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Old 02-27-2008, 10:54 AM   #3141
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This is a weird one. The plot is silly, and the ending is far too abrupt, but there's something undeniably charming about this film. It must be about a decade - if not more - since I last saw this film, and it's still charming.


Dumbo is my favourite classic disney. It has the two best songs, baby mine, and if I saw an elephant fly..
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:38 PM   #3142
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Hey... I liked it!
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:44 PM   #3143
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Like I've said a million times... the only movie that's ever made me cry!
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:24 PM   #3144
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You know I wonder about that sometimes. I empathize very deeply with characters in fiction, yet no movie has ever made me cry. I suppose I'm not big on crying in general.

Is it just me?


Saw Black Snake Moan today. Not a bad film. Nice music.
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:45 PM   #3145
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La Soledad. Ozu-esque drama with revolutionary photo and sound to die for. I'd recommend it to anyone. That's pretty much it.
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:42 AM   #3146
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Death at a Funeral

A very simple and routine British farce but with a fantastic cast and spot-on directing from Frank Oz. I laughed consistently throughout and had a fun time which is all you could ask for in a comedy.
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Old 02-28-2008, 05:56 PM   #3147
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I only just got around to seeing this film, after deciding to watch it several weeks ago, and from what I can recall my main motivation was that I had had no exposure to Kylie Minogue's boyfriend Olivier Martinez, lol. I really enjoyed the first half of the movie, the romantic aspect of the story pulled me in and interested me, but everything after that began to bore me, perhaps because of the change of character focus. The switch was so sudden, it wasn't particularly surprising for the film to head in that direction, but it felt unwelcome - for me at least. It became rather obvious after that point as well, causing me to lose interest, and it just plodded along to a dull uneventful conclusion. Vis-a-vis my original motivation for watching, I did rather enjoy Olivier Martinez's performance, but perhaps it's just because I have a history with Frenchmen which draws me to them.
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Once, bring a girl to this (or a boy, for that matter, take your pick). It's that kind of a movie. Hard to not get charmed by this. It's just sugar and spice and all things nice. And music. Of the good kind.
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Brazil. Delightfully weird; I rather liked it.
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Spider I hadn't seen this one before. Cronenberg delivers again. A REALLY good film.

I recently bought The Da Vinci Code and saw it again. I really like this film (and I loved the book).

When I saw the logo for Angels and Demons in the beginning I realised I hadn't read the first Langdon adventure so I started reading it right away. I'm at the end and I like this one as well. To bad the film doesn't come out until 2009. But then again you have that one to look forward to if the new Indy film sucks.
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101 Dalmations
The Disney animation, not the live-action version.

It's okay. Actually, it's pretty good. But I'm not entirely convinced that the pacing is quite right. Still, there's lots of good stuff here, and I like the art style.
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Brazil. Delightfully weird; I rather liked it.
Oooo, makes me want to watch a Terry Gilliam film tonight, but I won't. I watched Brazil too recently and The Baron just a few weeks ago...

... but mostly I won't watch one because I'm working my way through the Bourne trilogy. Why? Because of some comments George Lucas made in Vanity Fair recently (in an Indiana Jones 4 article). I watched the first film last night (The Bourne Incident) and will watch the first sequel tonight.

He feels that these films are some of the best examples of today's good action film sequencing, with editing between scenes more rapid than before, which means having a stronger story-board for filming units. This requires a pretty strong preconception of the captures. (And personlly, I shoot that way in my amature videography.)

Though he said that they purposely avoided doing that for Indy to stay true to the legacy, and I thank him for that (it's been awhile since I've agreed with a Lucas decision).

Another thing he applauded about the Bourne series is how believable/acceptable they are. He compared it to Die Hard and how unreal many of those sequences are (and yes, that's true, at least for entry #2 and 3--I've not seen #4). I will say that I don't own a Die Hard product and haven't seen any one of them--except the first--more than once.

So I'm giving George a chance and am watching Bourne.
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Oh man... get ready for the headache-inducing camerawork of the two sequels...
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Cloverfield = teh awesome.

Beowulf = teh shit. no, I mean, it's really shitty.
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I don't think I really need to say much about this. A great film.
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Oooo, makes me want to watch a Terry Gilliam film tonight, but I won't. I watched Brazil too recently and The Baron just a few weeks ago...

... but mostly I won't watch one because I'm working my way through the Bourne trilogy. Why? Because of some comments George Lucas made in Vanity Fair recently (in an Indiana Jones 4 article). I watched the first film last night (The Bourne Incident) and will watch the first sequel tonight.

He feels that these films are some of the best examples of today's good action film sequencing, with editing between scenes more rapid than before, which means having a stronger story-board for filming units. This requires a pretty strong preconception of the captures. (And personlly, I shoot that way in my amature videography.)

Though he said that they purposely avoided doing that for Indy to stay true to the legacy, and I thank him for that (it's been awhile since I've agreed with a Lucas decision).

Another thing he applauded about the Bourne series is how believable/acceptable they are. He compared it to Die Hard and how unreal many of those sequences are (and yes, that's true, at least for entry #2 and 3--I've not seen #4). I will say that I don't own a Die Hard product and haven't seen any one of them--except the first--more than once.

So I'm giving George a chance and am watching Bourne.
So are the Bourne trilogy any good? Based on your description I feel compelled to check them out.

On a side note, Baron Munchausen is one of my favorite Gilliam films (I haven't seen Brazil yet though). I love the book and the film.
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Yes, that does seem to be the new paradigm in action editing. It was quite a ride. I need to see them again to digest what was going on.
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Stephen King's The Mist.

Started ok. Spooky mist, good CGI, crazy christian lady, so far so good.
A decent B-movie plot with A-movie production.

Then the ending... like the kiddies say: OMFG! (that translates to oh my f****ng God!, if anyone is interested)

I was really caught off guard by the ending. Can they do that in a hollywood movie nowadays?

The Mist gets my recommendation.

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I just realised, they should have called it the 'Myst'. Or maybe not.

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Stephen King's The Mist.

Started ok. Spooky mist, good CGI, crazy christian lady, so far so good.
A decent B-movie plot with A-movie production.

Then the ending... like the kiddies say: OMFG! (that translates to oh my f****ng God!, if anyone is interested)

I was really caught off guard by the ending. Can they do that in a hollywood movie nowadays?

The Mist gets my recommendation.

EDIT:

I just realised, they should have called it the 'Myst'. Or maybe not.
Is it better then John Carpenters The Fog?

I saw 10 000 B.C. and thought it was rather good (I like this kind of films). It's not as good as Apocalypto or Quest For Fire but still worth watching.
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Yesterday I rewatched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the first time since seeing it in the cinema. Today I watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for the first time ever.

My opinion of this series becomes more mixed as it goes on. I thought that the first two films were pretty rubbish, mostly on account of some pretty dire acting on the part of the very young leads. When Prisoner of Azkaban came out I was surprised by how much better it was; not only did it adopt a darker tone (which I always like), but the acting seemed to have improved too.

So where do I stand after the fifth film? Well, the acting has continued to improve, but it still feels more than a tad wooden from the child cast. Maybe I'm just being picky.

I was more surprised, however, to see that Order of the Phoenix is about half an hour shorter than Goblet of Fire. I'd be the first to suggest that book number five is far, far too long (particularly for a story that goes almost nowhere), but the attempts to condense it here don't really appear to have worked. I'm not a fan of the token romance with Cho, but script pressures mean that it only half develops in this film (I will be interested to see how they undo it in time for the next film), and a number of other bits seem rushed (Umbridge, for instance, seems to take over the school after about five minutes).

That said, good special effects all round, and I liked the fight scene in the Ministry, even if it was mostly spectacle rather than substance. Overall, they're quite fun, and possibly as good as they could realistically have been, but they're certainly not perfect.
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