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 Bellydanza
Joined: 11/25/2007
Msg: 26
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History of Violence was great. I think Viggo is very underated. He consistently puts out great performances. Eastern Promises was an amazing movie as well.

I enjoyed No Country for Old Men.

If you haven't seen "Gone Baby Gone" I suggest you do. It was a little known gem last year, and it blew me away when I saw it. You don't feel like you're watching a movie but watching real life unfold. It keeps you guessing to. And the dilemma faced by the cop at the end, well it's gut wrenching. Hard to believe ben affleck wrote and directed it....he should give up acting and stick to writing and directing.

On the action front. I saw "Shoot em up" last weekend on dvd and enjoyed it. Very violent though.
 tuezdaye
Joined: 12/11/2008
Msg: 27
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Posted: 1/23/2009 8:37:01 PM
Nice thread briargate.

I completely agree with you about There Will Be Blood. I saw it not long ago and was blown away by Daniel Day-Lewis. He's the best actor practicing the craft today, as far as I'm concerned. Every scene he was in I was tense -- he pulls you into his character so completely and his dramatic range is so expansive you're simultaneously completely absorbed by what he's doing and very aware that anything could happen.

My recommendation would be Persepolis. What a gem of a film. For those who don't know about it, the movie is based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels about growing up in Teheran during the overthrow the the Shah, the war with Iraq that followed and her life under the Islamic regime and exile in Vienna and Paris. Along the way she goes from being a little girl to a grown woman.

This is so much more than just a story about life in Iran during a period of massive social change. Marjane is a wonderful character -- there are some very funny scenes and some deeply touching moments. And the narrative devices she employs are so clever! The history of the Shah is told as a puppet show... which is of course brilliant. There's a dream sequence of God and Karl Marx talking. In one scene where a missile crashes into an apartment building, the POV is of the missile itself. She tells the story about a boy she meets in Vienna twice: first from the perspective of being in love, and then when she is out of love. Lots of great stuff.
 moonbeamlover
Joined: 12/16/2008
Msg: 28
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Posted: 1/25/2009 12:02:06 AM
Seen in the last month plus


Quantum of Solace - good, though not as good as the first Daniel Craig Bond movie; and you will need to have seen the first one before; as it picks up right where the first one left off; if you haven't seen it you will be confused by all the repeat characters and storylines...

Seven Pounds: Very very good, intensely emotional. Love Will Smith in dramas though I was really confused for a good chunk of this one; until the end tied it all together. Very good, but not a "feel good" movie so much.

Australia: Liked it; it was long, took a while to get into and the storyline got a little garbled in the transitioning; but it was a different world war II perspective than the ones we're familiar with; really liked it overall.

Curious Case of Benjuamin Button: weird, quirky, eclectic; bittersweet but good. Interesting premise; in some ways the beginning of it was creepy, having a 70 some year old in love with an 8 year oldd girl... but interesting story, well done.

Defiance: (saw tonight). REALLY good, very powerful, very intense, and the very fact of its being a true story makes it all the more amazing. Amazing story; that much more because it was a true one.
 briargate
Joined: 8/18/2008
Msg: 29
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Posted: 1/25/2009 9:14:40 AM
I've been wanting to see "Persepolis" as well. The previews look really good. The graphic design of the animation is really lovely, with a lot of black areas in the scenery. Growing up wanting to play with American pop culture in Iran was no joke and still isn't. Pretty tough society.
 Samantha44
Joined: 10/25/2008
Msg: 30
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Posted: 1/25/2009 9:35:46 AM
I recently saw "Revolutionary Road" not quite what I thought. Love Sam Mendes especially "American Beauty". I can appreciate RR and that is how it is for so many woman...but didn't they have drugs for depression back then?

I liked "Australia" thought it to be quite entertaining.

"Slumdog Millionaire" was fantastic!!! Great character development, great story and loved the fact it was done on little money.

Some of my personal favorites have been "Primal Fear" with Ed Norton, "American History X" , "Blood Diamonds"
 Mr_SmartFun
Joined: 1/16/2009
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Posted: 1/27/2009 2:18:41 AM
I've seen most of the holiday films-

"Slumdog Millionare" - best film of the year, along with "Wall-E". Fantastic finish, and I love the end credits. Ingeinous story.
"Frost/Nixon" - for a film that should have positively no suspense, this keeps you on edge pretty well. Kudos to the editing and directing (never thought I'd say that about a Ron Howard film).
"Milk" - earnest, smart, well done. Holds your interest.
"The Curious Case of Benjiman Button" - if this was 100 minutes long it would have really been something. Simply too long, although like every David Fincher film, impeccably made.
"The Wrestler" - Solid performances. The grossest movie of the year. Very predictable though.
"Gran Torino" - Nice, down-to-Earth film from Clint Eastwood. If Clint wasn't in it, it wouldn't carry as much weight. A little preachy at the end.

I also thought that the "Day The Earth Stood Still" remake was a letdown, "The Life Aquatic" was too obscure, "There Will Be Blood" was too-of-the-line filmmaking that needed a little more story, and "Michael Clayton" was last year's best film, with "No Country For Old Men" right behind it.

I also just saw the Korean film "Oldboy". Let me say nothing out there will prepare you for this flick. If you can take it, catch it on the Sundance Channel.
 Bunny27xxx
Joined: 12/30/2008
Msg: 32
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Posted: 1/27/2009 11:47:36 PM
What is the movie about,
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
I hearad it was good, but i can't remember what
the story was.


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 Thatguy67
Joined: 9/20/2006
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Posted: 2/15/2009 3:10:30 PM
I saw the "Frost/Nixon" film. It was really good!
 MaidenFella
Joined: 4/4/2007
Msg: 34
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Posted: 2/15/2009 4:13:22 PM
Dirty Harry, Indiana Jones trilogy, Star Wars (original triology, not that I have anything particularly against the prequels), Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Live Free or Die Hard, Re-Animator
 Samantha44
Joined: 10/25/2008
Msg: 35
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Posted: 2/15/2009 5:44:03 PM
I'm off to see "Taken" this evening I'll chime in later and let you know how it was. I read the reviews from other people that have seen it...seems its getting a lot of accolades.
 GrandeCash
Joined: 7/23/2008
Msg: 36
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Posted: 2/15/2009 6:19:25 PM
I have been very fortunate lately to come across THREE great films (in a row no less!) that i will always cherish, because what they share in common is a new perspective on life, family and love. Yes, very simple stories, sure, but nonetheless, VERY SPECIAL.

Benjamin Button
Gran Torino
Slumdog Millionaire.

Tonight, i will try to make it FOUR great films in a row with The Wrestler.

lets just say with Darren Aronofsky as director and the "come back"* of one of my favourite actors Mickey Rourke, it looks REALLY good!

*Personnally, i consider his role as Marv in Sin City to be his come back, but lets just say with an oscar nom, it definitely confirms it ;)
 Samantha44
Joined: 10/25/2008
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Posted: 2/15/2009 10:07:17 PM
So I have just come back from seeing "Taken" with Liam Niessen...great action packed movie, thought it put any of the recent oo7 movies to shame...good story too.
 AutomatikOrgasm
Joined: 12/15/2008
Msg: 38
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Posted: 2/15/2009 10:41:09 PM
Life Aquatic sucked, I'm sorry love Bill Murray but the movie just isn't funny. And There will be blood starts really slow so you have to be patient and not fall asleep in the first 30 minutes cause after that it gets extremely good.
 GrandeCash
Joined: 7/23/2008
Msg: 39
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Posted: 2/17/2009 6:07:35 PM
There Will be blood is a GOOD film. No more, no less!

I think the director PT Anderson has the potential to be a great director, if he can stop ripping off Scorcese and Kubrick. He has a great talent! But ripping off from his idols is his biggest flaw.

I really did like Punch Drunk Love, my favourite movie of his. It's far from perfect, but it's a lot more daring and crazy than the rest of his films. He doesn't rip off anybody and his directorial style really shines through as his own. It's the only film where you see the incredible talent of Adam Sandler really being used to its full potential.

BTW, to follow up on my previous post, i did see The Wrestler, but unfortunately, i was quite dissapointed with it. It's not a bad film, but it's just not that interesting. Mickey Rourke does deliver a great performance though. As well as Marisa Tomei, but again, it's really unfortunate that her character is not that well developed IMO.
 crazytoexist
Joined: 12/13/2008
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Posted: 2/19/2009 10:53:32 PM
There Will Be Blood is good, but both No Country For Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford are far superior westerns(well, in the case of the former, sort of) from the same year.

Chances are most of you have seen NCFOM, but if you haven't yet seen the latter and like westerns/GREAT movies in general do yourself a favor and watch it. Here's the trailer:

http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2897281305/
 simpletimes2
Joined: 2/7/2009
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Posted: 2/22/2009 4:06:57 PM

Seven Pounds: Very very good, intensely emotional. Love Will Smith in dramas though I was really confused for a good chunk of this one; until the end tied it all together. Very good, but not a "feel good" movie so much.

Agreed ~ This film can have the best of humanity rethinking priorities

I still want to see "Rachel Getting Married" one of these days...
 Thatguy67
Joined: 9/20/2006
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Posted: 2/22/2009 4:20:10 PM
I went and saw Taken starring Liam Neeson. It was surprisingly good.

Saw that Slumdog movie yesterday. That's is a really good film! I can see it winning best pic at the oscars tonight. But my favourite is still Frost/Nixon.
 simpletimes2
Joined: 2/7/2009
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Posted: 2/22/2009 7:59:49 PM
^^^Well so far, it won for Achievement in Sound Mixing and also for Cinematography and...OK I've lost track now!
 crazytoexist
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Posted: 2/22/2009 8:02:36 PM
I disagree about Burn After Reading. I'd describe it as a slap stick version of Fargo. Not the Coens' best, but hardly their worst, and still brilliant.
 crazytoexist
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Posted: 2/22/2009 10:44:29 PM
I agree that most of the Coen Brothers' stuff is brilliant, I've yet to see a film of theirs I didn't like. But I haven't seen Intolerable Cruelty or The Ladykillers, and don't plan on doing so anytime soon.

But of the rest I'd say Burn After Reading rates mid pack.. And like I said, I think it's brilliant, it's not that the others are bad. The Coen Bros at their worst are still better than most...
 moonbeamlover
Joined: 12/16/2008
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Posted: 2/24/2009 11:59:58 PM
Worst imax movie (3d no less) was Beoewulf...

I don't know if I could have even enjoyed it on a 9" tv; watching it big screen 3d in all its graphic, incredibly violent, disturbing body shot images well... can't say I was a fan (Anthony Hopkins should get credit for big time guts (pun partially intended); to say it did not flatter him is a gargantuan understatement).

He's just not that into you was hysterical though not sappy " tie it in a bow" Hollywood; my daughter dragged me there and I think there were more guys there with other guys than couples or just women... and everyone loved it.

Nice seeing Heath get the Oscar last Sunday too. No one deserved one more.
 Nice Lady Pretty Cute
Joined: 2/3/2009
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Posted: 2/25/2009 12:44:36 PM
thanks for the tips...I like to rent DVDs
 Bellydanza
Joined: 11/25/2007
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Posted: 3/2/2009 4:26:03 AM
Ok I finally went to see Slumdog. Great movie. Totally different from the book but still a great movie.

On dvd I caught The Bucket List. Wow.....two great actors. I enjoyed this movie. Makes you think about life and death. Moved me to tears at the end too. I recommend seeing it...

between the both of them, I really need to start saving money to go see India before it's too late.
 njman1
Joined: 2/16/2009
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Posted: 3/2/2009 6:59:33 PM
I just saw this weekend......Defiance, Hostage and Vantage Point.

All of them I suggest seeing.
 moonbeamlover
Joined: 12/16/2008
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Posted: 3/2/2009 10:18:00 PM
Defiance was amazing. In the big screen you could truly feel how totally alone and completely vulnerable they were. Powerful, powerful movie.

I don't know where to put this next one as it's not a worth seeing (unless you like bizarre, completely surreal movies; I stuck it in the most bizarre thing I encountered)...

was Repo the Genetic Opera. (from the makers of Saw)... daughter made me watch it the other day.

I can honestly say that was the strangest thing i have ever seen. It made Rocky Horror seem downright dull in comparison... but the singing totally impressed me (especially Paul Sorvino; he can belt)...

weird, weird, weird movie. Can't get the music out of my head... or the blood and guts...
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