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Posted: Sun January 27th, 2013, 9:53 pm
Zero Dark Thirty--I was originally reluctant to see it because of the beginning where they play actual calls from the 9/11 attack--a little gruesome and manipulative for me, but it was done over black screen and so jumbled you could only make out a couple of distinct voices. Those were heartbreaking. Quickly moving onto torture scenes which weren't tasteful, but not as bad as I was lead to believe. Having lived through the time and followed the public story it was difficult to watch the various terrorist attacks (I always knew who was going to die.) The attack on Bin Laden's compound was nail biting. Altogether, glad I saw it, but it's not for the squeamish.
Posted: Sun January 27th, 2013, 11:35 pm
Watched the Western theatrical release of John Woo's Red Cliff. Would love to watch the original release which is two hours longer but Netflix appears to only have the first disc.
Posted: Tue January 29th, 2013, 12:43 am
"Ash" wrote:How is his story so different from any other movie plot? He made mistakes, progress makes his job obselete, and he has no more choices. Someone who loves him helps him find his way.
Is your anger at the movie makers for even making the movie? Or at the writer? Or the character of a (fictional) story?
I dunno, I found it to be an excellent piece of entertainment, much more so than most anything out there right now. But then I have been a fan of silent movies since I can remember and so they could have done much that I would have gladly approved of. I was tickled pink that this movie got so much grassroots approval, and that it won the Oscar! So I am a bit biased. That being said, I have had my own quibbles with some Best Picture choices, so there we are. We all have our opinions. Just not sure what you are so angry about.
Calling it anger overstates the case exponentially. Holding an opinion unlike your own doesn't make me your adversary.
I'm a fan of silents as well, and many other types of movies and entertainment. In my case that doen't mean all silents are inviolate and wonderful. This particular movie does not charm me, for reasons I've stated pretty clearly. Considering some of its themes I found it depressing that nobody has viewed it critically. The fact that disliking this film's ideas is cause for antagonism doesn't negate its problems, which aren't all emotional in substance. The aforementioned feeling that the filmmakers were "in the room" so to speak as I watched was as much of a problem as the unlikeable (fictional, thank you so much for pointing that out) main character. (Edited to add - by the way, progress did not make Valentin's job obsolete; he simply refused to change when his industry did. That was explicit even before the problems arose. While it is everyone's right to stand even strategically weak ground, it's not their right to expect sympathy for difficulties their own choices create.)
Posted: Tue January 29th, 2013, 10:05 pm
I recognized the Virginia state house and its House of Delegates chamber!
Posted: Wed January 30th, 2013, 8:21 am
Emma (1996 movie), since I haven't seen it in a while.
Posted: Sun February 3rd, 2013, 12:01 pm
We watched Dredd last night. My husband enjoys that sort of thing. It was OK but not my bag really! We watched The Last Samurai the night before and I preferred that, but hubby thought it was just about TC making himself look great. It probably was but I still preferred it!
Posted: Sun February 3rd, 2013, 10:21 pm
Mansfield Park (1999), maybe I should have read the book first.
Posted: Sun February 3rd, 2013, 10:34 pm
Charlotte Grey last night, saved for ages on my Sky Box. Really enjoyed it.
Posted: Mon February 4th, 2013, 12:32 am
"Nefret" wrote:Mansfield Park (1999), maybe I should have read the book first.
I saw that one on TV one time. Plenty of dramatic liberties are taken--parts of the novel are included though.
Posted: Mon February 4th, 2013, 5:07 pm
Django Unchained. Typical Tarantino with buckets of blood and body parts flying...not for the squeamish. Jamie Foxx was great and it was fun seeing Christof Waltz (evil Nazi from Inglourious Basterds) in a good guy role.