Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by jamesblakefan#1, Mar 22, 2010.
The Help. Viola Davis is tremendous.
Man of Steel.
You were talking about Superman right?
Anyone seen this movie "You Are Next" kind of violence horror movie. Surprisingly many Positive reviews from Critics. usually this kind of movie gets trashed by critics but NOT this one.
I am also about to rent Riddick 2013 movie. Anybody seen this. I am a little scared since so many critics gave this movie bad reviews. The Trailers look so good though....lol
seen it, its good, very good in fact as i bet you wont fin out who behind it, before they show u him/her at the very end
Awsome, thank you. I am trying to decide between this one and Riddick 2013 and Byzantium........ decisions decisions..............
going to watch it 2night, i was thinking the same thing.
watched oblivion - decent, but it should have been better, storyline should have been better, morgan freeman character boring. 6/10
few days ago i watched bad-grandpa, not a fan off knoxville but this was funny; scene where he gets caught in the vending machine 2funny, 8/10
'The Act of Killing'.
Not a 'popcorn movie' but its an incredible documentary.
'A Royal Affair'
Beautiful film and really good story.
All star cast with DeNiro, Douglas, Freeman et al, but what a depressing film about ageing.
'The Hobbit - Desolation of Smaug'
Most boring, tedious film I've seen for a while. Big mistake trying to stretch this out into 3 overlong films.
Game of Thrones blows this into the dust.
'Wolf of Wall Street'
Riotiously entertaining. Terrific fun.
Yeah, i read that a while back. I heard it is the bolly remake of The Prestige (which was a good movie) ??? How was D3 ?
Sideways - comedy about 2 guys who go on a wine tour, one is just about to get married. Funny and nice.
Thanks, Stringertom, i don't know whether you recommended it, or just put the "smudge of excrement" quote in the quote thread
I must say, the California country is just awesome. I kept looking at the background and thinking how nice it would be to live there.
^ Sideways was a lovely little film. A few of my latest viewings:
Forbidden Games (1952, Rene Clement)
One one level, this is an endearing, yet candid tale of two children forming a friendship in the midst of unparalleled war. On another, it is a challenging observation into the role religion renders in times of turmoil and arduous living. Not only does the film furnish its viewers with a perspective of war through the eye's of the young, often oblivious and impervious to the nature of human conflict and death, itself, but it also summons as a critique of religion, and how it detaches those more than it bonds, especially during times of hardship. The film spawns some powerful imagery, whether it be portraying the callosity of war to the fraternity of friendship all the way down to its poignant and somber conclusion. As the film tends to lose some focus in its middle act by steering away from its two central characters and as there is a scene or two that felt oddly misplaced, it is a harrowing war film, and one that I can imagine will be sticking with me for quite some time. I reckon a 7.5 or 8 seems fitting here.
My Life to Live (1962, Jean-Luc Godard)
This is a less sweeping and voguish piece from a time where French cinema was, arguably, at its most pioneering and creative. That's not to say it was not novel in nature (because it was). It told a reasonably levelheaded story with an effective episodic approach, as the film consisted of twelve chapters, each building on each other, to depict an essentially tragic crossing from ambition and aspiration to the succumbs of - what is - a financially rewarding but despairing 'industry'. The true strengths of this film lies within its impressive direction and redolent lead performance, as Anna Karina captures everything from ambivalence and curiosity to joy and dejection. In saying that, my main problem with Godard persists - there was one too many overblown or pompous moments, including one scene at a cafe that just did not feel at all suitable or needed in the context of the film. It often feels like his films go down these 'philosophical rant' blusters, and that is maddening because it disrupts the flow and feel of the film. I get the impression that Godard is having a hard time between telling a story and embedding in his own pensive thoughts within them. Ultimately, good, but flawed. Probably a 6 here.
The Ascent (1977, Larisa Shepitko)
There has perhaps been no war film more harrowing, more dismal, and more shattering than this. It is dispirited, despondent, and provides its viewers nothing other than the dastardly reality of the Great Patriotic War. An utterly unforgiving viewing, but one of necessity as there are few films that hold as much force as this. It is through its sweeping black and white photography where Shepitko illuminates the boundless, infinite, and stark landscape of rural Russia, saturated in limitless white, in the midst of treacherous, perilous conditions, at the core of humanity's most deadliest conflict. It is a visual masterwork, adopting a very stifle, unsettling approach, spawning images that are both painfully poignant and dismaying, but also very real and stern. Through all of its optical beauty, it is the music, furnishing a sense of underlying creepiness and a gripping screen presence (Plotnikov, in particular, being absolutely remarkable) that makes this not only one of the most dexterous of war films, or even one of the leading, preeminent Soviet works, but simply and unequivocally one of the best films I have ever seen. A haunting masterwork that manages to steer away from any propagandic overtones (uncommon in Soviet films that deal with these type of subjects), and provide nothing but a bleak and intrepid depiction of the seemingly inevitable demise of those struggling to survive in rural Russia. Perhaps a 10, which I seldom give away on first viewings. Might stick with a 9.5 and see how its eventual rewatch will hold up.
I'm curious and a bit concerned about how kids process some of the messages in a film like this.
re: the little girl navigating an obstacle course at the start of the film with life-threatening booby traps at every turn.
re: the hideously ugly pet with canines half a foot long.
re: the "good guy" being a villain/reformed villain
re: the little girls sleeping inside bombs
....and all of the other sinister, gory elements replete in both DM films. Remember one of the girls being "impaled" complete with a pool of blood in the first?
Fav quote from Boiler Room:
I read this article a while back, that said that Microsoft employs more millionaire secretary's that any other company in the world. They took stock options over Christmas bonuses. It was a good move. I remember there was this picture, of one of the groundskeepers next to his Ferrari. Blew my mind. you see sh1t like that, and it just plants seeds, makes you think its possible, even easy. And then you turn on the TV, and there's just more of it. The $87 Million lottery winner, that kid actor that just made 20 million o his last movie, that internet stock that shot through the roof, you could have made millions if you had just gotten in early, and that's exactly what I wanted to do: get in. I didn't want to be an innovator any more, i just wanted to make the quick and easy buck, i just wanted in. The Notorious BIG said it best: "Either you're slingin' crack-rock, or you've got a wicked jump-shot." Nobody wants to work for it anymore. There's no honor in taking that after school job at Mickey Dee's, honor's in the dollar, kid. So I went the white boy way of slinging crack-rock: I became a stock broker.
"Clear History" with Larry David.
Could have called it "Curb your Howard", as it's just LD playing his HBO self in a movie. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Watched it the other day. Took me a few minutes to notice it wasn't Curb your Enthusiasm
Thought it was funny. Especially the Chicago band storyline. I didn't catch the beginning so it took me a while to understand the main storyline.
Watched Killer Joe last night. A downright disgusting movie, would not recommend it to anyone :-?
wolf of wall street was real good. then last night i watched the new great gatsby. not bad
Ok, I just got back from Frozen... I'm pretty sure I enjoyed it more than she did.
It's gdf'n AMAZING.
"Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back any more
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don't care what they're going to say
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway"
Scarface - Loved it from the start. Directly by Brian dePalma.
The more I see Al Pacino (and DeNiro) the more i love them. Nice debut for Michele Pfieffer. Reminds me of Lauren Bacall debuting in Casablanca.
Has anyone seen the first (1930's ?) Scarface? Is it good ?
Thought Lauren Bacall's debut was in To Have And Have not? That was Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca.
The Desolation of Smaug
First, you have to stipulate that Peter Jackson is critic proof. However, some additional editing could have pared off 15-20 minutes of running time that no one would miss. But I guess that once the title character gets the screen (i.e. Smaug) you have to milk it for as much as you can. The basic premise of Tolkein's book remains, but there is a lot of other stuff added. Doesn't detract from the overall effect. Only ruffles feathers if you're a Tolkein purist. Still it was entertaining. 7/10
Dang! I keep making an utter fool of myself, but you have to remember that I suffer from amnesia.
Yes, that was Ingrid in Casablanca. But then what was that pic that started off the romance of HB and LB ? Okay, that was To Have and Have Not which also has the same Vichy/French resistance background, so I can be forgiven a bit. Or am I once again mixing up with some other pair
Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Ok. It's like an impoverished man's Forrest Gump.
"What do you mean your gonna pass?! Larry the only people making money passing are NFL quarterbacks and I don't see a number on your back"
DeNiro is very good in 'Ronin' as well. Classic heist/action flick.
Larry is the genius behind Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm is the funniest show on TV.
Next movie on my list is "Lone Survivor". The book was amazing.
Paul Muni had a great run in the 30s.
You mean Lone Survivor with Wahlberg? Yeah I may watch that next as well. I hear it is super intense. Those types of movies I have to be in the mood for because they are so dark. A great one that many people loved and others hated was The Grey. I was blown away by that movie personally, but I had zero expectations going in. Lone Survivor is based on a true story, and The Grey wasn't, but I think they are both survival movies at heart.
On a side note, has anyone seen True Detective on HBO? It's incredible, and I love the concept. 8 Episodes and then the next season I believe it is completely different story and actors. Really allows for them to get top notch actors and make a high quality show. It really looks like a movie more than a TV show as well.
And YES, True Dective looks GREAT so far. Matthew McConehey (spel?) and Woody Harrelson are brilliant together. HBO always does top notch series'. Can't wait for the next episode!
LOVED the first episode of True Detective. Seems like a great idea as well, hope they keep the level up.
HBO has made some really great shows...
haven't heard of it. Haven't seen something by them I didn't like though. Loved the newsroom.
It was horrible. Thestory was a piece of satire. It was to make fun of Mitty. The genius of Thurber was to seamlessly transition the mundane to a place of fantasy on a dime. The movie was contrived, and ended up making Mitty an admirable man. That was not the point at all. The point was to delve into human psychology and make fun of how people fantasize about their abilities.
The Railway Man, 12 Years a Slave, and American Hustle.
...I think after seeing 'Slave I'll need to go and see Frozen again, just to remember what happiness feels like...
Is it based on a real story?, anyone knows?. Been wanting to see it but it seems to have come and gone from theaters here without me even noticing... unless it still hasn't arrived? :-?
macgruber was cracking me up last night and i dont like comedies at all. That may be the funniest movie i have ever seen.
Was loving that one too, but could never remember when it was on... HBO series should be on Netflix.
I cannot say there's one show of them I didn't think was good, but some go overboard with the violence imo (Rome, Game of Thrones).
LOVED Six feet under and Curb your enthusiasm.
oh, i thought you were referring to the documentary Sole Survivor. I see you have edited.
I saw Lone Survivor last week. It has a lot of action, lots of shooting. Not much more to offer, the characters are not developed. Personally, i felt the movie offers nothing over all the other hundreds of war or operation this or that movies.
Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima is a fine war movie, told for once from a Japanese perspective.
Carlito's Way - Pacino and Penn. Liked it a lot.
It's criminal how gangstas have to die in the end, esp when played by DeNiro or Pacino. I was rooting for Carlito !
Pacino is amazing both as a cop in Serpico or Heat and as a baddie in Carlito and Scarface.
I downloaded both this and it's predecessor last week. Have you seen the first one of the two ? Flags of our Fathers.
Slave is based on a book by the the same name. In case you see it, you might check out The Butler.
Brian de Palma p!sses me off sometimes. He is obviously a great director as Carlito's Way proves, but he is so uneven.
I haven't watched CW in a while. If I remember correctly Sean Penn turned in a great performance as the Jewish lawyer that goes corrupt and ends up paying the price.
Afraid not, and it's been on my to-do list forever. I can tell you that Flags wasn't as well received as Letters, and it's told from the typical American viewpoint so probably not as interesting but still worth watching before its Japanese counterpart.
Maybe I'm pointing out the obvious since you seem to be a movie buff, but just in case a couple more recommendations:
Grand Illusion - Probably Renoir's most sweeping humanistic statement, and for my money superior to his overrated Rules of the Game. Jean Gabin is great as usual.
Fires on the Plain - Kon Ichikawa paints a desolate picture where the ordinary is turned into extraordinary barbarity. This was by no means the first attempt to depict man as a savage, but few have inspired such terror. The still underappreciated Ichikawa's masterpiece, and to be viewed before the overwrought Burmese Harp, his other acclaimed war film. (I'm also partial to his Makioka Sisters. Beautiful cinematography.)
Rome, Open City - The film that jump-started Italian neorealism. It's not without flaws (for one thing it features a Gestapo lezbo hoodwinking the protagonist's ex!), but its "documentary" camerawork remains startling and its melodrama continues to stir. Pina (Anna Magnani) running after her fiance before being gunned down by the Nazis is one of my favorite scenes in cinema, but Magnani's my absolute favorite thespian ever, man or woman, so I'm naturally biased. (Incidentally Anna also starred in my favorite Renoir movie, The Golden Coach.)
Hope you find this list helpful.
you can stream it at solarmovie.eu (google it, something like that) and just about anything else you can think of for that matter.
Game of Thrones was addicting, quite violent but if you didn't read the books, that show had some of the best twists in tv like ever.
shotime is good too, if you haven't watched the wire, I don't know what youre doing.
Spoilers guys! :neutral:
After what FOD posted though, I think I've seen this movie after all. I do remember Penn's character (didn't notice it was him until the very end, he looked so different). Don't remember much else about the movie though.
It's always amazed me how few movies about slavery/abolition there are.
The violence in GOT was off putting for me, but I might give it another shot.
I did watch a season of The Wire, but then it was over lol.
Thanks for that link btw! Great!
Sentinel please stop w/ spoilers. Even though Carlitos way is a classic and most have seen it, it's still not cool to post spoilers, and you continue to do it.
I know about Iwo Jima because my cuz mentioned the two movies to me the other day when i told him I have been wanting to see Acopalypse Now for some time. I have downloaded both and am about to see them soon.
Thanks for the other recommendations. I have Grand Illusion and The Golden Coach but not the others. Oh, wait, I did see The Golden Coach a month back.
Iirc, Rome Open City is by Rosselini - I have seen his movie on Saint Francis. I'll check out these recommendations asap. Thanks.
I started seeing movies only a year back or maybe even less, so I am behind all of you there. Recommendations are always welcome. I try to see one movie every night, so i post here often
My sincerest apologies, Sir. I did not say anything about Carlito's Way. I was talking about gangster movies in general, due to various movie codes the gangster has to be taken in or killed in the end. And Carlito was reformed, besides.
Shotime is like hbo just a different network. They did the show weeds for example.
As for got, I thought it was violent and more so than things I watch, but it wasn't senseless. Seemed appropriate to the 'time period' do it was alright. That being said, after the last finale with the massacre.. I didn't watch for a long time after. Really brutal..
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