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  • Re: New/Rented movies: Here comes the movie to change all movies

    Originally posted by JF_Gophers View Post
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    • Re: New/Rented movies: Here comes the movie to change all movies

      Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
      Just went and saw it tonight. I liked it, and yeah DiCaprio's half-a55ed Boston accent was amusing. I will say that the plot twist towards the end didn't fully sink in for me until the final scene. Probably because I thought about it too much.
      Shutter Island was one of the two films I saw this weekend. I actually thought it was fantastic. I'm probably biased by my love of Scorsese's work, but I really felt like he did a great job of creating a true horror movie- one in which fear and dread build up throughout the movie and not released periodically in pointless action and sudden scares. I felt like it was a great combination of film noir and horror, and I was genuinely intrigued at every step of the way. Definately a very masterful use of dream sequences to help tie the film together. I'm certain they will mean something radically different to me when I see the film a second time.

      The ending would have struck me as a little too convenient (those who have seen it might know what I'm talking about) and a little too much like it would have come from a certain other writer/director (I'm being purposefully obtuse so as not to spoil anything, but again: if you've seen the movie, you probably know who I mean). But Leonardo DiCaprio's last line of the movie really added a lot of depth to what happens and really saved the ending of the movie to me.

      The other film was Avatar, which I finally got around to seeing. The synopsis of the movie gives away almost everything. Nothing that happens is a surprise or feels very revealing, and the dramatic element of the film felt very "paint by number" to me. Shoot, as far as drama, tension and depth of character, this was hardly beyond the scope of Fern Gully.

      With all that said... wow, is it ever a pretty movie. Even on a smaller screen, and without 3D, I was amazed at the technical quality of what I was seeing. We were all afraid of it looking like a video game when we first saw the trailer, and we were definately wrong. Despite the insanely bright color palatte, the film looked amazing and full of life. And despite all the sentimental obviousness... James Cameron can direct a freakin' action scene.
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      • Watched The Hurt Locker. As a character study of soldiers of war it did a decent job portraying the pyschological impact of combat. I could feel the tension James endured as an EOD and even moreso the members of his unit, who had to put up with his addrenaline addiction. However, I never felt challenged or discomforted and there was nothing groundbreaking about this aspect as it's been done many times before. That he wanted to return to combat after being sent home was not only not a surprise but it felt like they were cheaply setting up a sequel, which I don't believe will happen.

        Also the movie was completely unrealistic as regards to how EOD units actually operate (protocol, chain of command, sniping EODs coming to the rescue of former SAS operatives for hire, partolling in single units, etc, etc.), but that may be neither here nor there to the average viewer. As a movie in total I thought it lacked a true plot, there were some editing mistakes regarding the sub-plot of the Beckham kid, there were too many important characters missing that would have interacted with the unit and given the movie more depth, and when it ended I didn't feel satisfied with what I had watched.

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        • Re: New/Rented movies: Here comes the movie to change all movies

          "Roshomon" (Japanese movie from 1950)

          The movie was pretty good. Definitely can see the influence on modern movies in how Rashomon's story was told (multiple/differing accounts of the same story), and how it was put together.

          Basically (the common points of the story, so this isn't a spoiler by any means), a guy is dead, a woman has been raped, and there's a missing dagger. 4 people "know" the story: a bandit, a woodcutter, the woman, and the dead guy (via a "medium"). They tell a court what they saw.

          At first, I thought it was a little slow paced in the dialogue, but as the movie went on, I found myself more and more intrigued. As the stories were told, and the action unfolded, you can't help but start to try and find inconsistencies, differences, and commonalities in the story, as well as find the motives for how the stories are told.

          A definite must for movie superbuffs, and I'd recommend seeing it if you're more than an average movie fan.
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            Great movie. The idea (repeat story from multiple perspectives) has been used a million times before and after, but "Roshomon" is one of the best treatments. "Mystery Train" is similar, if you haven't seen it, though the point of Roshomon is there is no objective truth, while MT is about the putting pieces together, like "The Norman Conquests."
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            • Re: New/Rented movies: Here comes the movie to change all movies

              I just watched a History of Violence and I got to say I was rather underwhelmed. Sure Viggo and Ed Harris are their usual awesome but the movie itself was just kind of lame. Oh and the kid who played his son was so annoying I was hoping Viggo would shoot him the whole movie
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              • Re: New/Rented movies: Here comes the movie to change all movies

                Originally posted by Handyman View Post
                I just watched a History of Violence and I got to say I was rather underwhelmed. Sure Viggo and Ed Harris are their usual awesome but the movie itself was just kind of lame. Oh and the kid who played his son was so annoying I was hoping Viggo would shoot him the whole movie
                Hey, we agree on something!

                I mean, it was worth watching and all, better than the average movie, but I too was a little disappointed in it.


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                  Still using up my credits as the rental place near me is going out of business.

                  Watched Marley & Me. I read the book a few weeks ago and mostly wanted to see the movie for the cute puppy. I'm a chick, so that's totally allowed. The movie was ok. Jennifer Aniston's character was much more likable in the book. There were allusions to things in the book that made me laugh, but weren't explained in the movie. So, like most movies based on books...the book is a hundred times better. The guy friend that watched the movie with me cried buckets at the end. I had never seen him like that.
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                  • Handy - I felt the same way. Maybe my expectations were too high but I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it again.

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                    • Re: New/Rented movies: Here comes the movie to change all movies

                      Yeah...of late a lot of the movies that put guys like Viggo and Ed Harris (Appaloosa was way more disappointing...my lord that movie was boring) together seem to have a ton of great acting but just these ho-hum cliche ridden stories. I bet as a graphic novel A History of Violence was quite good, but as a movie the story was stretched thin.
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                      • Re: New/Rented movies: Here comes the movie to change all movies

                        I agree Appaloosa was a pretty dull movie, especially considering the presence of Harris, Mortenson, Irons, etc. It could have done without Renee Zellweger and not missed a beat. History of Violence was a movie that kind of grew on me, and it set my expectations for Mortenson when he did Eastern Promises.
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                        • Re: New/Rented movies: Here comes the movie to change all movies

                          Originally posted by wolverineTrumpet View Post
                          Still using up my credits as the rental place near me is going out of business.

                          Watched Marley & Me. I read the book a few weeks ago and mostly wanted to see the movie for the cute puppy. I'm a chick, so that's totally allowed. The movie was ok. Jennifer Aniston's character was much more likable in the book. There were allusions to things in the book that made me laugh, but weren't explained in the movie. So, like most movies based on books...the book is a hundred times better. The guy friend that watched the movie with me cried buckets at the end. I had never seen him like that.
                          Oh yeah, everyone who I know who saw it cried, regardless of gender, myself included. I actually think that the non-dog characters were well-rounded and well-acted, given what effort one would have expected for such a movie.

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                          • Re: New/Rented movies: Here comes the movie to change all movies

                            Originally posted by ScottM View Post
                            it set my expectations for Mortenson when he did Eastern Promises.
                            Eastern Promises showed a good actor can save a bad movie. History of Violence showed a good actor doesn't necessarily save a bad movie.
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                            • Re: New/Rented movies: Here comes the movie to change all movies

                              Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                              Eastern Promises showed a good actor can save a bad movie. History of Violence showed a good actor doesn't necessarily save a bad movie.
                              I learned to like History of Violence, if anything for William Hurt's role, even though it has some holes in the script. I loved the line where he asks his dying henchman "How do you f* that up?!".
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                              • Re: New/Rented movies: Here comes the movie to change all movies

                                Originally posted by ScottM View Post
                                I learned to like History of Violence, if anything for William Hurt's role, even though it has some holes in the script. I loved the line where he asks his dying henchman "How do you f* that up?!".
                                That was pretty awesome

                                Kepler, I totally agree with everything you said about the two movies.
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