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Old 04-22-2013, 09:25 AM   #13151 (permalink)
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Dude this thread is for movies you've seen already.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:09 AM   #13154 (permalink)
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Sister Act 2 (US 1991), in which Lauryn Hill, aged about 17 or 18, plays a sulky teenager and a wasted Maggie Smith is trotted out in eccentric old lady mode. The funny thing is the young people are portrayed as right-on and rebellious because they are into rap. How times change. The critics disliked the film because the supporting cast of 'singing nuns' were relegated to supporting the younger members and the plot is contrived to make a sequel. Despite these things, I enjoyed the film, because, after all, it is intended to be silly. Warninig: the film was directed by character actor Bill Duke and, as such, he was adequate in various films, but is a very ham-fisted director.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:45 AM   #13155 (permalink)
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Django Unchained A great performance from Christoph Waltz, I also enjoyed the soundtrack and cinematography. I liked the first half of the film best and thought it started to drag in the third act. I felt there were some character inconsistencies towards the end that were added only to advance the plot. Regardless, it's an excellent film though I think they could have achieved the same results in less time.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:16 PM   #13156 (permalink)
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Django Unchained A great performance from Christoph Waltz, I also enjoyed the soundtrack and cinematography. I liked the first half of the film best and thought it started to drag in the third act. I felt there were some character inconsistencies towards the end that were added only to advance the plot. Regardless, it's an excellent film though I think they could have achieved the same results in less time.
My thoughts exactly. I thought the last half hour of the film was completely unnecessary and I found myself trying to will the film to end. This is a bad sign given my liking for anything QT does. Basterds is one of my favorite films ever and I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of the film. I'm just going to turn it off after the showdown between Foxx, Leo, and Waltz.



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Not bad Dick Gere. Not bad. In a weak year for acting I think he'd get a couple nominations but this year was somewhat packed with great performances. I thought it was a pretty decent political/family thriller punctuated by great performances all around especially from Gere and Tim Roth. It's weird but when Tim Roth does and American accent it comes out wrong but in no way bad or annoying. He does wrong right for some odd reason. It's worth a viewing.

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Not as bad as I thought it would be. I think it rewarded itself by not having Sean William Scott be the funniest or even the second funniest character in the movie. I thought all the humor came from all the secondary characters on the hockey team and Jay Baruchel including one of the funniest lines I've heard in a comedy recently...



Hilarious.

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Solaris

Well that was interesting. This is my first Tarkovsky film as I still have to see Ivan's Childhood and Stalker but I'm glad I got this out of the way now considering it's nearly three hours long. This film, among other similarities, suffers the same fate that Kubrick's 2001 suffered in the way that it's gorgeous cinematography couple with plot devices that can be discussed for years but at the same time is completely boring as sh*t. Seriously. This could be sold over the counter as sleeping pills. This is no way takes away from the film it's just that it is a challenge to watch and I usually LOVE slow films. The ending was as haunting and confusing an ending that I've ever seen and was a bow on top of a great albeit long film experience that I'm glad happened. I'd like to see his other films now considering he's a legend of auteur cinema.

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Old 04-23-2013, 09:18 PM   #13157 (permalink)
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Well that was interesting. This is my first Tarkovsky film as I still have to see Ivan's Childhood and Stalker but I'm glad I got this out of the way now considering it's nearly three hours long. This film, among other similarities, suffers the same fate that Kubrick's 2001 suffered in the way that it's gorgeous cinematography couple with plot devices that can be discussed for years but at the same time is completely boring as sh*t. Seriously. This could be sold over the counter as sleeping pills. This is no way takes away from the film it's just that it is a challenge to watch and I usually LOVE slow films. The ending was as haunting and confusing an ending that I've ever seen and was a bow on top of a great albeit long film experience that I'm glad happened. I'd like to see his other films now considering he's a legend of auteur cinema.

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I've not seen Solaris, that's what I want to see next from him, but I have seen both Ivan's Childhood and Stalker. I don't know how slow-paced or boring I would find Solaris, but you'll probably have a similar experience with Stalker. Still a great film though.

Ivan's Childhood will probably be refreshing for you, as it's much more fast-paced (still pretty slow by most standards though). It's definitely way more accessible than Stalker.
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I've been unable to make it through Solaris, I always either turn it off and fall asleep. Granted I do usually attempt to watch it while high/drunk so that's probably most at fault. I try to watch Stalker at least once a year, and I have been meaning to get into his other movies.
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The only Solaris , I know is the 2002 version with George Clooney but I feel like if it's a challenge to get through that other version I may have to look for it and accept said challenge.
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Granted I do usually attempt to watch it while high/drunk so that's probably most at fault.
I'm the same way about the Friday movies. I remember how all of them begin, but within twenty minutes I'm always too stoned/drunk to remember how they ended.
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