Let's Talk Movies! #22 : Steve Jobs, Some Trekkies, An Ozzy...and IRON MAN!!!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Feb 26, 2013.

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

  1. Oz the Great and Powerful - Fantasy - James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams

    21 vote(s)
    38.9%
  2. Incredible Burt Wonderstone - Comedy - Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Steve Carell

    5 vote(s)
    9.3%
  3. March 15th - The Call - Thriller - Abigail Breslin, Halle Berry and Morris Chestnut

    6 vote(s)
    11.1%
  4. March 22nd - Admission - Comedy - Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen and Lily Tomlin

    10 vote(s)
    18.5%
  5. April 12th - Oblivion - Action, Sci-Fi - Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo

    4 vote(s)
    7.4%
  6. April 12th - Scary Movie 5 - Comedy, Horror - Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen

    4 vote(s)
    7.4%
  7. April 19th - jOBS - Drama - Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, James Woods, Matthew Modine

    6 vote(s)
    11.1%
  8. April 26th - Pain & Gain – Action - Rebel Wilson, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Ken Jeong

    3 vote(s)
    5.6%
  9. May 3rd - Iron Man 3 - Action, Sci-Fi - Robert Downey, Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle

    25 vote(s)
    46.3%
  10. Great Gatsby - Drama, Romance - Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher

    26 vote(s)
    48.1%
  11. Star Trek Into Darkness - Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi - Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana

    35 vote(s)
    64.8%
  12. May 24th - The Hangover III - Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong

    8 vote(s)
    14.8%
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  1. BigB08822

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    I went and saw Oblivion today. We were going to see Iron Man 3 but another friend wanted to see Oblivion and we figured waiting another week for Iron Man was probably a good idea, anyway. Oblivion was good but it really confused the heck out of me. I don't normally have trouble following things but I am seriously heading over to IMDB.com after posting this to figure some things out. It was quite good, better than I expected, actually.

    I discovered something horrible today. I love theater popcorn! I know, this sounds silly, but I just recently posted in another thread here how I could care less about popcorn. Our friend got some and I had a handful and was thinking about it the entire movie. No wonder I couldn't follow the plot. It was so much better than some store bought bag. I may go see a lot of movies this summer just for the popcorn. :shuffle:
     
  2. michiruwater

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    I've done that before :shuffle: I've told my friends that, even if I am a self-proclaimed movie snob ;), I'll pretty much go see anything if they need a movie buddy because popcorn makes up for a bad film in a big way.

    Okay, so, recent movies I've watched:

    Silver Linings Playbook - JENNIFER LAWRENCE. That aside, I think I need to watch this again before giving a legitimate review, because I think the year-long build up of anticipation and the fact that I still haven't quite gotten over not getting to see this in theaters probably tainted my actual viewing of the movie. (How adorable is Jacki Weaver, though?)

    The Cabin In The Woods - Also not as good as I was expecting, as a big Whedon fan. I thought the cast was absolutely perfect and some of the twists and ideas were really brilliantly executed, but the bug purge at the end was kind of a let down and I hated the ending. I thought it really ran out of steam, though I can't help but smile any time Sigourney Weaver is on my screen, even if it is a cameo. In my ideal world I would grow up to be some kick ass mix of Sigourney Weaver and Mary McDonnell when I'm their age (everyone has to have goals, right?).

    Beasts of the Southern Wild - I was really impressed with this film. The cast was just excellent. Ms. Wallis deserved her praise, but I think the man who played her father deserved an equal amount of it and I have no idea why he was so overlooked. The score was absolutely amazing. I loved, loved, loved it. Also, if a movie has a lot of water in it that always significantly ups the likelihood that I will like it. I can't really explain that one, I just love looking at water. Life of Pi made me deliriously happy for its shipwreck scene and just being set in water.
     
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    Iron Man III domestic B.O. for three days expected to be 175 millions.
     
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    WOW! That is just waaaay beyond what even I would expect. :wideeyes: Just wanted to add that without RDJ this movie would not have done nearly as well. So hats off to him especially since he has done so well overcoming his past problems with addition. :respec:
     
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    Didn't get into "Great Gatsby" (limited screening) so no early impressions from me.

    Next up, "Star Trek Into Darkness," which I'm psyched about.

    I interviewed Chris Pine before he started filming the first film (he had already been cast) and he couldn't be nicer ... or more dapper.
     
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    I picked up a great little sleeper gem from the library last night: California Solo. (Don't go by the imdb rating, this film is worth much higher than the 5.something they're giving it!) I'm a sucker for redemption stories, even if the redemption is vague or incomplete. And nobody plays this kind of character like Robert Carlyle -- damaged and self-destructive, but still retaining a human truth that draws you in. It also shows a very un-Hollywood LA that was a refreshing change.
     
  8. Wyliefan

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    Bad in math class, was he? (Just kidding. ;) ) I agree he carried this movie, and was marvelous. I can't imagine anyone playing those interactions with the little boy any better.
     
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    The Great Gatsby - 44% approval so far on RT. I wonder if adults are going to turn out for this film. I want to see it.
     
  10. BigB08822

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    Did jOBS come out as planned? I never remember seeing any previews for it or seeing it listed at the movie theater and I have seen quite a few movies recently. Was it pushed back, limited release or just a huge flop? It always kind of felt like a Lifetime movie to me.
     
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    Did jOBS come out as planned? I never remember seeing any previews for it or seeing it listed at the movie theater and I have seen quite a few movies recently. Was it pushed back, limited release or just a huge flop? It always kind of felt like a Lifetime movie to me.

    Edit: After some research I have answered my own question. The release has been post-poned indefinitely. They wanted to release on the 37th anniversary of Apples founding but I guess that didn't work out and now they want to wait to be able to market it properly. I think that is a good call but sometimes this stuff happens and the next thing you know you see the movie in the $5 DVD bin at Walmart.

    Ashton Kutcher has a seriously uncanny resemblance to Steve Jobs. When I first read about the casting I thought it was a joke as I think of Ashton Kutcher as being such a good looking guy and Steve Jobs, well, not. Turns out Steve Jobs was quite the handsome man when he was younger, with just more of a geeky side to him I guess.
     
  12. Sofia Alexandra

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    I'm seeing Star Trek Into Darkness tomorrow. Bring on the Cumbervillain!
     
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    "Arbitrage" worth watching once, maybe twice. WHY does Richard Gere only get better lookin each yr???!

    "Dark Shadows" O_M_G how awful WAS this?!?!?! Good concept, piss-poor execution. And I've SEEN Johnny Depp eat up the screen before, thankyouverymuch. Gah. Sigh!

    "The Big Picture" worth watching once. No concept you have never seen before but --neither really good nor really bad. So.

    Finally my turn and off to watch "A Royal Affair" wheee!!!!
    MADS FIX!!! WHEEE!!!
     
  14. PeterG

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    Some interesting stuff about this week's new smaller movies. "And Now A Word From Our Sponsors" looks like it could be both hilarious and interesting, so I definitely want to see it. I'm not into tennis at all, but "Venus and Serena" looks like a very well made movie, so I'm in. "He's Way More Famous Than You"...not sure, maybe a little too precious? "One Track Heart" is maybe the worst trailer of the week, but at least it's not offensive like the ones that follow it. "No One Lives" looks like torture porn (yuck...or does that go without say)? "Sightseers"...a comedy about murder. Fun. (Sarcasm.) And Aftershock has Eli Roth in it, so you know it's more than likely to disgust you. And you can check out "Java Heat" if you wanna see Mickey Rourke piss away a career about being nominated for an Academy Award just a few years ago. Maybe he and Nicholas Cage should form a support group... :lol:

    May 10 - And Now a Word from Our Sponsor (Comedy drama with Bruce Greenwood and Parker Posey)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjBPypg2TTA

    May 10 - Venus and Serena (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they've provoked strong reactions - from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. They've been winning championships for over a decade, pushing the limits of longevity in such a demanding sport. How long can they last?”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lzg9tJwItI

    May 10 - He's Way More Famous Than You (Comedy with new cast and featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Ben Stiller, Vanessa Williams, Ralph Macchio and Mamie Gummer)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ69Tr_pLxk

    May 8 - One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Krishna Das is on a journey to India to discover legendary spiritual teacher Neem Karoli Baba, through drug addiction and depression, to his eventual emergence as a world-famous Kirtan singer.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVUJQm3vpOQ

    May 10 - Aftershock (Adventure crime thriller with Eli Roth)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax5yTUi-wvY

    May 10 - Bailout: The Age of Greed…aka Assault on Wall Street (Dominic Purcell, Edward Furlong, John Heard, Lochlyn Munro, Eric Roberts and Michael Pare)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y-NqShTj5w

    May 10 - Java Heat (Action crime drama with Kellan Lutz and Mickey Rourke)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQHMTMJsqQA

    May 10 - Sightseers (Comedy, new cast. From imdb.com: “Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyg9aRqlUxM

    May 10 - No One Lives (Horror thriller with Luke Evans and Lee Tergeson)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4HxhzBG0ag
     
  15. Nell411

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    I will watch Parker Posey in anything, seriously, I once rewatched Superman Returns just because I remembered she was in it. So I will definitely be checking this one out.
     
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    I love parker posey, And "Now a Word from Our Sponsor" sounds as if christopher guest and eugene levy should be involved.
     
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  18. Nell411

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    It does. I finally found Best In Show. I spent 5 years looking for it and finally tracked it down at HMV. Parker Posey is amazing in that. Especially the scene in the pet store when she's trying to find the bee toy.
    That trailer freaked me out, it looks gorgeous though.
     
  19. Sofia Alexandra

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    Random thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness:

    Goddamn Benedict Cumberbatch and his goddamn VOICE. :swoon:

    Tribble!

    Run, Scotty, run! :scream: Actually, I'm impressed by how the actors manage to NOT look like total derps whilst running. That's skilful, that.

    The woman sitting behind me said she spotted the TARDIS among the debris that's floating in space in one scene. Can't confirm or deny, since I didn't see it myself, I can just ask future or repeat viewers to keep an eye out for a little blue box. ;)

    And the spoilery thoughts:
    The Klingon redesign was pretty cool, I guess, but I found myself rather distracted by their codpieces. :shuffle:

    Angry!Spock is awesome. (KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!)

    Speaking of Khan: he looked absolutely EPIC in that first fight with the Klingons on Kronos. The hood, the long flappy coat, the moves, even the bigass gun he had, it was all good. And I guess he must've realised that, cos when he was running for his life in San Francisco he somehow had the time to spot and grab a long, shiny coat that flapped around awesomely as he ran. :lol:

    And yes, it's Kirk/Spock until the end of the space-time continuum, damnit!

    It's a strange thing to have a big film like this open in Sweden before it opens in the US; it used to be that we had to wait for ages before films made it across the pond (and in some cases, like with animated films that get dubbed, we still do). I have a bit of a hypothesis though: I think that having a film opening in Europe and elsewhere before it opens in the US is a way to generate a (hopefully) positive buzz on the internet, so that people in the US will be more eager to see it once it finally opens over there, which might lead to opening day/weekend box office records and the like.

    It's probably not the whole reason, but I think it might be a part of it. And I never seem to come across any major, un-warned for spoiler before the films open in the US? Or maybe I've just gotten better at avoiding them...
     
  20. Buzz

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    Check out "Pirates of Silicon Valley" if you can find it anywhere. Best movie about Jobs and Gates ever! All others are imitators. :respec:
     
  21. BigB08822

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    Has anyone seen Jack Reacher? Whomever wrote this script should be ashamed and all the actors should be as well, although they had total shite to work with.
     
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    I hate you, Sophia. :p I so want to see Star Trek but I'll have to wait for ghe bluray. :wuzrobbed:
     
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    I think that the big action and/or sci-fi type movies are doing better with worldwide box office than with U.S. box office. So you're probably right, studios are releasing these big movies overseas where they are more likely guaranteed big box office and hopefully that will translate to big box office in the U.S. as well. Interesting how things have changed.
     
  24. Wyliefan

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    Gatsby's a hit. And a deserving one, IMO. It's not a perfect film, but it's a good one.
     
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    I just saw a really good movie called "Pretty Ugly People". I don't remember hearing about it before and I think that's because it went straight to video. ("the-numbers.com" lists the box office as zero.) It stars Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Josh Hopkins [Cougar Town], Missi Pyle [The Artist], Larry Sullivan [C.S.I.] and in small roles, Allison Janney and William Sanderson [True Blood]. It's a sweet/bitter-sweet comedy-drama that is quite amazing. I'm wondering if the audience thought it would be like a National Lampoon movie, but it's more insightful than that, but not heavy-handed. Great performances from everyone. Maybe the studio thought that because it didn't star teenagers and/or aliens or racing cars that it'd be a tough sell?? Anyway, big thumps up from me! Here's the trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFbrAfnnH1Q
     
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    Just screened "Star Trek Into Darkness" here in the States.

    Enjoyable, but definitely more style over substance.

    Benedict is a badass to the nth degree, and good to see Spock getting some real action.

    It's hard to get emotional during the pivotal scene because you can predict what follows from a light year away.

    Nice to see more Simon Pegg, but Karl Urban is reduced to a caricature.

    And boy does JJ love to show off Chris Pines' baby blues and lens flares.
     
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    Highly HIGHLY recommend "A Royal Affair. " so nice to see an adult film for a change! The actors managed to bring life into history in almost a 3D way-QUITE an accomplishment!!! Stunning and lovely film. A true classic that stands up well to repeated viewing. Can't recommend it enough!
     
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    Chatted with JJ a little bit tonight at the premiere and he said wanted "Into Darkness" to be fun despite the title.

    He and Zachary definitely got the biggest fan reception tonight -- fans that haven't seen the movie yet.

    I did enjoy Spock's performance the most and thought it was the most complex.

    Rest of the cast was nice enough -- Karl Urban played up the charm tonight. I found Alice Eve unremarkable in the film and in person.
     
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    I saw The Great Gatsby last night in 2D. Some of my biggest issues with it all stemmed from the fact that it was clearly filmed to be in 3D. So was Avatar, but there is not a single moment watching it in 2D where you get the distinct feeling that what you are seeing onscreen is supposed to be there solely for the 3D effect. That happens all the time in Gatsby, over and over again, and it adds a very false veneer over the whole thing. The coloring also feels off too. I suspect this is because 3D glasses sap color and light off the screen, so they compensated for that. But most people don't have 3D TVs, so I'm not sure why they chose to render the 2D version so oddly. It was, to me, very distracting.

    I thought it was a fairly honest telling of the tale, but there were some things that also bothered me. Daisy is not a likeable character in the movie or in the book, but I don't feel her shallowness and vanity come across as clearly in the movie as in the book. She's a bad person for her actions at the end of the film, not because she's actually just a rotten person inside. I really hate Daisy Buchanan, and I was hoping to dislike her more than I did in the film :p They chose not to explore the fact that Jordan Baker cheats in her sport, which I suppose is a small thing but to me, in the book, really helped drive home the corruptness of the upper class people in the novel. DiCaprio was perfect, but I expected that. By far the best thing about the film. Maguire was perfectly fine - I never found Nick Carraway to be that interesting - but I have no idea why Lurhman chose to frame the movie as he did, with Carraway in the sanitarium. Combined with the manic first 30-40 minutes followed by the sudden tragic change in tone and the way he used the camera, it all felt very much like Moulin Rouge! redux (as that film is framed with Christian the writer writing the story of Moulin Rouge! as well) only not as successfully. The actor who played Tom was also very good.

    I didn't like the use of modern music and some of the other anachronisms he used. He's used those sorts of things well in previous films but I don't think it worked here. Besides, there was some really great music in that time period - why not just use that? It would have made everything feel a lot more authentic. He wasn't making a musical this time. I should add that Moulin Rouge! is my favorite film. Those same techniques just didn't work here, and as the source material is fairly different I'm not surprised.

    There were some lovely moments as well, particularly in the last hour, mainly stemming from the use of instrumental or sadder music combined with Dicaprio's performance. When Lurhman slows down and just lets DiCaprio do the emoting and doesn't try so hard it's absolutely wonderful.

    Mostly this movie just made me want to watch Moulin Rouge! again to see how these sorts of things actually work. I'd recommend it for some of the successful moments and for DiCaprio, and because it is a fairly successful retelling of the story, even if Lurhman's own ambitions got in the way of making it feel authentic sometimes. If he hadn't done it in 3D and if he had used period music and cut out the anachronisms I think it might have been a very great film. But then again, those last two are hallmarks of his style.
     
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    Forgive me if it has been discussed already, but is anyone as creeped out as I am about them making Fifty Shades of Grey into a movie?

    I read the first book (have no desire to read the rest of them) so I know what happens...I'm really concerned that Hollywood is trying to capitalize on this by making a movie. I get the allure of the book but I don't think it's something I would ever want to see in a theater! To make this a movie and keep it true to the book they are basically going to have to make a softcore porn film! If it gets a R rating that means they cleaned up quite a bit of it. Done correctly, this movie would need a NC-17 or should just go straight to Blu-ray/DVD.

    I had this conversation with my sister and our jokes about what it will be like in the theater got kinda dirty and very hilarious: horny women in the dark, seat covers, what the ushers might hand out at the door instead of 3D glasses... Just think about it. They'll come to you. :lol:

    Anyhoo, I think it's a terrible idea. Some books should just stay books IMO.
     
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