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Post  SenorSwanky on Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:52 am

The Hangover. Hilarious. Great cast.

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Post  operafantomet on Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:02 am

The Polar Express (2004)

Hated it. Seriously hated it. Such a potential, but so.... blaaaaargh. The random music was a particular turn-off, but I didn't think the story was well told either. We sat there, laughing, a bit appalled, in the second half of the movie. Maybe we was not in the mood, I dunno. But blaaaaargh.

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Post  LadyCDaae on Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:26 pm

Feature-length movies based on picture books bother me in general--mainly because the source material guarantees the movie will have nothing in common with the source material and/or a LOT of padding. Just my anal children's librarian opinion, of course.

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Post  Callie Daae on Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:19 am

I just got back from seeing It's Complicated with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin. I'm telling ya, everyone needs to go see it. Great storyline, so funny. It's now one of my favs.

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Post  Becky on Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:03 am

I saw Requiem for a Dream for the first time the night of Christmas. Wonderful movie, though I can't say terribly christmas-y. One of the saddest films I have ever seen. Beautifully done, but incredibly tragic.

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Post  operafantomet on Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:02 pm

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Tee-hee-hee. very amusing movie. Was very sceptic re: Jude Law as Dr. Watson, but he and Robert Downey Junior (Holmes) had great chemistry. Not your standard Sherlock Holmes movie, not at all, and a bit weak towards the end, but I was amused overall, and also a bit surprised.

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Post  SenorSwanky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:10 am

Callie Daae wrote:I just got back from seeing It's Complicated with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin. I'm telling ya, everyone needs to go see it. Great storyline, so funny. It's now one of my favs.
Just saw it tonight. Awesome. And, yes, very complicated. Frustratingly and painfully and funnily so. Meryl Streep and Steve Martin are, as ever, perfect, and Alec Baldwin is very good as a sleazebag, which is no surprise. Wink

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Post  phantomphan1992 on Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:20 pm

The Blind Side. Excellent film. It's by far the best movie I've seen all year.

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Post  phantom10906 on Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:16 pm

Sherlock Holmes. Great action sequences. Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law had great chemistry as Holmes and Watson. I wasn't to keen on Rachael McAdams acting, but she was passable. All in all, it was a great escape from reality for a few hours.

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Post  SenorSwanky on Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:13 am

Bruno. I had been dying to see this since I heard it was being made, because I loved Borat so much. But it was a letdown. Funny in parts, but you can tell Cohen's face and his crew's antics (which have gotten them sued at least a few times) have gotten enough notice that it's hard to get anyone real or well known to sit down for interviews or agree to appear in the film. I'm surprised they roped Ron Paul and Paula Abdul into it (those two scenes are probably among the few really funny ones in the film). But the Bruno character also just isn't as funny as Borat. You can only go so far with gross-out sexual antics and gay stereotyping. There are moments of American-culture satire (see the Straight Dave wrestling scene, the black talk show scene, and the scenes in which Bruno decides to go to a gay-to-straight conversion pastor for help), but it's not nearly as insightful and offensive in that area as Borat was.

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Post  LadyCDaae on Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:41 pm

Just downloaded Sita Sings the Blues. A little odd but cool--especially if you're into Indian literature/music/imagery.

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Post  Viscountess on Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:59 pm

Sherlock Holmes. It was really, really good. They didn't actually deviate much from the original stories. Yes, it was actiony, but Holmes was a fighter. Yes, there was a bromance, but they *were* basically BFFs.

It was just very well done.

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Post  SenorSwanky on Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:42 am

The last two nights, I watched the Keira Knightley Pride & Prejudice, which I really enjoyed (when I hated reading the novel in high school and hated having to watch the BBC version), and Laws of Attraction with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore, which was just OK, entertaining but nothing special.

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Post  SenorSwanky on Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:12 am

Sherlock Holmes. Absolutely brilliant. Perfect casting, thrilling pacing, gorgeous production design and cinematography (the production designer and cinematographer would have been great for a good Phantom movie), great blend of practical and CG effects, excellent score that set the moods and setting perfectly. Could hardly be more perfect. Can't wait til the sequel.

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Post  operafantomet on Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:52 pm

Agreed, I loved "Sherlock Holmes". Very Happy

Saw "The Proposal" with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds yesterday. A lot snappier and amusing than I expected, very good dialogues between the leads. Also cool setting in Alaska. So yeah, liked it a lot.

I also saw "Avatar" the other day, finally. Sure, cool. They created a world I want to step into, and it looked surprisingly real. Awesome effects and details. But the story... Seriously guys, how predictable is it allowed to make a movie?

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Post  Viscountess on Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:09 pm

Spy Hard. It was super cheesy, but still super funny even if a little gimmicky at times.

I thought it was totally cool that Robert Guillaume was in it.

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Post  LadyCDaae on Sun Jan 10, 2010 2:43 am

Viscountess wrote:Spy Hard. It was super cheesy, but still super funny even if a little gimmicky at times.

I thought it was totally cool that Robert Guillaume was in it.

Best part was Weird Al doing the title theme. Laughing

Just watched District 9 with my husband. Interesting concept--I truly believe that if/when extraterrestrials make themselves known to us, humanity would respond very much in this manner. (I also suspect any advanced alien life forms aware of us know this too, which is why they're keeping out of sight. Razz )

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Post  SenorSwanky on Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:09 am

The Soloist. Oscar-worthy performance by Jamie Foxx. It was actually deeper, more complex, more real, and less cheesy than I thought it would be.

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Post  phantom10906 on Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:13 am

Youth In Revolt. Very charming and engaging. Some real good laughs at times. I must that filming in Michigan was a poor substitute for the Bay Area.

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Post  Callie Daae on Sun Jan 10, 2010 1:49 pm

I just saw Avatar, it was amazing. The effects were really cool and so was the storyline.

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Post  phantomphan1992 on Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:19 pm

Leap Year. Cute, predictable and fun.

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Post  operafantomet on Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:32 pm

Re-watched "Moulin Rouge" the other day.

The first 10 seconds makes me incredibly happy, it's genius. The conductor, the "there was a boy", the 19th century flair...

The costumes = wonderful. Very creative and flashy and nice. Choreography? Love it. Casting? Ditto.

But I cringe every time they start to sing. Mind you, this comes from a major musical buff. It's not the fact that they're singing that bothers me, and it's not the untrained voices either. It's just the use of music, I'm totally loosing focus of the storyline, and I dislike the musical arrangements. I know the use of modern music in a musical theatre like setting is what's considered innovative in this movie, I just dislike it with a passion...

(With some exceptions... I love "There was a boy" and Satine's first entrance)

So... I love watching the movie, but there are places I want to turn the sound off...

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Post  Madame Giry on Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:48 am

Daybreakers.

Attractively-designed future-noir film where most of the world's population have turned into vampires due to an outbreak and remaining humans must hide to avoid being captured and harvested for blood.

A little unevenly paced, and a few plot holes, but overall well-developed and interesting. I was particularly engaged by how the world had changed to adapt to vampirism. Ethan Hawke was his usual, brooding self, and Willem Dafoe gave a quirky performance, but Sam Neill really stole the show with his polished menace. Sometimes not-too-subtle social commentary was woven into the plot (resource management, corporate greed, etc...)

And of course, a very welcome reprieve from the likes of Twilight! Gore and horror and suspense and glowing eyes and fangs! Woo!!!

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Post  SenorSwanky on Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:30 am

Julie & Julia. Meryl Streep is, as ever, genius; you don't want her to ever leave the screen. Unfortunately, while Amy Adams is adorable and good in this role, her side of the story seems like a distraction, most of the time, from the fascinating adventures of Streep's Julia Child. Overall, very enjoyable, but drags a bit in places and isn't what it could potentially have been with this cast and creative team.

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Post  operafantomet on Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:06 am

SenorSwanky wrote:Julie & Julia. Meryl Streep is, as ever, genius; you don't want her to ever leave the screen. Unfortunately, while Amy Adams is adorable and good in this role, her side of the story seems like a distraction, most of the time, from the fascinating adventures of Streep's Julia Child. Overall, very enjoyable, but drags a bit in places and isn't what it could potentially have been with this cast and creative team.
Agreed! Loved the cast and also fancied the plot, but it was a bit slow. And the ending seemed un-fulfilling in some way.

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Post  operafantomet on Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:51 am

Departures (2008)

What a gem of a movie! I didn't know what to expect of it as I entered the cinema, but I loved it. In short, a cellinist loose his job in the orchestra, and he and his wife decided to move back to his hometown. He applies for what he think is a travel agency ("We send people off"), but it is, in fact, a funeral agency. His job is to perform the washing ceremony on the deceased. And from there the story rolls...

I didn't expect to laugh so much, and I certainly didn't expect the rapid moves from laughter to crying. It was just so beautiful, amusing, touching and different. It didn't take any of the obvious routes in story telling either, which was highly refreshing.

Recommended! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Departures_(film)

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Post  SenorSwanky on Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:44 pm

operafantomet wrote:
SenorSwanky wrote:Julie & Julia. Meryl Streep is, as ever, genius; you don't want her to ever leave the screen. Unfortunately, while Amy Adams is adorable and good in this role, her side of the story seems like a distraction, most of the time, from the fascinating adventures of Streep's Julia Child. Overall, very enjoyable, but drags a bit in places and isn't what it could potentially have been with this cast and creative team.
Agreed! Loved the cast and also fancied the plot, but it was a bit slow. And the ending seemed un-fulfilling in some way.
Yeah, it was a weird ending.

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Post  Miranda on Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:42 am

Extraordinary Measures

It was pretty good.

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Post  operafantomet on Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:05 am

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Erm... Huh?? Didn't understand too much of it. But I liked it a lot! Very odd feeling.

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Post  IamErik771 on Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:37 pm

District 9. Superb and very unusual film; I loved all the little visual touches as well as the overall story. (Giant robot suit throwing a pig at one of the baddies = EPIC WIN!)

Also watched Fellini's 8 1/2 in preparation for Rob Marshall's Nine (for which it seems I'll have to wait for the Blu-Ray release). 8 1/2 was brilliant; very surreal and with great characters. And Nino Rota's score is brilliant as always.

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