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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

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fljustice
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Postby fljustice » Sat August 11th, 2012, 2:45 pm

Our local art house is showing "American Gagsters" a retrospective of classic American comedies. Went to see My Man Godfrey a frothy depression era movie with brilliant writing and an improbably ending. Also took in The Amazing Spiderman at the Regal with my daughter; competent, but unnecessary. The family watched The Secret World of Arrietty on DVD, an animated version of The Borrowers. A quiet, but beautiful film that came and went quickly this past spring.
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rebecca
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Postby rebecca » Sun August 12th, 2012, 2:20 am

The Descendants-watchable

The Devil Inside-Horrid! Horrid! Horrid!

The Woman in Black-I liked it.

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne-Brilliant

Silk Second Season-Loved it.

Bec :)

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Nefret
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Postby Nefret » Sun August 12th, 2012, 4:10 am

Vanity Fair

I do like a historical movie, but I wish that I'd read the book.

I liked the costumes. And also... John Rhys- Meyers, and James Purefoy!
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Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
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Postby annis » Mon August 13th, 2012, 11:46 pm

The Giant of Marathon, a 1959 Italian sword-and-sandal epic starring Steve Reeves as Philippides (meant to be Pheidippides, the original marathon runner) with a whole bunch of gym-junkie extras and Mylène Demongeot (with VPB) as his love interest.

Great fun - lots of well-oiled muscles shown off to perfection by indecently short chitons, hammy, melodramatic acting, dodgy dubbing and improbable, unintentionally funny battle scenes. You have to love these old movies! Another one crossed off the "movies my mother wouldn't let me watch when I was a kid" list. :)
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Postby LoveHistory » Sat August 18th, 2012, 8:20 pm

Babes In Toyland. Never seen it before. My poor daughter was crying when she thought the bad guy was going to win.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Sun August 19th, 2012, 4:07 am

"My Week With Marilyn", good movie, sad though.

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Postby Justin Swanton » Sun August 19th, 2012, 1:23 pm

Hannibal - Rome's Worst Nightmare. The 2006 BBC docudrama starring Alexander Siddig. One of the few historical movies I have seen that makes an effort to do its homework: it avoids anachronisms like the rectangular shields in Agora. It very effectively poses the big question about Hannibal - why, having just annihilated a Roman army of 70 000 men, did he not move straight to Rome and take it? If he'd done that, we'd all be speaking Punic dialects today.

The battles are truly impressive and accurately recreated (no Braveheart screenwriter fantasies here), especially the scene where the Carthaginian elephants charge the Roman infantry who (mostly) move nimbly out of the way. One wonders how the director pulled that one off without anyone getting killed.
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fljustice
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Postby fljustice » Sun August 19th, 2012, 6:02 pm

Still on the "American Gagsters" kick with classic comedies at the local art house. Saw back to back The Palm Beach Story (meh) and Sullivan's Travels (better) on Friday; Bringing Up Baby (lol) on Saturday. Missed one of my all time favorites His Girl Friday, but saw it just a couple of years ago on TV. Love the depiction of a hard-working woman journalist being drawn back into the job when she wants to marry and quit the business.

One thing for all these movies, the dialog is sparkling. So many one-liners going back and forth, they can afford to throw them away.
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Nefret
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Postby Nefret » Mon August 20th, 2012, 3:30 am

Farewell, My Queen

It was entertaining, but I would have liked it to be longer.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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princess garnet
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Postby princess garnet » Mon August 20th, 2012, 7:43 pm

"Nefret" wrote:Farewell, My Queen

It was entertaining, but I would have liked it to be longer.

I read the novel in college. Having been to Versailles, the town and palace, the previous summer was a help.
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