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Old 09-11-2007, 05:40 PM   #661
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What you guys think of "Garden State"?
Man, everytime I try to quote, it posts before I get a chance to type anything.

Anyway -- I liked it! Very touching film.
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Old 09-11-2007, 05:44 PM   #662
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It's a tale of two halves for me
Kinda like Full Metal Jacket?
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Old 09-11-2007, 05:47 PM   #663
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I haven't seen Full Metal Jacket, so I'm not sure.

Kind of like From Dusk 'Til Dawn for me, actually.

(awesome crime drama set-up -> ridiculous vampire movie???)
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Garden State doesn't nearly have the kind of narritive dichotomy though that Full Metal Jacket does, which is purposefully structured as such in its narritive.

Garden State's shift is a more subtle one in tone, which has entirely different effects on the film and LMP's apparent appreciation for it.
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Old 09-11-2007, 06:03 PM   #665
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There's also the unnecessarily long shot of two people having doggie sex for like 10 seconds.

Very uncomfortable for a movie night.
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It resonated with my insecurities that the woman of my dreams would want a bad boy dick like that.

Your posts make me sad.
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Your posts make me sad.
Are you trying to start something?!
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please. I wouldn't kick a guy when he is so far down.
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Ratatouille - 7/10

Good, but somewhat slight compared to Pixar's best efforts (and you gotta admit those guys had set the bar pretty damn high).
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Red Road
3/5 Netflix stars

Netflix description: "Far removed from the world, Jackie (Kate Dickie) uses her job as a security surveillance monitor to zoom in on her little corner of Glasgow, Scotland, through cameras placed throughout the city. One day, she sees the familiar face of Clyde (Tony Curran), a man whom she never imagined she would see again -- and who figures prominently into a dark episode in Jackie's past. Director Andrea Arnold's taut thriller captured the 2006 Cannes Jury Prize."

The story itself wasn't bad, but the movie was very slow-paced. Pretty dark and disturbing film.
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Old 09-13-2007, 01:57 PM   #671
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"Little Miss Sunshine"

Finally got around to watching this, and I can't say that I loved it or was blown away by it. It pushed some boundaries, and the characters were amusingly quirky, but I didn't find the script particularly funny (though "Where is your grandpa?" "He's in the trunk of our car." was pretty darn hilarious )

The deciding factor in a movie like this is the characters themselves, and for about the first 1/3 of the film, I hated pretty much all of them. Dwayne was cold, pretentious, and never even had a funny line until the end of the movie, Edwin had some great lines, but I found him to be a bit creepy, while Frank and the parents were a mixed bag. I must say that I loved Olive; she's sweet, naive, and gave the film the warmth that it needed.

The direction was fine, nothing to wet yourself over, the pacing was excellent, and it built up nicely, but the story was resolved far too quickly. (Hey, we're in prison for some reason! Oh, you're letting us out, but we're not allowed to enter one certain member of our family into beauty pageants ever again? That makes sense! THE END.)

All in all, this movie is overrated, but I enjoyed myself. It was well made, the soundtrack was great, and there were some stellar moments.

7/10
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I liked Little Miss Sunshine more the 2nd and 3rd times around. It's definitely one of the better family dramas I've seen in recent years.
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7 from me is a C grade -- not that high.

that may explain some of these grades


a seven (7/10) to me, is good grade

5 is average - to slightly disappointing

and

6 is average - to slightly recommendable


0ne to 5 stars may be better for grading,
because 3 is exactly in the middle - for average

verses 5 1/2 on the 1- 10 scale.


giving 7 the average score on a 1 to 10

means anything below a 6 (well 5 and below) is a failure as a movie.
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Yeah, on my last review I switched back to the 5-star system. I thought 1-10 was the convention here so that's why I was doing it.

For me, 5 stars means I absolutely loved it.

4 stars is very good.

3 stars is OK -- not that great, not that awful.

2 stars is pretty bad. I rent few movies that end up with a 2 -- I must be pretty discriminating in picking movies.

1 star is attrocious God awful crap. I've only seen one of those since I started Netflix.
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yeah,

I think the 1 to 5 stars may be best



and because not all 3s are the same,
I have even seen people rate a film
3.75 out of 5 stars


On rottentomates, I think anything over a 60%, they rate - fresh, or they recommend it


and on imdb they use the 1 to 10

and when the films are in the low 6s, i still enjoy them


I think I will switch to the 1 to 5 also,
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