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Old 05-04-2008, 09:36 AM   #661
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. 10/10

This is as close as it gets to a perfect movie for me. I have to say that a lot of it is the cinematography but I think what really drew me in is the way they told this story and how three-dimensional they made Bauby. He was such a real guy, both before and after his stroke, and it's a huge achievement that they didn't turn him into somebody overly philosophical and maudlin.

Also, what an amazing supporting cast! They all hit just the right notes and were characters in their own rights, not just reacting to the main character's story. Max von Sydow as the father was extraordinary, and I can't remember the name of the actress who played his non-wife, but she was just stunning in every scene she was in.

Really beyond fabulous as far as movies go.
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Reservation Road. (DVD)

A pretty damn good movie, I must say. Deeply moving, and I thought the acting was pretty much perfect. It wasn't overblown, and the way the husband and wife's roles flipped as they went through their different stages of denial and grief was very realistic and not at all overblown. I never felt like there was an attempt to emotionally manipulate me, it all felt very real and true to life.

I wanted to wake my kids up and hug them after I watched it, but at 2 am figured it could wait....movies like this really make you want to slow life down to a crawl sometimes, and appreciate every single last second you have with those you love.

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Iron Man.

Well.

That was just downright FUN.

I can't think of anything I didn't like about it. I even liked Gwyneth!

Oh, and if you haven't heard from multiple other sources yet, stay until the very, very end of the credits.
We saw it yesterday, but left before the end of the credits, what happened??

It was a great movie, for the genre, I must admit. There was only one 'as if' moment for me (basically, the part where the bad guy gets his prototype going and fully functional in less than 20 seconds )

That movie has sequel all over it, of course. It very deliberately only dealt with the beginnings. Cool movie!
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. 10/10

This is as close as it gets to a perfect movie for me. I have to say that a lot of it is the cinematography but I think what really drew me in is the way they told this story and how three-dimensional they made Bauby. He was such a real guy, both before and after his stroke, and it's a huge achievement that they didn't turn him into somebody overly philosophical and maudlin.

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Really beyond fabulous as far as movies go.
Agreed agreed agreed! I could not shut up about this film when I saw it around XMas. Glad you saw it and enjoyed it.

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I am not sure what I was expecting, but, I liked this film a lot more than anticipated. Great cast, was definitely funnier than I expected. I know people like the lead character, people who can talk there way into or out of anything. They're hard not to like, despite whatever it is that they're selling. Charisma, wish I had me some.

Oh, and Laz, if you read this, the WKW-a-thon has begun.
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I guess I'm the only person in the world who wasn't that thrilled with Diving Bell.
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I guess I'm the only person in the world who wasn't that thrilled with Diving Bell.
You're a heartless thug. Go watch T2.
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Diving Bell would have been awesome if the paralyzed Bauby had gotten a a robot suit made for his brain to control ala Robocop 2. Then he could have fought crime... or aliens... or other robots from the future.
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Diving Bell would have been awesome if the paralyzed Bauby had gotten a a robot suit made for his brain to control ala Robocop 2. Then he could have fought crime... or aliens... or other robots from the future.
I'd love to see French and Hollywood film sensibilities merge in one movie. "He had a stroke....but that was just a stroke of bad luck for criminals everywhere."

Did you complete your Bond-a-thon? What were your Top 5, if yes?
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I did. I was planning on doing some big recap thing with my friend I watched them all with, but that never materialized. Mostly due to end-of-the-year workload.

So here's my top 5.

1. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 9.0
2. From Russia With Love - 9.0
3. Casino Royale - 8.5
4. The Spy Who Loved Me - 8.0
5. For Your Eyes Only - 8.0
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I did. I was planning on doing some big recap thing with my friend I watched them all with, but that never materialized. Mostly due to end-of-the-year workload.

So here's my top 5.

1. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 9.0
2. From Russia With Love - 9.0
3. Casino Royale - 8.5
4. The Spy Who Loved Me - 8.0
5. For Your Eyes Only - 8.0
That's my Top 5, as it turns out, but in a different order. From Russia is first for me, Spy Who Loved me is 2nd, OHMSS is 3rd, Royale is 4th.
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Badass.

Hopefully Quantum of Solace will find an easy break into the top 3 this fall.
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I know little about Quantum, but look forward to it, of course. Will there be a "Q" or are they still going to avoid that sort of thing?
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Haven't heard anything about there being a Q branch still. Not to say for certain there won't be, but it hasn't been announced.

What has been announced it a remarkably large budget, as this one is going for more action than the last one. But if the script is still as good as CR and Marc Forster maintains the themes and dynamics of the last one, the human element shouldn't be drowned out either.
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Haven't heard anything about there being a Q branch still. Not to say for certain there won't be, but it hasn't been announced.

What has been announced it a remarkably large budget, as this one is going for more action than the last one. But if the script is still as good as CR and Marc Forster maintains the themes and dynamics of the last one, the human element shouldn't be drowned out either.
I do not mind more action, if, as you say, it does not occur at the cost of the human element. How many action movies have the guts to work in a 45 minute card game??? Not that the card game = human element, but I still appreciated it.
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I just view it as a return more to the classic Bond formula. Boat chases, car chases, countless exotic locales, top secret villain lair, etc...

I can't wait to see all the classic elements return in the new Bond manifesto.
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