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Old 12-28-2007, 08:58 AM   #646
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Beowulf. It has Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie. Set in Demark, this is a movie based on a medieval myth. I don't know the rating. It has a monster in it. I couldn't stand to look at the monster. It had a King and Queen in it.
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Old 12-28-2007, 03:47 PM   #647
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I am going to see Juno tonight. I fear it will be too cutesy for me, but we will see.
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Old 12-28-2007, 04:53 PM   #648
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I want to see Juno soon, it's actually playing at my suburban megaplex that usually plays more mainstream movies.
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Old 12-28-2007, 04:58 PM   #649
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Le scaphandre et le papillon [The Diving Bell and the Butterfly] was simply amazing. Everything from the screenplay to the cinematography was gripping and puts you in the head (literally) of Jean-Do, the once editor-in-chief of Elle magazine who was afflicted with locked-in syndrome after suffering a massive stroke. I'm definitely picking up his book to supplement the experience. 9.5/10

Charlie Wilson's War was a truly entertaining experience! In a brilliant turn from what could have been a serious political drama, Tom Hanks and Phillip Seymour Hoffman shine as the Texan Congressman and the smart(-ass) CIA operative, Gust Avrakotos, respectively. Amazing job, especially by PSH. I'm pumped for The Savages now 8/10
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I just got back from seeing The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

What an fantastic film. Instead of getting a movie that could have been your typical sentimental story about someone handicapped......this film manages to capture the bleakness, the hope and the savage humor Jean-Dominique Bauby felt or conveyed, via his memoirs.

You spend most of the first hour seeing things from Beauby's point of view, through his eyes....this, to me, was amazingly well done. You also hear Beauby's internal monologue as those around him address him. Again, well done and well delivered. By the time you've grown accustomed to Beauby and his situation, he is then shown as he is...paralyzed, but for his left eye.

The film is also strewn with powerful imagery, from either Beauby's memories, or from his imagination.

Anytime I see a film that makes me laugh and cry without my feeling manipulated, I come away impressed. I'm so very glad that I saw this.

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I'm interested in seeing Charlie Wilson's War if only because Hoffman has had such a magnificent year already with Before The Devil Knows You're Dead and The Savages, which I also haven't seen yet.

And these raving Diving Bell reviews only make my anticipation for that rise to even more insane levels.

But anyway, continuing to round out my 2007 leftovers:

The Kingdom - 7.5/10

This was a more successful film than I imagined it would be. Much less of an action film than the trailers indicated (the last TV spot I saw consisted entirely of footage from the last 20 minutes of the film when the action kicks in), I was pleased with the investigative segments and the genuine characterizations, specifically of the Saudi Colonel that assisted Foxx's squad. That said, it's still not quite a great film, suffering from some pedestrian direction and creative decisions, and a fairly average score from Danny Elfman and performances from much of the cast.

Once - 9.5/10

Now here's a film that I've heard ridiculous hype for throughout the majority of the year. I can't say I was disappointed. This is truly magical independent filmmaking in the spirit of classical storytelling, while skewing the musical genre all in the same arc. It's simple filmmaking, but it's careful, whose only real ambition is to tell the loveliest story of the year and introduce the world to some talented musicians.

I whole-heartedly recommend this one to anyone here. Just lovely.
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Once is one of those films that I feel I need to see more than I want to see. They usually hover at the bottom of my list while newer, exciting films by established directors keep jumping ahead of it.

Probably a rental, unless I find myself a woman before it leaves the theatres.
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How silly of me! I do have a date, right here in Los Angeles:

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I'm interested in seeing Charlie Wilson's War if only because Hoffman has had such a magnificent year already with Before The Devil Knows You're Dead and The Savages, which I also haven't seen yet.
PSH in Before The Devil...
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Once is one of those films that I feel I need to see more than I want to see. They usually hover at the bottom of my list while newer, exciting films by established directors keep jumping ahead of it.

Probably a rental, unless I find myself a woman before it leaves the theatres.
That's always what I felt until I couldn't rent Eastern Promises last night, so I picked up Once instead.

It's worth it. It's just one of those inherently likable stories with genuinely passionate music. You'll probably be surprised with how much you like it, as I did.
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:06 PM   #656
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The Blade Runner Final Cut is even more amazing than the Director's Cut, if that was possible. I don't know what else to say about it that's already been said, but it's one of my favorite films and probably one of the best films of the past 25 years.

Deckard is most definitely a Replicant though.
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Holy sheet. There Will Be Blood sneak previews tomorrow at midnight. What a wonderful birthday present

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I may have to drive to Miami.
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:11 PM   #659
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Srsly. I r excited.


Oh, and I recieved a PM from you but I'm not ~premium~ enough to open it. Thanks though :]
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:13 PM   #660
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No prob. It wasn't anything important, just a Merry Christmas greeting, but you're welcome.

Yeah, my mom doesn't want to drive the minivan to see TWBB, so I'm trying to work out a thing where we just go to two separate movies or something. I don't mind watching it by myself.
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