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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12540 on: April 01, 2013, 06:06:26 PM »
Midnight Madness

Dollar att the Goodwill.  80s movie starring David Naughton and Eddie Deezen and some kid called Michael Fox.  I think that kid is going places.  And hey, its Paul Reubens!

Anyway, the movie, typical 80s.  Totally rad soundtrack and stereotypes up the wazoo.  The fat kid that has his own fat kid soundtrack.  The nerds.  The jocks.  The giggling fat twins.  Its really quite offensive, but would make a ripe rifftrax.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12541 on: April 01, 2013, 06:49:54 PM »
Went to see GI Joe: Retaliation in IMAX 3D while on Vegas vacation. It's incredibly stupid, but it's a good time. There's a big fight involving ninjas and ziplines on a mountainside that's wonderfully over-the-top.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12542 on: April 01, 2013, 07:02:23 PM »
Sounds like exactly what I'd want a GI Joe movie to be, and I was pleasantly surprised by the last one.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12543 on: April 01, 2013, 07:05:52 PM »
Sounds like exactly what I'd want a GI Joe movie to be, and I was pleasantly surprised by the last one.
That's exactly how I felt. I think I'll wait for the new one to be out on DVD, I don't need it in 3D or anything, but I will check it out eventually. I am encouraged that apparently Channing Tatum isn't in very much of it, despite all that talk abut reshoots.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12544 on: April 01, 2013, 08:42:13 PM »
Yeah, without giving too much away, they cut ties with all the characters in the first movie pretty quickly. This is The Rock's movie, and he seems to be having a blast doing it. :^)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12545 on: April 01, 2013, 08:47:42 PM »
Les Miserables

Mostly enjoyed it, although it was a bit too long.  Anne Hathaway more than deserved her Oscar, even though she also had the best song of the movie to sing.  And speaking of singing, Russell Crowe can't.  At first I thought Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter were out of place and over the top when they showed up, but they actually fit quite well into the overall story.  Haven't seen Lincoln yet, but Hugh Jackman was deserving of Oscar gold here.

This Is 40

Really torn on this one.  I found parts of it really, really funny.  But it seemed to drag in parts and went on way too long for a comedy.  Leslie Mann was pretty awesome in this, and Paul Rudd is always awesome.  Melissa McCarthy's small part (and outtakes in the credits) were some of the funniest bits of the film.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12546 on: April 01, 2013, 10:27:11 PM »
Safety Not Guaranteed
Oh how I love an offbeat romantic comedy. Well, I like a good rom-com anyway, but I prefer ones that cut a little deeper and say something a little wiser (The Apartment) or take an unusual path on rout to its binding of two hearts (Wristercutters) or maybe combine those two aspects (Harold and Maud). Safety Not Guaranteed, like Wristercutters, is unconventional, in that it is the promise of a trip on a time machine that brings our protagonists together.

It was funny as hell and it boasts a good cast. I espeically like Aubry Plaza’s ‘matter of fact’ performance. The characters all kind of start off steriotypically quirky or cynical, but are fleshed out and become more relatable as the story progresses. Though Mark Duplass’ limits as an actor hampers the final dramatic close, it wasn't to the ruination of the whole

While rom-coms have their tropes, SNG doesn’t lose it’s own distinct voice getting through to its inevtible end. (unlike Silver Linings Playbook – which had a delightfully unconvential romance that unfortunately stumbled into a conventional final act)

Plus it was filmed in my home State and hey, a zither… cool!


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12547 on: April 01, 2013, 11:49:48 PM »
Safety Not Guaranteed

I watched this yesterday.  I don't think Plaza's matter-of-fact, rather than down right grumpy.  It's different from her Parks & Rec role though, as this one's a little sadder, more affected by the past.  I enjoyed it. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12548 on: April 02, 2013, 12:31:32 AM »
Safety Not Guaranteed

I watched this yesterday.  I don't think Plaza's matter-of-fact, rather than down right grumpy.  It's different from her Parks & Rec role though, as this one's a little sadder, more affected by the past.  I enjoyed it.

I didn't really see her as all that grumpy. I'm going to stick matter of fact, a little bored with it all at the start. And yeah, rather sad/hurt. That's why I liked those scenes when she starts smiling. It's like she's waking up, finding something fun and interesting again.

I don't watch Parks and Recs so she was new for me as an actress.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12549 on: April 02, 2013, 07:53:25 AM »
I love Safety Not Guaranteed.  It's one of my favorites from last year.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12550 on: April 02, 2013, 09:52:04 PM »
Hitchcock
Disappointing. While I expected a few peaks into his private life, I wish that had been the side dish and the movie had focused more on the details of his craft and the making of Psycho. Acting is solid, and yet despite all the prosthetics, Hopkins looks more like Gene Roth than Hitch. He doesn't quite get the master of suspense down.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12551 on: April 02, 2013, 10:48:12 PM »
Sometime last week, I wrote the following on Facebook: "Note to self: watch more deliriously subtle surreal romantic movies." One of my friends popped up in the comments and suggested I watch some Wong Kar Wai movies. I love my friends, and it's a good suggestion. My favorite of Wong's movies is In the Mood for Love (2000), and because it's been a few years since I've seen it, and because I don't think I've ever written about it, I decided that I needed a revisit.

The story here follows two neighbors in 1962 Hong Kong who slowly realize that their respective spouses are having an affair. This shared experience draw them together, but it also keeps them apart. Mrs. Chan is played by Maggie Cheung. She works in a travel office as an executive assistant. Mr. Chow is played by Tony Leung Chiu Wai. He's a journalist who wants to write martial arts novels, an interest he shares with Mrs. Chan. During the course of the movie, they play-act the meeting of their spouses in an attempt to understand and come to terms with the affair. Later, they play act the confrontation with their spouses. This acts as a kind of long courtship, and, inevitably they fall in love. But they don't consummate it. "We're better than them," Mrs. Chow says. Eventually they part and their paths continue to almost meet again, but it's not to be. "That era has passed. Nothing that belongs to it exists anymore," the movie tells us near the end. The feeling of loss is palpable.

The word "mood" in the title is important, because this is not a movie about story, per se. It's about atmosphere, feeling, and (yes) mood. The mood is ultimately melancholy, but it's bittersweet. It's amplified by music--mostly Nat King Cole--and by Christopher Doyle's languid and dense and utterly ravishing cinematography. This is one of the most beautiful movies of the decade, a quality that is only exaggerated by casting Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung in the leads, but it's also one that has a certain bleakness to it. This is a nocturne, with an Edward Hopper-ish sense of loneliness underlying it.

This is a love letter to Maggie Cheung, who the movie puts in a series of period dresses with high collars and figure defining fits that make Ms. Cheung's neck seem impossibly long. The architectural hairstyle they've chosen for her is a composition in itself, one the movie occasionally exploits. Leung, for his part, has been put into a stylish shantung suit. It stays the same through the movie; only the ties change. Wong understands movie stars. He knows how to film them. Of course, casting Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung in the movie does prejudice the viewer into wondering what their spouses could possibly be thinking in having their affair. And so it goes...

This is also a movie about negative spaces. In art, negative spaces are the empty areas that define shapes. Wong here is filling in the area around all those movies about infidelities. In a darker movie, Mrs. Chan or Mr. Chow would be victims--more than they are now, that is--but this isn't playing that game. Instead, they're the absent characters who define affairs in other movies. The movie pointedly does not show either of their spouses faces on camera, and thus inverts the formula. The affair is now the negative space. The scenes where our lovers play act the affair are defined by the fact that we don't know their spouses, only the hole that they leave in the movie. This is emphasized in the shot compositions, too, in which the emptiness around the characters is telling, as is the distances between them. The concept of negative space is a Buddhist one, and the sense of loss at the end of the movie is suggestive of Buddhist notions of ephemerality. It's appropriate, I think, that the movie ends at Ankor Wat, with Mr. Chan whispering his secret love into a hole and covering it. The shots here have a ghostly quality to them, as if everything has been erased by time.

In the Mood for Love also reminds me of E. M. Forster, who famously implored the world to "only connect" in Howard's End. This is a movie where the longing to connect is so strong it hurts to watch, and where the fact that no connection is ultimately made is the real tragedy of the film. Not the infidelities. Those are common (in both senses of the word), the movie insinuates. It's the passing of its characters without that connection that haunts me, even ten years later. It's a film that lingers.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12552 on: April 02, 2013, 10:52:58 PM »
I've just gotten back into listening to Filmspotting lately, and they champion Wong Kar Wai a lot, so I've been meaning to check out In The Mood for Love and Chungking Express. Haven't got there yet...
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12553 on: April 02, 2013, 11:11:39 PM »
I've liked what I've seen of Kar Wai, even the panned Blueberry Nights. Both Chungking and In the Mood For Love are great. My favorite is the odd follow up to Mood, 2046


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12554 on: April 02, 2013, 11:40:25 PM »
Hitchcock
Disappointing. While I expected a few peaks into his private life, I wish that had been the side dish and the movie had focused more on the details of his craft and the making of Psycho. Acting is solid, and yet despite all the prosthetics, Hopkins looks more like Gene Roth than Hitch. He doesn't quite get the master of suspense down.

Yeah, this sounds about right. Plus, according to a Hitchcock-learned friend of mine, the movie is fairly inaccurate as to a lot of the personal details. Which means all the dull drama was created for the sake of there being drama. I too would've greatly preferred they cut that in favor of more behind-the-scenes stuff for Psycho and so on.