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Let's Talk Movies! #25: McKellen, Meryl, DeNiro, Shirley, Morgan...OLD PEOPLE ROCK!!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Nov 27, 2013.

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

  1. December 13th - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    29 vote(s)
  2. December 18th - Her - Drama with Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams

    16 vote(s)
  3. December 20th - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    14 vote(s)
  4. December 25th - August: Osage County

    20 vote(s)
  5. December 25th - Grudge Match - Comedy with Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro

    3 vote(s)
  6. December 25th - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Comedy/fantasy with Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig

    24 vote(s)
  7. December 25th - The Wolf of Wall Street - Crime drama with Leonardo DiCaprio,

    17 vote(s)
  8. January 10th - Hercules: The Legend Begins - Action adventure with Kellan Lutz

    4 vote(s)
  9. January 17th - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Action adventure with Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh

    9 vote(s)
  10. February 7th - The LEGO Movie - Family action adventure comedy with Will Arnett and Channing Tatum

    7 vote(s)
  11. February 7th - The Monuments Men - War drama with George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett

    15 vote(s)
  12. February 12th - RoboCop - Action adventure sci-Fi with Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson

    9 vote(s)
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  1. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    Aside from Jennifer, Jena has received the most widespread acclaim for her role in CF with pretty much universal praise.
  2. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    Mocking and Jay.
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  3. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

    Jena Malone IS Joanna Mason. Totally batshit crazy and that fits the character pretty well. Both her and Clafin as Finnick are perfect. Really perfect.

    And I bet the two last movies will make us all forget about the first one because that one WAS really not on par when you look at the second.

    I only have one or two regrets about this one. The scene in the elevator was pretty funny in the book, but there, it looked ... not really like in the books, too prude for my taste. As well as when Katniss meets Finnick the first time.
    I want to see more Finnick. I bet I'll have my due in the last two movies :)
  4. Seerek

    Seerek Well-Known Member

    Looks like Lars von Trier is at it again (Melancholia was his last film) - Nymphomaniac probably won't be released in the rest of the world until winter or early spring 2014, but word is that the cut version will clock in at 4 hours while the uncut/director's version will be 5 1/2 hours. Regardless of the version, the film will likely get an NC-17 rating in North America.
  5. fenway2

    fenway2 Well-Known Member

    Different strokes, I guess. One critic perfectly summed up my feelings on Jena Malone's performance by saying that she's acting and never lets you forget that. :p
  6. Vash01

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

    I believe right now they are listed as Mockingjay part I (2014) and Mockingjay part II (2015). I am sure they will drag out some of the scenes to make two movies out of the 3rd book. More CGI opportunities.
  7. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking


    Best Feature:
    12 Years a Slave
    Ain't THem Bodies Saints
    Before Midnight
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    Upstream Color

    Best Documentary:
    The Act of Killin
    The Crash Reel
    First Cousin Once Removed
    Let the Fire Burn
    Our Nixon

    Best Actor:
    Chiwetel Eijofor "12 Years a Slave"
    Oscar Isaac "Inside Llewyn Davis"
    Matthew CConaughey "Dallas Buyers Club"
    Robert Redford "All is Lost"
    Isaiah Washington "Blue Caprice"

    Best Actress:
    Cate Blanchett "Blue Jasmine"
    Scarlett Johansson "Don Jon"
    Brie Larson "Short Term 12"
    Amy Seimetz "Upstream Color"
    Shailene Woodley "The Spectacular Now"

    Breakthrough Director:
    Ryan Coogler "Frutivale Station"
    Adam Leon "Gimme the Loot"
    Alexandre Moors "Blue Caprice:
    Stacie Passon "Concussion"
    Amy Seimetz "Sun Don't Shine"

    Breakthrough Actor:
    Dane DeHaan "Kill Your Darlings"
    Kathryn Hahn "Afternoon Delight"
    Michael B. Jordon "Fruitvale Station"
    Lupita Nyong'o "12 Years a Slave"
    Robin Weigert "Concussion"

    Gotham Independent Film Audience Award:
    12 Years a Slave
    Best Kept Secret
    Don't Stop Beleiven': Everyman's Journey
    Fruitvale Station
    Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings
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  8. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

    How in the world is Before Midnight nominated for Best Feature but neither Ethan nor Julie are nominated for Lead?

    I quite enjoyed Catching Fire, but I have to say I preferred the first one. Poor Jennifer had to grimace in agony one or two or three too many times. And the whipping scene didn't have the desired effect because the actor playing the Commander Peacekeeper dude was *so* bad. But Effie was fantastic, they did a good job of showing Katniss' growing comfort in leading the charge, I love how Prim was portrayed, and the casting for the other Tributes was pretty much bang-on.

    I read all the books back to back to back so it's all a blur. But I would suspect that the first film will focus on
    the people fighting against the Capitol and Snow, District 13, and the rescue of Peeta and Joanna, with Peeta's hatred for Katniss being the cliffhanger
    . The second film will be about
    the actual demise of the Capitol
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  9. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    For me it's just the first half of that sentence. I found Before Midnight to be enjoyable, but not award-worthy in any category.
  10. fenway2

    fenway2 Well-Known Member

    It's one of the best-reviewed movies of the year, if not the best reviewed, and deservedly so. The performances were brilliant. The movie was an extraordinary examination of the roller coaster ride in a longtime relationship. Julie and Ethan make everything look so natural that people forget they're acting. And that's always their downfall at awards time. The showy parts, like Blanchett in Blue Jasmine or Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks, get the recognition. The two leads were robbed in 2004 for Before Sunset and they will be robbed again this year. It's not an Oscar-bait picture from a major studio, but it's a damn great one. Much better than the predictable, paint by numbers movies that will get nominated.
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  11. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

    Completely and utterly agree, fenway2. My favourite film of 2013 by a longshot.
  12. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    ^ I admit to falling asleep in the film :shuffle: -- which is not a reflection on its quality in any way. I'll obviously have to watch it again!

    ETA: I already had planned on watching it (again), but wanted to do the whole trilogy. I have a copy of Before Sunset but need to find Before Sunrise.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2013
  13. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    I just saw Frances Ha on Netflix's Instant Stream, and I totally understand why it was nominated for Best Film and Best Editing but not anything else. It was one of those movies where the whole is stronger than the sum of its parts.

    I was skeptical of it at first because I was worried it'd a feature film version of the HBO show, Girls. However, it's not and it's much more authentic and warm than what I was expecting while still keeping its sharpness and NYC-flavor.

    I highly recommend it.
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  14. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    The trailer, which was actually up on youtube, was straight up porn in a few parts. I am in!
  15. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    Me too :shuffle:
  16. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Hunger Games: Catching Fire remained #1 at the box office this week, taking in 74 million over the weekend for a ten day total of 296 million! :eek: Add to that 276 million internationally...and I think this one will make a profit! :D The animated Frozen took in 69 million for the #2 spot in it's second weekend, after being in only one theatre last week. Now was that the plan, or did one theatre show the movie early? I know that happens with music sometimes, but with movies also?? Or did Frozen want a killer second week, hiding from Hunger Games last week? Either way, it took a +27,589% jump in per theatre revenue, something Philomena (+2,762%) would have claimed otherwise. And in any other week, The Book Thief (+698%) could have claimed best improvement. The three newcomes to the chart started softly. Homefront at #5 with just under 7 million and just $2,691 per theatre average. (Philomena did $4,882 in it's second week.) Black Nativity debuted at #9 with under four million and Oldboy debuted at #18 with less than one million. I expect Oldboy will be released to more theatres over the next few weeks like they did with The Book Thief and Philomena. I'll be shocked if Oldboy gets buried! He might come back for revenge if so! ;)

    New movies coming out this week are below. By the way, I cut this list in half because most were small, independent movies with unknown casts and boring trailers. Their ecxlusion means only one of us had to watch them! :fragile:

    December 6th - Out of the Furnace - Crime with Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker and Willem Dafoe

    December 6th - Inside Llewyn Davis - Biographical musical drama with Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake

    December 6 - Khumba – Animated adventure with AnnaSophia Robb, Laurence Fishburne, Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi and Loretta Devine

    December 6 - The Last Days on Mars – Horror/sci-fi/thriller with Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas and Olivia Williams
    One million views

    December 6 - Gus (aka Expecting) – x with Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell, Jon Dore

    December 6 - Crave – Dramatic thriller with Josh Lawson, Edward Furlong and Ron Perlman

    December 6 - Twice Born – Drama with Penélope Cruz and Emile Hirsch

    December 6 - Adventures of the Penguin King – Family documentary with the voice of Tim Allen
  17. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Inside Llewyn Davis looks really good. Not sure if Justin Timberlake was the right choice but everyone else seems spot on.
  18. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Just watched The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. It was really funny, Melissa carries the movie but watching this after just seeing Bullock in Gravity makes me appreciate the range Bullock has as an actress. Sometimes I think she makes it look too easy and doesn't get enough credit for her talent. The movie (The Heat) is nothing special but certainly good for quite a few laughs. Lots of cussing so I hope that doesn't bother you if you check this one out. I give it a solid B.
  19. halffull

    halffull Life is a beautiful thing

    The Heat was definitely some mindless humour when you're in the mood for a movie like that. It's fun :)
  20. DAngel

    DAngel Well-Known Member

    Ugh. Just watching the trailers of his movies is enough to make me hate him.
  21. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    I loved Melancholia though. I think it's the most biting and no-holds-barred look at depression in film.
  22. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

    Is that what it was about ? I never could understand it, or any other if his films. In fact if I never see another one I'll be only too happy :p

    From my now down to basic collection: "the filth and the fury" a fun look-back at what were once the sex pistols and "the dance" a filmed Fleetwood Mac concert featuring a v intense Lindsay Buckingham. Also keeping "midnight cowboy" a classic story featuring two ultra grrrreat performance s from Jon Voight (iirc this was his debut) and Dustin Hoffman . Fallen by the wayside is regretfully "queen margot" "farenilli" and "karl lagerfeld confidential" amongst other niche/cult films. I will always remember them fondly.if only one day I have my very own screening room and vast vault library I would live happily ever after :)
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  23. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    Winners bolded.
  24. Artemis@BC

    Artemis@BC Well-Known Member

    For a completely gripping and WTF documentary, I highly recommend The Imposter. I watched it on Sunday night and my mind is still blown.
  25. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Some recent dramas I've seen:

    Eye Of The Beholder (Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd, Patrick Bergin, Genevieve Bujold, Jason Priestley) - I love Ashley Judd and the rest of the cast, but I thought this one was a bit of a mess. But a somewhat interesting mess, if I may be so vague! :lol: I can only recommend it if you must see everything that either Ewan or Ashley has done and if you are just DYING to see a drama/mystery/thriller that has just a tiny hint of film noir to it...

    Grey Owl (Pierce Brosnan, Graham Greene and Nathaniel Arcand) - From imdb.com: "The story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper turned conservationist who claimed to be a Native American." I found this movie to be rather dry, but a part of Canadian history so I stuck with it. Another one to catch only if you want to see a bit more of Canadian history...or Pierce Brosnan.

    W.E. (Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy and Oscar Isaac) - This had a cold, detached feel to it. That might have been intentional given the storyline of a woman in the present struggling with her life and looking for connections to a woman from the past she finds herself connected to (American divorcée Wallis Simpson...and her relationships with King Edward VIII). I just didn't find myself like or relating to anyone on screen. The movie is filmed well, so it looks great, but feels empty at it's core. :(

    The Rules of Attraction (James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Swoozie Kurtz and Faye Dunaway) - I couldn't remember if I had seen this one before, so I took a copy home to see. Since I had, I just scanned it while doing other stuff. It's definitely an interesting movie and I'm sure I enjoyed it much more the first time around. This time I just felt saddened by so many lost and lonely people. I recommend it, but don't watch it if you're in a down mood!! :lol:
  26. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    NY FILM CRITICS AWARDS (the first major critics group to give out kudos)

    PICTURE: "American Hustle"
    DIRECTOR: Steve McQueen "12 Years a Slave"
    ACTOR: Robert Redford "All is Lost"
    ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett "Blue Jasmine"
    SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jared Leto "Dallas Buyers Club"
    SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence "American Hustle"
    FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "Blue is the Warmest Color"
    ANIMATED FILM: "The Wind Rises"
    SCREENPLAY: "American Hustle"
    SPECIAL AWARD: Frederick Wiseman
    CINEMATOGRAPHY: "Inside Lleywn Davis"
    BEST FIRST FILM: "Fruitvale Station:
    DOCUMENTARY: "Stories We Tell:
  27. Seerek

    Seerek Well-Known Member

    Sarah Polley's strategy of delaying the release of "Stories We Tell" in the U.S. to be considered for the 2014 (rather than 2013) Academy Awards just might pay off....
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  28. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    I love Sarah Polley's work.

    I need to see American Hustle, but after Silver Linings Playbook, I'm hesitant to see another David O. Russell/Jennifer Lawrence project that will get undeserved accolades. I dread seeing critics drool all over it the way they went ga ga over Lawrence last year for a mediocre performance.
  29. Vash01

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

    I read high praise for Amy Adams for American Hustle. I am really interested in that movie. I would love to see Amy win an Oscar in the near future. She has been nominated many times. I normally love Jen Law but I really felt she was overrated in Silver linings playbook.
  30. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    It is on the short list of remaining documentaries for this year's Oscars (out of 147 which were submitted):

    “The Act of Killing,” Final Cut for Real
    “The Armstrong Lie,” The Kennedy/Marshall Company
    “Blackfish,” Our Turn Productions
    “The Crash Reel,” KP Rides Again
    “Cutie and the Boxer,” Ex Lion Tamer and Cine Mosaic
    “Dirty Wars,” Civic Bakery
    “First Cousin Once Removed,” Experiments in Time, Light & Motion
    “God Loves Uganda,” Full Credit Productions
    “Life According to Sam,” Fine Films
    “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,” Roast Beef Productions
    “The Square,” Noujaim Films and Maktube Productions
    “Stories We Tell,” National Film Board of Canada
    “Tim’s Vermeer,” High Delft Pictures
    “20 Feet from Stardom,” Gil Friesen Productions and Tremolo Productions
    “Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” Tripoli Street
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