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Post  RiverThames on Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:27 am

Kiran wrote:Aw, I love Batman Returns. Its easily my favorite Batman movie though not in my opinion the best (I think the Nolan ones are having a backlash right now and while they aren't perfect they are in my opinion head and shoulders above the Burton ones, even though I have a lot of affection for them). I watch it every christmas. Its not canonically correct, but I love gross Penguin eating fish and crazed Secretary Selina Kyle.

I stand by my review: this movie should have been called PENGUIN VS. CATWOMAN (with special appearance by Batman!)

Because Batman does NOTHING in the movie. NOTHING.

Say what you will about B&R, but at least Batman doesn't stroll through a fight while having a casual conversation with Commissioner Gordon. Or stymied by a poodle.

BABAHASABDHAHAFBSIFBAKJFBAJFAF

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I loved Europa Report to bits. My biggest complaint about it is using a time jump in the found footage to make it seem, at first, like it's going to be more psychological horror... because if they just show you what happened straight away, you'll know it isn't that. And I love it because it isn't that. I just think the time-chopping makes things muddled for the wrong reasons.

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Side Effects

INDEED!

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Cloud Atlas. Wow, if this movie is a failure, then friends, we need more failures like this. Allowing that some make up was just RIDICULOUS, I loved it. LOVE.
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Post  Instant Monkeys on Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:19 pm

katesti wrote:
Instant Monkeys wrote:Side Effects.

WELL!! is all I have to say about that.

WAIT tell me more!

I don't wanna! It didn't go how I was expecting it to, is the main thing. I thought it was doing one thing, and then something happened and I was like ...Did that just happen? Is this where we are now okay and then, on like that.

I'll spoil a bit but don't read if you're gonna see it!!!
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I thought it was a movie about SSRIs and the pharmaceutical industry. It starts as that, then takes a big left turn and it made more sense to me why they hired Rooney Mara. And why Catherine Zeta-Jones for what seemed like a pretty small role. It was somewhat Hitchcockian (in a genre sense, not a quality judgment, although I thought it was pretty good). It starts out as Cautionary Tale About Our Pill-Dependent Lifestyle Today and ends up...not that.
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Post  RiverThames on Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:25 pm

Instant Monkeys wrote:
katesti wrote:
Instant Monkeys wrote:Side Effects.

WELL!! is all I have to say about that.

WAIT tell me more!

I don't wanna! It didn't go how I was expecting it to, is the main thing. I thought it was doing one thing, and then something happened and I was like ...Did that just happen? Is this where we are now okay and then, on like that.

I'll spoil a bit but don't read if you're gonna see it!!!
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I thought it was a movie about SSRIs and the pharmaceutical industry. It starts as that, then takes a big left turn and it made more sense to me why they hired Rooney Mara. And why Catherine Zeta-Jones for what seemed like a pretty small role. It was somewhat Hitchcockian (in a genre sense, not a quality judgment, although I thought it was pretty good). It starts out as Cautionary Tale About Our Pill-Dependent Lifestyle Today and ends up...not that.

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Hitchcockian is spot on. It starts as "Cautionary Tale About Our Pill-Dependent Lifestyle Today" and becomes "How To Weaponize Our Pill-Dependent Lifestyle Today"
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Post  Kiran on Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:54 pm

Perfect description. I think it was massively underrated though. I'm glad people are finding it via netflix.
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Post  Morning Angel on Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:58 pm

Kiran wrote:Perfect description. I think it was massively underrated though. I'm glad people are finding it via netflix.

I saw it in theatre a long time ago now, and liked it a lot.
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Post  katesti on Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:31 am

So...watch it, then?

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Post  Kiran on Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:52 am

Yes. Its really good.
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Post  inversed on Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:39 am

August: Osage County. If you want to feel like throwing yourself off a bridge, this is the movie to watch. Top-notch acting but goddamn that was depressing.

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Post  puddingcup on Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:45 am

Gambit, now streaming on Netflix, was fun. Colin Firth should do more comedy. Alan Rickman always great. Cameron Diaz is fine. Appearance by Cloris Leachman!

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Post  dionneshea on Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:55 am

I saw Prisoners tonight on Movie Central (Canada's HBO). I thought the acting was really good. Almost more so from the smaller parts (Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Paul Dano, the teenagers, Melissa Leo) than from the two leads. I went back and read the reactions that folks 'round here had when seeing it in the theatre, and I was at no time distracted by Jake Gyllenhaal's good looks, because I have never once found him remotely attractive. Ever. I did think this was the best I had ever seen him act, just edging out his performance in Zodiac. Hugh Jackman, whom I do find attractive but didn't here, sometimes felt to me like he was standing there screaming, "Watch me act!!! Watch meeee!!"

Mostly I thought it was pretty tight and created a lot of good tension. I did have one major problem,
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which was the lack of resolution at the fact that Dover kidnapped a victim, tortured him for days or weeks, and his wife is like, yeah, he did the right thing. What?! Paul Dano is probably going to be ever more screwed up, and I think we're supposed to be okay with it, because he said that one random, cryptic thing about mazes. Like, they essentially just breezed over that an already abused kidnapped victim was brutally tortured by the "good guy" and yes, now he's free and back with his mom, but at what cost?
Also, Terrence Howard seems to disappear about halfway through the movie only to pop up at the end again, and I found him way more sympathetic than Dover, so I would have liked more.
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Post  truecrystal on Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:25 am

I watched it last week and I didn't like it. I couldn't agree more about Hugh Jackman's acting; he did a *lot* of screaming, and when he wasn't screaming he was grimacing. So much grimacing. I thought it was about 40 minutes too long and took way too much time building plot points to serve as misdirection instead of building characters.

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About Paul Dano's character, this was the part that really pissed me off. What I thought was being crafted as a real moral dilemma for the parents ended up simply being torture porn. High brow torture porn, but still.

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Post  The Dude on Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:13 am

Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson finally hit upon something that meshed well with his visuals and funny in it's own right. It had the same feel as The Dictator or Duck Soup, but with an added wistfulness of the Old Europe before the World Wars.

Ralph Fiennes clearly had a ball with the material, I would love to see him do more comedy.
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Post  themis on Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:38 am

truecrystal wrote:I watched it last week and I didn't like it.

It didn't pull me in, either. It was a little like when people post a ton of outrage porn to your Facebook feed, and instead of motivating you to end elephant abuse, or whatever, instead you become super annoyed at people who post nothing but outrage porn. In fact, I couldn't tell you how it ended unless you reminded me, and that was just a month ago.

HOWEVER, I did download Jake Gyllenhaal's other effort with Denis Villanueve, called Enemy. Holy mother, that movie freaked me out. It is really slow and tense, and the whole time I was thinking, stay calm, we'll figure out what's going on, we'll start getting some answers. And then, Aaaaaaaagh! So it ranks right up there with Donnie Darko for movies that I could not shake. And I can't think of any other actors that have been in more than one movie that I immediately needed to talk to someone afterward, to make my friends see it so I wasn't the only one with that in my head. Credit to Mr. Gyllenhaal for picking really interesting projects.

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Post  blixie on Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:14 am

Holy mother, that movie freaked me out.

Thanks for the rec, I think....Heh. My brain is definitely a little broke. There's a great youtube out there describing a theory about the story, and I think it's pretty solid as far as it goes, though I think even the guy explaining his theory loses the plot. I have to admit my favorite part of the ending was being all YEAH see
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In your face Stephen King's IT, that is how you do a freaky Spider ending!!!

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Post  whatthedeuce on Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:26 pm

themis, you have just convinced me to go and seek out this Enemy you mentioned. Jake G. is just the best. Love him to death.

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Post  Eris Rising on Tue Jul 22, 2014 6:14 am

Randomly caught Now You See Me, and was totally enchanted by this movie that I'd never planned on seeing. What a ridiculous yet utterly charming film.
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Post  katesti on Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:46 pm

That movie got a bad rap, but I loved it. I saw it in the theater and then it was running constantly on HBO while I was on maternity leave, so I rewatched it a lot. It IS charming. I blame Franco the Better.

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Post  Cutebutpsycho on Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:55 pm

I love that movie. It's light, easy and kind of fluffy and I don't care. Sometimes you just need a good heist movie. And Mark Ruffalo. And Woody Harrelson. And magic tricks.
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Post  whatthedeuce on Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:31 pm

I feel like the first 45 minutes of Gangster Squad was meant to be a joke. It's so unflinchingly cliched and hammy that I could barely process the notion that it actually saw theatrical release and was considered fit for public consumption. Sean Penn is so over-the-top and cartoonish, the dialogue is agonizingly bad, and Ryan Gosling's choice to be all nasally was driving me nuts. But then he magically stopped with the nasally shit after a few scenes, which boggled me even more. Also, I was gonna shoot myself from the constant allusions to Josh Brolin's character still fighting even though the war was over. Absolute overkill.

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Post  Wildog27 on Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:25 pm

Thought about starting a "Movies You Love" topic but it'll fit hear as well.

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Post  Binky on Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:18 pm

I watched Devil's Knot (on netflix streaming), which is based on the book of the same name about the West Memphis Three trial. I was curious about it because Damien Echols (one of the WM3) made it known how much he hated the script.

It's super boring. For being based on a trial/series of events that are completely bizarre, it's incredibly dull. Mostly, it consists of Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth standing around looking forlorn. And the re-enactments of scenes that anyone who's seen the Paradise Lost documentaries knows what it really looked like,  are also tame and boring. The movie's not particularly inaccurate, it's just bland as anything.

I think Echols didn't like that it focused on a defense investigator more than anyone else. I think that was a weakness of the film - it had ridiculous distance from the drama of three dead boys/three falsely accused boys.
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Post  mrinsouciance on Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:24 pm

I lasted about 25-30 minutes into the Lego Movie this weekend before I had to walk away.

Evidently I have no soul and certainly no sense of humor, based on the lavish praise it received.

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Post  Gillian on Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:56 pm

mrinsouciance wrote:I lasted about 25-30 minutes into the Lego Movie this weekend before I had to walk away.

Evidently I have no soul and certainly no sense of humor, based on the lavish praise it received.
Same here. Granted, I was on a plane and it was the last third of a ten-hour flight, but I just completely ran out of patience with it. I'll probably try again when I'm not in a totally cranky frame of mind, but my expectations have been lowered considerably.

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Post  Morning Angel on Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:17 am

Gillian wrote:
mrinsouciance wrote:I lasted about 25-30 minutes into the Lego Movie this weekend before I had to walk away.

Evidently I have no soul and certainly no sense of humor, based on the lavish praise it received.
Same here.  Granted, I was on a plane and it was the last third of a ten-hour flight, but I just completely ran out of patience with it.  I'll probably try again when I'm not in a totally cranky frame of mind, but my expectations have been lowered considerably.

Hee. Me too. I also tried watching it on a plane, thinking it'd be a cute, easy-to-follow movie, and it just annoyed me so much that I quit after 15 minutes of watching it. I was surprised, given all the great reviews it had gotten.
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Post  ulkis on Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:02 pm

If I'm going to watch a move about Legos, you gotta grab me right away. Of course I realize I'm not the intended audience here.

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