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Old 04-22-2008, 12:37 AM   #586
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both films involve campus shootings
so if that bothers you
don't go.
It don't bother me.

I'll bet it doesn't bother YLB either. That dude seems like primo Trenchcoat Mafia material.
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:40 AM   #587
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It don't bother me.

I'll bet it doesn't bother YLB either. That dude seems like primo Trenchcoat Mafia material.
Don't you know it.

Seems like Cracked.com was reading the thread tonight:

http://www.cracked.com/blog/2008/04/...-apatow-movie/
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I think that is the fourth time you said "fat" tonight

I know that you are extremely conscientious about being fit

so if a guy is out of shape, he is out of luck with you.


Well.

It just depends.

I am attracted to men who take care of themselves. But there are some guys at the gym who work out everyday and are still a bit hefty. But at least they're working out, you know?

I am not skinny. But I'm strong and fit. That's the important thing, and I like that in others, too.

ANYWAY...

Back to movies...

"Reservation Road." How did it go wrong with a cast like Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly and Mark Ruffalo (good example of the kind of hot but not in perfect shape guy)? I actually got into it but there were all kinds of things wrong with it. The acting was great, the script not so good. I saw it the same weekend as "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead' and they both contained gut-wrenching scenarios of ordinary people caught up in a fucked up nightmarish mistake. I could feel Mark Ruffalo's torment just as I could feel Ethan Hawke's in "Devil." But I don't know, somehow it just wasn't very good.
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Hey, guys! While we're on the subject of realism, let's discuss...

The Graduate

Watched this for the first time today, and I have mixed feelings. I love these kinds of stories, and Simon & Garfunkel is great, so I figured the film would be a natural fit for me. Let's break down the good and the bad.

The good:

1. The cinematography is underrated and dazzling. Some of the shots, especially for a film of this type, took me by surprise. Of particular note is the gorgeous scene where Mrs. Robinson tosses a set of keys into a fish tank.

2. For the first 45 minutes, the plot was great. I can relate to Benjamin, awkward and inexperienced. I could picture myself reacting in precisely the same way he did to Mrs. Robinson's advances, and their affair seemed logical enough to me. One feels trapped in their life and wants excitement, and the other doesn't know what the hell they're doing, but figures it would be fun anyway. It's a great twist that they had virtually nothing in common and barely liked each other.

3. The acting, OH the acting! Ann Bancroft is amazing as Mrs. Robinson, wise-to-the-world, sly, and seductive. She plays her part very well. Dustin Hoffman is also great in his first major acting gig as Benjamin.

4. The soundtrack is poignant, and mostly very enjoyable. Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson.

The bad:

1. Elaine: why should we care? She comes out of nowhere and throws the entire film upside-down, with no backstory, and with little to remember her by outside of her acutely bi-polar actions.

2. What the fuck is that ending supposed to be about? The two look incredibly awkward in that bus, not even making eye contact, but this makes a lot of sense, really, considering this happened following ONE date. Is it supposed to be some kind of satire on young lovers making rash decisions? If so, it doesn't work.

3. I really wish more than 3-4 Simon & Garfunkel songs would have been deemed acceptable for the soundtrack. I love Mrs. Robinson, Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme, and Sound Of Silence, but when it's only those songs and variations of them being repeated ad infinitum throughout the film, it gets slightly irritating.

The Graduate is a good film. It's a lot of fun, it's relatable, and it's well-acted, but the ridiculous plot just ruins it for me. I can understand why it's such a cherished film, but how anyone can call it perfect is beyond me.

7/10
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Well I'll comment on your negatives. Why should we care about Elaine? Because she's hot. And it's not her fault that her mother fucked everything up. There's no reason to believe her and Ben wouldn't have worked out the first time around.

The ending...I think you're on the right track. The point is that Ben practically moved mountains to stop that wedding, but even when he gets her away from it, he really hasn't thought ahead to What's Next. Yes, the rash decisions of young people. But they are free. It's a rather oblique ending, and doesn't necessarily suggest that they're doomed, just that they have some serious shit to figure out.

Personally, my favorite song in the film is April Come She Will, which you didn't mention.

The direction in this film is phenomenal, especially the jumps in time when Ben is just drifting, and they cut back and forth between his encounters with Mrs. Robinson and the pool scenes. Mike Nichols was a worthy Oscar-winner that year.
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Well I'll comment on your negatives. Why should we care about Elaine? Because she's hot. And it's not her fault that her mother fucked everything up. There's no reason to believe her and Ben wouldn't have worked out the first time around.
You know, I never really thought of it like that. Elaine is one of the most likable characters in the film, and you can feel her pain through the whole mess the affair caused. Yeah, the emotional 180's she pulls are strange, but so is the situation itself.

Anyway, I definitely enjoyed the film, and will likely watch it again sometime down the road. There were clearly some things I didn't get about it that will dawn on me in later viewings.
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Old 04-23-2008, 09:29 AM   #592
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Saw Juno tonite. Very cute movie. Might watch it again actually.
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Walk Hard was absolutely hilarious. It's incredibly silly and doesn't at all take it self seriously, but still manages to do a much-needed riff on the pretentious music biopic genre. If anything, this movie re-affirmed two things for me: John C. Reilly's one of the 5 funniest guys working today and Jenna Fischer is painfully hot.

Definitely check out if you enjoy comedy, but don't get too caught up in the realism of it all.
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Walk Hard was absolutely hilarious. It's incredibly silly and doesn't at all take it self seriously, but still manages to do a much-needed riff on the pretentious music biopic genre. If anything, this movie re-affirmed two things for me: John C. Reilly's one of the 5 funniest guys working today and Jenna Fischer is painfully hot.

Definitely check out if you enjoy comedy, but don't get too caught up in the realism of it all.
Glad you liked it.
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Get back to film school, YLB. Recess is over.
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Get back to film school, YLB. Recess is over.
Got Hard Eight, Goodfellas, and Adaptation coming in after this. I have all the time in the world to watch the "heavier" stuff.
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Just saw Election and Jackass 2.5
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Just saw Election and Jackass 2.5
odd combination... is that for both or separate or what?
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Was that the Alexander Payne comedy or the recent Hong Kong triad Election btw?

Hope it was Payne's because, well, it's better.
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Was that the Alexander Payne comedy or the recent Hong Kong triad Election btw?

Hope it was Payne's because, well, it's better.
I'm going to have to disagree.


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