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

    6 10.71%
  • Sep. 21st - The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Drama with Emma Watson, Dylan McDermott and Paul Rudd)

    17 30.36%
  • Sep. 28th – Looper (Sci-Fi action with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt)

    19 33.93%
  • Sep. 28th - Won't Back Down (Drama with Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter)

    10 17.86%
  • Oct. 5th - Pitch Perfect (Musical comedy with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow)

    18 32.14%
  • Oct. 5th - Butter (Comedy with Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Alicia Silverstone)

    6 10.71%
  • Oct. 26th - Cloud Atlas (Sci-Fi mystery with Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry and Jim Sturgess)

    18 32.14%
  • Nov. 2nd - Flight (Drama with Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo)

    12 21.43%
  • Nov. 9th - Skyfall (Adventure with Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem)

    24 42.86%
  • Nov. 16th The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson)

    7 12.50%
  • Nov. 21st - Life of Pi (Adventure drama with Tobey Maguire and Gérard Depardieu)

    19 33.93%
  • Nov. 21st - Red Dawn (Action with Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Jeffrey Dean Morgan)

    10 17.86%
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    Quote Originally Posted by jl22aries View Post
    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.
    I am SO jealous! Oh, to see this with a live symphony orchestra! Awesome movie. The boxing sequence (from the beginning in the locker room) is brilliant! And the ending:

    Saw Breathless on TCM last night!!! Jean-Paul Belmondo

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    They are making a part 2 of The Amazing Spider-Man and will be introducing Mary Jane Watson. So it looks like there will a love triangle with poor Gwen dying.

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    Read this funny bit in Entertainment Weekly recently:

    “Here’s how you can tell that Emma is a real movie star,” my cousin Andrew pointed out, “because even when she appeared in a film with a shirtless Ryan Gosling, all my gay friends were raving only about her.”


    Some recent viewings of mine:

    8/10 - Nowhere Boy – So in one of the earlier threads, I admitted to being enamored with Aaron Johnson after seeing Albert Nobbs. So I put “Nowhere Boy” on hold at the library just to ogle him some more. And whaddaya know? The movie itself was really good! The acting, writing and directing all come together…and having to hit the pause button for a bathroom break is an irritant. I definitely recommend this movie.

    8/10 – Hurricane (Denzel Washington) – I couldn’t remember if I had seen this movie before. Didn’t matter, because it was worth a second viewing. Denzel Washington is amazing as usual. Very good movie except that - as too often in major movies - to tell the story of a black character, it has to be told (at least somewhat) from the point of view of white folk. Oh well, at least an important story was told. Randon fact: did you know that Denzel has not been nominated for an Academy Award since winning for Training Day in 2001? Criminal!!

    7/10 – Splendor In The Grass – Am I going to get in trouble for saying that both Beatty and Wood seem rather novice-ish at times in this? Wood has some good moments in addition to some awkward scenes, but I’m not sure I see in Beatty’s performance much of what was to come in his career. I thought this movie had a few corny, overwrought moments, but then some amazing scenes as well that were amazing. The scene where Bud’s sister fights off the pack of guys by all the vehicles was probably the most dramatic moment. But then this character seems to disappear from the story (strange!). Interesting that the actress who played this role (Barbara Loden) didn’t have much success as an actress…

    6/10 - The Dictator – Okay, lots of laughs and good stuff in this one. But I started to wonder if it should have been a 30 to 45 minute special on HBO or something. Plus Baron Cohen goes so far…I’ve loved it in the past but I think he’s challenged me (and the rest of his audience) enough. I think he needs to do a bunch of small, quiet dramas. He’s approaching a “too much of a good thing” status. Well…probably crossed that line, actually! I still think he is brilliant, though. Just time for him to change it up. According to imdb.com, he is doing that with a part in Les Miserables being his next movie to be followed up with a Freddie Mercury biopic in pre-production.
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    I luuuuurve Splendor in the Grass, even if it makes me really mad. Don't care much for Beatty in the film though. His character was a bore. I just love, love, love Ms. Wood. But yeah, I can see what you mean about some novice-ish moments in the film, even though I think as a whole Wood did a brilliant job.

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    Seven smaller films out this week. Two comedy dramas and five documentaries (is this week the cut-off for nominees for best Oscar documentaries??). Of these seven films, I want to see five of them. All the documentaries. Am I officially old???

    November 14 Buffalo Girls (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Two eight year old girls fight in rural Thailand's underground child boxing economy to earn money to support their families.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcYOYkWznYA

    November 14 The Law in These Parts (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Can justice truly be served in the occupied territories given the current system of law administered by Israel for Palestinians?”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzEy-FPw-iQ

    November 16 Chasing Ice (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIZTMVNBjc4

    November 16 Funeral Kings (Comedy drama, new cast. From imdb.com: “Two altar boys decide to play hooky after serving at a series of funerals.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvCobdWtavQ

    November 16 Hitler's Children (Documentary. From imdb.com: “A look into the lives of the descendants of the top Nazi officials who worked under Hitler's command.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAw1yEYEuwY

    November 16 Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.”)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSstCtWl54w

    November 16 Price Check (Comedy drama with Parker Posey and Eric Mabius)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbDcgJpDsQk
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Skyfall blew the competition out of the water while Lincoln had the highest average screen gross. According to boxofficemojo Skyfall made over $88m last weekend and is the best opening for a Bond movie. Worldwide the total is over $500m

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    Was Skyfall released a while back overseas? According to the-numbers.com, the movie opened on Nov. 9th and the box office already is:

    Domestic Box Office $90,000,000
    International Box Office $289,812,007

    Worldwide Box Office $379,812,007

    Those are big numbers for the international box office!
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    Was Skyfall released a while back overseas? According to the-numbers.com, the movie opened on Nov. 9th and the box office already is:

    Domestic Box Office $90,000,000
    International Box Office $289,812,007

    Worldwide Box Office $379,812,007

    Those are big numbers for the international box office!
    Yes it was. I don't remember the exact date it came out overseas. But I remember the guy doing a movie blog that I read being really excited that Skyfall came out first for them then came over here.
    "I think I saw what happens next It was just a glimpse of you Like looking through a window Or a shallow sea Could you see me? And after all this time It's like nothing else we used to know After all the hangers-on are done Hanging on to the dead lights Of the afterglow" Afterlife - Arcade Fire

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    I'm just a casual Bond/Daniel Craig fan, so I don't know if Skyfall is the best Bond movie ever, but I'd say it's probably one of the strongest ones I've seen.

    However, the overall feel of the movie is dark and intense, and probably the least sexy Bond opening ever (Adele's lyrics make a lot more sense in it though). The theme of old vs. new is woven throughout the movie, and difficulties in transitions/changing of the guard comes up frequently.

    If Casino Royale was a big reboot of the franchise, Skyfall essentially completes the update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post

    7/10 – Splendor In The Grass – Am I going to get in trouble for saying that both Beatty and Wood seem rather novice-ish at times in this? Wood has some good moments in addition to some awkward scenes, but I’m not sure I see in Beatty’s performance much of what was to come in his career. I thought this movie had a few corny, overwrought moments, but then some amazing scenes as well that were amazing. The scene where Bud’s sister fights off the pack of guys by all the vehicles was probably the most dramatic moment. But then this character seems to disappear from the story (strange!). Interesting that the actress who played this role (Barbara Loden) didn’t have much success as an actress…
    I CANNOT sit through that movie. I've tried and tried, but no dice. The whole thing seems corny and overwrought to me. I like Natalie Wood, but sometimes I think she wasn't born early enough; I feel like too many of her movies have that heavy, draggy, overly earnest feel that a lot of '60s and '70s movies had.
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    Has anyone seen The White Ribbon? I read in Entertainment Weekly that Michael Haneke won the Palme D'or this year at Cannes for his movie Amour, which will be in theatres on December 19th. It mentioned that Haneke also won the Palme D'or for The White Ribbon in 2009. I looked it up at imdb.com and youtube. Looks not bad, but the trailer didn't really make me want to add it to my To See list. Here's the blurb from imdb.com:

    Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
    And the trailer at youtube: The White Ribbon (2009 Palme D'or winner at Cannes)
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    Has anyone seen The White Ribbon? I read in Entertainment Weekly that Michael Haneke won the Palme D'or this year at Cannes for his movie Amour, which will be in theatres on December 19th. It mentioned that Haneke also won the Palme D'or for The White Ribbon in 2009. I looked it up at imdb.com and youtube. Looks not bad, but the trailer didn't really make me want to add it to my To See list.
    I'd say The White Ribbon is one of those films that's worth watching ... if you're in exactly the right mood for it. I wasn't when I saw it. I could admire the artistry, but I was left feeling that it went a veeeeery long way for a tiny moral payout. It's either an incredible work of art, or an incredible intellectual conceit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    Randon fact: did you know that Denzel has not been nominated for an Academy Award since winning for Training Day in 2001? Criminal!!
    Hardly "criminal" when you take a look at the roles he's played in the past decade. Almost all of them have been in the action/triller genre -- which, fairly or unfairly, simply don't get Oscar noms. I don't know how much of that is his choice and how much is just by virtue of the roles he's been offered ... but if he or his agent are looking for Oscar nominations, he needs more roles like those earlier in his career.

    Flight may get him there, haven't seen it yet -- the trailers make it look like a cross between an action thriller and a "serious drama."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis@BC View Post
    Hardly "criminal" when you take a look at the roles he's played in the past decade. Almost all of them have been in the action/triller genre -- which, fairly or unfairly, simply don't get Oscar noms. I don't know how much of that is his choice and how much is just by virtue of the roles he's been offered ... but if he or his agent are looking for Oscar nominations, he needs more roles like those earlier in his career.

    Flight may get him there, haven't seen it yet -- the trailers make it look like a cross between an action thriller and a "serious drama."
    Flight has action, but it is really a character study of a man, and Denzel has done a great job of portraying that man. Yes, he could get an Oscar nomination for that role, but it depends on the competition. It may not be a slam dunk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    8/10 – Hurricane (Denzel Washington) – I couldn’t remember if I had seen this movie before. Didn’t matter, because it was worth a second viewing. Denzel Washington is amazing as usual. Very good movie except that - as too often in major movies - to tell the story of a black character, it has to be told (at least somewhat) from the point of view of white folk. Oh well, at least an important story was told. Randon fact: did you know that Denzel has not been nominated for an Academy Award since winning for Training Day in 2001? Criminal!!
    I love how Hurricane Carter was rescued by a Canadian legal team! But it was a very powerful movie, and rather controversial, since many people don't believe Carter is innocent...regarding inserting white people into the film - this film was not exactly box-office, so they had to make it palatable for the mainstream.
    7/10 – Splendor In The Grass – Am I going to get in trouble for saying that both Beatty and Wood seem rather novice-ish at times in this? Wood has some good moments in addition to some awkward scenes, but I’m not sure I see in Beatty’s performance much of what was to come in his career. I thought this movie had a few corny, overwrought moments, but then some amazing scenes as well that were amazing. The scene where Bud’s sister fights off the pack of guys by all the vehicles was probably the most dramatic moment. But then this character seems to disappear from the story (strange!). Interesting that the actress who played this role (Barbara Loden) didn’t have much success as an actress…
    I've said it before and I'll say it again, Natalie's dramatic acting was so hammy and overwrought in this film. And in others as well. Yes, she was lovely, but not the most subtle of actresses.
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    Denzel should have won the Oscar for 'Hurricane'. He was amazing in it. I think Hollywood politics took over to create a controversy regarding the accuracy of the story. This was a feature film, not a documentary, so it should not have been an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Denzel should have won the Oscar for 'Hurricane'. He was amazing in it. I think Hollywood politics took over to create a controversy regarding the accuracy of the story. This was a feature film, not a documentary, so it should not have been an issue.
    I don't know how much of it was politics ... and how much of it was just an avalanche of love for Kevin Spacey. Plus I'm sure far fewer Oscar voters even saw Hurricane than saw American Beauty. Looking back on the 5 performances nominated that year I would have put Spacey 5th. Washington and Farnsworth tied for 1st, followed by Penn (great performance in what is still a criminally overlooked movie, Sweet and Lowdown.)

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    Comments on various posts:

    The White Ribbon - I saw it in my movie preview club in 2010. I had to watch the trailer linked here - I remember the actors faces, some of the characters, the teacher and young girl, the father with the kids. I remember liking the film. But right now I can not remember much of it. I think the club liked it, not loved it. Everyone now and then that happens, I can not remember much of a movie that I didn't mind or liked at the time. Must be getting old.

    Denzel Washington - he is amazing. Have not seen Hurricane, but loved him in Glory. He was great in Training Day, but by the end of the movied I did not like the character he played, I no longer cared what happened. I did see Flight and he was very good. Not sure about Oscar nom, will depend on competition. He was very good in the movie, but he has played the part before. There were some very good moments, but the movie was good, not great. Not sure if it was the editing, but it seemed like it could have been much better. Parts were very intriguing but it would move around between the addiction story and the story of the plane/survival. Maybe I went in with too high of expectations as the previews really intrigued me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiruwater View Post
    I luuuuurve Splendor in the Grass, even if it makes me really mad. Don't care much for Beatty in the film though. His character was a bore. I just love, love, love Ms. Wood. But yeah, I can see what you mean about some novice-ish moments in the film, even though I think as a whole Wood did a brilliant job.
    I think it's an important movie in how young love was presented and how something which could possibly be the greatest part of two people's lives was squashed by those around them. It's interesting how Ned's father always acted as if he knew everything

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    By the end of the movie I wondered, "will either of these two ever be as happy as they might have been if they had just been allowed to follow their hearts...and have the chance to make mistakes? Sometimes making mistakes is what brings us to true happiness anyway. But I guess back then divorce was so shameful that the adults tried to keep that "failure" from occurring.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    I've said it before and I'll say it again, Natalie's dramatic acting was so hammy and overwrought in this film. And in others as well. Yes, she was lovely, but not the most subtle of actresses.
    A lot of the acting in this movie was hammy and overwrought. Really, who gave a subtle, nuanced performance in this film? It's melodrama somewhat, no? At least Wood was emotive, whereas Beatty was rather wooden. But I guess that was Ned? Always stifled by his father?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wyliefan View Post
    I CANNOT sit through that movie. I've tried and tried, but no dice. The whole thing seems corny and overwrought to me. I like Natalie Wood, but sometimes I think she wasn't born early enough; I feel like too many of her movies have that heavy, draggy, overly earnest feel that a lot of '60s and '70s movies had.
    I can't disagree with what you've said. But there were many good things about the movie, and the overall theme outweights the overwrought moments to me. I wouldn't mind seeing this movie remade. Well, let me hold off on that until we see the remake of Carrie!
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Hitler's Children was on Tvo tonight did anyone watch it?

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