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screech
09-07-2011, 07:17 AM
Straw dogs because of Alex Skaasgard :swoon: and the Muppets because I love the Muppets.

I think ASkars is the reason at least 50% of the people going to see SD will go to see it. As a True Blood fan, that was how I first heard about the movie, but from the trailers, it actually looks pretty awesome. I said in the True Blood thread that there's a chance the inclusion of Kate Bosworth will turn off a lot of people - the ASkars fans because of their (now defunct) relationship, and also because a lot of people, even aside from that, really don't like her because of the rumours surrounding her and that people have a hard time really knowing the reason she's still famous, since the only movie she's really known for is about 10 years old. But in any case, it does look good. And yes, especially because of ASkars (whose casting, the director says, is the one thing he feels really surpasses the original).

And also initially because of ASkars' involvement, I'm intrigued by Melancholia, which I believe opens in November. Despite director Lars Von Trier's insanity at Cannes, it does seem quite well done, and Kirsten Dunst won the best actress at Cannes for it. Basically she's a depressed bride, and at her wedding reception (to Alex) they discover a planet heading to earth. Lars has said it's about the end of the world and there will be no happy endings. His movies seem to be the kind that whether you love them or hate them, they stick with you, and it's currently got a 76% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Straw Dogs hasn't been rated yet.

Vash01
09-07-2011, 04:23 PM
The doc did reference the films you mention. I for one loved The Pianist. I couldn't sit through Striped Pajamas....that was uncomfortable.


The Pianist is one of my all time favorite movies. IMO it should have won the best picture Oscar (instead of Chicago).

Did you not watch the entire movie 'boy in striped pajamas'? Did you know how it ended? Is that why you felt uncomfortable?

Another Holocaust movie (though not the whole movie) was 'Sunshine'. One part of it involved Holocaust.

I don't remember Judgment at Nuremberg, but I have heard of it. I may rent it one of these days.

Cachoo
09-07-2011, 08:16 PM
that version is "The Murder of Mary Phagan" iirc

Thank you....I went to Lemmon's filmography after posting and wasn't sure if we were talking about the same people.

Rex
09-07-2011, 08:25 PM
Did you not watch the entire movie 'boy in striped pajamas'? Did you know how it ended? Is that why you felt uncomfortable?

I was not in the mood to watch it. I can watch movies about the Holocaust, but this one had me squirming. I feel the same way about movies like Rosewood and Pulp Fiction. But I actually despise the latter film because of its sadism, hipster racism and overall mean-spiritedness.

PeterG
09-07-2011, 08:29 PM
I just read about this movie in Entertainment Weekly, I think it came out in June, but it looks really good!

Life In A Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8S4gGI4nRo)

Here's the youtube blurb about the movie:


On July 24, 2010, thousands of people around the world uploaded videos of their lives to YouTube to take part in Life in a Day, a historic cinematic experiment to create a documentary film about a single day on earth.

Now, it's time to watch their story unfold on the big screen.

Directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald, Life in a Day wowed audiences at the Sundance, Berlin and SXSW film festivals and during its YouTube world premiere in January. This summer, you'll be able to watch the movie in a theater near you.

CantALoop
09-07-2011, 08:43 PM
Hubby really wants to see Contagion. Even though it's star-studded, the whole worldwide pandemic plot device has been used ad nauseum, (Outbreak, Quarantine, numerous zombie movies, even Rise of the Planet of the Apes). I'm wondering if Contagion will bring anything new to the table - I'm betting it goes like this:

Protagonist goes to work
Protagonist senses something wrong
Protagonist goes home, loved one is infected
Protagonist makes emotional decision to save/abandon loved one
Sh*t hits the fan
A cure is found, loved one is saved



Reviews for A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy have been mixed - Philadelphia Weekly downright hates it, and really comes down on Jason Sudeikis.
The 90's called - they want their movie back. I'm willing to bet the couples just end up realizing they love each other and the orgy never happens, or if it does, it's off screen/after the credits.

Buzz
09-07-2011, 09:55 PM
They all go like that but for the sake of Matt Damon I will go and see it. :D

Artemis@BC
09-07-2011, 10:32 PM
The Pianist is one of my all time favorite movies. IMO it should have won the best picture Oscar (instead of Chicago).

Did you not watch the entire movie 'boy in striped pajamas'? Did you know how it ended? Is that why you felt uncomfortable?

Another Holocaust movie (though not the whole movie) was 'Sunshine'. One part of it involved Holocaust.

I thought The Pianist was excellent in places, but trite in others. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was superb, and haunting. Sunshine I know I saw, and I think I liked it ... but I can't remember a thing about it. So what does that tell you. ;)

But the Holocaust movie that stayed with me the most was God on Trial. (OK, technically a made-for-TV film.) It's about a group of men at Auschwitz who, sensing it is their last night, hold a mock trial with God as the defendant. Unbelievably powerful stuff, and very definitely "Jewish."

emason
09-07-2011, 11:01 PM
Sunshine I know I saw, and I think I liked it ... but I can't remember a thing about it. So what does that tell you. ;)



Sunshine is Ralph Fiennes and Jennifer Ehle in a story about 3 generations of Hungarians Jews. One of the characters was a fencer I remember. Personally, I loathed it and have no desire to see it again.

I haven't seen either The Pianist or The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; they are on my list. One of these days I'll get around to them.

Vash01
09-07-2011, 11:06 PM
Sunshine is Ralph Fiennes and Jennifer Ehle in a story about 3 generations of Hungarians Jews. One of the characters was a fencer I remember. Personally, I loathed it and have no desire to see it again.

I haven't seen either The Pianist or The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; they are on my list. One of these days I'll get around to them.

I did not care much for Sunshine, but didn't exactly loathe it.

DarrellH
09-07-2011, 11:09 PM
I have really begun to appreciate documentaries in the last few years.

I loved Mad Hot Ballroom. (I also loved Strictly Ballroom. Not a documentary, but I liked it, and the title is close. lol.). The King of Kong (about the wonderful world of Donkey Kong, and those that play it), and Supersize Me, to name a few.

Fergus
09-07-2011, 11:10 PM
I did not care much for Sunshine, but didn't exactly loathe it.

I must agree. Beautiful to watch, great acting, but just sort of flat and loooong.

PeterG
09-07-2011, 11:38 PM
Hubby really wants to see Contagion......I'm betting it goes like this:

Protagonist goes to work
Protagonist senses something wrong
Protagonist goes home, loved one is infected
Protagonist makes emotional decision to save/abandon loved one
Sh*t hits the fan
A cure is found, loved one is saved


OMG...that sounds gooooood!!!! :P


I have really begun to appreciate documentaries in the last few years.

I sent the list below to Cheylana as she's really into documentaries and since you've specificially mentioned that genre, thought I'd post the upcoming documentaries for the next three months in the theatres:

Sep 9 - Where Soldiers Come From (documentary)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWixLvfef0Y

Sep 9 - Laugh At My Pain (comedy documentary – Kevin Hart)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQnSANe071I

Sep 9 - The Whale (documentary - wild killer whale befriends people on Vancouver Island)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9Gm0wINeaU

Sep 9 - The Black Power Mix Tape: 1967-1975 (doc: Black Power Movement)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXQxyYllXnM

Sep 16 - The Weird World of Blowfly (documentary about acclaimed Miami musician Clarence Reid)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8cSuQ8w7rc

Sep 16 - Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace (documentary)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35p28jHwckg

Sep 16 - Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and Technology (documentary)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESVfGVQmk6Y

Sep 16 - Jane's Journey (documentary about Dr. Goodall’s devotion to saving our endangered planet)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BXVUvm7IQ4

Sep 20 - Pearl Jam Twenty (musical documentary)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSp1YVGqw1Y&ob=av2e

Sep 23 - The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby (documentary)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM1p0Mlhs7c

Sep 23 - U.N. Me (documentary - filmmaker Ami Horowitz takes us on a brutal tour of a number of places where the UN has intervened)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48fRmFapblI

Sep 23 - Limelight (documentary about Peter Gatien, the owner of legendary New York nightclubs like Limelight, The Tunnel and the Palladium)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1Ntoy-RKdY

Oct 21 - Revenge of the Electric Car (documentary looking at the resurgence of interest in electric vehicles)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkRIu5a6Sb0

Nov 11 - The Bully Project (documentary about how we’ve been affected by bullying, whether we've been victims, perpetrators or silent witnesses)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBymTVjBYHg

PeterG
09-10-2011, 04:12 PM
From my local newspaper:


At the end of September, The Company You Keep will begin filing in around town. The romantic thriller will be directed by Robert Redford, who also has a role in the film alongside Shia LaBouef.

I think they'll make a cute couple. ;) Think I should stalk the crew and try to get autographs or pictures? :lol:

Buzz
09-10-2011, 04:53 PM
Saw Contagion and loved it. Nice little movie and while they tried to make it as realistic as possible, they could not help but put in some Hollywood bits and pieces in it. However it is still very good.