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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby PKMKII » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:03 am

Crazy Heart. Bridges was, as usual, great, and they did a very good job of depicting the country music world. But the plot was rather straightforward and cookie-cutter.

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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Ubi Dubium » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:39 am

Ubi Dubius wrote:The King's Speech.

I tried, I really did, but I could not get myself to care about any of these characters, especially Bertie/George VI (sorry if that's a spoiler). OK, maybe I cheered for Lionel a little, but that's it. Why do so many Americans care about the British Royals? What a bunch of whiners.

I liked it rather better than Ubi Dubius did. For most people, if they find themselves in a job that their talents leave them completely unsuited for, they would go find a different job. For Bertie that was impossible, or at least he tought it was. What he was good at was being a Navy Officer, which apparently did not involve public speaking in front of crowds. Not only did Bertie have a stammer, but the pressure of making a speech would make it much worse.

The one thing I would have liked to see more of in the film is what was pressuring Bertie to take the job after his brother had stepped down. What would have been so awful about Bertie claiming he was unqualified and stepping aside for the next heir? They really didn't go into that. Perhaps we should have met the next in line and found out that he was awful and would have been a disaster. Or had his Mother leaning on him a bit more. Something more than just the general "Keep Calm and Carry On" and "Stiff Upper Lip" sort of thing.

Oh, and Churchill was miscast. Timothy Spall may be a good actor, but I could not suspend my disbelief enough to see him as Churchill. I just saw Wormtail talking like Churchill
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Rainswept » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:58 pm

My friends have informed me that the Atlas Shrugged movie is unwatchable. I'm sad. :cry:
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

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Rainswept wrote:My friends have informed me that the Atlas Shrugged movie is unwatchable. I'm sad. :cry:


I'm not surprised. I found the book close to unreadable.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

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Ubi Dubium wrote:
Rainswept wrote:My friends have informed me that the Atlas Shrugged movie is unwatchable. I'm sad. :cry:


I'm not surprised. I found the book close to unreadable.


The book did have some interesting ideas at least. And the story wasn't totally a disaster. Not that I would ever read it twice.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

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Rainswept wrote:My friends have informed me that the Atlas Shrugged movie is unwatchable. I'm sad. :cry:


¿Por que?
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby fueledbycoffee » Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:48 pm

Just got done watching Mongol. I can see the validity of some of the criticisms, such as mostly unchanging, one-dimensional characters, and how you can always predict how they will respond to any situation, but the fight scenes were ridiculously awesome, and I like the fact that it looked a little more into Genghis Khan's character than the usual "raving, frothing-at-the-mouth barbarian at the head of a mighty horde." It actually portrays him as a tactician with a slightly more developed playbook than simply "CHARGE!!!"

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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Rainswept » Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:01 am

Ubi Dubium wrote:
Rainswept wrote:My friends have informed me that the Atlas Shrugged movie is unwatchable. I'm sad. :cry:


I'm not surprised. I found the book close to unreadable.


It's actually my favorite book, but it'd be a verrry tough film to make a good movie on.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby PKMKII » Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:11 pm

Despicable Me. Cute, but the story was largely predictable, the rivalry with Vector felt forced, and outside of Gru, the characters felt one-dimensional. Still though, the Minions were genius. I'm surprised they haven't gotten their own Saturday morning cartoon spin-off yet.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby PKMKII » Sun May 01, 2011 9:36 pm

Waiting for "Superman"

I think what was interesting about the problem with education in America, is that the solutions aren't that far-fetched or unmanageable. Like so many other problems (agriculture, health care), there are just vested interest standing in the way who's self-interest does not align with what is best for the American people. Although I wished it dealt more with the problem that the standards at universities for the education departments are often low or non-existent for potential majors.
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Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Tue May 03, 2011 10:01 am

Disney nature's African Cats, actually. Fun movie, not too long, lots of amazing shots of mostly the Lions and Cheetahs, but some other gems too (There's some hilarious aardvarks, I think, fighting). Samuel L Jackson narrates, and it's obvious he had a good time doing it.
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby bacon » Mon May 09, 2011 7:12 pm

Started to watch Brooklyns Finest last night and couldn't finish it. Did the movie have a point?
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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby Horza » Wed May 11, 2011 5:09 am

"I Love You Phillip Morris"

I'm sure it wasn't popular with some but I enjoyed it. I quite like Carrey when he's not trying too hard with his madcap ways.

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Re: What's The Last Movie You Saw?

Postby black bart » Wed May 11, 2011 11:02 am

I watched a bit of 'Aliens' last night (I'll catch up with the rest of the movie soon). I'd forgotten how good that film is, I love Bill Paxton's performance as a Pvt Hudson, he's completely hysterically terrified and you can't really blame him.
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