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<div class="quote-block">Ok, my copy of Italian For Beginners shipped today meaning it either came out last Tuesday or is coming out next Tuesday. If you don't usually watch foreign films but like Amelie I can almost guarantee you'll love this one as well. It's one of my favorites ever.</div>
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So, with the wise words of Michael, I went out to discover the fantasticness of this movie, and I must admit... <b>1.5 thumbs down!</b><br><br><br><br>
Perhaps, it's because Michael compared it to Amelie, which is fantastic, and I really like it. Perhaps, it's because he said it was good, and I just don't agree, or perhaps, it just wasn't that good.<br><br><br><br>
I'm thinking it was the latter...<br><br><br><br>
With the comparison of Amelie, I was looking for an amazingly splendid score, which I not only didn't find, but I didn't even find a score! I was also looking for creativity, which was pretty lacking I think, and I was definitely looking for some great cinematography (If you find some in this movie, tell me where it was).<br><br><br><br>
The story was basically about lots of people who coincidentally had really miserable lives all at the same time, and all ran into each other at, or caused each other to go to, the same Italian language class.<br><br><br><br>
There were no happy people there.<br><br><br><br>
Then they all went through some hubbub and fell in love with each other, and in the end they went to Italy, and everyone was happy.<br><br><br><br>
I think this movie displayed many nonenjoyable coincidences, much unlike the very enjoyable coincidences you'd find in a story, such as, <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i> (which, unlike this movie, deserves italics <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">).<br><br><br><br>
Hmmm... Maybe this movie wasn't quite as bad as I'm making it sound, but it's fun to trash because Michael liked it. Now, I'll let Michael tell his story (which will probably be posted within 20 minutes if I know Michael correctly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">)
 

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The movie is done in the dogma style which means it is very basic - here is a description I found online...<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Back in 1995 two Danish filmmakers - Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg - got together and posted a list of rules they called Dogma 95, that would make movies 'purer' than ever: use only hand-held cameras, don't use created lighting, no film music, no retakes, no costumes, and not even a director's credit - well, you get the point.</div>
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I felt that put the emphasis on the story, dialog, and characters - all of which I thought were excellent. I also thought the movie did a great job at extracting a wide range of emotions. Sorry you didn't like it.
 

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Haha... Michael, no hard feelings, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
And you took over 2 hours!! A day filled with surprises. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I have to sleep sometime. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
FWIW, Funkified saw it and liked it. Maybe she'll chime in with her opinion. I guess people need to ask themselves who has better taste - me or you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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i'm coming to your rescue, michael...<br><br><br><br>
yup, i watched it a couple nights ago and i really enjoyed it...i liked the style and the characters and everything that was portrated...thought all around , it was very well done. it's one i would watch again (and i dont normally say that about most movies).<br><br><br><br>
thanks for the recommendation. now you have to go watch in the name of the father, michael <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I saw Italian for Beginners in the theatre (we have a lovely old historic theatre here that shows all the foreign and art films). I thought it was simple and charming. nice. sweet.<br><br><br><br>
that's about it....
 

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That's about it is right, WR knows what I'm saying... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/naughty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":naughty:"><br><br><br><br>
Err... Maybe not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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thanks for the recommendation. now you have to go watch in the name of the father, michael <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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This is a good example of why we have to capitolize and italicize. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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capitalization is for wimps.<br><br><br><br>
never, never will i succumb.<br><br><br><br>
as for utilizing italics..i think not!
 

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I'll just point out that your signature has capitols, and then rest my case. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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i liked it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:"><br><br><br><br>
i think most dogme 95 movies are great.
 

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That's right, mushroom. Sing it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Now if Italian for Beginners was as good as Epinephrine's new avatar, then I'd be all over it like a plate. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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oh, i thought Italian for Beginners was the awesomest - i thought it started out slowly and then really became something lovely by the end - maybe i was in the right frame of mind when i saw it - i also saw it in a lovely old theater - sigh.
 

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Michael thinks I'm the only one who didn't like the movie - is that true, VB? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Thumbs up here. Amelie, shamelie (not a fan).
 

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Thumbs up here. Amelie, shamelie (not a fan).</div>
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Obviously don't wathc many movies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mikie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Obviously don't wathc many movies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"></div>
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maybe not in a parallel universe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> The folks at one of the local theatres know me by name.<br><br><br><br>
Did you see Dirty Pretty Things w/ Audrey Tatou from Amelie? It' a bit gory, but I liked it much better.
 
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