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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23990 on: December 14, 2009, 09:56:05 AM »
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Number Seventeen (Alfred Hitchcock, 1932) -

I think in the end the film is just too short to be anything other than a fairly decent suspense thriller from Hitchcock.

Rating: **1/2
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23991 on: December 14, 2009, 10:14:56 AM »

Metropolitan
Dir Whit Stillman

I've been craving this for months, but my DVD got stolen.  Imagine my joy seeing it listed on Netflix Watch Instant.  I loved this when I first saw it, I love it even more now.  The script is outstanding, even if its a bit wordy and pretentious.  This would be on my list of the best of the 90s list.

Grade A  
I watched this about a week ago and loved it. I think the wordy and pretentiousness of it all is integral to the characters of the film and wouldn't fault it for that. It be like complaining that The Man With No Name doesn't have enough dialogue.

I completely agree.  I wouldn't have said anything in my review but for my roommate who walked in and watched about twenty minutes of it only to say he'd ike the film if it wasn't so pretentious.  I guess it was fresh in my mind.  I think you're dead on though.


As for why I watch somethings I have multiple reasons.  First is was Kimble said.  There are things that may be bad, but I want to see pretty much everything to give it a fair chance.  I thought Confessions of a Shopaholic would have been bad, but I ended up liking it for one reason or another.  My other main reason is as a filmmaker, struggling filmmaker, I don't get a lot of options as to what it is I can make.  Its what people pay me to make.  So, its in my interest to see as much as possible to have a wide cinematic vocabulary when approaching a new project.  When directors, especially young ones talk to their cameramen they will mention films they want something to look like as reference.  If I've already seen those movies a relationship can be established quickly.  Also by watching bad films I can see what works and doesn't work for different films.  Even the worst movies can teach you something.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23992 on: December 14, 2009, 10:22:45 AM »
American Beauty
Possibly my favorite movie of all time, if not that then definitely #2 (behind The Big Lebowski). I think it's Mendes' 2nd best film (Road to Perdition at #1), but this is still a fantastic film. The script is brilliant, the performances are very good (Chris Cooper especially, who is absolutely brilliant), and Mendes pulls it all together wonderfully. My favorite score of all time by Thomas Newman, and Conrad Hall's cinematography is understated, yet incredibly effective.

Great film. 2nd best of 1999.

This is like a poll question:

American Beauty is:
1) your favorite movie of all time
2) your 2nd favorite behind Big Lebowski
3) your 2nd favorite of 1999
4) your 2nd favorite Mendez behind Road to Perdition

hey Hal.  Sorry don't mean to pick on you.  

I'm with you - I love this film.  That makes you and I among a small but vocal percentage here .  I've had it in my top 10 since I first saw it back in the theater.  So I'm with you on the praise, and Conrad Hall's cinematography.  I think this film got a backlash from the spacyhate that bubbled to a boil after Life of David Gale.  I'm still on board with him.   I LOVE Benning's over the top performance. For me it's the best female performance of that decade.

Sadly Mendez has had deminishing returns ever since.  Away We Go was nice and that.  Rev Road was nearly unwatchable
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23993 on: December 14, 2009, 10:27:11 AM »
Yeah American Beauty is the nuts. In my Top 20 somewhere.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23994 on: December 14, 2009, 10:30:47 AM »
About a Boy is awesome.

I didn't like it.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23995 on: December 14, 2009, 12:20:49 PM »
I am, I've got a Friday deadline to have a Top 50 of the decade, so I'm trying to get as many that might make such a list as possible before then.

I'll definitely see more Almodóvar.  But the "ew" factor really took me out of being able to respond emotionally to the story, whether it was meant to be real or not.

Talk to Her is the one I was initially the coldest on, of Almodovar's films of the decade... in time since watching it, I warmed up to the film as a whole, although I'm still being uneasy about him trying to make people sympathize with Benigno.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23996 on: December 14, 2009, 12:22:19 PM »
#302.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934) -

A nice little tale of kidnapping and assassination. Like most Hitchcock films, suspense and thrilling action are a plenty here, but to be honest I wasn't blown away by this film.

Rating: ***
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23997 on: December 14, 2009, 01:51:40 PM »
Funny People
Dir. Judd Apatow
DoP.  Kaminski

This is half a great film.  I really loved the first portion of this film, but then it starts to drag on and the whole San Fran segment is really tiresome.  Adam Sandler gives another solid performance, but then the material lets him down.  Its interesting and seems like Apatow is taking an interesting step in his progression as a storyteller.

Grade B-
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23998 on: December 14, 2009, 02:47:55 PM »
Brothers

Not one laugh-out-loud moment in nearly two hours.   :-\

A good movie?  A-

Did I enjoy it?  C+
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23999 on: December 14, 2009, 02:52:09 PM »
Talk To Her - This was my first Pedro Almodóvar film, and I'm a bit conflicted about it. I want to have liked this more.

Wow, surprised this was your first Almodovar.  It was my 2nd or 3rd, and I'm with you about wanting to like it more, especially because I loved All About My Mother.  I've always meant to revisit it since everyone else seems to be head over heels for it but I think I'll probably get to his other work that I've not seen first.

Last time I checked, All About My Mother was out of print, inexplicably.

That was the case for a while, but it got a DVD re-release a month ago.  Either way, it shouldn't be too hard to track down at a library or your local video store. Plus as sean said, it's back on Netflix.