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What Movies Have You Seen Lately?

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Leo62
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Postby Leo62 » Sun September 6th, 2009, 11:02 am

"SonjaMarie" wrote:I looked at the cast list, you'd think with such a great cast it'd be a better movie, but even great actors can't save a bad script.

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Absolutely. I didn't expect much, but even so couldn't believe how unfunny and puerile it was. If it hadn't had Richard Curtis's name attached, I don't think it would ever have got made.

Must admit, I kinda liked What Lies Beneath. It had a bit of a Hitchcock vibe going on, and I'm always a sucker for that. :D
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Postby parthianbow » Sun September 6th, 2009, 11:04 am

"Leo62" wrote:Absolutely. I didn't expect much, but even so couldn't believe how unfunny and puerile it was. If it hadn't had Richard Curtis's name attached, I don't think it would ever have got made.


I think that's the problem - see my post which I must have been typing as you were typing yours!
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Postby Madeleine » Sun September 6th, 2009, 11:05 am

"parthianbow" wrote:Richard Curtis can only make one type of film - and after Four Weddings, they've all gone downhill - IMO.

Leo 62 - hilarious one line review!



I agree, once you've watched a few of his films you notice the same old jokes keep coming up, same with his TV series - same old jokes whether it's Vicar of Dibley, Blackadder or Thin Blue Line, and they crossover into his films too! :(
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Postby Ash » Sun September 6th, 2009, 1:27 pm

I just looked up his movie list: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, The Boat That Rocked and Love Actually, as well as the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. I loved Weddings, Notting Hill, and Blackadder, but you are right, same jokes in all. They seemed to work for me in those, but in Love Actually and Bridget Jones, they fell flat (tho Emma Thompsons role in Love Actually was brillant). And Mr Bean was downright unwatchable.

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Postby Leo62 » Sun September 6th, 2009, 2:03 pm

"parthianbow" wrote:I think that's the problem - see my post which I must have been typing as you were typing yours!

Yes and I completely agree - except that in my book he's been going downhill since Blackadder. ;)
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Postby Sheramy » Sun September 6th, 2009, 2:35 pm

Last night on cable I watched "I've loved you for so long," a French film with Kristen Scott Thomas (who speaks French fluently) and Elsa Zylberstein (sp?). Both actresses have received big accolades for this film, and it's clear why. I really enjoyed it. Ms Thomas in particular is positively haunting. I saw the revelation at the end coming about halfway through, but it wasn't any less affecting. Highly recommended.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Sun September 6th, 2009, 6:14 pm

"Ash" wrote:I just looked up his movie list: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, The Boat That Rocked and Love Actually, as well as the hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. I loved Weddings, Notting Hill, and Blackadder, but you are right, same jokes in all. They seemed to work for me in those, but in Love Actually and Bridget Jones, they fell flat (tho Emma Thompsons role in Love Actually was brillant). And Mr Bean was downright unwatchable.


I love all the movies you mentioned except "Rocked", which I haven't seen. I also really enjoyed "Blackadder", except for the one set in WWI. Never watched "Mr. Bean" but it looked like it would annoy the heck out of me, and never saw "Vicar", either.

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Postby Miss Moppet » Sun September 6th, 2009, 10:53 pm

"Leo62" wrote:
Must admit, I kinda liked What Lies Beneath. It had a bit of a Hitchcock vibe going on, and I'm always a sucker for that. :D


The whole bathtub theme was very well done. Unfortunately it wasn't as neatly plotted as a Hitchcock, and the third act was predictable in places.

Still I enjoyed it, I'd definitely watch it again.

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Postby Ash » Mon September 7th, 2009, 12:41 am

"SonjaMarie" wrote:I love all the movies you mentioned except "Rocked", which I haven't seen. I also really enjoyed "Blackadder", except for the one set in WWI. Never watched "Mr. Bean" but it looked like it would annoy the heck out of me, and never saw "Vicar", either.

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The problem with the WWI one was that it was just too recent in our history, still, and so it was hard to laugh even at the irony of the thing. But I still liked it. BTW have you ever seen Bladkadder Scrooge? Second part sort of falls apart, but worth a watch.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Mon September 7th, 2009, 12:48 am

"Ash" wrote:The problem with the WWI one was that it was just too recent in our history, still, and so it was hard to laugh even at the irony of the thing. But I still liked it. BTW have you ever seen Bladkadder Scrooge? Second part sort of falls apart, but worth a watch.


No, I've never heard of the Scrooge one, hmm, interesting.

It's really hard at times to reconcile Hugh Laurie's characters from Blackadder with his character on "House". As "House" I find his looks very attractive, but as himself and his other works not so much. He's a great actor though.

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