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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

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LoveHistory
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Postby LoveHistory » Thu January 24th, 2013, 4:03 am

Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, The Avengers.

AoGG was good. AoA was ok. The Avengers was awesome!

Hoping to see a movie in the theater this weekend. Would love to see Les Mis but it's a get-together and one of the group objects to seeing things that make her cry in the theater. Will probably be Silver Linings Playbook instead.

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Postby fljustice » Thu January 24th, 2013, 6:41 pm

"LoveHistory" wrote:Will probably be Silver Linings Playbook instead.


Saw that last weekend. Really enjoyed it!
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Postby DianeL » Sat January 26th, 2013, 12:50 am

"The Artist." How bewildering and dismaying that this tale of an arrogant and privileged brat, who by the way hasn't a shred of artistic interest in his life, became the blockbuster it did, especially in this economy. I can only assume its rather wealth-porn-esque escapism was the appeal, because otherwise the story is frankly disturbing on a number of levels.
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Postby Ash » Sat January 26th, 2013, 1:54 am

Huh? What does the economy have to do with it? The movie takes place in the 20s during the height of the silent era. Its a movie of its time, and and its plot was similar to many other movies back then. Yes, the stars were wealthy; so are many of ours now. I thought the acting was amazing, as was the attention to detail. How was it disturbing?

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Postby Nefret » Sat January 26th, 2013, 11:43 am

Stargate (the original) Still awesome after all these years.
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 DianeL » Sat January 26th, 2013, 3:40 pm

"Ash" wrote:Huh? What does the economy have to do with it? The movie takes place in the 20s during the height of the silent era. Its a movie of its time, and and its plot was similar to many other movies back then. Yes, the stars were wealthy; so are many of ours now. I thought the acting was amazing, as was the attention to detail. How was it disturbing?


It's in the blog post I linked, but essentially - there's no art in this film entitled "The Artist." The guy's only creative moment is a film he makes strictly to thumb his nose at innovation.

My main objection is that this is a story about a wildly privileged person whose sense of entitlement is impinged upon by *his own* refusal to grow and change. And who does nothing for anyone but himself throughout the story.

You say it's of its time - but its actual time was 2011, a year in which the economy left many many people in *actual* suffering and with no control over their lives. So a story about a falsely charming guy who shoots himself in the foot sounds an extremely off note for me, given that it's necessary to pity him for the story to work.

I'm very well aware that "wealth escapism" was a popular filmic fantasy during the Great Depression - but I still find a tone deaf story like this one depressing and insulting (with the Depression itself reduced to the backdrop of this egotist's self-indulgence, no less). Not least because, as good looking as it was, its own awareness of how well made it was actually became distracting. I could feel the filmmakers in the room, basically.
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Postby donroc » Sat January 26th, 2013, 9:32 pm

Historical note since this is HISTORICAL fiction on line. The Great Depression took place through the 1930s until WWII. The Roaring Twenties was indeed a decade of flamboyance, self-indulgence, extravagance, and the first sexual revolution.
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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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Postby DianeL » Sat January 26th, 2013, 10:16 pm

donroc, the film indeed opens during the 1920s, at the close of the age of silent film. It encompasses several years. Flamboyance doesn't offend me. Being expected by a story to feel sorry for someone of empty charm, who makes his own bed, just baffles me.
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Postby Ash » Sun January 27th, 2013, 3:47 pm

How is his story so different from any other movie plot? He made mistakes, progress makes his job obselete, and he has no more choices. Someone who loves him helps him find his way.

Is your anger at the movie makers for even making the movie? Or at the writer? Or the character of a (fictional) story?

I dunno, I found it to be an excellent piece of entertainment, much more so than most anything out there right now. But then I have been a fan of silent movies since I can remember and so they could have done much that I would have gladly approved of. I was tickled pink that this movie got so much grassroots approval, and that it won the Oscar! So I am a bit biased. That being said, I have had my own quibbles with some Best Picture choices, so there we are. We all have our opinions. Just not sure what you are so angry about.

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Postby Madeleine » Sun January 27th, 2013, 8:24 pm

Les Mis -thoroughly enjoyed it, although I thought the transition from the Javert/Valjean story to the barricades and love triangle slightly clunky, and the last section felt a bit rushed; however minor quibbles and apart from that I think it will wim best film - visually stunning and genrally well-acted. I prefer it to the stage show.
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