Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Feb 26, 2013.
That's weird. In the first one it was definitely a fairly dark brown, but not black.
Wow--just watched a docu on HBO and I'm not sure if it was released as a movie first but watching this is certainly time well spent imho: Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington is the name of the film.
It wasn't completely black...but there were definite black parts throughout. It looked terrible ... I'm not sure why she did red carpets with that hair.
Edited to add: Here's the pic from the event: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/n...rives-at-the-los-angeles-news-photo/156735813
So glad Sam Claflin is getting his breakout role as Finnick. He's one of the most down-to-earth guys. We spent five minutes talking about how excited he was to try Mexican food during the "Snow White" press tour in Mexico City.
I've liked him ever since he was in that one Pirates movie (even though the movie was terrible and the role shoddily written). I'm glad for him too!
Just finished (re-)watching Final Destination. I had actually requested part five as Stephen King had said in Entertainment Weekly that part five had one of the best action sequences he had ever seen. But the librarian got my request wrong and ordered part one instead. So I felt I should watch it again. Pretty good, and what a cast...of unknowns (for the most part) at that time: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Seann William Scott and Brendan Fehr. The DVD extras were good in how screen testing was done, specifically at that time (the extra must be quite new rather than something made shortly after the release of the movie). And how the ending was VERY different from what the final version had...and how a romantic storyline was almost completely scrapped. I love good DVD extras.
Yes, it looks wonderful. I hope it's not Jodie Foster's final time in front of the camera, which she (...sort of...) stated at the recent Golden Globes...
Wow...I really should have listened to you. I got Ted from the library, watched half an hour and thought, "WHY am I watching this?" So I gave up. I rarely do that. Even with Resident Evil: Retribution which I just watched at double and triple time. It's just like Lord of the Rings....walk, fight...walk, fight....walk, fight. I swear the earlier Resident Evil movies had a plot...
I just saw him in Cold Light of Day (also starring Sigourney Weaver and Bruce Willis). VERY good start to the movie (which just so happen to have some shirtless shots of Mr. Henry ). But the second half doesn't really seem to go anywhere. No surprise it bombed at the box office, in spite of it's excellent cast. Sigourney's role was very under-written, I hope she got a BIG paycheque for this one...
Isn't that the movie about the uber-wealthy people who waste all their riches? I doubt I'll be able to sympathize much for this bunch!
I think her hair looks blacker because in the first film, she had quite a bit of spray tan to give her more of an olive complexion. This time her skin looks its natural shade, which would be in keeping with the fact that the first half of the film is set during the winter and she's living a more posh lifestyle, so less skin exposure.
Ridiculously excited. The trailer is pretty top heavy to the first half of the film, but I guess they wanted to keep the Victors under wraps a bit longer. They'll be in the next trailer and we'll get a better sense of the scope then. But so far it looks great.
I didn't feel sympathy, it was more incredulousness, staring open-mouth at the screen thinking OMG how stupid
Exactly. My friend summed them up as "helpless and hopeless." I'm not so nice, I was more like "how can you be that stupid and LIVE?!?!" but I guess it happens all the time lol.
Playing more catcup, I feel that if I don't get to see the whole movie of "The Great Gatsby" like, TOMR, I am going to run around screaming. the previews look FAN tasTIC. I love lush Luhrman movies like that. I want to see it NOW!!! (stomps foot pouts and whines, like that'll change thangs eys lol)
now back to reality:
"Rock of Ages" way hella better than expected-even tho I'm no fan of 80's music (at ALL) I watched this film about 6 times. Stellar cast, perfectly cast, and Tom Cruise especially spot on.
"Butter" pretty dayum funny the lives behind the "nice Midwesterner" image told by a story of butter. I watched it 3 or 4 times.
"A Better Life" get out your Kleenex it's a tear jerker in a good way but .... will stop there cause I have no time for lengthy diatribe.
"Eastern Promises" Viggo Mortensen pitch perfect.
"The Expendables" eys they all were because Sly Stallone couldn't direct his way out of a paper bag. Wasted talent. 35 seconds ;eft bye!!
I watched Wings (1927), the original Best Picture winner from 1929 and the first silent film I've watched (if we don't include The Artist). It's surprisingly long - 2.5 hours - and quite lavish. Lots of long, extended scenes of fight pilot dogfights, as well as many conversational scenes that took simply forever without progressing the plot. In addition, Clara Bow's character was obviously thrown in to capitalize on her stardom - which I knew nothing about, which horrified my father who then explained it to me - but her character is really unnecessary, even if she gets top billing, because the story of the film is about the friendship between two American pilots who are in love with the same girl back home (who is not played by Ms. Bow, whom you could have actually cut out of the film entirely and it would have still made sense). Basically, it's Pearl Harbor 80 years earlier and way, way better. A lot of the WWI scenes they shot were really top-notch and I was surprised at how realistic they were and how good the special effects were for the time. The film was restored in 2012 and it was clearly lovingly done - aside from the color changing it was very clear. We chose to listen to it with the new score written as opposed to 2.5 hours of pipe organ, and the composer cleverly wove lots of recognizable themes throughout the 2.5 hours of continuous music. I'd recommend it for sure, just maybe have a cookbook or something to glance through when you get to some of the pointless, extended scenes Oh, and there's a part in the middle (after the Intermission) where one of the pilots is in Paris and Ms. Bow is there that is not just pointless but absolutely does not fit in with the general feel of the rest of the film (the pilot is drunk and keeps seeing badly-done bubbles everywhere?...) that you could probably just skip, if you wanted.That was a cookbook moment for sure. If they had cut out about an hour of the film and just focused on the pilots I would have said it was really very excellent even by modern standards.
Five movie recommendations:
Perks of Being A Wallflower (Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Kate Walsh Paul Rudd and Dylan McDermott) - Wow, this one was amazing. It makes me think about the kind of script I'd like to write one day that instead of focussing on the man vs. x, y or z standard, it's about people and their connection to one another and how they move forward instead of being in some sort of combat with someone or something. A great script and a wonderful young cast. Great deleted scenes on the DVD also, so worthy of being in the movie in spite of ending up on the cutting room floor.
Pink Ribbons, Inc. - I've been watching a fair number of documentaries over the last few years, and this is one of the best. Focussing on the breast cancer "industry" and how companies are using breast cancer as a way of creating profit for their products. It also focusses on the push towards making everything pink, pretty and nice when in reality it can of course be quite the opposite and how this push can hurt some as much as help them. Definitely recommended viewing.
The Beaver (Mel Gibson, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Cherry Jones and Jodie Foster) - It would be a mistake to skip this one because the (arguably offensive) Mel Gibson is the star. It's a very interesting and different script with great performances. And if you feel a pull towards skipping this one because of Gibson, remind yourself that Jennifer Lawrence is in this one...and see it!!
Looper (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis) - Recommended, but somewhat plot-heavy. I don't think I've ever said that about a movie before! The first half was good enough, but the second half is kind of like the sequel to part one so you have to change your thinking about what everything is about. Just seemed like it was trying to be too much, writing this makes me think it really could have been two separate movies. Still, it's very well-done drama/sci-fi.
Surviving Progress - A great documentary about how humankind's abilities are surpassing our ethical values and standards. To the point that we are doing things...simply because we can - and the planet is suffering. This movie has made me think about humans think they're at the top of the food chain, but we're secondary to the planet. Without a healthy planet, there will not be healthy humans. Another definite for your To See list.
I saw '42' today. Loved it. I was happy that they found a brand new actor to play the title role (Chadwick Bose...?). I knew very little about the Broolyn Dodgers or the impact Jackie Robinson had on Baseball in the USA.
It's not a movie but what makes me sad is the total disregard for Larry Doby who entered the American League with the Cleveland Indians 2 weeks later than Robinson. He is totally ignored and he was another great first.
I am not familiar with Larry Doby. Was he a trailblazer like Jackie R. and did he have a great MLB career? I am not very knowledgeable about baseball history, so please forgive me for asking.
Okay, okay, I'll rent it as soon as I am able to get over there
I've been trying unsuccessfully to find The Beaver for a while now, glad to know it's worth continuing my search. The other 4 ITA, I gave them my thumbs up earlier. Pink Ribbons I got to see at a preview with the filmmakers in attendance, very illuminating. And Perks is what every coming-of-age film wants to be ... but few achieve.
BTW, I recommend the book of Surviving Progress too. A lot of the concepts flash by pretty quickly in the film, the book gives you more time to process.
My viewing over the past couple of weeks included:
A Royal Affair: Beautiful costume drama + a nice little bit of history. But too long, needed an edit. And ultimately I found myself caring more about the Christian character, for all his flaws, than for the Caroline or Johann characters (tho I never tire of looking at Mads Mikkelsen! ) But still very much worth watching.
Searching for Sugar Man: My favourite kind of documentary, one that makes discoveries as it goes along. And as fascinating as the story is ... even more incredible is how such an enormously talented musician never got any attention at home. I'm now in the library queue for the soundtrack album.
Wreck-It Ralph: Cute, but nowhere near as good as some of best animated films of recent years. Entertaining fluff, instantly forgettable.
To Be Heard: excellent documentary about giving voice to the disenfranchised. The tagline sums it up nicely: "If you don't learn to write your own life story someone else will write it for you."
Tiny Furniture: Lena Dunham's 2010 film that's been released on DVD no doubt due to the acclaim of Girls. Basically, if you like Girls, you'll like this. I don't. Pretty easy to see a theme here: it's very well written, but I just don't care about, nor do I want to spend any time with, any of these characters or their pathetic waster spoiled entitled lives.
The Master: Excellently crafted in every way ... but left me feeling very wtf. I'm really not sure how we're supposed to take this film, but I felt kind of assaulted. And yet I'm still recommending it. Of all the great performances, Amy Adams was the real standout for me: I never would have thought she had that kind of range and depth.
Smashed: A love story about addiction, or an addition story about love ... either way, very compelling in an indie kind of way.
He was the first black player in the American League joining the Cleveland Indians 2 weeks after Robinson broke into the National league with the Dodgers. Among highlights of his career in baseball, he was a 7 time All Star in center field and he and Satchel Paige were the first African Americans to be on a team that won the world series(1948 Cleveland Indians). He went on to do a whole lot of other stuff not only on the field but also in management.
Done with rant, back to movies
I absolutely loved it too. I love baseball - if we had a dog, its name would be Ebbits.
i felt like I was actually going back in time watching 42.
I got a film called Wrecked from the bargain bin a couple of weeks ago, and tonight I got around to watching it. I hadn't heard of it before I bought it, and I normally don't buy dvds unless I already know I like the film, but the premise sounded interesting, and it had Adrien Brody grope in it, so I figured what the hey.
And you know what? I did like it. It's basically Adrien Brody being stuck in a car and then crawling around in a forest for 90 minutes, but it still works, somehow. The ending was a bit abrupt, and it was perhaps a bit too convenient that he
had a dead guy at hand every time the mountain lion showed up,
but still, kudos to the creators for making this film work in the first place, 'cos it could've been a big pile of absolute dreck.
And man, it can't have been fun dragging the filming equipment around in a forest like that!
Here's the smaller movies coming out this week. Mud looks like it could be pretty decent and Kon-Tiki is definitely going on my To See list.
Apr-26 Mud (Drama with Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon, Joe Don Baker and Sam Shepard)
Apr-26 Kon-Tiki (Norwegian action adventure biography. From imdb.com: “The story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.”
Apr-26 The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Thriller with Riz Ahmed, Keifer Sutherland, Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber)
Apr-26 The Numbers Station (Action thriller with John Cusack and Malin Akerman)
Apr-26 Arthur Newman (Comedy drama with Emily Blunt, Colin Firth and Anne Heche)
I really want to see Kon-Tiki, and I thought it'd be all over Swedish cinemas, but it went up and disappeared again so fast I didn't even realised they'd showed it at all. Now I'm really bummed that I couldn't see it at the Gothenburg International Film Festival; it looks like a proper big screen epic about one of the first historical events I remember learning about in school.
I can't wait It looks amazing!
I like it Gordon-Levitt looked a little weird in that make up, but I think he did well as young Willis. I had some problem with the time travel paradox thing, but I guess that would happen every time there's time travel and as a viewer I shouldn't fuss too much about it.
I agree. But darn, that little girl sure is adorable
I watched oblivion today I really like it, but I thought the final confrontation felt a little rushed. I would appreciate more details on what really happened. I really like the twist and turn of the movie and really enjoyed the ride :3 I still like Tom Cruise and I still think Tom Cruise is good looking
I'm going to see Iron Man 3 on Friday. I love the first one, but don't really care for the second one. This one is apparently going to be a bit darker, which l see as a good sign.
Grrrrr!!! I hate (envy) you!
I was reading in Entertainment Weekly about how many movies are making more money overseas than they are within the U.S. The current example they gave was for Ice Age: Continental Drift which earled a franchise-low 161 million (on a 95 million budget). Overseas it made 718 million! (Plus DVD sales are currently at 38 million.)
I've noticed this for other movies that I've been keeping note of. They include:
Skyfall (200 million budget)
Life Of Pi (120 million budget)
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (136 budget)
Battleship (209 million budget)
I added Battleship because it was seen as a bomb, but the international box office probably covered the advertising budget, so it might have broken even. Not what they were hoping for of course, but that one wouldn't have smarted as much as John Carter did.
I really want to go see Mud and The Place Beyond the Pines. However, my husband refuses to see either, especially Mud. He wants to see Oblivion or Pain and Gain. Are you kidding me? How did I marry someone with such horrible taste in movies. Thank goodness he is going out of town for 5 days this week, I will be going to the movies every night to make sure I get in all the movies I want to see right now.
No offence Brian but I side with your hubby. Those other movies sounds way to over the top melodramatic for my liking. That is not to say I will be seeing Oblivion or Shame and Plain any time soon.
Well...fine! Yall go to the darn movies together, then!
Hehehe I actually tried to see The Colony today. Operative word is tried because about 10 minutes into the movie it skipped to aout midway, and turned upside down, started running in reverse, the sound was out of sync and did to even sound like English. (Did ya fellow all that?!) The showing was cancelled and I got two coupons for free movies. So it was not a total loss but I sill want to see The Colony.
I would go to both of those with you, Brian! They're never going to open in my little town
Okay, a few I've watched recently:
The Perks of Being A Wallflower - As excellent as I'd expected. The young cast did a really astounding job and as a girl who grew up with Harry Potter I'm stoked to see Emma Watson developing into a fine actress and choosing good projects like this. I can't imagine how an adaption of this book might have been made better. The script was really excellent - did he get a nomination? The music, of course, was good, as it must have been, and they really did an excellent job getting into the minds of teenagers.
The Beaver - Okay, so it was worth it, PeterG Really, this was a fantastic film. Jodie did a really good job. Gibson was really, really excellent in this. He should have gotten a lot more notice for it but I know that the whole world is pretty anti-Gibson these days, for pretty justifiable reasons. Anton Yelchin is just adorable. He and Ms. Lawrence were excellent together and they did a wonderful job mirroring the son and father's journeys.
Django Unchained - For the most part, this was as excellent as most of Tarantino's films are. My God, the scenery was wonderful! Some of the shots of Waltz and Foxx riding or walking with the natural beauty of the USA behind them were just amazingly gorgeous. I was blown away by that. All the performances were amazing, particularly Waltz's, which I fully expected. Tarantino really does have just this amazing talent for pulling remarkable performances out of all his actors. The worst actor in the film was Tarantino himself, IMO But he was only in it for a short time. Waltz just blows me away. What a completely different character from Hans Landa. I can see why he won the Oscar. I wasn't a big fan of the only two female characters in the whole film being 1) A totally vapid Southern belle and 2) a sexually objectified damsel-in-distress, though. That irritated me. And the last 30 minutes of the film were totally unnecessary and boring. It would have been a much better film without that last part. I totally lost interest. Also, Dicaprio is just never going to win an Oscar no matter how amazing he is, is he? Was he even nominated for this? He was nearly as good as Waltz, IMO. The fact that he actually cut his hand open in one scene and just kept going without breaking character at all and was bleeding all over the place just blew my mind. I suspected it wasn't scripted that way and I was right.
The House At The End of the Street - Yeah, I just rented this because it was the only Jennifer Lawrence movie left on the list (excepting SLP, which I am renting the second it comes out on Tuesday. They were actually packaging them up at the video store yesterday and I offered $30 if they would let me get it early but of course they said no ). My God, you guys, I had really low expectations, but I was still blown away by just how mind-bogglingly bad this movie was. I have no idea why she did it when every other movie she's been in has been good, but I guess we all can't make good decisions all the time. The twist is just horrifically stupid, and it's actually boring. Like, really, really boring. Not a single scare in the whole movie. The 'scary part' doesn't even happen until maybe the last 1/4th of the film, and everything before that is just poor dialogue, mostly poor acting, and little coherency. One of those movies that feels like everyone involved is personally insulting the audience.
Probably renting Lincoln tomorrow. Beasts of the Southern Wild was out when I went yesterday, so if that's in I'll get both.
The House at the End of the Street was seriously AWFUL! I could not believe such poor acting was coming from 2 Oscar nominated actresses. Actually, make that 1 nominated and 1 winner! Shue should have won as well, but I digress.
I need to look up The Colony. Do not recognize that one.
I just love melodramatic movies. From time to time I like a good action movie (the last two movies I saw were G.I. Joe 2 and Olympus has Fallen) but I love to go see what I call "risky" movies. They tend to be movies that you think of as life changing or absolute dreck. Never anything in the middle.
Just finished watching Sinister (with Ethan Hawke). Pretty good, actually. Wasn't sure whether I'd like it, but it did have enough of a twist to keep me interested. I recommend it if you like a scary thriller horror movie.
Hmm...okay, then if I stumble upon it one day at the library, I'll give The Queen of Versailles a chance then.
If the movie consists of Jennifer Lawrence reading the phone book, I'll probably be there.
WHAT???!!! I would say it was the worst movie of recent memory, but I just (tried!!) to watch Ted and it was MUCH worse. (At least with Rock of Ages I made it to the end...)
You are forgiven. A wonderful, wonderful movie.
You're my kinda guy, PeterG
I rented The Impossible and will watch that tomorrow evening. Tomorrow afternoon, after dropping off the husband with questionable taste in movies at the airport, I am going to see Mud!
I watched The Impossible late last night. It was emotionally draining. Great movie and I had NO IDEA how it ended. I thought I knew but I made some seriously wrong assumptions.
Mud was good but kind of slow. It is the type of movie I want to see again because I think there are a lot of hidden things you can catch on repeated viewings. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone as a must see at the theater type of movie but I highly recommend it as a rental.
Iron Man 3 was AWESOME! Ridiculous, bombastic, probably full of plot holes if you think about it too much, but still highly entertaining, with a great balance between humour and serious business. It's great to see a smartass superhero who's actually affected by the things he's seen and done. And the stinger after the credits is a wonderful thing for a fangirly brain like mine!
Thank you so much for letting us know there's a stinger!
I watched Gangster Squad last night because I adore Emma Stone, but for a movie filled with action and violence it was pretty boring. Would have been a lot better with more humor and maybe, just maybe, some actually poignant moments. It was pretty tough to give a shit about anyone in the film and I never actually felt that Los Angeles was in the dire position the film seemed to think it was in.
I saw 42 yesterday. Overall very enjoyable, despite the handful of eye-rolling obligabory Hollywoodized biopic moments thrown in. Chadwick Boseman was outstanding, and I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him in the future.
It's funny, though. After the movie my friend and I were talking about how the "next" film would be about the first major league player to come out. Whoever that might be. And then today ...
Hey, it's a Marvel film! Of course it's gonna have a stinger!
I think the movie would have been better if it focused more on Emma Stone and Ryan Goslings characters. I didn't find it boring, just disappointing and not as good as it should have been. Admittedly I still bought it last week, I get an awesome discount on DVDs at my job, but I'll still probably watch Silver Linings Playbook before I get around to watching Gangster Squad again.
I liked Gangster Squad but think it suffered from the reworking of some scenes and bad writing in general.
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