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 briargate
Joined: 8/18/2008
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No doubt this has been done, but with new films out let's start it over.

I recently saw "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" and saw that critics were pretty divided over it. Well, to hell with the nay sayers. I thought it as excellent. It helps if you like Bill Murray and Wes Anderson movies, of course, but anyone that likes nutty films should be able to enjoy it. The pirate scenes alone are hilarious, but Cate Blanchette's verbal jousting with Murray is great. And I really dig all the David Bowie covers in Portuguese, plus some straight from Ziggy himself. Really fun film and worth watching a few times with time in between.
 briargate
Joined: 8/18/2008
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Posted: 1/12/2009 7:12:01 AM
Maybe some of you didn't catch "There Will Be Blood" because the story didn't seem to be appealing. Oil boom and preachers, hmmm. Pass. The story isn't nearly as compelling as the actors in the film. It could be almost about anything, Daniel Day Lewis is that good. His portrayal of a hardened, stoic, and very competitive oil man named Daniel Plainview is riveting. Paul Dano is no less interesting in the duel role of Paul and Eli, the latter of which who positions himself as a preacher of the Gospel. Eli's competition with Daniel is understated, but seething none the less at first. It gets much worse as time goes on. The soundtrack is both beautiful and haunting, with long stretches of very strange violins punctuating burning oil wells and glowing, oily faces in the dark.
 Bellydanza
Joined: 11/25/2007
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Posted: 1/12/2009 5:17:05 PM
I want to see "There will be blood'' haven't gotten around to it yet. Daniel day lewis is always amazing in his movies. Even if they're not so great, he is.

As far as the ''Aquatic Life''....I personally hated it...just didn't appeal to me.

I'm dying to see "Slumdog Millionaire'' . I just got the book today and am going to read it before i hit the theater
 Thatguy67
Joined: 9/20/2006
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Posted: 1/12/2009 5:20:41 PM
I didn't like "Life Aquatic" either. I wanna see "Milk" & "Frost/Nixon" this winter. "There Will Be Blood" is something I'll rent one of these days. A recent rental I liked was "No Country For Old Men."
 briargate
Joined: 8/18/2008
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Posted: 1/12/2009 6:08:40 PM
"Ghost World" was great. "American Splendor" has a similar feel to it, also coming from the indy comics stand. Harvey Pekar actually did a book review of a friend's novel. He tracked him down by phone on the book tour. Ha.

"A History of Violence" is a bit older than the other two films I mentioned. But if you like Cronenberg, it's a must see. I really like Vigo Mortensen and Ed Harris, but far and away William Hurt steals the show at the end.

"You always were a problem for me, Joey!"
 yeahwhatok33
Joined: 12/9/2008
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Posted: 1/13/2009 2:53:41 PM
"Slumdog Millionaire" was the best movie I saw at the theatre last year. I also enjoyed "Frost/Nixon". "Half Nelson" is a wothwhile rental.

As far as foreign movies I suggest "City of God", "Irreversible" (though there's 1 scene that is extremely hard to watch,hell leave the room when that scene starts), and "Oldboy" (the ending alone is crazy and worth the watch).
 briargate
Joined: 8/18/2008
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Posted: 1/13/2009 4:26:23 PM
This was the first film I saw Daniel Craig in, and he's pretty unlikable. It's based on a graphic novel.

"The Road To Perdition"

Paul Newman played close to his last role in this. It's a very atmospheric gangster film, full of betrayal and revenge.
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Joined: 5/18/2008
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Posted: 1/13/2009 5:26:25 PM
Just saw Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood's new film. I really enjoyed it.

It deals with a man's alienation from his family and community and how he befriends the family next door. Great characters and decent performances from some first time actors. Good stuff.

I enjoyed Appaloosa but I have a thing for Westerns, so I don't know who else it would appeal to.

Milk was excellent, and I liked Benjamin Button. Just about everything else I have seen lately was a disappointment.

Looking forward to Slumdog Millionaire and Frost/Nixon, good buzz on both of those films.
 briargate
Joined: 8/18/2008
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Posted: 1/14/2009 7:45:03 AM
I'm glad you saw "Appaloosa" and liked it. I plan to see it soon.

Another surprisingly good western is "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." It's very artfully done and has compelling narration. It's based on a book, incidentally. Well worth the watch. Some of the scenes are just sublime and bizarre. Casey Affleck is really good in the starring role.
 Thatguy67
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Posted: 1/16/2009 12:50:14 PM
"The Road To Perdition" Paul Newman played close to his last role in this. It's a very atmospheric gangster film, full of betrayal and revenge.


That was a great movie.
 briargate
Joined: 8/18/2008
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Posted: 1/16/2009 5:24:43 PM
There was a sequel made for "Road to Perdition" in written form and they may make a film of it sometime in the future.

Here's a kind of offbeat one, but good none the less. It's called "The Bothersome Man." The story is about a man suddenly finding himself in an outwardly perfect, yet essentially soulless dystopia, and his attempt to escape. Pretty funny, and sometimes gory. Ha.
 briargate
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Posted: 1/18/2009 8:17:13 AM
Great, satsumo. I was planning on it. I really like Daniel Craig ever since I saw him in "Munich." Speaking of great films, that's one of them. One of the best treatments showing the futility of state sponsored revenge. Spielberg has made some pretty outstanding films in the last few years.
 moonbeamlover
Joined: 12/16/2008
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Posted: 1/18/2009 11:50:46 AM
Saw Seven Pounds and Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Both were bittersweet, very different, but liked them both quite a lot.

Australia was good but not great.

I personally was not a fan of Life Aquatic either. I just couldn't quite connect with it for some reason.

Kite Runner was really really good, though I wanted to slug the main character through most of the movie at how he treated his devoted friend.

Under the Tuscan Sun is one of my favorites. Watch that one frequently because it's gorgeous, hope filled and I love the line about building the railroad tracks before the train is there, knowing someday it will come. I have never seen a ladybug since I have not smiled at.
 AlaskaRyan
Joined: 1/17/2009
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Posted: 1/20/2009 5:22:51 PM
I've been seeing a lot of movies lately. Two recent ones that I seriously recommend are "Marley & Me" and "Gran Torino".
 cjhanz84
Joined: 1/15/2009
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Posted: 1/20/2009 10:33:32 PM
Fave movie of last year was Slumdog Millionaire, and I saw about a hundred films.

all time favs: Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, The Shawshank Redemption, The Princess Bride, The House of Yes, Wonder Boys, Super Troopers, Bringing Up Baby , Junebug, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
 briargate
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Posted: 1/21/2009 9:54:37 AM
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" was really excellent. Jim Carrey again shows that he is a very talented dramatic actor. It's nice to see comedians do that, like Robin Williams and also Bill Murray. Kate Winslet is just nutty as all getout, but still very adorable. The doctor is played by the always good Tom Wilkinson. You may remember him from another great and recent film called "Michael Clayton."

Now that was a good thriller if you missed it. George Clooney plays a despondent, passed over lawyer in a huge firm that has been relegated to the distasteful task of being a fixer. He does the underhanded dirty work other, more respected lawyers do. Wilkenson's character goes a bit insane in a deposition, taking his clothes off and professing his love for a young woman involved in his litiagation. Of course Clooney has to go take care of the PR fiasco.

Wilkenson was also outstanding as the father in a subtle film that came out years ago called "In The Bedroom." The title refers to more than one thing, but principally it is what a lobster trap is called in Maine. When one lobster is caught, it is important to take it up, for another lobster also in the bedroom at the same time can lead to mortal injuries. This analogy plays out in human affairs, taking with it Wilkenson's marriage stability and piece of mind. But how the entire situation is resolved is so brutal, yet quietly stated. A must see.
 moonbeamlover
Joined: 12/16/2008
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Posted: 1/21/2009 10:43:27 AM
I LOVE Almost Famous. In my top ten easily.

Also Princess Bride (inconceivable...) and Shawshank.

Can't forget L.O.T.R.s, Gladiator, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Blade Runner, and Big.

Bourne Ultimatum. Frequency. The Last Castle. Spy Games.

I'll stop now...
 TxBluEyes74
Joined: 7/15/2008
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Posted: 1/21/2009 10:55:46 AM
I don't know if it came out yet or not.. If it did and if you seen it can you give a quick five star rating? 1-5 if you liked it..

The movie is "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
 cjhanz84
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Posted: 1/21/2009 8:10:06 PM
I couldn't stand the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, but Keanu should always play robots...loved the original, and I'm not a sci-fi fan.

Yeah, I tool liked Elizabethtown, but it's not in the same rank as most of Crowe's other films (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Say Anything, Singles, and he also wrote the screenplay/book to Fast Times at Ridgemont High.) It's still better than Vanilla Sky, which pretty much was just a shot by shot remake of its Spanish counterpart.
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Posted: 1/22/2009 12:49:32 AM
Saw Defiance last night, I enjoyed it. Not too sure about the history, but it was a great action flick.

First time I noticed how appealing Liev Schreiber is, I hope to see him doing more action films.

I love Craig's blue eyes. He was really, really good in this.
 seattlerain11
Joined: 9/17/2007
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Posted: 1/22/2009 1:33:27 PM
SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO!!!!

What do you mean you never heard of it? It came out in 2008 and has Quintin Tarantino in it for gods sake!

Imagine:

Classic American Western meets Classic Japanese Samurai Film

Filmed in English with Japanese actors who spoke their lines phonetically.

Tarantino plays the VERY ODD narrator who is in a wooden, steam-powered wheel chair.

James, Seattle, Washington, USA, Earth
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Posted: 1/22/2009 3:41:25 PM
I'm guessing you wouldn't give it 9.5/10 though?


Satsumo, some of my favorite movies are films that I wouldn't give a high critical rating to.

I am a bit of a stickler for historical accuracy. For example, Mel Gibson's Apocalypto was a very interesting action film with glaring inaccuracies that just ticked me off, lol.

One of the reasons I am such a fan of Ridley Scott was for the first 10 minutes of Gladiator. If you can find an anachronistic inaccuracy in the costumes and props in the first battle scene, I want to hear about it. I can't find any. It just might be celluloid perfection. Since it is a fictional tale, there is more freedom I suppose.

Movies based on true events have to hold a higher standard, imo.
 edmonfella
Joined: 1/9/2008
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Posted: 1/23/2009 6:14:50 PM
"Cassandras Dream" and "Mongol".... excellent movies.
 briargate
Joined: 8/18/2008
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Posted: 1/23/2009 6:40:45 PM
Just saw "Brick" last night. Really good. Remember the kid in Third Rock from the Sun with John Lithgow? He has the staring role. It's a film noir set in high school in Los Angeles. The characters talk in the same gum shoe street talk that Raymond Chandler wrote, all with a straight face. The dialog is credible and the illusion that these kids really have a world like that holds together. Everyone has an angle. It's pretty dark, too. Give it a watch.
 cjhanz84
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Posted: 1/23/2009 7:19:25 PM
I too loved Brick...Rian's next film "The Brothers Bloom" is funny as hell too.

Here's a list of all the widely released films I saw in 2008 (minus stuff I saw at Festivals) List is from best to worst.

1. Slumdog Millionaire
2. Milk
3. Wall E
4. Frost/Nixon
5. Defiance
6. The Dark Knight
7. The Visitor
8. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
9. Rachel Getting Married
10. Revolutionary Road
11. Doubt
12. The Wrestler
13. The Reader
14. Tropic Thunder
15. Baby Mama
16. Iron Man
17. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who
18. The Band's Visit
19. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
20. Gran Torino
21. Fugitive Pieces
22. Son of Rambow
23. Valkyrie
24. Caramel
25. Last Chance Harvey
26. Definitely, Maybe
27. The Grand
28. Kenny
29. In Bruges
30. Kung Fu Panda
31. Expired
32. Ghost Town
33. Burn After Reading
34. Marley & Me
35. Get Smart
36. A Christmas Tale
37. Bolt
38. Harold and Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay
39. Hamlet 2
40. Elegy
41. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
42. Australia
43. Quantum of Solace
44. Body of Lies
45. RocknRolla
46. Wanted
47. JCVD
48. Mamma Mia!
49. The X-Files: I Want To Believe
50. The Incredible Hulk
51. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
52. Stop-Loss
53. Funny Games
54. Redbelt
55. Be Kind Rewind
56. Charlie Bartlett
57. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
58. Sex and the City
59. Penelope
60. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day
61. W
62. Pineapple Express
63. Swing Vote
64. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
65. My Blueberry Nights
66. Holding Trevor
67. Appaloosa
68. Choose Connor
69. Mary
70. The Mummy: Tomb of the Drago Emperor
71. Step Brothers
72. Leatherheads
73. Adam Resurrected
74. My Name Is Bruce
75. Cassandra's Dream
76. Hancock
77. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
78. 27 Dresses
79. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
80. Speed Racer
81. Vantage Point
82. The Flight of the Red Balloon
83. The Strangers
84. 88 Minutes
85. Deception
86. You Don't Mess With the Zohan
87. The Tracey Fragments
88. An American Carol
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