Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Aug 29, 2012.
Anyone seen Loopers yet? It's getting amazing reviews so far?
I want to see it but can't stand Bruce Willis anymore.
I like it too. She has the right voice for a Bond theme song -- good choice.
A couple of weeks ago, a local radio journalist posted his pick of the best 007 Bond Songs. I agree with most of his picks, if not the order -- tho even after only 1 listen I'd put Adele in before the Duran Duran one!
They are showing this at my local library soon, so I might go to watch it with others. They do free showings of movies they hold, so they're shown for free but people can discuss it afterwards, so that's cool. Unfortunately it's not an organized discussion, so sometimes people head home shortly after it finished and that makes the discussion somewhat limited!
Wow, 9/10! That's not on my list. I think Patrick Huard is gorgeous, so I think I'll add it just to be able to ogle him for an hour and a half! I really liked "Funkytown" which he starred in right before Starbuck.
I'm out in the burbs so I use the Fraser Valley system. I do use many other library systems for stuff that the FVRL does not carry.
I just saw Pitch Perfect today. LOVED IT!!! It's one of those movies where you can go over all the wonderful one-liners as you're leaving the theatre. What an amazing script! Surprised to find that there was only one writer: Kay Cannon. According to imdb.com, she's written twelve episodes of 30 Rock and one episode of New Girl as well. (She's done more producing for those shows as well.) Of course, a brilliant script doesn't make a hit movie without good performances. And Pitch Perfect has those in spades. Rebel Wilson is my new crush. I so want to be her new BFF!!! Hana Mae Lee could also be a break-out star and Skylar Astin is my new crush. (Please don't tell anybody he's about half my age...) And if that's not enough of a recommendation, I think this comedy might have worked as a musical if the comedy got taken out. Can't remember the last time I couldn't help but tap my foot along to the musical numbers. Can't wait for part two!!
The trailer for The Guilt Trip (Seth Rogan, Barbra Streisand) is out. The release date is December 25th and I can't wait to see Streisand again on the big screen! Plus, according to imdb.com, Streisand will be directing a romance about Margaret Bourke-White and her husband starring... (wait for it!!!) ... Cate Blanchett and Colin Firth! Oh lord, this is too much for this gay...!!!
Also out on December 25th is Parental Guidance, Billy Crystal's first major role since 2002 and Bette Midler's first role since 2008. Gotta admit the trailer paled in comparison to The Guilt Trip's trailer. But could be good anyway. It also stars Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott as well as young Bailee Madison who stole the show in Brothers and Just Go With It (she also played/plays Young Snow White in TV's Once Upon A Time).
Saw Looper. Willis has still got it. Doesn't hurt that his character is MILD SPOILER just badass. And how can you not love JGL in everything he does? There were a couple scenes that I found uncomfortably disturbing, visuals which will stick with me for a while. It's absolutely mandatory to suspend your disbelief for this time travel adventure if you're to enjoy it, (although, for the astro geeks, I felt the temporal logic made sense within the context of the story if you think about it in terms of the 4th and 5th dimensions theories).
Then saw Amour at a film fest. I had to self soothe like nobody's business in the theatre to prevent the "ugly cry". Beautiful story and performances, about a happily married couple in their 80s and coping with dementia. And it was a captivated full house, which aways makes such a big difference to the "movie going experience".
I don't recall seeing this posted yet (apologies if it has), but here's the trailer for the Peter Jackson-produced/Amy Berg-direct documentary for
West of Memphis
about the trial (or make that "trial"), conviction, Alford Plea/release, and the utter miscarriage of justice of the West Memphis Three.
If you're familiar with the case, it's more of less similar to the HBO Paradise Lost Trilogy of documentaries, but it's condensed into one movie (the P3 has a ton of repeat information in all three), plus a bunch of added info and interviews.
It looks to be incredible. Then again, I've followed this case since 1993 (it started with curiosity and turned to outrage over how the trial was handled), so I may not be the most objective of judges.
Those who feel the WM3 were rightfully convicted will despise this; those who believe they are innocent/were rail-roaded by an over-zealous prosecution and lynch-mob mentality will love it.
Given that I cannot stand Johnnny Depp for his disdain of the US, pretentious snootniness, and political stances, it says a lot that I commend him for his involvement with the organization/movement to see justice done correctly on this case. The Alford Plea allowed Echols, Baldwin, and Misskelley to be released for time served by pleading guilty while professing their innocence, so while the case is technically "closed" (according to the State of Arkansas, who doesn't want to admit they were wrong and deal with massive egg on their faces, especially the DA/prosecuting attorney who is now a Judge), it's far from over.
I'll shut up now before I go on a massive rant about this case . Just watch the trailer and, if you're interested, go see the movie (schedule for theatrical release in the US on 25/12/12. I know what I'll be doing on Christmas Day ).
free redbox movie was "The Avengers." Throughly enjoyed it-twice!
on hold: "Captain America"
Highly recommend: "Flame and Citron"-if you can't get that, get "After the Wedding."
Run far far away from "The Man From London" unless you WANT a movie that will put you to sleep. Every blurb on the box--well, those people are insane! or else they got a different version of the movie than I did!
How many film s per week pour moi? well, I can check out 4 at a time, I could watch many more but 1) I can't get hold of them, and 2) pretty sure my eyeballs would fall out if I I tried to watch amny more. It took my dearest luv Jean Dujardin to get me to come up with $7.50 to go see his subliiiiiime performance in "The Artist." other than that, I haven't been inside a movie "theatre" for yeeeeeeears. the "theatres" are way hella not what they used to be- LOL not even CLOSE!
I saw 'A Royal Affair' in my preview movie club. Danish movie about English Princess Caroline Mathilde marrying King Christian VII of Denmark, reform movement, both of the couples relationship with Dr. Struensee. Lovely period drama, beautiful costumes. I really loved the movie, pacing a little slow at times, but worth it. Mads Mikkelson plays the dr- great actor from After the Wedding.
I heard about Looper through a friend. Now I want to see it.
(Smaller) movies opening this week (with comments to follow):
Oct-12 Atlas Shrugged: Part II (drama with Esai Morales, Jason Beghe, Paul McCrane, D. B. Sweeney and Arye Gross)
Oct-12 Special Forces (French war drama with Diane Kruger and Djimon Hounsou)
Oct-12 Grave Encounters 2 (horror, unknown cast)
Oct-12 Least Among Saints (drama with Laura San Giacomo, Taylor Kinney and Charles S. Dutton)
Oct-12 Middle of Nowhere (drama with new cast with Sharon Lawrence)
Oct-12 Simon & The Oaks (Swedish drama: “Two boys come of age in Sweden during World War II.”
Oct-12 Smashed (comedy drama with Aaron Paul, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Octavia Spencer, Megan Mullally and Mary Kay Place)
Oct-12 Smiley (horror, new cast) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11yBPx-ymZA
Oct-12 Split: A Deeper Divide (political documentary “a riveting investigation into the partisanship paralyzing our politics that looks beyond the bitter rancor to reveal the truth of why our country is more polarized and our politics more gridlocked than at any other time in recent memory.”
Oct-12 Stories We Tell (family documentary: “Filmmaker Sarah Polley interviews members of her family as they look back on decades-old events.”
The movie that most interests me is "Split: A Deeper Divide". It looks like it might take a balanced look at maybe the most important issue in the U.S.A. these days, not to mention many other countries. So many documentaries nowadays don't seem to come from a neutral perspective. Which can be interesting, but some topics need for of a balanced view. So I have high hopes for this one.
So I goofed up as I'm pretty sure I did not include the first Grave Encounters in our movie thread last year. How could I have missed it?? So I have not added the sequel to me To See list, but I did add part one. It looks like silly fun. Plus it stars some hot guys.
A number of the movies on this list grabbed my interest, but the trailers didn't do quite enough to make me think, "I have to see this!" The biggest disappointment in this regard is the Sarah Polley documentary about her family. The trailer is not bad, it's just not great. It's pretty simple/nice which is cool, but I needed something bigger to make me commit to it. Sounds like an interesting idea, though.
Is 'Atlas Shrugged part II' based on the Ayn Rand novel?
Some weeks I see maybe five and like last week, after being busy with volunteering and the new TV season, I think I watched only one. I actually have seven movies from the library sitting on top of my TV that I've watched about 1/4 to 1/2 so far (of each). I will finish them eventually! (So if you don't have a great attention span, this is an option! Some movies seem to warrant watching in one sitting and others seem best consumed in bits and pieces...my humble opinion. )
I get how you can feel that way for sure. But to me, when a movie is done so well, and the tone is about enlightening us to the world around to us (instead of dumping one's trouble on an audience), it doesn't depress me. It's like the movie made me think more about my life and what I'd do in enough situations that I'll be better off having watching this movie. So I wasn't depressed having watched this one.
Cloud Atlas looks dazzling in the previews---I don't know much about it but like the upcoming Gatsby film sometimes I want to go for the visuals alone and hope the screenplay/acting is up to the task.
Just saw ARGO and it is Ben Afleck's best movie since Good Will Hunting. Wonderful movie and 9/10 from me.
Just watched Here and There with David Thornton, AKA Mr. Cyndi Lauper. It's set in New York and Belgrade, an offbeat love story. Highly reccommended.
Awesome! I'm planning to see it tomorrow. Looks like a great cast as well.
We did talk about this movie, I think in the previous thread. I think the majority of us want to see this movie. I'm going to wait to see it on DVD (I only see movies in the theatre about once or twice per season, mainly for special get-togethers with my friend Arnold). I'm looking forward to being delighted!
I saw the first Paradise Lost movie, and the second one as well (although it's still on my To See list...think I forgot to delete it!). But I want to see this one too (as well as Paradise Lost 3) as the topic is so interesting. The whole story is a major catastrophe for both the law enforcement and judicial systems.
I like it, but I think Adele could put out pretty much anything these days and I would like it. That said, I think that most Bond songs from the last ten to twenty years try really hard to be a Bond song rather than simply be a good song. "Nobody Does It Better" and "For Your Eyes Only" don't really sound like "Bond songs" to me, they're just really great pop songs. I don't think that "Skyfall" stands up to any of the singles Adele has released previously. It will be interesting to see how it does on the charts. And if it even becomes an official single release.
I saw the movie today as well and it was excellent. Definitely one of the best movies of the year.
Alan Arkin seems like a shoo in for another supporting actor Oscar nomination.
Just saw Searching for Sugar Man this afternoon. Just loved it; truth is always so much stranger than fiction.
Weekend numbers are in and they surprise me a bit. Taken 2 is still in the lead but to be honest I did not like the first movie much and was stunned they made a part two. So imagine my dismay at seeing this movie topping the box office chart for a 2nd week in a row. But Argo did well and came in 2nd place and Sinster was in 3rd.
Taken 2 was made because Taken was a world-wide smash at the box office. I saw an interview clip with LN this weekend and the Taken numbers were mentioned. It made pots of money, end of story.
Taken production budget: 25 million
US box office: 145 million
International box office: 80 million
DVD sales: 70 million
Total revenue: 295 million on a 25 million budget. I think I see the profit margin.
My thoughts exactly. I thought 'Taken' was a really bad movie. It's surprising that it was successful at the box office (I did not know how much until I saw PeterG's post). I was shocked when I heard there was a 'Taken 2'.
I guess we should expect a Taken 3? Maybe the lead character's family should divorce him if they're constantly in danger of being taken
Taken 2 is not my type of movie, but I would like to see it just for the Istanbul location.
Eight movies this week, the two I want to see are in boldface, and the one highlighted in red...let me know if you think there has or will be a worse trailer this year! And after the trailers a few thoughts.
October 17 Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day (A concert documentary of Led Zeppelin's December 10, 2007 tribute performance for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.)
Oct-19 The First Time (Romantic comedy with new cast)
Oct-19 Nobody Walks (Drama with John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Dylan McDermott)
Oct-19 The Sessions (Dramatic comedy with John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Adam Arkin and Rhea Perlman)
Oct-19 Tai Chi Zero (Action)
Oct-19 That's What She Said (Comedy with Anne Heche and Marcia DeBonis)
Oct-19 Yogawoman (A documentary that follows some of the women at the forefront of today's yoga movement.)
Oct-19 Brooklyn Castle (Documentary. Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.)
I wasn't expecting much from "The First Time". It sounded like a stupid teen movie, but I found it more on par with something like Juno rather than some of the crap out their directed towards teens. But this one seems sweet and funny, so it's now on my To See list.
"Brooklyn Castle" looks quite good, I love the underdog stories, so I'm quite hopeful about this one. "The Sessions" almost made my list. I hear it's getting talk of Academy Award nods, so if it strikes a chord with audiences and gets lots of attention, then I will admit my mistake and add it to my list.
I wanted to like "Nobody Walks" as John Krasinski will be a future ex-husband of mine, but I found it to be self-absorbed-ish. It was tiring just making it through the two minute trailer. (Well, I probably played hearts on my computer as I listened to the rest of the trailer... ) Yogawoman is pretty much the same, but the documentary version. A bunch of chicks thinking they're much more important than they are. I'll probably sound like a sexist pig for some of you if you watch the trailer and want to see this one!
Saw Argo today; great movie - just loved it.
Also saw the trailer for Gangster Squad, where Sean Penn plays Mickey Cohen. Talk about bad trailers; there is absolutely no need to see the movie after seeing the trailer because the whole movie is IN the trailer; it feels like it goes on for hours.
Argo and Looper are on my list right now, but it's going to be November (at least) before I see either one. Too busy -but not too busy to visit fsu
I saw Seven Psychopaths last night & loved it! So many LOL moments (and many more WTF moments too). The cast is perfect - especially Christopher Walken & Woody Harrelson. It's certainly not for everyone as there's lots of OTT gore & violence but I'd see it again if only to catch some of the one-liners I missed the first time around.
Random movie news:
Warner Bros is Now Readying Their 'Justice League' Movie for 2015
Lee Daniels Working on Another Janis Joplin Biopic with Amy Adams
Lady Gaga Getting Into Bad Romance For Zoolander 2?
Ivan Reitman project on hold to focus on Ghostbusters 3
Youd think that people would know to avoid combing the words Kate Hudson with romantic comedy, but Hollywood never seems to learn from its own mistakes. And somehow theyve gotten Ewan McGregor involved in it too.
Tyler Perry to reprise Alex Cross film role
Line-up forms behind me!!! /sarcasm
Halle Barry reacts to finding out she might be a distant relative of Sarah Palin
Movie humour from Entertainment Weeklys Hit List:
I was happy to find some less mainstream movies on offer on the two Air Canada flights I took recently. Specifically:
Jesus Henry Christ -- I picked this one because I adore Toni Collette, and she did not disappoint. But the overall movie is only so-so. Some nice indie moments though and good acting by the kid playing Henry.
Safety Not Guaranteed -- Another one that "feels indie," in a good way. I'd seen a trailer for this a while back but hadn't been able to track it down, so was happy to have a chance to see it. Not a lot of variance from Aubrey Plaza from her Parks & Rec character, but still very enjoyable.
And since I knew the hotel we were staying had DVD players in the rooms I brought some discs with me and finally manage to catch up with:
The Savages -- I know, I know, I should have watched this 2 years ago when everyone else was, but sometimes delayed satisfaction is a good thing. Probably would not have loved it as much if it hadn't had Linney and Hoffman though, they're really the reasons to watch this.
The Ten -- Quirkly little film of 10 interrelated stories, each one having to do with the 10 Commandments. Only about 6 of them were successful imo, and I could have done without Paul Rudd doing his same old same ol ... but the bits that did work worked well.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen -- Highly predictable, but also highly enjoyable in a light-hearted, feel-good kind of way. Mind you, I'm predisposed to like anything with Ewan McGreggor in.
Holy jackpot this week! Six amazing movies that I can't wait to see (the ones in bold print).
Oct-22 The Citizen (Drama with new cast and Cary Elwes)
Oct-26 The Other Son aka Le fils de l'autre (Drama. From imdb.com: “Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.”
Oct-26 The Loneliest Planet (Thriller with Gael García Bernal)
Oct-26 Sleep Tight (Thriller from Spain)
Oct-26 Orchestra of Exiles (Documentary about Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, whose efforts saved hundreds of Jewish families and whose achievements changed the landscape of cultural history.)
Oct-26 Pusher (A British crime thriller that informs us that drugs are bad. Who knew??)
Oct-26 The Black Tulip (Family drama. From imdb.com: “The Mansouri family opens up a new restaurant after the fall of the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan only to be subsequently targeted by factional Taliban elements.”
Oct-26 Citadel (Horror/thriller from Ireland)
Oct-26 Starlet (Drama. From imdb.com: “An unlikely friendship forms between 21 year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie's yard sale.”
Oct-7 The Revisionaries (Education documentary. From imdb.com: “The theory of evolution and a re-write of American history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed Creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education.”
Oct-25 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (“Horror romantic thriller)
The last movie is in red because it's to be avoided...but the trailer isn't. Watch it and let me know if you think this might be the worst movie ever made. Well, other than that anti-Muslim piece of crap masquerading as a film!
On the flip side, I am demanding that you all watch the trailer for Starlet. I can't wait to see this one. Now, have I ever demanded that you watch a trailer? Please everyone, watch it now and post what you think about it. Then let's plan a movie night and all go out and see it together!!!
The Citizen and The Other Son (and to a slightly lesser extent The Black Tulip) made me think, "It's Oscar time!!" These all look to be really good films. Can't wait to see them as well. The Revisionaries also looks good, I had a TBA date for it and now imdb.com says it was released on the 7th. So it's not a release this week, but the trailer is good and I want to see it!!! Had to share the trailer with the rest of you.
As for the four movies I did not add to my To See list, "Orchestra of Exiles" almost made my list. Guess it got overshadowed by such other quality material coming out at the same time. Sleep Tight looks interesting, but it's the opposite of those trailers that give away too much. I really have such little idea as to what it's about, I don't care about it at all. So it gets a pass. Pusher and Citadel both look stupid. The "drugs are bad" storyline of Pusher is so obvious and overdone. And in Citadel, one character tells the young father of a girl that the feral group of marauding children are only after him because they can sense his fear. No sh**. If a pack of anything comes after me trying to kill me or my child, I'm going to be feeling fear...why wouldn't??
Luckily there's six great movies being released this week for us to not care about the two (three) crappy movies. Which of the good ones do you want to see?
peter, pick me up and we can go see starlet. i'll get the popcorn and soda.
Wow. That was just ... indescribable.
Hard to imagine that that level of badness wasn't deliberate , so it's pretty hard to judge whether or not that actually works in the context of the whole film. If nothing else it looks like something to watch while drunk. Or high.
I have not seen The Perks of Being a Wallflower yet. My question is for those who have and might remember the John Hughes films of the 80's. Do you think this film resonates with teens/ 20-somethings the way JH films did with us?
Saw Argo and loved it. Lots of great actors in small roles. if you see it, stay for all the credits!
In my movie preview club we saw 'The Sessions'. It was great. The preview is not a good representation of the movie. It is very tasteful movie about love and intimacy. John Hawkes is amazing - good shot at an oscar nom. This is the same guy from Winter's Bone and Martha Marcy Marlene - quite an acting range.
It's a date!
I heard it compared to The Breakfast Club. I thought it was on a TV ad, but maybe it was elsehwere?
I saw it with friends and we quite liked it. The pace of the ending was standard Hollywood-ization (to the nth degree, to say the least). That was a bit overboard, but everything about the movie was really well done. I told an online friend about going to see the movie and I said that my friends took me out to celebrate my birthday and we had chinese food for lunch and Ben Affleck for dessert.
On my list to see:
Not sure yet if I want to see 'The sessions'.
Movies I've seen the last few weeks:
9/10 A Better Life – You might remember this for receiving an Academy Award nomination for Demián Bichir in the best actor category. It’s a wonderful drama about a man and his son trying to make it as a Mexican immigrant and his U.S. born son in California. It’s a somewhat quiet, subdued film, but very enjoyable. You know you have a quality film when nothing seemingly major is occurring, yet you enjoy watching every second of what is unfolding on the screen in front of you. Bichir definitely deserved his Oscar nod...he is incredible.
9/10 Survivors – Okay, so this one wasn’t a movie, but a two-season mini-series. But I loooooved it, so I wanted to mention it so that others might seek it out. This came out in 2008 (and 2010 for the second season) and it was a remake of a British series from the 70’s. A virus breaks out killing most of the population and a group of people come together and form a sort of family...while surviving many adventures along the way.
8/10 Another Earth – Very different, fairly moody and as well as thought-provoking. I was surprised to find that this was written by the female star (Brit Marling) who is still in her 20’s and has already written four films (most of which she has starred in). Wow! This movie is a quieter film, a sci-fi movie, but really a drama. One to watch when you’ve had too many (over-) action-packed movies in your DVD player.
6/10 J. Edgar – A very well made film, it looks perfect. But I just didn’t get into it much. Watched it in three of four sittings over a week or two. I made it to the end eventually…
5/10 The Rebound – I think I enjoyed this more than J. Edgar, so I probably should have the ratings reversed. This one was a nice enough romantic comedy and I enjoyed everyone in the cast. But it’s just kind of simple and some of the plot points did not make sense to me (especially towards the end). One to watch on a rainy day with some yummy snacks to fill in the plot holes.
4/10 Melancholia – I kind of liked this, but more than liking it I’ve finally given up on giving Lars Von Trier the benefit of the doubt and now pretty much believe he should really up his number of therapy sessions per week. He started off being such a challenging and thought-provoking filmmaker and now his work just seems to make him look too off-balance to remain behind the camera. A troubled man who seems to be using his filmmaking as his therapy...
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