RA Movie Thread (Read 5564 times)

jimmyb


    Finally caught Argo--very good. Amazing true story (intensified for the film). Kudos to Ben Affleck on a fine directing job. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the film.

     

    If you like listening to podcasts about movies while you run, check out Now Playing podcast. Unlike many podcasts, it's well-recorded---even sound between the contributors. Nothing worse than the podcasts that haven't compressed and limited their sound. Anyway, these guys are fun and do retrospectives (like all the Bond films or Stepehn King films). They're also on Itunes.

     

    Cloud Atlas next on the docket.

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    GC100k


      The new Ron Burgundy movie is going to suck, isn't it?

       

      A lot of the promo stuff Will Farrell is doing is really funny, but the actual trailers aren't funny at all.  I'm afraid it's going to be a dud.  I hope not, but if they can't make a funny trailer...


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        Do you know what movie the above quote is from? Hint - the title would appeal to many on RA.

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          Finally caught Argo--very good. Amazing true story (intensified for the film). Kudos to Ben Affleck on a fine directing job. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the film.

           

           

          Agreed.

          However, more accurately stated it is "based on a true story". Look up the real story (Wikipedia will do). A lot of the tensest moments in the film were either exaggerated or completely made up, for dramatic effect. And most Canadians hate the movie, because it showed the Americans as masterminding the whole operation, while the Canadians basically played host & stayed out of the way. In reality, it was almost the exact opposite.

          Since I read all this after seeing the movie, it did not detract from my enjoyment of it.

          Dave

            "Is it safe" - Dentist from hell

             

            Do you know what movie the above quote is from? Hint - the title would appeal to many on RA.

             

            I'm gonna say Marathon Man, even though i never saw it, but based on the title & the fact it was famous for having a creepy dentist.

            Dave


            Needs more cowbell!

              My only nit to pick is the CGI with both Legolas and the "barrel scene" got out of hand.  Tone that CG down, PJ, lest we lose the illusion of reality.  

               

              We saw it on Sat. in 3D IMAX.  Really liked it a LOT more than the first film.  But Legolas looked…"off."  I assume it's because OB has aged since the LOTR trilogy and had to be digitally made to look younger or at least not older.  Was he wearing contacts or something?  Something about his eyes gave me the creeps.

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              manfromnantucket


                Pleasure Island is another little gem i forgot about.

                jimmyb


                  I just remembered I watched Skyfall this weekend. I haven't seen any of the post-Roger Moore Bond films. This one is a great update. Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty) Modern. Beautifully photographed. Great stunts. Awesome villain. Interesting themes. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Daniel Craig's Bond grew on me, and by the end he was him as far as I'm concerned.  5 heart rate monitors out of 5.

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                  mab411


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                    I just remembered I watched Skyfall this weekend. I haven't seen any of the post-Roger Moore Bond films. This one is a great update. Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty) Modern. Beautifully photographed. Great stunts. Awesome villain. Interesting themes. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Daniel Craig's Bond grew on me, and by the end he was him as far as I'm concerned.  5 heart rate monitors out of 5.

                     

                    You might consider checking out Casino Royale (2008), as well.  Quantum of Solace wasn't that great, IMO.

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                      Agreed.

                      However, more accurately stated it is "based on a true story". Look up the real story (Wikipedia will do). A lot of the tensest moments in the film were either exaggerated or completely made up, for dramatic effect. And most Canadians hate the movie, because it showed the Americans as masterminding the whole operation, while the Canadians basically played host & stayed out of the way. In reality, it was almost the exact opposite.

                      Since I read all this after seeing the movie, it did not detract from my enjoyment of it.

                       

                      I work with a lady who was a key player in Argo (the true story, not the movie).  She says the movie was actually a lot more accurate than people "bashing it" realize but yes, the Canadians deserve a lot more credit than they get.

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                        "Is it safe" - Dentist from hell

                         

                        Do you know what movie the above quote is from? Hint - the title would appeal to many on RA.

                         

                        Yes!  Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man.  Great great movie.

                        mab411


                        Proboscis Colossus

                           

                          Yes!  Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man.  Great great movie.

                           

                          ...with a really weird climax.

                          "God guides us on our journey, but careful with those feet." - David Lee Roth, of all people

                          jimmyb


                            The new Ron Burgundy movie is going to suck, isn't it?

                             

                            A lot of the promo stuff Will Farrell is doing is really funny, but the actual trailers aren't funny at all.  I'm afraid it's going to be a dud.  I hope not, but if they can't make a funny trailer...

                             

                            I agree about his work promoting the film, starting with Conan through his interview with Peyton Manning. Here's a top 5 list of videos of his run of promos on Variety:

                             

                            http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/anchorman-viral-marketing-1200944986/

                             

                            Lot of laughs. Hope the movie is as funny. If the movie gives me a few laughs and keeps me smiling most of the time, then good. Laughs are what I expect from comedies. One out of control laugh, and it's thumbs up. I'd recommend Tommy Boy just for the one scene in the airplane bathroom.

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                            mab411


                            Proboscis Colossus

                              Another pizza/movie night rehearsal tonight, this time with the junior high band (last week was beginners).

                               

                              This time, the Redbox kiosk had Monsters University in, and they chose it over Rise of the Guardians (I may or may not have picked an older movie to skew the voting a bit. ).

                               

                              This...is much, much better than Smurfs 2.  Not my favorite Pixar movie, but not my least favorite, either.  And much, muuuuuch better than Smurfs 2.

                              "God guides us on our journey, but careful with those feet." - David Lee Roth, of all people


                              Interval Junkie --Nobby

                                Stoker (2013)-- Dexter meets Lolita.  If you love the performances of Mia Wasikowska, then it's a movie to check out.  Otherwise, you probably will not like this film.  It's creepy in uncomfortable ways.  The visuals are satisfying and challenging, though without being too caught up in itself.  (3/5)

                                 

                                Syrup (2013)-- This film takes business 101 as a theme for the film and plays it for irony.  Everyone in the story is "branding" themselves. The hollowness of the characters is the main problem the protagonist is wrestling with in the film.  And I think with that as a narrative challenge, the film does pretty well.  There's lots of marketing and business iron and lampooning of customers in the film.  I'd image this would be good B.S.-Valve release for MBA students. (3/5) 

                                 

                                Drinking Buddies (2013)  -- If I had a drinking buddy, I'd want it to  be Olivia Wilde.  As a supremely beautiful woman, she is able to knock herself down to a kinda-pretty girl working a dead-end job; surrounded by guys and very lonely.  She has a crush on her best friend, who has a girlfriend.  Many of the characters have something emotional they would like to say or act on, but are holding back because they know they probably shouldn't say it.  You can feel the tension of the characters teetering on an emotional cliff, where the next step will cause everything to crash down on them;  the actors do a great job with this and it's probably the strongest thing about the entire film.  (4/5)

                                 

                                The Bletchley Circle (2012) -- Murder mystery: post-war Britain.  A group of women who used to work in Bletchley Park as code-crackers are now confined to the stifling limitations of middle-class house-wives and menial jobs "appropriate" for women of the time.  Their talents are squandered by society; because of the secrecy involved their husband don't even know their contributions in the war.   The women themselves are sure to lock their own shackles -- constantly framing their contributions in comparison to men "who actually fought the war" and second-guessing themselves about what " a bunch of silly women" can do to solve a local murder.  The main antagonist is their oppression; the murderer is just a macguffin.  From a social perspective, I found it hard to watch.  But the acting is good and the characters rewarding in their interactions.  Not bad for a BBC period series.  (3/5)

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