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acquired oldboy.. must rewatch this masterpiece before hollywood slaughters it.

Yes! It's a brilliant film.
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Zero Dark Thirty.

'Geronimo. For God and Country, Geronimo.'

See it. Brilliant!
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Just got back from seeing "Gangster Squad." It was very ahistorical: Los Angeles wasn't nearly such a violent place, and Mickey Cohen was not nearly as vicious as portrayed. In fact, he was quite a popular little guy in LA. My family used to sympathize with "poor, little Mickey Cohen," who was always being hassled by the cops. He was more a figure of fun than menace. He would often give visitors to his haberdashery shop free neckties and pocket squares just for dropping by.

The gunplay, in which the movie abounded, was especially hokey. I don't know who the advisor was for the weaponry, but using an uncocked 1911 or Single Action Army to threaten someone is not a good idea.

Still, it was a fun, fast-moving flick. A lot of the costumes were good to look upon, and it was entertaining. I'd give it a "B."

As a matter of interest, Lana Turner's daughter Cheryl Crane, who stabbed Cohen's bodyguard, Johnny Stompanato, to death, was a frequent dancing partner of mine at a school we attended together for a couple of years. I left that school a couple of years before she killed Stompanato.
post #5674 of 9617
I liked Chronicle quite a bit. A little known early entry in the "found footage" category is "The Last Broadcast". It predates Blair Witch by about a year. Production values and acting are a notch below Blair Witch but I thought the plot was more interesting. Truly lo-fi, IMDB lists the budget as $900, and claims that it was the first all-digital movie.

Mrs. A. and I just watched "Keeping Mum". A dark little British comedy with Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kirstin Scott Thomas and Patrick Swayze (!). Maggie Smith as a psychotic housekeeper with a knack for dealing with troublesome neighbors. It's all played fairly light, and Mrs. A. enjoyed it despite being incredibly squeamish.

I watched Looper a couple of nights ago, I liked but did not love it. Frankly, I didn't see a lot of resemblance between JGL and Bruce Willis, although the makeup was outstanding otherwise. I was annoyed by some pretty major plot holes:
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In the future it's almost impossible to kill someone and dispose of the body, but it's a snap to send them into the past without anybody noticing? Despite establishing this major plot point, they kill Joe's wife without a second thought? Despite establishing this major plot point, the Rainmaker is able to completely decimate a city with impunity (as appears to be shown on TV in the future)?

and one minor one: why the hell does the abandoned factory have a functioning furnace? Who maintains it? Hasn't anybody noticed the smoke coming out of the smokestack?

There have been a spate of good time travel movies recently: Source Code was excellent, as was Time Crimes, a Spanish movie that came out a couple of years ago ("Chrono Crimenes"). Both involve a man looping through time trying to change the future, but each takes that plotline in very different directions.
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As much as I liked Looper, I was ultimately disappointed by it. The second half seemed to stall the movie as opposed to continuing with the momentum built up after the diner scene.
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As much as I liked Looper, I was ultimately disappointed by it. The second half seemed to stall the movie as opposed to continuing with the momentum built up after the diner scene.

couldn't agree more.
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The second half was a lot more interesting to me, and totally changed my impression of the film. The first half was a straight-ahead science fiction actioner that would have been completely forgettable had it continued on that trajectory. It wasn't until the second half that they introduced the really interesting ideas and concerns. The kid was a pretty amazing actor, as well.

I like the fact that the pace changed so dramatically at the midpoint - it's the opposite of what we're all used to in a big Hollywood science fiction thriller, which more often than not degenerate into extended chase scenes in their final acts.

Also, I've never thought of Emily Blunt as especially sexy, but Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
that moment when she's lying on the bed and touches the hem of her dress as she considers seducing Joe was a moment of beautifully understated sensuality, and made me look at her in a new light.
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In the future it's almost impossible to kill someone and dispose of the body, but it's a snap to send them into the past without anybody noticing? Despite establishing this major plot point, they kill Joe's wife without a second thought? Despite establishing this major plot point, the Rainmaker is able to completely decimate a city with impunity (as appears to be shown on TV in the future)?
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Killing the wife wasn't explained in the movie but has been discussed by the director. It was clearly a mistake by the Rainmaker's men and they basically ended up having to torch the house to cover it up because of the detection technology. When they show them leaving the house you can see it on fire, it's just not explained outright.

I agree Time Crimes was great. Primer is also really good.

I enjoyed source code, but I think I ultimately enjoyed Looper more.
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Primer is excellent.

SC vs Looper is a tough comparison for me. Source Code presented an intriguing puzzle, and had, for me, a highly affecting moment - almost I wish that they had ended the movie Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
in that moment when time freezes while he is kissing her,a sort of perfect eternity. I liked the final ending, as it clarified the notion that these are parallel universes, but that would have been a great note to end the movie on.
On the other hand, Looper explores bigger issues than simply whether there are parallel universes - predestination, the power of self sacrifice, the power of family, etc.
post #5680 of 9617
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I liked Chronicle quite a bit. A little known early entry in the "found footage" category is "The Last Broadcast". It predates Blair Witch by about a year. Production values and acting are a notch below Blair Witch but I thought the plot was more interesting. Truly lo-fi, IMDB lists the budget as $900, and claims that it was the first all-digital movie.

Mrs. A. and I just watched "Keeping Mum". A dark little British comedy with Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kirstin Scott Thomas and Patrick Swayze (!). Maggie Smith as a psychotic housekeeper with a knack for dealing with troublesome neighbors. It's all played fairly light, and Mrs. A. enjoyed it despite being incredibly squeamish.

I watched Looper a couple of nights ago, I liked but did not love it. Frankly, I didn't see a lot of resemblance between JGL and Bruce Willis, although the makeup was outstanding otherwise. I was annoyed by some pretty major plot holes:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

In the future it's almost impossible to kill someone and dispose of the body, but it's a snap to send them into the past without anybody noticing? Despite establishing this major plot point, they kill Joe's wife without a second thought? Despite establishing this major plot point, the Rainmaker is able to completely decimate a city with impunity (as appears to be shown on TV in the future)?

and one minor one: why the hell does the abandoned factory have a functioning furnace? Who maintains it? Hasn't anybody noticed the smoke coming out of the smokestack?

There have been a spate of good time travel movies recently: Source Code was excellent, as was Time Crimes, a Spanish movie that came out a couple of years ago ("Chrono Crimenes"). Both involve a man looping through time trying to change the future, but each takes that plotline in very different directions.

Chronicle is certainly not the first all digital movie. And the budget was definitely more than $900.

It was a good movie but imdb is just dumb.
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Chronicle is certainly not the first all digital movie. And the budget was definitely more than $900.

It was a good movie but imdb is just dumb.

"The Last Broadcast"
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Ah. My bad.
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Just got through watching Zero Dark Thirty. A little more cliche and by-the-numbers than I had expected. The scene of them storming the compound was the highlight in an otherwise average film.
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Like Hurt Locker, I don't understand why Zero Dark Thirty is being praised by so many critics and panels. It's nominated for 5 Oscars.. It was an above average movie. Maybe American war movies get brownie points in U.S.A? The lead actress doesn't have any scenes that stand out to me. Nothing memorable. When I think of someone being nominated and possibly winning an Oscar for best actor, I think Daniel Day Lewis from There Will be Blood, Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump or Charlize Theron in Monster. People who really transform for a role.
post #5685 of 9617
At least it's better than fucking Argo. ZDT was good, but not great. But that's Hollywood
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