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)
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  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. Cachoo

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    True. I remember the --at best--lukewarm reviews for "Blade Runner." But now it is considered one of the better sci-fi films. I think I am interested because the process (if there actually is a process) is a mystery to me.
     
  2. Vash01

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    Somewhat OT: I finally discontinued by Netflix account because I don't have a DVD player that works anymore. I am in the process of getting one, but I have to wait until I buy HDTV. So the only movies I can watch right now are in the theaters, which is not a bad thing. All the good movies/Oscar contenders are still running. :)
    I may see Django unchained, after all.
     
  3. Artemis@BC

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    My viewing this weekend:

    Attenberg (from Greece): meh. I can see how this movie would be heralded as a landmark for Greek filmmaking, but I found it flat. It's a story I've seen a thousand times before, and without any personal connection to Greece it was hard to get excited about anything here.

    I Wish (from Japan): Delightful. About the hopes and dreams, big and small, of children. Well worth watching.

    Pitch Perfect: What a hoot! Hard to describe this without using the words "Glee, the college years." There's nothing really original here, but the music is great, the characters engaging, and it's just a whole lotta fun.
     
  4. Grannyfan

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    I recently got a Roku, hooked it up, and can now watch Netflix stuff for $8.99 a month. I've really enjoyed it. Other channels are available to purchase, but I'm satisfied with just Netflix.
     
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  5. PeterG

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    New movies this week are below. I have to admit that omitted one trailer from this list. It's a movie called "Boys Against Girls" and I think it might be the closest thing I've seen to a snuff film. I hate to think of myself of pro-censorship, so I'm giving you the title of the movie but I'm not providing a link to it's trailer! :barf:

    February 1 The Haunting in Connecticut 2: The Ghosts of Georgia (Horror thriller with Chad Michael Murray and Cicely Tyson)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHUVqbSyLfA

    February 1 Sound City (Musical documentary featuring Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Barry Manilow, Dave Grohl, Rick Springfield, John Fogerty, Lars Ulrich, James Brown, Frank Black and Kevin Cronin. From imdb.com: “A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQoOfiLz1G4

    February 1 Koch (From imdb.com: “A documentary on Ed Koch, the mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkBI-fYQIHE

    February 1 Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (Documentary. From imdb.com: “The film chronicles the life and revolutionary times of death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2-p0Ac-KYo

    January 30 As Luck Would Have It (Spanish drama with Salma Hayek)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLDZwO4X_7E

    February 1 Stand Up Guys (Crime comedy with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Julianne Marguiles)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NApJNjPTqZs

    February 1 The Gatekeepers (Documentary. From imdb.com: “A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWx0e7KXg0Q
     
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  6. Buzz

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    I thought Stand Up Guys was supposed to be released a while ago?!
     
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  7. michiruwater

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    I AM IN THAILAND AND BOTH LES MISERABLES AND ZERO DARK THIRTY ARE SHOWING :cheer2:

    I almost cried, and of course I went to see Les Mis immediately. I agree with pretty much everything that has been posted by people for whom it was somewhat of a disappointment :lol: Totally seeing ZD30 tomorrow. So excited! God, there are so many things about being in Thailand I am excited about but seeing some of the Oscar contenders is going to rank probably disproportionally high :shuffle:

    Under 'coming soon' they had SLP, which of course is my #1 want to see, and a few of the other contenders but if they had dates for when they open I have no idea where they were. If it somehow magically opens during the week I am here I will actually cry.
     
  8. PeterG

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    I think on one of the recent awards show, it was mentioned that it's his son, who Russell made the movie for. I think Russell may have dedicated this movie to anyone who has a family member who is dealing with similar issues.

    Wow. I love Anne Hathaway, but after seeing Lawrence in this movie, I can't imagine anyone doing a better job.

    imdb.com lists this movie as a "comedy drama romance". So I think it's up to the viewer to decide where the comedy is and where the drama is. I remember seeing "On Golden Pond" with a friend and during the scene where Jane Fonda is trying to hard to open up and share with her Dad, she shows him his wedding ringer and says, "I got married in Europe!" Henry Fonda looks at her and says, "does he speak English"? My friend burst out laughing and I burst out crying. :wuzrobbed I guess we could take this back to the old movie where someone slips on a banana peel and lands flat on their back. Some people laugh at that, but I always flinch thinking how much that could have hurt. I guess what I'm saying is that sometimes it's the audience that reacts in a way we might object to, but how what's taken on the screen was not what the filmmaker was trying to acheive.

    The lists I use for weekly releases sometimes show differing release dates, so I looked this up at imdb.com and while it's wide release is this week, it did get a limited release in dinner, probably in the hopes of getting some Oscar nominations? Oh well... :shuffle:
     
  9. Cachoo

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    Peter--just which film is going to win best picture? We have an Oscars contest in our local paper and I am at a loss for Best Pix, Dir, Actress, Supp Actor. You know we usually have a pretty good idea by now but I am flummoxed. What do you think?
     
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  11. michiruwater

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    Picture: I still say Lincoln but Argo has the momentum. If they'd nominated Argo for Director I would say it was a lock. That's the flummoxing part. In a contest, I would go with Lincoln.
    Actress: Lawrence. Chastian possibly, but I'd go with Lawrence in a contest. I think she's more likely.
    Director: Spielberg
    Supp. Actor: This one I really don't know. I would go with Christoph Waltz in a contest, but this is the category I'm least sure about. But Waltz is sexy, so he gets my vote. ;)
     
  12. Cachoo

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    Interesting---I do wonder if "Argo" is receiving votes because of Affleck's predicament. Plus it is a fine movie. I like that we really don't know. It has been awhile since I felt that way with the Academy Awards.
     
  13. PeterG

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    Gosh, I dunno! :lol: So I googled "Oscar odds" to see what others are thinking. (Actually I only looked at the first three sites! :D)

    Picture: My first thought was Lincoln, and that's what both sites I looked at are predicting. Argo looks to be its' main competitor, but with Affleck not receiving a director's nomination, I'm not sure it will overtake Lincoln. Plus Lincoln is Oscar fodder and Argo is more of a popcorn movie. Les Miserables is next in line followed by Silver Linings Playback (which I would be fine with winning).

    Director: Looks pretty clear that it'll be #3 for Spielberg (after Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan). I was disappointed that Ang Lee wouldn't get his first win, but wikipedia highlights my brain freeze as Lee won for Brokeback Mountain. Guess I'm still smarting that this movie didn't win Best Picture. Anyway, I think Stevie will take home his third directing award.

    Actress: Lawrence over Chastain (one site says Jessica is gaining on Jen, but still has her in second). There was talk about Watts taking this one, but all three sites have her in fourth after Emmanuelle Riva.

    Supporting Actor: Jones over Hoffman. I thought DeNiro would be in the running, but he seems to be in fourth after Christoph Waltz.
     
  14. VIETgrlTerifa

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    Which sites are you using?

    That ranking seems pretty high for Les Miserables. The sites I've read that have it lower than third (they have SLP, Life of Pi, and Zero Dark Thirty ahead of it in some order).

    Here's a chart from Awards Daily. This is where I usually get my news for Oscar news and odds.

    http://www.awardsdaily.com/blog/201...ld-a-house-divided-against-itself/#more-60916

    Of course, this is all subject to change after the DGA winner is announced this weekend. Also, Oscar ballots aren't sent out until February 8th, and the mood may shift by then.
     
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  15. michiruwater

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    Saw Zero Dark 30 today. It was excellent. Easily the best movie I've seen for this awards season. Chastain was, as expected, really, really good as well, though I agree with those who said that at the end of the movie they still didn't feel they really knew the character. But it was well-written, deftly paced, and had me fully invested and very tense at times even though I obviously knew the outcome of the mission. Good job to Kathryn Bigelow. Like others, I'm not sure why it's fallen off the bandwagon for awards - but I haven't seen Argo or Lincoln.
     
  16. Cachoo

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    Thanks Peter...I'm going to look at VIETgrl's site too. I want to put together a winning ballot (but doesn't everyone?)
     
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    We had a special showing of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" last night.
     
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  18. VIETgrlTerifa

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    Take note that the site is pretty pro-Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, and Life of Pi (although it loved Argo when it came out). I'm fine with that because so am I.
     
  19. Vash01

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    ITA on all. I have seen Lincoln & Argo. My ranking would be

    1.Argo
    2.Zero Dark Thirty
    3.Lincoln
    4.Les Miserable (despite its flaws)
    5.Silver linings playbook
    6.Life of Pi

    I have not seen the rest of the nominated movies.

    My pics for best actor and actress are Day Lewis and Chastain, but it does not look like Chastain is going to win this year. She is too good an actress to not have won, so I am sure she will be in line next year (to make up for this year).

    IMO two things will keep Chastain from winning the Oscar. 1)the director was not nominated (it shows the academy has something against this movie), 2)the movie was released too late, thus limiting her visibility.

    I don't understand the hoopla over Lawrence (as THE winner) in SLP at all. She was very good, but others were better. JMO.
     
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    One of my favorites. My husband and I really enjoy pointing out the bloopers. On a slight tangent, Johnny Depp did a good job in "Ed Wood", liked that movie.
     
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    I don't remember. I just looked at the first three that came up. I'm pretty sure that the second one was Entertainment Weekly though. :)

    I've never been able to make it through that movie... :shuffle:

    VIETgrlTerifa hates love??!! :drama:
     
  22. Nell411

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    I finished Blade Runner but I only managed it by spending half the time online while I was watching. It wasn't as good as I thought it would be.
     
  23. Artemis@BC

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    I categorize Blade Runner as "really good for the time it was made but now looks dated as hell." Scifi just doesn't age well, imo.

    In other news, I saw a trailer last night for Oz the Great and Powerful. The trailer at first looked like it might be dark and gritty ... but it's made by Disney. So maybe. Pretty great cast (James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams), and the visuals look spectacular.
     
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  24. PeterG

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    Some recent viewings:

    The Descent 2 – I loved the first part and loved the sequel as well. Sometimes I just need a good horror/thriller flick after watching too many dramas and documentaries. This certainly did the trick and you gotta love movies that have kickass women running the show.

    Sweeney Todd – Wow, I thought this was perfectly done. I saw “Dark Shadows” a few months ago and thought it was quite the flop. So I wasn’t expecting much from the Depp/Burton/Carter trio. But the tone and pacing, the performances and the cinematography were all so flawless. (Wikipedia break.) Okay, I’m back from Wikipedia after I wondered if the movie was robbed of a Best Picture win. It wasn’t even nominated! Neither was Burton! That is just wrong. And Depp lost to Daniel Day-Lewis for “There Will Be Blood”. Not sure if the Academy got that correctly, Depp was in almost every scene and was pitch-perfect in his performance. Out there, but never too over-the-top (which is saying a LOT when it comes to Depp). I’m shocked to find out that there were no nominations for picture and director…wow! :mad:

    Shame (Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan) – This is a tough one to talk about because it’s quite intense…yet not overwhelming. Amazing script along with quality directing and acting. I was surprised to find that it only made four million (on a budget of 6.5 million). That’s North America box office, I’m sure it must have been released in the U.K., if not elsewhere in the world. If you like serious dramas, consider this one a must-see.

    American Violet – Quite a good biographical drama featuring Alfre Woodward, Charles S. Dutton, Michael O’Keefe, Tim Blake Nelson, Will Patton, Xzibit and Nicole Beharie in the lead role. The imdb.com description: “A single African-American mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.” If this sounds interesting to you in any way, I definitely recommend you add it to your To See list.

    The Laramie Project – Another recommendation, one I’ve been meaning to see for years. The cast is so large, I’ll just provide the link to the imdb page. Wonderful script about the community of the Wymoming town after the murder of Matthew Shepard.
     
  25. michiruwater

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    There was a lot of outrage when Sweeney Todd wasn't nominated for Best Picture. It won the Golden Globe that year IIRC, and was glowingly reviewed. I certainly liked it better than NCFOM and TWBB (though that year I believe my favorite film was Atonement, which the one that got robbed of Best Picture IMO).

    I found a theater showing Argo in Thailand, and I can see why it's winning everything. I just wish I could see Lincoln to compare the two. I think I slightly preferred ZD30 but it's a close call. Both were super tense, wonderfully paced, and superbly directed. Affleck really is coming into his own as a director, and good for him!
     
  26. VIETgrlTerifa

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    ^ I don't remember that much outrage with Sweeney Todd. No Country for Old Men and There Will be Blood were the top rated movies of that year from critics and were just winning everything from critic groups and guilds.

    Check out the critics top ten and you'll see which movies were on the most top ten lists:

    http://criticstop10.com/best-of-2007/

    Also, although you and others may feel that Depp was personally robbed of the Oscar, there was no taking it away from Daniel Day-Lewis. He just won everything in sight that year. It was the surest thing that Oscar night (even over Javier Bardem's Best Supporting Actor win which was also a sure thing). Best Picture was always going to be between There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men.

    I personally thought Tim Burton butchered the source material of Sweeney Todd and ruined the brilliant Sondheim score. Also, it fell into the Burton/Depp/Bonham-Carter trap.
     
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    2001: A Space Odyssey is certainly timeless, although boring if you like plot-driven movies and not metaphor-driven ones! :lol: I saw it on 70mm and many of the effects hold up quite admirably.
     
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  28. Artemis@BC

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    Watched a great movie last night: Chloe. I guess you'd describe it as an erotic psycholical thriller. I picked it up totally on spec at the library withough knowing anything about it, just because I like the actors in it (Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried). Didn't know til the end credits that it was an Atom Egoyan film, but it made complete sense iykwim. Very intense, great depiction of the tensions and dynamics of a longterm relationship, and what happens when you try to control things that are so obviously not in your control.
     
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    Got back from the Gothenburg International Film Festival last night. Didn't see anything absolutely horrible, but I'm really bummed that I couldn't get a seat for Full Circle and/or Mad Buddies, as they seemed to be pretty funny films, and most of the films I did see were pretty bleak.

    Documentaries:
    Bestiaire - 2/5. (A collection of images of animals and the places they live in, but not their natural habitats; these are animals in a zoo, and the film is about how we humans look at them. Or maybe it's just 90 minutes of whatever the camera captured after it was set up on a tripod and all the people left the building.)
    My name is Negadhar Jamali and I make Westerns - 3/5. (A sad/funny tale about a nice man in Iran who just wants to make Westerns.)

    Feature films:
    Dog Flesh - 2/5. (I expected this film to be really intense and gripping. Instead I nodded off. Others must've liked it thought, as it won the Best Directorial Debut Award.)
    Searching for Bill - 3/5. (An interesting thing; a film set in the US, with American characters, written, directed, and produced by Danish people. Also, it was done a bit like a documentary, allowing the charaters to talk to the camera, which I thought was a pretty cool thing to do. It gave the film a dimension one usually only finds in books or comics, where you can read what the characters are thinking. In this film they got to tell you.)
    Taped - 4/5. (This one was properly good, not just good compared to the other films I saw. It's about a Dutch couple who go to Argentina, where they first met, to see if they can fall in love again. They happen to film a police officer as he executes some guy, and then they have to run for their lives. A fairly straightforward action film, really, but with characters who act and react more like real people than your average Hollywood action heroes. :p I recommend this film, especially as there apparently is an American remake in the works already. See the original, that's always the best. ;) )
     
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    Saw the 5 Oscar-nominated animated shorts and an additional 3 that got honorable mention today. Unfortunately, unlike the last 3 years, this was a very blah collection. None stood out except possibly Dripped, which is an also ran and not a nominee. Unlike previous years, I don't care which one gets the Oscar; not one of them really grabbed me and made me sit up and take notice.
     
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