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 Post subject: Re: Movies You've Seen Recently (Old and New)
PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 3:56 pm 
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Salt with Angelina Jolie. I have two words for the movie. STAY AWAY. Do you know how movies like Die Hard or TV shows like 24 seem unrealistic at times? Multiply that by 100 times. The plot was actually not too bad, but poorly executed. Jolie was okay, but these scenes were so unrealistic, you were laughing instead of on the edge of your seat. I didn't have to pay to see it so I didn't waste money. But unless you are really bored, don't waste your time.

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Just got done watching Thor. I had low expectations for this because I thought the trailers sucked for it. I was pleasantly surprised and overall enjoyed it. Some of the fighting scenes were sloppy, but other effects were done well. As far as the story goes, I usually give the first movie from a comic book a pass, because they need to set the picture and give the back story. Thor did a decent job of doing this while still flowing along. As with the other movies that will merge into The Avengers next year, there was subtle (sometimes not so subtle) guest appearances and of course...stay for after the credits roll for an extra snippet.


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 Post subject: Re: Movies You've Seen Recently (Old and New)
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The King's Speech with Colin Ferth and Geoffrey Rush. Outstanding. Great acting and a very interesting story. And the Director translated it well to the screen. The Brits can be an odd bunch with their customs and traditions (no offense Bertie), but the hierarchy of the royals is compelling. Definitely recommend and deserved all the Oscars it received.

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 Post subject: Re: Movies You've Seen Recently (Old and New)
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Chris, did you see Thor in 3D? I just saw the standard version a week or so ago. My girlfriend and I really liked it. She likes action movies and superhero movies and of course fell in love with Mr. Thor. I thought it was interesting enough. Sometimes I think these superhero movies are just stupid but this one held my interest and wasn't too corny. Having Anthony Hopkins play a role in it actually helped legitimize it to me for some reason. I'm sure we'll be seeing the other Avenger movies.

I always laugh when I see Natalie Portman in a movie because the bathroom at Hemmingway's bar in Oakland always has a number of items of graffiti on their wall. It's literally like some sort of tradition because as soon as the walls are painted the same things will be back up on the wall the next day. One of them says: "Natalie Portman is alright." It really cracks me up because somebody who has luke-warm feelings about Natalie Portman in the first place feels so strongly about that fact that they need to write it on the bathroom wall. So, in this movie: Natalie Portman is alright.

I saw The King's Speech on my way back home from Dublin this spring. I wish I could have seen it on bigger screen but I still got the picture. Certainly, that's a great movie. I'd second bucco's review. I would recommend the King's Speech to anyone.

The Brits do have some strange traditions. When we first got to London and were on a tour of the city we stopped by a park. When we got out and were stretching our legs and what not, our tour guide told us that at the corner of the park we were standing at, people would come out on Sunday and were allowed to say whatever they want. Apparently sometimes people go on some serious rants there. Then, she mentioned that you can say anything you want as long as you don't insult the royal family. Lame.


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Indy Jones and Raiders of the lost Ark... still fun movie to see... but still prefer Temple of Doom

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 Post subject: Re: Movies You've Seen Recently (Old and New)
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I saw The Smurfs (with the kids). Don't waste your money on the DVD rental.

Also so Super 8. Not too bad, but I think it was trying to create a scary "Stand By Me" or "Sandlot" and it didn't work for me.

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Took my wife to see "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" last night. Charming story with superb acting by an all-star cast. It's about a group of aging Brits who are lured to what they think is a luxury retirement resort in India. I won't give away any more of the plot. But for those of you who are married or have a significant other, I can pretty well guarantee that she'll be delighted by it even if you aren't.

If you go, look for the two scenes involving the Kama Sutra manual. :)

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Took Mrs. AZBF to see the documentary "Marley" yesterday afternoon. If you are a fan of reggae or Marley, you will thoroughly enjoy it. Highlights are commentary by Bunny Wailer and Lee "Scratch" Perry. 8-) 8-) 8-)


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I saw three DVD movies over the weekend.

War Horse - Steven Spielberg directed and it showed. The visual part of the movie was great. However, the story dragged at times and I didn't think it was the best movie from last year. I would still recommend it, especially if you are a fan of horses.

We Bought A Zoo - Rented this for the kids, but ended up watching it. Better than I thought although a little cheesy at times. Based on a true story except for the romantic relationships they added. That was kind of the cheesy part.

J. Edgar - Was disappointed with this. I am a big history buff so I thought I would really like this, but the story was not fluid and there was probably too much info to shove into two hours. Hoover was very complex. DiCaprio was excellent. The rest of the cast okay. But the movie bored me more than educated me so I give it thumbs down.

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"Tomboy," a French film about a ten year-old girl who pretends to be a boy when her family moves to a new
city. It was well received in international film festivals, including Berlin's. I liked it, didn't love it..
I won free passes from a local college radio station.



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Just re-watched A League of Their Own and I a never cease to be amazed by just how incredible the movie is. Probably my fave sports movie ever. One particular brilliant touch: the casting of the older women when they come back for the opening of the HoF exhibit. Spot on. I know what Geena Davis and Madonna will look like in another 20 years. And so, so many great lines.


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Just re-watched A League of Their Own and I a never cease to be amazed by just how incredible the movie is. Probably my fave sports movie ever. One particular brilliant touch: the casting of the older women when they come back for the opening of the HoF exhibit. Spot on. I know what Geena Davis and Madonna will look like in another 20 years. And so, so many great lines.


I love that movie. I always thought Kit (Lori Petty) was a cute.

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If you've seen BB and TDK, you've already seen TDKR.

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Bourne Legacy

Got roped into seeing it. Not worth seeing, even on DVD. Highly derivative of the original Bourne movie (which I didn't like, so you know I was going to dislike this one): secret agent is being chased by "them" who don't want any evidence of their experimentations. Along the way he picks up a babe to accompany him, they have a chase scene on and off crowded roads, and the bad guy assassin bites it almost anticlimatically.

A waste of popcorn...


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Bourne Legacy

A waste of popcorn...


Should have gotten Jr. Mints. :D

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The Bourne books by Robert Ludlum is one of my favorite literary series. None of the movies have ever done them justice.

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I think Bourne Identity, the first one, is the best spy/thriller ever. And I've read a lot.

No one here needs to read my tired old rant on the comparison between good/great books and the movies that butcher them.


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I won free passes to see a film at the Cleveland Cinematheque. It's located inside the Cleveland Institute of Art. They screen foreign and low budget films, documentaries.

I had four filmes to chose from. I selected "Elles," a 2011 French film, directed and co-written by Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska. It's about a journalist from Partis
who researches and writes an article about female student prostitution.

She interviews two women. At first she looks down on them but eventually she begins to admire them. This is reeeeally a good movie (and there's tons of nudity. >__<)



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I've seen a lot of bad movies on IMAX screens over the years (our best friends have, shall we say, questionable taste in movies), but this was a treat. Great movie to see on IMAX, it really takes full advantage of every inch of the screen.


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12 years a slave--- some great acting, good movie, but........ found myself looking at my watch several times. message to me-- too long and repetitive scenes of violence and mal-treatment of slaves in a desperate, hopeless life.

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