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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:33 am 
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I searched the forum and did find a movies thread, just slightly different than I had envisioned this one being, though. I got a ton of good ideas about movies from a thread like this on another board that I frequent so I thought I would post it here.

Use this thread to post about movies you've seen recently. They don't have to be new movies and they don't have to been seen in a theatre, etc. Just talk about what you've seen recently, or what you want to see, etc. Also, it's really cool if you can link the imdb page too so everybody knows what you're talking about.

I've got Netflix so I watch a ton of movies. Recently I have seen:

Mulholland Drive - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166924/ - While I wouldn't call this movie great, I will say that it's solid and it got me really interested. If you're at all into dark and or twisted or lesbian sex, you should give this a watch. IMDB was my friend on this one after watching it so don't expect to "get" it. I'm cool with that but others may not be.

A Beautiful Mind - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0268978/ - Awesome. Russell Crowe is really great in this role. I won't even say much about this because I am fairly certain most everyone has already seen it.

City of God (Cidade de Deus) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317248/ - Foreign film set in Brazil. Intertwining events and a really nice story. It's dark and a little violent but I think it's pretty realistic and very entertaining. The story can really grab you, and possibly tug at your heartstrings. It's subtitled.

Rashomon - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042876/ - Japanese classic about a murder/rape as seen from four different points of view. It's interesting but I wasn't blown away. I have a hard time with black and white movies because they make me tired. I stayed awake through this one but it's still not one of my favorites. Still worth a watch if you haven't seen it (and it's a go in the instant queue on Netflix).

My Cousin Vinny - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104952/ - Entertaining and that's about it. I guess it's a heartwarming story? My friends were surprised that I hadn't seen this so a lot of you guys probably already had. I didn't find it very funny.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120669/ - This is a complete trip. Unfortunately, it's a trip that I couldn't share. If I could have been in a more, say, interactive state this movie may have been a blast. I don't think it really has a point but there are definitely some cool scenes. I also appreciated Johnny Depp's character's commentary throughout.

There Will Be Blood - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469494/ - Awesome movie. Again a little dark and definitely dramatic. I didn't find all that much resolution, but I appreciated that in this one. Based on a book called Oil!. It was interesting to see how important oil was to people even in the early days of mining for it.

Dazed and Confused - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106677/ - Interesting old movie about getting high and getting by as a teenager in high school. Definitely a period piece from the 70s which was really cool.

Blow - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0221027/ - Johnny Depp climbs to new heights as a drug dealer and loses it all. Based on a true story. I've seen the history channel special on this guy and the movie plays it pretty close to reality. Nice acting in this movie from Depp.

Watchmen - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409459/ - This movie is a carnival of sights and sounds. It's based on comic book heroes. I don't know anything about them. I can tell you, though, that this movie is special. It's got some of the most special scenes I have ever seen in a movie. I don't want to give away spoilers in this post but I will say you may take some of them as good, some as bad, and some as awful. This movie is dark, twisted, clever, awkward, comical, and possibly genius. If you can't handle violence or a three hour movie I don't know if this one is for you. Get the Blu-Ray if you have that ability because the special effects look great in HD.

Reservoir Dogs - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105236/ - This is a classic Tarantino movie full of violence and dark twisted goodness.

No Country For Old Men - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477348/ - Pretty similar to There Will Be Blood, I think. Different story but still a dark, dramatic film. This story is really cleverly woven and I think you may find more symbolism in this work. It may not be quite as artsy as There Will Be Blood but it's probably more entertaining.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073486/ - This is a classic. After watching nearly the whole movie, I had no idea what kind of heavy things were left to discover at the end. Nicholson is awesome in this movie.

Sunshine Cleaning - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0862846/ - Supposed to be an indie comedy. It's not really that funny in my opinion, but it's a nice story of two sisters who get involved with cleaning up crime scenes. I thought the acting was pretty good and the story holds together pretty well. It's worth a watch and you won't have to think too hard about it because it lays it all out there for you.

The Usual Suspects - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114814/ - Instantly became one of my favorite movies of all time. I figured out who Keyser Soze was.

The Big Chill - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085244/ - A period piece from the 80s. I really liked the soundtrack to this film and the acting was really nice. It's a good story and it's pretty easy to follow.

American Beauty - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169547/ - This is one of, if not my favorite movie of all time. I saw it again on TV the other day. It's not really that bad on TV either. Happiness, sorrow, loneliness, shallowness, eye-candy, depth, etc. This movie has everything. The story wraps you in so fast and it's entertaining from start to finish. I also think that Spacey gives an awesome performance and really all the acting is good.


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 Post subject: Re: Movies You've Seen Recently (Old and New)
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Nobody else has seen anything recently? Good or bad? Old or new? Classic or independent? Color or black and white? Ok; enough with that! Until somebody else steps up this may just become my movie thread.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119668/ - What an awesome name for a movie. From a factual standpoint, Clint Eastwood directed it and John Cusack and Kevin Spacey star in it. Jude Law also has a small but important role. The acting was really pretty good. I particularly liked Jack Thompson's role.

Anyways the long and short is that this film packs some southern charm and then hits you with a courtroom drama. Throw in some unspeakable secrets and colorful characters and you have something that will catch your attention and hold it. I thought it was entertaining.

I really went back and forth on whether this movie had the kind of depth I thought I could find in it. It could just be me reading into things too much, but I think there are some interesting themes at play which don't stop at justice.

Also, since Cusack and Spacey are both in this film, I can't help but post the dumb blonde interview:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:06 am 
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Watchmen - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409459/ - This movie is a carnival of sights and sounds. It's based on comic book heroes. I don't know anything about them. I can tell you, though, that this movie is special. It's got some of the most special scenes I have ever seen in a movie. I don't want to give away spoilers in this post but I will say you may take some of them as good, some as bad, and some as awful. This movie is dark, twisted, clever, awkward, comical, and possibly genius. If you can't handle violence or a three hour movie I don't know if this one is for you. Get the Blu-Ray if you have that ability because the special effects look great in HD.


Hmmmm may have to check this one out. You've got my interest peaked and it's on HBOHD just about every other day. Not a big comic book hero guy although I liked the Spiderman movies.


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My two teen age sons had not seen Animal House or the Jerk. Courtesy of Netflix we opened their eyes to Faber College ;and Dean Wormer over the weekend. Kent Dorfman, Delta Pledge still rules. :lol: :lol: :lol:


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That or Monty Python's "Holy Grail" have to be the two funniest movies I've seen. Followed closely by a Young Frankenstein/Blazing Saddles...

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Gotta tell ya-- we joined Netflix about a year ago. What a wonderful way to catch movies that you missed or want to see again. We spend $10.00 a month and get a movie from our list a couple days after sendiing the last one back. We probably average 4 or 5 movies a montyh. Very inexpense and easy way to see anything. I don't really have a favorite llist but have seen many more movies in the last year, at home witjhout going out of the house.

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Argentum wrote:
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Watchmen - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409459/ - This movie is a carnival of sights and sounds. It's based on comic book heroes. I don't know anything about them. I can tell you, though, that this movie is special. It's got some of the most special scenes I have ever seen in a movie. I don't want to give away spoilers in this post but I will say you may take some of them as good, some as bad, and some as awful. This movie is dark, twisted, clever, awkward, comical, and possibly genius. If you can't handle violence or a three hour movie I don't know if this one is for you. Get the Blu-Ray if you have that ability because the special effects look great in HD.


Hmmmm may have to check this one out. You've got my interest peaked and it's on HBOHD just about every other day. Not a big comic book hero guy although I liked the Spiderman movies.


It's one of those movies that I am really glad that I saw. I would definitely recommend it for somebody who has an interest in movies like No Country For Old Men or something along those lines. There's definitely a story to it as well which is nice. I thought it was going to be a cartoon movie when I watched it definitely isn't. You also don't need to know anything about the comic to watch it (I didn't).

Just a warning, though: it's extremely violent.


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Not much of a movie buff (never go to the theaters, and never turn the tv on unless it is for a sporting event) but the wife got me Inglourious Basterds for Christmas and I absolutely love it. Have watched it several times. A tad dark and violent, but great humor. Highly recommended.


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Any list that starts off with two Jennifer Connelly films is fine by me.

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My two teen age sons had not seen Animal House or the Jerk. Courtesy of Netflix we opened their eyes to Faber College ;and Dean Wormer over the weekend. Kent Dorfman, Delta Pledge still rules. :lol: :lol: :lol:


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ZelieMike wrote:
That or Monty Python's "Holy Grail" have to be the two funniest movies I've seen. Followed closely by a Young Frankenstein/Blazing Saddles...

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Two movies that were not particularly big cinema hits but are, in my opinion, absolutely fantastic:

1. Searching for Bobby Fisher.
2. October Sky.

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sisyphus wrote:
Any list that starts off with two Jennifer Connelly films is fine by me.


So funny you would say this...I watched Requiem for a Dream tonight. Excellent movie.

Requiem for a Dream - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180093/ - Of course, Jennifer Connelly graces the screen in this one.

This movie can be summed up in one (excellent) or two (thought provoking) word(s), but there are so many good things to say about it that I wouldn't want to treat it that way. I got the impression this movie was going to be a little experimental or low budget. I was right about it being experimental as some of the camera techniques and the like are very different from your normal cut. Also, some of the techniques such as splitting the screen proved really interesting. I'm not sure I have ever seen split screen done so well.

Anyhow, this movie tracks the downward spiral of four characters, three of them heroin junkies. When it rains in this film, it pours. I like the fact that it's not all about drugs or heroin, though. There's a lot of themes in this movie I think that go beyond that and I actually think the theme of true happiness is the fabric that holds everything together.

I would really recommend this. It's dramatic and sad but it's one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. And did I mention it has Jennifer Connelly in it? :D


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Doubt - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918927/ - This movie was alright, but it's definitely overshadowed by some of the other things I have watched recently. An event in a catholic school between an altar boy and a priest leaves an old and bitter nun suspicious. The rest of the work is up to you.

One of the things I will say about this movie is a particular line is about doubt being able to bring people together. It's interesting because similarly belief in the unknown is what brings people together in the religious setting. Where is the line?

The acting in this movie was pretty good. I like Seymour-Hoffman and he does a nice job here as usual. This movie wasn't quite as heavy as some of the others I have been watching recently which is kind of surprising. I will say it isn't all that dramatic but it is a decent story and it held my attention.


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Watched a DVD from the library last night.. "Love in Japan." It's an INDIAN film (in Hindi with subtitles.)

This guy wants to make a film but his financier will only help him if he gets a certain older starlet. He learns that she is making a record in Japan, so he is sent there. You would never know the film was shot in Japan except for the music scenes and one Japanese girl who is dragged from scene to scene (much of the time her voice is dubbed in Hindi.)

For any of you who have not seen a Bollywood film, treat yourself. They are so campy. Horrible editing, slapstick.. this one had countless kung fu fighting scenes (the actors in the film had ties to a syndicate, and kung fu is from China, which is close to Japan. lol) This film has the most boring car chase scene in the history cinema. Highly amusing!


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ZelieMike wrote:
That or Monty Python's "Holy Grail" have to be the two funniest movies I've seen. Followed closely by a Young Frankenstein/Blazing Saddles...

ZM


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Another classic.

I especially enjoy John Cleese as the French soldier atop the castle ramparts.

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Went to see "Book of Eli" it was actually as good as it was billed. One of Denzel's best performances.


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Casino - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112641/ - De Niro and Pesci playing mobsters? Isn't ever role Pesci plays as a gangster? Well...the formula works here to perfection. De Niro is a more straight laced guy who finally gets his dream: taking over a Las Vegas casino where all he needs to do is bring the dough in to skim for the bosses. Pesci shows up and turns Las Vegas into the wild west. Drugs and violence show you how Rome wasn't built in a day but it could have damn near been destroyed in one a la Goodfellas. Good movie with some really nice acting from De Niro, Pesci, and Sharon Stone. Highly recommend it.

Clerks - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109445/ - This is a comedy written by Kevin Smith (Silent Bob). It's the story of a convenience and movie store clerk who are stuck at work together on a Saturday. The acting in this movie is piss poor. In fact, it may be the worst acting I have ever seen in a movie and it makes me wonder if the script was even fully written or if Kevin Smith just gave a bunch of low budget actors an idea and told them to run with it. At many times you can hear what seems like an actor forgetting what he is supposed to say or thinking about what he or she wants to say. The good news about this movie, though, is that it's good for some laughs if you have ever held one of these jobs (I did). Some of the crap they deal with happens on a daily basis and is sure to have annoyed some of you in your former part time jobs.

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Really enjoyed both Cassino and Goodfellas as both DiNero and Pesci are perfectly cast.

"My Cousin Vinnie" is another Pesci film worth seeing. Very funny in parts. It's been awhile but my memory is of the Pesci line about "the yutes." Certainly is a non ganster role for Pesci.

Last night on TNT were two John Greshim films. "A Time to Kill" is a classic about the south and descrimination. The other was "The Client" about the young boy and the ganster lawyer. Both were very good novels and very good movies. But, honestly I felll asleep befor The Client got going so I've only seen it twice before.

As an aside I am reading Ford County another Greshim work. This one is a collection of short stories all centered in the deep south of Mississippi small towns. The same place where "a Time to Kill" took place. He's a very good story teller. All about poor or almost poor southerners who have differing degrees of ethical standards. I think I've read about all of his works and look forward to the next one.

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Casino - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112641/ - De Niro and Pesci playing mobsters? Isn't ever role Pesci plays as a gangster? Well...the formula works here to perfection. De Niro is a more straight laced guy who finally gets his dream: taking over a Las Vegas casino where all he needs to do is bring the dough in to skim for the bosses. Pesci shows up and turns Las Vegas into the wild west. Drugs and violence show you how Rome wasn't built in a day but it could have damn near been destroyed in one a la Goodfellas. Good movie with some really nice acting from De Niro, Pesci, and Sharon Stone. Highly recommend it.

Clerks - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109445/ - This is a comedy written by Kevin Smith (Silent Bob). It's the story of a convenience and movie store clerk who are stuck at work together on a Saturday. The acting in this movie is piss poor. In fact, it may be the worst acting I have ever seen in a movie and it makes me wonder if the script was even fully written or if Kevin Smith just gave a bunch of low budget actors an idea and told them to run with it. At many times you can hear what seems like an actor forgetting what he is supposed to say or thinking about what he or she wants to say. The good news about this movie, though, is that it's good for some laughs if you have ever held one of these jobs (I did). Some of the crap they deal with happens on a daily basis and is sure to have annoyed some of you in your former part time jobs.

I'll just leave you with this beauty of a quote: "It's important to have a job that makes a difference, boys. That's why I manually masturbate caged animals for artificial insemination."

Smith didn't hire a bunch of low budget actors for "Clerks". He didn't hire any actors at all. He just got a bunch of friends and family members together. It isn't filmed in black and white for artistic reasons; it's because he had no money. He was actually working at the convenience store in the film during the day, then shooting there at night. The entire production was done for $25,575, and it ended up grossing over $3M in the U.S. alone.

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