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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

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Susan
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Location: New Jersey, USA

Postby Susan » Wed December 29th, 2010, 6:10 pm

I went to the movies twice in less than 24 hours!

I went to a morning showing of The King's Speech today. Absolutely outstanding! Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were superlative. I also thought Helena Bonham-Carter did a fine job as the always supportive Queen Mother and liked the way she was given the silhouette of the young Queen Mother, hair and all.

There were a number of actors I recognized, but could not think of their names. Towards the end of the film, I realized that Derek Jacobi played the Archbishop of Canterbury. I sure recognized the actor who played George V, but didn't realize until the credits that it was Michael Gambon who plays Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.

I did read the screenplay a couple of years ago (my husband worked for The Weinstein Company), but seeing and hearing it on film showed even more what a wonderful screenplay it is. It ran the emotional gamut and had me laughing and crying.

I don't see this film as a royal film, but as a film that deals with obstacles we all have to conquer. We all have obstacles whether we are royal or not.
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Telynor
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Postby Telynor » Thu December 30th, 2010, 1:07 am

"fljustice" wrote:True Grit with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. Had to get used to the stilted dialog (no one spoke with contractions), but enjoyed the story. Except where they killed a horse--totally unnecessary--and I know they didn't really kill the animal, but the plot point wasn't necessary. They could have had the same dramatic effect without putting the horse down. Sorry...several humans bit the dust too, but I grieve over the horse! Not sure what that says about me. :o


Simple. The horse didn't have a choice.
I was wondering about this one, as I loved the version made with The Duke, and I really can't see anyone else in the role. I just might give this one a chance, as I do like most of the Coen Brothers work -- Fargo is one of those must see films, if a bit grisly.

Given all of the problems with the Russell Crowe Robin Hood, I think I will pass.

Ash
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Postby Ash » Thu December 30th, 2010, 3:27 am

"Susan" wrote:There were a number of actors I recognized, but could not think of their names. Towards the end of the film, I realized that Derek Jacobi played the Archbishop of Canterbury. I sure recognized the actor who played George V, but didn't realize until the credits that it was Michael Gambon who plays Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films .


And Winston Churchill is the rat guy in HP.

I agree with you - this so transends 'royalty' - its how we are able to over come obstacles, but also about letting others help you;you don't have to do this alone. One only has to open his eyes to realize that there are people around us who can help us, and support us in our efforts.

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SonjaMarie
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Postby SonjaMarie » Thu December 30th, 2010, 3:43 am

Guy Pearce plays Edward VIII I hear. Probably won't be able to see this until it's on DVD.

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ejays17
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Postby ejays17 » Thu December 30th, 2010, 11:12 am

"Miss Moppet" wrote:Heheh, ejays, I am a big Chalet fan too and I know just what you mean - still roll about laughing over that one!


Yep, probably about the least romantic "romantic" comment ever. :) She did not write romance at all well - I've read quite a few of her non-CS books, and she's no better with the romance in them either. Although, the most cringiest "romantic" bit was from her only adult novel (serialised in the local paper) called "Jean of Storms".


And to keep this on-topic, we saw "Gulliver's Travels" today, in 3D. We both felt that there was no need for it to be in 3D, we couldn't remember a single bit of 3D-ness.
Okay, but not brilliant, I don't find Jack Black to be particularly funny as a main-character, but we had fun picking out all the supporting actors.
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LoveHistory
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Postby LoveHistory » Thu December 30th, 2010, 6:34 pm

Got War & Peace to work. It seems only the opening credits are too worn. I liked it but felt it was inadequate somehow. Must read the book to find out why.

My biggest unanswered question is what happened to the dog? Is he even in the book, or was that a clever device invented for the film?

Also didn't really buy Henry Fonda in it. Pierre was fine until he opened his mouth and sounded like...Henry Fonda.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell & The Travelling Bag by Susan Hill
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Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Thu December 30th, 2010, 8:03 pm

The Tourist - OK as a bit of froth, Venice looked lovely and AJ looked too thin....but it passed a couple of hours on a foggy evening pleasantly enough!
Currently reading "The Silent Companions" by Laura Purcell & The Travelling Bag by Susan Hill

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SonjaMarie
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Postby SonjaMarie » Fri December 31st, 2010, 6:05 am

A fave of mine, "Shawshank Redemption".

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fljustice
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Postby fljustice » Fri December 31st, 2010, 4:56 pm

Mon Oncle, 1958 French film directed by and starring Jaques Tati. A delightful, funny film about modernity. For folks who dislike subtitles, this is a great film--not much dialog, the laughs are all in the setting and physicality. Absolutely priceless scene of 1950's cars, all sleek chrome and fins, moving down the street; and another of Tati trying to manage in a fully automated kitchen. :D
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Ash
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Postby Ash » Sat January 1st, 2011, 1:21 am

Philadelphia Story was on this morning. I probably know every line by heart, but it doesn't matter, I will watch it any time its on. Oh I do love it - the actors are spot on and it has a wit about it that is missing from many so called romantic comedy films.


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