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Movie Reviews and Recommendations

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by agalisgv, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member

    Okay, I have none. But I'd really like to read y'alls :D. I'm thinking of seeing Source Code and Lincoln Lawyer. Any good?

    Oh yeah, Rango and Insidious are other possibilities.

    Well, really any reviews of any movies of any sorts--have at it.

    And if ebayj is around, any reviews of limited release movies would be greatly enjoyed :). Not that I'd likely ever see it, but vicarious movie-going works for me :saint:
  2. Andrushka

    Andrushka Well-Known Member

    I've heard that The Chronicle's of Narnia:Voyage of the Dawn Treader was good but not as good as the first one. I am waiting to see for myself.

    I've also been told by a movie going friend that I am Number Four is really good as well.
  3. reese

    reese Well-Known Member

    I saw Limitless the other day. It was AWFUL.
  4. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    My bf and I are going to see Lincoln Lawyer tomorrow so I will be sure to come back and let you know how it is.

    I am glad you started this thread. I watch a lot of odd movies on Netflix and some of them end up being quite good so I can let you all know which ones to look out for.

    I recently saw a French horror movie called Inside. It was one of the goriest things I have seen but that is how the French like to do them. I recommend it if you like gory horror movies. It is subtitled for those of us who don't speak French but there isn't a lot of dialogue so it is no big deal. Give it a try if you like that kind of thing.
  5. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member

    Thanks all

    Anyone seen the Adjustment Bureau? That looked interesting.

    Just got back from seeing Source Code. Rather trippy movie--reminded me of Inception in some ways (insofar as it messes with reality). I liked it and would give it a good recommendation to anyone considering it. If anyone has seen it, I had some questions about the very end (I can post it in spoilers because it is a spoiler kind of movie).
  6. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

    Lincoln Lawyer's pretty good. Skip The Adjustment Bureau (sorry PRLady--I'm with your daughter and BR on this one). Unless you're looking for something to mock--then I highly recommend it.
  7. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member

    What was wrong with it? The plot sounds fairly interesting.

    It's that bad? Was the entire movie a fail, or was it just a particular actor/plot hole?

    My hopes are being dashed :shuffle:
  8. Matryeshka

    Matryeshka Well-Known Member

    No, the entire movie wasn't a fail, and the love-story aspect of it was well done. I totally bought into Matt Damon and Emily Blunt's Epic Lurrrve, which was a good piece of acting on their part and directing on the director's part, as you would not have bought it in other situations. The acting was good all the way around.

    The whole thing was just hokey, and the ending was eye-rolling and cliched. The sci-fi/fantasy aspect of it was not well thought-out and poorly done. It was almost like they said, you know, we gotta wrap this up amd close it up, but we don't have time, so we'll pull a conclusion out of a hat. I've heard the short story it's based on is much different and much better.
  9. Theatregirl1122

    Theatregirl1122 Enjoying Vicarious Voids!

    If you like the books at all, it was TERRIBLE. I have no idea why you would make movies based on a truly great book series and basically throw the books out the window. If you haven't read the books, maybe you will like it. I have no idea. But if you have read the books, this one is AT LEAST as bad as Prince Caspian. I am pretty sure they read the dust jacket and nothing else.
  10. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    I finally rented Burlesque :shuffle: It wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, although Xtina Aguilera's wig was a nightmare - you know when your hair looks more fake than Cher's, there's a problem - and overall she did not exactly look "fresh". but aside from some real clunkiness about the central relationship and the unbelievably bad final song, it's good campy fun.
  11. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

    I just saw the movie Flipped, and I loved it. simple, honest, and totally sucks you in. That one was a pleasant surprise
  12. pilgrimsoul

    pilgrimsoul Active Member

    Okay, I know this recommendation is out there, but Paul (yes, the alien movie) was hilarious! When my husband & I saw it, the entire audience was howling with laughter. This is NOT a kid movie - adult situations & language, & the movie pokes major fun of creationism. But if you're not uptight about religion (creationism specifically), it's a really funny movie.
  13. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

    I saw Jane Eyre and enjoyed it, though the main actors were the most awkward kissers. Plus, I had to giggle every time the horse was on screen, because Mia Wasikowska (Jane) said in an interview that every time Michael Fassbender (Mr. Rochester) got on the horse, it got rather aroused. The trainers would walk it and ride it to calm it down, then Michael would get back on and it would happen again. But in any case, it was a good movie.

    One of my friends saw the Lincoln Lawyer and enjoyed it. She said that it's amazing how people always think of Matthew McConnaughay as a crappy actor in his crappy romcoms, but then he does something like this and you go 'wow, he can actually really act!'

    I'll probably go see Scream 4 when it comes out in a few weeks. It'll be oh so awesomely crappy.
  14. John 3 17

    John 3 17 Well-Known Member

    AMEN! I have loathed this entire series. After the first one was so bad, I skipped PC and then read AWFUL things about VDT. I'm truly hoping they quit and don't make any more because they're so bad I think they will actually turn people off the books thinking they must be awful, too (which, of course, they're the best books ever written imho ;))

    The BBC series is far and away better than these. Sure, they have very low-budget fx, but they're true to the story and they must've spent a lot of $$ on that animatronic lion (who is really gorgeous).

  15. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

    Every time I read Lincoln Lawyer, I think of Lincoln Logs. did anyone else have those as a kid?
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  16. Cyn

    Cyn Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah…….Once the novelty of making the same damn cabin over and over and over, my cousins and I discovered that they made great weapons (and had them taken away in the process) :eek: .
  17. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    I saw Jane Eyre last week and am not recommending it; there is no chemistry between the leads at all and the second hour of the movie feels like it lasts for 3. It just plods on and on and on; I thought it would never be over.
  18. Grannyfan

    Grannyfan Active Member

    If you have tweens to entertain, the new Wimpy Kid movie isn't bad. Not believable at all, but what else is new. And I know this isn't a new movie, but I recently watched Whip It, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
  19. immoimeme

    immoimeme my posts r modded

    The Ghost Writer=good/intellectual
    Greenburg=bad/not funny
    Death at a Funeral=bad/not funny
    Repo Men=good/gory
    $5 A Day=good/funny
    Harry Brown=good/gory
    That Evening Sun=good/thought-provoking
    Iron Man 2=good/action-packed
    Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky=good/sexy
    Robin Hood=good/action+intellectual
    You Don't Know Jack=good/thought-provoking
    Inception=bad/total suck
    Gamer=meh/interesting concept but.....
    The Social Network=bad/total suck
    The American=bad/v useful as a sleep aid
    Nowhere Boy=good/tear-jerker
  20. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    Whoever knew the Chronicle of Narnia films were so hated? :shuffle:

    OK, the children are slappable in all three films, but I quite enjoyed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Thought Voyage of the Dawn Treader was OK, although that may have something to do with being stuck on an airplane with nothing to do. Prince Caspian was a bit meh, but I still watched it to the end.

    I never thought much about the books, so that may help. ;)
  21. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    I saw about 20 minutes of Eat Pray Love, got nauseated and turned it off. I never disliked Julia Roberts but few characters are more annoying than hers in this movie.
  22. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the warning. This is on Netflix streaming and I've been tempted but keep remembering horrible things I've heard about it.
  23. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    It's unoriginal, narcissistic and annoying. It makes Gwyneth Paltrow" The Goop blog seem adorable by comparison.
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  24. KikiSashaFan

    KikiSashaFan Well-Known Member

    We're going to see this tonight. Glad to know it was decent.

    My girlfriends and I rented Eat Pray Love. We fast fowarded through any part that didn't include Javier Bardem :swoon:
  25. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Yes, the sight of Javier Bardem was probably the only good thing. But I didn't get that far.
  26. Theatregirl1122

    Theatregirl1122 Enjoying Vicarious Voids!

    I thought the first one was a fairly faithful adaptation, actually. I saw it with my cast of the play The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (so they had all read it) and we were really happy with their adaptation. Which is part of why we were all so miserable when the next two seemed to be barely based on the books.
  27. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    We didn't make it the movie today, we were going to see Lincoln Lawyer. My bf had a gift card and it turns out it is for only one theater in town and that theater is one we refuse to go to. Not safe and you can never enjoy a movie. We are just going to give the gift card away as a re-gift, haha.
  28. bek

    bek Guest

    I didn't think Prince Caspian was THAT bad when it comes to keeping with the story. I mean sure they did Caspian/Susan but the basic plot line was still there IMO. Movie adaptations are never going to be exact.

    Voyage of the Dawn Treader was glaringly different from the book. I mean there are literally no words to describe how different. Although I sort of understand why, I wondered how they'd make a movie out of that one (the most boring book).
  29. Theatregirl1122

    Theatregirl1122 Enjoying Vicarious Voids!

    Well they changed Caspian's entire character both in age (he is supposed to be younger than Edmund) and in temperament, changed a lot of the dynamic between him and Peter and in general made Peter a lot less likeable. And then there was the whole foolish "let's storm Miraz's castle and get our entire army killed" business which really bothered me because the decision is not consistent with either character. I don't require the movie to be an exact retelling of the book, I was perfectly happy with the first movie which, while it makes a few changes, stays true to the characters and the story. But Prince Caspian was fairly off and Dawn Treader was a disaster.

    (sorry to anyone who doesn't care about this at all.)
  30. Mozart

    Mozart Well-Known Member

    Should I see Lincoln Lawyer or Insidious? I love horror movies. Is Insidious good?