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Stone with Deniro and Edward Norton. Not sure if I liked it or hated it. Leaning towards hate.
Also in the theater saw Savages, Oliver Stone flick with Benecio Del Toro, Salma Hayak. Awful. Laughably bad obvious money grab by all involved. This board could write a better script on a Tuesday morning.
i was mad at stone, i dont think it was terrible but because it wasnt awesome i was pissed.
i "liked" savages. i think i despise blake lively. she, tim riigins and the other guy were terrible. i thought the other part, del torro/travolta/hayek/mayor in mexico from weeds, parts were very good. i thought del torro crushed it. idk, the scene w/ del torro and travolta in travollta's kitchen was fantastic.
Watching Chasing Amy right now for the first time in forever on one of the movie channels. Love love love that movie - they dialogue is awesome, theres legitimate emotion, and I think it's by far the best of Kevin Smiths films (maybe Clerks is reasonably close.)
It's funny what's happened in the last 15 years though - Ben Affleck lost his baby fat, Jason Lee got fat, and Joey Lauren Adams' voice is still annoying as hell.
BTW, The Game is awesome too.
Yeah, there were some positives: Del Toro / Hayak were great. The actual writing of the story was real weak, seemed like 2 stoned college kids wrote it.
I've been wildly unproductive today and went nuts with OnDemand.
Endure- wasn't bad. Had the guy who played "Stan" in the Eminem video in it. Typical crime thriller. 5/10
The Art of Getting By- a little cliche, but worth the watch. Emma Roberts is in it.. shes cute enough. 5/10
Set It Off- hadn't seen it in years.. still awesome. 8.5/10
Martha May Marcy- Mentioned it in the randomness thread, fantastic movie. Has Elizabeth Olsen (Mary Kate & Ashley's little sister) in it. She's everything the twins were supposed to be. Really enjoyed it. 9/10
Almost Famous- Another one I haven't seen in years. It's still on as I type, so I'll reserve the drunken rating. Great flick, though.
Lol, I watched Endure today too - I thought it was pretty cookie cutter / terrible. (I turned it off after the scene with Tom Arnold in the woods, but there couldn't have been more than five minutes left at that point.)
And I'll rate Almost Famous for you - 10/10.
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Definitely cookie cutter.. and whoever that lead actor was is pretty terrible. He had no redeemable qualities. They tried to make him emotionally relatable with the "dying wife" story, but he was just a prick the entire time.
The more I think about it, you're absolutely right. It had enough suspense to make me not regret the watch, but it was pretty poorly executed. 5/10 is way too generous.
almost famous is awesome, one of my favorites for sure. anyone ever see wristcutters: a love story, it is the kid from almost famous as the main character. whenever i tell someone to watch it they think i am nuts based on the title. very very dark comedy but i really like it.
It is amazing watching Almost Famous how attractive Anna Paquin is now compared to then. Maybe it's the blonde hair.
Not quite sure why my last two posts have been about womens hair.
Why did Contagion get such great reviews?
I watched American Reunion the other night. It's the 4th movie with the original cast (I think everyone makes an appearance at some point in the movie), and probably the 100th American Pie movie total. It follows the basic predictable storyline, and the characters stay true to their stereotypes. All that doesn't really matter, it's more a question of "was it funny?". I laughed quite a bit. For the guys, there are plenty of Ali Cobrin's knobs, and even some wiener for the wives.
Not quite as funny as 21 Jump Street, but it's a good watch when there ain't much else happening.
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Just watched "Crash".
Can someone please tell me how this movie won best picture?
There is a scene in the movie "Unbreakable" that I absolutely love. It was when the Bruce Willis character decided that, since he was given these special abilities, he has a responsibility to use them for good. So he goes to the train station to find a person deserving of punishment. As he brushes against different people (he had the ability to see inside their mind) he realized that not a single person was free from sin. Everyone had demons. I found this to be such a profound scene. It lasted maybe 5 minutes.......
I didn't need to see a two hour movie based on the same premise with ridiculous coincidence after ridiculous coincidence. It's not the worst movie I ever saw, but I guess it was a shitty year for movies if that was the best 2004 had to offer.
Crash is one of those "you're supposed to say out loud it is smart and deep because some critics said it is smart and deep" movies. Add in the element of "I have to gush about this movie so everyone knows I'm not racist" and that explains the praise for it. It was a decent movie, but it shouldn't have sniffed best picture. It was also alarmingly racist against Asians. My senior year I took an upper level political science class that was supposed to be a seminar on politics and race relations. The professor clearly had no interest in teaching the class though because most of the semester was either student presentations or transparent attempts to have us do research for her next book. The cherry on top was that our final exam was to watch Crash and write our thoughts and reactions. Even though I thought it was a decent movie my paper was just all about what bullshit I thought the movie was and I somehow reached the conclusion that the white cop who shot the black cop (I don't think he had any lines in the movie, it was based on a real incident between LAPD officers) was the only honest and likeable character in the movie. I got a B-
Crash felt like it was trying too hard 10 years ago, and I hated it. I can't even imagine what it would be like watching now.
Any movie about evolving social issues is going to age very quickly.
2005 was definitely a poor movie year. I'd go:
1. Walk the Line - this was a fun one, great acting, not sure how anybody couldn't like it.\, but it wasn't deep or anything.
2. The Constant Gardener
3. Brokeback Mountain
No chance Crash would make my TopTen.
Having not seen Brokeback Mountain or Capote, here are 7 movies that were better than Crash that year:
Batman Begins, Walk the Line, Syriana, The Constant Gardener, Wedding Crashers, 40 Year Old Virgin, and Good Night and Good Luck
Hell, I might even put the Firefly movie (Serenity) and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe ahead of it.
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
In Cold Blood is a great movie now available on ytepisodes. The 1996 version is good, but for me the 1967 version with Robert Blake and Scott Wilson is the one to watch. As a follow-up, I would recommend Capote, as it provides good detail of how the book ruined his life.
Bought the Hunger Games today. Been looking forward to it for a long time. I got the book well after the movie was in theatres.. By the time I finished the trilogy, it was like June. I figured the movie would be released shortly, even tho it was still getting one theatre at the megaplex-type theatres.
I give it a C, as someone who has read the book. You just can't match the rich detail found in books. I didn't care for all the minor changes. Plus, they left out a some important parts, like Peeta losing his leg and Katniss & Peeta's falling out on the train ride home.
Last King of Scotland. Not bad. I had a little bit of a "turn off the damn conveyor belt, Lucy!" reaction to this movie as James McAvoy's character just kept doing stupid things that advanced the plot. It was also less gruesome than I was expecting, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Watched The Five-Year Engagement with Jason Siegel and Emily Blunt - definitely ran longer than it should have, but it was a great mix between funny dialogue and serious plot.
Hunger Games - I enjoyed it. Nothing special, but it kept my attention for a couple hours or whatever. I've never read the book(s).
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
Yeah I originally gave HG an 8/10 on the theater viewing...but watching it again this weekend, it's more like a 7,7.5/10.
I also feel like, despite the movie catering somewhat to a compromise between those who know the material (and those who don't) and it ends up falling short of satisfying either.
Just saw "The Fighter". Bale was amazing in this. As was Amy Adams. Solid movie.
100%, about an hour into TDKR i was like holy shit, dicky eklund is the batman.
National Treasure is on TNT. God, Nic Cage fucking sucks.
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