What was the last movie you watched?

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  1. Vlad_C

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    I just watched "The Counselor" last night.
    Really bad movie, boring, and a huge waste of time.

    I am one who appreciates "weird", unusual movies, as long as they're well made. I watched most of David Lynch's work, and I used to be a fan of Tarantino's early movies.
    If this movie was an attempt to fall into the same category, well, it failed miserably. While at one end of the spectrum you have "Pulp Fiction" as a brilliant masterpiece, at the other end of the spectrum we have "The Counselor", a monumental failure of epic proportions.
    In a few words, the story makes little sense, the acting is so-so, and the characters are confusing.
    This movie can be a great example, in film school, of how not to do character development in a movie. While most characters in this movie are somewhat intriguing and potentially interesting, they are poorly introduced and developed. Many of them exhibit contradictory traits, leaving the viewer confused about what to make of them. For the first hour or so I found myself wondering "who are these people, and what are they doing in this movie?"

    Most of the movie is relatively boring. There was very little going on in the first 60min or so. A few people walked out of the theater about halfway into the movie.
    Oh, and there are a few long, boring, pretentious lectures where one character purportedly conveys to another some deep meaning of life or such, but it's all in fact just a bunch of nonsensical BS. Clearly whoever wrote this thing was going through some bad times, but if his goal was to write a good movie, then he desperately needs to go back to school. All you need for memorable characters and dialogue is Royale with Cheese.

    The casting was odd, too. Cameron Diaz did all she could, but the role did not suit her. Brad Pitt was unconvincing. Javier Bardem on the other hand showed once again some nice acting skills, but it was all just a waste of talent as far as this movie goes.

    Anyway, sorry for ranting, but this movie was SO BAD.
    I just saw another review of this movie, the reviewer was half-jokingly suggesting a class action lawsuit against the producers! It's that bad.
    Don't waste your time and money on this ****.
     
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    "Blackfish"

    Amazing film about the killer whales at Seaworld and how trainers have been killed as a result of the animals being badly treated and being traumatised as a result of being in captivity and being forced to do tricks all day long. For example, there's not a single reported death of human by a killer whale in the wild. Loads of 'talk heads' by ex-Seaword trainers.

    Reviews
    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blackfish_2013/
    Trailer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ou5DqfkZ8
     
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    Just came to Netflix and it's a bit terrifying. Not because China is eating us alive and is the #1 reason for falling standards of living[quality jobs] but because our leaders, at best, show total apathy and at worst have encouraged and enacted laws which permit them to do so.
    Globalization is truly a failing philosophy for the common man and there is zero indication that anything will improve.
    Was looking forward to this. Thanks for the warning.
     
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    Re-watched Cloud Atlas last night. Now that's an original piece of work SFAIK; certainly, with respect to large budget Hollywood flicks.

    Got about halfway through Jack Reacher. Not really a Cruise fan (The Last Samurai notwithstanding -- I thought he was excellent in that) but in spite of my not being convinced by what I've seen of Cruise so far in JR, I'm very interested in seeing how the movie resolves.
     
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    Just re watched the 6th sense for the first time in forever... Such a great movie. Such a twist, the first time I remember being like HOLY S***!!!

    Sad ending.
     
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    Troll 2 is the best movie of all time
     
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    HA!

    Troll's got NOTHING on Gymkata! Best movie ever!
     
  8. Wim

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    That Brad Pitt movie where he defeat zombies.
    Recommend it :)
     
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    Horrible disservice to the book. Usually the case but too bad..
     
  10. CaptainCool309

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    Just saw the trailer for Gymkata on youtube...
    And I was shocked at the sheer level of epic awesomeness involved. That movie is totally hardcore badass. :cool:
    It does have a great case to be the GOAT of all movies.
     
  11. Wim

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    It is not my favorite movie.. But I liked it.
     
  12. Wim

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    A movie I have seen regularly is: Another Earth.
    Fantastic movie. It is with Brit Marling who also made the movie with a another guy. Kind of a sci fi, but not really that either.
    Really impressive script, plot.
    Low budget, but well made.

    The East: About extreme group who tries to save the planet from enviromental hazards and that kind of stuff.
    With Brit Marling, Alexander SkarsgÄrd, Ellen Page.
    Also a well made movie.
     
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    Prisoners was a pretty good movie. It had a lot of twists and turns, and was very good at keeping you captivated throughout the film.
     
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    The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) - interesting and sad riches to rags story of a wealthy family. directed by Orson Welles, starring Joseph Cotten, Anne Baxter (also in All About Eve).

    Based on Pulitzer prize winning 1918 novel by Booth Tarkington.
     
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    Gravity in 3D - Weak story, but nice effects and fairly fast paced with decent surprises.
     
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    I've heard good things, definitely gotta watch it.
     
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    Ok, I did the kneejerk "nothing could POSSIBLY be better than Gymkata".

    But I took a look at troll two and at least saw the "oh God" scene.

    Man what a movie!! I can see why it is a candidate. The acting is first rate and hard to match. Though I HAVE to give Gymkata the nod in a close close fight. Its just that it is older and CLEARLY inspired Troll 2.

    Here is a scene that Troll 2 really benefited from and well probably stole a TON of elements from:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igdrMKCukEs

    I have cleared my calendar to watch Troll 2 and then Gymkata. If I survive I will let you know if things have changed.
     
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    I'm not going to lie to you that Village of the Crazies scene did scare me a little bit, with the dog drinking blood and that one dude with the two faces who tried to kill our hero with the perfect mullet...That was some top notch cinema!

    I've given it some thought and I think that Gymkata does deserve to be the GOAT of Movies, and Troll 2 finishes in a close second. I mean you can't argue with a man who's perfectly combined the delicate timing of Gymnastics with the killer force of Karate to create the new ultimate martial art technique. And if I ever have a spare Hour and Thirty minutes to myself, I'll definitely watch this fantastic masterpiece in all it's glorious entirety!
     
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    "Amadeus"- a good film depicting the hyperbolic relationship between Mozart and Salieri.
     
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    Pommel Horse in the town square? Crazy town
     
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    Isn't it an adaption from a book?
     
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    Dead of Night (1945) - interesting story about a man who sees upcoming events in a dream. Has several interesting sub-plots including one of a ventriloquist and his dummy.

    Acco to wikipedia:
     
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    Bad Grandpa: 10/10
     
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    Warrior (2011) - Tom Hardy looked freaking HUGE for such a short dude. Solid movie, though the end was kinda ridiculous.
     
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    Yup, he's also there in Lawless and possibly Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

    Rope (1948, Hitchcock). Two brilliant young men plan a perfect murder just for the thrill of it. It was shot as one "continuous shot", no jumps or breaks to give it suspense.

    What's disturbing is the actual crime it was based on: a murder committed by (two brilliant kids coming from wealthy, influential families,) Leopold and Loeb of a 14 year cousin. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/criminal-minds.html?c=y&story=fullstory
     
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    The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) - interesting comedy about a bank heist. Alec Guiness. Nice to see with the family.
     
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    Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) - directed by Preston Sturges, funny pic about a returning marine who gets a hero's welcome by his town. Has some of the same actors as Miracle of Morgan Creek.

    Enjoyed.

     
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    Pretty good.
    Every new zombie these days is based on the 28 Days Later zombie. All of them.
     
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    Penelope Cruz in Broken Embraces. It got great reviews but I gave up on it since its way too soap opearish to me.
     
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    Harvey (James Stewart) - fun movie about an eccentric man who has as a friend and companion, a pooka (a six foot rabbit) that is visible only to a few.
     
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    Olympus has Fallen

    Formulaic, but entertaining. High body count. 6/10
     
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    Side Effect with Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta Jones...... has a low, athmospheric feel to it, leads up to a great ending. It's on Netflix.
     
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    ^^ yes, this one starts out like a generic drug company drama but goes in a completely different direction eventually; quite surprising.
     
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    I'd definately recommend it. Thought the movie sucked, but the last 30-45 minutes totally made up for it. Surprising end.
     
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    The slow atmosphere gets you in the beginning until you realize it was going somewhere else. Jude Law was very good in this.
     
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    Into The West (1992) with Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin. Set and shot in Ireland, it's a tale of two young brothers and a very special white stallion who takes the boys on an odyssey James Joyce would be envious of.
     
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    The Counselor

    Cormac McCarthy, who wrote "No Country for Old Men," now gives us no country for young men, and the result is similar: unsavory men do business with each other, and injury ensues. Ridley Scott directs, well made and diverting.
     
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    The Garden of the Finzi-Continis - (d by Vittorio de Sica). I can't say I really got it. It's about Italian Jews and the time when laws came in to segregate them, and some were sent off to Dachau. The complicated romances seemed to overwhelm the movie.

    The FC's are wealthy, cultured and influential Jews, living in a huge estate with their own private tennis court. The gardens are lovely and I kept thinking how nice it would be to run in them. For quite some time they are unaffected by the problems ordinary Jews are facing due to their money and influence. Barred from public tennis courts, some Jewish kids come to play in their walled estate. It seems they hope to remain untouched by the what is happening in neighbouring countries. The garden has trees that are centuries old, and its seems that this place holds out to all the changes happening externally.

    But in the end the FC's to have to face the same fate as the others.


    Saw this a couple months back and may have posted about it here. Did you see Limitless ?

    An animal ? Sound like the kinda movie I'd love.
     
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    Limitless was great, imo. The story was pretty interesting and Cooper did a great job along Robert de Niro. Well worth seeing, more than once.
     
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    The Shop Around the Corner (1940) - delightful old-time movie. James Steward and Frank Morgan. Remade as You've got Mail.
     
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    Limitless was the best Saturday night popcorn flick in a while.
     
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    Sergeant York (1941, Howard Hawks). Biographical movie of a highly decoration American soldier during the first world war. Also deals with the dilemma faced by a man between his beliefs (not killing) and his duty to his country (going to war).

    Gary Cooper plays Alvin York and won an Oscar for Best Actor. Read that there's an Alvin York Highway in Tennessee. There are deviations from what happened, it seems. York was not a conscientious objector to war, and he did not get the tumultuous welcome that is shown. He had quite a hard time after returning and had to rely on charity to get his house finished.

    I enjoyed the movie.
     
  43. chrischris

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    Funny enough i saw that classic last week . Its a good movie imo.
    In what way did you like it?
     
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    I like how some of the older movies focus on human values. I liked seeing the change in York when he becomes a humbler person, and how people's reactions to him change as a result. I've seen that happen in real life.

    I also liked the part of him facing the dilemma of not killing against going to war. It was nice to see how the army superiors respect his views and support him in finding an answer.
     
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    Just watched 4 movies on my flight from LAX to Shanghai:
    - grow ups 2, entertaining, but blah overall. Would not watch it again.
    - Jobs, I liked it. Ashton did well. Worth watching.
    - Blue Jasmine, entertaining, pretty good
    - The Heat, fun, Bullock is her usual, the other one is hilarious

    On my way back (Sunday) plan to see:
    - Now you see me
     
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    Undefeated, story of Manassas HS football.
     
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    Mumford

    From the late 90s, a psychologist sets up shop in a rural town and starts to collect followers; has a kind of metaphorical Jesus-saga vibe to it, surprisingly TV-grade considering that Lawrence Kasdan directed.
     
  48. Sentinel

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    Someone here suggested these movies to me:

    Hud (1963) - Paul Newman. Nice but sad movie about a black-sheep in an otherwise good family. Won 3 Oscars (best actress for Patricia Neal, and supporting actor for Hud's father). Hud comes from a family of principled people, but he just doesn't get it.

    The Cincinnati Kid - Steve McQueen. I don't follow stud poker but it was still quite interesting. The Hustler is supposed to be a much better movie than this one, will catch it shortly.

    ok, ronaldo recommended them, thanks !
     
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    Marty (1955) is a very enjoyable movie. Ernest Borgnine won the best actor, and the film got the best picture that year. It's about regular guys like the rest of us who get brushed off by girls :), "dogs" as they are called in the movie. It's brutally honest about how we judge people by their looks, everyone is calling the girl "a dog", even Marty's mother says she isn't good looking.

    EB was there in From Here to Eternity too as the sadistic sergeant who beats up Frank Sinatra.
     
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    I've seen it before, but I recently watched "Lost in Translation" again.
     

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