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#121 Old 11-14-2013, 11:57 AM
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I saw Krrish 3 last week, it was okay. I only liked Kangana in it and Vivek. The songs were nice though  and the special effects were good :P Hopefully tomorrow I'm going to see Ram-Leela which I'm really excited for!

 

I recently watched White House Down on demand (I know it flopped but I love Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum  :P). Anyway this movie was so bad, it's so bad it's actually funny! It's like a bad nineties action movie. It was so unrealistic and super cheesy. There was cliché after cliché.  I laughed practically through the whole thing. Although I still liked both Channing and Jamie in it, and it was still entertaining.

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After watching Christopher Nolan's movies I think he has set a new benchmark for how movies should be made. The way he weaves the plot, his style of cinematography, story telling and logic is fluid and sheer genius. The Prestige, Following, Insomnia are all good movies.

 

However he set a new standard for Batman, absolutely smashed it out of the park. He not only revived the most legendary vigilante, he made the trilogy the most successful most realistic portrayal of a superhero ever. Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and TDKR will always be the best for me. Dialogues like "some men just want to watch the world burn" and "can you avenge evil without becoming it" really puts forth very realistic present day questions. Christian Bale and Michael Caine as usual got so deep in character that they will always be Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth to me.


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    I heartily recommend "A Single Man". I think it is my favourite film. It's very beautiful, with how it is shot, the use of colour, the sixties setting and all, but it is the humanity and empathy in it that makes it wonderful.  It's gently-paced but never at all dull, and with some amazing lines in the script. 

   

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George: If it's going to be a world with no time for sentiment, Grant, it's not a world that I want to live in.

 

George: You know that only thing that has made the whole thing worthwhile has been those few times that I was able to truly connect with another person.

 

 

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I rented "The Heat" because everyone told me how hilarious it was. I watched about 45 minutes and turned it off. It was funny at first to watch Melissa McCarthy scream at everyone and charge around like a lunatic, but it got old. Maybe because I empathize with Sandra Bullock's character? Idk but it just wasn't for me.
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I went to see The Best Man Holiday a couple of weeks ago with friends and thought it was a good movie, although one littered with unnecessary and gratuitous foul language and the standard movie clichés. It featured an almost entirely African-American cast and is so far the top film with an African-American cast for this holiday season (if not the entire year). 

 

As for home movies, I've been watching plenty of Star Trek and decided to watch the Star Trek movies I hadn't seen. So I downloaded Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and then Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I though STMP was a beautifully made movie with excellent special effects for the time (1979), but the pace of the movie is horrendously slow. At least 30 minutes could have been cut from the movie without much lost. Star Trek VI was an enjoyable movie, though I wouldn't have wanted to pay money to see it in a theater (especially follow the disastrous Star Trek V: The Final Frontier).

 

I'm a Trekkie, though and through, but I have to evaluate these movies fairly.That said, I've enjoyed watching these movies and I'm probably going to watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home again (I've seen them a few times). I don't much care for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and I'm delaying watching Star Trek: The Final Frontier so that I'm not too disappointed by it; its reviews are quite poor. 

 

While the Original Series paved the way for what followed, I've always disliked how the series and movies revolve around Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. I'm not a huge fan of Cpt. Kirk and much prefer the next generation captains, especially Sisko and Picard. I would have loved to see a Deep Space Nine movie. 

 

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I just saw Catching Fire in IMAX and it was freaking awesome! I don't think I can wait a whole year for the next one :(

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I've just watched the Palme d'Or winner (2013) film: Blue is the Warmest Colour and thought it was excellent (9/10) in most respects, but not without controversy and an avoidable imperfection that has tended to taint people's view of the film as a whole. I'll try to explain my feelings without giving too much away about a great piece of cinema that I would recommend without hesitation.

I personally can't remember watching a movie where I felt such empathy with the central character since Krzysztof Kieslowski's Blue from his celebrated Three Colours Trilogy produced in 1993 and starring Juliette Binoche.

I think that this has a lot to do with the film's intimacy. It is achieved through the marvellous close-up camera work of the director (Abdellatif Kechiche), and his concentration on the central character Adèle (played by the actress Adèle Exarchopoulos), although that changes somewhat during the second half of the film, returning again towards the end.

A lot of people I have talked to seem to regard the first half of the film as better than the second. I tend to disagree, feeling that the change, and there is one, is necessary as the camera pulls back to encompass the social and cultural pressures that affect any relationship over time. It's worth considering too, that Blue is the Warmest Colour was originally to be billed as La vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 et 2 (The life of Adele, chapters 1 & 2)

Before mentioning the movie's, for me anyway, controversial imperfection, it's worth mentioning also that there has been a lot of bad press associated with the film due to the director's treatment of the cast and crew during production. I firmly believe that those are separate issues, and should have no bearing on any critique of the film as a piece of artwork.

Now back to the movie itself, and what I see as it's imperfection, which is partially linked to the above comment...

Some of the sex scenes in the film, but not all, could have, and I believe, certainly should have been softer, more sympathetic to the tone of the rest of the film. Instead they appear to be more a portrayal of a male fantasy of lesbian sex, and are so out of character with the rest of the film that they become almost uncomfortable to watch - because you know the director is unwittingly destroying what could have been an almost perfect film.

Whilst I hesitate to label any piece of art as pornographic, a majority of those I have discussed the issue with - especially women - lean towards this label with regard to a couple of the scenes. It is also worth mentioning that Julie Maroh - the female author of the original French graphic novel - criticized the director's view/portrayal of lesbian sex.

Having said that, It's important to point out that we are talking about a couple of scenes, that are no more than a few minutes long, in a three hour film. if you haven't already, make sure you go and see this film. Blue is the Warmest Colour didn't win all those awards for nothing - and I would love to hear your views on the film! :cool: 


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Another two excellent 'World Cinema' films to watch if you can... (Both are nominated in the 'Best Foreign Film' category for the Oscars this year)

 

 

The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium

Lovely little film with a cracking 'Bluegrass' soundtrack!



The Great Beauty, Italy

A visual feast & masterpiece!

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While the Original Series paved the way for what followed, I've always disliked how the series and movies revolve around Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. I'm not a huge fan of Cpt. Kirk and much prefer the next generation captains, especially Sisko and Picard. I would have loved to see a Deep Space Nine movie. 

 

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I liked Kirk, but I am old enough to have watched the originals when they were coming out new.
 Had a hard time getting used to the other captains, after watching the reruns on Netflix, I have come to enjoy watching Capt Picard, I also really enjoyed the Voyager series that had Capt Janeway. (actually, the borg did it for me)

 

 However,,,, there,,, are,, some things,, that,,, bothered me,, with,, Kirk.

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However,,,, there,,, are,, some things,, that,,, bothered me,, with,, Kirk.

 

Fascinating.

 

I think Trek reached its apex with The Next Generation. When the Great Bird (Roddenberry) passed away in 1991, the magic of the show began to wane, as it was taken over by a Hollywood think-tank. The Trek universe has become too political, less visionary and merely a setting for typical Hollywood action/drama. All of The Next Generation movies were poor, because they weren't true to the characters that had been established.

 

I'm disappointed Robert Wise's "director's cut" of The Motion Picture still hasn't been released on Bluray, that I can find. The first four films are pretty good. After that, I've just lost interest.


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Fascinating.

 

I think Trek reached its apex with The Next Generation. When the Great Bird (Roddenberry) passed away in 1991, the magic of the show began to wane, as it was taken over by a Hollywood think-tank. The Trek universe has become too political, less visionary and merely a setting for typical Hollywood action/drama. All of The Next Generation movies were poor, because they weren't true to the characters that had been established.

 

I'm disappointed Robert Wise's "director's cut" of The Motion Picture still hasn't been released on Bluray, that I can find. The first four films are pretty good. After that, I've just lost interest.

 

Have you ever seen Deep Space Nine, especially the last three seasons? It's some of Star Trek's best work (in my opinion, of course) and managed to create a very compelling story. I agree that the Next Generation movies aren't good because of the mischaracterizations, especially for Picard. 

 

I would like to see the director's cut of The Motion Picture because the original cut is needlessly long and a bit grating. It really a great movie, but the pacing is horrid. I haven't seen Star Trek V yet (the one Shatner directed, 'cause I hear it's horrible). I saw Star Trek VI, but it's really nothing to write home about. Star Trek V was supposed to be the last movie (hence the title, The Final Frontier), but since it was so poorly conceived, it was thought that another movie would be needed to give those actors a better send off. 

 

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Have you ever seen Deep Space Nine, especially the last three seasons? It's some of Star Trek's best work (in my opinion, of course) and managed to create a very compelling story. I agree that the Next Generation movies aren't good because of the mischaracterizations, especially for Picard. 

 

 

I didn't 'follow' DS9, but I watched episodes of it once in a while. Seems like it was always about politics and warfare between the various species, more like allegory for our own time, than science-fiction. I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters too. I admit, I didn't watch it so much, so I may not be giving it a fair shake.

 

Yes, it seemed like they were trying to turn Jean Luc into another macho Jim Kirk. It just didn't work.

 

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I have no problem with the slow pace of The Motion Picture. In fact, I like it. It has a dream-like quality, and a rather beautiful, dark and mysterious dream at that. Plus there's Jerry Goldsmith's remarkable music. The director's cut is slightly longer than the original release. One of the nice things is, they were able to produce and include some new special effects they were unable to complete in time for its first release.

 

I can vouch that Star Trek V is pretty bad. Watch it, if you can see it for free, but if they're asking for any money, I wouldn't bother. VI is a little better, but not much, which is surprising, because it was directed by Nicholas Meyer, who also gave us The Wrath of Khan. I was expecting much better from him.


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I didn't 'follow' DS9, but I watched episodes of it once in a while. Seems like it was always about politics and warfare between the various species, more like allegory for our own time, than science-fiction. I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters too. I admit, I didn't watch it so much, so I may not be giving it a fair shake.

 

Yes, it seemed like they were trying to turn Jean Luc into another macho Jim Kirk. It just didn't work.

 

 

I have no problem with the slow pace of The Motion Picture. In fact, I like it. It has a dream-like quality, and a rather beautiful, dark and mysterious dream at that. Plus there's Jerry Goldsmith's remarkable music. The director's cut is slightly longer than the original release. One of the nice things is, they were able to produce and include some new special effects they were unable to complete in time for its first release.

 

I can vouch that Star Trek V is pretty bad. Watch it, if you can see it for free, but if they're asking for any money, I wouldn't bother. VI is a little better, but not much, which is surprising, because it was directed by Nicholas Meyer, who also gave us The Wrath of Khan. I was expecting much better from him.

 

DS9 is definitely political allegory superimposed over a science fiction setting. I like it because it so different from the others and its space battles and political intrigue is the best of the series. Voyager attempted to do what the Original Series and TNG did, but many of the ideas were tired and overplayed. (With that said, there are a few Voyager episodes I do enjoy like Bride of Chaotica and Counterpoint). 

 

Jerry Goldsmith's music is fantastic, which helps with the ponderous pace of The Motion Picture. Different stokes, ya know....

 

The Wrath of Khan is great. Considering what Meyer had to work with in The Undiscovered Country's poorly conceived plot, it's as good as most could do, I think. The Voyager Home is probably the one that I remember the most because it's hilarious. It showed what Kirk and company should have been like during all of the Original Series episodes that took place in Earth's past. 

 

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Movies I recently watched:

 

Lone Survivor- I fell bad but I didn't really like it. I felt bad for the men who died and they were all heroes , but it really glorified violence and I hate when movies do that. I thought the Hurt Locker and Black Hawk Down were better done films.

 

Captain Philips - This movie is amazing! It was so intense the entire time, both Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi gave great performances. I think Barkhad Abdi definitely deserved the Oscar nomination.  

 

Gravity- It's good but a little boring.

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I watched 'Bad Milo' recently and it was hilarious! If you don't like gore or crude humour I wouldn't recommend it but it was really funny and had a lot of great actors in it. The premise is that a super stressed out guy has a monster living in his butt that is a manifestation of his subconscious and when someone makes him angry it comes out and kills them. It's as weird as it sounds. laugh.gif

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Jotting a few of these down, cheers guys.

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Just got The Right Stuff on Bluray, so naturally, I just watched it. This movie holds up very well after 30-years.


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I'm watching Grave Encounters right now and it's such a bad movie it's not even funny it's just irritating. Terrible acting, slow, crappy effects and they lean to heavily on the reality aspect when it's all so clearly fake. I really have nothing good to say about this one. brood.gif

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Just watched Gravity. Rented it from Amazon. Was VERY disappointed. The film looks good and is well acted, but all of the plot points, of which there are many, are completely unbelievable, with no connection to the reality of space flight. I was expecting something like reality, but it's just more Hollywood fantasy.


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I haven't watched many movies lately, but I did watch the Star Trek fan-produced film Of Gods and Men. It's a bit rough in parts (especially the acting), but it was still fun to watch. I've also finished watching every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. The only series I haven't completed is Star Trek: Enterprise, but I'm probably going to watch some more of the fan-produced features (like Star Trek: Phase 2) before returning to Star Trek: Enterprise. 

 

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I saw some of the Oscar movies. I watched American Hustle which I really loved ( I hated seeing the fur coats though, I was hoping it was fake. :( ). But the perfomances were all awesome, it was my second favorite out of the best picture nominees. I also saw Gravity which was good and Dallas Buyers Club too, Jared Leto was amazing and desvered that oscar! My favorite of all of them was Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett was so good in it, and I thought the story was so orginal and at parts hilirious and at other parts heartbreaking.

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I just watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead last night on Netflix and I loved it, it was very inspiring and I liked that the focus was on changing the lifestyles of stereotypically macho meat and potatoes type guys. It was really sad seeing how unhealthy they were at the start but I loved watching things turn around for them when they were introduced to juicing and a plant based diet. It definitely made me more open to the idea of trying a juice feast some time in the future, I don't know if I could do it for 60 days but it might be nice as a 10 day cleanse.
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Went to Warwick University Arts Centre with my daughter (She's in her final year studying Film) last week and watched Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

 

Enjoyable little movie this, made all the better due to the inspired choice of location - an almost past the point of no return Detroit City. However, for me there were a few too many literary references - almost to the point of making me cringe. Still definitely worth a visit to the cinema though. An angst ridden and fun 7/10 from me. :) 


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I just watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead last night on Netflix and I loved it, it was very inspiring and I liked that the focus was on changing the lifestyles of stereotypically macho meat and potatoes type guys. It was really sad seeing how unhealthy they were at the start but I loved watching things turn around for them when they were introduced to juicing and a plant based diet. It definitely made me more open to the idea of trying a juice feast some time in the future, I don't know if I could do it for 60 days but it might be nice as a 10 day cleanse.


I saw this on Netflix and wanted to watch it. Is it like Forks over Knives?

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I just watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead last night on Netflix and I loved it, it was very inspiring and I liked that the focus was on changing the lifestyles of stereotypically macho meat and potatoes type guys. It was really sad seeing how unhealthy they were at the start but I loved watching things turn around for them when they were introduced to juicing and a plant based diet. It definitely made me more open to the idea of trying a juice feast some time in the future, I don't know if I could do it for 60 days but it might be nice as a 10 day cleanse.

I heard that things aren't going so well for those guys now, that they've slipped back into bad habits. I don't know if that's true or not.   I think long term fasts are a bit dodgy- I reckon the body afterward will just want to store absolutely any calories it's given.  

  I haven't seen the film though.

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I recently watched Mutiny on the Bounty, the 1962 version with Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard. I saw it when it was first released, but I was only 11 at the time, and I suppose it was too sophisticated for me. It's an interesting film, until the very end, where it becomes wholly fictionalized. It has a beautiful musical score by Bronislaw Kaper.


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Well I finally saw the hobbit, and have not got around to second part yet.

Also saw Big momms house 2 believe it or not I had never seen that one

Also saw OCtoberBaby 

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I saw this on Netflix and wanted to watch it. Is it like Forks over Knives?

Kind of, it advocates a plant based diet but there's more of a focus on juice fasting and it's more of a personal story where you follow a few people trying to lose weight.
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I heard that things aren't going so well for those guys now, that they've slipped back into bad habits. I don't know if that's true or not.   I think long term fasts are a bit dodgy- I reckon the body afterward will just want to store absolutely any calories it's given.  
  I haven't seen the film though.

I hope they're doing okay these days, I agree fasts can be dodgy especially if you just go back to eating the way you used to. The idea was they were supposed to fast and then move on to a low fat plant based diet so it all depends on how well they did with the last part.


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Last film I watched: Pirates of The Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl (Johnny Depp )

Film I am going to watch today: Donnie Darko
I love Donnie Darko! I haven't seen it in awhile, I should check it out again.

The last film I watched was Jesus Camp, a very disturbing documentary.

"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" - Edgars Mission
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