Let's Talk Movies! #23 : A Wolverine, A Super Dude and the End of the World. Twice.

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, May 29, 2013.

Which Of These New Movies Interest You? (Trailers Below For Viewing)

  1. June 14th - Man of Steel - Action Adventure with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner….

    23 vote(s)
    57.5%
  2. June 14th - The Bling Ring - Crime comedy with Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Gavin Rossdale…

    8 vote(s)
    20.0%
  3. June 14th - This Is the End - Sci-Fi Comedy with Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco…

    6 vote(s)
    15.0%
  4. June 21st - World War Z - Action horror thriller with Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox and David Morse

    12 vote(s)
    30.0%
  5. June 28th - The Heat - Action Comedy with Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Rapaport…

    9 vote(s)
    22.5%
  6. July 3rd - The Lone Ranger - Action adventure western with Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp…

    8 vote(s)
    20.0%
  7. July 5th - The Way, Way Back - Comedy with Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney…

    6 vote(s)
    15.0%
  8. July 19th - Girl Most Likely - Comedy with Kristen Wiig, Annette Benning, Matt Dillon…

    7 vote(s)
    17.5%
  9. July 19th - The Conjuring - Horror thriller with Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor…

    5 vote(s)
    12.5%
  10. July 24th - The Wolverine - Action Adventure with Hugh Jackman and Famke Janssen

    12 vote(s)
    30.0%
  11. August 2nd - 2 Guns - Action with Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, James Marsden…

    1 vote(s)
    2.5%
  12. August 9th - Elysium - Sci-Fi with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley and Diego Luna

    13 vote(s)
    32.5%
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  1. PeterG

    PeterG Hanyuflated

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    Two recent movies I've seen include The Chicago 8 (Danny Masterson, Gary Cole, Mayim Bialik, Steven Culp, Orlando Jones and Philip Baker Hall). The directing is incredibly heavy-handed, but I enjoyed this movie still, in part to the performances (Orlando Jones pushes things right to the edge...well, maybe over the edge sometimes :lol:) and in part because I know very little about the subject matter (from imdb.com: "Based on actual court transcripts of 8 anti-war protesters on trial for conspiring to cause riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago."). And I'm a sucker for anything with Mayim Bialik in it even though her part in this is pretty small.

    Also watched the 1935 version of Mutiny On The Bounty. It stars Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone, the three of whom were all nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards that year. (I found out from the imdb message boards that there were no supporting acting categories at that time.) It won the Oscar for best picture, but no other awards in the five categories it was nominated. I thought this was pretty decent even though the acting is over the top, although it's mentioned in the message boards that this is standard for the time. Charles Laughton was wondrously hateful in his performance. I am so surprised the mutiny did not occur MUCH sooner on their voyage!!

    :( I have this one on hold at the library. I will take your thoughts as a warning to lower my expectations. :lol: Maybe in doing so I will enjoy it more than I would otherwise.

    Watson is turning out to be a true delight post-Harry Potter. All of the three HP actors are choosing good work, it certainly helps that none of them need to pick a movie so as to pay the bills. But we do need to wait for the world to realize that Rupert Grint is also making some great movie. :respect:

    As for Terrence Malick, I think weird is kind of the norm with him! :lol: I think he often keeps his films under wraps, so withholding a title and trailer is something I guess he hopes will add mystery and anticipation for his project. By the way, it also stars Benicio Del Toro, Holly Hunter and Florence Welch.
     
  2. all_empty

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    "The Purge" had so much potential but fell short.

    Interesting plot, average execution. It's one of those movies that will be studied in sociology and film studies for years though. It's mercifully short too.

    If "The Lone Ranger" doesn't pan out, I will definitely see "World War Z" next week. They spent a fortune reshooting it, so I hope it's good.

    Of course, if anyone wants mild to major spoilers for "Man of Steel," "The Purge" or anything else, PM me.
     
  3. michiruwater

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    Definitely, but normally I love his kind of weird and not knowing the name of the movie is going to irritate the hell out of me :lol:
     
  4. immoimeme

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    I finally got to see "Her Majesty, Mrs Brown." It was worth the wait. "Tom and Viv" was not.
     
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  5. Wyliefan

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    I'm currently reading the play as fast as I can, to prepare for the movie! Incredibly, I've never read it before. #Englishmajorfail
     
  6. michiruwater

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    Oh, Wyliefan, you should check out the Kenneth Branagh-Emma Thompson movie of the play as well. It's wonderful. Well, except for Keanu Reeves, who plays Don John. No, really. He's terrible. But everyone else is wonderful.
     
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    I saw it many years ago and liked it. But I thought reading it would be a good refresher before I see the new one.
     
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    Finally, Before Midnight comes to Canada!

    As with the previous two films, I loved this one. Although I never saw Playbook Whatever, I refuse to believe that Jennifer Lawrence and Will from Alias make a more a believable couple than Hawke and Delpy. Oscars for everyone--including score. Love, love, love!
     
  9. PeterG

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    Just finished watching Mildred Pierce (Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo and Mare Winningham). Probably wasn't worth the time it took (it's almost six hours long). Although I did watch it with subtitles at double-speed. :lol: Don't see how this warranted such a large expansion of the running time of the original. Maybe three hours...they really took their time with this one. Surprised at how the Veda role allowed the two actresses who played her (Evan Rachel Wood for the later years) to clearly outshine Winslet. Not a lot for Kate to do. I only recommend this one if you're an uber of somebody involved, love this type of stuff...or want to see Pearce is all his nekkid glory. :D

    Also watched The Tao of Steve which has been on my To See list forever. It's one of those movies that Entertainment Weekly raved about, so it ended up on my list. But afterwards I realized I should pay more attention to the critic who recommended it...and then avoid his/her future recommendations. :lol: It's not an awful movie, but just sort of sits there in my opinion. But I don't like movies that have jerks as their hero. :blah:

    The word Toby has no place in the same sentence as Garfield... :soapbox:

    BEMH was a WONDERFUL movie. And I've never even heard of 360... :shuffle: (Just looked up box office info...the former made 134 million and the latter....$100,000 - so you are not alone!! :lol:)
     
  10. jl22aries

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    I'm seeing Before Midnight on Monday. So freaking excited.

    Also, saw that Frances Ha is coming in a couple of weeks.
     
  11. michiruwater

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    I have a huge soft spot for Evan Rachel Wood (and of course I adore Ms. Winslet) so I've been debating checking out Mildred Pierce. It's just the run time that puts me off.

    I have no real interest in Guy Pearce nekkid, I must say :lol:
     
  12. peibeck

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    I saw "Now You See Me" on Friday. It was alright but not great. Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, and Mark Ruffalo made the movie enjoyable enough to distract from the HUGE gaping plot holes. It's best enjoyed as a simple "magic trick" and not as a well written movie with a tight plot. ;)
     
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    He's got my body type - to not be a bony stick, he actually has to work out and put on muscle. There are worse people to witness nekkid, I imagine. :grope:
     
  14. Vash01

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    Just got back from seeing 'Star trek- into Darkness' in an IMAX 3D format. Very impressive visual effects and use of technology, while maintaining the characters and their relationships. It was a sensory overload for me, however, and from time to time I had to close my eyes for just a few seconds to give myself a break. It's sort of a prequel to an earlier movie (holding off specifics, to avoid spoilers).
     
  15. Buzz

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    Saw The Purge today and liked it. Finally a movie that up front gives you an explanation as to why everyone runs upstairs instead of out the door. LOL
     
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    Man of Steel soundtrack leaked today. :D My ears will be ready, although I'm not sure if my eyes will be, judging by the latest trailers. :eek:

    Alf isn't home for a week. I'm putting the soundtrack on repeat and stuffing some Henry Cavill into my hungry eyeballs in the meantime. :D
     
  17. Sofia Alexandra

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    Apparently there's a trailer for "The Desolation of Smaug" coming tomorrow... :watch:
     
  18. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    Saw the trailer of 'Man of Steel' yesterday. Looks interesting.
     
  19. PeterG

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    :eek:

    Welcome to 2013!!

    :lol:
     
  20. Buzz

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    The Purge made something like $36 million in one weekend but cost only $3 million to make. Part of the reason I went to see it was Ethan Hawke. :shuffle:
     
  21. orbitz

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    Man of Steel - 71% approval so far on RT.
     
  22. Buzz

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    Oh I'm definitely gong to see it now! There was a cute little story on BBC about how the quintessential American hero is actually being played by a Brit. :lol:
     
  23. Yehudi

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    The reviews I've seen fall somewhere between fanboy gushing and "at least it's better than Superman Returns"
     
  24. Anita18

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    Or at least more action. :lol: Maybe TOO much action, but ya know...it's Zack Snyder. Beautiful, brainless action scenes are his bread and butter. :D I think that's what the fanboy gushing is mostly about. I estimate that a lot of the "regular folk" might have an issue with its potential (given the reviews) failure in striking a balance between Nolan Batfilm quasi-realism (how would we really react to superpowered aliens causing that much destruction) and comic book spectacle.

    I'll have Henry Cavill to look at, I'll be juuuuust fine! :grope:

    And Zimmer's music is pretty damn good too! I had fun at Tron Legacy because I had eye candy and ear candy, I'm not too picky.
     
  25. PeterG

    PeterG Hanyuflated

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    Wow...lots of movies coming out this week!! First, a review of the major movies already mentioned:

    June 14th - Man of Steel - Action Adventure with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Christopher Meloni and Laurence Fishburne
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6DJcgm3wNY

    June 14th - The Bling Ring - Crime comedy with Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Gavin Rossdale and Paris Hilton
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4LzhgExvrc

    June 14th - This Is the End - Sci-Fi Comedy with Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Emma Watson, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z5Wykasdls

    June 16th - My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Family Comedy with new cast
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3hBtBibN_M


    And some smaller/independent movies (comments from me at the end):

    June 14 A Hijacking (Danish dramatic thriller. From imdb.com: “The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKePoqaeokk

    June 14 Twenty Feet From Stardom (Musical documentary. From imdb.com: “Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWyUJcA8Zfo

    June 14 Vehicle 19 (Thriller with Paul Walker)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJusN7qAlu0

    June 14 Call Me Kuchu (Documentary. From imdb.com: “In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn2fwqrejhE

    June 14 Stuck in Love (Comedy drama with Kristen Bell, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Stephen King, Lily Collins and Logan Lerman)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JIXs-zRHG8

    June 10 Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world ...”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QzblZ-Dg0U

    June 14 Hatchet III (Action comedy horror with new cast and Zach Galligan)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SSEm5vzNBM

    June 12 Spirit of the Marathon II (Documentary. From youtube.com: “Featuring the personal journeys of an entirely new cast of athletes as they run the scenic streets of Rome, Italy.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYDiAnNlHPQ

    June 14 Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (Documentary “…depicts one man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing societal boundaries through his use of subversive art.” – imdb.com)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5tS51-0HOs

    June 12 More Than Honey (Documentary. From imdb.com: “An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NT05qEJxUk

    June 12 Pandora's Promise (Documentary. From imdb.com: “A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDw3ET3zqxk

    June 14 The Stroller Strategy (French comedy. From imdb.com: “Parisian Thomas Platz is suddenly made the guardian of a baby - then pretends to be its real father in order to win back Marie, the girlfriend who dumped him a year before.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPo_OWkDSW4

    June 14 Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards (Stand-up comedy)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOGF1cz0j4k

    June 14 Berberian Sound Studio (Dramatic horror thriller with Toby Jones)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKOPh5ZEciQ

    June 14 The Guillotines (Chinese action. From imdb.com: “An elite crime-fighting unit in the court of the Chinese emperor relies on flying swords to defeat their enemies.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvBiRmjYLFY

    June 14 Storm Surfers 3D (Surfing documentary. From imdb.com: “A 3D adventure into the world of big wave surfing with Aussie tow-surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones and two-time World Champion Tom Carroll.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW_eIeKyjSo

    I think the first eleven of these are going on my To See list! :eek: Right up to "The Stroller Strategy", which I'm undecided about. "Apostles of Comedy" has a funny trailer, but it's another one that might be a Christian film that is hiding that fact in order to reach a broader audience. I just find that kind of manipulative, so it puts me off. If they advertised it as a hilarious Christian stand-up film and I thought it was funny...then it would go on my list. I like something new and this would be something I hadn't seen before. "A Hijacking" look AMAZING. As do the five or so documentaries that follow (all of them I want to see...well, not Storm Surfers - grow up already, dudes! :lol:). Biggest surprise: a Paul Walker movie is going on my list. Another :eek:! :D But it looks really well made. Not sure about Hatchet III (as I haven't seen the first two...will I be able to understand the plot??) ;) But I'm hoping it's a good cheesy horror flick rather than a stupid/gross-out horror flick.

    Which of these movies are you interested in?
     
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    I saw the trailer for A Highjacking about a month ago, and since I like a good thriller, I put that one on my list. It's not going into general release here (NYC); it's going to be showing at the art house Film Forum. That means making a special effort to get there to see it. The Guillotines might also be calling my name.
     
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    Can someone close the other thread? It is really confusing me. :shuffle:

    Someone actually wants to see the My Little Pony movie? It doesn't even look good enough for Nick Jr. or any of the television channels. How is this happening??
     
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  28. PeterG

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    I just sent a message to a moderator asking them to close the old thread.
     
  29. all_empty

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    Ok, my embargo was finally lifted on "Man of Steel."

    Yes, the film is very heavy on the action, especially in the second half.

    I personally didn't care for Amy Adams in the role; her Lois Lane was less Award-winning journalist curious and more "Enchanted" curious. The way she played the character came off a little immature.

    Henry Cavill has the physicality, but was relatively flat compared to Russell Crowe and Michael Shannon. I found his dialogue to be corny in parts.

    "The Matrix" and "Battlestar Galactica" fans -- keep an eye out for many of the actors.

    I remember liking the music, and will have to look at my notes from my Hans Zimmer interview.

    Thought "The Purge" was okay. I wish
    there was some twist at the end, like the cookies being poisoned
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    I'm not going to screen "World War Z" because I'm off to New Mexico to cover the "The Lone Ranger." Any questions for Johnny Depp lol? Obviously, I'll give you my thoughts on that film.
     
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  30. Buzz

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    Nothing in this world could get me to watch The Lone Ranger. Depp is very good at doing what he does. Unfortunately what he does is Captain Jack and I see that character in whatever he does.
     
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