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Old 04-20-2013, 05:02 PM   #13141 (permalink)
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The Place Beyond the Pines

I sporadically decided to go see this film by myself today. Great decision. This was fantastic and easily the best film in theaters right now. I don't know if anybody saw Blue Valentine but it's made by the same director. I didn't really know anything going into this other than the director and the fact that it's got an 80 on RT. This is essential.

If you're planning on seeing this film , go into it knowing nothing. It's not like there are huge twists but the way the story unfolds hits you way harder when you are blind to it. Just trust me on this.

The film was beautifully shot on location in New York State. It was a powerful, haunting, and draining film that I'm going to be thinking about for some time. Cooper and Gosling were great but the real star was the direction and screenplay that made for a suspenseful gut puncher of a film. The only thing that I could call a negative is it's a bit patchy in a few spots which lead to it being a long film but it's in no way a serious problem.

Superb film

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I liked this a lot too. Without spoiling anything for anyone, But I felt like the movie really fell apart in the 3rd act. Neither of the main characters in the 3rd act were very fleshed out or realistic to their upbringings. And, I felt the final frame was just too cheesy and the resolution of the film was too clean cut for all the parties involved.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:33 PM   #13142 (permalink)
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I liked this a lot too. Without spoiling anything for anyone, But I felt like the movie really fell apart in the 3rd act. Neither of the main characters in the 3rd act were very fleshed out or realistic to their upbringings. And, I felt the final frame was just too cheesy and the resolution of the film was too clean cut for all the parties involved.
3rd act was definitely the weakest but Dane Dehaan is such a great young actor that it didn't negate my rating or extreme liking of the film. I took it all in as a whole and applauded it for it's originality and execution. I also failed to mention in my review that Mike Patton does the score and it was pretty f*cking awesome. It really made those moments hit home.



The Intouchables

I don't think this deserves it number 63 spot on IMBD's top 250 but I find more faults in that list every time I look at it so who really cares. I loved the film. It is seriously one of the BEST feel good movies of the last decade and while there were of course some sad moments, it never strayed too far from being such a pleasant and surprisingly very funny movie. Omar Sy has ridiculous charm and I can see why he was cast instead of finding a spanish actor to portray the actual caretaker. Ludovico Einaudi does the music for the film. It's mostly old tracks but it added to the beauty of the film very well. Definitely worth a watch.

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The Campaign

F*cking sucked. I laughed maybe three times. I have nothing more to say. It's horrible.

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Old 04-20-2013, 10:33 PM   #13143 (permalink)
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So I finally sat down to watch this after always finding a reason not to go to the theater to see it. I don't think I missed anything of a theater experience but I regret waiting so long to see it because I found it pretty great. I connected to the first half of the film...especially Cooper who was very impressive in this role. I'm growing into a fan of him considering the 2nd film I saw with him today; more on that later though. I got a bit emotional during his first days out of the mental hospital due to my brother going through the exact same thing. Seriously. He named the same medicine my brother is taking. It was weird. The second half turned its romantic side toward me but it struck the exact right chords as far as romantic movies go. Jennifer Lawrence earned the sh*t out of her Oscar. She was fantastic. I also enjoyed Bob DeNiro and Jackie Weaver but I didn't quite understand their nominations. They were good but Bob played a version of himself that he always plays and Weaver just kind of went along with everybody else. Just a thought.

Overall a great film that I'd like to own. It had the right amount of romance, comedy, and sadness that I loved in Lost in Translation and loved in this.

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I'm really amazed at how many people loved this. I thought it was your generic indie-type rom com, resplendent with cliche. There were great acting performances, to be sure, but there was disappointment there, as well.

DeNiro's role was not fully fleshed out, there was the generic token black guy for comic relief and to teach the white people how to dance, which seemed trite and kind of irritating.

Lawrence and Cooper were amazing, but the script left something to be desired, and, again, DeNiro's character was scarcely used.

I saw the movie as: I'm crazy, and hence, probably unlovable, but I'm going to try to love as a normal person. Yeah? I'm also crazy. I like to have sex. A lot. Let's dance. I won't have sex with you, because I'm playing it cool. Your dad, eh? Ah, he's the C-storyline. He gets overlooked even by the guy who tried to escape the psych ward with you at the beginning of the movie.

And then the cliche love-y dove-y scene at the end...Jesus God. I really wish that something more inventive have been done. I understand it was based on a book, which I haven't read, so if it was quite true to the book, then shame on the author. If not, then SHAME upon SHAME on David O. Russell.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:36 AM   #13144 (permalink)
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3rd act was definitely the weakest but Dane Dehaan is such a great young actor that it didn't negate my rating or extreme liking of the film. I took it all in as a whole and applauded it for it's originality and execution. I also failed to mention in my review that Mike Patton does the score and it was pretty f*cking awesome. It really made those moments hit home.

Mike Patton's soundtrack was the best one I've heard since Cliff Martinez's Drive soundtrack, I absolutely agree. But, Cliff Martinez is doing the Only God Forgives soundtrack, so we'll see how that plays out in a few months.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:50 AM   #13145 (permalink)
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I'm really amazed at how many people loved this. I thought it was your generic indie-type rom com, resplendent with cliche. There were great acting performances, to be sure, but there was disappointment there, as well.

DeNiro's role was not fully fleshed out, there was the generic token black guy for comic relief and to teach the white people how to dance, which seemed trite and kind of irritating.

Lawrence and Cooper were amazing, but the script left something to be desired, and, again, DeNiro's character was scarcely used.

I saw the movie as: I'm crazy, and hence, probably unlovable, but I'm going to try to love as a normal person. Yeah? I'm also crazy. I like to have sex. A lot. Let's dance. I won't have sex with you, because I'm playing it cool. Your dad, eh? Ah, he's the C-storyline. He gets overlooked even by the guy who tried to escape the psych ward with you at the beginning of the movie.

And then the cliche love-y dove-y scene at the end...Jesus God. I really wish that something more inventive have been done. I understand it was based on a book, which I haven't read, so if it was quite true to the book, then shame on the author. If not, then SHAME upon SHAME on David O. Russell.
Did it deserve the high praise it got? Probably not. It didn't do anything unique or daring. The performances made the film really. If they weren't in there the film might have looked like something Nicolas Sparks would have adapted. However I think the thing for me is that I'm not a very big rom/com guy so the cliches that people talk about aren't experienced by me very often. I'm sure there are other rom/coms out there that do the genre better but for me this just hit a chord the way Lost in Translation did. I'm not saying they're equal. LIT had amazingly beautiful cinematography and Bill ****ing Murray but both their characters hit me on a personal level. I saw myself in both Bob and Charlotte and their love was a subtle one which I loved. SLP did somewhat of the same thing where I found qualities in them that I found elsewhere. This time it was qualities I found in others I care about.

So yeah it was kind of a personal love of this movie. Can't say I disagree with your assessment but for me it was just different. That and come on...Jennifer Lawrence...come on...
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I saw Oblivion today. I was really in the mood for a sci-fi flick. Once I stopped immaturely giggling over the shape of the ship and the video playback issues they seem to be having with all the advance technology they have then I was able to enjoy it more. I love how beautifully it was shot. There were some nice panoramic scenes. Plot-wise, I enjoyed the pacing even though the first two minutes to 40 minutes or so could have been reduced somewhat.
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Watched Knocked Up today, its been awhile since I've seen it. Still love this movie, you can't go wrong with Judd Apatow and this cast.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:26 AM   #13148 (permalink)
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The Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's movie to bel be released in New York theaters on May 3rd, with national release.

Hope to see it as fast as avialable to me...
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Life of Pie. Awesome movie and awarded may Oscars. This movie gave a wonderful motivation and give learning to us about relationships with animals.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:43 AM   #13150 (permalink)
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The Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's movie to bel be released in New York theaters on May 3rd, with national release.

Hope to see it as fast as avialable to me...
Dude this thread is for movies you've seen already.
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