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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31890 on: June 09, 2010, 11:23:06 PM »
it ends so badly. so so badly.
The movie of sex?

no, the afterglow.  the sex is amazing.


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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31891 on: June 09, 2010, 11:43:41 PM »
The first 3/4 of this is a really well done tense thriller with some interesting character development. Natal spends the time for a slow build which really works well. However, it is all for nothing as the final 1/4 is absolutely terrible, unbelievable and laugh-out-loud silly.

Grade: first 3/4 A-; last 1/4 D

I'm in some ways of a similar mind but the first 3/4th held up the last 1/4th more. The ending was a let-down. Though my concerns start after the sex.


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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31892 on: June 10, 2010, 02:11:46 AM »

Animal Kingdom - David Michod, 2010

Itís a remarkable film that does something I donít know Iíve ever seen another film centered around crime of this sort do: it totally deglamourises it. GoodFellas never quite manages to convince us that the life of crime is a negative one. Despite all the fall in the second half, it revels too much in the flash, the glamour, the rise. Here there is no rise, only fall. No glamour, only paranoia. The flash is the guns as people get shot, and those who remain have to deal with the consequences.

Grade: A-

Nice one, FCM. I thought the opening credits were amazing, too.
Excellent review! You articulated a lot of the things I was going to say, but never quite did......however, the opening credits were over scored, loud, the kind of thing you might hear in a superhero/villain movie. A soulful solo trumpet would have gone better there, with light orchestration edging up toward the end :)

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31893 on: June 10, 2010, 02:41:50 AM »
The Woodsman

Another marathon pick, and this time I liked it.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31894 on: June 10, 2010, 04:24:55 AM »

Animal Kingdom - David Michod, 2010[/center]

After the gorgeous opening credits, which were highly derided by the others I saw the film with, a voiceover attempts to explain some of the family dynamics. The history of crime, the attempt to live apart, the fear of retribution that permeates that lifestyle. Itís a little unsubtle, and sticks out as a problem in a film that is far more subtle than I expected going in.

FCM great review, but not all of the others derided the opening.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31895 on: June 10, 2010, 05:18:55 AM »


Laugh out loud silly.

The film is more of black comedy than a horror movie, and I think whatever humor is clearly intentional. The ending is a little rushed though.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31896 on: June 10, 2010, 05:55:43 AM »
Is every film a comedy for you?
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31897 on: June 10, 2010, 06:29:18 AM »

The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)


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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31898 on: June 10, 2010, 07:38:59 AM »
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974)
Remarkably straight thriller, where the potential for cliche (such as the cross-section of the hostages) is neatly avoided by the nice sense of location - good old messy, shambolic 1970s New York - and the performances of Matthau and Shaw. The story is formulaic, sure, but it's carried off with a leanness that I imagine would have evaded Tony Scott or John Travolta. Not surprising, given that 70s cinema > 00s cinema.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31899 on: June 10, 2010, 10:53:40 AM »
Get Him to the Greek (Nicholas Stoller, 2010)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall was a spectacular comedy that had such moments of greatness. Now Get Him to the Greek take my favorite character, Aldous Snow, and gives him his own movie. And it perfectly personifies what I loved so much about that character, plus goes to places I never suspected, in the best of ways. The main concept of the film is that Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), legendary rock star lead singer of Infant Sorrow, is now in a tail spin. He is now off the wagon, when in Sarah Marshall he was on it, and is releases music that rivals famine and war as one of Africa's problems. At the same time, the recession is killing the record business and Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is just a lowly cubical worker for exec/producer Sergio (Sean Combs). When Aaron's brilliant idea of an anniversary concert of Aldous Snow Live at the Greek gets accepted, he is responsible for bringing the star from his home in London to the show in Los Angeles. From there, the journey begins and in the words of Miley Cyrus, "Ain't about how fast I get there/Ain't about what's waiting on the other side/It's the climb."

The film, as a comedy, is not about the end result and the concert in Los Angeles, it is all about the madness that happens on the way there. What was surprising to me, however, was that what I liked best about this movie was the little things. Oftentimes comedies like this are outrageous and big laughs, but my experience was different this time. There were still the major gags that were funny, though not overly so, but all of the smaller, one-liners, the jokes told under the breath or just following a bigger gag, those were the ones I enjoyed most and had my stomach hurting. The film got all the small things right. Like the relationship between Aaron and his girlfriend Daphne, the relationship between Aaron and Aldous, the relationship between Aldous and his ex Jackie Q as well as his father. They all seemed and felt right to me. And the filmmakers added just enough personality as to not make these relationships too shallow or too deep.

But what really struck me in this film was the performance by Russell Brand. The man is undeniably hilarious and his madness is great here, but I am here to say that it was a legitimately great performance, worthy of recognition. And surprisingly enough it was his subtle delivery of emotion that hit me hardest. There were multiple times when my heart just broke for the guy. He plays a mad, drunken rock star, but for some reason I could not help but feel for him and feel sorry for him. It is his, and Aaron's, journey to the Greek that brings perspective into both of their lives and this clear emotional message inside this movie filled with ridiculous, crass comedy comes as a shock, but is pulled off to perfection by writer/director Nicholas Stoller. Forgetting Sarah Marshall may or may not have been funnier, but Get Him to the Greek succeeds as a great film on its own.  Add it to Sarah Marshall and Stoller is on a pretty good run, especially considering he wrote Yes Man too.


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