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Old 02-27-2007, 07:00 AM   #421
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ROCKY BALBOA............I give it a 8/10
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Running with Scissors: Utterly inane. Cheap laughs. No heart. Dull ache.

I was going to put my review in haiku form, but the movie just wasn't worth it.
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^ not worth renting then?
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:22 PM   #425
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eh...i don't know. i only rented it to see vincent d'onofrio in something other than law and order: ci or men in black. and wouldn't you know it, after he blew his brains out with his rifle, i lost interest and stopped watching the movie. not a big kubrick fan, anyway.
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is bridge to terabithia ANYTHING like the book? because the commercials...looked more like lord of the rings or something




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Last week I watched Brick. It stars Joseph Gordon-Leavitt as a high school loner who sets out to solve his ex-girlfriend's murder. It's a modern-day film noir in which the main character has to deal with his high school's cliques and his town's drug dealers.

I liked the concept, and for the most part it was well done, but the dialogue moved really quickly in a lot of places, so I found myself rewinding a lot. I liked how it played with the cliches of the whole film noir genre, though, and the plot kept twisting and turning all the way up to the end.

7/10
you mean -7/10.

and that the film noir cliches and fast dialogue felt more like a lame gimmick.

and that you found yourself fastforwarding a lot because it was boring.

right?
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The Prestige - Good, solid performances from Jackman & Bale. Was slightly disappointed with Johansson, but Bowie was a plus. Nolan, once again, did an outstanding job. Film had nice style and an engaging plot which was a step above the Illusionist but much like the Illusionist it was much too predictable. The "twist" was damn obvious in the first half hour.

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About The Prestige, I hate seeing so many people mentioning the "twist" in the plot. There really isn't supposed to be a big focus on any "twist" if you could even call them that in this case. The film is really a study of misdirection, both in the literal sense of the plot as well as in the greater metaphorical sense in regards to filmmaking in general. Nolan wasn't out to deliver any sort of Sixth Sense-style shocker in the films, just a complex study of audience perception and misdirection, which is really what the film is all about. Some people are going to figure out the "twists" right off the bat, and others are going to be clueless up until the very end when everything is revealed. That's one of the many points of the film, as Nolan has pointed out himself on several occasions. Glad you liked it though, elevaiton.


I just saw Requiem for a Dream for the first time today.

4/10

Interesting approach to the often over-used anti-drug concept, but I thought the film-making was pretty sloppy. Decent performances overall, but they script was pretty weak. This film was far to self-conscious in trying to be unique and edgy that it all felt too forced and generally bland. And how many times do I have to watch the exact same "now the character does herion" flash-montage again? Christ almighty. What an overused gimmick.
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About The Prestige, I hate seeing so many people mentioning the "twist" in the plot. There really isn't supposed to be a big focus on any "twist" if you could even call them that in this case. The film is really a study of misdirection, both in the literal sense of the plot as well as in the greater metaphorical sense in regards to filmmaking in general. Nolan wasn't out to deliver any sort of Sixth Sense-style shocker in the films, just a complex study of audience perception and misdirection, which is really what the film is all about. Some people are going to figure out the "twists" right off the bat, and others are going to be clueless up until the very end when everything is revealed. That's one of the many points of the film, as Nolan has pointed out himself on several occasions. Glad you liked it though, elevaiton.
yeah, but I had read an interview with Nolan where he said that he didn't mind if the movie was being sold on the "big twist/unexpected ending" because he really thought the ending would really surprise the audience and people would have to rewatch it to catch all the clues. also, the movie dealt a lot with obsession ...not only with the magician's seeking out the other's prestige but i suppose a correlation with the audience's obsession to finding out the ending. but from the moment they showed the engenier' or whatever he was called...it was completely obvious it was Mr Bale...they didnt even try to disguise it one bit! The whole wife's bit of "this time you mean it" was even more so.

I still very much liked this movie.. My issue with 95% of all movies I watch is that I have the bad curse of figuring out the end right away. In this movie, for example, it didn't retract much from the overall experience because the movie was nonetheless fantastic and enjoyable. Much like the Inside Man was to me...predictable but awesome.
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Half Nelson - Didn't quite know what to expect from the movie as well as Ryan Gosling. Being in the minority of the female population who didn't like The Notebook, I was a little put off by him being the starring role. Holy mother, I was clear wrong. Ryan Gosling does such an incredible job portraying the inner tortures of Mr Dunn, the middle school teacher, in an inner city NY school with a drug habit to kick that is discovered by one of his students. The movie does a good job at steering away from ''teacher inspires inner city students'' cliche and Gosling tackles this gritty role by managing to give the character both charisma and intensity.

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is bridge to terabithia ANYTHING like the book? because the commercials...looked more like lord of the rings or something

I haven't read the book but the ads are deceiving. The amount of special effects are relatively small compared to the movie and Viggo Mortensen was no where to be seen in this movie
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I also saw Donnie Darko and Fight Club. Both movies I thought I would never watch, now I have. I loved them both because they were incredibly well written and actually made you think, and did well on the dark humour.
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Old 02-28-2007, 02:20 PM   #433
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you mean -7/10.

and that the film noir cliches and fast dialogue felt more like a lame gimmick.

and that you found yourself fastforwarding a lot because it was boring.

right?
is that what I said?

The pacing of the plot was problematic, but I entertained myself during the slow parts by editing the script in my head. My version turned out a lot better.
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Old 02-28-2007, 02:33 PM   #434
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Last night I watched a documentary called Southern Comfort. It was something Netflix had recommended, and I'm glad I watched it. It looks at the last year in the life of Robert Eades, a female-to-male transsexual who, in a cruel twist of fate, is dying of ovarian and cervical cancer. He's struggling to stay alive long enough to attend one last Southern Comfort--an annual conference for transsexuals--so that he can say goodbye to the members of his "chosen family," as he calls them.

I think the premise might weird a lot of people out, but what makes the film work is that it focuses not on what makes Robert different but on what makes him the same as everyone else--his family, his friends, his life. The movie is an interesting study of gender roles, of love, of family, of the basic rights and dignities we deserve as human beings.

It's definitely a movie that will leave you thinking about the way you look at the world and maybe even a little about what you hope to leave behind. 7/10
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I haven't read the book but the ads are deceiving. The amount of special effects are relatively small compared to the movie and Viggo Mortensen was no where to be seen in this movie
I read the book a loooong time ago, but from what I could remember the movie did remain faithful to the story. I think I read somewhere something about the author's son writing the movie's screenplay. I'm not sure why the commercials/trailers heavily focused on the fantasy aspect, though. I guess Disney was trying to push the whole Chronicles of Narnia part 2 spiel.


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The Illusionist
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Very well done film. The acting by Edward Norton was great. The scenery was very beautiful. I might have to see it again because I was confused in some parts. I'm surprised it wasn't nominated for Best Picture.
Are you serious? The Illusionist as a contender for Best Picture?

I don't know, I found that movie to be painfully mediocre and predictable. The cliché forbidden romance plot was overplayed and not to mention incredibly boring. I laughed pretty had at the reveal at the end.

But hey different strokes
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