Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Nov 27, 2013.
What a tragic loss.
I, too, loved Frances Ha. One of the best movies I saw last year.
Saw 2 movies this week-end:
Minuscule, which was ok but quite boring.
And 12 Years a Slave, which actually left me rather unmoved. Of course, an incredible story, some tough scenes, some beautiful images, and...Fassbender + Cumberbatch, could have given a great movie. But I don't know, I just didn't get into it. Same for Shame two years ago. But I could also watch Fassbender in any crap movie
Saw 'Wolf of Wallstreet' today- a bit too much for me. I have come to the conclusion that I really don't like Martin Scorcese's heavy handed approach. Just too much sex, too much nudity and must they have the 'f' word in every sentence? I can handle those kind of words to some extent, but this was really too much. I thought Leo was great in the title role, but it's just not my type of movie.
This was exactly how I felt. Remarkable acting, but despite all the horrible, tough scenes I walked away feeling surprisingly unmoved.
Super bowl schmoper bowl-I watched "dirty dancing." THANK YOU PATRICK SWAZYE!!!! omfg thank you forever!!! Whee!
Such sad news about Phillip Seymour Hoffman!! Thanks for the posts about him PeterG, it was nice to read more about him, but those quotes are pretty heartbreaking.
I saw a movie yesterday which there is no way in hell Hoffman would have starred in. It's one where you quickly realize you're going to have to let go of basic reasoning and just go with the flow. It's called Columbus Circle, I had never heard of it but liked the cover when I saw it at the library and the description sounded like it could be fun. And it was, but I'm not shocked it didn't get any Academy Award nominations. It's all about an apartment-bound young lady (Selma Blair) whose elderly next door neighbour passes away. Blair wants to buy her condo so that she can have more privacy. Instead a young couple (Jason Lee and Amy Smart) move in. They're a troubled couple and their troubles begin to invade the privacy of the uber-reclusive Blair. Beau Bridges is also in this as is Robert Guilliame, but his part is tiny. If you're in the mood for a trashy thriller, I recommend this one.
Hoffman and Moore are also in Mockingjay I & II. They played Plutarch Heavensbee and President Coin respectively. I had read earlier that the shooting of both films was finished last year (IIRC march 2013). So I assume they will not have to replace his character (Plutarch) with another actor. He will be sorely missed when Mockingjay I is released in November even though we will see him on the screen.
I am wondering if acting/getting very deep into these complex characters may have taken its toll on him (I think a similar thing may have happened to Heath Ledger a few years ago) and driven him to drugs again to escape?
Very sad news about Hoffman. I don't really follow celebrity's personal lives except by accident, so I had no idea about the drug issues and it comes as quite a shock to me.
Interesting choice of Moore as President Coin. I had always pictured the Glenn Close in the role for some reason so this will be very different. Moore is an excellent actress so I am sure she will do a good job but it may not line up with how I had imagined the role.
On other movie topics, I saw The Wolf of Wall Street over the weekend. I think that this is the first Scorcese movie I've seen aside from The Age of Innocence, which I realize is somewhat crazy. Anyway, I would categorize it as good but too long. Lots of funny moments, in particular with Jonah Hill's character, so I'd recommend it overall...but I do have a hard time sitting in a theater for that long, so I think it would be a better one to watch at home.
I watched Nymphomaniac : Volume 2. Much more unnerving than the 1st part, but Master Lars Von Trier did it again, a brilliant piece of work. Brilliantly written.
Maximilian Schell has passed away at 83
He won an Oscar for 'Judgment at Nuremberg' and was nominated for two other Oscars, The Man In The Glass Booth (1975) and Julia (1977).
Just watched The Book Thief. Not the greatest book adaptation, but also not the worst I would say. It felt rushed and flat in some parts, and parts of the storyline were changed unnecessarily IMO. But I loved the actors; they had great chemistry as a cast. Rudy I found especially endearing, and I loved Max.
Ride Along handily hangs onto the #1 spot on the box office chart. In seventeen days, it's made over 92 million dollars. And January is not known to be a big box office month. Frozen jumps from #4 back up to #2 and is now past the 350 million mark. For international box office, Frozen has taken in over 460 million. Frozen 2, anyone?? The two debuts on the chart are That Awkward Moment at #3 and almost nine million in revenue and Labor Day at #7, taking in five million. Good news for the former as the budget is only 8 million, but not so good news for Labor Day which has an 18 million budget. Josh Brolin had been a hot streak, but with this and Oldboy, he's having a rough go of things at the movie theatres. I still want him to be my husband. Lastly, two moves have surpassed the 100 million mark: Lone Survivor and The Wolf of Wall Street.
I was thinking yesterday about the bad news travel in three thing. Pete Seeger, Philip Seymour Hoffman. I wondered who's next?
I have been planning on watching Judgment at Nuremberg for months now. I even ordered it through Netflix once but didn't have the time to watch it. Now I have extra motivation to order it again. I had seen 'Julia' but don't remember any of it.
Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell to Team Up Yet Again on Miracle Mop Biopic
Who doesn't love a good story about a mop??
Philip Seymour Hoffman: 9 Memorable Movie Roles (Video)
The nine are Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Almost Famous, Capote, Mission: Impossible 3, Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt, The Idea of March and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Philip Seymour Hoffman Death Leaves One Major 'Hunger Games' Scene Unfilmed http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/philip-seymour-hoffman-death-leaves-676836
Well, they made one about a wind-shield wiper ...
Not sure if this should be in the RIP thread or this one, but it seems PSH's death will not impact Mockingjay part I but part II still had one week of shooting remaining. The producers are confident that they can make it work, for the two release dates - Nov. 2014 (part I) and Nov. 2015 (part II). They may have to make some changes to part II because of the tragedy, without changing the story of course. CGI will help.
I had read that when James Dean died before the 'Giant' was completed, they had to use some creative ways to insert him to complete the movie. IIRC they had to use someone else's voice for his lines. There was no CGI those days.
Of that list I'd pick Short Term 12 as my favourite. I just watched it on the weekend and thought it was phenomenal. The epitome of what an indie film can be: a very personal story that felt universal. The writing and the acting hit the right notes throughout. I can't say enough good things about this movie. I'd put it ahead of several of the Oscar-nominated best pictures this year.
Of the others:
~ Frances Ha I liked very much, but I'm not sure I'd put it on my best-of list.
~ The Stories We Tell was fascinating, but in the end I felt let down because Sarah Polley herself was an observer rather than a participant, and I wanted to hear more from her.
~ The Place Beyond the Pines was surprisingly effective, very engaging in the moment but not particularly memorable. And it was severely marred by Emory Cohen's appalling acting (how does this kid still get gigs? he's soooo bad).
~ Mud was good just because of the young leads, especially Tye Sheridan; McConaughey was doing his same-old schtick, and the story was less than inspired.
~ Blue is the Warmest Color I found to be hugely over-rated, sensationalistic and exploitative.
I'm in the library queue for The Spectacular Now, should get that one soon, and will definitely see Labor Day and Walter Mitty when they come out on DVD. I'd heard a lot of negative reviews initially for Don Jon but the tide changed on that one, so I'll probably see it too.
Lots of new movies this week. I'm actually adding all of the first nine to my To See list except for Vampire Academy. Unless some of you see it and rave about it. Cavemen looks sexy (Chad Michael Murray...whoa!), Kids for Cash looks like a great documentary and The Pretty One and Love & Air Sex both look charming. And I love funny women so I have to check out Welcome to the Jungle and Someone Marry Barry because I adore Kristen Schaal and Judy Punch.
February 7th - The LEGO Movie - Family action adventure comedy with Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Channing Tatum, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman and Jonah Hill
23 million views
February 7th - The Monuments Men - War drama with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Cate Blanchett
1.3 million views
February 14th - Vampire Academy - Action/romance - Newer cast with Gabriel Byrne and Joely Richardson
3.5 million views
February 7th - Cavemen Comedy with Chad Michael Murray, Kenny Wormald and Jason Patric
2.2 million views
February 7th - Kids for Cash Documentary. From imdb.com: Kids For Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious judicial scandal that rocked the nation. Beyond the millions paid and high stakes corruption, Kids For Cash exposes a shocking American secret
February 7th - The Pretty One Comedy drama with Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston
February 7th - Welcome to the Jungle Comedy with Kristen Schaal, Adam Brody, Dennis Haysbert and Jean-Claude Van Damme
3.5 million views
February 7th - Someone Marry Barry Comedy with Tyler Labine, Damon Wayans Jr., Lucy Punch and Ed Helms
February 7th - Love & Air Sex Comedy with Sara Paxton and Michael Stahl-David
February 7th - The Outsider Action drama with Shannon Elizabeth, James Caan, Jason Patric
February 7th - A Fantastic Fear of Everything Comedy with Simon Pegg
February 7th - Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage Fantasy with new cast and Patrick Stewart as narrator
February 7th - Vic + Flo Saw a Bear French crime thriller, new cast. From imdb.com: Winner 2013 Silver Bear (Alfred Bauer Prize) Berlin International Film Festival. Vic + Flow Saw a Bear is a darkly mysterious tale of lesbian two ex-cons, Victoria and Florence, trying to make a new life in the backwoods of Quebec.
February 7th - Nurse 3D Thriller with new cast and Corbin Bleu & Judd Nelson
I started watching the TV series Orphan Black last year, so I was happy to see a Tatiana Maslany movie at the library, Grown Up Movie Star. It's a pretty decent drama about a family whose mother/wife leaves at the beginning as she's completely miserable and how the father/dad and his two daughters try to make things work as a family in spite of various obstacles that come their way. Maslany's role doesn't allow her to do a tiny fraction of what she's given to do in Orphan Black, but she's a watchable movie star that makes the most she can with this role. The father is played by Shawn Doyle who is very handsome and is probably most famous for playing Joey Henrickson in the tv show Big Love.
I just finished watching Un Prophete and I think I should have paid attention for the last quarter. I should probably re-watch it so I understood what actually happened
(and what's about to happen???)
but this has been an exhausting week and I just don't have it in me. Maybe in a few years when someone I know raves about it and suggests we watch it, I'll say, "okay, cool! This time I'm going to pay attention!"
Hey...nobody is posting in the movie thread anymore. Is there some big event or something happening that I should be aware of??
Saw this online this morning:
Paul Walker Leaves $25 Million Estate to Daughter
The article mentions that his daughter began living with Paul two years ago. It's sad that he died so young and left such a young daughter, but it made me a little happier to know they had these last two years together before his passing. I hope his parents are able to help her use the money wisely. Sometimes when a young person comes into a fortune it causes more harm than good.
I think it's just the dead zone right now. With the exception of The Lego Movie not a lot of good movies are coming out right now. Plus with the Olympics right now I imagine a lot of people will be watching the games.
I still need to watch some Oscar nominated movies, so I am holding off on others
sorry for double post
I would like to see Monuments men and Labor Day, from the recently released movies.
I caught up with Gravity yesterday. I thought it was stunning to look at, but in such an obviously too perfect, CG way that the film was robbed of the emotional impact it should have. Wonderful to look at, but forgotten by this morning. JMHO. YMMV.
Saw 'Blue Jasmine' this afternoon. It was just OK. Cate Blachett was very good, but I am not sure why she is considered such a sure bet for the best actress Oscar. I think others are very good too (I have not seen Philomena yet, but since it's Judi Dench, I am assuming that she is stellar in it).
Saw Monuments Men this weekend, which was
It is a serious topic that was done in a very fluffy manner, with random serious, depressing scenes that felt completely out of place. It's a really interesting story, but it seemed lie nothing happened. And the acting is sub part. Don't waste your money.
oh im sorry to hear that, i was really looking forward to it. but when they delayed the opening, all signs did point to mediocre.