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Post  Arabella on Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:14 pm

ulkis wrote:c) Renee Zellweger won an Oscar for this. It was a "sorry we didn't give you an Oscar for some other movie" win right? Because she is pretty bad in this movie, imo. I was thinking to myself, "I know this character is supposed to be salt-of-the-earth and stuff but she's doing her weird face scrunching ten times over except also baring her teeth like a squirrel" and then it hit me that she won an Oscar for the movie.
Pretty much. There wasn't the sense that she'd ever been robbed but her only real competition was Shohreh Agdashloo and she hadn't worked much in America yet vs. Renee, a two-time Best Actress nominee who did a lot of acting in her latest movie. I guess reviewers at the time were just glad someone came along and did something besides pine or look weary like Jude and Nicole. My other memories of Cold Mountain were that I thought Natalie Portman made a strong impression,
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Jude and Nicole's movie kid looked nothing like either one of them
and I have a vague memory of snarking about the movie doing the absolute minimum to acknowledge slavery.

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Post  whatthedeuce on Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:44 pm

I feel like I had a memory deleted cuz I don't remember Renee winning the Oscar for that movie or ever winning an Oscar at all.

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Post  Kiran on Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:45 pm

I thought the best performance in that movie was Jude Law, and I remember scoffing that Nicole Kidman was playing 19.

Yet, I watch it every time it is on tv.
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Post  sagitare on Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:09 pm

Yeah, my only memory from that movie (besides the score) was Jude's performance. I thought he was great in the role.
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Post  Bad Username on Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:47 pm

Pitch Perfect. It was cute and funny, I enjoyed it a lot. Fish lips girl who spoke really quietly and ate her twin in the womb was hilarious.
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Vomit angels!

The plot was beyond predictable, but I still enjoyed it.

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Post  ulkis on Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:53 pm

Kiran wrote:I thought the best performance in that movie was Jude Law, and I remember scoffing that Nicole Kidman was playing 19.

Yet, I watch it every time it is on tv.

I wish it was on tv more often where I am, it's never on.

Was Ada supposed to be 19?! In the book I remember them being late 20s, he might have been even older.

My other memories of Cold Mountain were that I thought Natalie Portman made a strong impression

I thought she was good but I need to watch a movie where Natalie Portman has fun because I've only watched the dramas and when she started crying I was like, gah, Natalie is crying again.

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Post  Kiran on Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:02 pm

Ada was 19 in the book, by the end of it she was 22 though, he was late 20s.
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Post  ulkis on Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:26 am

Thanks.

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Post  Guest on Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:58 pm

Over the weekend. I ordered 3 very different romantic movies from my on demand service:
"Crazy / Beautiful" - which was an indulgent whim. I still think jay Hernandez is gorgeous (beautiful right?) though.
"Murphy's Romance"...This is an early 80s movie & I was very intrigued by the pacing & storytelling. It is different from other romantic movies, I thought. It also made me laugh out loud in some scenes, which seldom happens. At any rate, the Murphy character embodied the romantic ideal, even if he is very old fashioned.
"A Royal Affair", the 2012 Danish movie that was nominated for foreign language movie Oscar. Unhappy love story.

All different types of romantic movie only sharing in common that they were classified as romance in the in demand service.

And I caught Casino Royale on cable too, which I adore & already consider a love story, albeit tragic one.

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Post  Coneycat on Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:37 am

aficionada wrote:"Murphy's Romance"...This is an early 80s movie & I was very intrigued by the pacing & storytelling. It is different from other romantic movies, I thought. It also made me laugh out loud in some scenes, which seldom happens. At any rate, the Murphy character embodied the romantic ideal, even if he is very old fashioned.

And is played by James Garner, which is reason enough right there to see the movie. I forget how many times I've watched that one since I saw it in the theatres, but it's probably time to see it again!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, over the weekend, which reminds me that Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn is worth the price of the movie all by himself. He's so good in the part-- a little ridiculous, quite a lot pathetic, and every possible Slytherin quality in a mostly well-meaning package. (I don't think the movie makes the point of him having been Head of Slytherin.)

And he's so good in Aragog's funeral and its aftermath that I'm never sure whether to laugh or cry so I just do both.

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Post  Guest on Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:42 am

Coneycat, I love James Garner to bits! Rockford files is a fun show, sadly not in syndication!

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Post  Coneycat on Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:02 am

aficionada wrote:Coneycat, I love James Garner to bits! Rockford files is a fun show, sadly not in syndication!

But available on DVD-- maybe your public library system might have it!

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Post  killershrew on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:14 pm

The first 3 seasons are available on Hulu Plus, and maybe on Netflix too (I'm at work and can't access the Netflix site from there).
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Post  Guest on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:52 pm

ooh good tip Coneycat. Unfortunately, my library does not carry dvds, but Rockford Files novels instead....I don't think we get Hulu in Canada, but thanks Killershrew!
I will survive!

I think I will watch Shopgirl sometime soon. Has anyone seen it? Opinions?

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Post  Kiran on Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:07 pm

I love it. Have you read the novella?

Do you live in Toronto? I'm pretty sure you can order movies from other libraries in GTA to your library. Most libraries in Canada have that option.
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Post  Wildog27 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:10 pm

Rockford is on Netflix Instant. And now I know what I'm doing with the next two months...

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Post  wenchsenior on Mon May 13, 2013 12:08 pm

Saw Lincoln. I become more convinced with every movie he makes that Spielberg is really just a stodgy, schlocky, hack director who only has the reputation that he has because he is smart enough to surround himself with great talent. Good script and outstanding actors almost rescued a disaster of a directing job on this one. Cannot believe Spielberg got an Oscar nom for that.

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Post  Kiran on Mon May 13, 2013 1:29 pm

I thought he did quite a good job of making what is basically a court room drama thrilling, but I enjoy Spielberg in general.
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Post  Skyblade on Mon May 13, 2013 3:52 pm

I think Spielberg can be hamfisted and safe, but the guy got an Oscar-worthy performance out of a talk show host, and made what was then the most successful movie of all time with Sam Neil as his leading man. (Not that Sam Neil isn't talented, but nobody has ever said "Hey, I wonder what that Sam Neil movie is about?") I don't think he's been riding other people's coattails to the top.

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Post  wenchsenior on Mon May 13, 2013 4:26 pm

Skyblade wrote:I think Spielberg can be hamfisted and safe, but the guy got an Oscar-worthy performance out of a talk show host, and made what was then the most successful movie of all time with Sam Neil as his leading man. (Not that Sam Neil isn't talented, but nobody has ever said "Hey, I wonder what that Sam Neil movie is about?") I don't think he's been riding other people's coattails to the top.

That's actually what I mean. He IS good with actors. It pisses me off that he COULD be a better director than he generally is. He excels at things like Jurassic Park, Jaws, ET, Raiders, etc....exciting escapist fare where his sentimental, manipulative streak doesn't interfere. And he definitely has moments of brilliance (opening sequences of Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List, for example). But when he tackles 'meaningful' drama, he just seems to lose judgment and the rails inevitably come off toward the end of the movie, and his judgment about closing sequences is just atrocious. Maybe that's why I feel like he's so schlocky: even when I like most of the movie, he always loses me in the final few minutes with ham-fisted sentimentality or something equally gross (like the operatic orgasm-of-despair in Munich. Ugh.) and I leave the movie feeling like I didn't like it, after all. (I can't remember the ending of Amistad or Empire of the Sun, so maybe that didn't happen there. And I haven't seen War Horse or Color Purple.)

I need to just avoid his 'serious' movies. Then I'd probably love his work.

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Post  RiverThames on Mon May 13, 2013 5:06 pm

See, I think it's that sentimental, manipulative streaks that are his edge. Any other director would shy away from them, hit them sideways or hit them so hard it's cloying. Spielberg has a knack for playing that note in so oddly the right way that, even though you know perfectly well what he's doing, it still works. Like a bar band playing the opening notes of "Freebird"-- you know what they're doing, you know it's a stupid cliche, but you still stand up and yell, "Wooo!"

That said, Empire of the Sun is his best WWII movie.
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Post  wenchsenior on Mon May 13, 2013 8:12 pm

[quote="RiverThames"]See, I think it's that sentimental, manipulative streaks that are his edge. Any other director would shy away from them, hit them sideways or hit them so hard it's cloying. Spielberg has a knack for playing that note in so oddly the right way that, even though you know perfectly well what he's doing, it still works. quote]

I will acknowledge that it might be his edge in terms of why his films are so successful. His style apparently does work for most people. It's obviously a YMMV thing. And I do think that sentimentality works great for him occasionally, like in ET. But again, IMO, he really does hit every sentimental note in a nauseatingly cloying way; I really DON'T think he does it well. And the ending of Lincoln, yikes. Even my husband, who has a much higher tolerance for sentimentality than I do, was like, "wow, this stagey, ridiculously shot scene on the porch is kind of a crappy way to end a good movie...oh, my god, he isn't really going to go on to the assassination is he?" :cue shot of Lincoln in silhouette, heading out to the theater: "OK, now that's a good way to end it..."

And I was all, "oh, no, Spielberg won't be able to help himself. He won't end it here. He'll milk the death." But even I was amazed when he resorted to the 'screaming kid reacts to the news' thing. Yuck...it's just always too much, IMO.

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Post  wenchsenior on Mon May 13, 2013 8:14 pm

Ok, I'll stop bitching. My moaning should probably go in the Unpopular Opinion thread, anyway.

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Post  Binky on Mon May 20, 2013 1:28 am

Cabin in the Woods

I'm not a horror aficionado so I don't think I was the perfect audience, but I enjoyed it okay. Mostly it made me want to go watch Angel, because it felt like extended episode missing the main cast and with a greater budget. I typically like Whedon's stuff, but having watched three or so series and whatever number of movies by him now, the patter/dynamics/tropes/averted tropes are all super predictable. And not in a good, reliable way, more in a "no change ever' way. I realize this is an odd complaint given that I usually enjoy his stuff, but I also feel like he is grinding the hell out of his wheelhouse in a way that's kind of lazy. "Joss, I like you, but you can do better!"
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Post  inversed on Thu May 23, 2013 1:56 pm

Micmacs, a Jean-Pierre Jeunet film from a few years back. I really enjoyed it, though the DVD crapped out just before the end so I don't know what happened to all the characters (though I can guess that two of them get together).

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