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Let's Talk Movies! #21...Oscar Bait, Christmas Movies, "Bad" Movies You Loved......)

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Nov 26, 2012.

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

  1. December 7 – Deadfall (Crime drama with Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde)

    5 vote(s)
  2. December 14 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Fantasy with Ian McKellen...)

    46 vote(s)
  3. December 19 - The Guilt Trip (Comedy with Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott and Colin Hanks)

    9 vote(s)
  4. December 19 - Monsters, Inc. 3D (Animated with John Goodman, Billy Crystal, etc.)

    8 vote(s)
  5. December 19 - Zero Dark Thirty (Action with Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, etc.)

    17 vote(s)
  6. December 21 - This Is 40 (Comedy with Paul Rudd, Melissa McCarthy and John Lithgow)

    10 vote(s)
  7. December 21 - The Impossible (Action with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor)

    12 vote(s)
  8. December 25 - Django Unchained (Western with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz)

    23 vote(s)
  9. December 25 - Les Misérables (Musical with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway)

    62 vote(s)
  10. December 28 - Promised Land (Drama with Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Frances McDormand)

    11 vote(s)
  11. February 8 - Identity Thief (Comedy with Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and Jon Favreau)

    10 vote(s)
  12. February 14 - A Good Day to Die Hard (Action with Bruce Willis and Cole Hauser)

    9 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. victoriaheidi

    victoriaheidi New Member

    The Django LA premiere was cancelled. I was scheduled to go.

    Saw Moonrise Kingdom last night. It was a bit confusing for me, but the visuals were stunning. Overall, highly recommended if the "look" of a film is something that really matters to you; not recommended if you want to really focus on plot.
  2. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    Oh ok then that is good because I want to see Jack Reacher. :D
  3. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    I liked Amour when I saw it at the film festival in September. Not loved, but definitely liked.

    I posted my review for the Cirque movie earlier. I do have to laugh at the "plot" description though. Just like a live Cirque show, the plot is about as deep as the plotline for your average porno. But that's not why you go to a Cirque show, so it doesn't matter.
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  4. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

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  5. jl22aries

    jl22aries Active Member

    Saw a double bill showing of Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away. The music for both the films is unbelievably beautiful, glorious melodies. The films are imaginative, absurd, and surreal in visuals and narrative, and they're also incredibly sweet romances at the core and laugh out loud funny. Great evening of movie viewing.
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  6. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    I just finished watching a movie called "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf". It was made in 1973 for probably about 67 dollars. :lol: But I remember watching it as a kid and it always stayed with me. And darned if it still didn't give me the chills a number of times even though it's dated, campy and had a budget on much less than The Dark Knight probably spent on snacks! :D Just goes to show that you can be effective with very little. Another movie I remember from my pre-teen years was a movie (it might have been "The Abominable Snowman" from 1957) about some beast in the mountains. We were watching the movie probably on a cloudy Sunday afternoon with the heavy curtains closed, so the room was completely dark. And there's a group of men in a tent at night and they can hear something outside. Everything is so still except for the whispers of a few men. And then all of a sudden, a big hairy arm darts in at ground level and grabs one of the men! I still remember being freaked by this scene! :rofl: And then there's "The Legend Of Bogey Creek" which is a whole other story (one I think I've told you before!)....
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  7. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    I love Studio Ghibli films. The musical scores are always perfect for the film. You should check out some of their less popular/fantasy style films like Whisper of the Heart and Only Yesterday. These two (especially the latter) have hit a chord with Japanese adults. Whisper of the Heart is available on DVD, but Only Yesterday isn't, but you can find it online if you just look.
  8. Sofia Alexandra

    Sofia Alexandra Well-Known Member

    Went to see The Life of Pi with the family. The visuals were absolutely gorgeous, and - for once - the 3D effects actually added to the story, rather than being a nuisance. Can't say the film moved me though, but then again, I'm an utterly secular grump who refuses to budge for anything that's supposed to be "inspirational" or "moving" or "religious", so I guess this film wasn't really meant for me. ;) The rest of the family loved it though, and I have to admit that Richard Parker was awesome.
  9. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    I was totally rooting for Richard Parker the whole time.
  10. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    ^ Yup, Richard Parker is the reason to see the film.

    I have to say too that the CGI animals, esp. Richard Parker, were amazing. Most of the time I couldn't tell from looking which scenes were real tiger and which were CGI -- it was only by behaviour (i.e., either "even a trained tiger wouldn't do that " or "they'd never risk harm to a real tiger with that scene") that I could tell the difference. Far more impressive in my book that big CGI explosions.
  11. PRlady

    PRlady flipflack

    Saw Silver Linings Playbook before Christmas and flat-out loved it. It didn't hurt that I'm originally from Philly, and I was so proud that I nailed the neighborhood they filmed it in (waited through the whole credits to check.)

    Both Cooper and Lawrence were terrific.
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  12. Sofia Alexandra

    Sofia Alexandra Well-Known Member

    Going to see Rise of the Guardians tomorrow, all by myself. Kinda need some me-time after this non-stop hanging out with the family that I've been doing lately. The only annoying thing is that it's shown in English in only one place, Heron City, which is just about as far from my location as you can get with Stockholm's public transport. Though hopefully that'll mean the theatre isn't completely packed...
  13. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    Saw Jack Reacher today and loved it. At times it was hard to forget the movie starred Tom Cruise and was a bit formulaic but still a very good movie and I'm off to find and read the book. :D
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  14. AJ Skatefan

    AJ Skatefan Well-Known Member

    I thought Life of Pi was amazing. The 3D was incredible, the acting great, and Richard Parker rocked it. I got all weepy at the end. Very effective movie, IMO.
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  15. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I have absolutely zero desire to see Zero Dark Thirty. What's supposed to be so amazing about something we've heard all about already? Do they personalize the story or what?
  16. Artistic Skaters

    Artistic Skaters Drawing Figures

    We went to see Parental Guidance yesterday. The movie theatre was jam packed with all the Les Miserables seekers, but our show was full but not front row only crowded.

    It was a typical Billy Crystal & Bette Midler movie & we laughed our way through the whole thing. Exactly what we needed for a Christmas evening.
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  17. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    It may be a good idea to see the movie to find out. ;)
  18. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    You are not the only one. I don't care how many awards it wins, it is of zero interest to me.
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  19. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    I want to see Zero Dark Thirty, and I will see it. However, I am afraid that it may not live up to the expectations created by rave reviews and awards from critics.
  20. martian_girl

    martian_girl New Member

    My very short reviews of the two movies I saw over Christmas break:

    The Hobbit: Meh. Might have liked it more if it weren't bloated into three films for an obvious cash-grab.

    Les Miserables: Awesome. Loved it. Cried like a baby. :D

    I'm supposed to take my mom to see Lincoln this weekend, so we'll see how that goes. I really want to see Zero Dark Thirty, but I'll probably have to wait until January.

    Silver Linings Playbook is probably going to end up being a Redboxer.
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  21. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    Highly recommend Django Unchained. The acting, writing, direction, and music are all vintage Tarantino. Excellent film all-around. I also saw Les Miserables and although I enjoyed it, I wouldn't really watch the whole thing again. It's good but far from the best movie I've seen in the past few years and I seriously hope Tom Hooper does not get a best Director nod over real film artists like Tarantino and Ang Lee.
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  22. jenny12

    jenny12 Well-Known Member

    I agree. I've seen Django Unchained, Life of Pi, and Les Mis, and the difference in the standard of direction between Lee and Tarantino v. Hooper is astonishing. Hooper's direction seems like someone who barely made it through a third rate film school with the camera always being in the most ludicrous places throughout Les Mis and one close-up after another. Tarantino and Lee are on another playing field than Hooper.
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  23. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Only one new movie in theatres this week (a bit late this time as it came out Christmas Day... :shuffle):

    December 25 West of Memphis (Documentary. From imdb.com: “An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.”)

    And one that was on my list to come out December 31st, but I see now that it was actually released in February, but I'm posting about it because it looks good:

    December 31 The Apple Pushers (Documentary. From imdb.com: “The Apple Pushers, narrated by Edward Norton, follows the inspiring stories of five immigrant pushcart vendors who are rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into New York City's food deserts - neighborhoods where finding a ripe, red apple is a serious challenge and where obesity rates are skyrocketing”)

    And the last trailer is for a movie that doesn't come out until May. I'm needing a good thriller/psycho-drama/horror movie, and this one looks like I'm going to love it! I might have already provided a link for it, but in case I didn't...

    May 13th 2012: Black Rock (Horror/thriller with Kate Bosworth)
  24. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

    Some short reviews:
    "Marley"-yea, mon! :)
    "Obama's America 2016"-???? Wut? I don't get it, whatever it was
    "Snow White and the (extremelyyyyyy hunky) Huntsman"-zzzzz. No more KriStew pour moi, e.v.e.r. thankyouverymuch :p
    "Bernie"-YES YES YES whee!
    "Celebration Day"-omg wayyy yes!!!!! WHEE!

    must watch interlibrary loan of "Modesty Blaise" tonight or tomorrow return by sat.

    PS "Gordan Ramsay's Ultimate Christmas Dinner"-two completely different but equally fab meals. No specific recipes but lots of pizzazz prep and whee. Nice music too. Fun and instructive-recommend :)
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  25. Mozart

    Mozart Well-Known Member

    Seeing Silver Lings Playbook today :)
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  26. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    I saw "Django Unchained" today and found the first act a bit muddled, the second act to be excellent, and the third act extremely disappointing. After the amazing middle section, I was sad that Tarantino didn't go for at least some type of emotion other than "kick ass revenge" in the entire finale, instead it was just a slo-mo bloodbath and wink-wink nod-nod movie references. Despite the great middle section, I left the movie disappointed.

    I did think Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson were amazing, and while I'm not a great fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, I thought he was pretty good too. I get that Django is the main character, but I'd hardly consider Christoph Waltz' character to be considered a supporting part for awards consideration.
  27. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Spike Lee blasts 'Django Unchained' : ...insisting the slave drama is “disrespectful” to African American history

    I'm boycotting it only because I'm sick of Tarantino and his limited-to-one-theme-only schtick has gone WAY past its' due date. :blah:

    I thought that movie was awful. Practically non-existant plot, just an excuse to show lots of fighting and violence. Of course, Mr. Huntsman is a fine specimin, but gosh was he DIRTY in this one. Were there no bathtubs ANYWHERE in the kingdom?? :wuzrobbed
  28. Mozart

    Mozart Well-Known Member

    Bradley Cooper sure is hoooooooooooooooot
  29. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    Glad to hear I'm not the only one! I never got the Tarantino hoopla. The only movie of his I'd give even a marginal thumbs up to is Inglourious Basterds. The rest is just the odd nugget of somewhat clever dialogue wrapped up in pretention and ott violence.

    Meanwhile I'm looking forward to seeing Silver Linings Playbook tomorrow. We were going to go to Les Mis but it's still "no passes" and I have a pass that expires Dec 31.
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