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Movies...? posted 28 Sep 2005, 07:09 by Lucimay, Subdidact

(syl has incited me out of my lethargy) anyone seen any good flicks lately?? hit us with some reviews... tonight i saw David Cronenberg's new film "The History of Violence" you don't actually HAVE to be a Cronenberg fan to see this film, but having seen one or two will probably add to the experience. as a woman i usually avoid Cronenberg. Dead Ringers (twin gynecologists inventing torturous gynecological instruments!!) was over the top creepy even for Cronenberg (who gave us Shivers and Scanners). this newest film is the story of an american family and like his compatriots Romero, Craven, Hooper, and Carpenter, Cronenberg definately has things to point out about that family, and about perception and the nature of "reality". as big a Viggo Mortensen fan as i am, i am not sure he was right for this role. he delivers but there is something stilted about his performance. if you see it, maybe you can put your finger on it for me. Maria Bello, however, is steller!! She is fully believable every minute of screentime. Ashton Holmes is also very good as the son. An archtypical story of mistaken identity, the script was spare (and loosely based on John Wagner's graphic novel); lots of silent screen time, and at moments so spare as to be cliche, which gives this viewer the impression that Cronenberg is more interested in what's happening between and to the characters than what might be said in the moment. There is explicit sex and violence, signature Cronenberg devices for commentary, and they work well. Nuff said, I liked it and would recommend it. here's an interview with Cronenberg about it. [url:35xxf6z8]http://movies.about.com/od/ahistoryofviolence/a/violence072605.htm[/url:35xxf6z8] now it's YOUR turn... :) view post


posted 28 Sep 2005, 11:09 by Echoex, Auditor

Ahhh....Sideways. Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden Church. Two middle-aged men -- both wash-ups in their own ways -- venture to the California wine valley for one last hurrah before Jack (Church) gets married. Miles (Giamatti) is a recently-divorced Grade 8 teacher with a preternatural instinct for wine and a manuscript that just can't get published. Jack is an ex-soap opera star and current commercial voice-over guy who 'wants to get his nut' while on this trip, in spite of his premarital commitments. The cinematography is kept rather simple in this dialogue- / situation-driven masterpiece. But this work of art is more like Munch's "The Scream" than it is like DaVinci's "Last Supper". That is, it's the movie's simplicity and what it's lacking that makes it so distressing and beautiful to look at. Consider the sparce soundtrack, Miles' Saub...these things all lend to a sense of desperation. And you'll see that this dankness is cut on occassion by the warmth of Virginia Madsen's character, Maya. The only disappointment comes from a rather jolted and unnatural performance by Sandra Oh (Stephanie). I can only chalk it up to her inexperience, and this is especially evident by her being cast against the juggernauts of Giamatti, Church, and Madsen. In spite of Oh, I can't recall witnessing a movie where the characters seemed so natural and 'belonged'. And by the way, don't try watching this movie without a good bottle of Pinot. You won't be able to resist the need... .Ex. view post


posted 28 Sep 2005, 16:09 by Scilvenas, Auditor

Never got the whole Sideways thing. Working in a video store when it came out, I found there were only two types of people. Those who love the movie and those who hate it (there was even one woman who came in and demanded a refund because it was too vulgar... despite the warnings on the back of the display box). *shrug* I love wine, but other than a few funny moments, the movie did nothing for me. None of the characters in the film gave me much reason to either empathize with them or find them interesting. Great performances, even if I don't agree with the director's love of Giamatti. view post


posted 16 Oct 2005, 21:10 by Lucimay, Subdidact

have 2 films from Netflix for this weekend.... [b:25w4ma8e]Alive[/b:25w4ma8e] (2002) director Ryuhei Kitamura's "chilling drama based on comic book artist Tsutomu Takahashi's work" and [b:25w4ma8e]Premonition[/b:25w4ma8e] (2004) japanese horror film will view and review this week. :) view post


posted 23 Oct 2005, 19:10 by Lucimay, Subdidact

well, Premonition was only ok. but i went to see [b:1i5prodx]Elizabethtown[/b:1i5prodx] last night. loved it. you might have to be either a Cameron Crowe fan or FROM kentucky to like it, tho. Crowe has his own brand of humor and this film is FILLED with it. i alternately laughed and wept. wept because it's been nearly 7 years since i've been home to kentucky and Crowe brilliantly portrays the simple beauty of the place. Bloom and Dunst were also very very good. i have to admit, i just love Dunst. she's just fun to watch in this film. Susan Sarandon is very Susan Sarandon and also fun as Bloom's west coast crazy mother. If you liked Almost Famous, Singles, or Jerry Maguire, you will probably like this movie. (the love story plotline might put this film in the "chick flick" genre but Crowe's hilarious sense of humor redeems it!!) And folks, people really are like this in kentucky!!!! yes indeedy! :lol: view post


posted 24 Oct 2005, 20:10 by NorthernPlato, Candidate

My girlfriend and I really enjoyed '[i:usptlz7b]Closer[/i:usptlz7b]'. For a cast of 4 people, the movie relies heavily on the script and the actors' ability to deliever the dialogue. Funny, how most of Jude Law's movies involve him portraying infedility? I'm a big fan of both Clive Owen and Natalie Portman, so I'm kinda biased. Anywho, I really enjoyed '[i:usptlz7b]Closer[/i:usptlz7b]' and reccommend fully to others. Patrick[/i] view post


posted 04 Nov 2005, 04:11 by Da-krul, Auditor

I saw Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Marvously movie, had me and my dad laughing in fits. view post


posted 10 Dec 2005, 15:12 by Tol h'Eddes, Auditor

Anybody saw Old Boy, the Korean film? I watched it last night and, wow. It's probably one of the best movie I saw this year. This is the story of a guy who is imprisoned without knowing why, with sole company a television. 15 years later, he is released with a wallet and a cellphone. And he has 5 days to find out why he was imprisoned and to take revenge... I recommend it to anyone not faint of heart. view post


posted 10 Dec 2005, 23:12 by AjDeath, Didact

I will list some of my favorite movies. Not really a good reviewer, so... Once upon A Time In The West. If you have seen any Sergio Leone, then you will know why I love this movie. There is debate about which is better, The Good The Bad And Theugly, or Once... For my money, better story, better acting, better all around. Expansive epic western with a Female lead. Glengarry Glen Ross - Best dialogue ever written, and one of Pacino's most explosive and slimey deliveries. Alec Baldwin, Spacey, Lemon! All playing slimey, smooth and crooked Real Estate agents. Alec's "Brass Balls" line had me laughing for hours. Will talk about more later. view post


posted 12 Dec 2005, 17:12 by Harrol, Moderator

I just watched the Syriana. I thought it was a very good movie. It will probably make a lot of people mad by what it is impling. It is certainly worth watching. view post


posted 12 Dec 2005, 17:12 by AjDeath, Didact

[quote="Harrol":5ys1e8ry]I just watched the Syriana. I thought it was a very good movie. It will probably make a lot of people mad by what it is imply. It is certainly worth watching.[/quote:5ys1e8ry]A lot of people probably need to hear what it implies. view post


posted 12 Dec 2005, 20:12 by Harrol, Moderator

Well AJ without giving away to much. The movie shows the American corporate and governmental coruption in the oil bussiness. At the same time showing the effects in the Middle East. As a side note it reveals the economic game between America and China and how we use oil for leaverage. view post


posted 18 Oct 2006, 17:10 by Harrol, Moderator

I saw a great movie this weekend called The Departed. It is a mob/cop movies but it really leaves a lot of the stereo typical plots behind. In some ways it was very Game of Thronesish. I will leave that last statement up to the imagination. If you can see it I think it is worth while. P.S. do not take your kids, the weak hearted or people that like happy endings to it. view post


posted 18 Oct 2006, 21:10 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

It looks good, i just have not had the chance to see it, nice resurrecting a long dead post you silly necromancer Harrol. view post


posted 18 Oct 2006, 23:10 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

[quote="Harrol":1ulhkqob]I saw a great movie this weekend called The Departed. It is a mob/cop movies but it really leaves a lot of the stereo typical plots behind. In some ways it was very Game of Thronesish. I will leave that last statement up to the imagination. If you can see it I think it is worth while. P.S. do not take your kids, the weak hearted or people that like happy endings to it.[/quote:1ulhkqob] Thats because it is a Scorsese film :) And he is an absolutly brilliant filmmaker. Coupled with an all-star cast who all gave brilliant performances. It was one of the best movies I have seen all year. view post


posted 19 Oct 2006, 01:10 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

Ok now your just making me feel like a retard because I havent seen it yet. view post


posted 19 Oct 2006, 12:10 by Harrol, Moderator

I think you will enjoy it WP. view post


posted 19 Oct 2006, 13:10 by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

i've been hearing good things.. i'll have to wait til this is into second run.. i refuse to go to those big cinemas. view post


posted 20 Oct 2006, 18:10 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

I will probably see it this weekend. view post


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