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Old 09-08-2007, 11:29 PM   #616
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Oh yeah, and I got to see the "There Will Be Blood" trailer on the big screen.

And it was glooooorious.
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The Secret Life Of Words
9/10

Netflix summary: "After surviving the war in Yugoslavia, taciturn nurse Hanna (Sarah Polley) heads to Ireland for some rest and relaxation. But when she hears about an oil-rig accident off the coast, she agrees to tend heroic burn victim Josef (Tim Robbins). Personalities clash aboard the derrick as Hanna contends with Josef, a Russian soldier (Sverre Anker Ousdal), a lively Spanish chef (Javier Cámara) and other oddballs in this compelling character study."

I loved this film. It's slow, but unfolds like a great novel. I was deeply moved. Sarah Polley's performance was terrific, and I always enjoy Tim Robbins. I definitely recommend it to those of you who like thoughtful pieces.
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Shoot Em Up

7.2/10

It was like a bad version of Kill Bill mixed with Walker Texas Ranger, entertaining in "is this really happening?" kind of way. Clive Owen's character was just a notch above Walker Texas, he was terribly cheesy yet bad ass. I'm convinced Paul Giamatti is extremely talented because it had to take a lot of work and effort to give the impression that he cannot act to save his life in Shoot Em Up.
The storyline was...in nice words...lacking.
But I would be lying if I said it was the worst movie experience I've had, the movie had no purpose but at least didn't pretend to.
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The Queen

Helen Mirren was very good, as were the other actors. Good story. Real footage of Diana throughout.


Zodiac

Saw this a couple of weeks ago after having read the book. Nice to put a visual to the timeline, though the book was obviously more detailed. Unfortunately saw 1/2 the movie one night, and half the next, which kind of ruins the experience of watching it. Still very good.
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One of my favorite aspects of watching Zodiac was the slowly and continuously building tension through the entirety of the film (a long film at that). I'd imaging breaking it up into two nights would spoil a bit of that for me.
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Tombstone - 7.5/10

Campy, poorly edited western with a great cast and some good ideas. The film's lows are sometimes cringe-worthy, but it's highs are simply amazing. Val Kilmer steals the show with his legendary performance as Doc Holiday, one of my favorite cinema characters ever.

Robocop: Director's Cut - 8.5/10

A bloodier, more brutal cut of the seminal 80's sci-fi action flick. It's still awesome. "Bitches, leave."

The Bourne Ultimatum - 8/10

Everything the Bourne Supremacy wanted to be and more. Some of the most thrilling action and character conflict I've seen in a straight actioner in a long time. Doesn't quite reach the hights of Identity, mostly due to a weak ending, lack of mystery, and some questionable editing here and there.

That said, it's still a damn fine film.
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310 to yuma

6/10

a bit of a disappointment


this film is getting all the good buzz


Russel Crowe does a good job

Bail plays the quiet, loser
as he has done a few times.

It is nice to see Peter Fonda, again

what went wrong? the ending.

the fist 2/3 may have been about a 7.5.

I can't believe people are comparing this film to the Unforgiven
Yeah, 3:10 to Yuma kinda sucked. It was just dull the whole way through, Christian Bale's character especially. And I hated how Russell Crowe was able to seduce women with his cheesy comments, and when he was getting to Bale's wife, that was the last staw! It resonated with my insecurities that the woman of my dreams would want a bad boy dick like that.

I just thought the drama was flat, though the action was well done, I suppose.

The ending was so preposterous, though, and made no practical (from Bale's perspective) or realistic dramatic sense.

Ah, my dad had a good time, so it was fine, and it wasn't as boring as Kevin Costner's "Open Range".
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I thought the last 20 minutes of Yuma were far and away the most satisfying.
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One of my favorite aspects of watching Zodiac was the slowly and continuously building tension through the entirety of the film (a long film at that). I'd imaging breaking it up into two nights would spoil a bit of that for me.
Damn. That's what happened to me. My parents kept falling asleep, so we had to watch it again. As a result, I found the ending a bit anti-climactic, but I guess life is like that, huh?

Good film overall, and Robert Downey, Jr. shows his stuff, but he seems to act as the same relaxed, self-absorbed character these days, eh? He seemed the same in what little I could tolerate of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and the very good "A Scanner Darkly".
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I thought the last 20 minutes of Yuma were far and away the most satisfying.
I guess they were kinda neat plot wise and it gave you that feeling you might want, but I just couldn't understand Bale's perspective. Honor seems so childish compared to living for your children, you know?
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I guess they were kinda neat plot wise and it gave you that feeling you might want, but I just couldn't understand Bale's perspective. Honor seems so childish compared to living for your children, you know?
It wasn't completely about honor, though that was part of it. Getting Wade on that train was the only way his family would get to keep their home and afford to survive, remember the railroad man promised to keep those douchebags off his farm and keep the water flowing, as well as pay him the reward.

And that isn't Bjork in my avatar, though it's cool you saw her.
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Damn. That's what happened to me. My parents kept falling asleep, so we had to watch it again. As a result, I found the ending a bit anti-climactic, but I guess life is like that, huh?

Good film overall, and Robert Downey, Jr. shows his stuff, but he seems to act as the same relaxed, self-absorbed character these days, eh? He seemed the same in what little I could tolerate of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and the very good "A Scanner Darkly".
I'll have to watch it again if/when it comes on cable. Maybe seeing it all in one sitting would be better. Again, the book is much more detailed, and you get to know about each person before the Zodiac kills them. It's basically written in a time line. I didn't realize/couldn't tell from the book that Gyllenhauls (sp?)'s character was so obsessed & also an outsider.

As for Downey, I haven't seen everything he's done. Probably not that much actually. But his best roll, for me, was Chaplin
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It wasn't completely about honor, though that was part of it. Getting Wade on that train was the only way his family would get to keep their home and afford to survive, remember the railroad man promised to keep those douchebags off his farm and keep the water flowing, as well as pay him the reward.

And that isn't Bjork in my avatar, though it's cool you saw her.
I know (what am I still doing up?). I quickly erased that part, when I had a second glance. It must have been someone else. People on the Radiohead fansite ateaseweb have tons of Bjork references. Lucy Liu, right? Just kidding.

But, Bale placed such a high priority on honor that he wouldn't accept the $200 the guy offered for free, if he let Wade go. He would have been alive. He risked so much for financial security but I got the sense that so much of it was about honor. What good's some idiotic notion of honor if you're not around the raise your children and keep your wife company? Also, Wade could easily have told his posse to stop the whole thing and just enter the train. No one need be killed. Then, Wade turns on his entire posse for killing Bale, when it was his fault for not thinking of that very likely scenario when they were running to the train.

I guess I just expected something really great. Just wasn't my thing.
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I'll have to watch it again if/when it comes on cable. Maybe seeing it all in one sitting would be better. Again, the book is much more detailed, and you get to know about each person before the Zodiac kills them. It's basically written in a time line. I didn't realize/couldn't tell from the book that Gyllenhauls (sp?)'s character was so obsessed & also an outsider.

As for Downey, I haven't seen everything he's done. Probably not that much actually. But his best roll, for me, was Chaplin
I actually never saw Chaplin, but that's pre-severe rehab Downey, so I don't know if I'm as interested for silly reasons. Though it does have David Duchovny, and I'll almost see anything with him just because I'm a X-Phile.
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Also, Wade could easily have told his posse to stop the whole thing and just enter the train. No one need be killed. Then, Wade turns on his entire posse for killing Bale, when it was his fault for not thinking of that very likely scenario when they were running to the train.

Wade seemed to have some kind of code for when he killed (or did not kill) people throughout the movie.

In the beginning he killed one member of his gang and he let the rancher and his sons live. He had a code.

When he used the fork and when Fonda went too far he met his end.

So we have a character development, here,


As I said the first 2/3s of the film could justify the high scores.


The original Yuma had the rancher going against the 7 members of the gang. That would have played out just fine.
They could have filmed that shoot out with plenty of suspense.

We are to believe that ordinary towns folk, would at suggestion of outlaws, kill their unarmed lawman that they have been living with.

It seems this was just amped up to appeal to some that have been reared on FPS video games that want/ need a high body count to be satiated?


And where it went completely off the rails is Wade taking out his gang? WTF, all along he is saying my guys are going to save me.
Again this is 100% against the character they worked to develop.




and as for lance avatar, not sure

I believe the sig is the actress from Ang Lee's - Lust film
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