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Re: July 2012 MDC: Summer Movies
« Reply #50 on: July 23, 2012, 11:04:02 PM »
My most successful MDC ever?  I can't really take the credit, you cherry-picked it from the list I provided.  But I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

I have yet to see anything in his filmography as good, but Malcolm X comes close and I really like Crooklyn a lot.

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Re: July 2012 MDC: Summer Movies
« Reply #51 on: July 27, 2012, 01:54:00 PM »
Bonjour Tristesse - 8/10
There's something a little off about the film, but on the whole I found it a pretty intersting and fun time with a strong summer theme. Although the story is set up as a sort of existentialist reminiscence of a summer, the observations and ruminations are mostly superficial, perhaps appropriate given the lead character's age and diposition but still it left me hoping for more. The use of colour and black and white to separate timelines works appropriately, meshing with the tones of a freespirited summer and a melancholy following year.  The build up is slow and mysterious and there comes a point where you forget you're watching a flashback and then everything clicks. That build up and the ensuing revelations are the best part of the film, giving gravitas to the set up that for most of the film gets lost in a lighthearted summer romance film.

One other thing I want to note is the performances which seemed to me consistently inconsistent. The chemistry between the performers is quite strong and the writing is sharp, but the two didn't seem to come together very well. Only Kerr managed to not give stilted deliveries.

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Re: July 2012 MDC: Summer Movies
« Reply #52 on: July 27, 2012, 02:00:47 PM »
Glad you liked it!  I like Seberg and Niven more than you seemed to, but I'll take an 8.
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Re: July 2012 MDC: Summer Movies
« Reply #53 on: August 09, 2012, 10:08:08 PM »
The Sandlot

This is the perfect film for guys who grew up playing baseball with friends.  Unfortunately, I have always been horrible at sports and really dislike sports movies (with a couple exceptions).  This movie reminded me a bit of A Christmas Story with its future narrator and child-like perspective.  But the writing was horrible (e.g. foreshadowing was limited to the phrase "a terrible pickle we were in", used three times in the film) and the acting wan't really great and it just wasn't funny.  Sorry, but I didn't care for this one at all. 2/5
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Re: July 2012 MDC: Summer Movies
« Reply #54 on: August 09, 2012, 10:33:14 PM »
You're killing me, Kimes!
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Re: July 2012 MDC: Summer Movies
« Reply #55 on: August 10, 2012, 12:28:20 AM »
Sorry.  Wish I could give you a better response.
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Re: July 2012 MDC: Summer Movies
« Reply #56 on: August 10, 2012, 11:15:30 AM »
Sorry.  Wish I could give you a better response.

I was just teasing you.  A play on "You're killing me, Smalls!" from The Sandlot.
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Re: July 2012 MDC: Summer Movies
« Reply #57 on: August 10, 2012, 09:07:41 PM »
Sorry.  Wish I could give you a better response.

I was just teasing you.  A play on "You're killing me, Smalls!" from The Sandlot.

Ah, now it makes sense. :)
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Re: July 2012 MDC: Summer Movies
« Reply #58 on: August 11, 2012, 02:59:24 AM »
The first question was for everyone else. As for Cruising and confusing you with verbALs... I'm a little tired this week.
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As for the confusion, wtf?
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Re: July 2012 MDC: Summer Movies
« Reply #59 on: August 11, 2012, 09:08:04 AM »
wtf indeed.