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.

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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. Buzz

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    Saw Jack The Giant Slayer and it was not too bad. There is a final scene in the movie that had me rolling my eyes a bit. :lol:
  2. PeterG

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    Lots of smaller movies out this week. The first three are going on my To See list, although the third of these three might be too sensationalist for me (the title is a hint)! :lol: Also, I recommend avoid the final two trailers like the plague. VILE!!!

    Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (Documentary. From imdb.com: “A documentary on Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the new singer for the rock & roll band, Journey.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0cIj3OPM2k

    The Girl (Drama with Abbie Cornish and Will Patton)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf0mgVMQT8Y

    Greedy Lying Bastards (Documentary. From youtube: “…investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem that is placing us on the brink of disaster.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPax5-vCvA0

    Emperor (Historical war drama with Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Is8hvLPHk

    The We and the I (Drama with unknown cast. From imdb.com: “A look at the lives of a group of teenagers who ride the same bus route, and how their relationships change and evolve on the last day of school.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE0jTAEjNlY

    Electrick Children (Drama with Rory Culkin, Billy Zane and Julia garner)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRpvmHeigfo

    The Silence (German dramatic thriller. Imdb.com: “13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9A6wpKJF78

    Gut Renovation (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Gut Renovation charts the destruction of Williamsburg - a neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY - after the city passed a re-zoning plan in 2005 which allowed developers to build luxury condos...”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9RLXUb8gn8


    Beyond the Hills (Drama from Romania. Imdb.com: “The friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAt7gVFYXpw

    The Monk (Mystery thriller with Vincent Cassel and Geraldine Chaplin)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ5lDIOV_pI

    Somebody Up There Likes Me (Comedy with new cast and featuring Megan Mullally and Jonathan Togo [CSI: Miami])
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hptxBJLUWz4

    Adventures of Serial Buddies (Comedy with new cast and Christopher Lloyd, Henry Winkler and Kathie Lee Gifford)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6Kwhce6hG0

    The ABCs of Death (Horror. From imdb.com: “A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqKeFZU0g0w
  3. Buzz

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    The Silence and The Monk sounds really good, and I will try and check them out this weekend.
  4. all_empty

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    I actually enjoyed it too. I think it's Julianne Hough's best role to date. She and Josh are very appealing in the film. However, I saw the twist about 2/3 way through the film.

    The final scene was definitely a bit :rolleyes: but
    damn that kid looked like Stanley Tucci.

    Ok, so I screened "Oz" tonight. It's definitely a beautiful film, but it wasn't super satisfying. Mila Kunis is beautiful but her acting leaves me cold. Michelle Williams hasn't looked more beautiful.

    There were some good laughs thanks to some really fun sidekicks, but I got more of an emotional reaction out of "Jack the Giant Slayer."

    The Wicked Witch's flying monkeys are scary though ... and loud!
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  5. Cyn

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    I didn't see Moulin Rouge in the theatres but of course heard/read all the rave reviews people were giving it. I finally sat down to watch it and my reaction was something akin to :confused: :rolleyes: :blah: :wall: :scream:. Couldn't stand it -- pretentious, overwrought crap.
  6. DAngel

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    I watched Jack the Giant Slayer too and I agree that it wasn't bad... I also felt that it was nothing special though :shuffle: I thought the plot was somewhat predictable and the timing of some events too convenient. I also thought the princess was disappointing. When we were shown that she had wondered from the house, I thought we'll get a more interesting princess. Nope, just the same old damsel-in-distress :(

    That last scene you said, is it the scene where
    Jack came with the enchanted crown and then proceeded to put it on his head? I don't know if I'm the only one, but I wished it had been the princess coming through wearing that crown...

    I love Ewan McGregor though :) He stole every scene he was in and I wished he played a bigger role in the movie.

    Ps: Way way way way better than Hansel and Gretel, witch hunters.
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  7. VIETgrlTerifa

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    Not to mention with horrible singing from EVERYONE.
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  8. PeterG

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    So that's a thumbs down? I am reading you right? :p

    My friend invited me to go see this Sunday, but I said no. I've seen too many movies lately that make light of violence. That said, I am working my way through "End of Watch" and even "Chimpanzee" had chimp on monkey and chimp on chimp violence! :eek:

    I haven't seen it since it first came out, but I remember loving it. As for Mercurio, he worked somewhat steadily according to imdb.com until the early 2000's and then worked steadily as a judge on Dancing With The Stars and then on "Mercurio's Menu" where he travels Australia and discovers local cuisine.
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    And that is why the DVD is in the $3 bin
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  10. Alixana

    Alixana recovering Oly-holic

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    For me, this one was so OTT it was worth watching just to see how far Baz Luhrmann would take it! And of course I got to look at Ewen McGregor for a couple of hours, which is never a hardship. ;)
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    ^ Ewan McGregor is the first and best reason to watch Moulin Rouge. :swoon: And that's plenty for me.
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    as soon as i heard oprah go all verklempt over it and say it was this generation's wizard of oz, i knew it would be awful
  13. michiruwater

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    Booooo to all the haters! My 11-year-old self cried for at least 3 hours when that movie finished :p

    And yes, Ewan McGregor is always worth watching :swoon:
  14. orbitz

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    The ML DVD has been out since 2003. DVDs themselves have been on their way out in the past few years in favor of Blue-Rays, and stores are trying to get rid of their DVD inventories. You can find many good DVDs in the $5 and lower bin at Wall-Mart and other discount stores.

    I agree that Ewan McGregor is so good in the film and is still very watchable in anything ...well except for those Star Wars prequels.
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  15. michiruwater

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    He was the only good thing about the Star Wars prequels. Watching the third one I just found myself feeling so bad for him, because he did a legit good job and just everything else was so, so bad (and I felt super awful for Natalie Portman, who had seriuously the worst lines in the history of cinema in the second two prequels. People say, oh, Natalie Portman couldn't act in those, and my response is, Meryl Streep could not have made those lines work.)
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    Ewan pretty much plays Obi Wan in "Jack the Giant Slayer," but instead of a lightsaber he uses a sword and instead of a robe he wears armor. He's super charming though.

    The same can't be said for James Franco, who was really uneven in "Oz." In fact, the whole movie was uneven. Definitely worth watching in 3D though.
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    Abbie Cornish: Impressed because with her beauty I could see her stuck on the Rom-Com track. But she takes a different direction each time. Kudo's to her.
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  18. mrr50

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    It depends on the quality of the $3 bargain bin:lol:, I think your bin is a little more upscale than one in my small city(of 15,000)
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    Yes, he is :swoon:
  20. michiruwater

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    I bought Shawshank Redemption and the first LOTR movie in the bargain bin in my Wal*Mart in my small town (pop: 4000). Moulin Rouge was also in there (I already had that one, of course). It also had the ABC Family sequel to Mean Girls, among other things. Bargain bins are full of random things, but there are certainly some decent movies in them as long as they are old decent movies (and each of the three above are, at this point, at least a decade old).

    (I didn't have the first LOTR on DVD because I had it on VHS first :shuffle:)
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    I don't mind looking at Ewan McGregor for a few hours, but listening to him "sing"? Such a nasally, whiney voice. No thank you.
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    Um ... That's an interesting take on Ewan's voice, lol. I can listen to his version of 'Your Song' and 'Come What May' all day :)
  23. michiruwater

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    His voice isn't perfect, but I still like it. And at least he had some power in it. I adore the movie, but at the end when Kidman is supposed to be singing live from a stage even at 11 I was like, the first row wouldn't even hear her.

    Jim Broadbent kicks ass, though.
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    I saw 'Oz the great and powerful' in 3D today. It was quite entertaining and I liked the idea of creating a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. It fit that story perfectly. I was not impressed with James Franco (may be because I have seen him do so well in very challenging roles). Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis as the three witches were good. The visuals were nice and not overdone like some CGI movies are. The china doll was cute. Overall a nice way to spend a couple of hours and forget that the rest of the world exists. :)
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    Sorry Ryan Gosling fans, my screening to "The Place Beyond The Pines" was cancelled.

    Up next week is Danny Boyle's "Trance," and if anyone REALLY wants, "The Adventures of Burt Wonderstone." Anyone, LOL?

    Loved the animated supporting cast in "Oz," too.
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    ...I kinda want to see The Adventures of Burt Wonderstone. :shuffle:
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  27. Buzz

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    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but thanks to Mr. Jerry Bruckheimer we will be getting sequels to; Top Gun, National Treasure, Bad Boys, and not one TWO Pirates of the Caribbean movies. :lol:
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    Not bad news for me; I don't think I have seen any of the originals you mentioned (exception might be for some cut up version of National Treasure shown on TV) so I won't be needing to spend $$$ on the sequels.
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    I hate sequels, but you are only a messenger. No problem. :)
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    *siiiiigh*

    Why can't films just be films these days, why does everything have to be a "franchise starter"? :blah:
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    Not sure if this film has been mentioned earlier in the thread, but last night I saw the documentary Sound City, directed by Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) about the famous recording studio of the same name. It is excellent. The first part tells the story of the studio, and in the second part Grohl buys the studio's mixing board, sets up his own studio, and invites musicians who recorded at Sound City to come and play with him.

    You have to love a film that's big hearted enough to include Rick Springfield, Lee Ving from the punk band Fear, Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Nicks. And every single one of them :kickass:

    I saw the film on video-on-demand, but I believe you can also pay to watch it online at the film's website (soundcity.com).
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    Because :bribe:, that's why.
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    Because no one has had an original idea in Hollywood for 30 years.
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    There are plenty of movies released every year that are not part of franchises. Plus, just because a movie is a member of a franchise doesn't mean it sucks. Skyfall, the HP series, THG are all recent examples.

    The Twilight series notwithstanding :shuffle:

    And what exactly constitutes an original idea these days? I hear that a lot. Obviously, every film can't be original, but there are plenty of well-made, good films every year, and every once in a while there is one that stands out as original. Last year I thought both The Artist and, in particular, Tree of Life qualified. Avatar had a hugely derivative script, but as a whole I would definitely say it was original. Movies have been around for a while now - can anything at this point have quite the effect of Star Wars or Citizen Kane?
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    Okay, I need feedback on the second trailer listed here for the smaller movies opening this week (Upside Down). Only the first trailer is going on my To See list, but I'm wondering if Upside Down should be as well. To me it looks to be a very beautiful film...with a wonderful premise...but a stupid story. What do you think, interested? As for the rest of the trailers, the last two look AWFUL. :blah:

    Ginger & Rosa (Drama with Elle Fanning, Annette Bening, Christina Hendricks, Oliver Platt and Alessandro Nivola)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teNx6pbN-_c

    Upside Down (Dramatic fantasy romance with Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess and Timothy Spall)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPdlrOP22NM

    If I Were You (Comedy drama with Marcia Gay Harden and Aidan Quinn)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxJflyxYsNM

    The Kitchen (Comedy with Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon and Dreama Walker)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49yUBfaCT_U

    Reincarnated (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Hip Hop artist Snoop Dogg changes his name to Snoop Lion, travels to Jamaica, emerges himself in Rastafarian culture and produces his first reggae record.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tse40JPyyU8

    K-11 (Drama with Goran Visnjic, D. B. Sweeney and Jason Mewes)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBQlXOCHl8Q

    My Amityville Horror (Documentary. From imdb.com: “For the first time in 35 years, Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5WOHxGw2VU
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    At first I thought, "romance... not my cup of tea..." and then I watch the trailer... OMG! Why is this a smaller movie? It is visually beautiful and the concept is interesting :) Thanks Peter, I'm going to try and catch this one :)
  37. Buzz

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    There is a documentary about WW2 opening on April 5th and I hope it comes to a cinema near me. It is called "No Place on Earth" and is about a group of Jewish Ukrainians who hid in a cave for 18 months to escape the Nazis.

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=_hNOso-UFCI&desktop_uri=/watch?v=_hNOso-UFCI


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    Upside Down = Not my cup of tea. Silly twist to the Romeo & Juliet tale.
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    The teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola's latest film, The Bling Ring, was released a few days ago. It stars Emma Watson and a bunch of newcomers playing the real life Bling Ring, a group of teenagers who burglarized a few celebrity homes (including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, and Rachel Bilson).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLVQIFrmHX8

    Coppola shows off her ability to use music effectively yet again. I think the teaser is pretty effective.
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    I finally saw Inglorious Basterds and hated it, like I do most things Tarantino. The only Tarantino film I remotely liked was Jackie Brown, and that was because of Pam Grier.
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    I saw Oz this weekend (IMAX 3D) and I really enjoyed it. The visuals were great (as to be expected) but I was surprised that I really liked this explanation of how the wizard came to be in Oz and of how the Wicked Witch of the West ended up being so wicked...I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it but I thought it was an interesting twist. I enjoyed all three witches and thought they played their parts well. Even though Franco looked a bit high at times, he played his role well too. I loved the China doll and Finley the monkey...and Nook was funny too!

    Rumor is this is supposed to be the first in a franchise which leads me to wonder if they are planning on introducing Dorothy to the mix. I'm guessing there is more to explore in terms of the witches and their relationships but can you make a whole movie out of that? IDK, but I guess we'll see...

    Overall, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it. I'm not one who sees something in 3D just b/c it's in 3D but I feel like this movie (like Avatar) should be seen in 3D. There are some good bits of 3D (stuff coming off the screen at you) integrated throughout but it's not excessive or pointless. It's worth the extra $3 or $4...and if you can see it in IMAX, I'd recommend that as well...especially when Oz is coming into the land: you feel like you're free-falling! Very cool...
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