Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by jamesblakefan#1, Mar 22, 2010.
You can't really complain too much about any problems with the plot since it's based on a book
^^ the film does not suggest she "instantly" became a psychopath. We meet an early boyfriend of hers who also described strange and unrelational behaviors, so these seem to be longstanding personality traits. But I think this film is best appreciated if not looked at too literally but rather as a kind of surreal parody of marriage and relationships, as well as the media and the masses.
it wasn't the strange and unrelational behaviors that got me, but the skills to be able to pull off such a malevolent rouse, fooling almost everyone including the authorities...
She didn't need that many skills,just a basic knowledge of police investigation and the law.
Gave the Maze Runner a go. It was not too bad...
Edge of Tomorrow! My favorite movie of 2014. Simply amazing.
Groundhog Day Meets Aliens, it's great!
I saw guardians of the galaxy in the theater.
Not the best, but some of the songs were noice.
Saw the omen, with gregory peck. Well gregory peck was in it. I saw it with family.
Nice. A really good movie. One of the creepiest kids in film, ever...
You should have seen the look on my three yr old's face!
Imitation of Life (1959) - Lana Turner, Juanita Moore. Nice, touching movie about an aspiring actor, her help, and their daughters.
About Schmidt - (2002) - Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates. Nice, touching movie about a man dealing with retirement and bereavement.
Soylent Green - okay. The "assisted suicide" scene with the Pastoral Symphony was nice.
I will give Edge of Tommorrow a try.
I saw Annabelle yesterday. Oh Lord, do not attempt this at all it is beyond bad. no scares at all.
Just saw "milliom ways to die in te west". Bad movie.
Best movie of 2014 is clearly Guardians of the Galaxy, but Edge of Tomorrow is an excellent rental.
Watched Aliens on SundanceTV. A really good popcorn action flick, but how anyone can say it's better than the original is beyond me.
James Cameron's Aliens is superior to Alien the same way Empire is superior to Star Wars. True the first in each series set the precedent, these are both examples where the sequel took all that was great about the first and made it better! The characters, the story, the introduction of the Queen, Newt...I love how there are no Aliens at all the first hour, then Aliens everywhere the next. Aliens rules!
Game over man!!
Newt was a pointless touchstone with lines that have gone the way of memes: "they come at night mostly...mostly." :lol: Burke was a secondary villain given way too many bites at the apple. Bishop only works in relationship to the first film, given Ripley's propensity to mistrust cyborgs.
Empire was a superior film to A New Hope because it took the best parts of it, added new facets, but was more-or-less the same episodic space opera genre. Aliens was action/adventure, while Alien was psychological thriller. Not saying one is inherently better or worse than the other or more or less appealing to me, but I think Alien was significantly better in its execution than Aliens was.
Put me in the Alien > Aliens camp
I agree with you. The second was a very fun action movie, but the first was a superior film - not surprising in a way, since Ridley Scott at his peak is just more interesting than Cameron (much as I like Cameron). Much more interesting premise to have just one alien terrorizing a lonely ship full of scientists, rather than the soldiers versus monsters concept (and I say that really liking the second one).
All that said, both are far superior to the third, which was too clever for its own good. Fincher's gotten better since then.
WW2 tank melodrama, mud and blood everywhere, breaks no new ground but an absorbing reminder of the hell of war. Shia Leboeuf finally gets a meaty role and knocks it out of the park.
The Town with Ben Affleck, wonderful film.
Just saw Gone Girl. It was fantastic! David Fincher at his very best and Rosamund Pike putting on the performance of her life.
i like them both but they are different kinds,of films. Alien is probably top 5 scifi horror films of all time. maybe top three. I put The Thing as #1 by the way. a good one recently was Dark skies BTW.
Aliens is maybe top 3 action films of all time. Maybe a tie for #3 along with predator. #1 in that category being Die Hard. other notables.... Mission Impossible 3, Raiders of the lost ark, The Road warrior, equilibrium, First Blood, Jason bourne trilogy, LethalWeapon, Terminator 1 and 2.
The only one of those that would even come close to making my top 3 action films would be Terminator 2. For me:
1)The Right Stuff
2)North By Northwest
3)Lawrence Of Arabia
I saw this last week also. I agree, it's a fantastic and creepy film. I just wish they had addressed some of the obvious plot holes and made the movie even better.
I also saw The Judge recently with Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall. It was a good film also - pretty dark and a little hard to ignore Downey Jr's ongoing Ironman-style sarcasm.
The Straight Story (1999) - Based on a true story of Alvin Straight (elderly man) who drove 240 miles from Iowa to Wisconsin on a lawn mower to meet his brother who had suffered a stroke. Touching story and beautiful film.
Directed by David Lynch. Richard Farnsworth was nominated for Best Actor.
Just got back from watching 'the mazerunner'. This won't be earning any oscar nominations but a very entertaining movie. Wife and i Really enjoyed it.
Now I'm dating my OS, and it's Windows 95
Good Luck, heard she's looking for support.
Haven't seen it, but this isn't hard to believe; Alec Baldwin is still in character from 30 Rock in everything I've seen recently of him.
Bedtime Story (1964) - David Niven and Marlon Brando. Two conmen who steal from rich ladies around the Riviera. Funny, light movie.
The Last Man on Earth (1964) - Based on the book I Am Legend. This is the first movie based on that book. Later, The Omega Man (1971) and recently I am Legend (2007).
More American Graffiti. Poor sequel,but there have been many,many worse...
Monsters (2010) - pretty good low budget, alien/ET movie.
Nice courtship scene in the end, the aliens seem to float in the air, they make very endearing sounds. They seem to have the head of a T-Rex with tentacles almost like a Portuguese-man-of-war.
But there's nothing about who they are, what they want, what are they like, etc.
that was a pretty good sci fi. the illegal alien propaganda kind of turned me off but other than that not bad.
Last man On earth is a classic. i have watched it many times. Night of the Living dead is a rip off of it and Romero almost got sued.
Enemy Mine (1985) - a refreshingly different movie about ET's. A human and an ET get stranded on a planet.
The Servant (1963) - a rather strange movie about a manservant, a maid, and the master and his mistress.
Shooter (2007) Mark Wahlberg.
One of my favourite films. Very hard to fault in any way. Good from start to finish and one of those films where there isn't a dull or irrelevant moment.
The Servant is more precisely about the master-servant relationship, which was analysed already in operas like Figaro and in philosophy by Hegel.
^ I thought it was not just relationship but the decadence or degeneration of the upper class. How Bogarte deftly turns the tables on his master. Very well acted by Bogarte.
His lover/gf seemed a bit clumsy in her seduction, but maybe that was deliberate considering her background. The party at the end almost seemed like some dream sequence, sort of surreal.
The Andromeda Strain (1971) - nice scifi movie, focuses on science (no soap opera) part of an alien life form that makes its way to Earth through a satellite.
Tarantula (1955) - so-so scifi movie about a scientist who carries out biological research leading to some monsters.
The Omega Man (1971) - Based on I am Legend with Charlton Heston. B-grade.
Ladies in Lavender (2004) - Some amazingly beautiful violin (played by Joshua Bell), stunning scenery from Cornwall, .... and Maggie Smith and Judy Dench playing two sisters. The story is a bit weak, but decent acting, and the music and scenery makes up for its shortfalls.
Maze runner, was ok bit of a hunger games rip off.
Looking forward to Fury, the sniper and the new joaquin Phoenix film
A Night at the Opera. Pure brilliance.
"The party of the first part shall be known in this contract as the party of the first part . . ."
In the interest of studying Lars von Trier's Dogme 95 rules and their influence on Danish filmmaking, I have watched "All About Anna" . . . again.
A review said the elegant cinematography makes up for the lack of any real story. Well, not quite. Dumbest screenplay in recent memory and the violence becomes tedious in a hurry.
Saw 'john wick' today. Awesome movie!
Hmmm. I asked my tennis buddy to go see a flick Sunday to cheer me up, and he picked out John Wick, and we laughed our asses off at the inane plot, unending ammo clips, and ridiculous acting. At least I couldn't stop laughing.
^^ JOHN WICK -- SPOILER
Exactly my point, just a barely existent screenplay and utterly silly. And the endless shoot-ups have no real suspense since this is the first John Wick film and we know he survives as there has to be at least one other sequel. The scene in the nightclub where an endless array of assailants comes at him from every direction made me think of all the Mr. Smiths coming at him in the Matrix films.
If we are talking in the theaters, it was Tammy with Melissa McCarthy. I took my sister to see it, and it was FUNNY!
Last movie regardless of medium, Hot Tub Time Machine on my laptop. "I've only had a couple of Wine Kills, Captain Buzzcooler"
Mr. Nobody (2009) - scifi movie interesting but also very long (at about 2.5 hours).
What r u talking about?! The guy was constantly reloading and he was awesome at it! The way he used bullets in the place of a fist was fantastic!
I guess i shoulda specified...this is not a movie to go looking for quality of screenplay, plot...or anything else for that matter. Its just pure badassness. Total guy flick.
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