Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Dec 29, 2010.
Why silly, it's because all Gods are non-tanned Caucasians!!!
Wanted to give a mention to the French movie "OF Gods And Men" listed to open in LA & NY only but I am hopeful to be able to see it someday. I believe it is about a group of monks who were murdered in Algeria in 1996. They had dedicated their entire lives to doing good works. But that did not help them. Their murder is still unsolved today.
We saw the Tourist last night. It was decent, as far as I'm concerned anything with Johnny Depp is automatically good.
It's not a theatrical release, but I'm watching Downton Abbey right now on PBS Masterpiece The-yaaahh-trrrre. It makes me feel smart. It's a period piece of course, but it's pretty good so far. Just thought I'd give a heads-up. Since it's English, it's slooowww and it's easy to catch on.
I took lessons from Viktor Yelchin years ago and he is just the sweetest guy. I hope Anton finds a lot of success.
My boss saw True Grit and luuuuurved it. I OTOH saw Tron with my bf and my bf walked out less than halfway through because it was "pointless." He spent the next hour surfing the web in the lobby on his iPhone while I continued to be entertained/distracted by the eye and ear candy.
Garrett Hedlund is my new celebrity but I'm not sure if I like him enough to sit through Country Strong.
Yelchin was supposed to star in a movie based on a popular Russian novel called The Winter Queen which was supposed to open this year but has now been pushed back to 2012. HOpe it is still in the works because I really want to see it. Now the female lead in this movie could be a candidate for the actors who are overaged for their role thread! LOL Jovovich was born in 1975 while Yelchin was born in 1989 and they are playing a pair of young lovers.
It looks like The Cabin In The Woods (horror with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) will be released sometime later in the year. I couldnt find a real trailer for it, or a release date. Josh Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse) is the writer and producer. It is directed by Drew Goddard who wrote Cloverfield as well as multiple episodes of Buffy (and an episode of Lost). So I'm thinking this will be a good one! The allmovie.com description refers to this movie as the secretive MGM movie
Trailers for the limited films new this week:
Jan. 14th The Dilemma (comedy with Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Queen Latifah and Winona Ryder)
Jan. 14th The Green Hornet (action with Seth Rogan and Cameron Diaz)
Jan. 14th Blue Valentine (romantic drama with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams)
Jan. 14th Somewhere (comedy with Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning)
Jan. 14th Every Day (comedy with Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt)
Jan. 14th Burning Palms (comedy drama with Zoe Saldana, Dylan McDermott and Rosamund Pike limited release)
Jan. 14th Barneys Version (comedy drama with Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman and Minnie Driver)
Jan. 14th The Heart Specialist (comedy with Zoe Saldana, Mya, Ed Asner, Method Man, Jasmine Guy and Marla Gibbs)
Jan. 14th Ong Bak 3 (action with Tony Jaa)
Jan. 14th Plastic Planet (documentary that journeys around the globe to see how plastic production is affecting our health)
Jan. 14th A Somewhat Gentle Man (comedy drama from Norway with Stellan Skarsgård limited release)
Jan. 12th Im Dangerous With Love (New York only - documentary about a musician who used West African hallucinogenic drug to kick drugs and alcohol without painful withdrawal and has been clean ever since
I'm looking forward to seeing Barney's Version, since it was my favourite Richler book -- and that's saying somthing! By all accounts this is an excellent translation of the source material.
I'm a teensy bit sad that it's yet another American actor playing an iconic CanLit role (following James Woods and Richard Dreyfuss) ... but I'm not hung up on that, and Giamatti is an excellent actor.
I thought the summary sounded familiar! I recently saw a movie on Netflix called "Facing the Habit." It is also about a man using Ibogaine to stop his addiction. It only works for a few days if I recall correctly. I find this very interesting to see ANOTHER documentary about this same "miracle" drug. Very curious who is behind all of this. In the movie I watched they never even once went into details about how the drug actually worked. They never got into the science of it. They just said it was a spiritual thing and it chased away your demons (I think the preview to the new movie says the exact same thing). That is mumbo jumbo talk. That is not REAL. How does it work on the brain??? It sounds like a big advertisement campaign, to me.
There was a very long article published in multiple local papers about ibogaine and it sounded REALLY fascinating...because nobody knows how it works - it comes from a medicinal plant. They just know it works somehow which is why they use it.
I don't knock it if it works. Many medicines we use are in the same boat, actually. We just find out that something treats some symptom, determine it's relatively safe, send it out to market and theorize on its biology later.
From the article, it seemed like it really does, permanently. The problem is that if you keep up the same enabling lifestyle, you can fall back into addiction easily. But the ibogaine supposedly resets ALL of your tolerances, including caffeine and alcohol. The article was also very clear that it was a dangerous hallucinogen - people have died taking it and it's easy to overdose. It was all just very fascinating for me.
I'm not sure who would have the money to make documentaries about it, though. I don't think the drug companies are in any sort of rush to have something that can cure you out in the market.
Just saw The Green Hornet today and while I loved the idea of a Green Hornet movie, this one falls short quite a bit. This coming from the woman who loved The Last Airbender! First of all Kato is a hottie and totally rocked but could not save this dud of a movie. Here is just a few of the problems as I see it:
1. This movie should not have been in 3-D. A total waste of money
2. Seth Rogen in this role is totally
3. The slow motion thing during the fight scenes are just ick
4. So spoilt brat Britt Reid decides to be a superhero because he's bored?!
5. Why on earth was James Franco only in the movie for 5 minutes?
6. Reid's attitude during his father's funeral was waaay inapropriate. Not funny.
7. Why was Edward James Olmos just another side kick in this movie?
8. Overall the story is just lame and not funny. I want my money back!
9. Seth Rogen completely ruined what could have been a great comic book movie. And in my view comic book movies are rrrrreally hard to do badly, but somehow Rogen managed to do just that.
10. Not nearly enough real time (that is no slow motion!!!) Kato beating up on bad guys!
I hate Seth Rogen.
Once I heard Seth Rogan was cast as the Green Hornet, I was turned off to it.
This is how I feel about Jack Black in any movie. If he's in it, I'm not gonna see it.
That Seth Rogen horror show finish #1 at the box office yesterdar according to boxofficemojo.
I think I'm done spending the extra dollars on 3-D, usually I forget the film is in 3-D.
There is yet another Natalie Portman movie opening up this coming weekend called No Strings Attached. She seems to be everywhere but the one movie of hers that I want to see most opens up in May.
Wow, talk about from the sublime to the ridiculous. Not the choice I would have recommended for her -- she's an actor who doesn't "need" to do brainless romcoms to keep herself employed, I would have thought. Of course I'm hugely biases and automatically think that any film involving Ashton Kutcher will be brainless, but I guess there's always the exception to prove the rule.
No she doesn't need to do these to be employed but she may need to do these occasionally to keep money in her bank account. Movies like Black Swan do not pay well, sometimes paying MUCH less than you would think. Serious actors often talk of having to do the mainstream crap once in a while so they can afford to do the serious indie movie they dream of later.
Judging from the trailer, it seems like at least her character is something more than the humorless shrew (like in those Judd Apatow Bromance movies) or some generic Katherine Heigl/Kate Hudson/Sandra Bullock/Julia Roberts type of romantic comedy lead female that writers think are interesting and deep but are instead vapid and boring and predictable.
The Green Hornet was bad. It was so bad it was ......No it just sucked. I also remembered why i don't like Seth Rogen, he plays the same character in every movie.
Just wanted to mention some interesting observations about today's box office estimates. There are a lot of movie with big budgets that seemed to to have been stinkers that are yet to make a profit like: Narnia, Tangled, Tron, and Gulliver. While some other movies made on a shoe string budget made many times what they cost to make, movie like: Black Swan, The King's Speach, True Grit, Blue Valentine, The Fighter which are all Best Picture nominees. So I guess movies that are more story driven rather than have big special effects looks like they are having a wonderful year. NIce to see.
Tangled a stinker? I thought it was doing okay.
Saw Blue Valentine this past weekend. Depressing and lots and lots of sex scenes, things I've never seen before in a movie
The acting was very good, especially by Michelle Williams. It got an "A" rating in the paper and it we caught the matinee, so it was worth the $5 ticket I suppose.
Well Tangled is doing well except it cost $260m to make and has been out for ten weeks but is yet to turn a profit. It most likely will in the future thanks to DVD sales/retails etc but will have to wait a few more months before it makes a profit.
Woah, $260 million on an animated movie!? Craziness.
Ryan Gosling...in a movie with lots of sex scenes...and things never seen in a movie!? Where do I buy my ticket!?
I am going to see either Barney's Version or The Mechanic tonight. I'll let you know which one I see and if it was good
I saw The Eagle yesterday and liked it way more than I thought I would. The last one of this type movie I saw was a bit of a disappointment so my expectations going into The Eagle were not that high to begin with. But if you are like me and you like a good sword and sandal movie then you should watch this one.
I can't find Blue Valentine at any theater near me. Is it already out of theaters or has it not gone into wide release yet? If it is already done then I hope it goes to DVD rather quickly.
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