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. PRlady

    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    Saw Silver Linings Playbook before Christmas and flat-out loved it. It didn't hurt that I'm originally from Philly, and I was so proud that I nailed the neighborhood they filmed it in (waited through the whole credits to check.)

    Both Cooper and Lawrence were terrific.
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  2. Sofia Alexandra

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    Going to see Rise of the Guardians tomorrow, all by myself. Kinda need some me-time after this non-stop hanging out with the family that I've been doing lately. The only annoying thing is that it's shown in English in only one place, Heron City, which is just about as far from my location as you can get with Stockholm's public transport. Though hopefully that'll mean the theatre isn't completely packed...
  3. Buzz

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    Saw Jack Reacher today and loved it. At times it was hard to forget the movie starred Tom Cruise and was a bit formulaic but still a very good movie and I'm off to find and read the book. :D
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  4. AJ Skatefan

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    I thought Life of Pi was amazing. The 3D was incredible, the acting great, and Richard Parker rocked it. I got all weepy at the end. Very effective movie, IMO.
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  5. BigB08822

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    I have absolutely zero desire to see Zero Dark Thirty. What's supposed to be so amazing about something we've heard all about already? Do they personalize the story or what?
  6. Artistic Skaters

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    We went to see Parental Guidance yesterday. The movie theatre was jam packed with all the Les Miserables seekers, but our show was full but not front row only crowded.

    It was a typical Billy Crystal & Bette Midler movie & we laughed our way through the whole thing. Exactly what we needed for a Christmas evening.
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  7. Vash01

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    It may be a good idea to see the movie to find out. ;)
  8. emason

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    You are not the only one. I don't care how many awards it wins, it is of zero interest to me.
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  9. Vash01

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    I want to see Zero Dark Thirty, and I will see it. However, I am afraid that it may not live up to the expectations created by rave reviews and awards from critics.
  10. martian_girl

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    My very short reviews of the two movies I saw over Christmas break:

    The Hobbit: Meh. Might have liked it more if it weren't bloated into three films for an obvious cash-grab.

    Les Miserables: Awesome. Loved it. Cried like a baby. :D


    I'm supposed to take my mom to see Lincoln this weekend, so we'll see how that goes. I really want to see Zero Dark Thirty, but I'll probably have to wait until January.

    Silver Linings Playbook is probably going to end up being a Redboxer.
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  11. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

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    Highly recommend Django Unchained. The acting, writing, direction, and music are all vintage Tarantino. Excellent film all-around. I also saw Les Miserables and although I enjoyed it, I wouldn't really watch the whole thing again. It's good but far from the best movie I've seen in the past few years and I seriously hope Tom Hooper does not get a best Director nod over real film artists like Tarantino and Ang Lee.
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  12. jenny12

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    I agree. I've seen Django Unchained, Life of Pi, and Les Mis, and the difference in the standard of direction between Lee and Tarantino v. Hooper is astonishing. Hooper's direction seems like someone who barely made it through a third rate film school with the camera always being in the most ludicrous places throughout Les Mis and one close-up after another. Tarantino and Lee are on another playing field than Hooper.
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  13. PeterG

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    Only one new movie in theatres this week (a bit late this time as it came out Christmas Day... :shuffle):

    December 25 West of Memphis (Documentary. From imdb.com: “An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ0p44qDqK4

    And one that was on my list to come out December 31st, but I see now that it was actually released in February, but I'm posting about it because it looks good:

    December 31 The Apple Pushers (Documentary. From imdb.com: “The Apple Pushers, narrated by Edward Norton, follows the inspiring stories of five immigrant pushcart vendors who are rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into New York City's food deserts - neighborhoods where finding a ripe, red apple is a serious challenge and where obesity rates are skyrocketing”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzyBvDa4LjU

    And the last trailer is for a movie that doesn't come out until May. I'm needing a good thriller/psycho-drama/horror movie, and this one looks like I'm going to love it! I might have already provided a link for it, but in case I didn't...

    May 13th 2012: Black Rock (Horror/thriller with Kate Bosworth)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCrjq3B0h10
  14. immoimeme

    immoimeme having a nice day

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    Some short reviews:
    "Marley"-yea, mon! :)
    "Obama's America 2016"-???? Wut? I don't get it, whatever it was
    "Snow White and the (extremelyyyyyy hunky) Huntsman"-zzzzz. No more KriStew pour moi, e.v.e.r. thankyouverymuch :p
    "Bernie"-YES YES YES whee!
    "Celebration Day"-omg wayyy yes!!!!! WHEE!

    must watch interlibrary loan of "Modesty Blaise" tonight or tomorrow return by sat.

    PS "Gordan Ramsay's Ultimate Christmas Dinner"-two completely different but equally fab meals. No specific recipes but lots of pizzazz prep and whee. Nice music too. Fun and instructive-recommend :)
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  15. Mozart

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    Seeing Silver Lings Playbook today :)
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  16. peibeck

    peibeck Counting down the days 'til Skate America

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    I saw "Django Unchained" today and found the first act a bit muddled, the second act to be excellent, and the third act extremely disappointing. After the amazing middle section, I was sad that Tarantino didn't go for at least some type of emotion other than "kick ass revenge" in the entire finale, instead it was just a slo-mo bloodbath and wink-wink nod-nod movie references. Despite the great middle section, I left the movie disappointed.

    I did think Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson were amazing, and while I'm not a great fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, I thought he was pretty good too. I get that Django is the main character, but I'd hardly consider Christoph Waltz' character to be considered a supporting part for awards consideration.
  17. PeterG

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    Spike Lee blasts 'Django Unchained' : ...insisting the slave drama is “disrespectful” to African American history

    I'm boycotting it only because I'm sick of Tarantino and his limited-to-one-theme-only schtick has gone WAY past its' due date. :blah:

    I thought that movie was awful. Practically non-existant plot, just an excuse to show lots of fighting and violence. Of course, Mr. Huntsman is a fine specimin, but gosh was he DIRTY in this one. Were there no bathtubs ANYWHERE in the kingdom?? :wuzrobbed
  18. Mozart

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    Bradley Cooper sure is hoooooooooooooooot
  19. Artemis@BC

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    Glad to hear I'm not the only one! I never got the Tarantino hoopla. The only movie of his I'd give even a marginal thumbs up to is Inglourious Basterds. The rest is just the odd nugget of somewhat clever dialogue wrapped up in pretention and ott violence.

    Meanwhile I'm looking forward to seeing Silver Linings Playbook tomorrow. We were going to go to Les Mis but it's still "no passes" and I have a pass that expires Dec 31.
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  20. Buzz

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    I'm a huge Tarantino fan, but I see that his style is not for everyone. I agree that he should branch out more, but I do think he has produced a lot of fine work and has created some of the most memorable screen dialogue of the past several years. A lot of directors have a specific style though that can sometimes make their work seem repetitive. I think he has earned his place among the top directors today which is way more than I can say about a hack like Tom Hooper.
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  22. Vash01

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    For those who have seen Django unchained-

    Is there a lot of blood and guts shown in the movie? I won't ask if it has a lot of violence, because I cannot imagine Tarrantino's movie without it. The only question I am trying to answer is- can I handle it or will I be sitting there with my eyes closed or covered half the time?:lol:
  23. jl22aries

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    I LOOOVED Django. The way I feel about a Tarantino film is that it is for me an example of film making that completely takes the viewer to into an imaginative otherworld for the entirety of the story's duration. His movies are exuberant, nasty, emotional, funny, and are all clearly made by a team and a leader who LOVES, geeked out LOVES "the movies". Like Inglorious Basterds, one of my favourite aspects of Django is the revisionist history - he's telling a tale yall. There is a love for storytelling at the core - SPOILER - like that particular scene within the movie where Waltz' character does a simple retelling of a fable with nothing more than a stone boulder backdrop and his campfire lit face, and an engrossed audience in Django (and us). Old school love of storytelling right there.

    Christoph Waltz is unbelievably magnetic. And sexy as hell. Holy god.

    A couple of minor qualms but in terms of the major critical grievance with regards to pacing, I don't know what those reviewers are talking about. Though some scenes were, let's say, paused moments in plot, the tension was INSANE and I internally filled the holes in, so to speak, by experiencing all these intense emotions during those quieter moments. As entertainment, this movie is fierce. And it's just great to see a piece of work that marches to its own beat, has a clear point of view, and takes you on an imaginative storytelling adventure.
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  24. jl22aries

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    So I loved it, clearly, but there was about a good quarter of the film where I only saw about a fifth of the screen, the rest obscured by my scarf. It's intensely violent, but in a campy, too-much-gushing sort of way. Though the particular scenes that were one to one in brutality I couldn't watch at all, and it wasn't because of the visual of the blood and guts necessarily but the context and method with which the violence was enacted.
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  25. michiruwater

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    True statement. That man has more magnetic charisma in his pinky finger than most actors have in their entire bodies.
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  26. Vash01

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    Thanks for the description. :) It sounds like I better avoid it, even though I like the actors in it.
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    Christoph Waltz is old enough to be my father (he's older than my mother, for one), but he's one of the few older men I would still do regardless. :grope:
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  28. michiruwater

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    Also a true statement.
  29. Buzz

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    If you have to ask, chances are pretty good that you are better off avoiding this movie. I saw it despite my own reservations and regret it, but then again I've never been much of a Tarantino fan. You'll probably love this movie however if you are Tarantino fan.
  30. VIETgrlTerifa

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    It's also a pretty brutal depiction of slavery as well. I don't mind the cartoony, over-the-top violence because then I just think it's fake and done for effect. But when it gets to the more realistic violence that I can actually imagine happening in real life...that's where I get squeamish.

    It's funny, we have to Oscar contenders that touch upon slavery (Lincoln and Django) but do so in totally different ways.
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  31. jenny12

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    One thing I admire about Django Unchained is that it discusses slavery from a black perspective which is actually quite rare for Hollywood.
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    Snow White and the Huntsman 2: The Bathing? :p

    Have you seen Jackie Brown? I looooved that movie. Resevoir Dogs was good, too. My problem with Tarantino is that so many of his movies revolve around violence, and he fetishes the violence almost as if's an aphrodisiac, which really unsettles me!!! :eek: He's talented, but in reference to the thought about how much he looooves movies, I had to wonder which he truly loves more: movies...or violence?

    Hmm...not having seen the movie, I'm wondering if that is something you should not say if Spike Lee is in the room!! :lol:
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    Spike Lee hasn't seen the movie either so I don't know how much I'd count his opinion. Many directors use violence, but Tarentino does so stylistically IMO and it has a purpose in the storyline which separates it from other film portrayals of violence. There are several great directors (Scorcese, the Coen Brothers) who use violence but with a purpose as well.
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    I saw Life of Pi today. I wanted to catch the 3-D version while it was still playing on the big screen. Visually it was an amazing film. The animation and 3-D were superb. I didn't really understand what the story was trying to say about God, but I enjoyed watching this film.
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  35. Buzz

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    Gangster Squad will be released on January 11th. It was pulled from it's original release date because of the Aurora shooting. But now that the offending scene has been replaced it is once again scheduled to be released and I can't wait. :cheer2: Here is a rather nice article about the movie. Unfortunately the release date will put it against Zero Dark Thirty which has a lot of Oscar buzz around it.

    http://m.philstar.com/314190/show/e2e508c34bed9fc1b40f6364587f7d96/?
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    I lived in Philly while attending Temple U but I didn't catch which neighborhood in Philly it was. Do tell ...
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  37. Nell411

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    I just saw The Hobbit, somewhere in there was a truely fantastic movie, but it got lost in Peter Jackson's blatant cash grab. They could have cut half an hour out of there and it would have been so much better.
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  38. Vash01

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    Initially I had been excited about seeing The Hobbit, but when I saw it's going to be a trilogy, I lost all interest in seeing the movie.
  39. Vash01

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    I am not a Tarantino fan at all.
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  40. VIETgrlTerifa

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    Hopefully, I'll enjoy Lincoln. I sort of loathe Spielberg's films. Especially ones where he tries to be profound or artistic like in Munich because it just shows off his lack of real depth for me.