Amph What was the last movie you saw?

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  1. Darth_Invidious Chosen One

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    I can't believe I haven't seen 3:10 to Yuma yet. I need to rectify that.

    As for Jackson's Kong, yeah, it had its moments. But that fight. Damn. I loved how at the end he thumps his chest and bellows triumphantly, as if saying "**** yeah, THAT just happened!"
  2. Drac39 Force Ghost

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    I think 'Argo' is a phenomenal film that gives into really easy conventional thriller choices to wrap up the film
  3. Juke Skywalker Force Ghost

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    Yeah, there were definitely things in the final act that felt like a bit of a concession to conventional thriller tropes, but it's pulled off pretty well, and I gave Affleck some slack because he eschewed that sort of stuff for the bulk of the film.
  4. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    Dead Again (1991)

    A rather brilliant little thriller that has three actors I like very much, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, and Emma Thompson. Man, has Emma aged gracefully.
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  5. Drac39 Force Ghost

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    It's trippy for sure. It's kind of brilliant and crazy to do this kind of thriller about reincarnation
  6. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    The Deal (2003)

    A decent little political drama with Michael Sheen as Tony Blair.
  7. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Didn't he play Tony Blair in something else too?

    EDIT: The Special Relationship
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  8. Juke Skywalker Force Ghost

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    Faster (2010) - (re-watch) Hits the ground running and never stops. Does an excellent job of building and then weaving in three very unique characters. Nice blind side twist as well. A little contrived, but when a movie works as well as this you forgive a few minor sins. - 7/10
  9. Todd the Jedi Mod and Sitcom Dad of SWTV

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    And The Queen. He seems to be the go-to guy for playing Blair. :p
  10. Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus

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    Kick-Ass II. Was it my imagination, or was the continuity between the two movies off? In the first movie, Hit Girl is 11 years old and Dave Lizewski is a high school student. In the second movie, she's 15, and Dave is still in high school. Was he a freshman in the first movie? Even so, he should have graduated. Is he mentally disabled? Seems like it through much of the movie.

    Also, I wondered why the bad guys suddenly had no guns in the climactic battle.
  11. Mr. K Moderator Emeritus

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    Screened Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug last night. It was pretty good.
  12. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    I'm not a hundred percent sure they were always ridiculing it. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, for instance. I think that's a horror/sci-fi that's just tapping into that seething fear without really discussing whether it makes sense in the real world or not. It's just tapping into it and using it to make the fear more compelling in the film.

    La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2012) – Mark Kendall

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    This movie ostensibly follows a junked out school bus from the auction block in Pennsylvania to the mean streets of Guatemala as a “camioneta,” a fancy public transport bus. Well, not ostensibly, it actually does. But what the movie is about is the people that the bus touches on that journey. The film is a surprisingly engaging movie and at only seventy-one minutes, it doesn’t wear out its welcome at all. We don’t spend a lot of time with some of the people. A good example is the bus driver who transports the bus from Pennsylvania to Guatemala. We spend about ten to fifteen minutes on the road with him, driving sixteen hours a day to get the bus back to his boss. When the bus arrives in Guatemala , it passes out of his hand and he passes out of our vision and the movie. The people we meet come across vividly and warmly; it’s seeing these individuals as real people and feeling empathy for them in their struggles that seems to be the real point of the movie. When we meet the twenty-six year-old non-college educated, seemingly very poor owner of a bus decorating business and find that he has an inexplicable passion for graphic design it’s a wonderful moment of upended expectations. The film delves into the high-crime rate and the fact that camioneta drivers are killed at a surprisingly high rate by gangs that run protection rackets. The fear of the two drivers who are going to be driving the bus we’re watching is palpable; they are never open about their fears, only briefly talking about the danger, but in their eyes and the way they walk, you can see that they do have those fears. All in all, it’s an unpretentious slice-of-life movie. It doesn’t really have anything new to say; but it does get inside the lives of the people involved with this bus and make you see things, to some degree, from their perspective. That’s an admirable thing. I wouldn’t call this a great film, despite its 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s certainly an interesting and engaging one. On the whole, it definitely gets a recommendation.

    Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013) – David Lowery

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    This is one of those films that just keeps growing in my estimation the farther I get from it. While watching it, I was enjoying it; a three star rating seemed in the cards. Driving home from the theater, I had decided on three-and-a-half. The next day, I had upped it to four. Now, I think it’s one of the top ten I’ve seen all year. There’s nothing at all new here. Casey Affleck is a prison escapee trekking across Texas to reunite with his wife, Rooney Mara, and his four year old daughter, who he has never seen. Meanwhile, Ben Foster’s laconic police officer finds himself being more and more drawn to Mara’s character. Keith Carradine looms on the sidelines; he’s the adoptive father of Rooney Mara’s character and his one goal is to keep Affleck’s character from getting back into the lives of his daughter and granddaughter. The film is languid and incredibly atmospheric. The film seems to take place in two different lightings: it’s either a dark, dimly lit, dusty interior or an exterior bathed in the haunting orange light of a Texas sunset. The film takes place in the seventies and it has the aesthetics of a film made in the seventies. The Malick comparisons come naturally; if they aren’t entirely accurate, they’re at least somewhat apt, though Lowery is more focused on story than Malick’s ever really been. Regardless, the familiarity of the story and the characters are overcome brilliantly by the luminous direction, the spare yet poetic script and, probably most of all, the incredible, amazing performances given by the leading quartet. The performances are all subdued, restrained, very minimal, but the emotion that comes across is strong, very powerful. It’s impossible to pick a favorite; Affleck, Mara, Foster and Carradine all excel completely. These are people who keep their emotions hidden behind a rural stoicism. Affleck’s character is verbose, but rarely emotive in any other way. Mara and Foster are so silent that when they finally have a discussion about the fact that Foster is in love with Mara, neither one of them even speak the word “love.” Carradine, sadly absent from our cinemas of late, it seems, is as good as he ever was; he hasn’t lost a step. All in all, it’s a magnificent masterpiece.

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  13. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    It's just kind of a shame that Michael Sheen has taken some really crappy roles in recent years. He has talent.
  14. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    Yeah, he was really fantastic in The Queen. I thought he was just as good as Mirren.
  15. Sarge Chosen One

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    That Hamilton Woman, 1941, Vivian Leigh and Laurence Olivier. Historical drama about Admiral Nelson's affair with Emma Hamilton, mostly a soap opera made entertaining by Leigh's effervescence, ending with the Battle of Trafalgar, filmed with impressive special effects for 1941. It's worth seeing once, but I have no need to watch it again.
  16. Draconarius Force Ghost

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    Rango (2011) - Meh. It's produced competently enough, and is well acted, but the story is extremely predictable and lacks any real dramatic punch because of it. 5/10
  17. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    Dirty Harry (1971)

    Strangely enough, besides the atrocious porntastic 70's soundtrack, this cop thriller has not aged a day. Clint establishes his badassfullness to a perfect T, and the villain is one of the most sadistic bastards in any cop thriller I've seen, even though he looks like a freakish hybrid of Jim Carrey and Sean Penn.
  18. The2ndQuest Tri-Mod With a Mouth

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    The first film ends with Hit-Girl starting high school. Dave hasn't graduated yet at that point and he wasn't a senior in the first film either.

    It actually seemed odd to me at the end of the first film for Hit-Girl to be attending high school, given how young she looks. Presumably she's just older than she looks (even though Chloe was 11 at the time of filming the first film) or was smart enough to skip a grade when Marcus enrolled her.
  19. Drac39 Force Ghost

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    'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug'

    I'm very tired and don't have an in-depth review in me but I thought it was pretty middle of the road. This is the farthest from Tolkien Jackson has ever gone and it needs a lot of reigning in of it's tremendous excess.
  20. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    I recently saw this one again too. A local theater screened it for a few days as part of a classics series. Yeah, it holds up. And I've always thought Andy Robinson's turn as Scorpio is vastly underrated in the annals of cinema villainy. He really is terrifying.

    I find a couple of moments kind of icky. It feels like they kind of shoehorn in some breasts at rather . . . unfortunate moments. Like when they're unearthing what is supposed to be a fourteen year old girl that's been raped and buried alive. That feels pretty exploitative. But minor quibbles aside, yeah, it holds up really, really well. I wish it hadn't been sullied by a string of increasingly cartoonish sequels. I mean, given the ending to this movie, Harry Callahan shouldn't just hit the reset button and be in four more movies; he should be forever changed by what he's faced in the Scorpio case. I really do love Eastwood in this though; he nails a couple of quieter moments too - I like the scene where he finds the place where Scorpio fired the shot from in the first murder we see, of the girl in the swimming pool. And I adore a scene that I'd forgotten about until I just saw it again; Harry's conversation with his partner's girlfriend. "No reason for it really," feels like the most pivotal line in the film, both for understanding Harry and what the film itself is positing about the world he lives in.
  21. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    Agree with all this. Are the sequels really that bad? I've heard that The Dead Pool is the only one that's truly terrible.
  22. Chancellor_Ewok Force Ghost

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    Well, that"s what you get when the bad guy is played by Garak.

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  23. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    Oh wow I didn't even know that. No wonder he looked so familiar.
  24. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    The Dead Pool excepted, I think they're pretty enjoyable. But then, my enjoyment of the original is primarily rooted in the fact that it feels like a shlocky exploitation film that accidentally got a massive budget.
  25. I Are The Internets Chosen One

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    Jim Carrey's in the last one isn't he?