Hey Pete, can't find the thread, but downloaded the first 3 ep's of Homeland. Only watched the first so far, but you're right, seems like a pretty good new drama. Claire Danes was pretty impressive. Maybe I just hadn't seen enough of her, not that I ever thought she sucked or anything, but seems like she's grown up as an actress quite a bit. Not too sure about Damian Lewis yet, but he doesn't seem like the actual lead anyway.
And damn, Mandy Patinkin got old. Honestly thought that was Brian Cox.
I thought that about Claire Danes when I was watching it too. She hasn't done a lot in the last decade.
Good family movie, but in the movie there was way to much singing going on. Some ways to improve this movie would be putting more drama to the movie. Some examples would be the mother being raped, or the son being beaten by the grandfather while his mother watches. It was good in the beginning, and middle, but the ending was unbearable. The kid had one heck of a voice in the first 3 mins of the movie. They used the same songs he sang in the beginning in the contest (recycled) and that was noticed. Movie could of been something.
Had a lame start but gradually got better after thor was sent in exile to earth. I was curious on how they could make movie that integrates modern man and the god and creatures of norse mythology. Not taking the movie very seriously by adding in a few comedy here and there, probably helped in my overall outlook of how good the movie is. I predict the second movie is not going to do as well in terms of entertainment value. It mostly likely will sell more tickets though.
Last movie I watched too. Personally, I give it 2.5/5. The storyline was so retarded and it wasn't exactly the funniest movie either. But definitely some good parts. I think I was just expecting more, given the cast.
The Thing 7/10
It's a prequel to the 1982 movie, but it has the same name. It was almost the same movie..so it was a prequel, but at the same time a remake..in a sense. That girl is no McReady (Kurt Russell). 1982 version had much better special effects than the CGI they use nowadays. The actors were better in the '82 movie and the story better. In the new movie the alien doesn't hide much..it's more in your face..which takes away from the suspense that the 1982 version had. But it was still entertaining. My favorite part was the ending when the sole survivor goes after the dog...which is the beginning of the 1982 movie. Great theme music.
The tree of life is in a league of its own. You have never seen anything like it. If you really have an appreciation for film making, you will be blown away by malicks directing. The biggest thing i got out of it, was that it really made me think about my own life and my childhood in particular. Broadly speaking, Its pretty much an observation on the life of a family and its done in such a unique way that you will not forget and you will recognize the beauty of film making.
I still don't know what to make of this movie. While the cinematography is absolutely stunning, the whole film feels like an overly pretentious 2 and a half long metaphor.
Objectively speaking, I see how this can be a great piece of art, but it was definitely not my cup of tea.
i am a huge malick fan and even i found the tree of life had some major issues, it was severely disjointed and it was even pretty loose at times. the sean penn stuff was just sickeningly mishandled, heavy handed symbolism and tbh overly sentimental- something malick at his worst is just short of tipping over into at times but imo never has before. the problem here i feel is he tried to make this film the project he went off the grid for 20 years researching, about the origins of the world and for that reason it ends up, as i mentioned, very disjointed.
i really do think the film he intended to make and originally cut- which is 8 hours will be a much more accomplished work, i would definately pay to see that. of course its still wonderful at times- its malick- but i have to say after first viewing i think its his weakest film. still warrents an 8/10 and a purchase, plus a rewatch but its no days of heaven.
i think most of us that saw it on first release- thorp/rindoks/myself felt very similar things and a bit dissapointed, with malick you want and expect life afirming masterpieces. i fully expect him to turn me more spiritual with each film, this didnt quite do it.
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