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Old 07-24-2010, 12:16 PM   #4126
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on the blind side...



this guy sean tuohy took in oher, he is the grizzlies' tv color guy for fox sports.

he obviously hated the movie. he had to miss games to do press, attend the premiere, and every time he got back, pete pranica (the play by play) would always rib him about it, and it was all he could do to keep from going on a rant.

and the movie was AWFUL. i think it is indeed deserving a 1/10. i disagree with the notion that you can't compare a big budget flick with decent actors and great production values to crap like 2 a.m. showtime movies. it's not an 'all-things equal' situation; you have to factor in the huge gap in resources/money and the different creative goals of the respective projects (not here to argue, i understand the other viewpoint as well).
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Old 07-24-2010, 07:16 PM   #4127
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just judging the movie, like i've said is a 1/10, maybe on a good day

it's an unbelievable piece of shit, bad acting, mediocre story, etc
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Old 07-24-2010, 07:34 PM   #4128
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.. Gordon Gekko is a ****ing great character.



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Martin Sheen did a great job, too (imo)
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:02 PM   #4129
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Fair enough. I guess there's just an ideological difference at work here. I try to judge ALL art on an even keel. For instance, I would never knock a painting by a rich guy down because he had all the tools at his disposal and the painting still felt mediocre to me.
Paintings have a lot smaller capital investment to quality ratio
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:10 PM   #4130
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On the flipside of that, there have been many excellent low-budget movies. If you knock a film down, for having a higher budget and failing to meet expectations, do you conversely raise a film up if it's low-budget and exceeds expectations?
I would praise a film for utilizing its budget very effectively. (I think District 9 was a good example of that) And I would also take into consideration if a big budge movie utilized its budget very inefficiently. Its just kind of silly to use painting as an analogy though.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:01 AM   #4131
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just judging the movie, like i've said is a 1/10, maybe on a good day

it's an unbelievable piece of shit, bad acting, mediocre story, etc

It has to be a million times better in every area than a movie like Plan 9 from Outer Space outside of unintentional humor.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:07 AM   #4132
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A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
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i'm singin in the rain..just singinn in the rainnn
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:34 AM   #4133
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Catch Me If You Can

8/10

Loved it. Dicaprio was amazing in the film. Hanks, Walken and Sheen were all great aswell. Although Sheen only had a minor role. Dicaprio and Hanks were brilliant together.

Thought the way they ended it was a bit sudden and quite undramatic for a film like this, but then again, I guess that's a good thing when compared to many adaptations that are altered to make for a more dramatic ending. Either way, it was a great film.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:39 PM   #4134
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I saw Inception last night. I'm giving it somewhere low to mid 80s.

My main issues with it are a few. For one, I don't like the quick cut, close up takes on action sequences, and that was done a bit too much for my taste. And secondly, while I appreciated the complexity of the plot, I think it'd be an understatement to call it a bit convoluted. It felt to me like this could have been a sequel to a movie that was already done in a more simple structure, and this expanded on that. Like the original would've never gone into the dream within a dream, layer upon layer, and that way this could've proceded more naturally. It often felt like they were stopping to explain to the audience what was happening and why, which to me wound up feeling like why it was 2.5 hours long. Like the contruct of the dreams like a maze ... you have to do it because it keeps the subconcious from easily getting at us. The entire teaching sequence of Ellen Page's character all felt like a flimsy mechanic to get the audience up to speed with the rules of the world they were trying to get you into. And for me it never felt natural.

And it felt like that right up to the main excursion where they start introducing limbo. It made it hard to feel the tension because they're up against constructs that they're introducing as they're happening for the most part. The Matrix, which I know this gets compared to often, at least had a certain degree of religious iconography it was working with, which gave the audience at least some common ground to stand on, even if it was in fact (ahem) subconcious.

All that said, it's an excellent watch. I look forward to seeing it again, and I have a feeling it will be better with more viewings, once you can stop trying to keep track of all the rules they're setting in place, and follow it more naturally. It's a monster undertaking, and it's wildly creative both in it's narrative and visually. The paradoxes were really fun. And the zero G hallway was some of the more interesting stuff I've seen in recent years.

Excellent for a summertime action flick with some creative psychological elements in it. But I'm unwilling to call it great.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:41 PM   #4135
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just saw alice in wonderland last night. I really liked it for the first hour or so. The ending was really weak and sort of took all the steam out of it for me. As usual for Timmy B, very cool visuals and costumes. I didnt really care for alice or the white queen, but enjoyed the rest of the ensemble.
overall, somewhere around a 6.5/10.

gonna watch youth in revolt tonight.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:44 PM   #4136
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64%

Solid film. Its critiques of French Film are sound, and presented in an amusing manner. I did not find myself rolling my eyes, as I often do during Romantic Comedies. I would recommend it to those who are tired of watching The Notebook and Love and Basketball when they are kicking it with their old ladies or men.
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:51 PM   #4137
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I saw Inception last night. I'm giving it somewhere low to mid 80s.

My main issues with it are a few. For one, I don't like the quick cut, close up takes on action sequences, and that was done a bit too much for my taste. And secondly, while I appreciated the complexity of the plot, I think it'd be an understatement to call it a bit convoluted. It felt to me like this could have been a sequel to a movie that was already done in a more simple structure, and this expanded on that. Like the original would've never gone into the dream within a dream, layer upon layer, and that way this could've proceded more naturally. It often felt like they were stopping to explain to the audience what was happening and why, which to me wound up feeling like why it was 2.5 hours long. Like the contruct of the dreams like a maze ... you have to do it because it keeps the subconcious from easily getting at us. The entire teaching sequence of Ellen Page's character all felt like a flimsy mechanic to get the audience up to speed with the rules of the world they were trying to get you into. And for me it never felt natural.

And it felt like that right up to the main excursion where they start introducing limbo. It made it hard to feel the tension because they're up against constructs that they're introducing as they're happening for the most part. The Matrix, which I know this gets compared to often, at least had a certain degree of religious iconography it was working with, which gave the audience at least some common ground to stand on, even if it was in fact (ahem) subconcious.

All that said, it's an excellent watch. I look forward to seeing it again, and I have a feeling it will be better with more viewings, once you can stop trying to keep track of all the rules they're setting in place, and follow it more naturally. It's a monster undertaking, and it's wildly creative both in it's narrative and visually. The paradoxes were really fun. And the zero G hallway was some of the more interesting stuff I've seen in recent years.

Excellent for a summertime action flick with some creative psychological elements in it. But I'm unwilling to call it great.
The quick cuts right into the middle of the action served the purpose of making every scene seem like a dream, since you don't know how they got to that particular scene.

I didn't think it was that convoluted either. You have a lot of exposition but at least for me it was interesting learning the rules of their dream reality and they explained it clearly enough that even if you didn't understand all of it you understood enough to be entertained and understand the motives for each action.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:13 PM   #4138
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The quick cuts right into the middle of the action served the purpose of making every scene seem like a dream, since you don't know how they got to that particular scene.

I didn't think it was that convoluted either. You have a lot of exposition but at least for me it was interesting learning the rules of their dream reality and they explained it clearly enough that even if you didn't understand all of it you understood enough to be entertained and understand the motives for each action.


It's not so much the quick cut from sequence to sequence. It's just a method to make things feel chaotic, and like they're happening fast, that's not uncommon to action films over the the last 20 years. Like during the car chase in level one. There's a lot of jumping from one character's reaction to another. I prefer a wider treatment of those types of sequences that give you more orientation. But like I said, it's become pretty common. I mention it mainly because it is at it's heart an action flick, and this technique is one of the reasons I'm not as big a fan of the modern action flick.

The cutting from level to level I felt was handled really well. Especially all the slow motion in level one, which really drilled home how much longer time is in each level of the dream. It served as a stop watch all most, that really built tension.

And I do agree very much that exposition was well conducted. Not that I could deliver an essay on every aspect of what they were explaining, but I never felt lost, and could appreciate the explanations they gave from level to level at least well enough to not become tired of it. It's just that it was a lot. As I said, and I was talking about it with a friend on the next day, it seemed like doing a simpler dream sequence earlier on would've served as a better mechanic to set up the process. Could've been in an earlier movie even perhaps, which would've opened this up to a faster pace. Or even if it was done in act I, where they do a more basic invasion. But even
Watanabi's dream was two layers deep. I feel like a more detailed version of that job would have been a cleaner way to set up the premise, then doing it in act two during what felt like a tacked on training sequence.

And again, by no means was it bad. And I loved the ending.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:18 PM   #4139
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Excellent movie. I really enjoyed the pacing. It was acted well. I picked up on the ending early on, but it was still laid out well.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:30 PM   #4140
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Excellent movie. I really enjoyed the pacing. It was acted well. I picked up on the ending early on, but it was still laid out well.
huh, almost rented that instead of alice. Mayhaps I will check it out.
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