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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13755 on: March 06, 2014, 01:54:02 AM »
I judge a film on the film. (And it's an accusation, not a conviction. It's also one that is refuted by another sibling who was there that day (and who also had some negative comments about Mia's verbally abusive parenting. So it's not cut and dried)

No, it's not cut and dried, because there's a lot of misinformation out there. It's a shame it wasn't handled better at the time.

But the good news is, not every film needs to be judged - You can just opt not to view it. :)
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13756 on: March 06, 2014, 04:30:38 AM »
I judge a film on the film. (And it's an accusation, not a conviction. It's also one that is refuted by another sibling who was there that day (and who also had some negative comments about Mia's verbally abusive parenting. So it's not cut and dried)

No, it's not cut and dried, because there's a lot of misinformation out there. It's a shame it wasn't handled better at the time.

But the good news is, not every film needs to be judged - You can just opt not to view it. :)

True, but I'm one of those nuts that feel compelled to watch... well, a lot. Even movies from filmmakers I'm cool too. I see glowing notices and I give in and go see it. Sometimes I'm rewarded (as with Francis Ha) and other times -- Uhg, I need to stop watching Seth Rogan scripted films...  it never ends well for me ;D


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13757 on: March 06, 2014, 05:59:49 AM »
I finally got around to watching "Gravity."

The Good:
Obviously, the special effects were excellent.  Computer generated graphics have come a long way.  Also, the zero-G effects were handled well, and had a realistic feel.  So, effects good. 

The story did what it was apparently designed to do; create 90 minutes of tension.  I never felt that the movie was dragging, because it moved very quickly from one moment of peril to another.

The Bad:
It did tend to suffer from the "we built it, now let's destroy it" attitude that permeates action movies today.  Someone does need to explain to Hollywood that, when one metal object hits another, there tends to be denting, smashing, crushing and snapping.  The objects don't break into millions of tiny pieces, like a wood framed house in a nuclear blast.  There were some really unbelievable moments, involving speeds, logistics, and just basic "how spacecraft work" type things.

There were only two "real" characters in the movie, which would usually mean that there would be tons of time for character development.  But, no, not really.  The mission commander (George Clooney) is a competent, brave leader who listens to country music, and loves to tell stories.  The mission specialist (Sandra Bullock) is brilliant, but reserved and has a tragic backstory.  You never feel that you know the characters well.  In fact, in some ways Bullock's character felt more like an video game avatar, with little personality of her own.  You pretty much see and feel what she sees, with very few scenes where she shows her own real feelings about the events unfolding around her.  You kind of come away with the impression that you are supposed to imagine how you would feel in these situations, not that it was a vehicle for her to display her emotions to you.

The Final Analysis:
There are many well tread themes in the movie (but citing them might be spoilerish).  In the end, I never really felt a connection to the main character (Bullock).  There was never the moment where I really cheered for her to get through a tough situation.  It's hard to care when you don't know enough about the character to really understand what is motivating them to survive, aside from the normal human instinct to do so.  In the end, I found myself more interested what would happen in the next few hours than what had happened in those preceding.  Then the screen went to black.

Strangely though, I give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5.  Visually, it the best space movie I've seen.  There are some spacewalk scenes when they are in the shadow of the Earth, when you can see the lights below, that are absolutely beautiful.  The daylight side looked pretty darn good too.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13758 on: March 07, 2014, 01:31:05 PM »
Thor The Dark World

Wow this was just really, really bland. Like bread pudding.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13759 on: March 07, 2014, 02:41:24 PM »
It definitely could use more D'Arcy.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13760 on: March 07, 2014, 03:58:10 PM »
It definitely could use more D'Arcy.

That's quite the crush you have on Kat Dennings. Do we need to report anything?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13761 on: March 07, 2014, 11:27:41 PM »
It definitely could use more D'Arcy.

That's quite the crush you have on Kat Dennings. Do we need to report anything?

Nah, tits, I mean it's okay.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13762 on: March 08, 2014, 10:54:47 PM »
Checked out 300: Rise of an Empire.

It was fun. Didn't bring anything new to the table, but if you want more stylized battle scenes and manly men being the manliest man they can, then it doesn't disappoint.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13763 on: March 09, 2014, 08:54:39 AM »
Good Day To Die Hard:

That wasn't the best use of two hours...


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13764 on: March 09, 2014, 02:22:07 PM »
You're Next - Really fun horror, not up there with Cabin in the Woods or Tucker and Dale but more obviously tounge in cheek than, say Drag me to Hell.

I'm not sure I'd call this one tongue in cheek (certainly not compared to Drag Me to Hell). It's totally sincere, it just manages to be really good (and occasionally funny) while doing so. Why horror's reached a point where we've forgotten that's really possible, I have no idea.

When Erin's skill-set is revealed, I felt the tone of the film from then-on-out is tongue-in-cheek, and handled exceptionally well. Prior to that, it was completely sincere.

Among all the great things the film brought to the table, that score was amazing; one has to watch this w/ the sound way up.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13765 on: March 10, 2014, 08:36:23 AM »
Frozen

I thought this movie was amazing. I loved the ending, I loved the "love story," I loved all the songs! It's funny because I watched it with my niece who, like the other girls I saw at Disneyland recently, LOVES Elsa. I don't though. She was not the main character and it wasn't her sacrifice that saved the day. How do more people not love and adore Anna?

It works out though, because I can be Anna for Halloween and my niece can be Elsa.

I really loved the ending BTW. I love self-sacrifice. You'd think I would be a bigger fan of Jesus actually.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13766 on: March 10, 2014, 12:06:24 PM »
Captain Philips
Very intense.. to the point of exhaustion. I liked it and would rank it among the better films I've seen in 2013. But I do wish it had been tightened up a bit. By the end I was thinking, "I get the point, lets wrap it up already!" Of Paul Greengrasses reality based pictures, I still like "Bloody Sunday" the best.

Fruitvale Station
Based on a tragic true story, this was rather naturalistic, day in the life -- some of it mundane, but interesting none the less. I wonder how truthful it was in regards to his personality? It seems that the filmmakers do try to show his negative sides and not simply portray him as a Saint. It packed an emotional wallop and the acting was solid through and through.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13767 on: March 10, 2014, 12:50:24 PM »
Fruitvale Station
Based on a tragic true story, this was rather naturalistic, day in the life -- some of it mundane, but interesting none the less. I wonder how truthful it was in regards to his personality? It seems that the filmmakers do try to show his negative sides and not simply portray him as a Saint. It packed an emotional wallop and the acting was solid through and through.
I thought this was superb, the bit with the dog was a touch heavy handed, I think it deserved more recognition than it received.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13768 on: March 10, 2014, 06:13:56 PM »
Fruitvale Station
Based on a tragic true story, this was rather naturalistic, day in the life -- some of it mundane, but interesting none the less. I wonder how truthful it was in regards to his personality? It seems that the filmmakers do try to show his negative sides and not simply portray him as a Saint. It packed an emotional wallop and the acting was solid through and through.
I thought this was superb, the bit with the dog was a touch heavy handed, I think it deserved more recognition than it received.

Still haven't had a chance to see this. I'm really interested because I lived near the Grants and caught the Fruitvale station train daily when the shooting happened so I'm really familiar with the story. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13769 on: March 11, 2014, 04:52:02 PM »
Watched Ghostbusters last Saturday night with a friend going through a divorce.  Still a great comfort food movie.  You gotta try this pole!