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In theaters now or coming soon
Topic Started: Jan 6 2011, 07:23 AM (6,194 Views)
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The World's End, by the Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz guys (I greatly enjoyed Shaun, haven't seen Hot Fuzz yet). Lots of funny stuff. I was getting sleepy towards the end, but think that was more my long day (started really early) and full belly (Olive Garden Never-Ending Pasta Bowl) than the film...

Co-stars Martin Freeman, who I've been watching in Sherlock (4 down, 2 to go, totally loving it) and David Bradley (Broadchurch). It's odd - I guess I knew Bradley was part of the Harry Potter cast (in 7 out of 8!), but forgot... he's so his Game of Thrones character now (though that's just from THREE episodes?) that when I do revisit Harry (and finish it... still haven't seen the last two), I'll be looking at him differently, I'm sure...
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While I read what you wrote I was thinking, well Walder Frey is much more pivotal than Filch..and then stopped short at "THREE episodes."

For a second I thought...Dax must have that wrong. But nope. Three episodes. VERY pivotal and VERY memorable scenes-lol.
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The World's End is on my list to see. Probably won't show locally but it's on my someday list.
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The World's End DID actually come to my town (I am beyond shocked) but unfortunately, I was too wiped out to see it--it left after one weekend.

However, I can hardly believe it but The Way Way Back played and I saw it tonight. This was one of the very, very best films I've seen in...ever. Great performances by the entire cast which included well known and newcomers. If you haven't seen it, you should definitely make a point to see it.
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The new McConehey (sp) mvoie is getting a ton of great reviews. Dallas cowboy Club I think.....
He plays an AIDs patient, lost 50 pounds to do this.
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Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey is hard to spell, yes. It always looks wrong...

Yeah, sounds good. Great cast. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790636/
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Sigh. I want to go see some movies, but I also don't want to leave my kitties... they don't want me to go, either, since I JUST got home from school...

Maybe I'll make Friday 'Movie Day' and get really ambitious... go for seeing three, instead of just two...

Nothing else planned, and then it's just like leaving the kitties for a work day... we can handle THAT...
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Saw Catching Fire and felt that it was much, much better than Hunger Games. Glad they switched directors and (I assume) upped the budget. Gave more of the impact that was lacking in the first while maintaining the ability to show to primary audience of young people. I suspect those unfamiliar with the books will be very upset with the ending, which simply set up the next installment.
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I started the book, didn't like it. Got abut 1/3 into it, thought it was for 10 year olds. Didn't like the movie either but rented it. Don't care for Lawrence and think she is vastly ove rated. So I guess that
I won't be renting this one.

Will look fwd to Dallas Buyers Club but as usual nothing motivates e to go to an actual theater.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Thumbs up. Don't think I liked it better or worse than 1, just feels like more of the same piece, with the advantage of having the world and characters already established.

Frozen (in 3D) - Looks great... has some lovely music in it... some good humor... It's good. (I'm way behind on Disney... haven't seen Tangled, or Wreck-It Ralph, or The Princess and the Frog...) The Mickey Mouse short in front, 'Get A Horse', is very clever and fun (and probably works better in 3D than not...).

I'd wanted to do three... the timing was perfect for it, but hunger and missing-the-kitties won out... also, though the timing lined up right, the theater being split off onto separate sides with ticket attendants did not... my second feature was 'on the other side'... will I have to chloroform the guard?... I'm checking out all the posters... girl, sweeping up popcorn, 'Can I see your ticket?' 'Oh, I'm already torn...' 'Just let me see'... I do... 'Okay'. And I'm in. Even though it was for a film on the other side and three hours earlier... guess she only saw the DATE... got lucky. But I would have had to do that AGAIN for feature #3... would have been fun to get away with it twice, but... risk-level seemed high. Also, I was ready to eat...

I'll try to get to Thor someday next week after school...
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This weekend, I saw 12 Years A Slave, which seemed particularly appropriate as the world mourns the death of Nelson Mandel.

Anyway, it's not a movie for those who dislike watching violence, beatings in the name of one's beliefs. It certainly does not pull any punches about the hellishness of slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon/Platt is excellent and I'm sure will up for an Oscar this year,. I also thought Lupita Nyang'o as the young housemaid and Michael Fassbender as Epps, the slavemaster were good. Brad Pitt also plays a minor role. The cinematography is particularly appropriate and effective in setting the scenes. Not an easy movie to watch, but one I would recommend.
Edited by Marg, Dec 8 2013, 03:41 PM.
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It is very doubtful 12 Years A Slave will ever play near me. But my son lives in a much larger city and he saw it and thought it was one of the best films he's ever seen. And he will never watch it again.
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A group of girls from work, my kids and I went to see the midnight showing of Catching Fire. It was our first midnight showing and the kids were stoked. I thought it was very well done. Obviously as with any movie there were some deviations from the book and as a huge fan of the books I was a little perturbed at parts but all in all I was very happy with it. Corrina has already asked to buy it, lol.

Now excited waiting for Divergent to come out however according to IMDB there are some main characters that aren't in the film if they have the full cast listed. For those that know the books, the last time I checked they didn't have any of the Dauntless born initiates cast. While I don't think they need all of them I do think that Uriah, Marlene, and Lynn are vital to the storyline. Ok rant over :) Got off work an hour late and need some sleep or to get busy. Haven't decided which yet, lol.
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Whatever cast is on imdb at this point would not be final.
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I also saw Catching Fire but not at a midnight showing. Our local movie theater is a small multiplex and was showing it in two theaters, with showings staggered by 20 minutes. On about the 4th day of showing, the second in the 20 minute spaced shows, the theater was packed.

I thought the change in directors and additional money thrown at the film were well worth it. I can't help but be a bit disappointed in the casting of Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson who are fine, I am sure. It's just that Hutcherson looks like he could have been a wrestler on my high school wrestling team and Hemsworth is so obviously the star quarterback. Maybe if they were less meticulously coiffed and groomed.... I don't know. I can't criticize their acting, but they seem obviously designed to be teenaged heartthrobs. For every other character I believe the actors sort of disappear into their roles. Those two: I don't think they're allowed to step out of that box labeled: Which Hot Boy Will Catniss Choose??? In a way, the books were like that, but both characters were so much more. These actors in these roles are not. I don't know where the limitations are: script, actor, director, wardrobe/styling/makeup? No idea. It just seems a little Ken doll to me.
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Most of my students said that Catching Fire is much better than HG.
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Hubby wants to go to the movies later this week so I'm wondering what we should see first? I was thinking Catching Fire? Us going to the movies is a rare event.
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Depends on what you're in the mood for. Catching Fire is fine, if Chris would enjoy it. There's also the next installment of The Hobbit and American Hustle. If it were me and my hubby, he'd want to see The Hobbit or perhaps American Hustle. I didn't make him go to see Catching Fire.
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Yeah ... I'm thinking the Hobbit. ;)
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Yeah, we saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. More like: The Hobbit: The Desecration of a Perfectly Wonderful Story That is Interesting, Engaging, and Suitable for Older Children Without Being Saccharine or Dumbed Down Thanks to Peter Jackson Who Should Never Be Allowed Near a Film Ever Again.

I am not big on orthodoxy re: books made into films. When I knew he was stretching The Hobbit into 3 parts, I knew he would be padding. I hoped that he would spend some time and effort on what made the book charming and engaging and a classic for so many years. I hoped for the songs. But nope: all of that got shot all to hell for the sake of orcs, orcs and more orcs. I don't even care that he invented characters, borrowed characters from other books and inserted a silly love triangle. I do care that he took everything that was enjoyable and fun and yes: that terribly over used word: magical about the whole thing and made it simply an homage to some video game directed at 14 year old boys who are too afraid to fantasize about girls so they fantasize about killing stuff.

The casting was good. This time around, I was irritated by the heavy make up on the dwarves. The acting was good, if you forget Rivendale. The song at the end while the credits rolled was really good but where were all the songs from the original?????? It's not like he didn't have the budget.

After the first installment, I was excited to see #2. Now, I am very doubtful I will bother with #3.

Frankly, the 1977 animated version was MUCH better and much more faithful to the book.

Edited by tgir, Dec 16 2013, 09:45 AM.
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Well, that's not good. I love The Hobbit. I enjoyed the first movie. Oh well, I worried that a three book series was an accident waiting to happen.

>>>an homage to some video game directed at 14 year old boys who are too afraid to fantasize about girls so they fantasize about killing stuff.

Is there a video game? Crap.
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I don't know that there is or will be a video game. I just think that all of the orc killing/chasing stuff would have been better suited to a video game. I found it tedious and out of place.

But: everyone else I know (outside of my immediate family) is giving it great reviews. And they are not (chronologically) 14 year old boys.
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Several of my facebook friends are thumbs down, too. Some very much so. Some are in the middle ('I like it, but it's not the book'...).

I'll probably see 1 soon (gave Mom the 3D blu-ray for her birthday, and we plan to watch it during my 2 week work break), but doubt I'll see 2 while it's in the theatre.

I don't know what I'll think, but I kinda doubt I'll be SO negative...

The passion of some of these reviews... I'm thinking when it's all over that Jackson's LOTR may be 'overrated' and his Hobbit maybe 'too enthusiastically hated'...

On LOTR, I was 'Okay, they're GOOD, but... this is not really my genre'. I respected-but-didn't-love them. I would get bored, a little... (I've only seen the first of the extended cuts... if I ever get around to re-watching the trilogy, I'll watch the extendeds of 2 & 3, but as of now, I've just seen their original edits...)

>> but where were all the songs from the original???

You mean the animated? I wouldn't have expected to hear those...
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In the book, Tolkien wrote songs for the book, with lyrics. He didn't write music at the time but there are accounts that he wrote music for one and worked in collaboration on others, back in the 60's, which I didn't actually know until I googled it. I first read the book years ago, when I was 12 or so and then later over the years and with my kids. There were lyrics to lots of songs in The Hobbit, which is something my kids particularly enjoyed. I would have expected some or at least one. Mostly, I have been disappointed that the sense of adventure and joy of The Hobbit has been completely beaten out and replaced with orcs. It was really a book for children (albeit not little kids), with a great sense of wonder about it. That's all been removed, imo, from the second. The first still had enough that I was excited to see more and have been looking forward to it all year. FWIW, my husband didn't hate it as much as I did.

I have always wanted to see it made well into a live action film and thought it should have been the first of Tolkien's works. I still think that if Jackson had made it early, before he became so enthralled with the money and the fandom and the CGI and fame, it could have been what it should have been: A rousing adventure story for older kids and adults who still remembered the joys of reading a good adventure that swept you up in its story.

This second one is so over-wrought there is no need to imagine a darn thing. It's fairly beaten out of you with endless orc heads rolling about. Horrid, horrid thing, altogether. And a real shame. The casting is very good.

FWIW, I like the Smaug scenes, although they deviate quite a bit from the book (and again, to the story's detriment. Bilbo's exchange with Smaug was very key and shouldn't have been so altered.) But, the best part of the whole thing, imo. By far.
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I still love the LOTR movies. It's exactly what I wanted, and I rewatch them sometimes. I like their mythic quality, and the part that some people think 'drag' I find very moving and elegiac and powerful. The fighting at Helm's deep gets a little too intensely videogame violent, but the the other battles I find epic and well done.

I was not as 'wow' about the first Hobbit.
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KMI, ditto on LOTR movies and the 1st Hobbit.

Planning on seeing the other Hobbit tomorrow hopefully. Our house will be out of electricity for the day (pre-warned by electric company) so hubby and I will be spending the day at the movies. ;)
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Thor: The Dark World -- The first Thor was my least favorite of Marvel's 'Phase One'... and though I liked this one a bit better, this might end up being my least favorite of 'Phase Two' (Guardians of the Galaxy is gonna be the wild card... might be great, might be awful... it's going to be pretty different). I think my problem with Thor is that (like Superman) we have a hero that is SOOOOOO powerful that his obstacles and villains must be heightened SOOOOOOO much to match him. The stakes are very high, end-of-the-world-or-the-known-universe. It's not enough that Earth is endangered, it has to be nine worlds being plunged into eternal darkness. Motivation of the bad guys - they like the dark better, and they're very mean.

I tend to get bored in stories like that, and always did, even in all the comics I read when I was younger.

But there's some good humor, lots of pretty and ugly things to look at (directed by Alan Taylor, a favorite HBO guy), some good Thor/Loki moments. Mid-credits scene introducing Benicio Del Toro as The Collector (he'll be in Guardians of the Galaxy) was interesting.

Next one is Captain America: The Winter Soldier in April. Preview for it looks really good (though I really enjoyed his first, The First Avenger, for being set in the 40s... don't know if he'll be as much fun in the modern day...).
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Has anyone seen Gravity yet?
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No yet I want to see it.
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Saw two yesterday. Plan for the second was Gravity, but the first feature started late, and then I had to visit the bathroom... didn't want to walk into Gravity late, but I probably only missed it by a minute or two, so... grr. (The duration of ads/previews is way out of hand... a 6:50-scheduled film began at 7:14... 15 minutes, fine, that's normal, but 24? So my 6:15-wanted-to-see... I probably WOULD have been fine just a wee bit before 6:38, when I was 'free'...)

The Wolf of Wall Street -- Awesome. Many great scenes. Unpleasant characters that you're REALLY anxious to see receive their comeuppance...

Again, Matthew McConaughey (a small-but-pace-setting role, akin to Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross) kills it.

Fun contrast to DiCaprio's Gatsby performance.

Great script by Terrence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, Sopranos). Martin Scorsese liberally borrows from himself (it is very much a spiritual sequel to Goodfellas), but that didn't bother me at all...

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Lone Survivor - Intense, harrowing, sad war film written and directed by Peter Berg. A lot of nifty make-up work by The Walking Dead guys. Good performances, though it's not particularly character-driven...

(Kept thinking of SNL's classic 'Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals' sketch... early on, these four soldiers in Afghanistan are in hiding... and a herd of goats (and three people) come walking by... really suspenseful sequence, even if you know what's coming... but I kept picturing Mark say 'Hey, Goat. You're a goat. I'm a soldier. Say hello to your mother for me.')

It was good. Probably wouldn't have gotten around to seeing it for a long time, if not for happenstance... but I didn't hold it against it that it wasn't my first or second or third choice to see... but it's just so hard to motivate myself to get out and away from the cats for a few hours on a don't-have-to-work day... AND if I'm gonna pay $8, too, then I'm gonna try to see two...

Really wanna see Picture nominees Gravity, Her (I LOVE Spike Jonze, who acts in a great scene in Wolf of Wall Street...), and American Hustle (and I'll see last year's Silver Linings Playbook from David O. Russell and also starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence here soon, probably first... have the dvd ready to watch...). Should make another movie-going trip in the next week or so.

(Happy memory... an early (maybe the first?) double-bill in my and Crystal's relationship... 1999... we saw Scorsese's underrated/overlooked Bringing Out The Dead (Nicolas Cage as a paramedic) and Jonze's brilliant first feature, Being John Malkovich... that was a good day)
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