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    I watched Pain & Gain last night with a friend, it was not as much as a comedy as I expected. But a very well done movie still. Sort of a black comedy/psychological drama, done in the most farcical way possible. (Farcicial is a word, right??) Quite amazing that it was based on a true story. So much so that about 2/3rds of the way into the movie, a caption appeared on screen: "Still Based On A True Story".

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    Saw 22 Jump Street. Probably gave me the best laughs of any movie I have seen in a while and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was literally cracking up, which many movies of late, even the funny ones, haven't really done for me as much as this. Hill and Tatum are very funny together. And the voice of Archer (H Jon Benjamin) has a cameo.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    "Her" was kind of sad. My guess was that the reason the OS held such appeal was that all it really was was simply an unacknowledged part of the person now revealed to themselves, hence the intense sorrow when the OS went away, because that was what the person would like to do too as the society lifestyle looked pretty fcking boring and limited. V interesting commentary on a possible near future. Recommend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr50 View Post
    Now I'm trying to decide if Jersey Boys is worth seeing. I've read a lot of critics who pan it.
    Me too. I loved the show and have really been looking forward to the movie version. Now I don't know.

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    Finally saw 'The fault in our stars'. It didn't disappoint. Very touching love story, with young actors. Shaileen Woodley should get Oscar nom for best actress, IMO. She was terrific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr50 View Post
    Now I'm trying to decide if Jersey Boys is worth seeing. I've read a lot of critics who pan it.
    So have I, but I'm going to see it anyway. I just want to see for myself how it turned out. Didn't make it this weekend, but I probably will next weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Willy View Post
    Saw 22 Jump Street. Probably gave me the best laughs of any movie I have seen in a while and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was literally cracking up, which many movies of late, even the funny ones, haven't really done for me as much as this. Hill and Tatum are very funny together. And the voice of Archer (H Jon Benjamin) has a cameo.
    Glad to hear it is so funny. I absolutely loved the first one and died laughing the entire time. However, the previews for the sequel just don't look as funny but hopefully they just saved all the best parts for the movie. From your review, it seems they have! I will be checking this out, then!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    Glad to hear it is so funny. I absolutely loved the first one and died laughing the entire time. However, the previews for the sequel just don't look as funny but hopefully they just saved all the best parts for the movie. From your review, it seems they have! I will be checking this out, then!
    Do go. I haven't seen the first one so I actually had nothing to compare it to. There is some really funny stuff that wasn't in the preview.
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    I finally saw Maleficent today and quite liked it. Angie was amazing, as expected, and I was quite impressed with Elle Fanning as well. The storyline wasn't perfect but it was a far more cohesive plot and much better than what I was actually expecting. The special effects were too much and I hated the fairies, but I would definitely say it's worth seeing.

    The Edge of Tomorrow was way better, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiruwater View Post
    I finally saw Maleficent today and quite liked it. Angie was amazing, as expected, and I was quite impressed with Elle Fanning as well. The storyline wasn't perfect but it was a far more cohesive plot and much better than what I was actually expecting. The special effects were too much and I hated the fairies, but I would definitely say it's worth seeing.

    The Edge of Tomorrow was way better, however.
    I'm probably going to Edge of Tomorrow on Sunday. Unless Snowpiercer actually makes it here but I doubt it will this weekend since it's a limited release. Neither my brother nor I are really fans of Tom Cruise but Edge of Tomorrow is supposed to be one of the best movies of the summer so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Finally saw 'The fault in our stars'. It didn't disappoint. Very touching love story, with young actors. Shaileen Woodley should get Oscar nom for best actress, IMO. She was terrific.
    Glad you enjoyed it - I haven't seen it yet but want to as I've known the author of this book for a long time and it's cool to see his success. I have to admit I wasn't too crazy about the novel though and feel bad for not loving it, but it is what it is. I also hated "A Walk to Remember" and it's sort of in that vein. Is the TFIOS movie similar to that Nicholas Sparks atrocity? I'm glad to hear the young actors did a good job though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zippy View Post
    Glad you enjoyed it - I haven't seen it yet but want to as I've known the author of this book for a long time and it's cool to see his success. I have to admit I wasn't too crazy about the novel though and feel bad for not loving it, but it is what it is. I also hated "A Walk to Remember" and it's sort of in that vein. Is the TFIOS movie similar to that Nicholas Sparks atrocity? I'm glad to hear the young actors did a good job though!
    No, it's not like the Nicholas Sparks "atrocity" - LOL. It's a little different from 'A walk to remember'. The only thing they have in common is a young person with a terminal disease. The approach is quite different. There are lighter moments, and sad moments. Shaileen (sp?) really carries the movie. The young male actor Ansel ... seems to be new but gives a good support. I thought Laura Dern was overacting initially but later it became clear why she was doing that. Anyway, it's not for everyone.

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    I thought A Walk to Remember was awesome. The two places at once scene--fantastic!

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    Just watched Lone Survivor (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch). Really well made, intense at times and emotional at others. I definitely recommend it.

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    A friend and I were in line for a special movie screening but didn't make it inside. The screening company gave us free passes to see whatever movie we wanted that night though, so we saw How To Train Your Dragon 2, so it was well-worth the trouble.

    It was well-made and had good pacing and great action scenes, but we were both disappointed that the awesome

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    amounted to basically nothing in the second half. And Hiccup's change of heart in the end wasn't convincing to either of us.

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    But hey, it's a kid's movie and we couldn't think of a recent animated kid's movie that didn't collapse into predictable formula at the end. I joked that they were so much trouble to make, that they just try to minimize the length of it as much as they can.

    But the dragons and the sheep were SO worth the watch.

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    I would have been really happy if that's what he'd done at the end, too. She was clearly the better choice for it anyway.

    I loved the movie, though. It was incredibly well done, I thought. The only thing that really bothered me was the coloring - the bad dragon was darker than all the others, the bad guy was also African-looking... it made me quite uncomfortable. There was a group of incredibly talkative kids behind us, and halfway the movie one of them said, totally innocently, "you know that's the bad one because he's black," when his friend was confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiruwater View Post
    The only thing that really bothered me was the coloring - the bad dragon was darker than all the others, the bad guy was also African-looking... it made me quite uncomfortable. There was a group of incredibly talkative kids behind us, and halfway the movie one of them said, totally innocently, "you know that's the bad one because he's black," when his friend was confused.
    Sadly, this happens all the time. If it isn't colour-coded (or accent-coded) bad guys (remember The Lion King?), it's ethnic stereotypes -- stuff that would be hard to get away with in a live action film, it's amazing they still exist in animated films. Do the makers really think that kids, who live in a much more diverse world than probably the filmmakers did/do, won't be able to take characters at face value?

    Pretty staggering to hear that kid's assessment though. I would hope that a parent would take the time after the film to use that as a teachable moment.

    Gender stereotypes are finally starting to be whittled away in animated films, it's past time for the racial stereotypes to go the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita18 View Post
    It was well-made and had good pacing and great action scenes, but we were both disappointed that the awesome

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    I totally agree... I love this movie. The pacing is really good. It was able to do what Thor:TDW couldn't - gave proper amount of time for the tender/sad moments before cutting to jokes. It's not perfect, but I like the plot as well. The visuals are beautiful.

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    I would have been really happy if that's what he'd done at the end, too. She was clearly the better choice for it anyway.
    Maybe this will happen in the next movie

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    The only thing that really bothered me was the coloring - the bad dragon was darker than all the others, the bad guy was also African-looking... it made me quite uncomfortable.
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    Gender stereotypes are finally starting to be whittled away in animated films, it's past time for the racial stereotypes to go the same way.
    I think Light = good, darkness = evil has more to do with religion (angel/devil) rather than racial stereotype. As for the bad guy being African-looking, I think they're going for savage, Neanderthals look, but unfortunately the hair ended up looking like dreadlocks...

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    Just watched The Devil's Double, about Saddam Hussein's son Udah and the double that was recruited to cover events and dangerous situations for him. Dominic Cooper playing both Udah and Latif (the double)...amazing acting. He definitely should have been nominated for best actor (maybe twice for both roles!!) at the Academy Awards. I would have voted for him over Jean Dujardin in The Artist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAngel View Post
    I think Light = good, darkness = evil has more to do with religion (angel/devil) rather than racial stereotype. As for the bad guy being African-looking, I think they're going for savage, Neanderthals look, but unfortunately the hair ended up looking like dreadlocks...
    Movies have used the light/dark dichotomy to enforce racial stereotypes for generations. This doesn't excuse it. It's lazy and demeaning.

    The bad guy was darker-skinned, had dreadlocks (I don't see how you could say that they 'unfortunately ended up looking like them', they were clearly actually dreadlocks), and had an African-American voice actor. I don't think it was a mistake. Everyone else was a very white character with vaguely Scottish-esque accents (though some characters had weird Scottish/British/Australian/American hybrid accents, which was a problem in the first film too), even the characters working for him. There was no explanation given for the fact that he was darker-skinned with dreadlocks.

    Also, I doubt the parents of those kids said anything worthwhile to them afterwards, because they let them (loudly) talk through the whole damned movie and never once did they ask them to shut up for the rest of our sakes. I really wish I'd said something.

    Oh, and I didn't mention - if you go, stay for the credits. The credits show all the concept art, which is incredibly beautiful.

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