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Old 09-24-2007, 05:53 PM   #826
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I don't think Gangs is assigned until the 1840s, and we're in the 1780s/1790s right now.

If the extra credit is as easy as it was for The Patriot, I'll just watch it now and do it when the time comes.
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The Patriot makes me hate movies.
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:57 PM   #828
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It was beautifully shot though. Maybe the only thing it had going for it.
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I don't know if I'd call it "beautiful". It was decent, though. Which is still quite the feat for an Emmerick film I suppose.
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Old 09-24-2007, 06:02 PM   #830
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Well, if a director can make the colonial South look like shit, then that's got to be some type of skill.

My other favorite part of the movie, after Mel's dead wife's sister takes care of his children, he totally macks on her at the end. What?

How jarring is that for the kids, to see their father make-out with their aunt???

Danny Glover would've slapped some sense into him.
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The Patriot was shot by one of the best, Caleb Deschanel (Zooey's dad). He also shot Passion of the Christ; god knows why he likes working with or for Mel. Gave both of those films more crediibility than they deserved.
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Old 09-24-2007, 06:31 PM   #832
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Talk about making chicken salad out of chicken shit.
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Old 09-24-2007, 06:49 PM   #833
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Saw "Stranger Than Fiction" yesterday and really enjoyed it. I'm not a Will Farrell fan, mainly because I think he's a little too over-the-top and hammy but in this he was very low-key and understated and great. My only complaint about the movie was that they didn't try to explain why an author was writing the main character's life. I thought it would be like "Truman Show" or "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and the story would make some kind of sense out of this strange occurance but it did not. Other than that, totally enjoyable.

And Emma Thompson is always brilliant as a crazy person.
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I don't understand why you initially gave The Patriot 2 and a half stars (I'm assuming out of 5) and then five posts later you are calling it shit (or at the very least are ragging on it more than it appeared you first wanted to).
I don't like to let other people influence my like or dislike on a movie. I'll confess it sometimes happens and then I'll feel bad about it because I'm not trusting myself.

People have shit all over The Patriot (as well as a slew of other movies I thoroughly enjoy) and I still call them my favorites. (In fact, I recall seeing a huge billboard for The Patriot when I was in London and someone had graffitied "TRAITOR" on the bottom of it. I lol'ed.)

Anyway, I really enjoyed The Patriot and despite everything I hate about Mel Gibson, I enjoy his work a great deal. Ransom is another favorite Mel flick of mine and I get a lot of shit for liking that one too.

Mayhaps I'm just a sucker for historically inaccurate movies.
Maybe not, because I hated Troy and Alexander.
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I just saw The Yards today. I'm really hoping that We Own The Night will pwn that movie. I think Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix have a good chemistry flowing and The Yards completely messed that up.

3/10
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Troy was definitely less painful than The Patriot, and apparently the director's cut is actually quite good.

As for historical films, I've been watching snippits of The New World on HBO today, and an still dumbfounded as to how I've somehow avoided seeing any Mallick flick in full to this day. Every shot in this film is remarkably beautiful. How have I not just rented the damn thing yet. Oh well.

That's soon to be corrected as soon as my netflix order comes in. Days of Heaven will soon be mine.
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As for historical films, I've been watching snippits of The New World on HBO today, and an still dumbfounded as to how I've somehow avoided seeing any Mallick flick in full to this day. Every shot in this film is remarkably beautiful. How have I not just rented the damn thing yet. Oh well.

That's soon to be corrected as soon as my netflix order comes in. Days of Heaven will soon be mine.
WHAT?!?!

I eny and pity you at the same time. Envious that you get to see these for the first time, pitying because you haven't had them in your life longer.

Enjoy.
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Oh, I fully expect to.

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I don't understand why you initially gave The Patriot 2 and a half stars (I'm assuming out of 5) and then five posts later you are calling it shit (or at the very least are ragging on it more than it appeared you first wanted to).
I don't like to let other people influence my like or dislike on a movie. I'll confess it sometimes happens and then I'll feel bad about it because I'm not trusting myself.

People have shit all over The Patriot (as well as a slew of other movies I thoroughly enjoy) and I still call them my favorites. (In fact, I recall seeing a huge billboard for The Patriot when I was in London and someone had graffitied "TRAITOR" on the bottom of it. I lol'ed.)

Anyway, I really enjoyed The Patriot and despite everything I hate about Mel Gibson, I enjoy his work a great deal. Ransom is another favorite Mel flick of mine and I get a lot of shit for liking that one too.

Mayhaps I'm just a sucker for historically inaccurate movies.
Maybe not, because I hated Troy and Alexander.
I wasn't pandering, if that's what you're thinking. It had the basis for a good story, looked good, and the battle scenes were well-done, which warrants at least 2 and a half stars in my book (i'd consider watching it again.) What keeps it from being higher are problems I have with plot, character development, and some of the acting in general. The script has too many flaws, in my eyes, to be considered really good.

It's cool if you like it or disagree. Ransom is a pretty good movie, but that line... oh man, kills me every time.
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Troy was definitely less painful than The Patriot, and apparently the director's cut is actually quite good.

As for historical films, I've been watching snippits of The New World on HBO today, and an still dumbfounded as to how I've somehow avoided seeing any Mallick flick in full to this day. Every shot in this film is remarkably beautiful. How have I not just rented the damn thing yet. Oh well.

That's soon to be corrected as soon as my netflix order comes in. Days of Heaven will soon be mine.
You started with his worst, so, it only gets better from there.
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