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Ben

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« Reply #720 on: 12-24-2009 05:29 »

Quote from: LobsterMooch's article
... some who have seen the film say that it contains hidden messages that are anti-war, pro-environment ...

Yeah, if your definition of "hidden" is "blindingly obvious to anyone with a reading age over 6".
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« Reply #721 on: 12-24-2009 05:31 »

This only reassures me that my not clicking that link saved me a visit from Captain Obvious.
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« Reply #722 on: 12-24-2009 05:48 »

I wrote some film reviews in various places which, in the spirit of charles dickens, i will collect here:

Quote from the film Trust (excellent film from early 90s you can watch for free on lovefilm). "most people use laserdiscs now. You can't damage the surface of a laserdisc. They're digital"

Avatar is the most beautiful film i've ever seen. I'm sure there's nothing to it other than the visuals but the same could be said of Darren aranofsky's the fountain, Ridley scott's blade runner, wong kar wai's fallen angels, van gogh's starry night and the view from the empire state building. Why can't something j u s... t be beautiful?
(replace "beautiful" with "funny" and apply same logic to every will ferrel film)
(also, before the film started i had a conversation about pascal's wager with the coolest 9 year old ever)

Funniest Scorsese film? Alive doesn't live here anymore

Thinking of putting on an all-female version of Crossroads. Dan Ackroyd's character will be played by dan castellaneta in drag

<a href = "http://thebattleshippretension.blogspot.com/2009/12/movie-of-week-december-6-2009.html">I haven't seen TWOTINymphs but Maddin's one of my flavourite directors. It just occured to me - is what he does any different from Grindhouse (or Kill Bill for that metter)?</a>

Saw Serious Man Again. I think the coens made it because they realized that they've been writing hillariouys films for 35 years and the one time they didn't write a hillarious film they won a cun*load of oscars. So the next two films they made were about how completely random things happen for no reason and that no one knows what they're doing and that everything works out fine anyway.
(Also, Larry's only problem was he was trying to be serious man. If he had a sense of humour like Joel, and to a lesser extent etan, he would have been fine)

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« Reply #723 on: 12-24-2009 07:06 »

This only reassures me that my not clicking that link saved me a visit from Captain Obvious.
Go ahead click I dare ya. Ya scurvy knave.
Spacedal11

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« Reply #724 on: 12-24-2009 18:35 »

Alien

It's just a big budget slasher film set in outer space.

Loved it.

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« Reply #725 on: 12-26-2009 04:17 »
« Last Edit on: 12-26-2009 04:20 »

Give Em Hell Malone
Hohoho merry Christmas to me in the form of Tom Jane kicking ass!
Cliched action cheesiness but great fun, Elsa Pataky wasn't great but she was just eye candy, also lol at the pyromaniac henchman doing a Heath Ledger Joker impression.
French Stewart (remember him?) and Ving Rhames are also in it, pretty cool flick.
I think I saw a reference to Altmans Long Goodbye in there too.

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Books

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« Reply #726 on: 12-26-2009 05:45 »

Inglourious Basterds

It was pretty good, but that finale in the cinema was ridiculously awesome and satisfying love

9.5/10
hobbitboy

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« Reply #727 on: 12-27-2009 10:01 »

Has anyone seen the new Sherlock Homes yet?

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
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« Reply #728 on: 12-27-2009 10:29 »

I'm waiting until the holiday crush subsides. I hate going into the cinema when it's packed full of dipshits who talk the whole way through and stick their misshapen heads in front of me. I prefer the latest screening on a Sunday night during not-holiday time. Often I get the whole place to myself, meaning I've made the staff stay late and screen the movie just for me. It makes me feel important; plus I enjoy inconveniencing people.
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« Reply #729 on: 12-27-2009 10:59 »

I felt that important when There Will Be Blood was shown at the local Bio. It was a 2:30 matinee and I was the only one in the theater.

But I have yet to see the Holmes movie. I want to see it but paying $11.00 for a ticket makes the tapioca rise in my gullet.
It has gotten mixed reviews in Yahoo!
any1else

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« Reply #730 on: 12-27-2009 11:02 »

I want to see a few movies, including that one, but indeed it is holiday time. I don't mind so much so long as I get there early and spill coke and popcorn all over the rest of the seats before everyone else arrives.
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« Reply #731 on: 12-27-2009 11:06 »

So you're the one. You little scamp. smile
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« Reply #732 on: 12-27-2009 12:41 »

and spill coke and popcorn all over the rest of the seats

Also vomit?
any1else

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« Reply #733 on: 12-27-2009 13:45 »

Spewformers - more than meets the eye. Spewformers - stomach contents gone awry!
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« Reply #734 on: 12-27-2009 19:55 »

Avatar

Saw it opening night in 3D, enjoyed it and thought Pandora was beautiful. The plot wasn't amazing, but it was ok and I loved the way the planet lit up when they walked on bits. I also enjoyed the creature/animal designs. About two thirds in it plodded, but it ended alright. I liked the way it was directed a lot, and the 3D was pretty clool although made me feel the equivalent of drunk in terms of visual focus on my drive back...

8.5/10
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #735 on: 12-27-2009 22:43 »

No Country For Old Men

The film revolves around a lower class Texan who, while out in the plains hunting for game, comes upon a drug deal gone bad.  He takes a satchel full of money which was meant to buy a truckload of drugs, and, from that point on, is relentlessly tracked by the Mexican criminals who the money belongs to, the police sherriff (Tommy Lee Jones) and a psychotic murdering bounty hunter (Javier Bardeem).  The majority of the film is classic modern texas americana and is suspensful, but the ending is a let down; it feels tacked on, with many loose ends not wrapped up.  I'd suggest watching it only if it's shown on cable.

6/10
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« Reply #736 on: 12-28-2009 00:22 »

Blame the book for the ending, guy.

Cidade de Deus (City Of God)
Finally watched this, gritty rags to riches crime story of kids growing up in "The City of God" slums.
Quality film making.

A+
seattlejohn01

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« Reply #737 on: 12-28-2009 05:24 »

Miami Vice

This is a darker & grittier updating of the 1980's TV series, without the dayglow color combinations & loafers without socks that epitomized that program.  Directed by Michael Mann (who also directed one of my favorite films, Heat), the story centers around how the 2 main characters (Sonny & Rico, played by Colin Farrell & Jaime Fox) are co-opted by the FBI after the FBI's operational security on a drug buy meet & greet is blown.  Like other Michael Mann films, the action is well structured & fast moving; the romance between Farrell & Gong Li seems not to fit well into the flow of the film.  It could have been a whole lot better of a movie.  Another "wait to see it on cable" movie.

6/10
hobbitboy

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« Reply #738 on: 12-28-2009 11:42 »


   I felt that important when There Will Be Blood was shown at the local Bio. It was a 2:30 matinee and I was the only one in the theater.


I'm surprised at just how often the Friday 10:00am session of a movie is completely empty (except for myself, of course) even when the movie only opened the night before.

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
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« Reply #739 on: 12-28-2009 11:51 »

seattlejohn01: ruining the DVD rental business since 2009...
RS 2thou

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« Reply #740 on: 12-28-2009 13:16 »

Avatar 2d vs 3d

I've now seen both versions of the film, both version are impressive. Saying that the 3d version is better by being more immersive. I actually found the the CGI to be more obvious in the 2d version, only slightly though. I doubt most most people would pick it up let alone why.
You won't be disappointed with either variant of the film, but I do recommend seeing the 3d version.
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« Reply #741 on: 12-28-2009 13:28 »

Do you still have to wear the shitty little cardboard glasses to see 3D movies these days?
any1else

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« Reply #742 on: 12-28-2009 13:43 »

We saw Up in 3D in Melbourne...they were plastic things with a secruity tag so you couldn't walk out of the cinema with them. Because 3D glasses are so precious.
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« Reply #743 on: 12-28-2009 13:50 »

They have a million uses!
Okay, one.
any1else

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« Reply #744 on: 12-28-2009 13:53 »

I used to get a magazine, way back when, that came with a paper pair of 3D glasses so you could look at spiders and insects on the pages in 3D. I used to walk around the house looking at everything with them on. It got very boring, very quickly. But then so did most things when I was a kid. Actually even now I..hey, that dog has a puffy tail! Here puff!
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« Reply #745 on: 12-28-2009 15:39 »

They're not precious they're just cheap plastic polarized lens dealies, I robbed a pair from Bolt 3D I'm not paying 80c for the next pair!
Books

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« Reply #746 on: 12-28-2009 15:44 »

Other places make you give the glasses back? confused
You're not paying 5 dollars more than the normal price for nothing...
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« Reply #747 on: 12-28-2009 16:43 »

No country is about tommy lee jones. It ends when he realises that he can't catch chighur
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« Reply #748 on: 12-28-2009 18:43 »
« Last Edit on: 12-28-2009 18:45 »

No Country For Old Men

The film revolves around a lower class Texan who, while out in the plains hunting for game, comes upon a drug deal gone bad.  He takes a satchel full of money which was meant to buy a truckload of drugs, and, from that point on, is relentlessly tracked by the Mexican criminals who the money belongs to, the police sherriff (Tommy Lee Jones) and a psychotic murdering bounty hunter (Javier Bardeem).  The majority of the film is classic modern texas americana and is suspensful, but the ending is a let down; it feels tacked on, with many loose ends not wrapped up.  I'd suggest watching it only if it's shown on cable.

6/10
I felt the same way about No Country. It possibly is the weakest picture to win an Oscar in my opinion. Minor film noir. Good character studies, but nothing memorable. Bardem probably deserved Best Supporting, he was really creepy.
BTW he was doing interviews after the movie and mentioned that he acted his part always wondering if he was sinister enough. Yep, he was.
No country is still worshiped on IMDb at 110 of the top 250.

It will be shown on Dec.29th on USA.
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« Reply #749 on: 12-28-2009 19:05 »

Nc Is a very well made film that was written by cormac McCarthy. A serious man is a very well made film written by the coens who IMO are better writers than cm.

Worst best picture? Wings
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« Reply #750 on: 12-28-2009 22:07 »

I don't know what has happened with The Academy awards. The modern Best Picture winners  are mostly trash. I mean which would you rather see twice Casablanca or Slumdog Millionaire? The Godfather or Chicago? On the Waterfront or American beauty.
Style has continued to win out over substance. But when you see the kind of dreck that gets put out in Hollywood you understand.
Michael Clayton was a much better picture.


Back on topic
War Inc.

A broad farce starring John Cusack, Dan Aykroyd  and Marisa Tomei. Cusack has played the hired killer twice now. The first Was Gross Pointe Myopia.
He is hired gun for a quasi military group named Tamerlane (Blackwater?),sent to assassinate the leader of a country who wants to run an oil pipeline across his own country and out of Tamerlane's control.
This movie is so crazy that they have a group of dancers on stage with prosthetic legs supplied by Tamerlane after the victims had had their legs blown off with bombs made by Tamerlane.
Tamerlane runs a trade show where the featured ride simulator is called Imbedded Journalist.
Written by Cusack War, Inc. is uneven but offers many funny scenes. and a surprise ending.


7/10
Books

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« Reply #751 on: 12-28-2009 22:12 »

You're an idiot
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« Reply #752 on: 12-28-2009 22:39 »
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I would take offense at this but considering who said it I laugh derisively. laff


You still need a librarian.
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« Reply #753 on: 12-29-2009 00:49 »

Best picture winners are very, very rarely the best film that came out in that year. Rocky beat taxi driver, network and all the presidents men. In the heat of the night beat bonnie and Clyde and the graduate (and dr Doolittle). The oscars are voted for by a bunch of old ppl who have different taste in movies than you. (much like the Nobel peace prize is literally decided by four Norwegians).

IMO no country was the second or third best film of 2007. It definitely deserved to be nominated, maybe didn't deserve to win. I think it's cool that a bunch of old ppl voted for an incredibly entertaining, incredibly violent thriller which was directed by two comedians.
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« Reply #754 on: 12-29-2009 02:27 »

War Inc was supposed to be a sequel to Grosse Pointe Blank but the studios wouldn't let him, so he made War Inc. The films are so similar but GPB is the better one!
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« Reply #755 on: 12-29-2009 02:42 »

Has anyone seen the new Sherlock Homes yet?

I saw it, it's good but it's not great, I think I said 7/10
Spacedal11

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« Reply #756 on: 12-29-2009 05:58 »

Sherlock Holmes

Haven't decided how much I liked it. Though definitely one of the better movies of 2009. I do want to see it again.

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« Reply #757 on: 12-29-2009 06:23 »

seattlejohn01: ruining the DVD rental business since 2009...
[Maxwell Smart]And loving it...[/Maxwell Smart]

War Inc was supposed to be a sequel to Grosse Pointe Blank but the studios wouldn't let him, so he made War Inc. The films are so similar but GPB is the better one!
I agree with you on this one.  I saw War Inc. on cable the other night, and I kept thinking GPB is a far superior film.  Cusack is the producer on this film, so that was probably how he got it green lighted.     
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« Reply #758 on: 12-29-2009 06:36 »

I liked the actor in Shirlock Holmes, he was sexy
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« Reply #759 on: 12-29-2009 06:38 »

Avatar in 3D

It took me personally a long, long time for my eyes/brain to get used to the 3D, I kept trying to "understand" how to look at it, what to focus on, etc, it was kind of confusing, but towards the end it's not so bad. The movie was decent enough.

9/10
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