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Posted: 05 Jun 10, 12:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I really love film.  Any point in running a movie review thread to share thoughts and shittiness warnings etc?

Anyway, I went to see 'Splice' last night somewhat against my better judgement largely on the relative strength of Roger Ebert's review.  I used to find near perfect agreement with his choices but lately he's been letting me down a lot. He's gotten kind of soft and ranty at the same time.  Anyway, I wouldn't give this movie any more than 5 out of 10.  Even Rotten Tomatoes had it at about 70%.  I found nearly every plot turn completely predicatable 30 minutes before, and nobody would act the way these people did outside a movie script. The best movies make you supend the reality that you're actually watching a movie.  Not so this one.  And some really grating gender stereotypes which did males no favours.  Overall, just OK. 

Anybody else see it, or anythig else interesting lately?

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Posted: 05 Jun 10, 19:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Iron Man 2 - very enjoyable.  Scarlett Johansson has opened up a new perspective of herself as a action movie actress.  They played a short bit of Another One Bites The Dust in this movie.

Robin Hood - very nice.  The cinematography is very good - all the scenes are framed like a postcard.  Cate Blanchett's acting is very good.  Russell Crowe is also good as usual.

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Posted: 05 Jun 10, 19:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Hurt Locker - the movie is very good.  It really deserves the Oscar for Best Picture.  It shows the trials and tribulations of a bomb disposal team in the Iraq war.  You can really feel the tension and suspense in the bomb disposal scenes and sympathy for what the soldiers have to put up with in Iraq.

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Posted: 05 Jun 10, 20:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My vote still goes for Avatar.  The scene with the tree falling was far more symbolic and powerful than anything in a movie about soldiers who chose to go to war.


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Posted: 05 Jun 10, 20:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I also saw Avatar.  I find the movie a bit saccharine and very predictable.  The hype is on the 3-D aspect of the movie.  The Hurt Locker is about real life human drama and such genre usually wins.

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Posted: 05 Jun 10, 21:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The 3d was secondary to its message that we as a human race have much to learn about the existence of those who are different from us - the very opposite of the war on Iraq, which was an attack on someone else irrespective of their history and culture in the interest of oil, money, and power.  The west meddles in other countries' business for decades, and we scratch our heads wondering why airplanes are flown into buildings.  No wonder the war movie won best picture... people still don't get it.


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Posted: 06 Jun 10, 07:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I didn't see Avatar in 3D so I have no idea on whether or not it makes it a 'better' movie.  All I remember was a series of two dimensional caricatures, a few facsimiles of scenes from better movies, and feeling like the same story could've been told in two thirds of the time it took them.

I sincerely hope the sequel is better because there's nothing lacking in the visuals.   With that much money, they have a real opportunity to do something different and interesting, and it's a crying shame to see the opposite.

How many Oscars does it take to shut James Cameron up?  Just the one - give it to his ex instead.


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Posted: 06 Jun 10, 08:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It seems that there are no more new stories to be told, but new ways of telling them. I found Avatar to be a great movie, but it´s basiclly Pocahontas in a  offworld enviroment. Same with the new Robin Hood. One could say that Russel Crow always do a solid preformance, but that´s all he got in my opinion. It turned out to be a Gladiator/Robin Hood hybrid. I tend to enjoy "tough" movies, the onces that makes you think. Due to that, Blade Runner always tops my list!


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Posted: 06 Jun 10, 09:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for reminding me about Gladiator II... eugh.  Painful.

It's times like this you're glad you didn't pay to see a movie; rather you endured about 50 minutes of it from over someone's shoulder as they sat slack jawed at their laptop, muttering "well this was a waste of freaking bandwidth".


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Posted: 06 Jun 10, 10:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Hurt Locker is powerful and no doubt captures some of the madness, confusion, terror and bravery of war. Like a lot of American war films, it doesn't show the British in a good light (what's up with that anyway?). Even though it's based on a true story it seems too implausible, and I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief throughout.


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Posted: 06 Jun 10, 10:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hurt Locker is over-rated in my opinion. I was also disappointed with Shutter Island. Hard to believe this came from the same guy who gave us GoodFellas. Has anyone ever seen City of God(Cidade de Deus)??? Great film, a good GoodFellas clone.
I was lucky enough to catch Avatar in one of the few theaters in India showing it in 3D(as it's meant to be). I had previously watched it last December(not 3D). Watching it in 3D is a different experience indeed, but only visually. I think it's a great film despite its lack of originality. It reminds of Dances With Wolves. Thankfully, this film doesn't have Kevin Costner. :)
Anyway, stuff doesn't always have to be original to be good. The PC/PS3/X360 game Fallout 3 by no means revolutionized the FPS or RPG genres but I'd rank it among the best games of the decade(2000-2010). It merely improved upon the genre-defining principles established in Deus Ex, System Shock 2, Oblivion and the previous Fallouts. But, only a fool could criticize this game having played it.


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Posted: 06 Jun 10, 12:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

tcc wrote: Iron Man 2 - very enjoyable.  Scarlett Johansson has opened up a new perspective of herself as a action movie actress.  They played a short bit of Another One Bites The Dust in this movie.

Robin Hood - very nice.  The cinematography is very good - all the scenes are framed like a postcard.  Cate Blanchett's acting is very good.  Russell Crowe is also good as usual.
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We're taking my mom to see Iron Man 2 tonight for her birthday.  Liked Iron Man a lot, so expect to like this too, even though it has generally not been reviewed as well.  Huge fan of Robert Downey Jr.'s acting, and frankly a huge fan of just looking at him.

Didn't see Robin Hood or Avatar yet.  I'm terrible for avoiding most blockbuster type movies, except when I'm making exceptions for Robert Downey Jr.  as above.

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Posted: 06 Jun 10, 13:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I liked, though didn't love, The Hurt Locker. There were huge howls of protest from actual Iraq vets about the lack of authenticity (see the IMDB entry for examples).  I didn't regret either the time or the money as it was generally effective and definitely engaging, but on another level it was without purpose.  Very early in he movie the thought is "Wow. What a cowboy adrenalin junkie."  Two hours later it's "Wow. What a cowboy adrenalin junkie."  There was no story arc, little character development and little tying one scene to the next.  Just a series of well executed, compellingly shot war vignettes.  The ending in particular was unsatisfying.  Played like Bigelow suddenly realized she only had 1000 feet of film left and had to wrap it up.   Wouldn't have won by a long shot in other years.

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Posted: 06 Jun 10, 13:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ever walk out of a movie? Me:  Original Jaws (scared little kid), Rocky III (annoyed at my date), Saw version whatever (bored and disgusted) The DaVinci Code (just bored)  and Munich (thought it might be an appropriate historical film for my young son but quickly realized I was an idiot).

Ever pay to see something more than once?  Many for me, but the last one was 'No Country for Old Men'.

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Posted: 06 Jun 10, 15:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It Might Get Loud was rather good. Jimmy Page gets cooler as he ages (and what a great record collection he has) and even though I'm not a huge fan, Jack White comes across as an interesting dude. The Edge had the least interesting tales/modus operandi: someone like Billy Gibbons might've been included instead. Definitely worth a watch.


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Posted: 06 Jun 10, 19:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Holly2003 wrote:

The Hurt Locker is powerful and no doubt captures some of the madness, confusion, terror and bravery of war. Like a lot of American war films, it doesn't show the British in a good light (what's up with that anyway?). Even though it's based on a true story it seems too implausible, and I found it difficult to suspend my disbelief throughout.



If you find that it seems implausible, it is because the main character is a composite of many people.  The events are all real experiences of different people but they were made to happen in the one character's life in the movie.  This information is from the Wikipedia page on the movie.

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Posted: 07 Jun 10, 22:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Iron Man 2 was great last night.  Tony Stark is such a great character and RDJ is a truly fantastic actor. Scarlett J. was great as well, and looking gorgeous in dark hair.  Does everybody know that Gwyneth Paltrow sings? (Not in this movie, but previously) She did a duet with Huey Lewis with a slow, sexy groove that is really down to her smooth expressive voice.  I love the song.



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Posted: 07 Jun 10, 22:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

@ Saif

For Scorsese, you would probably enjoy The Departed, Casino, or Gangs of New York.  Shutter Island was his first foray into this type of film in recent years, and, indeed, it was far too long. 

Other Scorsese stuff that is great (and totally unlike GoodFellas) are Kundun, Last Temptation Of Christ, or Taxi Driver. 

We need more directors like this, who are more concerned with storyline than special effects.  Cameron is a Special Effects director, nothing more.  You won't find deep meaning in The Terminator, Aliens, or Rambo II.  And when he does try, we end up with sappy Special Effects movies like Titanic, The Abyss, and Avatar. 

See I know about the war in Iraq or 9/11, I don't need a 3 hour optical orgasm to "get it".   Perhaps that's why I thought the new Star Trek movie was far better than Avatar.  It had a good story.  Sure the characters may have been a little green (no pun intended Avatar Blue People) but you weren't bored halfway thru the film as you were at Avatar, awaiting the next political reference.

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Posted: 10 Jun 10, 15:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Review for 'Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage'.   Love the music doc genre of film.  Sadly, I can't see it just yet because I live in a bit of a cultural armpit.  But the outdoors life is great, to be fair.

http://www.nationalpost.com/arts/movies/Rush+Beyond+Lighted+Stage+metal+geek+chic/3132811/story.html

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Posted: 14 Jun 10, 01:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I saw a Japanese film titled "About Her Brother". 

It tells of a sister's care for her black sheep brother to the extent of still looking for him when his disappeared after they had a big row over his debts and her sacrifice to pay off his debts.  When her daughter could not understand her actions, she explained to the daugher that when she gave birth to her, she had in mind numerous names to give to the daughter.  However, her husband (the girl's father) put aside her suggestions and instead got her black sheep brother to pick a name for their daugher so that the black sheep brother could at least do one good thing in his life.

Towards the end, the black sheep brother asked the sister why she did not remarry after the husband died at a young age.  She replied that she had not come across any man who could match the husband's kindness and love for her.