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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. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent

    Not a parent, but agreeing with the "it depends on the kid" chorus. Plus it also depends on the movie. Rush was rated MA15+ in Australia for being graphic, but the blood, the bones didn't faze me (still could have done without the fifty million closeups of Hunt spewing, though). But being an MA15+ movie it got MA15+ trailers, and I was creeped the f*ck out by those.
  2. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

    Not a parent. Also a person who watched many films before the ratings system existed. And after lol-"midnight cowboy" was rated X but we got in anyway. As well as many other films that were far far worse. There was also no "adult" and "teen" section at the library-it was fiction or non-fiction period. The librarian might give you a look over yr choice of reading matter but the point is it was yr choice. The same with films. They're just films. There is far worse real-life sh*t occurring every day in the world. Children are exposed to it; children die from it. It's silly to rate movies when looked at from this perspective.
  3. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Gravity is predicted to remain #1 for a 3rd week! Predicted to take in around $29 million.
  4. Grannyfan

    Grannyfan Active Member

    Agree completely. I think of what I was like as a kid and the things that upset me. I saw a movie called Something of Value when I was around 10 or 11. It was about a Mau Mau uprising in Kenya and based on real events. There was one bloody scene--1950's bloody--that upset me so, I was terrified that Mau Maus would be invading my hometown any minute.
    Those fears were very real to me, and it took a lot of convincing by my mother that we were safe.
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  5. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Just got back from seeing Carrie. I'm going to spoiler everything because I'm not sure what I say will be a spoiler and won't, so to be safe...
    I just glanced over a few reviews and they weren't awful, but they weren't great either. They said it was pretty faithful to the DePalma version, so going into it I had lowered my expectations. So I was happy with it! :D All of the flaws of the original were ironed out or eliminated. So I could relax and watch a well-directed movie. This version made me realize that Spacek gave an AWESOME performance not because of DePalma, but in spite of him. He had a good cast, but he directed them towards melodramatic charicatures...everyone in this version was more realistic and relatable. Chloë Grace Moretz can't match Spacek's performance, but this take on the role is different and I found can't really be compared. Just a different groove...can't really describe it! :lol: Julianne Moore is kind of on a slow (but forceful) burn instead of the (weirdly wonderful) histrionics of Piper Laurie. It seems most roles were cut back from the previous version, luckily the performances are so good that this doesn't matter. But I would have loved to see more of Alex Russell as Billy Nolan, Portia Doubleday as Chris Hargensen and more Julianne Moore!! The two downsides to me were the climactic scene in the high school gym was paced a little too slow and became a bit of a macabre voyeuristic thing and the shock ending of the original that could not be topped...they didn't even try to top it. Probably a smart move, but I was kind of wanting an attempt at a shock ending anyway. So I recommend this version as long as you let go of any attachment to the original and just take it as it is.
  6. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    Saw "12 Years A Slave" and I highly recommended it. But you do need to have a strong stomach.
  7. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Peter, I didn't want to read your spoilers (even though I've seen the original) but can you tell me if you liked it and do you recommend it?

    Oh and I found Maniac on Netflix streaming! I am about to watch it now.
  8. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Yes and yes. :)

    Do you have a barf bag handy? ;)
  9. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Because it's bad or gross or both? Lol
  10. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I thought Maniac was a great film. Very gory and violent but quite a great film. One of the better horror movies. I felt guilty and responsible because the movie is filmed from the killers perspective. That was an interesting twist and made this film scary in a totally different way.
  11. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Gravity remained at #1 on this week's box office chart. It took in just over 30 million in it's third week, for U.S. total of 170 million combining it with 114 million overseas for a total of 284 on a budget of 110 million. And it hasn't even been out for a whole month yet!! :respec: Captain Phillips barely edged out Carrie for the #2 spot, both taking in just over 16 million. The budget for Carrie is 30 million so in just one weekend, it's made back half of the production budget. No international numbers for Carrie yet, not sure if this is the type of movie that will do well overseas. Sly and Ahnold's "Escape Plan" opened at #4 with almost nine million in revenue, but on a 50 million budget, things aren't looking good. International box office will probably save it though. The Fifth Estate was silenced at the box office, debuting at #8 with less than 2 million in revenue, with less than $1,000 per theatre average. With a budget of 28 million, this one looks to be a pretty big loser at the box office. (28 million budget??? :huh:) The only other thing that stands out to me on this week's chart is the debut of 12 Years A Slave at #16 in only 19 theatres....where it took in $48,617 per theatre! :eek: HUMONGOUS!! The next closest per theatre average in the top twenty is Gravity at $7,861.

    Very few new releases this week. I'll definitely be watching "The Square". "Spinning Plates" looks like a well-made movie, but probably not my thing. Thanks to Brian for being the only person who read my previous weekly box office/new release post. :D

    October 25th - Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa - Comedy with Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O
    22 million views

    October 25th - The Counselor - Dramatic thriller with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Rosie Perez, Goran Visnjic and John Leguizamo
    2.2 million views

    October 25 - The Square – Documentary. From imdb.com: “A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.”

    October 25 - Spinning Plates – Documentary. From imdb.com: “A documentary about three unique restaurants and their respective owners.”

    October 25 - Blue is the Warmest Color – French romantic drama. From imdb.com: “Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.”
    1.3 million views
  12. halffull

    halffull Life is a beautiful thing

    I really enjoyed Captain Phillips. No desire to see Carrie although I did enjoy the old version back in the day LOL.
  13. I saw this at VIFF. Meh. Calling it a "romance" is stretching it -- it's borderline porn. Ok, not really, but there's a lot of gratuitous sex. Not that there's anything wrong with that per se ... but it's not the sort of film you want to be watching in a theatre full of strangers. More importantly, though, I found the relationships entirely unconvincing, and the characters inconsistent. And at 179 minutes, the thing was waaaay too long.
  14. smurfy

    smurfy Well-Known Member

    In my movie preview club, we saw 'Let It Burn' documentary about the 1985 burning of 61 row houses in Philadelphia against the MOVE organization. Very intriguing, interesting and wow. All footage is 'actual' from testimonies and news reels. The film does a great job of letting the actual events speak for themselves. The movie is based on a book and the authors were there after. Not everything from the book is in the movie. Also there is so much more to the story that was not included due to time. I remember when this event happened, and it was disturbing to see how 61 homes burned after a device was dropped on the one occupied by MOVE. No winners in this story, but the 60 families whose homes were destroyed - wow, and the new homes built for them were condemned in 2000.
    The testimonies during the hearings were very cool to see, and not that I am saying people lied, but near the end when 2 police are testifying - the contrast in how I completely trusted them and how authentic they were compared to many others that had been obviously coached by lawyers. I saw the movie Sunday and am still thinking about it, and I was able to buy the book (autographed) from the authors, so anxious to learn more.
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  15. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    Sounds perverse but I am almost tempted to see Bad Grandpa based on the kids beauty pagent scene.
  16. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Me too! :lol: That scene has me rolling every time.
  17. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

    Wow. One of my fav directors and lots of fav actors and that preview of "the counselor" does nothing but make me go meh.
  18. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Just finished watching The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). I loved it! It stars Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains and Alan Ladd. Great script with a very quick face so it kept my interest at every second. I remember reading about Errol Flynn years ago and about how he was basically a stuntman who lucked out on getting lots of good movies to be in. But I found that he held his own amongst some great talent. Everyone was great and I found Rathbone to be quite alluring. It was interesting to read about Flynn and Rathbone at Wikipedia. If you like movies from the golden age of cinema and haven't seen this one, time to do so. And don't take just my word for it....it has a (very high) 8.0 rating at imdb.com.

    I was surprised by this one too. I didn't know if I'd watch it all because I can't take too much violence, but it wasn't a "isn't-violence-cool" kind of movie at all. Much more thoughtful than I expected. I guess I should have know that because I find Jake Gyllenhaal to pretty much always pick good movies for himself. End of Watch is the kind of movie you find yourself thinking about the next day or two, which is a good movie in my opinion!

    Were you in a bad mood when you watch this? :lol: I loved this one!! :respec:

    Were you in a bad mood... Hey, I just got the weirdest deja vu feeling!!! :D Well, I did like Silver Linings Playback better than Warm Bodies, but the latter had a sweetness to it that surprised me. I guess I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to movies. I like about 90% of what I see and rarely don't finish watching a movie I start. And I always rate movies higher than my friends. They gave Carrie a 6/10 and I gave it a 7.5 to 8.
  19. Yehudi

    Yehudi Snarks about Volchkova with love

    Went to the NY Times Film Club screening of Dallas Buyers Club. Really excellent acting all around, particularly from Jared Leto. Despite the subject matter, it's not too depressing, and I thought the pacing was quite good.

    One thing that did bug me was
    if the test was double blind, how did Jared Leto's character know he was really getting AZT
  20. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Can't wait to see Dallas Buyers Club. I haven't seen it so I skipped your spoiler. I just have this feeling Leto may walk away with an Oscar for this. A nomination, for sure.
  21. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    This is a cool movie quiz...but very difficult! There are 30 screen shots from various movies with a box after each where you type in the title of the movie. If you are correct, the outline of the box turns green. If you're wrong, it stays red. The directions say no imdb'in! (Which means no googling....you're on your own!) My score? 4 out of 30... :wuzrobbed

    Here's the link to the quiz

    How did you do?

    How did you do? The ones I got were:
    #4 Memento, #5 Pulp Fiction, #21 Batman and #29 Men In Black
    I recognized many of the other screen shots, but for the life of me, the movie titles would not pop into my head!
  22. Nell411

    Nell411 Between the click of the light

    I managed to get 14. The ones I got were
    (4)Memento (5)Pulp Fiction (11)Garden State (13)Saving Private Ryan (15)Terminator 2 (17)Die Hard (19) A.I. (21)Batman (25)Fight Club (26)Gangs of New York (27)Lord of the Rings (28)Leon (29)Men in Black (30)The Ring
    However I haven`t seen 8 of them. I just have a fairly good base knowledge of movies I haven`t seen.
  23. all_empty

    all_empty Well-Known Member

    Seeing "Thor" and I think "Free Birds" next week. Will let you know my thoughts!
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  24. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Just finished cheating. :lol: Got this one on my own...

    tango & cash...originally I put in tango and cash and they wouldn't accept it!!! :soapbox:

    And with google and imdb.com I got:

    #2 sleepers
    #6 full metal jacket
    #7 goodfellas
    #10 hero
    #11 garden state
    #14 fargo
    #16 reservoir dogs
    #20 a beautiful mind
    #25 fight club
    #26 gangs of new York

    So the only ones we still need an answer to are #8, #9, #12, #18, #22, #23 and #24.
  25. Sofia Alexandra

    Sofia Alexandra Well-Known Member

    I got 18, without google/IMDb:
    4 - Memento
    5 - Pulp Fiction
    10 - Hero
    12 - The Matrix
    13 - Saving Private Ryan
    14 - Fargo
    15 - Terminator 2
    16 - Reservoir Dogs
    17 - Die Hard
    18 - Cube
    21 - Batman
    22 - Black Hawk Down
    24 - Equilibrium
    25 - Fight Club
    27 - The Lord of the Rings
    28 - Leon
    29 - Men in Black
    30 - The Ring
  26. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

    Errol Flynn's favorite movie of his was "the adventures of don juan." It's tons of fun. I recommend it along with "uncertain glory" and "gentleman jim."
    I did watch the trailer for "don jon" and it looks like a fun, smart film. I'll definitely watch it when it's on dvd.
  27. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

    I really did hate "silver linings playbook." It's like an exemplary of everything I hate in modern films. It also seemed like something that would be perfect for tv which I also hate. I found nothing redeeming about it at all. It might be I would love the book but I'm too busy to read it right now.
  28. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    I got 14.
  29. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Just finished watching a 2008 German film called "The Wave" (Die Welle). Wow. It's actually based on a school class in California about a teacher assigned a project about autocracy. There was an earlier movie with Bruce Davison on this same story, I found this later German version at a library closer to me, so I watched this one first. It's pretty amazing, really good script, direction and performances. Pretty shocking about how effective the teacher created a mob mentality kind of situation, yet was unaware to what extremes the students took the project outside of school. Two thumbs up...way up!

    I think the list was for total income (or predicted income as 2013 isn't over yet?) which would include advertisements and maybe royalties on DVD's? A lot of movie stars do ads in Europe and Japan with the condition that they never air in North America. So they make a good chunk of change for things us North Americans never see.

    I agree unless the plot hole in the movie is so big then one feels like a big hole in the theatre is going to open up and swallow everyone whole! :lol: A lot of little things I just let go of and instead go with the overall effort of the movie. There are some people on the imdb.com message boards that I refer to as "the accent Nazis". What's interesting about them is that often they are wrong when someone from the exact area of where the movie characters is based says, "I live in this town and that accent was good!" Shuts people up pretty quickly. :D
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