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Title: Movies
Post by: KoPP on December 25, 2009, 03:54:10 PM
Watched Avatar yesterday with rcohen - excellent effects but pretty lame plot (ya gotta see it in 3D). Since my friends were sick today, I wound up hitting Sherlock Holmes. A pretty good yarn, and very entertaining if you aren't the type to expect the book on the screen. For the life of me, I can't understand why there was a huge line waiting to get into Alvin and the Chipmunks...oh yeah. Kids. Oy.
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Post by: rwcohen on December 25, 2009, 05:00:20 PM
I thought that while the movie was stunning in 3d, it could have been about 45 minutes shorter. Enough was enough with the effects and the comic book characters. Plot, old and outdated, but surpassed by the effects. I was sitting there waiting for thE Terminator to come out and finish the movie.  Well worth it for the effects, gawd I could only imagine it in imax!
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Post by: MoT on December 31, 2009, 10:34:41 AM
I went to get gas as Costco yesterday, and was wanting to go TO Costco. Oh my was it PACKED. So hit the Flixster App on my iPhone, and went over to see It's Complicated at Parkway Pointe. None of these actors are my favorites but they did a good job in the movie. I would say if you are over 50 to go see it, but apparently I hear younger folks are liking it too. There is a scene with Steve Martin that made me laugh so loud.

First time I have been to a movie with that funky fill-it-yourself Coke thing and wasn't able to get a refill. It was not that easy to climb the stairs so once I was up there, I was stuck until the theater was almost empty, in fear of falling down the steps.  :P
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Post by: totm on December 31, 2009, 03:28:23 PM
and went over to see It's Complicated at Parkway Pointe. None of these actors are my favorites but they did a good job in the movie. I would say if you are over 50 to go see it, but apparently I hear younger folks are liking it too. There is a scene with Steve Martin that made me laugh so loud.
I thought it pretty dry and slow until the Harley character got going and then Steve Martin was Steve Martin.  People were laughing around us and I just didn't get it.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: Melomom on January 01, 2010, 09:46:01 PM
Saw Fantastic Mr. Fox with Beer Beginner this evening.  It is really quite wonderful, very clever and so well done.  Not a children's movie, though children might enjoy it.  Lots of good lines that you catch only a step behind.  And the attention to detail is incredible.  it is at the Plaza so probably in theaters only a little while longer.
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Post by: freakerdude on January 01, 2010, 10:10:01 PM
Sherlock Holmes was very good, but I am a fan of Guy Ritchie a la Snatch. The entire movie kept you interested along with having to concentrate on the English dialect. There wasn't as much injected humor as Snatch, but you can definitely pick up on his signatures in the movie. The amount of advertising they spent on TV alone was phenominal.

I might IMAX Avatar since I keep hearing good things.
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Post by: geonuc on January 02, 2010, 05:44:36 AM
Saw Fantastic Mr. Fox with Beer Beginner this evening.  It is really quite wonderful, very clever and so well done.  Not a children's movie, though children might enjoy it.  Lots of good lines that you catch only a step behind.  And the attention to detail is incredible.  it is at the Plaza so probably in theaters only a little while longer.
Agreed - one of the better movies I've seen recently.

I thought about going to see Avatar on Christmas day, but when I arrived at the Chamblee Regal 24-plex, the very large parking lot was jammed and I thought better of it. I don't do well with crowds. Maybe this weekend.
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Post by: AndyBoy on January 03, 2010, 05:00:16 PM
We went to see It's Complicated this afternoon and it got very average reviews but we enjoyed it very much. But then I enjoy anything Meryl Streep is in, she has great talent. Didn't end the way I thought it would but all in all a well done movie.

Previews of Robin Hood looked really serious, maybe more violent than Gladiator was. I will have to see that one by myself, no way my wife will watch a movie like that.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: loveATL on January 03, 2010, 07:47:55 PM
I've seen 'The Blind Side' twice - once when friend was in town and again while Lt. Col loveATL was briefly in town.  Highly recommend it.  On the waiting list with AFPL for the book - it was highly recommended by an Ole Miss alum friend.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: Roxro on January 04, 2010, 05:24:56 PM
Saw "It's Complicated" and I think I will have nightmares for years just thinking about sleeping with the "ex."  Thought it was pretty good, although I must admit that my favorite parts were the food (meals and pastry) as well as a "too die for" garden.  Would love some of the recipes.
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Post by: Beerbitch on January 04, 2010, 07:23:19 PM
Saw "It's Complicated" and I think I will have nightmares for years just thinking about sleeping with the "ex."  Thought it was pretty good, although I must admit that my favorite parts were the food (meals and pastry) as well as a "too die for" garden.  Would love some of the recipes.

Not sure if these are "official" but here are some:

http://www.bakespace.com/members/profile/itsComplicated/36302/

Title: Re: Movies
Post by: GabrielsDad on January 17, 2010, 03:19:28 PM
Just finished watching "Up in the Air" which was really well acted and directed, but left me feeling a little depressed.  All the performances, from George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, and Jason Bateman were top notch, and there was a not too surprising "twist" towards the end.  Overall I was impressed, just left me feeling a bit blue.  Maybe I'm getting too sentimental in my old age.  Time for some football or Spike TV!   :)
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Post by: Barnum on January 24, 2010, 04:35:02 PM
Just finished watching "Up in the Air" which was really well acted and directed, but left me feeling a little depressed.  All the performances, from George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, and Jason Bateman were top notch, and there was a not too surprising "twist" towards the end.  Overall I was impressed, just left me feeling a bit blue.  Maybe I'm getting too sentimental in my old age.  Time for some football or Spike TV!   :)

I agree, not a feel good movie.  We saw it this rainy Sunday afternoon which might have magnified the effect.  I also agree that everyone did a good job but I think about half way through we had both guessed what a couple of the twists were.  Worth seeing, but certainly a little sobering and not something to see if you've been recently down-sized (personally or professionally) and are looking to get away from life for a couple minutes.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: Barnum on January 26, 2010, 07:54:16 AM

Did try the coke freestyle machine at the movie the other day.  Touch screen interface with seemingly unlimited combinations... I ended up with a cherry vault that tasted like cough syrup   :P
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: The_Scientist on March 21, 2010, 09:46:50 AM
FG and I saw Alice in Wonderland last weekend at the AMC in Kennesaw.  It was shown in 2-D, 3-D and IMAX versions there. We opted for the IMAX, although it was actually faux IMAX, not the three-story tall screen and complete visual field of the real thing, but just an extra large movie theater screen hanging in front of the regular one.  We still had to wear the dorky 3-D glasses as well.

As for the movie, I'll call it hit and miss.  Tim Burton is probably incapable of making a bad looking movie, and this concept is right up his alley, allowing him to indulge his whimsy and taste for the weird.  The Wonderland he conceived is pretty dark and dreary, not the stuff of childhood fantasy.  Some of the CGI effects are rather mechanical looking, while others like Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen with an oversized head are very well done.  The performances are all good, with Johnny Depp doing his usual unexpected turn as the Mad Hatter. 

Burton also chose to do Alice as a grown-up chafing at her arranged marriage to an upper class twit, something we've seen far too often as a premise.  When he has a good script like Sweeney Todd, he can make magic, but here it's not as strong, though not as bad as his misbegotten Planet of the Apes remake.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: The_Scientist on June 15, 2010, 09:11:36 PM
After seeing Nothing and Cube, FG and I decided to make it a Vingenzo Natali weekend and go see Splice in a real theater.  It has a semi-scientific plot, so I wanted to see it in any case.

Clive and Elsa are rock stars in a brave new world of genetic manipulation where entirely new organisms can be created by mixing and matching genes from many different species.  When their investors want them to show some profit finally, they get antsy and do a rogue experiment using human DNA.  Of course the experiment has unexpected results and produces a weirdly sexy alien babe who will eventually turn on her creators.

It's all quite ludicrous scientifically, but it doesn't really matter.  The key to making a good genre picture is to distract the audience away from the fact that it's a genre picture.  If all you do is mechanically produce the right notes, you may please the fanboys but no one else.  If you push the boundaries and ambitiously try to transcend the limits, you could bring in the arthouse crowd and piss off the hardcore, or just lose everybody.  Natali has a gift for distracting in this way without losing sight of the schlock at the core of his movies.  Given his first chance to work with A-list stars and a studio budget he delivers a polished product with very good CGI and photography.  Look for it on DVD or On Demand.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: geonuc on September 25, 2010, 05:55:40 PM
Saw Machete today. What a movie! Lots of gratuitous and absurd violence and naked women (including Lindsey Lohan), but it's meant to be both a parody of an action film and a political statement on immigration issues. Whatever it is, it was pretty entertaining.
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Post by: Jmolinari on September 25, 2010, 07:55:55 PM
Inception. It just blew my mind.
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Post by: The_Scientist on November 01, 2010, 10:23:00 PM
Out of my sense of obligation and my darling loving wife's indulgence, we went to see Nowhere Boy.  I came away a little conflicted, maybe because the market for John Lennon biographies is so saturated.
Only Elvis and Frank Sinatra can compete with Lennon for hagiography, but it doesn't stop writers and filmmakers from churning out more.  What's there left to say?

This version centers on his late teens, when he first became fascinated with rock 'n roll, learned to play, started his first band and met McCartney.  If you know anything about his background, you know all of the details of his unusual family life and the tragedies that befell him.  Aaron Johnson in the lead role doesn't look or sound much like Lennon, although he does get the teenage bravado and posturing that Lennon had by all accounts.  Kristen Scott-Thomas is great as his Aunt Mimi, what could have been a thankless role as the stern but well-intentioned guardian.  His needy, unstable mother Julia could hardly be more different, but the movie makes the case that Lennon needed both of them to become the artist who conquered the world.  It's not a new insight, but it's a well-made period piece with songs of the time recorded probably more proficiently than the originals but otherwise faithfully.  In Spite of All the Danger sounds quite like the real one from Anthology.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: KoPP on January 09, 2011, 12:26:34 PM
Damn, TCM has the old "The Producers" on - wish I would have scheduled the DVR.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: Minerva on January 09, 2011, 12:43:35 PM
Damn, TCM has the old "The Producers" on - wish I would have scheduled the DVR.

I finally broke down and ordered a copy from Amazon. It's on my All Time Top 10 list.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: KoPP on January 14, 2011, 06:29:12 AM
Going to try to watch Green Hornet and/or The King's Speech this weekend. I'm more interested in King, but the hype around Hornet (and I love the Bruce Lee fight scenes in the series) might push it into the other direction.
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Post by: Girly on January 14, 2011, 09:06:22 AM
Going to try to watch Green Hornet and/or The King's Speech this weekend. I'm more interested in King, but the hype around Hornet (and I love the Bruce Lee fight scenes in the series) might push it into the other direction.

I'm deciding between King's Speech and Black Swan. I've been watching nothing but kid movies lately and I need some "R" ratings in my life!
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: Girly on January 28, 2011, 11:36:07 AM
King's Speech - loved it! Great performances, story, etc. If you're worried about taking a younger teen (or tween) because of the R rating, it's nothing but a few Fbombs - probably less than they hear at school ;)

True Grit - not so much. I loved the prose and it made me want to read the book. And the girl actress really rocked. But overall, I've seen better.

Still haven't seen Black Swan, but it's next on my list if I can convince my SIL it's a ROM-COM  ;D
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Post by: AndyBoy on January 28, 2011, 04:01:51 PM
We saw King's Speech last weekend and I thought it was an excellent movie. Without the great acting, directing and wardrobe it could have bombed big time.
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Post by: The_Scientist on January 29, 2011, 11:10:09 AM
FG and I saw Black Swan last weekend. Darren Aronovsky is a dazzling director, with so many tricks in his bag that his movies always pop off the screen. He also has a fondness for high drama that sometimes becomes a parody of itself. Pi and Requiem for a Dream were fabulous because they walked the tightrope and finished strong. His other movies didn't quite work that way.

I would rank this one just behind Requiem. Natalie Portman was a perfect choice for the lead, and she may as well start composing her Oscar acceptance right now because she's going to win. It's exactly the sort of bait Academy voters eat up: well-known actress in a prestige picture with artsy pretention playing a glamorous but fragile character who unravels emotionally, and looks good doing it. Plus there's hot girl-on-girl action. I prefer one of each myself, but I hear there are some who like that sort of thing.  :-X
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: KoPP on March 27, 2011, 06:43:11 AM
Watched Rango after a decent meal at Dai Loi. I really wish that people would make at least a half-assed attempt to research the movies you take your tots to. Most of the audience was under 7. And this really isn't a movie for 7 year olds, unless they read the WSJ.

Excellent play on the spaghetti westerns (and the surprise 'cameo' is pretty funny), but this has some pretty snappy patter, and gets a lot of it's humor from the adult side of things. A mom was laughing more than the kids she was herding.

If your kid can watch Bulwinkle and get some of the adult humor, then by all means. If they're wanting My Pretty Pony, sorry.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: KoPP on March 27, 2011, 06:22:51 PM
Been watching Bollywood movies lately, and they've been better and better. Bride and Prejudice was the latest - actually, it was better than a lot of the Hollywood flicks on the premium channels. And the wimmen are soooooo beautiful... ;)
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: Larkemon on March 27, 2011, 11:05:48 PM
Have you seen The Guru?  Heather Graham + Bollywood = Best of both worlds :)
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: KoPP on March 27, 2011, 11:36:09 PM
Have you seen The Guru?  Heather Graham + Bollywood = Best of both worlds :)
Nope - I'll dig it out on On Demand.

I really don't want to go to jury duty this morning... :'(
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: KoPP on April 02, 2011, 08:23:49 PM
Watched Source Code today - excellent movie that just happens to be sci-fi. I don't think it matches up to Blade Runner (as a friend tried to say), but still a good movie. Not sure I liked how they left the ending, however.

Speaking of Blade Runner, watch the director's cut without the Harrison Ford monolog - a LOT more bleak than the original.
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Post by: The_Scientist on April 03, 2011, 08:39:43 AM
Watched Source Code today - excellent movie that just happens to be sci-fi. I don't think it matches up to Blade Runner (as a friend tried to say), but still a good movie. Not sure I liked how they left the ending, however.

Speaking of Blade Runner, watch the director's cut without the Harrison Ford monolog - a LOT more bleak than the original.

They filmed several endings for Blade Runner. The one they used was the happiest and the least sensical, but the studio insisted. Blade Runner is remembered as a landmark film, and visually it was a leap ahead of anything else made to that point, but the script was not very good, and the treatment of the female characters was pretty awful.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: Jmolinari on April 03, 2011, 01:37:05 PM
"The Tourist" was awful.
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Post by: KoPP on April 03, 2011, 07:02:48 PM
Watched Murder by Death today. Great spoof, but a little politically incorrect.
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Post by: KoPP on April 29, 2011, 10:49:49 PM
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Post by: KoPP on April 30, 2011, 02:02:05 AM
Kewl - I can watch Thor before I get cut. Hope it's up to the hype.
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Post by: KoPP on July 14, 2011, 10:44:36 PM
So, who's going to watch the Last Harry this weekend? Saw the price for 3-D IMAX and had to laugh.
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Post by: KoPP on July 17, 2011, 07:43:47 PM
Trivia about "A Dirty Shame" by John Waters (a NC-17 rated movie)...

"...when he asked the MPAA what would need to be removed in order for the film to obtain an R rating, he was told 'after a while, we just stopped taking notes.'"
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: mikeamor on July 20, 2011, 07:33:56 AM
Trivia about "A Dirty Shame" by John Waters (a NC-17 rated movie)...

"...when he asked the MPAA what would need to be removed in order for the film to obtain an R rating, he was told 'after a while, we just stopped taking notes.'"

Hilarious movie.  I love JW's twisted views on society.
Let's go sexin!
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: KoPP on July 26, 2011, 06:49:46 PM
I finally watched Get Him to the Greek. For a crude teen humor movie, it has it's high points, rivaling Spinal Tap in some of the song lyrics. And ya gotta give credit for The Mars Volta mention...
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: KoPP on August 14, 2011, 11:23:13 AM
Looks like it's monkey time this afternoon. But I really want to watch the Braves to see McCann come back and to see if Uggla can continue the hitting streak. Such a choice...
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: KoPP on August 14, 2011, 05:58:39 PM
Made the right choice. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a pretty good flick.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: The_Scientist on August 20, 2011, 11:13:47 AM
Looks like it's monkey time this afternoon. But I really want to watch the Braves to see McCann come back and to see if Uggla can continue the hitting streak. Such a choice...

Don't call them monkeys. It makes them mad.

FG and I saw Rise too. The makers clearly know what the audience wants in a POTA movie better than Tim Burton did, since quite a few references to the original make it on screen. The science is silly, of course, but the movie is quite entertaining, CGI is good, and all of the human actors are shown up by Andy Serkis's facial expressions.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: Girly on August 22, 2011, 08:34:17 AM
Saw The Help this weekend. I grew up in the south in the 60s, with a maid constantly there for us (my grandparents had two full time - and a separate bathroom for them.....) so the book really resonated with me. The movie was very true to the book and well done. Great cast too.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: KoPP on August 29, 2011, 06:53:34 PM
Watched Paul - was funny if you don't mind the ailen mooning.
Title: Re: Movies
Post by: The_Scientist on December 27, 2011, 10:53:44 AM
Christmas is a big movie day, but if you don't go to a family friendly show, the theater will be a lot less crowded as FG and I discovered. We saw Young Adult, which is written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, who also collaborated on Juno.

That one had an adorable lead character and hipper than thou dialogue. This one has a truly unlikable lead, played very well by Charlize Theron, a former prom queen and mean girl who never left high school mentally, even though she hates her hometown thoroughly. We both liked it and would recommend it.