Let's Talk Movies v.16! (Sci-Fi, Oscar Bait, Horror, Golden Oldies...It's All Good!)

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Sep 5, 2011.

New Movies September to November - Which Might You Go See?

  1. Sep 9 - Contagion (action thriller featuring half of Hollywood)

    13 vote(s)
    25.5%
  2. Sep 16 - Straw Dogs (thriller with James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgård and Kate Bosworth)

    10 vote(s)
    19.6%
  3. Sep 23 - Moneyball (sports drama with Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman)

    14 vote(s)
    27.5%
  4. Sep 30 - Dream House (thriller with Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz)

    10 vote(s)
    19.6%
  5. Sep 30 - Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (comedy horror with Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine)

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  6. Oct 14 - Footloose (Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell and Kenny Wormald)

    9 vote(s)
    17.6%
  7. Oct 28 - In Time (thriller with Justin Timberlake, Cilliam Murphy, Amanda Seyfried, and Matt Bomer)

    11 vote(s)
    21.6%
  8. Nov 4 - A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (comedy with Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris)

    2 vote(s)
    3.9%
  9. Nov 9 - J. Edgar (x with Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, and Judi Dench)

    13 vote(s)
    25.5%
  10. Nov 11 - Immortals (action drama with Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Frieda Pinto and Kellan Lutz)

    12 vote(s)
    23.5%
  11. Nov 18 - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (comedy with a bunch of unknowns…kidding!!!)

    13 vote(s)
    25.5%
  12. Nov 23 - The Muppets (comedy with Jason Segal, Amy Adams and Judi Dench)

    13 vote(s)
    25.5%
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  1. PeterG

    PeterG Hanyuflated

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    One Holocaust movie I'm not sure if it's been mentioned or not is La Rafle (The Round Up). It's a French film about how during World War II, the French government made a deal with the Germans to round up approximately 15,000 Jews as some sort of deal (for the Germans to not attack France?). Anyway, it's a really great movie and if The Boy In The Striped Pajamas affected you, this one most certainly will. It stars Jean Reno and Melanie Laurent (who was in Inglorious Basterds and Le Concert).

    So I'm not the only person on the planet who liked this movie? (I missed the spitting moment, though! :eek:)
     
  2. Cachoo

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    I wish we did not pay to see "Sophie's Choice"---not because it was a bad movie but because I was in the mood for something frothy that night. Major mistake and that moment when the ultimate choice came is still one of the most horrific film scenes imo.

    On a lighter note I just watched "Strange Days" with Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and don't remember hearing much about it when it was released.
     
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  3. allezfred

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    I actually saw that in the cinema when it was originall released.

    Finally got around to seeing "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" last week and enjoyed it in a not too intellectually demanding sort of way. I was :rofl: at how many references to the original film they stuck in there though.
     
  4. Buzz

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    How about "Defiance" and "Escape from Sobibor" for WW2/Holocaust movies? Defiance is more about resistance to the Nazis that it is about the actual Holocaust but great movie to watch if you are interested in the subject. Escape from Sobibor is the only movie about the revolt at Sobibor that I know off and all characters were real people.
     
  5. Rex

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    I'd like to see that one.
    There is another one I liked - a made-for-cable movie called Forbidden with Jacqueline Bisset and Jurgen Prochnow. It's about a German countess who hides her Jewish boyfriend in her apartment in Berlin during the war. It also has great music by Tangerine Dream. It's not available on DVD though; something to do with copyright laws.

    That scene skeeved me out unreal, as well as the
    gang-bang she was forced to do at the poker game when the other players discovered that she and Banderas where trying to rip them off.
     
  6. skatesindreams

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    I agree.
    I think I still have that on VHS. I taped it.

    Based on this book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Last-Jews-Ber...6872/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315925478&sr=8-1
     
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  8. Rex

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    Well we watched "Thor" tonight and though the "comic" movies are never my favorites this was nicely done. And Chris Hemsworth---good God---how long before he is on the cover of "People" as the sexiest man alive? We enjoyed the entire cast of this film and Tom Hiddleston certainly seems to be someone to watch for in the future. I wonder how much say Kenneth Branagh had regarding casting decisions.
     
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  10. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

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    I had a student write a very strong paper about Original Sin. I had never seen the film, so I went to watch it. The way the paper was written, you'd think this was the second coming of Citizen Kane. I thought the movie was okay, but the paper was actually better than the movie :lol:
     
  11. skatesindreams

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    ^^^
    Did you tell them?
     
  12. Satellitegirl

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    I saw Contagion last weekend. Good movie. I wouldn't call it great, but it was entertaining and had a good cast. It's been done before, though, and better.(Outbreak was better IMO.)
     
  13. Rex

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    Yeah, I thought that Outbreak was much better. Soderbergh tried to make another Traffic, with converging and interweaving multiple storylines. For some reason, it didn't work for me.
     
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    The combined miniseries (not "mini" at all actually, probably longer than many actual failed planned series) is ASTONISHINGLY faithful to Wouk's books, which are each long and complex. I have never seen anything else even come close.

    I saw the network broadcasts, and the one thing that was even mildly softened during those telecasts in the early 1990's (on over-the-air network TV) was when Natalie was ready to service a German prison guard to save the life of her young son, who also witnessed her actions. Even then it was only bits of filthy, racist, sexist commentary by the guards that were obscured (not bleeped really), but if even if you hadn't read the book, her crawling across the floor on her knees towards the soldier really conveys the intent of the scene and how utterly desperate she was to do anything to protect her child. I was floored that they let that in, but it really was essential dramatically to show that bit of horror to illustrate the dehumanization of the camps (and the amorality of those who ran them).
     
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    Back to documentaries: Just watched the Scorsese docu "Public Speaking" about Fran Lebowitz. I want to know more about this woman, her books and her quotes because the she was so smart, so glib and so much my idea of someone who is quintessentially New York City.
     
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    TCM will be showing Thank Your Lucky Stars tonight at 10pm CST. My favorite part is Errol Flynn singing (!) and dancing (!) in a Cockney accent! Also Bette Davis sings, too. Oh, and Hattie McDaniel! Great movie for the numbers (not the plot so much, lol).

    -Bridget :)
     
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  17. Rex

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    I had to electronically cut someone today on another forum. They were talking trash about my girl Barbara Stanwyck.... :revenge: I'll hurt a mofo for talking about her...

    So, I understand that TPTB in H'wood wanna remake Point Break! You simply cannot make that movie better than it was....I'm crazy about that movie. And it doesn't need to be remade, no sir! Poor Patrick Swayze!
     
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    Merchant-Ivory marathon on TCM beginning at 7:00 p.m. central tonight. They'll be showing four movies: Remains of the Day, Howards End, Room With a View, and Maurice.
     
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    Thanks for the reminder. I noticed this earlier in the week and then forgot about it. Maurice is the only one I haven't seen and it has been on my list for a long time.

    I'll see if I can make it through the whole list.
     
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  20. Allen

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    :swoon:

    I love those movies. I think I'm going to watch Howard's End later tonight.
     
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    Room is one of my all time favorite movies. Gosh, whatever happened to Julian Sand's career?
     
  22. Allen

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    Howard's End just started.

    The opening with Vanessa Redgrave's dress dragging through the grass :swoon:
     
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    I wondered about that too--from leading man to sci fi baddie of the week.
     
  24. PeterG

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    Just watched a really good documentary available at youtube to watch for free!

    The Listening Project (2008)

    I don't think I even knew about this movie, but was searching for something with a similar title and stumbled upon this, which is a topic which really interests me. Here's the blurb about the movie in the youtube description:

    If this sounds even remotely interesting to you, I definitely encourage you to check it out. :)
     
  25. Matryeshka

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    Saw Contagion tonight, and I highly recommend it. While it's not as good as Traffic, I do think the execution of interweaving and overlapping storylines was superior. And I enjoyed seeing Gwenyth Paltrow dying a horrible death--one, because she's annoying and two because she did a really great job. It would have been really easy for her to overact, but she didn't. The opening sequence in the movie sets the tone so well. What brings everyone together is this horrible virus, but the story is really about communication, the good, the bad, and everything in between. Jennifer Ehle was fabulous, as was the entire cast. It's nice to see a well-done movie.

    I only have a few minor criticisms--the pacing at times was a bit off. The movie was only an hour and forty minutes, and the end was abrupt. I could have easily sat down for another 15 minutes to have some of the story lines fleshed out a little bit. The Marion Cottilliard part was good because Marion Cottilliard is great, but it was unnecessary. They could have integrated the same idea with one of the other plotlines. She's set up to be a major thread, and then we don't see her for an hour, and when we do, it's all very rushed. They made Kate Winslet look so incredibly dowdy for no reason--roots for miles, and not the ombre kind, and for some reason, they put her in these dull brown/hazel contacts. When she got sick, honestly, there wasn't that much difference. :shuffle:
    I also wanted Jude Law's character to get what he so richly deserved, but alas, I wuz-robbed. He was such a slimy little weasle; I guess it comes naturally to him.
     
  26. Allen

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    For fans of old Hollywood musicals, Kismet is starting on TCM now.
     
  27. Rex

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    I find Ann Blyth annoying in everything except Mildred Pierce.
     
  28. Allen

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    I would agree with that.
     
  29. Rex

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    She was okay in The Helen Morgan Story, but those Technicolor musicals were mad sappy to me.

    But she was singularly pretty, I'll give her that.
     
  30. triple_toe

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    Rex, can you tell me more about why you didn't like Pulp Fiction? You can put in spoilers if you wish. I've never seen it, in fact I've never seen a Quentin Tarantino film (apart from stumbling across Kill Bill on TV, and I couldn't turn it off fast enough) but Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs are constantly being recommended to me. You're probably the first person I've encountered who has expressed dislike for PF :lol: so I'm really interested hear the opinion of someone who doesn't think it's genius.

    I wouldn't say I'm a film buff but I do watch loads of films and I'm constantly on the lookout for good movies I haven't seen. I almost always give cult classics a try, especially highly rated ones like Pulp Fiction/Reservoir Dogs, and I feel like my film vocabulary is incomplete without having seen them if that makes sense. But somehow I just can't bring myself to watch (same with A Clockwork Orange). I get *really* squicked out by intense violence and gore and I hate disturbing scenes that are put in just for shock value. The few seconds of Kill Bill I saw involved Uma Thurman stepping on an eyeball :yikes: and I'm not sure I could handle a full out Tarantino film. And yet people keep assuring me I'll love them :shuffle:
     
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