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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21320 on: October 23, 2009, 10:17:04 AM »
Juno - It's been a while since I've smiled that much while watching a film, and I can't believe I didn't really like this movie the first time around. Sure, some of the dialogue hits odd notes that momentarily took me out of it, but it's still pretty gate. Not to mention Cera and Page's chemistry. It's all a lot of fun, and J.K. Simmons makes being a Dad looking CINECAST!ing awesome.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21321 on: October 23, 2009, 10:19:21 AM »
Juno - It's been a while since I've smiled that much while watching a film, and I can't believe I didn't really like this movie the first time around. Sure, some of the dialogue hits odd notes that momentarily took me out of it, but it's still pretty gate. Not to mention Cera and Page's chemistry. It's all a lot of fun, and J.K. Simmons makes being a Dad looking CINECAST!ing awesome.

Wow. You don't see that too often. Most people seem to have lost their love for Juno, not the other way around.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21322 on: October 23, 2009, 10:39:44 AM »
Juno - It's been a while since I've smiled that much while watching a film, and I can't believe I didn't really like this movie the first time around. Sure, some of the dialogue hits odd notes that momentarily took me out of it, but it's still pretty gate. Not to mention Cera and Page's chemistry. It's all a lot of fun, and J.K. Simmons makes being a Dad looking CINECAST!ing awesome.

Wow. You don't see that too often. Most people seem to have lost their love for Juno, not the other way around.

It's a fine movie. When these Fox Searchlight "indie" movies come out, they come with such buzz, that you either have to euphorically love them, or loathe them, and I think the truth of the matter, is just that it's a fine, cute movie, with some embarassing moments of dialouge, and some genuinely funny and sweet moments. If it did nothing and you just stumbled upon it on TV one day, I have a feeling most would feel the same way, and wouldn't plant some flag in the ground.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21323 on: October 23, 2009, 10:52:28 AM »
Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)  Grade: A

Filmspotting confession.  This is in my top 100, but quite honestly I don't know if I'd ever seen the whole thing all the way through in one sitting. It's certainly been 10 years since I'd even caught a glimpse of.  I finally did last night and I was surprised to see one or two scenes I hadn't seen before!  It's a classic and deserving of all it's praise.  It's hard for me to say this but I think Diane Keaton's latter-day over-the-top performances (like in As Good as it Gets) spoiled me on her a little in this.  I shouldn't let that happen.  It's part of the code.  But alas it did.  What's amazing is how many films that came later ripped this off.  In particular When Harry Met Sally came to mind on multiple occasions.  For me, the first and second acts are brilliant.  The California stuff seems pretty broad.  And yeah, I know that's the joke, but it's broad even beyond that.  The fourth wall stuff is fabulous, especially waiting in line for the movie.  I wish I could go back and see this in the late 70's when WA's shtick was new and fresh and I would have to spend half the movie trying to keep up.  Now I'm so familiar with the pantamic snare beat of his delivery I sit and wait for the punchline and as a result they don't land quite as solid.  They have all the punch, comic timing and humorous sensibility of a funny line, but I'm not sure they're all actually funny.  But that's ok.  Overall - on the page - it's probably one of the greatest screenplays ever.  My secret hope is that maybe if I love this enough no one will make me watch all other the Woody Allen films I haven't seen yet.

A Fish Called Wanda (1988, Charles Crichton)  Grade: B+

K-k-k-ken is c-c-coming to k-k-kill me!!!  I'd seen this a dozen times when it first came out and laughed hysterically - and had most of the lines pretty well memorized.  I caught this on AMC earlier this week and realized I hadn't seen it it probably 18 years.  So the question is:  does it hold up?   Yeah - for the most part is does.   Ripping on the English and Americans alike.  Some of the slapstick stuff that had me peeing my pants back in the theater in '88 didn't land as funny now  but ...that's ok.   All the performances are just spot on - but the real scene stealer is Kevin Kline.  That is a brilliant BRILLIANT comic performance.  He goes "all-in" in that role and it could have been a mess if not done just right.  For fans of the early 70's and 80's Monty Python stuff, A Fish Called Wanda was criticized by some at the time to be "Dumbed down Python for non-Geeks" - and I think that's not far off.  But the trade off is far more laugh out loud moments than lines you'd recite at a convention some day.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21324 on: October 23, 2009, 10:56:07 AM »
Juno

... the truth of the matter, is just that it's a fine, cute movie, with some embarassing moments of dialouge, and some genuinely funny and sweet moments.   If it did nothing and you just stumbled upon it on TV one day, I have a feeling most would feel the same way, and wouldn't plant some flag in the ground.

Very well said

And that's kinda the way I took it.  (To me Little Miss Sunshine and The Full Monty have the same problem.  )
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21325 on: October 23, 2009, 11:08:50 AM »
Juno

... the truth of the matter, is just that it's a fine, cute movie, with some embarassing moments of dialouge, and some genuinely funny and sweet moments.   If it did nothing and you just stumbled upon it on TV one day, I have a feeling most would feel the same way, and wouldn't plant some flag in the ground.

  (To me Little Miss Sunshine.... have the same problem.  )

Fox Searchlight shoves a movie down your throat until you either have to swallow or regurgitate.

I like "Little Miss Sunshine" even more (mostly because I think it has some darker themes about America under the surface), but yeah, it just can't be a cute, sweet, fine movie, it has to be something more, on either end.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21326 on: October 23, 2009, 11:42:01 AM »
What I said was:
I have yet to find anything I didn't like about the film.  

I also said that I couldn't find fault, and by that I meant to reinforce the above statement.  However, this doesn't apply as WTWTA is loaded with content and substance.

I should bookmark this page and return here after eventually seeing Bronson.

Please, do that.  And when you love the film to spite me I'll be sure to file that away as well.  It's not a bad film, its just a very good performance in a middling film.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21327 on: October 23, 2009, 01:00:17 PM »
Two Lovers
Dir. James Grey

Wow.  I'm a bit overwhelmed.  My Top 10 has been pummeled in the last week, this being the most recent sucker punch.  Again, this is a film that was marketed very strangely.  I avoided it because, at least to me, I got the impression the film was some sort of Love Triangle thriller.  I hate films about jealousy.  Thankfully its not, its just a simple story told well about two people.  Its a bit magical and has the perfect ending.  I saw it coming a mile away, but if it would have deviated at all I would been pissed.  Vinessa Shaw is so beautiful in this.  The second she enters the room I was enamored by her.  And Isabella Rossellini needs to be in more films.  She reminded me a lot of my own mother, its a really understated and sweet performance.  Just see this film.  Please.

Grade A-

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I apologize for my review.  Its terrible and mumbling, but the film really hit me hard and I still can't rightly put into words my exact feelings.  Just know that I liked it and want everyone to see it.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21328 on: October 23, 2009, 01:43:35 PM »
Juno - It's been a while since I've smiled that much while watching a film, and I can't believe I didn't really like this movie the first time around. Sure, some of the dialogue hits odd notes that momentarily took me out of it, but it's still pretty gate. Not to mention Cera and Page's chemistry. It's all a lot of fun, and J.K. Simmons makes being a Dad looking CINECAST!ing awesome.

Wow. You don't see that too often. Most people seem to have lost their love for Juno, not the other way around.

Yep. I need to rewatch this, because it's one of those movies where I haven't actually lost any love for it(except for maybe Cera's performance).
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21329 on: October 23, 2009, 03:31:55 PM »
Juno - It's been a while since I've smiled that much while watching a film, and I can't believe I didn't really like this movie the first time around. Sure, some of the dialogue hits odd notes that momentarily took me out of it, but it's still pretty gate. Not to mention Cera and Page's chemistry. It's all a lot of fun, and J.K. Simmons makes being a Dad looking CINECAST!ing awesome.

Wow. You don't see that too often. Most people seem to have lost their love for Juno, not the other way around.
I dismissed it as "hipster bullshit" the first time and sort of turned off. I'm pissed at myself for doing it, but... I still don't like the soundtrack.