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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13365 on: October 25, 2013, 01:47:13 PM »
Rosebud's not a MacGuffin.  A MacGuffin is something in the plot that although totally meaningless, and perhaps even invisible, to the viewer, propels the motivations of the characters in the story.  Hitchcock movies are full of MacGuffins, as do most heist/caper films.

Rosebud is more of a cryptic question to the audience and has no real bearing on the characters in the movie.

I thought it was supposed to symbolize regret thereby enhancing the character of C. Montgomery Burns Foster Kane
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13366 on: October 25, 2013, 05:12:39 PM »
Rosebud's not a MacGuffin.  A MacGuffin is something in the plot that although totally meaningless, and perhaps even invisible, to the viewer, propels the motivations of the characters in the story.  Hitchcock movies are full of MacGuffins, as do most heist/caper films.

Rosebud is more of a cryptic question to the audience and has no real bearing on the characters in the movie.
It's a macguffin because it's what the reporter is searching for.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13367 on: October 25, 2013, 11:38:16 PM »
I really started a snowball with that one... I'll just restate that A: I haven't finished it and B: will give it another shot when the time comes. My first post was really just a comment on the impact of spoilers.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13368 on: October 26, 2013, 12:39:48 AM »
I've seen Citizen Kane a couple times.  Personally I find the story boring, though the actors are all good.  The main thing that interests me when I watch it is trying to pick out interesting filming techniques.  The camera work was pretty remarkable for its time.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13369 on: October 26, 2013, 03:29:39 PM »
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didn't have aliens, lasers, or magic swords in it

Wait a minute...what movie did I watch?

Watched two movies yesterday.

"Captain Phillips" - Good movie, great performance by Tom Hanks. Especially at the very end. Phenomenal!

"Silver Linings Playbook" - Really touching. I'm glad there's a movie about mental health that is somewhat positive. Even so, it felt like a bit of a cop-out happy ending.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13370 on: October 26, 2013, 06:39:18 PM »
Rosebud's not a MacGuffin.  A MacGuffin is something in the plot that although totally meaningless, and perhaps even invisible, to the viewer, propels the motivations of the characters in the story.  Hitchcock movies are full of MacGuffins, as do most heist/caper films.

Rosebud is more of a cryptic question to the audience and has no real bearing on the characters in the movie.
It's a macguffin because it's what the reporter is searching for.

Rosebud is a mystery, not just to the reporter but to the viewer and thus it carries a meaning entirely absent from what a MacGuffin has been defined as.  It's not a big shiny jewel or diplomatic papers, such as in Casablanca.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13371 on: October 26, 2013, 09:53:23 PM »
Paranorman.

Far better than Coraline, which is what it was being tied to on the cover, but still somehow unidentifiably disappointing.  Not bad exactly but kind of...underwhelming? I understand it's loads better than Hotel Transylvania, however, and I got it for $10 shipped, so I guess I can't complain.  I think part of the problem was the pacing, and part was that there just wasn't really enough story to justify 90 minutes.  I didn't really see the "twist" coming though, so that's good.  Character design was nice, there were a couple of funny jokes, but largely this just left me feeling vaguely bothered.

Our tastes differed quite a lot, then. I LOVED ParaNorman. One of the best movies of last year, I think, and last year was HUGE for awesome movies.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13372 on: October 27, 2013, 08:06:29 PM »
Curse of Chucky - I really liked this one. Been a fan of this series since the beginning, and it has the best track record for sequels. Only the third one is an outright stinker, the rest are good, although Seed had problems. This one takes it back to more of a horror tone like the first one. And while after Bride and Seed were more humorous I wouldn't have expected that to work, it really does. Performances are good, particularly from Fiona Dourif.
  Because there is no origin to get out of the way, or need to explain why he's still alive after the last one, Chucky can be present from the very beginning. He provides a nice palpable tension throughout.
  One thing I have to particularly applaud the filmmakers for is the look of Chucky himself. In the other movies (especially the first two) it always kinda bugged me the difference between his look when he is just the nearly motionless doll and when he is full animatronic Chucky. This was due to the limitations of the plastics at the time, but still they have improved it so his skin texture doesn't shift rapidly.
  I did have some issues though:
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  I didn't like the whole flashback sequence showing the family's connection to Charles Lee Ray. It came way too late in the movie, took too long, and didn't seem very well thought out. Also, there is just no way to ignore the blatant age difference in Brad Dourif from the first movie to this one. Especially when they actually include some footage from the first movie!
  But overall I really liked it and would recommend it to fans of the series. Definitely a great way to reinvigorate the franchise, and I now welcome them to make more.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13373 on: October 27, 2013, 08:54:01 PM »
Started watching Pacific Rim the other night. We were so thoroughly bored, we shut it off.

Really wanted to enjoy it too. :/
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13374 on: October 27, 2013, 09:12:56 PM »
Maybe you will enjoy it? I am not always inline with the popular opinions on movies. :P

I can say this with a straight face:

I thought Battleship was significantly more enjoyable.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13375 on: October 27, 2013, 11:38:56 PM »
Maybe you will enjoy it? I am not always inline with the popular opinions on movies. :P

I can say this with a straight face:

I thought Battleship was significantly more enjoyable.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13376 on: October 28, 2013, 08:01:04 AM »
Pacific Rim was wonderful. It's at the cheap theater now, and I need to start abusing that.

I think the best descriptor for it I can come up with is that, sometimes, cartoons just need to be cartoons, even if they're real people.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13377 on: October 28, 2013, 08:07:27 AM »
Pacific Rim was wonderful. It's at the cheap theater now, and I need to start abusing that.

I think the best descriptor for it I can come up with is that, sometimes, cartoons just need to be cartoons, even if they're real people.

Or "A Homage to Giant Monster Movies".  I still need to see it sometime.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13378 on: October 28, 2013, 12:39:14 PM »
I enjoyed Pacific Rim a lot.

I would poke my eyes out before I would "watch" Battleship.

Just to give you where my opinion lies in comparison to yours and Grug's :)
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13379 on: October 28, 2013, 02:39:41 PM »
I enjoyed Pacific Rim a lot.

I would poke my eyes out before I would "watch" Battleship.

Just to give you where my opinion lies in comparison to yours and Grug's :)

That's your choice, of course, but an opinion on something you haven't seen is pretty worthless.
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