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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31940 on: June 12, 2010, 12:59:25 AM »
Story of Floating Weeds (1934, Yasujiro Ozu)
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A story of a traveling theatre group's leader who returns to the village where he fathered a child who is now going to university. Tension between the mother and the theatre manager's current mistress mount.

Nice little tale. Nothing earth shattering. There is some stunning cinematography on hand however. Very pretty shots. The movie has its share of funny moments too, especially involving a child actor who is part of the troop.

Overall, it's fine. Not sure why it's part of the Criterion Collection though.

I actually like Ozu's remake of it, Floating Weeds, better.  It's in color!

I'll assume that last sentence is a joke.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31941 on: June 12, 2010, 09:38:55 AM »
Charade

The whole thing was kind of silly, but you can't go wrong with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, they had great chemistry, and I had a pleasant time watching it.


The Proposal

I don't watch a lot of romantic comedies, but I usually like Sandra Bullock ones (While You Were Sleeping is one of my favorites), and I enjoyed The Proposal as well.  I laughed a few times and it had some sweet moments.  Good enough for me.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31942 on: June 12, 2010, 09:52:01 AM »
Story of Floating Weeds (1934, Yasujiro Ozu)
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A story of a traveling theatre group's leader who returns to the village where he fathered a child who is now going to university. Tension between the mother and the theatre manager's current mistress mount.

Nice little tale. Nothing earth shattering. There is some stunning cinematography on hand however. Very pretty shots. The movie has its share of funny moments too, especially involving a child actor who is part of the troop.

Overall, it's fine. Not sure why it's part of the Criterion Collection though.

I actually like Ozu's remake of it, Floating Weeds, better.  It's in color!

I'll assume that last sentence is a joke.

It wasn't a joke. It just think it's one of those movies that is good, no doubt about that, but which didn't blow my mind. I guess in my head I hold Criterion to really high standards so when I see something that's 'fine' I wonder what the guys at Criterion saw that compelled them to absolutely add it to the collection.

I read the booklet that was in the DVD box and the critic did bring up some interesting points and continuity and ellipsis, but it didn't change my opinion on the movie much. This might be partly my own problem. I should stop expecting every Criterion Collection entry to be nothing short of a masterpiece.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31943 on: June 12, 2010, 10:38:09 AM »
The Proposal

I don't watch a lot of romantic comedies, but I usually like Sandra Bullock ones (While You Were Sleeping is one of my favorites), and I enjoyed The Proposal as well.  I laughed a few times and it had some sweet moments.  Good enough for me.

Sounds about right. Ryan Reynolds has good comedic timing too.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31944 on: June 12, 2010, 10:57:15 AM »
Story of Floating Weeds (1934, Yasujiro Ozu)
B

A story of a traveling theatre group's leader who returns to the village where he fathered a child who is now going to university. Tension between the mother and the theatre manager's current mistress mount.

Nice little tale. Nothing earth shattering. There is some stunning cinematography on hand however. Very pretty shots. The movie has its share of funny moments too, especially involving a child actor who is part of the troop.

Overall, it's fine. Not sure why it's part of the Criterion Collection though.

I actually like Ozu's remake of it, Floating Weeds, better.  It's in color!

I'll assume that last sentence is a joke.

I find the remake much better as well, think it's my third favourite Ozu!

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31945 on: June 12, 2010, 11:32:46 AM »
Charade

The whole thing was kind of silly, but you can't go wrong with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, they had great chemistry, and I had a pleasant time watching it.

It's extremely silly, hilariously so. I love Charade. Like, persistently top 10 love. Not just Hepburn and Grant, but the supporting cast are all terrific. Coburn? Matthau? I can't conceive of a better cast. And so much great dialogue. "I already know an awful lot of people, and, until one of them dies, I couldn't possibly meet anyone else."

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31946 on: June 12, 2010, 11:34:36 AM »
Charade

The whole thing was kind of silly, but you can't go wrong with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, they had great chemistry, and I had a pleasant time watching it.

It's extremely silly, hilariously so. I love Charade. Like, persistently top 10 love. Not just Hepburn and Grant, but the supporting cast are all terrific. Coburn? Matthau? I can't conceive of a better cast. And so much great dialogue. "I already know an awful lot of people, and, until one of them dies, I couldn't possibly meet anyone else."

Yeah, the dialogue and 60's wackiness is great.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31947 on: June 12, 2010, 12:23:16 PM »


2002. Written and directed by Paul Greengrass.

As I mentioned in another thread, the only Greengrass film I'd seen before this was Green Zone, which I had found almost offensively bad. But people kept talking about Bloody Sunday and United 93, so I queued them up.

It turns out that Bloody Sunday works for all the reasons that Green Zone doesn't. The camera does feel reasonably placed, the faces of the actors (most of whom were not professional actors) were not distracting, the muddled soundscape drew me in. All of these elements come together to make a unified piece, a purposeful, exciting, moving film.

I started downloading United 93 almost immediately after finishing Bloody Sunday, and I hope to get to it this weekend.

Overall ranking:  #87, between Mary Poppins and Spirited Away.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31948 on: June 12, 2010, 12:27:09 PM »
Glad you loved it Tiny. Greengrass is among the top 10 working directors imo. It's sad that so many people will only see Green Zone, which as you say is offensively bad. His others films are all pure genius.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31949 on: June 12, 2010, 12:35:02 PM »
I just couldn't get into Bloody Sunday.  A bunch of people I don't know fighting over something I am only vaguely familiar with.
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