Let's Talk Movies v.20! (Period Dramas, Skating Movies, Underrated Films...& More!)

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Aug 29, 2012.

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Which Of These Movies Interest You? (Vote For As Many As You Like)

  1. Sep. 14th - Resident Evil: Retribution (Sci-Fi adventure with Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez)

    6 vote(s)
    10.7%
  2. Sep. 21st - The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Drama with Emma Watson, Dylan McDermott and Paul Rudd)

    17 vote(s)
    30.4%
  3. Sep. 28th – Looper (Sci-Fi action with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt)

    19 vote(s)
    33.9%
  4. Sep. 28th - Won't Back Down (Drama with Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter)

    10 vote(s)
    17.9%
  5. Oct. 5th - Pitch Perfect (Musical comedy with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow)

    18 vote(s)
    32.1%
  6. Oct. 5th - Butter (Comedy with Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Alicia Silverstone)

    6 vote(s)
    10.7%
  7. Oct. 26th - Cloud Atlas (Sci-Fi mystery with Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry and Jim Sturgess)

    18 vote(s)
    32.1%
  8. Nov. 2nd - Flight (Drama with Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo)

    12 vote(s)
    21.4%
  9. Nov. 9th - Skyfall (Adventure with Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem)

    24 vote(s)
    42.9%
  10. Nov. 16th The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson)

    7 vote(s)
    12.5%
  11. Nov. 21st - Life of Pi (Adventure drama with Tobey Maguire and Gérard Depardieu)

    19 vote(s)
    33.9%
  12. Nov. 21st - Red Dawn (Action with Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Jeffrey Dean Morgan)

    10 vote(s)
    17.9%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    I want to see 'A better life'.

    'J.Edgar' was boring even in the theater. Had I watched it at home, I would have never gotten through it.
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  2. michiruwater

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    I had no idea going into J. Edgar that I was actually going to see a gay love story/tragedy. I have nothing against gay love stories, of course, but it kind of surprised me that that seemed to be the main focus of the movie when whether or not J. Edgar was even gay to begin with is still a point of debate.
  3. Artemis@BC

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    I've been plugging this one on various TV threads for a couple of years now. This is how a post-apocalyptic story should be done! Such great acting (doesn't hurt that it stars some of my favourites: Julie Graham, Paterson Joseph, and Max Beesley), great writing, and believability about the various ways humanity would actually react to such events. (I keep hoping the original version will be released on DVD sometime -- from what I can remember of watching it when I was 10, it too was excellent.)

    Another favourite of mine. I wouldn't even call it sci-fi: it's more just an intense human drama that has a "what if" storyline that happens to be somewhat beyond our current existance. I've since seen another of her movies, Sound of My Voice -- not quite as well made but still thought-provoking, and different from so much of what's out there.

    I think 6/10 might be a bit generous for this. Di Caprio is his usual great self, but that is not nearly enough to sell a movie that doesn't know what it wants to be about. Very similar to The Iron Lady in that regard.
  4. peibeck

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    I didn't even find DiCaprio all the amazing in this movie; other than than scenic and costume design I found the movie a complete dud. At least "Iron Lady" was anchored by two amazing performers in Streep and Broadbent.

    michiruwater, I disagree that "J Edgar" was a gay love story/tragedy... at least in its completed form. :p Perhaps that was the original intent of the screenplay, but somewhere in production it was made more discreet, palatable and sanitized for general audience consumption.
  5. Artemis@BC

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    My weekend viewing, working my way through a backlog of library DVD holds:

    Bernie: A very low-key dark comedy based on a true story (I actually had no idea about that until the end, I thought it was a mockumentary!). This one is worth watching just for Jack Black. He's an actor I like when he's more reserved and controlled, but can't stand when he's doing his OTT schtick -- similar to how I feel about Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey. Here he hits just the right note. Shirley MacLaine is good too, but it's same old same ol from her.

    The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros: About a 12-year-old gay boy in the Philippines, and his relationships with his petty criminal father and brothers, and with the new police officer in town. Alternately sweet and tragic, it trandscends stereotypes and expectations. I highly recommend this one.

    Take This Waltz: A lot of people loved this one, a lot hated it. I'm somewhere in the middle, though leaning more toward the positive side. I love Sarah Polley's visual style, I loved seeing Toronto actually be Toronto, and the acting was universally excellent. Michelle Williams was of course great, she always is, but Sarah Silverman was the real relevation for me: who knew she could be so focussed and wise? But while I appreciate that the intent of the movie was show how all-consuming desire is and the human incapacity to be satisfied with what we have, and the execution of that theme was virtually flawless ... I just found it more frustrating than entertaining. Still worth watching though.

    The Pirates! Band of Misfits! If you liked previous Aardman productions, you'll probably like this one too. Not quite as well-conceived as Chicken Run, IMO, but lots of good light-hearted stuff to entertain the child inside. (I'm surprised the Royal Family didn't sue, though, for the film's portrayal of Queen Victoria! :LOL:)

    The Fairy: Fans of French magical realism farce may like this. I didn't.
  6. smurfy

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    Saw 'Silver Linings Playback' in my preview movie club yesterday and really enjoyed it. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were excellent. Good story about mental illness and great supporting cast (especially the parents).

    I saw 'The Words' and Cooper is more than a pretty face and with how young Lawrence it, it will be fun to see her career over the years.
  7. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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    Let me know if you also fall in love (lust) with Bichir. :D

    I knew the movie was going to touch on this, but didn't think it would do so to such a great extent. I remember thinking, "didn't Clint Eastwood direct this? the guy who is supporting Mitt Romney???" :confused:

    I miss Abby!! :wuzrobbed I just looked up the actress who played her on imdb.com to see if I could get some of her movies. All she's gotten recently is bit parts on miscellaneous TV shows? Really? :soapbox: I miss Aalim, too. And Tom. (Is it wrong for me to miss Tom??) :(
  8. Artemis@BC

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    Another series I can recommend is William and Mary, with Julie Graham and Martin Clunes (playing a role far closer to his real-life character I think and very far removed from Doc Martin!). It's not edgy or dramatic, just a sweet, modern romance that showcases the complexities of blended families in a way you don't often see on TV. I got it from the Burnaby library a couple of years ago; it's old enough that you should be able to get it on inter-library loan.

    And no, it's not wrong to miss Tom. :swoon: Another series with Max Beesley you might want to check out is Hotel Babylon -- sort of a modern Upstairs-Downstairs set in a London 5-star hotel. Very soapy, lots of eye-candy, and tons of fun. (I got that one from Burnaby library too.)
  9. PeterG

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    Wow, lots of smaller movies out this week! The ones I'm adding to my To See list are in bold. Some thoughts about the movies after the list. :)

    November 1 Free Throw (Sports documentary. From imdb.com: “A documentary that follows eight Compton High School students who were selected to participate in a free-throw competition. The prize? A $40,000 college scholarship.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBkhDsyVXk

    November 2 Amber Alert (Thriller, new cast)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GVEq7qBgcE

    November 2 The Bay (Sci-Fi thriller horror with a new cast)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WHs5Auhu1Q


    November 2 Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (Documentary. From imdb.com: “When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s, they reinvented not only their chosen sport but themselves too - as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIIaJRlr6-Q

    November 2 Cafe de flore (French drama with Vanessa Paradis. From imdb.com: “A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3HAgq7aQOk

    November 2 The Details (“Comedy” with Elizabeth Banks, Tobey Maguire, Kerry Washington, Ray Liotta, Sam Trammell and Laura Linney)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBWCyNkMIJQ

    November 2 Festival of Lights (Drama with Jimi Mistry and Aidan Quinn)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrt4OVX0wbc

    November 2 High Ground (Documentary. From imdb.com: “A documentary that follows a team of veterans returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq as they set out to climb a towering Himalayan peak to overcome challenges and heal the mental and emotional ravages of war.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URTMyf7QfRk

    November 2 Jack and Diane (Horror romance with Juno Temple and Kylie Minogue)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJhgPLf1YXk

    November 2 A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (Animated comedy. From imdb.com: “An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbW842eMNtI

    November 2 A Mans Story (From imdb.com: “A documentary about fashion designer Ozwald Boateng”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDZvErDAUTc

    November 2 Midnight's Children (Drama based on a Salman Rushdie novel. From imdb.com: “A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXgx6C8PHd4


    November 2 Vamps (Romantic comedy horror with Alicia Silverstone, Sigourney Weaver, Krysten Ritter, Scott Thompson, Marilu Henner, Richard Lewis, Malcolm McDowell, Richard Lewis and Kristen Johnston)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I22Lqr9IRKY

    November 2 North Sea Texas (Drama with an unknown cast. From imdb.com: “A teenage boy's search for love finds him fixated on the boy next door.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9gINU_VT0Q


    I almost put Amber Alert on my list, everything about the trailer (script, directing, cinematography) looks good...except the acting. Which kinda makes a movie, no? The Bay looks really good. I think I saw somewhere that it's made by the people behind Insidious and Paranormal Activity. For The Details I had to put comedy in quotation marks because this one looks so humourless! Doesn't help that Tobey Maguire is in it. Not a Maguire fan here!

    If High Ground is your kind of movie, check out the trailer because the cinematography is gorgeous...so beautiful! Jack and Diane almost made my list, but by the end of the trailer I had less of an idea of what the movie is really about, very little that tells us why this one is categorized (at least partially) as a horror movie. Vamps also almost made my list. Maybe if it does well at the box office I will change my mind. But I think it might come and go pretty quickly.

    Lastly, two recommendations (based on the trailers anyway). Midnight's Children looks phenomenal, no surprise to me as I adore Indo-Canadian director Deepa Mehta. Doesn't hurt that the story looks incredibly intriguing. And North Sea Texas just made my list. Mainly because as a gay man, it's my duty to see/support gay cinema, but the trailer does pick up in the second half, so it might be quite a good movie. I'm hoping! :) So which of these movies are you boldfacing?
  10. Buzz

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    Midnight's Children looks good! I want to see Lincoln but I fear the movie may not do so well because it opens opposite Skyfall.
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    It's nice to know I'm not the only one. I love Elizabeth Banks, but this movie looks so bad I don't think I'm even going to try watching it. And like you said, not a Maguire fan. I get in epic debates with friends of mine because I prefer The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield. I honestly don't care if Spider-Man isn't nerdy enough. Andrew Garfield is so much less annoying.

    It clicked today that Monday was November 5th. So my annual watching of V for Vendetta will be occuring. I know the movie has nothing to do with the actual spirit of Guy Fawkes Day, or the graphic novel. But it's fun to do. Nice bit of tradition that started with 2 of my best friends and my brother.

    As good as Skyfall looks the only movie I really want to see in November is Wreck-It Ralph. It looks awesome!
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  12. Artemis@BC

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    I was skeptical about a movie version of this book ... until I saw that it would be written & directed by Deepa Mehta. Now I am very much looking forward to seeing it.
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    I want to see Lincoln, but wonder about Sally Field as Mary Todd. If she turns to Eliza Johnson at the cemetary and says she just wants to "hit something...hit something hard", I will just lose it in the theater!
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    Everyone likes Sally Field. Everyone really, really likes Sally Field. :)

    Skyfall looks good. 94% on RT. I want to see Javier Bardem's character makes some sexy move on Bond.
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    I got to see a screening of Flight tonight and thought it was a good, entertaining film, with some unfortunately cheesy touches by the director (the music, the ending). Denzel Washington is brilliant in it though in a really great role for him. I think overall it could have been a stronger film if he wasn't directed by Robert Zemeckis who has a tendency to be on the corny side. Denzel Washington really raised the level of the film.
  16. PeterG

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    Recent movies screened:

    9/10 - Dream House – I really enjoyed this! I wasn’t expecting much as it did not do well at the box office (21 million revenue on a 50 million budget). But I was very much pleasantly surprised at how well this movie was done, kept me wondering throughout where things were going. And it didn’t hurt that Craig is so uber-fit and we get loving shots of him in wondrously tailored clothing as well as a shirtless shot or two. :grope:

    7/10 - What’s Your Number? – Good lord, I love Anna Faris. She is so brilliant. She made me think of Judy Holliday in her comedic ability and total immersion in her role. This movie isn’t perfect…but Faris is! As is Chris Evans’ body. Some near-nude shots…somebody PLEASE turn down the heat in here!! :lol:

    4/10 – Cowboy – A pretty good ol’ cowboy movie, the first Glenn Ford movie I think I’ve ever seen. Plus Jack Lemmon getting to do something a bit different from most of his roles (or most of the roles I’ve seen him in). But there’s lots of dated stuff in here and the script was lacking in some ways (yet good in others). So inconsistent, but I’d recommend this to anybody who likes the old-time westerns.

    4/10 - The Sting – I grabbed this one of the shelf at the library, not remembering if I had ever seen it before. Was really looking forward to watching Newman and Redford on screen together. My one word review for this movie? BORING! I watched this one like “J. Edgar”…over a week or so in three or four sittings. Took a lot of effort to get through this one. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is one I haven’t seen since forever…I take it that it is much better than The Sting??

    2/10 - Even Money – Kim Basinger, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Danny Devito, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Roth…what script did you read that made you sign up for this one? Cuz it’s different than what ended up on screen! Maybe they were getting cabin fever and needed to get out of the house and told their agents, “sign me up for anything!” Actually, this isn’t a horrible movie. It’s no poorly made. It’s just that I didn’t care for any of the characters and ended up watching almost the whole thing at double-speed just to get through it…
  17. peibeck

    peibeck Counting down the days 'til Skate America

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    I'm seeing this ("Silver Linings Playbook') on Thursday and am super excited, as I've heard such good things about it. Many are saying it will be a top Oscar nominee contender.

    I'm getting to see "Quartet" with Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, and Michael Gambon on the 18th at the St. Louis Film Festival; it's gotten great buzz as well.
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    I saw 'Flight' today. Thought it was very well done. Denzel Washington was outstanding, and I liked the fast pace and action in the movie- things that are normally not that high on my list.

    Got to see the 'Lincoln' trailor before 'Flight'. I can't wait to see that movie. I love DDL, Spielberg and history. Could be a best picture Oscar nominee.
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    Went to see Looper a few days ago. I like the concept of it, and the world, but it still fell flat as I just couldn't connect with any of the characters. :blah: And it seems that the older I get, the more annoyed I am with films (and books, comics, tv shows, etc.) with a large cast where all but one or two of the characters are men, at least when the setting is such that more roles could've been filled by female characters.
  20. PeterG

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    Hope you are in Canada because from what I've read, that's where Midnight's Children is seeing a release. Not sure if it'll be released in the US...or maybe it will get a later release there. :confused: As for Lincoln vs. Skyfall, Lincoln might do okay as it's kind of counter-programming. Plus if it's a good movie, it will have staying power like Argo has right now. (Not often do movies stay at the top or even go higher up on the box office chart like Argo is doing.)

    :lol: I tend to think, how much better would those earlier Spider-Man movies have been if they had cast anyone other than Maguire? Seriously, has he been good in anything? Even The Cider House Rules was a lesser movie because of his presence. I haven't seen Sea Biscuit. Will I eat my words because he was the best thing about this movie??

    This is on my list, I found a library that has it and put it on hold. Not sure when I'll get there to pick it up, but I'm looking forward to it! :cheer2:
  21. Nell411

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    Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper are both in Seabiscuit. I think Jeff Bridges at his weakest (Tron 2 perhaps?) is still better than Maguire. I've only seen Adaptation and The Muppets for Chris Cooper. But as he was hilarious as the villian in The Muppets I'm inclined to think it would be easy for him to out act Maguire as well.
  22. PeterG

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, and Marion Cotillard top the 10 best-actress contenders

    The 10 listed in the above article:

    Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook")

    Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty")

    Marion Cotillard ("Rust and Bone")

    Keira Knightley ("Anna Karenina")

    Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour")

    Judi Dench ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel")

    Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild")

    Naomi Watts ("The Impossible")

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Smashed")

    Laura Linney ("Hyde Park on Hudson")

    Hmm, my interest in "The Impossible" begins. In addition to Naomi Watts, it stars Ewan McGregor and Geraldine Page. Here is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgw394ZKsis
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    My viewings over the past week or so:

    Detachment - Adrian Brody and a great cast of supporting actors (and the most I've enjoyed Brody since The Pianist). Not an original theme -- how people are connected and disconnected -- but very well executed. Also probably the most realistic depiction of teaching in an improvrished school since Teachers.

    The Ambassador - Mads Brügger's gonzo journalism piece about corruption in central African countries. I'm still not sure how I feel about this film. The fact that this corruption exists is hardly news. The fact that anyone can buy diplomatic status is somewhat eye-opening, but he doesn't take that anywhere. Mostly I was put off by how he seemed to be a full and willing participant in the corruption and even perpetrating his own exploitation of the locals. Still, it's quite fascinating to witness this journey, so on that level alone it's worth watching.

    Thin Ice -- mildly entertaining and diverting caper film, but nothing special.

    Deep Blue Sea -- Another perfect example of a play that should never have been adapted to film. Rachel Weisz, Simon Russell Beale, and Tom Hiddleston all do what they can with the material, but it just doesn't work on screen. At least not in this version. It's actually quite amazing how consistent Rattigan is in taking rich stage scripts and turning them into dry and plodding films -- and still find work. Bleaagh.
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    Um, wishful thinking on Geraldine Page? I think it's Geraldine Chaplin, actually.
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    my little pony snarking for AZE

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    i was about to post that i was so excited that geraldine page was still alive, oh well
  26. PeterG

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    :huh: They're not the same person??

    :lol:
  27. Artemis@BC

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    Well, you're definitely in the minority there.

    The Sting ends up on many people's lists of best movies of all time -- including mine. Not because it's any great work of art, but just from a pure entertainment standpoint. For me it was less about Newman & Redford, and more about the amazing support cast, and of course the cleverness of the con-artist plotline(s). The latter maybe somewhat dated by now, but at the time it was pure genius. I watched the movie again recently, and thought it still held up. But then, I am a sucker for grifter stories, particularly the ones where the mark deserves to get fleeced.

    I enjoyed Butch & Sundance too, but not nearly as much as The Sting. However that's a personal preference thing -- I tend not care much about anything even remotely in the Western genre.
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    I love The Sting. But I've always found the last third of the movie really slow. Everything seems to start to drag right when it should be amping up. It picks up in the last 10 minutes, but I always feel like something is missing from it right as it ends.
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    MUST SEE (imo lol) Mads Mikkelson in "Valhalla Rising." I've had it checked out 2 wks now, can't renew, and for the first time in such a long time I can't remember how long it's actually been, I am not going to return it by its due date. Eys! It's_ That_Good. like nothing I've ever seen. too, I'm really really enjoying the Scottish accents. And Mads is grrrrreat, really great. I put him and his one-eye acting up against
    Daniel Day-Lewis any day, whee!
  30. peibeck

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    I thought the buzz on "Hyde Park on Hudson" had pretty much tapered off to nothing after the lukewarm reception it got at the Toronto Film Festival? "The Impossible' has gotten a lot of good buzz, but word of mouth is it is also very bleak.

    I'm guessing Helen Hunt is going to slide in the supporting race for "The Sessions"? I haven't seen that yet, but I really want to catch it.
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    I just watched John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath. It has been a long time since I watched it as a schoolgirl. I think the film is still wonderful.
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    Interesting. I don't recommend any of the smaller releases this week. But I did put them in order of what seems like might be the best ones to see. (Hope that makes sense, it's been a long day! :D)

    November 9 A Royal Affair (Historical romance. From imdb.com: “A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiHnVMHk6YU

    November 9 Dangerous Liasions (Drama with Zi-Yi Zhang [Memoir Of A Geisha, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon])
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvr0SoL7Au4

    November 9 LUV (Drama with Common, Charles S. Dutton and Danny Glover)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyvfVyV1eq0

    November 9 In Their Skin (Thriller with Selma Blair)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRAW6jKKC8k

    November 9 Nature Calls (Comedy with Johnny Knoxville, Patton Oswalt and Maura Tierney)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nmsv1fh3EU

    November 9 In Another Country (Drama with Isabelle Huppert)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqfPTpw4yXc

    November 9 Christmas in Compton (Comedy)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCpDHkkXPO4
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    I saw a Royal Affair in my preview movie club. I really liked it, well done costume period piece, great acting. I love British history, and do not know that much Danish history. I enjoyed learning about the siste of George Iii who married the Danish king. Interesting story about the reforms with a love affair.
  34. Kasey

    Kasey Loving on babies!

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    Saw "Argo" and "Flight" in the last few weeks. "Argo" is fantastic, through and through....and was proof that on those rare occasions, Ben Affleck can act as well as he directs. Huge amount of brilliant supporting cast members. "Flight"....first 20 minutes were worth the ticket cost for anyone who likes action, for sure....the next hour and half or so was brilliant, unsettling, disturbing, introspective, deep and heartrenching at times....the last 15 or so minutes, total Hollywood flash and crap. Just really felt like the ending was not really realistic, and didn't live up to the rest of the movie. Interestingly, John Goodman was in each of these movies (not known to me or being a reason to me to go see them) and was totally fantastic in each.
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    I agree Kasey. Flight started out well but got really cheesy by the end. Too bad because I thought Denzel Washington was really great in it.
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    Screened "Lincoln" last night.

    After barely making through "Cloud Atlas" last month, I didn't know if I could handle another 2.5 hour movie. Daniel Day Lewis was brilliant, as was Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader. I was expecting a sweeping civil war epic, but it was the opposite. The fighting took place in the House, not the battlefields. There was a nice bit of humor too (thanks to Spader).

    I saw "Anna Karenina" a month ago and have to revisit my notes. I didn't love it ... it was more a play than a movie, despite the beautiful costumes and sets. I love British period pieces, and this lacked the Russian "feel" I was expecting.
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    all_empty Well-Known Member

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    She basically played Nora Walker ... but in 19th century dresses. She did have a great White House reception scene though.
  38. jl22aries

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    Saw Chaplin's City Lights with a live symphony orchestra and a packed crowd at our historic theatre. It was AMAZING. Chaplin is extraordinary any day, but the combination of the world class orchestra and the captivated crowd...this is what movie going at its best can be like. During the boxing scene, in the span of 10 seconds there were laughs, a collective "oh no", and then a gasp. Loved it.
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    Watched Company Men with Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner. Costner's Bahhhstahhn accent was wicked shitty, yessih...but it was one of Affleck's better recent performances.
  40. peibeck

    peibeck Counting down the days 'til Skate America

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    I saw "Silver Linings Playbook" at the St. Louis Film Festival last night. I lurved it!

    DeNiro looks like a lock for a supporting Oscar nod, but the revalation to me was Jennifer Lawrence, who I know got tons of buzz for "Winter's Bone," but who I felt got upstaged by all the good character acting in that movie. (I thought she was okay in "The Hunger Games," but not amazing... and actually pretty damn awful in the "X Men" prequel). Anyway, I found her completely compelling and believable. With the Weinsteins behind this movie, I expect loads of Oscar noms.

    "Lincoln" opens limited today and wide next week. Talk about counterprogramming against "Skyfall" and that vampire movie I have no intention of ever seeing. :lol: The NYTimes review is glowing: http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/11/0...is.html?smid=tw-nytimesmovies&seid=auto&_r=1& and A.O. Scott is not one to normally glow about recent Spielberg movies.