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Old 12-11-2007, 05:16 PM   #976
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A surprisingly VERY positive review for I Am Legend over at the Village Voice, who are usually pretty picky and don't care for standard Hollywood fare. Guess I'll be checking this one out after all:

http://www.villagevoice.com/film/075...,78573,20.html

And compared to the other critiques I've read, a very forgiving review of Youth Without Youth by the paper's head critic J. Hoberman, the pickiest of the picky:

http://www.villagevoice.com/film/075...,78576,20.html


Light spoilers and plot points discussed in both.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:14 AM   #978
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I finally saw the Shawshank Redemption last night It was great though, absolutely phenomenal!
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Our department at work is being taken out to lunch next Friday, and then we get the rest of the afternoon off.

I smell a Friday matinee in my future!
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Nicely done.

I'm in Orlando now, and there is like nothing even close to indie fare to watch here. I think I'm going to see The Golden Compass. Although, strangely, one theatre is showing It's A Wonderful Life. Never seen that in the theatre before.

Sucks that I have to wait a week and a half to get back to Los Angeles and see all the good stuff.
Winter Park has a theater or two, or the Enzian out by Maitland.

Yeah, there are a lot of special "holiday" showings of films around this time of year out there.

Are you staying out by Disney or downtown?
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I imagine we're closer to Disney. Definitely not downtown. It's just a big mess of cheap stores, resorts, and theme parks where we are.
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I imagine we're closer to Disney. Definitely not downtown. It's just a big mess of cheap stores, resorts, and theme parks where we are.
That could be any fucking part of Orlando.

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That could be any fucking part of Orlando.

Sorry, bastard.
Oh, no. I pretty much agree. Downtown is close to getting some identity, but it's not there yet.

Yeah, staying out by Disney isn't too bad. At least it's close to Universal and CityWalk, I really suggest going there if you have the time.
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:50 PM   #984
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Chicago Film Critics have chosen their winners (unlike most city critics groups, they have nominees first):

Picture: No Country For Old Men
Actor: Daniel Day-FUCKING-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Actress: Ellen Page, Juno
Sup Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men
Sup Actress: Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone (like the competition)
Director: Joel & Ethan Coen, NCFOM
Orig. Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno
Adapted Screenplay: Joel & Ethan Coen, NCFOM
Cinematography: Roger Deakins, Jesse James/Robert Ford (NICE)
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:52 PM   #985
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Here are a couple links that may come in handy over the next month or so:

http://www.moviecitynews.com/awards/...d_critics.html

That's a tally of all the awards won so far by various films and actors, directors, writers, etc.

The main website itself is one that I check daily year-round, and has a lot of great links to articles from various publications about films.

http://www.moviecitynews.com
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:16 PM   #986
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For you, Laz. This is from MSN's 10 Worst Movie Endings Ever:

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Special Prize: Steven Spielberg
"War of the Worlds" (2005)
"Schindler's List" (1993)
"Saving Private Ryan" (1998)
"Minority Report" (2002)
"AI" (2001)

I'm not one of those Spielberg bashers. In fact, I have good things to say about every single one of the above movies -- right up until their endings. Seems that in recent years, Spielberg has developed a bad case of anticlimactitis, an alarmingly common affliction among pop-culture artists that causes them to either (a) overstate the themes of the film in case anyone in the audience had missed them ("Minority Report"); (b) chicken out and deliver an unearned feel-good ending ("War of the Worlds"); (c) allow the film to drag on for an additional 45 minutes beyond its organic, satisfying ending and into a protracted, agonized, unconvincing epilogue that turns everything that came before into a pseudo-Freudian nightmare ("AI"); and worst of all (d) take all the artfulness out of a powerful piece of fiction and transform it into a weirdly ritualized, lily-gilding present day with real people doing real things like lighting candles and saluting gravestones, just to underline the film's nobility ("Schindler's List," "Saving Private Ryan"). It's a frustrating trend, one that makes it harder to defend one of cinema's most maligned directors. It also makes you long for the sight of Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider paddling for shore on the splinters of a blown-up fishing boat, great white shark guts bobbing in their wake. Now that's an ending.
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YES!!!!

This is about as well-stated as it possibly could be.

If you don't understand what this guy's talking about...well, you deserve the endings you get.
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YES!!!!

This is about as well-stated as it possibly could be.

If you don't understand what this guy's talking about...well, you deserve the endings you get.
See, now Laz knows how to end things. Might not get much applause, but it's real. Real real.
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Lance's Mom is all about happy endings, incidentally.
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I just got done rewatching Gotcha. Run ... don't walk to immerse yourself in this 80's gem.

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