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%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. PeterG

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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:

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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.
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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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  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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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  8. 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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  10. emason

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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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  11. VIETgrlTerifa

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    ^ Not even Maggie Simpson?

    I'd like for that one to win just because I want Seth MacFarlene to see the Simpsons winning an Oscar.
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    I cannot tell you how much I completely loathed both of these movies. :shuffle:

    Please, please, please try and find a DVD/video of the Broadway cast of "Sweeney Todd" and see what true brilliance is. How Tim Burton utterly failed the movie in the last 15 minutes is completely shocking. Like all great operas the story is tragic, and the whole climax of the film should be Sweeney's story coming full circle with his wife. But the movie is more concentrated on the blood-letting and the whole tragedy of the story was lost. Plus Depp was okay but certainly not great in the movie, but Helena Bonham Carter was so absolutely wrong for that role and her caterwauling only made it worse. :scream:

    As for "Shame," having dated a true sex addict, I found the story to be about as over-simplified and sanitized as could possibly be (despite the plethora of sex and nudity). I thought the actors were good, especially Carey Mulligan (and of course Michael Fassbender is hawt beyond all words), but the story was so off track it was like no one had done any research, which is a problem if 75% of the script is going to be improvised in front of the cameras.
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    I saw 'No' (foreign pic nominees) today in my movie preview film club. Very enjoyable film. Gael Garcia Bernal was great, too bad he was not nominated. I usually do not mind subtitles, but this is a very talkative movie and sometimes the subtitles disappeared before I finished reading. Great story of how 'advertising' is used in an election and it is a true story. Also the film used was tv video from the 80s, so it seems of that era. Some folks in my film club found it distracting, but I like it. It is one of those movies I enjoyed, but could only recommend to certain folks (due to the subtitles and political story in South America). Sadly I know some people that will only see Hollywood type movies.
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    Nice story but nothing special, especially in terms of animation. Sorry!
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    Just saw The Road and while I really liked the movie, it is just so bleak and depressing. Then there was that ending which leaves you not knowing what to think.
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    ^ Bleak and depressing indeed ... but since I'd read the book I knew exactly what to expect. I thought they made some really good choices in translating the book to the screen, a very successful adaptation. But no, not exactly a feel-good movie!
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    My dad and I chose to see The Road after Thanksgiving dinner a couple years ago :rofl: Not exactly a happy family holiday movie.

    And I didn't say there was outrage with Sweeney Todd not winning Best Picture. Obviously either NCFOM or TWBB was going to grab that. There was a lot of shock and surprise when it wasn't even nominated, though. I clearly remember that. It wasn't my favorite movie that year, and I didn't really mind personally, but the internet was all atwitter for a little while.

    TWBB bored the hell out of me, though DDL was awesome, of course, and deserved his win. NCFOM was a very good movie, but I still thought Atonement was better. Oh well. At least it won best score. One of my all-time favorites, that.
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    Trailers for this week's smaller movies below. Check out the trailer for the first one, The Sorcerer and the White Snake! I don't care if it even has a plot, the visuals look SO amazing...can't wait to see it! The next three kind of interest me, but I haven't added them to my To See list. I'm interested in hearing from whoever watches the trailer for Unfinished Song.

    February 8 The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Action fantasy with Jet Li)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YlEBUAclrY

    February 8 Unfinished Song (aka Song For Marion) – Musical comedy drama with Gemma Arterton, Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeAYP23B2jU

    February 6 Caesar Must Die (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH8KxCqkPf0

    February 8 Lore (German dramatic thriller. From imdb.com: “As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQu8dMec-jU

    February 8 The Playroom (Drama with John Hawkes and Molly Parker)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhpQOmSd9Ik

    February 4 Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOtm553xM70

    February 8 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (Comedy with Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette and Dermot Mulroney)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWijct7LzAE

    February 8 Spiders 3D (Thriller with a new cast)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4bjDV1OC0I

    February 8 Top Gun (IMAX – Six Days Only)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKpPqXp-TKg
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    Going to see Warm bodies this weekend. Anyone seen it yet? The ads make it look like Twilight for Zombies, with a comic twist.
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    Haven't seen it but it's uber high on my list. Nicolas Hoult is SO HOT.
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    I can't think of him as "hot" because I still think of him as that precocious child in About a Boy.
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    Smaller movies coming out this week are below. I've added "No" to my To See list, and possibly "Saving Lincoln", depending on future reviews from some of you. :D

    February 15 No (Chilean drama with Gael García Bernal. From imdb.com: “An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHugqIEzq1k

    February 15 Saving Lincoln (Biographical drama with Bruce Davison and Penelope Ann Miller. From imdb.com: “The true story of Abraham Lincoln and his bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon. This unique film features sets created from actual Civil War photographs.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0LqZVIFMYg

    February 15 The Bitter Buddha (Comedy documentary about Eddie Pepitone with Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt and Sarah Silverman)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaU5GiAm1ws
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    anyone see Side Effects? Is it any good?
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    I plan to see it this weekend. It sounds interesting.
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    I finally got to see Wreck-It Ralph. I liked it. Not as much as Rise of the Guardians, but still, I'll buy the dvd. :) I would've liked a few more visits to other games, especially the darker, more action-y ones, as the Candyland was a bit overly saccharine for my liking (and I like My Little Ponies!), but hey, I'm not exactly the main target audience for a film like this. :lol: And whaddaya know, turns out there actually is an appropriate use for dubstep "music" somewhere in this world. :p

    And you know what else I liked?
    In the end, when it's revealed that Vanellope is actually the princess (why not queen?) of Sugar Rush. I rolled my eyes and thought "Great, another Disney Princess™" - but then she said she'd rather be a constitutional president AND a racing driver with super powers, and I was like "Hell yes!" :respec: Disney, you're making progress!
  26. PeterG

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    I'm finally getting caught up on some old movies on my DVR:

    Pride of the Yankees (Gary Cooper, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan). I think I had seen this before, but thought, "what the heck, I'll watch it again". :) It was worth a second viewing. I thought Babe Ruth (as himself :lol:) had a very natural screen presence. So often it seems that non-actors who play themselves come across fairly wooden. But he never made another movie. Maybe he wasn't interested in acting and only did this movie out of respect for Lou Gehrig? :wuzrobbed if so!

    I Saw What You Did (1965, Joan Crawford). I think this is one of those movies my sisters watched on TV and talked about, so it's one I remember hearing about, yet never saw. Pretty silly, but an okay way to spend an afternoon when the weather is crap! :D

    The Great Escape (1963, Steve McQueen, James Garner….). Hmm. Another one that had been on my list of movies to see for a long time. It's considered a classic, right? Gosh it is LONG!!! I should check out the editor at imdb.com and see if he ever worked again after this! :lol: Took a long time (1.5 hours, the half-way point) for something to happen. I liked the brotherhood aspect of the film and how men were willing to sacrifice themselves for others. But I'm not sure about that "classic" status.... :shuffle:

    Cleopatra (1934, Claudette Colbert). My first Claudette Colbert movie! :cheer2: Wow, she was something. Beautiful and alluring. I will have to catch more of her movies eventually. Any recommendations?

    Anna Karenina (1935, Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Maureen O’Sullivan, Basil Rathbone and Freddie Bartholomew). Another first, I don't think I had seen a Garbo movie before. My gosh, she was stunning. She makes Angelina Jolie look plain! :D I thought this one was decent, but it's tough for me to get into movies that make heroes out of adulterers. Honestly, if you want out of a bad relationship, just leave!! How many centuries will it take for humans to figure this out? :rolleyes: The ending was pretty over-the-top, but the acting was good and it was beautifully filmed.

    Fido (Carrie-Anne Moss and Billy Connolly). Not bad. Just not great, either. This one probably would have made a better short film, maybe coupled with one or two other short films like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez did a few years back.
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    PeterG: Steve McQueen plus motorcycle equals classic. What more do you need?

    Disclaimer: I love this movie; it's on my list of all-time faves.
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    For all you movie buffs, Hulu is having a President's Day showcase of all the films in the Criterion Collection. If you have any free time this weekend, I'd definitely take advantage to see watch some of these titles. It's a great way to watch Truffaut, Oshima, Kobayashi, Cassavettes, Bergman, and other auteurs's films.
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    I really liked Side Effects. It turned out to be different than I expected it to be.
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    Two must-see Claudette Colbert movies, both comedies:
    It Happened One Night with Clark Gable
    Palm Beach Story with Joel McCrea, Rudy Vallee and Mary Astor. I plug this movie every chance I get.

    Another of her movies that I enjoy is Since You've Been Away, a kind of corny WWII weepie.
  31. PeterG

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    I just finished watching a movie that I just loved, loved, loved! Dare starring Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Rooney Mara, Alan Cumming, Sandra Bernhard and Ana Gasteyer. Wonderful, wonderful script, the type that keeps me from writing anything of my own! :lol: Everything about the movie was great, so original and unlike anything I can remember seeing. 100% recommended.

    :lol: That's what I was thinking. "Has he completed puberty yet??" Although I do remember seeing him in "A Single Man" and not realizing until later that this was the same person in "About A Boy". :eek:

    I have found local libraries that carry a BBC version and one with Angela Lansbury. Is there an additional version with Patti Lupone? I love her, so that one would be at the top of my list, but no local libraries seem to carry it... :(

    Well, the movie barely made any money, I can't imagine it would have made anything if they made it more gritter and depressing. Although maybe it would have been given an "X" rating and would rent well as porn??
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    I'm glad to hear Emmy Rossum was in something good, because Beautiful Creatures sucked. She and Jeremy Irons were pretty much the only good things about it.
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    I attended the Best Picture Showcase at AMC Theatre today - saw 4 of the best pic non, with the other 5 next week
    Les Miz - I so agree w all the comments about the close ups. What could have been a classic movie is now just very good. Jackman was wonderful - to me pretty equal wi DDL. Never have been a Hathaway fan and still not. Amanda Seyfried was much better than I expected, enjoyed Eddie Redmayne and at times thought Russel Crowe was better than expected (and my expectations were pretty low)
    Django- omg, was so entertained, Tarantino reallky has somes screws loose, but fun!
    Argo- had already seen and was equally great on Second viewing
    amour- unfortunately had to miss the first 45 Mins, but the acting was amazing
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    No matter, he was adorable in About a Boy. Cmon right?! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yAgCXKxAMY

    But he's all growed up and FREAKING HOT, I tell ya.
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    Saw Quartet yesterday (took my mom for her birthday. I was the youngest one there. by far.) The plot was completely predictable ... but it doesn't matter in the slightest, seeing all those great actors plaing off each other is still an absolute delight. I was reminded once again of how much I love Tom Courtenay -- he has such an expressive face, he can say so much without saying a word. Maggie Smith is her usual amazing self, and Pauline Collins is great too. Billy Connolly ... well I have a hard time of thinking of him as old, I just saw him do a live standup show a few months ago and he hadn't aged a bit. His comedy might have been slightly ott, but it was a nice "we may be old but we're not dead" layer to the dynamic.

    And can I say that when it's time I want to live somewhere like a home for retired musicians? Heaven.
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    So do I! Loved that movie.
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    I saw "Side Effects" yesterday, and it was very much an an old Hitchcock thriller with modern day elements.

    I wanted to like the movie more, but I somehow was not particularly empathetic to Jude Law's character. Whether that was an issue with the script, or maybe just thinking maybe he was miscast, I'm not sure.

    I really like Rooney Mara, but after this and "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" hope she finds a different type of character to play.
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    I found a movie I really liked at the library, just plucked it off the shelf. "How I Ended This Summer" (a Russian film). Here's the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45_2ZZlbirY The comments at the imdb.com message boards make me think that I saw a different movie than most posters there. I really liked this movie as both a psychological drama as well as a thriller. Plus the younger actor has the most beautiful face... :) I discovered that he grew up as a ballet dancer. He makes one fine actor as well!

    I get the cool factor, but thinking back to that scene...didn't he basically just drive his bike into that barber wire fence? If I'm remembering correctly he could have done something else, but just chose a bad move that ended the chase... :confused:

    Thanks! These are all available at different libraries around me. It seems strange that I haven't seen "It Happened One Night" yet!
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    I saw Silver Linings Playbook today. Surprised at how good Bradley Cooper was in this. The ending was a little too pat for me, but the entire cast rocked.
  40. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

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    I just saw 'Side Effect' on Saturday and felt the same way you did. Rooney Mara's acting was great, but I also thought something was missing from the movie. The ending was a little too neat and tidy for me.