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Initial post: Nov 17, 2010 1:35:32 AM PST
rick tan says:
post your review of the last movie you watched.

"Let Me In" RT style rating 9.8/10

This is the American version of the widely acclaimed Swedish "Let the Right One In". I haven't seen the Swedish version yet. I would have rated "LMI" a perfect 10, but it has that one scene lol. Pretty much everyone who watched it, knows the one I'm talking about.

"LMI" has drawn alot of comparisons to the "Twilight" movies. There is major similarities and also major differences between the two.
Both are human w/ vampire love stories
Both include a love triangle
the "Protector" theme

a huge difference is that "LMI" is nearly entirely driven by the terrific performance of Chloe Grace Moretz. CGM is as good as anyone outside of Noomi Rapace. Deserving of an oscar nom, but prolly won't happen cuz it underperformed at the box office.
Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) is very good and also the always great Richard Jenkins, in a smallish, unusual, difficult role.

There is a slew of brutal violence, which benefits the movie. Within context, i found it very thought-provoking.
I disagree with the negative criticism re the visual effects. Particularly impressive was Abby's "turned" face.

"LMI" is an incredible mix of romance, violence, and world-class performances.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 1:04:57 PM PST
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D. Duarte says:
The Social Network

rating = 7/10

My good friend, porn star, India Summer, said that she didn't like it because she didn't like the people/characters who populated this world.

I liked the atmosphere that Fincher captured, and I also liked the look into the world these unlikable guys lived in, sort of like studying spiders, so I appreciated that.

It has a little bit of "fake-ness" in it, but overall I liked the performances, soundtrack, and production quality.

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mr. critic says:
Three Days of the Condor (1975) 8/10

Just saw it last night. Probably the best acting Redford ever did. I usually find him creepy and repulsive. Lots of CIA covert ops and double crosses. Great villains. Nice chase scenes and confrontations. You actually got the feeling anything could happen but also somehow knew the little guy would eventually find a way to dodge the covert killers and expose the rats. I'm a sucker for stories where one decent character outsmarts a huge organization.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 8:03:21 AM PST
C. Poplin says:
Saw 3D not as good as 6 but finishes the series great,the only saw movie i saw that i think had bad acting.There were several scenes where the acting should have been redone.Tobin Bell only makes one small appearance was hoping to see him more in the film. 7.9 out of 10

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 8:05:28 AM PST
bella7 says:
Toy Story 3 in 3D. Funny, exciting and sentimental at times. I liked it.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 8:30:43 AM PST
Prince of Persia.......wanted to like it...but found it too politically correct....& why do these kinds of films need CGI special effects?.....did "Conan" or "Braveheart" need them?...NO!

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 9:07:59 AM PST
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Hikari says:
Mr. JM,
Right now I've got "Death and the Maiden" sitting on the TV at home. That will be my weekend viewing, along with the second installment of the Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire.

But I'm gonna be honest and post a review of something I watched (or attempted to watch) over the last two nights:

LOVE HAPPENS with Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart
(2/10 stars)

Am going with 2 rather than 1 star because I hear there is some fine acting by Martin Sheen in the last 20 minutes. I did not make it that far on two attempts. Also some great exterior shots of Seattle. So.

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Eckhart plays a self-help guru who goes around the country leading seminars entitled "A-OK!" after the book he wrote to help himself get through his wife's death three years ago. There were some echoes of "Up in the Air" in the travelling/sterile hotel existence of this deeply sad man who wears a plastic smile in public and drinks in private, even though he tells the grieving people who buy his book that alcohol is not the solution to their problem. Eckhart has a face that is mostly blank and devoid of expression in pensive moments, but the moments in which we see him transform from sad-sack 'off' mode to 'on' as he bursts through the door of one of his seminars is something to see.

One day at a hotel in Seattle (a city he has avoided because this is where his wife died, and his bitter father-in-law (Sheen) still lives there), he literally crashes into florist Eloise (Aniston) in the classic, tired Meet Cute of all romance-type movies. Startled , Eloise runs away. He discovers that for no fathomable reason, Eloise likes to write obscure words on the walls behind the framed art when she's arranging the hall flowers. This tendency to vandalism may have been explained in the half that I never saw. Later, when he tries to ask this intriguingly scattered woman out for a cup of coffee when he spies her again in the lobby, she pretends to be deaf. Nice person. Plus she works primarily in hotels and her name is 'Eloise'. Some brilliant screenwriter is up on his/her children's literature.

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It goes on like this . . . Eloise is not deaf and he eventually does take her out yada yada. I feel sure that the message is going to be how Eloise heals his frozen heart and helps him to love again and stop being such a smarmeister in his seminars and live with more authenticity. Though how exactly a woman who hides her grafitti compulsion behind pictures and pretends to be deaf to get out of talking to guys she's not interested in is supposed to teach him authenticity, I don't know.

I've seen a few good performances out of Jenn Anison that make me think she's capable of more than she usually shows us (The Good Girl; Friends with Money; Marley & Me; The Break-up). It's these roles that give me hope that among the roughly 4 rom-com fluff pieces she puts out a year, there will be one that doesn't stink. This was not that one. Interestingly, Jenn takes second billing to Aaron Eckhart even though she's the bigger 'name', at least among viewers who would select this kind of movie. Jenn gives off the air, usually, of a sitcom star that has wandered far above her pay grade in a big movie. The likeability and cuteness that sustained her on Friends is not sufficient for the big screen--whatever charisma she had on TV is swallowed up by the bigger venue. So we get the same squint, the same hair toss, the same rather brittle line readings and belly shirts and etc that we have seen literally dozens of times before.

Like "The Break-up" this movie is not really a rom-com. Not a com at all; barely a rom. A dramedy with pretensions to romance. All in all, I would have rather sat through "Rumor has it" again. Or even "Along Came Polly." Even Jenn Aniston fans should give this stinker a miss.

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D. Duarte says:
tarek,

Simply calling a movie, "crap," is not exactly a review. Are you like India and just didn't like the characters, or what?

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D. Duarte says:
American Pie was an adolescent sex comedy, if that's how you saw "The Social Network," I'd say your sensors need adjusting.

To me it was a story of excess and ego run wild, but a serious morality tale at that. Oh, wait, you loved "Avatar," right? Hmmm... it's all coming together now...

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Posted on Nov 20, 2010 10:41:50 AM PST
Hikari says:
DEATH & THE MAIDEN (1994)
Starring Sigourney Weaver, Stuart Wilson & Ben Kingsley
Directed by Roman Polanski

2.5 out of 5 stars

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As usual the Netflix synopsis is somewhat misleading. I will call this an interesting choice from our cast and director though not an unabashed success. I can see how its themes and plot would have resonated with Polanski, survivor, vicariously, of the Holocaust camps and the Manson gang. Not sure what drew his actors to the material.

Weaver and Wilson play a long-married couple who live in a remote house in an unnamed South American country notorious for its history of violence and continual governmental instability and corruption. (Think Chile). One night, during a terrible storm that has knocked out the power, the husband has a flat on the road and accepts a ride from a Good Samaritan (Kingsley). The helpful gentleman declines an offer to come inside, but returns later and does come inside for a drink, urged in by the husband. At this point the wife recognizes the man as the same one who repeatedly raped and tortured her years ago when she was a student protester being held captive by a government goon squad. Even though she was blindfolded the whole time, she knows her former captor's voice and smell. The rest of the movie is about how she goes about wringing a confession of guilt out of this man, who she knocks over the head and proceeds to hold hostage and interrogate, in a case of major table-turning.

The acting is good, with an intense performance by Weaver and with Ben Kingsley believable as a menace underneath a silken demeanor, but I never felt that this cast was 100% selling it. They give a good approximation of it, but they don't inhabit these lines, these characters so much as simulate them. When it comes down to it, for me this cast hits a false note all the way through with their ethnicity. Or rather, lack thereof. With a cast of Latin American actors it would have felt more authentic to me.

I know that rape and physical domination can happen to anyone, regardless of size, gender, etc. But Sigourney Weaver has always played such strong characters, I had a hard time accepting her as a paranoid, nuerotic and timid woman who has been so damaged by her experiences, she's afraid to leave her house until this opportunity for revenge dumps itself in her lap. Physically she felt wrong for a victim, beyond the fact of her Caucausian-ness. Stuart Wilson is supposed to be a highly-placed official in the government of this unnamed Spanish-speaking country, and I couldn't buy that either.

Kingsley fares the best. I would have liked to see all our protaganists with bit more room to play out the story, but except for a couple brief scenes the entire action takes place in essentially one room. It is based on a play, and that's essentially how Polanski shoots it--as a filmed version of the stage play. Netflix promised me a psychological thriller . . .psychological certainly fits, but the outcome really is no surprise, and I like my thrillers less claustrophobic than this.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2010 12:34:30 PM PST
rick tan says:
was gonna say remake it and drop the SA bit, but anyways, isn't "The Brave One" basically better than this?
never heard of "DATM" so is it a legitimate comparison?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2010 12:40:00 PM PST
Hikari says:
@rick
um . . .I hadn't thought of it that way. The two films do share a common theme of the female protaganist getting her revenge on the man (men) who hurt her in the past.

"Better" is relative. Apart from the casting of D&TM, it could be a very effective piece--but it's very heavy on the political stuff. Also the scale is very small--this is a play for only three actors.

'The Brave One' is not the best Jodie has ever done, but in terms of a 'thriller', yes, I did enjoy it more than D&TM. Furthermore, Roman Polanski put in some nudity/a sex scene between the husband and wife that felt a bit gratitous to me. There was really no reason for it, other than Roman wanting to shoot Sigourney Weaver bare-breasted. That broad has never shied away from a topless scene. Maybe she's compensating for not having much of anything to show off.

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Hikari says:
@tarek
I agree that for the most part, every claim of 'artistic nudity/nudity that serves the story' is bogus. A creative director can suggest without showing everything and still have the impact of his scene be clear. It's rather lazy filmmaking to put sex in just to have some sex in to show how 'open-minded' we all are. If this movie were about the marriage between two people and say she had body-image issues as a result of scars from torture or breast cancer surgery or something like that, the same scene, as shot, might have been very tender and been central to the story they were telling.

As it stands, it's more along the lines of "We have some time to kill before the torturer arrives at the door and we can commence with the action. So let's watch Sigourney Weaver take her shirt off!"

That was the gratituous part, for me.

The woman needs a sandwich, or two or sixty. You could count every vertebrae and every rib. Ribs from the back and the front. I know Sigourney has a very long frame, but she looked emaciated. And the camera adds 15 pounds visually! Very very skinny. Not your cup of tea, tarek!

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J. Baker says:
Watch this 'Ryan's Daughter' pub scene full frame if you can, 'Hikari'.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fySixhzCeR8

I think most things in movies to today are gratuitous. The only things that irritate me about sex scenes, is when they are fake and unimaginative (which is most of the time, granted). One thing I've noticed in more movies today, is the shock-cut to a boring or passionless bout of bumping uglies, either played for laughs or to make some'' comment'' on how unhappy a character is (it doesn't have to be a whore or junkie to suffer through bad sex with men). I suspect no one knows what I'm taking about here. Whatever, I'm too hung over to try and elucidate further...

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Hikari says:
@jpb
***aside: Mr. Zero of One has been busy in here too, I see.

Re that pub scene--will that get me canned if I watch it at work? having trouble getting clips to play on my laptop and I'm still sans audio.

The scene I described didn't really go with the mood. Sigourney (Lina) is all frazzled and distracted because she's had a stressful night with the storm and a stranger coming by that she can't put her finger on but she feels like she knows him from somewhere .. her husband just took a promotion without consulting her and she's angry about it . . . then he wants to get busy with her? Completely oblivious to her state of mind. So she does, but it is so prefunctory, so without any engagement from her side . . . it just felt to me like Polanski didn't know what else to do there so he stuck that in.

Stuart Wilson is a fine actor but he's mismatched here with Weaver . . .wearing huge glasses and a heavy, heavy mustache that looks fake--supposed to suggest that he is somehow Latino but it just highlights the opposite. Anyway, it gets my vote for one of the most awkward sex scenes ever. Both the actors and the audience were relieved when it was over and we could move on to the kidnapping, the bashing around the head of Ben Kingsley, the gag, the duct tape and etc.

P.S. Did you just get up? How is it that you're hung over at 2pm? Inquiring minds what to know! :-p> (my 'do tell' face)--writing this 2 hours after the fact so maybe it's worn off by now . . anyway, some party in La Jolla last night-into-this-morning I guess!

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J. Baker says:
"***aside: Mr. Zero of One has been busy in here too, I see."<<

Not too busy. Do you think it's a conspiracy against you? Whenever I notice those ratings (always zero point in taking notice), I see it as mostly random. After the first week here on these boards I stopped using the "NO" button, and only use the "Yes" when I see somebody's post being unfairly voted down, in danger on being hidden.

"Re that pub scene--will that get me canned if I watch it at work? having trouble getting clips to play on my laptop and I'm still sans audio."<<

Like many of the most erotic scenes in cinema history, it's PG or G rated. I don't know who would can you for that, but maybe if they're looking over your shoulder, they will want to 'bum you', so hot it could make them.

Remember that this was Polanski's first film after 'Bitter Moon', which was nothing but gratuitousness. So that part of his "art" hadn't worn off completely to make a fully serious movie in 'Death and the Maiden'. The only modern Polanski movies I really like are the thrillers. Well, and 'The Pianist' too, although with more reservations.

Around 2PM I was still suffering from too much bandy mixed in with last night's revelries ... I should have stuck to beer and clear spirits.

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