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Let's Talk Movies v.20! (Period Dramas, Skating Movies, Underrated Films...& More!)

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Aug 29, 2012.

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

  1. Sep. 14th - Resident Evil: Retribution (Sci-Fi adventure with Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez)

    6 vote(s)
  2. Sep. 21st - The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Drama with Emma Watson, Dylan McDermott and Paul Rudd)

    17 vote(s)
  3. Sep. 28th – Looper (Sci-Fi action with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt)

    19 vote(s)
  4. Sep. 28th - Won't Back Down (Drama with Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter)

    10 vote(s)
  5. Oct. 5th - Pitch Perfect (Musical comedy with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow)

    18 vote(s)
  6. Oct. 5th - Butter (Comedy with Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Alicia Silverstone)

    6 vote(s)
  7. Oct. 26th - Cloud Atlas (Sci-Fi mystery with Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry and Jim Sturgess)

    18 vote(s)
  8. Nov. 2nd - Flight (Drama with Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo)

    12 vote(s)
  9. Nov. 9th - Skyfall (Adventure with Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem)

    24 vote(s)
  10. Nov. 16th The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson)

    7 vote(s)
  11. Nov. 21st - Life of Pi (Adventure drama with Tobey Maguire and Gérard Depardieu)

    19 vote(s)
  12. Nov. 21st - Red Dawn (Action with Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Jeffrey Dean Morgan)

    10 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Nell411

    Nell411 Between the click of the light

    Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper are both in Seabiscuit. I think Jeff Bridges at his weakest (Tron 2 perhaps?) is still better than Maguire. I've only seen Adaptation and The Muppets for Chris Cooper. But as he was hilarious as the villian in The Muppets I'm inclined to think it would be easy for him to out act Maguire as well.
  2. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, and Marion Cotillard top the 10 best-actress contenders

    The 10 listed in the above article:

    Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook")

    Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty")

    Marion Cotillard ("Rust and Bone")

    Keira Knightley ("Anna Karenina")

    Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour")

    Judi Dench ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel")

    Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild")

    Naomi Watts ("The Impossible")

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Smashed")

    Laura Linney ("Hyde Park on Hudson")

    Hmm, my interest in "The Impossible" begins. In addition to Naomi Watts, it stars Ewan McGregor and Geraldine Page. Here is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgw394ZKsis
  3. My viewings over the past week or so:

    Detachment - Adrian Brody and a great cast of supporting actors (and the most I've enjoyed Brody since The Pianist). Not an original theme -- how people are connected and disconnected -- but very well executed. Also probably the most realistic depiction of teaching in an improvrished school since Teachers.

    The Ambassador - Mads Brügger's gonzo journalism piece about corruption in central African countries. I'm still not sure how I feel about this film. The fact that this corruption exists is hardly news. The fact that anyone can buy diplomatic status is somewhat eye-opening, but he doesn't take that anywhere. Mostly I was put off by how he seemed to be a full and willing participant in the corruption and even perpetrating his own exploitation of the locals. Still, it's quite fascinating to witness this journey, so on that level alone it's worth watching.

    Thin Ice -- mildly entertaining and diverting caper film, but nothing special.

    Deep Blue Sea -- Another perfect example of a play that should never have been adapted to film. Rachel Weisz, Simon Russell Beale, and Tom Hiddleston all do what they can with the material, but it just doesn't work on screen. At least not in this version. It's actually quite amazing how consistent Rattigan is in taking rich stage scripts and turning them into dry and plodding films -- and still find work. Bleaagh.
  4. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    Um, wishful thinking on Geraldine Page? I think it's Geraldine Chaplin, actually.
  5. my little pony

    my little pony war crawling into canada

    i was about to post that i was so excited that geraldine page was still alive, oh well
  6. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    :huh: They're not the same person??

  7. Well, you're definitely in the minority there.

    The Sting ends up on many people's lists of best movies of all time -- including mine. Not because it's any great work of art, but just from a pure entertainment standpoint. For me it was less about Newman & Redford, and more about the amazing support cast, and of course the cleverness of the con-artist plotline(s). The latter maybe somewhat dated by now, but at the time it was pure genius. I watched the movie again recently, and thought it still held up. But then, I am a sucker for grifter stories, particularly the ones where the mark deserves to get fleeced.

    I enjoyed Butch & Sundance too, but not nearly as much as The Sting. However that's a personal preference thing -- I tend not care much about anything even remotely in the Western genre.
  8. Nell411

    Nell411 Between the click of the light

    I love The Sting. But I've always found the last third of the movie really slow. Everything seems to start to drag right when it should be amping up. It picks up in the last 10 minutes, but I always feel like something is missing from it right as it ends.
  9. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

    MUST SEE (imo lol) Mads Mikkelson in "Valhalla Rising." I've had it checked out 2 wks now, can't renew, and for the first time in such a long time I can't remember how long it's actually been, I am not going to return it by its due date. Eys! It's_ That_Good. like nothing I've ever seen. too, I'm really really enjoying the Scottish accents. And Mads is grrrrreat, really great. I put him and his one-eye acting up against
    Daniel Day-Lewis any day, whee!
  10. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    I thought the buzz on "Hyde Park on Hudson" had pretty much tapered off to nothing after the lukewarm reception it got at the Toronto Film Festival? "The Impossible' has gotten a lot of good buzz, but word of mouth is it is also very bleak.

    I'm guessing Helen Hunt is going to slide in the supporting race for "The Sessions"? I haven't seen that yet, but I really want to catch it.
  11. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

    I just watched John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath. It has been a long time since I watched it as a schoolgirl. I think the film is still wonderful.
  12. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Interesting. I don't recommend any of the smaller releases this week. But I did put them in order of what seems like might be the best ones to see. (Hope that makes sense, it's been a long day! :D)

    November 9 A Royal Affair (Historical romance. From imdb.com: “A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.”)

    November 9 Dangerous Liasions (Drama with Zi-Yi Zhang [Memoir Of A Geisha, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon])

    November 9 LUV (Drama with Common, Charles S. Dutton and Danny Glover)

    November 9 In Their Skin (Thriller with Selma Blair)

    November 9 Nature Calls (Comedy with Johnny Knoxville, Patton Oswalt and Maura Tierney)

    November 9 In Another Country (Drama with Isabelle Huppert)

    November 9 Christmas in Compton (Comedy)
  13. smurfy

    smurfy Well-Known Member

    I saw a Royal Affair in my preview movie club. I really liked it, well done costume period piece, great acting. I love British history, and do not know that much Danish history. I enjoyed learning about the siste of George Iii who married the Danish king. Interesting story about the reforms with a love affair.
  14. Kasey

    Kasey Correcting President Trump's grammar on Twitter :)

    Saw "Argo" and "Flight" in the last few weeks. "Argo" is fantastic, through and through....and was proof that on those rare occasions, Ben Affleck can act as well as he directs. Huge amount of brilliant supporting cast members. "Flight"....first 20 minutes were worth the ticket cost for anyone who likes action, for sure....the next hour and half or so was brilliant, unsettling, disturbing, introspective, deep and heartrenching at times....the last 15 or so minutes, total Hollywood flash and crap. Just really felt like the ending was not really realistic, and didn't live up to the rest of the movie. Interestingly, John Goodman was in each of these movies (not known to me or being a reason to me to go see them) and was totally fantastic in each.
  15. jenny12

    jenny12 Well-Known Member

    I agree Kasey. Flight started out well but got really cheesy by the end. Too bad because I thought Denzel Washington was really great in it.
  16. all_empty

    all_empty Well-Known Member

    Screened "Lincoln" last night.

    After barely making through "Cloud Atlas" last month, I didn't know if I could handle another 2.5 hour movie. Daniel Day Lewis was brilliant, as was Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader. I was expecting a sweeping civil war epic, but it was the opposite. The fighting took place in the House, not the battlefields. There was a nice bit of humor too (thanks to Spader).

    I saw "Anna Karenina" a month ago and have to revisit my notes. I didn't love it ... it was more a play than a movie, despite the beautiful costumes and sets. I love British period pieces, and this lacked the Russian "feel" I was expecting.
  17. all_empty

    all_empty Well-Known Member

    She basically played Nora Walker ... but in 19th century dresses. She did have a great White House reception scene though.
  18. jl22aries

    jl22aries Active Member

    Saw Chaplin's City Lights with a live symphony orchestra and a packed crowd at our historic theatre. It was AMAZING. Chaplin is extraordinary any day, but the combination of the world class orchestra and the captivated crowd...this is what movie going at its best can be like. During the boxing scene, in the span of 10 seconds there were laughs, a collective "oh no", and then a gasp. Loved it.
  19. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    Watched Company Men with Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner. Costner's Bahhhstahhn accent was wicked shitty, yessih...but it was one of Affleck's better recent performances.
  20. peibeck

    peibeck Simply looking

    I saw "Silver Linings Playbook" at the St. Louis Film Festival last night. I lurved it!

    DeNiro looks like a lock for a supporting Oscar nod, but the revalation to me was Jennifer Lawrence, who I know got tons of buzz for "Winter's Bone," but who I felt got upstaged by all the good character acting in that movie. (I thought she was okay in "The Hunger Games," but not amazing... and actually pretty damn awful in the "X Men" prequel). Anyway, I found her completely compelling and believable. With the Weinsteins behind this movie, I expect loads of Oscar noms.

    "Lincoln" opens limited today and wide next week. Talk about counterprogramming against "Skyfall" and that vampire movie I have no intention of ever seeing. :lol: The NYTimes review is glowing: http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/11/0...is.html?smid=tw-nytimesmovies&seid=auto&_r=1& and A.O. Scott is not one to normally glow about recent Spielberg movies.
  21. duane

    duane Well-Known Member

    I am SO jealous! Oh, to see this with a live symphony orchestra! Awesome movie. The boxing sequence (from the beginning in the locker room) is brilliant! And the ending: :kickass: :respec:

    Saw Breathless on TCM last night!!! Jean-Paul Belmondo :swoon: :smokin:
  22. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    They are making a part 2 of The Amazing Spider-Man and will be introducing Mary Jane Watson. So it looks like there will a love triangle with poor Gwen dying.
  23. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Read this funny bit in Entertainment Weekly recently:


    Some recent viewings of mine:

    8/10 - Nowhere Boy – So in one of the earlier threads, I admitted to being enamored with Aaron Johnson after seeing Albert Nobbs. So I put “Nowhere Boy” on hold at the library just to ogle him some more. :lol: And whaddaya know? The movie itself was really good! The acting, writing and directing all come together…and having to hit the pause button for a bathroom break is an irritant. :D I definitely recommend this movie.

    8/10 – Hurricane (Denzel Washington) – I couldn’t remember if I had seen this movie before. Didn’t matter, because it was worth a second viewing. Denzel Washington is amazing as usual. Very good movie except that - as too often in major movies - to tell the story of a black character, it has to be told (at least somewhat) from the point of view of white folk. Oh well, at least an important story was told. Randon fact: did you know that Denzel has not been nominated for an Academy Award since winning for Training Day in 2001? Criminal!! :soapbox:

    7/10 – Splendor In The Grass – Am I going to get in trouble for saying that both Beatty and Wood seem rather novice-ish at times in this? Wood has some good moments in addition to some awkward scenes, but I’m not sure I see in Beatty’s performance much of what was to come in his career. I thought this movie had a few corny, overwrought moments, but then some amazing scenes as well that were amazing. The scene where Bud’s sister fights off the pack of guys by all the vehicles was probably the most dramatic moment. But then this character seems to disappear from the story (strange!). Interesting that the actress who played this role (Barbara Loden) didn’t have much success as an actress… :(

    6/10 - The Dictator – Okay, lots of laughs and good stuff in this one. But I started to wonder if it should have been a 30 to 45 minute special on HBO or something. Plus Baron Cohen goes so far…I’ve loved it in the past but I think he’s challenged me (and the rest of his audience) enough. I think he needs to do a bunch of small, quiet dramas. He’s approaching a “too much of a good thing” status. Well…probably crossed that line, actually! I still think he is brilliant, though. Just time for him to change it up. According to imdb.com, he is doing that with a part in Les Miserables being his next movie to be followed up with a Freddie Mercury biopic in pre-production.
  24. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    I luuuuurve Splendor in the Grass, even if it makes me really mad. Don't care much for Beatty in the film though. His character was a bore. I just love, love, love Ms. Wood. But yeah, I can see what you mean about some novice-ish moments in the film, even though I think as a whole Wood did a brilliant job.
  25. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Seven smaller films out this week. Two comedy dramas and five documentaries (is this week the cut-off for nominees for best Oscar documentaries??). Of these seven films, I want to see five of them. All the documentaries. Am I officially old???

    November 14 Buffalo Girls (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Two eight year old girls fight in rural Thailand's underground child boxing economy to earn money to support their families.”)

    November 14 The Law in These Parts (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Can justice truly be served in the occupied territories given the current system of law administered by Israel for Palestinians?”)

    November 16 Chasing Ice (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.”)

    November 16 Funeral Kings (Comedy drama, new cast. From imdb.com: “Two altar boys decide to play hooky after serving at a series of funerals.”)

    November 16 Hitler's Children (Documentary. From imdb.com: “A look into the lives of the descendants of the top Nazi officials who worked under Hitler's command.”)

    November 16 Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (Documentary. From imdb.com: “Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.”)

    November 16 Price Check (Comedy drama with Parker Posey and Eric Mabius)
  26. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    Skyfall blew the competition out of the water while Lincoln had the highest average screen gross. According to boxofficemojo Skyfall made over $88m last weekend and is the best opening for a Bond movie. Worldwide the total is over $500m
  27. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Was Skyfall released a while back overseas? According to the-numbers.com, the movie opened on Nov. 9th and the box office already is:

    Domestic Box Office $90,000,000
    International Box Office $289,812,007

    Worldwide Box Office $379,812,007

    Those are big numbers for the international box office! :eek:
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  28. Nell411

    Nell411 Between the click of the light

    Yes it was. I don't remember the exact date it came out overseas. But I remember the guy doing a movie blog that I read being really excited that Skyfall came out first for them then came over here.
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  29. CantALoop

    CantALoop Well-Known Member

    I'm just a casual Bond/Daniel Craig fan, so I don't know if Skyfall is the best Bond movie ever, but I'd say it's probably one of the strongest ones I've seen.

    However, the overall feel of the movie is dark and intense, and probably the least sexy Bond opening ever (Adele's lyrics make a lot more sense in it though). The theme of old vs. new is woven throughout the movie, and difficulties in transitions/changing of the guard comes up frequently.

    If Casino Royale was a big reboot of the franchise, Skyfall essentially completes the update.
  30. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    I CANNOT sit through that movie. I've tried and tried, but no dice. The whole thing seems corny and overwrought to me. I like Natalie Wood, but sometimes I think she wasn't born early enough; I feel like too many of her movies have that heavy, draggy, overly earnest feel that a lot of '60s and '70s movies had.