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Post  laddical on Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:19 am

I envision this as a sort of "catch all" area to discuss movies that are currently playing that don't have a thread of their own and don't really need one. A "What I did over the weekend..." topic to discuss current theatrical releases.

I just got back from Puss in Boots which was, the mystifying use of "Americano" aside, a lot of fun. And it's not even that I dislike the song, just that it makes no sense in this movie besides the fact that it has the same sound as Rodrigo y Gabriela who appear elsewhere on the soundtrack.

I'm disappointed that the story bears almost no similarity at all to the actual "fairy tale" - instead they sandwich Puss into an expansion of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale. On the plus side, other than the fact that it places Puss in a world full of other stories, there are none of the Shrek grace notes that I despise. No wink-wink-nudge-nudge-do-ya-get-it riffs on popular culture, no nonsensical cameos from Shrek, Donkey, or Gingie. The movie is truly standalone from its parent franchise and was definitely worth taking the kids to. Bonus - by taking them to see it, I was able to put my foot down and tell them in no uncertain terms that I will not be taking them to see Happy Feet Two. Every trailer for that movie makes it look more and more like ass to me.

Money's tight, but if I can manage it, I might sneak out and see In Time while the girls are at a friends house making cookies for their school party.
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Post  Putli Bai on Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:45 am

Excellent idea for a topic, laddical. I've been debating about posting my review of The Three Musketeers, which certainly does not deserve its own topic. Because it was, to use your eloquent turn of phrase, ass.

Wow. I knew it wasn't going to be Oscar-quality from the way it was tanking at the box office, and the fact that I was watching it on one of the teeny-tiny screens at the local multiplex the weekend after it was released. All I was looking for was hot guys with swords and horses. I am this movie's audience. My personal porn, so to speak. But even I can't buy off on this.

The story was awful in the exact same way that Avatar was awful. All the hot guys with swords and horses and too goddamn much CGI can't cancel out the fact that there wasn't an original idea on the screen. I was mouthing the dialogue a split-second before the characters said it. Characters who live in some sort of steampunk Matrix world where time has no meaning and anachronistic language abounds. It was like fan-fic written by an over-heated fourteen year old without the slash.

Though, now that I think about it, a little slash would have at least made it interesting.

In all fairness, someone did enjoy it, because there were two people in the row behind me who laughed in all the places they were supposed to laugh. I hope they were stoned.

After I see a movie, I like to poke around on the internet and read the reviews. This guy enjoyed The Three Musketeers even less than I did.
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Post  queenofdenile on Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:40 am

I like this thread idea. Thanks, laddical.

Anonymous recently opened and I wasn't planning on seeing it at all, but movie critics are going to town on tearing it to shreds and it's making me feel all kinds of delicious schadenfreude.

Stephen Whitty:

But all this great pageant and mystery
Cannot conceal rewrites of history
In which Ben Jonson meant nothing he said
And de Vere wrote after he was long dead –
All to enable this trick so immense
And fuel a resentment, obscure, intense
The reason behind it? Perhaps a snob
Who sees Shakespeare as just part of the mob
A poor merchant’s son, who knew his duty
But had no great art, skill or true beauty
For that belongs to aristocracy
(A wretched thought, in this democracy!)

A.O. Scott:

“Anonymous,” a costume spectacle directed by Roland Emmerich, from a script by John Orloff, is a vulgar prank on the English literary tradition, a travesty of British history and a brutal insult to the human imagination. Apart from that, it’s not bad.

Lisa Schwarzbaum:

According to Anonymous, the plays and sonnets attributed to lower-class William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall) were in fact written by Edward de Vere (Rhys Ifans), the upper-class Earl of Oxford. According to Anonymous, Queen Elizabeth I (Vanessa Redgrave and daughter Joely Richardson, depending on Her Majesty's age) was a lusty bed-hopper who bore more than one illegitimate child. According to Anonymous, de Vere was one of the Queen's lovers and also one of her...well, never mind, because Anonymous might just as well also declare that Elizabethans lived in yurts and invented the game of Sudoku, for all the pompous foolishness masquerading as intellectual provocation in this thumpingly silly yet self-serious period-piece what-if.

I really feel like my birthday came early this year.
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Post  RiverThames on Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:52 am

A.O. Scott's review is pretty spot on. It is a travesty of history and utterly insulting to Shakespeare... but other than that it's not bad. It does play into Emmerich's two greatest strengths: assembling a strong ensemble cast that rises above the material, and destroying a recognizable landmark (as he burns down the Globe theatre in one scene.)
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Post  Gilraen on Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:32 pm

I saw All's Faire in Love, a romantic comedy starring Christina Ricci and taking place at a Rennaissance Faire. I took a friend who's a big Ren Faire fan with me. Unfortunately, it was pretty atrocious. Many of the non-Ricci actors were so grating I assumed they were random people they picked up at an actual Ren Faire (apparently not, unfortunately), and the dialogue wasn't much better.

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Re: Now Playing At a Theater Near You

Post  MLIS on Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:45 pm

laddical wrote:
I just got back from Puss in Boots which was, the mystifying use of "Americano" aside, a lot of fun. And it's not even that I dislike the song, just that it makes no sense in this movie besides the fact that it has the same sound as Rodrigo y Gabriela who appear elsewhere on the soundtrack.

I'm disappointed that the story bears almost no similarity at all to the actual "fairy tale" - instead they sandwich Puss into an expansion of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale. On the plus side, other than the fact that it places Puss in a world full of other stories, there are none of the Shrek grace notes that I despise. No wink-wink-nudge-nudge-do-ya-get-it riffs on popular culture, no nonsensical cameos from Shrek, Donkey, or Gingie. The movie is truly standalone from its parent franchise and was definitely worth taking the kids to.

We also saw Puss in Boots on Sunday (by we I mean my husband and myself, both in our mid-30s, no kids). I love the Shrek movies and Puss is my favourite character from them, but I wasn't convinced the character could carry a whole movie away from the Shrek world. I'm still not convinced. I think I prefer Puss as a sidekick, and I particularly missed the banter between Puss and Donkey. That said, I was relieved not to see Shrek or Donkey pop up in a cameo, as you say, with none of the wink-wink, nudge-nudge meta stuff that Shrek often indulges in. I too was disappointed that there was nothing about the real Puss in Boots fairy tale (although from the beginning he's always been more Zorro than Puss in Boots), and I didn't particularly like the Humpty Dumpty stuff (being vague to avoid spoilers).

That said, I did enjoy it, and I love Antonio Banderas as Puss. You can just tell he's having a blast. Some funny bits here and there, but on the whole I wouldn't rush to see it again, or add the DVD to my collection.

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Post  Putli Bai on Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:17 pm

Gilraen wrote:I saw All's Faire in Love, a romantic comedy starring Christina Ricci and taking place at a Rennaissance Faire. I took a friend who's a big Ren Faire fan with me. Unfortunately, it was pretty atrocious. Many of the non-Ricci actors were so grating I assumed they were random people they picked up at an actual Ren Faire (apparently not, unfortunately), and the dialogue wasn't much better.

Aw, I've been watching for that one - mostly because it was shot at the site of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, a place where I've spent many happy hours. Though I did wonder who Ricci ticked off to get stuck in a production like this.
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Post  jaraga on Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:50 am

I saw Real Steel yesterday. I was not expecting fights between robots to be so gripping. I enjoyed it but the kid actor was a little off for me, like he was trying too hard to be cute. He did look like a young Ricky Shroeder though.

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Post  Corellderaan on Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:53 am

Saw Crazy, Stupid, Love yesterday. While parts of it were rather cliche, on a whole it was really sweet and I loved the awesome cast. And dear lord Ryan Gosling I love you. Can you and Emma Stone be partnered in movies forever?

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Post  Carrie Ann on Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:56 pm

Yeah, I thought that movie had tonal issues, but my major problem with it was Not Enough Gosling. He and Emma Stone were perfect with each other, and the movie just crackled when either of them were on-screen. I also LOVED Emma's best friend, and wish we could have seen more of her.

I guess I'm pretty dumb, because
Spoiler:
I did not see the Emma Stone is the daughter thing coming at all. The name! The hair! WTF is wrong with me?
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Post  queenofdenile on Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:19 pm

That spoiler you're referring to, Carrie Ann, caught me completely off-guard, too. I thought the writers were really good at making that a surprise.

I seriously want a Gosling/Stone combo in pretty much every rom-com from now on.
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Post  TiffanyNichelle on Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:42 pm

I didn't catch the spoiler either. It wasn't until I was thinking about it later that I realized there were all kinds of references to it that I should have noticed.
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Post  Ceci on Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:46 pm

I really liked Crazy, Stupid, Love. I went to the theater without any expectations as I didn't know anything about the movie. Add me to the list of people who were surprised by that spoiler. I didn't see it coming at all!


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Post  jcpdiesel21 on Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:49 pm

I also did not figure out that spoiler when I first saw the movie, but my husband did. When it was revealed, I had a "Duh!" reaction and felt very dumb.
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Post  bloomtoperish on Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:04 pm

Count me in on that, too. I didn't see it coming. Although after the reveal,
Spoiler:
that shot of Julianne Moore and Emma Stone next to each other, I realized it should have been obvious. And the whole Hannah/Nana thing.

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Post  laddical on Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:58 pm

I tell ya, I can't wait until Friday. Because then Immortals will be released and in a little while I will never have to sit through another goddamn commercial for it. It just looks horrid.

Tarsem Singh gets a lot of praise for his visual work; I can't really speak to that, not having seen anything he's done. But the one shot in the trailer where there's a bunch of warriors just floating and fighting... it makes me think of a kaleidoscope. I'm also kind of bitter towards this movie because every time Henry Cavill shows up in the trailer, my hope for The Man of Steel dies a little bit more thinking that is the best Superman they could find now?

I'll also be glad when Friday is over because it will mean the end of the ad campaigns that, like Immortals, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and a Droid phone whose name escapes me, think its clever for the logo of the product to "twist" into the "11-11-11" release date. I don't know why it annoys me, but the fact that there are three geek-centric campaigns pulling this same trick just really gets under my skin.
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Post  queenofdenile on Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:09 pm

I'll also be glad when Friday is over because it will mean the end of the ad campaigns that, like Immortals, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and a Droid phone whose name escapes me, think its clever for the logo of the product to "twist" into the "11-11-11" release date.

There's a part of me that really cannot wait for 2013 just so this nonsense will stop, I can't even tell you.
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Post  Kiran on Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:41 pm

I like Tarsem Singh. I don't think hes an especially DEEP director but I really enjoyed the Fall and the Cell.

I also love Cavill though.
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Post  Cutebutpsycho on Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:33 pm

I can't tell a lie -- when my husband and I saw the trailer for Immortals, we both looked at each other and went "DUDE! DUUUUDDDEE!"

We're going opening weekend. Both of us know it's going to be dumb and silly, but it's right up our alley for fantasy insanity.
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Post  whatthedeuce on Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:25 am

I've seen the Immortals preview twice in theaters and both times was utterly confounded as to why I felt strangely compelled to watch the movie. It looks like 300, which bored the crap outta me, and all the yelling and probable overacting from everyone involved should turn me off from it, and yet...it calls to me. Like a siren that is shirtless and hyper-masculine and yelling for immortality rather than singing me a sweet, but ultimately lethal, lullaby.

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Post  Red Wolf on Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:45 am

Good, I'm not the only one who wants to see Immortals! The previews remind me of a hypothetical Exalted movie, except with more Greek mythology. Anyone else get that vibe?

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Re: Now Playing At a Theater Near You

Post  molliewollie on Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:12 am

Kiran wrote:
I also love Cavill though.

He's like a perfect human man.

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Post  RiverThames on Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:36 am

whatthedeuce wrote:I've seen the Immortals preview twice in theaters and both times was utterly confounded as to why I felt strangely compelled to watch the movie. It looks like 300, which bored the crap outta me, and all the yelling and probable overacting from everyone involved should turn me off from it, and yet...it calls to me. Like a siren that is shirtless and hyper-masculine and yelling for immortality rather than singing me a sweet, but ultimately lethal, lullaby.

It is almost like someone saw 300 and went, "You know, that was awesome, but yet, not completely batshit enough. Can we turn this up to 11?"
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Post  whatthedeuce on Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:53 am

And then someone retorted, "No...BUT WE CAN TURN IT UP TO 50!!!!!!!!!"

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Post  blixie on Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:17 am

It is almost like someone saw 300 and went, "You know, that was awesome, but yet, not completely batshit enough. Can we turn this up to 11?"

Whereas I though they saw 300 and went, "Let's add some Clash of the Titans to that shit!"

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