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Old 11-23-2007, 09:04 PM   #286
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dude... no country for old men



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I finally saw Spiderman 3 - all I have to say is wtf was with Emo Spidey?

3 out of 10 whatevers. The first two were much, much better.
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I wish I didn't have to wait until January to see No Country For Old Men. It's not elligible for my 2008 list and that's thirteen bloody months away.

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The Squid and the Whale - 8/10
I've been hearing about this one for a while, and finally caught it on Encore on Demand last night. It's a painful film to watch, but for good reason. It's a haunting and seething criticism of parenting and the increasing acceptance of divorce as a quick fix for the unhappy family. The four main characters were all brilliant played, and the script was tighter than Ana Paquin's pu... nevermind.

This is a film well worth watching once, though it'll likely be too painful to watch again.
The Squid and the Whale quickly lept into my top ten of 2006 after renting it just in time last December. Brilliant acting all round and no quick fix solutions offered.

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The Lives of Others - 10/10
It won Best Foreign Film at the Oscars this year, and for obvious reasons. This is a stunning film that really says more about contemporary American society than any political thriller that's come out of Hollywood in the past 10 years. Beautifully shot, and beautifully lit, this is a gem of a film, in a setting I have yet to have the pleasure of exploring in a movie. The themes aren't new, but they're rarely this well studied. The film has been criticized for its sentimental ending, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. Truly touching, and still remarkably understated. The plot never went where I thought it was going to go, which was refreshing for a film that's decided slow and meditative. Probably the second best film I've seen from last year.
As for The Lives of Others, I thought it was a great film but ultimately one that left me cold. By the end I found I wasn't particularly emotionlly invested and that really knocked the film down quite a few places in my favourites list for 2007. A real shame because while it is techinically one of the very best I've seen this year I just can't see myself returning to it other than to see what I missed the first time around. Right now (and this is seven months later) I'd rather watch Pan's Labyrinth any day of the week.
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I definitely understand what you're saying about The Lives of Others monkeyskin. I think I did eventually warm up to the characters and by the end of the film genuinely did care about what happened to them. It did take a while though. I think the films other strength's definitely make up for its coldness though, which was obviously part of the intention from the start.
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I finally saw Spiderman 3 - all I have to say is wtf was with Emo Spidey?

3 out of 10 whatevers. The first two were much, much better.
I think it was Sam Raimi deciding the fuck with everyone because he didn't want Venom in the damn movie. And for good reason.
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Venom sucks.

As for the Spidey franchise I say it's time to let it die.
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There's still money to be drained, so it will live on.

Even if everyone is recast and Raimi is replaced by Brett Ratner.
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The Dark Knight FTW.

That movie is going to put all other superhero flicks to utter shame.
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It's a near certainty... about 99.5%

And the fact that there's another one to come after that is just godly.

Don't count out Zack Snyder's Watchmen and Frank Miller's The Spirit though.
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I was watching the new featurette about the filming of The Dark Knight sequences for IMAX. Chris Nolan is such a cool guy, he really has a respect for the art itself as well as his audience. Definitely one of contemporary cinemas treasures he is.
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That might be reason enough to go see I Am Legend.

Or I Am Legendary to some.
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You mean iRLegend?
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The Dark Knight FTW.

That movie is going to put all other superhero flicks to utter shame.
Agreed.
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The Lives of Others - 10/10
It won Best Foreign Film at the Oscars this year, and for obvious reasons. This is a stunning film that really says more about contemporary American society than any political thriller that's come out of Hollywood in the past 10 years. Beautifully shot, and beautifully lit, this is a gem of a film, in a setting I have yet to have the pleasure of exploring in a movie. The themes aren't new, but they're rarely this well studied. The film has been criticized for its sentimental ending, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. Truly touching, and still remarkably understated. The plot never went where I thought it was going to go, which was refreshing for a film that's decided slow and meditative. Probably the second best film I've seen from last year.



I guess he knew he was dying when he made the film.




Ulrich Mühe

events in Mühe's life were mirrored by the plot of the film, as he discovered in a Stasi file compiled on him that he had been under surveillance by his second wife, Jenny Gröllmann. This was denied by Gröllmann who, after an acrimonious and highly-publicized court case, succeeded in obtaining an injunction to prevent Mühe from repeating the allegation in a book.

Mühe was already seriously ill at the prize-giving ceremony in Los Angeles in April 2007 when Das Leben der Anderen was awarded its Oscar, and flew back to Germany hours later for an urgent stomach operation.[5] In an article in Die Welt dated 21 July 2007, Mühe discussed his diagnosis of stomach cancer which had put his acting career on hold; he died the following day.[10] On 25 July 2007.
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