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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

Ash
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Postby Ash » Tue January 4th, 2011, 1:08 am

"wendy" wrote:Just saw the new "True Grit" - which was good, but I'm still not sure why they had to remake the original classic. How can you improve on "Big Leggy"?!!


They remade the classic to be closer to the book. And given who directed the movie, it promised to be something rather different from John Wayne's flick. Which, for me anyway, was a good thing.

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wendy
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Postby wendy » Tue January 4th, 2011, 2:40 pm

"Ash" wrote:They remade the classic to be closer to the book. And given who directed the movie, it promised to be something rather different from John Wayne's flick. Which, for me anyway, was a good thing.


I once read an academic paper on John Wayne's movies and the author attributed his success to the fact that every film features a sassy girl who is thrown over the knee and spanked! I can only say - this remake sticks to the same winning formula . . . .
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fljustice
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Postby fljustice » Tue January 4th, 2011, 6:05 pm

Saw The Illusionist on Sunday--the 2010 animated movie from a 1950's script by Jaques Tati--not the 2006 live action film with Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. A beautiful film, animated by the same folks who brought us The Triplets of Belleville. It's set in the 1950's, about a down and out aging magician who takes on a teenage Scottish girl who believes his magic. Like Tati's movies, there's little dialog. This one has English, French and nonsense, but the viewer understands perfectly what is going on without a single word. Lovely! I'd recommend watchingMon Oncle (available from Netflix) first. This movie is a loving homage to Jaques Tati. Mon Oncle even makes a cameo appearance as the Illusionist stumbles into a theater showing the live action movie.
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LoveHistory
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Postby LoveHistory » Tue January 4th, 2011, 7:03 pm

"wendy" wrote:I once read an academic paper on John Wayne's movies and the author attributed his success to the fact that every film features a sassy girl who is thrown over the knee and spanked!


The only JW film I know of that has that is McClintock, which is the only JW film I've seen that I liked. Granted I haven't seen them all.

John Wayne was essentially a character that the actor (Marion M. Morrison) made a career of playing. His roles all had different names, but for the most part you saw and heard John Wayne over and above the character each time. Think I read somewhere that even the voice was a part of the persona.

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Rowan
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Postby Rowan » Wed January 5th, 2011, 2:29 pm

I saw Gulliver's Travels new year's eve.

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LoveHistory
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Postby LoveHistory » Wed January 5th, 2011, 4:45 pm

What did you think of it, Rowan?

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Leo62
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Postby Leo62 » Thu January 6th, 2011, 1:58 pm

Unstoppable. Fun, efficient, no-nonsense action movie.
listen:there's a hell
of a good universe next door;let's go
ee cummings

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LoveHistory
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Postby LoveHistory » Thu January 6th, 2011, 3:22 pm

Splendor in the Grass. Depressing.

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donroc
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Postby donroc » Fri January 7th, 2011, 12:20 am

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Swedish film --great physical casting and acting for Salander -- I did not mind the cutting of some very interesting and well written scenes that did not drive the story as in the novel.

Highly recommended.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Elysium
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Postby Elysium » Fri January 7th, 2011, 8:17 pm

The Alphabet Killer. I watched it for Eliza Dushku but was surprised how good it actually was.


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