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Let's Talk Movies! #24: Don, Phillips, Thor, An Oldboy, A Jackass And Even Two Chicks

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Aug 30, 2013.

Which Of These New Movies Interest You? (Trailers Below For Viewing)

  1. Don Jon

    10 vote(s)
  2. Gravity

    25 vote(s)
  3. Captain Phillips

    12 vote(s)
  4. The Fifth Estate

    17 vote(s)
  5. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

    5 vote(s)
  6. Ender's Game

    12 vote(s)
  7. Last Vegas

    4 vote(s)
  8. Thor: The Dark World

    21 vote(s)
  9. The Book Thief

    22 vote(s)
  10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    35 vote(s)
  11. Grace Of Monaco

    10 vote(s)
  12. Oldboy

    4 vote(s)
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  1. nursebetty

    nursebetty New Member

    I saw Don Jon and while I didn't hate it (am a Gordon-Levitt fan) I didn't love it. Julianne Moore was the best part of the movie. Tony Danzo was in the movie just to say the F-word over and over and over. Charlize Theron's best movie to me was Cider House Rules and I 100% agree about The Book Thief........it is a great book. I liked Schindler's List book and movie.......if I remember correctly he wife said somewhere that Schindler's didn't do anything memorable before the war or after, only during it.
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  2. Sofia Alexandra

    Sofia Alexandra Well-Known Member

    I saw Rush last night, and I thought it was quite brilliant. Most of the advertising focus has been on Hemsworth (at least for what I've seen), but make no mistake, this is Daniel Brühl's film. I really hope people will see this film even if they don't know anything about Formula 1 racing, it's really about the characters and the differences - and similarities - between them.
  3. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Wow. There are SO many new movies coming out this week! Twice as many as the largest number I ever remember being released in one week. The list is so big I'm going to post documentaries in one post and non-documentaries in the next. I've put them in rough order of what I liked best. :D

    October 4 - The Institute – From imdb.com: “Feature-length documentary that examines a San Francisco-based Alternate Reality Game, where thousands of participants got more than they bargained for.”

    October 2 - Let the Fire Burn – Documentary. From imdb.com: “On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped two pounds of military explosives onto a city row house occupied by the radical group MOVE. The resulting fire was not fought for over an hour ...”

    October 4 - Linsanity – Documentary, narrated by Daniel Dae Kim. From imdb.com: “The life story of basketball sensation, Jeremy Lin.”

    October 2 - Def Leppard: Viva Hysteria Concert – Musical documentary. From imdb.com: “A performance captured live over nine nights during the band's spring 2013 residency at The Joint located in the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas.”

    October 4 – CinemAbility – Documentary – From imdb.com: “This documentary examines the ever-changing portrayals of disability story lines in film, TV and the web to see if the media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of people with disabilities.”

    October 4 - The Summit – Documentary. From imdb.com: “The story of the deadliest day on the world's most dangerous mountain, when 11 climbers mysteriously perished on K2.”

    October 1 - Branca's Pitch – Documentary about 1951 National League pennant. From imdb.com: “a portrait of an aging man bent on righting his legacy because for 60 years he has viewed himself as a winner despite a public image as the ultimate loser.”

    October 4 - Narco Cultura – Documentary. From imdb.com: “To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto - a new form of the American Dream, fueled by the war on drugs.”

    October 4 - Metallica Through the Never – Action Music
    4.5 million views

    October 4 - Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde – Documentary. From imdb.com: “a cinematic adventure that examines the vibrant life of a cowboy, conservationist and award-winning writer, who through extreme perseverance is preserving part of America.”

    The Institute and Let the Fire Burn will be must-see's for me. CinemAbility, The Summit and Running Wild all look good as well. Is it just me, or does some of the cinematography for The Summit look AMAZING?? The trailer says it's made by the same people who made Touching the Void. And I'm not much into sports, but both Linsanity and Branca's Pitch look like they're so well made that I'm adding them to my list also. Narco Cultura look like a good movie too, but I don't think I'll be able to handle the violence, so I'm skipping this one.
  4. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Box office chart for this past weekend. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 came in at #1, in just over 4,000 theatres, $8,520 per theatre average resulting in a 34 million opening. I couldn't find what the budget for it was, but the first one was 100 million. (That movie made 236 million worldwide and 46 million in DVD sales.) So I'm not sure if that 34 million is good or bad... :shuffle: Prisoners slipped from #1 to #2 and took in only 10 million. Doesn't look like this one will hit the 100 million mark (it's only at 38 million now). Rush jumps from #37 to #3 and it's gross makes a +5,247% increase. :eek: I'm almost wondering if it made it to the chart last week because a few theatres showed the movie a day earlier than they were supposed to. I've seen things like this happen on the pop music charts for singles that are sold a day or two early, so they debut at #97 and them jump to #4 the next week. :lol: Don Jon debuts at #5, I thought it was going to do MUCH better. It opens behind Baggage Claim, which did much better than I expected. Both took in around 9 million, but the budget for Don Jon was only 5.5 million. Gordon-Levitt (the writer-director of the movie) found some producers who know how to budget! Oh, and the only movie to have a better per-theatre average that Cloudy's $8,502 was "Atharintiki Daaredi" which opened at #15 with a $13,393 average. Anybody seen it yet? ;)

    Here's the other new movies coming out this week (the first three in bold have been listed earlier in this thread):

    October 4 - Gravity - Sci-Fi with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
    14+ million views

    October 4 - Runner Runner - Crime with Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie
    3.6 million views

    October 4 - Grace Unplugged - Christian musical drama with James Denton and Kevin Pollak

    October 4 - A.C.O.D. – Comedy with Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Amy Poehler, Ken Howard, Jessica Alba and Jane Lynch

    October 4 - Five Dances – Musical romantic drama, new cast. From imdb.com: “The coming of age tale of an extraordinarily gifted young dancer recently arrived in New York City.”

    October 4 - Vikingdom – Adventure with Dominic Purcell

    October 4 - All is Bright – Comedy drama with Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd and Sally Hawkins

    October 4 - The Dirties – Drama, new cast. From imdb.com: “Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking.”

    October 4 - Pulling Strings – Romantic comedy with new cast and Stockard Channing & Tom Arnold

    October 4 - Concussion – Drama with Robin Weigert [Deadwood] and Ben Shenkman

    October 4 - My Last Day Without You – Romantic comedy drama, new cast. From imdb.com: “On a one-day business trip to New York, a young German business executive falls in love with a singer-songwriter who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he's never experienced before.”

    October 4 - Red Wing – Romantic drama with Bill Paxton, Luke Perry, Frances Fisher

    October 4 - I Used to Be Darker - Musical drama, unknown cast. From imdb.com: “A runaway seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore and finds their marriage ending and her cousin in crisis. In the days that follow, the family struggles to let go of the past while searching for new things to hold onto.”

    October 4 - Nothing Left to Fear – Horror with Clancy Brown, Anne Heche and James Tupper

    October 4 - Bad Milo – Comedy horror with Ken Marino, Patrick Warburton and Mary Kay Place

    My thoughts about some of these trailers:

    Five Dances is one I definitely recommend you check out that trailer for, it totally took me by surprise. It looks to be wonderfully directed. A.C.O.D looks to be really funny, but with that cast, it’s to be expected. Vikingdom has a strange trailer. It looks like there are some incredible visuals…but at times the look is really cheap as well. I’m guessing they took some chances with the great look of the film and came up with a fail at times. What do you think? The Dirties could be a surprise success (at least artistically if not financially). And Pulling Strings looks to be quite charming…great cast in this one. Unsure about Concussion and Red Wing, if you watch the trailers for either of these, let me know what your thoughts are. I think I’ll give Red Wing a chance only because the young male lead makes for one HOT cowboy! :swoon:
  5. jl22aries

    jl22aries Active Member

    I saw Enough Said yesterday and LOVED it. It's hilarious...like the entire theatre was brew ha ha'ing in gleeful unison. And it's incredibly sweet, and subtle. The chemistry between Julia Louis Dreyfus and James Gandolfini is fantastic and completely believable. Every member of the cast is pretty much pitch perfect.

    CANNOT WAIT for Gravity!
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  6. DAngel

    DAngel Well-Known Member

    I just watched Cloudy with a chance of Meatball 2 on Tuesday... I thought the story was a little all over the place... But I really love the visuals of this movie. Each frame is so beautiful that I can forgive pretty much anything :lol:
  7. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent

    I am a huge F1 and motorsport fan and I felt that the racing scenes were very accurate - right down to Niki getting air over the humps at the old Nordeschleife. I don't know about some of the off track stuff...

    I don't really think James Hunt beat up a journalist, for example.

    However, the "Tell the priest to f*ck off, I'm still alive!" is actually true.

    The score was absolutely gorgeous! I love it so much! If it is NOT used in future seasons, well...bigger fools the skaters! I wish I could skate to it but I'm not fast enough or doing programs that are long enough to do it justice.

    I agree. Bruhl as Lauda was absolutely BRILLIANT. He really stole the show. I thought Hemsworth was decent as Hunt.

    I guess it helps when Lauda is still alive, and puts Hemsworth at a disadvantage that Hunt is dead.

    I absolutely LOVED "Rush". Sure, there were parts of it that were exaggerated, and a few things inserted for creative licence, like Hunt and Lauda's F3 battle (they never met on track til F1), but it was really great as a movie. The cars were spectacular. How they found that many 1976 era cars still in raceable condition - and then convinced the owners to part with their pride and joys long enough to film - is nothing short of a miracle. (Apparently the trick was that most of the driver doubles were the owners of their cars.)

    And the scene with the Italian Ferrari fans, Niki, Marlene and the car was absolutely hilarious if only because that is EXACTLY how the tifosi would react. (The tifosi are the Italian Ferrari fans. Extremely passionate, deadly serious about their racing, absolutely living and dying with Ferrari's fortunes - and mostly, a great bunch to hang out with at a race.)

    I could probably go through the entire movie and tell you everything I loved, but that would a) make for a very long post and b) include lots of spoiler tags, so I won't bother at this stage. I mean, I could go all anorak, and nit-pick that you could tell some circuits - like Watkins Glen, Kyalami, Paul Ricard etc - were actually Oulton and Donington Park in the UK, but hey. Most of the tracks they raced at are no longer used for racing and are in an unfit condition to film racing scenes on. Kyalami, for example, no longer exists. The Nordeschleife section of the Nurburgring hasn't been used since 1976 - they race on a shorter, safer, redesigned version.

    Ahem. Now I'm rambling. But I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooved this movie.
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  8. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

    I picked up "61*" on a whim and it turned out to be a real fine baseball mov ie directed by, of all people, Billy Crystal. Movie tells the story of the season Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris unexpectedly came close to beating Babe Ruth's homerun record. A gd study of what it takes to overcome adversities as well as handling triumphs. Stars Thomas Jane and Barry Pepper with supporting cast of many many "hey I know that guy" actors. Beautifully photographed by Haskell Wexler. Definitely recommend.
  9. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    If you haven't already done so, I hope you get a chance to also watch the documentary that was part of the DVD extras. I liked 61* very much ... but I think I liked the documentary even better. Probably because Billy Crystal's passion comes through so clearly.
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  10. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    I watched Love and Other Drugs last night. I didn't know anything about this film except who the two leads were, so I had no expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not sure if you'd call it a romcom -- there are comic moments for sure but it's more of a dramedy. Aside from some great acting from Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway (and both looking amazing, clothed and unclothed), I was also pleased to see some of my favourites in supporting roles -- including Oliver Platt, Josh Gad, Hank Azaria, and Judy Greer.

    Some of the "issues" were perhaps dealt with a little too tritely, but overall a very entertaining film.
  11. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    I watched Life of Pi last night. Found it a bit tough to get into at first, but once things kicked into gear, I was quite captivated. And then afterwards...it's the kind of movie that stays with you and you keep thinking about it. Man, do I love Ang Lee and think he and Deepa Mehta are my favourite directors of all time. I checked imdb.com and then Wikipedia to see what he'll be doing next. The only listing is executive producer for a TV series called "Tyrant". Here's the brief synopsis for the FX show from imdb.com:

    I didn't recognize the names of anyone who will be in the show. Wikipedia says Lee was set to direct the pilot, but that he quit it to take a break from his "hectic schedule". Wonder if that referred to the publicity he did for Life of Pi? Cause I hadn't seen any mention of what he'll be working on next, so...there's the imdb message boards! Chatter about him directing Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie (I'm all in!!).

    I bet whoever gets cast will kill it.

    Just checked to see if a trailer was up and there's no official trailer yet, but there is a teaser trailer.

    Looks like it made 10.5 at the box office on a budget of 18 million (and apparently didn't even get released internationally). Sounds like your review saved us all some time! :lol:
  12. igniculus

    igniculus Well-Known Member

    We just came home from watching Gravity with two friends. God, it was phenomenal. Probably the best movie of the whole year for me. Anybody still tempting to go: it's all worth the money, and if you have the chance to see it in IMAX, GO!
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  13. Nell411

    Nell411 Between the click of the light and

    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 won't get to see it in IMAX. My town is to small. But I'm going on Wednesday and I am insanely excited for it!
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  14. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    I saw Oblivion today. I had lowered my expectations after hearing bad word of mouth about it. So I of course enjoyed it. I found it to be more of an art film almost, compared to be a big Hollywood popcorn movie. It was very quiet and subdued. I recommend it if you want a quiet, thoughtful relaxing night at home with a movie. :)

    They've been promoting this movie on TV like crazy, so it's going to be interesting to see how it does. I thought it was going to be the type of the movie that would come and go very quickly, but with all this publicity, maybe they're hoping it will do well and/or be an Oscar contender.

    I heard on the radio that people are not happy with the casting of Hunnam and a petition was launched online and now has 75,000 signatures. Found this article which confirms it and this petition suggests Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel for the roles. I'm game for Bomer in anything (or out of anything!) but Bledel? I google imaged her and she looks like if a mild breeze came her way, she's crumbled up and blow away. It's that what the character in the book is like? :)blah: is so!)

    You're welcome! :D
  15. DAngel

    DAngel Well-Known Member

    Oblivion is actually one of the big movies that didn't disappoint me this year :lol:

    What have you got against Sasha Cohen? :p
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  16. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    Watched 'The Bling Ring' courtesy of Netflix. Great film! An indictment of where we are as a society in terms of our reality show based lifestyle; just doesn't matter what you do, as long as you grab attention.
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  17. susan6

    susan6 Well-Known Member

    I agree. It was pretty amazing. Bullock's earned an Oscar. And yes, this has to be seen on a big screen.
  18. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Alexis does look EXACTLY like Sasha, except for eye color. My dad always got them mixed up!

    Too bad I can't watch Gravity. It sounds great, but it also sounds like it plays on every single phobia I've got (and might even end up giving me more phobias). I'd be under my seat in the fetal position, whimpering, by the end.
  19. Wiery

    Wiery Well-Known Member

    Just got home from seeing Gravity. Sandra Bullock will get an Oscar, there's just no doubt about it. Powerful movie, even if the laws of physics were stretched just a teensie weensy bit in a few places, but that's okay, because the movie is gripping.
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  20. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Watched Parker (Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez) tonight. I quite liked it. Thought the script and direction were quite good and the two leads had good chemistry (and were amazing to look at! ;)). And Nick Nolte, Michael Chiklis, Patti LuPone and Bobby Cannavale are welcome on screen anytime (they all had fairly small parts though). A good crime thriller and some amazing Palm Beach scenery as a bonus. :)

    Anybody else ever hear the soundtrack Giorgio Moroder did for the 1980's re-release of this movie? I loved it! It featured Bonnie Tyler, Pat Benatar and Adam Ant (and a few others). Great pop rock stuff.

    I was going to agree with the perfectly porny comment and mention how much Bana's beauty was the best thing about Cold Light of Day but then I remembered it was actually Henry Cavill. :grope:

    I think that movie was one that I gave up on initially. I might have been I was too busy and had to return it to the library. Although I probably watched other movies I had and returned that one instead. I believe I finally decided to watch it again a few years ago to find out how it ended. Now I don't rememember what happened...but I often forget endings of movies! :lol:
  21. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    You all (and the reviews elsewhere) have me convinced. I'm going to see Gravity tomorrow and splurging on IMAX.
  22. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

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  23. Sofia Alexandra

    Sofia Alexandra Well-Known Member

    I'd like to see Gravity in 3D and IMAX, because it sounds amazing, but we only have one IMAX theatre here in Sweden, at the Natural History Museum in Stockholm, and they stick to documentaries.
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  25. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Another movie I saw yesterday was Upside Down (Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst). This is a tough one to review! Like Oblivion, I think it's more of an art film that people might have expected. And it's probably even more quiet and subtle than Oblivion. It's almost the movie equivalent of a painting at a museum, but you get to see the painting at various stages. That sounds like a bad thing for a movie in that it's lacking in plot...which this movie kind of is. But I can't say it's a bad film. I'm also wondering to what extent the filmmaker wanted this movie to be a statement about segregation and racism? As far as this movie being a "moving painting", it is beautiful to look at it. The leads are both attractive too, but their characters are not the most dynamic couple to ever grace the silver screen. But that's kind of nice because it's cool to see a movie about people who are more every-day types. So I recommend this one, but go into it with the agreement that "less is more" sometimes. :)

    :shuffle: This is on my To See list...and I still want to see it in spite of your review. I love both Jane Fonda and Robert Redford plus I have a thing for cowboys, so it stays on my list. But...no libraries around we have this! Hoping I might find it online somehow.

    Carrie opens around my birthday, so I told a friend that I'd like to see this as my birthday party. He wants to see it too, so four of us will be going. My expectations are not super-high based on the footage I've seen so far, so it's one of those movies that I will watch and take for what it is rather than what it is not. Going into it that way, I hope to be pleasantly surprised. :D

    I was going to post in this thread asking if people had thoughts about which movies they liked best from 1939 (a gentle swipe at the other movie thread started)! ;) I decided not to, but as I'm going through this thread again, your post made me think, "hey, we're talking about 1939 movies in this thread all the time"!! :lol:
  26. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I'm waiting for Gravity! We got here early as the time listed online was 30 minutes faster than what it was supposed to be. So we wait. This is the first movie I will see in IMAX other than educational movies on field trips.
  27. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    I saw Gravity on the weekend. I had seen the trailer and hadn't thought much of it. But after hearing a couple of very good reviews decided to see it. Definitely worth seeing. The direction was amazing and it had so much suspense. You wonder how they created all those space scenes.
  28. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    As always :p I have to be the major dissenter. I absolutely hated "Gravity." Please people, this survival story was a rip-off of "Cast Away," which had a much better actor at its core and a far more heart-felt story. Granted, the special effects were amazing and the cinematography was spectacular. But please, please, please, for the sake of God, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences do not give Sandra Bullock another underserved Oscar for spending 60 minutes of a 90 minute movie panting like a phone-sex operator. Just NO! I am begging!!! Good heavens, the only thing lacking in the entirely improbable story were some evil aliens and perhaps a great white shark or two. :scream:

    After being so psyched after the previews and hearing how amazing this movie was, I so extremely disappointed. Great visuals cannot disguise an overwrought, underwritten plot.

  29. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I can't even put into words how amazing Gravity was. I saw it in IMAX 3D. I'm shocked anyone could hate this but to each his own. I don't focus on improbabilities when I see a movie about someone trying to survive a catastrophe in space. It was one of the best movies I have ever seen.
  30. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    And given how technically meticulous they wanted to present the reality of "life" in space, I could only focus on the plethora of improbabilities. ;)
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