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Old 12-07-2008, 08:55 PM   #46
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"they're digging in the wrong place!" vs. "we're going to need a bigger boat."

it's like Sophie's Choice all over again.
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Chief Brody, Quint and Hooper all jump out in my mind as far more memorable characters than anyone in Raiders... Indy included.
Memorable? I don't know about that. But I will say that the three characters from Jaws are shaded better and given more subtleties, and that probably has to do with a better script as well as better actors.
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"they're digging in the wrong place!" vs. "we're going to need a bigger boat."

it's like Sophie's Choice all over again.
My fave Jaws line has always been Quint's "the head... the tail... the whole damn thing." Kick ass.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:46 AM   #49
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Memorable? I don't know about that. But I will say that the three characters from Jaws are shaded better and given more subtleties, and that probably has to do with a better script as well as better actors.


true. much has been made of the fact that you'd never get an extended "USS Indianapolis" soliloquy in any contemporary action/horror movie. no one would have the patience for that any more, and yet that might be the best scene in the film (mostly because the story itself is so riveting). apparently Shaw was completely wasted in the take they used. the three actors are terrific, and as scripts for these kinds of movies go, Jaws is pretty ace. some might point out that this is one of the rare cases where the movie actually is better than the book. i haven't read the book, so i can't weigh in, but i wouldn't doubt it.
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true. much has been made of the fact that you'd never get an extended "USS Indianapolis" soliloquy in any contemporary action/horror movie. no one would have the patience for that any more, and yet that might be the best scene in the film (mostly because the story itself is so riveting). apparently Shaw was completely wasted in the take they used. the three actors are terrific, and as scripts for these kinds of movies go, Jaws is pretty ace. some might point out that this is one of the rare cases where the movie actually is better than the book. i haven't read the book, so i can't weigh in, but i wouldn't doubt it.
Oh the movie kicks the absolute shit out of the book, hands down. It's faithful to the Benchley novel to a certain extent, but the ending in the movie is better (believe it or not) and it's just more engrossing. The only reason I kept reading the book was because I love the movie so much, otherwise, it ain't worth it.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:33 PM   #51
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Best movies I've seen so far this year:

The Dark Knight (Want to see this again in IMAX)
Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr. fits the role perfectly)
Rachel Getting Married (Really solid movie. It stays with you for awhile after watching)
Man on wire (I got a little vertigo watching this)

YouTube - Man on Wire Trailer HD
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Man on Wire is still my #2 of the year. Fucking marvelous movie.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:11 PM   #53
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Updated Shortlist:

The Dark Knight
Synecdoche, New York
Let the Right One In
Wall-E
Slumdog Millionaire
Man on Wire
Milk
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Pineapple Express
Frost / Nixon

4-7 are pretty much interchangeable... but all are fantastic.
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As there doesn't look like much I want to see before the new year at the cinema and I'm unlikely to catch up on those I've missed on DVD before then, here's my top 10 of those released in the UK in 2008:

Wall-E
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Pineapple Express
The Dark Knight
Lust, Caution
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
The Orphanage
Dan in Real Life

Honourable mentions to Iron Man, My Blueberry Nights, Cloverfield and Gomorrah.

Those that could (easily) move in that I've yet to see include Body of Lies, Appoloosa, Rocknrolla, In Bruges, Hunger, The Savages, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Youth Without Youth, Margot at the Wedding, Man on Wire, Persepolis, City of Men, Mongol, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, The Wave, The Chaser, La Zona and Fear(s) of the Dark.
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Hugh Jackman is the new Oscar host
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I love Hugh Jackman, and I'm curious to see what he'll do. I prefer the "funny" hosts, but I'm sure I'll be so dazzled by his beauty that any jokes he make will go ZOOM right on by me.

I also heard reference to a new format for the Oscars, so I'm curious to see what that's all about.
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Shouldn't he get an Oscar nom for that scene in Australia, pouring the bucket of water on himself? Just sayin'

I can't find a picture of that, this one will do

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The best movie I've seen so far this year was recently: Slumdog Millionaire.

The movie is like a Spielberg movie with perfect editing and a satisfying ending. I got lump in my throat at the end. I think it should get at least nominated for best picture. I feel a real charge after seeing this.
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Slumdog would have been better without the Bollywood dancing bit.


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Would it really have? If it had just cut to credits over black would you have left the movie more satisfied? Hmmm?
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