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« Reply #585 on: June 03, 2011, 12:26:56 AM »

This week I watched Into Great Silence http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478160/. Nice film.  Make sure you have absolutely no distractions though.  Shut the phone off, no room mates around, etc...  I also watched The Island http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0851577/.  Very well done.

The former is OK. I've shared my blistering critique of the latter elsewhere.
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« Reply #586 on: June 03, 2011, 01:59:06 AM »

I'm going to be watching Transamerica sometime soon.
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« Reply #587 on: June 03, 2011, 03:29:14 AM »

I'm going to be watching Transamerica sometime soon.


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« Reply #588 on: June 03, 2011, 03:43:28 AM »

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Anyone else here seen Spartacus: Blood and Sand and/or Spartacus: Gods of the Arena? Thoughts?
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« Reply #589 on: June 03, 2011, 07:21:27 AM »

Good Bye, Lenin!. Its a German tragicomedy set in the DDR during the reunification of Germany. Fantastic film - definitely one of my favorites.

The (US) trailer : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEumLZxlQzY
I have seen that movie 5 or 6 times (which is a lot for me). I LOVE that film! I get teary-eyed and laugh simultaneously, every time I watch it.

Really? Found it underwhelming despite my own Ostalgie.
No, I just said that I liked the film, but I was actually lying.


I joke, I joke. What did you find underwhelming about it? Was it the pace? That was my only major criticism of the movie....I hate the scene where he visits his father and talks with the "astronaut" in the taxi because it's so slow. But I think the film has a lot of heart and there are some good laughs to be had throughout. My sister, who is extremely critical of my collection, also really liked the movie (although she fell asleep around the scene I mentioned above. I wasn't surprised.).

Seeing Alex's relationship with his mother definitely details the kind of devotion that I should have towards my own mother -- not that I could go on pretending that all was good in the DDR for months on end!
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« Reply #590 on: June 03, 2011, 09:17:12 AM »

Just saw Green Zone with Matt Damon. 
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« Reply #591 on: June 03, 2011, 03:05:57 PM »

I'm going to be watching Transamerica sometime soon.


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Better? I wouldn't know. I don't really know what it's about beyond, very broadly, gender issues.

Do you? Or is that just a knee jerk reaction?
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« Reply #592 on: June 03, 2011, 03:05:57 PM »

Anyone else here seen Spartacus: Blood and Sand and/or Spartacus: Gods of the Arena? Thoughts?

I have not. I've talked to my mom about it. She said she tried it but it was so sickeningly gory that she couldn't watch it anymore.
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« Reply #593 on: June 04, 2011, 03:00:44 AM »

I'm going to be watching Transamerica sometime soon.


I know you can do better than that my brother.


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Better? I wouldn't know. I don't really know what it's about beyond, very broadly, gender issues.

Do you? Or is that just a knee jerk reaction?


Call it a kneejerk reaction, but I suspect that it is hardly an objective look at "gender issues."


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« Reply #594 on: June 04, 2011, 04:39:08 PM »

Saw Pulp Fiction for the first time last night. Wonderful entertainment.
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« Reply #595 on: June 04, 2011, 06:12:33 PM »

X men all the way!!!!!!!!!!! Love them.... love transformers as well.
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« Reply #596 on: June 05, 2011, 12:29:29 AM »

Left Behind, today. Wink

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« Reply #597 on: June 09, 2011, 12:03:49 AM »

This week I watched Into Great Silence http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478160/. Nice film.  Make sure you have absolutely no distractions though.  Shut the phone off, no room mates around, etc...  I also watched The Island http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0851577/.  Very well done.

The former is OK. I've shared my blistering critique of the latter elsewhere.

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« Reply #598 on: June 10, 2011, 08:27:55 AM »

Recently watched the last installment of the Girl who series based on the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson.

The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Luftslottet som sprängdes, while not nearly as ridiculous as the first two films, definitely offers little to compensate in terms of action.

Every film was trash. The only redeeming quality throughout the series is the incredible acting job by Noomi Rapace.

Why did I sit through each one? Because they offer the rare occasion for me to pretend I understand Swedish in a large dark room.  
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« Reply #599 on: June 10, 2011, 08:32:35 AM »

Winter's Bone

Highly recommended. Deadwood fans will be delighted to see some of the actors who shone during the series get real roles to shine once again in.

Jennifer Lawrence is young and can truly act. It is uncommon to see such a young actor play a nuanced role which carries the greater weight of a film. A beautifully painful film. Hit close to home for better and worse.

Again, highly recommended.

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Jennifer Lawrence is young and can truly act. It is uncommon to see such a young actor play a nuanced role which carries the greater weight of a film. A beautifully painful film. Hit close to home for better and worse.
She was great in X-Men: First Class. Best X-Men yet, IMO. Michael Fassbender really stole the show. I could watch that man take revenge on Nazis all day and never get bored. The entire cast was very solid though. It led to some surprisingly poignant moments.
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Jennifer Lawrence is young and can truly act. It is uncommon to see such a young actor play a nuanced role which carries the greater weight of a film. A beautifully painful film. Hit close to home for better and worse.
She was great in X-Men: First Class. Best X-Men yet, IMO. Michael Fassbender really stole the show. I could watch that man take revenge on Nazis all day and never get bored. The entire cast was very solid though. It led to some surprisingly poignant moments.

Was debating whether to repair to a cinema this weekend to see this as a matinee. Will do after this rec.
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Jennifer Lawrence is young and can truly act. It is uncommon to see such a young actor play a nuanced role which carries the greater weight of a film. A beautifully painful film. Hit close to home for better and worse.
She was great in X-Men: First Class. Best X-Men yet, IMO. Michael Fassbender really stole the show. I could watch that man take revenge on Nazis all day and never get bored. The entire cast was very solid though. It led to some surprisingly poignant moments.

Was debating whether to repair to a cinema this weekend to see this as a matinee. Will do after this rec.
Try to enjoy the film on its own merits, as there are a lot of continuity errors with the others. As a fan of X-Men comics, I've kind of gotten used to it.
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« Reply #603 on: June 10, 2011, 11:27:23 AM »

Last night I watched "True Grit." (the Coen version) I know I'm late, but I'm not a big movie person at all. I rarely watch something when it comes out in the theater. It takes a lot of recs (or strategic placing in the foreign films section) to get me to watch a movie.

I just started to get into westerns after taking Film Studies (I know  Roll Eyes I had to take it but I appreciate the class now!). Of course the formula was typical Western, but I thought the acting was great -- loved Jeff Bridges!. Even Hailee Steinfeld seemed to handle changing her accent and saying the lines pretty well, save for a few small moments. I don't know if I can name a female actress at her age that can do the same! Bravo. I wouldn't call it amazing, but it was pretty darn good.
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« Reply #604 on: June 10, 2011, 11:49:55 AM »

#1 Movie you never want to see again??
#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever??
#3 Movie that youd make your ex watch
haha...??
#4 Movie that you need the excuse of your nephews and nieces to watch with you???
#5 Movie for when you need to cry and you just can't get it out??
#6 Movie so old you got to blow the dust off but you just love it??
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« Reply #605 on: June 10, 2011, 01:55:10 PM »

Last night I watched "True Grit." (the Coen version) I know I'm late, but I'm not a big movie person at all. I rarely watch something when it comes out in the theater. It takes a lot of recs (or strategic placing in the foreign films section) to get me to watch a movie.

I just started to get into westerns after taking Film Studies (I know  Roll Eyes I had to take it but I appreciate the class now!). Of course the formula was typical Western, but I thought the acting was great -- loved Jeff Bridges!. Even Hailee Steinfeld seemed to handle changing her accent and saying the lines pretty well, save for a few small moments. I don't know if I can name a female actress at her age that can do the same! Bravo. I wouldn't call it amazing, but it was pretty darn good.

I loved True Girt, but I am a bit of a Western nut (well, actually depends on the western, but the ones that I like I am nuts for!).  I watched a bit of the original but I think the current one was a lot better.  John Wayne just isn't a convincing drunk.  And I thought Kim Darby was just annoying.  Cute, but annoying.

My favorite westerns are generally Clint Eastwood.  The Outlaw Josey Wales is on my top 10 list of movies of all time, and the Man With No Name movies were all very nice, making Yojimbo into a Western was just a great idea.  They Call Me Trinity is also on my list of best movies, even though it was a Spaghetti Western spoof.  Fist Full of Dynamite/Duck, You Sucker is definitely worth watching as well.
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« Reply #606 on: June 10, 2011, 01:58:47 PM »

^ I've seen a few Clint Eastwood flicks (Of course also "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly") and they were all pretty great. In class I watched a few old school ones...I can only remember "High Noon," since that was years ago.

Thanks for the recs. I think I am going to hit up Blockbuster and pick up a few new ones. I do have to say that I find the Spaghetti Westerns screamingly hilarious, though. We call "Sukiyaki Western Django" an Udon Western.  Grin
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« Reply #607 on: June 10, 2011, 02:17:08 PM »

#1 Movie you never want to see again??
#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever??
#3 Movie that youd make your ex watch
haha...??
#4 Movie that you need the excuse of your nephews and nieces to watch with you???
#5 Movie for when you need to cry and you just can't get it out??
#6 Movie so old you got to blow the dust off but you just love it??


1 - The Musketeer.  The only movie I have ever walked out of.  It was just horrible.  I would rather go to the proctologist than ever see that again.
2 - Zulu.  I have seen that one many many times.  I doubt I will ever get tired of it.  I believe that the only reason England built an empire was so that one day they could make this movie.
3 - The Rite.  I loved that movie and for the last month of the relationship I tried and tried to get her to see it.  When she finally consented I found that it wasn't out on DVD yet.
4 - Twilight.  Actually, scrap that, I am secure in my manhood, I can watch Twilight without cover.
5 - Gettysburg.  the part at the end when General Armistead puts his hat on his sword and leads them in.  Actually, I start crying when General Lee does his inspiring ride out and it just get's worse from there.
6 - Zulu.
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« Reply #608 on: June 10, 2011, 02:47:33 PM »

Poppy asked:

#1 Movie you never want to see again?
Howard the Duck

#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever?
Lord of the Rings (all three, but not necessarily in one sitting)

#3 Movie that you'd make your ex watch?
Howard the Duck

#4 Movie that you need the excuse of your nephews and nieces to watch with you?
Jungle Book (Disney)

#5 Movie for when you need to cry and you just can't get it out?
Casablanca

#6 Movie so old you got to blow the dust off but you just love it?
Gold Rush
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« Reply #609 on: June 10, 2011, 02:49:05 PM »

#1 Movie you never want to see again??
#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever??
#3 Movie that youd make your ex watch
haha...??
#4 Movie that you need the excuse of your nephews and nieces to watch with you???
#5 Movie for when you need to cry and you just can't get it out??
#6 Movie so old you got to blow the dust off but you just love it??


Your best post. I'll have to think this one over.
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« Reply #610 on: June 10, 2011, 03:26:34 PM »

#1 Movie you never want to see again??
#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever??
#3 Movie that youd make your ex watch
haha...??
#4 Movie that you need the excuse of your nephews and nieces to watch with you???
#5 Movie for when you need to cry and you just can't get it out??
#6 Movie so old you got to blow the dust off but you just love it??


Your best post. I'll have to think this one over.

Tentative:

1: I've sat through some garbage, but any of LotR flicks.
2. Well I've seen The Ten Commandments every year of my life and love it every time, so it, I suppose.
3. Taste of Cherry
4. Don't need no excuse: Babe
5. Magnolia
6. Gotta think on this one.
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« Reply #611 on: June 10, 2011, 03:39:08 PM »

#1 Movie you never want to see again??
#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever??
#3 Movie that youd make your ex watch
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#4 Movie that you need the excuse of your nephews and nieces to watch with you???
#5 Movie for when you need to cry and you just can't get it out??
#6 Movie so old you got to blow the dust off but you just love it??


1. Lots of these, but The Black Swan is probably the most recent.
2. Ran (Kurosawa)
3. Conan the Barbarian
4. I'm pretty shameless in what I watch. But mayb The Ewok Adventure or something.
5. The Thin Red Line
6. It's not really that old but Out of the Past
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« Reply #612 on: June 10, 2011, 04:08:01 PM »

2. Ran (Kurosawa)

This is what I would like to say. But I have seen the Ten Commandment a few more times. Ran, I've only seen about 16 times.
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« Reply #613 on: June 10, 2011, 04:12:17 PM »

#1 Movie you never want to see again?
Howard the Duck

Nice call.
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« Reply #615 on: June 11, 2011, 08:43:22 PM »

Black Death Starring Sean Bean. Very odd but good film set during the Bubonic plague about a group of knights guided by a novice Monk who set out to rid a village of a witch/necromancer.
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« Reply #616 on: June 11, 2011, 08:54:38 PM »

I just got a new copy of an old favorite- 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind.' It has all three editions of the film- the regular theater cut, the director's cut and another one. Yeah!  Smiley
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« Reply #617 on: June 11, 2011, 10:16:18 PM »

I saw Kung Fu Panda 2 couple of weeks ago and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides This afternoon.  It just struck me that Ian McShane is in both of them "Lord Shen" the white peacock villain in the former and Edward "Blackbeard" Teach in the latter.  I enjoyed both of them very much.  KFP2 has gorgeous animation and the characters are just as good and more fleshed out.  Po's father, Mr. Ping the noodle making goose tells his son the truth that he is "kind of adopted".  The story is a bit darker than the first movie in the series but still good and the side-steps from possible cliches is well done.

POTC:OST is fun and has another scene with Captain Teague, Jack Sparrow's father (played by Keith Richards).  It rings some interesting changes on folklore such as mermaids and there are some fine twists. 

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« Reply #618 on: June 11, 2011, 10:26:15 PM »

Super 8 tonight, can't wait!
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I just got a new copy of an old favorite- 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind.' It has all three editions of the film- the regular theater cut, the director's cut and another one. Yeah!  Smiley

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« Reply #620 on: June 12, 2011, 12:49:28 AM »

Just finished watching the original Tron.  Classic.
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« Reply #621 on: June 12, 2011, 12:57:36 AM »

#1 Movie you never want to see again??  Tie. Napoleon Dynamite or Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever??  Ben-Hur
#3 Movie that youd make your ex watch haha...??  Tron
#4 Movie that you need the excuse of your nephews and nieces to watch with you???  The Sword in the Stone
#5 Movie for when you need to cry and you just can't get it out??  I'll get back to you.
#6 Movie so old you got to blow the dust off but you just love it??  Dances with Wolves
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« Reply #622 on: June 12, 2011, 12:48:27 PM »

#1 Movie you never want to see again??  Tie. Napoleon Dynamite

Good one.
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« Reply #623 on: June 12, 2011, 01:05:00 PM »



Jennifer Lawrence is young and can truly act. It is uncommon to see such a young actor play a nuanced role which carries the greater weight of a film. A beautifully painful film. Hit close to home for better and worse.
She was great in X-Men: First Class. Best X-Men yet, IMO. Michael Fassbender really stole the show. I could watch that man take revenge on Nazis all day and never get bored. The entire cast was very solid though. It led to some surprisingly poignant moments.

No doubt.

Best thing about the movie: they Broke the Nazi German Rule.

In most American films dealing with the holocaust, the low level soldiers and whatnot bark out orders in German, the Jews don't speak German, not even with an accent, and the "evil" overlord Nazis speak English with a bad German accent.

In this films, even the Jews spoke German. Every German did.

The fact that a Hollywood Blockbuster film used three non English languages in it, German being one that carried a lot of the back story gets congrats.

And frankly (there is a really bad pun to be made there), I am pretty much sick of holocaustporn. Oddly enough, this film didn't go that route.

The film could've been cut 20 minutes shorter easily. Professor X is even more annoying as a young man than later.

But all and all it was an OK action, superhero film. But as said above Magneto's backstory and charater development(?!) and Fassbender's acting actually was treated quite well, not just for a comic book. Over the top, but more nuanced than Spielberg's schlock.

There is a line toward the end of the movie that is a cliche you've been waiting for the whole film and it doesn't ring cliche at all.

Amazing what a single real actor can do for a film a little think on script and supporting acting.

You are right Jennifer Lawrence did a great job with the lines she was given.
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« Reply #624 on: June 14, 2011, 12:21:43 PM »


#1 Movie you never want to see again??  Watchmen. without a doubt. Watchmen. Only Rorschach and some of his scenes at times get even close to the tone of the original source material.

#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever??  The Wind That Shakes the Barley
#3 Movie that youd make your ex watch haha.   I have no ex so not applicable.
#4 Movie that you need the excuse of your nephews and nieces to watch with you???  I'm an only child so again not applicable. If it's watching with kids possible Paddington Bear - the original series from the 1970's
#5 Movie for when you need to cry and you just can't get it out??  Silent Running
#6 Movie so old you got to blow the dust off but you just love it??  Several. The Roaring Twenties, the Searchers, Moscow Does not Believe In Tears, Shake Hands with the Devil.
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« Reply #625 on: June 14, 2011, 02:40:21 PM »

#1 Movie you never want to see again?? The Road
#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever?? Pulp Fiction
#3 Movie that youd make your ex watch ?? Shawshank Redemption (hes in prison so hed hate it lolOl)
#4 Movie that you need the excuse of your nephews and nieces to watch with you??? I'd have to borrow some but Madagascar
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#5 Movie for when you need to cry and you just can't get it out?? Remains of the Day
#6 Movie so old you got to blow the dust off but you just love it?? Rope
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« Reply #626 on: June 14, 2011, 04:14:25 PM »

#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever?? Pulp Fiction
#3 Movie that youd make your ex watch ?? Shawshank Redemption (hes in prison so hed hate it lolOl)
#6 Movie so old you got to blow the dust off but you just love it?? Rope

#2 Ain't an epic.

#3 & 6 I'm seeing a theme.

#6 Excellent choice. Still thinking about this choice.
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« Reply #627 on: June 14, 2011, 04:18:06 PM »

Not a movie, but I've been watching the British comedy "Peep Show" (on Hulu).  Brilliant stuff.
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« Reply #628 on: June 14, 2011, 04:52:58 PM »

#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever??  The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Nice.  I liked that movie, unfortunately it was on St. Patrick's day.  I will need to watch it sober some time.
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« Reply #629 on: June 14, 2011, 05:23:22 PM »

#2 Movie epic you could watch over forever??  The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Nice.  I liked that movie, unfortunately it was on St. Patrick's day.  I will need to watch it sober some time.

It is one of the few movies that actually takes a serious look at the subject and deals with the matter. It is far, far better than Neil Jordan's 'Michael Collins' in that regard which tends to buy into the hagiography that at times surrounds Collins. Iroinically it's made by an  Englishman. Then again Ireland is a country where the declaration declaring independence was mostly authored by a man with an English father who was originally Protestant......
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