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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 9:05:49 PM PST
stevign says:
hehehe.......Yeh. The movie definitely deserved a wider audience (my apologies to the obese) than it has received over the years.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 10:54:52 PM PST
C McGhee says:
stevign- apollo gees


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013 8:17:54 AM PST
stevign says:

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 9:17:52 AM PST
Re: Shadow of the Vampire: very funny, and very clever.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 4:17:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013 1:46:59 AM PST
The Campaign: Will Ferrell reworks his Dubya impersonation in this (sorry Mr. Emma) disappointing comedy. Three highlights: a family confession over dinner, a right hook to a dog's jaw, and a cruelly slow-mo'ed right hook to a baby's jaw. Apart from that, the film flat-lines like a fat man in a bordello. Zach G. unfunny. Jason Sudeikis ok as the only sane person in the film. Dan Akroyd and John Lithgow criminally wasted as two brothers bent on power. At root, just a lack of hearty laughs, and unlike most Ferrell films, I didn't watch with an almost constant smile on my face. As Mike Lafontaine would say, "Wha' happened?". 3/10

Of all the waste that grieves this skip, the under-use of Oz-boy extraordinaire Josh Lawson.
Here's a little Josh in the improvisation experiment, 'Thank God You're Here'.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 1:31:22 AM PST
Howard's End: No, not the porn version, but the Merchant/Ivory version that I am renaming 'The Curious Case of the Killer Bookcase'.
Not a bad film. Excellent on the costume/re-creation front, and some nice Malickesque shots of lush greenery, but for mine, the characters - except for Leonard Bast as written, depicted and realised - are all too far down the path of Gitsville for me to care. I mean, complete and utter gits! And what is with the oddly timed and dislocating fades to black? 5/10

Missing: An American writer in South America during Coup-Time (off-season) goes missing. Dad Jack Lemmon and wife Sissy Spacek fight to find him; fighting the regime, the US consulate, and each other. Solid flic, well made, well acted, with Spacek and Lemmon blazing a trail through what could have become a sopfest in lesser hands than Costa-Gavras'. 7.5/10

Sin Nombre: A young South American girl and what family she has decide to "relocate" to the States, picking up an ex-gang member (MS13) along the way. Realistic, sometimes brutal, oddly beautiful film that skirts the right side of melodrama. Well worth a look. 7/10

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 8:12:53 AM PST
Sloan: I think that you are a little severe with Howard's End. "Gitsville", indeed. It's a perfectly realized version of Howard's novel. Merchant/Ivory did very well with Howard--Maurice, for one, and A Room wiht A View, for another, the latter only marred by a typically prissy and overwrought performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 8:17:12 AM PST
A sentence or two about The Hobbit--An Unexpected Journey.

See my longer review on the Your Review thread--in short, remarkably good, with a number of completely unexpected elements, and a remarkably lucid performance by Martin Freeman as Bilbo. Freedom does what Spenser Tracy so often failed to do--he doesn't act, he simply is. A beautiful bit of acting.

Conservatively--8 out of 10, and possibly a notch higher.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 8:35:35 AM PST
Hikari says:
Off in posthaste to the other thread to read your review. I'm gratified to see that Mr. Freeman has charmed you like he has me. You know, his pal & co-star Cumberbatch gets all the showy bits as Sherlock, but Freeman's Doc Watson is the bones--the oft invisible support that allows the enterprise to stand. Playing subtle is much harder than going big . .and Freeman is the master of the subtle reaction shot. He's awesome.

My first 'exposure' to Mr. Freeman that I can recall is as one-half of the nude stand-in couple of "Love, Actually". So glad he finally is getting the big career he deserves.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 8:53:31 AM PST
Craigslist Joe (2012)
Documentary: For 31 days, Joe will attempt to solely survive off the goodwill from people he meets on Craigslist. Given the overwhelming negative world in which we live, it was a nice change of pace to see an uplifting positive film. 7/10

The Queen of Versailles [HD] (2012)
Documentary: Follows the Siegel family (real estate moguls) during the 2008 economic downturn. The "bubble" collapses... the family must stop construction of their new 90,000 square foot McMansion and "live" on a budget. I have absolutely no sympathy for them. They lay off 16,000 people and yet still spend money on stupid items such as Botox injections. Truly a revolting family. 7/10

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 9:54:11 AM PST
So many of the stories selected for Merchant-Ivory films - Howard's End, Maurice, Room with a View have to do with the intersection and sometimes clashing of the British class structure. This is also true of The Remains of the Day, now that I think of it -- a favorite film of mine, but painful to watch Christopher Reeve rising into first-class acting before the worst happened. James Ivory's direction of these films was, without fail, impeccable and the films generally had first rate casts and give the impression of costing about five times as much as they actually did.

The correct spelling of actor Tracy's given name is Spencer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2013 6:26:46 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 15, 2013 8:32:02 AM PST
I ought to have know better than to confuse the spelling of the great poet with that of the third-rate actor.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 8:47:40 AM PST
TCM recently did a retrospective of the Merchant-Ivory films, and I took the opportunity to revisit many of them, including The Remains of the Day. It has held up less well than the Forster adaptations. Certainly Forster as a novelist is not everyone's cup of tea. Merchant and Ivory, however, did great justice to him, and of the three adaptations, I would single out A Room With A View as the most effective--with a caveat against DDL's fussy, mannered, annoying performance.

Fussy, mannered, and annoying, however, perfectly describes Anthony Hopkins in The Remains of the Day. I am no great admirer of Sir Anthony, which seems to twitch through virtually every role he plays. His Hannibal is a mass of mannerisms rather than a performance, and the same may be said of his work in Remains.

Far more serious than that, however, are two flaws. First is the implication that sympathy for the Nazis was widespread among the upper classes. Certainly there was some--but Ishiguro's implications border on the broadly libelous. Second, the psychology of Stevens the butler simply doesn't work. Ishiguro, intentionally or not, gives Stevens a kind of mindless samurai-like devotion to his employer, and that is well outside of the English tradition--represented by characters like Bunter in Dorothy Sayers or Jeeves in Wodehouse or any of a raft of characters in Dickens. Like an inept line of poetry, it fails to scan.

I quite understand the admiration that some have for this film. In my view, the flaws are far too great to ignore--the most significant coming from the text, and the next from Hopkins. Thompson is, as usual, terrific.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 12:24:02 PM PST
Les Misérables

Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and many more hugely talented actors and actresses.

10 out of 10

I've just got home after watching the latest version of this classic story.
I'm still feeling emotionally wrung out and the music is whirling around my head :) I have been looking forward to this musical extravaganza for over a year and it has not been a disappointment.
I think most people would enjoy this superb film, with a stellar cast and top notch performances by everyone.
This film deserves every nomination at the Oscar ceremony this year.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 12:35:05 PM PST
Wreck it Ralph: Solid 8 Great old school flashbacks of my early video game days. Great visuals in the candy land. And most, important, it acutally had a good and warm ending.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 1:40:00 PM PST
Alex says:
Last movie for me was Hotel Transylvania... I honestly was a bit nervous about it, IMDB had some severe haters, but in the end, I ended up enjoying it much...

Story was simplistic, although it focused on what I would want it too, and didn't trail off into any unneccesary paths. I found the humor entertaining... and their was good character development. When the girl turns into the bat throughout the movie it has gotta be the cutest movie moment ever.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 3:34:21 PM PST
I just found out about this film today and wondered if anyone else was looking forward to its release?

I want to watch it primarily because of the following actors, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, James Marsden and Alex Pettyfer.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 8:00:58 PM PST
Cavaradossi says:
I saw Prometheus today for the first time. It was an odd experience, like watching the original Alien "through a glass darkly". I found it rather difficult to follow and not particularly interesting when I did. About midway through, I realized I wasn't caring about the characters or the storyline at all. Things just seemed to happen without any context at all. For instance, why was the Engineer still living? Why did David have any expectation that he would be alive? Seemingly made up as it went along, CGIed to death, disinterestedly acted, unimaginatively scored, and with no obvious directorial vision at the helm, I was profoundly disappointed. As a longtime Ridley Scott fan, I was puzzled by the general lack of his usual sure hand in evidence. Has Ridley lost his touch? I judge Prometheus a failure.

Score: 4/10. (I give it the relatively high score of 4 for the occasionally interesting visuals.)

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 11:19:05 PM PST
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Stolen Kisses: Funny continuation of Antoine Doinel's life - first seen in The 400 Blows - sees Antoine kicked out of the army and thrust into the workplace, where he falls head first into an assortment of jobs (including that of Private Detective). Underneath it all is an offbeat love story. More fun than its predecessor, but also a smidge shallower. Nonetheless, François Truffaut made a corker here. 8/10

Shoot the Piano Player: Truffaut again, as we follow "Charlie" the piano player, a man on the run from himself and his past. An odd film, in that it is hard to lock down what it is trying to be, jumping around in tone a lot, a comical exterior with a perhaps more serious heart. A (dare I say it) daring film, unconventional in its approach. Not for all tastes, but for mine, yessum. 8/10

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 7:41:19 AM PST
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stevign says:
I felt the same way about "Alien", I just didn't care......and quite honestly, there just wasn't anything "to" care about.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 9:37:07 AM PST
Cavaradossi says:

I did like Alien a lot and still do. Watching it in the theater when it was new remains one of my most vivid movie memories. One of the puzzles of Prometheus was that it was following a similar story template, such that you could guess at several moments where it was going because you were familiar with Alien.

Did Aliens work better for you? I find I like it in both it's theatrical and Director's Cut versions and am glad we have access to both.

I regret now that I bought Prometheus. I purposely avoided reading much about the movie or seeing photos or trailers of it. I wanted it to be as unknown as possible to me before sitting down with it. I didn't expect the letdown, but it's obviously my fault for making one of my few blind buys. Maybe lightning will strike on a future revisit.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 6:30:45 PM PST
stevign says:
re: "Did Aliens work better for you?"

I didn't care to see Prometheus for the same reasons you listed.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 1:58:35 AM PST
W. Grieve says:
I watched Andersons 'The Master ' two nights ago...
Never have I been repulsed by male leads since Ratso Rizzo from Midnight Cowboy or Willem Defoe in Lars von Triers abomination whose title alludes me.
I was mesmerized by the narrative and imagery.
These movies still haunt me..Dodds and Quell..nasty mofos !

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 9:48:49 AM PST
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Kiss Me, Kate

A wonderful film, with a delicious score by Cole Porter.

10/10 for musical theater students, 8/10 for everyone else

9/10 in general

Les Miserables (the musical, not the original novel, mind you) has not a pig's hair on Cole Porter.
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