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Old 05-18-2007, 07:45 PM   #211
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I saw that Lance.

6/10 I thought that the Oscar performance by FW was good, but not great.
The fact that the journalist is completely fiction, ruined it for me.
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Old 05-18-2007, 08:59 PM   #212
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Ended up not renting TLKOS afterall.

I did rent Almost Famous, Mullholand Drive and Munich.

Just watched Almost Famous

8.5/10

Famulous film. It was just completely engaging and lovable. Seems like the kind of movie I could see a thousand times and never tire of it.
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Old 05-18-2007, 09:21 PM   #213
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28 Weeks Later . . .


Having thourougly loved "28 Days Later . . . ", and been euphoric at the comeback of Danny Boyle, I was very reticent to see "28 Weeks Later . . ." The trailers for the film did nothing to pique my interest or get my hopes up.

That being said, I can say that I really enjoyed "28 Weeks Later . . . " and found it very entertaining. Oddly enough, I found this film more saddening than scary or macabre. There are a few heartwrenching scenes in this film, that had my eyes dewing up with tears. The story is simple, but tight. The action swift. The hand-held camera jostling gets a bit out of control at times and too disorienting for its own good. The characters never really reach the fully fleshed-out third dimension and are fairly stock, yet, they are developed enough that you care and want to see them through.

Is it as good as its predecessor? No. It never gets as psychologically dark or as scary as the first. But, like "Aliens" after "Alien", it's a good, fast-paced thrill ride that doesn't add much development to the franchise, but doesn't damage it or leave a bad taste in your mouth either.
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Munich - 8.5/10

Probably the best thing Spielberg's done since Minority Report if not Saving Private Ryan. Beautiful film if only a little cold. But that's sort of the idea. Really powerful either way.
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Schindler's List?
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Old 05-19-2007, 01:37 AM   #216
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...came out in 1993. So I stand by my statement.
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Old 05-19-2007, 02:04 AM   #217
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Little Manhattan 10/10

A film about two fifth graders falling in love(or whatever love can be at that age) for the first time. His parents are divorced but still living together and her parents are rich. It is narrated by the boy Wonder-Years-Style and he is written as very intelligent(as is the girl - they are both written accurately as Manhattan children). So basically via the voiceover you get a mixture of sweet childlike ponderings about first love and biting, bitter remarks about love filled with cynicism beyond his age.

The voiceover narration is without question the best part of the film. There are just some great quotes...

One of the first times he has contact with the girl, when his class is told to 'pair up':

"Oh, the painful dance of pairing up. 20 seconds of pure torture!"

When he goes into a dress store with her:

"Is there anything worse than dress shopping? I would rather have my toenails peeled off one by one with pliers than spend five minutes in the dress store."

Trying to schedule a date with her around her karate/cello/etc lessons:

"Geez it was easier scheduling Arab-Israeli peace talks than making a date with this girl!"

On their first date when they hold hands for the first time:

"Never had I been so keenly aware of the ability of my palm to manufacture sweat."

While they are stuck waiting, with his mother's date, to leave his apartment for their date:

"Is there anything more excruciating than you and your date and your mom's date all hanging out with absolutely nothing to say?"
(His mother's date says 'Don't do anything I wouldn't do, okay kiddo?' and ruffles his hair)
"Okay, that's more excruciating."

And reflecting on it all:

"Love is an ugly, terrible business practiced by fools."

That's just the tip of the iceberg.
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Old 05-19-2007, 02:04 AM   #218
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Just watched Last King of Scotland.

Took maybe 5 minutes for me to forget I was watching Forrest Whitaker and to just sort of feel like I was watching Amin himself. Whitaker was amazing.

Enjoyed the film, but, his performance is what will stick in my head much more than anything else.
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The Italian - 8/10

A Russian film about a 6-year-old boy growing up in an orphanage, who is about to be adopted by an Italian couple (hence the title) but decides instead to track down his birth mother who had abandoned him. A bleak yet strangely hopeful film with an absolutely winning and natural central performance.
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Escape from New York.

I'm a sucker for John Carpenter movies. I find them immediately enjoyable and genius due to the fact he usually worked on a shoestring budget. This movie is no different. Not only is this vision of the future totally crazy, New York as a prison island, but it introduced quite possibly one of the greatest badasses in the history of movie badasses, Snake Plissken. This movie is just fun to watch, that's all there is to it, and it gets added points for having Isaac Hayes as a villain who has chandeliers on his car. This is one of Carpenter's best behind Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China, and The Thing, go see this movie. That being said, I take away some points because it is a little dated (landing on the World Trade Center by plane) and the version I watched was not the remastered version, which I bet is amazing.

***1/2 out of *****

Escape from L.A.

As I stated above, I loved the first movie, so I was excited to see this movie. Essentially, it's a retread of New York, but in L.A. with cooler special effects and explosions. That's really it. Plus, Steve Buscemi was in it, so I was expecting someone to go "SHUT THE FUCK UP, DONNIE!" and that didn't happen. This movie's alright by itself, but is inferior to the original.

**1/2 out of *****
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On The Waterfront - 10/10

A timeless classic. It's considered one of the best films ever for good reason.
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Mulholland Drive - N/A

My first forray into David Lynch. What a dissaster...

I rarely turn films off without giving them a fair chance. Hell, I'll sit through any slop just to say I saw it. But I turned this film off after the first 21 minutes. Not saying it's BAD. Just hear me out.

I've read a lot about David Lynch online, all the heated debate and heated praise for the man. I knew what I was getting into, and I had a feeling I would either love him or hate him. Turns out I hate him. Not saying he's a terrible director, I can see what he was going for. I just didn't care to watch it. Whether it was intentional or not, I just couldn't stand this film's photography/cinematography, the dialog, or the god-awful acting I was seeing (Though Robert Forster is always excellent, and probably was in this as well).

Basically, I knew my taste for this director would come down to style rather than substance. The substance might be there, and probably is given his enthusiastic fanbase. I just can't sit through a 2 hour+ film from 2001 that looks like it was filmed in the 80's. If that's a superficial thing to say, well, damn straight. The film buff in me says I should give him a fair chance, but there's no way I can convince myself to sit through the rest of this movie.
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I just finished Children of Men, which has left me fairly ambivalent. The intensity was incredible- the childbirth scene especially so- and Clive Owen's perfomance very strong, as usual. I did feel, however, as though the ending eschewed the looming question- i.e., the effect of the child on a disintegrating society. Generally, I applaud films that avoid conventional endings, but I do feel that, in this instance, the viewer needed to have some sense of whether Theo's efforts were ultimately rewarded.

8/10
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Thanks for the tip on Little Manhattan up there.
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Spiderman 3, absolutely fantastic!
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