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D.A. Ridgely wrote:
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Shem wrote:I was going to skip Machete until the Family Movie Guide reviewed it:
Family Movie Guide wrote:Evil, rotten, disgusting, humanist, nihilistic, Communist, politically correct, pro-revolution, pro-illegal immigration worldview with extreme Anti-Christian blasphemy and sacrilege (including a corrupt priest), racist elements, anti-white elements, anti-American, and anti-capitalist content, radical feminist elements, overt discussion of incest, and other anti-family content
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Iron Man 2 sucks. It sucks so hard.
Im dissapointed because I really enjoyed the first Iron Man.
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rana wrote:Iron Man 2 sucks. It sucks so hard.
Im dissapointed because I really enjoyed the first Iron Man.
Ah, well, you see, you're not the intended audience because, your avatar aside, you're not a superhero fanboy drooling at the prospect of an Avengers movie and setting said movie up while cashing in on the success of the first film is all Iron Man 2 is about.

I know it's tedious for me to keep saying this but (1) whenever a movie rises to the level of art, hell, whenever it rises to the level of "good movie," it's mostly accidental; and (2) the important word in the phrase "motion picture industry" is "industry."
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D.A. Ridgely wrote:(1) whenever a movie rises to the level of art, hell, whenever it rises to the level of "good movie," it's mostly accidental;
The biggest accident seems to be when a movie is produced with a specific story in mind, rather than produced with the intention of cashing in on a trend.
D.A. Ridgely wrote: and (2) the important word in the phrase "motion picture industry" is "industry."
"Industry" implies an ability to produce a product of reliable quality on a regular basis, as does "craft" - the other most commonly used word to describe the process of making films.

Hollywood does not reliably produce quality pictures. And never has - "the Golden Age" saw the same proportion of turkeys produced as we see today. It is just that the bad ones have been mercifully forgotten by everyone except a few critics who pretend to see virtues in bad films that happened to have a favored actor or director involved in the production.
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Saw The Social Network this weekend. The dialog was good, but also very Sorkin-esque. If you ignore the connection to real life, it's really good.
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I would not add True Grit to the list of movies that the Coen Bros. nailed.
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I saw True Grit last night and enjoyed it, though I wouldn't say I loved it. There's nothing I can point to wrong with it, it just wasn't quite ... whatever. I tend to have an ambivalent relationship with Coen brothers movies anyway.

I did love love love hearing my girl Iris DeMent doing the song at the end, though.
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Saw Black Swan last night. Thought it was good, need to see The Wrestler to round-out my Aronovsky viewing, been a fan since Pi.

Also Mila Kunis/Natalie Portman make-out scene rivals Mullholand Dr for hottest weird girl/girl action in mainstream cinema.
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I wasn't impressed with Black Swan for several reasons. First, the neurotic turning into psychotic artistic or show business wannabe ain't what I'd call an original plot and Black Swan added nothing to that genre. Second, although I am reliably informed Portman will get the Best Actress Oscar, I found her over the top acting in the portrayal of an over the top character underwhelming.

I really liked The Wrestler, but I'm a fan of Rourk whose gladness at seeing his career resurrected doubtlessly prejudiced my judgment.

I'm also reliably informed The Social Network will get Best Picture. Given the basic plot of intellectual property litigation (regardless of how it's being viewed as a defining generational movie), also done many times before, I nonetheless liked it more than I expected to. But mostly because I enjoyed the snarky dialog. It was not, in any case, anywhere near as good a movie as The King's Speech, IMNSHO.
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D.A. Ridgely wrote:I'm also reliably informed The Social Network will get Best Picture. Given the basic plot of intellectual property litigation (regardless of how it's being viewed as a defining generational movie), also done many times before, I nonetheless liked it more than I expected to. But mostly because I enjoyed the snarky dialog. It was not, in any case, anywhere near as good a movie as The King's Speech, IMNSHO.
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What?

No, really, what?

I certainly think that dead-inside-genius takes over the world because he can't talk to girls has been done before, and shows that Sorkin is great at writing imaginative dialogue but only for stock/archetypal characters, but I can't think of

Oh, wait, you were being funny and ironic, right? Or am I just that clueless?
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I also saw Black Swan last night, and I felt like I didn't like it, but I also feel like I want to analyze it, so obviously it made an impression.

Dislike: If a director wants to play games with hallucination vs. reality, at some point there should be some way for the viewer to figure out, at least in hindsight, what actually was happening. I know that certain things were definitely hallucination (e.g. the sex scene with Lily, or killing Lily) but other things are never really resolved. For instance, how much of her interaction with her mother was real? And when did she stab herself? It couldn't have been in the dressing room, because in her final dance scene there's no blood on her costume before she makes the jump. Likewise, how much of her interaction with Thomas was imagined? A story in which the guy really is that awful and creepy would have merits, as would a story in which she's imagining it, but we never know.

Analysis: I think there's a plausible argument to be made that Lily was entirely a hallucination, or at least an argument to be made that every one of Nina's interactions with Lily was a hallucination. The only scene in which Lily was unambiguously interacting with characters who were simultaneously interacting with Nina was at the bar. And those guys at the bar were completely separate from the world in which the rest of the story took place--even the lighting and colors were different at the bar, with far less of the black-and-white theme.
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Saw True Grit and enjoyed it. It wasn't an earthshattering new take or anything, but it was well executed and a reasonable update handled by good directors. Not the best Coenses movie, but better than most stuff.

It seems to me like movies are mostly terrible these days. I like anything that shows restraint of any kind because it's so rare.
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Saw The Men Who Stare at Goats. It was very entertaining. Not earthshattering, but fun.
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Saw Winter's Bone. Good flick. It's a low simmer the whole time, but in the world of Michael Bay, I like that.
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JasonL wrote:Saw Winter's Bone. Good flick. It's a low simmer the whole time, but in the world of Michael Bay, I like that.
I enjoyed it, but to me it was more like the first two acts of a good movie. Would've made two good episodes of cable TV.
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Oh, I think Winter's Bone is an excellent little movie in more or less the same way The King's Speech is an excellent little movie, the only difference being that the latter is bolstered by star power actors and major studio production values. And I damn sure think Jennifer Lawrence deserves the Oscar over Natalie Portman, although I'm reliably informed that if Portman doesn't win Best Actress there will be audible gasps in the audience on Oscar night.
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I won't thay that Thor wath a bad movie, but it definitely wath'nt my kind of movie. People who enjoyed LOTR/Harry Potter/Narnia might enjoy the CGI spectacle and battle scenes. The only really well realized character was Loki, who was also perfectly cast. Seemed like a waste of a perfectly good Stellan Skarsgaard, but then what isn't these days?
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Hugh Akston wrote:I won't thay that Thor wath a bad movie, but it definitely wath'nt my kind of movie.
Thufferin' Thuccotash!

ETA: I liked it. Not "Oh, wow, you've got to go see this!" But I felt I got my %$##@! $15 worth. Then again, I came of age during the Silver Age of comics, aka, the first great Marvel era, so there's a strong nostalgia hook for me. I'm frankly surprised, however, that my younger son, a sixteen year old, knows as much about the Marvel universe (or DC for that matter) as he does. (Speaking of which, neither of us understood the post-credits teaser references even after I subsequently googled Cosmic Cube.)

Oh, and was a law passed recently requiring Natalie Portman to be in every other movie?
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D.A. Ridgely wrote:Oh, and was a law passed recently requiring Natalie Portman to be in every other movie?
When they repealed the Tommy Lee Jones-Will Smith Act.
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I give Pirates of the Caribbean 4 a pretty solid B as a popcorn movie. And by what other standard could one possibly judge it? A bit long at 2hr 20 min, but the convoluted, entirely absurd and nonetheless enjoyable plot kept moving along, so I never got the feeling the movie was really dragging. I saw it in 2-D, which is how God intended people to watch movies. Is it all wearing mighty thin? Yep. Can't say it left me hoping for a fifth movie, but I felt I got my money's worth.
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The new X-Men movie is the most comic book comic book movie I have seen to date.
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Hugh Akston wrote:The new X-Men movie is the most comic book comic book movie I have seen to date.
That means that it was really bad?
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dbcooper wrote:
Hugh Akston wrote:The new X-Men movie is the most comic book comic book movie I have seen to date.
That means that it was really bad?
No. If I wanted to say that, I would have described it as the most comic book movie comic book movie I have seen to date.
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Look, Hugh, if you and dhex are going have an incomprehensible metaphor contest, then it will be like a horse painting a butterfly using cottage cheese as a medium.
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