Let's Talk Movies! #21...Oscar Bait, Christmas Movies, "Bad" Movies You Loved......)

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Nov 26, 2012.

Which Of These New Movies Interest You? (Vote For As Many As You Like)

  1. December 7 – Deadfall (Crime drama with Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde)

    5 vote(s)
    6.3%
  2. December 14 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Fantasy with Ian McKellen...)

    46 vote(s)
    58.2%
  3. December 19 - The Guilt Trip (Comedy with Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott and Colin Hanks)

    9 vote(s)
    11.4%
  4. December 19 - Monsters, Inc. 3D (Animated with John Goodman, Billy Crystal, etc.)

    8 vote(s)
    10.1%
  5. December 19 - Zero Dark Thirty (Action with Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, etc.)

    17 vote(s)
    21.5%
  6. December 21 - This Is 40 (Comedy with Paul Rudd, Melissa McCarthy and John Lithgow)

    10 vote(s)
    12.7%
  7. December 21 - The Impossible (Action with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor)

    12 vote(s)
    15.2%
  8. December 25 - Django Unchained (Western with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz)

    23 vote(s)
    29.1%
  9. December 25 - Les Misérables (Musical with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway)

    62 vote(s)
    78.5%
  10. December 28 - Promised Land (Drama with Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Frances McDormand)

    11 vote(s)
    13.9%
  11. February 8 - Identity Thief (Comedy with Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and Jon Favreau)

    10 vote(s)
    12.7%
  12. February 14 - A Good Day to Die Hard (Action with Bruce Willis and Cole Hauser)

    9 vote(s)
    11.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. PeterG

    PeterG Hanyuflated

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    Got some movies news? Have some Oscar predictions? Reviews for movies you've seen? Yup, it's the latest movie thread. Anything and everything movie-related, you're in the right spot. Welcome! :)

    Along with everything else, we do a movie poll for the season. Please vote for as many poll options as you like. Here are trailers for the twelve movies in this thread's poll:

    December 7 – Deadfall (Crime drama with Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IWaBAwTf2U

    December 14 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Fantasy with Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Hugo Weaving, Barry Humphries, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Ian Holm, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Billy Connolly)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOGsB9dORBg

    December 19 - The Guilt Trip (Comedy with Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott and Colin Hanks)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FMQLzOq1i4

    December 19 - Monsters, Inc. 3D (Animated with John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Frank Oz)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tCxnHCqqxg

    December 19 - Zero Dark Thirty (Action with Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Édgar Ramírez, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle and Harold Perrineau)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYFhFYoDAo4

    December 21 - This Is 40 (Comedy with Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Melissa McCarthy and Charlene Yi)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxkNuHrS6cg

    December 21 - The Impossible (Action with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgw394ZKsis

    December 25 - Django Unchained (Western with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Don Johnson, Kerry Washington, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA, Tom Wopat, Jonah Hill, Amber Tamblyn)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUdM9vrCbow

    December 25 - Les Misérables (Musical with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk5UStefYmE

    December 28 - Promised Land (Drama with Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt and Frances McDormand)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHQt1NAkhIo

    February 8 - Identity Thief (Comedy with Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet, John Cho and Jon Favreau)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqQg6Rlt6W4

    February 14 - A Good Day to Die Hard (Action with Bruce Willis and Cole Hauser)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVkzZD92cMQ
     
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  2. PeterG

    PeterG Hanyuflated

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    Other major movies coming out in the next three months:

    December 7 - Playing for Keeps (Romantic comedy with Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid, Judy Greer, James Tupper and Catherine Zeta-Jones)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq6OwEY8bcM

    December 7 - Hyde Park on Hudson (Biographical Drama with Bill Murray, Laura Linney and Olivia Williams)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQaScjiWDyY

    December 21 - Jack Reacher (Action with Tom Cruise, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, Werner Herzog)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK7y8Ou0VvM

    December 21 - Not Fade Away (Musical drama with Brad Garrett, James Gandolfini and Lisa Lampanelli)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w_uqflpCcU

    December 25 - Parental Guidance (Comedy with Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Bailee Madison)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9nmIzCAMJQ

    December 28 – Quartet (Dramatic Comedy with Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Michael Gambon)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSEnh8Hi62E

    December 28 – Therese (Thriller with Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange and Shirley Henderson)
    NO TRAILER

    January 4 - Texas Chainsaw 3D (Horror with Trey Songz and Tania Raymonde)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75TvtJIbbNY

    January 11 - A Haunted House (Comedy horror with Marlon Wayans and Cedric the Entertainer)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daCqXHagaPY

    January 11 - Gangster Squad (Action with Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi and Nick Nolte)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMs0_gJ6Pvw

    January 11 - Stand Up Guys (Action comedy with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Julianna Margulies and Alan Arkin)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NApJNjPTqZs

    January 18 - Broken City (Crime with Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, Kyle Chandler and Jeffrey Wright)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3HgYu1atOo

    January 18 - The Last Stand (Action with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Zach Gilford, Johnny Knoxville, Harry Dean Stanton and Luis Guzmán)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIersyq-Gt8

    January 18 – Mama (Thriller with Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Am7i7uM9r0

    January 25 - Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunter (Adventure horror with Jeremy Renner and Famke Janssen)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9246msCh7x4

    January 25 - Movie 43 (Comedy with Elizabeth Banks, Chloë Grace Moretz, Emma Stone, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Hugh Jackman, Seann William Scott, Anna Faris, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman, Richard Gere, Josh Duhamel, Justin Long, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kate Bosworth, Liev Schreiber, Jason Sudeikis, Patrick Warburton, Chris Pratt, Kieran Culkin, Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrTRlglS8xE

    January 25 - Parker (Crime with Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis and Nick Nolte)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca8qg7xuBGk

    February 1 - Bullet to the Head (Action with Sylvester Stallone, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater, Jason Mamoa and Jon Seda)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDiaXZiIJOQ

    February 1 - Warm Bodies (Romantic horror with Nicholas Hoult, John Malkovich and Dave Franco)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3ErWNBX9Rc

    February 8 - Side Effects (Crime thriller with Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS5MQlDSiS8

    February 13 - Beautiful Creatures (Supernatural drama with Davis, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Irons)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mmo4GzMMqw

    February 14 - Escape from Planet Earth (Animated Family with Brendan Fraser, Jessica Alba, James Gandolfini, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Lynch and Paul Reubens)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxgYptNF7hc

    February 14 - Safe Haven (Romantic drama with Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj6i_Z1Srsw

    February 22 - Dark Skies (Thriller with Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and J.K. Simmons)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8iLp1xQtPQ

    February 22 - Snitch (Action, Thriller with Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu46XLdgmCo
     
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    There are a lot of great movies coming. I want to see Gangster Squad, Django ( even if it does have Leo in it), Last Stand,
     
  4. PeterG

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    The movies coming out over the next three months that I'm most interested in seeing are:

    1. The Guilt Trip - I'm a Streisand fanatic, so getting to see her in a starring role after more than 15 years is a long enough wait for me!!!
    2. The Impossible - I love this trailer - it looks like it could be very dramatic and moving...with possibly a great special effects section of the movie - I'm in!
    3. Identity Thief - I think Melissa McCarthy is hilarious, she makes me laugh my a** off :lol:
    4. Playing for Keeps - this looks to be a typical romantic comedy drama...but with everything done RIGHT - plus Butler's looking real buff in this one :grope:
    5. Les Misérables - I love Hathway's singing in this trailer...I'm hoping this will be a sweeping drama/musical for the ages
    6. Promised Land - The trailer looks good, letting everyone be human instead of making anybody into a caricature
     
  5. Wyliefan

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    Kyle Chandler's been a busy boy! :) Always so happy to see his face popping up in trailers!
     
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  6. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to say that I will never watch any movie with Elizabeth Banks in it. :lol:
     
  7. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    I plan to see (definitely):

    Zero Dark Thirty
    The Hobbit
    Les Miserables

    May be:

    The impossible
    Promised land
     
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    I am so looking forward to Zero Dark Thirty...
     
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  9. Sofia Alexandra

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    I watched a film called Fourth Kind the other day, mostly because a classmate said it was creepy as hell. It's a sci-fi horror film, which starts with
    the lead actress (Milla Jovovich) popping up to tell the audience how everything in the film is a dramatised version of "true events", interspersed with "real" footage of the "real" stuff that went down. And that completely ruined the film for me, 'cos then I just sat there counting all the ways in which I could tell that the whole thing was bullshit (there were plenty, and a quick bit of googling afterwards confirmed that the story was, indeed, bullshit :rolleyes: ).
    There were a couple of times where things suddenly happening on the screen made me jump, but apart from that I didn't find the film frightening. At all. And whoever did the colour balancing was way too fond of the blue/yellow colour scheme that so many films suffer from.
     
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  10. PeterG

    PeterG Hanyuflated

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    Why the EB hate? I've liked her in most movies I've seen her in. I recently watched "The Next Three Days" which I give a whole-hearted thumbs up to in spite of Elizabeth Banks....character. Her character does
    some stupid things, especially towards the very end, which includes one of the stupidest scenes I've ever seen in the movies.
    But overall it was a good popcorn movie with lots of twists and turns. An enjoyable view. :)

    This was another good popcorn movie. I cut most movies some slack because I almost always find plot points (or whatever) that could ruin it for me, so I just let it go and enjoy the overall experience. Which makes things really wonderful when a movie never goes where I expect, or has no storyline problems, etc. That pretty much sums up Ondine (with Colin Farrell) that I saw recently. I definitely recommend this one. And not just because I'm in love with Colin Farrell and not because he also has the most gorgeous long hair in this movie. :lol: It's a great story, very interesting and with characters I liked spending time with. A sweet story but not overdone in it's sweetness. Anyway, back to The Fourth Kind. I took it as entertainment and nothing more. It gave me the chills a couple of times, which usually doesn't happen to me. It helped that I really like Milla Jovovich, I've liked her in everything I've seen (this makes me want to watch A Perfect Getaway again)! :D
     
  11. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

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    Sorry Petey I meant Anna Ferris. :slinkaway Got my blondes mixed up.
     
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    I love quirky movies that don't always telegraph the action from scene to scene so I was delighted watching Safety Not Guaranteed last night. I don't know much about Aubrey Plaza (sp?) and Mark Duplass but they impressed me in this film.
     
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    I talked about this film in the previous movie thread. I enjoyed it very much too -- very "indie in a good way" iykwim. Duplass was the standout performance for me. Plaza was fine, and she fit the character very well (was the character) ... but it was pretty much identical to what she does in Parks & Recreation.
     
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  15. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    I saw the trailer of Impossible the other day, and I definitely want to see this movie. I heard Naomi Watts is fantastic/Oscar worthy in it (she has always been fantastic, IMO).
     
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    You know how suddenly you hear a name over and over again? It was Jessica Chastain last year and this year it seems to be Duplass and Scoot McNairy. I'm sure all have been working long and hard but it seems they explode onto the scene. Ita about Duplass and now I think I will watch Parks and Recreation to see Plaza. I really liked her in this.
     
  17. PeterG

    PeterG Hanyuflated

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    Some random movie news. SPOILER: Heavy on the superhero stuff!!

    Watch Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy Channel Bumbling Law Enforcers in Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids Follow-Up
    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/os...k-melissa-mccarthy-paul-feig-the-heat-trailer

    Youtube trailer for the Bullock/McCarthy movie (it is hilarious!!!!):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0HWlvP1xdk

    Hugh Jackman Also Back for Singer's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' (along with Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult)
    http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/hugh-jackman-also-back-for-singers-x-men-days-of-future-past/

    Cate Blanchett Becoming Wicked Stepmother for Disney's 'Cinderella'
    http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/cate-blanchett-becoming-wicked-stepmother-for-disneys-cinderella/

    Lenny Kravitz is Motown Legend Marvin Gaye for Julien Temple Film
    http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/lenny-kravitz-is-motown-legend-marvin-gaye-for-julien-temple-film/

    Rumor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Set to Play Batman in 'Justice League'
    http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/rumor-joseph-gordon-levitt-set-to-play-batman-in-justice-league/

    Paul Greengrass' Martin Luther King Jr. Film 'Memphis' Back on Track
    http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/paul-greengrass-martin-luther-king-jr-film-memphis-back-on-track/

    Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson & Director James Wan Back for 'Insidious 2'
    http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/rose-byrne-patrick-wilson-director-james-wan-back-for-insidious-2/
    ...umm, did any of us see the first one???

    Lee Pace, Joel Edgerton & More Testing for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
    http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/lee-pace-joel-edgerton-more-testing-for-guardians-of-the-galaxy/

    Fox Searchlight Developing Biopic on Singing Sensation Susan Boyle
    http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/fox-searchlight-developing-biopic-on-singing-sensation-susan-boyle/

    From Entertainment Weekly:

    (It's about time they made a movie about Lincoln.... :shuffle:)
     
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  18. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

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    There are a few good ones in there but unfortunately so many of the smaller movies never open here in Toronto. Anna Karenina is not showing anywhere near here. :( Not sure about the Boyle Biopic however...
     
  19. michiruwater

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    Life of Pi came to China so I saw that on Tuesday and loved it. Whoever said it wasn't filmable was totally wrong. It wasn't perfect, but it was really well-done, and absolutely gorgeous to boot. Plus, the tiger was awesome. I was totally rooting for the tiger.
     
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    Saw Silver Linings Playbook recently and LOVED it.
     
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    Bump
     
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  22. PeterG

    PeterG Hanyuflated

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    I stopped watching a handful of TV shows, so I now have time to watch more movies. Here's some recent viewing:

    10/10 – In The Land Of Blood and Honey – I think we might have another Ben Affleck in Angelina Jolie who might be better behind the camera in front of it. A movie about ethnic-cleansing through a war in Bosnia is not something you expect to get into, but watch because it can bring attention to something important about what has happened in our world. But Jolie was able with her script and direction to not totally depress me. BONUS FEATURE: major issues at the imdb.com message boards about this movie. Have never seen a message board be so vitriolic before!! :eek:

    9/10 – The Amazing Spider-Man – Wow, I loved this. Garfield is a billion billion times better than Tobey Maguire. )Imagine a Spider-Man capable of facial expressions!! :lol) And of course, Emma Stone is a delight as well. Overall, a very well-paced and enjoyable movie.

    9/10 – The Cabin In The Woods – I remember others posting about this in older threads and either loving it or hating it. I loved it! Tough to talk about without spoiling, so I’ll just say it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Great stuff.

    8/10 – I Love You Beth Cooper – Very well written with characters I wanted to take home with me afterwards! :D It’s like the Breakfast Club, a teen movie written for intelligent teens…who might be smarter than most adults.

    7/10 – Helen (Ashley Judd and Goran Visnjic) – Okay, so this is all about depression. Fun, right? So it was tough to get through this one, but it was well done. Not sure how you can accurately make a movie about depression without it having that heavy tone. Judd does a good job, but I’d like to see her branch out into zany comedies, wild musicals or historical dramas. She seems to have a limited number of roles she does.

    5/10 – The Artist. BORING! Boy, am I expecting flack for that comment! :lol: When I put this movie into my DVD player, I thought, “okay, don’t get too excited, you’ve set your sights pretty high for this one…settle down and just take it for what it is”. And it was BORING! It’s beautifully produced, filmed, directed and acted. But a very simple (and outdated) story that’s been done so many times before. The only difference is that this version has better production values. I’m afraid to go to Wikipedia and see all the movies and performances that this movie stole Oscars from…! :eek:
     
  23. michiruwater

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    Angelina Jolie is a significantly better actress than Affleck is an actor, IMO :shuffle: Not sure I would compare those two.
     
  24. Buzz

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    I was one of those who hated Cabin in the Woods. The only good thing about that movie is that the ending left no possibility of a sequel. :lol:

    As for Spider-Man, Mary Jane has been cast so that can't be all good for Stone's character.
     
  25. michiruwater

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    Well, Gwen was always going to have to die eventually :( And Emma knew that when she took the part. But I'm glad that Shailene Woodley is in talks for the role. She was so good in The Descendents (one of the films PeterG probably thinks The Artist stole awards from - and indeed, my pick for BP was definitely The Descendents).
     
  26. Buzz

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    Saw neither The Descendants nor The Artist, so no comment but then again I rarely see any of the movies up for best picture. :p
     
  27. michiruwater

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    Things I apparently can't spell today: descendants. Whoops. Sorry.

    Also, The Descendants is a really good movie. Seriously. I don't know anyone who didn't like it, whereas I got mixed opinions about The Artist (which I did like, just not as much).
     
  28. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    I liked the Descendants a lot because I had no expectations when I went to see it. 'The Artist' was slightly disappointing because I went in with not just expectations but a lot of curiosity. I liked Hugo more than The Artist, even though I saw that too with very high expectations and it came up slightly short (although a delightful movie). I try to see as many BP nominated pictures as possible. :)
     
  29. michiruwater

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    Hugo was just gorgeous and wonderful. I loved it.
     
  30. Buzz

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    On a slightly different topic, Marvel is coming out with another movie called Guardians of the Galaxy and of course it is connected to the other Marvel movies that are either planned or already out. The movie involves super villain Thanos trying to get his hands on the infinity gauntlet and set for release in 2014. I LOVE superhero movies and if the rest of Marvel's movies are as good as the previous ones, then we are in for a treat! :cheer2: