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Old 11-08-2012, 09:44 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The draw is taking a serious, talented actor like Neeson and plopping him in an action revenge film. He gives the hero a real emotional draw in the beginning, making him quite a likable guy. From the scene where his daughter is kidnapped onward, he is punching throats like nobody's business, while almost stoically continuing his search for his daughter. Not to mention he makes one of the most bad ass threats ever and completely delivers. He's practically unstoppable in that film and it's cool to see him rampage through France.

The sequel was pretty shit, however.
Did I miss something? Who was talking about Taken? Great movie though. Thats a shame I wanted to see the sequel.

One that I can't quite get around is LOST IN TRANSLATION. Bill Murray is about as awesome as they come. Scarlet Johansson is a bombshell. This movie was tedious and slow moving. It seemingly had no plot either, but people seem to think this movie is a revelation. I just can't comprehend what made this movie so popular. Obviously there must be some hidden meaning or plot line I missed. I'd watch it again if there was even one redeeming quality in it besides the actors.

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Old 11-08-2012, 10:38 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Did I miss something? Who was talking about Taken? Great movie though. Thats a shame I wanted to see the sequel.
Jackhammer asked what the fuss about it was. And yeah, the sequel gets into generic action film territory and hits a load of cliches.
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Jackhammer asked what the fuss about it was. And yeah, the sequel gets into generic action film territory and hits a load of cliches.
I missed that completely, I gotta slow down on the ganja. I'm sorry to hear that, Taken was very well done. I was looking forward to the sequel. I'll just have to make it a rental now. Neeson certainly isn't your everyday action movie guy, but he pulls it off well in Taken. Going into it with no expectations, it blew me away. I will say it had some slow moments when he first gets to France.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:37 AM   #14 (permalink)
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One that I can't quite get around is LOST IN TRANSLATION. Bill Murray is about as awesome as they come. Scarlet Johansson is a bombshell. This movie was tedious and slow moving. It seemingly had no plot either, but people seem to think this movie is a revelation. I just can't comprehend what made this movie so popular. Obviously there must be some hidden meaning or plot line I missed. I'd watch it again if there was even one redeeming quality in it besides the actors.
It's more of a "Feeling" movie. Kind of a bitter sweet feeling. I'm one of those people that like it.

The Twilight series.

My daughter read all three (3?) books and gushed about them when she was in high school. I watched all three movies, and didn't really "get" what all the hype was about. Now that my daughter is going on 19, she's got the attitude of "Why did I like that stupid crap?". I'm thinking she's coming around. This is coming from a girl who liked Brit Spears and Jeff Beck equally when she was about 8.
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It's more of a "Feeling" movie. Kind of a bitter sweet feeling. I'm one of those people that like it.

The Twilight series.

My daughter read all three (3?) books and gushed about them when she was in high school. I watched all three movies, and didn't really "get" what all the hype was about. Now that my daughter is going on 19, she's got the attitude of "Why did I like that stupid crap?". I'm thinking she's coming around. This is coming from a girl who liked Brit Spears and Jeff Beck equally when she was about 8.
UGH Twilight is extremely repulsive on every level. Granted I only watched the first installment, but short of Kristen Stewart giving me a blowjob to watch the second too, it just ain't gonna happen. I like Britney Spears at 41, Hit me baby one more time is about as outstanding as it gets.
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UGH Twilight is extremely repulsive on every level. Granted I only watched the first installment, but short of Kristen Stewart giving me a blowjob to watch the second too, it just ain't gonna happen. I like Britney Spears at 41, Hit me baby one more time is about as outstanding as it gets.
I'm a Katie Perry man myself.
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I'm a Katie Perry man myself.
I can't get around the Gym Class Heroes guy she was dating. I know K-Fed, I know.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:02 PM   #18 (permalink)
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*DRIVE*

I honestly put this movie on thinking this gonna be great. Gosling has been phenomenal in a couple movies I really enjoyed. I found it to be a plot that seemingly goes nowhere. I didn't feel compelled to care about the characters in any sense. What did you find compelling about the movie? Explain to me why it deserves such praise. What did I miss personally from this movie to make me go back and retrace my steps and discover what is so interesting about it?

Good idea for a thread Vanilla.
It's just an extremely tastefully made film that strikes a perfect balance of low-key and over-the-top. The story and characters are all fairly simple, with the exception being the mysterious and unpredictable Driver, but the movie is made with so much style that it's irresistable. Everything from the catchy soundtrack to the shocking, sudden gore to the adrenaline-pumping car chases make it a joy to watch. It also has the benefit of being so comparable to other movies (Taxi Driver and Blue Velvet immediately come to mind).
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I tend to look at the movie as a buildup to better things. Its a slow maturation of a guy on the edge of insanity. I like the choice of scenery, the creepy feel of the Hotel. It also relys on one of the greatest actors of that era to carry it and I think Nicholson does a very great job at it. I also liked the vulnerability of Shelley Duvall whom I thought also played the part very well. I've always been a huge fan of Kubrick also and I think he really tends to drive character development into your head like a nail.

I really enjoyed the book also King can really weave a tale and make it harrowing. I would implore you to read the book it moves along at a greater pace then Kubricks film and I think King really gets at the heart of the demise of his sanity. Definitely give it a go I think you would find it an enjoyable ride.

*DRIVE*

I honestly put this movie on thinking this gonna be great. Gosling has been phenomenal in a couple movies I really enjoyed. I found it to be a plot that seemingly goes nowhere. I didn't feel compelled to care about the characters in any sense. What did you find compelling about the movie? Explain to me why it deserves such praise. What did I miss personally from this movie to make me go back and retrace my steps and discover what is so interesting about it?

Good idea for a thread Vanilla.
Well I will definitely get the book to read as you've suggested because I might find that I enjoy it more. And thanks I just felt a strong urge to debate hehe.

Girls, what the feck is so tear inducing about the Notebook? I found it cheesy, non moving and unrelatable.

I must be the only girl that couldn't get into it!
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One that I can't quite get around is LOST IN TRANSLATION. Bill Murray is about as awesome as they come. Scarlet Johansson is a bombshell. This movie was tedious and slow moving. It seemingly had no plot either, but people seem to think this movie is a revelation. I just can't comprehend what made this movie so popular. Obviously there must be some hidden meaning or plot line I missed. I'd watch it again if there was even one redeeming quality in it besides the actors.
I love, love, love that movie. It does a great job of using the isolation one must feel in a foreign country where one doesn't speak the language to illustrate the isolation you feel when you feel like life is crushing you down. And Murray and Johansson's friendship/chaste affair is just sweet and adorable. I never thought that an old man and a twenty something having a (non)relationship would ever not be creepy, but there you go. It doesn't make you laugh in the way that a normal comedy does, it just uses humor to disarm you and make the drama less heavy.
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