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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

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cw gortner
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Postby cw gortner » Thu January 28th, 2010, 7:03 am

Just watched Jane Campion's Bright Star, about Keats and Fanny Brawne; I've always loved Campion's work and this is no exception. Beautifully filmed, with a stunning performance by Abbie Cornish. Why Campion's work is not more highly recognized (save for The Piano) is beyond me; she is one of our truly visionary filmmakers and she never descends into maudlin sentiment.
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nona
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Postby nona » Thu January 28th, 2010, 4:23 pm

we watched Paranormal Activity last night. I thought it was sort of Blair Witch Project kind spin off. I wouldn't recommend it unless your really into paranormal stuff. Although The ending was a little messed up.

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Postby Leo62 » Thu January 28th, 2010, 5:17 pm

"cw gortner" wrote:Just watched Jane Campion's Bright Star, about Keats and Fanny Brawne; I've always loved Campion's work and this is no exception. Beautifully filmed, with a stunning performance by Abbie Cornish. Why Campion's work is not more highly recognized (save for The Piano) is beyond me; she is one of our truly visionary filmmakers and she never descends into maudlin sentiment.


Isn't it great? Just about my fave movie of 2009. For me it was everything a "period" movie should be - beauty and grit in equal measure. Deserved way more recognition than it got - all the awards junkets seem to have passed it over...
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nona
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Postby nona » Sat January 30th, 2010, 3:17 am

just watched When in Rome, well it was ok. One of the shortest romance films and the male and female characters had no chemistry and the story was goofy. We wished we had saw Leap Year instead. Oh well it was funny though.

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Postby Texas » Sat January 30th, 2010, 3:49 am

Glad to hear that about Bright Star--I'm going right now to put it on my Netflix list!

It's always a challenge I think for directors to make films about writers, because so much of what we do is invisible and, frankly, doesn't look all that exciting visually!

Thanks for the recommendation.

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Postby Divia » Sun January 31st, 2010, 1:50 am

I watched Public Enemy today. I have to say the previews were a lot more interesting. I found the movie dull.
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nona
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Postby nona » Sun January 31st, 2010, 2:10 am

Pandorum~weird space movie, not that great. Surragates~good but not great.


now I get to catch up on Sparticus:blood and sand since I missed last nights show.

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Postby LoveHistory » Sun January 31st, 2010, 2:39 am

Cry Baby
Love Stinks

and Carmen Jones

CB was delightfully camp.

LS was strange yet fun and I loved the twist at the end.

CJ had good performances and was depressing. Lovely music, but I'm pretty sure Hammerstein didn't translate from the Italian for the lyrics. Good news, with the subtitles function you can sing along.

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Postby LadyLo » Sun January 31st, 2010, 4:32 am

I was dismayed that the message the movie sent seemed to be only that by becoming pregnant the girls would forfeit their chance for college and moving ahead in the world. I didnt hear a word that indicated to any young girls watching that unwed pregnancy is just wrong--that the girls were in no way prepared to provide for a child and that a child without a family is at a great disadvantage from birth on. The emphaisis was on the future of the mother--not the needs of the innocent child.

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Postby Madeleine » Sun January 31st, 2010, 1:36 pm

Watched "Inkheart" yesterday - enjoyed it although the story did flounder a bit, how many times did they escape and then either get recaptured or go back to the castle, so it got a bit repetitive! However overall it was the perfect movie for a dull Saturday afternoon, and Helen Mirren's speech about books should be pinned up in every school and library.
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