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Old 09-17-2012, 09:47 AM   #11416
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also, anybody looking forward to argo? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1024648/

who knew afflek would turn out to be such a boss director? big fan of gone baby gone and the town and this looks like his most ambitious film yet. he has some serious potential as a director/screenwriter. don't forget that he wrote much of good will hunting and chasing amy but i'm looking more forward to his directed films and i hope he sticks with it.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:11 AM   #11417
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Anybody saw The Dark Knight Returns part 1 yet? Fucking awesome.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:16 AM   #11418
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Anybody saw The Dark Knight Returns part 1 yet? Fucking awesome.
Downloading right now, thanks for the reminder.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:19 AM   #11419
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Anyone else seen the trailer for that new movie Looper ? Is it just me or does it look like one of the worst/stupidest movies ever made ?

According to early reviews, you are way off base: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/looper/

So far it is at 100% with an avg rating of 8.6/10 with 26 reviews. I am not super stoked, because some critics are saying it is the best movie of the year.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:22 AM   #11420
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According to early reviews, you are way off base: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/looper/

So far it is at 100% with an avg rating of 8.6/10 with 26 reviews. I am not super stoked, because some critics are saying it is the best movie of the year.
I'm super excited for this movie!
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:23 AM   #11421
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:43 AM   #11422
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affleck does it again? http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/argo_2012/

15 fresh/1 rotten

can't wait. haven't been to the movies since TDKR
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:22 AM   #11423
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According to early reviews, you are way off base: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/looper/

So far it is at 100% with an avg rating of 8.6/10 with 26 reviews. I am not super stoked, because some critics are saying it is the best movie of the year.
I guess so.

The trailer still looks bizarre to me. Guess I'm wrong, maybe I'll go see it.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:22 PM   #11424
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Men In Black 3 - 7/10
Battleship - 6/10
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:27 PM   #11425
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I guess so.

The trailer still looks bizarre to me. Guess I'm wrong, maybe I'll go see it.


That's exactly what I thought. It looked like one of those movies that they try to take an interesting concept and fail to deliver at all (something along the lines of limitless, chronicle, etc.).
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:32 PM   #11426
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The last possession. 2/10.

The Director essentially said "Hey guys remember The Exorcist? Well, let's re-do it except take out the things that made it great and add a stupid plot line that is so incredibly generic and scare tactics even a five year old can see coming that aren't even scary"

It gets 2 points because I laughed at some of the scenes. But Goddamn that pissed me off. One of the few movies that I can say was not worth the money.

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Old 09-20-2012, 10:40 PM   #11427
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According to early reviews, you are way off base: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/looper/

So far it is at 100% with an avg rating of 8.6/10 with 26 reviews. I am not super stoked, because some critics are saying it is the best movie of the year.

Just noticed my typo. *now
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:54 AM   #11428
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haven't watched a movie in a while but....



7/10. decent, nothing great. had some nice motifs going there but i don't think it really went beyond the surface.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:18 AM   #11429
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Watched Man Bites Dog (1992) last night.




Rather disturbing film, but quite good, and definitely worth seeing.

I'd give it around a 7.8/10 probably.
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:05 PM   #11430
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I've watched four movies recently, all of which warrant mentioning to some degree or another, and I bring up in part because I feel like they may all sort of affect my feelings toward the others.
First was Thursday night, I threw in my DVD of Alien, mainly because I had a friend home from California last week who was adament that I watch Prometheus, which I haven't seen yet. And while we were drunkenly heading home from dinner (spectacular BBQ in of all places Westport CT), he went on one of his long, annoying dissertations, this time about Promethius. So I rewatched Alien, and as I already knew, it was awesome. It's remarkable how well that movie holds up.

Friday night I opted against going out because I had to open up my shop for work the next morning at 5. There was zip on TV, so I started sifting through the excellent ATnT On Demand menu, and stumbled across Win Win, something I'd heard good things about. It had reentered my conciousnous again recently when Bobby Cannavale appeared as Gyp the sociopath gangster on the premier of Boardwalk Empire last Sunday, and I looked him up to see what if anything I knew him from. He was in Win Win. It's one of those quircky, melo-dramatic comedies, that's not exactly ha-ha funny, but still has funny moments layed over what is an otherwise dark drama. Think in the vain of Little Miss Sunshine, or Sunshine Cleaners. Sometimes these movies work for me, sometimes they fail miserably. This one worked. In no small part due to it's lead Paul Giammatti being so genuine. And the fact that the kid who plays Giamatti's fountain of youth, and the chance to reclaim his concious, actually does a nice little understated job, even if it's a little unbelievable that a troubled 15 year old who's already got an auto theft under his belt just needed to be loved in order to get that genuinely good kid to break through. Certainly worth a watch on cable.

Then Yesterday I did in fact open up at 5, worked till noon, grabbed a couple top notch dogs at Super Duper Weenie (I prefer Rawley's in the local hot dog wars, but SDW is right down the street from the Movie Theatres), and went to a 12:40 of The Master. The theatre was unusually full for an early bird special of an arthouse flick. My first thought is that this is an extremely challeging flick for an audience. PTA is without question a great filmmaker. His stuff is rich and stunning to look at. And he creates incredibly dense characters. But he's not generally driven by narrative, and this may be the best example of that of all his works. I felt like there was a sense of that in There Will Be Blood, but it was redeemed in a way with what was one of the better endings in recent memory. Something for the audience to cling to. A pay off for what was otherwise a long and sometimes meandering character study of a fascinating character, which while spectacular, and a genuine monster performance, it remained long and meandering. It was a spectacular movie, but it's also something that I've only watched a second time because of it's nature.
This is similar. Although there are here two spectacular performances. In spite of it being the titular role, this isn't about Hoffman. This is really about Phoenix's Freddy Quell. There's some thinking that this is really about this "type" of person, who returned from WWII, particularly the Pacific, a little after the hero sheen of the European soldiers wore off. There was this rudderless mass of young soldiers. They didn't stand toe to toe with Hitler, they blew up an island nation of different colored foreigners, and there's a different sense about them. Many led a rudderless existence in this undeveloped western america. Drifting from job to job. Damaged by what they'd done. A lot of alcohol abuse. But I actually think there was an effort to establish that this was a guy who wasn't stable at the get go. I won't try to into too much detail as to not spoil anything, but I do think you'll see an obvious attempt to pain that character as psychologically dinged.
Phoenix's character is incredibly well done. There's a constant energy, a fidget, a flex, a spasm. It's just really physical. The posture. Everything about the guy paints him as a loose canon. Even the composition of the flick in that first half act, introducing Freddy, is exquisite. The music even is this gorgeous off kilter sticcatto sounding stuff, reminded me a lot of when Taylor and company first land on The Planet of the Apes, and it establishes this weird unknownness about the character.
Hoffman is equally powerfull. It strikes me as a big job to pull off a cult leader. You have to be extremely compelling to pull it off. It has to be believable that people would put this belief in you, and he absolutely does it. Mostly through a couple of extended sequences siloloquey. His daughter's wedding was a great introduction where one could see how he was this massive figure. He's a master bullshitter, who is obviously smart. He's funny, and he's a huge personality without coming off overwhelming. Just a really delicately powerfull performance. And I think I like it more than Phoenix's by a tad. There's a few moments when his facade cracks that are really compelling. And there are a few moments when they share scenes together that are awesome. The first processing scene. And a scene that I'm still not entirely sure what to make of where Freddy starts to lose faith a bit.
Overall, I do find it a problem how skimmed the narrative is. Unlike TWBB, where we learned about this stunning character in the structure of the rise of the oil industry. Boogie Nights we learn about this character against the more fleshed out structure of this tranforming era of the porn industry. This is set up to learn about these two incredibly compelling characters against the structure of the rising of this cult, and the structure just isn't that strong. There's isn't a lot of narrative about what is supposedly scientology. And if you're going in hoping to learn about it, you're going to be disappointed. In the full theatre I was in, two groups of people got up and left. One group seemed offput by the nature of content, which can be rather racy in Freddy obviously disturbed psyche.
I would score it in the mid eighties for it's two master performances, and it's lush production, particularly the score. But after a first act that really whetted my pallet, I was a little to let down by the lack of conclusion to the narrative, but hey ... I'm not a proffessional film critic, but I'd actually like to see it again to let it soak in more. And I would like to see it again, so that's gotta mean something.

I also think it's possible that I was unable to give it the full thought it needed because I went straight to another movie after (I should've reversed the order) ....

{This was actually so long I had to split it into two posts ... which has never happened to me for something I didn't cut and past}
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