Let's Talk Movies! #24: Don, Phillips, Thor, An Oldboy, A Jackass And Even Two Chicks

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Aug 30, 2013.

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

  1. Don Jon

    10 vote(s)
    15.4%
  2. Gravity

    25 vote(s)
    38.5%
  3. Captain Phillips

    12 vote(s)
    18.5%
  4. The Fifth Estate

    17 vote(s)
    26.2%
  5. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

    5 vote(s)
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  6. Ender's Game

    12 vote(s)
    18.5%
  7. Last Vegas

    4 vote(s)
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  8. Thor: The Dark World

    21 vote(s)
    32.3%
  9. The Book Thief

    22 vote(s)
    33.8%
  10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    35 vote(s)
    53.8%
  11. Grace Of Monaco

    10 vote(s)
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  12. Oldboy

    4 vote(s)
    6.2%
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  1. watchthis!!

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    I saw a nice (and slightly strange!) movies this weekend called "The Go-Getter". Lou Taylor-Pucci is the lead who steals a car in an effort to find his long lost brother. The car belongs to Zooey Deschannel and the two start up a friendship by phone and eventually meet. It's a road movie and is sweet and charming and recommended. :)

    I also liked "Nights In Rodanthe" mainly because of Diane Lane and Richard Gere. Plus the seaside scenery is quite nice to watch, not quite as much as Mr. Gere in his Levi's! :D It's a pretty staight-forward romance, one that's good to watch when you need some warm fuzzies.

    Okay, with this one I'm probably going to get in trouble with some of you. "Dark Victory" with Bette Davis. They loooooved this movie at imdb.com. I liked it because the cast are talented and everyone behind the scenes are at the top of their game. And I know films of this time (1939) were melodramatic, but this one went too far over the top at time. There was one scene where Davis made me laugh out loud as her performance was so presposterous. I actually felt embarrased for her and wondered if this was her worst film performance (hadn't thought before now that Davis was capable of being bad!!). Plus I thought the ending was mighty stoopid. I did learn that her leading man was George Brent, who was her co-star 13 times! Didn't know there was that many Davis movies I had missed. In a completely thankless role is Humphrey Bogart as well as some upstart named Ronald Reagan. Can't think of any famous Ronald Regan films so not sure what ever happened to him. ;)
     
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  2. immoimeme

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    wow. I could barely watch it once! When tim robbins appeared I was like "now we get some acting action!"
     
  3. immoimeme

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    I thought "skyfall" was one of the best action movies ever. Well. That was because I hadn't seen "M:I: ghost protcol." THAT is one of THE BEST action movies EVER! I'd say more but I'm going to watch again right now whee!! Omg I looooove this film!!!! I *strongly* and *highly!* recommend this film!:)
     
  4. michiruwater

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    They're both absolutely excellent but MI: Ghost Protocol is simply stunning. Two-hour-long anxiety attack.
     
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    Funny, I used the exact same word -- "silly" -- in my post from a few days ago.

    Silly, but enjoyable. The 3D was totally unnecessary in my opinion. It was hard enough watching the hammer fly all over the place much less right at your face.
     
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    Libeled Lady has one of the funniest physical comedy scenes you've never heard of, William Powell fly-fishing shouldn't be missed. I also loved Manhattan Melodrama which is a melodrama, but still
     
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  7. PeterG

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    So I saw a movie recently that I thought was just amazing. Once I've seen it, I check out how it did at the box office and then check out the rating at imdb before scanning the message boards. Now this movie was SO great that I assumed it was a big blockbuster hit that I was just to busy to see when it came out. Somebody PLEASE tell me why the world did not love "Down With Love" as much as I did?? :huh: The script is BRILLIANT and the direction from start to finish is SPOT-ON. And Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger just knock it out of the park. But the movie only made 35 million worldwide on a 78 million budget. :fragile: And it only got a 6.2 rating at imdb. I thought this movie was SO funny and I found every second completely entertaining. I'm so surprised that this movie was not well received. And I'm heartbroken that the two people who wrote it have nothing credited to them after this 2003 movie. I can only DREAM of writing something even a TINY bit as good as this movie. :( Bonuses are the supporting cast: David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Paulson, Tony Randall, Rachel Dratch and Jeri Ryan (all equally wondrous).

    I've added this one to my list, along with the Errol Flynn movies you suggested. Thanks! :D

    :respec:

    Is it just me, or is there something incredibly sexy about this man?
     
  8. jl22aries

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    I saw Down with Love at the theatre when it came out and thought it was fantastic. Don't know, Peter...
     
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    One of the amazing things is....Cruise did his own stunts. There's footage of him chillin' and waving while hanging off the Burj Khalifa right before he does one of those leaps.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FyO_bnIsqk
     
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    Yes....I'm going to see this movie for Loki, not Thor. (I've never been into blondes anyway)
     
  11. watchthis!!

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    Some comedies I've seen of late:

    50/50 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan. This one is more of a dramedy, they do a great job of bringing some lightness to a movie which is basically about cancer. Gordon-Levitt seems to now be one of those actors who you can see something he's in and you know it'll be good. And this is the guy who used to be in Third Rock From The Sun? :)

    Land Of The Lost with Will Ferrell. I think this one bombed at the box office, but I've grown to really like Ferrell. He's just so darned funny!! :D Thought this one was quite imaginative and held my interest from start to finish.

    Year One with Jack Black and Michael Cera. This one was a bit tougher to like. Had to watch it in a few different sittings as my interest waned a times. There's quite a good supporting cast, but the script isn't that great and Jack Black seems to have overstayed his welcome in the world of movies.... :(
     
  12. Buzz

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    Open auditions for lead roles in the upcoming Star Wars Vll movies are to be held in the UK. The female lead character sounds like something Chloe Moretz would be good for because of her Kick Ass movies role.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24828750
     
  13. Integrity

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    Stepping out of my lurkdom to say "no it's not just you"! Tom Hiddleston :swoon:
     
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    Finished watching The Hatfields and McCoys last night. Quite good, but quite depressing thinking about the human nature of some people. I'm hoping we've changed as humans somewhat from the time their feuds were taking place??? :eek:

    Another western I saw a while back was Shane with Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur. I thought it was pretty good, but rather simple also. But I enjoyed that simplicity, the movie had a sort of pureness to it's storytelling that was rather enjoyable. Jack Palance really shined in this one, I think he only had a handful of lines, but his presence was SO menacing that he got an Academy Award nomination for his performance. Makes me wonder about other nominations actors have received for having so little dialogue, making an impression with just their face and their physical actions. Cool to think about. :)
     
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    I've been lurking on this thread for a bit and have to de-lurk to say how much I absolutely love this movie - it is in my all-time top 5 - and how thrilled I am to see someone else love it. I have no idea why it didn't do better at the box office, because I agree on the brilliant script and acting. Renee Zellweger's monologue towards the end of the movie is one of the best scenes I've ever scene and she just totally nailed it. I also love all the work that was done to recreate the look and feel of a 60s film - I normally don't care too much about the visuals in a film, but they were almost an extra character in this one. The DVD commentary is one of the few that I would recommend for reasons other than to help insomnia, I found this one fascinating.
     
  16. my little pony

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    lol, i saw it in the theater with a friend and loved it, loved. so much love. then took my mom, who drove me nuts, just to see it again.

    on the bright side, it looks like we have almost enough people here to form a down with love minyan
     
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  17. PeterG

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    Three documentaries I've seen, varying feelings about them:

    Central Park Five - The imdb.com summary: "A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime." Should I be shocked that police and the justice system basically force an outcome to a crime with seemingly little care for the truth. Unbelievable that these men spent such an important part of their lives behind jail while the real perpetrator went free.... :(

    We Feed The World - I think the DVD case mentioned something about the people behind "The Corporation" were involved with this movie, so I had high hopes for it as I thought that movie was incredible. But I think maybe they were more "presenters" or something. Because this movie is quite simple and seems to be lacking a point of view in my opinion. I guess the images speak for themselves, which make quite a strong point, but I was expecting to hear more from the filmmakers themselves, or more arguments from interviewees. Overall I found this one kinda boring.

    Triumph Of The Will - Okay... This is the 1935 Leni Riefenstahl film that imdb.com summarises as: "The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany." I watched this at double-time as most of it is just footage of soldiers, marching, etc. and then I realized I wasn't paying attention much to the subtitles when various people spoke at the rallies so I thought as long as I had decided to watch this, I should probably pay attention. That said, towards the end it was mainly images again so I watched it at triple time except when speeches were made. CREEPY MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't fathom that a whole country of people seemed to allow themselves to be brainwashed. Haunting movie. It made me realize why nationalism of any kind freaks me out. Everyone acting and thinking as one entity, not seeming to think as an individual. I've made effort to arrive at many events late so I don't have to part of the playing of any national anthem. When an event starts late, or they do the national anthem 30 minutes into the event and I am present, I'm pissed off that I have to go along with everyone seeming to act like sheeps and doing what everyone else is doing. It creeps me out!!!!! Anyway, this movie is worth watching for the historical aspect of it, but it's CREEPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek:


    I plan to see this eventually, even though it looks very heartbreaking. :fragile:

    I liked the Thin Man, but not enough to watch any of the sequels. I have added Libeled Lady to my list, though. :D
     
  18. Nell411

    Nell411 Live peace, speak kindness, dwell in possibility

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    The first 2 are the only ones really worth watching anyways. The 3rd one maybe for James Stewart, but that's about it. Although my dad has a very odd fondness for the 4th one and the 5th one has a few good lines. The 6th one is almost entirely forgettable unless you enjoy Keenan Wynne because he was really the only good thing about it. It is just so dull.
     
  19. immoimeme

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    Watching the 19 yr old Tom Cruise in "risky business" it's no wonder he's still in great shape-he started out that way, I'd just forgotten.

    No kidding the anxiety in "ghost protocol"-when he's outside climbing up with only those gloves my stomach clenched up so hard I thought I was going to puke..which I rarely do. I stop the movie and hovered around the toilet for awhile just in case. Then it got worse when he was trying to kick a hole in the window! And then the wild ride down on the cable!!! Eeeek!!!! Omg that was stunning!!!! Everything absolutely pitch perfect. The editor of this film was GENIUS!!!:)

    we saw "triumph of the will" in a film class. The prof mentioned that when it was shown in Germany back when the doors were locked-the audience had_to watch it. So I asked her if she was going to lock our doors. No since that's against fire code but she "recruited" some "guards" to "discourage" folks from leaving. It was scary effect that "enhanced" our viewing lol ;-)
     
  20. Wyliefan

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    I can. But then I don't have a great deal of faith in human nature. Just looking at history shows us how often things like this tend to happen. Traits like greed, selfishness, lust for power, and a willingness to scapegoat others don't just go away.

    Anyway, I agree, Triumph was VERY creepy.
     
  21. Wyliefan

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    James Stewart was in the second one, not the third one. And I agree -- he really made it worth watching. Only a couple years in Hollywood, and he was already acting circles around some of the old pros.

    (Sorry for the double post. I just now saw this!)
     
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  22. Sofia Alexandra

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    I just saw Gravity. It has the Best Visual Effects Oscar in the bag, yes? I find it hard to convince myself that it wasn't actually filmed in space! Also, best use of 3D ever (so far).
     
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  23. Wyliefan

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    I just have to say, the new Great Expectations (playing in limited release) is freakin' awesome. If it's playing near you and you like period drama, get thee to the theater!
     
  24. Nell411

    Nell411 Live peace, speak kindness, dwell in possibility

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    Bah! Thanks. It's been way to long since I've watched any of The Thin Man movies. Even though we are all in the same house, The Thin Man movies all belong to my parents and I don't raid their collection very often. Most of their movies that I wanted I bought before my failed attempt at moving out. But I never got around to picking up The Thin Man
     
  25. PeterG

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    I'm not going to do a "this year in movies" post this week, but will continue next week. Until then, what's your favourite Thanksgiving movie?

    Thanksgiving Movies: 21 Films About Turkey Day

    Pieces of April is one I recommend if you're never seen it. :)
     
  26. immoimeme

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    It's mini-mini-mini Tom Cruise fest this week-the library only had ONE of his films :"Minority Report." I saw it when it was in theatre way back when...and only remembered I saw it because the power went out 3/4 of the through. So. Now I've actually watched it and its like welcome to the hell of our near future. Yikes!!! Let's do all we can to change the future eys! Precrime DOESN'T work!!
     
  27. Buzz

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    I want to see Thor and hopefully I can do just that tomorrow. :)
     
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    I went to see Thor Friday night with my family. (I'm currently visiting from out of state) We all had a big dinner before and everyone had some wine. Well, 4 out of five of us fell asleep during the movie. Of course we paid for the 3d version.... Family nap time I guess! :lol:
     
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    halffull The most wonderful time of the year :)

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    My countdown is on for Catching Fire :)
     
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    Saw "The Counselor" yesterday. Hmmm for such a big named cast it was pretty ho hum. It would have been better if written and directed by Tarantino.
     
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