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.

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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. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    I don't understand. I already saw White House Down but it was under a different working title, Olympus Has Fallen. Somehow, White House Down looks worse and the line the President gives about his shoes is cringe worthy. I can not imagine a President acting like Jamie Foxx, sorry.

    We watched Hitchcock on DVD last night and rather enjoyed it. Not sure why all the focus on him looking at other women and her almost having an affair but ok...
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    :lol:

    So, will Lego The Movie be on your 'to see' list? I've just seen a trailer for it and it looks like a very funny movie :)

    Can't wait to see Man of Steel as well :)
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  4. PeterG

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    Watched Never Been Kissed this weekend. Drew Barrymore along with Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, David Arquette, Leelee Sobieski and Michael Vartan. And in smaller roles, Jessica Biel, Octavia Spencer, James Franco, Jeremy Jordan and Garry Marshall. LOVED IT! My main thought while watching this was, "why have I waited so long to see this one"? (It came out in 1999.) Probably Barrymore at her best, very sweet, charming and funny. You have to give her credit for keeping the focus of the audience being surrounded by such an incredible cast. Glad to have finally caught this one. :)

    I'll take Diane Lane any way I can get her. Nights in Rodanthe was the last movie of hers that I've seen and she helped elevate it to a level that other actresses could not have done. According to imdb.com she only has one project on the horizon, it might not have even started filmed yet, though. It's called "Every Secret Thing" and is a crime drama co-starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Banks. The plot summary: "A detective looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children and the prime suspects: two young women who, seven years ago, were put away for an infant's death."

    :lol: Oh, I'll admit it when I watch a movie just for the hotness factor. That's what Cavill's last project ended up being (The Cold Light Of Day). It started off so well. (And not just for the shirtless scenes.) But the ending really fell flat for me, in SPITE of the involvement of Sigourney Weaver. (Boy, do I hope she got a BIG paycheque for making her way through this dreck...!) So at the end of that movie to realize that Cavill's necked-ness was the biggest plus was a disappointment. But I'll take what I can get... :D

    So only one response for the former, nothing for the latter. Sounds like I should skip both of these?
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    I remember enjoying that one very much too -- and also remember thinking that it could have been really icky but they managed to aim things just right. Didn't remember all those supporting cast members though -- except for Sobieski, who is one of my favourite lesser-knowns. Must try to find it for a re-watch.

    I recently rewatched another Barrymore film, though -- Ever After. It still holds up very well, and I like the interpretation of the story.
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    I adore Never Been Kissed, Ever After, and The Wedding Singer. All three of those are some of my favorites to pull out when I just need to smile and feel good.
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    Not sure about Lego The Movie; the trailer didn't appeal to me, but wild horses will not keep me away from Despicable Me 2 next week. Bring on the Minions.
  8. Sofia Alexandra

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    I'm seeing Despicable Me 2 today. I have to make my way to a theatre on the other side of Stockholm to see it in English rather than Swedish, but hey, Minions! :lol:
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    The minions are the BEST. Only thing I really liked about the first movie. (Gru was kind of funny, but I found the story dull.)
  10. PeterG

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    Two movies I recommend...and one "skip it" (in spite of its director):

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe, 1953). I'm pretty sure I had never seen this :)eek:). So another one that made me think, "how come I had never seen this before!!". Loved how they copied Madonna's "Material Girl" for one scene. :p Overall, just a lot of fun and another soundtrack I'm going to seek out...even though it's only five songs. A little goes a long way, I guess. :) Favourite line for me was when Marilyn's character finds out that the tiara in her hands is actually not a necklace, but is to be worn on the head: "Oh, I just love finding new ways to wear diamonds!" :lol:

    An Ideal Husband (1999). What a cast! Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Northam, Minnie Driver...and Rupert Everett steals the movie out from all of them. :D Mind you, he has the showiest role with the most wonderful lines. Although his father has the line that made me laugh the most:

    Lord Caversham: Do you always understand everything you say?

    Lord Arthur Goring: Yes... if I listen attentively.

    Lord Caversham: Conceited young puppy! :lol:

    My only complaint about An Ideal Husband is that the library copy I had wouldn't work at chapter twenty. I washed the disc with light soapy water (a trick I learned working at a public library, which usually does the trick) and left it overnight to dry. But the next day I still couldn't watch two minutes where I believe Goring gets the incrimininating letter from Lady Cheveley. Not sure how he did that. And later, when Lady Cheveley leaves London, she talks about how something she's done will create havoc for others...not sure how that ties in with what happens.... :wuzrobbed

    And lastly, Alfred Hitchcock's "Sabotage". I couldn't find a trailer for it, the one that looks like a trailer actually gives away the biggest plot point. But...someone has posted the whole movie online! It's only 76 minutes long (the good news) but the most poorly made Hitchcock movie I could have imagined (the bad news, of course). It's interesting that only two years later, Hitchcock made "The Lady Vanishes" which I quite enjoyed. Maybe he just had a bad year in '36??


    I checked out the trailer for this one. It looks like a very well-made film, and Tom Hardy is an amazing actor, but it looks pretty dark. One of the blurbs in the middle of the trailer is something along the lines of "today's Clockwork Orange". :shuffle: I think I've been watching too many dramas to take this one on. Plus I haven't recovered from World War Z either... :drama: ;)

    You made me think I had missed a Robert Redford movie. "All Is Lost"? I haven't heard of that one. But it's coming out in October (on my birthday) :cheer2: :D There's a trailer at youtube, but it's just one scene that I can't imagine is an official trailer as it's not very exciting. But shows possibility...? Speaking of Redford, he has two upcoming movies as an actor. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will be out in 2014 and he is starring in, producing and directing "A Walk In The Woods" a movie version of Bill Bryson's memoir. His co-star will be Nick Nolte :cheer:
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  11. Sofia Alexandra

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    I don't like A Clockwork Orange. Bronson is better, in my opinion; violent, quite disgusting in places, but not so damn depressing.

    Despicable Me 2 wasn't as good as the first one. It was amusing, sure, but not enough for me to eagerly await the arrival of the dvd.
  12. michiruwater

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    I loooooove depressing :p
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    I have not seen that show... But I have heard that one of those life-like newborn dolls they use for movies can cost tens of thousands of dollars... :yikes:

    I watched MU too and had a blast :cheer: I wish it was a sequel not a prequel though...

    Can't wait for DM2 :cheer: The little girl is so cute~
  14. PeterG

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    So three weeks ago I was near a couple of libraries about 45 minutes from my home and decided to grab a bunch of DVD's on my To See list that weren't at my local library. (Ten at each library!! :eek:) Today I FINALLY finished the last of them:

    Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005, Halle Berry and Terrence Howard). A really good TV movie. The movie lags somewhat in the middle, but the last quarter is really great and includes a great movie line
    when Tea Biscuit tells Janie how much he cares for her including this declaration: “Every time I see a patch of roses all disportin’ themselves, makin’ out like they’re pretty, I say to ‘em, ‘You ain’t seen my Janie’”. :swoon:

    Boycott (2001, HBO - Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard and CCH Pounder). About the bus boycotts in Montgomery, Alabama (1955). Very good movie, but heavy subject matter. Couldn't find a trailer for it, but here's one short clip from the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWA0_s0bIMI

    A Walk In The Clouds (Keanu Reeves, Anthony Quinn, Freddy Rodriguez and Debra Messing). Oh my God, Keane Reeves is the Worst. Actor. Ever. This movie is actually decent, but every time Reeves appears on screen (or worse!) speaks...the whole movie comes crashing down. He is beyond God-Awful. :eek:

    The Bishop's Wife (1947, Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven). What a creepy angel! Manipulating people, creeping up on them, cozying up to his supervisor's wife. Who is his REAL boss?? Could it be....SATAN??? :lol: I thought this was supposed to be a classic, but except for a few nice moments, it was kind discomforting. One funny bit, though
    when the bishop is talking to the always difficult Mrs. Hamilton, who will hopefully be the main donor for the cathedral he wants to build:

    The Bishop: That large window depicting St George and the dragon.

    Mrs. Hamilton: I should like that the countenance of St George suggests my late husband.

    The Bishop: Yes. Who do you see as the dragon? :lol:

    Interiors (Diane Keaton, Geraldine Page, Maureen Stapleton, E.G. Marshall and Sam Waterston). Wow. Most miserable group of people ever. If you feel horrible and think you are surrounded by the most horrendous people on the planet, just watch this movie to see how wrong you are.
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    I've wondered how Keanu Reeves keeps getting jobs for a very long time now.
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    I hated this movie with the fires of a 1,000 Hells, and I wanted to stand up in the theatre and scream "Hallelujah" when Maureen Stapleton breezed through the door in her red dress and put an end to Geraldine Page's reign of beige.
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    I just finished World War Z - the book, not the film. I really doubt I'll like the film as much as I like the book, but I'll see it anyway. :)
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    Rupert Everett was one of the most gorgeous man ever. He said that coming out hurt his career as a leading man in Hollywood. I have to say that I agree. Everett would've made a fine 007.
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    I watched Bringing Up Baby (Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn) this week. Wondrous! :D So much fun. Incredible acting from the leads and all of the supporting cast. The DVD I got had an extra disc of special features including a 90 minute documentary on Grant which was very, very good. My two favourite lines from Bringing Up Baby:

    ...when David tells Susan not to lose her had and she replies, “I’ve got my head...I’ve lost my leopard!” :D

    And one of the best movie lines ever from David to Susan:

    “Now it isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet, I'm strangely drawn toward you, but - well, there haven't been any quiet moments.” :rofl:

    :eek: Interesting, because I thought that Man of Steel was way better (in spite of my complaints about the product placement). One thing I didn't mention about World War Z: worst "use" of 3-D ever. I remember thinking early on, "why am I wearing these glasses"?? And only the other day I remembered that the movie was in 3-D. I can't remember one 3-D effect...! :soapbox:

    Oh, I watched Wait Until Dark with a friend and it had the same affect one me/us. :lol: We loved it! :cheer: What other Audrey Hepburn movies do you recommend?

    But don't you have to suspend disbelief in all musicals? While someone is speaking, a full orchestra begins to play behind them. And their next sentence comes out in song! And everyone else replies by singing!! :lol: I thought "Who Will Buy" was a beautiful song and I loved the...how do I term this...the "layers" of each group singing on top of the previous group? I don't know how people can create something so musically complex. But I'm grateful they can. :)
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    You actually paid to see World War Z in 3D? I think that says more about you than it does the movie. :lol:
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    Why? We had seen Star Trek a few weeks before that in 3-D and it was one of the best uses of 3-D I've ever seen (maybe only beaten by Avatar, but that's debatable).

    P.S. I had lunch with friends before WWZ and they said they picked up tickets on the way to the restaurant. So I take no responsibility for which theatre I ended up in. :lol:
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    My Fair Lady is my favorite of hers, and one of my all-time favorite films in general. Charade, as you said, is fantastic -- she and Cary Grant are SO good together, I wish they'd been paired more often. Roman Holiday, Sabrina, and Funny Face are very good. And Breakfast at Tiffany's is good, despite some flaws. Every Audrey fan should see it, if only because it's one of her best performances. (She acted circles around poor George Peppard! I do wish she'd had a co-star who could match her in that one.) There are other good ones, but that's a quick off-the-top-of-my-head list of the Audrey Essentials. :)

    In other movie news, I'm watching the 1946 French version of Beauty and the Beast. AMAZING movie. I've always heard wonderful things about it, and it fully lives up to the hype.
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    Just saw 'The Heat' with Bullock and McCarthy. Great buddy movie, with two 40something women. McCarthy steals the movie, but Bullock is good and they are fun together. Hope there is a sequel. I would recommend to anyone that loved Bridesmaids and enjoy that kind of humor.
    Jane Curtin has a really small role - wonder how much ended up on the cutting room floor.
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    Another fun Audrey Hepburn movie is How to Steal a Million with Peter O'Toole; it's an art heist caper film. One of my faces
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    Of all the movies being released this summer the only one I have zero interest in seeing is "Wolverine". Not sure why, maybe it is just fatigue with a character that has been done to death.
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    Oh, I love that film. One of my all time favourites. Grant and Hepburn make the perfect quirky pairing, and Grant's gift for comedic acting is displayed here perhaps better than in any other film (though I know some people prefer The Awful Truth). The conversation around the dinner table, with Grant just wandering off from time to time, is just brilliantly acted and directed. A screwball masterpiece. :)
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    "Ali" is worth watching, can't remember if "and justice for all" is or not so what does that tell you lol. My random library pick was "A.I." which was better than expected thanks mostly to Jude Law. Seeing Brendan Gleeson was nice too. "Lenny" (1977) has not held up well over the years but at the time it was probably really something.
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    "Interiors" is homage to Ingman Bergman. It's similar to "Cries and Whispers" which is hella more excruciating to watch-I've seen both once and once was more than plenty.
    I think "all Is lost" is one of those films you have to see from beginning to end to really get into it.
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    Cries and Whispers is terrible to watch. I wasn't going to turn it off before the end, but like you, I don't think I could sit through it again.
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    A big recommendation for 1939's "Destry Rides Again" (James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich). (Don't let the trailer throw you off.) This is a great movie, another classic from 1939 - and the first Dietrich movie I've ever seen. She is fantastic and I've never enjoyed Stewart so much. He plays such a wonderful character. And Dietrich is luminescent - I'm going to have to search out more of her movies. Two great moments that I'll spoil just in case somebody decides to seek this one out:

    Destry talking to the Sherriff about a previous experience: He reminds me of a little kid I used to know. He done in both his pa and ma with a crowbar. The judge said to him, he said, "Do you got anything to say for yourself?" and the kid said, "Well I just hope your honor has some regard for the feelings of a poor orphan." :D

    And this great wisecrack from Destry to French (Dietrich): "“Now I bet you got a lovely face under all that paint there.” Which is hilarious, but then there's this pause by Stewart before he follows that with: "Why don't you wipe it off someday and have a good look - and figure out how you can live up to it." which took me aback as much as it did Frenchy. Amazing screen moment!

    :lol: Forgot about that! Not only what she did, but that
    he's about to go out into a field of zombies and doesn't bother to turn the ringer of on said telephone? So Stupid!! :lol:

    This is one of those movies that I didn't complete for the longest time! I think I got it from a library far from home but didn't have time to finish it. So I noted which chapter of the movie I stopped at and about two years later finally got to see the rest of it! It was a decent movie and shows promise in Hunt as a director. But Midler was out of place in the movie, doing her schtick like Johnny Depp and Matthew McConaughey do over and over again. Everybody else was starring in a light drama with comic overtones and Midler was in a balls-to-the-wall melodrama. (Does she star in anything else??) But I give Then She Found Me a thumbs up.

    :kisses: :D
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    PeterG, have you seen Stewart in You Can't Take It with You? One of Capra's cornier efforts, but the famous "scream scene" should not be missed. :) Stewart was a master of comic timing.
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    I really like Destry Rides Again, however I think my favourite role of James Stewarts is The Philadelphia Story. Of course then there is the Hitchcock movies to consider as well. But I love The Philadelphia Story.
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    'Entertainment' magazine has listed 100 best ever movies. I have not seen at least half of them. They are mostly very old movies (I know that I can rent them on DVD); very few new ones. The Hurt locker surprisingly made the list. That's the newest, I think. I was happy to see 'The empire strikes back' (although not the first Starwars movie) and Schindlers list on it. However, IMO the Pianist should have been on the list, instead of Rosemary's baby (I am really not into scary movies).
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    The Lone Ranger has 22% approval so far on RT. Oh dear. I'm not sure if Cowboys and Indians movies are critics proof in 2013. 'Dark Shadow' showed that audiences weren't going to show up to see anything simply because Depp was the star of it.
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    Johnny Depp used to be the shiznit, but now people seem to be all "Yeah, we've seen that schtick, got something new?"
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    The Lone Range looks just beyond absolutely terrible. I can already hear my dad telling me that they ruined his childhood.
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    You would think Depp would be sick and tired of playing the same character in different outfits. I am starting to wonder if he is such a great actor. His range has been really looking limited. Maybe it is just the roles he chooses.
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