Discussion in 'Community' started by TheEmperorsProtege, Aug 15, 2004.
Just started my day with The Matrix.
Prometheus. I can sum up my reaction in one word: HUH?
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Quite funny and the actors were well-chosen. They worked off each other with snark and awesome.
The Philadelphia Experiment
Star Wars: Uncut
I had seen clips of it before but I finally devoted 2 hours of my time to watch the whole thing. Some parts were really hilarious, some parts were cool, some parts were really wtf, and other parts were just totally cringe-worthy and bad. It was fun though.
Gangster Squad. Fleisher doesn't seem to have a handle on what he's doing here. Sometimes, it's some kind of serious drama about cops fighting crime, except it's not really interested in the moral question of official vigilantism whatsoever, just in having Josh Brolin brood or something. Sometimes, it's a blood-soaked, over-the-top, trashy B-movie where Sean Penn screams a lot and acts like a psychopath, which is no great stretch. Sometimes, it's a slick, modern action movie, full of silly "stylish" flourishes and Ryan Gosling talking funny. It's intermittently entertaining, but mostly it just kind of sits there and goes through things by the numbers while veering all over the map in tone. It's got a great cast and I'm a sucker for the period, but it's pretty much a waste. Disappointing.
Father of the Bride. Spencer Tracy is great. It's a lightweight, funny classic comedy, with Tracy's performance as the befuddled, grumpy dad the main attraction.
The Sandpiper. The movie's kind of a mess -- apparently cheating on your wife for no particular reason is reasonably swell and romantic so long as it's with a hippie Elizabeth Taylor who teaches you how to really live or something? -- but Richard Burton is great in the lead role, and it's nicely shot.
Silver Linings Playbook.
Has my vote(of the nominees I've seen--but I've only seen two others) for best picture.
Searching for Sugar Man.
Holy crap, wtf...
Savages I expected worse based on the reviews. Not Oliver Stone's best work, but it kept me entertained. A bit predictable and the ending sucked. Benicio del Toro was my fave part.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home This was a real silly dramedy. I could see this Jeff guy posting on the boards.
The last couple movies I saw OnDemand were:
Hanna: The girl in this movie is a stone-cold killer.
Disney's The Sword in the Stone: It was free, and I thought what the heck, it was something to watch last night while waiting for Archer to come on, because I haven't seen a classic Disney animated film in a long time.
Life of Pi. Beautiful film.
Touch of Evil: This film begins with such promise with a great shot of someone placing a bomb in a car, and then the camera follows said car in one beautiful tracking shot until it explodes offscreen. Such a great great opening scene. Shame that the rest of the movie refuses to add up. I don't really know what to say about this one. It some of the most bizarre and unintentionally hilarious performances I have seen. I don't want to say that Charlton Heston is miscast, but why did the studio heads want him as a Mexican? It's just a really strange mess with a bloated looking Orson Wells trudging along and hamming it up to the nth degree. Also, the twist ending is obvious to the point of being almost non-existent.
The Lorax (2012): Meh the animation is nice, and the songs are catchy. The pop culture references were completely unnecessary. At least it isn't a nightmarish drug-infused haze like Mike Meyers's version of The Cat in the Hat was.
Big Miracle. Dorky. But I loved it!
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Silver Linings Playbook. It was better than I thought it would be. Mostly predictable, but it's a romantic and "feel-good" (well, kind of) movie; people don't watch those things for plot twists. Really nice to Robert DeNiro actually show why he's a well-respected actor instead of playing one of his self-parodies.
[shameless]I'd totally dance if it was with Jennifer Lawrence. And I don't care that she's crazy! [/shameless]
Zero Dark Thirty- This was ok. I was really hoping for more, though. It's surprisingly dry, thoug it does have 1 or 2 interesting moments beyond the key assault sequence. I wasn't expecting an action movie or "24" but I had hoped for something a little more tense.
I wasn't that impressed with the lead character or her performance- theres 2 or 3 scenes where she does get to show her stuff but the dry nature of the film kinda keeps her as a neutral presence throughout the majroity of the film.
That said, it's difficult to not get a little teary-eyed during the "Geronimo" moment.
The Last Stand- The best Arnold film since Eraser, and certainly one of his most fun films (though not on the level of a truly AAA Arnold film like Predator, T1/T2, Total Recall and True Lies). There's a romance subplot that felt unnecessary/underdeveloped, and the villains aren't explored much, but it delivers what you'd expect from it.
It basically breaks down to "Arnold protects the town from Thor alongside Lady Sif, Luiz Guzman and the guy from Jackass, with a healthy dose of Corvette porn thrown in for good measure".
Iron Man 2 holds up a lot better than people give it credit for. I think as time has passed, it's become more and more obvious that the movie is not just Avengers setup (beyond one throwaway line and half of an epilogue scene) but rather a pretty solid stand alone story/followup- though with a few minor flaws (the most glaring being the lack of a true Stark/Ivan re-confrontation at the film's end).
We’ve been introducing our 14 year old to “the classics.” Purple Rain has been on heavy rotation recently. Great music, horrible acting, and about the plot, when I saw it as a teen, I was like “Wow! I’m glad that the Kid and his dad were able to make things right with their women.” Seeing in my forties, I was like “Wow! Those people all need major therapy! Why do Apollonia and the Kid’s mom keep back to their crazypants men?!?”
Recently watched Orange County on TV, not a bad movie
Hello JCC. Last night I watch Borat. It greatest motion picture in all North America. I laugh very much yes. America full of foolish devils yes. Nude wrestling scene make me vomit very much out of window on passerby. Great success!
Ugh that was too much work.
I've found that trying to convince my teenager that the movies I liked as a teenager are worth watching is a humiliating exercise in parental degredation.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
A really delightful film. Hugh Grant, Imelda Staunton and David Tennant were great, as was Martin Freeman. I swear, Freeman's character even looked like him. Perfect casting there. A lot of great animation and great writing. Major props for including a Flight of the Conchords song of all things. The rest of the soundtrack was great too.
So far, the only "fail" has been Xanadu. I love that movie, yeah I said it!
Silver Linings Playbook. It was very good. Bradley Cooper surprised me with how good of an actor he is; I guess his prior roles (that I've seen anyway) didn't give him that opportunity. Jennifer Lawrence was also very good (and Darth Guy is correct about her!), and so of course was DeNiro.
saw The Flowers of War on TV last night, fantastic movie