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Old 10-01-2007, 04:17 PM   #886
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Good write ups, monkeyskin.

I would check out Antonioni's The Passenger next, before delving into the really out there shit like L'Avventura.
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Old 10-01-2007, 04:27 PM   #887
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Cheers, I'll add that first one to the queue.
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Into the Wild

8.5 / 10


based of a true photograph




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I wanted to see that this weekend, but didn't want to spend 2 hours in a darkened movie theater disturbing the other moviegoers with my incessant coughing.

I loved the book; can't wait to see this.
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Hard Candy.
3 stars out of 5

Netflix description: "In this suspenseful drama from director David Slade, Hayley (Ellen Page) is an intelligent teen who's been spending time with Geoff (Patrick Wilson), a much older man she met online. Even though Geoff is a charming, good-looking photographer, Hayley should know better than to go home with a guy in his early thirties, especially since he may have ulterior motives. Of course, Hayley may have underlying motives of her own."

This was quite a shocking and disturbing film that really strained credulity. I was tempted to give it four stars, because it's beautifully filmed and well-acted, but I just don't believe the storyline that a 14-year-old girl would do battle with a 32-year-old guy in the manner that Hayley did.

This movie isn't for the squeamish. It's not that it's overly gory -- just highly, highly suggestive.
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Into the Wild

8.5 / 10


based of a true photograph




Can't wait to see this.
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Can't wait to see this.
imdb.com

gave it an 8.5 / 10 also

and rottentomatoes a 78%

a bit more from me

the location shots were fantastic

I am wondering if they used the real bus?

vedder's sound track was good

but, once or twice it was a bit too much for me (vocals)

supporting cast was strong

I thought the Rainey character, was one of the bridges, but it looks like this is his first film, played opposite C Keener.

and Emile Hirsch did a superb job.
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I loved the book;

me too


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Old 10-04-2007, 09:28 PM   #894
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Into The Wild - 7.5/10

I'm afraid I can't give this film any higher a mark than that. It was a remarkably poignant piece that was more than competently made, but one that falls short in several important ways.

I'll start with the bad. I absoultely could not stand Hirsch's character Chris/Alex/Whatever you want to call him throughout the majority of the film. This no doubt stems from my hatred of the hippie culture and ideals, but nevertheless, this guy bugged the fuck out of me. The parent issues were brought up far too often and typically without any context of subtlety, and watching this guy grow up over the course of two years was an excercise in frustration. Nearly everything he did, outside of pure survival technique, left me thinking "My god, what a jackass." Up until the last few days of his life, he was an arrogant, spoiled, over-intellectual twat, selfishly abandoning everyone who loved him for his own misguided quest for "truth" whatever the hell that could possibly be.

On a more objective filmmaking standpoint, I really could have done without quite so much expository narration and cutting, as well as the somewhat gratuitous slow-mo, which popped up more in the second half of the film.

Otherwise, there's quite a bit to admire here. Despite what I said about disliking the character, that's really the whole point of the film. He couldn't have been any other way, or the theme would have been lost. The first 100 minutes or so of this really didn't seem to be leading anywhere fruitful and I found myself checking my watch frequently. However, the final act of the film quickly took focus, and delivered a final 20 minutes that really blew me away. I'd be a liar if I didn't say I was swimming in tears by the conclusion of this film.

This is a remarkably poignant piece of work, as I've said. Unfortunately I didn't find the journey there very satisfying or even enjoyable. But I expected as much from a Sean Penn film, so I guess I'm still a bit pleasantly surprised.
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If you read the book and pegged Chris as a wacko narcissist who died out of arrogance and stupidity, then Penn's film version is not for you. If, like Penn, you mourn Chris' tragedy and his judgment errors but also exult in his journey and its spirit of moral inquiry, then this beautiful, wrenching film will take a piece out of you.
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I agree with LanceMC: I disliked Chris M in the book VERY much. I admire an independent explorer as much as the next person, but only to a limit, you know?

But I found the book endlessly fascinating and tragic, despite my feelings toward Chris. Still want to see the movie.
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The Good Year (Russell Crowe, Albert Finney) 7/10

After years of no contact with his Uncle Henry, London banker and bond trader Max Skinner learns that Henry has died intestate, so Max inherits a château and vineyard in Provence. Max spent part of his childhood there, learning maxims and how to win and lose, and honing his killer instinct (at chess, which serves him well in finance). Max goes to France intent on selling the property. He spends a few days there, getting the property ready to show. Memories, a beautiful woman, and a young American who says she's Henry's illegitimate daughter interrupt his plans

I like Russell Crowe, what can I say. He can speak French to me any day. Or just English with his accent The scenery is beautiful as well


Elizabethtown (Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst) 6/10
It was alright. As I've read elsewhere, a bit disjointed, but the road trip at the end was the highlight.
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I don't know if I can even call him a tragic character, because I didn't really care what happened to him, other than wishing he would just stop being such a douche.

However, like I said, I was very moved by the end of this film, but I think I was mourning all the people he left distressed, people who he rarely even gave a second thought to.
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Lila64:
When I watched A Good Year the whole time I was hoping and expecting it to pick up and develop into something..well...uh...good. I don't usually use the term 'boring' to describe a movie but I certainly did with this one. Besides the scenery and..Crowe what did you like about it?


(i'm genuinely curious)
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... I watched the first hour, and then came back and watched the rest later in the evening/early morning hours, so maybe it was less boring that way Not saying it was a great movie, but it wasn't horrible. I guess I liked that he didn't end up a money grubbing scumbag and realized what was important. I dunno, did you hate it? Should I rewatch it? I only have the last 60-90 minutes recorded
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