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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed December 28th, 2011, 4:01 pm

"Ash" wrote:My husband saw War Horse and hated it. Said it played like Black Beauty Goes to War. He kept expecting Lassie to show up at any moment (neither of us are big on real animals being anthropomorphed as human)

Actually, one of the things I LIKED about War Horse is that it didn't anthropomorphise the horses. It just showed them being reasonably well-trained horses. They didn't talk, or do anything a horse couldn't or wouldn't do. As a sometime dog-llama-horse trainer (of people more than their animals), I have to spend most of my time getting 'Bambi' out of the owner's heads and helping them understand the very specific ways that their animal's brain is set up to think. I'm always grateful when Hollywood helps with that, and I grind my teeth (anticipating more work in the future) whenever some movie shows animals thinking and acting like humans.

The one that really teed me off was Marley and Me, which made the trainer into a witch and glorified horrible dog-owner behavior as 'cute'.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Wed December 28th, 2011, 6:32 pm

"Madeleine" wrote:THey were the only believable part of LA for me too, apart from them I think it's one of the worst films I've ever had to endure, loathed it. :eek: :(


Oh I'm sorry you didn't enjoy it, it's one of my faves (though I hate "Mia" the slut), oh well, to each their own, right? :)

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Postby rebecca » Thu December 29th, 2011, 1:55 am

"Brenna" wrote:I'm glad I'm not the only one that didn't love LA. I watched it twice just to make sure I wasn't having a "bad day" when I watched it the first time. It stunk just as bad the second time around!

I rewatched "The Help" yesterday and Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. I thought it was cute if a little drawn out.

I'm so against animal movies that I will shut my eyes and box my ears when previews come on. I can't even get through the previews without wanting to cry. Same with the SPCA commercials. Too sensitive to those types of things..


I never watch movies where the animal star dies, hence I refuse to watch 'Marley and Me'.....I remember a few years back I watched a movie about snow dogs in Alaska where the owner is trapped and one by one terrible things happen to the dogs...I bawled so HARD that I gave myself a migraine!!! :eek: ...After that I swore never again!....But I am looking forward to watching 'The Help'...I think the movie will probably be better than the book.

Bec :)

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Postby Ash » Thu December 29th, 2011, 3:27 am

David and I really weren't expecting to like My Week With Marilyn. Neither of us are big Monroe fans (tho we always felt sorry for her). But there were enough actors in this film to make us interested, and enough people around us saying we must see it. Well, needless to say we didn't get bored enough to go to the bookstore next door. We were rivited. This is a must see, no matter what you know or don't know about Monroe. This is an amazing movie. And if Williams doesn't get the Best Actress award, there is no justice....

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Postby Madeleine » Thu December 29th, 2011, 10:00 am

Finally saw The King's Speech, it was good. I thought Geoffrey Rush and Helena BC were also excellent.
Currently reading "Heavenfield" by L J Ross & "Lost for Words" by Stephanie Butland

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Postby LoveHistory » Thu December 29th, 2011, 7:23 pm

Agreed with MLE about Marley & Me.

Didn't love Love Actually either but my favorite couple was actually Colin Firth's character and the housekeeper. I thought they were sweet. And I like the scene where Hugh Grant's character is dancing.

Watched The Game Plan. Cute little movie. That little girl is talented.

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Postby rebecca » Fri December 30th, 2011, 2:52 am

"Ash" wrote:David and I really weren't expecting to like My Week With Marilyn. Neither of us are big Monroe fans (tho we always felt sorry for her). But there were enough actors in this film to make us interested, and enough people around us saying we must see it. Well, needless to say we didn't get bored enough to go to the bookstore next door. We were rivited. This is a must see, no matter what you know or don't know about Monroe. This is an amazing movie. And if Williams doesn't get the Best Actress award, there is no justice....


I haven't seen the movie yet but Williams will probably go toe to toe with Streep for the Iron Lady(I haven't seen that one either).....Be interesting to watch when the Oscars are shown.

Bec :)

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Postby LoveHistory » Fri December 30th, 2011, 10:50 pm

Watched something called Broken Bridges with Toby Keith and Kelly Preston. It was better than I expected. Lots of people I recognized in the supporting roles.

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Postby Ash » Sat December 31st, 2011, 2:18 am

The Artist is incredible - its been a while since I have been so pleasantly surprised by a movie.

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Postby LoveHistory » Sat December 31st, 2011, 3:46 am

Also watched a fluffy ABC Family movie called Christmas Cupid. It was ok.


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