beanyb on March 13, 2010, 04:05:05 PM
I wouldnt class Once as a romantic comedy S.K, but it does have moments of hilarity, such as the opening scene (though I've been told most non Irish people have no idea what's happening because the accents are so thick!).
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Sara2009 on March 13, 2010, 04:05:25 PM
I need to third the recommendation for Bridget Jones's Diary. I've only seen it once, but I absolutely adored it.

I also really liked Definitely, Maybe.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kells8995 on March 13, 2010, 04:11:00 PM
I loved Sleepless in Seattle - cheesiness and all, and I'm not really a big rom-com fan.

Another one that I liked, but I don't know if it totally hits the "comedy" mark, but I loved Sliding Doors.  It's older, with Gwenyth Paltrow.  Another great old one is Singles.  Ahh the 90's  ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: bkwrm on March 13, 2010, 04:13:53 PM
I also really like the Sabrina remake with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond, which again I seem to be in the minority on that.  

Oh, yes! I love this movie. I don't know why it gets such middling reviews. They all give great performances, and Nancy Marchand and Greg Kinnear are hilarious.  
 

I LOVED the original with Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn so the remake didn't do anything for me.  

Along the lines of older movies (and Kate, if you think the 80s movies are old, you must think these are ancient  :D):

-Adam's Ribs  
-Breakfast at Tiffany's
-What a Way To Go
-The Philadelphia Story

And Amelie (which is more recent).  

Callisto, I second the rec for My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  Such a funny movie.  :)

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on March 13, 2010, 04:18:35 PM
And Amelie (which is more recent). 


I love Amelie so much. I saw it for the first time in the theater and when the garden gnome sent his first photo, me and my friend just lost it. We laughed a good minute at least. And the music is so good. And Audrey Tautou is ridiculously pretty. And the male lead who's name I can't remember right now, but who is also a director, was hot.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 13, 2010, 05:42:08 PM
Wow, I have a lot of movies to see, apparently! I was hoping to get a lot of responses here, since we obviously all are a fan of one couple's pretty cool love story. Not that all of these are anything like them, but you know.

I've barely put a dent in my list -- watched "A Lot Like Love" today. Thanks wendolf, I loved that one! Next and waiting to be played is "Definitely, Maybe."

So, I've never seen "the Princess Bride." Which people always yell at me about? But the first time I even wanted to watch it was when it was mentioned on "the Fire" episode, so is that one I definitely need to check out?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on March 13, 2010, 05:56:16 PM
So, I've never seen "the Princess Bride." Which people always yell at me about? But the first time I even wanted to watch it was when it was mentioned on "the Fire" episode, so is that one I definitely need to check out?

Are you kidding me, Tuna?!  Yes. There's a reason it was in Pam's top 5.  It's got fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... you should be able to stay awake.  ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 13, 2010, 06:06:53 PM
Well, I guess it's next then. ::) Feels about right for a Saturday. ;)

You know what "romcom" I really loved? "What Women Want." It's still one of my favorites! It's corny, yeah, but it's actually really nice. And all of the Sinatra added in makes me swoon just a tad. Anyone else enjoy this one?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: WalkInLove on March 13, 2010, 06:16:29 PM
Another great old one is Singles.  Ahh the 90's  ;)

Kells!  A girl after my dorky 90s heart!  I loved that movie like crazy when it came out and I still do.  Citizen Dick, FTW.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on March 13, 2010, 08:41:49 PM
I've barely put a dent in my list -- watched "A Lot Like Love" today. Thanks wendolf, I loved that one! Next and waiting to be played is "Definitely, Maybe."

Oh, good! I'm glad you liked it. It was cute, right? Hope you enjoy "Definitely, Maybe" as well.

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So, I've never seen "the Princess Bride." Which people always yell at me about? But the first time I even wanted to watch it was when it was mentioned on "the Fire" episode, so is that one I definitely need to check out?

Oh, yes. You totally need to see that one. One of my all-time favorites.

I'll agree with the "Roman Holiday" love. I remember being so pleasantly surprised by that one.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 13, 2010, 09:04:33 PM
I am enjoying my very, very uneventful Saturday here in bed with my laptop. Just finished "Definitely, Maybe" and it was great. Thanks again, wendolf. :) Don't want to spoil anything, I s'pose...

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So, while I'm on a roll and my friend's here from out of town... "Princess Bride" I guess? She hasn't seen it either.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: zerohhero on March 13, 2010, 09:11:23 PM
So, while I'm on a roll and my friend's here from out of town... "Princess Bride" I guess? She hasn't seen it either.

Once you've seen it, Phyllis' Wedding will be ever so slightly funnier.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on March 13, 2010, 09:21:07 PM
Third vote for Roman Holiday. The original one, not the awful re-make.

Others:

And I might be the only one who likes Serendipity.  ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 13, 2010, 09:24:17 PM
I guess I can forgive you for liking "Serendipity" since you mentioned "Sweet Home Alabama," sora. I love that one! And why am I the only person in the world who has not seen "My Big Fat Greek Wedding?" Or "While You Were Sleeping?" WYWS sounds like a horror film, and somewhere along the line, I just assumed that it was because the first time I saw whoever listed that I thought, how can a horror film be a romantic comedy? Oops!

Oh, and since the friend in town had to deal with something else and isn't coming over, I started "the Princess Bride" and had to pause because Callisto's comment became very ironic. Touche. ;)

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It's got fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... you should be able to stay awake. ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kells8995 on March 13, 2010, 09:24:36 PM
Oh yes I loved 10 Things I Hate About You.  Great move.  
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on March 13, 2010, 09:37:44 PM
For those who have already seen The Princess Bride, this is a fun line to use when you can:

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kells8995 on March 13, 2010, 09:40:21 PM

Kells!  A girl after my dorky 90s heart!  I loved that movie like crazy when it came out and I still do.  Citizen Dick, FTW.

*high fives WIL* Seriously - I just loved those grungy sort of rom-coms like Singles and Reality Bites.  Good music too. 

Come to where the flavor is.  Come..to Debbie Country   :D

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on March 13, 2010, 09:55:35 PM

Kells!  A girl after my dorky 90s heart!  I loved that movie like crazy when it came out and I still do.  Citizen Dick, FTW.

*high fives WIL* Seriously - I just loved those grungy sort of rom-coms like Singles and Reality Bites.  Good music too. 

Come to where the flavor is.  Come..to Debbie Country   :D

LOL! I forgot about that. I love Singles.  Such a great movie.  Kyra Sedgwick scrubbing her toilet with his blue shirt!  The soundtrack is everything you need to know about the early 90's grunge scene, all in one convenient album! Love it.  Cameron Crowe has done a lot of good movies.

I just watched Miss Congeniality.  It's not a romantic comedy per se but it never fails to crack me up.  William Shatner:  "I don't have a gun. My ancestors were Quakers."  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 13, 2010, 10:07:36 PM
For those who have already seen The Princess Bride, this is a fun line to use when you can:

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I'm only a little ways in, but I was surprised that your spoilered line wasn't one of these:

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I think watching TO has conditioned me terribly. ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on March 14, 2010, 12:42:15 AM
I guess I can forgive you for liking "Serendipity" since you mentioned "Sweet Home Alabama," sora. I love that one!

Yeah, SHA was a pleasant surprise. I'm jealous, Kate. What a fun rom com evening!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 14, 2010, 01:41:46 AM
Ha, yes, it's been quite the Saturday evening. Okay, I loved "the Princess Bride." So I'll have to find some more time to go through all of these recs!

Oh, and I forgot. I seem to have a soft spot for Drew Barrymore ones. "Fever Pitch" and "Never Been Kissed" are great. I want someone to kiss me while "Don't Worry Baby" by the Beach Boys is playing in the background, please.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Beeswax on March 14, 2010, 11:06:57 AM
I'm really enjoying all of these rom com recommendations!  It's a genre that many people are embarrassed to admit that they love.  The thing about these types of movies is that the script and and chemistry between the actors make or break the movie.  It is a delicate balance.  I think it's quite a challenge to make an original and moving rom com.

Sandra Bullock is definitely the queen of rom coms.  I've enjoyed all the ones she's been in.  I just saw "The Proposal" recently and it was quite endearing.  I also loved her and Ben Affleck in one many years ago called "Forces of Nature".  It probably got horrible reviews but I loved the music and use of weather in the story.

Another one I absolutely love from a few years ago is "French Kiss" with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline.  Oooo la la la la la.  Also, I'm a huge David Duchovny fan and really enjoyed "Return to Me".  That one has a great supporting cast.

The worst rom com I've ever seen has to be "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past".  I like Matthew McC as much as the next gal, and I'm sorry if anyone here loved it, but it was just terrible.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on March 14, 2010, 11:22:45 AM
I'll admit I'm not a rom/com fan, but I don't say that in a snooty way.  They usually don't appeal to me, but I agree it's all about the chemistry and a decent script, which are both hard to come by.  That said, I absolutely loved The Princess Bride, and I laughed an awful lot at Miss Congeniality

Does A Fish Called Wanda count as romantic comedy?  If so, I highly recommend it.   Ok, even if not so.

 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on March 14, 2010, 12:03:03 PM

Does A Fish Called Wanda count as romantic comedy?  If so, I highly recommend it.   Ok, even if not so.

Seconded. Genre aside, everyone should see A Fish Called Wanda at least once in their lives. It's just so, "makes you laugh till you can't breathe" -funny.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: justkaren on March 15, 2010, 05:31:32 PM
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Sandra Bullock is definitely the queen of rom coms.  I've enjoyed all the ones she's been in.  I just saw "The Proposal" recently and it was quite endearing.  I also loved her and Ben Affleck in one many years ago called "Forces of Nature".  It probably got horrible reviews but I loved the music and use of weather in the story.

My favorite of Sandra Bullock's is While You Were Sleeping.  Her character is very believable and the rest of the cast is great too.  Plus, it has some great quotes.  Mostly from her neighbor Joe, Jr.  :D  "What? I love black underwears."  :D

I've never seen A Fish Called Wanda, I'll have to check that out.

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Ash86 on March 15, 2010, 05:56:06 PM
Kate Winslet & Sam Mendes have split. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8569145.stm) That's really very sad & surprising - they seemed well suited. Hope it's all amicable for the sake of their kids.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on March 15, 2010, 06:22:55 PM
My personal rom com favourites are (in no particular order):

(500) Days of Summer
Notting Hill
Bridget Jones's Diary
The Wedding Singer
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Legally Blonde
A Room with a View (I don't care; Mr. Beebe cracks me up)
Clueless
Love Actually
Emma (the Gwyneth Paltrow version)
When Harry Met Sally
Holiday (incredibly cheesy, but Kate Winslet saves the entire movie)
10 Things I Hate About You
Bride and Prejudice (absolutely hilarious if you like Sayid on Lost, Jane Austen and Bollywood)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on March 15, 2010, 11:52:33 PM
Question: In a rom-com, would you rather have the regular Joe (the average guy) get the pretty girl or the plain Jane (the average girl) get the handsome guy? Or can they both be average? Would you still be interested in the story if they were?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on March 16, 2010, 12:13:43 AM
In most movies, both leads are really pretty, but otherwise, it always seems like it's the super hot girl with the very average guy (see also: way too many sitcoms.)  While I enjoy me some man eye candy ;), I don't really care.  The chemistry between the actors is really the most important element of the rom-com.  You have to be able to believe they've fallen for each other, no matter how pretty/not so pretty they are.  If the script and the actors sell me on that, I'm a happy camper.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on March 16, 2010, 12:27:34 AM
Romantic comedies seem to work best when both of them are better than average looking but not amazing. They need to be relatable, and charisma counts for a lot.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on March 16, 2010, 09:46:23 AM
But if one of the woman starts out really plain, then all of sudden she will take off her glasses and let her hair down and become a fabulous babe.

Or nerdy guy will comb his hair and put on a tux and become James Bond.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on March 16, 2010, 10:31:56 AM
I think I'm the only woman on the planet that didn't like Love Actually! I also didn't like any of the Bridget Jones movies, The Proposal, Serendipity, Must Love Dogs, Knocked Up, The Holiday, Dan in Real Life, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Best Friend's Wedding, and You've Got Mail.

Here are some of my favorites in random order:

Grosse Pointe Blank
27 Dresses
4 Weddings and a Funeral
Notting Hill
Pretty Woman
Sliding Doors
Waitress
Hitch
The Wedding Date
Definitely, Maybe
Shakespeare in Love
2 Weeks Notice
13 Going on 30
Sweet Home Alabama
The Wedding Singer
Groundhog Day
Penelope
Muriel's Wedding
Strictly Ballroom
The Wedding Planner
Next Stop Wonderland
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on March 16, 2010, 10:36:35 AM
I loved Gross Point Blank.  "It's as if everyone had swelled."

I'm still campaigning for A Fish Called Wanda as a romantic comedy...I mean, this is romantic, isn't it?


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Archie: You make me feel free.

Wanda: Free?
 
Archie: Wanda, do you have any idea what it's like being English? Being so correct all the time, being so stifled by this dread of, of doing the wrong thing, of saying to someone "Are you married?" and hearing "My wife left me this morning," or saying, uh, "Do you have children?" and being told they all burned to death on Wednesday. You see, Wanda, we'll all terrified of embarrassment. That's why we're so... dead. Most of my friends are dead, you know, we have these piles of corpses to dinner. But you're alive, God bless you, and I want to be, I'm so fed up with all this. I want to make love with you, Wanda. I'm a good lover - at least, used to be, back in the early 14th century. Can we go to bed?

Wanda: Yeah.


Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jenn on March 16, 2010, 12:05:34 PM
I think I'm the only woman on the planet that didn't like Love Actually! I also didn't like any of the Bridget Jones movies, The Proposal, Serendipity, Must Love Dogs, Knocked Up, The Holiday, Dan in Real Life, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Best Friend's Wedding, and You've Got Mail.

With the exception of Love, Actually and the first Bridget Jones movie (I refuse to acknowledge that the sequel even exists) I pretty much agree, FB.  I'll also add that I absolutely do NOT get the Sleepless in Seattle love. Did not enjoy that movie one bit; I watched it on someone's recommendation badgering, and was terribly bored/annoyed by it. I should probably duck to avoid the garbage.  ;)

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13 Going on 30
This is one of those movies that, for whatever reason, I can never not watch; any time I happen upon it, I can't turn it off. I'm not even sure why, to be honest (although, Mark Ruffalo certainly doesn't hurt ;) ).  Same goes for Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on March 16, 2010, 12:50:36 PM
Oh no, no, no! I think Bridget Jones's Diary (the first one only) and Love Actually are a gazillion times better than Serendipity, Must Love Dogs, and The Holiday, which have all terrible scripts. (Not that I'm judging anyone if they like it.  We all have our guilty pleasures!)  But while I cannot resist watching The Wedding Date whenever it's on TV, I think it's an objectively terrible, terrible movie. lol  O0

No one will ever get an objection from me about A Fish Called Wanda on anything.  Monty Python & The Holy Grail is one of my Top 5 all-time favourite movies. :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on March 16, 2010, 01:14:43 PM
I saw the Bridget Jones sequel when it came out, and I came this close to walking out in horror. It was absolutely terrible, which is ironic since the second book is better than the first. It seemed like they forgot that we were supposed to see ourselves in Bridget and laugh with her (which was what happened in the first movie), and laugh at her instead. "Oh, look! Bridget is falling into a pigsty! Look at the size of her ass! Isn't she terrible?"

Love Actually and The Holiday are movies that I have started watching every Christmas because of the fact that they take place in London and England around the Holidays. (Obviously, it's not realistic (how can Winslet afford that house?), but I love England, so I love LA for that reason as well.)

But if one of the woman starts out really plain, then all of sudden she will take off her glasses and let her hair down and become a fabulous babe.

Or nerdy guy will comb his hair and put on a tux and become James Bond.

 :D Very true. Still, I cannot help watching She's All That when I stumble across it on TBS or something.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on March 16, 2010, 01:46:04 PM
Why is it more acceptable (in a way) for the "hot chick" to fall for the "average guy" than the other way around?

For example, let's look at the cast in "Couples Retreat."

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Obviously, the women are pretty but the guys would be considered "average." (Sorry, Bateman, you're 'average' to make my point come across.  :D) Would it be society or Hollywood to think that audience wouldn't want to see, say, a chubby, plain girl with an attractive, could-be a model guy? Or is it more of a male versus female perspective?

I don't want to go into a heated, in-depth debate or anything; I just want to pick y'all minds a little.  :-*
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: norsk_heksen on March 16, 2010, 02:38:25 PM
But if one of the woman starts out really plain, then all of sudden she will take off her glasses and let her hair down and become a fabulous babe.

Or nerdy guy will comb his hair and put on a tux and become James Bond.

I HATE that. HATE. It's like saying you're not lovable if you're not hot, or you need to change yourself to make a member of the opposite sex love/notice you. Yeah. Eff that noise.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on March 16, 2010, 02:57:00 PM
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Why is it more acceptable (in a way) for the "hot chick" to fall for the "average guy" than the other way around?

Males dominate Hollywood, at least as far as decision-making goes, so I'd say it's probably partly expressing a male fantasy.  No matter what you look like, you too can land a babe.

It's partly based in reality.  If you've done online dating, you know that too many very average guys think they should be landing a supermodel whereas girls tend to be slightly more realistic or at least have less of an expectation on how the guy should look.  This is not true of everyone, of course, but it is a general trend.  It is a phenomenon backed by research in social and evolutionary psychology: men want young and hot (i.e., fertile) girls, women want guys who are good providers.  Again, it is a generalization but is a trend found in most cultures.  Maybe it's a patriarchal thing.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Sara2009 on March 16, 2010, 03:40:41 PM
This will make me sound like a huge dork, but Enchanted is one of my favorite romantic comedies. I know it's Disney, but I think Amy Adams is hilarious and adorable in it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on March 16, 2010, 04:56:50 PM
This will make me sound like a huge dork, but Enchanted is one of my favorite romantic comedies. I know it's Disney, but I think Amy Adams is hilarious and adorable in it.

I love Enchanted! I'm so glad Disney decided to make fun of themselves, because any fan of Disney will appreciate all the inside jokes in that movie.

But if one of the woman starts out really plain, then all of sudden she will take off her glasses and let her hair down and become a fabulous babe.

Or nerdy guy will comb his hair and put on a tux and become James Bond.

I HATE that. HATE. It's like saying you're not lovable if you're not hot, or you need to change yourself to make a member of the opposite sex love/notice you. Yeah. Eff that noise.

Agreed, and Schrute buck to you.  :)

I watched the awful He's Just Not That Into You a couple of months ago, and it was one of the worst romantic comedies I've ever seen. I literally wanted to throw something at the TV. The way the female protagonist acted was so offensive that you'd think they had written the script back in the 1950s. The same goes for Bride Wars, and it's sad to think that the latter was written by two women. Shouldn't female screenwriters be able to write female characters with brains?

Having said that, what's the worst romantic comedy you've ever seen?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: AtTheStars455 on March 16, 2010, 05:47:09 PM
I really liked He's Just Not That Into You, except for the story with the lead female protagonist. Even though I thought all the other subplots were cute, the main story was so unwatchable, it completely ruined the movie for me.

Still, I doubt that's the worst romantic comedy I've seen. I'll have to think about that question a little bit, because I'm sure I must have seen something worse, I just can't come up with a movie right now.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on March 16, 2010, 05:58:01 PM
I really liked He's Just Not That Into You, except for the story with the lead female protagonist. Even though I thought all the other subplots were cute, the main story was so unwatchable, it completely ruined the movie for me.

I agree. I liked that movie more than I thought I would. I'll admit that there were a lot of stereotypes in there (the nagging/cold wife, the want-to-get-married girlfriend), but there is some truth to every stereotype, so it didn't bother me. Definitely not the worst rom com I've ever seen.

I think I'll have to make a little chart of rom coms -- which ones I hate, which ones I like okay, which ones I love. Just for fun.  ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on March 16, 2010, 06:17:31 PM
I still haven't seen He's Just Not that Into You. I heard it was terrible from so many sources that I never bothered. I guess I should rent it one of these days and make up my own mind.  ;)

I just watched Say Anything... which, impossible as it may seem, I have never seen before.  I think the window for that being a movie that really resonated with me has passed, but it was cute.  Also made me nostalgic for my high school days.  Ah, 80s hair! How I don't miss thee.  :D

 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 16, 2010, 06:51:04 PM
I think there are good romcoms and guilty pleasure romcoms. Some I just would not list as quality -- I don't think "Legally Blonde" is anything great, but if it's on and nothing else is, I'd probably enjoy watching it for the afternoon. I still love "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" so much, though. I just love Kate Hudson and Matthew McC is okay in it. Is it "Fools Gold" that they're also in together? Mmm, watched that one thinking it'd be good since they were good in "How to Lose" but that one was garbage ..

I think I'm the only woman on the planet that didn't like Love Actually! I also didn't like any of the Bridget Jones movies, The Proposal, Serendipity, Must Love Dogs, Knocked Up, The Holiday, Dan in Real Life, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Best Friend's Wedding, and You've Got Mail.

Here are some of my favorites in random order

I see I have a lot to catch up on. I love these long lists! Although I'm not sure if we have the same tastes, considering I like quite a few of the ones you didn't, but ah well. ;)

I hadn't seen "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" until last night. Loved that one, too. Although one thing I will say about the casting of males is that if I don't think he's anything close to my type (which is probably pretty broad, I don't have specific hair or skin colors, too much) it's a teensy bit hard for me to get into. With MBFGW, the male character with the long hair and little glasses? Not really my thing, but it was only a little distracting. I laughed at that one a lot because it reminded me so much of my family. We're not Greek, but instead, my dad's side is another nationality that is loud and overwhelming and always increasing the guest list exponentially, whereas I'm just there and trying to explain it to outsiders. That definitely resonated with me. :D

Also, characters for females? There are certain people I just can't like for some reason. I just don't care for Katharine Heigl -- something about her just seems off for me. I don't know if it's because I've heard so much about her being a bitch supposedly in real life, and she doesn't play a nice enough person to convince me otherwise? I have no clue. Also, Diane Lane -- she just seems too corny. Yeah, I don't know. I have very few people I'm picky about, though.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on March 16, 2010, 07:02:52 PM
TV and movies are the flip side of each other due to the dominant audience. In the movies, the average moviegoer is a teenage boy so you have things skew towards their tastes, like Transformers 2 and movies with relatable guys with hot-ish women. But on tv it's just as bad in the other direction. TV is filled with relatable women who have handsome, successful men in great suits lined up to date them. I'm exaggerating a little of course but not that much. It's about playing to the desires of the dominant audience and tv and movies have different genders as dominant.

If Hollywood were entirely run by women it wouldn't change a lot, because it's about serving the market that is consuming the products. It would only change if guys watched more tv (especially dramas) and women went to more movies.

As always, just my opinion.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: justkaren on March 16, 2010, 07:10:37 PM
Fun discussion guys!

I Love:
Fools Rush In
While You Were Sleeping
The Princess Bride
The Cutting Edge
Picture Perfect
Miss Congeniality
The Holiday
Enchanted
The Wedding Singer
Mannequin (Yes, really.)
Benny & Joon
Can't Buy Me Love

Didn't Get the Hype:
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Sleepless in Seattle
Four Weddings and a Funeral

Never Seen:
Bridget Jones
When Harry Met Sally
Annie Hall
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on March 16, 2010, 07:17:48 PM

Never Seen:
When Harry Met Sally


WHAAAAAA???? Oh, justkaren, you must. This is one I can never pass by when it's on. And I don't find Billy Crystal the least bit physically attractive. It's just a fun story.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 16, 2010, 07:19:15 PM
I think "When Harry Met Sally" might be my favorite romcom of all time. "Love Actually" is my new favorite... I don't know. But "When Harry Met Sally" gets all of my love. I buy a new copy of that once a year; for some reason it's always my copy of WHMS that gets the hell scratched out of it. You should definitely check it out, justkaren!

I liked "Bridget Jones" but the sequel was kind of atrocious and there's only so much RZ with a British accent I can take. But I'd watch it for Colin Firth alone (which I could use "Love Actually" for as well, but I love that whole movie anyway). What a gushy conversation I'm making here.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: colette on March 16, 2010, 07:23:33 PM
I’m not - generally speaking - the biggest rom-com fan, except for the unusually good ones of  recent years (e.g., Amelie) plus the classics like Philadelphia Story, It Happened One Night, Roman Holiday, the Tracy/Hepburn ones, etc.

However, there’s one I've barely seen mentioned here, that for me is essential. Someone upthread said they found a 1980’s rom-com too old to be relatable, so this is really pushing it (as it’s from the ‘70’s)….but: Annie Hall. Quirky romance, great laughs, melancholy yet hopeful undertones - love and loss and funny and everything all at once – still the one to beat, IMO.

I know it's dated in some respects, but both my aspiring film writer son and regular movie-lover daughter loved it too. (Okay, I may have influenced them a little…but believe me – they don’t simply accept my word on anything.) I really think it's a classic - so many recent rom-coms owe it a debt and don't succeed at being nearly as original as it was in its day, nor as moving as it still is.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: justkaren on March 16, 2010, 07:28:45 PM
Hee. Yeah, I do plan on seeing When Harry Met Sally and Annie Hall, just somehow haven't gotten around to it yet.

Bridget Jones I probably never will watch because I DO NOT LIKE Renee Zellwegger.  The only thing I'll willingly watch with her in it is Chicago, and that's only because that movie is amazing.  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on March 16, 2010, 07:50:29 PM
Ah, another I forgot to mention that I really love (even though it's a dark comedy) - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I can't stand Jim Carrey in a comedic role, but I love him in dramas and romance. Others I forgot to mention and don't love but like:

Lars and the Real Girl
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
I Love You, Man (bromance!)
Just Like Heaven
It Could Happen to You
Down With Love
Starter for 10 (great soundtrack!)
The American President
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Reality Bites
Fools Rush In

RomComs I absolutely hate and will run to change the channel if it comes on:

Knocked Up
The Break Up (I have a problem with a lot of Jennifer Anniston stuff, actually - nothing against her, I just don't like the movies)
There's Something About Mary (I liked it the first time and then hated it every other time I've seen it. Plus, I can't stand Ben Stiller.)
Elizabethtown
Forces of Nature
Intolerable Cruelty
Shall We Dance?
Only You
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 16, 2010, 07:54:51 PM
I don't understand Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore together, but it totally works. I like Drew Barrymore, although I think every character she does ends up sounding the same (save for her role in ET...), but Adam Sandler has this amazing talent for looking like such an ass. I'm not totally sure how he ends up doing so well for me in a romcom, but he does. With Drew Barrymore anyway, I didn't really enjoy "Mr. Deeds" with Winona Ryder.

Okay, I almost watched "Just Like Heaven" but read the plot summary and just... couldn't. Is it really a good one?

I only liked Aniston on Friends. Because after that, every character she does resembles Rachel Greene somehow. "Only You" is so bad, but I really can't stand Marisa Tomei either. She was annoying in "What Women Want" which is still one of my favorite romcoms ever, ever, ever. Sinatra love everywhere and all.

Has anyone seen "Duplex"? My cousin swears it's her favorite movie (in a romcom kind of way, she's no film critic) but it looks really, really stupid.

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on March 16, 2010, 08:09:10 PM
Has anyone seen "Duplex"? My cousin swears it's her favorite movie (in a romcom kind of way, she's no film critic) but it looks really, really stupid.

I have. And it is stupid. But it has moments of absolute hilarity -- the old woman that plays the landlord is awesome.

I also don't understand how Drew and Adam have such good chemistry, but there it is.  I kind of can't stand Adam Sandler, but he's great with Drew, and I loved him in Spanglish.  And I tend to love Drew for some reason.  I loved her in Fever Pitch and that silly Cinderella remake, Ever After.

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 16, 2010, 08:11:56 PM
I might have to watch "Duplex" just for the old lady humor. I'm a wise old soul when it comes to the art of cinema, obviously. ;)

I really love Drew in simple movies like romantic comedies -- "Fever Pitch" and "Never Been Kissed" are both pretty great, IMO. I really want to see "Grey Gardens" but I want to watch the original documentary before I see the new movie.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: dinknflicker on March 16, 2010, 08:27:39 PM
May I add:

Pride and Prejudice - any version.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on March 16, 2010, 09:31:19 PM
May I add:

Pride and Prejudice - any version.

Absolutely. Couldn't agree more!  :)

Besides, the clever and witty girl gets the guy, and who doesn't love that?

RomComs I absolutely hate and will run to change the channel if it comes on:

The Break Up (I have a problem with a lot of Jennifer Anniston stuff, actually - nothing against her, I just don't like the movies)

I absolutely hated that movie, and I still cannot believe I spent money on seeing it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on March 16, 2010, 10:00:41 PM
How about Sense and Sensibility? Is that considered a romantic comedy? Cuz I love that one.

Is Just Like Heaven the one with Reese Witherspoon? Because I love her, but I think I might have hated that movie. Mark Ruffalo does absolutely nothing for me. I find him wooden and really ... boring. *ducks*
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Alamos on March 16, 2010, 11:34:41 PM
I agree that Jennifer Aniston seems to play the same role over and role.. BUT in "The Break-Up"  I actually like the scene where they actually break-up... and that is the only scene I like.

And Sense and Sensibility definitely counts. One of my all time favorites

Thumps Up
Love Actually
When Harry Met Sally
Pride and Prejudice (w/ Colin Firth -- the only one that counts in my book)
Some Kind of Wonderful
Say Anything
Four Weddings and a Funeral
So I Married an Axe Murderer (FB -- I love this movie -- "Head Move!")
Somethings Got to Give (for the kitchen alone)

Thumbs Down
The Proposal (this movie was just crap)
He's Just Not that Into You (I did not get it)





Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on March 16, 2010, 11:39:46 PM
I thought the "the Break Up" was depressing. Even if they were mutually happy at the end without each other and they could still be friendly, etc., it's a romantic comedy, dammit. They're supposed to be happy with each other, or have another character waiting that we would've already been sold on. I wanted my eight dollars back at the end of that one.

Someone else mentioned it, but "Eternal Sunshine" is such a good one, but I can only watch it now and then. Too sad! This is why I have to have a 3:1 ratio system. Three awesomely bad (or just good...) romantic comedies per each good movie that just kills me.

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Alamos on March 16, 2010, 11:46:10 PM
I thought the "the Break Up" was depressing. Even if they were mutually happy at the end without each other and they could still be friendly, etc., it's a romantic comedy, dammit. They're supposed to be happy with each other, or have another character waiting that we would've already been sold on. I wanted my eight dollars back at the end of that one.

... I watched it at home on cable. Sorry you spent your money.   ;)Aside from that I was actually okay that they did not end up together. 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on March 17, 2010, 12:27:58 AM

Pride and Prejudice (w/ Colin Firth -- the only one that counts in my book)

Have you seen the Greer Garson version with Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy? They have changed a few things from the novel which will make your head spin, but it's a fun movie because it's so unlike any other Austen adaptation out there. The David Rintoul version is okay, too, and it features the most correct Mr. Collins IMO. The production itself is not particularly good, though. Watch out for dreadful dance scenes where it looks like they're trying to dance in a closet.  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: dinknflicker on March 17, 2010, 07:35:14 AM
Also sweet is:

Sweet Home Alabama[/i]

One Fine Day[/
i] (with one fine George Clooney)

The Philadelphia Story

Juno - did anyone mention this one? The scene where Juno declares her love to Bleeker in the middle of the track gets me every single time. "I think I'm in love with you." ... "Can we make out now?" "You can never have enough of your favorite 1 calorie breath mint."

A Clockwork Orange[/i] - just seeing who's really paying attention

A Room with a View - sitting at her feet after they've played tennis - the look hie gives her. phew!


Someone already said Bennie and Joon  - great little love story of a movie. It was doubly romantic because the characters were so flawed but so kind.


Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on March 17, 2010, 09:04:07 AM
I just recently saw One Fine Day and really liked it. I was on a kick of seeing older movies for a while and it's nice when something feels timeless instead of being distracted by the time in which it was made. The daughter was played by Mae Whitman - Ann from Arrested Development. :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jimjampam on March 19, 2010, 12:56:02 PM
I came in to say that I saw Remember Me last night starring Robert Pattinson. I was generally satisfied with the movie for most of it but severely was unhappy with the ending. I won't give it away but I think its a bit controversial, out of left field, and emotionally manipulative. I didn't cry but my friend did.
SO many of the main characters were British/not American and doing New York accents. Peirce Brosnan did a worse job at an American accent than Robert Pattinson and was far more distracting.
There were a few off the wall scenes but I was entertained and I would give it a B-/B...it would have been a higher rating if the ending wasn't there.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: dinknflicker on March 19, 2010, 04:07:50 PM
I came in to say that I saw Remember Me last night starring Robert Pattinson. I was generally satisfied with the movie for most of it but severely was unhappy with the ending. I won't give it away but I think its a bit controversial, out of left field, and emotionally manipulative. I didn't cry but my friend did.
SO many of the main characters were British/not American and doing New York accents. Peirce Brosnan did a worse job at an American accent than Robert Pattinson and was far more distracting.
There were a few off the wall scenes but I was entertained and I would give it a B-/B...it would have been a higher rating if the ending wasn't there.

jjp My heart goes out to all the unemployed American actors who have to watch a British person try to speak as a native American* speaker. Conversely, my heart goes out to unemployed British actors who must endure poor imitations of British actors (e.g., Donald Sutherland's painful Britsh accent in Pride and Prejudice. Now sometimes there is possibly no avoiding the casting either direction, but this happens too much. Or I am too much of a stickler.

*not to be confused with a Native American :).

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: beanyb on March 19, 2010, 06:10:44 PM
I don't think you're being too much of a stickler. A bad accent can ruin a perfectly good movie. There's no need for it, and if you can't do an accent well you shouldn't get the part. I don't have problem with people playing other nationalities in movies, but it is important that they do it believably. An accent is a major part of that.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on March 20, 2010, 04:17:57 PM
Had a screening of "How to Train Your Dragon" this morning...

I.

FREAKIN'.

LOVED.

IT.

 <3

I saw the 3D version which really, really worked, but it didn't make me motion sick. I've never read the book but based on Wikipedia, there is a lot of changes so don't really think of them as the same thing.

Plus, I couldn't help but think that Hiccup reminded me of Jim.

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That being said, I want the 93 minutes of my life back from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid."
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on March 20, 2010, 05:21:54 PM
sora, were the kids at "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" enjoying themselves? My kids like the series, and we had all thought the trailer looked funny. As long as the kids will enjoy it, it looked like I wouldn't mind (too much) sitting through it. Is it a case of the trailer not matching the movie?

Good to know about "How to Train Your Dragon"! It sounds like that can go on the very short list of "things the whole family will enjoy."
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on March 20, 2010, 05:58:45 PM
We went and saw Repo Men last night, and if you're up for a bloody movie with a rather bizarre plot, then I guess it's worth seeing. Jude Law gets to flex his muscles and act like a big action hero in several scenes, which is rather ironic considering the last time he was on the big screen was as Watson in Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes was also about ten times better than Repo Men, but that's a different topic.

There are several good actors in Repo Men apart from Law, e.g. Forest Whitaker and Liev Schreiber, but that doesn't help the movie when the plot is rather ridiculous. And if you're not a big fan of blood and gore, you need to stay away from this movie. It seemed like the director wanted to make a Tarantino flick, but he forgot to add the intelligence and the humour, so he just added blood instead. (There's also a scene that's a copy of a famous scene in Pulp Fiction, and when I saw it, I had to laugh at how ridiculous it was.)

Also, the ending?

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: WalkInLove on March 20, 2010, 06:14:32 PM
sora, were the kids at "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" enjoying themselves? My kids like the series, and we had all thought the trailer looked funny. As long as the kids will enjoy it, it looked like I wouldn't mind (too much) sitting through it. Is it a case of the trailer not matching the movie?

Good to know about "How to Train Your Dragon"! It sounds like that can go on the very short list of "things the whole family will enjoy."

TLK, we just took all the kids in the family, ages 7-13, and they all laughed a lot and really enjoyed it.  It definitely wasn't as bad as a number of kids movies we've had to sit through.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on March 20, 2010, 10:41:29 PM
sora, were the kids at "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" enjoying themselves? My kids like the series, and we had all thought the trailer looked funny. As long as the kids will enjoy it, it looked like I wouldn't mind (too much) sitting through it. Is it a case of the trailer not matching the movie?

Good to know about "How to Train Your Dragon"! It sounds like that can go on the very short list of "things the whole family will enjoy."

TLK, we just took all the kids in the family, ages 7-13, and they all laughed a lot and really enjoyed it.  It definitely wasn't as bad as a number of kids movies we've had to sit through.

As WiL points out, the kids at our screening enjoyed it, too. Their parents did, as well. However, myself and the other screening rep were dying to get out of there. Heh...  :D Definitely not in the target market but the trailer and the film matched pretty well if I remember clearly. I'm sure your kids will like it.
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Post by: wendolf on March 20, 2010, 11:27:09 PM
sora, were the kids at "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" enjoying themselves? My kids like the series, and we had all thought the trailer looked funny. As long as the kids will enjoy it, it looked like I wouldn't mind (too much) sitting through it. Is it a case of the trailer not matching the movie?

Good to know about "How to Train Your Dragon"! It sounds like that can go on the very short list of "things the whole family will enjoy."

TLK, we just took all the kids in the family, ages 7-13, and they all laughed a lot and really enjoyed it.  It definitely wasn't as bad as a number of kids movies we've had to sit through.

As WiL points out, the kids at our screening enjoyed it, too. Their parents did, as well. However, myself and the other screening rep were dying to get out of there. Heh...  :D Definitely not in the target market but the trailer and the film matched pretty well if I remember clearly. I'm sure your kids will like it.

We saw it today and the kids liked it. I thought it was decent for a kids' movie -- no "Up" or "The Incredibles" or anything, but I didn't count the minutes until it was over. And the message was predictable but sweet -- be yourself and people will like you or they won't, but you'll be a whole lot happier than pretending to be something you're not. And it was interesting to see such a flawed child protagonist. Seems like in kids' movies, they usually make the adults the ones with flaws, but Greg Heffley is definitely not perfect. In that way I think they stayed true to the books (haven't read them, but I've read enough about the author to know that he doesn't see Greg as a role model of any kind). Anyway, it was okay. Glad to hear the Dragon movie is good, because that's the next one my son wants to see...
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Post by: Too Late Kev on March 21, 2010, 01:27:50 AM
Thanks, WiL, sora, and wen! :)

Probably the worst movie I ever sat through at a theater for a kid was "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0126158/plotsummary)." Stink-a-roo. It went on an on and on...even the kid was getting antsy. :-\
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Post by: dinknflicker on March 21, 2010, 12:53:42 PM
Thanks, WiL, sora, and wen! :)

Probably the worst movie I ever sat through at a theater for a kid was "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0126158/plotsummary)." Stink-a-roo. It went on an on and on...even the kid was getting antsy. :-\

Daddy Day Care gets that vote for me. Ugh. Even the popcorn was bad that day.
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Post by: halfbaked on March 24, 2010, 10:24:50 PM

Holy crap! At the Movies is cancelled. The last show is in August :o
source (http://www.thrfeed.com/2010/03/at-the-movies-cancelled-after-three-decades.html)

Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz sent this program on a course it couldn't survive.  :P

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Post by: kells8995 on March 24, 2010, 10:36:19 PM
Aw, I'm glad to hear good things about "How to Train Your Dragon" - we're planning on taking the kids to see it this Sunday.  Can't wait.  My 4 yr old is SO excited to go see "training your dragon" lol. 
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Post by: Alamos on March 25, 2010, 11:30:12 AM
Aw, I'm glad to hear good things about "How to Train Your Dragon" - we're planning on taking the kids to see it this Sunday.  Can't wait.  My 4 yr old is SO excited to go see "training your dragon" lol. 

I am glad, too. My husband is taking our daughter this weekend. I think my husband is looking forward to it more than her.  Dragons and vikings -- perfect mix for him.
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Post by: sora on March 25, 2010, 04:32:05 PM
One thing about "Dragon" that I should mention, if you have very young kids and/or ones who get frightened easily, that there are sudden loud noises and a very big scary monster/dragon. That was one note that a parent told me... that it might be a little scary for very young children. I remember a dad carrying his daughter out at one point and she looked to be 3/4.

I also saw it in 3D and it didn't get me motion sick like the 3D preview of "Avatar" did. The 3D worked well with the film yet it wasn't distracting. The 2D version should be fine, but if you have the 3D option, I say take that. :)
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Post by: sora on March 29, 2010, 11:44:20 PM
I'm trying to rack my brain but I can't come up with anything...

Can anyone give me examples of an actor & an actress who've played siblings and a romantic couple in separate projects?  ???
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Post by: peach iced tea on March 29, 2010, 11:53:42 PM
Delurking, 'cause this one immediately popped in my head...

Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant. Love interests in Sense & Sensibility, siblings in Love Actually. They're the only ones I can think of though...
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Post by: EmilyHalpert on March 30, 2010, 06:23:28 AM
Not siblings, but Anna Paquin played Jeff Daniel's Daughter (Fly Away Home) and then love interest in The Squid and the Whale.
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Post by: WhichOneIsPam on March 30, 2010, 07:04:49 AM
Well, Will Arnett and Amy Poehler played siblings and love interests in Blades of Glory  :)

They also played love interests on Arrested Development.
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Post by: lisahoo on March 30, 2010, 08:37:18 AM
The best I have is Tom Hanks & Sally Field -- love interests in "Punchline" and mother & son in "Forrest Gump". 
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Post by: Callisto on April 04, 2010, 06:23:13 PM
Just found this 'epic movie review': Attack of the Clones is the worst thing since bagpipes. (http://www.youtube.com/user/RedLetterMedia#p/u/13/Im7k4LUzA3Y) It's long, but it's a funny reminder of every single thing I hated about that stupid, stupid movie.  

Apparently he also did a 90-minute  :o review of The Phantom Menace as well. I'm off to listen to him pick apart 'Avatar.' (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/01/the-best-review-of-avatar_n_444305.html) :D
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Post by: Cousin Mose on April 07, 2010, 11:42:41 AM
How To Write a Nicholas Sparks Movie. (http://www.cracked.com/funny-4725-nicholas-sparks/)
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Post by: Callisto on April 07, 2010, 12:14:45 PM
How To Write a Nicholas Sparks Movie. (http://www.cracked.com/funny-4725-nicholas-sparks/)

Yeah, Nick... nobody has ever written a tragic love story before. You are utterly unique.   ::)

(Good to see you, Mose.) :)

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Post by: kreidy on April 07, 2010, 02:08:32 PM
 :D That. Was. Amazing. The best part is that everything is totally true.

Once he doesn't know what to do about the characters, he makes one of them suffer from cancer and voila! He's got a so-called heartbreaking ending.

Speaking of movies, I saw Clash of the Titans a couple of days ago, and while it's not exactly a quality movie, it's an okay popcorn flick. There are lots of monsters and handsome men wearing togas, so I guess that's something.
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Post by: kreidy on April 09, 2010, 10:40:56 PM
I just got back from seeing Date Night, and it was so much funnier than I expected! Best comedy of the year so far? I'd say so.

I laughed out loud lots of times, and Steve Carell and Tina Fey worked brilliantly together. They had great chemistry, and you didn't find yourself thinking that Liz Lemon was dating Michael Scott. They were rather different than their TV counterparts, even though they messed up and freaked out from the moment they realised they should not have taken the other people's reservation. I was surprised to see people of all ages in the movie theatre, and it seemed like they enjoyed it, too, so I think Carell has a huge hit on his hands.

Also, make sure you stay for the end credits as there are several bloopers. There are also scenes where Tina and Steve improvise different lines in order to crack each other up.
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Post by: Morning Angel on April 10, 2010, 12:28:17 AM
I just came back from seeing it too.  Very enjoyable and silly fun.  Steve is always so funny while being so earnest; he always gets to me.  I love Tina and Steve together.  They did look like a real married couple, and were just great.

Oh, and for the Canadians here, George Stromboulopoulos was in the same screening I went to.  We bumped into him on the way out.  How exciting. lol
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Post by: extrasupervery on April 10, 2010, 01:42:06 AM
I'm planning on going to see Date Night tomorrow night so it's good to know that some people have enjoyed it!  I laughed out loud when I read that you ran into George Stromboulopoulos MA, my Mom has such a huge crush on him.  He's definitely her number one TV boyfriend, and my Dad just rolls his eyes ::) anytime she mentions him.
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Post by: norsk_heksen on April 10, 2010, 01:52:49 PM
Ooh, thanks guys! I've been getting excited seeing the previews for Date Night, mostly just because it's Steve Carell and Tina Fey! So glad to know my excitement is justified. :)
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Post by: Morning Angel on April 15, 2010, 11:23:13 PM
I watched Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo today.  Has anyone ever watched it?  I had heard that it was a great movie, but I often end up being disappointed when stuff is praised to the heavens.  But man, was that ever a good movie.  I'm not a fan of westerns, not that it's a western per se because it's set in medieval Japan, but it has the same structure as a western.  The cinematography is just gorgeous and it's just really entertaining.  I highly recommend it. 
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Post by: sora on April 16, 2010, 12:01:33 AM
Just did a screening of "Letters to Juliet" which doesn't come out for like another month...

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I did a screening of "Greenberg" last night.

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Seeing "Babies" on Saturday. I think the trailer is adorable but I don't know how a full-length movie will be.  0)
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Post by: colette on April 16, 2010, 08:08:32 AM
I watched Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo today.  Has anyone ever watched it?  I had heard that it was a great movie, but I often end up being disappointed when stuff is praised to the heavens.  But man, was that ever a good movie.  I'm not a fan of westerns, not that it's a western per se because it's set in medieval Japan, but it has the same structure as a western.  The cinematography is just gorgeous and it's just really entertaining.  I highly recommend it.  

I agree, MA....saw it a zillion years ago and now I want to see it again after reading your post!


I did a screening of "Greenberg" last night.

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Interesting. Different strokes, I guess, cause I thought Greenberg was excellent. It's true it was much more character, than story, driven - and he wasn't an easy guy to like. In fact, I didn't think we were meant to, except for brief moments, like at the end (won't spoil it here) where we see a hint of something empathetic in him, a glimmer of hope.  Anyway, some scenes were almost painful to watch, but IMO it was really compelling and funny - in a very dark, very non-Hollywood, way.

And besides Stiller (who I usually don't much like, but thought was great here), Greta Gerwig (who I'd seen in a few smaller indie films before,) was incredible - so natural and just stunning. I also thought Rhy Ifans was superb as the sort of counterpoint to Ben Stiller - the guy who also sees middle age looming, realizes he's never going to have the life he thought he'd have as a young man...but instead of being mired in bitterness and regret, makes peace with what he does have, allows himself to be happy. Okay, enough armchair critic.....  :)

Definitely not a film that aims to please everyone.....I think it's either your cuppa or it's not. I really loved Noah Baumbach's other movies, especially The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding too, so I guess maybe it's just a cuppa I like.  :D
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Post by: norsk_heksen on April 17, 2010, 02:31:21 AM
I saw Shutter Island tonight, and I just had to write about it here... beware, as spoily as spoilers can be!

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Post by: Papertrail on April 17, 2010, 05:37:28 AM
I watched Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo today.  Has anyone ever watched it?  I had heard that it was a great movie, but I often end up being disappointed when stuff is praised to the heavens.  But man, was that ever a good movie.  I'm not a fan of westerns, not that it's a western per se because it's set in medieval Japan, but it has the same structure as a western.  The cinematography is just gorgeous and it's just really entertaining.  I highly recommend it. 
I'm a huge Akira Kurosawa fan, MA, and Yojimbo is one of my personal favorites. Kurosawa was a big fan of John Ford and his American westerns and often brought the western "feel" to many of his films. If you enjoyed Yojimbo, might I suggest Seven Samurai? Criterion Collection has a great remastered copy with many interesting extras. You may be able to find it in a video rental store with a good selection of foreign films. :)
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Post by: Morning Angel on April 17, 2010, 06:41:01 AM
I watched Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo today.  Has anyone ever watched it?  I had heard that it was a great movie, but I often end up being disappointed when stuff is praised to the heavens.  But man, was that ever a good movie.  I'm not a fan of westerns, not that it's a western per se because it's set in medieval Japan, but it has the same structure as a western.  The cinematography is just gorgeous and it's just really entertaining.  I highly recommend it. 
I'm a huge Akira Kurosawa fan, MA, and Yojimbo is one of my personal favorites. Kurosawa was a big fan of John Ford and his American westerns and often brought the western "feel" to many of his films. If you enjoyed Yojimbo, might I suggest Seven Samurai? Criterion Collection has a great remastered copy with many interesting extras. You may be able to find it in a video rental store with a good selection of foreign films. :)

:)  That's why I love living in a big city because I should be able to find them.

Yep, I do think I have to watch The Seven Samurai now. :) I listen to a movie podcast, and they did a Kurosawa marathon recently, and their favourite were Throne of Blood and Rashomon so I may have to track those down as well.
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Post by: colette on April 17, 2010, 07:56:13 AM


Yep, I do think I have to watch The Seven Samurai now. :) I listen to a movie podcast, and they did a Kurosawa marathon recently, and their favourite were Throne of Blood and Rashomon so I may have to track those down as well.

Both Rashomon and Throne of Blood are available through the Criterion Collection, so they ought to be available. (Btw, an aside: hooray for Criterion Collection (http://www.criterion.com/)!) Anyway, Rashomon is one of those rare films - that I think I saw as a teenager the first time - that really left an imprint, almost like a code for how different people's perceptions/memories can be, after seeing the same thing or having the same experience.  :)
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Post by: jazzfan on April 17, 2010, 09:33:52 AM
I saw Date Night last night (on a date night).

It was much better than I expected from the previews.  A lot of the conversations rang true (especially enjoyed their making up stories about the other diners), and we laughed a lot.  I thought SC did a nice job and he and TF were well matched as exhausted parents.  The other couple was quite funny, too.  The script could have been very mundane but there was some very sharp dialogue thrown in there.  Very enjoyable movie for a...date night.  The bloopers at the end were hilarious.

"Work that pole like a ........."    laughingicon

Didn't change my life, but I was entertained.
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Post by: Alamos on April 17, 2010, 12:09:52 PM
Also saw "Date Night" good laughs, good jokes and good actors.  There were times where I could relate to the characters and their issues about marriage and kids, espcially this part --

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Also Marky Mark... wow... love that he was able to make fun of his abs.
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Post by: colette on April 17, 2010, 12:42:55 PM
Also saw "Date Night" good laughs, good jokes and good actors.  There were times where I could relate to the characters and their issues about marriage and kids, espcially this part --

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I can totally relate to that, Alamos.
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I think Date Night will have to be my next night out….movies with the girls - another pure escape.

Anyway - anyone in the NYC area love movies and food? Who knew there was a NYC Food Film Festival (http://www.nycfoodfilmfestival.com/index.html)? Actually, the film about microbreweries  (http://beerwarsmovie.com/) looks pretty interesting.


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Post by: Ash86 on April 17, 2010, 02:57:32 PM
The last 2 films I've seen at the cinema have been 2 of the best in a long time - Kick Ass and Cemetery Junction (more than making up for the awful Remember Me that my friend dragged me to!). Kick Ass was pure entertainment throughout - incredibly violent and shocking but since the laughs keep coming you're never able to think about the horrific thing you just saw for too long. It's not a deep film, but unlike a lot of mediocre popcorn fare I thought this really entertained and re-imagined the comic book genre. The character of Hit Girl is going to become a Halloween favourite I think and it's just a brilliant performance from Chloe Moretz.

Cemetery Junction is probably as different as you can get to Kick Ass but no less entertaining. Given that it's a film written & directed by Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant I tried not to raise my expectations too much and then be disappointed. I needn't have worried though - it's a perfect mixture of humour and heart that made The Office so great and I for one loved a 'coming of age' movie set in England similar to many that we've seen set in America - it really made me wonder why no one had done it before?!

Ricky himself hasn't got too big a role which I think is a good move - it's all about the friendship of 3 twentysomething guys in an English town in the 1970s figuring out what they want in life & everything from the acting to the script to the music just worked. I'm not sure when it's coming out in the States but I'd be intrigued to see what kind of reception it gets there since not only is the humour very British (and some of the jokes very specific to the era and country) but the language and accents also haven't been diluted to benefit a broad audience. When it does hit your screens though I'd thoroughly recommend it - if you're an Office fan I'm pretty sure this would hit the right notes for you. :)
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Post by: Callisto on April 17, 2010, 09:53:17 PM
The other day I was driving down the highway and saw that the big IMAX screen is showing Kick-Ass.  It's on the billboard as Kick-A.  :D  Has anybody else seen this title censored?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on April 20, 2010, 02:23:19 AM
I saw Shutter Island tonight, and I just had to write about it here... beware, as spoily as spoilers can be!

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Post by: norsk_heksen on April 20, 2010, 09:50:08 PM
I saw Shutter Island tonight, and I just had to write about it here... beware, as spoily as spoilers can be!

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Hmm, that definitely makes sense! Thanks. :)

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Post by: sora on April 29, 2010, 10:37:38 PM
The trailer for "Jonah Hex" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8WU04tZSUo) was released and I've having an "Double Fudge Brownie... Angela..." moment.

John Gallagher, Jr. and Will Arnett
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/sorano/vlcsnap-2010-04-29-22h30m17s71.png)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/sorano/vlcsnap-2010-04-29-22h29m22s95.png)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/sorano/vlcsnap-2010-04-29-22h30m50s173.png)

But then, there's Megan Fox...  :-\ Grr...

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Post by: norsk_heksen on April 30, 2010, 09:20:14 PM
 :o ...... ;D

Needs moar Will Arnett!

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on May 01, 2010, 12:04:12 AM
I don't think I mentioned this here yet, but I was able to see How to Train Your Dragon recently. I think it might have been sora who recommended it -- thanks sora. :) We had a big age range and we all really enjoyed it. I laughed a lot. We saw it in an IMAX theater and I didn't feel dizzy or anything. I don't think it particularly needed the 3-D, but it was fine.
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Post by: kreidy on May 01, 2010, 12:36:30 AM
I'd definitely recommend it, too. My roommate had already seen it, and she couldn't stop talking about how great it was, so I joined her when she went to see it again earlier this week, and I'm so glad I did. What a great movie! I was a bit amused by the fact that the Vikings had Scottish accents as I'm from Norway, aka. one of the main Viking countries, but apart from that it was great. The scenes where they were flying through the air were brilliant, and the story was good, too.

I'm not usually a fan of computer animated movies, but this one was almost as good as the best of the Pixar movies, which has to say something.  :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: madamemim on May 03, 2010, 08:57:35 PM
For anyone interested, here's a first look at Hank Azaria as Gargamel in the Smurfs movie:

Link (http://www.avclub.com/articles/todays-obligatory-smurfs-movie-update-first-photos,40689/)
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Post by: lisahoo on May 03, 2010, 10:53:42 PM
For anyone interested, here's a first look at Hank Azaria as Gargamel in the Smurfs movie:

Link (http://www.avclub.com/articles/todays-obligatory-smurfs-movie-update-first-photos,40689/)
Sweet jeebus,  BJ is going to be one of the Smurfs. (http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2010/04/28/smurfs-john-oliver-snl/)

I think that is one of the signs of the apocalypse.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: khand3stooges on May 09, 2010, 07:51:21 PM
I finally made it to see Date Night today.  I really liked it and had a lot of laughs.  Steve Carell is such an endearing man.  He has a look that can melt your heart.  It was a nice Mother's Day treat. :)
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Post by: justkaren on May 09, 2010, 10:27:01 PM
Went to see "Babies" today. It was really cool to see how babies lives are so different in other countries. The baby from Mongolia cracked me up. He's a funny little guy.
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Post by: halfbaked on May 09, 2010, 11:42:08 PM
Went to see "Babies" today. It was really cool to see how babies lives are so different in other countries. The baby from Mongolia cracked me up. He's a funny little guy.

The trailer makes me laugh every time I've seen it, especially this little guy. (girl?)

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Post by: justkaren on May 10, 2010, 06:46:21 PM
That's the little boy from Mongolia his name is Bayar. He's also the one in the trailer who shares his bathwater with the goat.  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: McGigi on May 10, 2010, 08:55:07 PM
I just saw Babies, too, and I loved it. It was neat to see how babies are all intrinsically the same, though their surroundings/upbringings are so different- I was fascinated especially by the Mongolian boy and Namibian girl's lives, since they were so much more different than what we're used to in the Western world.
It was also a really gorgeous piece of film, lots of wonderfully composed shots, and I liked the fact that there was no narration or subtitles, just babies being babies.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: adampascalfan12 on May 19, 2010, 02:50:08 AM
Aw that makes me want to go to see the babies, lol

I saw the movie "Taken" recently, I thought it was pretty good for a low-budget film. Liam Neeson (from Star Wars) is in it.
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Post by: Cousin Mose on May 19, 2010, 09:46:17 AM
I saw the movie "Taken" recently, I thought it was pretty good for a low-budget film. Liam Neeson (from Star Wars) is in it.

Liam Neeson can/should be referenced as having appeared in any number of films, from Schindler's List to Les Miserables to Batman Begins, but he should never be referenced as being part of the Star Wars prequels.  ;)
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Post by: dinknflicker on May 19, 2010, 11:14:50 AM

Liam Neeson can/should be referenced as having appeared in any number of films, from Schindler's List to Les Miserables to Batman Begins, but he should never be referenced as being part of the Star Wars prequels.  ;)

You didn't like him in Star Wars? Maybe they just never gave him the proper entrance music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAjdan2TEfQ&feature=related
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Post by: Cousin Mose on May 19, 2010, 11:19:33 AM
Mostly I am just resistant to acknowledging that the prequels are considered "Star Wars" movies.  :P
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Post by: kells8995 on May 19, 2010, 12:04:22 PM

Liam Neeson can/should be referenced as having appeared in any number of films, from Schindler's List to Les Miserables to Batman Begins, but he should never be referenced as being part of the Star Wars prequels.  ;)

haha. Thank you for that.  The LAST thing I think of when I think of him, is Star Wars. 
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Post by: wendolf on May 19, 2010, 12:29:40 PM

Liam Neeson can/should be referenced as having appeared in any number of films, from Schindler's List to Les Miserables to Batman Begins, but he should never be referenced as being part of the Star Wars prequels.  ;)

haha. Thank you for that.  The LAST thing I think of when I think of him, is Star Wars.  

Maybe it shows are our age, because I was like, "Liam Neeson was in Star Wars?" (Course, I haven't even seen the "prequels" -- only the original three.)

ETA: Oh my. I really am losing it. I just typed "are" when I meant to type "our". Unacceptable. What the hell is wrong with me?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: adampascalfan12 on May 19, 2010, 01:15:54 PM
sorry but when I see his face or name, the movie just pops into my mind... shiftyicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: yanana/Kate on May 19, 2010, 01:25:33 PM
Way random, but my mom kept telling me to see "Four Christmases" because it was "cute." I couldn't sleep last night so I watched it and, wow. That was a terrible, terrible movie. Worst ending ever. laughingicon

I really want to see Babies, but no one will go see it with me. "I'll have two tickets to 'Babies.'" Yeah.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on May 19, 2010, 09:29:56 PM
I saw the movie "Taken" recently, I thought it was pretty good for a low-budget film. Liam Neeson (from Star Wars) is in it.

Liam Neeson can/should be referenced as having appeared in any number of films, from Schindler's List to Les Miserables to Batman Begins, but he should never be referenced as being part of the Star Wars prequels.  ;)

APFan -- are you one of those folks who are surprised to hear that Paul McCartney was in another band before Wings?   laughingicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: dinknflicker on May 19, 2010, 10:26:09 PM


APFan -- are you one of those folks who are surprised to hear that Paul McCartney was in another band before Wings?   laughingicon

Yeah right lisawahoo and I suppose Arnold Schwartzenegger used to be in the movies?

 laughingicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: adampascalfan12 on May 20, 2010, 03:25:00 AM
No, I wasn't really suprised that he was in another band before Wings. He was in the Beatles before Wings.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on May 20, 2010, 07:15:04 AM
No, I wasn't really suprised that he was in another band before Wings. He was in the Beatles before Wings.

APF -- that was a joke -- implying that since you are so young, you are more aware of certain artists more recent (lesser) work, even though they did earlier work that made them famous.

Paul McCartney made famous by the Beatles, later founded Wings.

Liam Neeson -- leading roles in Schindler's List, Roy Roy, Michael Collins, Kinsey, also featured in The Phantom Menace.

(See, jokes aren't all that funny once you explain them....)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: colette on May 20, 2010, 07:25:25 AM


Liam Neeson -- leading roles in Schindler's List, Roy Roy, Michael Collins, Kinsey, also featured in The Phantom Menace.


Lisa...was that like Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman only with Liam Neeson starring as Roy Anderson? Talk about 6-degrees of The Office.  ;)

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on May 20, 2010, 07:41:10 AM
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Roy Roy

Please do not compare this to Roy Anderson.   :'(

Argh, I love this movie so much.  Most romantic scene ever shot - Jessica Lange and Liam Neeson saying "ye are so foine to me."  Guh.  Just guh.

*faints dead away*
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on May 20, 2010, 07:47:40 AM
Hee.  That is what happens when I attempt to type instead of cut & paste before my coffee has kicked in.

That would be Rob Roy -- yet another biopic about a folk hero who battles the British Empire for independence.

It's also a Manhattan made with scotch instead of bourbon.

...the More You Know TM
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: colette on May 20, 2010, 08:16:16 AM
Ah yes....Liam being all dashing and heroic and romantic while wearing a skirt. Who could forget?  :o 'Twas a good one indeed.


It's also a Manhattan made with scotch instead of bourbon.


So, I assume the Roy Roy is a Manhattan made with beer instead of bourbon? (And btw, yum - Manhattans. Is it too early for cocktails?)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on May 20, 2010, 08:24:07 AM
Ha, I didn't even notice the typo. Either I've had too many Rob Roys or I'm short a couple shots of caffeine.

Not wild about Rob Roy the drink.  Prefer the bourbon.

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on May 20, 2010, 08:24:59 AM
Ah yes....Liam being all dashing and heroic and romantic while wearing a skirt. Who could forget?  :o 'Twas a good one indeed.


It's also a Manhattan made with scotch instead of bourbon.


So, I assume the Roy Roy is a Manhattan made with beer instead of bourbon? (And btw, yum - Manhattans. Is it too early for cocktails?)
And when you're done, you hurl your glass at a mirror.   ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on May 20, 2010, 08:58:31 AM
implying that since you are so young, you are more aware of certain artists more recent (lesser) work, even though they did earlier work that made them famous.

Not exactly the same, but it reminded me of something. About 8 years ago, I was at a swing dance at a local university and a friend of mine played "Billy Jean" by Michael Jackson. Several students came running up to him after and asked who was the artist b/c they loved the song and wanted to buy it. Whoo doggies - talk about making me feel old!  :o
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: WalkInLove on May 20, 2010, 10:18:01 AM
Speaking of Liam Neeson in Schindler's List, I re-watched that this past weekend.  I hadn't seen it in quite a while and I forget that each time I see it, it affects me in the exact same way it did when I saw it the first time.

I'll add myself to the list of those who wouldn't even have a trace of Star Wars come to my mind when thinking if Liam Neeson but then, I never saw any of those movies.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kells8995 on May 20, 2010, 09:42:31 PM
Speaking of Liam Neeson in Schindler's List, I re-watched that this past weekend.  I hadn't seen it in quite a while and I forget that each time I see it, it affects me in the exact same way it did when I saw it the first time.


That movie is just wrenching.  My husband hadn't seen it so I watched it (again) with him not too long ago, and yeah the emotional punch is still just as strong as the first time I've seen it - actually as strong as the first time I really started to learn about the Holocaust and what happened during WWII. 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jimjampam on May 20, 2010, 10:06:16 PM
I'm going to jump in and quickly change the mood.

Who is going to see Prince of Persia? My mom and I want to see it and we don't care what it's about because we just want to stare at Jake Gyllenhaal for 2 hours. He looks damn fine in this movie...Haha.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on May 20, 2010, 10:07:39 PM
Who is going to see Prince of Persia? My mom and I want to see it and we don't care what it's about because we just want to stare at Jake Gyllenhaal for 2 hours. He looks damn fine in this movie...Haha.

Hadn't planned on it, but the Gyllenhaal bait might make me bite as well. Same reason I'll probably go see Killers -- Ashton Kutcher eye candy.  ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on May 20, 2010, 10:09:49 PM
I'm going to jump in and quickly change the mood.

Who is going to see Prince of Persia? My mom and I want to see it and we don't care what it's about because we just want to stare at Jake Gyllenhaal for 2 hours. He looks damn fine in this movie...Haha.

I'm torn. The history buff in me will cringe.  The rest of me wants to drool over Jake for two hours.  :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jimjampam on May 20, 2010, 10:10:51 PM
I'm going to jump in and quickly change the mood.

Who is going to see Prince of Persia? My mom and I want to see it and we don't care what it's about because we just want to stare at Jake Gyllenhaal for 2 hours. He looks damn fine in this movie...Haha.

I'm torn. The history buff in me will cringe.  The rest of me wants to drool over Jake for two hours.  :)

But you can see this for 2 hours
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Spoilered for size obviously. Heehee
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on May 21, 2010, 10:52:45 AM
I'm going to jump in and quickly change the mood.

Who is going to see Prince of Persia? My mom and I want to see it and we don't care what it's about because we just want to stare at Jake Gyllenhaal for 2 hours. He looks damn fine in this movie...Haha.

I'm torn. The history buff in me will cringe.  The rest of me wants to drool over Jake for two hours.  :)
Sometime history is just really, really hot.

ETA:  Maybe you should take your iPod and just watch the movie.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on May 21, 2010, 10:56:47 AM
I'm going to jump in and quickly change the mood.

Who is going to see Prince of Persia? My mom and I want to see it and we don't care what it's about because we just want to stare at Jake Gyllenhaal for 2 hours. He looks damn fine in this movie...Haha.

I'm torn. The history buff in me will cringe.  The rest of me wants to drool over Jake for two hours.  :)

But you can see this for 2 hours
(click to show/hide)
Spoilered for size obviously. Heehee

Hee! He does look mighty fine, I'll say that, though there's always been something sort of pouty about Jake's face that I don't love so much. 

At least this doesn't appear to have any actual pretense of telling a historical story.  I'm still scarred by the horror that was Colin Farrell as Alexander...
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: colette on May 21, 2010, 11:45:22 AM

At least this doesn't appear to have any actual pretense of telling a historical story.  I'm still scarred by the horror that was Colin Farrell as Alexander...

The horror! The horror! That was truly execrable...not just in terms of the historical inaccuracies, but the characterization of Alexander. I got that Oliver Stone wanted to do a more modern 'psychological' portrait, but he turned him into a simpering mama's boy that I couldn't imagine anyone following around the corner, much less inspiring entire armies to follow him half way round the world into epic battles.

I'm still flabbergasted when I think of that movie. ???

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: madamemim on June 03, 2010, 10:20:13 PM

At least this doesn't appear to have any actual pretense of telling a historical story.  I'm still scarred by the horror that was Colin Farrell as Alexander...

The horror! The horror! That was truly execrable...not just in terms of the historical inaccuracies, but the characterization of Alexander. I got that Oliver Stone wanted to do a more modern 'psychological' portrait, but he turned him into a simpering mama's boy that I couldn't imagine anyone following around the corner, much less inspiring entire armies to follow him half way round the world into epic battles.

I'm still flabbergasted when I think of that movie. ???




Well, for further flabbergasting (I've decided it's a word  ;)), check this out:

If Movies Followed Their Original Casting (http://wildammo.com/2010/06/03/if-movies-followed-their-original-casting/)

Alexander is one of the many disturbing/interesting entries at that link.  Although I can't really see how any casting could have saved that particular film.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jimjampam on June 03, 2010, 10:37:50 PM
What the...what the hell! Omg. I loved a lot of those movies. I cannot understand half of those casting choices. I am soooooo glad that they changed their minds. I don't think The Matrix would have been The Matrix with Will Smith...And Brokeback Mountain with Ben Afleck and Matt Damon would have been a complete JOKE. Oh man...

On a side note, I ended up seeing Prince of Persia with my mind simply set on seeing the buffness of Jake Gyllenhaal. I was actually relatively entertained by the movie when you check your brain out at the door. It was like National Treasure and Indiana Jones put together. Also, I randomly now have the poster of Jake as the Prince of Persia which is nice because he looks quite good on the poster. Haha.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on June 03, 2010, 10:48:43 PM
OMG, I snorted at the Brokeback Mountain casting.  

Face/Off is one of my guilty pleasure movies.  It's so bad, but you get sucked in watching both of those guys chew on the scenery.

And I would have loved to hear more about the casting decisions. 

ETA: more about the casting decisions here: http://www.listal.com/list/if-movies-follow-their-original
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: madamemim on June 04, 2010, 12:14:25 AM
ETA: more about the casting decisions here: http://www.listal.com/list/if-movies-follow-their-original

Thanks for this, lisahoo!

Oh, and while I was reading that, one of my friends sent me something way less disturbing:

Stars recreate their iconic roles (http://ramascreen.com/empires-stars-in-their-iconic-roles/)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on June 04, 2010, 07:48:51 AM
ETA: more about the casting decisions here: http://www.listal.com/list/if-movies-follow-their-original

Thanks for this, lisahoo!

Oh, and while I was reading that, one of my friends sent me something way less disturbing:

Stars recreate their iconic roles (http://ramascreen.com/empires-stars-in-their-iconic-roles/)
I still find Christian Bale to be pretty disturbing.

They they have Kiera Knightly & James McAvoy at the Empire site (http://www.empireonline.com/gallery/gallery.asp?GID=2353) -- for a guy they say nobody would notice on the street, he is quite delicious.

Time to show off my cluelessness -- what movie are Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman representing? 

How about Kevin Spacey?  (I think a huge bouquet of roses would have been good, too.)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on June 04, 2010, 11:31:12 AM
Time to show off my cluelessness -- what movie are Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman representing? 

I think it's Unforgiven.



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How about Kevin Spacey?  (I think a huge bouquet of roses would have been good, too.)

 ???  Any paper shredding in Glengarry Glen Ross or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jimjampam on June 04, 2010, 12:57:35 PM
The Usual Suspects?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on June 04, 2010, 01:31:29 PM
On a side note, I ended up seeing Prince of Persia with my mind simply set on seeing the buffness of Jake Gyllenhaal. I was actually relatively entertained by the movie when you check your brain out at the door. It was like National Treasure and Indiana Jones put together. Also, I randomly now have the poster of Jake as the Prince of Persia which is nice because he looks quite good on the poster. Haha.

I saw that last weekend, and it was pretty good, even though I felt like I was watching someone else play a video game.   :D
The scene where the temple (?) collapsed was like something straight out of Nintendo.
(Speaking of which, I got a huge kick out of seeing the actor who played Patrick on the amazing UK sitcom Coupling play Jake's brother.  laughingicon )

We're going to see Get Him to the Greek tonight, and I'm excited considering the good reviews the movie has received. Plus, Russell Brand is hilarious. 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on June 05, 2010, 11:47:07 PM
So, I did a screening of "Despicable Me" today... some general thoughts... it's a great family film. Lots of laughs and it's actually quite heart-warming.

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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on June 06, 2010, 03:05:36 PM
I finally rented "Sherlock Holmes." I love Guy Ritchie movies as a rule, and I have a fairly large crush on RDJ, but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.  I'm sorry I didn't go see it at the theater now-- I'm thinking watching a movie like this on my laptop just didn't do it justice.   :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on June 06, 2010, 06:55:54 PM
I watched Get Him to the Greek on Friday, and I was surprised by how funny it actually was. Now, it's no Hangover, but it's still a very funny movie, and Russell Brand and P Diddy were absolutely hilarious. (Yes, that's right; P Diddy. He plays a record mogul and Jonah Hill's boss, and he has some hilarious lines and dance moves.) Russell Brand's fake songs are amazingly bad, and the worst of them all is "African Child," which is so incredibly offensive that you just have to laugh at it. Furthermore, the video is even worse.

The first half of the movie is much better than the second half, which becomes a lot darker than you'd think. There's also a Vegas scene that's absolutely hysterical, in which P Diddy and Brand trick Jonah Hill into doing something he never should have tried, and the result is really funny. The entire audience laughed out loud throughout the movie, so I think this could be one of the biggest comedies of the summer.  :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on June 07, 2010, 01:00:26 AM
For those interested, a Deathly Hallows teaser trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhlwd5qoOtQ) was on MTV tonight.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: madamemim on June 07, 2010, 01:07:10 AM
Thanks, Swedge!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on June 10, 2010, 04:04:23 PM

The toys in Toy Story 3 create their own Google Story.  ;D  LINK (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43flVoankXI&feature=player_embedded)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: madamemim on June 10, 2010, 06:41:07 PM

The toys in Toy Story 3 create their own Google Story.  ;D  LINK (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43flVoankXI&feature=player_embedded)


Thanks for that, halfbaked!  A coworker told me to check that out the other day, and I completely forgot.  Love it!  Also... here's the backstory for anyone who is interested:  Google teams up with Pixar (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/woody-and-buzz-star-in-google-search.html)

ETA:  You might also find this interesting:  Pixar films don't get finished, they just get released (http://www.lettersofnote.com/2010/06/pixar-films-dont-get-finished-they-just.html)  So sweet!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on June 13, 2010, 09:37:00 PM
[ETA:  You might also find this interesting:  Pixar films don't get finished, they just get released (http://www.lettersofnote.com/2010/06/pixar-films-dont-get-finished-they-just.html)  So sweet!

Cool, Pete Docter, cool. Thanks, madamemim.


Three new short clips from Toy Story 3—  ;D  ;D  ;D   LINK (http://www.awardsdaily.com/?p=22890)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Cousin Mose on June 14, 2010, 10:25:59 AM
Saw The A-Team twice over the weekend. It's that much fun. It might be the first film remake of one of my beloved childhood memories that didn't require me to go to therapy and point to the spot on the doll where the movie hurt me.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on June 14, 2010, 12:45:12 PM
Saw The A-Team twice over the weekend. It's that much fun. It might be the first film remake of one of my beloved childhood memories that didn't require me to go to therapy and point to the spot on the doll where the movie hurt me.
I ADORED the A-Team and might have watched the season finale one year in the library during midterms. 

It was the dark ages back then, and they had these things called VCR's, and your average college student did NOT own one, so a friend's mom MAILED us (no internet back then) the TAPE (no disc) and the only place we could get a hold of a VCR was in the library.  So, all around us are students watching movies for their Cinema classes and three of us are crammed around one tiny set watching BA build a tank out of a school desk and a ball point pen.

Good times.   ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kells8995 on June 14, 2010, 12:54:14 PM
I took my daughter to see The Karate Kid on Friday night and I gotta say, it was pretty decent.  I enjoyed it very much, and as a child of the 80's it was refreshing to see a pretty good remake of an 80's movie, lol. 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on June 18, 2010, 08:49:35 AM
I'm guessing I know the answer, but out of "Jonah Hex", "The A-Team", and "Killers" - which would you recommend seeing this weekend? Hubby & I are thinking of going to a matinee for Father's Day since we never get to go to the movies, but we don't want to waste our time if there's nothing good to see.

BTW, we went to "Kick Ass" for Mother's Day and I was pleasantly surprised by the movie since I had no idea what we were in for. :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Cousin Mose on June 18, 2010, 11:00:54 AM
I'm guessing I know the answer, but out of "Jonah Hex", "The A-Team", and "Killers" - which would you recommend seeing this weekend? Hubby & I are thinking of going to a matinee for Father's Day since we never get to go to the movies, but we don't want to waste our time if there's nothing good to see.

A-Team. Hands down. I think Jonah Hex looks like it's trying too hard to be cool, and Killers? Well, I wouldn't pay money to see anything with Ashton Kutcher in it, but that's just me.

Seriously, though, the A-Team is flat-out FUN. That's why I saw it twice on opening weekend.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on June 18, 2010, 11:03:08 AM
My 16 yr old son saw A team and said it was "pretty good."  He's usually very critical, so it must not be too bad.

I cannot wait to see Toy Story myself.   Woot!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on June 18, 2010, 12:59:58 PM
Jonah Hex had a terrible plot and was all over the place. As much as I like the actors in it, I'm glad that I didn't pay for it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on June 18, 2010, 11:41:29 PM
I took my daughter to see The Karate Kid on Friday night and I gotta say, it was pretty decent.  I enjoyed it very much, and as a child of the 80's it was refreshing to see a pretty good remake of an 80's movie, lol. 

I absolutely loved the original, being a kid from the 80's and all, but what I don't get is that isn't he teaching him kung fu?  How can you be the karate kid when you're learning kung fu?  Or did I misunderstand the ad I saw?  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kells8995 on June 19, 2010, 09:36:18 AM
Yes Callisto, you're right.  But it's better if we just don't put too much thought into it.  lmao.  Maybe kung fu is a form of karate?  I have no idea  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: madamemim on June 21, 2010, 10:35:44 PM
Well, I'm clearly missing something, because I have no idea what the first half of this trailer has to do with the second half.  In any case, here's the teaser trailer for the movie about those little blue guys only three apples high:  Link (http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi4122347033/)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: madamemim on June 24, 2010, 12:30:19 AM
For any Harry Potter fans:

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As we previously speculated, it has been officially announced by Warner Bros. via the official "Harry Potter" twitter account that the trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will debut online Monday, June 28 at 4 PM PST.

From their Twitter account:

The new HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS trailer will be unveiled online this Monday at 4pm PST! #DeathlyHallows

The trailer will debut in the cinema on June 30, playing in front of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

We will have any further information regarding this for you when it becomes available, and will of course have the trailer right here when it is released.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 is scheduled for November 19, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 comes out July 15, 2011.

Source (http://www.hpana.com/news.21137.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HPANA+%28Harry+Potter+Automatic+News+Aggregator%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jimjampam on June 24, 2010, 01:16:06 AM
For any Harry Potter fans:

Quote
As we previously speculated, it has been officially announced by Warner Bros. via the official "Harry Potter" twitter account that the trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will debut online Monday, June 28 at 4 PM PST.

From their Twitter account:

The new HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS trailer will be unveiled online this Monday at 4pm PST! #DeathlyHallows

The trailer will debut in the cinema on June 30, playing in front of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

We will have any further information regarding this for you when it becomes available, and will of course have the trailer right here when it is released.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 is scheduled for November 19, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 comes out July 15, 2011.

Source (http://www.hpana.com/news.21137.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HPANA+%28Harry+Potter+Automatic+News+Aggregator%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher)

As much as I love Harry Potter...I wouldn't go to the theater just to see that trailer. ESPECIALLY since it is attached to that piece of trash. But...YAY new trailer!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: madamemim on June 24, 2010, 01:18:15 AM
As much as I love Harry Potter...I wouldn't go to the theater just to see that trailer. ESPECIALLY since it is attached to that piece of trash. But...YAY new trailer!


Haha.  Ditto.  That's why I only bolded the part about its online debut.  ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: halfbaked on June 24, 2010, 06:33:03 PM

If you're a fan of Pixar Easter eggs, you'll enjoy this article. Slashfilms has once again put together all the Easter eggs they found in the pre-release clips/stills/trailers/ads for Toy Story 3. They've added a dash of trivia also.  ;D  LINK (http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/06/18/toy-story-3-easter-eggs/)

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: madamemim on June 28, 2010, 07:14:35 PM
Just in case I'm not the only one interested...

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITkI6Sz6KR8)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on June 28, 2010, 07:53:54 PM
I got chills while watching that. I. Cannot. Wait.   ;D

Is it November yet?
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Post by: SnoWhiteSally on June 28, 2010, 10:04:40 PM

If you're a fan of Pixar Easter eggs, you'll enjoy this article. Slashfilms has once again put together all the Easter eggs they found in the pre-release clips/stills/trailers/ads for Toy Story 3. They've added a dash of trivia also.  ;D  LINK (http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/06/18/toy-story-3-easter-eggs/)



THANK YOU for these HB. I am so excited aout this movie. It's not out here for another month :(
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Post by: halfbaked on July 02, 2010, 07:02:53 AM

Looks like Sam Mendes is out of a job. If this article is accurate, because of money problems, MGM is dropping the James Bond project which Sam was scheduled to direct.

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The new James Bond film has reportedly been scrapped due to a shortage of studio money.

The filming of Bond 23 was put on hold indefinitely in April, but there are now rumors that the movie has been scrapped altogether.

MGM studios, who were co-funding the Daniel Craig film, have suffered from well-documented financial troubles in the past year, and are believed to have axed the £132 million blockbuster.

A source told The Mirror: "Members of the production crew have been told the Bond film has been canned.

“There is a lot of bad feeling as a lot of time, money and hard work has already gone into this.”

Revolutionary Road director Sam Mendes and Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan were already attached to the project.
source (http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/news/a236773/new-james-bond-film-scrapped.html)
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Post by: wendolf on July 05, 2010, 08:08:23 PM
Does anyone have any inside scoop on the movie for "The Hunger Games"? I heard the rights had been sold awhile ago, and I'm so curious if it's been cast yet, and when it might come out...
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Post by: LaTopher on July 06, 2010, 10:49:25 PM
Watched TLA just today. My take - As a HUGE fan of the show, I thought it was 'meh'. Pretty much as a filler void for my AWS suffering and enjoyed it to an extent. However, I wouldn't actually recommended the movie other than to movie buffs, children/families, and fans of the show. 3/10.

ETA: And what the hell was Night thinking getting inspired by a fight scene in the second worst episode of the series? Seriously a couple earthbenders doing lots of crazy martial arts only to life up a pebble. Fail whale.

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Post by: Callisto on July 07, 2010, 01:21:03 AM
Saw Toy Story 3 tonight.  It wasn't as good as the first two, but I still liked it a lot and it had me in tears a couple of times, as all Pixar films can do.  (Seriously, are there any bad Pixar films?  I can only think of a couple that are 'less good,' but not a one I'd call 'bad.')

Also, the short before the movie, Day and Night, was awesome. 
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Post by: kreidy on July 07, 2010, 01:54:13 PM
I think Toy Story 3 is the best movie of the summer so far. Up is still my favourite Pixar film, but Toy Story 3 was a great movie.

Also, the short before the movie, Day and Night, was awesome. 

Agreed! The people at Pixar are geniuses. :)
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Post by: khand3stooges on July 07, 2010, 02:22:17 PM
I thought Toy Story 3 was great.  It had the darker element but I would say it was definitely a winner for being a third. 

Agree with you guys about the short.  The other night the Disney channel had every short Pixar ever made on.  Very impressive.
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Post by: kells8995 on July 07, 2010, 10:16:37 PM
Loved Toy Story 3.  I really enjoyed every one of those movies and I was a little choked up at the end too.  A friend of mine has a 17 year old and it hit home for her...but it's a good kind of choked up.  Such a sweet movie.

I really have enjoyed pretty much every Pixar movie.  They're timeless and I enjoy them just as much as I enjoy "regular" movies. 
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Post by: Alamos on July 08, 2010, 11:40:37 AM
I also saw Toy Story 3. I loved it for all the reasons stated above. We took my 6 year-old daughter and she did.not.like.it.

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Post by: Callisto on July 08, 2010, 12:00:04 PM
Saw Toy Story 3 tonight.  It wasn't as good as the first two, but I still liked it a lot and it had me in tears a couple of times, as all Pixar films can do.  (Seriously, are there any bad Pixar films?  I can only think of a couple that are 'less good,' but not a one I'd call 'bad.')

Also, the short before the movie, Day and Night, was awesome. 

Is it sad that after I watched T'oy Story 3', I felt the urge to go home and hug any remaining toys I have, just in case they were feeling left out? I thought now that I'm older, the 'humanising a toy' thing wouldn't have such an affect on me anymore but nope!   ::)

As for bad Pixar films, I really didn't like 'Cars' and was a bit indifferent about 'Ratatouille' so there was a period where I was worried that either they were getting worse or I was just developing bad taste in movies. And then 'Up' came along which I thought was beautiful, it made me bawl my eyes out and also reminded me that Disney/Pixar still make the best animated films.  :)

Oh, me too! I have this stuffed animal horse that was the very first thing I ever bought with my own money when I was like 7 years old.  He's ancient and tattered but I have never considered getting rid of him, nor any of the other few stuffed animals that survived my purge of a few years ago. 

It's funny you mention 'Cars' and 'Ratatouille'-- they are the only two Pixar films I'm indifferent toward, too. 
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Post by: mixedberryjam on July 08, 2010, 06:43:15 PM
Been away for a while but now I have some time to chat again - these last couple weeks have been movies galore! Saw Toy Story 3 and as the masses, I loved it! 

The movie that really blew me away that I saw recently was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!  I haven't read the books but the Swedish film was really very good.  Has anyone else seen it?  Also I was reading somewhere that Kristen Stewart might be in talks to be Lisbeth which would just be... ridiculous.  But hopefully that's all just talk ;)

Any other good movie suggestions to see this summer?
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Post by: kreidy on July 12, 2010, 01:43:10 PM
I watched Despicable Me this weekend, and it was so cute! I loved the way they had done the animation, because it felt very French and unusual for an American animated film. Steve Carell did a fantastic job, and there are lots of jokes that are funny for adults as well. Just wait until you see the Godfather joke. Hilarious!  :D

Also, make sure to watch the end credits.
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Post by: sora on July 12, 2010, 02:04:43 PM
I watched Despicable Me this weekend, and it was so cute! I loved the way they had done the animation, because it felt very French and unusual for an American animated film. Steve Carell did a fantastic job, and there are lots of jokes that are funny for adults as well. Just wait until you see the Godfather joke. Hilarious!  :D

Also, make sure to watch the end credits.

I never saw the Godfather so I didn't notice it... :( Also, did you watch the movie in 3D, because my friend and I didn't and the effects of the end credits didn't really stick...

Loved the movie, though. I rarely see a movie a second time if I did a screening but it was too adorable to pass up. The Minions are fantastic and Agnes might be the most adorable animated girl ever.  ;D

Heh... the Lehman Brothers joke was awesome.  laughingicon
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Post by: kreidy on July 12, 2010, 02:10:26 PM
Yes, we saw the movie in 3D, and the end credits looked fantastic in 3D. There were lots of kids in the audience (thank goodness they were fairly quiet), but they jumped up to touch the minions when they started "jumping" into the audience during the credits. It was really cute. :)

As for the Godfather joke...

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Post by: sora on July 12, 2010, 04:33:18 PM
Oh... heh... yeah, I remember that scene... totally didn't get it.  :D Thanks for explaining it.

BTW, if "The Kids Are All Right" is playing around any of you, I strongly suggest you take a gander. It's quite an interesting film and the acting is superb. There is nudity, however, if you're not incline to such as well as adult subject matter but it's really a fascinating film.
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Post by: kreidy on July 13, 2010, 11:09:19 AM
BTW, if "The Kids Are All Right" is playing around any of you, I strongly suggest you take a gander. It's quite an interesting film and the acting is superb. There is nudity, however, if you're not incline to such as well as adult subject matter but it's really a fascinating film.

See; this is why I hate living in a small town. I bet we'll never get that film, and I'd love to see it. We never got to see e.g. A Single Man, so I have to wait for it on Netflix.
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Post by: madamemim on July 16, 2010, 07:14:37 PM
Random question for you all - has anyone seen the restored edition (http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Restored-Colin-Firth/dp/B00364K6YW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1279321934&sr=1-3) of the "Pride and Prejudice" miniseries?  It came out earlier this year, and I'm just wondering if the restoration is that much better.  I know that the color on the original DVD was always pretty crappy... 
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Post by: kreidy on July 17, 2010, 12:35:47 AM
Woah. I just came back from watching Inception, which was brilliant. Christopher Nolan has truly created a modern classic with this one, and if the flick isn't nominated for several Oscars come next year, there is something really wrong with the Academy. It is visually stunning, and the story will keep you guessing until the very end. I'll admit I had no idea what was going on during the first 20 minutes or so, but once Ellen Page's character was introduced, and they started explaining the concepts of dreams and "inception" to her, the audience caught on pretty quickly. (Well, apart from the guy who was sitting behind me who felt the need to explain everything to his friends.  ::) )

There's a fight scene that is out of this world and unlike anything I've ever seen before, but this movie is so much more than an action movie. It really makes you think, and you have to pay close attention in order to understand what is happening and if they're in a dream or not. Bravo, Christopher Nolan!
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Post by: Callisto on July 17, 2010, 08:59:18 AM
Thanks for that, kreidy!  It's getting stellar reviews, I'm thinking I'll go see it this weekend. (What else is there to do when it's 100 degrees outside?!) I've loved Christopher Nolan ever since Memento, which is one of the most original, brilliant movies I've ever seen.

I saw Despicable Me a couple of days ago. It's really cute, might be better than Toy Story 3. I laughed a lot and the little girl, Agnes, is the cutest animated child since Boo from Monsters, Inc.  Definitely a fun way to spend an hour and  half.

And now, because I am apparently in a time warp from 1999, I am about to watch The Talented Mr. Ripley.  :D

(ETA: Eek! Can't believe I've never seen that before. What a great, creepy movie.   :o)
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Post by: Swedge on July 27, 2010, 02:56:38 PM
I went to see Inception two nights ago. As a movie going experience in the theater, I highly recommend it. Just don't take it too seriously, it's not as smart as some reviewers are claiming it is, and has its share of plot holes and silliness. But I liked it a lot anyway, it had the look and feel of an old fashioned movie in some key ways.  It was like something Hitchcock would have wanted to direct if he were alive today. Nitpicks aside, I wish there were more movies like this and I expect it'll end up being the best film I've seen this year.
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Post by: halfbaked on July 27, 2010, 05:16:22 PM
I just returned from seeing Inception this afternoon. Glad I saw it in the theater and didn't wait for cable. It's definitely a big-screen popcorn film. I enjoyed the two and a half hour ride. Although it's the type of movie that I like to let marinate for a while, I do have a few first impressions.

Ellen Page was a weak link for me. She lacks the gravitas, the screen presence, the star quality, whatever you'd like to name it, to capture the audience when she's up against actors like DiCaprio, Cotillard, and Watanabe. She was like a high schooler playing with the pros. YMMV

Swedge, I'd be hard-pressed to say what might be a plot hole since the subject matter is dreams. The essence of most of our dreams is filled with plot holes. I thought this Moviefone article was insightful—'Inception' Ending and Theories: What Just Happened?! (http://insidemovies.moviefone.com/2010/07/19/inception-ending-theories/) Realistically, until Christopher Nolan tells us otherwise, I don't think there's just one interpretation for a lot of what happens.

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Post by: Callisto on August 07, 2010, 10:30:12 AM
Did anybody watch The Invention of Lying?  (Yeah, I know, I'm always late to the party.) It got such meh reviews that I wasn't expecting much, but I liked it quite a bit.  Definitely wasn't expecting to get teary-eyed as many times as I did for what's supposed to be a comedy.

But, this was hilarious: "The man in the sky forbid!"  :D
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Post by: sora on August 07, 2010, 11:43:39 AM
So, "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" comes out next week.

Quite frankly, I thought it was terrific and imaginative. I will warn you that the opening credits gave me a little bit of a headache but the rest of it was pure gold. Some thought that it dragged a little but honestly, I loved it.

The cast is fantastic with lots of indie-ish all-stars: Michael Cera, Alison Pill, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, and Kieran Culkin, who I now officially have a crush on.  :-*
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Post by: kreidy on August 07, 2010, 02:44:34 PM
I saw The Other Guys last night, and it was really funny. I was particularly impressed with Mark Wahlberg, who has always seemed to take himself way too seriously. Well, he's willing to look like a complete fool in this movie, so more power to him!  :)
The plot itself was really silly and I sort of gave up on it halfway through the movie, but it's really just an excuse to throw Wahlberg and Ferrell into increasingly bizarre situations. Don't get me wrong, though; the audience was laughing the entire time, especially at a sequence with Ferrell and Eva Mendez. (You'll know it when you see it.) There's also a running joke with Michael Keaton's character that had me in stitches.  :D

By the way, there were at least four Office people in the movie; Andy Buckley, Rob Riggle, Rob Huebel and Zach Woods.
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Post by: colette on August 07, 2010, 07:11:16 PM
Saw The Kids Are Alright couple of days ago. Enjoyed. Quirky, funny, lots of heart. All the actors are good - especially the two teenage kids, who are well depicted (i.e., not movie 'teens,' but ones I actually recognized from...well, the next room.  :D)

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Post by: wendolf on August 08, 2010, 05:40:23 PM
I went with the kids to see Ramona & Beezus the other day and really enjoyed it. The young actress who plays Ramona is wonderful and the movie had story lines for kids, teens, and adults. I'd actually like to see it again because I missed a chunk when I had to take one of the kids to the bathroom.
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Post by: Callisto on August 08, 2010, 06:22:26 PM
I saw The Other Guys last night, and it was really funny. I was particularly impressed with Mark Wahlberg, who has always seemed to take himself way too seriously. Well, he's willing to look like a complete fool in this movie, so more power to him!  :)
The plot itself was really silly and I sort of gave up on it halfway through the movie, but it's really just an excuse to throw Wahlberg and Ferrell into increasingly bizarre situations. Don't get me wrong, though; the audience was laughing the entire time, especially at a sequence with Ferrell and Eva Mendez. (You'll know it when you see it.) There's also a running joke with Michael Keaton's character that had me in stitches.  :D

By the way, there were at least four Office people in the movie; Andy Buckley, Rob Riggle, Rob Huebel and Zach Woods.

Saw this last night and have to agree-- stupid, but funny. I laughed a lot even though I can't remember most of the jokes now.  Will Farrell was awesome as the straight man and some of his deadpan remarks just killed.  Some parts fell flat/seemed forced, but for the most part it was just a lot of fun. 

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I can't believe I used to hate Will Farrell.  The guy has really grown on me in the last few years/movies.  And Mark Wahlberg was awesome as always-angry guy. It was like watching a movie starring my oldest brother.  :D


ETA:  There's a movie called 'Agora,' starring Rachel Weisz, that I just became aware of a couple of days ago. It takes place in fourth-century Alexandria during the rise of Christianity throughout the Roman empire.  Anybody seen it?  (Or heard of it?)
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Post by: Callisto on August 15, 2010, 03:12:52 PM
In the mood for a chuckle, I watched Dinner For Schmucks last night.  Was not impressed.  There were a few funny scenes, and Steve did a good job, but for me it fell pretty flat.  And I say that as someone who has a love for Paul Rudd that rivals my crush on JK.   :-\

Has anybody seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?  It's on its way out of the indie theater here so I'm going to try to see it this week. 
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Post by: LaTopher on August 24, 2010, 02:05:05 AM
I just recently watched "Hua Mulan" (the '09 live action version of the legend) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really loved Mulan's character portrayal. Though my favorite character has to be Tiger. I just love those loyal goofy friend characters.

It's not perfect, but it was still a really good watch.
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Post by: halfbaked on September 10, 2010, 02:00:03 PM

This is the best news I've read all week—except the Vikings' loss last night.  ;)

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Roger Ebert reviving ‘At the Movies’

Legendary film critic and Twitter master Roger Ebert announced that he's reviving his classic half-hour review program "At the Movies" on PBS.

Titled "Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies," the show will be hosted by Christy Lemire, film critic of The Associated Press, and Elvis Mitchell of NPR.

Ebert noted that the series, whose long-runnning syndicated version was recently canceled, was returning to its public station birthplace. The new program will launch on WTTW Chicago, just like the original incarnation of "At the Movies" (titled "Opening Soon at a Theater Near You”) did in 1975.

"At the Movies" will bring back Ebert's copyrighted "Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down" rating device, which was removed from the syndicated program after Ebert left the show. The critic lost his ability to speak after a battle with cancer.

"This is the rebirth of a dream," Ebert wrote. "I believe that by returning to its public roots, our new show will win better and more consistent time slots in more markets. American television is swamped by mindless gossip about celebrities, and I'm happy this show will continue to tell viewers honestly if the critics think a new movie is worth seeing."

Ebert will act as co-producer along with his wife, Chaz Ebert. The show will debut in January. Ebert will employ a computer voice to appear on episodes under a segment titled "Roger's Office." He says he will not debate the two co-hosts.

"They'll be awarding the Thumbs, and you can't have three Thumbs."

source (http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/09/roger-ebert-reviving-at-the-movies.html)
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Post by: dinknflicker on September 11, 2010, 02:54:51 PM
Date night with mr. dinkn last night we went to see "The American". I do not recommend this movie. Well, except for the parts where George Clooney does push ups. Then sit ups. Then pull ups. These I highly recommend.
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Post by: Callisto on October 02, 2010, 09:37:44 PM
Saw 'The Social Network' tonight.  I thought it looked good and I was not disappointed.  Very witty, quite funny, moved quickly through a lot of computer-geek stuff without losing me, and it may be worth it just for the twins.  If this is what really happened, then... it reminds me of Bill Gates in 'Pirates of Silicon Valley.'


It's funny how the whole premise of Facebook being different from MySpace and Friendster was supposed to be its exclusivity.  And now everyone and their grandmother has an account!  Irony.   :D

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Post by: sora on October 05, 2010, 12:57:20 AM
I did a screening of Conviction last week.

Here's the official description:

CONVICTION is the inspirational true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters’ (two-time Academy® Award winner Hilary Swank) older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor (Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo), meticulously retracing the steps that led to Kenny's arrest. Belief in her brother - and her quest for the truth - pushes Betty Anne and her team to uncover the facts and utilize DNA evidence with the hope of exonerating Kenny.

My basic thoughts: it was good. Considering it's based on a true story and you know the ending, you'll still like it. Sam Rockwell was present at the screening as well as Betty Anne Waters and director Tony Goldwyn. Um... yeah, Mr. Rockwell, you better get an Oscar nomination for this. Heh...  :D
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Post by: jazzfan on October 05, 2010, 09:34:36 AM
Thanks for that, sora, I love Sam Rockwell.

We saw The Town the other night, and quite enjoyed it.  Ben Affleck has apparently found his calling as a director, and he elevated the material above a standard genre movie.
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Post by: Callisto on October 27, 2010, 12:05:35 AM
The Denver Film Festival is starting soon, and I got this in my inbox tonight.  As someone who loved the original Star Wars trilogy, and hated those awful prequels so much that I've watched the awesomely scathing RedLetterMedia YouTube multi-part reviews of them probably a dozen times, I cannot wait to see The People vs. George Lucas (http://www.denverfilm.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=23569&ADDSID=18539). 
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Post by: Callisto on November 05, 2010, 11:49:19 PM
Saw Megamind tonight.  I was not really drawn to it initially, but the roommate dragged me, and it turned out to be pretty funny and had some nice touching moments too.  Not quite a Pixar film, but Dreamworks has hit their stride with the animation.
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Post by: lisahoo on November 07, 2010, 08:59:24 PM
The husband and I saw RED last night.  Helen Mirren is my hero.
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y254/lisahoo/flair/red-mirren.jpg)
There was definitely a target audience -- I don't think there was anyone under 30 in the theater.   ;D
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Post by: dinknflicker on November 08, 2010, 08:05:14 AM
The husband and I saw RED last night.  Helen Mirren is my hero.
(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y254/lisahoo/flair/red-mirren.jpg)
There was definitely a target audience -- I don't think there was anyone under 30 in the theater.   ;D

lisawahoo your post made me laugh because of your use of the words "target audience" with a picture of two big honking guns aimed at us. Very subtle - but I got ya!

Also, her dress is so beautiful (and so white - did it stay that way?).
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Post by: lisahoo on November 08, 2010, 05:22:07 PM
dinkn -- to answer your question -- it stayed that way
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It was a good 'blow stuff up' kind of movie with lots of laughs.  But then I have a sort of odd sense of humor. 


On a completely different topic, while watching Toy Story 2 for the 87th time, I noticed that while Buzz is looking for Woody in the baggage sorting area, he gets a destination sticker that reads "Butte" stuck to his rear end as he's running down the conveyor belt.  Hee.

Thank you, Pixar, for thinking to add little things like that to keep parents who have to watch this thing umpty-bazillion times amused.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on November 10, 2010, 03:45:19 PM
I got my tickets to the midnight premiere of Harry Potter today, so I'm all set. It's rather ridiculous how excited I am to see this movie.  ;D

(But $21 for a ticket? Are you kidding me?!)
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Post by: jimjampam on November 10, 2010, 07:31:42 PM
I got my tickets to the midnight premiere of Harry Potter today, so I'm all set. It's rather ridiculous how excited I am to see this movie.  ;D

(But $21 for a ticket? Are you kidding me?!)

Extremely jealous. I can't go until December...The best time I have EVER had at the movies was during the midnight showing of Goblet of Fire. I doubled that night as a photography assignment and went running around the theater taking pictures. We made friends with a bunch of people all dressed up and everything.

I have the best plans for the second half of Harry Potter and I'm already ridiculously excited for it.
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Post by: wendolf on November 14, 2010, 12:35:31 AM
I just watched "Date Night" and man did I laugh. I thought Steve and Tina were wonderful together, and the whole thing just made me chuckle. And, actually, nearly cry.
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Post by: khand3stooges on November 14, 2010, 02:02:34 PM
I really liked that movie too wendolf. I thought it had some really sweet moments for couples as well as a lot of laughs. I think this was Steve at his best. :)
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Post by: SnoWhiteSally on November 14, 2010, 03:58:12 PM
Just saw Due Date. It was okay. I laughed but it wasn't in the same league as The Hangover.
Woah $21 to see Harry Potter? Is that just the midnight showing price?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jimjampam on November 14, 2010, 05:34:00 PM
Just saw Due Date. It was okay. I laughed but it wasn't in the same league as The Hangover.
Woah $21 to see Harry Potter? Is that just the midnight showing price?

I would pay any price to see Harry Potter...Hehe.
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Post by: suchadork on November 14, 2010, 06:23:20 PM
I might be going to a midnight premiere of Harry Potter in my city, and I'm weirdly excited - I want to high-five my 11-year-old self and tell her "don't worry that first book's over, there's many other things to come" :)

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Post by: samsmom on November 26, 2010, 11:34:13 AM
If anyone is thinking of buying 'The Search for Santa Paws' thinking it's like all the other 'buddy' moves, don't bother. It's bad and not really about dogs. But it does have all the Christmas movie cliches you could make a drinking game out of. 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on November 27, 2010, 08:58:59 AM
Saw The Next Three Days - I thought it was good.  Well acted, very suspenseful - part love story, part thriller.  I don't get why the critics panned it.  Maybe because you have to pay attention?   laughingicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on November 27, 2010, 02:51:46 PM
So, this Thanksgiving weekend I saw both Harry Potter and Tangled ... and I have to say I much preferred Tangled. Not that Harry Potter wasn't good ... it was just very dark and I got a little lost (it's been awhile since I read the book). Tangled was just enjoyable throughout. I even teared up a bit.  :'(
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Jamnicity on November 28, 2010, 05:20:28 PM
I got to see Harry Potter this weekend, and loved it! It's been a little while since I read the last book (which I've read twice), but as far as I could remember it followed the book pretty well. I was on the edge of my seat much of the time, even though I knew what was going to happen. Hubby thought the beginning felt a little rushed, but I didn't get that feeling at all. I felt like I saw just enough of the wedding and Grimmauld Place to get the idea. Wish I had time to go see it again, but given that this was our first movie out in over a year, I guess I'll have to be waiting for video. Can't wait for part 2 this summer!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on November 29, 2010, 09:43:01 AM
Saw The Next Three Days - I thought it was good.  Well acted, very suspenseful - part love story, part thriller.  I don't get why the critics panned it.  Maybe because you have to pay attention?   laughingicon
I'm excited to see Russell Crowe in a thriller again -- and I love Elizabeth Banks -- and I'm a little proud of 'the freaky chick from 40YOV' or 'the Giants chick from Invincible' in a major role.  Good for her.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: suchadork on November 29, 2010, 12:59:22 PM
Really liked Harry Potter! Though it's been a while since I've read the book or been in fandom, I really enjoyed it, even though they really softened some scenes.

Also watched "The Jane Austen Book Club", and it was the perfect movie for a lazy Sunday afternoon :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on November 30, 2010, 05:58:15 PM
Harry Potter was so amazing that I saw it twice.  :D I loved the fact that it stayed so true to the book, and the actors were as great as ever. Indeed, some of them had even improved since Half-Blood Prince. (I'm looking at you, Emma Watson.) Can't wait to see the second part. I also got to see "Tangled" last week, which was cuter than I expected.

Also watched "The Jane Austen Book Club", and it was the perfect movie for a lazy Sunday afternoon :)

That movie was one of the few times I've thought that the movie was better than the book. The book made me wonder if the author had ever read a single word written by Jane Austen, while the movie was a nice surprise.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on November 30, 2010, 07:12:46 PM
I just got back from Harry Potter and really liked it.  I've actually forgotten how it all goes down, so it's been kind of a pleasant surprise along the way. They did a great job with the atmosphere and the pacing, and the actors are getting better too.  So, yeah.  Thumbs up.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: dinknflicker on December 06, 2010, 02:03:45 PM
Just saw "127 Hours" with James Franco. Wow. What an interesting movie. It's about the hiker, Aron Rahlston who gets stranded and stuck in the desert. Warning: buy a big drink from the concession stand beforehand.

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on December 06, 2010, 02:35:08 PM
"All Good Things" with Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella is having a limited release. Link for the theaters (http://www.magpictures.com/dates.aspx?id=ab8068e8-f635-41ae-8225-24e4ab16e21b)

It's a thriller based on a true events. It's good. I normally don't watch movies like it but I made an exception because one of my favorite actors plays Ryan's brother. Heh... Still an good movie. You can see the trailer here (http://www.magpictures.com/allgoodthings/).
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: dinknflicker on December 06, 2010, 08:56:52 PM
I'd just like to clarify that James Franco was in the movie. He was not my date; I did not go to the movie WITH James Franco. Darn it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Spencer on December 11, 2010, 10:43:12 PM
I haven't been in here in long time! Egregious.

A few movie recommendations:

Born Into Brothels- This is one of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time. Absolutely incredible film.
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A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, Born into Brothels is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes. Zana Briski, a New York-based photographer, gives each of the children a camera and teaches them to look at the world with new eyes.

Source (http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/bornintobrothels/). I've heard good things about this movie, but just got around to watching it tonight. I was completely blown away. The film isn't graphic, but the content itself might be difficult for some to watch. I definitely cried on numerous times while watching.

The Lottery- Not a phenomenal documentary, but I found the subject very interesting. It was about the battle between public schools and charter schools in the Harlem school district. We don't have charter schools here, so the whole subject was new to me. I found it a bit biased, but, that's not uncommon in documentaries! I, of course, cried. As I do with most documentaries. It was the lottery bit that got me. I feel like the result of not winning the lottery was definitely made more severe than in actuality. But, I don't know the actual situation in the Harlem school system, so, maybe it is that bad.

The Tourist- I saw it this afternoon. It was good. Nothing spectacular, but a fun watch. Johnny Depp was awesome. Angelina Jolie was the same character she's played in Salt and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, etc. Great locations though. And action packed.

Harry Potter- Loved it. Without a doubt.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: kreidy on December 14, 2010, 09:48:19 AM
2010 - The Year in Movies. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4dEWOB6THE) Great video.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Too Late Kev on December 14, 2010, 10:14:41 PM
Cool. I want that to go very, very slowly with the movie and stars right on the screen for me. :) It's very well done.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Spencer on January 01, 2011, 10:48:17 PM
I watched The Boys Of Baraka tonight. A really neat documentary about a group of 12-13 year old African American boys from inner city Baltimore who are selected to attend a boarding school in Kenya. I really enjoyed it.

I also saw The Fighter today. I liked it. I was pleasantly surprised by Mark Wahlberg. I've never been very impressed with him, but I thought he was great in this film. As were Christian Slater and Amy Adams. The story seemed like your average "boxer trying to climb his way to the top" bit, but it was well rounded. A lot of subtle humour too.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: justkaren on January 02, 2011, 06:25:41 PM
So I watched Brokeback Mountain for the first time yesterday (not sure what made me wait this long - I bought it over a year ago) and it is... kinda making me crazy. :P I've had sort of a Casino Night reaction to it (in that I keep wanting to watch it again and can't stop thinking about it) and have watched it 2 more times already. I know I'm incredibly late on this, but did anyone else have this type of reaction to it? 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: dinknflicker on January 03, 2011, 06:40:44 AM
Not sure if my reaction was the same, but I do remember being so compelled by Heath Ledger in that movie. Quiet, quiet acting but so powerful. Then there was the weeping like a baby at the end about the shirt. So.... weeping and compulsion - maybe the same jk. I also love, love the soundtrack.

"trailer for sale or rent....
rooms to let fifty cents..."

everybody join in....
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: bitterpill on January 03, 2011, 01:59:16 PM
Saw Black Swan and The King's Speech.

Hated Black Swan.  Cannot understand all the love for it.  A couple in the theater walked out about half way through.  I definitely think it's a "love it or hate it" movie.

Loved TKS.  Colin Firth is amazing.  Actually, the entire cast is stellar. 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on January 03, 2011, 02:48:50 PM
So I watched Brokeback Mountain for the first time yesterday (not sure what made me wait this long - I bought it over a year ago) and it is... kinda making me crazy. :P I've had sort of a Casino Night reaction to it (in that I keep wanting to watch it again and can't stop thinking about it) and have watched it 2 more times already. I know I'm incredibly late on this, but did anyone else have this type of reaction to it?  

I saw it when it first came out and I remember my reaction was similar. I thought about it a LOT and even saw it again, in the theater, a second time. I'm not sure what it was about it, exactly ... I think maybe the idea that those two men, back then, in that place, had very little choice about how they could live their lives. Or at least they felt like they had no choice. It was either live one life in secret and one in public, or move somewhere far away like New York where perhaps being gay was slightly more accepted. I really felt for those characters and their heartbreak.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: justkaren on January 03, 2011, 09:14:57 PM
Yeah, I can't explain what it is exactly that is making me react this way about it.

Just so much sadness that shouldn't have to happen. But, at least they had the time together, what little of it there was.

It's like what Shelby says in Steel Magnolias.  ;D "I'd rather have 30 seconds of wonderful than a lifetime of nothin' special."  



Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on January 04, 2011, 11:06:46 PM
Black Swan is definitely a love-or-hate movie. There were parts that I enjoyed about it. As a former dancer, I enjoyed the dancing sequences and understood the whole "wanting the part and no one else can take it away from me" aspect. Natalie did a really good job dancing, which she did for a good amount of the movie. Did it really need the sexual stuff? Not really. I actually saw it with my mom and cousin and while others told me that that would be very awkward to see it with them, it wasn't terribly bad. I think that it might have been more awkward in Love and Other Drugs...  :D

I've realized when I went to my hometown theater that I've seen all but three movies there. LOL.

Tangled-
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Harry Potter-
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Tourist-
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The two movies I didn't see were Tron & Yogi Bear.  ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on January 05, 2011, 09:53:04 PM
I saw True Grit the other day. I didn't care for the final 2 minutes, the epilogue, but overall it was the best movie of the year and the best movie the Coen brothers have made.  Jeff Bridges was fantastic and the little girl was one of those lightning in a bottle young actor performances that come along rarely.

I also liked Inception and The Social Network. And as ridiculous popcorn fluff Salt was fun.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: dinknflicker on February 06, 2011, 04:46:09 PM
Went to see "No Strings Attached" w/some friends on Friday night. It was very entertaining. Ashton Kutcher is growing on me. No, not like a barnacle :). He was charming in this movie. And not the forced charming as he is in those Nikon commercials. That's annoying. Also, Natalie Portman is stunningly beautiful and jealousy-inspiringly thin. Skinny even.
Anyway, good escapist stuff here ladies. Leave the guys at home, though.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on February 06, 2011, 06:34:02 PM
Went to see "No Strings Attached" w/some friends on Friday night. It was very entertaining. Ashton Kutcher is growing on me. No, not like a barnacle :). He was charming in this movie. And not the forced charming as he is in those Nikon commercials. That's annoying. Also, Natalie Portman is stunningly beautiful and jealousy-inspringly thin. Skinny even.
Anyway, good escapist stuff here ladies. Leave the guys at home, though.
dinknflicker, I was never a huge Ashton Kutcher fan until I saw "A Lot Like Love" -- which is a movie that didn't get much attention but I enjoyed quite a bit. But since seeing that, I think I'd put Ashton on my Freebie Five list -- I love those tall guys. I'm very much looking forward to seeing that movie.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: dinknflicker on February 07, 2011, 10:43:29 AM
dinknflicker, I was never a huge Ashton Kutcher fan until I saw "A Lot Like Love" -- which is a movie that didn't get much attention but I enjoyed quite a bit. But since seeing that, I think I'd put Ashton on my Freebie Five list -- I love those tall guys. I'm very much looking forward to seeing that movie.

You will like it. He's adorable and tall. Additionally, this movie, um, revealed some things about him that I had never seen before. Get back to me when you understand the relevance of that last sentence.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on February 07, 2011, 12:57:50 PM
dinknflicker, I was never a huge Ashton Kutcher fan until I saw "A Lot Like Love" -- which is a movie that didn't get much attention but I enjoyed quite a bit. But since seeing that, I think I'd put Ashton on my Freebie Five list -- I love those tall guys. I'm very much looking forward to seeing that movie.

You will like it. He's adorable and tall. Additionally, this movie, um, revealed some things about him that I had never seen before. Get back to me when you understand the relevance of that last sentence.


Consider me intrigued... Maybe I'll make it a priority to see that movie ASAP.  >:D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Swedge on February 07, 2011, 03:09:46 PM
He's only a half inch taller than me. Though I don't run around taking snapshots at parties with a grin so that might be what's really working for him. ;)

I rented How To Train Your Dragon recently and enjoyed it more than most, if not all, Pixar movies I've seen. Pixar films while technically proficient often seem a bit cold and distant in visual style and lacking the warmth and lushness of the classic animated films from the 50s and 60s. Dragon is a nice middle ground, I loved the look and feel of the world they created and hope to see more like it.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Spencer on February 07, 2011, 10:55:10 PM
I just finished a documentary called God Grew Tired Of Us. It's about the Lost Boys of Sudan who were granted refugee status in the US. Really great film. Quite emotional to watch, and quite eye opening. Definitely recommend.

I also started watching Soldiers In The Army Of God earlier today, but couldn't finish it. I was getting a bit frustrated. I'll finish tomorrow though.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: suchadork on February 12, 2011, 04:46:43 AM
Saw Black Swan, and I still don't know if I liked it or not...  :-\ The actors were really good (Vincent Cassel was amazing, and I don't say that because he's french  :D) and some sequences were beautifully shot... But I can't really place the "but" in all that, tht's weird. Like, I did enjoy it, but... I don't know.

On the other hand, really loved The King's Speech. Colin Firth better win that Oscar :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Italian_Food on February 12, 2011, 11:33:07 AM
My husband and I rented The Social Network and Get Him to the Greek last weekend.

The Social Network was fantastic.  I now see what all the hype is about.  I never knew Mark Zuckerberg screwed over all those people.  It almost made me want to cancel my Facebook account... almost.  Every once and a while, the line, "Where's your jetpack Zuckerberg?" would flash in my mind.  I told my husband this and he told me I need a hobby!

Get Him to the Greek was hilarious.  You have to like raunchy humor, though, to like it.  The best part of the movie was Puff Daddy (or whatever he is calling himself now-a-days.)  I didn't know he was so funny.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on February 12, 2011, 11:38:51 AM
The Social Network was fantastic.  I now see what all the hype is about.  I never knew Mark Zuckerberg screwed over all those people.  It almost made me want to cancel my Facebook account... almost

Ha. Yeah, I'm skeptical as to how true it is (it is a movie, after all), but if it were total slander, you'd think we'd have seen a lawsuit...  in any case, I loved this movie.  My favorite line is when he refers to the twins as the "Winklevae."  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Italian_Food on February 12, 2011, 12:40:07 PM
The Social Network was fantastic.  I now see what all the hype is about.  I never knew Mark Zuckerberg screwed over all those people.  It almost made me want to cancel my Facebook account... almost

Ha. Yeah, I'm skeptical as to how true it is (it is a movie, after all), but if it were total slander, you'd think we'd have seen a lawsuit...  in any case, I loved this movie.  My favorite line is when he refers to the twins as the "Winklevae."  :D

Yes, haha, that part was hilarious.  I was cracking up.  I also thought Justin Timberlake was terrific in it and was surprised by that.  I figure that there was some exaggeration of the facts since it is a movie and I thought I read somewhere that Mark Zuckerberg came out and said that the movie was not accurate.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on February 14, 2011, 08:20:51 PM
TCM is doing a '31 days of Oscar' marathon.  Some great stuff being shown-- just finished "The Goodbye Girl."  There's a pretty outstanding lineup (http://www.tcm.com/schedule/week.jsp?timezone=EST&cid=N) over the next couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: SnoWhiteSally on March 04, 2011, 06:03:29 PM
How have I not seen The Reader until now? That movie was brilliant. David Kross should have been nominated for an Oscar for this.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on March 10, 2011, 07:01:50 AM
I did a screening of "Win Win" and "Limitless" recently.

"Win Win" is really good. Everyone gives amazing performances. Amy Ryan's in it and I really loved how she played the character. And it's a really good story, too.

"Limitless" is an interesting movie. Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro is in it. It reminded me a lot like "Chuck," to be honest. There's one scene and the audience had a collective 'Ugh.' Most people liked it. For me, it's mixed-positive.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: suchadork on March 18, 2011, 08:40:28 PM
Just saw Never Let Me Go. Wow.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: justkaren on March 19, 2011, 09:10:14 AM
Suchadork, I almost rented that last night. So, I should get it next time? I rented "The Switch". Predictable and sweet, but LOVE for Jason Bateman made it enjoyable enough. :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: suchadork on March 19, 2011, 02:21:39 PM
Well, it depends what you're looking for, because it's really intense and sad, but I would recommend it, the actors only are worth watching it :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Italian_Food on March 28, 2011, 08:59:27 AM
I finally got around to seeing "The Fighter" last night.  It was fantastic.  I'm a sucker for a true story and I really enjoyed this.  Christian Bale made the move for me.  He is a talented actor and obviously dedicated to his work.  When I first saw the previews months ago, I had no idea it was even him he had lost so much weight.  He definitely deserved all the awards he won.  Amy Adams was really good in it, too.  She's come a long way since Purse Girl!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on April 03, 2011, 09:14:13 AM
I tried to watch 'Transformers' last night. I guess I am not a teenage boy, because that was the dumbest thing I've ever managed to sit through an hour and a half of before giving up.  :P   
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: khand3stooges on May 22, 2011, 10:58:03 PM
My husband and I went and saw Bridesmaid today. It had some crude parts but I found it to be more about friendships and where life takes you. It was also very sweet. I laughed a lot and really enjoyed it. I counted 4 Office friends, Erin, David Wallace, Hank and Steve's wife was in a scene. I used their tv names because I'm too lazy to look them all up. ;) Paul Feig put himself in a scene also. :) I even saw the casting director was Allison Jones.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Italian_Food on May 22, 2011, 11:00:31 PM
Isn't concierge Marie in it as well?
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Post by: khand3stooges on May 22, 2011, 11:04:20 PM
Yep, I swear she looked familiar, thanks for reminding me!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Italian_Food on May 23, 2011, 12:00:20 AM
No problem!  It's sad that I see the commercials and think, "Oh, look, concierge Marie."

So, you liked it, but what about your husband?  My friends and I are trying to plan a girls' night, but everyone is so busy, I might just go with my husband.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on May 23, 2011, 12:03:08 PM
So, you liked it, but what about your husband?  My friends and I are trying to plan a girls' night, but everyone is so busy, I might just go with my husband.

I haven't seen it yet, but my parents have and my dad liked it more than my mom did. So ... there's that.  ;D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: khand3stooges on May 23, 2011, 02:38:25 PM
My husband laughed as much if not more than me. Our biggest problem is paying $12.50 for a movie. I guess we are just cheap that way. ;)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: LaTopher on May 23, 2011, 03:41:50 PM
My husband and I rented The Social Network and Get Him to the Greek last weekend.

The Social Network was fantastic.  I now see what all the hype is about.  I never knew Mark Zuckerberg screwed over all those people.  It almost made me want to cancel my Facebook account... almost.  Every once and a while, the line, "Where's your jetpack Zuckerberg?" would flash in my mind.  I told my husband this and he told me I need a hobby!

Get Him to the Greek was hilarious.  You have to like raunchy humor, though, to like it.  The best part of the movie was Puff Daddy (or whatever he is calling himself now-a-days.)  I didn't know he was so funny.

The movie is very fictionalized actually.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on June 24, 2011, 10:29:14 PM
First pic (http://www.movies.com/movie-news/new-39hobbit39-photos-give-first-look-at-martin-freeman-as-bilbo/3405) of Martin Freeman as Bilbo.  :)

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on June 30, 2011, 11:05:58 PM
Let's see... what movies have I done screenings for lately...

"Mr. Popper's Penguins" is rather cute and not as terrible as the trailer might make it appear. Good family film.  :D
"The Trip" is for those who love British humor, or humour. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are quite entertaining even if there isn't a point in the storyline... LOL.
"Friends with Benefits" is hilarious. I love me some JT and Mila was great, too. The fake movie that Jason Segel and Rashida Jones are in is absolutely priceless. There's a bit of a lost scene in the middle of the movie and the ending could have been a little bit better but overall a good movie to bring the girls to.
"A Better Life" is my heart-breaking movie so far this year. Holy crap. I just wanted to hug Carlos. Gah.
"Sarah's Key" is an interesting movie. The French Holocaust isn't talked about much so it's like "Diary of Anne Frank" meets... "Titanic'? LOL. Good performances, though.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Italian_Food on June 30, 2011, 11:14:39 PM
I've been busy movie viewing lately...

Cars 2 was really good.  Both of my kids loved it, although I prefer the first one.
Midnight in Paris was just okay.  It had its funny moments, but it was a little weird.  Also, you have to have some understanding of literature and art to recognize some of the characters and have any clue what they are talking about.
Super 8 was good, but not at all what I expected it to be.  My husband is a big action movie guy and he was disappointed.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: SnoWhiteSally on July 01, 2011, 03:33:09 AM
Just took my mum to see Bridesmaids and she loved it. What scene was Paul Feig in?
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on July 01, 2011, 08:21:16 AM
I've been busy movie viewing lately...
Super 8 was good, but not at all what I expected it to be.  My husband is a big action movie guy and he was disappointed.

I had the same feeling. I liked it, but it seemed to lack something. I couldn't tell you what that something is, but it seemed like it could have been... more.  :-\
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on July 01, 2011, 11:20:05 AM
We went to see Cars 2 with the kids and I was so bored. I thought the story was confusing and I just am not much of an action movie kind of girl (and I think they tried to make this one more of an action movie). The kids liked it, though, so ... that's all that matters.

REALLY enjoyed Bridesmaids. Liked Something Borrowed. Mr. Wendolf and I rented No Strings Attached but didn't care for it much. (I just didn't buy Natalie Portman's character for some reason. Her motivation was confusing to me.) Looking forward to Friends with Benefits, which I know is a similar story, but looks much funnier.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Italian_Food on July 01, 2011, 06:05:53 PM
Mr. Wendolf and I rented No Strings Attached but didn't care for it much. (I just didn't buy Natalie Portman's character for some reason. Her motivation was confusing to me.) Looking forward to Friends with Benefits, which I know is a similar story, but looks much funnier.

I thought No Strings Attached was just meh, too, when I saw it.  (Is meh a word?)  I thought the ending was corny and ruinied it.  I agree, too, that Friends with Benefits looks much better.  Can't wait to see that one.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on July 03, 2011, 03:07:12 PM
Mr. Wendolf and I rented No Strings Attached but didn't care for it much. (I just didn't buy Natalie Portman's character for some reason. Her motivation was confusing to me.) Looking forward to Friends with Benefits, which I know is a similar story, but looks much funnier.

I thought No Strings Attached was just meh, too, when I saw it.  (Is meh a word?)  I thought the ending was corny and ruinied it.  I agree, too, that Friends with Benefits looks much better.  Can't wait to see that one.

I enjoyed Friends with Benefits much more than No Strings Attached. However...
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Post by: sora on July 08, 2011, 10:59:15 AM
Did a screening of "The Help" last night. It was really good. A bit heartbreaking at parts. I haven't read the book but the few people at the screening who did said that it was very close to the book. Go check it out when it comes out August 12th.
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Post by: djp141 on July 08, 2011, 11:44:33 PM
This looks like pretty much the worst thing ever:

Adam Sandler - "Jack & Jill" Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeRrw32Fn94)
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Post by: Papertrail on July 09, 2011, 09:04:28 AM
There simply are no words for that, djp141. Sadly, it will probably make a small fortune at the box office while moviegoers will continue to complain about the poor quality of films coming out of Hollywood. It's time to break the cycle, people! ;)
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Post by: Callisto on July 09, 2011, 09:24:33 AM
This looks like pretty much the worst thing ever:

Adam Sandler - "Jack & Jill" Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeRrw32Fn94)

With a couple of rare exceptions, pretty much anything that begins with "Starring Adam Sandler" indicates it's going to be a crap-fest.  :P
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Post by: samsmom on August 02, 2011, 11:50:06 AM
I saw Crazy, Stupid, Love last night.  It was really good.  All the characters were really well written and acted.  If you don't have a crush on Ryan Gosling before you see it, you will after. 
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Post by: Callisto on August 02, 2011, 03:33:08 PM
I've seen Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens.  Captain America was... okay. The best part of the story was when he was a skinny weakling though.  I found the action stuff hilariously silly. Who runs around Nazi Germany with a shield painted with the stars and stripes on his back? And I was having a hard time with Hugo Weaving's appearance... I'll just leave it at that.  :D

Cowboys and Aliens was kind of the same-- decent idea, just fell flat.  They introduced some interesting characters and then didn't do much with most of them. The addition of the Apache Indians was just awful and almost embarrassing to watch; it felt like somebody said "Hey, this movie needs Indians" and that's why they were included.  I also found it amusing that although they never spoke English they apparently understood it perfectly.  :D  I dunno, I'm a tough customer sometimes, but both these movies made me laugh when I think I wasn't supposed to laugh...

The best I can say is: Chris Evans did his best, but thank god JK didn't get that role; Daniel Craig looks damn good; and so does Harrison Ford, considering he's pushing 70!
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Post by: kreidy on August 02, 2011, 03:42:03 PM
I've seen Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens.  Captain America was... okay. The best part of the story was when he was a skinny weakling though.  I found the action stuff hilariously silly. Who runs around Nazi Germany with a shield painted with the stars and stripes on his back? And I was having a hard time with Hugo Weaving's appearance... I'll just leave it at that.  :D

That scene had me in stitches. Did he really think nobody would notice that he ran into this high security Nazi laboratory - complete with an American shield on his back?  laughingicon I did enjoy the movie, though. It was a fun action flick and typical summer entertainment.

I'll give the producers of the movie bonus points for casting three good British actors. I thought Hayley Atwell did surprisingly well as Peggy, and it was fun seeing Richard Armitage playing one of the really bad guys. Also, when J.J. Feild showed up as one of Steve's British buddies, it was like a British costume drama reunion in a big budget American popcorn flick.
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Post by: khand3stooges on August 02, 2011, 05:05:59 PM
Just got back from Crazy, Stupid, Love and I really liked it too. I could have done without the babysitter part but that's my problem. ;) I thought Steve was great. In fact it was my favorite role of his yet. I know how much he loves Nancy and I always feel him channeling that at times. :)
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Post by: justkaren on August 02, 2011, 05:34:54 PM
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I could have done without the babysitter part but that's my problem. ;)

I saw it on Sunday with my BFF and she really hated that part too.
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Post by: Callisto on August 08, 2011, 07:11:58 PM
My vote was for Crazy Stupid Love, but I guess we're going to Rise of the Planet of the Apes instead. I have heard from a lot of people that it's pretty good, though.

Of course some of these same people also said Transformers 3 was a fine film, so...


ETA: I'm back, and that was...not good. 
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Post by: kreidy on August 09, 2011, 02:51:56 PM
ETA: I'm back, and that was...not good. 

Are the apes as creepy as they look in the trailer?  ???

I saw Friends with Benefits last weekend, and while Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake had good chemistry, it's safe to say that Timberlake is not a great actor. The final scene with the
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Post by: Callisto on August 09, 2011, 03:03:44 PM
ETA: I'm back, and that was...not good. 

Are the apes as creepy as they look in the trailer?  ???

The apes were actually pretty realistic. I took issue with the chimp who was given the intelligence serum walking upright, though. I don't care how smart you can make a chimp, that's not going to affect its basic physiology, is it?   ???
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Post by: Callisto on September 20, 2011, 12:13:52 AM
I saw Crazy, Stupid, Love last night.  It was really good.  All the characters were really well written and acted.  If you don't have a crush on Ryan Gosling before you see it, you will after. 

I saw this the other day and booyah! Ryan Gosling! "It's like you're Photoshopped!"  :D  I did not have a crush on him before, in fact, but I do now!  But yes, it was just a surprisingly good, touching movie. I'll echo the other posters who said they could've lived without the babysitter part, and for that matter, the gym speech. But I really liked this movie. Steve is just a surprisingly great actor.

But back to Ryan Gosling.  :)  I saw "Drive" tonight and liked it quite a bit, although the soundtrack was...not my taste.  I loved the minimal dialogue and thought he did a great job in this.  Good cast all around-- Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman.
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Post by: sora on October 05, 2011, 03:08:47 PM
Ryan Gosling is just knocking 'em back this year.

I just saw him in "Ides of March" with George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, & Paul Giamatti. I've seen the play that the film is based on and while the beginning premise is the same, they changed it halfway through the film. Not a huge fan of the change of the story. It's still a good movie and probably one of Clooney's best in the string of his recent films. Ryan's excellent as well as the rest of the cast, even Evan, whom I had initial doubts about... :D

It opens this Friday.
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Post by: Callisto on October 17, 2011, 01:16:27 AM
I'm watching The Proposal and I didn't realize Oscar was in it! Oh, boy. I love ya, Oscar, but seeing him do a Chippendale dance was never on my bucket list.  You can't un-see that.  :D
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Post by: sora on October 17, 2011, 09:46:15 AM
If you have ever been in a long distance relationship, I think that you'll find "Like Crazy" very interesting and relatable (PS: computer spell check, don't give me that red squiggly line. "Relatable" is a word!).

Otherwise, you might just want that hour & a half back of your life.  ;D I mean, it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year but good god, it screams "Hi! I'm an indie movie. I'm going to have a cast that's so hipster, a plot that's so never-been-done-before and amazing cinematography because that's what we do best."

It comes out on October 28th.
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Post by: justkaren on October 17, 2011, 08:58:07 PM
Re: Oscar and the stripping.

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You can't un-see that.  

Thanks for the reminder, I had almost forgotten about that. *shudder*  :D
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Post by: kreidy on October 27, 2011, 04:59:01 PM
But back to Ryan Gosling.  :)  I saw "Drive" tonight and liked it quite a bit, although the soundtrack was...not my taste.  I loved the minimal dialogue and thought he did a great job in this.  Good cast all around-- Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman.

My friend and I saw this one last weekend, and we really enjoyed it. It could have been just another action movie, but it was more about the characters than the car chases. I also liked that the actor who played the big villain was rather unpredictable. He's not usually the bad guy, you know? Ryan Gosling can apparently do anything at this point, and we had just seen Crazy, Stupid, Love the day before, so his range was even more obvious than before.

Speaking of which, the latter was so good. I loved Steve's performance, and Ryan oozed charm and charisma. (Him slapping Carell? Hilarious.) Methinks Carell is only going to become a bigger star in the future.
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Post by: funkybutt on November 15, 2011, 04:02:44 PM
Speaking of movies in the Christmas thread reminded me to post - I *finally* saw The Hangover, and while I was vaguely entertained, it wasn't nearly as awesome and hilarious that everyone made it out to be. I never once laughed out loud and only chuckled a few times. I wasn't bored enough to turn it off, but I definitely don't see the appeal.
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Post by: justkaren on November 15, 2011, 05:08:56 PM
I think The Hangover is one of those movies that's better in a packed theater. I definitley laughed my arse off watching it in theater the first time. I saw it a second time with a smaller crowd and it was a totally different vibe. I think it has more 'shock' value on the big screen as well. I still think it's hilarious, but I can see where a lot of build up and expectation would make it less funny. Still haven't seen part 2.
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Post by: rahenson1 on November 15, 2011, 05:17:29 PM
I liked The Hangover for what it was.  Couple of movies I've recently seen one was Bridesmaids (following up on The Hangover theme).  I remember clearly it being billed as a girl's Hangover.  Man was it disappointing.  Way too much chick flick stuff and the Hangover like things they did weren't that great either.  Should've tried to be one or the other IMO.  I give it a 2 out of 10.

second movie was Puss in Boots.  A cute movie.  I only know Antonio Banderas was in it.  So it was fun trying (and failing) to figure out who the other voices were.  A Shrek spin-off so expect your fairy tale characters.  But not quite as many as the Shrek movies have.  Solid.  I say a 7 out of 10.
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Post by: Italian_Food on November 15, 2011, 05:34:41 PM
My husband and I rented Horrible Bosses the other night and I loved it.  I hadn't expected to laugh so hard, but it was hilarious.  The bosses where my favorite, especially Kevin Spacey.  And you know, Jason Bateman isn't too bad to look at.  ;)
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Post by: justkaren on November 17, 2011, 03:48:47 PM
So...my friend is taking her 10 year old (who hasn't read the books) to see the new Twilight. I think she is waaaay too young for this one. She still throws body convulsing, foot stomping, should have been nipped in the bud when she was a toddler, temper tantrums when she gets mad. Doesn't seem to me that she's mature enough to handle the adult situations in this one.

I haven't read or seen any of the other movies, but am basing this on the trailer I saw.

What do you parents of young girls think?
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Post by: lisahoo on November 17, 2011, 04:04:28 PM
Haven't read the books, but since this one covers a vampire wedding to be followed by a vampire honeymoon vampiresmile, clearly this woman is high.

I could be biased, because from what I know about the books, they pretty much tell you that your goal in life is to have two boyfriends who will fight over you, so I'm not exaclty looking forward to my kids reading this garbage.

I don't know that the daughter's behavior is even an issue -- there could be a lot going on that isn't immediately obvious (i.e., my high-functioning autistic daughter looks like she's just throwing a fit for no reason, but she's actually having a hard time dealing with her environment for whatever reason).

ANYHOO -- Common Sense Media (http://www.commonsensemedia.org) is my go-to for info on what I want my kid to watch/read/listen to.  And it tells me it's rated PG-13, so that right there tells me it's not appropriate for a 10 year old, but something tells me your friend is lacking in the common sense department.
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Post by: Italian_Food on November 17, 2011, 07:20:04 PM
I have never read the books, but I have seen the previews for the movies and I don't think it's appropriate for a 10 year old.  The preview I saw of the honeymoon scene is enough of a red flag to say no way.
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Post by: justkaren on November 17, 2011, 07:27:36 PM
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The preview I saw of the honeymoon scene is enough of a red flag to say no way.

Yes, this is what I saw. I'm baffled. This is the same person who was "disturbed" by the
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in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Were the other movies pretty tame? Maybe she doesn't realize this one is more mature?

I think I'm gonna have to ask her.
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Post by: iwantphillyjim on November 17, 2011, 08:40:46 PM
I have read the books and seen all of the movies. Breaking Dawn = NOT appropriate for a 10 year old. The skeevy perv in me has waited 3 years to see this movie for the honeymoon scenes. It's honestly not described in the book, and therefore, left to the devices of Hollywood. Also, I have read that the movie was rated R to start, they cut enough down to get to pg13, but I've been surprised by things in a pg13 in the past, which I found to be probably more leaning to R. I'd say a big 'ol NO if my 10 yr old wanted to go (if I had kids).

And as a side note, its not the best writing at all, I was heavily into fic on this site at the time that I read the books, and they reminded me alot of BadFic. But smutty fic is fun, and I think the movie may be a little like, smutty embellish what actually happened in the story fic. good luck to you on that one.
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Post by: ftmill16 on November 17, 2011, 10:36:46 PM
I can speak as the mom of an 11 yr old girl.  I'll be honest, those aren't my thing to start with but my daughter gets pulled into stuff that isn't my liking by friends.  Say a friend asked her to see this there is NO WAY I would allow it.  Our young kinds aren't young or innocent nearly long enough these days.  I don't want to take anything from her by having her see movies that aren't appropriate.  Unfortunately, for too many people (and sadly my own husband is part of this group) they determine whether they feel a movie is appropriate for their child by basing it on if they want to see it themselves.  (or sometimes how much the child begs.)  I find it sad how much kids are exposed to at young ages.  Just my 2 cents.
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Post by: rahenson1 on November 17, 2011, 10:58:14 PM
I saw the first movie (and hated it for the record).  I think that one was borderline for a ten year old to see.  There's some violence in that one, but nothing really sexual.  From what I've heard about this movie I can't imagine it's appropriate for a ten year old.  I think it's quite a bit heavier in both regards.
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Post by: Too Late Kev on November 18, 2011, 09:33:10 AM
Yeah, that'd be a no-go for a 10-year-old. Wouldn't let my 13-year-olds see it, either, if they wanted to.

As the mom of an Asperger's kid, I'm right in there with lisahoo saying there may very well be something going on with the 10-year-old still having screaming tantrums. That's not a "shoulda been nipped in the bud" thing. That's most likely indicative of a problem and I expect the parents have been at their wits' end about a zillion times.
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Post by: grilledcheese on November 18, 2011, 09:46:20 AM
I've read all the books and seen all the movies, and there is no way in hell I'd be letting a 10 year old see it.  But that's just me.  And yeah, there is a sex scene in the book, but like somebody else said, it's all pretty much implied, so I imagine Hollywood went with it and ran.  I have a few friends who saw it last night and saw nipple.  Nice.  Beyond just the sex, yeah, I have some very real issues with a teenage girl so focused on one boy that she is willing to give up everything for him.  It's totally unhealthy and not what teens should be reading/viewing.  But the world is what it is, and I can't stop every teen from reading it, so. . .   ;D

I have my ticket purchased for Saturday night and I'm excited to stare at RPatz for a few hours.   vampiresmile  
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Post by: kreidy on November 18, 2011, 01:06:51 PM
I haven't read the books, but I've seen all the movies, and I find them pretty hilarious. They may not have meant for them to be that way, but when you watch the movies together with a bunch of friends and turn on RiffTrax instead of the regular audio, you're bound to think of the movie as a comedy instead of a teen drama. ;)

On a more serious note; I'm more worried about the message of the movies than the scenes themselves. Twilight is fairly tame compared to most of the stuff that's out there, but the idea that a girl loses her will to live when her boyfriend breaks up with her in high school is ridiculous. I'd rather let a 10 year old girl watch movies with strong, independent and funny heroines instead of the moody and passive Bella.  
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Post by: grilledcheese on November 18, 2011, 02:18:24 PM
So a friend on a different site went and she said that she thought it should have been rated R.  She said she wasn't offended or grossed out, but the "sex scene(s) were quite extensive and the birth scene was extremely graphic for a PG-13 rating".

She also said, "My very honest opinion was that while the special effects were much better, the writing/acting was cringe-worthy most of the movie. I really feel like they couldn't have had less chemistry...and that's probably because of KS's lack of acting skills."

And kreidy, you aren't the only one who finds them hilarious.  I went to a midnight showing to the first one with my little sister.  This was a theater packed with rabid fans (I wouldn't classify myself as rabid, but definitely was a fan--at that point) and we were howling with laughter.  It's just so completely ridiculous.  When it ended, my sister and I looked at each other and were like, "What the hell was that?" and then we just burst out laughing.

I've seen them all (although now I can't remember the third one, so maybe I haven't seen it?) and I distinctly remember giggling at parts where giggling definitely wasn't appropriate.  Those actors are just so bad.  I want them to be good actors, but they just. . .aren't.
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Post by: wendolf on November 18, 2011, 04:02:11 PM
I agree with kreidy and grilled cheese -- my biggest problem with the books is what a poor role model and weak, uninteresting character Bella was. A couple of years ago my daughter wanted to read the books and I told her that I needed to read them first. After I read the first one, I told her no. Bella's character was so whiny and unlikable and depressing to me, and her relationship with Edward was obsessive and stalkerish. (Didn't he sneak into her room and watch her sleep? I didn't find that romantic, I found it creepy.) I just thought my daughter's first introduction to a teen romance type of book should have a slightly healthier relationship. I mean, Bella gives up her family, her education, basically her whole life to live as a vampire with Edward. Ew.

On the other hand, I have let my daughter read The Hunger Games series (which is violent and disturbing in a completely different way). I loved the books myself (unlike the Twilight series, which I did not enjoy much) and Katniss, the main character in those books, is resourceful and smart, and even though there is also a love triangle in those books, Katniss is not a boy crazy kook. Her focus is providing for her family and survival, and she's got a good sense of humor despite having a really tough life. The whole series is really about justice and fighting against oppressive powers -- not romance.

Anyway, my daughter is 13 and I probably would let her see the Twilight movies now (maybe), but I definitely would not have when she was 10. But PG-13 or not, I will definitely let her see The Hunger Games. To me it's less about the specific nudity/sex/violence than it is about the overall message of the story, I guess.
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Post by: justkaren on November 18, 2011, 11:23:23 PM
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I'd rather let a 10 year old girl watch movies with strong, independent and funny heroines instead of the moody and passive Bella.  
Word.

Thanks for all the input guys. She's not taking her after all. She said her initial thinking was that she shouldn't let her see it, and now that she's read some reviews, she realizes she's too young.

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but something tells me your friend is lacking in the common sense department

This seems unnecessarily rude. But, I asked for your opinions...

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As the mom of an Asperger's kid, I'm right in there with lisahoo saying there may very well be something going on with the 10-year-old still having screaming tantrums. That's not a "shoulda been nipped in the bud" thing.

Nope. She's just a brat. I know people like to diagnose everything these days, but I watch this kid everyday after school and have been for the past 3 years. I've seen enough to know exactly what the problem is. She's an angel at school (where that behavior will not be tolerated) and saves all the disrespectful behavior for home (where she can get away with it).
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Post by: djp141 on November 26, 2011, 10:13:28 PM
Took my 11-year old daughter to see The Muppets this afternoon. I didn't know there were so many "Office" related people in it - Amy Adams, Rashida Jones, Emily Blunt ... JKras even made a cameo (and for Community fans, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong were there, too).  Very enjoyable flick, although it didn't have quite as many laughs as some of the older muppet movies. We had a good time.  :)
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Post by: dinknflicker on November 27, 2011, 08:35:24 AM
Went to see "The Descendants" on Friday night. The two girls who played the daughters and the young man who played the older daughter's boyfriend were really, really good. Clooney - really, really good. Also, easy on the eyes. Interesting movie. The theatre was so packed though, that I got seats together for my friends but I had to sit alone. No biggie - had the popcorn to myself. It's weird to cry alone, though...
Man but Hawaii looks gorgeous. Wish it weren't so far away. Beautiful, beautiful water and vegetation.

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Post by: Italian_Food on November 27, 2011, 09:45:10 AM
We went to see "The Muppets," as well.  I really liked it and my husband said it made him feel nostalgic.  My almost 4 year old liked it, too, but it wasn't enough to hold my 2 year old's interest.  He acted out the entire time!

I really, really want to see "The Descendants," dinkn!  I know my husband won't see it so I have to wrangle up the girls for a night.  Love me some Clooney.
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Post by: lisahoo on November 27, 2011, 10:30:03 AM
We went to see "The Muppets," as well.  I really liked it and my husband said it made him feel nostalgic.  My almost 4 year old liked it, too, but it wasn't enough to hold my 2 year old's interest.  He acted out the entire time!

I really, really want to see "The Descendants," dinkn!  I know my husband won't see it so I have to wrangle up the girls for a night.  Love me some Clooney.
I am seriously considering getting a sitter so I can go see The Muppets without having to worry about what my kids are doing.  [/dork]
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Post by: Callisto on November 27, 2011, 11:08:18 AM
I saw "Hugo" last night. It was very good. The acting was outstanding by everyone - the boy who I've never seen before but has "eyes like the sea after a storm," the girl (she was the girl in "Kick-Ass" and also did a great turn in a vampire flick called "Let Me In"), and of course Ben Kingsley is just ... awesome.   Dare I say that Sacha Baron Cohen was also very impressive, and funny at times too.  It was one of those movies that is just beautiful to look at, with gorgeous sets and period details, and if you've ever been interested in film, how it got its start, the magic of the first movies... it's really good.

It got off to a rocky start when the previews finished and "Breaking Dawn" started. It quickly became clear that this was not a preview-- they were showing the wrong movie! Ack! But they got it straightened out, and now I have two free movie passes.  :)
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Post by: S.K on November 27, 2011, 11:46:57 AM
I saw "Hugo" last night. It was very good. The acting was outstanding by everyone - the boy who I've never seen before but has "eyes like the sea after a storm," the girl (she was the girl in "Kick-Ass" and also did a great turn in a vampire flick called "Let Me In")

If you liked that, you should consider seeing the Swedish original, "Let The Right One In" as well, if you haven't already. It's really quite good. Intense.

I want to see Hugo too. It sounds simply magical. And I had written the books off as "another hack riding the YA fantasy wave to an easy payday", but from what I've read of the story now, it seems I was wrong, and the books have made their way back to my TBR-list.
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Post by: Callisto on November 27, 2011, 02:34:23 PM
I saw "Hugo" last night. It was very good. The acting was outstanding by everyone - the boy who I've never seen before but has "eyes like the sea after a storm," the girl (she was the girl in "Kick-Ass" and also did a great turn in a vampire flick called "Let Me In")

If you liked that, you should consider seeing the Swedish original, "Let The Right One In" as well, if you haven't already. It's really quite good. Intense.

It's on my list, for sure. We weren't in the mood for subtitles so we watched this version, and I was surprised at how good it was. I'm not much of a horror-movie junkie but it was just so ... intense, and more suspenseful than graphic, which is what I'm always looking for in a scary movie.

Speaking of Swedish movies that are being/have been made into American films, has anyone seen the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"? The American version is coming out pretty soon, I think, but I have heard that the girl in the Swedish version was spectacular, and her performance probably can't be equaled.  I haven't seen it though.
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Post by: kreidy on November 27, 2011, 05:17:57 PM
Speaking of Swedish movies that are being/have been made into American films, has anyone seen the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"? The American version is coming out pretty soon, I think, but I have heard that the girl in the Swedish version was spectacular, and her performance probably can't be equaled.  I haven't seen it though.

She is amazing. Her name is Noomi Rapace, and even though she may not look like Lisbeth in the books, she does a fantastic job, and her performance was so incredible that she got lots of movie offers in the US afterwards. I've read all the books and seen all of the original movies, and I would at least try to watch the first movie before the new version is released next month. There is something about the movie that is so, well, Swedish, and I wonder if David Fincher will be able to preserve that quality in his version.

All of the movies are available on Netflix instant streaming. :)
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Post by: NanReg on November 27, 2011, 07:14:51 PM
Went to see "The Descendants" on Friday night. The two girls who played the daughters and the young man who played the older daughter's boyfriend were really, really good. Clooney - really, really good. Also, easy on the eyes. Interesting movie. The theatre was so packed though, that I got seats together for my friends but I had to sit alone. No biggie - had the popcorn to myself. It's weird to cry alone, though...
Man but Hawaii looks gorgeous. Wish it weren't so far away. Beautiful, beautiful water and vegetation.



I saw it last night. I agree with your opinions, dinkn--great movie, casting, acting and scenery. Judy Greer, as always, was a scene stealer. I highly recommend it. My husband liked it, too. He vetoed the Muppets, so I'll have to recruit someone else for that one.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on November 28, 2011, 09:42:22 AM

It's on my list, for sure. We weren't in the mood for subtitles so we watched this version, and I was surprised at how good it was.

I've heard it's good too. It was kind of funny actually -- quite a few people I know either IRL or on-line were a little miffed and up in arms about the Hollywood remake "because they'll just ruin it and water it down and so on and so forth", but almost all of them ended up seeing it anyway and liking it. So it's on my list too. We just see so few movies these days.


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I'm not much of a horror-movie junkie but it was just so ... intense, and more suspenseful than graphic, which is what I'm always looking for in a scary movie.

The original has a few scenes that are rather graphic, but it's not a never ending blood fest. Which is why the book was just a little bit dissapointing to me, because after a strong start, it does devolve into that. Lots and lots of gore.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on November 28, 2011, 09:55:49 AM
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I'm not much of a horror-movie junkie but it was just so ... intense, and more suspenseful than graphic, which is what I'm always looking for in a scary movie.

The original has a few scenes that are rather graphic, but it's not a never ending blood fest. Which is why the book was just a little bit dissapointing to me, because after a strong start, it does devolve into that. Lots and lots of gore.


There was some gore, yeah, but it wasn't a blood-splatter-fest like it might have been.  The gory scenes tended to be really startling, and didn't go on and on - more suggestive than graphic.  (Thank God.)

I'm impressed that the people who watched the original didn't mind the remake! Now I have to see it.  I'll have to have a Swedish Movie Night where we watch this and the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on November 28, 2011, 02:03:52 PM
I am seriously considering getting a sitter so I can go see The Muppets without having to worry about what my kids are doing.  [/dork]

That's what we did yesterday as a belated b-day gift for me. Granny came over while Funkytot was napping and we ate at Only Burger for lunch, saw The Muppets, and grocery shopped. I love my little dude, but sometimes an afternoon off is so nice!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on November 30, 2011, 03:18:01 PM
I'll have to have a Swedish Movie Night where we watch this and the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  :)

Don't forget to serve meatballs. From Ikea plates.  ;D

Also, I've just found out that the kid in Hugo is called Asa Butterflied. Which is the coolest "actual real person name even though it sounds totally made up" name since Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: NanReg on November 30, 2011, 05:59:35 PM
Also, I've just found out that the kid in Hugo is called Asa Butterflied. Which is the coolest "actual real person name even though it sounds totally made up" name since Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett.

Oh, S.K...I like you  laughingicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on December 01, 2011, 01:02:21 PM

Aww, Nan, right back at you.  bighugsicon

Movies are great too. (I'm trying not to be off topic.) Husband and I are trying catch up on American classics: last weekend we saw To Catch a Thief, which didn't become my favorite Hitchcock. This week it's time for either The Thin Man or His Girl Friday.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: sora on December 01, 2011, 03:11:33 PM
Ooo... I love "His Girl Friday." :)

If you haven't yet, check out "The Holiday" with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. It's their lesser known movies together. "Bringing Up Baby" is also a good one of theirs.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: NanReg on December 01, 2011, 10:33:46 PM
I love Philadelphia Story :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on March 20, 2012, 02:06:53 PM
I saw "The Lorax" the other day.  All I can say is, wow. I actually agree with much of the environmentalist message but holy cow - talk about bludgeoning your audience with it.   :o

And even in film I can't get away from Ed Helms singing.  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Italian_Food on March 20, 2012, 03:08:07 PM

And even in film I can't get away from Ed Helms singing.  :D

I posted something similiar in the Ed thread after I saw it.  The Once-ler was very Andy-esque...

As far as the environmentalist message, yes it was heavy, but have you ever read the book?  It's pretty heavy in that, too, so I wasn't surprised.  I had a friend post on FB that she was disappointed she took her kids to see it because she was tired of Hollywood shoving their ideals down her kids' throats.  Worst part, she's an elementary school teacher so she's had to have read the book.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on March 20, 2012, 03:26:21 PM
I haven't read it, but I've heard/read the same thing, that it kept pretty closely to the book.  And like I said, I actually agree with the basic message, and it's good to expose kids to these ideas about respecting the environment. It just felt excessively heavy-handed, practically like propaganda.  As we were leaving my roommate said, "Did it seem a little preachy?" and I burst out laughing because - a LITTLE?  :)

Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: lisahoo on March 20, 2012, 03:45:13 PM
I haven't taken my kidlets to see this for that very reason.  The major bummer is that there is rarely more than one G-rated film out in the theatres, so I have to wait for this mess to go away before we get a chance for something else.

Oh, and the cross-marketing for The Lorax was CRAZY!  And they co-opted Dr. Seuss' birthday as a marketing tool. My kids saw stuff everywhere (Webkinz, Yahoo!, The Voice and kept asking about it.  Ugh.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: justkaren on March 21, 2012, 04:25:02 PM
Hunger Games. Sunday. IMAX.


I absolutely cannot wait!  smileyleaves
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on March 21, 2012, 04:43:29 PM
Hunger Games. Sunday. IMAX.


I absolutely cannot wait!  smileyleaves

We're going Friday at 7:00!!!! Yippee!!!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on July 05, 2012, 01:23:25 PM
Saw Spiderman yesterday. I'm not usually a huge fan of comic book movies, but I have to say that I enjoyed this one (probably mostly because I thought Andrew Garfield did a really nice job, and he and Emma Stone have good chemistry). I actually teared up a few times!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: rahenson1 on July 05, 2012, 01:55:56 PM
In a completely different genre we saw The Dictator last week.  If you like Sacha Baron Cohen then you'll like it.  There's a scene at the end where he talks about why America should become a dictatorship that I particularly enjoyed.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: rahenson1 on January 02, 2013, 06:19:59 PM
Been a bit of a movie binge for us this month.  Lincoln was very good.  Some drama, but being a historical movie I knew the basics of how it would turn out so that muted a bit of the tension.  Couldn't remember if the 13th amendment passed while he was alive or not so that was drama as the vote came in (won't reveal here in case you too don't remember).

Saw Django Unchained the night after Christmas.  So badly wanted to see it opening night, but we got (for Texas) a good bit of snow and I didn't want to risk being caught on icy roads.  For Tarrantino fans it's a must see.  Not as good as Inglorious Basterds or Pulp Fiction but very strong.  Probably the most violent of his movies (maybe Kill Bill?).

And yesterday payback for Django was Les Miserables.  It was not a disaster.  It is nowhere near my type of film.  I had trouble understanding the lyrics when several people were singing over each other.  But that may be my lack of musical talent more than anything the movie did wrong.  Liked the scenes with Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on January 02, 2013, 07:02:11 PM
We saw Django on Sunday and I loved it! I thought it was better than IB and thought he brought it back to his old school days. His latest movies are usually ok to me until I watch them again (except for the zombie double feature, which was not at all my cup of tea). However, I liked Django from the very beginning and don't need a rewatch to appreciate it. :)

The guy playing the "dentist" is amazing - loved him in IB, too.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on January 02, 2013, 08:02:38 PM
I've seen a ton of movies lately!

Lincoln: Loved it, but then I'm a history buff so I knew I probably would. For such a long film, you don't feel it. Sally Field as Mary was outstanding -the scene where they are arguing was one of the best, I thought - and DDL of course was fantastic. But my favorite was probably Tommy Lee Jones. He was outstanding in that role.

Life of Pi - as good as the book, which is saying a lot. Great special effects, but it's really the story that's amazing. I loved it.

Les Miserables - I'm not a musicals kind of girl, but I enjoyed it. I think I was fighting tears through about 70% of it. I guess it's right there in the title but it's not exactly the feel-good movie of the year.  :D  The music is great, though, and Anne Hathaway in particular really nailed it.

--side note: why is Amanda Seyfried considered attractive? She looks like she has a thyroid problem. Rahenson, give me a guy's perspective here.

Argo: AWESOME. One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Incredibly suspenseful and surprisingly funny. Ben Affleck with a beard was just the cherry on top. ;)  Seriously though, it was very, very good - a great, tightly written story, tons of hold-your-breath moments and hot damn, it's actually (mostly) a true story!

Skyfall - a Bond movie.  I enjoyed it, but it's the epitome of every action movie, lots of chases and explosions and a few "oh for God's sake that could never happen" moments. I do like the craggy, weathered, Daniel Craig version of Bond, though.

The Hobbit - was much what I expected. Longer than it needed to be, for sure, but beautiful to look at and Martin Freeman is a wonderful Bilbo. Again with the chases and utterly unlikely action sequences, though.  The scene with Gollum and Bilbo playing at riddles was the best one, IMO.

Rise of the Guardians - okay so I saw this on accident when I went to see Promised Land and discovered that Yahoo movies is totally wrong about it playing at that theater. But I was surprised at how good it was! Jack Frost! They're right, I never thought at all about him until this movie.  :D  The animation is gorgeous in this and I loved the big, tough, Russian version of Santa and the badass Easter Bunny. I liked it.

I think what I'm most surprised by is that I actually liked everything I went to see lately. Not so from this summer, when it seemed every movie I walked out of had me thinking "What a waste of money."  :)
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Italian_Food on January 02, 2013, 08:09:19 PM
I loved Rise of the Guardians!  I took my boys after Thanksgiving, and yes it's the only movie I've recently seen in the theaters.  Evidently, the state of NJ says I can't leave my kids home alone so I have to wait until the good stuff comes out on DVD or onDemand.  My oldest is now obsessed with finding Jack Frost.   ;D

I'm interested in hearing from those of you who saw Django Unchained about the abundant use of the "N" word.  I'm not a Tarantino Fan, but I've been following the controversy that some African-Americans in the film industry are upset with Tarantino's use of the "N" word in the movie because Tarantino is white.  From what I hear, the use is historically accurate.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on January 03, 2013, 06:21:49 AM
Not sure why there would be a controversy now since his movies always have the "N" word. Is it said a lot? Yes. Is it historically accurate? Dunno, but it didn't feel like it was just thrown around except for Samuel's character. I typically like Tarantino so I knew what I was getting myself into (which allowed me to ignore stuff like that and just go along for the ride).
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on January 03, 2013, 11:33:40 AM
Over the holidays I've seen Les Miserables and Life of Pi. Really enjoyed them both. I went into the ugly cry during Anne Hathaway's "I Dreamed a Dream" -- I mean, I know the story, there were no surprises, but it was a punch in the gut! Loved the live singing.

Anyone seen This is 40 or Silver Linings Playbook? Those are two others I'd like to see. I have heard great things about Django, but I have no desire to see it. Not sure why...

I do want to see Lincoln, though.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: OfficeLady on January 03, 2013, 03:13:37 PM

I loved 'Silver Linings Playbook. Bradley Cooper was awesome!  I think this is the kind of movie that could be enjoyed on the small screen -- as a rental or On-Demand, unlike Skyfall which I saw in the IMAX format and enjoyed.

Silver Linings was just such an original story -- so different from the usual -- it amazes me how a writer can come up with such a story and the director can make it so entertaining and watchable. It really made me a fan of BC -- he really nailed the part.  And Jennifer Lawrence was great as well as Rober De Niro -- for once he didn't just "phone in" his part. I also liked that there were a lot of unfamiliar actors in the cast -- this always makes movies more real for me.   coolicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: rahenson1 on January 03, 2013, 08:11:27 PM
Re: Amanda Seyfried - she's not ugly but she doesn't do much for me.  While we're on the topic - Jessica Biel is often regarded as super attractive and she does zip for me.  Not even sure she'd rate a five.

Of all Quentin's movies the one you should be least surprised to hear the n word in is a movie set in the pre Civil War South.  As I'm already a fan of his I know it's going to be there.  But frankly it would be more noticeable in its absence.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: wendolf on January 07, 2013, 11:08:05 AM

I loved 'Silver Linings Playbook. Bradley Cooper was awesome!  I think this is the kind of movie that could be enjoyed on the small screen -- as a rental or On-Demand, unlike Skyfall which I saw in the IMAX format and enjoyed.

Silver Linings was just such an original story -- so different from the usual -- it amazes me how a writer can come up with such a story and the director can make it so entertaining and watchable. It really made me a fan of BC -- he really nailed the part.  And Jennifer Lawrence was great as well as Rober De Niro -- for once he didn't just "phone in" his part. I also liked that there were a lot of unfamiliar actors in the cast -- this always makes movies more real for me.   coolicon

I saw it this weekend and agree -- I really enjoyed it. The mental illness issue was realistically handled -- I thought about my SIL a lot while watching it because I suspect she is undiagnosed bi-polar. Bradley Cooper was excellent -- I've always kind of loved him, even when he plays an asshole. Jennifer Lawrence was good as well, though I thought Bradley Cooper was better. And Robert DiNiro was GREAT. Overall, a surprising sort of quiet movie that just kept me invested.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: jazzfan on January 07, 2013, 11:25:15 AM
I've seen Les Mis and Silver Linings.  I'll admit right up front LM is not my favorite musical because...I think the music in it is mediocre.  I thought the movie was pretty good though because they hired actors who could, for the most part, handle the actual drama and made it compelling.  I would quibble about the up close shot choices, but overall I enjoyed it.  I don't get all the criticism some people had for Russell Crowe.  No, he doesn't have a trained voice at all, but he his pitch was fine and he brought a complexity to Javert I have rarely seen - you understood his motivations.  Hathaway has her Oscar for that song, but Jackman was the one who got a tear out of me late in the thing, when he was leaving and couldn't heave the trunk on the stage. 

Silver Linings was enjoyable - nice original little story, but I wasn't as impressed with BCooper as many were. He wasn't bad, he just wasn't great for me.  I was much more impressed with Jennifer L and De Niro - his best role in a long time.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Elly on January 13, 2013, 06:34:32 PM
Jackman was the one who got a tear out of me late in the thing, when he was leaving and couldn't heave the trunk on the stage.

 THIS. I didn't notice it the first time I watched it, but completely teared up the second time around. I walked out of that theatre wanting to give Hugh Jackman the biggest hug.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on January 13, 2013, 06:40:08 PM
Saw "Zero Dark Thirty" this morning. Very good. I wish it had left me feeling uplifted, but it didn't... I guess that's the nature of the story.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on April 12, 2013, 06:52:20 PM
Anyone seen Take This Waltz with Michelle Williams? I'm still recovering from Monday's surgery and I was searching for a romantic movie. At first I thought no way b/c it has Seth Rogan, but I tend to like the quirky movies that MW chooses to do. Good movie, but I wanted to mention that I know many ladies on this board would definitely like the mid-day bar scene after pool aerobics.  thudicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on May 19, 2013, 04:59:12 AM
I know I'm doing things ass backwards, but now that the show is over, I feel this compelling need to start posting here on the regular again, because... well, I don't want to lose this place.  :( So, to get back into posting groove, I've decided to share a something a little embarrassing about myself and movies. See, I'm trying to watch every movie on the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (http://www.listology.com/flogged/list/1001-movies-you-must-see-you-die) list, except the internet list I'm following has closer to 1100 movies than 1001.

It all started last year, when I realized that my ignorance of the history of film is so vast I don't even know what it is that I don't know about it. You know? So, while trying to find resources to help me battle that ignorance, I came across that list. And being prone to obsession, I quickly became obsessed with it. By now, I've watched 480 of the 1098 movies on it.

It's been fun, but it's also somewhat ridiculous. Like my husband says, I've outsourced thinking and decision-making. If the list makers tell me I must watch a 5 hour silent film about Napoleon, then by golly I will watch a 5 hour silent film about Napoleon, no matter how painful the experience. And let me tell you, it is painful. However, I'm still not a complete idiot. There's nothing anyone can say to make me watch Borat, for example.

It's not been all bad and painful. There's been some really pleasant surprises along the way as well. I expected to hate Ingmar Bergman, but turns out I love him, and not just because his movies usually run less than two hours, although that is something I've really come to appreciate in a film-makers oeuvre. Stanley Kubrick, are you listening?

My own favorites of the movies I've seen so far from the list since starting this silly little "project" are probably at least the following:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
Sunrise (1927)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
It Happened One Night (1934) -- So good! If you think someone eating a raw carrot can't be dead sexy, you obviously haven't seen Clark Gable teaching Claudette Colbert how to hitch-hike in this
L'Atalante (1934)
Grand Illusion (1937)
Stagecoach (1939) -- Never been a huge fan of westerns, but this one's honestly riveting and emotionally satisfying, if you can overlook the racism
The Rules of the Game (1939)
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) -- Young Lucille Ball simply oozes charisma
Now, Voyager (1942)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Open City (1945)
The Children of Paradise (1945)
All About Eve (1950)
Tokyo Story (1953)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Rear Window (1954)
La Strada (1954)
The Seven Samurai (1954)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
All That Heaven Allows (1956)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Black Orpheus (1959)
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
Shock Corridor (1963)
The House is Black (1963)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
The War Game (1965)
The Conformist (1969)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) -- I said good day, Sir!
Walkabout (1971)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Come and See (1985) -- The most disturbing movie of WWII you'll ever see
Blue Velvet (1986)
Babette's Feast (1987)
Withnail and I (1987)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Ariel (1988) -- homeland, represent!
Grave of the Fireflies (1988) -- Oh, wait, this is actually the most disturbing war movie you'll ever see. Stock up on Kleenex, 'cause you will cry and cry
Europa Europa (1990)
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
The Ice Storm (1997)
All About My Mother (1999)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
The Gleaners and I (2000)
Once (2006)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil! (2008)
The White Ribbon (2009)
In the Loop (2009)
True Grit (2010)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
A Separation (2011)

And many others, but that's already quite a few. :) Now you can commence mocking me and my obsessive ways.

ETA I just realized that following the list and keeping count means that I can really say that I've seen over 240 movies! Wohoo! Go me! Or not...
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: rahenson1 on May 19, 2013, 07:44:03 AM
I have undertaken a similar quest.  I am working on the IMDB top 250.  Several repeats from your list like Seven Samurai and more recently No Country for Old Men courtesy of the list.

Last night a German film The Lives of Others.  Was pretty good but sometimes predictable.  Also recently saw the Italian film Cinema Paradiso and really liked it.  The memories of a film star about his hometown movie theater. 

I have made some calls along the way.  After seeing one Charlie Chaplin I won't watch anymore.  Though they may not have been back then I only see them as cliched mindlessness.  YMMV and it certainly may say more about me than him but Modern Times (which was the highest rated of his) will be my only entry.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Callisto on May 19, 2013, 09:55:53 AM
Yay for keeping the boards alive.  :)

Last year I started going to see art house films almost every week. They're not all brilliant, but they do tend to have something superior in terms of acting, story, and/or characters.  Things I would absolutely recommend:

Moonrise Kingdom - quirky and a ton of fun - great cast - reminded me a bit of The Royal Tenenbaums

The Queen of Versailles - documentary about the billionaire couple building the largest house in America (90K sq ft), and their sudden downturn in fortune when the real estate market tanked.  She is quite a character. He's just kind of an ass.  :D

Farewell, My Queen - French movie about the last days of Louis and Marie Antoinette at the palace, told from the POV of one of her servants. Fantastically atmospheric.

Bernie - I've always been meh about Jack Black - sometimes he's great, sometimes he's a cartoon - but he is AWESOME in this. It's a true story, too.

Robot and Frank - I wanted this one to be 'more,' but it was entertaining and I loved the robot's personality.

Two things that came out that I wanted to see but never got the chance were Chasing Ice, a documentary about the disappearing glaciers around the world, and Searching for Sugar Man, which won the Oscar and got a shout out from JK on Twitter.  :) 
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on May 19, 2013, 11:28:35 AM
rahenson1, funny you should mention Chaplin. It's odd, but I really used to like him as a child. There was something about all that physical comedy and the weird chain-reactions that had me in hysterics when I was maybe 9 or 10. Nowadays, I can see why he's considered an innovator and an important film-maker, but for the most part, his movies leave me cold. (ETA Although, I probably never watched any one of his movies from beginning to end back then. What was hilarious for five minutes when you were a child, can seem tedious if you have to watch it for hour and a half in your 30's.)

However, if you haven't seen The Great Dictator, I would really recommend that one. It's not on "my" list, but I saw it years ago, and still remember liking it.

Yay for keeping the boards alive.  :)


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Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on May 19, 2013, 03:08:13 PM
S.K, I'm a big movie fan too.  That's such a fun project.  I discovered Kurosawa a few years ago, and I've seen many, many of his movies, but I have not gotten to The Seven Samurai.  Out of this list, I've seen about 140-150 movies.  Love Billy Wilder too.

I loved "It Happened One Night" too.  Truly the grandfather (or mother) of contemporary romantic comedies.  :)

I highly recommend the Thin Man series too.  They were made in the 30s, but it feels quite contemporary.

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Moonrise Kingdom - quirky and a ton of fun - great cast - reminded me a bit of The Royal Tenenbaums

Wes Anderson definitely has a style all of his own.  I like his movies, but I'm not a huge fan.  My favourite of his is probably "The Fantastic Mr. Fox".

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The Queen of Versailles - documentary about the billionaire couple building the largest house in America (90K sq ft), and their sudden downturn in fortune when the real estate market tanked.  She is quite a character. He's just kind of an ass.  

She made me so sad.  I found it a pretty sad story.  And the ending is very The Great Gatsby-like.
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Italian_Food on May 19, 2013, 05:13:05 PM
S.K. what a great idea.  Last year, I attempted to start the 1001 books to read before you die list, but with two kids and work, it's just not in the cards.  Movies, though, that could work!
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: S.K on May 20, 2013, 06:53:19 AM

IF, the book list is definitely much more daunting. I eye it suspiciously from time to time and maybe sometimes read something from it, if it interests me anyway, but it's a bit much to start systematically go trough every book on it. The movie list is easier to get started with, because some of the earlier entries are so short and on public domain, so you can catch them on YouTube or Vimeo and the like.  :)


I loved "It Happened One Night" too.  Truly the grandfather (or mother) of contemporary romantic comedies.  :)

It's such a hugely entertaining movie, and so well-acted. The chemistry between the leads doesn't hurt none either. So far, I've at least enjoyed or downright adored all the early "rom-coms" or screwball comedies on the list, like Bringing Up Baby and Philadelphia Story. Why did it take me this long to find out about the fabulousness that is Katherine Hepburn?

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I highly recommend the Thin Man series too.  They were made in the 30s, but it feels quite contemporary.

Oh, it's a series? I did not know that. Cool. Nick and Nora Charles are great fun, and a great fictional couple, so I wouldn't mind spending more time with them. Best not to try to match them cocktail for cocktail though: liver ouch.  :D
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: Morning Angel on May 20, 2013, 10:00:00 AM
Yep, I've seen the first 3, but I think there are 6 in total (I think I couldn't track down those others a few years ago when I stumbled upon this series.)

Let me look up the titles on Wikipedia...

The Thin Man (1934)
After the Thin Man (1936)- This one has Jimmy Stewart in one of his first roles.  (I'm a big Jimmy Stewart fan.)
Another Thin Man (1939)
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Song of the Thin Man (1947)

I love Nick and Nora Charles.  Fun movies to watch.  I was talking to my grandma, who said she loved those movies too when she was young (she grew up in the 30s. :))

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It's such a hugely entertaining movie, and so well-acted. The chemistry between the leads doesn't hurt none either. So far, I've at least enjoyed or downright adored all the early "rom-coms" or screwball comedies on the list, like Bringing Up Baby and Philadelphia Story. Why did it take me this long to find out about the fabulousness that is Katherine Hepburn?

I know!  I love those movies too.  I also enjoy the Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn movies; the only thing is sometimes the gender politics is so outdated  (a happy ending is her being a good homemaker or something) that I have to make abstraction of that in order to enjoy the movie.  Still, the banter is so good that it's fun to watch.  I really enjoy "The African Queen" too with Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.  Very entertaining too.

If you enjoy those romantic comedies, Ernst Lubitsch also made some great ones like "Ninotchka" or "The Shop Around The Corner."  They're great.

One movie that is on the list that I recommend if you enjoy psychological thrillers is "Gaslight".  (It's Ingrid Bergman & Charles Boyer.)  It's still very effective.     The less you know about this movie going in, the better, but I thought it was fantastic.

As I said, I'm also a big fan of Billy Wilder.  "Double Indemnity" is very good, but I think I might even prefer "The Apartment", "Sunset Blvd." or "Stalag 17".  I also really enjoyed "Irma La Douce" & "The Fortune Cookie" (though the latter might not be quite as good, but I love me some Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau together.)  I have "The Lost Weekend" on my shelf on to watch DVDs along with "Spellbound" & "Raging Bull" (I've seen "Raging Bull" but want to rewatch it.)
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Post by: S.K on May 22, 2013, 07:16:29 AM
Yep, I've seen the first 3, but I think there are 6 in total (I think I couldn't track down those others a few years ago when I stumbled upon this series.)

Let me look up the titles on Wikipedia...

The Thin Man (1934)
After the Thin Man (1936)- This one has Jimmy Stewart in one of his first roles.  (I'm a big Jimmy Stewart fan.)

Me too! And young Jimmy Stewart is just so gosh darn cute. That face!


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I know!  I love those movies too.  I also enjoy the Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn movies; the only thing is sometimes the gender politics is so outdated  (a happy ending is her being a good homemaker or something) that I have to make abstraction of that in order to enjoy the movie.  Still, the banter is so good that it's fun to watch.

The only Tracy/Hepburn movie I've seen so far is Adam's Rib, and it was certainly a mixed bag as far as gender politics go. iirc, she doesn't give up her career, but it's so obvious he's in the right in almost every aspect and that she is kooky, if not quite hysterical. But yeah, as delightful as the screwball comedies can be, sometimes it's impossible not to notice the lovely sexism seeping trough. Take Tracy Lord, for example. To my thinking, she's a veritable Goddess, but the movie spends quite a bit of time telling her how and why she fails as a woman. Blech.

Still, I think there's something about those old rom-coms that their current "children" lack, which makes them better even from a feminist perspective. Even when they're questionable, they're at least interesting and entertaining, which, IMHO, lot of the recent rom-coms fail to be, with few notable exceptions, like Silver Linings Playbook. And those Hollywood golden era actresses are just so charismatic, they automatically make the female characters they portray worth your time. Not many current stars can hold a candle to them.

(Btw, His Girl Friday was awesome for many reasons, but one of them was the fact that the happy ending is her choosing to continue working instead of becoming a happy home-maker.)

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If you enjoy those romantic comedies, Ernst Lubitsch also made some great ones like "Ninotchka" or "The Shop Around The Corner."  They're great.

My aunt made me watch Ninotchka years ago, when she was trying to educate me on classic Hollywood movies. It's amazing. The Shop Around The Corner I've yet to see, but it's a priority. Oh, and in case you haven't seen Lubitsch's To Be Or Not To Be, that one's fun as well.

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One movie that is on the list that I recommend if you enjoy psychological thrillers is "Gaslight".  (It's Ingrid Bergman & Charles Boyer.)  It's still very effective.     The less you know about this movie going in, the better, but I thought it was fantastic.

I actually just recently watched that, and I agree. :)
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Post by: rahenson1 on May 22, 2013, 07:28:26 AM
Doesn't sound like you need it, but I enjoyed Shop Around the Corner.  I too like most of Jimmy's films.
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Post by: Callisto on May 22, 2013, 08:21:41 AM
I love pretty much any Jimmy Stewart film. I adore that guy.  <3

So I went to see Star Trek Into Darkness yesterday.  It was decent...very explodey, of course... without spoiling too much, I'll just say I'm not sure how I feel about the callbacks to previous films in the franchise.  I can't decide if it was a nice homage or lazy writing.  The banter between the crew was fantastic, though - this cast has a ton of chemistry. 
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Post by: Morning Angel on May 22, 2013, 08:45:00 AM
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(Btw, His Girl Friday was awesome for many reasons, but one of them was the fact that the happy ending is her choosing to continue working instead of becoming a happy home-maker.)

True.  It's definitely quite modern for its time.  Though I went into "His Girl Friday" having heard it was the best movie ever, and while I liked it, I wasn't blown away by it.  I probably need to rewatch it.

But I agree, there's something about those old romcoms that is often lacking in many current ones.

I haven't had a chance to see "To Be or Not To Be" because I was having trouble tracking it down, but they have it at the library now so will be able to borrow it. :)
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Post by: OfficeLady on May 22, 2013, 05:15:57 PM
I love pretty much any Jimmy Stewart film. I adore that guy.  <3


There are some people in "the business" who have commented that John Krasinski would be the right actor to cast in some of the Jimmy Stewart movie remakes. JK has a Jimmy Stewart-esque way about him. I could see it as a good fit.  :)
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Post by: OfficeLady on May 23, 2013, 11:11:47 PM
I saw The Great Gatsby last night -- not in 3D. I love Leonardo DeCaprio -- but save your money and read the book again.   laughingicon
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Post by: sweetpea on June 03, 2013, 05:04:53 PM
Two most recent movies I've seen at the theater:

The Sapphires, starring Chris O'Dowd.  Wonderful Vietnam-era film about a washed-up musician/manager (O'Dowd) and his discovery of a group of aboriginal girl-singers.  A small movie with big heart and great music, I loved it.

The Place Beyond the Pines, starring my movie bellwether (Gangster Squad notwithstanding), Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, and Bradley Cooper.  I saw this one the day after it opened - I was really looking forward to see what Derek Cianfrance and Gosling might do together again after Blue Valentine.  This is big, ambitious storytelling with characters pushed to the edge of what they can withstand emotionally.  I thought about it for a long time afterward and it's saved on my Netflix queue for whenever the DVD is released.

From Netflix:

The Impossible, starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.  I recently read  Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala - her heartbreaking memoir of how she lost her parents, husband and two small boys in the Sri Lankan tsunami.  I was so happy to watch a movie about a family that survived! So emotional - I can't remember the last time a movie made me cry this much.  Watts is so good and the three kids who play her boys are exceptional.  Of course, Ewan is delicious, even after being in a tsunami.
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Post by: OfficeLady on June 23, 2013, 12:00:17 AM
I saw 'Man of Steel' today. Is there anyone else out there who thinks that Henry Cavill is the most good-looking man alive? Impossibly handsome, as described by EW. I agree, (lady of a certain age fans self  laughingicon )
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Post by: OfficeLady on July 01, 2013, 02:17:00 PM
EL James just tweeted that rumors that the cast of "50 Shades....." will be revealed at Comic-Con are untrue. Yes -- I enjoyed the trilogy -- the erotic scenes not so much --- yes -- I loved the over-all love story-- the unlikely pairing of Anastasia and Christian and how they made it work. And I'm really curious as to how in the world they can possibly turn  these stories into a movie.
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Post by: iwantphillyjim on July 01, 2013, 07:54:11 PM
I saw 'Man of Steel' today. Is there anyone else out there who thinks that Henry Cavill is the most good-looking man alive? Impossibly handsome, as described by EW. I agree, (lady of a certain age fans self  laughingicon )

I am with you there OfficeLady, good lord
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Post by: OfficeLady on July 02, 2013, 01:33:00 PM
It is rumored that EL James had Henry Cavill in mind when she described "Christian."  He probably won't have the time to star in her movie, but I think his looks and acting skills would make for a great "50 Shades...." movie.....(fanning self double-time...... laughingicon)
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Post by: Callisto on July 02, 2013, 09:07:47 PM
I agree Henry Cavill is gorgeous, but he's almost too gorgeous... he's what my roommate would call "carved out of cream cheese."

There were a couple scenes in that film where I thought he looked exactly like Christopher Reeve.
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Post by: jinx on July 02, 2013, 10:25:44 PM
I remember thinking "Oh My is that man lovely" when I first saw him in the Henry VIII mini series.  If you haven't seen it and want more Henry Cavill I recommend you watch it.  Worth your time even without HC.
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Post by: OfficeLady on July 06, 2013, 01:44:32 PM
Henry Cavill's "outing" with Kaley Cuoco reminds me of JK's "outing" with EB -- that famous photo when they were at the market pondering some food in the refrigerated section of the store. That caused a sensation and so, I guess, do photos of beautiful Henry and his new girlfriend.   laughingicon
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Post by: rahenson1 on July 13, 2013, 11:37:36 PM
Woke up at like 3 this morning with stomach cramps.  Decided to watch the John Cusack movie Identity on my DVR.  Thought it was really good.  Generally I like his movies and this was no exception.  It wasn't what I expected it to be from the trailers I had seen way back when it came out.
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Post by: Callisto on July 14, 2013, 10:10:27 AM
Woke up at like 3 this morning with stomach cramps.  Decided to watch the John Cusack movie Identity on my DVR.  Thought it was really good.  Generally I like his movies and this was no exception.  It wasn't what I expected it to be from the trailers I had seen way back when it came out.

You too? I woke up at 3 am with a horrible stomach ache. (Unfortunately I know exactly what caused it - excess of various unhealthy things at my friends' last night.)

I really like that movie, it's quite gripping and interesting.  I'm a fan of John Cusack in general and choose to believe that it was someone else making a mockery of himself in "2012."

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Post by: NanReg on July 15, 2013, 08:41:56 AM
I've always had a soft spot for John Cusack  <3

Just posted in the Steve thread and thought I would bring it here, too.  MrReg and I saw The Way Way Back yesterday, Steve's new movie, and both of us really enjoyed it.  It's a perfect summer movie with a great cast. 
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Post by: funkybutt on July 15, 2013, 09:21:00 AM
Has anyone seen Joss Whedon's new movie, Much Ado About Nothing? I know about about to have garbage thrown at me, but I wasn't a fan. I thought the acting was great, and I loved seeing all of Joss' favorites (Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, etc), but I am just not a fan of the Bard. I spent most of the time just trying to figure out what they were saying, and it was super frustrating. I got the general idea of what was going on, but when someone went into a 2 minute dialog, I was lost. I really just don't want to have to work that hard to be entertained.
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Post by: S.K on July 16, 2013, 01:18:43 AM
funkybutt, I've been trying to decide whether or not that's something I eventually want to see. I'm kind of the opposite from you: Whedon has never meant much for me, but I am a mild to moderate Shakespeare fan. It's just that, IMHO, a nearly perfect film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing already exists... Not to say that Whedon shouldn't have made his, just that it might not actually interest me that much.

PS. This is one of the times when it pays not to be a native English speaker. It's easy to follow even Shakespearean dialogue when you have subtitles.  :D But when the husband and I went to see Shakespeare in the park in Boston some years ago, we were both more or less completely lost.
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Post by: rahenson1 on August 11, 2013, 09:46:50 AM
I knocked quite a few out before our trip this week.  Did not care for Sabrina especially after Hepburn went to the super short hair cut.  Seemed very weird she was romantically involved with a 50+ man in Bogart.  Enjoyed Aliens about as much as Alien which is rare for a sequel.  Also saw Das Boot.  Solid but not legendary.  On two discs and for some reason the second one started dubbed in English when the first one started subtitled in English but spoken in German.
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Post by: OfficeLady on August 13, 2013, 01:52:07 PM
It's time for me to do my annual re-watch of 'The Long Hot Summer' with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and an outstanding supporting cast led by Orson Welles.  Watching Clara Varner try to resist Ben Quick is amazingly romantic and compelling as only a movie made in the late 50's can be.

In those days the romance of the relationship was the story told -- not the visuals of hopping into bed. It was a different time that's for sure -- and I love this movie.  bighugsicon

 It was the romance of the relationshp between Jim and Pam that drew me in -- the consumation of their love took a while -- just like Clara and Ben.  Will they or won't they?  laughingicon
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Post by: OfficeLady on September 02, 2013, 12:18:56 PM
I'm probably the only fan on here of '50 shades..' but EL James just announced that Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia. she's the daughter of Don Johnson (Miami Vice) and Melanie Griffith. She seems to have some good acting credits....I hope Dakota has good acting skills..........Anastasia challenges Christian in many ways.   :)
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Post by: halfbaked on September 02, 2013, 12:40:37 PM

She seems to have some good acting credits.


Yeah, like The Office.  ;)
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Post by: OfficeLady on September 02, 2013, 12:50:20 PM
Sorry for the double-post:  Charlie Hunnam is Christian, announced by EL James. I was hoping it would be Henry Cavill but he's got too much other work, it seems ....Man From Uncle.....next Superman...........I sure hope Charlie is a great actor. He's a Brit and most of them are pretty good. I think that it would be easy for Christian-on-the-screen to be a joke because he's so specific and  moody, and I really want the movie to show a great romance....not just the publicized erotica. For me that was just a distraction...... laughingicon
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Post by: OfficeLady on September 02, 2013, 12:58:50 PM

She seems to have some good acting credits.


Yeah, like The Office.  ;)

Yay! Dakota played Kevin's replacment in the Finale?  An Office connection!  laughingicon
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Post by: funkybutt on September 02, 2013, 01:20:39 PM
Hmmmm .... I'm not impressed by the casting of Charlie. I haven't seen anything he's been in, but the google images page didn't make it seem like he's the right fit. Dakota looks too old (or experienced) for Anastasia.
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Post by: OfficeLady on September 02, 2013, 01:33:54 PM
Here;s a link to Charlie Hannum on conan: laughingicon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oj81KK_NF4

He's tall......kinda cute..........really good smile.......tells a good story.......I think he has possibilities   laughingicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: rahenson1 on September 03, 2013, 12:12:56 PM
Now more than halfway through the IMDB top 250.  And I have almost finished the top 100.  The films currently in my watchlist start in the 80s.  Of the recent films I've seen Witness for the Prosecution was my favorite.  Many surprises at the end.  The rest were ok but not worthy of the top 250 IMHO.  Chinatown, Braveheart, Metropolis and several Japanese animated films among them.  In that group the best one I thought was Grave of the Fireflies.  The other ones (Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away) were a little too crazy for me.  I also liked the Korean film Oldboy.  Four more coming this week as I get close to the final 100.
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Post by: halfbaked on September 19, 2013, 06:29:08 PM

I saw The Way Way Back this afternoon. It might be the best movie I've seen this year. Jim Rash's (Dean Pelton from Community) script is funny and poignant. Liam James as the teenage lead is a wonder. The adult leads—Steve Carell, Toni Colette and Sam Rockwell—are terrific. Maya Rudolph and Alison Janney play characters very similar to their roles in Away We Go.

Steve plays against type. His character's a real SOB but I have to admit I was reminded of Michael at times.  :-\  I was totally taken out of the movie during one scene. (My fault, not the fault of the movie.) Steve's character is repeatedly calling out after Toni Colette's character whose name is Pam. It sounded just like Michael sitting in his office calling to Pam out at the reception desk.  :D

Definite thumb's up!
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Post by: khand3stooges on September 20, 2013, 09:29:33 AM
My sister thought it was fantastic too. We NEVER get any quirky movies around us, so I will definitely catch it on netfix. It's funny but SOB was what she described Steve character to me also. :)
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Post by: OfficeLady on September 22, 2013, 07:44:19 PM
If you watch movies on your IPad or laptop, I might recommend a sweet movie called "Ruby Sparks" with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. It's just perfect for the small screen -- I saw it on the plane to Chicago and enjoyed it so much.   Paul Dano plays a writer whose character comes to life....... :)    bighugsicon
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Post by: OfficeLady on July 10, 2014, 01:21:48 PM
It was just announced that the trailer for #FSOG will be out on July 24 - 25th. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will be interviewed on The Today Show and probably other shows. The publicity is beginning for the Feb. 2015 premiere.  Whether one liked the story or not, it should generate huge interest.

They are also looking for a screenwriter for FS Darker, so it looks like there'll be a second movie. Yes....I'm a fan.....love the romantic story of Christian and Anastasia.....not great literature......but good enough to capture my attention.  ;)

And maybe the fact that the story takes place in my town makes it more believable......beautiful Seattle. (I looked at condos at Escala when I was thinking I would live in the city. Didn't know it would become a world-wide fascination.  laughingicon)
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Post by: OfficeLady on July 24, 2014, 03:46:19 PM
#FSOGTrailer....... thudicon  Jamie Dornan.....so easy on the eyes. coolicon
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Post by: halfbaked on July 24, 2014, 09:27:57 PM

I haven't read the books—still debating whether or not to see the movie when it comes out or just wait for cable.  :-\

I saw Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson on Today this morning. In my view there was NO chemistry between them at all. In the trailer—different story.  ;)

LINK to trailer (http://www.today.com/entertainment/watch-full-fifty-shades-grey-movie-trailer-what-we-couldnt-1D79966374)
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Post by: OfficeLady on July 27, 2014, 05:43:24 PM
I thought that Jamie and Dakota seemed a little uncomfortable in the interview on Thursday. They really hadn't seen each other for many months so maybe that explained the lack of chemistry. Friday's interview was better, because it was filmed while they were making the movie.

I am hoping that they have what it takes together, because chemistry is what Christian and Ana are all about. For me, it is a wonderful love story. The media likes to make it into a BDSM-fest, but that's not what it's all about. You can read the books and skip those parts which show us how "messed-up" Christian is and enjoy the parts that show us how his love for Ana and her love for him enable Christian to let go of his "dominant" ways and become a loving partner for Ana.

Of course, the media likes to sensationalize everything. Most of the comments I read by critics indicate clearly that they haven't read the books. They just want to get erotic attention. Romance doesn't seem to cut it anymore, and Christian and Ana are definitely a romantic couple......almost in the same category as Jim and Pam. It's just that what we (individually and privately) may have fantasized about Jim and Pam's relationship is put into words in the FSOG trilogy.

Granted, Christian is a handful, and  Jim seemed pretty stable. But if you connect the dots, they both may have arrived at the same places,Christian with Ana and Jim with Pam,  if you know what I mean. <3  laughingicon Please don't throw  garbage.  laughingicon
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Post by: rahenson1 on December 21, 2014, 09:05:35 AM
Mrs RAH and I went to see Interstellar yesterday.  I can't speak for the science but it is a great story.  I would assume lots or even most of the science is just the theories of experts in the field as we don't know a great deal about really long space travel like the movie deals with (trying to avoid anything beyond the very basic framework of the movie that would be a spoiler).  McConaghey is under control.  I'm not a fan or a hater of his.  If you really hate him there are a few little lines or looks scattered in the movie that will irritate you but it's not non-stop by any stretch.  Christopher Nolan being in charge of the movie gave me great confidence and it was rewarded.  It is probably the most emotional space movie I've seen (granted it's not a genre I have seen a ton of films in).

This week (was going to say next week, but it's already Sunday) we're heading back for Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch.  Since I won't get any Sherlock for quite a while this will have to do.

*edited movie name - put Imagination Game by mistake
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: funkybutt on January 30, 2015, 10:03:15 AM
I recently binge-watched season 2 of The Fall with Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson and I gotta say that I'm not particularly impressed with Jamie as a hottie. I thought he was good in The Fall, but I just don't see him being Christian Grey. Additionally, Jamie and Dakota look like they have zero chemistry any time I see them together (whether at award shows or clips from the movie). There's no way I'd see that movie in the theater so I'll wait to see what others say about his performance and watch it on Netflix.
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Post by: rahenson1 on January 30, 2015, 09:21:06 PM
We did indeed see Imitation Game.  It is also very good.  Cumberbatch delivers his standard brilliant work.  If somehow you don't like him then you probably won't like it.

We also saw Selma a few weeks ago.  It was good.  If I had to rank the three (Interstellar being the third) I'd say Interstellar, Imiatation Game then Selma but I would say that Oyelowo (he plays MLK) gave the best peformance of any actor in the three.  How he wasn't nominated for an Oscar I can't understand.  Takes serious confidence to try on such an iconic historical figure.  I'd argue even harder than Daniel Day Lewis playing Lincoln because we don't have tons of audio and video to compare him to like we do with MLK.

I want to see Boyhood but I think I may have waited too late.  It's not showing anywhere near me.
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Post by: OfficeLady on January 30, 2015, 10:30:14 PM
I recently binge-watched season 2 of The Fall with Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson and I gotta say that I'm not particularly impressed with Jamie as a hottie. I thought he was good in The Fall, but I just don't see him being Christian Grey. Additionally, Jamie and Dakota look like they have zero chemistry any time I see them together (whether at award shows or clips from the movie). There's no way I'd see that movie in the theater so I'll wait to see what others say about his performance and watch it on Netflix.

I also binge-watched Season 2 of The Fall and it really creeped me out. However, I really find Jamie Dornan easy on the eyes, although Paul Spector is a far cry from Christian Grey. He does show some acting chops, which makes me think he will be a great Christian. I'm a little on the fence with Dakota Johnson as Anastasia. And I agree....when they've made personal appearances there's no chemistry. But I think in the trailers it's a different story. I am one of the few who are willing to admit I read the trilogy and loved it as a love story. I hope the film is good and look forward to seeing it. I will write a review when I do.  bighugsicon
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Post by: funkybutt on January 31, 2015, 09:33:44 AM
We did indeed see Imitation Game.  It is also very good.  Cumberbatch delivers his standard brilliant work.  If somehow you don't like him then you probably won't like it.

We saw Imitation Game, too. I really liked the movie but then I was soured on the whole thing when I read the true story when I got home. Hollywood took great liberty with the movie and changed some serious facts (he wasn't really autistic like the movie had you believe, there was a team of 100 people working on the project, etc).

I wanted to see The Theory of Everything until I realized that Steven left his wife for his nurse in real life. The trailer makes the movie seem like it's this grand sweeping love story, so him leaving his wife (which isn't in the movie) feels false some how.

I was at a Mom's Night Out last night and they were talking about going to see SOG. I would see it in the theaters in that setting, but definitely not with my husband, by myself, or with my mom!
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Post by: OfficeLady on January 31, 2015, 02:42:21 PM


I was at a Mom's Night Out last night and they were talking about going to see SOG. I would see it in the theaters in that setting, but definitely not with my husband, by myself, or with my mom!

I know what you mean.....I plan to go with an old friend.....the only one who also admits to reading the books and enjoying the love story. 



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Post by: OfficeLady on February 14, 2015, 05:12:04 PM
OK! Who's seen it? Give a review! "You know it's going to be good...."  lol  coolicon :o ::) laughingicon
Title: Re: Movies #3: I've Seen Over 240 of Them
Post by: OfficeLady on February 23, 2015, 09:12:38 PM
OK! Who's seen it? Give a review! "You know it's going to be good...."  lol  coolicon :o ::) laughingicon

OK -- I saw it! I loved it! Cheers to Jamie and Dakota and the screenplay and the other cast members.  Table for one...... bighugsicon
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Post by: wendolf on March 02, 2015, 01:48:19 PM
I saw it for a Girls' Night Out -- there were 40 of us and we had the whole theater to ourselves. It was hilarious. I'd say the crowd was a mix of people who read the books and liked them, read the books and DIDN'T like them, or hadn't read them at all. The general consensus was that the movie was not good, though we did like Dakota Johnson more than we expected to. Jamie whats-his-name didn't really do it for me -- at one point I thought he looked a lot like a young David Hasselhoff and, well, there you go. And his lips were chapped. The guy's supposed to be a control freak millionaire ... I think he'd have some Chapstick. Anyway, I didn't love the movie, but I definitely enjoyed watching it with a group of fun (and loud and obnoxious) women. We're talking about going to see Magic Mike 2 the same way -- as far as I'm concerned, it's the only way to see movies like this!