Discussion in 'Community' started by TheEmperorsProtege, Aug 15, 2004.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Trying to watch all the movies i own
As always, I'll post my thoughts in the Bond thread (when I can find the darn thing - natch).
Rock of Ages. Again!
I know I am like one of 6 people on this planet that loves this movie but it just makes me so happy!
Beasts of the Southern Wild. wtf? It has an almost-offensive misrepresentation of a "mandatory evacuation" in the event of a storm. 1. It's usually before, not after, the storm happens that they try to inform people. 2. Despite it being "mandatory," no one can force you to leave. They certainly won't break into your destroyed shack and kidnap you and imprison you in a shelter. I guess the act of terrorism on the levee may have made them do that, but that isn't at all clear and still, an extreme reaction like forced eviction of the entire community seems unlikely. And Aurochs were cattle, not pigs. Suppose that could be chalked up to a little girl's imagination, though.
I wish I had read the reviews that compared the style to Malick. At least it has a plot of sorts, meandering though it is. Unlike Tree of Life, I can actually understand people liking this, though I'm still baffled at the high esteem it has among critics. I'm not a fan of the "artsy" stuff.
Little Miss Sunshine. I haven't seen it in its entirety for a while, so it was a great rewatch.
Me, too. I watched Goldfinger last night.
The Expendables 2. If the first one was an entertaining, nostalgic shoot’em up with more testosterone than is medically advisable then the sequel is stale parody that’s weighed down by its own self-referencing ridiculousness.
John Carter. It was a thrilling homage to the kinds of pulp sci-fi that influenced Flash Gordon and Star Wars, but I can kinda see why it didn't do so well, as it seemed to require you to have read the original Edgar Rice Burroughs books. Still, I liked it, and I didn't feel my time was wasted.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Safety Not Guaranteed.
Pretty Awesome movie. One of the great feel good movies of the year.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Bought the blu ray today. Possibly my favorite comic film of a year bloated with comic films. I grew up on 2000AD, and this film nailed the source material.
Silver Linings Playbook.
I just saw wreck-it ralph a couple days ago, i rarely ever see movies in the theater, usually don't even go once a year. but i have to say it was a great movie.
Re-watched the Dark Knight Rises...the plot was considerably easier to put together on my second viewing than when I first watched it.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Amazing Spider-Man. Miles better than Raimi's films. Garfield is a far better choice than Maguire as both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. He's able to convey both the geeky aspect of Parker with the wise-cracking of Spidey, something that Maguire didn't do anywhere near enough. Emma Stone is a vast improvement on Kirsten Dunst as well. She's capable, intelligent, far better looking and isn't mind-numbingly bad at line delivery. I'm definitely looking forward to the inevitable sequel and seeing where they go with the the Mama and Papa Parker storyline, as well as finding out who that shadowy dude at the end was.
Fast and Furious on TV
(reposting from the Les Miz thread)
Saw Les Miserables today. Went in with decent expectations, given its reputation. Unfortunately, I really didn't care for it. There are very few films where I regret paying money to see, but this was one of them.It's definitely one of those films where your mind wanders to other thoughts and then snaps back to the film without missing much.
There's nothing particularly offensive about it or any key failing to overlook or focus upon, it's just the whole sing-everything approach is extremely exhausting to watch (especially given the runtime), obscures the drama (as well as a few character deaths) and makes the movie about a half hour longer than it would be otherwise.
I strongly believe a traditional musical approach probably would have been much more effective and emotionally invoking.
That said, Hathaway is excellent in it and the key songs are quite good. So, if you're particularly keen on seeing this, catch it on cable down the road but I'd recommend saving your money.
Sound of My Voice
I think this movie has more unanswered questions than any other I've seen. I like it. There's so many possibilities.
Cloud Atlas. Didn't know anything about the movie before watching it.
Not sure I know anything about the movie post viewing either. Maybe reading the book may have strung the 6 strands together more satisfyingly.
I experienced a similar moment of non-clarity post viewing as well.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Overall, I enjoyed it, although I do have a couple of minor quibbles. Well, OK, one is minor and the other is fairly major. The first is that I felt like it took a bit too long to get into the actual story from the prologue and the Frodo/Bilbo scene. The other thing that irked me a little was the high frame rate. I will admit that I've never seen a movie shot at 48 FPS before, so I simply may not be used to it, but there were parts of the movie that looked super fake because of the HFR, and it was very distracting and annoying. It also made parts of the movie, like the Dwarves attacking the Trolls sort of seem like it was on fast forward. I should have enjoyed 13 Dwarves kicking Troll ass alot more than I did, but the HFR kind of pulled me out of the moment.
The Hobbit is the first movie to be shot in 48 FPS
Well, then hopefully the lesson that they take from this is that HFR=bad.