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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22651 Post by sldawgs » 12 Jun 2012, 19:21

alan smithee wrote:
A² wrote:To Hell and Back (1955) - :2stars: This story about a small man who barely made it into the army and became the most decorated soldier in US history (according to the box) reminded me a little bit of Captain America, except without all that super soldier serum.
Did you notice the name of the guy who played the main character?
Don't worry about it, Audie Murphy was from Texas, A² has a mental block against anything south of the Red River.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22652 Post by » 12 Jun 2012, 20:17

sldawgs wrote:
alan smithee wrote:
A² wrote:To Hell and Back (1955) - :2stars: This story about a small man who barely made it into the army and became the most decorated soldier in US history (according to the box) reminded me a little bit of Captain America, except without all that super soldier serum.
Did you notice the name of the guy who played the main character?
Don't worry about it, Audie Murphy was from Texas, A² has a mental block against anything south of the Red River.
I knew his name was Audie Murphy but I don't understand the significance. I don't believe that he was really from Texas, either. He was a small man and Texas propaganda has taught me that everything is bigger there.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22653 Post by alan smithee » 12 Jun 2012, 21:35

A² wrote:
sldawgs wrote:
alan smithee wrote:
A² wrote:To Hell and Back (1955) - :2stars: This story about a small man who barely made it into the army and became the most decorated soldier in US history (according to the box) reminded me a little bit of Captain America, except without all that super soldier serum.
Did you notice the name of the guy who played the main character?
Don't worry about it, Audie Murphy was from Texas, A² has a mental block against anything south of the Red River.
I knew his name was Audie Murphy but I don't understand the significance.
Just that the movie you were watching about a WWII hero starred the actual hero as himself. I've never seen To Hell and Back (nor a DVD box for it), so I don't know if that was obvious—but I at least find it interesting.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22654 Post by » 13 Jun 2012, 00:27

alan smithee wrote:
A² wrote:
sldawgs wrote:
alan smithee wrote:
A² wrote:To Hell and Back (1955) - :2stars: This story about a small man who barely made it into the army and became the most decorated soldier in US history (according to the box) reminded me a little bit of Captain America, except without all that super soldier serum.
Did you notice the name of the guy who played the main character?
Don't worry about it, Audie Murphy was from Texas, A² has a mental block against anything south of the Red River.
I knew his name was Audie Murphy but I don't understand the significance.
Just that the movie you were watching about a WWII hero starred the actual hero as himself. I've never seen To Hell and Back (nor a DVD box for it), so I don't know if that was obvious—but I at least find it interesting.
Ah. Its definitely interesting. It also becomes obvious that he is no doubt a better soldier than he is an actor. Still, his acting shortcomings are forgivable due to his connection to the material. Furthering his connection to the film, Audie's autobiography is also the source of the screenplay.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22655 Post by alan smithee » 13 Jun 2012, 01:17

A² wrote:
alan smithee wrote:
A² wrote:
sldawgs wrote:
alan smithee wrote:
A² wrote:To Hell and Back (1955) - :2stars: This story about a small man who barely made it into the army and became the most decorated soldier in US history (according to the box) reminded me a little bit of Captain America, except without all that super soldier serum.
Did you notice the name of the guy who played the main character?
Don't worry about it, Audie Murphy was from Texas, A² has a mental block against anything south of the Red River.
I knew his name was Audie Murphy but I don't understand the significance.
Just that the movie you were watching about a WWII hero starred the actual hero as himself. I've never seen To Hell and Back (nor a DVD box for it), so I don't know if that was obvious—but I at least find it interesting.
Ah. Its definitely interesting. It also becomes obvious that he is no doubt a better soldier than he is an actor. Still, his acting shortcomings are forgivable due to his connection to the material. Furthering his connection to the film, Audie's autobiography is also the source of the screenplay.
Furthering indeed—quite interestinger.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22656 Post by » 13 Jun 2012, 02:47

Dream House (2011) - :3stars: I enjoyed some of the swerves the plot took, some of them even surprised me. I appreciated both Weisz and Watts here. They seem to be aging gracefully and remain sexy while taking age appropriate roles.

Ocean's 11 (commentary) (2001) - :2.5stars: I listened to both the cast commentary and the one with Soderbergh. The cast one was fun. The guys seemed like they would be fun to hang out with. They had a great time filming and it shows in the finished product. Soderbergh can be such an artist and it was interesting to learn about some of his processes.

Act of Valor (2012) - :3stars: As you would expect in a movie starring real Navy Seals, the action was great and the acting was weak. Further enhancing my experience, I watched this with a former member of the Navy. He was able to add some insight into some of the things I was seeing on screen.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22657 Post by » 13 Jun 2012, 03:05

Tree of Life (2011) - :0.5star: I finally watched the whole thing. I watched the first half hour a month or two ago and was so bored I turned it off. I don't know what made me want to give it another try but I did. I restarted it from the beginning and I don't think I'm the better for it. What the fuck was the point of the whole thing? Malick is such a blow hard. It takes him two and a half hours to accomplish what lesser directors manage in 90 minutes.

We Bought a Zoo (2011) - :3.5stars: I don't care how transparent the manipulations are in this movie. Its sweet and charming and does it all with a PG rating. Plus, the cast really appeals to me. Johansson- dibs, Damon- dibs, fanning- dibs

We Bought a Zoo (commentary) (2012) - :2stars: I love Cameron Crowe, so i was happy to hear him talk about his craft. This commentary was interesting in that he invited JB Smooove along to bring a little levity, despite him only being in a couple of scenes in the film.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22658 Post by sldawgs » 13 Jun 2012, 03:37

A² wrote:
sldawgs wrote:
alan smithee wrote:
A² wrote:To Hell and Back (1955) - :2stars: This story about a small man who barely made it into the army and became the most decorated soldier in US history (according to the box) reminded me a little bit of Captain America, except without all that super soldier serum.
Did you notice the name of the guy who played the main character?
Don't worry about it, Audie Murphy was from Texas, A² has a mental block against anything south of the Red River.
I knew his name was Audie Murphy but I don't understand the significance. I don't believe that he was really from Texas, either. He was a small man and Texas propaganda has taught me that everything is bigger there.
Understandable. You are confusing the word "bigger" with the word "better".
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22659 Post by Will » 13 Jun 2012, 04:46

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Michael :5stars:
Excellent acting, but very twisted and a bit depressing.
I saw your 5 star review and decided to give it a watch after seeing it was available for download on Netflix. "A bit depressing"? Hey Sheila how was that pixie stick? "Kinda sweet"
Jeez, after watching this I had to hug my kids while they were all hugging bunnies, and the bunnies were hugging baby chicks just to be able to smile again.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22660 Post by Sheila1313 » 13 Jun 2012, 11:44

Will wrote:
Sheila1313 wrote:
Michael :5stars:
Excellent acting, but very twisted and a bit depressing.
I saw your 5 star review and decided to give it a watch after seeing it was available for download on Netflix. "A bit depressing"? Hey Sheila how was that pixie stick? "Kinda sweet"
Jeez, after watching this I had to hug my kids while they were all hugging bunnies, and the bunnies were hugging baby chicks just to be able to smile again.
:lol: I'm sorry, Will. I've been on an indie binge lately. I guess my threshold for "depression" is higher than most people's.

If you really want to watch a laugh riot, check out Angels Crest...it's an Instant Play. :cry:
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22661 Post by Batman » 14 Jun 2012, 01:55

Prometheus (3D) (2012) - :3.5stars:. Great ideas and inventiveness, but it manages to drive itself into the Alien mold even though Scott is trying hard to set up a different story. Still, it was a good movie, but you'll end up feeling like you've seen it before.

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010) - :3.5stars:. Not bad as a sequel. It's not a simple rehash of the first story, more an expansion of how the drugs trade, police corruption and politics are interwoven in Brazil.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) - :3stars:. I suppose this benefits in part from my exceedingly low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the action and special effects. I also liked Theron's over-the-top performance as the queen. Overall, not a bad film.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22662 Post by Batman » 14 Jun 2012, 01:57

Ill Manors (2012) - :3.5stars:. Although I didn't really connect with any of the characters nor situations in this decidedly gritty look at a London slum, it was an interesting set of interwoven stories. The writer/director is Ben Drew, aka Plan B, and he's peppered the film with his original songs throughout. It's easy to see this as an evolution of a songwriter who is fond of the idea of albums. He's produced a visual equivalent of the LP, and for a freshman effort, it's not bad at all.

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Red Tails (2012) - :2stars:. Well, George. You certainly know how to make some wonderful special effects. What happened to your ability to tell a story? I loved Star Wars. American Graffiti was superb. Even THX-1138 was adequate. But Red Tails - a story that should be easy to tell, a story chock-full of actual American heroes doing wonderful things both in the air and on the ground - seems like it's been written by some third-rate hack intent on using as many cliches as possible. Why raise the issue of alcholism when it was clear that alcohol never played a part in any of the deaths or losses of aircraft in the film? Why personalize the story of the war into being between a single racist Luftwaffe pilot and the men of the 332nd? That said, the flying scenes did look amazing, though I don't think they really portrayed the escort tactics accurately. Overall, what a disappointment.

The Pact (2012) - :0star:. What a load of bollocks. This is stupid on so many levels. I hope no one gives this guy more money to make another picture.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22663 Post by Batman » 17 Jun 2012, 16:10

Cosmopolis (2012) - :1star:. This started out promising. The viewer is thrown into the middle of Robert Pattinson's extremely structured life as he's driving through the city in his customized limousine. So many questions to answer: What's going on? Who is this guy? Where did he get his money? Who's this person climbing into the car? What is he trying to do? How long will it take that doctor to check his prostate? As the story progresses, it turns out you begin to care less and less, mostly because no real answers are forthcoming. As a matter of fact, the film ends with a decidedly uncertain outcome, one that I imagine some people may decry as being as bullshit an ending as the one on the final season of "Lost". The only difference is, by the end of the film I really didn't give a shit what happened and I didn't bother trying to analyze it a single second more.

A Royal Affair (2012) - :5stars:. This film really made me glad I've got access to a cinema where I can view films that large cineplexes won't carry. This is a Danish film about the court of King Christian VII and the events surrounding his unfortunate reign. Personally, I knew next to nothing about Danish history, nor really very much about the Enlightenment. I suppose my ignorance made the story that much more interesting, but it was the costumes, set design and incredible acting by the entire cast that made this such a superb film. I don't see a US release date for the film, but assuming it gets a nod for Best Foreign Language film at the next Oscars, maybe it will garner at least a limited release. If you get the chance, go see this film.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) - :4.5stars:. I don't know why I waited so long to see this film. I love Wes Anderson's work and pretty much every actor in this movie. Well, whatever my reasons, I've finally seen it and I wasn't disappointed. Another great film by Wes Anderson.
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#22664 Post by DrG » 18 Jun 2012, 09:06

Batman wrote:The Pact (2012) - :0star:. What a load of bollocks. This is stupid on so many levels. I hope no one gives this guy more money to make another picture.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22665 Post by » 18 Jun 2012, 16:37

Chrnoicle (2012) - :3stars: This wasn't what I expected. I liked the story and the development of the characters was enjoyable. The handheld, documentary-style camera work annoyed me less than it usually does.

Drive (2011) - :3.5stars: I like what I've seen out of Refn, so far. Gossling I could give or take. He doesn't bother me but I also don't see anythign special about him, either. I like the moments of ultra-violence in this. They tend to catch me by surprise.

Almost Famous (Untitled version) (2000) - :5stars: This is my #1 favorite movie. My new discovery this time was that Cam from Modern Family is one of the guys who gives William Miller a phone message at a hotel.

I think the most remarkable thing about this movie is that, with the exception of McDormand and P.S. Hoffman, every member of this amazing cast has never been better in anything else they've done- Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Zooey Deschanel, Noah Taylor, Jimmy Fallon, etc.
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We Bought a Zoo (2011) - :3.5stars: At this point, I'm getting a little tired of watching this but the kids wanted to see it so I saw it a 3rd time in a week.

How to Train Your Dragon (2010) - :4stars: This is easily my favorite non-Pixar animated film in the last several years.

Teen Wolf (1985) - :4stars: I introduced my 9-year old to this. She liked it but I don't think it resonated with her the way it did when i was that age (10, actually. when I first saw it.) Watching this as a parent, I was reminded that this is a hard PG rating. Several shits, high schoolers having sex and several scenes in the party setting all seem worthy of a pg-13 rating by themselves. Cumulatively, they really add up.
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#22667 Post by Sheila1313 » 20 Jun 2012, 15:10

Catching-up again...

Prometheus :3stars:
Meh...once again, I'm on a different page than the rest of the world. It was a good movie, great acting, and I love H.R. Giger's designs (he's amazing). It was just a little...pretentious, I guess (not sure if that's the right word)...not like Tree of Life pretentious, but just a little far-fetched.

The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter :4stars:
Off-beat documentary about the Manson Family murders.

The Poker House :3stars:
Wow...this was quite a turn for Jennifer Lawrence. She plays a teenager living in a brothel with her very skanky mother (Selma Blair) and her pimp (Bokeem Woodbine)...and she takes care of her two younger sisters (Sophia Bairley and Chloë Moretz). So, great cast for a indie, but it has one of the most bizarre endings I've ever seen. :s

Pet Sematary :3stars:
This wasn't as bad as I remembered. I wish Romero hadn't pulled-out. Mary Lambert is a shitty director (see "Siesta")

Velvet Goldmine :4stars:
One of my guilty pleasures. Who can say no to 10 seconds of Ewan McGregor's wee-wee?

Boy Wonder :4stars:
I love revenge-driven plots.

Betty Blue :5stars:
Béatrice Dalle is my idol. The woman kicks ass.

Lbs. :5stars:
If you've ever struggled with weight issues, this will hit home.

In Prison My Whole Life :0star:
This doc made me sick. Seriously, fuck Mumia Abu-Jamal. He's in prison for his whole life because the mother fucker killed a Philadelphia cop.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

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Velvet Goldmine :4stars:
One of my guilty pleasures. Who can say no to 10 seconds of Ewan McGregor's wee-wee?
Is 10 seconds of wee wee all it takes to satisfy a lady these days? Man, I've been trying way too hard.
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Sheila1313 wrote: The Poker House :3stars:
Wow...this was quite a turn for Jennifer Lawrence. She plays a teenager living in a brothel with her very skanky mother (Selma Blair) and her pimp (Bokeem Woodbine)...and she takes care of her two younger sisters (Sophia Bairley and Chloë Moretz). So, great cast for a indie, but it has one of the most bizarre endings I've ever seen. :s
I just watched this week. Curious that we'd both give a obscure movie like that a shot at the same time. I think I saw it because I was looking for more Chloe Moretz movies.

I like rape as much as the next fella but I found the scene in Poker House to be especially unsavory.
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#22670 Post by Sheila1313 » 21 Jun 2012, 03:38

A² wrote:
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Velvet Goldmine :4stars:
One of my guilty pleasures. Who can say no to 10 seconds of Ewan McGregor's wee-wee?
Is 10 seconds of wee wee all it takes to satisfy a lady these days? Man, I've been trying way too hard.

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#22671 Post by Sheila1313 » 21 Jun 2012, 03:47

A² wrote:
Sheila1313 wrote: The Poker House :3stars:
Wow...this was quite a turn for Jennifer Lawrence. She plays a teenager living in a brothel with her very skanky mother (Selma Blair) and her pimp (Bokeem Woodbine)...and she takes care of her two younger sisters (Sophia Bairley and Chloë Moretz). So, great cast for a indie, but it has one of the most bizarre endings I've ever seen. :s
I just watched this week. Curious that we'd both give a obscure movie like that a shot at the same time. I think I saw it because I was looking for more Chloe Moretz movies.

I like rape as much as the next fella but I found the scene in Poker House to be especially unsavory.
It is a little weird. Scary almost. :lol: I just look for the most bleak and depressing indie films. They make me feel better about my own life.

I agree with the rape scene...it was horrible in and of itself, but the following scene in the bathroom with Selma Blair was just (for lack of a better word) fucked-up. :s

But, the end...
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Really? The sisters singing was kinda' cute, and I'm a big fan of Motown, but there's not a single song that would make me forget that (a) my mom is a coked-out whore, and (b) my mom's pimp just raped me (but I was still able to bounce around the basketball court). It just struck me as odd. You...???
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#22672 Post by Buckykatt » 21 Jun 2012, 04:04

Sheila1313 wrote:
A² wrote:
Sheila1313 wrote:
Velvet Goldmine :4stars:
One of my guilty pleasures. Who can say no to 10 seconds of Ewan McGregor's wee-wee?
Is 10 seconds of wee wee all it takes to satisfy a lady these days? Man, I've been trying way too hard.

:green:
Young Adam though a disturbing (and as I recall not a very enjoyable) movie, has a great deal of full frontal Ewan in it. As A2 would say, I like how generous he is with the goods. And may I also suggest Close My Eyes (again, I feel like i mention this all the time) which features a often-naked 28 yr old Clive Owen.

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#22673 Post by Sheila1313 » 21 Jun 2012, 04:07

Buckykatt wrote:
Sheila1313 wrote:
A² wrote:
Sheila1313 wrote:
Velvet Goldmine :4stars:
One of my guilty pleasures. Who can say no to 10 seconds of Ewan McGregor's wee-wee?
Is 10 seconds of wee wee all it takes to satisfy a lady these days? Man, I've been trying way too hard.

:green:
Young Adam though a disturbing (and as I recall not a very enjoyable) movie, has a great deal of full frontal Ewan in it. As A2 would say, I like how generous he is with the goods. And may I also suggest Close My Eyes (again, I feel like i mention this all the time) which features a often-naked 28 yr old Clive Owen.

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#22674 Post by » 21 Jun 2012, 04:20

Sheila1313 wrote:
A² wrote:
Sheila1313 wrote: The Poker House :3stars:
Wow...this was quite a turn for Jennifer Lawrence. She plays a teenager living in a brothel with her very skanky mother (Selma Blair) and her pimp (Bokeem Woodbine)...and she takes care of her two younger sisters (Sophia Bairley and Chloë Moretz). So, great cast for a indie, but it has one of the most bizarre endings I've ever seen. :s
I just watched this week. Curious that we'd both give a obscure movie like that a shot at the same time. I think I saw it because I was looking for more Chloe Moretz movies.

I like rape as much as the next fella but I found the scene in Poker House to be especially unsavory.
It is a little weird. Scary almost. :lol: I just look for the most bleak and depressing indie films. They make me feel better about my own life.

I agree with the rape scene...it was horrible in and of itself, but the following scene in the bathroom with Selma Blair was just (for lack of a better word) fucked-up. :s

But, the end...
Spoiler
Really? The sisters singing was kinda' cute, and I'm a big fan of Motown, but there's not a single song that would make me forget that (a) my mom is a coked-out whore, and (b) my mom's pimp just raped me (but I was still able to bounce around the basketball court). It just struck me as odd. You...???
I agree with all of this. As bad as the rape scene was, the bathtub scene that followed it was somehow even sadder. The thing I found saddest of all was when the film suggested that all of it was the true story of Lori Petty's childhood.

Also, don't you think Lori Petty and David Alan Greer make for an unnatural writing pair?

I found the basketball scene to be he hardest to believe.
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Re: The Last Three Movies You've Watched

#22675 Post by Nunis » 21 Jun 2012, 12:25

Buckykatt wrote:And may I also suggest Close My Eyes (again, I feel like i mention this all the time) which features a often-naked 28 yr old Clive Owen.
I bought that film on eBay, although not for Mr Owen. However, I will admit that yes, it's a treat to see him nekkid.

And it's a totally yucky film.

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