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Last post Author Topic: Movies you've seen lately  (Read 156044 times)

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #200 on: September 21, 2013, 01:10:03 PM »
The Reluctant Fundamentalist - A story about an interview between an US writer and a Pakistan rebel in Pakistan. Two opposite sides and each has their merit. Two hours of conversation, flashbacks (going back to the 9/11 event) and hardly any action...but I found it to be anything but boring.

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #201 on: September 21, 2013, 02:34:32 PM »
I watched Oblivion (2013) last night. It was decent. It was a little slow getting into the plot, and I remember thinking a few times throughout the movie, "Wow, this is a long movie!" But that's not to say I was bored or waiting for it to be over. It was interesting. Ultimately it was a little disappointing, especially because it was such a high budget movie and yet I feel it pulled off the story less well than Moon (2009), which had a similar plot. (IMDB says Oblivion had a $120,000,000 budget and Moon had a $5,000,000 budget!)

While there were some things in the movie that I thought to myself, "that doesn't make sense why that would happen," the more I think about Oblivion, the more I realize things don't make sense. I could go into more details, but. . . Spoilers!

Then I also watched The Bourne Legacy (2012) which was probably an alright movie in it's own right, but somewhat disappointing for a Bourne movie. I felt it took too long to get to the fun, secret agent/spy/fight-for-your-life-survival stuff that made the Bourne Trilogy so exciting, and even when they were doing those parts, they didn't seem quite as thrilling as in the Jason Bourne movies. The opening sequence of climbing/hiking through the mountains of Alaska felt too much James Bond or Mission Impossible 2 (which I didn't like because it was too much like James Bond rather than the good, secret, nobody-even-knew-you-were-there covert ops of the first MI). He's supposed to be a superbly trained, smart weaponized human, but that sequence just shows him taking what I considered to be unnecessary risks and exhibiting reckless behavior. I also didn't care much for how the movie kept going to other people's points of view. Especially the female doctor (does it say more about the film or myself that I can only remember her by her false identity name of June? And I wouldn't even remember Aaron's name if she wasn't screaming it out so often, even though he's supposed to be under the cover name of James). I think they needed a better way to build the back story (or current story) than to cut to her point of view. And I don't feel like her character added to the movie. Her part could have been removed and almost everything else could still have played out mostly the same way. And it would have even shaved 30 minutes from the film because they wouldn't have needed to include the scene at her house (totally saw that coming).

When all was said and done, I didn't feel the main character was as well trained or expertly skilled or formidable as Jason Bourne, and yet he's supposed to be an upgrade. As I said, if they would have tried to pass this off as a Bourne-alike without using the Bourne brand, I think I would have considered it a decent movie, but in using the Bourne franchise (of which I'm a fan!) they just weren't able to live up to what I consider the superior examples of the previous movies.

And as much as I love Moby, hearing Extreme Ways at the end of each Bourne film is getting old. . . It was kind of cool to hear it again at the end of the second film, but by the third it was like "Oh... yeah, that song again... except a worse rendition of it..." and it's gotten even worse for Legacy. Bummer.


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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #202 on: September 21, 2013, 03:21:06 PM »
A kinda meta comment - this is about movies, but you tend not to see the characters very many times. I like TV shows in some ways in that even though they take budget-saver shortcuts, you get to hang out with the characters longer.


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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #203 on: September 22, 2013, 12:58:25 AM »
I couldn't agree more. It explains why so many people were affected on a personal level by the recent passing away of James Gandolfini. A lot of us had got to know Tony Soprano better than any casual acquaintance in real life. :)  

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #204 on: September 22, 2013, 09:56:00 AM »
The Quiet Earth

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A man awakens to find himself alone in the world.

Interesting. Not the greatest film, but has some interesting ideas in it that you may not have seen elsewhere. Worth a watch if you're into odd sci-fi.

Slow Down Music - Where I commit thought crimes...

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. - John Diefenbaker
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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #205 on: September 22, 2013, 11:07:03 AM »
I was a bit leery of The Iceman, but it was surprisingly good. Very well done movie.

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A general comment - no plot spoilers beyond the IMDB description.
The ending made me think that he would have been a good politician. Completely unrepentant, etc.

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #206 on: September 23, 2013, 01:47:07 AM »
Primer

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Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

I'm not going to say what this is about (the description really isn't what it's about), but I will HIGHLY recommend it for any sci-fi geeks out there.

My 1 comment on it is that I need to watch it again. (It's not the kind of movie that you can work while you watch - you need to pay attention.)

Rated: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

The basic "genre" - you're better off watching without knowing this if you like to be pleasantly surprised
This is a time loop movie. And a really damn cool one!

Slow Down Music - Where I commit thought crimes...

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. - John Diefenbaker

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #207 on: September 23, 2013, 09:55:19 AM »
Took my wife out to supper, then to see "You're Next". Great flick!

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #208 on: September 23, 2013, 10:18:18 AM »
Took my wife out to supper, then to see "You're Next". Great flick!

Hehehe! I don't think I'd take my wife out to see that. Something more "Walt Disney" is more along her lines. Or perhaps something more chick-flickish. :)

But it does look more up my alley! :D
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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #209 on: September 23, 2013, 11:03:44 AM »
It's pretty bad-ass, Ren. I encourage you to go see it.

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #210 on: September 23, 2013, 08:54:11 PM »
Resolution:
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1977895
http://movies.netfli...39495?trkid=13462100

Saw it on netflix today.  Terrific, original, unusual, low-budget non-scary "horror" buddy movie.  But filmed extremely competently and with great dialog and chemistry between lead actors.

Highly recommended for those who like scifi/horror movies that make them think.
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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #211 on: September 23, 2013, 09:35:02 PM »
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Sorry, Netflix is not available in your country yet.

 :'(

Can you post an IMDB link? I looked, but it's pretty muddled, and I can't tell which film you're referring to. It sounds interesting though.
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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #212 on: September 23, 2013, 09:59:27 PM »
Done.

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #213 on: September 24, 2013, 12:06:58 PM »
Slow Down Music - Where I commit thought crimes...

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. - John Diefenbaker

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #214 on: September 24, 2013, 12:10:58 PM »
After Earth is... #1?

I like Will Smith.  And I have nothing against what he's doing with his kids- giving them a head start, which is what Hollywood has done for years.

... but... After Earth?

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #215 on: September 24, 2013, 07:05:29 PM »
I saw World War Z (2013) the other day.

It was decent. But if you spend any amount of time thinking about it, you'll find all sorts of plot holes. Sometimes you don't even need to spend time thinking about it, like when they're stuck in gridlocked traffic and a motorcycle cop drives up between the cars and tells them to stay in their car, then he suddenly gets plowed into by a big truck. How did that big truck get through all the traffic that was behind them? (I actually noticed that continuity error from the trailer some months ago.)

But I guess it was worth seeing once.

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #216 on: September 27, 2013, 11:34:03 AM »
Just finished "Impostor", a 2001 sci-fi movie starring Gary Sinese. Good movie. Surprise-ending.

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #217 on: September 27, 2013, 03:31:22 PM »
Just finished "Impostor", a 2001 sci-fi movie starring Gary Sinese. Good movie. Surprise-ending.

Wow! I was just thinking of Impostor (2001) these past few days, but I couldn't remember the title of it! Thanks!


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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #218 on: October 15, 2013, 02:48:59 AM »
Slow Down Music - Where I commit thought crimes...

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. - John Diefenbaker

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #219 on: October 15, 2013, 07:51:30 AM »
Stop mousering people so much - Mouser

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #220 on: October 22, 2013, 03:45:08 PM »
Primer
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Rated: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:


I cannot agree more, Primer is a fantastic movie.

It's one of my favorites.  It seems like I have to watch it again every six months.  Then again, maybe I only watched it once but get sent back twice a year.  :)

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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #221 on: October 22, 2013, 08:05:49 PM »
Casablanca
...need I say more?  ;)

FAIL-SAFE
Enjoyed it with breakfast last Thursday.  It framed my thoughts in a surreal way.  As relevant today as it was on its premiere.  Should be a mandatory annual world-wide viewing for all military "Brass" and politicians*.



* They should see how close they resemble, "Groeteschele."


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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #222 on: October 22, 2013, 08:27:34 PM »
Gravity 3D.

Not bad - although nothing special either. IMO the admission ticket is a bit pricey considering how lightweight a script this film has.

George Clooney is in there doing his George Clooney shtick. Like always.

And Sandra Bullock is lovely and endearing as ever, even if her character is fairly two dimensional and predictable.

Some nice earth orbit scenery and effects even if I still can't say I much care for 3D films. At least 3D made some sense for this type of movie.

In many respects it reminded me of Space Cowboys, although that film had a vastly better plot, a sense of humor, and decent character development. I thought the space scenes in Space Cowboys (especially the scene where the Russian satellite goes active) were far better than those in Gravity.

Might be worth a visit to a theater.

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« Reply #223 on: October 22, 2013, 08:58:53 PM »

FAIL-SAFE
Enjoyed it with breakfast last Thursday.  It framed my thoughts in a surreal way.  As relevant today as it was on its premiere.  Should be a mandatory annual world-wide viewing for all military "Brass" and politicians*.

+1 Still a classic and still relevant. The ending is nothing short of brilliant. :Thmbsup:

A decent modern treatment of nuclear brinkmanship can be found in the 1999 film Deterrence.



And a very good post-Cold War ballistic missile submarine treatment that's well worth watching is the tense 1995 action thriller Crimson Tide. Here's a clip




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Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« Reply #224 on: October 23, 2013, 02:21:49 AM »
Gravity 3D.

Not bad - although nothing special either. IMO the admission ticket is a bit pricey considering how lightweight weightless a script this film has.

FTFY