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peibeck
11-11-2011, 07:43 AM
I went to the opening night of the St. Louis International Film Festival tonight and saw the screening of 'The Artist.'

:swoon: Charming, funny, dramatic, beautiful photography and lighting, and Jean DuJardin is destined for an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. I would be shocked if the film does not get a nod for Best Picture, Director, score, screenplay (yes, even though it is a "silent" movie), cinematography and costume and scenic design.

I believe the movie opens in limited release around Thanksgiving.

Buzz
11-11-2011, 01:26 PM
I heard about The Artist and want to see it too but today I am planning to see Immortals. Swords, sandals and cute guys in loin cloths. What more could you ask for? :lol:

Buzz
11-11-2011, 10:30 PM
Saw Immortals today and it was pretty good for a cotton candy sword and sandal movie. I read a couple of reviews before going to see it and they were not glowing so my expectations were not high. Immortals proved to be a pleasant surprise and it is very much in the same vein as 300 so if you like that sort of thing, this could be the movie for you. :)

agalisgv
11-12-2011, 02:15 AM
Is Immortals gory? I felt 300 was somewhat. Is it similar in that respect?

I want to see J Edgar Hoover tomorrow. If anyone else has seen it, please post your thoughts.

Buzz
11-12-2011, 04:10 AM
Yep it is but not quite as gory, however, messy and full of blood it it indeed.

Wyliefan
11-12-2011, 04:50 AM
I went to the opening night of the St. Louis International Film Festival tonight and saw the screening of 'The Artist.'

:swoon: Charming, funny, dramatic, beautiful photography and lighting, and Jean DuJardin is destined for an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. I would be shocked if the film does not get a nod for Best Picture, Director, score, screenplay (yes, even though it is a "silent" movie), cinematography and costume and scenic design.

I believe the movie opens in limited release around Thanksgiving.

I hope "limited" includes D.C., and not just LA and NYC. It sounds really good!

agalisgv
11-13-2011, 01:11 AM
Saw J Edgar Hoover, and have mixed feelings about it. It's directed by Clint Eastwood, and the cinematography was very remiscent of Invictus. I think Eastwood shoots on a different (older) version of film to get a more period feel. So while there is a certain ambience caught that way, to me it makes you feel like you are always watching a movie rather than being immersed in one. There's a certain detachment maintained throughout.

The movie goes back and forth between older events and more recent ones. But at times the movie jumped back and forth so quickly, it was harder to get into the storyline.

Wrt content, the movie spent a *lot* of time developing the theme of Hoover being gay and having a lover. At first the treatment was very subtle (and effective IMO), but then it just got very explicit and dwelt on it, and the impact to me was lost quite a bit. The movie covered some of the major foci of Hoover's work--the "Bolsheviks" in the 20's, organized crime in the 30's, kidnapping of Lindbergh's baby, and his focus on King and the civil rights movements in the 60's, but then completely ignored things like the McCarthy era. It seemed there was a decision to spend more time on the possible gay relationship than to cover the 40's and 50's, so there was this big historical gap in the movie which felt jarring and inexplicable.

DiCaprio I thought was amazing. Judi Densch was incredible too. There's one scene between the two dealing with homosexuality which was very powerful. I won't give it away, but it really left an impact.

Anyhow, the movie is long and sometimes felt a bit long. There were a lot of historical figures covered, and the performances of those characters were uneven at times. Nonetheless the scope of the movie was huge, and DiCaprio very successfully portrayed Hoover as a complex figure rather than a caricature.

peibeck
11-14-2011, 05:45 PM
I hope "limited" includes D.C., and not just LA and NYC. It sounds really good!

I think it probably will just open in those markets first, but I am very sure it will do a quick expansion over the following weeks due to Golden Globe nods I am sure it will pick up, and perhaps some film critics awards.

peibeck
11-14-2011, 06:59 PM
I saw two other movies this weekend.

"J. Edgar" which I found well crafted (great sets, costumes) but over-all rather un-focused as to whether it wanted to be a love story or a political drama bio-pic. It doesn't really succeed very well on either platform.

Judi Dench was the most impressive member of the cast for me. (Not surprisingly). I thought Leonardo DeCaprio was okay in the title role, but I failed to see the intensity I think this characterization needed, and which would have made the film probably a lot stronger. (It's too bad Dustin Hoffman was too old for this role; I believe he might have made it sing.)

Sadly, the film doesn't really make you learn anything about the development of the FBI or Hoover that you probably haven't already heard or read previously. Therefore the film did not succeed for me.

The other movie I saw was "Shame," (which will be going out in limited release over the next few weeks) the psycho-drama about sexual addiction starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan and directed by British film maker Steve McQueen . Aside from the fearless performances of Fassbender and Mulligan, I found the film to be a complete and utter hot mess.

The film relies almost solely on visuals (the film has virtually no dialogue, and much of the dialogue there is sounds mostly improvised) to take us on a journey of Fassbender's spiraling descent, apparently set off by the arrival of his sister (Mulligan) on his door-step. Obviously they have some kind of dark, complex past, but the filmmakers feel no need for explanation, back story, indeed hardly any dialogue to flesh the characters out.

Indeed, for me, the film's fatal flaw is that it pretends it wants you to not judge the lead for his behaviour but just sit and observe him and then come to your own conclusion, but at the same time presents his world in a dystopian fashion. The entire stand-off/clinical presentation of the movie completely flies in the face of the film maker's utter condemation of his lead characters actions. Anti-heroes can be completely compelling (such as in "The Social Network"), when there is some flesh to the characters; in "Shame" you're left wondering why you should invest two hours of time with a character a filmmaker is too lazy to develop and obviously detests.

Buzz
11-14-2011, 07:30 PM
Immortals was #1 over the weekend followed by Jack & Jill and Puss in Boots.

emason
11-14-2011, 10:37 PM
Immortals was #1 over the weekend followed by Jack & Jill and Puss in Boots.

Saw Puss in Boots (3D) today; I've got to say I loved it.

Also saw Margin Call over the weekend; that one didn't work for me, although Kevin Spacey gives his best performance in years. I found the pacing to be too measured, too slow, and therefore the excitement just wasn't there. It should have been much more gripping than it was.

Cachoo
11-15-2011, 05:51 AM
Well this is lame but I have not been to a movie lately so the two movie trailers I enjoyed were On Demand for "Attack the Block" and "Tucker and Dale vs Evil." I like idea of the first film when aliens attack and a young bunch of thugs in London are not having it. And then the idea of Tucker and Dale--two hicks being mistaken for killers by your usual assortment of teenagers that usually die in horror flicks--actually made me laugh out loud. I hope the best parts weren't in the trailers.

skipaway
11-15-2011, 10:27 AM
The Hunger Games Trailer is out. Looks good.

The Hunger Games (http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/14/whats-the-verdict-hunger-games-trailer/?hpt=hp_t2)

DarrellH
11-15-2011, 12:12 PM
Well this is lame but I have not been to a movie lately so the two movie trailers I enjoyed were On Demand for "Attack the Block" and "Tucker and Dale vs Evil." I like idea of the first film when aliens attack and a young bunch of thugs in London are not having it. And then the idea of Tucker and Dale--two hicks being mistaken for killers by your usual assortment of teenagers that usually die in horror flicks--actually made me laugh out loud. I hope the best parts weren't in the trailers.

I can say that Tucker and Dale was terrific! The whole movie was funny, not just what was in the trailer.

Mozart
11-15-2011, 04:45 PM
saw the trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when I went to see Anonymous. Can't wait until 12-21-11!