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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11055 on: June 26, 2012, 10:43:14 PM »
Big Miracle

 The story of those whales that got trapped in the ice off Barrow Alaska back in 1988.

 Wow, can't believe this event was that long ago.

 OK version of the story, they got most of the facts correct.  Of course some of the true facts of this story would never fly in a fictional script.  The lady in the white house calls the national guard guy in Alaska and they end up getting married after the event, come on, no one will buy that.

 Acting was OK, Drew was good, the other mostly fair.  Ted Danson's character was the typical Hollywood CEO stereotype.  It's like they couldn't decide how realistic they wanted to go so made a bunch of real characters and threw in some 1 dimensional ones for the hell of it.  Which is strange since they went out of their way to use real native Alaskans for the native roles.

 Minimal use of CGI was a good move, CGI whales would probably move a bit more realistically but the animatronic ones interact with the water and the actors way more realistically than any CGI would.

 Some nitpicks:

  Why not use the real names the Inuit gave the whales?  Putu, Siku, and Kanik are cool names, it was stupid to use Flintstones names.
  It was fall, above the arctic circle, it should have been dark pretty much all the time. 
  They did a terrible job simulating far below zero temperatures, but I guess that one can slide since they were going for a "feel good" movie.
 
 And the real ending of the story is a big question mark, not good for a feel good movie, once the ice dam was cleared by the 2 different icebreakers no one saw the whales again.  No one saw them swim out.

 Overall a heartwarming little movie.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11056 on: June 28, 2012, 10:29:32 AM »
I finally finished the Friz Freleng cartoons I had on my list, which basically covered his career at Warners and then the new production company he founded in the mid-60s, which although initially was only going to be for commercials, was given an incredibly generous licensing deal for most of the Warner characters.  Thing is, most of those cartoons are terrible.  Around the same time, Blake Edwards contacted Freleng about creating a title sequence for the Pink Panther, and that was so well received that they produced a pretty lengthy cartoon series (over 90 cartoons, I think) based on a Pink Panther - not THE Pink Panther, as well as I recall, in the film it's a diamond - and an adaptation of the Inspector character.  The Panther cartoons are incredibly variable in quality, though they do have some good moments.

Other characters came along - The Tiajuana Frogs, Misterjaw, Roland & Rattfink, Blue Racer - but probably the most memorable, at least to me and my childhood was the Ant and the Aardvark.  Until I saw the cartoons recently, I always assumed that Jackie Mason voiced the Aardvark, but it's just a good impression of him, and a decent Dean Martin as the Ant.  The actual cartoons themselves aren't particularly good though, especially in the light of the much better Sylvester, Road Runner, and Daffy Duck ones they take their inspiration from.

There are still thousands of cartoons I haven't seen yet though, still a lot from the Warner's library, but also Filmation, Terrytoons, Noveltoons, and the rest of the Colombia, Paramount, and MGM vaults.  I just downloaded something like 300 from Youtube, and that's not even looking for specific titles.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11057 on: June 28, 2012, 12:29:50 PM »
Watched Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and ended up liking it better than I thought I would.  I especially liked the ending.  Not the typical Hollywood B.S. they usually serve.

The only problem was yet again some kid with a cell phone.  When I got to the theater, I was the only one there and I thought, sweet, I can watch the movie by myself.  Sure enough, five minutes after the film starts, a kid comes in, sits one row in front of me and ends up checking his cell phone half the time.  Aaaarrrggghhh!  I should've moved to another row, but I was happy sitting all the way in the back.  And it would've been so perfect if I was alone.  Damn.

Sartre was right.  Hell is other people.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11058 on: June 28, 2012, 12:33:56 PM »
Watched Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and ended up liking it better than I thought I would.  I especially liked the ending.  Not the typical Hollywood B.S. they usually serve.

The only problem was yet again some kid with a cell phone.  When I got the theater, I was the only one there and I thought, sweet, I can watch the movie by myself.  Sure enough, five minutes after the film starts, a kid comes in, sits one row in front of me and ends up checking his cell phone half the time.  Aaaarrrggghhh!  I should've moved to another row, but I was happy sitting all the way in the back.  And it would've been so perfect if I was alone.  Damn.

Sartre was right.  Hell is other people.

When I went to see Men in Black 3 I was the only one for awhile. Then someone in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank pulled up right behind me. They moved shortly after that, so luckily I didn't have to sit in front of Darth Vader the entire time.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11059 on: June 28, 2012, 12:35:25 PM »
Watched Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and ended up liking it better than I thought I would.  I especially liked the ending.  Not the typical Hollywood B.S. they usually serve.

The only problem was yet again some kid with a cell phone.  When I got the theater, I was the only one there and I thought, sweet, I can watch the movie by myself.  Sure enough, five minutes after the film starts, a kid comes in, sits one row in front of me and ends up checking his cell phone half the time.  Aaaarrrggghhh!  I should've moved to another row, but I was happy sitting all the way in the back.  And it would've been so perfect if I was alone.  Damn.

Sartre was right.  Hell is other people.

This is why I am not looking forward to going to see Ted this weekend.  I freaking hate people like that at the movies and this is also why most of my movie watching is at home on the big screen via Redbox or PPV.  Some movies I don't want to wait for though, so I have to take that chance.

I wish it was playing at the drive-in actually, at least there we can make comments about the films if we want to without disturbing others and can also not put up with jerks.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11060 on: June 28, 2012, 01:40:20 PM »
Battle for Terra

I had never heard of this... but my sons wanted family movie night recently... and it was an on-demand freebie with a trailer that didn't look completely awful... so we took the plunge. Basically, it's a lower budget, more family friendly, CGI-animated Avatar with a superior, more ambiguous script. In Avatar the evil hyoomans are trying to get rich and the entire idea is to loathe your own species. In Battle for Terra, the last remnants of humanity are adrift in space after war has destroyed Earth and the colony planets of Mars and Venus... Through various plot contrivances, the humans only have a few months to get off their decaying spacecraft or face extinction... and they find Terra.. a planet with an atmosphere that is not breathable, but which can be terraformed by a McGuffin they possess. A morality play ensues that is altogether superior to Cameron's epic from a story perspective, despite less than stellar execution.

The voice acting is generally flat and the dialog clunky in many spots despite a surprisingly B+ cast of known Hollywood types, the character design is not terribly attractive... and most of the animation budget went into some very well done action/battle scenes with everything else suffering.... But it's a hard movie not to like... With a running time of under 90 minutes... it makes you wonder how much better Avatar could have been if the black-and-white absolutes that Cameron had utilized were substituted with the shades of gray that Battle for Terra introduces to a very similar plot.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11061 on: June 28, 2012, 01:55:11 PM »
Watched Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and ended up liking it better than I thought I would.  I especially liked the ending.  Not the typical Hollywood B.S. they usually serve.

The only problem was yet again some kid with a cell phone.  When I got the theater, I was the only one there and I thought, sweet, I can watch the movie by myself.  Sure enough, five minutes after the film starts, a kid comes in, sits one row in front of me and ends up checking his cell phone half the time.  Aaaarrrggghhh!  I should've moved to another row, but I was happy sitting all the way in the back.  And it would've been so perfect if I was alone.  Damn.

Sartre was right.  Hell is other people.

This is why I am not looking forward to going to see Ted this weekend.  I freaking hate people like that at the movies and this is also why most of my movie watching is at home on the big screen via Redbox or PPV.  Some movies I don't want to wait for though, so I have to take that chance.

I wish it was playing at the drive-in actually, at least there we can make comments about the films if we want to without disturbing others and can also not put up with jerks.

I would pay extra money if I could see a film by myself without other people interrupting the experience.  Too bad theaters can't organize anti-cell phone/anti-talking screenings and pay ushers to throw out people who break the rules.  Or maybe open an Alamo Drafthouse around here--unfortunately I doubt that'll happen.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11062 on: June 28, 2012, 07:30:37 PM »
Went and saw Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter today. Enjoyed it quite a bit. Going in knowing that it's a Grahame-Smith novel would make you think it's going to be a comedy, but it plays the premise completely straight. Really interesting and pretty cool to watch.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11063 on: June 28, 2012, 08:59:47 PM »
Saw Men in Black 3 and Snow White and the Huntsmen today.  I thought MIB 3 was the best of the franchise.  Really enjoyed it.  Missed a few minutes of the beginning because the 3D was screwed up (it was actually blurrier with the glasses on) so I had to go all the way to the front to tell someone. 

I was surprised at how much I liked Snow White too.  It wasn't spectacular, but it was a decent movie made better by the great cinematography and visuals.  Would've been better with pretty much anyone other than Kristen Stewart.  Not that she was horrible, she was better than in Twilight and actually managed a halfway decent inspirational pre-battle speech.  I just can't bring myself to root for Bella over Charlize Theron (who hammed it up nicely as the evil queen).


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11064 on: June 28, 2012, 10:23:57 PM »
The Rum Diary

On Netflix streaming.

Best word to describe it is probably "meandering".  It was surreal enough to keep me from shutting it off, thinking it has to go somewhere at some point, it seems to at the end but I think it was a trick.  ;D


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11065 on: June 29, 2012, 01:54:14 AM »


Really enjoyed this, another very pointed black comedy from Bobcat. 
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11066 on: June 29, 2012, 07:34:57 AM »
Battle for Terra

I had never heard of this... but my sons wanted family movie night recently... and it was an on-demand freebie with a trailer that didn't look completely awful... so we took the plunge. Basically, it's a lower budget, more family friendly, CGI-animated Avatar with a superior, more ambiguous script. In Avatar the evil hyoomans are trying to get rich and the entire idea is to loathe your own species. In Battle for Terra, the last remnants of humanity are adrift in space after war has destroyed Earth and the colony planets of Mars and Venus... Through various plot contrivances, the humans only have a few months to get off their decaying spacecraft or face extinction... and they find Terra.. a planet with an atmosphere that is not breathable, but which can be terraformed by a McGuffin they possess. A morality play ensues that is altogether superior to Cameron's epic from a story perspective, despite less than stellar execution.

The voice acting is generally flat and the dialog clunky in many spots despite a surprisingly B+ cast of known Hollywood types, the character design is not terribly attractive... and most of the animation budget went into some very well done action/battle scenes with everything else suffering.... But it's a hard movie not to like... With a running time of under 90 minutes... it makes you wonder how much better Avatar could have been if the black-and-white absolutes that Cameron had utilized were substituted with the shades of gray that Battle for Terra introduces to a very similar plot.




Interesting. I had completely written this one off when I saw the ads for it.

And the fact that what amounts to a CGI B movie has a more intricate and developed plot than Avatar, says volumes.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11067 on: June 29, 2012, 08:00:40 AM »
21 Jump Street

I didn't think this was going to be any good. I was wrong; it's super funny.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11068 on: June 30, 2012, 02:14:42 PM »
I just watched Goodfellas! It was a good movie. I can see why some people call it a masterpiece but honestly I think it's a very good but also
very unusual, but perhaps that's too harsh a word. Maybe I would say it's very unconventional for a gangster flick. It does some very good
things to draw you in, like the acting and the story is top notch. I just think it focuses more on one guy who isn't even a real Sicilian who after
a while is more into the drug business which isn't even for any particular family anymore, but for himself and his REAL family. I think perhaps
it was unusual to me in that it had a soundtrack that was not typical for a gangster film. Lots of songs by the rolling stones and other artists. But
it's more of us looking in from the outside then looking at the story from the inner circles of the mafia.

But the bottom line is I enjoyed it.

Oh I almost forgot. Right before that last night I watched the first Twilight movie for the very first time. I saw Breaking Dawn part 1, and if that wasn't bad enough, the first one was still bad, but dammit I still don't know what the goddamn point was!!! If Edward likes Bella so much why doesn't he stay away from her?! If he's so damn old how come he's going to high school? Isn't that a little creepy? What was the point of the movie at all?! I just don't get it, it wasn't entertaining, it was just a little silly and too boring to be fun.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11069 on: July 01, 2012, 10:13:29 AM »
Ted

Fucking amazing!  A really really funny movie that I can't wait to see again.  So glad I didn't wait and went to see this now in theaters.  Might go see it again when I have a chance!

Also picked up my Rifftrax Live Tickets while at the theater so there is that too!  I am now official and ready for that!