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.

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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%
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  1. Buzz

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    Saw Gangster Squad today and while I think the delayed release, plus reworking of certain scenes hurt it, I still think it was better than I expected. It is worthy of anyone who loves action movies but don't mind film makers who play loose with the facts. LOL
     
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  2. jenny12

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    I remember that! She was awesome! Made fun of herself for her Oscar speech where she crying.
     
  3. Vash01

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

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    Some theaters here offer cough drops to patrons if they are coughing too much. Perhaps I should carry some with me, and if someone is coughing, sneezing, offer those.

    Actually people who are sick or are about to get sick should not go to movies. Why spread the germs?
     
  4. PeterG

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    There are a lot of movies I need to make time to see. I want to go see Django Unchained, The Impossible, and Silver Linings Playbook for sure. I also would like to see a few others but may wait until DVD including Texas Chainsaw (heard it was awful but I always see horror movies on DVD), Gangster Squad and This is 40. I wish I could find The Sessions playing somewhere but it was only around for a short time here. I was hoping it would get more Oscar love and might get picked back up in theaters because of renewed interest.
     
  7. Sofia Alexandra

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    I'm going on a school trip to the Gothenburg International Film Festival in a couple of weeks, and I'm currently trying to decide which screenings I want to go to. I've already booked two, Bestiaire and a block of animated short films (Maximerat Animerat), but the school pays for 5 more, so now I have to figure out which other films to see. I've narrowed it down to these:

    Headshot
    Me Too
    Searching For Sugar Man
    The Expedition To The End Of The World
    Dog Flesh
    Taped
    My Name Is Negahdar Jamali And I Make Westerns
    The Deep
    Bwakaw
    Full Circle
    Searching for Bill
    No
    Maquerade
    Sleepless Knights
    Nordic Short Films (block 1)
    Fair Sex
    Mad Buddies

    Last year I wound up only watching films in English, so I want to mix it up a bit more this time. For some reason I really want to see Dog Flesh and My Name Is Negahdar Jamali And I Make Westerns, but I also really want to see Mad Buddies, Full Circle, and Bwakaw, but some screenings clash and ARGH I've spent three days trying to make a list with first and second choices and it's just about impossible! :drama: I might just end up buying myself tickets to more screenings when I get there, depending on how much film I feel I can take in... Either way, I'm sure it'll be awesome. :rollin:
     
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  8. emason

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    I loved Searching for Sugarman. Go see that if it doesn't conflict with anything else.
     
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  9. falling_dance

    falling_dance ToT Thread For Sale

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    One of my favorite Internet reviewers (see the sig line) said that it was "like a B-movie version of The Untouchables", and that if it had been "made in the Seventies, it would have Jack Palance in it."
     
  10. Vash01

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    I just got back from watching 'The impossible'. Very well made movie. I am glad that Naomi Watts got the Oscar nom as best actress, but I don't think she will win the statue. Jennifer Lawrence seems to be on her way. I have still not seen ZDT though. May be Jessica Chastain is better, but the movie has not been around very long.

    As a side note, I wonder if both Afflec and Bigelow were hurt in the Oscar noms by the fact that the movies they directed included some top security stuff? They both dealt with the middle east/war. Of course that did not hurt Bigelow in the Hurt Locker, but I don't remember that movie as having something top secret. The Oscars are the most political awards in the movie industry.
     
  11. Vash01

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    I want to see it, but I don't believe it's been the theaters here.
     
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  12. Sofia Alexandra

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    I want to see Sugar Man, but I'm quite certain that it'll get shown on the telly here sooner or later, or even in regular theatres, so I'm thinking it might be better to see something I might not get the chance to see again.
     
  13. rjblue

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    Well, I'll be a vote against the majority here.

    My daughter was looking forward very much to seeing Silver Linings Playbook, and we were disappointed that it only played for 3 days in early December. I was very happy when it returned for a longer stay last week, and we went to see it last Friday.

    We sat through the movie while one section of people laughed uproriously, and another squirmed in discomfort at the idea of laughing at a difficult illness. We left the movie and were both a bit hesitant to admit how much we hated it. It was nothing like we were expecting.

    Bradley and Jennifer were very good at portraying their characters. But I just can't see anything funny about a severely bipolar man falling in love with a girl who probably has borderline personality disorder. If I were his mom, I would not be smiling sweetly at these two people getting together. We both hated the ending, and felt the movie really minimized the difficulty of their lives. Neither of them were anywhere near well enough to be a good choice for a romance.

    We were definitely watching the movie with biased eyes, because my daughter has to cope with major depressive disorder, and I have a close friend at work who has lived with bipolar for 12 years, and I just could not find much to laugh about with this. People were laughing at their crazyness and disordered thinking, and it just made me angry.

    eta- I just read the wiki for the book that the movie is based on- what a much better ending. If they'd made that the second half of the movie, instead of turning it into Dirty Dancing, it would probably have lived up to my expectations.
     
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  14. escaflowne9282

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    I realize I'm painfully late to posting this, but IMHO Munich was a total mess. I could not sit through that film again without hitting FF. It was long and pointless. Lincoln was a decent historical study of a person, but the film itself didn't really grab me. It actually seemed to be a pretty generic , although enjoyable, movie. I just don't see it as the Oscar frontrunner.
     
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  15. ioana

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    Went to see this over the weekend and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Not the fastest-paced movie, but the visit from the King and Queen was interesting to watch -even more so since I think they had actual footage of the real people at the end credits. Sam West (Bertie) and Bill Murray were both great. Not that impressed with Olivia Williams as Eleanor Roosevelt, but all in all it's worth seeing -at the very least on dvd.
     
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  16. peibeck

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    rjblue, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy "Silver Linings Playbook." The director was actually drawn to the material because one of his family members is bipolar.

    I also didn't realize that Jennifer Lawrence replaced Anne Hathaway, who bowed out because of scheduling conflight with making "The Dark Knight Rises."
     
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    I looked at reactions on the internet from the mental health community and they are quite mixed. The first part of the movie does a good job of portraying a manic state, but I find that difficult to laugh at. It didn't show any of the debilitating depressive state though.And people like the idea that there is a "happy ever after" out there for everyone, and certainly people with bipolar can live fulfilling lives. My friend has actually found the woman of his dreams. She has a good understanding of the needs of his condition, and is capable of being a partner to a man with bipolar.

    If the movie had gone with the original story of the novel, where he actually reaches a crisis after the dance contest, and it is only much later that he and Tiffany start to sort out their feelings, I probably would have enjoyed it more.

    I think Jennifer Lawrence was perfect to play Tiffany though, and probably deserved her GG. I haven't seen the other movies, so I don't know what her competition was.
     
  19. all_empty

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    Okay, I have a slew of screenings coming up, most of which I've heard are pretty dreadful and rightfully buried in January.

    I already saw "Mama" which was totally derivative of "Paranormal Activity 3," "The Grudge" and "The Possession." There was one scene that had me jump out of my seat but the creature reveal received more laughs than screams. I'm not sure why Guillermo del Toro put his name on this; it totally lacks any of his stylish creativity.

    Next up are that Nicholas Sparks film and that Melissa McCarthy comedy; both titles elude me at the moment.
     
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  20. Vash01

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    I finally saw 'Zero Dark Thirty' today. It was at the top of my 'to see' list. It was very well made, but because of its late release and the hype surrounding it, I saw slightly disappointed. It's always better when you have no expectations when you go to see a movie. IMO Kathryn Bigelow should have received an Oscar nom as Director. The score by Alexander Desplat is very good. I don't remember if he got Oscar nom for it. Jessica Chastain is very good, but it's never clear what drives her to do the kind of work she does. If the movie has a flaw, that's the one I would mention. She is clearly a fictional character, to make the movie more interesting, so they could have shown some kind of background story. The only thing that comes to my mind is that she saw her friends get killed doing this job, but it still doesn't explain why she chose to do this in the first place. Other than that, the movie- although rather slow initially- picks up pace and becomes more interesting as time goes on. For me the most exciting part was when the Navy Seals got in the helicopter, their night vision glasses, and the whole atmosphere at the time. Chastain's reaction to OBL's killing was similar to Hillary Clinton's- intentional or just good acting?
     
  21. Vash01

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    I saw the trailer of a movie '42' that's coming up. It's about baseball's Jackie Robinson. Looks interesting.
     
  22. Buzz

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    jOBS - The latest biopic about the late co-founder of Apple Inc opens at the Sundance film festival but I am stil to see a trailer. I wonder if they are worried about the movie being compared to "Pirates of Silicon Valley" and falling short. I would love to see a trailer!
     
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    Very funny! Lindsay Lohan :rolleyes:! It was an obvious joke!
     
  25. Sofia Alexandra

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    Watched Searching for Sugar Man in class today. It's an extraordinarily unlikely tale, beautifully filmed and edited, containing a hefty dose of great music and amazingly interesting people. The positive buzz is well deserved, I'd say. :)
     
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    I was looking at the watchable movies list and one title I see a lot (and admittedly love) is "Love Actually." Do you think this is or will become a classic? I wonder about "modern classics:" Specifically what is the time frame and more importantly, what modern films are already considered classics?
     
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    I despise Love, Actually myself.
     
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    I don't think that just because a movie is very watchable it will necessarily become a classic.
     
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    I finally got to see Albert Nobbs. So heartbreaking. But a superb performance by Glenn Close. She also helped write the screenplay.
     
  30. PeterG

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    Smaller movies coming out this week:

    January 25 John Dies at the End (Comedy/Fantasy/Horror with new cast and Paul Giamatti)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my9Pr-W92SM

    January 25 Yossi (Romance from Israel, continuation of Yossi and Jagger)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUOBN_uahrI

    January 23 The Pirogue (Drama, unknown cast. From imdb.com: “A group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYPBGPFYR18

    January 25 Knife Fight (Drama with Rob Lowe, Julie Bowen, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eric McCormack and Jennifer Morrison)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rc9Uq4I5AA

    January 25 Supporting Characters (Comedy with new cast and Lena Dunhma)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzDYHJerN1s

    January 25 Noobz Comedy with new cast and Casper Van Dien and Jason Mewes)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOAr2vi-f-I

    "John Dies At The End" looks so strange that I have to add that to my To See list. :lol: Yossi looks very sweet, so that's another one for me to see. The Pirogue looks good, but I'll wait until one of you sees it and gives the rest of us a review before I decided to add it to my list. :D The other three look low budget (to uber-low budget by the time you get to the last one).
     
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