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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12705 on: May 11, 2013, 08:41:14 PM »
Finally watched The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey.  All 400 hours of it, and this is only part 1....  Wow does this thing take forever to get to any point at any time, even the action scenes drag on too long, except the final battle that one was just about right. 

This is pretty much the opposite of the LOTR movies, where I looked forward to the extended editions and like them, this one I will not be getting the extended version that's supposed to come out in the fall.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12706 on: May 12, 2013, 03:48:43 AM »
I agree. I went in with dismal expectations and I enjoyed it.

Exactly the opposite of the LOTR movies.

What made the difference for you?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12707 on: May 12, 2013, 07:10:25 AM »
Finally saw "Kick Ass" on Blu-ray..............man that was good.

Apparently the director was rejected by most studios and raised the money (with others I am sure) to get it made, and I assume it made tons.

Fun, but it did not TRY to be funny.....because that fails so much.  The actors were good in the roles too.....even Nick!

I see they are making a sequel, but does not have the same director involved, so I am wondering about that.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12708 on: May 12, 2013, 11:12:14 AM »
I think the actors in the Hobbit are all-around better. The tone of the movie is closer to the tone of the book, especially with the "jokey" stuff.   And Freeman is just a far more likeable actor than Wood is.

Yeah, Elijah does tend to be a bit wooden.  ;D



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12709 on: May 12, 2013, 02:01:49 PM »
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Luis Buñuel's film explores heretical beliefs - and does so framed as a road picture. The story follows two beggars/pilgrims as they journey to a holy place -- along the way they shift into different eras and differing heretical theorists. What was cool about this was that I studied theology, even taught a class on the patristic period, so I actually knew what the hell it was these characters were arguing about, which was nice.

That’s not to say I understood the movie. Buñuel didn’t work like that, he wanted mystery, he wanted the magic of unknowing. And while he understood our need for answers, he hated how -in man’s zeal to know the “why” behind everything, they would reduce a film to something banal.

So no, I don’t know what that ending really means (though there are a couple of plausible explanations that are fun to bounce around and debate). And I don’t understand the scene with the virgin in the room; I can't even offer a decent theory on that one.

Buñuel was also a man of contradictions and that bleeds through in his films. He could be darkly anti-clerical and hilariously sacrilegious (I couldn’t help but laugh when he cast Jesus as Desaad’s literary serial killer Duc de Blangis in L’age d’Or)  But he also shows a strange affection for those he mocks. For example, I think he views his protagonists in Nazarine and Simon of the Desert as fools… but he also respects their tenacious fidelity. So it was no surprise to me that his Jesus in this movie is vibrant, full of spirit and humor – he’s a man you like. It also doesn’t really shock me that when Mary appears to two men, the director actually made it a very moving moment in the film.

That doesn’t mean that Luis is missing his teeth. He still takes his shots. My favorite scene is set at a (Catholic?) School, where children are forced to recite passages of religious dogma, in which they condemn those who don’t follow the company Line. During which,  one of our pilgrims has visions of revolutionaries who are readying their guns to fire on the Pope (played by Buñuel). In one the best -but quick- moments in surrealism, a man sitting next to the pilgrim sudden looks up, and wonders out loud if there is a firing range nearby. Dream has bled out and entered reality.

The movie can be a bit dry and prickly. It’s not real lively. The script (written with Jean-Claude Carrièreis) is constructed from actual heretical writings, as well as those who oppose them (as in the duel between the Jansenist and the Molinist) and passages from the Bible. So while it might sound absurd, or that Buñuel and Carrièreis are playing fast and lose with the facts, what they are presenting is authentic.

Though it gets mixed reactions, and I wouldn't place it among his greatest films, I did like it a lot. It challenged me, made me think... I even let loose and embraced the ambiguity.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12710 on: May 12, 2013, 02:52:50 PM »
I just saw Otmar Bauer Zeight.   :gouge:

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12711 on: May 12, 2013, 04:18:40 PM »
I finally watched Galaxy Quest (I'd seen parts of it before). Now I'm kind of obsessed with the idea of a sequel. Apparently they still want to make one. Maybe get somebody like John Scalzi, Ernest Cline, or Dan Harmon to write it...


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12712 on: May 13, 2013, 05:34:48 AM »
I applaud your support of a Galaxy Quest sequel.

I last saw Kick-Ass, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men Origins... I wish instead of bleating about action/event movies they didn't like nerd culture would celebrate the kind of movies like these that show you can do a 'big' movie with hearts, brains and characters.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12713 on: May 13, 2013, 09:36:49 AM »
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The acting falls apart in the third act, but otherwise it was a sweet movie.  The Rocketeer did a great job playing an atypical strict/military father.  Movies like this always make me wish I could befriend a high school outcast, but I'd probably get in trouble for that.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12714 on: May 13, 2013, 12:59:51 PM »
They can do a sequel about some ass-hat mangling the original series in some way.

This could be quite funny if done well.

Something about their quest to SAVE THE ORIGINAL CHARACTERS!!!!!!!!!!


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12715 on: May 13, 2013, 01:16:02 PM »
Zero Dark Thirty
Much, much better than Argo -- I haven't seen Amour yet but of the Oscar noms this should have been best picture of the year. I also think it's better than Bigelow and Boal's Hurt Locker (which I liked but felt was a bit of a one trick pony. Aside from a memorable trip home, it cycled through two moments throughout - a scene out in the field where the guy does something reckless, followed by a reflective scene at the base and then back again.)

Anyway, I liked how detailed and intense it was. Of course it invited much controversy but those issues didn't effect how the movie works as an art form, or it's examination of what the cost of catching the terrorist exacted on his pursuers minds and souls.

Sometimes it got overwrought, in scenes and performance, but not to the detriment of the whole. Chastain was solid, there's a nice arc with her character, at first looking uncomfortable with the torture, then progressing to full out zeal and a world weariness by the end.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12716 on: May 13, 2013, 02:52:31 PM »
Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy

Only watched the first 45 minutes of this and gave up.  Seems like you need a flowchart or something to follow along.  Will revisit this one someday when I can pay more attention. 

Dark Shadows

Horrible, just horrible.  Unfunny.  Gave up after 30 minutes.

Viva Knievel & Breaker Breaker  (both Rifftrax versions)

Now here is some funny stuff.  I am loving these newer (non public domain) features they have released.  Keep them coming!

Street People

Mid '70s Italian crime drama with Roger Moore and Stacy Keach.  Bizarre, but watchable.  Watched this on Netflix Streaming.

XXX

Hadn't seen this in ages.  I still found it really fun.  Although Vin Diesel still looks really stupid with his monster lambskin collar jacket.

Iron Man 3

Seen this one twice now.  Once in 3D and then in 2D.  Didn't make a difference.  I really enjoyed it both times.

Next up, more flicks on Netflix and Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend.

I am also kinda interested in seeing Gatsby in 3D, but will probably wait until it hits 3D PPV later this year.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12717 on: May 13, 2013, 03:13:01 PM »
Iron Man 3. Great way to kick off the summer of movies. Looking forward to Trek and Superman.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12718 on: May 13, 2013, 04:28:50 PM »
Mr. Popper's Penguins

Cute film.  Best part was when my kitty Boo fell asleep while watching it.  The penguins definitely grabbed her attention.   :)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12719 on: May 13, 2013, 09:14:55 PM »
Seven Psychopaths

Loved it. I've been following Martin McDonagh since I saw In Bruges a few years ago. Seven Psychopaths: dark, laugh out loud funny, demented, and very genuine. Sam Rockwell is so much fun to watch. Actually, if anybody knows where I can get a knitted dog hat like the one he wears in the movie I'd be eternally grateful.