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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #24370 on: December 21, 2009, 03:27:56 PM »
Casino (1995, Martin Scorsese)

Better than people claim it to be.


Todo Sobre mi Madre (1999, Pedro Almodóvar)

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #24371 on: December 21, 2009, 03:34:00 PM »
Casino (1995, Martin Scorsese)

Better than people claim it to be.



Casino is a movie of scenes for me. I like individual scenes in the movie but overall I find it average.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #24372 on: December 21, 2009, 03:56:39 PM »
Me and Orson Wells

What the heck was Michael Phillips smoking when he watched this?  Pedestrian in almost every way.  This was my first time seeing Zac Effron in anything and what a little cipher he is.  Zero charisma, no charm and barely adequate line readings.  The guy that looks like a young John Lithegow playing Wells had an adequate impression and some energy.  The story is just a cluster[cinecast].  The side romance with the writer was completely inconsequential.  Kind of reminded me of a male version of An Education only without any emotional depth.

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I did this pairing last week. You're way off the mark. Though I drew the parallel between Me and Orson Welles and An Education as well, obviously favoring the film that does not completely demean the previous hour and a half in the last ten minutes.

I'm not a fan of the last 10 minutes of An Education, but I'd hardly say it demeaned the previous 90 minutes.  It was just sloppy filmmaking.  I can't say I enjoyed any of the 2 hours I spent with Me and Orson Welles.


I've written this elsewhere, but it completely does demean the previous 90 minutes of the film. It wraps up neatly and happily, removed from the real world and entering a fantasy world where Mulligan's character is not held accountable for her actions at all. She seems to see that what she did was wrong, attempt to repent, and because she does this everything works out anyway. What a message. You can make bad choices that should ruin your life, but as long as you eventually try to reconcile them you will be fine. It's not only a terrible message in and of itself, but it also completely negates the severity of any of the stakes in the film up to that point.

Again, this is based on a memoir.  Plus, I'd say a broken heart is a pretty high price to pay.  Troll away FLY.

How is presenting an idea and explaining it trolling?

And There Will Be Blood is based on Oil! but that didn't keep PTA from changing it to make a great film. Or just put "Inspired by the Memoir [title here]." There's no excuse for that ending. Though the idea that a broken heart is a high price to pay doesn't work for me very well either, it's a common occurrence in most people's lives, specifically around Mulligan's character's age. There's no long term consequences, aside from a likely added cynicism that will likely be diminished when she goes to University and has the world opened up to her. Hell, even the broken heart thing is mostly negated by the ending as she finishes, if I recall correctly, with the possibility of already developing a relationship with this new guy at University.

I get it.  You just really wanted to see this young woman punished at the end of the film.  To each their own.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #24373 on: December 21, 2009, 05:51:40 PM »
I love seeing young women punished at the end of films. In fact, it's one of my criteria for greatness.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #24374 on: December 21, 2009, 06:27:18 PM »
a von trier marathon is in order, sam!

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #24375 on: December 21, 2009, 06:27:34 PM »
Whatever Works (Allen, 2009)

This one doesn't work so well.  It does get a bit better with the arrival of Patricia Clarkson but its so inferior to the better of Woody's more recent romcoms - Vicky Christina Barcelona, Melinda and Melinda and Mighty Aphrodite.  The mishmash of romantic entanglements never makes sense and the ham-handed portrayal of his southern characters is very pretentious especially, after five minutes of dialogue, they mutate into New York sophisticates.  Also, I was pretty disappointed with the performance of Evan Rachel Wood.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #24376 on: December 21, 2009, 07:00:48 PM »
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So this is an experience, right? It's got all the hallmarks. 3D, packed cinema (at 3 on a monday no less!), IMAX, friends. By these powers combined I get to see a great freaking film. Action and love and animals, oh my. I really could have watched people get chased by the crazy creatures for 2.5 hours. As I said to my friends, I want to see a Jurassic Park style sequel with all the focus on the animals. The movie is just full of great ideas executed perfectly. I was never bored or anything like that. Dunno how It'll be at home, but the theater experience is not to be missed.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #24377 on: December 21, 2009, 07:11:46 PM »
I really could have watched people get chased by the crazy creatures for 2.5 hours. I was never bored or anything like that.

Essentially you did watch chases by creatures for 2.5 hours, right?

I also mostly did not get bored, it slowed down a bit for me toward the end, after the initial bombing when Sully gave his monologue and the na'vi walked on their Trail of Tears, because it seemed like the perfect place to end the film. Hopeful enough, but not a lot of resolution. My kind of climax. It even cut to black, I think. But it picked back up after about 10 minutes. You liked this a good deal more than I, though I also tried not to grade the experience while overlooking the film. It's odd that you don't care for Star Wars and give this an A, I feel both have similar strengths and weaknesses.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #24378 on: December 21, 2009, 07:18:22 PM »
Up In the Air - how this is making it on year-end lists - and getting awards - is beyond me.  better than average, and i mostly enjoyed it, but with the bevy of problems it has, a best? weird.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #24379 on: December 21, 2009, 07:21:45 PM »
Up In the Air - how this is making it on year-end lists - and getting awards - is beyond me.  better than average, and i mostly enjoyed it, but with the bevy of problems it has, a best? weird.

skjerva, let me give you some reel talk. This film is fantastic.