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Old 07-27-2010, 03:48 PM   #141
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(500) Days of Summer

Liked it 9/10 -- Thanks IndependentlyPoor.

Off the Black (2006)

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A Handful of Dust (1988)

I rate this a 1/10. Not because it was boring (which it wasn't, except for the beginning), or because it was a chick flick, but for this reason:

During the most important plot points of the movie, the director made the movie intentionally confusing. For example, in one critical scene, someone important dies. But the scene is so obfuscated, that even if you watch it three times, you're not sure what happened or who died. As you continue on, you realize that you're supposed to gradually understand who died.

Later, the climax of the movie depends on the fact that two people have the same first name. But the first name of one of those persons is not revealed until several minutes later.

There was no artistic reason to make it confusing like that.

Finally the ending is totally unsatisfying ("Wha?? That's the end?!?").

OTOH, one of the characters was named "Mr. Beaver," which was one of DD's stuffed animals. So every time Mr. Beaver was mentioned we had a good laugh.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:25 AM   #143
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We just watched 2 movies from the library -

Up in the Air (2009/I) with George Clooney was really good. Good characters, well acted, interesting plot and relationships.

Bobby (2006) was just plain awful. You already know how it's going to end and it felt like somebody owed a bunch of actors favors so they make a movie where they could give them all parts. The only characters I liked were the kitchen staff. It would have been ok on TV, if I would have paid for this in a theater I would have been even more disappointed.
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Old 07-31-2010, 03:58 PM   #144
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Just found this thread. I'm looking forward to checking out some of the other recommendations. Earlier this week we watched "A Town Called Panic" ("Panique au village" in original). Quirky, funny, and kind of surreal stop-motion animation from Belgium (French with subtitles on DVD). See A Town Called Panic (2009) to get the idea. Probably not for everybody - just something different, "out-there" creative, furn to watch and laugh along with for 75 minutes. I enjoyed it.
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While on vacation, I saw three movies.

"It's complicated" with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. Several friends had praised this romantic comedy. I found it boring, except for the ending (will they get back together, or not?). I agreed with her decision. There was one bedroom scene in which he grabbed her pudenda and said "I'm home". I don't think so....

"The last station" with Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren. I learnt a lot about Tolstoy and his last days. Helen Mirren, as always, was outstanding.

"Young Victoria" with Emily Blunt. Great costumes, nice acting by Ms. Blunt, makes QV seem human. I would have liked more insight on the politics.

Can you tell I like historical movies?
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Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson. We liked it - good story line with some action. Mel still plays a good cop, but more mature than in the Lethal Weapon series
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more mature than in the Lethal Weapon series
Guess it wasn't autobiographical.

Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

This was great, and suspenseful, until about halfway through when the mystery was resolved. 2/10.
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Alice in Wonderland (2010)

I really enjoyed it. Not the same as the books yet the same. Depp's rendering of The Jabberwocky was spot on.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
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A couple of French films that are watchable instantly on NetFlix and I loved:

Sequins
I've Loved You So Long

Mostly I've been catching up on some great series that I didn't watch because I don't get premium cable:

Dexter
Weeds
Flight of the Conchords
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The Book of Eli (2010)

Beautifully made. I hated it. Gary Oldman almost saves the movie but it is just too dark for me. And pointless.
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Alice in Wonderland (2010)

I really enjoyed it. Not the same as the books yet the same. Depp's rendering of The Jabberwocky was spot on.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

I saw this recently on a plane. Very imaginative. I loved the scene where Alice, who has just fallen down the rabbit hole, drinks the potion and becomes too large for the room. I remember the illustrations in my storybook....
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Shutter Island . Lot's of boring parts !
And a depressing end!
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Chicago (2002)

The highly rated 2002 musical.

Horrible movie.

The story was bad. The characters unlikeable. The singing was bad. The dancing was so so. WTF? Why was this so well liked?

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I saw this recently on a plane. Very imaginative. I loved the scene where Alice, who has just fallen down the rabbit hole, drinks the potion and becomes too large for the room. I remember the illustrations in my storybook....
I really remember the pictures too and wish I still had that old book.
I still sing Twinkle, twinkle little bat, how I wonder where its at.
Though my childhood memories are all colored by Grace Slick singing One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small . . .
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Just picked up Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 7 from the library. I have yet to view anything that Larry David has had a hand in that is not funny as hell.
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While on vacation, I saw three movies.

"It's complicated" with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. Several friends had praised this romantic comedy. I found it boring, except for the ending (will they get back together, or not?).
The only funny part of It's Complicated was the scene when they were smoking weed . That was funny !
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I saw this recently on a plane. Very imaginative. I loved the scene where Alice, who has just fallen down the rabbit hole, drinks the potion and becomes too large for the room. I remember the illustrations in my storybook....
This one?

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Doesn't look like the original drawings, such as this one:


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Chicago (2002)

The highly rated 2002 musical.

Horrible movie.

The story was bad. The characters unlikeable. The singing was bad. The dancing was so so. WTF? Why was this so well liked?

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Zeta

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Any movie with CZJ in it starts off with at least 12 stars. So OK, maybe this ended up at eleven stars then.

I'm sure any picture that draws men in with their wives does better at the box office. "What, it's a musical honey (hmmm, with CZJ?)? Sure, if you really want to, I guess so."

Or as my Dad would say, 'Do I haf to draw ya a picture?':



I thought Queen Latiffa did a great job, and unexpected for me (well, for a musical).

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Just finished watching Casablanca for about the 73rd time. On TV, not DVD,but still...

What a great movie!
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