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Old 09-04-2007, 04:27 PM   #586
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8.5/10

Ahhh, the Cohen brothers. When they're on, they're on!

I just loved the "Christmas Carol/Scrooged" feel of this whole movie. The mailroom-to-CEO's office/rags to riches story has been done a million times, but with talent like Tim Robbins, John Mahoney, Paul Newman and Jennifer Jason Leigh, I didn't really mind so much.

And I loved the fantastical elements, like the broom in the cogs bit at the end.

And the music! OH! That score was gorgeous!!!

I laughed out loud so many times during this movie. And Tim Robbins hoola-hooping with so much ZEAL and ENTHUSIASM was just
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unfortunately most movies end up being rentals since it's hard to convince my friends to watch the films i like. they're a bit much into chick flicks and and things that are normally crap.

but at the same time, as sad as it sounds, i much enjoy watching films by myself on dvd. it wasn't always the case but i've come to enjoy my own company, really. i don't have to worry if anyone is getting bored or if anyone is gonna complain after the movie and i can rewind etc..

the only person i usually go to the movies to watch anything good is my boyfriend and it's quite nice because i have someone to be enthusiatic about a film with and we can discuss it for the rest of the evening. unfortunately, he'e away at school half of the year.
If you enjoy watching rentals while alone, then you should go to the theater alone. I'm with you, I prefer seeing movies by myself, but that goes for DVD or at the theater.

And, you're not alone re: Spielberg. Lazarus is not exactly a fan.
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:49 PM   #589
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If you enjoy watching rentals while alone, then you should go to the theater alone. I'm with you, I prefer seeing movies by myself, but that goes for DVD or at the theater.

And, you're not alone re: Spielberg. Lazarus is not exactly a fan.
I went to see Batman Begins (whatever it's called) by myself in a mostly empty theater and of course some random man had to sit next to me... right next to me and started talking about batman and asking me if I come often by myself. That was the first and last time I went by myself.

(I left 30 minutes into the movie )
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Ohhh yeah

The Lives of Others

There were moments when I wasn't sure it was going anywhere, but it did and I'm quite glad.
Good movie, definitely recommend it.

8.5/10
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I went to see Batman Begins (whatever it's called) by myself in a mostly empty theater and of course some random man had to sit next to me... right next to me and started talking about batman and asking me if I come often by myself. That was the first and last time I went by myself.

(I left 30 minutes into the movie )
That's creepy.

The Lives of Others was great.
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I went to see Batman Begins (whatever it's called) by myself in a mostly empty theater and of course some random man had to sit next to me... right next to me and started talking about batman and asking me if I come often by myself. That was the first and last time I went by myself.

(I left 30 minutes into the movie )

I'm going to have to go with: that is NOT normal movie theater behavior and I think you were probably being hit-on in a very disturbing and surreptitious manner.
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yea, but i'm too freaked out to go again by myself

i'll stick with blockbuster online
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Andrew Dominik's "Chopper" - 8/10

Brutal biopic of famed Aussie criminal Mark "Chopper" Read. I rented this in preperation for Dominik's upcoming "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford". I was very pleased. Chopper was a unique and subtle character study that exercises a lot of clever and beautiful filmmaking techniques. Eric Bana's performance really powered the film, however, in this his breakout role. All in all, a solid debut, and if nothing else, it has strengthened my enthusiasm that "...Jesse James..." is going to be one of the year's best films.
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you may want to

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You've seen it?
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no, just reading some online articles

they seem to think it is too long (almost 3 hours) it drags a bit

I am seeing 310 to Yuma. today

rotten tomatoes gives Yuma 82%

and Jesse James 80% - only five votes, though

I will see them both, I am expecting to like Yuma, a bit more.

I have yet to see Chopper
it is on my list.
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Well, there are a lot of good reviews for Jesse too, so I'm not worried. I love a rich character study, and I looove westerns, and I loooooooove Richard Deakins' cinematography. Even if it's not the most amazing thing ever, it's all right up my alley. And like I said, Chopper was damn impressive.

But anyway, down to business:

Shoot 'Em Up - 2.5/10

Worst movie of the year? Since I haven't seen Halloween, hell yeah. I knew what I was getting into with this film, but it still didn't prepare me to be absolutely bored out of my mind for 80 minutes. There was a lot of shooting, a lot of campy acting, a lot of lame jokes and one liners, and over-the-top action setpieces.

I thought I'd at least be entertained, but you know what the problem is? 80-minutes of action is still mind-numbingly boring without any context, and even worse in terrible context.

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Sounds legit, but is the movie supposed to have a context for its violence, or was it just not enjoyable for you?
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I didn't find it enjoyable at all, aside from a few short scenes. And yeah, I think action for the sake of action =/= good entertainment. Take Predator for example. On the surface it seems like nothing but an excuse but a lot of graphic violence, but there's a well constructive narritive there with intersting characters. Sure, it's not very deep at all, but it gives the action a reasonably believable setting. Shoot 'Em Up did none of that for me. Boring as shit.

I equate it to watching a youtube video of someone else playing a videogame. It which case, it can be a lot of fun for the interactor, but not only are you not playing the game yourself, but you aren't even in the same room with the guy. That's sort of what watching this movie was like.
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