View Poll Results: Which Of These New Movies Interest You? (Trailers Below For Viewing)

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  • Don Jon

    10 15.38%
  • Gravity

    25 38.46%
  • Captain Phillips

    12 18.46%
  • The Fifth Estate

    17 26.15%
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

    5 7.69%
  • Ender's Game

    12 18.46%
  • Last Vegas

    4 6.15%
  • Thor: The Dark World

    21 32.31%
  • The Book Thief

    22 33.85%
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    35 53.85%
  • Grace Of Monaco

    10 15.38%
  • Oldboy

    4 6.15%
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    I finally got to see Battle Royale last night. I've wanted to see it ever since Entertainment Weekly raved about it and then after enjoying The Hunger Games as much as I did, I knew I had to see the movie that came first. It's a great story that moves quite quickly and never lags at any point. Some of the performances are a bit over the top, but only at times. Plus I think that's the usual style for some Japanese movies (maybe only the action ones?). The movie has a good number of twists, turns and surprises that are a bonus on top of the story and performances.
    Some? At times? LOL. I agree though that it was entirely in keeping with the Japanese action movie style, so although I found it OTT from beginning to end, it still "fit."

    I'm glad I watched it, and can see why it has somewhat of a cult following, but it's still very much a B movie in my books. Mostly I found character motivation completely lacking. There's no setup, and too many of the kids go from "huh, what?" to homicidal maniac in 3.8 seconds.

    I know a lot of people have called The Hunger Games derivative, but even if it is ... it's a huge improvement, imo.

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    I read Battle Royale after I read HG; I wanted to see what all the plaigarism fuss was about. I loved the twist ending of BR.

    Speaking of HG, did anyone else sign up on that silly website before the first movie was released? I was sorted into District 8 and kept getting pestered by emails from Seneca Crane. I couldn't figure out how to unsubscribe, but I figured they'd stop on their own because Crane bit the dust at the end.
    Unfortunately I am now getting mail from President Snow. I am supposed to meet my quotas and report any subversive activity to a peacekeeper immediately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    I read Battle Royale after I read HG; I wanted to see what all the plaigarism fuss was about. I loved the twist ending of BR.

    Speaking of HG, did anyone else sign up on that silly website before the first movie was released? I was sorted into District 8 and kept getting pestered by emails from Seneca Crane. I couldn't figure out how to unsubscribe, but I figured they'd stop on their own because Crane bit the dust at the end.
    Unfortunately I am now getting mail from President Snow. I am supposed to meet my quotas and report any subversive activity to a peacekeeper immediately.
    You've just been reported. District 8 for the win!
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    District 9 for the win! Prawns forever!

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    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    I saw Gravity and really liked it (didn't love it, though). I was totally blown away by the effects - I have no idea how they managed it. Sandra Bullock did a fine job. I definitely teared up at points.

    The thought of what could happen while alone in space is far more terrifying than any horror movie. I love oxygen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by all_empty View Post
    When I screened "Gravity" a few weeks ago, the studio actually brought in two real-life astronauts -- one a woman -- to have a Q&A before the movie.

    They said the portrayals were very accurate of what space is like.
    I've seen several interviews with astronauts who have talked about how absolutely inaccurate the movie is, even though some of them enjoyed it. Here's the best of them (spoiler alert, if you haven't seen the movie you should probably skip this): http://www.vulture.com/2013/10/astro...s-gravity.html
    I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
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    I first saw Daniel Bruhl in Goodbye Lenin! I thought he was so handsome in that, I wanted him as my boyfriend.
    When the castings were first announced and I looked at pictures, my initial reaction was: "Oh no! This guy is WAY too handsome to be Niki Lauda! They can't turn him into a heart-throb!"

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    Gravity is projected to make another $42 million or so. That is incredible and a very very small drop for a major movie.
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    I watched Side Effects (Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum) last week. Wow, that was MUCH more than I expected! What a trip! I hope director Steven Soderbergh's claim of retirement proves to be a temporary claim. He's made too many good (and if not good, then interesting) movies to be staying home and taking up gardening instead of making more movies for us. Come back to the five and dime, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Soderbergh!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nell411 View Post
    The release date for Grace of Monaco has been bumped until after the new year now as well. I can't remember if it was January or in the spring. But definitely to late for Oscar contention this year.
    I checked imdb.com about this because I thought they might release it in December in two or three theatres so that it could be considered for Oscar contention. And then it would be released wide in January. But imdb.com has the release date as March 14, 2014. Not a prime release date for a studio hoping for Oscar nods...

    Quote Originally Posted by DAngel View Post
    Oblivion is actually one of the big movies that didn't disappoint me this year


    What have you got against Sasha Cohen?
    Yeah, it's interesting to think about Oblivion and realize that a sci-fi doesn't have to be about trigger-happy evil aliens and crashes and bangs followed by crashes and bangs. I wonder if the screenwriter for Oblivion was influenced by Ray Bradbury, who I haven't read for quite a while but remember as having much more thoughtful themes in his books than we now see on screen in movies. As for Alexis Bledel/Sasha Cohen ()...I've got nothing against either. But I've always seen Bledel as wispy and Cohen as pretty gritty.

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    Yes - its great. In particular, Here's My Heart - Pat Benatar
    I'll see your Pat Benatar and raise you a Freddie Mercury (Love Kills).
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    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    I watched Side Effects (Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum) last week. Wow, that was MUCH more than I expected! What a trip! I hope director Steven Soderbergh's claim of retirement proves to be a temporary claim. He's made too many good (and if not good, then interesting) movies to be staying home and taking up gardening instead of making more movies for us. Come back to the five and dime, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Soderbergh!!
    I really, really liked Side Effect too. But I'd give more credit to Burns -- and to the cast -- than to Soderbergh. Nothing against Soderbergh's direction in this film, but he was working with some fantastic material here.

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    Glad to hear that Side Effects is good. I've seen it on Netflix but haven't sat down to watch it because I never heard anyone talk about it. Now I will give it a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    Yeah, it's interesting to think about Oblivion and realize that a sci-fi doesn't have to be about trigger-happy evil aliens and crashes and bangs followed by crashes and bangs. I wonder if the screenwriter for Oblivion was influenced by Ray Bradbury, who I haven't read for quite a while but remember as having much more thoughtful themes in his books than we now see on screen in movies.
    I didn't really have any set plans to see Oblivion, I figured I might get around to it eventually. Then you mentioned possible Ray Bradbury influences. Now I'll have to see it.
    I've been on a constant Ray Bradbury hunt since I read Farenheit 451 two years ago. Anytime I can find one of his books that I haven't read yet I get ridiculously excited.
    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by Sofia Alexandra View Post
    District 9 for the win! Prawns forever!

    prawns come from District 4

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    If you have any love for Shakespeare at all, skip the new Romeo & Juliet. Awful. Just awful. What made Julian Fellowes think he could write better dialogue than Shakespeare, I can't imagine.
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    Side effects has lots of interesting twists that I didn't see coming. And jude law's performance was just great. It seemed very realistic. I certainly enjoyed that movie much more than I thought I would. I thought it was going to be a bit of fluff but it's sure nit. It makes you think. I do recommend it-along with "Amor" and "warm bodies." Those are the 3 most recent films I've seen that were outstanding in one way or another.
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    I didn't care for Warm Bodies. My husband liked it a lot but I was just bored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    prawns come from District 4
    Not the kind I'm talking about.

    I saw Rush again last night. It was still just as good, and just as intense - I was on the edge of my seat for the Nürburgring race, even though I knew exactly what was going to happen. That's some damn good storyboarding, photography, editing, and music at work there. I love the touches of humour in the film, and that the few scenes of horror aren't overdone, but still makes it perfectly clear that racing is a very dangerous thing to be doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sofia Alexandra View Post
    I saw Rush again last night. It was still just as good, and just as intense - I was on the edge of my seat for the Nürburgring race, even though I knew exactly what was going to happen. That's some damn good storyboarding, photography, editing, and music at work there. I love the touches of humour in the film, and that the few scenes of horror aren't overdone, but still makes it perfectly clear that racing is a very dangerous thing to be doing.
    Ahhh, the seventies...when sex was safe and racing was dangerous.

    The line Niki says about "Each year, two of us die" was not a theatrical exaggeration. The death toll in the 60s and 70s was horrendous. About then, Sir Jackie Stewart, Bernie Ecclestone and the late Professor Sid Watkins banded together to make things safer.

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    I got "end of watch" because Michael Pena is in it and I haven't seen him in a while. Omg. This film was not what I was expecting. It is very violent and graphic and emotionally moving. But if graphic gore and hand-held camera work makes you nauseous you better skip it. Otherwise it's an extremely moving film about the debilitating effects of violence on every character in this film.
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